18 August 2016

Even dinosaurs like cake!

Hello there, today I have an adorable dinosaur who is celebrating his birthday - stamped on white card with Memento Angel Pink ink for that soft, hand drawn look and enhanced with coloured pencils.

As you can see I have opted for a very simple layout on this card, allowing the image to be the focal point!

Cake: E42, E43, E44, E47, E71, B01, B02, B04, Y15, YR04
Grass: G20, G12, YG61, YG91
Dinosaur: B0000, W1, W3, W8, YR30, YR20, YR21, E81, E84
                 Y26, Y28, E40, E41, E42, E43
Hat: BG11, BG13, BG18, BG05, BG09

Stamps: Birthdaysaurus by Whipper Snapper Designs
Paper: Personal Impressions Premier Quality Smooth White Card
Colouring Medium: Copics (colour list above), Memento Angel Pink ink, Caran D'Ache Luminance and Pablo pencils
Tools: Corner punch, Washi tape
Size of Card: A2 (USA)

Now, some of you may be aware I am married to a farmer so this time of year is manic in our house - and the boys keep me busy with piles of laundry, as well as prepping, cooking and delivering meals to a bunch of hungry farmers out in the fields......... therefore I suspect these gingies are going to stay like this for a while as, sadly all crafting has had to be suspended.   Fingers crossed, we get a good period of uninterrupted sunshine and Peter can get through the combining as soon as possible.

Happy Crafting everyone
(Here's hoping I get to do some soon.....I have a 21st Birthday card I desperately need to make!)

23 July 2016

Yes, I know it's only July!

Well hello everyone, how are you? Harvest has started, so it is a bit of a madhouse around here! May have something to do with why I chose to colour snowmen in July!

Now, as I've mentioned recently, I treated myself to some new "toys" and today I thought I would share with you all the first cards I have made using them.

Firstly, here are a couple of snowmen coloured with Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils on Neenah Desert Storm by Crafters Companion, this was a pleasure to use and great as a pale Kraft card.

Hopefully you can see the sparkle on NOEL.  I used Wink of Stella Clear, which also gets a big thumbs up from me!

Stamps: Snow Noel by CC Designs
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm - Crafters Companion
Colouring Medium: Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils, Wink of Stella Clear
Tools: Marianne D Creatables die, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Memento Angel Pink ink, MISTI, Weathered Wood Distress Ink, Distress tool
Size of card: A1 USA (8.83cm x 12.38cm)

I enjoyed colouring this image so much I thought I would use it again with my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens......have you tried these?  They blend with each other, water, a Dove Blender and even Wink of Stella Clear - how cool is that!  For my first attempt I used them with a water brush and their fine real brush tip makes them perfect for working with detailed stamps.

Apologies in advance, I know you love colour lists, but this was my first time using these pens and I got so carried away I completely forgot to take note of the colours, sorry.

Stamps: Details as above
Paper: Arches Aquarelle Hot Press Watercolour paper, Lily of the Valley Frosty Christmas pad
Colouring Medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Distress Marker - Picket Fence, Kuretake fine water brush, Distress Maker Picket fence.
Tools: Memento Angel Pink ink, L'il Inker die, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, MISTI
Size of card: USA A2

Well that's all for now, happy colouring

15 July 2016

Mr Magoo has nothing on you!

This one is for all the myopic crafters and artists out there - yep, I have the eyesight of a mole without my trusty contacts or specs!  And having just had my annual visit to the opticians today (no prescription change, yeay) I thought this goofy little guy was rather appropriate.

As is my thing these days, I have opted for the "no-lines colouring" technique.  This stamp is quite small and delicate and I felt dark lines would have overpowered the image too much.  I also kept the background very subtle, opting for pale colours and using a squiggly/dot pattern so the main focus is on Mr Turtle whilst he tries to impress the hamburger with his awesome chat up lines!!!

Turtle Shell/Burger Bun: E40, E41, E50, E70, YR30, E42, E43
Turtle Body: BG90, BG93, YG91, YG93
Glasses: B0000, C00
Hearts: R22, R35, W2
Burger: G12, G20, E31, E74, E77, E79, YG91, W2, Y32
Chip bag: B0000, C00, C0, C1, C2, C4, V20, YR30
Fries: E30, E40, E42, E44, E50, E51, E53, YR30, W6
Background: W00, W0, W1, W2, W4, BG0000, YR30

Stamps: Hamburger/Turtle??? by Peddlers Pack***
Paper: Personal Impressions Smooth White Card
Colouring Medium: Copic Markers
Size of card: 3.5inch/ 8.8cm square

*** Oh my, so many of you are asking about this little turtle and where you can buy him!  Now please be aware, I bought this wooden stamp many years ago from a store in the UK that has since closed.  I have sent Peddlers Pack an email today asking as to whether they still make this stamp and will post their response on this blog as soon as I hear from them!

UPDATE 29/7 
Sadly, Peddlers Pack have never responded to either my email or FB message.  Thankfully however, I have just been told by one of my readers that Peddlers Pack do in fact still make the stamp!  It would appear you need to call them directly and speak to the owner of the store to get it.

Thanks for visiting today, I hope this little guy made you smile - 'cause that's what art should do, right?

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