Sunday, 21 June 2009

A couple of birthdays...

Firsty, a HUGE happy birthday to a sweet friend's little girl, Emily, who turned 1 yesterday. Unfortunately I missed the party, but still got to create this gorgeous card for her :)

I really love using these Prima journalling cards that Mel gave me on cards... the funny thing was I said they weren't my style, well.... I take my words back Mel, but they are now my most favouritist thing in the world (well, apart from stamps!!)

The kids also went to one of their friend Hayley's 4th birthday party on Saturday, and I was so glad Al had to do the rushing around from one to the next! I actually modified the cute little Tilda card in the previous post to make it a "Happy Birthday" card, and the birthday girl absolutely adored it! It sure did stand out amongst all the Barbie cards!

I created this layout this afternoon while the kids were jumping all over me, trying to help in any way possible... Erin even had a go at my twinkling H20s!! OMG she was actually really good too --- at mixing all the colours together!! OMG I nearly screamed.. but she was so quiet and obviously engrossed in her work! I sooooo wish I had my camera on hand so I could show you!! She's such an arty little thing, loves drawing and painting!!

Anyway, here's the end result.

It's for Simonne's last sketch challenge over at Scrap Pile. I decided I needed to document my weight loss journey, and here's my first layout. I was trying to find a smaller (before) photo to put in the gap at the bottom right of the photo that's there, but the only one I could find was of me in my pj's, so might have to stick that on later!!

WAHOOOOO!!! I am getting soooooooooooooooooo excited about heading up to Cairns in a couple of weeks to spend some quality girlie time with my bestest scrappy friends in the world!! Leone & Mel, we're gonna have the bestest time ever!!! How many bottles do you think I'll be able to fit in my bag?????????

Right, well, that's pretty much it from me today... I was hoping to get some cards made after the layout, but after my little helpers efforts, I decided to quit while I was ahead! Maybe sleep time tomorrow?????

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Just Magnolia challenge

I've really been enjoying my colouring lately, AND I received these 2 gorgeous stamps in the mail today!!! Yippeeee!!! My first Magnolia's! So, I decided to enter a challenge on the Just Magnolia blog. It's also my entry for the Belles 'n Whistles Guest Design Team member call. So, wish me luck!

It's focus was paper piecing, and I've cut out 2 of the little butterflies in the background and pasted them on, as well as Tilda, holding a flower. I used my twinkling H20s again, but on canvas paper this time, which proved kind of difficult, but I love the end result - nice and textured. I left her arms and plaits unstuck, so they add dimension. I think she's kinda cute :)

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Stamping, painting, blending and colouring....

I haven't had much time to do anything else lately, however today I finally got a chance to put together a few little cards using the stamped images from the swap over at Scrap Pile.

I've used my copics for some and twinkling H20s for others. Comparing the two, I think I'm leaning towards the twinkling H20s at the moment, because I love the soft water colour effect, and the dazzling sparkle is like nothing else! Although I've found that certain images lend themselves to copics, while others are better with a softer look.

I'd love to hear your comments on what you like to colour your stamped images with.

Here are the two I coloured with twinkling H20s...

I just adore this cute little stamp that Sally sent in the swap. I think it may be Penny Black? A pleasure to colour, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out too!

Another one of Sally's cute little swap images. Who could resist this big cuddly bear!

And here are the ones I've used my copics with...

PS Thanks Tammy for the lovely stamped image of Tilda. I know it's been a long time coming, but here she is!!!

I love the rich gorgeous colours of the copics, and the ability to blend the colours seemlessly. A much bolder effect though than the soft pastel colours of the twinkling H20s.

and this cute little critter from the swap as well (I think it was KarenB's???).
I picked up this gorgeous Hero Arts background stamp at the convention last week :) Loving it :)

Thanks everyone for sending these gorgeous images for the swap. I have a heap more coloured, just need some time to make them into cards now!

Friday, 5 June 2009

Testing out my new babies... COPICS that is

I've been pretty flat out with work lately, so haven't had much time to create (on paper anyway), and so I've been playing with my new COPICS during my lunch break... and I just love how quick and easy they are to apply and get great results. My shadows need some work (okay, a lot of work!), and when searching for some help I found this really cool COPIC MARKER DEMO on utube by Amy Reeder Hadley and I am in awe yet again! I just wish I could draw like she can! Check it out if you get a minute. It's awesome!

PS Will hopefully get some time to create over the weekend, so my coloured images can find a home on a card somewhere, and might even find their way on here :) Maybe!!

Belle's n Whistles - check it out!

Belles 'n Whistles

Check out the new Belle's n Whistles site for more of Elisabeth's gorgeous stamps. Elisabeth even mentioned the SASS sketch she did for me is being turned into a stamp, so that will be the first on my list!!