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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Make It Crafty Inspiration Design: Fangtastic

Hello!  Anyone who knows me knows Halloween is my favorite holiday!  It may only be March on the calendar, but it is never too early to be thinking about October!  Every year I say I am going to start my Halloween (and Christmas) cards early and then every year I still find myself scrambling last minute!  Well, not this year!  Here is my first Halloween card for 2018 featuring Mini Dracula from Make It Crafty!  He is colored with Copics, fussy cut, and popped up with foam squares.  I also used a MIC chippie which reads "fangtastic".

Dies are all from La-La Land Crafts except for the Weathered Clock Bigz die and Drip Edge Thinlits by Tim Holtz (Sizzix).  The LLLC ones are Ornate Border Large, Tombstones, Frightful Fence, Eerie Bats, and Spider Web Border.  The blood spatter was made with a Martha Stewart punch.

Make It Crafty Products Used:
Fangtastic chipboard word (from Halloween Adapt-A-Word set)

Copics Used:
Skin-N0, N2
Eyes-Y35, Y38
Hair-N2, N4, N6, N8
Clothes-N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, R35, R37, R39, R89, BV000, BV02, BV04, BV08, BV11


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Make It Crafty March Coloring Challenge: Spring Skies

Hello!  It's March and where I live there's no telling what we are going to get weather-wise.  After we were just buried under over a foot of snow this week, I am seriously wishing for something a little more Spring-like!  It seems only fitting that our Make It Crafty coloring challenge this month is to create Spring Skies (with white puffy clouds, of course)!  I had never done this before so was a little nervous, but with some guidance (check out Zoe's awesome Coloring Skies eBook HERE, now on sale with the coupon code from the challenge post) it was much easier than I expected!

I combined a couple of MIC images to create my beachy scene.  I colored Avery at the Beach and Beach Umbrella with Copics then used the markers to create a sky as well.  And who can resist those gorgeous chipboard word sentiments?  Not this girl!  I added the single layered word Love, also colored with Copics.

I was able to squeeze in a few dies, too!  All are from La-La Land Crafts.  I used Love Owl Tag, String of Hearts Border, Heart Header Border, and Heart Doily Border.

Hope you liked my crafty inspiration!  Join us over at the challenge for your chance to win one of three $5 gift vouchers for the MIC shop!  To be eligible you must use at least ONE Make It Crafty product on your project and follow the challenge theme.  All coloring mediums are welcome and your entry does not have to be a finished project.  Enter our Add Spring Skies coloring challenge HERE!

Make It Crafty Products Used:

Copics Used:
Skin-E000, E00, E04, E11, E21
Hair-E70, E74, E79
Bathing Suit and Umbrella-B32, B34, B37, B39
Sand-E30, E33, E34, Copic Black Multiliner
Sky/Clouds-BG000, B00, B60, C0, C1, C3


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Make It Crafty: New Release Blog Hop

We're Celebrating Friendships with a Hot Cuppa and a fun Make It Crafty blog hop!  You should have arrived here from the lovely Sadia's blog.  (If you've gotten lost, the complete list is at the bottom of this post.)

One of my favorite past times with friends is sitting around, having a cuppa, and chatting.  I am more than happy to do this via social media (and often do) but it's hard to beat that face to face interaction with a friend.  Nothing is better than literally getting to LOL with a friend IRL.  You get to see their body language, facial expressions, and hand gestures, all while drinking way too much coffee!

I don't see my friends, near or far, nearly enough in my opinion.  So it's nice to be able to send them some love in the mail and that is where my cards come in!  There is nothing like receiving a handmade gift to remind you how special you are!  And I can tell you that giving them makes me feel pretty good too!

With that in mind this month we are releasing some awesome chipboard sentiments focused in friendship, coffee, and tea!  And thanks to artist Krista Smith there are some fabulous new release images to go along with them!  

Please join us on the hop and be inspired to win one of two fantastic prizes!

