Tuesday, November 8, 2011

An Art Journal layout

Woo hoo!! I actually got to create something! Granted, it took many more hours than normal but I enjoyed playing with some artsy stuff again =)
But before I get to my pages, let me just say how much you all touched me during my recent absence. All of the comments and those of you that have taken the time to email me have touched me deeply! I truly appreciate the prayers, love and concern, so from the very bottom of my heart, thank you!!

This is a layout from my art journal. I really should call it my sketchbook because I still don't do that journaling part. I am still practicing sketching and I still love it. I painted the majority of this with watercolor paints and pencils but when I got to the embellishing stage I did add some pen and ink details, some collaging, acrylic paints using both a brayer and stamps, stickles, star sequins and some sort of reflective stuff on her wings that I picked from Michaels. 

And here's a close up of that stuff on her wings:
I bought that stuff thinking it will make great snow but now I see I could use it on on all kinds of stuff. Wouldn't it look great on an underwater scene??  
I've been doing some Zentangles to soothe the creative void so maybe I will have a few of those I can share sometime soon. Thanks again ♥


Friday, October 14, 2011

Taking a Break

Hi guys! I've had some health issues come up and find it necessary to take a leave of absence from all of my DT duties and most likely my blog also.  I hope to be back with all of you full swing as soon as possible. 
Here's a little slideshow of some of my favorite projects past and present :



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Analinda and a Video

Hi everyone!  I hope you've been enjoying your week and have been able to carve out some crafting time. I've got one of my favorites to share with you today,  although I must admit, after seeing what some of my teamies have done with this image I am a little intimidated. But here goes, meet my version of Analinda available at the Crafts and Me store:
I hadn't planned on adding all the ephemera  and almost completly covered my scrolls, but, oh well. Sometimes you've just got to go with the flow. Here's a few close ups:
Sorry, I don't have my color swatches for you this time. But here's the list:
Skin: E21, E00, E000, R20, R30
Lips: E04, R21
Eyes: B04, B00
Hair: YR24, YR21, YR31
Dress: BG18, BG72, BG11
Wood: E35, E33, E31
Rocks: E71, YG95  and gasp...I cannot find my E70, so I used a Prismacolor Marker in Light Mocha
Water: BG49, BG10, BG000
Sky was airbrushed with B21

My digital camera has bit the dust for recording. I was finally able to replace it and I used the opportunity to film for the first time to show you how I colored Analinda's face. I hope you enjoy it. Click here to watch the video.

Thanks for visiting! I hope to see you in our "Orange" challenge this week ♥


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kiki LaRue Latte - icopic

As soon as fall got here I started hearing all the happy comments of how excited everyone was to get their hands on their pumpkin lattes again. So, what a perfect opportunity to mask together Kiki LaRue Latte and Swiss Pixie Fall Scene?
If you missed Sami's post on how to mask two stamps together you can see that here.
I masked in both ways, two stamps together and then I also created a mask for my airbrushing. Here's some pics of that process:
I had lined my stamps up with my Stamp a ma jig (is that the name?) so I could stamp the images in the exact same place twice. Then I cut out the second one to use as the mask.

I airbrushed my sky in with B21.
It's hard to see but I also airbrush in the ground with E31. But that got covered up eventually with some fall mix Flower soft.
Can you see her little bandana? That was a ball to doodle with my black copic multi liner and added dots with my copic opaque. Here's a close up of that:
One last close up of that adorable brad by Milton (that btw.. matches Kiki's Latte cup!!)
Copic colors I used:
Ok, I think that about covers it! Geesh, did I hold you hostage long enough? Now you are free to roam blogland and I hope your surfing will bring you to our Masking Challenge this week!


Guest DT at Papercraft Star Challenge

When my good friend and former DT teamie Tracy asked me if I would like to be a Guest DT at Papercraft Star Challenges I jumped at the chance! Especially when she told me that the challenge is Fall Leaves! I adore fall cards, leaves, pumpkins, ghourds... the list can go on and on! I think it's because I love all those textures and colors! So, I had this image in mind but I had to get permission first.
  Almost every stamp and digi company has an angel policy.  Each company or artist will lay out for you very plainly what you can and cannot do with their images. Case in point, I wanted to use Mo Mannings The Big One. I know from reading Mo's angel policy that she requests that you do not merge her images with others than hers without her consent. I emailed Mo the pic of what I wanted to do and she said it was fine. I could have just as easily cut the image out but I really like to merge my digi's into my frame if possible. I used the frame from The House Across the Bay Victorian frames series. 
Isn't that frame gorgeous?!! And Mo's little guy struggling with "The Big One", priceless! Here's a few close ups:
I added some Fall Mix Flower soft for some fall leaves on the ground. If you would like to see how I color pumpkins with copics you can check my video here.
I created the border at the bottom with my EK Success leaf border punch. It was plain white paper and I just pounced Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey onto my craft surface (my ceramic tile) and then spritzed with water. Then I just laid the paper into those puddles. I kept doing that until the paper was covered. I also gave it a spritz with bronze Glimmer mist.
I love how the staple looks like the vein of the leaf!! I also cut some apart and added those up in the left corner, along with some copper glitter all around the edge of the black CS.

Here the Copic colors I used

So c'mon!! Join us over at Papercraft Star Challenge and show us your fall leaves! I can't wait to see them!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Your Next Stamp - Wicked Sweet

Hi guys! All month long our challenge at One Crazy Stamper is Fall/Halloween. I thought I'd use this cutey called Wicked Sweet from Your Next Stamp:
Do you recognize her from my mini card set from earlier this month? I decided to repurpose her on a full card. My papers are from Echo Park Apothecary paper pack.  
Here's a few close ups:

Sorry, I don't have my list of copics anymore. But here's a close up of that flower:

I used plain black tulle that I cut 3 different size circles with my Spellbinders. I cut 4 of each size. Then I just secured them together with a  brad.  Then I used my heat tool to scorch the edges. I actually did it pretty aggressively but given that it's for Halloween I sort of like that spider web/grungy look. 
I also distressed most of the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Black Soot.

Thanks so much for looking and I look forward to seeing you over at the Challenge.  You could win 3 cute stamps from Your Next Stamp ♥


Friday, October 7, 2011

Copic Carrying Case!!

I just got an email from Ashley at icopic to let us know the new copic carrying case is available for preorder!!
If you haven't seen them yet, here's a pic:
$10 Off when you Pre-Order COPIC CARRYING CASE @! Use coupon code CCC2011

I can't wait to get my hands on one!  Perfect for traveling,  taking to classes and for me personally, I think this may become my permanent storage solution and I can use my little cubbies I use now for some of my other supplies. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hansel with Pumpkins and a Video Tutorial

Two posts today so make sure to scroll down for my Crafts and Me card =)
Hi all! I can't wait to show you these adorable fall stamps from CC Designs available at icopic. I used both Swiss Pixie Fall Hansel and Swiss Pixie Fall Scene stamped twice on either side to create this scene:
Here's some close ups:

Notice the whole scene is popped up but it is all one layer.
I used the "Happy" from SP and Company Christmas Emma Stamp set. I stamped the F A L L onto a EK Success Slim Edger Leaf Chain punch after cutting apart some of the leaves.
I created that look for the leaves by stamping my Distress Ink pads directly onto my work surface, which for me is a 1 foot square ceramic tile.   I misted the surface with plain water and then laid my paper down into the beaded up ink. I kept doing this until the paper was covered. I used a mix of Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey.
Here's the copic colors I used for my coloring:

Misc. supplies that I use on almost every card:

I hope you join our challenge this week and don't forget to share any of your copic creations on our Facebook page.

I find all of my challenges at Feline Playful
The Outlawz Greeting Cards Challenge - Anything Goes (must include a sentiment)
Creative Stamp Friends - Autumn Colors
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Halloween/Fall
All That Scraps - Show and Tell with Designs (Monthly)
All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (yay!! Glad you're back!!)


Miss Mirabelle

Hi everyone!! This is my very first challenge with the Crafts and Me team. Still super excited and when you take a look at this stamp you will see why! I adore her!!  Say hello to Miss Mirabelle by the artist Hannah Lynn available at the Crafts and Me store:
Did I just hear you gasp? I know, right??!! She is one of the most beautiful steampunk images I have ever seen!! Look at those mosaic wings! Here's a close up:

 Plus Crafts and Me has that amazing Steampunk frame to put her in. I chose to use the rectangle but there is also an oval with a little gear flourish that are gorgeous also!
I didn't add a sentiment but rather just did a grouping of charms that say love and a couple of keys:
I distressed my twill tape by pouncing my craft mat (I use a huge ceramic tile) with Distress Ink and then spritzing with water. Then I just soaked up the puddles with my bow and then used my heat tool to dry it. 
Here's the copic colors I used:
I sure hope you will get a chance to play along in our challenge at Crafts and Me this week. The theme is "use a digi". 

I find all of my challenges at Feline Playful
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes


Monday, October 3, 2011

Party at The Outlawz starts Today!!

Today is the launch day for the big party at The Outlawz!! You will want to make sure to head over to check out all of the amazing prizes!!

Good luck to all of my former teamies on the party this week! I'll be over to play, you can count on that!! Miss ya's!!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Got Candy?

It's October and that can mean only one thing, it's a brand new challenge at One Crazy Stamper. Our new challenge for you all this month is Fall/Halloween.
I have this adorable stamp from Your Next Stamp to show you called Got Candy?

Along with that adorable sentiment and here's a close up of that:
The sentiment along with the very back panel were all distressed with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Spiced Marmalade.
I stamped with Memento Ink and colored with copics. Here's a close up of the colored bits:
You can see how I make my dotty backgrounds here. Here's the copic colors I used:

I used my Spellbinders to cut the shape. I don't see that exact label at the store but Lora has quite a few that are similar. 
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you will join our challenge this month!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Exciting News!!

Hi guys!! I am so excited to share today's post, so get ready for lot's of exclamation points =)
I've been asked by Teresa of Crafts and Me to join her DT!!! Pinch me, I'm dreaming!!!  I used Forever Rose by the artist Hannah Lynn for my Prisma coloring video and have been hooked ever since! I can literally be lost for chunks of time looking at all of the amazing products she carries including rubber and digi's.  Besides the store there is also the store blog and the Challenge blog. There is a new challenge every Wednesday so we have lot's of places to hang out together!
So today I have Hannah Lynn's digi Priscilla:

I created my background papers after seeing this tutorial by Vix. I had tried this technique with Tim Holtz Distress Inks before but never with my copics. Oh my gosh! I love it and I think I will be using this from now on!!  I created the moon by simply cutting a Circle nestie shape and then airbrushing it with copics C1, BV23 and Y11.
Here is a close up of Priscilla:
Here's the copic colors I used:

Be sure to check out all of my fellow DT's blogs. You will be amazed at the talent of these ladies!! The DT's broken down into two teams, The Rockin' Rubber Team and the Digital Diva's.  And btw.. those are my names, not Teresa's so don't blame her for my goofiness =)
Thanks for coming by!

I find all of my challenges at Feline Playful
Little Darlings Challenges - Fall or Halloween
The Paper Shelter  - For the Girls
Simon Says Stamp  - Anything Goes
Celebrate the Occasion - Any Occasion (must use ribbon)
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge - Resize your Digi