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Creating a Card using Digi Stamps in Word

Thursday, 18 January 2018


Today I have a very quick card using the Hold A Candle Printable Stamp Set.  I generally create in Illustrator, but I realise not everyone has this program, so I've put together some basic steps using digi stamps in a Word document.



Once I had my image and text set up I printed on to Smooth White card and coloured with Copic Markers.  Hope you enjoy the short video :)

Smiles,

Andrea


Hold A Candle Pages

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


To compliment the digi set 'Hold A Candle', I've added a new product called Printable Pages.  These are perfect for those that don't feel confident using digi stamp sets and include pre-designed A4 sheets that you simply print, cut and colour.
PP Hold A Candle has eight designs - 4 on each page - that are repeated with sentiments.  For the examples below I have used the new freebie 'Greetings' you will find on the freebies page and attached after using dimensional foam.


Here's a quick video making the above card..





I have used smooth white card to print these images on, and then coloured using Copic Markers.


They were very quick to pull together!
The hardest part is trying to pictures of white card!  I'm hopeless at it!!


Hope you enjoy the quick video.

Smiles,

Andrea









Birthday Doodles

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Hi and "Happy New Year!"  I hope all had a very blessed Christmas with family and friends, and that the coming year is filled with joy, hope and happiness.
Just to show that I was not totally slack when it came to making Christmas cards this year, I've included a little sample of what I made below :)
To begin though here is a card I made for a friends birthday that fell during December.


I used the stem and circle from the Doodle Delicious set, repeating, resizing and overlapping them how I wanted, then set about being a little creative with my fineliner.  The beauty of doodles is that there is no right and wrong way to go about it!

I then coloured the images using Inktense Pencils by Derwent and aimed for a more subtle background to this CARD I created earlier.


On to my Christmas cards and gift cards.  I created the cards using an amazing image from Mo's Digital Pencil called 'From Bethlehem', and the gift tags using his super cute elves.


I simply added the words I wanted to share and then coloured using Copics.  Have a great week with just a little creating if you can fit it in ;)

Smiles,

Andrea

Lil Monster

Sunday, 8 October 2017

It has been way too long since I've used this little guy to create a card, and I thought since I have a new software program to create videos with why not do a quick Inktense tutorial to go with it.  In my original video from way back (2011) I noticed how blurry it was and even though this video is a bit shorter I think I managed to put just as much info in, so let me know what you think.  Here's the card I created using the current challenge over at Colour Throwdown.


Today I've used Daler Rowney 100% Cotton paper and stamped my image slightly off centre before adding the sentiment.  I went about colouring with Inktense Pencils and creating the video below :)



After I had finished colouring my image (and the video) I decided to add in a coloured background.  My only hope that the soft colours are not too girly for my 25 year old son!  Yes it's his birthday next week and this is the card we're giving him.  Oh well he'll just have to like it regardless of his age!



Have a wonderful week everyone!
Smiles,
Andrea

INKtensely Doodled

Monday, 2 October 2017


I've had fun this week finishing a new Printable set and creating some samples to go with it.  My new set is called Doodle Delicious and is a bit of a combo of clusters of flowers and individual images to create your own.




I started with the circle and stem as well as leaves, layering them and resizing to achieve a simple layout, then set about filling in my design.  You'll see exactly what I mean in the video.
I also used masking fluid in a few key areas.



I used both Inktense Pencils and Blocks for the first card and just the pencils for the next two.  The colour really is just as vibrant as it appears.  Lastly I added the sentiment.. a little freehand expression lol!  Not good at that, usually relying on a font to print or a stamp.



I
 kept the next a little simpler and the one below just adding in the grass and a few vines.



What a year I've had so far.  We went on our very first overseas trip in June to Europe and we are in love.  London, Paris, Milan, Florence and Rome are places we have to visit again, and will one day.  The saving began the minute I arrived home (well after I had another 2 weeks vacation and then started a new job).  Life has been crazy wonderful!
I set up this blog moving some of my posts across from my Wordpress blog to save that yearly fee, and will soon change my 'shop' (which is really just a hobby) over to a less expensive format all in the hope of changing my mindset from the AnnaBelle Stamps era to a home hobby again.
Have a great week!
Smiles,
Andrea

Watercolour Background

Friday, 24 March 2017


Hi and thanks for stopping by today!  Remember this card I made a little while ago, well it made it as a favourite on CAS(E) this Sketch!  I was blown away, and so very excited to be asked by Chrissy to be a guest this week for a brand new sketch!!  So here is the sketch and my take on it.




I decided to use a new digi image I've created and twisted and turned it to fill the front of my card, then coloured it using Derwent Watercolour pencils.  This time I didn't use my Inktense, which was really hard to do, but then I felt these lovely pencils had long been neglected and so therefore were chosen...(lucky them).
I wanted to keep it fairly subtle , and I have to say (after taking numerous photos) this card is far prettier in the flesh....I simply couldn't capture it with my limited photography skills.  I added Lagoon Sprinkles as an afterthought, and they really make a difference - in the flesh!



Be sure to check out the new sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch  and join in with us!
Smiles for now,
Andrea



Indented Flower

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Well it definitely feels like January holidays were ages ago!  I've been back at work about 2 and a half weeks and already my desire to craft at least once a week has gone out the window lol! I saw the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and knew I had to make something, but then I saw last weeks sketch as well and thought the same thing but simply didn't get there.  Once the weather cools there will be less to do around our house so I'm thinking that will free up my weekends.

Here is this weeks great sketch:

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I decided on a doodle I created ages ago, but still haven't completed the set because there are more elements I'd like to include to make it as versatile as possible.


The panels are raised and coloured with Copics with the silhouette of the flower cutout.  The flower is on the main card and also coloured with Copics.  I'm not the best photographer so showing off how the flower is indented was not easy, well at least not for me!


Enjoy the coming week, and don't work too hard ;)
Smiles,
Andrea



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