Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Upcoming Card Class - Filling Fast!

I am pleased with the up and coming card class at The Craft Retreat.  The first class sold out in minutes so I have decided to do another class for those that missed the first sign up.  Space is limited so don't wait to sign up, call The Craft Retreat 602.843.3197.  Class is on July 23rd 1230-330. 

Stampendous Butterflies Perfectly Clear Stamp (available at The Craft Retreat)

Peddlers Pack

Beccy's Place Digi

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Tough One!

I wanted to do something for the challenge over on Make-It-Colourful.  This one was a toughy for me because it lends itself to finding the perfect image that might cast a reflection or source of light onto the surfaces around it.  Well I decided as I did not have the right image I would make the image I had the right image to use.  I used the lady bug in this image to cast a light onto the surfaces around it, as if it was a red light.  It was fun to do and opens many door for more light sources.  All you have to do is use a little imagination :)  I happen to have a LOT!!  I would have love to have time to color this again before submitting to make things a little crisper and more refined...but who has time for that.
Petals ADDED
And a few hours later I decided to add more layers to the flower and enter it into The Emerald Faeries blog challenge calling for PETALS :)

Click on images to get a closer look.

Copics used
B99 B97 B95 B91 G99 Yg63 YG25 R89 R46 R14 E50 E51 E11 E13 YR24 YR18 E09 E99 E39 E97 (or something like that....OMG tons of pens all over, guess i got a little out of hand)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Red, White and Blue

Over at Dustin Pike's Blog its Challenge time.  Are you ready?  This is super fun and colorful.  Here is what I colored up for this challenge.  I Played around while making this and got creative by switching up a Gate Fold card a bit.  I liked how it turned out.  Whatcha think?

Close Up

Card Front

Card Open

E40 E41 E42 R59 R46 R35 R14  B99 B95 B91

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Little Sugar

Okay, so the card is simple, but the image is simply elegant!  This Sugar Nellie image is so adorable.  I had fun coloring her hair especially.  Lots of tiny thin controlled flicks.  Be WARNED, do not attempt this after  a big cup of coffee.

I am submitting this to the Make-It-Colourful challenge this week.  Gotta use BLUE.  I think this falls into that category.  Click on the image for a close up.  Also giving it a shot at The Sugar Bowl with their challenge HERE

Colors used B99 B97 B95 B93 B91 E50 E51 E11 E31 E33 E35 E47 YR31 YR30 W1 W3 W5

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hang In There!

***If you are here for Stampendous Blog hop click HERE.***

I LOVE the digital images from The Emerald Faerie Garden.  They take me away from reality (who needs house cleaning, cooking and tending to everyday life anyway?).  This image is so joyful.  I had a great time coloring it.  I popped up a couple pieces to make it really look like its coming off the page.  Click on image to get the details of the shadows and shading.  I used the airbrush to create the background and then added the shadows on top of it.

I am entering this card into Make It Colorful Challenge where we are to use blues....I think this falls into that category.  You can go HERE to add your creation too.

Copics Used:
YG63 YG67 YG03
B45 B99B93
E08 E09 R59 E13
Face - E50 E11
Background - B99 B32 YG03

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Stampendous Jumbo Cling - Blog Hop

It's Jumbo Blog Hop Time!!  Are you ready for some BIG stuff?

This Stampendous Blog Hop is featuring the NEWEST, LATEST and GREATEST Jumbo Cling Rubber Flower Stamps

These stamps are so easy to use.  Just put these foam mounted Jumbo stamps on one of Stampendous jumbo clear blocks and stamp with crisp images every time.   I have even stamped on my walls with them.  You can use them to make cards, layouts, home decor.   They are just THAT versatile!  See all the hop info below, but before you go to all the happy places or is that Hoppy places along the way...

Here are the instructions I worked up so you can make this card too.

