Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I've Got Summer on My Mind

Let's face it...with another nor'easter blustering here in New England,  I needed something to distract me. So today I'm sharing a card that reminds me that warmer weather will come some day....hopefully soon!

Today, I colored up another one of Conie Fong's adorable digital stamps....this one is called Summer Dreams. Isn't she precious? 

Here are the colors I chose:

        Hat:  E37, E34, E31
        Face:  E11, E21, E00, E000

        Flowers:   R85, R83, R81
        Leaves: G99, G94, G21
        Dress: B97, B95, B93, B91
        Hair: Y28, YR23, YR21

I'm really hoping that power stays on. As long as it is...I'll keep on crafting!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Meet Emma Rose...

Hi there, it's a new month and that means it's time for a new Conie Fong Art & Design release! I'd like to introduce you to the gorgeous Emma Rose...isn't she sweet? Conie does such a beautiful job with her lovely ladies and Emma is one of my new favorites. Look at her hair...there is so much detail already sketched in, so coloring her up with my Copic markers was such a treat. 

Copics used:
   Hair: E30, E71, E77
   Skin: E21, E11, E00, E000, R20
   Eyes: B02, Bo4
   Lips: RV04, RV09
   Dress: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17
   Bows: G14, G19, G29

Right now you can get your own Emma Rose on sale over at the Conie Fong Art & Design etsy shop. 

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back in a little bit with more cards to share.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

All You Need is Love...Puppy Love!

I'm back today with my final card this month as a guest design team member for Conie Fong Art & Design. This is one of my favorite images. It's called Puppy Love and you can find it here.  I know I am a little partial to puppy images since we adopted our own puppy, Buttercup, back in April....but there's just something about the love between the little girl and the puppy that just warms my heart. 

I kept the card simple on a plaid Lawn Fawn background, coloring the image with Copics, fussy cutting them out, and popping them up on some die cut circles. The sentiment stamp was one of my finds during the recent Hobby Lobby clearance sale.

The Copics I used were:
     skin: E21, E00, E000, R20, R27, R39
     hair: E21, E25, E29, R20

     dress: BV02, BV04, BG11, BG13
     puppy: Y21, Y23, Y26. R37, R39

So that's it for me for now. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks, hopefully with some of Conie's newest creations! So stay tuned!


Friday, February 16, 2018

This Little Piggy....

Today I am sharing another card I created as a guest design team member for Conie Fong Art & Design. Conie just released this adorable Curly Piglet and if you are like me you will want to get this bundle (which includes Curly in 5 different versions) Check it out here

For this simple card, I used some of the paper that I picked up on my recent Hobby Lobby clearance haul and some glitter ribbon from the Target $1 bins. I typed the sentiment in a Microsoft word document using a font from dafont.com called Collection of Jays...just look at the little pig tails on the 'g' and the 'm'....how cute is that? Then I added the digi images and colored them in with my Copic markers. I fussy cut out the two piggies and popped them up with foam tape just to give the card a little more interest. With adorable images like these, you really don't need to do much more to pull together a fun card.

The Copics I used were:

Curly Piglet: R02, R11, R30
Hats: V20, V22, R11

Mud: E29, E49

So head over to Conie's shop and "pig" up this adorable bundle. You'll be in "hog heaven" if you do :-) 


A Valetine for One of my Besties

Today I am sharing a card that I created for my friend Ginger who runs the Stampers Swap Shop Buy/Sell/ISO/Share/Swap Facebook group. Over the past year, I've gotten to know Ginger better and she is just the sweetest, most caring and generous woman I "virtually" know. So I wanted to create something for her to let her know how special her friendship is to me.

This digital stamp, from Sherri Baldy at My Besties Shop was just the ticket.  

 I colored her with Copics:
       Skin: E000,E00, E02, E11, E21, R20
       Hair: Y21 YR24, YR18, Y28
       Boots: E33, E35, E57, E79
       Dress: R05, R24 R29, R81, R83, R85
       Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Conie Fong Art & Design Guest Design Spotlight

I'm so excited to have been selected as a guest design team member for the next two months for Conie Fong Art & Design Group on Facebook. Conie is an incredibly talented artist and I just fell in love with her digital stamps...and I can't stop coloring them. You can see all her images in her Etsy shop here

Today I am featuring my first card featuring Susie Sunshine. Isn't she just precious. Susie actually comes in four of different formats...you can select her with or without a balloon or facing left or right. How fun is that? 

