Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yur Such A GumNut!


HA HA...I just called you a gumnut!  It's Australia Day in the Land Downunder and what better way to celebrate than bring you some NEW Australian themed Digi Stamps and offer you some inspiration with a quick blog hop!!
What is Australia Day? Well in short, it's the day that the first fleet of convicts arrived in Sydney Australia (yup we are a bunch of convicts!! haha) but today we celebrate what's great about Australia with our family and friends and it usually involves a few snags on the barbie (BBQ)!
So let's celebrate amongst friends from around the world and share some crafting inspiration with an Aussie Outback theme!
If you're already on the hop then you should have arrived from JANE'S Blog otherwise if you want to hop from the start head on over to say G'Day to AJ.
I have created this clean and simple card using the GUMNUT image.  What is gumnut you ask?  It is the hard woody fruit from a Eucalyptus tree.  I think it colored up so beautifully!  You have to go look at the other new images that Zoe has....if only i had a few more hours in the day to get them colored to show you.  I will soon though!!



Now I guess you're looking for the next mate to hop on over to??
Well before you do... Make sure you comment below for your chance to win an Australian Souvenir. Each of us will be selecting someone from our comments to receive a little Aussie Souvenir from Zoe!
PLUS Zoe is offering 20% OFF store wide at Makeitcrafty.com until the 28th January! Hurry on over (when you get through the hop of course!) to grab some bargains!!

OK OK... It's time to head on over to see my mate JEN HERE

Thanks for celebrating with us!!  Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!!!
From one nut to another - Jenn Dove


Monday, January 23, 2012

Free Little Helper Tools

Here are a few grids I whipped up to help you with your light source.  Print them onto Acetate.   They are designed to be 6 x 6 in size, or you can buy Shadows and Shading by Marianne Walker and get some fabulous templates included, as well as some fantastic information on shading and shadows.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

I See You

One thing that has always driven me crazy is spending hours coloring images.   Okay, it's not the coloring that drives me crazy, or the hours I devote to it, It's the fact that in high school I used to paint, draw and create and today I lack confidence and the knowledge that I wish to have. 

 It's one of those thing that if you don't practice you lose some of it.  As I tell my student...practice practice practice....yet with drawing I do not do it.  Well things are gonna change.  I think I should go back to school.  Okay not this week, this week I am drawing. Today I drew eyes, although not perfect I can say I DID THIS!  Makes me happy!



Old Becomes New

I drew this image in 1992 and recently found it in an old sketchbook.  I decided to color her up.  I have removed the "bottom" half of the image as to not offend anyone.  If you would like to view the whole piece of artwork you can go HERE.

Copic colors used E11 E50 E51 E01 E02 E04 E93 E95 BV20 BV25 B63 B66 B69 B79 C5 E31 E40 E42 E44 E47 E49 E79

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Taking The Work Out Of It!

So many have asked me what colors to buy to get them started.  I have been able to narrow it down to about 36...give or take a few.  These are my "Grab it" colors that I recommend.  Most of these are used in my Build-A-Book classes as well as card classes.  I find this is enough colors to color the world.  Be warned though...coloring with Copics is addicting!


Click on the image to see it close up.  A couple of other colors I recommend are E08, E33, E37 and YR31 (if you are taking my classes).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Speaking of dragons...

Dustin pike has done it again.  His dragons and castles are "To Die For".  This is a sneak peek to the release of his dragons.


E31 E33 E35 E57 E79 Y15 Y38 YR15 R35 R46 R59 N3 N5

Dress Up Time

Who doesn't love dress up?  I think we girls never get tired of it...I personally LOVE shoes....
Here is a soon-to-be released from SimplyBstamps.  She was fun to color up.  Be sure and get your Dress Up Ariel.


Sorry I ran out of steam making the card...call it plain and simple :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Monster In The Scribble

Because I just can't get all my pens into bed with me (it's a hubby thing), I just take my iPad.  Some of you might remember as a child doing a random scribble and then seeing what you can see in the scribble.  Okay, maybe it was just me.  So a random scribble on the iPad turned out into a baby dragon.  This is the before and the after.
The iPad rough (very rough) Sketch

The line drawing and start of coloring


The finished result

The back side of the finished result (love it as much as the front!)

This image will be for sale soon.  

Copics used:  Y13, Y38 YR18 R46 (eyes), YG11, YG93, YG95, G99, E31 W3 (grass), YG25 YG63 YG67 (dragon), E31 E35 E57 E79 (wings),  N0 N1 N4 N5 N7 (shell), BG0000 (background)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's A Birthday!!! Ready for a Pike Challenge?

Its Challenge Day and you get the chance to win an image for playing along.  Go HERE for all the details. This challenge is "Birthday", cause its Dustin's Birthday month.  Here is what I created. Happy Birthday Boss!!!  You have been the Funnest, Crazy...tad bit Loopy Boss that I ever did have!  You are "out of this world"!


Copics Used:  Y38 YR16 Y08 G19 YG09 YG07 YG05 N1 N3 N5 N7 N9 BV25

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Simply B Challenge #1

Good morning Simply B Stamps fans! Jennifer here...It is time for her first challenge of the new year!  Betty is kicking it off with the betty's...Betty stamps, of course!  Your challenge for January is to use ANY SBS BETTY image...any Betty from any line.  Use your Betty any way, for any holiday...let's see how you Betty it up!  All the Challenge rules are HERE


Prizes are:

Are you ready for the prizes?  You are?  Let's get crackalackin' then!
The more people we have join in with our challenge, the more goodies we're willing to give out.
10-19 players will have 2 winners...
Prize #1:  Skellington Betty in clear stamp form
Prize #2:  Fall Frolic Betty in clear stamp form
20+ players will have 4 winners!
Prize #1:  Skellington Betty & Fall Frolic Betty in clear stamp form
Prize #2:  Witchy Boo Betty & Rudolph and Betty in clear stamp form
Prize #3:  Micky Pumpkin Hat Betty & Jingle Brains Betty  in clear stamp form
Prize #4:  New Year Betty & Valentine Betty in clear stamp form

Friday, January 13, 2012

MAke It Crafty Challenge - Grass

Their is a fun challenge going on at MakeItCrafty.  Here is what I created for the challenge.





BV02 BV04 B79, R17 R46 R89, W1 W3 W5 W6 W7, YG25 G85 E87, YG95 G99 grass, E31 E57 E79 E70 E71

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wanna Make Something?

How about a ribbon bow.  Its quick and easy.  We will be making some in my next card class so I thought i would share the little tutorial I made.


Now go make some bows out of all that ribbon you have sitting around.

Jenn Dove

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A little WIP (Work In Progress)

Working on this image for an upcoming challenge.  Thought I would give you a sneak peek...

Image is by Makeitcrafty

Copics used so far:  BV02 BV04 B79, R17 R46 R89, W1 W3 W5 W6 W7

Friday, January 6, 2012

Simply Betty - Release and hop!

It's finally here!  Whoop Whoop! Time to release these cuties and show you our last image... you are going to LoVe her!




Big Love Gun Lola is sure to shoot you in the heart with loads of love!

Today we are going to send you hopping around to the DT ladies to take a peek at what they have prepared for you!  There will be three people, chosen from any of our DT blogs for two Rubber Stamps from our release (sorry no digis for sale or prizes available this time)!  
That's right three people will get the following;

Winner #1: Box of Chocolates Miller & Kitty Love London
Winner #2: A Heart for you Rio & My Heart a Flutter Christian
Winner #3: My Funky Valentine Betty & Big Love Gun Lola

So, all you have to do is hop around, leave a comment on all participating blogs including this one!  Your name will go into the hat for every comment you have left!  That means more chances of winning... the more comments we gather with your name, the more you can win!  Who knows maybe your name will be chosen all three times!  The winners will be announced Saturday afternoon!

Ok off you go to the hopping...oh and don't forget to come back here for your discounts! 

Starts at the beginning at Simply B Stamps blog
Jennifer D.  YOUR HERE
ends back here at Simply Betty Stamps blog!

Happy hopping!  Just for Kicks here is another one of the steampunk valentines I forgot to show off...


Now here are the wheels and deals!

Any six New Teen Scene Valentine Steampunks Rubber stamps for $42 use code Love42
Any three new Teen Scene Valentine Steampunks Rubber stamps for $21 use code Love21

Buy all 7 new rubber stamps; Big Love Gun Lola, My Funky Valentine Betty, A Heart for You Rio, My Heart a Flutter Christian, Box of Chocolates Miller, Kitty Love London, and Valentine Pals and get this little Valentine Betty Digi for free!  She is available for purchase in clear form only!
Just for Kicks here is another one of the steampunk valentines I forgot to show off...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Crop Girls Birthday Cards

There are a few spots left in the Birthday Card class at Crop Girls on January 25th 1030-130.  Be sure and give them a call to get your name on the list 623.972.0600.  You can color the images with any coloring medium you would like, but I will be using Copics.  Copic colors used R81, 83, 85, 35, 46, 59, BG49, 32 and 15.





And another card with a NEW Stampendous RELEASE!!!!  You will love it!  Wish I could show you :)