Tiff’s Monograms

Wow – this was supposed to go up last night – but we spent the whole day at the local Water Park with the boys for my nephew’s birthday. Man were we wiped! And I put sunscreen on everyone every 2 hrs like clockwork – and some of us still got sunburned! Darn that freaky deaky hot Texas sun!

Anyway my SIL (well….really she’s my ex-step-sister-in-law……so we’ll just go with friend) Tiffany asked me to make her some monogram cards. She asked for them to be pink and black, but since she loved the {dress card} the other day – I figured I would make a few to go with that! But first – someone mentioned that they don’t know how to get their nestabilities to line up so nicely on their images. I thought perhaps some pictures of how I do it might help!

So I know the nestabilities say to put the die face up and then lay your cardstock on top of that. Riiiiight – I’d never get my stuff punched out correctly that way! I rely on SCOTCH TAPE! It is my friend! (If I am embossing a card base for a one layer card – I use eclipse strips instead because they are low tack and won’t tear your paper when you pull them up!) Here is how I do it:

First – I stamp the image and find the right size nestability.

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Then I line the nestability up with where I want it punched out and tape it in place with a small piece of scotch tape.

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That’s it! Then I run it through my cuttlebug – image side down – so that the cutting part of the die is facing up. I rarely get slippage this way – that’s it!

And now for the cards I made for Tiff.

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supplies: DIY Monogram Stamper kit – Curlz font; border from Special Occasions Font Kit; patterned paper from LSS; vintage cream cardstock from PTI; black cardstock; olive twill from SU; black ruffled ribbon from May Arts; classic circle nestabilities; kiwi kiss cardstock and ink from SU (one of the new In Colors!); black American Crafts marker for the border; and dimensionals.

And on the second card in the set – I went over the border with a black atyou Spica Glitter Pen from Copic. It has a ton of shimmer in real life, but you can’t really see it in the picture. (it’s the one on the left in the photo)

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Anyway – I hope she loves them! I’m off to finish cutting cardstock for my watercolor class tonight – fun times!

But just a reminder on the coupons I had posted earlier this week:

The Stamp Castle coupon:

free shipping on orders $40 or over
-code: SUMMER
-have to select regular Priority shipping
-valid on orders shipping to continental U.S. states only (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)

To shop at The Stamp Castle, click {here}. Enjoy!

Scrapbookpal.com FREE Pen Coupon:

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code freepen on the view cart page (Just type freepen into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free .05 Black Millennium pen will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – I buy my Mono Multi (you know – best glue ever!!!) there as well as my Nestabilities! (They even have a good price on Zip Dry for those of you who prefer that!) Just remember – FREE shipping if you spend over $25! I love this cause I hate to pay for shipping!

Quick gift sets

Do you ever need a gift for someone…..with very little notice? Or perhaps you just put it off so you gave yourself very little time? This is me….all the time, lol! Anyway, I coordinate the Chicken Soup Ministry for our church. When I take meals, I always try to send a little gift if I can. My favorite thing to give is a set of monogram cards. I like this for two reasons: 1. it’s something personalized – which kinda means more, 2. they are quick to put together!

I sent this set with a dinner this weekend. I love using Chatterbox papers for this because the reverse side always coordinates perfectly (I know a lot of papers have this too) and they usually coordinate quite well with my ink/cardstock colors as well.

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supplies: C-30 DIY Monogram Stamper kit; chatterbox patterned paper; bashful blue, vanilla and blush blossom cardstock; dimensionals; petite circle nestabilities; sweet blush ink (PTI).

Now, these are smaller cards – 3 1/2 x 5 to be exact. I like this smaller note card size – I think they are perfect for sending a quick note to a friend or writing a thank you note. Because it’s a smaller card size, I used the C-30 Miniature stamper. It’s perfect for a one-initial monogram. I also found those fabulous Crystal Clear boxes to put card sets in for this size note card! I’ll talk about this in more detail for “Stuff I Like” on Sunday, but I got them {here}. I put 5 or 6 cards with envelopes in this box.
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And there you have it!  Quick, easy, and personalized!  And if you need to get some more monogram stamps, The Stamp Castle gave me another coupon code to share!  Here are the details:

free shipping on orders $40 or over
-code: SUMMER
-have to select regular Priority shipping
-valid on orders shipping to continental U.S. states only (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)

To shop at The Stamp Castle, click {here}.  Enjoy!

