Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Let The Games Begin!!!

Isn't this SOOOOO fun?!?  I AM SO PROUD of this book!!!  So proud in fact that I'm doing ANOTHER ONE using the new Echo Park Halloween line for an upcoming Halloween class.... stay tuned for deets on the class to create this AWESOME book!

BUT THIS ONE will be displayed September 1st at Paper Vineyard for our first official Design Team Competition along with completed albums by all the other DT members.  This is going to be SO FUN!  And you'll want to run down there and vote, because the winning DT member whose project gets the most votes will choose one ballot from the ballot box and ONE LUCKY VOTING CUSTOMER will ALSO win a prize.  Yah... you're gonna wanna play!  LOL!  And since you're going in to play, you might as well vote for ME!!!  hahahahhahaha!  Voting will run through September.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Fun Class Right Out of Summer

So, we're not COMPLETELY in the clear just yet, but summer is ALMOST over!!!  I don't know about you, but I'm DREAMING of crisp cool nights again!!!  For now it is still hot and sticky and Copics definitely do the trick to take my mind off of it.  So I just put together a little Copic Hair Coloring Class to take the edge off for everyone!!!

September 4th at Paper Vineyard, join me for a super fun class where we'll not only learn how to combine colors ("Swatching" is what it's all about baby!!!), but we will also learn how to color hair!  This is one that is near and dear to me since hair is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE thing to color!!!  If you think about it, natural hair contains sooooooo many different colors, the possibilities are endless for your creativity with hair!  And you can see that with my green and yellow and blue and pink heads of hair.  That is EXACTLY what we will cover in class.  So gather all your Copic markers and join us on September 4th for a really fun day of hair. You will leave class with a COMPLETE catalog of the hair color combinations you see above, but you'll also leave with worksheets of even MORE hair combinations!!!  This could get quite hairy!!!   I might just have to wear my wig.... ;)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Shock and Surprise

I'm just SOOOOO amazed that EVERYONE isn't jumping on the bandwagon to win this AWESOME give-away here at Fun And Mental Changes!!!  Thinking that there must be some sort of tear in the time/space continuum, I thought I'd re-post this give away again.

Ok, I'm giving away this AWESOME bag in PINK.


The wonderful folks at Nantucket Bagg donated this bag in pink to give away here at Fun And Mental changes, and all you have to do is create a blog post on your blog about your work space/craft space (include a pic), the reason you could use a bag like this, include a shout out for this give away and then link up your post HERE!  It's that easy!!!  While you're there, check out the video showing EXACTLY how this bag works.  It really is the coolest thing ever!!!  You have until August 31st to enter!

Now go out there and win this bag!!! :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

I Von To Suck Your Blah....

I can't believe my Guest Spot on the Tickled Pink Design Team is coming to an end!!! :_(  It has been so wonderful playing with all the Pink Ladies and even more fun to play with these WONDERFUL images.  Didn't I say that you would want them all!?!  Remember, all of these images will be available August 15th.  So today is Vampire Lestat.  What can I say about this image that the picture above doesn't say for me?!?  He is just one cool cat!!!  And this one certainly gave me a run for my money with the cool grey Copics!  Sooooo fun!

Ok, let's talk Copic saturation... here's the back of Vampire Lestat.

OH!  I am super proud of this one.  Mostly because I only had a couple of areas of bleed through.  The yellow border was probably the majority of it since I did multiple applications to get the intense color I was looking for.  And look... only a spec of red!!!  If only my Copic students could see me now!  HAHAHAHAHA!

Well, that is it for me and the Tickled Pink Stamps Sneak Peeks!!!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects and I hope you Copic colorers out there got a little something out of these posts.  Thanks again to Tickled Pink for asking me to be part of this release... I had a BLAST!!!  And as always, I appreciate everyone's kind comments.  Don't forget to set a reminder for the August 15th release over at Tickled Pink Stamps and click HERE to see all of the design team's wonderful creations!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hey Ghoulfriend!

 OMGosh!  I CANNOT believe how wonderful all the stamps are in this sneak peek over at Tickled Pink Stamps!!! Isn't Halloween THE BEST!?!  And right now you are just four day's away from the release to purchase all these great images.  I'm just four days away from the end of my guest DT spot with these wonderful ladies and all these wonderful projects *sniff*!

So here you see Mummy Christina in all her glory!  I used the sentiment "Hey Ghoulfriend" as a shout out to my friend Dana Edwards for loaning me her word window punch to complete this super fun card!!!  Not to mention, seeing her incredible designs is ALWAYS inspiring!!!  Thanx Ghoulfriend!!!

Below is the back of the colored Mummy Christina.  You can see that this project had the least amount of bleed through.  It does my soul good when I finish a project, check the back and see that I haven't wasted my beloved Copic ink!!!  I don't know what I'll do when I finish one, check the back and see that it's completely clean!  I'll probably do a happy dance..... after wetting myself a little!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!  I better get me some Depends, cuz I've come pretty close.  A good pants-wetting is just around the corner... ANY day now!  LOL!

So that does it for today's Tickled Pink sneak peek.  Be sure to head over and check out what the Tickled Pink Design Team whipped up for today's peek.... click HERE!  You won't be sorry!  They are AMAZING!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Banana Split

Okie Doke!  This week at Paper Vineyard, we were challenged to create a project inspired by the Banana Split pictured above.  Couldn't you just jump through the screen right now and gobble that up???  What I love the most about this banana split is the color palette!!!  I never thought I would EVER say that about ANY banana split!!!   These colors are just so inspiring!!!  So I created:


DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT!!!???!!!  Honestly, I wasn't planning on creating anything as my plate is sort of full for the month, but Bo Bunny arrived at the store and I just couldn't help myself.  I was ALLLLLLLL over it!  I bought ALL the papers from the Et Cetera line (plus the buttons and trinkets) and then MOST of the papers from the Double Dot Designs!!!  These lines are AMAZING!!!  There were also goodies from the new Christmas line, but I finally had to stop looking and walk away.  OMGosh, these lines ROCK!!!  So along with the color palette, the cherry on the banana split also caught my eye.  I remembered that I had purchased some cupcake stickers the last time that Els of Elizabeth Craft visited the store and taught some classes.  And, of course, with the right Glitter Ritz glitters, this project would EASILY come together to match the colors of that yummy, yummy dessert!!!  I ended up using a silver rhinestone brad to pull the whole thing together because I didn't have gold cupcake stickers (and they'll certainly have to wait now cuz I just bought a ton of Bo Bunny!!!), but I think it all looks quite nice together.  Whew... this was a GREAT one!!!  Click HERE to check out what the rest of Paper Vineyard's design team created.  It was definitely a fun challenge!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Wizard's Wizard!

Yep... It's Wizard Eric of the new Tickled Pink Stamps Lil Haunt 2 line!!!  Today I have another sneak peek for the August 15th release!  WOO HOO!!!  Ok, I have to say that this is one of my favorites!!!  He was already colored in my head the moment I laid eyes on him.... REALLY!!!  I already knew the paper I was going to use and the entire color scheme before I ever touched a marker!  You'll want to click HERE to check out what the Tickled Pink Design Team did with this WONDERFUL WIZARD!!!

So the other day I promised that I'd show the backs of all my colored projects and I WON'T let you down.  Before I do though, take another look at the finished project above.  Take a gander at the DEEP colors I chose to use (i.e. the red hair and the purple outfit).  One would think that blending those deep hues would cause quite a bit of saturation.....

 NOT AT ALL, BUT.... you can see from the back of Wizard Eric, I messed up his sleeve when I accidentally colored it purple (Blue Violet to be exact).  Remember I told you about the magic of the "bleed".  Well, it's that same magic that allowed me to "push" the purple deeper into the paper fiber with the Copic Blender Pen making it appear to be erased on the front when on the back it is VERY purple.  Now, because I did that, my paper was pretty heavily saturated in that one area, so when I went over that area again with the red, yellow and orange markers, I got a bit more bleed through than I normally would want.  But, as I said the other day, it happens and especially when you're correcting a mistake.  Again, that IS the magic of Copic.  Being able to "erase" a mistake by pushing it deeper into the paper fiber, as if a wizard made it disappear, well that's just one of the reasons I so love coloring with Copics!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Did you like that lead-back to our Wizard Eric??? But seriously, that magic is what I love showing in my Copic classes!

One final note.... if you are coloring with Copic markers and use reds and purples... don't beat yourself up if your bleed through is super heavy at first.  Deep colors like to bleed through more so than lighter or paler colors and it's not always because of overly heavy saturation.  Some colors just do and it also depends on the paper you're coloring on as well!  So play!  See how you do!  Every time I color, I challenge myself to use those deep colors WITHOUT bleed through.  I've come close, but I haven't had a perfectly clean one yet!  LOL! ;)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Knowledge Really Is Power

If you've seen my blog for one second, then you know how much I love to color with Copic markers.  I often tell students in my Copic classes that my love for markers comes from childhood deprivation.  You see, I HATED coloring as a child.  I was always told that we were too poor to afford the "Crayola" crayons; I always went to school with those HORRIBLE JUMBO 8 pack of crayons that were always too waxy to really deposit good color.  Coloring gave me anxiety and I always felt out of place when it was time to color and my friends would pull out this MONSTER 64 pack of crayons that "EVEN INCLUDED A SHARPENER".  And of course, when my crayons were dulled to flattened perfection, they were so big I couldn't even ask my friends to use their sharpener. My crayons wouldn't fit!  How funny that as an adult, I have VIVID memories of grade school and the horror that was coloring.  So now, moving WELL beyond the waxy color box, I stumble upon blendable ink markers.  And I'm happy to announce that I own 204 Copic Markers, but I still think about that 64 pack of crayons that always eluded me year after year... usually when I'm making a joke about them in my Copic classes.

