Sunday, October 19, 2014

Queen of De-Nile

I love how this cute image turned out.  She's a digital image from Saturated Canary called Queen of Nile ... or De-Nile, lol ... I love how her hair turned out ... Think I'm getting the hang of black hair with a sheen.
 I colored this with Copics and left her off of a mat.  The base is Stampin Up's apricot, I think, with Navy that I used my Silhouette to create the doily mat, Sentiment and cat border.  I also used some paper from the wonderful Bearly Mine Designs' Mini Dots paper pack that I sponged for the background. 
I also cut a circle out and sponged while still in the die, then added some navy grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up.  This little queen is headed out the door to trick or treat.  Hope she gets some asp-ecially good candy with peanut butter and chocolate that she can share with me.

Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  C9,7,5,3,BV02
     Clothing:  E44,43,42,40; YG97,95,93,91
     Sandals: E37,35,33,34,31
Thanks for stopping in ... Hope you come back to see what I have up my sleeve next time ...
Have a WONDERFUL day!

Beware Zombies in the night, even pretty ones

It's so hard sometimes coloring up these beautiful Saturated Canary images and make them look grungy or decaying.  Even Krista Smith's  "uglies" are beautiful.  This digital image is called Zombie Niamh.  She was colored with Copics using a bit of subdued or grungy colors, based on the state of her clothing and herself.  The picture (for a change) is actually more vivid than the card actually is in real life.
I distressed the edges of her layer before cock-eyed matting it onto the Cajun SU cardstock, and then sewed around the edge w/a rust color.  I had a really pretty peachy-coral grosgrain ribbon that I snipped, stretched and distressed with Vintage Photo ink to make it not so pretty.  I then layered a 1/4" strip of black grosgrain ribbon.  The flourish with bats and fence were made with my Silhouette.  I had a "trick or treat" sentiment die cut, but when I got this far, I saw that skeleton peeking over the ribbon (totally by accident), as if he was trying to rip through the ribbon, and wanted to leave it as is.
The designer paper is digital from Bearly Mine Designs, from the set called Halloween Fantasy.  It's on sale - 50% off until 10/31/14, at which point it will be retired, so get it while you can!!!
Here's a close up of how Niamh looks.
All I ask is that you steer your eyes clear of that raggedy cat.
I tried making him look a bit shaggy like Niamh, but not wholly satisfied with him.
I'm IM-patiently waiting for Alyce Keegan of Kit and Clowder to finish up her tutorial class showcasing animals so I can sign up for that also.
Copics Used:
     Skin:  YG00,E21,oo,000,C1
     Hair:  E29,25,21,YG23
     Dress:  B97,95,93,91; R29,27,24
     Boots:  W7,5,3,1,00
     Cat:  C7,5,3
Hope you enjoyed my Niamh for Halloween!  Come back soon!
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Pair o' Princesses

This is one of Saturated Canary's new digital releases called Friendship.  I love the medieval look and feel to these new images ... and can't wait to sit down and color them all ... I love books and movies from the Camelot, Robin Hood, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones genre, so this was right up my alley ... Thank you, Krista Smith, of Saturated Canary for creating such lovely images that allow me to expand my coloring skills.  Thanks also to Alyce Keegan of Kit and Clowder for helping me hone and perfect my coloring.  I'm having so much fun coloring, especially these beautiful images from Krista.
These images were colored with Copics on Xpress Blend it paper.
For the Background paper, I wanted some old time looking material, so I chose some burlap from Grepic (Etsy) digital paper and then fed it through again using some Bearly Mine Designs' script found in the Black & White Essentials paper pack found here. 
I finished it off using some Not Quite Navy from Stampin Up that I border punched on each side.  I finished off with a soft creamy crocheted ribbon/bow.
Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,27,25,21; E49,47,44,43,42
     Left outfit:  B99,97,95,93,91; YR27,23,Y26,23; E37,35,33,34,31
     Right outfit:  R29,27,24,22; W7,E59,57,55,53; YG67,63,61
Hope you enjoy looking at these two beauties as much as I enjoyed coloring them up.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm over the moon with Excitement!

