Thursday, July 2, 2015

Underwater Scene!

If you've visited my blog, you've no doubt noticed that I like to create underwater scenes. I love the ocean and the beach, though I don't visit either very often. Maybe that's why the underwater world holds my fascination and captures my imagination.

Here's my latest scene with SCACD's Coral Sunflowers rubber stamp set, from their new Eclectic Sea collection.

I started this wall hanging by creating a sea background by brushing Blue Green Light, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, and Cobalt Teal Hue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). When the paint was dry, Fern Green Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the Kelp Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) on the bottom of the piece. Rays Layering Stencil (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz) was placed over the painted cardstock and Translucent White MFA paint) was sponged over the stencil, then wiped back with a baby wipe.

Both flowers from SCACD's Coral Sunflowers rubber stamp set were stamped onto white tissue paper with Jet Black StazOn ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts). I marked the stamped side with a pencil before flipping the tissue paper over. I painted the reverse of the flowers using Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Diarylide Yellow, Hansa Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, and Cadmium Orange Hue MFA paints. When the paint was dry, I carefully cut around the Coral Sunflowers.

White cardstock was die-cut with Weeping Willow Branches die (Poppy Stamps),  Swimming Seahorses die (Memory Box), Build a Scene Underwater (Taylored Expressions), and the Mini Shell die set (Impression Obsession). I also used a very old unlabeled fish punch and a crab punch to punch white cardstock. The punchies and die-cuts were all colored with Copic markers.

The painted ocean and the painted side of the Coral Sunflowers were brushed with Media Matte Medium (DecoArts) and all three painted tissue-paper Coral Sunflowers were adhered to the sea background. Another layer of Media Matte Medium was brushed over top of the tissue paper images.

The coral, ocean plant, Seahorses die-cuts and the fish punchies were adhered to the ocean scene using Media Matte Medium and another layer of Media Matte Medium was applied over top of the die-cuts and punchies. When this layer was totally dry, Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt) was applied to the base of the piece with a palette knife. This was allowed to dry overnight.

The next day the Texture Sand Paste was dry-brushed with Titan Buff, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Raw Sienna MFA paints. When the paint was dry, the various shell and starfish die-cuts and the crab punchies were adhered to the piece using Diamond Glaze (Judikins). The piece was finished with some clear pearls.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christmas Ornament in June

Howdy All!!!! It's Christmas in June! (So July is the usual - but wanted to share today). 

So I made this with the new stamps from Susana Loves Stamps - Coral Sunflowers Set. When I first saw this set I immediately thought Christmas Ornament.

To do this I stamped the image on silver shiny paper with Versafine, and then embossed with black fine embossing powder. Once it was heated and set, I fussy cut out the two images and added some bling. I added a bit of foam tape between the two images to separate them, and then bent the leaves up. Finished up with a crystal hanger, and BOOM.

I hope you have a great week! And a wonderful second half of the year!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Sea you soon!

Here's my card using SCACD's Steampunk Siren's Call, one of the new rubber stamps from new Eclectic Sea Collection

Steampunk Siren's Call was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. When I was done coloring her, I placed a stencil from Memory Box over it and used my Copic markers to create a background, then matted with silver metallic cardstock (Recollections). Clear Gelly Glaze pen was used on the screws and rivets on Steampunk Siren's Call to add dimension and shine. Pink pastel pencil was used to add a touch too much blush to her cheeks. 

The silver cardstock was die-cut with SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner die and the Steampunk Corner die (Memory Box). My beloved Mini Gears die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut gold metallic cardstock (Recollections) The Contempo Compass Statement Corner die-cut was altered and the Steampunk Corner die-cut was trimmed. Both die-cuts were adhered and the little gears were added atop some of the gears.

The image panel was adhered to seriously old patterned paper by Sonnets and then mounted to a white card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, June 19, 2015


Happy June everyone :)

SCACD celebrates today a newly released exclusive rubber stamp set Eclectic Sea Collection (9 rubber stamps all together). The Eclectic Sea is a twist of sorts in how something land bound might be seen in the ocean; for example a Sunflower that is now a Coral Sea Flower and vice a versa. So check out the collection as these are really unique and elegant. 

Now available for purchase in the USA HERE for the Eclectic Sea collection.

Our International Friends if interested can email me >Susana if interested in the new set only at this time. 

Steampunk Siren's Call

SCACD Blog Hop Information!!!

SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and I collaborated on the images. We are so happy to be showcasing them to you now thru the wonderful talents of the SCACD DT/Friends of SCACD!
As always I would like to state a personal heartfelt thanks to my Designers and our special Friends of SCACD all listed below for helping to create an amazing Hop.

Just in case your heart is digi there are a couple of new images. SCACD Digital images for USA and International (none EU countries only please due to VAT issues) can always be found HERE.
So grab a cup of happy and enjoy the art show.

Thanks always for your support!!! 
Huge Heart Hugs
Susana and the SCACD DT/Friends Family

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Hatter is MAD!

Hey there - I hope you like my Mad Steampunked out Hatter. Had a blast coloring him in all the different maroon-y and browns and blues with golds. :-) This image is just so  whimsical. I actually found the paper and tried to mimic some of the colors in the ones I chose to color with.  

To add to the whimsy and the crazy, I paired some gears and flowers together - so soft and hard, organic and metallic. I had the off with her head medallion and teapot in my stash  Added  a bit of ribbon and softened those up too.

I used a lot of different color - normal skin tones (E000, 04, 11, 21, 00), Blues are B39, 37, 34 and 93/91 (I filled a 93 marker with 91, so Um yeah.... It is a 92).  The maroon-y reds are R89, 85, 83, I did use some R39, 27, 24 on the queens dress. The golds are Y19, 15, 11, and the Greens are YG17, 13, 11 with G99 as the darker area. I used E49, 29, 27, 25 for the browns. 

I hope you all are having a crazy good week!

See you later!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Have a Brilliant Day

I am having a great day off, and was able to color this week. WOO HOO.... I have been wanting to color this lovely creature for a while now, and Here she is!!!!

This is Alien Butterfly ready for a gorgeous weekend!!! I colored these with copics in shades of Yellow Green, Yellow Red and Blue Green. All are the 1X family. The Y's were added at the end and are also in the YX family.  Once I colored her, I went in with stardust glitter gel pen (absolutely one of my favorite things ever BTW), and highlighted some areas, so when seen in real life it is a bit sparkly.

This is one of my new favorite images to color. She just looks so very lively.

I hope you all have a very colorful crafty weekend!!!!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

We'll OWL-Ways Be Glad!

So, as I was pondering what card to make for my mom for mothers day, I kept coming back to the sunflower owl image.

I had not colored this image yet, and no matter what other images I looked at, I just kept picking this one up. So I decided to have a go.

The yellows are Y11, 13, 18 and some YR 18 for good measure. The greens are the G21, YG67 and G99. The browns were kind of all over the map. I used some E4x, E3x and E5x on different areas.

I love the owl images, but this one with all the layers of petals around the eyes, was a lot of fun to color. I used some paper from my stash of 6x6 paper pads. 

And for extra good measure - just to show my mom what a DORK I am, I added the sentiment which I printed out from my handy dandy laptop.

Now it is time to go do a bunch more coloring, and craftying and all sorts of stuff. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Under the Sea

SCACD's Steampunk Sea Turtle was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. His eyes, periscope lenses, rivets, and cogs were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them shiny and dimensional. He was set aside while I created a suitable environment for him.

The Oceana Corner die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). I used the heavier cardstock because I wasn't sure how I wanted to color the elements in the die. I ended up coloring them with Copic markers and used Black Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add the fishes' eyes.

Green metallic Bling specialty paper (FiberMark) was die-cut with Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box). . 

A perfectly-sized scrap of very old blue patterned paper (Prima) was stenciled with the Gears stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) using Broken China Distress ink, which was also used to edge the paper. The Oceana Corner die (Memory Box) die-cut and the Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box) die cut were adhered to the stenciled blue patterned paper. Don't you think the Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box) die-cut makes a great sea plant?

My often-used Mini Gear die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut bronze and copper metallic cardstock which were layered and added to the both the corner die-cuts. Clear epoxy circle stickers were adhered along both of the die-cuts as water bubbles.

