Sunday, November 5, 2017

Special Edition Snowman and Penguins

I hardly ever make a one layer card, but this one was such a complicated scene that I felt any embellishing or layers would take away from it, rather than add to it. This is a Special Edition of my Snowman and Penguins illustration that I did for Whimsy, which is being used to teach a colouring class at Kit and Clowder.  
Coloured first with Copics and then with some Prismacolour Pencils on top of the snow.
I finished it off with making a light snowfall with my white gel pen. 
I entered this into the Christmas Challenge for September, in which you had to use trees, snowy outdoor scenes, or a Christmas tree! 
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Penguin Prezzie

Here's a look at my hubby's bird-day (oops, I mean, "birth-day"!) card for this year! I used two red rubber stamps from Whimsy - the Penguin Prezzie for the main image, and the hat and sentiment from "Happy Bird-day" set. I only had to stamp the hat and fussy cut around it, then glue it on. The balloon was hand drawn, after I stamped the sentiment, then coloured and fussy cut as well. What's great about Penguin Prezzie is that he can be used for any gift giving occasion, Christmas included, because he comes without any hat at all.  You could just as easily stamp a santa hat to dress him up for Christmas! 
The gold stickers have sparkle (photo didn't pick that up). I doodled around the edges for another detail. Beautiful paper is printed off my own computer from some of Whimsy's gorgeous patterned paper. I used some sheets from the "Soft Spring Greens" set. I really don't need to buy paper from anywhere else now, they have such a huge variety in the catalogue. And it is SO much easier to have these ready to print rather than to have stacks of paper that I have to store and leaf through by hand. 

I coloured the image with the following Copics: 
Penguin Blacks: C0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, blender 0
Beak and feet: Yr21, 23, 27
Penguin Whites: E40, B60, V91, E70, 71, R30 for blush
Turquoise: BG11, 13, 15, 32, 34, 72, 75, 91, 93
Greens: YG01, 03, 05, 25, 67
Pinks: RV02, 05, 17, 19
I've entered into the SplitcoastStampers colour challenge for this week, CC659
Thanks so much for looking!

Friday, October 20, 2017

31 Nights of Halloween - Night 20


This is a special post!  I want you to know that Whimsy is having a big Halloween celebration and you are invited to participate! Hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog to find out more!
I posted a special post on there, and explained the game you can play to get your name entered into a draw for free images from Yours Truly! So don't wait, head on over there and play! 
For my card, I used my rubber image, "Kitties On Halloween"
I coloured it using multi-media.  I started with Copics, and then used some distress inks and some coloured pencil. I did some sponging on the sky to get the glow around the moon.  I used the distress inks like watercolours, and used a thin water colour brush to do the grass strands. 
The paper is by the wonderful Tracy Wray of Whimsy. It is digital paper from her "Haunted Halloween" pack 1
I am IN LOVE with Tracy's papers, and I just feel so empowered that I can download and print out what ever sheets I want, and as many times as I want when I get one of her packs of digital paper!  It is a dream to be able to do this at home with my own printer! Saves loads of space too!
Layering is a breeze also, because I can layer it in my word program! No more need to carefully cut layers!! Can you tell I love this stuff??? ;-)
Here's a close-up of the image:
Thanks for looking and have a Spook-tacular Day!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wedding Bells

It's time for another Whimsy Challenge - Anything Goes!  Here's a wedding card I did for my niece using my Whimsy rubber set, "Wedding Bells"!  I also used the Whimsy Die from "Card Builder - Hearts of Love".  The paper is an older digital Whimsy paper no longer available by Michelle Roos. There's only two layers on this card, the image and the paper! 
Copics used were:
Skin tones - E0000, 000, 00, 01, 21, RV93, R20
Greys N2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9
Hair: Y21, E40, 41, 42, 43, 44
White dress: E40, 41, BV20, 23
Too bad you can't see all the sparkle! The wooden heart is covered with glitter glass, and the word "Love" is covered with glitter. The centre of the bow is also glittery! The photo doesn't show it. 
I hope you can join in the Whimsy Challenge this month and by doing so, get a chance to win a 15$ gift voucher for the store!  You must use a Whimsy paper or image in order to enter, but that's not a problem because Whimsy Store has a section where there is always a freebie or two to choose from! 
Thanks for looking and don't forget to join in the challenge! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Christmas Elf

