Monday, 9 July 2018

Home - Sugar Pea Super Guest Designer Post #1 - VIDEO

Hi Everyone, I'm absolutely thrilled to be Guest Designing for Sugar Pea Designs over the next three months. I've been a fan of theirs since I started crafting and the first thing I bought was the Home Sweet Home SugarCut and so I thought it would be nice to start my term by showcasing this. I have used it quite a number of times, making it one of my most used dies. 


I have a video to accompany this post, which you can watch here, or over on my You Tube channel.




I took an A5 (UK sized) piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and cut it in half and started inking up a galaxy background with some bright distress inks. In between the bright splotches I added some Black Soot. This highlights the bright spots and makes it into the galaxy. I need some more practice using the Bristol Smooth I think, as it is so smooth I felt it didn't blend as well as I'd like.


I then took some white gouache and mixed some up with water to make splatter and added it on top of the panel, along with some Clear Sparkle Pen.

Then I took some white card stock and die cut out the SugarCut Home Sweet Home and the SugarCut Homescape. I was very careful to remember to keep hold of the little windows and the heart and the piece between the M and E! I then stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Sentiments - Home set.

I cut all the pieces down to fit an A2 (US) card base and adhered the galaxy background. I then popped up the die cut pieces with some foam tape, adding in the little die cut out pieces with some multi medium matte.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll be back again soon with more SugarPea inspiration. Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Love Nature

Do you ever wonder why you spend so much on craft supplies, especially colouring media, when you can use your children's pens and get really great results?



A while ago to entertain the kiddies one day after school we got out their blow pens and I decided to join them with my own stencils and I used this gorgeous one from Simon Says Stamp that I got some time ago and just haven't used to its full potential. 

While they were occupied using pink, purple and orange on balloons, I pinched three colours, two green and a yellow, and with just a basic white card blank I used my stencil and blew gently to create the pattern. You do have to blow fairly gently and steadily, something the children still have to work on.

With my Lawn Fawn Love die and some scrap green card I had, I die cut three and layered them up to get some dimension. I added the 'nature' from my SSS One With Nature set with some VersaFine Onyx Black before placing the 'Love' above.



Simple and yet so effective. It won't put me off buying Copics, but I may play with more of my kids supplies too! I would recommend washing your Blow Pens out after use - especially if you've had other children using them too. They do store quite a lot of moisture!

Happy Crafting Everyone :)

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Birthday Guinea Pigs - with exciting news!

It was my sister's birthday recently and I couldn't resist reminding her of one of our little pets from when we were growing up. We had two guinea pigs, one called Gnipper (after Dennis the Menace's dog), who lived for 6 years and then Pip who sadly only lived for 2. We loved those little piggies. Both Abyssinians, but Gnipper was the ginger, white and brown one with the tufty hair and the one I based my card on.


I took a piece of Copic friendly card stock and stamped a couple of images onto it and happily coloured away to try to get brown, 'white' and ginger. I then fussy cut one out.

On an A2 (US) white card blank I masked a rectangle in the centre of and got my mini cloud stencil from MFT and inked up rainbow clouds. I then die cut some grass for little Gnipper to stand behind and attached it to the bottom of the inked panel before deciding I needed a frame, so I die cut one from my MFT rectangle frames and attached it around the inked centre with some foam tape. All that was left to do was attach my furry friend in the middle with some foam pads.



So now you've got this far, I have some exciting news for you. I was asked some time ago to Guest Design for Sugar Pea Designs for 3 months from July - September. I know! Can you believe it? Little old me getting to play with some of my favourite stamps - what's not to like? Look out for my first post coming up soon. You can read more about it on the Sugar Pea Designs blog where you'll see this crazy picture....




Happy Crafting :)


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Swim By Anytime

Hello! I'm getting in a very quick post as a last minute attempt to get a card in for the current Copic UK Facebook Group challenge. As usual it's anything goes, but with additional challenge of paper piecing with some Copic colouring on top. Now you know I love paper piecing, and finally I got round to it - only 4 hours to go!


I finally used this adorable diver set from Clearly Besotted called Under the Sea which I hadn't used before - yay for NBUS! - and stamped it onto different pieces of scrap cardstock. I think it's all Lawn Fawn. I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black as I knew I was using my Copics on it later. I stamped his head and hands onto Copic card stock and coloured his head and hands with Copics.

