Sunday, October 13, 2019

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop! You should be coming to my blog from Bonnie's Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the October Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)

The October Ribbon Club Assortment is called Christmas Assortment. I love traditional red, green, and white for Christmas. It is festive and timeless! 

It seems that I just put all the Christmas things away, and now here we are, getting them all out again! Every year, I try to get my fall decor up around the first day of autumn, but this year I was a bit late, plus it was HOT here. I will keep my fall decor up until just after Thanksgiving. 

I like to put up my Christmas tree and decorate the house sometime during the first week of December. I tend to keep everything up until the first weekend after New Year's Day, around the Epiphany (January 6). Decorating for the holidays is a ton of work, so I like to have it up as long as possible! I love decorating for the holidays, but I sure do hate putting it all away! 
Another big job is mailing Christmas cards! I try to keep a nice selection of standard size, easy to mail cards in my stash. I do confess to not mailing any cards last year! I had a major surgery in December, and just lost the card mailing fight! 

This cute card is 7" x 5" and fits into a standard envelope. I love the sweet Santa image from the new Authentique Rejoice Collection!  This paper collection comes with an extra pad of 12x12 patterns and an extra 12x12 pad of images to cut apart! Making it perfect for making cards! Plus, there is a baking themed collection as well as the main Christmas collection! Everything coordinates perfectly!
To speed up the card making process, I used a sketch from CardMaps (see the October sketches HERE). This layout is really fun, and I can see myself making multiple cards in this design!
I wanted to have some stitching around my panel but I do not sew and none of my stitching dies were large enough. So...I drew on some detail with a white pen! I love how it looks!
Since I wanted to keep this card fairly flat for mailing, my bow is a bit restrained this month! Which also means I can make more cards from one Ribbon Club Assortment than usual. {smile} I did add a sparkly snowflake button to the bow. 

I used the Emerald Taffeta ribbon as my base wrap and the bow. Then, I added the Funky Snowflakes on Poppy Red Grosgrain to the top of the emerald taffeta. 
Thanks for looking! 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!

Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club (Emerald Taffeta, Funky Snowflakes on Poppy Red Grosgrain)
Printed paper and stickers: Authentique Rejoice
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Natural; Spectrum Lady Bug, Kelly Green
Enamel dots: Eyelet Outlet glitter white
Button and bells: craft supply
White pen: Uni-ball Signo
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Monthly Coloring Series - October 2019

Welcome to the October project of the 2019 - 2020 Coloring Series! To read the introduction post for this series, click HERE. To see all the coloring series projects, click HERE

I am sorry to be a little late with this month's tutorial. My husband and I sneaked away for a few days, which put me behind in my coloring! We did not get a chance to go away for our wedding anniversary (32 years!) in September, so the little weekend vacation last week was squeezed in as a substitute!
Cute jack-o-lanterns are on the menu for this month's coloring project! Rather than carved pumpkins, these little guys are painted pumpkins! Aren't they adorable?! 
I pulled out some wonderful orange and yellow markers and pencils to give these guys a nice harvest glow!
I chose the Painting Pumpkins digital stamp set from Power Poppy. This set has THREE different pumpkin images, plus four sentiments! Plus you also get the no-line versions! That is a steal for $6. 
To get started this month, I printed out a few images and sentiments onto white cardstock at 5" x 7" size (roughly). I was not sure which image to color, and in fact I did color on more than one before I made my final choice! 

That is the beauty of digital images. You can print them as many times as you wish! You can add sentiments, create your own sentiments, and even create your own scenes just like masking with traditional stamps! 

Follow the directions in the first post of the series to pick your paper, colors, and so forth. Since this image is called Painting Pumpkins, you can pretty much choose any colors you wish! I chose traditional fall colors, with a few pops of contrasting color.
I was unsure which medium I wanted to use this month, markers or pencils. The pumpkin on the top image is colored with Copic markers. The pumpkin and the lettering on the bottom image is colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. 
I ended up combining both mediums to get the depth of color I wanted. It is totally acceptable to lay down a base layer of markers, and then color over them with pencils! 

