Thursday, 28 April 2011

For Mummy x

It's my brothers partners birthday tomorrow and can you guess who got the job of making a card for Lola to give to her mummy?? Yep me! Making cards for Neill and Ruth is always a job and a half, because shame on them they're not keen on Tilda! It's been a shock to the system for me because this is the second card running without Tilda on it, think I better call the doctor. I've been messing with painting with the Distress Inks and I've a bit to go yet but I'm kind of enjoying myself just messing.
The papers are Koishi by Basic Grey and inked the edges with Walnut Stain, the image is Rosey Posey by Lilli of the Valley, the sentiment is computer generated and printed onto the fab Safmat by Letraset, the heart that is with the flowers is another fab goodie from Lovin' Ink, finally the flowers, leaves and bling are from my stash.
Please if you get a spare moment or two pop on over to Lovin' Ink, Janet & Michelle have some wonderful products on sale, I highly recommend everything, check out the lace, leaves, ribbons, buttons, buckles, alterables and oh I could go on and on and on!! I LOVE LOVIN' INK!!
I'm entering this into Sketch Saturday

Monday, 25 April 2011

Napkin Card

I'm always amazed at the wonderful creations that can be found when blog hopping and I don't know how I stumbled across this one but I am soo pleased I did. This actually looks harder than what it is and believe it or not I think the folds are the easiest part of it all. This is my second "Napkin Card" I can't show the first one just yet as I've made it for a friend who is expecting a baby boy, I can't wait to send it to her but she's not due for another couple of months!
So let me show you my twist on the "Napkin Card"

It's a little bit different isn't it? Hope the Hen likes it.

Here's what I used -
Image - 20's Evie by Tickled Pink and coloured with Copics.
Backing Paper - Koishi by Basic Grey.
Martha Stewart punch- borrowed from Mummydear(ssshhhh)
Edges inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Flowers, bling and cardstock are from my stash.
The fab leaves - Lovin' Ink.
I did the wording using some Safmat by Letraset, that a friend sent me to try and I kind of think I'll be getting some to play with.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

To Jacci

Sorry I've not been around much again, can't believe it's been 9 days since my last post. I'm still full of cold and been feeling a bit sorry for myself the past few days but enough of me moaning, let me tell you what I've been up to today.
A few weeks ago my wonderful friend Janet invited me to a reunion party for a lady I use to work with at a respite centre for children with health problems and learning disabilities, at first I said "No" mainly because since how my health has been since last year I don't seem to go out as much, long story but for those who know me will fully understand. Anyhow as I've already mentioned I said no to start with but them Janets mum asked if I would go with Janets sister, who is my buddy, well that changed my mind.

So that's where I have been today, at my old work place with my wonderful buddy and my fab friend Janet. It was lovely seeing Jacci again and it was so much nicer having a reunion party instead of a retirement party for her. Jacci is a wonderful, beautiful, caring person, I've know Jacci since I was around 9 or 10 because my friend and I use to go and play with the children when the weather was lovely and if the children were playing out. Another beautiful thing is that I still see one of the children, well she's now a grown woman but she always remembers me and gives me a smile that would melt the hardest of hearts, when I see her it brings so many happy childhood memories back.

Even though I've known about Jacci's reunion party for a few weeks, guess what I did! I didn't realise until I got an email from Janet on Monday night that it was actually this Thursday and I still hadn't made Jacci's card! Had planned on starting it Tuesday but this cold had other plans and I ended up giving in to it and spent the rest of the day in bed. I tried to do some of it Tuesday evening but no matter what I did nothing was going the way I wanted it to, so I left it til yesterday and still the type of card I was trying to do wouldn't play properly, all the folds were right but it was when I was punching round the edges with one of mum's Martha Stewart punches, the blooming thing wouldn't match up properly!! After the 4th piece of A4 cardstock went to waste that was it then plan completly changed and at around 1.30am I was finally getting into bed, knowing the only thing that I had left to do was stick the insert inside and write it out.

Here is Jacci's card

Jacci was chuffed to bits with her card, she didn't have to say anything because the look on her face said it all. It's not the card I wanted to make but I think this one turned out ok. I even shocked my mum when she saw what papers I had used, cheeky woman nearly fell to the floor lol.

Before I tell you what I've used I would just like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Jacci for been so supportive and for all the encouragement she gave me whilst I was working at the respite centre, it will never be the same once you go and I totally agree with Janet when she said "It's the end of an era". 42 years is such a long time. I wish you well Jacci for the future and a few more people like you and this world would be a wonderful place. Love and hugs to you xxx

Right here's what I used.
Stamped Image and backing papers - Lots of Love Tilda  from the "You are so sweet" 2011 collection and can be purchased from Sir Stampalot.
Tilda is coloured with Copics.
Everything else is from my stash.

I'm entering this into -
Papertake Weekly - Truly Dimentional.
Create4fun - Sketch.

Also pop by my friend Janet's blog, she creates wonderful things and I'm sure you'll love them. Visit her blog HERE.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Good Friends!!

I have been wanting to show you this little project for just over three weeks now. I made a card  for my wonderful friend Kathy who lives in the US, then I decided to make her a little something extra. I was begining to think that kathy was never going to recieve her thinks but she told me yesterday that the mail man had finally been. Here's what I made her.
First of all is the card, I'm sorry it's not a very good photo. I think I could be a Lovin' Ink junkie, I just love Janet and Michelle's goodies, the lace and the heart ribbon slider are from Lovin' Ink. I used the lace that why round to look like a little picket fence, I think it works. The image is Tilda picking cherries and coloured with Promarkers. Everything else is from my stash.

This is the little something extra I made for Kathy!!

This is the first time I have made anything like this and I am kind of pleased with the end result. For those who know me, know that for me to say I'm pleased with something I've made is rare, as I always think what I made isn't as good as everyone else's.
So here's what I used.
Image - Sitting Tilda by Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.
Flowers - Joanna Sheen and my stash.
Bling and papers from my stash.
The sentiment inside the frame is by East of India.
I can't think who the blank frame is by but I bought it from Samual Taylors and I think it cost something like £1.90! It has glass in the front and back, I had soooo much fun trying to stick Tilda on the inside without any glue showing, in the end I used a couple of pins and sticky tape.

So Kathy I am so pleased you loved your card and frame. Thanks for been a such a wonderful caring friend, just wish you didn't live so far away but I'll keep working on that magic spell!!

I'm going to enter these into-
By The Cute and Girly with the challenge of "Cute & Girly". Please pop over to By The Cute and Girly to see what the fab dt have created especially Lisa Jane as she always makes wonderful things!

Dragonfly Tilda.

Well here I am again! Not bad considering I feel lilke poop and while sitting here writing this I have a nice hot fresh lemon and Manuka honey drink, only trouble is I can't taste anything! I hope you liked my little Promarker tutorial and you found it helpful. Here is the card I made with the finished image.

I just love this lace from Lovin' Ink and I think it works well as a doily don't you think? I must admit it was tricky trying to stick it to the circle but I got there in the end. I gave this to mum for Mother's Day and she was chuffed to bits with it, she was shocked I'd used so much of the wonderful Lovin' Ink lace and the amount of flowers I'd used. I did own up and tell her that I raided her Joanna Sheen flower stash for two of the blue flowers ha ha ha, well I couldn't really ask her for them really could I??

The two white flowers are Magnolia flowers, the rest are from Joanna Sheen.
I know I keep going on about the lace and things available from Lovin' Ink but it is all brilliant, so go on pop on over there and treat yourselves!!
The image is "Dragonfly Tilda" by Magnolia and is coloured with Promarkers.
Bling is from my stash.
Inked the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.
Everything else is by Craftwork Cards.

I'm entering this card into
Papertake Weekly Challenge, who's challenge this week is "Anything Goes" with the added option on something new.
Allsorts Challenge, their challenge this week is "Bloomin' Blossoms".

How I colour clothes using Promarkers

Seen as I shared with you how I coloured skin and hair using Promarkers, I thought I would move onto how I colour clothes with them too. I've used the same image, "Dragonfly Tilda".

So here we go, I'm going to start with Tilda's pants first and the colours I've chosen to use are Powder Blue, Denim Blue and China Blue. I think these three colours together have a lovely denim look.

Start by doing a base layer with Powder Blue.

Now add Denim Blue where you think the shade will be. Don't worry if you only add a little bit at first as you can always add more later if needed.

Same as before add the China Blue on the area's where you want shade. As you can see I've just added a thin line of China Blue on top of the Denim Blue, so that there is still some Denim Blue showing.

Back to the lightest colour, the Powder Blue, blend all three colours together.

Onto Tilda's top now and I'm going to do this pink and grey. So on two of the stripes and her hat I've added a base layer of Pale Pink.

Add Cocktail Pink where you think the shaded area's should be, don't forget her hat!

And back to Pale Pink to blend the two together.

I don't want the grey to be too dark so I'm using Cool Grey 1 as the base layer.

I've added Cool Grey 2 where the shaded area's are.

Then blended the two together using Cool Grey 1.

Still using Cool Grey 1 I've added some shade to her socks and gone around the edge of the image.

Using a white gel pen, I prefer to use my Pergamano white gel pen, add some little highlights. As you can see I've added the gel pen down the sides of Tilda's top, pants and added some dots to her cheeks.

Then all I had to do was cut her out and I also added some glitter to her wings.

I hope you find this helpful and remember I am by no means a professional, this is my way of using Promarkers. Thanks for looking.