Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Challenge

Hi everyone!  I am back for the 2nd time today... this time with a birthday card that I will be entering in the Scrappy Frogs Challenge.  I steered away from the traditional, bold birthday style and created a card that was a little softer thinking maybe one that I would send it to a dear friend or family member.  

Once again, I was browsing the SplitCoastStampers website and came across the Criss Cross template.  I used my copics, score pal, and glossy accents.  I also used a new product (well, it is new to me) called Viva Decor Pearl Pen- Cream.  I am absolutely in love with these.  I wish my photo showed the effects of it on this card.  You can make your own very own 3-dimensional "bling" on your projects.  They come in many colors and I got mine from Scrapbookpal.   They ship out the same day as the order is placed and it came a day earlier than they projected.  And what's even better is the free shipping with an order of $25 or more.

Thank you for stopping by... again!

A Mother's Day!

Happy day after Memorial Day everyone.  
I had a fabulous long weekend and hope that yours was just as wonderful.  
I spent most of my time either in the pool soaking up the sun, upstairs crafting, or reading a book.  
I hope to do much of the same this upcoming weekend as well :-)

Here is one of the cards that I worked on this weekend.  It is for the Mother's Day Challenge
over at Copic Muskateers.  
My mother is an incredible woman.  I thought about her as I colored, cut, and pasted every part of this card.  I thought about how lucky I am to have such a loving, hard working, beautiful mom.  

I used the side step card template I found at Splitcoaststampers.  

Friday, May 27, 2011


I am super excited about this card.  I am entering this "cranky" little girl into the Color Me Creative #18 "White" Challenge and Mo's Digital Challenge #84 "Pearls and Flowers."

This cute stamp is "Two Tasha" from Mo's Digital Pencil Shop.  She is absolutely adorable and reminds me of a couple people I know :-)

I used my fabulous Copic markers to color her, along with some Prima Flowers, Martha Stewart border punch, pearls, and the Cricut machine.

I hope she makes you smile when you look at her!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Put your BIG GIRL panties on!

Hi everyone.  My name is Josee' and this is my very first challenge entry.  I used my Prisma colored pencils to color this cute Meljens Designs "Lacy Panties" stamp.  I have entered this card in Meljens Design sketch challenge #59.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Get Well Soon!

Hi everyone!  
Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am very excited about this post.  I have been putting off entering a challenge and I am finally taking the plunge thanks to Paola's encouragement.  

This card is for the Meljen's # 59 sketch challenge.  I used the Whimsy Stamps "Sick Little Bear" stamp.  This adorable little fella is colored with my Copics and I used the Cricut to make the bandaids.  

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday, Kellie!

I swear I think that Mo's Digital Pencil Shop has read the book.  "What book?" you might ask.  My autobiography.  I have found so many stamps that directly reflect the people or things in my life.  These stamps are so darn adorable which brings me to this post.

I have a wonderful friend, Kellie, who is stationed overseas in Afghanistan.  I did not get her birthday card or package to her in time for her birthday.  Things have been so hectic with the passing of my grandfather that I just did not get around to it until yesterday.  I did, though, actually think of her ON her day!

Kellie is a unique person.  She is athletic and funny... loves to play Mexican Train Dominos and she is a big time coffee drinker!  She loves animals and that's good because she is also a veterinarian.  Every time she would come over to visit, my 2 cats, Bizzy and Boomer, would run for cover.  She never would just "pet" them.  She would "pet" them with the hands of a vet.  Feeling... poking... prodding...

So, of course, when I saw this stamp I had to get it.  It reminds me of Bizzy just dangling while she investigated his body for any abnormalities.  Josee' and I would not have her any other way <but don't tell the kitties that.>  She is a good friend and she is missed a lot.  She is in our prayers every day for a safe return home, a game of dominios, and a hot cup of coffee.

Happy Belated Birthday, Kellie!

Mo's Digital Pencil Shop, "Patience"

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yaaaay!!!! I am Copic Certified

Yay me!  Yay me! Yaaaaaaay Me!

I am not quite certain when "it" began and by "it," I mean my love of Copics.  I have always had a love of crafts and have been a scrapbooker for many years.  A few years back I became interested in stamping and card making and I even thought about becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator but I never pursued it.  

My grandmother, who is now 82 years old, is an avid card sender.  

She sends cards! 

To every one!  

For every occasion!  

This has become her identifying trademark.  There is just something exciting about opening the mailbox and finding a colored envelope addressed to you.  What's even more special is to open the card that was handpicked just for you and to read the beautifully scripted words that have stickers sporadically placed, even substituting letters.  I have tried to follow in her footsteps.  I am not as faithful as she is.  

