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 ✿

23 February 2017

It's nature time at Southern Girls Challenge



Today's challenge is all about nature Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, art journal pages and all types of papercraft.

The rules are pretty simple so do click HERE or on the LHS of my blog to take you to the challenge site & check out all the design team's cards  with some element of NATURE included and even if I say so myself we really have excelled this time. We also have a scrapbook page by the talented Kelly. Now how easy is this week's challenge.

Two people have the chance to win by just entering & by luck with the random.org generator a prize from our fabulous sponsors plus there's also the challenge favourite top 5 picks badge to earn.

I was extremely lucky that I was sent by Meetu from Krafters Cart the really cute Fall Mice stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs to use for this challenge. I fell in love with GSD stamps when I saw them on the Krafters Cart site before Christmas & made some really cute tags with the Peeking Friends stamp set which I blogged about HERE.  These wee mice were so much fun to colour up & as well as pumpkins & gourds they had all sort of other goodies that could be "barrowed" about. I must admit the wee barrow caused me quite a lot of consternation as my first go at creating my scene was stamping barrow, masking barrow, stamp 1st set of pumpkins, then mask them then stamp more pumpkins & then the gourds. That didn't work when I removed the masks the veggies were all sitting behind the back handle. OK 2nd go I masked barrow & left the back handle unmasked, that also didn't work as the veggies had the line from the 2nd handle. 3rd go I stamped the veggies all by themselves then using my craft knife I slit the barrow & inserted them. I hate to think the only way it could really work would be to cut off the back handle, but 3rd time worked perfectly for what I wanted.




Recipe:
Stamp set: Fall Mice (Gerda Steiner Designs)

Paper: Natural White (SU!), Gumball Green (SU!), Tip Top Taupe (SU!), Xpress-IT blending card
Ink: Memento Black, Versafine Black Onyx
Other: Birch trees die (MFT), Landscape borders die (WPlus 9), Clear embossing powder, dimensionals, masking paper, black Memento marker (I ran the marker around the edges once I had cut everything out), sharp scissors!
Copic Markers Used:
Mice: W00, W1, W3, W5, W6, R20
Pumpkins: YR31, Y17, Y38, YR18
Gourds: YG67, G17, G28
Barrow: E33, E35, E29


Our awesome sponsors for this challenge are....



Many thanks to Polkadoodles & Krafters Cart for providing images for our design team to use on their projects.

I am so looking forward to seeing what fab cards are submitted this time by you all. 


✿ Karen ✿

14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's day

Pete is a lucky chap or will be when he gets home as I must have been a stroppy class attendee lately demanding this time to make the planned Thinking of You card & matching box into a Valentine's card at a recent class I attended with Sally Williams. It wasn't too much of a demand as the stamp set I needed was on the table I just needed a block to mount it on to make my tag say hugs & kisses instead of thinking of you!


 You can see Sally's card & box & the recipe HERE & the saying & wee hearts I've used come from Sealed with Love stampset (Stampin' Up!).

I really like this colour combination of Sweet Sugarplum & Mint Macaron, it's the same colour combo from my last blog post.

Talking of Sealed with a Kiss stamp set, when I attended a class at Debbie Lamb's we got to make this wee treat for a loved one using the stamp set & the Love Note framelits dies. it was one Jaffa for the bag, one for my tum!





The wee envelope is so cute I almost don't want to give it away. Well I hope Pete enjoys his treats & you all have a fab V-day!


✿ Karen ✿


11 February 2017

Wedding wishes - cute as a bird

Happy weekend everyone, it's a gloriously sunny day in the Waikato today which is just as well as we're off to a wedding this afternoon. I must admit I had a few ideas in my head for the wedding card but when I saw what my friend & Stampin' Up! demonstrator Debbie Lamb had planned for her last card class I thought it was perfect & transformed the "birthday card" she had planned for us into a wedding card.



Recipe (all products Stampin' Up!):
Stamp Sets: Builder Birdcage, Marry Me, Avant Garden (SAB)
Ink: Stazon black, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper: Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Falling Petals Textured Impressions EF, Mint Macaron sheer linen ribbon, basic rhinestones, dimensional.

I love the new embossing folder falling petals but have to say they're very weird petals!! They look like wee hearts to me which is just perfect for my wedding card.

I hope everyone has a fab weekend, I plan to do some more of one of the online classes I've paid for with my Copic markers. That's one of the fab things about colouring I only need the image & the markers to play with. It's nice being away from home as I don't have to worry about housework that needs to be done on my days off.

Thanks for popping in.
✿ Karen ✿

3 February 2017

The love affair with Beautiful You continues for me

I'm still trying to work out how I have so many birthdays in the next 10 days. I'm not sure what was going on in NZ many years ago about 9 months ago but I know it's mid-winter, so maybe I should say no more. I'll blame the stars as Arians get on really well with Aquarians! But enough digressing this is a card making blog!!!

Below is a quick collage of the cards I've created using up retired DSP from SU! which is just lying in a drawer. I think the DSP umbrellas are just too adorable and of course the beautiful girl stamp.


The DSP I used came in packs, so after I had die-cut out a mat there was more than enough to stamp the umbrella again & then fussy cut it out. I have used my Zig Real Color water brushes to colour the girl up.

I had bought myself a pad of Strathmore Bristol smooth surface card stock as quite a few bloggers had commented that this was their favourite paper for using with the Zig brushes. I'm not sure how you all colour with the Zig brushes but normally I lay down a bit of colour & then use my aquapainter to blend - whoa that don't work on this paper, as it seemed to be impervious to water & I had big puddles sitting on top which were  all mopped up real fast with one of my dry baby wipes that I have handy. Saying that once I knew I couldn't use water the markers blend well with each other  & also with the clear Wink of Stella brush. The end result is a much more vibrant look than my norm with the Zigs and water.

I used my Misti & a scrap of paper to work out the placement of the girl & words as the stamp set is a rubber stamp set. Once I was happy I stamped up 8 images real fast. I used Versafine black ink & then clear embossed as my original plan was to use water for blending.

Once I had my stamped image I used the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die to cut out the girl & saying. I used the largest stitched rectangle die for the DSP.

My favourite umbrella is the wee butterfly one, I decided the paper which is adorable was too dark which is why I made a mat out of Calypso Coral.

I only have the 36 set of the Zig real colour brushes so I chose colours I thought worked best with the DSP, it's not a perfect match but they are so easy to colour with making mass production a breeze.

Here's the cards all by themselves to see them a wee bit better.




My favourite umbrella, the small butterfly image is just perfect!


Who would ever think that this DSP which I have always gulped at before would look so lovely as a mat & also on the umbrella.




There's 3 delightful girl images in this set, so looking forward to creating some cards with the 2 other girl images real soon.

Recipe:
Stamp set: Beautiful You (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Fresh Prints (SU!), Pretty Petals (SU!), White (SSS), Calypso Coral (SU!)
ZIG brushes: Pale pink, light carmine, carmine red, mid green, olive green, persian blue, blue, flesh colour, oatmeal, blue gray
Other: Clear embossing powder, clear Wink of Stella brush, dimensionals, stitched rectangle dies (SSS)

I've used SSS white card stock which is a lovely heavy weight card & is sized appropriately for the rectangle dies. It doesn't matter who's die you use they all "American-sized" as that is the biggest market & yes I could cut my A4 card stock into 11" long by 4-¼" wide but it's easier to just take a piece of 11" x 8-½" card stock & chop in half. Even when making mats without a die it's easier to work in inches in my opinion but that maybe my age showing.

So happy birthday Debbie, Donna, Faye, Sally, Jo & Tracey I hope you all had a very lovely day when it was your day.


Karen ✿

30 January 2017

Party like a rock star


I just love this saying & when my best friend's hubby turned 50  & the theme for his party was to wear glasses I decided I was going to use Stampin' Up!'s Marquee Messages for the card, as when I bought the stamp set I bought it to make masculine cards & I hate making masculine cards (don't we all) but this was a great set to whip up a card but I did a bit of fussy cutting & popped some of the images up with dimensionals.

I can't believe it I didn't take a picture inside the card but it used the saying from the set "Party Like a Rock Star" and a few stamped images of sunglasses from the Day At The Beach stamp set (also SU!)

I must admit I made the card not that masculine but thought it had to be sparkly as a BIG 50 party & it's not every day you turn 50

All supplies are SU! apart from the glitter paper which is American Crafts which is called Powder but it matches the Soft Sky card stock really nicely.


