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FMS #307

Front view of card

Another coloured pencil creation today, although to me this illustrates the difference between cheap coloured pencils & the more expensive Polychromos as the finish on the red golf bag is not as good as I’d like. It also shows the difference between colouring in artificial light and daylight, as it really doesn’t stand up to close up photography. Thankfully it does look better in real life! The layout is based on this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

The golfing stamp is from an old set by Crafts UK, the golf ball was made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (it’s the reverse side), the spotty flag was stamped with a dotty background stamp & cut using an MFT die. The greeting is a Clearly Besotted stamp, embossed and then cut out with another MFT die.

Close up of card

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Friends Forever

Front of card

A quick post to enter this into a few challenges:

I haven’t used coloured pencils for quite a while, but this quick & simple card uses my only Polychromos, which worked really well on the kraft cardstock. I heat embossed the flowers from the Clearly Besotted Friends Forever set, which is a recent purchase and therefore qualifies as my NBUS. I kept the card simple (although not very original!) by using a simple stamped greeting (again, Clearly Besotted) on an MFT die-cut flag and a few sequins.

Close up of image

 

Happy Easter!

Front of Easter card

A quick and simple card for Easter: the daffodil stamp & greeting are by Clearly Besotted, coloured with Promarkers & a mixture of cheap W H Smith pencils & Derwent Coloursoft, of which I only have a few. The “ribbon” at the back is one of the palms from Palm Sunday Mass last week. This was based on the sketch at challenge #218 at CAS Colours and Sketches, and I’m also entering into the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Close of up daffodil

NBUS #8

Front of card

The theme for this fortnight over at Darnell’s NBUS Challenge (NBUS=Never-Before-Used =-Schtuff!!) is coloured pencils on kraft. I bought some cheap coloured pencils from W H Smith a long, long time ago when they were in the sale, and they’ve languished unloved in a drawer ever since.

I’ve spent pretty much all my crafting time since Christmas re-cataloguing my clear stamp collection so I decided to have a go at the challenge as a break from the monotony. I’m not entirely happy with the result – maybe that’s what you get when you use cheap pencils! – but from a distance it’s not too bad;-) I didn’t use any blending fluid, I wasn’t sure how well it would work on kraft, and in any case I couldn’t find it! ┬áHere’s the close-up so you can see what I mean:

Close up

 

Christmas Wrap-up

A picture-heavy post to finish the year’s Christmas cards. First, the card I’m probably most proud of: the one to our son who adores West Highland Terriers but unfortunately this is the nearest he’s ever likely to get to owning one!

The Westie, coloured using cheap coloured pencils from W H Smith, is a free download from Bird’s Cards, which is an amazing collection of free resources for cardmakers. The reason I’m so proud, though, is that although I’m not an artist I in fact drew the tree by hand after watching a Youtube video!
My second card is the one for my husband, the word art having been cut on my Sizzix Eclips:
The kisses were drawn in white gel pen and the stamped “Husband” is from Little Claire. Next up is an image from Mo’s Digital Pencil, coloured in Promarkers with a sponged Memento Summer Sky background:
And last, but by no means least, the one to my father-in-law which uses Perfect Pearls on a stamped image from IndigoBlu, a chipboard word which I’ve coloured in gold & added some Anita’s Clear Gloss. The remainder of the greeting is also from the IndigoBlu set. I’m entering this one into the current “Family” challenge over at Less is More: