Friday, 31 October 2014

treasured times rubber stamp challenge

This was one of a few free digis that were given by treasured times rubber stamp to use for their guest designer challenge. Everyone was welcome to submit an entry from beginner to advanced. I'm still in beginner stage & have only completed 2 classes of Alyce Keegans Kit & Clowder skin & hair class

I thought this digi was really cute & couldn't wait to get started on it, but I had to be patient as my hands/arms had been hurting and I needed to rest them for a few days.

As usual the picture decided the colour scheme for me. 
I started using my new inktense pencils on the clothes but wasn't sure or confident of how the colours would turn out. I didn't know which pencils to use for my skin tones so I quickly reverted back to my trusty copics, until I have had a decent play with them & set up a colour chart of normal & water added colours. 

Wow, loved the colours after I added water to them. I think the inktense pencils will be included in all of my images now :)

I didn't write down what pencils I used as I didnt realise they had the name and numbers etched into them, but will do this next time. For the skin I used my favourite skin combination E50, E51, E53 & E93.

I think the deep pink helps to bring the image out & showcases it a lot more.

I was procrastinating on whether I should add it to the challenge or not. I am and always will be my own worst critic on absolutely everything I do. 

After to-ing & fro-ing for a while I finally decided why not, you have to be  part of it so I added it. 

Hope I don't get any negative comments :)

Susie's birthday card

After seeing so many beautiful images available in stamps & digis I decided to try my hand at drawing some myself. 

Armed with my new book purchased called Manga for the beginner Chibis, by Christopher Hart. I followed his instructions step by step & have to say thank you Christopher its an amazing book :).

This little girl appeared almost magically from the spheres used to create her. 
The more I looked at her, the more I realised she resembled my dearest friend Sue, who I've known for 32 years. As her birthday was approaching I decided this was the image I was going to use.

I don't choose a colour scheme. the image I'm about to colour chooses it for me. In this instance it was blue hues.

Copics used are as follows:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Mouth: R24
Eyes: B05
Hair: E21, E25 & E29
Top & socks: B00, B02, B12, Stripes: Yellow gel pen (bought from Aldi)
Skirt, shoes & Lapel: B05 & B06
Book: YR14, YR18 & YR21, Pages: W1
Glasses: YR18

Happy Birthday stamp is from vintage rose garden- free with magazine purchased & ink used was colorbox graphic 45 decades-Bon voyage blue. 
The background paper was given to me by a friend & I lightly embellished it with blue mulberry butterflies (which is my signature-all my friends know I use butterflies somewhere in my gifts to them). 
I didnt want to go overboard with embellishments as I put a lot of effort into my drawing & colouring & wanted her to standout & shine.

I was really happy with how she turned out

Thursday, 30 October 2014

3 christmas trees shaker card

This card is a variation on my 3 trees card. I used the same technique as the other card but used different colours & made it into a shaker card.

Card stock used was stampin up whisper white & cherry cobbler (has now become my favourite red colour). Stamped it with stampin up good greetings "merry christmas" stamp using bon voyage blue colorbox graphic 45 decades stamp pad, then embossed it with my snowflake embossing folder (received free with a magazine). 
Punched out the 3 trees spaced equally, traced the 3 tree shapes with pencil onto another piece of white cardstock placed behind. 
Stamped the festival of trees stamp inside the traced trees using bon voyage blue ink, erased the pencil lines with a white rubber, stamped the baubles in cherry cobbler, then heat embossed the tinsel with stampin up silver glitter & heat powder.

To make the shaker card I used stampin up window sheets (but any acetate will do). I cut a rectangle shape large enough to fit behind the punched out trees, used snail adhesive (stampin up) & stuck it to the back of the embossed white card making sure to completely cover the three trees. 
Cut 3d both sided adhesive strips & stuck it to fit around the rectangle.

 Added a sprinkle of twinklets diamond dust equally onto the 3 stamped trees (on cherry cobbler cardstock). Carefully matching up the trees to the cut outs I joined the two together completely sealing the rectangle. 

