Monday, October 31, 2011

Amber Ink: Super Hero Boy

Today is my first post for the Amber Ink Design Team! 

A simple layout today, this image is really easy to cut out, even it you don't like cutting images out.

This is "Super Hero" one of Amber's cute Kiddos. I also used an Amber Ink ipaper called Bubble Fizz White - Tiny.
Supplies -- Amber Ink Super Hero digi, Amber ink ipaper Bubble Fizz White - Tiny, Bazzill Crimson, Leapfrog and Beeswax cardstock, Copic XPress It Cardstock.

Copic Colors: YR21, YR23, YR24, B41, B45, B37, R24, R29, R59, E00, E21, E11

Links to Amber Ink:

Hope you enjoyed today's post!  Check out the Amber Ink Blog!

Mabelle RO: Blessed Harvest

Happy Mabelle Monday,

This morning I have another image from Mabelle RO.  This is Blessed Harvest.

This card also features some patterned paper from Memory-Works, the Simple Stories line called "Year.o.graphy".  Just love the colors.
Supplies -- Mabelle RO Blessed Harvest Digi, Memory-Works Year.o.graphy, Bazzill Saguaro, TAC Brown, Nestabilities Label 21 and Circles.

Copic Colors: E31, E55, E57, E59, BG70, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR12, YR15, YR18, YR24.

Here is how I combined the Nestie Circle and the cut out:

Links to Supplies -

Abundant Blessings,

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Biblical Impressions: Beaver

Hi All,

This Sunday, I have another masculine card with a great image from Biblical Impressions, Beaver.  The thinking of you is also a Biblical stamp.
Supplies -- Biblical Impressions Beaver ($2.75), Biblical Impressions Thinking of You ($2.75), Cardstock: PTI Kraft, TAC Brown, Copic XPress It, Patterned Paper: '360 Best of K&Company paper pack, Copics, Twine

Copic Colors: E31, E33, E35, E37, B41, B45, B37


Friday, October 28, 2011

Amber Ink - Go Orange!

Hi All,
Great News! I've been handed the Orange Amber Ink torch for November.  Thanks Michelle.

My first post for Amber Ink is Monday, October 31st - it's going to be "Super".

Amber's illustrations are SO fun.  Digi's are available as jpeg or tiff files. There are sets and individual images. She has great i-papers too...downloads you print yourself. 

This is a one month race, 6 posts. I already have on my running shoes, so I'm ready to start!  Check out Amber Ink blog!

The torches have been passed...

BRONZE: From Susanna Sirviö to Kirsi Kirjavainen aka Pipertäjä

BLUE: From Kristin Robbins to Leigh Penner

PURPLE: From Esther Porter to Jessica

ORANGE: From Michelle Single to Debra Miller 

Are you Ready?? Let the games begin! 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

{TAC} Post 2: Lovely Butterfly

Happy {TAC} Wednesday,

Today, I have another post using a TAC image, Lovely Butterfly.  This was my design team swap and the project handout for my presentation at seminar back in June.

The technique presented was using multiple mediums (Copic, Chalk, Ink - in that order) to create a vintage look.  I started with coloring the Copic parts of the image.
Copic Colors: Face E21, R01 (cheek),
Dress RV63, V12, Accents YR21, YR23, V06

Then I added some light blue pastel chalk to the upper half of the image and green chalk to the lower half.  I cut a round sponge in half and used the flat to brush off the excess chalk.  The great thing about chalk is it is erasable!  Don't like it or went into your image get out an eraser and touch things up - love that.
Next, I used the round portion of my sponge to apply Palette Cognac ink to the edges. I dab the sponge in the ink and start off the page and blot inward keeping the darkest ink at the edge and lighter ink farther in. You can also drag or rub the inked sponge on your image.
Lastly, I added Palette Burnt Umber ink over that, not going as far into the image. Sometimes I get heavy handed with the distressing, it is all personal taste.  I also run the 4 edges of the image in the ink pad to get a nice dark edge.
This was my finished swap. 

I cut a piece of cardstock 3.5" x 9.25" and scored at 2.25", 4.5", 4.75". Your average square note pad is 3". I matted the note pad with brown cardstock 3.25" square. The image was matted with brown cardstock also and the bottom half was attached to the front. (Note: the notepads I used were thin less that .25" thick, adjust accordingly for thicker notepads)

Hope enjoyed today's post - check out what the other chicks are up to...

Debra Miller <--- You are Here
Christine Pennington (Coordinator)
Abundant Blessings,

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mabelle RO: Sunflower Teddy

Happy Monday,

Today I have another card to share using a Mabelle RO digi, Sunflower Teddy.  I love this image. He is so cute.  
Supplies -- Mabelle RO digi Sunflower Teddy, Cardstock: Bazzill Whirlpool, TAC brown, Copic X-Press It white, Patterned Paper '360 Best of K&Company'  

Copic Colors: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37; BG10, BG70, BG72, BG75; YG61, YG63, YG67; YR21, YR23, YR24

Hope you enjoy todays card idea.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Biblical Impressions: Duck

Happy Sunday,

This Sunday, I'm featuring another Biblical Impressions image, Duck. This is a great image for a masculine card.  To create some interest I cut out the top portion of the image.  A simple layout for any occassion.
Supplies -- Biblical Impressions Duck ($3.75), Cardstock: Bazzill Evening Surf, TAC Brown, Copic XPress It, Patterned Paper '360 Best of K&Company', Copics, Twine

Copic Colors: B41, B45, YG11; YG93, YG95, YG97; YR23, YR24; E30, E31, E33, E35

Abundant Blessings,

Thursday, October 20, 2011

{TAC} We LOVE Mabelle RO Blog Hop Winner

We have a winner for our Mabelle RO Blog Hop!

Diane H - Congratulations!  Mabelle will be contacting you about picking your digis.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mabelle RO: Cups of Kindness

Happy Monday!

Today I'm featuring a Mabelle RO digi - Cups of Kindness. Love this set.  I've kind of been in Fall mode with my colors lately, so I decided to brighten things up with a citrus colored card.  The colors were inspired by this fun K&Company paper.
Supplies -- Mabelle RO Cups of Kindness, Cardstock: Bazzill Grapefruit Bliss, Apple Crush, Raspberry Splash, Copics, Ribbon

Copic Colors: RV21, RV23, RV25, RV09, YR12, YR15, YR18, YG13, YG17, Y11, Y13, Y15

Mabelle's Christmas/Winter digi line debuts Tuesday, Oct 18th so be sure to check it out.

Hope you enjoyed this fun card.
Sunny Blessings,

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Biblical Impressions: Pumpkin Patch

Happy Sunday,

The Biblical Impressions image I'm featuring today is called Pumpkin Patch.  Patterned papers are from the best of K&Company paper stack.

I was asked how the stitching was done on my Oct 12th post, so I created this card to show stitching.

I use a foam mat (yellow), paper piercer and plastic mesh canvas.  This was a tip I picked up from an angel several years ago.
I line up the mesh with my cardstock.
Then I pierced the cardstock using the mesh to guide my spacing.
This is a nice look.
Or add thread.
Instead of stitching you could also use this technique to create a dot border using a gel pen. 
Copic: YR15, YR18, YR24, YG93, YG95, YG97, E55, E57, E59
Memento black ink, Pastel and Earth Tone Chalks

Hope you enjoy today's card.
Happy Sweetest Day!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

{TAC} Oct. Blog Hop: We LOVE Mabelle R.O.

Happy Saturday!

Today we are having a {TAC} Blog Hop, the theme is any Mabelle RO image (rubber) which appeared in a TAC catalog.  I used Lucy, which was in the 2010 Fall Supplement.  This was my 1st chance using it!

I chose to do a very simple layout and focus on the coloring of this cutie.  I love to cut portions of an image out to create interest.  I don't love that I cut Lucy's ear in the process {sigh}.
Copic Colors: Pumpkin YR15, YR18, YR24, Acorn, E30, E31, E55, E57, E59, Ground YG93, YG95, YG97, Dress B41, B45, B37, Lucy W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, RV00, RV02

We would love it if you joined our hop.  Please use a Mabelle RO image (rubber), post on your blog and link in using the link below and the full extension of your blog post.  This hop will be open for a few days (ends Oct 18th at 11 pm) and there will be a chance win blog candy! {Thanks Mabelle!}

Be sure to visit all the chicks:
Debra {You are Here}

Hope you enjoy the Mabelle R.O. hop!
Abundant Blessings,


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Friday, October 14, 2011

Dessert Day Blog Hop!

