Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Coffee Time!

Two best words to hear ever - Coffee Time! I admit it's always coffee time at my house! This super digi is from Sweet Escape Digis and I was lucky enough to colour her up as a GDT project. 
I'm proud because I think this is the best hair I have ever done, blowing my own trumpet!


Always remember to check out the Sweet Escape Digis Facebook page to make sure you're aware of the latest shop offer!


Here is the digi in the shop:


And here is my version:


Really loved colouring her. It's polychromo pencils as usual on smooth kraft card with just a touch of white posca pen on her eyes.


Font is Courier New. Backing papers from Making Cards Magazine and bling form the stash!


Thanks for joining me for a coffee today! I've been in lock down so long going for a coffee sounds like heaven! Small joys in life eh?

Wanting some nice images to colour? Why not check out the Sweet Escape Digis shop?



Monday, July 06, 2020

Magically Dark

Hi again! Another GDT post today for Sweet Escape Digis, and this is Dark Fairy! Really happy with her horns! I enjoyed doing the wings too.

Remember to always check the Sweet Escape Facebook Page for the latest offers! There may even be free digistamps with your purchase!

As I write this the current offer is 5 digis for $5, here is a link to the post in the facebook group with all the details of how to take advantage of this offer.


Here she is as a digi:



And here is my version in polychromo pencils on smooth kraft card:


I had been discussing colouring faces with a crafty friend and particularly using make-up videos on youtube where they describe how to do facial contouring. I knew Dark Fairy was going to get some strong facial bone structure so was able to share her as an example of what I mean. Watching make up videos is really useful,  they show you how to alter the shape of your face through make up which applies perfectly to colouring too!


Backing paper from Making Cards Magazine. I used a white posca pen for highlights.


Why not check out the Sweet Escape Digi shop for more magical creatures?



Friday, July 03, 2020

Are you brave enough?

Hi all! Popping on the blog today to share a colouring of a super digi "Merida" from Sweet Escape Digis!

This is a fan image, so not for sale but if you purchase from the shop you can get it as a freebie! It is always worth checking the Sweet Escape Digis Facebook Page for info on the latest offers!

(Click here for a direct link to the offer details and instructions in the facebook group.)

Currently you can get 5 digis for $5 AND this awesome fan image. Shop here!
(Allow 12 hours after purchase to receive the extra digistamp).


I admit, I just wanted to colour her hair! I also admit, I went wrong, and actually straight through the cardstock because I re-did an area too many times for the strength of my paper. Oops! However she still takes an okay photo but I don't think I can really give her to anyone now, erf.


As normal she is coloured with polychromo pencils on smooth kraft card with white posca pen highlights. I didn't pair her with a sentiment, was going to add it afterwards, but now she'll probably just end up in my art scrapbook as a nice memory.


Backing paper from Making Cards Magazine. Triangle enamel bling from La De Dah.


Thanks for joining me today! Please check out the Sweet Escape Digi Shop for many more super images that will be a joy to colour!



Friday, June 26, 2020

Right Shed Fred

By fabulous coincidence Dr.Digi released this super gardening stamp just when I had in a commission to make a gardening card! I love it when that happens! This is Right Shed Fred.


I coloured him with polychromo pencils on kraft card. I love colouring wood at the moment and try and sneak it in to everything, so a shed was pure joy!

Here he is in the shop:



Here is my version of him:


Background paper is also from Dr.Digi's this time, it's part of the Seedings Backing Paper Set.


I colourised the backing paper to just be shades of green, but from the original colour scheme I cut out two of the flower pots to use as embellishments in the corners too. Font is ACME Secret Agent.


I added a few background plants to add to the gardeny feel! And a snail, can you spot him?


Thanks for joining me today! Why not check out the shop for more great gardening images?


Friday, June 19, 2020

The Look Out

I had a fab opportunity that I would like to share with you today, a little play with this super newly released image from Sweet November Stamps! Thanks Amy! I thought she would be lovely to colour up and she definitely was! She is called "The Look Out".


Here she is in the shop, tho the tail comes as a separate digi so you can place it wherever is suits you for your card:


And here is a close up of my version:


I'm a little bit obsessed with the coastal landscape and critters so added in a few rock dwelling friends for her.  


She is coloured with Faber Castell Polychromo pencils on kraft card. Doing a diaphanous rainbow tail really challenged my skills!

Font is Delinquente Demo. Background paper from Making Cards Magazine (July 2016). Bling from Shimelle and the stash. Quote thanks to André Gide.


So pleased to have got the opportunity to colour up this stunning image from Sweet November Stamps! I love doing mermaids, one of my fav things to colour. Make sure to pop the shop and check out all of their fabulous stamps, super high quality and gorgeous to colour up.





Saturday, June 13, 2020

Ye olde projecte

Another project from history that has finally been made! This is a set of vintage illustration stickers for me to use.


A long while ago, probably 2012, I purchased a number of 60s and 70s childrens annuals and picture books that were extremely badly damaged and about to be chucked (from a charity shop). I then decided that they would make an awesome collection of stickers some time in 2014, lol!


Unfortunately I couldn't tell who the illustrators were in most cases, or the names of the books even, most of the pages were loose, but these days I would have probably spent a longer time trying to work out what bits went with what books because now I make my own images, I know that the origins of artwork is important.


Anyway, if I happen across any of these artists whilst browsing vintage children's book illustrations I will be sure to pop back here with suggestions of where these fabulous designs came from. Now I am happily giving new life to these things and will use them on my crafty parcels for some time to come, better than ending up in a bin? (These aren't the actually book pages, they are scans of the originals, before you worry about me cutting books up, however destroyed.)


Thanks for looking at something different. I actually have a huge amount that would make great stickers, and thanks to my friend Helen a lovely new sticker machine and cartridges with which to make more and more and more and more......

....I love stickers :)



Friday, June 12, 2020

When we can return to a salon....

Hi everyone! Back with Deirdery in a pre-covid lockdown salon mode! This digi is from Dr.Digi's House of Stamps and is called Salon Deirdery.


She is coloured with polychromo pencils on smooth kraft card.
Here she is in the shop:


And here is my version:


I decided her dog Dolly had a blue rinse too! Obviously using pet friendly vegetable dyes though :)


Did you know Dr.Digi does amazing backing papers? For this card I used one of the Tartan set. I downloaded it and printed it straight out on my normal printer, zero hassles!


Once I'd printed it out I stuck it to a 7" x 7" card blank. The topper is 3D foam mounted onto the card. 


Thanks for joining me today! Dr.Digi's has loads of papers to download and it's defo worth a look as they are only £1 per set!


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

My First Scrapbook!

Hi All, just wanted to share a personal lock-down triumph that has occurred in my craft room! I have finally finished my scrapbook and it only took me.....7 years! lol.


This was a lovely day out with the whole of my partners family and I thought would be easy to scrap! At the time I wasn't aware of exactly how much time might be needed for a twenty page 8"x8" book.  I loved doing it though, I am not sure if it's very obvious which pages were made in 2013, and which were made in 2020 but my style has changed rather a lot. Because it's been on the back-burner for so long I had collected lots of themed items as the years went by and it was great to finally add them to some fun photos from the day.

I would like to thank my friend Nancy for her top tips on digitising my scrapbook, I didn't fix every problem but thanks to her the photos all came out ok.

Here it is, click on any pic to enlarge it. I have obscured faces rather than ask everyone's permission to show them, I suppose some privacy is sensible.

Scrapbook for my MIL's 80th Birthday (Feb 2013)
on the Severn Valley Railway with all the family. 


Inside Cover. (There's an envelope with the spare photos in glued here).
Some Out-takes
Some Out-takes
Some Out-takes
Back Cover.
The End.