Monday, September 1, 2014

Now I want Cupcakes. SIGH

Hi guys. It has been a long crazy weekend around my house. In the US we have been celebrating labor day. We celebrated by taking my daughter to the hospital for her I don't know how many-ith kidney stone in the past year. She is just 15. SIGH.  So all day Sunday was at the Children's Hospital. and Sunday night was pain meds and nausea meds. She woke up this morning feeling much better... so hopefully the stone has moved on out of there.   We did have delightful smoked pork ribs on Saturday... and for today I made homemade vanilla no-cook ice cream. MMmmmm. Can't wait to try it.

I did get to get a bit of coloring in as well, and decided to try my hand at the new digital fairy from the new Digi release by Carmen Medlin for SCACD. This one is called Cupcake Fairy.


First things first - she is full size. When I opened the image in MS Word, I left her the size she was. It made it a little easier to color the details, yet a little harder to get the blends in because such a large area. I chose to do her in teals and greens because - well Love the color combination. The pick of purple came last - ok... second to last. The pink background was last.  The only "embellishment" other than coloring is silver dots on her wings and buttons of her waist sash and her top. I have framed her so that I can take her to work and have her on my desk. :-) 

I love to fussy cut. Mainly because I ALWAYS accidentally go outside the image when I am coloring. SIGH. This one I was going to try to leave on the white paper.  . . Alas, that was not good. I had a LOT of accidental oopseys. But many of you may wonder how to do the fussy cutting when there are things like curleycues on the end of the wings, and a wick for the candle and her spiked shoe. Those are HORRIFIC to cut out and have resemble anything good. Well at least for me.... I am not a professional paper cutter and have trouble with those types of things. 

The solution - I printed the image out again on a piece of pink cardstock that I had cut down to 8.5 x 11.  When I fussy cut the image, I cut off the curlies on the wings. and on wick, etc... Then I CAREFULLY placed the cut out image on top of the one printed on the pink cardstock. 

I then added some silver dots at the tips of the wings and at the center of the curlies... although you can't see them as well on this picture. Also, on the chain around her belt... the pearl / gem  on the right side that is on its own is also on the pink cardstock, with silver in the middle that I added after I placed the main image down. 

Colors Used: 
BG000, 01, 05, 07, 09
YG01, 05, 07, 09, G19
V000, 01, 05, 06, 09
E000,00, 11, 21, 04, R20

Have an awesome week!!!! 

Alaine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hip Hop Hooray

Howdy All!!

It is the last Wednesday in August -  OMG IT IS THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN AUGUST!!!!! Where the hell did the month go? Since it is today, that means it is Hump Day Hop for Bombshell Stamps.  Our hostess with the Mostest has challenged us to be shiny in this hop and GO GILDED - i.e. use Metallics! 

I decided to make an ATC, and a new product I have (gelatos). 



I used some of the Bombshell Butterflies and colored them in silver and gold (silver and gold, Everyone wishes for Silver and Gold - OMG - NO... It is NOT Christmas yet!!!!),

I took a black ATC base that I had and used the gelatos and SMUSHED them around. I used two colors - a gold and a silvery bronzy thing. I spritzed VERY lightly and mixed the colors and left it so the black comes through. I then stuck the butterflies and metallic elements and VOILA... A metallic background with metalic-ish colored butterflies and metalic elements. WHOOP.

OK... Last but not least - FOOTBALL STARTS

GIG 'EM AGGIES !!!!! WHOOOP!!!!! - BTHO South Carolina

GO DUKE and #47!!!!!!

Here is the BLOG HOP list! :-)


See you soon!!!! Alaine

Monday, August 25, 2014

I HOPE this week goes really quickly!

Today I am sharing another take on Hope!


This time I wanted her to have DARK wings. Lovely blue wings. I used B24, 26, 29m then the new copic white with built in brush to add some details. I also wanted to have some fun with the hair, so I went HOT PINK with RV21, 23, 25, 29. The greens are YG21, 23, 25 and 17.

Once she was colored, I stamped the image on the green paper, and then cut her out and stuck her to it. That allows for all the gorgeous swirlies to be there on the colored paper but also to allow the image to be colored on the white. I am loving this technique and use it a lot now.

Just so you all know the Zen Beauties collection is available in Red Rubber, and HOPE here is available in both rubber and digi format.

For those of you who love all things Digi - Susana has released several new digi stamps in the store. There is an adorable little hungry seal, a ghost and pumpkin, another fairy with a cupcake :-) and a flowerful owl, along with several other images. You can see the entire collection here.

I hope you all have a good week. All I know is I am looking forward to this coming weekend a bit too much. COME ON LONG WEEKEND!!!!!!! With any luck I will actually have a 5 day weekend and only a 3 day work week this week! WHOOP WHOOP.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lets have a party!

