19 May 2017

May's Artistic Expression over at My Favorite Things

Hello there, sorry I've not been posting on my blog of late.  As some of you know I've been busy teaching Copics in Florida and working hard behind the scenes........more about that soon :)

So let's get the party started with a teaser for my latest Artistic Expression on the MFT Blog using one of this months new stamps - Mermazing:

If you'd like to see more and find out how I approached this particular project then please hop on over to the My Favorite Things blog.

Happy Colouring

6 April 2017

Dog gone it!

I have been playing in my studio with one of this months new MFT stamps - "Four Legged Friends"

He's a little better behaved than my Westie, who has taken to digging holes in the lawn again!  She seems to forget she's white, so dirty paws and a grubby nose are a bit of a giveaway that she's been up to mischief.

For those of you who may like to give this a go yourselves here is the Copic list:

I made my own custom frame, cutting out some Copic card using the MFT Stitched Rounded Square die, randomly stamping it with paw prints from MFT Lucky Dog with MFT Hybrid ink.  I then proceeded to colour it with Copic markers......ta da!

Stamps: MFT Four-Legged Friend, Lucky Dog
Paper: Copic card
Colouring Medium: Copic markers
Tools: Misti, MFT Hybrid ink: Gravel Grey & Latte, MFT Stitched Rounded Square


I still have a few spaces left on Sunday 23rd April.

All class information can be found HERE

Well, that's all for today, back soon with more Copic colouring............

5 April 2017

Can you hear him roar?

Have you been following my progress on Facebook?  If not, don't worry here is a run down of what I have been up to over the last week!

Do you remember my recent Artistic Expression post on the My Favorite Things blog that featured a lion?  If you haven't read it, click HERE to see what I am referring to.

This image was calling to me from the moment I saw it!

Well, I bit the bullet, drew him and proceeded to start colouring him with my trusty Copic markers.......

It felt so good to be drawing again, something I intend to do far more in 2017!

As you can see he's coming along, a combination of delicate lines, dots and flicking........lots of flicking.  Ooh, those eyes......he came to life the moment I added colour to those stunning amber eyes!

But, oh boy, Copic markers, especially the E family have a nasty habit of going sticky, most noticeably when you have the lid off of a marker for long periods of time as I did whilst colouring this boy.  The alcohol in the ink evaporates, albeit very slowly and it alters the viscosity of the ink in the nib......basically it goes sticky.  To compensate for this I try my best to keep the markers full of ink so they stay as juicy as possible and whip out the brush nib and replace it if it's really misbehaving.  You can also use colourless blender to take the skin off an area that has gone shiny on your cardstock.......I lost count how many times I had to do that during this project.  It enables you to add colour again, but you must do this with care.

At this point, I did start to question why I hadn't chosen a lioness......way less hair!  Oh well, I had started it and I just had to keep going.

Here he is in all his furry glory!  It was a challenge, especially fighting the Copics, but I was not going to let a few mischievous markers prevent me from finishing this project.

I'd love to get my teeth in to another fine art project but I will have to wait until after my upcoming classes at My Favorite Things, Eustis, Florida.  For anyone coming........it's going to be such fun..........Copic, Cadbury Chocolate and an English girl with braces on her teeth whose speech on occasion can be quite comical!!!  Oh and of course I cannot forget my chicken mascot Ginger who is coming with me!

Pssst......my Saturday class has sold out but panic not, there are still a few spaces on Sunday 23rd April......so if this has inspired you to give Copics a go and you'd like to come spend 6 hours colouring with me, click HERE for details.

Copic Colours used:
E000, E30, E40, E41, E50, YR21, YR24, YR30, RV93, 
W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, 0

Thanks for dropping by the blog today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing my progress and I'll be back again shortly with more colouring fun!

31 March 2017

Paperbabe Stamps Blog Hop

We are very excited to announce a guest artist in the Paperbabe Stamps family and to celebrate we are having a little blog hop...

