Saturday, 7 March 2009


Yay, it's Saturday, and that brings with it the usual hunt for dancing shoes. Every blimming Saturday one of the girls have misplaced their shoes but they only realise that five minutes before they have to leave for dance club! So we had that usual scenario this morning. I ask them to get their kit ready before going to bed, but there must be somewhere special that mummy words float to, some sort of massive void somewhere.

On to better and brighter things. Lou is working for a new download collection for Charmed Cards & Crafts, this time Holly & Madison goes around the world! You've already seen Holly goes to the USA so you know something great is coming your way. I was doodling a little the other night and drew a little girl, I always wanted a series of seated and reclining figures so decided to draw one. A new download collection is coming some time in the future based on the style of my little girl so watch out for that.

This is a pencil drawing so it's not as clearly defined as our downloads. Why is it that my cards often look at though they are wider on the top in the pictures? Must be the way I photograph them as that certainly isn't how they are.

Had a few mishaps with the Copics, grabbed the wrong colours and so on, so it didn't get coloured in quite as intended. Copics used here are: YR04, YR23, R08, YR09, YR07, R20, E00,E21 and a few more earth tones I forgot to write down.

So girl image my own drawing, Prima flowers, punches pine branches, Basic Grey brads, K&Co pearls. Background paper is K&Co Cut 'n Paste layered on brown bazzill. The round circles under the flowers are K&Co Margo die-cut tags and the border Basic Grey Urban Prairie.

... and now I better start thinking about my DT card for Dottie's World's Sunday challenge. See you tomorrow. xxx

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Copic Sketch Challenge

Well here it is, my first DT card for the Copic Challenge blog! I've never been on a design team outside Charmed Cards & Crafts, nor have I ever sent anything in for submission, whether a competition or magazine, so this is really quite alien to me but also quite exciting, and may I say, perhaps a little scary.

The challenge this time was a sketch and of course we had to use Copic Markers.

I used K&Co Cut 'n Paste papers and elements, plus other K&Co products from the Margo and Wild Saffron collection for this card. I absolutely adore the colours from the Cut 'n Paste range, such mellow, soft hues.

I wasn't sure if I preferred the one with the bow, or without, so I am showing them both here. The image is "Juliet" from the Girls About Town download bundle (download button in the right-hand panel).

...with bow:

without bow:
I really love this card, I would even go as far as to say it's my all time favourite.I can't tell you how many pictures I have taken for the blog though, I just couldn't get the colour right!! You can see what a difference a little lighting can make in the next two pictures, one is perhaps a little too light, the other a little too dark.

These circles represent the three square elements on the sketch (in case you were wondering where the heck they were!).

... and here are the Copics' I used to colour my image.

Pop over to the Copic Challenge blog and see what delights the other design team members have created, then have a go yourself. We look forward to seeing your makes.

Thanks for visiting my little corner on the Web xxx

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Inspire Me...

...and that's exactly what Juliet has done when she set the challenge on Dottie's World today. These are the specs:
"Inspire Me! For this week's challenge I would like you to take inspiration from this photo of yummy cupcakes.

You could focus on the colours, use a cupcake on your work or make a cupcake shaped card - it's up to you. You must include one of the Charmed downloads on your project and please tell us how the photo inspired you in your make"

Made me quite hungry when I saw that picture and I have spent the week dreaming of fluffy pink cupcakes. I love the colours too. I decided to use the entire picture several times on my card.

I used the free Superman (or Cakeman here) George image, I haven't used it before but I have to say that I love it! Cakeman George was coloured in with my Copics, unfortunately I forgot to write the colours down.

I made a circle sentiment and cut the large cupcake on top of the card with my Silhouette.

A little hand stitching here and there with pink thread. Background embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, green ric rac.

Pop over to Dottie's World and join in this challenge.

Thanks for visiting me xx