Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Green and Yellow

So sorry I have been so absent. This probably will continue until the middle of August. I keep coloring and just don't have enough time to make something out of the images. If things keep going like this I may just post the colored images. Let me know what you think.
So here is my first finished card in quite awhile. You will recognize my newest Tilda! I just love her! This is one of those cards that I picked out some papers and then colored the image to match. It is so much easier when you are making that card. You just have to keep things together until you actually make the card! Sometimes that isn't as easy as it sounds!
My latest challenge to myself is to come up with my own sketch based on absolutely nothing! I really enjoy trying shapes in unexpected places. Not sure how good this is, but it was fun. Here are the copics I used: E00, E11, E21, E25, E29, E31, E35, E37, E18, W1, W3, Y02, Y06, Y08, Y11, Y28, G21, G28, G29. You will see lots of stickles all over the place. The brown patterned paper looked a little dull, so I added cinnamon stickles. I finally found the pearls with the flat backs - guess I got a little carried away with them! But they really are so pretty!! And here it is ---
Hugs to you all for hanging in there for such a long gap!! Will try not to repeat that length again, but not promising anything. Let me know if just a colored image now and then would be ok. Until the next time - stay safe over the holiday!! Barb F

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Tilda and a Digital

This first card is a direct result of the second one. I made the second one as a birthday card for one of my sons who loves video games even though he is nearing 40! Thought he would enjoy the image. But I am not showing you his card first - I am showing you a Tilda with sunflower. I colored her awhile back as I was sure it wouldn't be too hard to find red and blue stuff to make her a card. I recently bought this spellbinder's die and just needed to use it - you know how that is! Well, first I cut it out of the red with stars paper. It didn't look too good. I had to cut Tilda out as she was too big to fit into the die. I know she would have fit if there had been more paper around her, but the way it worked out, I needed to cut her out. Good thing I loved paper dolls as a kid - I was one of the few that liked to cut! Love that red paper so decided to use a Martha Stewart corner punch on it. I do have the one for the sides also but didn't want that much of it. Also cut part of a doily (my newest have to include in a card) for behind her. Found the perfect little brads for the centers of the punches. Recut that spellbinder in white - that way the part of Tilda that I couldn't cut out isn't quite so noticeable. Decided it was too plain and pulled out my Distress inks - this one is sapphire. Look and you will see stickles on the flowers. Didn't like the red bow and it was too late to remove the red ribbon, so made a blue bow and stuck it on top! Found a little "gem" on my desk, so I glued it on while I was at it!! It needed a greeting and found this little one - since I stamped it after the entire card was put together, it had to be very small, indeed!! Used a deep blue memento ink on it. By the way, I bought those little inks shaped like drops in memento in a bunch of colors I thought I might like - sure comes in handy and doesn't take up near the room of the regular ink pads. Fairly recently, I bought the new Tim Holtz acrylic blocks for stamping. They are only about 1/4" thick and the set has a whole bunch of different sizes in it. I love the way it stamps - very seldom do I mess one up anymore. I also had one small enough to get into this space! This card is only 4 1/4 x 5 1/2!! So here are the copics I used: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E29, R20, R11, R14, R17, R59, YG17, G29, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y28, B95, B97, B99. This is the first time I managed to color this Tilda without black hair! Hope you like her!!

This is my son's birthday card. It is a digital image from Mo's digital pencil called video boy. It wasn't as hard to color as I thought it would be, although it was a challenge. The pants were originally a blue but I didn't like them and colored over them with the red - it was really wet when I did it and I am amazed that it came out the color that it did!! I used a spica pen for the wire - will never be that good with the copics!!! I had the paper with the airplanes that I just had to use even though it doesn't make much sense with the image. I wanted to show it off and it was too small for the card - this card is 5 x 7.  Found that my buttons were really old looking (that's because they are old!!) and just guzzied them up with stickles! My what a shock! I think I got a little carried away with the layout, but I ended up liking it - do you? Hope he does!
I want to thank all of you not only for the super, uplifting comments you leave, but for also following me. Sure does my ego wonders!!! I don't always get to thank you because sometimes your email adddress doesn't come through with the comment. So every once in awhile, I just need to thank you on my blog!!! You guys are the absolute BEST!!!! Hugs to you all, Barb F

Forgot to post the copics for you: E00, E11, E31, E35, E37, E29, R20, R14, R17, C0, C5, C7, BV23, YG03, Y06, YR23, B23, B0000, B95

Monday, June 6, 2011

Two today

First, I have a friend in the hospital, so I made her a card. Will get it in the mail tomorrow. Since she is probably on oxygen, I opted to leave out any artificial flowers. I also went with the choice of keeping it simple. Hope she likes likes it and hope she gets well quickly.

