Saturday, May 29, 2010

Manly Card.

I got my new "rubber" in from Flourishes... well Photopolymer actually. I have been playing with the "Antiqued Map". I tried several things. What I ended up with I really liked. I think it looks a little like a blueprint. I took the map and inked it up on white paper with VersaMark, and then clear embossed it. I then sponged on Paris Dusk Memento ink.  

The ship is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I colored it with B91 on the sky, B93, 95, 97 for the water. The Ship itself is E71, 74, 77 and a touch of E29. The sails are E50, 51 and 53. 

I used an Oval Nestie, and cut out the ship. Then I took the next highest size up and cut it out of the Bazzil light tan paper. I left it in the Nestie and used my airbrush to color the inside of the cut out image with E74. It really looks like I double matted it. I was very happy with how it turned out.  Once that was done, I mounted the image on top.

I used a Cuttlebug tag to cut out the ribbon tag. On it I stamped the sentiment from the Guiding Light set in the Sepia Versafine and clear embossed it too. Somehow through what was possibly a huge bit of good luck, I had the same color brown in a ribbon. How, I do not know. I took a bit of the tan cardstock and cut it a bit bigger than the map image. I also airbrushed it with the E74 Copic and then mounted it on the card base and the map on top of it.

Thanks for coming by. I am going to go ink up something else. 


Friday, May 28, 2010


Ok... since my Mom was out of town on Mothers Day, I hadn't made her a card yet. I actually made her a gift - although I only got it back a couple of days ago... SO.... this is the card I made her last night and today. I wasn't sure I was going to give her this one, since I made it for a challenge (part of it), but I thought it fit better than anything. 

So, Mom - - turn back...don't look below. Really.... You will get it this weekend. Really. :-)

I made this flower for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge (FTTC68) this week.... well... this is the 4th flower I made. According to my eldest daughter I kill paper flowers too.

Anyway.... I don't have any punches, so I used some Nestabilities. I cut out the same size three times out of white paper. I airbrushed them with Copic V12, 15 and 17. The V12 all over, the V15 in the center, and then the brush end of the V17 was blown on to get the splatter look. I also sprayed it with Glimmer Mist a bit to make it sparkly. I used the SCS tutorial on punched flowers, and cut out a petal of the first one, two petals out of the second, three out of the third... Since it was a 7 petal flower, I was able to make it a bit fuller. Unlike the one in the tutorial, I wanted more of a base to put it on... so I left one of the cutouts with all petals and scored between the petals and just bent them. Once I had them all curled and glued, I stuck them inside each with a glue dot. I then took some flower soft wire, and made the stamen with flower soft. I pierced a hole through the center of the flower, and inserted the wire through to provide the stamen.

Once  the flower was done, I mounted it on patterned paper, and then stamped the sentiment. It was still kind of eh... so I stamped the lace on the bottom corner of the card. I added a bit of ribbon, and some cuttlebug cut outs and popped up the sentiment. 

I hope you like it Mom... even though you are NOT supposed to be reading this. 

Thanks for stopping by. More to come soon.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Trellis Birthday

It has been a LONG crazy week... and I don't see an end in sight yet, even though it is Thursday. Over the past few days I was able to color this one image I had inked up. It is a trellis image from the Flourishes Around the Arbor set. This is a single big rose with vines and little roses, that you can repeatedly stamp to get a full trellis.

I took it and stamped it several times. I tried really hard to line it up, but there were a few mismatches. For those I took a .2 Copic Multiliner and filled in the spaces.


I colored the background with B0000. I used the E31 as the base for the trellis. I added some E33 and E35 to look like woodgrain and then colored over with E31 to soften it.  I added E33, E35 and E37 to show the shading.

The leaves and vines areYG63, 67  and then I went over some spots with YG25 which added some interesting dimension.  The roses are YR21, 23, Y23, 26 and a little R22 on the edges to try to make it look like a multicolored yellow / peach rose. I blended all of it with YR21.  I added a few highlights to the roses and leaves with a white gel pen.

The sentiment is also from Flourishes (Tag Lines I think), and I added some gold beads to give some embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by. 

It is a long weekend, and although I have to do some work, I am hoping to spend some time crafting and posting. I haven't been able to do some of the challenges I usually do, and would like to try some more. The Flourishes Challenge with the making paper flowers looks really interesting. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and see you again soon.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Graduation for my Daughter!

So last night my oldest daughter graduated from High School. It was an exciting time, and we are very proud of her.  I made her a card, that I hope she likes... although I think she liked the card my parents bought her even more - or maybe it was what was IN the card. :-)

Anyway, I made her an easel card. I found the paper at my LSS from Best Creation Inc and paired it with standard cardstock from Bazzil. 

The image of the Butterfly is from Inkadinkadoo Mindscapes set. I stamped it three times. Twice on white and once on the Blue. I used Versafine to stamp the images. I love the stamp, but I just cannot for the life of me get a good image to impress with the Memento. I then clear embossed them. 

I cut all of them out, and then stuck the white back to back against each other. I colored it with Copic Spicas. I then bent it slightly in the middle and mounted it on foam tape on top of the blue butterfly. this I mounted on the upper right corner of the card. I added pearl bling strips to the bottom to indicate flight. 

The Congratulations on the top portion is a Flourishes stamp. I cut it out using a Spellbinders Fancy tag, and while the tag was still in the die, I went around the inner part with a black Copic 0.5 pen. 

The bottom portion was using the same 2010 paper as a strip across the bottom with a sheer white ribbon on top of it. I used a mating paper with Flourishes on it to mount the saying. The saying was a Tim Holtz stamp. I cut the saying and mounting square out using  Nesties, and then added the Cap and Diploma Brads. The pearl bling on this section was left over from what I couldn't use on the earlier section, but I cut it up so I could get it where I wanted it. 

The card is 6x6 in the end. 

Thanks for stopping by, and to my daughter - we are very proud of what you did! Can't wait to see how far you fly in college.

~~ Alaine


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monochromatic Yin Yang Thang

The Copic Creations challenge going on right now is to color a Monochrome piece. I have this stamp from JudiKins called Dragon and Phoenix.  Circling like it is, it supposedly represents the Yang (Dragon - Male) and the Yin (Phoenix - Female), and harmonious marriage.

I want to color it again with lots of different colors, but I thought it would be an interesting stamp to try the monochrome technique with.

I used R20 as the base for both the dragon and the phoenix. I gradually added darker and darker colors on top in smaller increments and then back blended. I used R20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 59.

For the flowers on the edge and in the middle, the base color is R24, with R27 and a little 29 over the top to add shadows.

I tried to blend a little better in some areas, but in others leave it a bit more distinct.

Thanks for looking, and hope to see you back soon.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Been a While - Christmas in May

I have been creating like crazy, but not been taking as many pictures, as I had a bit of a deadline. But I think I am back to posting now for a while.I wanted to try a bag. I saw a cute tutorial on SCS for a cute Bag in a Box. I altered it a bit, as I wanted it to look like a gift bag with the folded sides.

I used a Stamp from Outlines stamp called small Vixen. I colored the background with BG72. The deer itself is white, and I added stickles to the deer so that it would look sparkly and give it some dimension. The horns are in C1, C3 and some fading. I added some bling in red and crystal. The stars are red - R24 and then blinged out with some stickles. 

The paper is SEI Winter Song "My Wooly Scarf" paper. Once I had the bag made, I trimmed it out on the top with red and White paper. The red had a border stamped in it, and I blinged up the center with crystals. I punched two holes in the front of the bag and two in the back, and threaded a white sheer ribbon through the holes to allow you to draw the bag together and tie it closed. 

I did a whole set based on this paper set, and color scheme, that I may share sometime. :-)  - - Just not today.

I am hoping to color a bunch more tomorrow and post some more. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

~~ Alaine

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Playing in the Sugar Bowl

But not football. The Sugar Bowl in this case is the Sugar Nellie Challenge Blog. I haven't done this before, but it looked like fun, and it was definitely a challenge. The Challenge was a sketch challenge + punches challenge. 

[Tiets1b4.jpg]Because there were so many layers, I chose the patterned paper first, and colored the image to work with it.  I chose this SEI paper I have had for a while but hadn't used. Then I chose the colors of Copics to go with it.
Pants - E25, 27, 29
Hair Y21, 23, 26, 28
Grass - G94, 99
Basket - E31, 33
Flowers and Bows - YR02, E08
Shirt - BG32, BG72, BG75 - The shirt was a little weird, because I did not have the exact color of Copic to match the background paper, so I used BG32, and went over it with the BG72. Then I darkened with the BG75 and then blended it all again with the BG32. It gave it a totally different color feel.

The punch I used was the Martha Stewart Holly Punch, and I added a little gold bling to it. The hardest part was the layering, there were so many. I did spray the image with iridescent gold glimmer mist to give it a shimmer.

This was fun and I plan to check them out and do their challenge again sometime.

Thank you for checking me out today. See you soon - - Alaine