Thursday, February 21, 2013

BG February 2013 Desktop Calendar

Hi, Everyone!  I know it's almost the end of February...but I wanted to share Basic Grey's desktop calendar with you.

You can download it here.  All I had to do was save it, open it, and set it as the desktop background.  I always look forward to seeing the new monthly calendar and maybe you will too.

I {heart} Basic Grey!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Live a Little, Love a lot

This year's Valentine's card that I gave to my sweetie was so much fun to put together.  I had a lot of fun just colouring the images with my copics.  The only idea I had in mind was this Greeting Farm stamp set, Oliver & Amelia - Lovey Dovey .  I knew it would be kinda masculine but still cute... 

I love using my Fiskars Stamp Press, especially when I stamp my TGF images.  It really helps them get even coverage.  I hate messing up when stamping the images because the paper can be expensive.  

Here are the colours I used for colouring skin.  It was my first time using the E30,31 (I used it on Oliver) and I like how it turned out.  I just added some E01 to make him look a little bit more pink.

Here they are with their skin coloured. 

Next I went on to hair.  For Amelia, I used E21, 23, 27, and 29.  I used a feathering technique going from lightest to darkest.

Here is the image with E21 and 23.

Then I added the E27 at the darkest places, like roots, and parts that should be shaded.

Lastly, I added E29 at the very darkest places.  

After that, I all do is used the lighter colours to blend out the darker colours and create nice shine.  It's hard not to overdo it (the blending, that is)...but I am very happy with the finished hair.  She is just so gosh darn cute, isn't she?  {Why can't my hair be like that??}

The copics on the left are the ones used for Amelia.  I only used the two on the right, E44 and E49 for Oliver.

He totally looks like he's wearing denim, doesn't he?  So that's what I decided to go with anyways...  Like my hair, I just coloured lightest to darkest with the darkest part being the seams and shaded parts.   

Here he is with some blending...

Here were the copics I used:

So she had to wear matching denim with sweet pink hearts.  :)  

And then he got a matching tie.  It's pink with a red heart.  <3

I carefully secured the spellbinder by attaching tape to the die and the outer paper (not the finished image) before running them through my Vagabond.  I am freakishly scared of gunk getting on my finished images, so as a rule, I always, always put a piece of note paper or copy paper overtop to prevent my just completed imaged from getting ruined.

I cut out matching denim paper and added some red and white baker's twine.

Of course, I added stickles to the hearts.  Iridescent for her and red for him.  

I tied a small heart heart (leftover from a die-cut) with a bow and did a small note with my copic multi-liner.

If you hadn't already guess, the boy is supposed to represent my *honey* (isn't he cute, lol)...

and this is *ME*...heehee.

A peek of the inside.  Just using up leftover die-cuts.  This stamp comes with the stamp and it was perfect.

I absolutely love you for checking out my blog post.  Wishing some kindness and love for the whole month of February.  

Products Used:
Stamp:  TGF, OA - Lovey Dovey
Copics:  Skin - E000,00,01,02,30,31; Hair - 21,23,27,29,44,49; Clothing - B34, 37, 39, C1, 3, 5, RV19, RV29
Other:  Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Stain, Owl Supply Baker's Twine, PTI Heart Border, Fiskars Punch, Spellbinders Labels 8, Fiskars Easy Stamp Press, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stickles 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Hey, everyone!  Hope you are having a super awesome February.  Today is a special for me because it is a good excuse to do something nice for my sweetie.  After work yesterday, I was busy making yummy goodies for him to enjoy and a special card that I share more of the process of in the next post.

Here is the Valentine Choco House:

I used a Meiji Choco House kit and bought all the different chocolate and candy from Daiso.

Valentine Deco Choco Bar:

A great way to use all the leftover chocolate.

Valentine Card for my Honey:

The Greeting Farm Oliver & Amelia.  Aren't they so sweet?

And Valentine Nails!
Love is definitely in the air and I had so much fun doing everything.

Hope your day is special too!  Words to live by: