Monday, September 22, 2014

Angels Wings

 Hi Peeps!  Something a little different today. The image on this card is not my own illustration, but is found at Whimsy by Ashlan Valor Tangles.  It is called, "Angels Wings".  Isn't she a beauty? So much detail on this gorgeous image. 
I'm entering the following challenges: 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jungle Bells 2

Welcome to the ... Whimsy Stamps September release BLOG HOP!
The Whimsy Stamps DT and GDT have been sharing some amazing creations made with the new stamps and dies over the last couple of days, and today we are celebrating their release with a GRAND BLOG HOP! The hop starts today (Wednesday September 17th at 12.00PM noon ET) and ends on Friday September 19th at 12.00pm noon ET. If you would like to hop along with us today, please CLICK HERE to start the hop at Debbie's blog
To view all three of the images I'm releasing this month, just go to the Whimsy Store HERE.
 For today's project, I have used "Jungle Bells Two" and coloured it mainly with Copics.  After I was done the Copics I noticed that the greys were not blended as much as I wanted, so I went over the grey areas with coloured pencil to give it more gradation.  It is fine to mix alcohol markers with coloured pencils, as long as you use the pencils last.  If you use alcohol markers on top of coloured pencil, the alcohol melts the wax binding in the pencil marks and the wax builds up on the marker tip, rendering it useless. So always, marker first, pencils last!
Ellie's body: C0, 1, 2, 3, B91, 95, 97
Red Bow and Hat: R21, 24, 27, 46, 56, RV99
Green Ribbon: G21, 24
Bells: Y00, 15, 18, RR14, 23, E39
Pom and white trim: BV000, 20, BG000, 0 blender
E51 on background
One lucky hopper will win a $25 gift certificate! To enter the draw, simply leave a comment at EVERY stop along the hop by 12.00pm noon on Friday September 19th. Here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:
Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jungle Bells 1

Welcome to Day 1 of our ... 2014 Holiday Release - Part 1
We are super excited to announce that this month's release is our very first HOLIDAY RELEASE of 2014! We have so many fantastic holiday stamps and dies this year that we have split them into 2 releases. We are releasing part 1 of the collection this week, and will release the second part next month. Over the next 3 days we will reveal 22 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 7 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets. They will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday. We are thrilled to welcome Linda, Lis and Stephanne as our Guest Designers for this release. We are also excited to welcome some of our artists as guest designers this month. Welcome ladies!
PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw. Today we are excited to show you the brand new Crissy Armstrong, Meljen Designs, Elisabeth Bell and Raindrop Echo Designs stamps and dies being released this month. For a full reveal of these stamps, hop on over to the Whimsy blog
 For today's project, I used "Jungle Bells One" and coloured it with my Copics.  
Hat: R20, 22, 27, 46, 59, RV99, 0
Lion: E51, 53, R20 (ear) body shaded with BV20, 23
Mane: Y00, 15, 17, YR14, 23, E39, 55, 49, BV00, 0
White of Hat: BV20, 00, 0
Nose: E29, 49, 0
Background: BG000, 00, BV20, 23, R000
Here are the three images I'm releasing with Whimsy this month: 

So now it's time for you to continue today's hop! Don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop along the hop to be entered into the draw to win a $15 gift certificate:
Danni Bindel Linda Klaringe (GDT)
Louise Roache
Crissy Armstrong (GDT)
Jacque Beddingfield
Iris Wiechmann
Bev Rochester
Stephanne Maraver (GDT)
  Shelby Thomas
Shannah Bartle
Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog again tomorrow for the second day of sneak peeks. Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday To Ewe!

A birthday card for someone special.   It features the rubber stamps, "Happy Birthday To Ewe"which (at the time of this posting) is currently on sale at 31% off the original price.  The sentiment is part stamp, part hand drawn (bet you can guess which is which).  I believe it came from an older set by Raindrop Echo of Whimsy, but is now retired. 
Background Paper is from Whimsy as well, Vintage Basic - also on sale at the time of this posting, at 20%off! 
 On the Lamb's white fleece: 
BV11, BV20, B00, 0 blender
Hoooves: E52 53, 55
Pink nose, ears: R20 (with BV20 for shading)
Hat: R83, 85, RV34, G82, 85, YG61, 94
E000 as background colour
Grass: same as in greens on the hat but I also added YG11
Gift ribbon and bow: R30, 32, 35, RV34
I'm entering into the following challenges: 

Thank you for visiting! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Little Thank Ewe!

 Just a little "thank ewe" card (har har!!) I made for a friend.  I used my digi titled, "Spring Lamb," and coloured it entirely with Copic markers. Inked a little distress ink around the outer edges of the square afterwards, just for fun. Sentiment is hand printed with a black liner marker.

BG designer paper is Whimsy's Vintage Basics, which is currently on sale at 20% off (at the time of this post anyway). 
Here is the Copic list:
Flowers: R83, 85
Lamb's white wool: BV20, BG000, B00, R20 for the nose and ears
E50 as the background
Hooves: E50, 53, 55
Grass: G24, 28, 43, 46, YG03
I'm entering the following challenges: 
Thanks so much for popping by today!

Great Sale on!

31-40% off selected rubber stamps at Whimsy, plus 50-75% off selected dies! Go check it out HERE!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Special Friends

 A birthday card for someone special.  I titled this rubber image, "Special Friends."  It is coloured with a combination of Copics and Prismacolour Pencils.  I also have this image in the Whimsy Print collection, already coloured similar to what you see here, but with a white background.  The prints are currently on sale, marked down 20%, so get em while you can! These are like card toppers with pre-coloured and cut images. They are so handy to have when you need to make a card in a hurry.
I rode horses bareback a lot when I was younger, and I would often give them a hug just like this girl.  So I guess you could say this is a portrait of me in my riding days!  
I'm entering this card into the following challenges: 

Monday, August 25, 2014


Flash digital image sale today only at Whimsy Stamps! Save 50% on all digital stamp images and sentiments!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Butterfly Friends (on sale too!)

 Hi Peeps!  How is your summer going? It has been a cool one and we haven't had any real heat waves to speak of.  I LOVE IT!  The heat just melts me to a puddle, so I am really enjoying the cool days we have been having.  I will take wearing a sweater over dripping with sweat any day! lol
Here is a card I made for my purple loving daughter using "Butterfly Friends", one of my spring images for Whimsy.  It is currently marked down 31% (as of today, Sunday the 24th of August) so grab it while it is still on sale!

I did use Copic Markers to colour this image, and here is the list: 
Skin tones: E000, 00, 01, 93, R20, V20, 22, BV20
Purple shirt: 
V20, 22, 25, 95, BV17, 23
Shorts: E81, 84, Y28
Grass: YG11, 45, 63, 67. Some W4 for shading
Background blue: BG000
Brown Eyed Susans: Y32, 35, 38, E27, 29, 39, 49
Brown Hair: E23, 27, 29, 39, 49, 50, 53
Butterfly wings: R20, 83

Other Whimsy Supplies used: 
"Butterfly Kisses" ticket stamp

Challenges Entered: 

Thank you for your visit!

Friday, August 22, 2014


Yup, that's right!  Go HERE to the Whimsy store home page and download my "Scarecrow and Friend" for free!!

Scarecrow and Friend

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

R.I.P. Avro Arrow Armstrong

 Avro Arrow Armstrong  Dec 19 2000 - May 28 2014
As I used to call you, "my furry girlfriend."
We had to say goodbye "for now" to our beloved fluffy girl Avro.
We will see you in Heaven dear one.  In the meantime, run and play and eat all the cookies you want to.  You will never be sick or sore again.  You are now completely free. 

I will always love you my pet. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hippie Birthday, Man!

I have a couple of cards to share with you today, that I made using my brand spankin' new rubber release "Hippie Birthday, Man" for Whimsy Stamps!  (for a peek at all my latest rubber images, follow this LINK).  I was born in the sixties, and although I was really young for most of it, I do remember "Flower Power", the long hair, bell-bottoms and bandanas! I coloured both images with Copics, but, I wanted to see what I'd get by using coloured pencil on top to continue the blending.  The first one (purple and green background paper) has the coloured pencil added on top of the Copics.  The second one (green and blue bg ppr) has no coloured pencil.  The only blatant difference I see is on the bird's chest, and I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference on this particular image.  Anyway, just experimenting with colour mediums.  Experimentation is how you grow as an artist!  
Both of these cards went to friends who like to make cards with me.  I hope they enjoy them!