Sunday, October 18, 2015

All About Lawn Fawn: 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello My Inky Friends,

Sometimes I think it's tough just trying to find time to color never mind trying to blog about it. haha. So I must apologize for being so behind on my Daily Coloring Posts. Let's jump into this shall we?


I was lucky enough to get to go to my very first Scrapbook Expo back in September. It was the first time it ever was in my state so I was just super excited overall. While at the Show I was able to scoop up 2 great Lawn Fawn sets: Happy Harvest and Spooktacular. I didn't grab the coordinating dies but you can find them here and here respectively.


Day 4: I wanted to utilize the adorable scarecrow from the Happy Harvest set. He would fit in perfectly with my Day 1 background! So I colored him in; I left white space around the image because I would be using a circle die to cut him out. I actually had a boo-boo when coloring this image. I somehow managed to get ink on my little birdy which is also from the Happy Harvest set. I had to think quick, "What could I do to salvage the image?" Since, everything was already colored. Solution? Add white dots!! I love how it turned out!! It just takes the cuteness up to another level. I wasn't thinking of doing it but it definitely worked out for the best! Yes, happy accidents!



Scarecrow - Happy Harvest - Lawn Fawn

Day 5: Today was all about working with Spooktacular stamp set; my Warm and Cool Grey Copic markers. You can see a clear difference in the temperature of the greys when seeing them side by side. These cute ghosts a colored using the Cool Greys. These markers have much more of a blue undertone to them. Generally speaking I think these markers would be great for "inanimate objects", while the Warm Greys would be used for anything alive. The Warm Greys tend to have a yellow/ brown undertone to them. But as you can see from the Cool Grey colored kitty these rules can be broken ;-)


Ghosts and Cats - Spooktacular - Lawn Fawn

The ghosts are colored using 2 different angles as well as working some of the images Light to Dark; Dark to Light. The kitties I focused on laying in the shadows in the proper ares and working  Light to Dark; Dark to Light. This stamp set is just too cute for words.


How you are enjoying the Daily Marker Challenge? If you have a Instagram account or a blog showcasing what you are creating I'd love to see! Just comment below with you IG name and/ or blog link. Don't forget to use #thedailymarker30day3 on Instagram so we can find your artwork quickly! Also, you can find me on IG: @iwannastamprightnow 

Until next time...Stay Inky My Friends!

~Nikki

Monday, October 12, 2015

Adult Coloring for 30 Day Color Challenge

Hiya Inky Friends,

When I initially colored the following images I was fighting a serious cold... or at least that's what I think it was!! As a person who suffers from bad seasonal allergies, I'm not quite sure what I had! haha I had the sneez-ies (Is that even a word? It is today! haha), a low grade fever, and just an all around mess. Thank goodness for tissues, lotion and medication.

I know you didn't come here to hear about my awful cold but, I wanted to let you know that the Daily Marker 30 Day 3 Coloring Challenge isn't about how much talent, skill, products or time you have. It's just about making a commitment that you will color something everyday in October. That's all folks, no pressure! ;)

Since I was feeling under the weather for the next 2 days I thought my safest bet was to break out my Prismacolor Color Pencils and my new Adult Coloring book. I picked up my book up at my local Michaels Arts & Craft store. I grabbed "Enchanting Gardens" by Nikolett Corley. I choose this book because the designs are full pages and have a good mix of small detailed images as well as large open images too. An added bonus is that the pages come single sided; perforated so you can tear out the pages if you'd like. 

Day 2 was all about the green leaves. I somehow managed to actually keep all the pencils I used together, which is a rare feat for me! Maybe deep down inside I knew I wanted to blog about this. :) The colors used were the following: Cobalt Turquoise, Parrot Green, True Green, Celadon Green, and Limepeel. I really like how the large leaves turned out. The smaller leaves I wished had turned out better, I feel like the Limepeel is a little bit out of place and reads to the eye too similar to Celadon Green. Whelp, that's the way the cookie crumbs sometime. This is what's so fun about this challenge; playing around with colors!


Day 3 was about coloring in that large flower in the above picture. I wanted to have the beautiful design work that's in the center to be the main focus and catch one's eye. The inner colors used were Lavender, Dioxazine Purple Hue, Cerulean Blue, and Neon Pink. The Neon pink plays so nicely with the Purple!! Might have to keep that combo in mind...future coloring project perhaps? ;)

The outside part of the image was colored using Cream, Sunburst Yellow and Pale Vermilion. The Cream color pencil is so light, I wasn't quite sure I was laying any color down but after some tilting I could see it. Seeing Cream next to the Sunburst Yellow I could see a clear difference.
I wonder what sort of color combo I will choose for the next piece of my coloring page??

Until then, Stay Inky My Friends,

~Nikki

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I take on "The Daily Marker 30 Day" 3 Challenge

Hello my lovely stampers!!

Wow it's already October... I swear this year is just flying and flying by! Okay so I have only been on Instagram for a few short months (*gasps are heard*) Yes I know, I know, I was late getting to the program but I absolutely love it...now! haha I thought ... Why would I need an IG account... my life isn't all that interesting never mind trying to showcase that via pictures! Ohhhh what lame excuse that was! How did I not see that this would be a great way to get more of my art out there! 


Any who.... sorry I digress. The reason why I mention this is because thanks to IG I am aware of the Kathy Racoosin's "The Daily Marker 30 Day: 3 Challenge" I must admit was quite intimidated at first, seeing all the wonderful artwork out there that I didn't feel that my stuff was worth it. But I've come to realize I don't give myself nearly enough credit. So, I've decided to dive into the 3rd 30 Day Color Challenge. You can learn more about it here. Kathy is so kind to provide, prompts if you will, to get her followers' creative juices flowing!


Her Day 1 inspiration had thousands of people clamoring to Starbucks to get their fall inspired coffee cups. I mean, I even went to two different Starbucks through out the week trying to find these cups and I'm a DD girl! (That's Dunkin Donuts just incase you didn't know haha ;) )


But I was feeling sick when this challenge kicked off and was in no condition to get in my car and drive to Starbucks. Therefor, I did the next best thing, created my own Starbucks inspired patterned paper!


I stamped the beautiful and sketchy, Petals from Scratch by Fiskars in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to create my initial pattern.




I colored all the stamps using Copic Markers. The colors I used were the following:

Single Leaf: YG25, YG17
Bunch of Leaves: YG25, YG17, YG67
Large Side Flower: RV04, RV25
Small Flower: Y38, RV25
Skinny Petal Flower: Y32, 0
Pumpkin:Y35, Y38, YG25, E15, R89


Petals from Scratch - Fiskars

Next, I tackled the background to turn it from a plain white card stock to a pretty blue using the marker B02. I didn't get a completely smooth blend but I think that just adds character! This was my first time tackling such a large background - not bad huh!?




So this is my beautiful Day 1, 30 Day Color Challenge piece!! So tickled pink on how this came out.... or should I say blue! ;-)




Until tomorrow- Stay Inky My Friends,


~Nikki

Friday, August 7, 2015

Online Card Class: Background Check - Day 1: 1.0

Hello my lovelies!!!

I'm sooooo sorry I have been MIA. Personal life has been a bit of a roller coaster these past few months but I'm trying to get back on track on. I had the opportunity to take the Online Card Class: Background Check. Sadly the interactive portion of the class and discounts are no longer available but the beauty of OCC is that once you pay for a class you have LIFETIME access to all of the videos and PDFs that are included as well!!!! (Love this!) Jennifer and Kristina have kindly considered the brains of "Lefties" and "Righties" hahaha

Any who...Laura starts off day one with the basic concept of blending various types of inks. Here is what I came up with :)

Simon Says Stamp: Dye Inks

Tim Holtz: Distress Inks
Colorbox - Pigment Inks
I've come to realize that the various ink types all produced similar results but all have unique difference. I will make a separate post on what I was able to observe with the various inks. 

I did attempt to blend from the center out... but the best results but I wanted to share nonetheless.


Stick around for Day 1: 2.0 and Day 1: 3.0

~Nikki

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Round 2 of RIC #80 Challenge

Hello Fellow Stampers,

I'm back with a round 2 card of this week's Card Challenge. If you haven't checked out my first card please click here. Again I combined a Runway Inspired Challenge with Blog Named Hero - Unexpected and Splitcoast Stampers - Sketch Challenge SC532. Here are the inspiration pieces:

NoNoo - Spring 2015



With this card I decided to take some more liberties with the card layout. I feel this time around I wasn't focused on being so literal. I used the extra card stock from piece 2 on my first card to die cut out "Mom" which I used for piece 3. The background I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint watered-down that way I could easy move the paint by blowing into a straw. (Thanks Dunkin's for providing the straw :) ) 


Unexpected Mother's Day Card, Tulle, Die Cut, Simon Says Stamp

A Blog Named Hero challenged us to do something unexpected. I fulfilled that requirement by using Tulle over my oval piece. I initially was hoping that the Tulle would melt on the piece of card stock but no such luck. Instead I used some Mod Podge to adhere all the layers of tulle. I had a lot of fun creating this card. 


Here's the Inside of the Card

What do you think of this card verses card 1? But as always, thanks for stopping by!

~ Nikita

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You Make My World Happy - Distressed

Hello Fellow Stampers,

Here I am with a Challenge Mashup for this weeks card. I've decided to combine a Runway Inspired Challenge with Lawn Scaping - Distress and Splitcoast Stampers - Sketch Challenge SC532. Here are the inspiration pieces:

NoNoo - Spring 2015
I wanted to create a card that had a lot of distressing to it which I thought would tie in well with her cosmic inspired dress. I created the pieces 2 through 4 using Tim Holtz Distress inks, water and stamp. I created texture by using embossing powder and molding paste. 
~ Nikita
  • Recollections - Detail Embossing Powder - Snow
  • Acrylic Stamp Blocks - Any Brand
  • Spoolo Ribbon - White - Sold In Store at Michaels
  • Golden - Iridescent Pearl (Fine)
  • Baby Wipes - Any Brand
  • Stencil Ease - Stencil Blanks
  • Permanent Marker - Any Brand








You Make My World Happy - Distressed, Tim Holtz

Actually creating the various elements came quite easy for me. I love how the world turned out. The image below shows a close up. I like that the globe image is broken up by the white embossed dots. I added Flexible Modeling Paste to my handmade stars stencil.  I must say, utilizing the layers with the sketch challenge was just that - a challenge. I think I am going to try and create another card using the same inspiration.


