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A Little Tim Holtz Birdie Said: Flu Sucks!

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Right now I feel rather like I went to sleep one day in mid-February and woke up again in March. I sort of wish that is what actually happened. In reality I went to bed with a slight cough one night a couple of weeks ago and woke up the next morning feeling like the life had been drained from my body. Hello Flu!

Read on for some flu related whinging plus a fun little card featuring a Tim Holtz bird stamp and Copic colouring. A short colouring video and Copic Marker Colour Palette are also included.

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I Have Loved The Stars Too Fondly (again)

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend. We had a busy one visiting Paul’s family for his Mum’s birthday (I’ll be sharing the card I made for her later this week). We’re home now though, and I’m getting ready to finish off some colouring I started before we went away!

Today I’d like to share an art journal spread I created. This one features a quote I used on one of my other recent art journal pages which can be seen > HERE <.

This page uses some Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations die cuts, alphabet stamps and some gorgeous Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. It’s a pretty simple one but I do love the effect of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals on the background.

I Have Loved The Stars | Marker Geek

I used Fantasy Film behind the Townscape die-cuts to create windows.

Moleskine Sketchbook, Ranger Glossy Cardstock, Luminarte Silks paints (Ice used as a resist through stencil), Memory Box Starry Night stencil, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals “Screaming Banshee Black”, Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Townscape On The Edge die, Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Movers & Shapers Mini Branch die, Grunge Paper, Distress Paint “Black Soot”. Memento Luxe white ink pad, Fantasy Film, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABCs stamp set.

SCACD Stamps – Exciting New Release – Elements Collection

I’m not sure I can adequately express how excited I am to finally be able to share the new release from SCACD Stamps and the things I’ve been working on using the new stamps. I know, I’m always falling in love with a stamp (or ten), but this new release makes me extremely happy. It’s a lengthy post today so bear with me, but I am including lots of inspiration for you!

There is of course a fun release hop going on today to show off the new release and to share some inspiration from the SCACD DT and friends. If you’re just joining us, pop on over to the SCACD Store Blog and find out all the info on how to get started. If you hopped over here from my lovely friend Kim Dellow’s blog then you’re on the right track!

I have projects completed with all four of the new Elements Collection stamps, and will be sharing them over the next couple of weeks.  For today’s hop I’m sharing Fire, and I hope you love her as much as I do. Before I share my projects for today, here’s a quick look at the collection:

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection | Marker Geek

Four beautiful, powerful images created for SCACD Stamps by artist Carmen Medlin.

US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design
International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

My main project is a journal page.  This year I’m making an effort to take time to play and create just for me, both to test out the various crafty mediums I’ve collected and also to work through things that are going on in life, in my head etc. The pages I’ve created with these new stamps were a lot of fun to work on – pure play! For a full list of supplies used on the projects in this post, please scroll right to the end.

This page is in a hardback 8.5″x11″ mixed media journal, although I created the main part of the page on a piece of paper from a Canson XL mixed media pad.
SCACD Fire Girl | Marker Geek
I stamped “Fire” with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black before creating the background using Derwent Inktense pencils, followed by some Pan Pastel shading around the image. The image was coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. After colouring the image, I sealed the page with Matt Gel Medium.  Extra colouring was added with Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens for additional contrast. I also stamped the Tim Holtz quote stamp on a piece of torn vellum which I added to the page and framed using the flame accessory stamp and some additional doodling.

Here’s a closer look at the gorgeous “Fire” image.
SCACD Fire Girl | Marker Geek

I’ve definitely been having fun getting to know my Polychromos pencils.  Lots of room for improvement, but that’s a big part of the fun.

The second project I have to share today is a card I created using my marker coloured image.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Fire | Marker Geek

For even more fun, I also created a quick card using the flame accessory stamp which comes with “Fire”.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Fire | Marker Geek

Phew!  If you made it this far, well done and thanks for sticking with me. 😉 You may want to grab a refill for your coffee/tea/whatever then hop on over to the next stop which is our guest Penny Mull’s blog. Enjoy!


Supplies for art journal page:
Elements Collection Fire stamp from SCACD Stamps, Tim Holtz quote stamp from Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry CMS061 set. Stampendous Alphabet stamps.
Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black.
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Word Play die, Grunge Paper.
Derwent Inktense pencils 0230 Golden Yellow, 0400 Poppy Red, 0700 Fuchsia, 0720 Thistle. Pan Pastel Violet.
Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. White paint marker.
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals: Magnolia Magenta Gold, Canna Lilly Burnt Orange, Red Hot Poker Orange.

Supplies for Fire Card:
Elements Collection Fire stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel – Aged Gold. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool.

Supplies for Flame Accessory Card:
Elements Collection Fire flame accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Red
Lawn Fawn – Milo’s ABCs clear stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and blending tool.

