Wednesday, December 28, 2011

{TAC} Post 6: Sew Lovely

Today, we have our last {Totally Awesome Chicks} design team post.  Red Rubber Designs will be opening in January 2011 and TAC images will be available again - VERY exciting! 

I chose a Nina B set which appeared in the last TAC catalog "Sew Lovely".   I also used TAC Maggie SWIC and cardstock.
The image was stamped on white cardstock, the dress on the blue Maggie cardstock and the bow on the dark pink Maggie cardstock.  I cut the dress and bow out and paper-pieced them on the white cardstock.  I love this technique.

I outlined the image with W-2 gray Copic marker.  The ribbon is also from the Maggie coordinating ribbon.

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Hope you enjoyed the post and the {TAC} DT while it lasted - I know I did!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mabelle RO: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I have a Mabelle RO post today and I used the stamp set Merry Christmas. The designer paper is Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas. 
Supplies -- Mabelle RO "Merry Christmas", Simple Stories 15 days of Christmas, Bazzill Pomegranate Splash, PTI Kraft, Ribbon, Sewing machine, Copics.

Copic Colors: R46, R59, E31, YR24, YG93, YG95, YG97

Thanks for stopping by...

Hope your Christmas is blessed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

{TAC} Blog Hop Winners

Happy Wednesday!

We have winners from our {TAC} We LOVE Softpencil and Phyllis Harris Blog Hop.

Congratulations to Paula-Kay and Trish, prize winner #1 and #2 respectively.

The second announcement is the wonderful giveaway at Creating from the Heart.  Melissa is having a year end giveaway - some lucky winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to Michael's, a set of 36 Copic markers, a Copic color swatch book and a Copic airbrush starter kit.  Amazing!  She has all the details on her blog Creating from the Heart. Just comment and follow her blog that is all you have to do.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

{TAC} December Blog Hop: Softpencil/Phyllis Harris

We are having a {TAC} Blog Hop today!!  The theme for December is Softpencil and Phyllis Harris designs which appeared in 2011 TAC catalog.

I chose 2 Phyllis Harris sets, since they were Christmas sets.  This first card uses "Holly Jolly".  Love this "Stuart Little" looking mouse - So cute!  I used TAC Reece SWIC and cardstock for both cards.
The image was colored with Copic markers and the present was paper-pieced using a tag from the Reece SWIC.  Copic colors: R29, R59, E11, E31, E35, E47, W1, BG72, 0
The second card uses "Love and Joy" another Phyllis Harris Christmas set.  The background wallpaper is TAC Reece SWIC.  I overlaid the image onto the background paper.  You can see this a bit better in the close up.
Copic Colors: R29, R59, E11, E31, E35, E47, YG03, YG63, W1, W3, BG72, YR21, YR23, YR24, 0.

As an extra card - because 2 wasn't enough and I wanted to show a Softpencil image too.  This specific Softpencil image was not in TAC's catalog, but a few of the Tinytwinies characters Molly, Sunny and the little birdie, appeared in other sets.
This rubber stamp is sold through Latina Crafter. The set is called "Molly, Sunny and Reindeer".  Love this cute winter image with a bunch of Softpencil characters together.
Copic Colors: R29, R59, R02, E00, E21, E11, E13, E31, E33, E35, E37, YG23, YG25, BG70, BG72, BG75, YR21, YR23, YR24, 0.

We would love it if you joined us!  Please use a Softpencil or Phyllis Harris stamp set that appeared in The Angel Company catalog.

Add your creation using the linky below and a direct link to your blog. 

We have great blog candy!  Two lucky winners will be randomly chosen from hop participants.

Prize 1: Softpencil/Latina Crafter
Our own Diana Maldonado {Latina Crafter} is donating a new rubber stamp set {brand new release, Hello Cupcake}. Elizabeth Pujalka {Softpencil Studios} is donating 2 sheets of her stickers! How cute are these!?!
Prize 2: Phyllis Harris
Phyllis Harris is donating the new book she illustrated - My Book of Prayers! Her “Brandy and Emma” and new “Happiness Is” girl stamps are now available at Unity Stamps.

This hop ends Tuesday, December 20th at 11:59 pm, we would love to see what you create!

