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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chinese New Year Child's Card

Good morning everyone! It is Sunday... I can't believe how quickly the weekend goes by! It is here and then it is gone! And tomorrow it is back to work already. I don't even feel like I got a break! Tonight, Bailey comes home from camp and I'm pretty sure Michael works this afternoon, but I'm not sure what time. I received my first request on Etsy for a Valentine's card this morning. So, today I will be working hard to get that finished. I'll make that one and ship it out with the other one she bought. So excited! All the work I'm putting into Etsy is definitely paying off :)  Yay!

Here is my 2nd custom ordered Chinese New Year Card. This one is for the baby daughter :)








I used all scrap paper. I cut the black wth the Silhouette Cameo. I added some twine and some dew drops. The little monkey was a free coloring image found online that I printed and colored with Copic Markers. I did pop his little head up and put it on a wobble. I thought... what is better for a small child than a wobble! :D  I stamped the Happy New Year and attached it with a black brad. And that is it! I was able to use all scraps for both of the cards for her which is a real bonus! I love being able to use my scraps up and I'm trying really hard to do that!

Copic Markers Used:
  • Cheeks: R20, R22
  • Vines: YG11, YG13, YG17
  • Mouth: R56, R59
  • Dark Brown: E23, E25, E27, E29
  • Light Brown: E51, E53, E55
  • Brown Eyes: E35, E37, E39
  • Nose: C3, C5, C7, C9
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Year of the Monkey

Hi everyone! And a very happy Saturday evening :)  Today has been a day full of working on Etsy and running around with my hubby. We did a bit of shopping today at Goodwill. I love finding items there to help with altering and such! I found quite a bit to work with! It was a great visit there! Then from there we went to computer store. Hubby had dropped off Bailey's laptop for them to work on. He wanted to make sure it would be finished by Monday. Then it was off to the Dollar Store to look around. We picked up a few things there and then I headed to Michael's to pick up a few things. I did Etsy promoting before we left and then I did more when I got home. I have spent a ton of time promoting, but I think it is helping, so I will stick with it. I might have to cut down a bit hahaha! but I'll continue at it though!  Later on in the afternoon I had to take Michael to work and then Kevin and I stopped to pick up Chinese for dinner for us. I came home and did a bit more Etsy promotion and then cleaned up my desk. It has been a mess since I worked on my last couple of cards.

Bailey has been out this weekend at a Church Camp. She will be coming home tomorrow. And then it is back to work and school for everyone! Taylor has her other eye surgery on Tuesday. Bailey has Goalie practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday early morning. Then she has practice after school each day as well.

Okay... onto my card. I had a friend at work place a custom order with me for two Chinese New Year cards. One was for her best friend and the other was for her bet friends little girl. So, I wanted to make a nice, more elegant card for her friend, which I will post today. Then for the other I wanted to make something that was more for a child. I will try to post that tomorrow.

Here is the first card:






So, I wanted to try to go for something a bit elegant and adult. I inked the background with distress ink on the inside and the outside. I used a lot of glitter markers along the black and opaque white markers for the white and the sparkles. I used Copic Markers to color the lanterns and the flowers. I di pop the flowers, the leaves, the flowers to give the card a bit of dimension. The little monkeys I also popped for dimension. I added a few gems/rhinestones to add a bit more sparkle to it. I also added some gems/rhinestones to the inside as well. I was able to use scraps on both of these cards that I made for her too! And this was created for her best friend. I really hope she likes it!

Copic Markers Used:
  • Yellow Lanterns and Flowers: Y11, Y15, YR23
  • Green Lantern: G12, G14, G16
  • Monkey: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
  • Red Lantern and Roses: $20, R22, R24, R29
  • Blue Lantern: B21, B24, B29
  • Leaves: YG11, YG13, YG17
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Cute As A Button Guest Designer

Good morning everyone! It has been a hectic couple of weeks. I'm not feeling all that great for the past couple of days. I think I may be fighting the ick that my son has; He has strep throat. I took him to the doctor on Friday to get that figured out and him on antibiotics. And my 17 year old son who doesn't really like to hang around us decides to get himself all comfy on the couch near Kevin and I with his blowing of nose and coughing!  What the heck! LOL  So.. I think my body is trying its best to fight off whatever it is trying to fight off. My throat is sore a bit... but my body must be working in overdrive, because it doesn't seem to be getting worse. I do feel a bit run down, but not overly. I'll be good! Having to take care of the sick, boy/man strep ridden 17 year old didn't help I'm sure! You know... he had strep 10 times worse than anyone else would have. It was tired from walking up the stairs, needed mom to poor the medicine... You know... that sort of thing LOL  Then, my daughter and I worked one of the two concession stand jobs that I have to do this year with her in Lacrosse. Nothing like paying out of the nose to play lacrosse and then she is a goalie, so we had to pay out of the nose to get goalie gear for her and then I have to work two concession stands too!  No breaks for a goalie!! Last night her and I watched the All Star National Hockey League games; That was fun! Anyway!! I'm back at work... hoping the week will go smoothly!

