Monday, 27 May 2013

Anarchy in the UK

Hi All, Thought i'd share with you my creation for this weeks challenge over at The Stamping Chef's Facebook Fan Group.  This week's image is 'Punk Power' and the challenge was to create something punky!!

Say Punk to me and it makes me think of the Punk Rockers of the 1980's, especially The Sex Pistols.  So using the lyrics from one of their most famous songs; 'Anarchy in the UK' I created the background for my card.  I found the lyrics online, and then transposed them onto some green lined paper from DCWV's Everyday Essentials Paper Pad.  I trimmed the paper a little before punching my notebook edge and tearing off the bottom part of the paper.
My plaid paper comes from a Papercellar paper pad I've had in my stash a while now. I then added some skull washi tape.

Punk Power is coloured with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers, with the addition of some Sakura metallic silver pen for her piercings and lipstick.  I fussy cut  my image and then added it to my card with some foam pads for a little dimension.  To finish the card I drew the Anarchy Symbol in permanent black marker.

Want to join in next week's challenge, all you have to do is be a member of The Stamping Chef's Facebook Fan Group, and look for the challenge post for full details.

Thanks for visiting with me today
Bye for now

Friday, 24 May 2013

Embracing Steampunk with Delicious Doodles

It's Friday so that means it's time for a new challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge blog, and this week's theme will be very popular;  Steampunk.

We want to see your interpretation of Steampunk, a little bit vintage, a few cogs and wheels, clockwork elements, etc...

Here's my project featuring the gorgeous Steampunk Mermaid image;
I had so much fun colouring this gorgeous mermaid.  I used a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers, with the addition of a little white gel pen for highlights.   I created a cloudy background with my pens before adding some Picked Raspberry Distress Paint through a Steampunk Mask and some punchinella.  I left this to dry , trimmed down my image and added some Wild Honey Distress Ink. To embellish it slightly I added a few black staples.

To create my punched edges I used my Swiss Cheese EK Success Punches, before layering my image onto some white card.  Using cerise card I created my backing paper, using the same punches.  I layered this onto white card then orange card before adding to an 8" x 8" white card blank.  Finally I added my image.

I kept this card very simple, as I wanted the main focus to be the beautiful image from Delicious Doodles.  I love the finished card, so bright and fun, perfect for anyone.

Want to join in our challenge, then hop over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog to get full details and to see the truly inspiring creations from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting with me today; Have a wonderful weekend all
Bye for now

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Colouring Folds Tutorial

Good day all, today I'd like to share with you a wee tutorial I've created, showing how I colour in folds.  I'm using an image by Rick St. Dennis MFA for this tutorial.  So many of Rick's beautiful ladies have dresses with lots and lots of folds, and some people find them a little scary to colour.  Hopefully this tutorial will show that it's not as difficult as you might think.

For this tutorial I'm using the beautiful Adriana, her dress is perfect for practising your colouring on, and the fact she has roses makes her even more perfect for me.

Step One - Using Wild Cranberry Promarker, I start to colour in the deepest part of the folds on the top of her dress.
Step Two - Using Pink Lobster Promarker, I go over the area i've already coloured and extend the colour further into the folds.
Step Three - Using Cerise Promarker (or equivalent Tria marker) go over the whole area you've already coloured, just leaving some small patches of white space.
Step Four - Using Blossum Promarker ( or equivalent Tria marker) go over the whole area you've already coloured including the patches of white paper.  You'll see that not only does this give us our lightest shade of pink on the dress, but it tones down the Cerise, so that the dress doesn't look too bright and garish.

Step Five to Eight - Colour in the next section of the dress, first using the Wild Cranberry, then Pink Lobster, followed by Cerise and finally the Blossum.  By working in small sections like this you not only keep your ink wet enough that it blends nicely with each other, but it makes the image easier to tackle.
Step Nine - Looking at all the dress I've coloured so far, I add more Wild Cranberry into the fold where I think it is needed, followed by the other colours, until I'm happy with how it looks as a whole.  You don't want it to be obvious which areas you've coloured in at separate times, you want to create a nice flow to your colouring, just like the flow of the fabric.

Step 10 to 14 - Colour in the bottom section of the dress, first using the Wild Cranberry, then Pink Lobster, followed by Cerise and finally the Blossum. 

Step 15 to 17 - Colour in the bow on the shoulder, first using the Wild Cranberry, then Pink Lobster, followed by Cerise and finally the Blossum.

