Technique – colouring

Featuring colouring other than watercolouring

It’s summer!

Happy Friyay everyone!

Today I’m celebrating the return of British summer as I know it (ie rain, chilly etc). The heatwave lasted a little too long for me and the garden and I’m very happy that temperatures are much more bearable.

I’m also celebrating the three-week adoptoptoversary of my mum and dad’s new cat, Oscar. Their resident cat, Minnie, is adapting well and less feisty than we all expected her to be! To mark this occasion, I inked up my latest Newton’s Nook purchase and tried to replicate Minnie and Oscar. It’s fair to say Oscar has a VERY healthy appetite so guess which cat he is!!

I’m entering this into the current Inky Paws challenge which has the a summer/beach theme!

Have a great weekend!

LucieG.

Better with Friends

Happy Sunday everyone! August already! Seriously! where is this year going?

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and our theme this fortnight is friendship. Our sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays.

There are so many ways to reflect this theme, aren’t there? In the end I decided to do some simple stamping and colouring using the Altenew Ditsy Print stamp set. I love that pretty pattern – and even though Altenew included layering stamps in the set, I wanted to use my Prismacolor pencils to colour it. I must confess, I got a little carried away when colouring this image – I lost track of time and burnt my dinner! Oops! At least it was still edible…. just!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Sandie from London Days as our Guest Designer. She has some fabulous creations – you must pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

 

Poinsettia in a pot

Greetings!

Another day and another Christmas in July card! For today’s card, I worked with a lovely stamp from Magenta Art Stamps which I got five years ago! It’s another large image and I have struggled to use it in many cards… but I love colouring it in!

I heat embossed the image and then used two shades of red from my Twinkling H2O collection to colour the flowers but you can’t really see the two shades in my pictures unfortunately.

After colouring the image, I added lots of gold splatters using some diluted Cosmic Shimmer powder. On reflection, I feel this may make the card a little busy for a CAS card…. or maybe I feel that because I added a blue card frame rather than my ‘safe choice’ of white card…

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment from Penny Black.

I’m entering this into the CAS Christmas challenge – poinsettia.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

Botanical tree

Hi everyone!

I’m fully embracing Christmas in July this year and today I’m playing along with the CAS Christmas challenge which has the theme of ‘poinsettia’.

I decided to use the wonderful Botanical Tree stamp set from Power Poppy. I first saw this stamp on Instagram almost three years ago and bought it after Christmas. Sadly, like most of my Christmas supplies, I don’t use it enough!

The tree is quite large – and I always find it challenging to use a large stamp on a CAS card. So I stamped the image on the left of my card and trimmed off a small part of it. Believe me, I didn’t want to cut anything off that beautiful image, but I think it actually helped to ground the image on the card.

As I wanted to focus attention on the poinsettias within the stamp, I kept the colour scheme very simple and coloured just the poinsettias and leaves at first. However, I felt the image was still unfinished, so I coloured the roses and added some sparkle to the rest of the image using my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. Although this is bit different from my original plan, I still think the poinsettias are very prominent!

The sentiment is also from the same Power Poppy set.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Christmas in July.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Sending Love and Hugs

Hi Everyone!

I’m taking a break from my Christmas in July cards to share a card I made for a friend a few weeks ago. Now that she has received it, I thought I would share it here too!

I used the images from the Altenew’s Starry Flowers stamp set. Aren’t they gorgeous? As soon as I saw this set, I know I had to have it even though I already have zillions of other flower stamp sets!!!

I coloured them using my beloved Twinkling H2Os and then added a sentiment from the ‘Adore you’ set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Twinkling lights – inspired by Yana

Hi Everyone!

After last year’s crazy Christmas cardmaking frenzy, I promised myself that I would start earlier this year! So despite the crazy temperatures here at the moment, I am embracing Christmas in July!

It’s fun to play with the supplies I got in the sales or when they came back into stock, like this fabulous Hero Arts background stamp that I was so sure I didn’t want until I saw what the talented Yana Smakula did with it.. by then of course it was already out of stock.

Anyway, I finally got hold of it earlier this year and today I got to case one of the backgrounds that Yana created last year. So much fun!

To finish off the card, I added an embossed sentiment from Cas Fridays.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG