Monday, August 29, 2011

iCopic Weekly Challenge #45 - Water

Hello Friends! Happy Monday and Welcome to another fabulous iCopic Weekly Challenge. This week's challenge is a fun one. The challenge is to color some water (make a water scene, use an image with some water on it, or have your image look like it is under water, etc.). I knew that the adorable Mermaid Anya from The Greeting Farm would be just perfect for this challenge. I think one of the quickest water backgrounds you can make is an under water background. I simply die cut an oval from X-Press It Blending Card Paper and colored the under water background using B11, B13, B15. The Mermaid Anya image is going to be covering the center of the background once she is layered on top, so you will only need to color the outer edges of the die cut oval to create the background. I started off by laying down the base color around the edges using B11. I added dots of B13 and B15 onto the B11 base color and blended them with another layer of B11. I then used the Colorless Blender to add more dots. I used this dotting method to create the look of bubbles, as I would imagine Mermaid Anya would be surrounded by bubbles under water. It's a very easy and fun technique. Now are you ready to play along for a chance to win a wonderful iCopic prize and to be featured on the iCopic Blog? Be sure to visit the iCopic Blog for the full challenge rules and to link your Challenge Card Entry.

Copic Colors:
Skin: E000. E00, E11, E21
Hair: E25, E31, E50
Clothing & Eyeshadow: YG23, YG25 and V05, Vo6
Background: B11, B13, B15

Thanks for visiting and Have a Super Day!
Rachel Siggy

Friday, August 26, 2011

TESC145 - Bee Happy!

Hello Friends! I am super excited to bring you this week's Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. I am the proud sketch artist for this week and I couldn't wait to share it with you all today. As you can see I just can't get enough of the August Key Ingredients Kit. Everything in the kit is just so adorable! I paired up the kit with Garden Party Critters to create my card. All the coordinating items included in the August Key Ingredients kit made it a breeze to create this card. My favorite part of the kit is the patterned paper with strips of different images. I was able to simply cut a strip of the daisy patterned paper to create a side panel. For the main image I used the cute bee hive image from Garden Party Critters with some honey added using Yellow Stickles. I had a lot of fun with this card and I hope you will play along with us this week. We love seeing your TE Sketch Challenge cards and Taylor loves giving prizes for each challenge. Be sure to check out the challenge details at the Taylored Expressions Forum at SCS.

Hop on over to visit my sketch crew buddies and our guest stamper to see all their spectacular creations:
Thanks for visiting and Happy Friday!
Rachel Siggy

p.s. Please forgive my photography on this card. I struggled trying to capture the pretty glitter on the bee hive. In real life it's a bright cheery yellow with lots of sparkle. :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August Key Ingredients Blog Hop!

Hello Friends! Welcome to the August Key Ingredients Blog Hop! Have you had a chance to see this gorgeous kit yet? If not, you can see the full kit here along with some great samples in the gallery. I think these kits are AMAZING! I can't believe how fast it makes my card making. I have been blown away by just how speedy I have become and the amount of cards I am able to complete from just one kit. This card is a perfect example as it came together so quickly and all the materials used were from the August Key Ingredients Kit. I simply cut out the sentiment and main image from the patterned paper. I layered and stitched the main image and background panel. I then embellished the main image with some gems and ribbon. I finished off the card by just popping up the sentiment with some foam tape. Easy Peasy!

Want to make your card making process quick and easy? Become a KI subscriber before August 31 and in addition to receiving the August kit you will also receive our July KI kit for 50% off (while supplies last)! To take advantage of this Buy One Get One Half-Off special offer you must purchase a 6 month KI subscription using your credit card. Click HERE to take advantage of this special offer by selecting the appropriate BOGO subscription!

Be sure to hop on over and visit the rest of the Key Ingredients Design Team to see all their lovely creations:

Thanks for visiting and Have a Wonderful Saturday!
Rachel Siggy

iCopic Customer Appreciation Sale!

Happy Saturday! Just wanted to let you all know about the wonderful iCopic Customer Appreciation Sale! Check out the deets below. Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2011

iCopic All About Children Blog Hop!

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! Welcome to the iCopic All About Children Blog Hop! You should be arriving here from Michelle's blog, if not, please head back to the iCopic Blog where our hop begins. You won't want to miss any of the wonderful projects along the way.

Today I am sharing one of my favorite images from Lawn Fawn's My Silly Valentine Set. I honestly don't think this cutie pie image could be any sweeter. This adorable stamp set is not just for Valentine's Day. It's a perfect everyday set to let the ones you love know you are thinking about them. Don't we all just love to shower children with love and affection? Wouldn't it be a sweet surprise for your little one to open up his or her lunch box and find a card from you inside? I had that just in mind when I created this 4-1/4" square card. I stamped the cutie pie image onto X-Press It Blending Card Paper with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored the image using E51 & E53 for the pie and R27 & R29 for the pie plate. I cut out the image using a circle die, cut out a brown cardstock mat using a scallop circle die and adhered the image onto the mat. I added some white dots to the image for highlights and to the scallop circle mat. I assembled the card and finished it off by stamping the sentiment, adding a small piece of ribbon and a cute button with some Cherry Divine Twine.

Thanks for visiting! Now be sure to hop on over to Dana's Blog to see her fabulous creation. iCopic is also offering up some wonderful prizes for our blog hoppers, so be sure to leave me a comment and play along with our All About Children Challenge.

Happy Hopping and Have a Great Day!

