Friday, December 16, 2011

Season's Greetings to Our First-Rate Boss Lady

Season's Greetings Suzanne! 
Little Elf Finn (Mo Manning)

 This post is dedicated to our 
first-rate and
 "Boss Lady" Suzanne Dean!   
            Merry  Christmas  Suzanne! 

For those of you who may not know Suzanne,  she  created a wonderful on-line classroom for learning to use Copic Markers.  The link can be found at Color Me Creative Classroom The classroom quickly expanded to Cricut, Distress Inks, Prisma Pencils and Magnolia Images. Suzanne has 5 classes on Copic Alcohol Ink Markers that include  detailed video's with PDF files that include: 

Class I :  Wonderful "Must Have" Resources, Colorless blender, Highlights, Shading, Skin Tones, HairClothing and various  Color Combos

Class 2: Shadowing Images and Grounding images, Using the Colorless Blender, Light and Shodows (where to begin), Basic Shading and Highlighting, Coloring White and Black, More combos, Feathering Technique, Coloring Wood Tones and Coloring Hair and appropriate shading, Creating New Colors with Two Markers and Using the Multi-liner

Class 3:  Advanced Shading and Highlighting/Contrasts, Flicking Method of Blending, Landscapes, Reds/Dark blues/ and Browns, Metallic Tones, "T" Copics, Fur and Texutes, Spica pends, Products that enhance Copics, Copic Distress Ink Effect, and Pastels 

Class 4: Large Background areas, Flowers, vintage, Sheer Items,
Airbrushing, Refills to Create Backgrounds, Fabric and other cool tricks and tips.

Drum Roll..... 
the long awaited

Class 5:  Layering Copics, copper, Patina, Terracotta,  Rust, Tie Die, Hispanic Skin Tones,  Hispanic Hair,  Hot Pink, Animal Prints, Birds/Wings, More about Folds, Hair (Advanced) and Fur.   

This list doesn't include everything...  but .....Where to begin???   At the beginning!   Every  class is jam packed full of learning opportunities!     This wonderful classroom can be found at:

I started taking Suzanne's classes a year and a half ago and I have learned so much!   I never had a Copic Alcohol Ink Marker in my hand before...  and Suzanne was patient and helpful EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! I am proud to be a Senior Design Team member for Color Me Creative .  We have a fun group of wonderfully talented women in our group and have a great time with our challenges.  Each challenge provides the opportunity to put those wonderful Copic skills to use! 

I also had an opportunity to take a class from her in person at On the Road Classes  I quickly discovered that not only is she a fearless, fabulous, fantastic, fun, first-rate and far-out instructor, but she is an absolutely super wonderful person and a loyal friend!

Thank you Suzanne for all you do 
 all you 
My card is in the mail and will be arriving at your doorstep soon!

Suzanne, you are now invited to go to the following blogs on December 18th  for more Holiday Love!

Hazel Parr, CMC Design Team
Suzanne Foard, CMC Design Team

Happy Holidays!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Love and Hugs,
Color Me Creative Senior Design Team
(and faithful follower)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ring Those Bells!

Ring Those Bells!

Color Me Creative  is having a new challenge for all of you Copic and Promarker lovers!   The challenge is to create a card just using white, gold and cream!   Doesn't that sound festive?   

For this Challenge we have LOTS OF PRIZES!!


  • 1 person will win a NEW Provocraft CRICUT MINI machine
  • 1 person will win a NEW KINDLE E-READE
  • 1 person will win a $50 Gift Cert. to SCACD
  • 1 person will win a $25 Gift Cert. to the Paper Temptress
  • 1 person will win 5 digis from Tiffany Doodles and a $15 Gift Cert to 7 Kids College Fund and a Gilli Gift Bag


4 different ways to enter

  • Enter up to (2) TWO projects into the link system below by Jan. 5th
  • Enter (1) one project into the BookEndz Challenge
  • Donate a $3-5 donation to the Charity below for 1 entry
  • Donate anything over $10 to the Charity and get 2 entries   The link to the charity that Suzanne Dean selected can be found HERE
In addition, all the entries for the entire month will have an opportunity to win a $50.00 gift certificate from Ozark in the random drawing.   


For my Design Team card,  I selected a beautiful stamp by Stampin Up called Bell's & Boughs.  The challenge was to use white, gold and cream.   

 I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Copic alcohol in markers
Copic Watercolor Background Effect
On paper Blending
Tip to Tip Inking
Paper Quilling

Finished card:  4.25" x 5.5"
Base card: 11" x 4.25" Score at 5.5"
Base layer: 4" x 5.25"
Top layer:  3.5" x 5 in (I cut this slightly smaller than I usually do in order to allow more of the gorgeous gold color to show.  

Bells & Boughs (Stampin Up)

Cryogen for focal image (Curious Metallic, Inc.)
Pure Luxury White (GKD)
Gold Precious Metals (Recollections)
White card stock (Recollections)

Copic Alcohol Ink Markers (.too, Inc.)
Memento Black Tuxedo ink (Tsukeniko)

Acrylic stamping block
Paper trimmer
Scoring tool
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Holly Ribbon Cuttlebug  Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
Adhesive pearls (Recollections)
Micro Rose - open (Stamping Scrapping)
Quilling tool
Atyou Spica pen -gold (.too, Inc)
Cricut Expression (Provo Craft)
Cindy Lou Cricut cartridge (Provo Craft)

Copic alcohol ink markers:
Bells and holly (Light yellow)  Y00, Y11, Y15, YR24, YR28
Ribbon and trim on bells (Dark cream) E40, E41, E42. E43
Copic watercolor effect for background: Y000, E40

This is a close up of the quilled bells.

The top layer was embossed and I highlighted areas with the Atyou Spica pen and adhered the layers.   I cut flourishes with my Cricut machine using  the Cindy Lou cartridge.

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I hope you are enjoying our holiday season.  I have a few days off and look forward to working in my little santa shop and get into the holiday season.  I have 150 candy cane reindeer to do tomorrow for the children in our county services.  I plan to start on their treat projects when I finish the reindeer.   

Remember, there is plenty of time to join us in our CMC challenge!  I hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Little Bit of Vintage!

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 Hello!   Happy Friday to all of you!    I wanted to do a quick post and show a couple cards from some wonderful vintage digital images created by Ignacio Molina at Nicecrane Designs

This first image is from his Peter Rabbit's Outline Pictures.  I couldn't resist coloring the cute little rabbit with his head in the water pitcher.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Peter Rabbit's Outline Pics DSL (Nicecrane Designs)
Tall Wheat rubber stamp (Hero Arts)

Chocolate Kiss Pure Luxury (GKD)
Yellow from my stash
Cryogen for focal image (Curious Metallic)

Copic alcohol ink markers (.too, Inc.)
Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink (Tsukineko)

Computer, printer and editing software
Acrylic  stamping block
Paper trimmer
Score tool
Flower  (Recollections)
Martha Stewart leaf punch (Ek Success)
pearls (Recollections)
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
Jumbo sponge daubers (Tsukineko)

Y00, Y11, Y15, YR24, YR28
E40, E42, E44, R20
W2 for shadows 

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An now... for the cold snowy days, nothing is better than a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup!   Do you remember the Campbell Soup girl?   I remember seeing the TV ads.   Ignacio Molina has also created the wonderful vintage images of the Dolly Dingle DSL 1 series.   I just think the little girl is so cute.  I also googled (is there such a word?) "Dolly Dingle" and found some images and tried to reproduce some of the coloring of this cute little girl from the original vintage collection.     I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

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Dolly Dingle DSL 1 (Nicecrane Designs)

Cryogen for focal image (Curious Metallic)
Pure Luxury Ivory Cardstock  (GKD)
The Christmas Magic Collection Designer Paper (Sharon Ann)
Pure Luxury Lipstick Red Cardstock  (GKD)

Copic alcohol ink markers (.too, Inc.)

Computer, printer and editing software
Paper trimmer
Score tool
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch (Ek Success)
Green Brads (Recollections)
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Deckled Nestabilities Die (Spellbinders)

Dress/Hat/Socks  R20, R22, R24, R27 C3
Face E000, E11, R20
Scarf/Skates/Ball on Hat/Gloves : C2, C00
Hair (Dark Light Blond Hair) Y11, Y21, E97, E99
Background B000 (not visible on this image)

I  added dark green brads to the top base layer and assembled the card. 

Tip of the Day: Turn you punch upside down so you can see the design you are getting when you punch the snowflakes.  I think these little snowflakes were creative and the layered look made them look like flowers.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope your holiday season is going well for you!     

Don't forget that Color Me Creative Challenge is having the challenge that is "funky hair color" and it ends tomorrow!   Get your cards in and join in on the fun!   


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thank You to A Special Person

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This is a card I created for a very special person.   Kathy Neal, Kaiser Permanente  will be leaving her  administrative post in a few days.  She was the administrator that hired me into my present Patient Care Coordinator position.  I shall miss her very much and know it will be a BIG loss for Kaiser Permanente.   We are having a going away party for her tomorrow and I created this card especially for her.

Challenge:  I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Stamp: Happiness Shared (Stampin Up)

Pure Luxury White card stock (GKD)
Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss card stock (GKD)
Earth's Gardens (ANW Crestwood, Inc.)
Cryogen cardstock (Curious Metallic)

Flower: Copic  (.too, Inc)  YR0000, YR00, YR02, YR04
Leaves/Stem:  Copic (.too,Inc) G28, YG63, G40
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)

Acrylic Block
Paper trimmer
Scor Buddy (Scor-Pal)
Pearls (Recollections)
Jumbo sponge dauber (Tsukineko)
Cuttlebug (Provo Crafts)
Flower Garden embossing folder (Stampin Up)

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Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Drummer Boy

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Stamper's Quest just posted December's featured cards.  The theme is "The Serenades".  This is the Design Team card i created using the wonderful image from Mo Manning.

The full turotial can be found at Stamper's Quest  at this link:  The Serenades: Marie's View  This e-mazazine is free and open for anyone to few.  It contains detailed tutorials for each card.   Hope to see you there!