Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Birthday Card For Aleksa - Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #31

It was time to make a card for my "big" girl and I started to look for papers - as soon as I found this Dovecraft Piece of Cake cupcake PP I knew I wanted to go for it, as it really says - I'm Aleksa - bright, colourful and fun!
I also knew that I wanted to include some image I would need to colour with Copics as I like to do that just to relax and enjoy. Aleksa really likes Tildas, so this was a nice choice.
For this card I used a sketch from Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog:
Well, maybe there is a resemblance or maybe there isn't... :)
I tried to match Tilda to the patterned paper as much as possible and here are the marker I used to colour it:
Gosh I love when people are able to take picture of Copics they've used :))
Other supplies include blue vellum, light blue card, circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities dies, lace ribbons from my stash, staples coloured with Copics, green card, orange and pink Distress inks and a sponge dauber, butterfly 3D sticker, pink jelly pen, pink craft wire and Jewels glue from Stamperia.

Treat Cones For Aleksa's Kindergarten Friends On Her 5th Birthday

As always I wanted something special on my girl's big day in kindergarten. On her previous name day (we celebrate our name day here in Latvia - each day in calendar is marked with special names) I made hazelnut muffins and topped with a round Thumble Bear stamp from PaperCrafts Inspirations magazine and on the other side there was words saying - from Aleksa. Toppers were added with small wooden toothpicks.
This year I wanted cones, so I went for my internet walk to see what other people been making and I got my idea from two different sites:
http://punkiepies.blogspot.com/2010/12/paper-covered-clothes-pin-tutorial.html - this is the site for the look of my cones and http://creativehostess.co.uk/2009/10/01/how-to-paper-treat-cones/ has the information on how to place cones for transportation and display.
My cones (or rather - Aleksa's cones) were made using Dovecraft Piece Of Cake 8x8 patterned papers. I cut papers directly in half and then, using divider with radius 4'' I drew a half circle. I used this one sheet as a template for all my other sheets and cut out these half circles. Then I ran roller tape on one straight side of the circle and made a cone - all 23 cones were made super fast - about 10 minutes, as I cut paper in half with a paper trimmer and circles were cut with scissors, but I did that for several paper at the same time, so it was really quickly.
Then, though you can't seem to be able to see it in pictures, I glued wooden clothes pins with pink polka-dotted paper. Circle toppers were printed on a glossy photo printer using ink jet printer. I made this design using one digital image of Magnolia cake and circle text saying - From Aleksa On My 5th Birthday.
Later images were die cut with circle Nestabilities die and coloured with some Copics - but just a little bit as it would take much too long to do a thorough colouring for so much images.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snowman Card - First Colouring With Copics

Well I did have a three or four other images coloured with Copics before this card, but only this snowman image got actually on a card :)
I stamped Inkadinkado Snow Friends stamp on a white 160gsm card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Copics I used were: G05, G09, Y08, Y04, E37, R27, B000, B02, YR04, YR09 and Colourless Blender.

I must say that I am pleased with my first colour choice as I seem to colour everything I want and blending goes well. Only I might consider choosing muted tones of green instead of just greens as sometimes I can't get realistic enough flower stems.

My first impression about Copics themselves were that they are really good and I like their brush like tip a lot, but I find that Promarkers are a bit more pigmented than Copics and seem to push other colours away more easily when I try to blend them. But I would still choose Copics over Promarkers for their versatility. (All colours of both these markers would also do very fine :)

I added some glitter using glue pen. Blue glitter is on the snowflakes, red on berries or decorations (I'm not sure what are they) and green one is on the Christmas tree branches. I use my fine Martha Stewart glitter pack of 24.
Image was die cut and embossed with standard circle Nestabilities die and matting is from a light blue cardstock die cut with a standard scalloped circle die.
Background panel is actually a cardstock from a Russian chocolate box - I use it a lot as there is a client that comes to our hotel and brings us these chocolate boxes :)
Panel was mounted on a white card base.
In the end I added cute white pompom trim from local Abakhan shop and attached it with two small round white brads. Brads were then coloured with a blue Copic - this is another wonderful quality of alcohol markers - you may use them on almost every surface!!! And I do that now a lot - I colour brads, eyelets and staples. Oh and also teeth floss for projects with buttons and other jobs where tying is necessary.

How I Chose My First Copics

Well this is a question lots of people seems to be asking themselves and to be honest I could not find a normal answer to that. I think that I red all possible posts on choosing Copics, but then decided not to go with any of it and think about how I usually colour my images with watercolour pencils.
Oh and yes - I wanted to go for sketch markers, as I like the possibilities you can have - like airbrushing and so.

Only one thing there was to be taken into consideration - the colour coding and matching colours for blending. I.e. for best colour gradients you must choose markers which come  from the same colour family (the letters on a marker), then they have the same first digit on a marker and the second digit on a marker should not be more than 3 places apart.

Next I realised that whenever I colour my images I have to use every colour on a basic colour wheel, that makes: reds, yellows, oranges, greens, violets and blues plus additionally I use often browns and pinks.
Also there happens to be some interesting qualities for greys - when you apply them over other colours you may get different tone of the underlaid colour and therefore you have more variety of colours at your hands. You may make the colour look colder or warmer and so on.
Then there comes the skin tones as my images often are Tildas etc. what requires the colouring of a face.
And of course you may not forget about the colourless blender or the eraser.

I decided that from each of these colours there should be brighter colours and paler colours. And for both sets of colours there should be at least two markers based on the blending rule mentioned above.

So looking through the Copic colour chart I made a list of possible colours to choose from based on the principles I just explained:
Colour
Code
Tone


R29(27)
Red
1

R24
Red
1

R20
Pink (for the cheeks)
1

RV29
Pink
1

RV25(23)
Pink
1

R32
Pink
2

R35
Pink
2

V01
Violet
1

V06
Violet
1

V91
Violet
2

V95
Violet
2

BV000
Violet
2

BV02
Violet
2

B000
Light Blue
1

B02
Light Blue
1

B23
Light Blue
2

B26(24)
Light Blue
1

B29
Blue
1

B39
Blue
2

YG03
Muted green
2

YG07
Muted green
2

YG09
Muted green
2

YG95
Muted green
2

YG97
Muted green
2

YG99
Muted green
2

G02
Green
2

G05
Green
2

G09
Green
2

G14
Green
1

G19(17)
Green
1

G24(05)
Green
1

G29(09)
Green
1

Y02
Yellow
1

Y04
Yellow
1

Y08
Yellow
1

Y17
Yellow
2

Y19
Yellow
2

YR04
Orange
1

YR09
Orange
1

YR16
Orange
2

YR18
Orange
2

E00
Skin
1

E01
Skin
1

E02
Skin
1

E51
Skin
2

E53
Skin
2

E25(37)
Brown
1

E29(49)
Brown
1

E35
Brown
2

E37
Brown
2

E39
Brown
2

T1
Gray
2

T3
Gray
2

W1
Gray
2

W3
Gray
2

N1
Gray
2

N9
Gray
2

C1
Gray
2

C3
Gray
2

0
Blending pen
1

Well this is so much of marker that there comes the hardest part - decide which ones to buy first and which ones later. This was done rather intuitively - I went through all these colours and thought of which ones I want to use most - those were marked with a number 1 on the right side and the ones I will get some time later were marked with a number 2 on the right side.

Numbers in brackets shows the markers I bought as the ones I planned to buy weren't in the shop I was buying them.

I purchased all markers from the iheartpapers.com as they sell internationally and price for one marker is only 4,88 $.

