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I believe…

Posted by Catherine on April 1, 2009

…the children are our future, I believe in God the Father Almighty, I believe in angels, I believe that Trix are for kids, I believe that nobody knows how they really get the caramel in the Caramilk bar…

I also believe…

...that fairies live here...

...that fairies live here...

Now obviously I believe in some of those certain things more than I believe in others!

Keeping in line with my try at ‘scene’ looking kind of cards, I took another shot at it – this time with my wonderful Studio G stamps!  All of the stamps are from the fairy set, I believe that’s Series…27? 

I don’t know what it is with the fairy stamps and alcohol inks.  I think the whimsical-ness, fantasy-like feeling of it just calls alcohol inks to mind for me.  I just don’t feel like any kind of patterned paper would do the wishy-washy, magical feel that I want to create that alcohol inks can!  This time I tried out another technique that I learned at the Tim Holtz class that I took with Marti, the queen of alcohol inks herself.  I took a scrap piece of plastic and trickled a few drops of alcohol ink, blending solution and metallic mixative.  Next, I took a piece of glossy cardstock and placed it glossy-side-down onto the kaleidescope of ink and metallic mixative.  Sliding the paper and lifting produced a certain kind of effect and I enhanced it even more by ‘dribbling’ a few more droplets of belinding solution.  Like always, photos can’t capture how shimmery the metallic mixative makes the whole background.

Can one individual project be over-shimmered and over-glittered? Naaaaah!

…for each of the mushroom houses and the fairy princess and the flower, I added Diamond Stickles.  *sighs* Can’t get enough glitter I tell you!

For the flowery grass and the mushroom houses, I also got out my aquapen and pearl white Perfect Pearl and painted over the entire image.  The white Perfect Pearl is completely sheen so that all the Copic colouring I did shows through, but it adds even MORE shimmer.  In the first picture, anywhere you can see the glare of the flash, that’s all shimmered or glittered.  I mounted my scene onto plain white cardstock and couldn’t resist Stickle-ing that as well! *LOL*  Overboard?  I THINK NOT!

You know what kind of fairies are living in those cute little mushroom houses?  PDD Playgroup Playmates!!!

HAHAHAHA, did I just make my DT sisters sound like centerfolds?  Yikes!  Hope they don’t mind!  But GUESS WHAT?!?!?!

IT’S APRIL 1st!!!

…and that means that the Pezzy’s Playgroup is OFFICIALLY in action!  So won’t you come out and play?  They certainly are!  Please drop by each of their blogs to give them a warm welcome and to see what they’re playing around with!  Today will be their first official PDD Wednesday and I’m sure they are ready to BLOW YOU AWAY!

Just a little tid-bit of information to help add to the fun and excitement of today, Marti’s told me that some certain things have arrived and will be SOOOOOOO ready to be available to everyone soon!  I know that’s a sucky tid-bit but I’m trying REALLY hard not to blab it all out right now!  I am so, So, SO excited for the things to come over at Pez-a-Doodle Designs and I am SO happy to be a part of it all – not just that I get the inside scoop, but that I’ve been able to actually be a part of the process! *squeals* Oooooh, I promise you, you need to stick nice and close so you won’t miss the fun!!!

…and THAT’S my PDD Wednesday project for you!  Thank you SO (wow, how many times can I say ‘so’ in one post??? So, so, suck my toe!!!) much for dropping by and visiting me!  I truly appreciate everyone who mosey’s on over this way!  You all are what makes this already fun hobby, FUNNER!  Please let me know what you think of the blinged-out project today and don’t forget to visit the Playgroup and you can always join in on the fun and play along with us!  Just a reminder that the Studio G treat holder challenge is still ongoing over on PCP!

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

Stamps: Studio G
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Alcohol Ink, Metallic Mixative
Medium: Copic Markers
Tools/Embellishments: Perfect Pearls, Aquapen, pop-dots, Blending Solution, STICKLES!

CURRENT MOOD: TOTALLY SUPER EXCITED!  CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:

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Eggcellent treats…

Posted by Catherine on March 30, 2009

…wow, how awful and corny was that pun? *LOL*  But yes, I took it there! 

Can I just say that I had a fabulous weekend!?  I did absolutely NOTHING and it.was.GREAT!  For someone who’s got pretty much every weekend booked from now until July, I relished every second of doing nothing.  I sat in my comfy chair, reclined at full tilt with a really soft microfleece blanket covering my tootsies, with Chewy cuddled beside me and my laptop on my lap and Twlight playing on the flatscreen.  It does NOT get any better than that! *swoons*

…and now it’s Monday…*wrinkles nose*  You know what they say though, all good things must come to an end.  But you know what they also say, when one door closes, another one opens and with the end of my wonderful weekend comes something eggciting!  HAHAHA, yes, I took it there again!  This week is the start of April which means…the new DT is in full swing!  How eggcited am I for them to burst out onto the PDD scene in full force!?  I have had the opportunity to chit chat with them and play around and see more of their work and I am *loving* the team!

SGC5 Easter treat holder with coordinating acetate card

SGC5 Easter treat holder with coordinating acetate card

My relaxing weekend also helped me to unwind a bit and to be able to get back in the scraproom ready to create.  Without the pressure of last week on my shoulders, I went back in and took another crack at the Easter treat holder challenge going on right now on the Studio G Collectors page on PCP.  Not overthinking things was a definite help and I was able to make another treat holder that I loooove!  I had a little better idea of what I wanted my template to look like, so it went easier.  Plus, making the first one, I was able to learn from my mistakes and made sure that I had done everything I wanted to do to the container BEFORE I assembled it.  That’s including taking my Studio G stamp and stamping a nice background onto the patterned paper using Versamark.  For a nice little sneak peek at the April Spotlight, instead of leaving Versamark as is, I dusted some Perfect Pearls in pearl all over the front of the container for a beautiful shimmery glow to the Studio G stamp.
I coloured all my stamps using my Copic markers, which are intimidating me less and less the more that I experiment and play around with them, which I think goes for everything that you’re a little bit intimidated of.  Familiarity leads to comfort, so get out everything that you’ve been avoiding and PLAY!!!

Hope to see you over at on PCP!  The PDD Playgroup is ready, so won’t you come out and play with us!?

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your (hopefully not so) manic Monday and seeing what I’m up to!  Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line to let me know you were here!  Hope to see you around this week for the kick-off of the April spotlight! 

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

Stamps: Studio G (of course!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Dew Drop
Medium: Copic Markers
Paper: Pattern paper from Wal-Mart
Tools: Scor-Pal, craft knife, acetate, pop-dots
Embellishments: Fuzzy fibre, Stickles, 3D sticker, Perfect Pearls

CURRENT MOOD:  CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: MANIC MONDAY – THE BANGLES

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Sweets for Easter Treats…

Posted by Catherine on March 29, 2009

…my niece probably won’t even notice the packaging except for the fact that it’s between her and those CHOCOLATES!  If my little Tiana Banana could eat anything for breakfast, lunch and dinner it would for SURE be her “CHOOOOC-LIT!”  *sighs* Writing about her is making me MISS her so much, she’s the sweetest little munchkin ever!  Let me see if I can find a picture of her just ’cause I’m missing her!

Tiana & Uncle Bart

Tiana & Uncle Bart

This was at my father-in-law’s birthday, and she chose the dress herself.  She had gotten that dress from last year’s Easter and it was a bit too big for her at that time.  So she was really excited to wear it.  She looks a bit tired out here since she spent most of the time before this picture was taken walking around the restaurant and twirling around to make her dress go all fluffy and swirly!

Anywho, this Easter Treatholder is for that pretty little girl up there who I am just totally MISSING right now, the more I talk about her!

Studio G Easter Treat Holder

Studio G Easter Treat Holder

Besides being the property of Tiana and a big pile of paper at her feet on Easter, I made this treat holder for the start of the Studio G Treat Holder Challenge (SGC5) on PCP!

If you are still one of those individuals who is more of a Studio G collector and not so much a Studio G user, then please come on over to PCP and join us for the challenges!  Everyone who participates in the weekly challenges are always eligible for prizes and the FIRST challenge of every month, the prize is hosted by none other than HAMPTON ARTS!

I made the treat holder using my fabulous Scor-Pal and a craft knife.  I didn’t really have a template for it, and kind of just eye-balled what I was looking for in a treat holder.  I’m happy to say it worked out pretty well!  I cut out my window with my oval Nestability and used a sheet of acetate to seal up the opening.  Stamps are Studio G, of course!  I had used a plain piece of pink carstock so I used one of the Studio G stamps and some Versamark and kind of randomly just stamped all over the place, not doing anything else with it, just leaving the ink to darken the cardstock.  That FABULOUS crocheted flower is from MARTI! *waves* Super Mommy, I tell you!  What doesn’t she do?

I’m off to kick my husband’s butt at a feisty game of Scrabble! *LOL*

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend!  Just a reminder that my April Spotlight will be starting soon and I am pumped to get things up and going!  I’ve been working on some tutorials, write-ups and samples and I’m excited for people to really get to “meet” and know these fabulous products!  I hope you’ll find your way back here in April (well, hopefully sooner than that too!)

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

Stamps: Studio G
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Medium: Copic Markers
Embellishments: Crochet flower, silk flower, dimensional pearls

CURRENT MOOD:  CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: I LOVE YOU – BARNEY

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Hey cupcake…

Posted by Catherine on March 27, 2009

…how you doin’? *wink*

HAHAHAHA…I was going for a Joey Tribiani kind of impression. 

Hello and welcome to PDD Friday!  Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I’m up to!

For today’s project I used the cupcakes from Studio G Series 28.  I was thinking of doing another fairy kind of theme, but decided against it for now…there’s just too many fun stamps to play with to keep things the same! 

Here it is:

Studio G Series 28

Studio G Series 28

I feel like running back into the scraproom to add more things to it because it seems like it just needs more, but I’m trying to restrain myself! *LOL*  I did however turn back to my alcohol inks and make more custom background paper.  Now that I’ve got my inks out, I can’t stop PLAYING!  Plus, because of the alcohol factor in the inks, it’s pretty easy peasy to do and it all dries so quickly.

I again went with the SC220 sketch – albeit very loosely again.  I was loving the custom paper as panels for a background!

Close-up

Close-up

I applied a little twist that was different than PDD Wednesday’s custom paper.  I also applied some white metallic mixatives to kick the shimmery-ness up a knotch!  I tried my best to show it here:

Metallic Mixative adds a little shimmery glimmer

Metallic Mixative adds a little shimmery glimmer

…it’s really one of those you have to see it in person to really get it, but I tried tilting the card to the light  a few different ways to capture the way the metallic mixative and Stickles capture the light and make it shimmer!  It’s preeeeeetty…

For the cupcakes themselves, I paperpieced them by stamping the images first on the alcohol inked custom paper and then stamping the image next on white cardstock that I had already stamped my Polkadot Pie Sprinkled background stamp on.  I cut each portion out and assembled together using a combination of glue and pop dots!

(P.S. Don’t let the photograph fool you either, the colours of the custom made paper are much more vibrant IRL!)

I feel like this post seems so awkward and stilted, like I’m all over the place…please excuse me…although it’s Friday and I had a couple of days off, I haven’t been feeling very well lately – or rather, I feel like my body is trying really hard to fight something, so it’s felt like a pretty long week! *LOL* This weekend holds for me a HUGE cleaning spree in the scraproom as I really need to get myself together and kick it up in high gear to get ready for some awesome things to come!  April is going to be FAB-U-LOUS, lemme tell ya!

First, my wonderful new Design Team that I’ll be leading (*blush* yeah, me! I know! What’s Marti thinking?! *LOL*) OFFICIALLY get underway!  If you have not had a chance to visit these talented ladies, you are MISSING OUT!  I already happen to know that they are SUPER excited to be a part of the team and rarin’ to get their projects going and out for all the world to see!  With the wonderful projects they’ve already got on their blogs, I can only just imagine how much they’re going to blow me (and hopefully YOU!) away with their PDD creations!

Secondly, if you haven’t yet noticed, below my blog title is a little menu bar.  In the link called Silly Skittle’s Spotlight, you’ll see that it’s an area dedicated to some in-depth product focus that I’ll be looking into.  Not just your typical write up and examples of what you can do…but the spotlight area will REALLY put specific products, techniques and projects into the spotlight for their own 15 minutes of fame – hopefully longer because the products I’ve got lined up to show are AWESOME!  The April spotlight will be focusing on ALL THAT SHIMMERS, so you are definitely NOT going to want to miss out in it!  We’re talking PERFECT PEARLS (some in-depth review on them and a comparison with it’s very close rival PearlEx), DIMENSIONAL PEARLS, LIQUID PEARLS and BRILLIANCE INKS.  I’ll be showing different ways to REALLY use them (from basic to a little more complicated, messier and way more fun!) and of course some projects to exemplify each of the techniques.  So hopefully you’ll stay tuned because you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

April also means that Marti from Pez-a-Doodle Designs has some aaaaawesome things in store for you!  Not only will the Alcohol Inks Lights & Brights be arriving (I am SO looking forward to getting my hands on those!) but there will be a PDD NEW RELEASE! Heeeeey! w00t!  I am just about bursting at the seams with excitement, I can’t even TELL you how fabulous the new releases are!  I could screech!  Those who shared a table with me at the Copic Certification class have actually already gotten a sneak peak at the goodies, so SHHHH!  It’s a seeeecret! *excited wriggling*  Is it APRIL yet or WHAT?!

That’s it for me today, wish me LOTS of luck with the cleaning…I’ve turned the place upside down and inside out, I don’t even know HOW to start!  But I hope to come back at you with a nice clean space ready to get down and dirty with shiiiiiiimmery goodness!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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

Stamps: Studio G Series 28, Polkadot Pie Sprinkled Background
Ink: Alcohol Ink, Metallic Mixative, Versamagic Dew Drops, Brilliance Dew Drops, Memento
Paper: Glossy Cardstock
Embellishments: Stickles, Rhinestones
Tools/Other: Foam ink applicator, blending solution, pop-dots

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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

CURRENT MOOD:  CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:

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