Thursday, June 30, 2011

Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop!


Hello and welcome to the "Our Favorite Things" blog hop!  If you've arrived here from Cathy's blog you're on the right track, if not I highly recommend starting at the beginning on Britta's blog.


My first card is a new creation I want to enter into a red hair challenge at Mad For Markers.  I enjoy coloring Hannah Lynn images and red hair is one of my favorite hair colors.  I used Copic markers R59, E44, R46, R22 for her hair color and usually add in a little E59 but didn't feel I had the space with this image.  E000, E0000, E00, R20 for skin colors, B97, B93, B91 eye colors, and R97, B12, YG11, YG13, Y000, R11, R12, R14.
  I tried the "ruffle technique" on my card and think I need more practice.  They're kind of hard to fasten down to the card.

We've been asked to answer the question what makes us a "Young Crafter"...  One of my favorite things to do is make kids cards for Operation Write Home, a non profit organization of card makers who make and send handmade greeting cards to our military troops to send home to their friends and loved ones.  If that makes you curious I have links to Operation Write Home below so you can check it out.

Another of my favorite things to do is color with Copic markers.  I've added a few Copic projects below for you.


You're looking at the cover of my Copic coloring book.  It's a place to keep samples of images I've colored that include the marker numbers for future reference.  I also use it to remember different techniques I've tried and would like to use again.  It also has assignments from classes I've taken inside.

I made my coloring book using the Bind It All along with 8" X 8" covers by Bind It All.  The inside pages are Neenah Solar White cardstock in case I wanted to color directly on the page.  This book is almost full, I've started a new one in a three ring binder so I have larger pages and it's easier to take my pages out if I want to move them around. 


This is a page from my Copic coloring book, the image is a Hannah Lynn coloring page.


This layout is from a class I took where I was learning about coloring hair and faces. 


This is one of the "Kids Cards" I made for Operation Write Home using a fun image from Bug A Boo Stamps.

Your next stop on our blog hop is Erin!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Challenges:
Mad For Markers - Red Hair
Creative Inspirations - Summer
Southern Girls - Bring Out Your Inner Child (boy swimming card)

87 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your coloring techniques are so beautiful. I always love your cards, and this album you made is such a great idea. I don't have classes available. Lessons are learned by trial and error and practice... in other words, the hard way!

Happy birthday...

Pat K.

Dixie Cochran said...

Jan, your coloring rocks! I'm amazed! I need to get my Copics out and practice!

Lisa Jane said...

wow what stunning coluring Jan- amazing
Lisa xx
ps hope you will join me at my new blog -http://mymakesnme.blogspot.com/

Marie / Legojenta said...

Oh wow, you are amazingly talented at Copic coloring! That mermaids hair is beautiful, and I really love the colors and coloring on the card with the little boy swimming with his toy boat =) Thank you so much for joining our bloghop!

Sherry Hickey said...

Jan, your Copic coloring book is so fab; if you made copies I'd buy one!!

Heather Innusa said...

WOW!!! I wish I could color like you! I'm still taking baby steps! I made a book for the hop too! I also love both cards!! Holy cow your coloring has me baffled! So happy to have found your blog - your an inspiration!

Cathy P in AZ said...

Hi Jan, my Arizona friend! :)
First of all - your coloring is AMAZING! You are a true artist in every sense of the word! That red haired beauty is jawdropping GORGEOUS and I am in LOVE with your coloring book! Your kids card is too cute - that anchor with the curly string is SO clever!
Since you asked - I live in Mesa, but I am originally from Yuma so I know exactly where you are! Let me know if you are ever coming to Phoenix - I would love to meet you! :)

Priya Mohan said...

Loved your coloring and your coloring book is sooo good..

Katie said...

Great coloring!

Alba said...

Wow! I need to learn a lot to colour like you do :-)

Aditya Gupta said...

your copic coloring book is a great idea. And above that your coloring skills are really great.

Melissa Shea said...

Speechless! You have crazy wicked colors skills! That coloring book is amazing!

Melissa Shea said...

Speechless! You have crazy wicked colors skills! That coloring book is amazing!

Angie said...

Amazing Copic coloring!! I love the book idea you shared here - might have to make myself one!

