Tuesday, September 30, 2014

OCC Copic Markers for Cardmakers Day 7

Today's lesson answered a lot of little questions that I had that wasn't even sure how to ask. :)

Sandy Allnock, who's Copic coloring is phenomenal answered a lot of questions about shading and how to create hard coloring combos, like whites and reds, and a lot of other questions about other techniques and maintenance.

Here is my practice sheet.
The top flower is blending for a white flower and the bottom one is a red blending combo.  I really liked this method and I feel way more confident in my coloring.  The first vampire image (isn't he cute?) was using blending techniques for  greys.  I only have warm grey colors, so I did the best I could with what I had.  Sandy used some cool grey shades to accent. I guess those are next on my shopping list. :) The second vampire image  was a method on how to cover up bloops you may have made, such as unintentional ink splashes. Sandy suggested to just create a background! My background is pitiful, but I will just practice more. 

I liked this lesson for all the great information it contained. 

See ya later....

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge: Sept. 28 to Oct.4

Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts Challenge is this week's challenge from Paper Smooches.  The inspiration is the following:

Don't you love that sketch?  When I saw it I knew immediately what I wanted to do!  Then reality set in and I realized it wouldn't work.  :)  So I reworked my idea and this is what I came up with.

I strung the different color twine in the pattern of the sample sketch. Then I used the Paper Smooches Ghoul Friends stamp set to stamp all of the images.  I used glossy accents on the candy corn, to make it look like candy corn.  My husband loves candy corn, me-not so much, seriously he could eat a whole bag in one sitting, but the man has the best metabolism so he can do it,  me?  I would gain 3 lbs. looking at it.    ;)    I used a white gel pen to make the dots on the monster and added googly eyes (of course!) .  I also used a clear Wink of Stella pen on the candies and the monster.

Hope you have a great day!  See ya soon!

Monday, September 29, 2014

OCC Copic Markers for Cardmakers Day 6

Today we learned how to color 'critters' :)  The image was of a dog and a fox, both were adorable images.  I felt more at ease coloring the dog than the fox.  For me the fox's angles were wrong.  I will just have to practice more to feel more confident coloring 'critters'.  I am thoroughly enjoying this class so far.  This is my practice sheet for today. I was a little short on time so I finished what I could and will go back and do more later.

Thanks for stopping by....

Sunday, September 28, 2014

OCC Copic Markers for Cardmakers-Day 5 Part 2

I don't know what happened, I wanted to display the other part of the lesson and I messed up somehow. :)  Here is the second practice sheet.

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OCC Copic Markers for Cardmakers-Day 5-Part 2

Lesson for Day 5 was to practice skin tones and hair colors.  This is not easy, let me tell you.  The instructors gave us all weekend to practice and really I needed it.  I had lots to do this weekend and just finished up the 'homework' for the class.   Some were successful and some were not. :0

This is what I did.

I enjoyed doing this and I think I got better as I colored.  At least the ballerina's looks normal-ish.  Ha

Can't wait for next lesson, I will see ya later.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Challenges Sept. 22nd-26th

This week I am a little behind because of my online card class so I decided to post some challenges in one post.

CAS(E) this Sketch #94

Inspiration sketch for this week is:

This is how the sketch inspired me.  :)

I embossed using a chevron stencil with embossing paste mixed with distress ink.  I cut the 'congrats' about three times and glued them on top of one another to get dimension.    I had already colored the first layer with a copic marker, added Wink of Stella and glossy accents.  I like this color combo a lot!! Ha.  I added a few sequins and was done!  The hardest part of this card was waiting for the embossing and the glossy accents to dry! 

Next challenge:

Case Study Challenge # 210

Sadly this is the last Case Study Challenge for awhile.  The blog author did not specify when or if it would continue, but I hope it does. 

Here is the inspiration from Debby Hughes!!

This is what I made:
I embossed using a stencil and embossing paste colored with distress ink.  I die cut the snowflake,  stamped the greeting and added a few sequins.  I embossed the strip on the bottom with silver embossing powder.  I wasn't sure about it and am still not sure, but once it was on I really couldn't take it off without ruining the card. This is mounted on foam tape to the card base. 

Please excuse how dark this photos are, I don't know why, because I used the same lighting I always do but they seem dark. :/

See ya later.

Stamps: Hero Arts. Simon Says Stamp
Dies: Memory Box, Papertrey Ink
Stencils: Heidi Swapp
Embossing Paste: Wendy Vecchi
Inks: Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough and Mustard Seed Distress Inks

OCC Copic Markers for Cardmakers -Day 4

Today focused on more blending techniques, seriously can't get enough of these lessons.  I struggle all the time trying to figure out where to put the shadow on an image.  Several techniques were demonstrated today showing just how to do that. :) 

Here is my practice sheet.

I used to hate coloring flowers, because they never looked realistic to me when I was finished.  Now I like coloring flowers, and I tried all the techniques that were demonstrated today. I think that they really started to look like flowers, once I finished the last one.

I am gonna go practice some more, so I will see you later. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OCC Copic Markers for Cardmakers Day 3

Today's class for the copic OCC class featured blending with greys, to use as a mid tone, when you don't have a mid tone color that would blend well. Here is my practice sheet.

