A wee bit of a take on shaker, shaker

Coloring my wonderful MFT Polar Bear Pals, I combined them using Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Tape to form a “family portrait” using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Wet Cement for the no line coloring effect. The images were colored in using Copic markers in warm grey Ws 0-5 and white get pen for the fur. The back ground was colored using B02.

The difference in this shaker card is that, while I usually make such a mess putting the sequins and stuff inside I decided to entrap the stuff inside two acetate layers.

I then just glued the framed stuff onto the card front.  This made a huge difference in the amount of mess made. :/

The papers are from Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride and Glitzy Glitter Cardstock as well as Neenah Solar White 80 #.

Here’s the card….hope you like it.

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Ciao, Lisa



Celebrating every little Tiddly Ink”in” thing

Since I began card making I have been pushing myself to improve my coloring with Copic markers. I have had some MAJOR DISASTERS where the ink just have no desire to blend or where the paper causes bleeding. Argghhhh!

Da quando ho iniziato a fare i biglietti di auguri mi sono spinto a migliorare la mia technica con i markers Copic. A volta le cose non vanno nel modo migliore…veramente disastroso!

Anyway, one of the great ways to practice is on hair and shoes (both of which I am very weak). So, I pulled out a Tiddly Ink stamp and colored 3 stamped images. Of course, only ONE turned out! LOL. Here she is in all her glory and I think she looks purdy darn good. I used Wink of Stella in the flower’s middle.

In ogni caso, uno dei migliori modi per fare pratica è di colorare i capelli e le scarpe . Così, ho tirato fuori un timbro di  Tiddly Inks e stampato ben 3 immagini . Naturalmente, solo uno è venuto bene! LOL. Eccoloin tutto il suo splendore e credo che sono riuscita piuttosto  bene nel colorarlo..


I used Copics Y12, E18, E08 and Copic multiliner .03 Sepia on the hair and shoes, E 51,V000, E11, R20 on the skin,  Y13, Y15, Y18, V12 on the dress with accents in Sakura White Gel pen, Y18, R29 and B24 for the flowers.

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Birthday flowers for my DIL

My daughter in law’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to “send” her a bunch of flowers. I fell in love with IO Pansies background die and then saw the MFT Color Challenge so I thought I’d give it a go. I think it turned out pretty well. I used Copic markers in pinks and oranges to create the shading.

I hope you like it!

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Ciao, Lisa

Such warmth from Polar Bears….

20170516_094146 (2)While browsing on a chilling evening for card ideas came across Jane Allen, Copic artist. She had colored a polar bear from the MFT Polar Bear Pals that looked like it really had fur! I was blown away and thought that I really needed to try my hand at that type of coloring to challenge myself. So, I recently received my MFT Polar Bear Pals and couldn’t wait to try my hand at coloring them.

I stamped two images, the sitting bear and the skating bear in light grey and light blue respectively. For the sitting bear I used Copic warm greys, W0, W01, W03, and  W05 on the body and finished it off flicking little strokes with my white gel pen. The scarf is YG05 and YG 07 then detailed with a very sharp blue colored pencil to add a bit of dimension and detail. I dotted the scarf with the white gel pen. I used a black gel pen on the nose and nails. B24 for the ground and G00 for the background and blotted with 0. I finished it off layering the picture on Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock in Coastal Pearl and Glitzy Glitter cardstock from the Cardstock Stack. A few bling was added to make the card sparkle and the Joyful Wishes is from Lawn Fawn Winter Scripty Sayings in Hero Arts Hero Hues Ocean Dye Ink.

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I adore this skating bear! I used Copic cool Greys C 1-5. The bases are in cool blue, cardstock and glitter card stock.

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Happy Mother’s Day

A good day to all and a Happy Mother’s Day (albeit a tad anticipated) to all mothers old and new. Most of the time mothers are under-appreciated for all the sacrifices made. Granted, there are some bad mothers out there but for the most part, there really is no “how to” book on being a mother. One just goes with the flow and does the best that she can given certain circumstances.

Buona giornata a tutti e Buon Festa della Mamma (anche se anticipata) a tutte le mamme.  Le mamme spesso sono sottovalutate perché fanno tanti sacrifici. Certo, ci sono cattive madri nel mondo ma la maggior parte sono buone e danno tanto amore perché non esistono manuali d’uso, si fa quello che si può considerando certe circostanze.

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Today’s card is a digi stamp from Bugaboo. It’s called “Make it Snappy – Floral Mom’s Day” card. I just adore it. I was playing around with my Copics with a turquoise background with colorful flowers. I loved it but messed up big time when I glued the image onto the colored cardstock. I tried to gently tear it off to no avail, so I then cut around it to save it….made it even worse so I chucked that baby and did a new one. I decided to go for a more monochromatic look. The back ground cardstock needed something so I just drew in the same flowers using my white gel pen. There are hints of green to make things pop a bit. I added some Wink of Stella to give a hint of shimmer in the flower centers then added Glossy Accents on top.

Il bigliettino di oggi è un timbro digi da Bugaboo. Si chiama “Make it Snappy – Floral Mom’s Day”. Lo adoro. Stavo colorando con i miei Copics lo sfondo turchese con fiori colorati che, mi è piaciuto molto, ma ho fatto un “boo boo” quando ho incollato l’immagine sul cardstock colorato. Ho provato a strapparlo delicatamente senza successo così ho tagliato intorno per salvare l’immagine …. senza successo, così ho dovuto rifare tutto. Ho deciso di usare un aspetto monocromatico. Il cardstock di fondo aveva bisogno di qualcosa in più così ho disegnato gli stessi fiori usando la mia penna gel bianca. Ci sono tocchi di verde per finire. Ho aggiunto un po ‘di Wink di Stella per dare un tocco di scintillante nei centri dei fiori poi aggiunto Glossy Accents.

I hope you enjoy this card. I really like how it turned out and now I have my Mother’s Day card for next year! 🙂

Spero che ti piace questa cartolina. Mi piace molto come è venuta e ora ho la mia cartolina per la  festa della mamma per il prossimo anno! 🙂

Ciao e un abbraccio,



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Back to it….

It’s been a bit rough the past few weeks. I’ve only posted little since the week after Easter due to a death in my husband’s family. Getting a grip on my own complicated feelings towards the death of my Mother in Law, while expected, happened all too quickly. Trying to support my husband only brought up a lot of mixed emotions (after 34 years of marriage to her son and after having cared for her during her illness)  therefore, I had NO mojo to work on cards or anything else for that matter.

But, life goes on so here I go…

Today’s card is a Christmas card…Nothing picks me up more than the holidays. I recently received some goodies from Lawn Fawn and wanted to try them out. Enjoy…..

Here’s a list of the materials used in this card:

Lawn Fawn STITCHED MOUNTAIN BORDER Lawn Cuts Dies LF1201 Preview Image  Lawn Fawn STITCHED HILLSIDE POP UP Lawn Cuts Dies LF1270    Image result for lawn fawn 767   Image result for impression obsession 108-F  Image result for impression obsession 080-N  Image result for dee's distinctively stacker tree  Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets Preview Image      Image result for copic c1Image result for fiskars paper trimmer  Pretty Pink Posh SNOWFLAKE Sequin Mix  Preview Image  Image result for hero arts christmas shakers october 2016  The mountains were cut from scrap corrugated cardboard. All materials were bought at Simon Says Stamp, Hero Arts or Amazon.it.

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Thanks all! Ciao e a presto!




Eccoci di nuovo…

L’ultime settimane sono state un po’ difficili. Ho scritto sul blog solo poche volte dalla settimana dopo Pasqua a causa di una morte nella famiglia di mio marito. Tenedo conto  sui miei complicati sentimenti verso la morte della mia Suocera, mentre era previsto, è accaduto troppo in fretta, non mi sono sentita fare nulla. Ho tentato sostenere il mio marito ma la morte mi ha sollevato un sacco di emozioni miste (dopo 34 anni di matrimonio con suo figlio e dopo averlo curato durante la sua malattia), quindi non avevo nessun mojo per lavorare .

Ma la vita continua così eccomi qui …

La cartolina di oggi è un biglietto per Natale … Le feste mi fanno sorridere. Recentemente ho ricevuto alcune prelibatezze dal Lawn Fawn e volevo provarli. Spero che vi piace…..

It’s that time of year……

….for…. GRADUATIONS…. I’ve got a couple of graduations in the next month or so for various nieces and nephews as well as my friends’ kids. I have usually been not so good at making graduation cards…partly because I don’t really like what’s out there. There are only so many ways to put a tassel and hat… that is…until I found Tiddly Inks! They have the cutest graduation characters! I had such fun coloring them in and making this card. (This is the first one of many…)LOL

This one, in particular, is colored using the school colors. I used Copic pens BG02, B02, B12, B23, B24 , B26, C2, C4, C8, Y26, Y28, Y11, E000, E00 , E02, E 08, E18, E19, E30, R20, Sakura white gel pen and black gel pen.20170426_164311.jpg

I used the following materials: Tiddly Inks Digi stamps Graduate part and Grateful Graduate, Fiskars Monumental Moments Clear Stamps. Memento Tuxedo Black, Spellbinders Etched Alphabet, Foam Tape from Simon Says Stamp, Tombow Glue, Neenah Solar White 80 lb, colored cardstock

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Ciao e a presto! Lisa



Tiddly wink at Tiddly Inks

Last year, I had seen Sandy Allnock color in a Tiddly Ink stamp on her vlog and thought that it was an adorable image. I found the stamp, as well as a couple of others, don’t remember where, and had them sent to me. That said, I was never able to find them again, or….so I thought! Ah..ha! I came across the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog a couple of days ago and bought some digi stamps. The theme is “Road Trip” so I saw “Snail Mail Wryn”. What better road trip than to take a snail? Of course, the trip is to bring wonderful greetings and I will be sending this off to a friend of mine in the states tomorrow! 🙂

I was thinking about coloring her on plain white Neenah Solar White cardstock but decided to fussy cut her and add a background so I drew in some large mushrooms. I hope you like it because I really enjoyed coloring it with a ton of Copic markers…really too many to list. I added a fairly thin foam tape and pasted her on top of the mushroom.

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Ciao, Lisa


He loves me…he loves me not…

Ok…going a tad bit out of my comfort zone for this card but I really wanted to try something different. I wanted to use the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden collection. Iìve tried several times to use it but have never like how anything turned out so today I was determined!

I was playing around with my Distress Oxides and realized that the only color I hadn’t used was Iced Spruce. Don’t know why as it is such a pretty muted green.  I had seen on a You Tube tutorial by Carol Held of Carol’s Craft Room how she mixed the Distress Oxide with a translucent medium. So, I set oI stamped the daisy in the position that I wanted with the Curved Square frame from Spellbinders on top, not sure how I wanted to go with it. I then fussy cut other stamps of the daisies. Since I did not have a stencil that I liked I used an old background die from Spellbinders Fancy Lattice and used that. I mixed the Iced Spruce distress oxide with translucent embossing paste, applied it and let it dry. I then colored around the image on the card with distress oxide, thought it too light so I went back in with some distress markers in Pumice Stone and worked my way out. I colored in the disk area with Copic markers, G85 and G99, but decided to leave everything else white. then glued them on top of the frame.

The final product is rather monochromatic but I think it works quite well and I am pleased with the result.

Materials used:

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Ciao, Lisa


Stavo giocando con i miei colori Distress Oxid di Tim Holtz e ho notato che l’unico colore che non avevo usato ancora era il Iced Spruce. Non so perchè non l’ho usato ancora ma  è veramente bello come colore; un verde molto muto. Avevo visto in un tutorial di You Tube di Carol Held (Carol’s Craft Room) come mescolare il Distress Oxide con il embossing paste traslucido. Così, ho impostato la stampa nella posizione che volevo sopra il telaio Curved Square di Spellbinders, non so come volevo andare con esso. Poi ho tagliato altri stampe delle margherite. Dal momento che non ho avuto uno stencil che mi è piaceva, ho usato un fustello di Spellbinders. Ho mescolato l’inchiostro Distress con la il embossing paste traslucida. Poi ho colorato intorno all’immagine lo stesso colore di inchiostro ma ho pensato che fosse troppo sbiadito, quindi ho ricolorato intorno l’immagine con i marker Distress di Tim Holtz in  Pumice Stone.. Ho colorato nell’area centrale del fiore con i markers Copic, G85 e G99, ma ho deciso di lasciare tutto il resto bianco. Quindi incollarli sulla parte superiore del telaio.

Il prodotto finale è piuttosto monocromatico, ma penso che funziona abbastanza bene e sono soddisfatto del risultato.

Splash it on


I so love Simon Says Challenges…this week’s Monday Challenge is called “Splash it on” and it calls for incorporating water into the project. “It can be an image of water, or water coloring, or splashing water onto your creation.”

It sounded like fun and…since I am on some sort of quirky kick of making shaker cards I decided to use a Mermaid stamp that I have had for eons and do not remember who it is from.  I used Simon says hybrid inks, Scuba and Mint Candy, to color some acetate. My first tries were a bit too dark so on the third try I just went over lightly. I fussy cut the mermaid and colored her in using Copics, sandwiched everything in and violà. The background is white so that the water currents show up a bit more.

It’s the little things that count under the sea!

I cut some starfish from an old Cuttlebug die, colored them and put Glossy Accents on top. I decided to put the wording of “It’s the little things that count” on the bottom to make it look as if it is a treasure chest at the bottom of the sea.

This was the first one….I decided to do a second one with a colored background and clear acetate.

I get the impression she is calling out to the sailors passing by….you, me and the sea……

The glass beads and colored paper are stuff that I have in my stash. The white paper is Neenah Solar White 110lb.

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La sfida di lunedì di Simon Says Stamp di questa settimana è chiamata “Splash it on” e chiede di incorporare l’acqua nel progetto. “Può essere un’immagine di acqua o di colorazione dell’acqua o di spruzzi d’acqua sulla tua creazione”.

Sembrava divertente e … dal momento che mi piace fare i shaker ho deciso di utilizzare un timbro di una sirena che ho avuto per anni e non mi ricordo da chi è. Ho usato Simon Says Stamp inchiostri  ibridi, Scuba e Mint Candy, per colorare foglie di acetate. Le mie prime tentazioni erano un po ‘troppo scure, quindi alla terza prova l’ho sfiorato con il colore. Ho tagliato la sirena e per colorarla ho usato i Copics. Lo sfondo è bianco in modo che le correnti d’acqua si mostrano un po ‘più.

Ho tagliato alcune stelline da un vecchio fustello di Cuttlebug, le ho colorato e messo in in mezzo. Ho deciso di mettere il testo di “Sono le piccole cose che contano” sul fondo per far sembrare come se fosse un tesoro in fondo al mare.

Questo è stato il primo …. Ho deciso di fare un secondo con uno sfondo colorato e acetato chiaro.