Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gorgeousness

I know I know! I'm in the naughty corner for being such a bad blogger! 

The truth is I have been totes stacked out the last couple of months and struggling to find some me time. HOWEVER....that is all going to change big time. I've been really struggling with my making mojo lately and I've made the decision that it's imperative for my own creativity to make more time for crafting for ME.

I know that sounds weird - I mean, c'mon Nixster, you make stuff all the time, right?...
Well, yeah I kinda do I suppose but I never get time to craft just for the love of crafting any more - there's always samples to be made for this and that, samples to make for shows, classes, demo's and of course Create and Craft, and what we make for those kinda samples is sometimes different to making for me.  I've had my DT for over 5 years now and despite people telling me to insist on members not being on competitor teams I always stuck to my firm belief that this is a bad thing...creative people need room to flit about, seeing ideas and soaking up all the inspiration and being able to stretch their creative wings in different genres...and that goes for me, deffo!

So, things around here are gonna change! LOL!! I faithfully promise to make more and blog more!

And the first change here is that I have SO enjoyed making this beauty and doing some me colouring with an image I adore which is from one of my favourite digi stores, 

yes, I know, it's weird right, I'm promoting a competitor? 
Well, I don't care, I LOVE Tiddly Inks images so they were the go to's for me to have my me time....
This is actually a couple of digis combined, the fabulous character and the lovely mailbox (I have a thing for mailboxes) is HERE and the background and papers are HERE.  

I took the images and merged them together in my Cameo Silhouette cutting machine software (you could also do this in any graphics program or Serif, MCS, Word, whatever you like to use). 
I added Wryn to the fab background and then added the mailbox too but increased that in size and added the little birdies which also come in the bundle too. LOVE it! I then printed them all and then cut them out with my Cameo to save me loads of time - I wanted the mailbox to be 3D because this is what I really love, I HAVE to have dimension on my projects, my fave thing is loads and loads of layers! I originally was going to make it flat, hence adding them all digitally into the software but then I changed my mind and decided to 3D everything lol! (just thought I'd explain the blonde moment lol!) 
I then coloured the whole thing with my Graph'It markers...and I have to say that I think this is one of my nicest colouring atttempts of late, I just love everything about it. I used 3230 here in the hair - it looks kinda diarrhoea colour in the chart but now I used it properly with the other 32's  (3210, 3230, 3245, 3250, 3280)....I really like it haha!! It really lifts the other tones well. 
I also went really dark and moody with the skintones here because I wanted it to look like I'd coloured her with Distress Inks and I really like the effect I got - that's it now...can you get addicted to colours? 
For the clothes I used 4125 and 3210 and that was it.
I coloured the background landscape with another new love - Pan Pastel Pearls! Yes I said Pearls!! Watch this space for more on those beauties!!! The flowers are made from Artisan Clay, I've had them hanging about for ages waiting for the perfect place to be used and this was it. And the twirly bits of silver you can actually find over in the Polkadoodles store, it's awesome! 

So thanks so much for looking - promise to be back REAL soon with some more loveliness xx