Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spring is in the air

Or so we hope!  It's Challenge time over at Dustin's Blog.  If you enter the challenge you have automatically get some Pike Points and chance to win some more Pike Points (cash for image stash from his store).  Here is what I created.  I don't get to enter just show my cards hurry and get one of his images and enter.  This Challenge is "Spring is in the Air"...anything spring related.  I love his new February members releases...soooo cute.  Check them out!

Copics:  YR07 YR04 YR68 Y17 Y08 YG03 W3 BG09 BG15 BG23

I also made this card with Moxie Fab in mind...Paper Piecing Challenge in the Moxie Fab World  Go here so see the Challenge. and the Stamping with Markers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World HERE

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A little Dudley, Goes A Long Way!

Dudley has gotten "all growed up".  He can not quite decide what he want to be yet, so we will let you decide.  I picked Zoo Keeper.  I am a little partial.  I made this photo frame using two sets and odds and ends from DoodleDragonStudios.  I took some of the animals from Dustin's Zoo set and added Dudley to it.  A few of the animals are odd and ends from old sets (penguin).  I had so much fun with this Dudley Grows Up set.  You can find Dudley HERE and the zoo set HERE.  I also entered this into  Stamping with Markers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World HERE .

Dudley:  E31, E33, E35, C1, C3, C5, YG67,                 Elephant: W1, W3, W5, W7
YG63, YG03, W1, W3, W5, YR68, Y17                       Giraffe:  YR31, E31, E33, E35, E37
Flamingo:  RV13, RV21, 100, W3                                 Croc:  YG67, YG63, YG03

Monday, February 21, 2011

Baby Anna has Arrived

Welcoming baby Anna to our store.  She is a beautiful digital image just waiting to be taken home and given some sweet loving.  You can find her HERE.

Here are some samples I have created using this image.

I will post tomorrow with all the colors used with these images and more details for coloring.

Coming Soon - DoveArt Studio

Coming soon to DoveArt Studios Digi Store, Some super cuties.....I can't wait to show you this one.  More information to share soon... 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blog Hop Winners


And thank you all for the kind words!

Here is a Pike's Peek of part of an upcoming release.......Your going to love it!


Here is a layout I did using a SVG file that Dustin has for sale now.  He is SO adorable!  You can get him HERE.  I know, its a shocker...NO MARKER ink was killed in the making of this project.  OMG,  passing out here!!  Their are tons of new stuff posted on his blog too...look-see HERE.  I created this layout for Paper Piecing Challenge in the Moxie Fab World HERE.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Get Better Soon

Here is Dudley having a really bad day....This is one of Dustin's February members images.  I just love his stuff....can you tell.  The inside of the card says "get better soon".    Well, now its time to clean up my mess after 2 days of creating...arg!  I have lots of new stuff to show you over the next week.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Copics used:  YG67 YG63 YG03 E33 E35 E37 W1 W3 W5 W7

A little Behind

Yes, that is the story of my life, and I am not talking about my backside.  I thought this image was very cute and had to whip up a card.  I actually used some blue colors I do not normally grab.  This is one of Dustin Pikes adorable images from his February members goodies.  I love him so much...the image that is :)  Dustin has some fabulous images being released on February 24th so keep a look out, your not going to want to miss them.  He also is going to start his challenges up again on the 27th.  You will earn Pike's points for entering his challenges and then can spend them in his store.  How generous is that!  Hop over to his blog and become a follower so you can keep up on all the action.  His blog is HERE

Copics used: BV17 B29 B24 RV42 R20 W1 W3 W5 W7 0

Stampendous BlogStar - Guest Design Team Call

Read Below for all the details on the Stampendous BlogStar DT call!! 

Stampendous BlogStars - Guest Design Team Call
Stampendous is looking for 4 stampers in the blogosphere to serve for 3 months on our BlogStars Design Team. Every 3 months we'll put out a call for 4 new stampers.

What will BlogStars need to do?:
1. Create at least one blog post with a project or card each week during your 3 month term.
2. Complete and submit your post to Stampendous by Thursday of each week.
3. Post your project to your Personal Blog the following week.
4. Upload each project to various forums as requested.
5. Over the length of your term your posts should include one tutorial, one scrapbook page, and one 3D project. The rest of your posts may be any type of project you desire.
6. Upload your project (or another using Stampendous stamps and products) to one challenge blog anywhere on the web each week.
7. Participate in our Design Team challenge blog (with the same project or another).
8. Comment as often as possible on Stampendous' Blog, Facebook Posts, Tweets, on other Stampendous DT member blogs, and on Stampendous cards in forums and galleries.
9. Place a link to the Stampendous website and blog on your blog for the duration of your term. (we'll provide you cute badges with which to do this).
10. Provide model releases for any projects using photos of people (we can provide a plain release).
10. Participate in our Design Team Blog Hop which we will hold quarterly.

