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Monday, May 30, 2011


This is for the Copic Creations' challenge "Yellow" and for the Simon Says Stamps challenge for a "Male Card".  This card was easy to do with these fun digital images.  All three images were printed out, colored with Copics and then the hat and fish basket (?what do they call that?? Craw?  LOL!) were cut out, sculpted and mounted 3-D.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


This is my latest ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art)... The stamped image is from Magenta and I have filled it with Zentangles.  Most of these tangles were created by my friend and instructor, Mary Elizabeth Martin,CZT.  She recently created and posted several borders that I love and felt fit beautifully in the tail and wing feathers. You can see more of her creations on her blog.  This card was a thankyou to M.E. for her generous sharing and her confidence inspiring comments regarding my efforts. Thanks again M.E., for getting me into this "tangled world"!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here Comes Summer...

This is my entry for the "Here comes summer" challenge.  The character of Mummu, as drawn by Mo Manning, is one of my all time favorites.  
Here is a closer shot to pick up on some of the the metallic elements.  You can also see the wonderful texture of the handmade natural paper that comes amazingly as self-adhesive stickers! 
IMAGE:  "Mummu's Bike" is a digital image from Mo Manning
PAPER:  image printed in sepia on Georgia-Pacifica White CS;  handmade paper from Mrs. Grossman's Scrapbook Symmetry.
     Copics used: Skin - E000, E00, E01;  Hair & bike - C1, C3;  Dress - YR02, YR07 & YR09;  Background - W1, W3, YG11, E33, E35. 
     Ranger Distress Inks used for distressing the image panel - Old Paper and Vintage Photo. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wine Stave Queen...

I LOVE this image from Stampers Anonymous... have no idea why, but it really amuses me!  There is no name on the stamp - so I am nicknaming her my Wine Stave Queen.  I have used this particular image on multiple cards, using multiple techniques, and it still brings out the creativity in me.
Here is an angle shot that picks up the textures...

The polka dot background on the left of the image was heat embossed with "Platinum" EP. 

The detail added to the crown and metal straps was done with Duo Glue and silver and purple foil.

PAPER:  From my "endless stash" - which can be interpreted as "no idea of the source".  Image is stamped on Neenah   Classic Crest Solar White
INKS:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
          Copics - Skin: E000, E00, E01, R02;  Wood: E31, E33, E35;  Silver: C1, C3;  Hair: E53, 55, 57; Shadow: W1;  Torso: BV04, BV08;  Crown: BV20,   BV23, BV25

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Apple Zentangling...

 When I  first saw Zentangles I was immediately interested in combining them with stamping. This is my latest ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) with an apple image.

A close-up of the specific Zentangles used
Zentangles: Cadent, Mooka, Pretemps, Fescue, Growth, Swarm
Mary Elizabeth: Laced

Happy Mother's Day Muggs!

Clean and Simple!
This was a quick and easy use of an old technique - using a solid  image and applying Marvys directly to the rubber, "huffing" and stamping.  The dragonfly was added as an afterthought to bring a little weight to the right side and to add a little sparkle in it's wings.  The edges of that panel were distressed with ink and mounted with foam tape on top of the  embossed panel.  The ribbon was added with a flat bow for added texture.  Done and done!

CuttleBug Embossing Folder
Images: Orchid Cluster by Stamp in the Hand; Dragonfly by PSX
Inks: Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen;
        Marvy Markers - Violet, Eggplant,Brown & Vermillion 
Diamond Stickles
Card Stock and ribbon from my endless stash...         

Friday, May 6, 2011

Lucca with a Truck...

This image is another one that is fun to color... I'm not usually into children with BIGGG heads - but I must admit there is something very satisfying about coloring a large surface and being able to make the transition of shades very smoooooth!  Copics Rule!  I have never had this control before.
Here is a close-up that shows the embossing and layering of the image.  The technique is described in my post "Paper Sculpting Tilda..."

Papers: background papers from my stash, image stamped on Neenah
Image: La-La Land "Lucca with a Truck"
Copic MarkersSkin:  E000, E00, E01, E11, R02  Hair: YR18, YR24, E55  Jacket:  E31, E33, E35, E37  Truck: R24, R27, C1, C3  Shoes:  R24, C1  Jeans:  B41, B45