My second attempt…

Ok here’s my second attempt at the Copic Markers. And my first tip that I learned…..all on my own too! I’m sure it’s totally something the rest of you Copic users know already, but it sure helped me!

Here’s my colored image and the markers I used (and yes, I LOVE strawberries!):

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supplies: palette noir ink, PTI white cardstock; Copic Ciao markers in C-1, RV29, RV23, G21, and YG67.

I am really happy with my first real attempt at blending with them. And I love that C-1 for outlining the image. A bit more subtle than the Prismacolor Cloud marker I was using.

Now for my blending tip. Here’s a pic and then I’ll explain.

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Ok, going left to right I will name these Berry 1, Berry 2 and Berry 3.  (Sorry I forgot to label them when I edited). 

Berry 2 is unblended – that is how I colored it when I started.  When I was first trying to blend, I had read/heard that you use the lighter shade to blend the “line” between the two shades.

For some reason I thought this meant you used the lighter marker and tried to blend from dark to light….like dragging the darker shade into the lighter shade to blend them.

Not true!

You should blend light into dark….use your lighter color to “drag” color into the darker shade.  (this was a lightbulb moment for me!)

Berry 1 is how I was trying to do it at first….by coloring with the light color trying to blend the darker shade into the lighter one.  See how it’s not really blended that well?

Berry 3 is using the light color to blend the light part of the berry into the dark….like dragging the light color into the darker one.

Total difference, huh?  And maybe y’all are smarter than me….but I totally had it backwards and was really thinking I couldn’t figure these markers out.  But man did that change my opinion!  I feel like I got a lot better color graduation blending that way.  So I hope this helps someone else out there!

CC177: Goodbye Guava

For the next few weeks each Color Challenge will be saying goodbye to one of the In Colors from this year.  Now – don’t be too sad to see them go….the new In Colors are pretty sweet! This week, we’re saying goodbye to Groovy Guava.  You can find more about the color challenge {here}.

Here’s my card!

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supplies: From the Desk of Border by JustRite;  C-45 DIY Monogram Stamper with Times New Roman font; white, groovy guava and sahara sand cardstock; groovy guava ink; SU ribbons; Heidi Swapp Distresser; dimensionals; petite circle nestabilities; sahara sand marker; Frills border cuttlebug embossing folder;  sponge and white versamagic dew drop ink pad.

And I do have my second attempt at the Copics to share, but it’s really late so I’ll post it a little later.

Stuff I Like: EK Success Millennium .05 Black Pen

Welcome to another Sunday edition of “Stuff I Like”. You can find all the previous editions {here}. Today I want to talk about the best marker/pen ever. And the best part – I have a coupon for you to get one FREE! First the disclaimer:

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

EK Success Millennium .05 Black Pen – Zig Memory System

My sister Kimberly first introduced me to this wonderful pen. She kept telling me how awesome it was. How she did all her journaling on her scrapbook pages with it. How it wrote so smoothly – it was the only pen she would write in cards with. And of course, I didn’t hear a word of it. So then she just bought me one and made me use it. Once was all it took! Seriously – best pen ever! Now I have them strategically placed all around my house – one in the ‘junk’ drawer, one at my laptop, one at my desktop, one on my stamp table, etc.

When I paper scrapped, I wrote all black journaling in this pen. (They do make them in other colors as well, this is just the one I use most.) I rarely write in a card with any other pen. It is so smooth and easy to write with. And it has a nice feel to it. The black is always a nice solid line without looking overtly like you wrote with a marker. But it has the smooth, inky feel of a marker. Does that make any sense?

I have tried the .01 and I didn’t like it as much….it was tooo skinny of a point. The .05 is just perfect! I also use it on my cards sometimes. Like {here} when I drew the image out a bit – I used this pen! First I colored the extended image and then I drew the lines in with my Zig Millennium. Worked perfectly! That’s about it!!! Want to know how to get one free? Read on!

