Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Steampunk Hummingbirds

Good news! SCACD's Steampunk Hummingbird from the Eclectic Steampunk Collection is now available in digital format!

I knew I wanted to create a scene with the trumpet vine from the  Hummingbirds stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), but I wasn't sure how big to make the Steampunk Hummingbirds. I had a rare "Eureeka!" moment and quickly sponged some ink over the trumpet vine, scanned it, imported it into my PhotoElements program. I was then able to figure out the size and placement of the Steampunk Hummingbirds. You'll notice that one of the Steampunk Hummingbirds was flipped horizontally. All three of them were rotated to make them look as though they are approaching, feeding, or flying away from the trumpet vine.

Once I figured that out, I deleted the vine, and printed the hummingbirds onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer.

The Hummingbirds stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) was taped over the Steampunk Hummingbirds cardstock and Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, Canteloupe, and Tangelo Memento ink was sponged over the stencil. When I was happy with the coverage, shading and detail were added with Copic markers. Then the Steampunk Hummingbirds were colored with Copics.

Summer Sky Memento ink was carefully sponged around the trumpet vine and the Steampunk Hummingbirds. Then I grabbed the Gears stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) and sponged Summer Sky Memento ink over the stencil repeatedly building layers of gears.

Since the scene was sort of busy, I slapped the scene onto a gray card and called it done.

Thanks for visiting today!

Lotus Love

Hi All.... me Again!

I actually made another card. WHOOOOOOP... It has been a long while because things have been nutso. But This little beauty was a great image to practice with and adding the dots was a fun twist.   This Large Lotus was stamped with Memento. I colored it with only three markers - the BV17, BV13 and BV11. I then used a white pen to make the little white dots, and a gold pen to outline the stamen. 

I wanted to keep this simple, and I think this is perfect for an "anything" card. It works for thank yous and birthdays and how are yous, etc... I like these as you can add a sentiment at a later date.

I hope you all have an awesome week this week. And practice your craft - whatever your craft might be.

Toodles - 


Friday, April 3, 2015

Be Fearless

So, I am off today and making a boatload of cake balls for fun. But before I get going I wanted to share my creation using the SCACD Brave Hearts collection young lady called Be Fearless.

She is resplendent in greens and pinks (and a little orange,... but I hate admitting that it worked here). for the skateboard I used the same technique as I did for hair to make the woodgrain. It worked out really well all that flicking here and there.

I really think she is so sweet... but honestly the thought of skateboarding scares the crazy out of me. And I have a LOT of crazy in me. LOL... So saying be Fearless is so right here.

The best part of this.... If you are into the digi world these lovelies are available as Digis. Whoop Whoop.

Have a great weekend all!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Be Yourself!

Meet Be Yourself, one of the stamps from SCACD's Brave Hearts Collection of rubber stamps!

Guess what?!? All four of these great girls and their accompanying sentiments from the Brave Hearts Collection are now available from SCACD as digital stamps, so you can resize 'em, flip 'em, and group 'em with your computer!

Be Yourself  was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers,  fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. I used a bit of chalk pencil to add blush to her cheeks and to add a bit of shading to her skin. She was then set aside while I created a card background for her.

The patterned papers are from Classique Elegant and Latest and Greatest 6x6 pads (Authentique). They were layered acccording to Sketch #194 from Deconstructing Jen. The fishtails are from the Fishtail Stax (Die-namics). A bottlecap die was used to die-cut black cardstock. A CM circle punch was used to punch the patterned paper circle and a heart punch was used to punch spider-web patterned paper, which was then colored with a Copic marker. Black Soot Distress ink was used to edge most of the paper layers.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dragon Fire!

Meet SCACD's Creative Sparksfrom the who is from SCACD's September 2013 rubber stamp release. Creative Sparks is a Chinese fire-breathing dragon and a very handsome fellow.

Creative Sparks was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers in traditional Chinese dragon colors. His eyes, teeth, and talons were several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension and shine. The dots were touched with Orange Spica glitter pen (Copic).

The stamped panel and its edges were sponged with Black Soot Distress ink to add a sooty look. It was then matted onto black cardstock, then onto green silk-finished specialty paper (FiberMark). The patterned papers are from the Bird Song 8x8 pad (Graphic 45) and were edged with Black Soot Distress ink before being matted with black cardstcok.

The green silk-finished specialty paper was die-cut with the coin from the Oriental Embellishments die set (Tattered Lace), mounted onto punched circles, and then die-cut Pinked Circles (Spellbinders).

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bee-lieve in Yourself

And be all crafty! LOL.

Hi guys... I am here to share my latest creation using the gorgeous Steampunk Bee-Ware stamp!

I colored it this time in yellow, but I think I am going to green hornet it next time. :-)
I would have colored it all sheer wings, but it takes full metal wings to hold up all that metal!!!!

The yellows are Y11, 21, 23, 26.  I used Cool greys C5, 3, 1 and a little E04 in some places for the grey. For the wings I used BV11, YG10, and BG01. The final touches were stardust gel pen to make it a bit sparkly which you can't really see here very well. Honestly though - this is one of my favorite favorite things... that pen is awesome!!!

The sentiment I printed out to go with the card.

I hope you are having a great weekend - and take time to be crafty!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Be the Change

Here's a Steampunk scene that is inspired by Spring. Now if we'd only get the appropriate weather! I am so very ready to enjoy some warm weather and the sight of flowering trees, birds in their spring plumage, and beautiful butterflies.

This card features SCACD's new Butterfly Chrysalis rubber stamp, which is part of SCACD's Eclectic Collection #2.

As usual, I googled "Chrysalis" and was delighted to discover that they can be golden, which works with the quasi-Steampunk feel of this image. I then googled "Emerging Butterfly" and found a butterfly image with the coloration you see above. I do like having a tiny bit of reality intrude into my fantasy scenes. It's the Virgo in me. :D

Butterfly Chrysalis was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. Butterfly Chrysalis was set aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Blue cardstock took a ride through my Big Kick (Sizzix) on top of the Clocks Embossing Plate (Cherry Lynn Designs). Gold Bling metallic specialty paper (FiberMark) from my stash was die-cut with SCACD's Breezy Branches Statement Corner and SCACD's Alice's Clock Statement Corner dies. Rose Gold, Gold, and Green Bling metallic specialty paper was die-cut with Mini-Gears, Deluxe Gear set, and the Antique Gear set (Memory Box). The gears were layered atop the corner dies and KaiserCraft Pearls were added to the center of most of the gears. Green metallic specialty paper was die-cut with the A Hint of Lime font dies by Die-Versions for the sentiment.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lotus Trio!

I'm quite taken with SCACD's new Blank Lotus Pair from the new Eclectic Collection #2 and decided to do an experiment with them.

I stamped the Blank Lotus Large once and the Blank Lotus Small twice onto map-printed vellum using Jet Black StazOn ink. The vellum was flipped over and the lotuses were colored with pink, violet, and blue colored pencils (Polychromos). When I was done, all three were fussy-cut and set aside.

A flat canvas was layered with torn printed tissue paper (Idea-ology) that was adhered with Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger). When it was dry, Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt) was spread along the bottom of the canvas and two Buddha charms and a coin were pressed into it and allowed to dry.

Meanwhile white cardstock was die-cut with SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner diePeace (Impression Obsession), love (Little B), Believe, Create, Hope, Dream, and Wish dies (Elizabeth Craft Design). These die-cuts were adhered to the canvas with Matte Multi-Medium. More Matte Multi-Medium was brushed over the canvas and allowed to dry.
Burnt Sienna Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) was dry brushed over the Texture Sand Paste and allowed to dry. Watered down Pthalo Green-Blue and Pthalo Blue MFA paints were brushed over the bottom part of the canvas, then watered down Cobalt Blue Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA paints were stippled over them to deepen the color.

Titanium White and Cobalt Blue Hue MFA paints were mixed, watered down, then brushed across the top portion of the canvas. Streaks of watered down Titanium White were added.

When the MFA paints were very dry, several layers of Matte Multi-Medium were brushed over the entire canvas. While the MMM was wet, the three colored lotuses were adhered to the canvas, then more MMM was sponged over top. Whereas there was a bit of puckering, the vellum stayed down, though the colors of the flowers seemed to change a bit. The pink became redder, the blue became greener, and the violet darkened. 

The Texture Sand Paste was sanded back a bit to reveal some of the sandy colors and the metal charms were also sanded back to show more texture. 

The wings of three dragonfly charms were painted with Blue Green Light and Interference Green. A black Sharpie pen was used to color the dragonflies' bodies. The dragonflies were adhered to the canvas.

The last step was to add a bit of silvery rub stuff (whose name escapes me) to the raised corner and words.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Guest Post - Karenliz Henderson

I'm Playing with the SCACD Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower!
I have the wonderful opportunity to play with Susana's Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD) Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower stamps designed by SCACD Stamp Co rubber stamps .

SCACD has a huge selection of digital and red rubber stamps.
Susana's store is full of other products like dies, embossing flowers, paints, stencils, etc.
You have to go over and see it all. 

For my creation I used a 5x5 cradle wood board and created a steampunk base out of metal tape from the hardware store.

For the Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower I stamped them on aluminium sheets and embossed in black.

To add color, I used alcohol inks and silver and gold acrylic inks.

The hardest part was cutting them out of the aluminium.
When I attached the flowers to the piece I cut the petals and shaped them to give them more dimension.

