Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fun with Faber-Castell!


Hello and Happy STAMPtember to you all! We are all SO pumped for the fun stuff we have going on for the month! I hope you're getting excited for the give-aways, guest spots, techniques, and showcases!

Today I'm going to show you a gorgeous technique from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog! A beautiful design by Jill Foster.
I love how perfect this card is for the season we're in here right now. The orange/yellow color scheme provokes Autumn feelings.. but the flowers and the proud, blue bird bring out the summery vibe! For more gorgeous inspiration, check out Jill Foster's blog HERE.

First when you start out, use the Penny Black Nature's Day wood mounted stamp onto a piece of smooth cardstock.

Next, begin coloring in the stamp with the Faber-Castell Yellow Art GRIP Colored Pencils. Use oranges, reds, and yellows to color flowers, again starting with your lightest color and adding darker colors on top, leaving a few white highlights on each petal. I love these Faber-Castell Pencils because you can add color upon color without any waxy build-up or "blooming".


Next get that beautiful bird colored in with your Blue Art GRIP Colored Pencils. Another reason I really am proud of these products is over 80% of these pencils are produced from reforested wood. On top of that, the varnish on the barrels is an eco-friendly water-based lacquer first developed by Faber-Castell!

These pencils are so easy to blend, and with all the colors it's so easy to make your designs colored exactly how you'd want them to be! If you'd want to make your flower a more warm color, you could always use the Red Art GRIP Colored Pencils too!



Now it's time for my FIRST time to offer you all BLOG CANDY and I'm so excited! Just comment and tell me your FAVORITE costume you've ever seen for Halloween or a costume party and you could WIN this Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set! The winner will be announced on tomorrow's blog! (Get ready for LOTS of opportunities like this ALL of STAMPtember!)

*** WINNER OF THE "NEW PENNY BLACK HOLIDAY STAMPS OF 2011" *** IS LINDY!! Please email Fran@SimonSaysStamp.com to claim your prize! Congrats!

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64 comments:

  1. OH love the colors & image of that card! Now all time fav. costume w/out a doubt was Wonder Woman. I wore it way after Halloween Now I giggle because my little girl was Princess Peach (Mario Bro.) for last Halloween and its strange not see her in the costume almost daily. Melts my heart. Thanks for the chance.

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  2. Here in Holland most people dress up "scary" for Halloween, so my favorite outfit is to be a white angel ;-)

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  3. I was always some sort of princess every Halloween it seemed. My fav for my boys was the Horse costume they both wore. That fluffy tail was too cute!

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  4. Stunning card! I think my favorite was seeing my kids dressed up as pumpkins as babies.

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  5. My favorite costume was an alien creature that someone had made from tinfoil, with styrofoam eyes. It was obviously a last minute creation, but amazing nonetheless.

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  6. Oh I so love this card with the beautiful bird and flowers, it´s jsut gorgeous.
    My favorite costume is definatelæy a couple of years agop, my granddaughter was dressed as a good fairy for scrovetide here, and her baby sister was dressed as Winnie the Pooh. They were botrh just too cute and to see their happyfaces was worth all the hard work making them ha ha ha.

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  7. Fab card and beautifully coloured!
    The best Halloween outfit I ever saw was my 6-month old niece dressed as a spooky spider, too cute for words!

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  8. We go to Cedar Point every year for Halloween Weekends...I have seen so many awesome costumes there...I don't think I could pick a favorite...the one that comes to mind is...a woman was dressed up like a "scary" kid...she was pushing a baby carriage and when you looked down to see the "baby"...the baby popped out at you!!

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  9. My favourite would be seeing the little kids as adorable ladybugs. We had a couple 3-year-olds last year come to our door - they were so cute!

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  10. My favorite costume was one my son wore as a baby, YODA!

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  11. Great coloring on the card.
    My favorite costume was my sons dressed up as clowns when they were one year old.

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  12. Beautiful colouring technique! My favourite costume is my Cruella de Ville - black slinky dress and spiky heels, dalmation fake fur shrug, hair backcombed to death and sprayed white on one side, and lots of white face/black eye/red lips. I love Hallowe'en!!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Julie

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  13. So beautiful. Love the coloring - makes me want to try it out myself.

