20 April 2018

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION - APRIL 2018

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog today.

It's time for my monthly feature over on MFT Stamps blog where I share a project and provide a step by step guide as to how I went a about creating an element within it.



COPIC COLOURS:
Background: YR30, E40, E41, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4
Skin: E30, E41, E42, E43, R20, BV20
Eyes: YG61, YG63, YG67, W8
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E17, E27, W6
Mug: R22, R24, R27, R39
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97, N2, N6
Shoes: E11, E13, E15, E27, W4, W6
Books: B91, B93, B95, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR23, YR27, E11, E13, E40, E42, R24, R29, R39, W1, W2, W4, W5
Sweater: C00, C0, C1, C2



If you like the look of the woolly jumper/sweater then hop on over to MFT Blog to find out more.

Oh and please let me know how you get on with this technique - NB to include #mftstamps if you post it on social media, so we see it.

Until next time
Happy Colouring


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10 April 2018

MFT AND FRIENDS - APRIL

Thank you for dropping by for our new monthly feature
where the Design Team and Special Guests share more ideas using the most recent release:


I love the new Cross-Stitch Rectangle and will undoubtedly be using it a lot:


I opted to sew my image with DMC Pearl Cotton #5 on MFT Kraft card.  As for the pansy, I found the chart on the internet.

Once completed I inked the edge of the die cut with a combination of Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress ink.





A little tip:  I wanted to use Lemon Chiffon as a backing mount, but did not want to see the yellow through the unstitched holes.  So I cut a piece of kraft paper to fit the die and adhered it with tape, before adhering it to the background with foam tape, thus preventing the yellow from showing without adding additional bulk.  

Thanks for visiting the blog today, don't forget you can also keep up to date with my latest work on my FACEBOOK PAGE and INSTAGRAM

Until next time
Happy Colouring

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9 April 2018

Another piece of stitching

I told you that you'd be seeing more stitching......well those fingers of mine have been busy sewing another cross-stitch card using the new MFT Cross-Stitch Rectangle die.

The sunflower design is a composite of elements from a Leisure Arts Kitchen Sampler pattern I stitched many years ago, using DMC Pearl Cotton #5, with a single strand of black 6 strand embroidery thread for the back stitching.

As it's proportions didn't quite suite the new die, I had to make a few alterations when mounting my finished piece.

Basically I cut a Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frame out of Milk Chocolate card and mitred the corners.  This enabled me to shorten the top and bottom, allowing me to trim the Cross-Stitch piece to better suit the proportions of my stitched image.
I used Primitive Cream for both the Cross-Stitch and card base.



Now, I just have to decide what to stitch next!

Thanks for dropping by today, until next time
Happy Colouring (and stitching)

5 April 2018

MFT APRIL RELEASE - JUST ADD COLOUR

Hello there and welcome to a new monthly feature at MFT:


We will be sharing images from each months release, with colouring as the main focal point - just my kind of post!


 Oh this was such a fun project, not only because I got to draw all the foliage but I had to work out how to use the new Birdbath Die-namic to make a stencil that I could then colour.

I cut a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with a Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle die and then stamped the two birds with Cement Grey Hybrid ink.  Both birds were then covered with masks.

As for the birdbath, I started by cutting out the main die from a large piece of masking tape.  I set aside the die cut and adhered the negative space to my piece of Neenah and proceeded to sponge Cement Grey Hybrid ink on to it.  Once the masks were removed, I was left with a solid grey outline of the birdbath, with both birds perfectly placed.  Then I simply coloured on top of the solid inked image using Supracolor Soft pencils, with images on my iPad for reference.

I adopted the same approach for both the birds and foliage, using a combination of both coloured pencil and Neocolor II crayons, whilst referring to images on my iPad.........remember "Google, don't Guess!"

As Caran D'Ache Supracolor Soft pencils are as the name suggests "soft" they do tend to smudge more readily than the Pablo's I usually use, so once I had finished colouring with both them and the Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons I made sure that I sprayed the finished piece with fixative.  I use Winsor and Newton Professional Fixative, but a fine mist of hairspray will do the job too (it's what I used as a student)


Finally I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing powder.

The card base is a tent fold card, cut using the largest Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle.  I wanted to keep the card simple, after all the colouring is supposed to be the focal point!

Thanks for joining me today, until next time
Happy Colouring


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4 April 2018

MFT RELEASE DAY - APRIL 2018

We have certainly been spoilt this month with the huge Birdie Brown release!

Here is my latest colouring of one of Torico's wonderful images:

I challenged myself to try using my pencils on something other than kraft, which I confess is my favourite surface for pencil drawing.  The main difference with using After Midnight was that I had to stamp the image with Sweet Tooth Pigment ink instead of my usual Cement Grey Hybrid.

