Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas one and all !

Thanks for supporting me and the Funky Hand team over 2013.  I hope you all have a wonderful, magical Christmas.

Anice xx

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Layering a Funky Hand digital stamp

Welcome to you all! 

Today I thought that I would share a bit more information about my idea for layering one of the Georgie digital stamps 'Georgie Angel' that I posted about over on the Funky Hand Design Team Blog. Get Funky & Craft.  For this creation I messed around with the stamp and created a GSD to cut out the image with my cutting machine.  You don't have to have a cutting machine.  You could just print out the digital stamp image four times and just cut the parts that you want to layer out.

Please remember: Not all digital stamp designers would be happy with you doing this sort of thing so you must remember to check all terms and conditions linked with each stamp.  If it is not mentioned there, it doesn't mean it's OK to do.  Always ask.

OK, here is what I started out with for this project,

As you can see I decided that I wanted to layer her face, the upper part of her body and her hands holding the heart.

I coloured the images in with Promarkers before I cut them out.  Colouring small parts of images when they are already cut out is really hard in my opinion but if you prefer to cut out first please go ahead.

Sorry, that was the perfect opportunity to show off my Promarker collection to you. To say I'm a bit obsessed with them is a little bit of an understatement! I have to admit Ian was a little shocked when he saw them all out on the table.  He says he didn't know I had so many.  I told him I'd had them all ages (wink)

Before I go on, if you have some Promarkers you might like to grab this really helpful free download from Sarah Hurley.

It's a  layout of all the names of the currently available Promarkers (including Limited Editions) with circles to add the pen colour to. Print the download onto the same paper/card that you use for colouring your digital stamps and colour in each of your markers. It will then give you a true coloured effect.  Sarah has laid them out in a really helpful order.  Grab the free download from her website  http://www.sarahhurleydesigns.co.uk/oldshop/prod_2834920-Promarker-Colour-Charts-Updated-for-Winter-2013.html  Please don't just share this freebie with your friends send them over to Sarahs website to grab their own copy. 

OK, lets get colouring in Georgie.  I started with her skin and then her hair..

For her skin I used these Promarker colours: Almond, Blush and Dusky Pink.  It actually looks very pale on this picture but it doesn't look so pale in reality.  For her hair I went for a deep brown/auburn. The colours I used were: Tan, Cinnamon and Coco.  I also added a tiny bit of Henna at the darkest places.

Next up is her Angel outfit.  I saw this collection of Promarkers being used for Blonde hair and I thought it would be a good combination as I wanted it light but not just leave it white.  The colours used are: Ivory, Satin and Almond.  For extra shading I used Vanilla.

Here is Georgie all finished.  I wanted a warmer colour for her wings and ballet shoes so decided on pinks.  The colours used are: Antique Pink, Dusky Rose and Budding Rose.  Finally the heart, I wanted a nice vibrant red colour so I used Red Sweater and Ruby.

I decided to colour in each layer of the image as I wanted no white bits showing under the layered stamp, but also, because it was an opportunity to practice the colouring, as the lower levels of the face, upper body and heart wouldn't be in clear view!

 Finally here's the finished card I made and a closer look at the layering..

I used 1mm foam pads to layer the head and upper body and 3mm foam pads for the heart.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

If you have purchased the (or are thinking about it) Georgie Angel digital stamp and would like the GSD I used in this post, send me a message through the Funky Hand website Contact Us page and I will email it to you for free.

All there is left to say is, I hope you all have a very merry Christmas. Just incase I don't get back to post here before the big day.  I'm crossing my fingers that Santa has more Promarkers in his sack for me.  I hope you get all the crafty stash you have asked for.

Speak again very soon.
Anice xx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

A tale of two Christmas cards..

If you read my last blog post, you will know I'm behind with my Christmas card making.  Though to tell you the truth I have the same problem every year!  So, when Ian announced that we needed to send two cards to America 'today' I was reasonably under pressure as he was not aware I hadn't made 'one' yet never mind 'two' to be posted! (I said I was behind..maybe I should have said..hadn't made any!)

