Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn Blessings

Man, oh man, do I love coloring fall scenes. This is a new slapstick stamp from Penny Black called "Autumnal Gifts". I think the foam cling are my new fav type of stamps.
I colored this last weekend. Usually when I am posting I do it right away and just leave everything laying out on my desk. Yep... I am one of those..lol! I am a firm believer in the organized mess philosophy. But believe it or not, I completely put everything away between each card. 
So, here's my list of Copics (and I hope it's mostly right)
Wheat: E31, E33 and touches of YG91
Bow: B24
Apples: R27, R24 and Y13
Basket: E31, E33, E37 and R02
Pumpkins: YR09, YR07, YR04 and YR65 
Corn: YR18, Y17, Y13
Grapes: V09, V01 and B00
Greenery: Varied them but used shades of YG11, YG03, YG67, YG99, Y11

The background was backlit with BG10 close to the image and then distressed with Tim Holtz "Broken China". The background paper was distressed with TH "Fired Brick".

Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge
Little Paper Shop
Ooh La La Creations
Squigglefly
There's Magic in the Air
My Time to Craft Challenge
Flourishes
Color Throwdown
Drunken Stampers
Simon Says Challenge
Penny Black at Allsorts
Craftalicious Challenges
A Crafty Little Place

Hugs,
Dana

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Midori in Pinks and Browns

I originally had this image named "Midori" from Mami Doodles colored in red and all ready to go onto a card. Then over the weekend I found these fantastic papers at Michaels. I've mentioned them before but good things bare repeating. The only name on the mat pack is Ancestory.com and I LOVE them. Every single one of them is a pattern or colors I would pick for decorating my home. So I just knew little Midori needed a makeover in pinks and browns and voila.
Here are the Copics I used:
Skin: E000 and E00
Robe: E31, E33 and E37 for the browns
and the pinks were R85, R83 and R81.

And here's the list of challenges:
SplicoastStampers Sketch Challenge (SC300)
Mojo Monday Challenge Sketch challenge
A Spoonful of Sugar Stripes and dots so I am saying the flowers on her dress are the dots ; )
Digital Tuesday Challenge Well shoot.. the theme is "thank you" so I am not entering Midori but I will leave this link up so others can  enter this challenge : )
Cupcake Craft Challenges Pink and brown
Crafty Cardmakers Oriental

Those are all for now. If you have a challenge or know of any this will work for let me know!

Hugs!
Dana

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Tilda


I can't decide if this is the one that's going to end up being my daughters birthday card or not. If it goes to her I'll have to add some butterflies. She's been crazy about them her whole life. When she was a baby she called them "Fly Flies".
So many details so bear (hhmmm.. bear or bare?) with me. I just got this paper pack at Michaels and the only name on it in Ancestory.com. Can that be right? They are gorgeous papers whoever is actually making them. They are really thick and textured with old looking prints. Love them. Bought two packs and I might go back for more.
The shapes were all cut out with my cricut. Then I took the leaf border and embossed it on the back side and then debossed on the front. In jewelry making this is called "repousse" but I don't know if that is a correct term in card making.
I have a jar of those single layer paper flowers and I pulled out every single creamy yellow (and if you notice I ran out and had to use a darker yellow on some of the centers) and created my own prima like flowers. They're not perfect but they were fun. I would have cut them out myself with my cricut but I don't have a pretty creamy yellow cardstock.
The little embellishments around the circle are just seed beads.
Tilda was colored with copics and here's those:
Hair: Y17, Y21 and Y31
Skin: E00, E000 and E02 (Cheeks R02)
Overalls: YG99, YG95 and YG91
Shirt and bow: E31 and E33
Socks: BG10
Wow~
Obviously this card took some time but I think it paid off in the end.
Thanks for swinging by and have a blessed day!
Hugs!
Dana
Challenges:
Sarah Hurley Challenge (Big Hugs to Lisa Jane for that one!!)
If you know of any others this will fit for please leave a comment ; )


Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Card

This image from Mo's Digital Pencil really made me giggle. It's almost like I can hear the conversation with his mom while they are discussing this years costume choices. He wants to be something really cool like a vampire.. but she's already cut out the pattern for the bird costume she's going to sew.  So lol right now.. I will never be able to use my swiss dot embossing folder again without thinking of chicken skin. 
The shapes and font were cut with my cricut. I spent the weekend playing with it and trying to figure out. All I can say is now I am in love with it!! (My husband is even looking for quail and pheasant shapes he can cut out in vinyl for his truck!)
And now on to Copic stuff. Here's what I used to color him:
Sky: B99, B97
Grass: YG99, YG67 and YG03
Costume: Y11, Y08, Y13 and Y17
Shoes: R29
Pants: B93
Skin: E00, E02
Pumpkins and Treat Bag: YR09, YR07, YR04 and YR65 
Challenges:
Cards For Men
Splitcoaststampers Free for All Challenge (Scallops)
Pollycraft Monday Challenge
Craft Your Passion Challenge
Incy Wincy Designs
Allsorts Challenge
Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to come by to have a look!
Hugs!
Dana

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Prima- ish flowers


Pretty dang cute for my first attempt aren't they? I found the wonderful tutorial I followed to make them here. I just love youtube videos for these types of tutorials because I can just hit pause and follow along. The files to download them are here at Penny Duncans site. That link is to her home page because I know there is a lot of stuff there you will want to see. Now I just need to color in some cute images so I can use them!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Just a note about Blog Candy

Kind of laying low today and yesterday... probably tomorrow too..lol. I had gotten a used Cricut (no, I wish it was the Expression) a couple of weekends ago and I have been so wrapped up in coloring I've not gotten a chance to really play with it yet. So, I've been stalking tutorials and trying to figure things out.
I am also working on a couple of altered items projects and hopefully will remember to take pics along the way.
Just a quick reminder about the Blog candy I have posted from other sites. Most of them are for the month of September so you still have time to get in on it. Just follow the links in the sidebar.
Hugs!!
Dana

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumpkin Emma

It's been a very productive day, but then again, it started at 3:30 am!! I hate when you can't sleep but I've learned not to fight it. I got up and started coloring with my Copics.  I had both Emma and my adorable little cowboy (if you haven't seen him be sure to check the other post for today) completely finished by 6:30 am. So it was a nice relaxing day of just playing with different layouts. (And checking the galleries and forums at Splitcoaststampers!!) It was a nice change after my House Mouse fiasco from yesterday ; )
Anyhow.. on to precious Pumpkin Emma from the Sugarplum line. I adore this image and I did not realize that she is available from All that Scraps in both rubber and a digi image. I only have her as a digi image but when I went to their site to double check her name (I hate to get it wrong) I noticed they have both.
This card is for All the Scraps weekly Wednesday challenge. And guess what!!! I won their challenge last week!! I am so excited I can't hardly stand it because I've never won anything before!!
 This weeks challenge is a color challenge using pumpkin, burgandy and artichoke. At first I thought that background paper was a little too summery for a fall pic but ya' know what? I like it and I think it works.
Of course, by now maybe you've realized I never do just one challenge..lol! And this card is no different. She's also participating in the challenge at Meljen's Designs where I had picked up that adorable "Happy Fall" image.  The challenge there is Autumn colors so that was easy, peasy.
Now I am off to All that Scraps and Meljens for some linkage.
Hugs!
Dana
oops..I keep forgetting to add the good stuff ; )
Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00 and E02
Hair: Y21, E31, and E33
Dress, Shoes and Hairband: R39
Pumpkin: YR09, YR07, YR04 and YR65
Wagon: E31, E33 (wheels are C03 and C05)
Additional Challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenge
Moving Along With the Times  A "to do list" challenge.
1) Leaves
2) Buttons
3) New technique (at least successfully for me. I tried it once before and it was a disaster!! I went outside the Nestie border with my image.)
Cute Card Thursday
Papercraft Star

No one touches the Bah..

... and no one gets hurt! That's what the sentiment says around the circle if you can read it. I had soooo much fun with the little guy.  I got him over at Mo's Digital Pencil for her challenge this week which is bling. But the real reason I picked this cutey is because it reminds me of my grandson who turned 13 months old yesterday. I was talking to my daughter and she said she would love to get him off the bottle. Oh no she didn't ... Grandma's got your back Joshy!!
Joking of course.... it's probably time.
Then he's galloping over to the Mojo Monday challenge.  The challenge there is a sketch challenge. Those are just the first two. I am sure I will find more but for now, he's heading in the mail to Texas.
Almost forgot to mention.. that string in the middle of the button is from my Grandma's tin. So how cool is that? He's getting a card with thread sewed by his great, great Grandma??
Thanks for looking!
Dana
Additional Challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenge

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

House Mouse Smiles

I am looking at this image and trying to focus on the "Smile" part.. lol. The photography on this one is way off but that's how it goes some days. The ribbon is the same color as the purple on those flowers, if you can believe it!! The ribbon looks almost eggplant in this pic. Enough griping.. ok.. that's a lie.. Keep reading ; )
This was made for a challenge at
 Simon Says Challenge and House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. (I am sure I will find more). Both were sketch challenges so I did take a few liberties to make it work for both.
The mouse is popped up.. and do you want to know why? Oh my gosh!! I had already punched the corners with that wonderful EK Success corner punch, worked the ribbon through the corners, tied the bow, glued it to the yellow border background and the popped it up to the yellow swirl background. I was sitting there working on the flowers and happened to glance up and could NOT believe it. The House Mouse was totally crooked!! There was no way to salvage it because of all the that stuff up there ^^^. Even taking apart the layers couldn't fix it because when I punched the corners I did not realize the lip of the glass was not level. I just happened to have a 2nd mouse colored which was actually my first attempt but totally hated the flower. So, to make a really long story a little shorter, I just cut out the glass and mouse and rounded it around my bottle of prima flowers then double popped him up so the top of the glass is level. Then I tried to hide the section of the glass that showed from the first layer with the flowers. Now that I've told you.. can you tell??
Needless to say.. this little mouse gave me a run for my money. The name is Splish, Splash, a Citrus bath. And you know what?? I think it's time for a glass a wine, some candles and a nice long soak in a super hot bath!!
Thanks for looking. And really.. I'll be ok (wink)
Hugs,
Dana

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Copic Tutorial - How to Color a Pumpkin - Part 2

This is my second tutorial on coloring pumpkins. If you haven't seen part one you should watch that one first and then come back to this one.

Copic Tutorial - How to Color a Pumpkin

Edit added 9/30/11 
I've made an newer version of my pumpkins video and you can watch that here.
This is still a great video for basic coloring and my new one is a little more detailed.
If you are coming through a link that brought you directly to this post don't miss part 2 of this tutorial ; )
Here's the finished tag I made with the pumpkin.


This is for the "Tag, Your It!" Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers (TLC291). So head on over there and play! It can be any kind of tag. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use my stamp I picked up for $1.25 and to finally use my "little pumpkin" sentiment that is actually part of a new baby stamp set (wish I knew the maker.. sorry). It's also my very first time I used my new Cricut. I used it to cut out the tag.
Other Challenges:

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Little Birdy

Aaawwww! Isn't she sweet? I just love this stamp from Penny Black. Included in the original stamp is also a birdcage on a stand sitting on the floor next to her. I cut her out though to fit within the sketch challenge for Penny Black Saturday Challenge.
She was colored with Copics and her little bird too ; )
Skin: E000, E00 and E02. Cheeks were R02.
Dress: B91, B93, B95 and B97
Bird: Y11, Y08 and Y17
The punches were all Martha Stewart. I made the flowers by layering the hydrangeas from two of her hydrangea punches. Which brings her to her next challenge at Allsorts Challenge. The challenge this week is to use three different punches. 
Hope you get to play along. But either way, thanks for looking!!
Dana
Other challenges:
Daring Cardmakers

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Acorns

Definately feeling like fall with this one!! Head over to the Digi Doodle Shops Best challenge today and you can pick this image or your choice of two others to participate in their challenge this week. 
I colored this with Copics but did kind of a watercolor effect. Instead of blending I just layed down color in random places with little squiggly lines and continued to build in various colors.
The colors I used were:
Fall Leaves: YR65, YR04, E31, Y11
Acorns: E31, E33, E37 and R02
Sky: BG10 and BG72

