Friday, 19 July 2019

Knitty Kitty Digis for Colour Crazy Challenge for the 19th of July, 2019

At Colour Crazy Challenge we are being sponsored by Knitty Kitty Digis and the image I chose was Did someone say cream cake? A very cute image of three kitties lined up, peaking around a corner. It made me think of "Welcome Home", as that is what our two kitties do when we come home - they appear from around the corner, or they are already waiting at the door! 

So I have made a Welcome Home card!


I have digitally printed the three cute kitties on to X-Press It Blending card and then because my Silhouette Cameo is not hooked up to my computer at the moment, I have just cut out the image with my paper cutter. Although I had to trim it with my fussy cutting scissors.
I have used the following Copics markers to colour the image:
  • tabby kitty at the top - E41, E43, E44, E47, R11, R20, colourless blender for texture
  • tortoiseshell kitty in the middle - E31, E35, E37, W1, W3, W5, W7, R11, R20
  • lilac/grey kitty at the bottom with the fish - BV000, BV20, BV00, W3, W5
  • fish - Y21, YR04, YR09
  • door on right - B12, B14, B16
  • wall on left - BG000, BG01, BG02, colourless blender for texture
  • outline - B16
The colours and techniques for colouring the kitties came from the All About Animals Class by the wonderful Alyce at Kit and Clowder. For the tabby kitty, I used some colourless blender with a piece of terry cloth to have a different texture, then finished with some more strokes of colour.
I also added a blue sequin with Cosmic Stickles to act as a door knob to the image.

I have gone pretty simple with the design of the card. I used two sentiments, one from Vibrant Thanks by Power Poppy, which I stamped with Nautical Blue Memento ink using my MISTI on to the Kraft card from Envelope Solutions. Then a second sentiment - Welcome from the April 2015 Club La-La Land Crafts kit, which I also stamped in Nautical Blue Memento ink, but on to some water colour paper that I brushed with tumbled glass Distress Ink and then cut with some fancy scalloped scissors to fit a kraft banner that I die cut from a new banner die cut from Close to My Heart which is included in the new Share the Joy Stamps + Thin Cuts. I outlined the kraft banner with Nautical Blue Memento ink.

Here is a close-up of the colouring:


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #394 - Anything Goes

Go and check out the rest of the Design Team at Colour Crazy Challenge.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Not Just Cards - July 2019 Challenge

Not Just Cards is having a new challenge this month and as usual the theme for the July 2019 Challenge is "ANYTHING GOES".

To join in the fun, click on the following link:

I have tried a different colouring medium this month! I was inspired by Carly Tee who was part of the Power Poppy/Ellen Hutson Blog Hop last week showcasing the new Power Poppy Stamps - can't wait to get my hands on them!!
Anyway, Carly used distress markers to ink up one of the new stamps and then misted with water before stamping. I tried that and it was a bit watery, so I ended up just stamping after I had coloured with the distress markers.
So here is one of the finished cards:
I have stamped the beautiful Dahlia XL flower and leaves from the wonderfully creative Marcella at Power Poppy using the following Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers:
  • purples -  wilted violet, seedless preserves, dusty concord
  • pinks - spun sugar, worn lipstick, picked raspberry
  • greens - twisted citron, mowed lawn, lucky clover
  • blues - salty ocean, mermaid lagoon
I have used watercolour paper from Aldi! I originally stamped using some of the distress markers and then I have water-coloured the Dahlia flower and leaves with some of the other colours mentioned.
I have fussy cut the flower and leaves, then adhered them to a white square card from Envelope Solutions using glue dots (easier than double-sided tape!).

I have stamped the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson -
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" which is from Good Thinking: Renewal, also from Power Poppy using my MISTI and Elderberry Memento ink.

Here are a few progression shots and a photo of one of the others that I coloured using the same technique, but I think I will just fussy cut it and use, rather than mess up the beautiful graduation of colour from the stamping. Also my first attempt with the misting of water.




I would like to enter this card into a few challenges:

GO and check out the rest of the Design Team at Not Just Cards.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Garden Chair Gathering - A Day for Daisies - Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #109 for 7th of July, 2019

I am now a member of the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Design Team! :)

So this is my first challenge and I have chosen the Garden Chair Gathering - I was drawn to the birds and chairs and it reminded me of all the birds that we have here and the fact that I often sit on our steps and listen to the birds!
Anyway, here is my card:


I have digitally printed Garden Chair Gathering on X-Press It Blending Card and then as I am still trying to set up my craft room I have cut out the image using my paper cutter.
Then I have coloured with the following Copics pens:
  • chairs - V20, V22, V25, V28, B12, B14, B16, B18, B39
  • birds - R24, R29, R56
  • background - BG000, BG01, BG02
I tried to colour the base of the chairs to make them look like coloured metal - but the area was too small! This idea came from one of the techniques booklets - Metal Effects - we have received from Alyce from Kit and Clowder for doing our monthly classes. I think I will try it on another stamp with a bit more space!!

