We’ve Moved …

24 Jun

This blog has been moved to http://blog.artycarty.com.

See you at our new space.

Recycled Card?

22 Jun

It feels like it’s been a while since I made a card and when a rash of kids birthdays came and gone this month of June, they also wiped me out of kid-friendly birthday cards (i.e. no buttons/glitter/blings/frills they can swallow, cute kiddy pictures and bright eye-catching colors).

So here is a card I made to replenish my stash.

This entire card was made using paper scraps I had left over from other projects – Kraft card stock, American Craft ribbon and I don’t remember where that stripped patterned paper is from. Sentiment and Changito the Monkey is from Stampendous. Changito, his cake and the blue background are colored/airbrushed using Copic markers – B00, E11, E13, E18, E71, Y02, Y08, R29. YR07).

2 more kids parties to go – hopefully that will be the last of the summer season.

Challenges entered:

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge

The Pink Elephant

Book Review: Shadows & Shading

21 Jun

Recently, I’ve purchased a few craft/Copic related books that I wanted to share as I read them.

The 1st one I had to read is Marianne Walker’s new book: Shadows & Shading, just because it came highly recommended by my Copic Instructors, Debbie Olson and Lori Craig.

The size of the book was surprising small – I had expected a regular magazine-sized book but it turned out to be this tiny little half-sized book (5.5″ x 8.5″). The content, however, certainly didn’t disappoint. For such a small book, it certainly packs a punch. In fact, it’s a must-have book for any serious artist who wishes to gain a technical understanding of shadow placement and shading.

There are only 5 chapters in the book (excluding conclusion and glossary)

– lights and shadow basics

– light sources

– shading basic objects

– complex objects

– the color of shadows

Marianne goes through each chapter explaining in very simple layman’s term how to translate various light source into shadows. She writes about where light hits different shaded objects and how to break complex objects down to a collection of simple objects (eg. a person’s face is made up of ovals, triangles, cylinders etc). She also shares how to create different tone using different colored shadows.

There is something new in every page that takes my coloring to a different dimension. I’m sure there are more in-depth books on shadows and shading out in the market but this book is definitely in-depth enough for me to make my coloring and drawing look realistic and more than sufficient to make my cards and scrapbooking look professional.

It’s a must-have reference guide.

Altered Projects …

20 Jun

Hello Friends,

I found some new stamps I wanted to get my hands on coloring them with my Copics – from Darcie’s, Stamping Bella & of course, little Tilda from Magnolia stamps. Aren’t they the most adorable images. So I made some bookmarks and tags this weekend that I could use and give away. I also used a Unity Stamp to make the flower bookmark.

I love these corner bookmarks so it doesn’t stick out of the book and rip in the process of using it. Nope, I didn’t come up with the idea – some other creative person did and here is her tutorial on how to make the bookmarks.

I also made the tags as a little cheat sheet for “sandwich” recipes for my vagabond – courtesy of Nancy’s contribution on the SplitCoast Stamper forums. The most useful thing in my craftroom to date!

Stay cool today and have a productive day!

Challenge Enter:

By The Cute & Girly: Stamping Bella & her new little flower bookmark.

Happy Father’s Day!!

19 Jun

Just wanted to do a quick short post today to wish all my friends who are dads, a Happy Father’s Day!!

We are off today for brunch, my kids will be giving dad their Father’s Day card and a pirate’s hat. My son has been lately obsessed with pirates and this is the song he keeps chanting – “what’s the pirate’s password? YoHoHo!!”

Who knows where he heard it from … but YoHoHo … have a happy day!

Circles and Squares …

16 Jun

This seem strangely early for Christmas cards – but when I’m selling cards for a living – I cannot afford to wait till Christmas to design my Christmas cards! No one would get it by Christmas.

Here is a Christmas Card I designed … You can find it on my website if you want to order this for Christmas.

It coincidentally also fits into the circles and squares challenge call from Flourishes this week that Maki has issued. Circles are punched out from red and green cardstock with Fiskars medium and large circle punch. Poinsettia was from Making Memories Falala collection (now discontinued unfortunately). Sentiments are from Stampers Anonymous – Mini Holidays Number Two.

Have a fun Christmas in June.

3 patterned paper, 2 buttons, 1 punch & a ribbon …

15 Jun

This is the challenge at The Pink Elephant this week.

I just didn’t realize how difficult it is to make a card with that many elements without it looking like a gaudy and busy mess. But thanks for pushing me beyond my comfort zone … here is my 1st card with so many things squeezed into a tiny little space.

Pumpkin image is from Obsession Impression Peeking Pumpkin. I colored the image using water color pencils. Tag is from Quickutz & a circle punch cut into half.