The background paper is Semi Gloss photo paper with an Alcohol Ink background. You can see my tutorial on how to do that here .
To finish it off I added a few jewels, some lace and gave it a pop of gold glitter spray.
Now off to enjoy some BBQ and relax!
Thanks for looking!
Dana
Additional Challenges (what a busy little card!! I adore an open challenge.. most of these were "fall" themed. Got to love that!!)
Mad for Markers (inlinkz broken, left entry in comments)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Alcohol Ink Background Tutorial

Please don't get sick of seeing this image from me over and over.. lol! He is one of my fav's and if you've read any of my other comments.. I am just building up my stock of colorable (is that even a word?) stamps. Anyhow ~ He is a Penny Black stamp and I am super excited about him today for two, yes count 'em, two reasons. For the first, he was created for the "Ways to use It" challenge at Splitcoaststampers. The challenge this week is "ransom" style. See how the saying looks like a ransom note? I thought it was a great way to get the message "Hello" because I don't actually have a stamp that says just "hello. He was colored with copics. But the other reason I am super excited about this card (drumroll please)... I am so giggling to myself at how ridiculous I am being.. but I really am excited. Ok here it is!!
I made my very first tutorial video today to show a technique I personally haven't come across. And believe me, I search tutorials. I've learned everything I know from you great ladies and I was excited to think I have something to share.



Thanks for looking and I really do appreciate you taking the time to come by!! There are so many great sites and I am glad that your browsing brought you to me!
Dana

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Diva Birthday

Don't you just love her attitude? I picked her up just this morning over a Mo's Digital Pencil for the challenge on her blog, Challenge 49, Bright White.  

I used her for the challenge but the card was actually created for my Aunt's birthday coming up shortly. She really deserves a "Me" day and I think this image along with the message I created on my computer convey that pretty well. The inside message says, "You Deserve It!!". 
We all need to be a Diva every now and then and what more perfect day than our birthdays? Love you Mimi!!

Copic Creation Challenge No. 35

What a fun challenge today over at Copic Creations on shading either your image or around your image. I think this image works well for that and just gets you in the mood for fall.

Here's the Copic I chose for this stamp from Northwoods:
Pumpkins: YR09, YR07, YR04 and YR02
Sunflower Petals: Y11, Y13, Y17 and just a touch of E37
Sunflower Centers: E37, E33 and R02
Flower leaves: YG67, Y11 and touches of E31
Fall Leaves: Each one was a different mish mash (is that a grown up word..lol? ) of these colors YR02, Y11, R24, E31
Ghords: again, each is different but this assortment:
YG67, Y11, YG63, YR02 and just touches of YG99

So, now don't you want to start coloring some pumpkins.. (or maybe just eat some pumpkin pie??).

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Life is a Journey

Second challenge today and then I think that's all she wrote..lol! I am pooped : )
This was Jannekes sketch for the challenge over at All That Scraps . It is so pretty IRL (in real life) but I am not sure it is showing up as nice in the pic. It really has a lot of depth and textures.
I didn't include a sentiment like the sketch states since I thought my image is more of a sentiment. So I added that little flourish and popped it up with a brad. It was fun to just cut, stamp and distress.
But now I have to go find something to color!
Hugs,
Dana

Mojo Monday Challenge (I know.. it's Wednesday.. lol)

This was for the Mojo Monday Challenge . I love these challenges. It encourges (or inspires.. wink) me to reach for something other than what I consider my favorites. So guess what.. now this little lady by Inkadinkado is my favorite. She just seems to stare straight into your soul, k... getting too deep. lol!
I used a piece of this and a piece of that scrap for the papers. I do know the brown strip at the bottom is Graphic 45. The lacy strip under that is a Martha Stewart around the border punch. And that cute little ribbon trim has a light blue strip running through the center. Ties it all together rather nicely even though the blue doesn't really show up that great on the pic.
Her face was colored with Copics (E02, E00 and E000). The eye shadow is B00.
Her hat was popped up and distressed (heavily) with Tim Holz Distress Inks in "Orange Marmalade" as was the butterfly but with "Peeled Paint".
Off to start dinner ; )

