Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Release Day!!! and the crowd goes WILD....... =)

I decided to get things moving super early this morning before I got too busy with real work! Yuck! =( I've been given a new faculty member and I really don't know how busy I will be with him. I know he doesn't teach until the Fall semester so that is good! Anyway...Robin and I have some cute, cute, cute images for you guys today! As usual, our Design Team has created some fantastic projects to showcase the images! WOW they are good! Sit back and scroll through. We hope you LOVE 'em! =)

Dee of Dee’s Divine Designs has created a card with the Cat Set images. How cute! Dee always has the purrfect paper for every project!

Dena of Dena's Stamping Corner has created her card using Baby Bear with Sail Boat and what a cutie, huh? Super card!!

Lorraine of Lorraine’s Loft has created these two wonderful cards using some really interesting techniques. Check out her Blog for her description/instructions.

Michelle of Designing With Michelle created her card with Baby Bear! The colors are just great and her sentiments are always perfect for the image! Love it!!

Sylvia of Sylvia's Stamping Place created her cards with her usual bright cheery papers! Love the "bubbles" border strip on the Baby Bear card! Love the use of glitter and the white gel pen on the Cat Set. So much detail work!

As always, THANKS Ladies for the wonderful examples! Enjoy, and have a great week! =)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Coloring Tutorial by Designing with Michelle!!

It is finally here! Michelle's coloring technique tutorial! She does an amazing job with a digital image, Prisma Color pencils and OMS (odorless mineral spirits). With her permission we are sharing her tutorial with everyone today. Make sure you check out her Blog to see her other creations, they are just beautiful!!

Well, here it is. Finally, I have managed to put together this tutorial. I tell you, it was very difficult for me. The pictures I had orginally taken turned out horrible. I took them myself while coloring the image. They were blurry and bad quality. So, I had to wait until I had someone here with me to help me take these photos. I tell ya, try to cordinate that was next to impossible, but I finally was able to pen down my oldest DD, Aliyah, to help me out. So this morning I set out to color a new image with Aliyah at my side taking the pictures. Then came the task of uploading and writing out this tutorial. I mean to tell ya, there has got to be an easier way of doing this. It has taken me forever!! It seemed everytime I uploaded a new pic, it skewed all the other ones. It was a pains taking process. I do not know if I will ever atempt to do this again!! Through it all though, I did manage to get it done. I hope you enjoy this and find it helpful in your own journey of coloring.

To start, you will need...An image to colorColor Pencils from light to darkBlender StumpOdorless Mineral Spirits

Now, for the pencil colors, when coloring an image, you want to give it depth. To do this, you need several shades of the color. I usually go with three. A light, a medium, and a dark. In this case, I went with Yellow Orche, Goldenrod, and Burnt Orche. Some times I only go with two, depends on what I am coloring.

To begin, use the lightest color first. In this case, it is Yellow Ochre. Add a slightly thick line of Yellow Ochre to the outer edges of the image.

This is what it look like once you have added Yellow Ochre to the outer edges of the image.

With a blender stump dipped in Odorless Mineral Spirits, blend the color in small circles around the outer edges of the images, pulling the color into the center giving the image complete color coverage.

This is what it looks like once it is all blended.

Now, to add some depth to the image. Color a thinner line of Goldenrod to the all of the edges.

This is what it look like once you have added Goldenrod to the outer edges.

Like the first time around, blend the color in in small circles around the edges and pull the color into the center. Don't pull the color all the way the the center like the first time. Just blend it in part of the way, making it look smooth. You want the lighter color to stay showing in the center.

This is what it looks like once it is all blended.

Now you want more depth to the outer parts of the image. Take Burnt Ochre and add a thin line of color to the outer parts of the dog minus the nose and the belly.

This is what it looks like when you are finished adding Burnt Ochre to the edges.

Blend the edges with a blender stump. Instead of blending in circles like with the first two blendings, blend it by going back and forth, lightly pulling to the center. This way it keeps the darker color to the outer edges of the image giving it depth.

This is what it looks like once it is blended.

I needed to add just a little more depth to my image. I added a touch of Goldenrod to the edges of the nose,the bridge of the nose, and the base of the belly. I added a touch of Burnt Ochre under the nose at the neck line, and the the back legs. I then blended the colors in for the final time to complete the image.

This is what is looks like when you are done.

This is the finished creation. I took the image, cut it out with a Nestibilities, destressed it, and layered it up on the card you see. I hope this tutorial helps y'all understand how I color all the images with Prismacolor Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits. This is one heck of a task creating a tutorial, but I finally got it done for y'all.Tell me....What do y'all think?I would love to see what y'all come up with, so please send me a link to show what you have done!!I forgot to mention, my image is a digital image from Doodle Palace. Check out their store on my sidebar. They have incredibily cute stuff!!

