outlawz time!

hi everyone!

i hope you’re having a good weekend!  we don’t have too much going on around here – all i really want to do is color with my pencils – i am SO in love with me new polycolor and coloursoft pencils – they ROCK!  i just may have to sell my Copics!  not sure why i ever switched in the first place!

my post today is for the Thursday POM (Prisma & Other Mediums) challenge on Outlawz – *Buttons & Bows*

In addition it is also for the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly – sketch (though i forgot a panel YIKES!)

I got this great K&Co paper pad awhile back that is all printed on Kraft so it was perfect for this image.  i stacked my buttons on top of my bow.  my sentiment is a little studio g stamp OF COURSE!

One of the lessons in Colored Pencils 2 Class is coloring on cardstock other than white so here is the image from the Kraft lesson.  The image itself is a FREE digi from one of the DT girls on the Outlawz site – you wouldn’t believe the talent over there!  this one is by Anne Fenton.  i just love how it turned out on the Kraft!

And there’s another reason you need to head over to The Outlawz – they are having a Summer Bash and the prizes are fantastic!

Here are our fabulous prizes…
  • SCACD —-$25.00 Gift Cert.
  • Through the Craft Door Magazine —1 yr. PDF subscription
  •  Custom Banner, Watermark and Signature — by Marti Wills
  •  A $25.00 Gift Basket of Scrapping Supplies — Roxann Suits
  • Sweet Summer – Clear mount set of 9 —Maureen Merritt–Mama Mo Stamps
  • $20.00  G.C.  Rona Mallard
  • $15.00 G.C. — Fred She Said
  • $10.00 G.C. –Gaylou’s Inimitability
  • 5 free digi stamps of winners choice —Whimsy Stamps
  • $10.00  G.C. Michelle Perkett Studio
  • Prisma Pencil Coloring Class 1 at CMC — Marti Wills
  • $20.00 G.C. —Art Impressions
  • 3 Digi stamps —Digi Stamps  Joy
  • 4 Digi stamps — Sandi’s Samples
  • One Gilli Goodie Bag — Gilli Rubber Stamps by Anary
  • 4 Digi Stamps — Anne Fenton –Anne’s Digital Art

how could you pass this up?!?!?!

have a great weekend my friends!


i love colored pencils!

greetings from computer hell!  i am VERY excited because my Colored Pencil 2 Class is launching.  HOWEVER, the process of loading up the videos is enough to make me toss this computer right out the window!  it clearly wasn’t made for what i would like for it to do.  the slowness is pure agony!  i could very well die of old age before it finishes one video!  there is a dell i would looooooooovvveee to possess.  unfortunately a new one is not likely so i will just have to try some patience – patience is not one of MY virtues 😛

in the meantime i decided i should head over here and get a post up for today!


there are still items left in the store and it is ALL still 40% off!!!


i hope you all had a great 3 day weekend.  mine was spent working BUT hubby watched pezza for me and working WITHOUT a helper was bliss i tell ya!  love her to pieces but she is usually less than helpful when it comes to me getting work done.

the best part about the working – i love my work!!!  despite it being *WORK* which can be a little stress inducing no matter what you do because of the introduction of DEADLINES i do love it!  and this weekend it was all about colored pencils for the launch of my second pencil class on Color Me Creative – my buddy Suzanne’s online classroom site.  now everyone knows it is the BEST place to learn Copics but not everyone uses (or can even afford) copics.  so we thought colored pencil classes might be a good addition and the response so far to class 1 has been fantastic!  so what will class 2 have?

This class builds on what we learned in Class 1 covering additional, more advanced topics using Prisma Colored Pencils.  Topics include African American hair, white objects, metal, wood, grounding an object, using colored paper bases, using grays to accurately shade complicated patterned areas & more.  We will also go over other pencil brands and options.
 The following stamps will be used in the lessons:
  • Mo Manning – Baby Fairy Ayana, Bday Fairy Dee
  • Lala Land – Chef Marci, Dress Up Marci
  • SCACD  – IBFS Calla Lilly Corner
  • Whipper Snapper – Sophia
  • Pixie Dust Studios – Flower Cart, Making Lemonade
  • The Greeting Farm – Wild Sprout Ruby
  • Pixie Dust Studios – Making Lemonade, Flower Cart
  • Pink Cat Studio – Garden Plate 1, Tea & Coffee Plate
  • Free digis – Lilly & Cupcake
CLASS is video based with matching printable materials.  There will be homework/assignments (optional) and bi-monthly chats to discuss the class and techniques with Marti!

To sign up simply click here: Colored Pencil 2 Class.  as part of the class i will go over colored pencils OTHER than Prismas and I wanted to share a card today that uses Lyra Polycolor oil based pencils – these pencils are heavenly!  remember if you want to go shopping for some pencils (or anything else) head to dick blick via the link in the upper left hand corner – i will get credit for sending you over!

here are some charts to color in if anyone has been looking for some:


Derwent Coloursoft and Metallic


Prismacolor – i think i might re-do this one to look more like the others…

and here is my card:

I kept the card fairly simple – i think of this as being a CAS style card but according to folks on SCS it is not but – pretty simple none the less.  the lemonade paper is from K&Co i believe – love their pads!  Joanns had them all 40% awhile back so i got several!  the border punch is EK Success.

The image is from Pixie Dust Studios and it is a digi image printed on PTI stamper’s select paper.  I love this paper because i can use it for pencils OR copics.  The wooden stand is colored with Prismas and is one of the lessons in Class 2.  The rest is colored with the Polycolor pencils and oh how i love them!  being oil based instead of wax based means they are creamier and highly blendable.  i can’t wait to experiment more with them.  (Thanks susana for the wonderful birthday gift – a gift certificate to Dick Blick!)  i have NOT tried them with OMS yet so i can’t report on that!  stay tuned…

and of course what could be more perfect as an embellishment other than a lemon slice.  this i what i love about owning a cricut – custom embellies no matter WHAT my theme is!  this one is from the Preserves cartridge.  i inked all of the edges and then a couple are popped up with foam tape for dimension.  i finished by covering the little lemon segments with Scattered Straw distress stickles – regular stickles would have been a bit much in this particular case i think….

so what do you think???  aren’t pencils fabulous!!??!?!  and now off to check my video upload!  have a great monday!


*coloring* white

hi all!

i hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  i got to sign up for the fun things we will be doing on our cruise next month so i am very excited.  it looks like we are going to have alot of fun!  we are going on a short one – 5 days – and will stop in nassau, coco cay and key west.  trev is bringing his buddy with him so we probably won’t even see them.  pezza is going to play with dolphins with daddy and we are all going to get to hold starfish and such.  honestly i am thinking pez will have the most fun – they have an insane set up for the kids so as long as she can manage to keep her teeth to herself and not end up in the brigg……

i will be hosting a colored pencil class live chat tonight at 7pm eastern time – you don’t have to be in the class to join in!  we’d love to have you!  just go to the Color Me Creative site and scroll down until you see the chat box.

i have been working diligently on Colored Pencil Class 2 and here are the two images for the lesson on coloring white objects:

This stamp is from Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design

and this is Chef Marci from Lala Land Crafts – not all of her is blended  this demonstrates different types of blending methods that can be used.

hope to see some of you in the chat!  or even better in one of my classes!



hi all!

as usual my day is off to a roaring start.  momma cat still has a bit of diarrhea and possibly fever.  my email has been down since saturday morning.  pezza was behaving horribly and was sent to her room where she proceeded to act atrocious screaming i hate my parents and want them to live somewhere else into the monitor.  well in her fit throwing she managed to whack herself good in the mouth on her rocking chair – blood everywhere.  still might require a trip in to the dentist.  lucky for me the dentist and the cat vet are right across the parking lot from each other.  YAY.  in addition i have poison ivy or SOMETHING all over and itch like i have never itched in my life – i have never had poison ivy before.  at first the doc thought it was some sort of a mite from the mulching i did all week but i don’t know….never a dull moment in the wills household that’s for sure!  whenever i read someone post on facebook that they are bored i think  ooohhhhh boredom…that would be so nice….HAHHAHAHA!  really i don’t think i could do boredom anyway.  i always have way to many good ideas i want to pursue and new things i want to try!

and speaking of new things to try – how about my Colored Pencil 2 Class coming up soon on Color Me Creative!  One of the topics we will cover in Class 2 is coloring things that are white.  today i have a daffodil that is partially white:

