Friday, April 27, 2012

Bloom with Happiness!

Good morning! I hope everybody had a great weekend. I had a pretty good one. It was a much needed one too! Saturday I had the pleasure of taking a class by Donna Downey....let me tell you, what a hoot she is! I really must say I enjoyed her class so very much and she was just fun!  I learned so pretty neat mixed media techniques too! Now I just need some time to sit and play!!

Big news!!! iCopic has changed it's name!!  iCopic is now - Markerpop!  Why do you ask? Well, keep checking out the store, some new markers lines will be available for you soon.  So I do hope that you will continue to support Markerpop!   Not kidding when I tell you FAST shipping. I dont know about you all but when I order something I want it right then!!  So when something is shipped to me I LOVE when I get it within a couple of days and I always have with Markerpop!!

I have used 3 different stamps here. The little girl and sentiment are from Sitting Lovely and the couch is from Sitting Cute. To begin, I stamped the little girl out and then stamped out another one from a thin piece of paper or a post it note. Cut her out and used her as a mask. Layed the mask on top of my original image and then I stamped the couch. I wanted the sentiment to look like a picture hanging on a wall. So I made a "frame" to place around the sentiment. then used a brad as the nail. I cut out the scalloped square from a grand nestie. Lucky me the cardstock already had those lovely little swiss dots on them! ;-) Added some distressing with some distress inks and layered my papers. I used some foam squares behind my image so it stands out a little more than it all just being flat.

For my second card I paper pieced the bench using come fun papers by MME. The grass was cut using a magnolia doohickey.  The park bench is from the Sitting Lovely set by The Greeting Farm.

Thanks for looking,

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sit and Chat - TGF

Good morning! So would you believe that I was struck with another throat infection again!  I had the same nasty bug only 2 months ago! ack! It was miserable and I am just FINALLY feeling better.  I hate being sick. I hate sitting around and doing nothing, which is what I have HAD to do these last few days. I'm telling you if I get this again I am not going to be a happy camper!

So did you see the latest TGF releases being rolled out by the Premier Farmers??? OMG! Can we say CUTE!  Cheeky Geeky is like so amazing! I can't wait to see the rest!!  My buddy, Wendy, is one of the Premier Farmers and she put the PERFECT sentiment with Cheeky Geeky. You have to check it out for yourself. Warning to you Wendy - totally stealing that sentiment!! 
Today I am here to show you another one from the last release. This one is calling Sitting Casual.  I pair him up with some MME papers. Paper pieced his shirt to coordinate.  Kept it nice and simple!  I'm starting to REALLY love simple!!

See you next time!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cupcake Gift Box

Good morning!  New challenge today at Magnolia-licious!! This weeks inspiration challenge is brought to you by yours truly.  Here's the inspiration photo:

It is fitting for me as I LOVE anything cupcakes!  For this project I decided to make a cupcake giftbox. It's my own design. I freehanded the frosting and the base fronts and backs. Then I just made a basic box for the inside

I wasn't quite sure how to get it to close, so I adhered the cherry onto a small clothespin! Works out perfectly.
I used Chef Edwin masked on top of the Muffin. Chef Edwin is available in the store, but I didn't see the muffin at this time. However the Mini Love Muffin is available and it is adorable!  Be sure to check out my teammate, Jane's, fabbie creation she did using a regular sized muffin and the mini muffin. It's beautiful!

Would love for you to play along with us in the challenge. As always the prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the store

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Monday, April 23, 2012

La-La Land New Release Blog Hop!


Happy Monday everyone! We are so glad you joined us this morning as we have something SPECIAL for you!!  If you came here from Suzanne Deans blog, you are on the right track. If not, head over the La-La Land Crafts blog to start the hop...

Our challenge this week if you would like to play along is……


Starting today, our Design Team is showcasing 14 BRAND NEW Stamps for our April  Release….YIPPEE!!

How’s that for something NEW????

Kimono Marci, Marci with Lantern, Karate Marci, Karate Luka

Hula Marci, Ukelele Luka, Graduation Marci and Graduation Luka

Travel Marci, Telephone Marci, Watercan Marci

Hollyhocks, Sunflowers, Fence

As you scroll through the amazing projects below, I think you’ll agree that these new images are once again the CUTEST things ever!!

