Monday, February 8, 2016

Birthday Card - Boy

Even after many years of making boy cards I still find it a challenge, so I was very thankful to have the 'Leaping Lizards' cut set from Lettering Delights. I was able to make yet another card that I expect will bring a smile to a boy's face. It makes me smile anyway ;-)


The lizard came together very quickly with simple layering and just a bit of shading with pastels. I put him on a strip of kraft card, stamped with a Heidi Schwapp wood grain stamp. The card looked a bit bare so before I adhered anything on there I sprayed it with a couple of green alcohol inks.

The sentiment was written with the Silhouette Cameo and a Sharpie pen and coloured with colour pencils. I did the same for the inside of the card -



In the end I enjoyed the challenge and process of making another boy card!


The Cut Set used -  Leaping Lizards (Affiliate Link)



Friday, February 5, 2016

I {Heart} You

Cute title that, for a digital scrapbooking kit, don't you think?

Cathy Krenek's "I {Heart} You




There is also a Bundle available, that has a set of cute flairs, alphas and extra papers -




I used this to make my LO for our last anniversary. We've taken a picture every year and I'm almost caught up on the pages to have them printed as a photo book. Hmmmm I'll have to decide on a good cut-off point for the first book. Maybe I'll make it at 30...




I made a cluster overlay freebie for you to use for a page celebrating a love in your life! Enjoy!




Download your freebie HERE (MediaFire)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thank You Thank You !

I get so excited when I pull a parcel out of the mail box. Especially if it is a surprise from a friend! ( I mean getting something you ordered is very nice too, but you know what I mean, right?)

Just before Christmas I got such a fab surprise in my mail box and decided to send my friend a 'proper' thank you.

While I was making one...I figured I'd make an extra. Besides I had such a hard time deciding on just one set of colours!



I used the (free) 'Awwww Thanks!' digital stamp from Tiddly Inks. It is such a cute image, and just right for my friend, who loves flowers!

The idea of the split papers/back ground came from Therese over at 'Lost In Paper' I thought her Penny Black Cat just adorable.




For my cards I changed it up just a bit, but kept the basic idea. I also printed the strip of repeated 'thank you' words onto the card bases. The thank you banners and images were all printed at the same time. For the 'bluish' image I traced over the lines again with black pen. I decided to leave the other image in the printed 'grey' lines. In the end I like both versions equally. That does NOT help me to know what to do next time though...to trace or not to trace. Sigh...





The images were coloured with water colour pencils and I cut the hair to make 'clumps' which I can manipulate just a little to add dimension. The girls as well as the bottom embossed panels are popped up with foam tape. Adding the sentiment banner with a stapler also allowed me to curve it to add interest.





I'm entering these cards into the current "Thank You" challenge (#174) over at Tiddly Inks. Come on over, take a look and join in!



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Flying Away - Birthday Card

A birthday card in warm colours, send with warm wishes!

I started with the brown cat. And then added the warm colours on the balloons...and decided to keep the rest all in the yellows through reds. I'm so pleased with how this one turned out!




A simple greeting inside leaves room for a personal note...





 A little detail there of the paper ribbon.



I popped the tag up with foam tape and I like the dimension it gives to the card.






The cat stamp is from Penny Black - Bubbly



The sentiment is from Stampendous - Happy Messages




and the balloons are from an old Provo Crafts set.

Have a happy week creating!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy New Year!

Well well well!

Here we are in a New Year. And I'm sort of slooow out of the blocks, right?

Well that's because I've been busy! What with drawing most days (see posts HERE) and getting set up with a new painting/drawing inbetween, life has been busy. Add visiting with friends, doing the usual crafts, and oh yes! The Christmas holidays and suddenly it doesn't seem like it has been so long since I posted after all. I was given a new jigsaw puzzle for Christmas and have not even opened it yet. Now THAT is remarkable.

I do have a brand new feature for you for this year though - Colouring pages. I've always enjoyed colouring and still have a book from 1971. It's really cute to look at all the little colouring efforts by myself, sisters and friends! I recently won a 'lucky draw' style contest via the Colored Pencil Magazine for a couple colouring books from Dover Publishing . I was tickled pink to win and chose this one - Entangled and Art Nouveau Animals. I've not had a chance to colour in them, but I do look forward to making a start!

I was busy colouring these carnations instead :
I printed it onto regular copy paper with a toner printer and coloured using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I'm wanting to add lots more detail in with coloured pencils, but am resisting the urge or I will never get round to finishing this post!



Here is another carnation design that I started to colour digitally. It is almost as much fun as using real media...



There is just so much one can do with a design like this. My head always explodes with the possibilities. Drives me crazy. That is why I have to draw the 'enough' line and move on...




You can download both design HERE in one zip file. Please note that the images are jpeg files. They should work for most people. If you have trouble printing these, do let me know.



Monday, December 21, 2015

White Christmas?

Nope, not this year!

Actually it's been many years since we did have one. Last year we had hardly any snow. Several years ago I found this action online that framed your picture and put it in a snow globe. I neer used it for a LO until now...



I used Cathy Krenek's "Merry & Bright" Kit and matching "Glittered Papers" for my LO




The template is from the Template Challenge #1 at Gingerscraps

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tree Decor - Wood Slices

A casual remark from a friend got me thinking...and playing.

And this was the result :



My friend commented on how perfect a log, in the bucket of firewood, would be for making wood burning ornaments. It did not take me long to ask hubby to slice the 'log' for me! However I found that the soft center of the wood (Big Leaf Maple) was hard to avoid and the darker areas really bugged me.
So I broke out the stamps and although the soft bits are still visible, I find it less obvious. Of course these pictures show them huge. The actual slices are only 1 7/8" tall (46mm), so in reality you have to look closely to see the imperfect bits.
This mouse image is 1.25" tall. (I touched up the black on the eyes and other parts of the image, after I looked at this picture. Now the lines and details are clear and crisp again)




I stamped them using Stazon ink and did the colouring with colour pencils.




I added a bit of glitter glue to some areas as well and embossing powders with glitter. For the puffy details on the birds' hats I used Tulip Puffy Dimensional Fabric Paint.




I'm very pleased with the results and will be keeping eyes open for more suitable logs for future decor items! It would be good to find slightly larger slices as there are so many images that would work very well for these.

Stamps used are all by Penny Black

The mouse is from Holly Jolly


The robin trio from 'Winter Wonderland'



The hedgehogs are from 'Every Which Way'