Or Friendship is always and Adventure

Hello. There is a new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We are at the end of the alphabet, so the letter is ‘Z’ – and we want to see your Zoo Animals.

Here is my card:

I stamped the leopards, trees, and tree trunk from several MFT stamp sets, with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with my Copics. Here are the colours I used:

Once die cut with the matching dies I started to plan my layout – wanting to create a scene – but without adding a background – if you get my drift.

The sentiments are from the Leopard stamp set, and as I had stamped the images twice, I made another card with a slightly different layout:

This time I added two extra tree branches from the ‘Squirrel‘ stamp set.

I’m getting to grips with Copic colouring, but still use any hints and tips I can get from anywhere I can get it!

My go-to colour combinations are from Yana Smakula – and you can find the combinations here. These combinations are what I tend to use most of the time, and are a great way to start and gain more confidence in the colouring – and the choice of card-stock for colouring is always the Make It Colour Blending card-stock – it blends well, and again is a confidence builder.

The right tool for the right technique, right?

I hope you can come and join us for the ‘Zoo animals’ challenge and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments anything goes

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Digi Choosday anything goes

Spring/Easter Bunny

Hello once again. I am thrilled and honoured to be the Guest Designer for the new challenge beginning at C.R.A.F.T Challenge having won the Honour Prize for being the first of the Top 3 for challenge number 540 with this card here.

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The theme/topic for this new challenge is Spring/Easter. The sponsors for this challenge, with digis as prizes, are QKR Stampede and Oddball Art.

Sponsor 1: Oddball Art

The prize is a $10 voucher for Oddball Art.
Sponsor 2: QKR Stampede


Company Bio:
Do you have a sense of humor? Are you looking for a cute stamp? Then, we are the company for you! QKR Stampede is the somewhat cute somewhat quirky rubber and digital stamp company. We Showcase the artwork of Ken Herrod, who had a unique, somewhat quirky style with lots of humor and character. You are sure to get a chuckle out of our stamps! We have been offering our unique stamps and supplies to the craft industry for over 15 years. At QKR Stampede our images are available as unmounted, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps! If QKR Stampede Stamps aren’t exactly what you are looking for, Don’t miss out on the sister companies: Eureka Stamps,  Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions.
The prize is 5 images from QKR Stampede.

I chose the imageSpringtime Bunny digi stamp from QKR Stampede. Here is my card:

I resized and printed off the image onto Make-It Colour Blending Card – then set to colouring.

I used a variety of browns, some warm greys, a little yellow and a little pink – and went for it. I wasn’t initially pleased with the way the bunny looked – but the more I left it and went back to look at it, the more I liked the effect. I think there is certainly a cartoony and fun feel to the card – so in the end…………I do like it.

I then looked for some pastel paper or card stock to be used as a background, and came across an old Phill Martin paper pad – it’s a Christmas paper pad with Christmas designs on one side – and on the other side there are some lovely pastel solid colours……..so a Christmas paper pad used for a Spring/Easter card……

I die cut the layers with Sue Wilson ‘stitched circles‘ die set, and the bottom square layer embossed with a Sue Wilson embossing folder.

I looked for some embellishments to use – including Nuvo drops….but went with three pastel toned sticky dots, and added some white gel pen as highlights. I never know where to add these white marks – no rhyme or reason where I put them – again – I kinda wing it!

There’s some fabulous creations from the Design Team, and I do hope you can come and join us.

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Allsorts Challenge anything in the animal kingdom

Use Your Stuff spring

Ellibelles March ChallengeSpring is in the air

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

‘Y’ for Youngster

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at ‘The Alphabet Challenge’ and this time the letter is ‘Y’ – so we want to see your projects for ‘Youngsters‘. Here is my card:

I used a Boogaboo digital image called ‘Clyde Birthday‘, resizing and then printing out onto Make-it Colour Blending card.

I looked through my range of Copics for some colourful and varied colours and came up with what you see, using three of each colour family. Once coloured, I let him dry for a while, then added some glossy accents to the balloon…….

Yes – I know there is glossy accents all over the image – one of my cats came to ‘help’ at just the right/wrong time – and the glossy accents smeared over the dragon head – so instead of reprinting and re-colouring – I smothered the glossy accents over the whole image of Clyde…………….! And I like it!

A photo where I captured more of the glossy-ness:

As this was a colourful card for a youngster, I added some DSP behind in layers – I think they are Stampin Up – and actually the colours matched quite nicely.

Of course – as no-one has staged an intervention to stop me using Tonic Nuvo drops – I added some in the top corner, as I felt it looked a little bare.

