Monday, December 29, 2014

Ending 2014

So, it's been quite a while since I've posted anything.  The end of the year has brought quite a lot of chaos and stress with it and I just haven't had the time to work on projects the way I would like to.  And, well taking the time to post, well you know how it goes.  My hope is that we are on the upswing, keep your fingers crossed, and the beginning of 2015 will be much better than the end of 2014.  To end the year I am going to try and post the few projects I have been able to work on throughout the weeks.  Having an extra week off for vacation helps find the time to keep up with my hobbies and fun.

Today's post are some of the birthday cards I have made over the last few weeks.  November and December have quite a few birthday's in my family, all the men of course, so I have been busy trying to keep up with them.  Below are the cards for my dad, husband and step-son.  My son has a birthday as well, our Christmas baby, but I used a card I posted previously for him.


This card uses a Meljen's image, Smokin Hot, and was for my dad's birthday.  He's the king of the grill during the summer months.


This card was for my step-son and is a Make It Crafty image, Rocker Dude.  He is really into music and I thought this would be a great choice for him.


The last card was for my husband and he loves cars and anything to do with cars, so this was the perfect image for him.  At least I hope it was, because it is what he got!  This image is from Polkadoodles and is called Karter.


Well, I'm glad I was able to share some of my projects with you.  A few more to come, I hope!  The craziness of 2014 isn't quite over yet!
Have a wonderful Monday!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Art by Miran

Today is my second and last card for my GDT spot with Art by Miran on Facebook.  I've enjoyed coloring her beautiful images and making cards out of them.  I wish I had more time to devote to making these images come to life!

For today's card I used the image, Autumn Mindy.  I also used a Fiskars punch to punch out leaves to put around the outside of my card.  I really like this punch and the leaves have a nice delicate look to them.



If you'd like to stop by the challenge it is Anything Goes and you can find it HERE on Facebook.
Enjoy your Friday evening!
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Guest Designer - Art by Miran

Since the beginning of the school year I haven't had any affiliations with a company, or design team.  This is something that made me a little sad, but at the same time gave me the opportunity to pursue some of my own desires, such as taking classes at Kit and Clowder or entering a few challenges, mostly on Facebook.  Well, it paid off and I was very excited to be asked to guest design for the Art by Miran Facebook group for the month o November.

I found these wonderful images through Alyce at Kit and Clowder and they truly are gorgeous.  I've really enjoyed coloring them and these images really give you the opportunity to practice your coloring technique.


The image I used is called Princess Snowlake and I tried to make her look as if she were the Snow Queen herself.  I'm not sure I accomplished this look, but she does look ready for winter I think!


 The challenge in the Art by Miran group is a winter, non-Christmas project.  Just click HERE if you'd like to stop by and check it out!

Enjoy your Friday!  TGIF!
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day of the Dead

A quick post today as life is still crazy around here and I'm trying to catch up.  Why I think I might be able to do such a thing on daylight savings time weekend, I don't know.  But, I am giving it a try.

Today was All Soul's Day at church and it is Day of the Dead in Mexico.  We had a candle lit this morning for everyone in our congregation who had passed away this past year.  It was sad to think of all those we have lost, but at the same time a beautiful sight to see.

This week I entered a coloring contest on the Kit and Clowder Facebook page to color a Simply Betty Stamps Day of the Dead image, Day of the Dead Alex.  It's a little out of my comfort zone for images, but came out better than I expected.


Well, here she is.  The fruits of my labor for this week!  Hoping for a more productive coloring week this time.  Let's see what next weekend brings!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Playing Around with Color

Lately I've really been playing around with color.  I've been trying out new color combos with my copics and trying to feather two color families together to create a unique colored image.  Alyce of Kit and Clowder has reignited my mojo and I've been stepping out of the box creatively in ways I just don't think I have before.

