Velvet Paper detail on over edge tree card

I don’t know why exactly, but I loved this design the minute I saw it and had to grab it. This is one of my recent CUP cut files by Judith Henry called “Seasonal Tree Silhouette”

This is a super simple card… I just took the design, cut the card base and inked it up in this old letter style background using a couple of text stamps I have.  I added on the green foliage layer which is cut from 65lb Recollections green card and then popped a beautiful velvet paper cut tree on top using black SEI velvet paper (see below)  which you can pick up at Michaels in black or red. Velvet paper is great for these intricate cuts, the paper cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore and I love using this. Add on the fact it just feels so dang cool and adds a little extra something something to your cards. The design does come with birds too, but I chose not to add those to this project… but you can see them on the original design.

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Unity Stamps… just a little teenie weenie haul…

 Quick peek at some of the fun things  coming up on the blog   for the end  of Feb/March

..and probably April…. LOL

.. ok ok I have been a bit bad this month… but heh… I had a dry year last year for crafty goodness ….and I am making up for it.. well was..I am now on a self imposed crafty goodness ban till late april.. lol.

But here is my Unity haul from a recent sale, plus I won a sweatshirt from them on one of the Facebook Live sessions..and that arrived  too.  Now these may not all be on sale still, but Unity have great sales promotions all the time… so if you see something you like, just add it to a wish list, and next time they have sales.. check and see what is on sale from your wish list.

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There is a new sale going on this week, plus new bundle kits and deals… check em out  🙂

If you are on Facebook, try and catch one of the Unity Stamp Co Facebook Live sessions.. fun demos and tutorials with the girls and some fab giveaways  during the Live feed too.

Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Deals – Day 3

Bugaboo “Autumn Kidz” Velvet over the edge card

Some of you caught a WIP look at this on Facebook, but here she is.. all finished up and matted, popped on foam and overhanging the stitched frame.

She’s colored with Chameleon Pens and a touch of Zig Kurecolor and Marvy Detailer. sections of the image were cut in to overlap the frame while the main image remained behind the frame.  I am sure it has some fancy technical name, but heck if I know what to call it haha…I just know it’s cool. A couple of the smaller detached details were fussy cut and added to the frame where they should be in the original.

Both layers are foam padded for depth and the image is printed on Velvet Paper…. combined it gives the  card a lush soft feel.

Links and supplies listed below for anyone interested.

First off a close up through my Magnifier light to show off that lush velvet texture. Traditional blending styles will not work with this…. so if you are the type who has to blend to perfection, this is not the paper for you.  It works great with pencils too, but it does have a soft grainy effect look to it….so it may not suite everyone.  Me….I LOVE this paper… it suits my style and tastes perfectly.

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..and here is the finished card, Very CAS ( clean and simple ). I don’t like to add sentiments to cards till I plan to use them; unless I already know who the recipient is, or the occasion. Quite often I just want to  use it as a note card, so I  keep them sentiment free.  I’m sure you have probably noticed that I am not a big fan of making overly fussy cards either and prefer to highlight the image and  in some cases humorous text.  It’s just my style….

bugaboo_autumn_card_wmd..anywho .. there she is… my Autumn Kidz.  I love these muted colors which is funny because hubby and I have argued color schemes and furniture since the day he moved in.  He is all about the browns… and I am all about the black furniture lol.

He must be rubbing off on me  LOL

Supplies

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Lil’Inkers dual stitch frame

Something I never mention, my scissors.  LOL I confess I do not own any “craft” scissors except the little pair that came with my Cricut tool kit.  I actually do most of my intricate cutting with.. erm.. hair dressers scissors lol.

I have an old pair of Triumph Mastercolor scissors from back in my UK days… these must be at least 20 years old and have NEVER ever been sharpened lol.  LOVE these scissors.  I have another set I use too… but I’d have to dig them out to figure out what they are lol.

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Gina Marie Designs Giveaway – Ocean Dies

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Well..  if you thought the giveaways on the blog were over..SURPRISE… nope.. still more to come.

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Just in time for all these summer cards. I have a set of Gina Marie Designs to  give away to one lucky person on the blog.  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me which of the Gina Marie Dies  you already have .. and/or which ones you would love to have.

I already have a bunch of the stitched dies which I love and some  other small dies …. and of course I have a set of these fabulous ocean inspired dies which are perfect for  all of the mermaid images that have been popping up lately in various groups and artists pages. I am secretly coveting the quilt dies… they look so fun.

