Sep 10, 2019

Copic Colored Thank You (Power Poppy)



I still had the Power Poppy Strong and Beautiful set on my table, so why not make a couple of more cards? Used a sentiment from Penny Black.



Stamped with Memento and colored with Copics; masked and blended some pale blue ink over the card, particularly near the flowers.


Also colored this with Copics and then colored the background with a blue Copic. I wasn't 100% happy with the background so I blended some blue ink over the background (and a bit of the flowers).

MOOD WHEN DONE:  Happy! I'm not sure about the pink and blue combination. Part of me loves the bright fun colors, and the other part feels like it's too much pastel in one card. Got an opinion?

These both took awhile to make -- but even longer to photograph! All my cards, regardless of light source, camera or phone camera, white settings, etc. have a gray cast. I finally started using the Dodge tool in PicMonkey and my pictures are improving and look more like the cards themselves. It's a work in progress.

In addition to working on photo editing, after years of floundering, I am getting my Copics in shape and using them! Most were dry, and/or the nibs were no longer working well. Little by little, I'm getting reinker$ and new nibs. Focusing on a relatively small number of colors, as trying to collect all of them and keep them all inky is ju$t too much. I'm using colors recommended by Yana Smakula in this post.

Later this week we are going to Fort Worth to see a Monet exhibit. It's the last few days of the exhibit and we would be foolish and sad to miss it, so I am glad we cleared our calendars to make time.

And that's it! Hope you are having a good week.



Sep 1, 2019

Have an Incredible Birthday


Totally inspired by Yana Smakula and some floral cards she's made recently. Here's one example. Love, love, love, her cards.

Copic-colored this beautiful image from the Strong and Beautiful set by Power Poppy. Marcella Hawley draws the most gorgeous florals -- I want them all (but no, I will not have them all). Sentiment is from the same set.

Isn't that shade of yellow fun? It's from somewhere. I really need to organize my cardstock when I get it....

MOOD WHEN DONE: Happy. It was good to be back in my craft room. I need to spend more time with floral stamps!

Can't remember whether I've mentioned it, but I started volunteering at the Dallas office of the International Rescue Committee. It's good to get out and feel more connected.

Speaking of Dallas, we left Northern Virginia a year ago this weekend. It's been great being closer to our son, but man it's hot here!! HA.