The stamp is from Gina K. I got to use some doilies. Colored one of them with perfect pearls and ranger ink. Made it over a year ago so I am not so sure of the "formula"!! Of course I stickled the background paper as well as almost everything else!!  I did color the image with copics, not too well as this card was when I found out that most of the copics I refilled the other day were overfilled! One of the great uses for stickles! Covers up a lot to the naked eye!

Moving on to the next card - you know, two?!! I promised myself I wouldn't buy more stamps for awhile. I was doing pretty well but then I just had to have this Tilda with Hawaii flower. (I am pretty sure that is her name.) She came in the mail last week and DH was still home. I did manage to stamp her but not to color. It was driving me crazy!!! So DH left to work this am. That left me with lots of time!! I hit my room running this morning! This Tilda always has black hair in my imagination, so of course I colored her luxurious locks black! (We know that there is actually no black, just gray.) Then I picked out some papers that I thought I would just love with her. That is the easiest way to make a card. Chose papers, match copics to the papers. Not always the way I do it, but the way I choose if I can. There are the doilies again - this time colored a pale yellow. I also colored a white flower yellow in the corner using my copic. I used a couple of brads that actually were a pale peach - didn't like the color, so I copicked them! (Like my new word?) Thought I would try a real different paper arrangement so I did some paper piecing. And of COURSE stickles all over! Hope you like it! Here are the copics I used: C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, W3, E00, E11, R20, Y06, BG72, BG000, YR68, YR61, YG03, YG63. So lets have a drumroll --------- here she is!!
Don't you just love her! Hugs to you all, Barb F

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Kit?

About a year ago I participated in a card kit exchange. When all my kits got here, I didn't know what to do with them. None of the kits contained the one paper I could color on at that time. So I put them away and promptly forgot about them. I was looking for some thing the other day and came across the kits. They each had 3 stampings of the same image, some embellishments, maybe ribbons, and several 6 x 6 papers. I decided that I needed to see what I could do with them. This little gal was calling to me! She is stamped on watercolor paper with memento inks - that means no watercolor things or the ink runs. I really didn't want to try my copics on it either. (By the way, I now color on anything I come across - just takes practice as most papers have their own special good points as well as not so good ones.) So I thought, why not try my prismacolor pencils? I do have quite a few of them as I used them for needlework several years ago. OMS = odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol is one brand). You put some on a pencil stomp (tortillion) and wipe over where you colored with the pencils. It "melts" the pencil and makes it look smooth. I colored some on scrap paper - just a solid scribble - and used my stomp and oms to blend colors! Never thought of it until I was coloring and didn't have a color I needed! It works! Anyhow, I was pretty happy with the way my Tilda came out! It wasn't hard at all and I think this might be a way to go when you are traveling and don't want to take a chance on wrecking your copics! This kit had red and green papers. I punched the edges to make them lacy and the "ribbon" was made of cotton! Just had to use the buttons that also came with the kit. I made a spellbinders scalloped oval out of a patterned paper that was also in the kit. The only thing not in the kit are the roses and those leaves I cut from a new die I just got. Of course I stickled the flowers as I needed more stickle. I also have been dying to use some doilies I came across when I found the kits. I love red and green and especially together. Can hardly wait to try another kit now! Hope you enjoy it. I would love to give credit to the gal who sent the kit, but am not sure she would want her name published for nothing. Guess I was just too much of a newbie when I did this exchange. I was thrilled with what I got, just wanted to keep the kits together - you know as kind of a challenge? Here's a special hug to those gals that sent those kits! By the way, it was the Magnolia-icious yahoo group. That was the first one I joined and it was quite awhile before I joined any others. I still belong and love it - the other ones, too!! Hugs to you all, Barb F

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Another Grad

showing the folds

This one is called a Joy fold card. I didn't have a clue what that was, so I followed directions to make one! All the directions I found were for a square card. I wanted one to fit in my 5X7 size envelopes. I think that is what the actual card measurements are. So I worked with it until I got it. I made a template so I wouldn't have to do it again, down the road! Just wanted something special for another grandkid - this one a guy. I colored Edwin and he sat for a long time. Here are the copics: E00, E11, E53, E15,E18, R20, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9. My DH had this poem written in his special stuff, so we thought it super appropriate. The black and gray papers were from paper pads that I can't remember the names. Sorry. I just  couldn't find any paper that I really liked, so I made the black and blue paper that says congratulations. Don't know what I would do without those Tim Holtz distress inks!!  Hope you like it, but really hope he does!!


Inside - with sides open

close up

This card is made from 2 pieces of cardstock. They are both folded in half. One card is inserted inside of the other card. I used a lot of 3d stickers on this one. That is actually glittered paper that I cut the ovals from. That's supposed to be the world at his feet! Thanks for all your support! Have I got a real different card ready for next time!!!! Hugs to you all, Barb F