Saturday, 21 October 2017

Head Stand in the snow

Have you noticed?  Most of the snowmen images around all have them standing upright, some of them with cute animals, birds or presents.  Well you probably know by now I like to be different LOL!!


I've coloured him in warm colours and non traditional colours too for my first inspiration with him.  I've done this using a combination of Copics and polychromos pencils.

In the background behind him I've doodles a few clouds with my Copics.

Showcasing the image for you today I've made a CAS card.  The design paper framing the image is from First Edition.

I've added a sentiment JOY with brass letter charms (found in Hobbycraft a while ago).
Then finally added a couple of sequins and a few rhine stones for a bit of bling/sparkle.

Hope you like my inspiration with my new image
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Clean and Simple
CRAFT - Christmas
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

To my friend

The image was coloured with Copics then finished off with polychromos pencils.

Here's our sketch for this week.

I've used some Kraft card, cheater on my stripes for the sketch by using stripy design paper LOL!  My design papers are from Lemoncraft and Studio Lite.


The sentiment from Lili of the Valley has also been coloured with Copic and for the balloons in the sketch I've used some wood chip ones from Mismasz to make it look like the girl is holding them.

Hope you like my inspiration for today and we see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Anything Goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge 7
Classic Design Team - Challenge 17
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes

Monday, 16 October 2017

Vision turned reality

I'm sharing a very special creation with you tonight.  This one is a commission.  Ged who works with my hubby approached me with a commission in mind which I managed to turn into reality on a card for her.  We had quite a bit of communication so I could get this just perfect for her.

Her friend has a cat and she had this vision of a cats head (Suki) floating in the middle of a pumpkin vine with candy corn.  The rest was up to me to try come up with something spookily suitable.  Ged also didn't have any specific ideas about colours.  Although she started to go through some colour selections we could discuss, I showed her a pic of a first version of the card with the dark blue background.  She loved it so much she asked me to use it for the final card and then left all the colour choices up to me.
Suki being a pale ginger tabby is so adorably cute - I just hope I've done her justice.  She's actually paler in real life than I've coloured her here.  I'm still trying to get use to doing fine detail with Copics so I laid down some colour for the cats head and eyes then finished it off with polychromoc pencils.  The look I wanted was of fine soft fur and a glow in her eyes.

Everything else on the card has been coloured with Copics giving a vibrant look on the dark background.

Here you can see a close up of some of the pumpkin vine around the image.  I've added a few skulls into the mix, running some of the creepers through the skulls.

I the picture below you can see I've added a rata perfect addition to a dreamy cat's world.

The background, coloured with Copics have been given some texture.  An effect Faye showed Helen and I while on a recent Copics class with her.  I've used champagne (Faye will under stand that) and a sponge.  I've shown a particularly good section of it in the photo above.

To the top right of the cat is a crow, another perfect cat dream world addition.  I've achieved this look by adding the colour and then using a blender pen to bleach out some highlights on the feathers.

Cat's love the night and hunting so I decided to add in a glowing moon.  Across this I've added some wispy clouds and a few bats.  The glow of the moon if carried down towards the cat's face.

Finally here's the card as a whole.  Ged I'm very happy to say loves the card which will be passed onto her friend for Halloween.

This is only my second commission and I'm so happy with how it went.

Would love your feedback
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Halloween
Fabrika Fantasy - Pink or Halloween
Paradise of Stamps - Autumn / Halloween
World Wide Open Design Team - Challenge 27
Crafty Cardmakers - Spooky
The Sketchy Challenges - Halloween
Try It On Tuesday - Its Halloween Time
Create & Inspire - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Halloween

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Traditional Christmas

The image has been coloured with Copics and polychromos pencils (I need a lesson in how to colour birds with Copics only LOL!)

I've added a little DecoArt glitter to the snow.

Creating a clan and simple card to showcase the image I've just doodled a border.  The sentiment was done at the time of printing.

Hope you love my little bit of the traditional Christmas
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Creative Knockouts - Clean and Simple
Sweet Stampin - Sparkle and Shine
Crafyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - October
ABC Christmas - Unlimited and Vibrant
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges - Challenge 23
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes


Friday, 13 October 2017

Pretty in pink

I've a few commissions on at the moment.  This one has been created for a friend for her nephew.  They're expecting their first baby soon and its going to be a girl :)

AND this is the perfect for our new challenge at Fussy and Fancy Fridays which is my favourite PINK!!

