Jun 30, 2022

A Perfect Time To Craft - July Sponsor: Ching-Chou Kuik

Its July!!!
Summertime is here!

A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge 

This month we are being sponsored by                                        Ching-Chou Kuik

I'm decided to go with the beautiful 

Steampunk Dragonfly image.

Be sure to join in on the challenge if you enjoy creating using digital images.  At "A Perfect Time To Craft"  its always Anything Goes, meaning, any form of art is acceptable for the challenge.

I began by downloading the image onto Neenah Solar White/Super Smooth cardstock because this cardstock works well with Copic markers in my opinion.  Lately, I've been getting my markers from Blick Art Materials (aka Dick Blick) when I need something right away because its the closest to me that sells most Copic supplies.  If I can wait a few days, I purchase online from Galactic Toys because their prices are the most reasonable at $3.95 ea. compared to a $7.99 (sometimes $6.99) per marker price, so I'm happy I found them online!

I then fussy cut her out all around.

Here are the Copic markers used for coloring:
E000, E00, C2, C5, C7, Y04, Y19, R20, R22, R37, R39 & R59.

I also used the Copic Multi-Liner 00.3

I placed the image onto an 8 1/2 x 4" Tag which I colored using Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany and Tattered Rose.

Using some heat bondable Angelina Fiber I added some to the back of the image and I added Tim Holtz' Ornate Gates on both sides of the image, I also added a Tim Holtz Quote Chip (Theories) "use your wings."

I placed a couple of "Prima Flowers" as well as some of "The Paper Studio floral embellishments and a pink and green Jolees Dragonfly embellishment.

Thank you all for stopping by my blog and checking out my work.  

Don't forget to check out the challenge over at

A Perfect Time To Craft

and join in on the fun and get your craft on!

Enjoy your days everyone and don't be shy to leave a comment if you were inspired. 

Ivette (Ivy)

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Jun 28, 2022

Kit & Clowder - JARS OF BEAUTY

Hey guys,  
This is Part 1 of a class I took with Kit & Clowder.  The instructor's name is Alyce and she teaches you how to color using markers (alcohol inks) and/or pencils.  I've taken her classes for years to sharpen my coloring skills on certain areas.
This class has so many techniques in it, as all her classes are.  Here you learn how to create texture, backgrounds, coloring through glass,  water, flowers, paper and metal (ink pen).
You learn at your own pace and you can have a monthly class sent directly to your email on the 15th of every month. 
It is very therapeutic as all forms of art is.  
Here is a link to her classes.
For this class I used Copic markers, Multi-Liners and Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a white gel pen.
This piece was entered in a challenge over at


Jun 21, 2022


Hi there, today I wanted to share my own personal project using Scrappy Boy's stamp set, "You're My Hero" (Batboy). 
I fell in love with their images as soon as I saw them.  
First I'd like to say that this will always be the NYC skyline with the Twin Towers that I will always remember.  
Having lost co-workers/friends from the NYPD on the horrific day of September 11, 2001 I made this piece my own, my take.
"Not all heroes wear capes"  

 I started out using Neenah Solar White, Super Smooth cardstock and brought out the Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken Blueprint Sketch, China, Fired Brick, Candied Apple and Squeeze Lemonade.
I used my ruler to draw in the Twin Towers, I wasn't concerned with keeping things perfectly straight, my project, my way.   I drew the thin blue line in memory of the 23 NYPD & 37 Port Authority officers that lost their lives that day at the towers and the red thin line for the 343 firefighters who also lost their lives.  
There also was another Hero who is sometimes forgotten, his name is Sirius and he is a yellow lab.   Sirius was still in his crate in the lobby when the towers fell.  His partner/handler PAPD PO David Lim was one of the few who survived.

I used various Copic markers and Multi-Liners for the "comic lettering."  I used vellum for depth on the buildings in the background and yellow vellum for the "Bat Signal" calling for help coming from the towers, if only Super Heroes really existed....
I then cut some brick printed paper for the rooftop wall.  
(this is actually the view from a rooftop on the Brooklyn side of NYC)
Then I used my old time favorite Liquid Appliqué for the clouds, I applied heat to puff them up.  I also hand drew some birds in the sky and the batman icon on the signal for help.
And, that's all she wrote.  

