Sunday, September 28, 2014

Copic Colored Butterfly Cards

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing with you a couple of cards I made from some images I colored as a part of the Copic Coloring for Cardmakers Class from Online Card Classes.   This class has been great whether you have are just beginning with Copics or you have been coloring for a while, there is something for everyone. 

The butterflies were a part of a practice sheet for the day where we were practicing flicking and using tip to tip blending.   I wasn't crazy about my butterflies at first, but then when I put them on cards, they kind of worked.

The copic colors I used were Y00, Y11, YG13, and B04.  Although I used the same colors on both, they turned out differently.  Of course, when I got through coloring these, out of all the paper I had in my room, nothing seemed to match.  Am I the only one with that problem? lol. What I did end up finding was a 6x6 paper pad of Washi paper.  I had never used any and basically, forgotten I had it.  I found this great watercolored/ombre background in all the colors I needed.  I used one sheet and was able to do both cards.

Because I wanted the focus on the butterfly, I thought this background was subdued enough to work. I cut a couple of circles with Spellbinders dies and the banner is from Tilted Banners die set from Simon Says Stamp.   I stamped the sentiment in Pear ink using the Lifting Spirits stamp set.  The sequins were from a brand new package of sequins from SSS called Fall Festival.

Using the leftover strip from the washi paper I made this card.  The sentiment was cut using the Thanks on a Line die from SSS.  Because I didn't have any paper to match, I cut it from White Daisy cardstock and then used my Copic markers to color it.  I attached it just above the washi paper, adhered my butterfly with some 3d foam tape, and added some bling from my stash.  That was it. 

We have colored several other images in class.  If I create any more cards with them, I'll be sure to share.  That's it for me today.  I still have coloring homework.  When I'm taking OCC classes it's the only time I get excited about  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's a Hoe Down with Studio J

Hello everyone! I am still on the quest to catch up all my event albums.  I have one for each holiday and then specific things that reoccur, like pageants, recitals, band concerts, etc. Since my daughter started dance, it seems the amount of photos has increased with each recital.  That's not a bad thing, but I never could seem to get them organized enough to get them in the books.  What I have found that is working best for me right now is doing traditional layouts for her dance portraits and then using Studio J for the action/on stage pictures.  It saves a bunch of time for me, and money. 

For those who aren't familiar with Studio J, it's the online digital scrapbooking program from Close to My Heart.  There is no program to buy or anything to download.  You upload your pictures into it and create to your hearts content.  It's free to create.  You only pay when you decide you want to purchase your layouts. You get two pages (12x12) for only $6.95, which also includes the .jpegs and web viewable two page layouts like the ones I have posted below. 

Here's a couple of layouts from last year's recital.

I'm terribly indecisive.  Studio J allows me to put pictures in, take them out, resize, adjust, etc, instead of me printing them out over and over to get the size right.  And you have access to tons of paper packs and coordinating embellishments to choose from, current papers and retired.   So if there was some retired CTMH paper that you just absolutely loved but can no longer find, chances are it's still alive and well in Studio J.   

If you want to try Studio J for yourself you can follow any of the links throughout this post or click on the tab at the top of the page.  Remember it's free to create!  Give it a try!

That's it for me tonight.  I'm going to try to get some more Studio J done.  Maybe I'll get this year's recital finished.  I'll be sure to share when I do :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All Smiles

Hello everyone!  Just a quick post from me tonight.  I thought I would share another layout I did for my daughter's pageant book.  I'm not quite through with this event yet.  I keep getting distracted by shiny things!

This is another one of those pages that started out to be something totally different than it ended up.  The patterned paper is a piece I had in my stash that just happened to have the right turquoisey (I'm sure it's a word :)) color in it.  I matched that up with some Cotton Candy, Ruby, Crystal Blue, and Desert Sand cardstocks.  I cut a bunch of flowers of varying size from the cardstock using the Artiste cartridge (page 32).  The title was cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I must say that's probably my favorite all-around font for general use.  The flourishes are from a Hero Arts die and the frame from Spellbinders. I added some sparkles to the flowers and that was it.

I went back and forth about the colors.  I think it was the Desert Sand that was throwing me, but it was about an exact match in the other paper.  All in all I think it worked.  I have at least one more layout to do from this event and then that book will be caught up.  It will the second album (out of probably  I have caught up..yay!

That's it for me tonight.  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy hump day everyone!