Creative Fingers - Scrap N Dipity

Creative Fingers is happily sponsored by Scrap N Dimity the fortnight.   I got to play with Lil Bunny Gardener.   Such clean lines and cute images,  I had fun colouring this up.

I got a little over excited with the enamel dots application but I quite like how it turned out.. Its like little drops of easter magic.  

Please head over to Scrap and Dipity and visit the store, have a look around.

Don't forget to visit the challenge blog and link up your creations.. its always anything goes

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Teddybo - April Subscription Bea

I coloured up this beauty at a recent craft retreat, and got stuck on the folds.  I decided to put it away and try again later and I'm glad I did.  What a delight of an image.  Have you all looked into the Subscription options for TeddyBo and Co?  So many options and so many images,  your going to be spoiled for choice.  I encourage you to investigate.

Im playing along with some challenges this week

Fancy Dress for Teddybo

How lovely is this image, I had to do some creative thinking as I made up this card.  
The original image has the bear in "duck" feet and I coloured her up incorrectly, the only way for me to save the image was some plastic surgery and Im so thrilled with how the end card finished up.  I think its my favourite so far.   

This is one of the new release april images from the Subscription from Teddybo.  

The team has had their creative pants on and if you had over to Facebook, you should see a card or creation each day using the subscription images.   

And in breaking news, each month the previous months images will go on sale.   The cost savings however are with a subscription package.


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Creative Fingers and OddBall Art

The lovely Lizzy kindly sponsored the Creative Challenge this fortnight and I used a part of one her images for a sympathy card.  The puppy just looks sad so it worked!
Looking forward to seeing what you all create this fortnight.

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Technique - Distress inks and white pigment

When I was asked to come up with a technique to share  on the OddBallArt Blog, I was a bit worried.  I mean what can I share with such fabulous crafters.   I then remembered a very simple but effective technique using white pigment and coloured inks (in this case distress inks).   

Scrap paper
Kraft Card Stock
Daubers or sponges
White pigment ink
Coloured inks (I used three colours of Distress)
Stencil with any pattern with large open areas
Baby wipes or cleaning tools to wipe off the stencil

How to's
Prepare your card stock, score and fold.  Then open onto your scrap paper.
Place your stencil on your Kraft card stock and using a dauber or sponge, add a generous layer of white ink to your card stock.  You dont need to apply ink to the whole stencil, pick and choose where you want to lay colour.  There are no rules here.

Let the white ink dry for a few minutes and wipe down your stencil and air dry it.

Place the stencil back over your card stock and offset it slightly in any direction.

Now grab some colour and a dauber and apply colour to the stencil areas.   The result is a two toned effect with the colour and a definite "how did you do that" comment from your friends.

Don't forget to clean up the stencil as your card dries.

Once you have your background, its time to make up your project, by adding one of the fabulous OddballArt images.

I first saw this technique on Kristina Werner's You Tube channel.  Here is a link to her blog showing it off with a cute Bats background.  She was more subtle than I was, with less white showing on the card.   

Creative Fingers is happily sponsored by Lemon Shortbread this fortnight and I had a ball playing with my image.  Isn't she just lovely.

I had some fun playing with blending with this image, the hair and the wings are large enough spaces to play with colour to colour blends and ombre's.   I used the print and cut feature on my Cameo to trace and cut the image and then I layered her up on some simple dies.  The sentiment is from a lovely little set from CTMH.

Be sure to play along with our challenge at Creative Fingers this fortnight.

Crafty girl creations - ATG
Through the purple haze - ATG
Lemon Shortbread -ATG

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The Bears ... its all about the Bears..

Its time for a another bear to come to play on my blog... after my epic colouring craft weekend i'm spoiled for choice on what to share.

I encourage you to go and visit the Esty Teddybo page and check out the subscription choices.   You can choose 1,2, 3 or 4 subscriptions.  Each subscription has 6 images in it.  So 6 of Bo, 6 of Bea, 6 of them as a couple or 6 of Oli and Molly.   My suggestion is.. get all of them!   Once you see the prices you will realise the savings.   

I have always loved the Teddybo tabs and panels so when I saw that this beauty was part of the subscription I was tickled pink.   My upcoming posts will have the card with the Bo version of this image.   They can be found in the couples subscription (THE BEARS).

Ive been working a little differently with my cards lately.  Colouring first and then making the card up later.   I am sort of chuffed with how this turned out.   I think it pops, maybe I'm biased though.

So challenge time..
Heart to Heart - Use atleast one CTMH product ( the baby birthday stamp and the bling)

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Teddy Bo is back

I should of started with a warning to sit down, as your excitement at the heading to this post may of caused you to get excited.  I for one am cheering at the news that Teddy Bo and its creator Gayle Cook are back in craft land.   Not only that but she has her creative pants on in a big way.  Teddybo is now available as a subscription and there are various options available.  But get this.. 24images a month are going to be hitting our crafting tables.  You can choose from Bo, Bea, Bo and Bea (couples) and Oli and Molly (or it may be friends of Bea and Bo?) subscriptions. 

Needless to say I have been colouring for 3 days and if not for work I wouldn't be stopping.   I finished 4 cards and still have images to pop on cards too.    So get ready for some Teddy inspiration over my next few posts.

The subscription information can be found HERE  and of course Facebook will have inspiration galore too.

So here is card number one


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Undead Lani

Undead Leni is one of the New images in the store for February.   As soon as I saw her I wanted to layer her up to lean on a wall or a fence.  I used the PNG version of the image and ensured that she was at the front, so her elbow was over the wall.    Playing with the brick background was a fun way to test out colour combo's of bricks, without too much concern about how it would blend.  Lets face it, a brick is pretty forgiving in terms of colouring. 

The card layout was made using MFT blueprints, and there is a T.Holtz scribble die thrown in there too.   What I love about this particular image is, she can be pretty or more dark.   By adding rosy cheeks and bright lips, i've kept her more sweet than "undead"   

Until next time
Penny Lee xx

Creative Fingers - Bugaboo

Its always fun to have a Bugaboo image to play with and I enjoyed colouring up the BugKittyBlocks image I was gifted.   

Our challenges are always anything goes and we look forward to seeing your creations over on the challenge blog

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Creative Fingers with Rick St Dennis

So its challenge time again at Creative Fingers.  Did you play in our last challenge?  Im running late with my commenting as I have been away on holidays but I will get onto it now. Sorry if you are one of the people waiting patiently for some blog love.

I was lucky enough to choose my image for this weeks inspiration for the DT post, I chose to use Hula Mouse by Rick St Dennis , isn't it the cutest of images.   Often with Rick's images they aren't so cute.  I was in the mood for cute!

So now its your turn, off to the challenge blog to check out the other DT inspiration and then get creating and linking up!

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New Release Odd Balls #360

As this goes live, I'm probably casually falling down a snow filled mountain, or sipping mulled wine, sleeping and have severe muscle ache...  Heaven huh.  

When making this card I had a little bit of a vision but things went a bit odd after the thought process started.  Have you ever just had trouble making your vision work?   I wanted a scene and a shaker.. I got that far.  I think I needed more bling and shake?

What would you do with this image, or one of the others also included at the store, the other version has the cutest little dragon wrapped around the stalk of the mushroom.

Please head over to the etsy store, Facebook page and the challenge blog to see what else is new in the world of OddBall Art by Lizzy
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Creative Fingers Challenge

Its our last challenge for the year and I am using Wink Wink Ink
An image that just jumped out and begged to be coloured and placed on a vibrant popping colour background.   I had some fun with orange colouring and playing with light and dark, I'm sure I will colour this up and again and practice some more, there is plenty of room to add shadows and practice colouring techniques.

What will you create in our anything goes challenge at Creative Fingers? Head on over to the challenge blog and link on up so we can comment on your brilliance.

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes

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Oddball Art for new years

I got this image months ago and never got a chance to colour it up.  Love love love it.
I used some vibrant copic choices for the cups and then found the little panel of coloured timbers afterwards that suited it well (or i think so)

Head on over to esty and check out Big Eye Alice ---> HERE 
and all the other Alice themed images  ---> Here

Ill be popping this card up on the January Facebook challenge be sure to go and check out the other cards from the DT and also enter the competition for your chance to win some images, dont forget the  blog challenge too!

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