Sunday, 13 January 2019

Thank You Roses

I had a bit of a lazy old day today, and part of it was watching some videos on YouTube about how to colour roses with polychromos.  I'd bought this stamp recently from Clearly Besotted and figured it needed inking.

Of course I decided to colour it in a shade that I don't have any matching DP or card!  My card didn't look 'finished' so I added these little semicircles in the same colour and it seems to have pulled it together a bit.  I also added some sparkle to the roses. Still wouldn't be my favourite card of all time though!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

One card. Two friends. Six hippos!

OK so there's a bit of a story behind tonight's cards.

Once Upon a time ... there were 2 friends.  One sent the other a birthday card, and she loved it so much she crossed her own name out and sent it back to her friend on her birthday.  Her friend sent it back again the following year, and so on and so on.  This carried on for 15 years!  But now the card has been lost :(
So my mate in work asked me to make a card for them....

I've used my lovely new hippos from Clearly Besotted (Jo, that shopping trip was your fault!)
Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss / glitter added to their tutus.  Stripy DP from MFT.  Flower die was a magazine freebie.

So then when you flip the card over, Jenny's is an orange version of the same card.

And in case you don't get what I've done, here's the unfolded card ...

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Pastel sympathy card

Here's just a quickie Sympathy card this evening, I've none in my stash and like to have a few to spare.

I've used my new polychromo pencils again, I think I need to spend some proper time studying on how to colour flowers!  I had a tough time with this colour theme too, but that was my own fault for picking such a pale pink as my base.

Di from Pixie's Crafty Workshop had a great tip recently from Alison on her blog recently - to add dimension by sticking snippets behind the image.  Di ... thank you for posting this!  I have such a huge bag of white card snips as I cut an A4 sheet to size for these square cards so I've always leftovers that I struggle to use up, I'll be able to play in your snippets challenge from now to eternity hahaha ;)

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Christmas Card #1

It's been a horrible icky damp drizzly and dark old day today.  I think we've had the lights on all day, so other than housework and making soup for lunches I did very little else!

So I took the opportunity to join in my buddy Jo's new Christmas Kickstart Challenge - I'm definitely going to try to play along each fortnight.  I find that come Christmas I have a few nicely designed cards and then it's a mad rush for the others, so I'm hoping to avoid that this year!

 My little reindeer is from Hunkydory Crafts - coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.  Lots of clear gloss and sparkle added to his nose and antlers.  My stripy DP is a dark navy, not sure if it just looks black here.

And here's Mum's calendar page, oops, only 6 days late ;)
I used some black and red glitter card for lots of sparkle.  Not sure of the make of the fireworks.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Friends and Thanks

Happy Saturday folks!  I've had a busy day doing some spring cleaning and clearing out.  I think everyone else had the same thought as there was a queue into the Recycling Centre for the first time ever!

Anyway, this first card was a special request, thus the odd sentiment!  I've coloured my girls with my polychromo pencils and added a little Gummiapan butterfly die.

And this one is based on this week's sketch over at Splitcoaststampers.
I've used this oldie from Whiff of Joy, coloured again with my polychromos.
And I've used my favourite technique of splattering the background, love this - so easy and instantly effective.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Happy New Year

Well that's us nearly at the end of 2018.  It's been a funny old year, some highs, some lows and some very sad moments - I was at 8 funerals this year, definitely don't want to repeat that next year!  Anyway, if you're partying tomorrow night, have a great time.  I'll be in my PJs with some Baileys and some munchies ;)

My craft light blew a bulb so my pictures are a bit rubbish until the replacement arrives.  This one is an oldie from LOTV, my colouring looks much darker in real life.  I've used my lovely stripy DP from MFT, and added in some sparkly elements.  Gummapian butterfly die;  red heart sequin from stash.  Clear gloss added to the critters' noses and to her hair baubles.

This card is for my brother-in-law's birthday.  The inside reads 'You're not quite over the hill yet, but you have a great view' 

I've used this giraffe from Whipper Snapper, stuck on some googly eyes and added in some foliage.  Background embossed with a leafy pattern.  Not sure if I should have added a sparkly flower on a man's card though ;)

  • The Library Challenge #23 is to pick a previous book from the challenges so I've chosen the Jungle Book.  Though actually now I think of it, do you get giraffes in the jungle??? Maybe he's on his holidays.  Ha.
  • Time Out #125 - Celebrate, friends, family, life
  • Pinspiration #231 - anything goes

Friday, 28 December 2018

New goodies

So that's Christmas over for another year!  We'd a gorgeous dinner down in Mum's with my sis and her family and had a fab time.  Of course, faced with over a week off work I've decided to take a stinker of a cold.  Typical.

Santa was a very good boy and (with a nudge in the right direction) left me some new Polychromo pencils under the tree!  Hurrah.  I've fancied having a go with these for ages but could never justify spending the £££s
It's a totally different way of colouring than I'm used to with my watercolour pencils, so I'll need plenty of practice.

This first one is an oldie from LOTV.  I definitely need to do a bit of studying on how to colour hair and folds in clothing, mines a bit rubbish!

I'm a bit happier with this Whipper Snapper stamp, but he's a lot easier to colour.  I added some sparkle to the balloon, clear gloss to his nose, a snippet of this lovely DP from MFT and a new birthday die that I bought recently from Swedish House Crafts.

And here's a wee pic of our very own Christmas Elf,  needless to say, Ruby wasn't too impressed ;)