So, I decided to make simple, quick cards. Take a look and see what you think.. (Forgive the photographs they really did have to be made and in the post with the glue still wet!)

They are the same, but different!  I used the Doodleword Merry Christmas Digital Stamp, a white textured base card and some wired ribbon.  Due to the time constraints I only used two Promarkers to colour them.  Poppy and Forest Green and left spaces for white.  Even though I was under pressure I couldn't colour them both the same. So, I coloured them the opposite way.

It's actually impressive how different they look just with different ribbon, one being mounted and one unmounted.  I also drew around the letters on the second card with a Promarker (Cool Grey 2) which also gives a different look to the digital stamp.

So, there you are.  My CAS Christmas cards in a hurry.  Are you all ready with your Christmas cards?  Have they been in the post or handed out weeks ago? Or, are you like me, wishing you had kept the promise to yourself after last year that you would make cards all year long so you weren't in this position again?

Good luck with your last minute card making or enjoy your cuppa as you sit back smugly knowing you are all done. Pah!

Speak again very soon,
Anice xx 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Monster Pets are going to get ya!

Here I am again about to apologise for my lack of blogging..I'm so bad that I'm probably speaking to myself right now as everyone has stopped reading!  If you are out there, say hello.  Otherwise I will just chat on to myself!

There was a new set of releases on my website recently that I haven't told you anything about!  I'll start with the digital stamps I think.  These ones are a bit of fun, great for putting on kids cards or adults who are like kids!  They are called Monster Pets.  There's Monster Dog, Monster Rabbit and Monster Cat.  Here's a look at them..

The Monster Cat isn't on a card yet, as you probably guessed by the picture!  I'm still working on that one.  They are so much fun to colour but if you pop over to the website and take a look at the galleries attached to the digital stamps you will see some amazing cards from the design team that have been paper pieced.  Completely amazing.

The other download that is now available is a backing paper collection called Hairy and Scary.  I designed it with these monster images in mind, but you could use it for anything really on its own.  Well, anything where you needed some strong colours and a few 'hairy' papers. Hehe!

Now for a bit of chat I think.  How are you all getting on with making the dreaded Christmas cards?  I imagine you are all organised and have them already written and ready to go..or even gone.  I on the other hand, as usual, haven't even started mine.  Oh the shame!  I am going to make a few hasty ones today as we are meeting up with extended family this evening and I will hand them over as if I'm all organised.  But the rest will need to be fitted in when I can.  It's the same every year, I plan to make them in November and it's gets to December and I haven't even planned what they will look like never mind made any.

Well, I had best get on with the cards I need to make today.  There will be a couple more releases on the website this coming weekend.  I promise that you wont wait weeks to see all about them.

Speak again soon.
Anice xx

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Super cute gift card tutorial

Just a quick bob by today, I didn't want you to miss a wonderful tutorial from one of my Design Team members Tabbatha.  How would you like to know how to create one (or more!) of these?

Then get yourself over to the Funky Hand Design Team blog, Get Funky & Craft.  This is where you will find these gift cards: Get Funky & Craft Gift Cards.  But whilst you are there, I suggest having a look at the other posts on the blog.  There are some amazing tutorials and inspiration posts from the DT.  There is a new post put up there every Wednesday and over each weekend.  May be you should put a note in your diary to visit.  I'm sure you wont be disappointed.

Oh whilst I have you, don't forget about the Funky Hand craft CD giveaway.  All the details are on the post below. CD Giveaway  You can only enter to win the 6 craft CDs of your choice (£71+) until Saturday 16th Nov so you had best get entering.

Before you go though..don't forget to visit the Get Funky & Craft Blog and see Tabbathas gift card tutorial.
Speak again very soon,
Anice xx

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Win SIX Funky Hand craft CDs of your choice.

I'm feeling all generous today so, I thought I would share a competition that is currently running over on the Funky Hand Facebook page here with you.  It's pretty easy to enter, and I think it's a prize worth winning..if I say so myself!

Leave a message in the comments here or pop over to Facebook and leave a message there.  Everyone who comments will get one entry into the draw to win the six Funky Hand CD ROMs of their choice. (All the CDs available are not shown in this picture by the way!)

 If you want an even better chance of winning then just pop to the Funky Hand website www.funkyhand.com and purchase a download from the ever growing collection of ones available.  If you buy a download you will get an extra FIVE entries into the draw.

The six CDs are worth up to £71.94 (depending on which ones are chosen) and the downloads available on the website start from 99p. If you haven't tried downloads before, it might be a good time to try one, you could get a great new backing paper collection or digital stamp (or both!) and, have a better chance of winning all the CDs.

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know about the competition, leave a message here or go over to the Facebook pageYou have until 12 noon Saturday 16th November to join in.

Good luck
Anice xx

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Woohoo! new download releases & a discount code.

Hi everyone,

It's busy day here in the Garden Studio..we have new download collections up on the website.
I'm really excited about them all but especially the new digital stamps 'Georgie'.  She is the first cute girl 'character' I have drawn and I really hope you like her.

Less of my waffle take a look..

She's a bit of a princess which is what inspired me to create the latest backing paper download as well..

Twenty backing papers in pinks, green and cream, perfect for all your 'Little Princess' crafting!  My design team have made some beautiful cards and other creations so don't forget to pop over and take a look at those.

Oh, I said I had a discount for you didn't I.. well I haven't forgotten!  As we are celebrating the new releases you can have a bit of a present!  Use the code below and get 15% off any downloads you purchase from the Funky Hand website between now and Tuesday 12th November (midnight)


I hope you like the new releases and I will speak with you here again very soon,
Anice xx

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

New release peek..

Hi all,

Here I am again offering you my apologies for not posting on this blog often enough.  I only have the excuse that I have been working away on new digital backing paper and stamp releases.  November is my birthday month and I've decided to make it a big release month.  We are starting this weekend and here is a little peek at what will be available on my website www.funkyhand.com .

I'm really pleased to be able to introduce you to my first 'cute' girl digital stamp character Georgie.  I've been very naughty showing you this little peek as this is a card I made for Creative Cardmaking with Your PC magazine. (oops!)  It wont be for sale until December so I'd best not show you any more or I'll have my hand slapped!

I just wanted to give you a little look..and for you to get the feel for the new backing paper collection also being released on Saturday.  Little Princess.  This collection fits perfectly with Georgie as she has turned out to be a bit of a 'Princess' already hehe! It is pinks, greens and creams with cup cakes and crowns.  Along with the usual spots and stripes.

 I'll be back at the weekend to tell you more about the new releases and show you what I have been making with them.

As I've already said November is going to be a big release month for Funky Hand so, look out for more digital stamps and paper packs over the next few weeks.  Oooh  how exciting!!

Speak again very soon,
Anice xx

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Welcome to our new Funkettes

Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone who contacted us to apply to join the Funky Hand Design Team during our recent call.  The standard of applications was very high and it was pretty difficult to decide on who should join our team.  But, finally we did decide, and now I'm pleased to introduce these lovely, and talented, ladies to you..

Please click on their names to visit their personal blogs.

I am really looking forward to working with them and to see the wonderful creations they make using Funky Hand digital products.

Speak again very soon.
Anice xx 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Funky Hand Design Team..

Just a flying post, to let you know that the Design Team call out is closed and I'll be back pretty soon to introduce you do our new Funkettes.

You might even get to see some sneaky peeks of the next new releases as well.
Speak again verysoon
Anice xx

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fancy joining the Funky Hand Design Team?

Well, here is your chance!

We need some new Funkettes to join the gang.  If you love crafting with digital products, have a blog that you post to regularly and fancy joining a really friendly design team then do what it says above.  Send me an email with your blog address and we will take it from there.

Don't be shy, we can't wait to meet you and look at your blog.

Speak again very soon.
Anice xx

Monday, 30 September 2013

How about a hop to see the new 'Boys Will Be Boys' release?

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our New Boys will be Boys release blog hop. My Design Team is so excited about this new download that they have decided that we should have a good old hop to showcase everyone's makes with it and get you all inspired!!

There are fabulous new backing papers and an amazing new Digital stamp character,'Bot',to meet along the way. The papers and Bot are available to buy in the shop ( www.funkyhand.com ) from 9am today  BUT we wanted to invite you on a little hop around to see what the gorgeous Funkettes have been busy making with them and give one lucky person the chance to win the new Boys will be Boys download collection and a Bot digital stamp!!

The hop is starting right here,

 Monday 30th September at 5:00am GMT until 12 midnight GMT Tuesday 1st October
The winnner will be announced at 8am on Wednesday 2nd October.

All you need to do is pop in on all the girls blogs and leave a comment for the chance to win the downloads yourself!! 

Here is a look at a card I created with the new downloads to get the hop started!

 OK, so here's the hop order so if you get lost along the way pop back here for the links!!


Have fun hopping, see you soon!!!!

Anice xx

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Sneak Peek!

My Design Team have been playing around with the new backing paper download and digital stamp, they have been making some fantastic creations that I can't wait to share with you.

I thought I would give you a little sneaky look at what I have created with them before the official blog hop launch next Monday (30th Sept)

Just a little look to wet your appetite!  Come back on Monday to join in with the blog hop and get a better look at the new downloads and have a chance to win them.

See you then.
Anice xx 

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Lets get Hopping !

Welcome to the Funky Hand blog hop to release the new Funky Hand Christmas downloads.

I'm so pleased to be able to tell you about the new downloads for 2013.  But to get us properly started we wanted to have a blog hop around all the Design Team blogs to show you just what you could be creating with these collections. This hop will last from Saturday 7th Sept until Midnight Sunday 8th September.

Here are my cards:

Papers used: Sleigh Ride (Available NOW www.funkyhand.com )
Digital Stamp: Doodlewords Happy Christmas (Available NOW www.funkyhand.com )

Papers used: Silent Night  (Available NOW www.funkyhand.com )
Digital Stamp: Doodlewords Merry Christmas (Available NOW www.funkyhand.com )

OK, what do you need to do?  It's really easy, just hop from one blog post to the next using the links on each post. Visit all the blogs to see great creations made by the Funky Hand Design Team using the new downloads.  As you 'hop' around there will be a letter given to you by each DT member.  Collect these letters and once you have all nine letters, mix them around to make a crafty word (or words 'hint hint') Enter that word into comments on the last blog you visit, which should be the Get Funky & Craft inspiration blog.

Please leave a little comment on each of the blogs that you visit so the girls know that you have been there.

Why should you collect the letters?  Well, there's a prize of a complete collection of one of the new Christmas Downloads available to one lucky winner.  That's a backing paper collection, matching wordbook and all four new Christmas Digital stamps. The prize is worth over £11.00 !

My Letter for you to collect :  G

So, lets get hopping..  go over to see what Allison has for you to see.  Don't worry if you have missed any blogs here's a list of them all..

Get Funky & Craft

Good luck and Happy Hopping !
Anice xx

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Something for Christmas?

I've been naughty over on the Get Funky & Craft blog today and given everyone a little sneak peek of the new Funky Hand Christmas downloads for this year.  They are going to be released at the weekend so I'l be back then and give you all the information about them.

Here's the peek I have shared..

I'll be back on Saturday with a blog hop and details of a fab prize for a lucky hopper.

See you then
Anice xx

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Secret Sale on the Funky Hand website

I thought you might like to know that there is a HUGE SALE going on over on my website. www.funkyhand.com it starts today Saturday 31st August until Monday 2nd September.

But, it's a secret sale.. if you were on the website now you wouldn't know anything about it!  You need to use the code on the image below.

