Monday, 22 August 2016

Sympathy cards

Just a quickie visit to blogland tonight ... first day back at work and I'm knackered!  Mind you, most of the day was spent trying to sort through a week's worth of emails, and then of course just to improve matters my database was playing up. Grrr.

I'm cracking on with making some sympathy cards for my stash.  This first one uses this lovely Lili of the Valley hydrangea image - coloured with watercolour pencils and then I covered the flowers with my clear glitter pen.

This card uses an older Whipper Snapper stamp.  Again coloured with watercolour pencils and the purple flowers covered with my clear glitter pen.
My sentiment was a bit lost amongst the stems, so I outlined it with a white pen so it stood out more.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Happy Snowdudes


Ahh boo hoo, my week off is over!  We did win the Lottery at the weekend, but it was only for 2 lucky dips, so its back to the grindstone tomorrow for me ;)
Sorry this photo is so pants, I should maybe have taken it without the flash on, but the dark evenings are here already.  Anyway, the inspiration for my cards came from Donna's lovely snowman card - she's this week's featured stamper at Splitcoast.  I've used some of my favourite Eat Cake Graphics stamps:
1193-J Snowman (assembled)
8234-F All is calm (text)
I've coloured my snowman with watercolour pencils and popped him up on dimensionals.  A good layer of my clear glitter pen was added to the band on his hat and to his scarf.
I'd no intentions of making 2 cards, but when I made the first (blue) one, I realised my snowman should be looking into the card so made the red one and think it looks much better :)

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Practising my colouring

Awk I can't believe it's Saturday already :(  I've had a fab busy week off work .... my garden is ready for inspection, not a weed in sight (for a change!), some housework done and a bit of decorating too.  I'm hoping to tackle the ironing mountain tomorrow, but we'll see how that goes, no promises.  I'll be ready for a rest when I go back to work on Monday LOL

Kerri had a great tutorial over on the Stamping Bella blog on how to colour skin tones with Derwent Inktense pencils.  I've never been overly happy with my skin colouring so it was great to have a go.  The trick is to give your paper time to dry between layering colours (which I didn't do - so there's a dark brown line to the left of her face!).
This one uses an old Tiddly Inks image - I covered the balloon with my clear glitter pen and added some googly eyes.  For her hat, I added some dark glitter to the nose and baubles.  Clear gloss to her shoes.


So this is effort #2 at the colouring tutorial.  This time I misjudged my blusher and she's got a bit of a pink eye ;)
Image from Whiff of Joy - I covered her dress, hairband and letters with my clear glitter pen (what did I do before I got one of these?!!), clear gloss to her shoes, and clear gloss + glitter to her flower.
My text stamp is an oldie from Clear Stamps - I stamped it off on scrap paper first to take most of the ink off.  I wish I'd done that too with the sentiment, it's a bit in your face.
I also embossed the tag at the top for a bit of extra interest.

And finally, I've no sympathy cards in my stash, so I might make a few more of these.  They're always a lot easier to make when you don't know who they're for.
I love this stamp from LOTV, it's very easy to colour too - just a dot of colour in the centre of each flower, blend it out and then add some darker highlights.  Easy peasy.  Flowers also covered with my clear glitter pen, and a few clear sequins from Taylored Expressions to finish.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

What's going on?



Ohhh I think I need a new laptop - it takes mine 10 minutes of thinking about it before it recognises my camera is plugged in.  And the F on my keyboard is playing up.  I'll be merrily typing away and then have to go back to fix all the spelling.  grrrr

Then my blogger is playing silly buggers and publishing posts twice, what's that about??
Good job the F is playing up, too much hassle for a good swear word   ;)



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Owls, a sleepy kitten and a card for Nicole

I remember when I first started cardmaking many moons ago, I struggled for such a long time to find my 'style'.   I only wish I'd known before I spent a small fortune on crafty stuff that it was mostly Clean+Simple!

I still find very 'simple' CAS cards like this one difficult - I've the urge to add some doodled borders or some ink splatters ;)
These cute little owls are from Catsonappletrees - I added some clear gloss to their eyes and then some googly eyes to the bigger one.  I also added some clear gloss to the kite, after covering it with my clear sparkle pen.  Bling from Taylored Expressions. Sentiment from Eat Cake Graphics:
8151-D Happy Birthday (fun text)



Now, this little kitty card just makes me happy :)  Isn't it great when a card turns out like you imagined it - doesn't happen to me very often!
My kitten, mouse and dream bubble are from MFT - coloured with watercolour pencils.  I covered the 'dream' with several layers of my clear sparkle pen, so it's lovely and glittery.  Background splattered with pink and grey, and then a few sequins/stars.  Doodled border.
And finally .... a special request 18th card.  I need to get me some more grown up teen type stamps - any I had in my stash involved birthday cakes or drink, and on this occasion they just weren't suitable.
Anyway, I've ended up using this girl from Saturated Canary - coloured with watercolour pencils and a few highlights in glitter added.  She kinda looked like she was floating on a magic carpet, so I grounded her a bit, but it still doesn't look right.  Ah well, it will have to do.    Silver peel off letters from stash.
That's me done for the night!  I've a busy day or two planned for the rest of my week off, and then some nice shopping for my holidays (as opposed to boring old food shopping!) - so you might get some peace and quiet from me ;)

Monday, 15 August 2016

Naughty or Nice challenge reminder

 It's challenge reminder time at Naughty or Nice!  This month's theme is all about numbers, so your cards need to be age-related or have a number or numbers on them.  Anyone entering the challenge will go into the draw for a fab prize - a set of Art Impressions stamps.  



My card uses this gorgeous stamp from Power Poppy.  Coloured with watercolour pencils and then I went over the top of all my flowers with a clear glitter pen - of course, none of that fabulous sparkle shows up in my pic!  My alpa set is from Paper Smooches - I'm on the market for a more 'grown up' font which would have been better for this card.  Sparkly silver peel off numbers from stash.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

I have to tidy up!

I really need to tidy up and get my Tim Holtz and Avery Elle stamps off my desk, otherwise they just keep getting used ;)  No chance of a tidy up today, I've been out waging war on the weeds (they're winning!) and have a dirty big burst blister to show for my efforts.  So it's a couple of CAS cards from me tonight!

My fishies are coloured with my watercolour pencils and then covered with my clear glitter pen.  Clear gloss added to their eyes, teeth and some of the fins.  I hadn't intended to use my blue liquid pearls but had a smudge that needed covering (and my normal butterly trick wouldn't work on this card haha)
Blue strip of washi tape from stash.

I'm thinking the sentiment from my fish card would work just as well on this one!  I'm not entirely sure how such a grumpy, fierce looking dog can be almost cute at the same time!  
This dude is coloured with watercolour pencils and then mounted on dimensional squares.  I'd a couple of scraps of this DP left, so that decided my colour theme for me.  I added lots of bling and clear gloss to his collar and then some Ranger liquid pearls ... I'm lovin this stuff, I can see an addiction looming!