Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Penguin Santa

Hi People! I have "Penguin Santa" on a card today! He's one of my latest red rubber images at Whimsy Stamps.  Also used on this card are papers from my Christmas Cool Mix digital set, and a sentiment from my Penguin Christmas Sentiments Set 1
I coloured this with Copics and then when over some areas (the bag and the white and black areas on the penguin) with Prismacolour pencils. 
Here's your list of Copic colours used:
Reds: R000, 11, 20, 21, 24, 27, 43, 46, 39, RV69, RV99
Beak and feet: YR30, 31, 12, 14, 24, 27
Penguin black: C0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
Greens: YG01, G03, 07, 28
Whites: YR30, E40, BV20, B0000
Snow: BG000, 70, 72, B00, B60, 63
Sky: B91 and then I added white gel pen for the snowflakes
Bricks: E13, 15, 17, 18
Thanks for coming by to have a look!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Penguin Fun In Fall

Hi Everyone! 
I love to walk through piles of leaves on a sunny autumn day and hear the leaves crunch under my feet.  It is one of my favourite things to do in this season.  This is "Penguin Fun In Fall", a newly released digital image at Whimsy Stamps.  I coloured this scene using Copics first, then followed up with Prismacolour Pencils. I especially enjoyed doing the texture of the bark on the tree (tree was freehand drawn and is not included in the image file).  Here is your close-up:

I am entering this card in the following challenges: 
Unicorn Challenge: Autumn or Halloween
Creative With Stamps: Halloween or Leaves
2 Crafty Critter Crazies: Anything with a critter
Do Al (l) Creative: Create your own background
Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes

Thanks for coming by and I hope you are enjoying Autumn, where ever you are in the world!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Polar Bear's Christmas Tree

Hi Peeps! This is "Polar Bear's Christmas Tree", a red rubber image I did for Whimsy Stamps.  I loved making a snowy scene with my Copics! The background paper is from my digital pack, "Winter's Magic Blue".  The sentiment was also from a digital set, "Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 Set". Here is your close-up:
And here are the Copic colours I used: 
Thanks for looking! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!

Scruffy Cat

Hi Peeps! Here's Scruffy the Cat from my "Scruffy Cat Set", a digital set with two images (one of Scruffy with the hat and one without the hat).  Background papers are from my digital paper pack, "Christmas Red, Gold and Green".  
I coloured the image using Copics and added a few Prismacolour pencils on top.  Here's the list of Copics used: 
W0, E40, YR30, BV20 on Scruffy's white paws
Grey fur: N0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Red hat: R30, 11, 21, 22, 224, 27, 43, 39
White trim on hat: B0000, E70, BG90, W0, N0BV20
For the space around Scruffy I first coloured it in with YR31, then did the Bokeh effect by dropping little drops of YR30, R00 and 0 blender repeatedly (allowing them to dry between applications) and being careful not to drop any too close to the cat. Edges of the main panel were sponged with some brown ink.
I printed the sentiment from the "Merry and Bright" digital set and then cut it out with the candy cane die (discontinued, sorry!) and then coloured in the stripes with markers and pencils. Thanks so much for looking!

Pretty Girl Happy Mail

Hi everyone! Here's a newly released digital image called, "Pretty Girl Happy Mail".  I had fun colouring her with a combination of Copics followed by Prismacolour pencils, and white gel pen for the snowflakes. The papers are from two digital packs at Whimsy: "Flourishing Blooms" and "Christmas Azure", designed by Yours Truly! The sentiment on the image panel is also a digital from my "Penguin Christmas Sentiments Set 1" and the word JOY! was stamped and embossed and is from the "Penguin Holiday Squares" set. 
Here's your close-up:
I'm entering the following challenge: 
Hope you come back again soon! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Penguin Holiday Squares

Christmas is coming! But you all knew that, right?  ;-D 
I LOVE everything Christmas, and I'm super excited about this set of stamps that was released last month.  It's called Penguin Holiday Squares.  This is just two of them - there's a third image in the set (along with sentiments) so go check it out HERE.  Plus, the sentiments it comes with are so versatile, not just to use with this set.  And I love the fonts Denise chose for them. (I draw the images, and she designs the sentiments!)
I also did the papers - yup! I designed them myself and you can get this set at Whimsy too! They're from a set called "Christmas So Soft".  I love love love using digital paper! It opens up a lot of space on the shelves by not having to store big bulky pads of paper.  Plus you don't have to "save" a sheet that you love for that "special occasion" (you know that occasion - the one that honestly never happens!) because you can reprint your favourite sheets over and over at will! No more fears of running out of your favourite one!
Also, the snowflake is an oldie but a goodie, still available at Whimsy HERE.
Here are the Copic markers I used:
Black: N1,3,5,7,9 100
Pom shades: BG90, 93, B000
Background: BG23 with B41 as a second layer on top
Penguin cheeks: 0 blender first, then R30
Penguin whites: YR30, E40, E70, Tiny bits of BV20 in the darkest places
Pink clothing: RV21, 91, 93, 95, 34, 32, and some RV0000 in the highlights
Beaks: YR30, 12, 14, 27, E74

