Sunday, May 23, 2010

What's Cookin?

I saw this adorable new Willow image from Whiff of Joy at All That Scraps here and I really had to have it. You know how that goes, right? It's called Willow and Chicken Soup. It's part of a "get well" series of images that are really cute. However, I think it could work for a multitude of occasions, so I grabbed it up as it made its debut. I made it for my SIL's birthday. She loves to cook and it made me think of her. I colored it quite closely to the way it was colored on the ATS site, adding a few touches of my own. I found this great DP in my Basic Grey Nook and Pantry set. Just thought I would share it with you. I'm scrambling to make birthday/graduation cards for my sweet grandkids before leaving on our trip to Alaska. I had to bow out of the recent Busy Beauty blog hop because I am just running out of time. Perhaps I'll have time to schedule one more post so you won't forget me while I'm gone. When I get back it will be time for another Copic Creations challenge so stay tuned. Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful last week of May.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Copic Creations Challenge #28

My goodness it's hard to believe that we are on our 28th Copic Creations Challenge. That's exciting, and we've got a great challenge for you this time. The challenge is to color with a monochromatic color-scheme. Katie from PMS Stamps did a wonderful tutorial on how to do this and I have to say I've had fun using this technique. For one thing, it takes the work out of deciding what colors to color with. PMS Stamps is also our sponsor for this challenge and the images the DT used are all from PMS Stamps. I decided to keep my whole card fairly monochromatic, except for a touch of pink to represent the rose. I used my Taste of Textile DP's from Stampin' Up and I loved using them for this project. My sentiment is computer-generated and mounted atop pink satin ribbon with a Prima Rose at the top. I hope you'll check out the tutorials offered with this challenge and give it a try. I think you'll enjoy it. Be sure to check out the wonderful cards the rest of the DT did and have a wonderful week-end.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Color Challenge

Goodmorning and happy Saturday! Busy Beauties is currently hosting a color challenge. I made this card for my SIL's sister who is graduating from nursing school. This seemed to be the perfect image. The challenge was to use red and blue somewhere, so I decided to color my image with a monochromatic color-scheme and let the red and blue pop out. I also decided to link this to the Sunday Sketch and Stamp challenge, so this uses their sketch because Busy Beauties is sponsoring this challenge. I used my Tiny Bubbles and Hearts EF's and the grad hat and sentiment are from Flourishes new set "Hats Off." I hope you have a chance to play along with our BB color challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tilda's Gift

Happy Friday. I have a quick post of my Tilda for the Magnolia-licious Highlites May challenge. It is a sketch challenge, and I do love those. It definitely speeds along the process for me. My DP's are from Basic Grey's "Euphoria" pack and my image is Christmas Eve Tilda. I joined the Magnolia Yahoo Group and there is a lot going on there, so if you're a fan of Magnolias, that's the place to be. I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm hopefully off to do some gardening.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Copic Creations Challenge #27

Good Saturday morning to you and Happy May 1st. It's time for another Copic Creations Challenge, and this one is a bit of a stretch. Stretching is good though, so I hope you'll give this one a try. The theme is Coloring on Other Surfaces, and it is sponsored by Marianne Walker from Copics. Be sure to check out the CCC blog for details on the prize for the challenge. I decided to see how it would work to color on a clay flower pot. I base-coated the pot with Gesso and then gave it two coats of a light-color acrylic paint. I had planned to do some Magnolia images, but the pot I painted was a tad too short for my sweet Tildas. I chose, instead, some flowers from Flourishes "Calendar 1" set. I stamped my images in Memento ink and then proceeded to color with my Copics. It actually worked quite nicely. I added a bee and a snail from a stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers called "Blackberries, Sunflowers and Bees." I used my Copic Multi-liner 0.3, to make the dash marks suggesting the bee's flight around the rim. I also adhered some flowers by one of the snails. Below are some other views going around the flower pot.

The trickiest part of all of this was stamping the image because of the curved surface. It is doable with patience and care, but I am going to try to find square clay pots and then it would be no problem. I used to paint on clay pots, but the Copics are much easier for me and don't require several coats. After I finished coloring my images, I sponged a light color of acrylic paint over the plain areas of the pot. I hope you'll get inspired from one of the tutorials and stretch your Copic abilities beyond paper. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the projects that the rest of the DT did for this challenge.