Okay, can I tell you how excited I am? 
Krista Smith and her wonderful Design Team over at Saturated Canary have chosen me to be one of their Guest Design Team members through December ... I'm over the moon, giddy about it!  Can you tell?
I only recently started back into card making, and found Saturated Canary digital images while I was taking some classes from Alyce Keegan at Kit and Clowder's Facebook Page.
Krista Smith, the artist, has stunning images that just MAKE you want to color them up and create beautiful projects with them.

Join us at the Saturated Canary Inspirational Blog
or their Facebook page and Join up.

I truly hope that the projects I make meet the standards of their WILDLY fabulous design team, even if it is only for the next 10 weeks. 

Have I said how excited I am?
(Pinch me, am I dreaming?)

Saturated Canary's Freedom

This wonderful new image called "Freedom" from Saturated Canary was available to anyone who made a purchase at their store over this past weekend.  It hasn't yet been released into the store, but check out all the other wonderful images that Krista Smith has available.

The digital image was printed on Cryogen iridescent and then colored with Copics.  The sentiment is computer generated.  After coloring, I matted her on some SU Cajun Craze and took some K&C tapestry paper & matted onto some SU Artichoke.  The base is Bazzil cardstock.  I used my sewing machine to attach the image to it's mat and the designer paper to the green mat. 

I was thinking of jazzing this up a little, but left it as it is ... after all, the Medieval times were a bit sparse, weren't they?

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000, R20
     Hair:  E29,25,YR24,Y26,21
     Shirt:  E09,08,YR18,27,24,21
     Cape:  YG99,97,95,93,91
     Belts, Leggings, Boots:  E37,35,33,34,31,43,42,41

Hope you enjoy!
Make sure you check out Saturated Canary's Facebook page as well
as their store for more fun and beautiful digital images.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

50% Sale on Halloween Paper Packs until 10/31/14

Just letting you know that Bearly Mine Designs' digital paper packs, Happy Hauntings and Halloween Fantasy are now on sale, through October 31st - at which point they will be retired.

Now's your chance to snag them up.  They're WONDERFUL paper packs with so many in each selection.

Daphne Sprite at Kit and Clowder's Facebook Challenge

This cute little sprite is called Daphne and she's a digital image from Aurora Wings.  Click on the link to go directly to the Etsy shop.  She is the theme behind a new challenge over at Kit and Clowder's Facebook site that you can find here:  Kit and Clowder's Facebook Challenge

The Daphne Sprite challenge is open through 10/19/14. 

All you have to do is go to Facebook; become friends with Kit and Clowder; click on the Photo's tab and you'll see further directions for the challenge for this cute little sprite.  Before you go to Aurora Wings, become a friend of Kit and Clowder to get this image for 50% off.

Aurora Wings has some of the cutest and prettiest (yes, there's a difference, lol) fantasy images that are drawn so beautifully, you'll instantly become a fan. 

I colored Daphne with Copics ... I started with the purples for the flowers, and thought the red would look good as her base.  When I was finished, I dotted the centers of the flowers with Diamond Stickles.  SU cardstock was used Artichoke, Cobbler and Black.  The designer paper is from Bearly Mine Designs.  I first printed the red polka dot from the Mini Dots paper pack and then re-printed with an all over flourish from the Black and White Essentials paper pack.  I finished with a black flourish border from Sizzix and a red satin bow.

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,35,33,21
     Flowers:  V15,12,01,000
     Outfit:  R24,22,32,21; YG67,63

Go to Facebook, become a friend of Kit and Clowder, head over to Etsy to pick up the Daphne image from Aurora Wings and play along ...

Hope you enjoyed the card, have a wonderful day!

Tribute to Amanda

This digital image called Amanda is available in the Mo's Digital Pencil shop at a discounted price.  The image was designed to honor Amanda Reed who many knew in the card-making world, and who was a member of several design teams, Mo's Digital Pencil being one of them, and who recently passed away unexpectedly. 

