Saturday, 30 April 2011

CES Challenges & Whiff Of Joy!...

I'm back for post #2 of the day! I have my final GDT card from my month long stint with CES Challenges to share. Thanks for having me ladies!

For this week's challenge, there's a photo for you to take inspiration from;

So here's my interpretation for you. I have used 'Willow With Cookies' by Whiff Of Joy. Crafty Emma stocks many Whiff Of Joy stamps.
I coloured her with Copics. I have a little tutorial for you HERE on how to achieve a rosy glow!

I also used;

Madeline Prima papers - Crafty Emma's Store,
Pink Petticoat gingham paper,
corrugated card,
Divine swirls embossing folder,
Cheery Lynn Doily die,
Frayed Burlap Distress ink,
Cookie sentiment - Elzybells,
Paula Pascaul punchable Labels stamp,
EK Success Pine Branch punch and Ivy border punch,
Mini bull dog clip,
Paper flowers,
Lace & Ribbon.

I will also enter this into the challenge over at Whiff Of Joy Challenge Blog, as I followed their fab sketch.

Oh and here's a side view. Lots of pics today!...

Right, enjoy the rest of your long weekend. At exactly this time next week, my lil Sis will be getting wed!! How exciting is that?!....and my lil girlies are bridesmaids!
So I apologise in advance, as I won't have much time for blogging, commenting, or making much this week, I've lots to do! Getting outfits ready etc, etc....
I'm really looking forward to the evening do. I'm not usually a drinker, but I WILL definitely be having a drink that evening!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jenny xx

A Gem Of A Challenge 19 - Christine's Sketch...

Hi all! Hope you're enjoying the extra long weekend?
Time for a new challenge over at 'A Gem Of A Challenge', and this time we have a sketch by the lovely Christine to follow...
For my DT card, I have used a fab Pink Gem Designs A6 stamp set called 'Just Buzzin', available HERE.

I also used;

On The Edge card blank - Craftwork cards,
Dotty paper from my scrap box (probably Pink Petticoat),
Sizzlits swirly die,
Embossing folder,
Flower punches,
Cheery Lynn doily die,
Martha Stewart border punch,
Pom pom trim,

Janet over at Pink Gem Designs, has also added some fab new sets to her digi paper range. You can see what's new HERE. I am loving the Fleur De Lis!!

Hope you'll join us this time with our challenge!
Thanks for looking!

Jenny xx

Friday, 29 April 2011

Copics Tutorial ~ Rosy Red Cheeks...

Hi all!
Have you been watching the Royal Wedding today. I was.....and making a card at the same time using my 'Willow With Cookies' stamp by Whiff Of Joy.

I love my images to have rosy red cheeks, especially if using on a project with rich colours. Sometimes pink cheeks just won't do for me! So how do you achieve this without your finished image resembling Coco The Clown?....

So I thought I'd put together a little Copics tutorial for you. It works with Promarkers too. Just pick out similar shades to those pictured above. I'm no expert, but here's how I do my rosy red cheeks...

STEP 1....go all over face with E00
(Today I am using E00 & E02 as my skin tones. This will vary on what complexion, hair colour etc, I want my image to have. I also consider what papers/colours will be used on my finished card and try to tone the skin & hair colours accordingly)....

STEP 2....use E02 in the areas that there would be shade (i.e. hairline, neck, under the chin etc.)....
STEP 3....use R37 to draw a small circle on her cheeks. Eeek!! don't be afraid at this point that she looks like Coco The Clowns twin sister!
(I am using R37 today, as this will tone in with the shades of red I intend to use on my finished card. Use any shade of red, deep pink etc, that with tone in with your finished project. I have a home made swatch of all my marker colours. I always hold the papers I intend to use against my swatch to pick out the best colours of markers to match.)...
STEP working quite quickly so that the markers don't have time to dry properly between steps, pop your image onto a folded piece of ABSORBENT KITCHEN PAPER TOWEL, and go all over the face in the palest skin colour again, E00.
(The kitchen paper with suck out the excess red from behind the image. If you do not use the kitchen paper, the red ink will not blend out as easily and just sit on the papers surface.)....
STEP 5....still working on the kitchen paper, go over the cheeks and middle of the face with the BLENDER PEN....
STEP 6....still working on the kitchen paper, I then take a pink shade, BLUSH - R20, and go over the cheeks again. I then add a little more E02 etc, in the shaded areas, and maybe a little more E00 until I'm happy...
STEP finish the rosy look, I add a tiny spot of white gel pen (Signo or Inkissentials) to where the cheek bone would reflect the light. This would naturally be a little below the outer corner of the eye.
I realised after I had pictured the finished image I had missed a tiny bit of hair at the nape of her neck! That's what you get for colouring whist watching a Royal Wedding!I will show you the finished card tomorrow.....all hair intact!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you find this of some use!

Jenny xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Fab'n'Funky Challenge #70 - "Red, White and Blue"...

Hi all. I'll be quick with this as I'm trying to clean the house today (very boring but necessary!!)

