Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mystica knows all ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Artbymiran Blog today.
Our "Theme" this month is Fall Colors.


This beauty is called Mystica!
I loved her from the moment I saw her. However, I have
to admit to being a wee bit intimated by all of those pleats!
It took me over a day to color Mystica with my Copic
Markers, and it was truly worth the effort!
I love how she turned out!

I printed several copies of Mystica, and did some fussy cutting
to add a bit of dimension. Once my design was complete I
applied glossy accents to her crystal ball.

I followed a sketch for my design, but for the life of me
I can't remember what Challenge it was for. Oops!

The sentiment, written by my hand, on the bottom has to do with
 being a gyspy as they are all seeing!

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin)
W3, W5, W7, W9, B24 (hair)
YR21, YR24, YR27, E99 (skirt)
YG61, YG67, YG69, G99 (shirt & scarf)
C3, C0, E81, BV01, BG90 (bubbles, crystal ball, floor)

We would love for you to become a follower of the Artbymiran Blog
 and Artbymiran FB Page, along with visiting our shop to see all
 of the wonderful images artbymiran has to offer. If you have time
 we would also love for you to join our FB Fan Group & Challenge Page,
 where you can chat with Mi Ran and the rest of the Design Team
 Members. Don't forget to check out our Artbymiran Challenge Blog 
also ... LOTS of FUN happening here!!

Challenges entered ...
MarkerPOP Challenge #53 ~ Anything Goes

I appreciate you stopping by today.
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, A Muse Studio Authentique 6x6 Bundle - Seasons: Autumn
 - Ink: Copic Markers, White Chalk Pencil, Tim Holtz Antique Linen & Tea Dye Distress Ink
 - Other: A Muse Studio Washi Tape, Bella Blvd Polka Dot Designer Tape, Simple Stories Sweater Weather Enamel Dots,  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Read me a Story ...

This week our Challenge is "Love of Ribbon" and
our Sponsor
 is ...
Sami Stamps

Today's project is not a card! Say What! I know!
This creation is going to be part of one of my scrapbook pages.


This beauty is called Read Me A Story and is one of many lovely stamps
that you will find over at Sami Stamps.

Copic Markers were used to color the beautiful scene, which I fussy cut.
I remember sitting with my son and daughter, a very long time ago,
and just reading as we cuddled.
The sentiment explains it all "Good Times"!

Now you might be wondering about where my ribbon is.
The checkered background was created with ribbon, and the rug
that they are sitting on is frayed canvas ribbon.

Here's a collage of pictures showing a couple of the steps taken
to create my checkered background/wall.


Once the ribbon wallpaper was finished I layered several pieces
of cardstock together to which I applied Walnut Stain Distress
 Ink to create a chair rail. Next step was to add the frayed
 canvas ribbon along the bottom, and add my image.

Now for the big job ... finding the perfect pictures to scrap
with my project! Wish me luck!

Make sure you hop on over to the Love to Create Blog for all of the 
challenge details, and to be inspired by the amazing projects
created by the rest of the designers made.

Challenges entered ...
Sami Stamps Challenge #17 ~ DT Call
Treasured Times Stamps Challenge #25 ~ Anything Goes

I appreciate you stopping by ...
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink Soft Stone
 Stamp: Technique Tuesday (sentiment)
 Ink: Copic Markers, White Gelly Roll Pen, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tumbled Walnut Stain Distress Ink
 Other: Yellow & Blue 1/4" Ribbon from Ellen Hutson, Paper Studio Canvas Frayed Ribbon 2" Kraft, 1/4" Scor-Tape, EKS Punch, Mini Glue Dots, 3D Foam Squares

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello, Sunshine ...

Good evening! Today is the first day of Fall, and here in 
Northern, IL mother-nature is truly showing her colors. 
Goodbye shorts and walking around without a 
jacket. So today, I decided to bring out the 
sunshine in the card I designed for the 

I pulled out my Sugar Pea Hello, Sunshine stamps 
for today's card.


I only used a portion of the main image featuring this 
adorable little girl. There are several other adorable 
critters and a variety of sentiment in the set.

Copic Markers were used to color the cutie, which I cut out 
with my circle Nestabilitie dies. It's a little hard to see in
 the photo, but I stamped the umbrella a second 
time, colored, and then popped up the top of 
the umbrella with 3D foam squares. 


I pulled out my Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine DP, as they
seemed the perfect match for this sweet stamp set.
White Opal Liquid Pearls were applied to the
white of the flowers.

This card will be going to Operation Write Home, in the hopes
 that it will bring a little sunshine to a child's face.

