Monday 27 October 2014

Flower Making

Sometimes we tend to over complicate things don’t we?

I decided I wanted to make some simple flowers for home decor, the easy way, something simple yet stylish, something that wouldn’t take me hour and hours of time.

I decided that material was the way to go and I spotted some gorgeous Suede fabric over on Terry’s Fabrics that would be perfect for what I wanted.

Simple we said right? lets start by cutting 3 circles, not perfect circles just roughly cut by hand, now cut out 3 smaller circles again by hand, they do not need to be uniform sizes in fact they turn out better if they aren’t uniform.

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Next light a candle maybe a tea light or a scented one just to add fragrance to the house while you work, take one of the circles and run the edge of it over the flame, this will seal the edge and give it a darker edge, continue to do this with the rest of your circles. Be responsible and keep fingers out of the way and do not leave the candle burning unoccupied.

Next we need to stick the layers together with the larger circles on the bottom and the smallest to the top, you can do this by sewing them together, using a fabric glue or if like me you like quick results a hot glue gun.

Next find some beads to add to the centre, I hot glued mine but you could sew them in place.

Tadaaaa your done.

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Friday 24 October 2014

Amanda, Chameleon Pens and Couture Dies

A pretty little card using Amanda image by Mo’s Digital Pencil 
I used the Chameleon Pens to colour the image and the Couture Dies (Summer Blossom)to create an aperture frame for the image.
Colours used:- Fawn, Bisque and Bubblegum for skin, Grey, Bark and Hot Cocoa for Hair, Sky Blue for clothes, Bark and Hot Cocoa for cats, Aqua Marine for Wool.
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Friday 17 October 2014

Happy Babe with Chameleon Pens

I had another play today with the Chameleon Pens, I love that I now wont have to carry hundreds of pens around with me to get good results when colouring images. It took me a little while to get used to them and playing is the key to that, not worrying about spoiling an image, after all it is a piece of paper and can be started again, I printed out a couple of practice images to test on before I used the images that I wanted for cards.
This image is called Happy Babe and can be found at Mo’s Digital Pencil 
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As you can see, blending with the Chameleon Pens works beautifully, I used Bubblegum for his cheeks, Bisque and Fawn for his Skin, Crimson Red for his Tongue, warm Sunset and Bark for his Hair, Cool Grey and Sky Blue for his Diaper and Royal Blue for the shading below him.
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Wednesday 8 October 2014

Couture intelligent Dies

I've had the honour this week of showcasing the brand new Couture Dies by Create and Craft, when I first got the dies I thought ok more dies as I'm sure many of you out there thought the same, I have to tell you that I couldn't have been more wrong.

Why intelligent? They are intelligent because each die of the same design interacts, corners fit inside templates, wether you cut out the corner pieces or place them inside the template to do a design cut out of them, the trims frame the template or work on their own to create the most stunning mat or main desin piece, the flip flip dies create a card all on their own yet can incorporate the trims and the templates.

It is the die system that just keeps on giving. There is 6 designs to choose from and today's card was made using the Deco Boutique Set.

This card uses the main template die, the corners and one of the trims.

The image is a Debbie Moore Deco lady.


Tuesday 7 October 2014

Getting to grips with Chameleon Multitone Pens

The more you colour with these pens the easier it gets, you start to understand how long to fuse the pen to get the colour tone you desire.

I used a Saturated Canary image this time and I was very pleased with the results, the Chameleon Pens are such a clever system.


Still taking photos in a hotel room on a phone so photo quality isn't the best.



Monday 6 October 2014

Chameleon multiple Tone Pens

So what is all the fuss about?

20 vibrant marker pens that make over 100 colour tones that's what.

So I received these pens today at my hotel, my first thoughts were that I loved the sexy black packaging with a flip top box that turn the box into a stand whilst the pens are in use, I loved the info leaflet as it was educational and the fact that they even give you spare super soft brush nibs within the box.


I St rated to try them out and as I have been colouring for so long with alcohol markers I had to strip back all of my knowledge and learn to colour in a different way, from light to dark, I have to admit I got very frustrated as I kept reverting back to my old way of colouring, however, once I stopped over complicating what was an easy process I started to enjoy colouring.

This is my first try with the markers and please bare that in mind when reviewing the image and also the photo was took in a badly lit hotel room.