Check out the rest of the chicks blogs...
Debra Miller <-- You are Here
Christine Pennington (Coordinator)

Hope you enjoy the hop!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

{TAC} Post 5: Spirit of Christmas

Today, I have 2 fun Christmas card to share.  The first card uses 2 TAC sets, "Spirit of Christmas" and "Running Stitches". 
The trees are paper-pieced with a Mabelle RO paper Vintage Holiday.  I loved this paper!  These trees are great for paper-piecing because they are simple triangles.  
This second card uses the TAC set "Cheers".  Again I used MRO Vintage Holiday paper and paper-pieced the ornament.

We only have 2 more posts for the {TAC} Design Team.  A blog hop (Softpencil & Phyllis Harris) Saturday, December 17th and the last post will be December 28th.  The goal of this design team was to keep Angel Company's images out there. 

Well, The Angel Company was purchased by a former angel and will be re-opening online January 2011!  It will be a retail, online store rather than direct sales company!  So LOVE that!

The new company name is Red Rubber Designs.  Exciting right?  So bookmark Red Rubber Designs and check back in January!  If you have Facebook there is a page there too where you can get updates.  I can't wait to see what will be available.

Check out what the up other chicks are up to...
Debra Miller <--- You are Here
Christine Pennington (Coordinator)

Hope you enjoyed today's Christmas card ideas!
Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mabelle RO: Sunflower Teapot

Happy Thursday!

Today, I have quick post.  This is a great any occasion card which uses a Mabelle RO image, Sunflower Teapot. 
Supplies -- MRO Sunflower Teapot, Simple Stories Happy Day, Bazzill Beeswax, PTI twill, button and thread.

Copic Colors: BG70, BG72, BG75, YR21, YR23, YR24, YG93, YG95, YG97, E33, E35, E37

Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Amber Ink Blog Hop Winner

The winning comment on my blog is by Christine Pennington!  Congrats Christine - you will receive one of the images I used for the hop and also be entered into the grand prize drawing for The Elf on the Shelf gift set.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Amber Ink: December Blog Hop

Happy Monday!

Amber Ink is having their 2nd annual Holiday Blog Hop today, which is made up of current and alumni design team members!  There's lots of blog candy and all you have to do is leave a comment!  Love that!

I'm featuring a couple images from a new Amber Ink line - "Elf on the Shelf".  I've been having some fun with my new sewing machine too. 
The first card uses an image called "My Regrets" and my second card uses the "Say a Prayer" image...

Supplies -- Amber Ink: Elf on the Shelf "My Regrets" and "Say a Prayer", Lily Bee "Jingle" designer paper, Bazzill Pomegranate Splash and Saguaro, Copic markers, Copic Opaque white, ribbon, sewing machine.

Copic Colors - Face: E00, E21, E11, E13; Clothes: R46, R59; Shadow: BG70, BG10

There are digi prizes at each stop on the hop for lucky hoppers who leave a lovely comment.  Plus, one hopper will win the grand prize - an Elf on the Shelf gift set!  23 stops on this hop and 23 prizes - WOW! {Thanks Amber & Pam}

Prizes awarded Wednesday morning - so lets get hopping, just click on the badges below and it will take you to another stop on the hop...

Thanks for stopping by...
Christmas Blessings, 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mabelle RO: Twinkling Angel

Happy Thursday!

Mabelle has a new release today - "Twinkling Angel".  Isn't she the cutest??  She is now available at Whimsy and Stars...

I'm excited!  My new sewing machine (Brother CS-6000i) arrived Wednesday evening from Amazon, so of course I had to try it out.  How amazing it is to have a machine that actually works!  It has features I didn't even know I needed too - LOL!  Debbie Olson recommended it last week on her blog so I looked it up on Amazon and thought why not?    

Copic Colors -- Dress: R46, R59; Wings: E30, E31; Hair: E33, E35, E37, E09; Face: E00, E21, E11, E13; Star: YR21, YR23, YR24; Border: G000, BG10

Supplies -- MRO Twinkling Angel, Lily Bee "Jingle" Designer Paper, Bazzill Pomegranate cardstock, Copics, Ribbon, Copic Opaque white, Nestabilities Labels 18.

Hope you enjoy today's post!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Amber Ink - Passing the Torch!

Hi All,

Today, I'm passing on the Orange Amber Ink torch to my sweet  and talented friend Angela Kelley!  She so unbelievably creative - I just love her fabulous creations.  I'm sure you will too.  I can't wait to see what she does with Amber's fun images! 

Here are all the torches being passed today...

From Meredith Winston @

From Kirsi Kirjavainen aka Pipertäjä @




It has been a very fun month!  Thanks to Amber & Pam for having me on their November design team - it was Awesome!

Check out the Amber Ink blog and read all about the new design team!

Abundant Blessings,

Monday, November 28, 2011

Amber Ink - November DT ReCap

Happy Monday,

Today, I have a recap collage of this months Amber Ink posts.
Tomorrow, I will be passing the Orange torch on, so tune in tomorrow to see who will be the next Orange Amber Ink torchbearer!

Check out all the November Design Team recaps...

If you missed any of the posts, click on the pictures below.
Until Tomorrow...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

{TAC} Post 4: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

...a day early.  This was my Thanksgiving card this year.  I used the TAC set "Contemporary Greetings" -- so love this set.  Perhaps it will available again soon.  I hope so.

This was a super simple card to mass produce.  The leaves are a new Shapeabilities die called Foliage. 

I stamped the greeting on the PTI Kraft cardstock, then positioned the die and ran it thru my Grand Calibur machine. 
Behind the cutout I positioned 3"x4" piece patterned paper, K&Company {Best of K&Co 360 page paper stack}.  I put 4 pop dots on the back of the kraft cardsock around the cut out then held it over the piece of patterned paper, positioned it and pressed down.  Added 4 more pop dots to the corners and attached it to the base card (Bazzill Ruby Red).

Here is another version I made for the homebound ministry...
Check out what the other chicks are up to today...

Debra Miller <--- You are Here
Christine Pennington (Coordinator)

Praying your Thanksgiving is wonderful...
Truly Thankful,

Nina B Blog Hop Winner!

Hi All!

We have a winner from our We LOVE Nina B blog hop!  Trish Cudney...Congrats Trish!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Amber Ink: Such a Fungi

Today, I have my last Amber Ink Design Team post.  {Sigh}  It has been a fun month.  Well, besides a recap next week and the passing of the torch.

This is one of my favorites - "Such a Fungi".  Hilarious! Love the play on words.  This image is only 50 cents!  Can you believe it??  You get 2 images too, one with hearts and one without.  What a deal!

This card was made with my "little" brother in mind.  Tomorrow is his birthday.{He will be 39} I hope he gets a kick out it. I think he will.  He IS such a fungi - I mean fun guy.

The plaid paper is also Amber Ink ipaper "Schoolgirl Plaid - Goldenrod Tiny".
Supplies -- Amber Ink "Such a Fungi", Amber Ink ipaper "Schoolgirl Plaid - Goldenrod Tiny", Bazzill Cheddar and Pear, Copic X-Press It cardstock, Copic Markers.

Copic Colors: YR15, YR18, E09, Y32, Y35, YR23, YR24, YG91, YG93, YG95

Hope you enjoyed today's post.  Check out the Amber Ink Blog!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Biblical Impressions: Cardinal

Happy Sunday!

I have a Biblical Impressions image to share today.  I've been wanting to use this image for awhile.  I bought it because it reminded me of my mother-in-law. The first Christmas I spent with Mark's family, many years ago now, was in Ohio at his mothers house.  Her tree was decorated with red cardinals - it was SO striking.  So this is her birthday card, which is next Saturday. I know she will love it.   

It was an image on a full plate I bought called "Stocking". It has some great Christmas and winter images. I hope to use the ornaments on the same plate soon.

The "pine sprig" is from a different plate called "landscape".  I did find this one individually #38916 Pine Sprig $2.75. 
Supplies -- Biblical Impressions Cardinal, PTI Pure Poppy and Kraft cardstock, Bazzill Salsa Verde cardstock, Copic XPress It cardstock, Copic Markers, Copic Opaque white (snow), Memento Black ink, Palette Burnt Umber ink.

Copic Colors: R22, R24, R29, R59, YG93, YG95, YG97, E55, E57, E59, W-1

Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

{TAC} November Blog Hop: Nina B

Today we have a {TAC} hop!  We LOVE Nina B.

I have a card created with a Nina B image called "Dotted Peony".  It is available again thru Layers of Color!  The dots are from the hostess set "Circles of Love".

The line of dots were stamped using Belle Rose Palette ink on Bazzill Raspberry Splash cardstock.
I used Nestabilities Oval and Label 18, stamped the image using Memento tuxedo black ink.  The green cardstock is Bazzill Kiwi Crush.  The image was colored using Copic Markers: R32, R35, R37, YG63, YG67.

This card was for the last class I taught as an Angel Company demo. {Sigh}  When I taught Copic coloring techniques, I learned that step by step coloring keys work really will.  This was a "shoe box gathering" set up, my open house, so I did the instruction all on one sheet to go with the shoebox of supplies to create the card.  If it were a sit down party atmosphere where we were creating the card together, I would create a key for each color.  That way everyone could start coloring with one color family then trade colors with their neighbor.  This also worked very well.

This is the step by step coloring instruction for this card... 
This teaching technique was something I shared during my seminar presentation.  I have several examples from classes I had done over the last couple years.  Other {former} angels taught in a similar way, maybe you do too. 

I show every step in my color key, where I add the colors and also the blending steps.  This way anyone can follow it even someone who had never picked up a Copic marker before.

One of the questions I was asked at seminar is if I let people use my markers - yes I do.  (I let children use my markers too)  Life is short - share the joy.  The tips are replaceable if there is a mishap.

We would love it if you joined our {TAC} blog hop!  Entries must use a Nina B set which appeared in the 2011 TAC catalog.  To join our hop, link in using the button below and the full address to your blog post. 

One lucky hopper will win the Nina B set “Katy”!  {Thanks SO much Nina!}  The winner will be chosen at random; design team members are not eligible to win.  This challenge is open until 11:54 pm (CST) Tuesday, November 22nd, so please join us!  

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Amber Ink: Gumdrop Penguin

Today, we have a Totally Papercrafts challenge - Black and White sponsored by Amber Ink!  I used a new ipaper "Alice Diamonds, Whoopie Pie, Itty Bitty" and image "Gumdrop Penguin - May I Help You?" from Amber Ink. 

I colored the penguin with a black gel pen.  Very penguin-like don't you think?

Hope you enjoyed today's post.  Check out the Amber Ink blog.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mabelle RO: Gratitude Hop

Happy Thursday!

Mabelle R.O. is having a Gratitude Blog Hop over at Whimsy and Stars. You have time if you would like to join in.  The hop ends November 29th at 6pm (Eastern).  Did I mention there is blog candy??  Three random hoppers will win a $9 gift certificate toward digis!

Here is my submission.  I used MRO Friends and the sentiment is TAC.
Supplies -- MRO Friends, MME Gertie (on clearance Memory-works), Bazzill Ruby Red, Bazzill Rain, X-Press It cardstock, PTI vintage buttons, Copics.

Copic Colors -- Skin: E00, E11, E13, E21, R02; Hair: E33, E35, E37, E09; Clothes: R22, R24, R29, YG93, YG95, YG97, BG72, BG75, BG78, YR21, YR23, YR24, W-1

Hope you enjoy the hop!

This card was also entered in a Gratitude Challenge over at Stampin Sisters in Christ! 

The challenge is inspired by scripture:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amber Ink: Love Bunny - Kiss Kiss

Today, I have another post for the Amber Ink Design Team.  I'm featuring an image from Amber's "Love Bunny" line called "Kiss-Kiss - Fluffy Bottoms".  Love it!

Another perfect image, this one for my sister's anniversary card December 15th!  I'm getting so much done.  I'm ahead - Yay!
I got out my Coluzzle templates - I had a funky heart shape that I think is the perfect background.  The fluffy tails were painted with Copic Opaque White.  The sentiment is from Biblical Impressions.

Supplies -- Amber Ink "Love Bunny - Kiss Kiss - Fluffy Bottoms", Biblical Impressions "Just For You", PTI Kraft cardstock, Bazzill Quartz, Coluzzle Heart template, Copic Opaque White, Kai mini scissors, Noir Palette ink.

Hope you enjoyed today's post!  Check out the Amber Ink Blog!
Bunny Kisses,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Amber Ink: But I Need It!

Today, I have another amazing Amber Ink image.  This is from the Amber Girls line and the set is called "I Need to Have It". 

