Thursday, 26 June 2014

Susan's Challenge #9 Showcase

Good morning everyone!! Our current challenge at The East Wind is Challenge #9 - Bling. Here is what I've done:

For this card I used Christmas Tree with Sexy Girl from The East Wind. I wanted to do another Christmas card. I colored her with my Copic Markers. I decoupaged her in front of the gifts. I added glitter for the tinsel around the tree, a little bit of glitter for the lights on the tree the flower on her headband, and a little bit of yellow glitter on the star. I used quite a few different dies on this card. Some swirls from Cheery Lynn and the rest are Spellbinders. I added inking around the edges of all of the papers and then the stitching, gems for the berries and the white dew drops. The sentiments on the front and inside are from Paper Smooches. The papers are all Echo Park This & That.

  • Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, E13
  • Red: R14, R24, R46
  • Tree: G40, G43, G46
  • Xmas Balls: B00, B02, B04
  • Blue Gift: B21, B24, B29
  • Dark Purple Gift: BV00, BV04, BV08
  • Wine Bottle: R69, R89, RV99
  • Aqua Gift & Ribbon: BG02, BG05, BG07
  • Dress, Star and Yellow Ribbon: Y11, Y15, Y19
  • Light Green Gift: YG01, YG05, YG09
  • Pig: R20, R22

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

'Lucy Loo' Vampire Queen

Hi, it's Donna here.  Just wanted to share one of the new "dark" designs released June 20th at The East Wind Shop.  Meet 'Lucy Loo' Vampire Queen.  She's the first of a number of scarier designs coming soon to The East Wind.  Although I love all of the images at The East Wind, I'm particularly fond of creating with the dark ones, and not just for Halloween.  Stay tuned all you lovers of  "The Dark Side".  This is only the beginning...Bwahahaha!  Not a fan?  Never fear, there's plenty of cute and cuddly and elegant and beautiful images at The East Wind too.  Check out our FB Group for the latest and be sure to enter the new "Wedded Bliss"contest there which runs through July 17th.  And sign up now for the Newsletter on the right side of the Challenge Blog to receive free digi's monthly.  Our new Challenge starts there on July 1st.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Crafting Vicky - Wedded bliss - Asian mon amour Korean

Hello everyone! It's Monday!!!  Oh well... but here in Québec tomorrow is a holiday!  So a little respite to be able to play

But now I'm here to share with you the card that I did for the new FB challenge of The East Wind.  For this challenge it's Wedded bliss!  I really hope you are part of the FB group and will play in the newest challenge!!!

For my card I decided to use the fabulous image Asian mon amour Korean Hanbok.  I really love how the trees are intertwined... I just thought it was the perfect sign for love!
The paper for this card is from Day Dream - 1st edition.  I used my nesting frame 6 from Quickutz.  I added a little ribbon with some gold pearl embellishment on it and another ribbon and bow that I made.

Here's a closer look at the fab digi that I colored with my copics.  
Isn't she just fabulous?! You really should check out the new digis!!!

Have a great crafting day!!!  


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Lucy Loo 'Morning Coffee'

I think this is a super great new release from THE EAST WIND , who does not love that frst cup of the day, I would hate to be without mine, I turn into a right diva when deprived! RECIPE Image called Lucy Loo Morning coffee, coloured with Copics DP's are all First Edition (just drooling over them) Arrow a Tim Holtz die cut Friend sentiment, greeting, paper flower and resin rose from stash

Monday, 16 June 2014

New Release ~ Lucy Loo Morning Coffee

WooHoo! Bonnie here today. It's Monday morning and that means that there is a new TEW image released at The East Wind and featured on our Facebook page. This one is called Lucy Loo Morning Coffee and as soon as I saw her I knew I had to play with this image. Molly (my cat) and I love our morning coffee. Molly loves it because while I am sipping and waking up she gets lots of attention and cuddles. I love it because's coffee! Mmmm...that first cup in my favourite mug.

I coloured Lucy Loo and her feline friend with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border. She was then matted with a narrow black border for contrast and to tie the image in with the background colour. Foam tape was applied to the back of the image to create dimension and shadow.

The background is a simple piece of black cardstock scored and cut to create a center step card. There are many tutorials on how to create this simple fold. The one I used is here. The coffee papers were purchased from  Poppy Dreamz  and were sized and cut to fit the three upper sections of the card. They were also edged with Black Soot Distress ink.

The sentiment which comes from Create With TLC seemed tailor made for this image. I printed it on white cardstock, edged it with Black Soot Distress ink an mounted it on foam tape. Two coffee cup brads with cheesecloth :steam" were fastened to either side. The final touch was to add the letter beads beside Lucy Loo...Mmmm because that's the noise I make with my first sip :)

Thanks for visiting today. Be sure to check out our Facebook group for the creations using this image by some of my talented teamies. We'd love to see your creations with Lucy Loo Morning Coffee, too.


Saturday, 14 June 2014

Choose to shine

I wanted to participate showcase of Bling challenge, 
so I made this decorative piece with Lucy Loo 'Rose'  

Background is just coloured by colour pencils
meant to have some effect of Sparkly crystal gemstones. 

and I used 3Doodler to make a sentiment " Choose to Shine " then I put some Mod Podge and stick some glitters ^^ 
I know It is not easiest to read ^^;;

I think once we choose to shine, we will shine.

Thank you. ^^

Just joined one challenge Just for fun ^^

Friday, 13 June 2014

Crafting Vicky - Lucy Loo style I love you

Hello everyone it's Friday Woohooo!  It's Crafting Vicky here with you and I'm sharing the card that I made with the new release of last Friday.  It was a Lucy Loo!  You know by now how much I adore those!!!

This one is called Lucy Loo style I love you.
Digital Stamp- Lucy Loo ' Lucy Style 'I love you'' - 300dpi JPEG/ PNG - MAC0083
So I had fun!
The paper that I used for this card is from DCWV - Premium paper pack.  I used my Label 11 die from Spellbinder.  I added a few bling and that's it!

Here's a closer look at the fab digi that I colored with my copics.  I used a great sentiment that I thought represented her very well.  I edged the sentiment with some Picked raspberry distress ink.

Isn't she just fabulous?! You really should check out the new digis!!!

Have a great crafting day!!!  


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Lucy Loo Magnified Star and Dimensional Star Tutorial

Hi there, it's Donna with a simple tutorial for you today.  Here's a tag I created with the new Lucy Loo 'Magnified Star' which debuted  Monday, June 9th.  I love the Steampunk references and also wanted to add lots of stars to my tag.  Some were stickers, one was a Sizzix die that cut had the score marks incorporated in the die itself, but I also needed another size so I made it myself.  Can you tell which one?  Here's how I did it.

This pretty much works for any symmetric star shape die cut.  I've used Spellbinders here.
After cutting and embossing with my Grand Caliber, I turned it over and began scoring from the indentation to the point.
Do this all the way around the star, making sure all the scores meet in the center.

 Turn star over and use your bone folder to make a sharp crease on all the fold lines.

 Then pinch between the long scores to invert the short ones to valley folds.

 Here's the finished dimensional star.  Easy Peasy!

 They can even be layered for a multi dimensional affect.  I hope this inspires you to makes some dimensional stars of your own. 

They're just perfect to use with Lucy Loo 'Magnified Star'

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Bettina's showcase for challenge #8

Good morning everyone. Today is my turn to showcase my project for challenge 8 over at The East Wind. Since it is the first challenge of the month it means its a freebie challenge. Theme for these two weeks is embossing - dry or wet. 

When I first layed my eyes on this beauty Aurora, I had an idea of a blonde gardener, just like me when I wander around in the garden in the sun. Just love that. She was such a joy to colour. I used a sketch and made a little scene with her using diecuts. Little Aurora is coloured with my beloved promarkers. Hope you like my little project. You can find more details in my little blog over here.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Susan's Showcase for Challenge #8

Good morning everyone!! Today I am showcasing my card for Challenge #8 over at The East Wind. And the 1st of the month means its a Freebie Challenge at The East Wind. The theme for this challenge is Embossing - dry or wet.

When I first saw this beauty I thought she was a definite blonde :)  I thoroughly enjoyed coloring her!!! I love the hair that Kyra draws!!!  It is amazing!! And so fun to color!! I feel like I get a little bit better every time.I used a Spellbinders die around her and then I added glitter around the edge. I added a few 3d paint dots on the image! I stitched around the two dry embossed rectangles. Ughhh... I made a huge mistake with what I glued them down with and it was a NIGHTMARE! LOL  The thread kept breaking.. it was awful! I won't do that again. At least I know what I did wrong! The Cherish and the Friends are both rubons that I had. I added the sticker button on the cherish to finish it off. So be sure to join in!!! This is an amazing freebie and thank you Kyra for always being amazingly generous!!!!!

  • Shorts: B91, B93, B95, B97
  • Shirt and Bandana: RV10, RV13, RV14
  • Hair: E50, E51, E53, E23
  • Basket: E13, E15, E18
  • Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, E13
  • Carrot: YR02, YR04, YR09, YG01, YG05, YG09
  • Lettuce: YG01, YG05, YG09
  • Potato: E01, E11
  • Squash: Y21, Y32
  • Boots and Can: C00, C1, C3, C5

Monday, 9 June 2014

Some more inspiration from Maureen

Hi there The East Wind fans! I hope the weather is improving wherever you are - I'm in not so sunny Scotland and the sunshine is so sporadic, I just wish we could have a few good days together! Not rain and cold one and hot and sunny the next!! hahaha 

Anyway, I have a few cards to show you today that I have created since my last Showroom post!

This first one uses the 'Lucy Loo Close Up' image coloured with my promarkers. The papers, candi and sentiment are Craftwork Cards and the flowers were die cut using the XCut Petal Posy dies. This card was for my friend Susanne's birthday a few weeks back, I'm hoping she liked it!

This next card was for the new release of Lucy Loo 'Lucy Longstocking' a few weeks ago. Again she is coloured with promarkers in very typical Maureen Halloween colours! I have tried not to make her too Halloweeny with a fun sentiment printed from my computer. The image is mounted on a Spellbinders Fluer de Lis square and the papers are from My Mind's Eye and Echo Park.

Aurora Gardening is the 'freebie' image for June if you are a subscriber to the newsletter at The East Wind. If you dont subscribe yet, pop over and do so - you wont regret it! Challenge #8 is an Embossing challenge and I have used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the pearlescent card and a Joy Crafts banner die with embossing for the sentiment. As per usual, I have coloured her with promarkers and highlighted the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

This final project was a wall hanging for my daughter's friend's birthday. She was 7 yesterday and the cards her mum asked me to make were black/purple/gothy looking so I thought that my gift to her would match! I have used the Lucy Loo 'Braided Side' image and kept her skin pale and hair purple as is my favourite for Lucy! The papers are from Kaisercraft and the web corners are a Cheery Lynn die. Emma's name has been stamped using a set from Clarity Stamps and the whole thing covered in Sparkle Mod Podge.

I have several more projects to show you, maybe I'll try and get back before my next scheduled post on the 22nd! I hope you've enjoyed these, you can get more info on each of them from my blog here

Thanks for looking!
Mo xxx

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Believe in Tomorrow ~ Aurora Gardening

Hi everyone! I'm delighted to share the tag I created for the current challenge at The East Wind. The theme is Embossing ~ Wet or Dry and the entire DT played with the new image, Aurora Gardening, which is the freebie in this month's newsletter for those who subscribe. I won't go into all of the details of how I created the background because you can get all of that on my personal blog post.

What I do want to talk about is a quick little lesson on creating flow in a project, regardless of what form the art takes. Flow is what helps a viewer's eye move through the piece so that the entire project can be read as one before someone zooms in on specific details. It prevents the person from getting stuck in one place on the composition. I want to highlight a couple of ways that I used flow on this tag.

By repeating the colours on the ribbons and layered flowers as well as repeating the round shape of the navy blue buttons, I have encouraged the eye to move from the top of the tag through it to the bottom. The eye looks for similarities within the design so it automatically moves from one to the other. The bits of orange, yellow, and blue in the image create repetition. Had I left the bottom flower off, though, the eye would have become stuck on the image and missed the rest of the tag and sentiment. Repeating those colours within the sentiment has the same effect.

Another tip I wanted to point out is that the butterfly brings a little of that brown colour from the bottom half of the background to the very top, again creating repetition and flow. The eye naturally moves around the tag to find similarities.

The last little thing I wanted to point out is the visual triangle I created with my colouring of the image. The three pops of orange from her hair ornament to the watering can to the carrot create a triangle which moves the eye around the image so that you don't miss a single detail.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope that I gave you a couple of things to think about when you are considering why a design is working...or not. Sometimes the addition of a little detail helps the flow and changes the feel of the entire design.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Aurora Gardening, great new freebie at THE EAST WIND

So Glad spring is here and we can garden again. We love to grow our own produce and eat it super fresh. So of course I was thrilled when Kyra drew this awesome image. And it can be yours if you sign up HERE to have the Monthly freebie sent to you. What's to lose? This is an amazing offer!! And then you can enter the challenge this time which is EMBOSSING, wet or dry, we don't mind, or even both! RECIPE Image from THE EAST WIND called Aurora Gardening, coloured with Copics and a white gel pen DP by DO Embossed card Craftwork Safmat greeting Button and twine from stash