Friday, 25 December 2015

Snowflake fairy from Moonflower Digital Stamps

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Please note I have scheduled this post as I will be spending this special day with my family. Today I am sharing my colouring of Andreia's beautiful Snowflake fairy! I have used Copics for the entire image without any extras but thinking a little sparkle wouldn't have gone astray.



Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, and R20 (blush and lips)
Hair: E50, E51 and E53
Dress: C0, C1, C2 and C3
Wings: G000, G00, B000, B00, V000, R000, R00, YR000, Y02, and C1
Snowflakes: G00 and B00
Snow: C0, C1, C2  and 0
Sky: B91, B95, B97 and B99

I hope you all have a wonderful day.
With love,

Monday, 21 December 2015

Harbour Bridge from The East Wind

Being Australian myself I fell in love with this image even more than I normally do with Unky's images! The Harbour Bridge comes with two versions. This version I have coloured AND one with fireworks! I will admit, as much as I LOVE the scene with fireworks, I haven't coloured it as I had an idea strike me straight away. I wanted a sunset! For this image, I have used Distress Ink pads, watercolour paint and Prismacolour pencils.


I have been asked how I have created my sunset. In short, I used a water pen and my Distress Ink ink pads. I laid plain water in the background first to moisten the paper but careful not to go over areas I didn't want painted. Then I laid the colours in with the water brush making sure to gently blend them together without muddying the colours. I have promised to do a tutorial on how I have done it, so stay tuned for that!

My latest for The East Wind



I have been terrible at keeping you all updated with my projects for The East Wind! I guess that is the problem when I had been focusing my shares only in a large number of colouring and stamp groups on Facebook! I do sincerely apologize to those who follow me. I will endeavor to be much more regular with these amazing images!




My first card is using "Dear Santa" which was coloured with Copics.




'Marvelous Spatuletail'  coloured with Copics and the background done with Distress Inks.




Aurora 'Sharing Autumn' also coloured with Copics.




'Trapped' Coloured with Copics. This was my very first attempt at rainbow colouring!



'Aurora 'Siesta III'  also coloured with Copics.


Aurora 'Balloons in Copic. this was a really good image to practice transparency!




'Gastwown steamclock '  coloured with Prismacolours on heavy watercolour paper. 


Want to know what is great about these last two images? they also come merged as one! You can find it HERE

WHEW! That was alot to take in I know! I wish you all a wonderful day/night.






Thursday, 10 December 2015

Gigi Poinsettia for Moonflower Digital stamps

Hello from a very  hot and sunny Sunshine Coast in Australia! Today I am sharing the lovely Gigi Poinsettia! I was inspired by the colours in this gorgeous paper from Kaisercraft.


COPICS USED:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, and R20 (blush and lips)
Hair: E50, E51 and E53
Eyes and skirt: B000, B01, B02 and B05
Poinsettia: R000. R00, R02, G000, G00, G02 and G05
Lantern: 
YR23, Y11, Y15 and Y28

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Hello from a very hot and sunny Sunshine Coast in Australia! Today I am using the beautiful "Dulphina Miss Reindeer"


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, and R20 (blush and lips)
Hair: E41, E44 and E47
Antlers: E31 and E33
Reds: R14, R27, R43 and R59
Dress and leggings: YG63, YG67 and G21
Boots: E33, E35, and E37
Dress trim: Gold gellypen
White fur: Snow Marker

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Design Team inspiration for The East Wind

Who's for a cocktail at the beach? This is my bit of DT colouring inspiration for The East Wind using Twistedvenus Blood=Water! This month's challenge over in The East Wind Facebook group is "Tea, coffee...an image including a drink"


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 and R22 (blush, lips and areola)
Hair: E13, E15 and E18
Eyes and skirt: B000, B01, B02, B05 and B06
Bowl: E41 and E44
Cocktail: RV02 and RV04
Water: B000
Sky: B000, B01 and B02 (Molotow white paint pen for clouds)
Sand: E50, E51 and E53
Seagrass: G21, G94 and G99

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Moonflower Design Team inspiration piece

Today I would like to share the beautiful Pisces Zodiac from Moonflower Digital stamps coloured with some non-traditional colours! I must admit, this is the first time I have coloured skin in anything other than traditional skin tones! I hope you like the different direction I took with this gorgeous image!


