Thursday, February 22, 2018

getting started with colored pencils...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today I have a super quick post... 
(I hurt my finger, and typing is difficult with two fingers taped together! LOL!)

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Ink: Distress Ink Bundled Sage, Tattered Rose; Memento Tuxedo Black
Others: Prisma Colored Pencils; twine

During the 30 day coloring challenge that ended recently, I got the 132 box of Prismacolor Pencils.. I've has a 24 box set for years, but never really learned how to use them well... I can't say I'm an expert, but this was one of my first attempts at an all colored pencil image... I stamped it with light Distress Inks so the lines wouldn't be seen when it was finished, and I just dived in without really knowing what I was doing... I don't know what colors I used... I used a bunch of different ones, just experimenting... It isn't perfect, but it's a start!

I'm so inspired and amazed by the incredible pencil work I see other people doing! I'm excited to be learning this medium!

Well, I should probably give my finger a rest... Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

friends let love grow...

Hello my fabulous friends!!!

This is actually my second post today... If you are here for the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, scroll down to find that post...

Today is my day to share with you some LDRS Creative inspiration!

Paper: Georgia Pacific; Polkadoodles Lovely Lilacs
Stamps: Cre8tive Cre8tions Let Love Grow
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle; Copic E33, E35, V17, R14, E04, BV11, BV00, BV0000, V28, C5, C3, C00, C10, C8, C2 100, YG67, YG63, YG61, RV0000, RV000, RV10, E37, E15, YR12, multiliner; Smooch Ink Snickerdoodle

For a good portion of my childhood, I lived across the street from one of my best friends... We spent countless hours together! We even tried to string a cup-and-string phone from her bedroom window to mine... It didn't end up working, but it was a fun afternoon! 

Anyway, her family was Polynesian, and whenever there was a talent show or a cultural night, my friend and her family would do traditional Polynesian dances... I LOVED watching them! The rhythms, movements, and costumes held me mesmerized! And the stories that their dances tell..... 

My friend also has a huge heart, and is one of the strongest, most understanding and compassionate people that I am lucky enough to know. I am so blessed that to this day, I can still call her my friend. 

When I saw this stamp for the first time, I thought of my friend... With her long curly black hair piled up on her head and a flower tucked behind her ear... I knew I wanted to color this image to look like her!

I used Copics for most of the coloring, but I also added some metallic gold ink to accent the necklace, headband, and the tips of the feathers.

I stamped the cluster of roses several times and fussy cut them out. I also fussy cut some extra leaves to fill in the gaps.  The top cluster of roses is popped up on some foam to give it more dimension.

The card itself is cut using the new Build a Card Heart Felt die. This set includes a die for the card base, card front, and a bunch of decorative dies like these arrow hearts.  I wanted more layers to the card than just the card base and card front, so I die cut the card front from several papers, then used the Sleigh Ride border die to cut off portions that I could layer onto the card.

To finish it all off, I painted the hearts with the same metallic ink I used on the girl. 

The "Let Love Grow" stamp set and "Build a Card Heart Felt" dies will be in the LDRS Creative store in March, so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Have a wonderful day!


Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today, I'm excited to say, I was invited to be a guest designer for the

Are you ready???

Here is the inspiration photo...

You can take inspiration from any part of this... one of the images... the colors... whatever part of it that gets those creative juices flowing!

For those who aren't familiar with the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, it is a monthly inspiration based challenge based on a Color Trend photo (this month's is the one I just shared, but it can also be found on the CLASSroom blog). 

 A random participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!!!! (YAY!)

  To be eligible to win, you MUST use Essential by Ellen products and the above photo as your inspiration. There is an inlinkz link on the challenge post HERE where you can link up your entry!  

So it's pretty simple!

Here's my take...

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Thistle, Courage
Other: Prismacolor colored pencils (24 set), Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper

I love the colors for this challenge! So I started by stamping the Essentials by Ellen Thistles with various Altenew inks that match the color palette...

But it looked a bit... flat..

So I added details with Prismacolor colored pencils..

It makes a HUGE difference, huh?!?!

I loved the marbled macaroons in the photo, so I tried to replicate that in the thistles by layering various lines of multiple colors instead of blending.. 

To finish things off, I rounded the corners, doodle a border with a multiliner, and added the sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Courage stamp set. I then colored the edges of a white card base with my Copic 110 marker and added my colored panel. 

Now it's your turn! Join in the fun with the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge!


Monday, February 12, 2018

fairy birthday wishes...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

I'm stopping in today with a quick post to share a sweet and simple card I made for an upcoming birthday...

Paper: Recollections Glitter Paper; Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Iris
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle; Copic multiliner, Skin-E00, E21, RV42, V20, V22 Hair-E44, E55, E53, E40 Wings-B21, 0, E49, E44, E41 Shirt-BG11, BG72, BG75, BG78 Flowers-R05, R02, R12, YR000, YR21
Other: twine; rhinestones

I colored this beautiful girl as part of thedailymarker30day coloring challenge (there's only a few days left to join in this challenge!!). 

I love this Whimsy stamp! Isn't she sweet?!?!  I wanted to keep the color scheme simple, so I stuck to 3 basic colors... This is a simple way to create cohesion in a piece.

I wanted to add a little extra bling to the card, so I dug out my teeny tiny rhinestones... I didn't have the right color rhinestones, so I used a Copic marker to custom color the rhinestones. You can do this with any alcohol based ink. I like to keep a stock of clear and white embellishments on hand that I can alter to fit any color scheme.

 Well, my puppy is telling me it's play time.. 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

cloudy background...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I have an adorable niece who is turning ONE soon!!!!

Of course I needed to make her a special card...

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Spring Time Elephant; Great Impressions Sweet Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Salty Ocean, Antique Linen; Copic R00, R11. E04, 0, T0, T2, T4, T6, YG99, YG95, YG93, YG91, G28, YG67, E84, G21, G24, Y21, YR24, V01, V15, V17, YR04, YR07, E19, N10, N9, N7, 100
Dies: LDRS Creative  Sleigh Ride  (used to create the mask for the hill)
Other: Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive; Ranger Enamel Accents; Decofoil Opal 

I really wanted to do a background for this card,  so I pulled out my trusty Distress inks..

I started out by stamping my elephant onto my front panel. I also made a mask for both my stamped image and the ground.

I used Distress ink and a home made cloud mask (random cloud shape hand cut out of card stock) to create layers of clouds..  Simply place your mask down on your card, and blend a little ink over the edges. Start on the mask and work out. You don't want too much ink on the card, just enough to have a softly defined cloud line... Then move the mask and repeat. I like to start at the top and work my way down.

I then removed the ground mask and instead masked the sky. I used some Antique Linen Distress ink to give a base layer of color to the ground.

Next, I removed the masks and started coloring with Copics... 

After the elephant is colored, you can add grass... I use a random variety of greens and browns... Try to get a mix of light, medium, and dark shades... I use basic flicking motions, starting at the ground and flicking upward... You can use straight flicks, or if you want your grass to be longer and have more movement, you can use slightly curved flicks... Vary your lengths and thicknesses... Grass isn't uniformly perfect. Be sure to put some blades of grass over the elephant's feet so it looks like she is standing in the grass.

I also like to add some dots for more texture... I keep the darkest dots where the shadows would be and move to lighter colors to fade out.

Then I finished coloring the image... 

I stamped the butterfly onto a double sided adhesive sheet, and cut it out.

I removed the backing sheet and placed it over my colored butterfly.

I then removed the front sheet and pressed some Opal Decofoil onto the adhesive... 

Because the Opal foil is translucent,  gives a beautiful shine and subtle design to the wings while still allowing the original color to show.
I finished off the butterfly by  adding some Enamel Accents to the body.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

tulip fairy...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm back today to share another card made with one of the images I colored as part of thedailymarker30day coloring challenge (which is still going on, so you can join in!!!)...

