Sunday, 31 July 2011

some more Art Journalling

OK... so I have gone a little Art journal mad lately... it is fun.. and I'm still working out what and how I want to do it... well I have a couple of journals going... I am doing The Greeting Farm's Heart Journaling "challenge" and so here is the double page spread I did for last weeks "spread Your wings" Assignment!

and then at Intermediate Certification we received a journal made from Xpress It card! whoo... so lovely!! And Mandi had one there with a few pages in it... and I was INSPIRED again LOL! So this journal will be more "Clean and Simple" .. .well - we'll see... it will MOSTLY be Copics though! :) Here's my first page....

The stamps are from The Greeting Farm... Blush Bonnie and Babette (loving them!) xxx

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

an Inky Farewell

Today is my last day posting for Inky Impressions... I've had such a great time as an Inkette and want to say a huge Thanks to Nicole for having had me on her team (it's been a great privilege) and another BIG thanks to Tanya for all her work in organising us all!!! :D

To say goodbye - I had a lot of fun making this "cya" card... I used my most favourite Inky stamp... Angelica's Heart Socks ... and I stamped her up 3 times... fussy cutting around all of them ... although for two of them I'm sorry to have to say but for my plan to work I had to cut her head off ... I also when stamping rubbed off her hair that covered her shoulder with a baby wipe ... Then I replaced their heads with those of Winter Fashion Marlee and Lili's Present. I think it worked out quite well! :D

Wishing you all hugs and Happy stamping!!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Copic Intermediate Certification

Whoo hoo... I have a badge! lol! I got this on Sunday at Intermediate Certification .. taught by the wonderful Mandi-Lee (she is a great instructor :) Thanks Mandi! Here's a pic at what came home with me .. including a few of the samples coloured at the class... N.B ... lots of practise is needed to perfect some of these new techniques! :D

Here is a card that I have made in the last day(s) to try and incorporate some of the new techniques taught in Intermediate Certification .. I did not "really want" to share this coloured image with you as I am not completely happy with it... I am in the process of changing her "nose" as I realise the shading there is wrong! Also one thing I am still working on and will need to KEEP working on is incorporating contrasting colours into my shadow! Anyway if I keep being too critical on myself I will never share anything here... so I'm putting it up LOL!

The image is the gorgeous Lemonade Girl from Spesch stamps .. she sure is lovely don't you think?? I do!! :D

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Inky Impressions :: Ria's recipe challenge


There is a new challenge now on at Inky Impressions and it has been set by the lovely Ria who would like us all to follow her recipe of:
1 image, 2 embellishments, 3 papers and some stitching (faux or real)

so this is my card.... I have used Hazel baking cookies... isn't she a cute Koala! lol! I know Koalas are not meant to be pink tee hee... but she is very pretty in Pink!

The MME paper is a new paper pad I bought from The Craft Queen .. I bought a bunch of 6x6 paper pads and they came soo quickly I was thrilled :D

thanks for stopping by ... hop on over to the Inky Challenge blog to see all the gorgeous DT creations!!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Lollipop Ladies :: Princess Cake

Good morning! Hope you are nice and warm and dry... it's pretty wet and cold here in Sydney today! Perfect weather for sitting inside with some coffee and cake maybe? lol... how about a pretty princess cake??? That's today's inspiration over on The Lollipop Ladies blog with the extra challenge being to add some pearls ...

and this is the card I have created for the challenge... using Blush Bonnie with the crown of Creeper Thursday (from The Greeting Farm). I have used the sketch from Jen's Deconstructed Sketch challenge... it was a fun one to follow!! Thanks Jen!

sorry the pic is not the best... bad weather and all that jazz is my excuse!

Friday, 15 July 2011

some more Art journaling

OK.. so I am enjoying this art journaling... although kinda going my own way about it and still finding my groove/ style? or maybe my style is something eclectic! lol!

Here are the next two pages I have done....

Page No.2 - This was done the other night... I wondered how my copics would go directly onto the journal page... it's quite soft paper.. so it does soak in a bit... not something I would do every day.. but worth a try! lol!