Then, with images of umbrellas, ducklings, raincoats and puddles on my iPad for reference I coloured the little girl with Caran D'Ache Supracolor Soft.  These pencils are the water soluble version of the Pablo's that I usually use but the leads are softer.  This means they produce a small amount of dust when colouring, so a good dusting brush is imperative.  If you try and wipe it away with your hand you'll undoubtedly smudge your work.

My brush is not an artist brush, it's found in DIY stores!  The soft bristles are glued in, so no annoying hairs fall out when used.  It's large, flat surface clears my work area of pencil dust in a couple of sweeps.  I used to use a make up brush as a student.........not any more!


As I wanted Torico's adorable image and my colouring to be the focal point, I kept the card somewhat plain and simple.  I used the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax, probably my favourite go to die set and a corresponding plain die, mounting them on a tent fold A2 card, which I trimmed to fit.




I am sure you're itching to go shopping at MFTStamps.com so I'll just remind you that if you leave a comment on my blog you may be the lucky winner of a $100 MFT Gift voucher.......just think of all the crafting goodies you could buy with that!

Happy Colouring

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3 April 2018

MFT APRIL RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 1

Not long to wait now!

But before all the new goodies go on sale allow me to share something I've been stitching for you.



We have a new Cross-Stitch Rectangle die and it's a perfect size for A2 cards.

I opted for shades of brown on Kraft, with a Milk Chocolate mount on an A2 tent fold Kraft card base.



I used Scheepjes Catona wool instead of embroidery thread - those little balls of yarn are just so cute!

There is something so therapeutic about stitching cards, I suspect this will be the first of many projects using this particular die.


See you again on release day

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31 March 2018

MFT APRIL RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 4

Here is my card for Day 4 of MFT's April Release Countdown.


The central image was stamped on to Kraft card with Hybrid Cement Gray ink - and coloured with a combination of Caran D'Ache Supracolor Soft pencils and Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons.

I loved using the crayons, they really made colouring the puddle a pleasure.

The Supracolor Soft pencils come in the exact same colours as the Pablo's I normally use, however, these are water soluble and a tad softer, making blending a breeze.

Once coloured, I cut the image out with a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax 2, mounting it on to two layers of blue cardstock cut using A2 Rectangle Stax 1 & 2.  The cardbase itself is an A2 tent folding card made from MFT Smooth White.

I will be back on Monday with another creation from April's new release.

Happy Colouring

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29 March 2018

AGE CREEPING UP ON YOU?

Getting older is something none of us can do anything about, but we can at least have a little fun with our card making for friends and family who are over 21!



This is Danny Dinosaur by Whipper Snapper Designs.

I don't know about you but to me he looks a little startled that he's clocked up so many birthdays.....I know the feeling.......I hit the big 50 in November!

He's stamped on kraft card with MFT Hybrid Cement Grey ink and coloured with Caran D'Ache Pablo pencils.

Don't forget you can also see my work on my FACEBOOK PAGE and INSTAGRAM

Thanks for dropping by today
Happy Colouring

28 March 2018

MFT WEDNESDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE #378

Hello there, and how are you today?

I'm back to share my latest card for this weeks Wednesday Sketch Challenge:




I stamped the dragon from Magical Dragons by Birdie Brown with Hybrid Cement Grey ink on to Copic suitable card.  Initially I was just going to use Copics but I then added a smidge of pencil too.

Copic Colours:
(available HERE)
Dragon: B0000, B000, B01, B12, B45, B52, BV000, BV00, BV01, E41, E42, E43, E13, E17, C2, C3, C4, W8

Once the dragon was coloured, I opted to create my own background by dry embossing a small Stitched Mini Scallop Square on to a piece of Bristol Paper.  I then cut a piece of masking film with the same die and adhered it to the embossed area.  At this point I inked the card with a combination of Tumbled Glass and Milled Lavender Distress ink.  This was then spritzed with water.  To add a little more dimension I watered down some Picket Fence Distress Paint and used a Distress Splatter Brush to flick paint across the inked card, oh and myself!  Once dry, I removed the masking film and inked clouds into the centre piece with the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil and Tumbled Glass ink.

The sentiment, again from the Magical Dragons stamp set was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

The background was mounted on to a top folding A2 card base with the Dragon attached with foam squares to add a little dimension to an otherwise very simplistic card.

A few drops of Nuvo White Blizzard were added for a bit of sparkle and there we have it, my interpretation of this weeks sketch.

For your chance to win a $50 MFT Store voucher please join in with us on the Challenge Blog.

