Monday, 28 December 2015

Time for me

With all my Christmas duties discharged, I was able to spend yesterday indulging myself. 
I set myself the challenge of using a stamp set which I rarely use and colouring the images, also a challenge for me. 
One of my son's gave this set to me, probably last Christmas,  knowing that I like Inky Doodles stamps. It is the Caroline's Owls set. I know you are wondering how I have managed not to use these properly for a whole year. No wait, those are the voices in my head. It's the guilt. One problem is that the images need to be coloured but they were also not a set which I would probably have chosen for myself.
I'm not great at colouring but would love to be better. I'm never going to spend 4 hours colouring one image but I'd like to be able to blend colours together.
I made it easier by using small pieces of card for a start which doesn't give you a huge, scary, blank white space. So I made a few thank you cards, very useful at this time of year. 

 There is an element of Rhubarb and Custard colouring but maybe I should make that my style! I just picked out one stamp to use each time which also makes it easier and I didn't feel like any fiddly masking. I love leaf stamps so have no idea why I have not used these.

Then I was inspired to make a birthday card:

I tried it on white but it looks so much better on Kraft card. 
Finally I had and idea for the current butterfly challenge.  Butterflies are hibernating but the challenge is to use fairies. How about a fairy on a toadstool?

 I only have these three tiny fairy stamps. (Card-io). They are the same ones I used for the fairy challenge last year but this looks quite different. The toadstool image is stamped on a scrap of card and mounted under a cut out circle. The circle wreath is also Cardi-io stamps. I wish I hadn't done the yellow flowers now.  As before, I've added some stickles to the fairy wings. 

 So the best day of the holiday so far!
 So I'm skipping over to Pixie's Snippets playground with these. I've used various snippets for the cards, that is why they are all different sizes.
And to the Butterfly challenge - all kinds of fairies.


  1. Oh so sweet Alison - love these cards, and the teeny tiny fairies are just adorable!


    Di xx

  2. Looks like you had a fun time, Alison! Awesome coloring!

  3. Some lovely stamps and pretty colouring Alison and sweet little fairies on your last card too. x

  4. I think ALL of these are wonderful. Nothing wrong with your colouring and blending at all . . . think you're being too harsh with yourself. Love the look of the set. I've some toadstool and fairy cards coming up on my blog soon!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. I'm not great on colouring either and have to choose the images and stamps carefully if I do. Would love to be able to blend without effort too.
    Your cards are all fab and I do like those itsy bitsy fairies. I treated myself to some Cardio stamps at the NEC this year. Small is beautiful!!
    Think the yellow colouring on your circle is just what is needed. Thankyou for fluttering by my fairy challenge. The butterflies will be back tomorrow. hugs Mrs A.

  6. Aww this are so gorgeous! Love the stunning cas designs!
    Lucy x

  7. What a lovely selection of cards. I especially like the wreath of flowers. Your colouring and blending is fine Alison. No need to worry about it at all. Barbxx


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