    My favorite Halloween costume was the Bride of Frankenstein on her honeymoon. I had the scary hair, green skin and a gorgeous 30's Hollywood style peignoir set. It was so fun.

    The best part was when my friends dared to me to enter the 'Best Man Dressed as a Woman' contest (I'm a woman). I did... and came in third. LOL.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. I love Halloween! Last year was my son's first birthday and my husband REALLY wanted to pick out the first costume (as a mom this was hard to let him do!!!) ... BUT I did...and he picked Yoda! My little Joah was the cutest Yoda ever and everyone else felt the same :)

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  15. My mother always made our costumes and my favorite one was a bat with the wings made out of an old black umbrella that she sewed under my skeeves and to the sides of my black jacket, so it really looked like bat wings when I raised my arms!

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  16. Lol, you know I meant to write "sleeves"
    in my former message!

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  17. Gorgeous colouring on that card! I saw a little girl and she was dressed as a dandelion (when it's white and fuzzy, not yellow). It was the most adorable costume I've ever seen.

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  18. Beautiful card! It's hard to choose one.... Perhaps one I made for my sister, she was really happy with it! It was a Doraemon costume, lol!

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  19. The card is gorgeous and that coloring... WOW! I think my favorite costumes are when a family dresses up all to match one another. Last year I saw a Wizard of Oz family where the baby was the lion! It was so super cute! :)

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  20. Gorgeous card. I just got my Faber-Castell set. My favorite Halloween custom was from 2 years ago. I saw this guy wearing a tree costume that looks so real and it even has squirrel toys on its branch. Really awesome!

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  21. I remember a cute bunny costume that my Mom sewed me!

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  22. Love that card! Gorgeous coloring on that pretty image.
    Working in an elementary school I see so many costumes, it's hard to choose a favorite. Last year's cutest was a ladybug.

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  23. My favorite costume was a pink sweatsuit with a cardboard hat with a vase of flowers on the circle of cardboard. She was a iece of bubblegum under a table.

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  24. Beautiful card, the coloring is fabulous. The best costumes was when a group of friends all dressed up as the Adams family for a party. They were awesome.
    Louise

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  25. Beautiful card!
    One of my favorite Halloween costumes was a mcdonald's hamburger... Thanks!

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  26. What a beautiful card! My favorite Halloween costume? A Hershey's Kiss!! What a fun and sweet one to see. :)

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  27. Beautiful card!
    My favourite costume was a robot I made as a kid (grade four I think). Bulky boxes covered with tin foil and the eyes cut out. I came up with the idea and made it myself. I was so proud!

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  28. Beautiful birdie coloring!

    My fav was a set of twins dressed up as dice! The outfits were homemade and so adorable!

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  29. Well, when I was younger, me an my cousin's dressed up as the California raisin's....if anyone remembers them. I played the Sax so I was that raisin :O) We used black garbage bags, and tights. I wish I had a picture. I'm sure someone does because it was at our churches Halloween Party.

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  30. What a beautiful card! Love the stamp! My favorite costume was a princess.

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  31. We don't 'do' halloween very much here, but have seem my Canadian gs's dressed up. One in particular was a cow - too cute!

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  32. My nephew last year made his own robot costume all by himself, and it was awesome!

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  33. My favorite costume was when my nephew was 1 my sister in law dressed him in the cutest little dinosaur costume. He was just the cutest thing you've ever seen!
    R/

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  34. My favorite halloween costume was when I dressed at the positive integers during college. I majored in math, so all of my math friends loved it!

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  35. The one that sticks out in my mind was when I saw a grown man wearing a Mr. Incredible costume at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World! Hysterical! And he must have been dying because it was really hot that day!!

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  36. This card is beautiful...I must learn how to color with pencils one of these days. My fave costume I ever saw was a Minnie Mouse costume. You can't beat a flouncy red polka dot dress and those cute ears!

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  37. Stunning card! My favorite costume is one I made for my son.....a HUGE slice of pizza!!! He was adorable and received so many compliments!

