Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Little Love for My Little Love

Well, ok...she's not so little.  This is a Valentine card I made for my daughter, Katelyn.  She's 22, so not so little anymore.  But she will always be my baby!

The image is I {heart} You Marci by LaLa-Land Crafts from Irina's December 2014 Project Kit.  She was fun to color up.  I tried to apply my class knowledge to her pleats but the colors I wanted were so light that I couldn't get the contrast in there.  I like how the buttons in her hat turned out though!

Copic Colors:
Skin - E000, E01, E00, E11, E04
Hair - E30, E31, E55, E57
Dress & Hat - R000, R11, R22, R24, R27
Shirt, Shoes & Buttons - N0, N2, N4, N6

Love to Love You Stamp - Close To My Heart "Mad About You" set

LaLa-Land Open Hearts Banner die and String of Hearts Die
Heartfelt Creations Ornate Gateway Die
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Scallop Die
Spellbinders Heart Circles

Love Chip Board - Studio Calico

Other Embellishments Unknown

I'm a pretty organized person, but my desk always looks like this after I'm done making a card.  Whew!  I haven't figured out a way to keep it neater!  You guys have ideas?


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Green Moth Maiden

Well today I colored up a cute image from Ching-Chou Kwik called Green Moth Maiden.  She was a free digi.  Head over to the Kit and Clowder Facebook page to see how to get it.  The rules are listed, but I copied them below for you.

1) Join the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps facebook group as a thank you! 
2) Leave your name on this post (in Kit and Clowder Facebook group) by saying a thank you and please share the post!  
3) Make sure you are a member of the Kit and Clowder group 
4) Head over to the Kit and Clowder website (you must be logged in) and download the free link on the information page here:

Part of getting the digi for free was to color her using the palette given and enter her in a competition.

Here is a close up of her.  I colored her body green because the way her hair was flowing reminded me of a mermaid in the water.  So I wanted to go with a non-traditional look.

Colors Used:
Skin G000, G00, BG11, BG32, BG13, R20
Eyes B97, B95, B91
Hair BG000, BG13, BG45, BG49, BG78
Butterflies BV000, BV02, BV11, BV04, BV13, BV08, BG10, BG32, C1, C3, C5, C8
Gown BV02, BV04, BV08
Sash  and Flower in Hair RV63, RB66
Outline to ground her BV0000

Die - La La Land Crafts
Butterfly - Martha Stewart Punches, 3D-Stempel Farbe pain, Stella Wink Clear
Stamp - Unity Stamp Company "She Said" now retired

She was fun to color.  I'm going to hop over to Kit and Clowder's Facebook group to enter her now!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

For a Beastie In My Life

Have you seen the Disney movie Maleficent yet?  Oh I really did love it.  My friend, who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator, asked me to go see it with her and her eight year old daughter, Katie.  Since my daughter is 22 now, I jump at any opportunity to go see a Disney movie with someone else's daughter.  It was sooooo good, in my humble opinion.  If you've watched the movie, you know that Maleficent called the princess "Beastie".  When we left the theatre, Katie asked her mother to call her Beastie.  So cute!

When I saw that Alyce Keegan had a project class called Mali that featured a Saturated Canary stamp...I couldn't resist purchasing it.  Here's what I have to say about Alyce's coloring classes.  I am only partially through the hair and clothing class.  Her step by step instructions make it so easy to learn.  When I looked at the Mali and background class, I felt confident enough to take on coloring Mali.  I highly recommend you purchase these classes if you want to learn more techniques in coloring.

Anyway, I colored Mali and put her in a card for my friend's daughter.  Even though I'm still learning as I practice and practice coloring, I do love the way she turned out.  I am not great at making cards, but I tried to Mali look like she was coming out of the gate!

Here is a close up of Mali.  Want to see the colors I used?  Well, she is colored exactly as given in Alyce's Mali Project Class.  Hop over there and take a look.

The dies used for this card are La-La Land's Berry Flourish and Heartfelt Creations Ornate Gateway.  I made the flowers using some paper flowers I had and colored them with 3D-Stempel-Farbe stamp paint - color Walnut Brown-Metallic.  I'm sorry but I can't tell you much about the paper.  I have so much paper that it's rare if I know where it is from.

Hope you liked Mali.  I'm excited to give it to my beastie that went to the movie with me.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

First post for 2015 - A New Beginning

Well before I move into New Year mode, below are a couple of the cards I made for 2014 Christmas.    They were fun and I don't want to forget about them.  Putting them here makes it kind of least to me.

This one uses a holiday collection image from Stampin' Up called Santa Stache.  I used felt for his mustache.  He was colored before I took a lesson from the Kit and Clowder Clothing Class.  It would be fun to do him again using the techniques I am learning.

This is also an image from the Stampin' Up holiday collection called Bearing Gifts.  I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to color the image.  So cute and so easy.  It's one of the reasons I like Stampin' Up so much.  They makes things so easy to do.

Ok let's talk about the New Year.  I don't like New Year's's so much pressure to keep resolutions, so I never make them.  But as mentioned in my previous post, 2014 was a tough year, and it appears the full time position I was hoping for will not become available.

SOOOOO...even though it appears a little of 2014 will bleed into 2015 and I still need to find a new job at the end of January, I think I should approach 2015 differently.  My new year's resolution is to try to color often (an Alyce Keegan influence) and blog often.  I'm not much of a writer, but perhaps this will be a new way to approach life...with new creativity and new positives in my life.

While I have been coloring several images, I haven't worked on getting them into cards.  Cards are hard for me to envision and put together.  Are any of you like that?  So for now, I will post one I've done recently and given to a co-worker who just celebrated her 25 year work anniversary.  It's hard knowing that I will no longer have the privilege of working with her after January.

This sweet girl is a digital image from Tiddly Inks called "Ellie Says Rock and Roll".  Below are the Copic markers used to color her up.

Skin  E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair  YR14, E08, E18
Shirt & Leggings  Y15, Y18, Y17
Dress  BG000, BG092, BG05, BG07, BG09
Skates  C5, C7, C9 and N0, N4, N7

I hope you have enjoyed her as much as I enjoyed making her.

Much love and creativity!