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Some dragon loves you…

Posted by Catherine on March 31, 2009

…yeah, it doesn’t really work the same as the word ‘bunny’ does it?  But by now, I’m thinking that bunnies are overrated anyway.  I mean, they’ve got Easter and then they’ve also got batteries too!?  I really think it’s time to ease up on the franchising, now they just look greedy.  Is it Easter or batteries…they should just pick one and settle down.  Leave some things for other animals…especially dragons.  I think dragons are too often forgotten and they’re just as cute as bunnies – well, at least this one is.

Dragon by Dustin Pike

Dragon by Dustin Pike

So if you’ve been living under a stamping rock, you may not recognize this oh-so-cute dragon.  But he is a free digi stamp from Dustin Pike; who has been garnering a lot of attention across many stamping forums and boards.  Basically he has a bunch of things he doodles, that he’s just lately started offering as free downloads to the stamping community.  First things first, free is always good, but the BEST part about it being free, they are REALLY good.  I think at this time, I’ve pretty much downloaded everything he’s got to offer on his blogs.  I only hope that he keeps this up – even if he starts charging, I’d definitely say they were worth it!

Anywho, there’s another Easter card.  I’ve always admired those rare but lucky individuals who can take patterned and design paper and mix and match them and make them look GOOD.  I tried my hand at it, and somewhere between the polkadot paper and the 3D tag sticker, I lost it.  *sighs* Ah well, it was a first go at it, so hopefully the more I try the better it will turnout.

I coloured in the dragon – I’m going to name him Henry – with Copics and tried my hand out at some techniques I learned from the Copic Certification class.  I’ve definitely still got a lot to learn, but I’m definitely more comfortable with trying to blend highlights and lowlights and shadows.  I textured Henry’s scales using a Colorless Blender pen.  I used my copics to create a grassy hillock kind of scene (courtesy of a tutorial by Suzanne!)  I created the clouds and sky using a technique that I picked up from fabulous Copic Certificate classmate Crissy Armstrong!  Papers are from a Wal-Mart paper pack.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate that you take a little time to stop by and see what I’ve been up to! *LOL*  Please let me know if you have any thoughts and constructive criticisms on the card!

 

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Enchanted fairies…

Posted by Catherine on March 25, 2009

…for a fairy happy birthday!

Hi everyone!  I’m back and I’m CER-TI-FIED! Copic Certified that is! 

Yesterday was the Copic Certification course and I made the two hour trek over to Brampton to play with markers!  It was so funny, when I booked the day off and my co-workers were asking me where I was going or what I’d be doing, I was like…oooh you know…*coughs* colouring *coughs* HAHAHAHA…some people just don’t get it.

Anywho, I was a teeny, tiny bit late getting into the class due to the insane amount of traffic I had to weave through…*sighs* if you were on the 401 yesterday and saw a black Honda with a crazy little asian driver at the wheel looking slightly deranged, that might have been me!  If the crazy little asian driver looking slightly deranged had ink stains on the fingers that were gripping the wheel in a death grip, that really WAS me! HAHAHAHA…

So the class went very well!  It was so informative and really got to the background of Copics and the nitty gritty of the right papers and inks and techniques!  You can’t get any better than having Marianne Walker walk around to each of your tables to demonstrate each individual technique!  I definitely have a lot to practice, but after the class, I’m definitely not as intimidated by the markers as I once was!  Now where’s MY COPIC BLINKIE!? *LOL*

The other day was a very bad day for me too.  I was baaaad!

Studio G Series 28

Wood Mounted

 

Studio G Series 27

*SQUEALS* They are so.freaking.CUTE!  I’d roll all over them and throw them up in the air à la Demi Moore in that one movie, however, like my Stickles, my Studio G’s like to be un-rolled on – I imagine the wouldn’t stamp as well…

So before my hubby could get bent out of shape about the purchase (he still doesn’t really know about it actually…what’s a marriage without a little mystery in it to keep it exciting!? *LOL) I turned around and USED them! ALREADY! I know!!!  Avid Studio G collector I am no more! I am a Studio G USER!  Join me, won’t you?

Inside of the card says: "Have a fairy happy birthday!"

Close up view

Oh I *LOVE* those fairies!  I love the WHOLE set!  I LOVE Studio G’s! *hyperventillating*  HAHAHAHA…you just can NOT go wrong with this set…it’s so whimsical and fancy free, plus there are also some cute images in it for a more cutesy look!

