Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Have No Copics …

Hydrangea_Hero Arts_May 2010

… yet! LOL. Seriously, when I reached for the Hydrangea stamp from Hero Arts, I said to myself, “Pretty as the stamp is, it sure was dumb of you to buy it. What are you going to use to color it?” I thought about using a blending pen. The waterbrush was another option. I chose, however, to give it a whirl with my Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Almost to my surprise, I am happy with the results.

I used a couple different shades of both lilac and green and shaded around the outside of the flower and leaves with a very pale grey color. What was the most disappointing was that in stacks and stacks of patterned paper, I did not have a single one that complemented my image. Luckily, Amethyst cardstock was a pretty good match. To give the cardstock a bit of texture, I randomly stamped it with my treasured Speckled Background stamp and then inked it around the edges with same color ink.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Black, and Amethyst cardstock; Black ink pad; Hero Arts Hydrangea stamp; CTMH Speckled Background (retired) and Say it in Style stamp set; Prismacolor colored pencils; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; Blending stumps; Round sponge; 3M foam mounting tape.


Family Ties Children_3_May 2010

I made this second card last night – the little girl version of my Simple Saturday offering. Heaven forbid anyone think I’m partial to little boys. 

I used both sides of my Baby Pink textured cardstock and again, colored my image with markers. I also added “lace” to the borders and glitter to the crown, dress, and ballet slippers on my image to make it more girly. Although I would probably need lessons, it sure would be fun to have a little girl to dote on. Actually, instead of lessons, I’d probably need a governor put on my checkbook. LOL. 

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Baby Pink (textured), and Black cardstock; Black and Juniper ink pads; Baby Pink, Sunny Yellow, Autumn Terracotta, and Tombow Flesh markers; Family Ties – Children and Happy Birthday stamp sets; Ribbon from Wal-Mart; Quickie glue pen; Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter; Fiskars Apron Lace border punch; Dove blending pen; Crop-o-dile.

As I noted in a previous post, we’re experiencing some cloudy days with intermittent rain. Cloudy equals gloomy to me, which might be affecting my energy levels. Either that or I’m just plain lazy this weekend. It wouldn’t be the first, and sometimes, after a long week of work, I kinda feel entitled. I’ll just transfer what I can from my “To Do” list to a “Honey Do” list and see how that goes over. LOL.

I hope you are having a great weekend and that the week ahead is just as wonderful. Thank you so much for stopping by. Take care.


Laurel said...

Oh stop it Kathi, you are making it so hard for me to resist that cute stamp, love the little girl! Great cards today!

Sharli said...

The lack of copics certainly didn't stop you!!! This card is just beautiful!!!! I love the lavendar colors and the leaves look so real! As for the little boy and little girl cards - they are both just darling!

It's cloudy and windy here, too - and I, too, am having a bit of a funk. It will pass . . .


Alanna said...

Your coloring is fabulous on both cards Kathi. Great job making do with what you have.

Sorry to hear that the weather is messing with you. I do definitely think that after a long work week, you are entitled to do whatever on the weekends. I loved your comment about transferring what's on your to do list to the honey do list. Too cute. If only that worked. :)

Sylvia said...

You did a great coloring job on the hydrangea. Wtih Leola and PJ expecting a little girl and probably having more children I think one of these days I might have to get that stamp set.

Sparkle said...

Your first card is just lovely! I could never color with color pencils.

Leslie said...

Wow, you don't need Copics, you do a fantastic job with colored pencils. Your little girl is precious. You know what SAD stands for, right? Seasonal Affective Disorder. May you have WAD - Weather Affective Disorder. I just made that up! Hope your week is wonderful.

Deborah Young said...

I agree with don't need no stankin' Copics! tee hee. Seriously, you color so nicely with your pencils and that Gamsol stuff. And now I see the little boy card I get it! Love it!

Jeanne said...

As much as you might want to have some Copics, my feeling is you definitely don't need them to color! Your first card is stunning! Wow!

Your second card is super duper sweet! Love it. And who knows...maybe sometime in your future a little granddaughter might float into your life! Heck you can borrow mine if you want! LOL

Got a chuckle over Leslie's WAD comment...could be something to that. You must be getting the gloomy weather we had most of last week, which had an effect on my mood. Sorry!

Hope you have a great week, my dear, sweet friend!