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bookmark

This pumpkin picker was made for the challenge over at All that Scraps. Her name is "Pumpkin Emma" and was purchased at their online store. The challenge today was to make a corner bookmark.  You can find the tutorial on how to make one at Splitcoasterstampers by clicking here .
I know I say this about every image but she was really fun to color. I took a pic of her sitting on top of the pile of Copics I used to color her. It's amazing to me how many I used.  Granted, I wasn't happy with my original choses for the wagon so I reworked them with darker shades. That's one of the things I love about Copics.
Ok, here's her mountain of markers.

And did you notice the eyelets for the wheels?? Got to love that Crop A Dile. It chomped right through all those layers and the ribbon!!

Thanks for visiting!!
Dana

Baby Girl Card

This bathing beauty was created for the Featured Stamper Challenge FS188 at Splitcoaststampers. The image is a digi stamp I purchased from Mami Doodles . This set comes with both a boy and a girl. Their names are Amy and Jamie. I think she is just the sweetest lil' thing!! I just want to pinch those chubby cheeks!
I cut out two of the largest scalloped circle Nestabilities and used the other for the inside of the card.
I didn't want to lose any of the image size so instead of leaving the scallops above the fold I created the card base of of dark pink cardstock. I traced the lid of one of my large jars and just left the top of the circle above the fold so they stay attached.
I just love the way the inside of the card turned out. I actually had to add the button to offset the popped up "Baby" medallion on the front. It's a round card and wanted to roll to the left.  It's acting as a counter weight but I think it really adds to the overall design.
The stamps for the inside of the card are those cheap clear dollar stamps.. sorry, the name escapes me.. but you know the ones. All three stamps were in one set: Baby, Welcome to the world and the flowers. Glad I picked those up : )
She was colored with copics and here's the rundown:
Skin: E02, E00 and E000
Hair: Y11, Y17 and Y21
Bathtub: C3, C5 and C7 then I mottled it with the Colorless Blender (0).
Bubbles: B00, B02 and highlighted with clear Glitter glue.
Pink flowers on tub and hairband: RV02 and RV06
(They were colored twice and popped up)
Well, I think that's all there was.
Hugs,
Dana

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Special Card for a Special Lady

This was definately a labor of love! It is a special card for a very special person.. my stepmom!!
She is the person that introduced me to this wonderful obsession of mine, so her birthday card needed to be extra special. I already texted her and told her she can't check the blog until she opens it and see's it in person first.. so any of you Sweet Pea Princesses (her very special group of friends) mums the word!!
This is entered in the "Totally Tilda" challenge .
The challenge this week is to make your own flowers. This whole color scheme was inspired by a roll of wrapping paper I found shopping for some household stuff Friday. If you've noticed from the name of my blog, I tend to be inspired by some pretty ordinary things I come across.  Obviously wrapping paper is too thin, so I just glued it to some cardstock. I found you do need to be careful and make sure you want whatever you put down to stay there because once it's down for even a second it will tear the paper if you try to reposition it. I also found a great way to keep the wrapping paper stored nicely. Since I knew I would only be using pieces as large as a card front I only pulled the shrink wrap on the outside of the tube down about 6" and cut throught the whole tube with my X-acto knife. That way the whole tube is not unwraveling and I have a nice little tube portion to store in my paper scrap tub for future projects.
The image is colored with Copics and here's the colors I used:
Skin: E02, E00 and E000. R02 was used for her cheeks
Blouse and Roses: Y11, Y08 and Y17
Overalls: B00, B02 with slight touches of BG72
Greenery: YG11, YG63 and YG67
The flowers were just cut out of yellow card stock with a Cuttlebug Die and all layers secured with a brad.
Ohh.. and I almost forgot!!
That cute panel behind her in the gorgeous glittery blue?? It was a scarf in the dollar bin!! I have lot's more plus some great trim on the edges..it was a great find!
Thanks so much for looking!
Dana
Other challenges : Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central: Anything Goes

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Digi Doodle Shop Best Challenge DDSB#24

Remember the Poppies the other day. Well there is a new challenge at Digi Doodle Shops Best today and I knew I could make this card work somehow. The challenge is to use a charm. Hhhhmmm.. This was already pretty busy and it took me awhile to find something I think worked.  Here's the finished result..

