Friday, April 21, 2017

Stop and Smell the Roses

If you are looking for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Project and Video Tutorial, 
please click HERE.

You know how there are times, when you have a project that you cannot wait to get to, but things conspire against you, and you just cannot seem to get the project started? I have one of those to share today...that I finally completed!

Ever since I came home from Copic Boot Camp last November, I have been working on my coloring. About a month ago, I came across some online classes at Kit and Clowder, and signed up to take a few of them. Ok, you also know how I like to buy stamps and stuff, and then it takes ages for me to get around to using them? Well...
I mostly signed up for the online classes, because the February class was a tutorial for coloring this digital image from Power Poppy! This image has been in my hoard for a while now, and I have never made the time to color it! The cup image on the left side was the pencil class at Kit and Clowder for February! Well, long story long...  
I tried colored pencils, but it was not working out for me, so I ended up coloring the image with...you guessed it, Copic markers! I love how it turned out! I made a card using Sketch One from the Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge this month! 

I sized the image at approximately 4 1/4" tall by 3" wide (give or take), and printed it out onto white cardstock. The finished card is 6" x 5".
I colored the rose in the cup a hot pink color and the rose on the table, I colored a more vintage, soft pink. I sure love my Copics! (Copics used are listed below.) The sentiment is clear stamp, that I stamped on later, using black ink. I put my colored image into my MISTI to get it all lined up properly. 

However, I cannot stand to let anything get the best of me. I just...had to give Prismacolor colored pencils one more try...
I printed the full image onto white cardstock at about 4 1/4" tall by 5 1/2" wide. I added one of the sentiments that come with the digital stamp set to the lower right corner of the image. I created a 5 1/2" x 6 3/4" card using Sketch Three from the Power Poppy Challenge.
I gave this a go a few times, but was not loving it. I found that the more "toothy" papers were not working for me because I am used to Copic blending. I watched both the pencil and the marker videos from Kit and Clowder February monthly class, and figured out a technique that seemed to work for me. Once I switched to a smoother paper, I think I got better results! 

The class examples were to color pink flowers, but I was sort of sick of pink, so I picked some orange and yellow tones. I did color one pale pink bloom. Unfortunately, I did not write down all the pencils I used for the project. Let's just say, there were a bunch of pencils harmed to make this card! 

I really enjoyed the pencil work, but it's more time consuming than working with markers. And I totally despise having to sharpen the pencils all the time! Still, I will give pencils another try in the future!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a groovy weekend!

If you are patiently waiting for the next Graphic 45 Calendar Folio tutorial, please hang onto your glue guns! I got totally sidetracked this month with Easter, and migraines, and some coloring projects! I plan to post April AND May either April 30th or May 7th. If all goes well, I will get June out later in May and then stay on track for the rest of the year. Best laid plans, and all that jazz!



Card 1:
Markers: Copic  Colorless blender, (background: W00, W01, E40, B0000, B000; Cup: YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, RV000, RV10, RV11; Dark pink flower: R37, R59, R81, RV55; Vintage pink flower: R81, R85, RV32, RV34, RV52; Leaves: G28, YG0000, YG03, YG05)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Digital stamp: Power Poppy Everything's Rosy
Clear stamp: My Favorite Things Rainbow Greetings
Cardstock: Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 100# White, Stampin' Up Whisper White, WorldWin Smooth Midnight
Printed paper: My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots, Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Burlap String
Button: stash
Dies: My Favorite Things Jumbo Fishtail Stax, Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Ranger Multi Medium, Scor-tape 

Card 2:
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor (various)
Digital stamp: Power Poppy Everything's Rosy
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Whisper White, WorldWin Smooth Midnight
Printed paper: My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots, Tiny Check
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Peach and Yellow Sheer Ombre
Enamel dots: Echo Park Celebrate Easter, Whimsy Stamps pastel
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles, lace border unknown
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Ranger Multi Medium, Scor-tape 

Hello Sunshine Card

Hello, Friends! I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog. Today is the start of my once-a-month video tutorial series for GSLCuts. I will be here the third Friday of each month with a video tutorial, slideshow, or Snapguide! 

