Sunday, June 30, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge # 179 & Saturated Canary Nevaeh

Hello everyone! I made this card for the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge # 179. I love this sketch because it allows me to use up pretty scraps of paper. You can find this sketch and the details here: OWH Sketch # 179

I flipped the sketch so that I could use this image and had to adjust a couple of the measurements to accommodate the paper bits I wanted to use (well, use up actually.)  :)

This beautiful darling is Saturated Canary's "Nevaeh" and I just think she is so pretty.  Another card artist (so sorry I can not remember who) added mini pearls to this dress and I could not wait to try it, although I used pearl pen so it would not have too much dimension for Operation Write Home.  You can purchase this lovely image here:
I used Spectrum Noir's Coral Reds (my favorites) on her dress, specifically CR5, CR4, & CR3. I used Copics on her hair. E40, E42, & E43  (Spectrum Noir's EB1 matches Copic's E40, however Spectrum Noir does not have anything similar to Copic's E42 & E43.)

The papers were from my scrap pile and I hate to admit, they were rather "mature"......I hate saying old....they have been lovingly preserved in my paper keeper.   So I do not even have paper companies to list. 

I used my Cricut for the fancy scroll (Accent Essentials Cartridge and I cut it on white and then colored it with the same colors I used on her dress) and the scalloped edge was from the Elegant Edges Cartridge.   I added a couple pearls and gems for sparkle and some Glossy Accents on her shoes and eyes.  

The sentiment is a Penny Black Wood Mount stamp dated 2007 and the pearl pen on her dress is my favorite Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ice White. 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Saturated Canary "Janessa"

I love this image by Saturated Canary called Janessa. The artist, Krista Smith, did such amazing work on this dress and it was so interesting to color.  You can purchase this image here:     Janessa

I was looking for ideas on how to color her and found the Distinctive Touches blog (click here: Distinctive Touches) and loved the colors the artist, Colleen Schaan, used. She used Copic markers so I was not able to completely match her colors with Spectrum Noir, but I came close. The hardest colors to match were for the hair, so my Janessa is more golden brown/blond (I wish Spectrum Noir would make more colors some day....)  rather than a platinum brown/blond.

Coloring this image took more than an hour (closer to two.....), but I learned a lot from trying to get the same look Colleen Schaan created.

After coloring I added a little Stickles to the bottom hem of her dress for a little sparkle.   :)

Stampers Best "Ciara"

Stampers Best has the best deep-edge rubber stamps! If you have ever had issues with the extra ink coming off on your paper from the negative parts of the stamp, then these stamps are for you.  I think they are firmer (is that a word???) than many of the clear acrylic rubber stamps and I make fewer mistakes when stamping using these. 

 This "Ciara" stamp is one of the Operation Write Home fundraiser stamps  created by Stampers Best.  

Thank you so much Stampers Best for your continued support of Operation Write Home, you are awesome!  

You can find this stamp here:

I stamped Ciara on white card stock for the body and colored her with Spectrum Noir's GB1 & GB2.   I also stamped her again on red gingham.  After some detail cutting of the red gingham, I paper-pieced the hat and scarf onto the body image. I left the camouflage pattern on the hat and scarf when I stamped, however you can take a Q Tip and a little alcohol to the rubber stamp (after inking and before stamping)  if you would rather not have the pattern on your image. 

I used a Hero Art's stamp set for the sentiment (one of the Operation Write Home fundraiser sets...thank you Hero Arts!), and a Tonic Studio Star Border punch. 

I added a little red ribbon and twine,  and then used a white pen to add faux stitching.  I distressed some edges with Navy ink and added Glossy Accents to Ciara's eyes. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #178 & Saturated Canary "Latte"

Hello Everyone! I made this card to play along with Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge #178. You can find details about the challenge here:

                                                     Sketch Challenge #178

I purchased this cute little image from Saturated Canary called "Latte." She is all bundled up for some cooler weather with her hot beverage (I figure it must be cold somewhere even though it is summer for us.)  I colored her with Spectrum Noir in Bright Pinks and Light Greens.  You can find "Latte" here:


I layered Latte on some Recollections green polka dot paper and solid card stock.  I added some pale pink stain ribbon and my favorite green organza ribbon. I added a couple of polka dot brads, a little sentiment tag, and then stitched around the pink card stock with some variegated green & pink thread.  And last, I did a tiny bit of distressing around the edges with some green ink.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Saturated Canary Challenge #46 "Summer Fruits"

Summer Fruits! This card is for Saturated Canary's Challenge #46 calling for everyone to use "Summer Fruit".  You can find details about this challenge here:
                                                           Saturated Canary Challenge

I used Saturated Canary's "Orchard Love" image and colored her with Spectrum Noir. You can find this cute little image here:
                                                                  Orchard Love

Dress: TB2, TB4, DG2, CR2, CR4, CR5, & IG3.
Hair: TN1, TN2, TN4, & TN6
Skin: FS1, FS3, & FS8

I used a Cricut to cut the scalloped oval (Elegant Edges cartridge) and the flowers & fancy scroll (Accent Essentials cartridge.)  I cut everything out of white card stock and then used Spectrum Noir to color them with the same colors I used on her dress.   Her dress colors were chosen to match the floral paper which is from a My Mind's Eye "On The Bright Side" 6x6 paper pad.

I added some pearls and satin ribbon in baby blue. I also have a strip of a golden organza ribbon under the baby blue. And the little gingham orange-checked border was from Claudine Hellmuth's Home Sweet Home collection. I distressed the edges of everything using Chocolate Brown ink from Craftsmart.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

OWH Mid-Week Throw down- Cards for Kids & Saturated Canary

This little card is for Operation Write Home's Mid-Week Throw down challenge of "Cards for Kids."                   Here is a link to the challenge information:

I decided to use this Saturated Canary image called "Party Hardy".   I colored her with Spectrum Noir in corals and blue turquoise.  I made my own little flags to match the stamped flags and used a cotton thread to hang them.  After seeing Spectrum Noir used to color white thread whatever color you need, I decided to try it.  I wrapped a pencil with the white thread and then created stripes of color on it.

I added a couple punched stars and hearts (the itty bitty punches from Michaels that are $1), added a sparkly red gem as the cherry, and some Glossy Accents on her eyes to make them shine.  The sentiment is a wood mount from Memory Box. 

I am hoping a little girl would love this card.  

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturated Canary

Oh my goodness! I think I just realized what has happened here. I have become one of them. You know who I am talking about. Those ladies who have dolls, dozens of them. Or the ladies who collect Barbies and want as many as they can get ahold of even though they do not have space for them. It happened rather suddenly about two weeks ago. I had been content coloring with Spectrum Noir using all the rubber stamps that I had collected, but then I saw this video here:

Seeing how this stamp was brought to life just amazed me, so I had to go and try myself.  I found the Saturated Canary shop on-line here:

And then I started printing my new digital images. And coloring.....and trying different hair colors....which led to needing to find tutorials and charts on hair color......and here we are. 

My current collection of completed Saturated Canary "dolls."   I will turn them all into cards  eventually. 
Ok, so there you have it.  My collection.  Yes,  I do plan on expanding this collection (one must keep adding to them to keep them vibrant.)

Do you have one of these collections too??  I will not tell anyone, really.  :)

ScrapTownLady's Very First Challenge & Saturated Canary's Summer Swing

ScrapTownLady is sponsoring a sketch challenge today for Operation Write Home. Thank you ScrapTownLady! This is a fun sketch and you can find details here:

For Operation Write Home's challenge page, just click here:
                                      Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #177

I chose this little girl image from Saturated Canary called Summer Swing and you can find her here:
                                             Saturated Canary Summer Swing

I colored with Spectrum Noir and found a great tutorial on coloring curly hair and what colors to use on the Spectrum Noir's YouTube channel. You can find it here:
                                                Spectrum Noir Coloring Hair

Also, on Spectrum Noir's web site you can find hair color charts which really help (me.)   Just look here  and scroll down to the "Chart" section for the "Spectrum Noir Hair Color chart":
                                                 Spectrum Noir Downloads

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Spectrum Noir June 2013 Challenge & a Little Saturated Canary

Happy Summer everyone!

Spectrum Noir's June 2013 Challenge is to make a card using a summer theme and coloring exclusively with Spectrum Noir.  You can find their challenge information here:

This little image is from Saturated Canary and is called Camping.  You can find her here:

Here are some of the Spectrum Noir colors I used:
Hair: GB1, GB3, TN3, TN5, TN6 (more TN6 than TN5, the TN5 was not dark enough for me.)
Shirt: CG4, CG3
Shorts: TB2, TB4, TB5

                   I layered this little girly on a bunch of colorful summer colored strips of paper from Claudine Hellmuth's Home Sweet Home collection.

