Thursday, September 30, 2010

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4 cards to share

I colored this image "Cherish Christmas" by ching chou kuiks at Sweet Pea Stamps (sheet #21/ Plate #60) and decided I wanted to cover it with some glossy accents to make it look like glass. As I set down to create a card for her I had this idea of creating a card that looks like a church. I remembered I had a stained glass embellishment and then it all started to come together. I added pop dots to the center piece the steeple part of the church to give dimension to the church.

I drew in the side stained glass windows and colored it with copics then went over it with some Twinkling H2o's and then added some liquid glossy accents over them. I cut out black strips and pop dotted them to create the steps of the church. The bushes under the windows are some Vellum stickers that were actually trees that I cut and layered with pop dots to add dimension.
Here is a close-up of the image, stained glass and shrubs.

Here is a pic of the shine from the glossy accents.

I also added some yellow silky rope/twine around the steeple ( center part of the card) just to give it that finished look and it also hides the pop dots when looking at it from the side.

Well I hope this inspired you to get creative with your next card and do something different!!

I really love how this card turned out!! This Christmas card will go to someone special to me..My Mom!! She'll love it!!

For this card I used one of the New BIG Elaine Cox Halloween images called "Twilight Halloween" at Sweet Pea Stamps. These images are so much bigger than all the other Sweet Pea Stamps. My card is a 5.5 x 5.5 , so you can tell how big this image is. Supplies:
Stamp:"Twilight Halloween" Elaine Cox at Sweet Pea Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo
Paper: Basic Grey "eerie", Bright green and black CS, the image was stamped on Neenah Solar Crest White CS
Accessories: EKSuccess Big Bat border punch, Prima Flowers, Flower punches, Making Memories Metal tag, silver adhesive pearls
Copics: E11, R01,E01,E00,E000, R22, R20
Clothes:YR09,YR07,YR04,Y38, G28,G14,G07,G08,FYG2,YG25,YG03 and YG01
Hair and gloves: C9,C7,C5,C3,C1
Tree: E47,E57,E35,E33,E31,E30,E29
Background: BV04,BV20,BV23,BV11,BV31,BV00,V01,V000
Moon: Y04,Y00, E50,E51,Y32
Look at this Elaine Cox( Starry Halloween) image from Sweet Pea Stamps!!!!!!! Isn't it just gorgeous??? This image is HUGE!! I have her on a 6x6 card, so you can tell how big it is. I had the hardest time trying to get a decent pic of my card.. it is so much prettier in person. Sometimes pics just don't show the true beauty of someone artwork. I love that I was able to get so much dimension in her dress with my copics.

I used some Basic Grey eerie DP and circle chipboard. I used my new EKSuccess Big Spiderweb border punch. I love the bigger border punches they will be perfect for my Scrapbook pages

For this one I used one of Samantha Rawlings images at Sweet Pea Stamps and the name of this image is "Lil' Witch" sheet #2 Plate #62. I think she is so cute with her one eye showing!! The artist of this images is only 18 yrs old and she draws some of the cutest images.

I used some DCWV DP and a Creative Memories Jack-o-Lantern Die cut that I have had over 9 yrs..Talk about old. I added a pumpkin paper clip.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Owl's It Going????

Today I am wondering Owl's It Going with you?  This little guy/girl is ©Elaine Cox's Little Owl Witch and can be found at Sweet Pea Stamps.  It can be bought as a single stamp or with 3 other darlings.

I colored my little witch with copics but accidentally stamped her on the wrong side of my card stock so it was the glossy side. I thought I would give it a shot and see what happens (note to self)DO NOT DO IT AGAIN!!!! I found I had a hard time with blending and as you can see in the pictures their are high and low spots in the coloring!!!! This creates a sheen and almost a sticky feel to the image. Live and learn I say!  I put Glossy Accents on the moon behind and added some googley eyes for whimsy!!!! I used black, white and grey chalks for my background and opal liquid pearls for the stars.  Vintage Photo distress ink was used to age the edges of all my papers.  The sentiment was generated on my computer. A friend of mine had just laced a card of hers with string so I CASED that and did the same with some fibers I had forever and strung a few beads on them. Even with the shiny card stock I think it turned out pretty cute, what do you think?

