Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Easel Card?

Hiya! Today I am sharing my first-ever Easel Card. I am not one to make shaped cards but this week's Tiddly Ink Challenge is to try out the easel card, so what the heck?!? 

Isn't this a sweet image? It's called Wedding Bells and when you purchase the stamp you get two different versions: one with a veil and one without. I obviously used the one without and that way it could be wedding, anniversary or just love! 

Papers: My Minds Eye, Teresa Collins, Bazzill Cardshoppe
Other: MME Sequins, Papertrey Ink ribbon, Copic markers. SRM sticker

Friday, May 22, 2015

Scooting By

Hi there! 
It's been a heck of a week over here in Tobi-land but sitting down for some coloring therapy was just what I needed.
It turns out that flying a dog home in cargo or in baggage is an incredibly costly endeavor, and of course there's a healthy amount of paperwork involved too... But we want to bring our Chinese rescue dog to Canada and give him a "forever home" so we're trying! 

Today on the Tiddly Inks blog the DT is sharing our weekly "makes." 
Here is my card featuring Scooting By Wryn

I downloaded a colour chart for Spectrum Noir markers and colored it in, so I thought I would get to know them better by using them on this card vs. my Copics. I do notice a difference in a number of ways, the colour organization being the biggest difference. I NEEDED the colour chart because the markers aren't organized into light-to-dark families like Copics, but it's something that I'm getting used to! 

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, May 15, 2015

You Are The Best

I made a pretty watercolored card with the brand-new:

I stamped the image in Versamark and embossed with white EP. To make the dots stand out I added Ranger White Enamel (like glossary accents, except white!). 

Watercolours: Kuretake
Papers: My Mind's Eye

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tiddly Inks!

The other week I applied to be on the Tiddly Inks design team and to my pleasure I was selected. The images are superbly illustrated and will be a real challenge for my colouring skills so i'm really looking forward to the next 4 months! 

Here's my card featuring a newly released image called "Love You Mostest": 

I love to colour Christy's images because they challenge me to see the shadows and highlights and attempt to accentuate them with markers/chalk pencils... 

For example. the folds on the dress and the man's suit were added by selective shading.. it's fun to play around with images like this because each time you do it you can make different choices!

Other information: 
Sketch is from Mojo Monday Sketch 396
Patterned Paper: MME Fancy That
Colouring Mediums: Copic Markers, General's Chalk Pastel Pencil
Accessories: Fancy That sequins, Prima flower

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Twinery Gift Set

I'm so happy that I'll be spending another year with on The Twinery design team. 
Their twine is has always been one of my go-to staples so it's a total no-brainer for me ;).. 

Here's a project I have up on The Twinery Blog if you wanna take a gander: 

Friday, May 1, 2015

How The DUCK Are You

Today is the day of a brand new challenge at the Naughty or Nice blog and this month's challenge is: Friends! I was going through my stamps looking for how I could make a card about friendship Naughty and I came across an old TSG set with some hilarious sentiments and I thought Yep... That's it! 

I wanted to create a quasi picture-frame for my image so what I did was cut out the image (MFT Stitched Square Frame) with the intention of using all parts of the die cut. 

Then I cut a few more squares to layer underneath to raise up the square: 

Then I glued the frames together and when I put the card together it looked like a mat in a picture frame: 

It's funny.. When I showed Ian the outside of the card he said "Oh.. What a cute baby card." and I was like, Ummm.... That's no baby card. Here's the inside: 

Check out the 
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sending Happy Thoughts

So this has been a fun-filled month with another Chinese holiday, my first Chinese birthday (I'm 38!!), report cards and the list goes on... I'm really looking forward to this next week because the weather is so nice right now in Shanghai and we have a whole week off for Chinese Labour Day! We really get spoiled with the holidays around here. 

Today I'm sharing a Tiddly Inks card because I'm throwing my hat in the ring for their next DT call! I love their images and they really challenge my colouring skills, so I thought "Why not?!?!" 

I used a Wryn and Friends stamp called Thanks a Latte printed on Copic X-press paper to colour with Copic markers. I got the colour palette from My Mind's Eye "On Trend" paper collection and used the following markers: 
  • R59, 27, 14, 12, 11
  • G24, 82, 21, 20
  • BG78, 75, 72, 70
  • Skin: E13, 11, YR000, 0000
  • Hair: E44, 43, 41, 40 & E18, YR24, 23, 21
Then once again I got friendly with the gold elements with some groovy shiny gold cardstock (that's very difficult to photograph, BTW!) 

Other Supplies: 
Sentiment created with Technique Tuesday "Say It Happy" die and "Say It Happy" stamp set
MME "On Trend" Sequins
General's Chalk Pastel pencil (black) and blending stump

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Birds

I've been waiting to get these "derpy" birds for a while now and when my craft supplier here in China got them in her store I snatched them right up.. Now, what was I supposed to do with them?
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge this week was to make birthday cards, so that's what I did! 

(And this one is not birthday, but I thought I'd share it too!) 

Stamps: Tim Holtz Birds, Technique Tuesday sentiment "Awesome", Taylored Expressions "Paw-some"
Paper: Bazzill Cardshoppe card base, Watercolor paper
Other: Sakura watercolours, Archival black ink, Wink Of Stella clear, 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

PageMaps Guest Designer

I was so excited that the Technique Tuesday team was asked to guest design for Becky at PageMaps for the quarterly sketches starting in April. 

Check out all of the sketches here: 

And here are my samples: 

Head to the CardMaps Blog for a Technique Tuesday giveaway and a discount! 

Ps... Here's a little video showing my new die storage.
I've gotten so many TT dies lately that it was totally out of hand. 
Now they're organized and accessible and I love it! 

Supplies Card #1:
Papers: Bazzill Cardshoppe, Echo Park "This and That" patterned papers

Supplies Card #2:
Stamps: Bundle Of Joy
Papers:Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock, MME and Pink Paislee patterned papers, 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Naughty Or Naughty Nice & Color Throwdown

Hi there!
 So I won the challenge at the Color Throwdown blog the other week and this week I get to be a guest designer!! 

I used the newest Greenhouse Society Stamp Set from Technique Tuesday and embossed with gold EP and coloured with watercolours.. 

Here's the inspiration photo: 

In addition to that, it's our new challenge at Naughty or Nice... 
This month's challenge is REALLY easy!