Sunday, 28 May 2017

1920's Elegance

Here I am today sharing with you my new image Grace, she's kinda based on a 1920's flapper.

Grace has been coloured with ProMarkers and I've also used a black polychromos pencil to add depth to the shading to the very back of the dress.

I have some label dies and I used a large one of these to cut her out with.  I then chopped the sides off to give it a straight rather than curved look.  I found I didn't have any suitable inks to distress the edges so I used ProMarker around the edges instead.

I wanted to make an Art Deco style card so this was a bit fiddly with lots of strips of left over design papers.

The design papers are from Maja Design and Lemoncraft.  I chose ones that were similar colour to the image and the background design paper.  The left over strips were cut down to the same size to go at either side of the image.  To get the curve at the top and bottom I used the curve of the image to draw a line on the strips and then cut them with scissors.  Lined all up together gives them an Art Deco look :)

To finish off I added a BIRTHDAY sentiment in Art Deco style.  The original sentiment from Scrapienic says happy birthday I just cut it down and then coloured it with brown ProMarker.  I then added a few bits of bling with rhine stones.

Thanks for taking a look today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Paradise of Stamps - For Someone Special
The Crafty Addicts - Use Die Cuts
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - Birthday
I Love ProMarkers - Girls Birthday
The Crazy Challenge - Birthday
QKR Stampede - Birthday Cards
Allsorts - Vintage Style 


Friday, 26 May 2017

Just a small bouquet

Hello lovely people, today being Friday is the new challenge at Fussy & Fancy Fridays.  It's my teams turn this time with a theme of Flowers.

I suppose I could have used one of my images for this BUT it gave me a perfect excuse for playing with al my beautiful flower embellies :D

This is a close up of the bouquet, you can see a combination of paper and fabric flowers making up this floral display.  The flowers were bought from the Ribbon Girl, Noor Design and Wild Orchid Crafts.
The teal ribbon I've had in my stash for ages and is from Santoro.  I tied a very messy double bow (hee hee) you can't see how bad it was because its disguised by the flowers.  I really need to get something to help me with these or learn how to do them properly by hand!

You can also see by the picture above I've used some pearl gems an doodled a border.

This is a shot from the side so you can see the 3D effect of the flowers.
Behind the flowers you can see some laser cut woodchip frames.  I got these from Scrap and Craft, they have some beautiful ones in stock at the moment.

And finally my distressed design papers are from Lemoncraft.

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
World Wide Open Designs Team - Challenge 22
Double D - Flowers Galore
Crafty Cardmakers - Floral Profusion
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes


Duplicity - skulls roses and butterflies

Yes I know it's not the normal glam / cutie / flowers etc. but if you look in my shop there are a couple of skulls around.  This image is called Duplicity and you can find it in my shop on Etsy.

Today is my hubby's birthday.  It's been a while since I've drawn a skull for him.  I don't want to get too predictable and every time we (him and me) have an event to celebrate I do it with skulls.  That's why there's been JD & Coke and then Otters :D

So I thought he was overdue.  I'd seen some artwork where people had drawn skulls which were made up of other objects, hidden by objects or they form part of it - so...... I decided to see if I could draw something along those lines.  Drawing this I obviously HAD to be sneaky.  I'm not sure if he's caught glimpses of it but hopefully he's been too busy with work and his playstation LOL!!
I've coloured it mainly monochrom with only the rose in colour to add maximum impact.  A rose for my love on his birthday.  I've used Copics and polychromos pencils to do this with.

There are no sentiments with this I just wanted the art work to have maximum impact.  I've distressed the edges and mounted it onto some black card.

He is definitely going to love this one :D

Happy Birthday Allen!
Andrea xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Dream In Darkness - Anything Goes


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Just for You

This beautiful little image called For You is available from All Dressed Up.  They're our sponsors at the Outlawz Sketch Team for May.

I've used ProMarkers and a little black polychormos pencil for this one.  The edges of the image have been distressed with peeled paint ink from Tim Holtz.
Here's our sketch for this week


I decided to keep with a general green theme using design papers from Maya Design and Joy Crafts.  Instead of using a die cut for the square shape I decided to go with some flat back pearl trim.

The butterfly I left off (mainly because I forgot it was on the sketch LOL!! Don't tell Sandra :)

My ribbon is a double layer of flowered organza from Crafty Ribbons.

