Monday, September 28, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge PLUS 25% off the whole store!

It's time for another Jacksonbelle challenge, and this week was an easy one: use colours that coordinate with the new Pink Paislee papers... DONE! I *love* the new line, and I think the card turned out great.

Oh yah.. The blinkie on the left. Check out the store because EVERYTHING is 25% off. And just FYI Canadians. It's only about $6 for shipping and it's really quick!

Here's my card:

Isn't the kitty SOOOOOOOOOOO cute? When I saw this image I called my son
over (we both LOVE kitties) and we said the long "awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww"....

And p.s. Have you seen the new Flower Soft called "Polar White?" So cool... I picked it
up at my LSS and I used it to make the fluffy parts on the Santa hat. No more liquid Applique for me.
This stuff is great!

 Ain't it purdy??

Check out the rest of the 'belles, and remember these are the last few days of
the contest, so enter now for your chance at some loot!!!

Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade

I thought September was going to be easy...

I haven't had a day off since school started, and that's including weekends! It's been NUTS!!! This past weekend I was directing a group of 16 of the top high school singers in the Province in an honour vocal jazz group. They were great, but I'm beat!! I'm looking forward to a little time off tonight to catch up on some crafting stuff including getting prepared for the Crop for Kids.

What is Crop for Kids? It's a crop where all of the materials, supplies etc and TEACHER'S time is donated to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. I have to admit that when they first contacted me to teach at the event I was hesitant. Having 4 jobs takes its toll on me, and I literally have no free time for myself, so charity has never been something that has worked its way into my life BUT I agreed to do it. The weekend this is all taking place is going to be INSANE because I have 2 conferences on the Friday (musical) and on Saturday, both of which I am heavily involved in, and then this event is on the Sunday. But you know what? When the weekend is over I know I am going to feel great about my small contribution, and it will feel good to give back..

I am teaching a class on sponging. I have no idea what the enrollment is like for my class, but I hope I have a fun bunch of ladies to share my tips with. I love sponging, and some of my favourite cards (and yours via comments) have been sponged. Here are the cards I have made for the event:



Each participant gets 3 pieces of the 12x12 patterned paper required to make the cards, as well of a package of white rub-ons, the flowers and ribbon needed etc..

If you are attending the Crop for Kids I would love to see you there! I have never been, but am looking forward to taking in all of the action! I can't wait.

Okay... off to create.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

An on-going love affair with Airbrushing

I'm telling you. Once you spray, you won't want to stop.

I taught a couple of Copic techniques classes last weekend and one was almost
solely dedicated to airbrushing and by the end of the class all of the ladies were hooked!
Two out of the eight ladies bought compressors that day!

My love of airbrushing shows in almost all of my designs, and I want to show you
one of my favourite uses for my compressor: altering the colours of patterned paper!

Here is the finished card:

You can see the pack of paper in the background, and it's really PINK in hue, and
the papers on my card are a little yellowish. That's becuase I airbrushed with
a mustardy colour, Y26.

Here are the papers side-by-side: natural, and airbrushed.

(click to see a larger view)

I also added some details to the stars and the deer's nose for more glamour:

I used Ranger's Glossy Accents, and AMuse bling on the small stars.

Thanx for checkin' me out!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Mind's Eye "Colorful Christmas"

I am teaching a class at Precious Memories next month that I'm really excited about.
We're going to make 12 cards out of 2 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper,
6 8.5x11 sheets of white cardstock,
and a sheet of My Mind's Eye Chipboard shapes.

We'll make 3 of each design. I think they turned out great!

One thing to remember:
When you're picking out patterned paper, remember
to check out the reverse side to 
see if it's a pattern you like. 
I eliminated a couple sheets from my "buy" pile
from this collection because I wasn't
crazy about the reverse pattern, thus saving me money! 
Then, I was sure to use BOTH sides when designing these cards.

A little twine turned these mittens into a matching set!

I had the *perfect* AMuse sentiment:

Simple blocks of paper serve as the back-drop for this snowman.

This is the reverse pattern on one of the papers and it worked
so well as a "snowy background" for the cute polar bear.

I know that Lindsey is getting this collection in at the Jacksonbelle store, so stay tuned!
You'll love this collection.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

For this weeks challenge I wanted to feature the new Basic Grey
products available at the store.
I have had a love affair with BG since I started card-making in 2006 and it
hasn't stopped. I love almost every line they come out with,
especially their Christmas lines, and this year's line
does not dissappoint!

Today marks the 4th installation of our Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge Contest. If you are just joining us, Jacksonbelle is having a contest that runs the entire month of September. The rules are easy…play along with one of our September Tuesday challenges and use stamps from either Stampavie, Inkadinkado, Prima or Basic Grey (all of these brands are carried in the Jacksonbelle store). For all of the contest details, click HERE. You could win a $50, $30 or $15 Jacksonbelle gift certificate!

Here's today's card ( I used this week's CPS Sketch for the layout):

I used my Slice to cut out HO HO HO and Lasting Memories paper served as the base (already embossed!) and everything else was basic grey. The circle in the middle was done with a nestability. I cut out the circle from the bluish paper and filled the hole with the pinkish paper!! I love it!

Check out the rest of the DT's creations!

Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Loretta Lock ~ Love to Create
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika: Pink Lemonade

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Limited Supply Challenge: Scary Color Combo

This is just going to be a quick post becuase I have to be at school tomorrow for a 7:20 am choir practice. Why do I do this to myself??? I made this for today's Limited Supply Challenge in which we are challenged to make a card with Halloween colors. I went all out.

I have been playing around with this image for a few days as this is the original stamp.

and well.. i just love dressing him up! So today he's a Dracula Chicken. haha.. I used a Copic multiliner pen to draw all of the extras in.

Here he is close:

And then the whole card:

Stamps: whipper snapper (chicken), Hero Arts (wood grain background)
Paper: DCWV, bazzil, papertrey
Ink: fresh snow (PTI Palette), memento
Accessories: copic markers, K&Co. bats, multiliner pen, ribbon

Monday, September 14, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

Our challenge is simple:
make a fall/Hallowe'en card. 
 So I used some sweet new Basic Grey Halloween papers in the background.
I couldn't decide what to do as an image, so I dug out some old stickers
and stuck 'em on! Everything was airbrushed with a mustardy
color to unite the different hues.  

Here's another fall card to inspire you.

I also wanted to mention we are featuring Jenni Bowlin products this week
on the Jacksonbelle Blog. So here's a card I made with almost all Jenni products:
The products are so unique! I just love 'em. 
Check out the rest of the DT and their fall/Halloween creations:
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Mitzi Koons ~ Stamps Jubilee
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Drawing to enhance your stamps.

I just wanted to share some cards that will be part of a Copic class I'll be teaching in October at Precious Memories. I will be focussing in on using the multiliner pens to fill in the "white space" of a stamp to add some dimension.

The boy is a Whipper snapper stamp, and the "hey dude" and the baseball is from a Kim Hughes set by CHF. Here's another Whipper Snapper design:

Sometimes even adding one line (in this case the "table") gives the main object some context. This is my most-used trick with a multiliner. I usually add a ground, or a table depending on the design.

I also wanted to remind everyone about our contest that we have running at Jacksonbelle all month long…You have a chance to win a $50, $30 or $15 Jacksonbelle gift certificate!   Just think of all the awesome stuff you could order…Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey, Inkadinkado, Mary Arts…$50 goes a long way!  The contest rules are simple…participate in one or more of our Tuesday challenges during the month of September.  The only other requirement is that you use either Inkadinkado, Stampavie, Prima or Basic Grey stamps (all of these brands are carried at Jacksonbelle).  For the full contest deets, click HERE.

Watch for my Jenni Bowlin card in my next post. I just LOVE that product line.. Till then!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

It's time for a sketch challenge again. My favorite kind! 
Also, don’t forget we have an awesome contest running all month long for those of you who play along with our challenges.  To see all of the contest details, click HERE.
Here's the sketch:
I used a little Inkadinkado set. It's so easy to make a card with this stamp set. 
It only took me about an hour on this creation!
I did the Copic airbrushing thing again on the background of the web. 
Here's a close-up
If you're getting tired of me using the compressor just tell me, because
I can't stop airbrushing everything Hallowe'en!!!!
I used Basic Grey papers, as well as Bazzill.
Check out everyone's take on the sketch, and PLEASE play along!!!
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Mitzi Koons ~ Stamps Jubilee
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
p.s. tomorrow I am back to school! ACK! I hope to post again soon, but I may be a *tad* busy. 
Take care!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Stamping On Fabric....EEK!

