Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tiddly's Wizard with Glasses

Here's another adorb's Tiddly Ink digital image ... My love of Harry Potter and all things related is only shadowed by my love for Game of Thrones ... So when I saw this Wizard in the Tiddly Inks library, I knew I HAD, Had, had to have it ...

And, it's perfect for the bi-weekly challenge #138, Lets Hear it for the Boys over at Tiddly Inks.
Who remembers the very first spell they all "officially" learned?
"Wingardium Leviosa"
(That is unless you count the silly one Ron tried on the train with his rat, Scabbers,
or the overachieving Hermione with her glasses repair).
I colored this wizard with Copics and then added a touch of glitter pen to the end of his wand and some glossy accents to his spectacles.
Copics used were:
Hair & Robe:  W3, 5, 7, 9
Skin:  E000, E21, E02, E11
Pants:  B91, 93, 95, 97, 99
Shoes:  C3, 5, 7
Scarf:  Y23, E35, (can't remember the reds)
I used some Griffindor gold and maroon (or as SU calls them More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler) for the card base, layers and the strips beneath "Harry".  The DP is digi from Squiggle Dot Papers on Etsy.  The sentiment was computer generated ("chiller" font). 
I love the way this one turned out ... Not sure I'm going to be able to part with it.
Thanks for popping in - love to hear what you think.
Have a great day!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Tiddly Inks - Let's Hear it For the Boys Challenge

Tiddly Inks hosts a challenge every two weeks, and this last one is Let's Hear it For the Boys which started August 5th ... We were challenged to make a creation for a boy ... Hmm, I say ... all my Tiddly Inks are girly ... so I went to the store (again!) and clicked on the Boys/Men link, and found this image ... I know, we were supposed to make a creation for a boy, but DANG! this looks like my perfect island.  I'm sure I could make Scott enjoy a getaway like this too, so does that count?

I just wanted to say something here - while I absolutely ADORE! the cards I see out there that are embellished to the hilt with flowers and what-nots, I'm more of a practical card-maker ... I want it to fit in a reasonably sized envelope (yes, I've even gone for the 6x6 and 5x7 sized cards) that I can mail at the post office without needing a loan for the postage.

ALSO, I like others to see cards that might not be as fussy as others to hopefully inspire others to be creative without the fear of all the fluff they may see on other cards which can be overwhelming to some.  Again - I'm certainly not knocking those cards, because I really do love them!  While my cards may not be CAS (clean and simple = 1-2 layers), they aren't quite as dressed up as others, which is how I like them ... I hope you do too.
The image was printed on Cryogen Iridescent and colored with Copics.

Colors used were:
     Lighthouse:  W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, B000
     Greenery:  YG23, YG06, G14
     Cliffside, boat, tree:  E33, E35, E37, E39
     House:  E21, R20, R21, C1, C3, C5, B000
     Water:  B91, B93, B95, B97

Papers used were:
     Stampin Up's Night of Navy & Cajun Craze
     Basic Grey's Boxer paper pack

I added an SU garden green flourish and some water-colored sequins to tie in the water
The sentiment is from Paper Trey's Daily Design Sentiments pack that was punched out.

Hope you like it ... I sure wish I had a place like this I could run away and hide at.
If you're up to it, check out Tiddly Inks blog for their latest challenge
or check out the Tiddly Inks store for digital and clear images.

(By the way, I DID get their Harry Potter look-a-like image as well,
and may be posting that one too if I get it inked up.)
Take care and have a great day!


Friday, August 08, 2014

Tiddly Inks Wryn Fairy Friends

Okay, couldn't resist inking up another of Tiddly Inks digital images with my Copics ...

Tiddly Inks is having a Design Team call through August 12th, 2014.
Simply click on this link for the Tiddly Inks Design Team for more information.

This image is Wryn Fairy Friends.  I used Neenah Solar white to print the image before coloring with Copics.  Here's a list of what I used:
     Face/Skin:  E000, E00, E02, E11 & R21
     Hair:  YR14, YR18, E09, E18
     Dress: B12, B16, B18 (Y00 for wings)
     Slippers/Lace:  Y00, Y13, Y15
     Mushroom:  E 40, E41, E42, E43, E47, YR31, Y26, W3, W5
     Flowers in hair, leaves, grass: R32, R35, R39, YG13, G14, G07

Stampin Up cardstock in garden green and More Mustard with some Basic Grey designer paper from a 6x6 pack.  Finished off w/a Hero Arts sentiment, some natural twine and some green ribbon.  All layers were popped up with SU dimensionals.

These images over at Tiddly Inks are too darned cute ... each day my digital stash of their images grows, and be careful, yours will too ... They're all wonderful!

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

CHEERS for Tiddly Inks !

Tiddly Inks is having a Design Team Call through August 12th.  If you're interested, head over to their site and check it out.  And while you're there, check out their shop for both digital and clear stamps.  I promise you up front, it WON'T be a quick visit! 

