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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make It Crafty Guest Designer: Mermaid Viviane

Hello! I can't believe that September is almost over! It has been so much fun being a guest designer here at Make It Crafty! I would like to thank Zoe and her team for having me and for being patient with my, ehem, punctuality issues. Lol  I only have one more post after today and then I say farewell. Where does the time go, right?

I have loved this mermaid since I first laid eyes on her and was happy to finally have a chance to color her! Her name is Mermaid Viviane and she is, of course, colored with Copics. I cut her with Double Stitched Square die from La-La Land Crafts and layered that on my card along with a few other LLLC dies.  Here I've used Waves Border, Wave Flurry Border, Bubbles (from Sea Critters), and Loopy Border.

I couldn't resist using some more of the awesome chipboard words as well! I created my sentiment using a combination of words from the Magical adapt-a-word chipboard set. I colored "create" and "moments" with my Copics to create an ombre effect. "Magical" was colored in with Copic marker as a base then covered in Stickles glitter glue in Lime Green.

Make It Crafty products used:

Skin - E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, R22
Hair - BG10, BG72, BG75
Tail - YG04, YG11, G94, G99

Thanks for checking out my work! Have a fabulous day!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Release Day: Grim Gretchen

Hey there!  Welcome to Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Halloween Release Day!  Anyone who knows me knows that Halloween is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE holiday!  In fact, my decorations are already up!  So it's no stretch that I would have started on my Halloween crafting as well!  I start scoping out the craft stores in August for supplies!  This year they were a bit slower to get things in so when I saw Kim offer a Super Secret Krafty Klub Halloween Kard Kit, I was in!  Grim Gretchen by artist Annie Rodrigue arrived in my mailbox along with some other fun Halloween trinkets!  This clear stamp set features one main image and three humorous sentiments.

I colored Gretchen with my Copics and fussy cut her.  (This was no small feat!)  I then designed my card to incorporate some of the items that had arrived in the kit with her.  The paper, ghost, doily, bat die, and enamel dots were all included.  The rest of the details are from my stash of La-La Land Crafts dies!  For this project I've used Spiderweb Border, Crows, Tombstones, Spooky House, Frightful Fence, Stitched Nested Circles, and Double Stitched Hills Border.  The sentiment is one of those wooden rubber impulse buys from Michaels.

Copics used:
 Skin - E000, E00, E04, E11, E21
Clothes - N0, N2, N4, BV000, BV11, V17, V25
Scythe - N0, N2, E51, E55

It's RELEASE DAY!!!  And in typical Kimmie style we are celebrating with a Krafty Hop!  Hop around to see all the fa-boo-lous new sets being showcased then head to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps store for some Halloween retail therapy!

Happy kraftin'!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Sneak Peek: Grim Gretchen

Hello!  Today I am super excited to be taking part in the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps New Release sneak peek for a SPOOKTACULAR new stamp from artist Annie Rodrigue!  You may remember a short while back that Kim offered an exclusive Super Secret Krafty Klub Halloween Kard Kit...  Well, THIS is the stamp that was included along with oodles of fab Halloween bits and bobs!  Meet Grim Gretchen! 

Brace yourselves...  I decided to make a clean and simple card today!  I stamped the image using Momento Tuxedo Black ink on a 5"x5" piece of Xpress It Blending card stock.  I then colored the image with my Copics.  The sentiment was created using chipboard words from Make It Crafty!  (If you haven't checked these out yet, you need to!  They are my new obsession!  You can see the awesome selection in Zoe's shop HERE.)  The corner spider web is a die from La-La Land Crafts.

Copics used:
Skin - E000, E00, E04, E11, E21
Eyes - Y32, Y35
Clothes - N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, R35, R37, R39, R89
 Scythe - N0, N2, Y28, R39

Grim Gretchen will be in the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps shop on Saturday along with the rest of the Halloween release!  **SQUEE**

This ghoulish stamp set comes with one large main image and three fun sentiments!!

You'll get to see all the SCARY stamp sets as Kraftin' Kimmie shares them each day this week! Be sure to join in at the LIVE Online Release Party on Saturday afternoon at 2pm EST! We'll be checking out ALL of the FOUR new clear stamp sets, sharing fabulous creations, giving away prizes and having tons of krafty fun!

All of the Krafty Krew design team members and Special Krafty Guests (that's me!) listed below have lots of sweet designs to share with you today featuring the GRIM GRETCHEN stamp set! Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky commenter will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop! Plus we're doing a GIVEAWAY of the ENTIRE release on the Krafty Friends Facebook page!  The winners will be announced at the party so don't miss it!

Happy kraftin'!



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Make It Crafty Guest Designer: Maddy Shopping

Hello! I'm here with this week's Make It Crafty guest designer project! Today I am sharing a creation I made featuring Maddy Shopping as well as one of the AWESOME chipboard single layered words. I have never worked with chipboard before but after watching Zoe's Facebook Live video last month I placed a fair sized ordered and decided to give it a go! The verdict: I'm obsessed and addicted!

I colored Maddy with my Copics and cut her out using a die from Resplendent Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders). I added more dies from La-La Land Crafts (in case you haven't figured this out about me- dies are another thing with which I'm obsessed and addicted)! Here I've used Scallop Border, Heart Fan, Heart Doily Border, Heart Key, Skyline Border, and Bracket and Arrows.  The Picture Wheel die is a Tim Holtz Bigz (Sizzix).  Although Maddy has been on my wish list for a while and I was thrilled to finally color her up, I have to admit that my favorite part was the chipboard! I colored it in ombre reds, again using my Copics, and then applied a layer of Glossy Accents. The fabulous part about this chipboard is its versatility! You can ink it, color it, use glitter, add gloss... So many possibilities! The words are often available in multiple sizes and offer so many possible combinations! You can pair them with other chipboard words or use them with stamps to create the perfect sentiment!

Here is a close-up of the finished chipboard:

And a peek at the inside:


This project was so much fun!  Shopping and crafting are two of my favorite things!  Lol  Thanks for having a look!  Have an amazing day!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Make It Crafty Guest Designer: Jolly Santa

Hi! Stopping in after a long holiday weekend here in the US with my Make It Crafty guest designer card for the week! I'm not ready to go back to work after an extra day off, but I AM ready for Fall to arrive. October is my favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love creating Halloween themed crafts - and yet I chose a Christmas image to create with today! Lol

This is Jolly Santa and he is colored with Copics and fussy cut. He was just too fun to resist! As usual, I've added layers with my dies.  All are from La-La Land Crafts.  The sentiment is from the now closed Waltzingmouse Stamps.

It's always a good idea for me to get a head start on holiday cards! I tend to get super busy from November on and I thought this might be a good time to knock one out when I had a chance. Early, for once in my life! Lol  

Copic Markers
Skin: E11, E21, E00
Hair and Fur Trim: N04, N02, N00
Suit: R89, R39, R37, R35
Boots: N06, N04

Make It Crafty Products

Thanks for taking the time to visit the blog and check out my project!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Make It Crafty Guest Designer: Coffee Love

Hey there!  Some days require more coffee than others. (Some require wine, but that is a story for another day!)  Like when you stay up hours past your bedtime crafting only to get up extra early to cook a big breakfast before the first day of school. Yup. That was me today. And I will have consumed copious amounts of coffee before it's all over! I prefer mine iced (no matter the weather) and so I thought today was the perfect day for Frappe Delight as my Make It Crafty guest designer project! This gorgeous caffeinated creature is from Krista Smith's Funky Girls collection! You can find her HERE in the MIC shop.  

 She is colored with Copics and fussy cut. I layered her up with lots of die cuts and fun coffee themed embellishments.  The sentiment and several of the dies are SugarPea Designs.  On this card I've used stamps from the Caffeine Addict and The Perfect Blend stamp sets.  Dies are the Coffee To Go Cup, Heart Beat, and Coffee Words.  With the exception of the FishTail Flags Banner (My Favorite Things), all the other dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  This card features Open Heart Doily Border, Heart Doily Border, Heart Fan, Owl Love Tag, Stitched Nested Circles, and Coffee Beans Heart.  I added a touch of Wink of Stella to her whipped topping and Glossy Accents to her cup and glasses.

Copic Colors:
Skin - E51, E21, E11, E04, E00, R20
Hair - E79, E74, E70
Clothes - R89, R83, R81, B37, B34, B32

Make It Crafty Products:

Thanks for stopping by to see this week's Make It Crafty guest designer project!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Make It Crafty Guest Designer: Magical Stuffie

Oops! I'm late! Here is my card that was supposed to be posted on Monday! I had a fabulous weekend away at the beach, but it has thrown me all off! I did some coloring while at the beach house and this cute lil fella was one of the images I worked on! Meet Unicorn Stuffie (an extra image included in Unicorn Dream) from the new Dreamy Wishes collection by artist Krista Smith. He is colored with Copics and fussy cut.  I added Goldenrod Stickles to his horn and horseshoes.

