Saturday, April 22, 2017

Baked Sweets- colouring digis

Hi there

Its good to be able to share my relaxing hobbies with you! Today I decided to spend time colouring a digital stamp by TiddlyInks.


Its called 'baker me some' Its an adorable stamp. I know there are people who think its not as nice to colour a digi stamp as a rubber one but I look at them the same.

In this card I used both paints and water colour pencils to colour the images which were then fussy cut out. I have been using derwent water colour pencils and Kuretake paints together. The paint I used is usually whatever is left over on my palette but I also added distress inks as well but you can't tell the difference as such.


At the end I added the words 'let's bake' which were cut out of old cardstock,I had in my stash.



Hope you like the card

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day 4 of Fun Easter Class- Masking and Backgrounds

Hi there welcome back to my easter cardmaking classes. At today's class the kids were taught masking and backgrounds using multiple small stamps.




Dom Chose to use Inkadinkado coastal stamps while Lee M chose florals by Alte New. An oval shape was cut out of copying paper using mft die-namics stitched dies and adhered to the front of the card. Then with the choice of 3 stamps and 3 dye inks the background of the stamp was made as they stamped on 3 sides.



I then guided them to use the 3 different stamps to fill in any gaps in the background making sure not to repeat the designs right next to each other. After removing the oval shaped mask, the background was masked over and the inner piece coloured using distress inks. Using white embossing powder the text was stamped and embossed.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Day 3 Easter Fun Card making Class

Today was Day 3 and I wanted to do something a little different with the kids. I decided to let them play with distress oxides to create a background for their card and to add a shaker element to the card as well.

I wasnt sure they could handle the inks so I worked with each one on their card but the designs are totally theirs. I just provided little guidance as they were also using the reinkers for the oxides and I wanted minimum wastage.

The first background Lee-M did was this one. I noticed she was quiet when she die cut the hole in the front. So I asked if she liked it and she just shaked her head as in 'no'. Here is the inner circle from the first card.



I asked if she wanted to re do it and she said "yes". So she started again and this time her smile lit up the room and she asked if she could print it on paper and I said sure let's do it. So we printed it on paper and cardstock.



From then she was very talkative and couldnt wait to finish the card. which she did here.


Dom was not feeling very well but he did do a very good card as well for a 7 year old. I was so proud of him. I had told him he didnt have to come to class but he said he wanted to.


They both said they can't wait for next week... neither can I....

Well thanks for stopping by...Have a great Easter!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Using paints with colour pencils

Happy Easter to All

Today I want to share with you a simple card I designed using a digital stamp, watercolour paints and colour pencils.



This very cute painter is a digital stamp from tiddlyinks.

My theme was simple, design the background as a watercolour painting with splashes of colour everywhere. So using the kuretake paints in my palette I began to create a background of colours. There is red, orange, blue, dark blue, green, orange/brown, purple.

Using distress oxides , you can just see a splash of pink, but there is also blue and green that I blotted on the backdrop.

I then coloured the image with the same colours and using derwent watercolour pencils , I added more depth to the image with upward strokes ever so lightly. I also added glitter glue for a shimmery look.

Hope you like the card and if you have questions feel free to ask it in the comment section.

See you tomorrow when I tell you about Day 3 of my Easter Fun Cardmaking Classes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day 2 of Easter Fun Card Class

Hi, Welcome back

The kids and I have been having a lot of fun in class that we want to share with you. The theme of the card today is more eggs but we have added some easter bunnies to hep us find the eggs. Can you find them?



The materials used for the cards were cardstock, stamps, watercolour pencils, paint brushes, die cuts, pencils and ink pens.

The stamps used were from Clearly Besotted 'woodland kisses' and Hot of the Press 'just a little greeting'



I coloured my images using Derwent water colour pencils and Kuretake paints while the kids used staedtler water colour pencils.

I first die cut circles using MFT die namics dies. Then with the inner circle out lined they stamped their images keeping in mind that they needed to leave space for other additions to the cards. The other dies used were from Avery Elle Picket Fences Die

The bunnies were stamped and painted and the eggs were drawn, painted and fussy cut out. Then they each had to work out how they were designing their cards before they stuck anything down.

Here are their designs


Check back tomorrow for another day in our easter fun class.

Altering stamped images

A friend of mine asked me to design a card for her daughter who is currently a student nurse. She wanted the theme to center around nursing.



