Monday, March 28, 2011

Shadows and Shading Book Winner!!

I am excited to announce that the Copic Oz winner of the Blog Hop is Melissa Horton!!!

Melissa Hortin said...
Wow, what an amazing tool to have as a beginner colourer. Would love this book!
Congratulations Melissa, please email me (link on my left sidebar) with your details!!!

We are also pleased to announce that we have added more Copic Certification dates to the 2011 Calendar.
Sunday, May 1 -Beginner Copic Certification
Saturday June 4- Copic Project Class       
Sunday June 5- Intermediate Copic Certification

Saturday July 23- Copic Project Class
Sunday July 24- Intermediate Copic Certificate

Saturday April 16- Beginner Copic Certification
Sunday April 17- Copic Project Class
Monday June 14- Intermediate Copic Certification

To register your interest for these classes go to the Copic Australia Website.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Copic Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!!  Today the Copic Instructors in the US and Australia are doing a Blog Hop!!!  We are excited to announce that Marianne Walker's new book called Shadows and Shading is now available.  Designed for beginners, either papercrafters or artists - this is the reference book you have been looking for to help you add shadows to give your projects more dimension!  The book does not teach you to draw, rather to help you add shadow and shading.  This is a wire-bound book that comes with 4 clear printed guides to help you add shadows properly on your own work.

A Blog Hop wouldn't be as much fun without BLOG CANDY!!!  Today each and every blog will be giving away a copy to a lucky commenter!!  That's right, leave a comment and you'll be in with a chance to win this fabulous book!!  If you are an Aussie or Kiwi - you can win on either the CopicOz Blog, Mandi's blog or right here on mine!!  You have until Sunday 6pm AEST to comment on my blog.  My winner will be announced Monday morning Australian time.  If you are in North America, comment on the Copicmarker site or one of the following instructor's blogs!

Please note, some of the girls are hopping on Wednesday (Thursday Aussie time) and some on Thursday (Friday Aussie time).  Many thanks to X-press Graph-x for providing this fabulous prize!

Here's the list of blogs you can comment on for your chance to win.....

Thanks so much for visiting, good luck and happy colouring!!!!  :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

JustRite & Stamper's Dream March Release Hop

Hello Everyone and welcome to the JustRite and Stampers Dream Blog Hop!!  The JustRite girls are thrilled to be hopping along with the Dream Team today and all the projects have been simply gorgeous!!  If you've just landed here and don't want to miss anything, start back at the JustRite Inspiration Blog!  You don't want to miss a blog as there is MYSTERY BLOG CANDY!!!  YAY!!!
  There are 3 lots of Mystery Candy (even we don't know who has it!) - 4 JustRite Stamps sets of your choice, a $50 Prize Package from Stamper's Dream OR a $50 Spending Spree at JustRite!!!  How AWESOME is that!!!!  :)  Just leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win!  Blog comments will remain open until 8 pm CST - Tuesday March 22nd. (US Time - 11am Wednesday 23rd AEST.)
Today I've used the new Cling set called Vintage Oval Labels!!  How beautiful is this!!!  :)  I started with a base of aqua bazzill and layered with white and chocolate chip.  Next I took two pieces of MME Hazel DP (thanks Liz!!) and sewed around the edges.  Under the top piece I've added a piece of white punched with the single embossed curve punch and a piece of chocolate cut with the MS Deco Fan punch.  I stamped the large label stamp from Vintage Oval Labels in Memento Rich Cocoa on X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (BG10, BG72, G12).  I used the largest of the Labels 13 Spellbinders dies to cut out the image with my Grand Calibur.
Once it was cut out, I popped it up on foam tape in the middle of the card.  Across the bottom I added some white satin ribbon and topped with aqua grosgrain ribbon, a bow and a ZVA rose.  I thought the corners could use a little something, so I stamped them using one of the decorative elements also from Vintage Oval Labels in Memento Rich Cocoa.  Finally I added a butterfly and decorated with white pearls.