Bunny Vance said...

Beautiful!!! The colors are so rich and yummy!
Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Bunny
http://bunnyrunswithscissors.blogspot.com/
www.ajillianvancedesign.com

Lauren said...

When I look at your work it makes the copic coloring I have done look like it was colored by a kid using their non-dominate hand! You are an amazing artist!!

Leanne said...

Fabulous coloring!

Elizabeth said...

Jan, I love your coloring book! What a wonderful idea! http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Cathy P in AZ said...

Jan-thanks for following me! I am adding your blog to my Feed Blitz so I get your posts in my e-mail! :) Hope to meet you sometime soon - and I mean that! :)

cutiephinphin said...

Wow your coloring is amazing! I've not tried copics yet but have seen the amazing stuffs it does so I'm trying to avoid going there as long as I can :)

Love the kids card you made and the coloring book. Thanks for sharing.

Crafterkhush said...

What amazing colouring and I love the way you have organized your coloring book so that you can remember techniques... really neat stuff...

Hugs,
Khush

Natasha said...

Wowowowowowowow! Your colouring is AMAZING! and what a great colouring book!!! You've just gained a new follower :) TFS!

judy said...

Great Copic coloring!!

Tania A said...

Wow. My resolve to not buy Copics anytime soon is slowly crumbling. These projects are amazing! And I LOVE your colouring book!

Thanks for sharing :D

Chari M. said...

You color beautifully! Thank you for sharing your lovely creations.

yainea said...

Wow! I'm really amazed! You're an artist with copics! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations :)

DianeG said...

lovely coloring! TFS!

Donna B. said...

Love your cards!! You are a great colorer!!!

Kim Marie said...

Your coloring is AMAZING!! Wow! I love your sample book too, how wonderful..being a redhead, those images are my favorite, but boy was it hard to choose! Great!!
Kim Marie

Romaine said...

Amazing colouring!

Karen B. said...

Simply fabulous coloring techniques that make a big impact!

charli said...

gorgeous coloring!

Mubeena M. said...

stunning colours!

Leezer said...

Excellent idea for the copic coloring. Love your coloring. Thanks for showing us!

Sew-Ink said...

Gorgeous cards and your coloring is perfect. That Copic Sample Book is a great idea too! Thanks for sharing!

sharon g said...

You've been practicing!!!!!

Danielle said...

Your coloring is amazing! I LOVE the red hair and how life like the eyes seem.

Lynsey said...

I love your cards. The first one reminds me of The Little Mermaid. :)

Bunnyfreak said...

Your copic work is amazing.

Disp6194 said...

Jan you are nothing short of amazing with this copics, wow! For the record I think your ruffles came out lovely :)

Melissa Barnicoat said...

Fantastic work. The inage is so striking with red hair. Just beautiful. Thanks for playing along at M4M.
Mel B

KathyN said...

I love your card and the wonderful Copic coloring book you put together.

Mad Crafter said...

You can really color!!! Your card is amazing. I love the coloring book. That is a great idea. TFS!! I am on the hop too. You can check out my project if you want. I am # 58:)
~Madison funkycards.blogspot.com

Dawn said...

wonderful cards. Your copic book is awesome too. what a great idea

Danielle said...

Holy cow! Your colouring is AWESOME!!

Marcia said...

Hey Jan ... we cross paths again, remember those SBS4 days! Your colouring is amazing and I am in love with your Copic sample book. Sensational idea.

Thanks for popping past Mad for Markers and joining in. Oh and happy birthday, I remember its in early July! Hope you have a blessed day!

x Marcia

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

OMG, your colouring is exquisite!!! Hadn't seen red hair before, I really like it, gives such a character!

Lillian Child said...

Absolutely STUNNING!

Neha Jain said...

loved the girl boy couple :)

Christiana said...

Wow, your coloring is just amazing! And what a cool idea to start a sample book for your Copic colored images! Love it!

victoria h said...

super coloring and your book shows how much effort you put into your art

pcm said...

you do some amazing coloring!

AmyJRockstar said...

Wow, you are extremely talented. I would love to learn to color like that! I'm just starting with Copics and I really want to learn to color hair properly. This is a beautiful work of art. I would buy it for sure if you decide to sell it! ;) I'm in the hop to so be sure to stop by to enter to win my candy and also...

Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!


XO ~ Amy Jo (new follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

Emily Keaton said...

So beautiful! And great ideas, too. Thanks for sharing. :)

Kelley said...

Love your coloring! I have started a notebook in a 9" x 7" three ring binder, takes a half sheet of Neenah. I would be so lost without that thing!

Thank you for mentioning OWH. I need to make cards for them.

narutopenguingirl said...

What awesome coloring! TFS :)

Bonnie said...

I too love red heads (grandson is one). Your coloring is stunning.

Jessica said...

wow, your coloring is just fabulous! love all these sweet images! :)

The Constant Scrapper said...

Jan, your coloring is wow, wow, wow. Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs.

Alicia said...

I love visiting your blog. I love your cards and I love your colouring-in book. The red hair is fabulous. Thanks for joining in at Mad for Markers!
Alicia xx

NGCARDS said...

A lovely summery card hun! Thanks for joining in with our Summer theme over at Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog! xxx

Philippa said...

Wow this card is so amazing. Plus your idea about using colours. I am so going to make one of these books so I can reference back too. Thanks for the inspiration.

lonely rubber stamp. said...

I am amazed by your colouring skills!

Amy McVey said...

Your coloring is absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing your coloring examples.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Wow! Your coloring is amazing! Love your shading. That Hannah Lynn image is awesome. Love the red hair!

Amystarz said...

Your coloring is outstanding! I love the copic coloring book what a great idea!

cards by cara said...

You are a pro at colouring !! Very impressive ...

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, what an amazing colouring book!

Ophelia Paine said...

Beautifully colored cards! Copics are one of those things I am a bit too afraid to try--araid I will like them and then they'll cost me a fortune!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Amazing coloring!

Carla said...

whoa, my mouth dropped open at the sight of your Copic book -- just amazing!! And I love your 'ruffle' on the mermaid card!

Bron said...

I love your mermaid card the red hair looks amazing very striking. Thanks for joining us at M4M this week hugs from bron :D

luvhymns said...

I could look at your "coloring" book for hours. It's outstanding and I know you've practiced your art. Great job!

CuteCuteWorld said...

Gorgeous cards! You are awesome with your copic markers, honestly I wish I was as good as you!

Britta Swiderski said...

Holy cow! Your coloring is absolutely fantastic. When I first clicked on your blog, I thought it was digital! I'm so impressed with your skills and am glad I found your blog. I'm adding you to my reader and hope to pick up some copic tricks in the future. :) Thank you so much for joining us on the Young Crafters Unite blog hop!

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! WHat a FABULOUS TALENT YOU HAVE!! You a VERY gifted!! I LOVE the images that you colored they are all AMAZING!! I haven't ever used copics and I have never seen them in real live, but you are making me want to try them out!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Sue D said...

Great projects! The copic coloring book is a fabulous idea.

Elaine said...

Whoa. Wow! You must be the copic queen--your shading is divine! Love the card and REALLY love the sample book idea! TFS. :)
-Elaine Uhl
http://createNstamp.blogspot.com/

BethL said...

have been tossing around the idea of learning how to use copic and wow that is just unreal what a beautiful card!!!


bethL
toothlesschef at comcast dot net

Stephanie Y. said...

Your shading and coloring with copics is amazing! I also love those mermaid images

Rebecca T. said...

Wow, I love your coloring - it's inspiring.

Glory said...

Love that eyes. 80)

Lucy Newton said...

Loove your coloring, amazing!!!

Susan said...

A beautiful card. Love your colouring and that red hair is simply gorgeous! Thanks for joining in the Red Hair Challenge at Mad for Markers.
Susan xxox

Melissa said...

Stunning!!!
Thanks for joining in at Mad for markers.
Love the idea of the colouring book.
Cheers
Melissa

Sammi said...

Beautiful Jan! Love that red hair!!

And I love seeing pages of your colouring book!

Thanks for joining in our Mad for Markers Red hair challenge!
Sammi
xx

Amy said...

WOW - seriously you are amazing. I am in love with your color book. The red hair...wow. I really need to work on my hair skills.