Sunday, September 28, 2014

Featured Stamper and More Copic Coloring

Today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers is Jacquie J, who has a wonderful gallery.  A technique she used on several of your cards was inlaid die cuts, and I chose one of them to CASE for my card.  Here is a link to her card, and her is my version.


I stenciled the burlap for my background with Ranger Tea Dye.  I cut the "happy birthday" words from the contrasting colors and laid them aside.  After I placed the dies on my stenciled piece and cut them out, I pulled the words from the dies but left the little spaces (in the a's, p's, d's, y's and the b) remain in the dies.  I taped across the openings in the panel with Scotch tape and laid the words into the open spaces.  Then I laid the dies (with the little spaces still in them) on top of the words and pushed them out with a paper piercer.  They were exactly over the empty spaced and filled them up quite easily.    To make sure my brads would match the colors, I just punched out six circles with a hand-held punch, adhered the circles to the card, and put a little Glossy Accents over top.

I also have another Copic-colored ballerina from Friday's Copic coloring class.  I wanted to try to do a darker skin tone on this one.


I found a color combination for black hair, which I really liked -- B41, C5, C7, and 100.  I'm going to have to remember that one!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

More from Day 5 Copic Class

We had two practice sheets in yesterday's Copic class -- one of just face and hair, and the second one a sweet little ballerina to give us practice on coloring clothing also.  This is my practice sheet for the ballerina.




I loved that red hair combination so much that I made a card for today's Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The inspiration site was The Christmas Tree Shops.  As I was looking through the site concentrating on colors, I found this plaid tablecloth.  Here's my card:


Friday, September 26, 2014

Copic Class Day 5

Today's Copic coloring class was one of the things I was definitely looking forward to -- coloring faces and hair.  I've seen some awesome highlighting in hair that I just could not figure out.  After watching today's videos, I have a better handle on creating those highlights.  I still need lots of practice, but I'm happy with my beginnings.


We had another sheet on which to practice -- this time including clothing.  I'll get to that one tomorrow (we have the weekend off!).

MFP Blog Hop Day 4 - Nutcrackers



Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

September  Blog Hop! 



This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured  Sept. 23
Hot Air Balloons

Featured Sept. 24
Witchie

 Featured Sept. 25
Chrysanthemum

Featured Sept. 26
Nutcrackers


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on today's participating blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win;  and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday, September 26, 2014.


Again I'm not a part of the official Blog Hop, but I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today because this is my favorite project of the week.  During the summer I attended a stamp show in Orlando and saw a card made with a nutcracker and was hoping that MFP Stamps would eventually have one too. The nutcracker on the card that I saw was made using paper tole, and I loved the dimension.  So, when I saw today's set, I was in Seventh Heaven!  Here is my project, which is a Christmas tag box.



There are three layers of the nutcracker image, which you can see here:



When you open up the box, you can see that it contains some Christmas tags, which were made using another MFP set, Holiday Tag.



I am entering this project in Scor-Pal's More Than One Score challenge for September -- fun storage ideas.  I found the directions for this tag box on one of the Technique Junkies Newsletter CDs, which I also purchased at that stamp show.

When I was looking on the internet for nutcrackers to get some ideas of color combinations, I saw a set of very elegant ones.  One of them was done in black, silver and white; and I decided to use that combination.  Here's my version of that nutcracker.



Today's set has several sentiments but nothing that would work with this particular design, so I used a stamp from another MFP set, Dear Santa.  Both words are on one stamp, so I had to improvise a little bit.  I stamped it twice, covering the unwanted word each time.

Be sure to check out the participating blogs for today and comment often for a chance to win a free stamp set.

Here's the Design Team for today:



I hope you have found some inspiration from the projects made by the design team this week.  We certainly had fun bringing them to you.

Tag Box
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Nutcrackers, Holiday Tag
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers - August Greens, Deep Scarlet, Snow Storm Smooth, various DP (unknown source)
Accessories:  Copic markers, Scor-Pal, Ribbon, Foam pop dots, Crop-a-Dial, Velcro

Card
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Nutcrackers, Dear Santa
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers - Black Linen, Snow Storm Smooth; Recollections Silver Glitter
Accessories:Detail Silver embossing powder, Detail Black embossing powder, Copic markers, Ribbon, Star punch, Foam pop dots

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 4 Copic Class

Today in the online Copic class we got into directional and non-directional shading.  I had never really used the directional shading technique and found that I really like the way the image looks.  I'm going to have to practice some more because I was really impressed with the images colored by Sandy Allnock, who is a wonderful "colorer" !!!  Here's my first practice sheet.


And a card I made with one of the images:


MFP Blog Hop Day 3 - Chrysanthemum

Featured Sept. 24
Witchie

 Featured Sept. 25
Chrysanthemum

Featured Sept. 26
Nutcrackers


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on today's participating blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win;  and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday, September 26, 2014.

I'm not an official member of the Blog Hop today, but I do have a couple of projects using today's set, Chrysanthemum, to show you.  The first is an altered Pepperidge Farms Creme-Filled Pirouette Rolled Wafers tin.  I love those things, although my diabetes limits my intake considerably -- I can have two of them as a snack every now and again!  


I stamped the larger of the two flower images onto some white card stock, cut it out with a Circle Nestabilities die, and adhered it to a larger circle of Stampin' Up Really Rust.  (I was sorry to see that color retired!)  I covered the tin with some more Really Rust and some retired DSP to match and added the orange bow.

I also made a card -- using the smaller flower, stamped three times, masking as I went along.  I don't know if you can see the three distinct flowers or not.  One of them is yellow, one is orange, and the third is brown.


Be sure to check out the official Blog Hop and comment often for more chances to win a free stamp set.

Here's the Design Team for today:


Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Tin
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Chrysanthemum
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  SU Really Rust, retired DSP; Mark's Finest Papers Snow Storm Smooth
Accessories:  Tin, Copic markers, Circle Nestabilities dies, Ribbon

Card
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Chrysanthemum
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Really Rust
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers - Snow Storm Heavy, SU Really Rust
Accessories:  Copic markers, Eclipse Tape for masks

CCEE1439 - National Dog Week (Sept. 21 - 27)

We are smack in the middle of National Dog Week, September 21 - 27.  So for my final challenge to the CCEE Stampers I asked them to include a dog on their cards.  Here's mine:


Do you like dogs?  Even if you don't, but would like to play along with us, pop on over to the CCEE blog and see what the rest of the team has created for you.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Copic Class - Day 3

Our lesson today for the online Copic class was shading using gray markers.  Very interesting -- I hadn't thought about that before.   Here are my practice sheets.


Some of these combinations worked better than others.

MFP Blog Hop Day 2 - Witchie



Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

September Blog Hop! 




This month's New Stamp Set Releases are


 Featured Sept.23
Hot Air Balloon 

Featured Sept. 24
Witchie

 Featured Sept. 25
Chrysanthemum

Featured Sept. 26
Nutcrackers


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on today's participating blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win; and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday,  September 26, 2014.

Today's set, Witchie, gives you the opportunity to make a classy Halloween card -- she's a rather glamorous witch (no warts on her nose!).


There are several other images in this set as well as the witch.  Here's a treat box card holding two miniature Kit Kat bars (mmmm!!!) made with a few of the other images.




Be sure to check out the rest of the projects that our design team has made for you using this fun Halloween set.  Comment often for a chance to win one of this month's stamp sets.

Here's the Design Team for today:

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Card #1
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Witchie
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers - Black Linen, Snow Storm Smooth; MME Haunted DP, Paper Pizazz Halloween Stripes DP
Accessories:  Copic markers, MS Spider Web punch, Brads

Card #2
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Witchie
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Bazzill Basics 12 x 12 Black; Mark's Finest Papers Snow Storm Smooth; scrap of yellow; MME Haunted DP
Accessories:  MS Spider Web punch, Copic marker, Kit Kat bars, Acetate, Ribbon, Tag corner punch, hand-held circle punch