Today I am sharing with you three such images, colored only, as I haven't had a minute to put them onto a project yet.  I usually color before I go to work in the morning, yes, I do get up that early, and then create my projects when I can on the weekends.  I've used three images from three different companies by three amazing digital image artists.  The first is Alison by Tiddly Inks, she's always been one of my Tiddly Inks favorites.  I've also colored Fairy, by Mo's Digital Pencil.  This is going to go onto a project for my grandmother's 80th birthday.  The last one is Daphne Sprite by Aurora's Wings.  (P.S., I was just at Aurora's Wings and this image is still on sale.  Hurry on over if you would like to get her at half price!)  This one I was able to get for half price and I entered her into a coloring competition over at Kit and Clowder.




So, that's what I have been up to this week, besides work and kids and life, well, you know!  I hope you are having a fabulous and creative weekend!
Enjoy your Saturday!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Colors

I love fall colors!  Living in the Northeast you often get to see such beautiful fall foliage and you can really see the most gorgeous combination of colors come to life.  It's often what I think of when I create my fall inspired cards. My favorite fall colors to use seem to be brown and orange, but a deep yellow and red really inspire me as well.  Today I have two cards completely fall inspired with amazing fall images.  The two images are from two different companies.  The first is a rubber stamp Saturated Canary image, Autumn, and the second is a Mo's Digital Pencil image, Fall Fairy Jensen.  I find both of these images so inspiring and was happy to create with them again.



I played around with color combinations with both of these images.  Although the combos are subtle they are copics that I personally haven't thought to use together before.  Such as her dress, I used the color combination YR18, YR07, YR04, YR21, YR20, YR30.  Even though they are all in the same color family they are colors that I have never put together before.





It was the same for the fairies leaves.  For this combination I used E39, E35, E33, E31, Y21, YR30.  A lot of colors I know, but I wanted to make sure I had the right combination that blended correctly and gave the shading for the leaf wings.

I hope you all are having a fabulous Monday.  We have the day off in school for Columbus Day, which really just means an extra day to get some crafts and work done.
Enjoy the rest of your Monday.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween

Soooo, I actually completed four cards this weekend, WOW!  That is the most I have completed at one time in a very long time.  To be very fair, most of the images have been colored for a little while just waiting to be used for something.  My mojo returned enough this weekend for that to happen,

Since I created so many cards I posted two on Sunday and now I am posting another two today.  What better way to usher in October than with two fall/Halloween images.  They both are devilishly fabulous, heehee, and just ready for some Halloween fun!

The first is a card using the Simply Betty image, Devilish Betty.  You're going to laugh but this one came out of ANOTHER fun contest at Kit and Clowder.  This one for her 4,0000 follower party!  The next image is a Saturated Canary image, one of my top favorite digital stamp companies.  This image is Fast Food Fly By.  I've had this one for a while, I probably purchased it just after she released it, but I am just now coloring her and putting her one a card!




I just knew she needed a red dress and it really makes her pop, don't you think?!




For the first time in a long time I have had two posts in one week, Yea!  I remember when I used t be excited by two posts in one day!  I hope to be back soon!
Enjoy the first day of October!
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Few Cards

Hello everyone, I finally had the time this weekend to put a few cards together.  It felt really good and I'm so excited to put them on my blog and share with all of you!!  It must be the beautiful fall weather that has inspired me to take the time to work on cards, instead of just coloring.  I have been on such a role coloring that I haven't taken the time to put any cards together.  Coloring break = new cards.  New cards = crafty mojo!  Woohoo!

The cards that I am sharing with you today use the images, Cheeky Fairy, by The Greeting Farm and Tulipa from Art by Miran.  I was introduced to both of these images by being part of the Kit and Clowder Facebook page.  I have gotten so many great images just by being part of that page, it's really been fun!



This is the image, Tulipa.  Isn't it just the best image?  Art by Miran is an Etsy shop and if you want to find more of her images you can click HERE.



This is of course, Cheeky Fairy.  It was a discounted image so you could play along in a coloring competition in Kit and Clowder.  To my excitement with this one I made the top 3!  You can find this cutie at the The Greeting Farm or by clicking HERE.

Well, I'm off to craft a little more before finishing dinner and working on a little school work.  The end of my night will be beading.  SIGH!  A girl's crafting is never done!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Coloring

Well, I haven't posted in a few weeks.  Being on a design team really helped to keep me current and now being back to school has taken all of my time and energy.  Also, I haven't created too many projects as I have been super into my coloring.  Seriously, I haven't even finished my skin and hair class from Kit and Clowder and I can already see the improvement in not just hair and skin, but my overall coloring.  I know I have been talking about these classes in my last few posts but Alyce is just a spectacular teacher and these are the best online classes I have ever taken.  All I want to do is sit and color and then color some more.  I'm slowly getting the motivation to create something from all of this coloring but first I need to take a breath and find a little extra time.

I thought I would share a little bit of what I have been coloring up here in my crafty space.  I've even entered a few challenges on the Kit and Clowder Facebook page.

This first is a Simply Betty Stamp, Devilish Betty.


And this is a Greeting Farm image called Cheeky Fairy.



Well, there's just a little of what I have been doing.  I'll work up some projects really soon to share!  Until then, enjoy your week!
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back to School!

This has been a wild and crazy week for me!  It was my first day back with a new class of kindergartners, my daughter's first day as a senior in high school, gulp, and my son's, my baby's, first day as a kindergartner.  Talk about a whirlwind of emotions and a very exhausting week.  It was also the first day back for several other members of my family as they work in the school system as well.  Sometimes I get the energy to make a little something to give to them for their first day and this year I made a few of those cute little tissue boxes that you can put a travel box of tissues inside.

The images I used on each box are Olympics, from Saturated Canary and On top of the World by Tiddly Inks.  My sister is a Physical Education Teacher so I thought the sports image would be just perfect for her!



I have been working really hard on improving my coloring, especially my hair and skin since that is the class that I am currently taking with Alyce at Kit and Clowder, which I LOVE!  Her classes are so wonderful that I truly hope to continue to take all of her classes until I have finished them all.  These images are colored after part of her hair and skin class.


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
Prima Flowers
Spellbinder's Circle and Scalloped Circle dies
Cheer Lynn Designs Fancicul Flourish die
MS Frond Punch 
Pearls

Although it was a hectic and exhausting week it was also a good one as both kids had a good first day of school.  Mine turned out pretty good as well so, all in all, I would call our week a success.  I hope all of you and your children experienced good first days as well!  Now, time to enjoy the weekend!
Have a great Saturday!
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fight Like a Girl

Today I am sharing with you a card I recently made for my grandmother.  She has been battling so much since the spring and she recently just spent another few days in the hospital.  I wanted to make her a special card and a freebie that I downloaded from the Saturated Canary Facebook page seemed like just the perfect one for the card.  The image is called Ribbons and her sentiment is "Fight Like a Girl".  

Now, I don't know about you but I think girls can be pretty tough when they want to be, at least the girls that I know.  I thought this would convey the message I wanted to send and what I have always felt about my grandmother.  She is one tough cookie and I wanted her to know that.


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Fiskars Flower Punch
MS Double Border Punch
MS Frond Punch
Tea Dye Distress Ink
Glossy Accents

I am happy with the way the coloring of this image came out, probably because there isn't any hair.  I have been taking classes at Kit and Clowder and have seen an improvement in my coloring but I just struggle with hair.  Well, practice makes perfect and that is what I plan on doing.  Hopefully I will get down the technique she teaches because it is just awesome.  I have really learned a lot about lighting and find myself looking at the different types of lighting at various places in the community.


Well, one more official day of Summer vacation and then it is back to school and work.  Fall will be here and we will be in the swing of things before you know it!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Practice

So, for the first time in a very long time I found myself creating without an affiliation with a design team.  This is strange as I have enjoyed every team that I have ever been a part of, but I am beginning to see the current benefit of my situation.  I have felt that my projects and my coloring have been stagnant for a very long time and so I have come to the decision it is time to practice and work on my projects so I can improve, or simply change, to a point that I am again comfortable with what I create.  To this end I have begun by taking copic coloring classes with Alyce and Kit and Clowder and I am so happy that I took this step.  I am taking the Skin and Hair class and she is so informative and good at teaching you how to improve on your coloring.  I do believe the best part is the feedback.  Today I am going to share with you two images I colored, one after taking 3 of her classes and the second after doing nothing else but listening to her feedback on the classes.  They are the same image because I wanted to see for myself if there was improvement, or not.  I'll let you decide what you think as well.  If you are visiting and reading this I would LOVE for your feedback as well.  My personal goal is to improve and continue to enjoy this craft as much as I always have, if not more.

