CAS111:i caved…and a giveaway!

hi all!

well my week is NOT off to the funnest of starts – apparently there is rampant pollen in the air and it is the kind i don’t deal well with because WOW are my sinuses hurting!  it was impossible to sleep last night so i finally gave up a little before 2 this morning.  i may be napping while Pezza the Wonder Tot is in school this morning!  Once i decided it was probably NOT going to get any better and i was NOT going to go back to sleep i went and worked for awhile in my studio.  I did a bunch of paper organizing (all of the new colors i never made folders for) and cleaning up a bit so i could at least move in there.  I am working on my mom’s annual crawfish boil invitations and if you have been following me for a long time you will know she always makes these impossible requests but i find a way to make it happen.  this year is no different and you will get to see those along with a video on Imagine This Friday.


In other exciting news…

my colored pencil class has officially launched over on Color Me Creative!!!!!  I am SO excited!  we already have people signed up and i chatted with several of them last night and they are very happy with the class materials and stuff so that is great news!  Head to the Colored Pencil page to get the details and sign up.  Then tonight you can also join us on the CMC main page for a live chat about the class – the chat is open to everyone so if you are not in the class you can still come by, chat, ask questions, get an idea of what the other girls think of the class, or any other topic we may decide to delve in to.  i sure hope to see you there!


my card is inspired by the following challenges:

SCS Clean & Simple – sketch
Pile it On – Green & Orange
Aly’s Sketch – Spring
Cuttlebug Spot – Twine
Creative Card Crew – Green
Paperplay – Embossing

I cut the green and white squares on my Cricut using the George cartridge.  Then i embossed using a Sizzix folder (these emboss much deeper than provo craft.)  I edged the white with tea dye distress ink because the white just seemed a bit to stark…

My little teeny magnolia is colored with colored pencils on Cryogen cardstock and blended with baby oil.  I prefer no solvent blending BUT i can’t layer well on Cryogen and since that was what i stamped her on when i was at my buddy, suzanne’s i had to make do.  i usually LOVE Cryogen for my Copics though!  i don’t have quite the brightness i like when i use a solvent blending method.  but i still think she is cute!

So let’s have a show of hands – how many of my readers use colored pencils and did not take the plunge into Copics?

I will draw a name from all the comments and give you a nice grab bag of adhesives – foam dots in two sizes, glue dots, and a zig glue pen!

Colored pencils are certainly alot cheaper way to go that’s for sure!  although i DID find one type of colored pencil that costs about the same as a Copic (Caran d’Ache Luminance.)  i tried a few out and while they ARE wonderful i don’t think they are $4 worth of wonderful!  The best place to buy a set to start on is Michaels with a coupon.  The next best place to go, especially to buy them individually is Dick Blick.  that is where i get nearly all of my art supplies.  I have all of the Prismas but i have recently tried two other types and i really like them too – Derwent Colorsoft and Faber Castell Polychromos.  I also have a complete 72 piece set of Derwent Studio Pencils that I am hoping to sell – they are nearly un-used and I am only asking $50 for them (normally 94.95.)

ok folks i am off to get Pezza ready for school – maybe i will be able to nap while she is gone.  if not then i might be a little loopy at the chat tonight!



12 Responses

  1. such a sweet card, so adorable.gerri

  2. Hey Marti, use those DW studios over your Prisma’s or Colorsofts~~they’re not good as a base, but the colors are great for shading~~!

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