Sunday, May 30, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Oh...and just incase you need another reason to get your mojo flowing - Von is having an online crop....and trust me THESE are fabulous!! The DT rocks at getting those challenges out and there is a ton of inspiration from the talented girls on this board. Definitely worth taking the weekend off for.....go pencil it in....June 11 to 13th. I CANNOT wait!!! :)
Posted by Liway at 8:52 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Here is my copic reveal for the month of MAY over at Savvy n Sassy!! Remember, you can still get into the Copic Club if you're interested...it's a GREAT deal on markers!!!
Tip-to-Tip blending - this one is EASY - but these are gonna get harder....so lets start practicing!! :)
Tip-to-Tip Blending (select parts taken from the Copic Manual)
This technique really demonstrates one of the unique properties of Copic Ink. Tip-to-tip blending is good for long, very skinny areas like flower stems, where you wouldn't have enough room to get a blend using one of the other techniques. Works for any color combination, though it's easiest to learn with a light color and a dark color. In tole painting this technique would be similar to "loading your brush".
1. Use your light color as your "brush". Carefully add a bit of the dark color to the tip. This is the trickiest part of this technique as it is hard to figure out if you have applied too much or too little ink.
2. Start from the dark side of your object, and in one long stroke pull your brush across the shape. your dark color should gradually fade into your light color. If you need to darken or add more color apply in the same way. In the same direction.
This technique will not contaminate the tip of the other marker. If you are working with the colorless blender you can also pull ink directly from the dirty barrel of the colored marker. There's tons of ink all over the edges of this marker. Using the tip-to-tip technique takes care of this messy situation as you just color right from the barrel instead of the tip resulting in less waste of ink.
You can also use the tip-to-tip blending technique on the cheeks in your images using R20 or some similar color. This really softens up the image as you are adding color and blending at the same time. You don't tend to get those harsh lines that way.
In my sample - I used the tip-to-tip method on my stem. You can see how the stem is darker on the top closest to the flower and almost fades to white as I went down the stem. I also used the tip-to-tip technique on the flowers, starting with using darker orange on one of my yellow markers.
Also, I use the tip-to-tip technique when I don't have a particular color that I want between two shades. For example, on my little gal's boots, I didn't have one of the 0000 images to blend with, so I used the tip-to-tip technique with my blender pen and a darker copic to blend a lighter shade when fading to the lighter color. By the way, if you note the bling on the bottom of this card - the bling was a gift in a goodie bag that I received and the gal had mentioned she bought it at the dollor store. It was just plain clear rhinestones when I got it and I used my copics to color it to match my card!! Fun eh??
Posted by Liway at 3:05 PM
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Then...I was lucky enough to win another prize by Marion - some beautiful washcloths and this Teddy Bear who is super soft. He didn't last long once I got home though. Immediately Brayden spotten him, named him Russ and I came up the stairs to hear him say "Welcome to your new home, Russ"! Priceless!!! :) Marion also gave me another huge bag of coffee - I swear I haven't had to buy coffee in two years!!! Isn't she the greatest - she is the most generest person EVER!!! She also provided meals for this weekend and snacks for us ALL to share. AMAZING!!!! Also, I got to try the new french vanilla flavored coffee and can I just say YUMBO SCRUMBO!!! :) If you're ever in Vernon - pop into Voets and get yourself some. I spotted some other flavors in my huge basket too - can't wait to try those ones!!! :) So what's in the little stripe bag you ask??? Well, another goodie bag given to us by the owners of the B&B!! It is FILLED with goodness - make up, lotions, hair products, perfume - all kinds of fabulous stuff. It was PACKED with tons of goodies!!! We were totally spoiled ROTTEN!!! Anyway, sadly the weekend has come to a close and I'm back to reality!!! Came home to find a new COW in the yard. Brayden calls him Don - Wayne calls him Norman. Not sure which name will prevail at this point but the poor little fellow isn't too happy. He's been crying all day for his Mommy and the other cows across the pasture. I guess this is normal, even though I did go out and try and talk to him. He's quite a pet and apparently once he gets used to us, we'll be able to pet him and what not. As I can't see the pasture from the house, Wayne has asked the neighbours to keep an eye on him as well. Last night I guess he tried to get through some barbed wire - poor little guy!! :( Anyway, I'm sure he'll be fine. Nice to have a built in lawn mower again!! I'm hoping he loves his new home! :) Well, that's all for today ....have a great week!! :)
Posted by Liway at 6:13 PM
My last card for the evening....just a cute little C.C. Designs Cherry Emma that I colored with distress inks. I used the Early Bird line from Cosmo Cricket and the ribbon is from Savvy n' Sassy. Isn't it cute?!!! Thanks for stopping by....the has just been a FABULOUS National Scrapbooking Day!!! So much fun hanging with the ladies and just creating all day! :)
Posted by Liway at 1:46 AM
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This week at Just Magnolia - the challenge is to make a card with a Magnolia stamp based on this sketch! My take on the challenge is below. I used my distress inks and colored Tilda. My girlfriend Tania made (yes, that's right MADE.....!!!!) the beautiful yellow flowers and the ribbon is from Savvy N Sassy of course. So much fun to take part in these magnolia challenges every week!! I love my Magnolias!! :)
Posted by Liway at 9:31 PM