Here is the coloring after the classes but before her feedback.  The image I used is a Tiddly Inks image, On Top of the World.


This is the coloring after the same three classes AND Alyce's feedback.


To be a little fair the paper I colored on is different as well, but I still think I see improvement in the coloring.  The hair is the biggest struggle for me, always has been.  I hope to keep practicing and moving forward.  We shall see.  
Thanks so much for joining me on this new journey into my crafting I have begun!
Enjoy your Thursday!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, since it's Tuesday that means that we have a new challenge for you over at Tiddly Inks.  This week our challenge is Anything Goes, so you can use one of Christy's wonderful images to create a project to enter.  This week is a sad one for me as it is my last challenge as a member of the Tiddly Inks DT.  It is time to let some new faces inspire you each week and you'll be excited to see all the new members and their fabulous talent.  It has been along run for me on the Tiddly Inks team and I will miss all the supportive people I have met along the way.  Don't worry though, Tiddly Inks are still some of my favorite images so you will see projects on my blog from time to time with many of Christy's cuties.

As for my project this week I used the Tiddly Inks image, Willow the Fairy, Exceptional Teacher.  I love to make Back to School projects for my teacher friends and family and so I used this new fairy for a tissue box that could be put on a desk.  I've seen these done so many time and have always wanted to give making one a try and so today here it is!  I hope to make several more but with only two weeks left until the opening of school, you just never know.  I am currently knee deep in classroom preparation and beginning of the year plans!


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's Oval dies
Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle die
Fiskars Flower Punches
Glossy Accents
Pearls

Well, this is my last time saying goodbye for a Tiddly Inks challenge.  I hope you can pop on by the blog to see the last projects by several other of the DT members and new projects for those coming in for the first time.  All are just amazing and I'm sure you'll truly be inspired by what you see.
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Tiddly Inks Fabulous Friday

Hi everyone, TGIF!  I am off today to get school clothes for my kids.  I can't believe this is the only year I will be buying school clothes for both of them, my little guy is a kindergartner and my daughter is a senior!  Where does the time go.  We have a family tradition of spending the day with my mom, sister and her kids to shop for clothes and other back to school items.  The benefit is that my kids get some money spent on them by Nana and mom gets to save some money as well.  But it is an exhausting day, five kids between the ages of 17 and 4, all with different tastes and styles, means a lot of stores and walking!

My Tiddly Inks card for today isn't a back to school card but it is a card for August.  My father-in-law's birthday is at the end of the month and this card is for him.  The image I used is Birthday Boy and I tried to color him up to look a tad like my son, who is his youngest grandchild.  


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's dies
MS Border Punch
SU sentiment stamp


I hope you are enjoying your Friday, or at least glad that it is closer to the weekend.  The rest of the members of the Tiddly Inks DT have great projects to share with you so I hope you can take a moment to stop by the challenge blog and check them out!
Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Let's Hear it For the Boys!


Good morning everyone, Happy Tuesday!  Today at Tiddly Inks we have a new challenge to share with you and this one is Hear it For the Boys.  This time around we are looking for your boy themed projects.  I know many of us have a difficult time with male cards, especially since we usually have to limit our bling, but Christy has so many amazing images, how could we go wrong.  Don't forget to use one of her images when you create a card for our challenge.

This time around I used the image, Geekatude.  I've always loved this image, I think it's cuteness gives a positive spin to the word, "geek".  



Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's die
SU Scalloped Circle Punch
SU Tag Punch
CM Circle Punch


Now it's your turn to play along.  But before you do don't forget to stop by the challenge blog to get really inspired by the fabulous projects created by the rest of the Tiddly Inks Design Team.  Those ladies really know how inspire the most fabulous creations!
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!
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