I used SCS sketch challenge SC220 for the basic idea for the card idea – twisted it around a little bit, but the spiritof the sketch is there!  To add to the woodsy, foresty, fairy feel, I pulled out my glossy cardstock and alcohol inked my background.  I ran out of the felt for my ink applicator tool, so I used the foam and it worked just as well.  Using Lettuce and Eggplant on my foam applicator, I randomly stomped on my glossy carstock until the entire cardstock was inked.  I turned to my wonderful blending solution and soaked my foam blending tool and dabbed that all over my inked carstock to create some wonderful effects with the ink that was already laid down.  But I wasn’t done yet!  Next, I squirted Stickles and Glitz Stickles in Patina and another colour I can’t remember and I blended that wonderful glitterlicious goodness ALL OVER to create an awesome glittered, alcohol inked background.  It’s GOOOOOR-JUS! 

Next, I stamped my Enchanted stamp into versamark and then covered it with wonderfully smooth, rich, creamy Versamagic ink and heat embossed for the raised look on my oval nestability shape.  I left the die on the shape while I chalked around the perimeter.

Lastly, my wonderful fairies got a little treat of what I learned from my Copic class and the blending techniques.  They’re so tiny you can’t really see it, but I also heat embossed them too to make them REALLY stand out and I shimmered them up with some shimmer from my Sakura glitter pens.  A little pop-dots and they were soaring all over my card!

That’s pretty much the basics of how I got my card together!  Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Studio G (Series 27)
Ink: Alcohol Ink (Lettuce, Eggplant), Versamark Watermark Pad, Versamagic
Medium: Copic Markers
Embellishments: Stickles/Glitz Stickles, Rhinestones, Sakura Glitter Gel Pens
Tools: Foam ink applicator, Blending Solution, pop-dots, embossing puff

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Make a wish…

Posted by Catherine on February 21, 2009

…and your fairy craftmother will grant it! Well…if your fairy craftmother is Marti from Pez-a-Doodle Designs! *LOL*

It was a GOOD mail day yesterday! I had not one, not two, but three packages waiting in my mail box when I got home from a hideous day – no, make that WEEK – of work! Nothing like pretty postage-wrapped presents (that I paid for *LOL* minus my DT goodies from my fair craftmother) for ME!

My first set of Nestabilities from Terri came today! I got the Ovals set and WOW are they awesome! I LOVE them all. After all the waiting and anticipation and wondering if they were worth it…YES, they totally are! *waves* THANK YOU, Terri! Look for my payment for my next set ASAP!

My last order from Oozak.com for my COPIC markers came as well! I’m not sure if it’ll be my last but March 1st is just looming around the corner, so if you’re still wondering whether COPICs are for you, I’d stop wondering and get a-clickin’ before you miss out! I can’t WAIT for my COPIC certification class next month, I’m definitely excited and nervous about that – probably because my coloring is absolutely horrendous!

And last, but certainly not least, my wonderful package of DT goodies from my fairy craftmother, Marti! It’s making me *LOL* everytime I say that because I’m wondering what Marti’s thinking of me referring to her as that…HAHAHAHA!

Anywho, the package was jam-packed with wonderful things, I would throw them up and roll around in them if the jars of Flower Soft wouldn’t conk me in the head on the way down – plus, the jars would make for some uncomfortable rolly-ness, I would think…so YES! My first set of Flower Soft came (I talk like I have more coming, but I will definitely be ordering more of the other sets as well!) and there were pretty pictures and vases and wire and glue and ribbon…lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! There was some FABULOUS stamped images for me to PLAY with because my fairy craftmother knows how much I wanna get my COPIC groove on! And a bunch of other stuff that little ol’ me just NEEDS.

So what do you do when so many things come in the mail…?

USE.THEM.AAAAAALL!

*swoons* Don’t you just LOVE ME – er…I mean, her??? Marti sent me some stamped images of pretty mermaid Anya and I knew that it was my call…no, my DUTY to shimmer and bling.her.up! Oh you can’t see it now, but you do not understand how Anya is working the shimmer. I shimmered pretty much every inch of her using my Sakura Glitter Gel pens after I coloured her in with my COPICs. Next I added my ever-so-handy Diamond Glaze and gussied up her sea-shelled ladies and the beads in her hair. After she was all nice and dry I trimmed her out and microbeaded her tail in green and blue microbeads! I am LOVING the effect of the beads as scales on her tail, but those little things were a pain in my left AND right cheeks! Which I probably have microbeads on…and in my bra…and in my hair…probably even in my ears, they got EVERYWHERE! Note to self and to all of you…maybe get a dryer sheet and wipe all over your hands with as well as the paper. Those little suckers static cling to EVERYTHING!

