Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ink Impressions' "Caroling Lili"

Hello everyone.  I am here with my first post as an Inky Impressions Inspiration Team member, I sure hope I can do them justice :)

I chose to do "Caroling Lili" even tho its not Christmas anymore, lol.  I love to create and color, so the seasons don't really matter to me :)

Caroling Lili by Inky Impressions

Caroling Lili by Inky Impressions
I misplaced my list of colors used in this project (serves me right for doing so many at a time, lol) but I promise I will have it for you next time :)

These images are so sweet and realistic looking, they really appeal to the artist inside me :)  If you are looking to purchase some Inky Impressions rubber stamps or digital images, you can find them in the online store here.  Inky Impressions also has a weekly challenge blog!  I hope you can enter and win some prizes!  See you next time.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Friends, Penguin Edition with The Paper Nest Dolls

Hello everyone, only 3 more days till Christmas!  Are you ready?  Are you excited?!  I am here today to show you another fabulous image release by The Paper Nest Dolls.  Christine Paperdolls is the designer behind these cute images, and I am so blessed to be on her team :)

Winter Friends, Penguin Edition by The Paper Nest Dolls

These rubber stamp images are so sweet and fun to color up.  I just want to sit down and color all of them!  Christine usually releases new images every month and I know the December ones are super special!

Winter Friends, Penguin Edition by The Paper Nest Dolls

This red-haired beauty and her little friend have been colored in my all-time favorite medium:  Prismacolor Premiere pencils, in the following colors:

Earmuffs, scarves, and mittens - PC989, 909, 912
Hair - PC1001, 925, 935
Skin - PC927, 939, 1029
Clothes - PC1086, 1100, 901, 1040
Uggs - PC997, 943, 948, 946
Penguin - PC1060, 1063, 1056, 1034, 935

You can see all of Christine's wonderful rubber stamp images on her online shop here.  And please remember to join us at the challenge blog for the bi-weekly challenge.  Enter a project, Anything Goes!, and be eligible to win a prize package from The Paper Nest Dolls!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Joy With Magnolia and Quick Creations

Hello and I hope you are staying safe and warm this wintery season!  It's starting to get pretty cold up here in Northwestern Ontario, but luckily, I have a warm house :)

Noelle sent me my very first Magnolia stamp!  And to be truthful, I wasn't a fan of Magnolia stamps before now.  There was just something about them that I wasn't sure about, but now that I've colored one, I have fallen in love. Cue the new obsession, lol, and I totally blame Noelle for this ;)

In The Snow Heart Tilda by Magnolia

In The Snow Heart Tilda by Magnolia

I colored this cutie with my Prismacolor Pencils (of course :) ):

Skin: PC927, 939, 1029
Hat/Mitts:  PC1068, 1072, 1083, 1076
Shoes:  PC997, 1082, 1099, 935, 1060, 1065, 1059, 1067
Shirt:  PC1019, 1017, 1029, 1078
Pants:  PC901, 1027, 1022
Hair:  PC1082, 942, 914
Snow:  PC1059
I also used my Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen to add sparkle to the snow, and drops of snow white embossing powder to create falling snow.

The stamp (Magnolia), Wink of Stella pen, and the "Joy" die are all available for purchase from Noelle's online shop:  Quick Creations.  Please come and join us for the challenges at the Quick Creations blog.
We would love to see your artistic side!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Hop with Quick Creations

Hello everyone, and wow, we are getting closer to Christmas everyday!  Are you ready?  I am close, but not quite...still have a few things to do, but the house is decorated, and most of the gifts are bought and wrapped :)

One more week till the kiddies are out on Christmas break in these parts, and that means I am too!  I say, let's kick off this week with a special Holiday blog hop with Quick Creations!  The DT members have worked hard to bring you loads of Holiday inspiration, and if you leave a comment on all of the blogs, as well as the Quick Creations blog, you have a chance to win some goodies!

