Some creations by Kazza

Some creations by Kazza
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Elements of Nature Class from Kit and Clowder

Hi there!  As mentioned in my previous post, I have joined the Elements of Nature class at Kit and Clowder.  There are a wealth of images and techniques to learn in this class.  I'm going to be doing one of the images here and there, so if you're interested, I will tag them so they're easier to find.  I love flowers and colouring them, so taking this class was never a question.  Each of these three pictures was coloured on 200gsm cardstock.

First up I attempted colouring these gorgeous Lillies.  I didn't have the correct greys so I tried to mix a C1 and a C5 to make a C3, with some success.  I will have to have another go at colouring these now that I have all the markers used in the class and see if there is a noticeable difference or improvement.  In any case, I totally love how this first one turned out.

Next up we had a request from Alyce (the teacher) to colour in the strawberry, cherries and blueberries picture.  This presented me with quite a challenge as the 200gsm cardstock just absorbs ink and doesn't aid in blending.  I now have a new stash of blending cardstock for the way forward!  Yay!

Finally, I have coloured one more picture from the Elements of Nature class, the lemons.  These turned out pretty good I think as well.  I can't wait to see and feel the difference when I start colouring on the XpressIt blending cardstock.

Well, that's all the images from the class that I've coloured so far.  I really am learning a lot!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a brilliant day!


A Dramatic Improvement In My Colouring - Thanks to Kit and Clowder Classes

Hi there.  Sorry for the long absence.  Life gets in the way and being uninspired doesn't help when creating!  

My mojo got up and left the building and only visits me sporadically - usually when I need a card for a purpose.  So, to try to entice my mojo back a little more regularly and because I was inspired by my friend Cheryl Wright's* progress in colouring - I decided to join online colouring classes at Kit and Clowder.  *I am trying to get a link to Cheryl's blog for you.

I joined in March 2016 with the Create and Learn markers class.  I pay only $20 a month and have lifetime access to the class and constructive feedback from the wonderful trainer Alyce Keegan.  Plus, her website has lots of useful tips and information.  

I really love the format that Alyce teaches in.  She produces a step by step video and a printable step by step guide.  I have watched a lot of youtube colouring over the past few years and thought I'd learned quite a lot, however Alyce not only shows you, she explains things - like 'cast shadows' which are shadows cast by things that are in front - like strands of hair for example.

I thoroughly enjoyed the March marker Create and Learn class and here are the results - I never could have coloured something this wonderful without the class!

I also thoroughly enjoyed the April marker Create and Learn class - and I have a special soft spot for dinosaurs - see the results below.

You can definitely see a dramatic improvement in my colouring just across those two pictures.  

Alyce also holds competitions and the facebook group is an excellent source of inspiration and support for all the members of Kit and Clowder.  For one competition we had a picture of this girl on a swing to colour in.  I wasn't game to try to make some kind of background so it doesn't have one, however I love how the colouring came out - without instruction - and can say that I used some of the things I learned in the March marker class (on the hair especially).  I was pretty happy with the dress, not knowing how to colour folds - I'm very happy with the outcome.  I do plan to sign up for the 'skin and hair' and 'clothing technique' classes.  What do you think?

I also won a prize from Alyce and Kit and Clowder, it was 3 Mepxy markers - a brand I'd never heard of before.  They are in lovely blue shades - a blendable set of 3 :o)  I'm not sure how to pronounce their name, but I go with 'mepsy'.

I have also taken up another of Alyce's classes, but I'll save that for a separate post.

I recommend you check out her website, if you love colouring - using pencils or markers - and wish you could colour like a pro; here's the place to start your learning!

Cheers and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge Entry - October 2015

Hey everyone!  I'm in a bit of a hurry here to get my entry for the Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge entry in for the October challenge!  Please check out the other entries on the gallery here.

The free digi this month was given to us by Gerder Steiner...  I wasn't sure what sentiment to put on the card I made as we don't really celebrate autumn or halloween in Australia, so I left off the sentiment to put one on as needed in the future.

Here it is!  I attempted watercolouring, wasn't very successful, but I did learn a couple things in the process. 1. I learned that this watercolour paper (bought at Kaisercraft) doesn't work well with double sided adhesive tape, it just ripped off layers of the paper.  So, number 2. I learned that you need to use liquid glue but go easy on it as too much can affect the colouring.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers and happy crafting, 

Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge - September 2015

Hi there.  I've made a few cards since my last post and will make another post in the next few days to backtrack and show them to you.  I sent one of the cards to my Dad for father's day so didn't want to chance a sneak peak if he saw it posted on facebook.  Father's day in Australia is in September.

Anyhoo, this particular post is all about the Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge.  When you join the challenge and submit an entry each month, you automatically receive the next months challenge digital image for free.  Please check it out over on the Outlawz Website.   You can also view their gallery for inspiration and if you type in this code PF10 or just click the link I created you can view the entries for this challenge.

This free digi image is courtesy of Ignacio at Nicecrane.  Thank you!

So here is my card made with this lovely image.  I sandwiched a piece of acetate on the front of the card for strength.  I used StampinUp Razzleberry and Old Olive cardstocks, as well as the razzleberry SU alcohol markers (which were discontinued).  I used various copic green pens for the rest of her.  The image did print out a little unevely on my printer (hence the line on her right leg) but it's minor and I don't think it takes anything away from the image.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting if you did, it is really appreciated.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Male Room Challenge Blog - Challenge No 17: Stash - Use Newsprint

Well hello there!  Today I bring you a new challenge blog that is aimed at masculine cards! 

Excellent stuff!  Masculine cards are hard to do - ask just about anyone!  Thanks to Marcelle for finding the challenge blog and letting us know about it :o) 

As you can see from the title, my entry is into Challenge # 17: Stash - Use Newsprint.  Now I've seen newsprint and map books etc used on cards but this is my first go at using newsprint myself.  I made sure to choose a page with sports stuff on it - in case someone decided to read it (as I can't help doing myself).

I hope you love it - it was lots of fun to make.  I used my local free newspaper.  Some wax twine I bought from Blitsy. Cardstock in a kraft colour, various Tim Holtz distress inks and black versafine ink for the distressing.  StampinUp inks were used to make the splotches as well.  The sentiment stamp is from Inspired By Stamping: Guy Sentiments.  The cog shapes were cut out on my die cutting machine and secured with a screw 'look' brad.  Oh and I used Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge* and Hero Arts Brush Strokes* stamp sets.

Here is my entry into this challenge, I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Inside the card, it's light enough to write a message on there

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Outlawz Progressive/Freebie Challenge - August 2015

Hi there!  Today I bring you my latest entry for the Outlawz Progressive/Freebie Challenge - August 2015.  

We were so lucky this time to receive a gorgeous digi courtesy of Make It Crafty.  I adored the image called "Wishful Asha" so much that I went and bought some extra digital stamps from their shop.  

I picked up the "In The Garden Collection" and one of those images has been placed behind Wishful Asha to provide a complete picture.  By the way, I find making backgrounds really difficult and this made it so much easier!

Now this was a picture that required a whole lot of relaxing colouring in and believe me, it was lots of fun to colour!  For a first go I'm really pleased with how the whole scene came out, I hope you like it too!

For more inspiration, please visit the gallery at the Outlawz.  The posts for this digital image are tagged with PF09.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting when you do, I appreciate it!

Take Care

Monday, 3 August 2015

Blooms & Butterfly

Hi there, I hope you're doing well, and enjoying your jaunt around various blogs for inspiration! 

Today I bring you a card I just now finished, as I write this it's 10.55pm on a Monday night.   I find I usually get my crafty mojo late at night.  Being a night owl that suits me just fine, however I do regret it the next day when I can't stop yawning! lol  

This card is pretty much a feast of StampinUp goodies, some old and some new:
Stamp sets: Stippled Blossoms (flowers)^, Butterfly Basics (sentiment) and Watercolour Wings (butterfly) and Dots for Days.
Cardstock: white (from stash) and Blushing Bride.
Inks: Blushing Bride, Craft^, Crisp Cantaloupe^ and Lawn Fawn Wild Rose
Others: Pink satin ribbon (from stash), glue dots, stampin dimensionals, multi matte medium glue, wink of stella pen and stardust stickles.
^ retired

For this card, I stamped the flowers on white cardstock, cut it down and glued it to the bottom of the cardbase.  I covered the lower portion and then stamped the dots for days on the upper portion in craft ink.  I cut a slit in the card fold for the ribbon and placed a bow on top with glue dots.  The butterfly was done last night using the pink coloured inks, stickles and wink of stella shimmer pen.  That was glued at the top and a dimensional cut in half and placed under the wings so they remain fluttering.  Finally the sentiment was stamped on the bottom.  I hope you like it!

Thanks as always for stopping by and commenting, many thanks for both!