Thursday, September 18, 2014


Hi Everyone
If you didn't realize Carmen Medlin is an Artist with SCACD and created most of the Susana Loves Stamps line as well as SCACD Digital images. She is a fabulous artist and has created this how to video on water coloring the newest SCACD digital image "Sunflower" we just released. To check out her You Tube video click HERE  
The great thing is her tips and hints cross over from watercolor in to other artistic areas. 
So give it a peek see and enjoy :D 
Hearts and Hugs 

Works in Progress

I have wanted to do some mixed media for a while... and I am not sure this quite fits the bill, but it is one of my first attempts. I Mod Podged this box and then put the water element image on it. again with the mod podge. and then added the little beads across the bottom of the box and in a few spots - again using the mod podge as the application medium... We will see how well it stands up over time.

The skin is E000,00,21, 11, 04. The water is B12, 14, 16, 18, 29.  I plan on doing all four sides of the box with each of the elements. And some sort of mixed media. This is just the first of my "Works in Progress". I will share the new ones with you as I do them, and then hopefully a final "completed" project, with corner edges and everything when I do the last one. 

I hope you all are having a great week,  Make sure you check out the latest digi stamps over at the store  - There is something for everyone!!!!!

See you again soon!!!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunflower - Beautiful New Digi at SCACD!

Hi folks, Elaine here!

When Susana sent me the new Sunflower digital stamp from the Carmen Medlin for SCACD Digital range I knew exactly what to do with it! My Mum is a keen gardener and loves sunflowers, so this was perfect for her birthday card at the weekend. I kept the background simple and bright to create a cheery card.

I love the detail in this image.

The image was coloured with Copic Markers on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card. The card is 15cm square (approx. 6") in size.

The patterned paper came from my scraps drawer, and I cut the circle frame out using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. The sentiment was cut using two Clearly Besotted word dies, which I used to die cut black cardstock and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to add shine and make them stand out from the background a little more.

That's it! I hope you've enjoyed checking out my card today. :)


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Susana's Custom Art and Card Design Halloween Boo

You have to go check out the fun new digis over at SCACD.  This cute little digi is titled "Boo"  Isn't he adorable.  I made an Autumn moonlight scene using this sweet little character and one of Susana's beautiful dies - Breezy Branches.

The background is design paper from Authentique's Spirited Collection 6" x 6" paper pad.  I used some Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Dried Marigold ink pads direct to paper on the design paper. Next I sponged on a few wisps of white pigment ink to give it sort of a mysterious foggy night look. 

I printed out the Boo digital image on Georgia Pacific 110 weight white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  The ghost is colored with B01, B00, B000, B0000, C01, E40 and E41.  The pumpkin is colored with R08, YR09, YR07, YR04, Y17, Y07, Y04, G24, G21 and YG25.  I did this a second time with a slightly smaller version of the Boo image. Both were fussy cut out.  The bigger Boo sentiment was cut out separately to look like a word bubble. 

A 1 3/4" circle was punched out of white cardstock and also colored with the same YR and Y Copic colors.  This was then clued down in the upper left corner.

I cut out the Breezy Branches Die 4 times and colored them with Copics using the same YR, Y, G, and YG colors listed above as well as E49, 47, 44, 39, 35, 29 and 25.   The negatives of the cut out branches dies were used as stencils and sponged in the upper left corner, including on top of the moon, using Walnut Stain Distress ink.  A couple of the die cut branches were glued down over the moon. 

The two ghosts, Boo sentiment and pumpkin were popped up with dimensional foam tape.  The rest of the branches were cut apart and glued down at the bottom of the scene.  The scene was matted on light orange, black and orange cardstock. 

Be sure to stop by SCACD and check out all of the fun new digital images posted there.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a fabulous rest of the week.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Gothie Feline was resized using PhotoElements, then printed out onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, then was colored with Copic markers. An additional copy of the resized digital stamp was also printed out in fast draft mode with my inkjet printer, fussy-cut, and adhered over the colored version using temporary adhesive.  

Gothie Feline took a ride through my Big Kick inside of a Nestabilities Labels die. The die-cut was left inside the die, Post-It notes were placed horizontally over the die, and a background was airbrushed  using my Copic Airbrush System. The Post-It notes were moved to cover the top portion of the die and the "floor" was airbrushed. It got a bit sticky, so I used alcohol on a paper towel to dab off the excess. I ended up removing more ink than I wanted, so I added some dots to the "floor".
Black Spica Glitter pen was used to add black glittery accents to Gothie Feline's whiskers and the black dots on her mask.

Purple Copic Spica Glitter pen was used to add a jeweled touch to one of her canine teeth. The eyes, bones, teeth, and the skull in the flower received several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

Here's a close-up so that you can see the effect!

The stamped, die-cut panel was put aside while I put together the rest of the card.

Very old Halloween-themed patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket was layered onto equally old Halloween text paper. (I should note that I hoard Halloween-themed papers and schtuff!) Strips of purple patterned paper from the Spirited 6x6 pad by Authentique were added to bring some purple to the layers.  The Spider Web Border die by Poppy Stamps was used to die-cut off-white cardstock and layered over the horizontal purple strip. All the layers were tattered with my Tonic distressing tool and a scissors blade, then sponged with Old Paper Distress ink.

A small flag die was used to die-cut the offwhite paper and old QuicKutz dies were used to die-cut black cardstock for the sentiment. Black cardstock was also die-cut with the Scary Spiders die by Memory Box. All the spiders' legs were folded and their bodies were popped up on dimensionals with their legs attached to either the spider webs or the sentiment. If you look closely, maybe you can see the strand of spider silk (a thread) that goes from the spider web to the sentiment-holding spider!

Three purple rhinestones were used to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

What's New Monday 9-08-2014

Did you see that SCACD is carrying the Mirabelle stamps and paper pad?  YES, really!  If you haven't seen them before, here is:

Such lovely images, and there are more HERE.

SCACD, in addition to high quality red rubber stamps, also carries SCACD Digital images.  All of them can be found HERE.  However, if you go HERE you will find them broken up into some sub-sections as well.  Sections like, Animals and Other, containing (with others) these three great images.
 Bird of Happiness (wouldn't that be fun to water color?)
 Little Hedgie (loooooooove)
Uni-Peg (my nieces will go crazy for this one)

Some of the other categories are: Female Characters, Curiosities, Fantasy, and Steampunk.

Get creative and have a fabulous week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Enjoy with Zen Beauty Serenity

Hi folks! Elaine here. Over the weekend I enjoyed some crafty playtime and I'm here to share the results with you!

I created a little scene using one of the new Zen Beauties stamps from SCACD along with the Breezy Branches Corner die from the Dies by SCACD range.

First I stamped Serenity in a pale ink on white cardstock ready to be coloured using Copic markers using the "No Lines" technique. I also stamped her in black ink on scrap paper to create a mask. I used some die cut Breezy Branches corners as masks too, before airbrushing with a light blue Copic marker to create a soft blue sky background. Using the die-cuts as masks gave me some extra scene elements to colour using the "No Lines" technique.

You can see another example of die cuts used in this way in my post from 2012: Getting Creative with Dies by SCACD which includes some photos of the process.

INTERNATIONAL READERS: SCACD Stamps and Dies by SCACD can be purchased online from my store Quixotic Paperie in the UK.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cupcake Fairy

I did get to get a bit of coloring in this weekend, and decided to try my hand at the new digital fairy from the new Digi release by Carmen Medlin for SCACD. This one is called Cupcake Fairy.

First things first - she is full size. When I opened the image in MS Word, I left her the size she was. It made it a little easier to color the details, yet a little harder to get the blends in because such a large area. I chose to do her in teals and greens because - well Love the color combination. The pick of purple came last - ok... second to last. The pink background was last.  The only "embellishment" other than coloring is silver dots on her wings and buttons of her waist sash and her top. I have framed her so that I can take her to work and have her on my desk. :-) 

I love to fussy cut. Mainly because I ALWAYS accidentally go outside the image when I am coloring. SIGH. This one I was going to try to leave on the white paper.  . . Alas, that was not good. I had a LOT of accidental oopseys. But many of you may wonder how to do the fussy cutting when there are things like curleycues on the end of the wings, and a wick for the candle and her spiked shoe. Those are HORRIFIC to cut out and have resemble anything good. Well at least for me.... I am not a professional paper cutter and have trouble with those types of things. 

The solution - I printed the image out again on a piece of pink cardstock that I had cut down to 8.5 x 11.  When I fussy cut the image, I cut off the curlies on the wings. and on wick, etc... Then I CAREFULLY placed the cut out image on top of the one printed on the pink cardstock. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful week, and embrace your craftiness.


Sunday, August 31, 2014


Recently SCACD released some new images in red rubber.   One of the releases was a sheet of fairy images titled Zen Beauties and included this lovely image named Bliss.

When shopping last time at SCACD I found this fabulous paper pack Papermania Parisienne Blue.  I was excited to get use and it and colored up Bliss to match. After coloring her up, I used a glitter pen and the wings have a gorgeous shimmer that this picture just does not show. 

In addition to the red rubber release, SCACD just released 11 NEW Digital Images.  There are some great ones so be sure you check them out!

Get Inky!

Friday, August 29, 2014


Happy Friday!!!

Good news for digi fans 11 NEW SCACD Digital images have been released for purchase :D If you would like to purchase the image below and some of the others in the SCACD Digital site then I have a special offer at the moment for you. Purchase 6 or more digis at one time and you can choose an additional digi for free (just note your selection in the comments section of your order)! Digi deal ends Sunday the 31st!!!
You can take a peek see at them all HERE!!!

I am also having a 15% off sale on the rest of the SCACD Store (Excluding Digital images and $1 items). The sale ends 8pm California time this Saturday the 30th. So make sure you come by and take a peek see (15% off is taken automatically no need to enter a code) HERE! Sale does not apply to items previously purchased. There are no rain checks, does not apply to shipping and does not apply to California sale tax, sale cannot be combined with other prior discounts.
Have a hopefully long and happy Labor Day weekend :D
Hearts and Hugs

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Meet Hope, one of the fairies in SCACD's wonderful new Zen Beauties collection of rubber stamps.

Hope was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I went over her wings and the floating orb with Clear Stardust Glitter pen. The orb was then coated with a layer of Diamond Glaze to add dimension and a glassy shine. I used a stylus to score the cardstock, then tore it along the score lines. The torn edges received a coating of Clear Stardust Glitter pen as well. Sadly you can't really see the lovely glittery goodness. Silly camera. Sillier photographer!

Since Hope was colored while I was at my mother's house a while back, I got to choose papers that worked with her. Fortunately and somewhat shockingly, I remembered that I had old patterned papers from Memory Box in my stash that I thought might work with the color scheme I used to color Hope. I'm glad to say that I was right! Better yet, I knew where I had stored the patterned paper! Eureeka! I should mention that I added a tiny bit of pink marker to the horizontal strips of patterned paper to reinforce the pink I used on Hope and her toadstool.

The card's layout is based on Sketch #48 from Papertake Weekly Challenges. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with either Shaded Lilac Distress ink or New Sprout Memento ink. Since the fairy is named Hope and I coincidentally had a Hope die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I decided to use that same die to die-cut silver glitter cardstock by DCWV, which was placed according to the sketch to form my sentiment.

Here's Papertake Weekly's Sketch #48

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

What's New Monday 8-25-2014

It is that time again!  Back to School AND a some new SCACD Digital Images have been released!  These are such a fun batch!  I know there are a lot of parents out there adjusting with their kiddos to the early school mornings again.  This image is just so appropriate.

Or perhaps this one...
 and I'll let you decide if it is when they leave for school or come home that this one is for ;)

There are several other fun and fabulo9us new digital images that can all be found HERE.

While you are checking out the new images, take a look at the newly added Designs by Ryn Stencils.  Here are a couple of the super designs.

Whatever your day looks like, I hope it is fun, filled with time to create and everything you wish for.

HOPE your weekend was great

Hey there guys! Me again. I am here to share another take on Hope!

This time I wanted her to have DARK wings. Lovely blue wings. I also wanted to have some fun with the hair, so I went HOT PINK. Just so you all know the Zen Beauties collection is available in Red Rubber, and HOPE here is available in both rubber and digi format.

For those of you who love all things Digi - Susana has released several new digi stamps in the store. There is an adorable little hungry seal, a ghost and pumpkin, another fairy with a cupcake :-) and a flowerful owl, along with several other images. You can see the entire collection here.

I hope you all have a good week. All I know is I am looking forward to this coming weekend a bit too much. COME ON LONG WEEKEND!!!!!!!

See you all again soon!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Party Lights

Hello and happy weekend. Today I am sharing with you my latest creation using one of the new rubber stamps that have been released. This stamp is Party Lights Border.

I made what I would consider a small party invitation. This was a fun image to color, but it was difficult for me to figure out how to get it to look the way I wanted it to. But once I did, I LOVE the way it turned out.

First I stamped the image twice. Once for the background and once to fussy cut. I used my copic airbrush to color the background image with dark blue and light yellow for the glow. On the second image I colored all the light bulbs. I then did the hardest part of cutting out all of the light bulbs. I ran them through my little Xyron X thingie, and then stuck them on top of the background image.

Once that was done, I added clear sparkles to the bulbs themselves and then gold dots on the rest of the chains hanging.  I cut the image out and glued it down on gold sparkly paper. Then I gut out the wings out of the same sparkly paper using the Steampunk Wings Pair Die. I also ran this through my xyron to get the wings sticky, and then attached to the sides of the stamped image. For this I ran the top part behind the image and the bottom of the wing in front of the image. I then stuck the entire thing down on dark blue paper.

It looked good, then I messed it up and tried to write with my stickles. EPIC FAIL. So I decided to cut out the entire thing and then place it on a small folded card piece to make it a smaller card. The inside can now read anything I want, and it really frames the image. I love it more than the original idea!

I have shared what I have done. I really encourage you all to share your take on this image or any of your other creations with Susana's stamps on our Facebook page Art & Heart with SCACD.

Have a great week!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Here's my card, featuring Bliss, one of the four beautiful new fairy stamps in SCACD's Zen Beauties set.

Bliss was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. C00, C0, C1, custom-blended Less than B60, and B60 Copic markers were used to create the cloudy sky behind her. Silver Copic Spica glitter pen was used to add trails of glitter issuing from her fingers and feet, as well as lines of glitter on her wings.

Patterned cardstock from Club Scrap was die-cut with a Decorative Labels Eight Nestabilities die from Spellbinders. This was then die-cut with a Nestabities Labels Eight die to create a frame. The same die  was used to die-cut her image panel, which was adhered inside the decorative frame. This frame was adhered to patterned paper from My Minds Eye, then matted onto silver glitter paper by DCWV. The matted image panel was adhered to the card front made from the same green patterned cardstock from Club Scrap. Gemstones by Kaiser Craft (for sale at 50% off!) were added to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today! 

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