Some of the new release from Stampendous have complimenting dies. For this card I used both the cling stamps as well as the dies to create this card. After playing with my airbrush on glossy card to make the background I colored up the images. I used ...

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Blossoming Woman

Some of the new release from Stampendous have complimenting dies.  For this card I used both the cling stamps as well as the dies to create this card.  After playing with my airbrush on glossy card to make the background I colored up the images.  I used the girl and the flowers that come with the set and added the butterflies that come from the set Indigo Cats.  I thought it was the perfect combination.

Skin - E50 E51 E21 E23 E93 Cheeks
Hair - E44 E47 E49
Eyes - B34 B39 C0 C4 C6
Butterfly/Flowers - Y17 YR04 YR09 V12 V15 YG03 YG17 YG67
Clothes - BG13 B02 BG01 B04 B06
Shadows - BV20 BV23

Carlottas Garden

I got to attend this years Creativation (formally known as CHA) in Phoenix Arizona this year.  I was super blessed to be able to work at the Stampendous booth coloring some of the new Laurel Burch line of stamps with my Copics.  Here I am being serious (as usual).  It was so wonderful to be asked to work for Stampendous as they are such a great company and the employees are so sweet, not to mention their stamps are made quality with so many different types and options to fit everyones style. 
This was just the funnest thing to color.  It was adult coloring for card makers and was so relaxing!  This is a new Laurel Burch stamp by Stampendous.  Laurel Burch rarely used this color combo but it is a fun combo and the colors really got me hooked.  You can find this stamp now available both online as well as through your local retailer, all you have do is ask and they will get it in.

YG03 YG17 YG67
BG11 BG01
B23 B26 B69
BG11 B04 BG01
BV01 V15 BV23
BV20 BV23 BV29
Gold Signo Pen

Nuvo Crystal Drops - Must Haves!

I love playing with Nuvo Crystal Drops from Tonic Studios...actual they are my latest MUST HAVES!!  I have almost stopped using brads as Nuvo are so quick and easy and the color options are endless.  Unlike other products similar to these...Nuvo dries quicker and does not take days.  I like to use them in my classes as the students can use it in class and its safe to travel home in the car without having it smear.  All you do is squeeze the size drop out of the bottle and it settles in to form a little dome of color.  Nuvo drops come in so many options, from Crystal metallic, Jewel transparent, Glitter to solid Crystal colors.  Yes, I need all the colors!!    

For this card I used the new Hummingbird Blossom stamp from Stampendous.  I kept the concept simple so the image would pop.  I did a splatter background with Copics to bring out the orange in the flower.  The final touch after cutting and popping it up on the card was the Nuvo flower center.  So super fun!  Did you notice the three brad like dots up in the right hand corner of the card?  YUP...matching Nuvo Drops embellishments!

Hummingbird - BV01 B02 B06 B26 V15
Flower - Y17 YR04 YR09 R27
Leaves - YG03 YG17 YG67
Gold Signo pen
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Copic Must Haves - X-Press It Tape

I am not one to like to mess with tape adhesive.  It can be annoying with all the tiny pieces of backing you have to try to peel off...not only that, but the mess of all the little pieces of backing stuck everywhere when I'm done.  So why am I talking about this product in my Must Haves?   Recently I discovered a more efficient way to use it and I thought I would share it with you.

In the past I placed the adhesive (with backing) on the back side of my project, usually about an inch to two inch pieces with spaces in between.   Using a craft knife or tweezers I would remove the backing and then adhere my pieces together.  It felt tedious and as I am always on a time crunch I opted for other adhesives.  Recently after playing around with the tape a bit more I had an idea.  It seemed so simple and solved all my issues I was having before...

INSTEAD of tearing the adhesive AND backing at the desired lengths, why not just tear the ADHESIVE ONLY and leave the backing in tact and still attached on the roll? more little pieces.

Here is what I now do:

1.  Lay the adhesive/backing down onto the project.
2.  Pull up on the backing exposing the adhesive.
3.  Move your fingers to the place where the adhesive and backing still meet (should be where you want the adhesive to end) and give a little tug.   This will keep the backing from tearing but allow the adhesive to break free.
4.  When your roll gets too long of the used backing "tail" then tear it off and start over.

Hopefully this makes sense as it is hard to explain, but easy to do.

This is the best double-sided, high-tack tape I have used.  I love the fact that I don't need to CUT the pieces, but can tear it.  There are 3 different sizes to choose from, but the one I use currently is 1/4" wide and has 55 yards of tape.  I love that it is heat resistant so I can do some quick heat embossing.  I have used it to hold on Micro beads and glitters.

For this card I used it to secure the layers as well as hold the lace onto the back of the card.  This card sure isn't falling apart on me!

You can find the Double-sided High-tack tape adhesive at your local craft stores or 

BV20 BV23
B21 B24 B28
N0 - N5, N7 N10
G24 G46

Wanna see what inspired me to create this card?  I think its funny that my card looks nothing like it but is what gave me the inspiration.  I do love the look of cream, white on gray with a tiny dash of color.  Maybe I can pull it off next time.


To Cheer You - Free Artwork

Did you know that Imagination International Inc (Copic), on occasion, has free images for you to create with?  The last one they shared was featured in a cool Facebook event where you could watch it being colored live and ask questions.  Even though you might have missed it, there is still time to grab it and color it up in your own style.

You can download the artwork HERE.  

Be sure and keep an eye out for more in the future.  It is so amazing watching one of the great Copic Color Artists color an image live.  You can watch a playback of the live coloring HERE

Copic Colors I Used:
YR02 YR04 YR09
B21 B24 B28
E40 E41 E43 E44
YG03 YG67


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