I fussy cut, and I fussy cut, and I fussy cut some more! I then happened across a blue card blank I'd cut ages ago but decided wasn't right for the card. Well, it was perfect for this one. I stamped the diver onto it and with some acrylic glue, stuck all the pieces on top. I added the jelly fish, seaweed and fish around him. I then added a bit of added colour with my Copics, but you really can't see the different in the pictures I'm afraid. I was quite cautious, except with the choice of orange for the fish and jelly fish!!

I then took a wave stencil (mine is from Create a Smile) and with a piece of cut n dry foam, dabbed on some white pigment ink to give some added texture.

The sentiment is also from the set and just stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black onto some white card stock.



I'm linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #51 which is Anything Goes and also Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #329 which I haven't played in for a while and is perfect for this card.

Thank you all for visiting today and Happy Crafting :) 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Bright Butterflies

I'm back with my third and final card to celebrate the launch of new stencils from Uniko. As you'll have noticed from previous posts, I've been really enjoying stencils lately and all that you can do with them. For my final card using the Bright Butterflies stencil I've kept it simple and one layer but managed to get a little bit of texture into it by embossing it.


You have to play around with the layers and the embossing mat, and you may need a shim - I just use an extra piece of scrap paper - to add a bit of extra pressure, but the embossed layer just lifts it that little bit.

I started with an A2 (US) card blank and I embossed on one side of it. Once embossed I kept the stencil on top and using my ink dusters, blended some distress inks over the butterflies and flowers. I used lighter pastel shades like Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Wilted Violet.

Using my stamp platform, I used the sentiment from a Uniko Thank You set I got as a free gift in a previous order. I stamped each element individually using VersaFine Onyx Black, so I could get them as close as I could to each other.


Thank you so much to Uniko for having me and for their wonderful supplies. They are all available to purchase now in the shop.

I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration. Do pop by again soon! Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Scattered Polka Hexagons

I'm back today to share my next card for the mini stencil release from Uniko. This one is the Scattered Polka Hexagons and I thought it would go perfectly with my last purchase from them, the Bee Happy set. I've been itching to ink this up and they go very well together.


It's been an age since I made a spinner and the sizes of the stamps just worked out perfectly. I started by inking a piece of yellow card stock using the stencil with some Wild Honey distress ink to get a tone on tone look.

I kept the middle of the card free from ink and using some Versa Mark ink stamped the heart from the stamp set. I then heat embossed with WOW! Gold glitter. I cut out my spinner element from the panel and before I realised it, I crumpled up and threw the cut out piece in the bin! Normally I keep it to place in the space so it looks more uniform and you don't get the white, but it worked out fine without it.

I then stamped the bee on some white card, fussy cut it and started assembling the pieces. I use my giant roll of 3M tape for the backing as I can cut it to size easily. I also use the MFT spin and slide discs which are light and small enough for tiny stamps like this. I glue one onto a circle of white cardstock with multi medium matte as it's strong and dries quickly. I then place it into the aperture and glue the stamp on top. It flows really well around. I have a video on spinner cards over on my You Tube channel.

I stamped the sentiment onto some black cardstock with Versa Mark ink and again embossed with the WOW! gold glitter powder. I added some vellum to the back so it wouldn't look so stark against the yellow.


The stencils are available now in the Uniko shop. Have any caught your eye? Thanks for popping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Flower Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge

No I haven't gone back to my old days of being on the DT, although I have to say I miss the camaraderie we had, no, I decided after seeing all the great posts from the team and the object of using any previous challenge I couldn't refuse to join in.

This one is for Challenge 17 - CAS. I love CAS and it's a great opportunity to focus on the flower itself. With this one, it's all about the colouring and I even braved some no line as well.


I stamped the Make a Wish image from Clearly Besotted onto some Strathmore Coloured Pencil paper with some yellow memento dye ink. I then got to colouring slowly and with very light layers using my Faber Castell Polychromos, trying my very best to give it some light source. I really struggle with this technique.

I went back in to give it some added depth with some black pencils in all the nooks and crannies as Kathy would say.

I haven't done much in the way of colouring for this current 30 Day Colouring Challenge, so it was nice to sit down and spend some time with me and my colouring medium.



I'm linking this up to the challenge at The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge and also the Flower Challenge #21 Use a Previous Challenge.