With that said, here's my piece.  I was asked to use this image from The Paper Nest Dolls:  Christmas Fairy Ellie.

Christmas Fairy Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls

I colored Ellie with my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolors in the following colors:
Hair - 600-02, 600-83, 200-76, 200-85, 200-90, 600-75
Wings - 600-195, 600-96, 600-97, 600-98
Skin - 200-32, 200-31, 600-91
Dress - 200-18, 600-91, 600-33, 200-01
Berries - 200-96, 200-98
Greens - 600-68, 600-70, 600-65

Christmas Fairy Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls
Some of the products used in this project can be purchased through Noelle Martin at Quick Creations:
Christmas Fairy Ellie rubber stamp
Wink of Stella clear gold pen
Gorjuss washi tape
Anna Griffin paper

Don't forget to visit all the blogs on the DT list for Quick Creations to be in the running for a nice gift from Noelle.  Here are the links:

Quick Creations Blog-
Leah -  ***You are here***

See you again soon!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Magnolia is on the Red Carpet

Just another fun make for me with one of the retired stamps I purchased used from a friend of mine.  And once again, if you know the name of this image, please let me know :)

Retired Image from Magnolia

Retired Image from Magnolia

 I colored this lovely image in my Prismacolor Premiere pencils in the following colors:

Crown - PC949, 934, Gelly Roll white pen
Hair - PC914, 948, 1082
Skin - PC927, 939, 1029
Dress - PC924, 925, 937, 935, 938
Gloves - PC1060, 1041
Shoes - PC1041, 935, 938

I also used the Wink of Stella Clear Gold glitter pen on her dress trim and crown.

I may enter this piece in some challenges, and if I do, I will come back and add the links here :)  Thanks for visiting!  See you soon.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sing me a Lullaby with Quick Creations

This week for Quick Creations, I completed a 5 x 7 shadowbox frame using a wonderful new (ish) rubber stamp image from Whimsy, designed by Sylvia Zet!  I absolutely adore Sylvia's images, they are so lovely.

Lullaby Whimsy Stamp designed by Sylvia Zet

I colored this sweet girl on vellum and I was so pleased with it, that I thought...why put it on just a card?  I want her to be kept and cherished for a long time!  So, I decided to put her in a shadow box frame, and I am so glad I did!

Lullaby Whimsy Stamp designed by Sylvia Zet

I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils (my absolute favorite medium!) in the following colors:

Hair:  PC914, 1034, 1082
Skin:  PC927, 939, 1081, 935
Scarf:  PC1005, 1097, 1067
Dress:  PC1019, 1081, 1078
Bird:  PC1088, 936, 1027, 942, 947
Wings:  PC1050, 1052, 938
Snow:  PC1059, 1061, 938
Branches:  PC997, 947

Quick Creations has a plethora of rubber stamps from all kinds of different companies, including Whimsy, Magnolia, The Paper Nest Dolls, All Dressed Up, CC Designs, and Kraftin' Kimmie, just to name a few!
Also over on the Quick Creations blog, there are monthly challenges, and December's challenge is Jingle Bells!  Use the lyrics or an image of a bell in your creation, how easy is that!  Come on over and join us here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Friends, Polar Bear Edition

There has been a lot going on in this household lately, so much so that I had forgotten to write my post for The Paper Nest Dolls today!

I used one of the Winter Friends stamp images and colored her up all purple and teal :)  Two of my favourite color combinations :)

Winter Friends

I colored her up with my Prismacolor pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  PC1060, 935
Earmuffs and top:  PC956, 1008, 996
Skin:  PC927, 939, 1029
Sweater and Pants:  PC992, 905, 901
Uggs:  PC1070, 1072, 1076
Bear:  PC1060, 1063, 1065, 1056, 938
Shadows:  PC1060, 1063, 1065, 1067

There are always new releases to be found on The Paper Nest Dolls online shop :)  Also please join us every other week for new challenges and inspirations at The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Secret Santa and Polkadoodles !

