Monday, April 16, 2018

Black, White, and Chartreuse

Have you checked out this color combo on the Power Poppy blog?  When I saw it, I had to play along!  Black, white, and chartreuse...what a dramatic color palate!  For this challenge I tried something a bit different.  I used colored pencils on black cardstock!  While the process was a tad more involved than usual, the results are worth the effort.

Printing the image, Bubbles and Fizz, on plain paper was the first step.  Next I cut a piece of white graphite paper and attached it to the back of the printed image (fyi, make sure you place the graphite paper with the correct side facing, I goofed on my first try).  Then I taped the image and graphite paper to the black cardstock, and traced the main lines in the image with a pencil.

After tracing the image, I removed it and the graphite paper to reveal a white image "stamped" on the black cardstock.

Let the coloring begin! I used 50% Warm Grey, Cream, and White for the spheres.  The leaves and stems are colored with Chartreuse, Olive Green, Apple Green, Spring Green, and Prussian Green.

A black and white stripped patterned paper, chartreuse card stock, white card stock, and a white die cut "hello" were all that was needed to complete a card.

Not sure what happened to the color in the card photo, it looks washed out, but the former photo shows the true colors.

Until next time...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Color Pencils and Copic Markers

Hello again.  I've been playing with another Power Poppy digi, Magnolia Sunshine.  As a former East Tennessee gal, magnolias and daffodils are definitely on my "favs" list, so this image had to be colored more than once!  What a perfectly delightful way to practice pencil coloring and copic coloring. 

For these two cards I used a digital software program to layer the image on a slightly green colored background.  A circle was added around the image, and a sentiment was added around the circle.  Then I printed the image twice, once on copic xpress it and once on kraft cardstock.  For the image printed on kraft, I used my Prisma color pencils.  The other image was colored with copics.

What do you think?  I'm happy with both of the projects, but I must admit I am partial to one of them (no, I'm not telling which one).


Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Power Poppy Cake

Here are a few cards made with the Power Poppy image Layer Cake.  The blue one is for my dad's birthday.  While it doesn't show very well in the photo, I used some metallic colored pencils on the cake stand and then used Glossy Accents to give it a shine.  I think it gives the stand a vintage feel, and makes it a little more masculine.  Still debating on whether or not to add any embellishments to both his card and the rainbow one.  I kinda like the CAS look.  Hope Dad likes it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Additional Power Poppy Images

Here are a few more Power Poppy images I've been playing with.  So much fun to color!!!

This one is the same Dogwood digi from the set Graceful Still Life colored with greys and creams.

Here's a card I made for my youngest sister's birthday.  It was a departure from my norm as I used colored pencils on Kraft for this image entitled Autumns Opulence.

Berry It is the image used on the next two cards.  One is colored as red raspberries and one as golden raspberries.  Not sure if I enjoyed coloring these or not.  Was trying to color without merely shading from one side of an object to the next. I am happy with the results, but getting there was somewhat of a pain.  Need more practice getting depth in my coloring.

So that's it for me today.  Thank you for stopping by!

Dipping Toes with Power Poppy

Well today I am dipping my toes back in the blogging pond.  Not sure how long this adventure will last, but I'm giving it a shot with a card I made using the Dogwood image from the Graceful Still Life digi stamp set by Power Poppy.  I adore Marcella's beautiful floral designs!  They make my heart happy!  I was already coloring this gorgeous stamp when the "Hues to Use" challenge was posted on the Power Poppy blog.  Whoo Hoo!  I could play along! 

This image reminds me of the beautiful dogwoods that graced our yard in East Tennessee.  Each spring the hills would turn pink and white with loads of blossoms.  Such a joy to remember the feelings of anticipation created by these heralds of Spring.

 Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your Wednesday!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Birthday Card

Still not back into the swing of blogging, but will share a birthday card I made this month.  The card image is Holding a Flower from A Day for Daisies.  Isn't she adorable?  She's been in my stash for ages, but hadn't made it onto a card until now.  I've added a bit of sparkle to her wings with some Crystal Sprinkles. 

Have a Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sweet November March 2014 Preview - Hoppy Easter and Two Farewells

Hi all!  Welcome to the Sweet November March 2014 Preview.  Amy has created an adorable set of four Easter rabbits entitled, Bunny Tails.  I've used one of the images on a card.  You'll need to check out Amy's blog and the CC Designs blog to see the other three cute little bunnies!  I chose the rabbit sitting with an Easter Egg for my card.  Isn't he sweet?  The dotted background paper is from the new Doodlebug pad, Springtime.

And now for a few farewells.  The first of the farewells is to Amy.  Amy is stepping away from designing, and ending her Sweet November line of stamps.  How do I even express the sadness I feel knowing such a talent is no longer going to be shared with others?  Amy's was the first card blog I ever visited.  I fell in love with her amazing coloring and card layouts.  And when I discovered she was also a stamp designer...well, I became a devoted fan.  Her images are cute, joyful, and fun to color.  Imagine my delight when she asked me to be a Sweet November Gal and craft cards with her images!  My hope is Amy will become a book author and illustrator and continue to share her stories and drawings with us.  (If she does, I'll get to tell my grandchildren, "I knew her when...")  So dear Amy, I have relished my small part in your journey, and look forward to seeing where your path takes you in the future!

And the second farewell.  I'm stepping away from this blog.  I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and thank you to everyone who visited and left sweet comments!  I will miss you all, especially Amy and my former teammates from the Outlawz...Carla, Dawn, Linda, Penny, and ladies are the best!  And I apologize to the ladies at From the Heart Stamps...I never really had the opportunity to get to know you.  A special shout out also goes to Mary J, Pam Sparks, Lau, Krista, and Mo for their encouragement and technical assistance.  My decision to step away was not an easy one, but I am at peace with my choice.  Thank you for all the inspiration and support you've given me over the past nearly two years.  What a fun ride it has been!