Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 12 of 2012

Here’s my farewell to 2012. Like everyone else the year has had some highs and lows and in my crafty life it’s been a great year. I just love looking through my year in card-form and see how I’ve grown and changed. I’ve said hello and goodbye to some design teams (hello to Stampendous! and goodbye to iSpy Sketches) and worked my hardest for the companies that I’ve been with for a while (Technique Tuesday and There She Goes) and I think that I’ve grown as a cardmaker this year because of all the interactions I’ve had with fellow design team members. Thank you, friends!!
Do you ever go WAY back and look at your cards/crafts? Going through my “favourites” posts from the last 3 years really showed me how I’ve changed style-wise. It’s kinda neat!

And without further adieu, here’s 2012:




May 

June 

July 







Umm… I use a lot of black to mat. hahaha.. I also use a lot of brown Distress Ink! It’s funny what you see when they’re all lined up like this.. Thanks for sharing your time with me this year!
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hi there! I cannot believe it’s Christmas! All of the preparations, the shopping, the saving, the concerts, the baking – it’s finally here! Right now it is 3:30 am and I have just finished wrapping all of the presents and put the final touches on everything. It’s finally time to sleep!

I have one more Christmas card to share made with a really unlikely set: This month’s Technique Tuesday Greenhouse stamp set.. Check it out.

 

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Who said poinsettias are the only Christmas flower?? I coloured up this lovely using festive colours and stamped a cool sentiment (Jingle All The Way by Ali Edwards) and BAM it’s a Christmas card! And it is the 25th, which means our December Greenhouse Society stamp set is ready to ship!

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The new set is available for a limited time through our Web site and through some retailers.

Check out today’s blog post for some more inspiration!

 

Merry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

TSG New Release Week: Day 3

Here we are on our last day of blog hop challenges, and we have our new Sparkly & Bright set from Torico! We hope you have enjoyed the blog hop challenges so far, and we can't wait for you to see today's set!


When we saw these SUPER gorgeous characters from Torico, we were instantly in love. These gorgeous girls love their retail therapy, so no matter your gift giving reason-whether it be Christmas or Birthday, they’ve got you covered. I decided to use the sentiment in the set that could be used for any occasion – I’m all about being practical this week – and this girl is just perfect for any girl/lady/woman in your life!
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I coloured my girl with Copic markers and added some charcoal shading. Around the edges of the die cut I left the Spellbinders die in place and did some airbrushing with a BG11 marker and a little bit of Distress Ink to tone it down a little. These images we’ve used all week have been a blast to colour – you gotta try ‘em!

Sparkly & Bright  is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 12 stamps and will sell for $18.00.
Would you like to win the new Sparkly & Bright stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, December 22nd with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

TSG New Release Week: Day 2

Here we are on day two, and we have the second of two sets being released by our artist, Melyssa Connolly! We know you loved yesterday's and we know you will love today's just as much!

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So this is a tooth fairy set and here’s the thing – I have a son, and he’s 11. No more tooth fairy stuff for him – BUT, this would work perfectly as a birthday card, right?? I thought so too!
 
Here’s the sweet image all coloured up:
 
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Once again I used Copic markers, but I had a lot of help with Stickles today. When it’s a fairy there has to be sparkles. lol..
 
 
Tooth Fairy Approved is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 17 stamps and will sell for $24.00.
 
Would you like to win the new Tooth Fairy Approved stamp set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.
 
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, December 22nd with the winner being announced during the release party chat.
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TSG New Release Week: Day 1

It's time for our December Release, and we are SO happy you are here to celebrate it with us!! This month's sets are sure to appeal to the crafter in you, and we have three days worth of peeks for you to enjoy, and be inspired by!! Hold on to your socks, they’re gonna get knocked off!

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SO cute, right?? I love this image so much! So much, in fact, that I think this little girl holds the record for the longest time spent colouring an image. PHEW! I think I took about an hour. First I coloured her with Copics, then I did all of the shading with a charcoal pencil.. A labour of love, that’s what we’ll call it!
 
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You can see a little better in the close-up all the places I’ve added grey shading with the charcoal (underneath her bangs, where the clothes overlap, below her head) and it really helps to make certain areas POP!
 
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Do you love the glitter cardstock (Best Creations.. Kind of expensive..) I’ve matted everything with? I’ve paired these papers with silver before and it was a great match so I did it again.. Such fun!
 

Smarty Pants is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 23 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

Would you like to win the new Smarty Pants stamp set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.
 
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, December 22nd with the winner being announced during the release party chat.
 
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December Greenhouse Stamp Set

Hey readers! I am so happy with the card I'm sharing with you today! I sat down to make this card to preview this month's Greenhouse set and I really had no idea where I was going to go. Copic? Watercolor? Distress Stains? Copic won.... Here's what I made:




Is this a gorgeous stamp or what? I am so glad I tried Copics first because it really was a fun image to color.

