Sunday 2 October 2011

Color Me Creative & help from a fluffy friend!

Hi everyone

I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine, it seems mad that it’s so hot out there when it’s October!  Not that I’m complaining, it’s beautiful.

Today I have a card to share with you for Color Me Creative using a distressing technique.  Your card for the challenge needs to be coloured in a distressed, vintage, primitive, shabby-chic manner!
CMC 911-3
This technique is intended to replicate the look of distressed inks using Copics.  It’s also aimed at a higher level than I’m at so it took me a while to to practice and then to stop procrastinating and just get it finished, but then just as I was ready my daughter and I both fell ill!  She’s still got the nausea, I got the flu-type symptoms, so between us Ian has had his work cut out looking after two princesses lol.

I kind of ‘cheated’ because I used the same Magnolia image that Suzanne used in her video in Class 4 so I could see exactly how to colour her, but then in my defence it is a jump up of two classes where I’m only on class 2 lol and I didn't feel so hot.  I’m really quite pleased with how she’s come out, it was fun trying something completely different.  I love the effect that adding W1 & W3 can have to a picture where it ages it.

If you look closely at my background you will see some green markings.

These were made with a little help from a fluffy friend!  I made the mistake of dozing off on the sofa and leaving my half finished picture next to me. 


My little fluffball, Lulu, decided to stomp all over it after Ian had been cutting the lawn!!  So while it looks like distress ink it is in fact grass stained paw prints, you should try this technique sometime, I’d highly recommend it lol.  Recreating it might be a tad tricky, and I had to hand it to her she did completely avoid the main image which was helpful otherwise there would have been more than feathers flying in this house!! Actually some of the edging is distress ink, I used two colours to age it, but I was heavily influenced in my choice of colours thanks to Lulu!

My background papers were aged using a sanding block.  I added lace to the middle layer before attaching the main panel, each layer is pop dotted for dimension.  The main panel was hand torn and then the edges inked. To finish off the card I tied on a little die cut tag with some twine to continue the natural look.

I hope you like it, I don’t normally play with Tilda images, so this is a first for me.  How lucky was I that I got a Tilda that I could colour along with Suzanne on her video!  This made this poorly girl very happy!

My card was made using this sketch from Papertake Weekly Challenge.

Pop on over and see what the other girls have created..

Charlene Randall Brook Guinn
Anary Baumgarth Melanie LaBelle
Marie Gamber Pat St. Martin
Jenn Cochran Michele Spera
Sandie Dunne

and before I go I have some fun design team news to share with you!!!  We have some new girls joining our the CMC team, they are all so lovely.  So without further ado, let us welcome the following girls;

Andi Murdock Hazel Parr
Shelby Goolsby Suzanne Foard (Suzy Q)
Steph Lee Dana Joy
Renkata Pacheva
I am really enjoying Suzanne’s online classes, there are so many fun techniques to learn.  In class 2 my next lesson is all about colouring wood which sounds fun.  If anyone has any good wood images they can recommend let me know, my supplies seem quite limited in that area!

What I really enjoy about the classes is that Suzanne passes on her art knowledge too, so you don’t just learn about colouring but you learn how to look at objects in a different way, she teaches you about folds of material and looking at different shapes etc. 

Hope you play along with us for our latest challenge, there's prizes up for grabs too so pop on over and see what you could win.

Have a great afternoon/evening.

CMC 911-3CP


  1. Such a great card Ruby! I love how you designed it and the colors are FAB. And that is such a cute Tilda - I love how she is such a jack of all trades!

  2. Oh what a fabulous card! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us for our Birthday Celebration Blog Hop!!
    hugs, Sharon

  3. This is gorgeous Ruby, your colouring is fantastic! I love that tiny tag and background papers too xx


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