Friday, October 29, 2010

Nesties now available in super or slender

I need to take a deep breath cos I'm laughing so hard. And don't blame me cos this didn't come from my own sick mind but my friend's. Personally I would never have thought of it! LOL
People, I swear this is a cruel joke on us.
 Spellbinders is laughing up it's sleeve as they watch us crafters line up and preorder our very own super pack of nesties
 Keep looking and coming soon to a store near you will be nestie label 14 ~ now available in slender with wings! yay! 
People, the beauty of these pads, I mean, Nesties, (excuse me!) is their versatility.
 You can emboss them for that  "super" look  (able to hold 1/2 cup of embellies) or leave them clean and simple for light days.
Hmmmmmm....what shall it be today?
I think super today and tomorrow and light for the next three... or ,well, lets see how it goes shall we?

Dorcas :-)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Talk To The Paw

Well isn't this a subdued palatte for little ol me?
Very serious. And yet... not.
This little dog, available here from Nicecrane Designs, reminds me of that little dog on the BMG records, only with attitude.
He's a happy little drooler.

My recipe:
Dps: assorted,
Colors: Prismacolors
Sentiment: my own
Ribbon and gems: Recollection
Die: Nestability

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Allsorts: Spots and stripes
Everybody's art challenge: Photo inspiration
Paper Pretties: Square card
Mojo Monday: sketch
Fab N Funky: clean and simple

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Real Friends Tell You

Hi All!
 I hope you had a relaxing weekend. :-)
It's a treat for me today to be able to showcase one of the designs of talented Lori Boyd
 of Lollipops and Sugar Sticks! With a name like that you just know its gonna be good!
Thank you, Lori!
Here I'm using Ella. You can find her  if you click here. 

A close up:

And the sentiment is by Raindrop Echo Designs.

This card fits the following challenges so I'd like to join in on:
 Color Throwdown: color recipe
Alpahabet challenge: z for zig zag (stitching)
Stamp Something: Use a digi
I did it: Surprise me

Thats it for today!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tutorial~ Skin Tones etc. on Kraft (Ten Gallon Tex)

Hi Guys!
Well I'm only just learning myself but a few of you have asked for some tips on coloring with Kraft and I said I would share what I know thus far. I'm sure there's as many ways to do it as there are crafters but this is my way and I hope it can help someone else.
To begin with Kraft is a rough toothed paper. So you will find you can add more layers of pencil lead than ordinary cardstock allows. This gives the effect of using pastels or chalks.I also use a firmer pressure than I normally would ,so this results in more pigment being  put down.
I do not blend with any solution. I simply use my pencil pigment to blend.
You'll see.
Below you find Baby Tex in all his naked glory. (a mo manning image.)
I have given him an all over color in Cream.
(I will be using Prismacolors)
He looks kind of like that African tribe that smears themselves in white clay at this point. lol
Don't worry, he'll improve.

Picture 2:
Light peach

Picture 3:(below)
He's looking a little scary right now but bear with me, ok?

Picture 4:(below)

Picture 5: (below)
blush pink
he's starting to look a little more human now, but still has a ways to go yet...

Picture 6: (below)

Picture 7: (below)
yellow ochre
now, I need to say that from this point forward I am only using the new colors in  some areas of the baby. Not an overall coating. This is where your shading skills come in. You add the next few colors in your shadows because the colors we're using now are beoming progressively darker. ok?

Picture 8: (below)
mineral orange
he's really coming alive now isn't he?

Picture 9: (below)

Picture 10: (below)
I can hear you say "What the......."
the black is to go over the lines that have become a little covered over. :-)

See? Looks good, right?
Now we'll start on the hat. I am using here:
Burnt ochre

Now fill in the center with beige and add some terracotta to darken a bit of the brim.

Go back in with the brown ochre to soften the edges and merge the colors.
Use the same colors for the holsters.

Now use some lemon yellow for the star as well as sunburst yellow for darkening your shadows.
The blue you're beginning to see is mediterreanean (sp?) blue and cloud blue
also some white.

For shading your white (the horse and diaper) use white, french gray 70%, 30% and black

Looking at the ground in the picture (above) you'll see I've put down some sepia to start with.
I've then added some beige. (below)

Then added some lime peel (below)

and darkened my shadows with Dark Umber.
To finish I used non photo blue to outline my image.

