Friday, April 24, 2015

Thank you

Anzac Day is one of Australia's most important national commemorative occasions.
It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
In honor of all those who served and the families of those who served
during wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
We Thank You.
copics used:
R89,17,08,05, N7

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Now Featuring DoveArt 3rd Release

We have 8 new image stamps and a sentiment set from DoveArt and you are invited to our wonderful blog hop. These images are beautiful and make for some very elegant cards. Many of the images will be perfect for Mother's or Father's Day cards, which is right around the corner.
We have a elegant, beautiful hop for you to enjoy today. The stamps are available for purchase now, you will want them all by the end of the hop. You can purchase the stamps here.


I've used the image called "Gone Fishing"
I adore the real look of Jennifer's images.
This one just looked so peaceful.

Copics I've used are:
Truck: R89, 08, 05, 02
Grass and tree tops are a variety of G's and YG's Many different tones were used to create distinction.
River:  BG49, 43, B000, G12, N3
Tree base: Using two sets to differentiate the woods
E41, 42, 43, 47
E18, 15, 13, 30

The background is a wood grain embossing folder; highlighted with DI
Adding the Flag BDZ to emphasize "Thank You" sentiment. Also new to DoverArts release
Come hop along with us and visit the blogs of our awesome Design Team. The next person on our hop is Faye
If you get lost along the way here is our hopping list
Dorinda   (That's me)
Make sure you follow the whole hop and comment on the blogs along the way, one random blog has our prize, we will have 1 winner that receives 2 new rubber stamps.
Make sure to stop by our Facebook group, we have more giveaways in the group.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fish like a Girl

Don't you just hate it when you hear "Like a Girl" in a negative manner?
Girl's rock!
Boys wish they were as awesome as we are.
In honor of the amazing female everywhere!
Here is my
Fish like a Girl!

Skin: E000, 00, 11, 04
 Hair: E37, Y38, 35 
 R29, 08, 05, 02
YG99, 97, 95, 93
B99, 97, 95, 93, 91
stool: E37,15, 13, 50

I've used a combination of twinkling H2O's
I have the 12 pack. I'm not sure it's still available but I've linked the color packs
Then I've covered the whole image using versamark and Ranger Holographic glitter
The image is Payton from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.
She's no longer available on the site either ( I know, I know)
BUT she is available here from this Jennifer Dover video at Annie's

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Rose with Balloon - a Tutorial

Hi all, Dorinda here with a new edition of...

I've got quick tip; adding tail to balloons on a project.

Once upon a time, I embroidered...a lot.
so I have almost every color of thread.
I really enjoy adding authentic elements whenever possible. 
I think adding that little bit of texture can really change things up.

I pull just enough off, a few inches, leaving all threads intact.
If the balloon stem is large enough, I can actually "tie" the thread onto the balloon.

As you can see, the larger one will work but what to do with the other?
Well lets do the easy one and get him outta the way.

Using about a 1inch glue dot, I cut it in quarters.

 Tie the string around.  Careful not to pull to tightly or you will snap of the end of the balloon

Then taking the quarter piece of glue dot, attach it to the balloon and pull the loose string end up.
I also add just a pinch at the base to keep the string together and in the right direction
you can also use a quick dry glue for this.

flip it around and super cuteness.

ok, with the little guy, it's obvious, you will not be able to tie it on.

Attach your glue dot to the back, adhere the end with the short tail up, long tail down.

wrap it around, cross the end and add another pinch of glue dot, securing with the long tail up.

now add a pinch of glue dot at the balloons end; securing the end down in the proper direction.

 and there you have it

If you're feeling really creative, you can always add a little "shine"
 I use this white opaque pen for my highlights and such.

My finished project using
Rose with Balloon and her accompanying outline die


copics used:
Skin: E04, 11, 00, 000, BV25
Hair: E39, 37, 35, 33, 31
Blue: B69, 16, 04, 01
Yellow: E18, 15, 13, Y38, 35, 32
Green: G28, 07, YG06, 01


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hair and more hair

Happy April.
This month at MIC, we are
Focusing on Hair.

Yeppers, got an easy one for ya.
My plan was to play with some dies I've not used yet since the challenge was "easy"
Lol. Yeah, me and dies can sometimes dissagree.
But we worked it out.


colored in copics:
Jena Blue Bird is done in:
Skin: E000, 00, 11, 04, BV23, R20
Hair: N9, 7, 5, 3, 00
Yellows: E18, Y38, 35, 00
Reds: R08, 05, 02, 00
Blues:B28, 21, 01, 000
Wishful Asha is done in:
Skin: E000,00,11,04 BV23, R20
Hair: BG57, 34, 32, 11
dress: V09, 06, 12
Studio G-you are my sunshine clear stamp

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The journey

Southern Ridge Trading Post is now offering you a chance to win these fantastic pieces.
That's right. We are now having monthly challenges
First off is anything goes.
And that means anything.
No need to use chipboard or even a SRTC item.
All of the official rules are here
So, what are you waiting for?
It last the whole month so get to it and let's see what you've got for us.

Ok, on with todays project.
 It's always about the journey.
This card is proof of that
I started out with an end result in mind.
Wanted to do some crackle with the birdhouse white and the flourishes darker,
 brassy, antique looking.
Then I was going to take my Holtz walnut stain and darken up the edges
to enhance the detail a bit.
My crackle wouldn't crackle.
on a side note, if you know what happened or if this happened to you, please share. :D
I love this SRTC piece Misc-567 so much, I was determined to save it and make something beautiful
Ultimately, I think it came down to having the right paper to enhance and make it pop.

So, what did I end up doing?
White acrylic paint, red glitter emboss in bits on the bird,
copper emboss bits on the flourish and frantage scattered about  on all but the bird.
I added the red gemstone to bring out the bird and gold one on the flourish rail.
The glisten doesn't photograph well but in the end, I'm quite happy with it.
I Hope I've inspired you today to not give up.
 Even if the end result is not what you had in mind, the journey is always worth it.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Ok, I'll be honest, if I coulda done all the images for this months release, I would have.
I am absolutely in love with them
This is Sweetheart.
I know, right?
Serious Awwww here
copics used:
skin: E04,11,00,000,RV10 RV23 
Hair: E17,15 Y38,35,32
Dress: R89, 85, 83, 81
BV28, 26, 22, 20

She's framed up using the newest releases of BDZs "Stitched and Pierced"
I've edged the card with the edger from "Stitched Brackets"
and banners from Rose with Balloon Outline Die. I've just trimmed the center piece down.

Doing the same inside
Sentiments are PollyCraft Birthday Sentiments