Love this Heirloom Ornament from Spellbinders

Hello Friends, Did you see the sneak peek from Penny Black?? If you are a club member you did. What do you think?? I LOVE the images and can't wait to ink those babies up. If you don't want to miss Penny Black's new sneak peeks before they "go live" sign up here.

You will find this ornament on the Penny Black blog this week. This week we are featuring ""Fanciful Critters"..... so much fun :)

Make a Wish
I love this Spellbinder's ornament & the new one is my wish list. If you want  a peak at it you can see the new one here & it's in stock right now. Last year I made this and this with the ornament die.


This step was super easy.... just stamped the background first with tumbled glass and this stamp from PB. Then I masked some stripes on the ornament with wild honey and tumbled glass. I put two rows of Martha Stewart glitter on top of the distressing.

I use this "Cityscape" stamp all the time. I drew lines on the windows, colored most yellow (for lights "ON") then added blobs of Glossy Accents. Once it was dry I cut them apart and layered them up.

 Ah.... I also stamped on top of the buildings with some distress ink after the glossy accents was dry.

Before I went to bed I colored the beak and feet & added Glossy Accents to them .
On the hedgehogs I used E50. Try to leave a white space on their  bellies. Add RV10 to cheeks and low belly.
Flick some E33 on to the hairs all around the image. Add some shading to the feet and nose.
Now flick in a darker brown E57 on the hairs.
Add some shading on the duck with greys. You can really see the glossy accents in this photo.

These are the blues & greens I used on the scarfs. Any colors will do :)

I stamped two extra scarves and stamped with the same background as I used on the buildings. I didn't worry to much about the shading since I would be stamping on the scarves.

I use a blade to cut the feathers to tuck the scarf in.

Make a Wish
Here is a close up. This was so much fun to make. I think in my next stamp class we will be making some ornaments. Naturally I was finished and didn't know where to put a sentiment. Lucky for me .... SRM stickers saved the day again. You can add it so easily after your project is finished. Stamping when your project is finished it's so much more difficult. Yes, I am NOT a planner.

Since the buildings are so staggered Scrap Dots are a must and a huge time saver. As always I am so grateful that you pop in. Have a happy day! Hugs, Kathy



marker storage from soup cans

Hello Friends, How are you today?? I have lots to share today along with  a glowing review of the hot new markers so I hope you have a few minutes :) SRM stickers has been reviewing the new alcohol markers from LePlume by Marvy all week with DT reviews and cards!! 
SRM is offering up BIG prizes ...the biggest one is a $400 VALUE!!  

I was lucky enough to have the privilege to review these markers and since marker storage is something a lot of us look for I decided to create some decorative marker "cans" from soup cans.

IMG_3838 These soup cans.
I designed the cans for my personal marker storage and in the end decided to give them all away for gifts. I think I need to buy some more soup The cellophane bag was recycled from my SRM sticker package. These markers are so affordable they make a great  gift. The hanging tag is from this ribbon tag but, I cut the bottom off.


Are you wondering what all this marker buzz is??
Jenyfur said it best, "The Le Plume markers are BRAND NEW and alcohol-based, not water-based as Marvy's previous markers. They are comparable to Copics - they blend, absorb without pilling your card stock, and are amazing markers for only $2.99 each."

First I have to tell you I was so excited, thrilled & honored when I got the news that I was able to give the markers a try. It didn't take me long to fall in love with the colors, the selection and the tip on the Le Plume's. They blend so nicely and work great from tip to tip. I am being 100% honest when I say that I think everyone should start with the LePlume markers to see if coloring is their "thing" once you run out of ink...if you run out..... then it's time to consider a switch to a refillable marker like Copic. That's my honest opinion. Check out the Le Plume permanent markers and color chart  here & if you can shop for the markers here.

If you want to decorate some soup cans for gifts here is a tutorial for you. The supply list will be at the bottom of my post.


Cut strips of paper to fit your cans. If the label removes easily use the soup label as your template. The scalloped edge is from a paper trimmer byMarvy here. Distress your paper then add a white strip at the top and glue or sew to attach it onto your paper strips.


Die cut your shapes. Love this die from Spellbinders. Use the same colors of distress ink  as your paper strips. Stamp the background with Vintage Photo ( I used this stamp from Penny Black) and add some white pen details. (I dotted the background and added stitching)


Stamp your flowers with this and color with markers in the same colors as your distress ink.


Design your layout and add your SRM stickers to each label.


Use Glossy Accents to adhere the paper strips to your can first so you have a nice finished seam down the back of your can. Curve your labels then glue with Glossy Accents again. Add some white Enamel Accents to the centers of the flowers. Set aside to dry.
I'm not sure if I will fill these up with candy, markers or cookies for my friends. I still have time to figure that out.
I have to share the close up. I did use some foam dots in different places on the flowers.

Are you wondering what the big prize is at SRM ?? A BIG Marvy GIVEAWAY
A set of 24 LePlume PERMANENT Markers (your color choices!). Additionally, a GRAND PRIZE of $400 worth of retail Marvy product will be awarded to one lucky winner at the end of SRM's feature.(More details at the SRM blog) What are you waiting for?? Hop on over to SRM stickers blog and try for some prizes :) Good luck and thanks for stopping. Hugs,Kathy

P.S. The card was created the same way as I did for the cans except the sentiment is from this of SRM 's new fancy stickers. Love them!!  For the label's 14 (die cut by Spellbinders) in the center I stacked some cardboard and glued them together with Glossy Accents. I was happy with the finished look this gave to my card. 

P.S.S. Scroll down to win a $30.00 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!! 


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