Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Little Details

When I do a craft fair or teach a class I always ask people who visit to sign my book, since the majority of my work for the boutique I am attending the end of this week is centered around chalkboards, I wanted my sign in book to reflect that.  So using chipboard and acetate as my substrate for the chalkboard, I made one.  I have used Pan Pastels to create the rose and butterfly and just plain chalk to write the words.  I also enhanced the edges of the book with metal photo corners.

This is the book standing, I did a small plate for the spine.  

The ruled pages slip into the book and can be removed when the craft boutique is completed, the cover and spine may be erased and repurposed. fun fun fun.  Hugs

Monday, October 28, 2013

Simply Pears

This morning as I was cleaning some in the kitchen after my coffee, my eye was caught by 3 pears I have in a basket on the counter.  I love the shape of pears and the rhym of them together, as if they are nodding and bending in greeting to each other. I grabbed my "Inktense" pencils, my fingers and imagination setting in those luscious yellows, greens and blushes and then my common sense told me that I do not have time to play with color today, so next week maybe.  I took a photo of them, turned them into elements with my Cameo and did a fab damask fill from a Silhouette Library background.  There are also some blanks waiting for color on my table.  The word "Thanksgiving" is also from the SL, added some lining to the letters with a 005 micron pen.  I distressed the pears with Tim Holtz "Brushed Sage" and added some ribbon to my black back ground and tied some raffia on the center pear.  I have so much to be Thankful for this week, hope you do also, hugs

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Raven - Spirit Guide

Oh what a wonderful few days I have had, I have caught up on my sleep, I backed up my computer, sent all of my images for the Craft Boutique to my external hard drive - it took 3.5 hours, lol, I was a busy girl.  I have played, done some reading.  I have researched some classes online that I am looking at for 2014, cleared off my studio table, did some laundry.  Today, I will go find my suit cases and start packing for my departure on Thursday.  Yesterday I was in SketchBook Pro and not sure what I was doing, just getting more familiar with it, testing some of the brushes and playing with the Copic Colors.  I was not sure what this face was as I was in the midst of drawing it and then suddenly I realized it was a Spirit Guide for the Raven. Let me explain a little about my Spirit Guides, for many years I have created one or another as they come to me.  I am always amazed at the appropriateness of their arrival.  The Raven caught me totally by surprise and I have been joyous with its arrival, it is definitely something I will embrace.  The Raven really has a bad wrap, a lot of it due to one of my favorite authors Edgar Allen Poe, dark, ominous, evil but there are other sides that have light and merriment attached.  In American Indian Folk Lore, the Raven is know as a trickster, the bearer of light (he is credited with releasing the sun from imprisonment in a wonderful story), I will always choose the positive side of my Spirit Guides to embrace because I have the choice and because I believe that we are all energy and that we get back what we give out and I so much enjoy living in the positive spectrum.
I wanted to color with the Copic Markers by hand on this piece.  I wanted the background to be a gessoed book page and the gesso will not take the Copic Ink, so I took my book page, gessoed it and then distressed with Tim Holtz "Wild Honey" and "Vintage Photo" and scanned that in and printed it out, I then took my drawing and printed it on my background and then hand colored with the Copic Markers.  The feather is from the Silhouette Store, I did an under base if purple and lavendars and then did the feathering with a .001 micron pen, I did the highlights with gesso and tiny tiny water color brush.  The Raven is from my Halloween images.
Hope you enjoy your Sunday and go safely and happily into the new week, hugs

