Northern Lights Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Barb here with a fun tutorial using Copics and an Airbrush to create Northern lights in a starry sky.  I found some photos on-line to use.  Here is an example that I used.


Here's what you'll need to get started!
Copic markers, airbrush, Express It Copic paper, craft mat.

Step 1:  Airbrush Y17 in 3 stripes across paper.  Leaving
the lower third white.

Step 2:  With V09 add 3 stripes right next to the yellow.

Step 3: With B29 spray all strips lightly to blend and
go heavier around the upper 3 edges creating a sky effect.

Step 4: Spray E23 to lower 3rd creating the ground.
Go back over with E18 around edges on lower 3rd to
create depth. This takes practice.  It took me a few tries
to get the look I wanted.
Step 5:  Now stamp your image.  

Here's the finished card!

A close up of the image

I hope if you own a Copic airbrush you will give 
this easy technique a try!  Happy Holidays!

Craft Your Passion challenge #241- Baby its cold outside
The Pink Elephant challenge #278- Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons challenge #91- Tis The Season
Artistic Inspiration challenge #119- Anything Goes/ Warm and cozy
A Creative Romance challenge - Something old (liquid Applique)
Inspiration Destination challenge #9- Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapping for fun challenges #31- Anything Goes

I'm Thankful

Hi Everyone,

Are you ready for Thanksgiving??  I think I am.  Having a few friends over and cooking.  We always love leftovers at Thanksgiving.  This is the last card I made a few days ago for my sister.  She should have it by now.  I used Prickley Pear stamps on this one.  I love this huge sentiment!  I colored the flourished pumpkin with Copics and used that grounding technique again.  I am practicing it and I love the way it looks.  If you notice in the close up photo It's just a series of dots used larger around the bottom of image and the dots get smaller as you move away from the image.  You can find this grounding technique on Copic in the Craft room FB page with Colleen.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!   What are you thankful for!  For me it's my wonderful husband, family, friends and my health.

A closer look at that grounding technique

Copics used;
W1, E35, Y18, YR07, YR15, YR21, G24,
YG93, YG95, B02.

Marker Pop challenge #56- Fall/Thanksgiving
The Shabby Tearoom challenge #240- Grateful/ Include Twine 
Top Tip Tuesday challenge - Buttons or bows
Partytime Tuesday challenge #191- Anything Goes
Creative Moments challenge #56- Anything Goes/ opt make it sparkle
613 Avenue Create challenge #99- Anything Goes

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cornucopia Thanksgiving

Happy Monday,

It's time for some Inspiration using Prickley Pear stamps and dies.  I thought I would make a Thanksgiving card because it is this week.  I love this Cornucopia, Wheat Stalk and sentiment.  It is a huge stamp as you can see.  It was really fun to color with all the detail of those fruits and veggies!  I tried a grounding technique that Colleen  shared in a video from Copic in the Craftroom on FB.  It worked out great! DP is from BoBunny Autumn Song and I colored the ribbon with distrss Ink. And added a few sequins and leaves.  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and check out what the team is up to today.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

A closer look

Copics used:
W1, E31, E35, E43, E44, E47, Y00, Y02, Y04, Y21, Y23, YR61
YR65, YR68, G20, G40, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG63, YG95, 
R43, R46, R56, R59, R89, V01, V05, V09.

Sister Act Card challenge #84- Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards challenge #78- Your Favorite Holiday
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Word Art Wednesday challenge #159- Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe challenge #91- Anything Goes
Paper Pretties challenge #337- Thanksgiving/Be Thankful
Clear It Out challenge - Theme & Stash- Anything Goes
Pinspirational challenge #128- Thanksgiving/Fall photo

Happy Stamping!

Wishing You Merry Christmas

Hello there,

I'm playing today over at the Unity Friday Friends With Flair challenge.  Just good for today though.  Using October's KOM.  Lots of great images on this one.  I just love this sentiment! and these little pine cones.  I colored them with Copics, then added some red Stickles on the berries and for some snow I added Liquid Applique.  Haven't used this in a long while.  I bet you have some lying around in your craft room!!  DP is Kaisercraft's Basecoat Christmas.

Unity Friday Friends With Flair - Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

Flourished Polar Bear

Hello there,

It's Monday so that means it's time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps and dies .  Today I chose to use Flourished Polar Bear, Snowflake Inserts, Mini Flourish die and Snowflake Pendant die.  I will link below.  I started by stamping then embossing bear with blue embossing powder.  Then I embossed white card stock with a snowflake embossing folder which add lots of texture, added snowflake tinsel embossing powder for a snowy background.  Brrrrr!  Added the Snowflake Pendant which I stamped sentiment on and added more snowflake tinsel around the edges.  Added mini flourishes, multiples of pearls, pearl flourish and turquoise dot sparklers.  The die cut across the top is Cheery Lynn.  I love this color combo as well.  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog to see what the rest of the design team has for you today!

A closer look

Prickley Pear stamps and die used today:

Word Art Wednesday challenge #158- Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown challenge - Swirls and Pearls
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #126- Cool Colors
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Clear It Out challenge - Theme: Anything Goes- Stash: 3 of the same thing
Delightful challenge - Happy Holidays
Just Add Ink challenge #240- Just add texture
Addicted To Stamps challenge #91- Bling, Bling

Happy stamping!

Eat Pie, Drink Wine

Happy Friday,

Today I'm playing over at Unity Friday Friends with Flair Friday challenge with some stamps that came in my KOM for October Love and Joy for the Holidays.  Have you signed up yet?  They are great kits to use every month!  I used 2 images from that kit and made a Thanksgiving card.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper then colored them with Nicholson's Peerless transparent watercolors found at  Two Hands Paperie.  Have you tried them?  They are such vibrant colors and soooo easy to use.  I didn't use a water brush, I bought a regular watercolor brush with a nice point on it as it gave me better control for smaller areas.  There is a gal on Unity's design team that has fabulous watercolor tutorials if you'd like to check her blog out here's the link The Storyteller .

Producted used:
DP: DCWV Sweater Weather
Fiskars border punch Give it a swirl
bling ek success
Zig wink of stella brush pen
Diamond Stickles 
ribbon stash
Pearless watercolors

Unity Friday Friends with Flair challenge- use any Unity stamps 

Happy stamping and watercoloring!

Channel The Chef

Hello there,

I have been working on a few cards and wanted to try out some Copic techniques I learned last weekend at Jennifer Dove's Copic Boot Camp in Chandler AZ. It was so fun and I really learned a lot. So on this image from Stampingbella called Uptown Girl Channel The Chef I tried a new background using a water brush with colorless blender and markers. I like how it turned out.  Something different and looks like watercolor. I added some doodle rub ons from Christy Tomlinson, twine, a button and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I cut up the sentiment because it was going to cover the image. It works! DP is Cosmo Cricket TV Dinner.  Of course colored with Copics.

A closer look

Partytime Tuesdays challenge #189- Anything Goes
Love To Scrap challenge - Bling It On (sequins)
Sweet Stampin challenge - Use Red orPoppies
Delightful challenge - Patterned Paper
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #98- Anything Goes

Happy stamping and coloring!

Naughty or Nice

Hello there,

It's time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps .  Today I am using Santa Checking His List and Naughty or Nice sentiment both in red rubber.  I'll link below where to find these in the shop. I used this adorable kraft paper from Canvas Corp called Naughty or Nice stamps on Kraft. Very fitting I think.  The element cheer button ho, ho, ho is from Cosmo Cricket and added a little wrinked red seam binding ribbon and a Petaloo flower.  I added a little sparkle with Twinklets diamond dust.  Colored with Copics and thats it!  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and see what the design team has for you today!  And get those Christmas cards started!!!

Prickley Pear Products used:
FF0177 Santa Checking His List , EE0197 Naughty or Nice .

Copics used:
C1, C3, C5, R22, R24, R27, E50, E51, E11, E93

Craft Your Passion challenge #239-Something beginning with a B- Bow
Sister Act Card challenge #82- Anything Goes
Creative Corner challenge - Christmas Cards
That Craft place challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create challenge #97- Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations challenge #117- Anything Goes/ Stars
Creative Card Crew challenge #74- Christmas Joy
Word Art Wednesday challenge #157- Anything Goes
Creative Moments challenge #55- Anything Goes/Celebrations

Happy Stamping!

Meet Buddy and Jolly

Hi everyone,

Aren't these little guys just too cute?  I just bought a few new stamps from Stampingbella found HERE .  They are now made and shipped from the US!!!!  Yeh!  This stamp is called Buddy and Jolly and I need to get started on my own Christmas cards!!  I decided to do a shaped card with Spellbinders Grand Nesties Scalloped Circle , Labels four classic circle, Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia, MS holly punch.  Twine, The Twinery, bling EK Success, Pearls Want2Scrap, And a little sparkle with a Zig Wink of Stella pen.  Loves these!!! Of course colored with Copics.
Don't they make you just want to put on your jammies and drink some hot cocoa made from your Keurig!!  Ahhh yes!


Copics used:
E00, E01, E11, E13, E23, E25, E39, E44, E47, E49, E50,
E51, E55, E59, E74, E93, R22, R24, R27, YG61, YG63, 
YG67, C3

Marker Pop challenge #55- Anything Goes
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #220- Shaped Cards
Papertake Weekly challenge - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #125- Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps challenge #194- Stripes
Sweet Stampin challenge - Shaped cards
Pile It On challenge #44- Feeling cool 

Happy Stamping!

Victorian Ornaments

Happy Monday,

It's time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps .  I made a Christmas card this week.  Gotta get busy and get some done!  It will be here before we know it.  I used these beautiful Victorian Christmas ornaments.  I embossed the red one using glitter paper!  I didn't know if it would work but it did fine!!  The one on the right I cut then embossed with gold embossing powder.  I think they turned out great!  Love them.  So elegant looking! Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and take a look at what the rest of the design team has for you today!

Prickley Pear Products used:

Sentimental Sundays challenge #231- Anything Goes
Sister Act Card challenge #81- Anything Goes
Scrapping4Fun challenge #29- Christmas
Cute Card Thursday challenge #345- Razzle Dazzle
Word Art Wednesday challenge #156- Anything Goes
Divas By Design challenge - Anything Goes
Aud-Sentiments challenge #118- 2 or 3 word sentiment
ttcrd challenge- Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!