Monday, May 8, 2017

Friends Who Laugh....Last!

Too true... and sometimes all you need is a simple little card to celebrate such a friendship. I used water colours to add colour to the card base and added splatters for good measure. Playing with water colour is so much fun! I also have these little bits of patterned paper left that are too small for a card front, but it was perfect for a pop of colour on the card front. A die cut piece of lace adds a little bit of texture and the sentiment strip gives my laughing friends something solid to stand on. A few sequins added the final touch of fun.

The stamps are from the ArtImpressions 'Girlfriends' collection. The image (that never fails to bring a smile to my face) is from the set  'Laughing'  and the sentiment is from 'Comfy on the Couch'

I'm entering this card for the ArtImpressions - One Layer Ladies challenge. There's just a couple days left to enter, so come on over and join us!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

With Love Sprinkled on Top...

For once I made a card 'just because' with no particular person or purpose in mind. I should do it more was rather fun

I used a digital image from Tiddly Inks 'Happy Bugg and Extras  I coloured the little 'bug' with coloured pencils and added glitter to her wings and the cup cake. A strip of patterned paper makes the wooden floor for her to stand on.

All in all it was super quick to finish and a great little project to colour when you have itchy-fingers-for-colouring and only a little time to spare.

I did a sort-of imitation of the font on the inside of the card. The sentiment is included with the digital set if you prefer to print it. And some fairy dust ended up scattered all over the inside of the card as well...

A fun and quick card, perfect for colouring on the go!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sharing a Cuppa

Such a great image! And suitable for different occasions. I turned this one into a 'friends' card.

Colouring the image was quick to do using water soluble pencils (Derwent) I also added die cuts, punched floral details and a little glitter glue to the dots on the teacups

The image is from Lili of the Valley - Coffee Break.  The sentiment I found online and printed it using the font 'Pea Ana Banana' (free for personal use)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Colouring - Lost Ocean

Another book that I picked up from a local store was Johanna Basford's 'Lost Ocean' - I was concerned about the tiny areas of some of the designs, but really, once I started colouring, I hardly noticed those. I enjoy every minute of colouring this book.

The theme is right up my street
The designs are beautiful
I like the crisp white and fairly smooth paper of the pages which takes harder pencils beautifully.

The verdict is still out if I will add backgrounds to these. I was planning to, but liked them once finished and decided to wait-and-see.

I used a silver Sharpie for the dotted details on this one

I'm having the hardest time getting good colour on the picture of this page. So many details but I enjoyed saturating every area as much as I can with lots of delicious colour.

This was the first page I coloured, feeling my way around the paper with different pencils and some gel pens.

Another longer colour project - whimsical underwater fun!

This was a quickie using Derwent Metallic water soluble pencils for the base layer and dry pencil over top.

Soft pastel colours from the Noris Club pencils by Staedler (which I do not like, simply because I like my colours bolder, BUT they sure do beautiful colour blends!) I added glitter glue details to each jelly fish.

Delightful pages that took quite  a while to colour, but I do like the double spreads.

Another Noris Club pastel one. In retrospect I think I would have liked a smaller colour palette for the seahorses...

This is one book I would really like to colour completely. And who knows, it may just happen!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cross Gift Box

I made this quick and easy gift box for a friend recently.

It is definitely suitable for Easter, especially with the lily added as in the example from the store.

My Scrap Chick's Cross Gift Box

I wanted a add a note inside, so I lined my box with a decorative paper

And added the note, like a scroll, inside.

The result was just what I was hoping for.

I decorated the box with a collection of Petaloo flowers. The lace strip was made with caulking and a mold.

I will need to use that lily sometime too, it makes a beautiful flower!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Great-Grandma's Sewing

What a treat it was to hold and photograph these handmade aprons. Great-Grandma Scheepers made them early in the 1900's sometime, with beautiful neat and tiny stitches.
That corner chair was what she would sit on to work. It has a handy storage area underneath the chair. Very clever - and very comfortable to sit on.

I used Cathy Krenek's  Handmade With Love kit and separate Accents collection for my page. The kit has a lovely old fashioned feel to it which I just love!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Colouring - 'The Magical City'

Taking a look at 'The Magical City' by Lizzie Mary Cullen this week. I got my book as a gift, but as far as I can tell, Amazon carries it in most places.

I started with this page of 'Baker Street' or Sherlock Holmes, whichever way you want to look at it and found it to be a most enjoyable colouring journey. I really like the intricate line work and the overall design is first class. I started this in the holidays and enjoyed taking my time in colouring all those tiny areas. The paper is quite smooth and white, which makes it great for harder pencils and seeing as the harder ones keep a sharper point I found them a pleasure to use in this book.

For this delightfully quirky version of Bruges I used Crayolas and added some loosely drawn lace to the bottom corner as I simply cannot think of Bruges, but remember the gorgeous Belgian lace produced there.

Trying out the Prisma Colour Scholars on 'Amsterdam' below. I was not planning on buying these yet, but they were heavily discounted and hubby said 'why don't you get them?' I couldn't really find a good excuse (how hard did I try, you may ask?) so I did and although I have not done a whole lot with it, so far so good. They are definitely superior to the Crayolas, that much is obvious. But again, this smooth paper really likes the harder pencils. The wax from these soft ones builds up quickly on the slick surface.

I tried wet media on the paper and it worked well enough - seeing as most of the illustrations cover the whole page, a bit of wrinkling and buckling will go largely unnoticed I think. And it doesn't bother me at all.
For this 'Castle on the Hill' page I used Inktense and Derwent water colour pencils. However I messed up big time on the little stream and surrounding areas, and this was as much as I was able to rescue it and fix the mess. For now anyway. There is no glass for this to hide behind so if I think of something else to try, I sure will...but just look at that nice image to colour! Just looking at it makes me want to pick up pencil and book and colour the afternoon away!

I did add some dry pencil to this over the wc pencil layer (mostly Crayolas) just to add a bit of depth in places. Once the water media dries, the paper has basically no tooth left, so there is not a lot of detail one can add with dry pencils.

I'm busy on a few more pages in this book, so we'll revisit it sometime in the future.