And oh yes.....she has a sparkle in her eye courtesy of a little Glossy Accents.  I was able to give this little girly's hair those highlights that are missing from my own....  :)

Now, I must admit I messed up on putting a sunny background color in the top right when the highlight in her hair was on the left...oopsies!  I am going to pretend it was dusk and another camp fire at the camp site next door was casting a huge beam of light on her.  And my camp fire, well, just like in real life (I am not the best camp fire builder), it needs some work.  On another attempt I blended too much so this time I decided not to do any major blending. 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Papertrey Ink Make-it Monday #120 & Saturated Canary

I had colored this image from Saturated Canary (Princess Reading Beauty) and needed a background for her.  PaperTrey Ink posted their Make-It Monday Challenge #120 and I thought using the ombre technique would be an interesting background for her.  I used PaperTrey Ink's Honey Bees set which includes several bees, sentiments, and these blades of grass (there are so many things in this set.)  I used three green inks (2 from Color Box & the dark green called Kiwi Slice from Fun Stampers Journey) and the blades of grass. I tried to give her book a title using a sentiment from the Honey Bees set.  I am thinking next time I want more grass behind her...

You can find Papertrey Ink's challenge here:
Papertrey Ink
You can find Saturated Canary's Princess Reading Beauty here:
Saturated Canary

After completing the stamping I decided to add a little bling using Stickles' Frosted Lace and I followed the blades of grass with lots of little sparkles.

I added some Stickles to her little shoe because it reminded me of the sparkly shoes little girls wear.

I colored this little image with Spectrum Noir. Thank you for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Saturated Canary Princess Reading Beauty

Here is another card using Saturated Canary's Princess Reading Beauty.  I layered her on some purple Bazzill and a decorative oval cut from Cricut's Elegant Edges.   I colored her with Spectrum Noir.

You can find this image here:
Princess Reading Beauty

I added a little Glossy Accents to her eye to make it pop and the sentiment is from a Stamper's Best set called "Stud Puffin." :)

Saturated Canary- Canary Love

This digital image from Saturated Canary is called "Canary Love" and it was so fun to color. The dress has so much detail in it and of course I had to have Patent Leather (like) shoes to go with it.  After coloring the shoes I added some Glossy Accents to make them shine.

I colored the dress with Spectrum Noir 's TB4 (True Blue) however the photo makes it look purple. I layered this girly on some blue Bazzill and added a red & white polka dot ribbon.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Saturated Canary Princess Reading Beauty

I have a new favorite...Saturated Canary Digital Images!!  These girls are so fun to color and you can find them here:  Princess Reading Beauty

I made this for my only daughter to have in her room. So many of the things I create are to give away and I wanted her to have one of the first girls I colored.   I even matched my daughter's Hazel eyes and dressed her in Teal, Megan's favorite. 

This project measures 5 x 7 inches and I plan on framing it in a shadow box so that all the puffy little embellishments have plenty of room to flourish.  The image is "Princess Reading Beauty" from Saturated Canary and I colored her with Spectrum Noir.  

I embellished with little flag banners with Cricut letters on them. I also used the Cricut for the flowers cut from Vellum.   I added several matching ribbons and of course we had to have some pearls and bling! It does not show up in the photo but I also used a strip of fancy lacy-look Vellum on the left side. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Paper Trey Ink Make It Monday #119:Flagged Borders

Hello everyone!

I created this card for Paper Trey Ink's Make It Monday project. The requirements were to use one Paper Trey Ink product and a "flagged border." Here is a link to their awesome video tutorial on flagged borders:

I used Paper Trey Ink's "Honey Bees" Clear Stamp Set (Vol. 2  NO. 19) to stamp out the sentiment and the little bee. Then I used papers from a 6x6 pad from My Minds Eye called "Breeze" (there is another "Breeze" set of different colors out there, but this one had yellow, black, white, and grey printed papers.)  After cutting all the little flags I then cut a little black scallop border using a Cricut cartridge called Elegant Edges (using the "border" feature.)

I decided to give my bee a little flight trail so I used a piercing tool to poke holes and then stitched in some black embroidery thread to create the trail.  When I had thread left on the needle at the end of the trail I then decided to stitch around the whole outside of the card (more hole punching).

Every card needs a little bling so I attached three little gems in the corner and for a little shine I added some Glossy Accents to the large black polka dot paper.

I think it looks a bit busy with all the patterned paper, but I like it!