Friday, November 30, 2012

Lilyboo Designs Cutest Puppies

I have a fun Lilyboo Designs card to share with you today!

This digital image is called Cutest Puppies and is colored with Copic markers:

Dress - Y06, Y15, Y17
Skin E000, E00, E01, E11
Hair - W1, W3, W5, W7
Pups - E21, E23, E34
Shoes - N1, N3, N5
Background BG0000, BG01
Pebbles - W1, W3, W5, W7, N1, N3, N5

I went through my Copic markers the other day before ordering refills for some of them, while I was seeing if they were low on ink I tried out some new color combinations.  At first I was mixing shades of the same color family, coming up with nice blends but not writing anything down!  Now I have scraps of paper with Copic color combinations I'd like to try, maybe my next project should be putting them in my Copic coloring book?  We'll see if I get that done with all the other fun holiday stuff to create!

The color for the dress is a new Copic color combination for me, I was trying Y06 & Y17 and found I got a nicer blend adding Y15 with it.  The puppies are a new combination I hadn't tried yet too.  E23 & E34 blended well on scrap paper but needed a lighter tone so I chose E21 to highlight a little. 

My time and heart have been kind of divided between paper crafting and other crafty adventures lately, new color combinations have rekindled my passion for Copic markers and coloring.  

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Doodle Pantry Mini Bethlehem

I have a quick Christmas card to share with you today!

I used Doodle Pantry's Mini Bethlehem colored digital image and sentiment for my card and mass produced sixty Christmas cards for our church.  The digital image is printed on slightly glossy photo paper and cut to 3.50" X 4.75", I used my Corner Chomper to round the corners.  The dark blue paper is by Treasures and called Dusk Blue with a nice linen texture.  The base of the card I put through the printer so I could have a straight, centered Christmas verse on the inside as well as my name and info on the back.  After scoring and folding it into an A2 size I attached the blue and white panels for finished cards.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Homemade Orange Honey Lip Balm

I'm gathering supplies to make Orange Honey Lip Balm to go in some of my Christmas gift baskets!

I hope you'll join me for the process of making lip balm on my blog today.
This is my second batch of homemade lip balm, I don't think I'll ever go back to buying it at the store, it's simple & fun to make and works great - my kids even like it.

Pictured above are the supplies I used to make the homemade lip balm:

Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
Grapeseed Oil
Vitamin E Oil 
Raw Honey
Orange Essential Oil

My plan is to make lip balm in twist up tubes and half ounce tins.  The white thing you see is a tray that connects to the lip balm tubes for easier filling.  You can buy the tray, lip balm tubes and tins at Elements Bath &

Here's a side view so have more of an idea of what the tray does.

I've measured out all my ingredients except the raw honey and Orange Essential Oil and have them melting in the double boiler on the stove top.  

In case you're curious about my double boiler, it's a Pyrex Flameware set that was my Moms from the 1940's, perhaps a wedding gift?  I found a vintage ad just for fun - wow... it sold for $3.45 in it's day!
I've checked them out on E Bay and Etsy and they're selling for between $25.00 and $50.00 today.

Back to the lip balm...

After the oils and beeswax melted I needed to let the mixture cool so it wouldn't damage the lip balm twist up tubes and also it needs to cool a little before you add the essential or fragrance oils.

I've been working on a gift basket featuring Orange Honey products so I'm using raw honey and Orange Essential Oil to scent my lip balm.

I measured out the raw honey and Orange Essential Oil and mixed it into my lip balm.

The next step is to get it into the twist up tubes and tins.  The tins are pretty easy to fill.  The twist up tubes are easier to fill when the lip balm isn't quite as set up as I have it here but I managed!  I have a 4 inch scraper that I push the lip balm around on the tray to help get it into the tubes.  Next time I won't let it cool quite as much as I did today - learning as I go!

I wanted to show you the finished labeled project.  I also made Orange Honey Sugar Scrub the same day as the lip balm, it's super easy and I'll do a tutorial for it in the weeks to come.  To make the labels I went to and used their online software printed the labels I designed on heavy card stock then cut them out with my Spellbinders circles dies.  Avery makes circular labels but I didn't have all the sizes I needed at this time so I just made my own. 

A side view of the Orange Honey Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm.

My last picture is of the gift basket I made up with all the Orange Honey Skin Care products I made recently.  Christmas is coming...  

I also have the Lip Balm recipe to share with you today from Elements Bath & 

Orange Honey Lip Balm

1 oz Beeswax
1.1 oz Shea Butter, refined
1.1 oz Cocoa Butter, deodorized
3.3 oz Castor or Grapeseed Oil
MELT: Add all ingredients in a double boiler.
When above ingredients are melted, add the following optional ingredients:
.1 oz Vitamin E
POUR into Lip Balm Tubes . As the batch cools, it will coagulate & become difficult to pour. 
Fills approx 30 .15 oz lip balms.

