Thursday, August 31, 2017

Happy Independence Day Trinidad and Tobago

Welcome back everyone. Today is a very important day to me. It's the day we Trinbagonians, Trinidadians and Tobagonians or trinis as we are so fondly known, celebrate our Independence.

Its Trinidad's 55th year of achievement of this milestone, having separated from Great Britain in 1962. This meant we now had our own constitution, we could define our own culture and definitely and ultimately shape our own destiny.

Our country's colours are Red, White and Black- strong colours that symbolize the strength, dedication, unity and love of the people all coming together as one surrounded by the pure waters of the sea and the ocean.

Trinidad is a truly beautiful island not really known for its beaches as most them are pretty rough. We are more known for our spirit, our friendship, our food, our diverse races and culture, our Carnival and our resilience.

Here is a pic of one of our national birds- the scarlet ibis- isn't she a beaut?

We are also proud of our national instrument- the steel pan- a truly ingenious invention  originally made out of oil drums but capable of carrying sweet tunes of any symphony.....

I want to wish each and every Trinidadian or 'trini' at heart a very peaceful and joyful Happy Independence.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back to School in September

For some of us, its time to prepare for back to school but not for me as my son is an adult now. This doesn't mean I can't remember what it was like and what I did to prepare for it.

Today's card is a reminder of that first day when our kids returned to school full of hope, excitement and desire to succeed.

Here I am using the digi stamps 'back to school party' by tiddlyinks. The digi stamps by tiddlyinks are very easy to use for instance you get guides as to where your shadows would lie as the artist adds shading to the images for you.

So I pulled out my kuretake paints and paintbrushes and laid them out with my pencil and eraser. I first did a sketch of the backgrund which included the tree, bushes, school bus, road and pavement. Once they were in place, I erased some of the lines that were unnecessary such as the lines of the bus drawn through the digi images.

I started adding a wash of colour throughout the background of the composition. Then I built upon that starting with the bus, the tree, the road, and the bush. I then added a light wash to the kids and then continued to add more and more deeper colour until I reached the result I wanted.

Here is the card again. I hope you like it and that it will encourage you to use digi stamps such as the ones available at TiddlyInks. I look forward to having you here again and feel free to leave a comment.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Its Fab Friday at Tiddly Inks

Hi there everyone...welcome back to Sweet Cherry's blog. Hope you enjoyed our blog hop last week.

Its fab friday again at Tiddly Inks and I know you're looking forward to seeing the wonderful creations by all of our artists . For this week I am using a digi stamp called 'Wryn- Scooting by'.

The following copic markers were used in the colouring of the image
RV06, RV66, RV25, R02, R46, B18, B14, B97, B04, B))G03, YG17, Y00, Y13, Y18, E00,E57, C1, C2, C5, 0

For the clouds and sun I used distress Inks scattered straw, mustard seed and tumbled glass with a cloud border mask I made and scrap paper with a circle cut out for the sun mask.

Here is the card again

Hope you liked it. Please leave a comment at the end.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Winner of $5 voucher from Animal Fun- TiddlyInks Blog Hop

Oh my gosh yesterday's blog hop was such fun! I had a blast...I hope everyone did too.

I want to thank everyone who participated, thanks for all of your wonderful comments and thanks to Christy and TiddlyInks for organising such a great event!

Well I've come to the exciting part of the entire event...announcing the winner of my $5 shopping voucher at Tiddly Inks. The winner is.....drum roll please.......

Jody Rolo..... congratulations Jody! You are the winner of a $5 gift voucher at Tiddly Inks. I know you will have a lot of fun shopping . Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to having you here at Sweet Cherry's Blog.

Thanks everyone.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Animal Fun - Tiddly Inks Blog Hop

Hi there .... you're here at sweet cherry's blog, part of the fun bloghop that's happening at Tiddly Inks. We've got lots of exciting and creative cards to show you.

My card features one of the animal images from the TiddlyInks fun animals collection- a new release of digital images.

I chose a birthday themed card as this is my birth month so just bear with me. Now back to the main reason for this blog the new animal fun digital images from tiddlyinks . When I first started to look at digital stamps I didnt realise how versatile they are and how easy it was to make cards with them. I can tell you they are alot of fun to play with.

Now here is my card for the bloghop. Isnt the little fox cute as he swings to and fro.....

The digital image of the fox was coloured with the following copic markers:-

I added a few white lines to the tail and the bib of the fox with 'Sharpie' water based extra fine point white pen.

The flowers, butterflies and the bird were coloured with the following copic markers:-
R46, RV66, RV25, E57, R02, E00, Y18, Y00, Y13

For the cloud formation, I die cut three clouds from Impression Obsession and stuck them together. I then distressed the area above the clouds in distress inks mermaid lagoon and tumbled glass.

The other dies used were from Impression Obsession, clearly besotted fresh grass, Avery Elle picket fences die, poppy stamps cottage gate, doodle bug design sizzix 'Mr and Mrs' framelits die and stamp set.

For the background of the message I applied dylusions pure sunshine on white cardstock, I die cut a frame out of the painted background with doodle bug design sizzix framelit dies and then stamped and embossed the message with versamark ink and super fine embossing black powder by Ranger

Now here is my card again. I will be giving one lucky person who comments on my blog, a $5 voucher as a 'Thank You' for participating. So please leave a comment at the end.

Thank you very much for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other fantastic blogs.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tiddly Inks Wryn in the fall

Hi there folks....

Here is another fun card using the tiddly inks digi stamps. This stamp is called Wryn in the Fall... and I chose it for the newest Tiddly inks challenge called Autumn Glow.

The first thing I often try to do is to decide on a design for the card I want to make. The colours were already set out for the challenge - we were given colour swatches to use under the theme Autumn Glow. I then selected the papers I would use for the background. The papers are from the collection called The Year Round Stack by DCWV (Diecuts with a view)

The image was printed on watercolour paper and painted with kuretake paints which I normally have on my palette that I added more pink and orange to.. The grass, which was added, was done by flicking my wrist in an upward movement and holding the paint brush higher up the handle.

The pumpkin was drawn onto watercolour paper, painted in yellow orange and green and cut out.

For added effect, I used peach ribbon which I tied in a bow and adhered to back of the matted foreground and two yellow orange gems were also added.

Hope you like this card and that it will encourage you to try new challenges. Feel free to leave me a comment.

Here is another look.