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Truly a JiFFy: Let’s Fly Away

It seems like it’s been a long time since I got together with the JiFFY Girls… but seeing as it’s all just for fun, we try not to stress about a regular posting schedule. I consider this a fabulous way to take off for the weekend!

I’m thrilled with the stamp and paper selections this month. Jody Morrow got things rolling by choosing the cutest stamp set, Take Off from The Cat’s Pajamas. That was fine with me because I bought this stamp the day it was released, and it was waiting to see ink. Before Jody revealed the stamp selection, Michele Boyer selected our patterned paper for the month, Simple Pleasures from the 100 Days of Summer Collection by Simple Stories, also in my collection of schtuff but unused. I loved these selections together! More often than not, that’s how it rolls.

Even with the quick sponging and wonky stitches, I consider this a clean and simple card. It’s perfect for the therapeutic i-am-waiting-on-my-girls-at-another-after-school-activity-I-am-going-to-destress-and-color-while-i-do session. My bunny is colored with Copic, and  I only used 7 different markers on this image. If you start with very light shades of color and add layers to build richness, you can do Copic, clean and simple.  I won’t lie, this bunnies ears intimidate me a little…they are so BIG. That’s part of his charm though, and I just kept it simple.  I’m very happy with how he turned out.

The pull behind banner was cut with the First Place Ribbon die from MFT. For something seemingly simple, like the notched banner, I have used those ribbon dies over-and-over since I got them at CHA. Always even tails, every time. {love}

I’m going to check out how things look over at the other JiFFy Girls blogs this morning. Looking at their cards is really the incentive I need to get mine finished up each month. I know they have jaw-dropping ideas to share! I hope you get a chance to hop by each one:

I’m the JiFFy image picker for our next challenge. I better put my thinking cap on and get something settled. Any ideas? What would you like to see done multiple ways with a random patterned paper? Give me a suggestion!

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to run about 6 miles. Most of the girls in my running group are training for a half-marathon, and today is our long day. *If* I make it, I’ll be back later this morning with a sweet sketch from Taylor…after that, I’m gonna fly away for the weekend…in my car. LOL I’m going all the way to my mom and dad’s house. I haven’t seen them in a several weeks, and I’m feeling like a homesick college freshman.

Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stamps: Take Off – The Cat’s Pajamas
  • Cardstock: X-Press It Blending Card, Kraft & Simple Pleasures from the 100 Days of Summer Collection by Simple Stories
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento – Tsukineko and Mix’d Media Jasmine Ink – Clearsnap
  • Accs: Copic Markers (YR31, E33, E42, R05, BG11, R00 and W1), First Place Die – MFT Stamps and Blossom Nestabilities – Spellbinders

It’s the little things…

Happy Sunday! I have a sample for CPS Sketch 227 for you today!

On Friday afternoon I took my girls to our local theater to see The Sound of Music. The Lyceum is a Missouri treasure, and we always enjoy seeing their fabulous, professional productions, but this summer a child in my daughter’s class has the role of the baby VonTrapp, Gretl. When she landed the part in the spring, they told her she’d be great as long as she didn’t hit a growth spurt. She did so well, and I was again reminded that ‘it’s the little things that make life great!’

The CPS Sketch is being sponsored this week by our friends at Want2Scrap … You might know them as the Nestabling people. I’ve shied away from shaped bling in the past because I’ve had trouble peeling it off of the plastic transfer sheet and applying it to my project without it getting all jumbled up and twisted. I’ve used bling from Want2Scrap several times in the last few months, and I’m happy to report it’s much easier to work with than any other product I’ve tried in recent history. On this card, I used the Finesse Swirls! Thanks to them for sponsoring this week’s sketch!

My balloon image is colored with Copic Markers. I’ve pictured the assortment above. See the one with no cap? It started as an empty Sketch marker. If you look at my colored projects, I use the E30 run of Copics a lot, but sometimes I want something a little lighter and closer to the E31 than the E30, so I’ve mixed E31 and blender solution to create a lighter shade of the beautiful tan combo.

