Friday, November 9, 2018

Conie Fong Digi Mermaid - Kit and Clowder Marker Class

Signs you  might be a mermaid:  You ride out the storm,  you dance in the rain,  you "sea" beauty in life,  you play in the waves.

Connie Fong digi from Etsy, Copic markers, 6 x 6 card base, white gel pen, glossy gold card stock, pearl accents

Hi everyone, 

Coloring with my Copic markers is definitely my favorite way to spend time in my craft room.  I enjoy spending hours practicing and learning new skills and techniques.  Alyce Keegan of Kit and Clowder offers monthly online classes where she shares her amazing artistic expertise by video with written and illustrated step-by-step instructions so her students can follow along.

This mermaid project was from Kit and Clowder's May 2017 markers class using  this Conie Fong Ariela digital image and includes fundamental techniques for sand, water, rainbow shading and scales.  Even though it was my first time attempting some of these techniques, there certainly was a learning curve and I definitely need a lot more practice,  I love the way this sweet little  mermaid turned out.  Coloring in a bright rainbow palette always makes me happy!

I framed her in a glossy gold cardstock frame cut in Cricut Design Studio and added pearls for accents, of course!  I think  she is colorifically magical.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
๐Ÿ’™Nancy

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Jeremiah Ketner Dragonfly Beauty - Copics and Cricut...Again

Do not wish to be anything but what you are and do it perfectly.


Jeremiah Ketner digital image, Copic markers, Anna Griffin frame, glitter card stock, blue iridescent pears, rhinestone corner stickers, Elizabeth Crafts peel off glitter dots, white gel pen 

I never saw a dragonfly I didn't like and this sweet Jeremiah Ketner digi,  aptly called "Dragonfly," caught my eye immediately among all his amazing artwork.  I loved coloring her in my favorite Copic combo for the focal point on my sweet friend's birthday card .  The loopy layered Anna Griffin frame  from my Cricut image library  perfectly mimics the flight of the very energetic dragonfly  that landed on my card to embellish it.  The frame originally extended beyond the left side of the card, but I took some creative license and trimmed it even with the card.  I added some rhinestone corner stickers to balance out the design.

I find adding small details with my white gel pen really pulls it all  together when I'm finished coloring.  I used dots on the flowers and the dragonfly body, as well as my usual eye and lip sparkle. The centers of the background stars are brightened with Elizabeth Crafts  peel off glitter dots and iridescent blue pearls gussy up the dragonfly embellishment.

This is the last of my three October birthday cards.  Now on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The frenzied fun never ends!!!

Thanks for stopping by.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

Playing along with:
        Creative Fingers Challenge #153
        Fussy and Fancy Challenge #223
        QKR Stampede
        Cardz 4 Galz
        Crafty Creations Challenge #377
        Word Art Wednesday
        Lemon Shortbread Challenge #79
        Through the Craft Room Door




Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Promise of Spring Fairy - Norma Burnell Digi in Copics

"Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works."     Alma Gluck

Copic markers, Elizabeth Crafts Dies, Norma Burnell digi image, white gel pen, purple and blue glitter card stock

Norma Burnell creates the most beautiful fantasy art images with  loads of detail and interesting elements. It's a little intimidating trying to figure out where to start my Copic coloring, but it doesn't take long to get in the zone and the project comes together before I know it.

I used a lot of blue on this beautiful Spring Fairy image because it's my birthday recipient's favorite color. I sized the layered Anna Griffin frame in Cricut Design Studio to 5 x 7 and cut it out of lavender and blue glitter card stocks. The Elizabeth Crafts butterfly die cut is layered in vellum and blue card stock layers with blue iridescent pearls for the body.

It can be Spring any time of year in Copic Land.  That's why I visit there so often!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something beautiful.
Nancy

Playing along with:
        Aurora Wings Challenge #72
        Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #220
        Crafting from the Heart Challenge #225
        Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #92
        The Corrosive Challenge #10
        Color Crazy Challenge #42
        Morgan's Art World #10
        Polkadoodles Challenge #42


Friday, October 19, 2018

Jeremiah Ketner Digi Birthday Card - Copic and Cricut

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”   Anne of Green Gables 


Jeremiah Ketner Digi, Anna Griffin cut file in Cricut Design Space, Elizabeth Crafts butterfly, Copic markers, white gel pen, paper  flowers, rhinestones, blue pearls, red glitter and yellow card stocks

This gorgeous Jeremiah Ketner digi just screamed for some sassy blue hair to go with her jazzy red dress.   These beautiful feminine Ketner images are a dream to color because they have so much gorgeous detail.  

