Flower Ballerina

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What’s new in the old year? Although today is December 31st and we’re almost done with 2013, I have something new to share: Flower Ballerina birthday card and book mark, using the beautiful Aurora Wings image Flower Ballerina. As usual, all the background layers and swirly images are designed and created by me, cut out by my Silhouette Portrait. And there are lots of photos below as I am very certain most of you are wondering “what is with the red letters”? Keep reading, there is a reason, a very good reason.

As my usual routine…. Actually, unlike my usual routine (I think first time ever), I did not outline the digital images in Silhouette Studio software, nor had my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts — but it’s possible: please check out my very first tutorial on how to use digital images.

Instead, the first layer has the image printed and then the shape cut out, then I enlarged the same shape and cut it out two more times from a purple and a white glitter paper. The same image was also used on the bookmark, just smaller.

Of course, coloring the main image is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (list of markers below plus the final photo) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens or glitter glue to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. I also used Recollection Ocean glitter glue.

This time I played more with the extra pieces, got some swirly elements and butterflies to go on both the birthday card and the bookmark. And the red letters? This little girl loves rainbows so I cut her name out six times and airbrushed each with the colors of the rainbow, then glued each one after another and it made the perfect finish to her bookmark. And of course, made matching envelops for both the card and the bookmark. Happy Birthday sweet little girl!

Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

Please visit my Etsy Store and  Facebook Page for more ideas and colored images. 

I am also posting more detailed photos below, please check them out too.

hugs, Rita

*custom order, sold

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The Copic markers I used — lots of colors today (more photos below):

Skin: E00, E11, E13, R20
Hair: YR20, YR21, YR24
Blue Flowers and Shoes: B00, B02, B04, B06
Pink Flowers and Dress: RV02, RV04, RV06, RV09
Background: B000, B0000

I’m entering her in the following challenges:
– Cut it Up Challenge Blog #35 New Year
– Make It Monday #172 Challenge 
– Copic Marker Europe CAS Challenge# 24
– Stampin for the Weekend Anything Goes
– Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes
– Glitter n Sparkle #65 Favorite Image
– One Stitch at a Time Challenge #194 Anything Goes
– Crafts 4 Eternity #155 Anything Goes
– Alphabet Challenge W for Wish
– Ruby’s Rainbow Challenge
– The Paper Shelter Anything Goes
– Paper Pretties Bring in the New Year
– Miriam Crafting Blog Home Made Gift
– Divas By Design Anything Goes
– Digistamps 4 Joy Challenge #82 Anything Goes
– Crafty Creations Challenge #253 Anything Goes
– 7 Kids College Funds Anything Goes
– Twisted Tuesday New Beginning 
– Tuesday Morning Sketches Anything Goes
– Ladybug Crafts CAS
– Crafty Sentiment Designs Birthdays Challenge
– Bearly Mine Challenge Anything Goes
– Cute Cards #301 Anything Goes
– Bronte and Bella Challenge
– 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes
– Anonymous Stamps Anything Goes
– Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge 
– Keep it Simple! Anything Goes

Happy New Year!

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2014 is almost here and I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful New Year with my new card! The sweet digital stamp is Partying Little Girl from Milk N Coffee Digital Stamps, she is just so adorable and was released TODAY! The numbers are designed and created by me, cut out by Silhouette Portrait. And there are lots of photos below as, once again, did something new today.

So what’s NEW?

I put the background with the digital image together adding “Happy New Year!” as well and printed everything together. Then, as my usual routine, I also outlined the digital images in Silhouette Studio software and had my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts — please check out my very first tutorial on how to use digital images. On the background image, I colored everything grey with C5 to give a good shadow effect to the image that went on top.

Once the cut out was complete I started to color the main image, which is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (list of markers below plus the final photo) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens or glitter glue to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. I created the numbers to resemble ornaments hanging from above, cut each number out 6 times and glued together so they are more durable. Once complete, both little party girl and the numbers got placed on foam squares to give a little 3D effect.

I used DCWV’s Holiday Glitzy Glitter cardstocks, absolutely beautiful paper! If you live in the USA, please stop at your local Michael’s Stores — incredible amount of Christmas craft goodies!

Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

Please visit my Etsy Store and  Facebook Page for more ideas and colored images. 

