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Card: Make it Crafty Mini Monstaboyz & Mini Monstagalz In The Frame!

Make it Crafty - MiniMonstaz - www.markergeek.com

As soon as I saw the Mama Elephant “Peek a Frame” die set I knew I wanted to create a fun card using the Make it Crafty Mini MonstaBoyz and Mini Monstagalz stamps. It turned out better than I envisaged, and is so cute I could burst!

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Card: Wicked Birthday Wishes Copic Scene Card

Make it Crafty - Haunted House & Mini MonstaBoyz Scene - www.markergeek.com

I’m a firm believer in giving spooky images the opportunity to shine for all sorts of occasions, not just Halloween. Since it was Paul’s birthday this week I decided I’d create a fun spooky scene card for him. I love to create scenes with stamps and as it had been a while since I last created one, this was a lot of fun.

I’ve added a handy Copic Colour Palette at the end of my post for you, showing the markers I used on my scene card.

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Make it Crafty Tea Party Blog Hop!

It’s time for Make it Crafty to pour a round of drinks at the super special tea party celebrations!

Not only are we celebrating the magical release of Alice in Wonderland, but Make it Crafty has turned 3! All thanks to YOU, the incredible artists and the amazing Make it Crafty team!

Let’s dance around from chair to chair, sipping a drink, eating a cake, shrinking then growing with excitement as you watch the entertainment unfold before your eyes.

Be careful not to miss the hidden words as you’ll need to collect them along the way and string them all together to form a quote. Simply enter the quote at the end of the hop for a chance to win!

Hopefully you’ve found your way from BRONWEN’S BLOG, but if you’ve just skipped a chair or two you might want to start back at Zoe’s Blog.

My card features the one and only MAD HATTER! You may or may not know that the Mad Hatter is one of my very favourite characters. I love Mad Hatter images and this one definitely shot to the top of my list!


Isn’t he awesome?

I printed the image on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers (available in the UK from Jackson’s Art Supplies).  I coloured the background using my markers, first colouring the whole area with the lighter shade and then drawing random circles over the top with the darker shade.

The background paper is from the Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 8×8 pad, which I recoloured using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Witch’s Potion Purple.  The gear shapes were cut using a Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations die, and coloured using a shimmering gold paint, which I also used to distress the edges of my papers.


3664_542953329086498_265722557_nThe fun doesn’t stop here and if you head over to ASA’s blog she’ll be sure to treat you with…


It Ain’t Over!

Those of you who have me on your FaceBook friends list may already have seen the coloured image on today’s card.  For those of you that haven’t, a little background!  I challenged my friend Zoe from Make it Crafty to colour the Opera Singer from her recent “Entertainers” release, using the “No Lines” technique.  After realising it was a fairly tough challenge, I decided it was only fair if I also took a stab at it!


I used the digital version, but the Make it Crafty Opera Singer is available in rubber from Quixotic Paperie, along with the other fantastic Entertainers stamps. I didn’t use it on my card, but the rubber stamp comes with the perfect accompanying sentiment.

Excuse the photo – I really need to sort out my lighting (and probably go back to using my camera instead of my phone ;) ).  The coloured image shown on the marker info pic below is more accurate as it was scanned in.

I printed the image on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers (available in the UK from Jackson’s Art Supplies).



Make it Crafty - Lucy's Broken Dolly - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

19 Days Till Christmas! One of Those Days!

Make it Crafty - Lucy's Broken Dolly - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

There are only 19 days til Christmas!

The MiC gang thought it would be fun to have a ‘grown up’ advent calendar as we count down the days til Christmas full of inspiration just for us creative minds!  I am joining in today as one of the special guests.  As a former member of the MiC Gang and a UK stockist for the Make it Crafty range of products, I was thrilled to join in.

Each day a sneak peek will be revealed on the MiC store blog with a link for you to follow “to open the door”.

All you have to do is stop by the store blog each day to open the next door!

