All caught up

Miracles do happen. I have just scheduled the last of my catch-up card blog posts.

Yes, it’s true! I have finally written up all the cards I’ve made, every single one that had been sitting on my desk just waiting to be put up on the blog. All the cards I made during the Daily Marker colouring challenges. All the cards I made during my brief blitz on my PHD (projects half done) box. And the others that I just didn’t get around to blogging. There are quite a few of them, but I’ve scheduled them to go up every three days so hopefully you won’t get too bored…

Luckily I always write down the supplies I use as I go along — I have a notebook specifically for that purpose — and if I don’t take pictures of a card as soon as it’s finished, then I’ll do it once I have a couple that need photographing. So it has “just” been a case of putting it all together with a few words and scheduling it on the blog.

I’m not kidding myself that I won’t get behind again, but it feels so good to have an empty drafts folder.

Well, there is the napkin-fold card, but I haven’t decided if that’s one hundred percent finished yet. I made it just to try the technique, but then my other half assumed it was for a particular friend of ours so I’m leaving it on one side to see if it needs anything else doing to it…

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How to colour like me

Every now and again I’ll see someone saying that they wish they could colour like someone else. There were even a couple of people said similar things to me in the comments on my Daily Marker blog hop post the other day. I’ve said it myself enough times; looked at other people’s art and despaired at ever being that good.

To the people who wish they could create something like my rainbow hair card: if you can colour at all, you can, with a bit of practise, colour like that. I started making cards less than three years ago and I made my first card with Copics just over two years ago. I am not an artist, other than some computer-based bits I hadn’t done much of anything creative since I was at school (which was quite a while ago), and I most definitely have not been practising every night.

This post is my advice for anyone who wants to improve their colouring.

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Wow!

Obviously I knew that taking part in the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge blog hop yesterday would mean that people would actually be visiting my blog — I originally started it just so I could keep track of the cards I was making — but I really wasn’t prepared for the number of comments… And yes, there are prizes at stake so that does encourage people to comment, but even so… the comments are still coming in and I am truly overwhelmed by them.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to leave their thoughts.

This is really hard to say out loud — I am very English — but… Yes, the card is awesome, thank you for recognising that 🙂 I would normally be all self-effacing, but seriously, I put a lot of work into that card and I’m not going to try and be coy and pretend that I am not massively happy with how it turned out…

 

Get your markers ready…

The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge is back. Or at least it will be soon. Kathy Racoosin has just announced that the next challenge starts on November 1st and continues for the whole of the month, which is conveniently thirty days long making it near impossible to lose track of how far through the challenge we are (unlike the last one which started on the 5th and made me do mental arithmetic for a month).

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Bad blogger

So. I have, for one reason or another, been a rubbish blogger this year. I created this blog so that I would have a record of the cards I make and I just haven’t managed to do that over the last few months; I’ve got a few cards fully written up and posted, but there’s a bunch more that just haven’t been done 😦 I have photos of them and I have supplies lists, but the process bits just never got written.

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Personal favourites of 2015

Seeing the most-liked cards on Instagram made me think about which cards I would put on my own personal favourites from the last year.

This was hard. I could have easily picked more — there are two or three other Christmas cards that are definitely good enough to be on here and several others from earlier in the year that I struggled to leave off. But I wanted it to be representative of the work I’ve done this year and each one of these cards makes the cut for more than just being a finished card that I like the look of; they are all cards where I’ve tried something different, learned a new technique, or solved a problem and been really pleased with the result.