I found these perfect metal flowers in my stash.
I added alcohol inks to the metal flowers.
While the alcohol ink was wet I added the glass beads.
Do you know they stuck there like glue?
I didn't expect that at all.
Everything was attached to the base with heavy gel medium.

Here is my finished piece.
It's so hard to take a picture of something shiny!

I had so much fun making this piece.
My head is spinning with other ideas.
I had to right them down.
So stayed tuned!

Here are the links below to see these steampunk stamps and all the other goodies Susana's Custom Art & Card Designs (SCACD) has to offer.

Don't forget to head over to their Facebook page and like them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


This is the second card I have made with the new Brave Hearts Collection from SCACD. She is called Be Yourself, and she reminds me of both of my daughters. The eldest who won't EVER remove her freaking hats!!!! and the youngest with her propensity to put her hair up in braids of late. 

I chose the colors of purple and black because I think that they are spectacular together, and it is rare to use them any other time than Halloween. :-) Although I wear them all the time... hmmmmmmmmm.

The purples are the V09, V04, V01 and the Blacks are the cool greys. The background die cut was colored with the same copics using the airbrush and a random pattern while the image was still in the die. This gave the white edge around it. As a trick, if you do this and some of the part you wanted white is covered you can use a white marker and go over that to leave it all pretty again. :-)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Have you checked out the cute new girls from the Brave Hearts Collection?
Here's my card with You-Nique from the Brave Hearts Collection.

You-Nique was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. Polychromos pencils were used to add some detail to her hair. Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Glitter pen was used to add some sparkle to the pom-pom on her hat. The hat monster's eyes were coated with Liquid Glass (DecoArt's Media line) to add glassy dimension and shine. You-Nique spent the night in a drawer so I would not be tempted to touch and mar the Liquid Glass.

The next morning You-Nique took a ride through my Big Shot in a die from the Card Creator 5x7 die set (Spellbinders). Patterned paper from a 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye was die-cut and layered. The sentiment that comes with You-Nique was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink, die-cut with a Spellbinder's die, kept in the die, then airbrushed with a RV52 Copic marker. Ribbon was used to attach the sentiment to the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Note Pad

SCACD's Blank Canvas Lotus - Small from the new Eclectic Collection #2 is the perfect size to adorn many smaller projects, such as Post-It Note books which make great small gifts. So that's what I did.

I started by stamping Blank Canvas Lotus - Small onto Idea-ology Tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink. I flipped the tissue paper and painted the reverse with watered down Primary Magenta and Primary Yellow Media Fluid paints from DecoArt and set it aside to dry for a few minutes. When it was dry, Titanium White MFA paint was painted over the painted reverse of the tissue paper, then allowed to dry again.

Primary Cyan and Dioxazine Purple paints were stippled over a scrap of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and heat set. When the panel was dry, Phthalo Blue MFA mixed with Interference Blue MFA was sponged over the Fish Scales stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)  and heat set.

The Blank Canvas Lotus - Small stamped tissue paper was dry enough to handle, so it was fussy-cut.

Multi-Medium (Ranger) was sponged over the stenciled painted cardstock. the fussy-cut, stamped, painted Blank Canvas Lotus - Small was placed atop the wet piece, then a few more layers of Multi-Medium was sponged over both.

When the panel was dry, Interference Green MFA paint was sponged over the dragonfly on the Flying Gardens stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) three times. A scrap of green textured metallic cardstock was die-cut with the Missy Micro font die (Die-Versions) and adhered to the panel.

Black cardstock was cut to 3.25" x 6 7/8" then scored 3.25" from both ends. The edges of the stamped piece were sponged with Jet Black StazOn ink, then adhered to the black cardstock. Wonder Tape (Ranger) was used to adhere the Post-It pad to the inside.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, March 2, 2015

View from a Port Hole

When I first saw SCACD's new Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair, project ideas immediately started percolating in my mind.

I recently was poking around in the basement at my father-in-law's house and found a gorgeous old illustrated edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1933). The binding is a bit too delicate to hold up to the rigors of scanning, so I did a google search and found it as a free e-book from Project Gutenberg! I will be using the text from the book with these Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair in another project in the future, but since I had a need to do something now, I came up with this card.

The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. The rivets and screws on the turtles' shells were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair were set aside while I created the rest of the card.

Silver metallic cardstock was cut to 5 3/8" x 8 3/8", then a ringed circle was die-cut from it using one of the dies from the Nesting Rings die set (Lifestyle Crafts).  This panel took two rides through my Big Kick inside a Riveted Metallic Texture Fades Embossing Folder (Sizzix). A transparency was adhered behind the aperture and the panel was set aside.

A sheet of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was sponged with Primary Cyan, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Cobalt Turquoise Hue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) and heat set. Pthalo Green-Yellow MFA paint was sponged over the Kelp Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set. 