The very talented Chris Dark has designed a collection of beautiful Garden Fairies Stamps, the Butterfly Catcher, Butterfly Emerges, Butterfly Fairy, and Musical fairy, they are a larger set and each includes a beautiful sentiment.

To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize! 
of the whole garden fairies collection to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:
  • A winner will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the designer's blogs listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Sunday, 2nd April to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 5th April to see if you are one of our lucky winners.
Here's a sample from me...

Today, we’ve enlisted some super talented designers to inspire you with ideas on how to use these beautiful new garden fairies! Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration! 
Carole C

Have fun on the HOP!

Thanks for dropping by my blog, are you enjoying the hop? Please don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win the entire collection of stamps.

27 March 2017

Down on the farm with Ruby

I knew it would not be too long before Ruby made another appearance on my blog.......

I have had a few enquiries as to whether I would be teaching faces......and "the eyes" during my Copic class at My Favorite Things..........sadly I am unable to include all the techniques I am known for..........I will maybe have to cover that in another class!

More information on my upcoming classes can be found HERE - please note Saturday is sold out but I do still have a few spaces available on Sunday.........and did I mention I am bringing scrummy English Cadbury Chocolate with me for all my students!!! 🍫🍫🍫

Right, back to todays card.  This time, I wanted to add a little more detail than of late so I included a dotty pattern with Copic to the farmers shirt.  Then once I had completed all the Copic colouring I went over certain areas, namely her hair and hat with coloured pencils (Caran D'Ache Pablo) oh and a added a smudgy bit of extra detail to her face......you can draw finer lines with pencils!

For those of you who like to play along and give my projects a go yourselves, here is a list of the colours.  Just remember if you are planning to add pencil to your Copic work, you must do it once you have finished all your Copic colouring.....you will damage your nibs if you use your markers on top of pencil work.

Stamps: MFT Green Pastures, The Whole Herd
Paper: Copic card, Trimcraft Lillibet paper pad
Colouring Medium: Copic markers
Tools: MFT Gravel Grey Hybrid ink, MFT Blueprint 24, Misti

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have enjoyed todays post, more to come soon including my latest piece of Copic fine art.

Happy Colouring

23 March 2017

Nearly Friday.......new Artistic Expression Feature on it's way!

Hi guys, how are you all?

Just a reminder to check out the My Favorite Things blog tomorrow for my latest Artistic Expression Feature.........I've gone to jungle for this one!

Here is a sneaky peek...........

Shock, horror, Jane did not use a single Copic marker this month!  Yikes!!!

Hey, I needed a change and thought you guys would like to see that you can have just as much fun with a tin of colouring pencils!

Anyway, I'm off to fine tune my class material for the MFT Colouring Classes next month........and try it out on my students!   Thankfully they don't ask too many tricky questions, in fact they don't say anything at all.....mwah ha ha!

Sadly, Ruby the Photobombing Chicken is far too busy to help me with my classes so she sent her BFF's (Best Feathered Friends) 
For anyone not familiar with these characters - they appeared in a film called "Chicken Run" a few years ago!

Saturday 22nd April is SOLD OUT but we do still have a few spaces available for Sundays class!
More information on the classes can be found HERE

That's all for now, back soon with more colouring goodness

9 March 2017

Colouring with Copics is such a hoot!!

Oh I have been having fun with the new release at My Favorite Things and here is a little owl for you.

There are never any mistakes in crafting, merely happy accidents!  So if your initial colouring idea does not work out - don't panic, take a deep breath because you can usually figure out a way to save your colouring from diving into the depths of your waste paper basket.  In my case I merely fussy cut both the tree stump and owl.........ta da, saved the day and managed to add dimension to my card - win, win!!

I also did a little bit of experimenting.  How many of you have MFT background stamps, with good intentions to use them, but don't know quite how to go about it?  Well, I took a piece of Copic card and stamped the Hessian background on to it using MFT Natural Hybrid ink - enabling me to colour my free-hand background over the top - if you opt for one of their paler hybrid inks you can easily add your own design with the delicate texture still showing through.  It just adds another dimension to your Copic colouring.

Talking of dimension, the tree stump was simply glued on to the background image, with the addition of shadows to give the impression of depth.  Then I stuck the little owl to the card with thin foam pads.....just enough to make the owl take centre stage!

Stamps: MFT - Critter Clan, Happy Hedgehogs, Hessian Background
Colouring Medium: Copics (see list above)
Tools: Misti, MFT Hybrid ink - Natural, Foam pads

I am really chuffed that I managed to save this little guy from the "blooper bin" and that it inspired me to try something a little different with my background stamp!

Happy Colouring

8 March 2017

Martini anyone?

I'm more of a Pimms girl myself, but this little bee seems to be enjoying himself!

Stamps: Birthday Buzz by Whipper Snapper
Paper: LOTV Country Meadow
Colouring Medium: Copics
Tools: MFT Bubblegum Hybrid ink, MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangles, MFT Stitched Rectangles, Glossy accents

Happy Colouring

7 March 2017

Have you heard the news........I'm going to be teaching Copics!

I am travelling to the USA in April and will be teaching Copic classes at the
My Favorite Things Boutique in Eustis, Florida.

During the morning I will take you through some basic Copic skills, moving on to a really fun no-lines colouring technique.....something I've been asked to teach multiple times!
Then in the afternoon, you get to put all the things you have learnt in to practice, culminating in you creating your own version of the card below!!

I will take you through it in manageable stages - building your proficiency and confidence!


My Favorite Things Boutique
Eustis, Florida

22nd - 23rd April 2017

The schedule for each class day:

Morning Session 
9am - 12 pm

Lunch Break
12pm - 2pm

Afternoon Session
2pm - 5pm

Each day of class will result in three finished cards and will be identical in content.

The class fee is
It covers all supplies with the exception of the Copic markers listed below and your favourite stamp tools and adhesives.

Please bring the following colours with you to the class:

                                     GREEN:            G40, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG17, G94
                                     GREY:               W1, C0, C1, C2, C4, C6, C8
                                     YELLOW:         YR000, YR000, Y15, YR15
                                     BROWN:           E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
                                     BLUE:               B000
                                     COLOURLESS BLENDER: 0

We will have a limited supply of the colours that I am using available for purchase

Each class will accommodate a maximum of 30 students and we expect both classes to sell out quickly.
Classes must be pre-paid.
Due to the limited seating availability and special nature of this event, no refunds will be given if you are not able to attend.

Register for Saturday, 22nd April HERE SOLD OUT

Register for Sunday, 23rd April HERE

I am really looking forward to teaching these classes - hope you can join me

24 February 2017

February's Artistic Expression is now live!

Wow, believe it or not it is time for my "second" feature over on the My Favorite Things Blog!

..................and I went off in to outer space for you guys on this one.  Here is a little teaser of what I have been creating for you - you know me,  I love colouring faces hee hee and I got to embrace my inner child on this one too.......

Feel free to hop on over and read the full article HERE. I've included lots of photographs and a Copic colour list, so that you can give it a try yourselves...........and I'd really love to see what you come up with.

Hey, don't forget, if you have any questions........just ask!

Happy Colouring

20 February 2017

Sent with love

As a kid I always preferred cuddly monkeys to teddy bears, still do if I'm honest but here is a cute little chap from My Favorite Things that I sent to my sweet husband for Valentine's Day!!

I opted for my favourite "no lines" technique, it gives a lovely soft appearance, quite apt for this adorable little bear.

E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, W0, W1, W2, W3, W6, W8, YR30, E000, E00, E21, E51, R20

Stamps: MFT Friends Furever - stamp and die
Paper: from stash
Colouring Medium: Copic
Tools: Versafine Crimson Red, MFT Hydbrid ink - Natural, MFT Blueprint 29, White Gel pen

Short and sweet today, but I will be back with more soon and don't forget my next Artistic Expression feature on MFT Blog will be on 24 February.

Happy Colouring

14 February 2017

A long time coming........

Oh goodness, way back in November I travelled across the pond to Arizona to go meet my good friend Jennifer Dove and attend her Copic Bootcamp.