Okay. So I took a really big leap here and I bought a couple of canvas bags in the hope that I could make something cute like Sherrie Siemens did at the Copic certification. She gave me the info and the confidence to try it out. I, however, did not have the VersaCRAFT ink that she used, and I used Memento, so we'll see how it holds up. It stamped nicely on the fabric though!

I made Phoenix a library book bag because he lost his books about a hundred times last year, maybe this will cut down on the late-book reminders. At least if he looses the bag too someone will be able to give it back to him!

I used some Making Memories foam stamps on this bag, and they are a really great, cheap option when you need to stamp large-scale like this. So the foam stamps are "Phoenix" and "2" and I used Gel-a-tins to stamp "Loves" and "read." The dino is a Whipper Snapper stamp and here's a close-up:

I forgot to heat-set the ink at first so there's a tiny bit of running along the top, but it worked out great! I was even able to do a little shading with my Copic markers, then I airbrused in BG0000 and BG00.

Take the leap! Stamp on some fabric today

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Photography: Before and Afters

Ever since I purchased my Pentax K110d digital SLR I have become, not OBSESSED, but interested in photography, and how I can get the most out of my entry-level body. (the camera, not my own body, just in case you were confused..) I want to show you how you can get your SOOC (straight out of camera) shots to look a little more well-shot and have a little more of that professional look. I said a little, because most of my shots aren't magazine quality, but I luck out sometimes..

I started out with Photoshop Elements which helped me edit photos a little more specifically than I ever did, and it allowed me the freedom to play around. I watched tutorials online and they were always so helpful, but everyone was always using the professional version of Photoshop, CS3, or the newer CS4. Well finally I gained access to a copy through my school, and I've been able to play around with "actions" and more of the manual functions of the program. With the photos I am showing you today I will be using Pioneer Woman's FREE actions found here as well as editing on my own to complete the look. Her whole photography section has helped me TONNES, so if you're at the point where you want to start learning more, read her articles, they rock!

So here are some of my before and afters from yesterday's excursion to the PNE. It's BC's state fair, kinda... Animals, rides, bad food.. you know.. Click on any pic to see it larger, although some of them are still VERY large..

*edited to add: I included one more edit of the photo because I wasn't happy with it, and "B" commented that I should have lightened just under the hat. The one on the right is where I used that technique.. I used a bunch of different actions on this one to slightly lighten up his face under his hat, and alter the colours a little. Then I cropped it, and played with the colour of the sno cone so it actually showed it's greeniness.

This photo is dark. Too dark for my taste. 
So I lightened it, and applied an action that made it look a little vintage.
I was trying to capture the "perfect" shot of the carosel that showed 
its art and antique nature. 
I think is a slight improvement. Although I wish I had an original photo with more contrast....
On my wedding pictures the photographer got the sky to really pop, so I wanted to try that.
It's not a HUGE difference, but the sky is now BLUE, where before it was greyish. 
This was a photo I just plain screwed up. 
Right before this we were in a dark room so I had all my settings set for that!
THEN I didn't check my shots till AFTER Phoenix was done with the game. 
So I had to FIX this shot. Sometimes Photoshop is good for that too. Fixing. A lot..
 So this one turned out not bad! I colour-burned it, darkened it, fixed the levels...
Almost everything that could be done to save this shot was done... 
Now I will show you a couple of shots that haven't been altered in any way to show you that sometimes the photos are perfect as is. 

These are a couple of shots of my brother's army band.
It wasn't nearly as dark at it appears, but I was fiddling with the ISO, aperture and such 
to get this silhouette look.
So if you have the patience/desire, play around with your photos! It's fun, and sometimes you get great results. Other times, well.... there's always the "revert" button!! lol

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Birthday card for "J"

I had a special request from my student "B" to make a card for my student "J" who has made me a few special cards all by himself in the past... He's even taken my copic classes!!! So I knew it had to be extra-special. Here's the close-up of the main image of the card I made:

I did a little paper-tole action on this card.. So yep I coloured every layer fully, then cut out the pieces I needed. It's a really neat effect in-person, but man is it a lot of work. "J", if you're reading this, I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY! haha... just kidding. Here's the card:

Isn't he cute?? haha.. love this owl. HAPPY BIRTHDAY J!!!!!
Stamps: Owl - Whipper Snapper, Sentiment - Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Ranger "Espresso"
Paper: Pink Paislee, kraft, white
Other: Thickers - American Crafts, Copic Markers, Compressor, sanding block