Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Purple Day Blog Hop! Win this card!


Hi everyone and welcome to the Purple Day Blog Hop! This hop was organised by my friend Fikreta to support Epilepsy Awareness! Purple Day, on the 26th March, is when everyone comes together to share knowledge and reduce the stigma associated with Epilepsy. I've added the official info and link at the bottom of this post, please read if you have time.

I stole this lovely purple kitty from Fiki, don't tell her ;)

Here is the blog hop list, please pop around the hop if you can, there are some great purple projects and fab giveaways to take part in!
You are here  →→ Annabel ←←You are here

And now for my purple creation using the Cheshire Cat digistamp from Dr.Digi's! (I know it's not my normal friday Dr.Digi slot but I thought he would make an awesome purple card, so I am popping in an extra Dr.Digi card today)


I kept to a mainly purple theme and coloured him with polychromo pencils! Do you think he looks like he should be up on the notice board in your Dentist's reception? lol.


Font is the Dr.Digi font called Samdan. Background paper from the stash.


If you would like to win this card, I am going to randomly select someone who comments on this post and will send it to you after the end of the hop on the 31st.


 So please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win! If you don't have a blog yourself with contact details on, keep an eye on my blog for the winner to be announced and then contact me! (eekbob1@hotmail.com) You can sign up for email updates if you want a handy way to be notified. (It's in the column on the right hand side →→→)

This offer is open internationally and is not in conjunction with anyone but me. I will need to ask your address if you win but I will not retain is after your card has been posted.


A bit of info!

50 Million People have epilepsy world wide.
It is estimate 1 in 100 people have it.
In 50% of the cases the cause is unknown.

Purple Day is a global grassroots event formed with the intention to increase worldwide awareness of epilepsy, and to dispel common myths and fears of this neurological disorder. Further intentions of this movement are to reduce the social stigmas commonly endured by many individuals afflicted with the condition; to provide assurance and advocacy to those living with epilepsy that they are not alone in their ongoing endurance; and to initiate individuals living with the condition to take action in their communities to achieve these aims.
 The day occurs annually on March 26.



Friday, March 22, 2019

Dr. Demento the Dermatologist.

Happy Friday Folks! Bit of a different DT card today. I am very lucky to be able to use Dr.Digi images for cards people commission from me and I knew Dr.Demento would be perfect for a dermatologically themed card. I printed the "Demento Alone" digi onto a blank piece of white card and started to draw in the scene around him.


Firstly I added the appropriate greeting to the back of his clipboard and the words on the label of the bottle he is holding. 


The customer had asked for some things to be included, like a "cure for psoriasis" and "a cure for eczema" and other things that are really tricky to spell! She wanted a mad scientist kind of vibe in his laboratory. When I had finished drawing the scene in pencil I then went over the design in black pen. Then I scanned it (in case of accidents!) and finally coloured it in with copic markers and white posca pen. I also added a bit of glitter and glossy accents at the end.


I am pleased to say the customer was really happy with it! I also personalised the inside as per her requirements and added in some extra signing space for work colleagues to add their signatures.


Dr.Digi's has lots of stamps that suit different jobs and trades, why not check out the shop next time you need to make a card for someone you work with?



Friday, March 15, 2019

Fairy with flowers!

Hiya, another GDT post today! :) I hope you didn't miss this amazing freebie on Kit & Clowder, but thankfully Fairy with flowers is now available in the Sweet Escape Shop to buy! And more good news, I have an offer code to share with you so you can also get 20% off, use SWEET20  

It's always worth keeping an eye out on the Sweet Escape Facebook Page for the latest special deal! Why not buy her using the 4 stamps for £10 offer instead? 

So here is my card using her! She was so much fun to colour.


And here is the digistamp, I know it can be nice to compare the stamp to the coloured image?


And my coloured version -


I used polychromo pencils as normal on Kendal Buff cardstock. I also used a lot of white posca pen and a smidge of glitter on the flowers.


The background paper is verrrry old and from the stash. The fonts are Bernadette Rough and KG No Regrets.


I am still tempted to make a mask and cover the whole of the wings with glitter varnish?  It might happen, I just wanted to show off how nice the stamp was to colour before going mad with glitter, lol!

Thanks for joining me today. Make sure to join up to the Sweet Escape FB page for offers and check out their shop to see all the lovely things they have to offer! So many beautiful stamps.


Friday, March 08, 2019

Giving you penguin realness.

Hi everyone! Back to the blog for Dr.Digi friyay! :D And this time I am bringing you penguins out of season. A penguin is not just for Christmas. Here is my card using "Cuddly Critters - Penguin!"


This penguin is not only a stand-alone digi but one of the critters from the Cuddly Critters Set too! (Where you get £28's worth of digis for just £15!)


I have used three penguins and just overlaid them on my computer then added text before printing them out. Because I knew they were partially black I didn't bother with any masking.


They are coloured with polychromo pencils and some white posca pen. I colour feathers just like fur, and if you are interested I have a photo demo here on the blog.


The paper behind is from the current issue of Making Cards Magazine (Where Dr.Digi is featured with a 20% off code and there are some beautiful cards by my fellow teamie Ruth!)

Please pop to the Dr.Digi's shop to see what you could be spending your money on!




Friday, February 22, 2019

A little pick me up?

