Friday, August 28, 2015

A New Release for The East Wind :)

Hello everyone, it's new release day over at The East Wind :)  This new image is called Lucy Loo - Hair.  Gee, lol, I wonder why.

I colored this image using my Copics and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  YR24
PC945, 946, 948, 942
Skin:  E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Eyes:  YG03
PC988, 908, 938
Lips:  PC1029, 938

I inked the edges of some of the papers using Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks from Tim Holtz, and the paper is from my stash.

I am challenging myself to create more Birthday cards for people other than little girls lol.  Hopefully this piece fits into that category.

You can find many more original designs by Unky Lastrange over at The East Wind Etsy shop.  You can find her also at, on Facebook and on Instagram and Pinterest :)

Crafty Ribbons Inspiration and some bleach painting?

Hahaha, yes, I am back with another set of three cards using another of Jennifer McGuire's wonderful techniques, which didn't work out so well for me this time, lol.  I followed the instructions for the first card, but then had to change the technique a bit to accommodate what I had at hand.  All three cards are completed using gorgeous ribbon from Crafty Ribbons as well!

This technique is called bleach painting, and although I was happy with the results from the first card, I couldn't get my tools to cooperate further, so I had to change tactics for each of the two sequential cards.  This first blue card uses Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distress Inks, a stamp set from Altenew, some 13mm satin ribbon in white from my stash, clear embossing powder and bleach, along with the following beautiful ribbons from Crafty Ribbons:  French Viscose Lace in White, and some Handmade Ribbon in White.

This next purple themed card gave me some trouble, lol.  I couldn't get the bleach to apply properly, so I used an alcohol blending marker.  The blending marker didn't achieve the brightness I was looking for, so I add some Wink of Stella (LOVE Stella!).  This card uses Dusty Concord and Faded jeans Distress Inks, two stamp set from Hero Arts, some sequins from my stash, and the following ribbon from Crafty Ribbons:  Handcrafted Ribbon in White and some 35mm Satin Ribbon in Liberty (which I also made the flower with).

This last orange and red card gave me the most trouble this time around lol.  The blender pen didn't lighten the images at all!  So, I left it alone lol.  This card features Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalaide Distress Inks, stamps from hero Arts, sequins from my stash, clear embossing powder and the following ribbons from Crafty Ribbons:  35mm Satin Ribbon in Cardinal, French Viscose Lace in White, and French Handmade Ribbon in Antique White.

These cards are so much fun to make, and the ribbon at Crafty Ribbons website is really enjoyable to work with and add to my projects.  The ribbon finishes them off just beautifully :)  Until next time my friends :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New feature and a Gorjuss Hello

I have such a hard time deciding which images to pick to do sometimes, lol.  So after talking to Noelle at Quick Creations I decided I would do a new feature here on my blog.  Every month I will choose a different line of stamps to feature.  This month I have chosen Santoro's Gorjuss :)  Each stamp image I feature will be available at Quick Creations, although some may only be available through pre-order.

With that sorted, here is my first in this feature:

This is The Owl, a rubber stamp from Santoro's Gorjuss line, designed by Suzanne Woolcott.  I fell in love with these images last year, after speaking to a friend about what my style of creating actually is.  That was a tough one, trying to figure that out...I want to be all styles lol.  This is also a first for me, coloring on Kraft paper, and I definitely want to try it again, however one thing to keep in mind when coloring on kraft is to pay close attention to how the color of kraft paper changes the color of your medium :)  I will remember this for next time for sure!

I have colored her up using my Prismacolor Premiere Pencils, and paired her with paper from MME Indie Chic - Nutmeg, and MME Lost & Found - Portobello Road 6 x 6 paper pads.

This is such a fun image to color, and really lends itself to any style of card and color.  To purchase this and other Gorjuss dolls, you can visit Quick Creations.  Also don't forget to visit the blog, and join in our challenges!  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Crafty Ribbons Inspiration and some faux metal techniques....say what??

How is everyone enjoying their summer so far?  I am definitely enjoying mine :)  In fact, I am enjoying it so much that I did up all of August's projects ahead of time and blogged them....because I am spending a couple weeks on the beautiful Manitoulin Island with my mom and dad, sister and kids, and hopefully both of my girls as well.  I can't wait :)

But enough chitter chatter, let's get down to business here....hmmmm, where was I?  Oh YES!  I have some Crafty Ribbons Inspiration for you today, and I have also CASEd some Jennifer McGuire techniques lol.  I love JM and watch every single one of her videos.  So, all inspiration projects from me this month are based on techniques I watched in a couple of Jennifer's newest videos.