Now it's been a while since I've used a Lili of the Valley Stamp.  I pretty much haven't a lot of room so I was delighted to find they've started to do digi images!

This one is Cosy Pram.
The image was coloured with Copics.  I've cut it out in a circle and used some Tim Holtz vintage photo ink on the edges.  On top of this I've scattered some embossing enamel.  Behind it is a die cut scalloped circle from Spellbinders.  I've used some pink stripy paper from Maja Design.

The other layers of paper behind are also from Maja Design and all have been distressed with a Tonic Solutions tool.

Between the layers of paper are two different lace pieces.  The flowers and lace were both bought from Noor Design.
The sentiment coloured with Copics is a Lili of the Valley one.  I've added a few pearls, a wooden heart shape and a banner cut with a Fantasy die (also from Noor Design)

Hope you love my inspiration and we see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Unicorn Challenge - Perfectly Pink
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Birthday or Pretty Pinks
Creative Craft Cottage - Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Cutie Pie Challenge - Think Pink
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Pink October
A Perfect Time to Craft - Challenge 10
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Gnome for Christmas

Something a little different for Christmas?  Well here he is - this image has just been named, released in my shop and lucky random winners picked in my Facebook Group.

I've coloured him with Copics, I'm slowly getting there but need more practice to get the finer detail.  So I finished him off with a black polychromos pencil for some extra shading.  (I didn't want to mess him up!)

I've used one design paper from Maja Design and some red card to frame him.  

Hope you love my new creation
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - October
Christmas Card Challenges - Challenge 23
Pearly Sparkles - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Black n Red Heart Vase

We're onto the second week at Outlawz Sketch with DigiStamps4Joy as our sponsor.

I've used Vase of Hearts this week for my inspiration.  I've been practicing my Copic colouring since been on my colouring course and used them on this image. 

Here's our sketch for this week


The image was hand cut using the inner section of a Spellbinders die.  I then used the same die to cut the black frame for the image.  The edges of the image were distressed with Vintage Photo ink from Tim Holtz.

The design paper is from Tim Holtz and I've also used some more black card.  The organza ribbon was from Crafty Ribbons and the flowers are a mixture from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Hope you like my inspiration for today and we see you at the challenge

Andrea x

I's like to enter this card into the following challenges
Worldwide Open Design Team - Challenge 26
Createful Heart - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Lace and / or Ribbon
The Ribbon Girl - October Card Challenge
The Crafters Cafe - Use Die Cuts and / or Punches
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Emerald City Crafts - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Flower Banner

We're sponsored this month by DigiStamps4Joy at Outlawz Sketch.  I've chosen to use one of the images I already had in my stash for this one called Music Sheet.  The flower shapes were perfect for the sketch.
For this image I've used ProMarkers and polychromos pencils to colour it.  Mainly because I can get a very soft look to the colours - something I need to develop with my Copics.

Here's our sketch for this week

I must admin I was a bit flummoxed at first.  I browsed through my image I'd already got stamped and printed for inspiration.  I spotted the Music Sheet image but also some stamped tags from Lili of the Valley I hadn't done anything with.  They're all different shaped and sizes which was perfect for the sketch.

I've used papers from First Edition, Lili of the Valley and 13 Arts, some of which were distressed.

Over the tags I've added some Lace from the Ribbon Girl and some from Live and Love Crafts when it was open.  The sentiment is laser cut woodchip from Scrapienic.

Hope you love my inspiration for today and we see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
The Ribbon Girl - October Card Challenge
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps - Ribbon and Lace
Crafty Friends - Use Ribbon and / or Lace
Sweet Stampers - Lots of Layers
Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
PINspirational - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Pink pearly and girly


I went on Faye's Copic Colouring classes last week and this was one of the images we got to practice folds on.  She's called Time to Sparkle and is available as a stamps.  You can find lots more of Wendy's images in her Etsy shop here.
Once I'd cut her out in an oval shape it was distressed with Spun Sugar and Vintage Photo ink from Tom Holtz.  I then added some embossing enamel.  She was them mounted onto pink paper from Maja Design cut with a Spellbinders die to add a fancy border to the image.

I've used someKraft card, more paper from Maja Design and Studio Lite.  All the papers were distresed with Vintage Photo ink an, then a Tonic solutions distressign tool.

To complete the card I've added some pearls to fit in with the challenge theme, a wooden heart (from Hobby Craft wedding section) and a laser cut wood chip embellishment from Scrapienic.


Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Sweet Stampers - Lots of Layers
Classic Design Team - Challenge 17
Dream Valley - One for the Girls
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Use Your Dies
Creative Knockouts - Lots of Layers
The Crafter Cafe - Use Die Cuts and / or Punches


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Rainy day shopping

Inspired by the girls shopping in my home town of Leeds, sitting in a cafe looking out of the window.  This is typical of current fashion and some girls ability to wear mega high heels when they shop.  Yorkshire being as it is, we have a tendency for bad weather in Autumn!  We're just used to it :)

You can find this new image of mine called Shopping in Yorkshire in my Etsy shop where you can get this and any of my other images with 10% off by quoting SKIANDREA10
I decided to colour this image in one of my favourites, black and white with a pop of colour.  I've coloured it with Copics and created a little texture in the background.  On the seams of the umbrella and at the left edge of the image I've used a black polychromos for a little extra definition.

The sentiment was created at the time of printing.  All I've done to showcase the image is to frame it with some red and black card.  A very simple but classy result.

Hope you like my inspiration for today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Worldwide Open Design Team - Challenge 26
Deep Ocean - Goodbye Summer
Dream Valley - One for the Girls
Outlawz Colour - Monochromatic with a Pop of Colour (for inspiration for their challenge)
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Shy Giraffe

Here I am sharing my final inspiration of the month for Outlawz Sketch team.  We're sponsored this month by Sami Stamps.

The image I'm sharing with you today is Shy Flower Giraffe it just such an adorable drawing!
It's been coloured with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.

Here's our sketch for this week, this one was Cindy's favourite from 2016

My design papers are from First Edition and Studio Lite.


The satin ribbon was from Crafty Ribbons and I've hand tied a mini bow in the middle of it.  My other embellishment are a couple of pearl gems

Hope you like my inspiration for today, thank you for visiting
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge 6
The Crazy Challenge - Add an Animal
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Use Ribbon and / or Lace
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes

Friday, 22 September 2017

Bubbles in the dark

This is something that's been bugging me for a while.  I was researching some inspiration of what bubbles look like and I found some pictures of them in the dark.

I tried this back in April / May when I was on holiday but I got it sooooo wrong and hadn't had chance to have anther go until now.

I've coloured the background and hair with Copics then everything else with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.

It took me ages to find the design paper to go behind to frame the image, it's from Joy Crafts.  I've also used some black card and a few golden gems.

Its not perfect but I do love how it came out :)

Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Lets Craft and Create - Child's Play
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Challenge 17
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

When something looks better in real life

For some reason this looks so much better in real life that in these pictures!  Maybe its something to do with the lighting.  Anyway..... I'm sharing it even though it looks a bit pants in the photos.

Today we're at Outlawz Sketch again sharing our favourite sketches from 2016.  We're sponsored by Sami stamps this month how has some fantastic cute images.  Check the shop out here.

This is actually one of my own images that was just hanging around all coloured up.  It was the perfect share for this sketch.  The image is called Fuchsias and you can find it here

I've coloured it using ProMarkers and polychromos pencils, the edges have been distressed with black soot ink from Tim Holtz and a distressing tool.  I've also scattered a little embossing enamel to add some interest.  The backing paper (also distressed) from First Edition and has been cut with a Spellbinders die.

Here's one of my favourite sketches from last year.



I've used two more distressed design papers from First Edition and 13 Arts.  The top right instead of a gem I've curled the paper and added the gem higher on the paper behind.

To the bottom right instead of a swirl and flowers I've used and swirly wood chip embellishment from Scrapienic.

Two gems and a wood chip butterfly finish off the card.

Andrea x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hope

The normal for lab techs appears to be with glasses and  / or looking geeky.  As I know working at a company with labs and as Rijacki (one of my DT ladies who requested this image) is certainly not the case.



I've coloured Hope with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.  I've done a CAS card showcasing the image and in case anyone wants me to tailor it to their requirements.

She's been framed with back card and I've not even doodled this time I must be getting braver at the white space thing ;)

Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes



Poppies

I'm not sure if drawing flowers are my favourite images to do.  I know Remembrance Sunday is coming up.  So this is part of the reason I've drawn there but also I've had a thing about drawing them since I saw a large variety growing in my parents garden earlier this year.

The poppies were coloured with Copcs and then I added a little black polychromos for depth.  The buds and stems were done with ProMarkers and black polychromos.

I then ventured into doing a abstract background using Copics and a blender pen painting watercolours like distress inks (a trick learned from Alyce in her Markers 101 class).  Love the effect and I shall certainly try this again.

I didn't want to do a completely CAS card this time.  For some reason the poppies seemed to work really well with this design paper from Lemoncraft.

Mounted onto some black card, I've added some tiny strips of navy blue ribbon, a few black gems and then a woodchip love sentiment from Scrapienic.

Hope you love my inspiration
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Scrapping4Fun - Techniques
Paradise of Stamps - Your Favourite Things
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Crafting with An Attitude - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Friday, 15 September 2017

A little autumn


I won this Hannah Lynn image a while ago from Crafts and Me and decided it would be perfect to do some red hair.  Mixed with green clothes and eyes she make a perfect autumn colour combination.
I achieved this look by using ProMarkers, Copics and polychromos pencils.

Here's a close up of some of the flowers I've used.  This is a combination from Noor Design  and Wild Orchid Crafts.

The top right arrangement I added some of the leaves I cut off the brown roses form the bottom left arrangement.

The design papers are all different green shades from Maja Design.  All the design paper and the black card the image was mounted onto to frame it were distressed.

My final embellishments were two wooden hearts from the wedding section in Hobby Craft, table confetti :)

Hope you like my inspiration for today.  Thanks for taking the time to visit
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Autumn Equinox
Emerald City Crafts - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place - Fall into Fall
Scrap and Craft - Autumnal Colours
Get Creative - Autumn / Fall
Dream Valley - Autumn Colours
The Crazy Challenge - Autumn

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Enjoy

This month at Outlawz Sketch we're using our favourite sketches from the 2016.  This weeks was picked by Pat :D

We're sponsored this month by Sami Stamps who have some gorgeous images.  The one I've used for my inspiration this week is Sunny Spot.

The image was coloured with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.  It,s been cut out with a Spellbinders die and then mounted onto some black card to frame it, this was also cut with a Spellbinders die.

Here's Pat favourite sketch


I've used some more black card and design papers from Studio Lite and 13 Arts.

I've designed this card for my dad for his birthday this week :)  The black ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and I've added a simple woodchip sentiment from Scrapienic to finish it off

Hope you love my inspiration for today and we see you at the challenge
Andrea x
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Fur and Paws
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge 6
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Use Dies and / or Punches
Try It On Tuesday - My Friend




Sunday, 10 September 2017

Got a pink thing goin on

Originally when I made this digi I was using black sandals as my idea.  Obviously my head thinks pink a lot (favourite colour)

The image was coloured with ProMarkers and plychromos pencils.  I've cut it with a Spellbinders die, distressed the edges with vintage photo ink from Tim Holtz and then sprinkled two types of Stampendous embossing enamel onto it before heating.  There's some back card behind cut with a Spellbinders die to frame it.

I've just recently stocked up my pink flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts - here a close up of the arrangement on my card.  here are also a few twigs (laser cut wood chip from Scrapienic).  The white you can see to give it a shabby look is actually snowtex (an experiment hee hee).

Below is the finished shaped card.  The base was covered with black card (hand cut to fit).  The papers used are from Maya Designs and Studio Lite.  There are also some left over off cuts.  The the design papers were distressed.

My final embellishments to the card are a birthday sentiment from Scrapiniec, a tiny wooden heart which I got off eBay, some pearl gems and a wooden heart (table confetti from the wedding section in Hobby Craft).

Hope you like my inspiration for today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Tuesday Throwdown - Punches and / or Dies
Card Mania - Shabby Chic / Rustic
Noor Design - Layers
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes / Distress It
The Ribbon Girl - September Card Challenge
Crafty Carmakers - Monochrome