Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Copic Color Page and Combos

Hi Everyone!

One of the things I've been working on in addition to card making is just some relaxing coloring. I have one book that I'm currently making my way through at the moment, alternating between pages colored with Prismacolor pencils and pages colored with Copic Markers.
Now, I know this whole coloring book business is supposed to be relaxing and care-free and for me it is very relaxing. Still, the crafter and color coordinator in me can't just randomly color. There has to be planning involved. I know I'm not alone in this! I have been putting together some different Copic color combinations based on some color combos for other mediums that I have found on Pinterest and other places. I came up with some whimsical names for the combos because, let's face it...color combos are just so boring when you all you call them is "color combos"

So what I normally do is come up with 8-10 color combos and then plot them out on the page with little post it tape pieces. Planning this way actually helps the process of the actual coloring be more relaxing. Here is the final picture completed.


Here are the color combos I used. On a side note...I'm still trying to figure out the best way to group the photos together, so right now they're a little bit wonky. Sorry about that!


That is all for me today! Have a great day and I will see you all again soon!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Distress Ink Stenciling "Thinking of You"

Hi Everyone!

I know I said I was taking a break and I really am; but I found a little pocket of time to do some crafting this week, so I thought I'd stop by and share what I made in a quick post on this rainy Saturday morning since baseball practice was cancelled this morning!



A few weeks ago, Kristina Werner posted a video showcasing Distress ink blending with stencils and I just really liked the technique she used, so I gathered up my stencils and inks and decided to give it a try! I used a stencil from Hero Arts called "Crossing Waves" with Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire inks which I blended on Neenah Dessert Storm card stock. I made a bit of an ink blending boo boo at the bottom so I had to hide it with a bit of embroidery thread.
I heat embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp which is part of the February 2014 card kit (and no longer available, unfortunately) with Versamark and white embossing powder. The small sentiment at the bottom is from PTI "Words of Comfort"  which is also heat embossed on a small strip of black card stock.
I added the finished front panel to a piece of Neenah Solar #110lb standard size card base with a top fold.

That is all for me today. Have a great weekend and I will pop in again as soon as I can!

Challenges:

1. Hiding in My Craft Room: Embossing
2. Crafty Friends Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
4. Creative Fingers Challenge: Anything Goes
5. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
6. Polkadoodles: Anything Goes

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Taking a Break

Hi Everyone!

So, just a quick post to let you know I'm taking a bit of a break from the blog for a little while. My schedule is going to be a little more busier with kid activities and school things. I'm also a little burned out on card making at the moment too; and need to take a bit of a creative break too. You know sometimes, you have to do that. I also don't want to create on a schedule, for a little while either. I want to know that if the mood strikes me I can work on something and if it takes me 4 days to finish it, that's ok.
I've also been working on some relaxing coloring and zetangle projects that I'm really enjoying at them moment.

I'll be back soon though, so dont' miss me too much! Take care, and I will see you all again soon.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kitchen Memories

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back. Thank you for joining me today. I have another project featuring Great Impressions Stamps. I decided to do something a little different with this one. Instead of making a card, I made a 5x7 single sided picture which I will put in a frame and give as a gift for a family member.
I chose Cooking Border and Warm Memories 


I stamped the border around the edge of some white card stock and then used some Prismacolor pencils to color in the pieces. I layered the middle as shown and stamped the sentiment in the middle with Teal ink. I added some silver cord ribbon and a few sequins for final embellishments.

Have great day and I'll see you again soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Not a Card Tuesday Week 1: Notepad holder

Hi Everyone!

I am so glad you’ve stopped by for another visit to my blog. It's a new month, so I'm starting a new Tuesday feature. This month, I’ll be doing “Not a Card” Tuesdays. This feature will focus on projects that are, well…not a card!

To start, I have made a simple notepad cover/holder. I am always in search of a piece of paper in my purse for a quick list, or to make quick calculations or whatever. There’s no reason why it can’t be pretty, right?! I bought a packet of 3x5 scratch pads from Wal mart, or maybe it was Staples (honestly, I don’t really remember)



To make the holder, I started with a piece of PTI Berry Sorbet card stock cute to 7 3/8 x 5 ¼
And then scored at 3 1/8, 3 ½, 3 7/8. Fold along the 3 7/8 line and then did a mountain/valley fold for the middle and then adhered the 3 ½ and 3 7/8 pieces together. It’s really hard to explain in words; but easy to figure out when you're actually doing it!



For the front I added a layer of PTI Enchanted Evening, and a layer of Sweet Blush which I embossed with an embossing folder before adding a strip of teal that I punched with a scalloped edge punch. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts “Live Life” set in teal ink onto Fine Linen card stock. Finally, I added some dashed white lines around the edge of the Enchanted Evening card stock.



Once it was all put together, I added some scor tape to the back of the note pad and attached it to the inside. There is a way to cut out a slot for a pen; but I opted not to do that.

I hope you all have a fabulous day; and I will see you again tomorrow!



Monday, February 6, 2017

Birthday wishes.

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Thank you for stopping by to visit me today. Did you watch the Superbowl yesterday? We had a quiet afternoon watching it; but no big party or anything. Honestly, I just watch for the commercials! But it was definitely a game to remember!
I am sharing another birthday card today. I used the same color scheme as the “Paw Prints” card from last week. I had scraps from that project laying on my desk, so I just decided to use them.



I embossed the Fine Linen piece with a embossing folder and then added a strip of Autumn Rose that I punched with a scalloped edge punch behind the flap of dark chocolate card stock. I cut a circle from Sweet Blush card stock using SSS circle dies .  I stamped the white circle with Verve's "Rise Above" in Victorian Velvet distress ink and the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa ink

I added some gold stickles around the edges of the pink circle and then a piece of off white ribbon around the left edge and some faux white stitching lines to finish the card.


Challenges:

1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
2. Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes
3. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Great Impressions February Sketch Challenge.

Hi Everyone!

It is time for another challenge over at the Great Impressions Blog. This month we have a sketch challenge for you.



For my card, I decided to make a Valentine’s Day card using the Vintage Bubble Gum Machine Stamp  which I stamped in Archival Jet Black ink onto Neenah Solar White paper and then colored it in with various Copic markers. The sentiment is Valentine Wishes  stamped in Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I used PTI papers: Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, and Sweet Blush as well as Doll Pink from Simon Says Stamp.




I framed the Bubble Gum machine with a stitched rectangle die cut  and also embossed the top pink and red layers with a hearts embossing folder

We would love for you to link up your cards for this challenge. Head on over to the Great Impressions  for all the details and the linky tool and a chance to win a great prize package:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paw Prints on Our Hearts

Hi Everyone!

Sharing another card today featuring products from Great Impressions stamps. The card I made is actually for a sad purpose as my sister’s beloved dog of 15 years crossed the rainbow bridge a couple of weeks ago. It’s so hard to lose a beloved family pet. There really are no words that can be said to comfort that loss; but I thought at the very least I could send her a card.


I decided to use “Paw Prints on our Heart”  Her dog was a female, so I wanted to add a bit of pink in there as well, which I did along with some tans and browns and other neutral colors. I stamped the image with Vintage Photo Distress ink and then used some Copic Markers to color in the hearts. I added some glossy accents to the hearts along with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. I also decorated the inside of the card with Trailing Paw Prints.


That is all for me today. Don’t forget to join our sketch challenge! There is still plenty of time to link up your cards. We would love to see what you make!


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