Thursday, March 26, 2015

MarkerPop! + WPlus9 + Copic Skin Tutorial

Hi Everyone! I'm back today on the MarkerPop! blog with another coloring tutorial. I wanted to do a video tutorial using the same technique for coloring skin that I shared last week in the photo tutorial. I love seeing the coloring come together "real" time so to speak (even though I speed up the video just a tad) and I thought it might be easier to understand how I'm shading with the cool BV20 by watching me. Also, I just couldn't resist coloring this adorable image any more and I am so excited that MarkerPop! is now going to carry WPlus9 stamps so I could share her with you! I used Miss You Lots and seriously, isn't she just the sweetest?! She comes with two great sentiments as well.

Here is the video, I hope you will enjoy!

I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black on Copic Xpress It Blending Card before coloring her with Copic Markers. After a TON of finagling and blending I was finally happy with her dress - maybe in another video, if you don't mind, I'll share a video on how I colored her clothing? (Just another excuse to color this darling image!) I actually love how the yellow and reds go together on her dress! And as if I need to mention it, I used clear Wink of Stella on her dress for a bit of sparkle! Because everything looks better with glitter. 

So, here are the colors I've used (actually, I wrote down V20 and I used BV20 for her skin) - I apologize for my messy handwriting. I really need to work on that! Hopefully you can read my chicken scratch. If you have any questions on any colors, please don't hesitate to comment or email - I will be sure to respond! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you liked my video and don't want to miss a post please be sure to follow me by clicking the button below!

Products used:
WPlus9 - Miss You Lots
Copic Xpress It Blending Card
Copic Markers
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
Signo UniBall White Gel Pen

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sweet Stamp Shop: March Release Cards

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to be a creative contributor for Sweet Stamp Shop's release this month. Have you seen the awesome NEW STAMPS yet?! Omgosh, so cute. I loved creating a couple cards for the release that I'm going to share with you today. Be sure to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog next Monday as I will have another card to share for you as well to wrap up the month with them! 

The first card I created used the adorable Veggin set. My kids love Veggie Tales so I just thought these vegetables were the cutest and I had a blast using my Copic markers to color them. I pared them with some October Afternoon papers I had in my stash for a bright and punny card. I just love the sentiments that come in these sets. They make me giggle every time!

The next card I made using a combination of the Hip Veggie set and Turnip set. I LOVE playing my music loud, especially when I'm cleaning or creating. It definitely creates my mood and my happy place. I thought the peas were so cute jumping up and down to the beat. haha I colored my images with Inktense Pencils on watercolor paper.

I added a bit of shimmer to the sunglasses with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and added some glossy accents for some additional pop. I really love how this card turned out! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you liked my cards and don't want to miss a post please be sure to follow me by clicking the button below!

Products used:
Sweet Stamp Shop - Veggin, Hip Veggie, Turnip
Watercolor Paper
Copic Xpress It Blending Card
Copic Markers
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
Recollections Kraft Doilies
October Afternoon Pattern Paper
American Crafts Pattern Paper
My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 15
Simon Says Stamp Stitch Circles Wafer Thin Dies
Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble Border Die
Foam Adhesive
Glossy Accents

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Creative Jumpstart 2015 - Art Journal

Hi everyone! This post has been in draft forever! I love taking online classes...finishing them...not so much. *sigh* Well, I want to try to be better at that so I'm going to try to share what I've done here and there. This page came together because of the Creative Jumpstart 2015 class. I think it was for 25 days in January there was a new video by amazing artists showing you how to get your creativity jump started in the new year. I was very inspired by each video and took bits and pieces with me into my art journal. This page is part of that. For me, I think it's not about completely each and every lesson in detail but learning and growing from each one. At least, that's what I'm telling myself and sticking to it - although I hope to get more applicable with techniques this year.

This art journal is an old book that I've shared other pages in before. I've had it for a couple years now and I think I might be almost done with it. I love this page because the intricate frames on some of the pages provides such a great texture for my background. I used a variety of different acrylic paints and white gesso for this page.

