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Hello and welcome to another Marvelous Monday here at the Cue.  Last Monday I shared a digital image that was quite popular with readers and I understand why.  I want to carry on this new tradition of featuring an artist along with a digital stamp or two each monday.   Today’s artist is Angelique Kramer.  Angelique is from the Netherlands and her love of drawing and artistic ability just radiates in the digital designs that she shares on her popular blog called Sliekje digi Stamps. But please, don’t stop there or you will miss out on some beautiful artwork that Angelique shares on her other blog called Sliekje’s Scribbles.  Angelique’s artistic talent is quite evident on both of her blogs, but particularly on Sliekje’s Scribbles .  I invite you to take a minute or two and take in the beauty of her work on both of her sites.

As you may tell from my postings, I don’t want to be a blogger who just shares a link here and there.  My goal is to introduce you to the people behind the art and to ultimately enjoy the wonder of their talents.

I have always enjoyed the arts and learned to sew and embroider at an early age.  I read books on the masters in high school.  I’m also surrounded by many talented people, yet sadly I have very little, if no, artistic ability myself.  I dabble at drawing and painting and certainly enjoy doing so.  I have tried my hand at designing a few quilts and totes over the years, but nothing too dramatic or spectacular for sure.  I am like many other people who rely on those talented people who have ability and the vision for help and inspiration. I am a world champ at following directions, and absolutely love to sew, quilt, color and play with paper and fabric, but alas I couldn’t do those things without the help of others.  For that reason I say thank you!

Now onto a few digi stamp links I would like to share with you today.  These are from our featured artist Angelique over at Sliekje’s Designs.

You may remember this first digital stamp as one I used on a birthday card for our granddaughter, Morgan, a few years ago.  This design is timeless and oh so cute and certainly appropriate for a variety of occasions.

Digital stamps are so versatile, you can resize and flip the image to fit your design as I did below.

Now going in a totally different direction and with the cold and flu season in full swing, I thought this second image would be quite appropriate to make a card for those that are feeling under the weather of late.  I love this image with the little puppy standing guard by the little boy, don’t you?

On one other quick note, many digital stamps designed for card making and papercrafts work beautifully for an embroidery project and visa versa.  I am currently working on one of those projects and will share it as soon as it is finished.

Well that’s it for today.  I’ll see you tomorrow with a segment about quilts & sewing along with a pattern.

Be safe and God Bless!

Linda

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Cre8tive Hands blogger, Michelle, is an artist and her talents are evident everywhere on her blog.  Michelle has created this adorable angel that she is generously offering for free to use as a digital stamp on your cards and paper projects.  In addition to the plethora of digital stamp ideas, I envision this image also being used as an embroidery design on a pillow, framed on the wall, or even used as an applique on a variety of projects.  The sky is the limit on this design.

I’d love to see, and I’m sure Michelle would as well, what projects you make using this special angel.

So without further ado, here is today’s featured digital stamp…

Until next time, have a Blessed Day!

Linda

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Being in a bright creative mood this week led me in the direction to use bright colors for these 2 birthday cards.  As a general rule I am more inclined to work with pastels so it was quite refreshing to leave my comfort zone and use oranges, yellows and reds.

My color inspiration for this first card came from some very old paper by Stampin’ Up!.  Once I chose the sheet of paper, everything else just fell into place.  This card is for our son-in-law’s birthday.  I always have a difficult time in making masculine cards, so I came up with the idea of a “county fair ribbon” theme and the rest just came together.

My locomotive card was inspired by Jackie over at Rockwell Designs and her blog post on August 10th.  I was trying to decide what I wanted to do for our grandson’s 2nd birthday card and as soon as I saw Jackie’s card I knew I wanted to go with the “One of a kind” theme.  I thought her idea was so clever using 3 images but only coloring one, which would conjure up the idea of being an individual and one of a kind.  I used a digital image I got from Elizabeth O. Dulemba (she has a plethora of great digital images on her website, you should check it out).

