Friday, July 31, 2015

Manatees are so cute ;)

Another of my Paper Nest Doll features for Quick Creations and Noelle Martin today.  This time I have used the Mermaid with Manatee rubber stamp image.  Manatees are so cute when Christine Paperdolls draws them, lol, although I have absolutely no idea what they look like in real life.

I have colored her with my alcohol Ink markers and my Prismacolor Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  Copics E13
PC1082, 935, 946
Skin:  Copics E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Tail:  Copics BV000
PC996, 1008, 932
Manatee:  Prismacolor Markers PB121
PC1072, 1076

The paper is from Hampton Arts' Ki Modern Elegance 6 x 6 paper pad, and I did NOT use a sketch on this piece.  I repeat, I did NOT use a sketch.  Scarey thought isn't it.  LOL.

You can find many Paper Nest Doll rubber stamps in Noelle's online shop over at Quick Creations.  And come and join the monthly challenge on the Quick Creations Challenge Blog!  Come on over and join the fun!

You can use my DT code at checkout to receive a discount!  LEAH10  Have fun!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Gorjuss Feature and A Cup of Tea :)

The third installment in my stamps feature, featuring Gorjuss dolls, is called Sweet Tea.  And she is so sweet :)  I stamped her on 140lb hot press water color paper by Arches (another first for me lol).  I really like this paper, it is so smooth compared to cold press.

I colored her up (another first) with my Prima water color pencils.  They are soooo nice!  I will definitely be doing that again!  I really do recommend these pencils, and Noelle sells them in her shop at Quick Creations.  They take the guesswork out of water coloring!

I paired her up with some paper from the DCVW The Garden Tea Party Stack 12 x 12 card stock pad.  I have been finding it much easier to choose my paper before I choose my coloring colors these days.  That way everything matches perfectly!

If you would like to purchase this or any other Gorjuss stamp, please visit the online shop at Quick Creations.  And don't forget to come and join our monthly challenge over on the challenge blog!  You can also find Quick Creations on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Double Eyelashes New Release with The East Wind :)

Hello everyone, I am here today with a new release from The East Wind, called Double Eyelashes :)  I just love the little details Unky adds to her images, like the ornate headpiece she is wearing.

I had a lot of fun coloring (as with all of Unky's images :P) using my Copics and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils.  I am finding lately, the easiest way to start my projects is by picking my paper first.  I find the paper that matches the image the best, then I pick my colors from the paper.  That way, when all is said and done, first there is no guess work, lol, and second, everything matches perfectly!

Unky's images are so unique, you'll never find anything like them anywhere else but in her Etsy shop.  You can also find The East Wind on Instagram and Pinterest, and of course on Facebook!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's Crafty Ribbons Challenge Time!

It's challenge time for Crafty Ribbons Buttons team, and I have completed another embroidery kit!  Wow, I know, and maybe I'm even improving :)

This is the Flower Pot Button Ribbon Embroidery Kit, which I completed and used on a card front.

I am very pleased with how this turned out.  The card came out better than I had expected!  I also used some blue grosgrain ribbon to complete this project :)

Come back and visit again for more ribbon fun and inspiration for Crafty Ribbons, and if you like, why not hop on over to the challenge blog and join in, there's always some fun prizes to be won!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Love You and a Gorjuss Feature :)

This is the second project in my stamps feature, using Gorjuss dolls.  This is The Hatter from Santoro's Gorjuss line of rubber stamps, designed by Suzanne Woolcott.

I have colored using my Prismacolor Premiere Pencils on white card stock, and paired her with several sheets of 6 x 6 patterned card stock from my stash.