Moooving on – stop picturing microbeads in my special places!

For my under the sea scene, I took a piece of carstock and watercolored the living daylights out of it using a light and dark blue watercolor pencil and my aqua pen. Once I was satisfied with the blue-y-ness of it all, I took my mini mister, Stonewashed dye re-inker and my blue Perfect Pearls and shook me up some shimmerlicious mist and misted THAT over the whole underwater piece of cardstock. Swirled the shimmeryness with my aquapen and misted some more…you can NEVER mist enough, I would say! Once it was dry – it didn’t take too long actually…probably because I assaulted it with my heatgun!

I used my Ranger Distress embossing powder to make my sand – oh THANK YOU, fairy craftmother for the awesome idea on that – and I used Flower Soft to make some algae/seaweed looking things. Then badda-boom, badda-bing, slap everything together and you’ve got my underwater “make a wish” scene!

Here’s Miss Thang up close:

Soooo pretty! (*coughs* I mean, if I do say so myself…) I wish you could see the actual shimmeryness of her – her hair, her bathingsuit/tail…the water…EVERYTHING! Ah well, to actually see it, you’ll just have to play with some shimmery-goodness, won’t you? Go on and get your shimmer on!

I’ve got so much I want to share and show, but I’m trying to keep myself in check and pace myself…it looks like the days leading up to my blogaversary is going to be filled with lots of fun things – hang out with me, won’t you?

Thanks for stopping by!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Mermaid Anya from The Greeting Farm
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stonewashed re-inker
Other Mediums: COPIC markers, watercolor pencils, shimmer mist
Tools: Mini mister, Perfect Pearls, Glossy Accents, aquapen, Sakura Glitter Gel pen, dimensional foam
Embellishments: Distress embossing powder, Flower Soft, sea shells

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A year of -isms II…

Posted by Catherine on February 20, 2009

“The stupid sign fooled me and I thought it was 2 for $1 and by the time I was checking out and the girl said it wasn’t, I had already formed a bond with the paper.”

Well, to be honest, I already had this entry all written out and I’m pretty sure it posted at the time I told it to post, but something wonky happened and I ended up losing the whole entry! Eek!

Anywho, last night The Mister and I went out for bubble tea (mmm…bubble tea…) and the girl who runs the place has decided to branch out a little and carry small gift items and other knick-knacks – which is really fun, but really bad for me because I love small gift items and knick-knacks – even if I don’t know what I would do with them! I was looking through everything – The Mister hates it when I do this because I will start from the beginning or top or from one side and sloooooowly go through and make sure I look at EVERY single thing before I move on to the next section. Just don’t want to miss anything, you know! A lot of the things were Sanrio things (HELLO KITTY!) which everyone who’s anyone knows that I used to REALLY like! I have a Hello Kitty alarm clock, a Hello Kitty phone, Hello Kitty T-Shirts, Hello Kitty pens, paper…blah blah blah…but I digress…so there were bags and paper and pens and a bunch of other really cool things and then…there it was…

*SQUEALS* It’s an Angel Hello Kitty organizer…thingy…

I love Angel Hello Kitty…I had her really cute paper and matching pen which I never used because it was just too pretty to write on! Well, I just had to have this set because I already knew what I was going to use it for!

Ta-da!!! Woohoo! My COPIC markers now have a home! Thank goodness I didn’t get anymore from Oozak.com (sale still going on until MARCH 1st!) or else I wouldn’t have been able to fit them all in here! But as of right now with 85 markers, everyone is all nice and snug in their new home! Can you just SEE me walking into my COPIC Certification class with my little Angel Hello Kitty COPIC marker bag? *squeals* I know, I am just too excited, aren’t I? Taking it down a notch…

Speaking of the bag though, I did come up with a solution for my little giveaway problem that I had confessed about the other day. I am now going to employ the one-for-me, one-for-you technique! So up there you see mine…and another one will go to the blogaversary blog candy winner!!! w00t!

DISCLAIMER: Winner of the Angel Hello Kitty organizer bag will win the bag and pouch, minus any CONTENTS pictured above. Meaning, the prize will not include the COPIC markers pictured.

