Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Some Odd Christmas

I made a slew of custom Christmas cards this year (25...remind me to start in March next year) So, instead of making an enormous post featuring all the cards...I'm going to bombard you with a few smaller posts broken up by the image designer. To start things off, I'm featuring Some Odd Girl Stamps.

 This is Elf Kaylee. I decided to go super bright with this one.

I really love her stocking and hat. They make me happy.

I used BG05-BG09, YG06-YG09 & RV04-RV09 for the color combo.
 This is Shy Kaylee and I thought her little sweater/scarf/tall socks combo was perfect for a fun winter card.

For her coloring, I used V91-V99.
 This is Winter Mae

For her outfit, I used B91-B99 & R24-R29. I love her little candy cane/Where's Waldo shirt
This is Snowfall Kaylee

She's my favorite of the set. I love a good vintage pea coat and the the BG's are my favorite colors to work with.

The coat is done in YG91-YG99
The hat and accessories are BG70-BG78
the Pants are done in warm grays. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Kraftin Kimmie's Challenge 150 - Let's Get SPOOKY!

This is my first contribution to a challenge for the Kraftin Kimmie's blog. The challenge was to make a spooky, Halloween themed card. For mine, I used Lola Lollipop for the main feature image and colored her in bright, Halloween themed Copic markers and (YG01,YG05,YG07,YG09 & YR65,YR68) and used some awesome papers from My Mind's Eye's Lost & Found collection.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Some Odd Cards

Today, I'm playing with Some Odd Girl stamps. These make the perfect images for adorable everyday cards. I paired these images with a some Basic Grey & Bo Bunny papers for the cute finished cards.

The first was a card for my friend Holly. We tease her and call her Elmyra, because when it comes to animals, she wants to hug them and kiss them and love them forever. I thought of her immediately when I saw Snuggly Tiny Tia. She was perfect. And with her Holly-blonde locks and little grey kitten, it's the perfect card for her.

 I want more of the Kaylee stamps. I just adore her cute short haircut. This was my first time playing with freckles and eyes. Most of the stamps I've used up to this point have had dots for eyes, so it wasn't necessary to learn how to blend them. This taught me that I need different brown markers for eyes...*Adds to my every growing list of crafting needs*
This turned out to be my favorite card. Tweet Kaylee was so cute on the lemon yellow papers and it made a sweet card for my friend, who was having some unfortunate relationship troubles. She needed a little something to brighten her day.

My third card was made using the Bicycle Kaylee stamp. I decided to make her a redhead for this one. I want that bike!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Wryn Tags

 I don't do July 4th. Something about red, white and blue together makes me cringe. I do, however, love the bright colors of summer. So, when my boss at work challenged me to bring in some decorations for July, I went sunny over patriotic.

This one I created by embossing a plain manilla tag with the Time Holtz Texture Fades in 'Rays' and inked using the Squeezed Lemonade from his new Spring line, and Salty Ocean & Mowed Lawn from the Summer line. The image is Sweet Treat Wryn from Tiddly Inks and colored using Copic Markers. (I have to get better at writing down which ones I use)

Isn't she precious? I love Tiddly Inks stamps. I used the Retro Circles embossing folder for the background and Peacock Feathers & Shaded Lilac Distress Inks from the Spring line and Picked Raspberry from the Summer line. That pink is AMAZING! My little pink streak Wryn is the Summer Sweet Wryn from Tiddly Inks.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

 Today I focused on Father's Day cards. The first was for my Grandfather. He's actually my husband's grandfather, but I adopted him as mine before Seth and I were even engaged. He is the sweetest, funniest man and never fails to make me smile. (My husband is pretty fantastic too) So, in light of one of W.T's favorite past times, I made him a card using Ricky - Fishing Expert. I colored him to look like a young Seth and made a little tag for the front using Copic colored clip art.
 For my own father I went funny. As long as I can remember my dad's had a very prominent mustache. It was always a weird thing when a wild hair would make him shave it off. (See what I did there. *Snickers*) So, it only seemed natural to celebrate it with some fun graphics and some Graphics 45 papers.
I was pretty amused by the inside as well, so I had to share.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

