Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rise and Shine


Today, I have a card to share created by my friend Susan.  A few of us got together a few weeks ago and started coloring these roosters for Susan's quilt/card ministry. 

Susan and an group of ladies make quilts for Veterans and Isreal.  Amazing quilts...beautiful and all supplies are donated.  These quilts have a pocket on the back which is filled with cards and other goodies.  It is an amazing ministry, that I have had the pleasure of making cards for and donate supplies to.  

Susan and Linda finished these cards last weekend and at church today Susan included one of the cards along with the stamps she borrowed and other leftovers.  I just had to share this great card! 

This card was was partially inspired by a card Christine made for her January workshops - check her card out.  We loved the cardboard and twine - great masculine card - great anyone card.

The coloring of the rooster was straight from Mischelle's Caboodle Coloring Class 2.  Mischelle made a similar card also - although I do not know if it has been published anywhere.  We saw it in class - jaw dropping beautiful that is really all I remember. Wow!

Rise and Shine is one of my husband's favorite sets.  Believe it or not, Mark looks through our catalogs and picks out sets he likes....or would like to see me make a card with.  This set moved up on my wish list because Mark picked it.  I think I will keep him....he has great taste.

Hope you enjoyed Susan's card.

Can't believe March is almost here!  The TAC and DDH Dream Design Teams will both be starting up March 1st.  Hope you will check in from time to time to see what we are up to.  

There will be blog candy if you are interested in playing along.  The DDH Dream Blog Hop is offering the chance to win a free DDH digi (I believe there will be 4 lucky winners chosen at random) if you comment at all the stops on the hop March 1st!  How can you go wrong?!?  All you have to do is comment at each stop on the hop!

TAC is kicking off the March 4-Legged Friends and Flowers promotion March 1st with Animal Theme cards.  A Shamrock theme blog hop March 4th.  Flower themed cards are featured March 8th.

The DDH design team will be posting Mondays - I've created a separate blog so I can do both - Cream City Angels - Digi

The TAC design team will post Tuesdays and Fridays.  These posts will be right here on this blog.

All the dream team members for both teams are on my side bar - very talented ladies.  This year is going to be amazing!


So be sure to check in at DDH and TAC on Tuesday, March 1st!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Springtime Garden

Happy Friday!

Today's featured stamp set is "Springtime Garden" and the guest designer on TAC Savvy Projects blog is Kim Sears!

This is another great set today - lots of great images that are really fun to color.

Stamps: "Love You" Level B Hostess set
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Copic Image); Noir Palette (sentiment)
Copics: BG72, BG75, BG75; E55, E57, E59; YR23, YR24

Only one more day left - Monday, February 28th.  Come back for the conclusion of the You Make February Fabulous promotion.  Michelle McDaniel will be the guest designer and the featured set is "The Joy of Easter".

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

TAC Digi Design House

Hello All,

The Angel Company recently opened an online digi site called Digi Design House or DDH for short.  I am new to digi's maybe you are too.  I had someone at my Copic Class ask...what is a digi?  It is a digital image - you buy the file rather than the stamp.  This gives you the ability to print multiples and scale the image.  Plus, they are delivered to your inbox almost instantly, buy and create the same day! 

So, I decided to buy a few and try my hand at creating this new way.  The images on TAC's new site are retired sets - they picked some wonderful images.  Ones I remember fondly and others that must have been before my time.  They are offered in a sets like the original stamp set and each image is sent as separate file. I also got a custom watermark which I love!

Here are some of my creations using Budding Iris and Water LillyThis iris is colored like the ones that grow in my backyard.  I am SO ready for Spring.

Copics: YG93, YG95, YG97; B91; BV02, BV04; YR21, YR23, YR24
Bazzill papers: Lizard, Grape and Emma Cardstock
Other Stamps: TAC All Things of Nature (rubber not digi)

Next, water lilly...

Copics: YG93, 95, 97; B91; BV02, 04; YR21, 23, 24; E000
Bazzill: Raven, Amber

Is it Spring yet??

Hope you have a wonderful week.



Today's featured stamp set is "Sunshine" love this set.  The guest designer on TAC Savvy Projects blog is Barb Foster.  Amazing! 

I pulled out the craft sewing machine Saturday for this one. I love stitch detail on cards. I remember my little machine being difficult to thread and use but this time it went pretty well.  I'm happy about that!

I created a patchwork using Emma cardstock and stitched around the perimeter. I wish I could have added stitching to separate all the panels but my little machine couldn't handle the size of the card. {heavy sigh} Added Emma ribbon and trim.

