Tuesday, 9 January 2018

It can't be that long ..... can it??

Hello everyone
I am sure that looking at the date I last blogged, many of my followers will have moved on to pastures new but I do hope that once I start blogging regularly again they will soon come back and have a look at what I am doing these days.

Life got a little bit - shall we just say "hectic" - work was becoming a nightmare and that meant that my home life was suffering a wee bit.  I had no enthusiasm for creating and very little time to do it when I did feel like it.

So, I made a momentous decision and decided to take early retirement from the job that was getting me down so much.  Oh boy, am I glad I did!  I feel sooooo much better these days and now that I have more time on my hands I am enjoying my crafting again.

So much so that I thought I would like to be on a design team again - I do enjoy the camaraderie between the DT members and I just love to colour fantastic images.

So, talking of fantastic images, did you see that Mitzi from Aurora Wings is having a DT call??
Do you think I stand any sort of chance of becoming a part of her DT??
Eeeeek, I would so love to be a part of that team.  Not only do I love those gorgeous little sprite images I am a huge fan of a lot of Mitzi's artwork.

Not only that, but since I have been doing the colouring classes over at Kit and Clowder my colouring confidence has grown so so much and I think that I would now be able to do Mitzi's images justice when I colour them.

So, I thought I would give it a go - after all you have to be in it to win it don't you?
Here are some of my Aurora Wings images done in the past, hope you like them and please keep your fingers crossed for me.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Thank heavens for Clarity!

Hi all,
Just popping in to add my card for this month's Clarity Challenge.
I hope you are all ready for the Big Man's visit at the weekend??
I have decided that what I don't have now I will just go without!
All shopping done, presents wrapped, washing and ironing (well nearly) all done.
Last food shop to be delivered was Tuesday and that's that!
So moving on.....
Here is the card I have made for this month's Clarity Challenge which is
So I have gone with
and as luck would have it I even have a stamp set to match.
So using the fabulous Jayne Nestorenko Holly and Ivy stamp set, here is the card I made:
I love the detail on these stamps don't you?
Coloured with my Spectrum Noir pencils for a change.

The Christmas Greetings comes from the Bespoke stamp set which you can order here.
I am really pleased with how this one turned out, I hope you like it too?
Well as the title of my post is Thank Heaves for Clarity, let me explain.
I had 35 Christmas cards to make and one day to make them in.
I received a beautiful card from the lovely Maria Simms and with it came the inspiration for my Christmas Cards.
All done with Clarity Stamps and Stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
Here is a picture of all of them.
I have to be honest, they went down a storm. Everybody was really impressed.
Not as impressed as me though - 35 in one day.
Thank you Clarity - you kept me sane this year.
Roll on 2017.
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you.
See you on the flip side.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A bit of Crimson Holly

Ok, so the holly isn't Crimson - however it is the name of this fabulous image which you can find in the Etsy shop of Ching-Chou Kuik.
I just love these images, they are a joy to colour.
You can find the image here.
So without further ado, here is my version.

I am so pleased with how this has turned out.
Who would have ever thought that my colouring could improve so much by just taking some online colouring classes.
If you have ever thought about improving your colouring skills then why not stop by the website at Kit and Clowder.  Trust me, the lovely Alyce Keegan who runs these classes is just the nicest person ever and gives one to one feedback for class work.  There is also a Facebook group too, lots of inspiration, fun and laughs, no dramas just like minded people helping each other out and having fun along the way.
Here are a few close ups for you.
The background is just coloured with two shades of blue polychromo pencil and a touch of purple.

There are 9 different colours on the skin and 4 on the hair.  I decided to add the white dots too.  Seen alot of these and haven't done it before but I quite like it now it's done. What do you think?

I do think the butterfly tends to dominate the picture a wee bit but hey ho I still love the effect.

Am really chuffed with the little robins too. 

I shall enter this into the current challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik which is Christmas along with a few others.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Wicked Musing

Hi everyone.
Blimey, I have been neglecting my little ole blog a bit haven't I?
So sorry about that.
I thought I would pop in and show you my latest colouring.
I don't know how many of you have heard of Kit and Clowder?
They are online colouring classes run by the very lovely Alyce Keegan.
They also have a facebook page here.
I love colouring and I wanted to improve my technique so when I saw the FB group I joined and then joined up for some of the classes too.  Now Alyce runs monthly classes for Pencil colouring or Marker colouring (or if you're feeling flush, you could do both!!)
I do the pencils class every month - well I buy it every month but I am a bit slow in actually doing the classes.
However, when I saw this image from one of my favourite artists I just HAD to colour it up straight away.  I am so so pleased with how it turned out and I wanted to share it with you all.
So, the image I have used is Wicked Musing by Ching Chou Kuik and you can find it here.
Isn't she adorable?? Even if you don't like witches, I still think she is fabulous.
So here is the card I made with her.
I am just tickled pink with how she turned out. What do you all think?
I have used my Polychromo pencils to colour the image and I never, never thought I could make something look like this.
The bricks in my pre Kit and Clowder colouring would have just all been grey - would never have thought to add colour like this!

