19 October 2018

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION OCTOBER 2018

Well hello there,  it's time for another 


over on
MFT Stamps Blog


This month I have produced a step-by-step guide to explain how I went about colouring the tree below with Copic Markers:



COPIC COLOURS USED: 
Tree: YG61, YG63, YG67, G99, W4, W6
Baubles: R56, R59, Y26, Y28
Santa - clothes: C0, C1, C2, BG0000, BG000, R22, R24, R29, R56, R59
Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E40, E41, V20, R20, B14 and Black Copic multiliner 0.3
Beard/Hair: W00, W0, W1
Pot: E41, E42, E43, E44, W4
Tree Skirt: R56, R59, Y26, Y28, W6
Background: BG90, W0, W1, W2, W3


Why not give the technique a go, I'd really love to see a whole forest of Christmas trees!

Happy Colouring

9 October 2018

MFT RELEASE DAY - OCTOBER 2018

I have a pair of adorable Robins for my release day post!


Tweet Holidays has lots of cheeky little Robins to choose from and numerous seasonal sentiments.

I chose these cute little friends, snuggled up in a scarf - please note the one on the stamp is plain, I added my own pattern when colouring it.

They were stamped with Cement Gray Hybrid ink on Copic suitable card and coloured with Copic markers and then cut out using the matching Tweet Holidays Die-Namics.

COPIC COLOURS:
Robins: YR12, E13, E41, E42, E43, E44, W00, W0, W1, W3, W5, W6, W8
Hat/Scarf: R22, R24, R27, R37, B0000, B000, C1, C2, C3, W2, W4, W5




As for the card base, I cut a piece of Smooth White card using a Stitched Square die.  Then cut a mask using a Stitched Arch Stax and adhered the negative space to the square die cut.

I sponged Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender and Stormy Sky Distress ink on to the open area.  Once the ink had dried I dry embossed the Stitched Arch Stax on the square die cut for added dimension.  Then it was time to add a snow flurry with a White Gel Pen.

A sentiment from the Tweet Holidays set was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Wow Metallic First Frost Embossing Powder.

Both the Robins and the decorated square panel were adhered to a top folding square card base with foam tape.


It's now time to go shopping

available at mftstamps.com

But before you go, don't forget to leave a comment on my blog for your chance to win one of two MFT Store Vouchers!

I look forward to seeing what you create with this release!
Happy Colouring


7 October 2018

MFT OCTOBER RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 2

Today I have a group of snowmen that appear to be from Wisconsin.
I may be English but my son Ben loves American sports and he's a huge Green Bay Packers fan - Go Cheeseheads!



I stamped the main image from Cool Christmas on Copic suitable card with MFT Cement Gray Hybrid ink and coloured it with Copics before cutting it out using the matching Die-Namics.

The background scene was created using the Christmas trees from the set along with additional doodling by yours truly, again with Copic markers.  The snow highlights were added later with the aid of a White Gel pen.

COPIC COLOURS:
Car: R22, R24, R27, R37, R39, N4, N6, W2, W4
Snowmen: BG0000, C0, C1, C2, Y12
Clothing: YR23, YR24, YR27, G24, G28, C5
Trees: BG90, W1, BG93, BG96, BG99
Snow: BG0000, C0, C1, R0000
Sky: B0000

The sentiment, again from the Cool Christmas set was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Wow Metallic First Frost Embossing Powder.


To give a little added dimension to the card, I adhered the die-cut snowmen in their car to the background image with foam tape, before mounting on to a plain white card base with a Cement Gray mount.

You don't have long to wait until you can put this adorable stamp set in your shopping cart!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.
Until next time, happy colouring.


6 October 2018

MFT OCTOBER RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 3

Die cuts today with a smidge of Copic colouring!


I couldn't help myself, I just had to shade the deer to give them a little definition, what do you think?

The card base is a top folding A2 card from After Midnight cardstock.  I created the background from layers of Blue Breeze and Sweet Tooth cut using an A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax 1 die.  With the latter white card then trimmed with the Snow Drifts Die Namics.  The top white layer was adhered with foam tape for added dimension.

Subtle clouds were added with the aid of Sweet Tooth Pigment ink and small natural sponge.

