Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Birthday Card for Andy......

This week is Andy's Birthday (my boyfriend)....I made him a golf blanket earlier this week ----- he absolutely loved it. Yea.. Yea... I am always slow about cards for loved ones......... I finally got around to making him a card and am very pleased with the outcome, so I thought I would share........ now that I look at it.. the greeting does not match the image.. but what the heck it matches the inside of the card... So Happy, I am able to share such a special day with you.... Happy Birthday!

Image: Digi Stamp by Karen's Doodles... you can buy one from here.... I just love these whimiscal stamps.. wait till you see the santa dog, santa kitty and yes santa TURTLE! I am so anxious to color that turtle.... its C-U-T-E..... with all Capitol letters...... Love it!

Printed Paper is "Happy Together" by Fancy Pants.. (greeting is also from paper), Embellies: Golf Tee & Golf Marker.......

Colored with my Copics:
Hat/Grass: G20, G82, YG63
Pants: B91, B93, B95, B97
Shirt/shoes: E30, E33, E35, E37
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E04
Background: Airbrushed with B21, swishes B000
Club: C1, C3, C6

Monday, September 19, 2011

Impression Obsession Challenge - Fall

Impression Obsession has some of the most amazing images ever! They are so detailed and easy to color with your Copic Markers. Gary Robertson is one of my very favorite rubber stamp artists. He puts a ton of hash marks or shading marks in his image which makes it so easy to color! He has done the shading for you... Just use your darker colors where his hash marks are heavier. Now how easy is that! Your shading and highlights will be properly placed every time!

Check out all of the other great cards here on the Impression Obsession blog!

Stamp by Impression Obsession: (available at your local stamp/scrap store)
Illustrator - Gary Robertson
Item Number: K1076

Colors used: 16 markers
Pumpkins: YR12, YR16, YR18
Flower Pot: B91, B95
Flowers: Y32, Y38 and R22, R24
Leaves: G20, YG63, YG67
Wood: E30, E33, E35, E37 (my fav wood combo)
Viva Deco Pearl Pen - Cream
Spellbinders die
Free hand cut oval. (image is in an oval shape I just trimmed the mat to match)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Copic Creations challenge... colored fur/feathers!

I know I know... the challenge was to color FUR in different fun colors... sorry, but this just popped into my head the other day and I love it.... even if they have feathers instead of fur! LOL....... This image is by Penny Black and isn't it so true that we need to exercise and sweat just to look good.... LOL... (for orange fur look below two posts)

We will be coloring this card at the Stamp Addict in San Diego this saturday... Sept 17th. Join us

Copic Colors used -
Blue: B000, Bo0, B02, Green: YG11, YG13, YG17, Yellow: Y11, Y32, Y35, Y38, Pinks: RV00, RV63, RV55 and a touch of RV19
Reds: R24, R29
Gray: C2 for a little something for them to stand on.
Background is airbrushed in B01 but it's hard to see....


details for this Orange cat two posts before this one!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hello Cupcake!

This little girl is just SOOO cute! I really had fun coloring her...... I am normally a pastel girl but lately I am really into these bright colors....

I love how her hat is colored that makes it look dimensional. I shaded the sides and bottom of the white puffy part with N1 to give it some shape. I also added a bit of N2 on the sides of the blue band (over the blue).

Today is my brother Billy's birthday... this is me making him cupcakes.... LOL.. bet he would really like that!

The bowl looks like its dimensional because I used the lightest color in the center of the bowl and darker colors on the outside part of the bowl. This tricks our eyes into thinking that the sides of the bowl are further away from our eyes than the sides of the bowl. (same with the eggs and cupcake)

bowl/shirt: rv00, rv63, rv55, rv19, Y32, Y35, Y38
cupcake: YG11, YG13, YG17, E30, E37
eggs: E40, E42, E44
face: E000, E00, E11, R21
Hat: Puffy part N1, Blender
Hat/apron Band: B00, B02, N2 Blender
Hair: Y21, E33, E35, E37
chocolate cake batter (is there any other flavor?) E49

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Penny Black Kitty colored by Jennie Black

LOL.. No I am not related to Penny Black.. I am asked that all the time.. I don't think there is a real Penny Black.. just the name of a Stamp company that I happen to love...

