LLLC Ballerina Box

Friday again already and that means La-La Land Crafts day. This week we are to make something 3d, so I decided to make a box card. I have made one of these before, last year, for a boy, so this time it’s girly girl.

Stamps:
Tutu Cute
Good Vibes Only clear stamp
Just For You background stamp
Hello Lovely background Stamp
Shine Bright background stamp

Dies:
Pierced Scalloped Ovals
Double Stitched Ovals
Tutu
Ballet Slippers
Stage Curtain
Double Stitched Stars
Jingle Bells Wreath
Mini Butterflies

Copics used: E41, E42, E43, E44, R81, R83, R85

You are the best

As I can’t do much colouring at the moment, my hands won’t let me, I’ve finally gotten around to using up some of the images I’ve already coloured up! I’ve made a very simple card that works for a lot of occasions. A just because, or father’s day, or just to brighten someone’s day. I love the little cub. The stamp set is from Neat and Tangled, the word die from MFT Stamps and the striped paper is from Pion Design.

Here is a close-up of the colouring

Copics used: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, V91, V93, V95, R22

A birthday card for you

I really liked the colours they have for the current colour challenge at MFT Stamps, so I decided to try to make a card for it. Thankfully my hands cooperated enough to let me! I’ve used a stamp and word die from MFT Stamps, paper from Lili of the Valley as well as a circular die from La-La Land Crafts.

Here is a close-up

Copics used: RV00, RV52, RV55, RV66, R39, E70, E71, E74, E77, BG10, BG15

This card has been entered into the following challenge:

MFT Stamps – Colour challenge #110

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.

card422_1

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.