27 April 2017

Copics 301 : Continuing to learn with online colouring classes

Hi everyone I must admit I haven't been making too many cards lately apart from my DT work with the Southern Girls. Though my card stash to go is a little low so I'll have to get creating again soon & restock up.

Lately I have still been enjoying learning to Copic colour & I think I have my "happy place" with the online monthly classes that Alyce from Kit & Clowder releases on the 15th of each month. The monthly class is $20AUD (Australian $) & comes with a step by step booklet you can print out plus a video of Alyce colouring the same image in which is ~2 hours long.

Last month's class came with the image below plus 5 others birds, yes 5 more so truly was phenomenal value. Most classes we still need to buy the digital image from the person/company which is normally 1/2 price so a few $ more. Either way it is truly phenomenal value. For myself the Aussie dollar is just a few dollars more when I convert to NZD but for the majority of the world it's probably half to a third less.

Alyce is the best teacher I have found with my online classes (I have done 2 others) so a limited sample but if you read my Copic 201 you can see who the others were. I have enjoyed all my classes & learnt HEAPS & I would/will continue to do classes with all of them if they have something I want to do/learn.

Anyhow as this is "My INKredible Journey" here's my very first online monthly class I did with Kit & Clowder which was the March class for markers (yes she has classes for you coloured pencil queens too which are similar but different).


I still can not believe I coloured that all up, it is 5" x 7" so we can frame up or make a very big card. I learnt so much about colouring leaves & flowers let alone making feathers for my bird.

I finished this with about 10 days to go to till the next class release and I couldn't wait that long so I actually bought another online class from the Kit & Clowder website which cost me $10AUD, which used an image from Ppinky Dolls called "Working with Animals" which I believe was created for Alyce's class.


Isn't this just adorable! I can not believe my colouring for the hair (or the cat's fur) I finally can do wee strokes not blends for hair. Even though I am still working my way through the original Hair & Skin class I signed up for with Kit & Clowder I know what I have already done has helped me heaps. The official skin & hair class has a 99-pages handout plus an awful lot of images to colour up. So knowing the basics plus I was able to follow along with the instructions, video for this class much more easily.

Hopefully in a few weeks I'll be back with April's class image which I will start on this weekend, we have a delightful wee girl this month to colour up. So I know I'm going to learn about colouring folds in clothing I can see which makes me happy.

Anyhow if you haven't checked out the Kit & Clowder website you should as well as the monthly classes, Alyce has a FREE 101 class which is phenomenal to do, plus a lot of classes like skin & hair, working with animals, colouring clothing, colouring flowers etc. If you do decide to join up to a class can you mention my name (Karen Rogers) in the sign up process, I'd really appreciate that.

Also we have a Facebook group where all sorts of craziness goes on apart from fab inspirational colouring, there are free digital stamps, colouring comps, bingo, chat about books & TV shows plus it really is a very happy supportive place.

And in case you missed them my Copics 101 post HERE and Copics 201 HERE

✿ Karen ✿

20 April 2017

Southern Girls Challenge - About A Boy

Sounds like a great title for a movie but we have another relatively easy challenge this week with anything really goes as along as it's all about a boy!

It's great to have a few masculine cards in our stash so I was really exited about this challenge & the lovely digital image I was given to play with from Sasayaki Glitter Shy Flies a Kite which was lovely to colour up with my Copic markers.

 I used my puffy cloud border dies from Lawn Fawn to die-cut out some clouds with some old DSP I had in my stash.



Copic markers used:
Face: E000, E00, E21, R20
Hair: E43, E44, E47
Cap: B02, B04, B06, Y15, Y19
White shirt: C0, C1, C3
Trousers, bows on kite tail: R32, R36, R46
Shoes: E71, E74, E77, E79
Kite: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG49
Chick: Y11, Y15, Y19, YR21, YR23


Thanks so much to our sponsor...




I hope you can join us this week, as always just by entering you have a chance to win a prize from our sponsor & do check out the Southern Girls Challenge blog as there's some fab cards been created using this digital image.

I'm really enjoying using digital stamps as they are really cheap to buy, they take up no room in my craft room & they always give a perfect impression when you print them out. I do print them out on XpressIt blending card stock when I want to use my Copics & I use the grayscale setting.

✿ Karen ✿

23 March 2017

Southern Girls Challenge - is this an easy challenge or not - just use a die cut

Hello, its time for another challenge with the Southern Girls. And it's a real easy one you just use need to use a die cut on your card.


I also managed to squeeze in my first play with some Distress Oxide inks (see the balloons) but I only had 3 colours to work with as they had sold out of the pretty colours.

Even so if you look especially at the blown up pink balloon you can see we have some reaction/oxidation going on!


This card evolved from the original concept in my mind as I wanted to use my very newly purchased Distress Oxide inks to make the background but they were too strong a colour. So I went back to my original Distress inks to make the background.

Below is my very first play on a scrap piece of watercolour paper. I smooched the ink pads onto an old plastic bag which was sitting in my rubbish bin then spritzed with water; then smooched & scrunched each colour onto the watercolour paper, drying each colour with my heat gun. You certainly could layer up more colour. I stamped the balloons  with Versafine black ink & then clear embossed.  You can also see the whoopsie if your water colour paper is not completely dry below you get a puddle of clear embossed powder ☹


But back to the challenge & not the wonders of Distress Oxide one of our fab sponsors is Krafters Cart which is a new addition to the NZ market. I discovered them at SENZ 2016 & was delighted that a local company was bringing in the brands I love such as Altenew, My Favorite Things, Avery Elle, Gerda Steiner & Whimsy Designs to name just a few. I've personally done bigger orders to the States in the past to justify the shipping costs which always seem horrific. Now I don't have to worry about that so I can budget my shopping more carefully, just getting one or two items at a time especially as Meetu from Krafters Cart often has free shipping on stamps & dies.

I think the rest of the card is pretty self explanatory so the full recipe is below starting off with the DIE CUTS instead of the stamps as we're all about the die cut this challenge. To be honest I often won't buy a stamp set if it doesn't have a die as I don't enjoy fussy cutting.

Recipe:
Dies (all MFT): BB Adorable Elephants, Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Sentiment Strips
Stamp set: BB Adorable Elephants (MFT)
Paper: Watercolour, Soft Sky (SU!), Sunkissed DSP (Prima - very OLD)
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass
Distress Oxides: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce
Zig Real Colour brushes: Pale pink, green gray, light grey
Other: Watercolour brushes, Versafine Black ink, clear embossing powder, dimensionals, MISTI, various sequins (also bought at SENZ 2016), heat gun.

So I hope you can join in on the just use a die-cut challenge (see the SG Challenge site for the rules, which are very minimal) and as always we have TWO amazing sponsors for this challenge, so there's goodies to be won too. Winners are drawn randomly, so nothing to lose.



Our awesome sponsors for this challenge are....


KennyK Stamps FREEBIE blinkie





❀ Karen ❀


18 March 2017

It's starting to feel like autumn is rapidly approaching



So I'd bettter share this very cool shaker card using Cool Treats stamp set which I made awhile back at a class at Debbie Lamb's.

It uses the Cool Treats stamp set, Tasty Treats DSP and Sprinkle embellishments all which can be found in the latest Stampin' Up! Occasion catalogue. The stamp set also has a matching die for easy popping out all the treats & wow there are a lot in the set (looks like 7 to me).

In my opinion one of the coolest things SU! released  with it's last annual catalogue was long foam adhesive strips which make the making of shaker cards a real doddle. In a pack you get 40 strips plus 4 long sides so really 44 strips which measure 3.2 mm x 22.9 cm. I've also found they're really good when attaching something on a box etc. If anyone is interested in ordering they are $17 which works out about 39c a strip (kiwi prices). I noticed recently Jennifer Macguire is also using them now. And anyone that follows Jennifer knows she is always on to the latest & greatest in the stamping world.


I really like the mix in the sprinkle embellishments having round & square sequins and wee pearls. It is perfect for a shaker card.

Well I hope we get a wee bit more sun and a few more ice creams but if not the images in this set should make us reminiscent.

✿ Karen ✿

11 March 2017

Wedding Bells are ringing


Well it's been a week since Cassie & Jake got married at the beautiful Boathouse at Lake Karapiro, the wedding has been 18 months in the making & gosh weren't we lucky the event was last weekend & not this weekend when an awful lot of New Zealand is flooded. In a lot of places we're getting our monthly average of rain in a day or in some places more than double. But last weekend the sun shone & we had a fabulous time celebrating this special day.

I was really fortunate that I had the perfect card sitting in my card stash for the day. I made this card at one of Sally Williams' card classes and at the time I went ohhh this is just stunning, I'm saving it for Cassie's wedding day.




All products are Stampin' Up! & we used the Floral Phrases stamp set & detailed Floral thinlit dies.

Thanks Sally for such a fab card.

✿ Karen ✿