Don't forget to join us at our challenge blog "In A Sweet Pea Dream" for your chance to win some great prizes!

"Life's Beauty Inspires Me To Kreate"

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood in Blue

Hi Sweet Pea Stampers,

I'm afraid my card today is quick one. Not a lot of embellishments but as with all of the incredible stamps at Sweet Pea Stamps, one uber cute little girl.

For my card I used one of the images from Ching Chou Kuik's Little Red Riding Hood series from Plate #65. Isn't she just the cutest? Like I said, not very many embellishments, just the gemstones.

The image is colored with Copics and after seeing Kym's gorgeous chalk backgrounds, I dug mine out. I still have to 'practice' some more, but I love the softness - just a hint of color. And since I used shimmery chalks, there's also a hint of shimmer.

I love coloring these images from Plate #65, they are so quick to color. And because they are not as detailed as chin chou kuiks fantasy art stamps, these stamps are perfect for paper piecing. What do you think? I think next time I'm going to try some paper piecing..... wanna join me?

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you haven't heard the news yet.... you are going to be in for a surprise so be sure to stop by the Sweet Pea Stamps shop!!! That's all I'm saying........ :-)

Seeing Red this Halloween

What a fun image to color! I had never done red hair before. I thought it would work well on this image and it was lots of fun to do! I went with a fun red/purple chalked background. I chose to keep the layout very simple since I wanted the image to be the focal point.

Supplies used on this project:
Image-Pick a Pumpkin, Ching Chou Kuik Sweet Pea Stamps
Papers-Neenah Smooth white card stock, black card stock, red glitter card stock, glossy black card stock
Skintones-yr0000, e000, e51
Eyes-bg05, b21, b23, 0
Hair-r35, r46, r59, 0
Hat/dress-w5, w7, w9, v15, v17, v09
Pumpkins-yr15, yr04, yr09, yg91, yg93
Kitty-w3, w5, r35, 0
Misc-red and purple chalks for background, Versamark pad for background, 3 red flat back gems (Hobby Lobby jewelry section)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Welcome to the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweet Pea Stamps New Artist Release Blog Hop! If you would like to start at the beginning of the blog hop, please return to the Sweet Pea Stamps blog.

Sweet Pea Stamps is excited to announce its newest artists:

Brigid Ashwood
Brigid creates beautiful and whimsical fantasy images. The ones I adore the most is her Phunky Phairies

Today, the Sweet Pea Stamps DT has previews of each of the amazing new images. Including a new sheet of her Phunky Pharies images. This sheet is a first in a series of Brigid Ashwoods Phunky Phairies that will be released by Sweet Pea Stamps.

Also being released today is another new artist of ours:

Nikki Burnette
Nikki has a large selection of fairies, mermaids, witches, etc., something for everyone. She is one talented artist.

To recap, there are two new plates being released today:

Plate #73 Nikki Burnette's Fantasy Series
Plate #74 Brigid Ashwood's Phunky Phairie Series

Here is a complete list of today's DT blog hop links, organized by each stamp set:

Plate #73 Nikki Burnettes sheet #1:


Plate #74 Brigid Ashwoods sheet #1:



We will pick one winner for one free sheet of stamps. You must post a comment on each blog posting to be entered in the drawing. We will announce the winner on Thursday , Sept. 30th.
These sheets will begin shipping on Oct 12th.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Connie-The Dragonfly

This lovely image by ching-chou kuik comes
in a circular shape that fits it perfectly.
It is titled "The Dragonfly" and you will find it

There are some nice verses with it as well.

I colored it with Copic markers and added some
pearls by Kaiser and some sheer black ribbon.

I layered this onto a background done with Luna Lights paints
on black glossy cardstock.
I hope the background doesn't take away from the beauty of this stamp.

I also want to alert you to a giveaway on my is below:

I am giving away an entire sheet of stamps by ching-chou kuik
plate #53
I have a photo of this plate posted on my blog so you can see
just how beautiful it is.
All you need to do to win this is to
1) comment on my blog post
2) Add yourself as a follower on my blog
I will announce a winner on October 15 so you have
a little over 2 weeks.

Ex libris sticker tag

After sewing and doing other crafts this week I really missed colouring paper. Here I have used Lisa Victoria's book dragon from sheet 6 plate 63 and my oilpencils and distress ink You might wonder what this is: it's a sticker to put on the inside of your book. I wrote "ex libris" on the dragon's book, which means "this book belongs to". I left the other side of his book blank so the owner can write his of her name. After I coloured it I ran it through my Xyron-machine (it's a machine that makes a sticker of whatever you put in it) and then cut out with a nestie shape that I trimmed. I think this would be great as a little gift for someone that likes to read. Or why not make a bookmark out of it?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Blog Hop Badge Contest

We have two badges below, if you would like to help us promote our blog hop, we will enter you in a drawing for a free 10 count grab bag. All you have to do is copy one of these badges and put it on your blog, on the side tool bar, with a link back to this blog (by tomorrow evening) and leave it there until Wednesday night. Then in the comment section below, after you posted it on your blog (I will be checking) comment that you added along with your blog address. The winner will be posted on Thursday.

A Couple of Halloween Witches

Today I have made cards with two new Elaine Cox images called Twilight Halloween and Starry Halloween! They are so beautiful to me and I could not wait until they arrived in my mail box! Just so you know, they are a little bigger than most of the Sweet Pea images. For reference, my cards are 6.25 x 4.5 inches.

The first one is Twilight Halloween and I have colored it in black and white (with Copic Markers) and then added some sparkle with a Clear Stardust Sakura gel pen.

The Details:
Stamp: Elaine Cox's Twilight Halloween from Sweet Pea Stamps
Paper: The Paper Company (Black Glitter), Creative Imaginations (Red), and White card stock (Papertrey Ink)Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: C0,C1,C3,C5,C7,C9,100
Misc: Sakura Clear Stardust pen, Corner Punch (SU), Ribbon (Offray)

For Starry Halloween I decided to make the witch green and tried to match her to my paper. She is also colored with Copics, but I did use Twinkling H2O watercolors on the moon to make it shimmer and a little Clear Stardust Sakura gel pen on the twinkling stars!

The Details:
Stamp: Elaine Cox's Starry Halloween from Sweet Pea Stamps
Paper: We R Memory Keepers, Garden Green card stock (SU) Black and White card stock (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Skin: G20,G21,G24 all w YG11 over it
Hair: G24,YG67,G29
Clothes: C3,C5,C7,C9,V04,V15,V17,B91,B93,B95
Background: B91,B93,B95,B97,E25,E27,E29,G20,G21,G24
Misc: Sakura Clear Stardust pen, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Recollections Gems, Twinkling H2O Watercolors

Romantic jewelry or decoration bust

Hi everyone. Today I am super proud over how I managed to use my sweetpea stamps. I mentioned before that I didn't feel much like making cards lately. I've been feeling very "outside-of-the-box" and this is one of my best work yet.

I actually had the sewing and stand done a week or so ago, but the mojo wasn't really there for the final touch. So I let it mature for a couple of days and I'm really glad I did because I feel like I outdid myself.

I took a couple of photos in the beginning, but I seem to have misplaced them so this time the tutorial will be in writing more than pictures.

I started by drawing half a bodyshape on a folded piece of scrap paper. When I was happy with it I unfolded it, put it on a double folded piece of pink cotton fabric and traced around with a seam allowence. After that I inked one of my fav stamps, the serene night  with black fabric ink and stamped on the side of one of the cotton pieces. I did the same with the "follow your dreams" text from plate 4. I masked them both and used only the flower parts from spring witch to stamp around.
The fabric pens I have are of very poor quality I think - very kindergarten-ish - so I thought of other ways to colour the image. My thoughts went straight to my beloved promarkers...Yes, the fabric is coloured with promarkers, even shaded as normal. It bled a little, but not more than the fabric pens I had and I think it looks nice. But I have to give you 2 tips straight away: not moisten your fabric when you iron - the colours will bleed instantly.
2. Attach the iron-on hotfix crystals before you colour if you do it by ironing them. I think I damaged my iron, Ooops! Be careful not to add crystals too close to the edges as they might brake the needle when you sew front and back together.

When you're happy with the colouring and crystals sew together the 2 body parts right sides facing leaving it open in the bottom. Leave an inch or so seam allowance as you will close that gap by hand and it's easier with more fabric to work with. As you can see I added a piece of lace over her head and hip to add some interest before I sewed the pieces together. Stuff the body with filling - I tried 3 or 4 times to get the neck right, but it didn't want to stop folding so I left it as is. I'm sure you didn't even notice it but it bugs the heck out of me. I'm trying to live with it though, lol.

The stand was hard to find so I made it myself from a stick and a round wooden button that I drilled a hole through. I glued them together and let dry. After that they were painted with white paint and pink shimmerz. I wanted to give it an aged look so I added clear rock candy crackle paint over it. Tip no 3: not a good idea. For some reason the shimmerz reacted with it leaving a thick mush. It looked like I had mixed sugar in there - not a pretty sight so when it dried I sanded it off (giving it a distressed look in the end, haha)

Then I sewed the opening of the bust, leaving a hole in the middle for the stick. The stick isn't glued or anything it's just pushed in the filling. I found a ribbon in my stash that was perfect for the romantic vintage feel I went for. It's reversed on the backside so it looks as good on both sides. I tied it around the stick and placed under the bust. I added some dry pink chalk to three cream paper flowers I had never used and glued them to the base.

Last thing on my to do list was to balance her out as a lot was going on on the bottom half. So I took 4 different flowers and glued them together. Then they were attached with a tiny pin a la real hatpin style.

I was thinking about adding wings to her as seen on photo above, but decided against it in the end. 
I like it as a decoration, but think it would also be lovely to use as a bracelet or thin necklace holder.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

BLOG HOP on Tuesday

Be here on Tuesday when we introduce two new sheets by two of our newest artist, you will be amazed at their talent. More details tomorrow, and who know there just maybe some blog candy to giveaway!

New Artist! Welcome Brigid Ashwood

We are excite to be working with Brigid Ashwood, her Phunky Phairies are so unique, I adore them. Check back for the release date of her first sheet. Visit her site at:

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This offer is good through Sunday night, September 26th

White Leaf Mermaid- in brown

This image from Sweet Pea Stamps is drawn by Elaine Cox and titled "White Leaf Mermaid". Yes, I know that on my card the leaves are brown. I actually really enjoyed coloring this in a monochromatic manner using brown as my single color. I have done this before with black and greys, but never the brown. I really like the look. The seahorses on the side are just a fun little touch and made with a punch.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Plate #72

NEW! Lisa Victoria's sheet #8, plate #72

Pre-order by Sept 30th and save!

Will NOT begin shipping until Oct 11th

NEW Artist! Welcome Nikki Burnette

We have just signed with Nikki Burnette. This is an exciting addition to our list of artists. Be on the look out for her first sheet to released later today. To view her wonderful artwork:

Cute little buttons

I haven't felt like playing with paper lately, but rather with other materials where I can use my Sweet Pea stamps.

Here I have made custom made Sweet Pea buttons. I've used nestabilities to cut out shapes in shrink plastic. I stamped with black staz on ink and set it aside to dry a while. When the ink was dry I coloured the images with oil pencils. Make sure to punch holes before you shrink the plastic. After you have shrunk them - either using a heatgun or oven - let it cool for a little while and ink the edges with a silver pen.

You can colour it to fit any piece of clothing you want and the best part: you will never have to change all the buttons because you lost one and didn't have any extra.

Stamps I have used:
pick a pumpkin plate 53
time flies, plate 38
red hearts, plate 28

Friday, September 24, 2010

Plate #71

Elaine Cox's sheet #12, plate #71

pre-order, sale price, by Sept 30th

Will NOT begin shipping until Oct 11th

Such a cute little bat boy

Sweet Pea Stamps has some absolutely FABULOUS Halloween images available. My favorite sheet, however, is STILL the one with this sweet little bat boy and bats on it. The sentiment here is also from the same sheet. Isn't that just the best font?

Starry Halloween

Hi everyone :) When I saw this new image illustrated by Elaine Cox for Sweet Pea Stamps, I was so excited! This image is SO beautiful and SO much fun to color. It stamps beautifully too. The image is called Starry Halloween. I first stamped the image on Neenah white cardstock and then colored the image with copics (e-mail me if you want the list, I used a lot!). I added some Stardust Stickles to the stars in the sky and I added some Glossy Accents to the owl's eyes (this is hard to see in the pictures, but it really gives a nice, fun effect). Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is from DCWV (the new Halloween stack, I got mine at JoAnn's). For some finishing touches, I added some purple Offrey ribbon (last weekend I went to the Offrey outlet in Hagerstown and got probably 20 pounds of ribbon for less than $20 . . . such a fun trip!) :). I also added some pearls and some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thanks so much as always for stopping by.

Hugs, Christine

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Twilight Halloween

Hi Everybody Micki here.

Before I talk about my card I just wanted to say that last week's Customer Gallery submissions were absolutely outta this world. I always enjoy the variety of cards and more than once I have thought "Now why didn't I think of that". Wonderful array of cards everyone!

For my card today, I pulled out some forgotten metalic paper and colored up Elaine Coxs' Twilight Halloween. Only too appropriate, as I was watching Twilight while coloring up this beauty.

I can't tell you how much fun it is to experiment with this image. I've used some of the darker Copic colors such as BV08 and B79 in the background. For the hair I used R14 and R08 and then came back with N6 to add shadows.

I used my Viva Decor Pearl Pen for the stars, flocked brads and metalic craft trim for embellishments.

For my sentiment I used the Halloween sentiment from Holiday Vertical - Plate 13. This set is a must have! Seriously, I love that the sentiments are vertical because I always seem to think about a sentiment last. Which means I assemble my card and then realize I ran out of room :-). And I love to cut the sentiment apart like I did in this card.

What do you think? I hope you like it and if you get a chance, head over to the Sweet Pea Stamps shop to check out the specials and while you are there, pick up this beauty then grab your coloring medium of choice and experiment! It's addicting......

Supplies used on this project:
Card Stock/Papers:
Neenah Solar White super smooth, Kraft Ribbed card stock, DP retired SU , Bazzil orange, The Paper Co. Bronze Iridescent Metalic paper
Skin: E00, R02, E000 (blush: R20)
Hair: R14, R08, N6 and Pitt Artist Pen Red #127
Dress/Hat: V12, V15, V09, V17 and a little of FV2
Gloves/Hatband: YG03, YG07, YG00, G14, FYG2
Moon: R08, YR07, N5, Y38, Y04, Y15
Tree: E47, E57, E30, E33, E34
Owl: R05, E97, W-3, E08, C02, owl eyes Pitt Artist Pen Yellow #109
Leaves: FYG2, R08, YR65, YG25 and Pitt Brown #180 & Yellow #109
Background: BV08, B79, N5, N3, N1
NOTE: I used Pitt Artist Pen in Gray #272 to outline
Misc- Orange eyelets-Making Memories, black metalic trim-Design Work Crafts, Inc., Nestabilities Labels #8, Ice White Pearl Pen-Viva Decor

Connie-Off To Grandma's

For today's card I just had to use one of ching-chou kuik's
renditions of Little Red Riding Hood.
"Had" because Jennifer did such an outstanding job
that she got me coloring these cute stamps.

I colored her with Copic markers (still
learning here) and then I cut a mask of her from Eclipse tape
and airbrushed some faint color for the background.
I cut the corners with a punch by EK Success
and layered it all several times.

That's it.  No fancy package like Jennifer did.
Why?  Well my fingers refused to make a teeny tiny bow so I decided she had a nice one already.
Then I decided that this image stands alone and does it with pizazz (is that even a word?)
so nothing more was really needed.

You can find this image....actually a whole plate of images all in the cutest
Red Riding Hood theme by ching-chou kuik done for
Sweet Pea Stamps by clicking below:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dragons and Witches

At first I had some wonderful dragons to share and then this adorable sheet of witches came along and I couldn't decide which one to post so I decided to share them all!

This first set is Elaine Cox's newest Halloween themed images plate #67. Aren't they the sweetest things?

Elaine Cox's Best Friends: 

Elaine Cox's Bubble Bubble: 

 Elaine Cox's Magical Night: 

 Elaine Cox's Trick or Treat: 

Lisa Victoria's dragons are wonderful and so fun to color. These are all included on Plate  #63.

Lisa Victoria's Balloon Dragon: 

Lisa Victoria's Book Dragon:

Lisa Victoria's Dreaming Dragon:

Lisa Victoria's Pirate Dragon: