Friday, August 30, 2013

Freebie Digi!!

I have another freebie digi available, and if you head on over to my Crissy Armstrong Facebook page, you'll find the link for it!!
Here's a peek at the image:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Free Images

I'm starting up a new thing - for a limited time, I'll be giving some free images away on my Facebook page, so you gotta go there to find the link!  I hope to do this periodically, so join me on FB and keep your eyes peeled!
Happy creating, everyone!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

I'm A Make It Crafty Guest Designer!

Hi folks!  This is a departure from my usual m.o. as I'm sure you have guessed already.  On Facebook not long ago,  Zoe of (Make It Crafty) posted that she was looking for some guest designers for her next release, and I was intrigued.  Then I found out this release was special because it was on her store's 3rd birthday so it was going to be a big bash.  Well that did it, I wanted to be invited to the party!  So you can imagine my delight when she opened the doors up for me and a special group of MIC fans who signed up before the deadline (early bird gets the worm, and all that). So...
Welcome to the very special Make it Crafty Tea Party!
Today, I'm joining the fun with a collection of Make it Crafty fans from around the world, serving you a delicious array of crafty delights to celebrate not only the magical release of Alice in Wonderland but also Make it Crafty's THIRD Birthday!!
What better way to celebrate than a tea party full of Make it Crafty fans?
As you chase the white rabbit down holes, through small doors, around corners and more, keep your eye out for hidden letters, collecting them along the way. Simply decipher the question and then enter the answer at the end of the hop for a chance to win the grand prize!
It wouldn't be a fun tea party without hidden prizes along the way, so make sure you comment as you chase the rabbit for a chance to win more prizes!
Hopefully you've found your way through the door from KAT, but if you've just fallen down the hole then you might want to start back at ZOE.
The guests were given the option to play with 6 images from the new collection and I chose to get creative with "Alice And The White Rabbit".
I challenged myself with this image, not only because it is a departure from my usual style of much simpler designs, but also I printed it in "watermark" mode (Word program) so that the lines would be a very light grey and hard to see.  Did it challenge me? Oh yes it did!  Thankfully I have heavy duty magnifier lenses which never left my face the whole time!  Some call this the "no lines" method of colouring.  I think my lines were a medium grey so I am not sure it counts as such.  I've seen other people's "no lines" colouring and you really don't see the lines at all, once they are done.  Maybe next time, I'll choose an even lighter ink, if I feel like stretching my boundaries that much more! 
I coloured this image with mixed media, starting with a base of Copics.  Here is a list of the Copic colours, although I did cover over a good deal of those with Prismacolour pencils and a handful of pastel pencils as well to get this look: 
Hair: E50, 51, 53, 43, 44, BV00, BV20
Skin: E0000, 000, 01, BV20, R20
White areas: C00, 01, 02, 03, BV20, E40
Blue dress: BG11, 01, 53, 57
Shoes: E13, 15, 18, 19
Red coat: R32, 35, 37, 59
Tie: FYG2, V15
Top hat: C0, 01, 02, 03, 05, 07, B21, B34, B39
Background is Prismacolour pencil burnished with white.
Some people use a blending stump to blend coloured pencil.  I prefer to burnish over it with a white or light coloured pencil crayon.  I find it blends better and I have more control. 
I made the sentiment on the computer as well as the little playing cards and row of hearts, which came from a free share file (the hearts and cards did, not the saying). 
Blue and green background panels stamped with Lavish Flourishes from Whimsy.  I thought this would make a great belated birthday card, although having one on hand and ready to go is a bit ironic.  Maybe I'll just have to be late on someone's birthday on purpose in order to give it out.  ;-) 

The fun doesn't stop here and if you head through this door you'll find your way to ALYCE.  (Isn't that cool, we actually have an Alyce on the hop list!!)
Thanks for coming by today!
God bless you!!