SO TODAY:  I was heading into my local grocery store to pick up some goodies for tonight's dinner and I walked right past the Crayola display.  Now what do you supposed was on the top shelf, right at eye level?  Yep, you guessed it, the 64 pack of crayons with the built-in sharpener.  It struck me as odd that they were only $3.29..... in 2011, the 64 pack of Crayola crayons with the built-in sharpener was only $3.29!!!  HOW MUCH COULD THEY HAVE BEEN BACK IN 1979, 1980, 1981?  I mean, I was sent to school every day with an extra quarter in my pocket for a carton of milk that I NEVER WOULD BUY because I can't stand milk.  For the life of me, I can't remember where all those quarters went, but they NEVER bought milk.  Now, if I had known to find out how much crayons were back then and saved that quarter daily, I would have owned those crayons that I cried over in just about two weeks (that's at $3.29 which I HIGHLY DOUBT was the case in 1979)!!!

I don't know why all of that just hit me today.  Thinking back on the child who had the means, had the want but didn't know she had the power to have a 64 pack of Crayola crayons WITH sharpener, I'm really sort of stunned.  I could have had those crayons any time I wanted, I just didn't know then how to consider my circumstance, take stock of my resources and get my crayons..... it seems there's a life lesson in there somewhere.  Knowledge is power people.  That is all.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I Want A Boy With Brains

Hey guys!  Welp, here I am with my FIRST official guest designer post for Tickled Pink Stamps and the August releases that are SOOOOOOO up my alley!!!  So first up is Zombie Girl Kellita!  What an awesome image to color!!!  Kellita and all the upcoming images this week will be available at Tickled Pink Stamps on August 15th (the 14 for those of us here in the US) and TRUST ME.... you are going to want them ALL!!!

Now, with this awesome design team spot  and coloring these awesome images, I thought I would take this opportunity to share my take on Copic saturation with this Tickled Pink line.  Since these images contain some great surface coloring area, I thought these would be perfect to show that you really can deposit a good amount of color WITHOUT wasting your ink with unreal Copic saturation.  Heavy saturation is when the alcohol ink of the Copic marker fills up the paper fiber and bleeds through the back (sometimes making the back look like the front!).  The "bleed" is actually the magic of Copic markers, but in my opinion, too much bleed equals wasted product. This is something I teach EXTENSIVELY in my Copic Coloring Palooza, but I wanted to share a bit about it on my blog too.  So instead of me babbling on about it, let me show you!

The pic above is the back of the Zombie Girl Kellita after I finished coloring her.  You can see that there are definitive areas of saturation.  The one area that I circled is actually where I just pressed the green marker nib into the paper and watched the color spread.  I knew without ever looking that the color was going to be seen very clearly on the back of the paper.  Same thing was true with her shorts.  I ended up doing a little "scrubbing" (also covered in my Copic Technique class), and with a dark blue, I just KNEW I was going to have some saturation.  A little bit of saturation can't be helped sometimes, but I ALWAYS strive for the back of my paper to be CLEAN.  As you can tell by the finished card at the top, plenty of color deposited on my project.  I achieved the desired blend of color I was after and I didn't waste a ton of ink trying to saturate my paper.

Ok folks!  That does it for me with the first sneak peek of the new Tickled Pink line that will release on August 15th.  Click HERE to check out what the Pink Ladies turned out!  Be sure to stay tuned for my second sneak peek in a couple of days and more on Copic saturation as I'm posting pics of the backs of ALL the colored images I complete with this new line!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Copic Coloring Palooza!!!

Alright gang.... as many of you already know, I've been holding out creating August's Copic Coloring Palooza for the Kraftin Kimmie shipment that was due at Paper Vineyard MONTHS ago.  Welp, it still hasn't arrived so I finally had to break down and create this UBER FUN project with the Kraftin Kimmie images that I already have (and you KNOW I own a bunch)!!!!  But, is this "Good-Bye" to Kraftin Kimmie???  Will I have to feature another line of stamps for my Copic Coloring Palooza???

We shall see what the future holds for Kraftin Kimmie and the Copic Coloring Palooza.  But for August 14th, may I introduce you to Genevieve.  Now for this Copic Coloring Palooza featuring the very steampunky Genevieve, the class will include Copic coloring that saves time and money (of course),  a demo of the Big Shot (and those awesome Tim Holtz Gears), wet embossing those gears to look like metal, airbrushing to get that vintage "photographed" look to Genevieve and playing with The Purple Monster.... you all know how I love that thing!!!  The class starts at 1:00 p.m. and the cost is $25.  All you need to bring are your Copic markers and your basic tool kit that includes:  scissors, paper trimmer, adhesive and pop dots.  Don't worry if you don't have all the colors I used in the sample pictured above.  We will use what you have in class and, don't forget, you also get 10% off everything you purchase the day of the class!!!  So if there is a color that you absolutely have to have... well, you can save a little extra!  And if you're interested in The Purple Monster, ask for details cuz Paper Vineyard's running an EXTRA SPECIAL special on that one! hahahahaha!

*Copics used for the class sample:   BG10, BG13, BG75, E00, E000, E21, E30, E31, E35, E39 and R20