1.  Stamp for yourself 3 of the Cling Jumbo Tiger Lily and color with your favorite medium (I  used Copics of course R59 R46 R35 YR68 Y38 Y15)

2.  Cut a 5.5 x 12 piece of cardstock (I used white)

3.  Score and cut according to my little sample below (Score at 4", 6" (with space), 8" and 10")
and Cut at 1 1/2" and 4" between the 4" and 10" score mark

4.  Cut pattern paper approximately (1) 1 3/4" x 5 1/4", (1) 4" x 5 1/2", (6) 1 1/4" x 1 3/4", (1) 2 1/4 x 3 3/4,

5. You can make layers by changing the measurements by a 1/4" smaller.

6. Stamp sentiment (I used Garden Beauty sentiment SSC1113) and adhere everything to the card however it makes you happy.  I put two of the Jumbo Tiger Lilies on the back of the card to create dimension.

7. Decorate the front of the card and the last page of inside of the card.  I used some of Creative Impressions NEW wired Bow ribbon!  I gotta get me some more of that stuff!!!!!  Go to the link and see all the wonderful colors.  While your their look at the other wired ribbons HERE

Well I hope you get the idea!  See the next image to get the idea which way you fold up the card.  Have fun and happy hopping!!!!

 Now for all the details on the hop...cause you know you wanna win some of these amazing Cling Jumbo Stamps.  

Prizes:  Giving away 2 of each of the three NEW sets, and each will come with a Jumbo Handle

Just leave a comment between Saturday, June 11th through Wednesday, June 15th on EVERY participant's blog!!  You might want to make sure your first name and last initial is in the comment so we don't confuse you with someone else.

Winner will be announced on Friday, June 17th

I am the very last one on the Hop but the list is below just incase you got side-tracked along the way.

Thank you for playing along with us.  I hope you got a little inspiration along the way.  I know you are drooling over these new images, and if you haven't seen the last ones they released you MUST go see them on the website (hydrangea's were my favorite).

Jennifer Dove


Jennifer Dove - You are HERE :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Christmas Card Class in June

We had a fabulous full class at Crop Girls today working on these fun cards.  For those of you up this late and doing this class tomorrow at The Craft Retreat here is your sneak Peek.  If you want to get in on this class I am repeating it one more time at The Craft Retreat in July.  Colors used in this class are E31 E35 E57 TG95 G99 B93 B95 B45 E08 E09 R59 E50.

Stampendous Image

Stampendous Image

Stampendous Image

Mo Manning

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Get ready for Hop Hop Hopping!

Stampendous is HOPPING!!!

Stampendous is blog hopping this weekend! The amazing Design Team from Stampendous, with our fabulous BlogStars, are getting together to celebrate the release of THREE new stamp sets!

 The fun kicks off on the
Saturday, June 11 at 8 AM PST
... be ready!! There will be fun prizes and LOADS of amazing inspiration. I can't wait....see you then!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Going Green!

Why green?  Why not!  Well because I was tired of red, tired of brown, wasn't in the mood for blue...gray too blah....So green it was!!  Can we say "Step out of your box"!

Sweat Pea Stamps Image
BV01 V20 BV04
BG18 BG45 BG15 BG10 Bg11 BG49 BG32
YG03 YG23 YG25
RV34 RV11 RV99
R46 R89
E50 E51

Entered into the Make-it colorful challenge blog here

Monday, June 6, 2011

Build-A-Book Sneak Peek - Class 6

We are winding down the first of many series of the book class going on right now.  Many sad faces in the class because of course we do not want to see the end.  The good news is YOU now have lots of techniques to continue building your skills.  I have enjoyed meeting you all and look forward to adding to your book in the near future.  For those joining me at The Build-A-Book Copic Retreat in October here in Arizona, you will soon see all the stuff I have been talking about and more.  I have been working on some fabulous BONUS classes as well as getting some great new images to add to the book.  If you are interested in joining us at the Retreat click HERE for information.  We have a few spots left.

Here is a peak at some of the things we are doing in class 6.

Getting Over The Blues:

Playing With Pottery:

Of course there is more, like Pleats and Folds and Grass, Leaves and Greenery.

See you all in class!

Jennifer Dove

Sunday, June 5, 2011

10 Spots left....and I have been coloring!

Yes its true.  In 4 days we are over 3/4 of the way full at The Copic Retreat.  If you are interested in getting yourself a seat in this fabulously fun, coloring crazy, information filled Copic retreat be sure and follow the instructions in the post below to hold your spot while there is still room and at the excellent introductory price.  See Post HERE.

In the mean time I will be sharing some fun things I have been coloring in my "not so" spare time.

