Sunday, August 24, 2008

Poppy Flowers

I love flowers. They speak to me, brighten my day, and make me feel good. So naturally, I enjoy making cards with flower images. The stamp set used here is from Papertrey Ink, the Remember set by Lisa Johnson. The ribbon and red cardstock is also from PI - their new Pure Poppy color. The look of the "doodled" flower overlay is my favorite aspect of this stamp set.
I liked this layout so much, I tried it in several different colors from PI: above is Berry Sobet ribbon and cardstock. Flower image is inked with Sweet Blush, then "kissed" with Berry Sorbet around the edges, Spring Moss for the leaves.
Above is Summer Sunrise ribbon and cardstock. Flower image is inked in Summer Sunrise, with Berry Sorbet around the edge. All images were cutout and layered using my Nestibilities dies through my Cuttlebug - so quick and easy!
The above card is for a dear friend who's going through a rough time. I hope this brightens her day!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Copic Markers

I finally took the "copic" plunge and bought some of the sketch markers that everyone on-line is talking about. I wanted to try them out and see if they really would be different than using my SU markers to color an image. The flower image above was created using B21 (Baby Blue) as the base, coloring all the image. Next, I outlined with B34 (Manganese Blue), going over all the black lines. I followed that with B32 (Pale Blue), coloring over everything again. The picture doesn't show the blending very well, but IRL you can still see all 3 colors. The flower image above is colored with SU markers: first I used Bashful Blue, then outlined in Brocade Blue, then colored all over with Ballet Blue. The colors didn't really blend, just layered on top of each other. You can't see any of the Bashful Blue that I started with.
Here's the final card that I created with the Copic Marker image. I did the leaves in 3 colors also: G02 (Spectrum Green) as the base, outlined in G24 (Willow) and then colored all over with G21 (Lime Green). I'm pleased with the results.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's a sickness...

OK, I admit it - I'm a marker HOG! I love bold, bright colors and markers "speak to me"! I can never have too many. I've been (trying) to organize my Stamp Room (yes, this is a never ending task) and ran across a big box of Marvy Brush Markers. I use these to color in silhouette images or bold stamps. My obsession started when I couldn't get enough of the pear stamps from A Stamp in the Hand.
Then I found a big box of Sharpie Markers, both fine and extra fine tipped.
One of my on-line groups mentioned that some people store all their markers, pencils, Copics, etc by color family. I decided to give it a try. This storage unit is from Pampered Chef. I placed my Marvy's, Sharpies, and a few other markers by color family in it. (No, this is NOT all my markers, not even close!) I think it looks very cheery and inspiring! Hope it brightens your day.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Random Sunday

Kathy nominated me for the Wylde Women Award. Here are the rules:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number inbetween - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blogsite (http:// (so Tamy can go visit all these wonderful women.
Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgement to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.
Thanks, Kathy! We recently spent a very enjoyable day shopping and getting caught up. I'm still pondering on who to pass this along to.
Here is some artwork created by Kathy that she shared with me. Love the vibrant colors!This is another piece that Kathy created - a small wooden house. The numbers on top correspond to our new home address - how clever!
I participate in the "card of the month" in my TN online group. This is my card for August. Paper is Club Scrap. I love the blue/brown combo.