Monday, December 20, 2010

Spring/Summer Thoughts

Hi All,

Last weekend, I was organizing my stamps and mounting a few new sets. With the snow and cold weather I found myself drawn to some new spring and summer sets I've been wanting to use - Peony (Fall Supplement) & Outdoor Adventure (Base catalog).  I was actually coloring these while watching Miracle on 34th Street - weird I know.  I have a feeling it is going to a long winter.

I love peonies - they bloom around my birthday, the pink ones are so sweet and a sure sign summer is on the way.  I used Caboodles Set F, Copic markers and papers.

I was looking through some samples which had rounded corners and thought I haven't used my corner rounder in ages so I pulled it out.  I also pulled out my Cuttlebug and embossing folders. 

Copics: R32, 35, 37, G82, 94, 99, YR21, 23, 24

I love how this card came out.  A great one for upcoming Spring birthdays.

The second card uses Outdoor Adventure.  This fisherman was so fun to color.  I used Copics from multiple sets on this one - Set F with the reds and skin tones from G, blues from set C.

Copics: G82, 94, 99; E55, 57, 59; YR21, 23, 24; B41, 45, 37; R29, 59

This is such a fun set.  If only fishing were this easy, that they jump into the boat.  I'm not sure who this card is for but I'm sure I will find someone to send it to.

Hope you enjoyed some spring images with Christmas just a few days away.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Brayer Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

Today is the December 11th so for this blog hop, we are experimenting with brayers.  I've had my brayer for years but probably can count on one hand the number of times I've used it.  Sad really, because you can get really beautiful backgrounds and it is really easy.

This is what you need to do a very simple brayer background:

Glossy paper, VersaMark pad (I used "Dazzle Frost"),
 Brayer, Kaleidocolor ink pad (Blue Breeze)
Stamp set - "Ornamental Snowflakes" by The Angel Company

Stamp your snowflakes using VersaMark ink

 My glossy paper is covered with snowflakes

I used Kaleidacolor ink - Blue Breeze. 
I store them separated so the inks do not bleed into each other.

For this brayer technique I slide the pads together.

Ink up my brayer, roll, roll, roll, till the wheel is covered all the way around.

Then roll the inked brayer over our stamped image, back and forth,
until you like the background blending. 
The VersaMark ink acts as a resist, so the Kaleidacolor ink does not stick
and your stamped Versamark image shines through. 

I found, once you like your blending of the background, 
If you roll the brayer on scratch paper to remove ink,
then roll the brayer over the image again,
 you can really remove any residual ink laying on top of the VersaMark
and the image really pops then.

For this card I want to add some ribbon.  This is one of my favorite bow techniques, because it lays flat.  Great for a card you plan to mail.

I'm showing the fold with a scrap piece of ribbon.  The one on the card used a 12" piece of ribbon.  I use a little adhesive to tack down the back loops.

 Then I wrap a scrap piece of ribbon with adhesive on it,
 across the front and around the back.

This is card #1 - Simple Brayer Background with Ribbon Accent

Then I added an image colored with Copic Markers. 
You know I had to do it.
"Cuddly Penguin" a Free gift with purchase stamp from The Angel Company.

The Copic Markers used:
BG01, 05, 09 & BV02, 04, 08 from Caboodle set B
YR 61, 65, 68; Y32, 35, 38 & N1, 4, 7

I used a pointellism technique for the shading.

Base card is Caboodle B Cardstock.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the Brayer Blog Hop!

Christmas Blessings,

Friday, November 12, 2010

Deck The Halls - Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Deck The Halls - Christmas Blog Hop.

This first card uses a new set "Angels Sing".  This one was fun to color.  I used Copics...E55, E57, E59; R85, R89; BG72, YG11, YG13 & YG17; N1 & N4.

Next, another new set, "Hung on a Tree".  I plan on making this one for my Christmas cards this year.  I only used 3 Copic markers (G82, G94, G99) green pastel chalk and some red liquid applique. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  Scroll to the bottom to continue on...


Friday, November 5, 2010

More Birthday cards

We have so many birthdays in November.  Here are a few more birthday card ideas.  First, I used "Delightfully Spooky" which is actually a Halloween set but I love this little butterfly girl.  I think you can use her anytime she is so cute.  Very simple using the Caboodles Copic Set C and coordinating cardstock.  This is where all the work The Angel Company did matching the markers to the cardstock makes creating a card so easy.

Next card, I used "Theo". This cat is little crazy, but when he is colored he comes to life.

Stamp: Theo

--Copics Used--
Cat: E31, E35, E51, E04
Chair: E55, E57, E59
Net: N1, N4

Paper: Bazzill Grays

The background is light blue chalk on this card.  Another neat technique we learned at TAC's Coloring class.  We experimented with mixed mediums, using chalks and colored pencil with Copics.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Good Things

I've been wanting to use this stamp set "Good Things" for awhile.  We used it in the Copic Coloring class which just made me want to create something with it even more. I love this truck. 

So last night, I started...trying to come up with a card for my brother's birthday.  This is what I came up with.  The diamond plate is created with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Thanks for the idea Christine!  I used foil which is really delicate and can crush and tear easily; a slightly thicker foil or mirrored cardstock may be work better.  The detail is really good with foil though. 

Stamp Set - Good Things
Copics Used: R35, R37, R59, T2, T5, T7, E31, E33, E35
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven and Crimson

Next, I will be working on my Thanksgiving and Christmas cards.  I need to come up with something easy enough to make 80 of.  I should have started a couple months ago ...{sigh}

Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall Blog Hop

Fall Blog Hop
I had a blast at my TAC Caboodles class and learned
so many new techniques using Copic markers!
Here are some Fall samples using some new techniques.

Techniques: Feather blending (flowers);
blending with circles (pitcher),
cross hatching (back of pitcher);
pointillism/dots (ground), squiggle background,
white gel pen highlights (flowers & leaves)

-- Copics Used --
Sunflower: YR21, YR23, YR24 (Set F);
E55, E57, E59 (Set F)
Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG97 (Set A);
Pitcher: N1 & N4 (Set B)
Ground: T2 & T5 (Set D)
Background: B000

Stamp Set: Sunflowers (The Angel Company)

Cardstock:  Palo Verde, Mocha Divine, Caboodles White

White Gel Pen 
Antique Copper Eyelets

Techniques: Feather blending (flowers & pumpkin);
pointillism/dots (ground), squiggle background,
white gel pen highlights (flowers & pumpkin)

-- Copics Used --
Sunflower: YR21, YR23, YR24 (Set F);
E55, E57, E59 (Set F);
Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG97 (Set A);
Pumpkin: YR61, YR65, YR68 (Set D);
Ground: E55, E57, E59 (Set F)
Background: B000

Stamp Set: Festive Bouquets (The Angel Company)

Cardstock: Palo Verde, Mocha Divine, Beeswax, Caboodle White
White Gel Pen
Antique Copper Eyelets

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the Blog Hop