Today, I am sharing a sweet, springtime card with you. This is an 8" x 8" card that can be used to hold a gift card for your favorite friend. It can also be used as a scrapbook layout or part of a mini album!
I used soft, springtime colors and an adorable image, along with lovely chipboard embellishments...and tons of flowers!
The paper set the tone, so I colored my image and my chipboard embellishments to match the paper. The sweet image is a digital stamp from Wee Stamps, which I colored with Copic markers. For this project, you need the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cut items:
I covered the chipboard with gesso and pigment ink. 

To see a video tutorial for creating this project, click the link below.


If you have been wondering about my card-making process, this is a nice peeky into how I go about assembling a card!
Thanks for looking!




Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

Flourished Frame: Connie
Wildflowers
Doodles Set 1 

Other:
Copic markers: Skin (E000, E00, E11, E51, E93), Hair (E11, E13, E15, E18, E21, E33,Y32), main image (colorless blender, BG0000, BG000, BG01, E000, E00, E11, E13, E15, E21, E23, E25, E41, E42, E43, E44, E51, E93 , C00, C01, C03, R00, R02, R11, R20, R30, R32, G28, G43, G46, V12, V15, V17, BV20)

Colored pencils: Prismacolor 943, 1082
White pen: Sakura Gelly Roll white
Digital stamp: Wee Stamps by Sylvia Zet Suzi with Bunny
Clear stamp: Verve Framed Lilies (sentiment)
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Brown, Basis White; Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 100# White 
Paper: Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8x8 pad (retired)
Pigment ink: Colorbox (turtle, pistachio, lettuce, silk green, iris, violet, lilac, papaya cream)

Dye ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Gesso: Liquitex white
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon: Really Reasonable RIbbon Purple/Pink Plaid

Die cuts: Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Grand Decorative Ovals One; Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares; My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Stax
Adhesive: Ranger Multi-medium, ATG tape, hot glue

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Make a Wish

Welcome to another Conie Fong Art and Design project! It is my turn to post today and I have an inspiration project for you.
I colored Bella Sending You Smiles with Copics and created an A2 card with the image. Creating a project with pink, red, and yellow was a challenge! But, finding printed papers in the correct hues made it all work out! Once again, I have joy in my vast paper stash!

After I had the image colored, I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die template. Once I chose my papers, I realized that the bright white paper I used for my image was a bit...well...white! So I used Old Paper Distress Ink to "tone it down" a bit. 
I loved coloring Bella! I wanted her fur to look "teddy bear-ish," so to achieve that look I colored her fur ONLY, then let the ink dry. I used colorless blender solution to dampen a terry cloth rag, which I then pressed onto Bella's fur to give it that fuzzy look. After the ink was dry again, I colored the remainder of the image.

I dug through my vast stash of sentiment stamps and found one that seemed to work with the image. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of paper and cut it out with a banner die template. I also found a birthday message to stamp onto the inside of the card.

For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!  




Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design 
Bella Sending You Smiles
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Peppermint Baker's Twine
Copic markers: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y32, Y35, Y38, R24, R27, R29, R37, R89, B0000, B000, B00, B02, B23, RV 10, RV11, RV19, YG06, YG09, W00, W1, W5, E0000, E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, BV02, BV04, YR27, BG0000, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG10, Colorless blender
White pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
Enamel heart: Recollections
Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Old Paper
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers; Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Printed paper: My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 3 Ruby, Miss Caroline Dilly Dally
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Brown, White; Hammermill Digital Copy 100#
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam squares, hot glue

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop



Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next! 

