I did not mean to take such a long sabbatical but there is a lot going on personally right now. It is all good and I will be able to announce it soon :) Thank you for hanging in there with me! Things should be back to normal (as far as regular posting is concerned) by early June. This month's Gallery theme at Embellish-Online is brought to you by DT member Cindy (Mothermark on SCS). The theme is Mother's and Mayflowers. A visit to the gallery is sure to get you inspired.
Here is one of my cards from the EO Gallery. I stamped the My Favorite Things Happy Mother's Day image out three times then cut the frame for the bottom layer, the woman holding the flowers for the second layer, and the flowers in the pot as well as the corner tiny flowers for a third layer. The background paper uses the newest BasicGrey Sugared collection which is filled with soft, feminine colors and florals.
I put all of this on a base of Bazzill Bling in Blue Eyes. Other embellishments include Stampin' Up! Boho Floral punch and Swarovski Crystals adhered to paper with my white Sakura Glaze pen. Lots of dimension to this one, yet it still mailed for regular postage :)
The top leaves and flowers are done with white, yellow and dark green Glaze Pens for shine and texture. Glaze pens give a shiny, enamel look and a bit of raised surface.
I used the Copic system of coloring for the pot, skin and clothing whereby I used three markers of very similar color and tone to color, highlight, shade, and blend. I bought my markers at Carousel Rubber Stamps in Dartmouth (where I work a few hours a week). She will ship for exact postage rates but does run out about as soon as she gets them in. She has none in right now, but if there is interest I can post when the next order arrives. I know it has not been easy for us Canadian girls to find these.
I also created an Excel chart for all 214 of the original Copic Marker colors. Other colors are available with the Sketch and Ciao type markers. You may use the chart on your blogs, but please do credit me by name and link to this blog. It took me quite a while to create the chart and I would appreciate it :)
I recommend printing the chart onto cardstock so that you can add the colors you own as you collect them. To download the chart right click *HERE* and save. I will add the chart to the sidebar of my blog so that it is always here for you should you need another.
Reminder: Embellish Online has a code for 20% off your entire order so be sure to use it if you buy anything. The code is mayflowers and is good through the month of May.
Have you ever dreamed about being on a design team? Stay tuned tomorrow for a special announcement that could make your dreams a reality! Thank you so much for stopping by. A special thanks to Jeanette and Robyn & Riggs for the lovely emails. It is really nice to know I have people who care out there :) Sorry to worry anyone.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. You make the world a better place just by being in it. I will leave you with Freeway tiptoeing through the Tulips at the park.