Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Enjoy with Zen Beauty Serenity

Hi folks! Elaine here. Over the weekend I enjoyed some crafty playtime and I'm here to share the results with you!

I created a little scene using one of the new Zen Beauties stamps from SCACD along with the Breezy Branches Corner die from the Dies by SCACD range.

First I stamped Serenity in a pale ink on white cardstock ready to be coloured using Copic markers using the "No Lines" technique. I also stamped her in black ink on scrap paper to create a mask. I used some die cut Breezy Branches corners as masks too, before airbrushing with a light blue Copic marker to create a soft blue sky background. Using the die-cuts as masks gave me some extra scene elements to colour using the "No Lines" technique.

You can see another example of die cuts used in this way in my post from 2012: Getting Creative with Dies by SCACD which includes some photos of the process.

INTERNATIONAL READERS: SCACD Stamps and Dies by SCACD can be purchased online from my store Quixotic Paperie in the UK.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cupcake Fairy

I did get to get a bit of coloring in this weekend, and decided to try my hand at the new digital fairy from the new Digi release by Carmen Medlin for SCACD. This one is called Cupcake Fairy.

First things first - she is full size. When I opened the image in MS Word, I left her the size she was. It made it a little easier to color the details, yet a little harder to get the blends in because such a large area. I chose to do her in teals and greens because - well Love the color combination. The pick of purple came last - ok... second to last. The pink background was last.  The only "embellishment" other than coloring is silver dots on her wings and buttons of her waist sash and her top. I have framed her so that I can take her to work and have her on my desk. :-) 

I love to fussy cut. Mainly because I ALWAYS accidentally go outside the image when I am coloring. SIGH. This one I was going to try to leave on the white paper.  . . Alas, that was not good. I had a LOT of accidental oopseys. But many of you may wonder how to do the fussy cutting when there are things like curleycues on the end of the wings, and a wick for the candle and her spiked shoe. Those are HORRIFIC to cut out and have resemble anything good. Well at least for me.... I am not a professional paper cutter and have trouble with those types of things. 

The solution - I printed the image out again on a piece of pink cardstock that I had cut down to 8.5 x 11.  When I fussy cut the image, I cut off the curlies on the wings. and on wick, etc... Then I CAREFULLY placed the cut out image on top of the one printed on the pink cardstock. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful week, and embrace your craftiness.


Sunday, August 31, 2014


Recently SCACD released some new images in red rubber.   One of the releases was a sheet of fairy images titled Zen Beauties and included this lovely image named Bliss.

When shopping last time at SCACD I found this fabulous paper pack Papermania Parisienne Blue.  I was excited to get use and it and colored up Bliss to match. After coloring her up, I used a glitter pen and the wings have a gorgeous shimmer that this picture just does not show. 

In addition to the red rubber release, SCACD just released 11 NEW Digital Images.  There are some great ones so be sure you check them out!

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Friday, August 29, 2014


Happy Friday!!!

Good news for digi fans 11 NEW SCACD Digital images have been released for purchase :D If you would like to purchase the image below and some of the others in the SCACD Digital site then I have a special offer at the moment for you. Purchase 6 or more digis at one time and you can choose an additional digi for free (just note your selection in the comments section of your order)! Digi deal ends Sunday the 31st!!!
You can take a peek see at them all HERE!!!


I am also having a 15% off sale on the rest of the SCACD Store (Excluding Digital images and $1 items). The sale ends 8pm California time this Saturday the 30th. So make sure you come by and take a peek see (15% off is taken automatically no need to enter a code) HERE! Sale does not apply to items previously purchased. There are no rain checks, does not apply to shipping and does not apply to California sale tax, sale cannot be combined with other prior discounts.
Have a hopefully long and happy Labor Day weekend :D
Hearts and Hugs

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Meet Hope, one of the fairies in SCACD's wonderful new Zen Beauties collection of rubber stamps.

Hope was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I went over her wings and the floating orb with Clear Stardust Glitter pen. The orb was then coated with a layer of Diamond Glaze to add dimension and a glassy shine. I used a stylus to score the cardstock, then tore it along the score lines. The torn edges received a coating of Clear Stardust Glitter pen as well. Sadly you can't really see the lovely glittery goodness. Silly camera. Sillier photographer!

Since Hope was colored while I was at my mother's house a while back, I got to choose papers that worked with her. Fortunately and somewhat shockingly, I remembered that I had old patterned papers from Memory Box in my stash that I thought might work with the color scheme I used to color Hope. I'm glad to say that I was right! Better yet, I knew where I had stored the patterned paper! Eureeka! I should mention that I added a tiny bit of pink marker to the horizontal strips of patterned paper to reinforce the pink I used on Hope and her toadstool.