For all the color and paper specifics I used please click here.
Thanks for coming by to look!
Dana

Penny Black Hoppy Day

This "Hoppy" little guy is for the Way to use It Challenge at SC.  The Challenge WT287 was to use twine. It really works well with this stamp and gives it that down home feel.  You can almost smell the creek, can't ya? And those buttons... got to love Grandma!! The top button still has her thread in it. She must've cut it off something and threw it in her tin. I can spend hours, literally, going thru her tin of buttons and do-dads.
And here is the "Lime Rickey" paper from Basic Grey that I used on the Light Switch covers. I love this paper!!

He's a busy little guy in a few challenges today. His next event is at Penny Black Saturday Challenge. This weeks challenge is a card for a man or boy.  Being the mom of two grown men (still hard to think about them like that.. still my babies at 6' 4" and 6' 6"!!) I have a lot of memories of snakes, frogs, pollywogs, crawfish... anything they could catch.

Then he is jumping (hopping..lol) to Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge. This months challenge is to Punch it up! I chose the punch I did (Fiskars) because I thought it sort of resembled a bandana.
Then he's off to Basic Greys challenge with a slight modification. He had to change clothes because the challenge there is paper piecing. Can you spot the difference??

Thanks for taking time out of your day to come and visit me!
Dana
oh, and geesh.. almost forgot. He was colored with Copics. Sorry, I colored this awhile back so I could not be 100% certain. I wish I was because I really liked how his straw hat turned out. **Note to self** write it down.. lol!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Card Box or Stamped Image File

This was my afternoon project.  I was trying to find a place to store some stamped and colored images. I've got the expandable file folders I take with me to classes and what not but I wanted something pretty for my desk that could hold some of my current ones. So, that was the seed of inspiration. Here's some pics of the process and a little explanation.

Score 2 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock at 2" and 6 1/2".   Turn 90 degrees and score at 2 1/2" and at 8". Now cut out the corners like in the next pic.


Choose one of the panels to be the front. On the back piece cut all the edges to 1/2" and score. Fold under and tape the top edge. 



Now cut decorative panels for sides and front. You will need
(2) 1/2" x 6"
(1) 5 1/2 x 4
(1) 1 1/2 x 4
I chose to distress mine and used Tim Holz "Orange Marmalade" to do it. See how it turned the pink paper to a sort of peachy pink. I really like it.


 I also chose to add one more layer of decorative paper. That is up to you.
Score the top flap 1/2" from original fold



 Tape back and front together on the bottom flap as shown in both pics


Now place glue on side panels and bring together as shown in the pic below. To get a good seal use your bone folder, a nail file, knitting needle.. lol. Anything skinny to get down inside the pocket and secure the sides well.
 And here's a side view of the finished project

I added the scalloped Nestabilities with a stamped image by Stampendous called "Fresh Bloom". It was stamped with white pigment ink and embossed with clear. Then I used the Orange Marmalade distress ink on a sponge along with hints of hot pink pigment ink. I then buffed the embossed lines with a paper towel to bring them back to white.

And now I think I need a nap.. lol. 





Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mami Doodles "Sonia"

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This was created for the Embellishment Challenge - cdacec6 at CDAC. The image is available free to anyone participating in todays challenge. The artist is Elisa from Mami Doodles. I've purchased a few of her digi images already and plan on getting some more. They are adorable!!
So this challenge was to use embellishments on top of the image. In the original artwork Sonia is holding a bouquet of flowers so it was easy!! For my embellishments I just used my Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch on some of my original background papers and some holligraphic tissue paper. (At least it said tissue paper on the package but is more like a very, very thin mylar material).
Copics used to color her:
Skin: E000, E00, E02 and R02 for blush
Hair: E37, E33 and E31
Dress: BG10, BG13 and BG72
Stockings: R81 (yep, just one color!)
Shoes: E37
Stems and shoes highlighted with green glitter pen and white opaque gel pen (both from Sakura).
The centers of the flowers she is holding are silver pearls. The centers of the flowers on the bottom left are an assortment of seed beads from my jewelry making days.
The image was cut out with a Nestabilities scalloped circle as well as the teal behind it. The inner circle was distressed with a Martha Steward purple ink while still in the die to give it that outer edge.
I misted the teal XpedX paper slightly before running it thru my Sizzix Big Kick a 2nd time to emboss it. I forgot where I learned that tip but I think it does give you a deeper, more pronounced embossing.
One last detail... (I think it is taking me almost as long to write about it as it did to create her.. grin)
Her face, hands are popped up twice and her dress once. That never shows well in pics and I always forget to do a side image. But you get the idea.
Thanks for reading this novel and have a great day!!

Light Switch Cover

So simple and so fun!!  I remember helping my mom when she would wallpaper a room. That was my little project,  to cover the switchplates. I made these to add some funk and color to my new craft room. I love this paper from Basic Grey. It's called Lime Rickey. I also embossed the screws with bright orange ink and clear embossing powder. Added some buttons, and there you go!
Here's a pic of the back side while in progess.
Before folding paper back

And after folding to back side. 

Tilda in Lilac

This was created for the Totally Tilda Challenge. The challenge is Lilac and Lace. I have to admit, this is my very first coloring of a Tilda image. I just recently received a RAK (random act of kindness ... I had to look it up the first time I saw it) that included some of the stamped images of Tilda and Edwin. I was thrilled!

The background paper I made myself. Click here if you would like grab it. I really wish I would've thought to upload it before I cut into it.. but it's still a 1/2 sheet.
I used a Martha Stewart border punch to create the lace. I distressed it and the edge of the background paper with Tim Holz Distress Ink in Concord Grape. The flowers and greenery are actually from the kids art section at Walmart. They are packages of those little foam cut outs.. way too cute!! I added shadows with my Copics but the flowers were already glittered. I was a little hesitant about ruining my marker so I used the chisle tip and just dabbed.
Here's the colors for Miss Tilda:
Overalls: BV11 and BV13
Skin: E00, E02 and blush was added withR02
Shirt and Socks: BG10 and BG13
Hair: E31, E33 and Y21
Patches: R81 and R83
Lines added in cuffs, buttons and patches with a white gel pen.

I am limited in my choses of purples, but you make do with what you have.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Girl In PJ's

I got this adorable image at Mami Doodles so I just had to enter her in the challenge also : )
The papers came out of a mat pack that I lost the cover for. I believe they are Prima. All layers were distressed with Stampabilies Bright Pink pigment ink and also used on the sentiment.  The corners and background for sentiment are Cuttlebug dies.
Now on to the goodies.. at least if you're obsessed with Copics like myself!!
Hair: Y11, Y21, Y17 and E31
Skin: E00, E02 and R02 on her cheeks
PJ's: R81, R83 and R85
Slippers and T shirt: B00 and B02
Teddy Bear: E31, E33 and E00
The background is BG10

And when all was said and done she got a pop of gold glitter spray. All little girls love glitter.. ok, so do big girls (you know who you are..lol!!)

Thanks for coming by! Pull up a chair and let's make something together ~~
Hugs
Dana

Poppies!!

This card was for SplitcoastStampers Sketch Challenge 297 and it was a challenge, let me tell ya'! I think I drank too much coffee this morning to be doing all that cutting~~ but I still have all my fingers, so that's a good thing!
The image is a digital image from Digi Doodle Shop. As I've mentioned before, I was (and I guess always with be) a florist. I am drawn towards images of flowers and this image was a joy to color. It was colored with Copic markers and here are the colors I chose:
Poppies: R29, R27, YR09, YR07 and YR65
Greenery: YG11, YG03, YG63 and E37
The papers are from The Paper Studio and XpedX.
The edges of the patterned papers were distressed with Tim Holz Fired Brick Distress Ink.
The embellishment is from K&Company
Well, now that it's done I guess it's time to get back to the real world and fold some laundry.
Oh and don't forget to check out the free papers I added!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

