Tiddly Inks Challenge – Fairy Fun

This week’s challenge on the Tiddly Inks blog is Fairy Fun!  You can find it HERE.  For my card I used Fairy Teacher, and I will be making a whole lot more of these cards.  Both my girls get incredible support from staff at their schools, and I am brainstorming special end of year thank yous.

Fairy 1

Copic colours used for this are:
Lime: YG00, YG01, YG03, YG05, YG06, YG07
Skin: E50, E51, E53, R02
Purple: BV0000, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04
Books: E40, E41, E43 (pages), W00, W0, W1, W2, W3 (covers)
Gold spica for book corners, Clear spica on wings

Fairy 3

I’m not sure if the clear spica pen really shows … but I did use it on her wings … honest!  There’s a tiny touch of Gold Spica on the book corners as well.

Fairy 2

Looking for this lovely stamp set … at $4 for the digi with all these, I’d call that a bargain!

Teacher Fairy

… and … if you come on over and join in the Tiddly Inks challenge for some Fairy Fun.  Remember … if you use a Tiddly Inks stamp, you’re in the running for a great prize :)

Tiddly Inks Fabby Friday – Hello Pet

It’s my first Fabby Friday as a Tiddly Inks Design Team member … and here it is … ta-daaaaaaa …

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I chose the Hello Pet set … oh, my, how I love this digi stamp set!  I have quite a few friends who are Game of Thrones fans (books & series), which is why I bought it in the first place.  But with the release of the last Hobbit movie featuring Smaug (played so ably by Benedict Cumberbatch), I realised it suits all sorts of historic, mythological and sci fi peeps!!!

Hello Pet

You can find this digi stamp set HERE.

Dragon 1

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I have used some bazil cardstock and paper from a fairytale themed stack.  The greeting is part of the Hello Pet set.  There is twill tape at the top, and Kaisercraft droplets scattered across the bookmark.  I like these embellishments for bookmarks, as they don’t damage the pages of my book.  I have used Tea Dye distress ink around the cardstock & pattern paper, and Peeled Paint on the greeting block.

Copic Colours for the dragon:
Green: YG61, YG63, YG67, G99
Orange tips: YR00, YR01, YR02
Horns & nails: E40, E41, E42, E43

You can see the other design team members’ amazing Fabby Friday work on the blog HERE.

Sweet Stamp Shop – September Release

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So, I’m just a little bit excited about the September Sweet Stamp Shop release!!  I have been wanting a coffee stamp set for aaaaaaages, and this one seriously delivers.

Coffee Town release

And what about Cheese Please?  How adorable is this?

Cheese Please release

If you are in Australia, and you want to get your hands on one of these bad boys, I recommend doing it sooner rather than later.  Why?  Oh … maybe these Sweet stamps will be reviewed in Handmade magazine this month, so the secret will be well and truly out!!!

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You can find the new stamps HERE in my online store.  There are 4 pages of stamping goodness in the store now, over 60 items!  Not a fan of checking out with Paypal?  Well that’s alright … just email me at enquiries@dawnlewis.com.au or send me a PM on Facebook (HERE), to place your order and receive direct debit details.

Last, but definately  not least, if you have a machine that uses SVG files to cut fabulous shapes, then get over to Crafts By Two, as they have lots of free files for the Sweet Stamp Shop sets.  Thanks guys!.  Click HERE to find them.

Tiddly Inks DT challenge – Poppy

This weeks Tiddly Inks challenge is this gorgeous Poppy Colour palette.

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This is my first Tiddly Inks challenge on the Design Team, so I wanted to do something really different, and a bit special.  So … out came the paints and a 10″ x 10″ canvas, and I painted my digital stamp!

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It’s been a while since I painted just for fun,and I forgot how much I enjoyed it.  I will definately be doing more stamp painting in the future!  I transferred the image onto the canvas with blue saral transfer paper first.  I used Jo Sonja acrylic paints to paint the whole thing, with a #3 round brush and a 10/0 liner brush for the design, and a 1/2″ flat brush for the background.

Tea Time Canvas

My best tip for layering up colour in the hair is to add a little extender into your paint so it stays wet for longer.  That lets you pick up a little bit of darker paint to blend into the wet base for shading, and pick up some lighter paint to blend in highlights.  I use a hairdryer to dry one section before I start on another (less mess from hands resting on wet paint!).

Thanks a Latte digital stamp

The stamp I used is ‘Thanks A Latte’.  Just click on the image above to visit the Tiddly Inks store, and you could add it to your own digital stamp collection.  I love this stamp … it reminds me very much of my BFFS … Sparkly Pink, Hermoine Danger & Mrs Cann-do, three of my favourite people to talk with over tea :D

Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to with this colour scheme … one jaw droppingly beautiful card after another HERE!

September Swap

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I’ll admit it … I had trouble deciding between two cool swap themes for this month, so why not have two?  You can join just one, or you can join both.  Details will go out starting tomorrow, closing Sunday.  Due date is 26 September, and late swaps will not be accepted.

These swaps are open to Australian residents only.  If you are an international swapper, and you really, really want to join, you will need to allow at least 2 full weeks, preferably 3, for delivery.  Return post is an issue, because I cannot use international postage stamps to return your swap, so you would need to pay the return post via Paypal.

So … let’s look at these one at a time.

Card swap – Circles
Use some sort of circle on your card somewhere.  Might be a shaped card, pattern paper with circles, punched circles, round embellishments or something else.  I have made a Pinterest board of inspiration … you can see it HERE.  Full size cards with an envelope.  Make 6 and receive 6 different cards in return.

Card Candy
If you’re after a bit more of a challenge, this is the swap for you!  Card candy is like making your own 3D embellishments!  Never heard of it?  Well … I made a rather sizeable Pinterest board full of amazing card candy, and you can totally copy something exactly if you like!  See the inspriation board HERE.  We will start off easy with this one … everyone will make 4 set that have 4 pieces in each.  We need at least 5 people to sign up for this to go ahead, and you will receive 4 different card candy sets in return.

Packing & Posting
If you are joining both, you can send them in the same envelope.  If you could bag them separately, that would be great!

If you would like to join, or just get full details of the swap, email me at enquiries@dawnlewis.com.au with ‘CARDS & CANDY’ in the subject line.  Details will be sent by return email starting Wednesday, and close Sunday.

Minecraft Party

Miss K and Miss E both have milestone birthdays this year.  Miss E was first, and she chose a Minecraft themed party.  Naturally, my first stop was Pinterest!  A quick search of ‘Minecraft party’ showed some absolutely amazing decoration, food ideas and costumes.  It looked like a LOT of work, so I showed Miss E some photos, and asked her if she wanted a super fancy buffet with decorations, or if they just wanted food, lollies and time to play the game in question.  Option 2 won out, so I was spared hours of lining up square plastic plates on the wall with blu-tak to resemble a creeper!!!

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We did put in a little effort, though.  We found green square plates, and little black serviettes.  The kids guessed all the Minecraft foods and did really well.  Chips were ‘potatoes’ or ‘brown mushrooms’, the jelly was lava and water, and the cheese sticks were ‘logs’.  I also found little glass milk bottles and set up a brewing station.

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The girls had fun picking out lollies.  Can you see dirt, zombies, skeletons, gems, lava, redstone, diamonds, tnt and gold?  They did!

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Easiest cake I’ve ever made … brownies for dirt, green icing for grass, and some butter cake for sand.  Steve is right there, mining on the cake!

Seriously, this is one of the most fun birthday parties we’ve had.  All those kids playing Minecraft on the X-box, ipods and ipads was hilarious!!!

Tiddly Inks Design Team (part 2)

There was much excitement in my house this week …. I have been invited to join the Tiddly Inks Design Team!!!

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Big thank you to Christy for her faith in my ability to represent Tiddly Inks well … I am excited, humbled, amazed and a teeny bit nervous all at once LOL,  If you’re a copic enthusiast, and you love digital stamps, then I do encourage you to take a look at the Tiddly Inks website.  The deparating design team have done some amazing cards, and there is a LOT of inspiration to be had.  The images are some of my favourite to colour (so much beautiful hair!), and I am already working on my first DT piece.  It’s a little outside the box, so I hope everyone likes it *eep*.

I will be sharing all my DT projects here, so stay tuned!  Want to visit the shop?  Just click the icon below to be whisked to digi heaven :D

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