As for the Delightful Deer, one was cut from Natural Card whilst the other from Kraft card, along with both sets of antlers.  Shading was added using Copic markers.  The darker deer was glued to the card whereas the paler one was adhered using foam tape, again for added dimension.

COPIC COLOURS:
Snow: BG0000, C00
Deer: E41, E42, E44, W1, W2, W4


To finish I added a heat embossed sentiment from the Snow Globe Sentiments set with Versamark ink and Wow Metallic First Frost Embossing Powder on Sweet Tooth cardstock.  Once dry I cut it out using Slanted Sentiment Strips and mounted it on to the card with foam tape.


Only a few more days to go.
What are your favourites so far?

I will be back tomorrow with another project from the upcoming release.


4 October 2018

MFT OCTOBER RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 5

Hello there!
No, you are not hallucinating, I'm crafting again.

Being married to a farmer means the summer months are very busy for me and when combined with extremely painful orthodontics I decided to take a little break from Design Team work. 

Anyway, let's take a peek at what I've been working on for the October Release at My Favourite Things:


The cool thing about this little guy is that he's the "freebie" stamp for October at MFT - cute isn't he!
I stamped him on to a piece of Copic suitable card that had been pre-cut with a Stitched Square die and as always used Cement Gray Hybrid ink for my usual no-lines look!

Please note, the background was drawn and coloured by hand, it's not available as part of the stamp.

Everything was coloured with Copic markers:

Sky: B000
Snow: BG0000, BG000, C00, C0, C1, V0000, V20
Trees: N2, N3, N4, N6, YG63, YG67, YG91
Reindeer: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, N2, N4, N6, YG91



The additional snowy touches were created using a white gel pen.  Just remember, as with coloured pencils, please ensure you have completed all of your Copic colouring before adding the gel pen.  That way you will avoid damaging your nibs.

I used Neenah 110lb white card for the top folding notecard, with a mount cut from Cement Gray card using a Square Stax Die-Namics.

Well, did you enjoy that?
Why not hop on over to the MFT blog where you will find links to my fellow Design Team members who are also showcasing various products that will be available in a few days time.


I will be back in a couple of days with another project from the upcoming October release.


22 June 2018

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION JUNE 2018

Today's post over at mftstamps.com has a porky theme!

If you'd like to know how I coloured a pig's bum, yes you did read that correctly hee hee, then please hop on over to the MFT blog to read today's feature in full.


The front of the card is pretty cute, with an adorable little piglet peeking over the farm fence.



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But as you can see, the image is not a boring flat panel.


Open up the card and you're greeted with a pigs bum and in today's feature, I share with you all how I went about colouring it!

14 June 2018

MFT COLOUR CHALLENGE #95

I've got a Colour Challenge for you today, using the shades below:


and I decided to do a little inking and stitching.......


I cut the Cross-Stitch Rectangle die from Smooth White card and inked it with a combination of Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

The hedgehog comes courtesy of a chart from www.crossmenot.blogspot.com.  I added some daisies for the yellow and white part of the challenge.



I affixed the stitched panel on to a two-tone mount of Sour Apple and Berrylicious with Foam Tape for added dimension, before adhereing this to a Smooth White card base.

I hope you can join in with todays challenge and remember there is a $50 store voucher up for grabs!

Until next time
Happy Colouring

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12 June 2018

MFT AND FRIENDS - JUNE 2018

Hello there, it's time to take a second look at the June release from MFT.



I chose to use Birdie Brown's Gill Friends and couldn't resist incorporating a little cross-stitch too!



I cut the cross-stitch grid with the Cross-Stitch Tag die from Yupo paper.   If you haven't tried Yupo paper before, it's fantastic for cross-stitch projects as it's less inclined to tear if you pull the threads too tight.

I used 6 colours of DMC Perle Cotton in a random pattern to give the impression of water.

As for the fish, they were stamped with Hybrid Gravel Grey ink on Copic suitable card and coloured with Copic Markers (available here)

COPIC COLOURS:
Goldfish: Y17, YR04, YR07, YR14, YR18, YR27, W8
Neon Tetra: W1, W2, R22, R27, B21, B24, W8
Background: Y17, B01, BG13, BG45, BG49, YG61



You may have spotted that I coloured the outside of the die cut fish.  I did this in order that they blended in better with the water.

