Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Norma J Burnell

Norma J Burnell is the latest addition to the incredibly talented team of artists over at Sweet Pea Stamps and her drawings are just gorgeous - so detailed and such beautiful faces. I really do like to work with images of faces. :)

So, needless to say, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on these new stamps. So as soon as my order arrived, I just had to get creating with them:
I chose to work with Peter and Olivia and I stamped the image with Adirondack ink and coloured it with my Promarkers in warm tones of purple, pink and gold:
I teamed the image with some patterned papers in matching colours (more magazine freebies!) and used a Martha Stewart punch around the page and some Marianne Creatables dies on rich purple cardstock (from Stampin' Up!) to add some detail to the card.
And I finished things off with some pretty flowers.
Norma's first set of stamps (including this one) are now available in the Sweet Pea Stamps store (and check out her gorgeous new designs, now available for pre-order).


It's here. Yes folks, it's the 4th anniversary of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
Can you believe it? That for 4 whole years now, crafters and artists from all over the world (well over a 100 of them now) have each week been sharing with each other what's going on in their crafty/creative spaces. Inspiration, education, friendship, nosiness, humour, support, silliness... it's all there, every week, thanks to the magic of the internet. How awesome is that? :)
This week, despite it being such a special occasion, my desk is still a desperately untidy shambles. :D
I have been doing some creating tonight (and if you look closely amongst the chaos you may see a project or two in progress) but taking pride of place on the desk tonight is my project for this exciting occasion - my WOYWW4 ATC.
This little creation - hand-drawn and coloured by me - will be winging its way to whichever WOYWWer links up after me with the requisite *. I've also got another few little goodies hidden away to send out to some of the regular commenters on my WOYWW posts. ;)
On that note, I'm off to bed cos it's laaaate (why oh why do I end up staying up so late crafting?! :lol:). I hope you all have a great Wednesday and a fun and awesome WOYWW anniversary. :D

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Loving the Alien

Am I showing my age by referencing a David Bowie song? ;)
Anyhoo... I made another quick card tonight (I get very little crafting done when hubby is home so now he's headed back down to London I've dived straight back in my craft room! :D) using another of my new digi stamps which I coloured up this week.

This time I used Alien Amour. This dapper little alien gent is coloured with my Promakers with a couple of highlights added using a white gel pen:

I decided to keep the card really clean and simple, adding a piece of fabulous glittery holographic cardstock that looks like a starry night sky, and attaching my little alien friend with foam pads. I finished things off with a sentiment stamped with Stampin' Up! alpha stamps:

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Geisha Girl

I printed out some of my new digi stamps this week and had a play at colouring them in...  and I liked the way my Geisha Girl image looked, all coloured-in using my Promarkers, so much that I decided to make a card with it:
I went with a black and red colour scheme, to match the colouring on the image, and used some red cardstock and some pretty dotted paper by First Edition:
I punched a border strip from red card and added a doily in the centre of the card and then cut a delicate frame from more of the red card and layered it over the doily:

I fussy cut out my coloured image and attached it with foam pads over the filigree frame and finished things off with some beaded stems and pretty flowers:

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Make It Stitchy

This week we have a special challenge at One Stitch at a Time.
It's called Make It Stitchy and it's rather different from our usual weekly challenges because this week, unlike our usual challenges where you can enter using any stamp/product, you must use a Stitchy Bear product to enter.
We have got some awesome prizes on offer, however, as this week our sponsor is non other than the  OSAAT DT - Stitchy's Angel's - ourselves and we have all contributed prizes for the lucky winner! Check out the OSAAT blog for details. :)
If you don't have a Stitchy Bear image/product to use for the challenge, then now is the perfect time to pick one up - not only is *everything* in store currently 35% off but there is also a weekly freebie dig stamp, which is yours when you spend just $3 in store. And don't forget, there's also a whole bunch of brand new digi stamps from me now in-store. :)
For my DT card for this epic challenge, I've worked with Ike's Art gorgeous Angel 2 image:
I coloured the image with my Promarkers and fussy cut it out and added some sparkle to her wings with some Stickles:
I decided to have a play with my Pan Pastels for the background - I blended 3 different colours onto white card for a kind of sunset effect and then pressed Versamark ink through a circle stencil (made by simply punching a circle out of a scrap of card) and heat embossed it using Stampendous Frantage embossing powders:
I stamped a sentiment in black ink using a Tim Holtz stamp and then stamped some flourishes around the edges of the panel and heat embossed with a sparkly gold embossing powder:
To finish things off, I matted the completed panel onto sparkly blue card, attached it to a white card blank and attached the cut-out image using foam tape.
The challenge runs for a week and don't forget, for this week only, you must use a Stitchy Bear product to enter and to be in with a chance of winning our bumper bundle of prizes.
Good luck - I can't wait to see what you create! :)
I'm going to enter this card into a couple of challenges:

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Been doodling again... :)

I've been having a bit of a creative frenzy this past week and doing a lot of drawing.... both doodling on some of my card creations... and also drawing some new digi stamps.

All of these stamps are now available in store at the StitchyBear Digi Outlet... and I've also been having a play at colouring them in to see how they look. :)

Alien Amour - coloured with Promarkers:

Geisha Girl - coloured with Promarkers:

Lovestruck - coloured with Promarkers:

Shades - coloured with Promarkers:

Spring Meadow - coloured with Prismacolor pencils:

Portrait 1 - coloured with Promarkers:


Keep My Secret - coloued with Prismacolor pencils:

I had lots of fun drawing these - and colouring them too! :)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


I can't believe it. I did it again! I completely forgot about WOYWW! :lol:

Life just seems to be crazy busy atm and there are just not enough hours in the day.

I have been doing a fair bit of crafting lately but it just so happens that last night I did my crafting on the sofa, drawing up some new digi stamps. So the desk is looking a bit neglected:

As you can see, the efforts to keep the desk tidy have failed utterly! :lol: The workable area has reduced to a small patch in the middle - and to be honest that's mostly only there cos I had to make space to use the guillotine!

I really do need to have a drastic tidy/clear-out, not only of the desk but the entire room as I'm in danger of losing the path from the door to the desk! :lol:

I've no idea when I'll find the time though! :/

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Challenge time

Sunday means a new challenge at One Stitch At A Time and this week it's one of our most popular themes - Use a Digi. So easy to enter and play along - just use a digi element (stamp, paper, whatever) in your creation. :)
This week I am using this sweet yet sassy I'm Know Im Cute image by Reece's Scrap Pieces:
I coloured her with my Promarkers and cut her out and then I was (again! :D) inspired by this week's doodling challenge at Passion for Promarkers.
So I decided to doodle a background scene for her. I went with a city street scene:

I drew it with a fineliner pen straight onto a plain white card blank. To add a bit of interest to the background, and link it with the image, I included a few little butterflies and coloured them pink to match her clothing:
When I was happy with the background, I attached my cut-out image using foam pads to make her pop from the background a bit. :)
You don't have to use a Stitchy Bear product to enter the challenge but if you do you'll be in with a chance of winning our main prize for the week. Entries not using a Stitchy Bear product will be entered into the draw to win a $3 gift voucher for the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet. :)
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Getting Krafty

I've been seeing quite a lot of white embossing on coloured card in the online crafty-verse lately and it's a technique I was keen to try. I made this card (itself based off a card I found on Pinterest) and loved the effect and had the idea that white embossing might look lovely on a kraft-coloured card, with perhaps some delicate colouring of the image.
So that's exactly what I did:
I thought this striking Repose image by Brigid Ashwood would be perfect for this technique and I love how she looks embossed and coloured this way.
I stamped her using Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder and then added some delicate colouring using Prismacolor pencils. I kept things fairly simple with my card (I seem to be on a bit of a simple, unfussy kick at the moment), deciding the image would look best layered against cardstock of the same colour - I dry embossed this piece of card with an embossing folder and then layered that onto a card blank made from blue card.
I finished things off with some small flowers punched from blue card, decorating the centres with Enamel Accents and tiny metal cogs. I think the overall effect, with the contrast of the kraft and blue and the bright white of the embossing, is quite striking. :)
You can buy this stamp in red rubber format from the Sweet Pea Stamps store.
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