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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Happy Snowday!

A short post today.  We here in Massachusetts actually had a REAL snow day today. No school for the kids, sticky snow so that you could make a snowman if your heart desired.  A real stay in your pj's kinda day! What did I do? Yup colored up an awful cute Magnolia image and made my sister in laws birthday card! I know she'll like it because its her favorite colors.  Tell me what you think, I'm going to enter it in an anything goes challenge too.  It was just a nice relaxing day with my Copics and my kiddo.  Too bad he had to study most of the day for midterms.  Oh well, he gets to play enough! The image is Tilda with Tulips, colored with Copics and a little bling here and there.

Copics used:  Yikes->Dress, Bow, & Socks:  BG000, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09, B28, B29, Shirt: V22, V28, BV31,BV00, Flowers: RV00, RV52, RV55, BV0000, BV01, BV02,BV31, BV34, G00, G40, G42, G46, Skin & hair:E00, E000,E11, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, R20.  To shade a bit and take the edge off I used C00, C2, C4 and W7.

I tend to keep the inside simple so that I can customize it to whom ever it is i'm giving it to.  Tomorrow I may even get to play a little more, who knows.  I definately need to do a little stash shopping. MarkerPop! will be a stop as I need to build up my Copic refill supplies.  I have a couple Crops coming up and a class so I want them all to be nice and juicy!  Have a nice rest of the week and if your getting snow, just remember.....No two snowflakes are alike!
Carpe Diem

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy or not...

This is going to be a VERY short post today. Have to spout... Can I just say that I'm so sick and tired of people thinking that they can dictate what we share on our blogs.  Whether it be photos, artwork, creations...whatever...unless it is from someone other than myself or from  someplace else, it's mine.  All of the videos and some recipes that I share that are not mine, I make sure to post them up front and center and give credit where credit is due.  But I want all to know that I support the local small business.  My local scrapbook store gets as much of my business as do the internet stores and they never tell me what I can and can't put up on my blog. Small business is what needs our help.   My coloring is my teachers are my teachers....and my business is MY business. Just some food for thought and a little bit of venting...Just remember to follow the rules... Carpe Diem!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Well,  as we ring in 2013, I'd like to send out many holiday wishes and thoughts.  Here in my home, we have had an awesome 2012, from Crops to  camps to skiing and sports... it's all been good.  As most of you know I have a very sports minded and athletic high school freshman.  I will not jinx him in the injury column but we have been blessed.  As well as with his academic profile.  Curtiss was named today to the local newspapers fall all American athletes list for golf.  He and his teammates should be very proud! No hard work goes unnoticed.  As parents and grandparents it is very difficult to instill and engrain these basic principals of life into our youth.  So many negative outside influences working against all that is good.  I somehow just keep coming back to the one we all know so well... "Do unto others as we would want done to ourselves."  Pretty simple.  The golden rule.  Today I tried some new "rules" to follow, (self imposed).  I have always been a little "light handed" with my Copic strokes.  Trying not to oversaturate and make images too dark, (less is more right?).  Well, despite many different style and artist inspirations I am still trying to hone my own Copic coloring style.  Being slightly tone deaf and blessed with supurb grey to white to black color differentiation I often get stuck when using the deep hues and with shading.  I have admired Suzanne Dean, Marianne Walker, Zoe and just recently Mindy Baxter's coloring styles and have even enrolled in a class or two.  But for the first time today when trying to apply some of Mindy's techniques for my images I felt like an alien overtook my markers.  Very dark for me but I loveeee how my card turned out.  Her class is called Shades of Grey which is a series of videos to help with advanced shading and backgrounds which is offered over at the CMC Classroom.  Definately food for thought.  For more information go here- "Shades of Grey".  Let me know what you think of my card front with a comment. If you're not a follower, please do! I forsee lots more resources and tutorials in the year to come and besides...You NEVER KNOW who might win a little sweet blog candy!  After all, who needs fireworks???!!!!
     I'm still working on the inside as I think this one will be for my son to give out on Valentine's Day. Many, many, many Copics were used, even the colorless blender! (Ugh, which I Neeevvverrrr use!) I do like how it turned out though.  Cardstock is from Bazzill, DP is by Authentique Paper (tag and sentiment too).  Love this line! The collection is called "lovely." Dies are by mftstamps and spellbinders (labels one).  For me,  this card is different because there's not one button or flower!  Am I regressing? Can I just say that for a Great shading perspective, Mindy's class rocks! Is simple, cheap and easy to follow and incorporate into your own "style."  I didn't use the images that she used but it works!  I hope 2013 Gives you all more time for Craftin', coloring, scrapping or whatever it is that you enjoy doing!  For those of you who know me well, this sure is the most relaxing part of my world.  It's my escape!  A quote I found to leave you with...I just love it and if you love this site,  feel free and share the love!......"Love is the keynote of the universe--the theme, the melody"-Henry Abbey...Happy 2013!

As always, Carpe Diem...