Thursday, August 16, 2012

Welcome To Motherhood!

     Here is another wonderful image from Pixie Dust Studios. I am getting so much more comfortable with my Copic markers. I loved this image when I first saw it and thankfully I had an occasion to make a card.
     We have some wonderful friends whose daughter is pregnant with her first child and is due in a few weeks. She is just like one of my daughters so I had to make a really special card for her. She has blonde hair so this was fun to color.
     I used the following colors to do her hair:
Y00,Y11,Y21,Y23 and Y28 for shading. 
     When you do hair it is more like laying down colors rather than blending so you get individual strands of hair. I just kept feathering in colors until I got the right effect. Believe it or not the Y28 is a wonderful color color to use for blonde hair. It seems to make the other colors pop.
     I am still practicing on the facial tones but, for now, these are the colors I used:
E000,E00,E01 and R20 for blush
     Since Becca wants to be surprised, she and John have opted not to find out what they are having so I colored the clothing with a pink top and blue jeans.
Shirt: R81,R83, R85
Jeans: B91,B93,B95,B97
Shoes: E25,E27,E29
Heart: R22,R24,R27
     I added some liquid pearls to the bracelet. The background card is from a stack I have. I also added some  flowers I spritzed with Glimmer Mist and added leaves from a Martha Stewart punch.
     Once the image was colored, I hand cut around the edge and mounted on ovals I cut with Spellbinders. Easy peasy!!! I'll be back later with the same image as a brunette.   
     As always I would love to hear what you think. Hugs for now. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Thinking Of You

     Hi you happy crafters you!!! Today Erica's Design Team was asked to create a Thinking Of You card. I had some stamped images I had done a while ago and hit a creative block. Nothing, no mojo at all. So when I signed up for this day at My Cricut Craft Room, I decided it was time to do something with this.
     I started with the "Snowy Park" stamp by Penny Black and used Tim Holtz distress markers to color the background. Before I stamped the image on watercolor paper, I spritzed it first with some water for a muted effect.
        It is hard to see in this photo but I used some flower soft at the bottom of the picture to add some texture. Now I wanted to add a frame, but how? Well it was time to use CDS.
     I found a card base with a rectangle aperture on Beyond Birthdays cartridge. You can find this on the card feature and it is the 1st button on the left.In order to fit my image, I sized it @ 7.798 x 5.37". This was a nice size card, however, I only needed the front part for the frame. So, I used the design Studio, flipped the design and then moved it off the mat for the part I did not need. This cut perfectly and was just the right size!
     I wanted to really bring out the wood features of the stamped image so I used the branches embossing folder for the Cuttlebug. I inked the folder with Frayed Burlap before I embossed the frame to get this really cool look. I also added a clear plastic so the picture would really look framed. The sentiment was a rub on and went so nicely with the overall look I was trying to achieve. It also was a great way to keep the flower soft intact.
     Speaking of Flower Soft, thanks to Erica for sending me some. You can buy the products I used here in Erica's Store.
     I used the My Favorite Things rub on to add the greeting on the inside.
     I hope you have enjoyed this project and hope you will head back over to My Cricut Craft Room and see what the rest of the Team has to show you.Your almost over Hump Day  (the week end starts in 2 more days, Whoot!!!).