Friday, December 31, 2010

Pretty Peacock Pocket Calendar

I was so excited to color this beauty by Ching Chou Kuik! Her name is White Peacock Dryad. I thought she would make a perfect cover for a little pocket calendar. I always try to do a few of these for gifts at Christmas and like pretty images that you won't tire of.

Supply List
White Peacock Dryad, by Ching Chou Kuik for Sweet Pea Stamps

Memento, Tuxedo Black

Neenah Smooth white card stock
Solid color card stocks-Stampin Up
Floral Designer Print-K & Co. Best of Brenda Walton

Copic Markers
Skin tones-yr0000, e000, e51, e21
Hair-e55, e57, e59
Eyes-b91, b93, b45
Dress-Rv32, rv34, e05
Tree-yg91, yg93, yg95, yg97, e25, e27, e29
Peacock-w00, w1, b91, b93, 0
Background-b91, b93, b95

Misc. Supplies
Pocket Calendar ($1 at Target or Michael's including clear cover)
Chalks for cheeks
Smooch "Illuminate"
Scotch ATG gun and adhesive


Rising Flame in blue

Some time ago, Lynette asked the DT to select their favorite of ching chou kuiks images.  I was so very, very torn and there were many amazing ones from which to select, but I eventually settled on Rising Flame.  It is still the top of my list.

I have seen many beautiful color combinations with this image and I loved playing with another.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ocean Fantasy

After the busy holiday season, I finally had a chance to sit down, unwind and attempt to color. It's always hard for me to choose from the beautiful stamps and decided to close my eyes and let my fingers pick a stamp. (After this month, my brain and head needs a rest :-) So my friends, for my card today, I (ahem, my fingers) picked Ocean Fantasy from Plate #21.

Align Center

I decided to use my oval nestability die to 'focus' on the beautiful mermaid. Since I had not played with my Copics in what seemed like ages, it took me a while to get her colored.

The card base is 4.25" by 5.25" because I had a kit from Rusty Pickle and decided to use the file folder extending the tab at the top. The prismatic card stock panel is from Colorbok and the glittery swirls are stickers from White Blossom.

Added a handmade ribbon rose, satin ribbon leaf vines and a button. I used tweezers to tuck the end of the leaf vine ribbon into the button holes.

As always when I started out coloring I had doubts thinking that my "mojo" had not returned but anytime I sit down and start coloring any of the Sweet Pea Stamps, I always end up finding my crafting mojo.

Make sure to stop by the shop and check the latest specials :-)..... thanks so much for stopping by.

Thank you fairy much

I'm so happy that the time for making Christmas cards is over. I love Christmas, but I've been making a card a day for two weeks now and I'm exhausted, lol.
For today's card I'd like to show you a thank you card I made. I'm sure you have people to thank after the Christmas season. The great thing about thank-you cards is that there is no theme you have to follow - everything is allowed.

I have used one of ching chou kuik's latest images called purple hearts from plate 68. She is coloured with promarkers and shimmery dry chalks for hair and background. I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch on the background paper, then cut out a rectangle on the card's fold top of the card. I was so proud of myself for coming up with this idea. Don't think I've seen it anywhere else before, so remember where you saw it first ;)

I added some extra sparkle around the image and on some of the butterflies. The text is handwritten and I'm very happy with it (especially concidering I wrote it 4am)

I just love the airy spring-like feel of this card. Can't wait to make more!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas is finally over!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Now it's time to get back into the swing of things. I have 3 cards to share with you today and all are new images from Sweet Pea Stamps. The first 2 are from one of the newest artisit at Sweet Pea Stamps and her name is Rachel Anderson. For this 1st card I used "Angelic" by Rachel Anderson sheet#1/ Plate#95. Isn't she so adorable?? Here are the colors I used for her Hair. BV0000,BV01,BV02,BV04

For my 2nd card I used another Rachel Anderson image from the same sheet and the name of this image is Snow Fae. You have got to check out her website to see her GORGEOUS artwork, go HERE to see her work.

For my last card I used Medicine Woman by Linda Biggs sheet #3/ Plate #93.

For her skin I used E15,E13,E11 and E01.

I'm so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have a wonderful day and get lots of crafting time in with Christmas finally being over with.

Oh and Sweet Pea Stamps still has a 25% sale going on so go and stock up on all your favorites. Time to spend your Christmas money!! lol!!

One and Only Heart

I love this stunning Sweet Pea stamp from artist ching-chou kiuk. The stamp is called "One and Only Heart". She is just stunning. You can find her on this page (click HERE), the image is also sold on Plate #68.If you have seen the original coloring from ching-chou kiuk design shown on Sweet Pea's website or some the beautiful cards created using this stamp by other artists here on the design team, you can see how wonderfully versatile and different this stamp looks based on how it is colored. I chose to use a very light color for the dress and leave the background white. I chose a lovely saying from Plate #33. As Valentine's Day approaches, I find this saying can be so true. Oh, how I wish I could sometimes close my heart and not feel so much!!

