Friday, August 27, 2010

Anyone Interested in ATCs?

Hi everyone
My niece, LISA LEE has created a new blog for people who enjoy
making Artist Trading Cards. Anyone who is interested can pop
on over HERE to 'Ready, Get set, Craft' 
She is organising her first ATC swap and the theme is 'COSTUMES'
so think Pirates, Halloween, dressups, Princesses or anything else
that you might fancy. The idea is that if there are enough people
(say 9 or more) we can make and swap these cute, fun cards with
others and hopefully have fun along the way.
You can also check Lisa's personal blog HERE for more details.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New challenge blog, More candy, Woohoo!!!

Hi everyone
There is a new challenge blog called The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges
and they are due to kick off their very first challenge on the 3rd
of September. To celebrate they are offering up some awesome,
yummy candy, wanna see...
well firstly there is a $30 gift voucher donated by Kellie from
*2 digital stamps of your choice and one rubber stamp

*$15 (AUD) Digi stamp voucher, from  Make it Crafty
*One Popcorn the Bear set - Golfing Popcorn
*One TGF Marlene stamp
This fantastic candy will be announced on the 3rd of
September, which is when they are having their very first
challenge, so don't forget to mark that date on your
calendar, I know I'm off to find my critters now lol!

So pop on over HERE for all the details on how you
might win this awesome prize pack, Good Luck!

Colouring with Graphic Pencils - Tutorial

Hi everyone
I was editing this post and somehow I managed to delete
it, D'oh! so I am re-writing it, hopefully, it will still make
sense. This is a long post, so I hope I don't bore you to sleep,
you may want to go and grab a cuppa ;o)
I have had a few people ask me about colouring with lead
or graphic pencils, I use them for black and white challenges
as I don't have any grey copics. These pencils offer a great
alternative and give a great result. I must say however, that
I am by no means an expert in this area, this is just the method
that I use and it works for me :oD
So I have 4 pencils here, I use Derwent Graphic pencils in 2B,
4B, 6B and 8B. I also use a kneadable rubber, these can be
brought from most art supplies and some newsagents.
The difference in these pencils, is depth of shade and softness,
so the softer the pencil, the darker the shade!
You do not have to use the Derwent brand of pencils (these are
just my personal preference), any brand should be sufficient as
long as they offer these shades.
I have started by stamping the images, it doesn't matter which
ink you use, but black will look best. For the lighter skin tones
I start with 2b and darker skin tones I use 4B. I just scratch a
little colour on and then rub it with my index finger to kind of
smudge it and get an even skin tone, you can add (or take away
colour with your rubber) til you get the desired result...

add in cheeks, eyeshadow, any other details...

Then I start the hair and I go from light to dark, I leave an area
uncoloured to show hightights in the hair...

...and again, I shade from lightest to darkest using 2B, then 4B,
6B and 8B, you can always add or take colour til you get your
desired result. I do not rib these areas with my finger to blend
as I find that a few scratchy lines here and there can add texture
to the hair.

and then colour the clothes in much the same way

Here I want to show that different shades of these pencils, I
have shaded from darkest to to lightest (so 2B, then 4B, then,
6B and 8B), using the same amount of pressure on each pencil
and you can see that there is quite a bit of dofference in the depth
of colour. I'd also  to show that the kneadable rubber can be used
to take colour away, so you can use it to create patterns too...

I hope that helps/inspires any of you to have a play with these
pencils, they really are alot of fun and offer an alternative to
other colouring methods.

Thanks for stopping by!
Please feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate your
thoughts :oD

Happy Stamping!

Peta xoxo

Sunday, August 22, 2010

MDUC colour challenge/story card

Hi everone,
This week over at Magnolia Downunder Challenges we have
a colour challenge. Use Orange, Pink, Green, Brown and
Blue. I must admit, I my first reaction was one of panic at
the thought of using so many colours together, but then I sat
and thought about it and went through my paper stash to help
me get started. I used the brown and green with a bit of blue
as my main colours and have added small amounts of pink and
orange and this is what I have come up with this week...

I thought I could use this as an Engagement card, and create
a 'Happily Ever After' theme.
Here is a close up of the front...

...the middle section...

The bird and braches were puched using a Stampin up punch,
I'm not sure what it is called, but it is one of the new ones.
Thanks Lianne for lending me that one :oD
Here is the final piece...
Stamps        Magnolia Fairytale - Tilda with apple, Mini Tilda, Sherwood
                     Edwin, Butterfly, Dragonfly.
                     Magnolia wedding collection - Loving couple
                     Other - SU Forest Friends, castle.
Other         Once upon a time DSP, Cardstock - brown, orange, green, blue.
                    musical notes sticker, stickles,

Thanks for stopping by :oD
Please feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate and
thankyou for your thoughts.

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bikkie with Cookie

Hi everyone
I have been lucky enough to have been chosen as part
of the new Design Team for THE STAMPING BAZAAR
and I lucky for me, I get to play with this gorgeous
image...Meet "Bikkie with Cookie"
If you'd like to get your hands on one of these cuties, then pop
on over to Marina's store HERE wher you will find lots of cute
and cuddly creations.
To see more images, check out the wonderful cards made by
the rest of the Design Team HERE

Image        Bikkie with Cookie (The Stampin Bazaar)
Other        Close to cocoa card, flowers, punched leaves ,lace, ribbon,
                   Pearls, border punch, asst punches, friends charms,
                   sentiment stamps, rhinestone brad

Thanks so much for stopping by :oD
Please feel free to leave a comment. I really do appreciate your
thoughts. Thankyou!

Happy Stamping
Peta xoxox

Eat, Sleep. Dance!

Hi everyone
I have made another Ballerina card.  I just love this stamp!

Thanks for stopping by :oD
Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Saturday, August 14, 2010

How clever is she?

Hi everyone
how is your weekend so far?
Well, I was just doing the vaccuming and things and my 5 year
old daughter came and showed me what she was doing.
She made a little paper bag to hold her favourite DVD
and she made it all by herself, with no help from anyone!
She grabbed some copy paper, my tape (which have lying
around everywhere) and her scissors and just worked it out
by herself, clever little chicken!
She said she was going to ask me for some stamps and textas
but I looked too busy, so she drew her own picture, haha
don't you just love it...

I asked her if I could put her pic on my blog and she raced me
to the computer hahahaha

xoxo Peta

Friday, August 13, 2010

Don't Call me Princess!

Hi everyone
I have a card that I have made, using Jade, she comes from
The Greeting Farm's Roll call kit. I had lots of fun with this
one, trying to get the 'grunge' look lol

My little girl, she's 5, already says, "Mum, don't call me Princess!"
hahaha, gotta love them!

Thanks for stopping by :oD
Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Candy Alert!

Hi everyone
Well I've just been over to Kellie Winnell's blog and let
me tell you, it's staring to look like a candy shop over there.
There's candy EVERYWHERE hahaha
Yep, there is yet another chance to win some gorgoeus blog
candy, take a looksie at this...
It is the 'Take a Seat" stamp kit from All That Scraps, it contains
6 Sugarplum Kids and 6 accessory stamps. This is a Limited
edition set and only available for purchase until 20th September.

What you you have to do? Well pop on over HERE and dont forget
to add this logo to you sidebar, linking it back to All That Scraps store

Thanks for stopping by :oD
Happy Stamping!
xoxo Peta

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hi everyone
just a quick post for Magnolia Downunder challenges
this challenge is Easel cards
I have had a busy weekend, including a suprise visit from some
very dear friends that I have not seen for a while :oD
I didn't have my post ready, so quickly raced in and uploaded
a photo and now I am able to complete my post (I have done
already, but the internet dropped out as I pressed publish grrr)
This will teach me to schedule my posts more often LOL
Anyway, I have made this for my Nephew and his girlfriend
who are getting married early next year.

I have added an Irish Wedding Blessing, I hope that it is readable
in this pic...

I am sorr about the not so sood picture quality, my camera's
batteries died and refused to take any more photos and my usual
supply of batteries has been eaten up by children's toys LOL

Stamps        Magnolia wedding collection 2010 - Loving Bridal couple
                     Wedding Background and Flowergirl Tilda
Other          Pink and rose cardstock, 'Sweet' DSP, ric rac ribbon,
                     Flowers, fillers, punched leaves, heart crystal, heart charm
                     stickles, foam tape

Thanks for stopping by
Please feel free to leave a comment if you like, I really do
appreciate your thoughts :o)

Happy Stamping
Peta xoxo

Friday, August 6, 2010

Black and white

Hi all,
I have made 2 cards today, first I have a card that I made for my
Niece's graduation later this year. I just brought the Roll call kit
by The Greeting Farm, it contains 10 characters and some fun
sentiments. I wanted to try and create a class photo and I made
a graduation hat and diploma and blackboard from scraps
of card. I have coloured these both using Graphic drawing pencils.
I have also made a card for for Daughter, she is doing her first
dance exams next week.

Thanks for stopping by :oD
Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Boss Lady!!!

Hi everyone
It's Kellie Winnell's Birthday today, Hip, hip Hooray!!!!
Hopefully she will have recieved this card by now hehe

Hope you have a fantastic day Kellie and that you get really spoiled
and eat lots of yummy cake!!!!!

Hugs xoxo Peta

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lil Lolita Christmas in July

Hi Everyone
I finally found a spare 5 mins to get a challenge done, Yay!
Well, a bit more than 5 mins, but anyway, I have been itching
to do a Lil' Lolita Boutique challenge for ages and this week
they are having "Christmas in July", well, I had to find some
time for that and hey, I get to make a headstart on this year's cards!

I have used Lylah and 20's Lylah, (so maybe she buying a gift
for herself LOL), and I have coloured them with pencils.

Thanks for stopping by
Please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate your
thoughts :oD

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo