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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Make It Crafty: New Release Blog Hop

We're Celebrating Friendships with a Hot Cuppa and a fun Make It Crafty blog hop!  You should have arrived here from the lovely Sadia's blog.  (If you've gotten lost, the complete list is at the bottom of this post.)

One of my favorite past times with friends is sitting around, having a cuppa, and chatting.  I am more than happy to do this via social media (and often do) but it's hard to beat that face to face interaction with a friend.  Nothing is better than literally getting to LOL with a friend IRL.  You get to see their body language, facial expressions, and hand gestures, all while drinking way too much coffee!

I don't see my friends, near or far, nearly enough in my opinion.  So it's nice to be able to send them some love in the mail and that is where my cards come in!  There is nothing like receiving a handmade gift to remind you how special you are!  And I can tell you that giving them makes me feel pretty good too!

With that in mind this month we are releasing some awesome chipboard sentiments focused in friendship, coffee, and tea!  And thanks to artist Krista Smith there are some fabulous new release images to go along with them!  

Please join us on the hop and be inspired to win one of two fantastic prizes!

Be sure to leave comments along the way and Zoe will be picking a winner from two random posts!  Winners will be announced and contacted on Thursday, February 22nd so get hoppin'!

For my project, I printed Coffee and Yarn (the version without the yarn, bag, and glasses) a bit larger than I normally would and cropped her.  She was then colored with Copic markers.  All dies used are from La-La Land Crafts.  Here I've featured the following: Coffee Cup, Coffee Beans Heart, Napkin (from Spoon and Napkin set), Triangle Lace Border, Sunburst, Stitched Nested Circles, and Scallop Border.  And of course that gorgeous chippie is from Make It Crafty!  I also colored the sentiment with Copics, but there are so many options to choose from when finishing your chippies!  From Stickles to Glossy Accents to Distress Inks and more!  They are so fun to work with and you can find something perfect for every occasion by combing them with each other or with stamped sentiments!

Make It Crafty Products Used:

Copic Markers Used:
Skin/Lips/Eyes-E000.E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, R22, R81, R85, B32, B34
Hair-E23, E31, E79
Clothes/Mug-B32, B34, YG61, YG95, R81, R83, R85

Now off with you to visit Marika and see what caffeinated goodness she has in store for you!

Here is the list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for 10 chances to win!

Regan (that's me!)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Make It Crafty Inspiration Design: Hello Sunshine

Hi there!  It's been a busy week with Valentine's Day in the middle of it all, but I still found some time to color up this gorgeous new digi from Make It Crafty!  I don't usually color flowers so this one was a bit different for me, but I loved the challenge!  Zoe has a whole selection of gorgeous new floral images in the shop!  She has all the elements available separately so you can build your own or you can choose from several gorgeous pre-made options like the one I've used here!  Hello Flower Arrangement is colored with Copics and popped onto a relatively CAS (for me!) card.  The only dies I've used are two from La-La Land crafts: Filigree Elements Border and Filigree Border.  The fun part was deciding which awesome chipboard word to pair with it!  I could have used "Beautiful" or "Gorgeous" but I finally settled on "Sunshine"!

Make It Crafty Product Used: 
Sunshine (from Sending Adapt-A-Word chipboard set)

Copic Markers Used:
Hello-BG10, BG72, BG75
Sunshine-Y11, Y17, Y38
Flowers-YG00, YG11, YG61, YG91, G94, G99, R35, R37, R39, R81, R83, R85, R89, BV000, BV04, BV08, BV11


Friday, February 9, 2018

Make It Crafty February Coloring Challenge: Add Extra Details

February is traditionally the month of hearts and flowers, but at Make It Crafty it's all about details...  This month's coloring challenge is to use a black pen to Add Extra Details (such as zigzags, stripes, dots, patterns, etc) to your image.  Now normally altering a digi stamp is against most companies' Terms of Use, but Zoe has given us a free pass this time with her MIC images.  Please be sure to always contact an artist or company owner for special permission before altering other digi images. 

I wanted to color Ginger for a birthday card but she looks a bit, ahem, au natural under all that hair despite the off the shoulder sleeve that the artist drew.  I added a scoop neckline and right side definition to her shirt with my fine tip Copic multiliner.  She is colored with Copics and though her hair took me hours it was definitely worth the effort!