For this week, I made a set of three cards, using a faux metal technique and some absolutely GORGEOUS Crafty Ribbons to embellish them.

I like to do these cards in sets of three, not sure why...but I just do lol.  So here is a set of three cards, using the faux metal technique from Jenifer McGuire.  This first blue one, uses Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks, some pearl powder, an embossing folder, flowers from Recollections (plus one I made myself, and the following gorgeousness from Crafty Ribbons:  French Viscose Lace in Antique White, 35mm Satin Ribbon, 9mm Handmade Grosgrain Ribbon in white, and some Sentiment Ribbon .

This pink card uses Spun Sugar and Fired Brick Distress Inks, pearl powder, an embossing folder, Butterfly die cuts, some flowers from my stash and the following beautiful ribbons from Crafty Ribbons:  Sentiment Ribbon, Handmade Ribbon in White, and some Morlaix Cotton Lace in Blush.

And this last one uses Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks, an embossing folder, gold pearl powder, and the following pretty ribbon from Crafty Ribbons:  Handmade Ribbon in Cream, Vintage Butterflies Ribbon, Vintage Butterflies Sentiment Ribbon in English Latte, and some French Viscose Lace in Scarlet.

I you are looking for gorgeous ribbons to use on your cards or other projects, look no further.  Come and check out the Crafty Ribbons website and you'll find what you're looking for, and probably more!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Captain Owen is on his way with The Paper Nest Dolls

For my inspiration this week for The Paper Nest Dolls, I created a Travel Log, inspired by this awesome image of Captain Owen, and my trip to Manitoulin Island :)

I am currently enjoying my trip, but I worked hard to get this finished for you before I left!

I colored Captain Owen using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers, and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hat/Shirt:  Y11, B00                                               Dog:  E11
PC915, 942, 1034, 903, 906, 901                          PC945, 944, 948
Hair:  E11                                                               Heart:  R22
PC945, 944, 948                                                    PC925, 937
Skin:  E000                                                            Spyglass:  PB108
PC927, 939, 1031                                                  PC1060, 935
Boat:  E13                                                              Sail:  E53
PC997, 1082, 946                                                  PC941, 947, 948

The paper is from the Authentique Abroad 6 x 6 pad, and the anchors are die cut from a Lifestyle Crafts Die.  The headings are stamped using an alphabet stamp set from Recollections.

I love the idea of a travel log, and this is the second one I've made.  The first was an altered composition book, which I created for my daughter who loves to sail :)  She is currently on her way to me after being away for six weeks at a cadet camp for sailing.  I miss her so much, can't wait to get her back!  I am waiting for her on Manitoulin Island right now, and that was another inspiration for this project.  This will be the first time I make this twelve hour drive totally by myself.  Could be a long drive for sure, and I am prepared to spend the night half way.  For those that don't know the area, half way will be around Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and there is a really nice KOA campground there that we usually stay at on our way through.  So with that being said, this was the last project I needed to get finished before I leave, and now that I have finished, its time to clean and pack!

This was such a fun image, and you can find it in rubber stamp form on The Paper Nest Dolls website, along with many more awesome stamp images from Christine Paperdolls.  Don't forget to come and fins us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, as well as the challenge blog where you can win awesome PND prizes!  See you there, and see you soon!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Life is Sweeter with Friends with My Whimsical Little World

Hello everyone, I have an inspiration piece for you using an image from My Whimsical Little World, called Marigold.  She is an awesome little beach babe :)

I have colored her using my Copics and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  Y21
PC943, 947
Skin:  E000
PC927, 939 1029
Bikini:  R22
PC1031, 1081

To finish this card, I used paper from the My Mind's Eye Unforgettable 6 x 6 paper pad, some Recollections paper flowers, as well as a stamp from Hero Arts.

You can find this and many other stamps in the My Whimsical Little World online store at  Don't forget to come and join the fun over at the challenge blog, and come and find us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram too!  See you there!

Strut Your Stuff with The East Wind

It's new release day at The East Wind, and although I am currently away on holidays, I have this sweet image all finished up for you :)  My image this week is called Strut, and she is another of Unky's sweet and unique digital images.

I colored this image using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hair: Copics E11
PC1082, 948, 935
Skin:  Copics E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Dress: Copics R20, PB108
PC923, 925, 937
Corsage: PB108
PC925, 938

To complete this card I also used, paper from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Union Square 6 x 6 pad, a Recollections paper doily, a Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die, Spellbinders Die and some handmade ribbon flowers (made by me :), and a wooden button from my stash.  I also used some watercolor paint to splash a little color around the finished image, but on the white die cut.

You can find this one and many, many more original digital images in The East Wind Etsy Shop.  You can also find The East Wind on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Come on over to the blog as well, to join in the challenges!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Life is Sweeter with Friends, Quick Creations Inspiration

Hello everyone, I am on holidays right now, enjoying the sun on Manitoulin Island with my mom and dad, my daughter and my sister, how much better could it get?  So I feverishly worked ahead to get all my August projects finished before I left, and this is what I worked on for Quick Creations :)

This is Rose & Felix, a lovely Wee Stamps image from Whimsy Stamps.  You can find this image, along with many more Whimsy and Wee Stamps in the Quick Creations online shop, and Noelle's customer service is second to none :)

I colored this sweety using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers, and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  Y21
PC942, 1034, 943
Skin:  E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Dress:  BG10, BG72
PC1088, 901, 1027
Flowers:  YG61, E01, RV10
PC1005, 988, 995, 939, 1031, 943
Cat:  PB108
PC1052, 1058, 1029

To complete this project I also used paper from the 6 x 6 Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer paper pad, the Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Burst Die and some paper flowers from Recollections that I had in my stash.

Noelle has added many items to her clearance section on her website, you should definitely check that out!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Divine Tilda is Making a Loving Statement Today

A slight change in your regular programming today :)  I even surprised Noelle and created an extra project using a Magnolia stamp.  I am just starting to build my Magnolia collection, they are so sweet.

This is Divine Tilda :

I made this project using some paper from My Mind's Eye In Bloom 6 x 6 paper pad, and sketch...yay me!

I stamped her on 140lb watercolor paper, as my original intention was to color her with distress inks, but...alas, I have not learned how to do that yet, lol.  Before the end of the summer, that's my goal.

I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils (and yes, I did go there, lol) on watercolor paper.  I wanted to see how they faired on that much tooth, and they did great!

Skin:  PC927, 939, 1029
Hair:  PC914, 916, 1034, 1082
Dress:  PC1092, 1031, 1081, 935
Boots:  PC1085, 1075, 1074, 1076
Bow:  PC1092, 1031, 1081, 935
Paper:  My Mind's Eye- In Bloom
Sketch:  No sketch was harmed in the making of this card :)

You can find a lot of Magnolia Rubber Stamps in Noelle Martin's online shop over at Quick Creations, and don't forget to come and join in the fun with our monthly challenge over on the Challenge Blog!

Noelle has a great clearance sale going on right now in her!  Check it out!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Newsletter Freebie from The East Wind!

Have you received your August newsletter from The East Wind?  If not, you should definitely go and sign up for it, because every month there is a free image from Unky!  This month's image is called Yes!  And she is so cute :)

I have colored her using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  PB89
PC1082, 947, 948, 935, 1084
Skin:  Copics E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Dress:  Copics R27
PC924, 925, 937, 938
Flowers:  Copics YG03, PB108, E11, Y11, BV02, YR24, RV10
PC1060, 1061, 1065, 1034, 1032, 943, 947, 995, 932, 909, 908

I finished her using paper from the Deja Views Really Hot red 8 x 8 paper pad, paper flowers from Recollections, and Spellbinders Die Elegant Labels 4.

You can find all kinds of unique images from The East Wind in their online shop at Etsy :)  You can also find us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram :)  See you soon!

It's the Journey with My Whimsical Little World

It's time for our second monthly challenge at My Whimsical Little World!  There are some awesome new images coming this month too :)  And here is Beach Buggy :)

Had a great time with this image, although I have to admit, the tires gave me some trouble :)  I colored this image with my Copics, Prismacolor Markers and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Surfboards:  Copics Y21, BG10, RV10
PC942, 1034, 943, 992, 1027, 901
Car:  Y21, RV10,  PB108
PC942, 1034, 943, 993, 1030, 1088, 938
Wheels:  PB108
PC1067, 935, 938

You can find this one and many more fun images just like this one at the MWLW Etsy shop.  And don't forget, today is the start of the new challenge for the month of August.  Come on over and check it out!