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Morning Exercise

Since the moment I downloaded this "Music Sheet" sketch from the Silhouette Store it has called to me for an angel, so this morning during my Exercise time I made it my goal to get one done.  SketchBook Pro was my primary tool, you may check it out by clicking on SketchBook Pro.  You may also download a free trail if you would like to play around with it for a while, but you will not receive access to the Copic Colors unless you purchase the software.
I am so in love with the Copic Color panel in this software and I must admit it was a determining factor in my purchasing it.  So what is so great about it?  I am a hands on person, I love what I have been learning in the "Digi World" but I would never be able to convert 100% to digi, I need my hands in the mud so to speak.  But I realized right off what a great tool the Copic Palette could be.  I am using my own line drawings but if you do not draw, you can load your digi stamps to the Sketchbook Pro.
I begin with my cut image, at my table I did a light fill of color with my Copic Markers, I then scanned that in and opened my partial colored image in SP and began to blend with my Copic Palette, the magic begins when you make a mistake or do not like the color you are using, you just erase it and begin again, even if you do not like your hand colored portion that too can be erased.  When I am satisfied with the color, I save it in PSD format, take it to PhotoShop and turn the image into a "PNG" image (you can save the image directly in SP as a PNG, (I am so used to doing my crop and clean up in PhotoShop it is just automatic for me)so that my Silhouette Cameo can cut it as a Print and Cut.  At this time you can refine with your markers if need be, I added highlights to the angels halo with gesso, just to pop it out a bit.  Although it seems like there are many steps, this process knocks a lot of time from start to finish.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Love Thy Brain

Yesterday morning, I loaded 4 large boxes into my car and took them to the post office and away went 3 months work and product for the Craft Boutique.  When I walked out the door of the post office, I walked out a changed woman, it was as if all the air in my body was propelled out and I was exhausted, I had a grocery list with me and could not imagine how I was going to negotiate the isles and checkout, but I went anyway. Our grocery serves a rather small community so it is rare that I don't see someone I know, a neighbor, a friend and sure enough a very good friend was standing at the deli counter, we engaged in a conversation and I realized after a couple of minutes that I had not heard a word she said, so I apologized, explained that I was not at the top of my game and I just needed to get done and home.  So I got the essentials, got home, put them away and flopped on my bed, a power nap mid day is not out of the norm for me, I am up at 3AM most mornings so by noon, I am ready for a wee nap, but yesterday it was 3 hours, I woke up groggy and disoriented and it took me an hour to really wake up.  I fixed dinner and was again asleep by 7PM.
So what does this have to do with my brain?  If our brain gets tired, then we had better listen, because if we don't then it will just shut down the body, I know this and try to treat it right, but some times I push and push and push.  Right before I go to sleep, I do some stretching exercises and breathing exercises, to let my brain know that I am getting ready to let it sleep and then right before I doze off I implore it to wake me with inspiration and color.  For 3months, I have been trying to get a line drawing of a holly sprig that I was happy with, I bet I have done a good 50 attempts, but nothing, nothing, nothing.  This morning when I woke, I was refreshed, renewed and all my stress was gone, no deadlines looming over my head, nothing on the calendar for today, wow!  First thing in the morning when I get to my studio table with wonderful coffee in hand is my morning exercise, I draw, play with color, nothing set, just go with flow so to speak, and lo and behold, a holly sprig, one that I liked, oh yah, the brain doesn't like stress or deadlines, well at least mine doesn't.  So love thy brain and it will love you back, hugs
White and red card stock embossed with Sizzix Holly Folder, Holly Sprigs from my table this morning, hand drawing and colors by Copic Markers, PS6 and Silhouette Cameo and some misc. ribbon and red raffia.  Hugs

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Last of my Projects

These are the last of my projects for the Craft Boutique, everything hopefully gets shipped out tomorrow and then it will be almost time to fly out to Sunny Southern California, oh boy.  These are my "gift bag hang outs", minature chalkboards that clip onto a gift bag with a small clothes pin attached to the back.  I used chalk markers "Bistro" on the chalkboards, so they would not rub off.  Have a happy Tuesday, hugs

