Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tips and Tricks Wednesday - Blush Bonnie


I'm a day late with my iCopic post thanks to an internet connection snafu....but I have a card for you today featuring The Greeting Farm's image called Blush Bonnie.  Bonnie is one of 111 The Greeting Farm images in the iCopic store...check them out, they are fun to color!

I colored Bonnie with the following Copic Markers:  E49, E47, E44, RV55, RV17, E00 and E02.

Tip #1:  When travelling, take some Washi Tape along to use for your own custom background paper!
I used two types of washi tape on this card to create a fun and colorful background.  There are 96 Washi Tape items in the store...many of which are sets for some great variety!

Tip #2:  Don't have the perfect color of flower for your project?!  Color one with your Copic marker!
I colored a beautiful peach Prima with my RV55 to customize it for this card!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Baking Pup

Happy Monday!  Today for One Crazy Stamper I'm sharing some Inky Antics stamps and HoneyPop goodness!  This set is called Baking Pup.

I colored my image with PrismaColor Pencils and Gamsol for a soft and mellow look.  I paired the images up with My Mind's Eye designer paper, seam binding and some Candi.


The surprise comes when you open the card and a fun honeypop element opens!  In this case, an adorable puppy treat!

I added some colorful papers to the inside of my card and did some fussy cutting...but if that is not your thing, they are adorable when you just stamp them on the inside of the card as well. 

Have you tried out HoneyPop papers?!  They are much fun....I'll be sharing more samples with you soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

More Masculine Birthday Greetings


I have another masculine birthday card here for you today.  Lots of February birthdays in our bunch!

I used the same technique as last week and inked up the Pine Bough image using the Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint.  I stamped the image on kraft cardstock and then blotted any additional blobs of stain.  I distressed the image panel and embossed background with a touch of Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The two vertical sentiments are Vertical Greetings and Vertical Birthday. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Stained Glass Take 3


One more Stained Glass image from McMahon Five Designs for you...this time in coral! 

This card was a bit of a bugger to photo with all the glitter and the dark colors, but in real life I liked the contrast.  The paper is called Banana Paper from Creative Imaginations, and it has some fun texture going on!  The ribbon has a touch of satin, sheer organdy and a gold filiment.

I printed this image on the ink jet transparency and then carefully applied the glue and Art Institute Glitters from the darkest color to the lightest.  I fussy cut the image and layered it on some cardstock so I could pop it up on foam tape.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Our Craft Lounge - Just Be-cows!


Today's challenge for Our Craft Lounge is a sketch challenge.  You can bop by the Our Craft Lounge Blog when you're done here and get sketch and prize information!

I went with the Eiei Hello set for my card and the sun from the Sunshine Cheer set for my card. 
Papers are from LilyBee Design's Head Over Heels collection and My Mind's Eye. 
Copics used to color my images:  W7, W5, W1, W0, E55, E42, YR24, YR23, YR16, YR09, R27, R14, Y38, Y32, Y19, Y17, B24, YG25.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Inky Antics Blog Hop!

Today's Inky Antics Spring Blog Hop celebrates the versatility of the HoneyPop Collection, and I have two cards to share with you!

If you're hopping, you’ve come from Crystal's blog.  If you've just come upon my post, be sure to start at the beginning of the hop and be prepared to be inspired! 

Here’s the hop order:
Keri Lee Sereika
Michelle Pearson  **you are here**


The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, February 27th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). Two people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a surprise Inky HoneyPOP prize pack. The winners’ names will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

My first card I paired up with some fun My Mind's Eye designer papers and embellished my card with a touch of Candi.
For the inside of my card you see the fabulously fun Rainbow HoneyPoP element in the ball.  Notice the fun mechanism that allows Ellie's face not to be folded in the card when it closes?  See the directions for that and ideas for an additional card on this additional card project sheet.
If HoneyPop isn't always the order of the day....this set can also be used without that element.  For this card I went girly and covered my stars with flowers.  The star tips look like leaves peeking out from under the flowers!  I placed Ellie on the ball image included with this set.
Oops!  Ellie fell off the ball...but Miss Mouse is reminding her she's special anyway!  I popped up Ellie and the sentiment for some added interest, and tucked the ball behind my card liner panel.

