Thursday, 30 April 2015

Challenge Time!

I'd just like to share a challenge I am hosting over in the Slinky ♥ Tart Facebook group! The sketch challenge runs from May 1st- 15th and the winner will be random to make it fair for all levels of colouring and cardmaking! The sketch picked by Tamara is from So here is my inspiration piece that I have shared with the Slinky can get this digi here.

Copics used:

Skin: E50, E51, E53, R20 (blush), RV02 and RV04 (lips)
Hair: E41, E43, E44 and E47
Eyes: B00 and B02
Shirt and white of hat: C1 and C3
Shorts and blue of hat: B91, B95, and B97
Shoes, bra and "thug": R14, R27 and R46

Friday, 17 April 2015

My third project for Slinky♥Tart

For this week's DT inspiration piece, I used Slinky♥Tart's Check the Chickas. Simply because of the nature of this stamp, I wanted my card to be a little bit "more". Breast cancer awareness is an important topic that not only women should pay attention to, but men aswell! Yes men too can get beast cancer too! 

So now for some details of this special easel card!

All of the papers and embellishments are from my stash that I have accumulated over the past 12 years! The patterned paper is from Kaiser. The ribbon hand made using two strips of glitter card glued back to back. The Hope embellishment is an old K&Co chipboard embellishment that I covered in matching cardstock used to make the card and Making Memories alphabet rub-ons used. The large satin flower is from Shabby Flowers Wholesale.

Copics used:

Skin: E50,E51 and E53
Hair: E41, E43 and E44
Eyes: B91 and B95
Ribbons and underwear: RV00, RV02 and RV04

Monday, 13 April 2015

NEW stamps at Spunky♥Tart

You read that right! I seriously didn't misspell Slinky♥Tart. The talented Tamara has created another line of her images and done some revamping of some favourites and best sellers in what used to be The Stamping Chef. This new line continues to have the sass of her Slinky girls but are more "decent". Now I use that word loosely because I find nothing indecent about the Slinkies! But this new range will appeal to those who love the sass but want a bit more coverage. I was privileged enough to get to colour this stamp first! I felt like a giddy school girl getting to jump the queue!

Please let me introduce "Talk to the Hand". You can find her HERE.

I kept this card CAS because I felt the space was needed to make the whole point of the stamp and sentiment (that comes with the stamp in a separate file!)

Copics Used:

Skin: Skin: E000, E00. E04, E11, E21 and R20 (blush)
Hair: E43, E44 and E47
Shirt: W5, W7,W9 and 100 
Star and socks: C1, C3 and C5
Shorts and strips on socks: B91, B95, and B97

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Canvas panel mini tutorial

This bright and cheery canvas panel is my entry into a mini challenge at Outside the Lines Facebook group. After seeing my post of this canvas panel, I was asked if I'd do a blog post with instructions on how I have created the canvas. So I shall do my best to give you a tutorial without the step by step photos!

(please note some are no longer available but can be substituted)

5x7" (12.7x17.8cm) canvas board
Making Memories paints - lagoon, lemon, kiwi, celery and Specialty glaze Emerald
Adirondack Metallics Acrylic paint dabbers - gold and silver
StazOn ink pad - Teal Blue
White Molotow paint pen
Ruler and pencil
Modge Podge
Large acrylic stamping block
Autumn Leaves clear stamps - Elegant flourishes by Rhonna Farrer
Self-healing craft mat
craft knife

Copics used:

Skin: E000.E00. E04, E11, E21 and R20 (blush)
Hair: Y00, Y11, E33 andE53
Dress: RV000, RV02 and RV04 ( paint pen used for dots)
Wings: RV000, RV02, RV04 and RV06
Vines: BG 34, BG75 and BG78
Big Flower: V12, V15 and V17
Flowers 2 &4: Y15, Y17 and Y38
Flower 3: YR04, YR07 and YR 09


Step 1. If your canvas panel isn't already primed, give it a light coat of gesso, but this isn't essential.

Step 2. Paint the entire canvas with MM kiwi and allow to dry (you can hurry this process up with your heat gun or a hairdryer but be careful to not bubble and burn the paint!)

Step 3. Randomly apply small amounts of the other MM colours on your canvas and spread them out, slightly blending them into each other without completely mixing them together. You want to be able to still see each colour separately yet blended enough to look smooth. Allow to dry. (A fun way of doing this is with your fingers instead of using multiple brushes!)

Step 4. Randomly apply very light touches of the Adirondack metallic dabbers as they only leave very light tiny "freckles" instead of an actual splotch! Again allow to dry.

Step 5. Apply a selection of the flourish stamps onto your acrylic block making sure that they fit nicely without large spaces. Once you are happy with their placement, ink the stamps generously with the StazOn and stamp onto you dry canvas. Re-ink and turn your acrylic block at a different angle and stamp again. Repeat this step until you have covered your canvas. You can also stamp each flourish individually or just to fill in larger gaps throughout this step. Allow to dry.

Step 6. Rule feint lines where you wish your words to go. Then using a light touch, pencil in your words. Once happy, go over your words using your white paint pen. When this has dried, you can erase the pencil lines. It is important that you do not use a heavy hand here or you wont be able to erase your lines!

Step 7.  Colour your Diva Lisa stamp using the above colours (or your own!)

Step 8. Using your craft knife, fussy cut your Diva stamp out. This requires patience! You will notice I didn't keep the tiny thin vines on (I'm not THAT crazy!) I had planned on drawing them back in but decided they would only get lost on the background. Once cut out, you can leave it as is, or you can use a black marker and colour the image around the edge to cover your cut line and out line your stamp...this step is purely only if you want to hide the white of the paper edge.

Step 9. Using your Modge Podge, seal your canvas. I prefer using either a cross-hatch action or stippling and you will see your brush strokes when it dries. While still wet, place your image onto your canvas and apply Modge Podge over it and  blending it to the rest of the canvas.

Viola! You're done!
I hope you can still understand my steps without the photos!

Just adding an update...This canvas won Runner up in the mini contest at Outside the Lines

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

How Krafty!

Have I said I love a challenge? I'm quite sure I have! It seems to make me think a little harder and try new things or even revisit old things.

Over on The East Wind's Facebook page, the current challenge is to colour on Kraft. this is where the something new part played a role! I have never coloured on Kraft Card. Ever! Now to colour the image...this is where the revisiting old came to play! So to colour this cropped version of "Spanish Guitar", I dragged out my 23 year old tin of Derwent Studio pencils! They have been well loved and all their lengths vary from barely usable to near new and unfortunately I can't share all the colours I have used since some names have rubbed off from their generous use when I was younger! The quote is a stamp from Little Darlings, Vintage Affections, Vintage Everyday set.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Second creation for Slinky Tarts

I really do love the Slinky Tart images! I mean, I wouldn't have agreed to be on the team if I didn't, let alone buying them! They are an addiction I must say. This week, I have used Blood Soup! As soon as I saw her, I knew I had to have her! Why? Well apart from her looking like a hot little rebel hold that garlic, it was the perfect stamp for my husband who has AB blood and loves vampires (except those sparkling ones lol). So let me introduce you to this sassy vamp!

Copics used:

Skin: E50,E51 and E53
Hair: W3, W7, W9 and 100
Eyes: Y35, R14 and R27
Dress and blood: R14, R27, R46 and R59
Belt: W7,W9 and 100
Accessories: C2, C3, C5 and 100 with a touch of my white paint pen