Saturday, December 3, 2011

My first 6x6 card!

Mistletoe Tilda
Today, I made my first 6x6 Magnolia card!  YAY!  I have always admired the artists that make the Magnolia cards that are posted in various blogs.  They are absolutely gorgeous!  That is what I aspire to.  I used to wonder how they could fill the card front with so many beautiful things.  Then it occurred to me that the card was larger than I thought it was.  So, this is my attempt at a 6x6 Magnolia Christmas card.  There's lots of bling and sparkle, too!  Can't have a Christmas card without sparkle and bling!  I'm hoping this is just the beginning of my creative juices flowing.  I know I still need practice coloring images with my Copic markers....but I figure it can only get better, right?!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tried Something New...

Tilda with a present
Using a couple of my new Christmas Magnolia stamps, and armed with some new coloring techniques that I saw on a blog called Color Me Copic, I set to making a couple more Christmas cards.  I've watched several of Amy's videos and she is so good at Copic coloring!  So, I also did something for the first time with this card....I lined the envelope with the same printed paper from the card.  I think it looks pretty sharp, even if I say so myself!

Here is a close-up of that same card.  I decorated it with a felt poinsettia and some bling jewels from Doodlebug Designs.  I also rounded the corners on this card.  That's the first time that I've done that and I'm not sure why I did it this time, but I really like it!

Tilda hiding a present

This was my first attempt at trying my new techniques.  It didn't quite finish as well as I would have liked, but I think it will come, especially when I get color combinations that I can work with consistently.  But it's blue, so I still like it!

Gotta have a little bling!  The large snowflake is a brad from Doodlebug Designs and the sparkling border is  from Archiver's, but it's not a Dazzles from Hot Off The Press.  It's from another manufacturer.  The lacy  edging  on Tilda's  p.j.'s was colored with  my Spica clear glitter marker.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Christmas Cards!

Glittery Ornaments
I tried my hand at a couple more Christmas cards.  This card features a Gina K. Designs stamp and sentiment.  The ornaments are colored in with glitter markers.  The die cut pieces are cut out with Nestabilities large oval and large scalloped oval.  The printed paper is from K & Company.

Even though the picture is blurred, you can see the glitter on the ornaments.  Very glittery for the holiday!

Embossed greetings

This card was done using Versamark ink and embossing powders.  The holly berries are colored in using a glitter pen.  Both the sentiment and images are from Hot Off The Press.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My First Christmas Cards!

Today, I finally got to go down to my crafting area and make my very first Christmas cards...ever!  I had some fun trying to find just the right combinations of Copic colors to color with.

House Mouse

I think House Mouse stamps are so cute.  But I've always shied away from them because they seemed so complicated to color, the images are very detailed.  But I found a sale on stamps and decided to buy a few.  It was a lot of fun.  I think I still need practice with them.  But my first card isn't too bad for a first attempt with House Mouse.  If you look closely, you'll see a little sparkle in the glow around the Christmas lights!

Christmas Bells

I was just trying some techniques I've seen on other stamping sites.  For instance, I was practicing blending with my Copics.  Also, the green paper is actually from Basic Grey's Little Black Dress collection.  I did direct to paper application of Memento ink in Cottage Ivy.  I think it helps the card to have a simple, country look.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Halloween & Fall!

Sweet Tilda!

This is my fall version of Magnolia.  My printed paper is from Memory Box.  The flowers are paper flowers that I colored with co-ordinating Copic markers so that they would match.  They're held on with a Ladybug red brad from Doodlebug Designs.  Bottom right corner has three black jewels also from Doodlebug Designs.

(Please forgive the vertical lines in the photo.  Apparently I had my Ott light too close to the camera.)


Magnolia's Edwin as Dracula for Halloween.  How scary is that?!  The spiderweb image is also from Magnolia.  The spider is from Jolee.  The brads are from, of course,  Doodlebug Designs.   I also used my Spica clear glitter marker on the spiderweb for a little sparkle. 

Scary Halloween gate

The paper I used here is also from Memory Box.  I stamped my image with VersaMark ink and used Zing black embossing powder.  The large image is from Stampendous.

Till in Fall Leaves

A tumble in the leaves is the best way to usher in the fall!  Tilda seems to be having a great deal of fun! Although it didn't come out on the photo, the orange, gold, and red leaves are colored with a Spica clear glitter marker.
(Again, with the sorry!)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pictures of cards over the last few months...

I love Magnolia stamps!  I love other stamps, too.  Like Gina K. Designs stamps and Tim Holtz, I do love those, too.  But there is something about a Magnolia stamp that just captures my heart.  My favorite color is blue, so that makes this card one of my absolute favorites!

This is another Magnolia stamp.  I don’t know if you can see it very well, but her puddle and raindrops have sparkle.  I colored them with a Spica clear colored marker.

Here is a sample of a Tim Holtz card that I did last spring.  It looks like a fall style card, but I was just pulling colors from the printed paper.  The focal image and sentiment pieces were cut out with Spellbinders Nestabilities.  The image with Deckled Rectangle and the sentiment with Rectangle.

A few more samples....