This time around we have different levels of PRIZES!

**Comment on EACH Blog from participating Guests and Design Team Members (links are attached below for your convenience) for a chance to WIN THREE STAMPS of your choice from our store! We will pick two winners from your comments on different blogs.

** Make a qualifying* purchase in the La-La Land Crafts Store between April 23rd and May 1st for a
chance to have your whole order refunded, making it FREE!  *rubber stamps only, digis excluded

In addition, we have a bundled package for a limited time!! You can purchase ALL the stamps in the release (14 stamps total) for $125.00…..a savings of over 20%!!

Now let’s get on with the show! I think you’ll agree these cards/projects are AMAZING! Don’t forget we
have a blog link list at the very bottom to assist you in the hop!!

Skin: E15, E13, E11, E00, R20
Hair: N3, N5, N7, N9, 100
Clothes: YR20, YR21, YR24, B32, B34, B37
Grass Skirt/Turtle: G21, G24, G28, G29
Turtle Shell/Mask/Beads: E51, E53, E55, E57
Flowers: R02, R05, R08, YR20, YR21, YR24, B32, B34, B37
Guitar: E51, E53, E55

Karen Maldonado:
Kim Dellow:
Leanne Poe:
Rosie Bridges:

Please check back here throughout the week for more inspiration! You’ll want to leave comments on all the DT and GDT posting projects this week to be eligible for the PRIZE drawings!!

Now, head on over to the LLLC Store and snatched up these NEW STAMPS right away!!

Have a great week!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sit and Chat?

Looking for the Crafter's Companion BLOG HOP???? Well scroll down, it's right below this post!!! 

However, if you wandered here but not for the blog hop, you may want to check it out...lots of goodies to be won!!! 

On to this post...Todays challenge at The Greeting Farm is "NO COLORING"! coloring? Are you serious? Yes...I am serious. It kinda goes against everything that I do...but it was fun to come up with someting for this challenge. You should really check out the DT Blog as some of the girls really thought outside of the box on this one. Me, I choose to do a little paper piecing. I thought the chair and sentiment in the Sitting Casual set was perfect for this!

So come play along with us. You can always easily find the latest FFF Challenge in the left hand side of the blog. Under FFF Challenges.  (Farm Fresh Challenges)

Hugs and don't forget about to check out my blog hop too!

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Crafter's Companion BLOG HOP!!!

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop!!  If you arrived here from Dawn's blog, you are on the right track. If not, you will definitely want to start at the beginning because there are LOTS of goodies to be won!!  Start here!

I'm so happy you hopped by today!! Before we get started I wanted to share the project I made for you today. I used "Flowers for you" from the Humprey line. Spectrum Noirs were used to color this image.  The colors I used were:

Now on to the Scavenger Hunt! There are 12 design team members and each of us have a question that will give you clues to 12 different items that you can find in the Crafter's Companion Store.

What do you have to do? Well, you need to hop to all 12 blogs and get all 12 questions and then hop over to the Crafter's Companion Store to find the answers. After you have found the answers you will then put them in an email to Bindy at 

Along the way each designer will have a project to inspire you and also the possibility to win something on their individual blogs too!! Each designer is giving away a Cute Companions -Romance stamp set, two embossing powders (one white and one blush rose) and one sheet of EZ mount foam!

This blog hop will run from Friday, April 20th at midnight and end at midnight pst on Sunday, April 22nd. Winners will be announced on the Crafter's Companion Informational blog on Tuesday April 24th.

Here are the requirements to win:

To be entered to win on my personal blog:

1. You will need to be a follower of me AND Crafter's Companion Informational Blog.

2. And you must leave me a comment letting me know you stopped by to hop along.

To win the Grand Prize you must also:

1. You must leave a comment on Each Design Team members blog.

2. You must find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions in the CC Store. Once you have all 12 answers email them to Bindy at with the subject line CC BLOG HOP.

After you have done ALL of this, you will then be entered into the drawing to win the Grand Prize which is the entire Peter the Rabbit Collection of Stamp Sets!!