Hope the crafty followers find some inspiration from my project.
Thanks for passing by...

This project was entered in the following challenges:
Digichoosday's challenge blog

Never Forget September 11, 2001

Jun 1, 2022

A Perfect Time To Craft - June Sponsored by Stampers Delights


Hello there everyone!

Another month has come and gone, is it me or is time just running away from us?  Is it an aging thing?  

Hope everyone has been doing well.

I wanted to share my DT project I created for 

A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge 

For this month of June, we are being sponsored by 

Stampers Delights  

I choose the Chili Tea Cup Cuties-Fox image.  

Be sure to join in on the challenge where its always Anything Goes! 

Here are the Copic markers used:

B000, B04, B05, B13, B18, B28, E0000, E00, E11, E13, E21, E51, Y08, Y17, Y38, YG02, YG11, YG91.

Multi Milimeter pen 0.05, 0.2 and white gel pen.

Distress Inks used:

Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olives, Vintage Photo and Fired Brick.

Began with downloading the image from Stampers Delights website and coloring it in using my Copic markers.

Then I fussy cut the image using my original Cutter Bee scissors and did some of what I call, "extreme" fussy cutting around the ears and tail to give it a more 3D fur effect.  Added several 3D self adhesive embellishments of Hearts by Raindrops.

  Also took various shades of green card stock and used a no name brand metal die ran it through my Sizzix Switch machine layered and glued them together with the lightest color last to give it depth.

I cut small rectangular pieces out of white card stock and I handwrote the words "Tea Time!" distressed around the borders using DI Vintage Photo and adhered them to the card with pop dots. 

And that's all folks!!

Don't forget to visit the following sites and leave some (love) comments.

to join in on our monthly challenge and view what my teammates have created as well.
Hope you were inspired!

This project was entered in Digichoosday's challenge blog.

Apr 30, 2022

A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge - May 2022

 Back for another great challenge at

A Perfect Time To Craft!

This month we are being sponsored by 

Fred She Said

I chose to go with the pretty image of "Emma with Her Frills On."  I printed the image on white Neenah paper, fussy cut the image. 

The following Copic markers were used:

E000, E00, E2, E11, E13, V000, V01,V04, V09, V12, RV00, RV11, RV20, Rv34, RV69, RV95, Y00, Y02, Y18, Y38, YG11

A #8 Tag was colored with Distress Inks using a blending tool:

Ranger Black Archival Ink used to stamp the image.

Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade and Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral, Black Soot and Picket Fence.

I used the Spritz & Flick technique I learned from Tim Holtz at one of his live classes years ago.  

Stencils used:  Tim Holtz Harlequin and Speckles 

Tim Holtz clear stamp with the word "Inspire."

A 6x6 Chicken Wire stencil by TCW.

I used a Martha Stewart small butterfly punch and punched two butterflies out using a light pink swiss dot embossed cardstock, I distressed it and I applied mod podge on both pieces.  A small piece of pink wire cut to create the butterfly's antennas using nose pliers and adhered between the two pieces and Liquid Pearlsused pale pink color to create the body.

Various colored wire was coiled to represent flowers, I also used Liquid Pearls, Peacock, Key Lime and  POPS Green Apple for the grass.

After the image and the tag were colored, I used pop dots to place the image (Emma) onto the tag, and voila!!

Here is a photo of all the products used.

Thanks to our sponsor Fred She Said!

Don't forget to visit the following sites and leave some comments.

to join our monthly challenge and view what my teammates have created as well.
Hope you were inspired!

Mar 31, 2022

A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge

A new month, a new challenge at

"A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge " 

Every month is always Anything Goes over at 
This means you can submit any kind of craft project such as a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, mixed media, etc.  

Just click on the link above and follow instructions for submitting your project to win some wonderful digital image stamps and a winner's badge to put on your personal page/blog.

This month we are being sponsored by 


I decided to go with one of Anna's Fabulous designs, 

 "Woodland Musicians" 

and her pre-made musical notes background paper.