I am also posting more detailed photos below, please check them out too.

hugs, Rita

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The Copic markers I used:
Skin: E00, E11, E13, R20
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E18
Hat & Shoes: BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09
Stars: Y04, Y17, YR07
Dress & Socks: R24, R27, R29, R59
Tube: BV02, BV04, BV08, R24, R27, R29, R59, YR04, YR07, YR09, Y04, Y08, Y17, G14, G16, G29, B01, B04, B06, V22, V25, V28

I’m entering her in the following challenges:
– Jellypark Friends Christmas Challenge
– Totally Papercrafts #197 Christmas Nontraditional Colors 
– Crafts and Me #143 December 
– Copic Marker Europe CAS Challenge# 24
– Stampin for the Weekend Anything Goes
– Glitter n Sparkle Nontraditional Christmas Colors 
– One Stitch at a Time Challenge #194 Anything Goes
– Dream Valley #72 Christmas 
– Crafts 4 Eternity #156 Something New
– CAS-ual Friday CFC#124 
– Ribbon Carousel Challenge RCC88 Anything Goes 
– Twisted Tuesday 2TC66 New Beginnings Challenge

Christmas Sweetness

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My family jokes about me every year that I always send gorgeous Christmas cards…. right around January…. working on them and they’ll be in the mail soon 🙂

I’d like you to meet my Christmas Sweetness cards, the lovely digital stamp is Mavis from Tiddly Inks, an absolutely cute little kitten. Snowflakes are designed and created by me, cut out by Silhouette Portrait. And there are lots of photos below as I created several variations this time around playing with the background papers as well as colors of Mavis too. This was a truly fun card making day (and night till dawn really)!

As my usual routine, first I outline the digital images in Silhouette Studio software (photo below) and have my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts — please check out my very first tutorial on how to use digital images.

Once the cut out is complete I start coloring, which is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (list of markers below plus the final photo) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens or glitter glue to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. Also, the main character is almost always mounted with foam pieces to give the image a 3D look. I also combined several different snowflakes into one larger piece — originally cut out pieces below.

This time I played more with the colors not only red but blue and purple as well combining with old world paper looks. And of course, gel pens and glitter glue, after all it Christmas time!

Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

Please visit my Etsy Store and  Facebook Page for more ideas and colored images. 

I am also posting more detailed photos below, please check them out too.

hugs, Rita

*please check your mailbox, one of these are being mailed to my sweet friends and family

The Copic markers I used — lots of colors today (more photos below):
Fur: E00, E11, E13, R20
Berries: R24, R27, R29, R59
Leaves: G14, G16, G17, G19, G29
Blue Dress: B02, B04, B05, B06
Red Dress: R24, R27, R29, R59
Purple Dress: BV01, BV02, BV04, BV08

I’m entering her in the following challenges:

– Jellypark Friends Christmas Challenge
– Cut it Up Challenge Blog #34 Christmas
– Totally Papercrafts #197 Christmas Nontraditional Colors 
– Crafts and Me #143 December 
– Copic Marker Europe CAS Challenge# 24
– Stampin for the Weekend Anything Goes
– Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes
– Creative Corner Challenge CAS
– Glitter n Sparkle Nontraditional Christmas Colors 
– One Stitch at a Time Challenge #194 Anything Goes
– Curtain Call Sweet Snowflakes 
– Dream Valley #72 Christmas 
– Crafts 4 Eternity #155 Anything Goes

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Fairy with Snowflakes

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Hello everyone!

As much as I love Christmas, I haven’t really created many Christmas cards… Until today! Please meet Fairy with Snowflakes, the sweet digital stamp is Fairy Bauble from Make it Crafty. Snowflakes are designed and created by me, cut out by Silhouette Portrait. And there are lots of photos below! Plus, you’ll meet my all time helper too “hard at work”!

As my usual routine, first I outline the digital images in Silhouette Studio software (photo below) and have my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts — please check out my very first tutorial on how to use digital images.

Once the cut out is complete I start coloring, which is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (list of markers below plus the final photo) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens or glitter glue to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. Also, the main character is always mounted with foam pieces to give the image a 3D look. I also combined several different snowflakes into one larger piece — originally cut out pieces below.

This time the focus was on red and green, and because I really like bluish green, just had to sneak those shades in as well.

Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

Please visit my Etsy Store and  Facebook Page for more ideas and colored images. 

I am also posting more detailed photos below, please check them out too.

hugs, Rita

*artwork is in the mail to my Mom, don’t tell her yet

Update on December 22, 2013: She made Top 3 with Creative Corner Challenge Blog! Thank you so much! It’s an honor!

The Copic markers I used — lots of colors today (more photos below):
Skin: E00, E11, E13, R20
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E18
Eyes: BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09
Berries: R24, R27, R29, R59
Leaves: G14, G16, G17, G19, G29
Wings: BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09, G00, G02, G03, G05, G07, G09
Ornament: R24, R27, R29, R59, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09

I’m entering her in the following challenges:
– One Stitch At A Time Seeing Red Challenge# 193
– Make it Crafty Challenge#4 Red & Green
– Make it Crafty Facebook Design Team Call
– Twisted Tuesday 2TC 65 Cutting Corners
– The Crafty Bloggers Network Girly
– Digi Stamps 4 Joy Anything Goes
– Scribble & Scrap Challenge# 7 Always Anything Goes
– Copic Sverige Anything Goes Christmas
– MarkerPOP! Challenge#36 Holiday
– Stamping for the Weekend Use some Red
– Creative Corner Color It
– Color Me Creative Classroom Challenge# 83 Holiday Themed
– Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC#30 Winter
– Glitter N Sparkle Some Blue
– Ribbon Carousel RCC88 Anything Goes

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Love is in the Air

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Hello everyone!

If you know me, you know that I LOVE coffee! And I drink coffee with milk (or maybe my milk with coffee?) so this artwork is just perfect! You’re looking at my brand new Love is in the Air framed artwork, the lovely digital stamps set is Love Call by Milk N Coffee. And there’s more: was invited to be working with the fabulous Design Team of Milk N Coffee Digital Stamps! Thank you so much!

As I pay more and more attention to my work, this week I started writing down the Copic numbers as I color so it’s even easier to duplicate a color combination. As always, first I outline the digital images in Silhouette Studio software and have my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts — please check out my very first tutorial on how to use digital images.

Once cut out is complete I start coloring, which is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (list of markers below) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. Also, the main character is always mounted with foam pieces to give the image a 3D look.

This time my client asked for specific colors and I absolutely loved her choices!

What is so UNIQUE about this piece? The image is larger (much larger) than usual. To be exact, the frame is 14″ x 14″ with double matting and opening of 7.25″ x 7.25″. I also used the most colors for this piece — please see list below.

What else is unique? The airbrushed clouds are on velum which gives an additional internal glow to the image. Plus I used Tim Holtz  paper distresser on the sentiment piece.

Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

Please visit my Etsy Store and  Facebook Page for more ideas and colored images. 

hugs, Rita

*artwork was custom order for a Christmas Gift, sold *

The Copic markers I used — lots of colors today:
Hearts: R27, R29
Skin: E00, E11, E13, R20
Boy Hair & Guitar: E11, E13, E15, E18
Boy Shirt: B12, B14, B16, B18
Boy Pants: C1, C3, C5, C7
Front Pillow: BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09
Back Pillow & Phone: G12, G14, G16, G17, G19
Girl Hair: E33, E35, E37, E47
Girl Pants, Phone & Socks: BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09
Girl Shirt & Pillow: V01, V04, V06, V09

I’m entering her in the following challenges:
– One Stitch At A Time Seeing Red Challenge# 193
– Glitter n Sparkle Challenge# 62 Show Us Some Blue
– Dream Valley Challenge# 71 Anything But a Card
– Twisted Tuesday 2TC 65 Cutting Corners
– The Hobby House Special Christmas Event
– The Crafty Bloggers Network Girly
– Digi Stamps 4 Joy Anything Goes
– Scribble & Scrap Challenge# 7 Always Anything Goes

Tutorial: Working with Digital Images 1.1 in Silhouette Studio

Hello there!

The wait is now over, I just finished my very first tutorial: Working with Digital Images 1.1 in Silhouette Studio

The software works with both Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Portrait.

Please note that I put this tutorial together for educational purposes only and all copyright, trademark, digital file purchase and all related laws apply. Please do not copy or sell digital images from this tutorial, all images are the property of their respective owners. If you would like to share my tutorial, please do so without altering anything and please link back to this blog post — full legal disclaimer below.

And please, let me know if you have any questions / comments / feedback — I’m happy to help!

Enjoy the tutorial and happy Silhouette Studio time!

hugs, Rita

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Under the Sea

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Good morning, Friends!

I have big news to share today! I was invited to be the new colorist for the beautiful Scrapper’s Delights images and here is my new framed artwork. You’re looking at my brand new Under the Sea framed artwork, a combination of a couple of digital stamps: Scrapper’s Delights Nerissa Mermaid and Under the Sea elements. As you click these links, you’ll see both digital and colored images.

As always, first I outline the digital images in Silhouette Studio software and have my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts. Then I start coloring, which is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (I will list of markers below shortly) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. Also, the main character is always mounted with foam pieces to give the image a 3D look. This time I used metallic gel pens plus glitter glue too to create something extra mystical to let us dream about mermaids and life under the sea. I also used Silhouette Studio to design and cut out the seaweed, sending seafloor and the little bubbles.

The artwork is available for purchase, please visit my Etsy Store. Please remember that I am always happy to personalize your gift with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

My Facebook Page also has many other ideas and colored images. Thank you for stopping by!

hugs, Rita

The Copic markers I used:
(will be listed shortly)

I’m entering her in the following challenges:
– Stampin for the Weekend Use Some Red
– Dream Valley Anything but a Card
– The Crafty Bloggers Network Girly Challenge

Santa’s Helpers

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Hello everyone!

Just a few minutes ago I posted my first Winter / Christmas creation and this is the “twin” frame. They both helped me feel like Christmas is just a few weeks away.

You’re looking at my brand new Santa’s Helpers framed artwork, a combination of a couple of digital stamps: Simple Winter Scene from Make it Crafty and Santa’s Helpers by Tiddly Inks.

As always, first I outline the digital images in Silhouette Studio software and have my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts. Then I start coloring, which is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (I will list of markers below shortly) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. Also, the main character is always mounted with foam pieces to give the image a 3D look. This time I used metallic gel pens plus glitter glue too to create something extra Christmas like. I also used Silhouette Studio to design and cut out the snowflakes.

The artwork is on Etsy, available for purchase, please visit my Etsy Store. Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

My Facebook Page also has many other ideas and colored images. 

hugs, Rita

The Copic markers I used:
Tree: G05, G17, B00
Fence: E33, E35, E37, E47
Ground / snow: C1, 0
Girl’s skin: E00, E11, E13
Girl’s hat, dress, boots, ribbons, Penguins’ hat and scarf: R27, R29, R59
Girl’s hair: E11, E13, E15, E18
Little tag on gift: B00, B01, B04, B05, B08
Penguins: C1, C3, C5, C7, 100, Y17, YR04, R27
Gifts: Y08, Y17, YR07
Gift bag: G02, G05, G17

I’m entering her in the following challenges:
– Stampin’ for the Weekend Feeling Festive
– Color Me Creative Classroom Anything Goes
– One Stitch at a Time Challenge Use a Digi
– Tiddly Inks #122 Anything Goes
– Make it Colourful Challenge# 4
– Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC# Get in the Spirit
– Glitter n Sparkle Add Some Glitter and Sparkle
– CAS-ual Fridays Clean and Simple
– Dream Valley Anything But a Card
– Creative Inspirations Inspired by Merry Christmas
– Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge#195 Ho, Ho, Holidays
– Moving Along with the Times Girly but NO Pink
– Crafty Sentiments Designs Anything Goes
– Bunny Zoe’s Shabby Chic / Vintage
– Simply Create Too Snow
– Make it Crafty Design Team Call

My Winter with Snowman

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Hello everyone!

Yes, finally broke down and created something for Winter / Christmas and I’m actually really happy that I did, it’s helping me feel like Christmas.

You’re looking at my brand new My Winter with Snowman framed artwork, a combination of a couple of digital stamps: Simple Winter Scene from Make it Crafty and Winter Wryn by Tiddly Inks.

As always, first I outline the digital images in Silhouette Studio software and have my Silhouette cutter complete the intricate cuts. Then I start coloring, which is always the most fun! I color the images with Copic Markers (I will list of markers below shortly) spending a lot of attention to details and quality. Once coloring is complete, I highlight some parts with Fiskars glitter gel pens to add a little extra glow, which looks beautiful in natural light. Also, the main character is always mounted with foam pieces to give the image a 3D look. This time I used metallic gel pens plus glitter glue too to create something extra Christmas like. I also used Silhouette Studio to design and cut out the snowflakes.

The artwork is on Etsy, available for purchase, please visit my Etsy Store. Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

My  Facebook Page also has many other ideas and colored images. 

hugs, Rita

The Copic markers I used:
Tree: G05, G17, B00
Fence: E33, E35, E37, E47
Ground / snow: C1, 0
Girl’s skin: E00, E11, E13
Girl’s hat: R27, R29, R59
Girl’s hair: E11, E13, E15, E18
Girl’s hat, dress, boots, and Snowman’s scarf: B00, B01, B04, B05, B08
Snowman’s hat and Girl’s boots: C1, C3, C5, C7, 100

I’m entering her in the following challenges:
– Stampin’ for the Weekend Feeling Festive
– Color Me Creative Classroom Anything Goes
– One Stitch at a Time Challenge Use a Digi
– Tiddly Inks #122 Anything Goes
– Make it Colourful Challenge# 4
– Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC# Get in the Spirit
– Glitter n Sparkle Add Some Glitter and Sparkle
– CAS-ual Fridays Clean and Simple
– Dream Valley Anything But a Card
– Creative Inspirations Inspired by Merry Christmas
– Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge#195 Ho, Ho, Holidays
– Moving Along with the Times Girly but NO Pink
– Crafty Sentiments Designs Anything Goes
– Bunny Zoe’s Shabby Chic / Vintage
– Simply Create Too Snow