Step 18 to 20 - Now it's time to colour in the roses.  Start with Petrol Blue Promarker, then Turquoise Promarker, then go over the whole of the roses with Cool Aqua Promarker.  At this point using Shale Promarker I worked into the deepest folds making them even darker, until i was happy with the dimension I'd achieved.

Step 21& 22 - Colour in the Skin and Hair, using your favourite combination of colours.  For the skin I used Dusky Pink, Blush and Ivory.  The hair is coloured with Umber, Walnut and Caramel.
Step 23 - Using a white gel pen I added some highlights to my image.  I always like to add some white to the eyes as this makes them sparkle.  Adding highlights to the rest of the image is a matter of personal preference, sometimes I do, other times I don't. Either way looks good in my opinion.

Here is Adriana on my finished project;
I used papers and a die cut sentiment from Kaisercrafts Botanical Odyssey paper pad, along with some caramel card stock. The ribbon I had in my stash.  The rose was white, so i coloured it with my turquouse promarker to coordinate with my image. To finish my card off I added some white pearl pins.

I hope you've found this tutorial helpful, if you've any questions, just leave them in the comments section, or ask them over at the Rick St.Dennis Facebook Fan Group, and I'll do my best to answer them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far.
Happy Colouring

Monday, 20 May 2013

Geek Chic

Today i'd like to share with you this corner bookmark i've just finished for the ongoing challenge at The Stamping Chefs Facebook Fan Group.  Every week there is a new challenge featuring a brand new image.  As soon as I saw 'Keep Calm and Be Geekie' I knew i wanted to play along.

I coloured Miss Geekie with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers.  I followed the Corner Bookmark Tutorial from, ammending it, to make a larger bookmark. I used some Kraft card stock along with papers from an old Prima Paper Pad, called Rock on Love (wish i could get more of it)

I love how this bookmark turned out, perfect for keeping  my page in my diary.
If you've not visited The Stamping Chef, then I recommend you do, they have a wonderful collection of image, and the fan group is a lovely place to visit.

Thanks for visiting with me today
Bye for now

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Pirates have taken over the Island

It's true, the DICC Island has been taken over by Pirates, no need to panic though, as these friendly pirates brought crafting supplies with them, so all is good on the Island for our new challenge.

For this challenge our sponsor is:
Mad for Markers by Sammi

Mad for Markers blinky

Our Itinerary for this challenge has been compiled by Sammi 
1. Colour Blue
2. Distressing
3. Doodling
4. Washi tape
5. Texture

6. Bling
7. Dots
8. a Critter or 2

9. Fabric
10. White accents

Not only did Sammi compile our Itinerary, she created some brand new images for our challenge, and the lucky winner will receive the whole set of Desert Island Images;

For my project I used the super cute Pirate Girl image;
I found these wicked Pirate themed papers in my stash, and decided to team them up with some kraft card stock, black magic mesh, and cork to create my card. I layered it all together on my card adding some skull washi tape along with my pretty pirate girl.  To finish it all off I added some dots and dashes and an 'X marks the spot sentiment' with white paint pen.

Want to be in with a chance of finding the treasure? All you have to do is enter our challenge.  Hop over to the Desert Island Crafts Challenge blog for full details, and some wicked inspiration from our DT.

Thanks for visiting with me today
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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Delicious Doodles Anything but a Card Challenge

It's time for a new challenge over at Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog, and you'll either love our theme or hate it!!!   It's 'Anything But A Card', a wonderful theme if you love creating projects other than cards, but a little scary if your a novice crafter.  Just remember to have fun, I know I did!
Here's my project; It's an Altered Notebook, and was so easy to do I can't really believe it myself.  I used the beautiful 'Fairy Fae' image as my main focus for the cover, printing the image quite large and colouring with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers, with the addition of some Sakura White Souffle for highlights. I then layered my image onto some turquoise and lavender card stock.

I used the same turquoise card stock to cover my notebook. I took to pieces of A4 cardstock, in portrait orientation I overlapped them by about 2 inches to create a larger sheet of card large enough to cover my notebook, and give a border to fold over for the edges.  I adhered the two papers together with my ATG and then position the notebook, so that the spin was over the double layer of card, and I had a generous border all round the book. I adhered first the back cover, and then the front cover, making sure to leave the spine area with enough room for movement.  I then carefully folded the edges of the cardstock to give a nice snug fit.  Before adhering the edges, I cut off the corners and cut into the card so the the covers with fit without any bulges.  I then stuck all the folded edges down.  At the top and bottom of the spine I left a tiny little flap of card stock which I folded into the spine, creating a nice finished edge.

Finally I added my coloured image to the front of the notebook.
I can't believe how good the finished book looks, amazing what you can do with some pretty papers and a beautiful image.

I hope your inspired to join in our challenge, make sure you hop over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog to see the awesome creations from the rest of the DT, and to get full details on how to enter the challenge.

Thanks for visiting with me today
Bye for now

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Happy Birthday To C.R.A. F.T Challenge.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday To C.R.A. F.T Challenge, they are celebrating their 4th birthday with a Blog Hop. Rick St. Dennis MFA is sponsoring the hop as well as featuring on the blog roll himself, as a member of the Rick St. Dennis EDT I got the great honour of creating a card to showcase on the Sparkle and Glitter the Rick St. Dennis EDT Blog.  Here it is;

It features Cupcake, the perfect guest to celebrate anyone's birthday. She's coloured with Letraset Tria and Promakers.  The patterned papers are from a bumper magazine my mum got my from the local newsagents.

I think it's now time for you to head over to the C.R.A. F.T Challenge blog, to get all the details of the hop, the wonderful prizes on offer along with the full blog roll.

Thanks for visiting with me today
Bye for now

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Fantasy and Mythical Creation with Rick St. Dennis and Rhedd andd Rosie Challenge Blog

Today Rick St. Dennis MFA is the sponsor over at Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blog
The Challenge this week is to use the theme Fantasy/Mythical on your project. It was my honour to Guest DT for this challenge, here's what I created;

I used the beautiful Sea Sprite Two image which can be found in the Fairy Tales Section of Rick's Etsy Store.  I coloured the Sea Sprite with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers before die cutting the image and some coordinating card stock with some nestabilities dies.  I added some patterned paper and my die cuts to the card blank, along with a stamped sentiment.  I added some pearl stems behind my image to give the impression of underwater plants.  To finish my card I added some red pearls to inject a little contrasting red into my layout.

I hope i've inspired you to play along with the Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blog, want more inspiration, then hop over there now to see the beautiful projects the Design Team have created using Rick's Fantastical Images.

Bye for now

Friday, 3 May 2013

It's an ODD Kinda Day

Today they announced the Top 20 contenders who've made it into Round 2 of Some Odd Girl's ODD IDOL Competition.  So I thought i'd share with you the cards I created for Round 1, the open auditions;

My first card featured Punk Kaylee and papers from Prima's Hello Pastel Paper Pad.
My second card featured Ribbon Mae and papers from Kaisercrafts Butterfly Kisses Paper Pad.
My third card featured Pixie, no patterned papers on this one, but lots of different textures with punchinella, netting, satin ribbon and smooth card stock.

I had great fun creating these cards all based on the same sketch, I love how different each one looks.  I have to say I love the Ribbon Mae card, those papers are just so 'Suzi', I can't wait to work with them again.

Did I make the Top 20?  Ermm, No! I'm sorry to say I didn't, I'm a little disappointed but the competition was very tough, lots of very talented crafters took part, and the Top 20 all created beautiful projects.  Maybe I'll have better luck next time, but until then I'm going to enjoy the rest of the competition, I can't wait to see the Top 20's Round 2 creations.

Thanks for visiting with me today
Have a wonderful weekend all

Thursday, 2 May 2013

A Desert Island Challenge with Rick St. Dennis

It's time for another challenge over at the Desert Island Crafters Challenge Blog, and we  are honoured to be sponsored by the Uber-talented Rick St. Dennis MFA.   Make sure you check out Rick's Etsy Store as he's always adding new images.

May 1st Itinerary

Emboss It
Recycle It
Glitter It
Black & White + one colour

Remember to use at least 3 items from the list, but if you really feel like challenging yourself, can you combine all 10 in one project?

For my project I used the beautiful 'Parfum de Mort' image by Rick St. Dennis MFA, along with some pastel plaid papers from my stash and some kraft card stock. I coloured the image with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers.  My sentiment was printed onto Letraset Safmat and then adhered to the kraft card stock.  To embellish my card I teamed up some pink and yellow roses with a lovely little skull flatback.

Want to see what the rest of the DICC DT did with the Itinerary, then hop over to the DICC Blog and check out their awesome creations.  We hope you like the Itinerary and find time to join in the fun.

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