Thursday, 18 January 2018

Happy Day...

Good morning everyone,
Happy Thursday!

I'm here today with some flowery gorgeousness!  
I could almost be thinking of spring if were n't so cold, wet and windy outside today! are some pretty flowers to cheer us all up!
This card is one of a set of three I made last year for Making Cards magazine.
I loved making these cards.  
The flowers are stamped and heat embossed in white on vellum and the vellum is coloured from behind with Copic markers.  Such a pretty effect I think!  Mind you, coupled with a shaker card, it is almost toooo cute!

You don't need too many Copic Markers to colour on vellum as you need to work quickly because the alcohol ink dries really quickly!  So if you are giving this technique a go use no more than two blending colours and be speedy! (Remember to colour on the back of the vellum)!

Memento Ink pad in Tuxedo Black
Memento Ink pad in Angel Pink
Embossing Ink Pad
Cosmic Shimmer Detail True White Embossing Powder 
Vellum from The Hobby House
Copic Markers
Stix 2 Clear Acetate
Pinflair Glue Gel

Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Thank you for popping by.
Happy Creating
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Don't forget to pop straight to the Dies To Die For inspiration blog to look at the lovely DT creations there, and then straight to Dies To Die For for some essential retail therapy!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

46 shades of grey...

Hello everyone,
I'm here to talk to you all about Copic greys! 

Copic make 46 different shades of grey in four colour families - Cool, Neutral, Warm and Toner. 
To show you how different each grey looks I have coloured four very cute little dogs, one in each of the copic grey colour groups.
Each colour of grey brings its own tone and feel to a picture.  You can see here how different they are.
Cool Grey (C)
Cool grey has a slight blue tint to it which makes it ideal for colouring snow and anything white.
Neutral Grey (N)
Neutral grey is actually a true neutral grey.
Warm Grey (W)
Warm grey has a hint of brown.
Toner Grey (N)
Toner grey is halfway between neutral and warm.
Copic Greys really are a very useful addition to your Copic collection!
They can be used on their own to create the colour grey or they can used over the top of more vibrant colours to soften them or create shade.

If you are n't sure which colour grey to use for your project then it will help you if you think of the colour wheel and use Warm Greys with warm colours and Cool Greys with cool colours.
I have used the little dogs I coloured in grey to make a very quick and easy card.
The red accessories are coloured with Copic R59, R37, R43.

 Ingredients from Dies To Die For
Mama Elephant - Playful Pups Stamp Set 
Mama Elephant - Playful Pups Dies
MFT Die namics - LOVE
MFT Tiny Hearts Pastels 6x6 Paper Pad
Other Ingredients
Marianne Designs Embossing Folder DF3411 
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black
Make it Colour Blending card by Elaine Hughes Marker Geek
Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


Happy New Year everyone!
I'm kicking the year off by celebrating Christmas /-:
(I know what you're thinking)! (;

Anyways, I am not being ridiculously organised for the next one!  This is a card I made for the last one! 
Today sees a new challenge at 
(Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge)

We are celebrating and we don't mind what so please just link up your cards for a chance to win a special prize.
This card is one of my own favourites, I made it for my son's gorgeous girlfriend who we all absolutely adore!
The image is a beautiful digi,
Make It Crafty
The background is a really easy technique using a copic marker and some colourless blender in a spritzer bottle, I did a tutorial for Copic marker Europe about it
The chipboard 'believe' word is also from Make it Crafty and has been coloured with Copics. 
Neve digi from Make It Crafty
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Copic Markers
Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables (Dies To Die For)
MFT Dienamics - Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frames (Dies To Die For)
Believe Word Chipboard from Make It Crafty
Chunky White Frantage by Stampendous
Copic Markers 
Skin - E70, E00, E000, E00
Hair - E79, E74, E71
Clothes - R37, R35, R32, BG57, BG53, BG11, T7, T5, T3
Background - C2 and colourless blender added with a spritzer bottle
Ground - C4, C2, C1
Letters - Copic Glitter Pen in Clear, R37, R35, R32

Thank you for visiting...

Happy Crafting...

Don't forget to pop to Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge to look at the gorgeous cards by the other nutty acorns and join in the fun!


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Joy to the world

Hello Everyone!

I'm here today to show you how to create a really quick, simple and very pretty background with your copic markers.

You will need a stamped image, (I have used the beautiful 
Christmas Horns by Jennifer Dove for DoveArt), copic markers and some colourless blender in a spritzer bottle.
First I coloured the background around the image with
RV93 - it doesn't need to be too neat.
Then, the rest of the background was coloured with RV91.
Then I sprayed the entire design with colourless blender.
The colourless blender creates a lovely dotty pattern on the coloured background.  It doesn't matter that it goes on the image too as it will dry leaving you able to colour the image as usual.  Don't worry about the blender making larger blots as it looks really pretty when it is dry.  (I took the picture below while the blender was still wet so you can see the effect)

I carried on colouring the image with markers as shown - 
silver horns C0, C1, C3, C4
...bow with R35, R37, R56, R59.
...holly leaves with YG03, YG63, G85 and BG99
...frame with R35, R37, R56
Finally I added some Clear and Silver Copic Glitter pen to the horns.  This does n't show very well in the photo but it does look really sparkly!
I had such fun doing this!  It would be great if you could try this to and show us your cards at
Copic Marker Europe on Facebook.
To find us just follow the link
This beautiful image is 
It is available in the UK from 

Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring

...and thank you so much to you all for your support for my projects this year.  I really appreciate it.
I hope you all enjoy a very special Christmas break.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Let yourself sparkle...

Good Morning everyone.

Happy Wednesday!

I have written a tutorial which I hope will help you colour your Christmas images as I have used Copic Colourless Blender to create a festive glow!
I have chosen an image which I think is perfect for practicing this technique as it has a lot of light bulbs!
Sassy String Lights by Kirsten Winkelbauer for Whimsy Stamps
First I coloured the background around the image with
B34 - it doesn't need to be too neat
Then I coloured more of the background with B37 - I am working with my Copics light to dark here.
Next I added B39
I then coloured the background again with the same colours to smooth out the blending transitions
I was finally happy when the image looked like this and I was then able to start creating the glow around the lights using Colourless Blender and a Cotton Bud
I dipped the end of the bud in colourless blender and pressed the end down on top of each bulb, the effect will look like this
It is important to keep the bud still and just place it down once on each light to begin with.
I then carried on placing Colourless Blender on every bulb.  I let the blender dry and then went round again repeating the same process, I did this three times as it helped to really bleach the centre of each bulb.
You can see that some of the blue colour has run into the image.  Don't panic! This can easily be pushed out with a Colourless Blender Marker.
I then coloured the rest of this gorgeous image.
Skin - E71, E51, E50, YR32
Hair - E42, E43, E44, E59
T Shirt -RV69, R39, R35, R35, R32
Once I had finished this, I went round again with the colourless blender and the Cotton Bud so that the same glow could be created in her hair and on her shirt.
I added some colour to the light bulbs and finished the image with
YR16, Y02, YG97, YG03
Finally, I added some detail to the background with a white gel pen
I had such fun doing this!  It would be great if you could try this to and show us your cards at
Copic Marker Europe on Facebook.
To find us just follow the link
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers
Glitter Card by Crafter's Companion
Archival Ink in Cobalt (sentiment)
Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Merry Beary

Hello everyone,
Wishing you a lovely Sunday.

I'm here with some gorgeousness from
The Ribbon Girl

We have a new card challenge starting today at 
The Ribbon Girl
with some utterly fabulous prizes, 
follow the link
for all the details.

It's never too soon for a sweet Christmas bear!  
Especially one created so beautifully by Di Carubia!
Ingredients from The Ribbon Girl
Maja Design 6 x 6 paper I Wish 
Button Twine Natural
 13mm Rusty Bells
 Candy Cane Silver Charm
 10mm Burgundy roses
 25mm Gold Sparkle Ribbon
 15mm Ivory Asters
Other Ingredients
Candy Cane Bear Digi by Di's Digi Stamps
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Copic Markers
Tonic Circular Layering Dies
Mama Elephant Mini Messages and Mini Tags (Dies To Die For)
Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Copic Used - 
Fur E41, E42, E43, E44
Nose W2, W4, W7
Paws and Ears R04, R02, R01
Berries and Candy Cane Red R59, R39, R37, R35, R32
Holly Leaves YG97, YG95, YG03
Ribbon YR16, Y35, Y15
Ground W2, W4, W7

Thank you for visiting,
happy creating!

...and remember to pop straight to
The Ribbon Girl
to look at the wonderful DT inspiration join in the challenge fun!
...and then straight to 
The Ribbon Girl Store
for some essential retail therapy!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Be your own kind of cupcake...

Good Morning everyone, Happy Thursday!

I am so excited, I have been waiting weeeeeeeeks to share this post with you!

Today lovely Barbara at
Little Miss Muffet Stamps starts four days of LMMS new release fun!
I have had such a great time making my card with gorgeous 
and using some elements from the new release Add-on Faces
I coloured lovely Yang with Copics and sat her on a shaker window with the fab Little Miss Muffet Sentiment - Be Your Own Kind Of Cupcake
Copic Markers
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Carte Bella 6 x 6 Paper Pad - Rough and Tumble
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames from Dies To Die For
MFT Die namics Blueprints 18 from Dies To Die For
MFT Die namics Rectangular Shaker Window and Shaker Pouches from Dies To Die For
Taylored Expressions Sequins from Dies To Die For
Inks Used
Copics -
Skin E71, E11, E00, E50
Hair E34, E57, E29
Eyes BG05, YG03
Clothes 110, T9, T5, T7, T5, R29, R24, R14, R22, C1

Thank you for popping by!
Happy creating and remember to pop to the lovely 
to join in with the new release fun!


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