Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring Butterflies Have Arrived!

Hello, Friends!

Besides coloring tulips with Copics and Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils, I've also been making some other cards without telling you.  You might remember I had a list of cards to make on my Ta-Da list and slowly, I've been getting them done.  


This was one of the cards I made for someone who has become a dear friend!  We met on the Papertrey Ink Forum.  First, when I was wondering if I was allergic to their wool or not, she sent me a sample that I could touch to see if it made me itchy.  That told me she was very nice and generous.

Then, you may remember last fall, my Fentanyl patches suddenly stopped working.  I went from being very medicated to keep my back pain at a level I could tolerate to completely unmedicated in a matter of days.  I was begging for prayers anywhere I could get them and posted what was happening on the PTI Forum.  It took more than a month to finally start to get things under control.  In all the pain and mess, I forgot to update people on the forum about how things were going.  This dear woman contacted me to see how I was doing.  This doesn't happen very often, so she immediately had a special place in my heart, whether we ever talked again or not.  

Luckily, we did!  We switched from sending messages over the forum to emails.  We both are Christians and enjoy making cards, especially with Papertrey Ink goodies.  Now that I am finally able to stamp some, I knew she was someone I wanted to send a card to right away!

We both live in the midwest and I knew we both might have snow on the ground when my card arrived.  I thought a reminder that spring IS on the way might be fun to receive!  Since we both love Papertrey, I used their supplies to make her card.

I started by using Papertrey Ink's Bitty Butterflies Cover Plate to cut the butterfly shapes from 3 different colors of cardstock, which are listed below.  Then I chose one floral patterned butterfly from the Bitty Butterflies stamp set to go on the cardstock die cuts.  Using my MISTI, I was able to line up my stamp into the negative space where one of the butterflies had been die cut.  Then, all I had to do was pop in a butterfly into the negative space and stamp it on the cardstock using the matching ink color.  I was able to stamp all of my butterflies pretty quickly.  

After that, I just had to cut out another cover plate die cut out of white cardstock for the front of my card.  Just like I placed the butterfly in the negative space to stamp it with the MISTI, all I had to do now was place a stamped butterfly into the hole left by the die.  I tried just putting glue in the center of my butterflies so their wings would stick up a little bit.  I'm praying that none of the butterflies flew off the card on their trip.  I made sure my friend received her card before I posted this, but I haven't asked her about this yet!

I gently pulled the white cardstock back up so I could tie a bow around it for a little embellishment.  My friend knows I love ribbon and greatly took part in the PTI sale when ribbon was only $.50!  So I thought it would be fun to show her how wonderful a little ribbon on a card can be since she doesn't usually use it.  :)

After the ribbon, I gently put the white cardstock back down, this time adhering it to stay.  A smart person would have put the ribbon on first, stuck it down and then put on the butterflies.  Unfortunately "Pain Killer Brain" struck again and I took the hard route.  Luckily, it all worked out after I glued a couple of butterflies back in their spaces!

I had planned this card for a while, but just completed it last week.  It happened to fit into two challenges that were announced after my plans but before I had made it.  I'm entering it in the Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Day Two March Release Challenge to use multiples of the same shapes on a card, whether stamps or dies.  These pretty little butterflies met that challenge wonderfully!

I am also entering it in the Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Challenge to make a card for a special lady or girl.  It definitely went to a special lady! 

Stay tuned for more cards that have been sent to special friends!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following products by Papertrey Ink to make this card:

Bitty Butterflies Stamp Set
Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart and Aqua Mist Ink Pads
Stampers Select White Cardstock
Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart and Aqua Mist Cardstock
Cover Plate:  Bitty Butterflies Die
Lemon Tart 1/2" Satin Solid Ribbon

MISTI by My Sweet Petunia
Glue Pen Medium Point by X-Press It

Monday, March 13, 2017

Copic Marker Tulips are Completed

Hello, Friends!

Today, I have colored the same image of tulips that I shared yesterday.  This time, I only used Copic Markers to color them. 

Here are the tulips I shared with you yesterday which have a Copic Marker base to the tulips and then were colored with colored pencils on top.  The leaves were entirely colored with colored pencils.

Here are the two cards, side by side so you can compare them.  Feel free to go back to the larger images if you want to inspect something more closely.