How to...

1) stamp image on Copic paper with Memento ink
2) color with Copic markers and charcoal pencils
3) die cut image out with Spellbinders and ink edges with the die still on the paper.
4) assemble the remainder of the card


Check out the Technique Tuesday blog for more details!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rudy

Hey readers! Sorry for not being around this past week. I’ve been busy with CHA assignments, a big corporate order for Christmas cards, and a whole lotta Christmas concerts with my high school choirs. It’s been nuts! I am so excited to share this card I just made for There She Goes – excited because I love it! My holiday cards this year have been a little bit vintage – I especially love newsprint or faux book pages.

 

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Today at the TSG Blog we’re featuring some classic Christmas sets, and the focal image (scalloped circle and Rudy) is from the set: No Peeking. The final card measures 4.5 squared. A weird size for me, but the image is small so I didn’t want it dwarfed by a huge card.

 

Take care and have a great weekend! Got all your shopping done?? (not me, lol!!!)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

iSpy a Goodbye

Doesn't it suck when your real life gets in the way of your craft life? I joke, but for so many of us the demands of children/work/family/friends doesn't allow for as much craft time as we'd like, and the truth is we have to keep our priorities our priority! You know? Kim Teasdale was the mastermind behind iSpy Sketches and it has been a pleasure and an honour to work with the sketches she compiled and with the ladies who I designed with. Kim has had to close iSpy Sketches and none of the team was in a position to take it over (it's a LOT of work!!) so sadly our little foray into the challenge world is over.

This has been a really creative and fruitful experience. I have made a lot of cards with the wonderful iSpy Sketches and here's my favourite iSpy card from this past year:


I just love that you never know how a card is going to turn out - even when you use a sketch...

*sniff sniff*

Thank you for all of your comments and for playing along with us this year! It made me so happy to see people play along with our team.

Take care!

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's Crazy Around Here!

Phew! Every blog that I've been reading for the last couple of days have mentioned that IT'S DECEMBER ALREADY!! Yah.. Holy crap! I have my first Christmas concert on Thursday and 4 more after that. My kids and I will be very busy over the next couple of weeks, for sure. But to add to the business I have had a lot of designing to do over the weekend because, as you may know, I teach classes at my LSS and I had a deadline! I have a little sneak peek for you. I think it's my favourite card of the bunch (I made 13 cards for 3 different classes).





I went to town with some gorgeous Pink Paislee products and some dies. I can't wait to teach this class - lots of sparkly elements and lots of sass...

Another thing that's kept me busy?? Our beautiful tree:




It's my first monochromatic quasi-grownup tree and I'm really happy with it! Phoenix and I had a lot of fun putting up all of our new decorations!

Check you later!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa Wreath

This week the Stampendous! design team is playing with products from DIY Bangles to make fantastic jewelry and home decor items! Their adorable beads and bangles can make fabulous Christmas gifts for the folks you love this holiday season with very little trouble. And they also have a delightful product they call 3 Ring Circles that make adorable home decor pieces.

Today I made a project with one of the floral rings and had a blast.

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I took 4 pieces of 12x12 double-sided patterned paper and cut them into 6x6 sections. I rolled them into cones and adhered them with Sookwang double-sided tape… (if you're on Pinterest, check out this Pin that was my inspiration!) Those bad boys aren’t going anywhere now!
Once I finished rolling all of the cones, I inked the edges and added some Shaved Ice just on the edges with liquid adhesive:

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I covered the ring with Sookwang tape and pressed the cones into place. I used all but two cones. A fellow DT member said this project would be hard for her because she hoards her paper (and I do too), but you know what?? I’ve had this paper for 4 years now I think (it’s old BasicGrey) and I was finally able to let go of it. ha! Aren’t we silly?? I will be able to enjoy this wreath for years to come and I’m glad I used it!

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In the center I made a focal point with some coordinating BasicGrey stickers and favourite of mine: Cling Jumbo Vintage Santa! (I’ve linked a store that has it in stock and I’m sorry if they’ve sold out by the time you click it. This stamp is completely sold out everywhere else, so if you want it, GO NOW!!)

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I coloured dear Vintage Santa with Distress Markers (video coming soon!) and put him smack-dab in the middle!
Head over to the Stampendous Blog to see more creations with DIY Bangles. So much fun!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Love…

It’s all you need…

Or so I’ve heard….

Onto this week’s iSpy Sketch!! A few of us have had the opportunity to be on a design team with the lovely lady we are featuring this week so I'm thrilled!!! This week we are featuring  Christine Okken ( ChristineCreations at SCS) and is inspired by this card.

 

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I made this card with some lovely Pink Paislee products that I’ve been dabbling with. It’s nice to have a clean and simple card design up your sleeve and this is a great one!

 

Here is how to play:

  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC44 and link it here with the inlinkz widget below.
  • Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12:01 AM EST, and you have until noon on the following Friday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Winners" post every Sunday where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying" your creations!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Come on December…

This week was a long one… I don’t know what it is, but TO ME it feels like the lead-up to December takes FOREVER, then once it hits – it’s gone. I JUST WANT IT TO BE CHRISTMAS ALREADY!!!! I keep bugging my hubby to put the lights up on the house and I wanna go get our tree but he’s one of those “Not until December” type of people. He’s poopy. I want to enjoy December and all it has to bring (Christmas concerts, our son’s birthday, visiting with friends, and of course, Christmas!!) and to me it just makes sense to start things in November so we have time to enjoy it all… I’m going to come up with a game plan tonight and pitch it to Ian tomorrow…

Technique-Tuesday-Greenhouse-11-12-Clear-Stamps-LargeSo as you’ve seen I’m in full Christmas-card-making mode and I couldn’t be happier. 1 – it’s fun to use all of the new stamps from the companies I work for and 2 – I love digging out my old and much-loved holiday supplies and putting them to good use! Today Technique Tuesday’s November Greenhouse Society stamp set goes on sale and it is perfect for making cards to send out over the next little while. I love it for masculine purposes. I have some male teachers/principals that I have to make cards for and I don’t want to give them anything cutesy and a set like this is perfect.
 
 
My card today uses my latest obsession: white embossing powder. Take it away before I use it on everything!!
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This technique (along with the aforementioned white EP) is so easy and yet so striking… *I think… All you do is emboss, add some colour with watercolours of some sort, and add water of some sort. (there are SO many different ways of going about it..) I used Distress Markers and Tim Holtz’s large water brush to colour this image. *Side note: some people were asking when I was going to make another Copic video, but I was wondering if any of you are curious about Distress markers. I teach a lot about them at my LSS, but if you would like to see a video use them, just say so!! The papers are Pink Paislee and I forced my brain to think mathematically and do some fancy layering with my Spellbinders. This kind of card is the reason I’m glad I bought Large and Small classic circles.


November's Greenhouse Society stamp set starts shipping tomorrow. Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? The set is available for limited time for purchase by non-members through our Web site and at select retailers. Check with your favorite retailer to see if they carry Greenhouse Society stamp sets or to ask them to get them in.
Thanks for stopping by! Go check out the Technique Tuesday blog to see some more great inspiration!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Snowbuddies Blog Hop


Our final day of Blog Hop Challenges for this release, and we have two FABULOUS sets from Melyssa!! Let's get started!! The first set, Snowbuddies, has SO many possible ways to be used! With a whopping 57 stamps, you can build your own snowman, use one provided, or a little of both. It’s the easiest way to build a snowman, and you don’t even have to get cold to do it. ;) I literally stared at the stamps for 10 minutes trying to pick the combo I eventually settled on. The second set, Snowman Sentiments, is full of great sentiments (the Snowbuddies set has no sentiments…) that go with a multitude of images. Here is my card:
 
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Umm.. Totally perfect sentiment for the image, right?
This card came together quite easily and really, it’s a bunch of simple elements thrown together to make the design look a little more interesting. The patterned papers are from My Mind’s Eye and I used the Tim Holtz rosette snowflake die again to make this little accent. (I bought the die that has two different small rosettes)
 
 
Snow buddies  is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 57 stamps and will sell for $24.00.
 
The Snowman Sentiments set has 9 fabulous sentiments to coordinate with your Snowbuddies set, or any holiday set you want!

Snowman Sentiment is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $9.00.
 
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Would you like to win the new Snowbuddies or Snowman Sentiments stamp sets? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.
 
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, November 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Snow Globe Blog Hop


Our second day of our November release Blog Hop Challenges, and today is EXTRA special!!

I told you yesterday that you had to wait until today to see WHY the new Holiday Cheer set was so versatile…well, wait no more! Not only is it a set that stands alone, the SUPER cute images were designed to fit into today’s set, Snow Globe! Along with a matching die, Torico has really out done herself!!
So picture all of the crazy cute images you saw yesterday in a cute snowglobe.. Check mine out:


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Dies make me smile… Lots… And to finally have a snowglobe stamp set and die makes me so happy! I have a hundred-and-one things that can fit in it and I can’t wait to experiment! So this card has a bunch of delish Pink Paislee products on it (papers, ephemera…) and some Tim Holtz sparkly tinsel ribbon. It’s all so kitsch, and I like it!
Snow Globe and Die is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 4 stamps and will sell for $28!


Would you like to win the new Snow Globe and Die set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, November 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Cheer Blog Hop Challenge

**Scroll down for the ihp/Tech Tuesday Blog Hop**

Hey TSG fans!! We’re here with our newest release and today Torico is bringing us another SUPER cute Holiday set to love and adore, and this one has a twist…but you will have to wait until tomorrow to see WHAT the twist is!! Just take it from me, this set is so versatile, you will be turning to it again and again for all your holiday needs! With four ADORABLE scenes, and four fabulous sentiments, you are sure to fall in love.This card is my favourite from this week’s release. I wish I could save the best for last, but I guess I’m starting off with a bang! I hope you like it:

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I made this while at Jessica’s house with Jessie and they were totally and absolutely my muses. SO many things on this card were inspired by them – I wish I could craft with them more often! Jessie let me borrow her new MFT snow hill dies to help create the background and I added some Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel to complete the look. Jessica inspired me to add rhinestones to the snowflake patterned paper in the background. She always thinks of little touches that really bump her cards up to the next level. That little snowflake rosette was made with a new Tim Holtz die… LOVE it… But of course the star of the show is the adorable image. This cute little bear (or BIG bear!) was so easy to colour, I can’t wait to pair him up with some other TSG images!
 
Holiday Cheer is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 8 stamps and will sell for $15.00.
Would you like to win the new Holiday Cheer stamp set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, November 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Very Merry Christmas

TTBlueDottedOvalLogoDSWelcome to i heart papers' November design team challenge! This month, we're teaming up with some of the girls from the Technique Tuesday team for a combined hop featuring Technique Tuesday's stamps and i {heart} papers' products.  You can browse the TechniqueTuesday category of the ihp store here.
Here’s my project for today’s collaboration featuring stamps from this year’s December Daily stamp set by Ali Edwards:
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I recently pinned a card a lot like this (sorry.. the original source isn’t working) and was dying to try out this design! All that was needed was a die cut (I used a Memory Box die), a little patterned paper and twine (North Pole by Doodlebug) and a simple sentiment. If I had to pick one thing I love about Technique Tuesday it’s their sentiments. I am a font junkie and I am always in love with the choices they make! As you can tell from the photo I made a few cards with this design. It was so easy to replicate so why not??

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Our designers are sharing lots of inspiration using Technique Tuesday stamps and ihp products!
Technique Tuesday DT:
the ihp design team:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Penguin Pals



Hi there! Welcome to the final day of November's There She Goes (Again!) week. Every month we take a look back at some awesome TSG stamp sets in hopes of bringing you fresh inspiration and perhaps introducing you to some of our best-selling stamps. Today I made a card with Penguin Pals using a couple of the smaller images together. 


That little birdie has a big load to carry!! The bird image was stamped and then his little feet were masked and the gift was stamped on top. Everything was then coloured with Copics and charcoal pencil. Do you love the papers?? I used a combination of Carta Bella (blue polkadots) and some other random scraps. I am on a mission to not splurge on Christmas papers this year - I already have so much!! 

Check out all of the amazing cards on the blog today. The Trendsetters went all-out with the assignment! 

iSpy Sketch 42

Hi there readers! Where has November gone? I literally cannot believe we're over half-way through the month. In a blink of an eye, I tell you.. On to this week's iSpy Sketch

ISSC42 is by Anya Schrier and is inspired by this card.


Here's my take: 


I was so glad that this week's sketch was clean and simple. I wanted this card to be no-frills, nothing too complicated and for the colouring and image to be the central focus.. And it worked! The image is by Stampendous and all of the cardstock is Bazzill.. Really easy, right?! 

Here is how to play:
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC42 and link it here with the inlinkz widget below.
  • Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12:01 AM EST, and you have until noon on the following Friday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Winners" post every Sunday where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying" your creations!

November Greenhouse Sneak Peek

Hi there! It’s time for another sneak peek at Technique Tuesday’s monthly Greenhouse Society Stamp set! This month’s set is a lovely traditional image that is great for formal holiday cards. I picture giving the card I made to my principal or something.. It’s gorgeous.. Here’s the stamp set:

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And here’s my card…
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I went with some traditional-ish plaid papers (on second thought, maybe instead of giving this to my principal I’ll give it to one of my Scottish family members!!) and kept the Copic colouring quite understated. At first I was a little stumped as to how I would colour the image, but I just gave the needles a greenish hue and coloured the pinecones relatively simply.. To add a touch of “frost” I applied a little “Rock Candy” Distress Stickles to the tips of the pinecone scales and I spread the Stickles on the needles. If you’ve never used the stuff it’s great. I dries kind of like crystals..

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it! Check out the Technique Tuesday Blog for more inspiration!