Floral Pretties - Past & Present

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy BOO Day!


The artiste, Nolan has made a Halloween poster starring his favourite video game character, Kirby ! LOL. He has been working at this for weeks, all coloured with pencil crayons. I think he started it while in school. Apparently there are 2 hidden "Kirbys"; can you spot them?

I hopefully will have a few cards to post and I'll try to get some goodies up by next week.

Have a grrrrr-eat Day! Boo!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Emma The Hugger


" Try not to hug a snowman too tight... He might melt! "

(Very big grin!) Tuesday night, this idea struck me and I had to run with it! :)

Emma the Hugger can be found in the store :
Emma The Hugger - Snowman Edition



***( 3 products - Digital Stamp, Decoupage, and a Paper Pack)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Shabby Chic Wedding Card - with flower



Here is another one of the cards I have made over the past month. This card was for my niece and new nephew-in-law. The leaf on this one was an outline that didn't make it to product, but it is growing on me :)

Details:
-Flower is coloured with pencils and OMS.
-Nestabilities scalloped oval die, Fiskars flower border punch
-green FSS-paper yet to be added to product line-up
-Embossed wedding rings I found at a surplus store for a buck - I have 46 left!
-Lime green Stickles glue in center of flower
-I outlined the oval with gold Niji Watercolour Pearlescent Paint - love these paints... just add a touch of water and they are ready instantly.
-**I experimented on the pink backer... I had made a irridescent red wax rub-on paste with pearl ex and Judikins microglaze and rubbed it over card stock, embossed with cuttlebug, then swirled various pinks from the Pepples Pearlescent Chalks... it stuck to the wax finish.

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Emma The Cat - now for sale


Emma the Cat is now for sale at the store.

Emma The Cat - Digital Stamps Set - outlines to print and colour.

Emma The Cat - Decoupage Sheet + extras
- coloured decoupage sheet for 3d decoupage/tole.

P.S.*I know Halloween isn't celebrated in many countries but please spread the word to your crafting friends in North America. I'd also be interested to know if Halloween can be found in any other countries besides USA and Canada?*

Have a great day all!

The Plight of a Six Year Old

Our Emma, she does not stand a chance... as she tends to be the focus of my non-flower doodles lately! ( See Emma the Mermaid post and will be available soon ).

Poor Emma... is losing her teeth faster than they are coming in LOL! She has had a dangling tooth at the top for over a month and after it goes, she will be pretty much toothless on top except for the molars LOL. Now the story goes, a few weeks before Emma had the very prestigious honour of being our niece's flower girl at her wedding, I was affectionately joking with Emma that when she smiled, she looked like a jack-o-lantern. How cruel of a mother am I ?! Well, our dear Emma ( who looked so beautiful on the wedding day I will add ) took well over 3 hours of photos with the wedding party smiling but never showing a tooth! Our poor Emma now has a complex. I have tried to tell her that Mommy thinks her nearly toothless grin is gorgeous. Here is the sweet thing in her finery... beautiful!





See? LOL Well last week I started doodling reminiscing about Emma who has enjoyed grabbing our same niece's kitty ears and kitty mits and crawling around the house meowing. LOL! And I just had to add the one wiggling tooth at the top! Also, Emma has a touch of a lisp which is NOT being helped by her tooth situation. And now may I present, Emma the Cat:



Please give Emma soft candy this Halloween... or the ones that will melt in the mouth LOL!

Here is Emma after colouring Emma.... and the tooth for posterity.


Emma is not happy about mommy's one toothed mouth doodle - 'I have more teeth than that, Mom!'. But that is too bad ;) Cuz I love it.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fred's Flower Card





Hi y'all! Just sharing some cards I have been making over the past month or so. There are a few that need to wait until I get some products finished.

This one uses the v1 Fred's Flowers outline sheets. I thought I'd try out a 24 set of watercolor pencils I bought at Staples. They were under 10 dollars CAD. Staedler makes them I think they are intended for children... they still work great. I didn't use water but used OMS and blending stumps. I merely followed the outlines with the pencils to get a strong line of colour then blended. I used a pink for the large flower, a peachy-yellow for the little flower ( just near center of flower then blended out) followed by outlining a ring in the center with pink then blending outward. The leaves I added an olive color just to the center line and veins and a bit to the base then blended, then added a touch of a pine-green to center vein and blended. On the leaves and pink flower, I lightly shaded over the lighter parts with a regular cream coloured pencil ( prismacolor)- this really adds warmth and a vintage feel- no blending required either. I embellished the leaves and pink flower with this wonderful warm beige colour in the Niji Pearlescent watercolour set - I pinstriped the flower and outlined the leaf. The leaves and flowers were propped with generous helpings of silicon glue - I somehow got a messy bit under the leaf ( see sideview) - remind me to rub that off later ;)

The background was done using Whispers Inkpad - Cherry Red and a foam blending tool - I then ran it through the cuttlebug with Floral Fantasy embossing folder - I added a sheen by going over it with pink Pebbles pearlescent chalks. The dewdrops are Oregon rain drops from Pink Hedgehog Crafts - the pink drops were dyed with a touch of red alcohol ink and some blending solution to lighten the colour. The rain drops in the flower centers look really cool - I added yellow stickles to the bottom and do they glimmer!

I am thinking about recreating these flowers and leaves digitally for a future sheet ( in some other hues as well ). Here it is fall, and I have become obsessed with soft pastel hues LOL! Perhaps I am rebelling to the fact that a six month winter season will soon be upon us ROFL.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Christmas Poinsettia Packs

Hello, long time no post! LOL! I have been scrambling to finish some projects and lo and behold I have TWO now up at the store :) Some other projects are almost near completion and you will be the first to know when they are done ;)

I have made 2 Christmas Poinsettia Packs - a RED and a BLUE version. They are filled with ready to print sheets ( the cards below are made with them - one sheet for each ), patterned papers, and poinsettia petals and sentiment PNG's with transparent backgrounds so you and go and create your own arrangements.

You can find and purchase the packs HERE. Have a wonderful day and I have missed you all!





EDIT: added close-up:


CARD NOTES: I used Epson Photo Quality InkJet Paper to print these - it is 27 lb matte and coated one side. It is the paper that almost never lets me down when printing some colours... like red! I used Fiskars border punches, Niji Pearlescent watercolours to edge the red poinsettia flower, and 3d pearl paint for the center of the blue poinsettia.