Thursday, July 31, 2014

Valarie Wade Rose

One of artists over at Sweet Pea Stamps that make such sweet faces on her characters is Valarie Wade. I have been longing to color up some of her images.

I used my paper from Fancy Pants-Park Bench. I used one of my Spellbinder dies to create the embellished doily look on the card.

I colored the image with my Copics:

Hair: C9,7,5,3,
Skin: E15,13,11
Dress: Y19,15,11 and B000

Be sure to check out some of the wonderful images that Valarie has in the shop.

Guest Designer: Suzi McKenzie

 Suzi used Elaine Cox's Little Jasmine to create these two beautiful and unique perspectives.
It's hard to decide which one is our favorite! How about you - does one of these gorgeous creations speak louder than the other?

Thanks Suzi for sharing your lovely creations.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

With love

This is one of the cutest stamps. Heather Valentins Amy Boo. And it's such a joy to color to.

As always I colored her with my Copics, and these are the colors I used:
Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11
Hair: E50, Y21, YR31, YR24
Pinks: R81, R83, R85, R59
Purple: BV0000, BV000, V20, V22, V25, V28, BV25, BV29
Shoes: C1, C3, C5, C7
Eyes: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79

I recently cleaned up and purged my card ad scrapbook supplies. And in that process I found some really old chipboard pieces and a beautiful pearl vine, I had forgotten I had. So instead of using the flowers I normally use for cards, I decided to go with these 'new' old products.

The chipboard got a little white and purple ink, and then it matched the project perfectly. I also used some older Martha Stewart punches, to edge the card. I wanted it to have a real girly look.

The stamp I used is Heather Valentin's Amy Boo, available at the Sweet Pea Stamp store in both rubber and digi.

Thank you so much for stopping by today

Charity Dauenhauer's The Land of Dragonflies

Hi all. My name is Cathy. I got to be July's guest DT here at Sweet Pea Stamps. I used Charity Dauenhauer's The Land of Dragonflies. I had fun using this stamp in parts and as a whole stamp. I got the idea from seeing a You Tube video of someone using a part of the digital stamp. That gave me a idea to use with this great stamp. 
My tag I colored with Distress Paint and ink pads. I colored the dragon with watercolors. 
 The two cards I colored with Copics and used stickles on the wings. I colored the background of the one card with watercolors. I used the distress sprayer and Distress markers on the oval dragon card background.
I almost forgot my first postcard I did. I took the dragon and the dragonflies and made a postcard out of it. I colored the images with Copics and I did the background in chalk. I added glitter to the wings.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dragon Keeper at Sweet Pea Stamps

Aletha here with an inspiration piece for today. I chose an image from one of my favorite artists Charmaine Flannery. Her images are so much fun to work with. I think what I like about Ms. Flannery images are her facial features and subject matter. Sweet Pea Stamps has her art at rubber stamps or digital images, whichever media you want to create with.

My image, Dragon Keeper, was colored with Copics. I added some accents with glitter pens and a white gel pen. After trimming the image, distressing with Distressed Ink, I layered Dragon Keeper on several layers of cardstock.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04,11, 21, R20
Hair: E21, 25, 29
Wings and Dragon:
YR01, 12, 16, 18, and
BG11, 13, 15, 18, 49

To complete my piece I layered designer paper on several pieces of cardstock and mounted it on my card base. I then added a strip of designer paper to that and attached the main image. For my embellishments I added pearls, mini metal dragonflies, and a few die cut swirls. I did not have any “orange” pearls, so I decided to color six pearls with a YR18 Copic. Now my pearls matched my design.

My complete recipe:
  • Digital image Dragon Keeper
  • Copics, glitter pens, white gel pen
  • Designer paper: DCWV, Inc., the Mariposa Collection
  • Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!’s Only Orange and Island Indigo
  • Charms: Dragonflies from Frost Creek Charms
  • Ink: Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
  • Die cuts: Spellbinder’s Die D-Lites Corners and Accents 2
  • Pearls: my stash

I hope you stop by every day for more inspiration from this awesome Sweet Pea Design Team. Come check out our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group. We have a bi-weekly art contest to win a digi of your choice from Sweet Pea Stamps. We also have a monthly challenge at One Sweet Challenge blog. A gift certificate is the prize for our challenge blog.

Thanks for the visit. If you have any questions, you can contact me.
Aletha Jane
Sweet Pea Stamps Designer

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Dasies Flower Pot Pretties

Here I am again with another creation, this time using Summer Dasies Flower Pot Pretties by Heather Valentin available from the Sweet Pea Stamps store.

To begin with I printed two copies of the digi, the second copy was used to mask the first while I airbrushed the background with my Promarker.  The wee daisies at the top were a problem, I had cut them out but really they were to small so I tried using masking fluid instead, a fluid used in watercolour painting to stop the spread of the paint.  I worked a treat thankfully.  To apply it I used a toothpick :)
Onto the colouring with my Promarkers and once completed Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals was used to create the mount.
Promarkers used.
Lots of layering for the background picking up the colours I used in the digi.
Now for the decision, make my own flowers or use shop bought ones lol.  I opted to make my own, for the daisies I used the die Sizzix Mini Daisies and for the wee yellow ones I used Impression Obsession Layered Floral Set.  After colouring and assembling I set to with the flower centres where I used pearls airbrushed with the same Promarker colours I used in the image.  To hold the pearls in place while airbrushing I find a bit of blue-tack works a treat.
The sentiment was printed digitally and then airbrushed.  To cut it out I used Nellie's Multi Frame Round Doily
The image looked like it needed just something else added to it so I printed another copy, coloured two of the large flowers, the tiny daises and the snail again. These were then cut out and added as a second layer to the digi.  Alas it does not really show in the photo but in real life you can see the 3D effect.  Each of the flowers were shaped with a ball tool to dimension to the flowers and the underneath petals were trimmed away. The snail was finished off with Glossy Accents.
One more thing to get ready, a wee butterfly so I can carry the purple colour to the upper left of the card, for this I used Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies.  Oooops - sorry about the blurry pic <g>.  I find it easier to grab pics as I am going along as I hate writing and know some of you who read are interested in the process but sometimes I am just a little to quick to capture the moment and I guess this is one of those times :)
To finish off the card I added a doily, string of pearl beads and some skeleton leaves.

  • Digi -  Summer Dasies Flower Pot Pretties by Heather Valentin
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals, Nellie's Multi Frame Round Doily, Sizzix mini daisies, Impression Obsession Layered Floral Set and Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies 
  • Liquid Pearls and Purple Stickles
  • DP- Papermania
Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a happy crafting day ahead :) :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Faylinn fairy

Have a fabulous day, it's Sande here with you today.

 I bet you have heard of one fabulous Artist: Helena Reis. What about seeing her stunning images! Today I am sharing my card by using one of her gorgeous images: "Faylinn".
Can be found only in digital.
The colours are girly pink and purple. 
Doesn't she look just fabulous with those colours? And those blue hair?
 I have used my Copics as I always do.
 The image can be found at the store as a digital. 

You can find much more fabulous images at the Sweet Pea Stamps so don't forget to pop over!
Hope you'll get some inspiration here and create something fabulous!

Hugs, Sande xx

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Spring flower, Milo´s view

Spring Flower by Conie Fong

Featured Artist Week: Jennifer's View

Lisa Victoria's Bubble Fairy is such a sweet image, I love the beautiful teacup and how imaginative pixies and fairies can be. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop at Sweet Pea Stamps to check out all the wonderful Lisa Victoria images.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Featured Artist Lisa Victoria: Owl Moon

Here's a great image from Sweet Pea artist Lisa Victoria called Owl Moon.  This image is currently available in digi format at the Sweet Pea store.  I just love the big eyes on the owl as it stares up at the moon. I used a Copic YG markers to color the Moon to give it a greenish glow.  The paper is a Bazzill Swiss on which I dusted white ink to give the look of fog/clouds.

That adorable tree is a brand new die cut from Spellbinders and I added the cutest owl buttons to it.  The sentiments show come from Sweet Pea stamps.  I hope you are loving all the beautiful Lisa Victoria Projects this week.  Drop by the store and check out all her beautiful stamps, she has some wonderful Dragons.

ALSO--There's some great Coupon Codes that you can use at the Sweet Pea Stamps Store.  They will run through the 26th, for Rubber stamps get 20% off  using cherrystamp; for digi stamps get 25% off with cherrydigi.  Happy Shopping

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Featured Artist-Olivia's View #Lisa Victoria

This week our featured artist is the super talented, Lisa Victoria. She has some amazing dragon and fantasy themed digis and stamps that are sure to amaze you.

I decided to use the image,  Fire Dragon
I had this great DCVW paper called Once a Upon a Time that was perfect to pair with the image. I then colored the dragon in Copics and tried to get a more reptile scale feel with it by dotting the scales on in different shades of green.  I added some stickles as well to the dragon and distressed it with my ink pads.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Featured Artist Week: Lina's View

She makes the cutest images. Lisa Victoria. I really love her style. This little dragon saying hello to the ladybug is just way to adorable. But when I was done with the card, I figured I should really make a matching envelope. Cause it's that kind of detail I know the recipient would really love. So here's a video of how I made the envelope with lining.

As always I used Copics to color the image, but have unfortunately lost my litte PostIt note, telling the colors.

I made the card somewhat flat, with not to much bulk, since it had to fit inside the envelope. So in order to add some other kind of interest, I made it into a gate fold card instead. You can make any fold you like, just keep in mind that some 'types' of cards quickly become more bulky than others.

I almost always stitch on my cards, but on this one it became almost a must. Again keeping the bulk down, it adds the perfect little detail.

The stamp I used is Dragonluck by Lisa Victoria, available in the Sweet Pea Stamp store as both rubber and digi.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Artist of the Week Featuring Lisa Victoria: Aletha’s Pick

Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone had a great weekend and you got over the Monday Blues.

This week here at our Sweet Pea Stamp Design Team blog we are featuring images created by Lisa Victoria for Sweet Pea Stamps (SPS). We got to pick which image and I picked one of the cutest dragons that I have seen in a while. Meet Lisa’s “Butterfly Dragon.” Lisa’s image can be found in digital format or as rubber stamps, whichever media you like.

I printed out Butterfly Dragon on cardstock and colored with Copics. After coloring, I distressed all the edges and added distress ink to all sides. My happy dragon was then layered on green cardstock that was distressed in the same manner.

Copics used:
Dragon’s body:
YG21, 23, 25, and
YR12, 15, 18, and E09
Wings and Flower:
YG21, 23, 25, and
YR12, 15, 18, and E09, and
Y00, 11, 15, 17
W00, 0, 1, 2, and
Y11, YR12

I distressed the designer paper and cardstock for my base. The twine I stained with some brown ink. The embellishments are some clear stamps and a heart charm, both from my ever growing supply of stamps and metal objects.

We have a monthly challenge at One Sweet Challenge. July’s theme is “red, white, and blue.” We would love for you to share any of your projects at our SPS Facebook group. Come like Sweet Pea’s Facebook page and stay on top of all the happenings within Sweet Pea Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you come visit every day and be inspired with all the pieces of art from some very talented designers.
Aletha Jane
SPS Designer

Monday, July 21, 2014

Featured Artist by Jane - Lisa Victoria

Sweet Pea Stamps

Hello folks, here I am again with another creation for  Sweet Pea Stamps.  Today I am sharing with you my DT creation for Artist Week where the whole team use an image by the artist Lisa Victoria.  I have chosen the image Fire Dragon to work with :)

This is a rather simple card and an even more simple blog post as I am still without an Internet connection in my house and am also in the process of packing for my return trip to Saudi on Wednesday morning.

Here is a close-up of the coloured digi.  For the colouring I used the new Spectrum Noir blend able pencils.  The first time I used the pencils I also used the blending solution which removes the wax and only leaves the coloured pigment behind leaving an effect very similar to that of our beloved Promarkers and Copics.  This time I have not used the blending solution but instead built up the image with several layers of the crayons so I can see what the different effect is.

 For the corners of the card and the flames from the dragon I have used fire coloured gold leaf which I have just bough but it is in my house and I am writing this at my daughter house (saying as she has an Internet connection :) :) :) ) and I can't remember the name of it.  I do love the outcome though and an rather glad I bought it the other day.  Now I wish I had bought more but that will have to be next year now.

Thank you for stopping by :) and hope you have a happy crafting day ahead of you :) :) :)

  • Digi Fire Dragon by Lisa Victoria  Sweet Pea Stamps
  • Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
  • Dies - X-Cut for the black mount and Tattered Lace for the alphabet