So if you haven't started your Christmas cards yet, this set makes some really COOL cards! Hop on over to the Whimsy Store and check out all their new releases! There's something for everybody!
Stay cool!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Polar Friends and Winter's Magic Blue

Hello! Want to get a jump start on your winter/Christmas cards? Well, Whimsy has some new winter holiday images already out! And this card is showing one of them.  This is "Polar Friends" (the image is in red rubber) and I drew it with you in mind, thinking you might really enjoy tackling some skin tones, hair and fur! I know it's a challenge for some people, but you don't grow unless you challenge yourself! I will put the Copic list below so that you can see what colours I chose. 
The paper, well, I am just so proud of them, because I designed this set of papers too! I called this set "Winter's Magic Blue".  You can buy it, keep it stored in your computer and print it off at will. So convenient! So handy!
Here is your Copic List:
Skin: E0000, 000, RV91, 93, R30 blush
Eyes: B21, B000, N1, R20
Coat: E51, 53, 55, 57, E70, 71, 74
Blonde Hair: YR30, E40, 42, 43, tiny bit of 44
Fur cuff: N1,2,3,4, B000
Bear's nose: N3, 8
Sky background: B21, B000
Hat and Mitts: B21, 23, 24, 26, 29
Bear Fur: YR30, E40, BV20, 23, B000, BG72, E71
If nothing else, this post should help cool you off in the midst of these heat waves! 

Purr-Fect Picnic Cats

This is Purr-fect Picnic Cats , a red rubber image found at Whimsy Stamps. I also used some Whimsy digital paper found HERE
I coloured the image with Copics and touched up with coloured pencils. Thank you for looking, and I hope you are having a lovely summer!

Design Team Call for Whimsy!

There's still four days left to get your application in for the Digital Design Team at Whimsy Stamps! Specializing in promoting the digital goodies at Whimsy! If you are interested, please go to this link: DT CALL for WHIMSY STAMPS DIGITAL
closes at the end of July

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Penguin Campfire

Hi! I am still not into the swing of life-as-usual (yet!).  My pups are now seven months old, but still a handful, so my card making time is still taking a beating! But it won't be beat entirely, thanks to some early mornings (before the Cracken get released!) and some old fashioned grit and determination.  So here I am with another penguin card (oh, surprise, surprise ;-P) and this one is called Penguin Campfire.  I coloured it with Copics but I decided to blend out the sky colours with some coloured pencil atop the Copic layer (on the sky only).  White gel pen for the stars after everything was coloured. I love doing "glowing" scenes.  It really is not as hard as it looks.  You just have to add your yellow on first, where ever you want the image to glow, and then colour as per usual, but making your shadows a tad darker than you normally would.  It also helps a lot to have a really dark background. That is all you gotta do! This one was helped along by Copic because they have some flourescent shades that really already kind of glow.  And just an aside: when you want to colour fire, flames, for the most part, the whitest yellow should be coloured at the base of the flame, where it contacts the fuel (log, or whatever is on fire).  Then as the flame gets further and further from the source of the fuel, the flame darkens through orange to red. Most people colour fire the opposite way, with the whitish yellow at the top and work down to red at the bottom, but that's just not what a flame looks like IRL. So, ....   here's the Copic list: 
Glow on front of penguin, his clothes, the log he sits on, top of the rocks around the fire: FY1
Fire: YR07, R05, R27, FY1
Penguin White: E40, YR30, E41, E71
Penguin Black: W1,2,3,5,7,8,10
Penguin Beak and feet: YR12, 14, 16, 27, BV20, E71
Hoodie: R20, 21, 22, BG90, 93, C2
Rocks: T1,3,5,7
Logs in fire: E43,44,W9
Log seat: E43,44,79, W5,7
Atmosphere above fire: Y00, 11, YR30, C00
Sky: B0000, BG0000, C00, B32, 45, 97 and then blended to the yellow above the fire using coloured pencils
Ground: E40, 41, 42, 43, 53, BG96, G21
Twigs, tree and grass in background: E87, 89, E40, BG90
Smoke: C1,2,3 plus some grey coloured pencils
Stars: white gel pen
This is a new digital image at Whimsy Stamps and can be found HERE
Also used on this card are a sheet from the digital pack "Old Glory" and a sheet from a pack called "Ahoy There". 
Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! I hope to be back ... soon!! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Online Thievery

Putting this out there to educate you... a Whimsy stamp set design along with some dies were recently stolen and are for sale online.  If you find your favourite stamp or die selling for a lot less than at the company where they originated, they are most likely low quality knock-offs of illegally acquired designs. Please do not purchase them! You might have to pay a little more for designs that were made with integrity, but by buying from legitimate sites, you’re keeping your favourite companies and artists in business and receiving a higher quality product. Please do not support this thievery because that makes you a party to it.

