Friday, February 25, 2011

Beautiful Poppy

While digging through my stash I came across this beautiful paper pad from Autumn Leaves entitled "Pretty Poppies" and what better match could I possible find, but the beautiful "Poppy" fairy image.

Here's a close up of Poppy colored with Copics - her wings were colored and then highlighted with Illuminate Smooch and the centers of all the poppies have Diamond glaze to add dimension.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Another Version of an Easel Card

I love to look at the beautiful cards featured in the Magnolia Ink magazines, and wanted to learn how to color images with distress inks like they do.  I find the painting with the distress inks an enjoyable alternative to using my Copics, and lately have fallen in love with any and all fairy images.  This beautiful image is from Magnolia's Fairytale collection and was painted with Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, and Dusty Concord.  You can't see it in the photos but I used a Clear Star pen on the bubbles, and then gave them dimension with Diamond Glaze.  The wings were given a sparkle with an Illuminate Smooch, and the center of the flowers are Ranger Butterscotch Dimensional Pearls.  The leaves are from a Marianne designs die recently purchased from the UK.  No sentiment yet, as the card will go into my stash for a future celebration.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Twisted Easel

On many of the blogs that I admire, the artists are creating this new type of an easel card - the twisted easel.  I love any style of the easel card and couldn't wait to try this twist myself, so here's my card creation.  The image featured is "The Lavendar Fairy" from the Flower Fairies collection by Cicely Mary Barker.  I colored her with distress inks on watercolor paper, the dp is an oldie from my stash, and the seed package is a stamp from Flourishes.  The beads were colored with Copics and the leaf border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Hoedown!!

Here's the second card I'm entering into the Outlawz challenge - it's my first slider card - the image moves forward and back and rocks.  The trim is from an amazing local fabric store - rows higher than you can reach of ribbon and lace, the selection is truly awe inspiring.

It's a Hoedown!!

The Outlawz's Friday Copic/Promarker challenge is to create a card with a Hoedown theme.  As I live in Calgary - home of the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition - I have collected a few western themed images over the years.
Here is the first of two completed cards that I am entering in the challenge - both are colored with Copics.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Friend's Challenge

Recently I spent an enjoyable day coloring with a very good friend, and during the day she gave me a 6 x 6 pad of paper that she had bought some time ago and didn't know what to do with it.  So the challenge was on - create a card or two using the paper from the Nikki Sivils "Willow Bee" line.  Here's the result of the first card I have finished with this cute line of paper.  The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and is called "Ben", and guess what - it's colored with Copics.  To my friend, I hope you love the finished project!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Something Pink

It's taken me awhile but here's my entry into One Crazy Stampers Pink Challenge.  The photo is a little off center, but as soon as I finished the card, one of my friends wanted to purchase it, so this was just a quick snapshot.  The adorable image is called Lacie with Ice Cream from Mo's Digital Pencil and was colored with Copic Markers.  The dp is from my stash, as is the ribbon and cardstock.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Faith and Joy

Here are the last two images from Funky Kits ( Sugar Nellie Home Grown images ), Faith and Joy.  I broke my own rule, and colored the girls before choosing patterned paper to match, so imagine my surprise when I found these older papers from Autumn Leaves and Bo Bunny in my paper stash.  It was just meant to be!!  Both images were cut and matted with Spellbinders, then accented with ribbon.  On the top card the ribbon was pleated and then also used to make the flower accent. 
I can hardly wait for March 1st - four new images are being released from Sugar Nellie, two girls, a boy, and an adorable baby image.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

As Promised Here's Another!!

Here is the beautiful Verity as a brunette with hazel eyes - the second of four girls from Funky Kits in the UK.  She was colored using my copic markers and then I used my Spellbinders Label 8 to cut out the image and the layers of cardstock.  The dp is from Imaginisce's Kewl Stuff, an older paper that was in my stash, and the rhinestones are from TPC Studio.  The sentiment is from Lily of the Valley finished with Ranger Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy to give the image a leather look.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Second post this week - it's a record!!

Hard to believe folks but here's another card completed.  When I first saw this beautiful image on other blogs I had to find it - and the great news is there are a total of four little girls available from Funky Kits in the UK.  You can purchase just the faces, or the complete image, head to toe. 
I colored her with my Copic Markers and just had to make her a beautiful redhead with stunning blue eyes, and an adorable pink dress.  Stay tuned for the rest of the set to appear as finished cards in the next few days.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Did I say Spring was in the Air?!!!

Okay, part of living in Calgary is the weather - one day it's a beautiful  +9c, and the next we are in the middle of yet another snowfall warning.  Wow another 15 cm of snow fell overnight and it is really heavy this time, which makes shovelling soooo much fun!  My son broke a bone in his hand in December and still has a cast on, so you know who had to shovel, and to make it even more of a challenge the shingles were delivered today, and the truck had to park in the driveway before I had shoveled.  Oh well, on the bright side, the shingles are here and by the end of the week the house should have a new roof.

Since the snow has arrived again, I thought I would share this card that I recently finished for a painting with distress inks class.  The image is from Flourishes and is called Vintage Postcard, and was a huge success with the ladies who attended both of my classes.  Thank you to all who attended and I hope you all enjoyed learning this painting technique.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Spring must be in the air!

Wow, time seems to just fly by and the next thing you know, the weekend is a day away!!  I am trying to keep my promise of posting once a week and here's the latest cards that I've completed.  I`m sure that we are all tired of winter and snow, so my cards are all starting to reflect the hope of spring coming soon.

    This card features my first Belles & Whistles stamp - Little Eden - and I can definetly say that I love this image - the little pout on her face is adorable.  Of course I used my copic sketch markers to color this little darling.  The dp is from Prima's Jack n' Jill line, the flowers were punched out of vellum, layered, petals shaped, and then completed with a pearl that I colored with my copic Y04 to match the yellows on the paper.  I enhanced the interior of the card with a Martha Stewart border punch.

     I have owned this stamp from Stamp Barn for probably close to a year and I finally decided to ink it up and play.  I didn't use any patterned paper on this card, just cardstock - the pink has been embossed using two different embossing folders.  I know that it is probably hard to see, but the girls look like they are walking into a beautiful sunset - I used my pastel copics to randomly color all the pinks, oranges, blues, etc that you would normally see at the close of a summer day.