The card's layout is based on Sketch #48 from Papertake Weekly Challenges. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with either Shaded Lilac Distress ink or New Sprout Memento ink. Since the fairy is named Hope and I coincidentally had a Hope die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I decided to use that same die to die-cut silver glitter cardstock by DCWV, which was placed according to the sketch to form my sentiment.

Here's Papertake Weekly's Sketch #48

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

What's New Monday 8-25-2014

It is that time again!  Back to School AND a some new SCACD Digital Images have been released!  These are such a fun batch!  I know there are a lot of parents out there adjusting with their kiddos to the early school mornings again.  This image is just so appropriate.


Or perhaps this one...
 and I'll let you decide if it is when they leave for school or come home that this one is for ;)

There are several other fun and fabulo9us new digital images that can all be found HERE.

While you are checking out the new images, take a look at the newly added Designs by Ryn Stencils.  Here are a couple of the super designs.

Whatever your day looks like, I hope it is fun, filled with time to create and everything you wish for.

HOPE your weekend was great

Hey there guys! Me again. I am here to share another take on Hope!

This time I wanted her to have DARK wings. Lovely blue wings. I also wanted to have some fun with the hair, so I went HOT PINK. Just so you all know the Zen Beauties collection is available in Red Rubber, and HOPE here is available in both rubber and digi format.

For those of you who love all things Digi - Susana has released several new digi stamps in the store. There is an adorable little hungry seal, a ghost and pumpkin, another fairy with a cupcake :-) and a flowerful owl, along with several other images. You can see the entire collection here.

I hope you all have a good week. All I know is I am looking forward to this coming weekend a bit too much. COME ON LONG WEEKEND!!!!!!!

See you all again soon!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Party Lights

Hello and happy weekend. Today I am sharing with you my latest creation using one of the new rubber stamps that have been released. This stamp is Party Lights Border.

I made what I would consider a small party invitation. This was a fun image to color, but it was difficult for me to figure out how to get it to look the way I wanted it to. But once I did, I LOVE the way it turned out.

First I stamped the image twice. Once for the background and once to fussy cut. I used my copic airbrush to color the background image with dark blue and light yellow for the glow. On the second image I colored all the light bulbs. I then did the hardest part of cutting out all of the light bulbs. I ran them through my little Xyron X thingie, and then stuck them on top of the background image.

Once that was done, I added clear sparkles to the bulbs themselves and then gold dots on the rest of the chains hanging.  I cut the image out and glued it down on gold sparkly paper. Then I gut out the wings out of the same sparkly paper using the Steampunk Wings Pair Die. I also ran this through my xyron to get the wings sticky, and then attached to the sides of the stamped image. For this I ran the top part behind the image and the bottom of the wing in front of the image. I then stuck the entire thing down on dark blue paper.

It looked good, then I messed it up and tried to write with my stickles. EPIC FAIL. So I decided to cut out the entire thing and then place it on a small folded card piece to make it a smaller card. The inside can now read anything I want, and it really frames the image. I love it more than the original idea!

I have shared what I have done. I really encourage you all to share your take on this image or any of your other creations with Susana's stamps on our Facebook page Art & Heart with SCACD.

Have a great week!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Here's my card, featuring Bliss, one of the four beautiful new fairy stamps in SCACD's Zen Beauties set.

Bliss was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. C00, C0, C1, custom-blended Less than B60, and B60 Copic markers were used to create the cloudy sky behind her. Silver Copic Spica glitter pen was used to add trails of glitter issuing from her fingers and feet, as well as lines of glitter on her wings.

Patterned cardstock from Club Scrap was die-cut with a Decorative Labels Eight Nestabilities die from Spellbinders. This was then die-cut with a Nestabities Labels Eight die to create a frame. The same die  was used to die-cut her image panel, which was adhered inside the decorative frame. This frame was adhered to patterned paper from My Minds Eye, then matted onto silver glitter paper by DCWV. The matted image panel was adhered to the card front made from the same green patterned cardstock from Club Scrap. Gemstones by Kaiser Craft (for sale at 50% off!) were added to finish the card.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A little Faith for your day

Hi all. I hope you are having a wonderful week. I had an awesome weekend. Got a new car, my youngest daughter passed her permit test and will NOT be allowed to drive my new car, and I was able to be pretty crafty.  One of my projects was to color Faith from the Zen Beauties collection.   I think I should actually call her Lucy. I saw that movie to this weekend. It was BlackWidow meets the Discovery Channel.