Using stamping bella's stamp 'thinking of you Abella' I made an adjustment and added a nurses uniform and hat. To do so, I first stamped the outline of the
girl and I drew the nurses uniform onto the stamped image and then cut out the pieces.



Using the pieces, I traced them on white cardstock and painted using left over paints on my palette. I pieced together the parts and painted a background. Now the card was supposed to remain like this with just a message simply stamped on the card but I made a few errors and had to cover up with some stickers and a tag.



So don't be afraid to adjust your stamps. Give it a try!



If you like my card, please feel free to leave me a comment! See you next time....

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Day 1 Easter Fun Class

Hi there

Welcome to a special segment where I showcase cards made by myself and two of my students as part of their classes during the Easter Vacation.


Dom and Lee-M are 7 and 9 respectively and though I did not plan to have a Card Camp for Easter, here I am having one.....on their request.

Today we did some easter egg cards designed by just doodling on oval shapes. I first precut the cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and then scored at 4 1/2. I die cut the oval shapes on one half of the card using my sizzix big shot machine.

We drew our own designs in pencil first and then coloured with markers. They used faber castel markers while I used copics. I told them while they were doodling just have fun and don't think too much about the design, else it would not be spontaneous enough.

After colouring the eggs, we glued a piece of cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 to the inside of the front of the card and fitted the coloured eggs back into the shapes made at the front of the card. The kids then chose their embossing powders and embossed 'Happy Easter' on a piece of cardstock which was then adhered to the front of the card.

Here are the Dom's and Lee-M's cards respectively.




They would really appreciate your comments on their cards.

See you tomorrow for Day 2.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Day 5 CritterFun - A Sunny Hello

Well it's the last day of the critterfun collection. It was fun playing with these stamps and finding new ways to use them.

Today's card features one of Penny Black's 'Sunny Days'. This is definitely one for the guys and any gals interested in football.



It was simply constructed and designed. I first die cut a circle out of white cardstock with lawn fawn circular dies and then using the Penny Black Stamp football as a guide I designed a bigger football.

Using copic markers E00,E57and R02, I coloured the dog. For his leash, I used B00 and B14. They were fussy cut out and adhered to the card. The background of the card was one of the 6X6 papers from the Perfectly Plaid Petite Paper Pack.

The message 'Sunny Hello' was stamped on a die cut banner shape and a strip of the same background paper was added to give the illusion of a loop.

I hope you enjoyed my 5 days of 'critterfun'. See you tomorrow for more card making fun


Day 4 of Critter Fun

Hi there! Its day 4 of 'critter fun' and I have a very cute simple card lined up for you. Its a mother's day card and its called 'Celebrating You'.

For you cat lovers out there or just the folks who like pets, these adorable cats wants to celebrate you.



The image of the cat is from Penny Black's Critter Fun and then through a die cut circular mask, I drew little flowers and leaves around the two cats. I painted the images with a mix of left over paint from on my palette



The stamp 'Celebrating You' is from Impression Obsession clear stamps.

I finished the card off with some pretty paper I have had in my stash for a while and some ribbon for a cutesy effect.

Hope you are enjoying my 'critter fun' collection and I look forward to seeing you back here on Day 5.



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Day 3 of critterfun





Whew its day 3 and I tell you its a challenge to keep whipping out these design ideas. Today's card came together because of little errors in the paper that required some creative adjustments -the added strips of paper on the card.......

To start, I first die cut the area for the cat using the circular die from'My favourite things' circular stack and the other from Art impressions Sweet wishes in the red piece of cardstock



Step 2- The inner cut was made through the yellow piece of cardstock to reveal the white area of the actual card below. Then with pencil I traced out the shape of the die and stamped the image of the cat from the art impressions try fold set garden window.


The card was then put together and I added a thin strip of gold for effect.

Hope you like today's card and please leave a comment on my blog.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Day 2 of 'critterfun'

Welcome to day 2 of 'critter fun'. Today I am showcasing stamps from simon says stamp birthday celebration and Penny Black's critter fun set.



I wanted to do a scene showing critters having fun in the sun. So I decide to use the stitched mountain dies by poppystamps and the slope dies by avery elle. I also used one of the landscape dies by avery elle to create the appearance of clouds. (Don't you find the critters look like the're greeting one another like neighbours?)


