Saturday, July 31, 2010

Copic storage!

Most popular storage solutions for Copics consist of using small buckets or cubbies, but what really bothers me about this is that it's not organized - each compartment is just a jumble of markers.  I'm crazy enough to need all my markers arranged in precise order.  (Yes, I have to have my box of 64 crayons arranged nicely, too.)  The plastic boxes from Copic look okay, but I just didn't feel like spending money on them.  I don't travel with my markers or go to crops, so an open container is fine as long as it fits inside my storage closet.  But I am very short on space so I need a container that doesn't take up much more space than what it's holding.

After much browsing of blogs I discovered a great solution on Cricut This!  I love the simplicity of it and the flexibility.  I have a Gazelle and not a Cricut, but the Funtime software comes with a box pattern very similar to the one Etha used from the "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More" cart.  Just needed a few trial runs to adjust the individual box to fit exactly 4 Sketch markers, and I am in business!

I glued 8 individual boxes together to form each row.  The container is a faux-leather CD holder from Ikea; it will hold 4 of these rows for a total of 128 markers, with enough extra room for some ink refills or even another half-row of 16 more markers.

Obviously I have some room to grow right now, but Copic addiction being what it is I will ultimately need two of these boxes - or a new solution altogether at that point.

Now to start coloring!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tropical card and a freebie background

Tiffany Doodles is having a challenge this month to make a card with a bird and a window; she's also sponsoring a challenge on Copic Creations - another bird card.  For some reason I just needed to color a flamingo!  Sadly, Tiffany doesn't have a flamingo, but I found this one on a coloring page site.  I did use Tiffany's Window stamp, and her latest freebie stamp, Palm Island (although you'll see that I altered it slightly as I wanted a noon-time image and not sunset or sunrise).

I haven't added a sentiment because I don't have a use for this card yet.  Possibly "I've just been standing here ... thinking of you" or "Tropical birthday wishes."  I could have saved it for an anniversary card for DH as we're planning on going to Hawaii, but since I showed him the card as soon as I finished it I don't think that will go over very well.

Everything is colored with Copics.
Flamingo:  RV25, RV29, E02, 110, and Signo Uni-ball pigment ink White pen for highlights
Window:  W1, W5, C1
Palm Island:  tree trunk E34, E37, E59; coconuts E53, E59; leaves G24, G29, YG23; island W1, E50, E53; ocean BG72, B21; sky BG01; sun Y08, Y11, Y15.

The background is something I created from a tropical leaf image, cut from green cardstock, and a few strokes of G02 and G24 to highlight the veining.  You can download the WPC leaf background cutting file here, or there is a PNG file here.  Personal use only.  Feel free to alter it to suit your needs - I'd love to see what you do with it!

Edited to add that I've just discovered the Oh Alice challenge blog, it's right up my alley! This week's challenge -birds, of course ("Why is a raven like a writing-desk?").

Free PNG downloads added!

Good morning, world!  No migraine today so it's a happy Saturday for me.  I have updated the Stickles box and the treasure chest posts below with new PNG downloads, for those of you who don't use Funtime.  If you convert either of these to a different format of cutting file, please let me know as I'd love to include your file or a link to your blog.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Well, the evil migraine took me down for the weekend.  No time to play on my projects or with my new Copics.  I am working on adding PNG images of the WPC freebies I've uploaded so far, so if you're wanting the Stickles box insert or the treasure chest but you don't have Funtime, come back next week and I should have it up.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday card!

I struggle with cards.  Sometimes I have good ideas but mostly they're just okay.  This one turned out pretty well, I think.

I recently got addicted to Copic markers (thanks in no small part to my friend Shirley!), so when I received my first order - the Manga set #1, a set of 24 markers in a nice rainbow of colors, an excellent introductory set - of course I HAD to use them!  My friend Henri's birthday was the perfect opportunity.

These flowers are from Tiffany Doodles.  I love her images - they're either photographic derivations or very crisp, simple drawings - all perfect for coloring.  This flower is one of my favorites, her Velvet Flower, and she actually offers it as a freebie!

Copics used (from top in clockwise order) are BV02, BV08, Y08, YR02 ... RV25, R43, RV29, YR02 ... R43, YR02, YR07 ... Y08, Y17, YR07, YR02, E37 ... BV08, BV02, YR02.  I also used some Bubbles Glimmer Mist on three of the flowers.  They all curl up slightly from the center, partly because of the Glimmer Mist and partly because I helped shape them a bit.  I like the dimensionality a lot - I just hope they didn't get too flattened in the mail!