You Make My World Happy - Distressed Close Up, Tim Holtz

I'd love to know what you think and as always, Thanks for stopping by!




Products I used that I can't link to using InLinkz:


Friday, March 13, 2015

AE, Lawn Scaping and Blog Named Hero Challenge Cards

Hello my Fellow Stampers,

I have recently gotten into Card Challenges. I had NO idea soooo many even existed. I love how these challenges can be combined and give you enough structure without limiting your creativity. This card was created using the guidelines provided by AEI♥U Challenge #22 - Stripes, Lawnscaping Challenge: Dots & Stripes, A Blog Named Hero - Bright





As you can tell from the links above the cards were made with bright colors, stripes and/ or dots. As I was creating this post and checking the challenge rules I realized that I didn't use an Avery Elle stamp!! DUH. I clearly created this card after a long day at work. No worries though I was able to make a nice smooth recovery!! On top of that I missed the Lawn Scaping Deadline - I'm really on a roll huh! I wanted to still list them sense they were a part of these cards' inspiration. Please check out this post for card number two! Please enjoy!



Stripped - Thinking of You, SImon Says Stamp

XOXO ~ Nikki


Products not listed in InLinkz:

Michael's Recollection Detail Embossing Powder - Snow
Michael's Recollection  Wood Embellishments - Seasonal (Discontinued Item)


Lawn Scaping & A Blog Named Hero Challenge - Bight Colors and Dots

Hello my Fellow Stampers,


Here is my 2nd card using a similar theme which you can find here. This card was created using the guidelines provided by Lawn Scaping Challenge: Dots & Stripes and A Blog Named Hero - Bright

As you can tell from the links above the cards were made with bright colors and dots. Such a cute combination. Granted I missed the Lawn Scaping Deadline, yet the inspiration guide is still present. I didn't have the exact color pearls in my stash, so I colored some plain ones using Copic Markers. :) That's what I love about alcohol markers you can color pearls and clear gem creating just about every color under the rainbow! Enjoy the card!
XOXO ~ Nikki




Thanks - Bright Colors and Dots, Lawn Fawn

Products not listed in InLinkz:
Michael's Recollection Pearl Sheet - SKU 325552
DCWV - Spring & Summer - Ribbon & Twin (Discontinued Item)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RIC #79 - Oscars 2015

Hello Fellow Stampers!!!

The RIC #79 Challenge was in honor of the Oscars. They mixed up the rules and posted FIVE different Oscars Fabulous Fashion to inspire us. I'm going to try to create 5 different cards from each of the inspiration photos.
#1 Reese Weatherspoon - Black and White


Card #1: A simple, elegant card by using just three colors - black, white and gold. I've created what I feel is a sophisticated yet striking card. I was inspired to make this card after checking out Runway Inspired Challenge and Splitcoasterstampers (SC531).
On My Mind: Black and White, Simon Says Stamps

Products I used that I can't link to using InLinkz:
Ki Gems- Yellow (Discontinued Item)

Black, White & Gold Card

Hello Fellow Stampers!!!

I'm back with simple, elegant card by using just three colors - black, white and gold. I've created what I feel is a sophisticated yet striking card. I was inspired to make this card after checking out Runway Inspired Challenge and Splitcoasterstampers (3.11.15 - Sketch Challenge).
On My Mind: Black and White, Simon Says Stamps


The SCS - SC531 Challenge was a simple in theory design. However, I had difficulties matching the triangular sections up to create a perfect point. I didn't print out the picture because I figured I could match angles and points right the first time around! haha Well I didn't, but I didn't fret, instead I just worked with the angles that I had created.



The RIC #79 Challenge was in honor of the Oscars. They mixed up the rules and posted FIVE different Oscars Fabulous Fashion to inspire us. I'm going to try to create 5 different cards from each of the inspiration photos.
#1 Reese Weatherspoon - Black and White


Products I used that I can't link to using InLinkz:
Ki Gems- Yellow (Discontinued Item)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

RIC #78 - DKNY

Hello everyone,

I am here to submit my very first card into the Runway Inspired Challenge. This inspiration was this picture taken at a DKNY runway show.
I took my inspiration from the colors and lines. I hope you enjoy. :) 
Stripes and Roses, Fiskars, Simon Says Stamp

I have listed most of the products below. However some products I wasn't able link through the program Inlinkz. So I'm going to list those separately. Good luck to all the other participants! 


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Very First Blog Post

Here I am guys and gals,

just getting my little wings off the ground with my very first blog post. This blog is all about my journey through life with art as my way of expression.


I'm hoping that this blog will help others find inspiration and to try new things. I know that's one of my strong suits. I am always wanting to learn more and more new things. It seems I always have a few art projects going on at the same time.


Well let the journey begin...