Hope you will all go over to the Sweet Pea site and take a look for your Valentine's Day inspiration.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Royal Flower

When I saw this beautiful image by Caron Vinson, I just couldn't wait to ink it up. This particular image is called Royal Flower and I think she's absolutely gorgeous! I colored the image with copics and then sponged lightly around the image with SU's Pretty in Pink ink using my Tim Holtz blending tool. Next I added some Stardust Stickles to her wings and to her dress. I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is also from SU. For some finishing touches, I added a bow, pearls, dew drops, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

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

Big Hugs,


Connie-Meredith Dillman Peacock Fairy

Today my card is by Sweet Pea Stamps artist Meredith Dillman, plate #76
and you will find her delightful art made into 
deeply etched red rubber by clicking
I made the custom frame by running 2 different
sizes of Spellbinders dies from
their "Labels 9" set through the
Cuttlebug at the same time.  I cut them and then embossed them together.
I popped up the frame for dimension and
sponged some powdered shimmery chalk
by Stamp N Plus "Stardust" around the image after
I colored with Copic markers.
I added a rose by Prima "Fairytale Rose" and
a pearl swirl (unknown).
A small dp strip across the center got a little lost in the 
riot of pattern but it is there.
Please excuse my coloring today.  I couldn't seem
to hold the marker still enough to stay in the lines.....
I've had a death in my family so I am
slightly shaky.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, December 27, 2010

ching chou kuik's sheet #29

©ching chou kuik's sheet #29 (plate #97) now available to pre-order

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Let's Read....

Today I wanted to share with you some goodies I made for my older Grandkids!!!  I think one of the most important things is the love of reading and I have always bought and have book readily available for my babies when they come over.  I decided for the ones that are at least old enough to understand what it would be used for I would make special book marks.  Here is just a sampling of the one's I have made.

 For my older granddaughters I used one of Samantha Rawlings Little Sweethearts called "The Butterfly Fairy". She can be purchased as a single stamp or with 3 other adorable sweeties at Sweet Pea Stamps.
The boys got a book mark with this cute as pie dragon from Lisa Victoria's Fantasy Collection called "First Day of School"available as a single stamp or with 3 others, one I will show you next from Sweet Pea Stamps.
And last but not least the little girls got this bouncing ballerina also from Lisa Victoria's Fantasy Collection called "Dragon Ballerina" also available as a single stamp or on a sheet with 3 other wonderful stamps at Sweet Pea Stamps.

Thanks for letting me share with you today.  Don't forget to check out our challenge blog - "In A Sweet Pea Dream" and try your hand at the current challenge!

"Life's Beauty Inspires Me To Kreate"

Sunday, December 26, 2010

and even more Lisa Victoria's Dragons

This one is another adorable dragon from Lisa Victoria's collection titled Dragon Ballerina:

This one is Dragon Summer Fun:

This is Dragon's First Day of School:

This is Mercreature from Plate #50:


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Lisa Victoria's Dragons: Plate #69 and Morning Spring Fairy

Merry Christmas! I hope the morning brought much happiness and joy to you and your family! As a gift to you, I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful, prosperous year to come....

I have a few dragons and a fairy to share today. They are all from the Lisa Victoria Fantasy Collection - she has such wonderful dragons and sweet little fairies.

Morning Spring Fairy - isn't she just the sweetest thing?

From Plate 69 the the sports themed dragons are great for your little sportsman...


Friday, December 24, 2010

Current Sweet Pea Happenings and Sales!

Final Day! Don't miss out on these great offers!

Check out today's Christmas special!

Don't forget to check out the sale pages where you can find many stamps at up to half off!!

Sweet Pea Stamps Gift Cards are on sale through December 24, 2010:
Buy $25 gift card get $30
Buy $50 gift card get $65
Buy $75 get $100
more details on toolbar on left side of our website.

And we are currently searching for our next design team member! For more information contact before December 31!

The store will be closed December 29, 2010 - January 2, 2011. 
All orders placed during this time will be processed January 3, 2011 forward.

Restless Thoughts

I just got this beautiful image from ching-chou kuik's fantasy art collection called Restless Thoughts, plate #45. I love this maiden, she's both elegant and innocent at the same time. I put her on a 6x6" card and used a beautiful metallic pink cardstock and some Prima floral accents along with some shaped butterfly buttons to highlight the card. To the right is an enlargement of just the stunning image created by the artist and my coloring using Copic markers.

