Saturday, March 30, 2019

Julie Nutting Doll - Tag Shaped Card

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward

I just can't help it! Some of my Julie Nutting dolls are born with faces.  I guess it's because I color so many pretty lady faces with my copics, my dolls don't seem finished without a pretty smile.  I know most people, including Julie, don't draw faces on these sweeties and they still look adorable.  In my defense, Prima did come out with some face stamps for them but according to some YouTube videos I watched recently, they didn't work well.  I've been using these Peachy Keen face stamps and they stamp out so cute.

This is the first Prima doll I made several years ago and I think she looks very pretty without her face.  I still really love this cute image.  I think I'll give her a smile and a wink next time around.

I was honored to create these tags in a Julie Nutting class taught by Julie herself a few years ago.  I admire her artistic skills so much...I was agog during the whole class and I hung on her every word because she is a celebrity to me  I have two of her collage couture books in which she shows how to actually draw fashion dolls (and add faces if you want).  I think I'll just stick to the stamps for now, though.  Dressing them up and creating a place for them to live is enough fun for me.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Prima Princess Zuri - Tulips for the Birthday Girl

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world. Christian Dior
Spellbinders frame, Prima Princess Zuri stamp, copic markers, pearl accents

Crafty, artistic friends are the most fun to create handmade treasures for because they always appreciate the time and effort that goes into them.  I used Prima Princess Zuri on this birthday card for my friend to thank her for introducing me to these gorgeous stamps (and enabling my obsession with them).  Yesterday was our group birthday celebration for her and she actually gave ME another beautiful Prima Princess stamp to add to my collection.  Now that's what I call a sweet friend!  She loves flowers and bright colors, so I chose tulips in bright spring hues to wish her happy birthday.

When I posted this Prima Princess,  I mentioned I loved the look of a white frame bordering my vivid image.  I tried it again here, and I still like how it shows off my colorful lady. 

I added some subtle pearl accents to the corners, die cut my image in an oval to fit the  frame, and gave her some dimension with pop dots.  She looks like she's presenting tulips to my birthday friend, doesn't she?  The kind of flowers that don't wilt.  Like I say, I love creating happy mail for my darling friends!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

Playing along with:
        Crafting With an Attitude Challenge #49 - ATG
        Sweet Sketch Wednesday
        Crafting By Design - Blooming Flowers
        Mod Squad Challenge - One or More Metal Dies
        Scrapy Land Challenge #110
        The Sisterhood of Crafters - One for the Ladies/Girls
        Through The Craft Room Door - ATG
        Try it on Tuesday - Say it With Flowers

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Click Those Ruby Stilettos, Girlie - Dreaming Tree SVG

Dreaming Tree svg, red glitter paper, aqua patterned foil paper, silver glossy card stock, silver leafing pen, word generated sentiment, embossing folder, rhinestones

Hey there,

It's been a hectic tax season for our business this year but the thoughts of a trip to Spain this fall have kept my hubby and I "perky."  One thing that keeps me sane after a hard day's work is staring vacantly at craft videos on YouTube.  Amazingly, a lot seems to sink in, even when I'm in this vegetative state.  I perked up when I saw this adorable high heel card on a Dreaming Tree video and knew I had to have it.  When I visited the site to purchase the svg, I was amazed and thrilled to see it was a freebie.  I is that possible?  Beware if you go there, though.  Now I want to buy everything on their incredible site.  Not an advertisement, just a friendly warning.

The next day I immediately downloaded the file into Cricut Design Space and it cut beautifully.  I resized it to 5 x 7 and had a delightful time making it my own. I added shimmer and shine with red glitter card stock, aqua foil paper and silver glossy card stock framing the sentiment. I dry embossed the back panel and edged it with a silver leafing pen. I used the same pen to edge my flowers and added fancy rhinestones to the centers. I think my ruby slipper ala Dorothy is perfect for a springy Easter card but the sentiment I chose to accompany my sparkling red stiletto can also send words of encouragement to any girlfriend who needs a little lift. Now if I could just click my heels and end up in Spain! 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

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        Love to Craft Challenge #32 - ATG

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Spring is in the Hair - Prima Princess in Copics

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

When it comes to copic coloring, flowers and lovely ladies are definitely my faves.  Coloring the image is the fun part for me but turning it into a card with a frame and embellishments gets tricky. I  always want my hand colored image to be the star of the show. For this card I took a cue from my quilts and decided bright against white always looks clean and pretty.  This lacy white frame is fancy enough for my girly tastes, yet subtle enough to let my image shine  I chose my Spellbinders frame before I colored this Prima Princess stamp because the size couldn't be manipulated on the computer like a digi. Some of my lady had to be cut away to fit my 5 x 7 card but I think the frame suits her  well.

It's a little amusing that every time I start to color a face image with my copics, I feel like I've never colored one before. Even with all my practice, the skin and hair still intimidate me.  Things usually turn out okay, but I always feel like it's magic and a bit of luck.  I'll just keep practicing until it seems more natural to me.

I used a gold pen to line the image panel and the frame. I added some pearls to the corners and sat on my hands so I wouldn't add any more bling.  This enchanting princess steals the show on her own and she asked me to please let her shine. I told her she needed her lace shawl because she's sleeveless.  Yes, occasionally my art work speaks to me...and yes, I always answer back.  

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Molly Harrison Moonlight Solstice - Fairy, Polar Beat and Copics

"The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.”

I admit, I'm a wimpy Californian who never sees snow unless I seek it out in some distant nether region,  but I still remember how mounds of soft white snow look and feel.  I spent many delightful wintry days growing up in Utah and I reminisce about how beautiful the mountains and fields around me looked with a fresh new layer of untouched, sparkling snow. I wouldn't want to go back to the icy roads, slippery sidewalks and freezing extremities now, but as I colored this image, I could imagine being this lovely fairy on a still winter night with the beautifully sparkling northern lights  around her and I drew a peaceful breath. 

The magical fairy image is this digi art featured in the January 2017 Kit and Clowder online coloring class.  I followed along with the video and I'm pretty happy with my results but, as usual, I made plenty of mistakes so I think I'll practice on this image a few more times.  I enjoyed learning how to do the Northern Lights sky and I'm excited to use this technique again on some other mystical night scenes.  It's really not difficult to accomplish, although it takes a little time and concentration.  This card is 5 x 7 but some parts of the image are small and I struggled to get the contrast I wanted on the fairy. However, I got some much needed practice using a light  touch with my copics.  Alyce Keegan is such a genius at this and I really enjoy learning from her. 

When I spend time and effort coloring an image, I always want it to be the focal point of my card, but I still couldn't resist framing it with something glitzy. That vivid sky just begged for it.  I used a Spellbinder frame die to cut this glossy gold frame and added some magenta rhinestones for a little bling.  It's my thing. 

I feel like I've paid my yearly homage to the joys of I'm going to dream of a sweet early  California spring.  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something beautiful.

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        CCEE Challenge #1909