Monday, 29 June 2009

Resist Technique Acetate Card

For this project, I used a resist technique I haven't used for a couple of years! I'd not forgotten it but got into other things until I tripped over a really fab blog called Inkstains !

What a great site - loads of 'arty' style stuff (...nothing wrong with 'cute' but I've done a lot of that recently...!) and in the archives was this timely reminder of my 'inky fingers' days! LOL!

I could write it all down here, but as the multi-talented Ink-Stained Roni does it so much better than I could, I'll just provide a link instead (...lazy or what! LOL!)!

For a first attempt after at least three years (!) I'm quite pleased with this result and combined it with Challenge 7 on the lovely AllSorts blog requiring the use of acetate.

OMG! How hard is that stuff to photograph?! I'll try a few more photo's tomorrow in daylight to see if that works any better. In the meantime, I've uploaded two photo's of the project and the truth is somewhere in the middle!

Hope you like the project and you MUST visit Ink Stains if you like inky-arty type things.

And no, there's no candy offered for adding these two links, so they MUST be good.......!
Thanks for looking Chucks!

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Thinking of You......

This card features the Sugar Nellie stamp 'Daisy' which I've coloured guessed it - Copic Markers!
Keeping in mind the colours required by Colour Create 21 (Pistachio, Powder Pink & Aqua), as I didn't have the exact colours, I used G000 & YG06, R20 &RV13 and touches of B02.
For her hair I used a combination of Y21 & Y06 topped with touches of Spica Lemon.
Skin tones are E00, E11 & E21 with R20 for the blush.
The Magnolia background stamp is coloured with coloured pencils and blended with baby-oil gel! An experiment but it worked and I shall use it again.
The fab sketch is from Sketch Saturday in which challenge I'm also entering this card.

This card won't be wasted though as I'm sending it to my friend who has just received the diagnosis of breast cancer. If a PMA is any help in fighting this cruel disease then she won't be ill for long - the dreaded 'c' won't stick around in the face of her strength of character.
Get well very soon Chuck!

Thank you all for looking!

Friday, 26 June 2009

The Spice of Life...

I was chuffed to bits last week, to have been successful in winning Copics Colour Challenge 17 - it was a fab fillip - and yesterday I received the stamps I bought with my £10.00 voucher from Quixotic Paperie!!
Here's my first offering - and my entry to this weeks Copics Colour Challenge 19!
The stamp is Whimsy's 'Mother Goose and Goslings' and is coloured with....Copics of course! LOL!
The colours for the challenge were:-
BV00 Mauve Shadow
G00 Jade Green
RV02 Sugared Almond Pink

I managed the G00 but had to sub B60 and R20 as I don't have the other two.

Thanks for looking - I hope you like it!
No baby today, so off to do the other one now....! LOL! Bliss.......


Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Northern Papercraft Retreat Candy - Copics!

Anyone interested in going on a crafting retreat would do worse than looking at this offer from Stampin' Up!

The cost is £225.00 for the entire week-end (9th, 10th & 11th October 2009) including your bed and all your meals, 5 workshops, spread over 2 days, all equipment and a goody bag worth over £60.00, and is available for a maximum of 20 people. The workshops will include: A copic workshop by
Rachel Byass (including 10 copic markers for you to keep), a Fimo workshop by Maddy Hill various Stampin Up! workshops and a workshop showcasing a new colouring medium (gives the look of copics at a fraction of the cost).
Check it out - I'd love to go!

The candy is a fab set of Copics! Yummy!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Another Gorjuss Girl...!

I really like this stamp - the little fox is so cute and it lends itself so nicely to copics use.
I gave this one a slightly darker complexion by adding a little E37 very sparingly to the edges and belending carefully.
The coat and hat were in YG11 G21 & YG63
The hair was in E33, E 35 and a little Y21 with white gel-pen highlights.

Thank you for looking - come back soon please!

Gorjuss Girl Card

Another cyber-friend birthday-card.
I used this lovely little Gorjuss Girl Stamp with Copics (...d'you see a pattern forming here....? LOL!) markers using my new skills gleaned from Maddy Hill at her workshop last week.

Skin as the previous card
Coat & hat R20 R32 RV13 & E04
The little fox is as skin but with a little YR02 & Y02
The petticoat and the bib of the dress is B60
The aura is Y21 & E95
The hair is Y21 & E35

Thank you for looking!

Magnolia Card

I made this card for a cyber-friend's birthday.
I wasn't taken with the Magnolias to begin with but this one caught my interest when it was used by Maddy Hill as one of her DT cards to demonstrate the use of Copics pens. I loved her style and so revised my view of Magnolias because they lend themselves so well to Copics.
I used E000 E21 & R20 for the skin.
R20 R32 & RV13for the jeans, hat and wings
G000 & BG09 for the top & boots
E35 & E37 for the hair

Hope you like this!

Lovely blog candy..... Going Buggy!
Really generous, lovely stash so pop over there and have a look but get your skates on, it's only on until 30th June!

Copics Colour Challenge

Had a nice bit of news tonight - I've won a £10.00 gift voucher from Copics Challenge with my Baby Benjamin Card!
I'm chuffed to bits! No accolade to my prodigious talents though - it was a random selection - but, hey, I still won a Copics challenge and that's gotta be good! LOL!
Thanks Chucks!

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Hello Baby Benjamin...!

Our nephew Richard and his lovely wife Amy were delivered of their first baby, a son, yesterday! His name is Benjamin David and he was a whopping 9lb 1oz - clearly takes after his bulldoon of a Daddy!
Benjamin is a very welcome addition to our family, being the first baby in his immediate family for nearly 20 years!
In our slightly wider family circle, he has our little Ada just over a year ahead of him and two other small cousins, Olivia (3) and Josh (5).

