Friday, March 25, 2016


Well Happy Easter Bunnies!
I finished one of my major projects, so it's break time!  I decided that I really need to practice hair coloring with my Copic Markers (currently I know one colour-brown).  I needed to start with blondes and blacks; they are the worst, so why not tackle those first? Wow...I must say, coloring black hair is a real skill ( of which I have not eeeeeeven mastered).  I did a lot research over the last couple of days and there are some excellent tutorials and very talented folks out there, kudos to all of you.  But since I'm just starting this journey with coloring hair, I needed to start some place simple.  One of my research resources was Pinterest (of course-lol).  I found the colour combinations given by Heather's Hobbie Haven helped me to get close to my goal for today ( color some hair without tearing up the paper and giving up)...mission accomplished! I coloured 5 different shades or variations of black.  I'm still not where I want to be but I think I did a pretty good job today.  I've attempted black hair many times in the past.  Sadly, all my images seem to come out looking like they are prematurely gray, so I let that challenge go for a little bit (it was working my nerves a little too much). Now, I have more time to focus on this one area and hopefully (soon) I will be good it.  I can blend colours pretty well but trying to blend colours to make black takes the patient of Job! (hold me up Holy Ghost!)  I was so happy with today's attempt, I'm just going to keep it (won't make a card or anything).  The image I used is a an old digi from Saturated Canary, called Boobie Love.  My scrappin' BFF Lesia and I are also trying to do more darker skin toned images.  I love, love, love the colour I got for her skin (it's the same as mine. I named the color "Choco-la-ta-tay".  I enlarged the image and copied several head shots on one sheet of Neenah paper to practice on.   I need to keep practicing the black.  I like what I did today but I know it can be much better.  Usually I'm a stickler for staying within the lines but this time it was all about getting the colour and shading right.  Once we have those down, we'll go back to making sure we stay in the lines.   Well here's a look-see at where I'm at so far...

Hair: N3, N5, N7, N9, and 100
Eyes: E25, E27, E29
Skin: E49, E59, E57, E55
Rose and Lips: R89, R59, R29, R27, R24
Til' next time...Hugz from me


Monday, March 14, 2016

Spring Time Letters

Howdy folks!  Droppin' in to share some altered letters I did for one of my scrapping friends.
I used Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments on the front and back (sorry I forgot to take picture of the back of the letters). I used the B-side of the print you see. The letters are stained with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Stain (wear gloves!!!). The edges are inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks.  Flowers are Prima frosted roses ( I just love the color), Pearls are Want-2-Scrap, the wooden embellishments are from Michael's, the little phrases were created using my Stampin' UP! label punch, chipboard, cardstock, and my computer.  I think they came out really well, I love the spring time feel.   I am going to enter my altered letters in the following challenges...

Eclectic Ellapu -(purple team) Flora and FaunaNote: EE is also having a DT call, be sure and pop over and check out the qualifications.  She will have the tryouts open until April 1st; good luck to everyone!
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge: Challenge #29 Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge Blog- March Challenge #3- Anything Goes


Until next time...Hugz from me!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spellbinders Majesty die Shaped Card

Hi everyone,
     Today I am sharing a card I did with Spellbinder's Majesty die S4-445.  I love this die, it's so, so pretty!  There are just a wonder of ideas and possibilities with this die.  I was inspired by a card I saw in the JustRite booth at the last Craft Expo I attended. The card I saw was actually a baby card.  I plan to do the baby card eventually.   I used scraps to do this first run card.   Just making sure I'm able to line up the templates correctly and making note of any adjustment needed for the real card!  The card measures about 4.25" x 4.25".  The supplies  I used are JoAnn's pink cardstock, the white cardstock is my go-to source Michael's Recollection brand, and  the patterned paper is some old scrap; can't eeeeeeeven remember the name.  The little multicolored rose is from an old Prima collection called Sherwood Rose Cottage. The 1/8 inch satin ribbon is a scrap from a previous project.  I punched the butterfly out of vellum paper (Recollection brand), and added some (Wilton) sparkling stamen and some Crystal Stickles from Ranger.  The little tag is from Spellbinder's Framed Tags One S4-392, the "Thanks"  is from JustRite  All in The Family Large Sentiments CR-04400, and the ink is Stampin UP! Blushing Bride.  Hopefully, in few days I can start on the real thing.  I plan to enter this card in the following challenges.  Thanks for stopping by, til next time...Hugz from me!

Alphabet Challenge Blog- A for Anything Pink
Crafting with Friends- Challenge #16 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge- Challenge #104 Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #159- Anything Goes with Wings
PDE Linky Party- Challenge #114 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Crafting -Week 10 challenge-Spring Color
Simply Papercraft Challenges- Challenge #25 Anything Goes


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

For You! Spellbinders Royal Circle die templates

Hello my paper craftin' peeps!

Just popped in to share a card that I did while doing some test cutting from new dies that I recently acquired.  I do a lot of big projects and usually I have more than one going at a time.  Sometimes you need a little break in between the big projects;  so what better time to get in a quick card or two to break up some of that repetition and monotony.   Most often I get my card ideas from Google images or Pinterest.  This time I decided to look even closer for some inspiration.  I got this card idea from the die packaging!  It looked like such a simple and fun card to make.  The supplies I used for this card are: Spellbinders Royal Circle S4-444, black and white card stock- Michael's Recollection brand, the bluish-green poker-dot patterned paper is from BoBunny, the ink is Stampin UP! Pool Party and Momento Tuxedo Black, the greeting is a Stampin' UP! Vintage Labels stamp set , the little white rose buds are Hobby Lobby brand, the little stamp embellishment is a cut apart from Graphic 45 Botanical Tea, and the sheer ribbon is from JoAnn's.  And what's even better... all the items are SCRAPS! love it!!!  I'm not a scrapbooker;  but I'm still scrappin' bebey!(lol)  The inside is blank with a white piece of cardstock for a personal message or a stamped sentiment. This little 5 x 5 inch card is just great for almost any occasion and right on time for Easter and Mother's Day!  I am going to enter this one in the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog #151 Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ March challenge Anything Goes and include a handmade bow (code CBD35)
Craft Your Passion Challenges #301 Always Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers #156 For a Special Woman
Dream Valley Challenges #126 Mother's Day

Have a look, hope to see you there, and good luck in the challenges!


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