15 February 2018

#girlpower - Prismacolour pencil

Strong girls make for even stronger women! Every girl should know she can be anything she wants to be and that she can do anything the boys can, too.

I used a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp set with Prisma colour pencils to make a tall thin card.

Happy Birthday to ME! - Big Shot Plus

My birthday was the 12th of February. My sweetie asked me what I wanted and I said a Big Shot Plus. *grin*

It's a behemoth! It will take dies up to 8 1/2" x 11". There are both steel rule and framelet/thinlet dies that take advantage of the larger format to make larger items, many of them related to sewing projects or boxes. Plus it can cut a larger number of smaller dies all at once.
In addition to the items in the starter kit, I also got a Spellbinders Contour die that makes a dandy little box similar to an old-fashioned popcorn box.

After I tore open the plastic packaging on the Spellbinders die, my sweetie dropped by my workshop and I told him how the steel rule die could cut through a variety of materials like plastic and chipboard and.. Then I realised I had a sheet of plastic just the right size for the die, the packaging it came in!

I hadn't been super careful in breaking into the package so had a tear to work around. I had to trim the plastic to roughly 8 1/2" x 11" so it wasn't too hard to position the die to avoid the tear.

All one piece in just one pass. :)

The partial-cut scorelines put in by the die make it easy to fold the sides and bottom.

A single strip of adhesive on the tab for one side with the bottom interlocking and it was all done.

It makes a great holder for my brushes. My other cups were over-full so this is just perfect.


12 February 2018

Sleep Tight - Through the Craftroom Door inspiration, Prismacolour pencils, die cutting, decor item

This week's sponsor for Through the Craftroom Door's anything goes challenge is Sheepski Designs.

Living in Leeds, Yorkshire in the UK, working full time as a Management Accountant, currently working on 2 design teams and an obsessive crafter and creator of cards. I have no actual style as yet but do love the unusual and quirky. I may be known for producing cards in soft pastel colours.
I love anything arty. I've always drawn stuff, for as long as I can remember. In my younger days I sold a few watercolour paintings. I recently found mixed media which is a joy and love creating canvases with flowers.

I had a battle with digital drawing for about a year and finally found some software I could gel with. January 2016 a challenge team I worked on was short of a designer's images to create with so I drew some. I opened my shop a month later so I could sponsor challenges and give something back to the crafting world, to the lovely ladies who have supported me on my journey.
I've a Facebook group SheepSki Designs where I hold challenges, some for fun to win digis as well as my monthly card challenge. I've a SheepSki Designs challenge blog as well. Things are growing slowly (thankfully) so I still manage to spend at least a little time with my hubby :D

Using Sleep Tight, I created a wall hanging of a sleeping boy and his room. The image is coloured with Prima watercolour pencils paired with a variety of die cut items and Kaisecraft Beyond the Page frames.

Come join us in the Through the Craftroom Door challenge this week. It's always Anything Goes! The prize this week is 3 images from our sponsor Sheepski Designs.

09 February 2018

Here Leezard - watercolour, stencil, masking, single layer

A few (well quite a few) years ago there was a movie with a HUGE lizard that got a tie-in with a fast food restaurant with a Chihuahua as it's mascot. The movie was Godzilla and the fast food place was Taco Bell. One of the adverts, the dog, looking for a really big meal was calling, "Here, Leezard, Leezard, Leezard." From the very first I saw this stamp, I thought of that advert. So... here he is in the city with his big big bone from a big big leezard.

This project uses a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp set and a stencil made with an Impression Obsession die. Distress ink and water brush for the dog and Clarity brush for the stencilled city.

04 February 2018

Love you - Resist technique, #MyMonthlyHero

All in the name of love, resist-ance is not futile. It can make some really pretty cards.

I fashioned this Valentine card using the emboss resist technique, a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, and the January 2018 My Monthly Hero kit.


01 February 2018

Love Story - Sheepski Designs, Prismacolour pencils

The challenge for this February on Sheepski Designs challenge blog is Red, Hearts, Romance, and/or Love. My inspiration piece combines Fantasy Romance with all of those. Come join us with the challenge.

Fantasy Romance depicts an elven couple in a loving embrace. The alternate image, included in the download, added wings to the male.

I coloured the image with PrismaColor pencils and used an Umbrella Craft die to create a scalloped heart window to frame them with a heart-filled paper.

Sheepski Designs challenge blog: https://sheepski-designs-challenges.blogspot.ca/

Sheepski Designs Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sheepskidesigns

29 January 2018

Nixie - Through the Craftroom Door inspiration, Prismacolor pencil and Mixed Media

This week the sponsor for the Through the Craftroom Door challenge is Oddball Art!

Artist, Poet, Fruitarian............. Lizzy Love is a perfect combination of sweet and sour that glitters up the grunge! Easily lose yourself in her artistic realm of sometimes spooky but always delightfully cute, big eyed waifs and their animal friends. Lizzy’s whimsical, one of a kind dream world is easily recognizable by her signature style of creepy yet cute, all the way from the haunting darkness to the rainbowtastic, her original creations are lovingly sprinkled with a heartbreaking sweetness. Though she is completely enthralled by her Twinkling watercolors right now, Lizzy employs many different mediums when she creates, from drawing to painting, sewing and cutting, the end result always being the same; A gothic fantasy land painted in soft pastels and neon colors; filled with big eyed beauties, creepy little cuties and quirky monsters of all shapes and sizes. Lizzy Love’s artwork includes original paintings both acrylic and watercolor, giclee fine art prints, art dolls, digital and rubber stamps of her characters , hand painted merchandise such as bags, tshirts and more..... limited only by her imagination the possibilities are endless. http://www.oddballartco.com/

For my project, I used the Cute Whimsical Big Eyed Fairy - Nixie the Pixie. I coloured her with PrismaColor pencils and added her and her mushrooms to a wall hanging with Graphic 45 paper, stenciling, Distress Oxides, chipboard embellishments, and embossing.