Cut out 3 stars from silver glitter card, used glue dots to stick them on.

This card was a bit fiddly but very easy to do & I believe looks great.

More Christmas cards

The Santa card I used a red Franchville cad which I embossed snowflakes on either side leaving the middle blank. 
I gently sandpapered the top of the embossing to give it a snow kissed effect. 
I stamped the sentiment "twas the night before christmas" in memento "tuxedo black" and Santa in cherry cobbler red ink from Stampin up. I coloured the holly & santa suit using copics & flocked the fur parts of santa's suit.
 His beard I heat embossed using stampin up heat powder & stampin up dazzling diamonds glitter to give it a sparkle.

loved how this card turned out, very simple but also very cute.

The 3 trees card I used mainly stampin up products. I got my inspiration from a card I made at Cherie Davis (independent stampin up demonstrator) card making night.
I used whisper white and cherry cobbler cardstock. Festival of trees stamp & tree punch.

I embossed the white background with snow flake embossing folder then punched out 3 trees with an equal distance between them. I placed another sheet of white cardboard behind & traced the tree shapes.

I stamped the trees with garden green ink. The baubles were stamped in cherry cobbler & the tinsel stamped with versamark & then heat embossed with stampin up heat powder & stampin up gold glitter.
I added 3 d foam & attached it to the card.

Merry Christmas cards

Merry Christmas cards

These cards were all made using Stampin up products as well as other brand products. 
I attended a class held by Cherie Davis (independant Stampin up demonstrator), where we made the top card using all stampin up products only. Cherry Cobbler cardstock & ink with Whisper white cardstock for the background. The background was embossed using the star embossing folder. The Merry stamp was made using seasonally scattered stamp set. The flowered card came from trim the tree designer stack papers & the bling was made using dazzling details silver sparkle.

I copied the card using whisper white cardstock with garden green ink, I used trim the tree background paper but I used Canson apple green cardstock (bought from spotlight) which went well together. The background was embossed using a snowflake embossing folder which came free with a magazine and embellished with the dazzling details silver sparkle.

The bottom card I did as above but used stampin up soft sky cardstock & ink. I used glitter self adhesive lace as a background.

Keiths 60th birthday card

This is the card I made for my good friend Keith (husband of my dearest friend Sue). He's a carpenter  by trade & forever tinkering in his shed/garage making masterpieces. He's currently decking out his panel van (yes its true they never grow up lol).

To make the card I used barbed wire embossing folder & stamped the birthday boy sentiment (both free with magazine) with colorbox graphix 45 decade- bonvoyage blues ink pad. The "tool man" is a Sullivans stamp. and the Happy birthday stamp is from inkadinkadoo "kids quotes". The dies used- top square- Nellies multi frames.

The picture was coloured using the following copics:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Top: B39 & B93
Overalls: B45 & B99

inside the card I die cut "happy birthday" from gold card & added my sentiment.

Loved making this card.

Monday, 13 October 2014

I received inspiration from Jak Anne for these cards. Thank you

I used the middle sized icicle stamp from stampin up's endless wishes set, cherry cobbler stamp pad and cardstock used from stampin up.

I used the 2nd smallest die from Spellbinders lacey squares nesting dies, cut 6 of these from AC heavy weight white textured cardstock (from spotlight). 
The backgrounds were embossed with small dots embossing folder & dotted the points of the icicles with stampin up dazzling details silver. 

The picture doesn't do either of them justice, they are very sparkly & pretty for xmas.

This one i tried heat embossing. 
I have all the tools to do this but never attempted it before. 
Wow its messy, but gives a really pretty finish to the stamped image.

I used the same stamp & cardstock as above, but this time I stamped it with the versamark stamp pad, sprinkled it with stampin up heat & stick powder, heated it with my heat gun (hottest setting) then sprinkled with stampin up dazzling diamonds (its a very fine powder with glitter) and heated again to make sure the glitter melted into the powder. 

The same as above the picture doesnt do it justice its beautiful in real life when the light hits it.

This card was part of a challenge to make a card using a sketch for Charlotte's paper crafting, you needed to have the image, with flowers & a sentiment added.
I was feeling in a pink mood & this is how she turned out.

I coloured her with the following copics:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Hair: E21, E25 & E29
Dress & headbands: RV02, RV19, RV63 & RV66
Shoes: RV63 & RV19
Bird: Y02, Y06 Y08 & Y38
Balloon: RV02 & RV63
Lips: RV19
 Bench: E21, E25 & E29
Presents: BV02, BV04 & BV08
Clouds: C-0
Background: SKY- BG000, Ground, YG11

I used La la land heart balloon Marci digital stamp and had some rainbow paper and I loved how it changed from pink to orange to yellow which incorporated the yellow bird as well, however, the paper didnt go with any other type of paper/cardstock that I had.White was too bland, cream didnt go.  I tried embossing different coloured cardstocks to force the union. I even tried putting her on a black background but nothing seemed to work. So off I went to my local shop & found some bright pink cards & envelopes. I tried the image against the colour & liked it.
I added some mulberry paper flowers & butterflies & here is the finished card.

I havent finished Alyce Keegans hair & skin class yet, I'm still only in class 2 but Im getting there. 

Its been a good hobby for me to do, but also being able to stop doing it & when my hands/arms start hurting & go back to it another day.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Super Lucas

This card was made for a little boy also in the USA named Lucas who is 1 & 1/2 years old but was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

 I don't know him personally, but a call came out in a card group I'm involved with asking for anyone to send a card to him in the super heroes theme.

I found this picture on pinterest, unfortunately I don't know who the artist is but I'm quite happy to pay them for using their picture. I copied & tweaked it a little, not one of my best drawings but it will suffice.

Silly me, I didn't write the the copics used  so I'm writing these from memory (which isn't that good these days) as follows:

Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Outfit: B000, B00, B02 & B06
Tights: B05 & B06
Hair: Y02
Cape: Y02, Y06, Y08, C5 & yellow gel pen (bought from Aldi)

This card I made for a very brave little girl in the USA named Isabelle who is suffering from brain cancer. I don't personally know her but a call came through on 7/10/14 in one of the card groups I have joined, advising it was to be her 9th birthday on the 8/10/14 & would we make a birthday card for her, she like every other little girl around her age loves the frozen theme. 

I thought she would have many people make her 
cards in the "frozen' theme so I chose this instead

I decided not to make the birthday card, as being in Australia it would take a while to reach her, so instead I made her this card using the La la land rose faerie stamp (you might have guessed by now that I love the La la land stamps & now have over 30 of them :) ).
The copics I used are as follows:
Skin: E02, E50, E51, E53 & E93
Dress: B000, B00, B02, B05 & B06
Wings: BG000, BG01, BG06, silver gel pen & blue gel pen
Hair: E21, E25 & E29
Headband: gold gel pen & blue gel pen 
Leaves: YG06, G07, G28 & green metallic pen
Roses: RV02, RV04 & pink gel pen

(gel pens bought from Aldi)

The sentiment stamp is from
I'm sorry I don't know where the silver butterfly came from it was in my stash.
I added pearls to the bottom of her dress & under the neck
 & last but not least punched a hole in the top corner, threaded a metal tie through the lid & added the "fairy dust"

I hope she likes it & wish her all the best and hope they can find something to help her recover

Konnichiwa Marci

This one was made using La la land konnichiwa Marci & happiness Japanese symbol stamp which came free with a magazine.
I made this one, for no other reason than because I liked the stamp & wanted to see what she looked like coloured :)
I am lucky that I have a cleaner come every week for 2 hours due to not being able to clean with my hand injuries. Her name is Jenny & I asked her to help me choose an oriental paper. She chose this one & it became the base for the colour scheme.
The copics I used are as follows:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93,
Lips: R27
Hair: C7, W7, W9, B18 & 100
Dress: YR14, YR18, YR21, B18, Blue gel pen & gold gel pen
Shoes: B18 & Blue gel pen
Parasol: B02, B18 & gold gel pen