Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Whew I'm finally back to stamping! I saw a sample by CJ Vogt, she will be teaching a Copic Marker Class soon (the details have not been finalized yet). And I just had to try it. I love coloring and have since I was a child. I spent many a summer afternoon on the screened in porch with my 64 box of crayolas and a coloring book. Coloring with the Copics takes me back to that contented feeling. Iused just about every E copic I own, some yellows and I stamped the image in Memento Potter's Clay. I also used a Fantastix with some Blending Solution from Ranger to blend some of the colors.
I found out today that CJ's class at Marco's will be November 5th fro 1 to 3pm at Marco's
In His Hands,
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The Grandgirl turned one last week and today I got some time with her.
She learned to give kisses and now I'm putty in her hands. The video below is of her playing Peek-A-Boo.
Today I thought I'd actually film a tutorial. My friends ask me all the time to show them how I color with Copic markers so here goes. First I stamped the image from, Smartworks with Memento Rick Cocoa Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I love how the memento ink dries very quickly and does not smear.
I paused only long enough to take the picture and already the ink is dry enough to color over. Using E000 I colored all the flesh and I wasn't too careful I colored over the eyes because I am going to fix that later. The trick is to work quickly so you get an even texture. But no one's skin is flawless in real life but you want to avoid lines.
Next I added some shadow with E04
Now I know that looks just like what I said not to do, create lines, but the lines are softened by the next color applied E11. I used it to blend the shadows and to have the girl not look so pale.
Then I colored her dress with B21, I used some random strokes to simulate the flow of the fabric. I let the first application of color dry and then went over the lines the artist drew with a second application of B21 to create shadow and variation.
I colored her hat with a base coat of Y26 and then added highlights of Y13 and Y17.
I outlined the eyes, nose and mouth with Prismacolor Fine Line Marker 03. I think this just makes the girl pop in the finished project.
I added some whites back to her eyes and some teeth to her lips (not there on the stamp I just liked the teeth) with Ranger's Ink Essentials Opaque Pen.
I just went back and colored the flower on her hat with B21 and touched up some of the blending and shadows on her arms, hands by outlining her fingers and the shadows that would fall on her face and under her chin with E11.
I added some shadows all around the outside of the stamped image with G00. Then added another stamp to the background by Crafty Individuals by Magenta multiple times. I colored the background with the wedge applicator and PanPastel's Diarylide Yellow Shade. I added the ribbon with the slot punch by Making Memories, by marking the placement on the back of the piece. Mounted it onto some green cardstock and waa laa its done.
In His Hands,
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Today was the answer to my prayers. While I love the Sistahs I stamp with from nearby Dayton and Springfield (hey Pat, Marie, Lynette, Claret, Lori and homey Reketa), I have longed for an active group here in my home town. God sent me to the Mt Zion Stampers today, a group of women who meet once a month at their church.
I sat at a table with Rena and Judy (Judy was the comedian who put me completely at ease...Thanks Judy)
Rena is showing off her card she made.
Everything was going along smoothly until the glue was squeezed too hard and went every where
But we just laughed and everyone pitched in to get it up before it dried on shirts and projects.
I really enjoyed today and can't wait until next time!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I am just in love with my new die cutter the Pazzles Inspiration.
and this sign:
I made these book marks with Cardstock, Scrapbook paper and Mirror Paper
The card design and the bookmark center piece were files I received from PI Yahoo Groups.
I designed the sign myself. Then I got out some self adhesive film and cut out my initials
I put them on my car and on my cutter and... (my dd said oh no initials will be everywhere)
HA HA HA.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I got a Pazzles Inspiration die cutter and I am having so much fun. I created this card using the cutter.
I was able to make a bunch of these quickly. The inside states my condition.
"You Bowled Me Over!"
Monday, October 06, 2008
Marco's Paper held a Sidewalk sale and members of their Lucy's Club held a Trunk Sale. Where each member sells their gently loved craft items and supplies for give away prices.
As you can see from the smiles on their faces, it was good for everyone. My friends sold well and there were bargains to be had. The sign on her table said Pat's Prices Can't Be Beat!
The store had dollar items for sale outside and other specials inside.
I got some great bargains!
See Ya there next year!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Below this is to the right hand side of my command center. I set up my office so that I can spin around in my chair and reach just about everything that I need.
This is the left side of my command square. In the foreground is my mac it sits on a rolling computer desk I got at Office depot. When someone comes to play with me I take this desk out so we can have more room.
This is behind my chair. It is a row of organizers that I got at Sam's. I topped them off with some particle board from the Home Depot.
This is one of 2 paper holders. It sits atop the organizers on the particle board shelf.
In the right hand corner of the command square.
Following the wall around.
Far right wall outside of the square holds cassette holder with a part of my ink collection and a part of my punches above another desk.
Left over chest of drawers from when this room was my son's bedroom.
An overview from the far left corner of the room across to the opposite corner.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
I thought I'd try my hand at making a Zentangle. It was surprisingly relaxing.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I like to drink out of special cups or glasses. I have been known to drink Koolaide out of a martini glass or Hawaiian Punch out of an ornate wine glass. So these are my special crafting glasses!
I started with cheap travel mugs I got at the Flower Factory in Dayton and some Quilting material.
I stamped DP Artworks Clio on typing paper. I wanted thin paper so it would accept the Mod Podge (MP)easily. 1st I applied the MP to the mug and then placed the pre-measured fabric. Added another coat of MP. Added the cut outs of Clio, then another coat of MP. I let things dry between layers. I outlined Clio in silver Krylon, in person it gives the mug a 3D look. Then I stamped an image of multiple profiles as a border. Then I used Diamond Glaze as my finishing coat. And since I like the 3D look from the paint pen I added some actual 3D effects over Clio's eyes and headwrap with the Diamond glaze. I find MP sticky to the touch even went dry, but since Diamond Glaze is costly I only use it as a top coat and then there is no stickiness. Because of the fabric the end result feels like leather. I added some generic Dew Drops that I got from Michael's in the floral department (much less costly). Clio Cup was actually the second cup I made, here is the first.
Have you ever had a beautiful piece of handmade paper that you would not use because then it would be gone? Well my solution to this was a Special Paper Special Cup! I pieced the paper on and then used my MP with the Diamond Glaze top coat and some more of the faux dew drops. This time I used Glitter MP although the picture doesn't show it. I was also careful to make sure the paper and fabric where completely sealed around the seams so they can survive washing.
Make some thing special today!
Edited: They are holding up well to washing, each has been washed by hand, fully submerged multiple times!