I dressed up the card with my usual assortment of dies, all from La-La Land Crafts.  For this project I used Hello Tag, Presents Border, Filigree Candle, Build-a-Frame Fancy Large, Fancy Doily Border, Stitched Elements, and Booktab and Labels.  I added some flowers and a flat back pearl from my stash plus one of MIC's awesome chipboard words!  I colored Wishes with my Copics and paired it with a stamped sentiment.  

Hope you liked my crafty inspiration!  Join us over at the challenge for your chance to win one of three $5 gift vouchers for the MIC shop!  To be eligible you must use at least ONE Make It Crafty product on your project and follow the challenge theme.  All coloring mediums are welcome and your entry does not have to be a finished project.  Enter our Add Extra Details coloring challenge HERE!

Make It Crafty Product Used:

Copics Used:
Skin-E000, E00, E04, E09, E11, E21, R20, R22
Hair-E09, E13, E17, E19, E79
Eyes-B00, B05
Clothes-BG10, BG72, BG75, BG78


Monday, January 29, 2018

Make It Crafty Inspiration Design: Starla's Candy Hugs

Hi there!  How was everyone's January?  I can't believe the first month of 2018 is almost behind us already!  We'll be kicking off a new Make It Crafty coloring challenge in a couple of days, but in the meantime I have a little design inspiration to share that involves creating scenes!

Now, I was SUPER reluctant to venture out of my comfort zone and create a digital scene but Zoe pointed me in the direction of her amazing tutorial using Microsoft Word (or a similar word processing program) and I was astounded at just how easy it actually was to do! Check out Zoe's MIC tutorial for yourself HERE!   My computer that I use for crafting runs on a Linux operating system so I don't have access to MS products.  I use a free download of LibreOffice for my office suite needs. This tutorial worked for me so don't worry if you use another word processing program.  The main principles still apply.

I chose to work with Starla's Candy which is one of the Krista Smith images that is available in the MIC store and pair it with the Candy World Castle background.  Both are colored with Copics.  Though this amazing scene could have stood on its own on a card I decided that I still wanted to embellish with my trademark layers of dies.  With the exception of the peppermint candy, which is a Martha Stewart punch, and the Star Circles Nestabilities from Spellbinders, all of the other dies used are from La-La Land Crafts.  Here I've featured Filigree Hearts, Filigree Crown, Loopy Doily Border, Stitched Clouds, Star Border, and Double Stitched Squares.  And of course I had to add a fun MIC chipboard sentiment as well!  I colored the chipboard with my Copics so it would match my project.

I hope you like my creation and may be inspired to create a scene of your own soon!

Make It Crafty Products Used:

Copics Used:
Skin-E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, R22
Hair-E70, E74, E79, BV11, BV13
Clothes-R35, R37, R39, R81, R83, R85, B37, B39, BG10, BG72, BG75, E70, E74, E79, Y11, Y17, YR02, YR04
Candy World Castle background-R35, R37, R39, R81, R83, R85, R89, B32, B34, B37, BG000, BG01, BG10, BG72, BV11, BV13, E70, E74, E79, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR02, YR04, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG61, YG67


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Make It Crafty Inspiration Design: Sweet Girl Primrose

Hello!  I am here to share a little Make It Crafty inspiration!  This weekend Zoe released some new Krista Smith images .  There are three of them: Jillian Creates, Primrose, and Violet's Red Rose.  And they are all perfect for Valentine's Day!  I am waiting on an order of chippies so I can really get to work on my Valentines but I couldn't resist printing out and coloring up Primrose in the meantime!  I will be stalking my postal carrier for sure, though.  Waiting for new crafty supplies is always such sweet torture!  Lol 

She is colored with Copics and cut using the Stitched Nested Circles die from La-La Land Crafts, matted with Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  Almost all of the other dies are from LLLC as well.  On this card I've used Filigree Border, Scalloped Banner, Love Doves, Ornate Border Large, and Heart Fan.  The treble clef is from a Memory Box die called Musical Motifs.

I had to dig into the chipboard I have left to find the perfect words for this card and luckily I came up with "sweet" for the image banner and "girl".  I colored both with Copics.  I dabbed the base for "girl" with Memento Rich Cocoa ink the coated the pink colored portion with Glossy Accents.