Where to get one:

Scrapbookpal.com – I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I love this store! They have SUPER fast shipping – and they ship out the SAME day you order! Every time! I can order something and it’s at my door in 2 days! And if you spend more than $25 – shipping is free!

Most craft stores will have them as well. Just remember – the .05 (it will have an 05 in white on the black end of the cap) is the one I am recommending!

Now – if you would like to try this awesome pen for FREE, here’s how!

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code freepen on the view cart page (Just type freepen into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free .05 Black Millennium pen will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – I buy my Mono Multi (you know – best glue ever!!!) there as well as my Nestabilities! (They even have a good price on Zip Dry for those of you who prefer that!) Just remember – FREE shipping if you spend over $25! I love this cause I hate to pay for shipping!

Tomorrow I have my second attempt with the Copic Ciao markers to show you – I even tried shading this time!

Circle Card and Ciao Copics

Yep. I did it. I caved. I bought some Copic markers. I’m not completely sold on them yet….but I can see potential already. I have debated it for over a year. I really think it was the koh-i-noors that pushed me over the edge….weird huh? I guess I have never really *gotten* any other way of coloring besides with reinkers. I tried prismacolor pencils once and just didn’t really get the hang of it. I had the watercolor wonder crayons from SU for awhile and never really liked them. So I shied away from everything else. But when I got the koh-i-noor pencils, they color like a dream! I figured….maybe I can figure out the Copics too.

So I got my first box of the Ciao’s (I went with these for two reasons – 1. it’s what Gina carries and that’s where I bought mine! 2. because there are less colors, they will be cheaper to collect). I have Box B right now. The one drawback to buying them this way – you don’t necessarily end up with colors that go together. I mean – to shade things you generally want a few colors in the same *grouping* with in a few digits of each other. So when you get a Box – you get kind of a mix. I guess that means I have to get more, huh? 😉

Anyway – after lots of web research and a panicked phone call to Debbie – I think I can handle them. I’m still waiting on an ink pad I ordered, so for today I used palette noir. It worked well on PTI white, but smeared a little on Neenah Solar White. I’ve read that you’re not supposed to use Copics on coated paper – and SU white is slightly coated. So I didn’t even try it on there. That said – here’s my first real colored image! Now I just need to make something out of it! (No real blending here….just coloring!)

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(So I have no idea if you even want to see – but here’s the colors I used.  Is taking the marker pic helpful to anyone?  If not, I’ll skip it next time.) 

supplies: Copic Ciao markers in C5, C1, G99, G21, B32, RV23, and RV21; PTI white cardstock and palette noir ink. 

So there you have it – my first attempt!  Thank you Debbie for helping me get started! 

And here’s a card I shared on the Gina K release thread – it was also for Michelle Giraud’s challenge.  You can find more about that {here}.  This set is just so stinkin cute!  It’s the newest one by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs!

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supplies: Little Tees by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs; pixie pink and black cardstock; classic circle nestabilities; prima flower; glue dots; dimensionals; gunmetal stickles; patterned paper by Shabby Princess for Bo Bunny; and bling rhinestone

Ok – tune in later today for my “Stuff I Like” post – complete with a coupon to get it for FREE!

DTGD08 – Jenn’s Inspiration Challenge!

I don’t want to tell you too much about her challenge, but it’s super fun!! You can find her challenge posted {here}. And the rest of the challenges {here}. Anyway, I made a sample for this challenge and here it is!

Now – this was one of those rare occassions that something turns out just like I pictured it in my head. But let me tell you – it wasn’t easy! I put the dress on dimensionals after I cut it out, and I had to use the craft knife to cut slits in the sides of the dress that was stamped on the vanilla cardstock. (wow, that was a run-on sentence, huh?) Then I had to work the ribbon into the slits and tape it down on the back. To attach the floral dress, I had to shove the ribbon out of the way to get the dress on then scrunch the ribbon back up to cover the edges. Like I said – a total pain. But I like how it looks in the end! Favorite part – the lime stickles I used along the bottom on the dress scallops. I kept adding another layer until the *blops* were built up enough to reach the floral dress piece on dimensionals.

