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


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Swiss Pixies Sunflower Lula

Happy Wednesday!! Today for icopic I have another one of my favorite stamp lines! Say hello to Swiss Pixies Sunflower Lula:
I made this for my daughter to send to my mom. They've always been extremely close and this is perfect for the two of them! My daughter loves butterflies and my mom loves black eyed susans so we'll just pretend that's what those are ; )
I printed Lula with Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. The sentiment is from SP and Company For Every Woman set and I stamped that with Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa Brown. The sentiment was cut with a Spellbinders Fancy Tag die and while still in the die I airbrushed with YR18. I attached it to my card with some Divine Twine.  My papers are Wild Rose Studio. 
Here's a close up:
And these are the copic colors I used:
Thanks so much for looking!! I hope you'll play along this week with our "Red Hair" challenge!

The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge - Anything Goes (must include a sentiment)
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Coffee in my Bathrobe.... Heaven!

Except with my curly hair you will never catch me in curlers, ha! But check out cute Coffee Kiki La Rue:
My papers are Echo Park Victoria Gardens. I love hot pink and orange together! I think I've been trying to get in as many bright colored cards as possible before the more somber tones of fall. Although I love a great fall palette also!
Here's a close up of the Copic coloring:
Although she looks popped up, she isn't. That is shading added with the V91 and V93. Sorry, sometimes I forget to add some of the final colors to my list. I added it after adding my "halo" around her with the YR's. Those tones blended too much with her skin so I needed to add something to make her "pop". Here are all the other copic colors I used:
I cut her out with my circle Nestie and backed with another scallop Nestie.  My sentiment is also from CC Designs. I don't see Amy R's Sassy Sentiments in the store at the moment but lots of other cute ones to choose from! Some final touches of Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and some white gel pen faux stitching and I think we are done : )
Thanks for looking! Come back everyday to see all the amazing projects by my One Crazy Stamper teamies!!
Here's links to my stand by's! I don't think I make a card without these:

Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Punches and Die Cuts
All That Scraps - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Favorites (Fav stamp and colors!!)
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Have a Latte Day (anything to do with latte's or coffee)


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tiddly Inks Art Journal Challenge and a Video

Shew, I made it with 3 days to spare. Tiddly Inks has had a Art Journal challenge for the last two weeks and I've been wanting to get something entered but just haven't had time. Today I finally played and had a ball!! I've been wanting to ink up Owlette (and it comes with that awesome tree!!) so I let that dictate what my journal page theme was going to be. I think owl and I automatically think wise, so here's what I came up with:
Here's the close ups:

And here's a super close up of one of my favorite little bits:
Edit added 9.25**
I finally got my video edited and uploaded.  For any of you interested in watching the whole process in a speed format click here.

All of the same pics at the end of the video are also posted here for those that don't have time to watch.  Sorry also that I did not repost links and such to all of the products used that are in the info box on youtube. Here's those:

Tiddly Inks Challenge - Art Journal
Pan Pastel UK Challenge - Anything Goes (Congrats on your very first challenge!!)
Totally Gorjuss - Birds of a Feather


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Help for a Friend

2nd post today so scroll down for my Sunday's with Crissy card.
I just finished reading a blog post from my former "boss" Holly. Holly was the 2nd DT to ever take a chance on me. Her, her family and the entire Squigglefly team are some of the most wonderful and caring people you could ever hope to meet.  Their family has suffered a loss and you can read all about it here.
I hope you can find it in your heart to help in any way possible.
Thank you!

Sundays with Crissy - Friendship

It's my turn to share a card with you for Sundays with Crissy. Our theme this month is Friendship. I just knew I had to use this adorable image called He Loves Me.
That link will take you to Wags n' Whiskers with directions on where to buy depending on which country you live in. 
I've layered my stamp in my photo editing software on top of a vintage post card image I have. I LOVE not having to cut anything out!!  I have links in my sidebar to some of the sites I use for Vintage images. 
Here's a close up of Crissy's sweet stamp:
I just love to think what that cute pup is wondering... what's it gonna be? Does he love you? or love you not?? Too cute!! 
I don't have my lists of the colors I used. It was one of those marathon coloring nights and somehow I just lost track.  I do know her dress is R20, R22 and R30 and the pup was all in the BV 20's. 
I hope you  head over and join our challenge this month. Crissy has so many adorable images depicting friends of all shapes and sizes!

Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Gingersnap Creations - Shared Moments
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Dies to Die for
Digital Tuesday - People Images


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Greeting Farm–Blush Bonnie

It's Wednesday so that means it's my turn at bat to show you some of the amazing products from icopic.
Our challenge this week is to color with our least favorite color. That's hard for me because I adore all colors, but, if I have to chose a least favorite, I have to pick green only because it is a color that I never chose for clothing. It just doesn't look right with my skin tones. So here's my Blush Bonnie in a pretty green dress:
I grunged up all those edges with copic opaque.  I also used it with my stylus to apply the dots to the scalloped edge of my nestie and the little dot accents on the fancy tag. Here's a close up of Bonnie:
I tried a few different things on this. Not sure if I'll do them again, but you never know if you don't try, right? I used V91 to shade on her skin in addition to my normal skin tones. I also used chalk around my image instead of pure copics. I didn't like the way it looked so I added Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Still wasn't loving the chalk so then I went back in with V91 around the entire background. Then I added swirls with my colorless blender. It even worked over the Distress ink so how cool was that?
Here's the copic colors:

And here's a close up of the beautiful bling from my stash:
btw.. that one pearl that is smack dab in the center of that flower? How lucky was that because it sure wasn't planned and I didn't even notice it until editing my photos! I love when something unexpected like that happens =)
My papers are from Wild Rose Studio Faded Florals paper pack. I also stamped this time with Memento in Rich Cocoa Brown.
Thanks so much for looking!

Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Stamp with Fun - Anything Goes
The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge - I see dots


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baby Kiki Fairy

It's my turn at bat for One Crazy Stamper and I've got one of my all time favorite images to share with you today.  I found the artist Mo Manning almost as soon as I started making cards and quickly fell in love with her images. Now many of her most popular images are available in rubber. Case in point, check out Baby Kiki Fairy available through Stampavie:
Even though I've colored her many times before each time I try to push myself to improve in some small way. This time I tried to get more realistic baby skin tones and I did that by adding quite a bit of R30 (copics).  I also wanted to try to get the wings to look how I wanted without the use of Stickles. Here's a close up:
After stamping with Memento Ink I used these Copic colors:

I did use a Sakura Stardust pen to add those sparkly bits around her wings and hat. I never noticed before that her lil' hat looks like a strawberry, so that's why I went with the reds.
My patterned papers are from Bo' Bunny. I think the only other touches are my Spellbinders and some flat back pearls. My sentiment is from Amy R of CC Designs.  I don't see that particular set in the store at the moment but LOTS of other cute ones to chose from!!
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you have joined our sketch challenge this month : )
Here's the sketch:
Here's links to products I use on almost every single card:

product_thumbCA82NUFA fullpadtuxedoblack tim19527 MarkerPicture BLACK
XpressItTape1.5 stardustpenlrg

Friday, September 16, 2011

Another Art Journal Page

Hope everyone is having a great day! I had a play at finishing up a few journal pages that have been brewing for a bit. I did the sketch a few weeks ago but haven't had a chance to "finish" them. I laugh when I say finish because I'm not sure an art journal page is ever finished. But here goes:
Still just working on sketching and playing with materials. On this one I used colored pencils, watercolor pencils and crayons, acrylic paint, faber-castell Pitt pens, copic opaque, stencils, stamps and bubble wrap.  All of the white is copic opaque painted with a super fine brush. The flowers were cut from old book pages using Tim Holtz tattered flowers die.  A few were cut with an EK Success punch.  Here's a few close ups:

That's all for now! Have a great weekend : )