Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hoot Hoot Hooray Pop-Up Birthday Card

I still love owls.  We sometimes hear them and we actually spotted one flying away one night this summer.  I am always in awe when I spot them in nature.  One night there was one really close to us and then we heard some thumps and screeching, which not only woke us up but kept us up for a few hours.  I guess the owl was on the hunt and caught dinner.  Just imagine all these sounds in complete darkness and waking up to them.  Ahhh, gotta love life in the country.  :-)   
I layered a card base with pattern paper from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine pad.  Then I stamped an owl from Fresh Squeezed Stamps on kraft and white cardstocks before fussy cutting the eyes and owl out.  I stamped the sentiment on a thin strip of cardstock and cut ribbon tails before adding both the owl and sentiment to the card with dimensionals.
For the inside, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a pop-up sentiment that I modified.  I still love pop-up cards!


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Harvest Pumpkin

After a class and having to come up with a card for homework almost every day, I usually am all out of mojo and avoid my craft room.  Though I have to admit that my focus have been on fitness more than crafting lately.  My schedule has been erratic too, and this is becoming more like work.  So if my posts are slowing down, it is because I am focusing on other things in my life right now.  Anyway, lately, I have been going back to the basics and learning to use different mediums.  You probably notice that with the use of watercolors and now Copic.  Though this blog takes a little bit of work, it is really awesome for me to see my journey as an artist.  I have been cleaning and reorganizing my craft room lately.  It seems like a neverending project.  Anyway, seeing my old projects really told me how much I've grown in my knowledge as a papercrafter.  With that said, joining challenges and using card sketches really helps.
I used My Favorite Things Blueprint #13 die to die cut a stitched rectangle that I placed on the card base followed by pattern paper from DCVW.  I cut a strip of purple cardstock, a green banner and black circle before placing them on the card according to the My Favorite Things sketch#198.  
I stamped and color the pumpkin from Hero Arts called Harvest Pumpkin.  I finished the card with purple sequins and a wooden button embellishment.  
 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 13 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Thanks A Million

On Day 13 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, it was time to play.  I learned so much in this class and it was so much fun.  Though, I have to admit that I still go back to my old ways of coloring at times.  I think I just to practice some more for these lessons to stick.  It is so appropriate that I am making a thank you card for the last class.  Thank you to all the ladies (Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Sandy Allnock to name a few) for their wonderful lessons and expertise.  I had a great time!
I followed Jennifer McGuire's example of coloring a die.  I love this butterfly die from Impression Obsession.  I colored it in and add Wink of Stella before adhering them to a card that I stamped with the Winnie & Walter sentiment stamp (from The Big, The Bold and You set).  
 I added the flower sequins from Simon Says Stamp.  I love these flowers sequins.  I can't get enough of them!

Challenges/Giveaway:
-Copic Markers for Card Makers online class
-Winnie&Walter Join In & Win


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Day 12 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Joyous Christmas

On Day 12 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, different types of usage with Copics and different storage solutions were shown.
I used my Copics to color in pearl embellishments and added them to the Christmas tree from Lawn Fawn Trim The Tree set.  Then I placed it onto the card layered with pattern paper from Martha Stewarts 6x6 pad.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts and cut a banner tail before sewing it onto the card.
 
I used the glitter pen on the star and added glaze to it to finish the card.

I love my Copic wallet that holds 72 markers.  Yes, I have a small collection but I love that I can grab this with my binder of color guide and color anywhere.  This comes in handy when I am waiting for my boys.  I just stamp a bunch of images, so I always have something on hand to color and there is a pocket in this wallet that I store my detail scissors for fussy cutting.  I also placed my white gel pen and black Micron pen in it for outlining and details.   
Below is my binder, now filled with practice sheets from this class that I placed in sheet protectors.


Challenges/Giveaway:
-Copic Markers for Card Makers online class

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 11 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Be A Princess

On Day 11 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we learned about hiding mistakes.  The class I have been waiting for, especially since I tend to make tons of them.  :-D
I love this stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Princess and I made plenty of mistakes on her.  Thank goodness for the colorless blender.  My sons actually liked it so much that they requested their own colorless blender.  One of my sons have become a marker snob and will only color with Copics.  I know.  What have I created?!  Ha!  :-D    I also used it on her dress when coloring over the flowers.  It made it a lot easier to color her dress since the flower details are so little. 
I had to used the flower sequins on her dress and on the card.  They are just too cute!



Challenges/Giveaway:
-Copic Markers for Card Makers online class


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Day 10 of Copic Makers for Card Makers and Thanks

On Day 10 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we were adding some finishing touches to our images.  I decided to follow Kathy Racoosin's example and outline my flowers.
I love this Eleanor's Bouquet stamp from Stampendous and thought it was similar to the one that Kathy used in her card.  I used B05 and B12 to try out a blue background since that is the lightest shade of blue I have.
 
I also used a black Micron pen to outline the stamped image to make the image pop before adding Wink of Stella.  I finished the card with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Thanks set and twine.