Thanks so much for popping by and happy crafting! :) 

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Mehndi Mandala - Blog Hop + VIDEO

Hi Everyone, I'm absolutely thrilled to have been asked to Guest Design for Uniko, a lovely UK based company who makes fabulous stamps and stencils. I have quite a few of their stencils already, so to be asked to use more of them, of course it was an instant yes!

This is part of the blog hop to celebrate the release. You can start over at the Uniko blog, and I'll let you know who to hop onto next at the end of my post. This is the first of three cards made using three stencils. I have a video to go with this one showing you how I made 4 cards in 45 minutes using just one stencil.



You can watch the video here or over on my YT channel :)




I took a piece of A4 white card stock and cut it down to 11 inches as I always make my cards 5.5x4.25 (US A2 sized). I then marked out the middle point so I would know where to place the middle of my stencil.

I placed my stencil in the middle and started blending with very gentle ink blending in Spun Sugar. It's quite light, so I built up the layers gradually. I then put the stencil on top and added Picked Raspberry for some contrast. 

I removed the stencil and then cut the panels to size to fit my card blanks. I picked two different pink colours to fit with the pink on the stencil and background. I then attached them with foam tape on top. I'd like to give credit to my friend Lisa Tilson of My Card Trip whose card I saw using the slightly off set mounting of the panel. It gave me the main idea for this set. I thought a few sequins in pink and clear would be a nice addition.



This is such a gorgeous stencil, and I hope this inspires you to try some stencilling. The new release is available now over on the Uniko website and you can carry on in the hop by visiting Beverly Brown, Uniko's esteemed creator.

I'll be back tomorrow with more. Happy Crafting!

Friday, 8 June 2018

How To - Stencils with Funky Fossils Designs Mermaids - VIDEO

Hello! So if you saw my April and May haul video, you'll have seen the gorgeous mermaid stencil that Sarah Gray from Funky Fossil Designs gave me to have a play around with. I decided when I had a couple of hours to spare (no kids in the house!!) I'd have a good old play with hers and some other stencils I had that hadn't seen much love in a while.

I ended up only using the mermaids in the end - once I started I couldn't stop! - and I filmed the process. You can watch this below or over on my YouTube channel. My camera decided to have a bit of a wobbly at points and I lost some of the footage, but I hope you can still get the gist of them. 



I decided to try something different and not do a voice over for this video. My space in the basement is lovely, but I find the boiler and pipe work can be noisy at the worst times and finding a time to be able to do them is hard. I thought I'd edit it without this time. I'd love some feedback on how you find this. 

Here are the projects I finished. I used lots of different techniques from ink blending to texture paste and glitter - yes I used glitter even though I usually hate the stuff. I even used some of my new distress oxides. They really do blend nicely and I suspect I may be saving up for some more :)

1. Coloured texture paste and glitter. 


2. Distress ink and water bleaching


3. Distress ink and texture paste with glitter stencil on top


4. Distress Oxide and splatter


The detail is amazing on the stencil - the swimming mermaid's hair is spectacular - and you can buy this and others in Sarah's Folksy Shop.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. I really am in the mood for stencils right now, so expect to see some more of them! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting :)


Friday, 1 June 2018

Gelli prints on cards - #2

I managed to make another couple of cards from my gelli print session that I mentioned in my last post. I even used up some NBUS!

One of my favourite stamp sets of all time is the Simon Says Stamp One with Nature set and I finally bought the dies in a recent spend there. The main printing was done with the leaves stencil I also bought from SSS. This is such a lovely stencil. In the green card, you can just see the hint of it on the die cuts. I used two shades of green on this print - a sort of tone on tone gelli print.



My second card uses a print I made from all the leftover bits of paint on the gelli plate. I basically gave the plate a light coating of one colour and it lifted all the layers underneath that hadn't picked up in previous prints. Don't you think it really looks like bark? I absolutely love it!



I die cut the pieces then had trouble working out where to put them on the card, so I hit upon the idea, which I am sure I've seen somewhere else, of random stamping and then covering up some of the stamped images with the die cuts. I popped them up on foam tape then cut the pieces that were hanging off the edge of the card.

I hadn't left a lot of space for a sentiment, but the inking was a light grey, and as the sentiment is meant to be a bit wobbly, I thought it would look nice just stamped on top.

Almost a one layer card!! 

Hope you're all enjoying life and keeping on crafting as much as you can :) Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Gelli Prints on Cards #1

Hi Everyone! The weather has been glorious, but I'm a bit glad of the rain today as the garden was starting to get a little sad and wilted, despite my efforts at watering. Let's hope it clears soon for the Bank Holiday weekend!

I've been watching Kim Dellow and Teresa Morgan's gelli print videos lately and decided I wanted to get my plate and paints out again and have another play. There is nothing like playing to get you used to the medium. It helps you work out what works and what doesn't and you usually end up with something you can use for cards at the end. You can watch my first attempt at using the plate in My First Gelli Prints Video.



I decided to try some stencils with my gelli plate. One I bought and one that I made from a die. I've had this Spellbinders die since I first started crafting 3 years ago, using it on this card back at the very beginning of my blog. I hadn't used it in a while and considered selling, but there's something about it that made me keep it. I'm glad I did because it works really nicely on the gelli plate. I just die cut it out onto a couple of sheets of plain printer paper.

I printed this at the end of my session, and honestly I cannot quite remember how I did this! This is why it's important to film gelli plate sessions, if only so I can remember. I think the blue was already on the plate, I added yellow on top and then the red on top of the negative portion of the die.

However I did it, I LOVED the results. It reminded me of  hieroglyphs on an ancient Egyptian tomb - my eldest is currently obsessed with Egyptians!


Hope this inspires you to try out your gelli plate again - some of you have told me they have them or even made them. They can be a lot of fun! 

This has been sent off to the lovely Michelle over at The Card Grotto, who is a constant inspiration and an absolutely lovely friend. Wishing you a fabulous birthday!!

Happy Crafting Everyone!


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Craft Haul - April, May 2018 - VIDEO

Hello! Here I am sharing my crafty hauls from April and May. I combined them as I knew I was going to Happy Stampers in Port Sunlight in May.

I'm over on my You Tube channel where you can watch it, or you can watch below. Details of where I bought the items are in the description on my YouTube video.


Thank you so much for all your kind comments on my GDPR posts of the past couple of days and I'm glad some of you have found them useful. We shall see what happens on 25th May!

I'll be back with some crafty posts soon - I have a lot of NBUS to use up!! Happy Crafting Everyone :)

Friday, 18 May 2018

Further Musings on GDPR....

****Please, please remember I am not a lawyer! None of this is to give advice on the legalities of GDPR or how you should comply. It is my personal blog, and I have done my own research into how I think it relates to me. You will need to do the same!****

So, having caused a bit of a stir with my post from last night and waking up to various questions about it, I'm popping a link in here to a blog post that the lovely Michelle sent me to assuage my fears. It does help to make a lot more sense of it.


The Blogger's Guide to GDPR from PipDig

Please don't just copy and paste what my Privacy Policy says. It relates to my blog and the things I have on it. Of course you can read what I have written, and see if you have similar things you need to mention, and you can then write your own. It has to relate to your blog remember! I have read the privacy policies of crafty friends - it is always useful to see what others have written as they can prompt you to see what you need -  but written mine to relate to me.

Please also remember I have a Blogger blog which is different to how Wordpress works. If you have a business and sales site, this is also different. The link above relates to Blogging. 


It's taken me a lot of conversations with friends, a lot of reading and a lot of thinking about my blog and what it has on it, what it links to and what I decided I don't want on there, such as adverts. In short, it has been a GOOD THING to do. It does no harm to tell your readers what personal information they are leaving on your blog, and telling them what you will do or not do with it, what you link to, what information you sign up to for mailing lists, etc. In fact if anything, it's polite and we all like politeness, don't we?


DO NOT PANIC! YOU CAN DO IT! 

I shall be having a well deserved gin tonight and possibly a cookie. Like a biscuit cookie. Not a computer one.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

GDPR - General Data Protection Regulations - Please read!

*** A HUGE shout out to my crafty friends who have helped me to get my head around all of this. You know who you are and I appreciate it so much!!!***

A little run down on how I've changed my blog to conform with the new EU/EEA General Data Protection Regulations.

I've added a Privacy page to my blog which I would appreciate you reading as it also tells you what I do with the information you send me as part of my bag and destash sales.

I've decided to remove adverts from my blog for the time being as they require cookies for personalisation. I barely make anything from them anyway.

I embed my YouTube videos into my blog posts when I have a video and so, I have, with loads of help from my bloggy friends, changed these so that no cookies will be set on my blog from YouTube. The easiest way not to miss my videos, is to subscribe direct through YouTube.

