Friday, May 17, 2013

Like A Zombie

I also found time to create a page that freaked a few people out here in the family. I wanted to do something different and inspire me to keep going. Sometimes I feel like a right zombie in life and after finding the "The Walking Dead" app on Facebook, I knew I had to have a few of those pictures printed. It isnt for everyone's liking but those who known me during me most difficult times, know where it comes from.

I've used the Chillingsworth paperline by Echo Park, added Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to create blood drippings, various mulberry flowers, DoCrafts Chronology gears, Prima crystals, black feathers and DMC yarn. I hope you will like this freaky lay out.

Magnolia Tilda With Key Card

After a busy time exploring the Caran d'Ache crayons and also the Pablo pencils, I know for sure this is me favorite brand to use for colouring. They have me convinced! I have tried the Pablo pencils out on one of me favorite Tilda stamps. Tilda With Key. I wanted a vintage colouring to match the Prima Engraver and Authentique papers so I decided to colour her mostly with brown n beige tones as this set of pencils has a wide variety of those. This is the first time colouring and I am amazed by how softly they colour and need no pressuring to get the pigment onto the paper. Blending the colours with odorless spiritus is also very easily done. The pencils hold so much pigment, you really only need a tiny bit coloured.

Using the Prima Engraver papers was a challange. I'm all for using browns n blacks but I have never done this for a Magnolia card. I did however add paper from an Authentique paperline to make it toned down. it was getting too dark otherwise. Mixing these papers was no problem as they have the same feel to it and also the same style.

Here is how it turned out:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Where To Order Caran d'Ache Crayons?

After recieving the tiny tin with the Caran d'Ache Neocolour II Watersolutable Wax Crayons, I began to do an internet search for loose crayons. I was wondering where they could be purchased in singles. I'm very picky when it comes to colours and which colours I use mostly. The one main colour I was missing in this set was.... Flesh! I was also missing the lighter pastel colours like pale blue, softer pink, salmon colours, different shades of brown and grey's and few dimmed coloured greens. Here began me search as I wanted to add these by me own pick of choice. This is what I found so far that are both easy to access and easy to use as colour referrences:

The basic set of 15 crayons are great for creating backgrounds and bright images other than portraits. As I like to stamp Magnolia, Gorjuss, Sweet Pea, Sarah Kay and Sugar Nellie, I'm totally missing the flesh colour in me collection. I firstly found an online artists shop called De Kwast . They sell the crayons as singles at a reasonable price and shipping fee. They wrap carefully and they ship out very quickly after you ordered! This are a Holland based wedshop.

Next I found an UK based webshop called Lawrence . They seem reasonable in price too and they sell singles aswell. This shop has a plus: they use a colourchart instead of showing the crayons itself. I find this particularly handy cause this way you can see the colour much better. I do not know how they are in packaging and shipping fees. Best is to ask them.

And just now tonight, right before writing this blog entry, I found another webshop and they are called Gerstaecker . They also sell the crayons as singles and from what I can see, the full range of available colours, this also includes a few metallic colours. And they sell the flesh colour. I ordered a few colours and will find out how their packaging is and how fast they handle things. They price per crayon is very reasonable but they charge more shipping fee than De kwast. So I reckon their packaging will be very good! They ship to both Netherlands and Belgium. Their website says, Europe's Biggest Webshop For Artists so think they will ship to other European countries aswell. Best to ask tho prior to ordering.

I will be playing with these crayons for hours! I've coloured one Gorjuss stamp image already with these and for a first timer, it came out well. I didnt have the flesh colour at the time of colouring this but I will be trying them more as soon as I have the flesh colours :) Will keep you updated on that!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Graphic 45 Blog

Today I noticed that one of me cards have been featured on the Graphic 45 blog. This was a very pleasant surprise for me. I feel very honoured that they found me card pretty enough to be posted on their blog. It is the lilac coloured Happy Birthday card that I posted on me own blog earlier. These papers are always a pleasure to work with, so easy to to use and endless to create with. An even nicer thing about their papers, all collections go together in the end so when ever you have left over pieces of scrappapers, you can mix n match them up into something like a card, mini album, tags or what ever comes to mind.

You can find the Graphic 45 blog here

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Caran d'Ache Crayons

Yesterday I recieved the wonderful Caran d'Ache watersolutable crayons in the mail. I've been eyeballing these crayons for a while now but they are quite expensive to buy. These crayons have the same density as regular kids crayons but with one wonderful n neat advantage: They are mixable with water! They work like aquarelles and give the same finishing effect. These crayons are so easy to use and do great on those cute lil postcard sized aquarelle papers, or cartons I should say cause I bought the heavy duty ones ;-)

The following cards are regular postcard sizes and watercoloured with Caran d'Ache Neocolour II, hand stamped with stamps by Tim Holtz, Pink Paisley, Kaisercraft, StudioG, My Minds Eye (and I am sure I missed a few brands!), the edges are inked with Distress and Memento inks.

This is what I did with them:

Friday, April 5, 2013


I've found a new love! The wonderful Gorjuss stamps and paper lines. These lil girls are simply gorjuss ;) They are easy to colour in and they come with coordinating papers, brads, ribbons and frames. I started on a small chipboard standing display. It isnt quite finished yet so that photo will be posted at a later stage. I do want to show the haul I had with the Gorjuss items I recently bought and the first coloured stamp image.


 This line is so much fun to work with. The stamps are easy to use and each set comes with additional stamps to embellish your image. They also have a very strong cling adhesive and the red rubber is very detailed and easy to clean. One thing Docrafts really give a thought about was that each package, including the paperpacks, have cut out images inside. Everything can be used! Very eco friendly. The finished chipboard project will be posted when finished :)

Happy crafting!

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Born Baby Cards

With all the birthday cheer of mine from last Saturday, I still managed to find time to create two Baby cards. Me niece had a baby girl last week, which is the first grandchild of me uncle. This had to be cheered greatly I thought. I made one card for Grandpa and Grandma and one for the parents.

I created these cards with left over papers from the Graphic 45 Little Darlings 8x8 paper pad. Last week I bought Graphic 45 papers from someone on facebook, she had a bunch of left over items, pads half used and a bunch of clippings. The Little Darlings was with it aswell. Much to me cheer ofcourse as it would be perfect for these cards :)

I'll show you the Grandparents one first. I used a pink gingham printed paper for the background, two left over pieces to create the borders. I've cutted the chipboard tag with a Sizzix Tag Die and glued same size paper on it to cover the chipboard. The image is also a clipping from the same set. I used a store brand beige/white gingham printed ribbon and Basic Grey button. Everything is inked with Versafine Smokey Grey ink.

Next card is the Parents one. This one has two sheets of the paper pad as a background, there was just enough to create this background. One sheet of each, YAY! I've handstitched this with DMC pink beige yarn and inked with Versafine Smokey Grey ink. The banner was made with left over strips of paper, Gorjuss beige buttons in Marianne Design baby flowers. The metal baby tag and corners are store brand and so are the flowers.