Saturday, 2 April 2016

Fairies and Magic at Crafts and Me

Hellooooo!  I'm back again!  Settling down into a new job which is in my hometown, not 60 miles away!  Really miss the teamies over at Liverpool, we'd have such a laugh but family has to come first and the travelling was pretty bad so have got at least a temporary contract nearby so it means I can do the school run nearly every day.  Its also leaving me with a bit of time to actually make something and I've been busy colouring away so have a few ready to make into something now :)

This one is for the April challenge at Crafts & Me which is Fairies and Magic.  If you've never been to the Crafts & Me Store and love all things fairies, magic and fantasy then its the perfect place for you.  There are loads of awesome artists in the stable like Hannah Lynn, Sarah Burrier and Jeremiah Ketner to name a few so go check them out!

This image is a new one by Hannah Lynn called Autumn.  I think she'd look gorgeous in any colour combo.  I've coloured with Chameleon pens, I find these really handy if we're away on the boat as I can't carry too much so bring them for a range of tones.  I used the sky blue and purple violet and a green and pretty much that was it!  The skin I did with copics and added distress ink round the image and also dyed the doily with distress ink and matching distress paint.  I added a bit of sparkle to the edge of the wings with sakura glue pen and glamour dust and dropped some onto the doily whilst it was drying too.

Hope you like and thanks for looking!

I'd like to enter into...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Just for Fun and New Chameleon Pens

Hiya all!  Thought I'd make this one just for fun!  I got some NEW PENS :D  I'm always happy to have new pens!  I got some money for my birthday from my colleagues so decided to get some Chameleon pens.  These are a pretty long and chunky alcohol based marker with 2 nibs and a chamber that contains a 3rd nib filled with a blender.  You put either nib of the pen into the chamber and it transfers blender so you can then colour in a lighter shade which goes increasingly darker back to its original colour.  They're about 5 quid a pen, bit less the more you buy, are they worth it? Hmmmm.  They're not excessively priced when compared to Copic Ciao for example and they give you a good quality of colour as a solid alcohol ink pen but with the added touch of the blending chamber so yes not bad really.  There is no excessive bleed such as you get with Flexmarkers and I love the fine nib on the end.  I think this sets it apart.  The downside is they're heavy but you can pull them all apart to make them smaller and lighter whist in use.  I haven't had them long enough to judge how economical they are with the ink yet.  I tried to achieve the same results by touching the nib of a promarker onto a blender pen, it works (ish) but you don't quite get quite the same result as Chameleon which is much more consistent.

Our Molly had a play also and it actually made her colouring look really good like she had added shadows and highlights only she used just one pen to achieve it.

I used the Cool Tones set for my card - The V04 Deep Violet, BG4 Aquamarine and a touch of BV4 Blue Violet.

So how did they perform?  Pretty dandy actually!  The hair, clothes and wing are just ONE pen!  I haven't got the skin tones yet so still using promarkers for that but hey not bad at all for one pen!  The background was the aquamarine but I did help it along a little with the chisel end of a promarker blender because of the  size of the surface it was to cover.  There's a little bit of the blue violet at the bottom.

So in all, Chameleon Pens get a thumbs up from me.  They'll certainly come in handy on the boat where space is minimal and I can only bring on so much.

Onto the actual card now!  The image I totally fell in love with and its Violet Pixie by Sara Burrier available from Crafts & Me.  I found a purple paper stack I forgot I had over xmas so said I'd use that so the papers are "New Bloom" by First Edition which have all been distressed with scissors then ink.  I've added flowers and sitressed the little blue ones, glitter around the wing and mask with a glue pen and crystal glitter and curled some organza ribbon around the die cut.

I'd like to enter into

C.R.A.F.T - Recipe
Crafty Catz - Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Lookie what I got
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Noor Designs UK - Anything goes
Creaine - Bingo (Lilac/Flowers/Wings)
CraftyGals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp - Something new

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year & Anything Goes at Crafts & Me

Morning all and Happy New Year!  I trust you're all recovered from Christmas/New Year.  I've had my birthday and some surgery in the middle of them too, don't do things by halves!
I got a breadmaker for Xmas off my OH, have wanted one for years so have been playing around making various loaves and dough.  Had a go at spinning the pizza dough, I wasn't very good at it lol!

I also got some XPress It copic card and OMG it is soooo nice to work on!  So very expensive though so will be saved for best!

I'm on the move in jobs again next week having just got a weeks notice.  Staying in same place but different team, for now.  Good job I got over my fear of meeting new people lol!

Anyway to unwind over Xmas I've done a bit of colouring.  This one is called "Wandering" by Jeremiah Ketner available at Crafts & Me.  Our new challenge is an Anything Goes so please do pop over the the Crafts & Me blog to enter your own.

Right I've just had more co-codamol so I should be asleep in half an hour so catch you on the bright side :)

I'd like to enter into...

Passion for Promarkers - Let's Celebrate
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by x

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Autumn/Fall colours at Crafts and Me

Evening all.  Fog is rolling in thick and fast here.  I've finally put the heating on and going to be snuggling down with the family to watch Hotel Transylvania for the evening.  We watched Hotel Transylvania 2 in the cinema the other day and it was brilliant, really funny.

Its my favourite time of year for card making, autumn.  I love using autumn colours and love seeing all the creations around with the rich browns, greens, oranges, reds, yellows and golds, love it!

The challenge this month at Crafts and Me is to use Autumn/Fall Colours.  For this I made a Thank You card using the new "Ravenora" by Hannah Lynn.  She's an absolute dream to colour.  I used promarkers and copics, added ink around the edges.  The papers are mostly handmade using autumn leaves starburst stains and moonshadow ink for the extra sparkle.  The larger flowers have also been dyed with moonshadow ink and starburst stains.

I'd like to enter into

Graph'It Colour Challenge - Autumn colours
Sisterhood of crafters - Fall
Crafting with friends - Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything Goes
4Crafty Chicks - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Crafting with attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
The Crafty Palette - Anything goes autumn colour palette
Simon says Stamp - Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow challenge - Birds of a feather
Digi chooseday challenge - Fav colour combo

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Halloween at Crafts and Me

Hello!!!  I'm back again with a new creation for Crafts & Me Halloween Challenge.  For this I went with monochrome and chose Elainia by Hannah Lynn who is a cute little Vampire.  I thought I had some black flowers but a rummage through my stash and I have everything but black!  I did find these Cala Lilies though which I thought went well with the theme (I think it could also be used as a gothy birthday card)
I've coloured with promarkers in cool greys.  For the hair which you might find a bit scary from the stamp I just flicked lines ending in black (use a fine nib or a tria marker for the extra fine lines)
The face and skin I used the blender, cool grey 1, 2 and 3.

The background papers are Crafts and Me Floral Fantasy Monotone.  I mounted on a shimmer white card and some black/violet core'denations card which is a black card stock you scratch the top layer off to reveal the colour "core" in this case a violet.  I've added some white pearls and mirror squares.

I'd like to enter into...

Creatalicious - Halloween
Crafts Galore Encore - Halloween
Noor! Designs UK - Halloween
Crafting with dragonflies - Anything goes
Hiding in my craft room - Monochromatic
Crafty Calender - Halloween
CraftyCatz - Fantasy/Fairy
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Halloween
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
Stempelsonne Challenge - Anything goes
Clear it out - Anything goes (cala lilies must be 10 years old!)