Cupcake Tilda

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Yesterday, my wife and I decided to make a trip to our favorite stamp store, The Stamping Place. This was at about 2:00pm in the afternoon, and it's a one hour drive. It always seem like the trip there is so long. I guess it's the anticipation.

The trip as always was worth while, and Barbara and Judy, were gracious hosts. I was able to buy two more Magnolia sets that we did not have, so now I have some new images to color. Not to say along with a few other item. I just had to have a few more Spika pen. I love to use them, they add so much to you finished card.

One of the sets was Cupcake Tilda, which I have posted below;

Cupcake Tilda

I think she turned out real cute. What do you think?
The background paper was from a recipe swap that I was in, and matches up real well with the blue gingham.

I need to get working on some more videos, if you have any suggestions let me know with your comments.


Bob L.

Happy Halloween

Friday, October 30, 2009

Here is hoping you and yours have a safe and happy Halloween holiday.

Yesterday we attended our weekly card making club. I decided to give the club members an opportunity to make Melissa Baldwins pieced pumpkin made with a Spellbinder Label Six die.

The one problem that I had was that I did not have the die and it was to late to order it. So I used my KNK Design Studio software and designed the pattern. Then I cut out the necessary pieces with the KNK.

Here is a photograph of the finished project;

3D Pumpkin

This is very cute, but you realy need to try it with photographs. As I said I don't have the die, but I could try it on my KNK using the print-n-cut function. I'll have to give it a try when I get a chance.
That's all for today.
Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.

New Easel Card

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yesterday we attended our monthly card club meeting at "The Stamping Studio" We had a great time.

While we were there, we saw a few set of stamps that we just had to have. lol One of the sets was a Thanksgiving set, with a cute turkey on it. The card that I made used the turkey on an easel card.

Turkey Easel Card

I hope you enjoy the card as much as I had making it.


Bob L.

Stamping Days

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yesterday, was a GREAT DAY!!! We had our monthly card club meeting at "The Stamping Studio" My wife,Rose, and I always look forward to this get together, and wish that it was more than once a month.

Melissa Baldwin the owner of "The Stamping Studio" is very creative and a very gracious host. This month she had four projects for us to work on.

One of the projects was a 3-D pumpkin made using the Spellbinder "Label6" Die set. You can see the project at her blog. The other project was a very cute layered card using a stamp set that she sells, of a silhouetted deer. The project that was realy a surprise was the "Scent My Cards" project. It was an image of a candied apple that we made. It was scented with Caramel Apple scent. It really smelled like a Caramel Apple. Check the scents out at her online store.

Very well done. It's what you come to expect of Melissa.

We are already looking forward to the next get together.

That's all for today.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Magic Pencil Technique

Friday, October 23, 2009

The attached video was primarly made for my class from Saturday, October 17th on the "Magic Pencil Technique". This is also a good technique for anyone that likes to color.

The first thing to know is about the cardstock that works for this technique. The best paper that I have found, and the cheapest, is the cardstock that you buy at Wal-Mart. It is made by Georgia Pacific. The reason it works so well is that it has a slight tooth to it. A real slick cardstock does not give the blending effect that the GP cardstock does.

The other items that you will need are some Prisma-Color Pencils, or any other wax based pencils, some Oderless Mineral Spirits, and paper blending stubs.

Now you are ready to color. Always use a very light stroke with the pencil, in the lightest color. After you have laid down your lightest color, blend it out with the blender stub dipped in mineral spirits. Blend until you have a smooth well blended area. Next lay down your shadow color, and blend it out to represent you shadows.

The is a easy technique, but takes practice.

Now let's watch the video!!!

"Magic Pencil Technique"

That's all for today.

Have a "GREAT DAY"!!!

Bob L.

Busy Day

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Today was a busy day for me. I had to do a pre-surgery consultation for my cataract surgery. Now I have to wait for them to schedule the surgery.

I did accomplish one thing before my appointment. yaa

I finished up the card for the "Lady with the Hat" And here she is. Isn't she beautiful!!!

"Lady with the Hat"

The backgound paper was of all things, the panels off of a Kleenex box. That just goes to show you, "Don't throw away anything". The flower was a plain white flower that I dyed with an ink pad and added Prisma-Glitter. Sorry about the one button, but my eyes had been dilated and I could not see the colors to well. All of the circles were cut on my KNK Electronic Die Cutter. Great machine, you can cut what ever you want, in exactly the correct size.

That's all for today.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Lazy Weekend

This has been a basically a very quite weekend.