I have used the same colours (B12, B14, B16, B18, B39) on the sentiment piece, but then I realised it was a little dark, especially down the bottom, so I went over with my colourless blender to lighten it a bit. The sentiment is from the wonderful Marcella's Camellias Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy. 

I adhered both the sentiment and coloured image to a rectangle card from Envelope Solutions using double-sided tape.

I tried to colour some dew drops with my favourite B16 Copic pen, but it didn't really work, so I found some blue sequins from my stash to add in the corners.

Here is a close-up of the colouring:


The sponsor for this challenge is A Day for Daisies and the prize is a $12 Gift Certificate.


There is inspiration from the rest of the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT over on the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card or gift stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous "always anything goes" creations. Please ensure that you are a follower of the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog to be eligible for a prize!
Have fun! This challenge will end on Saturday the 20th of July. Please check the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog on Thursday 11th of July to find out the winners of Challenge #108 -  I actually entered this challenge!! :)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB #36 - Anything Goes for July
Mix It Up Challenge MIUCB #27 - Anything Goes with a twist of foiling (I wonder whether sequins count? :))

Also remember that the 30 day colouring challenge at the Daily Marker is going on at the moment:
The idea is to try to encourage everyone to sit down for just a few minutes each day and just colour! Something that I find just calms my mind!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 5 July 2019

Christmas or Winter Buildings Challenge for Winter Wonderland for the 5th of July, 2019

Hi All! At Winter Wonderland this month, we are hosted by Deanne, who has chosen the theme:
Christmas or Winter Buildings!
Think cottages, cabins, houses, churches, igloos, even gingerbread houses and lots of snow!

So here is my card:


Please remember that is it Christmas projects only and they must include the theme.

We are sponsored this month by....

Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TwinkleLaneDesigns
Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/145707866223056/


Twinkle Lane Designs was started in 2015 - created by Suzanne Porter BA (Hons) Graduate in Fashion Enterprise.  I have always been creative, I love all types of crafts, sewing, papercraft, drawing. As an avid cardmaker I created Twinkle Lane so I could make unique characters and papers to make wonderful cards.

The prize on offer for the challenge winner is:
a choice of 3 items from the Twinkle Lane Designs Etsy Shop - either
- 3 digi stamps
- 3 digital paper packs or
- a mix of digi stamps and papers

So back to my card:
I digitally printed Christmas Lodge on to X-Press It blending card, which I then cut out using my paper cutter (need to get a new cutter part!). I have coloured the image with the following Copics markers:
  • trees - E55, E57, E59, G21, YG17, YG67, G99, Wink of Stella in purple, brown & pink
  • stars - Y11, Y15, yellow Wink of Stella
  • snow - C1, Y11, B91, B95
  • lodge - E53, E55, E57, E59, E49 (browns); G02, G05, G17 (greens); R24, R27, R29 (reds); Y11, Y15 (yellows)
  • sky - C1, B91, B95, B97, B99
  • smoke - C2, silver Wink of Stella
  • outline - B97
I printed a few of the Winter Forest Digital Papers at Officeworks (too much ink for my printer) and adhered one of the blue ones to a square card from Envelope Solutions.
Then I digitally stamped the sentiment "Let there be Peace on Earth" from Snowy Church Digital Stamp Set at Power Poppy.

Here is a close-up of the colouring:


So I will add this card to the following challenges: -
Sugar Pea Designs Mix It Up Challenge SPDMIX57 - Inspiration or Sketch or Both - used those awesome colours!

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #52 - Anything Christmas Goes
Try Stampin' Or Not on Tuesday Challenge #415 - Inspiration or Sketch or Both - used the inspiration word - there is snow everywhere!

Cute N' Crafty Christmas Challenge 15 - Anything Christmas/Winter Goes
Sweet Stampin' Christmas June Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes with an optional twist of Non-Traditional Colours - I have quite a bit of blue!


There is inspiration from the rest of the Winter Wonderland DT over on the Winter Wonderland blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. Please remember that it is Christmas Projects only! We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous Christmas creations. Please be sure to post a link back to the Winter Wonderland blog in your blog post in order to be eligible for a prize!
Have fun and remember that you can enter up to 3 times. This challenge will end on Thursday the 1st of August. 
Please check the Winter Wonderland blog on Monday the 8th of July to find out the winners of the Use Red and Green Challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 21 June 2019

Oddball Stamps for Colour Crazy Challenge for the 21st of June, 2019

At Colour Crazy Challenge we are being sponsored by Oddball Stamps and the image I chose was Lazy Louise N Bath Time Bubble Friends - quite ironic considering I haven't had a bath in years, but our new house has a bath tub in the ensuite bathroom - although, we are in the midst of painting the pink tiles and changing in the fittings. We have a lovely shower screen already to be fitted, but the tile painting is taking a while in this cold wintery weather!

Anyway, back to my card!


I have digitally printed Lazy Louise on to X-Press It Blending card and then because my Silhouette Cameo is not hooked up to my computer at the moment, I have just cut out the image with my paper cutter. Although I had to trim it with my fussy cutting scissors.
I have used the following Copics markers to colour Louise:
  • skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
  • lips - RV63, RV66
  • eyes - BG75, BG78
  • hair - Y21, YR23, E33, E35
  • bathtub - BV0000, BV00, BV01, BV04, BV08, white gel pen
  • bubbles/water - B0000, BG10, clear Wink of Stella
  • background - W1, W3, W5, C0, C1, C3
  • outline - BG78
I have gone pretty simple and CAS with the design of the card. I used two sentiments from Good Thinking: Renewal by Power Poppy. I stamped one with Nautical Blue Memento ink and the other with Elderberry Memento ink using my MISTI.
The white square card is from Envelope Solutions.

Here is a close-up of the colouring:


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #392 - Anything Goes


Go and check out the rest of the Design Team at Colour Crazy Challenge.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Not Just Cards - June 2019 Challenge

Not Just Cards is having a new challenge this month. The theme for the June 2019 Challenge is "ANYTHING GOES".
To join in the fun, click on the following link:

Here is my colouring for this month:




This image and colouring is part of the May-June 2019 monthly colouring classes from the wonderful Alyce at Kit and Clowder using a new image from the wonderful Marcella from Power Poppy: Hummingbird Paradise. I just need to frame it and start and finish the next one.

Here are a few progression shots:







I would like to enter this into a few challenges:
Love to Craft Challenge #35 - June Anything Goes

Go and check out the rest of the Design Team at Not Just Cards.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Three Last Tree Card using Red and Green - Winter Wonderland Challenge for the 7th of June, 2019

I have been missing in action these past months as there have been some big changes in our lives! We bought a house...in Adelaide! So late last year and most of the first few months of this year, we have been busy moving 800 km to our new home. Abigayle and Christofer have settled in well to a new school and love their new house. I am busy looking for a new job, as is Jeremy, although he has been busy renovating the new house. In the next few weeks I'll be updating our family website - zieseniss.ws, so you can all see our wonderful home and the wonderful view and birdlife that we have in our backyard!
Anyway, I have finally managed to organise my craft stuff enough to get back into colouring and start making some new cards!
The first one of the year is for Winter Wonderland June Challenge which is use Red and Green.

So here is my card:


I was writing this after busily colouring the images all afternoon and totally forgot that it was Red and Green - luckily I have used a little red and green on the pots and the background is blue-green! So I have added a bit more red and green on the actual card with the Washi tape and sentiment.

Helen is hosting us this month at Winter Wonderland and as I mentioned, the theme is Use RED and GREEN.
Please remember that it is Christmas projects only and they must include the theme.

We are sponsored this month by Dr. Digi's House of Stamps



Prize for the winner is 2 digis of the winner's choice


So back to my card:
I digitally printed The Last Tree in the Shop on to X-Press It blending card, which I then had my Silhouette Cameo cut out. I have coloured the images with the following Copics markers:
  • tree - E71, E74, E77
  • star - Y32, YR15, clear Wink of Stella
  • baubles - Y28, BV000, BV01, BV04, V12, V15, V17, clear Wink of Stella
  • "soil" - E99
  • base - R22, R24, R27, G02, G05, G07
  • background - BG000, BG10, BG13

I have attached my coloured image on to a Kraft card from Envelope Solutions.
Then I stamped the sentiment Warmest Holiday Wishes from Let Your Heart Be Light at Power Poppy using Love Letter Memento Ink and my MISTI.
Then I added a strip of Washi tape from my stash with some green trees.

Here is a close-up of the colouring:

So I will add this card to the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #441 - Anything Christmas Goes
Sweet Stampin' Christmas May Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

There is inspiration from the rest of the Snowflakes DT over on the Winter Wonderland blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. Please remember that it is Christmas Projects only! We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous Christmas creations. Please be sure to post a link back to the Winter Wonderland blog in your blog post in order to be eligible for a prize!
Have fun and remember that you can enter up to 3 times. This challenge will end on Thursday the 4th of July. 
Please check the Winter Wonderland blog on Monday the 11th of June to find out the winners of the Anything but a Square Card Challenge.

Thanks for looking!