Monday, August 31, 2009

CHA-S 2009 - KI Memories Good Tidings

Today, I got to play with KI Memories new "Good Tidings" line. I love the burgundy/brown in the Christmas color scheme....

Photo by Araxi Dertavitian.

TFL! Wendy

Sunday, August 30, 2009

CHA-S 2009 - KI Memories Little One

Using the new release "Little One" from KI Memories

Photo by Araxi Dertavitian

TFL! Wendy

Friday, August 28, 2009

CHA-S 2009 - KI Memories Heirloom

Today, I'm playing with the new Heirloom release from KI Memories. Such pretty patterns and papers. Coming soon to lifetimemoments.

Also using the August 09 Kit of the Month - following my heart - from Unity Stamp Company

TFL. Wendy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

aug 27 hip hop

*** Edited * and the winner of the blog candy (c/o random number picker) is:

Nikki said...

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August 27, 2009 3:48 PM

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Good morning everyone!! Welcome to Hip Hop, our very last one!! Oh, I can't wait to see what September has in store for us!!!!

This week, I'm playing with the awesomest September kit of the month. SO MUCH FUN!!!

This little rag doll is just so awesome!! So cute, and how many times have you felt like this??

My second card is just because I so feel this way.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CHA-S 2009 - Fancy Pants *dancing girl*

Today's feature is Fancy Pants Design's "Dancing Girl" line. You can preorder it here...

TFL! Wendy

1) Dance Recital

2) A Good Show

Monday, August 24, 2009

rrsk1 birthday diva

here's my entry for RRSK1. See blog post here for information about the rubber romance contest, and how to enter for a chance for some free Rubber Romance stamps. This stamp is "April" from Rubber Romance, sentiment also from Rubber Romance.

TFL! Wendy

this uses the new Little Sprout collection from Fancy Pants.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

CHA-S 2009 - Cosmo Cricket - Earth Love

Today, I'm featuring the Earth Love collection from Cosmo Cricket. Like all Cosmo's collections, this one is just a little bit funky, always colorful, totally vintage. I love it!! TFL! Wendy

1) Live Slow

2) B is for Baby

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cha-s 2009 Basic Grey Eerie *may the force be with you*

Another layout with the new EERIE line from Basic Grey. You can pre-order it HERE.

I love these pictures. They're just so "boy"...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rubber Romance Sketch 1 and contest

Hello everyone!!! Rubber Romance has its cardsketch 1 up at the blog... Play along for a chance to win some free rubber romance stamps:

1) Create a card using Rubber Romance Stamps, based on the sketch below
2) Upload it to your gallery at Rubber Road Adventures with the tag: RRSK1
3) To be entered into the random drawing a second time, post your card on your blog along with a link to the challenge at the rubber romance blog. Then post the link to your blog post in the comments for the post at the rubber romance blog.

Deadline August 27th at midnight eastern.

Hope you can play along with us!!

[[I'm only partially done with my card - its been a busy few days. I'll be back and post it by the weekend.]]

Thursday, August 20, 2009

aug 20 hip hop

Good morning everyone!! Welcome to Hip Hop for August 20.

This week, I'm using the Unity Scrapbook Store KOTM. I love love love this kit. So perfect for stamp-booking.

This first layout also uses the Stylin Stars kit.

My second one is just the KOTM - but there's a bunch of it. :)

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japanese dollar store

oh, when I go to one, I can wander forever.....

for those of you not lucky enough to have one nearby, i found this one online. I've never used it, so use at your own risk - but it looks pretty authentic to me. all those pretty boxes and papers - including those document boxes many use for stamp storage (that's here). Enjoy.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cha-s 2009 Basic Grey Eerie *boo*

Today, I'm working with the new EERIE line from Basic Grey. I'm normally not a big halloween person, but the kids' increasing interest really starts to rub off on me. These papers were so much fun to work with. You can pre-order it HERE.

Technique tip: you can make your own "epoxy" letters by layering a coat of diamond glaze over the top - the same technique to make "wet" looks that I wrote about a few entries back.

TFL. Wendy

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

CHA-S 2009 - My Minds Eye - Oh La La

I always love the immediate weeks after a CHA show. I always get so inspired with the new products. In the next few weeks, I'll be featuring some of the newly released lines.

First up today is My Minds Eye - Oh La La for Him - preorder it here...

