Sunday, May 27, 2012

I've been mesmerized with my Magenta Peel Offs, Glaze Pens, Stardust Pens, and special Glitter pens. As soon as I'm finished packing a few more boxes, I'll take some pics and post them.

At the stamp show, this Magenta stamp was one of the most requested:
42.092.O -- POPPIES

I'm showing it here in the event you're like me . . . writing up a pink sheet so I can be sure this stamp is ordered in my name for the Magenta order that's being sent soon.

Tomorrow, in celebration of Memorial Day, Art 'n Soul will be closed. Please join us as we honor the many generations, past and present, who have served our country defending our freedoms and way of life with their bravery and sacrifices; as well as the military families who have supported and, sometimes lost, their loved ones.

From Spellbinders' blog . . .

Life is Better with Friends Candy Basket

By Marisa Job
"Hello friends ! I am excited to be here again to share another project! This week the theme at Spellbinders is Versatile Edgeabilities, I love these new dies, they add a lacey look to any project. I decided to make a basket using the Hexagon Petal Envelope Die, which you can also use to make a box or a basket when you add a handle made with the Edgeabilities dies.

Spellbinders Paper Arts Supplies:
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine
  • LF-007 Hexagon Petal Envelope
  • E8-006 Classic Petal
  • E8-011 Classic Decorative Inserts Three
  • S5-050 Rose Creations
  • S4-328 Foliage
Preferred Partner Companies:
  • JustRite Stampers – Spring Rose Medallions, Nested Oval Medallion Labels Die Set
  • Heartfelt Creations – Botanical Floral 1 & 2 PreCut Rubber Stamp Sets, Leaf Medley PreCut Rubber Stamp Set
  • Want2Scrap – Pearls
Cross Promotional Partners:
  • Bazzill Basics Paper – Kraft Cardstock
  • Beacon Adhesives – Zip Dry Paper Glue
Other Products:
Nature Garden Collection Designer Paper by Prima Marketing, Silk Ribbon by May Arts, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink by Rangers, Memento Rich Cocoa Ink by Tsukineko, Copic Markers.

1. Die cut and emboss Hexagon Petal Envelope die with Kraft Cardstock using the Grand Calibur Machine.


2. Trace petals and base using the die onto Design Paper and cut with scissors. Here you can choose the images you want to use for the petals and the base. I traced and cut 12 petals to cover the inside and outside of the basket.


3. Adhere Design Paper petals to Kraft Hexagon Petal Envelope.


4. Stamp Heartfelt Creations Botanical Floral flowers and Leaf Medley leaves on Design Paper with Memento Rich Cocoa. I used the 3 smallest flowers from the set. You need enough flowers to make 6 clusters for each side of the basket and 3 more clusters for the top of the handle. Die cut flowers and leaves with coordinating dies from Rose Creations and Foliage. For this process you can go toHeartfelt Creations to watch the video “Matching the Stamps and Dies”.


5. Curl flower petals and leaves, then layer them using paper glue to form the flower, embellish with pearls . Attach flower clusters to each corner with glue or strong tape securing the sides together to form the basket as picture shows.


6. For handle, die cut and emboss Classic Petal and Classic Decorative Inserts Three Edgeabilities. Secure with repositionable tape before running through the Grand Calibur Machine. The handle is about 10” long, I cut 2 handles and overlapped them at the top.


7. Distress the handle with Frayed Burlap ink. Arrange flowers and leaves at the center of handle.  Attach handle to basket and glue another flower cluster on top to hide seam.


8. For sentiment, stamp smaller medallion from the JustRite Stampers Spring Rose Medallions set. Stamp Life is Better with Friends in the center using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. Color with Copic Markers. Die cut with coordinating die from the Nested Oval Medallion Labels set.


9. Attach sentiment under handle with silk ribbon and make a bow as picture below shows.

10. For the candy, I wrapped each candy with strips of Design Paper measuring 1” x 3” and secured with tape.  Here is the finished basket.

I hope you are inspired to use these great Edgeabilities dies on your cards and also on any 3 dimensional project like this basket. You can visit my Blog HERE for more inspiration on boxes and baskets made with Spellbinders dies.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!! Hugs!"

From Copic's blog . . .

Guest Tutorial: Coloring and Shading Flowers by Sharon Harnist

"Papercrafting designer Sharon Harnist, one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, is back this month to share her tips for coloring and shading roses with Copic markers.
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
Flowers and botanical images are my favorite things to color and one of the most requested tutorials, so today I’ll show you a few tips for achieving realistic coloring, shading and shadows for flowers and leaves.

1.  Stamp image with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card.
2. Choose a 3-color blending group (here I used R20, R22, R27) and quickly base coat the roses with the lightest color.  You don’t need to be concerned with taking your time and coloring in small circular motion; you’ll be doing enough blending later!  You can even leave the a few areas white, like the very tip ends of the petals. Here, I’m using R20:
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
3. The illustrator will usually give you an idea of where the shading, or deeper/darker colors should be; those areas will usually be cross-hatched or indicated with lines or stippling. Color those areas with your mid-tone color (R22):
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
4. Go back with your first, lightest marker (R20) and blend the colors together:
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
5. Also, keep in mind that areas/petals that are closer to you will appear lighter and petals that are towards the back or bottom of the flower will naturally appear darker; color those areas with either your mid-tone or your darkest color (I used R22 and R27):
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
The rose on the left has the darkest R27 color added, while the rose on the right does not — you can really tell the depth this adds, can’t you?
6. Go back and add some depth to your mid-tones and deepest recesses of the flowers with your darkest color (R27). Also, where some petals cast a shadow on other petals, use your darkest color to indicate shadows. Blend with your mid-tone color, if necessary.
7. Again, choose a 3-color blending group (I used G21, G24, G28). Quickly base coat the leaves and stems with the lightest color in your blending group (G21), leaving a few white spaces as highlights if you wish:
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
8. Use your mid-tone color to add depth to the areas indicated by the illustrator (usually on the lower half of the leaf) and on leaves that are further away from you or towards the back of the plant (G24):
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
9. Go back and use the lightest G20 to blend the two colors together, if needed.
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
10. (Above) – Use the darkest color in your blending group (G28) to add depth to the leaves and where any leaves might be turned away from you, showing the bottoms of the leaves (where they would naturally have less sunlight cast on them). Do the same on the stems and other leaves, where some leaves might cast a shadow on the stems and leaves below them.
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
Note: White seam binding ribbon was custom colored with Copic R22 and R24 Various Ink Refills. Roses were cut out and popped up on Copic High-Tack Foam Tape.
Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
Find more Copic papercrafting inspiration from Sharon:
Copic Color Gallery:"
Copic Sketch Markers: R20, R22, R24, G21, G24, G28Copic Various Ink Refills: R22, R24Stamps: JustRite Papercraft-With Sympathy clear stamp setPaper: Copic X-Press It Blending Card; Lily Bee Design-Head Over Heels 6×6 Tiny Tablet;
Gina K Lipstick Red Heavy Base Weight cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo BlackAccessories: Copic Double-Sided Foam Tape; Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die; white paper doily; white seam binding; sewing machine + thread

From Impression Obsession's blog . . .

Sympathy Cards from I.O.

"These Sympathy cards were made by the Impression Obsession Design Team. The cards feature stamps and dies from I.O. Check their blog for more ideas." (

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful cards i love this. Thanks for sharing important blog with us.