Sunday, October 20, 2013

She was proud to live outside the box

I am almost on track so took a little play time today, yesterday had lunch with my son and ran some errands, I had to run into Hobby Lobby and picked up the latest edition of "Cloth Paper Scissors" and saw a Mixed Media Face Challenge and went hmmmm.  So this afternoon watching Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride", one of my all time favs, I was drawing and then I had an idea for the challenge, she was sketched with a 005 Micron Pen, colored with Copic Markers, one of my butterflies and 3 roses, the background is one of my gelli pulls printed on a magizine sheet and then cut into 1" squares and mounted to a 4X4" square.  Happy Sunday, again, lol, hugs

You are One of a Kind

When I print out my gelli pull backgrounds I normally do it with my Silhouette and I print out 2 to a page, so had one left over from my print out yesterday.  I also had on my table a Spellbinder's Oval I cut from one of my favorite coffee beans, I love love the packaging, they were sitting side by side and I loved how they looked together, so put this card together, the little stand for the coffee kick is a piece of the packaging and oval with a rub-on added.  Just a generic card that could be used a few different way, hugs

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Moon Sees You!

I know for a fact that some of my best ideas come when I am the busiest, when I don't have the time to sit and play with it, expand it.  I really did not have the time this morning, BUT, I needed a Halloween card for son and daughter in law, I am having lunch with son today and probably will not see him again until after Halloween.  When an idea hits me and I don't have time for it, I write it down, some times it comes to fruition and some times loses its momentum during the time span I had it and the time I actually worked it.  This has been on my list for a while and comes popping in and out at the weirdest times, the other day I found an old Making Memories Scrapbook Idea Book from 2006, I flipped through it and loved the texture of the paper and the size, it is about 8"X11" and I thought oh I bet this paper would work to print out some of my gelli pulls, which has been on my "what if" list, to print out the gelli pulls on book and/or heavy magazine pages, so I put the book on top of my stack for later.  So this morning under the wire and desperate for an original card for my two lovelies, I printed out one of my favorite gelli pulls on one of the pages.  This will most certainly be one of my favorite things in 2014, it really doesn't matter if you can read the background or even if it makes sense, just having that additional depth pops the gelli pull like crazy.  Happy Saturday, Hugs

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Tip from my Studio

A little tip from my studio this morning, I am getting ready to seal and give my little double butterflies some gloss, they are too small to hold, it would take forever, so I mount them to an old Cricut Cutting Sheet, if it has lost most of its stickieness just give it a spray with some stencil adhesive or Elmer's repositional glue sticks work also.  Then lay your items down and get busy.  I also use them to paint items I don't want to move around with my airbrush or spray can.  I never throw my cutting mats out, they are great for so many things, I love making embossing folders with them also, but that is another day. Have a great Friday and happy weekend, hugs

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Do you ever get visuals when you have a thought?  I have been documenting and photographing all of my stuff that is shipping down south and my phone has been on the charger more than not.  So this morning when it told me my battery was exhausted, I was a little miffed, lol, so this is what I did while it was on the charger, hopefully I scared it into keeping the charge a little longer, yah think?  Bolts and Charge man were done with Sketchbook Pro and Copic colors, the background is a gelli pull.  Happy Hump Day!  Hugs

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today Shines

Creating text or journaling blocks with Sketchbook is easy, quick and you are able to color coordinate them to your Copics.  Background is a gelli pull, the sun was done for this card and the butterfly is a pre-existing element hand colored with Copics, the text box same copic colors except colored in Sketchbook, I am a happy camper.  Happy Tuesday, hugs

Monday, October 14, 2013

Snowman face with Scarf

A fun snowman face with a scarf and this about does it for my Christmas cards, as I play with the Sketchbook Software and becoming familiar with all of its features, I am amazed at its simplicity and power. I am blessed to have found this amazing tool.  I love so much that it supports my Copic colors, wow!  The next two weeks for me will be packaging and getting all of this shipped out to Southern CA, hard to believe that the Craft Boutique is looming so close on the horizon.  I am looking forward to some great walks on the beach and being with some dear friends.  Hope everyone has a great week.  Hugs

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Flower Bouquet

Happy Happy Weekend, remember I said I had made my decision to upgrade the Sketchbook Software but not til later in the year?  WELL, once I had made the decision, my imagination would not let me rest, "what if, what if, what if?" lol, so I did it. If I love my Wacom Tablet before (which I do) then I am adoring it now. The ease of interaction between the Wacom, PS6, Sketchbook and my Cameo is like magic.  They just sink together and make it all work flawlessly.
This is a generic card, it could be used for a birthday, thinking of you, get well or thank you card, the flowers were sketched and colored with the Copic Colors all in Sketchbook, then my Cameo graciously accepted the drawing and created perfect cut marks.  I am getting a lot of mileage from the "Sheet Music Sketch" from the Silhouette Library it is so versitile.  The background is one of my gelli pulls and my little butterfly with some raffia finish it off.  Be creative my friends, Hugs

Friday, October 11, 2013

Find Your Song

A sketch done with the Sketchbook and my Wacom, colors are by Copic Markers.  The background is Music Sheet Sketch from the Silhouette Library.  Thing I am loving most about sketchbook is that the drawing can be refined over and over without restarting.  So this is where I am when I have a few minutes and need a break. Happy Friday, hugs

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Quiet Giants

I have been painting my table top blackboards, as I was cleaning up, I realized I loved my drop sheets and took some pictures before I picked them up.  I watched a documentary the other night about trees and it keeps popping up in my head.  This morning I decided to do a winter card with some scraps on my table. I have a new mulberry tree in my front yard and it has been going through a little transplant shock, so I have been talking to it during the day, there are little green nubs on the branches, so it is alive, sure hope I can keep it that way through winter.  I will keep telling it I love it, have you talked to your tree today? LOL, hugs

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Space Boy - Trick or Treat?

Morning All, well this is the time of the year that I reflect on my work for the year and start thinking about what I am going to tackle for the next one.  I have learned so much this year on my computer, I have fallen in love (again) with PS6 and embrace it daily, I have also installed and gotten used to my Wacom Sketch as a mouse and so much more, however it is now time to start using it as my sketch tool and so I have been trying to figure out if I am going to upgrade to the full Autodesk Sketchbook Epress that comes with it or move on to another tool, I have definitely decided to upgrade.  I love this software, I love how the pen navigates, I love the simplicity and organization of it but mostly it supports my Copic colors, so I will do that at the end of the year and this will be a large chunk of my 2014 learning.
Space Boy was sketched with Autodesk but I did hand coloring with the Copics, the sentiment tag was done exclusively with the Autodesk, the sketching and the color.  I love it when plans start coming together, lol.  I think I am also going to enter this in the Marker Pro - "Anything Goes Challenge".  Have a great day, hugs

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sheet Music Christmas

Happy Monday, I love this Sheet Music Sketch, it is from the Silhouette Library.  2 ovals from Spellbinder's, the christmas tree oval is mine and computer generated "merry christmas", raffia bow tops it off.  Hugs

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Drama Tree

I wanted to do a card using my Christmas Tree but just a little drama to it, I wanted the sides of the background to be deckled.  Options, I could tear each background separately, I could use deckle scissors, I could make the Silhouette Cameo cut it, hmmmm.  So, here is what I came up with, I tore a sheet on one side, scanned it in and then took it to the Cameo, I then copied it mirror image to the right, lined the two images up, then joined them as objects.  I then selected my trace area and detached, and then selected my cut lines.  There was a minimal amount of point editing, it took about 3mins.  So I have my drama tree and that makes me happy.  Hope you have a happy thursday ahead of you, hugs

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sweet Gate Card

This little gate with picket fence is a new design in the Silhouette Library, could not resist it.  It makes a sweet generic thinking of you card.  Hope everyones week is running smoothly, hugs