Challenges/Giveaway:
-Copic Markers for Card Makers online class


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 9 of Copic Markers For Card Makers and Nativity

On Day 9 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we focused on creating backgrounds with Copic.  I've never used my Copic for background, so it was interesting all that you can do.  I was a little timid about doing this because coloring a larger section was a little intimidating and frankly, a lot of ink is being used.  Anyway, I used my Lil'Inker die to cut around this image from Simon Says Stamp Nativity set to limit the size.  I love this set from Simon Says Stamp; especially the image and the sentiments.  I knew the moment I saw it that it was a must-have set.  
After stamping the holy family, I used a Spellbinder circle die to draw a partial cirle for the halo.  I color the family first before I moved onto the halo and background.
I layered the image with black cardstock and stamped the sentiment before popping up the image with dimensionals on to the card base.  I erase the partial circle and used a clear glitter pen to draw a partial circle where the pencil was.  I love how halo now have a golden shine now.
For the inside, I kept it simple by stamping the star and sentiment.  I colored the star with Copics and the same glitter pen.

Challenges/Giveaway:
-Copic Markers for Card Makers online class


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 8 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Thanks

On Day 8 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we created cards using the practice sheet images.  I've been doing that all along simply because I couldn't resist putting them onto a card.  :-) These images are just so much fun.  I've never printed an image and color it.  It's nice to know that I can now.  No worries, I still love my stamps.
I love the half cut image technique that Jennifer McGuire showed us.  I had to try it out myself and also faking a layered cardstock look was another new thing for me to try.  I had a great time with it and I love the way it came out.  I kept it simple and placed my flower onto a stitched panel die cut with My Favorite Things Blueprint #13 die.  Can't get enough of that stitched look!
I finished the card with my Wink of Stella pen.  Love that subtle shimmer.




Challenges/Giveaway:
-Copic Markers for Card Makers online class


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 7 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Happy Birthday

On Day 7 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we focused on difficult colors, particularly red, gray and black.  I love this flower from Kristina Werner.  If you don't know it already, I am a big fan of her work.  She just oozes talent in everything she does.  It was actually her videos that got me hooked back into card making again and inspires so much.  Anyway, coloring these flowers were a lot of fun.  I love the red combo (R24,R29,R39) that I discovered while taking this class and couldn't wait to put them onto a card.

For this card, I layered the cardbase with a die cut stitched rectangle onto the side.  I used a tag cut from my Silhouette Cameo in vellum, and stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages set.

I placed a ribbon on the tag and tied a bow around the ribbon before adhering the tag at one end.  I placed the flowers onto the card with dimensionals and finished the card with sequins.

I love using gray and red on these flowers.  I got my yellow and green blending trio Copic markers right before I made this card so it was perfect for my flowers.  Call me weird but I avoid using black if I can.   Using the color black seem so unforgiving if I make a mistake since I can't blend it to try to fix it, but it's not so bad after I tried it on this vampire robot.  This image took me a while to color but I really loved the way it came out.  Sandy Allnock is the queen of coloring with Copics and I learned so much from her video in coloring this robot. 

Challenges/Giveaway:
-Copic Markers for Card Makers online class
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 6 of Copic Markers for Card Makers and Hugs

I know that I am way behind on my class homework, and even viewing the videos.  Life happens.  Anyway, on Day 6 of Copic Markers for Card Makers class, we focused on creating textures and coloring animals.  If you follow me, you know that I am a big fan of Lawn Fawn, so I was delighted to be coloring their critters for this class.  I just love this dog that was slightly enlarged for the class.  This puppy is just toooo cute!

I kept it simple and layered the card with pattern papers from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad.  Then I cut a tag and stamped part of the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Apothecary Labels set.  I used Lawn Fawn Quinn's Capital ABC's set for the rest of the sentiment and colored it in with B12 and B14.  Then I placed the tag and dog on with dimensionals.
I used Copic markers: E00,E11,E13, B12, B14 on the dog.  I finished the card with Wink of Stella and glaze on the word "HUGS" and sequins scattered on the card.
I have to admit that I was delighted by all the information, but at the same time a little overwhelmed at where to start.  I must have watched the videos several times to get some of the techniques before I even start.  I had to walk away from it a few times after just coloring the animals before I decide what texture to create.  I still have not tried everything yet, but having lifetime access to videos is great for that dilemma.  I love coloring in both the fox and dog.  The blue fox reminds me of a character from Dr.Seuss.  So much fun!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Card for World Card Making Day

Just a slight interruption from my Copic class posts for World Card Making Day but it has been a crazy week and weekend.  However, I did manage to make a card on World Card Making Day.  I got to instagram this card, but I just did not have any time to blog it.  I was running back and forth between the porch and my craft room.  I was helping Honey put up the porch ceiling and helping my son put together the framing for his longhouse.  Yes, hot glue city in the craft room.  Of course, it ended up being my son who whip up a card in no time flat. His card is near the end of this post below.  Anyway, I love this set from My Favorite Things (MFT)Everyday Is A Picnic.  She is just so cute and so much fun to color!

I layered a white cardbase with teal card stock that was die cut with MFT Blueprint #13 stitched frame.  I am addicted to using this die.  Then I die cut a stitched oval with Lil'Inker stitched oval die and stamped the sentiment from Winnie&Walter The Big, The Bold and Happy before placing it onto the card.  I stamped the girl, sun and picnic basket from the same MFT set and colored them with my markers.

My son has been coloring in this owl from Lawn Fawn and can not get enough of them.  I agree with him.  That owl is just too cute!

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