My thought process was to resize the image and make the center train larger than the other two to depict the specialness of our little grandson.  In retrospect I should have spelled out the number 1 since it’s his 2nd birthday and having the number one standing front and center makes for a bit of confusion.  I did add the number 2 to the locomotive as well as writing Happy Birthday Kannon on the smoke cloud which I hope will help resolve any confusion.  As a side note, I was so proud of myself by adding the words and numbers using Photoshop as I’m a real dinosaur when it comes to those types of things.  I really like how this card turned out.  Again, the colors are different from my norm, but it’s a fun card and one I hope he’ll enjoy.

It’s hard to tell on this picture of the card but I added red glitter to the smoke stack.  I also used my Gelly Roll glitter pen for the roof top and highlighted some of the metal with my grey Souffle’ pen.

Supplies:

First Place Birthday Card

Green C/S & paper – Stampin’ Up!
Red & Coral c/s – Club Scrap
Punches – Marvy Uchida
Button – Basic Grey
DMC Embroidery floss
Versamark Pen
Black Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up!

One of a Kind Birthday Card

Card Stock & Paper – Stampin’ Up!
Prismacolor Pencils
Souffle’ & Gelly Roll Pens – Sakura
Buttons – Basic Grey
Red Glitter – Stampin’ Up!
Digital Image from Elizabeth O. Dulemba

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I recently discovered that one can emboss layer upon layer with different colors to achieve a pretty focal point on a card, or even use as a background for that matter.  I wanted to try my hand at layering several colors as well as work with my new stamp set from Clear Art Stamps called Birdies ; this is the card I created.  It’s intended to have a vintage, yet spring-like look.  I think I achieved both by using the soft tones of embossing powder along with the french script and birdies stamp set.  There are actually 3 layers of embossing on top of each other.  I used pastel lilac for the base and then stamped the white bird-cage on top of that, then added the blue bird to sit on the perch.  The blue embossing shows as the shadow underneath.  I stamped the bird again on baby blue card stock, fussy cut it and used pop dots to add dimension.  To learn more about embossing layer over layer, I would suggest viewing the tutorial from Fran Seiford on her Wildflower Sprigs Card.  My card is done quite a bit different, but the basic idea of layering embossing powder came from Fran and her tutorial.  Thank you Fran for this fabulous technique.

As an additional thought, don’t you just love clear stamps?  I was able to put 3 different stamps on one clear block to stamp the bird-cage, hanger and tree limb all at one time.  This was such a quick way to get those images to line up perfectly to create a scene.   Love, love, love those clear stamps!

Supplies:

French Script Stamp, card stock, ribbon & soft subtles embossing powder from SU
Birdies stamp set from Crafty Secrets/Clear Art Stamps
Spellbinders Dies
Pearls from Paper Studio

My second project is a birthday card that will be going to our granddaughter in Colorado for her 8th birthday in October.  I think it turned out so cute.  The basic design of the card is from a Diana Gibbs tutorial  I saw recently.  I loved the design of that card, but wanted to use an ice cream cone theme instead.  The image I used is from Beccy’s Place and was a free digital download called “Triple Scoop Ice Cream Cone”.  The original ice cream cone image was quite large so I decided to shrink it down considerably to 1″ and then copy the image 5 times and make a string of cones.  The images were colored with my Sakura Souffle’ Pens and Prismacolor Pencils and then enhanced with a sprinkling of glitter.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is embossed in soft pink and the edges were sponged with Pretty in Pink Classic Ink from SU.  I love the way this card turned out.

I also used this same idea to make a card for our son’s birthday, but instead I went with his food truck colors of yellow and black and used pictures of the food he serves.  Sadly I forgot to take a picture of that card, so you’ll have to use your imagination for that one.

I want to send a special thank you to Diana Gibbs for your tutorial.  Also, a very special thank you goes to Beccy over at “Beccy’s Place” for sharing your time and talents and offering this fun ice cream cone digital stamp to your readers.