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Maya, Many Thanks
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Uniball Signo white; Copic...
Skin: E30, E31, E33, R32
Hair: E42, E57, E47, E49
Flower: V0000, V01, V03, V06, V09, R00, 0
Leaves: YG0000, YG21, YG23, YG95, YG99
Dress: R00, R81, R83, R56, R59, BG72, BG70
Vest: W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, BG72
Wings: V12, V0000, BG72, BG70, R00
Feet: W3, 0, N9, N7, N5, N3, N1
Ground: W4, W2, W0

I started out coloring the vest with warm grays... but I didn't really like how it looked against the other colors already in the piece... I didn't want to throw it out after so much of the coloring was already done, so I added a wash of BG72 over the top... It totally changed the overall color of the vest while maintaining the shadows and highlights I had already placed with my grays.. This technique can be used for all sorts of things... from changing the color of something, to creating smooth shadows in a multicolored piece (like a striped shirt), to adding a bit of a glow... 

I wanted to play around with this technique a bit more, so I decided to add a wash of R00 to the flower... I already loved the colors in the flower, but adding the faint pink  (which showed up mostly in the highlights because of how light it was), really added a lot of visual interest. 

Spending the time to really focus on my coloring has helped me feel more confident with my markers, and I've been learning a lot that I'm excited to be able to share with you in the future! 


Saturday, February 3, 2018

CAS sittin' on a swing...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today I have another quick project to share...

This is another card colored during thedailymarker30day coloring challenge (which is still in full swing, and you should join in if you aren't already!!!)

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Emily, Many Thanks
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Signo Uniball; Copics

Isn't she adorable?!?! I had so much fun coloring her! 

She happens to be another Whimsy Stamps image (Emily), so I also want to enter this into the Whimsy Inspirations challenge.. (again, still time to enter if you want to play too!!!)

Since I didn't take pictures while coloring... (OOPS, sorry!!) I thought I'd share what markers I used for what.. 

So, here we go...

Skin: E31, E30, E33, RV42
Hair: Y32, E34, E37, E59
Roses: R20, R22, R35, R37
Leaves: BG90, BG93, BG96, BG99
Dress: V28, V25, V22, V20
Dog: W4, W1, 0, E04, R00, E34, E37, E59, RV42
Swing: E55, E57, E59
Pot: W9, W7, W5,
Shoes & Sleeves: C4, C1, 0


Thursday, February 1, 2018

using a fluorescent copic...

Hello my fabulous friends!

A little over a month ago, I ordered a bunch of Whimsy Stamps... I have a TON of 'thank you' cards that I'll be making over the next few months because my family has seriously AMAZING friends and neighbors who have done, and continue to do so much to support my parents while my Mom is sick.
   I fell in love with these sweet Whimsy images. They are so much fun to color, and look amazing even when the card design is super simple! 

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Loli & Shellie, Many Thanks
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink Picket Fence; Copic E30, E31, E33, RV42, YG63, E29, E39, E53, E49, BPP, BG07, FBG2, BG000, W4, W0, R20, R22, RV14, YG99, YG67, G43, E81, E84, E87, E57, E55, YR20, N4, N2, N0

If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me HERE ), you'll know I've been doing thedailymarker30day color challenge

 I'm also entering this in the Whimsy Challenge.

One of my personal challenges today was to start finding good blends for my little used markers  (namely the fluorescents..) So this cheerful blue dress is done with B99, BG07, FBG2, and BG000.... I love how it turned out! I think FBG2 will get used more often in the future! 

Quick tip: Distress Picket Fence re-inker can be used to lighten an area while still keeping the shadows and highlights.... I colored the dress and the headband, then painted on a little Picket Fence to make the lace and polkadots just a bit lighter so they stand out, while retaining the dimension created with the shadows and highlights...

I love the added texture and interest dots can add... Like the texture on the snail shell. It's also a good way to blend colors that aren't wanting to blend easily. 

Have a wonderful day, and don't forget that you still have time to join in thedailymarker30 coloring challenge, and the Whimsy challenge