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
Adhesives

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.


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Inktober 2018 - 22nd-28th October (inc)

Hello blog friends!

Before I get into the post, just a quick hello to my new followers!

I've been a bit busy with magazine work lately so I've just got around to doing this next installment of Inktober. Again, these sketches are a mix of simple line work down to more detailed work. I did cheat with the dragon's eye and use Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, because I wanted to get the detail of the iris.

So here we go with the next batch...

22nd October - Cute & Spooky 2

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 

23rd October - Dragon's Eye

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 001, Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils, Posca White 0.7mm

24th October - Potions

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01, Pilot Choose White Gel Pen

25th October - Fearsome Fruit & Vile Veg 2



Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01

26th October - Haunted House

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01, Pilot Choose White Gel Pen

27th October - Sad Ghost

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005

28th October - Zombie Shroom & Grumpy Shroom

I've been happy with all my sketches during this challenge, I think my ultimate favourite is the Dragon's Eye (even though I cheated slightly). The haunted house took me forever to add the detail. I love the look of stippling, but it takes soooo long to do.

I will be back soon with the last three sketches, then I have some more simple cards to share with you.

Thank you for stopping by! TTFN x


Friday, 2 November 2018

Inktober 2018 - 15th -21st October (inc)

Hello blog friends!

Well, Inktober is now finished and I did it! I managed to sketch everyday throughout October. I did a mix of simple line art to more detailed shaded art. Because I could only use ink based items I couldn't use pencils or other mediums to add shading and detail. I overcame this by stippling (or adding millions of dots). This took forever on some of the sketches, but I think it was worth it.

Here is the next set of spooky themed sketches...

15th October - Cute & Spooky

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01

16th October - Triffid

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01

17th October - Dumpy Grim Reaper

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01


18th October - Cemetery of Crows

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01

19th October - EEEK!

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005, 01 & 02, Posca White 0.7mm, Winsor & Newton Ink Black, Violet, Orange

20th October - The Hand

Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01

21st October - Mumpkin



Derwent Precision 0.5mm, Sakura Pigma Micron 005 & 01

Again, sorry for the not so great photos, they really don't do the sketches justice :o(

The hand was based on my own, I was sat in bed the night before, doodling a pencil sketch and then tried to think of my hand as if it had been buried in the ground for a few months. Then of course it needed to come alive like a zombie's. My husband wonders at what goes on in my head at especially at night. I love sketching when in bed, it relaxes me.

I will be back soon with the next set of sketches from the 22nd - 28th October and then I will do a post of the last three.

Thank you for stopping by! x