I only had one class that I presented Saturday on the "Magic Pencil" technique. Then it was all my time, or so I thought. Saturday afternoon the Fedex truck pulled up and delivered two large boxes. The boxes were the items ordered form a Pampered Chef party that my wife had hosted last Saturday. So Sunday we spent our time breaking the order down and getting it ready to deliver. Oh Well, thing always change.

Sunday I had an idea about using the "atyouSpica" pens to color a complete image. I did not finish it yet, but I will today.

I'll post it as soon as its done.

Hope everyone liked the video on coloring the snowman. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see for the next video, let me know in the comments section.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Coloring a Snowman

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I've had a few questions about coloring white images, particularly, Snowmen. The snowman image needs to be white, so I'm not really coloring it, I'm just adding shadows to give it shape.

For a snowman I would use cool colors, such as the BG series or the C series for the shadowing. For this image of the snowman I used BG10 and BG0000.

Now let's watch the video;

Coloring a Snowman

The image I use today Is called "Snow Day" from "The Stamping Studio" it's a very cute snowman. I finished it off by putting "Prisma-Glitter using a Zig Glue pen on the shadowed areas that I just colored in. It gives it a real nice affect.

Remember always do all of you blending before adding any glitter to your image.

That' all for today folks!!

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Saturday is Finaly Here!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Well, I made it to Saturday again.

Today I am giving a class at "Simply Scrapbooks", a local scrapbooking store. It is a series of classes on coloring techniques. The first one is on the "Magic Pencil". The remaining classes will be on coloring with Sharpies, Prisma-Markers, Copic Markers, and Chalk Pencils.

As you can see, I love coloring with just about any media. Infact I usually do nothing but coloring for two or three days, then I do alot of card assembly. This method works for me, but that's just me.

I'm off to get ready for my class today,

I'll finish up "The Lady with The Hat" card this weekend, and get it posted.


Bob L.

Color Blending wit Copic Markers #5--The Finish

Friday, October 16, 2009

Today, we are going to finish up the image of "The Lady with the Hat".

Todays video was taken from a different angle. I jury rigged my camcorder to be directly over the work area. Let me know in the comments for this segment what you think. You like it, or not.

On to todays segment.

I'm finishing up the image by adding some bling, glitter, to the details of the hat. I am using the atyouSpica pens (Speeka). They are pens that have fine glitter in them and are great. The one thing different about these pens is that the ink actualy sinks into the paper and does not just sit on top.

So now lets watch the video.

Color Blending with Copic Markers #5

One caution; Always finish all of your blending with the Copic Markers before you add embelishments with the Spica pens, gel pens or Stickles. Doing this could ruin or damage the tips of your Copic Markers.

I hope you enjoyed this series of videos. Do you want to see more? Let me know by your comments.

Have a "GREAT DAY"!!!

Bob L.

Lady with the Hat Continued

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Today is our regular stamping day, so I am posting early. I always look forward to Thursdays, because we like minded people can get together and share our thoughts from card making, new items we have, and yes politics.

On todays video I show how I colored the hat, from the Lady with the Hat. The Copic markers that I used on this part are BV00, BV02, and BV04. And of course the Blender to clean up the BoBos.

A few tips:

1. Use a light stroke with the markers. Less ink is better it blends easier.

2. I use " Nenaah Classic Crest Solar White"cardstock. It blends well, and bleeds very little.

That's all for today. I am off to get my stamping stuff together for stamp day.

Tomorrow we will finish up the "Lady with the Hat". We will be doing the flowers on the hat and some bling.

Have a specTACular Day!!!

Bob L.

Color Blending wit Copic Markers #3

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Per the request of a follower, I made todays video a little different angle. From over my shoulder. Let me know what you think.

I am continuing coloring "The Lady in The Hat" from the first video. The only thing that I have done to the image since Monday is to added the lip color, eyes, and some eye shadow.

Today we will be doing the hair. The markers that I used are E11, E25, and E29. Start with you lightest color , color in the hair. Next with your E25, following the lay of the hair on the image stroke these areas. Blend the areas with E11.

Last but not least with E29 put in some darker areas along the brim of the hat along side the face, and blend once again with E11.

Remember you can always add more color, but its hard to take it away.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

My First Video

Monday, October 12, 2009

Good Morning Fellow Stampers.

Today, I am trying something new. I dug out my camcorder and am attempting to produce a video to be used on this blog. Let me know what you think!!!

In the video I am using the new E0000, along with E000, E00, and R20. This combination of colors gives a paler skin tone, but realy looks good. IMHO So if you have the new 0000 series markers from Copic try them, you'll like them"

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

Using The New Colors

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yesterday was a Great Day. We had a get together with our stamping group at a members house. We made 4 cards that were designed and material supplied by the TAC and Stamp'n Up representatives. They were great cards in the fall theme.

One other add event was a Pampered Chef cooking show. By the time we finished off the Enchilada Beef Cassorole, Pinapple Salsa, and the Quick Struessal Apple Pie we were full and ready to continue with the card making. All and all, it was a GREAT DAY!!

I mentioned yesterday that "The Stamping Place" had some of the new Christmas Theme patterned papers by Penny Black. The one I liked was called "Christmas Music".  It is very pretty and I will definitely use it on my Christmas cards. Here is a sample of it; 

In the last two weeks, I have purchased a few of the new colors of the Copic markers. They have a few uses that I have found and like.

The "E0000" makes a very nice base color for lighter skin. In combination with E000, and E00, they blend well and work as a pale skintone. I have found a few more uses for them, but have not fully developed the technique yet. I'll tell you more once I have explore these uses.
Talk to you all tomorrow.

Have a "GREAT DAY"!!!

Bob L.

Busy Day!!!

Today will be a busy day. We have two events today, one is a Funshop for "The Angel Company" for which I have been a demonstrator for about eight years now, and a Pampered Chef party.

So all and all it will be a GREAT DAY. I get to do the two things I love the most, crafting and eating. I'll let you know how it comes out.

As you all know, or maybe don't, I love my Copics. They work so well with just about any other craft media. In the card below I have used Crystal Lacquer, Stickles, and a White Gel pen to high-light the card. Try it you'll like it. Don't stop with these three items, try other items that you have.

By the way the  brads were made using an "ITop" which makes brads from patterned paper,fabric, or photographs. They come in three sizes, small, medium, and large. The size used on this card is medium.

I guess I need to get ready for the day.

Have a "GREAT DAY"!!!

Bob L.

Well I Did Not Make It till Tomorrow

Friday, October 9, 2009

Well I made it to "The Stamping Station" this morning and it was a trip that was worth while. They had a new shipment of pattern papers by "Penny Black". They are beautiful the one I got was a Christmas Theme. It had a musical motif that should make pretty background paper for my Christmas card. You can't have enough paper. lol

While I was there, I also had to pick up some more "Copic Makers". Not that I don't have enough already. Only 110 more to go.

By the way Leslie is one of the instructors at "The Stamping Place" she is Copic Certified and teaches Copic classes on a regular schedule. I have taken both of her classes and they are excellent and fun. Next month I will be taking the Copic Certification Course. Can't Wait.

See that I am extolloing the merits of the copic markers, here is another card that I made using Copic Markers.

Well that's all for today, talk to you in the morning.

Have a "GREAT DAY"!!!

Bo L.

Fall Is Getting Here Fast!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Good Morning Stampers of The World!!!

Today I will be making a trip to my favorite stamp store,"The Stamping Place" in Colum bia, SC.
This a great store which carries something for all scrappers and cardmakers. Barbara and Judy are great people and bend over backwards to make your visit an enjoyable one. In fact the make a long distance call to me everytime they get in something that they think I may be interested in.

Most of the time they are right, and I'm on the road again. My car knows the route to thier store by heart.

The one item that they carry is a complete line of "Copic Sketch Markers", all 344 colors.  I only have about 212 of the colors so far!!!

I love coloring with the Copic Markers. The ability to shade is wonderful and can be done so fast.

Here is a fall card that I finished, that displays my love of the fall. The stamp used is a "JustRite" stamp. The Stamping Place also carries this complete line.

That all for today, I'll let you know tomorrow what I just had to have at The Stamping Place.

Have a "GREAT DAY"!!!

My First Blogg

Today is my first atempt at setting up a blog. I do a lot of blog hopping, mainly looking for Copic Marker blogs and other crafts.

I never fail to find some idea that I can use with my crafts on a daily basis. So I keep cruising the blog looking.

My paper crafting started about eight years ago. At that time I was into woodworking , and was looking for a way to decorate my projects. In our town there was a new Rubber Stamping store that had just opened. I decided to see what they had to offer.

That was my down fall!!!

Eight years later after many classes and more trips to craft store, and needless to say many dollars later, I now have one room of my house dedicated to my craft and still need more room. Just keeping track of what I have could be a full time job.

More about my journey into the craft world tomorrow.

Have a "GREAT DAY"!!!

Bob L.