Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Spring Makes - Crafts Beautiful February Issue 2019

Hello blog friends!

As some of you may know I design every month for Crafts Beautiful and PaperCrafter magazines as well as doing makes for the marketing and promotions department.

In the current issue of Crafts Beautiful (Feb 2019) there is a gorgeous free stamp set worth £9.99. The stamp set is huge and comes mounted on an A4 sheet. The theme is spring animals and there are some adorable images.

Myself and two other designers have come up with lots of ideas in the magazine on how to use your stamps. There are some bonus makes on the CB website, which I'd like to show you today.

Here are my three bonus makes...

Ducks in a row


Shimmering Snowdrops

The full instructions for these makes and other bonus makes can be found on the CB website. Click here to take you to the page. You will need to register, but it is quick, easy and free and means you have access to templates, downloads and free papers. 

Don't forget that Crafts Beautiful is packed with all different crafts, hints, tips and techniques and you get a free gift every month. It's a lovely magazine and I really enjoy designing and illustrating for them.

I'll back soon with a Kraft inspired 'Love' card and a cute and fun monster birthday card.

Thanks for popping by!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Much Appreciated

Hello blog friends!

I hope you are all well. I'd like to say a warm welcome to my new followers!

I thought things were going to calm down magazine wise after the extra Christmas and Winter Specials but I'm busier than ever. Not that I mind it keeps me out of trouble, the only thing is I don't get as much time to create for me. Saying that I've managed to get in a cute thank you card for a friend.

I love birds (which is why I have chickens running around the garden) and I love cards which feature birds, especially comical ones, hence this card...

What you need...

Card stock: white
Stamps: Many Thanks - Paper Smooches; Bird Brain - Tha Alley Way Stamps
Patterned paper: Blessed 6.5" Paper Pad - Kaisercraft
Alcohol markers: Honeycomb, Budding Rose*, Rose Pink, Trick or Treat* - Promarkers; Jasper BG57 - Copic Sketch
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine

*Limited edition colours

What you do...

1 Stamp four birds on top of each other vertically and colour in. Trim the panel to 3.5cm x 15cm and attach centrally down a top fold A6 blank.

2 Attach two coordinating papers at either side of the stamped panel. Trim away the excess paper and card.

3 Stamp the sentiment onto white card, trim and attached across the bottom of the blank.

I actually extended the length of the legs of the bottom bird with a fine liner. I based this card on the sketch by Retrosketches. Sadly the blog hasn't been updated since December 2016, but you can still access all the sketches. Click here to take you to the sketch I used (RS#184) and many, many more.

Sadly another stamp company that is no longer in business is The Alley Way Stamps. You can use any birdie stamp set that you have in your stash for this project. The one used in the Retrosketch is one bird with very long legs!

I hope you like my fun little make and thank you so much for stopping by. TTFN!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Bright Birdie

Hi blog friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. My husband and I had a lovely quiet Christmas at home. I'm back now in the New Year with lots of magazine and illustration work which is going to keep me busy for months!

I do hope to post often between commissions if I get the chance to sit and make some cards for myself! I do have a stock of Christmas cards in case I don't - it is never to early to start on one's Christmas cards.

I did create a cute little card for my Auntie's birthday using a sweet stamp set by Woodware. Here is the card...

What you need...

Stamps: Sweet Tweet (JGS573) - Woodware
Card stock: white
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Embossing powder: Detail Clear - Stampendous
Alcohol markers: Copic

What you do...

1 Stamp the bird with black ink onto white card and cover with clear embossing powder. Tap of and melt the powder with a heat gun.

2 Colour in the image with markers.

3 Trim the image to 10.5cm x 14.5cm and mat onto a white top fold blank the same size.

4 Stamp the sentiment near the top left of the bird, cover with embossing powder and melt. Tada!

This is such a cute stamp set. The main image is the one I've used and then there is a couple of flower images, a small stamp of circles and two sentiments. 

Woodware is now trading under Creative Expressions, they have some beautiful stamps available, why not check them out?  I love Woodware stamps as their designs are usually clean and crisp, perfect for colouring in.

I hope you like this fun little card. Thank you for popping by and I'll see you soon x

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Winston & Flo Christmas Card

Hello Blog friends!

Also a big hello and welcome to my new followers! Thank you so much.

I'd like to share with you today, a card I designed and illustrated for my husband's Christmas card.  Winston is a cute bunny I've created and decided to give him a little friend called Flo.

I sketch my illustrations in pencil and then scan and tidy them up using Photoshop and my Wacom Cintiq. The design is then printed out and coloured in, just like a digi stamp. The sentiment was added when the image was in Photoshop.

Here is the card....

I used Copics to shade in the image and added the stars with a white gel pen. I am hoping to come up with some more images of Winston and Flo, I did actually do a set of illustrations featuring Winston for the current issue of PaperCrafter (#129). It is a new home card with Winston peeping out the windows - so cute!

The photo doesn't really do the image justice, especially the colour of the sky.

I hope you like my little illustration, thank you for popping by and I'll be back soon.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi blog friends!

I want to say a special hello, thank you and welcome to my new followers!

After Inktober and all the sketchy posts, I'm back with a quick and cute Christmas card.

What you need...

Cardstock: Kraft
Printed die cuts: Mistletoe Kisses (#7429) Bits & Pieces - Simple Stories (sentiment); Oh, Deer! Ephemera Pack - Fancy Pants (holly)
Glitter glue: Stickles Crystal, Christmas Red - Ranger

What you do...

1 Create an 8.5cm x 12.5cm Kraft card blank.

2 Stick the sentiment centrally across the bottom of the blank.

3 Add the die cut holly above the sentiment with foam pads.

4 Highlight the berries with the glitter glues.

There you have it. Quick and simple. 

I love the look of Kraft card, especially with splashes of colour such as reds and greens or aqua shades. It looks really good used for Christmas cards - it reminds me of gingerbread.

I do have a few more quick and simple cards to share with you, but I want to get on and do some more detailed and time consuming makes such as stamping and die cutting. Things are still so busy with magazine work at the moment.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll be back soon!

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Inktober 2018 - 29th-31st October (inc) The Final Installment!

Hi there blog friends!

After a few hectic days, I've managed to find some time to post the last three sketches for Inktober 2018.

I am proud of myself for sticking with the challenge, it was quite draining at times, but I think because I had so many ideas flying around in my head I didn't burn myself out. Some of the detailed sketches took a long time, so there were many, many late nights.

I really enjoyed it and will certainly be doing it next year. I loved having the Halloween theme, so I will probably do that again.

Anyhoo, here are the last three sketches...

29th October - Demon Robot

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01

30th October - Rainbow Ghosts

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Kuretake Cartoonist Nib Holder, Nikko G Nib, Winsor & Newton Ink Apple Green, Blue, Canary Yellow, Crimson, Orange, Violet, Diamine Drawing & Calligraphy Ink English Red, Jet Black

31st October - Bats!

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005, 01. 03 & 05, Posca White 0.7mm

The challenge also allowed my use dipping pens and coloured inks. The Rainbow Ghosts were stippled with coloured inks and took forever!

So that's it. I hope you liked my sketches. I may try and post the sketches everyday next time, but I'm not promising!

Thank you for stopping by and I'll be back soon with more little cards that I've created.