These sets are great fun, be sure to make every stop on the hop and see how versatile all of the HoneyPoP sets are!  Your next stop is the Inky Antic's Blog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tulip Egg

Happy Wednesday!

Today I'm sharing a card for Designed2Delight featuring a newly released Tulip Egg image.
I colored my image with the following Copic Markers:  YG67, YG17, G03, G12, R22, R21, Y35, Y32, B23.

I cut out my image with an oval Spellbinders die.  I masked my image and left it in the die before airbrushing the background.  I popped my oval image up on a Spellbinders Labels 11 die. 

Designer papers are from Creative Imaginations.  Ribbon is from May Arts and is layered over Washi Tape and embellished with Candi. 

You can see the rest of the new images in the Designed2Delight store.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Make It Sparkle!

It's Digital Tuesday, and this week's challenge is to Make It Sparkle!   

I chose to go with the Stained Glass digital image from McMahon Five Designs...yep you saw it here last week too, but I had a hoot printing the images out on some transparencies made for inkjet printers.  Now I can do my favorite glitter technique with digital images!

I printed the image and then applied the glue and Art Institute Glitters carefully to my image starting with the darkest colors first and working lighter.  When the image was dry I fussy-cut it and mounted it on cardstock and then foam tape for more dimension.

I framed it with a Spellbinders Beaded Oval die that I embellished with copper nailheads.  Check out that paper...it's called banana paper and is very textural!

My final touch was to layer my image on a Cuttlebug Tiffany embossed panel. 

Be sure to stop by the Digital Tuesday Blog for challenge and prize information and to see how the other designers let it SHINE!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Delightful February D2D Spring Image Reveal!

This is one of four posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
Welcome to the Designed2Delight February Release!  Today we're blog hopping to show off all of Faith's fabulous new spring images!  I have FOUR projects to share with you!

Quilted Flower Bucket Copics:  B28, B24, B23, B21, YG17, YG25, G20, R22, R21, R20.
Mouse Cheese Copic Markers: W7, E44, E43, E42, YR20, R00, RV10, YG17.
Other details: pleated washi tape for a fun ruffled twist!

To be sure you don't miss any of the blog stops... here is the list of participating blogs.  There is a gift certificate being offered...don't miss your chance to win!

1.) D2D Blog
2.) Peggy
3.) Debbie
4.) Michelle P.  *you are here*
5.) Kathy
6.) Pat
7.) Michelle H.
8.) Katie
Copic colors:  E44, E43, E42, E41, YG17, YG25, B21, B24, Y38, YR16, YR04.
Other card details:  Washi Tape frame embellished with Candi!
More fun stuff:
1.) All new release images will be 20% for 3 days--sale ending at 7 AM Thursday, Feb. 23.

2.) Faith is giving away (2) $5 Gift Vouchers. Contest will end on Wednesday night at 11:59 pm EST. You just need to leave a comment on the D2D blog hop post.  There may be more freebies along the way though....so be sure to leave each designer a comment!
3.) Here is a link to the New Releases in the store that you are seeing showcased today.

4.) Faith has offered a free image to one lucky commenter on my post....so be sure to leave me some lovin for your chance to win!  One comment per person please!  I will choose my winner Thursday at 7:00 AM.


Tulip Dog colored with following Copics:  W7, W5, E35, E33, E31, Y38, Y35, YG67, YG17.

Sweet Spring!

This is one of four posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!


I colored my image with the following Copic Markers:    Copic Markers: W5, W3, W1, W0, E44, E43, E42, YG17, YG25, B45, B41, R43, R20, RV10, YR16, Y38, Y35, Y32, Y17, Y15.

Designer papers are by Prima Marketing and I tied it all together with some vintage seam binding.

Vintage Birthday Butterfly

This is one of four posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
It's Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps' Design Team Monday, and today I'm showcasing the Clearly Beautiful Butterfly Set and Clearly Beautiful Butterfly Set Two as well as the Butterfly Die.

Using the die makes for a quick card that looks like you took the time to carefully cut out your butterfly.  I stamped the image onto a piece of cardstock that I colored using the Polished Stone Technique.  I paired it up with some pearls and lace from Prima Marketing and some designer paper from Creative Imaginations.  I layered my butterfly on some pearlized paper and finished my card with a few ribbon rosettes from Tim Holtz's collection.