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I'll be back next Tuesday evening with another homemade project to share.

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Hambo Stamps Skater Girl

I feel a little slow getting back into my groove after the Thanksgiving holiday.  The kids are back in school so it's time for Mom to get back to creating fun stuff before they get home!

My card today is for the Splitcoast Stampers Clean & Simple challenge 198, "Inspired by a quote".
The quote is from Galileo - "I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night".

I looked at the design team and CAS198 gallery for inspiration and loved design team member Kelly Collins card so I C.A.S.E.d it using Hambo Stamps Skater Girl and Hambo Stamps Whee Wish You... rubber stamps.  I hope she's flattered!

I colored Skater Girl with Copic markers:
Dress/Hat - YR04, YR16, R17, R27, R0000
Skin - E000, E00, E01, E11
Scarf/Gloves - E42, E43, B23
Skates - B0000, C1

I had fun combining the Copic Yellow/Reds with the Red Copic markers for her dress and hat.  The idea for the color combination came from my color wheel - one of my favorite color combinations is this blue and orange but I wanted her to be a little more the color of Christmas.

I have a couple of old color wheels and I especially like this one because it has different color combinations using coordinating & complimentary colors.  

Here's a close up for you, the top color is Ballet Blue.

So my paper choices are Mohawk Bright White, Discount Card Stock's Royal Blue, Stampin' Up! Brushed Gold & Copic X Press It.  The embossing folder is by The Paper Studio, the gold star is a punch and I dug out my Stampin' Up! Night of Navy stamp pad for the sentiment.  Oh, the white ice skating "pond" is made from a Spellbinders Mega Ovals die and trimmed to fit the front panel. 

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Friday, November 23, 2012

LIlyboo Designs Autumn Clean Up

I've been intrigued by this little elf boy for awhile now but wasn't sure I could do him justice, I have to say he was really fun to color.  You may be seeing more of him from now on!  He's by Lilyboo Designs and is called Autumn Leaf Clean Up.  He's colored with Copic markers:

G99, G94, G82, G12, YG01, YG03, YG23, E30, E31, E33, E07, R17, YR14, YR21, YR24, E00, E01, E11, R20, E41, E42, E43, BG000, BG01, W1, W3, W5

My layout is another sketch I found on Pinterest.

The cardstock colors are Via Vellum Black, Stampin' Up! More Mustard, Ruby Red & Garden Green along with Copic X Press It.  I used the Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder for texture and three black half pearls.  The dies I used are a Die-namics postage border, Papertrey Ink Double Ended Banner & a Spellbinders rectangle.  

Hey, it's Black Friday!  Do you go shopping for all the deals today or do you stay home and recover from Thanksgiving?  I have to say I've never been out Black Friday shopping.  The main reason is I used to always have to work today, now that I stay home with our kids I just never have.  

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bugaboo Stamps November Calendar Page

Happy Thanksgiving!
I have my November 2012 Mini Calendar page to share with you today!

I used two of Jodie's Bugaboo Stamps Bobble Heads and colored with Copic markers E44, E43, E41, E81, YT24, YR21, Y21, N5, N3, N1, E47, E44, E17, E0000, E15, YR14, YR16, YG21, YG23, YG25, Y04, YR02, YR04, YR07, C00.

My papers colors are Via Vellum Basic Black, Neenah Kraft, Copic X Press It.  I also used a border die from My Favorite Things and added a scrap of grossgrain ribbon.  All I need to do now is punch the holes with my Bind It All...
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday today with family and friends.  Our family is going out for dinner this afternoon with family.  None of us have a big enough house anymore to host everyone so we thought this might be the next best thing - leaving the dishes to someone else sounds good too!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hambo Stamps Mushrooms

My card today is one of my last Hambo Stamps rubber stamp cards for this design team term.  
Starting December 1st I'll be using Hambo Stamps digital images and participating in making the sample cards for our weekly Hambo Hoedown!  By the way our Hambo Hoedown is a two week challenge because of the Thanksgiving holiday this time so you have plenty of time to play and enter your cards.

I used Hambo Stamps #2902 Mushrooms & #2909 Real Fun-gal for my image and sentiment and had fun coloring with Copic markers:

Outlines/Background - B0000, B01, YG11, YG23
Mushrooms - E41, E42, E43, E33, E49, E30, E31, E33, E39
Leaves - YG01, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG23, YG25, YG61, YG63, YG67, G20, G21, G24, BG90, BG93, BG96
Flowers - YY13, Y15, Y17, YR16, BG11, BG23, BG32, BG34, T5
Bee - Y00, Y11, Y13, B60

My card layout is a sketch I saw on Pintrest:

I used three different embossing folders for added interest and texture.  The card stock colors I used are Hero Arts layering card stock Pool & Mango, Neenah Kraft, Via Vellum Black, Copic X Press It.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Homemade Miracle Salve

Are you wondering what that thing is in the picture above?

