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

Friday, March 13, 2015

Home Decor with Prima Bloom Collection

Hi everyone! I want to share a fun and easy way to add custom art pieces around your house using the Prima Marketing, Inc. Bloom Collection by Jamie Dougherty with embroidery hoops! I used the Floral stamp on my project today. This post was originally published on Jamie Dougherty's Blog as a DT post.

First you are going to need some supplies. I used the Floral stamp from the Bloom Collection. I had some pieces of muslin that I primed with Golden Absorbant Ground in white to accept the water based mediums I was going to use to color the fabric. To add color, I used Imagine Crafts Fireworks! Sprays but you can use any type of sprays or mists that you have. I also used Versafine Onyx Black ink because it is a permanent ink but again you can use any permanent inks you have for this project.

First I traced an outline of the embroidery hoop onto the muslin fabric so I would know where to place my colors and stamps. Then I sprayed my fabric with three different colors to give a nice blend. I heat set that or you can let air dry (I'm kinda impatient. haha)

For two of the panels, I wanted to mute the colors so I took a stencil and created some circles with some white ink just to soften it a bit. In my mind, I wanted a bokah effect but it didn't quite turn out that way but I do love how the ink softened the bright colors so I was happy.

Next, I stamped my flowers on to each of the panels using just the smaller stamp on the outside hoops and the larger and smaller on the center piece.

Before embellishing with some Imagine Crafts Amplify I placed the fabric into the hoops and tightened the fabric. This made it a lot easier to add the outline as well as the sequins and gold mica flakes by Golden.

I also added a sentiment using some stickers in my stash. I really love how these turned out and think it is a simple way to add some pretty home decor pieces around your house or they would even make great gifts for friends and family! I hope you enjoyed my post today.

Products Used:
Bloom Floral Stamp item #980313
Embroidery Hoops
Golden Absorbant Ground - White
Imagine Crafts Fireworks Sprays - Angel Pink, Lady Bug, Dandelion
Imagine Crafts Amplify - Electric Orange, Electric Yellow, White
Imagine Crafts irRISISTible Pico Embellisher - Tuxedo Black
Golden Gold Mica Flakes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

MarkerPop! The Greeting Farm + Copics: Coloring Folds

Hi everyone! Before I get to my post today, I want to thank you all for your sweet comments on my first post last week and I've got a winner to announce! Between the comments on my blog and the MarkerPop! blog, there were 33 comments! I put all your names into to choose my winner and that is..... 

Congratulations, Donna! Please email your contact information to to claim your prize!

I've been following along in Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge over at The Daily Marker Blog. I colored this cutie by The Greeting Farm on Day 6 and thought I would share how I colored her hat today! I created a video for you showing exactly how I created the folders in her hat. You can view it here:

I love how she turned out! I stamped her on Copic Xpress It Blending Card Paper with Memento Tuxedo Black in and colored her with Copic Markers. I also used a white gel pen to add some fun polka dots to her scarf and star on her hat but you could also do this with the Copic Opaque White Pigment paint.

Of course, I also added a little clear Wink of Stella to her adding it only to her shirt and her boots. I just love that added bit of shimmer and you can see how beautifully the coloring still shows underneath.

Here is a list of all the Copic Markers I used to color this image. I have used a stamp by The Greeting Farm called TGF Color Combo to list my colors. I love this because I can color the little heart images with the actual colors used for future reference!

That's it for me today, I hope you enjoyed my video and be sure to check out our 'Anything Goes' challenge happening RIGHT NOW - we love seeing your awesome creations!!

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:
The Greeting Farm - SSS No. 009 - Day Out
The Greeting Farm - TGF Color Combo
Copic Xpress It Blending Card paper
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers
Wink of Stella Clear
White Uni-Ball Gel Pen

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Watercolor Wednesday - Bloom Girl Art Journal

Hi everyone! For Watercolor Wednesday this week, I want to share my first Bloom Girl post. I had a little fun in my art journal and even though this is mixed media, I actually watercolored Emily so I though it would be perfect to share today!

I used the Emily stamp and Sweet Pea stencil to create a page in my art journal. I also filmed a video for you to share my process and how it all comes together. I hope you will take a few moments out of your day to watch and be inspired to experiment and let go...because that's exactly what I had to do for this page to come together! 

This  page really started because of this quote. I picked up this book at a thrift store and I have been using it as my art journal. I love the quotes that are sprinkled throughout - some make me laugh (this book was published I believe in the early 1900's) and others really resonate with me like this one. I am so honored to be a part of Jamie's Bloom Girl DT but for some reason, I always freak out when I sit down to work on a project for a blog post - that's why this quote was PERFECT!! The biggest mistake I make in art is not even starting!

I really love the texture that the Sweet Pea stencil added along the bottom of my page. You can really see how pretty it looks here with some metallic texture medium.

Doesn't Emily look gorgeous on this page? It looks as though I planned this, right?! Nope! I actually had stamped right on my page but ended up stamping where there were a lot of ink splotches from me experimenting earlier. Oyi, I was like OH NO! So, I looked around and saw Emily half watercolored from an earlier attempt at a project that I had tossed in the trash because I wasn't happy. I took her out and thought, ok, I'll just fussy cut her out and adhere her over my earlier stamping. I finished coloring her and did just that…except now I know in order to attach something so thick and textured, I will definitely need some heavy gel medium in my art supplies! ;)

All in all, I am in LOVE with how this page turned out. I learned a lot not only about what art supplies I need but also about myself. I absolutely love the Bloom Collection by Jamie Dougherty and it makes me happy that I can create beautiful pages in my art journal like this since I can't draw to save my life.   haha How blessed are we to have gorgeous stamps available like this to create with?! I hope you enjoyed my post today and are inspired to pull out your Bloom Collection stamps and let go of any fear that might be holding you back from making something beautiful! You never know, that mistake (like mine) just might be the start of something amazing.

Prima Marketing Inc supplies used:
Prima Marketing Inc Bloom Collection - Emily (stamp) item# 980306
Prima Marketing Inc Bloom Collection - Sweet Pea (6x6 stencil) item#980351

Other supplies used:
Book journal
Imagine Crafts Fireworks Spray - Summer sky, Pear Tart, Lulu Lavendar, Dandelion
Imagine Crafts StazOn Studio Glaze - Gold, Cloudy Sky, Gothic Purple
Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher - Wedding Dress, Electric Purple, Tuxedo Black
Imagine Crafts Creative Medium - Clear, Silver (metallic)
Tsukineko StazOn Ink - Jet Black, Cloudy Sky
Tsukineko Versafine Ink - Black Onyx
Imagine Crafts Palette Knife
Strathmore 140lb Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
Koi Watercolors
Various Unity Stamp Co Background Stamps
Faber Castell Big Pitt Artist Pen - Cobalt Turquoise, Light Cobalt Turquoise
Bombay Black India Ink
Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen
Various Rub Ons

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Little Miss Muffet Stamps - Copics - Birthday Boy

Hi everyone! Today I have a very special card to share. When I saw Little Miss Muffet Stamps Facebook Group offering an adorable custom train to celebrate their birthday, I couldn't resist as I had a birthday boy just around the corner. I emailed right away and this is the train I was given. Just in time to create a card for my son's 5th birthday! I also used their current sketch challenge as the basis for my card design!

I started by printing my train on Copic Xpress It Blending Card using my laser printer. I know a lot of people wonder what printers are best for coloring digital images with Copics (or any alcohol based markers) and I invested in my Brother Laser Printer a couple years ago for many reasons, printing digital stamps one of them, I admit! I've also been able to watercolor digital images with no bleeding whatsoever so I highly recommend them. After that, I went to town coloring the train with my Copic markers to match this older Echo Park collection of This and That papers I had been hoarding. I love Echo Park's boy collections - they always have the perfect colors and patterns. In the end, I decided to fussy cut my train out so more of the papers could peek through.

I have to admit, this image intimidated me at first. I printed it at about a width of 5" so it would fill a card front nicely. I normally create A2 cards (4.25"x5.5") but decided to go with a 5.5"x5.5" for the LMMS Sketch Challenge. To get over my intimidation, I started with coloring the 5 with the BG's to match the papers (blue is his favorite color) so that was easy to start with. Then I decided to color all the parts of the train that I thought would be metal with my W's (the lighter combo's) - we had just visited a train museum over the weekend so I had a lot of inspiration to pull from! Then I matched the yellows and greens with the papers and colored each train car one of those colors. After that, I was feeling pretty good so I did all the black pieces of the train with my W's (the darker combo) and kept the stripes neutral by coloring a woodgrain look. Phew! After that, I wanted to give the windows a glassy look so I used my clear Wink Of Stella then covered that with Glossy Accents. I also outlined the 5 with a black Wink of Stella and used my Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black to accent all the rivets. 

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:
Little Miss Muffet Stamps - Linking Train Digital Stamp
Echo Park - This and That (retired)
Copic Xpress It Blending Card
Copic Markers
Scotch Advanced Glider Tape Glider
Wink of Stella Clear & Black
Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Pico Embllisher - Tuxedo Black
Glossy Accents

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sweet Stamp Shop Inktense Coffee Love

Hi everyone! I kept seeing this Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop in my blog reader and on facebook and had to see what it was all about because me and coffee are best friends. haha What a fun idea and I had the perfect card ready to go so why not pop it on my blog and play along!

My card features Coffee Town by the Sweet Stamp Shop. I love this set and had so much fun inking it up. I used Versafine Black Onyx ink and stamped it on some kraft paper. Then I pulled out my Derwent Inktense Pencils and used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to color it. I love using my Wink of Stella with my Inktense pencils since it is waterbased they activate the pencils beautifully. It is a pretty simple card otherwise. I used the Blueprints 15 dies by My Favorite Things and the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal die to put my card together. Added some sequins and called it done! Since the hop is officially ending in like 30 mins, I'm gonna keep this short and stop hopping to everyone's cards - it's one GINORMOUS hop - might need a pot of coffee to get my through. haha

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:
Sweet Stamp Shop - Coffee Town
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Bo Bunny Altitude 6x6 Paper collection
My Favorite Things Blueprints 15
Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal die
White Gel Pen