Inkin’ Isabella Crafy Journal Trio

Okay, I’m really excited about today’s project! Last Fall, Die Cuts R Us released this adorable digi stamp called Inkin’ Isabella. She is perfect for all of us glamorous paper crafters. When I saw her, I knew I wanted to make crafting journals for a few online friends. These were supposed to be Christmas presents, but you know how that can go. Then they were supposed to be New Year’s presents and that was sidetracked with our trip home. I’m so happy to have finally made them. This is a picture-heavy post, so you may want to grab a cup of coffee or tea before you go further.

The DCRU challenge this week is a sketch challenge — in fact, every 3rd Tuesday will be a sketch challenge! I love a good sketch and they are off to a good start with this one.

I flipped the sketch 90° counterclockwise and came up with this:

Isn’t she cute and aren’t they a cute trio? What I really love about Isabella is that her features are colorable — I can color her chunky highlights, her eyebrows, her eyes and lipstick. I love that! I wanted to do something different with her shirt, so I decided to paper piece her shirt. Now, doing this with a digi image requires you to have some faith in your printer. I remembered seeing this on a blog and thinking — “yeah, right. I would be dealing with a paper jam.” But since we got our new printer a few months ago, I had a bit more faith in this process.

After printing my Isabellas on PTI Select White cardstock, I printed a second copy on regular printer paper. I then covered her shirt with my choice of patterned paper, using repositionable adhesive.

I then put the paper back in my printer tray and printed again, hoping that it wouldn’t jam and would come out the way it was supposed to.

When I saw the page come out of the printer, willingly and printed properly, I was thrilled. I removed my piece of patterned paper and cut out her shirt.

For my journal, I used a bright pink — something that would fit in my room quite well.

The patterned paper is from Doodlebug. It is a few years old, so I have no idea what line it was from — I’m still using up scraps! I paired this with Pink Passion and PTI Raspberry Fizz. As a base for each journal I used Basic Black — these journals were a pesky red trimmed journal (as you may see popping through on the spine) and I wanted to make sure you couldn’t see it through the paper. I added some yummy, yummy May Arts ribbon (a fun stocking-stuffer from DH this past Christmas) and Candy Dots in Baby Pink. I used Labels 8 to cut out Isabella and after embossing, I painted her edge with Bubblegum Shimmerz.

For my next Isabella, I went with blue tones since I know that is a favorite of my friend. We had the pleasure of meeting last fall with our families, so I could actually personalize this to what she looks like. Since she has black/salt & pepper black hair, I had to step out of my comfort zone with coloring her hair. I first colored in her hair (both highlights and main hair) with C1. I didn’t want it to be completely gray, so I used my Copic blender and 100 black marker to color the rest. I really like the result. For the paper, I chose Basic Grey Cupcake and paired it up with Core’dinations The Chocolate Box paper. The small panel is embossed with the Texture Cuttlebug folder — a folder that is really growing on me. I added some polka-dot sheer May Arts ribbon in white and blue — although it is impossible to tell that on the panel. I made a double bow using both colors with my Bow Easy and finished it off with Mint Chocolate Dew Drops.

For my third and final Isabella, I went with a pastel palette from Basic Grey Lemonade. I paired this with Spring Rain from PTI. The bow is again a double bow, made with my Bow Easy and using Spring Rain and Sweet Blush satin ribbon from PTI. More Candy Dots were the final touch on this journal.

Inkin’ Isabella Crafty Journal Trio
Stamps: Die Cuts R Us Inkin’ Isabella (digi)
Paper: Basic Black, Pink Passion, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist (PTI), Select White (PTI), Basic Grey Lemonade and Cupcake; Doodlebug, Core’dinations The Chocolate Box.
Copics: 0, 100, B000, B00, B06, B12, B24, C0, C1, C3, E000, E00, E21, E29, E37, E39, E40, E71, G00, R00, R20, R21, R32, RV04, RV10, RV25, Y00, Y06, YG03
Other Stuff:Cuttlebug Swiss Dots & Texture embossing folders; Candy Dots in Baby Pink, Shimmerz in Bubblegum, Opal and December Sky, May Arts ribbon, Hibiscus Burst buttons (PTI), Dew Drops in Mint Chocolate, Spring Rain & Sweet Blush satin ribbon, Nestabilities, SU notebook punch

I can’t wait to send these off to my friends. I hope they like them — I enjoyed making them.

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Playing with Core’dinations

I will be very spoiled this week — my husband is on vacation, which is great. The kids are out of school for the second week and my daughter keeps asking when she goes to school. I hope to remember this when she is a teen and not wanting to go to school. 🙂

One of my presents from my husband was The Chocolate Box Core’dinations paper. I had never used Core’dinations and had seen so many beautiful results with Cuttlebug folders. A good friend’s birthday was today, so yesterday I set out to play with my new paper and make her a card.

I chose Patricia Birthdaycake from Stamping Bella for my image – I really love the Chichiboulie fairies – and MOJO 116 for my layout. From my Core’dinations pack, I picked out two pretty blues for my color pallett. Patricia is colored with Copics. Her wings are painted with Pixie Dust Shimmerz Blingz and her skirt is covered in Distress Stickles in Broken China. I hadn’t intended to go over her entire skirt with the Stickles, but my tip was cut down a bit too far and it oozed a bit too much, so I used a paint brush to spread it over the entire area.

I used Nesties to cut out two circles, which were each embossed with Cuttlebug folders. Three Cuttlebug folders were used — D’Vine Swirls, Textile and Victoria. I sanded the embossed pieces a bit, but not all the way down to the chocolate on the reverse. The card base is Chocolate Chip, which makes a nice contrast. Before putting down all of my circles, I added some double sided satin May Arts ribbon. Inside is matted with a piece of white and the sentiment “Have a fairy nice birthday.”

Playing with Core’dinations
Stamps: Stamping Bella Patricia Birthdaycake, Have a Fairy Nice Birthday
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Select White, Core’dinations The Chocolate Box
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R00, E39, E00, B000, C3, B06, B12, Y17, YR07, RV10, 100, B00, YG03, YG06
Other Stuff: Pixie Dust Blingz Shimmerz, Distress Stickles Broken China, Cuttlebug D’vine Swirls, Textile, Victoria; May Arts ribbon, Nesties

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