Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dreaming Mouse

I enjoyed last week's Copic Colour Challenge so much, I just had to play again this week for Copic Colour Challenge #19, which was to use G00, RV02, and BV00. I thought this week's color combination was challenging (I guess that's why it is a challenge). These colors are so light, hence the low numbers on the right, that they barely show on coated paper. So, I had to figure out what image I had that would look good with softer, lighter colors...and I had to use matte paper so the colors would actually show up.

I decide this mouse image by Great Impressions would be appropriate. I stamped the image with Marvy dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I colored the image with those three colors, along with B60, W1, and W2. So, I had to use six markers to pull this one off. The sentiment is from Penny Black and seems to go so well with the mouse image. I used patterned paper, black cardstock, textured white cardstock, ribbon, brads, and Nestabilites to complete this card.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tulip Windows

Here is a card I created after stumbling upon the Copic Creations Challenge blog. The challenge was to create the look of wood using Copic markers. Though I've done better wood jobs (gee, that sounds dirty), I'm pleased overall with this card.

The beautiful stamped image is from Stamps Happen. I stamped the image with Marvy Dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers and just a touch of Prismacolor pencil highlights. Patterned paper, paper piercer, pop-dots, tag punch, ribbon, brads and a sentiment from My Favorite Things were all used to put the finishing touches on this card.

I had fun coloring this image. It wasn't too difficult, and I used the label as a guide. I'm trying to work up to a Kinkade, Medaris or another Stamps Happen image as my summer masterpiece.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Extra Practice Doodling

How is it that I'm still on week one of the class? I think this is actually week three, with week four already being posted for those who are working ahead. Guess I don't want to be an overachiever. LOL.

Stephanie gave us an extra sheet of word doodles just for practice. This was an extremely relaxing process for me. Coloring and doodling. That's what it is all about. I recommend clicking on the picture so you can see the actual size of the doodles.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life's A Beach

The more we get into summer, the more I'm believing that I need a beach in my life. I'd really like to getaway soon...to relax, read, and simply veg. Not that I'm doing any thing now. I'd just like to change locales, if you will.

So, to "take me away" for a bit, I decided to color this image from Outlines. I stumbled upon the Copic Colour Challenge blog, and decided to take a stab at Challenge #18 which was to use Copic colors BG05, R85, and Y15. I really liked this, because it just goes to show you that you don't need all of the Copics to do a decent coloring job. Those three markers, along with E13 and the Colorless blender are the only markers I used on this image. That's just 5 markers.

I stamped the image on coated paper with Marvy dye black ink. Various patterned paper, tag punch, computer-generated sentiment, brads and paper piercer were also used to complete this card.

Thanks for visiting my colorful beach.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Sweetest Father

As promised, I have a Father's Day card to share. I'll be giving this to my Dad, who just happens to be the sweetest Dad out there.

It felt so great just to sit back and color last night. It has been a while.

This adorable House Mouse image is from Stampabilities. I stamped it with Marvy Dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers and with a little Prismacolor pencil highlights. I used patterned paper and black cardstock to create layers for the card, and added ribbon and a computer-generated sentiment.

Wishing you all a very sweet weekend. Now, I'm off to get a few gift cards to put inside the card.

Friday, June 19, 2009

More Dachsie Thank Yous

This week has found me making thank you cards, and along the way, trying to make a dent into my stash of blue scrap paper. So, here are some more thank you cards that I have to share...all using that adorable thank you dachshund image from Cowtown Stamps. This was a great exercise for me, considering that I'm layout challenged. For the card pictured above, I did use this week's Sketch Challenge, #233, on Splitcoast. And, like always, all images were stamped with Marvy Dye ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. Sometimes paper piercing was done. Sometimes a Cuttlebug was used. Ribbons and brads adorn these cards too. Amazing that for all eleven dachshund cards, not a single piece of new paper was cut. All eleven were made from scraps. Yay me!

Now I am pleased to report that I have the thank you cards that I need so that I can properly thank some students for some end of the year gifts they gave to me.

I need a Father's Day card, so I'm guessing that will be my next post, so stay tuned this weekend for that.

Speaking of the weekend, enjoy it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Doodling

Hey! Thanks to all of you that made it here for the first blog post. I'm happy to know that my stamping buddies have followed me over from the old blog.

As I was setting up this new blog, one night I was just randomly surfing stamping and scrapbooking blogs trying to look for some type of inspiration. Quite by accident, I landed on Stephanie Ackerman's blog entitled Homegrown Hospitality and quickly discovered that she is a doodler. I was quite taken by her work, and learned that she is offering an online course on doodling this summer. I quickly signed up. I was so excited because I've always been interested and intrigued by the art of doodling. Also, I thought that maybe it would loosen me up a bit, and help explore my creativity and get me out of the creative funk that I have been in for almost a month.

Allow me to share with you the results of our Week 1 assignment. Now, don't get too excited. These are Stephanie's doodles, not mine. Our assignment was to color them and add swirls, dots, dashes, etc. It was fun and relaxing. Stay tuned for the next eight weeks of my learning attempts at doodling. I can see some possibilities in terms of integrating this art with my stamping.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Welcome to the Stamping Deets

Welcome to my new blog!

My old blog was so sorely in need of an updated look, but as I started to play around with things, I discovered it was much easier just to build a new blog. You know, kinda like how so often buildings are built new rather than being renovated. I also wanted to have a stamping specific blog. It seemed like my last blog was a catch all for everything in my life.

So, my first post is photo intensive. I am in the midst of trying to reduce the huge amount of blue scraps that I have and I'm also in need of many thank you cards. This past weekend, I stamped several images of this cute little dachshund from Cowtown Stamps onto Georgia Pacific cardstock with Marvy Dye black ink. I colored the image with Copic markers. The various patterned papers are from my blue scrap drawer (and brown scrap drawer too). I did lots of paper piercing too on these cards.

I can't guarantee a post every day like some, nor can I promise you a six card post when I do, but again... welcome to the Stamping Deets. I hope you'll visit again.


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