Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sock Monkey Baby!

One of my friends said I needed more baby cards in my stash...which is true!  So I decided to make a couple this week.  And already I have a brand new baby boy I can give this to!  He came 6 weeks early but he’s doing well.  This sweet little Sock Monkey from The Cat’s Pajamas - Hang in There Baby is sure to put a smile on your face :)  

I did a little copic colouring and out of the box cutting to give the balloons a lift for the little guy, pairing him with some cute Carta Bella Rough and Tumble DP.  My sewing machine seems not to want to cooperate with me as it slipped a couple of stitches on the corner at the top.  But once those holes are made you’re sort of committed!  

Accents include some pretty Embosslit hearts, enamel dots, and some seam binding.  Though this is not actually a baby set, one of the sentiments has the word baby in it so I just inked up that part of the stamp and voila!  A baby card!  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Azaleas - Three Ways

I’ve completed the last of the cards that will be gifts for our friends that hosted us on Vancouver Island.  I wanted to try to do some colouring in three different ways for today’s post so you can see a comparison, so here we go!  As with the rest of the gift set I used Power Poppy’s Azaleas.  I do love all the sets in this month’s release...and I’ll get to them soon too!  :)

This card is coloured with Copics, you get a beautiful blend between colours and rich vivid depth of colour as well.  

Adding BV’s into the shadows and YG’s into the highlights really makes a difference in the realism of the colouring.  

Here’s the inside of the card...a beautiful quote from the Good Thinking: Renewal set, stamped in a deep coral ink.  

Now here is a very similar design using Prismacolor pencils for the colouring.  They have a beautiful blend, you can really work with sharp edge details, and you can decide to use a blending stump (with or without mineral spirits) to blend - or just leave it as pencil strokes.  Because of the pencils I used these have more of a rosy glow than the coral of the Copic coloured card.  

I did a little warm grey shadowing under the flowers as you can see above.  

Now I’ll show the box that I put all of the designs in.  

It’s a very simple A2 Box design that I often use from a SCS tutorial.  I kept it quite clean and added a pretty card/tag where I watercoloured the azaleas.  I could use some practise on the watercolouring to be honest.  I like more white space in my watercoloring and my brush was too full of water for the flowers.  But, it’s still a pretty and simple tag (and I do like the background wash) that helps tie the different cards together that are inside the box.  

Here’s the Copics I used for the first card:

And now that’s complete and ready to give to them.  :)  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Foxy Friend

I was in the mood to create something fun and springy with this cute set Freida Fox from Reverse Confetti.  I had so much fun guesting with them last month.  I decided to give Freida a silvery look rather than a traditional fox colouring, and then paired her with some pretty Webster’s Pages that have a spring/Easter theme.   She’s so cute isn’t she?  

Her cute dress and the heart are paper pieced, the rest Copic coloured with some flick strokes to give her the feel of fur.  The heart it popped up a bit to give it some dimension.  And there’s lots of ziggy zaggy sewing.  

And here’s the Copics I used.  

Thanks for stopping friends!  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Beauty Captured - Fifteen

Some pretty gerberas to share today.... a little ray of sunshine!

Wishing you some sunshine inside and out today! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vases of Azaleas

Here is another pair of pretty azalea cards for the friends that let us stay at their place on Spring Break.  I wanted to do something really cheerful for this pair.  There’s just some slight differences between the two cards with paper choices and sentiment.  

I began with the gorgeous Azaleas set from Power Poppy, and then also used Good Thinking: Renewal for the sentiment on the other card.  So many great words of hope in that set!  Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then coloured with Copics (see the pic below for colours).  I wanted it to match up with this older MME paper  The Skies the Limit - Find Your Wings.  I used this week’s Deconstructing Jen sketch for the layout.  

A wide panel of lace really sets off the flowers with a little washi tape accent and some white Candi to tie it all together.  

And here’s the Copic colours I used.  

Now there’s just one more set to make!  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Soft Azalea Pair

Thanks for all your kind words on the Vancouver Island pictures friends! :)  I really do love photography especially when you can grab just the right shot.  Some of you have asked what kind of camera I have.  It’s a Nikon D3000 DSLR, and I do love it.  I have 3 different lenses I use, the base lens that comes with the camera, a longer AF 55 - 300mm, 1:4.5 - 5.6 and a portrait lens for macro/close ups and softer effects.  That’s it!  I’m just learning really, and have a long way to go with photography, but boy it’s so much easier with digital photography.  You can shoot a lot and delete what doesn’t work.  Every time you shoot you’re learning something!

Alrighty....since the family that let us stay in their home on the Island was so generous, I wanted to make some cards for them as a gift.  So, I think I’ll do 3 pairs or so and put them in a pretty box.  And, because we saw so many azaleas on the Island and in fact they have several varieties growing in their yard, I knew this was the perfect stamp set.  This is the first pair.  

I started with the gorgeous set Azaleas from Power Poppy.  Swoon!  I just heard today that it’s almost sold out for this order - so if you want it - don’t wait!  Or you will have to wait a few weeks :)  I began by stamping the smallest blooms onto this Kraft paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink to create my own designer paper feel.  I coloured them all with prismacolor pencils and then ran it through a pretty diamond embossing folder.  I think it gives it a great effect, almost trellis like.  

Next I stamped some extra blooms separately on Kraft, colouring them as well, and then cutting them out.  These I popped onto a simple Kraft tag that I die cut the top edge of.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves. I’ve accented with pretty faceted gems and some lace peeking out from behind the tag.  

Lastly you can see I added a vellum tag behind the kraft one that I embossed the azaleas onto.  These are tied on with some simple seambinding and Baker’s twine.  

I’ll see if I can finish the next pair and show you tomorrow or Friday :)

Thanks for stopping!