So what do you have to lose!  Come hop along with us!!!

Ready to get started?? Here is my Scavenger Hunt question...

What helps you make envelopes and boxes and cards all in one?-

Here is the order of the blog hop:

5. Tracy -  (YOU ARE HERE)
6. Carolyn -   (Go here next!!)
8. Kathy -
13. Finish up on the Crafter's Companion Blog -

Thanks for hopping along, don't forget to leave a comment. Now hop on over to see CAROLYN. Good luck!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

25th Anniversary Special Release - Copics!!!

Very exciting news from iCopic! The exclusive, 25th anniversary, limited edition release of the gorgeous black body Copic 36 Sketch Marker set, manufactured and released in a small quantity.

This Sketch marker is like no other. Not only with a sleek new beautiful black body it will have the STANDARD FINE NIB for your detail work and of course the brush nib. I don't know about you, but that is like a dream for me. I have NEVER used the chisel end....I would love to have the standard nib on the opposite side of my brush nib!!

For today only, at iCopic is allowing a pre-order with an expected release date of October 31st. It's a bit far away so after today and to make sure those who jump on this release get them first, the next pre-order date will not be offered until August 31st after they secure a larger amount exclusive for their customer's to have in hand first!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Frame It - La La Land

Good morning!  I hope everybody had a great weekend! I know I did. I took a couple extra days off (friday and today) because I just needed a mental break!  Lots going on and I needed a time out!  I was even a bad (or good depends on how you look at it) mommy and let the kids play hookie from school on Friday. We had lunch then spent the day at the pool. It was gorgeous out and I really needed some sun!! I also made a pinterest inspired dinner for my brother, sister and their families.  The rest of the weekend we kind just hung out and watched a few movies, I colored a was just nice.  Back to the grind tomorrow though ;(
Today is Challenge day at La-La Land Crafts. This weeks challenge is to "Frame it". So take that I do whatever inspires you to frame it. I had a couple ideas from actually framing a piece or having the image on the inside of the card framing it with the outside of the card. I ended up going for my little one in a frame. I have had this spellbinder forever and had never used it, so I was kinda glad to get to.

The ruffles on Ruffles Marci were also pinterest inspired!! I saw the CUTEST ruffled apron done in rainbow colors on pinterest a few days ago and I thought of Ruffles Marci. So of course I had to replicate it!!

Red: R20, R22, R24
Yellow: Y11, Y15
Green: G40, G43, G46
Blue: B91, B12, B14
Hair: E50, E51, E53, E33
Ground: E40, E42, E43
Outline: B000
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20

So if you would like to join us, come by the La-La Land Crafts Blog and add your photo to the Customer gallery!!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Father's Day - TGF

Good morning. It's a new Farm Fresh Challenge this week at The Greeting Farm and we want to see "Classic Patterns".  So I used Stripes...whats more classic than that?? hehe  So join us this week and lets see those houndstooth, chevron, polka dots...or whatever classic pattern you choose.

Todays card is using Sitting Casual. He is colored with Copic markers. 

Want to join us in the challenge? Well come on over to the Blog HERE and see the other DT's gorgeous projects and play along!!!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Party Time....w/ Fergus

Morning all! It's my day to post on the iCopic Lovers blog and I am a wee bit late! ;-(  Lots going on in my life at the moment....but it will all work out and be ok!

Today's card was created using Party Time Fergus from Wild Rose Studios. I colored him with Copic markers. I used Copic Opaque white to add the dots on the partyhat. The paper is a 6x6 paper pad from Simple Stories.  All of these products can be found in the iCopic Store.

Thanks for looking!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hugs and Smiles!

Good morning! I'm running late with my post today, I apologize.  There is a new color challenge with the Magnolia-licious Challenge blog. Today we are using bright, vibrant colors of the rainbow! 

I masked Tilda w/Watering Can along with Lazy Summer flowers. I also colored and cut out the birds from the post/sign stamp. I didn't see that available in the store though. If you are interested in it, please check with Diana to see when it will become available.

It's all colored up with Copic markers. I used a mask and sponged some light blue for the clouds.