Be sure to stop by the Prickley Pear Blog today to see what the other designers have been up to!

So Charming!

This is one of four posts today...so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
Today's card for One Crazy Stamper features the Raj from India set from Your Next Stamp.

I colored my image with Copic Markers:  E49, E47, E44, E43, E42, YG95, YG93, E00, E02, E08, YR14, YR24, YG17, YG67.

Designer paper is from my scrap drawer and is embellished by Candi. 

CHA goodies are arriving in the store...check out all the new goodies and PRE-order yours with a discount!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

With Special Thoughts of You~

Time for a masculine card I say....and clean and simple it is for me this week for my Rubber Cafe project.

I wanted a soft watercolor effect on my card, so I stamped my trees with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink!  I stamped the Barbed Wire Fence in Memento ink and then colored it with my brown Copic marker.  I then diluted the stains a bit with water to watercolor my sky/grass background.

For the background I *painted* my Pine Bough image with more distress stains.  I stamped my image and then blotted up any puddles of ink. 

A touch of faux stitching and the With Special Thoughts of You image finish off my card. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tilda With Daisy

Today's project is for iCopic and I decided to go with another One Sheet Box decorated with a simple little tag.  I posted a tutorial to make on One Sheet Box recently....so I will direct you there for the directions.

For today's box, I colored Magnolia's Tilda With Daisy stamp with Copic Markers: 
Flower/Dress BG49, BG45, BG70, B00, B0000
Hair E59, E57, E31
Skin E00, E02
Shoes W7, W5, W3, W1
Flower E38, E32, YG17, YG25

I used a K&Co tag I had handy, and added some white gel pen accents.  I fussy cut Tilda and popped her up on foam tape for dimension.  Some coordinating seam binding finishes my tag. 

Tilda is one of about 103 Magnolia images!  Lots of CHA goodness is arriving in the iCopic store...be sure to stop by and take a peek!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Ruffles!

This week's Our Craft Lounge Challenge is up...and it's RUFFLES!  You can check out the inspiration photo and enter your card on the Our Craft Lounge blog.

I used the Shower of Blossoms for my card...and when I saw this jug I immediately decided it was going to be blue and white!  I stamped it on a Labels Four Spellbinders Die and then colored it with Copic Markers:  B26, B24, RV10, E43, E42, E41.  I glued the edge of the die and covered it with some white glitter. 

Designer papers are by Creative Imaginations and the ruffled ribbon is from May Arts.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vintage Love and Other Sweet Stuff!


You have just today yet to get your Our Craft Lounge Challenge Cards in....and I couldn't let this one slip past, though Valentine's Day is over....the Vintage Valentine set works well for friendship as well.

I stamped my images, colored them with Copic markers and fussys cut them.  The butterfly die is from My Mind's Eye and the tag is embellished with Washi Tape, Baker's Twine and a small scalloped border.  The back panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder. 

Be sure to stop back tomorrow and see what the new Our Craft Lounge Challenge will be!

Now for the rest of the sweetness...my 9, almost 10 year old son made us a valentine's dinner, mostly unassisted.  He dug out the tablecloth, candles and selected the dishes and napkins and rings.
His menu is from a 4 Ingredient Cookbook that he bought from my sister-in-law's rummage sale stuff.
Pictured above is: Company Chicken, Spicy Green Beans and Cheese Puffs.  Not pictured is the Chocolate Pound Cake.

He wasn't so impressed with his Cheese Puffs, so not only did he get to practice his fractions and time management, he also learned that every time you make something it isn't always what you expect!
We enjoyed our special gift and look forward to his next attempts in the kitchen!
We also spent a little time this week with class valentines.  LITTLE being the key word!  I think we cranked these out in just over an hour, he had fun using the Vagabond!  Flowers for the girls and trucks for the boys...no lovey-dovey stuff here; just to/from on the back.    Mom made a quick *flowerbox* to aid in delivering the flowers...fun times!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tulips and Roses!

Time to share a few more of the new floral sets from Inky Antics! 

This first set is the Tulip Clear Set, which includes the tulip image and four sentiments or can be purchased separately.
This second card uses the new Rose Oval Clear set which includes the rose image and three sentiments, or the rose image can be purchased separately.

My images are colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol and are paired up with Spellbinders Dies and embossing folders. 

