Saturday, 29 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 151 - Punch and Die

Hey Everyone

How are you all?  I hope you are all well and have had a good week.


Our challenge over at Totally Gorjuss this week is "Punch and Die" and our generous sponsor is Craftwork Cards.

So, as normal, to be in with a chance to win a voucher to spend in the Craftwork Cards store, we want to see you using both dies and punches on your creation.  Make sure you go and see what the lovely ladies over at Totally Gorjuss have made to whet your appetite.

Here is the card I have made:


How awesome is this party lady - I love her - she looks as though she is having just the best time.

The recipe for the card is:

Digi Stamp:  Mo Manning - Veronica
Papers:  My Minds Eye - Meadow Lark from Dies to Die For
Roses:  Die-Namics - Mini Rolled Rose from Dies to Die For
Sentiment:  Whimsy - Celebration Circle Pennants from Dies to Die For
Sentiment Die:  Whimsy - Circle Pennants Die Set from Dies to Die For
Leaf Punch:  Woodware - Birch Leaf from The Hobby House
Rhinestones, Charm and Chain:  The Hobby House

The the image has been coloured with Copics:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000 / R20 R30 (Cheeks and Lips)
Hair:  E55 E53 E51
Shoes:  R29 R27
Dress, Bag and Present:  T8 T7 T6 T5 T4 T3 T2 T1 T0

For a change I have outline the image with Copics:  W3 W1 W0 Blender Pen and then added lots and lots of little white dots using a white gel pen

The papers and card have been edged with Black Soot Distress Ink

I hope you are able to come and join in the fun with us.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you for your lovely comments.

Ta ta for now.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Beautiful Bildmalarna and Exciting News


Howdy Everyone

I hope you are all well and are having a good week.

I have some awesome news to share with you all .....

I have only been asked to be a Guest Designer for the one and only Bildmalarna!  OMG I can't believe it, I keep having to pinch myself - little ol' me guest designing for Bildmalarna - whoop whoop!  Just amazing.   I am truly grateful and honoured to be working alongside such a talented design team.


So without further ado I would like to share with you one of their new releases called "Little Winged Friends - Scarf" - oh my ain't she just so so pretty.  You so need to check out their new range of stamps and papers they are truly amazing.

For absolutely tons and tons of inspiration, make sure you check out the Bildmalarna Blog HERE

Here is the full card I have made:


The recipe for the card is as follows:

Papers:  Frosty Christmas - Christmas Day
Paper Ribbon:  Frosty Christmas - Cut-Out
Sentiment Stamp:  Merry Christmas with a Flower
Bazzill Kraft Card:  Dies to Die For
Poinsettia Punches:  Nellie Snellen Floral Punch - Xmas Rose
Mulberry Poinsettias:  The Hobby House
Spacers:  The Hobby House - Starburst Spacers
Rhinestone Brads:  The Hobby House
Self-Adhesive Rhinestones:  The Hobby House

I have coloured the image with Copics, Promarker and Flexmarker as follows:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000 / R20 R30 (Cheeks)
Hair:  E29 E27 E25 E23
Jacket:  Satin (Promarker)  Antique White (Flexmarker)
Dress:  B000 BG000 BG0000
Scarf:  R39 R29 R27 R24 / Satin (Promarker) Antique White (Flexmarker)
Boots:  E31 E30 E000
Poinsettias:  R39 R29 R27 R24 / YR23 YR21 YR20 / G29 G49 G24 (Stems)
Shading:  W5 W3 W1 W0

I used a little French Grey 50% and French Grey 70% Prismacolour Pencils for shading on the image
I have outlined the image with Antique Linen Distress Ink
All the papers have been edged with Gathered Twigs Distress Inks

I have used German Glass Glitter on the poinsettia's which you can get from The Hobby House here

And that's it.  Thank you so much for taking the time to have a little look at my card.

I will be back tomorrow with another post - phew, what a busy week I've had!

