Sunday, August 28, 2011

Simply Sunday "Winged Things"

Hello everyone!  Sorry I am late with my post today.  We were without power from the hurricane and it just came back on so here you go.  The Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky is  Winged Things.  I made two cards using the stamp set called Winged Things by K. Andrew Designs.

I used a Sizzix die to cut the butterflies.  I stamped the sentiment with brown Memento ink and distressed the edges of the butterflies with the same ink.  The background paper is by Memory Box.

I used a mix and match sentiment from the Winged Things set and stamped it on the die cut frame.  I love the Font on this one and I love the fact that you can place the stamps the way you would like.  The background paper and the butterfly background stamp is by memory box.  Please be sure and check out the Getting Cricky blog to see what the other designers have created.  They all did a beautiful job!  I am sure you will be inspired.

Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Copic Practice

I joined a site, Make It Crafy,  that someone recommended and have been practicing my coloring with copics.  One of the free images I received was Pipi.  The challenge was to color the image without black lines.  I was pretty happy with how it was going until my copics started to misbehave.  Have any of you had problems with the ink getting sticky, streaky, and shiny on top of the paper while coloring, making it impossible to blend, and basically ruining your image?  I usually only noticed this happening with the darker colors, but am now noticing it will happen with light colors as well.  Here is what someone recommended for cleaning copic nibs.  I gave it a try with one of my nibs last night.  I was surprised how clean it got.  Seems to have made a difference.  I am going to try it with some of my other nibs that aren't working so well.  I would love to hear from you if you have had any of these problems with your copics.

So this is the image I received.  I think it is such a cute image and it was fun to color.  I was going to make her hair darker, and started to do so, but then the ink gave me grief.  I messed up the 3 swirls on the left.  Then I took my colorless blender and tried to clean up the sticky ink.  That made a bigger mess so I tried to lift all the color from that spot.  It didn't all lift but I made due with what I had and recolored those 3 swirls as best I could.  The no black lines is a very unique challenge, in and of itself.

My next image is called sitting Jane and I purchased her here.  I lightened the image in GIMP and printed it onto SU Whisper White cardstock.  I started having difficulty with the sticky ink, so I used my Prismacolor colored pencils to the image to help with some of the shading.  I drew the brick wall and sidewalk to ground the image and am entering it into the Ground Your Subject Challenge at Make It

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and smiles,

Peachy Keen Challenge 59

Good Morning Friends!  Time for another Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge with a twist.

Here is the sketch.  The challenge is to make a card or project
with the sketch and add buttons somewhere on your project.

Peachy Keen stamps are not required for the Tuesday sketch
challenges, but if you have them, we always appreciate seeing what you create with them.

Guest Designer: Glorajean -

Most of you, I am sure, are familiar with Glora and her amazing talent!  She is a very loyal Peachy Keen fan and has participated in just about every PK challenge.  Welcome Glora!

Now for my card.  I used the adorable Bewitched Stamp.  Too cute to be a witch, don't you think?

The bat was stamped on shrink plastic, cut and colored, and then shrunk using a heat gun.  Shrink plastic is so fun!

I used Copics to color the image.  The web is a Stampin' Up rub on.  The skeletons were cut from a piece of patterned paper.

I hope you will play along with us.  Please visit the Peachy Keen blog to see what the other designers have created.  They inspire me, and I am sure they will inspire you as well.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs and smiles,

Monday, August 22, 2011

And the WINNER is.....

The winner of the Fashionable Friends stamp set is...

Blogger Tami B. said...

First PK and now K Andrew- I feel like I follow you twice, lol Great projects.
19/8/11 22:30

I used and the number picked was #8.
Thanks for all the wonderful comments and for hopping with us!  Tami I sent you an email.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Gettying Cricky Ustream Event and Blog Hop

Welcome to the Getting Cricky Ustream Event and
Blog Hop where we are showcasing three BRAND NEW sets of K Andrew Design's Stamps! You can order these BRAND new sets--they are shipping now. 

This weekend is FREE shipping plus with a $20.00 or more order, you will receive a bonus stamp set: Merci Free!!! eeek--how cool is that??? YES Kristal's stamps are still priced below retail even for this special event!!!
Don't forget you can also BUY  current stamp sets at her retailers: Memory Miser & The Stamp Addict! On Sept 10'th, BOTH of these awesome retailers will have ALL of my stamp sets 1-12!!!!

All of the FUN will start RIGHT HERE at the Getting Cricky Ustream Channel at
9pm EST (6pm PST)...  So please click on the link and Join the Getting
Cricky Crowd (if you are joining us later, we invite you to watch the recorded
version of the Ustream so that you don't miss out on ANY of the EXCITEMENT!)!!
**MAKE sure to join CHAT (NOT social stream--I do pop out chat--if you are sitting in social stream--you will miss out on the fun and chat!)

We are SHOWCASING these THREE brand new STAMP sets that you can order NOW! Free shipping is on ALL sets. We have sold out of Food for Thought--but you may preorder it; it will be here 9/1 along with my BRAND new SEASONAL stamps that you will get a sneak peek of at tonight's USTREAM! You can also PREORDER these this weekend too with FREE shipping!!! VISIT Kristal's store K Andrew Designs to see them all!!!

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. She is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless
Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!
You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online
store: K Andrew Designs
Tonight on the Ustream, you saw previews for THREE brand new sets!!
Weren't they wonderful???
For my project, I'd like to share the "Winged Things set" that is being released TONIGHT and they are shipping now!

I also made a card using Coffee and Tea For You and Me,

BLOG CANDY!!  Fashionable Friends
I will be giving away a set of stamps using  Good luck!

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:

          5. Amy

        9.  Shawn

      10. Deborah

      11. Janice

12. Kathy


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fishing You Were Here

Good morning friends!

Today I have made a card featuring the Cottage Cutz Ring Toss and Fish Bowl die.  This die is from the Carnival Release.  Everything was cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.  The fish with sentiment was cut from the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge.  The sentiment is from K. Andrew Designs Art Stamps, Splash-tastic Summer.

I also wanted to mention the Halloween Release pre-order is in the store.  I know a lot of you have been waiting anxiously for this release, and let me just say, "It is well WORTH the wait!!!"  I am so excited!  I want them all!!  Have a GREAT day and thanks for looking!

Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Link Up Love Party With K Andrew!

Hello friends!
     This my first time joining in on the Link Up Love Party with K Andrew.

I am grateful that my parents taught us to love each other and to be kind to others.  I have 8 sisters and we all get along without jealousy and truly love each other.  Some families don't get along.  We are very BLESSED!!

Here is a photo of one of my favorite creations.  I love Fall and Halloween so I chose this one because I am happy with the way it turned out.

Link Up Love Party: How it Works
  • Link Up Party runs from Tuesday 8/16 to Tuesday 8/23. Winners announced 8/29
  • Grab Kristal's blinkie and post on your blog's sidebar
  • Be a follower of Kristal's blog, and I'd love for you to follow mine as well, if you would like.
  • Create a new blog post that is titled Link Up Love Party with K Andrew.  In your post, you must mention that the link up love party is a way to  get to know each other and find new blog inspiration, mention Kristal's blog,  with a link back to it blog
  • Post your favorite project that you've done in your blog post WITH ONE thing you are grateful for!
  • Copy and paste the link up code into your blog post so the Inlinkz will show up on your blog
  • Spread the word so everyone can join in!
  • You must visit, follow, and comment on the 5 people before you AND the 5  people after you in the Inlinkz. It would be fantastic if you would visit as many as you can--maybe everyone? If you are one of the first 5 then you will need to blog the ones before you and a few more after--as long as it's a minimum of 10 near you in the link up tool/gadget)
  • If you do not do the above your link will be deleted, because it's just not fair to those who work so hard linking up and showing love to the ones on the list. Kristal has two moderators who will be checking this out to keep it awesome!

Here is the code for the link up party
get the InLinkz code

Monday, August 15, 2011

Let's Gather Round the Campfire

Hello friends!

 Today I made a card featuring the stamp set, Gone Campin', by Market Street Stamps.  I love this set and am glad I finally had some time to ink it up.  After stamping the campfire, I just had to make it a safe burning place so I added the sandy base and rocks around the fire.  I tried to make the sky have some glow from the burning fire.  The marshmallows have been toasted a golden brown and the mosquito is on the watch for it's next victim. As always, thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge

Hello everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your Sunday!  I am happy to announce that I have joined forces with the Getting Cricky Design Team.  I have known Kristal for several years and I am thrilled to be working on her team using her wonderful sentiment stamps.  She has a nice variety  and most of her sets are mix and match which gives you so many options when choosing your sentiments.  Kristal also has chosen several charities. that she has researched, to receive a portion of each sale.  How cool is that!  So I hope you will check out her store and read about the charities she has chosen.  Kristal is such an inspiration to so many!  Thank you Kristal for allowing me to be on your design team!  I am thrilled and look forward to gaining new friendships along the way.

Today's Simply Sunday challenge was to create a party favor or gift bag, etc.  I used Splash-tastic Summer to create this little wooden gift tote.  The sentiment I chose is "You Float My Boat".  So I found this nautical patterned paper to decorate the outside of the box.  The boat was made from a Cottage Cutz die called Scooter and Tugboat.  It was the perfect size for my project.  Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and smiles,

ps    Please go check our what the other designers have created and leave them some love.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge 58

Good Morning Peachy Keen friends!  Time for another Tuesday Sketch Challenge.  For my card I used PK-335 Christmas Heads.  I chose the Gingers.  I love the gingerbread stamps!  They are so cute and Peachy Keen has a large selection to choose from.  This set is from the newest release of stamps.

I used the 1 inch ginger faces from the PK-484 Snowmany Face Assortment set.  I don't know how Kathy continues to create such a variety of these adorable faces!  I know I have said this many times, but I just can't help myself, "These stamps sure do make me smile!"  Since I was using just the heads, I decided to use the ginger hands from PK-327 Winter Peekers and Phrases set.  Finally I used PK-322 Christmas Tag Minis to create the garland and snowflake.  I colored the images with Copics.  I applied Viva cream colored Pearl Pen to the gingers hair and hands and also to the snowflake.  I love the dimension and gloss of the pearl pens.  The ribbon I used is retired from Stampin Up.  The finished card size is 5x7.  I had a lot of fun making this card.  To read all the details of the challenge and to view what the other designers have created please visit the Challenge Blog here.  They have made some wonderful samples once again!  Also our guest designer this week is Gaby  Welcome Gaby!
Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Good morning friends!  I hope you have all been enjoying a lovely weekend.  Today it is raining here in New England and that's okay because it is much needed.  Today's card features the Popcorn and Cotton Candy die.  This little girl is peering into the window with excited anticipation, wondering which special treats she would like to buy while taking a break from the carnival rides.  I can almost feel her joy!

I made a snack tray/holder for the cotton candy.  The die cuts were cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics. The background papers are by Memory Box and the twine is from The Twinery.  The little girl was hand drawn with the exception of the Peachy Keen face.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Hugs and smiles,