Monday, August 27, 2012

The Good Witch Hazel

Hello - I know it is kind of early to think about Halloween but I was asked to design a card for our local scrapbooking store using this adorable Whimsy Stamp called "Hazel".  I decided she was way too cute to be anything other than a good witch and take a look at the bat on the end of the broomstick - he is also way too cute!!  I enjoyed the challenge in coloring this image as I was trying to incorporate an imaginary light source coming from the left hand side and therefore I paid close attention to how my shadows would fall.  I am really trying to focus on this more and more in my coloring as it does make quite a difference.  I tend to look at things differently now-a-days and pay close attention to color and shadows and light sources.  It really is a learning process but a fun one.  I used a few different papers from Graphic 45 called "Happy Haunting Collection" (love this paper!!) and I layered with black, purple and orange cardstock.  The fence is from Memory Box and the pumpkin patch is cut out of the design paper as well as the sentiment and the stars in behind.  I am going to enter this in the current Whimsy challenge "lots of layers".  Thanks for stopping by for a visit and hope you have a wonderful week.  I have listed the copic markers I used below.

Hair - E25, YR24, Y26, Y21
Face - E000, E11, E21
Dress - C8, C5, C3, C2, C0, V17, V15, V12

I also used a few prisma pencils to get greater depth in some areas.

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Your Next Stamp Challenge - A Sketch

Hello - hope your week has been going well for you.  I am amazed at how quickly the weeks go by as it is already Thursday again and that means another Your Next Stamp challenge.  This week it is a sketch - head on over to Your Next Stamp to see the sketch lay-out.  I used Dress Up Ellie to make this card and added some bling!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the cards made by the design team - they are sure to bring on a smile or two.  Maybe you can get a chance to play along with this challenge and if so check out all the details at Your Next Stamp and have fun!!  Thanks for stopping by for a visit and see you next week for the last challenge of August.

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Your Next Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello - hard to believe another week has gone by - where is the summer going?  Another Your Next Stamp Challenge and this week it is "Anything Goes" so I decided to use the adorable Fhiona and Pony stamp to create this card.  I used a Sizzix die for the outer frame and added some sky paper in behind.  The leaves/branches to the side is also a Sizzix die, the grass a Fiskars border bunch, the flowers and sentiment letters are Quikutz dies and the flag die is Memory Box.  I sure love my Big Shot machine and how versatile it is and how it allows me to use all these different dies and it cuts so perfectly the first time around - I can remember the hand-held device I had for my Quikutz dies and how hard it was to push it down and then so often it would not cut right through the paper and I would have to keep re-doing it - that was such a pain!! Thank goodness for the Big Shot - I absolutely love this cutting machine and would highly recommend it to anyone.  Hopefully you can get a chance to head over to Your Next Stamp to check out what the design team created and maybe play along yourself.  Thanks for taking time to visit my blog and have a wonderful day!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Your Next Stamp Thursday Challenge - Books

Hello and it is Thursday once again and that means Your Next Stamp has another challenge on the go!  This week the theme is "Books" and when I found out that the theme was books I immediately thought of back to school .  All of the designer paper on this card is from My Mind's Eye 6" x 6" paper pad called School Daze.  It is a fabulous paper pad if you are able to get your hands on one of them - lots of back to school paper perfect for card making.  The adorable image is actually cut out of a larger YNS stamp called "Ellie Loves Music". The books she is sitting on and the A+ is cut out of the design paper.   I added an apple brad and heart brad in her hair and some ribbon on the top.  I hope you get a chance to head on over to Your Next Stamp and check out all the wonderful creations from the design team and maybe you can get a chance to play along as well.  This blog will be sure to make you smile - guaranteed!!  All of these stamps are so sweet!!  Thanks for stopping by for a visit and hope you have a fantastic happy day!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Coloring Challenge for Me

Hello everyone - I hope you had a fabulous weekend - here in Canada we had an extra day off yesterday so it was very nice.  This weekend we reached some very hot temperatures so in the afternoons I was more than happy to be in my craft room where it was a bit cooler.  I bought this adorable Whimsy stamp called "Little Jack and Bobbin Snoozin" - it just gave me such a warm fuzzy feeling when I saw it and then once I stamped it out I realized that there is a lot to color.  It took me a few practice rounds as I am not that good with my copic markers yet and I did finally finish this image and was fairly happy with the results.  I also actually kept a list of the colors I used you can see the list below.  This card is mainly coloring except for the SU corner punch and brad I used and the sentiment is also a Whimsy stamp.  I did add some twine on the fishing rod to make it look a bit more realistic.  You will note there is a dog in this image as well and if you follow my blog you will know that I love most any image that has a cute dog in it - another reason for buying this stamp - lol!  Well it is back to work for me today but thankfully a short week so I am happy about that.  I hope you have a wonderful day where-ever you might be and thank you for stopping by for a visit.

Copic Used:

Grass - G99, YG67, YG63, YG03, G21, G20
Tree - E29, E25, E53, E99, W1
Hair - E31, E50, E53
Skin - E11, E01, E00, E000
Dog - W5, W3, W1
Shirt and Apple - R37, R35, R32
Hat - E33, E31, YR20, Y21
Overalls, B97, B95, B93, B91
Flowers - Y06, Y17
Leaves - G95, YG67, G20
Sky - Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass and homemade cloud template
Book - W7, W5, W3, W1
I also added some prisma color markers to deepen shadows (a brand new technique for me but quite effective)

Your stamping friend, Debbie

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Your Next Stamp Thursday Challenge

Hello - Well I am very excited to have been chosen guest designer for the month of August for the adorable Your Next Stamp company.  The first challenge of the month is to make a card using the colors dark pink, light pink, orange and yellow.  I used this cute YNS stamp, called girlfriends, and created this card from paper in my paper stash drawer.  I thought it might be hard to come up with this color combo but fortunately my paper drawer is very full and I was able to find the right colors.  The image is colored with copic markers and the sentiment is also from YNS.  I would suggest that you head on over to to check out what all the other designers have created and then join in the challenge yourself!  I just love these images as they always make me smile!!  -   Hope you are enjoying your summer - one more month to go and then fall will soon be upon us again - I am going to savour every last drop of summer I can as I just love the heat!!
Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and happy stamping!!

Your stamping friend, Debbie