Thursday, 22 September 2016

In the Garden!

Hello everyone.
My oh my where does all the time go to I wonder??
Pretty soon it will be Christmas and it doesn't seem like five minutes ago we were putting the tree away from last year does it?
Anyway, on to my latest project eh?
This is going to be my entry for the Clarity Monthly challenge and this month's is entitled,
"In the Garden"
Well, I have to tell you that my garden is full of birds.
Hubby loves to see the birds feeding and consequently we have many many feeders dotted around the garden.
There is a downside to this because under each feeder we have a small meadow growing!! Lol
The birds seem to take great delight in the "one for me, one for the floor" method of feeding. hahaha.
So I have based my In The Garden card on that theme and here it is:
You will see that I have used the large Blue Tit from the Garden birds and feeder set. I love this set of stamps and I really should use it more often.
To make the border I used the square stencil and then used the stencil with the tree at the side of it to make the inner square (obviously leaving the tree out!).
Then I masked it all off and stamped the Briar Rose stamp into the four corners. I didn't want the flower to overpower the bird and I think it worked, what do you think??

Whilst it was masked off I brushed Distress Ink around the border using Twisted Citron and Ripe Persimmon.

The bird is coloured using my Polychromo Pencils and I'm really pleased with how the colouring worked.  The background is done with Pan Pastels and I am really enjoying my new found love for these.  

Then because I couldn't leave it alone I thought I would add some rays of sunshine. Bad move, really not happy with them but hey ho, it's done now.  
Here's the thing, whilst I am adding them I can hear Barbara saying "you can add it but you can't take it away!!!"  How very true, maybe I should have listened eh??
So there you have it, my entry into this month's Clarity Challenge.
Hope you like it.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Autumn - already??

Hello my lovelies.
Oh my gosh, I can't believe I haven't posted since 22 July!!! My bad!
So, how are you all?  Been enjoying the good old British Summer?
Mind you, it has been ok really don't you think?
I love the Summer for the sun and the warmth but I have to be honest and say that for the colours, I do love Autumn.
Anyhoo, best crack on.
Just thought I would show you my latest card.
This one features a new image from the lovely Ching Chou Kuik and it is called Autumn in Far North.  It was produced especially for a colouring event over at Kit and Clowder on Facebook.  Kit and Clowder, in case you don't know, is a fabulous community teaching fantastic colouring techniques.  There are numerous classes that you can purchase or even a monthly colouring class using pencils and one for markers.
Why not pop over and have a look at the website - it really is great fun.
 So as I had done this for the current colouring competition at Kit and Clowder, and also entered it into the Ching Chou Kuik challenge on Facebook, I thought I would blog it and see where else I could enter it.
Here is the card:
I have used my Copics to colour this one for a change. (I usually use my Polychromo Pencils)
I am really happy with how this one turned out and I feel like I'm getting braver with my colouring.
Not sure I have got the blending quite right yet cos I can still see the individual colours, but I'm getting there slowly.
See what I mean?  Mind you I am especially pleased with the woodland face in the background. I lost count of how many colours I used on that. lol
I finished it off with a line sentiment from Clarity which I stamped in Versamark and then embossed with black embossing powder - really stands out doesn't it?
So there you have it.
I shall enter it in the following challenges:

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It really does mean a lot.