If you can imagine thieves ambushing a truck full of baked goods (which they didn’t make and they didn’t buy the ingredients for and they didn’t pay staff to make) and then turning around and selling the stolen goods in their own store, at cheaper prices (making it appear more enticing)while claiming it was theirs, would you buy your bread from them? if you knew it was stolen from the honest, family-run bakery? just so you could save some money? Please be aware of this practice and help keep honest family-run businesses in business. We all loose when we support thieves; conversely, we all benefit from supporting honesty and integrity.

We wish to keep bringing you original high quality designs, but we can only do this with your support. You can help by educating yourself and your fellow crafting buddies. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Penguin Magic

There's a brand new release at Whimsy! This is Penguin Magic, one of my red rubber images for this June release.  I had a blast using my Leaf Foliage Die Set 1 and Leaf Foliage Die Set 2
for this card! I also loved using the gorgeous papers from the Starry Night Set - they are just so beautiful! Also used a sentiment from a previous set called Fairy and Unicorn Greetings.  I just love this beautiful sentiment, and there are more in the set, check it out!  I coloured Penguin Magic with the following Copics: 

Coat inner lining - R46, 39, 89
Coat and hat: W1, 2, 4. 6, 7, 8, 9, Blender 0, 110 special black
White of penguin - YR30, E40, 41, 70
Pink bunny ear: R30, 43, E04
Bunny fur: W0, 1, 2, 3
Beak and feet: YR30, 12, 24, E37
Penguin Black: C1, 2, 5, 7, 100
Top hat: N2, 3, 5, 100
Blush: zero blender plus R30
Ground: YG61, G94

There's lots of other yummy new stuff at Whimsy these days, I hope you go check it out!
Enjoy this blissful weather we're having!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fairy and Unicorn Greetings

This is my new rubber image set for Whimsy Stamps called "Fairy and Unicorn Greetings".  I recorded myself colouring the body of the unicorn and you can view that video HERE.  I have two versions - that one is under five minutes, and I added a longer one HERE at just over 12 minutes for the die-hards LOL! 
Also used on this card: 
Paper: Starry Night
Copics for the unicorn body listed in the video. 
Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Penguin's Bunch of Bunnies (and new Puppies~!~)

Hi Peeps! Can't chat long... I am typing as the puppies are asleep, but they won't be for long, lol! Yes, we have a couple of new pups, American Cocker Spaniels, Freckles and Dot! I will show you a photo of them too!
On my card I used Penguin's Bunch of Bunnies, a new rubber image I did for Whimsy! Also on the card are papers from my set of digital papers that I created! I think they are pretty, even if I do say so myself... also used are words from a chipboard set by MIC, and sold through Whimsy Stamps too.  I also stamped some party hats from a couple other Whimsy sets ...
Wish I could hang around, but puppies are calling!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Gift Horse

Hi People! Here is a card I made using "Gift Horse", my rubber image at Whimsy Stamps! Instead of using the party hat, I made a Santa hat and turned it into a Christmas Card for my niece.  She loved it! 
I coloured the image with a combination of Copics followed by coloured pencils. The snowy background was drawn on with a white gel pen. The beautiful neutral background paper is by Tracy Wray at Whimsy stamps, from the pre-printed pack, "Christmas Cheer". 

I have entered a couple of challenges with this card.  Firstly, the Whimsy Inspires Challenge, which is a monthly challenge.  It is always Anything Goes, as long as you have a Whimsy image, or, Whimsy Paper, or Whimsy Die on your card, you are free to enter! And, there's always a 15$ Gift Voucher for the store to one randomly chosen winner at the end of the month long challenge.  So, don't hesitate to join! The best part is, you don't have to spend a cent! You can get a free Whimsy image or paper download to print off and use at home, by visiting HERE! and so you are all set to join in! No excuses! lol

The second challenge is from SCS, the Ways To Use It challenge, and this week it is "Let's Circle Around" (to use circles on your card). 

Thanks for looking!