This little girl has so much character, and any other color than red and black I don't think would do her justice lol.  If you would like to purchase this or any other Gorjuss doll stamps, please visit Quick Creations here.  Also come and join us for the monthly challenge over on the challenge blog!  You can also find Quick Creations on Pinterest and Twitter, as well as Facebook :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Paper Nest Dolls Inspiration :)

It's inspiration time for me with The Paper Nest Dolls, and I have chosen one of the new release images this month:  Emma with Diary :)

I have colored up this cutie using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers and Prismacolor Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  PB201
PC1068, 1082, 946, 948
Skin:  Copics E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Diary:Copics YG63
PC1089, 911, 908, 1083, 1063, 935
Shirt, Pants, Bows and Shoes:  Copics $V00, PB130
PC1033, 1032, 944, 933, 955, 1029, 928

And I completed this project using My Mind's Eye Indie Chic-Saffron paper, Spellbinder's Die Foliage Flourish and some paper flowers from Recollections.  I also followed a sketch for this card, which you can find here.

For more inspiration throughout the month, please stop by and visit the challenge blog, where you can also join in our monthly challenges!

Friday, July 17, 2015

You Inspire Me! With The East Wind :)

Good morning everyone, I hope you are having a fabulous summer!  I am back with a new release for The East Wind.  I couldn't resist this image, she is so sweet.  I also had a hard time coming up with a sentiment for her, but finally chose to go with "You Inspire Me".  There are many things that inspire me, but I find this year especially, I need to find the inspiration in everything, and Unky's images are one of those things that bring me inspiration and a smile :)

I have colored her using my Copic markers and my Prismacolor Pencils in the following colors:

Scarf 1:  Copics Y21
PC942, 1034, 1032, 948
Hair:  Copics YR24
PC1012, 941, 946, 948
Face:  Copics E000
PC927, 939, 1029, 1100, 946
Eyes:  Copics YG63
PC1089, 912, 908, 935, 1052, 938, 1061
Scarf 2:  Copics R20
PC927, 1092, 1031, 1081, 938

I finished this project using paper from the My Mind's Eye In Bloom 6 x 6 Paper pad, ribbon, fabric and sequins from my stash and paper flowers from Recollections.

You can find this and many more inspiring images at The East Wind Etsy store, and you can also find The East Wind on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook!  Come and join the FB group for exciting challenges as well as on the Challenge Blog!

It's Christmas Card Time with Crafty Ribbons

Well, as nice as it is right now, even up here in North Western Ontario, the inevitable is going to happen.  Yes, it's going to snow at some point, and snow usually means Christmas is coming!

Rachel over at Crafty Ribbons sent me this embroidery kit, and since I am terrible at embroidery, this project turned into a card instead of the intended Christmas tree ornament, lol.

I completed this project using the Noel Heart Wool Felt Decoration Kit, as well as some printed Christmas ribbon and some French Viscose Lace in scarlet.

Come and visit the Crafty Ribbons online store for all your crafty ribbon needs :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Whats Better Than a Happy Princess?

OK, so...I have a confession to make.  When I first started on this crazy crafty artistic journey last year, I had a set opinion of several different images.  Magnolia was one of them.  Their faces were too big.  But in my journey I have found the fun in them.  They are now so cute to me and I cant get enough of them!

For Quick Creations this week, I am featuring Happy Princess Tilda.  She was a lot of fun to color, I just love adding life to these images.

I colored her on Arches hot-press 140lb water color paper with my Prismacolor Pencil in the following colors:

Hair:  PC1070, 1072, 1076, 941
Crown:  PC914, 1012, 942, 935
Skin:  PC927, 939, 1029
Dress:  PC1088, 1027, 901

I completed this project using paper from the Dear Lizzy Serendipity 6 x 6 pad, a Cheery Lynn flourish die, the CC Designs Make a Card #5 Die set, and paper roses from Recollections.

Noelle has a TON of stuff in the clearance section of her shop, so come and by and have a look!  Don't forget to come and join us at the challenge blog for more inspiration and prizes!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Whimsical Little World Inspiration :)

Hello everyone, it's inspiration time at My Whimsical Little World Challenge Blog.

I have chosen to show this funny character, her name is Little Miss Grumpy :)

Hahaha, I thought she was so cute and has some character and attitude for sure!