Hello and happy weekend. Today I am sharing with you my latest creation using one of the new rubber stamps that have been released by SCACD. This stamp is Party Lights Border.

I made what I would consider a small party invitation. This was a fun image to color, but it was difficult for me to figure out how to get it to look the way I wanted it to. But once I did, I LOVE the way it turned out.

First I stamped the image twice. Once for the background and once to fussy cut. I used my copic airbrush to color the background image with dark blue and light yellow for the glow. On the second image I colored all the light bulbs. I then did the hardest part of cutting out all of the light bulbs. I ran them through my little Xyron X thingie, and then stuck them on top of the background image.

Once that was done, I added clear sparkles to the bulbs themselves and then gold dots on the rest of the chains hanging.  I cut the image out and glued it down on gold sparkly paper. Then I gut out the wings out of the same sparkly paper using the Steampunk Wings Pair Die. I also ran this through my xyron to get the wings sticky, and then attached to the sides of the stamped image. For this I ran the top part behind the image and the bottom of the wing in front of the image. I then stuck the entire thing down on dark blue paper.

It looked good, then I messed it up and tried to write with my stickles. EPIC FAIL. So I decided to cut out the entire thing and then place it on a small folded card piece to make it a smaller card. The inside can now read anything I want, and it really frames the image. I love it more than the original idea!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sketch Wednesday -Bombshell Time

Hi guys - it is time for a Bombshell Challenge - this time I am on time. I am here today to present you with the Bombshell August Sketch Challenge.

I used Growing Hearts image and sentiment for this piece. Just so you know - this is a REALLY BIG Tag - like abnormally large. I colored the image and then to make it fit, the tag had to be obscene. Just saying. 

I colored with purple the head dress. V15, 17, 09. The reds are R12, 14, 17, 29 and the greens are G12, 14, 16. The yellows Y11, 15, 19. The final section is the white skin. If you don't color anything then it looks just unfinished, so I used BV0000, 000 to finish the skin and give it dimension and actual lifelike quality - even if it is portraying death. :-)

Ok - Apparently I am VERY TIRED>... lol. So I hope you enjoyed my sketch and my ramblings. I hope you join Bombshell for the sketch challenge. and our other challenges this month!!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lucy in the sky

Hi all. I hope you are having a wonderful week. I had an awesome weekend. Got a new car, my youngest daughter passed her permit test and will NOT be allowed to drive my new car, and I was able to be pretty crafty.  One of my projects was to color Faith from the Zen Beauties collection.   I think I should actually call her Lucy. I saw that movie to this weekend. It was BlackWidow meets the Discovery Channel.

And this pose reminds me of Lucy from the movie at times. Well when she wasn't kicking rear and blood all over the place. I mixed the brown and blue together and added a bit of green. I made her skin the lightest I could to give her a bit of an ethereal look. Once done, I added a bit of the bronze dots. It is not very easy to see here, but there are some dots coming off of her feet and it looks like she is blowing some sparkles. This gave it a bit of movement.

One trick I wanted to share with you all is the curly cues at the shoes, wings and hair. If you want to fussy cut something with trailers and curlies, cut them off. You can't get them to cut. I promise you. What I did here was to stamp the image a second time on the patterned paper. I did this with versafine as I wasn't going to color it. Once done I clear embossed it. I fussy cut out the image, and then taped it down over the second stamped image with the curlies. That way you can get all the detail of the image but not be limited to the white background or a background to color.

I hope you all have a great week and keep coming back to check out the inspiration that the design team has for you.

Alaine

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ghouls Only

Hey all. Well, things have been crazy (What else is new), so I wasn't able to get this project done for Wednesday when Ms. August from Bombshell set her challenge of an Easel Card. But Better late than never right?

I have used Bombshell Angel and dressed her up in this lovely witches outfit from the Halloween Costume digi set

I have colored witchypoo with purple, orange and green copics. Yeah - I am whacked. LOL. The greens are YG13, 17 and 25. The Purples are V91,93,95,99 and the oranges are YR23, 27 and 16. (I had to look at those - cuz I NEVER use them. LOL). The skin is E50, 51, 53. 

Once I was done, I cut her out and edged her with the copic black marker so when I poppped her u p with black pop dots, you don't see a black edge. For the layout I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday 322 (Which I am entering this into).
 
The sentiment came with the Digi set as well. The ribbon was from my stash and the paper - one of them is from an Authentique paper pad and the striped one - Sorry - - I don't know it is from my stash of 6 x 6 paper, so I don't remember it. 

I hope you all are having a great weekend. Have a wonderful week - see you soon!