I wanted to keep the overall card simple so that the focus could be on Susie...so I created a simple backdrop with a piece of paper from The Paper Studio Country Road collection and then I drew in a sidewalk to help ground the whole scene.

Here are the Copic colors I used.

   skin:   E02, E11, E21, E00, R20
   hair:  E59, E57, E34
   dress:  R85, R83, R81
   pants:  B99, B97, B95, B93
   roses:  R59, R56, E04
   leaves:  YG67, YG17, YG25

I used a sentiment from My Creative Time's Many Greetings set and then added a couple of little flowers and I was done.

Hope you like her. Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

I'm baaaak!!!!

So it's been more than two years since I've blogged...and my paper crafting focus has changed a lot. My scrapbooking has been neglected completely and the "to do" pile has grown siginificantly. On the other hand, my stockpile of cards has grown and that makes me pretty happy.

I've also started taking coloring classes at Kit and Clowder and that has helped take my card making in a whole new direction. And there is an added bonus, I have fallen in love (again) with digital stamps. Not only do digital stamps come in a wide variety of images and styles...but the best part is that I can collect a lot of them without taking up any more precious real estate in my overcrowded craft room.

Through the Kit and Clowder classes, I have been introduced to many great digital designers. And today I want to share two cards that I've made with the Bella Sending You Smiles digi stamp from Conie Fong Art & Design.

Isn't she adorable? It is so easy to make adorable cards when you start with a great image. And you can expect to see many more cards with Conie's images since I have been asked to be a guest design team member over on the Conie Fong Art & Design Facebook group next month....eeek! I am so excited!

Until the next post...happy crafting!

Stacy B

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Back to Card Making

Although I make cards regularly, I haven't posted any in quite awhile so I thought I'd share some that I created recently to replenish my stash. Unfortunately, I've had a number of reasons to send sympathy cards and actually had to send some store bought cards (gasp) because I didn't have extra time during the holidays to make my own.

So with the holiday hustle behind us, I spent a rainy afternoon creating some all occasion cards that I can send out in a pinch. I have seen a number of cards created using the layered floral stamps sets from companies like Altenew and although I love the look, I didn't have any of those stamps and didn't want to spend any more money right after the holidays. So I went through my stash and found this older flower stamp from Hero Arts and I added in the leaves from another clear stamp collection that I had. Sentiments came from the Many Greetings set from My Creative Time. 
I used my lighter and darker Copic markers to create a layered, almost watercolor look to the flowers. I purposefully didn't color right to the edges and even left specks of white on the flower petals for a unique look. Overall the design is very simple and I just changed up the colors and sentiments for variety (although all the cards shown are sympathy cards, I also created thank you and thinking of you cards to have on hand.) I love the simplicity of them and the colors are bright and cheery. The entire set just makes me happy.

Now here's hoping that I don't find reasons to send these sympathy cards out anytime soon, but at least I hope if I do need them, they brighten my friends' day.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Planner Post--Week One

In my last post I revealed my new planner for 2016--the Word Wise planner by 1Canoe2 and although I was a little leery about how thin the paper is, I am really pleased with how great it looks now that I am actually playing in it. Take a look at my first week...

I started off stamping everything onto sticker paper (see Monday's entries), but by Tuesday I had decided that I was going to live on the edge and stamp directly on the page. Sure there is a little bleed through to the reverse side...but as long as I stick with the lightest colored inks and use a soft touch, I think it is going to be okay. If anything shows too dark through to the other side, I can always cover it with a sticker or photo. I have found that the little icon images work pretty well as long as they are not solid images...for things like the solid envelope that I used on Thursday...I just stamped onto sticker paper first. 

The thing I love most about this planner is the large sized grid blocks...this format makes me so happy because now all my events aren't lined up in a column, which always looked so rigid. And for those lighter days in my schedule I don't have to figure out how to fill up the space. 

This first week is a little busier than it will probably be in the future...but I was having so much fun trying different things out. Have you been keeping a planner too? Maybe it was your New Years resolution to start one for 2016. 

Whatever your goals, I hope they are crafty!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Planner Review

Just put together a quick video to recap my planning addiction from 2015 and talk about the planner I've chosen for 2016.

Thanks for watching.