I stamped Sweet Thinking Mae.. from Some Odd Girl with Memento Ink.. then coloured her with Copics... I added the butterflies and flowers in later with a multiliner.. although I kinda wish I had not done the flowers... too late though! I was pretty cold and sick of being sick... hence the "Bring on Spring"!

The next page ... Page No.3 is a bit more complicated... I painted the page white and used the end of my paintbrush to doodle some swirls in the paint whilst it was still wet... once it was dry I used my various inks... dropping the ink directly onto the page and then moving the page around to get the ink to drip/ move... it did move mostly into the grooves left from the paintbrush... so I did a few layers... for the sand I dropped on splotches and dabbed it with a wet one to make it look rougher! I then stuck on my images (coloured with Copics in Xpress It card) and added some extra dots here and there with Copics and multiliners ... It's a kinda sweet little scene.... I used Oliver and Amelia Summer Fun and the head of Blush Bonnie and the tail from Mermaid Anya all stamps from The Greeting Farm!

a closer look....

I think I was wishing a bit for some warmer weather still hehe!

I am going to enter this into the One Stop Craft Challenge - summer time!! :)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Farm Fresh Friday challenge

Hello!! Yay! I'm almost better ... finally! This silly cold has taken ages to go away!!

Just got to catch up and do some crafting with my friend Ginoak - we decided to make cards (just scraping in I think) for the Farm Fresh Friday challenge which is Christmas in July! I never feel right making snowy/ winter wonderland cards for Christmas as it's so hot here in Australia in December... but it works brilliantly for Christmas in July and especially right now when it feels like it must be snowing on the mountains!! lol!

I have used my new Creeper Piper! LOVE her... especially her hat! I used paper that I received when part of the Oh, Alice Design team and we were sponsored by Nikki Sivils.. who generously sent all the Mad team members some kits to work with!! I LOVE this paper pad and don't really like using it all up but I decided to splash out for this card!

thanks for stopping by.. Hope you are all doing well and keeping warm or keeping cool if you are overseas in the extremes to us!!! :D

Copics used: {{ will post here ASAP .. just have to sync my phone where I wrote}}

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Art Journal :: Page no.1

Good evening!! I hope that all is well in your part of the world :D Tonight I wanted to share with you the first page in my NEW art journal! I was inspired to start this journal by the beautiful Jess who has shown several journal pages and links to tutorials... I was also inspired by Jen and her gorgeous art canvases .

so anyway, Jess gave a bit of a challenge on the weekend to use butterflies and glitter in an art journal page.. and well ... it took me a while but I got there .. finally!

I've used stamps from The Greeting Farm ... the new Blush series :)

Here are some close ups ...

thanks for stopping past!!

Pinwheel Panda

Good afternoon, I have a quick card to share ... I have used one of the new stamps from Some Odd Girl... these arrived yesterday and they are sooo sweet!! :D This is Pinwheel Panda....

He's been coloured in with N markers and R24, 46, 59 and B00, B12

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 11 July 2011

There is a new challenge starting today at Mad for Markers and we would love to see your PINK and YELLOW creations .. this is the card I created for the challenge...

I've pictured the Copics used in with the card but I will list them again for you so you know what went where....

the colours used are:
Face: R0000, R000, R01, RV91, R81
Dress: R81, 83, 85
Socks, R81, R0000
Hair: Y000, Y21
Bling: Y23, RV66
Ribbon: Y21

Image: Blush Babette from The Greeting Farm
stamped on watercolour card ...

I've been having a bit of a play with watercolour card and copics... This was one attempt colouring directly onto the creates an interesting effect - it soaks in very quickly + bleeds heavily but it can be fun to see the ink moving.... but I must warn you that this does soak up your ink... so if you don't want to use up lots of ink at once then stick to the smooth blending card!!

I'm still battling some type of yukky virus/ cold/ flu thing ... so might not be about much in the next day or so .. think I might actually head back to bed! lol

Friday, 8 July 2011

spesch stamps RELEASE day!!!