Please join us in this weeks challenge!!  Our challenges run for 2 weeks and the prize is $25.00 gift certificate to a random winner.


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Monday, April 9, 2012


Morning all! Short and sweet today as I am just not up to a long post today. Had a rough couple of days ;-((

I mentioned last week I am a Guest Designer for La La Land Crafts for the month of April and May. This weeks challenge is "Unusual Haircolor". As you can see, my little Cheeky Monkey has some vibrant green hair!

I love the sock monkey hat on her. My mom has always had a thing for sock monkeys so now I do as well.  My mother use to make them years ago. You could easily find the socks all over back then. Now you have to order them and they are made specifically for sock monkeys. Just not the same too me!!!

I masked Cheeky Monkey on top of the brick wall and stamped some clouds randomly on the page. She was colored up completely in copic markers. Here is my list:

Hair: YG11, YG13, YG17
Monkey/Shoes: E40, E42, E43, E44
Red: R20, R22, R24
Black: C3, C5, C7
Shirt: R20, R22, R24
Skirt: B00, B01, B02, B04
Brick Wall: R01, R02, E04, E40
Grass: YG61, YG63, YG67
Clouds: C00, C1, C2
Sky: B000, B0000
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Farm Fresh Challenge and 2 minis.....

Good morning all!  I'm here today with this weeks Greeting Farm Challenge, which is themed "Good things come in Small Packages".  But first I want to get you up to speed on some changes over at The Greeting Farm Blog and with the Farm Fresh Challenges.

One of these changes is that, ALL CHALLENGES from now on will be issued on the TGF Blog.We figured it will be easier for you guys to have ONE CENTRAL PLACE to post challenges and will continue to use InLinkz w/ a LINK in the TOP LEFT CORNER of the TGF blog each week as well to remind people of the Challenges posted for that week.

We are very excited to bring you the following lineup of challenges for the rest of 2012:

*FARM FRESH FRIDAYS- a general themed challenge each Friday, we are going back to our "roots" with this one and will now be doing a "FFF" challenge issued by rotating DT members on Fridays and we have a FABULOUS lineup for you so far! A Rubber Prize will be offered up weekly.

*RETRO-FRESH Challenges each month on the 2nd Wed. of the month with an even BIGGER prize offering!
*SATURDAY SKETCHES on our SCS forum with a Rubber prize weekly

Since we got all that out of the way, on to this weeks challenge. We would like you to create something small, because Good things Come in Small Packages! What we mean by that are small boxes or small cards. The cards that I created today are 4x4. You know what I love about small cards, they are sooooo easy to put together. Once colored these took me minutes to throw together.

I used Glimmer and Shimmer Bean from the last release. I can't begin to tell you how much fun they are to color. Their hair is amazing!

Now come check out The Greeting Farm blog and see the other DT's inspiration and join us in this challenge!  Can't wait to see!!


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Monday, April 2, 2012

Exciting News!!

So guess who is a guest designer for La La Land Crafts for the next 2 months???? Yep, ME! ;-)  I was very excited when I was asked...thanks Rosie!  

This weeks challenge at La La Land Crafts is to RECYCLE! I had a shirt that had a belt made from ribbon. I got rid of the shirt awhile back ago but I kept the ribbon belt. It was a thick black satin piece of ribbon, I figured it would get used at some point!  When I saw the theme this week was to "Recycle" I thought that ribbon would be perfect.

Today I used Easter Marci . As I said before the ribbon is recycled from a shirt I had. The paper is from Crate Paper. Sorry about the photo. I took it outside, but I think it was almost TO sunny! Go figure! 

The copic colors I used are as follows:
Hair: E50, E51, E53

Yellow: Y00, Y11, Y15, E31, E30, E33

Dress: YR61, YR65, YR68

Basket: E42, E43, E44

Eggs: RV10, R83, YG11, YG17, B01,B04

Sky: B000, B0000

Grass: YG61, YG63, YG67

You can see the other DT's Creations on the La La Land Crafts Blog.  If you join us in the challenge, which we hope that you do, be sure to upload your card/project to our Customer Gallery.


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