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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Whoopsi Daisy number 2

I am so enjoying colouring these cuties I decided to show another. It is another Whoopsi Daisy image and gave me as much fun to colour and embellish as only a fairy can...


I still haven't torn myself away from my promarkers and having had my colour palette increased by the generosity of a special friend, I am being able to experiment more and more with combinations.

Having done the colouring, I then cut the image with a die cut and used the same shape for a matting layer...for this I used some textured paper with amazing brown colours (I was feeling a bit Autumnal) that I have had for years, loving it but never using it.

Then it was embellishment time...let's start from the top...  


...firstly a few pearls for the flowers in her hair.


Then some Diamond Stickles for her wings.


I used some skeleton leaves that I also stickled...realising that the nature of 'skeleton' leaves means that glue goes straight through them. So I started holding them and waving them about hoping they would dry quicker...they didn't !!! So then I placed them on acetate and kept lifting and moving them to stop them sticking too much...

Whilst writing this...I have just realised that sticking them in a bit of oasis would have made much more sense.... derrrrrrrr.


Finally, before mounting it all on a card blank covered with an Autumnal green paper...I made my very first flowers with a die.  This is my one and only flower die and is a Marianne Collectible design, I used green vellum and after shaping and putting together I added a pearl to the centres and stuck them in the corner with the leaves....

I hope you like seeing this as much as I liked making it.

Love and hugs and thank you for visiting...

ps....you can find this and loads of equally gorgeous cuties HERE



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

2 or more designer papers at Hobbybook Designer Challenge

Well it is that time again...a new challenge over at the Hobbybook blog. This time it is using 2 or more designer papers, so what better than using some of the lovely papers over at Hobbybook. I decided to use Scrappy Strawberry Scraps papers and then cheated a bit and used some elements from a freebie I got from Hobbybook when I first discovered them many moons ago. What better to go with the papers than the new improved version of Strawberry Swirls (I must admit I loved the original too...).



Firstly I coloured the image using promarkers, I keep meaning to give my watercolour pencils an airing but I need all the practice I can get with the promarkers...


Earlier in the year I got myself the trolley dash from Card Making World and included in the mega bundle were some templates for card shapes, I keep forgetting I have them but I really wanted to do a stepper card and the template saves all the bother of measuring etc. I printed it with two of the papers from the set, a plain cream and a spotty one. I used the same spotty one and one with strawberries on to make a topper.


The final touches were some strawberries from the freebie sheet, my original idea was to use my new decoupage glaze I had treated myself to. Plan B came into effect when I realised I had no idea what safe place I had put it in....so they were glittered with stickles instead...


So there we go, the sweet smell of strawberries can almost be sniffed in the air and Strawberry Swirls is in her element. 
I hope you like it and will join in over at the Hobbybook Designer Challenge Blog....

ps....watch out for something new and exciting coming to Hobbybook fans really soon... xx

You will find the papers and images HERE
and
the Hobbybook Designer Challenge Blog is HERE


Love and hugs and thank you for visiting :)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

My First Whoopsi Daisy....

A while back I managed to buy myself a few Whoopsi Daisy digi stamps but it has taken until now to get around to finishing the process of printing, colouring and making into a card. There are a couple finished but this is my first and as it is sitting in my lounge making me smile, I thought I would share it with you all....


I so love this image and I am really pleased with how it turned out. 
The first step was the colouring and, as per usual, I used my trusted promarkers...


I had a bit of a mind blank about a background, I went through my many neglected paper pads and found this one of clouds, I loved the colours and they seemed to work with the image. I also had some digi backgrounds from Card Making Downloads, they were sunsets with beach, again a perfect match but I didn't like the look of a whole sheet and so just cut a selected section with a die (sorry, I don't know the make as it was bought second hand without packaging) and my Big Shot...

I still hadn't decided quite how to do the water, I hadn't coloured it as I felt that, eventually, I would come up with a solution....this solution came in the form of Crystal Lacquers that, quite literally, fell at my feet....


This just left a few finishing touches...first a pink, summery, gingham ribbon...tied in a bow and fixed to the background...

...and then a little bit of bling for this little cherub. Those that know me will tell you how rarely I wear make up...this is not pure laziness...I love the look on the other half's face when I spruce myself up to go out, it would not have the same effect if I wore it daily. Mind you, we haven't got out for the past couple of years, maybe I should surprise him one day...
 Ooops, I am digressing....the subject of makeup came up as my lack of wearing it is more than made up for by the way I use it on my cards, eyeshadow for chalk, nail varnish and nail velvet, caviar and glitter for a bit of embellishing...and...I have had a pack of nail charms from the eurostore for a while and decided it was just right to put in her hair...


and so there we are, all put together, I hope that you like it as much as I do... 

You can find this and many other digis HERE

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

All About Kids at Hobbybook....

We are looking for your makes for kids over at the Hobbybook Designer Challenge for this fortnight.....I had an absence of mojo, a few futile ideas and the distraction of two teenage boys making this rather difficult for me. When I did decide on an image...Bethy Snowball...it all came together.

I do like to try something new and since I bought a Big Shot off a friend at a bargain price a while back, I decided to see how I could make a shaped card with minimal dies in my collection. I cut the card blank (with alot of trial and error) and did matching layers in mirri card and the coloured image...



I then embossed the mirri card with a dotty embossing folder and mounted it onto the card base and then added the image on top....I added some card candi in the corners too...


I had coloured the image with my trusty promarkers and added a small border with the pastel blue that I had used around the image. I then glittered the bottom snow and some 'snowballs' I had added at the base of the card..


Nearly done, just a few more finishing touches....firstly a nice pastel pink bow...

...and finally Bethy needed a snowball all of her own...

and there she is, the cutest Kid in town.

I do hope that you will join us in the 'All About Kids' challenge Here
and if you would like this image, then you can find it HERE

Thank you so much for dropping by, I really appreciate it....
Love and hugs, Sarah