15 May 2018


Today I am taking another look at our recent May release:

If you've been following me for a while you will know by now I love sewing almost as much as I love colouring so I decided to combine the two for todays project.

I started with the new Scallop Cross-Stitch Tag and used just the pierced element - cutting out a grid on a piece of white Yupo cardstock.  This is amazing for stitching - it's synthetic, so won't tear as readily as paper based card - great for beginners who may pull the threads too hard.

As you can see I used a plain cross stitch in three colours for the lower area using 4 strands of embroidery thread.  The upper portion was sewn with 2 strands of thread using a simple square stitch that covers the area quickly and easily.  (It's basically diagnals of back stitch, which once complete give the appearance of squares.)

The little boy was stamped on to Copic suitable card using Hybrid Cement Grey ink and coloured with Copics (available here) and a touch of pencil enhancement.

Skin: E0000, E000, E40, E41, V20, R20
Eyes: B21, B26, W10
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, N0, N2, N3, N4
Shoes: W0, W1, W2, B16, B18, N4
Shirt: B000, B00, N2, N0
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27
Cat: E11, E13, E15, E17, RV93, YG61, W4, W8

Once completed, I adhered the stitched panel to a Smooth White card base with foam tape and glued the little guy onto the sewn panel with Multi Medium Matte.

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Until next time
Happy Colouring


10 May 2018


Hello again, I'm back with one of our newer monthly features:

As you may recall, this is where we showcase elements from our new release with colouring as the main focal point.

I started with a piece of Copic suitable card and cut out a stitched square using the Inside and Out Stitched Square stax. Then with the Basic Shapes Circles stencil, inked random circles with Natural Hybrid ink and turned those simple inked circles in to spheres using Copic makers (available HERE)

I kept the colour palette quite simple by using purely earth tones and greys..........but I would suggest that should you want to try this at home, learn from my mistake and make sure you ink your circles well enough.  I had been a little too light handed with the inking and as it dried I was really struggling to see the circles.........lesson learnt!

E11, E13, E15, E21, E23, E30, E31, E33, E34, E40, E41, E42, E43, E50, E51, E53, E55, E81, E84, W0, W1, W2, W3, YR30

Once coloured I adhered the finished piece on to a top folding square Sweet Tooth cardbase, with a Natural mount.  The sentiment, from the the Bubble over with Joy set was stamped onto Copic card with Hybrid Kraft ink and cut using the Fishtail sentiment strip from Blueprints 27.

A different approach when using those stencils in your collection and a great way to practice your Copic shading.

Happy Colouring


9 May 2018


Oh yes, the time has come for you to go shopping and grab all those crafty goodies you've been drooling over for the past few days...........but before you go I just wanted to share this:

 I have fallen in love with the new Birdie Brown Little Buddies stamp set - it's so cute!

I started with a piece of 80 lb Desert Storm cardstock and cut out a stitched rectangle using the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax 2 die set.  Then stamped the little boy off centre with Hybrid Cement Grey ink and coloured him with Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils.   

You can just about see the paw prints I stamped once all the pencil work had been completed.  In hindsight I should have double stamped them as the Natural Hybrid ink became far too pale as it dried on the card - but if like me you have a Misti, double stamping will prove no problem and alleviate this issue.

The sentiment, from You Make My Tail Wag balanced the composition. I used Versamark ink and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

OK, you've been good and read the blog post..................

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