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Happy Day Mermaid!

The Greeting Farm - Magical kit Mermaid - www.markergeek.com

As promised, I’m getting back to my colouring and card-making now that all the new furniture has been delivered and organised. I’ll give you a little tour of my new office/craft space soon, just need a couple of little extras to get it fully organised *cough* Ikea trolley I’ve been admiring for months *cough*.

For now, here’s one I DIDN’T create earlier! The second card to be completed in the new house. Whoo! Several others were completed over the weekend, and I’ll be sharing them in due course.

I’ve been on a bit of a The Greeting Farm (TGF) stamping/colouring binge. They were one of my first character stamp loves, and I have been making some time to play with them because they just make me happy.

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SCACD Stamps Release Hop – Arctic Princess

Today sees the release of some incredible new stamps from two of the SCACD Stamps lines: Elisabeth Bell for SCACD and also the awesome Susana Loves Stamps collection.

I’m joining the SCACD Design Team today for a hop to showcase the new release.  Thanks for having me, girls!

You should have hopped over here from DANNI’S BLOG.  If not, pop on over there now, as she is the first stop on the hop, and I’m sure you won’t want to miss any of the crafty inspiration. 😉

I chose to show off one of the new Susana Loves Stamps images today, and I’m sure you can see why.  I fell in love with this particular stamp immediately.

Meet Arctic Princess from the Mythical Reflections release!

SCACD - Susana Loves Stamps - Artic Princess - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

Isn’t she beautiful? And that seahorse…oh my!  I had a lot of fun colouring her up.  The stamp is a really nice size for colouring, with lots of beautiful details.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.  The beautiful die cuts around the image are the Dies by SCACD Ornate Hinge die – Melanie Holtz also used them this way recently and I loved the effect.

I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by and checking out my card.  Time to hop on though, and your next stop is the fantastic ALEX’S BLOG!

Happy hopping!

Where to find the new stamps:

UK/Europe readers: Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps
UK/Europe readers: Susana Loves Stamps Mythical Reflections collection

US/Canada readers: Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps
US/Canada readers: Susana Loves Stamps Mythical Reflections collection

Some Odd Girl Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Make a Splash!

As I mentioned in my recent TGF Baby Cards & Custom Tape post, I love the various clear stamp sets available at the moment, and the variety of possibilities for using the stamps to create both involved, detailed cards and also quick, easy cards.

Some of my favourite sets come from the Some Odd Girl Stamps range.  It’s no secret that I love the style of Kristy’s images, and the sets she puts together are so much fun.

Under the Sea Mae is a recent favourite set of mine – gorgeous mermaid and adorable animals.  Perfect!  I also love Beach Day Buddies, and so I decided to mix and match to create some fun cards.

Some Odd Girl Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Some Odd Girl Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Some Odd Girl Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Super cute, no?  And a great way to use up some of those scraps of paper!

Some Odd Girl Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

I love the way that you can use clear sentiments, gently shaping them on your acrylic block so that they follow a curve.

I coloured all images with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers on Make it Colour Blending Card (stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink).

Some Odd Girl Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

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

** ALERT: GIVEAWAY!! **

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

SCACD Stamps Sylvia Zet & Victoria Case Release Hop!

So, it has been a little while!  Huge apologies for my absence – I spent the last few weeks struggling to keep up with work etc while being unwell.  I won’t go into any details today, as I have something far more interesting and fun to share, but I will be back with another post over the weekend.

In the meantime, I am thrilled to be joining my old team-mates at SCACD for a fun new release hop!  Today sees the release of some gorgeous new stamps from two popular artists – Sylvia Zet and Victoria Case.

The new stamps are all now available in the US at SCACD and also in the UK/EUROPE at Quixotic Paperie!

If you’re just joining us and would like to start the hop from the beginning (and you really should!), pop on over to the SCACD Store Blog for the full hop list!

You should have hopped over here from the lovely DONALDA’S BLOG.

Unfortunately, because I’ve been unwell for the last few weeks, I haven’t been able to colour and craft (yep, having withdrawal symptoms!).  I’ve been feeling better over the past few days, so I did manage to colour one of the new Sylvia Zet stamps to share with you, but a finished card was apparently too much to ask!

I think you’ll agree though, this image is gorgeous enough all on her own!  Meet ELANIA!

SCACD Stamps - Sylvia Zet - Elania available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Definitely my favourite (just), and so much fun to colour.

I coloured her with ShinHan Touch Twin markers on Make it Colour Blending Card (colour map below).

SCACD Stamps - Sylvia Zet - Elania available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Enough from me!  Time for you to hop along and get an eyeful of the other gorgeous stamps.

Your next stop on the hop is lovely LORI’S BLOG.  Happy hopping and happy shopping!