The sentiment is from MFT, a clean and block sentiment – a style which I felt suited the card.

Before the ‘accident’ with the glossy accents, I was going to add some white gel pen lines to the image – but that obviously couldn’t happen now…..maybe next time. I found colouring this image quite a joy – and I usually find colouring a chore on larger images……

this kind of card isn’t my usual style – I don’t make cards for the children/youngsters, but I really, really enjoyed putting this card together – maybe another string to my bow?

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, and I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Catch the Bug Challenge anything goes

Allsorts Challengeanything with wings

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Inkspirational – animals – real or magical

Digi Choosday anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Happy Holidays

Hello there. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – anything goes Christmas.

Here is my card:

I didn’t have much time to prepare this card, so I am pleased it came together quite quickly.

I began by stamping the branch image from a freebie stamp set several times onto a piece of Make It Colour Blending Card, and coloured the small leaves with three green Copics. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I was going to add it to the card base as it was, but decided it looked a little too plain, so I added the red strip down the side, and then went ahead and added some Tonic Nuvo drops – and added more of them, then more of them. I really, really, really, need to know when to stop adding those……….but I do like the little bit of added dimension and colour they give.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge, and I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicksmust have stamping

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas with option of vintage

Crafty Creations anything goes

Cactus Hugs

Hello again. I have been crafting quite a bit this week – no work, and hubby has been away, but returning shortly. I shan’t get much done and posted for the next few days, as I’m also going to an Indigo Blu crafting retreat – 3 whole days! At Indigo Blu!

Hopefully I’ll get to try some new techniques. We’ve been asked to take a pasta machine and things to roll clay with – I’ve never worked with clay before, and I don’t have a pasta machine – hopefully someone will share………..!

So, this may be my last post for a few days. Here is the card:

I used one of the new stamps from Clearly Besotted – ordered Sunday on their release day, and arrived yesterday.

I took a piece of Make-It colour blending card and planned my layout. The first things I stamped were the three cactus, using Gina K Amalgam ink, then stamped again onto masking paper, masked them off, and stamped the shelves. Well – I say shelves – but they are actually tag stamps from another Clearly Besotted stamp set……………and the top shelf didn’t stamp well, but I didn’t notice until I had removed the stamp – thank goodness for s steady hand and a black art-liner pen!

I then used a range of Copics to colour them – three shades of green for each cactus – changing the tones on each one – so a total of 9 shades of green.

The sentiment is from the cactus stamp set, stamped into a little tag, fussy-cut, and stuck down onto the little ribbon already stamped.

Quite a bit of planning went into this, even though I was following a sketch layout, and is a CAS card. I struggle sometimes with the layers – which to stamp first, which can be masked – but I think I’m getting the hang of it – front first, then work your way back…………..I think….!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenges shades of green

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes with option of green

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

The Card Conceptphoto Inspiration – using shelves, and green and white, and a CAS style

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS option light blue (option not taken)

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Hello Little One

Hello once again. I said yesterday I was have a craft-a-thon – well it continues…. Here is a card I made today:

I was inspired to use this Mama Elephant stamp set again – it came to mind straight away for a few challenges.

I stamped the images onto Make-it colour blending card stock with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, trying to match the colours for one of the challenges.

Looking at the colour again – I have no idea why I coloured the little boy in the pink instead of the blue……….no idea. Oh well…..!! At least he’s got a blue scarf…….. 🙂

The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle, as is the cloud speech bubble.

Very clean and simple but I think quite effective.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASolgy Tall

Just Add Ink smoky slate, petal pink, soft sea foam

Simply Less Is More CAS big and small

Colour Crazy Challengeatg colouring

Christmas Corners

Hello again – some more time in my craft room this morning, I decided I wanted to colour some images, so broke out my new Clearly Besotted stamp set ‘Christmas Corners‘ and set to it.

Here is my creation:

I stamped the images in Gina K amalgam ink, chose some colours:

and once coloured cut out using my Scan’n’cut – always a little nervous doing this as still getting to grips with that machine, and always wonder if it’s going to miss an outline or something – in this case it was perfect.

I stamped the sentiment on the card base, then adhered my mouse and baubles images, and attached to a 7×5 inch card base – my go-to size of card.

I also added some Ranger ‘Glossy Accents‘ to the lights, and some white gel pen for highlights, then let it dry before I stood it up to take a photo.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Clean and Simple on Sunday CAS big sentiment or word

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas with option making own background (option not taken)

Crimbo Crackers Challengeanything Christmas or Festive

Colour Crazy Challengeanything colouring

The Sisterhood of CraftersCAS