Image purchased from The Emerald Fairy Garden  I really LOVE all the fairies.  I entered this into Make it Colorful - Cast Your Shadow challenge.  I love making shadows.  When I add a shadow it is usually after the whole image has been colored.  Then I come back and put in my shadows.  You will notice that even the water drops have shadows.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Copic Build-A-Book Technique Retreat - Oct 21st 2011

Event: “Copic Build-A-Book  – Arizona Retreat!”
Date: Friday, October 21, 2011- 4:00 pm – Sunday, 23rd, 2011- Midnight
Location:  Marriott Fairfield & Courtyard Chandler, Arizona

The cost of the retreat, excluding hotel and 2 dinners, is $329.00 (first 30 day registration); $379.00 after the first 30 days.  For this price, you receive:

·         18 plus hours of organized classes filled with the latest Copic techniques

·         Your very own 40 page workbook plus work sheets to color (completed by you) and placed into your technique book

·         Evening coloring crop times with personal assistance as well as bonus projects to add to your book

·         2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

·        Gifts and Prizes!  

These classes are perfect for the beginner as well as the experienced.  There is always information to be gained, plus the experience of a fun, full weekend of wonderful people with whom to share your coloring passion!  The teaching room will open at 1:00 pm on October 21st, with the Meet and Greet starting at 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, followed by Copic Introduction class, and evening crop open until 11pm. Saturday the 22nd will be action-packed with technique classes, challenges, games, and breakfast and lunch included, (dinner will be on your own). The evening optional coloring crop will be open until midnight with instructors present.  Sunday the 23rd, after breakfast, we’ll have another full day of classes and techniques, prizes and fun. We will break for lunch (provided) and dinner (on your own).  After dinner we will have a class and then start the evening crop, and farewells until midnight (with instructors).   The evening crops are optional, but available for whoever would like to color, relax and catch up on worksheets and get personal assistance.  Participation in all classes is optional, so you can head out, at any time, to enjoy some local attractions.  

What you will learn during these classes:

·         Copic Basics - differences in papers and stamp pads (what works and doesn't).  We will test multiple papers and inks and see how they react with Copics.  
·         Playing with Various Copic refills for backgrounds
·         Over 5 blending and coloring techniques
·         Light source and shading
·         Hair, Eyes and Skin
·         Monochromatic
·         Fur and Feather
·         Wood and Metal
·         Sky and Water
·         Snow and Transparent (e.g. glass)
·         Blue Jeans, Pleats and Folds
·         Leaves and Grass
·         Pottery
·         Bonus Classes:  Water coloring with Copics, using Glossy Cardstock, and playing with Airbrushing and more.

**Copic Refill Stations will be available on site as well as possibly one of our sponsors, Talkabout Images with their rubber stamp line.

Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate as well as 2 dinners. We have a wonderful deal with the newly built Marriott Fairfield ($89.00 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy) and Courtyard of Marriott ($99.00 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy).  Marriott has a bistro, full bar, 24 hour Starbucks, Wii Fi, pool, exercise room and more for your convenience.   If you live locally, you are not required to stay at the hotel. If you want a roommate, please note it in the application that will be sent to you. We will help match up attendees. You must mention Copic Build-A-Book Retreat when you call to make your reservations or use the link provided in the application mailed to you to book online. If your spouse would like to join us for one or more meals, let us know as soon as possible, and we’ll find out the cost for that.

This FULL weekend retreat is available for up to 30 attendees and we’ll have a waiting list in case of cancellations. So reserve your spot by:

(1) Emailing me at to let me know you PLAN to attend. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, then please email again to sometimes emails get lost! I’ll then send you an application form to complete. 
(2) Sending a $100 deposit.   I will provide a mailing address after you let me know you plan to attend. If you prefer, we also accept Paypal payments for retreat payment.  The deposit will reserve your place at the retreat.

**The deadline for making your deposit is September 1st, 2011. The balance will be due by October 1st, 2011.  Hotel Reservations (booked separately directly to the Marriott, due by September 26th to guarantee the special Copic retreat price.)

I can’t wait to see you in Sunny Arizona!

Jennifer Dove
Copic Certified Standard/Intermediate Designer
Author of Copic Techniques Build-A-Book