So, I am going to enter her into a few challenges because I am so thrilled with how she turned out.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

In the Garden!

Hello everyone.
My oh my where does all the time go to I wonder??
Pretty soon it will be Christmas and it doesn't seem like five minutes ago we were putting the tree away from last year does it?
Anyway, on to my latest project eh?
This is going to be my entry for the Clarity Monthly challenge and this month's is entitled,
"In the Garden"
Well, I have to tell you that my garden is full of birds.
Hubby loves to see the birds feeding and consequently we have many many feeders dotted around the garden.
There is a downside to this because under each feeder we have a small meadow growing!! Lol
The birds seem to take great delight in the "one for me, one for the floor" method of feeding. hahaha.
So I have based my In The Garden card on that theme and here it is:
You will see that I have used the large Blue Tit from the Garden birds and feeder set. I love this set of stamps and I really should use it more often.
To make the border I used the square stencil and then used the stencil with the tree at the side of it to make the inner square (obviously leaving the tree out!).
Then I masked it all off and stamped the Briar Rose stamp into the four corners. I didn't want the flower to overpower the bird and I think it worked, what do you think??

Whilst it was masked off I brushed Distress Ink around the border using Twisted Citron and Ripe Persimmon.

The bird is coloured using my Polychromo Pencils and I'm really pleased with how the colouring worked.  The background is done with Pan Pastels and I am really enjoying my new found love for these.  

Then because I couldn't leave it alone I thought I would add some rays of sunshine. Bad move, really not happy with them but hey ho, it's done now.  
Here's the thing, whilst I am adding them I can hear Barbara saying "you can add it but you can't take it away!!!"  How very true, maybe I should have listened eh??
So there you have it, my entry into this month's Clarity Challenge.
Hope you like it.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Autumn - already??

Hello my lovelies.
Oh my gosh, I can't believe I haven't posted since 22 July!!! My bad!
So, how are you all?  Been enjoying the good old British Summer?
Mind you, it has been ok really don't you think?
I love the Summer for the sun and the warmth but I have to be honest and say that for the colours, I do love Autumn.
Anyhoo, best crack on.
Just thought I would show you my latest card.
This one features a new image from the lovely Ching Chou Kuik and it is called Autumn in Far North.  It was produced especially for a colouring event over at Kit and Clowder on Facebook.  Kit and Clowder, in case you don't know, is a fabulous community teaching fantastic colouring techniques.  There are numerous classes that you can purchase or even a monthly colouring class using pencils and one for markers.
Why not pop over and have a look at the website - it really is great fun.
 So as I had done this for the current colouring competition at Kit and Clowder, and also entered it into the Ching Chou Kuik challenge on Facebook, I thought I would blog it and see where else I could enter it.
Here is the card:
I have used my Copics to colour this one for a change. (I usually use my Polychromo Pencils)
I am really happy with how this one turned out and I feel like I'm getting braver with my colouring.
Not sure I have got the blending quite right yet cos I can still see the individual colours, but I'm getting there slowly.
See what I mean?  Mind you I am especially pleased with the woodland face in the background. I lost count of how many colours I used on that. lol
I finished it off with a line sentiment from Clarity which I stamped in Versamark and then embossed with black embossing powder - really stands out doesn't it?
So there you have it.
I shall enter it in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
It really does mean a lot.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Another Guest Designer Post!

Hi everyone
Can you believe it, I was recently luck enough to be chosen as the Guest Designer at Fussy and Fancy after submitting my Monochrome and one other colour project in to their recent challenge.
Of course, I had to say yes! 
So for this new challenge Fussy and Fancy are being sponsored by:

The very sweet and generous
Diana is offering 
 a special prize
for one lucky winner!

So I thought it only right that the card I submitted for this challenge should feature non other than little Tilda.  I haven't coloured one of these up for ages now.
I used the Christmas Tilda with Cat that I stamped up ages ago.
I love these colours for Christmas - soo pretty don't you think.
The image is coloured with my Copics for a change.

Then simply layered up on dark aqua card and then onto a piece of Stampin Up paper that I have had for a while. 
The gorgeous ribbon comes from Crafty Ribbons.

The die cut I have had in my stash for a while now.
Gosh, get me using up all my bits and bobs like this. Lol
So there you go then, my GDT card for Fussy and Fancy's current 
"Christmas in July" challenge.
Hope you like it.

I shall enter it into the following challenges too: