Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's almost Christmas time!

Happy weekend everyone! Can you believe Thanksgiving is only four days away? Saturday my hubby asked me if I wanted him to take off Friday for a four day weekend. Oh no you mean Thanksgiving is this week!?!  I am so not ready for this! Needless to say off to the grocery store we went to buy the turkey!! When you don't work you lose track of the least I do!

Do you use digital image? One of my favorite places to shop for digi's is over at  Phindy's Place. Two weeks ago I won Phindy's challenge and received a five dollar gift certificate...wahooo!!   Cosy Cottage is the image I chose and it was hard to pick for I wanted them all! This is the card I created with it! The windows look a  tad orange yellow in the photo but are a soft glow in person!

Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Copics: House and drive-way.  E44, E43, E42, E41, E40, C5, BV25. Windows: YR21, YR30 Y11. Tree's: YG 63, YG61 G40. Red: R39, E35, R32

White/ fine  Crystal Snow by Steampendous to the roof, snowman and ground.

Sewed around the card and sprayed it with clear Goosebumps! I love this spray for it doesn't change the copic ink and leaves a shimmering texture sheen!

TIP OF THE DAY:  Did you know you do not have a tight seal on your marker if it has any kind of build up around the closure? After coloring -  I would spend countless hours cleaning my caps for they would be full of gunk. Now I clean them in a few minutes and this is how I do it!

You will need: 
Isopropyl Alcohol: I buy either 70 or  91% and the cheapest brand
Jar with lid
Paper Towel

My reds get ugly fast 

Pour some alcohol into your jar

Add your dirty caps 

Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Depends on how dirty they are.

Remove and dry on paper towel... That's it! 
No rubbing or q-tips to get down inside the cap - I use the q-tip to only dry it.   The Ink all comes off with the shaking!

Don't throw your alcohol away it is still good! 
I added brown, green and blues to the jar and you can see they are clean too!

I dip my marker into a clean jar of solution for nano second. Squeeze it gently with a paper towel - this removes all the dried particles that might make it tacky when coloring. This happens with your darkest colors. Remember only gently squeeze and quickly.  If done quickly and gently it will not affect your tip or colors. 



Lorraine said...

Your card is gorgeous, Colleen! Love the blues and snowflakes! And love your tips, too!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Colleen! I love the cottage image and the sparkle and glow! Thanks for another great tip! Hugs!

Jo said...

Colleen your card is so pretty. Your red cap looked like mine lol. Thanks for the tip.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous card- love your beautiful coloring.....and wow- I love the tip.....and am glad to know that happens to other people too......I will be trying that!

Sharon said...

A gorgous card Colleen. So very pretty and what a wonderful Tip you have for us today. I'd like to know if you know how to print digistamps out a bit darker. Bought a few from Saturated Canary and they are far too light for me. hugs Sharon x

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous card

Thanks for joining us at Sparkles hope you will join us again soon. good luck xx

Rose Petal said...

Hello Colleen. What a stunning card. Love the colours you have used and that image is so pretty and beautifully coloured. Love it. Happy crafting.
Love Sandra xxx

Crafty_Fairie said...

How pretty is this thanks so much for joining us this week at PanPastel Uk.


sara said...

gorgeous card love that image and all the sparkle thanks so much for joining us at dream valley this week
hugs sara x

uksharon said...

Lovely Christmas card.
Thanks for joining us at Phindys Place this week.
Best wishes, Sharon

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Stunning card, love the glittery snow. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Catherine said...

This is such a beautiful card Colleen ! I love the image, all the glitter and the gorgeous snowflakes ! Hugs and love from Catherine

Sue said...

Hi Colleen
totally gorgeous card, a lovely image, your colouring is fantastic, luv all the sparkle, beautiful papers & design, sue,x

lindyloo said...

wow this is just so pretty thank you for playing along with us at panpastels uk
lindyloo x

Nikki Byrne said...

Stunning card, love all the sparkle :o) thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week. good luck. Hugs.


Monica said...

What a beautiful, picture perfect card. Love the stitching, the snowflakes and the glitter.
xxx Monica

PS: Glad you bought the turkey in time...

Cec said...

Gorgeous card. That is one of my favourite images and your snowflakes showcase it beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place and don't forget to enter your card a second time since you used a Phindy image.

Reflections from Granny said...

Colleen, such a lovely holiday scene and card, just love the coloring and all the amazing detail you've put into this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs, Lori m

Mynnette said...

Such a fabulous holiday card--fabulous coloring! :) Found you via CSAYL!

khushifairy said...

nice card Colleen. it would look more better if you use blue flowers and not white around the image. also white spots instead of blue on these flowers.
Gifts to pakistan

Patricia St Martin said...

OMG!!!! Your card is stunning!!!! I just love love love doing scenery cards and you did a fantastic job with this one. Your Crystal snow looks awesome and I love the sewing.
Thanks for the idea on cleaning the caps, how easy is that. Mine get real messy also.
Hugs, Patricia

Love crafts forever said...

Beautiful image, and thanks for the Tip. Thank you so much for playing with us this week at OSAAT.
Hugs Nataliya

Faye said...

Great tip and such a beautiful card!

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, what a fabulous card (...and I'll bet its even nicer IRL with all that sparkle!) Thanks for playing along at Dream Valley Challenges ... hope to see you again tomorrow for our new challenge

Ann said...

Darling, darling card Colleen! Love the snow sparkling on the roof and the Christmas trees. Your tip is a fantastic one! Can't wait to try this....I never cleaned my markers after each coloring session...never thought that they weren't sealed properly, ooops. Your way of cleaning looks like a super one. ;)

Ann English said...

Gorgeous card! Love this Phindy image. You really made it pop!

Great idea itch Copic tops, too. I will be trying this :)

Kathy said...

Colleen, this is stunning. Your coloring is amazing, love the snowy die cuts and subtle glitter. Simply gorgeous. LOL about the lids, mine so need a bath. Thanks for the tip for cleaning them! Thanks so much for joining the challenge at Phindy's Place this week. Hope to see you again next week!

Carla said...

ohh this is just gorgeous! Love the beautiful scene you created. Thanks too for the tip! Thanks for joining in a SoArtful!

Sharon Jones said...

Geez, louise, Colleen! TFS the cleaning tip for our marker caps!! I shoulda thunk of that...teehee!

Penny Odell said...

Gorgeous card Colleen!! Thanks for the top cleaning tips.

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