*giggles* Sorry, just had to put it out there before I went further and got more excitable and carried away! HAHAHA, but to be fair, since I DID show the bag with markers, I will be including two COPIC markers in the giveaway as well: R05 and G05.

I think that’s it for me today! I’ll be escaping off to Michael’s this afternoon on my lunch hour to have a peek to see if they have any of the new DCWV stacks in yet (I won’t be holding my breath though, my M’s still thinks that the Cricut only has a George cartridge available with it, with the way they stock…) and maybe I’ll find more fun things to include in my blogaversary giveaway! Make sure to come back and visit on the 1st to enter! With all my crazy shenanigans and TMI confessions and when you still came to visit even when I dropped off the face of the earth, I would definitely say that you DESERVE it!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. For those of you who can’t wait to win stuff, buying things ON SALE is just as good, isn’t it? Dont’ forget that Marti’s got all her products and items on SALE at Pez-a-Doodle Designs from 15% – 25% OFF to make room for the fun new things coming – and can I just totally drop a little hinty-hint, Marti DEFINITELY has some fun, new things in store for you. You do NOT want to miss it – I’m having an episode just trying not to blurt it all out! *LOL*

The battle is won and I have conquered and vanquished the beast I call Design Studio. This isn’t the end I know…the battle may be over but the war is just beginning. I’m gonna figure the crap out of DS if it’s the last thing I do. *insert maniacal laughter here* But first, I’m going to bed.

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Rrrravishing Red Riding Hood…

Posted by Catherine on February 14, 2009

…mama mia! guess what I haven’t talked about yet?

These came in the mail the other day! Well I shouldn’t say it just like that, it makes it sound so easy, like they handed it to me with a box of chocolates or something. Because of duty and whatnot, they would NOT leave the box at my door because I owed them money, and the thing about UPS is that they’ll say that they’ll keep trying for THREE days to deliver. Meanwhile, I STILL won’t be home any of the times that they would try so I had to call the center, go through the most ANNOYING voice prompt thingy where in the VERY FREAKING end, the machine won’t understand what you’re trying to say and will STILL put you on hold to get a real person which was what you wanted ANYWAY and then you’ll have to tell the real person everything from the beginning! *breathes* So the nearest UPS facility is CLEAR across town and the rain and fog were SO bad the other night that we got LOST. Yes, in my own CITY! I mean, I’d been there once or twice before, but with all the fog, everything was just…blaaah! We got lost and it took us an HOUR to find the place. Then there was a line-up as all the trucks were getting in and unloading EVERYTHING so the place was a mess and the girl couldn’t find anything that anyone wanted to pick up. Long story short, there’s my babies – and I’ve got 24 more of them coming! *giggles* Certification class, here I come!

So of COURSE I had to play with them! Found out first and foremost that yeah, any of the inks I own don’t work. Place a quick order with Marti…I love knowing people in high places! *LOL* While the order is coming I *whispers* printed off some digital stamps I just HAD to have now that I have COPICs on my work’s laser printer. And here’s my very first attempt at these oh-so-fickle COPICs!

I loves Anya! Okay, in real life (as opposed to what, right?) I had played around with my COPICs and the hood some more, but then I got this brilliant idea to FLOCK the whole hood, so all my wonderful shading disappeared. It wasn’t all that great anyway, so you’re just missing an opportunity to laugh at my colouring skills. But holy, moly I couldn’t stop running my finger along her hood, it’s so niiiiiice! So as you can see, I had a little bit of creative vomit go all over this card. I think I tried a little bit of everything on this…*laughs* If you’ll notice my FIRST attempt at a stickpin/hatpin, WHATEVER pin. You can say it’s ugly. I told it so myself…it’s feelings weren’t hurt that much. As you’ll also see…if you’re not blinded by the whole hot mess, SugarPops have made a little bit of a comeback. Named Ravishing Red after Miss Hood over there…

As I already mentioned, we’re not the Valentine’s Day kind of folks, so we’re off with a huuuge group of friends (I say that like 3 other people and my brothers are a HUGE number…) are going TUBING! So fun, friends and snowpants are as romantic as it gets for this girl! But hoping you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Thanks for visiting!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Marti from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Red Riding Hood Anya Digital Stamp – The Greeting Farm
Ink: Laser Printer (*teehee*), Fired Brick Distress Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny from Pezzy’s Picks (oh yummalicious!)
Colouring Medium: a la COPICs

Embellishments: Doodlebug Flock, SugarPops by Sugar & Scraps, stick pin, white paint pen, ribbon from Pezzy’s Picks

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