Saturday, October 22

New Release: Grumpy Goose Set

I absolutely love everything about Christmas, from the gifts and decorations to the food and age old traditions, but not everyone shares the same enthusiasm. The Grumpy Goose set of digital stamps is for all those people who grit their teeth and suffer through the "silly season"... and I'm sure we all know someone who isn't exactly thrilled about the holidays.

Grumpy Goose
Digital Stamp Set

AJ has created these two fabulous cards that are beautifully decorated inside and out. Check out her awesome colouring of the goose!

Judy decided on a wonderful monochromatic colour scheme
with flashes of silver here and there. 

Karin enlarged the image and then used just a portion to create her holiday project. The ability to resize is one of the advantages of digital stamps.

Thursday, October 20

Shades of Purple

I've made another card with the blossoms from the Feathered Nest set, but this time I decided to use shades of lilac and mauve for the flowers. A ribbon bow and some liquid pearl dots finished my card off nicely.

Tuesday, October 18

Love Soothes The Soul

The Feathered Nest set contains two flowered branches that you can use in conjunction with the bird nest or as stand alone images, like I've done. If you like to colour foliage, you're going to love these designs... they're full of big glossy leaves and delicate blooming flowers.

Feathered Nest Clear Stamps

Monday, October 17

Blue Willow China

Using Blue Willow China as inspiration, I created these two circle cards using blue ink, blue  and white card stock and white embossing powder. I cut the base cards using some old Creative Memories circle cutters that measured about 51/2" in diameter... perfect for the size of the stamps but still small enough for a standard square envelope.

Stamps: Feathered Nest by Beccy's Place

Saturday, October 15

Clear Stamp Release: Feathered Nest Set

Feathered Nest is the very first set of Beccy's Place clear stamps, and it combines two of my favourite drawing subjects... little birds and pretty flowers. The set contains six stamps in total, including three sentiment stamps that would be suitable for a range of different occasions.

Scroll down to see some fabulous projects created by a few of my designers using a combination of pencils, inks and markers. Check out the different ways they've coloured the little bird too...

Carla created these two beautiful cards using a couple of the sentiments from the set, as well as some fabulous die cut frames to mount the images.

Petra made this wonderful sticky note cover as a thank you gift for her sister-in-law. She decided on a blue, white and yellow colour scheme for the little bird.

Anesha made a gorgeous card with the bird image, as well as a fabulous wine bottle wrapping with one of the blossom branches from the set.

Feathered Nest Set

Thursday, October 13

Two Seasons and Two Cards

Spring has well and truly arrived here in Australia, inspiring me to reach for shades of bright green and pretty pink to colour my first wreath (Colouring Tutorial here). But in other parts of the world, the beautiful colours of autumn are turning the forests and parks into spectacular palettes of red, orange and yellow... perfect for my second project!

One for spring...

... and one for autumn.

Here are the two cards I made using the coloured wreaths.

Tuesday, October 11

Build A Wreath Cards

Build A Wreath Set

Ready to see some more fabulous cards created with the Build A Wreath set of digital stamps? Well, here you go...

These two cards from Anesha feature several elements from the set, including the blossoms, which she has enlarged and used as the focal points for both her projects.

Carla has put together four beautiful cards with a seasonal theme... spring, summer, autumn and winter. I especially love the autumn themed card with the gorgeous fall colours and the sweet little die cut bunny.

Annie's card has lots of layering. She printed out two copies of her coloured image and layered them together for a fabulous dimensional look. She then created her own background paper by enlarging the same image.

Petra created her wreath card using the plaited wreath as a base and then building on it with the blossoms, berries and leaves. To complete her project she added a gorgeous border of pink and brown stitching.

Monday, October 10

Tutorial: Colouring with Pencils

People use mediums in many different ways with quite different results, so today I thought I'd share my technique for colouring with pencils. I use Prismacolor pencils because I find them to be beautiful and creamy with soft pigment that covers well, however, there are a lot of other fabulous brands on the market to choose from, including Derwent and Faber Castell. If you have the opportunity to try before you buy, I highly recommend taking advantage of it.

1. I begin by adding a soft layer of my highlight colour, adding a little more pressure in the "shadow" areas to darken the pigment. In this case, I'm using "apple green" on all the leaves.

2. I then use a darker colour over the entire leaf, except for the areas where I want the highlights to be. In my case, the light source is coming from the top, left hand side, so all the lightest coloured areas will be facing the source of the light.

3. Now I add the darkest shadows with a black pencil. Use this darkest colour sparingly at first, you can always go back in later and add more... it's a lot harder to remove the pigment! Darken areas that are behind other elements or that dip down into the picture. These deep shadows will help to give your image depth.

4. To finish, I like to add a nice bright green with quite a lot of yellow in it. I think this looks like sunshine hitting the surface of the leaf.

5. The colours I used for these leaves are Black (PC935), Dark Green (PC908), Apple Green (PC912) and Chartreuse (PC989).

6. I coloured each of the other elements in the same way - highlight colour, main colour, shadow and deepest shadow. The berries were next...

7. The colours I used for the berries are Black (PC935), Crimson Red (PC924) and Poppy Red (PC922).

8. Time to colour the vines that form the wreath base. I used the same colouring process, although there are less highlights and deeper shadows on the wreath because it is "behind" all the foliage and therefore the darkest part of the image.

9. The colours I used for the wreath are Black (PC935), Dark Brown (PC946) and Sienna Brown (PC945).

10. I want the flowers to be a nice, light pink so instead of using black for my darkest shadows, I'm using a warm brown. Other than that, the process is the same.

11. The colours for the flowers are Burnt Ochre (PC943), Peach (PC939) and Light Peach (PC 927).

12. I finished by adding some bright yellow in the centre of each flower, in this case Spanish Orange (PC1003).

Here's the finished image, all coloured and ready to be used on a card.

Happy colouring!

Image: "Build A Wreath" by Beccy's Place

Saturday, October 8

New Release: Build A Wreath Set

I love wreaths, whether they are hanging on the door at Christmastime or decorating the front of a pretty birthday card, I think they are fabulous! This set is comprised of individual elements that can be mixed and matched, resized and flipped to create wreaths for just about every occasion.

Start with one of the four bases and build on it by adding leaves, flowers, berries and a bow. Complete the picture with one of the coordinating sentiments for a truly unique creation.

Don't feel like colouring? No problem! The set also contains full coloured versions of each individual element, all saved as .png files, for easy, quick and unique image construction.

Build A Wreath Set

But wait... there's more! (sorry, I couldn't resist)
The set also contains these four, full-coloured and fully constructed wreaths for when you're really in a hurry and need a wreath right away!

Have a look at the fabulous projects that some of my designers have been working on. As you can see, the set is very versatile and has lots of possible combinations... you become the artist!

A.J. created these four beautiful cards using each of the four base wreaths in the set and matching them with the sentiments.

Judy used the gnarled wreath and decorated it with the flowers, leaves and ribbon bow, then mounted the completed image on a pretty embossed background.

Karin created two mixed media cards using different elements from the set. She kept her second card nice and simple and added a computer generated sentiment of her own.