Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New AMAC Box Copic Storage

Hello, Today I am showing the new Copic Storage that I designed for my Copic markers.  I decided that I wanted to add to my Copic collection and that meant that I needed more storage.  I thought that if the storage were square I could fit the old and new markers into the same space that the old took.  I also felt that the PVC pipe was a liitle heavier than I wanted to carry when going to Paper Crafting gatherings with friends, so my goal was to find a lightweight clear rectangle box about 5 inches in length and 2 inches square at the opening.  I found these little AMAC boxes with flush lids and they were just the right size to do the trick.  My husband put this together for me using U-GLU clear strips.  The AMAC boxes are available at The Container Store.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Copic Marker Storage

Today, I'm sharing how I store my Copic Markers.
I saw this idea online not sure who to give credit to.  This is PVC pipe that my husband cut for me in segments of about 5 inches.  I like having the marker sticking out a little so that it is easier to grasp. 
My husband glued the pipes together with PVC glue.

I found a cute little plastic container with a lid at Target.  It was just the right size with a little extra room on the sides for my Copic Marker Charts and Liners.

It fits nicely in the trunk or back seat when traveling.

The tubes are 2 inches in diameter (inside) and you can fit 11 Sketch Copics in one tube.

It is customizable as you can add tubes as you add markers to your collection.
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No Greater Joy

I love this passage of scripture as John so succinctly portrays the heart of all believers... that we are joyful and content in the knowledge that our earthly children and our spiritual children are walking in the path of truth.  I also realize with sadness that not all of us have children currently walking in the truth.  However, do not be weary in well doing, while there is life there is hope. Continue in the faith as a role model to those around you.   I am reminded of my uncle who strayed away from the faith for many years.  He fell so far.......and during that time his faithful praying parents passed away.  They did not live to see in earthly time the glorious moment when their son was saved.  He became such a solid and devout believer.  All those years of faithful yet seemingly unfruitful teaching revealed themselves in his new life in Jesus years after the passing of his parents. I can only imagine the great rejoicing when they all finally met on the day of his passing.  So, be encouraged parents and pray in faith believing for God knows what future glorious reunions await you and your earthly and spiritual families.

The oval die cut used to frame the picture of the children is from Cheery Lynn.

This die is a twofer....meaning you get two cuts with one die.  This circle is cut from the middle of the die.  You can see the intracacy of the die with the embossed lines and small dotted details.

I used the outside of the cut as a template to fussy cut a background for the die cut piece.  This was Copic airbrushed to match the piece.

These are the rubber stamps used to create the picture.  The upper three are from Stampscapes.  The tree lined hill is Stampa Rosa.

Here are the Stampscape details.  Many Stampscapes are also sold unmounted.  I bought mine before those were available.

Copic Markers were used for coloring the picture of the children.  The sky and grass were airbrushed.  Airbrushing is soooo much fun!  The lace is leftover from my son's wedding invitation.  It was originally white, but I airbrushed it also using Green 82.

The sentiment stamp is from Purple Daisy.  I used the Deckled Nestabilties rectangles to mat the sentiement.

Pumpkin Patch for Stampin Chix

Stampin Chix had a card swap last Saturday.  The theme was fall.  I had previsouly posted a similar pumpkin patch card that I created for a blog hop.  That card became the prototype for the swap card that I made for the swap. So today I thought I would share the final outcome.  I decided to go with a little more contrast and not use the square behind the circle.  I thought about trying this with Copics, but decided to stay with the Pan Pastels.  I used VersaMark to stamp and then chalked over the image.  I think it adds a nice effect on the pumpkin.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Butterfly Days

Butterfly Days!

I made this card on Saturday at our Stampin Chix gathering.  I know it is a little bit out of season, but I had just bought some new dies and couldn't wait to use them!  I attended the Adventures in Stamping fall convention in Strongsville Ohio last Saturday. I spent quite a bit of time at the Our Daily Bread Designs booth. 

Our Daily Bread Designs has been my favorite place to shop this year.  They have a large selection of beautiful scripture stamps and their gallery contains the most beautiful cards I have ever seen!  This is the place to shop if you want to give the gift of God's Word.  You will find an array of Biblical passages in beautiful fonts and beautifully illustrated stamps to accompany them.  ODBD also has stamps that frame the scriptures and are compatible with many of the Nestabilities dies.  ODBD carry Nestabilities and Cheery Lynn die cuts. 

Cheery Lynn die cuts are very intricate and beautiful.  I used them for the Butterfly Days Card.

 The vine and butterfly on this card are Cheery Lynn die cuts. 
The Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish vine is in the middle.
The red flowers on the card are made with Cuttlebug Quilling Rose Carnation set.  I cut them out with the Sizzix Big Kick. The center of the flower is a long strip of paper which you roll onto a quilling tool. The flower petals die cut cuts out a straight long series of petals that are connected. You cut them out and then roll them on a quilling tool around the center cut. I used Copics on red card stock to outline the edges and centers of the petals for added dimension to the flower. 
Package with Directions

Die Cuts, Quilling Tool and Stems
Stack Acrylic bottom plate, then paper, the die cut.
Place acrylic mat on top and wind through Sizzix Big Kick

Cut out Flower Center

Long strip of flower petals and center flower strip with quilling tool.

Roll the Flower Center onto the Quilling tool.

Outlined edges of petals with Copic Markers R37 and R39.

Add Color with Copics around the edges and in the center of the petals.

McGill Tools are for molding, pinching and curling the leaves and flower petals.  They are best used with the special foam mat that is made with just the right thickness for this task.

Using the medium size tool roll the ball in the center of the petal allowing the petal to curl.

Using the tweezers, grasp the flower petal at the center.
Pinch the petals around the tweezers.

Grab the petal and roll the sides toward the tweezers.

Fold down the edges of the petals.
Roll flower petals onto flower center, dab with a bit of glue.

Continue rolling flower petals onto petal center

Use a quick drying glue to dab a little on the edge of the final roll.
Peel the petals down from the flower.

Add leaf veins with stylus.

Glue Leaves to flower

Add Glimmer Mist

Martha Stewart Double Edge Linked Trim Punch
Paper woven through punched trim.

The border is a Martha Stewart Double Edge punch called "Linked Trim".  I added color and interest by weaving a strip of turquoise paper through it.  The die cuts are placed on a background of the swiss dot Cuttlegbug embossing folder with a turquoise mat.