And this pose reminds me of Lucy from the movie at times. Well when she wasn't kicking rear and blood all over the place. I mixed the brown and blue together and added a bit of green. I made her skin the lightest I could to give her a bit of an ethereal look. Once done, I added a bit of the bronze dots. It is not very easy to see here, but there are some dots coming off of her feet and it looks like she is blowing some sparkles. This gave it a bit of movement.

One trick I wanted to share with you all is the curly cues at the shoes, wings and hair. If you want to fussy cut something with trailers and curlies, cut them off. You can't get them to cut. I promise you. What I did here was to stamp the image a second time on the patterned paper. I did this with versafine as I wasn't going to color it. Once done I clear embossed it. I fussy cut out the image, and then taped it down over the second stamped image with the curlies. That way you can get all the detail of the image but not be limited to the white background or a background to color.

I hope you all have a great week and keep coming back to check out the inspiration that the design team has for you.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Here is another form the Zen Beauties in the newly released This and That collection


Hope is available in red rubber and digi!!

This entire release is so great.  Some fun and some whimsy!

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


This is Faith, one of the four beautiful new fairy stamps in SCACD's Zen Beauties set. Faith
was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. Polychromos colored pencils were used to add some detail to her hair. Gold Spica Glitter pen was used to add sparkle to her hair and fairy trails under her feet. Clear Spica Glitter pen was used to add sparkle to her wings.

Post-It notes were used to create a path for the Copic-colored sun rays, then used to cover the rays so the Copic-colored grey sky could be added.

Here's a close-up so that you can see a bit of the glitter!

The stamped scene was matted with gold metallic cardstock. One of the two dies included in SCACD's beautiful Classic Corners die set was used to die-cut gold metallic cardstock three times. The corners were added to the stamped scene.

I wanted the background to be relatively clean so that the stamped scene would be the focal image. The same Post-It notes were recycled to block out an area along the bottom of the card. Golden Glitz Delicata ink was sponged onto green cardstock over my Bubbles Dylusions stencil. This stencil seems to be sold out, but the others are on sale, so check 'em out!

Green cardstock was die-cut with the Flourish Trim die by Spellbinders. While the cardstock was still in the die, it was sponged with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. The die-cut was placed over the stenciled design at the bottom of the card. Green cardstock was die-cut with one of the ribbons dies from a Blueprints set by Die-Namics. The die-cut was edged with Golden Glitz Delicata ink and placed over the top of the Flourish Trim die. The card front was edged with Golden Glitz Delicata ink then adhered to the card.

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Friday, August 8, 2014


Hi All... this beauty full of zen is Serenity.

She is one of the new Zen Beauties and is actually a very calming image. I colored her with my Copics. My favorite is the blue against the pink petals of the flowers. Really love the pretty flowers on this image. They are so beautiful and dainty.

She is embellished with all sorts of silver dewdrops. She along with Faith, Bliss and Hope are offered as a package deal, or you can buy them each separately.  Come back over the next few days to see some more of the Design teams creations with these gorgeous ladies!!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014


For the card I am sharing with you today, I used the SCACD new release  image Hope.  I wanted to make her FANTASTICLY vivid... so I used some really basic shades of red blue and green copics (B2x, R2x, YG2x). AS an example of my randomness... I had chosen different paper, and when I was done, the colors didn't match... so I had to go dig through my paper and find something else. WHEW.... lucky me I found these that are close. :-)

I also wanted to add some stuff and I went a bit nutso with the gold dots that I placed on her wings, her armbands, her legbands, her outfit, her hair, her face....etc. etc. etc... you can see those a bit better down below. 

I have to say this is one of my favorite cards that I have done in a LONG LONG time. I will be playing a lot more with the Zen Beauties in the days to come and be working the gold pen more - Love how it works with the blue!

I hope you have been enjoying the projects the design team and guests have been sharing with you. They have been AWESOME!

See you again soon!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Faith in a Kelp Forest

Have you seen the SCACD new release of 9 rubber stamps which are collectively called the “This and That Collection.”? They each can be purchased now HERE.  Each one is AMAZING!!!  I have a couple of them to share with you.
 I am sharing with you "FAITH"   

I combined FAITH with the background stamp Kelp Forest (which also has a coordinating stencil!!).  I filled in the entire image to create a silhouette rather than the line art- which is also gorgeous as you can see below.

SCACD also decided to offer only 3 of these not only in rubber but in digi as well for all SCACD Digital fans. You can see the 3 newest versions at the top of the Digi area HERE  

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