Wednesday, December 31, 2008


In California where I live it is about 1.5 hours away from being 2009, WOW, what a year it has been. I really look forward to what the new year will bring (if only I had a crystal ball just to see what's in store for me!!!) . I try not to make new years resolutions, cause I always feel like I cheat myself when I don't follow through!!! One thing for sure I will keep up with will be my CRAFTING (BIG SMILE).

I hope that all of you have a wonderful new beginning, middle and end during this year of 2009. Here's to you, your family and loved ones,


2008's going down!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008


I just love this little girl!

For this project the following supplies were used:

Sitting Tilda with curly hair stamped with Momento Ink

Stickles- Lime Green

Copic Markers

White Opaque Marker

All of which can be purchased at Cranberry Hill Mercantile, Sunnyvale Ca

I usually stamp several images at once on a 81/2 by 11 sheet so that I can play around with the image and get the desired look I am after.

Using RV32 - Shadow Pink I colored her cheeks first. My logic is that if I do this first I have a better chance of blending and making the cheek color more subtle, and this avoids having the ring around the cheek area which I found to happen when using the darker markers for skin tone.

Next I work in the E33 in circular strokes using the fine tip first. I at this time will not go over the cheek area, and I will leave some white areas in between the eye and cheeks so that when I go over it with the fat tip it will leave a shadow.

Using the same color, fat tip, I go over the whole face twice(or more as each layer of color dries) so that I now cover the white area, leaving no streaks and blending in the cheek area. I don't saturate to much, because I want to have the shadow in the face.

I used my Ott light when I took pictures, so in later pictures it may seem very light in the eye area, but it is the light that makes everything shine so bright...

Using E09 I tap in the color to her hair.
Using E29 I tap in the second color leaving the first color exposed. I use the tapping motion because it allows me the control to fill in the color where I want it placed.

Using YG95 and R39 (picture not shown) I colored her dress and tights.

I placed dots on her cheeks using a white Opaque Marker.

Also, highlighting her dress.

And lastly I used Stickles to give my girl some shine for the holiday... HOPE this was of some use to you all who were working on this stamp.
I will be going to the Copic Certification Class in Jan., so I will be able to share what I learn with the group
Ta Ta for now

Friday, December 12, 2008


I love stickles.


This is an extra special card to make up for me being tardy to my "swapee" (my new word), but I will be sending this card on, and when she recieves it, it will be closed like an envelope, and when it is opened Tilda will be there on the card. Once the card is lifted, another image of Tilda.
The reason for the title of my post is because my best girlfriend, who lives in Utah, ordered me to put something new on my blog because I have been MIA, so here you are Ms Sysbie (hugs). The truth of the matter is when I started this blog I was off work recovering from surgery, but now that I am all better the Navy (my full time job) said I had to go back and get to work (sad, sad, tear. tear). Little did I know I would be so, so busy. I have been in for 17 years and I really love it, but not as much as making cards ...LOL... Good news in January I will be going to a COPIC certifying class, how exciting is that? For me EXTRA EXCITING cause that means I will be Marker Smart....LOL...thanks for taking the time out to visit, and I promise I will not be such a stranger....Ta Ta for now....

Friday, November 7, 2008


I want to thank all of you that have left a comment, but because I am a poopie head and have not figured out how to respond to you individually, I am posting my thanks so that I don't have to go one more day of not saying "THANKS".

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Just wanted to show the cards that I will be teaching at Cranberry Hill Mercantile, the class will be my first class. I am really excited to be apart of such a wonderful store. Make sure you call the store to sign up for my class (408)736-9151. Also, this store sells the Magnolia stamps, Tilda you have to love her, possiblities are endless with this line of stamps see my posts below to see what I have done. If you are going to be in the Carson area this weekend stop by the Rubber Stamp show, and you can see up close how cute these stamps are, Stamp on Over will have a booth there, and Irina Blount will do a demo with Copic markers and have a cute make-n-take using Copic and Tilda.


A Hip Hippie for Halloween 2008
A scary Vampire for Halloween 2006

A precious butterfly after having dinner at a local restaurant

My little princess for her 9th birthday
I just love this little girl, she is the bestest daughter ever. She is just "cute to me" this is a catch phrase and my wonderful friend and fellow crafter at Cranberry Hill Mercantile knows the inside joke....Hugs to you Irina


My 15 year old is in the 10th grade and he goes to Mountain View High School. Now of course at the last minute he told me that he wanted to go to the Homecoming Dance and the theme was Hollywood, and you had to dress up. Well of course his mother, that would be me goes over the top with most anything that her children asks her to do , so I think Hefner, smoking jacket. $100 dollars later I went to the costume store and found this. The things a mother does.
Now this is my son and his friend, I guess they did not get the same memo??? Either way my son had a good time and came home with a bigger smile for all the attention he recieved with his get-up


My baby girl turned 11. She wanted to have a sleepover for her 11th birthday so I decided to make her invites. Using a cupcake die and Tilda here is what I came up with. I had alot of fun making this invitation and because this little Tilda is so "cute to me" I was very pleased with my results. This die is apart of the die cut club at Cranberry Hill Mercantile. $20 dollars and you get unlimited use for one full year. There are a ton of dies that include shapes, envelopes, and boxes, come on over and join the fun.


What can I say I just love Tilda. I joined a recipe card swap over at Magnolia blog and the idea was to create 6 recipe cards using a Magnolia image. Here is what I came up with.


A first post for me and I am excited to share. Cranberry Hill Mercantile in Sunnyvale California has a amazing owner, Geri. She carries this line of stamps from Sweden, the Magnolia line (all the rage I know you heard and seen?) oh my these are the cutest stamps. Geri asked me to come up with a sample so customers can have an idea on how to use this kit that came with recipe cards, paper and stickers. I took 6 of the recipe cards and the matching paper and a few stickers and came up with a flip book. I colored with Copic and used a little glitter pin for accents and liquid pearls to add cherries on her dress, bound it all with my Bind it All and my book was born. This will be on display so come on by to see all the other goodies the store has to offer. And let me not forget I will be teaching at this amazing store. My first class will be 10 November, cards using snowlflakes. I will post some photos, but you can also go to the store blog and also see my class along with other classes that the store as to offier. Thanks for looking...