Pumpkins, bow, oak leaves:
Copic: W5 Warm Gray 5, E15 Dark Suntan, YR18 Sanguine, YR15 Pumpkin Yellow, Y35 Maize
Prismacolor: PC944 Terra Cotta, PC1032 Pumpkin Orange, PC1002 Yellowed Orange, PC917 Sunburst Yellow, PC916 Canary Yellow, PC938 White, PC935 Black
When I begin a project, I always choose one main item to color first. If I am coloring flowers, I often color all the leaves first. If I am coloring a busy image, I choose to color the focal image first.

For this picture, I started with the pumpkins. Using the colors listed above, I colored the pumpkins by putting down the layers of marker first, then going back and adding shadow and highlight with the pencils. Someone once said to use the right tool for the this case BOTH markers and pencils are the right tools. 

I colored all the pumpkins, and then used a black pencil to go over the faces where any of the lighter pencil spilled over. I also used a white pen to add the highlight to the larger pumpkin's eyes. (I am not sure why the other two dudes did not get a white highlight...)

Copic: YG97 Spanish Olive, E44 Clay, YG91 Putty
Prismacolor: PC946 Dark Brown, PC941 Light Umber, PC989 Chartreuse

I know some of you will want to know about light source. I don't really pay too much attention, because in real life, light comes from all around and hits objects on many surfaces. The strongest light is coming from the front right of the image, but there are other areas where light is hitting, and things have highlight and shadow depending on their placement next to each other. Also, pumpkins are an odd shape with lumps and bumps that catch the light.
Once all the pumpkins were colored, I needed to add some contrasting color. I never want to add to many colors or the project will start to look like a pen factory spit up on it! Since orange and blue are contrasting colors I chose a bright aqua blue for the pumpkin stand, the little paint pot, and also the water jar and pitcher.
I then chose green for some of the leaves as green and orange are both primary colors, and when pumpkins are growing, they have green leaves and stems!

I also chose brown for the paint brushes and the acorns because brown is a neutral. For the bow and the remaining leaves I used the same colors as I used for the pumpkins. Repeating the same colors across the image gives it cohesion. I repeated the main colors for the little paint pots - orange, black, aqua.

Repeating colors in different sections of an image keeps the image from turning "cartoon-y" or looking like a clown party is happening! If I had added a red pitcher or a pink bow they would have stood out and clashed with the rest of the image. 

A side note about the acorns. To get the dull color I was after, I first gave them a wash of the BG05. Adding blue or gray under-painting to your image can give you shadow and depth when you layer other colors on top. The white dots on the acorn caps were added with a white gel pen.

Paint pots and brushes, acorns:
Copic: E27 Milk Chocolate, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E23 Hazelnut, E44 Clay, YG91 Putty, 100 Black, C9 Cool Gray 9, C7 Cool Gray 7, BG07 Petroleum Blue, BG05 Holiday Blue, BG02 New Blue, YR09 Chinese Orange, YR07 Cadmium Orange, YR68 Orange, Y21 Buttercup Yellow, Y32 Cashmere, E50 Eggshell
Prismacolor: PC942 Yellow Ochre, PC941 Light Umber, PC905 Aquamarine, PC921 Vermilion

Note: Older Copic E27 markers were called "Africano." E27 is now called called "Milk Chocolate." It is the same color, just with an updated name.

Green Leaves:
Copic: G28 Ocean Green, YG17 Grass Green, YG23 New Leaf
Prismacolor: PC935 Black, PC109 Prussian Green, PC989 Chartreuse, PC916 Canary Yellow

Pitcher, water jar:
Copic: C00 Cool Gray 0, C1 Cool Gray 1, BG07 Petroleum Blue, BG05 Holiday Blue, BG02 New Blue, BG000 Pale Aqua, BG0000 Snow Green
Prismacolor: PC935 Black, PC936 White, PC992 Light Aqua, PC905 Aquamarine
I used a selection of light to dark orange and yellow pencils to color the sentiment. I blended the color together with the lightest color. 

It is hard to see the background in the photo, but there is a colored pencil background. Once I had all the layers of color added, I "washed" over it with Gamsol blending solution and a blending stump. 

Prismacolor: PC938 White,  PC1077 Blender, PC289 Grey Green Light, PC1086 Sky Blue Light, PC1060 20% Cool Grey, PC1050 10% Warm Grey, PC1051 20% Warm Grey, PC1052 30% Warm Grey, PC1054 50% Warm Grey, PC1056 70% Warm Grey
I made a card with some black cardstock. The card is 6 3/4" tall and 8 1/4" wide. I added a bit of printed paper and triple matted the image. Using a layering tool makes it easy to add layers without measuring. I use THIS tool from WRMK. 
I added a bow and some flowers to the "dead space" on the right side of the image. I wish I hadn't, but it is hot glued on it's staying! I also added a few enamel dots to look like paint spills. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to color something!

Digital images: Power Poppy Painting Pumpkins

Cardstock: Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy; Spectrum Ginger Snap, Caribbean; WorldWin Black
Printed paper: Authentique Twilight
Markers: Copic (see list above)
Pencils: Prismacolor (see list above)
Gel pen: Sakura Gelly Roll White
Blending solution: Gamsol
Enamel dots: Eyelet Outlet white (colored with BG07), Whimsy Stamps orange, Echo Park Travelers Notebook black
Flowers: Prima
Brad: stash
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Tangerine Satin, Turquoise Organza Satin
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Guide Layers
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, hot glue

Monday, October 07, 2019

Card Folio with Authentique Gracious

For those looking for the October Coloring Series, I am running a little behind due to a mini getaway with my husband. {smile} 
I will have the project posted by the coming weekend!

Good morning, Authentique Fans! I am ready for fall! Bring on the pumpkin spice and sweater weather! (Which won't arrive here in southern California until December or January, but a girl can hope!)
I have created a fall-themed project that is part card, part scrapbook folio, and part gift card holder! This sweet project is 7" tall and 5" wide. It flips open to reveal space for photos, notes, mementos, and a gift card!
The cover decoration is layered to allow the focal image to act as a magnetic closure for the little folio. 
There is space to place a hidden photo or some journaling onto the cover!
Once the folio is all opened there is space at least 10 photos or journaling.  Plus there is a cute gift card pocket that fits a standard gift card (or a check or cash).
To make a folio, cut dark brown cardstock to 7" tall by 11" wide. Score on the long side from the left at 4 3/4", 4 7/8", 9 7/8", and 10". Fold and burnish the score lines.
Place the scored panel on your work surface with the 1" scored section to the left. This is the outside of the folio. Cut a strip of cardstock to 1" x 4" and attach to the center of the 1" panel as shown. This will become the latch for your folio. Cut decorative paper to fit the strip (7/8" x 3 7/8").

Cut paper for the center panel, which will become the back of the folio. Cut this paper to 6 7/8" x 4 3/8" and attach.

Place a magnet onto the far right panel, approximately 3 1/4" from the top edge and 2" from the right edge. Then, cut Spectrum Mustard Seed cardstock to 6 7/8" x 4 5/8" and attach to the right panel. This will become the front of the folio. 
Trim decorative paper to 6 7/8" x 7/8" and attach to the first skinny panel, as shown. 
Cut decorative paper to 6 3/4" x 4 1/2" and attach to the Mustard Seed cardstock panel. Then, fold the folio on the score lines so that all the paper you just added is on the outside surface. Your project should look like the one above.
Add a banner die cut from the Gracious Elements sheet to the upper left of the folio front. Glue some leaves to the corners as shown, making sure they will line up with the front focal image.

Cut a strip of paper to to 6 7/8" x 7/8" and attach to the closure strip on the right.
Mat an ephemera card with dark brown cardstock and Mustard Seed cardstock. (The images are 4" x 3".) Attach an image to the closure strip, making sure to place a magnet on the back to line up with the one hidden under the paper of the front cover.

Add flowers and other embellishments as desired. 
Open the"latch" closure. Add a matted decorative image to cover the area where you placed your magnet. This mean you will have an ephemera card on both sides of the "latch" closure.
Open the folio fully and decorate the inside panels. To create a pocket on the first inside panel, cut brown cardstock to 3" x 5 1/2". Score at 1/2" on three sides to make the pocket. Add decorative paper as shown.

Add a waterfall element to the second panel. Each waterfall panel is 4 5/8" x 4 1/8", scored at 1/2" on the top edge to make the tab. The bottom corners are rounded. Use magnets to hold the flaps closed, if desired.
Add ephemera cards and photo mats to the pocket. Add decorative paper to the waterfall flaps.
Under the last waterfall page, add a journaling spot and a gift card holder.
To see all the elements of the project, watch the video below.

Thank you so much for looking! 

Authentique Supplies Used:

Gracious Collection: 12x12 paper, Elements die cuts
Spectrum Series Cardstock: Tricycle Red, Mustard Seed, Ginger Snap

Additional Supplies Used:  
Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Brown
Flowers and leaves: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo, Prima
Magnets: Basic Grey
Tools: Corner rounder, scoreboard
Adhesive: ATG tape, white glue, hot glue, Scor-tape, foam squares

Friday, September 27, 2019

Murder Mystery Mini Album - Graphic 45

Good morning, mini album fans! I have a fun one for you today! I pulled out some Graphic 45 papers from my stash and created a murder mystery themed album! 
I had two collections in my "inventory" that I had never used: Master Detective and Rare Oddities! I combined those collections with Steampunk Spells and a few other patterns and solids to come up with this Sherlock Holmesian album!
I wanted to create an album that would be perfect to hold photos from a mystery night, or a room break event. These things are all the rage right now, and how fun to have a scrapbook album themed for a murder mystery party! 

This is quite a large "mini" album. It is 10" tall, 8 1/2" wide, with a 2 1/2" spine! It can fit both 5x7 and slightly trimmed down 8x10 photos! 
You will notice that the front cover is plain with no decoration except the paper. That is because the Master Detective Signature sheet that I used for the cover and spine is a Search and Find!  
There is a list of things to find hidden on the cover and spine! Is that not fun?! And just a little hilarious?! 
This book holds more than 70 photos! Plus there are spaces for journaling and spots to tuck away ephemera and memorabilia!
My inspiration for the inside layout of the album came from a video I saw on the Your Book of Memories YouTube channel. Frances created a cute fall themed album, and I really liked her layout so I recreated some of her ideas for my book. (You can find her video HERE.)
My book has four page sets, plus extra page flaps, pockets, and tuck spots! The pages are 9 1/2" x 8". 

You need four hinges for this book, each measuring 1/2", with a 1/2" gutter between each hinge. The hinge mechanism is 9 1/2" tall. If you need help creating an accordion style or tab style hinge system, please search this blog, or search on YouTube. There are tons of FREE tutorials to follow.
I combined all my collections to use the black, orange, green, purple, and cream color scheme. Graphic 45 collections use many of the same colors, making it easy to mix and match! 
The steampunk feel of Rare Oddities and Steampunk Spells were both a perfect match for Master Detective! All these collections are retired, but many of you will have some in your stash, or perhaps can find them online. If not, choose YOUR favorite theme and give this larger style book a try! 
The album has plenty of photo mats and journaling spots!  
Both the front and back inside covers have space for more photos. 
There is even a waterfall page feature!

I will NOT be creating a tutorial for this album because I used Frances Long's project video as inspiration. My project is not 100% like hers, and I did use my own measurements, construction plan, and style. However, she sells a tutorial for her version and I did not want to put up a free tutorial under those circumstances. I hope you understand my reasons for not doing a full tutorial Please, visit Frances' channel HERE

To see an information video and a walk through of my project, view the video below!

Thanks for watching! Please leave a comment or a "thumbs up" on my video to show you liked it!
 Have a mysterious day! 

Graphic 45 Supplies Used:
Master Detective Collection: 12x12 Collection Pack, 12x12 Patterns and Solids Pad, Chipboard, Tags and Pockets
Midnight Masquerade Collection: 12x12 Patterns and Solids Pad
Safari Adventure Collection: 12x12 Patterns and Solids Pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad
Rare Oddities Collection: 12x12 Paper Pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad, Ephemera Cards, Chipboard
Steampunk Spell Collection: 12x12 Paper Pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad, Sticker Sheet
Happy Haunting Collection: 12x12 Paper Pad
Chipboard (I used similar)

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black
Chipboard: Grafix white/kraft heavy weight
Pens: Tombow Brush Black Marker, Bic Mark It Tuxedo Black, Adobe Orange
Enamel Dots: Eyelet Outlet matte white
Magnets: Basic Grey Large
Tools: Martha Stewart dripping goo punch, Kadomaru Pro corner punch, EK Success 1 1/2" circle punch
Adhesive: ATG tape, white glue, Scor-tape