Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Graphic 45 Calendar Folio Series...

Great news! The Folio Series is coming back. After a three month break, I am ready to get back to the series. We will start up again in September with the September folios, posting September 17th!!

I will hold the Summer Folios (June, July, and August) until January 21, 2018. (I hope you will forgive me for taking a break. I sure needed one!) I want to stay on track with the monthly projects, so we will start up again with September and then have a Summer Fest in the New Year! 
If you are seeing this late, click HERE for the January - May Folios. There is a link to the storage box also.
Now, for a "bad" note about the folio storage box. Since I make my folio covers so LUMPY, only about 12 folios (6 months) will fit in the box! So, if you are making your folios dimensional, like I am, you will need to make a second box, or you will need to make a longer box, or find another storage solution. I have not decided what I will do yet. 

I am quite upset that I did not calculate the thickness of each folio correctly! I will probably make a second box. {insert major sigh and an eye roll here}

So, join me on September 17th for the next folio!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Best Wishes for the Bride-to-Be

Welcome to another Conie Fong Art and Design inspiration project! This month, I decided to color a sweet bride image, called Summer Bride. She comes in two other formats, Summer Dreams (wearing a hat and an apron) and Summer Blossoms (wearing a flower circlet and an apron). You can purchase each individually, or get all three, HERE
I created a standard A2 card this month (don't faint). For those who don't know, A2 is standard note card size, 5 1/2" tall and 4 1/4" wide. It was hard work coloring a smaller image, since I have been doing bigger sizes recently! 

I colored the image with Copics. I spent a lot of time on her hair and on her dress. I ended up making her dress gray, rather than white. I made a mistake, and rather than toss the image, I just embraced the gray! (Unlike the gray in my hair, which I do NOT embrace!)
I am having such fun coloring and learning new techniques. I have been trying to color every few days to prevent getting rusty! 

Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

I am entering my card into these challenges:

Digi Chooseday Craft Challenge Wk 33 - Anything Goes (closed)
Through the Craftroom Door August Challenge - Anything Goes (closed)
Tuesday Throwdown #356 - Anything Goes (closed)
Make My Monday #52 - Grey and Pink (closed)

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design 
Summer Bride
Copic markers: Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E01, R20; Hair: Y0000, Y00, Y11, Y15, Y21, YR24; Dress: BV23, BV20, C5, C3, C1, Colorless blender; Flowers: RV0000, RV000, RV02, RV52, RV55, RV66, Y16, YR24, YG05, YG09
Colored pencils: Prismacolor 1012, 1033, 915, 914 (hair)
Clear stamp: Hampton Art/Doodle Bug Design You Said It (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Printed paper: Bo Bunny Double Dot Charcoal
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Midnight, Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White, CutCardStock Flavors Gourmet Squid Ink, WorldWin Papers Smooth White
Dies: My Favorite Things Stitch Rectangle Scallop Frame, Tonic Studios Mix Edge Rectangles
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam squares, hot glue

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next! 
Here is the RRR August Ribbon Club Assortment. This month the collection is called Autumn Harvest Assortment. My favorite ribbon clubs each year are the Christmas, Patriotic, Halloween, and Autumn assortments! The autumn ribbons for 2017 do NOT disappoint!
I chose to make a "ribbon stack," as I normally do. I know, I am less than creative with my ribbon use! I simply love stacking the various ribbons together to achieve a new look. This time, I stacked the Natural Crochet Lace with the Kiwi Checkerboard Satin on top. I tied a double bow with the Moss and Cream Plaid and glued that to the stacked trims. I then tied a messy, loopy bow with Brown Burlap String and attached that to the bow. I topped the whole thing with a ceramic button.   
I decided to add several patterned papers and one large image rather than add a bunch of bits and bobs. The image is a digital stamp from Power Poppy called Pure Prairie Bouquet. (There is also a clear stamp version called Pure Prairie Spirit.) 

I printed the image at a whopping 5 1/2" x 6 7/8" onto 100 pound vellum surface paper. (Neither of my printers liked this super thick cardstock, but the Epson finally did the job!) 

I colored the entire image with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I am not very skilled with the pencils yet, but I do love how some of the flowers turned out! I will keep trying and keep learning.
I created this as a folio card, which is 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". I put white cardstock on the inside so it can be used during Thanksgiving as a memory folio. Each person in the family can write what they are thankful for on the inside and the folio card can be displayed on the table. 

I am entering my card into these challenges:
Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club (Natural Crochet Lace, Kiwi Checkerboard Satin, Moss and Cream Plaid), Brown Burlap String
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Brown, WorldWin Papers ColorMates Textured Cascata White, Strathmore Bristol Vellum Surface 100#
Designer paper: My Mind's Eye Boo to You Spooky Stripes, Echo Park The Story of Fall Dots and Orange Leaf, Creative Imaginations Double Vision November
Stamps: Power Poppy Pure Prairie Bouquet, Olive and Oak Extended (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Colored pencils: Prismacolor
Button: stash
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Scor-tape

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Happy Wishes

Welcome to the Conie Fong Art and Design August Facebook Challenge! The challenge this month is to use a Conie Fong image and the theme - Use a Die Cut! (As always, the challenges are Anything Goes, but you get an extra point for using the theme!)
For my challenge project this month, I used the delightful Little Blossom (with balloons) image. This sweet image comes three ways: holding balloons, holding a purse, or holding a purse with a cherry blossom background.You can get ALL THREE for $5.75 by clicking HERE.

Since I struggle with deep, dark colors, I decided to give dark blue, black, and dark aqua a whirl this month! I wanted Little Blossom's hair to be dark, with a blue cast, but she sort of came out with hair! Which, I sort of love!
I wanted to try transparent balloons, but after struggling with the technique for a while, I just could not get it, so the balloons are those thick opaque kind! {smile} I will keep practicing and maybe I will master the technique at some point!

I added lots of yellow to the image and the card, just to give some relief from all the dark colors. 
I did use some die cuts: the fancy corner shapes are a die cut and the rectangles are also die cut. I also used some fun ribbon...mostly to cover up a splodge at the top of the card where an overfull marker leaked...AFTER the whole image was colored! 

Please play along in the Conie Fong FB challenge. If you don't have a Conie Fong image, you can download one for free once you join the Fac
ebook Group! Click HERE for that.   

I am entering my card into these challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #170 Anything Goes (closed)
The Paper Players - #355 Tic-Tac Toe (I used die cut, birthday, enamel dots, blue) (closed)
Color Crazy Challenge - #30 Anything Goes (closed)

Conie Fong August 2017 Facebook Challenge

Your project needs to be uploaded into the designated Facebook album (click HERE) in order to be considered for the prizes. Make sure to read all the RULES on the Challenge Page.

Digital stamps: Conie Fong Art and Design 
Little Blossom (with balloons) 
Clear stamps: Power Poppy Simple Camellias (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Electric Blue double-faced satin; yellow ombre and blue and yellow dot from my stash 
Copic markers: Skin/eyes: E00, E21, E51, R20, R22, E47, E49; Hair: C9, C7, C5, B16; Balloons: BG18, BG13, BG1, BG10, G24, G21, G20, W3, Y17, Y13, Y11, Y0000, B21, B24, B26, B37; Dress and shoes: C9, C7, C5, C3, G21, G20, Y17, Y13, Y11, Y0000, B21, B24, B26
Prismacolor pencils: Hair: 1059 (10% cool grey), 1067 (90% cool grey), 1063 (50% cool grey), 938 (white)
Enamel Dots: Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Blue Jean, Echo Park Celebrate Easter (yellow)
Printed paper: Canvas Corp Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe, My Minds Eye Quiet Country
Cardstock: Hammermill Digital Copy 100#, Worldwin Midnight, Stampin' Up Whisper White, CutCardStock Pop Tone Lemon Drop
Dies: Tonic Studios Mixed Edge Rectangles, Spellbinders Asian Accents
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Ranger Multi Medium

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Joy to the World!

Hello, Readers! I apologize for letting the blog linger for over two weeks without a post! I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging and crafting this summer. There has been a lot going on here at home, and there have been many changes happening. Plus, we are doing some cosmetic updates to the house, which means the house has been at sixes and sevens! I still have much to do, but I am trying to pace myself so as to not have another back or hip injury!

My studio is 95% back to working form! I need to do a few more things and hang some artwork, but it's mostly ready to go! I hope to share a video of the space soon.

I have to confess, that my mojo has also been on vacation these past few months! However, yesterday, I received a nice surprise in the mail that perked me up a bit!
Hampton Art has released another one of my little wood mount stamps! This one is being sold by Hobby Lobby Stores! It is not up on their website yet, but it may already be in stores. I will keep you posted if I see it available online!
It is always fun to have a new stamp come out. I submit artwork to Hampton Art about once a year, and then wait patiently to see if any of it gets picked up by the big box stores. Sometimes, it is YEARS before art gets made into an actual stamp! However, it is always a thrill to find out it has. It means a small royalty check comes in the mail four times a year, which is always great, even if it is just enough to buy a fancy coffee. {smile}

I plan to share a card made with this stamp soon, and will be doing a prize grab here on the blog. I always get three stamps: one to use, and two to give away! Stay tuned for that!

In other news, I will start up the Graphic 45 monthly folio series in September, so keep an eye out The last folio was the May folio, so we will either pick up the June project in September and continue with one per month, or I will save the summer folios until the end and pick back up with the September folios...I am not sure yet. 

Have a great weekend and come on back on August 2nd for a new Conie Fong image and challenge!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer-time Altered Notebook

Welcome to another Conie Fong Art and Design inspiration project! Every new image I color makes me fall more in love the Conie's art. The faces of her sweet images are just precious. For my inspiration project this month, I decorated a notebook with the image that I colored.
This image is called Moonflower Lullaby. I have seen her colored in many variations, but I wanted to color her for summer. Plus, I wanted to give her dark brown hair. Dark brown is more difficult for me to color than light hair, mostly because my very dark markers tend to "go sticky" on me! I am determined to master the things that are difficult for me, including using my DARK markers!

