Get Well Soon

I am not sure if it is the recent return to reality by Mother Nature or just a bad day, but I was feeling gloomy and could not seem to shake it. So, I did two things that I knew would help — making something for someone else and coloring — and came up with this:

I used papers from Little Yellow Bicycle and X-Press It, stamps from Magnolia (the girl) and Kaisercraft (the saying) and some ribbon from my stash. I used the following Copic Sketch markers to color it:

After I colored it, I added a bit of sparkle with the At You Spica pen and then added some buttons and dots with Liquid Pearls.

I am sending it to an aunt who is ill in Florida to brighten up her day, now that it helped to brighten up mine!

The Unloved Colors

This week’s challenge on the  iCopic Blog is to use unloved Copic colors.

For me, choosing the colors I rarely use was easy. I only had to look at one section in my Copic holder — Violet.

I have nothing against violet, or any shade of purple for that matter. It’s not like certain shades of green that I just plain do not like. But, for me, violet is a shy color. It never asks me to play. It doesn’t call my name. I don’t crave it.

I tend to like the warmer shades — yellows, browns, oranges and reds — along with blue, blue and more blue. Those are the colors I tend to reach for. And, they are the ones that catch my eye.

So, while I don’t dislike violet, I don’t love her, either.

But, since I was challenged to make something I liked featuring her, I went for it. This is what I came up with … (click on the image for a better look)

The stamp is from Magnolia and the word stamp is from Studio 490. Papers are from DCWV and gems are from KaiserCraft. The ribbons were in my stash and the cardstock is from American Crafts.

I stamped the image on X-Press It! and used these colors to color the image:

Then, I added a bit of Distress Ink to the background and colored the purple parts with atyou Spica in lilac. I love the sparkle it provides … not too much and not too little, but Just Right!

What colors do unlove?

This one’s for the birds

This is one of those you must see in person. Somehow the depth, warmth and softness of the vellum falls apart in the photo, but here it is …
I made this 5×7 card from navy blue cardstock. I added a piece of white cardstock slightly smaller than the blue and then covered it in a piece of vellum from Webster’s Pages. I cut an additional piece of vellum from another portion of the same sheet and added it to the top left. The effect is soft and warm and really, really beautiful.
Next, I added a piece of ribbon from Making Memories. Then, I stamped the bird and nest (from the Crafty Secrets) using Memento Ink onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic Markers. I cut them out, inked the edges in Walnut Distress Ink and then attached them with dimensional foam. I then stamped the saying with Staz-On.
It’s a perfect birthday card, don’t you think?