Kraft cardstock was torn and the edges were further distressed with a distress tool. My trusty VersaMarker was used to darken the edges and add some detail to the kraft cardstock. The torn strips were then layered over the stenciled blue patterned paper. "Steampunk" from the Steampunk stamp set (Hampton Arts for Graphic 45) was stamped with  VersaMark ink  onto the kraft cardstock, then immediately brushed with brown palette chalk to darken it.

Steampunk Sea Turtle was placed into the scene, which was adhered to a kraft card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pink Peony

I guess Mother's Day got me feeling all pink, floral, and lacy, so I created this card to reflect my mood. Dinkie Peony (Indigo Blu) was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko) and colored with Copic markers.

By the way, have you checked out the Indigo Blu stamps at SCACD? You should. They're very cool. Oops. I just found out that Dinkie Peony (Indigo Blu) is out of stock. If you'd like this stamp, email Susana and she'll let you know when it's back in stock.

The patterned paper, from various 6x6 pads by Authentique, was used to create the card. Black patterned paper was cut to size and the edges were distressed. Dinkie Peony was matted on this panel. The Dot Fade Layered stencil (Stamper's Anonymous) was placed over the solid pink patterned paper and Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the stencil. The stencil was lifted and my Black Soot Distress marker was placed inside the Distress Marker Spritzer tool (Ranger). I spritzed a bunch and then edged the piece with Black Soot Distress ink. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that most stencils are on sale right now!

The Distress Marker Spritzer tool with the Black Soot Distress marker was used to spray the other pieces of patterned paper, which were layered, then edged with Black Soot Distress ink.

Pristine white lace was layered over the horizontal scene, then stapled with my Mini Attacher (Idea-ology). The image panel was added, but the card was missing something up towards the top. SCACD's Ornate Hinge die was used to die-cut white patterned paper, which was then adhered along the top. Tiny white rhinestones, cut from Zva Long Line Self-Adhesive Clear Rhinestones, were used to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Day Fire Box

I cannot believe it is May. And it has been several months since I have worked on my covered Box. So I decided, it is getting warm, lets go to the Southwest for the next side of my box.

This is FIRE, one of the Elements Collection over at Susana Loves Stamps. I love this one because I grew up in Tucson and El Paso, and it reminds me of both places. 

The fire was fun to color, but I think I enjoyed coloring the sun and the hawk the most. I am not sure why, as usually those are not my things, but this was a blast. The Hawk is E49, 39, 35, 33, 31. His beak is Warm greys with Y19, Y15 faded in. And his eyes are a mix of YG61, 67 and B32 from the sky. 

Once done I modpodged the image to the box. I will say Mod Podging is not my best skill. But I am enjoying my little modpodged box. One more side to go. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Spring Scene

Due to the late arrival of spring temperatures, the trees, shrubs, and spring flowers are finally blooming in NJ, so I decided to celebrate by creating a spring scene thank you card.

I started the scene by stamping the barn from the Nature stamp set (Andy Skinner/Stampendous) with London Fog Memento ink onto both Neenah cardstock and Eclipse Tape. The tree from the Nature stamp set was stamped on the right of the barn with a few branches slightly over the barn's roof. The Eclipse Tape version of the barn was fussy-cut and placed over its counterpart and the tree on the left was stamped.

The mask was kept in place and a cast-off curved piece of cardstock was placed over the base of the trees and the barn. The sky was then airbrushed using a B21 Copic marker, the Copic Airbrush System, and a torn piece of cardstock. The spray was directed over the torn top of the cardstock, which was then moved downwards, sprayed again, and so forth.

The curved piece of cardstock was flipped, positioned to cover the sky, and the grass was airbrushed using a YG13 Copic marker.

All masks were lifted and the barn and tree trunks were colored with Copic markers. Since the tree stamp from the Nature stamp set is a bare winter tree, a variety of YG Copic markers were used to add dots around the branches to look like leaves. Some tufts of grass were added here and there too. When I was happy with the spring scene, it was set aside for a bit.

Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna,  Quinacridone Red, and Titan Buff Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) were painted onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and allowed to dry. A layer of Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) was sponged over the painted cardstock and allowed to dry. White Media Crackle Paint (DecoArt) was unevenly brushed over the painted cardstock and allowed to dry. The unevenness (Is that a even a word?) of the Crackle Paint application resulted in a variety of crackling. The edges of the cardstock were lightly sanded to reveal even more of the painted cardstock. Some Frayed Burlap Distress and Aged Mahagony Distress inks were sponged over the crackled painted cardstock to add more visual interest.

A Vintage Lace Alterations Decorative Strip die (Sizzix) was used to die-cut brown cardstock. Dies from the Fancy Framed Tags 2 set (Spellbinders) were used to die-cut the brown and crackled painted cardstock. The Thanks die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) was used to die-cut brown cardstock.

The components of the card were assembled and that's all she wrote. 

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Steampunk Hummingbirds

Good news! SCACD's Steampunk Hummingbird from the Eclectic Steampunk Collection is now available in digital format!

I knew I wanted to create a scene with the trumpet vine from the  Hummingbirds stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), but I wasn't sure how big to make the Steampunk Hummingbirds. I had a rare "Eureeka!" moment and quickly sponged some ink over the trumpet vine, scanned it, imported it into my PhotoElements program. I was then able to figure out the size and placement of the Steampunk Hummingbirds. You'll notice that one of the Steampunk Hummingbirds was flipped horizontally. All three of them were rotated to make them look as though they are approaching, feeding, or flying away from the trumpet vine.

Once I figured that out, I deleted the vine, and printed the hummingbirds onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer.

The Hummingbirds stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) was taped over the Steampunk Hummingbirds cardstock and Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, Canteloupe, and Tangelo Memento ink was sponged over the stencil. When I was happy with the coverage, shading and detail were added with Copic markers. Then the Steampunk Hummingbirds were colored with Copics.

Summer Sky Memento ink was carefully sponged around the trumpet vine and the Steampunk Hummingbirds. Then I grabbed the Gears stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) and sponged Summer Sky Memento ink over the stencil repeatedly building layers of gears.

Since the scene was sort of busy, I slapped the scene onto a gray card and called it done.

Thanks for visiting today!

Lotus Love

Hi All.... me Again!

I actually made another card. WHOOOOOOP... It has been a long while because things have been nutso. But This little beauty was a great image to practice with and adding the dots was a fun twist.   This Large Lotus was stamped with Memento. I colored it with only three markers - the BV17, BV13 and BV11. I then used a white pen to make the little white dots, and a gold pen to outline the stamen. 

I wanted to keep this simple, and I think this is perfect for an "anything" card. It works for thank yous and birthdays and how are yous, etc... I like these as you can add a sentiment at a later date.

I hope you all have an awesome week this week. And practice your craft - whatever your craft might be.

Toodles - 


Friday, April 3, 2015

Be Fearless

So, I am off today and making a boatload of cake balls for fun. But before I get going I wanted to share my creation using the SCACD Brave Hearts collection young lady called Be Fearless.

She is resplendent in greens and pinks (and a little orange,... but I hate admitting that it worked here). for the skateboard I used the same technique as I did for hair to make the woodgrain. It worked out really well all that flicking here and there.

I really think she is so sweet... but honestly the thought of skateboarding scares the crazy out of me. And I have a LOT of crazy in me. LOL... So saying be Fearless is so right here.

The best part of this.... If you are into the digi world these lovelies are available as Digis. Whoop Whoop.

Have a great weekend all!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Be Yourself!

Meet Be Yourself, one of the stamps from SCACD's Brave Hearts Collection of rubber stamps!

Guess what?!? All four of these great girls and their accompanying sentiments from the Brave Hearts Collection are now available from SCACD as digital stamps, so you can resize 'em, flip 'em, and group 'em with your computer!

Be Yourself  was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers,  fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. I used a bit of chalk pencil to add blush to her cheeks and to add a bit of shading to her skin. She was then set aside while I created a card background for her.

The patterned papers are from Classique Elegant and Latest and Greatest 6x6 pads (Authentique). They were layered acccording to Sketch #194 from Deconstructing Jen. The fishtails are from the Fishtail Stax (Die-namics). A bottlecap die was used to die-cut black cardstock. A CM circle punch was used to punch the patterned paper circle and a heart punch was used to punch spider-web patterned paper, which was then colored with a Copic marker. Black Soot Distress ink was used to edge most of the paper layers.
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