Rachel Siggy

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Tips & Tricks - Quick & Easy Card Making

Hi Friends! It's my turn to host this week's Tuesday Tips and Tricks over at the iCopic Blog. Well it may only be August, but the holiday season will be here before you know it. It never fails every year I find myself with some last minute gift giving to do and even worse I also find I am short on cards. This year I found the perfect solution with these wonderful new 6x6 papers available at iCopic. Have you seen this wonderful line of 6x6 paper pads by First Edition? I immediately fell in love with them and wanted to create something with them right away. I was blown away not only with the quality of the paper but with the wonderful prints too. The Festive Treats Paper Pack Pad had me at Gingerbread, but it was this adorable single sheet of glittery patterned paper that first caught my eye. The sheet contained 4 single images that were easily cut down into 3"x3" squares leaving 4 perfect main images for card making. So today I am bringing you my trick for quick and easy card making featuring patterned papers. Be sure to visit the iCopic Blog for the full details.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed today's cards. Be sure to drop by the iCopic store to see the wonderful selection of patterned papers they carry. I am sure you will want to keep some on hand for your last minute card making.

Thanks for visiting and Have a Fabulous Day!
Rachel Siggy

Friday, August 12, 2011

TESC144 - Thank You!

Happy Friday! It's time to break out your stamps and join in on another wonderful Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. This week's sketch was designed by my sweet friend, Lisa, and it's fabulous. I even went out of my cutesy comfort zone for this one too. I paired up the CreativiTea set with some Prima patterned papers. I never really use lots of gems, but I have been loving all the pretty cards I have been seeing with flourishes of gems. So I went a little wild and added a flourish of gems to the bottom of the card and added some to make my teapot steamy. I also went a little crazy and even added a flower. LOL! I really enjoyed making this card and I hope you will join us for the challenge. As always you know we love it when you play along and Taylor loves giving prizes for each challenge. Be sure to check out the challenge details at the Taylored Expressions Forum at SCS.

Be sure to stop by and visit my fabulous TE Sketch Crew Buddies to view all of their wonderful creations:
I also want to leave you with a little sneak peek at my August Key Ingredients Kit project. You can see my project by visiting the Key Ingredients Blog. Just loving this kit so much!

Thanks for visiting and Have a Great Weekend!
Rachel Siggy

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stampendous Blog Candy Winners!

Hello Friends! So excited to finally reveal the Stampendous Blog Candy Winners! I tried to post the pic, but for some reason I couldn't get it to post. So here are the winners & their prizes:

Craftymom205 - Cling Magical Snowman

Suzanne :O - Cling Spooky Treat Set

Jessica - Snowman Flurry Set

Michelle - Boughs N Baubles Combo Kit (Fun Flock & Glitter)

Congrats Ladies! Please be sure to email me your full name/address, so I can get your goodies out to you right away! Thanks to all that entered and I hope to have more candy real soon!

Rachel Siggy

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Blog Candy - Last Day to Enter!

Hello Friends! I got a super quick post today sharing the wonderful new Cling Bird Post and Cling Blossom Spray. Aren't these images gorgeous? Also wanted to remind you that today is the last day to enter for the Stampendous Blog Candy. The details are posted here. Good Luck and Have a Stampendous Day!

I will back later to share the details on this card. Thanks for visiting!

Rachel Siggy

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Merci beaucoup!

Bonjour! Well I just can't get enough of the new Stampendous stamps. Tonight I am sharing with you the lovely Eiffel Tower Perfectly Clear Stamp Set. Just so vintage and fabulous that I could not put it down. It's a dream of mine to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower. I think it would just be magical. While I was dreaming of Paris I could only imagine pink, black, white and kraft together. I think pink and black are a requirement for Paris themed items. So cute! I stamped the Eiffel Tower, Postal Images & Sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I love the rich and crisp impression I get when using this ink. I can see why it's a Stampendous favorite. Are you loving the new release? Well I have some BLOG CANDY up for grabs, so be sure to enter for your chance to win. Go here for all the details and you have until this Saturday, August 6th to enter.

Merci for visiting today! (Sorry for the bad french)
Have a Stampendous Day!

Rachel Siggy

Monday, August 1, 2011

iCopic Weekly Challenge #41 - Wavin' Hello!

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! It was a hot one here in Cali, so you can see why I had this cutie on my mind for card making. This week's iCopic Challenge is Skin Tones. If you are used to coloring lighter skin tones then challenge yourself to coloring a darker skin tone and vice versa. I wanted to color this super cute Surfer Anya image by The Greeting Farm closer to my own skin tone during summer. I also colored her hair to match with some serious Sun In getting sprayed in for highlights. I always wanted to do that, but my mom was not having it at the time. So Anya gets to rock the highlights for me! I seriously do wish I had her abs. LOL! Surfer Anya was a blast to color and she looks stunning in every skin tone. I simply used two colors to achieve her gorgeous tan - E11 & E13. Easy Peasy! I hope you will play along with this week's challenge. It's been great seeing someone win a fabulous iCopic prize each week. To play along for your chance at winning just visit the iCopic Blog for the details and to link up your creation. Good Luck!

Copic Colors:
Skin: E11 & E13
Hair: E53, E25, E59 & E49
Swim Suit: R81, R83, RV55, YG23 & YG25
Flower: Y11, Y13 & Y15
Surfboard: Y11, Y13, Y15, RV09, RV17

Rachel Siggy