Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hello Princess!

I made this card to enter into a couple of challenges but, it really doesn't have a purpose...I do like how it turned out...perhaps I will give it to a friend when I go to Japan next week...or maybe I'll pop it in the mail and send it to a local friend whom I haven't seen in quite a while....Haha..I guess that depends on whether or not I find the time to make a more appropriate card....the sentiment makes me feel like I should give it to a little girl and it is OVERLY cute but, then again...the Japanese DO like cute!  LOL...I know, I'm silly...

Here it is:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

I used the June Sketch from Anyone For Anya:

Cardstock - SU: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Xpress It Blending Card, PTI Stamper's Select
Patterned Paper - Pebbles
Stamps - TGF: Princess Anya; Recollections: sentiment
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Peeled Paint
Pastels: Pebbles (sky)
Accessories Twine: The Twinery: Pink Sorbet; Rose: I Am Roses; Liquid Pearls: Buttercup; Dimensional Sticker: Pebbles; Glue Pen: Zigg by EK Success; Glitter: Prisma Glitter; Rhinestones: Melissa Frances

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Royally Wonderful Birthday 2!

Ok, I LOVE this sentiment and I think I'll be using it A LOT!  TGF has had the release of two NEW Princess Anyas!  I have got to have them!  Anyway, to celebrate this, they're having a month long TGF Royalty contest with 4 weekly challenges.  I made this card for The TGF Royalty Week 3 as well as TGF Farm Fresh Challenge - Get Sentimental.  It was my second time using a digi (LOL, the first was a larger version of the same image just hours before, see previous post).  Everything went well until the very end!  I was using new cardstock as well which I had only used for the previous image that I had coloured earlier in the day.  It is the X-press it blending card.  It doesn't bleed AT ALL but, it also takes FOREVER to dry...I didn't know this and while attaching Dressy Joyce to the card, I got ink from the hair on my fingers which was then transferred to her face, oh no!  It really is a shame because, aside from that, I love how it turned out!  Like I have said before, I'm new with Copics so I wasn't sure how to remedy this...I used the colourless blender and my finger, LOL to remove the two little spots of brown ink...this worked however, in the process, I smudged the black from her eyelashes!  I thought that printer ink wouldn't smudge..guess I was her mascara is running and it seems permanent.  I went over it again with the skin tone marker.  It's not THAT bad, I suppose...but, I'm a perfectionist and I just can't leave her that way so...I am either going to reprint the image and colour the face again and paper piece it over top...or I will just colour an entirely new Dressy Joyce...I could use the practice anyhow...LOL...Live and Learn!  

I will add new photos after I fix the face...I could probably do a better job on the photography anyway since I just used my iPhone, LOL.

Here is the card:

I used the following sketch from the TGF Royalty Contest - Week 3:

I entered this card into the following challenges:

Supply List:
Cardstock - SU: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, X-Press it Blending Card, Neenah Classic Crest Avalanche White
Patterned Paper - MME: Quite Contrary
Stamps - TGF: Dressy Joyce (digital), Princess Anya (crown); Hero Arts (sentiment)
Ink - SU: Melon Mambo
Copics - Hair: E55, E57, E59; Skin: YR0000, YR000; Blush: R20; Dress & Shoes: BG10, BG11, BG13, RV10, RV11, RV13; Crown: Y15, Y17
Accessories - Flowers: I Am Roses - Cherry Blossoms Mixed Pink, Small Pink Flowers 2-tone; Rhinestone (unknown, bought @ Micheal's), Ribbon (unknown, bought by the yard @ local scrapbooking store)

TGF Dressy Joyce, I was never into making cutesy cards style was more classy and sophisticated (or at least I like to think so :P)...
However, I have always had a love for Japanese manga and anime which I was exposed to through my oldest brother...and also have always loved Hello Kitty and cute Japanese stationary...maybe it's the Asian blood in me (I'm part Chinese), in other words, I DO like "Japanese cute"...LOL, that is the only way I can describe it!  Super deformed characters with big heads and little bodies...I LOVE them!
I recently discovered The Greeting Farm 2-3 months ago while watching Copic tutorials on YouTube.  Soon after that, I ordered a bunch of Copic markers and although my first attempt at colouring with them, I was surprisingly happy, I soon became frustrated with them and thought I'd NEVER get good at using them!  I never was very good at colouring...probably because I can be impatient and get frustrated easily, LOL, can you tell?  I only practiced with them about 3 times and then I finally took a VERY short class called Copic Cuties with Tanya at Photo Express (one of the local scrapbooking stores).  It's a monthly one hour class in which you make one card using copics...Tanya gave me a few pointers but, I still need to take some full-blown Copic classes...I have A LOT to learn still....I really don't even know the basics but, I must say that Tanya helped me a whole lot because I practiced colouring once since her class and then in the past week and a half, I have actually not only used Copics on one card, but FIVE!  Woohoo!  This is my fourth card using Copics and second time colouring hair.  I am having a BLAST!  About a month ago, I placed my first order with The Greeting Farm and am SO glad that I did!  TGF images are absolutely AMAZING!  They're FUN and EASY to colour...I never thought I'd enjoy colouring so much!
Sorry for talking your ears off...or should I say typing your eyes off?  LOL, that doesn't sound right at all!  Without further ado, here is my card:

I got pretty lazy the last couple of days and this is a photo I took with my iPhone 4.  I may change the photos later if I take some better ones with my actual camera...I also didn't put a sentiment on this card...perhaps I'll just wait until I have an occasion to use it for...
This is also my first time using a digi...I had to toy around with it a bit to get it the correct size but, I definitely like the fact that I CAN resize it...

I entered this card into the following challenges:

Supply List:
Cardstock - SU: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry
DSP - SU: Razzleberry Lemonade
Stamps - TGF: Dressy Joyce (Digital)
Copics - Hair: E35, E37, E39; Skin: YR0000; Blush: R20; Dress: Y13, Y15, Y17, R30, R32, R35, BV00, BV02, V09; Shoes: V09
Accessories: Crochet Lace (unknown, bought @ Joann), Rhinestones (unknown, bought @ Michael's)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Little Monster!

My friend's son just turned one the other day.  When she was pregnant, my friend and I thought she was having a girl...when we found out he was a boy, I started calling him the little monster so, naturally, when I saw this stamp set a couple of months ago at Michael's, I HAD to buy it!  He is such a little cutie and I can't believe how quickly they grow up....
Here is the card I made for him:

I didn't use any patterned paper on this card.  I hand stamped on white cardstock to get the patterned paper effect in the colours that I wanted.  I used the Puddle Pad Technique on the argyle.  For a tutorial on this technique, go here.  I coloured the main image with Copics (see Supply List below for colours) and attached the buttons with hot glue using my cordless i-bond.  It works great for attaching clear buttons but, you must make sure you get the right amount of glue so that it covers the entire back of the button so as not to show a line and also make sure that you don't use TOO much as it will ooze out of the sides...Also, once you place the embellishment, it will not budge so you have to make sure you have it where you want it....I still haven't mastered the hot glue, LOL!  Please let me know if you have a better way of attaching clear buttons...I usually use Glue Dots to attach buttons but, they show through on clear buttons...

I got the colour inspiration from Colour Q #89 but, unfortunately, just missed the deadline because I didn't blog it in time...wasn't accounting for the time zone, LOL.  Here is the inspirational photo:

I got the sketch from Pals Paper Arts #98:

Here is a full list of the challenges that I'm entering this card into:

Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest: White; SU: Bashful Blue, Bravo Burgundy, Basic Grey, Cajun Craze
Stamps: Monster Stamp Set (I think this is Recollections but, not sure...bought at Michael's.  Cling Rubber.  I used this to stamp main image, background, sentiment: "Little Monster!"); CTMH: Wonderful Friend (Argyle background); Inkadinkado (sentiment: "Happy" & "Birthday")
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; SU: Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray; Reinkers (for Puddle Pad Technique): Bravo Burgundy, Dusty Durango
Copics: Monster: YR14, YR16, YR18, R46; Skin: YR0000; Shoes: B32, C1; Eyes & Teeth: C1; Shadow: W2
Tools: Spellbinders: Classic Square LG, Scalloped Square SM, Tim Holtz by Tonic: Craft Knife, Scissors; Imaginisce: i-bond (Hot Glue Gun)
Embellishments: Buttons: Assorted Unknown; Twine: CTMH; Chipboard Number: Basic Grey

Monday, June 13, 2011

Turn Your Face to the Sun..

Well, I don't like to talk about my problems but, I've been going through some really tough stuff lately...I made this card today thinking it would cheer me up but, I don't know if it's really difficult to take one's own advice, lol!

Ok, so, I'm feeling A LOT better than I was last week so, thanks to everyone for the kind and supportive words!  I have added a Supply List at the bottom of this post.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
The Outlawz - Color Challenge Summer Party June 7

Supply List:
Cartstock - SU: Crumb Cake, Real Red; Neenah Classic Crest: Avalanche 80lb White
Stamps: Flourishes - Sunflowers
Ink - Memento: Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Fired Brick
Copic Markers - Y13, Y15, Y17, YG93, YG95, YG97, E44, E47, R46
Embossing Folder - SU: Square Lattice
Embellishments - Ribbon: Unknown (bought at Michael's) Red Gingham ; Pearls: Recollections and CTMH ; Button: CTMH - Red Assortment; Twine: CTMH

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Royally Wonderful Birthday!

Here is a card that I made for my friend's 3-year-old daughter's birthday.  She is my little princess so, I thought it was a fitting image and sentiment.  It was my first time using Copic markers on a card and my very first time colouring hair.  I bought a bunch of Copic Sketch markers a while back but, haven't had much opportunity to play around with them...I've maybe practiced 3 times...I really need to take some Copic classes...especially with my new DT position on the DYSU Challenge Blog!  However, I did take one really short class last month and will be taking another really short one next Friday...I do think the first 1-hour class did help me improve quite a bit.  When I stamped the adorable TGF Princess Anya, I stamped it three times thinking that I would need to colour at least three before I'd be happy enough with the outcome to actually use it on my my surprise and delight, I was shockingly happy with the first one!  I might feel differently looking back as I improve, LOL, but, for now, I am happy.  I rushed to colour the castle in the background as I was strapped for time and I could've done a better job but, I still think it looks ok...

I got the GORGEOUS colour inspiration from CR84FN31:

I cased this awesome inspiration card from TGF Farm Fresh Challenge Blog - Mystery Monday (I used it as a sketch):

I am also entering it into the following challenges:

DSP & Cardstock: CTMH - Sophia
Stamps: TGF - Princess Anya; Hero Arts CL412 (Castle, Sentiment)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, SU! - Certainly Celery (sponged edge of scalloped square)
Markers: Copic Sketch - Skin - YR0000, R20 (blush); Hair - Y13, Y15; Dress & Wand - RV10, RV11, RV13, YG13, YG17; Crown - Y15, Y17, Y28; Castle - W2, W4; Windows - YR31; Door - E33, E35; Flag - RV10, RV11; Grass - YG01, YG03; Sky - BG000
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Squares LG, Scalloped Squares LG
Ribbon: CTMH
Rhinestones: Unknown
Glitter: CTMH Prisma Glitter
Mulberry Flowers: I Am Roses - Cherry Blossoms

Exciting Announcement!

Hi Everyone, I hope your weekends are going well and everyone is getting some sunshine!
I have an exciting announcement...I was chosen to be a new DT member on the DYSU Challenge Blog!  I feel so honoured and am SO excited!  This is my very first time being a DT member and it's going to be tons of FUN!  My new position begins on July 1st...I can't wait to get started.  I hope I can inspire some creativity and cannot wait to see all of the gorgeous entries!  Anyway, I hope you come and play along with us...and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Friday, June 3, 2011

The Outlawz are having a Summer Party! Come Join in on the fun!

Hey all,
Just wanted to write a quick note to let everyone know about The Summer Party @ The Outlawz!  All of the Outlawz ladies are so sweet and supportive and we'd love it if you came and joined us...there are tons of great sponsors...The party runs from June 5th - June 11th....I hope you check it out!

Here is the Flyer:

Believe in Miracles

So...this is a long story but, way back in October I went on a scrapbooking retreat with my mom and her friends.  There, I met a super sweet gal named Cathy who was fighting breast cancer.  She found a lump in her breast but, for whatever reason, her doctor wasn't too concerned about it so, 3 months passed before they got her into specialists to have more testing, etc.  It turned out to be malignant and not only that, but, a particularly fast growing type of, they decided to do radiation therapy and chemo before doing a mastectomy (I think that's how it went..) instead of the usual treatment which is in the opposite order.
Recently I heard from Linda, who organized the retreat, that she had heard from Kathy.  Kathy's surgery had been a success and they had gotten all of the tumour out...However, the cancer has now come back but, only in one place...I still have faith that she can kick this but, apparently she is feeling discouraged.  She is SO young still (I believe only 41 when I met her in October) and has two little ones (2 and 4).  I made this card to send support and encouragement and I am also sending her a copy of Victoria Boutenko's Green for Life (about green smoothies and an alkaline diet) which I had been telling her about during the retreat.  I have never had to deal with something like this before so, I wasn't sure exactly what sentiment to use or how to go about it but, I really love how this turned out.
Well, without further ado, here it is:

I hope these photos suffice since my camera battery was dead after a camping trip over the weekend so, I used my iPhone 4 to take the pictures.  It was such a gorgeous day here in Vancouver so, I went out on my deck and did the photo shoot out there with the exception of the last photo.  I stamped a grass image on the oval with Versamark and used SU! Heat & Stick Powder to adhere Glitter Ritz transparent glitter and also used a glue pen to apply the same glitter to the's hard to capture in a photo but, I felt that the last photo which I took inside in a softer light showed this better.  

Please keep scrolling to see my inspiration for this card and a supply list below.

If you like the sentiment I used, it came from the stamp set "Believe" by Verve Stamps...there are many more beautiful sentiments in this set as well as some pretty flowers and flourishes.  The reason I'm mentioning this is because $10 from the sale of every Believe set is donated to Susan G Komen for the Cure.

I got the sketch from Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #13:

I got inspiration for the colour combo from CR84FN Challenge #30:

I also entered this card into the Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #18 - Anything Goes!

Cardstock: SU - Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
DSP: My Mind's Eye - Stella Rose - Hattie, Gertie 6x6 paper pads
Stamps: Verve - Believe (sentiment); SU - Inspired by Nature (grass silhouette image)
Ink: SU - Baja Breeze, So Saffron; Tsukineko - Versamark
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Petite Ovals SM, Petite Scalloped Ovals LG; Verve - Elegant Leaves, Floral Circles
Tools: Tim Holtz Vagabond by Sizzix
Embellishments: Pearls - Recollections; Embroidery Floss - Unknown (From Joann); Buttons - Assorted - Unknown; Glitter - Glitter Ritz - Transparent
Accessories: Pop dots - Thermoweb; Double-sided Tape - Be Creative (Sookwang); Zig by EK Success - Glue Pen; SU - Heat & Stick Powder