Here's a look at the sketch ...


I hope you enjoy my Sunshine filled day!

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Fussy Cutting for Love to Create ...

This week our Challenge is "Fussy Cutting" and
our Sponsor is ...
StampArt Design by Kathryne


This beauty is the NEW Maggie, and is one of the newest
images by Kathryne over at Whismy Stamps.

I printed about 4 copies of Maggie, colored different sections
with my Copic Markers, and then paper-pieced the image
back together including the butterflies.


You can see the dimension better in this photo.

Love to Create Challenge is having a Design Team Call.
We are looking for 2-3 talented crafter's to join our Team!
Hop on over to the LTC Blog for all the details!

While you are there make sure you check out the challenge details,
 and the amazing projects created by the rest of the designers.

Challenges entered ...
Alphabet Challenge Blog ~ P for Pretty Petals

I appreciate you stopping by ...
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Bazzill Purple, MME In Bloom DP
 Ink: Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Ink
 Other: White Opal Liquid Pearls, W2S Wild Plum Finesse Pearls, 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Loving Autumn Annie ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Artbymiran Blog today.
Our "Theme" this month is Dies and/or Punches.


My card features Loving Autumn Annie!
I colored Annie with my Copic Markers, and fussy cut her out.

I've had Faber-Castell Gelatos for a couple of years now
and just recently learned how to use them. So I decided
 to try creating the background sky and ground with
my Gelatos vs distress inks.

I'm glad I took the chance as I really LOVE
how the background turned out!

Once the background was dry, I layered it on my card base.
Next up was to add my Flutter Tree and  Annie


I need to send out a BIG Thank You to my girl Tiffany (shown below) 
for showing me how to use my Gelatos when we met up last month!


We would love for you to become a follower of the Artbymiran Blog
 and Artbymiran FB Page, along with visiting our shop to see all
 of the wonderful images artbymiran has to offer. If you have time
 we would also love for you to join our FB Fan Group & Challenge Page,
 where you can chat with Mi Ran and the rest of the Design Team
 Members. Don't forget to check out our Artbymiran Challenge Blog 
also ... LOTS of FUN happening here!!
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink White
 - Other: Faber-Castell Gelatos ~ Steampunk, Orange & Yellow, Spellbinders Flutter Tree Die-D-Lites (S2-083), TomBow MonoLiquid Glue, 3D Foam Squares

Wild Flower Beauty ...

Good evening. Fall has arrived here in Northern, IL and
I'm not really ready for it. So I have a lovely Spring
card to share with you.


This beauty is called Wild Flower Beauty, and she is part
of the Spring & Easter Collection over at Sami Stamps.

I bought this beauty back in July, and knew that I would
use her for the current Sami Stamps DT Call

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20 (skin)
W3, W5, W7, W9 (hair); RV00, RV10, RV13 (top)
BG11, BG15, YG11, YG13, RV10, RV11, RV13 (flowers)

Challenges entered ...



I appreciate your stopping by today!
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Recollections Heavy Weight Black, Prima Pixie Glen 6x6 DP
Other: Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ellen Hudson 1/4" Ribbon, White Opal Liquid Pearls

Monday, September 15, 2014

LTC ~ Add Some Lines ...

This week our Challenge is "Add Some Lines" and
our Sponsor is ...
Stitchy Bear Stamps
featuring stamps from several artists
My Heart PiecesReece's Scrap PiecesAlipeeps Art
and Stitchy Stamps

First up is an adorable image called 


I thought I would try a different coloring medium for this beauty
so I pulled out my Faber-Castell Art Grip & Pastel Pencils to
color her up. It was a bit of a challenge for me, but I like
how it turned out. My design is based on the
  Seems a Little Sketchy Challenge #73.

Next up is Goth Prom Queen by SS.


I thought I challenged myself with my Pencils on Birthday Time,
but this Prom Queen was a true challenge!
I pulled out my trusted Copic Markers and went to town.

Love to Create Challenge is having a Design Team Call.
We are looking for 2-3 talented crafter's to join our Team!
Hop on over to the LTC Blog for all the details!

While you are there make sure you check out the challenge details,
 and the amazing projects created by the rest of the designers.

Challenges entered ...

Seems A Little Sketchy #73


I appreciate you stopping by ...
Until next time ... Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Peaceful Thoughts ...


I'm excited to announce that a NEW exclusive line of stamps by
Mi Ran Jun, the artist behind Artbymiran, can now be
 found at Treasured Times Stamps


This beautiful stamp is called Peaceful Thoughts! I truly enjoyed
coloring the image and creating the background for her.
I stamped her out several times, colored each part
and paper-pieced her together with 3D foam
squares to add some dimension to my design.