Here is a peeky at the RRR April Ribbon Club Assortment
This assortment is called Aqua and Coral Mix. This is such a soft, feminine and spring-time mix! I loved the Aqua Plaid so much, that I purchased a bunch of it! To see a card I made with the plaid ribbon, click HERE.
For my Hop project this month, I used Copics to color this pretty digital stamp from Power Poppy (Vintage Easter Egg). I matched up the Copic colors with the ribbon club. Then I had the hard job of looking for paper in my stash to match the ribbons and coloring! I had to dig deep to find a 6x6 pad of paper that matched! {smile} 
I wrapped the white crochet lace (3/8") around the floral panel, and then added the Tropic Diamond Satin (3/8") over the top. I tied a large bow from the satin and glued it to the top of the ribbon stack. I wrapped the Light Coral Diamond Satin around the bottom of the colored image. I added a coral button, tied with Coral Baker's Twine.

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to 
 Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!


Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings



Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon April Ribbon Club (white crochet lace, Tropic Diamond SatinLight Coral Diamond Satin), Coral Baker's Twine.
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis White; WorldWin Midnight; Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover
Designer paper: My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody
Stamps: Power Poppy Vintage Easter Egg
Markers: Copic (BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG70, YG05, YG06, YG09. YG17, R0000, R14, R30, R32, R35, Y0000, Y00, Y11, Y17, E40 E43, E47, W00, W1, W5, B0000, B000, C00, C1, Colorless blender)
Button: stash
Adhesive: ATG tape, multi-medium, foam tape, hot glue

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Happy Easter

Welcome to my first post as part of the Conie Fong Art and Design team! It is my turn to post today and I am sharing a project for the April Facebook Challenge


The challenge this month is to USE RIBBON! I colored this adorable Easter in Spring image. I printed the image at approximately 4" tall onto Hammermill cardstock, then I colored the image with Copic markers (see the list below).
I used the image to create a standard A2 card (5 1/2" x 4 1/2"). I cut the image with a stitched scallop rectangle, then matted it with a plain stitched rectangle. 

My double ribbon bow is actually hiding a bit of a "blooper" in my coloring, but no one will ever see it. {grin} I placed some enamel dots all around the image. 

April 2017 Facebook Challenge Rules
Welcome to Conie Fong Art and Designs' challenge! We can't wait to see your creations and hope you have fun playing along!

This month's theme : Use a Ribbon - Deadline April 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST (USA)

Rules:
3 submission limit per person.

Use any Conie Fong image.

Your project needs to be uploaded into the designated Facebook album (click HERE) in order to be considered for any prizes. Projects that are posted on the main wall will unfortunately not qualify. Once you do upload your photo, comment on it so that we can all view, comment, and admire it!

Your project must be a new creation that has not been previously shared here or any other social media sites before April 2017.

MOST OF ALL, HAVE FUN!

Winners and Prizes:
1. Artist Choice Award: 1 winner to receive 3 digital images
2. Top Winner: 1 winner will receive a $10 gift (random winner to be generated by Random.org)
3. Random Winners: 3 random winners will be selected by random.org. Each winner will receive one image of their choice. (Winners posted May 1st or shortly thereafter.)



Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Easter in Spring
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Aqua Plaid
Copic markers: R24, R27, R37, R50, Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, B0000, B000, B00, RV 10, RV11, RV34, YG61, YG63, YG67, W00, W1, W5, E0000, E000, E01, E04, E11, E21, E23, E25, E29, Colorless blender
White pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
Enamel Dots: C.C. Designs, Whimsy Stamps, Recollections
Clear stamps: StampingScrapping Label Accents
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Stitched Mini Scallop Stax; Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Printed paper: My Favorite Things Plaid Patterns, Trail Mix
Cardstock: Worldwin Midnight Smooth, Hammermill Digital Copy 100#
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam squares, hot glue

Saturday, April 01, 2017

BIG NEWS! ANNOUNCING...

I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT to share! I have been sitting on this for a few weeks, and today is the day I can share!

I have been invited to join the Design Team for Conie Fong Art and Design


Conie designs digital stamps, which she sells on her Esty shop. Her images are beyond adorable! I recently discovered her work, purchased a few images, and fell in love with coloring them! When Conie had a Design Team Call in March, I submitted my application, and she accepted me!

To say I am blown away is an understatement. I have been working on my coloring since last summer, but I never thought I would improve enough to be invited onto a coloring design team! So, yes...I am super-de-duper excited!!
I colored up an image and created a card for my big DT reveal!

The image is called Penelope Poppy, and can be found HERE. I printed the image at approximately 4 3/4" tall, onto Hammermill Digital Copy 100# cardstock. I used either my Lexmark or Epson inkjet printer (I cannot remember which one, but they both work pretty well). 
I colored the image with Copic markers. I did not write down the color list, unfortunately. I will try to do that for future posts. It is hard because I use a lot of colors to get the blends, and then I get sidetracked and never write them down! 

I matched up my colored image with some Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook papers and Poppy Red taffeta ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Yes, Virginia, I color FIRST and then match my paper and embellishments. My hoard of supplies is VAST. I figure, if I don't have something to match every Copic color, then I should give up! 

The sentiment is a clear stamp from Power Poppy, from the Nice Things to Say set
I added some pearls and enamel dots, as well as some punched butterflies, to finish off the card.
I loved coloring Penelope's hair and top, but those poppies gave me fits. Getting just the right orangey-red was really HARD.  

Thanks for stopping by. I will be back tomorrow with my first DT post. If you are on Facebook, make sure to stop by the Conie Fong Art and Design Page! There is always a monthly challenge, plus there are games all month-long. Sometimes there is a FREE STAMP to try! Visit the Etsy Shop and get a few images to color. Digital stamps are so affordable, and you can print them any size you wish. Print them over and over again! (But, please, no file sharing.) 



Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Penelope Poppy
Clear stamp: Power Poppy Nice Things to Say
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Wildflower Bouquet, Seasonal Splendor (8x8 pad), Nature Sketchbook Patterns and Solids 6x6 Pad
Cardstock: WorldWin Midnight ColorMates Smooth, Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White, CutCardstock Basis White
Enamel dots: Whimsy Stamps
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Die cuts: My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Taylored Expressions doily
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon Poppy Red Taffeta ribbon, Solid Yellow baker's twine,  white crochet lace
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam tape, hot glue, wet glue

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blog Love...So Sweet!

If you are looking for my Heartfelt Creations March Alumni Blog Hop post, click HERE.

I always get a little giddy when I see my work featured or mentioned on other blogs. Yes, still, even after all these years of blogging!
My tulip card was featured over on the Power Poppy Blog today! I am so excited for a mention! I love their stamps and digital images! I have been coloring more Power Poppy images...i just need to find time to make cards with them! Keep watching for a new projects! I know their April Power and Spark Challenge comes out tomorrow, and I cannot wait to see what it is so I can play along! 

Read all about my project HERE

Heartfelt Creations March Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Friday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! The March Hop starts 8am EST on Friday, March 31st  and closes Monday, April 3rd at midnight. 

Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, April 5th. The winner should contact HC at info@heartfeltcreations.us with "Winner of the March Alumni Hop" in the subject line.

You should be coming to my blog from Vicki Dutcher's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Kathy Clement's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I love to create sticky note holders, however, I normally only have those icky yellow ones on hand. Well, I found a bunch of sticky notes in pretty colors! So...I had to make a note pad holder to try them out! 
I decided to go with a springtime theme, all soft, and pink, and green! I love this type of project, because it is easy to make, but looks fantastic with any style or type of paper! (If you wish to print a tutorial for making a sticky note holder, click HERE.)  
I colored the Botanical Rose Bouquet image with Copic Markers and then used a circle die template to cut out the image. Since this was to be a "quick and easy" project, I did not obsess over the coloring like I usually do! 