Hope you love my inspiration for the sketch challenge for this week.  See you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Creative Ladybirds - Anything Goes
Paradise of Stamps - For Someone Special
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Must Use a Digi Stamp
The Ribbon Girl - Use Any Image May
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Monday, 22 May 2017

Travel

Today is the second part of the new release inspiration by the Dressy Girls from All Dressed Up.

I'm playing with Bon Voyage today.  I've coloured the image with ProMarkers and polychoromos pencils.

Originally I was going to do a CAS card then I was then playing around with my die cuts for another card and I had this idea to do a luggage label with the car on.  Not satisfied with the strength of the card for a label I changed my mind and incorporated it onto a card.

The die cut I used was Marianne Designs Craftables one.  I also used some Sizzix letters to cut the TRAVEL out.  I backed Travel with black card so it would stand out.  the edges of the label were distressed with vintage photo and black soot ink to give it a grungy feel.  I've used some vintage seam binding and string to tie some tiny Steampunk goggles to the top (they made me thing of sunglasses) appropriate for the travel theme.

I then built the backing layers up using blue card, design papers from Prima Marketing Engraver pack.  I cut out one of the maps as a circle.
Final toppings were some more metal elements a clock face a Tim Holtz Destiny badge and a wooden chip board adventure bottle from Scrapienic.

Hope you love my inspiration for this fantastic new image by Wendy

Andrea x
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Your Scrap Book Place - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Use Die Cuts
Sweet Stampin - Things that Go Round
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes & Sentiment
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs - Big Wheels Keep On Turning
World Wide Open Design Team - Challenge 22

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Lady in Red

I didn't intend to do this image in red originally I was going to do pale wispy pinks or purples. I was colouring something else red and I got to wondering how she's look red.


I've had her coloured for a while and decided I'd use her to create some inspiration for today's new Facebook challenge in my group SheepSki Designs.

She's been coloured with Copics.  the streaky background was also created with Copics.  I've added two different colour embossing enamels to her before distressing the edges and mounting it onto some red card to frame.

Using a shaped card which I've backed with red card I've drawn, cut and distressed the same shape in a smaller version to create a border.  The design paper is from Lemoncraft.

Behind the image you can see some some lace which I got from Noor Design.  The wood chipboard cherry blossom spray I've overlaid the image with is from Mismasz.

To finish a few pearl gems.


Happy crafting
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
The East Wind - Celebrate the Women
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - One for the Ladies / Mothers
Classic Design Team - Challenge 14
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes


Friday, 19 May 2017

Bee-ing Vintage

So I finally got my Bee n Blossom coloured image onto a card :D

I coloured the image with Copics and polychromos pencils.  I even had a go at doing see-through wings and I'm very happy with how they came out.

Once I'd coloured the image I then set about dotting grey Copic around the image.  After that - I'm still not quite sure where I got the idea from I grabbed my word stencil that I'd used recently on my Pink Flutterby canvas.

I used some walnut stain from Tim Holtz and proceeded to  dab it through using a sponge pad (I couldn't ind my tool so I got extremely inky!!)

The edges were then distressed with a combination of vintage photo and black soot ink from Tim Holtz.

I then stalled.  I loved what I done so much I didn't want to ruin it by cutting it up.

Finally I made a decision.  I kept the whole of the image, added some Kraft for a border and a couple of tiny brass antique corners.

It's turned out a beautiful vintage looking card - one of my favourites so far I think :D

Happy crafting everyone.
Don't forget I now have a blog challenge (the theme this time is Anything Goes) you can enter with anyone's images they don't have to be mine.  I also have a Facebook challenges but for these you do have to use my images.

Andrea x
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Creative Ladybirds - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Things with Wings
Sasayaki Glitter - Use Pink
Worldwide Open Design Team - Challenge 22
Dream Valley - Things with Wings
QKR Stampede - Things with Wings
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cool Kid

If you love All Dressed Up come along and join us at Outlawz Sketch this month.  Wendy is kindly sponsoring us this time.

You can find this image Just So Cool in her shop on Etsy.  I've coloured her in pastels using ProMarkers

The edges of the image have been distressed with milled lavender ink from Tim Holtz.

Here's our sketch for this week


My design papers are from Lili of the Valley and Lemoncraft.


My embellishments are very simple, a sentiment from Scrapienic and a few green and pink gems.

Hope to see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Crafthazelnut's Patterned Paper - May
Morgan's Artworld - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Add a Sentiment
Frilly & Funky - The Sound of Music
Classic Design Team - Challenge 14
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wedding Congrats

Here's a new image over at my shop.  I thought seen as the season is on us I'd create one or two digis especially for weddings.


Did you know I've got a challenge blog now - we're on Challenge 2 - the theme for this month is Anything Goes.  You don't have to use one of my images to enter but if you do and you're a winner or top three you get an extra image ;)


I've coloured the image with Copics, Pro-Markers and polychromos pencils.  Not only did I want beautiful pastels for the dress but rich depth for the guys suit.

The sentiment I created at the time of printing.
This is the first time I've done a complete single layer card with no borders or doodling.  A bit scary all that white space but I do like how it's turned out :)

I've added a few rhine stones and a couple of sequins - I was going for a classy elegant look to the card - hopefully I've achieved that

Thanks for taking a look today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Crafting When We Can - Clean and Simple
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Lasst Eure Herzen Sprechen
Incy Wincy - Clean and Simple
Unicorn Challenge - Special Occasions
The Sketchy Challenges - CAS or Shabby Chic
Crafty Gals Corner - Bling
Crafty Card Makers - Add a Sentiment
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes




Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Pink and teal

I'm definitely loving this colour combination.  I'll say what I've used in a bit.  First and most importantly this beautiful image has been design by Wendy Burns from All Dressed Up, our sponsors at Outlawz Sketch for this month.

This image has been coloured with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.  The edges of the image has been distressed with Milled Lavender ink from Tim Holtz.

Here's our sketch for today

For my design I've used papers from Lemoncraft, 13arts and Lili of the Valley.  The banner at the top was cut using a La La Land Die.  Ive added a few pearly gems to this.


I've used on of the hearts from the banner to the top left of the image.

The fine organza ribbon was bought from Crafty Ribbons (with a hand tied bow) and I've added a WOC apple blossom.

Hope you love my inspiration today - hope to see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Scribbles Designs - Shades of Spring
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Card Mania - Life Is Colourful
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe - Feminine
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Flowers
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Just Married

I've just announced the winner of this new image - Helen Nile picked the name Daisy (as in give me your answer do).  My hubby and me though it a perfect name.  It's like having a female version of Herbie and also the fact that there's a Daisy on the car :D


For any of my images you buy you can enter you creations into my Facebook challenges the link is here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730005463906336/

I also have a blog challenge now.  This month the theme is ANYTHiNG GOES.  you don't have to se one of my images to enter BUT if you do and you're a winner or top three you'll get a bonus image.  The link to the current challenge is here https://sheepski-designs-challenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/challenge-2-anything-goes.html
Daisy has been coloured with ProMarkers.  To showcase the image I've just made a simple CAS card doodling a border at the corners of the image.

My embellishments are two butterflies made out of tiny wooden hearts.  I've also added a wooden love sentiment from Scrapiniec.

Thanks for taking a look today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Crafting When We Can  - Clean & Simple
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Laast Eure Herzen Sprechen
Incy Wincy - Clean and Simple
I Love ProMarkers - One Layer Only
The Sketchy Challenge - CAS or Shabby Chic
Tuesday Throwdown - Doodles
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Wear Your Curves


I decided to give her a lovely red dress using Copics and polychromos pencils to colour the image.  I love the colour combination of red black and white.  You can get such a rich contrast, it can look classy or grungy - however you want to use it!

At the time of printing I created the sentiment "Today I'm wearing my CURVES...."

I've just used some black soot ink from Tim Holtz to distress the edges of the image and take the whiteness away to focus on the image.

The design paper is from 13arts, I've used to black card for framing and a few sequins and rhine stones to add some bling.

Hope you love my inspiration for today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Scrapping4Fun - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - Feminine
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Lovely Ladies
The East Wind - Celebrate the Women
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Friday, 5 May 2017

Little Pink Flutterby

I have the honour of being a Guest Designer at Let's Craft and Create this month.  Their theme is to create your own background.

I had a little thing and then thought what an opportunity, I haven't created a mixed media canvas for a while.

Here's a little pic of the finished project, but I'll also show you some pictures along the way

First of all I took a blank 8" x 8" canvas and slapped on a layer of gesso (the canvas was a kind of browny Kraft colour when I started).

On top of this a added some modelling paste and used some stencils to add in some details.  The stencils I used were
Tim Holtz - Crackle, Bubble and Bricked
The Crafter's Wrokshop Mini Template for the text


Close up of a text & crackle section

Close up of a wall & bubble section

Once this was dried I coated it with another layer of gesso.

