Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Polkadoodles Fuzzypuffs!!!!

Alongside the fabulous monthly classes over at Kit and Clowder I have been amazed by the freebie images, classes and discount codes that I have seen as an additional bonus! The other day I just couldn't resist the discount code for Polkadoodles and treated myself to the gorgeous Fuzzypuffs Digi Kit.

I am currently working on my Kit and Clowder March Class but have had to put it on hold. I treated myself to a few new Copic colours as well as a refill, which I needed to complete the background. Eagerly awaiting Mr Postie but I didn't want to have idle hands until they arrive.

So last night I tried to apply some of the techniques I have learnt from the classes to a few of the images from the Fuzzypuffs Kit!

EEK, still putting myself out of my comfort zone I printed out a few images but at a larger size than I would normally. (approx 4x3") Ok, not huge but I tried to add a little more detail to my colouring than I have done in the past.

I found it really tricky to colour Bella Bear though, I tried to give texture to fur and I although I am still quite pleased with the overall result, I am not sure of the finish effect for the bear's fur! Still it was fun to try.

I also tried to colour Earlie Hedgehog, she is just soooo cute.

One thing that did arrive today was my new white Ultra fine Posca pen...so watch out, everything is likely to have white dots on!

Bye for now.


Monday, 19 March 2018

Copics - labelling and organising.

I have had a really bad weekend, pain levels through the roof, Fibro fog, headache, pins & needles, blurred vision...........just thoroughly fed up with it all.

I decided not to even try to craft yesterday, I couldn't concentrate and to be honest, I was feeling so negative I was never going to be happy with my achievements, no matter how good or bad they were! LOL

Instead, I let my Paypal account take a bit of a bashing and ordered  a few more Copics colours, a refill and a white fine liner. Then a lovely crafty friend popped a few crafty packages up for sale so I grabbed two of them as well!!! Some pretty flowers (can never have enough bloomers!) and a lovely little package for flower making; a few dies, stamens, leaves and some Oil Pastels. Considering I have only recently bought my first even sheets of Foamiran, I thought it was an omen and just had to buy them!

I had spent some considerable time umm'ing and arr'ing  about what Copics to buy as the majority of my markers are Ciao, with the exception of a handful of Sketch markers. Now for me, being an indecisive little Pisces fish, swimming around in circles and never getting anywhere, it was a HUGE decision! I have no issues at all with the Ciao markers, would I rather get more variety of colours in my collection or start increasing the Sketch markers....mainly because I like the look of them!!! Well let's face it, any Copic lover out there will hopefully know what I mean!
I tried to do a bit of research into comparing Ciao vs Sketch, tried to look at sizes of ink capacity and justify paying the extra for the Sketch markers.....but I just couldn't. Eventually the marker will need a refill, whatever one I buy. So I decided on more Ciao markers, unless I really want need a particular colour that is only available in a Sketch marker!

Trying to make myself more organised in anticipation of my new Copics arriving, I decided to make up my own little labels to go onto the lids of my Ciao markers. My pathetic little attempt ended up being quite time consuming! Initially I made up tiny labels stating colour range and number, eg YR02
but by doing this the font size needed to be so small it really wasn't user friendly, especially for my Fibro foggy brain and eyes! I decided that it wasn't really essential as I do have my Copics stored separately in their colour ranges, so for me personally, just the relevant number sticker on the lid would make my life easier.

I worked though the range, listing each number available in each colour range and printed out onto Copic card. I found my regular, single hole punch worked a treat as did my mini glue dots. I personally thought it easier for me to only colour in labels for the lighter shades.

Unfortunately I ran out of glue dots before I could complete the job, but hopefully they will arrive soon along with my new Copics so I can continue my quest of Copic organisation!

If anyone would like a copy of the number ranges to make up their own labels, just give me a shout.

Bye for now.


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Another Chapter of Kit and Clowder!

I am just so not feeling it today. I ache all over, head pounding, back and nerve pain level is through the roof...just don't know what to do with myself. So fed up of it! A heat pad, paracetamol, cuddles with the dog and a bit of craft therapy. That's about all I can manage today!

I managed to complete her coat yesterday and the rest of her outfit today. Quite scary trying to work with the shading as well as various colours in the tartan. It wasn't helpful that my C3 marker is running dry so I had to use my C5 for shadowing! EEK.