OK, what do you need to do with it?  Go to my the Funky Hand website, put anything that you would like from there, craft download collections, craft CD ROMs, digital stamps, craft stash..infact anything available on the website into your basket. Go to the checkout and then, in the voucher box, add that code and you will get everything for HALF PRICE. Pretty good eh? Don't wait, you might miss out. Once products sell out I'm afraid they are gone!

But as I said it's a secret sale so, this is just between us right?!

Speak again soon
Anice xx 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

How to colour Funky Hand Doodlewords digital stamps

Hi there! Once again it has been too long since I have posted here.  It's for a good reason I promise, I've been working on the Christmas Funky Hand releases which my wonderful Design Team are pretty much finished with so, they will be released very soon.  Look out for some Bloggy fun to celebrate the releases.

On the Get Funky and Craft Blog I posted a technique for matching your Promarker colours to the backing papers you want to use when colouring in the Funky Hand Doodlewords digital stamps.  I thought I would share it here as well incase you had missed it there.

Here are my tips for colouring in Funky Hand Doodlewords digital stamps.  Obviously this is my own idea for matching up the colours. If you have any other tips please add them in the comment section, I'd love to hear more ideas.

Ok, so first off you need to decide which Doodlewords Digital stamp you want to colour, there are quite a few now and very soon there will be Christmas themed ones.  Then, you need to decide on your Funky Hand backing paper collection.  I've chosen the Thank You Doodleword digital stamp and the backing paper is from the Spring Has Sprung download.

When I design all the backing papers for Funky Hand, whether they are on downloadable collections or on the craft CD ROMs, I always use FIVE different colours.  Each backing paper pattern may not have all the colours on but they are all made up of the same five colours.  That's why it is easy to mix and match the backing papers in a collection together.  Anyway, there is pretty much always a striped paper and when colouring your Doodleword digital stamps to match with a collection this is where you will find all the colours in that collection laid out nicely. 

So, print off the striped paper from the collection and the digital stamp. I have printed my digital stamp onto Neenah Classic Crest card which is great for using Promarkers on as they blend well on it. The backing paper I printed onto white card. This is where the fun starts, matching the colours.  I have used Promarkers but the same technique will work for any pens you want to use.

The image above is the striped backing paper on the white card underneath some scrap Neenah Classic Crest card, the same as I have printed my digital stamp onto.  It's important to use the same product that you have printed your stamp on to or the colours wont come out the same when you colour the stamp.  Now start testing the Promarkers you have against the backing paper collection colours.  As you can see it took me a few goes with different pens until I found the match I was happy with.  Something I have learned is that you should allow the ink you have matched to dry for a few seconds as the colour changes and many times I have tried a pen colour, thought it was too dark and put it away only to discover it was perfect and I couldn't remember which one it was!

I decided on my five colours for this digital stamp..

They are, Tropical Orchid (Special Edition), Powder Blue, Pink Carnation, Eggnog and Leaf Green.  I've told you what colours I decided on just for interest.  These ones are possibly not what you would choose using the same backing paper download collection.  The reasons for that are, what paper or card you print your backing papers onto which will have an effect on the colours that you will see.  It also depends on the printer you are using if it's an Inkjet or Laser.  How much ink is in your printer? If even one colour is low that can have an effect on the colours that you get when you print out the digital backing paper. So, don't just follow what I have said, test it out for yourself.

So, Promarker colours are chosen, now you need to think about how you want to colour the letters in the Doodlewords digital stamp. The images are quite whimsical so you can mix all the colours together on one letter like this..

Or perhaps you would prefer to only use two colours like this..

The colouring is completely up to you.  These stamps are great for newer colourers, like me, as they are pretty easy to colour but you can get a really great effect. Which makes the colouring more fun when you start out as you actually want to use what you have coloured on your card creations.

Here is the Thank You Doodlewords digital stamp completed, layered over the striped backing paper...

I think it has matched the backing paper pretty well, what do you think?

OK, so there you are my tips for colouring Doodlewords digital stamps.  I hope you found them helpful.  As I said at the beginning of this post the new Christmas downloads will be released pretty soon and they include three Christmas themed Doodlewords digital stamps.  I've had fun using this technique matching up the colours from the new backing paper collections.  As it's Christmas maybe I will use those Metallic markers as well.  We shall see.

Thanks for visiting, speak again soon
Anice xx 

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Welcome to a new Funky Hand Design Team Member

I'm so pleased to tell you about the brand new member of the Funky Hand Design Team:

Welcome to Tabbatha Sandoval.

Tabbatha is a wonderful crafter and we are looking forward to her bringing us some fantastic creations. 
To get us started she has created a great card using the I Love You Sew download and the Hug In A Mug digital stamp.

If you would like to see other things that Tabbatha has created and find more about her, visit her amazing blog The Zadis Project.  I promise you, you'll be hooked!

Well, that's my good news for today. Don't forget to pop over to the Funky Hand Facebook Page to see daily updates. Also, there are competitions every now and again, don't miss out!

I'll speak to you again very soon.
Anice xx

Monday, 24 June 2013

Creative Stamping - Card Four (last but not least!)

Hello to you all.  I hope you have been enjoying getting a look at the cards that I made for a piece in the latest issue of Creative Stamping.  This is the last card that I made so you can all sigh with relief that it's over. Until one of the other two mags Funky Hand are included in this month is released hehe!

OK, so this is the final card..

The backing papers on this card are from my craft CD Dreams Come True and the digital stamp is one of my latest releases Doodlewords - Happy Birthday.  When I created this card and sent it into the magazine for them to photograph.I hadn't even released this digital stamp so I took a big chance incase all the stamps in the collection weren't finished and available on the website.  Thankfully they were and you will find everything you need to create a card like this on www.funkyhand.com

I thought I would leave you with a close up of the Happy Birthday stamp.  I'm really pleased with all the Doodlewords digital stamps, and there will be more soon. They are so simple to colour for beginners, like me, and offer lots of options for blending and shading for more experienced colourers.

OK, that's it for me today until the next time we speak enjoy your crafting and take care.
Anice xx

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Creative Stamping - Card Three

Hello and here I am again with a card that I made for inclusion in the latest issue of Creative Stamping Magazine.  Don't worry I only made four cards so there will be only one more post about this! 

I wont mess about today, here is the third card that I created..

This card is one of my favourite cards that I have made in a while.  The backing papers are from the Funky Hand download Steam Funk.  The digital stamp is Flower Cake. I had fun making this, I love the colour red so using a red base card was a great way to start the red theme on this card.

So, another short blog post to share a card with you from this magazine, just one more left to go. Speak again very soon.
Anice xx

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Creative Stamping - Card Two..

Here I am again to share another card that I created for this months Creative Stamping Magazine.  The magazine is available now, it has loads of great stuff in it, not just Funky Hand. There's colouring techniques from Sandra Wright of the House of Zandra, she's a really lovely lady and a very talented designer. I met her and we had a nice chat at a local craft show up here in Newcastle last year.

Anyway, less of my musings about people I have met! Lets see the next card I made...

This card has some handmade flowers on that if you know anything about me, was a big deal in itself!  I don't do much in the way of handmade embelishments.  I have alot of trouble making them because of my right hand being a bit funny and also I'm pretty lazy!! So, just stop and look at the picture and be amazed..it will be a while before you see anything like this again on one of my cards!

The backing papers on this card are from a Funky Hand CD ROM Colour Me Happy. The digital stamp is from the Where The Faeries Live set , it's No.1 Tree Stump Lane.  The CD and the digital stamp are available on my website www.funkyhand.com

OK, that's it for today. Speak to you again with another card soon.
Anice xx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Creative Stamping Mag - Card One!