Here is a fun Birthday cards..... both bright and cheery with the bright colors I seem to be loving lately! Enjoy!

Copic Colors Used.
Kite: R22, R24, Y32, YR31, Bo1, Boo YG11, YG13
Kitty: YR31, YR21, YR24,
Cheeks: R21
Sky: B00

Tip: Make sure to use darker colors to help give dimension to the image.. IE: I used YR24 just behind the feet and under the chin to make the tummy look further away than the head and feet. Make sure that the part of the image closer to our eye or light source is lighter than the behind piece.

Die Cuts: Spellbinders

Monday, September 5, 2011

Impression Obsession challenge - birthday card! | It's a colourful world

Impression Obsession challenge - birthday card! | It's a colourful world


Is this image amazing or what? It is just the perfect image to practice coloring wood, fun ground techniques, metal, coloring through glass and so much more! I have colored this images in so many different color combos. I think it is a perfect image for anyone who loves gardening. (I need a Birthday Greeting from Impression Obsession.. gotta get one - you can too Here)

Stamp Name: Potting Shed #H1802 AVAILABLE HERE or at your LSS

We won't talk about my garden..... it's been too hot to pull weeds. So, I am saying that each tomato plant needs friends... and they have plenty of friends - as long as they all get along I am happy! LOL.


Copic Colors Used:
Shed: Y32, Y35, Y38, E33
Browns: E30, E33, E35, E37,
Wheel Barrow: E02, E08, E39
Reds: R24, R27 E02
Ground: W00, W1, W3, W5 (just dot dot dot with your markers)
Sky: B000
Sun flowers: yr21, Yr24, E41, E44

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Copic - Coloring Black & Dark Colors

Class information below
Coloring with black and other dark Copic Markers can be challenging. The darker markers (numbers ending in 6-9) have more dye in them than the lighter colors. Therefore, providing a much higher chance of "feathering" outside the lines or more "bleeding". It is also much harder to correct or "erase" our mistakes.

Here are a few tips to remember when coloring with dark colors.

Black: Use various shades of gray, so that you can have a highlight (#'s 1-2), Mid-tone (#3-5) and shading color (#7-9) This will give a black look with highlights and volume. Using grays will also allow the artists rendering to be seen through the colored areas. (lines from the rubber stamp image). Coloring in all black would hide the artists drawn lines).

Over Saturation: Be careful not to oversaturate an area with wet ink. If the area becomes over saturated with wetness, it will bleed outside the lines. If your paper is becoming too wet, you may want an area to dry or partially dry before adding another layer. Even after the ink dries, the area will bleed faster than a new piece of paper because some of the fibers in the paper are already used up. Use less layers of ink when using dark colors to prevent over saturation.

Correcting: To lighten an area where you have too much ink or if ink is in an unwanted area, be sure to correct SLOWLY! This means that you correct with your blender pen by pushing the color back to the area you want it (inside the lines). Be very gentle and use only a tiny bit of blender pen at a time. It is important to let the blender pen solution dry before trying to clean your mess again. If you use too much blender solution, the color inside the lines will wick right outside the lines and make a bigger mess than you had to start with. The dark ink seems to stain the paper and won't always clean up. You may want to consider cutting out your image and glueing it onto your project, or adding a shadow or outline around the image to "hide" the mistake. Remember that the Blender pen is not a "eraser" it just moves the ink around. Too much fluid will make it run be uncontrollable.

Copic Colors Used:

Witch Marci:
Hat, Apron, Shoes: C1, C3, C5, C7, C9 blender
Dress, Hat Band: YG 93, YG95, YG97, YG01
Pumpkin, buckle, socks, bows, lips: YR12, YR16, YR18 orange spica
Skin: E000, E00, R20, E11, E04
Broom, Hair: YR21, E33, E37
Background: Airbrushed with C7

Skeleton Luka:
Costume: C1, C3, C5, C7, blender
Bones: Clear Atyou Spica Pen
Hair: Y21, E33, E35
Vest: Y21, YR16, YR18 (orange spica)
Bag: YG01, YG03, YG63, C3 OR YGO1, YG93, YG95, YG97
Skin: E000, E00, R20, E11, E04

Pumpkin Marci:
Hat/Dress/Lollipop/lips: Y15, YR12, YR16, YR18
Greens: YG93, YG95, YG97
Shoes, Hair: C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
Background - Airbrushed with C7

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Have a Sunny Day

Here is one more La La Land Image.... Yes, it may have been cloudy today but dang... I dug out one rose bush and need a shower... it's hot and muggy out there.... Go away humidity and come back sunny days... actually a cool rainy day sounds really relaxing....

This little sunshine is Mermaid Marci by La La Land Crafts. She is available at many of the stores I teach at (listed in below posting).

Note: Placement of Marci had to be on the left side of the card so that she was looking at the greeting. Had I put her on the other side she would have been looking at nothing and would have looked funny. When making a hand made card, be sure to know what your image is looking at... Marci also looks like the sun is hitting her tail and back side... the greeting looks like it could be the light source.

Colored her in pink for a pink challenge.. how fun is that! Very girly...

of course I used my COPIC'S.... gotta love 'em...
pink combos include: RV00, RV63, RV55 and RV19
hair: YR21, YR24, Y00
Clear Coic Atyou Spica Pen

wanted a pink satin ribbon but I think it might have been too much.. i like it clean and simple.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Our Craft Lounge - BLOG HOP -

WHEW HEW... Our Craft Lounge Blog hop is here...

I am so excited that I can share these samples that I have made! Is this Mrs Frosty cute or what! I just love her with her little hand warmer. I wanted to make it a bit girly in
honor of "Mrs." Frosty so I played with pinks and yellows.... CUTE!.

Be sure to check out the other great samples made by some the the greatest designers ever! If you didn't start at the beginning of the hop, you can jump right in here and continue around the circle. Be sure to leave love comments along the way so you will be entered in for a chance to win Blog Candy (free goodies).

Did you check out the Yellow Sparkle Fluff that I added to her little hand warmer! It added the special touch this card needed!


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sneek Peek Day 2! Our Craft Lounge

Oh My..... Have I been having fun coloring, glueing and designing - come back tomorrow for my favorite new card... I love love love it! (hint Mrs. Frosty)


Fall Sunflower....
Simple, fun and loads of possibilities with this awesome image. Especially when doubled with Coffee Sparkle Fluff for the flower center. This will also make a great spring flower by coloring it spring colors... how easy is that?

Copic Colors used:
Sunflower: Y32, Y35, Y38, E33
Flower Center: E49 topped with Coffee Sparkle Fluff
Leaves: G20, G82, G85
doodling: Copic Multi-liner #5

Surfin Santa....
now is he just the coolest ever? This image is so perfect for me, because I love to travel at the Holiday time... I enjoy anywhere tropical, sunny, and Scuba diving and or snorkeling possibilities (preferably with turtles)! This year Andy and I have a Mexican Rivera Cruise planned - coming home on Christmas Eve for the home festivities... so this is just PERFECT for me! You can bet that you will be seeing several samples with this image... it might just be my personal Christmas Card image.... Marianne Walker is such an awesome illustrator.... isn't she? She comes up with the funniest details a Christmas tree on Santa's Surfboard.. now how awesome is that! LOL. How do you like my snowflake sunshine.... ? Thought it was perfect!

A few things about my card:
Image: Our Craft Lounge - SURFIN SANTA
Designer Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Snowflake: Martha Stewart Punch
Copics: Santa E00, E000, E11, R20,
Hat/ Surf Board / candy canes: R22, R24, R27, R59
Hat fur & beard: C3, C00
Tree/Shorts: G21, G24, G28
Water: BG01, waves are BG10, BGOOO & blender
Sky: B0000
Sun under snowflake: Y00 on top of blue


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