Thursday, September 30, 2010

Colour Queen Turns 1!

The fabulous Colour Queen turns 1! This is the 52nd challenge. This challenge was different, too - they gave a sketch and told you to pick a past color combo. Wow was that hard!!!! I finally settled on combo # 36 to use So Saffron, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, and White. I had picked up this super cute little raccoon at Archiver's (while trying to find the elusive E50 Copic), and I knew I wanted to use that for my husband for our anniversary card. I call him a raccoon because he is always drawn to "shiny" objects, usually the type that plug into a wall. I colored him with Copics... I think I'm starting to get the hang of this stuff! I just didn't know which parts of the raccoon were dark and which were light, so I googled one, and it turns out they're really gray! Oh well, gray wasn't a color option, so brown you are, Mr. Raccoon!
Stamp Sets: Raccoon from Archiver's, Occasional Quotes (sentiment)
Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa, VersaMagic Wheat (chalked the edges of the raccoon circle)
Copics: 0, E11, E13, E15, E57, E59, Sand Spica
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Sage Shadow, Choice Snow White by Taylored Expressions, The Write Stuff DSP (that's what the note card tag is from also)
Accessories:
Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, So Saffron striped grosgrain, Clips assortment paperclip, White gel pen
Punches: None
Big Shot:
Nestabilities Large Circles
Challenges Used: cQc 52

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Copic Class Projects + TESC 129

At a semi-local scrapbook store (45-min drive), they had Copic 101 and Copic 201 classes, one last weekend, and one this past weekend. I took both. Damn you Melissa Sauls and Sankari Wegman for getting me addicted to these little things! What I'm going to share with you today are card we made at these two classes. I don't know most of the supplies, since they weren't mine, so I apologize for that.
The first 2 cards were made in the 101 class where we learned the basics of blending with circles and feathering.
These next two cards were for the 201 class where we first learned to color skin, then color hair, and finally how to "color white". We also got to play with the airbrush tool.
This little girl (definitely going to come up with a name for her!) is made by Hero Arts, and I had to purchase that stamp, so you'll see her more as soon as I can find an E50 marker... apparently, those things are hard to come by in the Chicago area! I tried a bunch of skin/hair Copic combinations, and here are the ones I decided worked the best...
skin: E50 + E51 + E01 for every so slightly rosy cheeks
hair: E25, E33, and E51 (that's what she has below); E11, E15, and E25 makes a nice auburn hair color.
This last card is also a Hero Arts stamp, and for this card, we were learning how to color the "white" area. We were supposed to use gray, but that just looked horrid to me, so I re-did it with blue instead. I think I would like the B0000 for this technique. I used B000 and B00, which looks a little dark. When I got home, I decided to re-do this card to make an entry for Taylor's sketch. The button was colored using the airbrush tool... that thing is SO on my Christmas list (yes, I already have one!).
The ribbon is new from Maya Road that I got at the store where I took my class. I got a bunch of them... wow Maya has some awesome ribbons! Oh well, I've gotta get to work... have a great day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Time to Blast from the Past Blog Hop!

Can you believe it's ALREADY been a MONTH since the last hop?! I can't! But, here it is... time for Taylored Expressions' Blast from the Past Blog Hop. Today, I'm sorry, Sankari, but I didn't use your fabulous sketch - I was purpose-driven for this blog hop. My husband and I just bought new laptop bags, which is cool, however, we ended up with the SAME one. So, in order to make sure we don't end up with the wrong bag at work (little embarrassing, to say the least), I made a tag for mine to hook to the outside. Since I am a TOTAL coffee addict (and I agonized about which set to use last month), I grabbed for the Let's Do Coffee set. I apologize for the pictures, but my card reader slots on my computer aren't wanting to play, so I had to use my REALLY old point and shoot instead of something nicer to take the photos. I think you get the idea, though...
I tried to keep it professional and resisted the urge to go completely over the top. The first photo is how it looks from the front, the second is how it looks if it flips over (oh how I love double-sided paper!), and the last photo is the completed project in its natural habit. After you're done, here, head on over to Jess Willison's Farm Fresh Designs, or check out the other hoppers down below...

Stamp Sets: Let's Do Coffee by Taylored Expressions; Taylor's Take Note was used too, but forget that because that's not a blast from the past set, but made the project :)
Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa
Copics: C1, E33, E57, E59, G17, R05, Y15, YR04
Paper: Choice Buttercream & September Key Ingredient DSP by Taylored Expressions
Accessories:
Crystal Effects, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Platinum Stickles, Green Gems (not sure who made these), Antique Brass Jumbo eyelets
Punches: None
Big Shot:
Taylored Dies - Label # 1 & 2 (sorry, not blast from the past, either, but perfect for the project!), Nestabilities Curved Rectangles
Challenges Used: Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Monday, September 6, 2010

I LOVE JESSICA SPRAGUE!!!!