Small bubbles were created using clear round drops that I adhered to the stitched area with Multi Medium Matte.  The fish were affixed with either Multi Medium Matte or Foam Squares for additional dimension.

I created my own background paper using the Mermaid Tail background stamp and various Hybrid inks to match the DMC threads.  The finished project was adhered to a Smooth White card base, with a narrow Tropical Teal mount.

Many thanks for visiting my blog today and don't forget you can follow me on my Facebook Page and Instagram.


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6 June 2018

MFT RELEASE DAY - JUNE 2018

It's the day I am sure many of you have been waiting for, but before you head off to mftstamps.com to spend your pennies, allow me to share with you one last project:


This card was created using the beautiful Moroccan Mosaic die and Distress Oxide ink.

The card base was created using Latte cardstock, with the background mount cut from Bristol Paper using the largest Stitched Tag Corner Square Stax.  
I then used Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Antique Linen Distress Oxides to create a blended background, spritzing it with a Distress Sprayer.


The Moroccan Mosaic die was inked with the same Distress Oxides but in reverse order with the addition of Frayed Burlap on the outer edge to coordinate with the Latte card base.


Now, before you head off to shop I have some awesome news:

Orders over $60, after discounts and before shipping and tax 
will receive a free stamp set:
Happy Hello
(while stocks last)
This is in addition to the normal Free With $60 Die-namics gift.

And of course please don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog for your chance to win one of two $100 mftstamps store vouchers!


Thank you for dropping by and have fun shopping.

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4 June 2018

MFT JUNE RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 2

Here is another non-Copic card from the new release:

I started with a circle card base made using the largest Inside and Out Stitched Circle die and After Midnight cardstock.  To make it look like the night sky I splattered Picket Fence Distress paint on to the card with a Splatter Brush.....oh, you've got to try it, it's so much fun, but be prepared to get "spotty" too!
Next, I stamped a sentiment from the new You Wow Me stamp set using Versamark ink which I heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.
The Fireworks Display die was cut twice, using Sweet Tooth and Blue Yonder, with the tips of each burst inked with either Sweet Tooth Pigment ink or Faded Jeans Distress Oxide.
In order to ensure correct placement of the pieces, I temporarily taped one of the negative die cuts to the card base and adhered the pieces in the spaces, carefully removing it once the glue had dried.

I cut the Wow die from Cherry Crisp card and used Sweet Tooth Pigment ink and Cement Grey Hybrid ink to add a little shading.  It was adhered to the card using foam squares for added dimension.

I'll be back in a couple of days,

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2 June 2018

MFT JUNE RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 4

Hello there, I have something with an aquatic theme for you today:

I love the new Aquarium die and later in the post, I will share a little trick with you to make it look like it's filled with water! Of course, you need fish for the tank and the new Birdie Brown Gill Friends stamp set works perfectly.


I started with a square card base made from Sno Cone cardstock, with a Berrylicious mount.  As for the image, that was cut from a piece of Copic suitable card with the largest Inside and Out Stitched Square die.  Then, having marked out the area that the Aquarium die would sit, I stamped the fish and pondweed with Cement Grey Hybrid ink and proceeded to colour it with Copic Markers (available HERE)

COPIC COLOURS:
Fish Tank Glass: B01, BG13
Plants: BG90, BG93, G40, YG61, YG63, YG67, W1, W3
Fish: BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, G12, YG21, YG23, Y35, Y38, W2, W8
Gravel: E40, E41, E42, E43, W2, W4

I cut out the pieces of the Fish Tank using the new Aquarium die from Gravel Grey card and some clear acetate.  In order to make the tank look like it was filled with water, I sprayed B01 and BG13 on to the acetate using a Distress Spritzer tool.

The tank was mounted with black foam tape to give added depth and dimension to the overall image. Foam tape was used to affix the extra fish and sentiment, with bubbles created with dots of White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.


I'm sure this is going to prove very popular, so be sure to set a reminder for 21:00 (EDT) 5 June when the new release will be available at mftstamps.com.

Happy Colouring

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