Friday, March 5, 2010

Art in Our Family

I've been scrapbooking ever since the kids can remember. We always do art projects, together and separately. The office is chock full of art supplies for them. It's no wonder they love art. Kawai's thing recently has been making me stamp images for her to color. Now, if it were up to her, she'd be all up in my Copics. Not happening. She's been told to stay out of the Copics and use the Marvy LePlumes, which 8 years old. Lol. Yesterday, when she walked into the office, she saw my Love card. She asked me to stamp her an Ian and Anya, and because I didn't want to have to pull everything out again, I stamped her a whole page of the images she wanted.

And she was off. She kept asking me what color I used for this and what color I used for I ended up putting the card right in front of her. She's been grumbling for a while about not having "skin colors." I keep telling her to use the crayons or color pencils, and she keeps resisting. This time though, when I plopped the twistables (with peach) in front of her, she used it. She said, "Mommy, I want my Ian and Anya to look like yours." Wow, she's only 5 and she's already CASE"ing". I'm a proud mommy. 
Interestingly enough, Kahia had to write an essay today about what his favorite subject is. He wrote about art, saying "It calms me down in tough situations." I love that art is an outlet for both of them. 

After the little princess was done with her coloring, I got a chance to make some cards without interruptions. Here's what I made, and as Sara has noticed, I am kinda getting into the Smokey Shadow.
I cased Mish's sketch found here

Stamps: Butterfly Dreams
Ink: Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow, Black(Versafine)
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream, Pretty Pastels
Other: Lace Ribbon, Fiskars Treading Water Border Punch
Finished Size: 4.25" x 5.5"
The second card I made was after checking out PTI's gallery and deciding that I really need to practice using my background stamps. I saw Niki Este's card and knew I needed to try Damask Designs again...with SU's chocolate chip ink on Aqua mist cardstock. I wasted some cardstock, but I did get a big enough piece to use.

Stamps: Damask Designs
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Kraft
Other: Chiffon ribbon
Finished Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

 I was also able to take some better pictures using my cardstock back drop and new flower frogs. The light was semi-decent today, but I know that if I'm going to continue this blog, I need to figure out something a little more permanent for taking card and layout pictures. 

Thanks for visiting today.


leish said...

I really like the colors on the 2nd card! The DAMask,DAmask (lol) stamping is sooo pretty!

ASKC said...

omg...i'm kawai...cuz i asked leish to make me a coloring book of stamps and need to get some markers or color pencils so i can start coloring. hehe...i have the creativity and artsie-ness of a kindergartner! baby steps. someday i'll attempt a card.

Mandy said...

These cards came out gorgeous! I love that the kids are so interested in art :)

Anika said...

That second card is gorgeous! I want to frame it and put it in my bathroom - the colors are a perfect match! I MUST buy Damask Designs this month!!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card! Love the vintage lace on the first one!

Diane Jaquay said...

I love your cards, especially the damask one (I NEED that set!) One thing that has helped me with my picture taking is using the photo software on my computer to adjust the lighting (I have a MAC with I Photo).

resmith said...

I love your colors with the Damask design!! Both cards are wonderful.
Isn't crafts great to do with kids?

Sara Mac said...

Two more great cards! I told you that Smokey Shadow would grow on you:) The butterfly card is so soft and pretty. I love the lace ribbon you used.

BTW, your keikis are adorable! I miss seeing local kids.

Jennifer K said...

That's so sweet about your kids. My kids are the same way and I love it just as much as you do. My son's kind teacher was surprised at how well he colors and cuts and does his projects. Duh! lol These are fab cards and I totally love Smokey Shadow ink.