Monday, 30 July 2012

Decorated gift box & card






Hi, long time no see again sorry!!
I seem to be quite busy at the moment. However I did break off to decorate this box & make a card for my brother & his fiance for their engagement party last Saturday.

I have used:
The Box
Hide Away 12x12 papers (which I currently have for sale HERE cheap!!)
I distressed with my new ink pad thingys & autumn distress ink
The ribbon & flowers are Prima, the other bits are from my stash.
The sentiment stamped image was in my little blog candy from Dawn :0)

The Card
Hide Away 12x12 papers (which I currently have for sale HERE cheap!!)
Stampin Up image & sentiment
Promarkers to colour


Hope you like it, my brother & finace loved it & their little gift inside....some tea towels for when they get their own place together :0)

Hugs xx

Friday, 6 July 2012

Promarkers tutorial ~ cuddly bear with browns

I've been meaning to do a tutorial for a while & this evening I thought I'd do a little colouring & share.
Today I am going to show you (after a lot of practice & experimenting!) how to colour a bear brown & him to look fairly soft & cuddly =0)

I am using:
Crafters Companion Neenah Card
Letraset Promarkers
I printed the digi image using a canon printer


The colours I am using to colour Waffles are:
Chestnut
Terracotta
Apricot
Clear blender 
(I have also used Blush, Leaf Green, Meadow Green, Denim Blue & Pastel Blue)

To begin with I like to use the darkest colour which is the Chestnut.
I have decided my light source is coming from the front so the middle of the bear is going to be catching the light.
Starting with his ears I have laid down chestnut in the areas I want the darkest.

Next I have gone over the chestnut with the terracotta going further into the middle
I use light circular movements repeating round with the terracotta until it has blended with the chestnut

For the centre of his ears I have used apricot & again used circular light movements to blend it into the terracotta & up into the chestnut

Finally for his ears to get the cuddly look I have used very light circular movements over the whole ear with the blender pen.

Using the techniques above for the ears I have started his head with chestnut

Next I've gone over with terracotta. Can you see on this picture I've only gone over once so you can still see a vivid line of chestnut.

I carry on laying down terracotta along the edge of the chestnut until it has blended to my satisfaction, slowly bringing the terracotta to the middle of the face.
The middle of his face only has a very light layer of terracotta

so now when you go over with the blender pen you get a more cuddly look with the highlights on his face

Again following the same principle for the face with chestnut, terracotta & the blender pen I have done the rest of the body.
Chestnut...

Over chestnut with terracotta....

over the whole body with the blender pen

For his mouth area I have used a little terracotta & apricot followed by the blender pen.

His nose is chestnut, his hands are just apricot with blender & his belly is blush with blender.


Here's my finished Waffles bear. I will do further tutorials for green & blue

I hope this helps any newbies looking to get into colouring & anyone already using promarkers.

Hugs Helen
xxx


Monday, 2 July 2012

Oscar the knitted rabbit



Oscar

(This is my 2nd post today please scroll down for the 1st)

I found the pattern for this rabbit online from Mary Jane's Tea room
Isn't he cute?! Thought it was also meant to be because my boy rabbit was called Oscar =0)

I have knitted this for my little boy due in October. Hubby said because I love rabbits & have always had one (real & soft toy!) our baby should have one too!!

Hugs
xxx


Hanging around with door hangers!


A bit of bling....it's a girl thing!!

I decided to have a rummage in my die cuts box after being inspired by one of Susie Sugar's cards the other day. All the door hangers & bears were actually from Susie's shop!
I just love all these bears they're so cute!! I inked their edges up using a make-up sponge & my SU stamping spots. I also used pencils & a white gel pen for extra depth & highlights. All the decorations are bits from my stash.


A little princess lives here


Murphy's Room

The boy hangers I found a bit more challenging as you can't really bling them up the same as you can girly ones!!!


It's a Boy

Hope you enjoyed having a look. I certainly enjoyed having a play. Its great to be back crafting & blogging again =0)

Helen
xxx

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Crafting Cafe Blog Hop....prizes to be won!


I am very honoured to be part of the first Facebook group 
Crafting Cafe blog hop!!
The crafting cafe is a friendly group of crafters over on facebook who share their crafting journey together.... come on over and join us if you want to.

The hop is all about friendship. My card above is a specially drawn image (by me) for this hop. I have coloured Roger & Bunny using letraset promarkers. You can find more Roger the Bear images in 

Hop around all the blogs starting at Nikki's Blog & ending at my blog (here!)....leave some love along the way & you could be a lucky winner of 4 digital images of your choice from my shop Ellephantastic.co.uk 

or some other great prizes!!

If you've followed the hop correctly you should have arrived here from Crafty Bits blog