You can see the dimension better from this view.


All of the details regarding the NEW line of stamps can be found
Challenges Entered ...
I appreciate your stopping by today.
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, AMS French Roast & Toffee, Bazzill Hunter Green & Papaya Puree Dark scraps
 - Ink: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Ink
 - Other: MFT Die-Namics Triple Scallop Border, Simple Stories Frankie & Friends Enamel Dots

Monday, September 8, 2014

Poppy in My Hair ...

This week our Challenge is Flowers & Stitches and
our Sponsors
are ...
A Day for Daisies
Flourish with a Bling and Yours or Mine Paper Crafts


This beautiful stamp is called Poppy in My Hair
and is one of many gorgeous stamps by A Day for Daisies.

I printed this beauty full size and colored her with my
Copic Markers, added a bit of faux stitching on the
sides with SRM Sticker Stitches, and used 3D 
foam squares to layer it on my cardbase.

Skin: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20
Hair: Y21, YR12, YR14, E15, E18
Birds: BG11, BG15, BG49
Flowers: V01, V04, V09

Make sure you hop on over to the Love to Create Blog for all of the 
challenge details, and to be inspired by the amazing projects
created by the rest of the designers made.

I appreciate you stopping by ...
Until next time ... Enjoy!



Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth,  Papertry Ink White
 - Other: SRM Sticker Stitches Black #58003, 3D Foam Squares

Friday, September 5, 2014

Puppy in a Boot ...

Good evening. I have a card to share that I created for the


I colored this adorable Puppy in a Boot with my Copic
Markers, and then added the sentiment and some
squiggly lines around the edges.

Boot: E81, E84, E87, E89, E53, E55, E57
Puppy: T0, T2, T3, T6, T8, T10, R24, R22, R20
Shoelace & lines: SP 0.3 Sepia Multi-Liner

Thank you Mitzi for this awesome stamp! I really loved
applying my markers to him.

I appreciate you stopping by and hope you
have a marvelous weekend!
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, AMS Toffee
 - Stamps: MFT More Essential Sentiments
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Chalk Pencils

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rosie in all her elegance ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Artbymiran Blog today.
Our "Theme" this month is Dies and/or Punches.


My card features the lovely Rosie in all her elegance!
I colored Rosie with my Copic Markers, and had an "oops"
during the process. My new Copic Marker blobbed
 on my coloring! Boo!


I couldn't fix the orange blobs, so decided to continue coloring
Rosie and then fussy cut her out and layered her on another
 background that I colored up.


I used some old but goodie Nestabilities Square Dies for Rosie
 and her layers.


I'm really loving these MFT Tag Talk Die-Namics!

The final step was to use a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen on the
veil/mesh of her hat.

We would love for you to become a follower of the Artbymiran Blog
 and Artbymiran FB Page, along with visiting our shop to see all
 of the wonderful images artbymiran has to offer. If you have time
 we would also love for you to join our FB Fan Group & Challenge Page,
 where you can chat with Mi Ran and the rest of the Design Team
 Members. Don't forget to check out our Artbymiran Challenge Blog 
also ... LOTS of FUN happening here!!

Challenges entered ...
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Bazzill Green & Tangerine Blast Mandarine, Lily Bee Designs Happily Lost DP
 - Other: 1/4" Scor-Tape, YNS Teal Gumdrops

Monday, September 1, 2014

Raking Leaves ...

This week our Challenge is Color Inspired and
our Sponsor is ...
Fred, She Said Designs


This adorable Fall stamp is called Raking Leaves

I printed two copies of the stamp, colored the girl and dog with my
Copic Markers, and fussy cut them out. I colored the leaves
 and dog's tail on the second copy, and then used 
Gelato's along the bottom to create the earth
 and Distress Inks to create the sky.

I matted and layered the background on my card, added
a bare tree and then paper-pieced the girl and
dog onto my design. Final step was to
add some enamel dots.

Now for the Color Inspiration!


Make sure you hop on over to the Love to Create Blog for all of the 
challenge details, and to be inspired by the amazing projects
created by the rest of the designers made.

I appreciate you stopping by ...
Until next time ... Enjoy!



Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth,  Papertry Ink Harvest Gold DP
 - Ink: Copic Markers, Faber-Castell Gelato's; Tim Holtz Distress Ink
 - Other: Memory Box Bar Sapling Die, Simple Stories Sweater Weather Enamel Dots, TomBow Mono Multi-Liquie Glue, 3D Foam Squares