Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tiddly Inks and a Tutorial

Good afternoon everyone and Happy Sunday!  The family and I are taking it easy today just enjoying some time hanging around the house together.  The hubby and I are watching a movie while our little one keeps running around and being absolutely cute and adorable!  Our teenager is in her room watching a movie of her own.  It is hopefully going to be a nice and relaxing Sunday with little to no stress and enough relaxing to start the new week off right!

Today I am posting a project I made using the Tiddly Inks image, Wryn - Hanging Around.  The new Wryn's are just so adorable and really a lot of fun.  For my project I used a sketch from the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge Blog.  I'm going to enter my card in their challenge for this week.  I also have a short tutorial on how to color skin tones using this sweet image.  I hope you find it useful!

Coloring Skin Tones
With Copic Markers
This is a quick tutorial on how to color skin tones with copic markers.  The tutorial shows the way I have learned to color, using the dark coloring for shading first and then working to the lightest colors.  There are other techniques that use the lightest color and work to dark.  I hope this tutorial helps you in your copic coloring journey and then you create your own style and technique along the way.

For this tutorial I used the Tiddly Inks image, Wryn – Hanging Around.

To start, I color a very light layer of each of my colors, starting with the darkest layer, the shadow, first.  I color lightly at this point because I plan on going over each color again to blend them together.  The colors that I used for skin tone on this image are E11, E01, E000, E0000.

 After I colored a light layer of each color I go over each color again, blending them together this time as I color.  As I color I pull my marker to the inside of the image, almost like I am moving the colors together.  Usually two light layers are all I need but if they don’t blend in a way I am happy with I may take a few of my lighter colors and blend them again.  This is where you have to be careful, if you use too much color then your colors could run outside the lines.

Here’s Wryn’s head all colored and blended.  I added a little pink to her cheeks using R20.  I color overtop with E0000 to blend the pink in with the rest of the image.

Once I am done with her face, which I usually color of all the skin first, then I color any other part of skin that I see.  When I color, I tend to color a small section at a time before moving on to another part of the image.  I am able to see the highlights and shadows more clearly if I do it this way.  I also find it easier to blend a little area at a time rather than a large area.

Another combination of colors I use for skin tones is E13, E11, E01 and E000 for darker shading.  For lighter skin tones I use E21, E30, E50 and E0000.

Here is a close up of my entire colored image after it is put on my card.

  I hope you find this tutorial helpful.  I'd love to know what you think so I can tweak as I write more and go along.  If you want to print out this tutorial click HERE to get a downloadable version.

I'm so glad you could stop by today,

Friday, April 27, 2012

Phindy's Place Friday - Clean and Simple

Good morning everyone!  Happy Friday to all of you!  This has been a never ending week for me and I was beginning to believe that Friday was NEVER going to get here!  I have another long day ahead and then I hope to relax a little this weekend and would LOVE to get some crafting time in!  Sitting at my craft table always helps me to wind down after a long week.

Today at Phindy's Place we have a new challenge starting for you. This time around we are looking for your Clean and Simple cards.  I used to think that this was an easier type of card to make but, after making cards using so many different types of embellishments, now I find it much harder!  I really like my embellishments!

For today's card I used the Phindy's Place image, Trekking.  This little guy is so cute and makes me think of my own little guy!  I also used the sketch from the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog and I'm going to enter my card into their challenge for this week.

Here's the sketch from their challenge.

And here's the card I made using my Phindy's Place image and this sketch.

Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers - G29, YG67, G24, G20, R27, R24, R22, R21, E35, E34, E31, E30, B28, B26, B24, B21
MS Large Border Punch
Bella's Baubles

Here's a close up of my colored image.

And now we're looking for your projects.  We can't wait to see the Clean and Simple projects you create!  Need some extra inspiration?  Stop by the challenge blog and see all the other fabulous cards created by the Phindy's Place DT.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tiddly Inks

Good morning everyone!  A quick post this morning letting you know that we have a few fabulous guests at Tiddly Inks today!  We are still celebrating turning TWO and I hope you can drop by the challenge blog to see the wonderful creations by these ladies.  

Also, if you haven't stopped by the store this week Christy has released two new adorable images, a must have for any digi collection.

Absolutely adorable, right!?  I'm off to work now but I hope you can take the time to stop by and see the wonderful creations by our guests today!
So glad you could drop by today,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

7 Kids College Fund Wednesday - Make it Cute

Good morning everyone, here I am back again.  It's a busy Wednesday here on my blog and this time we are starting a new challenge over at 7 Kids College Fund.  This time around our challenge is, Make It Cute.  There are so many great images and products at the 7 Kids store that you could use to put this one together.  Remember, in order to enter our challenge you must use an image carried at 7 Kids College Fund.

