Monday, June 28, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts!!

Sorry for not posting for the last two weeks!  I have been having some MAJOR computer problems with my laptop only to find out that my warranty expired 2 weeks before it died!  *sigh*  Plus my son decided that chewing on the memory card for the camera looked really fun and I can't find the chord for the computer.  I guess that doesn't matter so much as I don't have a computer to make posts with!  Hopefully I can get it fixed this week and will be posting by Friday!

Thanks for being so patient with me!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

COPIC Certified!!!

So I was finally Copic Certified in Phoenix April 19th.  It was soooo much fun!  I was able to go with my mom and our dear friend KellyRae.  It was awesome, can I say that enough?  We were instructed by Jennie Black with Marianne from assisting.  I have been coloring like crazy!!  ***Lots of Pictures ahead***

 You can see more info here on my mom's blog.  She had pictures taken with Marianne and Jennie and of our group.  It was a FULL house at our certification.  I was also able to take home Marianne's drawing example of coloring hair.  It looks awesome on the wall in my craftroom; a good reminder to me when I am coloring.
I came home from our class and immediately started working on my Copic Journal that you can download from here.  I colored and stamped the front to personalize it and the back cover I created in the certification class with the air brushing technique.  On the back of each section a did a "Just A Note" paper stating what colors, stamps, ink and method was used to color the image on the previous page.  That way I always know what I did if I want to duplicate it.  The pages were trimmed down using the Tabbed Mini Book Page die from PaperTrey Ink as well as the Mini Tab die.  I used the the stamp sets Take Note, Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs, and Delightful Dahlia from PTI; Miss Anya Collection from The Greeting Farm; Petal Perfection, Fanciful Flourishes, and All A Flutter from My Time Made Easy throughout the journal on the dividers.  Everything was stamped on Neenah paper with Nick Bantock Lamp Black Ink.  The front cover also had ink from PTI: Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides, and Enchanted Evening.

 Sorry if the pictures are a little dark.  my two year old got a hold of my memory card for my camera and now it doesn't work.  Of course I don't have a cord to transfer pics to my computer either.  So I had to use the cell phone.

Here is the first page in my journal and on the back I put the tab info.  I colored each of the tabs - -why not?  it's a copic book right!

The next section is Marker Families.  I colored all of the Delightful Dahlia images with "families".  In the close up you can see; Y32, Y21, Y35 and R81, R85.  This way I can see the families at work.  Even the grey background is colored with C7 so the flowers pop.   
I also included the PTI suggested color combo with this I I like using several of the combos when I color.  It can be found here.  My printer was a little off on the colors so I think I will redo this page and color in with my markers. 
 The next section is Hair and Skin.  I colored using my favorite Swiss Pixies image and also added some Bridal Flowers that you can get at Michael's or Joanne's.  They are wonderful for coloring with your copics.  Just be sure to let them dry if you put a lot of ink on them.  On the back is another Note about the colors used.  Below that are pics of some sample pages I have done.  I am really detailed in my notes about what I did and colored with - -my OCD coming out!

The last section is Color Combos.  I haven't had a chance to add anything to this section yet so the divider is uncolored as well as a reminder to me.   I also came away with a few ideas as well.  The group of ladies we were talking to mentioned making swatches of the markers to place directly over the paper they are using to color match.  Also to color a Copic Chart on each type of paper you would color your markers on to get a good comparison of the type of coloring you want to do.  I did both!  As any good OCD'er would say, you can never be too organized!

 For the Swatches, I made a cut file on my cricut (1st ever!!) so that I could get 35 tags on one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock of Neenah, Prism, or PTI's Stamper's Select.  The tags are 2x1 in size and have a hole so you can easily put them on a ring for quick reference.  You can find the cut file here only until June 30th.

The Copic Charts I found on Suzanne Dean's website and printed them all with my Epson Printer onto Neenah, Prism Simply Smooth and PTI's Stamper's Select.  you can definitely tell a difference on coloring on each paper.  I tend to over saturate sometimes for my darker colors so I prefer to use PTI at this moment.  If I am layering, I usually use Neenah or Prism instead.

thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Once Upon A Princess Project

Hi!  You might remember my post a few months back at the Cutters Creek DT blog of the Once Upon a Princess Cartridge.  I was showing the finished paper doll for my niece Zoe.  Well here is the birthday card I made for her to go along with it.  She LOVES Tinkerbell and actually had a Tinkerbell themed party so I tried to color this Swiss Pixies image from C.C. Designs to be similar or at least a Zoe version of Tinkerbell.  Also, this fatastic glitter paper is from American Crafts and you can get it here.

And here is the cover of her paperdoll so she can easily take it anywhere! 

You can read more about her birthday here.

I also made another set for my niece Lexi as her 7th birthday was in May.  I had some problems with this set.  I decided to laminate the doll and items rather than use Mod Podge.  Much faster, but the magnets don't work NEARLY as well.  I had to triple the layer of magnets in order for them to work right, but I might make this one over again. 

Well hope you enjoy!!

Blogger Updated!!

Hi everyone!  First of all, sorry for the continual changes of my blog layout.  I have been trying a few premade ones and setting up my own.  Than the big blogger blackout happened last week and I lost everything I had been setting up!!  So instead of wasting time setting it up again, I was going to use another premade layout, but . . . . Blogger updated!!  They now have a Template Designer!!  You can find it under the Design Tab.  The best part of it, I don't have to mess with the css coding to update to 3 columns and shift the size of everything.  I got this new look in 20 minutes!!!  Fantastic!!  Now, I will still be updating a few little things in the next few weeks but it is all personal touches; nothing huge :o)

Anyways, I wanted to share a few projects I completed recently that never made it to my blog.  They will be posting over the next few days.