Don't forget that the monthly coloring challenges are back and for January the theme is SKIN!  We hope you'll play along!  Thanks for checking out my most recent creation!

Make It Crafty Products Used:
Sweet (from Baby Adapt-A-Word chipboard set)

Copics Used:
 Skin-E000, E00, E04, E11,E21, R20, R22
Lips/Flowers-R81, R83, R85
Eyes-B21, B32, B34
Hair-E70, E74, E79
Leaves-G94, G95, YG11
Banner-C1, C3


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Make It Crafty January Coloring Challenge: Skin

Hello!  I am thrilled to be announcing that I am back on the Make It Crafty design team - this time as a full-time MIC gal!  Thank you, Zoe, for having me!  In November MIC kicked off its coloring challenges with "Glow" followed by a fabulous "Sparkle" theme in December!  Did you see?!?!  There were some gorgeous entries!  This month we are back with a new challenge theme: Skin!  I tend to use the same color combo for skin tone every time I color.  For my project today, I needed a darker skin tone so I had to shake up my Copic colors!

This awesome digi is Biker Dad.  You can find him in the MIC store and he's perfect for any guy (dad or not) who love motorcycles!  As usual, I have loaded up the card with dies.  All the ones I've used here are from La-La Land Crafts (Skyline Border, Steampunk Border, Happy Stitched, Double Stitched Squares, Fancy Numbers, Arrows, Gears Heart, and Steampunk Corner).  I also used two chipboard words from Make It Crafty!  I colored "birthday" and "celebrate" with Copic BG75 and then coated them in Turquoise Stickles.  These words are so amazing and such fun to work with!  They are super versatile and you can combine them with stamps, dies, or other chipboard to create custom sentiments.  MIC also has a fabulous line of chipboard shadow boxes and little houses that you can build and decorate!

Hope you liked my crafty inspiration!  Join us over at the challenge for your chance to win one of three $5 gift vouchers for the MIC shop!  To be eligible you must use at least ONE Make It Crafty product on your project and follow the challenge theme.  All coloring mediums are welcome and your entry does not have to be a finished project.  Enter our Skin coloring challenge HERE!

Make It Crafty Product Used:

Copics Used:
Skin-E11, E13, E23, E25, E27, E70
Bike and Hair-N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, Y11, Y17
Clothes and Spray Bottle-B32, B34, B39, BG13, BG15, BG75, R24, R27, R29, R89, Y11, Y17, YR18


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Happy New Year (almost)!  We are counting down to 2018 here, and I wanted to share a couple of my last cards of 2017!

I recently completed an order for a trio of custom cards for a coworker.  He let me have free reign with the designs with one exception: he wanted the recipient's name on each card.  The first is a New Year's card.  I have been wanting to color up the Let's Celebrate couple from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and this seemed like a good occasion!  Special thanks to Deborah Deruyck for allowing me to use her coloring as inspiration!  You can see her original HERE.

The images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  I used Fran-tage for the champagne fizz.  Dies are all from La-La Land Crafts (Filigree Elements Border, Filigree Border, Filigree Stars, and Stitched Elements).  The gold letters are alphabet stickers from my stash.

Next up: Valentine's Day!  For this I colored one of Krista Smith's images.  I believe this one is called Path to my Heart.  She is colored with Copics and cut and matted using Spellnbinders Nestabilities dies (Long Rectangles and Scalloped Long Rectangles).  The Heart Beat die is from SugarPea Designs.  The rest of the dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  Featured here are Open Hearts Doily Border, Lattice Doily Border, Lattice Border, Stitched Nested Hearts, and Stitched Tags.  The letters are an alphabet stamp set (Spell It Out) and die (Tiny Shapes) from Whimsy Stamps.

The last card is a birthday one.  Krista is one of my all time favorite artists and I can never get enough of coloring her images!  I wanted to create a camping scene so I selected her Saturated Canary Winnie Goes Camping image and fussy cut the fire from another of her images called simply Camping.  All are colored with Copics.  I created a frame using the Double Stitched Squares die from La-La Land Crafts.  The rest of the dies are also from LLLC (Sunburst, Flag Banner, Happy Stitched, and Happy Birthday).  The letters are glitter chipboard stickers from my stash.

Look for an exciting announcement and new projects coming in 2018!  Wishing everyone a fun and safe new year!