Take care

Toodle Pip

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Image Masking / Shading Tutorial

Hi Everyone

I'm back and it's only Thursday!

I have had a lot of people contact me and ask me how I do the masking / shading around my images so I thought I would take the plunge and do my first ever tutorial - be gentle with me!

Unfortunately (or fortunately!), I do not have a video camera, (I hate to hear myself on it), so I have tried to capture the technique with a range of photographs, so here goes:

Step 1:

Stamp or print out your image twice - one for colouring and one for cutting out and using as the mask, (scrap paper is just perfect for this).


Step 2:

Colour your image and then cut out the second image.  You don't have to be perfect with the cutting out, I tend to cut into the black line of the image so I don't get a white border around the main coloured image.


Step 3:

Gently spray the back of your cut out image with a re-positionable adhesive - I find Crafter's Companion Stick & Spray is just perfect.  Once you have sprayed it gently stick it to a piece of scrap paper to remove any unwanted adhesive.


Step 4:

Stick the cut out image over your coloured image.  I also use a sticky note at the bottom of the image to create the 'ground' so to speak.

Now that the masking is done, you are now ready to start shading.



Step 5:

I prefer to use an Ink Duster from Inkylicious as I find I can control the amount of ink I want to apply around my image.


Step 6:

To help control the width of the colour around the image I find it easier by pressing the bristles together.



Step 7:


Dab your Ink Duster into the ink and dab the excess off on a piece of scrap paper before dabbing it around your image.

By dabbing the ink beforehand stops you putting too much ink around the image and prevents any potential big splodges.



Step 8:

Once you are happy with the level of colour you have achieved just peel back the mask and - TAH-DAH - there you have it - one image shaded.


I spent a little time practising around a blank image so I could get the 'feel' of the Ink Duster and the amount of ink I'm apply before moving onto a coloured image.

So, that's my very first tutorial done.  I hope you were able to follow it and it made sense.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Take care

Toodles

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dies to Die For - Rollin' By to Say Hi

Hey Everyone

Hope your week is going well.


Today I would like to share with you a card I have made using a fabulous Kraftin' Kimme stamp called Lulu on the Move.

Here is the full card:


I love this stamp set - there are three in total, Lulu roller skating, Lulu hula hooping and Lulu riding a little trike - they are just brilliant!

The recipe for the card is:

Stamp Set:  Kraftin' Kimme - Lulu on the Move
Papers:  My Minds Eye - Six by Six - Quilting Bee
Kraft Card:  Bazzill Kraft Card
Pennant Die:  Poppystamps - Simple Banner
Twine:  My Mind's Eye - All is Bright Twine (I can't find it on the DTDF web but if you e-mail Tracy she will get it for you)
Enamel Dots:  My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing - Tangerine Enamel Dots (again, please contact Tracy via the DTDF web and she will get them for you)

The image has been coloured with Copics:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000 / R20 R30 (Cheeks)
Hair:  E18 E17 E15 E13
Top:  R39 R29 R27 R24
Skirt:  B000 BG000 BG0000
Boots:  T6 T5 T4 T3 / R29 R24 / C8 C6 (Wheels)

The image has been outlined using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
The papers have been edged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

I have also created some faux stitching around the card with a black fine liner pen

One final 'arty' picture of the inside of the card where I have copied the layout through:


And that's it as they say.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone.

Take care

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 150 - Thank You

Well Howdy Y'All

I hope you have had a good week.

Grrrr naughty blogger - I had this post scheduled to appear at 5.00am this morning as I have been working away today and it did not post - so here I am posting it now as I have just got in from work!



This week's challenge over at Totally Gorjuss is "Thank You" and our most wonderful sponsor is the one and only Hobby House.  Jill has some absolutely delish stash, so make sure you make something with a "Thank You" theme and get yourself entered.  Whilst you are there don't forget to check out what my teamies have made - what a clever bunch they are too.

So, enough with the waffle; here is the card I have made:


This little Tiddly Inks image just makes me smile.

The recipe for the card is:

Digi Stamp:  Tiddly Inks - Minnie
Papers:  Echo Park - Sweet Day from Dies to Die For
Flower Punches:  Nellie Snellen Rose Flower
Pearls:  The Hobby House

The image has been coloured with Copics:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000
Hair:  YR27 E97 E11 E51
Dress:  R01 R00 R000 / R27 R24 R22 (Flower on the Dress)
Flowers:  YR27 E11 / R27 R22

I have outline the image with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
All the papers and card have been edged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink

I have also used Glossy Accents on her glasses


Simple eh.  I do hope you will be able to come and join in the fun with us.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you for your lovely comments.

Take care

Toodle Pip

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dies to Die For - Henri

Hey Everyone

How was your weekend?


There is a new challenge over at Die-ing for a Challenge where the theme this week is "Spots and Stripes" - easy peasy huh!

Don't forget you can bag yourself a whooping £25 voucher to spend in the fabulous Dies to Die For store.  But, as always you have to be in it to win it so dig out your dies, Big Shots, Sizzix, Wizards, Grand Caliburs and starting crafting.

Now there are a few rules to observe which are:

RULES:

* All entries must have at least one Dies to Die for product on
* You can combine our challenge with NO MORE THAN 3 OTHER CHALLENGES
* You must link back to the Dies to Die for Blog
NO back linking, new projects/cards only please
* Only 2 Entries per person please
* Entries which fail to observe the above will be removed and will not be eligible for the prize

Here is the card I have made for the challenge:


I say, isn't he just dashing!  Don't miss out - grab Henri while you can as he is reduced at the moment in the Dies to Die For store.  I have classed the spots as the little dots on the paper and the pearls at the top of the card ;0)

The recipe for the card is:

Papers:  Glitz - Vintage Blue
Stamp:  Kraftin' Kimme - Henri
Corner Die:  Die-Namics - Photo Corners

The image has been coloured with Copics as follows:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000
Hair:  C5 C4 C3 C2 C1 C0
Hat:  T7 T6 T5 T4 T3 / E42 E41 E40
Waistcoat and Trousers:  T7 T6 T5 T4 T3
Shirt:  E42 E41 E40
Tie:  R29
Shoes:  N7 N5 N3
Cane:  E25 E23
Shading:  W5 W3 W1 W0

I have outlined the image and all the papers and card with Weathered Wood Distress Ink
The sentiment was created on my PC

And that's it.  I hope you will come and join in the fun with us.

Have a great week.

Toodles

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 149 - Rawr!

Hey Everyone

First of all my apologies for not being round to see you all on your blogs for the last two weeks :o(

I have been having problems with my telephone line and internet, but to cut a long story short, two weeks later I am back in business, (fingers, arms, toes and legs crossed); so my mission this weekend is to see what you have all been up too - can't wait.  Thank you all for your lovely comments.


This week's challenge over at Totally Gorjuss is 'Rawr!' and our sponsor is Heather's Hobbie Haven.  So to be in with a chance to win a voucher to spend in their store, we want to see all your fantastic creations around the 'Rawr!' theme.

As always, make sure you check out what the wonderful DT Girlies over at Totally Gorjuss have created for you - they are just fabulous as always.

Here is my little creation:


I am so loving this little cutie!  I can just see him running around going "RAWR!" - love it!

The recipe for the card is:

Papers:  Echo Park "Boys" Collection Pack from Dies to Die For (these are just awesome!)
Digi Stamp:  Tiddly Inks - Little So and So
Buttons:  The Hobby House

The image has been coloured with Copics:

Skin:  E11 E00 E000 / R20 R30 (Cheeks)
Dinosaur Suit:  YG25 YG03 YG01 / B99 B97 B95 / E42 E41 E40

I have outlined the image with Weathered Wood Distress Ink
All the paper and card has been edged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink

I used the Copic Colourless Blender to create a scale-like effect on his dinosaur suit by just lightly pressing the nib onto the image once it was coloured

And finally, I used a black fine-liner pen to create a border around the edges of the image and papers.