Stamps - Vintage Oval Labels (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Aqua Bazzill, White, Chocolate Chip, MME Hazel DP
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories - Copics, Labels 13 Nestabilities, MS Deco Fan Punch, MS Butterfly Punch, EK Single Embossed Curve Punch, White Satin Ribbon, Aqua Grosgrain Ribbon, Bow Easy, ZVA Rose, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls, Foam Tape.

Don't miss all the gorgeous creations today and stop by the blogs listed below...

JustRite Inspiration Blog
Becca Feeken
Michelle Rodgers
Debbie Olson
Amy Sheffer
Kazan Clark
Cindy Lawrence
Heidi Blankenship
Kellie Fortin
Tosh Leyendekker
Barb Schram
Arlene Cuevas
Michele Kovack
Teresa Kline
Kathy Jones
Mariana Grigsby
Sankari Wegman
Christina Fischer
Angela Barkhouse
Lea Lawson
Eva Dobilas
Kim Teasdale

That's all for today, thanks for visiting and good luck!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

JRC_051 Rainbow Thank You

Hello Everyone!!  Today over at the JustRite Blog, the latest challenge is asking us to create a Just Because for a Random Act of Kindness or Thank You card.  The prize is awesome and includes the opportunity to win the My Rainbow set that I've used today!!

I've had a crazy kind of week, so this is a quick and easy card, beginning with a base of aqua and layered with white and chocolate chip and then two pieces of MME Hattie DP.  Across the join I've added a piece of cream ribbon.  I've stamped the sentiment from My Rainbow in Memento Rich Cocoa onto white and cut out with Small Oval Nestabilities, matting with More Mustard cut with Beaded Oval Nestabilities and popped it up on top of a layer of chocolate cut with Label 16 Nestabilities.  (I just *love* my nesties!!)  To finish I added a few Kaisercraft Chocolate Pearls to the top corners.

Stamps - My Rainbow (JustRite)
Paper - Aqua Bazzill, White, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, MME Hattie DP
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories - Small Oval, Beaded Oval and Label 16 Nestabilities, Creme Satin Ribbon, Chocolate Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy Birthday KELLIE!!!!

Today the JustRite Girls are celebrating the birthday of our amazing Design Team Coordinator - Kellie!!!  Not only does she look after us incredibly well and keep us organised, she is one of the loveliest people you'll ever meet - we are SO LUCKY to have her!!!  So Kellie, a huge Happy Birthday today and may you be blessed with a wonderful year ahead!!  {{{BIG HUGS}}}

You can find Kellie's Blog HERE if you'd like to pop over and leave a little Birthday Love!!  :)

Today I've decided to use a few of the JustRite products in Kellie's honour :) - Beautiful Day (for the lilies), Elegant Frames (for the frame and the sentiment inside), Nested Frames Dies (to cut the frame and the accent behind the lilies), Nested Sentiment Dies (for the inside sentiment) and of course Copic Markers!

I started with a base of aqua bazzill and layered with white and some MME Mabel DP (two patterns) - I just can't seem to stop using this fabulous paper!!!  :)  Across the join I've added some white lace and topped with white satin ribbon.  I then created a border using the Martha Stewart Deco Fan punch out of aqua bazzill.  I stamped the large frame from Elegant Frames in Memento Bamboo Leaves and cut it out using Nested Frames Dies and then used another die from the same set to create the aqua accent panel.  The lilies are from Beautiful Day and have been stamped on X-press It Blending Card in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copics (YR12, YR16, YR18, YG11, YG13, YG17).  Then I cut it out using Petite Ovals Large, matted with Pumpkin Pie cut with the matching Scallop Oval.  I then popped the entire panel up on foam tape.  To finish I added a white satin bow and some Kaisercraft Snow Pearls to the corners.
I then added a little decorating to the inside by adding a strip of MME Mabel DP across the bottom and then stamped the sentiment from Elegant Frames in Memento Tuxedo Black onto white and cutting it out using Nested Sentiment Dies (and I added a little airbrushing with YR12.)

Stamps - Beautiful Day, Elegant Frames (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, White, Aqua Bazzill, Pumpkin Pie, MME Mabel DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Bamboo Leaves
Accessories - Copics, Nested Frames Dies (JR), Nested Sentiment Dies (JR), MS Deco Fan Border and Corner Punches, White Crochet Lace, White Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls, Foam Tape.

For more beautiful Birthday inspiration, see what the girls have created for today's special event!!!

JustRite Inspiration Blog
Angela Barkhouse  
Barb Schram 
Becca Feeken
Heidi Blankenship
Kathy Jones (that's me)
Kazan Clark
Michele Kovack
Sankari Wegman
Sharon Harnist 

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fluttering Butterflies

Hello Everyone!!!  Today's card was made especially for the Butterfly Blog Linky Party which was created by Eva Dobilas!  She's counting down to Spring and wants to see some butterflies and asked a lot of blog friends to join in the fun!!!  To find the list of all those playing along go to Eva's Blog, For the Love of Life!

When I thought of butterflies, I reached for my Butterflies and Blossoms set by Flourishes - love this beautiful set!  I stamped the flowers and butterflies onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (flowers: 0, BV00, BV02, BV04, G20, G21, G24; Butterflies: YR12, YR16, YR18, YR24, C1, B000).  The butterflies were cut out and popped up on X-press It Foam Tape.  I airbrushed around the flowers to make the paper more creamy than stark white and cut it with Large Circle Nestabilities, matting with Pumpkin Pie cut with Lacey Circles.  The pretty paper is from the new MME Mabel Colletion 6 x 6 Paper Pad.  (*sigh* so happy MME comes in 6 x 6 now!!)  Added a little ivory ribbon at the bottom and topped with a notched tag made with Tag Lines.  Finished with an ivory bow, pale orange button and a little gold cord.

Stamps - Butterflies and Blossoms, Tag Lines (Flourishes)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Aqua Bazzill, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, MME Mabel DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Large Circle Nestabilities, Lacey Circle Nestabilities, MS Arch Lattice Punch, Ivory Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Button, Gold Cord, Scissors, Foam Tape.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to head over to Eva's Blog to find even more beautiful fluttering creations!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Little Note!

Hello Everyone!!  Today I was inspired by Iwona's Case Study challenge!  I really liked Julee's layout and colours, although I have modified mine a little.  :)  This also gave me the opportunity to play with the new JustRite Charmed cling stamps and matching Charm Dies!!!  YAY!!!  :)  These tags are so easy to create and perfect to add accents to your projects or just to add a little something to a treat bag or box!!  :)

The first thing I did was find the paper I wanted to use and built the card from there.  I decided to use some of the new My Mind's Eye Hattie Collection which now comes in 6 x 6 Paper Pads! {love}.  Then I had to find something to match it, LOL!  I managed to dig around and located some Baja Breeze which seems a great match, along with some Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.  The horizontal panel has been punched with the MS Deco Fan Punch, added a little Swiss Dots embossing and a splash of ivory lace that my sweet friend Lori sent me!!  Over the top of the vertical panel I added some May Arts satin ribbon and created a bow.  I then stamped the Heart from the Charmed stamp set in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with the matching Heart die from the Charm Die Set.
I then stamped it again in Celadon Versacolor ink and cut out the middle with Small Circle Nestabilities and popped it up on foam tape.  I tied some gold cord through the top of my charm tag and attached it to a button (also care of my friend Lori!) and adhered with a glue dot!

Stamps - Charmed (JustRite)
Paper - Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, MME Hattie Collection DP
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Celadon Versacolor
Accessories - Charm Dies (JR), MS Deco Fan Punch, Swiss Dots EF, Ivory Lace, May Arts Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Button, Gold Cord, Chocolate Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all from me today, hope you are inspired to stamp and thanks for visiting!!  :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Wish for You!

Hello Everyone!!!  Today I'm using Birthday Marci by La La Land Crafts.  This is a new company and X-press Graph-x (the Australian Copic Distributor) has become the new, exclusive distributor of these adorable stamps here in Australia!!  They should be available in your local scrapbook stores by the end of March!  You can find more inspiration in the Customer Gallery at La La Land Crafts.

