Tuesday, January 30, 2018

All My Love

A little love coming your way just in time for Valentine's day.  This cupid is just so sweet and looking for that someone to plant that arrow on.  I used the Craftin Desert Divas Hugs & Kisses clear set and the cool border die Fall Borders.  I topped it off with a favorite set of dies In Line for the topper of the card.  This set comes with a ton of optional dies.

I wanted to keep it simple (which is a hard thing for me to do).  I airbrushed the background to create clouds and then die cut the bottom layer to pop up the center.  I colored the trees with a dark and light green and then textured them with a rag and blending solution.  After popping it up on the bottom of the card I added red Nuvo drops to make tiny apples in the trees.  After stamping the sentiment I die cut the top layer with the In Line die set and popped it up on the card.  Of course you can't have too many Nuvo Crystal Drops so I added Red Berry in a row along the edge of the In Line die.  I colored up this little cupid and popped him off the card in the center.  Maybe he isn't aiming for a sweetheart...maybe he wants to get an apple off the tree with that arrow.  I thought it would make a sweet Valentine card.  What do you think?

skin:  E50 E51 E21 E23 E93
Trees: YG17 G29
Hair: Sepia Multiliner, Y15 YR24 E57 E59
Reds: R29 R59
Gold:  Y15 Y26
Shadows:  BV20 BV23
B45 airbrushed on background

Sunday, January 28, 2018

OH..UM...Heck Yah!!!

I was blessed to meet Irina with La-La Land Crafts last week and what a beautiful, fun, spirited individual she is.  She has an amazing stamp company and her products are top-notch.  I am getting to play with some of the new released stamps and dies and I have to admit they are SOOO yummy!  The stamps stamp so crisp and the dies cut perfect!  I can't wait to show you more in the upcoming weeks.  
Here is Jaunty Luka all colored up with tad bit of minimal Jenn flare (with permission from Irina).  My next challenge to myself is NO creative color placement.  It is harder for me than you think.  Given these images are so darn stinking cute though, they really didn't need anything "added".

I added a bit of texture to the hat using burlap as a texture rag and blending solution.

I used the new Two Flags die from La-La Land on the left side of the card layers and stood him next to the World Border die.  Because the background is so busy I layered the World Border die with a white layer to make it stand out.

Finally I added some of my favorite chippies with "hello" from Make It Crafty and chose to add some tinkling "Stars".  All I did was use my markers to color them up to match the cardstock.

Jaunty Luka - La-La Land
Two Flags Die - La-La Land
World Border Die - La-La Land

Copics used:
Skin E50 51 21 23 E93 cheeks
Shadows BV20 BV23 
Hair E42 43 44 47
Clothes W1 3 5
BG09 49
B91 95 97 99
Eyes Jenn Style - B00 B97
Lips E93 E04 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ready, Aim...

Make it Crafty is back at it with its challenges again.  Oh how I love Zoe's challenge blog and challenges.  This month it's "skin".  If you aren't comfortable with coloring skin she has some great Coloring Tutorials.  Either way it can't hurt to try out the challenge at your own pace, in your own coloring style.  With practice we get better and better.
I decided to color up "Aim Em Up Cupid".  He just cracks me up.  I think he takes his job seriously!  After I finished coloring him up with my Copics I fussy cut him out.  I added him to an embossed background.

Keeping it simple I added a chipboard sentiment "Love" from Make It Crafty.  I heat embossed both pieces of the chipboard word with fine white embossing powder.  I then airbrushed the bottom piece with a red Copic marker (as I dont have red embossing powder).  How easy is that to get just white and make it any color I want?  Next I glued the two chipboard words together giving it the dimension.  I love Zoes layered chippies!!!  You can find so many sayings and designs.  They are so strong yet delicate too.  You dont have to emboss them, you can color directly on them using your favorite coloring medium or ink.  I will also mention that you can get tons shipped to you at a great price.

Skin - E50 E51 E11 E15 
(E93 E04 tongue and cheek..ha ha)
Shadows - BV20 BV23
Gold Bow/Hair - Y11 Y15 YR24 E25
Wings - C1 C3 C5 BG10
Eye - B91 B95 B99

Just Ducky

There I go using that Lawn Fawn Cloud Border Die again.  If you haven't figured it out it is a favorite.  Combined with some fun color combos and these fun ducks from Stampendous we will be having a ball at the next card class at The Paper Collage.  We almost have 48 people registered...might be a few spots so contact the store. 
I love how simple the card is, yet with the pattern paper it looks more detailed.  Just a few fun layers.  Its mainly just coloring.  I added some fun color in the water to show reflection using the tip-to-acetate (just scribble some color on acetate (YR65) and pick it up with the main color (BG11) and place in reflection) method so the colors don't appear too strong.

YR65 YR68
YG03 YG17
E31 E35
BV20 BV23
BG11 BG13
Y15 E93
Blender Marker (0) 
White gel pen

Like You A-Lotta!

SQUEEEEE!  Look at these cute little guys!  Don't they look cozy?  This image was so quick to color.  I love the clean looking style of this card and the slight pop of the clouds to give it dimension.

We will have a great time creating this at the next local class here in Arizona at The Paper Collage.  All the info for this class is under Class Schedule tab above.

For this card I used the new release House Mouse stamp - Crocus Nap by Stampendous!  I love this House Mouse release!  To finish the card off I used two of my favorite dies and a little yummy Nuvo Crystal drop for accents.

Lawn Fawn - Puffy Clouds Border (one of my favorites)
Lawn Fawn - Picket Fence Border (another favorite)

E50 E51 E93
YR65 YR68 
YG03 YG17
E31 E35
BV20 BV23
Blender Marker

Saturday, January 6, 2018

So Sweet

A little shine, a little transparent and a couple of little fuzz-butts make this a cute image to color up.  This fun digital image Jelly Bean Machine is another one from Craftin' Desert Divas.  I added a little darker color around the eyes to give them a bit more character.  After doing a general blend I added some gradual dots for a little texture.  Just adding subtle things can make such a difference dont you think?
I used the Fancy frame dies again for the large scallop.  I wanted to keep the card mostly white with some slight color so I layered it with some busy pattern paper but them used the Circle Cut and Stitch from C.C. Designs

CCDesigns - Circle Cut and Stitch
CCDesigns - Scalloped Circle

YR02 04 09
R27 29
B0000 B000 B41
E40 41 42 43 44
R20 21 22
C1 3 5
YG13 17 67

Friday, January 5, 2018

Stinkin' Cute

I fell in love with this little stinker as soon as I saw it.  it was fun adding color to her.  She doesn't look stinky with those pretty flowers she is holding.  You can find this digital image for 99 cents (as are all the digitals) at Craftin Desert Divas.  This is so perfect for so many sentiments!
what about coloring it in pink or blue and "welcome the little stinker".  I stinking' love you...I could go on....

I used CDD Fancy Frame die for the scalloped stitch to finish it off.  Simple and "stinking' sweet"

BV20 BV23 BV25
C1 C3 C5 C7 C9 C10
G21 G24 G28
R20 R21 R22
B91 B97 B99
E23 E25 E29
R81 RV34 RV17
YR02 YR04
Y11 Y08

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Flower Jars

This stamp "Flower Jars" was the perfect image for teaching Zoe's No-Line stamping in the upcoming January class in Phoenix at The Paper Collage.  When you want an image to appear transparent it is much easier to achieve the look when its stamped in a light color leaving out the bold lines.  So I stamped this in a light gray.

Another little tip...Buy bulk white smooth buttons, because you can make them match any card by simply coloring them with your Copic markers and giving them a light misting with a mister filled with rubbing alcohol.  It gives a fun "marbleized" look in matching colors.  

This is another NEW release from Stampendous.  You really should check out the whole new release...pretty fabulous!

YR65 YR68
YG03 YG17
 BV20 BV23
BG11 BG13
Blender Marker
E31 E35

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Egg Juggler

Working on the class for January for The Paper Collage.  I just had to color up some of the NEW adorable House Mouse Stamps from the January release.  I added some dimension with the Say Cheese die from Lawn Fawn (its out of stock but you can get the Say Cheese, Again die instead), and some Tonic Nuvo crystal drops (of course)  This was super fun to create.  I added it to a white embossed background giving it an extra pop off the page.
I hand-cut the Easter eggs and popped them up even more with foam tape.  After cutting out the sentiment I added the Translucent Nuvo Crystal drops randomly over the word in complimenting colors.  I love the translucent drops as it gives a different look to the regular crystal drops.

Nuvo Translucent Crystal Drops:

 E50 E51 E93
YR65 YR68
YG03 YG17
E31 E35 BV20 BV23
BG11 BG13