I have coloured her and the background using Copics. The clouds were done with my Molotow White paint pen and the pearls done with Liquid Pearl to give a little dimension. I also used Glossy Accents on the water ripples to add some shine, though it is hard to see in the photo.

I hope my card gives you all a little inspiration to try something out of your comfort zone.


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Vampire Countess from Moonflower Digital Stamps

Halloween is just around the corner and although it isn't celebrated as much here in Australia, it is growing! I personally love seeing all the kids dress up and having fun together. This year I have an extra piece that will be on show at my door. Vampire Countess (from Moonflower Digital Stamps) framed and on display! I printed this at A5 size and coloured it with Copics and added a touch of  Smooch pearl over her dress and cap to give it a bit of sparkle. For her pearls, I have used Liquid Pearl.

 

Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, and R20 (blush and lips)
Hair: W2, W7, W9 and 100
Cape outside: W2, W3, W5, W7, W9 and 100
Cape lining and crown: YR23, Y11, Y15 and Y28
Dress: R14, R27, R43 and R59
Ground: E41, E43 and E44
Moon: Y00, Y11 and Y15
Night sky: B91, B95, B97 and B99
Bats: W3, W5, W7 and W9

Friday, 23 October 2015

The East Wind's "Wings"

Today's new release from The East Wind is a beautiful image  called "Wings". I find this image so serene and thought it perfect to use as a sympathy card, though it could be used with other themes.


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, and E21
Hair: E50, E51 and E53
Wings, Skirt and clouds: C0, C1, C3, and C5
Sky: B000 and B00

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Eek! I've been quiet! Please enjoy my latest East Wind creations

Whew it's been a busy few weeks in my household hence my lack of posts! I am sorry it has been a while! So tonight I am going to show you a few pieces I have been working on from The East Wind. If anyone requests my colour combos for any, I will write up a more detailed post! Soooo first up is....
This is Lucy Loo Mermaid 2  She is today's new release and I loved colouring her!





This one is Purple Poppy....I have framed her and have her on display. I seriously LOVE this one!


This one is Aurora Hibiscus and features a super cute Sloth! I have coloured her using the no lines technique.






This one is called Dragon's Tear



And finally, this card was made as a design team gift to a lucky TEW customer and featured the adorable Witch and a kitty.





Sunday, 11 October 2015

MoonFlower Blog Hop Winner!

MoonFlower Blog Hop Winner!


First of all I wan't to thank you for joining our blog hop celebrating the Moonflower anniversary.

And the main winner of the blog hop was Mary Marin who was announced over on Moonflower's blog.

 The lucky winner from my blog is Anne Mills who won Contemplation Princess 

To receive your awards do enter in contact with us through the moonflower  at moonflowerdigistamp@hotmail.com

Anne, you have seven (7) days to claim your prize. In case you already has the digital stamp that you won, we can change to another one if required. 


Friday, 9 October 2015

Introducing Kili Tingatinga Art


Recently I was asked by another colourist if I would be interested in doing a colouring page for a friend of hers that owned a business here in Australia that helps with a charity. She sent me off to www.kilitingtinga.com.au to check it and to get back to her. "Kili Tingatinga Art is a Melbourne-based business dedicated not only to bringing this unique painting style to Australia, but to helping the communities that create Tingatinga artwork, where poverty and hunger are everyday realities. Kili Tingatinga Art operates on fair-trade principles, buying original paintings directly from the artists, helping them support their families and communities." They have recently started selling Kili Kolours which are colouring pages. Some of the profits will be donated to an African charity (I haven't been told which one has been finalized, but it will either be Ndoto Afrika who help assist with sustainable development projects in rural and urban communities or Room to Read which is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.

So this is the image I was given to colour and boy did it take me ALOT longer than I had anticipated! As you know, I mostly colour people. And while colouring people usually scares most, I am the opposite! They now come easily to me so I was scared to colour this! Yes, really I was! I didn't know where to start and I didn't know how I wanted to colour it. Pictures usually "speak to me" and I colour the way I feel that it does. My youngest daughter watches an ABC cartoon called Tinga Tinga Tales so I knew that normally for that style, the colours are not what we expect them to be. But with this picture in front of me and an idea of how it "should" look, I was stumped. I finally decided that I couldn't colour it in any other way but my own and to me, this picture said I needed lots of green and bright colours. Now I couldn't do this in one sitting. In fact I had to do it in a handful with a break in between due to being ill and having the shakes from high amounts of Ventolin. But all up, there is approximately 12 hours of work in this A4 image! OMG I can only imagine how long it would take to colour this in it's A3 size that they are sold in! You certainly get your money's worth from them. I found this project quite a challenge for me due to it not being my regular style, but it was a great picture to loose myself in. 

I hope you love my take on this and go check out the webpage mentioned above or visit their Facebook page.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Sherri Baldy's new fairies

Well my position on the design team for Sherri and her Besties was alot shorter than I had intended and wanted, but sometimes things don't always go to plan. It was my decision to part ways, but I am leaving on good terms with all of the fabulous girls on the team. they really are a talented group of ladies and I am honored I got to work with them.  Before I left I got to colour these gorgeous fairies that have just been released. For both of these cuties, I coloured the fairies and the house with Copics and completed the backgrounds using Distress Inks.

You can find this first digi HERE




And you can find this fairy HERE
And the house, HERE. This little house also comes with a version with some writing.





Moonflower Blog hop

It’s birthday time!!  Moonflower is a whole year old already and we’re blog hopping to celebrate!
It’s been an amazing year, with many incredible images drawn by Andreia, and brought to life by the very talented design team, and so we decided it would be fun to showcase some of them with a birthday blog hop.




Blogging is all about networking and sharing our love of crafts so we’d love you to play along, leave a little love on each blog you hop to and if you like what you see hit the ‘follow’ button, and we can follow you in return of course! The winners will be announced on the blogs so you don’t want to miss out as it could be you!


We are pleased to be sponsored by Donna Marie for this hop. She is an amazing colourist and has written a fabulous ebook with many hints and tips about colouring. One lucky hopper will win a copy of her book, plus 2 MoonFlower digi stamps of their choosing, and a 25% discount voucher for the store. Check out her Facebook page to see her amazing work.




In addition to the main prize, one lucky person who has left a comment will be selected from each blog included in the hop, and will win the image that the DT member has used.

You should have hopped to me from Jackie!

So, for my project I have used Contemplation Princess.



For the background, I have used Broken China and Faded Jeans distress Inks. I wanted to add extra dimension so used small paper flowers over the flowers in her hair along with Liquid Pearls for the pearls.

Copic colours used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21, R20 (blush and lips)
Hair: W2, W3, W5, W7 and W9
Flowers: RV000, RV02 and RV04 (R20 added in hair flower)
Leaves and vines: G00, G02, G05, and G94
Dress: V01, V04, V06 and V09



If you get lost here is the list of blogs to hop to. Visit each one in turn and leave a comment to be in with a chance to win.

                    MoonFlower                    
Marina  
Shannon (you are here)


Now hop on over to Bonnie's blog for your final celebration hop.

As well as the blog hop there is lots of fun happening this weekend over at our Facebook Fan Page so please pop along and join in the celebrations and have a go at maybe winning some great prizes. We would love to see you there. 

Happy hopping!

The MoonFlower Team 
xx

Saturday, 26 September 2015

'Avalokiteśvara' from The East Wind

This gorgeous and serene image, 'Avalokiteśvara' from The East Wind was just released yesterday and comes in two versions when you purchase it. One with this background, and the other without the background.



You can see I have used my Snow Pen on it after I attached it to my card to give it some more dimension, But it probably didn't need it as you can see in the close up I took before adding it!
Copics Used:

Skin: E000, E00. E11, E13, E21,and R20 (blush and lips)
Hair: E41 and E43 
Dress and ribbons: C0, C1, C2,C3,C5 and C7
Feathers/berries: BV000, BV00 and BV02
Flowers: YR000, YR00 and YR02
Leaves: YG11, YG91 and YG95



Thursday, 17 September 2015

Exciting news!

As many of you would know by now, I have an eclectic taste in many things, and that includes the images I colour. When I first began colouring, I only coloured small cute images using rubber/clear stamps. I then progressed into more detail and let my style grow! For a long time I have focused on more realistic styles and when an order came through requiring a cute stamp, it through me back out of my comfort zone! Honestly I had lost touch with colouring less intricate or realistic styles! I lost my "cute". When I started out, I had bought some gorgeous stamps that I had planned on working my way up to...really I was a beginner of the very basic! These images scared me when I started because to me, they looked difficult! I bought them, and never coloured them! Well now I have the privilege of being on the design team of this very company whose images I was scared to colour!

That is right! I am proud to announce I am a new Design Team member for Sherri Baldy's My Besties! Today was the release day for images including those I coloured! This is the first Christmas Bestie project I made and you can find the stamp HERE


The second project and image can be found HERE




Friday, 11 September 2015

Tumbelina faery from Moonflower Digital Stamps

This month Moonflower Digital Stamps are having an Autumn theme challenge over on their Facebook group, so I thought I'd make an entry using Tumbelina faery (free file in group). I gave myself the extra challenge of doing her wings in ombre. I have never coloured anything in this style/blend and was worried I'd ruin my whole picture. I know, I know...I should always start with the area of most concern when in doubt...I just never do it. Anyway, she turned out pretty darn good I think! I have had a couple ladies ask for my colour combos, so instead of repeating myself, I thought I would share for all.


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00. E11,E13, E21, R20
Hair: E.41, E43 and E44
Outfit: E31, E33, E35 and E37
Flowers: YR000, YR00 and YR02
Wings: YR02, 
YR04, YR07 and YR09, YG63, YG67 and YG95

Friday, 4 September 2015

New medium brag post!

I am SUPER excited to finally be able to share this with you guys!!! A couple of weeks ago I mentioned to friends that I'd finished my first proper try of using Prismacolour pencils. I seriously had only done two quick attempts with them and was hating these very expensive pencils! Really REALLY hating them! I couldn't understand why everyone loved them so much until I learnt I was using the wrong type of paper :/ lol oh the joys of teaching yourself a new medium and not researching it! Anyway THIS is the amazing piece I was talking about! There are 16 layers of colour in her skin alone! 16!!! lol little did I know I was making it so much harder for myself learning to colour with these pencils on black paper until other Design Team members told me! lol since when have I done anything the easy way anyway? This took me about 8 hours to colour but the end result was so worth it I think! She is getting framed to go in my lounge room. This image is today's new release from The East Wind and is called "Her Story". Please don't ask for my colour combos as I didn't note them down and was far too frustrated in the beginning to keep not...something I know I will regret when I next try!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

"The Longing Princess"



This is my latest card made and it took me a lot longer than usual for the simple reason of cutting to an oval! I am a little bit of a perfectionist and although I used a template, hand cutting an oval just never looks neat enough to me! Once upon a time I had the Creative Memories cutting system which is brilliant. But I found I just didn't use circles and ovals so sold it at a quarter of the price I paid for it. Now I am kicking myself that I did! Several times since starting card making I've wished I still had it! Anyway, the reason it took so long is I had a set idea in mind for this image and not having a neat oval nor an oval mat or frame to use meant I had to scrap my idea and start again. That's when I decided the best way to cover my wonky oval was to make a frame of flowers! After debating with myself which patterned paper I was going to use, I picked out my flowers and went from there! 


Since posting my card Facebook groups, I've had a few requests for my colour combs used. Instead of repeating myself, I'm sharing here. This stamp is called "The Longing Princess" and can be found at MoonFlower Digital Stamps. 


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00. E11,E13, E21, (R20 and R22 for lips and blush)
Hair: E,41, E43 and E44
Eyes: B93
Dress: G21, G94 and G99
Sleeve and neck frill: 
E50, E51 and E53
Gold: Y17 and Y28
Vines: YG63 and YG67
Roses: R000, R00, R02 and E04

*Note: Her pearls were created using "Liquid Pearls" and I used cream chalk to colour the background.

And in case you are wondering what the gold threads are on the right side... The inside of my card.


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Wonderful artist I've just discovered!

This week I stumbled upon an artist I wish I had of found sooner! MoonFlower digital stamps, has quite a few stamps that will slowly be added to my collection as my budget allows. The more realistic style images are really up my alley and ones I'm loving colouring! This image was the freebie that was sent with this month's newsletter. You can find the Blog HERE. There is also a Facebook Group where there is currently a competition going on with the theme "On the blue" which I entered my make into. So for those interested in my colours, here we go!


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00. E11,E13, E21, R20
Hair: E50, E51 and E53
Outfit and ribbons: B91, B93, B95, B97 and B99, C1, C2 and C3 (White bands)
Leaves: G000, G00, G02
Flowers: RV000, RV02 and RV04


It's all about the hair!

This month's challenge on The East Wind's Facebook page is "It's all about the hair! (any image with fun hair style or colours)". For this challenge, I used 'Lucy Loo 'Over the Rainbow'. I recycled a broken wooden beach themed frame for this. I glued it back together, painted it, added the "rivets" to match the armour and flowers to match her hair. I love this image and thought it one of a few perfect ones for the challenge!

Copics used:

Hair: V01, V04, V06,V09 and E44 (heart and eyebrows)
Skin: E000, E00. E11, E21, R20
Eyes: E21, E33, E35 and E37
Armour: C0, C1, C3 and C5
Bulbs and staff: YR23, Y11, Y15 and Y28
Knee Guard: Y15, Y28, YR23 and BG15
Clothes: BG13, BG15 and BG18
Heart: C1, C3, C5, YR23 and Y28
Leather: E11, E13, E15 and E18
Boots: W3, W5, W7, W9 and 100


Sunday, 16 August 2015

The East Wind Mini Colouring Competition

There is a current mini colouring competition over at The East Wind Facebook page running from August 15th to August 23rd 2015. And what makes it better? The fact that you can get the image "Lucy Loo - Heart Lips" for just $1, that's what! Once this competition is over (or if you aren't a member of the Facebook group), you can still buy this image at the regular price HERE!


How to apply? 
Once you are a member of the group, go to THIS ALBUM where you will find the discounted image link.

Have ton of fun colouring Lucy up then upload your colouring into this folder. 

1 Winner will get 2 free images of choice!
Winner will be chosen by DT vote :)


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21, R20 (blush) and C3 and C5 (eyeshadow)
Hair: B000, B01, B02, and B04
Lips: W3, W5, W7 and B04
Eyes: E21, E33, E35 and E37
Dress: W2, W3, W5, W7 and W9
Belt: R14, R27, R43 and R59
Gold: YR23, Y15 and Y28

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Design team inspiration piece for The East Wind


I am blogging this piece uncensored! In my mind and eyes, the naked human body isn't something to be ashamed of, nor do I find it offensive. But I have censored my image in my posts with most of the groups I have shared with on Facebook, simply because a minority do find it so.

Let me introduce "The Wedgewood Rose". I fell in love with this image as soon as I saw it and knew I just HAD to colour her!


Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00. E11, E21, R20 (lips, blush and nipples) 
Hair: E,41, E43 and E44
Eyes: B91
Headwear: 
YR000, YR00, YR02, and G94 (leaves)
Veil/scarf on arm: G000 and G00 
Skirt: G000, G00, G02 and G05

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The East Wind August freebie

This week, Kyra, the amazing artist behind TEW ask me to switch teams (not like that silly!) So from now on I am not on the Instagram team, I am on the Facebook team! Of course I am still going to post to Instagram though!

This month's newsletter from The East Wind  has a fantastic freebie! If you aren't already signed up you can find the link on the main page....you won't regret it! This month I have helped out with an inspiration piece for the "Summer Lovin'" challenge on the blog. So here is my take on the freebie "Yes" for the August challenge.


Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21 and R20
Hair: E31, E31 and E35 
Dress: BG13, BG15 and BG15
Bouquet: YR00, YR02, YR04, Y00, Y11, Y15, R20, R22, G63, YG11, YG63 and YG67 

Friday, 24 July 2015

Inspiration piece #10 for Slinky♥Tart


This is my last inspiration piece for Slinky♥Tart for a few weeks as the teams have a Summer break (well Winter for those of us in Down Under!) But rest assure we will be back!!!

This week I've used a Spunky♥Tart image called "Talk to the Hand". I found this quote while searching for a fitting quote and just had to use it!



Copics Used:

Skin: E000, E00. E11, E21, R20 (lips and blush) and R22 (lips)
Eyes: B000, B00 and B02
Hair: E41, E43, E44, E47 and E49, B91, B95, B97 and B99
Shirt and socks: C0, C1, and C2
Star: Y00, Y11 and Y15
Shorts: 
B91, B95 and B97
Boots: W3, W7, W9 and Molotow Paint pen

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Alice Chibi


It has been a long time since I have coloured something for myself, just for the purpose of relaxing and zoning out. Most of my colouring now days is for my design team positions and for orders, both of which I LOVE because it challenges me, but every now and then I just want to colour something just to take my mind off things and chill out. That was the case is with this piece, Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" in chibi style. This is from StarStampz Etsy store. I have been asked a few times in various posts on Facebook for my Copic colours, so here they are:

Skin: E00, E00, E11, E21 and R20 (blush)
Eyes: B000, B00, B01 and B02
Hair: Y00, YR20, YR23, E31 and E33
Dress and Rabbit pants: B91, B95 and B97
Apron and Rabbit: C1 and C2
Hearts, Rabbit jacket and rose: R27, R43 and R59
Crowns: Y17, Y23 and YR28
Cogs: C1, C2, C3, C5 and C7
Clocks: E41 (face), E43, E44 and Y28
Background: B91, B95, B97 and B99

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

"Witchery" from The East Wind

Another AMAZING new release from The East Wind really tested my love of colouring hair! It is amazing! I loved it! Here is my take on "Witchery". My apologies for the slightly washed out looking photo!

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Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00. E11, E21, R20 (lips and blush) and R22 (lips)
Eyes: BG34, BG75 and BG78
Hair: E41, E43, E44, E47 and E49
Earrings: Y15, Y17 and Y28
Outfit, Rose and hair tulle: R14, R20, R22 and R27
Other headpiece colours: C0, C1 and C2, YR04, Y00 and Y11, G000, G00, G02 and G05

MiC July challenge entry

This month over at Make it Crafty they have a new challenge... Cas-challenge-shaker-cards! CAS is my style on a regular basis and I used to make lots of shaker boxers on my scrapbook in layouts when they were popular years ago! I knew what I wanted to do straight away for this challenge but boy I had forgotten the tricks I had to making shaker boxes! My first attempt was a miserable failure. My second attempt looked fantastic on its beautiful Prima flower paper and I had lovely flower sequins in multiple sizes and colours. It really looked gorgeous...until I put glitter in it which got stuck the the acetate so badly that you couldn't see all the pretty shaped sequins. So for my third attempt I stuck with heart sequins alone and changed the entire look of what I had planned! Maybe it's for the better, I don't know. But I love the final look anyway. Image is Jacinta sitting dreaming. 




Friday, 10 July 2015

Inspiration piece #9 for Slinky♥Tart

This week's inspiration card for Slinky♥Tart is using the sexy and seductive looking You Can't Beat Me!. My number one fan, my wonderful husband, suggested the quote. Gotta love a helpful hubby! You can check out the other Team B inspiration pieces HERE.


Copics used:

SkinE000, E00. E11, E13, E21, (E04 and R20 for lips) (E47 eyebrow) and (C1, C2, C3 zinc)
Hair and purple accents: V12, V15 and V17
Eyes: B91, B95 and B97
OutfitBG13, BG15 and BG34
Gloves and hat (white area): C0, C1 and C3
Hand on Hat: C1. C3 and C5