Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Birthday Celebrations

Today's post is a "shout out" to the wonderful Sammi at Mad for Markers who is celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of her online was about this same time, that I "rediscovered" my passion for colouring and started adding to my collection of Copic Markers. I met Sammi at a Papercraft show in Melbourne and her enthusiasm for Copic colouring was contagious and I was thrilled to learn that she could supply all my Copic needs by mail - a huge bonus for someone living in the country! - and her customer service is simply WONDERFUL!  Since then, I am the proud owner of many new Copic colours. I joined her online, at Facebook and the Mad for Markers Blog... and have learnt so many fantastic techniques and made great new friends...and now, I am honoured to be a member of her Design Team.

To celebrate the 2nd Birthday of Mad for Markers, Sammi will be hosting a month of celebrations - commencing today with lots of giveaways on the Mad for Markers Facebook Page and Blog - It will end in the release of the 3rd Volume of  - Copicendium - a mini ideas book of inspiration....and a huge DT Blog Hop - you are very welcome to join in the FUN - and we would love to have you at the PARTY :)

...and.. as a tribute to the occasion, I thought a card creation would be very appropriate.

This Sweet Miss is called Copica and was designed by the very talented Krista Smith of Saturated Canary, this is a digi image printed up on X-Press IT Blending Card - and with her pocket full of Copic Makers...she looks very much like Sammi, the first time I met her :)

Copics Used:

Skin - E00, E01, E11 - Cheeks R20
Lips - RV42 - Eyes - B12
Hair - E27, E25, E21
Dress - R81, R83, R85
Apron - V12, V15, V17
Striped Top - Y38, YR23, YR21
Stockings - W1, W3, W5
Copic Markers - W1, W3, W5 - and a combination of my favourite colours

Looking forward to "seeing" you at the "party"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Some Tropical Playtime

...this week... I have been looking through the photos, my daughter and her friends have been sharing.. from their Fijian Adventure - Wow! what an amazing trip they in a traditional village for a few days and experiencing island life in 3 different backpacker resorts...I have really enjoyed the pictorial journey, they have taken me on ...and it has inspired my latest card projects. On the last day in the village the villagers said goodbye in a traditional Fijian ceremony - all the volunteer participants were adorned in a necklace, made from tropical flowers and then had their faces covered in talcum powder and in some instances, paint (the significance of this, I am unsure of ??).

I love the lush green foliage of the tropics and the bright pinks, yellows and oranges of tropical flowers, they just "ooze" happiness. Therefore, they were the colours I reached for in my Copic Collection when it came to creating these cards.

The images are both digital stamps from Mo Manning - "Pineapple Girl" and "Kalei" adorable tropical feel to these island cuties!

Copics Used: Pineapple Girl

Skin: E000, E01, E11, Cheeks: RV42
Hair: E25, E27, E21
Dress: Y38, Y26, Y21,YG11, YG13, YG17Lei: RV55, RV02, RV10, Y38 - Blossom Spica Pen
Pineapple: Y38, Y26, Y21, YG11, YG13, YG17 - Buttermilk Spica Pen/White Gel Pen

Copics Used: Kalei

Skin: E33, E35, E37, Cheeks RV42
Grass Skirt: YG97, YG95, YG91
Hair: Black, E04, E77, E79
Top:Y38, Y26, Y21
Lei: RV55, RV02, RV10,

It was fun to use the same combination of colours on both these cards - and end up with different results. I also experimented with different skin tones (very new for me). I even added "rosier" cheeks by using RV42 instead of my favoured R20 - actually, I reached for a whole new colour combination of pink for these cards - I felt my usual combination of R81, R83 and R85 was not vivid enough for a tropical theme. If you are looking for new pink combinations yourself, be sure to pay a visit to the Mad for Markers Challenge Blog the DT have been sharing some gorgeous creations using R or RV Copic Makers - don't be afraid to join in too :)

The sentiment on both cards were created using "A Little Pot" font - I like to use my computer to generate my sentiments as it means I can create the perfect sentiment for my theme.... these were inspired by the greetings of the Fijian and Hawaiian people...and I thought they were perfect for the current challenge at Mo's Challenge Blog :)

One of the most famous expressions in Fiji is “Bula” (pronounced boolah). It is the Fijian word for “hello”. “Ni sa bula vinaka” is the full correct greeting- meaning “a warm hello,” but ‘Bula’ is more commonly used, especially for visitors to Fiji as it is quick and easy to learn and understand. 'Bula’ is as significant in Fiji as “Aloha” is to Hawaii - 'Bula 'represents more than just ‘hello’, it also means happiness and health.

The formal way  to say goodbye in Fijian is 'ni sa moce', pronounced 'nee-sah-moh-thay', though it is mostly and simply said as just 'moce'. It is also the word for goodnight. 

- until next time... "moce - my friends"

Monday, February 13, 2012

Many Happy Moments

.....yes, I have had a wonderful few days!! :)....and lots to "tell" you LOL!! Firstly, my baby daughter is home "safe" from her Fijian Adventure. If you have been following my Photo-a-Day project, you may remember a couple of weeks ago she left on a Student Volunteer Program in Fiji. She was really looking forward to helping out in a remote village, repairing buildings, teaching English & hygiene to children and learning Fijian customs during her homestay. There was also some time for a little holiday....a planned "island hopping" trip in this beautiful tropical paradise. However, all didn't go to plan! - they were evacuated from the village, due to rising flood waters, chased by the effects of Cyclone Jasmine (and placed in "lock-down" for 2 days at a backpackers hostel) and then plagued by rough seas and endless days of rain for the remainder of the trip - so yes, a very Happy Moment to have her home!!

This photo shows the volunteer group being guided across the flooded bridge at the village - my daughter and my niece are in the centre of this photograph.... being lead by the man in the red hooded jacket. - Scary Stuff!!

....and these photos show a little of the contrast in weather during her time in Fiji - building a wall in the meals area of the local school, in the mud and rain... and then "holidaying" on Naviti Island with another storm has certainly been a trip to remember and she has over 1000 photos to prove it LOL!! - Yes I have taught her well :)

This morning the Happy Moments continued when my postman delivered a wonderful Copic Storage Case that I was able to redeem as part of the Copic Rewards Program......I couldn't wait to place my beloved Copics! inside it.... and "look" there is still room to purchase more!

If you would like to earn one of these fantastic storage cases yourself, all the details can be found at Mad for Markers....I know you will "love" it and feel so much more organised! :)

After this delievery, the Happy Moments continued - you may have noticed??... that my blog, has a whole new look to it today??! - yes, the lovely- sweet Kristina Proffitt of Two Happy Mamas created this gorgeous blog design - designed by her, especially for me!! I am thrilled, beyond happiness with this "new-look" blog.... it includes my favourite colours, allows me to share larger photos and is totally, so much more me - Thankyou, Thankyou - Thankyou, Kristina.

...and in honour of this blog "make-over".... and the fact that my Copic Markers are now organised and stored in their new home.... and I am bursting with happiness.... I thought I should create a new card to share.

This is "Smell the Flowers Tia" from the Some Odd Girl range of stamps available at Mad for Markers.

Copics Used:

Skin - E11, E01, E00, R20
Hair - E25, E27, E21
Dress - B32, B34, B37
Flowers/Shoes - R81, R83, R85
Grass/Leaves - YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Ladybug - W3, W5, Black100, R24, R27

I hope you have enjoyed today's post and my "new look blog" and "your" week is full of Happy Moments too!

Monday, February 6, 2012

All Inked Up!

...for those of you who follow my "creative capers" -  you would remember me posting about an ATC swap challenge I was participating in...with a group of "Scrappy Friends"??!! Today I would like to update you on that journey... and share some of my Artist Trading Cards with you. Initially I found it really difficult to work on such a tiny surface - I am big 12 x 12" girl myself  ;) but now I am amazed by just how much detail you can place on a 2.5 x 3.5" piece of cardstock!!...and I have been experimenting with "inks" -  they are a very popular medium amongst my "Scrappy Friends" but not one I have had much to do with...but I managed to use them on all 3 of my latest ATC's

January's Theme was "Sizzlin' Summer" and my ATC was created using hybrid techniques - the base is cardstock from Creative Memories called Mediterranean and using a digital kit "Cheerful Tropical Additions" from Creative Memories I made a "sun, sand & sea" scene and embellished with seagull diecuts and twine. The edges were inked using "Antique Linen" from the Tim Holtz range of distress inks and "stitched" with white gel pen - a small introduction to ink LOL!

February's Theme is "Show us some LOVE" - I got a lot more adventurous with the ink! I was struggling to find background paper for this challenge so again, I thought I would create my own. I printed up the word "love" in a variety of fonts on plain old white 210gsm card and then set about turning it into a vintage pink colour using "Victorian Velvet"  Tim Holtz Distress Ink....then I embellished with some Vintage images from "darkroom door" called Love Letters from the Filmstrip range, some cobweb lace, paper flowers and adhesive pearls all compliments of a visit I made to my friend Karen & Co at Scrap2Relax 

....and then I was hooked!! LOL!! so I decided I would keep ahead of the challenges and tackle March's Theme which is "Autumn Antics". One of the things I have loved about creating ATC's is that anything goes! and I have discovered all sorts of "goodies" in my craft room. In my stash I found some old BasicGrey paper called "Tangerine" from the Fusion collection it matched perfectly with some Paper Flowers from the Creative Memories Reminisce Power Palette and I thought they were the perfect colour to base my ATC around.

I found a little poem about Autumn that was really sweet, so I adapted it and printed it up on little tags....I then inked these tags along with some more white background paper in an assortment of Autumn tones - "Bundled Sage" from Tim Holtz Distress Inks and "Really Rust", "Close to Cocoa" and "Apricot Appeal" - Stampin' Up Inks. Added a yellow adhesive rhinestone to the centre of the paper flower and some leaf punches and I was done!! - now I wonder what ink I can add to my April ATC - I think I am a bit addicted LOL!! -  stay tuned!