Sunday, November 16, 2014

Steampunk Flowers

Hey there All!!! I haven't been coloring for a while. Travel, and work, and other crafty pursuits have grabbed my attention. But I had a chance to color this gorgeous Steampunk Flower AND incorporate some of the other crafty things into the project. WHOOP.

The goal for this was to match colors with the tatting of the butterfly. See Maroon is my practice color (technically it is burgundy - but as a Texas Aggie, I choose to think of it as maroon). The yellows and greens were color combinations I have used a lot (G99,94, 82 for green, Y11, 21, 23, 26 for the yellow/gold). But the copper and reds were not my typical combinations. But I think they turned out fantabulous.

The copper color was E18, E15 and E02 which softened it up perfectly. The reds were R22, 29, 46 and 59. I NEVER would have thought R46 was darker than R29, but GASP - it was! I added a little black in the shading areas too.

This was a perfect image to get crazy with some sparklies too. That is one of the things I like about the Steampunk images that Susana has... There are lots of screws and rivets that allow you go metal or sparkle. So I took some really tiny gems and stuck them in different places on here.  After I finished the image, I slightly used the out of the box technique to get the bottom leaf and stem in the die. Then I put the card together and placed the needle tatted butterfly and edging on the card. My old obsession with my new one. EEEEEek!!!!!

OK. So, go check out the gorgeousness that are the Eclectic Steampunk Images over at SCACD. :-)

Talk to you later, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter Friends

It's still Autumn here in the Northeast and we're enjoying mild weather at the moment.  However, we're supposed to get a Polar Vortex later this week. Vortex seems to be the latest weather media buzzword. Anyway, I was feeling chilled and was anticipating feeling even colder, so I made this card, using SCACD's Winter Friends digital stamp.

 Winter Friends was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. The sky was also colored with Copic markers in C01, C0, and C00. 

The tree branch and icicles were given a coat of glitter courtesy of my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter marker. I waited til the ink dried completely then coated it with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine to the ice. The Glaze pen was also used on the owl's eyes, beak, and talons. The image panel was matted with two layers of blue cardstock.

White silvery glitter paper was die-cut with Poppy Stamps Sparkling Snowflake Corner die and then adhered to either corner of blue cardstock, which had been edged with Picket Fence Distress paint. The matted image panel was layered atop this to complete the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos!!!

In celebration of Dia de los Muertos  (information here), this is the amazing Mr. Bones.  He is available in digi format HERE or in red rubber from SCACD and comes in a set with Mrs. Bones or by himself.  But really, why wouldn't you get his Mrs. as well?  I am sure he would be heartbroken (or whatever skeletons break....) without her.  Don't forget that you can get 'their little dog too" in the digital section.  He is HERE.

Hope your day is FABULOUS!!!!

Get Inky!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Holiday Cupcake

HI there guys. I am still on my journey to make Holiday cards.  I chose to make one with Poinsettia Cupcake Digital...

Mmmmm I want cupcakes now.  I actually made this a pretty large image printout. Mainly because I wanted it to be a real focal point. Once it was colored I cut it out and placed it on the green paper. For  most of my cards I do not put a sentiment on it until later. That way I can change the sentiment for any reason.   Even for Holiday cards. That way you can personalize them a bit for the individual that is getting the card. Also, because I didn't know what to say. LOL.

This cupcake is one of several new digital images over at the store. There is even another cupcake!!!! Mmmmmmmmm. If you get some, we would love to see your creations... Post them on the SCACD  Facebook Group.

I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fairy Dance

I had sooooooooooooooo much fun putting this together.  This fairy is dancing in the light of the harvest moon.  What a fabulous activity for Fall.

This lovely lady is the fairy Bliss.  She is available from SCACD in red rubber.  The shimmering moths are cut from the Dies by SCACD Uncaged Bird.  Those lovely light bulbs are a red rubber image Party Lights. There is even some SPICA clear glitter pen on her wings. 

Enjoy the change in seasons around you and hopefully embrace some of the beauty as well.

Get Inky!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Memories Burlap Canvas

Here's my burlap canvas, featuring SCACD's digital stamps. I used Mrs. Bones Digital, Mr. Bones DigitalGothie Feline (x2), and Skullie Cupcake.

All the digital images that I used were manipulated in PhotoElements – reduced in size, flipped horizontally, cropped, copied and flipped, etc.) and were then positioned to create the scene. The scene was merged, reduced again, then printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. The images were all colored with Copic markers, which were also used to create a dotty background. Gothie Feline's eyes and Mrs. Bones' coral earrings and necklace were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

The image panel was then torn and the edges were distressed with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress ink. The panel was adhered to an Idea-ology Burlap canvas using Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect and set aside to dry.

Two yellow roses were airbrushed with Copic markers to match the scene better. Burlap was adhered to brown cardstock then die-cut multiple times with one of the dies from the Banner Basics set by Spellbinders. The banners were edged with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and glitter sticker letters (Making Memories from my stash) were added to them.

Green satin ribbon was adhered to the top of the canvas, then the banners were adhered using dimensional adhesive. Green twine was adhered over the banners, and the orange roses were adhered each side.

Flashing tape was adhered to a scrap of black cardstock and die-cut with a Heart Nestabilities die. It took a ride through my Big Kick inside my Cuttlebug Clockworks Embossing folder and was covered with Picked Raspberry Distress paint. The paint was heat set, then the paint was sanded off the raised bits, leaving the pink paint in the debossed areas.

Black shimmery vellum was die-cut with the Celebration Two die by Spellbinders ("With Love"). I can't recall who made the "Celebrate" die. Sorry. :( The words were adhered to the heart, which was then adhered to the canvas.

The Feathers dies by Ellentina were used to die-cut white metallic cardstock. The feathers were colored with Copic markers, then adhered to the lower left hand corner. Small roses from Recollections were adhered over them.

The canvas is not quite done. I plan to add a hanger to it and some charms along the bottom. I'll share once it's completed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Purple Poinsettia

So I really adore this new Poinsettia digi image. It is so beautiful.

I initially intended for it to be white, but it came across as more purple. But I love the wintry look of the cool blues.  The leaves were done with flicks in and out from both the center and the edges of the leaves. YG61, 63, 67 makes up the majority of the leaves, but G99 is also used for the deeper shadows.   B60, 63, 66, 69 are poinsettias themselves.  I used a gold pen to add the centers, and then to dot around the image to make it a bit more festive.

It needed a simple sentiment, and I used the Happy Holidays sentiment from the digital image of its namesake "Happy Holidays". :-)

My copics are calling me. I may have something else for you soon!!!! Just need to find the right sentiment!

See you all again soon,


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Just Keep Swimming with SCACD Stamps Oceanic Eyes

Hi! Elaine here with a quick card to share today using some of the fab products available at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design.

The SCACD Stamps “Eyes” images are among my favourites. I love the beautiful faces, which look great either coloured with shaded details, or coloured more simply. They are well suited to beginners or more advanced colourists. My favourite thing is that there is space to colour the eyes, I love it when I can do this.

SCACD Stamps Oceanic Eyes is available both in rubber and digi form. Here are all the relevant links:

UK & International readers: SCACD Stamps Oceanic Eyes at Quixotic Paperie
US readers: SCACD Stamps Oceanic Eyes at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design
Digital stamp fans: SCACD Digital at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design

I stamped Oceanic Eyes using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card before colouring using Copic markers.

I created the background by inking Distress Inks through a stencil directly on to an A6 sized card blank created from white pearlescent cardstock. I used one of Carmen Medlin’s 6×6 stencil designs from The Crafter’s Workshop –  Kelp Forest which Susana has in stock. I layered the stencil a few times, moving the stencil slightly each time and using a few different Distress Ink colours.  I popped the image up on foam pads for a little dimension and stamped the sentiment using a clear alphabet stamp set and Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black.

This card is fully Carmen Medlin, with one of her stamp images and her stencil design! You could also create a similar look for the background with Carmen’s Kelp Forest Background stamp from SCACD Stamps (available in the UK at Quixotic Paperie).

Monday, October 20, 2014


Well, if you've been following me for awhile, you know I LOVE Dia de los Muertos and was thrilled when I found these fun skellies at SCACD.  Without going into the full explanation about the holiday, Day of the Dead is celebrated in Latin cultures, and is a day of honoring and celebrating the life of departed loved ones.  It is a happy, not morbid occasion, with bright colors and banners, so I've made a fun greeting card, or perhaps party invitation. (If I get my act together. LOL)  Sentiment is done with Alpha Beads on the layered banner and the fab DP is BoBunny.

First meet Mr. Bones.  Isn't he fun!?  He's new as a digital and can also be found in rubber HERE.  He's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped.  The enlarged head made me think of a bobble head, so you know what's coming, don't you? 

But first, may I introduce his lovely wife, Mrs. Bones.  In digi she comes with a fun girly sentiment and she is also available in rubber HERE.  Also a special deal if you want them BOTH in rubber HERE.  Again, she's colored with Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to both their eyes to make them shine.  Each head was cut separate from the body so I could add an Action Wobble. 

I wanted them both to bobble but not butt heads (unlike most married couples, LOL) so I added a piece of foam to Mr. Bones' Action Wobble to pop his head up more.  And speaking of married couples, wouldn't they make a great anniversary card?

Here's my attempt to capture them in action.  No, I don't have a smart phone, and yes, I know I'm about the only person on earth over the age of 5 who can say that, but you get the idea.  They totally crack me up.  I suspect you can find me playing with them the rest of the afternoon.  And just so you know, there are more fabulous sugar skull stamps by Carmen Medlin also available In the digi section HERE.  Also, a number of my UK buddies were commenting on the fab Steampunk Wings die from yesterday's post.  Quixotic Paperie is your connection for SCACD Rubber Stamps and Dies in the UK/Europe.


Sunday, October 19, 2014


SCACD Just got in some of the NEW Heartfelt Creation stamps from the "All Geared Up" collection and at an introductory price of 20% OFF!!! You can purchase them HERE

Also NEW is the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens die by Sizzix HERE

***ALSO for Stampingbella fans we have the newest Uptown girls release showing up Wednesday the 22nd ♥***  They will be listed HERE
Have a happy Sunday

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Faith - Just colored

Hi Guys - I have been doing a LOT of coloring lately. Just coloring, practicing, having fun.
One of the recent images I have colored was Faith.

I love trying to merge colors. The BlueViolet and the Blue merging together on the wings makes me happy Happy! :-).

I haven't done anything with her yet - other than put her in a journal. I do not know what I will be doing on that journal page, Because this whole "art journaling" is confusing to me. As of now I have two pages. One with a Phoenix on a scrapbook page  with red sparklies on either side... with NOTHING on it. The second is the white page with just Faith on it. Nothing else.

I think the concept of "journal" is what has escaped me. Writing down thoughts, etc.... My thoughts are more like work - oooo song - -  work - -  Hi Honey - have we won the lottery? No dangit! - - work - doodle (drawing) - Doodle (my puppy) - Mal (my other puppy), ooooo whats for dinner.... Oh my daughter looks so pretty and is doing good in school - - oh my other pretty daughter is employed YAY!  Nothing profound enough that in my mind it should be placed on paper. HA.  Until then I will forge ahead with putting whatever random images I feel like doing in my journal. We will see whatever happens. Maybe one day I will have something around it. :-)

Have a great weekend.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet Sunflower Owl!

Here's my card which features Sunflower Owl, one of SCACD's fabulous digital stamps!

Sunflower Owl was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut, left inside the die, and Mustard Seed Distress ink was sponged onto the card using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

The patterned papers are from the French Country 6x6 pad by Graphic 45. All edges were sponged with Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, or Old Paper Distress ink.

The horizontal element on the bottom right was die-cut, sponged with ink, then adhered. The Arrows and Hearts stencil by The Crafter's Workshop was placed over it and the chevron hearts were traced onto both the die-cut and the card to "ground" Sunflower Owl because I don't like floating owls.

Adhesive pearls by Kaisercraft ($1 each *offer good while quantities last*!!!) were used to finish the card.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Phoenix Rising

I would like to share with you an art journal page I created in my 5" x 16" Moleskin journal, using the beautiful digital phoenix image from Susanas Custom Art and Card Design

There was so much detail and power in this phoenix, I loved how regal he is, so it seemed only appropriate to paint him in silver and gold lumiere paint. I didn`t capture the real life shine in the pic above because I wanted you to see all of the detail, but the phoenix was so smooth and shiny, he positively glows :
Once I had painted him, I filled in the non-phoenix areas with a regal blue india ink pen, then fussy cut the image.  The blue added to the feeling of warmth, the heat coming off the bird in flight.

The background was done with black gesso and perfect pearls. I didn`t want the background to be too detailed to detract from the phoenix, but I wanted it to feel magical and glow. Perfect pearls certainly helped me achieve that affect. I made a sheet of paper with the same ingredients as for the phoenix so that I could die cut the word `Rebirth. I love the whole idea of being reborn, or reinventing oneself, it is relevant in so many peoples lives at one time or another. The symbol of this 'rebirth' for me is the phoenix. A mythical bird, a thing of beauty :
The poetry on the right side of the journal page is beautiful and very inspirational :

`A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving
nightmareto the jeweled vision of life started anew`. 
Aberjhani, Journey through the power of the Rainbow.

I am actually very fussy about what goes into my art journal. I do not do pages on a whim, it always comes from a deep place, with a lot of significance for me. To me this page is about returning from another place, a dark place and rediscovering life and all its beauty.

Thank you for visiting x

Monday, October 13, 2014

Far East on a Box

Hi all, This is the second side of my mixed media box post. You can see my first one here. My second part is a bit different than I intended.... I initially was going to do each one of the elements on each side of the box, but I had a slight change when I picked my next image to color. The Far East called to me, and I had to use her on the box.

I colored her with my copics, and then cut out the gorgeous image. This is such a very pretty image and a lot of fun to color, because there are so many different elements in it. It is also a great image to practice coloring hair on. It has some waves, and straight sections and curls.

After I cur her out I stuck her to the red cardstock, and then placed that on the black and white polka dot paper. This was all mod-podged to the box. I added white pearls around the red cardstock image and the edge of the box as well. And then added these adorable charms that mimic the flowers in her hair.

Not sure when I will do the "next side", but I will be sure to share it here when I do. I hope you are having a great weekend, and have an awesome week!!!!

Also, if you haven't seen them yet, have a look at the posts below, as there are some new digi images and some Fall items on SALE! ;-)


Saturday, October 11, 2014


Happy Saturday People of Craft Town!!!  OK so I added a few more dies to the 50% OFF dies area and you can buy them here:
I also created a section for selected Fall, Gothie, ha...lloweenish items on sale 40% up to 50% OFF here: I also have quite a few "Only 1 or 2 Left" dies which I will not be reordering so grab them while they are still there. You can see those depending on the brand (except dies by SCACD) here:
***A note to all the sale and none sale items noted above quantities are limited to stock on hand so run don't walk
Have a great day!!!
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