FS187 Challenge

This was created for the Featured Stamper challenge at SplitcoastStampers.  This weeks spotlighted stamper is Emily and I had a ball browsing her gallery. Click here to see the card that inspired me.
I had a ball making this card. I love the clicky noise paper makes when you distress it!! I know.. silly, huh? But, so true!! I created the sentiment on my 'puter because I couldn't find a stamp that I liked with the image. I thought it was a cute pun to go with this image.
Papers: XpedX and a brown paper bag (doing my part to recycle)
Stamp: Unity
Techniques: Distressing
Accessories: Ribbon, rick rack trim, Leaf buttons, twine and embroidery floss, rectangle rhinestone

Here's a great crafty tip I had learned from ttp://www.twopeasinabucket.com/ ,  when distressing small items like I did on the leaf buttons put them on the sticky side of a post-it note. It keeps them from sliding around. Just thought I'd pass on that helpful little tid bit.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fall is in the air!!



Here's the Copic I chose for this stamp from Northwoods:
Pumpkins: YR09, YR07, YR04 and YR02
Sunflower Petals: Y11, Y13, Y17 and just a touch of E37
Sunflower Centers: E37, E33 and R02
Flower leaves: YG67, Y11, Y11 and touches of E31
Fall Leaves: Each one was a different mish mash (is that a grown up word..lol? ) of these colors YR02, Y11, R24, E31
Ghords: again, each is different but this assortment:
YG67, Y11, YG63, YR02 and just touches of YG99

So, now don't you want to start coloring some pumpkins.. (or maybe just eat some pumpkin pie??).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Penny Black Saturdays Challenge


This was created for this Penny Blacks Saturday Challenge.   I really wish the pic showed how beautiful the purple paper and fibers are. This is one of my favorite images to color. These girls are just too sweet!! 
The flowers were made by cutting out in three different sizes. Each size was colored a different color with water color pencils and an aqua brush. Each flower was crumpled into the smallest pea size ball I could get and left to dry. When you unfold they are totally flexible and have that great distressed look. Pierced a hole in the center of each with my needle tool and layered all three together and secured with a brad. They were a little too bright for this card so I distressed with Vintage Photo ink.
Hope you have a great holiday weekend!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

My Angel or Fairy.. you decide lol


I created this card for the Mad for Markers pink Challenge. The image is my own that I drew in pencil, then inked with a 0.5 Copic liner in black.  I drew her on a full size 8 1/2 x 11" of paper then scanned her in and shrank her down for the size I needed for this card. The inspiration to create her came from a lady in my Copic club that says she hates all the "cutesy" images. I personally love almost anything I can color with my copics,  even if it's just an open font. But it did get me doodling. My absolute favorite things to color in copics are hair, skin, ruffles and layers in clothing and absolutely anything reflective.
Here's a rundown on how I colored her:
Skin: E000, E00 and E02
Hair: Y17, Y21, E31 and just the littlest bit of E33
Lips: R85, E00 to soften
Tutu: R81, R83 and R85
(K, that's what I first used..lol. It was too bland for what I was looking for so then I went back and added lots of RV02, RV06 and a touch of RV09)
Belt: BG13, BG10
Her wings were just outlined with B00
Ballet shoes: RV02, RV06
I don't think it shows up on the pic too well but I lightly outlined her legs with RV02 and then blended with the colorless blender. I really wanted them to look like shippery tights so then I added cross hatching with my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen by Sakura.
The bling are three clear rhinestones colored with Copics RV09. And learn from my mistake. Don't put them down on your project until they are dry.. lol. I didn't like where I had first placed them and when I picked them up to move them they had left the faintest outline. But there are no mistakes in cardmaking, right?? Just do-overs... lol. So that's where all the off stamping swirls came in. In all honesty, I wouldn't have added those if it weren't for that little mishap but in the end I was glad it happened because I think it really adds to the overall feel of the card.
Thanks for stopping by and my prayer is that you have a very blessed and peaceful day!