I told you it’s subtle, but to my eye, the custom blend looks a little closer match to the E31 – not quite as pink as the E30. That’s what I love about having the Various refills. You can find empty Sketch markers here. :)

I’m on my way to Chicago – helping Debbie with the Copic Intermediate Certification class today and this evening and teaching the Standard Certification tomorrow and then having Lydia and Beate ~ the Splitcoast Crew –  join me on Tuesday for the CHA Show! Looking forward to the summer family reunion with so many of the people who are a special part of my life because of this little ole obsession with paper and ink.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

  • Stamps: Away We Go (balloon) & Bearing Flowers (sentiment)- The Cat’s Pajamas
  • Cardstock: X-Press It Blending Card – Copic Marker
  • Ink: Black Tuxedo – Memento and Dark Brown Colorbox Chalk
  • Accs: Finesse Swirls bling – Want2Scrap, Copic Marker, twine & button

 

Need a Cuppa?

** Copic Coloring Guide giveaway is now closed.
I’ll announce my winner tomorrow. Thank you! **

All to happy to share a sample with you for Card Positioning Systems Sketch 226 today, sponsored by Annie’s Attic and Copic Marker. The CPS sketch team is helping them promote their new publication, The Copic Coloring Guide.

I am very honored to have two projects in this beautiful publication written by my dear friends, Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker.  It’s filled with lots of  pictures and helpful instruction to cover multiple Copic blending techniques.

 

My image is from a favorite The Cat’s Pajamas set called, Cuppa. I love this little bear. PJ’s colored with Copic Marker, and the apron is paper pieced. All of the paper on this card comes from the Stella Rose collection from My Mind’s Eye. I used 2 dies (Decorative Doily from MFT Stamps and Sunflower Rosette from The Cat’s Pajamas). I love how quick and easy it is to make the rosette flower with this die, and being a native Kansan, I’m a little partial to sunflowers.

I hope you find a little time to stamp this weekend!

Let a little spring blow through here!

Dear Mother Nature,

I’m tired of Cold Gear Under Armour. I’m tired of turning on the furnace.  I’m tired of the teasing. Please let a little spring blow through here.

Love, Lori

  • Stamps: What a Blast – The Cat’s Pajamas
  • Cardstock: Kraft, AquaMist, X-press-It Blending Card – Copic, Little Girl – Echo Park
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa – Tsukineko
  • Accs: Copic Marker (E31, E33, R20, R30), Pinwheel Die – The Cat’s Pajamas, Cloud & Scalloped Scallop border – MFT Stamp and Heart punch – Martha Stewart crafts

Merry Wishes

Here’s a super sweet little gal with her heart in her hand from the Cat’s Pajamas new set Merry Wishes. I just want to give her a big squeeze! She’s a sneak peek for their release this week. They have lots of fun and darling new image sneaks going on in their forum at Splitcoaststampers. The release is Tuesday night. Yay!

I love this little gal’s ‘heart in hand’. She’s paper pieced with scraps from Cosmo Cricket’s Mitten Weather and colored with Copic. Her hat is all glittered up. I used the Cat’s Pajamas Pennants Dies to make her Christmas tree. The tree was sprayed with Tsukineko shimmer spray and accented with pearls.

This may be the last card that I stitched happily on before my ‘sew-mini’ and I split up. I’m in the market for a new paper sewing machine. I’ll need one with a light above the needle compartment this time – and maybe some variable stitches – less than $100. Any suggestions?

Tonight is our annual church Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s one of my favorite times to be with our church family. I always take a relish tray, and I need to make a ‘covered dish’. After church this morning, I’ll need to pour over a favorite cookbook or two.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

My Cuppa is Full…

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Sweet little bear…she’s holding a nice hot cup of lemon water.

One of my girlfriends and I are ‘detoxing’ this week with a healthy diet of lemon water, fresh vegetables and fruits ~ I’m committed until Friday. Maybe when she gets this in the mail on Wednesday or Thursday, she can pretend it’s a wonderful cuppa mocha latte…or anything other than hot, lemon water. Just a little something to tide her over til Saturday. :) The detox was supposed to be a 7 day deal, but I’ve got plans to see Miss Meowy and The MFT Lady on Saturday, and I wouldn’t be a good hostess if I offered them lemon water and cucumber slices, now would I?

