Sunday, April 25, 2010

Vintage Layout

We had a 24 hour challenge at Scrappin' n Chattin' on Yahoo Groups. We had to choose 3 paper packs we owned, and we were assigned a partner. Our partner chose our paper pack and sketch that we would have to use. This was my sketch from Julie Bonner. My paper pack was K& Company The lace accents were handmade by me. The buttons are from Granny's button box. The stick pin is from Creating Keepsakes Heritage line. The title is from Thickers stickers by American Crafts.

Thanks for taking a peek~

Monday, April 19, 2010

Glossy or Crackle Medium Challenge

My project:

For Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog this week, we needed to complete a project using a glossy medium or a crackle medium. I chose to use Glossy Accents because I am becoming addicted to using this product on my Magnolia images!
Here are some close ups of my project:

I started this project with this wonderful Magnolia image that I received in a stamped image swap. I just love her! I colored her using my Copic Sketch Markers.

Face/Skin: E0000, E00, E21, R20
Hair: YR23, Y23, E35
Blue Jeans: B91, B95, B97Rain Boots: Y0000, Yoo, Yo2, Y06Wings: Y0000, G20, G40
Top: Y00, YG03, YG11, YG13Cap: YG01, YG13, YG23

Next I applied Rock Candy Ranger Stickles to the wings to give them that great texture. I also gave her rain boots a thick even coat of Glossy Accents to make them shine like real rain boots.

I cut my patterned cardstock 1/2 inch smaller than my card base. I cut a piece of the patterned paper the size of my card for an accent strip. I stamped my sentiment from the Studio G clear stamps on the lower left hand corner using Versamark ink, and I embossed it using white embossing power mixed with diamond embossing powder.

I cut a piece of pink cardstock and a piece of polka dot cardstock. I used my EK Success Corner Rounder to punch the strips and make the scalloped edges. I tied my ribbon around the plain patterned cardstock strip. I used a glue dot and some ScorTape to adhere the ribbon in place.

Next I turned to my Cricut to cut the scalloped ovals. I used my From the Kitchen cartridge. Using the body for the sheep, I cut the piece from the polka dot cardstock and from the solid pink cardstock. I set the dial to "real size" and then cut one at 3" and one at 2.5".

I adhered all of the layers using my Glue Glider Pro except for my Magnolia image. I used pop dots to adhere her to the oval accents. Lastly I grabbed my flowers, rhinestones, and glue dots for the finishing touches.

The papers for my project are from Cosmo Cricket's paper pack Everafter and Girl Friday. The card base is from DCWV Fall Paper Pack. The ribbon is from Michael's Value Ribbon Packs. The Rhinestones and flowers are from Kaiserkraft.

I love how she turned out.

~*~ Copic Mondays By Laura ~*~

**a little background here - My lovely and wonderful friend Wendy started a great article at Cutter's Creek Design Team Blog regarding Copic Markers. After she left the team, I spoke with her about continuing the articles. She thought it was a great idea, so here is my first installment.**

I cannot even hope to fill Wendy's shoes, but I have been doing my studying on these wonderful Copic Markers. Wendy shared with you the basic coloring techniques in her last installment, and some of her favorite color combinations. At first glance, all of those colors are so intimidating! As Wendy showed us, we can create so much depth with just three markers in the same color family.

One of my first questions was, "Well, that is great, but how do I make the skin look like skin or the jeans look like jeans?" Like many of you, I wanted to be able to color basic images I had in my "stash" or ones I had traded with others.Today let's start with the skin tones. I had heard I needed E000, E00, E11, R20 (Blush) for skin, but how do I combine those to really make it look like skin? Could I do it? I was surprised the answer was yes. Let me show you what I learned!

First stamp your image on quality cardstockusing a good ink like Memento Black Ink. I love the Bazzill cardstock at Cutter's Creek, and that is what I used. The stamp in this project is from Pink Cat Studios (Enchanted Lily Collection).

First you want to cover the entire area using your E000 or E0000. You don't have to worry about perfection, here. You are putting down your "base" coat. Work in small circles to get good coverage. Take your time, and get the feel of your pens.

Next we are going to add in E00. Again working in small circles. Choose where your light source will be, and leave those areas of the face lighter in your coloring. For my project, the light was coming straight on to Lily's face. I let her nose and forehead be slightly lighter than the rest of her face.

Next I added my facial shadows using E21. Around the hairline, the lower part of the face and ear area would all be the darker parts of the face. This is a a subtle variation in color. I lightly outlined the areas I wanted darker. Go sparingly. You can always return and add more color if you feel your shadows aren't quite right.

To give her cheeks a cute "glow", I reached for my R20. I made two small circles of blush area on her cheeks. I like this technique for cartoon type images.

Next I returned to my E00 to blend the colors together. Again, I kept the areas of the nose and center forehead lighter.

For her arms I used the E00 and the E21 for some shadow with the same technique.

Next time we are going to do the hair colors. I am going to cover the basic colors you will need for blond, brunette and auburn and black hair colors. I will be making Lily a blond, but you can do any hair color you choose.

Thanks for following along! I can't wait for the next installment!

Cutters Creek Products Used:

White Bazzill Cardstock
Copic Sketch Markers, E000 (or E0000), E00, E21 and R20
Memento Black Ink
Pink Cat Studios Stamps - Enchanted Lily

Monday, April 12, 2010

My Challenge Cards~

For a fun challenge at Scrappin' n' Chattin' we did a card challenge. Each person that signed up sent another member paper and embellishments. It was up to the receiver to use each paper and all of the sent embellishments to make a card.

Abby sent me some great papers! I love them so much. These cards almost made themselves! I say cards, because I couldn't ignore the leftovers from the first card. I ended up using every last bit to make two cards!
Please let me know what you think!

Material Girl Blog Candy!

I am oh so in LOVE with this paper pack! My great friend Abby - - is giving away this amazing collection as blog candy on her blog!! Please go over and leave her some wonderful love and let her know I sent you! Her giveaway is on April 15th - dreaded tax day~ Wouldn't this paper just light up your tax day?? I think it would mine! Be sure to hop on over to her blog~

Blog Candy~

Thanks to my friend, Abby, I found this wonderful blog candy at Katie's Blog, In My Mind's Eye.

The deadline to enter is April 22, so hurry over and check out Katie's awesome blog and this great giveaway! Enjoy!

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