 Edith Kemp is like a TV Grandmother. She has the cute white hairstyle that never moves (even on a windy beach). She always has a table full of homemade food when we get there after a long ride. She knows everyone in her neighborhood and everyone loves her. She has a large, lovely garden, so I thought for Mother's Day, Peony made the perfect card for her.
One of my favorite things growing up was to snuggle on the sofa with my mom and watch a movie. The Wizard of Oz was an annual tradition in my house. So, Dorothy from Kraftin Kimmie's Oz collection seemed like the right fit. I bought the whole freaking collection I loved it so much...

Monday, April 30, 2012

Craft Room

I thought I would share a few pictures of my newly finished craft room

 It's a bit cramped, but I've managed to fit everything I need. Including my cat, Asher.
 Since this picture was taken, I've actually added more boxes and downgraded my action figure collection. It broke my heart, but I'm over 30 now...so....yeah.
 My desk is to the left, and my Husband's is to the right. He can be in their working on music while I work on my cards. The steampunk prints are from a fantastic shop on Etsy. They print on old encyclopedia pages and it looks awesome.
 I'm what is apparently referred to as a 'collector'. The drawer next to this is filled as well...I have them all....*Sigh* I need to attend some art supply anonymous meetings or something...
The collection has grown since this picture and spilled into 4 of these cases...Did I mention I'm a collector?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Let them eat Cupcakes!

 I fell in love with this designer. Her characters are so adorable. This one is Marie Antoinette from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. I'm not used to using stamps for my characters instead of printed Digis. I'll admit it took some getting used to and was very frustrating at first, but once I got a clean image to work with, I was able to scan it in and now I'll be able to work with it easier in the future.
I had a lot of fun with her hair. I had the recent Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette in mind when I colored her, keeping the colors very candy gloss.

 I can't live without my Distress Inks.

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So, this all went into a Birthday Card for my co-worker. I made her a cheesecake, but cupcakes just sounded cuter (And usually more what I'm known for)

And this was the finished card. Sparkles and pastels. Very fun.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Harry Potter Card

Anyone who knows me, and I mean REALLY knows me, knows that I'm obsessed with Harry Potter, yet this is the only Harry Potter card I've made. How is that? Probably because it takes someone special to get a card like this from me.

This, I made for my lovely Deb. She's the Harry to my Draco *Winks* I'll have to make her a new one now that I'm a bit better with my Copics and composition.

The figure was care of Tiddly Inks, who I am also obsessed with. Seriously. Every time she releases a new stamp, I NEED IT!! *Grabby hands*

I added the striping to his scarf, because what's a Gryffindor scarf without stripes and I printed the antiqued Hogwarts Crest and embossed it. I think it's time to make a new one. I still have a Hermione and Ron to play with.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fun with Copic

I took my very first Copic class last weekend. Taught by Liz at Whim-So-Doodle in St. Pete, who was brilliant and amusing and such a good teacher. I had a blast. The point of the class was to learn how to colorize skin, the tones to use, the shading and how to blend to make the perfect skin tone. This was the result of that class:

I got an extra practice sheet and when I got home,I took it a little further.

Throughout the week I worked on a cute piece for a birthday card for my friend Brenna and I was pretty pleased with the outcome. It was a KennyK digital stamp. I love his work, you can download them here: http://www.kennykdownloads.com/ and although my Copic collection is still a bit limited, I think it works.

I finished the outside using Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante papers and some Tim Holtz Ideology bits from Foliage & Gears.

For the inside message, I used Distress Inks and a bit of clear embossing powder.

My next class is hair, which I seriously need. That was the one spot I was really unhappy with. I’ve actually signed up for a few classes in February and I’m very excited.

Finished card: