29 January 2012

Sweetpea Fairy

Just backlinking this one to Make It Monday.  Thought she deserved a second viewing!


Hi all, I spent a few hours in my craft studio last night colouring and after one or three disgarded images, this one is the one that finally made it to a card front!

I love how she turned out even though this is the first time I've coloured black hair.  I love the softness of her dress and wings.  Colours I wouldn't normally reach for as a combination, but they work on this card.

And here is the full card, I've used up some retired SU papers that had just the right greens in them and some Coredinations card stock for the blue.  I have just picked up TIm Holtz Tattered Pinecone die and this is the leaves from it.  They are just right for this image.  I've added a few flowers that I had in my stash, sorry don't know the brand.

 I was surfing around from the Copic Oz site and followed a link to Mandi-Lee's site Copic Me and then across to Kate Palmer at Sparkletart where I saw a tutorial for colouring backgrounds.  I didn't have the B0000 that she used so I just went with C1 and C3 and well it just seemed to happen I ended up with this lovely mottled shading.  

Talk about being totally in awe of the artistic talent, two amazingly talented ladies, needless to say, I spent ages surfing around and have bookmarked both sites as the inspiration and tutorials are fabulous.

 Copic markers used to colour this beauty are...

Background - C1 & C3
Hair - C1, C3, C5, C7 & 100
Wings - V91, V93 & V95.  BG93.  B21 & BV20.  Sand Spica pen
Dress - W1, W3 & W5
Corselette and Gloves - BG93 & BG96 (the copic challenge colours)
Dress trim, Mask and Belt - B21 & BV20
Flowers - Y15 & YR23
Sand Spica pen trims

And yes you guessed it, I can't resist a second entry into the Copic Oz competition, who would pass up the opportunity to win 12 copic markers?!?  I can't find any rules to say one entry only...LOL

I'd love to hear what you think of this beauty, so feel free to leave a comment, I love reading them.

Kasey ~ in Oz

27 January 2012

Friday Mashup #43

Kim brings us this fabulous sketch this week and encourages us to use something new in the Friday Mashup Challenge # 43.

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :
  1. Make a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Or Make a project using "Something NEW in your stash". (Stamps, ribbon, pretty paper...anything!)
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project "using the Sketch & something NEW in your stash".
How I missed out on the 'Use something new in your stash' bit I'll never know, I think I was inspired by the sketch and went for soft blues and retired papers and didn't look past that to the mashup option!  It is unusual for me not to mash it up, I've even used a retired stamp!  LOL and I have new stamps sitting on my desk!

 Hope you too get inspired by Kim's sketch but don't forget to mash it up!

Head on over to the Friday Mashup blog to see all the fabulous creations from the Design Team.

Before I sign off, I'd like to wave a sad goodbye to Lesley, one of our talented design team who is moving on from her role with us.  I'll miss your creative influence on the team Lesley.  Good luck with your future endeavours.  Stop by now and then to say Hi. 

Kasey ~ in Oz

4 CCC and PDCC

Update.  This card has been selected as one of the 'Cream in our Coffee' at the Play Date Cafe!  Thanks Girls.   
What a fabulous combination, 4 Crafty Chicks and Play Date Cafe Challenges.  Both of these challenges inspired me today.  

The 4 Crafty Chicks want you to use PINS!  and the Play Date Cafe had this fabulous picture to draw inspiration from.  I've come as close as I can in the colours.

This card has lots of layers I used SU Elegant Eggplant as the closest to this rich plum, then I found a lovely dusty dark blue in Coredinations card stock that I had in my stash, the woven ribbon is some retired taffeta ribbon from SU, it is edged in white and I knew I wanted to do the woven ribbon thing for this card with the Pin, I'm casing myself here a little bit.

I used a Martha Stewart round the page punch set for the decorative mat, found some flowers in my stash and the blue matched perfectly.  I coloured the bottom layer of the white flower with a copic marker and made the pin.  The pin itself is from the retired Pretties Kit from SU and I added some of my beads from my jewellery making stash.  The green bead is a much better colour match IRL (in real life).

Here is a close up pic of the features on the card.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by.


Kasey ~ in Oz

Marci AND Luka

Wow, Copic Oz is giving away 12 new copic markers in a challenge competition.  I'm entering this set of cards into the draw.  I love how these turned out.  I picked up Lil' Rocker Luka as he looks so much like my grandson Blake who has an amazing talent playing his deep red electric guitar, so this little fella was created with Blake in mind.

All we had to do was use ONE of the colours used in the sample image on the site.  I chose R46.

 Colours used

Hat -  R01; 02; 05; 46 & E40
Hair - E31; 33 & 35
Skin - E50; 51 & 53
Shirts - E40.  R02 & 05
Jeans - B21; 95 & 97
Shoes - C1; 3; 5; 7 & E40
Guitar - R05 & 46  Gold spica pen

Stamp -  La La Land Lil' Rocker Luka
Plus Stampin Up! paper and Real Red card, Mulberry paper with music stamped on it 
Inks  Momento black, Tim Holtz old paper distress ink.  Black rhinestones and metal letters.

Colours Used
Hair and skin - E50; 51 & 53 
Lips and cheeks - E04
Top and headband - R02; 05 & 46
Skirt - R05 & 46
Shoes R05 35 & 46

Stamp - La La Land Ruffles Marci
Stampin' Up paper and Real Red and Basic Gray card.  Ribbon from stash.  Mather Stewart heart punch.  Champagne Mist shimmer Paint, Crystal Effects on shoes (oh so shiny)

Here are some close ups pics of these two little darlings.  I just love them to pieces!

I am still very much at the beginning in using copics.  These two cards make it number 19 and 20 as far as my copic creations go and I've so much to learn. 

I've done a beginners course and I would highly recommend that to anyone thinking of starting out with Copic Markers.

Youtube and Blogland can provide you with an amazing amount of tutorials and information, nothing quite matches being able to ask the experts in a class like situation, try their advice and to be provide with that on the spot guidance while you're learning.  

I love my copics and hope to advance my colouring skills even more.  I think I have to work on colouring ruffles as I'm not totally happy with how these ones turned out! 

Thanks for stopping by and I love to hear that you've visited, so feel free to leave a comment and some advice for colouring if you're more experienced.


Kasey ~ in Oz

26 January 2012

Soft and pretty butterflies.

Hi all and welcome to a new Paper Lovin' Gals photo inspiration challenge.

This week Michele has taken us so far away from Christmas and Valentines day by offering up this soft and pretty flowers and butterflies.  Ok you can still go down the Valentines path if you want   LOL.  

I used one of my new stamp sets, Field Flowers and then got out my butterfly sizzlit and some sparkly paper and went crazy with the wings!  The pink is retired Pixiei Pink, I love it as it's almost fluroescent.

If you haven't visited the other DT offereings yet, head on over to the Paper Lovin' Gals site and check them out.  We all have such different styles, you're bound to find something inspiring.


Kasey ~ in Oz

21 January 2012

Final post today!

Finally I've combined the Sketch challenge from Pals Paper Arts with the colour challenge at The Play Date Cafe



 I've used Mellow Moss, Basic Grey DSP, Sahara Sand and Early Expresso as the closest colours I had and I think they look great together.  I've gone with the Creative Elements set from SU and I love this set.  A little bit of colouring in with Champagne Shimmer Paint and a few pearls and it looks divine!  I've used another round the page punch set from Mather Stewart for the decorative edge.

Thank you Pals Paper Arts and The Play Date Cafe for this inspiration


I hope my cards provide you with some inspiration.  Please take the time to leave a comment so I know you've visited.  I love reading them.


Kasey ~ in Oz