I decided to make a shaker card which was super fun! I used some circle dies, card stock, foam tape, and an acetate sheet to construct my window. Before sticking it on my card, I filled it with these pretty iridescent sequins. Adhered to the front of my window is one of the fabulous MIC chipboard layered words. I covered the base in white craft ink and colored the top layer with a Copic marker. Dies from La-La Land Crafts and flowers from my crafty stash complete the card. 

Copics Markers Used
N0, N2, N4, N6, BG10, BG72, BG75, R24, R27, R29, R81, R83, R85, V17, V25, BV000, Y32, Y35
Make It Crafty Products
Unicorn Stuffie (from Unicorn Dreams)
Thanks for your patience and hope you liked my creation!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wonder Woman

HelloI am finally finding time to share a card I made a while ago after going to the theater to see Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot!  I was giddy the whole time in the theater as I laughed and cheered and gasped my way through the film!  Wonder Woman has always been my favorite super hero and to see her brought to life so beautifully was amazing! I have to admit I have a bit of a girl crush on Gal now...  Lol

When I went home after the show I immediately printed and colored Wonder Regan from Sassy Studio Deisgns.  Yup, you read that right.  Wonder Regan.  She was a custom digi that Lindsay created for me during my design team days.  It has been a while since I colored a Sassy girl, but it was so much fun and brought back fond memories!  SSD was my introduction into digital stamps!  (And look where that got me!  Lol)

Wonder Regan was colored with Copics and fussy cut.  I added Golden Rod Stickles to her outfit trim, belt, cuffs, and tiara.  She is popped up on foam squares for dimension.  I used a few of my La-La Land Crafts dies on this card.  Featured here are Skyline Border, Star Border, Sunburst, Book Brackets, Arrows, Bursts, Fancy Numbers, Happy Birthday, Happy Stitched, and Photo Elements.  The paper and flowers are from my stash.  And the Wonder Woman emblem was a tag I saved from some pajama bottoms I bought!!  Recycle, reduce, reuse, right?!  Lol

This card went to one of my son's friends for her birthday.  Now I am waiting {im}patiently for the movie to come out on DVD so I can buy it and enjoy watching it over and over! 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Make It Crafty Guest Designer: Bridgette in Love

Hey there!  Popping in with my Make It Crafty guest designer post for this week!  Did you all join in the fun at this weekend's Dreamy Party on Facebook?!?!  Three gorgeous new Krista Smith images were released and it was epicVisit the MIC store to purchase the whimsical ladies of the enchanting Dreamy Wishes collection for yourself!  Fairy Wishes, Mermaid Sparkles, and Unicorn Dreams will steal your heart!  

Though I have colored one of them up for a future project she is not quite ready to share so today I am showing off Bridgette in Love.  She was so much fun to color with my Copics!   I just love her outfit!!!  Because she's wearing a Winter hat and with the colors I selected I decided she needed to grace a holiday card and chose my embellishments accordingly.

The image is cut and matted with Resplendent Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  The rest to the dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  Here I've used Reindeer 2, Fancy Doily Border, and Snowflake Border.  The flowers and jingle bells are from my stash and the branches are a Martha Stewart punch.

Copics used:
Skin: E00, E04, E11, E21, E51, R20
Hair: N2, N4, N6, N8
Clothing: BG10, BG72, BG75, R35, R37, R39, R89, N4, N6, N8

MIC Products used:

Thanks for taking a peek at my project!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Make It Crafty Guest Desiger: Beautiful Sonia

Hello!  I'm here with my very first post as a Make It Crafty guest designer! I couldn't be more excited if it were my birthday! Oh, wait; it IS my birthday! Lol Yup, I have a special day today all around, AND I get to share my debut MIC project too! 

I was beyond thrilled when Zoe contacted me to ask if I would like to join the team for a couple of months! It was a no brainer that I say "yes", of course! I was also ecstatic to see that Make It Crafty was featuring a new collection of digis from one of my favorite artists: Krista Smith! If you haven't seen the Funky Girls Collection yet, you need to pop into the MIC store ASAP! 

I opted to work with Beautiful Sonia for my first project. She is colored with Copics and surrounded in the die cuts and layers that are my trademark style.  For dies I've used a selection of my La-La Land Crafts collection.  Featured here are Filigree Elements Border set, Filigree Border, Smile, Tall Birdhouses, Build-a-Bee, and Stitched Nested Circles.  The image is matted with Picot Edge Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Here is a close-up of my colored image: 

And a peek at the inside of the card: 

Copic Colors:
Skin - E00, E04, E11, E21, E51
Clothing - R81, R83, R85, R98, N2, N4, N6
Flowers - BG10, BG72, YG93, YG95

MIC Products:

Thanks for joining me today, and I can't wait to share a new project with you next week!


