Monday, February 28, 2011

Playing with Paper Part One

Hello everyone, grab your favorite drink and sit back this is going to be fairly long. Today I am starting a small series of posts about Copics with some different brands of paper. Our local scrapbook shoppe, A Scrapbook Store and More carries Copic markers and Paula, the owner just got in a whole bunch a different paper wanting to give her customers a variety. She was surprised when I mentioned that colors look different on different brands of paper and asked that I play with them and offered an opinion. I certainly remember starting out with Copics and wondering the same about paper so I thought I would create these posts for you too.

Let me start by saying I am no pro at Copic markers and I am not certified, in the recent months since our local shoppe opened I have collected more colors and am getting comfortable playing with them. My favorite medium has been Distress Inks. In fact that is what I teach at the shoppe, but I have to say Copics and Inks are now tied. I love having choice to move between them. I’m looking forward to this weekend to learn more from Suzanne Dean joining us here in Florida.

Okay lets get back to why you are here….

This post will be about Skin color. I colored the faces of all the following Magnolia’s in E0000, E00, E11 and R20

Maggie #1, Tilda with Butterfly Dress, is done in the Cryogen White #89. This paper has a nice thickness and is not a bright white but has a little shimmer to it. It was easy to blend on. The colors did bleed through to the back, which it depends on different people is either a good thing or a bad thing. I don’t feel I am heavy handed when I am coloring but like I mentioned I have been only playing for a few months now so it could be me…

Maggie #2, Be My Valentine, is done in the Paper Temptress Heavenly White Premium Ultra Smooth. This paper has a nice weight to it too. I noticed my face was a lighter shade than the Cryogen but blends beautifully too. I can see it on the back of the paper but it didn’t quite bleed through, (not sure that makes sense, hope it does).

Maggie #3, Cherry Tilda, is done in the Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Solar White #80. It also has a nice weight to paper. Colors show up deep and bright and blending was a little difficult. It bled through a lot but I believe it was because I wasn’t quite happy with the blending and kept trying.

Maggie #4, Tilda with Lamb, is done Bee paper Artist marker Pad. Paper is thinner than the above mentioned but not flimsy. Angie Hunt uses this paper for coloring in mixed media with Distress Inks and I am certainly going to give that a try. For Copics, my face came out a little grainy to me, also bleeds through.

Maggie #5, Cross Stitched Tilda, is done in Gina K Luxury paper 120lb. This is the thickest of all the papers. Colors on this paper show up lighter and a little grainy but not too bad. There is no bleeding on the back at all and it’s barely visible. I could, if I needed, to flip this paper and use the back if I made a mistake, pretty thick.

Maggie #6, Shy Rose Edwin, is done is Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White Cardstock 110lb. I had to let Edwin join the fun! It has the same thickness as the Cryogen and blends easy. It also doesn’t bleed much. Paper feels like it has a little tooth to it, like the Cryogen. The other 4 have a very smooth finish and I feel like the coloring is floating on top. Currently this is the paper I am using.

So there you have the same markers used on all 6 papers with different effects and shades. I’m off to color arms and legs then I will be back with different color combos and how they look. Hope this helps some beginners. I would certainly try and answer any additional questions about any of the papers or would love to hear any other thoughts too, just drop me a line!
Also just noticed my camera lense must be dirty, need to take care of that spot coming up at the corner of my picture, lol. Sorry about that!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Bright Sunflowers!

I’m late, I’m late!! I feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. My post is late!!! I was just too tired to finish putting it together yesterday. Work is stirring up and it’s beein quite busy. My little ones are also getting ready for the FCAT, a standardized test (don’t get me started on that!) they will be taking soon and so we are working on that as well.

Anyways, Happy Friday!! You know I am celebrating!! Today we have a new challenge over at Fussy and Fancy sponsored by Paper Pretties. I LOVE this digi they were so sweet to let me play with. It’s so Springy. I know many of you are not feeling the Spring weather just yet like we are here in Florida but it’s coming soon and I hope this bright tent card keeps your spirits up. I didn’t put a sentiment because I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to say yet. It's colored in Copics, sorry again about not saving my colors. I'll do my best to start posting them.

Our challenge at Fussy and Fancy is Dry Embossing and / or Paper Piecing. My sweet butterflies are embossed, I hope you can see that! Please come over and join us this week. I always enjoy seeing what everyone’s inspirations!

Do you Stack UP? : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Goes
Paper Romance: Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesdays: Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs: Punches or Dies
Crazy 4 Challenges: Use dies

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Friday, February 18, 2011

A Sweet Birthday Surprise!

Today is a super very happy Friday. I have the day off from work so I will get to play today! Yeah! Earlier this week I mentioned that I had Birthdays on the brain... well here is one more, and for now the last birthday surprise I am going to share this week.

When I first saw this Celebration Tilda I knew I wanted to make her something extra special, something really festive. This is my first try at an Explosion Box and I love it! Now I want to make more!!

Everything about the box was fun to decorate. I made all the roses with my Tattered Floral die by Tim Holtz. I used the cutest Sassafras paper I found at my local scrapbook store. And here's something new I learned...I went into the shoppe looking for acetate because I wanted streamers to pop up. What I had at home was to flimsy and what the store stocked was to thick BUT she suggested that I used the plastic covers some of our papercrafts and markers come in. She pulled a piece out of the scrap bin and TADA is was perfect!! Many of you probably already knew to keep your plastic covers and are probably saying "Well DUH" but I sometimes live under a rock...LOL!!

All in all, Thank you KAREN!! You helped finish my idea in my head!

Today is Fussy and Fancy's Challenge too. Our theme is Sweet Treats. I loaded the inside of this surprise with Hershey Nuggets, YUM!!

Come join us for some fun! I always am excited to see what everyone comes up with. And let me know what you think of my chocolate yummy box. I'm off to find the bag of left over chocolates...

Cupcake Craft: Hearts
Crafty CardMakers: Hearts
Kaboodles Doodles: Hearts and Flowers
Papertake Weekly: Glitter, Sparkle, Gems...
A Spoonful of Sugar: Anything but a card
All That Scraps Monthly: Birthday
Simon Says Stamps: Make your own embellishment (Flowers)
Stampin Royalty: Mark it up (Copics)
C.R.A.F.T.: Not a card
Dutch Dare: Sparkle,Glitter, Bling
Moving with the Times: Anything for a girl, but not a card.
Stamp Insanity: Anything but a card
Creative Cottage: Lots of flowers

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pixie Cottage Sketch and Embossing

It's double dose Wednesday! I have two great challenges on Wednesday to share with you scroll down after reading and take a look at Truly Scrumptious post too!

This is my fun digi from The Pixie Cottage! Don't those cupcakes look yummy!! You can find this Pupcake, here. I love bright colors, it definatly makes a birthday card more cheery!

Love to hear what you think! and join us over at the Pixie Cottage challenge blog. Our challenge this week is Embossing and/or a great sketch!

Digital Tuesday: Use a diecut
Karber Weekly: Birthday
Woodware USA: Embossing
Simply Create: Bold and Bright

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Pearls and Swirls

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Truly Scrumptious challenge and this week it's Pearls and Swirls. I hope you can see but there are tiny pearls on my card! I had alot of fun cutting them off thier strip...not! But I do really like the way they look. LOL!

I had a hard time photographing this card. I am taking my picture in a new spot and I just couldn't get the true colors of this to come out. So everybody just hop a plane, bus, or train and come on over and I will show it to you live...HA HA HA! I'm feeling kinda of tired giddy right now, I think I need to crawl back to bed.

Stop on over to Truly Scrumptious and check out all the great inspirations the rest of the team came up with and join us for some fun.

Looking forward to see what you come up with,

OOh La La Creations: For Someone Special
Stampin Sisters in Christ: Keep it Simple
Sweet Stop: Sketch
7Kids College Challenge: Square Cards
Paper Pretties: Card for a child
Totally Papercrafts: Clean and Simple Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Birthday Tilda

Hello Everyone!! This is a quick little post. I have one more DT project to finish today and better get back to it. My birthday card was actually done a few days ago, but with so much running around I just couldn't get it posted. I figure I better since I used the Fridays Sketchers Sketch for it!

I love this paper!! It's Echo Park Little Girl and I think I have used it all up in my last few posts, LOL! It's just so cute! Tilda is my new cutie from the So Special Collection. I definately have birthdays on the brain, I have some posts coming this week for my design teams that will still have you singing Happy Birthday. Hope you like!

I always love to hear what you think or just say hi!!

My Time to Craft: Circles
Magnolia Stamp Lovers: Pastels
Stamping with Dragon: Anything Goes
Friday Sketchers: Sketch

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pixie Cottage Challenge #56 Ribbon

Happy Wednesday! It’s challenge time over at The Pixie Cottage we have an exciting Sketch and or Ribbon challenge for you this week. I went for the ribbon this time around.

Happy Bearthday is one of our new digi’s by our very talented DT member Artish and can be found here along with two other new additions. Artish has also created some awesome background stamps perfect for Tilda or Edwin to play in and they are currently on preorder.

Come join us this week for our challenge. I always look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Challenges to enter:
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles: Ribbon
Lexi Creations: Bears
Woodware USA: Ribbon
Crafty Sentiments: Use a Bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy: Animal, Birthday Wishes
Stamp Something: Use a digi

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Truly Scrumptious Sketch Challenge

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Here we are with a new sketch challenge from Truly Scrumptious! I guess I'm on a non traditional kick for Valentines, but I've just been in the mood to play with some of my fun new paper and pretty bright colors.

Have I mentioned how extremely dangerous it is to have a local and ONLY Scrapbook store in the area? What's worse is she has a love of paper and brings the best into her shoppe! This is Echo Park, Little Girl, and of course there is more to this darling collection which I hope to show you at a later time.

Cupid Tilda is just so cute! I saw her for the first time a year ago and knew that I had to have her. She's just perfect for the love holiday! She's colored in Copic markers and now the next step to playing with my markers is learning to write the #'s down to share with you. It's only fair since that is how I learned.

I do hope you like her and I also hope that you will come by Truly Scrumptious and play along with us. I love looking at all your inspirations!


Flourishes: Valentine

Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes with Flowers

Simon Stamp and Show: Some Love

Paper Sundaes: Valentines

Delicious Doodles: Spots or Stripes

Raise the Bar: Purple, Yellow, Blue

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