Friday, September 30, 2011

Holiday Peekers are here!

Happy Friday my friends!! Can you smell fall in the air! Where I live is in the rural part of Northwest Maryland, not to far from the PA, WV and VA state lines! I have tree's and hills and pretty soon lots of colors! Fall is my favorite season! I love cooler mornings and evenings but still warm enough to go without a coat on. If you don't like near the eastern mountains I highly suggest you take a trip to visit  mid  October for the colors are just spectacular! You can see some of the trees starting to change their colors now. This weekend kicks off the Apple Festival at South Mountain Fairgrounds in Arendtsville, PA. OMGosh, have you ever had Apple Pizza? Five years ago when I saw the sign for  "Apple Pizza" my nose did one of those turn ups with an ewwwww.  My curiosity got the best of me and I had to check it out! It is to die for!  Now we go to the festival each and every year just so I can have some! It is a flaky  type dough spread out on a pizza pan and topped with apples, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Baked until the apples are cooked, but still a little crisp and topped with your choice of either caramel, chocolate, drizzle icing and much more!   If I could send each of you a piece,  I surely would for everyone should be able to taste this awesome, mouth watering,  yummy pizza!

Today SCACD design team is show casing the "Holiday Peekers 2011!" created by Elisabeth Bell exclusively for SCACD.  These cuties are so sweet! I was the lucky one chosen to spotlight "Where On The Tree"  Let me tell ya there is a lot you can do with this sweetie.  When I saw her I wanted a big Christmas tree behind her. I tried making a few and they just didn't cut it! Then I remember I had Christmas Tree Topper's from Flower-Soft which I had to cut down quite a bit but it was exactly what I wanted! Nestabilites circle was used to cut the round Christmas ball out with and I used Versamarker watermark Pen to color the cap of the ball and heat embossed it with gold embossing power,  I replaced the sting on the image with gold string that came with a fruit basket I received. Packages were added the bottom of the photo to give a more realistic look!

  • Basic Grey Nordic Holiday paper
  • Copics: Face E11, E00, E000, Hair: E50, E39, E37,  R59, R37, R35, R32 E21, Shirt: E59. R37. R35. R32., Pants; G28, G24, G21. 
  • Stickles; To her bow
TIP OF THE DAY.  Cleaning Copics. My friend Suzanne Dean showed me a really cool way to clean the tips of my copics. When your pen starts  squeaking across the page and you just filled it. Or your paper starts getting tacky and if you feel the brush it feels tacky. This means probably your brush needs clean. Before I used to take my nibs and soak them in alcohol.  You don't have to do that anymore!! Use an alcohol pad to clean it.  You can purchase them  in any drug store, walmart, CVS, etc. You have all seen these 2 x 2 alcohol pads if you ever receive a shot or had blood drawn, They are used to clean your skin. Simply take your tip while it is still in the marker, lay it onto the alcohol pad and squeeze it with your fingers and thumb. I do it until I see the white of the tip. That's it! It will act like it's brand new.
    The Holiday Peeker 2011 Collection are now available at  Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design OR for those of you in the UK/Europe: Quixotic Paperie!

    You can see lots more inspirations with these cuties by visiting the SCACD store blog to see my sis-tahs awesome and gorgeous creations.
    Last but not least:  Read my post below for an awesome party you do not want to miss with over $800.00 in prizes being given away at The Outlawz

    A big hug to all of my friends for stopping by!!

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Winter Wonder by Sylvia Zet

    Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun or just for you?  Saturday morning we delivered the favors I made for the baby shower (pictures of them are in my previous posting) and let me tell ya! The lady I made them for made me feel like I turned saw dust into gold! She raved on and on about how much she loved them and it was a good feeling to say the least!  I love to craft and make money and it is awesome when you can combine the two!!

    My card today is showcasing "Winter Wonder!" Yep, another cutie pie from the "Adventures of Loli" collection created by Sylvia Zet for SCACD Stamps! I really love this image and think she is so cute walking hand and hand with her teddy!

    Over all I love the card, but her hair is a little bland and I am still learning to do the pleats. The pleats did look much better before I tried to add the swirl pattern into the dress with my white pen! We live and learn in crafting!

    Copics: E11, E00, E000.  Hair and teddy bear: E50, E51, E53, E55. Dress, B16, B14, B12, B000, R85, R83, R81. Sparky Fluff on her cap and coat. Diamond glaze added to the candle and her shoes. Stickles added to the snow flakes and flower. My snowflakes are foam found in the children's dept at Michael's topped with Prima snowflakes

      The Outlawz Challenges is having a huge party celebrating 1000 Members!!  Oh let me tell you!! You do not want to miss this party!!! Our sponsors have been more than generous with us!! Two of the prizes are $100.00 gift certificates....YES, you read that right!! TWO $100.00 gift certificates to your favorite stores!! Plus, lots, lots more! Right now we are having a pre-party challenge going on you like paper? Do you like ribbon? Then follow me over to The Outlawz Challenges and you can win don't even have to do a creation to win these prizes!! Come on let's go!!!



    Thank you my friends for stopping by. Your the reason I'm here!

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Poppy Sylvia Zet

    Hello happy crafters!  Read to the bottom for important information!! I am so sorry I have been MIA. Life is sometimes very busy and you know how it can be. We made a trip to Pittsburgh to see the STEELERS win! I made 120 favors which made two cakes for a baby shower. I will post photo's below. Went on a road trip with Suzanne Dean to Delaware for her wonderful copic classes. I met anaRy (creator of Gilli), Melanie and Ann who are on my Outlawz Design Team  and had a blast!! I can't even remember everything I did! Plus, our next door neighbors are having their kitchen remodel so I have been having them to dinner. I'm tired!

    My card today was made using Poppy! Poppy is one of the images from the Loli and Poppy Collection  which Sylvia Zet created exclusively for SCACD and I love them! They are adorable, whimsy, cute and fun to color! I am really happy the way she turned out!! I love fall colors!

    Paper: I believe it is Victoria Gardens by Echo Park
    Copics: skin: E11, E00, E000, RV11. Hair: E17, E15, E11. Mushroom. E17, E15, E11, E43, E35, YR04. Outfit: BG45, BG02, BG000. Yellow: Y18, Y11.
    Scroll: Maryann Design Dies
    Flowers: Petaloo
    Butterfly: Stash
    Nestability Lacey Circle
    Martha Stewart deep doily punch
    Shapabilities tags

    SCACD has new embossing folders and Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps in stock—so check them out! Lots and lots of 6 x 6 paper pads with some yummy Halloween and Christmas!

    This is what I have been waiting to tell you!!!  The Outlawz Challenges is having a huge party celebrating 1000 Members!!  Oh let me tell you!! You do not want to miss this party!!! Our sponsors have been more than generous with us!! Two of the prizes are $100.00 gift certificates....YES, you read that right!! TWO $100.00 gift certificates to your favorite stores!! Plus, lots, lots more! Right now we are having a pre-party challenge going on you like paper? Do you like ribbon? Then follow me over to The Outlawz Challenges and you can win don't even have to do a creation to win these prizes!! Come on let's go!!!

    These are the pictures of the favor cakes I made!!

    Thank you so very much for stopping by! See you at The Outlawz!

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Hope Sylvia Zet's Release day for SCACD

    It's finally here and happening right now! Sylvia Zet images created exclusively for SCACD Stamps are released and available now! Wait until you see all eight, yes eight! Each one is cuter then the next and so versatile!  All holidays from Christmas to birthday creations could be made using these stamps. A complete year available in 8 adorable images! 

    Susana wants to make sure everyone can enjoy Sylvia's  adorable images and has made them available in discounted sets!  Buying the complete sets in good quality red rubber is the way to go! It's like getting one image free! They can be purchases at SCACD and for our international friends and the UK you can purchase them at Quixotic Paperie!

    To celebrate the SCACD and  Quixotic Paperie design team with some fabulous guests have created an awesome, inspirational  blog hop for you to enjoy! Come see the adventures of Loli, Shellie, Poppy and the rest of their friends!

    I have the honor of introducing to you "Hope!"  Look at this sweet, hopeful angel holding her puppy!  My card was created for my sweet cousin, Barb.   Our family has seen better days and I want her to know, she is my angel and we will always have prayer and hope together!

    Copics: Hair:25, E31, E50, YR 20. Skin: E21, E00, E000, RV10. Wings: YR02,YR00, YR000. Hope chest: YR24, YR23, Y15, Y11, YR 02. YG23. 
    Ribbon: Olfry
    Paper: Jillibean, Dutch Mustard Soup
    You should have hopped here from special guest:  Mary Giemza.
    Next hop will be to another  fabulous quest: Zoe McGrath
    If your just joining and would like to start at the beginning of the hop - that would be at my talented DT sister: Elaine Huges.

    The complete list of all the inspirational blogs can be found at SCACD blog "Hearts and Hugz" 

    Don't forget to check out all of SCACD's wonderful products,
    for all of your crafting needs! 
    The best selection of paper pads anywhere!
    Happy Hopping and thank you for stopping!!! Enjoy the rest of the hop! Hugz, Colleen


    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Good Luck Penn State!

    Happy Wednesday everyone! Yea! It's hump day!  Row, Row, Row your boat! Let me tell ya, we have been getting constant heavy rain for 3 days now. Pretty soon we will be rowing down the streets. Sure wish we could ship it to Texas and other states that are in a major drought with wild fires. Gosh, can't the weather just even out for a bit and give everyone some relief?

    All the schools went back in session including the colleges this week! Sad for it means the end of summer, but it is also the beginning of football season!! Yeah Steelers and Penn State!  Can you tell I'm a PA girl? At my husbands work they have interns for the summer.  One is a young man returning back to Penn State College and is a player on the great Nittany Lions Soccer Team! They ordered a "good luck" card for him.  Oh yea, I would be happy to make him one!  I love Penn State!!

    My card was created using  Elizabeth O'Dulemba's , "Back To School"  image.  Are you familiar with her work? Elizabeth is an award winning author/illustrator who creates awesome images and even better yet...she sharess them for free. Each Tuesday she releases a new creation and you can see all of them here.

    Copics: Apple R37, R35, R32. Green: G28, G24, G21. E37, E35, E31 (I think) Y35, Y28, Y15, Y11.
    Penn State emblem: I copy and pasted one from the internet and printed it out on Gina K 180 lb card stock.
    Paper: SEI, I'm An Athlete

    TIP OF THE DAY: Making flower soft or fluffy snow.  Take two Styrofoam balls and rub them together. You will create a friction and will create tiny little flakes and perfect just like it is for snow.  By placing the shavings into a plastic bag or placing them on a dish, add a few drops of re-inkers, food coloring and mix thoroughly till you have your desire color. Let dry to air. Flower soft or other fluff can be up to $7.00 per jar. A bag of Styrofoam balls $1.00, which will make you as much as you want! Easy peasy and they look almost identical!

    Don't forget...
    Friday, September 9th is RELEASE DAY
    for the Sylvia Zet Collection for SCACD!  We hope you will join us in welcoming these cuties to the SCACD Stamp Family!!! Please, check  SCACD Store blog HERE on Friday, September 9th for an awesome blog hop with  VERY special and extremely talented designer sisters and guest!
    Would you like to win? 

    All you need to do is enter one challenge over at The Outlawz!! That's easy! 

    Challenges entered 

     Divas by design: Back to school
    Dude Time Doodle   Man card

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Sweet Cheeks Peeker! SCACD

    Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope where ever you live you had a beautiful, gorgeous day like we did here in Maryland! It was in the mid 80's, lots of sunshine and gorgeous clouds!! One of my favorite things to do is look at the clouds and make animals, creatures, angels or whatever comes to mind. At one time, every time I looked up I saw my dog, Sparky, who was my best friend for 15 years. The strange part is when I got Rags those clouds disappeared. LOL and I have looked and looked for them and never see them anymore. It's like once he knew I had another best friend, he didn't need to watch over me anymore. I know  your all thinking I am nutzy...well, at least it's a good nutz!

    Say "Hello!" to Sweet Cheeks, just one of the adorable images from the Peekers # 2 collection,
    created by Elisabeth Bell exclusively for SCACD Stamp Company. Doesn't she just melt your heart!?!!

    Copics: Skin: E21, E00, E000. Hair: E25, E31, E50. Bathing Suit: R39, R37, R35, R32.
    Paper: Stash
    Flowers: Prima
    Nestability Big Scallop Oval and sponged Memento Ink:  Summer Sky around the inside edges.
    Magic Mesh
    Sentiment: Stash

    If you love adorable - you will love all of the Peekers!

    All of the stamps at SCACD are over the top! Not only are the totally adorable but are made with good quality rubber. The images, stamp with distinct clear lines the first time, every time!!

    SYLVIA ZET FOR SCACD BLOG CANDY! Sylvia designed 8 super darling stamps exclusively for SCACD and Susana split them into two sets, Poppy and Loli! And that's now all!! She is giving one set of each away!! How can you win a set? All's you have to do is answer one question!! ONE! And, they could possible in your hands next week!

    Talking about cuteness! Did you see who else is designing for SCACD now with a HUGE release on Friday, September 9? Honestly, you have to check these images out by Sylvia Zet!! Sylvia designed 8 super darling stamps exclusively for SCACD and Susana split them into two sets, Poppy and Loli! And that's not all!! She is giving one set of each away! How can you win a set? All you have to do is answer one question!! ONE on the SCACD store blog, Follow Your Heart and they could possible be mailed to YOU the day of the release. You can only have until 10 EST on September 1 to answer the question! RUN!!!!

    Check out SCACD store for all kinds of new products.  These are two to die for embossing folders by Craft Concept!

    TIP OF THE DAY:  Did you hear about the new Scor Pal No More Shims Embossing Folder?  Check out this video for everything you can do with it!! Mine came in the mail yesterday and can't wait to try all of this myself! You can emboss a lace, material, bottle caps that you have in your house! MONICA: This reminds me so much of you and your crafty creations with household items!!

    Challenges entered:

    Time of day

    Kostenlose Uhr fur die Homepage clock for blog


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