The sentiment is printed on eggshell vellum, font is Clementine Sketch.  Polka-dot paper is a quarter of a piece of shaped patterned paper, edged with a scalloped blade and a little silvery ink smudged on the edge.  The flowers are all glued down just behind the center of each, using Zip Dry, and the sentiment is glued down just behind the center of that small flower so you can't see the glue and it doesn't interfere with the ghosty quality of vellum, which I love.

I just ordered 29 more Copics and I can't wait to color more!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pop-up house, and a freebie template

I've always loved pop-ups, and the Extreme Cards and Papercrafting blog has some wonderful ideas and templates.  This gingerbread house caught my eye and had been simmering at the back of my brain for a while.  Then a good friend recently built a new house, and the simmer became a boil!  The more I thought about it, I realized it was also an excellent excuse to buy the new Tim Holtz embossing folders in Bricked and Woodgrain.  Then it occurred to me that I could actually make TWO cards, because another friend, Shirley, had built her own craft house (she totally deserves it, and are you as jealous as I am?) and she really needed a card, too.

So these two lovelies were born.

The landscaping is all stamps, multiple colors of ink, and some Stickles here and there.

How cool are these embossing folders!!

For each house I cut out two templates.  One template was sliced into individual walls so I could emboss them, and smudge various inks into them.  Then glued each piece onto the base template and did the final construction.

The outside of each card stumped me for a while, but I finally decided that such complicated interiors might benefit from a very simple exterior.

Just some blueprint and floor layout images that I found online, printed onto photo paper, cut out (with my Gazelle, of course, since I don't like hand cutting), and outlined the shapes with a glossy pen.  Yes, that's a pic of one of the girlfriends looking thoughtful and imagining how she's going to decorate that new house!

You can get all the construction details from this fabulous tutorial and template on Extreme Cards and Papercrafting.  You can also download the free WPC file that I created from her template, and she has graciously allowed me to share with you.  This file is sized to just fit inside a 6"x6" card, but you do have to place it carefully.

I'd love to see more done with this pop-up.   It would be so cute as a little wedding chapel in a card for newlyweds, or of course in a christmas card as a gingerbread house.  What would you do with it?

Monday, July 05, 2010

A new LO and an old-fashioned trunk cutting file - UPDATED with a PNG download

Finally got back into scrapping today after a long period of card-making (I'll post some next week).  We got tickets to the Antiques Roadshow last year; they don't allow photography so I had to rely on the ephemera, the journalling, pics of the appraisers from the Roadshow website, and pics that I took later of our treasures (such as they are, it was not a get-rich-quick moment, lol).

I used my Gazelle for the title, of course, with some Distress ink to add a little interest.  But I'm proudest of the little trunk in the corner.

I copied the trunk image from the Roadshow website logo, cleaned it up, and turned it into a free WPC file which you can download here.  (Feel free to use for any not-for-profit personal project and alter as you see fit; a link back to me would be nice.)  I drew around the edge with a Sakura Glaze pen, added the brass nailhead detail with a Sakura gold pen, then a little smudge of Distress Walnut Stain ink around the edge and in the center. I think it would be cute on an LO of a little girl playing dress-up, or even turned into a pirate's treasure chest!

UPDATE:  For those of you who don't use Funtime, I exported the treasure chest to a PNG file for you to download.   Enjoy!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Stickles storage - UPDATED with a PNG download

I've been looking for the right container to store my Stickles in, and today I found it.  The Container Store Long Handy Box, 12"w x 4"l x 3.75"h, and only $3.99!  With my insert it will hold 33 Stickles bottles - upside down and NEATLY!  It's cheap plastic, but whaddaya want for four bucks - it's the right size and shape and the top handle folds down flush so it's somewhat stackable should you happen to need more than one.

The first thing you notice is that I obviously need more Stickles!

(The blue dots are nailpolish - Finger Paints Blissfully Blue, in fact - to indicate the bottle is a Distress Stickles.)

For the insert I designed a simple slotted construction in Funtime and cut it out with my Boss Kut Gazelle from plain cardstock - it doesn't need to be very substantial but use a heavier weight cardstock or even a thin cardboard.  Download the free WPC file I created for this box.  It's such a simple design that I place no restrictions on this file, except to state that there is no commercial use (honestly - if you want to make money off this surely you can come up with something better), and of course I do appreciate comments and links back to this post.

UPDATE:  For those of you who don't use Funtime, I now have for you a PNG file of the box insert.  Because of the length of the box, this needs to be printed on an 8.5" x 12" paper.  How do you get paper that size?  Easy!  Take a plain piece of 12x12 cardstock and trim 3.5" off one side.  You'll need to print two copies - you only need 2 of the long pieces but you need 10 of the small ones.  To be honest, I have not tested this file because I hate cutting by hand - please let me know if you have any problems with it.