Friday, July 21, 2017


Hi there!  Just me checking in with a card I made this week for Some Odd Girl's July Challenge!  It's Anything Goes with a SOG image, but there is an optional theme of Water or Blue/Green.  I did it all!  Lol  

This is Puffer Cone Mermaid and I fell in love the moment I saw her!  She is colored with Copics and a white gel pen.  I colored her pufferfish cone to look like Neapolitan ice cream with strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate "scoops".  I then fussy cut her and popped her up with foam squares.  The rest of the card is assembled using a few dies from my collection.  I used Open Hearts Doily Border, Lattice Border, Wave Border, Seaweed Border, and Anchor from La-La Land Crafts as well as Loopy Rings (Memory Box) and a mermaid from Michaels Recollections Enchanting collection.  The branches are a Martha Stewart punch.  After all that it didn't need much else but some pretty flowers.

 Hope you liked her!  I'm using her as a Thank You card for my neighbor who cat sit for us this Summer.  She loves mermaids so I thought it was perfect.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Krista's Art Endures

Hello again! I'm home with a sick little man today so while he rests and recoups (naps intermingled with games of Minecraft) I thought I'd blog.  Today I have a few Saturated Canary (Krista Leigh Smith Art) creations to share with you.  When the news that Saturated Canary was closing hit there was a deep sense of sadness in the crafting community!  But luckily she has continued with subscription based offerings, custom images, and, most recently, a collection offered through Make It Crafty!  Her art endures and I couldn't be happier!  Now for my projects...

First is an image from the Decade Fashion collection that Krista did a couple of years ago.  This is 80s Decade Fashion and I've used her for a friend's birthday card.  She is colored with Copics.  I love the Cassette Tape die and Playlist stamp set that I have from My Favorite Things and always tend to use them for any 80s themed projects I make.  The rest of the dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  Here I've used Lattice Doily Border, Lattice Border, Heart Banner, Scalloped Trim Banner, Presets Border, and Filigree Candle.A cluster of flowers and a sprinkling of sequins are my embellishments of choice this time.   

This one is a card I made for my best friend for Cinco De Mayo  (I know...  I'm a just a tad late in sharing it) using Dance.  She is colored with Copics and cut using Stitched Tags (La-La Land Crafts).  I loaded the card with even more LLLC dies: Today Stitched, Celebrate You, Stitched Zigzags, Large Lacy Border, Sunburst, Cactus, Flag Banner, Southwestern Border, and Triangle Lace Border.  I simply added a few flowers to finish off the card.

Up next is the card I made for my son's 2nd grade teacher for Teacher Appreciation Day.  I colored Tea and a Book with Copics and cut her using Double Stitched Squares (La-La Land Crafts).  Other LLLC dies included are: Loopy Doily Border, Book Brackets, and Open Book.  For the first time I have used some new SugarPea Designs dies.  Here I've featured Teacher and the Read die from the Brainy Bookmarks set.  I love them!!!  Also included are Tim Holtz Mini Globe and Mini Clipboard (Sizzix).  The library card was made using some My Favorite Things products - 3x4 Insert die and Library Card stamp set.  I embellished with flowers and a Tim Holtz metal pen nib.

Since I had made her lots of cards already through the year (birthday, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the one above) I opted to make a bookmark for her end of the year gift.  I colored Present Day Reading Princess with Copics and fussy cut her.  I used the Brainy Bookmarks die and a sentiment from I Like Big Books (SugarPea Designs).  I presented it to her with a Target gift card.

 Finally, I'm sharing the card I made for the strong, courageous, gorgeous, and always smiling Lou Daubney!  Lou is bravely battling cancer and throughout has never lost her sense of humor or her optimism!  Krista designed this image of Lou with all her favorite things for a special and secret group of crafters who made Lou encouragement cards back in the Spring.

I went a little overboard with the dies, but I figured Lou deserved the best!  Most of the dies are from La-La Land Crafts:  Stitched Tags, Stitched Elements, Open Hearts Doily Border, Heart Fan, Stitched Sun, Cherry Blossom Branch, Hot Air Balloon, Star Border, and World Heart Map.  The Unicorn is from Michaels Recollections Enchanting collection.  I added flowers and Lou's name in glitter chipboard letters.  I also added glossy accents to her glasses.  Once I was done it was shipped off to the UK to be added to the collection of cards and gifts for Lou and delivered in person by a few relatively local crafty angels!

Thanks for the visit!  I hope you like what you see!  I'll have more to share shortly as well as that exciting August news, coming soon!