Sunday, July 6, 2014


LOVING... these images.... this week Marcella even has a few free digi's for you on her website where you can also see the other entries for this Power Poppy challenge. 

The challenge was to use colors to represent the country we live in.  Of course I live in the amazing USA..... so I chose the traditional red/white/blue.  I always have to change things up a bit so I did two images.  One I added Yellow and the other I added a light brown.  I just can't get enough of these images!  They are so realistic and not cartoonie... if that's a word!  LOL.....  Both images are available in digi or clear stamps.  and the Let Freedom Ring saying is one of the free digi's she is offering on her site.

Peonies Copic Colors:
B21, B23, B26, B28
R24, R29, R59
YG03, YG63, YG67
E51, E53,

B91, B93, B95,
Y11, Y15, Y19, Y38
YG03, YG63, YG67
base: E00, W4, W2, blender

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July! Stampendous Blog Candy!

My son's favorite holiday is Fourth of July!   So, I am always looking for cool stamps with fireworks or flags.  This House Mouse-Designs image is perfect for this year's celebration.

If you look at this flag closely, you will see that it has shape. Think of each shape as hills/valleys or a mountain.  The sides (valleys) of the flag are further away from the light source, the center (hill) of the flag is closer to the light source.  Therefore, I added my shading/darker colors in the valley areas, and the lighter/highlight colors on top of the hill.  I did the same with the faces, the center of their face is the "hill" and further away on their tiny faces would be the valleys. 

Colors Used:
Red R58, R29, R24, R22, R20
Blue B21, B24, B26
skin: E00, E000, E11, R20, R21
brown: E33, E35, E30
Gray: W1, W3, W5

Now for the Blog Candy - This beautiful stamp is a wonderful for any season, or celebration.  I will mail this stamp to one random winner.  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about Fourth of July.  Anyone can play, I will pay postage anywhere within the USA.  Winner will be announced Thursday July 10.  So tell your friends to drop in.  Here is a picture of the prize and a sample of what I did with it!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pretty power poppy!

A card I whipped up this morning.  It is amazing that I have found so much time to color for "ME" lately!  I am in love with these designs by Power Poppy so you might as well get used to seeing them here.....  They are just so realistic.......  Today's tip is to make sure remember to look at your layers in each flower.  Where the two petals meet, the back layer should be shadowed or colored with a darker color than the top layer.  You can see this in the poppy where I have the inside of the poppy darker than the outer petal.  I also added some veining in each of my flowers with a real light flick of my brush tip on each of the yellow flowers.  Today's layout features another banner/flag cut piece of patterned paper... It's my thing lately!  LOL... Enjoy your day!

Colors Used: Copics
Orange: YR18, Yr16, YR21, Y38
Yellow: Y32, Y35, YR24,
Brown: E33, E59, YR24
Green: YG03, YG63, YG13
Blue: BG000
PInk: RV55, RV53, blender

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Power Poppy Challenge!

I am soooooooo IN LOVE with the new Power Poppy images by Marcella Hawley!  She is an amazing illustrator who draws her own stamp images... are these amazing or what?

This first image is Peonies... it is so fun to color and easy to get that dimensional look.  It's colored with copics (r81, R83, R85, R89, YG03, YG63 and YG67 with background airbrushed with E33).  Background paper is by Prima and dies are both by Spellbinders...

You guys gotta check out her stamps.. HERE you can get several of them in digi form (as I did), or in photopolymer clear (did that too!). 

Then once you buy them you can also join the Challenge for the opportunity to win free stamps... oh yea! I am always game for that! 
Check it out!
Have fun coloring,
Jennie Black

Here is another...... fun one the detail in these stamps are amazing.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cali Girl - Use your stamp multiple ways! (hair)

Well, today I have a very fun image to share with you by Craft and me.  It's called Cali Girl.  So fitting for me being from California and loving the Cali girl stuff! (beach, sun, fast life).  This post is to show you  great money and time saving ideas. 

Here I used the same exact stamp, and basically the same card layout to make three totally different cards.  All I did was change the colors I used and like magic three different looks.  Figuring out your layout is part of the time consuming things about card making.  So double up on your ideas!  Most likely you are not going to send them to same person, so it does not matter if they are similar!  Sometimes I think hmmmm I don't have any new images to color - well then I need to pull out one I already colored and change it up a bit using different colors (seasons, holidays etc).

Tip for today!  When coloring images with lots of hair be sure to remember proper placement of your shading.  I always divide my images up into hills and valleys.  The top of each hill gets the highlight and the valleys get the shading or darker colors.  However, you also need to remember layers..... there is always a shadow or darker color on the back layer where it meets a top layer.  Take a close look at the image up close and you can see my hills and valleys. I also shaded next to her face on her right side because that would be layered or behind her face.  Eyes are a lot of fun too!  I used darker shades at the top and got lighter as I worked my way to the bottom.

Copic Colors used: Skin on all three E000, E00, E11, R20 or R21.
Blue eyes: B28, BG02, B00,
Brown eyes: E47, E33, YR21
Green Eyes: YG67, YG03, blender.
Medium Blonde Cali Girl:  Y32, E53, E55, E33.  Skin E000, E00, E11, R20
Dark Blonde Cali Girl: E30, E33, E35, E37 and YR21 to brighten the hair. 
Red Head Cali Girl: E02, E07, E09 and YR21.  Same skin.

Have a colorful day!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pretty Peonies from Power Poppy

I love how this card turned out.  I might just frame it.  The image is by Power Poppy and the paper is by Prima.  The paper is as pretty as the image!  These new images are so fun to color I added a few coloring tips below.  IMAGE HERE

Airbrush background
Cut & emboss cardstock with circle die.  Cut out a second image and mask your colored image. Spray color using a light brown or warm gray (E33).  Then uncover and mount. 
 Coloring Tips
I added the darkest color and worked my way towards the light color starting in the deep valleys between each petal. Colors R89, R29, R24, R22, R20.  The leaves are colored with YG03, YG63, YG67

CMC Masculine Challenge

One of my favorite challenges is at CMC....  this month's is masculine themed.  I hope you enjoy my entry.  I bought this digital image from HERE.  (please pardon the saying!  I could not resist)

Texture on grass was done with Copic blending solution added to a terry cloth towel and then dabbed onto the colored grass.  The texture of the cloth will bleach the color randomly making a textured looking background. 

Colored with Copics
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Warm Gray: W1, W3, W5, W7
Orange: R29, YR18, YR04, YR02
Green: YG03, YG63, YG67
Sky: BG000
Hair: BG000

You can play along with this challenge HERE

Colorful Hugs,
Jennie Black