I then printed a coloured my Flutterby image which you can find in my Etsy shop here.  You can get this and any of my images with 10% off by quoting SKIANDREA10 at checkout.  I've coloured it with Copic and polychromos pencils.  Once coloured I fussy cut it ready to mount onto the finished canvas.

I got so carried away I forgot to take pictures along the way but I can tell you what I've used yo create this.  Some blue copic and a blender which I now need to clean LOL!!

The pinks are created using a DecoArt Magenta Mister and a mister filled with water (the ink allowed to drip down the page)

On the bricks I've added sections to the brick of DecoArt Sand Texture Paste and DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Inteference in Blue to add interest.

Here's a close up of the crackle dection to which I've added lashings of DecoArt crackle paste.  On the bubble stencil you can see I've added some Golden glass bead gel

Here's a close of of the section with the Interference Paint

Once the first layer had dried I added some more of the Magenta Mister and allowed it to drip down the canvas.

The window you can see here is part of a resin element from a Prima Shabby Chic set.  Under the window I've also added some Craft gauze for a bit of interest. 

Here's a close up of the magenta mister dripped down the canvas.

And the section where the window is in close up

On top of this I've added some flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts and Noor Design (cherry blossom, magnolias, orchids and gypsophila.  This again is a close up of the finished canvas for you.

I've then taken a few close up shots so you can see more of the detail.

Heres the cherry blossoms and Flutterby.

The magnolias and gypsophila.

The window section.

Then a few angels photos so you can see the dimension created by the flowers.



Finally I had a yay! moment when I discovered that the canvas would actually fit into a deep picture frame so i could protect it.


Hope you love my inspiration for creating you own background.

If you want to ask me any questions about this you can find my in my Facebook group SheepSki Designs - click here or you can email me at sheepskidesigns@gmail.com

Andrea x

(PS yes I was covered with pink ink!!)

I'd like to enter tis creation not the following challenges
Creative Sketchy Girls - Butterflies and  / or Flowers
PINSpirational - Challenge 189
A Inky Mess - Challenge 10
Inky Chics - Butterflies
Frilly & Funky - Put Your Inking Cap On
The Sisterhood of Crafters - The Letter B - Butterfly, Blue, Background
Addicted to Stamps - Flowers & Butterflies
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Flower Power
Pearly Sparkles - Things with Wings
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes




Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Looking for a Little Mischief

Well you've found him.  This is Dino from All Dressed Up our sponsors for the month at Outlawz Sketch.

This little guy has been coloured with ProMarkers and polychromos pencils.  At first I was going to do him blue and white, don't know what made me think to do him with gold scales by it worked :D

Here's our sketch for the week


I've adapted mine to use on a square card.  The yellow design papers I've used are from First Edition, the small blue strip is a piece left over from ages ago from Lili of the Valley.  I've also used some black card.


Behind Dino is a piece of black ric rac, I've added a new baby boy sentiment from Lili of the Valley, a few black gems and a blue and green skinny ribbon with a baby's silver dummy charm attached.

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
Sweet Stampers - Animals
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs - Use Something Digital
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes optional twist Masculine
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Lasst Eure Herzen sprechen
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Blue and Yellow

Monday, 1 May 2017

Have a Beautiful Day

Well that month went fast.  We're onto the Second Challenge over at SheepSki Designs blog challenges already.

This month we're keeping it ANYTHING GOES but next month we will be having themes :D

You can use any designers image to enter my challenges - but if you do use one of mine and you're a top three or random winner you'll bag yourself an extra image!


I've coloured the image with ProMarkers keeping some lovely pastel shades to the clothes and parasol.  Gorgeous Geisha comes as three images with different levels of details.  So if you don't fancy colouring all the flowers you don't have to.

Around the image I've scattered some white embossing enamel.  Bit hard to see on these pictures unfortunately.

The image and design papers from Maja Design and Lemoncraft have all been distressed.  I've added a wood chip sentiment from Scrapiniec coloured black.  Added some back gems (including a heart one) and a few paper flowers cascaded down the card.

Hope you love my inspiration and we see you at either of my challenges on Facebook or the Blog Challenge

Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Create & Inspire - Anything Goes or Decorate and Envelope
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Scrapping4Fun - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Make It Square
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Glitter N Sparkle - Flower Power
Crafty Cardmakers - Pearls and / or Gems