I spent my weekend taking care of him, but trying to get this done for Cute As A Button and then finish up two Chinese New Year cards for someone at work. So, I managed to finish everything I needed to yesterday, but then this post got delayed. So, here I am this morning trying to get it up :)

I hope you all are well and healthy and had a great weekend! The weather was beautiful here! Although, I think we have some storms headed this way!  Have a great Monday and week ahead everyone!








So, this was created for my Guest Design Spot at Cute As A Button -- Thank you so much Francesca!! It was truly an honor to be able to work with your image. Thank you!! The theme for this challenge is Shabby Chic and well.... I immediately go into panic mode!! I have no idea what Shabby Chic is really... but I wing it and try to do my best LOL!  I decided to do something different with this one. I have used "Jester" from Cute As A Button.  I've colored her with my Copic Markers and done a small bit of layering on the image. I have used a Canvas to create this little piece of art. It is a 5 x 7 canvas and I've painted by sponging on pink acrylic paint and then sparsely sponging some white paint over the pink. Then I used gold and pink texture paste with two different stencils. The gold you can see a bit on the bottom corner and the pink is the dots you can see in the upper corner. I used some vellum that I tore the edges  and some patterned paper that I distressed the edges. I added some off white lace to the side and then added some different flowers. I added some pink pearl strands and some ribbon around the flower spray on the side to finish it off.  I think it kind of comes off to whatever I think Shabby Chic is LOL  This is probably the closest I've come to creating something shabby chic! And I really enjoyed working with a canvas and creating a mixed media creation. I had a lot of fun with it.

Copic Markers Used: 
  • Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
  • Blue On Hat and Blue Eyes: B00, B02, B04
  • Pink on Hat and Around Neck: R00, BV20, RV11
  • Lips and Red Heart: R20, R22, R24, R29
  • Bells: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
  • Hair: C3, BV23, BV25
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Last Card from my Set of 5 Valentine's

Good afternoon or later in the morning rather! It has been a great day... just like I wanted. Cold and staying inside crafting. You can't ask for a better day! And I'm hoping the evening will continue the same! Michael has to work tonight, so I'm hoping the roads will be clear and he won't have any issues. That is it for us!! And here is my next and last of the set of five cards.

This is my last card in the set of five that I have listed on Etsy:








And here is the Set of Five Cards


For this card I have used another little monster from Valentine's Fuzzy Monsters from Drawn With Character. I've done juts a bit of layering and I've colored him with my Copic markers. I've added just a bit of Wink of Stella on his antennae. I've done just a bit of distressing on the white papers. I was so happy to use up a bit of scraps on these cards.

Copic Markers Used:
  • Yellow: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
  • Red: R43, R46, R56
  • Tongue: R20, R22
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Another Valentine's from My Set of 5

Good morning everyone!! This morning we have a little snow... very little snow, but snow none the less :)  And it's nice and cold outside! I'm hoping to just hang out inside and craft today. I'll do a little work on Etsy, get some coloring done :)  This will be a great day if it goes as planned!

Kevin and I woke up at 3 am and Kevin couldn't fall back asleep. He is tired now so I have been telling him to go back to sleep while he can. So what does he do? He makes a coffee LOL I'm sure he will go lay down soon. Me... I just got up and its time to get to work. I'll log into Etsy and do some stuff there and then start coloring. I hope you all stay warm and have a great weekend!

Here is my 4th card from my set of five that I have up on Etsy:








This is another card using a Drawn With Character image :)  This is I'm Nuts About You. I've used my Copic markers to color him. I've managed to use all scraps for all of these cards. I have a ton of scraps though.. so that isn't a hard thing to do LOL I added some in and dew drops. I did layer the nut a little. I also inked the edges around the sentiment and the inside kraft paper as well.

Copic Markers Used:
  • Nut: E30, E31, E33
  • Legs and Arms: C5, C9
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Friday, January 22, 2016

One More Valetine's for Today

I wanted to get one more Valentine's card posted today. I'm watching the news, watch the birds eating the seed I refilled and watching for snow. We had a little snow shower... where is all the snow!! :D  I want snow LOL!! That will be it tonight. I'm going to get this post posted, do some work on Etsy and hopefully get some coloring done too! :)  Oh... and watch for snow! LOL

Alright... on to the second Valentine's card for today.. the third card in my set of five listed on Etsy :)






For this little pink and black Valentine's I used one of the monsters in the Valentine's Fuzzy Monster Set at Drawn With Character. I did a bit of layering on the image. I colored with my Copic markers. I've used some embossing on the inside and outside and some die cut hearts. Just a bit of patterned paper from my scrap stash. I also added a bit of twine. The sentiment was created, printed and then inked around the edges. I used a bit of Wink of Stella on the antennae.

Copic Markers Used:
  • Monster: RV13, RV14, RV09
  • Antennae: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
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