Saturday, August 7, 2010

A new Halloween Cynthia!

Are you ready for tea with Cynthia? This is my latest Cynthia the fairy image. I can't believe it's time to do Halloween/Holiday images, but here we are. My kids actually start school next week!!!! amazing!
Well, have a beautiful afternoon and enjoy this sunshine!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

When I Grow Up...

Good evening, everyone,
I wanted to post this little girl before I go make dinner. I worked my fingers off all day on her. My back even hurts. LOL! Poor me. I just thought she turned out kind of cute and wanted to share. Have a wonderful night!

If the Shoe Fits...

Hi everyone,
This was a customer request for an image to go with the theme,"If the Shoe Fits..."
Well, this is what I came up with. I have a new Halloween Cynthia Digi and rubber stamp to be released soon, as well as a birthday Princess Jennifer Latte. Busy, busy, busy. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
Bye for now!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Stamping Boutique is looking for 5 talented designers.

The Boutique is accepting applications for new designers from now until August 20.
Please e-mail your application to:
Tracey Malnofski at and
Christy Dillman at

We will need your contact info. as well as a short bio. about yourself. Please let us know about your experience with digital images and any other DT's you are on.

The new designers will be announced on August 25. The term is from September1-November 30, 2010.

What is expected of Boutique designers:

1. Complete at least 1 project weekly, whether it be for challenges we are sponsoring or your own projects. (minimum requirement is 4 projects per month)

2. Post comments and photos on SNR/PCP/SCS and other social networking sites to promote TSB.

3. You will also be required to leave comments on blogs for TSB followers/fans that participate in our challenges and leave love on fellow DT gals/guys blogs.

4. Participate in TSB events (blogs, digi days, etc) where sufficient notice is given.

What you'll receive:

1. The exclusive TSB designers badge for your blog.

2. 4 digital images at no cost per month to use in your projects.

3. A 40% discount on all digital images the entire time you are a TSB designer.

We look forward to adding our new designers and are very excited about the months ahead!
The best of luck to everyone!

Tracey and Christy
Tracey Malnofski

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The 12 Snowmen of Christmas are back!

Well, 5 of them anyway. The other 7 need a little editing before being put back on the shelf. These 5 guys were itching to get out of the store room and back in the show room. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Copic Tutorial: Coloring Sand by Ashley Scheffler

Hello Everyone. Ready for part 2 of coloring Sunny Baby? This time the tutorial will be over coloring the sand. Next time we will finish the image and create a card!

Lets get started!

Here is the image and how I left off from the last tutorial (coloring water). This time I am focusing on the sand part of the image. Gather up the colors you want for the sand. I decided to make the sand more brown and could pull in alot of different color familes to achieve the sandy look. I will be using colors : E51, E31, E33, E37, E57, E77. I also use a product called Mudd Puddles at the end as well for more detail.

Using the lightest color (E53..I know this seems odd since its a higher number, but it is the lightest one I am using out of the color choices) color the entire sand area.

Using E31 I wanted to start adding some shadows to the shells and sand toys in the sand.

Using E33, I just went over the entire sand area and did little dots of color. Just hold your marker upright and lightly press down. If you use too much pressure, the dots will expand as the ink soaks into the paper and become larger.

Repeat step 4 but with the colors E37 and E57.

Now it's time to blend and have the dots not stand out as much. I used E33 and colored over the area again. You could use a lighter brown for a lighter coverage.

I wanted to add back in those darker specks you see on a real beach, so I used E77 and did really small black dots randomly over the sand area to bring out the dots again.

STEP 8 (optional)
I really wanted the beack to appear as real life as I could so I used a product called Mudd Puddles. It comes in different colors and different textures. I used the type called Malibu and just put it on in different areas. It spread on so you can do a lot more coverage.

Here is a close-up of the Mudd Puddles!

There you go...
I hope you found this technique helpful. Next time I will be coloring in the rest of the image and making it into a card!! Please leave a comment if this helped you and what other techniques you would love to learn with Copics!

Monday, August 2, 2010

And the monthly contest winners are......

The winner of 5 free images from TSB as selected by is: True Random Number Generator Min:1 Max:31 Result:5-Lorie S.

Our August guest designer also chosen by is: True Random Number Generator Min:1 Max:31 Result:14-Amelia.

Last but not least we had 2 ladies that submitted the most projects this month with a total of 5 each so they will both be winning 5 images from TSB: Lori and Marilyn D!

Lorie S, Lori, and Marilyn D- please email at with your 5 images choices! Amelia shoot me an email also so I can get your guest designer details!

Congrats to you all on winning and keep those projects coming, the new contest is up and running!