I made the above card to mark the occasion and used the Sketch Saturday #55 sketch and the Copics Challenge 17 colours (or as close as I have in Copic pens) so would like to be cheeky and enter it for both of these challenges! LOL!

I drew the little baby from a sketch of my number two son, Mikey, when he was one month old and, coincidentally, it's his birthday today! Allegedly he is 32 years old today, but that can't be right because I'm only thirty-five myself.........!

I've been asked by a few peeps who like Ada to do a little boy as they don't have girlies, so here is the first one of Baby Benjamin!
I hope you like him because my Mikey was a beautiful little baby....he still is!

Saturday, 13 June 2009

I got a speeding ticket......waaaah!

Last Saturday when I went on Maddy's Copics workshop, I thought I saw a flash when I was driving down a road near the address where the workshop was but as I was looking for a road name-sign (...ANY road-name sign...!) and I was moving at what I thought was under the speed-limit I didn't think much of it.
Got the NIP yesterday. I was doing 36mph but it was a 30 not a 40 road!
I really do think they should put signs up for 30 as well as all the others.
What's special about 30? 20 has signs, 40, 50 & 60 all have signs.
I think they leave 30 out so they can fill their coffers.
But I won't whinge, because I could have been 'clocked' many times over the years and didn't, so this is my penance! I'll do the speed-Awareness course if it's offered, because even though I don't drive like a maniac and have enough to say when others do, I clearly need a refresher.
My other less than wonderful hit in the pocket was the Copics I ordered from .
I didn't realise the Customs threshold for buying stuff from USA was so low! Only £18:00! I bought 14 pens and had to pay £14.00 customs charge!
Shan't be doing that again!
So last week-end cost me £74:00 on top of the cost of the workshop and the tank of petrol getting there and back.
It was still worth it!
I have some more projects to upload, but I have to wait until the recipients see them first!

This little card was made for cyber-pal Lalkygirl on Trimcraft for our Monthly Friendship Swap. I received a beautiful creation from her too and will upload that onto Trimmie later today.
Thanx for visiting!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009 a snit!

Who has upset Lola?! She doesn't look too happy, does she?
My latest Lola offering. I've coloured her in Copics (...of course...!) and mounted her on DCWV 'Pocket full of Posies'. with added bits from K&Co & a Basic Grey tag!
Hope you like her!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Maddy's Copics Workshop

Yesterday, I attended Maddy Hill's Copics workshop in Headingley, Leeds.
It was a really enjoyable day - Maddy and her partner Rachael make you really welcome and are just a little bit barmy!

We ( ...well, they...I was late...LOL!) started about 10:15am and were supplied with tea and coffee all day. At lunchtime, a lovely buffet was provided with jacket potatoes and all sorts of yummy stuff followed by scrummy cakes.

We were provided with materials to stamp and colour the above project and a selection of beautiful papers & cards were also made available to this end.

Maddy is a very good tutor and manages to strike a balance between controlling her naughty students and initiating half of the frivolity! We were regaled with tales of naughty Calvin Mouse, so we had to speed up the work in the afternoon 'cos we'd chatted and giggled so much in the morning!

The afternoon session consisted of more stamping, colouring tips & hints and lunacy and about 5:00pm, the party started to break up and some of the other ladies had a train to catch. We all swapped details and will keep in touch, I think!

I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to be more proficient with these pens as they are a bit different to the Marvy's and the Zig Photo-Twins and they do handle slightly differently. Plus Maddy's been using them for quite a while now and has lots of info and helpful tips on the best materials to use and the best way of blending the pens, which is not always necessarily the way you'd think!

I wasn't a bad colourist before the course, but I think the above project is one of my better colouring jobs, don't you?

Take care and speak soon Chucks!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Update on Ada

My poor little Ada has broken her collarbone! Aaaah.....!
Still, it could have been so much worse so thank goodness babies bounce and it's only a hairline and should heal quickly.
Here's a couple of pictures of Maddy, Rachael and mysaelf after the workshop yesterday. And the bottom right hand one is that naughty Calvin Mouse!
See ya soon!

Friday, 5 June 2009

My poor little Ada......

I just had a call from my daughter (well, about an hour ago actually...) to tell me my little Ada has just slipped and banged her head and what to do?

I advised her to take her to Alder Hey Children's Hospital A&E and I'm still waiting to hear what happened and how she is. Of course, I'm worried sick.....

My camera is now fixed. Some fumble-fingered person in my family had put their lumpy sausage finger on the WB shortcut button and turned all the colours. I rang the Olympus helpline and a very nice young chap helped me fix it, so I am happy again (..or would be if I knew about Ada...).

I do know how to adjust the WB but what I was doing wasn't fixing it. I needed to go further into the menu to do what the tech said.

My lack of a camera is the reason for no projects this week - I was having to photoshop all the pix and they still didn't look right.

I'm off to my Copics workshop tomorrow. It was supposed to be Sunday but they had some cancellations so asked me to join tomorrow's instead. I'll let you know how I fare!

I've some fab photos of Ada from this week - she has a new paddling pool and sandbox and it was a joy watching her little face as she played in them both. I would have loved to share them with you - they really are a gift - but due to the state of the world and some of the wicked peeps in it, I can't put them on as she's (obviously) wearing only her sunhat and factor 50. Shame. So I've added these of her in the conservatory, stalking the cat....!

Speak soon!

Lots going on at Chez Eiglas... ;)

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