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  38. I love the blog candy!
    My fave costume was the time my preschool aged daughter and I dressed up as Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.... I made our costumes and they turned out great! My dd was a darling Tink! That was about 1986!
    DeniseB

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  39. Best costume would be Darth Vader.

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  40. Great job with the colors on this great image.
    The best costume I MADE for my youngest son was "cousin It" from the Adams family. The fur was hilarious and my son still talks about it 20 years later.

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  41. Such a beautiful card! i love the image and the colors are just awesome.

    I am from India and we don't celebrate Halloween here, but I love looking at little girls dressed as princess/angels over the internet/newspapers/TV :)

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  42. Thank you so much for the tips for the Faber-Castell pencils, I am always wondering what the difference is between the different brands. Also, I think one of the neighborhood kids was dressed up as a ladybug once, the little little kids are always so cute. I remember in first grade I dressed up as a glow-worm, do you remember those? Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  43. Since we don't celebrate Halloween here I haven't so much to chose from... I went as a vampire once to a party :)

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  44. Great coloring !
    My favorite costume is a witch :)

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  45. I have a friend who is always stylishly and properly dressed. And one year she made a wicked witch look so good!

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  46. thanks for showing that beautiful card!
    My favorite costume was one my hubby made for my oldest daughter. He made a dinosaur outfit with this huge tail. It was too funny!

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  47. Amazing colors! Can't wait to try these pencils! I just love seeing how excited the costumed kids are!

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  48. my fave costume is a girl dressed as Mystique from X-men, she colored herself just like the character.

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  49. I love halloween! My favorite costume I can remember was a silly friend of mine in high school. He decided to carve a pumpkin and wear it on his head to a costume party. He was crazy, and it was really funny!

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  50. A couple of years ago, I attended a Halloween party and one gal had dressed as a skunk!! It was so very realistic - cute as could be! Thanks for the chance to win some great stamps!

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  51. My favorite was my little guy's first costume -- a fireman. The hat was as big as he was! :)

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  52. Beautiful!!!!!!!!

    My favorite halloween costume is having babies dressed like little pumpkins.

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  53. I love the demos with you color pencils.

    My favorite and fun outfit was to dress up as a "night stand". I grab a paper box (which I had painted withe) and put it over my shoulders, I put a lamp shade over my head with a flashlight so I could turn it ON/OFF and glues, coins, a alarm clock, a box of tissues, a set of key and little stuff you usually throw on a night stand. I painted my face with and whore a long sleeve white t-shirt

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  54. hi - my favorite costumes are the ones the kids think up and make - i have seen a washing machine complete with a window and clothing swing in the window in the belly, a fish tank on suspenders with glow in the dark fish, suspended from fishing wire, a light over the tank, and a bubbling sound, just to name my all time favorites! Thanks for a chance to share.
    Jo

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  55. Beautiful card.
    Favorite costume has always been babies dressed as pumpkins.

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  56. I've yet to find good pencils, I'll have to check those out. As for the best costume I've seen. Last year to friends have to adorable children young children. The 2 year old was Princess Lea, and their son less than a year Chewbacca.

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  57. My favorite Halloween costume I have ever seen was the strawberry shortcake costume my mother made for my daughter.

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  58. Those colors are amazing and so vibrant!
    My all time favorite halloween costume is the one that I made for my son when he was little - little lion man. He was so darned cute!

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  59. My sister went to a Halloween party as a pregnant nun once...she looked great!

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  60. fabulous coloring!!! love the stamp image too. thanks for sharing. i never celebrated halloween but i would want to try angel outfit

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  61. Here in Holland most people dress up "scary" for Halloween, so my favorite outfit is to be a white angel.

    I have a friend who is always stylishly and properly dressed. And one year she made a wicked witch look so good.

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  62. I love the witch Hat, which my daughter wore last year and I did her face make up with spider and the web...cute

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  63. This card came out great. I love bluebirds too!

    For halloween, we dressed up with what ever we had around the house.

    My favorite costume? Last year a little girl showed up as a ladybug with the floppy antennas to match. Very cute and fun. Her mother had made the costume too.

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