Sunday, January 31, 2010

Loads of Thanks

Hello stampers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I played along with the featured stamper challenge at SCS this week. I chose this card by Nicole Taylor, as inspiration for my card. I was inspired by the flowers in the wheelbarrow (somthing I've been intending to do with these Autumn Beauty images for some time). Participants were to change at least two things. I changed...

Different colors
Changed Layout
Added Ribbon

To color the wheelbarrow, I started with E49 in the deepest shadows.

Added E57.

Added E35.

Filled in the lightest areas with E51 and E53. Then I cut out the wheelbarrow.

Since I knew I was going to be cutting out the flowers, I did some speed coloring. I stamped the tiny sunflower, from Autumn Beauty, four times then colored outside the center with a quick circular swipe.

Did the same with Y17.

Then I colored over the first two colors, extending out to cover the entire flower, not worrying about staying in the lines.

Added E39 for deeper shadows on the flower centers.

Filled in with E35. Then I cut out each of the flowers, following along the outside petals on 3, but cutting to the inside petals on one flower.

I used my craft knife to cut an opening to tuck my sunflowers into.

Adhered the three full size sunflowers, letting them tuck into the wheelbarrow just a tad.

Then I added the one I had cut to the inside petals, letting it extend over the edge of the wheelbarrow.

Next, I cut out an oval, using my Oval Nestabilities, leaving it in the die. Then I used my Copic Airbrush, with YR12, to color the background, starting with YR12. I started with it aimed off the paper and then directed it to the paper, in a gentle, sweeping motion (well in my mind it was a gentle sweeping motion. In reality, it was probably short and choppy. )

Next I airbrushed some E35 keeping closer to the edges.

On a larger piece of Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, I airbrushed the same colors. I was pretty happy with how the oval came out, but the rectangle was less than spectacular.

My solution to the uneven airbrushing was to emboss it with my tiny bubbles Cuttlebug Folder. I used the same technique for the sentiment oval, as I had for the larger over, then layered both ovals with Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss. I layered the rectangle piece with Chocolate Kiss and Ivory, then then tied a bow before adding the oval layers. The card base is Pure Luxury Sweet Corn.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a happy Monday!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Birthday Wishes and Dreams

Hello stampers! Today I have a sweet fairy card using images from Wishes and Dreams. I'm all sparkly now, since I broke out the glitter for this card. Don't you find that no matter how careful you are, you always come away with a few stray bits clinging to you? More details below, but for now..
Check out these links for even more inspiration:

Now, it's your turn! Please hop over to Gina's blog to add the direct link to your blog post showcasing Alicia's Wishes and Dreams stamp set in the Mister Linkey Box. Gina will have a special prize for the one link that she chooses out of all the participating bloggers - check out her blog for the details.

For the hair, I started with my E49 Copic marker.

Added E57.

Filled in most of the way with E55 and then used my blender pen to soften the highlights.

After blending, I used E49 again to add some texture.

Started with E37 for the shadows on the skin.

Added E35.

Added E33.

Filled in with E31 and pushed some highlights back in with my blender pen.

Used E57 to deepen the shadows.

Used E53 on the wings.

Filled in most of the way with E51 and used my blender pen to soften the highlights.

Started with V09 on the dress.

Added V06.

Filled in with V1 and used my blender pen to add some highlights. After coloring, I cut out the fairy.

For the background, I started by sponging Memento Cantaloupe in the center (not pictured), then sponged Memento Angel Pink.

Sponged Memento Rose Red.

Stamped the starry swirl with Memento Lulu Lavender ink. Stamped the sentiment with Tuxedo Black.

I used my Quickie Glue pen on the stars and added yellow and iridescent glitter.

I layered with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and Passionate Pink, then used an Innocent Pink card base. The ribbon is from the Gold Lined Ribbon Assortment and the button from the Romance Button Assortment.

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blue Daisies

Hello stampers! I have a Purrr-fectly Delightful daisy card, today. I made this for the Flutter By Wednesday challenge this week. The challenge is open this week, but all participants were to use a butterfly, fairy or angel.

I stamped the flowers only from the vased flowers, several times, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I colored with Copics, starting with B26.

Added B23.

Added B21, leaving some highlights uncolored.

Used my blender pen to soften the highlights.

Went back over the darkest parts with B26.

For the flower centers, I went over the entire center with Y23.

Added E35.

Added E39.

For the stems, I used YG03 and YG93.

After coloring all the flowers, I cut them out, for layering later.

For the background, I started by sponging a little Memento Cantaloupe.

Sponged Memento New Sprout.

Sponged Memento Summer Sky.

Sponged Memento Bamboo Leaves.

Sponged Memento Danube Blue.

I stamped the butterflies, from Purrr-fectly Delightful, with Danube Blue ink, stamped off on scrap paper once, before stamping on my background. I layered with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and White. The white layer was punched along the side with a Martha Stewart border punch. The cardbase is SU Bashful Blue. After adding the cardstock layers, I tied my ribbon, then added the cut out flowers, adhering with Pop Dots. The sentiment is from Elegant Post.

Thanks for the visit. Have a stamptastic day!