What a fun image and perfect for my niece's birthday card.  The patterned paper is an Amber Ink ipaper "Spin Pin Tiny" - LOVE the colors.  The paper files are super high resolution so when they are printed on your home printer they look like purchased designer paper!
Supplies -- Amber Ink "But I Need it", Amber Ink ipaper "Spin Pin Tiny", Biblical Impressions "Happy Birthday", Copic X-Press It cardstock, Bazzill Great Lakes, Lime Crush, Berrylicious cardstock

Copic Colors: E00, E21, E11, YR21, YR23, YR24, YG13, YG17, BG53, B24, B26, R24, R29, RV63, RV66.

Hope you enjoyed todays post.  Check out the Amber Ink Blog.
Abundant Blessings,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Biblical Impressions: Every Good

Happy Sunday,

Today, I have a simple card which is actually made from a left over scrap.  This is the negative of the Shapeabilities Grommet Tags I used in my November 7th MRO Friends post.  The die leaves a great window shape, perfect for a verse or sentiment.   

The verse is from Biblical Impressions "Every Good" ($2.75).  Stamped with Burnt Umber Palette ink.

I've had this ribbon for quite a long time and haven't used it until now.  It is from May Arts.   I haven't created a card around a ribbon in awhile.

I pulled the cardstock colors from the ribbon, PTI Kraft, Terracotta Tile, Spring Moss.  The button is also from PTI - Fine Linen Vintage buttons and rustic cream button twine too.

Hope you enjoyed today's card!
Blessings to you...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Amber Ink: Red - Orange Challenge

Today - we have a color challenge!  The color challenge is Red-Orange over at Less is More.  This is a Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge too.
Here is my entry.  I used the new Leaf ipaper from Amber Ink.  Love the Fall colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

{TAC} Post 3: New Creation

Today I'm featuring a project: a covered composition notebook. I have made several of these over the past couple months and they all turned out different. 
I thought this would be a great notebook for bible study, a prayer journal, any purpose really. It has a matching pen and bookmark. I used Maggie SWIC, cardstock and ribbon for this project. The stamp set is TAC New Creation.
I found Pentel brand pens at WalMart. The great thing about these pens is the end of the pen twists off, so patterned paper can be inserted in the barrel. LOVE that.

I covered the front and back covers of the notebook with Maggie light purple cardstock. It was cut to 8" x 12", then I ran it thru my Xyron machine to make it a huge sticker. The inner liner piece is also from Maggie, cut to 9-1/2" x 6-3/4", then ran thru the Xyron machine.
I lined up the cardstock with the edge of the black binding on the notebook for both the front and back. There was about 1" of cardstock hanging over on the 3 sides.

I cut the corner out of the cardstock creating 3 tabs.
Folded the tabs over.

I didn't worry about the rounded corner on the notebook, I made it square and bent over the point, like a hard cover book.
The front cover was straight forward, just added the patterned liner piece on the inside to finish it. The back cover, however, I taped down the ends of the ribbon bookmark and loops (front and back) for the pen first, then added my inner liner.
I stamped the image using Mementos Tuxedo Black ink on Ivory cardstock. I colored it with Copic markers. Before I started, I tested my colors on a scrap piece of ivory paper - YR15, YR21, YR23, YR24, V20, V25, RV63, RV66, RV69, YG93, YG97, YG99.

I added some pastel blue chalk as a background. I went over the whole image, which does give the colored areas a cloudy look. The great thing about chalk is that it is erasable. I did go over the colored areas with an eraser so the colors would be more vibrant. I distressed the image around the edges with Cognac palette ink, then added some Burnt Umber palette ink. This is my favorite distressing/aging technique.

The image is matted with Maggie dark purple, green cardstock.  I added ribbon and a bow (Maggie). The image is attached to the front cover with pop dots.

Supplies -- Stamps: TAC New Creation, Papers: Maggie SWIC and Cardstock, Kraft and Brown Cardstock, Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cognac Palette, Burnt Umber Palette, Pastel Chalks, Copic Markers.

Here are a couple other versions:

TAC God So Loved and TAC Winchester SWIC 
Copic on Kraft cardstock: YR15, YR21, YR23, YR24, E55, E57, E59, V17, V25

Check out what the other chicks are up to today...
Debra Miller <--- You are Here
Christine Pennington (Coordinator)

Hope you have a Fabulous Day!