Good morning everyone and hello to Tuesday! Hope your week is going swell for ya! I am SORE typing this up--think I overdid my weight lifting and ab crunching yesterday in my quest to be toned by summer vacay, lol! You know you worked some muscles if even your fingers hurt, lol! But I must say I'm loving my new running shoes--the padding in them is superb and they will help me push out that last mile on the treadmill. Let me just say "I HATE EXERCISING"--no really I do, there is nothing I like about it at all--it's boring to me and I hate the pain and sweating, LMBO! But I know I have to do it and I like the end results so I keep it up--I just repeat to myself that it's only 1 hour of each day and I can do it, right?!! But I can't read while I exercise cuz' it makes me dizzy so I try and watch tv but then the sweat runs in my eyes and stings & I can't see--I mean COME ON, LOL--why does it have to be NOT FUN! For those of you that actually like it (yes mom I mean you) I think ya'll are CRAZY, hee hee but kudos to you that really love it---I'm just never gonna be one of them I guess! But I will do what I have to to make sure I can still fit in my shorts and bathing suit :)
-I am finishing up all my Class 4 work this week so that class will go LIVE on the Color Me Creative Classroom on Saturday. I'm waiting for my new compressor to come so I can finish that last airbrushing video--ack! I will start sending out the invites to those who have pre-paid on Friday night into Saturday. I am going to tally up the amount raised for Unicef and post that on Monday--thanks to all of you that contributed by pre-registering--I appreciate it so much! As promised I will be adding $100 of my own to the final tally as well!
-My pal Susana is contributing $100 to the Unicef Fund so I wanted to send her a special shout-out to thank her for that! Susana also has some new goodies in her store like the new Basic Grey Paper Pads, Prima Fairytale roses and Crafters Workshop Stencils/Templates(these are perfect for creating backgrounds by spritzing, inking and tracing).
"Princess Tilda" is my most favorite Tilda out of the new Magnolia Fairytale Collection that you can find HERE at Magnolia-licious. I think I always pick the ones that remind me of my daughter when she was younger as my fave--me being melancholy I guess as she seems to be growing up so fast these days (ack I waxed her eyebrows yesterday--teen years might kill me, lol). She danced ballet for many years and I will always think of her as a 5 yr old ballerina doing a curtsy on stage for the first time--she looked just like this little princess! I also think she looks like a little, young debutante don't you think with those gloves and curtsy going on! I used these beautiful papers from "GCD Studios-Ella Blue" --I love blue & browns together too and these are so precious. The large blue flower is from Magnolia (see those beauties here) and the others are from Wild Orchid--the pearl sprays I get in bulk from a wedding online supplier.
The cream trim was done with a larger MS border punch then I inked the edges a bit! I also distressed the edges of my papers with my electric Zutter Distress machine (love that thing). I like to skew my layers a bit too for a little bit more interest and inking all the edges as well.
I colored this lil' beauty with Copics (Clothes-Shoes: B95,B91,B00,B0000,W1,E43,E42,E41,E50/Hair: E35,YR21,YR20/Skin: E13,E11,E00). I used the W1 to make the blues a little bit more grayer to match the blues in the papers. I also gave her gloves, lace trim and top of her dress with my fave stardust stickles--gotta love pretty bling. Then to bling up her tiara I added some small pearls---her shoes got a coating of diamond glaze. This Tilda is cut out and then popped up on dimensionals for an extra pop!
I like to color my soft shadows behind my images with copics (for this soft shadowing I used BG0000,W00,W1,B00)---in Class 3 on my Online Copic Classroom I teach you how to do this. But when I cut my images out like I have with the above Tilda (I like the added dimension on the card) I still give shadows on the underneath paper (see above). I just put the cut-out Tilda on top of my paper and dot softly around the image one time, pull the Tilda away and then make the rest of my shadows. Then to finish this off, I use my Inkssentials Blending Tool (a tool I use EVERYDAY and my pal Marti stocks them HERE--get extra sponges too) to ink around the edges and softly blend towards the copic shadows (I did this with SU Soft Sky inkpad). So if you're not into watercoloring or don't have the time (like me) this is a great and fast alternative and looks lovely!
Alrighty that's it for me today--make sure to stop by tomorrow, I'm guest designing for Pixie Cottage Stamps for the day!!