Thursday, June 24, 2021

Jeremiah Ketner Sunflower Girl

 Be like a sunflower...stand strong, tall and follow the sun. 

Jeremiah Ketner digi, Spellbinders frame, copic markers,
  Cricut Design Space writing feature, white gel pen, assorted gems

Hey there,

I've been missing my sweet cat-loving Cali girlfriend a lot lately, so I I'm sending her some love from my sunlit hub today. This darling Jeremiah Ketner cutie with her adorable bright-eyed kitty and  cheery sunflowers was a joy to color with my Copics and embellish with some glitz.  Initially, I added a sparkly necklace to my pretty girl's graceful neck, but then I decided she was elegant enough  and the cat could use a chic, fancy collar instead.  Yep, the cat and I think it was a good call. 

 I always love complimentary colors for striking contrast, so I used shades of orange and purple to make my images pop.  I added a white Spellbinders frame to back my bright summer scene and a blue card base to mimic the sky.  The  sentiment was created with the writing feature in Cricut Design Space.  

The sun is fiercely beating down on  both my friend and I from our separate western state abodes. Nice to know we can experience the same "warmth" from the sun, even though we're miles apart.    

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and spread some sunshine.
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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fathers Day Beach Scene - Lori Whitlock Pop Up Box Card

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, 
story-tellers and singers of song. 
  Pam Brown

Lori Whitlock svg, Cricut cutting and writing features, Copic markers,
swirl embossing folder, silver gems 

 Hey there,  

Initially, this adorable beach scene svg from Lori Whitlock seemed a little too ambitious for me to finish in a week for Father's Day.  A Guest Design Team project, birthday and quilting projects, along with pending cataract surgery were looming large and taking up my energy and mojo.   But  I decided to go for it, and I'm so glad I did.  

I like to cut out small pieces for a project like this in white card stock on my Cricut Maker, and then color them with Copics.  It's so much easier and I can shade them to give them a little more pizazz.  The card base, mats and  the two blue van layers were the only pieces I cut with colored card stock and it turned out to be a huge time  saver.  The  fish, sun, palm tree, coconuts and shell were all simple and fun to shade with my markers.  I used solid flat coloring on the small van pieces, which turned out even and streak less. I'm surprised at how much I like the end result.  Sometimes things just come together magically!

I've done so many of these Lori Whitlock pop up box cards, I can practically assemble them blindfolded.  Everyone loves a card that does tricks, so they're worth a little extra creative effort.  

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and honor the wonderful men in your life.
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Friday, June 11, 2021

Studio Light Missees Fashion Show

If your soul is good and your mind is positive, then you will start to see the beauty in yourself. 

Studio Light Misses dies and stamps, designer paper, metallic copper card stock,
 assorted gems, slimline card base and frame, Hero Arts  "hello" die and stamp set

Hey there,

If someone had told me when I was an artsy little schoolgirl that I would still be coloring fairies and unicorns and playing with paper dolls as a "mature" adult, I would have thought they had bats in their belfry. But here I am, living the dream. My Copic makers are as thrilling to me now as my crayons were way back then, and cards using Julie Nutting dolls are some of my faves.  The minute I saw THIS YouTube video demonstrating these darling Studio Lite Missees dies and stamps,  I knew I  had to have all three sets pronto.  My hopes were dashed when I saw that these popular dies were mostly on backorder.  But after a frantic search, I managed to get my hands on THIS  base die and stamp set called Betty which  is the one that all the other sets build on.

It was pure delight experimenting with this first set and figuring out how to make the faces a little more detailed with my Copics.  I used the hair die to create a short red  hairdo like my own but I had to wait for the Carol set to create my glasses.   I'm planning to make cards that look like selfies of my friends and me, with customized facial expressions and sentiments to add a personal touch.  I altering.

The endless looks that can be created with the simple dies and stamps in these three sets is mind boggling.  I couldn't stop die cutting tons of different hair styles and outfits in a variety of colors and prints and then just going crazy designing my sisterhood of paper beauties.   

When my bestie went all out for my birthday last week, I wanted to give her a special thank you card. I realized that one of my cards came close to her adorably prissy likeness. She was thrilled when I presented it to her and plead with me to invite her into my craft room to make some cards for her teenage granddaughters  She's a brilliant artist and I can't wait to see what she comes up with. Can you think of anything more delightful than going nuts making trendy teen beauties!  They'll be over-the-top post-worthy, so stay tuned for  the chic teen fashion show we conjure up.

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and spend time doing something you were nuts about as a kid.
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Thursday, June 3, 2021

You are Unique - Janna Prosvirina Flip Card

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.   Dorothy Parker

Janna Prosvirina digi, Copic markers, green and clear gems, white gel pen, silver leafing pen,
green glitter card stock, silver foil card stock, magenta card stock, Cricut Design Space cutting
and design features, iridescent peel off stickers, Jane Davenport sentiment and star dies  

Hey there,

I was beyond thrilled to get a brand new shiny computer for my birthday last week, but HOLY MOLY...downloading a humungous amount of data from a prehistoric computer (apparently the "flip phone" of the breed) has been a monumental task, even when done by a competent professional.  It's been almost a week and I still don't have everything running smoothly, but ultimately I know I will be ecstatic with my updated, state of the art technology.

In the meantime,  I managed to figure out how to edit my card in my newfangled Photo Shop Elements program and upload it to my blog. It's like finding some favorite "old friends" on a twisted path in the dark.  Now I can't wait to find some time to relax and create in my happy place.

This glamorous grayscale Janna Prosvirina digital stamp is colored with Copic markers with a few Prismacolor details.  I used pastel colors for her hair which is uncharacteristic for me and was a little challenging. But it's always good to try something new, right?  I lined my card panels with a silver leafing pen and added a few gems to the necklace, the panel corners and the stars.  The silver foil card stock sentiment and stars were created with Jane Davenport dies.   I added further decoration to the  necklace and the back panel with iridescent peel off stickers. 

I loved creating the flip card base for this card in Cricut Design Space.  I chose a layered frame from the Cricut library, did some simple math, and manipulated the square shape with some added score lines and, hallelujah, a fabulous flip card was born.  Once I got the knack,  I made several in different shapes and sizes.  I'm obsessed with all the incredible features in Design Space.  It's worth taking time to conquer the learning curve because the sky's the limit for what you can accomplish. 

It's good to be back in the game.  I feel so happening!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and challenge yourself to learn a new crafty skill.
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