Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happiness is......

Crafting organisation! Today I thought I would share a picture of my new found piece of happiness! Here is the new large Copic carry case, with all my pens in! I used to empty my carrying bag out and put my pens back into Making Memories carousel - but now they are staying in their bag!

I saw on Copic Australia Facebook page, a picture for Valentines day that said "I love you more than Copic Markers, and that says a lot!" Love it!! Lol! My DH would not argue with that!

I got the inspiration to make these little swatch books for each basket from a post on Purple Onion Designs. I wanted my little swatch books to be based on the Copic Colour Wheel, like they are stored in my bag,  with the matched greys for each section. It took ages to get it started, but once this beauty of a bag arrived, I had to get them finished! I created a database of Copic numbers and names (that's what took the time!!), printed the swatches with the Copic code and name using label printing, cut them out, and then coloured the bottoms with chisel tip strokes to show colour and depth of colour.

I can fit my copic notebook, copy of 'Shadows and Shading' and my swatch tags for hair and skin in this too! Bonus!

Thanks for visiting! Kx

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Time to Celebrate - Uniko Studio!

Hello One and All! Hope you are all well!
Well, it is Saturday the 11th of February, so it is time to show you my projects for the launch of Uniko Studio stamps! These stamps are really lovely clear photo polymer - so you can see what you are doing! Got to say, I'm a bit of an organisation freak, and the fact that they come in DVD cases all snazzy with an index label made me so happy! :-)

 Here is my first project!

The background paper is the lovely cog stamp from the set, repeated across white card with black ink. So simple, but quite striking!
Here is a photo of the detail:

I used the flower stamp, coloured with Copics and then went a bit layer mad! Love the way they look layered up like that though! The background stamp - a 'clocking in card' is so simple, yet can be used in so many ways.

Ok, so here is project two!

I've layered up the lovely fob watch stamp with lots of Prima papers, and pearly swirls to try and give the watch a vintagey look.

The watch has been coloured with Copic markers, layered up to give it dimension, with a healthy dollop of glossy accents to made it pop!

Hope you like what you see! Bev, the owner of Uniko Studio will be doing a make and take at The Paperlane today, and keep an eye on The Stamp Attic too! Uniko Studio's own website will be released today too - it's all go!

Have a lovely Saturday! Kxx

Thursday, 9 February 2012

It's Your Day!

Hello Everyone! Come on in and get comfy! Its so cold out there - I'm glad I'm inside!

Back today with a challenge entry. It has taken me ages to get up to colouring and challenge speed after Christmas! Must be the after effects of all that chocolate! I am entering the CLP Challenge this month - there is such a lovely sketch that I really wanted to have a play! This is the first time I have entered the challenge - and I don't know why!!

I made this card for my lovely friend Helen, who had her birthday this week. She is a fellow Magnolia lover! Just love this stamp from the current collection. The tiny tag die cut, and the main image sentiment is by Whimsy Stamps, the 'brackets' are Spellbinders. The papers are Authentique 'Gathering', and the flourishy stamps are Stempelglede. The lovely pearl swirl is Zva. I have used Copic markers to colour the image - I have tried to give it a washed out / distress look, a bit like using inks.

Thanks so much for popping by and looking. Will be back on the 11th Feb with my projects for the Uniko Studio reveal!

K :-)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sooo Excited!!

Well, exciting news! I am really pleased to tell you that there is a new stamp company in town! I am really proud to say I am on the Design Team - hope I can do these lovely stamps justice! The first of my makes made with these stamps will be posted on the 11th Feb.

Uniko Studio launches on Saturday, 11th Feb, with a make and take at The Paperlane in Northallerton. Hope you can make it!


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Wheel of Fortune....

Hello everyone! Hope you are all well! Well here is my card for the first The Paperlane Challenge for the New Year! I can't believe how fast the time flies.

Well, for this challenge you have been asked to create a card that has been inspired by a book. I thought long and hard about this one! I eventually chose a very personal favourite "Wheel of Fortune", which is the autobiography of Edith Piaf. If you want to have a look at it, you can find it here. 

I really wanted to try and evoke the colour and mood that Piaf was known for, and of course her home city, Paris. There are subtle hints of sparkle here and there - but not too much!

The Magnolia images (Shabby Eiffel Tower and Paris Tilda) were coloured with warm grey Copic markers only, and then had Antique Linen distress ink smooshed all over it to get the colours I needed. The papers are Graphic 45. The postmark stamps are Cavallini stamps.
There is a quote in the book which I love. It is:

"Better to live than to vegetate. I like that phrase. I adopted it a long time ago."
I should bear that in mind sometimes! Thanks for looking! Please leave a comment, I would love to come and visit!