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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Inspirational!!!

Good Morning Everyone!!!  To my absolute surprise this morning, my work is being featured on Inspirational.  It is both a shock and an honor.  Whoo Hoo!  I'm sooooo excited!!!! 

Have a great day everyone!  Mine is going to be fabulous :-)

Ciao,

Angie

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's Raining....It's Pouring....

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!  What a busy week so far!  I sure hope you're having a good one.  I made it to my craft room today.  I was deep in withdrawel since I hadn't been in there since last week.  The weather has been absolutely gorgeous lately, but for some reason I was drawn to a rainy spring image.  I hope you like my card.  For some reason, the coloring went really quickly.  With the exception of the background, I colored the entire image with Copic markers this time.  I just purchased the dp's and I love the bright colors.  I'm usually drawn to more muted colors, but for some reason these grabbed my attention.

Here's my creation....

It's Raining...It's Pouring....
This sweet little Tilda looks to me like she's doesn't know quite what to do now that it's raining.  She's so cute.  She is #226 Tilda in Spring Rain and you can get her at Magnolia-licious.  I don't see her in the store right now, but if you drop Diana a note, I'm sure she'll be able to tell you when she'll be back in the store.  The beautiful dp's are from the My Mind's Eye - Quite Contrary collection.  Cs is Bazzill.  The ribbon is from my stash of bty cuts.  The sweet little color coordinated flower is by Prima.  Hanging from it is a bird charm by Tim Holtz.  I think it's appropriate because the birds are all over the place in spring.  I applied crystal Stickles to the tips of the flower petals, but it doesn't show in the photo.  I also applied it to the puddle after taking these photos.  Sorry.  Oh yeah, I think the photo corners are by Tim Holtz as well, but I removed them from the packaging and no longer have it for reference.


All coloring was done with Copic markes and watercolor with distress inks.  Here's the details:

Copics: E00, 02, 40, 42, 43, 44, 53, RV21, C00, 3, W00, 1, R0000, 22, 24, 27, Y0000, 21, B0000, 00, BG01, 02, 10, 11

Ranger distress inks: black soot, walnut stain, weathered wood, stormy sky

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I had a great time making this card and appreciate your taking the time to spend with me.  Try to find some time to color!

Ciao,

Angie

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Prince or Frog???

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a little spin on a Magnolia image.  I've really wanted to work with this little frog prince ever since I got him.  I think he is absolutely adorable.  Problem is, I wanted to do something a little different with him.  I just didn't know what so I put him aside.  I also wondered what I could do with the crown.  Hmmm.  It's not something that another image would sit on since it doesn't look all that comfy.  So, I put it aside too.  Then, it occured to me.  Here's some insight into the way my brain works...

When the Incredible Hulk gets really, really big, his clothes don't grow with him.  Instead, they rip in to shreds.  Conversely, when he shrinks back to his normal human size, his clothes don't suddenly fit him again.  They're still ripped to shreds.  The only thing that changes form is his body.  Yeah....so?

My point is this, when the spell is cast on the prince and he is turned into a frog, would his crown shrink too?  If not, then here's what he would look like with a crown that is just a bit too big for his tiny little head...

The Frog Prince
I followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday cause I thought it was a really cool one.  Just love all of the layers.  I combined three Magnolia stamps on this card:  #1413 Prince Phillip Frog; #514 Crown; and #711 Kiss Me I'm A Prince.  In fact, this card is overflowing with Magnolia stuff since all of the dp's are from the Magnolia "Once Upon A Time" collection, i.e. Fairytale.  All of these stamps and papers and many, many, many more are available at Magnolia-licious - the absolute bestest Magnolia store this side of the....well....everywhere!

Isn't his crown just the cutest thing sittin' there all crooked on his head?  I stamped it on a separate sheet, colored it, and cut it out.  Then I covered it with diamond Stickles to make it all sparkly like a real crown.  I used SU cs and ribbon.  The eyelets, button and gems are from my stash and I have no idea where they're from. 

I colored the images using watercolor with Ranger distress inks in the following colors:  walnut stain, antique linen, forest moss, peeled paint, shabby shutters, weathered wood, and tumbled glass.

I hope you enjoyed my little spin on this little Magnolia frog.  Thanks so much for visiting today.  Try to find some time to color!

Ciao,

Angie

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Elfin Magic...


Happy Tuesday Everyone!  We've got a rainy day here in Michigan today.  I sure hope yours is filled with sunshine.  I will be spending the first part of today running a few errands and then doing my favorite - accounting.  Not!  I plan on spending the better part of the afternoon in my craft room finishing up a little card that I started yesterday.  I had all of ten minutes to color an image and I'm almost done with it.  I found a sketch that I may use.  We'll see.

After a spectacular blog hop on Saturday, I tried to think of the next project for me.  I wanted to use another Magnolia Fairytale image...but which one?  I had just received a few more in the mail and decided to use one of them. This is what I came up with.  I hope you like it...

Elf Tilda
Ok. So answer me this...Is she supposed to be sitting on something?  This question has caused me a lot of grief.  When I look at this image, I see Tilda as 'hovering'.  Her wings are open fully and only one leg is bent.  She almost looks as though she is about to land.  When I showed my husband my 'completed' card, he asked "What is she sitting on?".  My stomach sank.  I explained what I see when I look at her and he insists that she is in a sitting position.  So, I'm putting the question to you...Is she in the air or sitting???

The image is #219 Elf Tilda.  You can get her and many other Magnolia stamps at Magnolia-licious.  The dp's and ribbon are by BoBunny.  I just love the rich wine color.  All cs is Stampin' Up.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Cat and it is backed by a MS lace tag.  I distressed the tag with a little Ranger distress ink and matted it with a circle cut with a Nestability.

I added a little flower that was laying in a drawer to the center of the ribbon and decorated it with a pink pearl from American Crafts.  The corners of the image are embellished with some oyster baubles from Stamping Bella.  Lastly, crystal Stickles cover Tilda's wings.


I colored the image with Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger distress inks.  Here's the detail of the colors that I selected:

Copics:  E00, 02, 41, 43, RV21, R0000, 81

DI's:  Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, Dusty Concord, Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar, Old Paper

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Try to find some time to color!

Ciao,

Angie

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

Magnolia-licious DT Blog Hop!!!

The Magnolia-licious Group on Yahoo is celebrating it's 2nd Birthday!!!  And the Magnolia-licious Design Team is here to celebrate with the most explosive blog hop ever!!!!  That's right.....we have EXPLODING BOXES!!!!  If you've come to my blog by way of Janiel's blog then you're on the right track.  If not, then you may want to go to Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog to start from the beginning.

Feel free to join in on the fun by making your own exploding box.  You can use this sample project to help guide your way.  You can enter you card at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here's my interpretation.  I hope you like it :-)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 As you can see, this appears to be just a simple box and bow.  I kept the exterior really sweet and simple.  The surprise is on the inside - hee hee


You untie that bow, lift the lid, and BAM!  Out pops Tilda, jumping up in the flower garden and holding a sign that says "make a wish". 


The sentiment in front of Tilda reads "Happy Birthday!  How many fingers are you?"

This sweet little image is #313 Happy Tilda and you can get her and many other Magnolia treats at Magnolia-licious.  Happy Tilda is one of my favorites!  I know, I say that about all of them, but she just beams with excitement!!!  How could anyone resist?  The dp's are from the My Mind's Eye - Quite Contrary collection.  Cs is by Bazzill.  All of the flowers are from the wedding isle at the craft store.  I used crystal Stickles all over Tilda's shirt, the flowers, and to outline the base of the flower garden.  To create the banner that Tilda is holding, I used Nestabilities circles to cut out the desired shape from one of the little bags that my Magnolia stamps arrive in.  I stamped the sentiment with Stazon.  The 'make a wish' sentiment is by A Muse Artstamps.  The larger sentiment is by Inkadinkado and is one of my favorites ever!  The clear gems are by BG.

I colored the image with both Copic markers and watercolor with distress inks.  Here's the detail:

Copics - E00, 02, RV21, E41, E43, E44

Ranger Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain

That's all I have for today!  Please proceed to Sharon's blog for some more 'explosive' artwork.  And start thinking about how you can decorate your own exploding box so you can join in on the fun.

Ciao,

Angie

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Little Bit 'O Honey...

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!!!  Oh, I sure hope you had an awesome day today!  I had a fantastic one myself.  We started the day with brunch at Brio with my parents and then came back to our house for a bit.  Then hubby and son went to the hobby store and left me alone in my craft room!!!!!!!!!!  Now that's a gift :-)  I was able to get some how-to videos done and they will be up on the Tutorials page of my blog shortly.  I wasn't expecting to get to them until next week.  I did one showing how I watercolor and the other shows how I add the deep shadows at the end.  I hope you enjoy them.  Be sure to check for them later tonight or tomorrow.

I also added three videos last week that you can watch right away.  They are:  Masking, Skin with Copics, and Brown Hair with Copics.  I know there are many of these out on YouTube (mine are too by the way - search under 'scrapgirlangie'), but I just thought I'd give you my style of things.  Look at them....don't look at them....just know that they're there if you want.

So, on to today's card.  I made this card when I completed the videos and I used the image that I colored for them.  I hope you like it...

Honey Tilda
This sweet little honey bee is Honey Tilda and she is sitting on #541 Honey Jar.  You can get them both at Magnolia-licious.  It's the only place that I shop for all of my Maggies.  Diana has the best prices around and you get your orders super fast.

The fantabulous dp's are from PinkPaislee's Queen Bee collection...how fitting.  I used SU cs per usual.  The flowers weren't labeled and I can't remember where I got them.  The ribbon is your basic craft ribbon.

I applied diamond Stickles to Tilda's wings and the tips of the flowers and leaves.  The leaves, by the way, were cut with a MS punch.  I then distressed them with Ranger Walnut Stain and shaped them.  I cut the photo corners with a Cuttlebug Vintage die.  The sweet little bee charm is from WOJ.

Per usual, I colored the images using Copic markers and watercolor with distress inks.  Here's the details:

Copics:  E0000, 00, 02, 41, 43, 44, RV21

Ranger Distress Inks:  Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Scattered Straw, Old Paper, Wild Honey

Oh yeah, I almost forgot....here's a little slideshow of my newly organized craft room.  I still need to hang some Copic organizers and a bulletin board.  I also need new chairs.  But it's sooooooooo much more organized than it was before.  I love all of the little 1" and 2" drawers for my stamps, tools and embellies.  I love them so much that I'm going to order four more of the short drawer stands.





That's it for today!  Thank you so much for joining me.  I hope you get a chance to check out my tutorials.  Look for the newest two either tonight or tomorrow (they take a while to upload).

Try to find some time to color!

Ciao,

Angie

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Untamed...

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!  Oh, I sure hope you're having a great one!  My husband and son are spending the day together today.  That leaves me in my craft room!  Yippie!!!  I really like the sketch over at Friday Sketchers this week and wanted to make something for it.  I had this little girl colored in already and had picked out the dp's.  I got sidetracked and never actually made a card for her.  So, this was the perfect opportunity.  I grabbed my laptop and made my way to my craft room this morning.  I just love the card that I came up with.  I hope you do too.

Untamed
This little Sugar Nellie is called "Untamed".  Isn't she sweet?  I just love her long, flowing hair.  She almost looks to me like she's floating.  The dp's are from the Got Moxxie - Baby Mine collection.  But, the pieces that I used don't look 'baby-ish' to me.  The cs is by both SU and Bazzill and is really hard to see in photos.  But, believe it or not, there are two layers of cs backing the dp's.


I used a MS punch for the border around the image.  It adds a bit of romance.  I added the ribbon and bow both for texture and to cover the imperfection where the border didn't finish perfectly.  I put a little metal flower in the center of the bow for more texture and a bit of sparkle.  The gorgeous black gardenia is by Magnolia and you can get them and more at Magnolia-licious.  The pink flowers are by Prima.  I got the feathers from somewhere on eBay and I just LOVE the feeling they bring to the card.


As usual, I colored the image with both Copic markers and watercolors with distress ink.  Here's the detail of the colors that were used:

Copics: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, E00, 02, RV21

Ranger Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Black Soot

I hope you enjoyed my creation today.  Thank you soooooo much for joining me.  Try to find some time to color!

Ciao,

Angie

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Edwin of Sherwood Forest...

Hi Everyone!!!  I hope you're having a great week so far.  I sure am!  I got my craft room nearly complete.  I have a few more items to purchase.  I got to work in it today and it felt wonderful!!!  Everything is so clean and organized.  I do need a more comfortable chair though :-( 

So, I don't often make masculine cards.  I have a little boy and spent several years scrapbooking boy pages.  When I make cards, I love to use the girly colors, ribbons, flowers, lace...all that girly stuff.  Still, when I saw these two Magnolia images, I knew I had to put them together.

Here's my take on Robin Hood...

Edwin of Sherwood Forest
As with all Magnolia's, I JUST LOVE THESE IMAGES!!!  Here you see #166 Sherwood Edwin and #468 Trees In A Row (Large) and they're both available at Magnolia-licious - I think they're out of the Trees In A Row stamp, but if you let Diana know, I'm sure she'll get one ordered for you.

These fab dp's are from the BG Origins collection.  CS is from both SU and Bazzill.  I decorated this card very simply with assorted buttons.  The edge was cut with a MS punch and then I applied diamond Stickles.  The bow, arrows and feather in Edwin's cap also got some Stickles.

Both images were secured to the card with dimensionals.  All edges of the card and layers were distressed with sand paper.

I colored the images with a combination of Copic markers and watercolor with distress inks.  I used the following colors...

Copics used:  E00, 02, 41, 43, 44, RV21, W1, 3, 7

Ranger Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Old Paper, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Black Soot

Stampin' Up ink - Soft Sky

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for joining me.  I hope you enjoyed my creation.

Try to find some time to color!

Ciao,

Angie

Monday, May 3, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Hi Everyone!  I'm a little overdue in announcing my blog candy winner and I'm sooooooooooo sorry!  We had such a busy weekend that it all just got away from me.  So, without further wait, the winner, drawn by Random.org is................. #45, Sarah from Sarah's Bloggin Bit!!!  Sarah has won a copy of Magnolia Ink - Midsummer Night's Dream.  I've emailed Sarah and hope to hear from her soon.

True Random Number Generator
Min: 1
Max: 100
Result: 45

That's it for today!  I'll be in my new craft room tomorrow having a blast and will have something to show you soon.  I still have a few things to organize in my new craft room and will have pics for you when it's done.

Try to find some time to color!

Ciao,

Angie

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spellcaster...

Magnolia-licious DT Sketch Challenge


Happy Saturday Everyone!!!  Well, it's the first of the month and do you know what that means???  That's right!  Magnolia-licious has another awesome sketch challenge going on.  This time, the sketch was provided by Becca and it's a great one!  You can see all of the DT cards at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog, and believe me, it's worth your time.  The DT has been revamped a bit recently and Diana has assembled some more awesome talents.  Don't forget, you can join in on the fun by making your own creation with the sketch.  As always, Diana has a fantastic prize for the winner.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!

I've been a little pressed for time these past couple of weeks and I was worried that I would be rushed with my card.  As it was, I didn't have time to work on it until yesterday.  I'm happy to say that everything went smoothly and I really like the card!  I had a lot of fun working with the sketch.  I didn't change it up because I think it's pretty cool as is.  I did have a bit of trouble with the embellishments though because my images are pretty large and I didn't want to cover them with flowers and stuff.  So, it's fairly simple, but the dp's have so much going on that I don't really miss all of the fussy stuff.

Here's my card.  I hope you like it.  Please let me know what you think.  I always love to hear from you.

Spellcaster Tilda
I really wanted to work with one of the new stamps from the Fairytale Collection and I finally decided on #231 Spellcaster Tilda.  This was the first time that I had inked her up so it was pretty exciting.  I backed her up with #648 Open Gate from Spring 2010.  The Fairytale Collection is currently on pre-order at Magnolia-licious.  You can get these 2 stamps and more there.  They have the largest inventory of Magnolia's in the USA.  So, stock up!  There's no time like the present!

 
These gorgeous dp's are from the Webster's Pages - Lullaby Lane & Life's Portrait Collection Combo Pack.  The cs is SU.  I used generic black craft ribbon.  The pink pearls are by MS.  I glued silver jewelry spacers in the center of the open flowers and topped them with K&Co pearls.  Finally, I added crystal Stickles to the magic wand and the flowers.



I colored both images with Copic markers.  I added the grass by hand to ground the images.  Here is a list of the markers that I used:

E00, 02, 40, 41, 43, 44, 53
W00, 01, 03
R20, 22
RV21
BG0000, 72, 75
YG91, 95, 97, 99

I used Ranger Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Pumice Stone for the shadowing and to add extra depth to the images.

I really enjoyed working on this card.  I absolutely love to work with sketches.  Somehow it makes it a little more challenging.  Thank you so much for visiting me today.  Make sure to stop by Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog to see all of the DT creations.  They are fabulous!

Before I go, I want to thank you all for your sweet comments on my recent good fortune.  It was so nice to hear so much encouragement from everyone.  Thank you so much!

Scroll down to the next post... I've got more for you!

Summertime Treat...

CLP Challenge DT

Today is the very first CLP Challenge with the new DT in place!  How exciting is that????  I am so tickled to be on this DT.  I love making cards with sketches and this challenge blog is ALL ABOUT SKETCHES!!!  Chelsea has assembled an absolutely fabulously talented group of artists who will be making beautiful sights for your eyes on a monthly basis.  You can check out the whole group at CLP Challenge Blog.  There you will also find the details on how to join in on the fun.  It will run from May 1st thru May 31st.

Here is the fun sketch for CLP #25


Here is what I came up with:

Summertime Treat

I just love this Gurlee Girl image!  Doesn't she just make you want an ice cream cone?  When I first saw her, I immediately thought she looked like the typical image of an 'all American girl'.  Blonde hair, ice cream and roller skates...So I decided on an all American color scheme - red, white and blue.

These sweet dp's are from Pink Paislee's 365 Degrees collection.  CS is SU.  I grabbed the ribbon from a pile in my craft room.  I added a WOJ charm and K&Co pearls.  I made the beaded pins using a WOJ pin and beads from the craft store - simple but pretty.  To give a little sparkle, I added Stickles to the card border and Crystal Lacquer to the ice cream scoops.  I used an EK Success corner punch to make the insert for the image.

I colored the image with Copic markers and watercolors with distress inks.  Here is a list of the colors:

Copics -  E00, 02, 41, 43;  RV21;  Y21, 23;  W3, 5, 7

Ranger Distress Inks - walnut stain, pumice stone, shabby shutters, scattered straw, weathered wood, fired brick

I had a great time making this card for CLP Challenge Blog.  I hope the DT has inspired you to join in on the fun.  Try to find some time to color!

Ciao for now,

Angie
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