Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last Halloween card for this season ...

This fun card was made using Zombie Philly from Saturated Canary ... I colored him with Copics.

Papers used include Stampin Up cardstock (pumpkin,cajun craze and black) as well as some digital designer papers from Bearly Mine Designs.  These two paper packs are on sale - 50% off through tomorrow, if interested, so hurry over to BMD ... check out the other lovely papers Donna has in stock - you'll be AMAZED at the Christmas/Holiday selection of papers!
Before my stinkin' Silhouette went on the fritz (after only 3 months of use), I cut this "BOO" from cardstock.  I also stamped the two bats in the upper corner.
Copics Used:
     Skin:  E00,000, YG000, BV000
     Hair:  W9,7,5
     Clothing:  E47,44,43,4240
     Hat:  B97,95,93,91
This will be my last Halloween card for this season ... I don't know what I'm going to do with the stash I have now, lol ... Maybe I'll just leave them randomly throughout town ?
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Boo-Licious Halloween Wishes

Here is an adorable image, brought to you by the graces of Krista Smith of Saturated Canary ... This digital image is called Vampire Pumpkin.

I used Copics to color him, giving him a bit of BV/YG coloring ... It's a little more purple with green around the edges and eyes in real life.  I'm actually incredibly satisfied with the hair here ... Probably one of my best efforts with black hair.  The eyes are a little squirrely-blue/green because he's in a trance, don't you know, lol.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the web, "Boo" and the bats which came off a flourish design.  The background papers are from the ever wonderful Bearly Mine Designs - digital papers.  All three of the papers I used are from the Happy Hauntings set.  It's available at 50% off through 10/31/14, at which point it will be retired.
Here's a close up of this cute little guy, where you can see his skin tone a little better.
Copics Used:

     Skin:  YG63,61; BV000: E00
     Hair:  C9,7,5
     Pumpkin:  YR18,27,15,21,04,Y18,YG63,61,91
     Jeans:  B97,95,93
     Shirt:  E44,43,42,40
Hope you enjoy ... Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So Who's Naughty and Who's Nice?

I'm making another Christmas card today ... This time with both Molly the Elf and Mickey the Elf, both from Saturated Canary.  I merged them into one image ... Can you see Molly's checking her list before she lets Mickey hand out the present?
The image was colored with Copics.  After I was done with Molly's dress, I used my colorless blender to draw stripes to take away color ... love how her turned out.  Cardstock used was Stampin Up's chocolate and soft suede.  The designer paper is from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Ice paper pack.  I added a small paper doily, a red snowflake for a little more pop of color, and a computer generated sentiment.
Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E35,33,R08,YR07,14,21
     Blues:  B97,95,93,91
     Reds:  R29,27,24,22
     Pants:  YG17,07,03; E43,42,40
     "whites":  C3,1,00

Hope you enjoyed this one ... come back to see what else I have in the next couple of days.
Have a Wonderful Day!

Cheer Mantra

Found a use for this beautiful Saturated Canary Cheer Captain image again ... Someone needs a boost, so I thought I'd make this for her.  It's 5x7, and I plan on getting a small frame for it, that's why there's nothing around it, and why it's curling a little. 

I digitally whited out the name for privacy's sake.  I think this turned out really nice, and I think the girl in mind will appreciate the words I picked to describe her.

Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E49,59,39,35,33
     Purples:  V17,15,12,00
     Shoes:  C5,3,1,00

Thanks for popping in ... Hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Feather Crown Thanksgiving

Newest digital image called Feather Crown from Krista Smith of Saturated Canary - available for 24 hours to those who follow Krista's blog.  (Shocker, I HAD to have her!)

I colored her with Copics and then used my Creative Memories circle cutting system so that I could have the top of the feathers pop off the page just a smidge.  After that, I sprinkled some aged green Frantage around the edge.

Papers used were Stampin Up cardstock (Mustard, garden green & pumpkin pie) along with some digital designer paper from Bearly Mine Designs' Fall Fancy paper pack.  I don't know if you can see it but I used a full background sheet for the base and then cut a strip of another paper with fall-related words all over.  This strip was matted on a strip of garden green cardstock that I border punched on both sides.  May not see it because the papers are busy.

I added some mustard die-cut flourishes and a computer generated sentiment and then popped some flowers in the corner before calling it a day.  This card measures 5.5 x 5.5 inches.

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,25,23,21
     Feathers:  E95,35,YR24,21,20,15
     Top:  YG97,95,93,91

I'm posting this in The Outlawz Monday Sentiment challenge.

Hope you enjoy!  Have a WONDERFUL day!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day of the Dead Monochromatic

Got this digital image, Sugar Skull Alex, from Simply B digital stamps for a Kit and Clowder facebook challenge - Monochromatic with a splash of color.

This is a new image was a freebie ... but you have to be a Facebook friend of Kit and Clowder as well as Simply B Stamps ... and you had to leave a comment in the post as well as share the post to collect the image.

I colored Alex with Copics and then added a bit of inktense pencil around her for a hazy feel.  I also splattered some of the same inktense pencil over the entire image to give it a slightly distressed feel.  The cardstock used is Stampin Up's River Rock and Black.  The designer papers (all 3) are from Bearly Mine Designs' Black and White Essentials paper pack.

I added a black flourish.  The sentiment is computer generated ... I googled Day of Dead sayings, and came up with this on the card ... Google says it means: "To hell with death while we're still alive" ... however, someone on the Kit and Clowder facebook page said that the literal translation is:  "The devil to death, while our life lasts".  6 to one, half a dozen to the other ... pretty much the same thing to me ...  I look at it as if I'm saying "the HECK with death, who needs to worry about it while I'm still alive" ...  ANYWAY, my splash of color would be the red on her lips, choker and dress trim, as well as the ribbon on the card.

Copics Used:
     Skin:  W3,1,E00,R20
     Hair/Dress:  W9,7,5,3,1
     Red accents:  R59,46,43

Hope you like!
Have a wonderful day.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Joyeux Noel

Off to a pretty good start at making my holiday cards this year ... it's been awhile since I actually sent cards out for Christmas, maybe this will be the year! 

This beautiful image is from Krista Smith's Saturated Canary line called Winter's Day that I recently got from Magnolia-licious.  This stamp was no longer being made in digital form, and I had a heck of a time finding the rubber stamp - seems everyone and their brother was looking for it at the same time.  SCORE!  It felt kind of strange to actually stamp with rubber for a change.  This beauty was colored with Copics.
I used some Stampin Up Cardstock (bashful blue, pretty in pink and crumb cake) to match the designer paper I printed from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Ice paper pack.
I used my new Spellbinders die that I got from Little Darlings of the frilly view finder, Lovely View, for the blue piece in the back.  I also used a scalloped eyelet border punch for the pink layer beneath the striped designer paper (from the same Christmas Ice paper pack above). 
I layered some cream crocheted lace over this striped paper and stamped the sentiment, punching with a small oval then matting on another small frame in blue.  Diamond Stickles dot the die and the snowflakes to finish it off.  Here's a close up:
Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  YR21,E29,25,21
     Jacket/Boots:  E37,35,34,31
     Clothing:  B16,05,02,00; R89,85,83,81
Hope you enjoyed this card, please come back soon to see what else I have up my sleeve.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Cornelia

This wonderful image from Saturated Canary is called Cornelia.  Krista Smith has so many beautiful digital images over at her Saturated Canary shop, you have to check them out.  If you're anything like me, you'll end up leaving with a cart full of goodies.  (Please be respectful of the artist, however, and don't copy or share any images you may purchase).
I colored this little darling with Copics and then went old school and used my Creative Memories oval cutting system for the image and the mat.  I just couldn't find an oval that was the right size to include her.
I made the card for the Wednesday Sketch challenge over at The Outlawz network.  Here is the sketch for today:

I think I followed it literally, right down to the buttons and bows' placement.  I used papers from Bearly Mine Designs' Fall Fancy (background) and Mini Dots (cross strips).  Here is a preview of the paper packs:

I used Stampin' Up cardstock, Suede and Pumpkin, for the mats.  The ribbon is also from Stampin' Up, chocolate grosgrain.  I sponged the oval with Ranger's vintage photo distress ink.

Here's a close up of this lovely little Indian:

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  C9,7,5
     Clothing:  E37,35,33,31
     Boots:  YR23,27,E35
     Basket/Corn:  Y23,15,11; E37,35,33,34,31

Hope you enjoy ...
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teddy's 1st Christmas

This little cutie is a digital image from Whimsy Stamps called Teddy's First Christmas.  The image is from the Crissy's Digi's line.  I love how Teddy seems to be taking care of that bluebird; very sweet.

Whimsy is having a design team call ending on November 7th.  The DT runs for 6 months starting in January, 2015.  I'm submitting this card for their consideration.  Whimsy Stamps has several different artists, so there's a little bit of everything to choose from.  They have rubber stamps, digital stamps, dies and embellishments ... they have the works.

I love digital images because you can see something you like, go online, order it, download it, print it and it's ready for coloring.  That being said, I also love the rubber stamps ... While you have to wait for the mail to come, sometimes it's worth it in the end, as you have the flexibility to do all kinds of things, one of them being embossing - speaking of which, one of these cards I'm going to try the white emboss with coloring.  I've seen so many beautiful cards done that way!

For this card, I went a little more 3D than I normally do (liking the simpler, clean lines that fit inside an envelope for mailing), I had just gotten these beautiful flowers in and was dying to use one.  I didn't realize they were this large, but one fits just perfection, and, this flower perfectly matches the Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler paper.  I tried to cut some snowflakes, but my Cameo is really giving me a headache and won't "connect" no matter what I do ... so not this one ... For the green background, I used a piece of digi paper from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Traditions paper pack and matted it onto some SU's garden green.  I then laid a 5" doily down before bumping the image up with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped in black and punched before matting on green label with red satin ribbon threaded through.  Added a final red flourish beneath the flower and ... VIOLA, it's done!  I hope you like it ... This is my first Christmas card this year!

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'Love' Saturated Canary's Mermaid

This is one of Krista's new releases over at Saturated Canary, part of a new princess series.  This one is called "Love".

I colored her with Copics (see list at end of post) and layered her onto some Stampin Up pool party & indigo papers.  The designer papers are from Bearly Mine Design.  The background is from an older freebie Donna had available.  The strips (representing bubbles) are from the Boys Zone paper pack.

I finished with a flourish border in indigo and some lace to simulate waves.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,25,21,Y21
     Body:  YG00, BG49,15,34,32
     Top/Ribbon:  W7,B28,26,24,21

Very pleased with the way the mermaid turned out ... not sure about the sentiment, but it's stuck down, so it is what it is now.

I'm posting this card to the following challenges:
     Creative Card Crew - this week is "BOWS" ... she has one in her hair
     Party Time Tuesdays - Anything goes
     (Pin)spirational Challenges - Anything goes
     Crafty Creations Challenge - "Thinking of You"

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek.  Come back for another look at what's coming up ...
Holiday inspired cards.
Thanks for stopping in, Have a WONDERFUL day!

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!