Finished another card!

Isn’t she pretty? All the images are Bombshell Stamps.
I colored the Pin Up girl wioth Copic Markers and added highlights with clear shimmery gel pen. For the background, I stamped directly on lavender cardstock. I used Ranger Perfect Medium & then lightly dusted Luminarte Polished pigments in Pink Grapefruit. Since it looked like it still needed color, I then used the shimmery Copic Markers in orange, yellow & red to color in the flames & cherries. I used Copic Marker in Cardinal to color in the horns & tail. To finish everything off & give the flames extra shimmer, I dusted Luminarte Polished Pigments in Iridescent Violet. I popped up the Pin Up girl to give it a little depth. Viola! Finished card!

Work in progress….

So here’s something else I’ve been working on. I started this project a couple of months ago. I keep working on it a little & then put it aside to work on something else. Not sure what’s taking me so long. I keep getting stuck on overthinking ideas. I’ll post the other pages of the album as soon as I finish each one.

This is on page in the acrylic album. The skull & words are stamped on with Staz-on ink. The image is from Ink by Steph. I colored it in with Copic Markers & added accents with clear shimmer gel pen.

The blue patterned paper is from Die Cuts With A View. The white oval was punched from Doodlebug sugar coated paper. I’m not sure where the black cardstock came from. It was in my box of left over cardstock. The fleur de lis was already embossed on it. I used clear shimmer gel pen to highlight the design. The small fleur de lis at the top is an iron-on that I attached with glue dots.

Quickie card

I had some stuff laying around & just threw something together. I think it turned out kinda cool.

I had some old shimmery cardstock I found when I was reorganizing. It’s Stardream Malachite – a combination of navy & gold mixed together. It measures 41/2 x 51/2, but after I scored & folded the card, I cut about 3/4” off the top right edge to give the card some depth.

I stamped the swirl with black dye based ink. I used Inkadinkado clear stamps – the swirl is from the snowflakes set. Then I stippled Peeled Paint distress ink.

Lastly, I added some bling & some multi-colored fibers in different shades of blue. You can add a light colored piece of card stock to the inside so that you can include whatever sentiment you want to add.

Cute card!

Here’s a little something I worked on this week. I think it turned out really cute. The Pin Up girl & the butterfly wings are Bombshell Stamps images. I stamped the Pin Up girl in black dye based ink & the butterfly wings in cocoa colored chalk ink. Then, I used Copic markers to color everything in. Not sure if you can tell by the pic, but I used purple & dark pink on the wings. I used a dark teal on the Pin Up’s bikini. The wings were tough to cut out, but looking at the end result I think it was totally worth it.

The blue patterned paper is from Die Cuts With A View – Luxury collection. It has a shimmer to it. The light blue scalloped paper is an A2 scalloped card that I folded in half & mounted on lapis colored cardstock, measuring 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 (A2 size). I used glue dots to mount the wings & popped the Pin Up girl using foam tape.

Here’s another shot of the card so you can see that the wings are glued flat, but the girl is popped up.

Hope you like it!

Gotta love technology!

I have a teeny digital camera. It’s super cute. I saw it when it first came out on the market & fell in love. It’s a Panasonic SV-AV20 that takes pics, records video & plays music. I received it as a birthday gift a few years ago. When closed, it fits right in your pocket. Here’s a pic of it….mine is in blue. It’s been discontinued because technology like everything else has moved on & upgraded. I think it’s only 2 megapixels. A lot of cameras now are around 10 megapixels or more.

The reason I mention my camera, is that I haven’t been able to use it in a while. I have a bunch of pics on several memory cards, but couldn’t download them to my old laptop. Then I misplaced the software that came with the camera & haven’t been able to set it up to work on my new laptop. So last weekend I figured I’d just hook everything up & try to locate the drivers on line so that I could finally download the pics I had on the camera’s memory. Imagine my suprise when my laptop was smart enough to locate on it’s own the drivers I needed to download! I was so shocked that I didn’t have to waste time doing all that research on my own. Plus with the Photoshop software I purchased with my laptop, I was able to download the pics & start editing them with no problem. Yippee!!

So now I’m able to take better pics of my work & attach them to my blog posts so you can see everything that I’ve been working on. I can’t wait! I was previously using my phone take pics, but the resolution is terrible!

Don’t ya just love Copic Markers?

Copic Markers are just amazing. Love ‘em, love ‘em, love ‘em! Now I’ve used all kinds of markers before & even own several different brands – from Crayola to Marvy. None of them have won me over like Copics.

The colors are awesome & they don’t streak when you’re coloring with them. The tips (nibs) are replaceable, colors are refillable. The Colorless Blender helps hide any mistakes you make or blends colors really smoothly. If you happen to get a darker ink color on any of the marker tips, just roll it on a clean piece of paper & it comes right off. How awesome is that?

I know a lot of people use the Flesh (color code R02) for skintone. I’ve always thought it was a little too pink. After a little trial & error, I finally located the perfect skintone color – Skin White (color code E00). Use Light Suntan (color code E13) for the shadow areas & apply the Color Blender (color code 0) as needed to blend the 2 shades.

I know these markers are a little pricey, but they’re totally worth the investment. Trust me, you’ll love them the first time you use them.

Where’d that name come from?

Creative Corazón…..where did that name come from? What made me choose that out of so many other possibilities? What does it mean?

I guess I never really explained where the name came from. I’ll have to start at the beginning….

My mom is from Puerto Rico & my dad is from Mexico. I have always told people I’m Mexi-rican since I’m 1/2 & 1/2. I always thought the mixture of culture was kinda cool. Kind of the best of both worlds. Thing is, my sister & I didn’t grow up in an ethnic neighborhood & we really didn’t practice all the customs my parents did when they were kids. We became “Americanized”. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great childhood but I only have 1 hispanic friend and she doesn’t speak spanish. Go figure. lol!

Anyhow, I really got into reading books by Latin American authors in the last few years because I’ve been questioning my cultural identity. Been feeling like I’ve missed something, just not sure what it is. So I read this book called Drink Cúltura by José Antonio Burciaga. It completely rocked my world. Someone had finally written about all the questions I had rolling around in my brain but couldn’t formulate into words. It was something I could finally identify with. I even got my hispanic friend & her brothers hooked on the book.

A few years ago, this same friend & I were thinking about launching some sort of craft based business. We had brain stormed over all kinds of possible names. Nothing stood out. I happened to be re-reading the Drink Cúltura book at the time & the name just popped into my head one day. I was so excited & couldn’t wait to tell my friend. Creative Corazón! When I told her about it, she loved it. It embodied everything we were trying to do – create from our hearts…corazón means heart in spanish.

The business plans with my friend are temporarily on hold but I decided to hang onto the name because it really means a lot to me.

catching up

I was sick last weekend & part of earlier this week so I haven’t had a chance to post like I wanted to. Just wasn’t up to it. I did some stamping though. I have a few pics of what I’ve been working on.

This is a chipboard album by Basic Grey. I stippled different colors of distress inks. The asian themed stamps are from the Inkadinkado clear acrylic sets. The birds are rub ons from a company called My Mind’s Eye. It’s from their Laundry Line. I like the way it turned out so far. It’s got a zen theme & made me feel a little better when I finished it. It came with a silver ring to hold the pages together. I think I’ll add some ribbons to jazz it up.