Sunday, March 1, 2015

My First Ever Design Team Post!

Ave Flower Patch

Bugaboo Stamps
Today is my first post as a Design Team member of Creative Ladybirds Creations. I'm really excited to share my card with you. The sponsor for this image is Bugaboo Stamps. They have the cutest expressive line drawings. Don't you just love Ava Flower Patch! The other great sponsors for this month are Lemon Shortbread and Ikes World.

Creative Ladybirds Creations
 Derwent Inktense Pencils were used to color up this little darling. The background was created in Craft Artist 2 using the Digikit-"Playground" by Daisy Trail. This digikit is free and I use it often for my cards.

The simplicity of Ava's lines and the childlike bits and pieces of the "Playground" digikit go together very nicely. I used adhesive pearls in the center of the flowers and in the center of Ava's bow.

 I do hope you will join us in the challenge over at  Creative Ladybirds Creations as always it is 'Anything Goes'. Sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.

Come back again to see some new work!

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Artist Card

I recently began the online "Perfecting Pencils Class," by Kit and Clowder." Due to life getting in the way, I haven't gotten very far into the class. I due appreciate the detail, advise and assistance offered by Alyce Keegan, the artist, who works on giving each of her student the best class experience. In appreciation for her genuine good , a sponsor, "Scrappers Delight" an online digital stamp company, gave crafters the opportunity to download a free digital image of lovely Ms. Keegan.
Image of Alyce Keegan colored in Prismacolor pencils by Carla Brooke
Image of Alyce Keegan using Odorless Mineral Spirits over the Prismacolor pencil work by Carla Brooke

Rather than getting to work with my lessons, I colored the image of Alyce, cut it out and layered it on a card. I hope you like it. I should get even better once I get to my lessons!

 I colored image and entered it in the challenge at for Crafting from the Heart. They have an Anything goes challenge here

Come back and check to see what I do next!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A 45th Anniversary

Forty-five years ago on Sunday, February 15th, 1970, the weather was just about as bad as the North East is currently experiencing. Long Island had snow with blizzard conditions. Sandy's family and mine were at my parent's house in North Bellmore, New York. We were supposed to go to the local synagogue where the Rabbi would marry us, only I refused to get married without my Grandma Minnie. Finally late in the afternoon, she arrived driven in the bad weather by my Aunt Harriet and Uncle Jack. We then went on to the synagogue, where Sandy and I were married in the Rabbi's study under the traditional chuppah (canopy). Sandy shattered the traditional glass (covered light bulb) with his foot. We were finally married and we all celebrated at a local Chinese restaurant. That March we all celebrated again with friends and family at a reception in Leonard's in Great Neck, Long Island.

 So here it is 2015 and due to my really bad cough, me, Sandy and our oldest son Gordon had dinner at the local Chinese restaurant...this time in Florida!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Busy and Exciting Weekend!

Green Moth Maiden designed by Ching-Choukuik Digital Stamps and colored by Carla Brooke
Its' been an exciting weekend for me. I tackled the monochromatic coloring competition sponsored by Kit and, using the free digi stamp designed by Ching-Choukuik Digital Stamps. I chose Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol as my medium. I'm very happy with the results. Then I was notified that I was picked as a new member of the Creative Ladybirds Creation Design Team! That is really so cool, I will be showing you what I can do with a variety of lovely new digital stamps. So come and check back, because the first challenege is March 1st.
Decoupage greeting card by Carla and Sandy Brooke

Now aside from that my husband Sandy and I have been at work, making 3D pictures in shadow box frames. I had been doing 3D cards with the decoupage cars. The frames look so cool using my husbands' color sketches and my hand cut decoupage cars.
Shadow framed decoupage picture by Carla and Sandy Brooke
On top of all that I took my first Zumba Gold class in several years. Veronica Scott was the instructor at the new studio run by Fitness 1 and she was wonderful. I very much need to get back in shape, loose a few pounds and bring up my endurance level. I hope to get more into it the next time.

Come again and see what I have to show you!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Drawing Digital Images: It's the Process!

I've been working on designing my own digital images for a few weeks and I have to tell you, I'm pretty proud of the progress I've made to improve my drawing. Of course like everything else, I do things my way!

First I have to say that I am very big on collecting books on the subject of drawing Mangas. My latest addition is really cool. "Shojo Fashion Manga Art School Year 2," has a world of ideas for unique and colorful clothing to help me create my characters.

While concentrating on these images I also copied by eye without guidelines and discovered my eye is pretty good! Taking the characters from the book and making them my own is a lengthy process, but I'm in love with the results. So check this out:

My rough draft next to the original.

My good copy next to the original using a ligh tbox over the rough draft.

Using the light box over the good copy of my image, I made a template.
Using the light box, I designed a new outfit over the template.

I used Prismacolor and Gamsol on my finished images, which were first drawn in pencil and then gone over with a black Pigma Micro Pen #01.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Digi Stamps, Digikits & Craft Artist, Oh My!

Little Laura in the English Town digikit.
I've been working with the many wonderful digikits put out by Daisy Trail to use with the Craft Artist 2 program. The background of the card above was made with parts from the English Town Digikit. My digital stamp Little Laura is in the foreground. She is colored in Prismacolor Pencils and then I went over each color with Gumsol.
This is Little Laura, available for your use.

First I draw the figure on drawing paper and work out the dimensions and try to get the right proportions in the figure. Then I go over the drawing with a fine line marker. After that I put the image on my light box and trace the drawing again in pencil on card stock, adding her clothing and erasing the unneeded lines. After that I go over all the lines on the image with a 01 fine line marker. Since I have had problems with the images before this one showing up totally in the Craft Artist program, I went over the part that had the problem and used the 03 thicker fine line marker on Little Laura's legs. The cut studio in the Craft Artist program had no problem working with Little Laura!

I did mention that I worked on other images, so I will show you my other cards and give you the colored images for your own use. All I ask is that you let me know where I can see your work with my image and give me credit for my work on my image.

Laura in English Town digikit.
Laura digi stamp
My Katie digi stamp in the garden of the English Town digikit.
Katie digi stamp
Laura digi stamp on the beach in Summer Seaside digikit.
Laura digi stamp
Have fun, I did...let me know how you are doing.

Friday, December 19, 2014

More New Digital Stamps by Carla

My friend Sue Peck introduced Ian, my very first digital stamp! The background is a couple of images (merged) by Zoe at Make it Crafty. Ian and the backgrounds are printed onto neenah paper, colored with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Pencils. You can find wonderful work by Sue at the following address:

I'm still working on my new digi stamps, but I feel I am getting better with each one.After drawing my images in pencil, I use a Pigma  Micron 01 to darken the lines. Then I scan them into my computer and save them as line drawings and print one to color. I use Prismacolor Pencils and then go over the colors with Gamsol (I don't go over the skin tones).

Here are my Laura digi stamps for you to play with free of charge. All I ask is to let me know where I can see your work and to give me credit for the drawing.

Enjoy and let me know what you think of my latest work. Next time I will have project or two to share with you using these digital stamps.