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