My fancy frame is an Anna Griffin cut from Cricut Design Space, sized at 5 x 7.  I mounted my image on foam tape and added a little more dimension to my card with a layered Elizabeth Crafts die cut butterfly.  The pretty flowers that adorn this stylish lady's hair are accented with mini paper flowers, rhinestones and a few white gel pen dots.

I love spending time making special birthday cards for my creative friends because I know they  appreciate the time and love that went into them,  just as I cherish the cards they so  artfully make for me.  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Prima Carina Sugar Skull - Copic Markers and Spellbinders

"Our family is the focus of our greatest work and joy in this life; so will it be throughout all eternity."  Russell M. Nelson




When I saw this beautiful Sugar Skull stamp from Prima Marketing, I knew I had to have it.  My fascination with sugar skulls has been growing exponentially for the past few years.  I'm pretty sure it started with  the  dazzling young ladies dressed up in full sugar skull regalia at the Lahaina Halloween party a few years ago. I was memorized by the beauty of  their vivid traditional costumes.  Some of my friends suggested  I watch the sweet movie "Coco" and I was charmed and bewitched. I'm a family history and genealogy enthusiast and volunteer weekly at our local Family History Library helping others learn about their ancestors. I love the heartwarming Day of the Dead tradition of gathering with family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died  and  help support their spiritual journey.

This very large 5 x 7 inch stamp leaves little room for embellishments on a card but when colored with bright copic hues it doesn't need much else.  I wanted Carina to have a backdrop as glamorous as she is so I chose this intricate Spellbinders frame as her backdrop.  Photography never does the gold card stock justice, but I love the elegant shine in real life. The sentiment that comes with this image is so perfect, I just had to squish it somehow on the front of my card.  Somehow everything seemed to come together in the end.

Don't you just love coloring images that speak to your heart?

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy


Playing along with:
        Time Out Challenge #120
        Aud Sentiments Challenge #214
        Patties Creation Challenge #151
        Addicted to Stamps Challenge #313
        Scrapy Land Challenge #99
        Papercraft Challenge #22
        Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #413
        Stinkin Inkers Challenge - The Eyes Have it






 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

For Rosie - Machine Embroidered Ballerina Quilt

   ๐Ÿ‘‰   I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.   Charles Dickens  

Embroidery Library Ballerinas,  Accuquilt Go Big fabric cutter and dies, Riley Blake Fabric, Isacord  Thread, Embrilliance Embroidery Software

When one of my dear friends excitedly announced she was finally going to get her first girl grandchild, I joined in  her elation.  All of her grandchildren so far are boys, and this little sweetie has been greatly anticipated.  Then, when she announced the baby's name was going to be "Rosie," my head swam with delightful ideas on a gift I could make for her.   


I knew I had these adorable Ballerina embroidery files from Embroidery Library just waiting to dance on a darling little girl's quilt.  Their flower tutu's are perfect for a beautiful garden in which Rosie takes center stage in the middle block.  My Embrilliance Embroidery Software allowed me to resize my ballerinas to fit my six-inch blocks and curve Rosie's name around the rose tutu in the center block .My Accuquilt Go Big fabic cutter is always my favorite way  to cut perfectly accurate blocks and sashing.  Beautiful floral Riley Blake fabrics created a lovely palette for my quilty flower bed. I didn't photograph the backing before I sent the quilt, but the fabric matches one of the floral prints on the front.  I stitched in the ditch to quilt and handmade some of my favorite striped binding.  Now all this quilt needs is a little sweet  baby slobber to make it perfect!

I love making baby quilts so much because the recipients are definitely my favorite people!  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Norma Burnell Witch - Copics and Cricut


When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers "tis near Halloween. - Unknown


Double bubble, toil and trouble.  I certainly had more fun than  trouble coloring this fabulous Norma Burnell digi image with beautifully vivid fall colors. Who says witches can't be trendy and glamorous?   I loved coloring all the intricate details on her amazing dress with my Copics and then adding extra depth  with my Prismacolor pencils.  Cricut Design space is always a good source for fun holiday images and this bat frame creates the perfect stage for this classy lady.  I cut the layers in black and white glitter paper and attached them to a white 5 x 7  card base.  The cute sentiment stamp from Stampendous says it all.

Like many of you, I love all things Halloween and I was delighted to find an image that matched my "fancy lady" style. I think I'll send this to my "girlie" friend to inspire her to create some magic in her life this Halloween.  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy 

Playing along with:
        Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #455
        Crafty Creations Challenge #375
        Darling Cardmakers Challenge - With a Flourish
        Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #175