Winter Wonder

Hello and happy Friday! Today is a big day for my husband – last day of school! And just about time to get ready for Christmas now… I am so behind this year! We did put some lovely decorations around our new house, but I am at a standstill with December Daily and my other crafting projects… no time this year! Ugh!

So digital comes to the save – I made these pages with the new releases at The Lilypad, and I love how they turned out!

Some of our neighbors go all out with Christmas lights – we only have some, but I love them!

This year we planted 3 baby spruces in our garden. They are so little and cute! 🙂

How is your holiday prep going??

Adventures in Coloring: Copic vs Prismacolor

Recently I’ve been exploring some new supplies for coloring. I bought a bunch of Copic markers (see my previous post), and recently over Black Friday I also purchased the full set of Prismacolor pencils (150 colors). I had not planned on getting colored pencils, but the deal was too good to pass. I am so glad I bought them!!

I fell in love with Copics as soon as I tried them – the blending is really easy, and the color looks so smooth! Since I love my Copics so much, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by the colored pencils, but still wanted to give them a try.

So last night I embarked in a side by side comparison of these two different coloring media. I used them to color the same stamp (by Mama Elephant) in the same color scheme. I started with Copics.

I had some initial trouble of the color bleeding outside the line (I think the issue is that I am still learning, and my markers are very juicy. I was using Copic-friendly paper – Neenah solar white,- so I believe it was user error, rather than a paper issue). Anyway, other than some initial issues the coloring went well. I had some trouble staying inside the lines (I am a bit impatient), but nothing major. Here is a closer look:

 

The coverage and smoothness of Copic markers just blows me away!

Then I proceeded to color the same image using Prismacolor pencils. I was surprised by how easily this worked too!

I found it much easier to stay inside the lines, but some of the smaller bits were harder to reach than with the marker. I found the blending to work very well here too.

For some reason, I was expecting it would take me much longer to color with pencils than with marker, but that was not the case. (I didn’t time myself because I am still learning so it wouldn’t be a true comparison, but I’d say it took me about the same time with both)

I found that the image colored with pencils has more vivid colors, but some marks due to the nature of pencils; the copic colored image is much smoother.

I am so excited to have these tools available! I haven’t tried using colored pencils on kraft cardstock, but I’ll be experimenting with that soon!

Otterly Awesome Cards

I had fun making a couple of cards using this adorable otter stamp set from Ellen Hutson.

The first one is for the Pin-sights challenge at Ellen Hutson – I was inspired by the blue, purple and browns in the color scheme:

I blended salty ocean and wilted violet distress oxide inks for the background, stamped the otters with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink, and colored them with Copic Ciao markers.

And the second card is for the Anniversary challenge at Ellen Hutson:

I’m having so much fun experimenting with my markers!

Cyber Monday

Hello! Are you all shopped out after Black Friday? The Lilypad is having a 40-60% sale on select products. I combined a bunch of them to make this page:

Supplies:
There’s Something About Merry by One Little Bird
Journal Junkie: Growth and FlightArtist Edges-Painters Tape and GlitterWerx: Hollydaze by CD Muckosky

This is a very special photo from Christmas last year, and I had been holding on to it. I love how the page turned out!

Black Friday at The Lilypad

Hello! Are you shopping today? I am only online shopping this year. If you are, you need to stop by The Lilypad! There’s a 40-60% off sale on select products, plus the new releases this week blew me away! Here’s what I scrapped:

Credits:
Inspire Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Stay Weird Collab KitStay Weird Paint and DoodlesStay Weird Alpha and Stay Weird Journal Cards by Etc by Danyale and Little Butterfly Wings

I am so looking forward to this holiday season!

Credits:
In Review | December 17 Templates by Sabrina’s Creations
Weathered Holidays Paper Pack by Lynn Grieveson
Memory Pockets Monthly: GIFT from The Lilypad

And yay – tomorrow is the weekend! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends! I love how this card turned out – colored with Copic Ciao markers. And while I’m at it, I’ll also share a birthday card I made with the cute critters I shared in the previous post.

 

For the background, I used the forest scene stencil by Hero Arts and some Dylusion ink sprays.

Almost one month to go to Christmas! I am proud of myself because today I finally finished and order the photo calendars I make for our families every year for Christmas. I really dragged it on this year, so now I just need to hope they get here in time. 🙂