What's in it for you?:
1. You'll receive 2 Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamp Sets or Cling Rubber Stamp Sets each month of your term, plus we'll include some Stampendous accessories such as glitter, embossing powder and stickers in each package. You may use any current Stampendous merchandise on your projects, not just what we send you.
2. You will receive adorable badges to display on your blog.
3. We'll put your name and a link to your blog on our blog.
4. Membership in our Design Team Facebook Group for the duration of your term.
5. New stamping connections and a great relationship with one of the top companies in the craft stamping industry.

Other Notes:
1. You won't need to send us your actual samples, but your photos must be top quality!
2. Your products and projects are yours to keep, but we retain the right to use your projects anywhere we like.

How to Apply:
1. Submit, by email, 3 - 4 projects which represent your best work. Projects should have Stampendous products and stamps as the focus, although other items may be used. Product used for this application does not have to be currently available.
2. We will consider photography of the projects as part of the judging process. We can only use high resolution photos of the best quality with good lighting, no distracting backgrounds, and clear focus. You may watermark your photos.
3. For at least one of your projects please include clear, concise directions and a list of products necessary for a reader to complete the project.
4. Please include a link to your personal blog, a list of other design teams on which you are serving/have served, and a little bit about yourself including your full name and preferred mailing address.
5. Send your email to with BlogStars in the subject line by Thursday, February 24th.
6. We'll respond to every email so you know we got it. We'll notify the 4 new BlogStars on Monday, February 28th and mail their goodies. First submissions will be due March 10th, and final submissions of the term will be due on May 26th.
7. If you're not chosen, we'll keep your email and check to see if you want to be considered for the second term of Stampendous BlogStars beginning in June.

Now is your chance to shine!  You can get more information HERE

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day Blog Hop


It's time to announce the winners from the amazing blog hop this week! First I'd like to thank everyone who played along with us - the ladies who took the time to contribute a project for the hop, the amazing people who left supportive and encouraging comments on SO many blogs, and last but NOT least our generous sponsors! I'm so thrilled that my little nugget of an idea turned into such a virtual love-fest :)

A list was made of all the participants, in no particular order. Then with, 20 numbers* were requested, to give me the blogs to draw winners from.  Those numbers determined which participant's blogs would have a prize winning comment.   Then each of those blogs used to select a winning comment. 

If your name is on this list, please use the GO HERE to Taylor's blog and click on the "email me"  button at the top of her blog to send her a note. In the Subject line, please put: Valentine's Day Hop Winner. In the email, include your contact info, and what prize you've won. Some prizes will be mailed directly to you from the sponsors, some will be emailed to you (in the case of digis). And please be aware, She is away from her computer Friday, so you might not hear from her right away. She is going to give everyone until Sunday night at 6:00 PM EST to claim their prizes, and then she'll draw new winners. That's just over 48 hours :)


Tracey (from Louise Healy's blog) - prize: 5 digi images of the winner's choice from Pink Cat Studio

Ronnie (from Libby Hickson's blog) - prize: 2 Cosmo Cricket 6x6 paper pads from The ScrappyChick Boutique

Terrece (from Sandie Dunne's blog) - prize: 4 images of winner's choice from MelJen's Designs

Dayle (from Berenice Rendon's blog) - prize: 2 digis of winner's choice from Karber Digital Images

Silvia (from Jennifer Dove's blog) - prize: 5 digi's of winner's choice from Di's Digi Downloads

Jan (from Mary Collins's blog) - prize: digi stamp set of choice from Stamp Insanity

Janelle (from Sunghee Chon's blog) - prize: $20 gift certificate to Little Potato House

Erin L (from Wendy Price's blog) - prize: $10 gift certificate to Amber Ink

Allye (from Cathy Wallington's blog) - prize: 4 digi images from Kenny K's Shop

Jessi (from Patricia Hays's blog) - prize: 4 cling rubber stamp from Stampendous (new release)

Victoria (from Maria Levine's blog) - prize: 2 digi's of winner's choice from Pixie Dust Studio

BlackBird (from Tina Kiehn's blog) - prize: Meaning of Love digi set from Chi Chi Memories

Saskia (from Audrey E's blog) - prize: 5 digi images of winner's choice from Paper Pretties

Suzi (from Jessica Fitzgerald's blog) - prize: 2 rubber stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Sharon (from Cat Darling's blog) - prize: Timeless Love acrylic stamp set from Paper Pretties

Stephanie Z (from Lynell Harlow's blog) - prize: Dreamweaver's prize pack

Mobolilu (from Julie Elak's blog) - prize: 5 digi images of winner's choice from Paper Pretties

Velma (from Joyce Martens's blog) - prize: One year general membership to Christian Paper Crafts

Beth (from Taylor Usry's blog - that's me!) - prize: $10 gift certificate to Lizzie Anne Designs

Pen to Paper (from Angelique Nederpel's blog) - prize: 3 digi images from Simply Betty Stamps

Thank you for participating!