So now the little guy is ready to be put on a card.!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dutch Dare Challenge ~ Purple, Orange, Green & Black

Hi Everyone!
I hope your day is going well. This week's challenge over at Dutch Dare is the colors
purple, green, orange and black.
I would not normally put these colors together but there ya go. It seems to have worked!

My recipe:
Image: Mo Manning
Colors: Prismacolors
Papers: assorted

And a close up!

Some details:

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Tuesday throwdown: anything goes
I Did It Creations: girl of my dreams

Thanks all for your support!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If I only had a heart...that worked

Hi All!

Well I'm stepping out of my comfort zone here with black and white, but I've gotta say..... I'm LIKIN it!
Wow, who would've thought?
I made this card for a friend of ours whose in the hospital with a possible heart attack. (which would make his third. Scary, huh?) It's prettty ironic considering he's a doctor. lol
           But don't worry, guys, he can take this kind of humor.

Here's a close up.

My recipe:
Image: Mo Manning
Colors: Prismacolors
Gems: Recollections
Dps: assorted

I just found this heart charm as I was looking for a button. How perfect is this?

I would like to enter this in:

Anything Goes: Black and white
Sentimental Sundays: Black, white plus one
Allsorts: bradz, buttons, punches

Thanks for coming by for a look!
Hugs, Dorcas

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Happy Hello

A Happy Hello to everyone!
 Today's card i made just for the fun of it. The only challenge theme I based it on was a sketch and then when I was done I looked for a few other challenges it might fit into. But it was fun just to create for the sake of creating, you know what I mean?
 And look, guys! No fall colors! I'm rebelling. lol

Dps: Assorted
Colors: Prismacolors
Bling: Assorted

As you can see I'm messing around with the Kraft paper again. I just like the vibrancy of color you can achieve. And up close it has an almost painted effect.
Don't worry, guys. I still love my pencil on white too! I haven't given it up or anything.

Some details....

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

OSAAT: Embellish with fave embellies: (buttons, 3Dimentionals, ribbon)
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Boys and their toys
Everybody Art Challenge: Green blue and brown
Tip Top Tuesday: AnythingGoes

I hope you all have a great day!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Creative Inspirations Challenge ~ Fall / (Feeling Nutty...but nice)

Hi Everybody!
Well I said I wouldn't be back til the weekend was over but I lied! :-)
No, actually I forgot that I had a DT assignment coming "public" today so I had to get my booty in gear and write this up. (had the card made for ages now, cos I'm one of those too punctual people that drives everyone nuts!~ no pun intended!)
But i am feeling rather... nutty...
So, back to the challenge! Creative Inspirations challenge this fortnight is Halloween/Fall. But as I don't do Halloween, I took them up on the Fall option, which was quite fun.
Image: Mo Manning
Colors: Prismacolors
Paper: No idea (Its a personal branch of the "Me and My Big Ideas" line. lol!)
Crazy Grunge Stitching: Another crazy idea of mine to go with the
embellies: acorns!

Some close ups:
the grunge stitching...

and clever little acorns I sent my daughter out to find..

So, if they'll have me , I would like to enter this in the following:

Little Red Wagon: something old something new (new digi, old acorns)
Color Throwdown: color theme
Raise The Bar: Get a Hobby (collecting)

I hope you all can join in on the challenge at Creative Inspirations! You have a whole fortnight to make something fallish! :-)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Big One


So is anyone sick of seeing pumpkins and colored leaves yet? Is the whole "fall " thing getting to you yet? I think I'll be ready for it to go bye bye very shortly!  lol  And its a shame,really,  cos orange and green are some of my fave colors too, but blogland is making me sick of them!
But I loved this little guy with his pumpkin (kids always grab the biggest of anything!) and of course, orange was the logical color. There's always the exception.... I distinctly remember taking our daughter to a pumpkin patch in kindergarden and she came home with this tiny white pumpkin and I was like, "You wanted  that?!" You know, I'd be grabbin the BIG one!

My recipe:
Papers: Assorted, and Coredinations
Image: Mo Manning
Colors: Prismacolors
Punches: Martha Stewart
Netting: Magic Scraps

I did have fun coloring this little guy :-)

You like my little pumpkin button? I thought that was pretty clever of me. lol It was the feel good moment of the whole card.... that and adding the wasn't originally a giant pumpkin, you know, just a circle,  but I was very pleased when it came to me. Please don't tell me it's corny you'll burst my bubble...:-)

This card fits the following challenges:

Paper Playtime: Orange as main color

Thanks for coming by today.
 I'm afraid this will probably be it for the weekend but I'll see you around next week!

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