Monday, October 30, 2017

Cool Shades Jake

Our grandson is a lifeguard and loves to play water polo so I thought of some images from Make It Crafty would work perfect for his birthday card. I used Cool Shades Jake and The Beach, both digi stamps, and merged them to make a scene for the front of the card. I also added the beginning of the sentiment to the front, and finished it on the inside. I used my Copic markers to color the image, except for his shorts - I paper-pieced those. I added a few sequins, a surfboard embellishment and glossy accents to his sunglasses to finish it up. Not too many things going on, but I am still learning with my markers and I am always worried about messing it up, but I guess that's just part of the journey! I tried to follow Zoe's ebook called Fun Techniques for Colouring Skies. This includes different kinds of skies, clouds, land and ocean. Take a  look and let me know what you think!
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Hair E43, Y11, Y13, Y15
Sand E50, E53, E55, E57
Palm Trees YG03, YG25, G07, G28
Sky B00, B02, B05
Water B00, B01, B02, B05, B06, B26
Shells Y11, Y35, YR15; BG45, BG49, RV02

Thank you for taking a look! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


My goodness, Alyce's classes at Kit and Clowder are really amazing! I look at this card and can't believe I colored it. The videos are so helpful it is almost like color by number. And, along the way you learn little tips and tricks to help with and use in ALL of your coloring. This card was made using the monthly April 2017 Markers class. The image used is "Sparkle" from Mo's Digital Pencil. After all the coloring is done (using Copic markers), it almost doesn't need any embellishments, you could frame it and hang it on your wall. Since I wanted to make a card for my grandniece, I cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo, matted it a couple more times (the very back is white paper that I colored using my RV19 and RV13 to match the image), added some cute heart chipboards from Make It Crafty, sequins, and a ribbon flower I made with a heart button glued on top. Here is the card and a list of the markers used.
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Hair Y21, E31, E35, E59
Lips RV00, RV21, RV09
Dress B32, B24, B28, B29, B99
Skirt Underlay RV06, V04, BG49, BV08, white gel pen
Pearls BG45, BG49
Flowers RV00, RV32, RV09
Blue Feathers B24, B29
Purple Feathers V01, V06
Pink Feathers RV32, RV09
Turquoise Feathers BG45, BG49
Gloves BV20, BV23, BV25
Shoes W5, W7, W9, E31, E35, T4
Bows on Shoes BG45, BG49
Background RV13, RV06, RV09, RV19
Black colored pencil around boa feathers
White colored pencil on her teeth

Whew - I think that's it! Thank you for taking a look and have a great day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ariela Mermaid

I am SO EXCITED!!! I tackled the May 2017 Markers class from Kit and Clowder and I cannot believe how it turned out! Yes, there are little things here and there that aren't like the instructor's, Alyce Keegan, but still, for just a beginner, I think I did pretty well! Alyce takes you step-by-step through each piece of the image, so it is not SO overwhelming. The videos are yours forever, so you can watch, re-watch as many times as you want, and you can use the techniques on other images. The image is Ariela Mermaid from Conie Fong on Etsy, and it is currently on sale, so grab her quick! I decided to use the image for my sister's birthday card, so I made a step card, added some ocean-type embellishments, tulle, paper straws and a little sun clip at the top. The copic marker colors I used were all from Alyce's class, except for a little green I used in the flowers on her headband (I decided to make them leaves rather than different colored flowers). The bubbles are outlined with a Uniball Signo white pen, as instructed by Alyce. Take a look at the outcome:
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, RV21
Hair RV02, RV06, RV66; B63, B66, B69
Lips R20, E04
Tail Red R20, R32, R35, R59
Tail Pink RV02, RV04, RV06, RV66
Tail Purple B63, B66, B69
Tail Orange/Yellow Y11, Y35, YR15
Sand E50, E53, E55, E57
Water BG10, B00, BG53, BG45, B24, B28, B29, BG49
Coral/Shells Aqua RV02, BG45, BG49
Coral/Shells Yellow Y11, Y35, YR15
Coral Pink RV02, RV04, RV66
Coral/Shells Purple RV02, B63, V04

Thank you for looking and have a bubbly, FINtastic day!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thankful Heart

I've just finished two cards for a couple of nieces using the cute Thankful Heart Coloring Page from Tiddly Inks Stamps. Her stamps are so cute and versatile, and this particular one is FREE! You should pick it up and give it a go - make it as big or small as you want and color away. I used my Copic markers to color the image, my Silhouette Cameo to cut the paper and tags and even wrote the Happy Birthday message on one tag with my Cameo. I added a butterfly brad, some pretty flowers, another embellishment in the corner and done! My colors are listed below:
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Hair E53, E55, E57, E59
Clouds W0, W1, W3
Sky RV10, RV000, RV0000, BV01, BV00, BV000, BV0000
Yellow Y11, Y35, YR15
Flowers B32, B24, B29
Green YG03, G94, G99
Jar BG00, BG10, BG53 

Flowers RV02, RV04, RV06, RV55
The rest of the colors are the same as the above image.

Thank you for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Swish, the Angelfish

Hello again! This month's Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz used two cute images drawn by Jean Chaney called Swish, the Angelfish and Swish, Tangled. We could use either one, or both for our creation, and I decided to use both. I sized the angelfish (used three times) to be smaller so Tangled was my focal point. Then, I just played with colors using my Copic markers. I colored the background using the technique from Kit and Clowder's May 2017 monthly marker class. Then, I searched through my ribbon stash for something to go with the underwater scene and decided on one that had circles on it to go with the bubbles. I added lots and lots of bling for bubbles and a couple of shell buttons (cutting off the shank on the back). I really liked all the colors and have decided that my favorite color is the rainbow! Here is my card and the colors I used:
Seaweed YG03, G94, G99
Yellows Y11, Y35, YR15
Blues B63, B66, B69 (one combo)
Blues B91, B24, B28
Rocks W0, W1, W3, BV00
Pinks RV02, RV06, RV66
Coral RV02, B63, V04
Background BG10, B00, BG53, BG45, B24, B28, BG49, B29
Whew - lots of colors and lots of fun! Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Astro Tobie

Hi again! I've been hard at work on my grandnephew's birthday card - this one took quite some time, but I am really happy with the outcome! The June monthly pencil class from Kit and Clowder used an image of a girl astronaut, with an optional boy astronaut you could use. As a monthly class subscriber you can purchase these images at a great discount, so I got both, but I had plans for the boy since this birthday was coming up. The images are from Some Odd Girl, with Astro Tobie for the boy and Space Cadet Tia for the girl. Well, I didn't have time to learn the pencil coloring and I feel more comfortable with my Copic markers, so I decided to try the image using my markers. I tried to use colors that looked close to the image in the pencils class. Then, I had to do the background - another issue! Well, going back in time to the May 2016 Markers Monthly Class, I remembered the background was something I thought I could use for this image. So I go to work! I had to draw free-hand the earth and moon, then used a white pen for the stars, even drawing in the Big Dipper and my grandnephew's name - LOL! I used Wink of Stella on the lighter areas of the background, Glossy Accents on the helmet, and I glued a lot of small bling on many, many stars. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the diecuts. I even colored in the window on the spaceship with a silver pen. I hope you enjoy my card!
Spacesuit White BV20, W5, W3, W1, W0
Green YG03, G21, G94, G99
Purple BV00, BV13, V17
Yellow/Orange Y11, Y35, YR15, R35
Helmet W1, B000, B0000
Eyes and Hair E50, E53, E55, E57
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, RV21
Earth Green G21, G94, G99, Y11, Y35
Earth Blue BG10, BG53, B24, B28
Moon W5, W3, W1, E50
Sky B99, B39, B32, BV17, V17, RV55

Give those classes a try and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Out Of The Tub and Paper Piecing

Hello All! A card I just finished for my grandnephew's first birthday kind of made itself. I used Mo's Digital Pencil Out Of The Tub image - it is So Cute! I had printed the image kind of large, (4 inches high) and was trying to decide how to color the bath wrap. Then the invitation for the party came and the theme is Mickey Mouse - it was decided for me! I used an image I found online of Mickey Mouse fabric and paper-pieced the bath wrap - So Easy! I used Copic markers for the skin and duck, some Mickey Mouse paper I had, sequins, twine, pipe cleaners and ribbon and DONE! Have a look!
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, RV21
Duck Y11, Y35, YR15, E15
Ground W0, W1, W3
Thanks for looking. Have a great day!