My first project is the August ad challenge at lifetimemoments - I did ad #5


Because I had bits left over, I made a card, using a Gorguss girl from Sugar Nellie.

TFL! Wendy

Monday, August 17, 2009

two in love

I love this little fishbowl stamp from the Hodge Podge of Happiness kit from Unity Stamp Company. Such a whimsical cute love card....

TFL. Wendy

Sunday, August 16, 2009

COPIC coloring - tutorial 4 - 1 pen shading

Hands down these copic markers are amazing. But they are spendy... Worth every penny. Don't let the cost hold you back. You can still use them if you are in the building mode and only have a few markers.

There is no question that the more shades you put in an image to blend in, the deeper your image becomes. But that does not mean that if you have fewer shades you cannot create something beautiful that still surpasses "regular" markers, even if it doesn't look the same as a multi-copic-shaded blended image.

I've written before about how when you go over your dried copic color with the same marker, it darkens the color by about 1/2 color value. You can use that effect for a 1 pen shading.

Here, I am using a stamp from the August 2009 kit of the month from Unity Stamp Company Following my Heart- stamped with memento ink on simply smooth cardstock and COPIC YG03. (As an aside - this cardstock is a DREAM... My results with my copics on this paper surpasses everything else I've tried. I highly recommend it.) When I color with my copics, because the saturation can stain what's underneath, I color over a page ripped from an old magazine, to protect my mat.

I have my light source coming in from the top left of the picture, so the bottom right would be the darkest in terms of shading. Color that part of the image first. REALLY color it - go over and over and over so that your paper is VERY saturated.

Your back side of the image should look something like this - see how solid the saturation is?

Next, using a light hand, color the balance of your image from left to right. Keep your hand light here because you want an even but single layer of color. When you get to the area where you laid the color down before, start to use your small circular motions to blend the seams, and continue and add another layer of color over your previous dark side to darken it even more.

The backside should look something like this. Sorry, this picture came out a little blurry. But you can see the solid color on the left and barely on the right.

To me, it still looked a little flat, and so I took my marker again and drew a very fine line outlining the left side of the tree, and then went to the bottom right and did that 2-3 times. Now, it looks a little deeper. I also colored the rest of the image using the same technique.

and here's my finished card - using PRIMA's Mommy and Me line


Saturday, August 15, 2009


Good saturday everyone!! Here is LMCS42 for your sketch viewing pleasure....
And here is my sample. This Rubber Romance image was one my earlier attempts to learn how to blend with the copics. The blends here are horrible. I have since learned how to do a much better job at it. But she's so pretty and I thought I'd make her into a card anyway, so here she is.

TFL. Wendy

Friday, August 14, 2009

rubber romance stamps

I am so excited that I have the honor of joining the inaugural Rubber Romance Stamps design team!! I saw these stamps at the stamping expo and they are some of my total favorites. Those really cool girlie girl stamp cards I make are from their Diva line. I am so stinking excited!!!

The BLOG is here

The ETSY store is here.

Thanks for sharing my excitement with me!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

August 13 Hip Hop

Good morning everyone!! Welcome to Hip Hop for August 13. I'm back from an amazing week in Cancun and totally tanned and relaxed... :) What a gorgeous place to visit.

This week, we're focusing on the August Incentive Kit - Sending My Love. What a sweet little set...

My first card is SC241 -

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Friday, August 7, 2009

lifetimemoments reveal - 8-7

Welcome to my lifetimemoments reveal. This week, we're going green and the theme was to repurpose and reuse.

When I took out these awesome chipboard items from My Little Yellow Bicycle's Traveler collection, my eye was immediately drawn to the graphics

it was easy to simply cut it out, and then punch one side.

I also used a tag punch to punch out this tag from the notebook paper looking insert from the Sassafras stamps...

Because I was unsure of the acid/free nature of this, I buffered my pictures twice. Here's my layout, using the My Little Yellow Bicycle Traveler line, and the Road Trip stamp from Unity Stamp Company:

Road Trip

here is a closeup:

My second project followed a similar thought process, using the October Afternoon Ducks in a Row line. The packaging for the last two show releases from Prima Marketing Inc. always have these beautifully printed/die cut chipboard inserts.

Again, since I was unsure of the acid free-nature, I buffered my picture, again with multiple mats. Here's my layout. I use one of the little notes my DD leaves for me....

TFL. Wendy