Hobnobbing Goblin

Halloween is nigh...the goblins are soon afoot.  When I first saw this Mo Manning digital image I knew I had to have "him".  Isn't he just the cutest goblin ever?  I have no idea what color goblins are.  First I used some light warm gray Copic colors on his skin. I hoped this would tone down his brightness as I would be adding some greens, yellow and lavender colors.  I gave him some big green eyes and then finished coloring his clothes and pumpkin in appropriate Halloween colors.  He is off to deliver Halloween greetings to my friend Vi.

Card size:   A6  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Winnie & Walter- Moonlight(outside),  Hero Arts (inside)

Specialty Paper:   Taylored Expressions- Build-a-Scene Halloween 6x6

Color:   Copic Markers,  Berol Colored Pencils(eyes),  UniBall Signo White Gel Pen,  Wink of Stella

Embellishment:   Jolee's Boutique-Cats & Bats,  Jillibean Soup- Enamel Stars

Scan n Cut Review

I'm back with my review of the Brother Scan-n-Cut 2.  Since I had just purchased a Silhouette last year I didn't even consider buying the original Brother Stamp-n-Cut.  The Silhouette was and is a solid piece of equipment but was not entirely compatible with my purposes.  I used it to cut shapes and colored images that I purchased per item from the Silhouette Company. I tried to use it to cut out my own images but didn't do very well.

What I was really looking for was a way to easily cut out my hand stamped images and other digital vintage collage images that I have been collecting for years.  I am horrible at fussy cutting and very slow so my husband has filled that position for me up to this point.

I recently purchased the new Brother Scan-n-Cut 2.  I made a little photo diary of some work that I did with the Scan-n-Cut 2 today.  I will say that there are pros and cons to the machine.  I hesitate to list all of them because I am such a newbie using this and haven't even read the entire instructions.  I may not know all of the capabilities.  You Tube is a wonderful resource to learn more about Brother Scan-n Cut 2. If I learn something new I'll be back to show more.  Right now I am happy with what I can accomplish.

This is what I know:
1)  Only the exterior outline is cut.  The outline must be clear and not too sketchy or the
     machine will get confused.  Sometimes it gets confused anyway = personality  :)
     You can adjust the cut to be right on the line or leave a border.  I prefer mine close.
2)  You can stamp a whole sheet of multiple images instead of using dies to cut an outline
      of an image one at a time. Many stamps and all digital images don't have matching
3)  Sometimes the scanner doesn't "see" an image properly or at all.  You can re-position
     the cardstock and re-scan which oft times solves the problem.  You can tell by looking
     at the preview screen that the scan is not perfect so you can either make adjustments
     or if it's only an image or two out of many....just go with the flow.
4)  The scan carrier looses stickiness fast.  This can be fixed by using a temporary spray

5)  You don't have to fill up a 12 x 12 whole sheet with images. As long as you can get the
     smaller paper to stick to the carrier properly it will scan and cut that image.

Here's my pics...feel free to leave me any questions under comments.

 Note the cut down pieces I was able to use.

 The shoe is not seen.  I did not re-scan

 It missed this one out of 6.
It scanned and cut 3 perfectly but the fourth had an "anomaly"


A Little Wicked

I'm bouncing back and forth between Halloween and Christmas this month.  Today I'm featuring Halloween.  "Wasn't Me" is a Mo Manning digital design.  He is just the sweetest in his devil costume.  I kept the coloring simple and used just two shades of red,  two shades of gray and two shades of a flesh tone to color him. 

Card Size:   A2   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Serendipity Stamps- Have A Wicked,  Waltzing Mouse- Vintage Witch Set(Halloween Greetings)

Specialty Paper:   Taylored Expressions- Build-a-Scene Halloween,  Authentique- Spectrum Series 1

Color:   Copic Markers,  UniBall Signo White Gel Pen

Dies:   Memory Box- Tiny Ghastly Ghosts and Ghost Trio,  Cross Stitched Frame Borders


Bird Crazy Christmas

I thought this "fluffy" crazy bird would make a cute Santa's helper.  I decided to color him in traditional Christmas colors and then keep the whole card "matchy-matchy".  I haven't officially taken out my Christmas stamps and goodies yet.  I did find a little box of half finished embellishments that I created last year.  Using a Petaloo Flora Doodle poinsettia I  hot glued the added cut pieces of stitched skinny ribbon to the back and then hot glued the whole piece to the card. 

Fussy cutting all of the stamped pieces was easy using the accompanying Bird Crazy dies from Sizzix.  I am counting on my new Scan N Cut 2 to help me with my fussy cutting in the future.  I'll be back this week with a post about this awesome machine.  Love it!!!

Card Size:   A6   6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Stampers Anonymous- Bird Crazy and Bird Crazy Accessories,  Reverse Confetti Seasonal Sentiments(inside),  Kaiser Craft- Home For Christmas(outside)

Specialty Paper:   Taylored Expressions- Build-a-Scene Halloween and Christmas 6x6

Color:   Distress Ink,  Archival Jet Black,  VersaMark Ink,  Hero Arts Embossing Powder White,  UniBall Signo White Gel Pen

Dies:   Sizzix Bird Crazy and Bird Crazy Accessories

Embellishment:   Petaloo Flora Doodles- Green Poinsettia


Bump in the Night

This is a very subtly styled Halloween card.  It began as an experiment with Distress Inks.  I wanted to see what would happen if I combined Rusty Hinge with Wilted Violet on a watercolor background.  I added both colors using a paint brush to drop onto a piece of Ranger Distress Watercolor card stock that I had wet well with water and taped down to a board.  I left the piece to dry naturally to see if doing so would reduce the "mud" that I expected.  Instead- both colors played together really well.  My intentions were to make this into a sympathy card but it really did look like a walk through the woods on Halloween.

Card Size:  A2  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Hero Arts- Happy Halloween clear set,  Inkadinkado- Creepy Crawly(spider),  Impression Obsession(spider string)

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Spectrum Series 1

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Penny Black Serenity

Embellishment:   Little B- Black Bats,  Tim Holtz Idea-ology-  Small Talk Occasions


Hand Over The Candy

This Halloween card was so fun to make.  I've been waiting for the perfect time to use this silly wonky eyed Crazy Bird.  This card also celebrates the new accessory stamp set that allows these birds to dress for the seasons and then some...plus most important the dies to cut those accessories.  I stamped a few crazy birdies and all of the "stuffs" to go with them.  I then used Distress Inks to watercolor.  I also use a white gel pen to add accents.  Did you notice his cute little vampire teeth?  I just cut those out of white card stock and inserted them in his double stacked beak. I highly recommend Taylored Expressions Build-a-Scene Halloween paper pack.  This is a very nice quality decorative paper and just full of the most fun patterns including a couple of scenes perfectly sized for cards.

Card Size:  A6   6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Impression Obsession: Hand Over The Candy(clear set), Stamper's Anonymous- Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Bird Crazy Accessories

Specialty Paper:   Taylored Expressions- Build-A-Scene Halloween

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink, Wink of Stella Clear, Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen

Dies:   Memory Box- Swooping Bats,  Sizzix Framelits- Bird Crazy & Bird Crazy Accessories

Embellishment:   German Scrap Border black