Jenn Dove

Welcome to the Valentines Day Blog Hop.  My name is Jennifer Dove.  I am a copic certified teacher, and I LOVE to color.  I am on the design teams of Dustin Pike (doodleDragon Studios), Stampendous, Creative Impressions and TalkAbout Images. I have some fun tutorials if you scroll down and read my other posts.  Welcome to my blog :)

 I have created something fun for your, just because I love you!  This image is from DoodleDragonStudios.  I love the images that Dustin Pike produces.  Be sure and head over to his blog or store to see for yourself!  I made a basket and decorated it using punches and flower dies, buttons and curling grid ribbon from Creative Impressions.  The ribbon curls on its own.  I made a card to go with the basket using another Dustin Pike image.  Sorry, the photo doesn't do it justice.

Thank you for all the kind compliments...even though there is an ulterior motive behind them...ha ha....I do love reading them anyway.  And good luck on the hop!

So hope along and leave comments on all the blogs for more chances to win the goodies.  You have until  Thursday, February 17th at 6p, EST to leave your comments.  Winners will be announced on Friday.  I will post here if a winner was drawn from my blog.  If you get stuck along the way...just skip that blog on hop on....we are due to have a few hiccups with that many people :)  HAVE FUN!

Taylor Usry - (hop coordinator)
Libby Hickson -
Cindy Coutts -
Cyndi Bundy -
Amber Hillman -
Angelique Nederpel -
Tanya Johnson -
Suzi McKenzie -
Cathy Wallington -
Pam Hornschu -
Wendy Price -
Patricia Hays -
Maria Levine -
Sandie Dunne -
Juanita Gillen -
Janelle Stollfus -
Mary Collins -
Berenice Rendon -
Cheryl Gorka -
Jessica Fitzgerald -
Dee Morris -
Darsie Bruno -
Sandy Allnock -
Margie Cortina -
Kathy Fronczak -
Cat Darling -
Joyce Martens (Jolara) -
Erin Leveille -
Gudrun Loennecken-
Mackenzie Bruckler -
Melissa (Pink Cat) -
Patty Tanuz -
Emily Leiphart -
Jane Matsumoto -
Kimme Leach -
Kerry Kung -
Heather Lee-Reppen -
Rachel Sztonyk -
Jennifer Dove - YOU ARE HERE
Lysa Q-
Erica Johnson-Wanzer -
Tina Kiehn -
Sugar Whiting -
Karin Martin -
Sunghee Chon -
Tanis Palmer -
Lindsey Martin-Penny -
Kristi Parker Van Doren -
Julie Elak -
Alison Heikkila -
Audrey E -
Laura Drahozal -
Louise Healy -
Wendy Jordan -
Lynell Harlow -;
Terrece Siddoway -
Liz Martin -
Kim Reid -
Beth Ranney-Thomas - 

Friday, February 11, 2011

We're Such a Pear, You and I

What a wonderful group of gals attended the Build-A-Book Class 2 at the Paper Vineyard this last week!  We had so much fun testing ink and paper for Copic compatibility.  We also jumped into light source.  Here is the worksheet we did in class...and as homework.  Also included are some very special images drawn by our very own Dustin Pike for class.

Okay ladies..find the time to practice, practice, practice!  Click on images to get a close up!

you can get your free wonderfully delicious pear image from Beccy's Place blog HERE for free.  Thank you Beccy for your generosity :)

email me if you have any questions :)

Hi Ho Hi Ho, it's Off To Work I Go!

Yes...I am constantly working...working...working...well okay, if you can consider coloring work  :)  here is another image I colored from DoodleDragon Studios Ever After collection.  Be sure to pick your set up quick!  You can go HERE at to pick it up.

Copics used:  B0000, Blender, E31, E33, E35, E57, R59, R46, R35, YG95, G99, B97, B99, B93, E00, E51, E11, W1, W3, W5, W7  Blender Solution for texture.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

DoodleDragon Release - Ever After

Everyone needs a little fairy tale in their lives right.  Well these images totally rock my world.  Although I am not much of a pink person, these screamed pink.  NEW RELEASE, You can get the whole set of images at DOODLEDRAGON.  The "full of fun" illustrator Dustin Pike has done it again with his creative magic. This set contains a castle, shoe on a pillow, dragon with princess, dragon with knight, dragon, Rapunzel with castle, Wizard, dwarf and more...go see for yourself HERE.

This is how the story goes...

This castle was owned by a beautiful princess.  One very dark day the pink dragon attacked the castle and took over the castle and claimed it as his own...and the princess ran away in fright.  But not to worry, along came a very handsome prince and he "took out" the pink dragon.  The princess heard the news and returned back to her castle where she fell in love with the handsome prince...and they lived happily ever after.  The End.

Here is a little coloring for inspiration.

 I have a little niece that is going to be calling me shortly as soon as she sees this image....right Olivia.  And of course my nephew Little Jake is gonna want the dragon slayer, because he is a little dragon slayer.

Copics used:  E33, E35, E57, RV13, RV21, RV23, V17, V15, V12, R59, R46, R35, W1, W3, W5, W7, YR15, E50, E51, E00, E11

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wish Me Luck... that I have completely converted myself to coloring with Copics I thought I would throw out a challenge to myself....oh, and what a challenge it was.  The challenge was to color an image using all the other mediums I used to use.  I think I forgot how to color.  Oh Boo!  Here is my attempts at using other mediums.  It was kind of fun, despite the struggle.  I came to the conclusion...I love my Copics!   I used this "lucky" image by illustrator Dustin Pike.  I colored with watercolor pencils, Prismacolor pencils, Chalk pencils and copics to compare.  You can get your image too by signing up to DoodleDragonStudios membership.  This image is in the January Membership.

 Now...down to business...

Derwent Watercolor pencils.  These actually were kind of fun.  I used it on my Copic paper and the results (although not as vivid) blended pretty smoothly.  I could use this medium again.

Oh, the trusty Prismacolor pencils.  Oh how I missed you.  I blended these without using any blending solution.  They are creamy to color with and blend really nicely with vivid colors....but...there just aren't enough colors....and I have a TON

Schwan Stabilo chalk pencils...oh how you really just piss me off :)  Okay, maybe not all that bad.  These blend nicely, but try keeping them from smearing...and chalk dust everywhere...and when you color the black lines your "coloring inside of" start fading with chalk dust....Nope...I no likey!

Digital (by Dustin Pike).  Well digital has its place in life...but no matter how hard one tries it still looks flat.  So it really isn't my thing. sweet....Oh how I love are the one for me!  So many colors to choose from.  You blend so nicely.  You do not smudge or leave a mess.  You are quite forgiving.  When you are dry, I fill you back up.  You and Me...forever!

A Little Sugar!

When life hands you lemons.....

Here is a card I made out of one of my images. You can click on the images to get a close up...the lemons are textured using the blending solution and a rag.   Very quick, simple coloring.  Come on and play!  Would love to have some sweet lovin and links to what you create.  It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

 It is a freebie you can grab it and play!

I used Copic Y08, Y06, Y02, Y11, YG67, YG63, YG03, W3

OH YAH....BTW my friend TED is having a little challenge on his blog.  Make a card using your own handwritten sentiment and you could get a cool prize if your name is drawn...I soooo couldn't resist this challenge.  Head on over and play!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

February DDS Membership - Some Bunny Lovin'

I love the new images Dustin Pike has created for the February Members on his site.  This is one of them.  His Bunnies are such characters!  I know we haven't gotten through Vday yet, but if you want to get a head of the game for a good deal you might want to head on over and get signed up.  You can sign up HERE.

Copics used:  RV13, RV21, RV23, E33, E35, E57, W3, E50, E00

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Copic Coloring Craze - Tutorial

I was playing with my markers yesterday coloring up Gerry Giraffe and thought that I would just turn it into a step-by-step tutorial seeing as all of you enjoyed the last one.  So here is Gerry.  You can buy your image HERE for $1.50 and follow along.  Copics used:  E57, E35, E33, B97, B95, B93, YG67, W3.  Print your image on Copic compatible paper (laser printer recommended).

Lets get the play time started!!

Starting off with my lightest color brown E33, I marked the area where I wish to leave it the lightest

Now take your darkest color E57 and mark the area you wish to be the shadowed area

Add in the medium brown E35, slightly overlapping the darkest area, blending as you go.

Take your lightest brown, E33, and slightly overlap the medium color and blend out.  Sometimes if I want it really dark I will repeat the process...i find it gives a nicer blend.

It's time to get out the blue's.  Get your lightest blue (B93) and color everywhere that will be blue...color enough to leave the area nice and juicy wet.  I recommend you work each spot that will be blue individually, not color all the blue at once.  This leaves it wet while you work. (so don't do it like I show...this is more for a visual)

Now take your darkest blue (B97) and color the area that will be the shadow...mine is all on the left sides of each area)

Taking your medium Blue (B95) slightly overlap the dark and blend)...don't go too far out or you wont have room for the lightest color next.

Now we take the lightest again and blend in the medium.

I added a little dark, medium, light blue back in again for "pop"

now add your shadow with W3 and a little grass and you are done!

Thank you for joining me again for some play time.

Jenn Dove

PS.  Quote sentiment by Stampendous