As usual, the theme for the Through the Craftroom Door challenge is Anything Goes! Come join us this week for the chance to win 3 digital stamps from Oddball Art!

22 January 2018

Summer Selfie - Distress ink watercolouring

Summer colours in the middle of winter, yes please. Oh Snap! Are you ready for the summer selfies?

The Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps image is coloured with Distress ink and waterbrush with just a touch of Perfect Pearls. The stencil background is from My Favorite Things and done with more Distress ink and Clarity brush.

I decided to show how I do watercolouring with Distress to colour images, so the Putting It Together is a bit picture intense.

20 January 2018

Time to Relax - calendar tag with watercolour paper piecing

A Chill bear just chillin' is the perfect accompaniment to a small calendar 'cause it's Time to Relax.

This tag features a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp set with Distress ink watercolouring and paper piecing on felt.

For Everything - lace glitter

This card features a simple thank you on a shaped card with glittered lace.

The stamp set is Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, the lace is from Joanns, the glitter is Silk Microfine from Elizabeth Craft Designs, the die is from Scrapbooking Made Simple / Sizzix, and the embossing powder is from Wow!.

Cardinal - Prismacolour and die cutting

In folklore, a cardinal is a recently departed soul that has come to visit a loved one. The day after my brother's funeral, his youngest daughter had a volleyball game for school. Several of the relatives who where there for the funeral went to the game. When they came out, a single cardinal was in the tree saying "pretty, pretty, pretty." My brother enjoyed going to see his daughter's games. Loved one may leave us, but love stays with us forever.

On the front of the card is a stamp by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps which I coloured with Prismacolour pencils. Inside die cuts from Impression Obsession and Memory Box with a sentiment from Unity Stamps.

The Shot - Prismacolour pencils

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps newest release includes this fun set, Stacey Slapshot. I coloured the image with Prismacolour pencils and paired her with glitter paper, embossing, and snowflake die cuts.

17 January 2018

Saddle Up - Distress Oxide and Distress ink watercolour, calendar tag

A calendar for a friend who has a horse and will be stepping into a new job in the new year. Keep calm and Saddle Up!

The calendar features a horse from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, a sentiment from Elizabeth Craft Designs, and a background of Distress Oxide.

Memorial for Dave - sympathy card with glittered die cut, embossed vellum, watercolouring, paper flower in an easel

This was both the hardest card I have ever made and the most rewarding in so many ways. This is the memorial card I made for my brother who died at the beginning of January from brain cancer. I made the card between the time of his death and our departure to Texas for his funeral.

The stained glass is for my brother's faith. The poppy is for his service in the military. The poem is about flight and was his favourite. Blue is for the colour of the sky and the branch of the military in which he served. The clear rhinestones are for his purity of heart.

The "putting it together" section is long and has a lot of pictures since this was a very long and involved project. Prepping the images and writing this post is, like making the card, both difficult and rewarding, part of my grieving for my much loved brother. I will miss Dave horribly. I know so many others will as well.

15 January 2018

Tea? - Through the Craftroom Door inspiration - watercolour with die cut frame and embossed background

This week's sponsor for the Through the Craftroom Door challenge is Pattie's Creations. For my inspiration card, I present to you, an invitation to tea.

I am an Artist and Internet Technology Specialist. I have created my very own character and her best friend, her name is Pattieboop and her best friend is a very petite CAT named Allie. I love to draw and create my own digital images to use while crafting. My digital images that you find here are mine and i want to start sharing them with you. I am applying a small fee for my images and i know you will just love them.

Come join us for the challenge this week at Through the Craftroom Door, the theme is always Anything Goes!

01 January 2018

Late! TTCRD blog challenge inspiration - oil pastel & Prismacolour pencils

The White Rabbit is famous the world over for his fear of being late. His pocket watch guides his way to keep his appointments.

For this week's inspiration for the Through the Craftroom Door challenge, I used 2 images from Polkadoodles Winnie Wonderland collection, I'm Late and Pocketwatch, to create my belated birthday card.

This week's sponsor for the challenge at Through the Craftroom Door is Polkadoodles! Come join the challenge at TTCRD, the prize is a voucher for 3 digis.

Polkadoodles was formed in May 2009 by husband and wife team Nikky and Kris Hall.

Nikky has crafted all her life since being a small child and was recognised throughout school for her Artistic and Calligraphy skills. Although she did not go to Art College after school, her career involved working in the media, print and packaging industries where she gained a wealth of experience from designing adverts to planning TV and Radio advertising, PR and Photography campaigns for large Corporate clients. After many years in this field she moved into Print and Packaging, working closely with studios for clients such as Cadburys, Mars, Nestle, Tesco, Disney, Boots and many other large Corporate clients.

As a Freelance illustrator and designer Nikky also designs for many other Crafting brands - often anonymously - and her artwork can be seen on many other products on the high street.

Hello Augie - Sheepski Designs challenge blog inspiration - oil pastel, Prismacolor,

Hello! This little bear is peeking from behind the door to welcome you to the birthday celebration!

This card features a brand new digital stamp from Sheepski Designs, Augie, and is my inspiration project for the first challenge of the year for Sheepski Designs. The theme for the January 2018 challenge is Anyhing Goes! Come join us for the challenge.

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