Any comments you leave on my blog will give me access to certain information such as your user name and email address and if you leave a comment, you consent to me having that information and your name/username being displayed on my blog.


I have a small group of people signed up to my email list with Google Feedburner. By signing up to this, you consent to them and me having access to your email address and user name/name. You can unsubscribe at any time, although I hope you won't! 

I know this has been worrying quite a few people, including one crafty friend who shut her blog down because she was so concerned about it. 

Please do not panic about it, it is simply me telling you that if you engage with this blog in any way, you leave some data about yourself. I have complied as best I can with the new regulations and all I want is for you to carry on enjoying my blog posts and letting me tell you about my crafty adventures and my crafty hauls :)

I do hope you will still engage with my posts and YT videos, and leave comments and likes. It keeps me going and I really enjoy the interaction. I've made some lovely friends since I started blogging, and I'd hate it all to stop!
  
I will be back soon with more crafty fun posts, so do not worry, we will get through this together!

Friday, 4 May 2018

New Destash Page

A quick post to let you all know I've created a Destash page on my blog with details of items I'm selling. Most are half price of the original and are in good condition. Any yellowing and staining of stamps won't affect their use.

Do let me know if you are interested by email - ruthich1976@gmail.com

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

5 Colour Challenge - Copic UK Facebook Group - VIDEO

Hi Everyone, I'm back to share a couple of cards I made to start off the May challenge over on the Copic UK Facebook Group. This month it is using only 5 colours. Now those of you who use Copics or any other marker, knows that can be a challenge, especially if, like me, you enjoy colouring people and critters that can often take up around 20 colours an image. So I used a technique I learnt on my Copic 4 class called colour washing.




My apologies that my photographs don't really capture the colours terribly well. They are muted, which is what the technique gives, but not that muted!

I found a couple of images of these Jane's Doodles cacti that I stamped out ages ago to take with me when I travel and hadn't got round to colouring them yet.

The video below explains much better how this technique works, but basically you lay down your shading in grey and then wash another colour on top. In this case I did remember the colours I used thanks to the video! I used my Toner greys in 1, 3 and 5 and a YG63 and an E23.




It is a really quick and simple way to get a muted effect for your colouring and for colouring in small images.

I then fussy cut the cacti and popped them up onto foam tape on top of a piece of patterned paper from my recent Stampin' Up stash haul. A white card blank and a simple sentiment in the bottom corner kept it very simple.




I hope you'll join in the challenge this month - there are Copic Ciaos to be won! - and try something different too. Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Crafty Weekend Makes #2 - Fairy Power

Thank you all so much for your kind comments about my colouring for Copic 4 that I posted on Sunday. I really do think I have grown in confidence since doing it, and it's made me want to keep practising when I can. I still have so much to learn - light source and shading is my constant bugbear - but when people are encouraging it makes you want to go on! 


This card was made on my recent crafty weekend with Lisa and Steph. Isn't this fairy utterly adorable? It's from a recent Clearly Besotted release and you know I can't resist those stamps.....

I started out by making my background panel with my Gansai Tambi Pearl Colours - yes, I will be getting the Gem Colours at some point, I can't resist these paints! I used them all to get rainbow colours.

I then took three die cuts of the MFT Snowdrifts Cover Up and glued them together and adhered them to the pearl background. 



I then took a long time to work out what I wanted to have on top and I decided with all the pretty colours, the fairy was perfect. I coloured her with the Copics I'd taken with me and fussy cut her out.

It was a pretty quick assembly when I got home onto a white card blank with the fairy on top. As usual, I couldn't decide on a sentiment, so have left it blank. Sometimes a pretty fairy card doesn't need a sentiment, right?



I'm going to link this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is showcasing MFT and also Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by, it is truly appreciated, and as always, Happy Crafting! 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

European Copic Colouring Programme Class 4

Well, it's official, I have finished all four of the European Copic Colouring Programme classes today, with Class 4. Yay! Massively proud of myself :)


Today's class was adding onto what I learnt in Copic 3, folds, and ended with some no line colouring, something I really shy away from, as I struggle so much with light and shade. The folds section really went into more detail with the shading and I think I may be starting to understand.... note the maybe! I shall need to practice a lot more to really test it out.



I also did the colouring on Kraft class in the afternoon which I loved and will definitely try some more. I think the Kraft is pretty forgiving and you get a really subtle look with fewer markers.


