Love - A Bridal Canvas Gift

Happy Monday!  It has been quite the week and I am so grateful for a day off to breathe and play.
 I have been playing with mixed media and altered canvas for the past few weeks - knees deep in gesso, stencils, air dry clay, paints- messy and wonderful!  I have also watched lots of youtube tutorials and even purchased a few layout kits so I can learn from so many talented artists out there as this is a new venture for me.

I began this endeavor by creating a "torso" with air dry clay from a Barbie doll mold I purchased some years ago. The mold is much like this one here (etsy) and it comes in several parts so you can use all of them or just one section (I used the front torso so it would lie flat) which looks just like the finished torso below.  Once dry I lightly coated it with gesso.
With that, I began to create a gown using laces and trims from my stash. First, I attached lots of tulle as a base and then wrapped various lengths of lace to make the bodice and dress. I was inspired by Angela Holt's youtube video but unlike her, I could not make the torso freehand!
Again, below is a close up of the dress. I mounted it on a Prima Shabby Chic Frame that I backed with Tim Holtz "mirror" paper. Honestly, it looks and behaves like a real mirror! I have used it before and just love it for these projects! 

Once my dress was embellished with Swarovski crystals, I thought I would mount it on a wrapped canvas and so began my trial and error. I am happy with how it turned out! I used Caio Bella design papers- The Sound of Spring Collection to which I added texture paste and script stencil.  I also added pearls on a string, a wood heart covered with gesso and Frantage, chipboard and some beautiful flowers.  

I know I have a lot more to learn but this was a great way to move out of my comfort zone and get messy! Have a great day, and as always, thank you for your kind comments! This canvas is available in my ETSY shop for purchase! 

Challenges Entered:
A Inky Mess -anything mixed media
613 Avenue Create- use something wooden (heart, love)
We Love to Create - Mixed Media
Creative Artiste-Anything Mixed Media
Color My Heart #312- Glacier,White, Sugarplum

Leilani - Child of Heaven

       Happy Sunday! Finally a day where the humidity took a break and it was actually cool enough to open windows!  I am here today to share a card I created using the Connie Fong digi image, "Leilani".  Her Hawaiian name means "child from heaven." 


"Leilani" is colored with both copic markers and Shin Han alcohol makers (the blue dress and bow BG7, BG9, BG5).  I do not own many Shin Han markers but I added a few to my copic collection that were of colors that seems to be different from the copic blues.  Here is another view.

I mounted the image on a Spellbinder scallop oval die and propped her up with double sided mounting tape. The gorgeous papers are the 6x6 (four matching papers) from PION.  I was able to use two of them on the card front and other inside the card to which a sentiment can be added and personalized.  Matching cardstock from Tim Holtz collection. Here is a close up.
Additional details include lace, pearls and satin ribbon from my stash, beautiful blue/gray pearl button from Etsy (New York Button Sister) and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  
Thanks so much for stopping by. Thanks also for your kind comments.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Color Crazy Challenge- Colored Image
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Back to Basics - Use a digi image
The House that Stamps Built- Photo Inspiration
Crafter's Castle- Shabby Chic
Polkadoodles  Anything Goes

Flower Wisdom

     Happy Thursday. My two cards in one week! I must be back.  Just stopping by to post an encouragement card I created using a Quiet Fire calligraphy stamp. I just love the sentiment.

     I have been wanting to use this vibrant Pion paper (6x6) for some time and I found the floral design on it to perfectly compliment the sentiment. These 6x6 papers feature one 12 inch square (for those who are not familiar with Pion) and each of the four squares are a coordinating design. So I used all of them for both the background, die cuts and inside the card as well. This design paper is called "Vintage Garden".
Here is another view of the sentiment.  
    Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments. Card recipe with details below. Have a great dayThis card is available in my ETSY store for purchase. 

Card Recipe:
Design Paper: Pion Vintage Garden
Sentiment: Quietfire Design
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies: Spellbinder border and Pierced Ovals (?)
Ink: (Sentiment) Ranger Archival Plum and Fired Brick for distresses edges
Pearls: My stash
Butterfly: The Kreative Korner (Etsy)

Where Your Treasure Is...

     Wow! It has been so long since I posted on my blog! There have been some changes in my life. My Mom passed away last year and I just lost my "mojo" for awhile afterward. I have been crocheting like a madwoman - something I did quite a lot with her so maybe that made me feel close to her. I did make some beautiful gifts for new babies in my family. The yin and yang of life-right?

