Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Planner card!

My friend asked me to make a card for her incredibly busy Mother! Her diary is always chocker. Telling her to slow down and take it easy on her birthday is very ironic! 
I replicated a hypothetical week in her diary and made that into the topper for my card. (I have removed a few of the more personal details if you spot a weird gap!)

I designed the diary in Paint Shop Pro on the computer and then printed it out for the card. I used a free diary template as my project base.
I layered a couple of pages behind and raised the topper with some 3D foam at the edges to give it the dimension of an open book. 

Popped some ribbon in the middle as a "book mark".
Printed some sentiments out too using October Twilight Font.
Found a new pen in an online shop and printed out the picture of it to add as an embellishment.
The stars are from Paperchase and I added some glitter to them.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Debbie's Donkey Derby!

Hi Friends :) It's another Dr.Digi friday and I am bringing you the newly released Debbie's Donkey Derby

So I wanted to make her have a flavour of the English seaside and detract from poor Diego the donkey having a really rough day. I think Debbie thought that galloping on a donkey along the beach might soothe her rather sunburnt body!

Here she is in her digi format -

And here is my version of her (Shes about 11cm high on my card) -

So I did add a bit of background detail because she looked a bit weird floating on a donkey! Hope it doesn't distract and just adds to the theme! Both hats have seaside mottos, traditional ones, if you think either say something rude.... shame on you ;) 

She is so shiny, it was really hard to get a nice flat photo. Normally there would be some daylight to use but the UK only has gloomy rainy weather for the rest of our lives. (Maybe a bit dramatic but ye gads I am bored of it!)

Background paper I think is Kanban, a seaside set from the dark ages. Bling from the stash. Fonts are CAC Pinafore and Wooden Nickle NF. I used a bit of white posca pen and the rest is polychromo pencils.

Exciting events starting on Dr.Digi this weekend! Stay glued to the Dr. Digi Facebook page for more details!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Drag Queen!

Hi folks! Back again with a GDT post for Sweet Escape Digis! I love how on-trend this Drag Queen digi image is! I decided she looked most like RuPaul, so decided to colour her in a classic RuPaul lewk!

***Newsflash! I like to keep you updated with the latest offer for the Sweet Escape Digis shop, so details of the current one are - 40% off your basket using the code CELEBRATE40. If you are reading this a long time after I posted it, always pop to the Sweet Escape Facebook Page to get details of the latest offer before you buy! Top tip ;)***

I chose RuPaul's Drag Race expressions and catchphrases for the outside and inside the card. If you need them explained you might not be the intended audience ;) (Font is Dacquoise)

Here is the digistamp that I worked with (in the shop) -

And here is my version of her -

I am fully aware she also looks a bit like Rihanna (It was much more Rihanna than Ru at one point, I hope I rescued it! I love Rihanna but she sooooo wasn't what I was aiming for, lol!)

I really enjoyed two huge challenges with doing this.  A completely new skin tone and a sequined sparkly dress. RuPaul is of mixed ethnicity ( African-American, African, French and Swiss-German) and has amazing golden brown skin! I normally go with something rather more pale and pink, but it's great to be a bit more inclusive!

I added some bling to the dress after trying to replicate some sequin sparkle. I used white gel pen and white posca pen, then just a touch of stickles at the end to get in the hints of other colours.

Hope you enjoyed this card today, and appreciate something a bit different! I love RuPaul's Drag Race and you can learn a lot from it, if you are a colourist, based on how the queens do their makeup!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Not politically correct Coo.

Good Afternoon. 

A quick disclaimer. I was a uncertain about posting this card using this stamp. I am "woke" to the problems of using this set. Although it seems you can still legally use this stamp set, it also appears the Sheena Douglass did not own the copyright to sell it. Thus I will not be using any of her stamps I already own on cards for sale, nor will I be buying anymore of her products. I purchased this stamp along time before the issues with her copyright theft were raised. If you don't know anything about this issue and would like to learn more here is a link to the first article I read about it and you may like to do your own research. 
If I could find a link to the original artist I would include it, alas a reverse image search doesn't appear to go to the original source.  If you do know, please pop me a message, it would be nice to include it.

So here is my card using "Highland Dinner" from the "A little bit sketchy" set by Sheena Douglass. 

It's a Z-fold card and pretty large, so super hard to get a nice photo of!  I used white Hero Arts Unicorn Ink and then heat embossed them using Stampendous Opaque White embossing powder. I then used different coloured Brushos, in various layers and with a heat gun, to get a few different effects. These were the three results that I liked most.

I layered them onto black card and printed out some white on black text to add some greetings to each cow.

I then created a Z-fold card blank and stuck each cow onto one side. I also printed out an area to write on and attached that to the middle back.

I actually enjoyed making this up, despite the political problems with the stamp set. It seems such a waste of resource to just bin all my Sheena stamps but I can confidently say I will no longer be buying any Sheena or Crafter's Companion products. If you have an opinion, you are very welcome to share it with me here, no offence taken if you don't agree with me using this set.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Trotsky and his bone!

Happy Friday Folks! Back with another project on my Dr.Digi DT day! This is Trotsky!

I have actually coloured him up before as part of the digi "Perfect Sunday" that used for Making Cards Magazine last year, but it was nice this time to make him the star of the show! Here he is a digistamp -

And here is my version of him, close up! -

As normal he is coloured with polychromo pencils on kraft card.  

Background paper from May's edition of Making Cards Magazine.

Greeting made using font Newsflash BB. 
As I was cleaning up my image after I had finished colouring (Just using a standard eraser, one of the great things about polychromos!) I managed to rub away part of my greeting, so I printed it out again and added it with foam tabs. Doh! 

Thanks for joining me today! Hope you have found some inspo in this post and may I enable you with a link to the Dr.Digi shop to see all the other fabulous animal digi's for sale?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Backyard Blooms & Kitties.

Quick card I made for my friend Janet. I did a bokeh background using green distress oxides, White Unicorn ink from Hero Arts and used a bubble/bokeh stencil from Witt & Sass.

The flowers are stamped using black distress oxide and two sets of Cardio stamps, Emily's Garden (butterflies) and Backyard Blooms.
I diecut the cats using Hobby Solution Pussy Cats, HSF008.
Added some stickles blobs at the end!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Martha Metal Head

It's another Dr.Digi Friyay! :D This is Martha Metal Head, she was part way through her best ever riff before she realised she wasn't plugged into the speakers. 

I coloured her with polychromo pencils and a white posca pen. I also used a black micron pen to draw in some of the finer details.

Here she is in the shop -

And here is my version of her -

I just matted and layered her onto a red card and then onto a black card blank.

I didn't add any bling to the card, but might sit and think about whether to add some later. There was so much speaker going on I thought plain might be best. What do you think? Add some bling, or not?

Thanks for joining me on another Dr.Digi Friyay. Pop to the shop if you fancy? Let me be a naughty enabler!

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Otterly great Easter!

This is the batch of otterly great Easter cards I made to send to family and friends. I used the MFT Otterly Love You set. I actually got it second hand but it didn't appear to have been used at all! 

Each card had a banner using stencils and distress oxides. Each one was different.
I coloured the otters with copics and added a little creme eggs to their paws.
( E31, E33, E35, E53, E57, E93)

Popped on some highlights with white posca pen, and also made their eyes bigger with black pigment pen so I could easily add some white glints to them. And gave them glossy accent noses!

I made my own greeting in Segoe Script so I could theme to be suitable for Easter! It was nice to make some cute cards just for me to use, been a while since I have done that.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Napping Neville

Happy Friday folks! It's another Dr.Digi friday and I have coloured up Napping Neville!

If you know me in real life you will obviously spot that somehow Dr.Digi has spied into my living room and drawn a perfect likeness of my partner and his cat. Even the napping bit is spot on! I was somewhat freaked out when I saw it! lols.

Here is the digi in the shop:

And here is a close up of my version (Click on it to enlarge):

I have coloured him with polychromos on kraft card (Hessian Buff) and added some enamel bling and a sentiment from the Nap Sentiment Sheet.

I tried to colour this up to be a bit realistic, so this is a taste of my living room decor (or lack of) and my red sofa! And also, Bertie, my partners cat. Sometimes he is also my cat, when he is hungry.

One of my crafty friends did a photo showing the texture of her colouring so I decided to include this somewhat shiny picture (above). The area of the card I have coloured is completely smooth, I leave no tooth, so sometimes taking photos can be a bit of a reflective nightmare.

Thanks for joining me today! Why not pop to the Dr.Digi shop and find something nice to colour up too?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Quick forest Card.

Wanted to play with my new Sue Wilson - Woodland Collection - Forest Animals dies. And have a go at forest bokeh!

I made the green bokeh background using distress oxides, a circle stencil from Witt & Sass and Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink.
Then I die cut birch trees using IO DIE079-u, Stag, deers and bird from the Sue Wilson Set and then grass using Lawn Fawn Grass border. I printed off a sentiment on the computer and added it to the bottom.
Added some stickles dots to lively it up at the end.

I confess I made another card before this using the same elements and it was a disaster. I was pleased I had another go tho, this one looks ok, but perhaps a bit too christmassy?