So, now that they're both done, what do you think?
I wanted to make the two cards as similar as possible to each other.  The actual tulip flowers are very similar in color.  I wanted to use greens that were also close to the same color, but as you can tell that didn't work out!  I wanted to use three colors of green pencils and three colors of green Copics, so these were my choices.  I kept the shading very similar on both cards.  I used the same white cardstock and pink base cardstock for both cards.  Due to the difference in greens, I couldn't use the same shade for the mats.  When you are trying to decide which technique you like the best, try not to let your favorite green shades influence your opinion.  

As you can tell, the colored pencil on the left is not as smooth looking as the Copic Markers on the right.  When I colored it, I didn't use any other method to blend my pencils other than using the pencils themselves.  I could have used Gamsol or baby oil or other products that blend the pencil colors together which I believe would have made it look smoother.  However, after spending all of that time coloring, I didn't want to take a chance of messing it up using a new product for the first time!  I will color a smaller image with colored pencils and then try using Gamsol to blend them and will show you the results this month.

The Copic Marker tulips were definitely much faster to create than the colored pencil ones.  This could be for a few reasons.  One of which is that I have a lot more experience with Copics.  However, the other is that it just takes a lot longer to lay down colors and blend them with the pencils than it does the markers.  The alcohol ink in Copics is made to naturally blend together easily.  As soon as your paper is saturated with ink, the colors begin to blend very easily.  Colored pencils never just begin to blend on their own.  You have to "force" them to blend by layering more and more colors on top of each other and coloring over what you have already colored repeatedly until you have the shading done the way you would like.  

I personally don't have a favorite.  I like them both, even though they do have very noticable differences.  Do you have a favorite?  

Have you ever altered an envelope to go with a card you have created?
That was Papertrey Ink's Challenge on their blog back on March 7th which you can see here.  I had intended to just stamp the outline of my tulips on an envelope to make it match my card.  Unfortunately, I forgot about this and took my tulip stamp set upstairs.  A second trip up and down the stairs is way too painful so I had to get creative!  I cut a piece of PTI patterned paper that matched the pink cardstock that I used for my base into a liner for my envelope.  This pretty floral print with make an extra surprise for the person who receives and opens my card.  

I'm also entering my Copic tulips into Kathy Rascoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  

I'll see you again tomorrow with more cards for Papertrey Ink's Challenges they've been hosting over the past several days!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following products to make my 
Copic Marker Tulips Card and Altered Envelope: 

Friendship Jar Spring Fillers Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Solar White 80 lb. Cardstock by Neenah
Sweet Blush Cardstock by Papertrey Ink
Elf Green Cardstock by My Favorite Things
Sweet Blush Pattern Pack of Paper by Papertrey Ink
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia 
A2 Envelopes by Die Cuts with a View

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Colored Pencils Tulips are Completed!

Hello, Friends!

Well, the colored pencil tulips are complete!  As I showed in the last post, I started by coloring my tulips with a layer of Copic markers.  I then added color and shading with five different pencils.  

For the leaves, I only used colored pencils.  I could tell you I did this so you could look for a difference and compare so it sounded better.  Unfortunately, the truth is that I forgot I had done that with the tulips and just started coloring the stems and leaves.  About half way through the first layer of green on the stems, I remembered that I wanted to use Copics on the bottom layer.  It was way too late then, so I just continued.  I used three colors of green pencils for the leaves and stems.  I used a light, medium and dark shade of the same color.  

Because I wanted all of the focus to be on my tulips, I just matted the flowers in a matching dark green cardstock and a light pink cardstock base.

So this was my first real attempt to color and shade with colored pencils since Parker the Pig.  Tomorrow, if all goes as planned, I'll have the same image colored for you using only Copic markers so you can compare the two.   

I am entering this card in a few challenges.  First, Papertrey Ink issued a challenge to make a card based on one of the stitching projects they used in this post.  I chose this picture which led to my tulips inspiration.

Lizzie Jones Game Board 2

The actual flowers reminded me of the "O's" and where the stems crossed reminded me of the "X's."  I don't have any stitching dies, so I had to get creative!  

I am also entering this card in Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge For a Special Lady or Girl.  This card will be sent to a special Lady who is fighting cancer.  

