Happy Saturday to you all! It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend here in VA and I can't wait--we've had lots of thunderstorms and rain here this week so the sun will be very welcome! My daughter is off to Hershey Park (amusement park) with her school's chorus today--she had to be at school at 4:30 am and won't be home until 11 pm. Always a fun time but she's exhausted--her school's chorus has won the honors at the competition each year and of course the rides are fun too! My hubby and son are off to Andrews Air Force Base in MD today to see the big Air Show they have once a year--the weather will be perfect for it. I haven't been since the kids were very small and they were pretty scared so we never got back, but growing up I went a lot since we lived pretty close and school field trips were always there. Nothing like seeing the Blue Angels fly up close and personal--awesome! I have a private copics class today and then I'm off to go jogging and walk the dogs then CRASH in bed. I've been pulling all nighters getting ready Class 4 for my Color Me Creative Classroom and tons of projects that were due--the 15th of the month can be a real killer KWIM, LOL! Anywho, I hope you all have a wonderful and fun weekend!
-The Color Me Creative Classroom's Class 4 invitations will be sent out later this evening and into tomorrow for those that pre-paid & registered. Please, Please do not email me that you haven't received your invite until Monday--it will take me awhile to go through all the receipts and get the invites out manually--I appreciate your patience! And I hope you enjoy Class 4--there are a lot of FUN techniques and ideas for you to learn in that class! If you have not signed up yet, but would like to--that's fine too--the class is ongoing so you can sign up anytime HERE!
-This is a SUPER-LONG Blog Post so please make it thru to the end---the Copic Creations Challenge project is at the end of this post and it has some special meaning to me so I'd like you to see! There might be some BLOG CANDY sprinkled in along the way too!
-I also have a FUN COPIC Contest going on at my Color Me Creative Site HERE---all are welcome to participate. Details are on the main site, scroll down to the "NEWS" section to see!
This is the top of my Explosion Box (tutorial link and re-sized measurements at end of this post). I used "Kitchen Tilda" from Magnolia-licious for my Cinderella BEFORE the Fairy-Godmother visits her and colored her monochromatically in sepia tones with my Copics (E44 thru E40). In my Copic Classroom Class 4 I'll teach you how to create images like this in sepia and black & white! The sentiment is from the Disney "Cinderella" movie--you can find Disney Quotes HERE! I typed the quote on Word and printed it out on my cream cardstock and inked up the edges after cutting it out with a SB's nestability die. Some layered Prima flowers/roses, some die-cut scrolls and embossing finish off the top--and she has just a little bit of bling on her dress with stickles (I couldn't help myself)!!
This is the box from the side--I used GCD Studios "Ella Bleu" papers on the outside along with cream and choc. brown cs and inked all the edges. The box top has a trim border around it made with a MS border punch.
When you pull off the lid out springs the sides of the box--SURPRISE!! These are such fun boxes to make and to give---what recipient wouldn't love to open one of these! (I will say this box was a long labor of love but worth every minute, hee hee) Now Cinderella has been transformed into a Princess and is ready for the ball or celebration to come! I left off a sentiment on the inside, but this could be for a birthday, graduation or any celebration you might dream of! The dp on the inside is from Basic Grey's "Euphoria" pack--like little mini wild-flower fields surrounding her. The crown like purple cut-outs were made with a Spellbinders border die.
And here is the beautiful Princess---I used "Dancing Tilda" from the Magnolia-licious Store (she's from the new Fairytale Collection). Instead of a Prince next to her holding her hand (hey, he wouldn't fit, hee hee) I gave her a bouquet of beautiful mini rosebuds to hold instead! I re-purposed a ribbon spool by adding decorative paper to the sides and top to give her a stage to stand on (to make her stand up she has a cs easel like contraption I made with scor-tape to keep her sturdy). She's colored with Copics (V17,V15,V12,V000, V0000) and I added some stickles to her dress apron and tiara---diamond glaze coats her shoes. Around the base of the stage I've added some Prima leaves and mini roses and rosebuds.
I like to use transparency sheets to create clear swirls inside my boxes. I cut a circle from my transparency with my circle nestabilities and then cut that into a round spiral with my scissors by hand. I attach one side of each end of my spiral to an opposite end of the box with scor-tape or glue dots. This creates clear swirls around your box--I embellished them with stardust stickles and small butterfly punch outs coated in glitter. It gives the effect of swirling magic and joy surrounding Cinderella--as if the Fairy Godmother has just waved her magic dust on her!
A link to a tutorial for these Explosion Boxes is HERE! I resized mine to be larger---I used a 12x12" pc of cs for my box base scored at 4" & 8" on 2 sides (creating 9 boxes). I cut out my corner boxes but you can leave them in like on the tutorial if you want--I like my boxes to lay flat when opened so that's why I cut them out. For the top you need a 6.25" x 6.25" square of cardstock scored at 1" on each side to fit this box.
***BLOG CANDY ALERT---want to win these two beautiful Magnolia stamps? Then leave a comment on this post only telling me what your favorite Fairytale Story is--along with whether you liked my box today too, hee hee!! You have until Tuesday to leave a comment!!**
This time the Copic Creations Challenge Blog is doing monochromatic coloring for you---a fun technique to use with your copics!! This challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Katie Cotton's "Paper Makeup Stamps" and she supplied all of the DT with a digi stamp of their choice to use! I chose this image called "Baylee"--not only because that's my doggie's name & spelled the same too (lol), but also because I have two nephews that suffer (my one nephew passed away many years ago) from a chromosone defect and use wheelchairs to get about in life. I, myself spent some time in a wheelchair as well and it can be rough and hard on that person, I know. But I also like the joy in this image and hop--you could use this for anyone that's sick or not feeling so good and cheer them up a bit. There are a ton of stamps in stamp-land but few that feature handicapped images and I'm so proud to present this one to you today.
For some reason I had the hardest time getting the lighting right on this card so please forgive me--but I used all Cool Grays (from C00 thru C9) on this image. I added just a touch of R20 pink to her cheeks and sunglasses for a little fun! Her wheelchair got a nice coat of diamond glaze and I added some fun stickles to her shoes and hairband. Hope you like her as much as I do!!
Now hop on over to the Copic Creations Challenge Blog to see the rest of the DT's lovely projects and to join in on the fun as well!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Copic Class 2--Video #1 from Suzanne J Dean on Vimeo.
Advanced Shadowing/Light Source/Folds of Clothing