When I was at CHA, oh so long ago, now it seems, there was a booth where you could make a digital scrapbook page. Ok, free stuff, I'm game! I had to take a photo of myself, so that put me off a tad, BUT, it was a free digiscrap page, so I bit the bullet and did it anyway. The booth was manned by the creative design team for JessicaSprague.com. I've had Photoshop Elements for quite some time now, but to actually do anything with it was a bridge too far. It's just not intuitive in any way. Jessica sent a coupon for 30% off, so I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG is this stuff FUN!!!!!!!!!!
I took Up & Running with Photoshop, and the first 4 pages are what I did in that class. Of course, I used my favorite photography subject for ALL of my pages. :) The last page we built from scratch with NO template. This class was FABULOUS! So fabulous, in fact, that I registered for Now We're Rockin' in Photoshop. Jessica does both of these classes herself, and they are all video-based. She shows you exactly which buttons to click and which setting to use to get unbelievable results. We did clipping masks, drawing, journaling... holy cow, I can't even comprehend all the stuff we did in just 4 lessons!
The last page on the post is the first one I made in Now We're Rockin', which was again done from scratch. This one moves a lot faster, but you can pause and re-wind the videos as many times as you want. The best part - the classes are available FOREVER. They never expire, and you can go back to them as much as you want. Instruction for Photoshop Elements, as well as full version Photoshop are available on each lesson, so when I win the lottery and have the extra $600 to fork out on Photoshop, I can take the class again with Photoshop class. :) The Photoshop classes are all self-paced. I finished the first class in just a few days... let me tell you just how addictive this thing is! I am having a BLAST!!!
Now, the last class I'm currently registered for with Jessica Sprague is Oh Shoot!, which is a Digital SLR camera course. This class is instructor-led, so it's like an online college class with lessons and assignments each week. There are videos, MP3s, PDF, live video chat, and emails 5 days a week to help you "get it". Since I love love love to take pictures, and I'm quite fond of my Canon T2i, I figured I would shell out the dough to find out how to really use it. Our first lesson was on shutter speed, and the pups sure are helpful with completing lesson assignments. :)

Well, I'm on to Lesson 2 in Now We're Rockin'... LOTS of cool crafting things going on for me...
1. I found (and fell in love with) Jessica Sprague digital scrapbook class.
2. I begin my Oh Shoot! photo class (first assignment was today, and yes, I've already done it).
3. I have Copic 101 and Copic 201 classes at a local scrapbook store.
4. I begin my new job in a few weeks, so I have to make all of the going away stuff for my old team - birthday cards to finish out the year (they've grown accustomed to hand made goodies), farewell stuff, and so forth.
5. I am doing the Suicide Prevention Walk to hopefully raise awareness about this horrible epidemic, and I need to make some thank you things for that. If you'd like to sponsor me for that, I do have a website for that: Donate here.
More to come... Did I mention that I love Jessica Sprague??!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Double Challenge & Bday Card

I have two cards to show you today. The first is to fulfill two challenges - Taylor's Sketch & Color Queen's. This card is for a friend of mine at work who just got a promotion. So happy for her! These trees make me think of Willy Wonka... not really sure why, but they do. The brown background inside the square is sponged, but I think you can figure out the rest...

Stamp Sets: Occasional Quotes, Trendy Trees
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Copics: None
Paper: Barely Banana, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Accessories:
Stampin' Dimensionals, Gems (not sure who made these)
Punches: None
Big Shot:
None
Challenges Used: TESC126, CQC 48

The next card was made for my Mother In Law's birthday. She's a New Yorker, so when I saw this Destination Cuppie, I knew I had to have him! I can't believe just how many Copics I used on this card... doesn't look like that many colors! Holy cow are these markers addictive!!!!!!!

Stamp Sets: Well Scripted, Destination New York Cuppie by Ta
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: 0, BG13, BG15, BG18, C1, C2, C3, C5, E09, E29, E33, E37, G12, G21, G24, G28, R46, R81, R83
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Welcome Neighbor DSP, Choice Snow White by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Jewels, Gelly Roll Stardust pen,
Punches: None
Big Shot:
None
Challenges Used: None

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