Sunday, September 19, 2010

September Blog hop

I enjoyed last month's blog hop so much that I had to get in on this month's too. =) The theme for  the Blog Hop at Paper Wings this month was Anything But a Card. It took me awhile to settle on my project, but I am very pleased with it. The holidays are heading our way so I thought these cookie in a jar gifts would be perfect to share.
For the first one I dressed up my jar with a cute band. I♥ this turkey from The Angel Company's Give Thanks stamp set. I used my Copics to color him. I used the Mega circle punch for the layer I stamped. I then used the Mega circle scalloped punch with the More Mimi designer paper- because it is the same size as my turkey layer I offset it slightly to add a little interest, and then those two layers were adhered to the Giga scalloped circle. (A white gel pen was used to add even more interest.) The More Mimi cardstock collection was used to make the band, the green cardstock was punched with a decorative punch and the edges were   inked with Palette Burnt Umber ink. A little brown ribbon (More Mimi) finished off my jar.
For the second jar I chose to use a tag. The pumpkin can be found in the Thanksgiving Sweeties set (TAC.) I used my Copics on this one too. The top of the tag was made using a tag punch. (Tip-You can make custom tags by cutting your paper to the desired length and threading it through the punch so only the top cuts.) To set the More Mimi eyelet I used the Crop-a-dile, and the finished the tag by rounding the 2 corners with the Corner Chomper. The Scrapper's Floss tied the tag to the More Mimi ribbon.
Jar recipes are quick, easy and fun gifts. Here are a few web sites with recipes-Cookies, Soup, lots of ideas. (<---Click on each one to see recipes and ideas.)
Ok, so go..... hop on over and see what everyone else has in store for you.
Rita W
Chelsea Comer
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Until later~

Monday, September 13, 2010

Times to remember

This double page layout features photos taken last fall at a local Metro Park here in Columbus. The park is an actual  working historical farm from about 1880. Everything is very hands on for the kiddos. We love spending time there!! (It is a nice place to play in the newly fallen leaves -because our lonely Birch tree does not produce enough leaves!! LOL But hey, we don't have to worry about raking the yard. LOL)
I like all of the various designer papers, the sheer flowers (color was added to them with a Copic marker, as well as the gem embellies) the inked edges, the custom gems, but most of all those adorable kids of mine!!;-)
I am blessed beyond measure!!
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

A little scrapping

I have been so busy making cards lately that scrapping had moved to the back burner.  But, I am happy to report that I completed 3 layouts last week. Three layouts!! That even impresses me because I am such a sloooowww scrapper. LOL
 Here is my one page layout--

Ready for a little 'I Spy?"
- 3 designer papers
-1 torn page from an old dictionary- dog-eared and torn (not touching my photo. LOL)
-a sticker bracket
-2 rub-ons
- a labels 8 Nestie shape  (I actually traced around the outer edge of the die and then hand cut it  to make the shape slightly larger.)
-Faux "notebook" edge on the larger designer paper (I used the Bind it all to make the holes and then used my scissors to snip little triangles along the edge.)
-Twine wrapped around the picture.
-Ink on all the edges
-1 5x7 photo (taken last fall, I am not afraid to hold on to pictures until I find the "right" paper. LOL )
-One scripture verse, because Hailey is " fearfully and wonderfully made"

I used the bracket on the dictionary page because I thought it was perfect for this picture..
 See it, it says, "delightful" perfect, huh? (I only got 3 dictionary pages, how cool is it that one would be so perfect?)
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Saturday, September 11, 2010


I pray we never forget 9-11-01!!
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Birthday Fishes

I ♥ these little fishes. I combined a few of my favorite things on this card, the Cricut, stamps and Copics. =) (The fish bowl was cut from the Doodlecharms cartridge.) This is one of Hailey's favorite cards. She has been  working in the studio with me quite a bit since brother is in school now. I am so happy we can work together on crafty stuff. (She placed her very first stamp order this week. She even used her own money, she is already starting down the card making path. LOL)
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Beep Beep

I must admit I love the colors on this card, I think it would be prefect for a little boy. I thought the paperclip would tie in nicely with the robots. =) The nuts and bolts on the card base were heat embossed with some sparkly embossing powder.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cricut card

Hunter had school on Monday, they had a staggered start for the Kindergartners this year. There are 3 classes of 30 students. They brought 10 kids in for each class for 3 days- the teachers said it was a lot easier to explain things to 10 five year olds than 30 of them. Let alone trying to get 90 through the lunch line on the first day. The first day I took him and then picked him up at the end of the day, yesterday we finally had his bus schedule worked out, so he started riding the bus. He catches the bus one house away, there are 5 or 6 kids that catch it there too, and one little guy is also in Kindergarten. Hunter has a little friend to ride with on the bus. =)
 Well, on Monday Hailey and I made card for brother's bus driver. I wanted to let her know that Hunter is very pokey!! LOL My fear is that he will be left on the bus, so I just wanted to give her a heads up.

He was so proud to give the bus driver this card yesterday........

The Bus was cut from the Doodlecharms cartridge- isn't it too cute? The designer papers were from my scrap box. All the edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
As cute as the card is, I think my card holder is a million times cuter, don't you?
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Hunter is in school now, all day every day Kindergarten.
His first day I took him to school, we were still working on his bus schedule.
Riding the bus for the first time!! He loved it. He is really enjoying school so far. He was starving when he got home yesterday, so I will have a snack ready today. LOL
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Copic Skin tones

Working with Copics not only takes a lot of practice, but a lot of experimenting- you know, trying to find colors that work together. Skin tones can be very tricky, because there are so many skin tones in the real world. Sunday was another Copics class and this time we worked on skin. We used E000, E01 and E11 on all of these samples, but as you can see they still look different.

Because I used a lighter hair color on this one I  went with more of the E000, the lightest shade in this trio of colors. (Shading and blending works best for me when I use 3 shades- a light, mid-tone and then a darker tone.) I like to start with my darkest color and add my shadows first, then the mid-tone to soften the edges of the darker color. After I have those 2 colors- then I can use my lightest color where the "light source" would hit the subject. For me it works best this way and I don't over blend my colors.)
Here are the same markers, but, I used just a touch more of the E01 on this one. I like to use more of the darker shades with darker hair. (I like to color the hair first since it can be tricky. I don't feel so bad if the hair doesn't work on an uncolored image- but I DO mind when the hair doesn't work on an image that has already been colored. LOL)
I love the peachy complexion achieved when using these 3 markers- perfect for children. (I used the white gel pen to add a little highlight to her cheeks- Hailey asked why the little girl was crying. I guess it does look like she is crying over that little bird.)
I have colored some samples so I can keep track of my favorite combinations, I have made sure to write down the markers used on each one.
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