WOW!! What a TON of work!! Beautifully prepared!! THANKS Michelle! =)

Friday, June 26, 2009

And the Winner Is........

Number 10 or terriavidreader! YAY!!! Contact us at doodlepalacedesigns@yahoo.com so we can chat and get some info. We need a physical mailing address and we need to know which 4 stamps you want!!!

Can't wait to hear from you!

Thanks to all who participated!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Image Release Day is HERE!! YAY!

Well, it is Tuesday and Robin and I have a couple of really cute new images for you guys!! Cats Love and Wild Mermaid! I hope you guys LOVE them!!! Take a stroll through the WONDERFUL examples by our FABBY Design Team! As always, Super Stars!! =) THANKS Ladies!

Allie of AlliesCreativeDesigns used DCWV pet stack papers for her Cats Love card! She must have a bottomless stack! LOL So cute Allie!

Dee of Dee’s Divine Designs also used the DCWV papers! Love the "cat" words!

Lorraine of Lorraine’s Loft used some Coordiantions cardstock! Love that stuff! She embossed and sanded it!! I LOVE the crystals placed on the Mermaid's necklace and her blingy bracelet and earrings! How Cute!! I also love all the wonderful 'Shimmers' from the Glimmer Mist!

Michelle of Designing With Michelle used Prisma colored pencils and OMS to color her creations! She does an excellent job and has been asked by many to create a tutorial! As soon as she completes that I will make sure and post it so we can all attempt her technique!

Sylvia of Sylvia's Stamping Place uses some of the brightest papers I've ever seen! They are just wonderful and she does such a great job of putting them together! They are SO cheerful! Sylvia has also created a wonderful Shaker Card with the Wild Mermaid! Love the "bubbles" created by the beads and baubles! Great Idea!

Poppet of Poppet’s Place created these two wonderful cards with this week's images! I love the distressed edges and the Mermaid's necklace is too cute! Love the Sea Horse charm, too! THANKS Poppet! =)

Even I played some this week! Here is my Mermaid just no card! LOL!! I used Dena's technique of 'painting' my image using an aqua painter and Tim Holz Distress Inks! LOVE that! Thanks Dena!

I think it is great that the ladies chose to alter the images some this week! It gives you more ideas! If you were thinking that the cat image was cute but just wouldn't work for your project, maybe now it will! Just take the fence off, or put a top on the mermaid! How fun and how simple but the image is totally different now! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far and remember to scroll down, take a look at our BLOG CANDY, sign up and we will announce a winner on Friday, June 26!! Have a GREAT week!

Friday, June 19, 2009


We are celebrating our 100th sale on Etsy by giving away BLOG CANDY! We appreciate all of our followers and image purchasers SO much that we want to give you a gift!

Our Blog Candy consists of: 4 Doodle Palace Digital Stamps of YOUR choice, one 8" x 8" pad of Glittered My Mind's Eye papers "Enlightened", 1 package of MME Enlightened Ribbons, 1 box of yellow Prima Sprites 1, 1 package of MM Crystal Brads, 1 package of MM Springtime Button Brads, 1 package of Heidi Swapp Writers Blocks - medium squares in Capri, a 50 pk of 4" x 5.5" Ivory card bases with envelopes, an assortment of Prima Flowers and other flowers, an assortment of Card Candy embellishments and not shown Spellbinders scalloped heart Nestibilites die set! This is an AWESOME set! Great for any paper crafter!

All you have to do is comment on this thread that you would like to be entered into the drawing and post a link to this blog candy on your blog! We will use Random.org to draw a lucky winner on Friday, June 26, 2009! Good luck to everyone who signs up and THANK YOU!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's Time for New Images!!!

YAY!! Here are this week's new releases! Emery the Pit Bull puppy and Harley under the Blanket! Once again, our Design Team has outdone themselves! What a wonderful group of examples for you today!

Allie of AlliesCreativeDesigns used that wonderful DCWV Pet Stack for her cards! I have piles of that one! LOVE IT!! Harley looks like he has done something bad but is SO SORRY!

Dee of Dee’s Divine Designs has chosen bright fun colors for her so sad hound dog!

Dena of Dena's Stamping Corner made Harley into a Get Well card! What a great idea! Love the yellow and blue together!

Lorraine of Lorraine’s Loft used DCWV pet stack as well! They really are some of the cutest pet related papers out there! Lots of texture in this card! So Cute!

Poppet of Poppet’s Place did an awesome job on the images this week! Love Harley in light blue! You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog....and Em is just too cute! The muted colors are great!

Sylvia of Sylvia's Stamping Place used faux stitching in a flourish on her Harley card! I thought it was REAL! Great job!! I bought Em a green collar after seeing this card, Syliva! LOL Green is her color! =)