Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

Hope everyone had a splendid day with your family! Wasn't the weather just beautiful with sunny skies, no humidity and a little bit of a breeze! We were going to go to Washington DC to see the fireworks and everyone talked me out of it. They said it is so crowded your arms are pinned to your sides. YUCK! No, thank you, I like moving my arms and legs!! So what did we do? We stayed home and hubby finished the deck that was started 3 years ago! I am not complaining for that made me a happy camper!

Tip of the day: What paper should you use with Copic Markers? I have found through horrible experiences the paper you use makes a difference with your coloring. For over six months I struggle with my inks becoming tacky and streaky. I even went to Maryann Walker, Copic's Product Specialist for answers and tried every trick in the book.. I even took all my Copic's apart and soak the tips in Colorless Blender solution or I replaced them. Since I was using the top of the line paper, no one thought to tell me to try another brand.

Top 3 papers used in the States.
  • Gina K 120 lb Luxury Paper:.  Heavy, smooth paper
  • One Sheet Wonder by Couture Cardstock:  Heavy paper, but not as tightly woven as Gina K.
  • Cryogen Irredescent or white Cardstock:  I love this paper! It is smooth with a little bit of tooth to it. You only need to touch it very lightly to apply color, it blends well, has a glittery sheen  when you tip it in the light. Using the colorless blender pen, you can remove any mistake, including red ink on Cryogen. My colors never streak or get tacky since I switched.
Elisabeth Bell designs  exclusive stamp lines for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design and  I used "Heartstrings" from the Sampler Edition 3 line! This stamp is one of my favorites!!! Isn't she adorable! She looks so dainty and I love her hair and dress!
  • DP: Crafty Sisters
  • Scrolls: Sizzix Dies
  • Ribbon: Offray
  • Roses: Prima
  • Flower soft on bird house
  • Leaves: Martha Stewart Leaf Punch
  • Heart Charm:  Blue Moon Charms can be purchase at  SCACD
  • Stickles: Ruby Slippers and X-mas Red
  • Pearls: Stash
  • Copics
    • Dress: R39, R37, R35, R32
    • Bird House: G000, G00, G02
    • White: C0, C1
    • Skin: E11, E01, E000
Thank you for looking and commenting! It makes me smile BIG time!
If you have any questions about anything with making cards please ask and if I don't know the answer I will find it!


Sharon Keanly said...

Hi g/f, sounds as if you had a super 4th of July! Always nice when those little jobbies that were started ages ago, finally get done! Your card is delightful as usual. Love the colouring on this one, that red is super! I agree, her hair and dress are so cute. A pleasure to colour. hugs Sharon

Angelwood said...

Oh I agree, I've been using the Cryogen paper for awhile now and love it!

Your card is lovely! What a darling image and I love how you've colored her. Beautiful embellishing also - love the swirls! Gorgeous job, Colleen! hugs, Angela

Danni said...

I love the Cryogen paper!

Beautiful and so stunning card!! Fabulous!

The Memory Keeper said...

Awww, more red, and PINK ROSES! My favorite. Another beautiful card C~

Robyn said...

This is just beautiful!!

alicaz said...

wonderful! love your coloring and the swirls are a perfect touch!

Sally Watkins said...

Thanks for the paper review, I do need to purchase some paper that is more suited for Copics. Also, thanks for stopping by Asleep on the Couch and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

Bev said...

your cards are stunning... beautiful style and design... fabulous work

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