As you can see it left a pretty design on the cardstock which I am sure I can reuse in another project. Using the blending tool I made upward strokes which left a soft glow in the clouds.I really like the look and I hope you do too.

The balloon was made using the balloon die from Simon Says Stamp Celebration Time Set and a circular die from my favourite stamps-die-namics. Here is a look at how my balloon was constructed.
These are the different parts of the balloon as you can see, the entire balloon shape is cut out of white cardstock as the backing
A piece of pink foam was then die cut with the balloon and circular die and stuck on with glue
The transparent plastic in the full shape of balloon was added.

Then the last piece die cut with balloon and circular die is added.










Broken china distress oxide by Tim Holtz was used to shape the clouds and in the elephant. The mouse was coloured using Kuretake paints. I often mix media from time to time to get the look I want. You don't have to do this but for me the card has cohesiveness this way!

So I hope you enjoyed day 2 of my 'critter fun. See you tomorrow.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 days of 'critter fun'

Hi there

Welcome back. I know I know I know I havent blogged for a few days. Every so often I take a little break from creating as I sometimes can't stay asleep at night with my mind just wandering on ideas, hence my little time away.

For the next 5 days I will be working on giving you a little bit of critter fun in my cards. I re use the stamps in my stash to be economical as possible because every US $1 I spend is equivalent to $7 in my currency. Thus if I am to continue creating cards I have to be careful how I spend on supplies.

Today I feature a shaker card with an adorable teddy bear from wild rose studio. The card was constructed using two pieces of cardstock. Sandwiched between the cardstock, are foam and a piece of transparency plastic sheet. The sprinkles that add colour and some fun are from Simon Says Stamp. I can't take credit for this construction of the shaker card I remember seeing it on You Tube but can't remember where.

Here is critter fun No 1

Besides the stamp from wild rose studio, I also used Tim Holtz distress oxide worn lipstick for the insides of the circle and the balloons. The teddybear was painted using kuretake watercolour paints which I then cut out and glued on the inside of the circle..

Hope you like this one because there is another one coming up tomorrow.

Don't forget to leave me a comment!

Monday, April 3, 2017

The red barn

I was struggling today for inspiration to make cards so I decided to take a break from it and do some painting.



I just love the pop of red in the colour of the barn. It just captured my eye- being the focal point of the composition, surrounded by trees and grasses so I brought out my paints to play.

As mentioned in another post, I am not a professional painter, this is my interpretation of a picture I saw. You're probably wondering what type of paints I used - One of my main go to is the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours. The colours used were Mid Yellow, Orange, cadmium, evergreen, scarlet red, light brown, brown, dark brown, black, cobalt blue, blue, olive green, green, ocean green, mid green, corn flower blue


The first pic you will see, is where I laid the foundation for the painting using the mid yellow, lemon yellow and a mix of lemon yellow and evergreen, dark brown and corn flower blue paints

Then I added some orange, scarlet red, a darker mix of the evergreen and lemon yellow , brown and a little touch of cobalt blue.

From the third picture, you can see me starting to add more colour to the painting, putting in the branches and the trunks of trees, adding trees to the fore ground and the background and really building on the colours of the barn as well...



At this point, I decided that was it.... I am finished... and added a few stones and some flowers.

Hope you enjoyed my little foray into painting and that it encourages you to try your hand at it....

See you next time...


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Goodies I bought at Simon Says Stamp

Whoo hoo....my goodies finally arrived from Simon Says Stamp and I am so excited to try them out! I got inks, paper, sprinkles and more. Here's a pic of the products after I took them out of the packaging.


First up, we have sprinkles, washi tape and mix and match floral cutouts by doodlebug design with blue and green sequins from simon says stamp


Aren't they pretty...

Embossing powders from WOW. They come in the most adorable colours ever 'sweet cheeks' and 'misty sky'.



Perfectly plaid 6X6 inch paper pack by lawnfawn will certainly make for great layouts and accents



Two stencils -one by Simon says stamp and the other by Tim Holtz and a die cut from poppystamps inc. I also got a jar of Texture paste from ranger


I bought just one stamp, the image is a cute adorable bear with gifts by Wild rose studio


Last but not least Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks and reinkers



So thats the end of my list of goodies.

Thanks for dropping by. See you next time.