As much as I am loving this whole process, I ache so much today, I just don't think I can do any more today. Might need to cuddle up on the sofa with hubby and a nice glass of (medicinal) red!

Take care out there, the Beast from the east has reared it's ugly head again and rather that there being the first signs of Spring, we are having wintry blizzards! Oh joy! LOL

See you soon,


Friday, 16 March 2018

Kit and Clowder - March 2018 Class

Oh my goodness, this is another one that is going to really push me out of my boundaries!

I downloaded the image (and another which jumped into the basket by accident...ahem) from The  Paper Shelter and printed off yesterday. So I promised myself that I would at least do the first Chapter of the class today.

I have never put so much detail into colouring skin before! EEK

OK, not perfect, loads of room for improvement but that's what the class is all about. PRACTICE!

Fingers crossed, I can make time for the next chapter of the class this afternoon!

If you would like to learn more about the Classes, pop over to Kit and Clowder and take a look.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Much needed Craft Therapy

Still got Amelia's EHCP paperwork to get sorted but I am struggling to think straight. Chronic pain and sleepless nights aren't exactly helpful! Took my mum to the hospital this morning and once home I felt I needed to focus on something relaxing.

What better excuse did I need to try out the Colouring Eyes Class over at Kit and Clowder.

Another class which is putting me completely out of my comfort zone.

Working on this class is going to be a challenge for me, the scale of the images allows for so much more details than a lot of the images I have worked on. BUT hopefully trying new ideas and putting myself out of that comfort zone will help my learning journey and keep me focused. HOPEFULLY.

Things to do:

Look at the class tutorials regarding contaminated Copic Markers
Invest in a new white gel pen.
Buy loads more Copic Markers to add to my collection! Tee hee!!

Bye for now.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

First Kit & Clowder Class Complete!!!

Oh goodness, I have really enjoyed this whole procedure. Never attempted anything like this class before and it put me out of my comfort zone, especially towards the end when I tried the timber table effect and the background colouring! Ok, I have still got an awful lot to learn, the results are far from perfect but at least I am crafting again.

I would encourage anyone who wants to either start of improve their colouring to have a go at one of the classes over at Kit and Clowder. 

Now what next, I have a freebie class to do, or I could play with some of the new digi images that just somehow jumped into my inbox!!!

Decisions, decisions!


Saturday, 10 March 2018

More Copic Colouring with Kit and Clowder

Had an absolutely rotten day yesterday. Had some ladies around from the Council talking about Amelia's needs and how her disability effects both her and us as a family. Then Amelia's ECHP turned up, full of pie in the sky expectations about long term goals of independence. I felt emotionally drained to say the least.

Then, what I expected to be a fairly routine trip to the vets with my mum and dad's 10 year old Cocker Spaniel, took a shock turn, I ended up a blubbering wreck! I tried to be strong for mum and dad but just couldn't help crying in front of them. Not exactly much help!

SO, today I tried to get back into my crafting!

I attempted Chapter 4 of the February Class - The Glass!

...and then Chapter 5 -The Table top!

Had a bit of a disaster with the shadow on the table top but hey ho, live and learn!

I hope to get the last Chapter complete tonight but will have to see!

Great fun, and SO informative.


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Kit & Clowder Colouring Class - February 2018

OM MY GOODNESS! So yesterday I signed up over at Kit and Clowder to my first ever class and I am so loving doing this. I have been taken out of my (teenie weenie) comfort zone already and have so enjoyed my afternoon of colouring!

I was concerned as I didn't have half the suggested copic colours so I had to improvise quite a bit!

Still got the glass, table surface and background to try.

The image came from Power Poppy and as part of the Class you also get a discount voucher to use IF you want to buy the image. I was very naughty as another image jumped in my virtual basket too!!

Hope to get this finished tomorrow..

See you soon!


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Kit & Clowder Monthly Colouring Classes!!!

I am not good at putting myself out of my comfort zone, and that zone is now so small it certainly needs a bit of pulling back into shape! As it's by Birthday I decided what better time to treat myself and commit to trying something new.

I have signed up for the Monthly Colouring Classes at Kit and Clowder. There are a few things that just by looking at the classes, straight away I can identify things that I have never really attempted before; colouring a range of skin tones, colouring backgrounds........I realised I have had very little experience colouring natural scenes and the majority of my past work has been cute characters.

So as soon as I could I jumped straight in with my first attempt at the class. One thing I like is the fact that it stresses these are practice sheets and that we shouldn't be afraid of making errors, after all that's how we learn. Just as well as there I was happily playing with various colour swatches on a scrap of paper then realised the ink had soaked right through onto my image!! LOL
Live and learn Adele, live and learn!

Not sure about the colours I have gone for as alternatives to those in the class, and there is certainly loads more room for progress but overall, yes, I am quite pleased with how it's coming along. BUT more importantly am I enjoying the process? I am enjoying the fact that there is a very active and supportive community alongside me?


Bye for now.


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

New stash overload!!!

Oh my!!! When all the little orders you placed before/during the snow turn up at the same time!! (Does a happy dance!) When you sit and admire your new stash and look forward to slotting some of it in to your newly organised storage.

When you are just so happy with your new stash, you don't think it gets any better....then this bad boy arrives!!!

Watch out, if it doesn't move it will end up being labelled!

Just wishing I had ordered the power cable as well.
(goes off to the garage in search of hubby's battery stash!)

Happy crafting everyone!


Monday, 5 March 2018

Out of my Copic Comfort Zone!

After my last post, I felt quite negative about my crafting ability. Even during the years I was working on some Design Teams, I was never confident in my work. Being confident and happy about my ability may never happen but I also struggle with just allowing myself the time to be creative without the guilt of not actually getting a finished article! Crafting for enjoyment only seems very self indulgent when you are fighting with chronic pain and are a full time carer!

Over the weekend I downloaded a FREE online class from Kit and Clowder and as Amelia went back to school today I had a few hours to make a start on it. I must admit I have not done much yet but I am loving feeling part of their Facebook Community and very much look forward to doing a few more classes.......my main issue is being decisive enough to decide which one! LOL

I have never done any form of class before so I am looking forward to a bit of direction!

I will keep posted on how I get on!


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Copic colouring attempts!

We have been stuck indoors most of the week with the snow, so in an attempt to stop myself from going stir crazy I have been playing with my Copic markers!

I have had loads of images already stamped/printed out and every now and then I delve into them and work on a few. Up until now I have mainly been working on skin tones, then hair as I like to match the images up with papers and embellishments and colour the rest of the image accordingly.

So, there I have sat, happily colouring away and feeling quite pleased with most of the results.....then I take a look at Pinterest and think, oh goodness, mine look so childlike and lack definition. Perhaps I need to explore some colouring tutorials!

If anyone could give me any advice or point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated.

I feel I want to start from scratch again! After being stuck at home I have now come down with the flu and my head pounding, perhaps I should just give up and admit Copic defeat! Hopefully, if I completely finish as few images and make up some cards, I might feel a bit more accomplished.

Hey ho!

Take care out there!


Friday, 2 March 2018

Copic colour organisation!

Well, it's been a few weeks since my last blog post. Have I made much progress with my craft room organisation? Ermmmm......not a lot!

In my defense, during that time I have had Amelia at home for half term, several hospital appointments and for 4 days this week Amelia has been at home again due to the school closures and hazardous weather conditions! I am starting to feel a little housebound and if not careful, going a bit stir crazy! Just getting out the door for a short walk has been a bit of a challenge!

I needed to find something I could do that didn't need much concentration and that I could easily pick up and put down as Amelia is a constant source of distraction! SO, I decided to attack my Copic collection!

Now my Copic collection isn't huge and some are up to nine years old, when I purchased my first set. I have mainly Ciao markers but more recently I have treated myself to a few Sketch markers and I also have a handful of refills. I need a portable form of storage as colouring is one of the crafty activities I do tend to do sat down with the family whilst watching TV. So I need portable storage that is adaptable enough to cater for various shapes and sizes of markers.

Before I start working on that I decided to make up a new chart to show an updated list of exactly what I have, that way when I order more I don't end up with any duplicates which I did last time I treated myself! (That really hurt to think that I could have had more colours to my little collection! LOL)

Over the last few evenings I have made up a check list and very happily filled it in as I have gone through each of my colour ranges. It's very much still a work in progress and I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of another small order so I can colour in a few more boxes but unfortunately the bulk of the order is refills for colours I already have and it's not as satisfying as getting a "brand new colour" to my collection!

I will need to put the next stage of organisation on hold until Amelia is back at school so for now I will revert back to colouring a few of the images I have just sitting there waiting.

Take care out there.