Greenish-silvery metallic specialty cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the Steampunk Corner die (Memory Box).  Different textured greenish-silvery metallic cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the MiniGears die (Memory Box).

The Steampunk Corner die was adhered to the painted cardstock and the MiniGears die were adhered atop them. The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was added to the scene, then a few very old clear RainDots epoxy stickers were added here and there to look like air bubbles. A few RainDots were also adhered the transparency on the side that would be placed against the painted image panel.

The metallic silver panel was adhered over the image panel using dimensional foam tape, then adhered to a blue card.

I did not add a sentiment because I'm not sure who will get the card and for what occasion. I would imagine that "Sea You Soon" or the ilk will work well with it. I also didn't add some details to Riveted Metal panel and to the ocean scene. Can you guess what they'd be?

I should mention that you can buy the Sea Turtles Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair separately and that they are part of SCACD's larger Eclectic Collection #2 (a combo of six Steampunk and ethereal stamps).

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD NEW Rubber Release - Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2

Happy Feb to all :D

SCACD is celebrating today the 2 recently released NEW exclusive rubber stamp sets! They are the Brave Hearts ( a group of 4 empowered gals) as well as EclecticCollection 2 (a combo of 6 steampunk and ethereal stamps). *Only with the Eclectic 2 collection if you buy the entire set you get 4 FREE date stamp words.*

Here is an example of one of the Brave Hearts - Fearless pictured below:
*Please note the t-shirt is not a solid portion of the stamp and can be colored in any manner


Here is an example of one of the Eclectic 2 stampsSteampunk Sea Turtle (which comes in 2 versions.  The turtles as a single and as a pair HERE, scroll down to see the singles) 


Now available for purchase in the USA HERE for the Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2 sets.  
Our International Friends can purchase SCACD rubber stamps at Quixotic Paperie HERE


SCACD Blog Hop Information!!!  

SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and I collaborated on the images and are thrilled to have the amazing SCACD DT plus a host of Fab Friends of SCACD showcasing them for you :D
Like to personally thank our special Friends of SCACD all listed below for helping to create an amazing Hop showcasing SCACD rubber stamps.

Just in case your heart is digi there are a couple of new images. SCACD Digital images for USA and International (none EU countries due to VAT issues) can always be found HERE.

So grab a cup of happiness and enjoy the art parade :D

Thanks always for your support!!! 
Huge Heart Hugs :D
Susana and the SCACD DT Family and Friends

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bee Mine!

Belated wishes for a happy Valentine's Day! I hope you were able to enjoy time with those you love, doing what you love.

I love Steampunk and I love stamping so when the occasion arises where I can mix the two, I'm a happy me.

 SCACD's Steampunk Heart with Wings and Bee Ware, one of SCACD's new rubber stamps, were used to create this Bee Mine card, which was actually ready in time for Valentine's Day!

Steampunk Heart with Wings (I didn't stamp the wings)  and Bee Ware were both stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock then colored with Copic markers. Usually, dirty markers are annoying and the shiny gloopy look makes me junk the project. However, this time I liked the look created by my dirty Y26 marker. The build-up made the gold looked tarnished which added to the overall Steampunky look of the bee.

Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was used on Bee Ware's eyepiece, rivets, and screws as well as the rim and screws of the Steampunk Heart. The Glaze pen adds glassy shine and dimension and is one of my most often-used products!

Bee Ware's mandibles were cut free from the background. The Steampunk Heart was fussy-cut and edged with a black marker. Both the image panel and the heart were set aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Black metallic cardstock (Recollections) was die-cut twice with the Steampunk Corner (Memory Box). Additional gears were cut from gold and silver metallic cardstock (Recollections) using the Deluxe Gear die set (Memory Box), the Antique Gear die set (Memory Box), and with Mini Gears (Memory Box). You might be able to tell by reading the preceding (Ha! That rhymes!) that I have quite a few gear dies. I did tell you that I do love Steampunk, though of course, there's more to Steampunk than just gears!

A 5" x 7" card was created from gold metallic cardstock (Recollections). The two Steampunk Corner die-cuts were adhered to opposite corners. The image panel was double matted with metallic cardstock, adhered over the Steampunk Corner die-cuts, and the Steampunk Heart was inserted under Bee Ware's mandibles. Some of the additional gear die-cuts were added to the top right corner of the card, overlapping the corner of the image panel.

The sentiment was die-cut from black metallic cardstock using Alphabet Typewriter UC and LC (Impression Obsession). The sentiment was adhered to the lower left corner of the card. A tiny heart punchie, with a Mini Gears die-cut inside it, was used to dot the "i".

By the way, both Bee Ware and Steampunk Heart are also available as digital stamps.

Thanks for visiting today!
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