Thursday, June 25, 2015

Totally Witchin'

I complain about this endlessly on Facbook (I'm getting tired of it myself) but have I told you how much the internet sucks here in China?? There's The Great Firewall here and that means the blocking of pretty much all western websites.. It's pretty widespread. So that means for any expat in China to have contact with the rest of the world we must have a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that hides our location. But guess what? It slows down an already slow internet and that's bad news for uploading, downloading, posting to blogs etc... 

Why am I telling you this? 
Well... I know that since I've moved here my posting has slowed down.
I don't comment on posts anymore (blogs almost never fully load). 
I am late... Often... 

This post was supposed to be up Tuesday but I tried for 24 hours to post it and then the internet ate it.. So without further adieu, here's my card!!!!!

At the Tiddly Inks blog we had a "Gothic" challenge and this Betty Belfry image spoke to my inner goth. ( I may or may not have been a goth in high school... lol) 

I used a combination of Copics and Spectrum Noir markers to get a nice variety of grey families. Spectrum Noir has a family called Green Grey that's quite unique. I used it on her dress and hat:

You can see the contrast of her dress and her hair (which was coloured with the Cool Grey Copics) and made the undertones really come through... 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Grump

My friend Danielle designed this cute little set of birthday grumps by Taylored Expressions and I thought it would be perfect for those people in my life that just don't like birthdays. (Crazy people, I tell you!! What's not to like??!!)

Once I got the image coloured I got to work deciding which twine to use. Normally I grab some different colours and nestle them next to the paper/image like this and decide if it looks right

Then, I play around with how I'm going to use it on the card.. Yes, I could tie it in a bow, but sometimes I like to live on the edge!! hahaha... 

And here's the card all put together: 

The Twinery Twine used: 

You Can Never Have Too Much Happy

I love butterflies. 
If you added up embellishments and stamps that had butterflies in them, they would easily outnumber everything else in my collection... 

I used the new die from Technique Tuesday called Happy Butterfly
I created the background with Faber-Castell Gelatos on watercolour paper. I sprayed the colours with a little water and used a damp babywipe to blend and push the colours around. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Super Pup

Hello all! It's time fun new challenge at the Tiddly Inks Blog!! ...this time we thought we would go with something SUPER!! there are so many super hero's in the store that are way too cute to miss a whole post for!! the next challenge is...

Super Power!

Grab your favourite Tiddly Inks stamp or digital image and think along the lines of..

Images/stamps of the supers!! , 
super hero themed papers/ embellies!
(**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image to be eligible for the prize**)

I coloured this pup to look like our Bandit: 

It's a lot easier colouring an animal image when you have some reference! 

And because I love a good sketch, the layout is from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Greenhouse Society - Columbine

The Columbine - Greenhouse Society stamp set is on sale now on and after finally getting the last few Copic markers to complete the set (purples... my nemesis) I wanted to play! 

After colouring I added some shadows with my General's Chalk Pencils and blending stump for some 3-D magic! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Copics used: BV08, V17, 15, 12, 000 / G46, 43, YG61
Papers: My Mind's Eye 

Monday, June 1, 2015


Hello everyone! Are you ready for a unique NON challenge? We thought it would be fun to through a sketch challenge into the mix because, who doesn't love a sketch?? They are my personal favourite kind of challenge because it takes away so many decision-making steps, lol... And I'm lazy, haha.. Pull out your patterned papers and your favourite image and this one will be a snap!
I made this series of cards a few weeks ago because I am just heading into my school's performance of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown that I've been teaching/directing since January. My students are all Chinese and ESL, but they are doing an incredible job and I made these cards to give to 
them as gifts because they all love Snoopy so much... 

Here's the sketch in graphic form if you prefer! 

I made two more using the sketch because... why not?! 

Head over to the Naughty Or Nice blog to check out the challenge!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Easel Card?

Hiya! Today I am sharing my first-ever Easel Card. I am not one to make shaped cards but this week's Tiddly Ink Challenge is to try out the easel card, so what the heck?!? 

Isn't this a sweet image? It's called Wedding Bells and when you purchase the stamp you get two different versions: one with a veil and one without. I obviously used the one without and that way it could be wedding, anniversary or just love! 

Papers: My Minds Eye, Teresa Collins, Bazzill Cardshoppe
Other: MME Sequins, Papertrey Ink ribbon, Copic markers. SRM sticker

Friday, May 22, 2015

Scooting By

Hi there! 
It's been a heck of a week over here in Tobi-land but sitting down for some coloring therapy was just what I needed.
It turns out that flying a dog home in cargo or in baggage is an incredibly costly endeavor, and of course there's a healthy amount of paperwork involved too... But we want to bring our Chinese rescue dog to Canada and give him a "forever home" so we're trying! 

Today on the Tiddly Inks blog the DT is sharing our weekly "makes." 
Here is my card featuring Scooting By Wryn

I downloaded a colour chart for Spectrum Noir markers and colored it in, so I thought I would get to know them better by using them on this card vs. my Copics. I do notice a difference in a number of ways, the colour organization being the biggest difference. I NEEDED the colour chart because the markers aren't organized into light-to-dark families like Copics, but it's something that I'm getting used to! 

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, May 15, 2015

You Are The Best

I made a pretty watercolored card with the brand-new:

I stamped the image in Versamark and embossed with white EP. To make the dots stand out I added Ranger White Enamel (like glossary accents, except white!). 

Watercolours: Kuretake
Papers: My Mind's Eye

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tiddly Inks!

The other week I applied to be on the Tiddly Inks design team and to my pleasure I was selected. The images are superbly illustrated and will be a real challenge for my colouring skills so i'm really looking forward to the next 4 months! 

Here's my card featuring a newly released image called "Love You Mostest": 

I love to colour Christy's images because they challenge me to see the shadows and highlights and attempt to accentuate them with markers/chalk pencils... 

For example. the folds on the dress and the man's suit were added by selective shading.. it's fun to play around with images like this because each time you do it you can make different choices!

Other information: 
Sketch is from Mojo Monday Sketch 396
Patterned Paper: MME Fancy That
Colouring Mediums: Copic Markers, General's Chalk Pastel Pencil
Accessories: Fancy That sequins, Prima flower