PLUS Zoe has Christmas Candy full of lots of crafty goodies that you don’t want to miss out on!


But what’s even more exciting is that you will have a chance to win the Make it Crafty goodies that I have played with today!!

By leaving a comment on this post you could win

Lucy with Broken Dolly rubber stamp & Round Leaves chipboard pack!

The comments will stay open until the 31st of December and the winners will be announced in the New Year on the MiC store blog. You can join us for all 24 days – giving you 24 chances to win some MiC goodies! If you join us late, simply go back to the start and catch up!

This is what I have created with my MiC goodies!

Make it Crafty - Lucy with Broken Dolly - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

As you can see I have used the brilliant Lucy’s Broken Dolly rubber stamp, along with Make it Crafty Round Leaves chipboard embellishments which I coloured with pencils (both also available direct from MIC).

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below before December 31st and stop by the Make it Crafty Store blog to ‘open the door’ to 24 other inspirational projects!

Thank you so much for joining us and we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful loving Christmas.

Make it Crafty & Whiff of Joy Winter Scene - www.quixoticcards.com

Winter Whiff of Joy & A Colouring Exercise!

Thus far, the week has been trying to say the least.  Car problems, family health issues, general annoyances… Why does it all seem to crop up at this time of year?  At this rate I’ll be completely out of energy by Christmas.

Anyway!  I’ve got a fun card to share today.  I actually coloured the images for this one around this time last year!  Last October/November/December were at least as crazy as this Autumn is proving so far, so the images just never made it on to a card, that is, until now (and that’s why you can see a small crease on the reindeer’s head – hanging around in a drawer is hazardous).

Make it Crafty & Whiff of Joy Winter Scene - www.quixoticcards.com

I chose to colour the little Whiff of Joy character on my card as an exercise to show how my colouring has changed.  I’ve had this particular stamp in my collection since 2008 I believe, and you will find the original card I created with her at the end of this post.  Pretty interesting to compare them.  I can definitely recommend this as a fun way to see how your style and technique have changed/improved over time.

Make it Crafty & Whiff of Joy Winter Scene - www.quixoticcards.com

When I coloured this up last year, I used Make it Crafty digital images for the background.  I’m very happy to say that these images are now available in rubber!  Zoe has released a set of Winter Background images, which will be perfect for creating all sorts of winter scenes for your character stamps.  I have them in stock right now in the Make it Crafty section over at Quixotic Paperie here in the UK both as individual stamps and as a great value collection sheet.

I stamped the Whiff of Joy image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. As you can see, I also gave that Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die a bit more of a work out.

So, here’s my original Whiff of Joy card from 2008, coloured with Copic Markers, probably on Neenah cardstock.

Whiff of Joy card from 2008 - www.quixoticcards.com

Bit of a difference, right?!  I actually still quite like the style of colouring in the older card.  Sometimes the flat style of colouring can be quite effective, especially on cartoon style characters.

That’s it for now, thank you so much for stopping by!  Let me know if you try this little exercise out yourself, I’d love to check out your results. :)  I may even have to try this again, since I’m sure my colouring has changed a little more over the past year!



Saturated Canary stamp & Make it Crafty Ferris Wheel available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Ferris Wheel Fun with Saturated Canary!

Today is a pretty exciting day – the new Saturated Canary rubber stamp release is now available to pre-order!  The stamps are all available on pre-order over at Quixotic Paperie in the Saturated Canary section, and are expected to arrive in stock around mid August.

To celebrate, I wanted to post a fun project.  I’ve been playing with the Make it Crafty Ferris Wheel kit, and managed to finish it at the weekend.  It looks so awesome all decorated, and I love the fact that it turns.  I can see this as a fun centre piece for a party, or a sweet decoration for a kid’s room, or well, a big kid’s room. ;-)  Most of all, it’s just so much fun to put together and so satisfying once finished.

Saturated Canary stamp & Make it Crafty Ferris Wheel available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

I covered the wheel and main supports in paper, and used acrylic paint for the cars, to create a similar look to the paper I used.

To create the backdrop I used a piece of 12×12 cardstock in blue, and added MFT Die-Namics die cuts from Flat Bottom Clouds and Fresh Cut Grass to create the little scene.  I think it looks pretty cute!  Sadly the photo didn’t quite turn out as I hoped, but the lighting here was a bit patchy yesterday.

Saturated Canary stamp & Make it Crafty Ferris Wheel available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

The sweet little character is Birthday Ellie, one of the Saturated Canary images now available to order in rubber stamp form! I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers before cutting her out to stand in front of my ferris wheel.

Saturated Canary - Ellie's Birthday - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Hope you enjoyed checking this little project out as much as I enjoyed doing it!  Happy Monday…hope the week treats you well.

Craft Stamper Magazine – August 2012 – Alcohol Marker Backgrounds!

Just a quick post today with some fun news.

Firstly, thank you for all your fantastic comments on my last post.  I’m glad so many of you enjoyed and found it helpful.  The winner of the Make it Colour Blending Card pack has been contacted – congratulations Anita M!

Craft Stamper Aug 2012 - www.quixoticcards.com

In other news, I’m thrilled to have had an article published in this month’s Craft Stamper Magazine (August 2012).  I used Make it Crafty Stamps, Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard and Make it Colour Blending Card to create a couple of fun makes showing off an alcohol marker background technique.  I used ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in the article, but you could easily replicate with another brand.

Craft Stamper Aug 2012 - www.quixoticcards.com

You can of course, grab a copy of the magazine over at Quixotic Paperie along with the products used in the makes!  The magazine is packed with gorgeous creations and techniques as always.

Over the weekend I had some crafty fun time playing with the Make it Crafty Ferris Wheel kit!  So much fun.  I’m almost done, just need to finish decorating it.

Make it Crafty Ferris Wheel - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Make it Crafty Ferris Wheel - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Hope Monday is treating you well!  I’ll be back with some stamping and colouring fun soon!

Make it Crafty - Maiden with Long Golden Hair - www.quixoticcards.com

Fairytale Hair

One of my favourite things to colour is hair; I love images with long flowing hair where I can really get lost in colouring.  So, when I saw the new digi release from Make it Crafty, I simply had to colour up the new (and challenging) image – “Maiden with Long Golden Hair“.

Make it Crafty - Maiden with Long Golden Hair - www.quixoticcards.com

I printed her out quite large, so this image isn’t going on a card, I’ll be keeping her in a colouring folder together with the info on how I coloured her.

Quite often, I enjoy colouring just for the sake of it, rather than colouring for a specific project or card.  I can highly recommend it – the process can be a lot more relaxing and free!

Make it Crafty - Maiden with Long Golden Hair - www.quixoticcards.com


Make it Crafty - Under the Sea - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

Make it Crafty Digi Release Hop – Under the Sea!

The hop is now over and the prize draws have closed.  The winner of my giveaway was Leanne!

If you’re already on today’s Make it Crafty Release Hop you should have hopped over here from SANDIE’S BLOG.  If not, pop on over to ALYCE’S BLOG and get started!

Today I can share one of the projects I mentioned in my last post!  Hooray!  The project I’m sharing today has been a welcome distraction while I battle with Project Get Organised and Project Clearout, as I’m sure you can imagine. 

I am thrilled to be joining in the Make it Crafty hop today.  Thanks for having me girls! When Zoe emailed me with the details, I was just a little bit excited.  A brand new artist joining the already awesome Make it Crafty team, AND an underwater themed release. HELLO!  Needless to say, today’s project won’t be the only one you see from me with the new images – there’s a dolphin scene in there with my name all over it!

Make it Crafty - Under The Sea - http://www.makeitcrafty.com

Another reason for my excitement was that this release provided the perfect opportunity to play with a technique I’d read about late last year, but simply didn’t have the time to try out.  So, thanks Zoe!  I enjoyed a very fun evening getting messy, exploring a new technique and using some of the much neglected products in my stash. 

I found this technique to create a cool underwater effect in a book I bought last year, which features Copic Markers, but I simply used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers, and you could use whichever brand of alcohol based marker you prefer!  Some will produce better results than others, but the principles are the same.  I printed my image on my favourite colouring cardstock – Make it Colour Blending Card, which definitely passed with flying colours during this colouring session!

For the people on the Touch Twin Markers & More FaceBook page who wondered whether anyone actually uses the chisel end of markers – this is just one of the instances in which they come in very handy indeed! 

Make it Crafty - Under the Sea - www.quixoticcards.com/blog 

After printing the mermaid digi (changing the transparency so that it printed out with slightly less bold lines), I covered the whole image with three markers GY166, BG179, PB185, working from top to bottom and starting with my lightest marker.  At this point it doesn’t matter if the lines are sketchy and messy.  Then, using a pipette, I sprinkled Isopropyl Alcohol (you could also use colourless blender) over the whole piece, creating a bubble effect.  Then, once it had all dried, I started working on colouring the image (full colour list below).  After colouring the whole image, I used Masking Fluid to create some coral shapes at the bottom, allowed that to dry and then painted over the entire piece with Liquitex Glazing Medium mixed with some Golden Fluid Acrylic in Cobalt Teal.  PHEW!  Here’s a close up pic that shows the effect beautifully:

Make it Crafty Mermaid Lola - www.quixoticcards.com

The technique I used can be found in this book: UK READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers US READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers.

To save any further waffle, here’s a full supplies list!

Make it Crafty – Mermaid Lola Digi

Make it Colour Blending Card, Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 23, Microbeads, Glass Bubbles, Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard.  Core’dinations cardstock. Golden Fluid Acrylic – Cobalt Teal, Liquitex Glazing Medium, Isopropyl Alcohol or Colourless Blender Solution. Distress Ink Pad – Peeled Paint (used on the chipboard leaves).

ShinHan Touch Twin Markers used:

Make it Crafty - Mermaid Lola - www.quixoticcards.com

Sea background: GY166, BG179, PB185  Skintones: YR132, YR133, R139, B182, BG3 Eyes: B63, B67 Tail: PB183, PB185, BG3, BG5, B182 Hair: BR107, BR97, BG3, BG5 Top: R136, R139, BG3


Well done for bearing with me this far!  As a reward (haha!) I am giving away the gorgeous Mermaid Lola digital image I used in my project.  All you have to do is  leave me a comment on this post and a winner will be announced on Monday 7th May! 

You can win more fantastic prizes by commenting on the other blogs in today’s hop, PLUS there are THREE Prizes up for grabs for commenters over at the Make it Crafty Store Blog.  The hop finishes on Sunday 6th May and winners will all be announced on Monday 7th May. 

MORE CANDY! If you check out THIS POST Zoe has another awesome prize pack up for grabs, available to people who subscribe to the blog via email.  Make sure you don’t miss out!

Your next stop on this fabulous hop is TRACY’S BLOG and I know she has something gorgeous to show you!

Full Hop List
Alyce – http://kitandclowder.blogspot.com/
Julie – http://www.stampwithjulie.com/
Delphine – http://delphinesplace.blogspot.com/
Barbara – http://forgottenscraps.blogspot.com.au/
Sandie – http://sandieshores.blogspot.com/
Elaine – special guest – http://quixoticcards.com/blog/
Tracy P – http://crafteezee.blogspot.com.au/
Debbie – http://www.debbiepsplace.blogspot.com/
Jane – http://janesboxofcolours.blogspot.com/
Zoe – http://makeitcrafty.com/crafts-blog/zoes-blog
Store Blog – http://www.makeitcrafty.com/store-blog/category/featured-products