Saturday, July 21, 2012

Erica's Gigantic Giveaway!

     As most of you know I am on  Erica's Design Team over @ My Cricut Class Room. You also know that I often use products that Erica is generous enough to add to my orders. (More than generous, lol).Well you won't believe it, she is having a give away of over $500.00 in product, how's that for being generous!!!! How do you get in on this you ask? Well here are the details:

Giveaway time again!!!

So now it is time for the HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE giveaway.....
This is sponsored by Erica's Craft Room

Here is how to win....
Over the next week July 20- July 29 you will have many chances to win.
Each 'thing you do' gives you an extra entry.

All of the other things give you an extra entry.

these following things can get you extra entries.....
You do NOT have to do all 10 things.... the only thing you have to do to be entered is to follow me here. I am also giving extra entries for supporting my family and Design Team's hard work.

1. Be a follower here (you have to be a follower to win)****
2. Post this giveaway on your blog (optional )
3. Sign up for the email newsletter here (optional) (Below #3)
4. One entry for each purchase from Erica's Craft Room (optional)
5. Purchase from this CTMH consultant- ( (optional)
THIS CONSULTANT IS MY MOM.... I have no way of knowing if you order from another consultant so I can't give an extra entry when I have no way of knowing.... AND I am trying to help my mom meet her quota.

6. Post this giveaway on your facebook (optional)

7. For every person who comments on facebook that
"your name" sent them gives you an extra entry. They have to post on their facebook wall also, then comment on mine that "YOU" sent them

8. Sign up for Email updates from Erica's Craft Room (below #8)

9. Comment on each blog post until July 28, 2012

10. Attend Ustream Saturday night...

9:00pm EST--- 8:00pm CST ---7:00pm MST ---6:00pm PST

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Together Anniversary Card

     It's time for Theme Day Thursday for Erica's Design Team over at My Cricut Craft Room. As a member of the team, we were asked to create a project using the cart A Childs' Year. I needed to make an anniversary card for one of my daughters and her husband so I figured I would look at some of the silhouettes on this cart. I was so surprised to find the perfect shaped card on this cartridge and no, I did not use a silhouette but went in a completely different direction! Here's what I did instead:
     I love how this came out. Clean and simple but to the point. I usually spend hours looking for the right image, choosing the perfect papers, agonizing over just the right sentiment and then trying to find the right embellishments. Be honest, I know I am not the only one who does this! Let's get to the details:
     This card base and heart can be found on page 30 of your hand book. I used the card feature and cut the base out of a shiny white card stock (Recollections pearl collection). I cut it @ 8.25" x 5.5". Next I chose some glittered cardstock and used the shift key on the card feature to cut the heart @ 8.25" 5.278". Oh my, it looks good already, lol.

     I pulled out some twine I received from Erica (love her extra goodies!) and added a lace bow from Jolee's Boutique. I had considered making some flowers for this but decided that sometimes, less is more. (That's what my husband tells me anyway.)
     The sentiment is from the stamp set All In The Family by Pink By Design. I just love this set. Remember our last blog hop? Well, I used random number generator and the winner is #18 from all the comments so congrats to: Miranda Enclade. Please email me your address so I can get this out to you. Can I just say this was totally random so I guess it is a Pay It Forward, lol. Be sure to check out Erica's Store where you can find these stamps if you don't have them already!
     I hope you will try my quick and simple card yourself. Now head back over to Erica's Blog and see what inspiration my Design Team Sisters have created for you.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Red Hat Babe!

     Here we go guys! This is my first post as a Certified Standard and Intermediate Designer in Copic Markers. Yeah me. The class I took was in June with Marianne Walker and Carol Lawrence and I have so much knowledge from those 2 days that I think my head is going to explode! I love working with this medium and find it so relaxing. I am going to attempt to periodically post some of my creation and I hope to give you some tips along the way. Are you ready to see one of my own projects?
     This is a digi image from Pixie Dust Studios called Let's Play Dress Up. I bought this a while ago and it was one of the images that made me want to learn more about Copics. When I first saw this image all I could think of was The Red Hat, Purple Dress ladies. I also had some red hat stamps from My Sentiments Exactly so it all made sense that this is where I should start.
     First let me start by tell you that the type of paper you use is crucual to good results. The paper that seems to work best is X-Press-It. It is very smooth and a wonderful weight. There are many on line stores that sell this. If you use a softer paper it absorbs too much ink and may bleed through you image lines. Plus it is difficult to move layers of ink around.
     If you use mounted stamps you must use Memento Ink. I can not stress this enough. Stazon is an absolute no no. I learned this from experience before I took the certification classes. Not only can or will it smudge, but I ruined several tips because it was stained so badly. This image was printed on my HP photosmart copier. Once I printed the image out I dried the image with a heat blower. You can also use a hair dryer.
So this will give you a few important tips to start with. Now back to the colors I used.
     Here are the markers I used:
     skin tones: E000, E00, E01, and E13
     Brown hair: E31, E35, E37
     Hat and Boa: R22, R24, R27 and R29
     Dress: V12, V15, V17
     Shoes: C1, C3, C5, C7
     I used some stickles for the lace edging on her dress, also for the star on her hat. I added some liquid pearls in silver for her "pearl"necklace.
     The image was cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Oval Large. I also embossed this oval and shaded the edge with Pebbles Pastel Chalks. I thought this stamp by My Sentiments Exactly! was a perfect match for this card.
     If you are looking for some adorable stamps, please visit Pixie Dust Studio and check out all her great images.
     I hope you like my first project with the Copics. Be sure to leave a comment if you need any help or just want to say Hi!