Hello everyone, I have a special post for you today!  Polkadoodles has tasked us with something very special for December.  The challenges this month (only) will be changed to our Secret Santa Special!  We (DT) have been given a secret recipient, whom we must make a card for, and you must guess who its for!  Each of us has another DT member to design a special Christmas card for, and I am going to give you 4 clues as to who my special recipient is.  If you have come here from the Polkadoodles Challenge blog, you would have received the first of 5 clues already :)  If you haven't been there yet, you really do need to back there :P

So, let's start this off by introducing my Christmas card.  I used the Maddie with Present digital image, along with some festive elements from the Festive Hollybobs Collection.

Maddie with Present designed by Polkadoodles

I colored this sweet image using my Prismacolor pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  PC914, 1034, 945, 948
Skin:  PC927, 939, 1081
Dress:  PC924, 925, 937, 935, 1059, 1041
Gifts:  PC924, 937, 938, 1005, 911, 950, 935
Roses:  PC924, 925, 937
Boots & Socks:  PC1059, 1041, 1085, 1099, 1082
Shadow:  PC1059, 1041
Wink of Stella Gold clear glitter pen

Maddie with Present designed by Polkadoodles

And now for my other 4 clues!

Are you ready?

Are you sure?

Ok, I'll stop teasing you.....but first let me tell you what happens when you pick the right name :)

One lucky winner will receive a digi image over and above the normal challenge prize. A random DT blog will be chosen and then a commentator from that blog will then be picked as the winner of a fab Polka Doodles digi image. So don't forget to visit all the DT and see if you can guess who has made for whom to be in with a chance to win,. All the details you need are on the main Polka Doodles challenge blog. You have up to Thursday 18th December (midnight GMT) to enter and the winners will be announced on Friday 19th December (GMT).

So, here are my clues:
1.  She lives between Liverpool and Manchester....and yes, that is in the UK :P
2.  The name of her blog really leaves us wondering (maybe we'll have to ask her how she came up with it!)
3.  In 2008 she wrote 39 blog posts.  Great job!
and.....last but not least...
4.  She and I have more than just coloring in common. (Yes, this is a tough one, and you'll have to check out a bit more around my blog to find out what it is...hehe)

Good luck!  I'll see you back here on December 18th!

Please remember to visit all of the DT blogs as well as the Polkadoodles Challenge blog!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Some Fairy Fun with Tiddly Inks and Quick Creations

My post for Quick Creations this week is a really fun one :)  Noelle asked me to use the Greetings Fairy from Tiddly Inks, and Heidi Swapp's Dreamy 6 x 6 papers.

Greetings Fairy from Tiddly Inks

As you can see, the Heidi Swapp papers and the image fit together perfectly!  I was really unsure of what to do with this little fairy to start with.  She doesn't fit into my usual modus operandi, lol.  But after watching some videos on Youtube (love YT), I decided to try my Stampin' Write markers from Stampin' Up, and used them as watercolors but instead of a waterbrush (cuz I don't have one yet) I used my brand new Wink of Stella Clear Gold glitter pen.  Worked like a charm!  I have a limited amount of Stampin'Write markers, so I was stuck with only a few colors, but I think it worked out well.  This is definitely a technique I will attempt again, however, I do need to get more colors :P

Greetings Fairy from Tiddly Inks

The Stampin' Write colors I used are as follows:

Daffodil Delight
Bermuda Bay
Regal Rose
Tangerine Tango
Pumpkin Pie
Rich Razzleberry

The papers are Heidi Swapp Dreamy 6 x 6, and the die is Die-Versions Whispers Butterfly Garden.  All of these, including the Wink of Stella pen, you can purchase online at Noelle Martin's webstore:  Quick Creations.  You can even purchase the Greetings Fairy from Tiddly Inks here.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and don't forget to join us for the challenges at the Quick Creations blog!