Brake a Leg! Little Ballerina!

Gilli Celtic_Black Swan~

Hi icon ArcheoButerflies

ey you all!  I hope everyone is doing well and keeping the crafts tools bu-sy! Where does your inspiration comes from? Did you ever really stop to think about that? Yesterday as I was talking to a lovely close friend I realized one of the reasons why I love blues and green blues…memories family, fun and blessings. My grampa & grandma’s home was painted that color. I know it can sound a bit weird but believe me…the color fit  like a glove where it is : ).

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The brand new challenge over Color me creative classroom Copic Challenge  is  “Feathers”. The theme made me touch base with another little piece of my memories where my inspiration come from : ). I was thinking to color a bird…since I am nuts about animals. But one night while I looking where to find the right image I came up with an idea. How about an inspired ballet card? I am sure there are a lot of little young ballerinas around us : ). Of course the Swan Lake came to my mind as fast as the word ballet popped LOL.  I hold a very dear space in my heart to ballet. I still remember the first time I saw one live…I remember when I got my point shoes. I still hold to it. I love ballet and I wish I had a class nearby. While I am training (in a fun way…as a way to move) I am in the zone…in peace.  There is nothing like the feel of focusing on movements while listening to amazing music. One of my happy places. I really need to start again somehow Smile. ..and I love it. I miss my teachers, one of them my best friend in college…yeap I was a ballet student as a young adult and I did the beginners class with little girls…it was so cool!!

Gilli Celtic_Black Swan_CusFor this project I am using Gilli Celtic. Thanks to my copic markers and copic multiliners I was able to try to develop a feathery look for Gilli celtic in a  “Black Swan” costume. Clearly I need to practice…but I am okay with the current look. I used lots of my shades of Cs to create depth and volume necessary for the skirt. I wanted a tulle feel with feathers on the top. I am seriously thinking to try a few more Gilli Celtic_Black Swan_SCutimes since it was quite fun to prepare this one. The same markers and multiliners were used to the bodice of the dress.  The head piece also was created using C markers to create the necessary volume of the feathers. The tiara was also created by free handing the swirls in the already existing image. Tip here for the look..I used the brush copic mutiliner. It is an amazing tool since you can, depending on how you hold your pen, go from thick to fine line (you can see on the ballet shoes – a little boo boo over there I might add LOL)…for more added texture I used a variety of # of multiliners (trying to keep proportion).I need to add that to help with the texture feel of the feathers I added Stikles over the costume.

Gilli Celtic_Black Swan_makeUpJust ‘case I was having a ball and I wanted to add extra fun I color another Gilli with her stage make up on….Gosh those are some eyelashes LOL Dontcha think? lol…but I was trying to achieve the very deep look from Black Swan Make up..so mysterious. I left this tiara without stickles  so you could see clearly the pens strokes. One of the reasons why I think cardmaking is so much fun…preparing a card so personalized for  your dear one. You can literally transform your images using copics…and Gilli images are created for you to be able to do that….kick up a notch and make extra special!  Now I had over to you! “Brake a leg!” Pull up your Copic markers and join us over CMC Copic challenge!!! The participants are lovely and they are always sharing tips! Suzanne is in the neighborhood to give a great advice about your copics. I should also add that you can win a sweet prize! I mean sweet!!! If you enter in 2 challenges you are eligible for the big monthly prize. The very talented ladies of the DT are bringing amazing creations to spark your ideas. So drop by! See you there at CMC Copic Challenge!

♥♥ CMC on the road (Color me Creative Class) will be soon at SC and NC hurry and get a seat…it is a day of fun learning how to make the best of your copic markers with Suzanne Dean and a bunch of lovely people that “get it” what is all about! I always say Suzanne’s classes are one heck of a good life experience and the best investment I made after I got my first copic!

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Congrats Grad!