I will post later of how I feel about may colour choice and my first colouring experiences.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Look What I Can - TCR#42

For this palette I went through all my pictures and found a collection of these fun and bright pictures of Aleksa playing in the children's playground. I have never actually made a layout with so many pictures in it but I hope I made it.
I used a craft card for background and lots of acrylic painted papers. This is also a first time for me to use machine stitching on a 12x12 layout and it went quite well if you ask me :)
Additionally some grungeboard shapes were used and a round brad with slots for ribbon where I strung a polka dotted ribbon. All titles and notes were done on my PC and then printed and cut out.
Fiskars border punch and Tonic corner rounder punches were also used on this one.
Smallest phots were cropped using circle nestabilities.
As for the layout itself - I used one of the scrpbooks etc sketches, because I wasn't sure that I will be able to place so many photos on one page.
And this weeks palette used is:

Few Decoupage Projects

Here are just a few pics of some older decoupage projects I've made.
 This is a T-shirt I made for my mother in love. It is made with a rice napkin from Stamperia and some sparkling Martha Stewart glitters. Of course I used fabric decoupage glue from Stamperia.
 This is just a little jar for cosmetic wool - unfortunately I crashed the lid while I was carrying it to show the jar to my decoupage students. I've used just a regular napkin and porcelain glue from Marabu.
 I like this jewellery box a lot - I guess because of it's contrasting colours and vintage feel. I used here some acrylic paints, one step Hobby Line crackle from Viva, decoupage paper and gilding flakes from Stamperia, and some leather band I got in a sale from Abakhan. Finishing was done using Stamperia gloss varnish.
 This was my first attempt on the reverse decoupage and I forgot to use blending gel with acrylic paints and as it was a very hot summer's day the blending wasn't done very nicely - but I use it now to show my students why do they need to use blending gel. All products were again from Stamperia (I do sell their products on my on-line shop livaly.lv so have to try them :)
 Oh this was the project I was looking forward to most. I found this old metallic tray in my gram's attic (you could read more about this wonderful attic in my post of Grandma's Salt Box). It was all rusted and dirty but the vision came anyway - I wanted this old print room style with cutlery and some "porcelain cracks". Paper used is just a regular office 80 gsm paper printed with a laser printer. Images were some vector illustrations I downloaded from internet. If you want the same image, let me know and I will e-mail it to you. I put the paper in a walnut ink solution for a few minutes to obtain that slightly brownish tint. Try itself was cleaned and the rust removed and finally sprayed with a chrome spray. Well that gave too young of a look so I painted it over with Stamperia brownish lack - this gave a very interesting and ageing effect. I made some cracks with Stamperia Sotille two step crackle and rubbed brown pastels in them. All middle part of the tray was covered with Stamperia Vitrifying 2 component varnish. This varnish really does the trick - you may wash products in a dishwasher after it has fully dried.
 This plate started out as a try for flowers sent to me on my wedding anniversary (5th by the way :) by my - well leader or in other terms I could say that it is something like made of honour, but in Latvian weddings we have leaders - usually a married older couple you wish your marriage would be similar to, and they arrange all the wedding for you almost like surprise - they lead you into your new life. Well the plate is plastic and had some very deep ridges in the bottom, but they were hidden using some chipboard and paste.
The colouring was done jet again with Stamperia acrylic paints and their small sponges. Middle part is a very nice rice paper parts of which I already used on my tin for may paints. Some additional painting was necessary, but I do like that this plate didn't end up in a recycle bin but now is gladly presented on one of my shelves.
 This started as a plastic tray I got from local household item shop. It costed just a dollar or so, and I bought it as to make it as an example for my classes. I used some Stamperia decoupage paper and made some dimensional flowers on corners. This try was covered with the vitrifying varnish as well.
 This is one ow the tins I like most (so I don't understand why it's still standing empty). At the beginning it was just a cookie tin. First of all I like it's colours and also the dimensional flowers on the lid. All images were printed with my colour ink jet printer on a rice paper. For the dimensional flowers I used air dry clay and some pink seed beads.
 This is just a project I made to show what kind of objects can be decoupaged. Those flowers are form a Stamperia rice napkin and complemented with some yellow and red seed beads.
 This is a plastic box I for a change found in my own attic (it turned out that the previous owners of the house had left a very big mess there but it sometimes comes in handy). The flower on the lid was made using gold crafting foil and embossing styluses.
 This is a wooden try and flowers I cut out of an old book cover.
 I like this box a lot. It wooden - ore something like it, because it is very like paper - thin I mean. I decoupaged some napkin all over the surface using hot iron technique (I had to actually dismount the box). Additionally I added some yellow lace ribbon (also found in my attic - bless those previous owners), interesting metal filigree button for a knob and some magnets to hold it close.
Inside was painted with a yellow acrylic paint.

