Thursday, 13 June 2019

A Bit of Stenciling and Watercolour :)

Hello lovely crafty friends and today I've kind of gone off piste a bit.
I've had my eye on the floral image from Polkadoodles Daisy Friends for a while now and also the Moroccan Screen stencil, so I decided to combine them both, and  ....
 ... this is what I did.

This image ticks so many boxes for me and I know I've said this before but my favourite stamps and products etc are those that can cover a multitude of occasions. This is one - even sympathy (I know we don't like doing them but sometimes you just need them), this one works for everything.

I wanted this to look pretty so I loaded it with clear glitter - you can just about see it in the pic here. I matted it onto some glitter card to give it a bit of balance.

So what did I do?

I started off by die cutting a circle from the Stitched & Pierced Nested Circles - Craft Cutting die set and stamped the image onto it.

I know I'm a Copics girl usually but I do love to watercolour sometimes so I used some  Tonic Studios aquaflow pens and literally just stroked a bit of colour on. Then I took a damp brush and just sort of swept the colour out. 

It's a very easy technique, even for non colourists, and you get a nice soft effect.

For the background, I used some Tonic Studios diamond hybrid inks in  these beautiful colours, taped my stencil down and using a sponge blender, just randomly dabbed on the ink.


I went from light to dark with the inks and it really doesn't matter if the colours overlap -  the mix of inks produces some really pretty shades.

Once done, I removed the stencil and just trimmed it down to 12cm square. 
The glitter card mat is cut to 13cm square. 

Last but by no means least, I stamped and cut the sentiments from the stamp set - very contemporary these and I love them.

These are links to the products I used; hope this helps - 

Stitched & Pierced Nested Circles - Craft Cutting die set 
Daisy Friends

Moroccan Screen creative craft stencil

Thank you for stopping by today and see you soon.,
Happy crafty hugs,  Dawny xx

Monday, 27 May 2019

Pretty Princess and A Bit of Colouring Know How x

Hello lovely crafty friends.
 I've got a card to share which I made using the Polkadoodles sweetness that is 

She is available  as a digi from the shop and from stockists in stamp form. 

... and here it is. 
I've used the beautiful  Belle Papillon papers and a Polkadoodles Glorious Border  die which works really well with that image I think.

So for my post today, I've kind of concentrated on a bit of colouring -  I do hope it'll help.

I'll list the Copics I've used first and they are - 
Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R02, R05
Hair - E31, E33, E35, E50
Crown - Y00, Y21, Y28, Y31
Clothes -  BG11, BG32, BG49, G0000, G000, G00, RV00, RV10, W00, W01, W03, W05
Grounding - W00, W01, W03

When I put a card together, I tend to do it in the same way every time and the first thing I do is to choose my papers. Then I'll stamp the image and do the colouring then assemble lastly - it's just the way it works best for me really. If you find a way that works for you, then stick with it :)

I always start with the skin and I firstly add a primer coat of the lightest colour - in this case it was E000. Then I start adding a bit of shading - E00 and a touch of E11

 I only do a small amount of work on the skin at this point. Then I move onto the hair, and again I'll lay down the primer - E50 - before adding my shading. I complete the hair and then go back to finish the skin.

Now you can really see the image starting to come to life. 
I've found that by going back to finish the skin after you've done the hair, you can really see where to add more depth. And I will go over and over the area several times to build it all up. Once I'm happy with it, I'll add a bit of colour to her cheeks and lips and do her eyes.

 I'll then colour the clothing and the reason I choose my papers first is so that I can match up the pen colours where possible. I left the crown un-coloured in this case because I wanted to sort of decoupage it on afterwards. 

So I stamped out the head once more, coloured it, cut it out (I'm rubbish at cutting out!!) and then stuck it down over the image but gluing down the bottom bit of the crown only, so that it's flat against her head. Then I added foam pads to the top bit. 

These are the papers, cut to size and I've added the measurements to each paper. 
The base card is 172 x 172mm which I covered with the grey card cut to the same size.

 I die cut the border out and then stamped the little  border onto some paper and stuck it down onto the bottom. The scalloped edge is just the edge of a scalloped card which I had floating about!!

And there she is all done.
I hope that you've found this useful and than you for stopping by today. 

Happy crafting and see you soon,
Dawny P xx

Sunday, 19 May 2019

You've Been Framed!!

Hello crafty friends - Dawny P here.
I'm sharing a card today which I made using a few Polkadoodles lovelies and I've mixed and matched a couple of stamp sets.

This is the card and the main image is Winne - Sweetest Thing. 
I've deviated from my usual blondie hair for this one!!

I coloured Winnie with Copics and these are the colours I used - 

Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R00, R05
Hair - E07, E19, E50, E59, E97, E99
Clothes - YG0000, YG00, YG01, YG03, YG95, YG97
Grounding - W00, W1, W3, W5

The frame was made using 2 Posydoodles Rectangle dies and then I stamped over it with a stamp from the Textures Galore set (it beats hand doodling the frame I can promise you!!)

The sentiments are from the Daisy Friends stamp set and I just added a bit of Copics colour to them.

These pretty papers are from Bright and Beautiful and I've put the sizes I used on the pic. 
The striped paper is straight out of the pad ie 6" square.
I love that these are not glued together :)

The butterfly is also from Daisy Friends.

Lots of dimension ....and a bit of gingham ribbon as well!!

Here's a list of the products I've used -.
Winnie Sweetest Thing (available from stockists)

Have a great day and happy crafting xx

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Swoonie Colours

 Hello crafty peeps.
I'm sharing a card today which I made using the new strip sentiments from Tonic Studios which have just been released. 

I did something a bit different!!

stenciled using Petal Pattern stencil with the very gorgeous Dream In Colour hybrid ink pads.

The Apricot cardstock looks quite orange on this pic but IRL it is the prettiest softest colour.

You can see it better here.
I used a very old scalloped edge die to make a border

I didn't want to stick the actual words onto the outside edge because I wanted it to look almost as though it has been printed onto it. 

So what I did was to cut 2 outside edges,  then I cut the inside edge die - the words - into one of them and  stuck them together with the latter in top.  

Then I cut  another set of words in Aqua Wave card and just popped them into the aperture in the stuck together die cuts.

Here are some links to the products I've used here.

Thank you for stopping by and crafty hugs to all xx



Monday, 29 April 2019

Writing My Own Story

Hello lovely crafty peeps and hope you are all OK.
 I have a card to share which I made using the most fabulous  Polka Doodles 

... and here she is.

Not only is she gorgeous,  she is a dream to colour. 

I used Copics  here and these are the colours I used - 
Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R02, R05
Hair - E31, E35, E39, E50
Clothes - BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV01, BV13, C0, C00, C3, C5 RV00, RV85
Grounding - C00, C0, C4

The sentiment is wonderful I think and useful not only for card making, but also if you're a scrapbook-er  or you make albums and memory books as well.

The papers are from the Perfect Days 6x6 paper pack.
What I think is great about this pack is their versatility. 

There are papers in there that are so pretty but there are also papers which would work really well for a male card.

I made the rolled rose out of a scrap of paper that was left over, but before I rolled it, I backed it with some 240gsm card. Then when I rolled it up, it sort of went crinkly and I really liked the effect it gave.

On the right hand side of the card, there appears to be a long strip of flowery paper.  

The card base is 7x7" but the paper pad is 6x6 so I just cut out 2 squares and stuck them at either end. 
The sentiment covers the gaps!! 

Ula Create - Life Journal craft digi download    Perfect Days 6 x 6" craft paper pack

You can find Ula Create  here and Perfect Days here

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you like the card. 

Crafty hugs,
Dawny P x 

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Just Be Yourself

Hello crafty friends.

My card today is ...

... this one here. 

I made it using the very gorgeous  Polka Doodles Ula Be Yourself

I coloured her with Copics using these colours - 
Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R02, R05
Hair - E31, E35, E39, E50
Clothes - C00, C0, C4, C7,  R59, RV0000, RV00, RV10, RV85
Grounding - C00, C0, C4

That sentiment .......  I just love it :)

I doodled a border and cut it  out  to frame the image. 
I also gave her wings a little bit of fairy dust using a Tonic Studios Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen.

It would have been rude not to!!

The beautiful papers are Belle Papillon
I just matted them onto a bit of  Tonic Studios Pewter Grey cardstock 

I didn't use much paper here - you don't have to when they're as pretty as these are.

The lace border was made using 
I added a die cut flower and leaves and some bits and bobs and that was it - all finished.  
Thanks for stopping b today and hope you likee.

Hugs to all and see you soon xx

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Wednesday Blues (and Browns!!)

Hello lovely crafty peeps and hope you are all enjoying this nice bit of sunshine.

The card I'm sharing today is made using the brand new  Tonic Studios Verso Daisy Lace Easel die set.

And ...

... this is what I did. 

This beautiful set makes short work of putting together a nice easel card and there are lots of lovely layers to add too.

You even get some flower dies and a sentiment : )

AND there's a whopper of a layering set that works with this one so that you can mix and match - I'll share a card I made with that tomorrow.

See that ribbon? 
Well it started out in life as a bit of plain white organza ribbon. I hunted high and low for some brown ribbon but could I find any??? 


So I spritzed  it with some of the new Mica Mist that is in the Woodland Walk collection which has also been released today (such lush colours). 

I love the shape and detail in this set.
Right, I will be back tomorrow with another card I made using this new release. 

You can see more detail plus inspiration right here 

Enjoy your evening and hugs to all xx