Saturday, August 9, 2014

Blogging, Challenge to use a stamp and MOJO Monday

Yes, yes... I'm a bad blogger. I own it lol. But I'm going to "try" to get better. No promises.

Back in June, I registered for and attended the Copic Certification courses in Ottawa. Standard and Intermediate. Both days were intense and crazy but fun and jam-packed with tips, tricks, details and lots of colouring. An accomplished Copic-certified friend asked if I "learned" anything as this person felt I was already pretty knowledgeable and "practiced". Nice compliment from someone I regard quite highly. I responded, honestly, that I have learned over the years of doing painting conventions, classes, seminars and now the papercrafting that you always learn/take away something from an event. So yes, I did learn some things.
However, I must say, it was more a validation on what I "do know/can do" and that I've absolutely grown in the right direction with knowledge/application. Now I'm more "armed and dangerous" and... enabled (least the number of markers I have and the tools ie airbrush compressor will attest to that lol). Maybe I'll take the Advanced certification and/or specific technique classes if they come to Ontario next year (the thought is that Copic will bring the classes to Toronto).

So without going into other "stuff" that's kept me from blogging either before today, or from my certification 'til now... I'd like to post what DOES have me blogging today lol.

Mojo Monday. Well... actually, it was a challenge from a friend that started it. A challenge to use an image that we both purchased within the last week. A challenge to do something by... Monday. Two days from now. Gulp. I made all kinds of mutterings 'bout having a plate-load of to-do's but she came back with an equal plate-load. So... I just laughed in the face of stuff that should take priority and dived into using and colouring the image I'd lusted after.

I'm intimidated. I'm "going up against" the master lol. The master of over-the-top cards. Gulp. Okay... just dive in. But where to begin?!

Back to Mojo Monday. What better place than to start with a sketch. A good sketch. One that papercrafters/cardmakers flock to and join in on a regular basis. Thank gawd for Mojo Monday :-).

So, here's my entry for this week's challenge -->

And the original sketch -->

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie 'Oh Snap' (brand new release - love, love, love it!); Stampin' Up Happy Watercolor (retired)

Cardstock and DSP: Stampin' Up (DSP is the retired Epic Day)

Accessories: Stampin' Up Arrows TIEF; buttons from my miscellaneous stash

Colouring: Copics

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black