The Book of Flowers - Scrapbook Album In a Watering Can

This is a project I wanted to make for a very long time - well actually since I saw most wonderful album made in a rubber boot by Sarah. It was my inspiration and also a project for my students to think outside of the box and make something that doesn't lie just flat on the table but is also a design element of your interior wherever you chose to place it. I must say I was surprised by the outcome myself. At the beginning I wanted to make a boot myself and so it happened that Aleksa had one pair of old boots that I could use. I put them in some place to work on it later but when it came to working I just couldn't find them (of course I found them yesterday when my project was finished). So I started to think what to use instead of a boot, because I didn't want to buy new boots and just cut them - pricey you know! Well it turns out that small watering cans do not cost so much and are just perfect for this!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The New Hannah Montana Pillow - TCR#41

I know I'm late to admit this into weekly TCR challenge - I just couldn't manage it in time, but I was sure about how I wanted this palette to be. The colours of the pillow matched so well and it is so Aleksa that I had to make it!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prima's New Product Palette

Prima has made again some simply awesome flowers in my favourite colors. I so can image how I would like to add them to projects about myselfe and my girls.
Feel free to visit Prima's blog for more info and chance to win it!

Color palette #40 - Mirror Image

First things first! I had to make this wonderfull color palette into a layout as these are ones of my favourite colors. I found that there was just the perfect picture waiting for it. This turned out a very special layout for me.
This is me and my dad when I was - actually I have no idea how old I am here, could be some 5-6 years. This is one of my favourite pictures and it meens a lot to me. One of my friends onece told me that a father for her is a God - well that was true also for me. That's why the loss of him is so painfull and I would say devastating - even after almost 5 years now. It was like loosing my basic, my core - myself. And somehow making this layout helps me restore some of the magic that encircled him. I wanted to call this layout a Mirror Image, but I just could not fit in the Title :)

I'm back - hopefully!

I certainly hope that all my madness that I was going through is over - Christmas preparations, travelling to Germany (briefly also Austria and Italy, thouh I slept all way through Austria and we were in Italy just for couple of hours :) to see my husband and do some Christmas shoping for kids (because there was no time for any other shops), then very unpleasant journey with a ship back to Latvia (I did not puke as lot of others did but also couldn't get out of bed either - my husband seemed not to have any problems with that and it made me wanna kick him. Accasionally I also had to grab the sides of bed because it felt like I'm going to fall out of the bed. If you havn't understood that yet - we had a storm during our travel, and they said it was nothing compared to some other times). Then there were Christmas itself and going to see all relatives - I'm only dissapointed that we didn't made it to go to Madliena where my grandparent live because roads were all full of snow.
Ah the snow!!! That's another thing for itself - it's everywhere. We could step onto first floor roof and slide right down from the pile of snow in our yard. Well joy for Aleksa, but we just didn't know where to put it anymore. Thankfully it has melted slightly now but I guess it's not for long. So all we basically did these last weeks was showeling snow and removing isicles from roof. We arrived home from Germany on 24th dec at 6:30 nin morning, slept two hours, ate breakfast and went showeling snow... What a loveley Christmas preparation day! :)
We spent New Year party with our friends and it was really wonderfull. It was even better that I had my sister together with us and I really are so happy that our relationship has finally improved - seems that she has grown up and we can be sisters like we should be. It is especially important for me now, because she just went to airport (half hour ago) to fly to France. She's going to stay there for 5 months and study there, as she is a student of Franch and spanish languages.
And then I just wanted to enjoy time together with my husband as he has already gone to Germany again and I'm not going to see him again for a quite long time.
So I hope that I'm starting to get back into crafting world as it comforts me, relaxes and actually is mu job anyway. Well in fact that I havn't made any new posts doesn't meen that i havn't made anything during all this time, it just meens that i hadn't had time to write posts. Now i'm not sure where to begin my posting again, but I will somehow make it throuh...