Thursday, January 24, 2013

You Color My World!

      Just stopping by to share my card as Guest Designer for this week's C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. Our theme this week is
      We would love to see how you interpret the theme in your choice of projects for this challenge.  To be eligible to win prizes or be selected for the "Top 3" awards, follow the challenge theme and upload your entry into the C.R.A.F.T. challenge Inlinkz by Wednesday, January 23rd.
       For my entry, I attempted my first "vintage" card using a black and white vintage image that I found on Pinterest. (Yikes, no copics!)  I just love these images so much so that I collated a "board" on my Pinterest page just for them! I wanted to add the little splash of color to one or two objects that you see in some of the old images, and I no longer have my Zig Photo Markers  so, my son, Tim, showed me how to add a splash of color and using Photoshop.  First, we made the image a "sepia" color and then added pale blue to the boy's shorts and peachy-pink to the little girl's shorts.  It was easier than I thought. I printed the image using an Inkjet printer onto white cardstock. I will be playing with this technique more...I just love this pic!

       Now, putting the card together was not so easy!  I need to find my comfort zone making this type of card. If you could only see my craft table- I had everything I could find out on it- buttons, bows, lace, pearls, flowers, ....trying to find a way to put it all together.  Not so easy for me.  It was still fun to move outside my comfort zone and try something new!  I just love how some of these beautiful cards are put together and there are some talented artists out there whose vintage cards just amaze me!
      The design paper is from Pion.  I can never get enough of these papers and they are so perfect for a vintage look.  They come 4 6" coordinating pieces on a 12" sheet. If you want to see what they are like, check out the Pion Pinterest page HERE, or click on my "pinterest" button on my sidebar... when you click on any paper collection, it will open a board with those papers and tons of projects made with them!
     The pearls, shabby seam binding and tulle trim are from Live and Love Crafts - I bought the seam binding in all the beautiful colors they have!  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash.  The lace and velvet ribbon is from The Ribbon Girls. The metal corner was colored with Tim Holtz white Pearl paint Dabber and sprinkled with Glamour Dust, as was the chipboard heart.  All edges of the papers and embellies were distressed with Walnut Stain or Tea Dye distress ink.  Last, the die cut flourish is from Magnolia.

    Why not take a look at what the Design Team has created to inspire you and then create your "love" theme project for our C.R.A.F.T.challenge. Thanks for stopping by and as always, thank you for your kind comments. Have a great day!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Resources, Tutorials and Templates to Share...

    I am writing a separate post today to invite you to visit my blog. I recently updated it and I added a "FAQ" page that not only gives you links to my favorite instruction and product resources, but also gives you some cool resources that may interest you.
    I also added a "Tutorials and Templates" page. This extensive list of resources are not mine but some I culled from other sites and blogs. I have given credit to wherever I got them. The links are included so if you click on a card fold or a copic coloring tutorial, it will take you right there!  I plan to add more as I find more amazing tutorials for us all to explore!
    Last, I have been working hard on my Pinterest page. There you will find great resources for copics, distress inks, colored pencils and other mediums - pdf instructions, video tutorials and inspirational pics!  I hope you will visit. There are now "buttons" on my blog page that will take you right to my Pinterest or Facebook page.
    I did this for both you and me... now in addition to sharing these great tutorials and templates with you, I also have one easy place for me to find these great resources!  Hope you will visit and become a follower, if you aren't one already, so that when I post new resources, it will come right to your mailbox.
    Have a great day..a will be sharing a new card with you soon.. my first attempt at a true vintage card..

Thursday, January 17, 2013

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge- Christmas in January!

     Just dropping by with a post for my second week as Guest Designer for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge blog. Our theme this week is:

     We would love to see some of your projects that might feature all those wonderful Christmas images you might not have gotten a chance to play with.  To be eligible to win one of THREE prizes, follow the challenge theme and upload your entry into the C.R.A.F.T. challenge Inlinz by Wednesday, January 23rd!  For my entry, I colored up a rubber stamp,  "Time Together" by Lili of the Valley.  I have had this image for awhile and I just love it, but never got the chance to color it up until now. The image is colored with copic markers and Spica pens.


       I had another mishap while embellishing the card...  seems I am on a a roll these days...the Martha Stewart red and gold tinsel glitter that I intended to use on the "fire" spilled out of the bottle all over the previously glued parts of the image, and I mean a ton of it! I was able to use a tweezer to remove most of the pieces of foil tinsel from the image but it "stuck" all over my holly on top of the mantle.. yikes! I am such a "bling" girl that after taking the excess off, I kind of liked it! 
            The dp is Bo Bunny's "Father Christmas" and the lace and velvet ribbon is from The Ribbon Girls. My sentiment is from an acrylic stamp set with no name! The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and circle die cuts from Spellbinders. Pearls from Recollections. The mantel is coated with Glossy Accents as I wanted the fireplace to "shine" - in my fantasy, it is a marble fireplace!!  The metal corner is from Michaels.


          Please take a look at what the Design Team has created to inspire you! Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

I will be entering this card in the following Challenges:

Come and Get It- Tie a Ribbon Around It
Drunken Stampers -All That Glitters
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Winter Blues"- The Paper Shelter Challenge

     The Design Team at The Paper Shelter is back from the holiday break!  We have another fantastic challenge to start the new year and it is "Winter Blues".  I always get a little down this time of year, longing for the sun and warmth of Spring and Summer, but at the same time, I just love the holidays and getting cozy by the fireplace... so I guess every season has a gift to give, right? 
      For my "Winter Blues" entry, I used a pre-printed digi image- so perfect for when you need to make a card that is not only quick, but colored to perfection!  This image is called "Snow Angel".  I was asked on what cardstock I print out these images, and I use Digital Cardstock from Craftwork Cards in the UK. It prints beautifully, dries instantly and you can even color use it to color with your copics.


       The design paper is interesting in that I used both a digi paper from Bearly Mine Designs called "Christmas Dreams" (the star/blue-green paper on top) and "Winter Blues" 6 inch paper pad by Whimsy (the blue green dotted paper on bottom). They matched perfectly! I like digi papers, as I have said in other posts, because they offer such interesting colors and designs, cost much less than the paper pads and most of all... I can have so many more as I don't have to worry about how and where to store them!  TIP: I print my digi papers (different from digi images above) out on HP Bright White Inkjet Paper- got a 500 sheet package at Staples HERE for $12.99. This paper produces great color and has the feel and weight of good design paper. The ink from my inkjet printer dries super fast on this paper, too!)
     The pre-colored digi image was embellished with Deco Art Glamour Dust and Martha Stewart Course Snow Glitter.  The die cuts are from Memory Box and the digi sentiment is from Create with TLC.  The pink swirl bling is from Recollections and the small flower ribbon is from Joanns.  I covered the Wild Orchid crafts silver metal corner  with Tim Holtz Pearl Paint Dabber (white) and then put some glamour dust on it.  Last, her hat and parts of her dress were blinged up with some Diamond Stickles.
     Won't you hop over to see what the rest of the DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you?  We would love to see what you create for this challenge. Have a great day and, as always, thank you for your kind comments!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge- Snowflake Kisses

     Happy New Year. I realized I haven't been here since the holidays, so let me first wish all of you the best for 2013! Slowly, it seems, we are all making our way back to our blogs after the holidays. It is great to see all the new challenges up and running.
     Today marks my first challenge for the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog.  I was so excited to be invited to be a Guest Designer for the month of January...how cool is that to meet a new group of ladies who are super creative and sweet, as well as get to join in on the fun of their challenges for the month! This week our challenge is a color challenge.

      Any project with the color combination above will be eligible for a prize.  At C.R.A.F.T. Challenges, prizes are awarded to SEVERAL randomly drawn "winners".  There are also "Top 3" winners selected each week who will receive a badge to display on their blog. Last there is a Star of the Month winner selected at the end of each month who will receive a prize from one of their sponsors!  Whew, it is hard NOT to win! You will have from now until Wednesday, January 16th (1pm EST/6pm GMT) to post your project in our Inlinkz and link back to your blog.
     For my design team entry, (get your sunglasses on) I selected "Snowy Tilda" by Magnolia. I don't color Maggies as often as I buy them, and having a chance this holiday break to "organize" my craft room gave me the opportunity to play with some stamps that were still in the package!  She is just perfect for any winter card! She is colored with copics (listed below).
        
 The design paper is from Lili of the Valley- "Frosty Christmas". The cardstock is Bazzill's "Bling" collection. The sentiment is from Create with TLC (digi sentiments) and they have a sentiment for every occasion you can think of!  Thanks Carla! Last, I ran the die cut snowflake border by Memory Box and Marvy Jumbo Punch (snowflake) through the Xyron and adhered MS glitter and Diamond Stickles - easy peasy.  Flowers and heart pearls by Wild Orchid Crafts and "berries" (blue and white) by Magnolia. Swarovski crystals, Snowflake buttons and Decor Art Glamour Dust from Michaels. Viva Decor Pearl Paint (white) and Transparent Glitter applied with Pebbles Chalk and Stormy Sky Distress ink around image.
        Here's a close up of the image and sentiment:

         So, you can sing the "blues' or play some "blues" music, but remember to COLOR your creation with some BLUES to join this challenge.  Take a look at what our DESIGN TEAM created for a little inspiration! Have a great day and thank you for you kind comments! (This card, along with others I have made, is available for sale in my ETSY shop HERE.
 Copics:
Copics: B39, 37, 34 & 32 and Fluorescent Blue copic
Hair: E29, 25, 31 & 50
E41, 40 gloves, scarf
Skin: E13. 11, 00, 000, R20, R21

I will be entering the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments- Sparkle and Shine
Inky Chicks- Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin- Cold and Frosty
Divas by Design- Anything Goes
Stampavie & More- Blue and White
The Perfect Sentiment-Winter
Creative Card Crew- Snow and Ice
Outlawz- Tuesday Color Challenge
Magnolia Down Under- Anything Goes
Craftymess Challenge- Show Some Sparkle
Sweet Stampin Challenge- White plus one other color
Tilda's Town- Anything Goes
Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia- Something New
Crafts and Me- Winter Wonderland
Loves Rubber Stamps- Dies or Punches
Cute Card Thursday- Beat the Blues
Pixie Dust Studio - Winter
Art Impressions Stamps - Bling it On
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