And that's it from me.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Thank you for all your lovely comments.

Take care

Toodles

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Dies to Die For - Blossom

Hi Everyone

How was your weekend?  The sun was shining here but guess who was working!  Can you believe it, the one weekend we get with a bit of nice weather and I have to work - typical - ;o)


Today I would like to share with you a card I have made using the oh so sweet "Blossom" from Wee Stamps designed by Sylvia Zet.

Here is the full card:


I so love this image.

The recipe for the card is as follows:

Stamp:  Wee Stamps - Blossom
Papers:  Pion Design - Studio of Memories - Rose
Kraft Card:  Bazzill - Kraft Card
Sentiment:  Whimsy - Friendship Ticket Sentiments
Ticket Die:  Whimsy - Ticket Die
Butterflies:  Memory Box - Butterfly Delights (Awesome die particularly if you need a lot of different butterflies all at once!)
Flowers:  Prima - Say it in Crystals Embellishments in Brown (HEALTH WARNING:  These are just amazing - you have been warned - once you see them in the flesh you will want all of them in every colour so please don't blame me as I have tried to tell you!)

The image has been coloured with Copics as follows:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000 / R20 R30 (Cheeks)
Hair:  E27 E25 E23
Dress:  RV95 RV93 RV91
Tights:  RV95 RV93 RV91 / E42 E41 E40
Little Bear:  E37 E35 E34 / R20 R30
Flowers:  RV95 RV91 / YR23
Leaves:  G46 G43

The image has been outlined with Old Paper Distress Ink
I have edged all the card and papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink

One final picture of the inside of the card which is awaiting it's verse:


And that's it.

I hope you all have a great week.

Take care and toodle pip.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 147 - Sketch

Hello Everyone

I hope you are all having a fab week.

I'm sorry I haven't been able to pop and see you all yet as my internet and phone lines have been down - apparently due to a lightning strike!

But I'm back up and running - just - so I will be across to see you all soon - thank you for your lovely comments.


Well, it's Saturday again so that can only mean one thing for this week's Totally Gorjuss challenge - a sketch - yay - and here it is:


Remember you can play with the sketch, (I have change the oval to a circle), mirror it, turn it upside-down etc; as long as we can see that the sketch is there somewhere then you are in with a chance to win a voucher to spend in the fabulous Joanna Sheen store, (don't forget Joanna does free P&P!).

Here is the card I made:


I was asked to make a wedding card for a friend and the colours of the wedding are ivory, cream and green - so pretty and quite unusual I thought.

The recipe for the card is:

Digi Stamp:  Mayzy Art - Lovely and Dashing
Digi Papers:  Whimsy Stamps - Michele R Designs - Peony Garden
Flowers & Leaves:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Heart Hat Pins & Pearls:  The Hobby House

The image has been coloured with Copics, Flexmarker and Promarker:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000 / R20 R30 (Cheeks)
Eyes:  E15 E13
Bride's Hair:  E55 E53 E51 E50
Groom's Hair:  E35 E33 E31
Suit:  T7 T6 T5 T4
Waistcoat:  Champagne (Flexmarker) / Ivory (Promarker)
Tie:  G24 G12
Flowers:  Champagne (Flexmarker) / Ivory (Promarker)
Foliage:  G28 G46 G21

I have outlined the image and edged the papers with Bundled Sage Distress Ink

I will try not to bore you too much but there are some more pictures to come .....

Here is a picture of the inside cover of the card which details and Bride & Groom's names, date and venue for their wedding:


I would like to thank the lovely Bev Rochester for this idea - it really makes the card so special.

Here is the inside of the card where I have duplicated the front layout:


And finally, I wanted to show you a picture of the back of my card which my teamie Samantha did something similar on one of her cards to use up the scraps and I did tell her that I would 'steal' her idea - which I have ;o) and here it is:


Phew - and that's it - I hope you managed to get through it all!

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Take care

Toodle Pip