Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

This one went straight to my DH heart, I hope! Just think Tilda is so cute. He calls them the stamps with no faces! I finally splurged and bought an air brush or gun - I get mixed up what it is really called. I do call it a gun because of the way it is shaped. I tore paper for the sky/ground mask. It was fun! I have mostly ciao pens so it was a bit tricky. The photo really stinks to tell you the truth! I can't seem to get the colors right on the photos. And there is the problem of the red reflecting on the white stickles. The greeting is from an old stamp set by Cindy of It has a bunch of specific greetings as well as some of the stamps fit certain spellbinder's dies. I am not sure who made the valentine stamp. I love it and added stickles around it. I did the skin a little differently. I used E000 for my base which is brand new to me. I also wanted Tilda to be more blonde than ash blonde, so I added Y11 to the usual blonde mix that I use. I used mostly R27 and R29 for the reds but in the end added the ciao R that is a deep burgundy. The green is yg63, I think. This is the simplest card I have made in a long time. No embellishments to speak of. Hope you like it. It was not one of my best days - I was a little shakey, but all in all, I think its ok and DH enjoyed it. Hugs to you all, Barb F

Monday, February 7, 2011

2 scenes for you

First I need to give the credits for these. The stamps are from Victoria Case. She designs for I just love her creations! They could be really easy to color if I wasn't trying to make my stuff look so realistic. I have been practicing a bit on these as suggested by Zoe of   She is my model!! I have watched her youtube videos a million times and everytime I see something else!! One day maybe. I do want you to know before you look real close, that these are done on Staples brand cardstock - not the best paper in the world - but certainly not the worst. It doesn't bleed. I used a lot of ink on these trying to get the colors and shading just right. It does, however, build up and get shiny and blotchy. Just remember when you are looking real close, that the background is pure white so the colors didn't photograph super wonderfully. But you will see the difference in depths. I am particularly proud of the Tea for two hair and the Nuts for you squirrel. I think they came out really good and I still can't believe I did them! It took me two afternoons to do that hair!!! I got half of her head after about 3 tries on other papers. I stamped off a bunch of images as Zoe suggested. It really helped to do those. I think I am beginning to understand this shadow stuff!!! Thanks, Zoe!!! So here are the photos. I did keep track of the copics. Next time when I need to go back and add more depth, I will use prismacolors! I see the reason why now. By the way, these are not "scenes" that I created - they are actually all in each stamp!!

Stamp is "Nuts to you" Copics are:
Y21,28,15; YR23; E00, E11, E15, E18; R20; YG11, YG17; G14, G17; RV10, RV13, RV14, RV29; B02; C1

Stamp is "Tea for two". Copics are:
B14; YG63, YG67; Y11, Y15, Y17, Y28; YR23, YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07; V01, V05, V09, V06, V04; G21, G28, G29; C2; W1

Here is another one of the first photo. The color is better, but it cut the top of her head off!!

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think. How did I do? Hugs to you all!! Barb F

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day!

Well, its February and amazing enough we are not snowed in! Glad DH was home to shovel and run the snowblower though! My we have a lot of the white stuff! I managed to finish up some cards and thought I would post them. Hope you enjoy! I am dying to color as I am watching videos like a crazy person. I have a couple of stamps that are just adorable on their own to practice on. Might not make cards when I am done - hope they are good enough to just frame! Is that wishful thinking or what?
The first card is a birthday for a 5 yr. old. As you might have guessed, we have one whole bunch of boys!! I fell in love with this image when I first saw it. Sorry for the blurry on the package. Colors I used on this cowboy are: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E40, E43; YR23, 20,; B93; W2, C0.

Another Edwin the cook card - this one is also Birthday. The bench and the cake are from Gina K. She has some of the cutest stamps. They seem to go with lots of things I already have.  Copics I used on this one are: E00, E11, E43, E47, E41; W2, W3; YG23; B00, B12; R11, R14, R17, R20.

And last but I hope not least is the cutest jukebox also from Gina K, also a birthday card. Here are the copics: R27, BG13, BG15, BG10; Y11, Y15, Y17. I know the colors don't look quite like they go together - they actually are the same colors as the papers. Sometimes I can't get things to photograph just right.

I used glossy accents on parts of this to give it that neon look. To get the blue outline, I traced the outermost outline of the die and cut it out by hand. The music behind the jukebox is another stamp. Masked the jukebox and stamped the music in.  Of course everything is loaded with stickles! I honestly can't make a card without using them. I should own stock in the company by now!! Don't I wish?!
I know this is a long post - might be a bit until I do another. Stay tuned and let me know what you think! Hugs to all of you! If you are under mountains of snow (as I am) or ice (hope not), stay safe and warm. Barb F