Monday, June 12, 2017

Colouring - Escape To Wonderland

I'm still colouring in 'Escape to Wonderland' by Goodwives and Warriors. I posted the first batch of pages HERE.

Here's a few more pages - I've used a combination of water soluble pencils (Derwent & Inktense) and Crayolas for most of them. I find the paper takes water well, it buckles but not so much as to make the reverse hard to colour. I also find that I prefer the more waxy pencils for this paper. They seem to lay down better than the harder leads do.

This double page spread was quick to do with all the black ready printed. I will add a bit of glitter glue later on when the bumpiness of the glitter will no longer interfere with the colouring of subsequent pages. This stars will need some sparkle, but I would actually like to get my hands on some glow-in-the-dark paint for those.




A riot of colour. The only way I can work in a limited palette is to choose colours and then hide the rest of the box. For this one I just reached for whatever colour I fancied most at the time! I did doodle a frame around the text. Just because.




Tiny areas to colour, so I did a quicky with water colours rather than spend lots of time sharpening pencils



For this Cheshire cat one I was considering giving it a solid black background to make the colours pop. I still think a deep purple or indigo blue background could look really nice with this, but for now I'm leaving it as is. I doodled a basic banner around the text. 





With great effort I kept this 'coin' within a limited palette...





This one was fun to colour! Such a goofy image for a goofy concept - I mean do fish walk on their tails or do they hop?



I intended to lay down a wash of colours and then added pencil over top of that 'snakey Alice' but then I liked it well enough as is and decided to leave it. A sky behind might look nice though and it will hide the faint shadow shining through from the other page next to her head.




A great page for colouring. I like the perspective and the large shapes. Reading that line in a normal voice is almost impossible...




 I hauled out my ink filled waterbrush yet again for the background on this page. Love how it turned out. The black makes all those colours shine. And I used every colour in the box for this one. And then some. Including gold.




And so the fun journey continues in this and other books...




Friday, June 9, 2017

Giant Acorn...

or cute little box?

The other day I just wanted to make something for the fun of it...now I have a tiny little gift box as a result! We had a dry sunny day, sadly so far a bit rare this spring, so I headed outside for a few bright pictures.
The papers are from a Christmas themed paper pack I picked up a few years ago from Michaels. The cardstock is from a Recollections multi-pack



The box is straight forward and easy to put together. Using patterned paper is optional, but I think lining the rounded shape with paper, even be it plain card stock, is a good idea to mimic the smoothness of the nut.



The finished size of my box is 3.5" (9cm) excluding the stem. The total length is 5" (almost 13cm)  At this size I used letter size card stock, but of course one could easily scale it up or down.




The box measures about 2.75"(7cm) in diameter across the opening




It is the perfect size for a small gift of jewelry or even just a little snack. A collection of acorns each containing a different coffee or chocolate, all piled into a bowl would make a great gift. It would also be a practical container for a hostess gift.


 I will definitely have to give that pinecone a try...




Monday, May 8, 2017

Friends Who Laugh....Last!


Too true... and sometimes all you need is a simple little card to celebrate such a friendship. I used water colours to add colour to the card base and added splatters for good measure. Playing with water colour is so much fun! I also have these little bits of patterned paper left that are too small for a card front, but it was perfect for a pop of colour on the card front. A die cut piece of lace adds a little bit of texture and the sentiment strip gives my laughing friends something solid to stand on. A few sequins added the final touch of fun.

The stamps are from the ArtImpressions 'Girlfriends' collection. The image (that never fails to bring a smile to my face) is from the set  'Laughing'  and the sentiment is from 'Comfy on the Couch'








I'm entering this card for the ArtImpressions - One Layer Ladies challenge. There's just a couple days left to enter, so come on over and join us!










Wednesday, May 3, 2017

With Love Sprinkled on Top...

For once I made a card 'just because' with no particular person or purpose in mind. I should do it more often...it was rather fun

I used a digital image from Tiddly Inks 'Happy Bugg and Extras  I coloured the little 'bug' with coloured pencils and added glitter to her wings and the cup cake. A strip of patterned paper makes the wooden floor for her to stand on.

All in all it was super quick to finish and a great little project to colour when you have itchy-fingers-for-colouring and only a little time to spare.





I did a sort-of imitation of the font on the inside of the card. The sentiment is included with the digital set if you prefer to print it. And some fairy dust ended up scattered all over the inside of the card as well...




A fun and quick card, perfect for colouring on the go!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sharing a Cuppa

Such a great image! And suitable for different occasions. I turned this one into a 'friends' card.



Colouring the image was quick to do using water soluble pencils (Derwent) I also added die cuts, punched floral details and a little glitter glue to the dots on the teacups




The image is from Lili of the Valley - Coffee Break.  The sentiment I found online and printed it using the font 'Pea Ana Banana' (free for personal use)



Monday, April 17, 2017

Colouring - Lost Ocean

Another book that I picked up from a local store was Johanna Basford's 'Lost Ocean' - I was concerned about the tiny areas of some of the designs, but really, once I started colouring, I hardly noticed those. I enjoy every minute of colouring this book.

The theme is right up my street
The designs are beautiful
I like the crisp white and fairly smooth paper of the pages which takes harder pencils beautifully.




The verdict is still out if I will add backgrounds to these. I was planning to, but liked them once finished and decided to wait-and-see.





I used a silver Sharpie for the dotted details on this one




I'm having the hardest time getting good colour on the picture of this page. So many details but I enjoyed saturating every area as much as I can with lots of delicious colour.




This was the first page I coloured, feeling my way around the paper with different pencils and some gel pens.



Another longer colour project - whimsical underwater fun!






This was a quickie using Derwent Metallic water soluble pencils for the base layer and dry pencil over top.





Soft pastel colours from the Noris Club pencils by Staedler (which I do not like, simply because I like my colours bolder, BUT they sure do beautiful colour blends!) I added glitter glue details to each jelly fish.




Delightful pages that took quite  a while to colour, but I do like the double spreads.





Another Noris Club pastel one. In retrospect I think I would have liked a smaller colour palette for the seahorses...



This is one book I would really like to colour completely. And who knows, it may just happen!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cross Gift Box

I made this quick and easy gift box for a friend recently.




It is definitely suitable for Easter, especially with the lily added as in the example from the store.

My Scrap Chick's Cross Gift Box




I wanted a add a note inside, so I lined my box with a decorative paper



And added the note, like a scroll, inside.



The result was just what I was hoping for.




I decorated the box with a collection of Petaloo flowers. The lace strip was made with caulking and a mold.




I will need to use that lily sometime too, it makes a beautiful flower!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Great-Grandma's Sewing

What a treat it was to hold and photograph these handmade aprons. Great-Grandma Scheepers made them early in the 1900's sometime, with beautiful neat and tiny stitches.
That corner chair was what she would sit on to work. It has a handy storage area underneath the chair. Very clever - and very comfortable to sit on.




I used Cathy Krenek's  Handmade With Love kit and separate Accents collection for my page. The kit has a lovely old fashioned feel to it which I just love!







Monday, March 27, 2017

Colouring - 'The Magical City'

Taking a look at 'The Magical City' by Lizzie Mary Cullen this week. I got my book as a gift, but as far as I can tell, Amazon carries it in most places.





I started with this page of 'Baker Street' or Sherlock Holmes, whichever way you want to look at it and found it to be a most enjoyable colouring journey. I really like the intricate line work and the overall design is first class. I started this in the holidays and enjoyed taking my time in colouring all those tiny areas. The paper is quite smooth and white, which makes it great for harder pencils and seeing as the harder ones keep a sharper point I found them a pleasure to use in this book.





For this delightfully quirky version of Bruges I used Crayolas and added some loosely drawn lace to the bottom corner as I simply cannot think of Bruges, but remember the gorgeous Belgian lace produced there.




Trying out the Prisma Colour Scholars on 'Amsterdam' below. I was not planning on buying these yet, but they were heavily discounted and hubby said 'why don't you get them?' I couldn't really find a good excuse (how hard did I try, you may ask?) so I did and although I have not done a whole lot with it, so far so good. They are definitely superior to the Crayolas, that much is obvious. But again, this smooth paper really likes the harder pencils. The wax from these soft ones builds up quickly on the slick surface.




I tried wet media on the paper and it worked well enough - seeing as most of the illustrations cover the whole page, a bit of wrinkling and buckling will go largely unnoticed I think. And it doesn't bother me at all.
For this 'Castle on the Hill' page I used Inktense and Derwent water colour pencils. However I messed up big time on the little stream and surrounding areas, and this was as much as I was able to rescue it and fix the mess. For now anyway. There is no glass for this to hide behind so if I think of something else to try, I sure will...but just look at that nice image to colour! Just looking at it makes me want to pick up pencil and book and colour the afternoon away!

I did add some dry pencil to this over the wc pencil layer (mostly Crayolas) just to add a bit of depth in places. Once the water media dries, the paper has basically no tooth left, so there is not a lot of detail one can add with dry pencils.


I'm busy on a few more pages in this book, so we'll revisit it sometime in the future.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Floral Fresh Greetings

A little birthday greeting for a friend - another spring birthday!

This time I used the 'Summer' digital stamp from Lili of The Valley.

For this card I decided to remove the outer frame/border all together for a more 'open' look. Instead I blended some pigment inks onto the edges of the card to act as a frame.




The image was coloured using Derwent water colour pencils and colour pencils and I added a variety of die cut and punched pieces.




I used tiny flower punches and floral sequins as embellishments so as not to overwhelm the beautifully delicate sketched digital image.




For the polka dots on the dress, I mimicked the dotted designer paper using Tulip dimension fabric paint. Only do you see that squiggle on her shoulder? That was a mistake...the paint leaked out as I was getting ready to place that first dot! Yikes! I decided to leave it. It almost looks like it was intended to look like that!

All I can say is that if you're going to make a mistake, this is probably the best kind of mistake to make!



I bought the whole set of Seasons Girl digital Stamps and look forward to colouring the rest of them.