 Well school is out for the summer and so after a few weeks of home renovations, I finally got the chance to get back into my craft room. Once again I decided to make a bride card featuring one of Mo's Digital Pencil digital images which I colored with copics. She is adorned by beautiful Pion paper that always scream "bride" to me so maybe that is why I make so many. The sentiment is from Matthew 6:21"Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Shall be"  The sentiment comes with the image and you can find her here:
Here is a close up. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. This card is available for purchase in my ETSY SHOP.
Card recipe below. Have a great day! 
Image: The Bride
Papers: Pion 
Medium: Copic Markers 
Flowers: Mulberry Wild Orchid Crafts & Stash 
Pearl Button: New York Button Sister (Etsy)
Ribbon and Lace: My Stash 
Dies: Spellbinder and Marianne Creatables

Emmanuelle Coloridge

   Happy Sunday!  I have not been blogging much but I have been creating lots of goodies for family- crochet, gift boxes and cards for special occasions. That said, it is nice to be back and post a card I have made!  With classes ending in two weeks, I am hoping to get more cards and mixed media projects posted!
   For this card, I am using an image by Emmanuelle Colin from her new coloring book Coloriage Wild.   I purchased my copy through Amazon but you can purchase from ETSY as well.
The coloring book features images on high quality watercolor papers, but I wanted to color with copics, so I scanned the  blank image on my computer, sized it in WORD, printed it on copic paper and colored the image with copics.  I have admired her images for over a year but never colored one because I waited until she released the book and then I had permission to use it and post this way!  The images are just gorgeous!
     This card was also inspired by Frouwkje van Keeken who colored this image so beautifully first and when I saw it on her blog, I was thrilled to learn the book was released and then to have it in my hands, and then to color it as beautifully as she did her image!
My image is colored with copic markers.  The design papers are from LemonCraft- "Just Love Me" and Gossamer Blue".   The flowers and pearl embellishment are from Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts and The Ribbon Girl.  I also used scallop fishtail banner dies and my favorite oval die from Spellbinders on which to mount this beauty!

       Have a great day, and as always, thank  you for your kind comments! This card is available in my ETSY store.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl- Ribbon
Colour Crazy Crafting- Anything Goes
Allsorts- Use two dies
Cardmania Challenge- Buttons and Bows
Let's Craft & Create- Girls, Girls, Girls
Stamping Sensations- Rubber Stamp Focal Point

Garden Bride

     Monday, Monday.. we know how that goes!  Like many of you, I am doing my last minute shopping and making preparations for Christmas... it is just a few days away! I am also looking forward to our winter break at school!  The kids are in "holiday mode" already, and I cannot blame them but oh my.. what a week it will be!
    I took a much-needed break from this weekend and colored up a beautiful new image by Mo Manning called "Garden Bride". You can find her hereThis lovely bride comes in shaded and unshaded versions.  For those new to copics and "shading" having the pre-shaded images really helps you place those shadows and highlights.
        I wanted her to be set in a vintage color scheme; pale peach and white/ivory.  I die cut my image with Spellbinder Ovals and Grand Scallop Ovals.  Her gorgeous gown is colored her dress with "C"and some "BV" copics to create the shading and then using Diamond Dust glitter over her veil and dress. Her flowers and roses along the hemline of her dress feature some RV, and peachy R copics. I really do play with lots of colors so I did not keep a list of them. Her skin features the usual copic skin colors (E000, E00, E11, E04 and R20).  I colored her hair using #44, 43, 42 AND 40.  Around her image, I put several Viva Decor "pearls" in ivory.
        My design paper is from Pion 6x6 sheets, roses by Wild Orchid Crafts and sentiment by Create with TLC, one of my favorites for a wedding card. I added beautiful lace, a Resin Heart on which I attached some bling, gorgeous rose/rhinestone embellishment from Noor Design.  This card is available in my ETSY SHOP (see sidebar).
        Hoping all of you have a wonderful holiday. I am hoping to get back into my craft room next week for more time to play, how I miss it!  Until then, have a great day, and thank you as always for your kind comments!

Happy Halloween

   Happy Wednesday or should I say "Witchy Wednesday"???  Just stopping by to post a card I made just for fun for Halloween. I love Hannah Lynn images. They were among the first I ever colored when learning to work with copic markers and I still find so much to enjoy in working with them!  This is a new digi stamp by Hannah Lynn called "Happy Halloween" and you can find her here.
     The digi has all three images together along with the word art at the bottom so you do not have to merge anything! Just size it, print it and color it.  The image was colored with copic markers and enhanced with Glamour Dust. I did use the florescent copics over the regular colors - I love to do that for Halloween images!
      The design paper was from an old K & Company 12x12 Halloween paper pad. I embellished the image with a wonky stitched rectangle die cut, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, black tulle and some fibers tied into a bow. My little bats are courtesy of Martha Steward punch!
     Thanks so much for stopping by and, as always, for your kind comments! This card is available in my ETSY shop (see sidebar)!   Have a great day!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge - Halloween 
CMD Challenge- Copics
Let's Craft and Create- Halloween 
Shopping our Stash- Halloween
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