Saturday, January 20, 2018

GDT for Sheepski!

Very happy to be doing a spot of GDTing, this time for Sheepski Designs! Was very happy that my robin won the Sheepski Facebook Challenge and I was offered an image for GDTing in Jan!


Here is my card, using the "Freesia Vase" Digistamp from Sheepski Designs. I just took a section of the stamp to work with on the front of my card.


Image is painted and splashed with Gansai Tambi Watercolour Paints. I printed the digi slightly paler than the original to remove any harsh lines. I also printed directly onto watercolour paper. I added some yellow stickles to the front of the card.
The font is Honey Script.
I made this as a commission for a friend.

Here is the image in the shop, in full, so you can see how I cropped it. The attention to detail in this stamp is amazing!

I wish the watercolour paper would photograph better! The card looked much prettier in real life. I have a new light to use in 2018, hopefully it will change the hue a little and make the watercolour paper more white and bright! Fingers crossed.

Thank you Andrea for having me on the DT!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thank Ewe!

Welcome to Dr Digi Friday..... on a Wednesday..... ! Oops! And to make up for the lateness here is the delightful Alice the Alpaca from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps!


Was this an excuse to do a whole beasts worth of curly hair? Yes... yes it was but... isn't she fabulous??!?? I have secretly had my eye on this digi since her release :)


I used polychromo pencils and a touch of glossy accents on her eyes and nose... and many, many hours, drawing tiny curls :)

I can't really claim ownership of the humour, it stems from this delightful ornament that I purchased because I thought it was an alpaca but the cashier was thrilled to correct me and tell me it was a lamb!


Here she is in the shop if you would like to add her to a card or project? (She's only £2!)


Background paper & Sequins from the stash. Font is Breamcatcher. Lamb Alpaca from Paperchase.(Probably for sale again next Christmas.)

Why not join us in Dr.Digi's Facebook Group to see more stamps and awesome art by the design team? Click the pic!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Cult Pens!

After having made a blog post giving a company a negative review, I thought I should do a positive one and balance out the blog karma!

***this post is not sponsored and is purely my personal opinion and experience***

Recently I have been getting through an extraordinary amount of polychromo pencils. (Less so since the arrival of my new Westcott Ipoint Orbit battery operated pencil sharpener - recommended!).




After trying several places online, my friend Helen recommended Cult Pens to me. When I popped across to compare prices they were cheaper and on that particular occasion had a marvellous 3 for 2 offer on Faber Castell! Although this offer is now over, there often have great offers on you can take part in. (It's a free grip pencil set at the moment! Really nice quality.)

So here is the link to Polychromo Pencils at £1.19 each! 

Also, spend more than £10 and you get free p&p, (Over £15 for the current offer pencil grip offer) and it's same day dispatch so things normally come next day. (And often with a extra free gift too!)

My need to test customer service has been pretty limited. The once I ordered a large amount of white polychromo pencils and they weren't in stock, they emailed me very quickly and told me they were going to hold my order until they had enough to fulfill it in one go. The time I forgot to add the free gift to my basket on check out (it clearly says to do it, I was just being a numpty) they were super polite on email and offered to send it to me anyway, with no extra charge for the p&p. On the main, the service has been so excellent, it really hasn't been necessary to do anything other than order.

The pencils come in a bubble wrap envelope, and unlike other suppliers, I don't often find the core has been damaged. I would prefer a bit more protection to the pencil, seeing as dropping a polychromo can often crack the interior, but even just in a jiffy, they seem to be fine. And as my p&p was free, perhaps expecting more wrapping is greedy!

So review over! If you are a pen geek they have an amazing selection of pens as well as the pencils I visit for. There a quite a few foreign makes of writing/crafting items and... well it's worth a look if stationery shopping makes you happy, like me :)

Online Shopping & Service Score = 10/10


Monday, January 08, 2018

Procaffinating

Back again with another cross post from here to the Little Blue Button Stamps Blog.

I'm always attracted to any digi involving coffee, cos I am a bit of an enthusiast! Coffee and colouring! This time I chose the fabulous "Miss Lilly - Coffee Break" digistamp for my Design Team pick!


I really wanted to try and give her a fun and funky outfit, and struggled a bit with the spotty dress, it was so tempting to do it in one colour and go in afterwards with the posca pen, lol!

The fonts I used are Flange and Franklin Gothic. I saved this definition of "Procaffinating" on Pinterest a while back and thought it was perfect for us coffee drinkers!


She is coloured with polychromo pencils on kraft card  and a touch of posca pen on the eye highlights. Didn't add much bling this time, only as accents on the frame. Papers are all from the stash.


You might notice I added her in a Costa coffee cup and straw? I wanted to make it reflect my coffee drinking a bit more! It would be very easy to convert the cup into whatever style you fancied tho!

Click the picture below to check her out in the shop!


Check out the LBB blog to see what's going on at Little Blue Button! There's a whole DT working hard and sharing their creations!

http://lbbstamps.blogspot.co.uk/

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy first day of 2018! And starting as I mean to go on, here is the first blog post of the year! Sharing with you a new release from Little Blue Button, and she is called Tea Mei!


***NEWSFLASH Please use coupon new2018 in the LBB shop for 40% off your order - valid thru January 7th 2018! and includes this new release ***


She is so pretty! I decided to find an oriental kimono pattern online and add it by hand to the image, tho it was very tempting to paper-piece it too!


I had lots of ideas for her, and I love that with a digi! I thought she would look super nice, larger but cropped, and maybe a willow pattern design on the tea pot too? I coloured her with polychromo pencils on kraft and added some stickles and sequins to finish.


The font is: Bernadette Rough, which seems to have become my "go to" font of late :) Would love to be able to hand letter like that!

If you would like to see more of this new release, and the other, pop by the Little Blue Button Blog and have a look at all the DT inspiration!


Friday, December 29, 2017

Final Dr.Digi of 2017!

And final DT post of 2017 too! Not sure I would have believed this time last year that I would be in the DT of one of my all time favourite digistamp companies - Dr. Digis House of Stamps!??? Go me! lol.

This time I have used Davey Dunderton, for my friend Dave's birthday! * :) I might pop back and edit this post if I find out his reaction to it! It does look a bit like him, well, before his Missus tidied him up!


I had to find out a few details about his guitar, and apparently this red tiger effect is similar to what he has got. (Not sure if it is a base tho!) I suspect he might have had this T-shirt too!



Coloured him with polychromos as normal, agree blue jeans are probably wrong and black jeans would have been more accurate but.... it was more fun to colour blue! :D Added some bling to finish and a dab of glossy accents to his sunnies. The font is oddly: Scoobydoo

Here he is in the shop if you want to check out the digi:


And I should also mention, there is a kinda upgrade digi of him and his tourbus if you want to make it into a full scene, and also, if you are going the full hog, he is part of the epic Music Set (where you get an amazing discount by buying the digis as a bundle).  Don't say I never save you money! lol.

Happy almost New Year!


* This is the second time when the Dr.Digi stamps are named correctly! Like someone is spying on my life??? Please also see the aptly named Mobility Malcolm, which I made into a card for my father-in-law, Malcolm!!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Moggy :D

Couldn't resist a sneaky digistamp purchase when I saw the Moggy Cat digi from Bloobel Stamps. The new cat one is tempting me too.... oh it's a struggle... lol :D


So, I christmassified him, but the addition of baubles, I just found an simple bauble outline freebie and pasted it onto the digi, (in front and behind the cat). I went a bit bauble crazy this year, but loved colouring them up, so couldn't resist!



It's all coloured with polychromos, as usual and the background papers were from an olde crafte magazineee. (Ancient stash!) I also added some Stickles to his whiskers and Glossy Accents to his eyes! Font is Piranesi It BT. Spotted the greeting somewhere online and saved it for later use! :)

I have saved this for a special friend as she likes a ginger moggy! :)

Friday, December 15, 2017

It's Dr Digi time again!

Hello! It's on of those "Second" fridays again and I am back with a new Dr.Digi project!! Here is Katy the Cat Lady!! And yes, yes... I went to town on the textures and patterns like a loon!



The problem is, well it's not really a problem, that I really really enjoy colouring the Dr. Digi characters and sometimes know a skirt HAS to be in a Nana Mauve Plaid and then.....nothing else will do!
This then also happened with handmade cardy, blue rinse curls, check pattern slippers....etc.


I also had to go full furball on her cats...tho three cats is not really enough for a true cat lady, you will have to imagine all the others inside the card! :) This was the first time I had used my fur colouring method on much smaller cats, and it worked fine as soon as I was "a bit more restrained".... that is not my natural mode!


The font is Troutkings and the backing paper is from the stash. I also added some glossy accents to the cats eyes (but not her specs this time, I thought the pencil effect + posca pen worked ok without) and some stickles on their collars.

Here she is in the shop, so you can see the awesome digi!

Completely loved colouring this one! Can you tell? Not sure who I will be giving it to! I have quite a few crazy cat ladies in my life! lol.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Cat's Chorus?

Am so lucky to work on the LBB DT where it's ok to do a bit of a collab! I know designers collaborating, who'd have thought it? lol! (This post is cross posted on the LBB Blog).

For my DT choice today I have the super Caroling Sophie and.... she has some Knitty Kitty friends!


I loved this image of Sophie but thought she could do with some friends, hard to carol properly when you're snuggled deep in a cosy scarf! :) And we all know what delightful voices cats have when they sing!



I added the caroling cats digistamp to Sophie on the computer and then printed them out onto the topper together. I coloured them with polychromo pencils on kraft.  I added some Glossy Accents and Stickles as well as a few bits of posca pen. The papers are all from the stash. Font is Candy Buzz BTN.

Here is a bit of  a close up of the kitties! 




I haven't released them as a digistamp yet, but you can buy super Caroling Sophie in the LBB Shop Now!



Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Crafty Addicts Blog Challenge

Hi everyone! Another sad final post as challenge runner, this will be the last Blog Challenge that Helen and I run on The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog, but it will continue without us so no worries!

This Challenge (No.43) is sponsored by Polkadoodles! Offering a prize of  £6.75/3 digi stamps voucher to the winner! The Theme is ATG/Non-traditional Christmas Colours. I have used one of the digistamps from the  "Cute Christmas Penguins" duo, coloured him tho as a robin (that's not very traditional lol ) and paired him up with a traditional verse.



I have coloured him with polychromo pencils and used posca pen for highlights and the snowflakes. I have also worked in a bit of the theme (non-traditional colours) by giving him yellow and pink knitwear, not my default red and green lol!
The font I used is Kilsonburg.


I also added some pearls, stickles and glossy accents, to bling it up! :) Red Polkadot card stock is from the stash.


Here he is as a digistamp incase you are interesting in seeing his partner digi, or just what it looked like before it was coloured:


Hope you can take part in our final challenge! See you there! :)

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