Happy Colouring

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23 March 2018

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION MARCH 2018

Hello everyone, believe it or not it's officially Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.......I just think someone forgot to remind Mother Nature (we had snow last week here in England!)

Hence, for this months Artistic Expression, I chose to colour something warm, bright and sunny......calling upon the assistance of a parrot and some beautiful Hawaiian blooms.


To read the feature in full please hop on over to the MFT Blog.

15 March 2018

MFT STITCHED WITH LOVE - BIRTHDAYS

Oh yes, I have another chance to play with threads and a needle again!

This month we are showcasing Birthday designs for our Cross-Stitch Tag die.  Now the cross-stitch designs we've come up with are awesome, but sometimes it's just as much fun to stitch a pattern.

I was inspired by some of the amazing cross stitch cards that Jennifer McGuire has been making, including stamping an image or sentiment on vellum so that the stitching you've worked so hard on still shows through.


  Instead of using the tag as a base, I cut out my stitched area from Smooth White card using a die from Blueprints 24. I then used the cross-stitch die to create a sewing panel in the top two thirds, giving enough room for a sentiment to be added below.
As you can see I chose various shades of blue and various stitches, framing the finished piece with back stitching.  I opted for DMC Perlé Cotton No5 this time, but normal 6 strand embroidery thread or 4-ply wool would work equally as well.

I stamped the cake from Birthday Chicks on to a piece of vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Once dry I cut it out using the second smallest die from the Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle Stax.  The sentiment, again from Birthday Chicks was stamped on to smooth white card with Premium Blueberry ink to match the cardbase.  Foam tape was used to mount both elements to the card, giving added dimension.

Has this inspired you to have a go at stitching a card?  
If you haven't done so already, please visit the MFT Blog and see what wonderful creations my fellow Design Team Members have created.

Thanks for dropping by and remember you can see more of my work on my FACEBOOK PAGE  and  on INSTAGRAM


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7 March 2018

MFT RELEASE DAY - MARCH 2018

Woo hoo, the day you've all been waiting for has finally arrived.  But before you head off to mftstamps.com to shop for this new release, allow me to share my latest card with you:


I used to have pet rabbits, so I couldn't resist colouring these little cuties by Birdie Brown.  The set is called Bubble over with joy.

The background was created using the solid bubble stamps from the set which I stamped with MFT Sweet Tooth Pigment ink.  I then stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.

The bunnies were stamped on Copic suitable card with Hybrid Cement Grey ink and coloured using a combination of Copic Markers (available HERE) and coloured pencils.

Copic Colours used:
Bubble blowing rabbit: E40, E41, E42, W1, W2, W3, R20, R11, R21, B14, B18, W10, RV91, B91
Bubbles: BG0000, BV000, N0, N1
Blue Bunny: E40, E41, E42, W1, W2, W3, R20, B12, B14, B16, B18, YG63, W10
Dotty Bunny: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, E13, E15, W10, E40, E41, E42, W1, W2, W3

I made two of the images into photographs using the Precious Polaroids die set, whilst the bubble blowing bunny was mounted with foam pads to give her added dimension.


But before you dash off to fill your baskets with this months goodies, don't forget to leave a comment here on this blog for your chance to win one of two $100 MFT Store vouchers.

Don't forget, if you liked my card to day you can see more of my work here:

Have fun shopping!

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5 March 2018

MFT MARCH RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 2

Not long to wait now!

But until then here are some adorable little puppies......they appear to be far better behaved than my Westie, Pip!

A lot of masking went in to creating this one, but they do look cute together.

I stamped then with Gravel Grey Hybrid ink this time, colouring them with Copic markers (available HERE)

COPIC COLOURS USED:
Chihuahua: E31, E33, E35, E37, W3, RV93, W2, W10
Old English Sheepdog: E40, C00, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, W2, W10
Hound #1: E70, E71, E74, RV93, W2, E30, W5, W10
Dalmation: T0, T1, T2, T3, T5, T7, W10
Hound #2: E51, E53, E55, E57, W10, RV93, W2
Poodle: YR30, E42, E43, E81, W10
Hound #3: C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, V20, BV23, W10
Grass: G40, YG61, YG63, C4
Sky: B0000, B000
Collars: R24, BG05, B24, W4

To die cut the main image, I used the largest die from A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax 1.  I cut it once as normal, then for-shortened the height of the rectangle but fitting the cut panel back in to the die taking off the additional area below the dogs that I did not want to use.  If you do this with care, you can line up the stitch marks to ensure a seamless finished panel.

I added a small border of Black and White Stripes paper top and bottom, mounting it all on to a top folding card base.


Don't forget to leave a comment on the MFT Blog for your chance to win a £75 store voucher.

I'll be back on release day, so until then......
Happy Colouring


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