I've been coloring like crazy the last few days with my Copics, alas, none of the images colored were Tiddly Inks.  I always like to support companies if I'm doing one of their challenges by using one of their images, so I went shopping this morning and holy cow ... came out with a bunch ... I even made a wish list to come back shopping for more on payday ... Uh Oh!

The image I chose to represent for this challenge was this adorable cheerleader.  The cheer season has begun and we've already started our JV practice.  While we have two wonderful junior coaches, this week we were blessed with a darling girl who subbed for the other two ... As soon as I saw this cheerleader image, I HAD TO HAVE HER ... and have now made a Thank You card for Kenz, which I know she'll appreciate.

I started off printing the digital image on Neenah Solar White.  I used my Copics to color this beauty in.  Since our colors are purple and black, I kept her uniform and poms (which we don't have as cheerleaders, but what the heck) our signature colors. 

Hair:  Y21, E31, E35, E37
Skin:  E000, E00, E02, E11, R21
Purples:  V12, V15, V17
Shoes:  C00, C1, C3, C5, C7

I painted on some clear Wink of Stella on the poms and her bow after the card had been assembled.

Cardstock, DP is Stampin Up Eggplant Envy and Lavendar Lace; grosgrain is also SU.

Sentiment is from Paper Trey's Butterfly Dreams (as are the two butterflies floating on the top, which I cut out with a tag die and tied with purple embroidery thread to the bow.

Finished it off with some pretty flowers and pearls and a couple of swipes with my white gel pen on the poms.

I'm also presenting this for the Kit and Clowder Facebook sketch challenge this week.  If you're on Facebook,

Thanks for stopping by  ... Have a great day!



Monday, August 04, 2014

Saturated Canary

This month, Kit and Clowder is having a challenge called "Fun Hair Combos" ... I've always played it safe when coloring my images' hair, so I thought this was perfect for me to step out of the box!

This is a digital image from Saturated Canary.   I believe it's only available right now to the members of Kit and Clowder, but they have TONS of other super-cute, adorable images - I'm just lovin' those big eyes!
This was printed on iridescent cardstock and colored with Copics. Dontcha just love that pink and blue hair?! 
I wasn't thinking when I printed her, so I had to fussy cut her out so she'd fit on my card (I ran out of larger envy's and trying for a freeze unless I actually need something).
The background looks 3D - thanks to digi papers from Bearly Mine Designs.
The sentiment is computer generated - looks a little like a journal page and a card got together & had a little party.  All is popped up on dimensionals.
WHEW - this felt incredibly good to be able to sit an color with my Copics and create a card - been a long time!
Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Icads # 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61

Have been lost the last few days without my desktop computer, sucks when the hard drive dies without warning and the future doesn't look good for retrieving info off the old computer,  new computer is all hooked up, but I'm missing ALL of my photos, ALL of my digital stamps I've bought over the last few years, as well as my Office documents & spreadsheets.  Argh!!! Saying a prayer that they can work a miracle and retrieve all that data.

Anyway, Index Card a Day is winding down ... I've had so much fun exploring new techniques I've seen other participants display, special thanks to Tracy Scott and Fran Traina for their tutorials (hope my pestering them didn't force them to do them so I'd shut up, lol).  I can't wait to try some of the things I've seen and learned in my art journal and even canvases.

I digress ... 

Here is my card for #55 - the prompt was Jewels - I found the crown online as free clip art & fussy cut it out.  The background is made by using the marbling technique & alcohol inks - only instead of using the glossy card stock, I used a regular index card - I like the way it looked.  After the crown was collaged on the card, I doodled a little scrollwork and wrote the quote.
This next one is #57 - the prompt was Carousel.  I feel a bit like a slacker on this one ... I used the same background technique as above with the alcohol inks and pounced them on the index card.  Over that I drew the carousel with the animals.  The carousel was colored with gel pens.  Black dots were an afterthought.  For the white-ish flowes in the background, I used my Copic colorless blender & dotted on the ink which pushed away color, leaving white.
 For #58, the prompt was to incorporate a zebra ... I failed miserably with the above animals, so I wasn't going there again.  Instead, I colored a zebra pattern with my Pitt black pen and added some acrylic green flicks to the edge to simulate the jungle.  I doodled the corners, but looking at them now, it puts me in mind of a cage - being at the zoo  ... oh well, it is what is it.
 For #59, the prompt was angels.  I had this beautiful angel that I got from the internet sitting in my clip art folder and loved the change to use her.  On the background I used purples (several shades) of acrylic paint and smooshed the index card over & over til I got the mottled look.  I used white oil pastel to make the clouds.  She was fussy cut and collaged over the clouds, which I tweaked a bit more with the oil pastels.
 This next one was #60 and the prompt was an astronaut.  So many clever icads, but this is the road I travelled on ... Background was painted with heavy body acrylic blue.  Then I used yellows, golds, white oil pastel to create the moon.  I then applied matte medium just to the moon & when it was ALMOST dry, I rubbed at it to give me some crater/texture to the moon.  The astronaut is clip art in my stash (what was I thinking collecting him in the first place?). 
This is #61 ... The last HURRAH for the Index Card a Day challenge ...
The prompt for this was thread.  I've used my sewing maching before, but one of the gals at the ICAD challenge, Simi Warah, did some beautiful work with embroidery on her cards/paint chips that I wanted to give it a go ...
I had a background that I used fluorescent acrylic paints for a smooshed effect.  Over this, I used my piercing tool to place holes along the left side and bottom at equal distances to embroider my card.
Hand wrote the sentiment - This was new to me (on index cards, I should say), and we all need to try new things - I think that's the whole spirit behind the Index Card challenge.
These last two were Fails ...
I used acrylic for the background & white oil pastels and painted the face with acrylics.
Was not impressed with my dangles, either, but I posted

This one I actually really like ... even though it might be a Fail for the challenge
This started off to be my #60 astronaut card - I was going for a space station thing ... But when I got this far, I liked it the way it was, so I left it ...
And last - (I'm putting this at the bottom in the hopes that you'll be too bored by the time you get this far and won't even notice it) ...
This is a single line blind selfie ...
 One of the ladies at Daisy Yellow's ICAD on Facebook started it all by posting a blind, one-line selfie.  You sit in front of a mirror and draw your head/face.  Once your pencil touches paper, you can't look down or lift up your pencil.  I was actually surprised the portions weren't too far off, but if you look close, I have a scar from the eyebrows to the nose and again under nose to lips and from lips to other side of the face (didn't lift my pencil).  Notice I didn't post a photo of the image when it was just the pencil, lol - I used acrylics to paint the selfie and then added some doodles to distract the eye from the actual image ...

Just so you know, both of my eyes are the same size and my hair length is uniform all the way around, lol.

So glad for the opportunity to do this 61 day challenge - I've been uncreative til this spring with all my classes.  I started Art Journaling and have been eating up different videos on techniques and what not ... This ICAD challenge gave the opportunity, and sometimes instructions/tutorials on how to do different things so rather than watching YouTube, I actually did them.

There's another couple of challenges starting August 1st over at Daisy Yellow:

Daily Paper Prompts = 61 days of challenges - similar to ICAD, but can be done on any size paper, and most any mediums

Art Journal Tangents & Tactics = Weekly challenges that also help explore different techniques for art journaling.

Thanks for popping in ...
Have a great day,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Icad #54 & #56

The prompt for this first card (#54) was to incorporate a fern, feather.

I first sponged some blues onto the card then painted some feathers with different shades of blue/aqua.  I then finger painted some circles and added different shades of blue to make them look like spheres; A little charcoal around the edges to smudge them up.  I have a journal I keep all my quotes I've collected, but I didn't write the authors down for all of them (if that info was even available), so I'm not sure who this quote is from.

This second card's prompt (#56) was Turquoise.  

I used Frances Traina's lettering tutorial for this one ... I wanted to try my hand and see if I could get as swirly as she does.  Not quite, but I'm not unhappy with the results.  I added a little doodling, and realized I wanted some color ... PERFECT!  Just add turquoise or aqua color with my Copics.

Thanks for stopping by - Have a great day!

Icads #52 & #53

For the first card, I went with the rainbow prompt for Day 52 at Index Card a Day.

I dotted the rainbows with Copics and then used a cloud mask to sponge some cobalt & black Archival around the edges.  The quote is from Maya Angelou, "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud".

For the second card, I went with the rainbow prompt for Day 53 - mushrooms.
The background was made by dragging the card through several colors of green that had been "smooshed"  The mushrooms are painted acrylic with some doodling on and around them.  Forgive my rudimentary elf, but I just wanted him to be peeking up over the mushroom.

Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Icad #51

And the countdown begins ... 51/61 index cards a day ....

The prompt for Day 51 is to incorporated monsters or octopi ... I haven't seen this commercial in ages, but I kept humming it all morning long, so when I saw this challenge, I knew what I wanted.

This digital image is from Digi Shack.  I've always loved him because he's a bit of a goofball monster - Like he tries real hard to be scary, but he just can't pull it off.

I colored him with Copics (falling in love all over again, after a 2 year hiatus) and cut him out. 

The theme for this week is doodly stuff.  For my background, I squiggled all over the card with random Copics and let the shapes find me ... I enhanced them with some fine line doodling.  When I put (I'll call him) Bert on top, he got kind of lost, so I put a whitewash of gesso over the index card.  After I affixed him to the card & added the sentiment, I put some glossy accents on his eyes and teeth.

Hey, "Sometimes you feel like a NUT!"
Have a fabulous day!

Icad #50

So, counting down to the last days, this is #50 of the Index Card a Day challenge - only 11 more to go.

For today's prompt, if you wanted to use it, the challenge was to incorporate an elephant.

I printed this digital stamp from Doodle Garden (etsy shop) and colored it with copics, then cut it out.  For the background, I dotted several different colors of green and 'smooshed' them between wax paper and then placed my index card on top.  I saw some leaves so I doodled them, as well as that "bird" sidding on Ellie's back ... I wrote the sentiment ... An elephant always remembers ... and discovered an old friend, the dragonfly, landing on his nose.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a great day!