Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Craft sale

Hey everyone, 
I hope you have been enjoying your week. I wanted to share a craft sale going on Saturday at Creative Haven in Chino. This Saturday February 3, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The address is 12425 Mills Ave. Chino, CA 91710. There will be several vendors who have cleaned out or are purging their craft rooms. Don’t miss this opportunity to find some fun things you just can’t do without at garage sale prices. I will have a cricut expression 2 machine, Stamps by Stampin Up and FSJ as well as other companies, sizzix dies and lots of other crafty things that need a new loving home. Several of the items I’m still in love with but I have just created so many people Hong’s it’s time to let someone else enjoy.    It’s also a great opportunity to check out this amazing art studio that I use for a lot of my classes and my monthly crop. Hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I'm back!!!! Let's create!

Hi Everyone,
I'm back and ready to share my creations here again.  Life gets in the way sometimes and before you know it time just flies by.  Well, I want to make sure I get back to posting on my blog on a regular basis and keep you all updated on the various classes and crops I have going on.  In an effort to start fresh I even changed the design of the blog.  I hope you like it.  I thought it would be fun to mix things up. 

I am having a marathon crop this weekend at Creative Haven in Chino.  A few of us has so much fun at my New Year's crop we decided we wanted to have a 2 day crop and start crafting Saturday morning and go until Sunday night.  I will be posting pictures on both my Instagram @StampinNikki and on my facebook page at Nikki's Creative Nook.  If you not joining us in person feel free to see what we are up to there.  It should be fun especially when we get to the early hours of the morning.  I better make sure I have lots of coffee. 

My next class is Tuesday January 30th.  We will be having fun with color pencils.  I wanted to use my Altenew stamp Smile More.  It has some fun sayings and beautiful sunflowers that were perfect to color with my pencils. 
This set also comes with a matching die and you can find them both on the Altenew website.  Since I was do a beginner class with pencils I wanted an image that would allow for people to layer colors and a flower is perfect for that.  You can make them any color you like and this set also lets you build images that would work perfectly.  For the first card I used 2 flowers and added the stem and leaves.

I used my prismacolor pencils to layer the pink and then added a darker shade to the center.  I then used 2 greens to add color to the leaves.  I also will show you how to used a blending stump and odorless mineral spirits to blend the pencils.  Its really neat to see how blending them can help bring the shades of the colors together so well.  

The second card I masked and layered an image on the card to build up the corner of the card.

For this card I used the pencils to help blend the colors together.  Applying various pressure to help build the colors and get various shades of each one.  I looked up reference pictures of sunflowers to find the colors I wanted to use.  I then wanted to add a little bit of a background behind the flowers so they weren't just backed by the stark white of the cardstock.  This also helped with learning to layer your colors until you get the shade your looking for.  

I hope you will join me on Tuesday.  We will start working on making a swatch chart that will be helpful as a reference when choosing colors in the future.  We will then get to coloring our sunflowers.  You can always find my classes listed by clicking the link at the top of the blog or go to my facebook page to signup.