Wednesday, August 25, 2010

merry little Christmas

I had the chance this week to play with one of the new Stampavie Christmas images, Chic Shopping.  I just love Penny Johnson's illustrations and her Christmas stamps are so cute, too!  I love pink and blue as a Christmas color combo and it was perfect for this image.  So, I found some Basic Grey papers that worked great and colored my image with copic markers in coordinating colors.

I know it helps to know what markers I used when coloring, but I seem to have a hard time remembering before I put the markers away.  This week, I started writing them on a post it note that I can tuck in my card when I finish it so we'll see if that helps me remember.  The markers I used on this card were:  E000, E00, E11, E31,E33, E35, E37, R20, R21, R22, R27, E41, YG67, BG45, colorless blender.

After coloring and die cutting my image with a circle nestability die, I sponged around the edge with blue ink while my image was still in the die.  I wanted to play along with this week's challenge over on the Wild Orchid Crafts challenge blog which is to make a card with lots of sparkle, so I added some stardust stickles to my image.  I also added some polar white flower soft beneath their feet.  Since Wild Orchid Crafts creates gorgeous mulberry flowers, I had to use some roses on my card, too.  (Mine aren't from Wild Orchid Crafts, but I just placed my first order with them this week and can't wait to try some of their flowers!)  I added some cotton candy stickles to my flowers to make them sparkle, too (though it's a little hard to see the sparkle in the photo).

Have a fabulous day!


Stamps: Chic Shopping (Stampavie), sentiment (Catslife Press)
Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink), wild wasabi (SU - retired)
Patterned Paper: Bittersweet, Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey)
Ink: tuxedo black (memento), spring rain (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: flowers
Tools: copic markers, sewing machine, circle nestability die, scalloped circle nestability die (Spellbinders), circle punches, stardust stickles, cotton candy stickles (Ranger), polar white flower soft (Flower Soft), leaf punch (Martha Stewart), sponge


jen shears said...

You are so on the ball!!! She's adorable & very sparkly!! (I can see it really well!)

Kathy Martin said...

Oh so darn cute and festive! Love the sentiment in a circle!

Deb Vandersteeg said...

Niki, this is adorable. Your coloring and choice of designer paper are perfect. Love the layout everything works so well together. Wonderful work.

Bev J. said...

Love your sparkly little shopper! Love Basic Grey too.

Pam Sparks said...

she's so cute Nicki! Looks like she's had a successful shopping trip! lol Love your fun coloring and colors you used together!
Pam Going Postal

Beate said...

Super cute image and GREAT coloring. Love the added texture/sparkle. Wonderful card.
Hugs and smiles

Diane Jaquay said...

You know what the best thing is about visiting your blog Niki? When I see a card like this one, it makes my heart swell with emotion! Sometimes I feel like a broken record saying the same words over and over again about your marvelous creations, but I just wanted you to know how much a card like this touches me. And I can honestly say that there are very FEW artists that do that for me. And you are indeed an ARTIST! Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us :)

Alyssa S said...

Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for listing your Copics too ;o)

Sara Mac said...

Another wonderful card Niki! You always have great layouts and patterned paper combinations. Once again your coloring blows me away. I'm so glad you listed the markers you used. Not that I have all of them, but it helps me learn.

Amy Johnson said...

This is so pretty! I love the papers/colors, and the flowers.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my gosh, so incredibly sweet!!

lacey said...

This is gorgeous! Love the color combo and the papers you used. Just got word that my store order shipped out today!! :-)

Else Irene Meling said...

Beautiful card :) Thank you so much for participating in the Wild Orchid Crafts challenge ♥

Alice W. said...

this is so pretty, Niki! love the flower soft snow and the flower details! fabulous coloring as always!!