Wednesday, April 28, 2010


This is the new Spring Bouquet stamp from Flourishes, and the sentiments are from the new Around the Arbor set.  I tried to color all different colors like spring flowers. I think that the strangest combo was for the parrot tulips. I tried to make them look like Flaming Parrot Tulips. I sort of succeeded. But then the Peonies couldn't be hot pink, because that looked strange to me, so they had to be more of the crimson ones. 

The sentiments were stamped twice - one in light green, and then slightly offset in black. I spritzed the bottom cardstock with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist. 

Thank you for visiting. 


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Timeless Tuesday Challenge - Going VINTAGE

When I think of Vintage I think of Gingham and Roses, and Lace. For this challenge, I used the new Around the Arbor set. The detail was gorgeous, as always.   

I colored it with Copics, using E31, 33, 35 for the arbor itself. G21, 24, 28 for the greenery and lawn. The roses are R20, 24, R 59.

For the roses, I colored all with the R20, then added a little R24. Then I used the tip to tip method with the R20, and took a touch of the R59 to darken certain areas. 
I cut this out using a Nestie, and then mounted it on the Salmon colored paper, and cut it out and lightly embossed in the Nestie. I then Mounted the blue gingham behind and added some flowers I bought at Hobby Lobby in the floral department. I just snipped the wire off and voila - - cheap decoration. I then added a satin ribbon bow on the upper right. 

The edge of the card on the front I cut out with a Fiskars punch, then I mounted a bit of the salmon color behind the white and used the Fiskars punch offset . Once I was done, I closed the card and punched again lined up with the front of the card.

I hope you enjoyed my take on Vintage. Can't wait to color some more of my new stamps. YAY!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quick Post

I would like to say I was able to get a lot done this weekend, but I can't. I did get a new Cornish Heritage Farms stamp, and colored it, but that is about all I have done this weekend. 

The first thing I did was airbrush the sky with about 6 different colors starting with the YR0000 and adding RV0000 and then BV0000, BV01 and then B24, B26.    I know that the stone on the cottage was Warm Greys (multiple) and the roof was a combination of C3 and N2.  The windows were Y21, 23, 27, 28. The grass and the front trees were G21, 24, 28, 29. The back trees were G85, G99. The flowers were a multitude of different colors.

With the Kinkades, they are so busy that I hate to add too much embellishment to it because it takes focus away from the image. So for this one after I matted it on a Neutral White Grey color and then on a green, I added it to the base cardstock which has a parchment look to it. Added 7 blingy gold beads on each side. The card is a 5.5 x 5.5 square.

I hope you enjoy it. More to come soon.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Black Hair Blowing in the Wind

The latest Copic Creations Challenge #26 is challenging participants to color black hair. This was definitely a challenge for me. I have a blonde and a light brown haired daughter. I have red hair. Black hair is NOT something I color much. 

The artist for this image is ~ Princess Elemmiriel  of  deviant.   Her lineart is really beautiful and they are free - provided you credit her.

The C5, 7, 9, 100 copics were used to color her hair. I laid down a base of the C5. In retrospect I would probably use the C3 next time, as I had to remove some color later. Where I wanted to have the darker areas I added the C7, then the C9. Then went back over with C5 to blend. At the end I added a bit of the 100 copic to darken a bit more. Then I took the blender and removed a little of the color in the lighter areas to lighten it a bit more. Finally I added a bit of white gel pen for the highlights. The skin is E0000, 000, 00, R20, and the blue is B14, 16, 18. The background is B00.

Once I was done, I put it in a Nestie and cut out most of the image leaving the tendrils out of the Nestie. I then layered it on some pink cardstock cut with the oval scalloped Nestie.  The design paper is one of my favorite Basic Grey paper Lime Rickey. I placed the pink scallop with the image on it, and then cut out some of the image so it looked like wind blowing and curling. This was put on a black card base and cut out again. After all that, I added some bling to give it a little sparkle.

I like how it turned out. Again, a bit different for me, but fun to do. I hope you enjoyed the card, and will come visit again!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

A little Colorful Challenge

This is my entry into this weeks Timeless Tuesday Challenge. The challenge was to create a shaker card. Not sure why this gave me such headaches, but for some reason it did. The stamps are from Flourishes and I just got them in today. YAY!.

I colored the peacock with B12, 14, 16, 18, and YG13, YG17. I also used a little bit of Y13.

For the shaker I used some little seed beads I have for cross stitching.

My favorite part is the wing where I used some blending techniques to blend the B12, 14 with the YG13.  As you can see on the closeup I also added a little blue around the edges of the birds feathers to give it a little additional color on the ends. 

I used the airbrush to do the background while it was still in the Nestie. It is B0000, B00 and BV01. 

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you come back again soon!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's Birthday so I made this for her.  I also decided this would work for a couple of different challenges. I don't usually combine challenges, but it has been a long week, and it is going to be an even longer week next week.  So this works for both the FTTC61 Timeless Tuesday Challenge at Flourishes which was a use what you have challenge and the Copic Creations #25 Challenge.

I used the Flourishes Tiger Lily Stamp from the Year of Flowers. I colored with the following copics on the flowers (YR61 as the base, YR65 as a highlight and then E07 and E08 to add a bit more color. I highlighted with a little white gel pen. The leaves are G21, 24 and 28.

Once I finished the flowers I cut it out with a Nestie, and then got my airbrush system out. I used Y0000, Y00 and a touch of YR21 while the item was still in the Nestie. I used another Nestie to cut out the Navy around it, but it was too big, so I used my Creative Memories circle cutter to trim it down some. 

This is my first easel card. My mom quilts, so I found this Basic Grey in my stash that looks like quilt blocks.The inside is yellow cardstock. The Navy on the bottom was cut with a punch. I added a bit of Jolee's Bling to the center of the flowers (red) and then navy Jolee's hotfix at the edges of the "quilt blocks".

Thank you for stopping by, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sad Sort of Goodbye to a Co-Worker

She still works for our group, but in another location starting Monday. WAaaaaaahhhhh! Anyway, she loves to climb so I made her this card for her going away. She did break her ankle about a year ago when she was Bouldering. So that is why the Don't Break A Leg reference is relevant.

The paper is from Stamping Station. I added a little extra sponging of ink to give it a more rugged look, and to make the sentiments pop out a bit more on the pure white.

The Sayings I printed from Word with different Fonts. The girl on the front is popped up, as is the sign on the front and inside the card. The places for my coworkers to sign were dangling from the inside sentiment.

We are going to miss seeing your smiling face every day Elaine!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you come back again sometime! 

~~ Alaine