Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


This has been a nice refresher and chance to use my Copics more. I often think that it’s too much to bring them out, but not every colored image needs to use 10 different colors or be detailed perfection! It’s good to be quick and easy as well!

Day 11: hiding mistakes – I added shading around the image and little dots to hide the coloring outside the lines

Online Card Classes


Day 12: Copic hacks – doing other things to Copic colored images or using Copics in a different manner. Here, I covered the balloons with clear sparkly embossing powder after coloring and the butterfly has brushable glue and glitter added.

Online Card Classes

I haven’t done much crafting lately as evidence of the few postings on this blog! I have done some crafty things but not put them on the blog. Anyway, I need to post some class exercises for the Copic class on Online Card Classes:


Day 1: 2 color & 3 color blending


Day 2: Tip to tip blending & acetate/acrylic block


Day 3: Blending with gray


Day 4: Shading w/ a light source


Day 5: Hair and skin





Starving Artistamps is at it again! Introducing the Van Gogh technique in the June Technique Junkies Newsletter (TJNL),  come join in on the fun for a cool contest!  If you are a subscriber to the newsletter be sure to check out Pat’s Blog post on how you can enter the Van Gogh Contest sponsored by Starving Artistamps and the TJNL.

Below is my version of the technique using one of my favorite Starving Artistamps stamps. Thanks for looking!

Van Gogh Technique

I have an ATC Club meeting coming up, so I spent some creative time yesterday (the first in quite awhile!) to design and complete the 3 sets of ATC’s that I needed. We haven’t met since the end of October, so that’s why there are 3 sets due: November, December and January. If you can find or even start an ATC club in your area, do IT! It’s SO fun to create these wonderful 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ masterpieces! You can try new techniques, use those little or big stamps, texturize, colorize and use up those random embellishments or paper scraps you have around! Terrific stuff indeed!

Favorite Technique ATC: my favorite technique has got to be heat embossing. I absolutely LOVE IT! I tried something new here, heat embossing on wood veneer! I got these great samples to work with from the “wood veneer man” of Dowlen Wood & Paper Crafts in TX. Send them an email, Wood Veneer Man to find out more about it since I don’t believe they have a web site up yet. Anyway, heat embossing on wood is similar to regular paper, just make sure your heat tool is warmed up ahead of time. I found that the image was embossed better, with more detail, when I did this. The coloring was done with Sakura’s Glaze pens and the outlining with a Krylon Silver Leafing pen. The images are from Unity Stamps.

Heat Embossed Unity Stamps Image ATC

Winter Wonderland ATC: cardstock is the base and I used a Heidi Swapp mask to create a subtle snowflake background with irridescent white all-purpose ink (Tsukineko). A SU! stamp was used for the word “winter”. The snowflake is die cut from acetate then alcohol inked for contrast. Glossy Accents holds the snowflake to the ATC. A Doodlebug glitter center adds more texture. The edges are inked with Tsukineko’s VersaMagic Aegean Blue.

Masks, Die Cut and Inking ATC

20th Century Art ATC: I used a little Cubism and Abstract here to create this simple yet fun ATC. The background is a mosaic stamp from Starving Artistamps, heat embossed and colored with markers (be sure to check out my discount code on the right side bar for shopping!). The “art” image is from Ma Vinci and heat embossed in detail gold and popped on foam squares.

Heat Embossed Starving Artistamps ATC

For you! I went to Tim Holtz’ blog and found 5 or 6 recipes there then I created my own to use with the other Distress Reinker colors. I’m really happy with how some of them came out! Experiment and have fun.

How do you create these formulas? Unscrew the top from an empty Mini Mister and squirt in a dropper full of reinker. Add a craft stick with a mounded tip of Perfect Pearls to the mister. Add water about 3/4 way up. Screw the top back on and shake. That’s it! I label mine with a p-touch identifying the reinker and pearls colors. Let the internal chemist in you come out! It’s worth it! Thanks for the inspiration Tim!

Distress Reinker color / Perfect Pearls color

Tattered Rose/Heirloom Gold
Worn Lipstick/Berry Twist
Fired Brick/Rust
Fired Brick/Forever Red
Aged Mahogany/Forever Red
Walnut Stain/Heirloom Gold
Walnut Stain/Perfect Bronze
Walnut Stain/Perfect Copper
Vintage Photo/Turquoise
Frayed Burlap/Blush
Brushed Corduroy/Heirloom Gold
Antique Linen/Plum
Tea Dye/Perfect Gold
Weathered Wood/Pewter
Black Soot/Sunflower Sparkle
Old Paper/Blue Smoke
Scattered Straw/Sunflower Sparkle
Mustard Seed/Perfect Gold
Dried Marigold/Blush
Spiced Marmalade/Perfect Copper
Shabby Shutters/Green Patina
Peeled Paint/Forever Green
Pine Needles/Kiwi
Broken China/Pewter
Faded Jeans/Blue Patina
Faded Jeans/Forever Blue
Milled Lavender/Forever Violet
Dusty Concord/Perfect Pearl

Bandanna Technique

A big thanks to Robin Beam and her Bandanna Technique using the awesome Ranger inks and new white pigment pen. I had to try it with the new pigment pads from Ranger and got this awesome result. Part of the Ranger Pigment Ink review at ScrapFriends, this card is so cheery and came out wonderfully using those new products. The stamps are Inque Boutique which you can get at Scrapbook Central by clicking the button on the home page. The gems are from RhinestoneNY – terrific bling!

Have some fun today and bling up a card or two, it is national stamping week you know!

Distress Grunge

I reviewed Prima’s new Dude Collection at ScrapFriends and knew it was the ideal paper to use for this page. The Dots Grungeboard Alpha was covered direct-to-grunge using Fired Brick Distress Ink then blended using the ink blending tool. I love the darker tone on the embossed dots. The bling is limited edition Prima and matched everything perfectly. I love it when a page comes together so well!



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?