I, like my grandmother, love to send cards to the people I care about and let them know they are being thought of.  Birthday, graduation, new baby, holiday, sympathy, or just because.  It doesn't matter the event.  What matters is acknowledging the event.  And there is no better way than by sending a card.  And for me, not just any card.  I like to create/design my own cards.  And this is where the Copics come into play.  

I was watching YouTube videos on cards one day and all of a sudden... out of nowhere... I am watching with amazement at someone using some crazy looking markers.  Switching back and forth between 2 or 3 colors.  I hear her talking about blending and flicking and shading.  I watched as she turned a cute black and white stamped image into a vibrant piece of artwork.  Then I realized these weren't just any markers.  They were COPIC markers.  And I had to have them!  So off I went shopping!

I am very fortunate to have a partner that spoils me relentlessly.  She has made sure that I am equipped with many, many Copics, paper, Copic refills, stamps, and ink.  I have colored more as an adult in the past year than I probably did my entire childhood.

So here I sit, about a year later, and I am still in love with my Copics.  I feel like Brick, from the ABC sitcom "The Middle."  When someone mentions Copics, I drop my head with my chin to my chest, quietly form the words on my lips and gently say in a sloooooooow drawn out voice, "Coooooopicssss."    

I love my Copics!  I love to Copic!  I have been wanting to take the Copic Certification class for about 6 months but I was too nervous.  I kept checking back on the website and finally a class had opened up in Charlotte, NC- about 3 hours from me.  My heart raced!  I filled out the application form!  I was excited! And then I got nervous and decided not to apply.  I watched as the days drew near thinking it would fill up.  And then, the day before the class on Wednesday, 4-27-11, my work schedule opened up and the class still showed availability.  I emailed Nancy at 4:45pm and within an hour, she emailed me back and said to go!  

So Josee' packed me up, made a hotel reservation, and we were on the road.  To Charlotte!  For a "Cooooooopic" class!  Oh eM Geeeee!  

Colleen Schaan was the instructor.  She was absolutely fabulous!  I could have sat for days on end and listened to her talk about Copics, how to lay color and blend, and how to use them to achieve certain effects.  Did I mention she was fabulous?  She was encouraging and inspirational and made we want to "color!"  The class was filled mostly with newbie Copic enthusiasts, like myself.  I was able to meet several really nice ladies and I hope that we can keep in contact with each other.

Yay me!  Yay me!  Yaaaaaaay Me!

I am a Copic certified designer!  

Monday, May 9, 2011

Love, Bizzy & Boomer

Dear Emma and Jennifer,

We are very sorry to hear that poor Emma spent some time at the doggy hospital.
 We are certain that your two legged friend, Jennifer, will take very good care of you! 
We hope that you will be up and running again soon, and if you need anything 
please tell your two legged person contact our two legged person! 


Love, Bizzy & Boomer

Mo's Digital Pencil Shop, "Buds"

Reach for the stars, Cortney!

  My niece, Cortney, will be graduating from high school 
in 11 days, 1 hour, and 17 minutes.

Cortney is...
and full of life!

She has her entire life ahead of her and can pluck any star she wants from the sky!

Reach for the stars, Cortney!

Mo's Digital Pencil Shop, "Stars"

Slow down, Savannah Michele

Slow down, Savannah Michele.  
You are growing up way too fast!

My niece, Savannah, recently graduated from elementary school.
She is a smart, young girl (4.0) and I am so proud of her. 
When I saw this cute stamp, I immediately thought of her and it hit me
just how fast she is growing up.
Time doesn't stand still for any of us and I wish her
a life full of adventure... but can't she just slow down a bit?

 Mo's Digital Pencil Shop, "Byebye."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tribute to my grandfather

In memory of my wonderful Grandpa Blanton.  

Grandpa was a good man... devoted to his family and loyal to his friends.

He loved to work!  

He started his own heating and air business and he had the respect from every person he provided services to.

His love was the outdoors.  Anything dealing with flowers or vegetables.  He built a huge green house and enjoyed growing beautiful hanging baskets and potted plants from tiny remnants from neglected plants.  He also had a garden where tomatoes, cucumbers, and all sorts of vegetables seemed to thrive from his TLC.  

But what really made my grandpa happy was loading up his hooptie <the old family station wagon> with his masterpieces and venturing out to old customers, local physicians, family, and friends.  He took great delight in giving the most vibrant colored arrangements and juiciest of tomatoes to all those that had an impact on his life.

I will miss my grandpa terribly!

He was a good man and an incredible grandpa!

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