Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Coloring Part 1

I've jumped on the bandwagon of the adult coloring craze and I think it is here to stay.  If you haven't looked at all the books and supplies available, you would be amazed at the choices.  I thought I would show you some of the items I use and enjoy.

There are lots of coloring mediums to choose from.  These colored pencils are a dream to work with.  They have a soft core and the colors blend very easily.  Prismacolor is a quality brand but there are others just as good.  They come in many sets but of course I had to have the largest.  150 wonderful colors!

There are several different ways to blend to get the right shading.  A blender pencil, which is colorless, goes smoothly over the colored surface to give the light and dark shading to a specific area of the picture.  You can also use a paper stump and some blending solution to do the same thing.  

It's easy to color outside the tiny outlines so a pencil eraser comes in handy.  I also have a battery eraser which makes erasing a breeze.  A good art eraser works well too.  One other essential tool is a pencil sharpener.  You should never use an electric pencil sharpener with quality colored pencils.  The color cores are too soft and it's very easy to end up with a short pencil really quickly.  I use a small handheld Kum that has a sharp blade.  I got it for only a few bucks on Amazon.  

You can also use fine line markers and gel pens to color with.  

The array of coloring books and pages is mind boggling.  All book stores, grocery stores and even Walmart has a variety of books with different themes and images.  Flowers, animals, patterns, etc.  An artist who has been instrumental in developing quality books is Johanna Basford.  She is a Scottish illustrator and her first book, Secret Garden, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide!  I purchased a wall calendar for 2016 and have been coloring the months.  Here's what it looks like.

I used water brush markers to color the front.  I'll get into some of the pages I've colored in another post.  So, that's an overview of my coloring journey.  Stay tuned.  We're just getting started.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

I Love My Grandson

My grandson is 23, a hard worker, lives 2,400 miles away and I miss him very much.  It's been a few years since I've seen him but we talk on the phone as often as we can.  Grandmas just do that.  It's not work.  It's not taken for granted.  It's just what we do.  I've been thinking of him a lot lately and wanted him to know it.  I decided to make him and his girlfriend something to show them I care.  He told me they didn't have any magnets for their fridge so I started with that idea.  

This is a plain tag 6.25 x 3.25.  It's heavy duty cardstock and ready to be transformed. 

 I covered it with glue and laid thin printed tissue paper over it, sort of bunching it up to give it some texture.  I let it dry and then began to "mess" it up.  I smeared some paint on in different colors and then sprayed it with some brass and gold stain.  I then started to embellish the tags with cut out letters to create their names.  I added a few typed encouraging phrases.  Done.

I have only dabbled in this kind of mixed media but I'm quite impressed with myself and really like how the tags turned out.  More importantly, I'm pretty sure that Zachary and Amore will like them.  I love you!!!

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(aka Grandma)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Timeless Elegance

Stampin' Up! has some beautiful pattern paper.  They usually come 12" x 12" and the package has several papers that coordinate together.  Timeless Elegance is the name of one group of papers that I bought.  It's so pretty I've been hestitant to cut up some of them.  But I finally broke down and did it.  I used the prettiest floral for the front of this card.  

I cut the large sheet into 3" x 5" pieces, giving me 15 individual pieces to use for lots of cards.  I wanted to keep the rest of the card pretty simple to allow the focus to shine on the stunning floral so I mounted it on a slightly larger black mat.  I used a soft ribbon in Delightful Dijon and also matched the card base.  

A simple sentiment stamped and then cut with a fishtail shape completes the card.  I'm thinking of using the same floral paper with other color combinations of ribbon and cardstock.  I have some beautiful watermelon and grass green that would look really nice with the paper.  

Thanks for looking in today and just a reminder that I really enjoy any comments.  

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beautiful Bufferfly

I am surprised this card came together so easily.  I must remember this sketch and use it with other color combinations and design elements.  

When i was flipping through my embossing folders I came across this butterfly one and decided to create my card base to emphasize the butterflies for the theme.  Here's a close up.

