Sunday, September 27, 2009

Unscripted Sketches

Hi All,

This week there are some awesome creations over at Unscripted Sketches. Go on over and take a look, you won't be disappointed!

I discovered a few extra facts about my new lovelies...copic markers.
I only had these really bright orange Prima flowers, but the patterned paper called for a duller orange, so I used my C1 light grey marker over the orange and it really toned the color down. What a great discovery...why didn't I know that before???

Then...because of my previous epiphany, I used E53 to color the title on white paper. It's hard to tell but I especially made it mottled looking to kind of go along with the feeling of the patterned paper.

Here is this week's sketch

And here is my layout.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

First Copic Card

I got so involved with my new season TV shows last night...I forgot to post my first copic card. How cool is it that The Ghost Whisperer is now followed by Medium and the Numbers...I am in heaven.

Anyway, this is my first copic project. What they say is true...they are so easy to use and blend and I am so happy with them so far. Of course, I have soooo much I want to learn and I wish there was someplace that I could take a class (you know a real people class, not online) but can't find anywhere that offers it.

At a local art store, I bought a special pad of paper by Borden & Reiley called #234 Paris Bleedproof Paper for Pens (funny name). It is so smooth and takes the copic inks so nicely. But, I also ordered Gina K's Pure Luxury card stock, because so many of the brilliant copic ladies online recommend it. It wasn't too expensive...25 sheets for $6.95.

The image is a know I love those free dingbats!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


While the rest of the scrapping community is going bonkers over The Gypsy, I am besides myself with joy because I finally caved in and bought COPICS. Now, don't get me wrong, I would also love a Gypsy...who wouldn't...but I just know I will get so much more bang for my buck with the markers.

I have been eyeing, pondering, coveting, etc...the Copics for months now. I totally did not want to spend so much money on markers...MARKERS FOR GOODNESS SAKES!!!! Kept telling myself, "Self, how can you spend so much money on markers? After all, they are only markers???" I've spent untold hours searching and investigating Copics on the internet. I found some sites with artists/crafters that would blow your mind. For one, check out Suzanne at Scrap Blitz She is honestly the one that pushed me over the edge!

Finally, the "bad" Marcy won over the "good" Marcy and one night last week...and I mean 2 in the morning, I just went ahead and ordered. I chose from the color groups that Suzanne suggested.

I couldn't wait till they arrived. Well, they came yesterday and I was so excited I nearly ripped the packing tape off with my teeth. Hee Hee.

I printed the copic color chart from the Copic Website and promptly filled my colors in. It was then that I realized tht I didn't buy any greens. The green you see in the picture was one lone marker someone gave me to try. I am so upset with myself, cause now I have to pay crazy shipping again.

So, getting to the DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL....can you guess??? THAT'S RIGHT, MY HUSBAND. Can you imagine telling your husband what you spent on these markers??? Not me. He is so generous and kind and supportive of my passion...but I just couldn't bring myself to tell him what they cost or that I don't have any greens!! So what he doesn't know, can't hurt him, right? HaHa. So, if you ever meet my honey, don't tell him about the markers!!!

I am going to play with my copics now. I will post my first project tomorrow.

Have a great night!!



Saturday, September 19, 2009

Unscripted Sketches #24

Hi Guys,

It's know what that means...a new challenge at Unscripted Sketches. This week was an easy one for me. As soon as I saw the sketch the idea popped into my head. So many circles, all the had to be special...and that's how this card happened.

Sometimes it is so easy to use a sketch, sometimes I really have to put my thinking cap on to make it work. That's the beauty of these sketches and the whole idea behind challenges...isn't it???

I cut all the pumpkins from Stretch Your Imagination. The paper is an old stack from last year's Martha Stewart Halloween Collection. (Still trying to use paper from my ginormous stash.)

I did want to make the card smaller, but I found you cannot cut these pumpkins smaller than 2" or the swirly eyes will absolutely not cut out properly; they just rip, rip, rip. So, I just made the card bigger to fit the pumpkins.

Here is the sketch:
And here is my version:

Have a great weekend, all!



Monday, September 14, 2009

Cuttlebug Confetti Challenge

This week, at the Cuttlebug Spot, Aymee aka us to use embossed confetti in our design. It never occured to me to make my own confetti. What a great idea. I have soooooo much paper that it makes total sense. Good for the planet, good for my wallet, good for my conscience. I will not buy those bags of confeti anymore!

Anyway, I made this box and card set for the challenge. The box I designed myself in SCAL. I'm not really good in the designing department on SCAL. But I keep trying.
The stamps are from Doodle them!!! All images are colored with Sharpies and Prismacolor markers. I used stickles and Diamond Glaze, too for added bling.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Unscripted Scketches #23

Hi all,

It's Saturday, so that means we have a new sketch over at Unscripted Sketches. I had a lot of fun with this one. I've had this 3D title around for a long time, but haven't had an opportuntiy to use it. Well, when I got this photo of Ethan, I knew it was time to find it.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

The scalloped mat and stars were cut with SCAL. Go on over to US and check out the wonderful projects these talented gals whipped up.



Saturday, September 5, 2009

My First Unscripted Sketches Challenge

Hi All,
This is my first challenge as a DT member at Unscripted Sketches. It was so easy to create a layout from this sketch. Go click on the link to the left and check out the talented gals on the DT. Then go ahead and create something using this sketch. You can turn it any way and use it for any project.
Here is the sketch #22:
And here is my take on it.

This is my adorable great nephew again. You can just eat him up!! The pattern paper is about 10 years old, so I don't even know what is is called. I think it came from a pad back in the day when the edges were perforated. LOL But I loved it so I never threw it out and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. In fact, I was amazed that I could find it again.

All the cuts were made with SCAL...The peace sign is from a font called "My 70s Ding" those dingbats. You can find it here



Friday, September 4, 2009


I'm sure you are like me and have more paper than your local AC Moore! I have purchased so much paper over the years that I honestly don't have room for another piece. Yesterday, I promised myself that I would try and use up some of my stock before I buy more.
Now, I have made this promise to myself before. I try to stay strong...and then I see a patterned paper or a DCWV pad, shimmering over there on the store shelf -- calling to me -- and I cannot help myself...maybe this time I can do it. My husband keeps threatening to send me to The Betty Ford Clinic for Paper Purchasers. LOL.
Anyway, I searched through my inspiration binders (whenever I see something that I like, I put it in a binder to look back on when I need some inspiration) and found this great card folder. I decided to make a few of these as gifts for some pals. Hopefully, I'll use up some paper and feel better.
There are four cards and matching envelopes in the set. The circle sentiments are computer generated.
If anyone is interested in the directions for this, just let me know and I will put them here.
Tomorrow I will post my first submission as a design team member at Unscripted Sketches. I am excited!!
Have a great night,