Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stella CAN cook!

Lot's to say today so you might want to sit back and relax.

First things first...don't forget that this Friday is Bellarific Friday on Emily's blog. You have until 5pm Thursday to enter and get in on a chance to win $10.00 in bella bucks! Who does not LOVE getting bella bucks!

For today's card, despite her name, Stella thinks she can cook, if she is like me, she CAN cook! I LOVEEE to cook! After our kitchen reno last year I got rid of a ton of old cook books because I felt they were outdated and put all the 'must keep' books in a spot over the desk. I did leave room for growth, but that only lasted a short while until the Pickle girls hooked me on to Cuisine at Home magazine. Make more space! I LOVE that publication. THE most fantastic recipes....and most ingredients you can even find in a small city like Chatham, plus everything turns out FANTASTIC.

So a few weeks ago I cooked Chicken with Artichokes in a white wine/honey reduction with Parmesan orzo on the side and I asked the fam what they thought...the 'hubs' said...WOW...this is 'almost' as good as a restaurant. Hmph!...ALMOST! Seriously, why do I bother. Anyhow, when I saw Stella with her wooden spoon I knew I had to have her! I'll just keep her tucked away in my stash until a deserving moment when I feel the need to give it to the hubs. Or better yet, I'll give it to my boys in September when they go off to University and must live off of cafeteria food for a while! One day I'll be appreciated!

So Stella was coloured with copics, and even shaded with copics this time. Sometimes I use Copics, sometimes pencils...no magic to my decision, it's just what I feel like at the time. I added glitter to her dress and wand with Glamour Dust and the paper can also be found on Stamping Bella, It is the backside of this Imaginese Twitterpated CRITTER CHATER paper. I even used up some scraps to 'decorate' the inside of my card! Don't you love it! I think it is a nice substitution for a liner.

So many people ask how I shade backgrounds with my copics so I thought I'd give you a tip.

Start with your lightest colour and draw a fairly heavy line alone 'one' side of your image. Run your colourless blender along the outer edge of that line to soften out that edge. Add a darker shade of the same colour closer to the image, but not as wide as your lighter colour. Run the lighter colour over it to lighten the darker colour and blend the two. Continue in this manner, with your lighter and darker colours plus colourless blender until you get a nice smooth shading. I used C0 and C1 on this image.

Now go get yourself a wooden spoon in hand and cook something that will make your family thankful!

13 comments:

Shannan Teubner said...

ALMOST? I woulda thrown him out the house. But my hubs cooks mostly, so he knows better. LOL
Anywho, I loveeeeee your card, it's almost as cute as the ones at Hallmark. :-P

Louise said...

OK I will not use the word "almost"....Your card is very cute! Great job!

Terri said...

SUPER cute, ya gotta love Stella! Great colors and DP!
I am going to try your suggestion for the background, but I gotta say, I am not a huge fan of the Blender Pen...or maybe I should say it is not a huge fan of me, because my "blending" never turns out like other peoples's! Thanks for the tip!

dpkennedy said...

I LOVE this! That Stella is too cute and that paper is fabulous! Cool shading tips too!

I once made a dish that my hubby told me was a good as a restaurant! Once...
I guess that's better than almost. You know what they say about payback...

Cindy H. said...

Cute card!!

Amy Sheffer said...

Hi Linda, I've been stalking your blog for a whole now, but I think this is my first comment. (Usually I'm too speechless over your artwork - LOL.) Anyway, time for me to come out of the closet and tell you how much I appreciate your artwork! So much so that I nominated you for a blog award. (Playing along is entirely optional - mainly just wanted you to know I'm a big fan!)

Amy said...

I just found your blog via Amy Sheffer's blog and I am so blown away with your work...ah, just to have a pinky full of your talent!

Amy

Jazy Girl said...

I found you through Amy Sheffer's blog.....wowzers...such amazing work you do! I am inspired!
Hey, I've been to Chatham to the Wheels Inn many moons ago.
Also, you now have me wanting to look into Cusisine at Home. I love cookin'.
Look forward to checking out your blog regularly.

paula said...

Stella's GORJUS!!! Now, let's make sure when you are talking about all your talents, you mention how many burners and sauces and broiler, rice cooker...alll the kitchen gadgets you having going at the same time!! I better never move to Canada because Jim would toss me out after seeing what you do in that kitchen of yours! LOL

Tammi said...

Can I come eat at your house?? :)Cute, cute card!! Love the bright colors and the bits of sparkle on her dress and around the star.

Karen said...

What a pretty card! I really like the layout and I love how you've done the inside to match. Great job!

Karen Motz said...

Linda, this is phenom!!! Your colouring is amazing and I love the paper you chose.

Pam Speidel said...

Recently I caved in and bought a set of Copic markers. A stamping friend told me to check out your blog because YOU ROCK with coloring. I've only looked at the first page and I can tell she was RIGHT ON! YOU GO GIRL! :) Got ya in my favs now! Smiles, Pam :)

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