This weeks over at Fab'n'Funky we're going all patriotic to fit in with the Royal Wedding, and would like to see;

on your projects.

I've used one of the new Gorjuss Girl stamps, that are no longer made by Sugar Nellie, and are available at Quixotic Paperie.

I coloured her with Copics, and Spica glitter Copics.

The lovely papers are SEI Poppy.

I also used Nestabilities Labels 8, my Martha Stewart butterfly punch, pom pom trim, Prima flowers and pearls.

As always, prize & sponsor details can be found on the challenge blog, along with lots more DT inspiration.

Have a fab day& thanks for looking :-)
Jenny xx

Saturday, 23 April 2011

CES Challenges and Squiggle Stamps DT...

Hi all!
Really sorry I've not been visiting your blogs much this week. The weather has been wonderful hasn't it? With the Children being off, we've been out and about! Fresh air certainly tires you out doesn't it? So not much late night blog hopping for me this week. I'll catch up with you all soon though!

So enough chat, and on to my card! A brand new challenge at CES Challenges, and the theme this week is 'SPRING!'

I have combined my GDT card with a DT card for Squiggle Stamps. This fab image is called Japanese Dolly, and you can grab her as a digi or rubber HERE.
I paper pieced her and used Copics to colour.

I also used;

Pink Petticoat papers,
Craftwork cards card blank available at Crafty Emma's store,
Mulberry Ribbon also Crafty Emma's Store.
Martha Stewart border punch and butterfly punch,
Whimsy 'spring' letter seal sentiment stamps from Quixotic Paperie,
Wire and beads (I'm on a mission to used some of the millions of pretty beads & findings I've accumulated over the past 7 years!)
Hmmm....think that's it!

I'm off to enjoy some sun now!

Have a fab Easter!

Jenny xx

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Fab'n'Funky Challenge #69 - "Here comes the Bride"...

Hi all!
Are you enjoying the Easter hols, especially if you've been home with the kids?? We've had a lovely time without the manic early morning mad rush and school runs. But it's gone soooo fast!
Never mind, we've quite a few bank hols coming up soon too.

I just need to let you know about this weeks challenge over at Fab'n'Funky. As we've the Royal Wedding coming up our theme is...


So please join us with your wedding themed creations this week.

Where's my DT might ask?

Well I have been working hard on a special wedding card, and although I'm tempted to show you, I've decided not to blog it just yet. It's for my Sister and her partner who get wed in a couple of weeks, and I wouldn't want to risk her seeing it. So you'll just have to wait!!

But the rest of the DT have been making some gorgeous things as always! Please see the challenge blog.

See you later!
Jenny xx

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sweet Mischief...

Hi all. I feel full of energy today. Maybe beacuse I fell asleep at 8o'clock last night, not like me at all, lol!....and what lovely weather we're having! We've been in the garden today building a new swing for the Children...and taking apart the old one!
So a quick post from me before tea.

I just wanted to share yet another card using one of my new SCACD 'Peekers' stamps, designed by the lovely Elisabeth Bell.
This adorable image is called 'Sweet Mischief', and I got it HERE at Quixotic Paperie.

She is so like my Daughters...either one of them really! They are both cake and sweetie mad!
I used Copics to colour her.

Other Products used;

Whimsy Birthday Wishlist stamp - Quixotic Paperie,
Fleur De Lis Square Nesties from Pink Gem Designs,
Craftwork cards 'on the edge' card blank,
First Edition papers available at Crafty Emma's Store
Vintage Core'dinations from HERE.
Leone-Em evergreen punch,
Prima Flowers,
Distress Stickles - worn lipstick
Card Candy, again Crafty Emma's Store

I will enter into the following challenges...

Cupcake Craft - layers
Incy Wincy - bold & bright
Make It Monday - anything goes

Thanks so much for looking!
I will catch up with you all asap, (maybe tonight if I don't fall asleep early again, lol!) as well as answering some questions that I've been asked over the last couple of days. Also a big ''hello'' to my new followers! Thanks for wanting to follow me :-)

Bye for now!
Jenny xx

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Little Boy Blue (The Sugar Bowl)...

Hi again!
The other day I treated myself to this new Sugar Nellie 'Adorables' digi called 'Nathan'. I couldn't wait to use him!
I have based this card on the latest Sugar Bowl sketch, (my second entry), but wanted to used my new Fleur De Lis squares, rather than a circular shape as illustrated on the please remove my entry ladies if it won't do.
There is also a 'use purple & green' option, but I just had to give this little cutie his first outing in other colour would do! Not very good at following rules am!

I coloured the little sweetie with my Copics.
The dp is from a Papermania Capsule pad.

I also used;

Nestabilities Reverse Wonky dies - I used the second largest die to cut out the image, using the 'out of the box' technique for ted's foot. (I have a tutorial on this technique HERE)
I then drew around the same die, and cut out by hand for the cream mat. The next die up would have made the cream mat larger than I wanted.

Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Squares from HERE,

Vintage Core'dinations card,

Corrugated card,

Sakura clear glaze pen (for ted's nose & eyes!),

String & buttons,

Card Candy.

I will enter this card into;

Card Ideas - Guys
Wee Memories - all things adorable
Fussy & Fancy - for a child
Copic Creations - use fave paper for Copic colouring (Ryman's smooth)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Jenny xx

Saturday, 16 April 2011

CES Challenge ~ Sketch Time (My GDT Card)...

I'm back for my second post today!
(please scroll down for my 'A Gem Of A Challenge' DT card)
Here's my third card as GDT for CES Challenges.
They have a fab sketch for you to follow this time....

...and here is my take on the sketch ( I flipped it onto it's side)...

I've used another stamp from the 'Peekers' collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD.
You can grab these HERE.
I coloured with Copics.

I also used;

Sentiment stamps from Pink Gem Designs sets,
(the Daughter one is from this set HERE & the calender one HERE),

Spellbinders Nestabilities Lables 20 , from HERE,

Spellbinders scalloped hexagons,

First Edition papers available from Crafty Emma's Store,

Vintage Core'dinations cardstock,
(my fave card ever - just LOVE the colours and pre sanded appearance!),

Doodlebug ribbon,

Flower Punches,

I will also put this into these challs;

Simon Says Stamps - For A Child
Fussy & Fancy - For a Child

Thanks so much for stopping by again!
Jenny xx

A Gem Of A Challenge 19 - Pearls & Swirls...

Hello all on this sunny Saturday morning!
Today I have my regular DT card for 'A Gem Of A Challenge' to share with you.
A brand new challenge is now underway, and Janet's theme this month is 'Pearls & Swirls.
We are lucky enough to be sponsored by the Ribbon Girl. Please see the challenge blog for details of the gorgeous prize up for grabs, and for lots more DT inspiration.

So for my DT card, I've used 2 PGD digis which I have printed off together. I think they work a treat together!
'Jodie',who you can grab HERE, and 'Josh & Puppy', HERE.
I used Copics to colour.

Other products used;

Echo Park dp's - Springtime,
Marianne rolled roses die,
Go Kreate large scalloped oval dies,
X Cut scalloped border punch,
Indentz embossing folder - swirls,
Sizzits decorative strip die - swirly,
Whimsy ticket sentiment stamp,

I will enter into following challs;

Crafty Catz - Furry Friends
Paper Romance - paper flowers
Fabulous Friday - make own embellishment (my rolled flowers)

Many thanks for peeking today.
I'll be back later with my CES Challenges GDT card.
Jenny xx

Thursday, 14 April 2011

The Sugar Bowl Challenge...

Evening all!
Just quickly uploading my entry for the Sugar Bowl Challenge.
A fab sketch by Maria to follow this time, and the option of using purple & green.

I have used my lovely 'Hope' digi from Funky Kits, and used Copics to colour.

Other products used;

The lovely sentiment is a Pink Gem Designs stamp.
Papers are Basic Grey 'Sugared'
Cheery Lynn Doily die,
Seam binding,
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers.

I really like this Cheery Lynn doily die, but it's very difficult to get a good cut in my Wizard. Any tips are welcome please! I have used flowers to cover the areas where it didn't cut too well.

Enjoy the rest of your evenings.
Thanks for stopping by!
Jenny xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Fab'n'Funky Challenge #68 - "All Spotty & Dotty"...

Good morning all! Eeek...I mean 'afternoon'. (Where has today gone?) Well, I should have posted this card this morning, so let's just pretend it's still morning shall we?

Yes I'm waffling. Three days into the school hols and my brain is already haggled.

Without further chit chat, here is my Fab'n'Funky DT card, for our new challenge;

''Spotty & Dotty''

Today I have used one of my new rubber stamps. A gorgeous image from the 'Peekers' collection, designed by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD. These are available at Quixotic Paperie. I used Copics to colour. You'll be seeing the rest of the collection on my blog asap!

I also used:

Echo Park Springtime papers,
Martha Stewart butterfly punch,
Paula Pascual sentiment stamp,
Craftwork Cards 'on the edge' card blank,
Ribbon, flowers, pearls.

Please see the challenge blog for sponsor and prize details, and for lots more DT inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!
Jenny xx

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Birdie Bunting (Squiggle Stamps DT Card)...

Hi all!
Hope you're having a lovely weekend. The weather's really nice here.
I just quickly wanted to share a Squiggle Stamps DT Card with you this afternoon.

This is a brand new digi image in store now called ' Birdie Bunting'.
The rubber versions will be landing in store really soon.
I coloured it with my Copics and layered it up.

I had chance to play with some of my new Nestabilities at last. I used 'Fleur De Lis Rectangles', available HERE.

Other products used;
Pink Petticoat dp,
Craftwork Cards 'on the edge' card blank and card candy,
Calender sentiment stamp, Pink Gem Designs.
Fabric flowers,
Sizzlits scribble swirl die.

Hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by.
Jenny xx


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