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supplies: Retro Boutique by Rupa Shevda for Gina K Designs; classic rectangle nestabilities; dimensionals; floral paper from LSS; vintage cream cardstock from PTI; lime green stickles; craft knife; palette noir ink; Intense Kiwi cardstock from Prism; and lime scalloped ribbon from LSS.

So make sure you check out those challenges – they will continue through the rest of this week!

Two Sneak Peeks!

Today I have TWO sneak peeks of sets to be released Thursday! The first is a peek at the new One Free with 3 set by Gina K. I really like this set and I think many of you will too! The second is a peek at Rupa Shevda’s newest illustrations for Gina K. And I’ll tell you – my boys really like this set! They have already *claimed* some of the stamps in it, lol!

So first up is my sample with Summer Harvest….this is also my submission for the Dare to Get Dirty ‘o8 challenge from Christine – watercoloring! (yes, that’s not really a challenge since I love to do it!!)

To make it a little more challenging – I did the watercoloring with SU markers technique that Cambria posted a tutorial to. I liked it much better on this larger image than on the Lockhart flowers stamp – I think with a thick tipped marker like that, in order to really spread the color around – you need an image large enough to work with.

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supplies: Summer Harvest (coming soon!) by Gina K Designs; mellow moss, real red, basic black and watercolor cardstock; palette noir ink; classic rectangle nestabilities; niji waterbrush; SU markers; paper towel (for dabbing off extra water/ink); dimensionals; cloud prismacolor marker; Heidi Swapp Distresser; and mellow moss taffeta.

And then for JulieHRR’s DTGD08 Challenge – Embrace the White Space (making a clean simple white card), I made this using Rupa’s newest set: Whatever Floats Your Boat.

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supplies: Whatever Floats Your Boat (coming soon!) by Rupa Shevda for Gina K Designs; palette noir ink; koh-i-noor woodless pencils, OMS and blending stumps; American Crafts ribbon; dimensionals; classic rectangle nestabilities; and PTI white cardstock.

So those are my sneak peeks for today! You can see more samples and hear more about these sets on Gina’s blog {here}! There are also more links to the other Design Team members samples!

The release party will be tomorrow night (Thursday), July 24th from 7-10pm CST  {HERE!!} – then the new goodies go live in the store!  Hope to see you there!

And watch for the Dare To Get Dirty 08 Challenges for tomorrow {here} – I made a sample for one of these and I’ll share it with y’all tomorrow!

CC176 and a sneak peek!

I am really excited about this new set! It was designed by Asela Hopkins for Gina K Designs. Asela designed for her friend Daisy. Daisy is fighting a battle with cancer. $4.00 of every retail set sold will go to the American Cancer Society until the end of August through a donation of part of the proceeds from both Asela Hopkins and Gina K. Designs.

My favorite thing about this set – the sentiment I used here. Most of the time, I don’t want to tell someone I am thinking of them – I want to say they are in my prayers!

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supplies: Flowers for Daisy by Asela Hopkins for Gina K Designs; soft sky, vanilla and river rock cardstock; basic brown and soft sky ink; niji waterbrush; classic rectangle nestabilities; stitched sky ribbon; dimensionals; and fiskars threading water punch.

You can find out more about Flowers for Daisy {here} on Gina K’s blog. There are also more sample links there!

This is also CC176 – you can find out more info about that {here}!

Don’t forget about A Day in the Life of a Dirty Girl – Dare to Get Dirty ’08 – all challenges and chat threads are {here}!

Oh! And that cool scallop punch by Fiskars – threading water (it’s name) – I found it in stock at JoAnn’s today! And it was 30% off! BONUS! I know SU has one coming out that scallops without the hole punched in the middle (I may need that one too, lol!) but I was stoked to get this one – and on sale!

Yeah, that’s my sister!

I was perusing all the freebies listed on Ikeagoddess today and saw that she had some fonts listed at Jessica Sprague’s blog. Jessica Sprague works for one of the scrapbooking magazines, teaches online digiscrapping classes, etc. And she had listed her favorite free fonts.

Jessica’s Font Post

See that You Are Loved font on her list?!?! Yep, that’s my sister Kimberly’s font!! She rocks!

You can find all of Kimberly’s FREE fonts {here}. (They are only free for personal use, you would have to contact her regarding commercial usage.)