Thursday, 18 August 2016

Magazine Makes #4 - Distance Seems So Little

Hi All. well, we're done on holiday number two - it's been that kind of month, but hey, no chance for anyone to get bored!

My copy of Simply Cards and Papercraft arrived a couple of weeks ago in between holidays and when I saw it, I knew I had to play with the stamps straight away. It happily coincided with a much needed TV break for the kiddies, so I had 20 minutes of uniterrupted play time to colour. I finished the card later on in the day.

I started by stamping out the hummingbird and one of the flowers from the set onto water colour card with archival ink using my MISTI. Sometimes I find stamps from the magazines don't stamp very well, but these were excellent first time.

I then coloured in the hummingbird using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I squeeze some out onto a small pallet and colour with a brush as I find them too juicy to work with on their own. I coloured the flower in with Spectrum Aquas.

Then came the fun bit - fussy cutting. Yep. It's lucky the Proms are on at the moment so I had good music to accompany me on Radio 3!

I wanted to give the impression of a sun in the background, and I searched for a colour I was happy with. How lucky that I've been hoarding this beautiful pomegranate Bazzill paper for ages and I thought it was just the colour. I cut it out with one of my Spellbinders circle dies.

I put it together really simply. Just a folded A2 (US) card base, with the sentiment stamped in the bottom right hand corner, the 'sun' in the middle and the hummingbird and flower popped up on foam pads.

I hand drew the border with my Copic Spica Glitter pen and a Uni-ball Fine Line 0.2.

Below is a list of what I used to make this card. Please note that I DO NOT USE affiliate links.

It's currently on its way in the post, so I hope they like it as much as I do. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to comment, you do mean so much to me!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

30 Day Coloring Challenge - Week 4 Round Up - the end!

Hi All. I know the challenge finished last week, but we have been on holiday and without WiFi - I know, in this day and age ;)... but seriously much as I love it, it was quite nice to get away from social media for a while.

I did do some colouring during the last week of the challenge and here is my round up. Although I didn't colour every day, I did colour multiple images on the days I did.

Day 28: I had a whole day to myself and I took the opportunity to meet up with a crafty friend not too far from where we were staying. I took my bag of Copic markers and coloured pencils and some pre stamped images and coloured on the train. [Sorry, but I can't find details for the rose stamp, but I got it from Make Your Mark in York]

Day 31: I carried on colouring after the end of the challenge because I had supplies and time. This time, some more Copic images. These digital stamps are by 2CuteInk and were a freebie with my magazine.

Day 32: We were visiting my in laws (the reason we holidayed where we did!) and while one little one had a rest in the back garden, and the other one watched a bit of telly, I got my Cotman Water Colour set and did a whole pile of water colouring.

Below is a list of the ink, paper and colouring mediums used. Please note I DO NOT USE affiliate links.

Here endeth the fifth 30 Day Coloring Challenge. A massive thank you to Kathy Racoosin, the brains behind it all, and to everyone who has watched and commented on my Instagram, blog posts and videos. You are all amazing and all inspirational too!

Some of these will be turned into cards in due course, so keep your eyes peeled on here.

Thank you, as always, for your reading and for your lovely comments. Have a good one!

Friday, 29 July 2016

30 Day Coloring Challenge - Week 3 Round Up

How did we manage to get to day 25? It just flies by - and I'm still having fun. I've managed colouring every day this week and even made a few cards, as well as a video, and tried a few techniques. So, without further ado, here is my round up of this week's challenge. 

Day 18: I got completely sucked into the melonizing challenge that Pepita came up with and did this little Clearly Besotted bird.

Day 19: I got on an extremely over crowded and hot train to York for the day to meet some friends in Betty's and took some Copic markers (in my little bag!) and some pre stamped images. Our cool and empty train on the way back provided some colouring time.

Day 20: I could not resist melonizing Sven - and I won a gift token for Create a Smile stamps for my efforts! There's a video to go with this of the process :)

Day 21: I coloured in a panel using Simon Says Stamp One with Nature set using Gansai Tambi. I'm still not sure about this card, but everyone on Instagram was very supportive, with lots of ideas. I've decided to leave it as is for the moment - I quite like it, and don't want to meddle with it and possibly ruin it :)

I also tried my hand at a slider card using my little chameleon I coloured earlier on in the challenge:

Day 22: Some stencilling with distress inks. I really love this look and realise I only have three stencils!

Day 23: A bit of ink smooshing with distress inks. I love this challenge for making me try new techniques. I like that there's no pressure to make cards, just try things and colour.

Day 24: Some colouring on Kraft with coloured pencils whilst the children played in the garden. We've invested in a sand pit and slide so I can get them both outside as much as possible. They were even out in the rain in the afternoon!

Day 25: I used my Spectrum Aqua markers for the first time in ages. I do love them for creating backgrounds. I added some distress ink splatters.

  Below is a list of the stamps, paper and colouring media I used. Please note I DO NOT USE affiliate links.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read, and for your lovely comments. I hope you're all enjoying crafting, whether you are colouring or not :)

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