I have to say I need waaaay more practice using grey as a blending tool.  I seemed to do better on the coffee cups than the umbrellas. :)   Whew!

The greys they used in class were cool greys, all I had were warm greys, I am not sure if that had anything to do with it or not. On the umbrellas, whenever I used grey as a blender I seemed to overblend to get it to do what I wanted it to and then it just looked bad. :(

Well off to practice more...

See ya later!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OCC Copic Markers for Card Makers Day 1 & 2

I am participating in the new Online Card Class-Copic Markers for Card Makers.  I have been waiting for a class like this from OCC.  I know the instructors from past classes and totally love their teaching methods.  This class has been sooooo informative and the techniques they are teaching are so understandable.  Can you tell I am enthusiastic?  Ha  The homework for the first two classes has been to  practice blending techniques.  I have wanted to learn this for so long, I really admire the beautiful images created by some of my favorite bloggers.   Practice sheets were offered that could be printed to color.  These are the sheets that  I have done so far.

This was two and three color blending.  Some of the colors I chose weren't the best. :)  But some of the blends look pretty good.   I liked doing the package better than the balloons, maybe because you could define the shadows better?  Not sure

The second day we learned more blending techniques and strokes of the marker and how that could effect the look of the image.  This is what I practiced for the second day.
I actually have that bird stamp from Hero Arts and have used it several times on cards.  I enjoyed coloring the butterfly and the color combos you could use.  I think I will be practicing coloring it more.   The more you practice the better you get :)  I keep adding to my copic collection and wished I could get more colors, but one of the techniques taught in this class was how to blend to get the look of three markers when you only have two.  Love this class!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Sept. 21-27

This weeks  Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge    is Anything Goes. 

I wanted to make a wreath and at first I was going for an evergreen wreath but then I saw this leaf image and decided to make a fall wreath.  I enjoyed coloring them. :)

I used Paper Smooches Holly Jolly stamp set for the leaf image.  I  stamped the leaves, colored with Copics, and fussy cut them out.  I drew a circle on the white card stock and just laid the leaves around the circle.  I had also made some leaves on vellum but it looked better with out them. I tied a bow with twine and added a little tag.  I hope you like.

See ya!

Stamps: Paper Smooches Holly Jolly, Sentiment Sampler and Crystal Clear
Die: SSS Frames

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #90 Critters Galore

Lawnscaping Challenge #90 is Critters Galore.  Your project should include critters, don't you love it!

Here is my card:
I love this stamp set -Monster Mash- from Lawn Fawn.  The monsters are so darn cute.  I die cut a frame, stamped and colored the monsters and mounted them on foam dots inside the frame.  I also added a googly eye to one of the monsters, any opportunity to use a googly eye I take it!!  I then added a few enamel dots and called it done!

See ya later!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Monster Mash, Trick or Treat and Riley's ABC's
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Film Strip
Dots: Doodlebug Sprinkles Fall Assortment

Case Study Challenge #209

This weeks Case Study #209 Challenge  inspiration is from Debby Hughes.  How I love her creations! 

Beautiful, huh?  I never got in on the feather trend in card making so I have no stamps or anything feather related :/.   This is what I made:

I used a stencil and texture paste to create the bird cage.  I was going to add a stenciled bird but I changed my mind and went in another direction. The stenciled bird looked a little too big.   I die cut birds on patterned paper and added them to the cage.  The sentiment is embossed on vellum.  I added some some sequins because it looked a little bare and I can't help myself with embellishments. :) 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you like the card.

Stencil: Heidi Swapp
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders
Die: Memory Box

Friday, September 19, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #93

CAS(E) this Sketch #93 challenge for this week  is this sketch:

This is the card I made from the inspiration sketch.

I embossed the sentiment on vellum and attached it to the card base in the back, which is really (for me) the easiest way to attach vellum.  I colored the bird with copics (practicing for online card class next week) and fussy cut it out.  I added the brown thread, greenery and sequins.  It is all mounted on wood grain white card stock.  I hope you like. :)

Happy craftng!

Stamps: Hero Arts Bird Avery Elle  Laurel for sentiment and greenery.
Die: Avery Elle Laurels for greenery.

Copic Coloring

I made this card for my daughter and son-in-laws anniversary.  I tried my hand at some copic coloring.  I have colored before but I wanted to get in some extra practice for the new online copic class that I will be starting Monday.  I want to learn the techniques so that (hopefully) I can create some of the beautiful cards that I have seen on my favorite blogs.  Here is the card I made:
I colored the bunnies and the carrots. I like the way it turned out. I don't have a full set of copics and am trying to (slowly) add to my collection!  I just recently purchased some of the gray shades which looks great on the one bunny.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Mama Elephant Honey Bunny, Lawn Fawn Riley's ABC's and Lawn Fawn Happy Everything, Hero Arts Dots background stamp.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks Sept. 14-20 Picture Perfect Challenge

I am back from vacation, lots of catching up to do!  I had a wonderful time touring Maine and the New England states. It is very beautiful there and I want to go back very soon. :)

Paper Smooches Sparks Sept. 14-20   challenge is Picture Perfect.  The inspiration photo is:

This is the card I made:
I was inspired by the scroll work on the vases in the inspiration photo and tried to replicate it.  I used an embossing folder on vellum, then used an embossing pen to outline the raised lines. Then I heat embossed to highlight the lines using silver and green embossing powders.  I also embossed the greenery that is in the bottles, in three different shades of green. I stamped a vase in a solid color to put behind the vellum vases so that you could see the embossing. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Paper Smooches-Sentiment Sampler, Crystal Clear & Botanicals 2

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Sept 7-13

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge this week is Anything Goes.


