So I hear you girls were crashing the site again last night - LOL! I tried to join in the fun over on the Paper Trey forums as well and felt so badly for Nichole - sometimes computers just don't want to cooperate with us beginners. But as usualy Nichole thought fast on her feet and provided a fun party for you all on her blog. Thank goodness for our blogs - I know it has been a wonderful way for me to communicate with all of you in a pinch.
Just a couple of quick product updates before I share close-ups and information on the projects I created for Paper Trey Ink this month.
First - those pesky Copic marker backorders! I have my fingers crossed that we are close to solving the back order issues. They keep telling me that they have never experienced anything quite like the "thirst" of you girls when it comes to their markers. We are doing our VERY best to try and solve this issue and I have my fingers crossed that inventory will be showing up this week. As you all know I keep crossing my fingers and toes (yep - trying to do that again now that I can walk :D) that these issues will be solved. It's not that I don't have plenty of items on order - the problem is they are all backordered. The long and short of it is that it takes a LONG time to float those babies over here on the slow boat. Please cross your fingers and toes with me that we can resolve this issue this week and then I can get on with plan B - bringing in the complete set of 48 Stampin' Up! colors as well as the additional colors that I feel are missing from the palette I have. So I will continue to diligently work at getting all supplies at the ready so that we don't have to keep waiting, and waiting, and...
Secondly - you will notice that the Nestabilities in our store are mostly off of the Preorder status - yahoo!!!! Only one set is completely sold out and on preorder - the Oval, Classic Large. More of all product is on order and hopefully it will be here in less than two weeks.
You will notice I did a little organizing today to try and get all the different Nestability shapes together better. So what do you think? Is it easier to see? I also added more links to each item to try and assist you in coordinating the items.
Please never hesitate to contact us. We do our utmost to reply to each and every e-mail every day. If you do not hear from us in a timely manner then PLEASE resend your message. I kid you not when I tell you that we receive 100's of e-mails each day and so some of them get buried or go missing in our SPAM folder, or even never seem to arrive and must be floating out there in cyberspace. So if you haven't heard from us after a day - then please do not feel like your are bothering us, by resending your message! We are here to help. I know that the questions will arise with your new product and we will do our very best to answer those questions as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Sometimes it will be in a blog post, others it will be a personal email or phone call. Thanks for hanging in there with us through thick and thin!
Many have also seen Michelle hinting of good things yet to come. I sent her some new "things" to see what she thought of them and I have had these goodies sitting in my garage since June - yes, June! How pathetic is that?!? I just haven't been able to manage everything in my life with my "incident" this summer and so I am now trying, trying, trying to make some dents in my to-do list. I still need to rest often. This doesn't appear to be an easy recovery, but the great news is that I am on my way! So very soon I hope to have a few more new things uploaded to the store and I think you are going to like what you see :D
Now on to the fun stuff!
Paper Trey Ink has done it again. Their latest Holiday images were just wonderful to work with. Sometimes I feel that my ability to create is overpowered by the workload that is needing to be completed behind the scenes. It has also been frustrating for me that I haven't been able to get about to create as I did when I was on both feet, so I am very much looking forwards to a new lease on creating here again soon. I hope to get the stacks put away that have accumulated being that I was always begging for help - I find it empowering to have a clean space to work on and thus I find that my work is much neater and more precise when I have a "clean slate" so to speak.
One of the first creations I attempted was using the Believe set. Nichole was worried about how it would be accepted being she doesn't "color". I assured her that I found it fabulous to color! She did such a fantastic job creating the tree so that adding depth would be simple. Below is a step by step on how I used my Copic markers to color in this image. It was so quick and easy!
First I color my lightest colors - in this case I used YG00 as the base color for my tree leaves and YR21 for the berries. I find that when I use a golden shade with my red it gives a fun twist to the red colors upon completion.
The other thing that I do at the very beginning of my coloring session is to determine where I want to place my colors - thus I cover my entire image with color determining where the green will be colored and also the red. This way I don't have to think so hard as I continue to work. My basic color placement is determined and these light colors are much easier to cover if I do make a mistake in my locating my colors.
Next I added my green highlights. I selected a total of three greens for this project - YG00, YG95 and G99. I added YG95 to some of the leaf area and background spaces, as well as added G99 to all of the background spaces. As I colored I found areas that were not leaf shaped and just added the depth in those "corners". By balancing the dark areas across the tree from top to bottom I was able to easily create depth in the image. I worked quickly and once I had all the foliage colored I came back in with the YG00 and pressed the tip in to each leaf allowing the color to pool slightly - thus it easily blended the different colors that I had used. If you look closely you can see the difference at the top of the tree and the bottom.
I added R27 and R29 to the berries. Instead of applying the color evenly across the berry I laid down the R27 (the lighter red) to the top right side of the berry and the R29 to the lower left. This helped to "round" the berry out.
Last (but certainly not least - LOL) I added some gorgeous shimmer to each berry by using my orange Spica glitter pen. Why orange you might ask? I find again that by adding contrasting colors it truly makes the image come to life. I would like to suggest that the next time you create try practicing on a scrap sheet of paper and combine some "unusual" colors to see what they will look like when blended together. You may be pleasantly surprised.
As you can see I have been having "issues" with taking my pictures sitting here in my chair and just shooting on to my work space. I look forwards to moving back to my little tent to photograph future projects :D
To complete the background the sentiment was stamped using Adirondack Willow ink on Memory Box Willow cardstock. This is an absolutely stunning green - so different from the typical greens. I just loved how it looked with the red accent word stamped in Colorbox Chalk Lipstick Red.
I think I will begin a new post to describe the other projects I created being that this post is so lengthy. I certainly am being long winded once again - LOL!