Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Fantasy Crafters #3

I don't know, late to the party again!  I've been away for a couple of weeks, haven't had a 2 week break in over 3 years!  Back into work full steam and a few other issues going on so I'm a tad disorganised but think I've got a handle on things now phew!

Anyway, we have a brand new challenge over at Fantasy Crafters and this month I opted again to challenge myself a little bit and learn how to use my pencils a bit better!  Image is done in a mix of derwent coloursoft and polychromos.  Have to say I much prefer the coloursoft which are much nicer to use.  The image I chose this month is Adrianna by my favourite Hannah Lynn and the card is sprayed with mica sprays and I laid a piece of kitchen towel over it when wet to give it some little subtle swirls.

I hope you can join us over at Fantasy Crafters this month, anything fantasy goes!

I'd like to enter into....

Also want to show this which I did for Crafts & Me challenge back on 1st but unfortunately didn't get time to put on my blog until now.  Again I was experimenting with pencils, this time on blue card.  Image is Ainia by Charmaine Flannery coloured in coloursoft and polychromos.  Background is mica sprays and I've overstamped some swirls in stazon white.  The corners are stamped and embossed.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Fantasy Crafters #2 - Anything (Fantasy) Goes sponsored by Crafts & Me

Evening all, still playing catch up!  I had a good day today, in my new job I can can work from home from time to time, its funny how much you actually get through without office distractions.  Last week they gave us Skype and it is absolutely fantastic to work from home with.  If I want my boss for a quick question I just IM him, make a call easy peasy and no messing with the teeny council issue nokia, I can copy and paste a number and dial, its absolutely great!  I've started Bling Wars with my headset though.  Of course I had to custom design it hehe!  I'm a crafter, its what we do!

Anyway onto my next card of the evening and that is for Fantasy Crafters.  We're a new blog just finding our feet and its for anyone who loves fantasy themed cards and creations. We're also sponsored by Crafts & Me who have kindly given us a £10 digi voucher to spend in their store.

I absolutely love anything fantasy related so this gives me a good kick to get creating.  I also made a promise to myself to try and use different techniques and products that I have knocking about so for this one I got out my Inktense pencils which I've had for maybe 7 years or so and scribble a little and put away again.  I saw a card coloured on Kraft and I don't have any Kraft I can print on so had a rummage and pulled out some card that would go through the printer and just played.  I couldn't quite get the skin tones right so persevered and used a mix of the white, poppy red, willow and a dark brown scribbled on a piece of card and just mixed them and played and I think I've done alright!  Its on sparkly gold card so has a lovely shimmer to it.
I had a further rummage and found some shimmer sprays by Carol's Crafts I probably picked up at a show sometime years ago.  They have held their colours beautifully.  I even embossed too so really rolling the boat out!

The image I used is Autumn by Hannah Lynn, I love colouring her as she suits any colours really not just autumnal.

I hope you can pop over and come and see the other designs by the Team and enter the challenge.

I'd like to enter into...

Sweet Stampin' - Favourite stamp (The Hero Arts fabulous flourish is a firm favourite!)

Crafts & Me August - Anything goes

OMG I'm such a numpty!  I write the challenge post over at Crafts and Me which I did on the 1st, added my card to there and completely forgot about posting on my blog!  Well I have had a busy couple of weeks, well hectic so mind has been focussed elsewhere!

Nevermind I'm here now and want to share with you what I've made.  I made it for somebody leaving work who loves her cats, and purple so thought she might enjoy this image which is Kitty's Kard by Hannah Lynn.  I've coloured with promarkers and added a touch of distress ink around the edges.
There's touches of gold glitter on the image using a sakura glue pen which are fab and I added a really blingy AB clear heart embellishment.
There's still time to enter our new challenge for August which is an easy peasy Anything Goes x

I'd like to enter into...

Classic Design Team open challenge - DT for Crafts & Me
Crafts Galore Encore - Stamp or digi
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper - Anything goes with patterned paper
Emerald Fairies - Make it bling
The sisters of craft - Anything goes

Friday, 15 July 2016

Fantasy Crafters Challenge #1

Morning all!  Are you all still around or have you all gone out to "Catch em all?"  Yep I've joined those ranks myself haha!  I've never played pokemon before so a lot to learn but it will get me and my boy out in the great outdoors!

Anyway I have some exciting news!  Its the FIRST challenge of the new Fantasy Crafters Challenge Blog starting today where almost anything goes - so long as its fantasy related!  Ooooh!

For our starting challenge I have used Snapdragon Sprite by Aurora Wings coloured with promarkers.  I couldn't decide what colour to do her so used the rainbow!

As she is sooooo loud I wanted to keep papers to a minimum and just chose a striped rainbow one and left it at that.  She was a real pleasure to colour too :)

Anyway please pop on over to Fantasy Crafters and look at the gorgeous work by the DT and join in!

I'd like to enter into...

Aurora wings - favourite colour (Who doesn't like rainbow!)
Creatalicious - Anything goes optional flowers
Crafty Catz - Add bling
Crafting with friends - Anything goes
Simply papercraft - anything goes
Creative moments - anything goes
The Crafty addicts - anything goes
Fairy Tale - Summer

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Anything Goes with Optional Summer memories at Crafts and Me

Morning all!  Had a really busy couple of weeks, OH been unwell, work busy busy and been rescuing bats!  We heard a funny noise all day in the lounge and couldn't quite pin down what or where it was so went hunting round and realised it was coming from the uplighters and noticed a shadow in there.  OH looked and it was two teeny pipistrelle bats!  No idea how they got in, little top window had been open but it also has blinds there.  They were safely released after taking some advice from a bat rescue.  Next day Delilah brought another one in, as I walked towards it, it looked at me and squeaked!  Rescued that and gently cleaned off the cobwebs and took it to the local vets who've passed onto to bat rehabilitation.

I have a card to share today as it is an ANYTHING GOES WITH OPTIONAL SUMMER MEMORIES at Crafts & Me challenge this month.  I've used Nature Sprite portrait 2 by Sara Burrier for this and coloured with promarkers.  I then went over with coloursoft pencil, blending around the edges to make it pop.  I've stamped the word bloom which was a freebie from a mag and added distress ink to the corners and overstamped them with the flowers stamp from the same freebie.

Hope you can join us for our challenge this month!

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Obviously my favs are promarkers, I find them easy to hold, are affordable, have a wide range of colours and you get great results.  I also used coloursoft pencil as these can add another layer of depth and also because my blending oil is parma violet flavour so using the pencils smells nice lol!