I got to see the Grand Canyon, travel through two deserts and caught sight of my first ever Road Runner - although my attempts at photographing the darned thing were abysmal!

I started colouring this stamp (Southwest Mountain - CC Designs) soon after I returned, but things kept getting in the way and it's been hanging around in the studio waiting for me to find the time to finish it.

Ta da - I finally added the last touch of Copics to it on Sunday.  I adore the warm colours and it will forever remind me of my first trip to Jenn's part of the world..........hope you like it.

Sky: B0000, B000
Mountains/Ground: G20, E11, E21, YR30, E40, E41, E42, W00, W0, W1, W2, W4, W6, E00, E13, 
                                 E15, E17. E01, E95, E08
Foliage: YG11, G12, YG13, YG63, YG67, RV14, RV17, Y23, YG99, E97, BG93, BG96, YR30, 
                E41, YG91, YG93                    
Building: E40, E41, E42, E43, W4, W6
Pots: RV10, E04, RV11, E11, W5, E08

Happy Colouring

13 February 2017

I could do with a laugh!

Sometimes life gives you lemons......sound familiar?  Well I don't know about you but I could do with a laugh at the moment.......so here's a goofy man with balloons on his head to put a smile on your face!

I haven't played with my pencils in a while and it was really nice to use them again!  And this happy chap reminded me that we used to have modelling balloons when my son was small and believe it or not I could actually make a balloon dog - hee hee,  you did need a little imagination sometimes to work out it was a dog, but hey Ben didn't seem to mind!

Well, short and sweet today - I'm off to the vets with our Westie for her annual check-up and jabs!

Happy Colouring

25 January 2017

You've got mail

Ha, ha, I've been playing again with those distress inks and having fun flicking water around on it!!  Such a kid, I know, but what can I say, I had a big grin on my face whilst I was doing it!

After I'd finished colouring this cutie I cut the Postie out with the matching Die-namics You've got mail die and mounted her on foam pads.    The sentiment, which comes with the You've got mail stamp was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with fine white embossing powder onto a die cut Stitched Sentiment Strip which had also been given the Distress ink treatment.  Can you see the white stitches on the left hand side of the strip.......they're faux.....white gel pen lines!

The background paper was cut from a die in the MFT Blueprints 24 set and the card itself was created using a Stitched Rectangle Stax die.

And as always here is a Copic colour list for those who'd like to give this a go using the colour palette I opted for:

Stamps: You've got mail by My Favorite Things
Paper: Hammermill 100lb Color Copy Digital Cover
Colouring Medium: Copic
Tools: Distress Ink - Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass, MFT Hybrid ink - Black Licorice, MFT Stitched Rectangles Stax, MFT Blueprints 24, MFT You've got Mail Die, MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Misti, Versamark ink, Fine Embossing Powder

Thank you for visiting my blog today, until next time
Happy Colouring

23 January 2017

Yes m'lady

Hello everyone, how was your weekend?

Just a short post today, with a sweet little man dressed as a Knight by My Favorite Things........oh and I think I am finally getting the hang of Distress inks......I used them as a background on the card and to create my own background paper!

Stamps: Knight in Shining Armour by My Favorite Things
Paper: Personal Impressions Smooth White Card
Colouring Medium: Copic markers, Wink of Stella clear (on helmet), MFT Hybrid Ink: Gravel Grey, Blue Breeze, Bubblegum.
Tools: Misti, MFT Stitched Rectangles Stax, Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Happy Colouring

20 January 2017

My new monthly feature at MFT starts today!

Well hello there, something new and exciting begins for me today and I am thrilled that I can finally share it with you all.

Each month I will be producing a step by step guide using My Favorite Things stamps over on their blog and look, they've even created a logo, just for me!!

So I hope you can join me as I share with you how I use colour and a little bit of my quirkiness to bring life to a stamp!

You saw a sneaky peek of this bear yesterday.....

If you'd like to see how I created this cheeky chap with his bucket of fish, you will find all the information over on the My Favorite Things Blog

Happy Colouring
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