WOYWW #252 & That Journal Spread

Today I’ve got a quick snap of my desk to share for WOYWW #252 over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.  For the uninitiated, visit > this page < for an explanation of WOYWW and how to join in.  It’s pretty simple really – it’s Wednesday, post a pic of your workspace link it up, grab a coffee and have a good nose around some others. 😉

My desk isn’t that interesting today, but it is a fairly typical view: markers (today they are Copics), and something I’m colouring, and my Gorjuss mug filled with Green Tea.  I’ve had to be sneaky though and turn over my colouring and cover up part of the journal you can see at the edge of the picture – I can’t show you what I’m working on until next week, although I am absolutely dying to. Really excited.

WOYWW 252 | Marker Geek

Anyway, those of you that have checked in before and seen previous WOYWW posts may be interested to see that I have finally finished “that journal spread”, which first made an appearance in February.



You can see the two previous spreads in this journal HERE.

Supplies used:
Moleskine Sketchbook, Gel Medium (matt), Tissue Paper, Distress Inks, Ranger Blending Tool, Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper, Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy die, Memory Box Butterfly Delights die, Impression Obsession Leaves die set, Ranger Alcohol Inks, Ranger Glossy Cardstock, Luminarte Silks paints, Faber-Castell PITT artist markers.

Thanks for dropping in! I would love to hear from you, so please do leave a comment to say hi. 🙂

You’ll Float Too

As you may have seen recently in my “Something Different – Angels” post, I have started working in a Moleskine sketchbook as a way to take some creative “me time” and play with the supplies I have collected. Today I’d like to share another spread from my journal, although I should warn you first, I’m letting my “weird” show! If you’re looking for cute or pretty, run away now and come back another day. 😉

Normally, I avoid clowns like the plague, probably because from a young age, I have been a fan of horror.  That or clowns are just creepy. Either way, normally I would tiptoe quietly away from a clown stamp.  Then I saw the Tim Holtz “The Big Top” stamp set from Stampers Anonymous.  I’m not sure how I missed it before, but it is deliciously hideous. To me, at least. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it.

You might guess from this that I’m a fan of Stephen King’s work. I read “It” when I was eleven or twelve years old.  I was hooked. So, there’s a lot going on with this spread for me personally. I like to explore the dark even if that sometimes means running in to clowns.

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Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous – The Big Top stamp set – stamped on Bristol Board and coloured with Copic Markers.
Gel medium (matt) – used to glue a layer of tissue paper to the pages, and then to layer and seal, and adhere the image and die-cut letters. Also used to create texture at the bottom of the page.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo – used over the tissue paper to lay down a base colour, also used during layering to build colour.
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Harlequin” – added some background layering with Archival Ink – Cornflower Blue.
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations “Word Play” die – die cut letters for the word “float” from grunge board.
Tim Holtz Distress Paint “Aged Mahogany” – used to create the blood effects, on top of the gel medium at the bottom of the page, splattered with a brush over the page and also with water to drip down the page from the top.
Luminarte Silks “African Jade”, “Forest Moss”, “Wine & Roses”, “Fire Opal” – used to add colour to hand cut balloons, die-cut letters and on certain details of the image.
Faber-Castell PITT pens and Big Brush pens – used to add shading.

Even in Darkness There is Beauty

If you saw my blog post on Friday – “My Heart Bleeds – Something Different for the SCACD Release Hop“, you’ll be aware that I’m having a lot of fun getting inky/painty and exploring my less cute and cuddly side (which is actually the side I’m most comfortable with 😉 ).  Today I’ve got another tag to share with you, along similar lines.

I love making tags.  There’s just something fun about working within the confines of a tag, and it’s not as daunting as a full journal page or a canvas. I actually have another couple lined up to share with you soon, so I hope you’re enjoying them!  I’d love to hear from you, so please do feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

For today’s tag, I decided to join in with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge.  It is running until Friday 22nd March, so there is still time to play!

I of course, used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die from the Sizzix Alterations range (and possibly the mini movers and shapers one too, I think – I die cut lots of flowers from both dies and played around).


The flowers were stamped with the “Wonky Clock” stamps from the new Susana Loves Stamps (SCACD) mixed media release.  This stamp is available in either the “Follow Your True Heart” set, or in the full Complete Accessories Collection set.  I embossed the stamp image and then used Distress Inks to colour the black flowers before layering them up to create the large flower.  In the centre I used a Prima Marketing Inc Vintage Trinkets brad and a Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard Cog Works cog covered in Fran’tage embossing enamel.

Behind the flower, I used one of my favourite dies – the Dies by SCACD “Alice’s Clock Statement Corner” die, which I used to cut some thin metal foil sheet.

The tag itself was first covered in a Golden Gel Medium with glass beads in it, which I then covered in a combination of Adirondack spray and Distress Stain, before applying some black acrylic paint through a stencil.

Phew!  Don’t worry, I’m not hanging up my marker tote, I’ll still be sharing lots of colouring fun too, but I do hope you will enjoy my little journey into mixed media as much as I am!