The image is from the very first Close To My Heart stamp set i ever bought so it’s about 3-4 years old now and i don’t know if it is still available 😦   it is all colored with Prisma Colored Pencils – no Gamsol or blending solution – just my Derwent Blender pencil. i cut my white base and patterned frame on my cricut using Elegant Edges.  There would have been another layer that would have given me a pretty green scroll up onto my white base but i could not get it to come off the mate without ripping it was so thin and that was with cutting the shape  at 4″!  that is one of my biggest, maybe only, pet peave with my cricut.  don’t get so intricate with the designs that they are just frustrating and impossible to cut 😛  the band of glittery paper is from Best Creations – the BEST glitter paper and it cuts really well in the cricut.  the glitter will NOT come off.  i dug through me old stash of primas and some clay embellies i had and even threw in a felt flower i found to add some pizzaz!  i finished it off with a few pezabling acrylic squares in glittering pink and a studio G stamp sentiment.

another topic covered in Colored Pencil 2 Class is African American hair – here is something i was working on this morning when pezza woke up and i had to quit – the image is from Mo Manning:

isn’t she just darling?!??!

and now i am off to do some running around!  hugs

Imagine This Friday Lesson 3

Happy friday y’all!!!

yay friday!!!!!  mostly for my poor hubby’s sake – rough week.  the weekend is going to come just in time me thinks.  i have NO idea what’s on our agenda for the weekend.i do know it is supposed to be above 50 degrees sunday so we will all be runnin’ around here like it’s summer!  the temp as i write this is 13.  pretty lame….!  Pezza and i planted seeds in some egg cartons to see if we can make some things grow to transfer to our garden when spring hits.  i need to get a grow bulb from home depot though – cross your fingers for us.  she has one full of flowers, one full of herbs and we will do one more this weekend for vegies.

I also hope to spend some more time working on my colored pencil classes.  I am having quite alot of fun with them – to me the pencils are more soothing than copics – maybe because i have worked with them for a decade so it is familiar!   Here is an image i was playing with last night in front of the tv.  This technique does not use oderless mineral spirits for blending….

The image is one of my own images – Princess Pria.  She is 1 of 3 International Princesses (maybe one day i will get the rest of the line done!)

Now on to our focus for today!  Lesson 3 in the Imagine This Friday Cricut Imagine tutorials.  If you missed the first two lessons you can see them HERE and HERE.  This lesson assumes knowledge from the previous lessons so i don’t go over steps i have already covered there.

This week we are going to take a look at the other type of cartridge available for your Cricut Imagine – Colors & Patterns Cartridges.  Once again we will use our Imagine to make EVERYTHING for our card except our card base.

My card pictured here uses the Blossom Colors & Patterns cartridge coupled with the Cake Basics traditional cartridge.  Again all of my papers and images were done on the Imagine using the same cartridge so I have perfectly coordinated look.  The ability to use your traditional cartridges along with your Imagine cartridges really opens up your creative options and enables you to make full use of all Cricut has to offer!

You will still be working with layers as you would when cutting the images on a regular Cricut so you don’t lose any of the depth we are all used to.  Now let’s get started!  you can click on the video or scroll down for the written tutorial:

Begin by turning on your Imagine Machine.  Then load your cartridges – the Imagine carts fit into the slot on the right and the traditional carts fit in the slot in the left.

I clicked on the icon shaped like the old cricut carts on the left side of the Content Source Icon (you can see it is brown in this picture showing it is selected) and then chose my images as shown in the image que along the top.  (These are things we went over in Lesson 1 & 2 in case you missed those.)

For this card I have the bird – 2 layers plus the shadow – and the border piece which is also 2 layers plus a shadow.  I chose to do 2 each of the border pieces so I would have a border long enough for the front of my card.

Now it’s time to customize each shape using your Colors & Patterns cartridge.

Tap each shape one at a time and tap the pencil to get to the edit screen.  In the edit screen you will be able to see all of your pattern and color choices along the bottom.  Use your stylus to drag the patterns across the bottom so you can scroll through and see all of your options.  At the end you will find all of your coordinating solid color options.  Simply tap the one you want with your stylus and it will fill your shape.  Also adjust your size – be sure to use the REL size (on the right of the numbers) so your layers will fit together correctly.  My bird was done at 2” and border was done at 1”.  When you are satisfied with the shape tap “Apply” at the bottom and move on to your next shape.

Here you can see all of my layers have colors or patterns added to them.  In addition I clicked on the center icon in the Content Source Icon tray so I could get to the basic shapes pre-loaded on the Imagine machine.  I chose 3 squares, sized them to 5 ½” and added patterns to 2 of them and one of the darker color solids to the other.

Now it is time to cut.  Having this many items will require more than one sheet of paper so once the first one is done the machine will prompt you for the second one and so on.

Here are all of the pieces cut out.  In addition I have the piece of cardstock I used for the base of my card – PTI’s Spring Moss goes perfectly with the colors on the Blossom cartridge.

Now you have everything you need to create a perfect card!



Up for grabs – A zig glue pen (for glueing all of your small pieces) and an assortment of BNIB foam adhesive squares and glue dots!  just leave me a comment!  I will have a winner on Monday!


Thank you so much for joining me for Lesson 3 and I am looking forward to sharing Lesson 4 with you!!!

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

splitcoast Make N Take

soooooo…i wait 14 years and finally have my little girl.  of course i immediately begin buying adorable little barrettes and making rockin’ hair bows…

mommy: “pezza do you want me to put a ponytail in your hair today so you can see while at school?”
Pezza:” NO!” 
Mommy: “Why not?”
Pezza: “because  i hate ponies.”
Mommy: “Ummmmm…okaaaaaaaay…well i could do pigtails instead…”
Pezza: “i hate pigs.”
Mommy: “Ummmmmmm, what DO YOU like?”
Pezza: “Snakes.”
Mommy: “oh……well what if mommy knows how to do a snake tail for your hair…”
Pezza: “i would LOVE that!  let’s do it!”
Mommy: “okaaaaaay…”

and the request today:

Pezza: Mommy do you know how to make ladybug wings for my hair?”
Mommy: “ummmmmmmm….what do they look like?”
Pezza: “THIS!”

and there you have it – in case you get the same request…

i have been REALLY busy prepping for the Splitcoast Stampers get together this weekend.  In addition to the 60 tags i did for my swap project i am teaching two make n takes focusing on Viva Decor Products.  So that means making them AND kitting 19 more to bring with me!!!  here is one of them:

I did this for CHA as well.  Angela will have lots of Viva Decor supplies on hand for folks after the party.  however if you don’t live in northern VA but you want to make this or something similar everything but the wood base, cardstock and cricut can be purchased at SCACD!  i glued a pin on the back of this one so i could wear it but i would also make a really cool embellishment or card focal point.  Don’t want to use a wood base?  you can get the same look using white heavy cardstock with the Inka Gold.  The Cricut cut is from Lacy Labels using Mango Frost patterned paper.  what do ya think?  it was a hit at CHA i hope it is a hit at A Happy Stamper this weekend!

i also committed to making some cookies and cakes with my Cricut Cake machine so i will be doing that as well the next 2 days – yay for hubby coming back in town tonight!!!

i did finish my craft room clean out and have pics to share but have not had time to get them into a slide show for you.  maybe friday???  the clean out and organization efforts have spread to the rest of the house and so i am working on that as well.  next up?  the fall work in the garden!



hi all!  happy monday!  😛 is that an oxymoron???

i had a working weekend and BOY did i work!!!  and this week will be the same as i prepare for CHA next week.  Saturday i worked for nearly 18 hours straight – hubby said i am crazy.  so yesterday i worked all morning and then he got me out of the house because he knew i wouldn’t take a break as long as i was in the house!  so he took me & pezza out to lunch at the Olive Garden YUM-YUM-YUMMY!!!!!  oh how i love the olive garden.  and then we went to the bookstore – pezza has been VERY interested in geography so i wanted to get her a good atlas (i recommend the National Geographic one), kev picked out a few books for himself and i got a couple magazines.  those things can be more expensive than a freakin’ book – it’s nuts!  i got cloth paper scissors as i am getting more and more interested in mixed media type stuff but i was a little disappointed…


Susana just got the new Kraftin’ Kimmie Fairytale stamps in over at SCACD!!  VERY cute i must say!!!  so snatch them up folks!!


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so today is THE day – my two latest Cricut classes officially launch over on Color Me Creative – it is an online classroom which is really cool.  it means you can take classes at your own pace and replay stuff you are struggling with or go back to it later if you need to refresh your memory on something.  there is a cricut basics 2 class – basically getting to know your expression in depth – exactly what ARE all those buttons for?!??!?  well with this class you will KNOW!

the second one was REALLY fun to do – it is a project class that focuses on the Pagoda Cartridge and here is a pic of everything you will make in the class:

In the class we go through the main characters as well as all of the Creative Features in depth, make projects with all of them and then do a special projects feature using Vinyl.  The class also includes several bonus lesson on unique background techniques and tips for cardmaking and cricutting in general.  You end up with more than a dozen completed items!

there is still time to get $5 off of your registration fee today and tomorrow!

After a little house cleaning i hope to spend most of the day in my studio today!

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