This week, for Challenge #239, the theme is to use the above digi and create a card in honor of Amanda.  This is my card made using the beautiful image.  I'll be the first one to admit that animals are not my strong point, but these cute kittens turned out okay, I think.

Obviously the image was colored with Copics.  I used SU's Ruby Red and Chocolate cardstock to go with the beautiful new paper pack available at Bearly Mine Designs called Love Struck.

I cut the flourishes from the Chocolate cardstock and added some pearls and a strip of Martha Stewart lace.

Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,35,33,YR21
     Cats:  W5,3,1,00; E42,41,YR23; C1,00
     Amanda's outfit:  B28,26,24,21,91

This turned out to be a pretty sweet card, I think ... I hope you'll agree.  Again, I entered it into the Digital Pencil Challenge #239 - Amanda.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thank you for your Service

This would be my last card made for my cheerleaders to send to our friend overseas who was recently deployed.  This image is Kacy with Flag from Mo's Digital Pencil ...
I had to draw the lines in for the stripes, so don't look too close, lol ...
The image was colored with Copics, and as with the others we're going to be mailing, I kept the layers very simple.
Cardstock is from Stampin Up:  Crumb Cake and Night of Navy
Designer paper is from Grepic I found on Etsy.
I distressed the edges of the picture with my new electric distressor - not sure if I like my handheld one better, or I just have to get used to this one.  It sure does take a lot less time.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, I think - it came in a set of 9 and I've long since tossed the packaging it came in.

Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,35,33,YR21
     Flag and top:  R29,27,24,22
     Flag & shorts:  B28,26,24,21,91

Thanks for popping in ... look forward to hearing what you think.
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cheers to our Servicemen!

Okay, all is good in the world right now ...

I was able to combine my new favorite paper pack from Bearly Mine Design, Love Struck, as well as my dream stamping image to create this beauty ...
I've been coaching recreational cheer for 10 years now (yikes), and have loved absolutely every minute of it.  Being able to teach the girls something that makes them feel good about themselves is an incredible feeling, that's what keeps me coming back, even though my darling daughter is off to college and not interested in cheerleading any longer. 

I just found this wonderful company, Saturated Canary, about 2 months ago, with artwork designed by Krista Smith.  I absolutely ADORE her images.  I am partial to the girly-girl images, but if you scan back on my blog, she's had a couple of scary looking zombies, as well.  While she had a girl with a "team" pennant in her hand called "Crushing on the Quarterback", I instantly envisioned a cheerleader with her beautiful artistic style.  I emailed her softly suggesting what I had in mind and a couple of days later read something from one of her staff members about not asking about specifically designed images.  I can understand this - after all, an artist's best work comes from their own muse, and cannot be delivered with the same artistic flair 'on-demand' ... So, I let it go ... obviously ordered the quarterback image if that was as close as I could get ... Lo-and-behold ... Krista released a cheerleader image today, Cheer Captain, that she'd had in her hopper for awhile now ...

Can you guess who was excited?  Yes, it was me ... INSTANTLY bought it, printed it out and have colored her up.

This card encompasses so many of my favorite things:
Anyway ... to create this card, I used Soft Suede and Rose Red from Stampin Up's cardstock and the papers from the Bearly Mine Designs' Love Struck paper pack.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch as well as a Nestabilities Heart Circle die.  I also sponged the edges of all the papers with Ranger's Vintage Photo distress ink. 

Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000, R20
     Hair:  E18,15,YR23,Y21
     Uniform:  V17,15,12,01,000
     Shoes/Socks:  C5,3,1,00; E42,40
     Grass:  YG67, G21

Here's a sneak peak of the paper pack from Bearly Mine Design:

I'm still keeping things a bit on the simply layered side, because this card will also be sent from my girlies to a friend's husband who was recently deployed.

In case you haven't figured out by now, I absolutely adore this card.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment ...

Hope you have a wonderful day ...