As usual Faye was an amazing teacher - and even didn't give me too much of telling off for chatting a bit too much.... it's so nice seeing crafty friends, I can't help it!

Thanks to everyone who bought some of my bags, so that I could invest in more stamping supplies - thank goodness for the pop up shop, eh?

I will be back at more classes in September. They always give me a boost when I've been struggling to colour! If you fancy having a go at any of Faye's classes, all the details are on her website Stampin' Fluff N Stuff.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Crafty Weekend Makes #1 - Stencil background

Hello! Did everyone have a good Easter break, despite the weather? I hope no one is melting too much with the sudden mini heatwave that has come upon us. Towards the end of the Easter holidays, I took myself off for a mini break at lovely Steph's house where we met up with lovely Lisa and spent a lot of time chatting, eating and crafting. Often at these events, I don't do a lot of crafting, mostly talking, but I surprised myself and I ended up making three cards and even tried out some new techniques. Somehow being in a different environment really helps!


I watched Ale Suta's video where she showed how to do this stencil background technique and it really inspired me to try it myself. I borrowed one of Lisa's stencils and several distress ink colours from Steph I don't have and blended away on a piece of Winsor and Newton Bristol Smooth I'd taken with me. I then cut it out with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp.

The stamp is one of my NBUS from Simon Says Stamp which I've just coloured with some Copic markers. 

I just fussy cut the images and adhered it to the background with a bit of foam to add some dimension. I just attached it to a white card blank.


It was so nice to get away and do some crafting and I'm really hoping it will become an annual thing. I shall post cards two and three over the next week. On Sunday I'm off to my Copic 4 class. Time to clean them I think!

Hope you enjoy the sunshine we have for now. Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Craft Haul - March 2018 - VIDEO

So this was originally the smallest haul video I'd done, when I got an email to say a local craft shop was closing down and they were having a closing down sale. As I'd been planning a visit next week for some fabrics, I popped over to Samuel Taylor's in Embsay (just outside Skipton) on Good Friday and picked up some things in the sale. I wouldn't say it was the best discount in the world on a closing down sale, but it's all things I'll use, and I got what I needed. It's not closing until the end of April, so I dare say I'll be back.

You can watch my video below, or on YouTube:


Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Owl you doing? - CAS Colours & Sketches #265

Some of you may have noticed that I've not been posting for my Design Teams on The Flower Challenge and The Card Concept. I made a hard decision to come off both teams last month as I was struggling to manage with it and starting work. Much as I enjoyed both teams, I find it extremely hard to think of cards to make when asked to do so. My hat is off to all my crafty friends who are on Design Teams!

Sometimes, however, I can find the brain power to enter a card that fits a challenge, and in this case it was the CAS Colours & Sketches #265.




I loved the sketch as it was nice and clear and simple. I was sent this image by a kind crafty friend some time ago and somehow it just fit the bill perfectly. I love owls and this had to be coloured in the brightest colours I could find - yellows, orange and pink. 

As I don't have a flag die, I masked one over this Uniko stencil that I got in a recent haul and blended over some yellow and orange distress inks.

I fussy cut the owl and the cute little ladybird and made the sentiment flag myself with an Avery Elle small alphabet set.


It really did come together nice and quickly and simply and it will be going out in the post soon - I have so much happy mail to send it's not true!

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today. It really is very much appreciated. Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Mermaid Week - Day 7 - Honey Bee Stamps - VIDEO

Well, here it is, the last day of Mermaid Week! I hope you've enjoyed all my creations so far. Now this one is special to me because I was given the stamped image on a panel at the very first Colouring Challenge Road Trip in Edinburgh last August. I intend to buy this set as soon as I can - Honey Bee are now being stocked in Dies to Die For - and so I hope you'll forgive me not actually owning it quite yet.


It's a fabulously cheery mermaid and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with her. I wanted to give her the coloured pencil treatment and to use my black pencil for highlights and add a stencil around her just like Kathy does.

I have a speed colouring video you can watch here or over on my YT channel:



I used my Polychromos and made sure I sharpened them often. I'm still not too happy with skin tones - I struggle with this with my Copics as well - but I enjoyed the challenge and the practice.

  
Thank you for sticking with me. I have so enjoyed using up my stash in as many different ways as possible and I enjoyed that they all turned out completely different. The only thing in common was that they were mermaids. Adieu Mermaids for a little while at least...

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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