So much cake, not enough belly!

That seemed like the perfect title for one of these adorable bears from MFT Stamps.

I did a colour combination here which is quite unusual for me: blue and yellow and coloured the stamps in with Copic Markers as usual. The blue is made using some of my most recent Copics and I quite like the colour.

The sentiment is from Huldra Designstudio, and the background paper is by Lawn Fawn.

James Bear – then and now.

It is great really, this 5 year birthday celebration Copic Marker Norge is having. It coincides pretty perfectly with my own 5 year of colouring and creating cards. I bought my first craft supplies in August 2011, set up my blog and made my first card in September the same year, and here I am five years later.

As a part of the celebrations the design team were challenged to re-colour one image to show our colouring progress over the years. I decided to go with an image for a card I put up in november 2011, which is labelled in my files as my card number 14. The new one I will post afterwards is over 400 cards later. That is a lot of cards, I admit. The image used to show said progression is by Lili of the Valley and here is my old card:

Christmas - Teddy with presents

As you can see I didn’t have a lot of crafting supplies, but at least I had a couple of shades to go together so that the image isn’t entirely flat. Since then the collection of most things craft related has grown immensely, and I use at least three shades per colour, sometimes more, and ideally going from very dark to reasonably light to get prominent shadows and more depth. Here is my new, re-coloured, version of this image.

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It does look like I fell into the contrast well, doesn’t it? Also it would appear that the shadows seem to, well.. make more sense and fall more naturally. Hahaha. I admit it was a lot of fun to view my own progression. We are all very good at viewing other people’s progression and comment and compliment it, while we completely ignore our own. That can be destructive. The past half a year I have struggled with both motivation and inspiration to colour and make cards. I have a feeling that this small challenge might just have made all the difference. All I needed was to take a step back and go “you know what, it’s pretty decent. Keep it up”. One day I’ll make another comparison and hopefully the progress will be equally visible then.

I suggest you all do the same. Pick one of the first images you coloured, re-colour it, and view your own progression. You have probably come a much longer way than you think you. Pat yourself on the back. Be pleased with your own efforts and progression. Because you did that. You. And no one else.

Some of the other bits I used on this card are by Noor Design, Live and Love Crafts as well as Wild Orchid Crafts. And if you haven’t spotted it yet, yes I have used the same snowflakes that I did five years ago, because why not?

Copics used: (bear) E000, E21, E42, E44, E47, E49, E95 (hat) R22, R27, R89, W1, W2, W3, W5, (presents) G82, G94, G99, Y00, Y04, Y17, R22, R24, R29, R89, (sky and ground) B0000, B000, B91, W1, W2, W3, W5, W7 and a white pen.

Bear climbing fence

Time for another quick card. This is made with a pre-coloured topper from Lili of the Valley. I finally found a good way to use where I do indeed use the whole image. I used a stamp available at Panduro, which I once won in a challenge, and added glitter. I put it on a dark background and added a simple grey wood background as a side panel, topped with a ribbon and bow from Wild Orchid Crafts.

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Stacked presents

Time for a purple card! As it is Lili of the Valley’s 9th birthday today, a card using their stamps seems highly appropriate. Obviously, the stamp is by Lili of the Valley, coloured in with copics, and the sentiment stamp is from there too. I have used paper from the first paper pack I bought, as well as paper from a small First Edition paper pad and some scraps I had left over. The leaves are made with a Martha Stewart punch, various flowers, ribbon and a pre-made bow from Wild Orchid Crafts. The layout I did here is a version of a criss-cross card.

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This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley – 9th birthday
Simon Says Stamp – Anything goes

Beary bouncey

Finally! Last week I had time to dig out the crafty bits and make a handful of cards before I packed it all away again and headed off to England. I had to make a few male cards this time. To balance it out, I also made a few feminine cards. I’m sure I’ll find a use for them one day, heh. This card was made for a family friend.

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