I've love quotes inside art journals that are written whimsically like this so I decided to give it a whirl and I love how it came out! This quote reads: There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure. Ah, this quote... There must be a reason why I haven't blogged this particular page in my art journal before because this is really fitting for this time in my life right now. I lost my job this past Friday (the 13th, go figure) and it has been tough. I honestly cried my eyes out once I got off the phone. I felt like a HUGE failure to myself and more importantly to my family for losing this source of income in such a time of transition (we are in contract on a house and I'm really not sure if we will be able to move forward because of this yet). Anyway, now that it has been a few days, there are still lows but there have also been tremendous joys. I've spent so much more time with my kids these past few days. We are enjoying more hands on learning together which I have missed tremendously these past few months. Today has been a really, really good day and for that, I'm grateful. We just have to move in faith and trust that there is a greater good to come out of this than any second income can provide. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and listening to my woes today (I know I usually don't get too personal here) - if you liked my art journal page and don't want to miss a post please be sure to follow me by clicking the button below!

Monday, March 16, 2015

MarkerPop! Copic Markers + My Favorite Things

Hi everyone! Today I'm on the MarkerPop! Blog sharing with you how I colored the skin on this adorable image by My Favorite Things called My Favorite Peep! I just love it because my entire family excluding me LOVES those peep things! haha Do pop on over if you want to see the step by step tutorial!

When I sat down to do my tutorial, I realized I haven't played in the My Favorite Things Card Challenges recently and so I decided to go for the color challenge this time to REALLY challenge myself! I don't have any of the inks or cardstock that MFT carries so I had to use my Copics to get the colors of the challenge. 

I think I got a little carried away with the Steel Blue - didn't quite have the colors I really wanted for that but I hoped the sky would fulfill that and Coral Crush was a blast to experiment with different color combinations to achieve. I think I nailed that one if I do say so myself! I colored her dress to match the Tropical Teal and left my card CAS for the white. ;)

Here is a list of all the colors I used on the image. I also used Wink of Stella clear on the peep and a white gel pen for the polka dots on her dress.

Thanks so much for stopping by - if you liked my card today and don't want to miss a post please be sure to follow me by clicking the button below!

Products used:
My Favorite Things - My Favorite Peep stamp set
Copic Blending Card Paper Mini Pack
Copic Markers
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
White Gel Pen
Wink of Stella - Clear

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Growing In Unity Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be part of this Growing In Unity Blog Hop! You should have just come from Karen Nofziger's blog, but if you are just stopping by, you can see a list of all the stops at the bottom of my post. For the hop today, we were all sent a Unity Stamp Co. stamp from the Phyllis Harris line - which I admit I squealed a bit when I opened the package because this line is one of my all time favorites! I know you have enjoyed the hop so far so I will get right to my card now.

The stamp I received is called too beautiful for earth and I have had this on my wish list forever! I think it is such a sweet image and I knew I was going to pull out my Peerless watercolors for this card. There are three sweet sentiments that come in this stamp set and they are all meant to lift up someone who has experienced a loss. It is always hardest for me to create sympathy cards and I think this stamp set is one to have in your collection just for those moments in life.

Here is a close up of the coloring. I did a wash watercolor so it would appear very loose and flowing. I also added some clear Wink of Stella to her wings and the butterflies. After everything was dry I added a little splatter of color for some more texture. This is a one layer card and I just popped up the watercolor panel on some foam tape to my card base.

Here is the list of everyone participating today! Be sure to check out all the posts and stop by the Unity Stamp Co Blog as there is a giveaway as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by - if you liked my card today and don't want to miss a post please be sure to follow me by clicking the button below! Now, be sure to head on over to Lena Nun's blog for more inspiration in today's blog hop!

Products used:
Unity Stamp Co - too beautiful for earth by Phyllis Harris
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Strathmore Watercolor Paper 140lb Cold Press
Peerless Watercolors
Wink of Stella - Clear
My Favorite Things - Blueprints 15 Dienamics
Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape Roll