Sunday, 18 January 2015

PRINCESS - something different

Hello everyone! I'm trying something different as you might know; a new style of digital stamp! I am still going to continue with my Pin-Up series but I wanted to try something else. It’s quite cutsey, and sweet and I’m liking it more and more. It is more complicated to do however since this style has a lot more detail and so involves a lot more work in Photoshop to get the line-work juuust right. Luckily my parents gave me a drawing tablet for my birthday in November which speeds things up.

This week you’ll have seen all the wonderful projects my design team have made on the Facebook page using on of my latest digis 'Princess' (check them out, you wont regret it) and now I’d like to show you what I've been making using this digi this week. I have to say I have really enjoyed using it (not to toot my own horn or anything). Enjoy! 

Delicate Peach

This is the first card I made, its a little 5 x 5in scalloped edge card. I usually do big cards and projects so I thought it would be a good idea to challenge myself to make something small, plus I do like a nice scalloped edge. As I was designing her I was picturing her in a peach dress with brown hair so it made sense to colour her like that the first time I used her. 

Feeling Blue

I think this one is my favourite, it has a slight Alice in Wonderland vibe to me. The blues just seem to work really well together and I think this is the best blonde hair I've ever coloured. Shading hair is always tricky, especially blonde as it’s really easy just to make it too yellow. I love these heart shape doilies, I think I’m going to be using them a lot, they are so versatile.

Sweet Pansy

Speaking of versatility I've used another doily here, a circular one this time. By folding it in half many times and with some persuasion have been able to concertina it. Not sure if this is something that’s been done before or I've just made it up but it’s great for adding height and layers. 

Lace and doilies seem to work particularly well with this image. ‘Princess’ is certainly turning out to be quite the versatile image. I'm even thinking about doing a Gothic/Lolita themed card and colouring her dress in a deep purple or burgundy with black accents. Ooh and roses, roses would be good.

If you are interested in this digi stamp you can find it in my etsy store: She is called ‘Princess’ and on at a reduced price for a limited time.

This is the first digi of this kind, please let me know what you think of it and if you want to see more. 

Thanks everyone, till next time!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Hello 2015! Lets catch up

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well and I know it’s late but happy New Year! I have had major internet troubles since New Year’s Day, so I haven’t been able to get on line. But on the plus side it has meant I've had no distractions for the past few days and so I have been quite productive. Well productive for me that is.

So let’s catch up. Christmas was pretty good. I’m a bit of a last minute shopper but it all worked out in the end. I even manage to make a few gifts. I painted some pictures for my brothers children with their names and something they liked on. It was fun to paint them and good practice but it took daaaaays. I won’t be dong that again soon.

It might not be considered the most interesting of gifts but to my mum and my grandmas I gave them each a tea towel (among other things!). I did design the tea towel I might add and I sewed up the edges. Not necessarily well but I get points for effort right?

If you would like one of these 2015 calendar tea-towels they are available here:

For Christmas day I went over to my parents and had a huge Christmas dinner, with homemade Nutella cheesecake for afters. You can keep your Christmas pud, really not a fan. There were crackers pulled of course. Anybody else getting pretty disenchanted with crackers? I mean a shoehorn? Really?! So that’s why this time I put my own prizes in. Before Christmas I bought a few little toys, keying’s, little chocolates, things like that and by snipping the ribbon off one end of each cracker was able to slot them in. Far more fun than nail clippers and plastic paperclips that’s for sure. I’ve already got some make-your-own-cracker packs ready to use for next year.

Does anybody else get their cats presents for Christmas? Yeeeeah we do. I gave Tabby some catnip toys which he has been rubbing all over his face (Fell asleep still holding on to them so I’m told). I gave Elsa some toys. She loves these little hard foam balls. She chases them all over the living room almost like a little dog. And to Charlie I gave a box. What? He likes boxes ok; I even wrapped it in Christmas paper. He seems happy enough.

So it’s a new year and time to get cracking on some new designs. I’m starting off with some Valentine’s Day digis. So you’ll be seeing some tongue-in-cheek pin-up designs of the somewhat saucy nature. Its love hearts and garter belts until February 14th here! My fabulous design team have made these lovely projects already using ‘Lucy’. Thank you ladies!

Find ‘Lucy’ in my Etsy store:

However starting tomorrow (Mon 12th), for the next week at least, you’ll be seeing something a little different. Quite different really. I have thought about starting another digi stamp range. Something very different from my pin-up designs. I only have one design so far which I’m releasing today for a limited time (She is in my etsy shop for a very reasonable price). So . . . here she is!

Er, ta da? Shes just called 'Princess' since I’m not completely sure where I’m going with this style yet. I'm really looking forward to what my design team creates using her. Keep an eye out for that starting tomorrow!

It would mean a lot to me to have your input too. Let me know if you like it, if it’s too different, , anything really would really help me out. Thank you!

Till next time!