Saturday, December 19, 2009

Shirley's 2 Girls DT Call

Even with all the business of the holiday season, I have managed to find some time to do stamping.
I did work on a new card yesterday, and here it is using Shirley's 2 Girls stamps, which are wonderful by the way!

She was actually paperpieced and was done in accordance with a challenge they had going on the blog.
I love this stamp and for those of you who know me, I never claim to be a domestic diva, and I think this stamp says it all!LOL
Shirley's 2 Girls is a fun and creative stamp line who are going completely digital in January. Be sure to hop on over to the site and check them out!

Monday, December 14, 2009

My latest creation...

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying this warm Florida weather. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Jack Frost will be visiting us soon with some cooler temperatures.
Today I was once again working on Christmas cards using digi stamps...

These cuties were colored in using Copic markers and the AtYou Spica glitter pens, also made by Copic. The image comes from a wonderful company called They have wonderful images and because they are at a 300dpi (dots per inch) resolution, the images are clear and crisp. I encourage folks to click on over and check them out.
Have a happy Monday!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another Digi Stamp Card!

Good morning everyone, here is another card I made using the digi stamp from Squigglefly.

With this card, I colored in the image with my Ciao Copic markers and used more traditional colors.
I used a new Spellbinder Die, Fancy Tags, that I got in and love it. The saying stamp is from my stash, but I can't remember offhand which company it is. I also added a touch of glitter to santa's helper with the AtYou Spica Glitter pens, also made by Copic.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Digital Stamps are Great

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a good week so far. I've been doing some Christmas cards lately and here is one of my most recent. The stamp is actually a digital stamp or "digi stamp" as they are called...

This company is called SquiggleFly and they have a large variety of digi stamps.
Their images run the gamet of topics, so every crafter is sure to find something to their liking. What I like about digital stamps is that delivery is instantaneous and I can stay in my pjs to shop, storage is minimal and the price is extremely reasonable.
Now I also have a confession to make, they are having a Design Team Call, ending Dec. 10th, so I am doing a shameless plug, but luckily for me everything I've said about them is true.
Tomorrow I will have another card here, using the same stamp, but with a completely different color scheme! Happy Crafting

Monday, December 7, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Thank you so much for all the wonderful and supportive comments that were left during our First Annual March of the Snowmmen Blog Hop. It was fun to meet the other artists and hear from all the wonderful visitors to the blogs. Now to announce the winner of my blog candy, it is...

Congratulations EFY, and here is what she had to say... "Wow! I almost missed this one. Fortunately, when I commented, I noticed the "part 2" I'm so glad to have seen this card ~ the snowman and his puppy are adorable! Blessings", left Dec. 5, 2009 at 8:27PM.

EFY, please contact me at to let me know your mailing address and I can send you out your blog candy right away.
Thanks for playing everyone and keep tuned for more creative projects.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Impression Obsession Challenge

To start with, THANK YOU to all the blog hopper of yesterday's March of the Snowmen. The blog hop was great fun and the comments were so thoughtful and much appreciated. I also wanted to give a HUGE thanks to Melisa Waldorf for organizing this event and can't wait to see when the next hop is.

Now, I am a fan of the stamps manufactured by Impression Obsession, specifically the line created by Leigh Hannah. Every couple of weeks the company hosts a challenge where you can win prizes for your entry. Below is the card I submitted for their "White" Challenge. I was so excited to see it on the Impression Obsession blog. The card does have some color on it, but primarily it's white...

I stamped the stamp with Versamark, then used white embossing powder. I added jewels and pearls to jazz it up a little. I then punched out the two borders using one of the Martha Stewart border punches, which are great by the way.
Hope you can find some inspiration!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

March of the Snowmen - Part 2

Welcome to our First Annual Snowmen Blog Hop. We have a lot of great crafters and bloggers so be sure to visit everyone. We had to do a snowman themed card, which was right up my alley!LOL And of course I couldn't just choose one snowman themed card, I had to choose 3. These are the other two cards I created for the hop, with the first one being posted earlier today! Also here is the list of participants in case you missed it the first time...
Angella Crocket
Barb Foster
Deb Felts
Jen Carter
JenMarie Tayloer
Kelly Landers
Latisha Yoast
Laurie Unger
Laurie Willison
Linda Duke
Melisa Waldorf
Michelle Bartnett
Mona Pendleton
Pam Imholts
Stacy Rogers

Here is the first of my two cards. I've had the stamp for awhile so I can't remember the manufacturer, but I colored him in with Copic markers, then used a Nestabilities Die to cut him out, along with the matching mat.

Then to add more punch to the image, I colored him again with AtYou Spica Glitter pens. These are pens that Copic markes, and they are great. They add just enough glitter but it's not overpowering.

Then finally I finished off the card by stamping the inside with a christmas saying and again more print paper from the front of the card.

Then finally for my third snowman card I stamped with image with a stamp from Great Impressions and of course my coloring medium was Copic Markers. I then stuck the cardface into a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and embossed the front of the card. The cardbase is made from Core'dinations so I sanded the front next to get the embossing part to pop out. I also used the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Edges for the strip of cardstock and then used another folder for the white diecut, cut from a Nestabilities Die from Spellbinders. The chipboard piece I painted white and while it was still wet, I sprinkled on Art Institute Glitter, fabulous stuff by the way!!

Then finally in the white areas, I sprinkled in Polar White Flower Soft to give added dimension...

And I finished off the inside with matching cardstock and a stamp from Personal Stamp Exchange...

Don't forget to leave a comment for either this post or the previous one to qualify for the drawing of the blog hop candy! Please enjoy the hop and leave comments for all the great crafters!

Friday, December 4, 2009

March of the Snowmen Blog Hop

Welcome to our First Annual Snowmen Blog Hop. We have a lot of great crafters and bloggers so be sure to visit everyone. We had to do a snowman themed card, which was right up my alley!LOL And of course I couldn't just choose one snowman themed card, I had to choose 3. The other two will be posted after 2pm so be sure and drop by again for more inspiration.

Here is a list of the participants, and you'll be wowed at what these wonderful crafters have come up with.
Angella Crocket
Barb Foster
Deb Felts
Jen Carter
JenMarie Tayloer
Kelly Landers
Latisha Yoast
Laurie Unger
Laurie Willison
Linda Duke
Melisa Waldorf
Michelle Bartnett
Mona Pendleton
Pam Imholts
Stacy Rogers

Now onto my card. This was done using a stamp by Penny Black and colored in with my copic markers.

For some added dimension I put Stickles Glitter Glue on the snowmen and added a bit of glitter glue to the snow, just to give it some extra pop.

I finished off the inside of the card with a saying from Great Impressions and more of the print paper that I used on the outside of the card to tie it all together. Please enjoy!

Also, for all the wonderful crafters that leave a commment on my blog, you will be entered in a raffle for the following blog candy...

The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 7th via email and on my blog so be sure and leave an email addy where I can contact you.

March of the Snowmen

OK, so for those of you who know me, I love the cold, winter weather. However living in Florida, you don't see a lot of winter chill, and no my friends, 55 degrees does not constitute a "winter chill"!LOL
Luckily my friend Melisa has come up with this wonderful idea of a blog hop, featuring wonderful and creative artists, with projects highlighting snowmen! I was so thrilled when she asked if I could participate, so here is some of the information with more to follow as I get it.
The March of the Snowmen Blog Hop begins, Saturday Dec. 5th. Click here is visit Melisa's blog for more info. Please play along and feel free to leave comments. Believe me they are appreciated!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Card Sketch Challenge

I recently discovered a blog called Midnight Madness. They have a weekly card sketch challenge with great giveaways, also known as blog candy. I did try to participate in last week's challenge, but unfortunately I missed the deadline. (Yeah, I know a real shocker LOL) But I decided that my card was cute and wanted to post it anyway!

The stamp is from Penny Black, of course I love penguins and snowmen. Anything having to do with the Great White North. I colored in the image using my Copic Markers, then...

...I added buttons for embellishments, along with squares in gold reflective paper. The great thing is that this card was all made from scraps I had around. Cardmaking is a wonderful way to use up all your extra paper and cardstock.
Hope you enjoy the card and remember to check back on Saturday, Dec. 5th for the First Annual March of the Snowmen Blog Hop!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas is Almost Here!

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow and then Christmas a mere month after that. Where has 2009 gone I ask you? Here is a card I made for my Copic marker class.

I love this Penny Black stamp because it lends itself beautifully for coloring in. I used my Copic Ciao markers to color in the image.

Then is used paper from Lasting Impressions for the card base, the torn printed background piece, plus all the mats. I also used my Coluzzle for cutting out the images and their respective mats.

Unfortunately Provo Craft has decided to discontinue the Coluzzle line of products. This is a shame because I'm using mine all the time and LOVE IT!
Finally for adding depth to the card, I used old puzzle pieces instead of foam tape or pop dots.
Hope you enjoy the card and have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Am Back in Sunny Florida!

Needless to say I had a wonderful trip. It was great to see the family, plus my nephew Logan and my niece, Georgia. Of course, I've been sick with the flu since I got back late, last Wednesday night.
I'm finally making contact with the outside world again, basically having slept for almost 2 days!LOL
I'll be posting more creative ideas later, just didn't want everyone to worry that they hadn't heard from me for awhile!
Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Latest ATCs

I've been looking through my posts, and realized that I haven't posted too many ATC projects. For those of you who don't know what the acronym stands for, ATC means Artist Trading Cards.
These are mini works of art, that are traded as you would trade baseball or football cards. Here is one I did for an online Edgar Allen Poe swap,

The card was made using primarily Tim Holtz stamps plus the trees were from Stampscapes (which are one of my favorite lines by the way!) I stamped the images onto print paper, so that the pattern would show through the image.
I'm heading home today, to the great white north, know was Canada. By the time some of you read this I would have already surprised my mom for her birthday. I can't wait to see everyone, and I'll post some pictures later on in the week.
Hope everyone is having a great day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Discovered Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #23

So, of course when I can't sleep, I am frantically scouring the internet for fun and inspiring blogs. I came across this one, Priscilla Styles that hosts weekly card sketch challenges. Here is mine for the MMSC#23,

I wanted to create a birthday card that uses more fall colors. I created the image using Copics directly onto my stamp...

then I sprayed the paper with 90% proof rubbing alcohol, in order for the image to stay crisp. I then added glitter to the image and flower using my AtYou Spica glitter pens from Copic markers. Hope you like the card!

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm Loving Halloween!

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather gets cooler and the scenery comes alive with color, well at least up north it does. Here in Florida the trees don't change color until January, and then it only lasts for about one week!LOL
But that doesn't stop me from creating wonderful fall and halloween themed cards.

This card was created with stamps from Shirley's 2 Girls stamp company. The stamps are fun and whimsical, with lots of open spaces to use your Copic markers in.

If you can see up close, once I colored in the images, I went back with my AtYouSpica glitter pens from Copic to add some glitz to the pumpkin and her outfit.
The card went together very quickly, then I added a few more details with the peel off stickers from Flower Soft, plus I used the negatives from the sticker sheet.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Funny Card!

