Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Love You With All My Heart with Crafty Ribbons

Hello everyone!  Spring has finally sprung!  And along with it comes moving day for me....well, actually moving week, and this is the week.  What a job!  It will feel so good to get it over with.

For the Crafty Ribbons challenge this week, the theme is anything goes, so I have chosen to create an "I Love You" card, using the 35mm red satin ribbon and the french viscose lace in white.

I have used my Kuretake Gansai watercolors to create the background with the red and pearl colors.  Then I stamped the lace doily with white pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The flower is made using Kanzashi techniques, and I added the white pearl stamen from Marion Smith Designs.  The sentiment is from Crafter's Companion Heartfelt Wishes stamp set and the small white doily is die cut using the Spellbinders Teardrop Doily die set.

I love creating these flowers with ribbon.  Such a fun and easy technique that creates beautiful flowers.  The satin ribbon from Crafty Ribbons is heaven to work with and lends itself very well to these Kanzashi techniques.  I definitely have to order more :)

Don't forget to join in the challenge, you can find it here.  You can also find loads of inspiration from the entire design team on the inspiration blog here :)  Until next time....a-packing-I-will-go :P

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Wedding Card

Hello everyone, I have a super sweet card to show you today for Crafty Ribbons :)

I created this wedding card, by first making a watercolor background with my super awesome Zig watercolors.  I matched the ribbon to the watercolors before I started of course :P

Then I used a wide sheer ribbon to create flower petals in Kanzashi style and then created the bloom.  I added stamen and a gingham ribbon bow, and voila!  If you would like to see how these Kanzashi petals are made, I shall do a tutorial soon.  But to be honest, you can find a ton of tutorials on youtube.  That's how I learned.

For all your ribbon, lace and button needs, please visit the Crafty Ribbons website.  And don't forget about the challenges, you can find them here :)  You can also find Crafty Ribbons on Pinterest and Facebook.  Tata for now!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Have a little Siesta with The East Wind

Having some serious fun with The East Wind digital images, and how could you not have fun with them?  They are so original.  I struggled for a sentiment for this one tho, lol.  She is called Siesta and she just looks so comfortable and relaxed, lol.  And you know, if an animal is comfortable enough to fall asleep with you, that you are the best in their eyes and that's what counts!

Siesta by The East Wind
I have colored with my Copics, Prismacolor Brush Markers, and my Prismacolor markers in the following colors:

Hair:  Copics - E99
PC946, 948
Skin:  Copics - E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Dress/Shoes:  Prisma - PB48
PC1088, 1027, 901
Dog:  Copics - E21
PC997, 945, 943
Hedgehog:  Copics - E70
PC1072, 1074, 1076

Siesta by The East Wind
I also followed the same sketch maps from to complete this card, and you can find it here :)
This is the second of my challenge to myself and I am really enjoying this.  Not only does it help you to make the cards if you struggle with placement, but it also teaches you when to stop adding embellishments, lol.

If you are looking for something new and original to color and create with, stop by The East Wind Etsy shop to see all of Unky's beautiful images :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 a jar!

Had a wee bit of fun with these rubber stamps from Noelle Martin over at Quick Creations :)  She asked me to use the CC Designs Mason Jar Stamp and the Denami Flower Bloom stamp...together!!!!  Another challenge to learn from.  After pondering this request for a couple weeks I finally decided to turn the mason jar on its side and plant a garden inside!

I have blocked in the colors with my copics, and then added the shading and details with my Prismacolor Premiere Pencils :)

I have also used paper from the Doodlebug "Hello Sunshine" 6 x 6 paper pad :)  I will link everything I have used to the Quick Creations shop so you can find it easily :)

Don't forget to join in on the fun at the Challenge blog for a chance to win a great prize from the Quick Creations online shop :)  You can also find Quick Creations on Facebook and Instagram!

Use my special code in the online shop for a discount!  The code is LEAH10

And Noelle is having an inventory clear-out sale!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Paper Nest Dolls and Maddy with Glasses

One of the new release rubber stamps from The Paper Nest Dolls, Maddy with Glasses, has stolen my heart :)  She is just so sweet!  So I have colored her with my copics (new thing!) and my Prismacolor Pencils, to create this card :)

Maddy with Glasses by The Paper Nest Dolls
 I colored her with the following colors:

Hair:  Copics - Y21
PC914, 942, 1034, 943
Skin:  Copics - E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Dress:  Copics - BG72
PC1088, 1027, 901, 938
Shoes:  Copics - E99
PC943, 946, 948
Book:  Copics - E00, Prismacolor Brush Marker - PB4

I have starting blocking in the color with alcohol markers as I find it gives a much fuller color to the image :)  But I have reverted back to my pencils for shading and details of course :)  I own very few Copics and Prismacolor Brush Markers, so I'll be working with a limited color palette until I can get more colors!

Maddy with Glasses by The Paper Nest Dolls
Something else I have been doing that's new:  I have challenged myself to create all my projects using sketches:)  I found a website with sketches that I really like, and they combine their sketches into a pdf for you to download!  So here's the one I started with, from  Check back often to see more projects using this page of card sketches :)  This is only the first of ten.

If you are looking for some new and very sweet rubber stamp images, come on over to The Paper Nest Dolls online store to see them all!  And don't forget about our monthly challenge, where it's always Anything Goes for a chance to win an awesome prize :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

OOooooooo Butterflies!

How can you say no to beautiful butterflies, and after the long winter we've had, I am so looking forward to seeing them in real life :)  For Quick Creations this week, I made this Happy Day card and I really love how it turned out.

I used the Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Lace Die to create this card.

I cut two of the dies, and shaded one in the center and one on the outside edges with my Stampin' Up Island Indigo ink pad.  Then I glued them together in the center and popped up the two of them up with a dimensional adhesive.  The doilies are from Recollections.  I used one of the sentiments from the Time for Tea Ponytail Rubber Stamp, and the flowers are from Kaisercraft.  The papers are Prima "Butterfly" 6 x 6 paper pad.  I also used the Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Burst Die.  Most of these products (except for the Recollections Doilies) can be found in the Quick Creations online shop.  I have linked them all for you :)

Don't forget to visit the challenge blog for the monthly challenges for a chance to win an awesome prize :)

Use my special code in the online shop for a discount!  The code is LEAH10

Noelle is also having a huge inventory clearout sale!  Check it out!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Crafty Ribbons Inspiration week

It's my inspiration day at Crafty Ribbons, and I have made a Happy Birthday card for you:)  I have used the Swiss Dots grosgrain ribbon in Cappuccino and pink.

I have been experimenting with watercolor backgrounds lately and really enjoying it :)

So here you go!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cheeky New Release from The East Wind :)

It's new release day at The East Wind !  This time, Unky has created for you a new Diva Lisa image, called Cheeky II.  She is gorgeous!

I colored her with my favorite medium, Prismacolor Premiere Pencils (of course :) And added some paper blocks and a Cheery Lynn die cut, but she really doesn't need a lot of embellishment.

To find this and many more original and awesome images by Unky Lastrange, please visit The East Wind Etsy shop or website.  Don't forget about the FB challenges!  You can also find The East Wind on Instagram!

Happy Easter and a Challenge and Blog Hop at Crafty Ribbons!

Happy Easter is coming soon and with it comes a new challenge over at the Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog :)

The theme for this weeks challenge is EASTER!  Awesome challenge theme don't ya think?  It finally feels like spring is coming over here in my neck of the about a Blog Hop to celebrate!  There are 12 stops along the hop, and at each stop a letter will be revealed for you :)  At the end of the hop you should be able to unscramble all letters to reveal a word (s).  A nifty prize pack from Crafty Ribbons is just waiting for you to win!

I have used the Clermont Lace and some striped ribbon from the Crafty Ribbons shop for this piece.  The background is done with watercolor, and the Altenew stamp is heat embossed with Champagne embossing powder.

My letter is O

You should have arrived here from Carol's blog and your next hop will take you to Marg.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and a fabulous hop!  Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Never Have A Sympathy Card When You Need One...

A terrible tragedy overtook a family in my area a couple weeks ago.  The family had been out of town for a hockey tournament, and on the way home, the grandfather had a stroke while driving the van, carrying his daughter and two grand daughters and grand son.  The two grand daughters and the grand father passed away, leaving the mother and the grandson in critical condition in the hospital in Toronto.  I knew the older girl, she went to school where I work, and the whole school community felt such a deep loss.  During this time, I thought to myself, I never have a sympathy card when I need one.  We don't like to think we will ever need them, but we do, and we will.

So I poured my heart and soul into this watercolor sympathy card and I will have it on hand when I need, should I need it, and yes, I some point...I will need it.  Sad as it is :(

I used an Altenew stamp that I just adore and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  The I used my brand new Zig watercolors to paint - inside the lines so-to-speak.  I love the outcome of this, so perfect and classy.  I used a stamp from my stash for the sentiment (sorry I don't know what company the stamp is from) and added dew drops with my Ranger Glossy Accents.

I am supremely impressed with this new stamp company.  The Altenew stamps are so crisp and clear and don't seem to require any conditioning at all.  I will definitely be ordering from them again soon :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

A special gift from Fairy Avery and The Paper Nest Dolls

It's a good day to be a fairy :)  The sun is shining, finally there is no wind and the snow is melting.  It is a good day to be anybody! lol

I have chosen Fairy Avery with gift for my challenge piece this week for The Paper Nest Dolls.  And I have colored her up in nice bright colors.  The only problem came when I went to build her a card, lol.  I am in the process of moving, and realized that I had packed all of my nice bright patterned paper.  So I used what I had on hand, and I think she turned out ok :)

Fairy Avery with Gift by The Paper Nest Dolls

I colored her using my Prismacolor Premiere Pencils.  They are my favorite medium, however, I have been experimenting with new mediums...copics and watercolors!  Loving every single one I try, which is not always a good thing, my bank account to attest to :P

Fairy Avery with Gift by The Paper Nest Dolls

As always the challenges are Anything Goes :)  And Christine always has a great prize pack for the winner.  You can find the rules and inlinkz doohickey at the challenge blog here :)

there's a special party coming up on 12th of April to celebrate some new releases!  Along with new dolls to see, there will also be prizes!  Don't forget to mark your calenders!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A favourite new technique and Quick Creations :)

One of my favorite new techniques is the white pencil crayon on black card stock :)  And this is the first image I tried it with.  This is Bella with Daisy by Wild Rose Studio for Quick Creations and Noelle Martin (she's such a sweetie-pie).

I love the simplicity of this technique (plus it cuts down on the amount of supplies to bring with you if yer on the move :), and the starkness of the white on black just makes the image stand out that bit more.  I prefer to use pencil for this technique, although I'm sure you could achieve it with other mediums, because it allows me to add the shading by softening my pressure on the pencil.

You can find this awesome rubber stamp image in Noelle's online store at Quick Creations :)  Don't forget about the monthly challenges for a chance to win a gift certificate the store!

Other products used in this project include ribbon from Crafty Ribbons :)

The East Wind Newsletter Freebie

It's April 1st, and do you know what that means???  It's newsletter freebie day at The East Wind!  If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, go here right now and get it done :)

This month's newsletter freebie is Aurora Summer Breeze and she is dreamy.

Aurora Summer Breeze by The East Wind
 I colored this beauty with my Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Skin - PC927, 939, 1029
Hair - PC1070, 1072, 1074, 1076, 935
Lips - PC1014, 1029
Eyes - PC1096, 908, 935
Dress - PC1089, 1096, 908, 938
Flowers - PC1043

Aurora Summer Breeze by The East Wind

You can find many more awesome images from The East Wind over at the Etsy shop :)  Don't forget to join in the Facebook Challenges and find TEW on Instagram too!