Finally, I am also entering it in Kathy Rascoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  

Let me know what you think of this first image!

Happy Stamping and Coloring!

I used the following products to make this card:

Friendship Jar Spring Fillers Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Polychromos Colored Pencils by Faber Castell
Solar White 80lb Cardstock by Neenah
Sweet Blush Cardstock by Papertrey Ink
Mossy Meadow Cardstock by Stampin' Up (retired)
MISTI by Sweet Petunia

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The winner is...

Colored Pencils

with 46% of the vote!

Watercolor paints came in right behind colored pencils with only one vote less.  Copic Markers and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers came in with one vote each.  

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote.  
I appreciate your support! 

So, here's the deal.  When I am feeling good and can sit at the table for a longer amount of time, I will give watercolors a try.  I've watercolored with ink from ink pads before and a waterbrush, but these paints scare me.  I think it's because they look so official and fancy.  When I am not feeling so great and I need to sit with my feet up, I will use colored pencils.  This should make the majority of you happy!   For my Copic and Zig friends, I suspect you'll see those coming up in the near future as well.  Using colored pencils is not a fast way to create a card!

  • I need to make a card for a family who worked with me in Arizona that doesn't have long to live after a lengthy battle with cancer.
  • I need to make a card for a friend who's husband passed away and I just now found out about it.  
  • I need to make a card for a dear friend.
  • I need to make a card for a second dear friend.
  • I need to make another card for a third dear friend.

In other words, I need to have my body cooperate, get on the ball, tackle my ta-da list and get some cards in the mail.  There is probably going to be a lot of straight stamping involved in those.  I won't be able to show you either when I first make them because some of those people follow my blog.  

Don't lose hope, however!

I started working on an image for all of you tonight!  

My tulips were first colored in with an R20 Copic Marker.  You can see this first step on the right side of my picture where three of the tulips are just this pinkish coral color.  

The four tulips on the left have all been shaded with...


I used a white, a burgundy, and three different colors of pink pencils to do the shading on my tulips.  I worked for about 2 hours and got 4 tulips done.  Partially, this is because I'm slow, new and need a lot more practice.  However, it's also because it takes a lot longer to lay down layers of colored pencil work than it does other mediums.  My guess is we're talking another day for flowers and a third for the leaves and stems.  I am thinking about stamping this same image again and coloring it completely with Copics so then we can compare the two.  No matter what, I'll keep you posted on the progress.  Wish me luck!

Happy Stamping to all of You!

The products I used to make this project so far are as follows:

 Friendship Jar Spring Fillers Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Solar White 80 lb Card Stock by Neenah

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lots of Good News!!!

Hello, Friends!

This is your last day to vote for the color medium 
you'd like to see me try to color with during the month of March.

Your choices are

Watercolor Paints
Copic Markers
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers or
Faber Castell Colored Pencils

When you're on a computer, go to 

to place your vote!

I have 12 votes which is better than what I started with,
but it would still be fun to get more input!

Another Taylored Expressions cartoon, a lot of us can relate to!

#crafthumor #craftquotes #tayloredexpressions #cardmaking #crafting #sewing #scrapbooking:

On that note...

I got to work on my ta-da list.  First, I felt a little bit better and was able to do more today.  Second, I got to work on organizing my craft supplies.  I still have more to work on, but I accomplished a lot considering everything I do is so stinkin' hard!

Before I can stamp, I need a nice neat craft space.  As I craft, it looks like a tornado hit.  Then there's the craftermath where papers, stamps, embellishments, the MISTI, the Big Shot, dies, ink pads and more clutter the table where I work as well as any other area within reach, like the floor, sofa, etc.  It must all be cleaned up before I can start on the next project.

This means, I'm one step closer to being ready to color!

Finally, my heart has been healed!

My Dad voted!

He even left a comment stating that he had voted because he would do anything for Frank.  I knew that would get him and I was right!

Unfortunately, instead of his name coming up as Robert, it came up as Roberta.  We don't know for sure how that happened, but I can assure you, my Dad's name is definitely not Roberta!

Thank you, Dad.  Frank says, "thank you" too.  

Well, friends, I am one tired puppy from all that rearranging and organizing.  So it's off to dreamland for me.  I'll see you on Tueday with the results of the poll!

Happy Stamping!

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