Copics: YG93, YG95, YG97, YR21, YR23, YR24, E55, E57, E59

It doesn't show very well but the background around the sunflower is pink chalk to tie in with the pinks in the paper.

Supplies: Emma SWIC and Ribbon, Palo Verde cardstock, Pastel Chalk, Copics.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Another Day...Another stamp set! 

Today's featured set is "Sunflowers" and the guest designer on TAC Savvy Project blog is Maria Van Stratton.

Copics: YG93, YG95, YG97, E55, E57, E59, YR21, YR23, YR24 

Supplies: Penelope SWIC, Palo Verde and Mocha Divine cardstock, Copics, Burnt Umber and Cognac Palette ink, Rich Cocoa Memento ink, 1.5" & 2" punch.

Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Be Lifted

Happy Tuesday!

Today's featured stamp set is "Be Lifted", the guest designer on TAC Savvy Projects blog is Rita Kegg

I've been thinking about this card for awhile - since I got this stamp set!  I thought a step card would be perfect. 

This is a 4" x 8" card.  The base card uses a full piece on 12" x 12" cardstock, cut into (3) 4" x 12" strips.  The steps are at 0.75", 3", 5", 6". 

This is really a crazy thick card - probably could eliminate the last step - originally I was going to attach the "Hope" verse on the last step but it was too wide.  Not very practical to mail, but I like the depth and shadows all the steps create.

Hope you enjoy the rest to the blog hop!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Simply Sweet

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is my day as guest designer on TAC Savvy Projects Blog and the set I chose was "Simply Sweet". Love this set - so versatile.

Here are the cards I created...

Cardstocks used today: Bazzill Berrylicious, Dark Sky, Bumblebee, DCWV Green Apple and White Caboodle cardstock.

The Tree

For this first card, I popped the 2 center portions of the tree, to make the canopy look full and 3-D. I took the liberty to add some extra detail with a Copic multiliner pen. The image was colored with Copic markers - YG11, YG13, YG17; R29; E55, E57, E59; Y38. The background is blue Pastel Chalk. Love using chalks as a sky background, so soft and airy. The Nestabilities dies used are Standard Circles Large & Labels 3.

The red flowers were the feature I repeated by stamping the red frame with similar flowers from "Simple Starters" (base catalogue). Lastly, I added a button and red scrappers floss detail and stamped the sentiment - which could be anything...thank you, happy birthday, thinking of you...

Feel Better Bear

I used a 1.5" diameter punch to create the circles, to nest them I used the 1.5" punch again. For the notches I used a 1/2" diameter punch, then added a white brad in the center.

The image was colored with Copic markers - R24, R29, R59; YG11, YG13, YG17; B41, B45, B37; E55, E57, E59; Y32, Y35, Y38; W-1. The balloons were layered and the black string feature was repeated with the added black scrappers floss.

I'm Sorry Puppy

Card 3 - This was actually the first card I created and started the design theme of pulling out features of the stamped image and repeating them. I created the slats of the dog house with 1/2" strips of cardstock. I inked the edges of the slats with Noir Palette ink and added screw brads to mimic the image.

The bowl and dog were popped to add dimension. What a face! Copic markers were used to color the image and blue pastel chalk added for the background. The bowl was colored with silver colored pencil and bone with Copic W-1.

The Dress

For the background, I was looking for swirls like the hanger and found "Wonderful News" in the Fall Supplement. I used Brilliance Platinum Planet ink. The red bow feature was also repeated.

I stamped the image twice - once as the base image then again to create the layered dress. The bow and straps were colored with R29 & R59 Copic markers. I used a glue marker and Prisma Glitter to create the sparkly dress. I cut out the dress and layered it on a base image like the dress is hanging on the hanger. The dot background is W-1 Copic marker. The hanger was colored with a silver colored pencil and red accents are Copic marker.

One Layer Wonder

Copics: BG01, BG05, BG09, W-1, W-3, W-5, YR61, YR65, YR68

Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Hope you have a Fabulous Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

2011 TAC Contributing Artist Dream Team Call


This my submission for the 2011 TAC Contributing Artist Dream Team Call.  It features A Little Whimsy papers.

Card 1: Girls Day Out

Supplies: Girls Day Out, A Little Whimsy, Bazzill Raven, Black and White Ribbon, Copic markers.

Card 2: Here For You

Supplies: Here For You, A Little Whimsy, Bazzill Raven and Petunia, Copic markers.

Card 3: Easter Blessings

Supplies: Springtime Garden, Thinking of You, A Little Whimsy, Lavender Floss, Bazzill Raven and Petunia, Copic markers.

Project - Hanging Calendar

This is an easy project for a FUNshop, open house or if you are making items to sell at a craft fair. I created this hanging calendar for a craft fair...only had this one left.  It is sure to brighten up an office.

The DCWV Brights Chipboard Stack is already covered with textured cardstock - doesn't get much easier than that!  You can distress it - I did not on this one.  I used a large glue dot to secure the back of the clip, so it doubles as a mini clipboard for notes and dates to remember during the month.

I used a Crop-a-dile to punch the holes and crimp the eyelets in the corners of the chipboard. The white wire is craft wire which you can find in the floral department of your local craft store. I twisted it around a pencil to make the loops. I made some with beads on the wire between the loops [note to self those were the first to sell at the craft fair].

At each end, I twisted the wire around the shaft of a very small phillips screw driver. Don't forget to turn in the sharp end in or bend it over on itself.

Thanks for stopping by...

Abundant Blessings

Friday, February 4, 2011

Retiform Blog Hop

Today is the Retiform Blog Hop!  I have never done this technique, so after searching online and watching a few youtube videos I gave it a try. 

I started by thinking about colors and selecting stamps.  I decided to go vintage - can you believe it?!?  I love vintage sets but quite honestly I don't use them very often...although today they came out.   

I chose 2 sets "Vintage Backgrounds" and "Fly Fairy" and thought I would try to create a masculine card.  

I started with 2 pieces of white cardstock (1.5" x 3.5" & 3.5" x 5.5"), a black pen and some sticky notes.  I placed the 1.5" x 3.5" piece of cardstock in the center of the 3.5" x 5.5" cardstock, then traced around the rectangle with the black pen.  I sectioned the outer frame. 

The outer frame was masked and the bicycle was stamped in the 1.5" x 3.5" rectrangle.  I used Cognac Palette ink and a sponge to ink the edges.  On the opposite side of the line I sponged Burnt Umber Palette. I repeated that pattern.    

The finished image was matted on Bazzill Raven and the base card is Bazzill Pinecone.  I added a piece of brown twill ribbon to finish it off.

This is a great technique!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the retiform blog hop.

Hope your day is blessed!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Watercolor Plants

Are we having fun yet?!?  I am. What an Fabulous promotion!

Today, the featured stamp set on TAC Savvy Projects Blog is Watercolor PlantsHolly is the guest designer today.  All the ideas - can you believe it?!?

This is my submission for today's blog hop...

I did something really different today.  I pulled out my embossing gun and alcohol inks!

Supplies: Amberley Grace cardstock, White Glossy and Brown cardstock; Gems, Amberley Grace Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Cloud Scissors, Burnt Umber Palette ink.

Tomorrow, the Retiform technique blog hop starts and runs thru the weekend.  It is a technique I had never done before - how fun!  Hope you can join us. 

Monday, February 7 - Mabelle will be the guest designer and the featured set is Cupcake Cuties one of Mabelle's designs. 

Check the TAC Savvy Projects Blog everyday next week.

See you Monday, February 14th - My turn to be guest designer.


WaterColor Plants

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Places You'll Go

Happy Wednesday!

It is "The Places You'll Go" Day!  Today, Chelsea is the guest designer on TAC Savvy Projects Blog.  I'm so loving this many amazing ideas and it is only day 3!  Can you imagine the gallery on the 28?!?

Here is my blog hop submission:

I used Toodle Loo SWIC and Bazzill Palo Verde  cardstock.

I went with a yellow bug colored with Copics Y32, 35, 38; N1, 4, 7 for the ground, tires and shadow on the windows.  The hub caps are silver brads and bumpers are colored with silver colored pencil.  A black and white ribbon to finish it off.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop today.  Featured sets during February are 25% off!  See all the sales this month HERE.

Come back tomorrow - Holly Mays will be guest designer on TAC Savvy Projects and the featured set is Watercolor Plants.

See you tomorrow!

The Places You'll Go

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

True Beauty

Hello All!

Todays featured set on TAC Savvy Projects Blog is True Beauty. Christine was the guest designer today!  Check out her blog she has give aways. 

This is my submission for the True Beauty blog hop.

Copics: R81, 85, 89; YG93, 97; B91, 95, 99 (Set A)
Tawny Scrappers Floss

Hope you enjoy the rest of the ideas using True Beauty.  This set is 25% off thru February!  See the complete list of stamps on sale.

Tomorrows featured set "The Places you will Go"

See you tomorrow back at TAC Savvy Projects Blog!

True Beauty