It's a 20 pound brick of pure Beeswax.  
I live across the street from our local Bee Farm and was given this slab of pure Beeswax by the Bee Keeper.  When I make homemade soaps and balms or any homemade product that uses their honey or the by products I usually take over something for them.  

This is the under side of the Beeswax, can you see the Bee in the corner?

How about now?  

I've always bought my Beeswax online all cleaned up and in small packages so this was quite a surprise for me.  The smell is heavenly sweet honey!  

Making balms and salves is a good way to use some of my newly acquired Beeswax so
I'm going to show you how I made Miracle Salve today. My recipe is from Andrea at Frugally Sustainable, it's a fun and easy recipe that went over really well with my family and friends.

I've gathered my supplies, a re-purposed ice cream bucket of Beeswax chunks, my quart jar of herbs that have been soaking about six weeks in Olive Oil making a wonderful infusion, Lavender & Eucalyptus Essential Oils.

While I wait for the infused oil to drain through the strainer I measure out the Beeswax chunks to almost four ounces.  

 Next I use a double boiler to melt the Oil and Beeswax, then let it cool to about 145 degrees before adding the essential oils so they don't lose their wonderful fragrance. 

I poured the slightly cooled salve mixture into 4 oz. tins and 2 oz. twist up tubes and the left over into smaller containers to use for samples or purses.  

I made a double batch of the Natural Miracle Salve and now have five 4 oz. tins, two 2 oz. twist up tubes, two half oz. tubs and two half oz. twist up tubes.  These will be perfect to add to my holiday gift baskets for family and friends.

Natural Miracle Salve: The Recipe
2 1/2 cup good-quality olive oil
 0.6 ounces dried calendula flowers
0.6 ounces dried plantain
0.4 ounces dried St. John’s wort
0.4 ounces dried Oregon grape root
0.4 ounces Comfrey Leaf
3-4 ounces beeswax
-essential oils

I used a ratio of approximately 10% essential oils to the volume of oil/beeswax in the recipe.

I hope you enjoyed my Miracle Salve making tutorial of sorts today and might be inspired to trying making some too!

Do you need supplies for your homemade salve?
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hambo Stamps Reindeer Gift

Happy Saturday!  
I feel a little behind from being sick last week with a flu bug and Thanksgiving is rushing towards us next week, yikes!  It seems our Arizona weather has cooled from the triple digits and all of a sudden everything is in fast forward - I suppose I'm exaggerating a little...

I have a fun card to share with you today using the Hambo Stamps Reindeer Gift and Merry On rubber stamps.  I colored the reindeer with Copic markers:

Reindeer - E42, E43, E44, RV10, N3, N5
Jacket - R35, R46, R59
Gift - G24, G28, Y00, Y04, Y15
Background/Outline - B0000, B01

For papers I used Basic Grey Jovial paper pad combined with Copic X Press It and Neenah Red Pepper Linen card stock.  I added an envelope liner to make it a little more fancy.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Lilyboo Designs Let's Just Relax

I have a card to share today using one of the Lilyboo Designs new releases at Cuddly Buddly!
This cutie is called Let's Just Relax and she's colored with Copic markers:

Skin - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20
Hair - E55, E49, E57, E59
Jeans - B91, B93, B95, B97
Shoes - W1, W3
Top - R11, R12, R14, B93, B95
Cat - E30, E31, Y32, RV10
Pillow - Y06, Y08, Y19
Background - N1, N3, B60, B63

For my layout I used a sketch from Operation Write Home #123

The cardstock colors are:  Stampin' Up! Cameo Coral, Treasures Dusk Blue, Astro Brights Solar Yellow and Copic X Press It.  For the button I used a Papertrey Ink button die, rounded corners with a We R Memory Keepers 1/8th inch corner rounder and to make the banner tail, I used a square punch

like pictured here.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dee's Bugaboo Boutique Scripture Verses

I have two cards to share today that are the same yet different.

I used a sketch I found on Pinterest that I'll add below:

This was a fun sketch to use patterned papers and a verse with!

My first card uses Cosmos Cricket Pixie-Licious papers, Spellbinders dies, a sentiment from Dee's Bugaboo Boutique and Papertrey Ink's envelope liner die. 

My second card uses Basic Grey Lime Rickey papers, the envelope liner die as well as Spellbinders dies, grossgrain ribbon and a sentiment form Word Art Wednesday.

One of these went into my Operation Write Home box and the other I'll keep to send to one of my friends.

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