Gilli Graduate_CongratsGrad ~

Hi icon ArcheoButerfliesello ladies and Gent! How is everyone doing this middle of week? As usual I am keeping busy over here making projects while regular life happens LOL. I am  also working on some other goodies that hopefully we will be able to share soon. I had an amazing weekend with the visit of my dear friend Suzanne. Gosh did I need to laugh a little…and believe me…She can make you laugh! So I highly recommend you popping into one of Suzanne’s copic classes…( check out her CMC on the road website!! SC NC here she comes!!) you not only will have a super class in coloring but you will have a ball!
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Dionne is the hostess of the current House of Gilli challenge. Black plus one color! I held to the challenge rules and I stick to Cs and Es…copic lengo…for Blacks and Browns. Here you can see the little project I prepared for the challenge. Gilli Graduate was colored with copics. I added just a little touch of Stickles on her graduation ring to make it special : ). I wanted to give a more up to date vibe to the graduation card…so I picked this super cute paper from My minds eye and cut a piece that looks like a real certificate. It sooo set the tone for the whole thing!  Well a certificate needs a cute frame to be showcase so I created a frame by layering paper pieces punched with Martha Stewart punches. I used regularGilli Graduate_CongratsGrad cu cardstock and kraft paper. A real diploma must have a seal, right? I created a “celebrate” seal for the certificate by embossing a little cut out piece of card stock. I also added a thin layer of stickle around of the embossing. For an added  flair I looped a nice piece of ribbon.
To make this card even more special I made a base using a folded piece of acetate. The acetate gives such a cool airy look…almost futuristic…well, graduation is all about tomorrow right?
I hope you enjoyed the project! Stick around..more to come!
Thanks for dropping by! Huggies
This & That
Gilli Stamp::Gilli Graduate;
Copic markers (C9, C7, C5, C3; E79, E25, E34, Eoo, E11, E7, E000). Copic multiliner.
Cardstock, Craft Paper; Martha Stewart punches; Stickles; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Acetate; Ribbon.

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Maggie Graduate ~

Hi icon ArcheoButerfliesello boys and girls! I would love to share with you a little project I made for the MSL challenge. A cutsey graduation card for the young or the young at heart : ).

For this project I used Magnolia Stamp colored with copic markers and highlighted with white pen. The card base is regular cardstock  and pattern paper from K &Co. I distressed all the pieces with Ranger Distress inks. The cute notebook pages layers were created using a paper punch from EK. Ain’t that cute?! All the detailing were added using copic multiliners (you know  how much I loooove my multiliners, right? LOL). Every graMaggie Graduate fd need a ribbon lol..I added a little embelie that I handmade with the left over piece from my pattern paper, ribbon and a little flower bling.

Now it is your turn to join the class over MSL Challenge…We cannot wait to come by and see your project!




Gilli Lady :: Sweet! 15…16 or a Bride!

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Hi icon ArcheoButerflies

ello everybody! Finally some warm weather! This past week was gorgeous! Oh, what a delight! For once I could pull the trash can wearing my Havaianas (stunt pulled by a professional do not repeat at home LOL)! Yippe..I cannot help but be inspired by the blue skies. As I mentioned so many times…I absolutely love each and every season’s light…and spring never fail me to show some sweet colors.With all the colors around one color really pops! WHITE! Here you can see I project I made for the CMC Copic Challenge,  a challenge group over Color me Creative Classroom owned my lovely friend Suzanne J. Dean. Anyone can join the fun!

BTW Suzanne and spent sometime together and It was FUN FUN FUN! Gosh I loved each and every second…I have not had this much girlfriend time in a looooong time…As you all know Suzanne and I are always awake in the wee hours finishing up our work load that seems that never end!!! We live in copic fumes for real! Burning the 3 am oil (we always past the mightnight one lol). I also had a lovely time meeting my buddy DT Melanie (from CMC and TTCDR) and her dear hubby Charlie. Charlie was kind enough to drop Melanie so she could go to MI with Suzanne for her Copic Class!!! Talking about classes… if you are in or nearby NORTH & SOUTH CAROLINA…Classes are OPEN for pre registration at CMC on the Road. Don’t lose your place in this awesome class! You can ask anyone who took Suzanne’s classes…It is one the best investment you will make to get full use of your copics! Kid you NOT! It is a a fun day with gals that just “get it” what coloring is all about! I cannot wait to do it again!!!

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My latest project is all about white! We were challenged over CMC Challenge group to make a project coloring in white! Gilli Lady_Sweet n White~LYou say: “What? Coloring in white?”. Yeap…you can color to make a white effect making you image to pop! Sounds scary? NO WAY! White is one of the easiest coloring techniques when using your marker. Here you can see Gilli Lady, one of the Gilli of my newest collection, all dressed in white! Check out the lace effect you can create in the dress using copic multiliners!

Gilli Lady_Sweet n White_CUI purposely made a card without a sentiment to show you how versatile a Gilli image can be! This all white card can be easily be sent to a young lady that are getting ready for her debut celebrating her 15 Year Birthday (“Quinceañera”. The equivalent in Latin American Countries). No Teenager's in your circle? How about that special Bride? Seems like May is the Bride’s month…so here is a cute idea for you to get ahold! The soft shades in the card plus all the fence embossing create a elegant vibe perfect for such a special occasion….and I am sure she will remember what gift you sent out ; ).

Ready to tackle one more technique and keep in improving your coloring skills with us? Come on over! We will all learn together it is soooo much fun! Now grab your colors and make it WHITE!

See  you all soon…I got a ton of projects to share with you!!

Don’t forget to drop by House of Gilli Challenge blog…where you can win a Gilli Goodie bag. The house is being re arranged and lots of good and improved things are to pop! Keep in touch!

Smoochez and Huggies


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Gilli Stamp: Gilli Lady; Copic Markers (coo, c1, c3, BG10; E27, E31, E35, E11, E00, E000); Copic multiliner; Stikles; Smooch Ink; Pearls; Rhinestones; Ribbon;DCWV paper; Martha Stewart punch; Cuttlebug embossing folders; Score pal.


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Product Show case :: Just Rite!

Just because~

Welcome to the StampingScrapping Design Team blog hop featuring JustRite Stampers. Hop along with our talented team of designers to see what they have created using various JustRite products.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank JustRite for being one of our Creative Partners and for their generous donations to our team.

We are very excited to work with JustRite and use their great products to design with!


Hi icon ArcheoButerfliesello Everyone!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to my little place! I bet you jaw just dropped as soon as you saw Cindy’s project!!! Yeah! She is a fabulously creative soul! Today I am very happy to be hopping with my talent buddies from Stamping Scrapping Design Team with ton of inspiration to you all with Just Rite Stamps.

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My project today show case Just Rite Stamp from the set “ Just a Note”. I fell in love with Just Rite Stamps at a first sight a little while ago when I fist started doing serious cardmaking. I can still remember my first purchase from Cindy Smile. These stamps are what I call essential in my craft box.  They go with pretty much everything and the sky is the limit. Here in my project you see the stamp “ Just because stamp” surrounded by Gilli Stamp Accessories “ heart”.  A simple an easy card that I am sure anyone can wipe in a few minutes and with a few pieces of cardstock! I used Su ink pads and the pattern paper by design. The combo of images and sentiment is a match in heaven! Just right!

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Get ready for some serious showcase!!

Now you can head to the super stylish and very talented Billie! Smooches and thank you for dropping by!




Here is a quick list of my lovely team mates…in each one of these blogs you will find a load of Just rite inspiration!

In case you get lost along the way or hit a dead end, here is the order of the hop:

  • Cindy Echtinaw set jr
  • ♥♥Anary Baumgarth♥♥
  • Billie St. Clair
  • Cindy Close
  • Dawn Saenz de Viteri
  • Janine Blackwelder
  • Karen Stark
  • Leanne Garner
  • Sheri Willshire
  • Stephanie Hester
  • Wini Bell
  • Leave a comment using the Inlinkz button on each design team members blog for a chance to win this stamp set above!

    See ya’ll soon! Keep in touch!




    Gilli GI_My Hero~

    Hi icon ArcheoButerflies

    oho!! I have two words to say to the troops, and all the others we don’t know who they are, their families….THANK YOU!

    I had another card schedule for today, but I had to change..I had to put out there my thank you for your service from the bottom of my heart and the tip of my pencil!

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    I had this project ready as a celebration for the mom’s out there that serve for this country (mom’s from all other countries that serves as well!)…all branches and agencies. That is how Gilli G.I came about…some people sing, write…I draw…and that is how Gilli GI was born. This is my tribute to you. You know who you are! All I know is that you are brave and you are strong! You carry the flag of freedom for all in your soul! I had my card ready for later this week…but after the news came about last night. I could not sleep until I had make sure my thank you for your service was here for you! Men and woman in uniform…thank you thank you!!!!!

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    We all know there are still work to do…more family gatherings you will miss. But we will be here honoring you. Thanking you for keeping us safe from evil and protecting our freedom. We will continue to pray for you and for yours. May G-d bless you…

    For all the families that lost a loved one in this course. We honor your loved one. We will never forget.

    Seems to me today  is a good moment to spread the word that there are a lot of agencies that care for our troops. They try to comfort and bring a little of home to soldiers wherever they might be. One of the agencies try to help soldiers keeping in touch with their loved ones…and help them participate in all special moments in their families life sending a special card. OPERATION WRITE HOME.

    Operation Write home

    from OWH website:

    Our Mission:

    Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

    This merry band of thousands of cardmakers is made up of Americans - and citizens of other nations too - who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007...and are on the way to a landmark one MILLION cards!”

    So Would you like to make a difference and send  your personal thank you?! Here is what you can do. Go to OWH page and learn all you need to do to send a HERO a smile. You can make cards…write our hero letters….and so many other things! Please take a little moment and visit OWH.

    I thank you for giving them a hand.



    On her day :: Wedding Project fit for a Queen!

    Gilli BrideBouquet_HerDayTopper_F~

    Hi icon ArcheoButerflies

    ere comes the Bride all dressed in white…Well not always! I loooove looking through bridal magazines…the dresses are so pretty now a days. So many options aside the traditional crisp white. Although a classic is a classic, one has to remember…It is HER day after all and the dress needs to suit the bride’s personality in my mind : ).

    Now before I go ahead with the itsy bitsy oTTCRD_DTBadge_webf my project I have news to celebrate and share with all!! Today I am officially joining the Though the Craft Door Room Magazine Design Team! A magazine created by the super talented ( and dear friends) Marti Wills and Suzanne J. Dean. YAY! I am sooo thrilled! I am in such great company! The girls are beyond talented and I believe we have a super close circle of readers that welcome any new crafter always with open arms!!! Join us for our very first TTCRD challenge..Psss…. the prize is awesome! Join in! The challenge is open for anyone that would like to get in! No need to subscribe!

    Gilli BrideBouquet_HerDayTopper_FSince May is bridal month in so many places I decide to make a project inspired on this special day! Well, we just witnessed one of the weddings of the century this past weekend and OMG the bride was just glorious! DREAMY!There is something special about weddings and you don’t need to be a royalty…but for sure you must feel and look like one!

    So for my Wedding project I created a little bridal  gift set (or could also be used  as a a Bride & Gilli BrideBouquet_HerDayTopperCU~Bride’s maid party feature), a decorated cupcake (with icing matching the lovely Champagne color of the bride’s dress) with  a cupcake topper indicating who is the special one! No doubt here, it is all about “Her day”! I used the just released Lil’  Bride and Bouquet from the BRAND NEW SERIES OF GILLI STAMPS….LIL’GILLI!!!! Yeah! They are small enough to give that special compliment to all your Gilli Projects!!! You have plenty of space to color too!!! THE real icing on the cake for your projects!

    Gilli BrideBouquet_HerDayTopperCUTo make the cupcake topper base I used two  layers of  cut out from my Silhouette die cutter Library adding a little sparkly border. LIL’ GILLI Bride and Bouquet (Memento on Cryogen paper) was colored using copic markers. As  you can see I tried to give the dress a real texture feel and that sating look…using Smooch. Her veil was also colored with Copic and the crystal effect was created using Stikles. The tiny pearl earing was created using Viva Décor pearl pen! All the flowers you see in the picture are edible flowers made by hand by yours truly! I loveeee making them…such a therapy! LOL. Now to complete the gift set…just a little something special to make it all more sweet: ). 

    I hope you all will be  joining us for the TTCRD Challenge! Remember we also have the House of Gilli Challenge going on! Lots and lots of Inspiration for you all!

    Now if you all excuse me ….someone need to care of that cupcake..lol. After all I have reasons to celebrate!!!

    See you all soon!!!



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