Saturday, 7 July 2018

7 Kids Ocean Challenge

My first challenge post for 7 Kids Craft Store! So excited! Our theme for the next 2 weeks is oceans. I chose Stamping Bella's Pisces from the Zodia series. She's so gorgeous, and perfect for an ocean theme! Also stamped on my page are Capricorn, which you can get HERE and Gemini, which unfortunately is no longer available in the store.  

I coloured the image with Copics, going for an ombre effect on the top. After she was coloured, I then fussy cut her with scissors that are WAY too large for fussy cutting LOL! If anyone has ideas of good scissors I could get... please let me know in the comments! 

Since I just got this EPIC planner from the 7 Kids Epic Weekend, I decided it would be fun to decorate a page. I used Distress Oxide inks to create the ocean and the sandy bottom, then I cut out and coloured some seaweed using miscellaneous dies from my stash. The bubbles I drew with a multi-liner and a white paint pen. The little fishy is from a Greeting Farm set that I can't remember the name of.

Here's one that's a little more close up. 

Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to join the Ocean Challenge, click HERE

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

7 Kids Design Team and another ATC

Well, Gang! Lots of changes happening these days! As you probably already know, I "lost my mojo" there for a while: it wasn't a good time for me emotionally the past several months, but I'm back on track! I was able to go to Idaho for an EPIC crafty retreat, and that was what helped me get back to colouring and creating again.

Thank you SO MUCH to Kelly Neis and her company, 7 Kids Craft store, for putting on the retreat, and to Jammie Clark for having me at her place and letting me use all her crafty supplies! As a direct result of that weekend, I was asked to join the 7 Kids Design Team, beginning in July. I am so honoured and excited! 

My first project is an ATC created with this adorable kitty stamp by CC Designs called Cutie Cats. I coloured him up with my copics and then fussy cut him out for the card.

For those who don't know, an ATC is an Artist Trading Card and is only 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in size. I used Catherine Pooler paper, which you can also get from the store (and there's a 30% off sale happening RIGHT NOW, but only until the 4th). I just noticed, however, that it's currently out of stock. It's fabulous paper for colouring with Copics. Personally, I've found it to be pretty comparable to Copic Xpress It card stock. 

First I pencilled in my background, then I traced it with my black multiliners and coloured with copics. And here's the final result! Thanks so much to Amy Young for inspiring me to try my own backgrounds!

Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to join us for bi-weekly challenges over at 7 Kids, follow THIS LINK to our FB page! And don't forget about the 30% off sale going on right now until tomorrow, July 4th!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

My very first ATC and 7 Kids Sunshine Challenge

I've heard a lot about ATC's over the past few months, but I never actually tried making one until now! What is an ATC, you ask? It's an Artist Trading Card and the defining feature is that it's only 2.5" x 3.5" - so basically a miniature one-sided card. There are all kinds of swaps of these little guys, and it's super fun to have the art of a bunch of different people at hand for inspiration or just because they're awesome and fun to look at! 7 Kids Customers Create FB group recently had a swap, but I missed that one. After seeing all the gorgeous little cards, I felt I NEEDED to try this for myself! 

The stamp set I used is Little Mermaids by The Greeting Farm from the 7 Kids Craft Store, which, by the way, has practically EVERYTHING you could possibly want for creating beautiful cards, scrapbook pages, planners, etc. I was going to link the actual stamp set, but it looks like it's no longer available, but check out all the other cuties from the Greeting Farm HERE.

I used a crazy amount of Copic markers for this tiny little card!
By the way, you can get Copics from the 7 KIDS store, too!

And speaking of 7 KIDS... their FB page is holding a challenge currently (tomorrow is the deadline, so better hurry!) with the theme of Sunshine! Here's a link to the challenge if you'd like to join in! I'll be entering this little card into the challenge as soon as I'm finished typing up this post :)

Have a fantastic day! Hopefully it's nice and sunny wherever you are! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

It's Been a While!

Hello, dear Followers! As you've probably noticed, it's been nearly 2 months since my last post. This has been due to some personal issues and things beyond my control. With those issues came a very severe lack of "mojo" which I'm still trying to get back. Hopefully this is the first of many projects in the near future!

And so, without further ado, Here's my Design Team project for Challenge #138 on the Creatalicious blog! The theme is Anything Goes with the option of adding a Sentiment!

For my project, I used Flying Elf, a beautiful image by a company I've only just discovered - Fabrika Fantasy! What a gorgeous image, eh? I coloured her and her Dragon Pal up with Copic Markers, then created a sky background with the blue marker B00

Adding the background really made the image pop, even though there is still a lot of white behind it. After trimming the edges, I glued it onto a  black die cut border from Gina Marie Dies. The sentiment "Sometimes we all just need a little Magic" is from a retired Kraftin' Kimmie stamp set called Galadriel, by artist Annie Rodrigue. 

The lovely flowers and silver spiral stamen I purchased from 7 Kids Craft Store and are made by Wild Orchid Crafts. They carry quite a few varieties of flowers in various colours and sizes, as well as several different colours of the spiral stamens. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I've linked to the various stores and challenges - all you have to do is click on the coloured words. And speaking of challenges - here are the ones I'm entering this card into.

Creatalicious Challenge #138 (as Design Team Member)
7 Kids FB challenge - glitter/shimmer 
Petal Lu FB challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, 5 March 2018

Conie Fong's Curly Piglets

Oh my stars and cotton socks, Conie Fong's new image Curly Piglets are just the CUTEST!!!!! You have got to check them out! Aren't they adorable!?!? You can get your own HERE. Check out the rest of her images on her Etsy Shop!

I coloured the two cuties with Copic markers and used a corner rounder to create the rounded edges. Add a little faux stitching with my Staedtler Liner and voila! focal image done!

The chipboard sentiment comes from Make it Crafty (they have all sorts of fun stuff in their store!) I've coloured the top layer with pink Copics to match the little Piggies, and the bottom layer I've coloured with black. 

I've been really loving this yellow satin ribbon from Stampin' Up! lately. It's been in my stash for years, but I haven't used it much! Doesn't it complement the ribbons on the piggies beautifully? 

The lace on the other edge wasn't part of the original plan, but I accidentally cut the designer papers too small on one side, so.... 

Accidents are just opportunities to be creative, right? Right?!?! 

You can't see it in any of my pictures, but the sentiment is covered with Crystal Effects (another brand is Glossy Accents), which creates a nice glossy texture on whatever you cover it with. I love the feel of it once it's dried!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Let's Craft and Create with Aurora Wings!

It's time for another Challenge over at Let's Craft and Create challenge blog!!!!  Yay!!!!! This month's theme is Anything Goes with the Option of Easter. Click HERE to see all of the inspiration from the Design Team and join in the fun!

For my card, I've used Aurora Wings' adorable Spring Sprite (Get her on Etsy or Website) P.s. she's on sale on the website and you can get her with or without the bunny ears! Is she not the cutest little thing you've ever seen in your life?!?! I just love all of the Sprites (in case you hadn't noticed hehe)

Aurora Wings is also holding a monthly challenge on their blog! This month it's a BINGO challenge, and you'll definitely want to join in. It's super fun! Here's the board. Notice there are colours as well as embellishments/elements on each square? Well, here's the cool part - when you choose your line, you can use either the colour or the element; a combination of both; or use all of them! I decided to go crazy and do a DOUBLE BLACKOUT, meaning I used all the colours and all the elements on my card. It was challenging, but oh, so fun!

The lovely flowers are from Petal Lu. The button, yellow ribbon, linen twine, and the Elegant Eggplant card stock are all from Stampin' Up! The paper doily and background paper were part of a gift from a sweet friend, Susan. 

The sentiment is my own handwriting using a Black Copic marker.

Any links in this post are highlighted and you can click on them to get to the various challenges and stores. 

Thanks for stopping by! You should definitely join in on BOTH challenges! 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New Design Team!

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to announce that I have just joined a new Design Team! Creatalicious is a Challenge Blog that has 2 challenges per month, and I'll be joining the design team that goes live the last day of each month! Today's challenge:

Challenge #134 ANYTHING GOES with optional girly. Click HERE to see all the design team projects and to join in!

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Heather Valentin of Lacy Sunshine! She creates gorgeous digital images (and colouring books) for all your colouring needs. Click the highlighted words to get your images and colouring books on her website or on Amazon!

For my card, I used Rory's Orchids, which you can purchase HERE. I chose to do a monochromatic colour scheme with just a pop of pink to brighten it up!

Copics Used: 
100, C7, C5, C3, C1, N0
Y38, Y19, Y15, Y13
RV13, RV21, RV00

I chose similar colours from my stash of card stock and designer paper and cut them into various sizes to give a layered effect. The black piece I cut with a die in my Big Shot, but the rest are just cut with a paper trimmer. The card base is Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White card stock and measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. 

The lovely flowers are from Petal Lu <--- click to join her FB page and see all the pretties!

I've never actually tried colouring in black and white before. It was quite the challenge but also really fun! It takes the guesswork out of matching colours at least! hehe :) I wanted it to have a little bit of colour, though, so I added the yellow and pink. I have to say I really love how it turned out and will definitely try this technique again!

Thank you so much for popping by! Here's the link again to join in the challenge! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

7 Kids Ocean Challenge

My first challenge post for 7 Kids Craft Store! So excited! Our theme for the next 2 weeks is oceans. I chose Stamping Bella's Pisces fr...