OK, so I made this card and will be sending it to my mom, to give her a laugh (hopefully she won't read this blog before she gets the card!LOL)

Anyhooo, the image is from Whipper Snapper, but I modified it a little. The stamp came with a saying underneath the image, plus the figure had wings on it. So I cut all that away until I was left with just the lady and her cup of coffee.
I colored her in with Copic markers then used my Coluzzle system to make the circle and its mat. I've been using that tool a lot lately, not only in my classes but also in my own projects. No matter how old a tool is, when it's good, it's good!
The saying is from Inkadinkado, and those who know me know, that if I can find a way to get out of housework and craft, I'll do it!LOL
For some final touches I used DewDrops and Jewels. Hopefully you like the card or can find some inspiration in it.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Birthday Bash was Awesome!

This weekend was fun and super busy. We had our annual Birthday Bash, an overnight crop! Ladies were working on a variety of projects from small candy boxes,

to just about anything else you could imagine. All our tables were full, along with aisles!LOL

As always we had a wonderful group of crafters, but I have to admit, I did have problems working on only ONE table. I mean let's face it, normally I spread out to at least 3 or 4 tables!LOL
We had two contests, one for a 12x12 layout and another for a 5x7 card. Here are the pictures of both winners, and it was difficult to choose because there were wonderful entries!

Michelle won for best layout and Tess won for best card! We also had a Let's Make a Deal game plus a Scrap N Stamp Scavenger Hunt. Both games were a blast, and hopefully I'll have more pictures to follow! I didn't get too much done this weekend, but I'll have some projects to post later on in the week!
Everyone have a great day and please don't forget to check back often.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What I've Been Working On

It seems like forever since I last posted. My girlfriends and I had a great time in Georgia. We went on a scrapbooking retreat for 4 days and it was a blast. I got a lot of projects done, some of which I can't show you because they are Christmas gifts, but here are a few cards I worked on.

These cards look complicated but they are so easy. We have a lot of these 3D punch outs at the shop. You simply punch them out and layer them. These asian designs are amazing, here are a few others,


Hope you enjoy these and please don't hesitate to leave a comment or two. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Little Pages some of you may know I'm a big swapper, sometimes I get too excited and join more than I can handle. I just get swept up in the thrill of the sign up! LOL In one of my yahoo groups, ATC Swapping, we are swapping pages for a mini book, with pages measuring 4" square. Here are pictures of a few that I sent out...

I stamped a rose stamp from PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange, unfortunately now out of business :-(), did watercoloring with Tombow markers then tucked my clipart image behind it. These pages were fun to do, very freeing!
With this next one...

The background was spritzed with Glimmer Mist, a bunch of different colors, so lots of depth. Then the images were stamped with StazOn, this one was quick but with the shimmer & glimmer it really sparkled!
Hope everyone has a great day and to leave you with a thought, if a train station is where the train stops, what is a workstation?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Congratulations to Todd & Vicki!!!!

I just had to give a quick shout out to my wonderful brother, Todd and my fantastic sister-in-law Vicki for welcoming in the latest addition to the McCulloch family, Logam James McCulloch, born Aug. 12th...

He looks adorable and I can't wait to see him in person. Love you both and we'll talk to you soon!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

What's Up with the Rain

OK, I don't have any crafting things to post today, but I just had to comment on the rain, I mean yikes!!

I was working in our crop room and heard what I thought was the heaven's opening up, I walked to the front door and was greeted by a wall of angry, horizontal wetness. I couldn't believe how thick it was coming down, so being a crafter, I ran to get my camera and take a picture.
It was even heavier than the picture showed, the visibility was hardly anything. Gotta love Florida! Tomorrow I promise to upload pictures of what I've been working on.
Have a great evening everybody!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Still Having Lots of Fun

Jeanne and I are in Village Inn, enjoying our coffee, still in disbelief that we're heading home in a few hours.
Yesterday was another long day, ending with Jeanne and I each taking classes, Jeanne with Kandi Corp and me with Tattered Angels. Both classes were amazing, and us receiving LOTS of product.
Now of course yesterday was my favourite day, and let me tell you why...or maybe those of you who know me can understand why...
, I mean look how close I am, and that's without a zoom. By the time we were able to stand, watch and listen to Tim, we'd been walking for 6 hours and I was beat. But let me tell you my feet were asleep because of the standing, and my leg was cramping, but I was NOT going to leave and loose my primo spot!LOL
Jeanne was able to get pictures of me from across the table...

Actually Tim is extremely sweet, funny, and very patient with all his many fans, and believe you me, we had to wait a while in order to get this close, he was always surrounded by students and fans alike.
Finally here is another picture that Jeanne captured as me acting like a sponge trying to get all the tips & tricks I can...

So, on that note, we're finishing our breakfast, and are getting ready to return to the show to drop off orders and of course do a make n' take from you know who...
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

CHA is Awesome!

Holy Cow, Jeanne and I are barely conscious at this point, but of course I have to blog the day's events.
We started at 9:00am and have been walking ever since. We walked up and down all the aisles viewing the wonderful product on every side of us. We stopped at 2:00 for a class on digital scrapbooking, and Jeanne being the newbie that she is, did a fantastic job.
Then of course, more walking and make n' takes. Here's Jeanne hard at work at one of the many booths where we stopped to create wonderful projects.

So after the afternoon class, we had some time to kill, then at 7:00pm we hit the classrooms again and boy were these classes chalk full of information and products. Be sure to keep an eye on our upcoming class schedule cause we're thinking of creating some amazing classes!
We're heading back to the room now and start leafing through the dozens of catalogs putting together our orders for now and the future.
Hope everyone has a great evening and we'll touch base tomorrow!

Monday, July 27, 2009

We're At CHA!

For those of you who don't know, CHA stands for Craft and Hobby Association. It is an organization that helps the retailers with their businesses. Jeanne and I are down for a couple of days, for the wholesale part of the show, seeing what's new, getting sample ideas and God willing, meeting Tim Holtz (well that's more for me than anything else! LOL)
We've taken one class so far, with more to come and here's Jeanne hard at work!

This was the Holiday Stamping with Hero Arts and it was awesome. We got a ton of goodies plus wonderful card ideas, so keep your eyes out for future classes. And let me tell you these classes are huge...

There had to be at least 60 people in that class, I mean WOW, if I had that many students I'd be beside myself!
Anyhooo, remember to read your emails because I'm getting ready to send out a wonderful sale notice! Have a great evening everyone!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Design Team Submissions

OK, so as some of you may be aware, I've been submitting my work, hoping against hope that I would be chosen for a design team. I love so many companies, it's often hard to pick just one.
I read on Split Coast Stamps that one of my favourite companys, Bombshell Stamps, is holding a design team call, so...

I've been creating a few cards using these saucy ladies, and this is one of my samples. I just love the way this card came out, especially the great angel wings.
I'll be off at CHA next week, so I may try to post some pictures and more samples then. Hope eveyone has a great night!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm Going to Be Published!!

Yup, that's right, I'm going to be published. I received 2 emails from Rubber Stamp Madness magazine and I've been chosen to be in two of their articles.
The first one is going to be for the Holiday 2009 edition, Angelic Collages. I sent in a few pieces so it will be interesting to see what they actually chose.
Then I've also been chosen to be in the Dragons & Unicorns feature, in the Summer 2010 edition of the magazine.
Needless to say I'm extremely excited and can't wait to see how the articles look. And no, you are not going crazy, I did change the look of the blog, just to try something new.
Take care everybody!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hanna Stamps

I've been wanting to play with my Hanna Stamps for quite some time now, and finally I've had the chance to work with them. This is just one of the cards that I've made with this stamp set, featuring ladies dressed in different dresses from the 60s and 70s.

Another reason that I liked this set is the expression on the ladies' faces. The word that comes to mind is saucy!

Hanna Stamps has had a Design Team call. This is the thread talking about how to enter. and this card is my entry. I had to pick only one (which was hard), but I just love the way this came out. Wish me luck everyone!