Monday, 25 March 2019

Hugs for Penguin Ray...

Hello everyone,

Today's post is special and tinged with sadness and admiration!

At
 our lovely Crissy Armstrong has drawn the most beautiful image to honour her brother Ray who is undergoing treatment for cancer - she has called this little fella

The thoughts and prayers of the Whimsy family are with Crissy, Ray and their family - cancer is *insert rude word* cruel and heartbreaking!

All proceeds from the sale of this very special digi image are going to 
The Make A Wish Foundation Of Canada
I printed 
onto Bockingford HP Card and masked him with Masking Sheet.

I created a blended Distress Oxide background with Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch and flicked water and Perfect Pearls over it to give some texture.

I die cut the image with the largest 
and coloured 
with Polychromos, adding a few white dots to the chemo bag.

I die cut a tag and stamped the a sentiment from from the 
onto it.  (I really like that sentiment and thought it was perfect for this card)!

I layered the image onto a larger circle, added the tag and painted some Glossy Accents on his beak.

is being released today by wonderful
and the proceeds are going to 
The Make A Wish Foundation Of Canada
Isn't this the most amazing photo of an incredibly brave man!
Thank you for popping by
love from Sue...xxx

        



Friday, 22 March 2019

Always room for more dragons!...

Happy Fri-Yay friends!

I'm back with some more dragon cuteness!

- from wonderful Whimsy Stamps
I stamped this gorgeous 
with Memento Expresso Truffle ink on Kraft Card and coloured him with Caran d'Ache Luminance pencils
Blue - 660 Middle Cobalt, 662 Genuine Cobalt
Green - 180 Malachite Green, 214 Beryl Green, 182 Cobalt Green
Pink - 571 Rose Anthraquinone
White/Grey - 001 White, 842 Raw Umber, 906 Sepia 50%

I die cut the image with 
I made a cloud template with the largest cloud die from the 
and used it to create clouds on the Kraft card background by dabbing it with ColorBox Frost White ink.  I want to say thank you to Paula Williamson @paulabella for the inspiration for that particular idea.

I die cut two Kraft card clouds with the 
and stamped the you're special sentiment on them from the
I fixed the clouds to the card design as shown and added some white dots with a white gel pen.  I also painted some parts of the dragon with liquid glitter.

I die cut a larger 
and layered the card design on to it.

I used the largest 
to create a circular card blank.
(Remember to place the top of the circle die above the fold of your card as it goes through your die cutting machine)!
Thank you for popping by!

Be sure to pop to 
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

love from Sue...xxx


 

 




Thursday, 21 March 2019

Magic Dragons...

Hello everyone.

I can not resist dragons and these are absolute cuties!

I was so happy to see them being stocked now at our wonderful
I stamped these gorgeous 
 with 
coloured them with Polychromos Pencils, and cut them out.

Then I paint the dragons with one of the most beautiful products I have ever used...

Then I die cut a piece of white card with a
Mama Elephant - Bold Banner Die and stamped a sentiment from the stamp set.

to cut a pice of dotty paper and a piece of white card then I embossed the card with 

I finished the card by adding some 
and some 

Here is another photo where I hope you can see the shimmer from that beautiful 

Thank you for popping by...
Happy crafting!
from Sue...xxx





Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Bunny Balloons...

Hello everyone, 

We are having a lot of fun this week at 
celebrating St Patrick's Day!

There's a week long party happening 
so be sure to pop along!

I have joined in by creating my own green themed card with one of the beautiful new release stamps
To make this card I first stamped and coloured the gorgeous 
with Polychromos Pencils.  I stamped and coloured an extra set of balloons!

I used the 
to create a cloud template and used that to mask and ink the background with Distress Ink pads in Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac.  I die cut the background with the cloud die from the 

I created a card blank and frame with a starry embossing folder and assembled the card design as  shown.  The top die cut had cut through the balloons but that is set a problem because I fussy cut the second set I stamped and fixed them on top!

I added some card and vellum die cut clouds using the 

I stamped the gorgeous Hello sentiment from the 

Finally I added some 
Be sure to pop to 
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

love from Sue...xxx


 

  








Saturday, 9 March 2019

Watercolour painting with Copics!...

Hello everyone!

I'm here today with a really easy and pretty technique.

I'm going to show you how to paint with your Copics as if they were watercolours!
I am using a beautiful stamp from Stamping Bella - 
Uptown Girl Melanie - The Modern Bride, a paint palette, a paintbrush, Copic Various Ink Refills E00, YR21, YG63, BV08, BG23, B60 and Colourless Blender.  I also kept a piece of paper towel handy for wiping my paintbrush.

This is such a lovely technique and it is really simple to achieve lovely results.  Here are a few top tips for you!

If you don't have Copic Various Ink Refills you can use Copic Markers by scribbling them onto an acrylic block and using a paintbrush dipped in Colourless Blender to pick up the colour.

Copic Colourless Blender will lighten the colours you are using so you might want to choose darker colours than you usually would and practice on a piece of spare card first to see how the colours come out!

Use the smallest brush you are comfortable with and once you have dipped it into the colour and the blender you might need to just lightly dab the tip of the brush onto the paper towel so it isn't too wet. 

Clean your brush each time you have used a different colour and dry it on paper towel.  

Replace the Copic Colourless Blender as it becomes dirty.
 Put a few drops of E00 and Colourless Blender into the paint palette.  Dip the tip of the paintbrush into the E00 and then into the blender and quickly paint the face, starting in the area of the face with the most shade.  You can repeat this if you want to, until you have a depth of colour you are happy with.  Repeat with the shoulders and arm.  Clean the paintbrush with colourless blender and dry on a paper towel.

Put a few drops of YR21 into the paint palette and repeat the same technique with the hair - dip the brush into the YR21 and then the colourless blender and paint the hair, starting in the part of the hair where there is the most shade.
Put a few drops of YG63 into the palette.  Dip the brush into YG63 and then into the colourless blender and dab some spots of green onto the leaves.
Put a few drops of BV08 into the palette.  Dip the brush into the BV08 and then into the colourless blender and paint the flowers.  You can repeat this adding more colour to the petals where you want them to be darkest.
Dip the brush into YG63 again and then into the colourless blender and dab some spots of green onto the centre of the flowers.
Using B60 add some folds to the frock - you only need a light touch here, if the folds look too dark you can smooth them out by painting with some colourless blender. 
Put a few drops of BG23 into the palette.  Dip the brush into the BG23 and then into the colourless blender and paint the ribbon.  You can repeat this adding more colour to the ribbon where you want it to be darkest.
I had nt tried this technique before, I promise it is really easy to do.  It would be great if you could have a go and show us at


Thursday, 7 March 2019

Butterfly advice...

Hello everyone,

I hope today is kind to you...

I have two cards to show you today made with a beautiful new release background stamp from our wonderful
To make this card I first blended Distress Inks over a piece of card.  I used my favourite colour palette of Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Evergreen Bough and Scattered Straw.  I sprinkled water over the design and dabbed it dry with papertowel

Then I stamped and heat embossed in white the 

I then layered the design onto a piece of white card and added a white ribbon.

I completed the design by die cutting the 
and adding a sentiment from the 
You're Too Kind Clear Stamp Set which cut out with a  

I used the same techniques to make my second card ...
I first blended Distress Inks over a piece of card.  I used a different colour palette of 
Wilted Violet, Cracked PistachioFaded Jeans
I sprinkled water over the design and dabbed it dry with papertowel

Then I stamped and heat embossed in silver the 

I then layered the design onto a piece of silver glitter card. 

I completed the design by die cutting the 
and adding a sentiment from the 
You're Too Kind Clear Stamp Set which cut out with a  

The crafty possibilities with Jennifer Doves's beautiful Butterfly Background Stamp are endless - you could create so many different cards with it!

Thank you for popping by!

Be sure to pop to 
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

love from Sue...xxx

Butterfly advice... Let go of the past, trust the future, embrace change, come out of your cocoon, unfold for wings, dare to get off the ground, ride the breeze, savour the flowers, wear your brightest colours, let your beauty show!...xxx

 

 

 

 








Saturday, 2 March 2019

Tiger tiger burning bright...

Happy Saturday friends,

hope you have some lovely weekend plans!

Mine involve food, dog walking and lots of colouring! (:

I'm back to day with the second day of 
new release wonderfulness... (which IS a word)!

The shocker is that for today's new release goodies I have not picked up a pen, pencil or paintbrush! o-:

Which just goes to show that you can get gorgeous crafty results even if colouring is nt your thing!

Here are my makes with a beautiful set of papers and dies
Thanks a Bunch
My Awesome Friend
These cards were such fun to make!

I used dies from the Pierced and Stitched Circles Die Set to create circular frames from the beautiful Tiger - 6x6 Paper Pack.

I also die cut the papers with the Thanks Word and Shadow Die Set and the 
Friend Word and Shadow Die Set to create a focal point.

Finally I added sentiments from the You're Too Kind Clear Stamp Set which I stamped on to strips of card die cut with the Quick Strips Die Set

To be honest I could have created dozens of cards with these beautiful papers and dies!  The only thing that stopped me was that I ran out of time!

Thank you for popping by!

Be sure to pop to 
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

love from Sue...xxx



 

 






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