Be sure to leave comments along the way and Zoe will be picking a winner from two random posts!  Winners will be announced and contacted on Thursday, February 22nd so get hoppin'!

For my project, I printed Coffee and Yarn (the version without the yarn, bag, and glasses) a bit larger than I normally would and cropped her.  She was then colored with Copic markers.  All dies used are from La-La Land Crafts.  Here I've featured the following: Coffee Cup, Coffee Beans Heart, Napkin (from Spoon and Napkin set), Triangle Lace Border, Sunburst, Stitched Nested Circles, and Scallop Border.  And of course that gorgeous chippie is from Make It Crafty!  I also colored the sentiment with Copics, but there are so many options to choose from when finishing your chippies!  From Stickles to Glossy Accents to Distress Inks and more!  They are so fun to work with and you can find something perfect for every occasion by combing them with each other or with stamped sentiments!

Make It Crafty Products Used:

Copic Markers Used:
Skin/Lips/Eyes-E000.E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, R22, R81, R85, B32, B34
Hair-E23, E31, E79
Clothes/Mug-B32, B34, YG61, YG95, R81, R83, R85

Now off with you to visit Marika and see what caffeinated goodness she has in store for you!

Here is the list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for 10 chances to win!

Regan (that's me!)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Make It Crafty Inspiration Design: Hello Sunshine

Hi there!  It's been a busy week with Valentine's Day in the middle of it all, but I still found some time to color up this gorgeous new digi from Make It Crafty!  I don't usually color flowers so this one was a bit different for me, but I loved the challenge!  Zoe has a whole selection of gorgeous new floral images in the shop!  She has all the elements available separately so you can build your own or you can choose from several gorgeous pre-made options like the one I've used here!  Hello Flower Arrangement is colored with Copics and popped onto a relatively CAS (for me!) card.  The only dies I've used are two from La-La Land crafts: Filigree Elements Border and Filigree Border.  The fun part was deciding which awesome chipboard word to pair with it!  I could have used "Beautiful" or "Gorgeous" but I finally settled on "Sunshine"!

Make It Crafty Product Used: 
Sunshine (from Sending Adapt-A-Word chipboard set)

Copic Markers Used:
Hello-BG10, BG72, BG75
Sunshine-Y11, Y17, Y38
Flowers-YG00, YG11, YG61, YG91, G94, G99, R35, R37, R39, R81, R83, R85, R89, BV000, BV04, BV08, BV11


Friday, February 9, 2018

Make It Crafty February Coloring Challenge: Add Extra Details

February is traditionally the month of hearts and flowers, but at Make It Crafty it's all about details...  This month's coloring challenge is to use a black pen to Add Extra Details (such as zigzags, stripes, dots, patterns, etc) to your image.  Now normally altering a digi stamp is against most companies' Terms of Use, but Zoe has given us a free pass this time with her MIC images.  Please be sure to always contact an artist or company owner for special permission before altering other digi images. 

I wanted to color Ginger for a birthday card but she looks a bit, ahem, au natural under all that hair despite the off the shoulder sleeve that the artist drew.  I added a scoop neckline and right side definition to her shirt with my fine tip Copic multiliner.  She is colored with Copics and though her hair took me hours it was definitely worth the effort!

I dressed up the card with my usual assortment of dies, all from La-La Land Crafts.  For this project I used Hello Tag, Presents Border, Filigree Candle, Build-a-Frame Fancy Large, Fancy Doily Border, Stitched Elements, and Booktab and Labels.  I added some flowers and a flat back pearl from my stash plus one of MIC's awesome chipboard words!  I colored Wishes with my Copics and paired it with a stamped sentiment.  

Hope you liked my crafty inspiration!  Join us over at the challenge for your chance to win one of three $5 gift vouchers for the MIC shop!  To be eligible you must use at least ONE Make It Crafty product on your project and follow the challenge theme.  All coloring mediums are welcome and your entry does not have to be a finished project.  Enter our Add Extra Details coloring challenge HERE!

Make It Crafty Product Used:

Copics Used:
Skin-E000, E00, E04, E09, E11, E21, R20, R22
Hair-E09, E13, E17, E19, E79
Eyes-B00, B05
Clothes-BG10, BG72, BG75, BG78


Monday, January 29, 2018

Make It Crafty Inspiration Design: Starla's Candy Hugs

Hi there!  How was everyone's January?  I can't believe the first month of 2018 is almost behind us already!  We'll be kicking off a new Make It Crafty coloring challenge in a couple of days, but in the meantime I have a little design inspiration to share that involves creating scenes!

Now, I was SUPER reluctant to venture out of my comfort zone and create a digital scene but Zoe pointed me in the direction of her amazing tutorial using Microsoft Word (or a similar word processing program) and I was astounded at just how easy it actually was to do! Check out Zoe's MIC tutorial for yourself HERE!   My computer that I use for crafting runs on a Linux operating system so I don't have access to MS products.  I use a free download of LibreOffice for my office suite needs. This tutorial worked for me so don't worry if you use another word processing program.  The main principles still apply.

I chose to work with Starla's Candy which is one of the Krista Smith images that is available in the MIC store and pair it with the Candy World Castle background.  Both are colored with Copics.  Though this amazing scene could have stood on its own on a card I decided that I still wanted to embellish with my trademark layers of dies.  With the exception of the peppermint candy, which is a Martha Stewart punch, and the Star Circles Nestabilities from Spellbinders, all of the other dies used are from La-La Land Crafts.  Here I've featured Filigree Hearts, Filigree Crown, Loopy Doily Border, Stitched Clouds, Star Border, and Double Stitched Squares.  And of course I had to add a fun MIC chipboard sentiment as well!  I colored the chipboard with my Copics so it would match my project.

I hope you like my creation and may be inspired to create a scene of your own soon!

Make It Crafty Products Used:

Copics Used:
Skin-E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, R22
Hair-E70, E74, E79, BV11, BV13
Clothes-R35, R37, R39, R81, R83, R85, B37, B39, BG10, BG72, BG75, E70, E74, E79, Y11, Y17, YR02, YR04
Candy World Castle background-R35, R37, R39, R81, R83, R85, R89, B32, B34, B37, BG000, BG01, BG10, BG72, BV11, BV13, E70, E74, E79, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR02, YR04, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG61, YG67


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Make It Crafty Inspiration Design: Sweet Girl Primrose

Hello!  I am here to share a little Make It Crafty inspiration!  This weekend Zoe released some new Krista Smith images .  There are three of them: Jillian Creates, Primrose, and Violet's Red Rose.  And they are all perfect for Valentine's Day!  I am waiting on an order of chippies so I can really get to work on my Valentines but I couldn't resist printing out and coloring up Primrose in the meantime!  I will be stalking my postal carrier for sure, though.  Waiting for new crafty supplies is always such sweet torture!  Lol 

She is colored with Copics and cut using the Stitched Nested Circles die from La-La Land Crafts, matted with Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  Almost all of the other dies are from LLLC as well.  On this card I've used Filigree Border, Scalloped Banner, Love Doves, Ornate Border Large, and Heart Fan.  The treble clef is from a Memory Box die called Musical Motifs.

I had to dig into the chipboard I have left to find the perfect words for this card and luckily I came up with "sweet" for the image banner and "girl".  I colored both with Copics.  I dabbed the base for "girl" with Memento Rich Cocoa ink the coated the pink colored portion with Glossy Accents.

Don't forget that the monthly coloring challenges are back and for January the theme is SKIN!  We hope you'll play along!  Thanks for checking out my most recent creation!

Make It Crafty Products Used:
Sweet (from Baby Adapt-A-Word chipboard set)

Copics Used:
 Skin-E000, E00, E04, E11,E21, R20, R22
Lips/Flowers-R81, R83, R85
Eyes-B21, B32, B34
Hair-E70, E74, E79
Leaves-G94, G95, YG11
Banner-C1, C3