I really like to dress up so decided we'd go a bit silly with our sun glasses. I found these fab daisy sunglasses at Look Sharp & if you're going to wear silly sunglasses you might as well find a matching costume to go with the glasses & I loved my boho hippy gal outfit & then I had a yellow wig in my dress up box at home. So not sure if I looked like a rock star but I partied like I was one. Happy big 50 Paul! I had a blast & hope you did too.


Well I have 6 birthdays in one week so I am into mass production of birthday cards at the moment which are all using the same design but different DSPs. Times like this I just want to hug my MISTI! So will be back to share them later in the week.

Thanks for popping in.
✿ Karen ✿

26 January 2017

Southern Girls Challenge - Let's Go Retro - Smash that Stash!


I'm really proud & excited to announce that I am on the Design Team for Southern Girls for 2017. This challenge was started by a couple of kiwis Louise & Tracy way back in August 2010.


Today's challenge is a  RETRO challenge, designed to have you digging into your stash and getting rid of some of those older supplies that might be hanging around unloved. So for this fortnights challenge we would love to see you use some Buttons and or Brads on your projects.  Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, art journal pages and all types of papercraft.

The rules are pretty simple so do click on the Southern Girls pic above or on the LHS of my blog to take you to the challenge site & check out all the design team's cards, tags & even a scrapbook page using buttons or brads.

I'vs used one of the sponsor's digital images & I know exactly who is getting this card my delightful great niece Tyla-Marie who has been reminding me via Messenger for weeks she is turning 13 this coming weekend.

So this is Little Star by ppinky dolls:









I had a wee problem with a new Wink of Stella pen adding a huge drop of sparkle to my right cloud, so I mopped it up & added more outside the left  one too. At the time I was like OMG as it was the day before I had to submit my card, but I have to be honest I really like the look now. Maybe I'll start a new trend!! I added some glossy accents to make her boots all shiny as well.

Well this challenge was a challenge as I've never coloured such a complicated face or hair before & I know I have a long way to go with my colouring but I'm really happy how she has turned out. The digital image actually has a lot of shading which makes it easy to colour up. I've added some wee dots to that adorable wee bunny to add a bit of texture & again I love how s/he turned out too.

So I hope you can join in on the Retro challenge (see the SG Challenge site for the rules) and as always we have  2 amazing sponsors for this challenge, so there's goodies to be won too .....

Ppinkydolls



✿ Karen ✿

22 January 2017

So, so in love with Beautiful You


I went to a  launch party at my friend Debbie Lamb's place last Sunday & got to play with the new stamp set Beautiful You which I think is the most pinned stamp set on Pinterest from the new Occasions Catalogue from Stampin' Up!

 I also got to play with the new watercolour pencils from SU! I was going to resist buying them as I thought I could colour the girl with my Copics when I got my own stamp set. That was a great theory until I tried them, thanks Debbie!!

 I am no expert at watercolouring pencils but was blown away by how creamy they were & so easy to use. We just scribbled on a bit of colour & then using an aqua painter pulled the colour out I went back in when it dried & added a bit more depth of colour at the sides & folds.

The skirt is just a splodgey stamp in the set, so a really quick & easy card to whip up which was just as well as the ladies in attendance were so busy chatting about Christmas & New Year we nearly forgot to make our free make n' take but I think we all whipped one out in 15 mins easily.

The DSP used is also one of the freebies from the Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalogue. I do love SAB as for every $110 I spend I get something free, and who doesn't love free ;)

Recipe (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamp set: Beautiful You
Ink: Stazon Black, Calypso Coral pad & watercolour pencil
Paper: Whisper White, Carried Away DSP (SAB)
Other: Aquapainter, dimensionals

Thanks Debbie for a fun & happy afternoon chatting with a wee bit of crafting thrown in.

✿ Karen ✿

18 January 2017

My happy Christmas mail

Just sharing today the hand created cards I received for Christmas 2016. I'm not sure where you all live but in New Zealand NZ Post has reduced our mail deliveries to every 2nd day. We all get too much mail delivered to our computers in this modern age. I still love receiving mail & especially if it's hand-made so a BIG thank you to my friends who sent me a card but a BIGGER thank you to those who MADE me a card for Christmas.

I'm just going to post these in the order I snapped them. If they have a blog their name will be bolded & hyper-linked.

From my friend Debbie Lamb, lots of gold embossing, foil & a fab Santa bringing me gifts & he did as he also had a few wee catalogues as a surprise with the card, which made me real happy to see.

From my friend & work colleague Frances Murray who brightens the end of my working day as she arrives at 5am at the start of her working day. It's always nice to have a natter & a drink with a fellow crafter. I'm pretty sure this is my Memory Box Grand Madison window box which she borrowed, teamed with Stampin' Up!'s falling snow EF & sleigh ride edgelits & matching words. I know she wanted to create a snow-scene looking out the window.

From my friend Donna Griffiths, who printed off this image & then coloured it all up with pencils beautifully, what a lot of work but so adorable:

From my friend Rachael Knight a stunning card using a stamp set I din't even like when I saw it in the last mini catalogue from SU! called Frosted Medallion I really like their new in-colour sugarplum something (you can tell I'm no longer a demo). I also really like that the panel is not square it really adds something to the card.

From my friend Sally Williams, Stampin' Up!'s cookie cutter punch & deer.

Each of these cards bought a smile to my face so thank you all for taking the time to make & send me a card.
✿ Karen ✿

16 January 2017

Last Christmas Elf


LOL that title sounds a bit like the last bugle post call but nothing so complicated. This is the  card I created for my Pete for Christmas and I used the 3rd elf in the MFT Santa's Elves set. I had always wanted to use one of the sentiments that come in the set for his card & had all the elements coloured up & hidden somewhere in my craft room, knowing he'd never find it. As it turned out I ended up making the card on Christmas Eve when I had a few minutes to spare & I wasn't at all happy with my stenciled star background, as the stars were bigger than I wanted but I didn't have more time to do it again.

The colours I coloured in this wee elf are really the same colour combos I used in my original Christmas elf post. The hat is the dark blue colour combo.

I've used my white Signo gel pen to make the jacket spotted. And the fab stitched dotted circle is an old MFT one that is now retired but I found one for sale on e-bay & snaffled it up awhile ago. I really like it as it makes a nice change from the usual stitched look that is very prevalent. I made the banner myself using my square punch again, one day I will buy myself some banner dies (or not).

The base card stock is Pacific Point from Stampin' Up!


Recipe:
Stamp: BB Santa's Elves (MFT)
Ink: Memento Black, various Copics, Tumbled Glass distress ink
Paper: XpressIt blending card, Pacific Point(SU!)
Other: Stitchable Dot Circle STAX (MFT), Wink of Stella glitter pen, Signo white gel pens, Lots of Stars stencil (Create A Smile), Clarity stencil brush, dimensionals

I'll blog the fab homemade cards I received in the next day or 2. I'm going to try & make a few Christmas cards every month this year to ease the pressure at the silly season & also use some of those other stamp sets that I bought to make Christmas cards last year & didn't use. This certainly will not be the "last post" for the Santa's Elves from MFT as they are so adorable.

Thanks for popping by.
✿ Karen ✿

13 January 2017

More Christmas Elves

This was my card design this year & I just loved colouring up the My Favorite Things BB Santa's Elves, (apparently BB = Birdie Brown).



I tried to colour up every elf in a different colour combo so every recipient got their own unique elf from me but then it was OMG when I went to die cut them out, being an older set the die was a solid image & even though I thought I had lined the image up properly I'd lose a bit of his ear or bell :(



I was just about in tears as I had spent days colouring them up. I wish I had asked on the MFT page in Facebook before cutting them all out as the answer was so easy. With the older style solid dies you actually cut out on a spare piece of thick card stock the shape, then you place that over your coloured up image then put the die in & run all through the die cutting machine. It wasn't hard when you knew how but a few of the elves that were too wonky ended up on Christmas tags. Catherine Pooler has done a YouTube video if you want to see what I'm talking about.




It was an easy design once you knew how to die-cut out your elves, I just used up corresponding bits of left over DSP for the background circle. I made banners using again scraps of card stock. The sentiment is from an Avery Elle stamp Retro Ornaments.

I'll list the Copic Combos starting at the top LHS for the elves' hats & jackets.
Yellow: Y11, Y15, Y19
Orange: YR21, YR15, YR68
Teal Blue: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG49
Blue: B00, B04, B06
Violet: V12, V15, V17
Green: YG03, YG17, YG67
Red: R24, R46, R39
Darker blue: B32, B24, B28

I used my gold Wink of Stella for the wee bell and a clear one for the hat fur.

It's making me feel all Christmasy-again looking at my wee elves they are just so adorable. I'll share another design I created with the set in the next day or two.

Thanks for popping in.

✿ Karen ✿