Once again it's Dr.Digi friday on the blog and I am here with Pick Up Pup!  And yes, before you say it... it is a DOG, not a CAT.....oddly it looked a lot more like a dog before I coloured it up, lol! (Just regard it like the blue or gold dress meme!)


Loved colouring this one! I did actually pick a real breed of dog for the colour scheme, and I pretty much stuck to it but.... I see a dog but I am aware of the slightly feline issues! Coloured in as normal with the polychromos and a touch of posca pen! If you are interested in a step by step fur colouring demo you can find it here.

Here is the digi in the shop:


And here is a close up of my version:


Added a sentiment and some stars/bling from the stash to finish. Background paper also from the stash.


That's it for today, thank you for joining me. If you are interested, below is a link to the Dr.Digi's House of Stamps Shop, worth a browse, especially when you need something novel!






Friday, February 08, 2019

Watson found the best seat in the house!

Hi again! It's a friday again, hurrah and I'm back with a Dr.Digi DT card. This digi is called "Best Seat in the House" and Watson is looking beyond comfortable! 


Here is the actual digi in the shop:


And here is a close up of my version:


I coloured him, as normal, with polychromo pencils and decided to go with a marmaladey colour scheme, leaving out several stages at the end of my colouring process where I add in darker/blacker shading and other highlights. The result is flatter but warmer, and I kinda liked it! 


The font is Mister Sirloin again, it's beginning to be a bit of a "go to" I feel, but I like how it matches the stamps! I printed the digi and sentiment directly onto the topper and then coloured it.


I 3D foam mounted it onto a 7x5 kraft card blank covered with a wood effect backing paper from the stash. Added a bit of weird bling to finish!

Thanks for joining me today. Please pop by the shop to see all the other cool animal images Dr.Digi has to offer!





Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Practically Perfect!

Quick adhoc post today! I have been lucky enough to colour up this beautiful stamp by Sweet Escape Digis! This is Mary Poppins! She is actually a freebie, I know, freebie! If you make any purchase from the Sweet Escape Digi Shop you get her for free! (Please allow up to 24 hours after purchase to receive her.) 
She was great fun to colour as well, and superbly drawn  - makes the colouring sooo much easier!  


Lets begin with the beautiful digistamp I used:


And after quite a few hours of polychromo scribbling, here is a close up of my version of her:


The final result was very glossy and thus very hard to get a nice photo! Argh! I just used polychromos and my white posca pen for this, it's a speedy way of doing spots for sure. I colour the clothing completely first, then add white spots with the pen and then go over any spots in shaded areas with a dark colour, so they become shaded too.


Fonts are Papyrus and Rage Italic. Added some corner bling to finish.


Why not pop to the Sweet Escape Shop on Etsy and see all the lovely things they have on offer! Find something you fancy and buy it to get this awesome extra digi!


Friday, February 01, 2019

Seventies inspired "Thinking of you" cards.

Hi again! Quick post today, I had to make up a batch of Sympathy/Thinking of You Cards for my own use. I like to have some in stock so I don't have any delays in sending them, it seems a thing you should be prompt about.  

I decided to go with a bit of a seventies retro flavour and this is the set I made.


I masked off a column on the left hand side of the topper and then stamped with distress oxides,  Gathered Twigs, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany.
The stamps I have used for the columns and the single flowers/seedheads are from Elusive Images, quite ancient and I'm not sure where you'd get them other than ebay, or old shop stock sales! (I have a feeling that Elusive Images was absorbed by, or became, Chocolate Baroque, but let me know if you know different please. I can't remember for sure!)


I used the "thinking of you" sentiment from the  Messages with  Flourish set from Hero Arts, one of my favs! I think they might have re-released it with a bit of an upgrade, it's still in their shop despite me having had it for a looonnnng time.
The stamp behind the sentiment is from the stash and I haven't labelled it so cannot offer more clues. If I spot it I will add a link in here. It's a retro 70's art type set.


I mounted the greetings on pearlescent brown and terracotta cardstock from the stash. I stamped and cut out a few of the elements from the Elusive Images set to use separately on the right hand side of the card. Did something different on each card.


Ended with a few gems, pearls or glitter pen on each card, just a little bit to make them special, but not too blingy to be distasteful for sympathy occasions.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Chimps!

Happy to be back today with another Dr.Digi Friday! This is Chaz the Chimp! Great fun to colour up and super handy for a "Go Bananas" birthday card!
(Was torn between my normal pencil CAS card, and shaker card filled with bananas! It'd be cool wouldn't it?)


So wanted to get a bit of a painted tire/tyre effect, rather than a completely black solid ring, was a bit worried the image would be a bit black on black on black, and a bit dreary. This is all done with polychromo pencils on kraft card. (If you are interested in how I create the fur texture there is a link to my guide here.)


Here is the blank digi image, so you can see what it looked like before and after! :)


I did go and do a bit of research to see how chimps were put together in real life. Noticing details from the real thing can give you some things to add to the digi if you like putting in extra texture and details. Hence he gained some fingernails! :D


I backed the image with some wood grain paper from the stash. Font is Mister Sirloin. Bling from the stash too. White posca pen highlights in his eyes.


Thanks for joining me on the blog today! This chap was great fun to make up into a card (for my brother's 50th!) and he's already been sent! If you would like to join us on the Dr.Digi's House of Stamps Facebook page, we would love to see you there!