I used Birthday Marci to create a Back to Basics tutorial on how to colour skin on the CopicOz Blog and you can find that post HERE - and by leaving a comment there, you also have the chance to WIN THREE La La Land Crafts stamps!!  Once I'd coloured and cut my image, I decided to create another Side Step Stair Card (they are a lot of fun!!  :)  ) and made the base out of Very Vanilla.  For each panel, I used paper by October Afternoon called Thrift Shop (LOVE this paper!!).  I cut the main panel behind Marci with Large Rectangle Nestabilities and matted with aqua bazzill with the matching scallop rectangle Nestabilities.  For a little detailing, I added a couple of ribbon tags to the side and on the larger 'step', created a banner using MFT's Banner Die.  The sentiment is also from MFT, the Time to Celebrate set.  To finish I added a couple of pink ZVA roses and a couple of small pink rhinestones.

Stamps - Birthday Marci (La La Land), Time to Celebrate (MFT)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Very Vanilla, Aqua Bazzill, October Afternoon Thrift Shop DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Large Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Banner Die (MFT), Ivory Satin Ribbon, MS Branch Punch, ZVA Roses, Foam Tape.

Don't forget there is another chance to win by playing along with this month's CopicOz Challenge to add a little Magic - the prize is the magical - 12 BRAND NEW SKETCH COLOURS that have just been released!!!!  I'm dying to get my hands on these myself!!!!

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!  :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Deepest Sympathy

Today's card is made using the Colorless Blender Bleaching technique!  The tutorial for this fabulous technique has been done by Colleen Schaan - one of the amazing Copic Instructors in the USA, and you can find her fabulous tutorial in the Resources section at Splitcoaststampers!!

I began by following the tutorial by airbrushing Copics (B32, B34 and B37) onto some photographic paper.  Then I used my Mist It which had been filled with Colorless Blender Solution to spritz (not to heavily) a silhouette stamp (Upsy Daisy by SU) and stamped it onto my airbrushed paper.  It was cut out with Small Oval Nestabilites, matted with white cut with Large Ovals and then matted again with white and blue cut with two sizes of Label 4 Nestabilities.  The sentiment is from JustRite's Sympathy Nested Sentiments and Verse set, which fits perfectly inside the Fancy Tags Spellbinders.  Finally I created my base of alternating blue and white, embossing the top white layer with the Victoria EF.  I finished by adding some blue pearls to the corners.

Stamps - Upsy Daisy (SU), Sympathy Nested Sentiments and Verse (JustRite)
Paper - Photographic Paper, White, Blue
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Airbrush System, Colorless Blender, Mist It Spray, Victoria EF, Label 4, Large and Small Oval Nestabilities, Fancy Tags, Blue Pearls.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!  :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Neutral Beauty

Have you ever used neutral colors to bring out the depth in one of your coloring projects? Well, let's kick it up a notch and show you just how beautiful your stamped creations can be without any color at all! That's right, this challenge is to color up your card with neutrals - shades of grey, sepia tones or even black and white! Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge card HERE to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB08. You have until March 31st to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!

For today's card I decided to use Flourishes' Waterlilies Stamp Set and stamped the waterlily three times in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured them with Copics (E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59) and then cut two of the images to create layers for a three dimensional effect.

I cut the sentiment panel using the Label 5 Nestabilities, sponged a little Antique Linen around the edge and stamped the sentiment from Cherry Blossoms in Memento Rich Cocoa.  The base of the card is created using Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip along with some some Basic Grey Capella DP.  The vertical panel is more chocolate, punched on one side with the single embossed curve punch and topped with cream crochet lace and some ivory satin ribbon.  To finish I added a few Kaisercraft Latte pearls to the corner.

Stamps - Waterlilies, Cherry Blossoms (Flourishes)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Capella DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rich Cocoa, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories - Copics, Labels 5 Nestabilities, Single Embossed Curve Punch, Cream Crochet Lace, Ivory Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Foam Tape, Kaisercraft Latte Pearls.

Don't miss the gorgeous creations the other Beauty Girls have created for you today!!!

Beate Johns

Cindy Coutts

Heather Jensen

Julie Koerber 

Laura Fredrickson

Yvonne Hagane

Thanks for visiting and hope you join in the fun this month!!  :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Let's Celebrate!!!

This week my BFF celebrated her 40th Birthday (let's call her EDNA), however the party is not until tonight, so I'm scheduling this for when I plan to be walking in the door so she doesn't see it beforehand!  :)  Now I seriously thought about doing and elegant grown up sort of card, I mean we have known each other for more than 20yrs, but I decided against it, 'cause she loves these a la mode stamps by My Favorite Things and she also is really good at doing different shaped/folded cards - so I went down that path instead.  I sure hope she likes it!!!

I created my Side Stair Step card out of Very Vanilla.  Then I stamped my Time to Celebrate a la mode from MFT in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (E000, E01, E51, E53, R83, R85, R89, B91, B93, B95, B97, R22, R24, E13, E17, E19, W1, W3).  I used the Mega Long Rectangle Nestabilities to cut and matt it.  I used some Modern Homemaker DP for the horizontal panels ('cause I know she loves this paper too) and created a little rose garden out of the MS Arch Lattice punch and some ZVA roses.  For the sentiment panel I used the JustRite Birthday Celebrations set and coloured with R81, R83, R85, R89 (to match the cake) and cut it out with scissors.  I finished by adding a few pearl swirls.

Stamps - Time to Celebrate (MFT), Birthday Celebrations (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, White, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, October Afternoon Modern Homemaker DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Mega Long Rectangle and Mega Long Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities, MS Arch Lattice Punch, ZVA Roses, ZVA Pearls.

That's all from me today, feel free to hop over to Edna's blog and leave her a little Birthday Love and thanks for visiting!!  :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Birdhouse is JustRite!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the JustRite Stampers Blog Hop!!!  During today's blog hop we are giving away Three Mystery Blog Candy Shopping Sprees --- which simply means along the hop we have hidden 3 shopping sprees --- the designers don't even know if they have the shopping spree!  Here's what you will be eligible to win along the blog tour - a $100 JustRite Webstore Shopping Spree, a $75.00  JustRite Shopping Spree and a $50.00 JustRite Shopping Spree.   Simple leave a little love on each bloggers post and on Friday Morning we will announce on the JustRite Blog the 3 Designers who have the mystery candy and the winners!!  Comments will close at midnight CST on Thursday Evening (4pm Friday Australian EST).

If you've come from Barb's Blog you're in the right place!  If you've just popped on in, you can start back at the JustRite Inspiration Blog so you don't miss anything!!

JustRite Inspiration Blog
Debbie Olson
Sharon Harnist
Kellie Fortin
Kazan Clark
Michele Kovack
Sankari Wegman
Stephanie Kraft
Barb Schram
Kathy Jones  (that's me)
Angela Barkhouse

Now if you've been following the hop, you would have noticed that the team is showcasing the brand new Charm Dies and co-ordinating stamps, Charmed Cling Stamp Set.  Unfortunately my sets are still in the postal system somewhere, so instead, I'm going to show you a card using the Birdhouses set which has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (E51, E53, E55, E21, E25, E29, R20, R22, G12, G21, G24, G28, B000).  I've cut it out with Large Circle Nestabilities and matted with white cut with Lacey Circle Nestabilities - then I've cut another circle in green and matted with another Lacey Circle.  The sentiment is from the newly released Hugs to You set - I've stamped only the sentiment and then used the Nested Frame Dies to cut it out (airbrushing a little G21 around the edges).  The fantastic thing about these sentiments is that you can use them in so many ways and perfect for cutting out with JustRite Custom Dies made by Spellbinders!!

Stamps - Birdhouses, Hugs to You (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Green Bazzill, White, October Afternoon Thrift Shop and Homemaker DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Large Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilities, Nested Frame Dies (JR), Green Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Button, Silver Cord, Silver Pearls, Airbrush System, Foam Tape.

Hope you are enjoying the Blog Hop and don't forget there is Blog Candy to be found!!!  Next stop is Angela and thanks for visiting!!!  :)


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