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We took a much needed, very much enjoyed, but a little too short of a vacation about a week ago to one of our favorite family places…Branson! The days were packed full of fun, and the evenings were full of relaxing time by the hotel pool and Copic coloring. It was a great time!

Miss Bear is colored with Copic Markers, highlighted with the airbrush and accented with Echo Park – Walk in the Park papers. Fun crochet trim, button and Divine Twine finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stamps: A Cuppa – The Cat’s Pajamas
  • Cardstock: Copic Blender Card, Echo Park Papers and Prism 
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento 
  • Accs: Copic Markers (E31, E33, E35, E39, R01, R20, R22, YR02, YR04, BG10, BG15, Y08, YR31, Blender), Airbrush, Divine Twine, Brads, May Arts trim 

Auld Lang Syne

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I have stamped more than I’ve blogged the last few weeks. Christmas tags, quick cards and a project for my sister-in-law. It was nice to stamp and send. I had almost forgotten what that felt like. At any rate, our Christmas was wonderful, peaceful, uneventful, most blessed. I hope yours was some semblance of the same.

Today I’ve got my Just for Fun card for December. Carole Burrage picked this adorable image from Cat’s Pajamas for us to work with, and Ms. Kim Hughes was kind enough to send the paper – all without consultation with each other or the group. I was a little concerned when I first saw the paper (Carefree “Cherish” Forever Floral/Cream paper from the 29th Street Market by My Mind’s Eye – nice short name) and the image (from the Cat’s Pajamas Make Merry set) together. Such a bold image and soft patterned paper. Well, they call them challenges for a reason. :)

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I decide to google sheet music to Auld Lang Syne and struck gold. I adjusted the size of the sheet music image to my card front in Photoshop Elements and printed it out on my patterned paper. The theme and the black printing help tie into the black cat image, and I do love the floral pattern in the background. I added some ribbon, buttons and Wizard Medium Prism cardstock to finish it off. My oldest daughter chose the die cut for our focal image after I accented with Copic Markers and glitter – she’s in love with those label dies.

I’m really looking forward to seeing out the other JiFFY Girls did with their cards today. Check out Alli Miles, Julie Campbell, Kim Hughes and Michele Boyer. I’m sure they did a fabulous job.

WSC109: We Three Kings

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Weekend Sketch time. Right now I’m just focused on the weekend, and I’ll be moving into that as soon as I can this afternoon. Not before I stop by and see what Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and Sharon have created with the sketch.  They always make everything look so pretty. :)

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It’s the middle of deer season (it goes on forever in some fashion – bow-youth-rifle – the days just drag on). It really can make for stressful times on the home front, but last Saturday night, I packed up some jammies for the girls, took them to grandmas and stopped into my LSS, Stamper’s Ink to pick up My Favorite Things Kim and Ms. Cat’s Pajamas herself, Alma. Before we left the store, I was oogling over both of their display sample boards with beautiful cards that their design teams sent to them. I had seen a card here and there, that made me love this set: Penguin Christmas. (Amy & Joanne have that affect on me!)

After I checked out their stamps and samples, I loaded them into my car along with cute Megan Lock, and took them down to the Country Club Plaza for dinner. We chatted and laughed for over 3 hours. It was just what I needed to escape the deer season madness. I’m so glad they squeezed me into their busy KC schedule.

It’s been a long, long week here. I switched to a new computer about 2 weeks ago when my laptop died at Denver International Airport. I’ve had a few learning curves and software bugs to work out. Three hours on the phone to let technical support tell you that you are the first in America to report a glitch in a major software company’s recent upgrade that prevents you from a mainstay function for your job wasn’t really fun. I didn’t get a prize, not even an alternative solution while I wait for the world-wide download update to be released, goodness knows when. Not really fun stuff for a non-techie like me.

At any rate, I’m looking forward to a warm weekend with my family and our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at church on Sunday. It’s all good.

Have a great weekend!

  • Stamps: Penguin Christmas – The Cat’s Pajamas 
  • Cardstock: Cranberry Dark & Smooth Vanilla Prism, Webster’s Pages Christmas Collection
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
  • Accs: Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pen, Sukura Clear Glaze Pen, Prima flower center