Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Just" a Birthday Card

Hello Friends, Happy Tuesday! The request was for "just a birthday card". Ok...this is what I came up with...

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I used the Sketchy Birthday stamp set and birthday icon patterned papers from Stampin' Up for this one. I really like that paper, it's just perfect for birthday cards. I pulled my color inspiration from the papers and colored the image with ink pads and a Dove Blender pen.

I added lots of glitter and sparkle, too. I used Rock Candy Distress glitter on the frosting and Martha Stewart glitter on the candle flame. I die cut the stars using the Stitched Journaling Card die set from Lawn Fawn and I coated each star with Glossy Accents. I used a circle Nestabilities die to die cut the focal image and I dusted it with Broken China Distress ink while it was still in the die. I matted it with a scallop die cut piece, then adhered it with dimensional tape. The 'CELEBRATE' greeting has been die cut as well and also adhered with dimensional adhesive. A few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, finished off the outside of the card.

And here is a look at how I finished the inside...



I used several different stamp sets to create the inside of the card. Again, I pulled color inspiration from the patterned papers and just stamped away! The top greeting, which I LOVE is from Avery Elle, the scripty 'happy birthday' is from Simon Says Stamp.

Mission accomplished. I created just a birthday card! That's all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by! Make it a great day.

Blessings~


supplies~
stamp sets: Sketchy Birthday(Stampin' Up!)  Cake and Candles(Avery Elle)  Birthday Balloons(Simon Says Stamp)
card stock:Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit(Stampin' Up!) 
patterned paper: Birthday Basics(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green Crisp Cantaloupe-coloring the frosting(Stampin' Up!)  Broken China Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Classic Circle, Scallop Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)  Bitty Banners(Stampin' Up!)  stars from Stitched Journaling dies(Lawn Fawn)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Rock Candy Distress Glitter(Ranger)  Lemon Drop glitter(Martha Stewart Crafts)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eeep! I'm a Peep!

Hello Friends! I've got some exciting news to share today. A few days ago I posted this card...


and entered it into the challenge over at Power Poppy. You can see the original post HERE. Well...my card was selected for the Power Peep of the Week! Not only did I receive lovely comments from members of the Bloom Brigade Design Team, I also got an email from Marcella Hawley!! Well, when I saw that you could have just mopped me right up off the floor! AND...I was given this super cool badge to display on my blog, too!



This could not have come at a more perfect time...big THANK YOU to the wonderful peeps at Power Poppy. 

If you haven't seen the Power Poppy site, you're really missing out! Take a moment to look at the what the Design Team has to share...there is a ton of talent over there. And don't forget to look at the digital images if you're into instant gratification, like me!

Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by.

Blessings~

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Foxy Mug

Hello Friends! I'm back with another card from the October Simon Says Stamp kit. I'm lovin' it! I created this card with a special friend in mind, she loves foxes and bling, soooo I combined the two and came up with this foxy little mug.

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I stuck to a really simple layout for the card and I paper pieced the mug. I loved this lone fox and the heart and wanted to showcase it in a special way. I also paper pieced the inside of the mug. I colored the "coffee" with Copic markers and added some Glossy Accents.


The card is still very flat even though I went nuts with the sequins! I used the Mocha sequins from the kit and also Pumpkin, Tangerine and Espresso sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

That is it for the card share today. Thanks for stopping by!



Blessings~


supplies~
brown card stock, patterned paper, stamp set, Khaki ink and Mocha sequins from the October SSS kit
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb(Simon Says Stamp)  Tangerine Tango(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Early Espresso(Stampin' Up!)
bling: Tangerine 6mm, Pumpkin 4mm, Espresso 4mm sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sending You a Latte Thanks!

Hello Friends! I was able to dig into my October Simon Says Stamp kit. I love it! It's coffee themed and loaded with all sorts of coffee goodness. Let's jump right into the card...

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All items used are from the kit, with the exception of the embossing powder. Don't you love that patterned paper?! I created a card, using the sweet little Coffee Cup die. I die cut several pieces of brown card stock and glued them all together, with the final piece being a cup die cut from one of the papers from the kit. The heart in the center cuts separately (brilliant!) and that made easy work of having an inset heart using the same patterned paper that I used for the bottom border. The die also cuts a thin strip at the top of the cup so it can be "filled" with the beverage of your choice. So cute! Of course, I filled it with brown card stock. :)  I stamped the greeting and embossed it. Then, I stamped the 'steam' with Khaki ink and added on a few Mocha sequins.


Stacking all of the die cuts creates dimension and gives the piece the look and feel of chipboard. The sequins are by Simon Says Stamp and they are very pretty in real life. They are the perfect finishing touch for my card.

Well now, let's take a look at the kit! I'm not sure if the kits are still available, but the individual items may be in stock.


As usual, it's loaded with yummy goodness! We got another SSS ink pad, this time in Khaki. And there's that cute little cup die I used for today's card. The kit included lots of Prima Coffee Break wood embellishments and I just love the Basic Grey patterned papers we received. I think the paper pad is called Grand Bazzar. Honestly, it's nothing that I would purchase just seeing it online. But when I opened the box and saw it, I was very pleased. And of course, the stamp set designed by Kristina Werner is adorable; there are smiling faces to stamp onto the mug! And there are a few punny sentiments like; You Mocha Me Crazy and Java a Great Day. Cute! Cute! Cute!

So that's all I have to share today. I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~





supplies~
stamp set, card stock, patterned papers and sequins are from the SSS October kit.
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
other: Early Espresso embossing powder(Stampin' Up!)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Watercolored Geraniums

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! The card I am sharing today features an image from one of my favorite illustrators...Marcella Hawley! She worked with a company called Flourishes for years and I admired her artwork and purchased a few stamp sets she designed. Well, the sad day came when Flourishes closed it's doors. I was literally locked out from getting anymore MH stamp sets. BUT...I was browsing around on Instagram and spotted a picture of a card that featured one of the stamps that I purchased from Flourishes. I contacted the person who posted and we messaged back and forth for a bit and she shared that Marcella Hawley was still in business and selling her beautiful artwork on a site called Power Poppy . (Big THANK YOU, to Patti from Patti's Stamping Studio for sharing this information with me.) I was thrilled and immediately went to the site and discovered that Marcella was selling stamps and digital images. Because I'm an instant gratification kind of gal, I purchased several digital images and started an extensive wish list for actual stamp sets that I would like.

Soooo...that brings me to my card share. I chose to work with the lovely Geraniums digital image. I absolutely LOVE geraniums. When I was growing up, my grandmother had pots and pots of geraniums on her patio, all different colors and types; many were scented with wonderful fragrances like, rose, mint, citrus and fruit. I loved squeezing the leaves and smelling their scents on my fingers for hours. Okay...back to my card. I'm chatty today!

Here is my card...

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To begin, I re-colored the image on my computer and instead of having a black outline, I changed it to light gray. And I printed this beauty onto watercolor paper and let it cure for a day or two. Then, using a kneadable eraser, I went over the image to pick up more of the printer ink. I also heat set it. Because I knew I wanted to watercolor this image, I had to do all that I could to insure that the ink would not run and smear once I added water to it. Watercolor paper has a textured side and a smooth side. Many artists prefer the smooth side, but I like to use the textured side. I like that slightly bumpy look. It creates little valley's that capture the color and add to the overall charm of the card, I think.



I colored the image in many stages so that I would not lose any of the gorgeous detail that Marcella put into it. I also wanted to make sure that I had depth and dimension and not just a flat image. So, using a combination of Distress Inks and Distress Markers, I watercolored. And it was pure bliss! I loved every minute of it. I am one of 'those people' who likes to let the image dry naturally, instead of using a heat tool to speed things along. I just like the results I get when doing it this way. Can I tell you a secret? I think watercoloring is my favorite. Shhh! Don't tell my Copic markers. :)

So, after the image was completely dry, I went over the floral parts with a clear Wink of Stella glitter MARKER, not the brush. I used a MARKER. Like these...



They impart the same sparkle and beauty that we enjoy with the brushes, but these are more compatible with watercolored images because they don't reactivate the watercolors like the brushes can. I reach for these often, they are fabulous.


I chose to use black as a matting on the geraniums to help the image pop. I paired the matted piece with gingham to evoke a country feel. Don't you just love gingham? I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of watercolor paper, so the two papers would match, then I die cut it and matted it with black. I adhered both the focal and the sentiment with dimensional adhesive. I really wanted to add ribbon, but couldn't figure out where it would go, so I left it off and added the single pearl to the flower center and a few Mossy Green sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  And that finished my card!

I had so much fun watercoloring this image and I'm looking forward to playing with more Power Poppy images. Hey! If you get a moment, visit the Power Poppy site. They have just released their Holiday Collection and it's gorgeous. If you want images that are perfect for all sorts of coloring media, make sure you stop by and take a peek.

I am entering this card into a few challenges:
Peep of the Week at Power Poppy
Use Watercolors  at Simon Says Stamp


Well, if you've made it to the end of this chatty post, God bless you! Thank you for visiting. Enjoy your weekend.


Blessings~




supplies~
digital image: Geraniums(Power Poppy)
stamp set: sentiment-Winter Wreath(Avery Elle)
card stock: Basic Black(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: 140lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper(Strathmore)
patterned paper: Olive Gingham-retired(Close to My Heart)  red strip-Everyday Enchanment-retired(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)
dies: Petite Oval, Petite Oval Scallops, Circle, Circle Scallops Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Marker(Zig)  pearl(Stampin' Up!)  Mossy Green 4mm sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive Distress Inks and Markers(Ranger)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Copic Markers for Card Makers - Lesson 12

Hello Friends! Lesson 12 was all about Copic storage and maintenance. As many of you know, Copic markers are an investment and it was nice to learn how to care for them and to have a peek into the storage system of the instructors for this class.

So, we are to show and share our Copic storage system. Here's a look at mine...

I use these Snapware containers that I purchased from JoAnn. It's the only system I have ever used, even when I had just a few markers. I like that it has grown with me over the years, I just add more containers as I need them.




I have both Ciao and Sketch markers and I store them by color groups.I keep the grays and blacks together. The browns go with the yellows. I have the blues with the greens and the reds with the purples.



My bottom tray is where I keep my color swatches and a supply of stamped images waiting to be colored. I like that it's see thru and I can just un-click the tray I need and grab the color I want. It's also very portable, because the top tray has that nifty handle on it.


When I'm working on a special order or a large project, I will pull the markers that I need and keep them in a separate tray. I also add an additional tray with the project pieces that need coloring. This way I can grab and go a smaller unit and take it along with me.


When I travel with my Copics, I put the entire tower inside this tote bag, and I can carry it around with the shoulder strap. It fits several trays very nicely and it has pockets inside where I can store projects or sheets of stamped images for practicing.



And that is a look at how I store my Copic markers. Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings~



supplies~
Snapware Snap n' Stack Craft Organizer(JoAnn)
Copic markers

Monday, October 6, 2014

Copic Markers for Card Makers-Lesson Four

Hello Friends! I'm here today with another 'technical' lesson from Copic Markers for Card Makers. I am learning so much, my head is just jammed packed with info. I am so glad that I can go back and watch the videos and review the class content again and again, any time I need to. There is just NO WAY I would remember everything!

The lesson today has to do with creating a light source, shadows and shading. This class made me re-think everything I've ever done with Copic coloring. In a good way! I think now, I will be more relaxed with my coloring and not try to fit into any one box...just gonna goooo with the floooow! :)

Here's a peek at my practice sheet for this lesson. I only had time to color one image. You may recognize this image from my previous post.


I know I'm jumping around with my lesson posts but, I have to post what I can, when I can! Thanks for dropping by today!

Blessings~



supplies~
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb. Purchased from Simon Says Stamp
Copic markers Purchased from ScrapbookPal.com