I gave Moonflower hot orange and blue flowers and an orange dress. She is certainly ready for the hot weather!  
I printed the image at about 5" tall, which makes it big for a card. I am a little tired of making HUGE cards, so I went in another direction. I found a brand new, never used notebook in the closet and decided to alter it! (You have no idea how hard it is to find a NEW notebook in this house! I find lots of partially USED notebooks, however!)

I cut out the image using a large circle die and then picked through my papers to find some orange. Do you know how hard it is to find orange paper that is NOT Halloween?! In my stash, it is VERY hard!  
I remembered that the Graphic 45 Artisan Style collection had orange and blue in it. And I was in business! I simply cut some paper, matted with black cardstock, for the front of the notebook. I added a zig-zag border and some orange ribbons.

I matted the image with a large scallop circle and a plain black circle. The "notes" label is made from chipboard, which I colored with a black marker.
Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

I am entering my card into these challenges:

Crafty Friends Challenge #62 - Floral (closed)
Really Reasonable Ribbon #167 - Anything Goes with Ribbon (closed)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #486 - Ribbons/Bows (closed)
Craftaholics R Us Challenge #27 - Summer (TOP PICK)
Craft-Dee Bows July Challenge - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow (closed)

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design 
Moonflower Lullaby
Copic markers: Skin/Hair/Eyes: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, R22, B34, B37, B39; Hair: E27, E43, E47, E49; Dress and flowers: V09, V17, YR02, YR07, YR68, Y0000, Y00, Y11, B32, B34, B37, B39, YG01, YG03, YG05
Other marker: Bic Black Mark-it
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Artisan Style
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Midnight, Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Circles, Grand Big Scallop Circles
Border punch: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Torrid Orange Grosgrain (1/4"), Tangerine Grosgrain, Bluebonnet Baker's Twine
Button: stash
Chipboard alphas: Maya Road David
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam squares, Scor-tape, Ranger Multi Medium, hot glue
Notebook: school supply

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next! 
Here is a peeky at the RRR July Ribbon Club Assortment. This month the collection is called Perfectly Purple Mix. I like purple, but find it hard to match paper to it because purple can have blue undertones, or red, or be more on the pink/purple spectrum, or more on the black/purple spectrum. It's a purple puzzle! 

I had two images all colored and ready to go, but when I put them next to the ribbon club, one of the images had more of a pink-toned purple, and one had a very dark, blue-toned purple. Neither one really matched the ribbon as well as I had hoped! So, those images went back in the orphan image bin and I changed directions!
I knew (from days and days of sorting my paper) that the purples in the Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection were a perfect match for the ribbons! Happy day! I went with a fairly monochromatic look, and embraced the purple This is an older collection from G45, and I have tons of scraps. I confess, I finally tossed the small scraps and only saved those of a good size for cardmaking. {I know...GASP!}  

I used a Mojo Monday Sketch (#430) for my card design. I am so sad that they are no longer doing sketches. I love my collection of Mojo Monday Sketches! If you want to print copies, hurry, quick like a bunny, and grab them! Click HERE.
I wrapped the top of the card with Hyacinth Taffeta Ribbon. Then, I trimmed a length of the Delphinium Crosshatch Satin Ribbon and used Scor-tape to attach it to the top of the taffeta.

I made a large, loopy bow from the taffeta and glued it to the top of the stacked ribbons. Then, I made a loopy bow from Violet Burlap String and attached it to the top of the taffeta bow. I found a pretty (and sparkly) button in my stash, and added that to the top of the bows! {Yum, right?!}    
I love the vintage images for this paper collection. They remind me of old seed packets. I grew up in the country and my mom, and many of the other ladies in the community, ordered seeds - and traded seeds - so this collection reminds me of those days.

I stamped a message on the inside of the card, and it's all ready to go! The card measures 6" tall by 5" wide. Plus, the fabulously lumpy bow. {grin}

I am entering my card into these challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #199 Anything Goes, Optional Twist Monochrome (closed)
Always Fun Challenges - Challenge #14 Anything Goes (closed)
Hiding in my Craft Room - #308 Super Scraps Saturday (closed)
Inkspirational Challenge - #138 Word Prompt, Rural (closed)
CropStop July Challenge - Link Party #30 (closed)

(Some of these challenge blogs are new to me! I have been out of the challenge game for a long time, so it has been fun to look for new challenges! I use Paper Playful to scout out new challenge blogs...and to reacquaint myself with some old "friends.")

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon July Ribbon Club (Hyacinth Taffeta Ribbon, Delphinium Crosshatch Satin Ribbon), Violet Burlap String
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis White, Brown
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden (12x12 Beautiful Blooms, Sunkissed, Springtime; 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad)
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Sentiments Collection 2 (inside greeting)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Button: stash
Border punch: Stampin' Up
Dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Spellbinders Standard Circles small and large
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Scor-tape