Supplies:

Digital image called Triple Ice Cream Cone from Beccy’s Place
Card stock, ribbon, glitter, word window punch & pink EP from SU
Threading Water border punch from Fiskars
Spellbinders Dies
Sakura Souffle’  Pens
Prismacolor Pencils

Have a great day and thank you for visiting!

Linda

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I have several cards I want to post, but I don’t have much time to get those online today.  So, in the spirit of sharing, I thought I would introduce you to a fabulous digital artist, Beccy, who is from Australia.  She has a wonderful blog called “Beccy’s Place”.  Conjuring up anything cool this summer in the midst of this midwest heat and humidity is such a welcome thought and Beccy has done just that with this very cool digital image.  Beccy is offering her readers the Triple Scoop Ice Cream Cone digital image for free.  She is so generous and I, for one, am anxious to make a summery card with the Triple Scoop.  Until I have a few moments to sit down and make a project, I want to share Beccy’s blog with you so you can “scoop” up this freebie for yourself.

Image created by Beccy over at beccysplace.blogspot.com

When visiting Beccy’s blog, please don’t forget to leave her a comment and thank her for her generosity.  As always, I’m not affiliated with nor paid by anyone to promote their products, blogs or websites.  I just enjoy passing along information as I run across fun sites, products and crafty goodness.

Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you soon!

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I added the quotation marks on the title of this post because these are not my words but those of a fabulous blogger over at Making Our Mark.  Oh my goodness, I just discovered Colleen’s blog and am simply amazed at the talent and generosity given to her readers.

One particular article she wrote on her blog caught my attention “5 Mistakes You Might Make When Purchasing Copic Markers”.   This brief, but very informative article, offers information about the ins and outs of purchasing Copic Markers.  This may be old news to some of you, but for me I have found the world of Copics very confusing indeed.  I’ve watched with awe at the beautiful colored images my fellow card markers and paper crafters have created using Copics, yet I haven’t purchased any.  Why you ask?  Well, the cost is the biggest factor.  Secondly, there are so many choices of colors and types of markers available that I’ve found it rather overwhelming.  Paying $6.00+ per marker is a bit much given the fact that I know nothing about what colors or type of markers to purchase.  In addition, using the markers correctly to shade and color just seemed like something I should leave for true artists and not for a hobbyist like myself.  So I’ve stayed in my comfort zone using my Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol (aka Odorless Mineral Spirits).

When I discovered Colleen’s blog called Making Our Mark I was amazed at the wealth of information she has about the world of Copics.   Colleen is generously offering beginner and intermediate Copic coloring classes for Free, yes Free, in July.  You can find information on her classes here.  Looking around her blog I discovered she also has an online store called Copic Marker Scrapbooking  which I’m anxious to peruse.  I also see where she has an online Library and Forum.

If offering some free classes wasn’t enough, Colleen also has a digital stamp of Glinda from Wizard of Oz that she is also generously offering for free.  The picture below is colored and illustrated by Guy Gondron. The free digital stamp is uncolored and ready for your own special artistic talents. Since I have grandchildren who love Dorothy and all those fabulous characters she meets in Oz, I can’t wait to make a card using this design.

Illustration and coloring using Copic Markers by Guy Gondron

So without any further ado, please visit Colleen at her blog and online shop and see what all of my excitement is about.

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I enjoy sharing information and links I find along the way.  I’m not affiliated nor compensated for this information, I’m just sharing this because I feel it’s one of those exceptional blogs and stores worth talking about.

Have a blessed day and thank you for visiting.

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I just ran across this beautiful sentiment which is a Freebie offered by Ginger’s House and wanted to share it with you. I think this would be perfect to use on cards and scrapbooks, but I can also envision it on a piece of wall art. I’m thinking of using some of Claudine Helmuth’s Sticky Back Canvas along with stamps, inks, paint & embellishments for a wall hanging.

If you enjoy this sentiment as much as I do, hop on over to Ginger’s blog and download this for your next project.  As always, don’t forget to leave a word of thanks for Ginger’s creativity and generosity in offering everyone this free sentiment. Until next time… Have a blessed day!

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