Thursday, February 24, 2011

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Real quick, I didn't label them as such, but I have a couple of designs below for the DT Challenge. I'm going to put them here under this post. The distress look on the tag really lends it's self to the "coffee and cream" theme. (you have no idea how appropriate the whole coffee and cream thing is for me)
Anyway, enjoy!

I adore these new stamps! (Hampton Art, Graphic 45 "Time Flies and Tim Holtz Acrylic Stamps) Stamped on manilla tag with Tuxedo black ink, colored with Copic Markers and distressed with Tim Holtz Distress inks by Ranger.

My groovy little dino guy is from Close to My Heart (Dino Roar, retired), inked with Moca Mama by Powder Puff, he's colored in with various Copic Markers.

Copic Stuff

Hello All!

Well, I know you've all heard me go on about Copic Markers, now I'm finally getting around to posting some samples of things you can do with them. I've been having entirely too much fun "coloring" and now that I have my Copic Airbrush kit it's on! It does take some practice, especially if you're not familiar with using markers, blending etc, but once you do - look out, you'll be hooked. I'll do my best to post pics of upcoming classes at Scrap 'N Friends along with dates and times - if there's a class you want to take, call us at the store (833-2600) as soon as you can, they fill up fast.

I'm not looking forward to the yucky weather coming our way, but maybe that means I'll get some work done! I have a lot to try and catch up on in my books.

Enjoy the weekend!

The background is airbrushed with Copics and stamped with flourishes by Autumn Leaves. The house is a set from Close To My Heart.

Add The fairy and butterfly are both from the new Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime 3" collection by Hampton Art, the text and frame borders are both Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous. The ink on both tags are Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger Ink.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Good Morning Everyone!
I'm so glad it's going to warm up a bit this week, it's about time - I'm so over snow and ice. I want to go outside and not worry about falling on my bum.We need the sun to come back out though.

Anyway, here's the card I designed for February's Technique Class I did at Scrap 'N Friends. We've got a full Copic Beginner's Class tomorrow evening (yeay!) There will be another beginner class on March 15th. I'm also hoping to start Copic Technique classes at the end of March if all goes at planned. I do know it will involve flowers. March's regular technique class will be heat embossing and "watercoloring". It sounds weird, but it's really cool. Hopefully, we'll have some samples up at the store very soon. Classes are at 6:00. Keep an eye out here for dates and prices. Maybe I'll get them posted here as well.

So, I hope everyone has a fab Valentine's Day and I'll have some more goodies up here soon.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Spring Is Just Around The Corner?

I know looking out the window today and the fact they're calling for more snow come Monday, that the silly groundhog says winter is going to be over soon. Right.
With the wonderful sunshine we had yesterday, I decided to venture out and take some more pictures. I found the icicles hanging like stalactites funny. The ice was so thick I could walk on top and not bust through it. Jenna pulled a slab of ice off of her slide that was almost 2 inches thick and she informed me it was quite heavy.
So with all this wondering about taking pictures of the icicles etc., thinking I was cold and it was time to go in, as I open the back door, I look down into my flower beds.....the daffodils are starting to come up!

Maybe the little fur ball was right.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Birds on Ice

Happy Thursday everyone - day 3 of no school. I have to admit I've enjoyed my leisurely mornings drinking my coffee and watching the birds. I love birdwatching. It's been particularly amusing here the last couple days because of all the ice. We have a Shepard's hook out in front so I can watch the goings on from our living room picture window. The big draw is the suet - they all like that. It took the woodpeckers to get thru the ice covering on the feeder, then everyone started coming round. I hadn't seen any Red-Bellied woodpeckers here lately but now I've been seeing a Flicker. At first I thought it was just an enormous Red-Bellied, but it's not. He's not used to me yet either. The rest of the little birdies are used to me having my face and camera shoved in the window taking pictures, but he's new and a tease. I have to move slowly and now I can sit down on the couch and watch him, but as soon as the camera shows itself, off he goes and watches me from the trees.
Anyway, all the little guys (chickadees, sparrows, dark eyed juncos, etc.) would land on the curve of the Shepard hook and just slide around the corner and down. Poor things. Then we had the Ice Capades on the patio - a Morning Dove literally looked like it was skating (gliding in all, it was just missing some tiny little skates) across the patio getting what the others chucked out of the feeders.
I think I managed to see at least 10 different birds hanging around. It was like a little show - one or two would hang out, they'd fly off and then another would show up - it was a birdie conga line.
So, here's a few pictures to enjoy.
Stay Warm,
My little Chickadee
Tufted Titmice

Common Flicker and Sparrow