I colored her using my Copic markers and Prismacolor Pencils in the following colors:

Skin:  Copics E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Hair:  Copics E13
PC945, 946, 935
Dress:  Copics R20, E53
PC941, 947, 948, 1052, 911, 908, 930, 1029
Shoes:  Copics E13
PC945, 946, 935

I completed this card using paper from the Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two 6 x 6 paper pad, and some colorful sequins.  A clean and simple card that gets the 'grumpy' message across, lol!

Please come and visit ut over at the My Whimsical Little World Challenge Blog, where the challenge theme is always Anything Goes and always starts on the first day of the month.  You can find more MWLW images at the Etsy shop, where I'm sure more than one of these cute characters just might happen to 'fall' into your shopping cart :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Paper Nest Dolls New release Grace With Doll

It was new release week this week over at The Paper Nest Dolls, and I love to help show them off :)  I have created this easel card using Grace with Doll.  She is so sweet, I just love that hair cut!

I colored this sweetie up using my Copics and Prismacolor Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  Copics YR000
PC1082, 946, 935
Skin:  Copics E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Dress:  Copics B00, Y21
PC942, 1034, 1028, 1088, 1027,901
Socks:  Copics Y21
PC942, 1034, 1028
Shoes:  Copics E11
PC1082, 946, 935

I completed this project with paper from My Mind's Eye Indie Chic - Nutmeg paper pad, a Cheery Lynn Flourish die, and a flower from Recollections :)

You can find this cutie-pie in the New Release section of Christine' online shop at The Paper Nest Dolls, in rubber form.  There are so many awesome releases every month, it amazes me how she gets so many done!  Don't forget to come and visit us at the challenge blog for more inspiration, fun and prizes!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Some Inspiration from Crafty Ribbons

Hello everyone :0  The sun is shining and it is so beautiful here today.  A little bit of a breeze, but that's not a bad thing :)  Keeps you cool in the heat of the sun when you are on your deck relaxing and reading.  That's what I enjoy doing, and that is what inspired me to make today's projects for Crafty Ribbons.

I created three ribbon bookmarks, one for myself and for each of my girls.

I used ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, six different kinds of ribbon on three bookmarks...yes, I had a ton of fun making these!  The widest ribbon is made using the French Stamps 25 mm Grosgrain Ribbon, some 14 mm white seam binding, and some Swiss dot organza ribbon in island blue and white.

The middle ribbon is made using 23 mm Grosgrain Ribbon in a soccer ball pattern, some 14 mm white seam binding and some green Jumbo Ric Rac.

And for the last bookmark, I used the Vintage Birds 9mm Gosgrain ribbon, and Swiss Dots grosgrain ribbon in purple and gold.

I completed these bookmarks by adding ribbon crimp ends, beads and charms to each end of the bookmarks.  Top:  Make sure you choose ribbon crimp ends that are the same size as your ribbon :)

Don't forget to come and visit the challenge blog and get in on the action over there!  And also visit the Crafty Ribbons online shop for all your ribbon, lace and button needs and wants (of course lol).  Have a great crafty day!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gorjuss Feature: Ladybird

Hello everyone, I have another Gorjuss feature for Quick Creations to show you today.  I ventured a wee bit out of my comfort zone again (phew...this is happening a little too often, hehe) and painted her using Prima Water Color Pencils and a paintbrush and water.

The rubber stamp image is called Ladybird, from Santoro's Gorjuss line, and you can find her in Noelle Martin's online shop at Quick Creations.  Noelle carries many Gorjuss stamps (and I think I may have purchased almost all of them heehee).

I colored her using the following Prima Watercolor Pencil colors:

Hair:  91, 95
Skin:  05, 08, 09
Dress:  16, 44, 32
Leggings:  62
Shoes:  07, 22
Ribbons:  16

I began this project by heat embossing the image with with white Stampin' UP embossing powder and then used the pencils only in the areas that would be shaded.  This allows the color to stay inside the lines when adding water to the image.  When she was finished I created an easel card using paper from the Echo Park "Summer Bliss" 6 x 6 paper pad.

I also die cut the two different sized ovals using the CC Designs Make A Card #5 Die Set, which you can also find in Noelle's shop.

Don;t forget to check back here often, for more Gorjuss features and inspiration.  Head's Up:  on the 15th of this month, I will be showcasing a Magnolia image!  I just love Magnolia too, and can't wait to get her done :)

If you order from Quick Creations, don't forget to use my referral code for a nice discount!  LEAH10

Monday, July 6, 2015

PND Challenge with Blowing Bubbles Avery

It's challenge time over at The Paper Nest Dolls :)  Have you joined in yet?  There are always fabulous prizes to be won, and this month is even better!  We are being sponsored by May Arts this month, so each of DT girls has used May Arts ribbon in our creations.  Not only that...the lucky winner will receive some lovely May Arts ribbon for themselves along with the usual from Christine Paperdolls!  Thank you May Arts for the fabulous ribbon to work with this month!

Isn't this just gorgeous?!

I chose to create a piece using Blowing Bubbles Avery for this month's challenge post:

I used paper from Cosmo Cricket's Tea for Two 6 x 6 pad, and I did NOT follow a sketch for this project.  Although I probably should have hahahaha.  Sometimes it's fun to just wing it ;)  I used May Arts ribbon along the top and bottom of the card (pink velvety ribbon with cotton cream lace) and I also cut apart some pink flower trim and included it as well in the flower grouping :)

I colored her using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers, and my Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  PB201
PC1072, 1074, 1076
Skin:  Copics  E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Dress:  PB133
PC1029, 1017
Bubbles:  Copics R20, PB108
PC922, 924, 925, 1061, 10653

She is just so sweet and would make the perfect Valentine's card don't you think?  Speaking of Valentine's Day, I realized while making this card, that I don't have any Valentine's sentiment stamps 0_0  Not good.  Will definitely have to rectify that very soon lol.

You can find Blowing Bubbles Avery in The Paper Nest Dolls online shop in rubber stamp form, as well as many other sweet images to use for Valentine's Day or for any other special occasion.  And don't forget to come and join in the challenge this month for a special prize from May Arts!  The challenge always starts on the first Monday of every month, and is always Anything Goes!  How easy is that?!  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


It's NEW CHALLENGE time at My Whimsical Little World!  This is a brand spankin' new challenge for us over at MWLW and we are so excited to share with you and invite you to join in!  The prize will be three digital images of your choice from My Whimsical Little World, and the theme will always be ANYTHING GOES!  That means that you can use any image you like, however...if you use an MWLW image, you will be entered into the random drawing at the end of the challenge, not once, not twice...but three times!  How's that for incentive!

I have chosen to do this sweet image for my challenge inspiration for you today:  this image is called Abracadabra :)

I have used paper from Hampton Arts' 6 x 6 Ki Modern Elegance pad, and followed a sketch from Mojo Monday (#391).

I colored this image using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers, and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Hair:  Copics  E53
PC1084, 945, 947, 935
Skin:  Copics  E000
PC927, 939, 1029
Suit:  PB108
PC938, 1061, 1065, 1067, 935
Vest/Tie:  Copics  R20
PC923, 922, 925, 937
Hat:  PB108
PC923, 922, 925, 937, 938, 1061, 1065, 1067, 935
Bunny:  Copics  RV10
PC1061, 1063, 930, 995
Shoes:  PB108
PC938, 1061, 1065, 1067, 935

Aaaahhhh, the finished product.  I just love it when something comes together so easily :)  Red, black and white is one of my favourite card color combinations, lol.  So when I saw this image I thought it was perfect!

You can find this image, along with many more awesome images in Paola's Etsy Shop for My Whimsical Little World.  And do NOT forget to come and join us for our first ever challenge!