Monday, August 22, 2011

New A*Muse Goodies...A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA

This weekend I opened up my new goodies from A*Muse Studio.  Since today is the first day of A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA I am posting pics of a couple cards I made.  I made some sketches for few more cards but can't make them until my next order arrives. 

This card was inspired by a card i found on the consultant side of A*Muse Studio.  The Wasabi (lower left block in first image) and Cherry Woodgrain are NEW.  The santa hat and sentiment are from the NEW Naughty or Nice stamp set.  At the bottom I added Washi Tape from the NEW Holiday Washi Tape collection.  A*Muse also came out with Baker's Twine in cherry, onyx and french roast.  Each spool is 280 yards.  To enhance the hat I added white flocking.

Paper: Cherry, Fern, Wasabi, Cherry Woodgrain, Sugar (A*Muse Studio)
Stamps: Naughty or Nice (A*Muse Studio)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Copics R24 and R29, Washi Tape- Holiday Collection (from A*Muse Studio), Cherry Twine, Jute, White Flocking

PTI Make It Monday #29 Freestyle Copic Coloring

So today's PTI Make it Monday #29 is Freestyle Copic Coloring.  I now have permission to color outside the line to "add artful scribbles, slashes and brushes of color". I decided to make a birthday card using the present from PTI Tiny Treats: Christmas and adding different splashes of color to each present.  The colors I chose were Copic RV14, YR15 and YG23. To add more color to the card i added in Washi Tape-Summer from A* Muse Studio.  I think the torn edge is a nice mimmick to the free from edge of my "scribble".  I just love using this stuff. It is low tack masking tape that is translucent and repositionable.  It is also great for holding down dies for sending through your die cutter.  The sentiment is done in Grass pigment ink and taken from Essential Sentiments, both from A*Muse Studio.

This is pretty close to a single layer card.  The washi tape is very thin so it doesn't add any bulk to the card.

Paper: Stampers' Select (PTI)
Stamps: Tiny Treats: Christmas (PTI)
Ink: Grass (A*Muse Studio)
Other: Copics RV14, YR15, YG23, Washi Tape- Summer Collection (A*Muse Studio)


A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA is here which means the new44-page 2011 Holiday Catalog is available.  See the new holiday stamp sets and TWO new colors...Wasabi and Pebble.  You will find it chock full of great ideas and inspiration.  

Hostess Bonus Days
Booking workshops is easier than ever with A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Hostess Bonus Days!  Hostesses will receive an exclusive stamp set for hosting a qualifying workshop during A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA

and when your workshop sales reach over $250, you will receive more Hostess dollars to spend on free product! 

$150.00 - $249.00 $25 in free product
$250.00 - $349.00 $50 in free product take 50% off any 1 stamp set
$350.00 - $449.00 $70 in free product take 50% off any 1 stamp set
$450.00 - $549.00 $90 in free product take 50% off any 2 stamp sets
$550.00 - $649.00 $110 in free product take 50% off any 2 stamp sets
$650.00 - $749.00 $130 in free product take 50% off any 3 stamp sets
$750.00 - $849.00 $150 in free product take 50% off any 3 stamp sets
$850.00 - $999.00 $170 in free product take 50% off any 4 stamp sets
$1,000.00 and up $200 in free product take 50% off any 4 stamp sets

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A*Muse Studio August Spotlight

Each month, select stamp sets will share the A Muse Studio Spotlight with a gorgeous color palette to create projects that showcase the versatility of paper crafting. And during their time in the Spotlight, you can save on the stamp sets used to create these fabulous projects!

From now through September 14, you can save 10% on the stamp sets used to create these fabulous projects!
Rock Star
The Mighty Jungle
Past Due
Personal Stationery
School Days

And, for a limited time, order the special Collegiate cardstock assortment pack - an easy way to get the look showcased in this month's spotlight.

Collegiate Assortment Pack contains four sheets each:
Winter Sky

Contact me for more info or visit my webstore.

CMC Advanced Review

Wow, it has only been 4 months since I took this course, but I still want to come and provide my review that I started and did not finish.

You can find my review of the Beginner/Intermediate Class here.

The class description below is taken from her class website followed by my review.  Visit CMC Road website here for more details, class schedule and availability.

Advanced  Class
You This class features harder techniques and colors! You need to know the basics before you take this class as I do not repeat that information. If you take the Beg/Interm. class YOU WILL be ready for this class!

*coloring with reds and blacks (the most difficult to blend)
*advanced hair coloring
*glassy objects, round objects
*feathering and background techniques
*coloring landscape
*coloring textured items
*coloring folds, pleats, ruffles with light sourcing
*high contrast coloring
*intro to airbrushing

My Review
Although i had debated whether or not to take the Beginner/Intermediate class, I knew i needed to take the Advanced.  If you are like I am, and feel you know the basics and are looking to learn more...then this class is for you.   This class really pushed me.  In response to my review of Suzanne's Beginner/Intermediate class, she commented on me "abandoning" images.  There was no question that i was "abandoning" images in the Advanced class.  Suzanne gave us multiple copies of the same image to practice our coloring.  There were times where my image was going in the wrong directions (PLEATS and FOLDS).  So i "abandoned" (PLEATS and FOLDS) it and moved on to another copy of the same image to start over. Did i mention that pleats and folds were my biggest challenge.  You will see.  

As i mentioned in my earlier review.  Suzanne always took the time to provide individual feedback on our technique and coloring. If you have the opportunity to take one of her On The Road classes....i highly recommend it.

I'll explain a little bit about what we did as i share some of the images i colored.  The first image we did was coloring a glassy object.  The challenge here is that glassy objects have reflections.  If i had to choose which technique I thought would have been the most difficult, I would have selected this.  Now i know it is PLEATS....did i say pleats again?  

This image was colored using the Cool Grays.  I need to find a cute saying to go with this image.

This next image was also using the Cool Grays, but this time to color a metallic object. I think it will pop more once i add some vibrant colors to the flowers.

We worked on feathering techniques in small images.  Although I know most apples are not completely red or green.  I typically color them that way. This next image we did made we realize how utilizing the two colors together really make the apples more realistic. onto the PLEATS and FOLDS.  We did a progression with the pleats.  The first image has the pleats well defined which made it easy to know where to place the shading. In the second image you can determine where the pleats and folds should be based on the curvature of her dress.  In the last image, we had to determine the location and use shading to define the pleats and folds.

In the image above, the stamp provide details of the location of the pleats making it easy to determine where to highlight and shade.

 In the image above, you can tell by the curvature at the bottom of her dress and the stamps image where the pleats and fold should go.  With this image I did find difficulty in determining the length and width of the shading i needed to add.  In hindsight, it did not turn out as bad as I originally thought.    You can also see in this image that we worked on coloring black hair.

 This is where it all started "abandoning" my work.  This image required you to determine where the shading should be and i was having some difficulties.  I think i could have gotten it if i had a visual.  The next time i have to this i will make my own visual.  I don't recall which image i started first but I can say that Suzanne did help me fix the one on the left.  Can't you doesn't look half bad.  

In the class I was in, we did not get to the airbrushing. 

Just like the Beginner/Intermediate class, we received a manual for the classes including the techniques we covered and much more that we did not. 

I hope my overview was helpful.  I found Suzanne's classes to be worth every penny.  Having someone with her experience providing personalized feedback is not something you can get from watching a video or reading a blog.   If you want to improve your Copic skills, consider checking out her on the road classes.  If that isn't possible, look into her online classes. 

A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA is Coming!!!!

Have you heard? A*Muse Studio has announced A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA 2011 starting August 22nd through September 30th.  It celebrates the release of our brand new 44-page holiday supplemental catalog.  The new additions include great images and products for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter/Christmas/Hanukkah and Valentine's Day.  It is true that you can't order from it until August 22nd but you have plenty of time to make a list and check it twice.

Want you own copy of the catalog?  It is not available online until the 22nd and I don't have hard copies yet, but I would be happy to email you a pdf copy.  Just send me an email and it will be on the way.

Want a sneak peek??  Here goes.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Awesome Workshop

This weekend I had an awesome workshop with Kristine.  I prepared 3 make and takes for the workshop.  My goal was to do a with Copics, one with mostly stamping and one that is very simple and easy to mass produce.    I think this format worked out well and the ladies had a good time.

The first card we made was a card with Copics.  This card used an image and sentiment from Woodland Friends.  The cardstock is Sugar and Sage.  I made a custom colored cardstock using the YG23 New Leaf Copic to match my tree.  For the truck we used E33 Sand.  The border was done with a 0.3 Copic Multiliner.  For most this was an intro to Copics so i kept it simple with single color no shading.

The second card we did used one of my favorite stamp sets Avian Notes and the beautiful cardstock Blackberry.  The ink used is Blackberry and Sky.  The pink striped tape at the bottom is Washi Tape (summer). This stuff is awesome.  It is a low tack so it is repositionable.  You can also use it to temporarily hold down dies and you send them through your die cutter. It is a great multipurpose product.  The bird was stamped in Blackberry ink and then Diamond Glitter was added.  The rhinestones were colored with RV14 Begonia Pink Copic.  I now only buy clear rhinestones and use my Copic markers to color match my projects.  Since Copics are an alcohol ink they are permanent on many surfaces. 

The last card was a card i have shown here on my blog in the past.  It is a very simple card that can easily be mass produced if needed.  It used Papaya which is currently my favorite color.  The floral image is from Beautiful Botanicals and the sentiment is from Friend To Friend.  The zig-zag is from Mad For Plaids. 

Thanks for checking out my post.