If you click the link included above, you can see the artist's coloring of this image and how differently you can make her look with your own coloring.

I added a wonderful saying "May all your wildest dreams come true!" This saying comes from stamp plate #70 . It's just perfect for all sorts of great occasions.

Hoping that all your wildest dreams come true!

Cheers, Holley

My Champion

Hi everybody, I needed a quick birthday card for a little boy who is already showing his football spirit. I immediately thought of the adorable Gum Drop Gang's Cameron from Plate #16:

I kept the design of the card simple since this card is for a little boy who wouldn't like a lot of embellishments. I stamped the You are my Champion sentiment which is also from Plate #16 onto scrap card stock and then cut the sentiment apart. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Simply Verticals Plate #4, also cut apart and layered next to each other.

The Gum Drop Gang is adorable and really quick to color, sure to delight anyone. I know that Cameron, Hayden, Molly and Olivia always bring a smile to my face :-).

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fluttering Fairy Christmas

I have 2 Sweet Pea cards to share with you today. Both of my cards I used 2 of Meredith Dillman's images/stamps at Sweet Pea Stamps. This first one is called Fairy Lights and you can purchase her by herself or on a sheet of 3 other GORGEOUS stamps, sheet #1/ Plate #76.

For my second card I used Blue fairy by Meredith Dillman and she is also on the same sheet.

This one I made months ago. It was when this set first came out in the summer and I forgot to share it with you.

The image is from Sweet Pea Stamps called Holly Fairy and she can be purchased as a single or on a sheet with 3 other beautiful Christmas images on it(Sheet #21/ Plate # 60 by ching chou kuiks)

I used some DCWV older Christmas DP. I added some lace and some American Crafts Holly Leaves and flower that I added glitter glue to then some MS fine glitter. I also added some ribbon from my blogging friend Rellz. I colored the image with copics and added some more glitter glue and fine glitter to the leaves.

Have a wonderful day and a Happy and safe Christmas!!

Connie-My Heart's In Paris

This beautiful Sweet Pea image comes from plate #19
"Heart Paris 1"
which is ON SALE now!
You will find it

Supplies used:

SP Plate 19
Cuttlebug embossing folder "Script Texture"
Sizzix embossing folder "Swirls"
Deckled paper accents by Black Ink
tissue tape by Tim Holtz "Nostalgic"
various pinks, reds and black dye inks

I made this card by cutting and piecing until I liked it.
Sponged color on the image and trimmed it, running
the paper accents beneath.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Hello! I have made a card today using an image by Nikki Burnette. I have to say I was a little intimidated when I first got this one because there seems to be so much to color, but once I got started it was really fun!

When I was done I sprayed the whole image with Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle. It looks lovely and sparkly, without effecting the image in real life but in the photo it is making it look kind of grainy and blurry....The doves are a Martha Stewart punch from last year - I punched it several times and cut it apart and the re-layered it back together so that I could position the wings differently on each of them. For the brown background piece I coated my embossing folder with Espresso Bean Glimmer Glam before putting the paper in.

The Details:
Stamp: Nikki Burnette's Neva (Plate 82) - Sweet Pea Stamps
Paper: Basic Grey, Early Espresso (SU), White for image - Copic XPress
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Skin: E000,E00,E11,R00,R20
Hair: E44,E47,E49
Clothes: E15 W/R35,R37.R39 over, BG10,BG11
Background: B000,BG10,BG11,E44,E47,E49,Y000,Y02,Y15
Misc: Stardust Stickles, Sakura Clear Stardust Pen, Shimmer Spritz, Tattered Angels Espresso Glimmer Glam, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Martha Stewart Dove Punch, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles

I hope your day is wonderful!

Blue Elegance

What a fun image to use rich, deep color with! I enjoy adding color to their eyes and making them so dramatic. I chose a simpler layout since my image was more detailed. I couldn't resist a big blossom to spice things up though!

Supply List
One and Only Heart by Ching Chou Kuik for Sweet Pea Stamps

Memento, Tuxedo Black

Neenah Smooth white card stock
Designer paper and card stock, Stampin Up

Copic Markers
Skin tone-yr0000, e000, e21
Hair-yr23, e99, e39, e18
Dress-b05, b06, b26
Eyes-b21, b23, b000, b01, bg02, bg05
Wings-w1, w3, 0

Misc. Supplies
Chalks- pink for cheeks, blues and black for background
EK Success Circle Cutter and glass mat
Copic Atyou Spica glitter pen, black
Smooch "Silver and Illuminate"
Martha Stewart Frond Branch leaf punch
Large glitter brad, unknown manufacturer
Teal blossoms, unknown manufacturer
Tiny buds with white beaded tips, Wild Orchid Crafts
Scotch ATG gun and adhesive