Here is a sneak peek at one of my latest rubber images for Whimsy - "Christmas Elf"! It will be in the Whimsy Stamps store very soon! (Sept 2017) Also coming are the holly dies I used on this card in a nice set of Christmas branches, so check the store on Thursday Sept 7th!
I used some of Tracy's gorgeous Christmas paper (digital) found at the Whimsy Store HERE
Also used a Spellbinders oval die for the main image, and a flourish die (the flourish at the bottom). I made the poinsettia with the Build A Poinsettia Die from Whimsy.
The red wrinkly paper is some hand made paper I got a long time ago in a pack at Costco. 
Here is the Copic list: 
Skin: E0000, 00, 11, V95, R30 blush
Reds: R17, 29, 89
Greens: YG01, 03, 05, 45 as well as Prismacolour Light Olive Green
Hair: E08, 15, 97
Blue ball: B32, 34, 37
Whites: B000, BV20
W00, 1, 3 as ground shadow
I also used Prismacolour Pencils over top the image in places to bring out more shadows and highlights.  So this is a mixed media image. 
I joined in a couple of challenges at Splitcoaststampers:
WT651 - In Three (I used three holly die cuts and the elf has a hat with three peaks)
SCSCCSEP17 - memories (I have a fond memory of seeing real (to me) elves on Christmas eve when I was around 6!)
And the Fussy And Fancy Challenge - Anything Goes, mixed media (I used Copics and Coloured Pencils)
Thanks for looking today!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Gingerbread Man

Yeehaw, another Christmas card done! I am really adding to my list these days and I just love it!
This is my Gingerbread Man for Whimsy Stamps.  I coloured it with Copics and added a layer of coloured pencils on top to really blend and bring out the shadows.
I have a Copic colouring tutorial on this image, so if you are interested, here is the LINK
Copic list: 
0 blender
E15, 37, 47
BV20, 23, B000
R14, 27, 59
YG09 
G19, 29
I used Tracy's gorgeous Christmas papers that are found HERE
I was out shopping the other day and found a package of wooden tags that were blank.   I was able to fit a slice of one of Tracy's papers onto it, and it fit three sentiments from the paper just perfectly! I just glued it onto the tag and I was done! 
The holly and mistletoe branch are a sneak peek at a new die set (designed by Yours Truly!) coming out in just a few days at Whimsy! 
Thanks so much for looking!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kitty Floats

Hi People! How's your summer been?! Ours has been nice and cool.  No heat waves! That is my kind of summer! Plus with all the rain, we have had a good blueberry year! The ground is blue in places!
This is "Kitty Floats" and this card is my offering for this month's Whimsy Inspirations Challenge, which is Anything Goes/optional: Dots. If you join in, you get a chance to win a Whimsy gift certificate! You must use a Whimsy image or paper on your card to qualify, but, they always have some on hand for FREE to anyone (no purchase necessary!) so no one is left out of the challenges!
They also have a customer appreciation stamp set available (a different one is offered each month) as a bonus if you do spend over 75$ on your order! 
I coloured my kitty with Copics:
Oranges: YR12, 07, 14, 18, 27, 39
Wood: E13, 15, 18, 19, 29, 0 blender
Sky: B01, 02
Water: BG000, 00, 10, 11, 32, 70, 72, with E13 and 15 for the boat reflection
Whites: E40, 41, C1, 2
Pinks: R30, V90, 91
Enjoy the rest of your summer, like my kitty here, just relax and watch the clouds if you can! It is therapeutic!
Hugs all!
Crissy

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Infant King

Hi Readers! 
If you have been following Whimsy Stamps, you may have seen this image before.  It was out as a digital image in the last few years.  Then, it went into the "vault".  Well, good news! It is now being re-released in red rubber! This is your sneak peek, but you will find it in the Whimsy Store on Wed. August 16th by noon EST. 
I coloured the image with Copics, and then went over some areas with Luminance coloured pencils. 
Some of the designer paper is also from Whimsy.  Pierced Stars are a Whimsy Die. You can find all the products here: 
Infant King red rubber image (link won't work until Wed. Aug. 16 noonish EST)
I've entered the following challenges with this card: 

Thanks for looking! 
God bless you!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Touched By Love

You may (or may not) remember this from last year's digital catalogue at Whimsy Stamps! This is "Touched By Love".  
I used some of Tracy's gorgeous Christmas Tidings Paper as well as some from her Christmas Cheer pack at Whimsy. Both those packs can be found HERE. I coloured "Touched By Love" image with the following Copics: 
Skin: E00, 01, 11, 21, RV93, V91 (I also went over the flesh area a bit with some Prismacolour pencils, once I was done in Copics)
Blonde: YR20, E44, 47
Manger: E31, 33, 35, 37
Ribbon: RV32, R56, 59, RV99, 0
Holly: G21, 24, 94, YG61, 67
Wings: E40, V91, E70, B60, 0
Blanket: B60, BG90, V91
Dress: BG90, V91
A lot of people leave white objects un-coloured. But if you want to make the white of an image look closer to real life, there has to be some shading in there somewhere. I don't colour over the entire area, just the areas I think would be more in shadow. And since white is always reflecting the colour of things around it, you can use a variety of very light shades to get your white shadows. 
I'm sure enjoying this Christmas in July!
Hope you are too!
Blessings,
Crissy

Christmas Spaniel Set


Hi Folks! Another Christmas card today (I just got started!!!) I used my Christmas Spaniels set, and one of the three spaniels in the set, for the main image. She looks just like my Avro (who is now with Jesus!) so this set means a lot to me. 

I coloured her with the following Copic markers:
YR20, 21, E30, 33, 34, 55, 57
R30, 32, 35, 37, 39, 89
G07, 28, with 0 blender to remove ink to make dots on the gift wrap
BV20, 23 and B0000 on the whites
W1, 3, 6 on the ground
The beautiful green starry paper and the striped paper are from Tracy's Christmas Tidings Set, a digital set of paper that you print at home, also from Whimsy Stamps. Snowflake is also a Whimsy die, and the Wonky Squares are from Spellbinders. 
I've entered this card into the colour challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. 
Thanks so much for looking!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Top o' the Mornin' to ya!


It's that time of year again... Christmas In July!! Whoo-hoot! People who know me know that if I had my 'druthers, it would be Christmas all year long.  :-D 
This one is showing off my digital snowman image, "Top o' the Mornin'"that Whimsy and I are offering FREE during the month of July, 2017, to anyone who wishes to use it for their hand made creations!
And do you see the Lighter blue panel with the white globes? That's also free paper right there, from a free pack of six designs by Tracy, called "Summer Love" paper! It's just gorgeous!
Other paper from Whimsy's actual paper pack, "Winter Wishes", also designed by the Fabulous Tracy Wray. 
In case you haven't been playing along, we have a challenge every month at Whimsy Stamps; all you must do is create something using a Whimsy product (we provide free product if you haven't got anything Whimsy-cal yet, so you have no excuse not to play with us!) and if you enter, you also get into the monthly draw for a gift cert to the Whimsy Store.  Can't beat that, can you?
This month is it "Anything Goes (as it always is!) With the Option of "Holidays". (and of course, you know me by now, I am going to take that option to celebrate Christmas Holidays any chance I can get!!!)
I've also entered it into the Ways To Use It Challenge on SCS, DIY Plaid. I gave him a plaid scarf using my Copics. Not easy, but I like the result! More challenging for sure!
I coloured my snowman with the following Copics:
Black: W0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Reds: R14, 17, 27, 29, 59, 89
Whites: BV20, 23, B0000, 0 blender
Blue bird's chest and snowman's Blush: R20, 21
Blues: B41, 45, 26
Greens: YG01, 03, 17, G21, 24
A touch of E40 and 41 in the white stripes of the hat band
Thanks for looking today, and don't forget to visit the Whimsy Store for your copy of this (un-coloured) freebie digital snowman today! (available for the month of July 2017)!
God bless!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sneak Peek! "Penguin Trick Or Treat"

Hi Peeps! Here's a Hallowe'en card I made for my grand daughter! I am giving you all a sneak-peak at a rubber stamp that will soon-be-released at Whimsy Stamps! Keep your eyes peeled at the store for this one, it is coming soon! 
I coloured "Penguin Trick Or Treat" with the following Copic markers (plus one Prismacolour Marker):
Left Penguin black: C1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 0
Middle penguin black: N1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 0
Right penguin black: W1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 0
I used different greys so that the penguins would be able to be distinguished from each other where ever the blacks of each penguin were adjacent. 
Pirate Scarf: W1, 3, 5
Cowboyhat: E31, 33, 34, 57, Band- E42, 44, 47
Brown paper bag: E40's
Red Bandana: R14, E07, 08, 18 with Y08 on top
Witch Hat: V93, 95, 28, BV02, 04, 25, 17, 0
Penguin Whites: Prismacolour Marker Cream, E41, 70, BV20, and R30 plus 0 for blush
Looks like I forgot to list the pumpkin, feet and beaks.  Be sure I used a lot of YR's and some E97 and 99.
I am entering this card into two challenges at Splitcoast Stampers: 
WT643 - You're a Star, and
F4A385 - Lucky Number Sevens!
Thanks for looking!
God bless you!