For my project I used one of my newer Magnolia stamps, Tilda, Princess of the Valley.  My mother's birthday is this weekend so I decided to make this one into a birthday card for her.  I won't tell you how old she is going to be though, you never tell a ladies age.

Materials I Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - RV14, RV13, RV10, RV000, E35, E34, E31, E30
Black Cat Cutter
Bella's Baubles
Fabric Flowers
SU sentiment stamp

Here's a close up of my Princess Tilda.

So, now it's your turn.  Pick your favorite stamp, put your cute project together and then enter into out project this time around!  I can't wait to see what you create!
So glad you could stop by today!

Meljen's Designs - Fru Fru Fairy Flora

Good morning everyone!  It's finally Wednesday and I have to tell ya I feel like this week has been going on and on and on already.  It seems like more than a week has gone by since Monday instead of only a few days.  I don't know if it's the weather, end of school year craziness, or what, but I am completely exhausted and ready for the weekend.  Thank goodness we are at least halfway through the week or I may just have to go crazy!

Today I am posting a project using the Meljen's Designs image, FruFru Fairy Flora.  It's my turn to post at the Meljen's Designs blog today so you can find this post by clicking HERE.  I made a journal using this image.  One of my favorite things about making journals is being able to use recycled materials.  For this project I used a recycled cereal box, one of my daughter's favorite cereals actually.  Below is a picture of the various materials I used to put this journal together.

To cover this cardboard I use a foam brush and an acid free glue that I can spread.  To  keep the air bubbles out I use wax paper and rub over the top to make it smooth.  Once it has dried the covers are nice and stiff, just like a store bought journal.  Then I bind it all together using my Cinch, which I just LOVE!  I had my husband get me the version two for Christmas and I am so glad that I did because, at least in my case, I find that it works a little better than the original Cinch.  The inside papers are water color paper because I find this paper nice and stiff.  This is good for making mixed media projects inside the journal.

Here's what my project looked like when completely finished, embellishments and all.

AND, here's what the colored image looks like close up.

Materials Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - R14, R21, R11, R000, YR27, YR24, YR21, Y23, Y11, W3, W1, W0, E13, E11, E01, E000, G17, G05, G02
Spellbinder's Labels die
Crystal Stickles
Viva Decor Perfect Pearls Ice White pen
Fiskars flower punch
Black Cat Cutter

Well, I'm so glad you could stop by and check out my project for today!  Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Saying Thanks

Good morning everyone!  Happy Tuesday!  And since it's Tuesday that means we have a new challenge for you at Tiddly Inks.  This time around we are looking for your projects that are meant for saying Thanks.  I'm sure we all have someone in our lives that a special thank you could be made for, so why not whip up a project and play along.

For my Thank You project I used one of the new Wryn images, Wryn and Wren.  I really do love Wryn, she's such a sweetie, isn't she?!  Creating a project with her is such a pleasure!  I also used one of the frames I created during the big release and 2nd anniversary week celebration we had at the beginning of this month.  I used Photoshop to put my Wryn image in the frame.

Materials I Used for my Project:
Copic Markers - YR68, YR65, YR61, YR000, Y18, Y15, Y13, Y11, E35, E34, E31, YG67, YG63, YG61
MS Large Border Butterfly punch
SU sentiment stamp
MS Frond punch
MS Rose Leaf punch

Here's a close up of my colored image.

So, now it's your turn.  Hop on over to our challenge and get inspired to enter.  Of course the other DT members have their own creations to share with all of you.  And, they are simply gorgeous, you're sure to be inspired!
So glad you could stop by today,

Friday, April 20, 2012

Phindy's Place Friday - Stitches and Squares

Good morning everyone and Happy Friday!  Today we are starting a new challenge over at Phindy's Place.  Our theme for today is Stitches and Squares.  Simple enough, right.  Use real or faux stitching on your project and of course use squares as well.  For my project I used the Phindy's Place image, Beary Beautiful.

Materials Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - B04, B02, B00, B0000, RV25, RV23, RV10, RV000, E35, E34, E31, E30

Here's a close up of my colored image.

For my card I followed a sketch from the Sweet Sketch Wednesday blog.  Here's the sketch I used.  I'm entering my card in their challenge this week.

Well, I hope you can play along with us at Phindy's Place.  Check out the other great cards by the Phindy's Place DT.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Meljen's Designs Thursday - Spring!

Good morning everyone, Happy Thursday!  Today we are starting a new challenge at Meljen's Designs and our theme is spring!  Melissa has so many perfect images for this theme it was hard picking just one.  But in the end I did and I decided to use the image Woodland Fairy.

Spring has sprung around here for sure, although our weather can't decide if it wants to be warm or cold, we have many flowers that have blossomed and peaked long before their normal time.  The grass is green and tress are blooming and of course pollen is flying through the air.  Unfortunately it lands everywhere and it makes a very stuffy and sneezy Peduzzi household!  Even worse, we live in the country so there are plants all around us, allergies, here we come!LOL!

Materials I Used for this Project:
Copic Markers
Viva Decor Ice White Perfect Pearls
Crystal Stickles
MS Frond Punch
MS Rose Leaf Punch
My Minds Eye Patterned paper

Here's a close up of my colored image.

I'm entering this card in this week's sketch challenge at The Sweet Stop.  They are celebrating their third birthday and in honor of this birthday you can choose and old sketch for the challenge..  The sketch I chose to use is below.

So now it's your turn.  Stop by our challenge blog to get inspired by all the other fabulous cards the DT have created.  Then pick out your favortie Meljen's spring image and play along!
So glad you decided to stop by today,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tiddly Inks - Wryn Eggscellent News

Hi everyone, Happy Wednesday to all of you!  I hope you are enjoying this Wednesday afternoon and finding some time to have fun and be crafty.  I am off to my craft room after this post to finish up one project and hopefully start on another.  That is the plan anyway, but sometimes the best laid plans just don't work out the way you would like, do they?

Today I am posting a project using one of Christy's new Wryn images from Tiddly Inks.  This image is called Wryn, Eggscellent News and is just absolutely adorable!  Of course, what else can you expect from a Tiddly Inks image!

Materials Used for this Project:
Copic markers
MS border Punch
Floral embellishments
Spellbinder's dies

Here's a close up of my colored image.

I told you, aren't these Wryn's just the cutest?  I just adore all of them!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

And the Winner is.........

Good morning everyone, a quick post at the moment to announce the winner of my blog candy and the $25 gift certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!  But, before I do I want to thank everyone for stopping by to participate, but mostly, for helping to make my blog such a positive experience for me!

And the winner is.......

Craftin' Dawn

Congratulations Dawn!  You will be receiving an e-mail from me shortly!

Thanks again everyone!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nellie Snellen and Sketch Saturday

Good afternoon everyone!  It's another beautiful day here, but thankfully not as overbearingly hot as yesterday.  The kids and I are taking it easy after school and work and just trying to get back into the swing of things again. I'm always more exhausted on the second day back to work after a vacation than the first, go figure.  I'm glad tomorrow is Wednesday and then it is all downhill from there.

Today I am posting a card using a Nellie Snellen stamp, Revolver hero.  7 Kids College Fund recently started carrying Nellie Snellen stamps and they are simply adorable.  Since having my son I have been trying to build up my supply of those cute boy images to have on hand for birthdays and other special days.  This one seemed perfect for that collection and is certainly all boy.  I am entering today's card at the Sketch Saturday challenge blog.

Materials Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - R27, R25, R22, R21, E35, E34, E31, E30, B28, B26, B24, B21, C5, C3, C1, C0
Unity Sentiment Stamp
Black Cat Cutter

Here's a close up of my colored image.

So glad you could stop by today.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see who the winner of my 200 follower blog candy is!  
See  you next time,

Monday, April 16, 2012

Saturated Canary and a Few Challenges

Hi everyone, how are you on this warm Monday evening?  I have returned to work after a 10 day vacation on a very hot day, interesting and not so much fun!  Since it is the first day of such miserable heat the building I work in wasn't too terribly  hot, yet.  If this keeps up we will have to pick ourselves up off the floor as most of us have no air conditioning.  I wish mother nature would make up her mind, last week we had our heat on in the house and it was damp and chilly.  Now we are struggling to stay cool.  It really has been the strangest weather year that I can ever remember.

Before I get to my post today I just want to remind that I currently am offering blog candy and you have until tomorrow night to enter.  All you have to do is click HERE to get to my post and leave a comment.  Anyone who comments will be in the random drawing to win a gift certificate to 7 Kids College Fund.  It really is easy enough and what a super great prize, don't ya think?

Today my project uses a Saturated Canary image, Let it Rain.  Saturated Canary images have so many wonderful folds to color and coloring folds is one of my favorite things to color.  Strange, I know, but I just love how the shadows and highlights of a fold look when you are done.

Materials Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - R27, R24, R22, R21, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
SU Border Punch
Recollections glitter embellishments
Spellbinder's Nestabilities large circle
Spellbinder's Nestabilities large scalloped circle
Glossy Accents
Crystal Stickles

Here's a close up of my colored image.

I am so excited to be able to enter my card into three challenges today.  I'm entering it into the challenges at....

So glad you decided to stop by today,

Friday, April 13, 2012

Phindy's Place Friday - What's Cooking

Good morning, Welcome to my blog on this Fabulous Friday!  We are finally looking forward to the return of some warm weather around here. My vacation has been productive, but fairly relaxing, and the only down side is that I am returning to work on Monday, which means back to the craziness.  I am grateful to have had a nice low key vacation at home with the kids.

Before we go any further I want to let you know that I am currently running a blog candy contest.  Just click HERE to get to the original post about the contest and then leave a reply to be eligible for the prize.  I will be giving a gift certificate away to one random winner.  You can find more details on the original post.

Today at Phindy's Place our challenge is What's Cooking.  This is challenge #101.  Thank you to all of you who participated in our 100th challenge or left comments on our blog hop!  I'm glad to have been part of such a milestone for the Phindy's Place challenge blog.  For today's 101st challenge I used the Phindy's Place image, Chocomonster.

Materials Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - R85, R83, R81, CB, RV02, RV00, RV000, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
Spellbinder's dies
Big Shot
MS Border Punch
Glossy Accents

I used my new Black Cat cutter to cut the flourishes on each side.  This is a big feat for me since just the day before I couldn't even load the may properly.  I LOVE this cutter, it is way cool, but I have a lot to learn about everything it can do!

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Isn't she just a cutie.  What a yummy box of chocolate!

Now it's your turn, stop by and enter your project with any type of food in it.  You don't have to use a Phindy's Place image to enter our challenge but we really LOVE when you do!  Besides, Phindy's images are just the cutest, don't you think!  You also get to add your project a second time for the random prize if you do use one of Phindy's amazing images.  I hope you can find some inspiration from the fabulous projects the other DT members have made!
So glad you stopped by today,

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tiddly Inks Special Guests

Good morning everyone!  First, if your are here for my 200 follower blog candy just scroll down a little to my next post.  Thanks for stopping by and supporting my blog!

Today at Tiddly Inks we are continuing to celebrate our two year anniversary by showcasing  special cards made by our special guests!  We would love you to stop by the challenge blog and check the cards made by these special ladies.  I hope you have enjoyed the celebration so far, it's been such a great one!
Glad you could stop by,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

200 Follower Blog Candy and a DP2 Challenge

Good morning, almost afternoon, everyone!  Today is so exciting for me!  First, I just recently hit the 200 follower mark and I am so excited about it!  Who knew that when I started my blog journey almost two years ago that I would be hitting such an amazing major milestone as this!  I am so blessed to be able to continue to work on my crafts and to learn from all of you!  Without my blog friends it all we would so much different.  In honor of this accomplishment, and in thanks to all of you for following me and being my great friends, I am going to have some blog candy!  Yeah!  Blog candy, who doesn't love that!  Now, I am usually terrible at blog candy, which is why I don't give it away very often, so I have made it simple for me and of course, all of you.  In order to win the blog candy just make a comment on this post to be entered into the random drawing, which I will hold one week from today.  Now, it would be easier for me if you could leave your e-mail address.  That way I could be sure and get your prize to you if you win.  I will post the winner next Wednesday after 9am.

What is the blog candy you ask.  Where, here's the simple part for me.  I am giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!  If you haven't ever been to this fabulous store then click HERE to see what they have to offer!  Tab has so many wonderful stamps and supplies in stock a girl just can't go wrong!  Plus, with a gift certificate, no waiting on the mail to get to you.  It's as easy as an e-mail and you have your prize.  Great, right!

My project for today is for the challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil.  I have been trying to enter in this challenge for about a month and my crazy life just kept getting in the way.  I seriously have had this image colored for a month, a whole month and just couldn't get it onto a project.  Even today I am cutting it very close to the end of the challenge.  I am feverishly typing my post as my son cries for my attention and my stomach says it is time to eat lunch.  I WILL get this card entered in the current challenge, I WILL!

For my card I used the Mo's digital Pencil image, Little miss Muffet.  I really love this one, and any nursery rhyme or children's story image.  I guess that comes with being a kindergarten teacher.

Materials I Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - B99, B97, B95, B91, R39, R37, R35, R32
EK Success open scalloped border punch
MS border punch
EK Success Foliage Punch
Tea Dye Distress Ink Pad
Spellbinder's Nestabilities die

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Good luck to all of you on winning the blog candy!  Thanks for being a follower and more importantly, thanks for being a friend!
So glad you stopped by today,