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Sunday, 28 August 2016

NBUS Flower with a Pop of Colour

If you read my last post you know I did a black and white with a pop of colour butterfly. After I finished colouring the butterfly last night I still wanted to try the same idea with flowers but rather than go with some of my ornate flower stamps I wanted an easy one. 

The butterfly I coloured comes with this outline flower that also has a fantastic inset stamp thats all busy with wee little designs, but that will need to be used another time. 

This time I decided to just use the outline stamp and admit this stamp has been sadly neglected. It is not new but had never been inked up. That of course will be
fixed now as its beautiful to colour.

I am totally in love with the grey copic colouring and the depth I feel I achieved here.
I was going to go pop of colour green again but decided on yellow instead. 



I started out with Y02, Y06, Y08 and Y17 but wasn't happy with the depth, something was missing. So I added another colour into the mix and left out Y02. I added YR14 which gives that brilliant orange burst on tips and coming from the centre. I added a wee bit of brown to the centre for depth and to separate from inner petals then a bit of white gel pen for light in centre of both coloured and grey flowers for highlight. 
Finished off with Wink of Stella on the coloured flower only and then added a few enamel dots within that pop of colour to finish it off. I am planning to give this to a friend for her birthday and have stamped inside. I hope you like it.

As its a Hero Art stamp I will also enter this into A blog Named Hero Challenge with my Pop of Colour. So even though I am only just getting an entry in I have managed two so happy with that.

Would also like to enter this in HLS August CAS Challenge which is masking as there was plenty of that and I think its CAS enough.  
Of course I want to enter this at Darnell's NBUS Challenge #7. This is a brilliant challenge that Darnell runs at different times and the main rule is to use your NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff) and I think its brilliant. How many people out there have stamps, dies, papers they have purchased then not used. Some of us (myself here) are willing to admit we have a trailer load or two of schtuff that meets this criteria so its perfect. This stamp meets the criteria of never used before. So thats one.

 Love entering Seize the Birthday as they take anything birthday and then add twists, but you can do either twist or just birthday. This card is without the twist, which is tags.

Thank you so much for coming along








My Favourite Butterfly

 I've been sick laryngitis then became a cold with lots of coughing and feeling yuk. I've missed so many of my favourite challenges but last night I was feeling good so did some copic colouring. I really wanted to go in a few different Challenges that we going with the one splash of colour idea and thoughts had been bubbling. I was going to use some different flowers  but lacked the energy so 

I got out my favourite Hero Art butterfly, stamped and cut out a few masks and did this
really easy layering.

I was so pleased with this last night. I did the greys in C-1, C-3 and C-5, I wanted the green to really stand out so went YG01, YG03 and YG25. I finished it off with some light grey shadow and went to bed happy.


Then I just had to play some more. I decided to add those lovely little white dots that Kelly and Kathy use so well. It just didnt work for me. I just had to do it all, then sit there looking t it and hating it and thinking of trashing it. Start again but I was not feeling so crash hot this morning so just removed what I could by fingernail then went over with the colours again and left it as that. I'm not happy with my end look but finished the card off and will use it and at some time will do it again just so I feel happy. I added a few green dots after trying out a number of different ideas, placed very strategically to cover random Copic drops. Liked it as it was and just couldn't decide on a sentiment and decided to leave as is for now and add sentiment when using. Could use for any occasion.

I am going to add this to A Blog Named Hero as this month is about to close and they are doing 'A Pop of Color' and you need to use their products so the butterfly fits right in.
Also there is a wonderful challenge at Scrapbook Boutique that is also closing soon and their mood board was perfect for this card. Finally CAS-ual Fridays CFC155 which is black and white with a Pop of Colour. I am hoping I am within bounds by using greys, if not I will remove from the challenge. Actually I just realised that  this green is the green closest to Peridot so I should also enter the Simon Says 'Work It Wednesday'  which is also closing soon.

Thank you for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.






Monday, 22 August 2016

Happy Birthday Masking and Watercolouring

Welcome back everyone. This time its two cards and I think I have caught up as much as I can before I babysit the grandkids tomorrow then go back to mum and dads for a few days.  Went straight from migraines into a cold that has decided to stay and make me feel blahhh. I will have to mask and glove up when I go to mum and dads but as all my siblings and my daughter chose to leave the country at the same time, its just me. Mind you after they go to bed at night theres plenty of relaxing and blog checking just no crafting.

I will survive, I will not go into withdrawal, I will.....lol.

First card I am using the floral stamp from Inspired by Stamping and its called
Plumeria. Its one of my favourite stamps at the moment, looks so pretty and easy to watercolour.



I have masked and stamped the original four flowers and added at the bottom and on the side to give me a really lovely bouquet. The main colour used is pink Zigs and a wee bit of yellow.


The photos are not doing justice to the colouring as they are wonderful IRL. I then die cut
with the postage stamp die from MFT. Because I sued quite a bit of water to get the colours to sit as I wanted the piece of watercolour paper warped a bit.



I attached the panel to a piece of foam which helped to straighten it a bit but will need to put a couple of heavy books on the finished card just to help. I finished the card off but mounting the panel on a 
 5 x 5 white card, added shimmer to the flowers with Wink of Stella. attached a Silver mirror card die cut and a few little pink sparkles.




This card I have used a new die that just arrived from 'Lil Inkers' 'Thanks so Much stitched square.
I cut this from a piece of card that I had coloured with copics in the colours on the rainbow. Chose the yellow/ orange/pink/red end.


See this wonderful card it has a pre-embossed pattern very gently pressed into it.
It is flowers, leaves and butterflies and the centre of the card is cut out. Guess what?????? Perfect fit for my die cut sentiment.
Sooooo I attached a piece of acetate on the inside of the card then was able to attach the die cut sentiment perfectly into the space.



I decided I wanted to attach a little flower but added that to the inside of the card. This is one flower from a beautiful little stitched set from Happly Little Stampers Doodle Flowers so beautiful and easy to colour and cut out. This one is watercoloured with Zigs.

Thats it the card is finished and I love it.


Challenges : 

Thanks so Much Card - Copics



Wonderful card for inspiration and I had so many ideas cracking round in my
head and ended up going with the 'Thanks So Much' card, square card, die cutting
mix of colours. And I reckon the flower looks like a burst of flame from a candle
 in the background.


Happy birthday Card, love this flower not only because its so easy to watercolour but also cause it makes me think of the frangipani tree in our front garden.




Happy birthday card, has the Happy Birthday die
 cut as well as the flowers.



The Happy Birthday Card with the pink flowers.




Thanks So Much Blended die Cut panel


Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.













Happy Birthday Masking and Watercolouring

Welcome back everyone. This time its two cards and I think I have caught up as much as I can before I babysit the grandkids tomorrow then go back to mum and dads for a few days.  Went straight from migraines into a cold that has decided to stay and make me feel blahhh. I will have to mask and glove up when I go to mum and dads but as all my siblings and my daughter chose to leave the country at the same time, its just me. Mind you after they go to bed at night theres plenty of relaxing and blog checking just no crafting.

I will survive, I will not go into withdrawal, I will.....lol.

First card I am using the floral stamp from Inspired by Stamping and its called
Plumeria. Its one of my favourite stamps at the moment, looks so pretty and easy to watercolour.



I have masked and stamped the original four flowers and added at the bottom and on the side to give me a really lovely bouquet. The main colour used is pink Zigs and a wee bit of yellow.


The photos are not doing justice to the colouring as they are wonderful IRL. I then die cut
with the postage stamp die from MFT. Because I sued quite a bit of water to get the colours to sit as I wanted the piece of watercolour paper warped a bit.



I attached the panel to a piece of foam which helped to straighten it a bit but will need to put a couple of heavy books on the finished card just to help. I finished the card off but mounting the panel on a 
 5 x 5 white card, added shimmer to the flowers with Wink of Stella. attached a Silver mirror card die cut and a few little pink sparkles.




This card I have used a new die that just arrived from 'Lil Inkers' 'Thanks so Much stitched square.
I cut this from a piece of card that I had coloured with copics in the colours on the rainbow. Chose the yellow/ orange/pink/red end.


See this wonderful card it has a pre-embossed pattern very gently pressed into it.
It is flowers, leaves and butterflies and the centre of the card is cut out. Guess what?????? Perfect fit for my die cut sentiment.
Sooooo I attached a piece of acetate on the inside of the card then was able to attach the die cut sentiment perfectly into the space.



I decided I wanted to attach a little flower but added that to the inside of the card. This is one flower from a beautiful little stitched set from Happly Little Stampers Doodle Flowers so beautiful and easy to colour and cut out. This one is watercoloured with Zigs.

Thats it the card is finished and I love it.


Challenges : 

Thanks so Much Card - Copics



Wonderful card for inspiration and I had so many ideas cracking round in my
head and ended up going with the 'Thanks So Much' card, square card, die cutting
mix of colours.


Happy birthday Card, love this flower not only because its so easy to watercolour but also cause it makes me think of the frangipani tree in our front garden.




Happy birthday card, has the Happy Birthday die
 cut as well as the flowers.



The Happy Birthday Card with the pink flowers.




Thanks So Much Blended die Cut panel


Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.













Let Your Dreams Take Flight

 I actually have three cards in this post as I am so far behind in what I wanted to do and don't want to be inundating you with post after post after post so will maybe do two today.
This post has a Unicorn Balloon and a couple of cards using the same Sentiment.


For this card I have used a digital black and white image and coloured it with Copics and added the string for the balloon and and few extra stars. 


When I saw this unicorn on another blog I just thought it was so cute so I purchased him and a balloon reindeer but thats for another post. I couldn't resist colouring in the colours of the rainbow. This is Elysha's favourite colouring style so I know she will love this card/ After colouring I added a blue outline then added dots to the outline. I coloured the stars with gold gel pen and the unicorn horn is also gold gel pen. 


Finished it off with the black string for the balloon and the  stamped 
sentiment. Thought this card would be idea for a few challenges I wanted to cover this week.



 This next card is for another couple of challenges and was a real quicky. I actually did the three cards within 30 minutes, some days it all just falls into place and being single layer without embellishments it makes for a quick card.

I love this sentiment and wanted to make it the feature of the card so stamped it first. Then looked at my other stamps for an idea. I was thinking human and looked at Gus as I have a few of grumpy old Gus but I had just received this stamp which is in a set of this cute little chickie in different poses and with sentiments. He is from Stamping Bella and I love him. Its that real 'oooh well I just cant do anymore look', for me anyway.

I have only used the stamp from this set and the sentiment is from Serendipity Stamps.
I have coloured the chickie and bricks with copics.



No other embellishments as I liked what I have.


This next card uses the same sentiment but this time I have put it with my Hamster.

I coloured the hamster with copics using lots of dots to give the illusion of fur.


He is so cute and I have done him with this sentiment before but this time I fussy cut him and mounted on some dimensional foam.


There you go quick cards and quick post.

Challenges :

My Unicorn balloon




My Unicorn




The sentiment of the Unicorn card fits.



The card with the sentiment between 10 to 70
and has the Chick on it.





The card with the stamped sentiment and Chick against the brick wall




Stamped sentiment and Chick on brick wall


Thanks so much for coming to have a look at them all and hope to see you again soon.