Happy Dessert Day!

Friday, October 14th is Dessert Day believe it or not and we are having a hop to celebrate.  How Yummy!

Today, I'm featuring a Mabelle RO digi, this was freebie earlier in the year.  What a fun image.  Be sure to join Mabelle's Facebook page, this is where she announces when new images come out.  She just released 5 sets  this week in rubber (a brand new venture) and the Christmas/Winter digi collection debuts Tuesday, October 18th! 
Supplies -- Mabelle RO b-day turtle digi, Cardstock: TAC Hip Hop (retired), Copic X-Press It, Bazzill Pansy and Pauly Poo, Brads, Copics
Copic Colors: B02, B05, B24; Y15, Y17, YR12; YG11, YG13, YG17, V15, V17, V09

Mark Mabelle's Blog in your favorites - she has a wonderfully talented design team.  A great place to go for inspiration and fun images.

If you would like to join this hop, it is open to images from any company.  Post your dessert themed creation on your blog and link in using the link tool below and the full extension to your post.  Add the Html code to your post and have a link to all the creations from this hop.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!
Sweet Blessings,

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{TAC} Post 1: Enjoy the Scenery

Hello All,

Today is the first official post for {TAC} Design Team.  I decided to share part of my presentation from Seminar in June 2011.  I shared how to create a background that is not there or fully drawn.  My example was my 2011 catalog cover submission, using TAC Enjoy the Scenery. 

Copic Colors: Path YR21, YR23, YR24; Lettering YR23, YR24
Greenery YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, Water B000

First, I examined the image looking for clues from the illustrator.  There are some hints.  There is a little squiggle in the front wheel which I took as the edge of the road or at least to suggest direction.  There looks like a lake behind her with the reflections of trees in the water.  So I used a feathering motion to create the trees, water, golden path and grass. I color from light to dark building depth.

Notice I colored right through the lady on the bike.  I did this to make it easier on myself.  I wanted smooth  transitions and complete coverage. She will be paper pieced in a later step.  

Next, I added some sky (light blue chalk) and distressed the edges with Palette Cognac and Burnt Umber ink and a sponge.  This is one of my favorite aging techniques - creates a great vintage look.  Perfect for this image.   

Lastly, I added the lady to the bike. The trickiest part of this was to decide where her skirt ended.  All the parts of the bike near her skirt, pedal and handle bars are part of this extra piece.  I colored her shoe, skirt, gloves, face and hair.  Her coat is also paperpieced (TAC Maggie SWIC).  I've made several of these and sometimes I paperpieced the hat out of the same Maggie cardstock, sometimes it is colored. 

Copic Colors: Face E21, R02 (cheek), Hair E55, E57, E59, Skirt V06, V09, V15, Handle Bars W3, Wheels E59, Shoe and gloves YR21, YR23, YR24 

Front of card - closed
Close up of the image - you can better see where I paperpieced.  There is a natural place to separate the bike and the ladies skirt near the left knee above the fork of the bike.
Surprise!  There is more to this card.  It is an easel card and I continued the road.  You could add a post it note pad in the paths place and create a fun and functional desk top decoration.   More on that idea on the 26th our next {TAC} post.  Part 2 of my seminar presentation in 2 weeks.

I covered a lot of things in my presentation about design, tips and tricks, layouts, sketching, color selection, Copic techniques and "aha moments" from Copic Intermediate certification class I took the day before.  Drop me a note if there is something specific you would like me to blog about.  

Check out the rest of the chicks...

Debra Miller <--- You are Here
Christine Pennington (Coordinator)

Until next time!  Thanks for stopping by...

God's Blessings,

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Biblical Impressions: Lighthouse

Happy Sunday,

I have another card using an image from Biblical Impressions this Sunday, called Lighthouse.  This image comes on the same sheet as Faith Hope from last week.  The color scheme is very similar to last Sunday's card as well.
Supplies -- Lighthouse, Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Bazzill Stonewash, Saguaro and Yam, Pastel Chalk, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Buttons, Twine, Copic Markers.

Copic Colors:  E30, E31, E33, Y17, YR15, YR18, YR24, YG93, YG95, YG97

Hope you enjoyed today's Biblical Impressions Card. 

Thanks for stopping by...
Abundant Blessings,


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, to raise awareness we are having a blog hop!  I used a Nina B set, Scalloped Circles, stamped with Cloud White VersaMagic ink on Watermelon Sensation Bazzill cardstock.

I used Nestabilities Labels 4 and embossed the white DCWV cardstock with a Tim Holtz texture plate Regal Flourishes.  The mat is Bazzill Guava Sensation.

I made an awareness ribbon with some pink ribbon from my stash and a pearl gem to finish it off.

If you would like to join this hop, it is an open hop, feel free to use stamps from any company.  Just use the link below and the full extention of your blog post to join.  Add the html code to your post and you will have links to all stops on this blog hop.

Hope you enjoy the hop!
Abundant Blessings,


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Biblical Impressions: Faith Hope

Hello All,

Today I'm featuring a set from Biblical Impressions called Faith Hope.  I love this set!  Ironically, it has taken me 7+ years to use it.  It was one of the last stamps I bought from Biblical before signing up with The Angel Company.  Last week I mounted it and used it!  What a great feeling.

This card was designed for a service project coming up at my church in October.  We will be creating care packages for the 12 missionary families we support around the world.  These cards will be signed by all who create the care packages.
I felt this set was perfect to thank them for their commitment and hard work spreading the gospel.  Missionary work is such a labor of Love.  It is a process which starts with planting seeds.  My hope is this card will be an encouragement as they interact with people in all stages of the process.

This is a 4" x 8" card.  The colored images were cut out and distressed using palette inks and a sponge then popped using pop dots.  Faux stitching was added using the ScorPal and ScorBog.  The card was finished with a twine bow.

Supplies -- BI Faith Hope; Cardstock: Copic X-press It, Bazzill Yam, Jacaranda, Saguaro; Pastel Chalks, Palette Burnt Umber and Cognac inks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, ScorBug, Twine, Copic Markers

Copic colors:
Pot: YR15, YR18, YR24
Foliage: YG93, YG95, YG97
Fruit: B23, V17
Water: B21, B23
Sun: Y17, YR24
Ground: E55, E57, E59
Frame: YG97

Next week, I will be sharing a card using the lighthouse image from the same sheet. 

Biblical Impressions stamps are deep impression red rubber images (rubber only no mounting foam).  See the links on the right side bar, Biblical Impressions, Eureka, QRK Stampede, 3 stamps companies in one, over 10,000 images.  A sheet of images are $24.95, the single image Faith Hope is $8.50.

Thanks for stopping by...
Abundant Blessings,


Saturday, October 1, 2011

{TAC} Totally Awesome Chicks Design Team

 Hi All,

Today is the debut post for a brand new design team, {TAC}: Totally Awesome Chicks.  This design team is an effort to keep images from The Angel Company (the original TAC) out there and visible.  There were just so many great images over the 14+ years.

Like this classic: TAC Bloomin' Boxes  (2006-07) 
Colored with PrismaColor pencil and Mineral Spirits

Meet the Chicks... 
Debra Miller <--- You are Here
Christine Pennington (Coordinator)

See Christine's blog for more info about the team.

Our team will be posting the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.  There will be a Blog Hop on the 3rd Saturday of the month open to everyone.  Create a card that fits the theme, post and link in to the hop to win blog candy!

October Schedule:
Wednesday, October 12th - Any TAC image
Saturday, October 15th Hop - Theme: Mabelle RO image from any TAC catalog
(Blog Candy to hoppers!)
Wednesday, October 26th - Any TAC image 

This is a 3 month commitment, so if you are a former "Angel", have lots of TAC images you would love to use again and are interested in being on the next design team starting in January - contact Christine.

We hope you mark down these dates.