Well red(head)!


At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous The East Wind as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I thought I’d have a little fun using Anne with E by The East Wind.After colouring her with watercolour pencils I decided to make an inky,splodgy  background so I pulled out some Pebeo Drawing Gum that I bought a little while back for this purpose.In the past I’ve found to my cost that paper masking just does not work well with this technique and this did the job beautifully,especially as the inks had been watered down to allow them to splat better!Once the inks were dry I then over stamped with a script stamp.Then I removed the gum,which came away very easily.The only mistake I think I made was colouring the image first as it seemed a little faded but was soon rectified by adding more pencil where needed.I also added some white gel pen highlights at this stage.I just had to try out my newly purchased dies to add an aperture to the paper to frame her and to create the border at the bottom 🙂 I stamped the flowers,a past magazine freebie, onto some textured card before fussy cutting them.I made the little book to add to the front.I was going to fill the pages with more of the script stamp but actually thought I would instead write words of encouragement to the recipient when this type of card is needed.I finished off by adding two jute twine threaded buttons to the flower centres that were visible.

Supplies :

Image : Anne with E by The East Wind

Sentiment : From Hero Arts Anytime Messages Clear Stamp Set

Flowers : Craft Stamper Magazine past freebie

Mediums : Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Posh Impressions Rainbow Inks Earthtones (watered down to allow them to drip and be splattered from a paintbrush),Sepia Archival Ink,Pebeo Drawing Gum

Papers & Card : DP My Minds Eye Indie Chic Citron 6 x 6 Pad,Core’dinations Pastels 12 x 12 Cardstock,Bockingford Watercolour Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank (plus another one to cut up for border)

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Marianne Designs Craftables Dies Basic Shapes Passe Partouts Circle,Marianne Designs Craftables Dies Stitched Hearts and Accolade,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Papermania Yellows Buttons,Jute Twine from stash


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes

Dragonfly Dreams : Say It With Flowers

Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes

Let’s Color Saturday Linky Party : Anything Goes with something colored

Scrappers Delights : Anything Goes

The Pencil Case : V=Variety of Colors

Alphabet Challenge : H for Hand Coloured Image

Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Use a Die Cut

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

QKR Stampede : Quilting/Stitching – real or faux (stitch effect dies)

Simply Create Too : Use Buttons or Bows

Crafty Girls Creations : Always Anything Goes

Creative Moments : Always Anything Goes/ optional twist of Stitching Real or Faux (stitch effect dies)

Inspiration Destination : Always Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown : Watercolor


Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Eye’m waiting for Halloween


This month’s challenge at Just Some Lines is Halloween.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a fantastic digi stamp if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!

I had so much fun making this!!I chose to make a shaped card to go with the rather creepy Waiting – Skeleton by Just Some Lines.He’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers then fussy cut so that I could add him to this die cut tombstone card.I always like to cover the front of shaped cards with another die cut panel to hide the folded edge.This gave me the opportunity to have a good,messy play too!!I started by embossing the piece to give it some texture then sanded it to create a pitted,weather worn feel.I wanted to deboss the lettering as if were were really carved into the stone.Now this was a learning curve – but I did it 😀 I cut the letters from some scrap chipboard then stacked them 3 deep,gluing of course 😉 Next came the hardest part of figuring out how to make the perfect sandwich in my Big Shot and astounded myself by getting it right first time!To enhance the effect I ran a ProMarker inside and followed with a black pen where I thought the extra shadowing should be.Onto the lichen next…I wanted this to be pretty realistic but having only Polar White Flower Soft was a bit of a hurdle.Remembering I had some inks tucked away in a drawer I tipped a little Flower Soft into a small pot and dropped some Yellow plus a couple of drops of Butterscotch for a more natural appearance,smooshing it around with my finger to make sure it all got coated.Whilst this was drying I inked round the edges of my tombstone then cut,sanded and inked the ivy.The grass at the bottom is actually the leftover from the ivy trimmed down,sanded,inked etc… I adhered my little skele friend (or should that be fiend?) and using clear drying PVA added my lichen,trying to emulate how it would normally grow.There I’m done!!

And just in case you think it’s a little early to start thing about All Hallow’s Eve here’s a glimpse of what was in my garden the foggy other day just to get you in the mood….

spiders 002 spiders 004

Spooky,eh?When I think of all the money I’ve spent on decorations….lol….

It’s OK there aren’t any spiders visible in these pics….I left those ones out deliberately…. 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Waiting – Skeleton by Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Black Soot & Peeled Paint Distress Ink,Hearthstone ProMarker (from Limited Edition Autumn/Winter Set),Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen,Ranger Posh Impressions Rainbow Ink in Yellow & Butterscotch 
Cardstock : Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Scrap Chipboard
Tools : Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Tombstones,Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet Set,Marrianne Designs Ivy Set,Cuttlebug Mesh Texture Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Core’dinations Sand It Gadget,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Polar White Flower Soft (stained)

Some challenges this is for :

4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Signs of Distress
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Halloween
Sassy Studio Designs : Think Outside the Box
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Halloween
Creative Craft Challenges :  Anything Goes
Cuttin & Stampin Challenges : Halloween
Loves Rubber Stamps : Anything Goes
Paper Minutes : Bizarre, Strange & Weird
Papertake Weekly :  Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door :  Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks : Halloween
A Little Bit Crafty : A Little Bit Shabby
Country View Crafts’ Challenge : Something Spooky
Designed To Color : Use a Die
The Cupboard Trilogy : Halloween/Fall
Created With Love Challenges : Halloween
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Opus Gluei : Boo!!!
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles : Shaped Cards
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Halloween’s a Scream
Sister Act Card Challenge :  Anything Goes
 Thanks for looking

Lisa x