I think Anything Goes is a great chance to use any and all products on your project.  Today I decided to make a tag, because the stamp set I wanted to use kinda led me there. 

I distressed the tag, then I used a heart stencil to add some white embossing paste to the front of the it.  I stamped the images, fussy cut  and popped them up on some foam dots.  I added some washi tape to bring in more colors.  To tell you the truth I had a lot of trouble with the color scheme for this tag.  I knew I wanted to do the tag in blue, but then nothing else fell into place. I finally came up with one that I was satisfied with though, after many tries. :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! 

Paper Smooches Sept 7-13

Stamps: Paper Smooches Needle Fun and For You
Stencil: Heidi Swapp

Friday, September 5, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #91

Today's card is an entry into CAS(E) this Sketch #91.

The sketch for this week is this:
And this is what I made:

I went for a fall theme, fall is my favorite season so I try to squeeze as much in before it is over, it seems so short sometimes.  Then it is winter. :( I colored some embossing paste with distress ink and used a stencil and embossed the front of the card base.  The leaves are die cut.  There is a vellum tag on top of the other tag.  I outlined a border on the vellum tag with an embossing pen, and used a rust colored embossing powder on it. Tied a bow, added some dots, and mounted on adhesive foam tape.  Hope you like.

Die: Paper Smooches Stitched Leaves
Stencil: Heidi Swapp
Embossing:  Wendy Vecchi embossing paste

Thanks for coming by. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Two Challenges-Case Study #207 & Simon Says Stamp-Wednesday Challenge

Two cards today, two challenges. First challenge just follow this link for  Case Study Challenge #207 all the info.   Their designer this month is Debby Hughes!  WOW I love her work.  She is so creative and her work is always so lovely.  Here is the inspiration photo:
Beautiful, isn't it!  My take on this card is:
I white embossed the images on vellum from a stamp set by Hero Arts Be Happy TodayI colored the images with copics on the back of the vellum. The sentiment is also white embossed using Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders stamp set. I added a bit of Wink of Stella on top of the images for a little sparkle.  I finished by tying a ribbon and adding dots to the front.  Mine is a little more whimsical but I still like the end product.

My second card today was created for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The challenge is part of their STAMPtember celebration.  They have a blog hop too, so go to their page and see what is going on.

This is what I made and it is another birthday card and seriously until I was half way through making the second card I didn't realize I was making another birthday card. Ha!  

I die cut patterned paper  using SSS Balloon Craft dies and  mounted  the pieces on foam squares.  I tied  twine on the bottoms of the balloons and put some multi matte medium on my fingers and ran the twine through it to make it a little stiff and pliable.  I saw how to do this somewhere, I can't remember where, but it really works well.  I distressed a piece of white card stock, stamped some stars on it, and then the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Friendship Messages. This stamp set is so versatile and the font is beautiful!  And well, because I couldn't help myself, I added a few wooden stars.

Thanks so much for coming by.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #89- One Layer

I am entering today's post in the new Lawnscaping challenge-One Layer.  Here is the info:
Lawnscaping Challenge #89.

You wouldn't think making a one layer card was a challenge, but it really is.  The urge to put embellishments on cards is very high with me. :)  At one time there was only stamping, and these cards were truly one layer.

This is the card I made:
First I distressed white card stock with a little yellow ink.  I stamped all the monsters with Lawn Fawn's Monster Mash stamp set, and colored them. Seriously are these the cutest!  My goodness.  I stamped the lines with a border stamp from SSS Happy Every Day and used Color Box inks.  I can't find the name on the ink, it is one of those little stacks that I have had forever and I think the name has rubbed off. The colors in this stack are very vibrant and very Halloween-y.   The sentiment and hearts are from the same stamp set. I rounded the bottom corners, because I thought it needed something.

That's it!  All stamping no embellishments, I hope I can recover. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge-Aug. 21-Sept. 6

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge for this week is Anything Goes.  The information is here:
Paper Smooches SPARKS Aug. 21-Sept. 6.


 This is the card I decided to make:
I used Paper Smooches Ghoul Friends for the monster, which I stamped in green, added a hat, from the same stamp set, that I colored and set on his head.  I added some googly eyes, it is an obsession really. :)  The die cuts are from Paper Smooches Halloween Icons.  I applied Silver Wink of Stella to the web and the Boo.  You can actually see it a little here which isn't always the case with Wink of Stella in a photo.  They are all attached to a bit of Doodlebug Sprinkles vellum paper.  The silly monster is my fav, love the big grin!!

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