Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Passion for Markers - Feminine...

Good afternoon, crafty buddies! Another Tuesday rolls around, which means a brand new challenge starts today over at Passion for Markers...the lovely Lorraine is in the hostess chair and she's chosen a simple theme this week of 'Feminine', so we'd like to see all of those pretty, girly creations...

We're being sponsored by All Dressed Up who are offering one lucky winner the choice of 2 digital images from their online store...

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I went with the pretty Beret Girl...


I started my feminine creation by picking out some pretty papers from the Sweet Dreams and Vintage paper pads from Make & Create at The Works and then coloured my image to coordinate (this makes a change from my usual "colour an image only to find I don't have any papers to coordinate with it?!")

I coloured Beret Girl with my Pro/Flexmarkers, using one of my favourite pink colour combinations -

Skin - Blush, Dusky Pink, Sunkissed Pink

Hair - Cinnamon, Shale, Umber

Skirt - Cocktail Pink, Cerise, Shocking Pink, Vermillion

Top and Beret - Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Black, Pebble Blue, Blender

I gave her a yellow rose in her hair and then tied this in by adding the yellow stars. The sentiment was stamped using Waffle Flower Crafts Birthday sentiments and the word wishes is from the O Christmas Tree set that came with Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. I finished with a die cut star from Memory Box Precious stars set and some glitter...

I love the way this card turned out - pretty and feminine without being too sickly pink (if that's possible?!) and hope that you can find the time to play along with our challenge this week! I look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations and if Lorraine has a hard a job as I did trying to pick out a Top 5 last week, then I don't envy her!

Hugs,



Friday, 9 April 2021

Take one stencil...

 Good afternoon, crafty friends! So it seems my obsession with stencils is not waning yet?!...I needed to order some basic white card stock from Craft Stash and whilst there, I noticed that there was a BOGOF on selected stencils...well, it would have been rude not to put a couple in my basket?!

I decided to have a play with the Art Style Flowers Stencil from the TEXT-ures range by Lou Collins and wanted to try and make a card using this as both the background and focal point...


I began by inking the whole stencil background in Cracked Pistachio and Speckled Egg Distress Oxides, then removed the stencil and softened the image by blending over the top with the inks, using my blending brushes. I then inked some of the flowers using Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral and a touch of Wild Honey in the centres, before fussy cutting leaving a white border...


I cut the panel down to 15.5 x 10.5cm and inked the edges with Cracked Pistachio before attaching to a 5 x 7 inch card blank. I cut a white panel 12.5 x 7.5cm and mat this onto cream. I stamped and gold embossed the word Birthday from Waffle Flower Crafts Birthday Sentiments stamp set onto pearl vellum and wrapped it around a piece of peach tone polka dot paper, cut to the card width by 3cm and mat onto cream. I also stamped the word wishes from Bright Rosa's free stamp set with SC&P, embossed with gold and fussy cut, again leaving a white border...


I attached the polka dot panel across the bottom third of the card and then slipped the white panel underneath the vellum strip. I then arranged the flowers before attaching with glue at the bottom and foam pads at the top for a bit of dimension. I added the wishes with foam pads and embellished with some glitter on the birthday sentiment and a few pearls in different sizes...


I just love the soft finish that stenciling and Distress Oxides give and hope I've inspired you to have a play with stencils too!...

Off to get ready for work...I need to win the lottery so I can just play at my crafty table - working is so overrated! 

Crafty hugs,



Saturday, 3 April 2021

Orchid Notelets...

Good morning, dear crafty friends and a Happy Easter to you all! I have a set of notelet cards to share with you today that I made using a pretty layered flower stamp set from Papercraft Inspirations...


I picked these up from the lovely Marianne when she was having a crafty clear out and have to admit that I struggled with the layering stamps and my Distress Oxides, so I decided to make a stencil from Mylar sheet and then used the outline stamp...

For my first card I used patterned cardstock and the orchid flower head and sprig, fussy cut leaving a white border. I also created a stencil using the fern leaf die from Bright Rosa that was the freebie with SC&P #202 and inked this to create a background for my second card. I added the orchid flower head and sprig and a sentiment from Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set...


For my other two cards I switched and used the orchid head as the background image and the fern leaf as the embellishment and inked a white card blank with Broken China Distress Oxide, before adding the fussy cut elements...

I really like the way these pretty cards turned out and will definitely be making more of my own stencils from dies and stamps...it gives such a different, delicate feel to the images and is a great way to colour images too (as you can see in my Daffodils card HERE)...

Thanks for dropping by and don't forget that there's still chance to play along with my eye spy 'Something beginning with B' challenge over at Passion for Markers!... 

Crafty hugs,




Thursday, 1 April 2021

Spring Daffodils...

Good morning, Blogger buddies! I'm back to share another card made using one of the fabulous images from Ruth Hamilton Design...


This card uses the pretty Daffodils image and I decided to share another way of colouring up your digistamps without having to be an expert colourist!...This time I decided to create a stencil and colour using my Distress Oxide inks...


I printed the image using Paper Size 4 x 6 and Image Size 3.5 x 5in, twice onto copy paper and once onto my 160gsm Navigator paper. I then cut out the flower parts on one of the copy paper images and just the leaf parts on the other to create two stencils. I laid them over the image in turn and inked through with Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey for the flowers, and Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint for the leaves...


I fussy cut the daffodils, leaving a white border and then proceeded with my card base. I began with a white piece of paper 9.5 x 14.2cm and inked a circular area in the top half using Broken china Distress Oxide, I then pressed the ink pad onto a blending mat and diluted with water before adding splatters to the panel, using a paint brush. I added a piece of plaid paper to the bottom of the panel and mat onto black 9.8 x 14.5cm (if you don't have black paper, I use white and colour around the edges with a black marker)

I attached the panel to a 5 x 7 inch card blank and decoupaged the daffodil image on top using foam pads under the flowers and glue under the stem, then cut a strip of white card and stamped the sentiment from Waffle Flower Birthday sentiments stamp set, before matting onto yellow and attaching to my card. I cut some butterflies from a piece of scrap 12 x 12 paper and added to my card before finishing with a few signature pearls and some gold glitter on the flower stamens...

It's funny how my crafting style has changed so much recently and now I look at every image wondering if I can make a stencil from it...I have definitely expanded my crafting repertoire recently and learnt to embrace all aspects of papercrafting, blending different techniques and products to best utilise the things I have...

I hope I have inspired you to have a play with different techniques and look at your images in a different way, adding colour without having to have years of experience colouring or feeling as though you need to be an artist! The main thing is, crafting should be fun...it should be a way to express your creativity and bring enjoyment...

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Passion for Markers - Something beginning with B...

 Good morning, crafty friends! It's a beautiful sunny Tuesday here in North Wales and I'm making the most of it by changing all the bed linen and filling the washing line...such an exciting life I lead?!...

But as it's Tuesday, we have a brand new challenge starting over at Passion for Markers and it's my turn to host! I decided to have a game of eye spy with you and I would like to spy 'Something beginning with B'...easy right?!

We're being sponsored by Bugaboo who are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to their online store...

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out the super cute Kidz Lily Ladybug Flower...

I kept my card really clean and simple, making that sweet image the star of the show. For my B's I went with Bunting, Buttons, Bugs and Birthday (but there is also Blue and Black which would qualify too...a whole host of B's). I coloured the cute Lily Ladybug with my alcohol markers and added some extra detail with Prismacolor pencils afterwards. I created a mask from copy paper and inked the background with Broken China Distress Oxide before matting the image onto black and adding a simple sentiment...

I hope you can play along with my fun challenge this week and look forward to visiting all of your blogs and seeing your wonderful creations! Enjoy the sunshine, if you have it and I'll be back with some more craftiness soon...

Hugs,


Monday, 29 March 2021

Paper pieced Duckling...

Hello again, Blogger buddies! I'm back to share my next card for Ruth Hamilton Design - this time, I have used the super cute Duckling image and thought I would show you how to colour an image without having to be an expert colourist...

Despite being a seasoned colourist, there are times when even I get a bit daunted by an image - usually when there is a large expanse to fill and so I thought I would share how I use paper piecing to tackle images with large areas that can otherwise look a little flat, if your not an expert at colouring in and creating shade and texture...

I printed off the Duckling image using 4 x 6 Paper Size and Image size 6 x 8cm (if you'd like to learn more about using your printer to change the size of images, check out my Printing Tutorials page HERE) I placed one of the printed images back into my printer and printed a yellow polka dot pattern over the top...

I coloured the duckling's beak, feet and flower on the main image and added some grass using different shades of green. I then added a bit of shading on the yellow image (even one pen colour could do this and then blend the edges out with a blender pen) and fussy cut the body - don't worry about trying to follow the furry lines of the image, cut a smooth line as they will be on the image underneath. I decided I wanted to add some inked clouds to the background so printed the image off with the same settings onto copy paper and cut out the duckling to create a mask. I placed this over the main duckling image and used a die cut cloud border to ink lightly with Broken China Distress Oxide, to create the sky effect. (You could probably do this without a mask as long as you are careful not to get ink on the flower or beak as the body will be covered up) I then adhered the yellow body of the duckling over the main image...


I mat the image onto cream paper and then onto blue gingham, using a 5 x 7 inch card blank. I die cut some clouds and printed off the word Easter using Autumn in November font. I roughly positioned the word and stamped 'wishes' underneath before attaching 'Easter' with foam pads...

I was really happy with how this cute card turned out and hope it helps to give you the inspiration to have a go at paper piecing...

Crafty hugs,



Sunday, 28 March 2021

Two for one Tulips...

 Good afternoon, crafty friends! I have a couple of cards to share with you today using the pretty Tulips digistamp from Ruth Hamilton Design...Ruth's brand new digital stamp store is now LIVE, where you can purchase her pretty images and she'll be doing tutorials and videos in the near future!...

I thoroughly enjoyed colouring up this pretty Spring inspired image, using a combination of markers and Prismacolor pencils and then decided to chop it in half?!...


I wanted to try a technique that I have often seen in the Share Handmade Kindness Facebook group where you cut an image in half and use it to create two cards...so I made two mini slimline cards...


The first used Speckled Egg Distress Oxide as a blended background, with a simple sentiment, fine pink border and small pearl accents and for the second, I fussy cut the image leaving a white border and attached with foam pads over a pretty floral paper, ink blended with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide. I used a strip of torn vellum for a bit of texture, some butterflies cut from leftover 12x12 papers and a stamped sentiment from Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set.

I love the simplicity of the finished cards, giving focus to the pretty Tulip image and great for sending out to people, just because...

I do hope you can pop over to have a look at Ruth's new website and support her crafty business...I know how hard it can be to make a name for yourself in this industry!

Thanks for popping by and I'll be back later with another design from Ruth to share, just in time for Easter!...

Crafty hugs,