Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Material Girl

It's Lisa S here to welcome you to our newest challenge this fortnight.

Material Girl

I don't know about you but when I hear those words I immediately think of Madonna singing this song and it invariably gets stuck in my head lol. If you are a Madonna fan and want to base your project on her hit song that's fine by us. Of course you can also incorporate other "material" items such as felt, Jute, cotton or material like the TTT design team did. It's your choice and we can't wait to see your beautiful creations!

Our sponsor of this challenge is 

A small independently run Fine Arts and Crafts shop in Penrith Cumbria UK

Our very own Samantha who works there is providing a prize
and as she is trying to build their Facebook she will also select a Facebook winner to
soo please pop over give them a like and leave a comment to say you have entered the challenge
On the Top Tip Tuesday Post.
SO that is 2 winners for this challenge!!

Lori Turner with her Colouring with Copics tutorial

I am so excited to be sharing this post with you all today!
I am not a certified Copic "colorer" or anything - just to set that straight right from the get-go!
LOL...I am just a girl who loves to muck with coloring - I find it very relaxing and therapeutic and I spend a lot of time watching Youtube videos and tutorials watching how the PRO's do it ;)

I am using a new-to-me image from Your Next Stamp called Isabel and my sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I always stamp (or print out if it's digi) onto X-Press It Blending Cardstock if I'm going to be coloring with Copic markers....let's get started:

For skin, my go-to colors are E50 for the base and E11 and E13 for shading. I color in my whole skin area with E50, then I use E11 first to find my shadows and color those in:

...then, I blend the 2 together with my E50 again.

Here, I have added my E13 for a bit darker depth (you don't need a lot for an added punch!!) - then blend once more with E50:

For the hair, I went with color combo E35, E37 and E57....adding the lightest color first, I leave white areas for the "light" and then add darker colors to the darker areas of her hair (by the neck, the curls, the top of her head for her streaks)

Once I add all my colors for the hair, I go back and blend with "flicking motions" to create the look of natural streaks and light source areas...I still need A LOT of practice with hair - to me, it's the most difficult area of an image to color with Copics:

 For the rest of the image, I didn't take as many pictures as you probably get the idea of how I color...add the lightest color first, add the next darker color and go back and blend with the first - as you can see in the example of the baskets:

Here is the final product:

For my "material" part of the challenge, I cut out flowers from yellow felt and added more gumdrops to the centers for a pop of color! :)Thank you so much  Samantha, for having me today!!
I have never done a tutorial before so you've helped me step out of my comfort zone girlie!
I am so honored to be featured on Top Tip Tuesday today. Hugs!

What a fabulous tutorial by Lori, thanks for sharing and being an awesome Guest!

Now over to our Design Team

Lisa S 
*Coming Soon* 

(It's an easel card - lots more pics on my blog!)

Now it's your turn to get creative!

Winner & Top 3 Magical Challenge

Winner of our Magical Challenge

All your entries were Magical this challenge. Lots of lovely colour combinations and images.
It was hard to pick the top 3. Here are the ones I chose,
but consider yourselves all winners.

I love this colour combination in this card.

A beautiful image and lovely detail in this card.

This image has a lovely pose and the vanity unit with the secret opening is magic.

Tip** I cut my gemstone swirls a lot. They are so pricey to buy and you really don't need all of the swirl. It can overwhelm a card.

**Another Tip** Use Modge Podge sparingly on thin paper, so you don't get the pucker in the paper that I got. After doing 120 journals, several others and myself learned that from experience!

Two good tips from Mari who has won a Guest Designer spot.

The winner of our Sponsor prize is 

4. laney with this Cute Dragon card

Well done everyone.
Remember to collect your badges ladies to display on your blogs.

Could our winner          and Top Tipper Mari please contact us on

Our next challenge will be here shortly hosted by Lisa S.

I hope you can join the fun.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014



It's another Tuesday and can you believe a new month, so we have a new challenge for you. Elaine here to host this fortnight.
We had lovely entries using ribbon and twine in our last challenge. I hope you enjoy our new challenge theme' Magical' . Use your imagination and creativity to shown us those fantasy creations.
Take a look at our inspiration below and our tips. Remember to share your tips with us too.

Challenge theme - Magical
Ie, Fairies, dragons something like that....

Sponsor and Prize

Whimsy Stamps is a family owned business and online store located in the United States. We carry a line of whimsical and fun rubber stamps made from deeply etched red rubber and mounted on EZ mount foam. We also have a digital stamp collection with new releases on the 1st of each month. We've recently added an online gallery for our DT and registered users where you can find lots of samples using our stamps. We also have an inspiration blog with daily postings and product info and our featured stamper Saturdays! 

Top Tipper winner - Auntie Sue

Our Design Team


Tip: Some dies create cut out pieces that you can also use on your creations.  The border die that I've used on my card includes a large flower outline shape (near the top end of the border) which I've kept and added to the bottom right corner of my card, adding a pearl centre.

Tip: When you are using a fairy that flies you can intensify the look of being in the sky by using shades of blue in the designpapers and using blue glittery frantage 

Deneen - 

Elaine -

Tip- Add a few dots around leaves and flowers to make the outline stand out. It's a change from adding distressing inks and chalks.

Lisa S
Tip: I used an old deck of playing cards to create my ATC's


Tip: Add tracing paper over your papers to tone down the
colours making them more pastel,
The flower centre is the same paper but with the tracing paper
over the background you can see it is muted.

Tip - Don't forget to rummage through your 'bits' box, as you might be surprised what you find :) Take this little fella, I actually coloured him in and mounted him on his painted layer some months ago and he has just sat in my bits box until now! I know my colouring has changed a bit since then, but I still think he makes a great card :) xx

Sue - 

Don't be scared of leaving lots of white space around your image to allow it to take centre stage, although a line of stitching around the edge can create extra interest.

Enjoy our challenge this fortnight