Think Spring!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Poppy Stained Glass


It's Digital Tuesday, and our challenge today is to use our stash!

I used an embossing folder that I picked up a while ago on this card...that hasn't yet seen the blog.  There are also some Stampendous heart stickers on here that have been around for a bit....don't know why though...they are fun little fellas!


My image on this card is from McMahon Five Designs and is called Stained Glass.  I came up with a different technique on this card....new to me anyway!  I printed the digital image off onto some transparencies that are made for inkjet printers.  Then I colored the back of the acetate with my Copic Markers, sort of painted, if you will.  The ink floats over the surface and you can move it and blend it a bit, though it feels very different from blending on paper.  Copic colors:  E47, YG67, BG45, R22, R21.
Finally, I ran the image through my Xyron, printed side down and applied glittered flock to the back of the image.  This gives a soft sparkly backing to your image.  I fussy cut it and applied it to my embossed panel with Glue Dots.

Be sure you stop by the Digital Tuesday Blog to see the other inspiration and join in the fun for a chance to win you some goodies to stash! ;)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Celebrate The Journey~

This is one of two posts today...so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!


I colored the image with the following Copic Markers:  E47, E44, E43, E42, YG63, YG61, YR16, YR04.  I fussy cut the image and popped it up on foam tape.

Be sure you stop by the store and check out all of Lora's fantastic sales!

Prickley Pear - Wildflowers....

This is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
Today's Prickley Pear Monday post features the Clearly Beautiful Hibiscus set, the coordinating Hibiscus die and the Scalloped Circle die. 

I used some My Mind's Eye designer papers, Prima flowers, ZVA gems, May Arts ribbon and Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches to embellish my card.

Also..there is still time top for a chance to see the new spring release and win a prize!

Welcome to Prickley Pear's release of new clear stamp sets and coordinated dies.
To celebrate this new release we are having a three day long Blog Party with loads of inspirations by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $ 20 gift certificate to the web shop. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs and tell us what you think about the new release. Last day to enter is Monday 13th midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the participating blogs, one of the days and will be presented on the Prickley Pear Blog on Tuesday.

If you've not started yet...be sure to start on the PPRS Blog!

Sunday
Lori
Gini
Amy

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lovey Dovey


For today's Rubber Cafe post I combined some images I found on my stamping table and made a vintage-flavored card.  The Swirled Dove is stamped on some coated paper with Stazon ink and then cut out and popped up on foam tape.  Love is from the Fabulous Phrases set and is stamped on a Spellbinders die.

 I embellished my Candi embellishements even further with some tiny heart stickers. 
Happy Sunday all!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Prickley Pear Spring Release Day 2!

Welcome to Prickley Pear's release of new clear stamp sets and coordinated dies.

To celebrate this new release we are having a three day long Blog Party with loads of inspirations by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $ 20 gift certificate to the web shop. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs and tell us what you think about the new release. Last day to enter is Monday 13th midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the participating blogs, one of the days and will be presented on the Prickley Pear Blog on Tuesday.

If you did not hop around yesterday....start HERE and leave some comments.

Saturday
Melissa
Ujjwal
Tesa
Kristii

Friday, February 10, 2012

Prickley Pear Clearly Beautiful Spring Stamp Release!

This is one of two posts today, so please be sure to scroll for more inspiration!

Welcome to Prickley Pear's release of new clear stamp sets and coordinated dies!  To celebrate this new release we are having a three day long Blog Party with loads of inspirations by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $ 20 gift certificate to the web shop. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs and tell us what you think about the new release. Last day to enter is Monday 13th midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the participating blogs, one of the days and will be presented on the Prickley Pear Blog on Tuesday.

Friday's Blog Party Stops:
Michelle
Angelica
Audrey

My first card uses the Clearly Beautiful Gears set and coordinating Gear Die.  I stamped the clock hands around the border of my panel forming a frame for my gears and Vertical Birthday Greeting.
I used some BasicGrey designer paper, and due to it's color variance I did not have to color my gears at all.  I embellished several of the gears with Candi. 
For my second card I used the Clearly Beautiful Mini Butterflies set and coordinating Mini Butterflies Die.  I also used the beautiful Scalloped Circle Die on this card.  The flower is from the set and is stamped on some cream coated cardstock....The camera makes it look wonky here.

Gwendolyn Lulu

This is one of two posts today, please scroll for more inspiration!
Today's card for iCopic features Stamping Bella's * Gwendolyn Lulu colored with the Copic Markers shown. 

I framed my image with a Spellbinder's Labels Eleven die.  Designer papers are from a Prima Collection.  I embellished my card with a simple strip of coordinating Washi Tape. 

The iCopic store is loaded with new products...stop by with a cuppa and check them out!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fabulous Flowers - Our Craft Lounge

It's my turn to spotlight some Our Craft Lounge projects....and today I'm going to share some fabulous flowers projects.

This first card features the Tweet Thang set.  Though the flowers in this set are tiny, I used the paper piecing technique on this card to color all of my fabby little flowers and make them POP!  I used My Mind's Eye designer paper and accented it with Copic markers.

This next card uses two sets; the flowers, swirls and leaves are from the Fabulous Florals set.  I stamped the images with Versamark ink onto white cardstock and then colored my images with chalks.   This card was tricky to photograph, but in real life it is soft and blended.  This is a quick technique to use and works perfectly with the images in this set.  The sentiment is stamped with black Stazon ink and is from the Say It With Flowers set.

The next three cards use the beautiful You Make Me Happy set.  For this first one I colored the image three times with Copic markers and then cut them out and popped them up on foam tape for dimension.   

This next card I stamped the image with Stazon ink onto watercolor paper and then did a messy watercolor look using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Once dry, I tore the image out and mounted it on foam tape for some added dimension.    I stamped the verse and then lined it up with the embossing folder for a bit of a sketchbook/notebook feel.


Finally, for this last card I also played around a bit with the Distress Reinkers...I made a watercolor wash background panel and stamped the sentiment from the Sunshine Cheer set in black Stazon ink.
I cut this watercolored image out and popped it up on foam for additional dimension.

Hopefully these cards put a pop of color into the grey days of winter!  Bring on Spring! :)
Michelle Pearson ~ Inspiration Blooms

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blingy Valentine


Today's card for The Rubber Cafe has piles of things I love on it!


First of all, I used the fun Words of Inspiration background stamp.  I stamped it on acetate with Stazon ink.  Not just any acetate though!  If you remember my Pyramid Gift Box that I did for the holidays, I stamped the Leaf Swirls stamp with Scrap Happy Glue.  I put some of the glue on this acetate and then smooshed/twisted it around until my image was covered before stamping.  When I was done I had this gluey design...what to do but cover it with some Silver Medal You're So Fine Glitter!  It made it's way back into my mind today....and here it is as a fun card accent!  I've made my card two tones of pink so that the lighter color shows through the acetate that is not glittered.

 Next I stamped the Floral Heart and colored it with Copic Markers and accented it with You're So Fine Princess Pink Glitter. 
I outlined the heart with glue, added Jellie Dots in Diva Pink and then some of the Princess Pink glitter as well.

Finally, I made a banner with the word Love from the Fabulous Phrases set. 

Sorry the colors are wonky on this card....it was a bit tricky to photograph! 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Inky Antics Elegant Florals


Today I'm sharing two cards for Inky Antics.  Both cards are colored using the Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol technique.

This first card uses images from the Floral Faith set.


This card uses images from the Daisy Bouquet set.

You can see all of the newly released stamps on the Inky Antics site!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Magical Birthday!

This is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
Here is a little card for the Harry Potter buffs in your life.  I think the Abracadabra image from Designed2Delight is adorable!  I paired it up with some halloween papers and ribbon from American Crafts. 

I typed up the birthday sentiment in a fun font and layered it over a Spellbinders Ironworks Die.
The images is colored with Copic Markers.

One of my followers advised me this fits the Southern Girls Challenge this week...so be sure to check out this new to me challenge blog!

Sending you Sunshine!

This is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
This week's challenge with Our Craft Lounge is Up In The Air!  Be sure you join in the fun...for a chance to win a free stamp stamp set!

I went with the Shower of Blossoms image which I stamped on some Crate designer paper and colored with the following Copic markers:  E49, E47, E44, E43, E42, W5, W3, W1, BG78, BG75, BG72, YG17, YG03, R22, R20.

I used a sentiment from the Sunshine Cheer set. 

Other supplies:  yellow seam binding, Fiskars edge punch, doodling.