I added a few enamel dots (my new GO-TO embellishment) to the image. The pretty Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection is perfect for this pink, green, and pale blue creation!
I chose a sticky notepad that is the same color pink as the deeper colors in the paper, which I also tried to match in the flower that I colored. 
Thanks for hopping by! Hop on over to  Kathy Clement's Blog next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

March Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Vicki Dutcher
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Kathy Clement
Deneen Treble
Alissa Wells
Emilia van den Heuvel
Gini Cagle
Emily Niehaus
Sarah Miller
Archana Joshi




Heartfelt Creations Products:

Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection
Botanical Rose Bouquet Cling Stamp Set
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Other Products:

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Whisper White
Markers: Copic (colorless blender, RV0000, RV000, RV02, RV55, RV66, Y06, Y13, Y15, YG11, YG17, YG25, YG95, C00, B0000)

Enamel dots: C. C. Designs
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Sticky Notepad: Post-It Colors of the World (Bali)
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam adhesive squares, Ranger Multi Medium

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fairy Wreath

Hello and Happy Spring! I am up a few days early on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog. Due to some illnesses on the team, we shuffled around a bit. They covered for me in January, so it's my turn to jump in! We have such a wonderful and supportive team! 

Today, and I am sharing a fun, springtime wreath, all decked out with fairies! I had the Graphic 45 Secret Garden DCE on the desk, and decided to use a piece of that (much hoarded) paper as the background of my wreath! 
I admit, making dimensional wreath projects is not in my main wheelhouse, but with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies, it makes it pretty easy to take one on! I had a blast making my wreath and adding a tiny fairy hut, with some sweet fairies flitting around!
I depleted my stash of yellow flowers for this project, but it was worth it!

Let's get started!
We will be using the Wreath Rings Set - Medium Circle for our basic wreath shape. Set the other rings aside for other projects. 
Brush one side of the wreath ring with matte gel medium and place it face down onto a piece of decorative paper (G45 Secret Garden Pretty Primrose). Use a brayer to smooth the paper. Set the project aside to allow the adhesive to dry.
Use a craft knife to cut round the inside and outside circles. Use sanding blocks to smooth any rough edges.
Prepare the pieces of the Mini House Shadow Box 2.
Assemble the house. Use white ink or paint to give the house a weathered look. I used a spray ink and a foam brush to paint my house.
Once the paint has dried, glue the house to the bottom right side of the wreath, as shown. I used hot glue to attach my little house. I also added a bit of support on the back of the house with a cardboard shim.
Use pigment inks to color the vines, fairy, and word art from the Scribble Frame Fairy set. Allow the ink to dry.
Glue the fairy frame to the top of the 3D house, as shown.
Add dew drops to a small glass bottle and glue the bottle to the inside of the house. Add a butterfly charm, as shown. Attach the word art to the upper left of the wreath. (I am not sure the correct name of the dew drop thingies, or where they came from...but you could put any small, sparkly stuff in your bottle!)
Use black ink to color two small fairies from the Garden Fairies - Small set. Allow the ink to dry. Glue one fairy to the top of the "H" and the other fairy to the bottom left of the scribble frame.
Use hot glue to attach yellow and white flowers, and green leaves, to the frame and the main wreath, as desired. Add yellow  and green enamel dots, as desired.  
Celebrate spring!




Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

Wreath Rings - Medium Circle
Mini House Shadow Box 2
Scribble Frame Fairy
Garden Fairies - Small

Other:
Paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden DCE
Pigment ink Colorbox (moss green, turtle, pistachio, pepper, cocoa)
Spray ink: Dylusions White Linen
Enamel dots: Whimsy Stamps
Flowers and leaves: Petaloo, Prima, Maya Road, Wild Orchid Crafts
Spirals: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dew drops: Unknown/stash
Butterfly charm: Making Memories
Glass bottle: SKyBluePink
Adhesive: Liquitex matte gel, Ranger Multi-medium, Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue