New year, new cards. This is the second one I have made this year. (I will put up the other one later in the week.) There is a design team call going over at Art by Mi Ran. I had decided against entering as the entries they have so really quite good, but when I woke up this morning I thought ‘meh, why not’. It was an excellent excuse to colouring up an image instead of doing other stuff this morning anyway!

One of the things I wish to work on this year is my colouring. I feel I am improving, but it’s going to take a lot of practice to get anywhere near as good as I’d like, heh. I am still going through the skin and hair class over at Kit and Clowder, and it is just great! I hope to find enough time to finish that classes this month! (And maybe start on the clothing one after..)

I have, obviously, used an Art by Mi Ran image, it is called Tulipa. I have coloured it in with copics, but instead of using black and grey for the hair I have used the BV20s. The pink paper I have used is from a Tim Holtz pad (hey, at least I remembered one of them!) and the blue was some left over paper I had that seemed to fit perfectly. I have used distress ink on the base of the card and butterflies by Noor Design. All the flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, as always. The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp.


As I changed my mind and decided to enter in said DT call, I guess I should provide some additional half useful information! The reason I decided to apply is that I love Mi Ran’s images, they are so very pretty! As you can see from the art I have used on the cards in this post, I am particularly fond of the cropped images.They are also a bit challenging to colour, at least for me, and therefore an excellent way to practice getting better, I think. I would love to show off these lovely images as a part of their team. As I am not on any design teams at present I would be able to fully devote my spare time to this design team. Here are a couple of other cards I have made with Mi Ran’s images, one of which I entered in their challenges and won a guest design spot, and the other I made for said guest spot. (Both cards are linked to their own posts.)

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I have also entered it into the Art by Mi Ran facebook challenge.


Well, this must be a first. I am so pleased with this card I simply had to take the photo straight away so I could put it up on the blog today! I reckon this is the first time I’ve had to post a card up here the same day I made it, lol. This week I went to the shop and bought some new toys, and coloured in my first image after following one of Alyce’s tutorials at Kit and Clowder. It is the skin and hair class I have started on and this is just lesson one, basic skin, and this image is my first colouring after watching the video. I cannot claim to be a very good student as I decided to colour an image I had laying next to me, rather than what was in the lesson, but practice is practice right! I tried to experiment with brighter colours than I normally do, with more contrast.

Anyway, for the card. I have roughened up the edges using a tool I never intended to buy.. For some reason the cashier at a shop added a completely random extra product and I only noticed the small thing after I got home and looked at the receipt. I was just too lazy to go back and figured I’d find a use for it one day. Well, I did! The papers are plain card stock, glitter card stock and Papirdesign snowflake paper. I have used a Tim Holtz die and two Martha Stewart punchers as well as flowers, pearls and lace from Wild Orchid Crafts. The beautiful image is Art by Miran, called Winter Sofia, coloured with copics and snow added using frantage. You can see what colours I used at the bottom of the post.


This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Art by Miran’s Challenge – Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge – Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays – Anything Goes
Divas By Design – Christmas Flowers
Copic Marker Norge – Blue Christmas
Kit and Clowder – Anything Goes

As I for once put the card up right after colouring, I know what colours I used! They are:
Blue: B00, B02, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99,
Skin: E000, E00, E04 E11, E21, R20
Hair: E43, E44, E47, E49,
Grey and Green: W0, W1, W2, YG93, YG95, YG97