I adhered the musical notes paper onto a 4x9" canvas using mod podge.  
(Thx A.M. for your help.)

Then printed out 2 copies of 6 woodland images, colored some areas with Copic markers to make the colors a bit more vibrant.

Did some "extreme" fussy cutting, meaning I made small sliver cuts as to give the illusion of fur.  I printed 2 copies of each image and used pop dots in between to make them 3D. 

Glossy Accent was used throughout some areas of the images.

On the images that have drumsticks I replaced them with white ball head straight pins I colored with my copic markers, cut them down to size and pressed them into the pop dots that held the duplicate images together.  I also used tiny rhinestones on some images as buttons.  

A tip: if you buy clear rhinestones you can apply any color to them.

I used sewing needles to replace the violin and cello bows and adhered them in place.

Used some dark and light green cardstock to make my own grassy patches by cutting thin slivers and combining the different shades together.

Had some small wooden musical notes laying around so I used acrylic paint and colored them red (my fave color that I tend to use a lot) and used a generous amount of Glossy Accent.

Fore the foreground I used Art-C Textured sand, pebbles and boulders which come in white.

Made some far away clouds by using Liquid Appliqué and applying the heat tool.  An old time favorite of mine, so glad they still make it.  It's also available in marker but... beware, it blots!

  Please take a few minutes to look at other images that our sponsor 
is offering and don't forget to swing by                                                   
to join our monthly challenge and view what my teammates have created as well.
Enjoy life!
Hope you were inspired!

Mar 13, 2022

     Hello everyone!

I'm sharing a project I created for a monthly challenge that's going on over at

"A Perfect Time To Craft

This month's challenge, which is "always Anything Goes.   This means you can submit any kind of craft project such as a card, scrapbook page, a tag, mixed media, etc.  

Just click on the link above and follow instructions for submitting your project to win some wonderful digital images and a winner's badge to put on your page.

This month we are being sponsored by 

"SheepSki Designs"


"Beat Paper."

I decided to go with the beautiful, steampunk digital image named, "Victoria" from SheepSki Designs.

I began by downloading the image onto Neenah paper which works great, if you're using Copic markers.  
I colored in my image with the following markers:  CO, C2, C5, C7, E0000, E000, E11, E13, E15, E21, E37, E53, E97 Y8, Y26, Y28 and Copic Multiliners: 0.03,  0.05

After I completed coloring my image I carefully cut it out "fussy cutting" using precision scissors and an exacto knife by Tim Holtz.

Then began to prep the back of the 5x7 shadow box which I purchased on sale from Michaels.  Using a Dremel a small hole was drilled into the lower back part of the panel. 

I chose to add lighting inside the shadow box.  Carefully I fed the string of micro lights through the hole and secured the end with a piece of tape.

I manipulated the micro lights to fit tightly around the inner part of the back panel,  by eye I spaced each light evenly apart from each other and tested the lights.

Pop dots were placed behind the image which gave it a nice 3D effect and moved my gear embellishments around to see where would be the best place to adhere them down.

I used Copic marker E59 to color some smaller gears and adhered them inside the larger ones.  
The large gears have weight to them so I used strong glue dots and a bit of Glossy Accent to adhere them onto the background panel.  I found a flat metal butterfly in my stash and I carefully bent the wings up a bit, used red wire to make antennaes and some red rhinestones to create the body of the butterfly and placed it on the left side of the large half of a gear in the center, I did the same on the right side of that same gear.  Added a steampunk butterfly some tiny red rhinestones as well.

Glossy Accent was used around the brim of her hat, goggle lenses, neck brace, lips, and leather arm belts.  I also cut a gear in half, colored it red and adhered it to her collar with Glossy Accent.

I used some red coated wire and placed it around her wrists, and added Glossy Accent on her gold bracelet and grey bangles.

Placed a red metallic parasol on her side, retested the micro lights and called it the day.  

Hope you enjoyed my project and were inspired enough to make your own project.  Please take a look at other images our sponsor is offering and don't forget to swing by                                                   A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge 
on Facebook to view what my teammates created as well.
Enjoy life!