I love the subtle look but the effect is stunning.  I simply used a couple of small pieces of bright card stock, stamping a sentiment on one of them.  Using a butterfly die that is one of my favorites, I cut it on black paper which is perfect to highlight the overall design. I added the row of pearls for the body.  

This same design could be used with lots of different sentiments.  Hello, encouragement, thinking of you, etc. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Elegant Thank You

I made a simple card today with a lot of meaning.  A heartfelt thank you is always appreciated.  We need more love, kindness and appreciation in the world today.  We should all try harder to say thank you for even the smallest of tasks that someone does for us.  

I probably send more thank you cards than any other.  The black card base sets the tone for the elegant look.  I layered a piece of pattern paper over the base and die cut a double oval shape to highlight my sentiment and frame.  

I tucked a couple of coordinating paper strips under the ovals to give the card a little more interest.  Finally I added some tiny pearls in random places.  

Colossians 3:15 says in part, "Show yourselves thankful."  That verse seems to imply action.  Please try and remember to thank all who do good things for you.  

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Over The Rainbow

Don't you love rainbows?  I love rainbows.  The real ones we see sometimes and even artistic reminders of rainbows.  

This is a loose interpretation of a literal rainbow.  The shape is off but at least the colors are right.  I absolutely love how it turned out.  The stamp comes from a set called Over The Rainbow so I guess it was intended to represent one.  

I thought it was appropriate that I added some metallic gold thread to the design.  It took some planning to get the spacing and position just right for each color but that's what makes it so beautiful.  

I'm sending smiles and rainbows to everyone!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

You Send Me Soaring

It's a lot of fun to make cards to encourage someone.  We all need a pat on the back, especially in this cruel world.  

I had this night sky paper and it only seemed right to pair it with a big star cutout.  I started with some gold paper as the card base.  Then I cut a star shape out of the night sky paper.  When I added the smaller stars on top it became the focal point of the card.  

As you can see in this close up photo I added some tiny pearls to the sky paper which also added some dimension and texture to the flat surface.  All I had to do was stamp the sentiment and add it.

Hum, I think I'm going to hang onto this card to give to a special man.  50 years of soaring through life together!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Plugging Along

Isn't it interesting how you can go along in life day after day and keep to a routine and do all the chores and work on a project until you drop and try to fit in a little fun and help the family stay together and try to maintain a positive attitude and.....then life throws you a curve.  

It happens to everyone.  It's called life for a reason.  
I love this card because it reminds me of just plugging along.  Except when you think about it, this is a bicycle built for two, so we don't have to go it alone.  We have lots of people in our lives to help us keep going.  

I am very grateful to have special friends and family to rely on.  We also benefit from being there for others.  It makes us feel good and worthwhile.  And while strength in ourselves is beneficial, it is  strength with our God, Jehovah, that will give us everlasting life.  

"Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and see the salvation of Jehovah."
 Ex. 14:13

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Awesome Butterflies

I saw this card design in the current Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.  Since I recently purchased the Grateful Bunch stamp set I decided to duplicate it.  I love the tone on tone of the lacy stamp on the Pool Party cardstock. 

I stamped the butterflies on a piece of watercolor paper and used a punch to create the corners.  

I love the addition of of the gold metallic thread as added texture.  This was a pretty easy card to make and I think it has a lot of pizazz.  

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hello Spring

The first day of spring is March 20.  For many areas of the country daffodils and tulips are blooming.  Right now a lot of the Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom, the white buds as my son calls them.  

I live in a southern state so I miss the spring season.  
Today's card celebrates spring and all the beauty of Jehovah's creation.  

I used Taylored Expressions Hello Spring stamps and matching dies.  I colored the images with Copic markers.  I used a bright cardstock as my background and added a small strip of pattern paper to ground the animal cars.  

I added a pretty green ribbon between the sections to serve as grass.  After stamping the sentiment and die cutting the clouds it was pretty much done.  

Cute, cute, cute, if I must say so!

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