Happy release day!! Great news... the wonderful new stamps you've been seeing here and on the Spesch stamps blog and on all the fantastic Design teams blogs are available TODAY for you to purchase! YAY! :D

Now you still have not seen them all.. so here are the others.. and this top one Is my favourite.. Oh, I think so it is really hard to choose a favourite though I love them all!

Here is Lemonade girl ...

and here she is on my Rubiks cube

and last but definitely not least this very very cute little Fairy Mushroom Fae!

Here are the rest of the faces on my cube you might not have seen yet ...

a note on the Rubiks cube... this was a cheapy... $2 cube at my local trash 'n treasure store! I like going in there to get craftable goodies... and this was a brilliant idea! It did not work out in theory as well... Now I was always one of those people that could never fix a rubiks cube and thought you had to peel off the stickers, yes! Then when I married my child of the 80's hubby and he had one he showed me how you could take it apart to fix it ... wow! lol... He also learnt the algorithms to fix it tee hee! So I thought he could fix this one with my pictures on it (n.b. The pictures are a bit harder to solve than simple coloured squares due to the face they turn around sideways and upside down. doh!) so when it could not be done and we went to pull it apart it broke... fortunately the glossy accents on top helps it now stay together as the purely decorative piece it is... I still would be tempted to make some more I think! mmm... maybe I should dig out hubby's real one! lol!

Hop on over to the Spesch Stamps blog for the latest on this gorgeous new release!!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

another Spesch stamps preview

Well... today is another preview at Spesch stamps!! It is a gorgeous beachball girl!! she is pretty sweet 'n sassy if you ask me! lol!

Here's my creation ... I have only used her head on this Rubiks cube... I have used the heads of all the NEW images... so I will show you the other faces later this week! Unfortunately I broke the cube... was able to glue it back together but it is now purely decorational! lol!

Check out the Spesch Stamps blog to see the full image of this beauty and to see what the DT girls have done with her!!!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Inky Impressions :: Distressed

Hello!! A new challenge has begin at Inky Impressions ... it was set by Lora who wants to see some Distressing ... she wrote...There is lots of ways that you can distress your creations, like inking, tearing, sanding, roughing up the edges with scissors or a distressing tool.

Here's my distressed card... using Winter Fashion Marlee

Hop on over to the Inky Challenge blog to see all the gorgeous Inkette's distressing!!!

PS. I noticed when scheduling this post that yesterday was post 1000 ... wow!!

It's a Lollipoppy kind of day!!

Good morning! Hope you are all well! I am running behind... I am sick and my head is spinning so please excuse my bad language skills (I have an excuse for once - haha)!

Today is Day #3 of previews for Spesch Stamps ... Are you loving these girls as much as me??
I know I've said it before but they are just amazing to colour! so much fun!! :D

today is the start of a new challenge at THE LOLLIPOP LADIES... it is inspired by the following scrummy photo... mmm ... fairy floss (yummo!) The extra part is to add some fibres :D

so ... here is my creation ... I have used one of the new Blush Society from The Greeting Farm .. this is Blush Bonnie... Oh boy I am totally in love with these new images... so sweet! Marie has done a super job as always!! :D

Thanks for popping by, I'm off to complete some orders and go back to bed I think!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Spesch stamp preview 2

Good morning!!! Today is Day 2 of our previews for our new Summer stamps by Jessica.
and todays preview is another gorgeous image... 'Mushroom Flower'.

These stamps are just lovely to colour!!! So get ready for their release on Friday! :D

Hop on over to the Spesch stamps blog for more sneaky peaks!! :D

Monday, 4 July 2011

Preview of Strawberry girl

Good morning!! It's pretty exciting.. there is a wonderful new release coming out this Friday at Spesch stamps... a new Designer - Jessica has drawn the most delightful images... and so you are going to get some sneak peaks this week....

Here is the first :D

Check out the Spesch Stamps blog to see more of the Design Team using this sweet image!!