Friday, April 27, 2012

Another card for JDE CAS challenge

Hello my wonderful friends, I am back today with a card I did for the Jackson's Digital Expressions challenge going on this week. The theme is clean and simple anything goes with a twist, the twist is family but you can skip the twist and just do what ever you want. For my card I chose another Robert Jackson image (Mother and Daughter) and I did a real clean and simple layout not to many layers in keeping with the rules of CAS cards.  I did use a ton of copics to get all the soft colors I wanted on the Mom and Daughter and use the beautiful K and Company roses paper in soft muted tones to compliment the image and added a clear puffy adhesive  sticker that says hugs. This is my interpretation of clean and simple, hope you like it.  Hugs and have a wonderful scrapping weekend my friends!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I made top Three in JDE card challenge blog

This is the sketch we needed to follow
Hello Everyone, This is just a short announcement  to let everyone know how happy I am to have made top three over at JDE  card challenge blog. Since this is my first card challenge I was not sure if it was good enough. but obviously the design team members at JDE thought it was.  I want to send a big thank you to all  the design team members and the cordinater Chana, You are all such lovely and beautiful creative members on that blog. I hope to join more challenges. I loved doing the sketch challenge, it showed me how to layer papers  and embellishments.The whole creative process was so much fun.  Thanks for viewing.
I tried to follow the sketch as close as possible with all layers where I thought they should go. I used a JDE image and colored  the baby's skin tone  with  Copics in these colors  E31, E33 and E35, I  used various pastel colors  and polka dotted her lil jamies. I stamped nite  on the image with Ranger's Archival ink pad in Rose Madder.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

My First card challenge

                                Hi Everyone, I am so excited this is my very first card challenge. I have decided to use a Robert Jackson design (they are all so cute). It does not matter if I win or lose, I'm just happy that I finally took the plunge to take part in a challenge. You see, I was not always so gutsy. I lack initiative and I am always doubting  myself. for a long time I have done crafts, yet never posted anything online before because  after seeing all the wonderful creation's all you scrappers do. I always thought  my work is not good enough
                          But I have to give credit to a very special lady named Laura Denison.She says everyone is good enough, we just have to do it and stop thinking we are not good enough ( I have to stop thinking people are going to judge my work so harshly). She always says don't worry if you make a mistake  it's just paper. I take Ustream classes with her and besides showing us how to do the most amazing albums and other projects she motivated everyone in the class to do a tag swap. I joined it and I will post pics when they are distributed to the other people in the swap, maybe in the next week or so I will also post the tags I receive.

                           I have opened this blog just about three months now and have grown a lot mentally and learned not to be so critical of myself or the work I do. And with all you beautiful people motivating me, I have decided to take myself in hand and join card challenges (maybe a layout one would be fun).But one thing at a time. As always Thank You so much for viewing my thoughts and ramblings. Hugs to all!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Two Cards with Robert Jackson's Designs

              Hi Everybody, A big hug to all my friends out there in scrappy land. I want to talk to you about a site I found that has the cutest most adorable African American designs. You know how when you go from blog to blog, and hardly ever see  cards or layouts made with African American images. You just don't see many rubber stamps or the digi one's to color in. Well while shopping for Digi Stamps I came across  a site called . I also discovered that he has a bunch of fans that love his designs and there's a blog that has challenges using his digital images. (Well done Robert, my best to you always!).                                                                              

                   This website belongs to a gentleman named Robert Jackson. He designs and hand draws all the images. He creates each and everyone of the designs you will see in his image gallery Please go check him out,(link is above) he is a great artist. Well, last week I went to his site and bought ten of his designs and he was so sweet and sent me a freebie of my choice (YAY).

           I colored three of the designs and incorporated them into two cards I made. I had a lot of trouble with the skin tones. As beautiful as African American skin color is, It is the hardest tone to capture with Copics. Anywho, I did try my best and hope you all like my cards. Big Hugs to all!

I love the G45 paper I used here, It is called "Curtain Call" and I thought it went perfect with her. I found this really cute vintage nylon butterfly at my local save athon fabric store. It comes in a package with lots of them in many colors.   I chose the purple which  complimented her dress. The large purple flower is from my stash, I made it out of card stock a long time ago and just took the "atyou Spica" pen and glittered  in the edges.

You can see a bit of glare on this pic because I purposely left the flash  on the camera so that   her dress would show the glitter a bit better, I normally don't use the flash when I take pics of my cards and layouts.

Same thing here,the glare is from the flash in the camera.  The glitter in the dress shows up better this way.
I fussy cut ( got that word from my friend Zandra) the two  individual digi stamps and colored them in with different shades of purple and I tried streaking her hair. I will try a different  color next time, But here they are.
Are these not the sweetest couple (love them). The paper I used is Curtain call from G45. I thought it was appropriate  for this couple since they look ready for a night around town dancing at some night club. I did not add a lot of embellishments, because you can see the paper is very busy. Oh I just love the piano keys! and I distress that piece with frayed burlap distress ink, and just added the little  violet sparklers to the love tag and the Purple  ribbon on top.