Scrapbook Outlet very kindly sent me a set of these to play with AND a set to give away..WOOT !  and if you haven’t seen them already check out the other ocean inspired dies that they just released recently…. sooo cool.

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If you are a member of the Kit & Clowder Facebook Group  you may have noticed me playing around with a few ” ocean” themed digital stamps  lately… so stay tuned to see what projects I make with these.  In the meantime… if you want a chance to win a set of your own..  hop to it  and leave your comment below.

 

One lucky winner will receive  both die sets shown above… shells  and coral.

Eligibility – US only 

Ends August 10th, 2016  midnight central time.

Winner Random winner from eligible comments, 1 entry per person. winner will be contacted at email  address used to sign up and must respond from that account to claim.

Chameleon Pens – New Skintone 5 Pack Giveaway

chameleon_logoChameleon Pens have joined us as a End of Spotlight Series Prize Sponsor.  If you missed the whole spotlight Series  last month…. you can find all of the Spotlight Series Guests & their fun Q&A’s as well as the main post for the Spotlight Series Giveaway with all the fab prizes up for grabs HERE.

Chameleon Pens; as you know if you are a regular blog visitor are one of my top two preferred pens for cardmaking and coloring my stamps & digital stamps.  I got a set of these skintone pens to play with from the recently released new color palette…and I am “in luuuuurrrv” You will have seen these used in my recent projects..shame on you if you haven’t been following my blog *grin.

I have to say I was and still am extremely impressed with the new skintone palette, specially NU00 Nude .. LOVE  that pen….. and now you have a chance to try them too.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to score a set for free….  these pens are available for purchase at Chameleon Pens and I’d be  a happy lil clam if you considered purchasing them through the links below, or throughout the  blog.

.. I earn commission on purchase made through my affiliate  links….every lil helps…. but even if you don’t …. here’s the run down anyway.

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The new expanded range comes in a gorgeous carrying case.  I was well impressed with the packaging on my original 22 pen set… but the new one  * sigh… one day you will be mine !!

 

 

 

If you already own the 22 pen  set, you can buy the expansion… I know all you online gamers just love that word “expansion”  which includes the new colors in the awesome carrying case.. with room to add in your original set …. totally rockin idea there  Chameleon 🙂
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If you are on a tight budget … of course you can always just grab the  new palette range in 5 packs.. either individually..or in the bundle deal they have available.

and if you are REALLY REALLY strapped for cash but still would love to try these.. guess what.. you can buy these pens individually too….. so that NU00 can still be yours.

 

 

 

 

But …. in the meantime, I have a set with someone’s name on them and you don’t even have to  leave a comment…unless you want to and that would be really cool too.  It helps me and the sponsors see which of the posts/offers are popular and whether it’s worth repeating similar offers/giveaways or not in the future.

So if you want to see more offers and giveaways…. say now, or forever hold your piece!!!

Big Shout Out to Chameleon Pens, not only for a fantastic product which I love…. but for giving me a chance to share this fab product with one of you!

I know, I know..get on with the giveaway details….  It’s very simple…………..

 

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click here and enter your email address and one lucky person is gonna be getting an email from Chameleon in August congratulating them on their new Skintone 5 pack.

Contest Ends July 31st 2016.
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Spotlight Series Day 28 , Marcella – Power Poppy

 

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Who are you?  
Marcella Hawley, owner, illustrator, and creative director of Power Poppy

Where are you?
Midwest is best! (I saw that on a t-shirt)

 

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Instagram: @marcellahawley

 


When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
My mom used to tell a story from when I was about four, a nursery school teacher said, “Marcy, when you grow up, do you want to be an artist?” I replied, “I already am an artist!” I developed cartoons based on my friends and our adventures, spent hours figuring out how to hand-letter skateboarding logos, illustrated album backer cards at my high school job as a record store clerk — but after i got a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, I started getting paid to do art and design. How do ya like them apples!

Which decade do you think had the best music?
Huge music fan from all decades and so many genres. Punk rock, classical, jazz, funk, soul, Americana, rock n’ roll, ska, power pop… there’s so much in there I could never narrow it down!

How many people work for/with you?
We are fortunate to work with so many smart, talented, good people. I am based in my St. Louis studio, we have an awesome advisor for marketing and business in Montana, and we have a two incredible teams of designers from all over the world who show the possibilities with our stamp designs: the Bloom Brigade and the Instant Gardeners. I have excellent vendors and distribution folks, too. Also, my kids help pack up orders. 🙂

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
For the longest time I didn’t create products, I worked as a graphic designer, botanical illustrator, and magazine art director helping other folks promote and sell their wonderful products. 10 years ago I started a design and branding studio, working for all kinds of clients, from entrepreneurs to global companies, and I still operate this business. I launched Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley in 2014. My very first product was the Azalea stamp set, and it remains one of our best sellers.

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Here’s an example of my watercolor/gouache treatment of this stamp

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon.
Old school Bugs Bunny. Grew up watching Looney Tunes and still am entertained by the humor and cleverness of the team that put those together. Big fan of Mel Blanc. Those cartoons helped shape my sense of humor! Along with Stan Freberg, Three Stooges, and my dad.


Favorite quote?
Again, I have so many! But this one by gardener Alan Lacy sums me up pretty well: “I was born in the spring and never got over it.”

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
Sakura Pigma Micron pens/Bristol illustration board, and my trusty Mac loaded up with the Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
Cheezits are my downfall. So I really try not to buy them, or I will eat the whole box.

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
That is a great question! As a kid, I wished my parents had named me, and this is how I would spell it, “Anjelikka” — and oh, how I am grateful that they did not take me up on this concept. I’m named after the little girl in the Raggedy Ann series of books by Johnny Gruelle, which was also the name of his daughter: Marcella.

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If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
While my guy has a bunch of tattoos, I have harbored no desire to get one. I mean, once you get it, there it is forever. That said, recently I started seeing gorgeous botanical tattoos of a few artists on Instagram, so beautifully done and without the thick black outline…. wouldn’t a wisp of rosemary intertwined with a budding peony be kind of cool?

 

 



What is your best and worst personality trait?
Best trait: I’m a positive person and I like to bring a positive spark to others, even by just being cheerful to you know, the gas station checkout guy up the street. That just might make him feel a little more cheerful, and then he’ll pass it on, and so forth.
Worst trait: Extreme over-scheduler, over-complicator and procrastinator. So, I guess that is three worst things. Good thing I’m so positive or that could be really depressing!

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
It is so hard to pick a favorite, I’m sure you hear that all the time, but they are all my babies. I’m a fan of the “more is more” school of thought, so my true favorites tend to be the more rich and intricate images. One that I am very proud of is Daffodils, and particularly in that set, I love the bouquet of multiple Daffodil varieties bundled with Muscari. When I see what crafters do with this image, I almost feel like crying. Folks are so talented, and it’s just really heartwarming to watch how each person uniquely brings my artwork to life.

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Gorgeous card sample using the image from Daffodils that I love, by designer Katie Sims:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta pick a favorite digital stamp, too, Spring Meadow Bouquet. I am all about seeking out, celebrating, and illustrating plants that aren’t the most popular or in the mainstream. Everybody can draw a daisy. I like to draw Fritillaria meleagris, Leucojum aestivum, Dicentra spectabilis… I’m a plant nerd to the core. I hope to convert others to more exotic plants, and help teach them that there is more to life than Tulips. Though I do enjoy Tulips. 🙂

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A gorgeous card made using this digi by designer Christine Okken:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?

Gosh, I would love to think that it was someone like Gertrude Jekyll, the British horticulturist and garden designer. But it was probably more like an odd Trillium plant out in the woods somewhere.

What’s your favorite color?
All shades of green. I am passionate about green – the essence of plants, moss, lichen, ahhhhhh green.

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
I sing in the shower whether or not someone is listening. Also, in the car and at my desk

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Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
Ha! Well, let’s see, I still go skateboarding at age 45, and a few years ago, got my motorcycle license and started riding off road and on the street. I don’t know if I’ll go out, as Doug hopes to: “worn down like the nub of a pencil”, but I hope to live it up as long as I can, and not complain about feeling old. I took my boy to see AC/DC earlier this year, and watching those 60-70 year old dudes rocking extremely hard for two hours without showing an iota of tiredness — that moved me. If Angus Young can do it, I can do it!

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
I’d be my zippy little 1974 Yamaha RD60 café-racer-style motorcycle, in metallic turquoise with racing stripes.

Who is your inspiration/muse?
I have so many, from artists and designers such as Tasha Tudor, Botticelli, Josef Frank, Mary Engelbreit, Susie Cooper, Redouté, Lulu Guinness, and writers/thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau, Anais Nin, and Wayne Dyer. Gardeners and plant hybridizers inspire me. Doug’s zest for life inspires me. But it all begins with my mother, Susan. She was and is my muse. She instilled so much encouragement, love, and genuine care for us, not to mention keen interest in art, gardening, decorating, collecting. I am into all of those things because of her opening our minds to exploration. My mom’s mantra was “act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic!” Boy, was she ever that. I miss her more than words can say, she passed away in February from breast cancer. She ruled so hard.

I painted this image of my mom for a magazine article

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and a link to my blog post about my mom, if you are so inclined:
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2016/02/in-memory-of-susan-h-smith-mama-susan.html

 

 

 

 


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Sharing a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with the love of my life, Doug, drinking from supercool handblown glasses by Missouri artist, Kaeka Maehata (http://www.kaekomaehata.com/Home.html), sitting in bed watching The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt on Netflix.

What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
I worked as a hostess and a server at the Olive Garden in college. Hospitalino y’all. (Of course I found a way to commandeer the chalk board and hand-lettered the welcome sign and today’s specials!)

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Oh man. I would have to say zenmaster Thich Naht Hanh. I don’t have anything I could even ask, I would just bask in his calm presence, his peaceful knowing, his smile. He is the wisest person alive in my opinion.

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What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
Gardening, cooking for pleasure, reading decorating magazines. I find it challenging to really let down, so relaxing for me often involves still doing something.

 

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school?
It usually wasn’t the subject as much as the teacher who inspired me to enjoy the material. As such, I had a great experience in Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, even though I don’t “like” math. The inspiring teacher was key! Am fascinated by history, but had several snorefest teachers along the way that made it brutal to sit through. I’m curious about English and Literature, History, Philosophy, Religions … anything in the Art & Design Studio, especially Typography, and all areas of Art & Design History

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
I would draw all of the boys I had a crush on, celebrity or not, from Maxwell Caulfield, the star of Grease 2, to a huge watercolor of Martin Gore from Depeche Mode that I used in my portfolio to get into the Fine Arts program. In fact, I still like to draw cute boys.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
I wrestle with that one. On one hand, I can see going to get an MBA. I’m fascinated with strategy and creating a message, and I would love to know more about the business side of things. I also love being involved in branding and design and being a part of big ideas, but at this phase of life with young children, I do not want to get so caught up in something that I can’t be there to pick them up from school and go to their ballgames, and just enjoy each moment of life before they go off to college. Then again, there are days when the idea of running away to a little cabin and pulling a Thoreau seems quite lovely. “Launch yourself on every wave!”

Would you go cave diving with sharks?
That comment above about launching yourself on every wave… I would not do that if there were sharks involved.

 

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How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
I take forever, and work very intensely on every step. Doug came up with a tagline for me, “Marcy: Making things more complicated than they need to be, since 1971.” It’s really true. We start with a concept for a stamp set, and I’ll roll it around in my mind and research it, discuss it with my trusted advisor, Julie, who will also do research and develop ideas, and sometimes I’ll run it past our brilliant design team members to get their feedback. I’ll go through heaps of magazines and books and read up, I’ll work on sketches, I’ll revise my concept. I’ll go work in the garden, be struck by a flower, and I’ll go in a new direction, then I’ll come back and rework, or start over completely. Eventually – weeks later, maybe months – the “THAT’S IT!” feeling hits me, and I get in my zone and finish up my drawings, take them into ink, scan, run through fine-tuning in Photoshop, search for the perfect fonts or create lettering myself, and send out to our wonderful manufacturers. They turn things around for us very quickly most of the time, and are very patient with my last-minute requests. So, to answer your question, it varies, but it’s a wild ride from start to finish. 🙂

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Quick little tag/bookmark project

This was a super simple and quick project something I have been wanting to do for ages. I have a journaling bible project that I wanted to do for a friend and this would be the perfect bookmark to go with it.  It features one of the Cute As A Button New Releases which came out today.  I was lucky enough to get sent some tags which were perfect for this project too.

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This image was colored with pencil and alcohol blender for a soft wash look, foam strips cut with a wavy blade for  texture and depth.. protects the image without  damaging the book. A tassel from a pack I got at Michaels, with a couple of pony beads attached for weight  and all attached to the tag using Zig Photo Tape.

Fun, quick and easy project you can do for yourself, or with the kids.  Would make a fun project for bible study groups, or retreats/camps etc too.

 

 

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Challenges entered:

Day 1 Faery Ink – $25 Gift Cert.

PRIZE: $25 Gift Cert.

SPONSOR: Faery Ink

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 1: Amanda Byron – Faery Ink and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:

     

  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

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PRIZE:  $15 Store Voucher

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 2: Janice – Scrapper’s Delights  and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
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  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

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    Winner announced July 10-15th

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