It's always really nice to be approached by a craft magazine to use your products and create some inspiration cards for them. This month sees Funky Hand in three different magazines!  Of course I wont show you the cards until the mag has been released. So, over the next few posts I will show you the cards I created for Creative Stamping that was launched last weekend.  I'm not going to go into loads of detail about how I made them..that's in the magazine.  I just want to show them to you.

OK first up a sort of gift card, if the person your sending it to likes tea of course...

This card was created using a backing paper from one of my older download collections Minty Madness.  It's always been a favourite of mine.  The digital stamp is one of the I'm A Mug For You collections     You're My Cup Of Tea.  You'll find both of those downloads on the Funky Hand Website www.funkyhand.com

The tea bag is from my Earl Grey collection so you will not be able to download that..you'll need to get that from the supermarket!

Well, that the first of the magazine cards.  I'll be back soon with another one!
Anice xx 

This card is really easy, quick and fun to make.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Fathers Day. Same card two different looks.

It's Fathers Day so best wishes to all the Dads out there.  I made my cards a bit late I'm ashamed to say.  So, my Dad will see his card here before he actually receives it.  Sorry Dad.

I thought I would make the same basic card for both my Dad and Ian's Dad but use different papers and colour the digital stamp to match those colours.  It's actually really surprising how different they look.

First up is Ian's Dads card.  I used the newly released Thank You Doodlewords digital stamp and papers from my craft CD Wishes and Kisses, In Sympathy collection

Sorry about the rather poor images, the light was pretty bad here yesterday. But you'll get the idea!  I matched the colours that I used to colour the digital stamp to the spotty backing paper.

I used Letraset Promarkers to colour the image. Here are the colours I used, Morning Mist, Slate, Caramel, Black & March Hare to outline the whole image.  The Doodlewords digital stamps are really easy to colour so great if you need something quickly or are a beginner with colouring.

When I made the other card I followed the general design of the first card and used the same Thank You digital stamp but this time used backing papers from my craft CD Colour Me Happy, Pleased to see Ya Collection.

Once again I used the spotty paper to match the colours as closely as possible when colouring the digital stamp.

The Promarkers I used this time were, Satin, Green Shoot, Budding Rose, Plum Preserve and Fresh Meadow to outline the image.

So, if you need to make more than one card for the same occasion and you have left it pretty late like I did! Using the same basic design but changing the backing papers can make two or more pretty different cards.

Funky Hand is flooding craft magazines this month with three different collections of cards in three different  magazines.  I'll be back to show you some of the cards that are in the magazines once they are in the shops.

So, I'll speak to you again very soon.
Anice xx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Spring Wedding Scrap Page

When I was working on the new Wedding Downloads that I have just released I decided that I could make up a simple digital scrap page with a picture from my friends Andy and Vics wedding from last Summer.

I actually used the Spring Wedding Collection as that had colours that matched the image better.  The photograph was coloured but I decided I wanted it black and white and then to pick out the colour of Vics hair and bouquet in the picture.

See what you think..

It's a very simple digital scrap page but I wanted to show off the Spring Wedding backing papers and the Alphabet that matches.  You can purchase then from my website www.funkyhand.com now.  You can download the backing papers and the alphabets (png files) separately or get them in a combined collection for a good price. You should take a look at the galleries of cards for all the new Wedding collections, my Design Team girls have made some amazing cards.

Anyway, I had best get back to work.  If you can believe it I've started on Christmas products. It's early I know and it's pretty hard to be inspired when the weather has been so good but loads of crafters start really early with their Christmas cards I need to have some downloads and digital stamps available to tempt them! 

I have to admit to being a last minute Christmas card maker.  When do you get started?  I'd love to hear what you have planned for Christmas cards or have you already got them started or even finished?!

Speak soon
Anice xx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

New digital stamp -Happy Birthday

Well, what excuse do I have for not posting here for over a month?  I've been working on new Wedding themed paper and alphabet downloads and some new digital stamps.  Is that a good enough excuse?  I don't think so really but it's the only one I have!

Anyway less of my excuses and lets move onto the card I made for Ians Dads birthday recently...

I was quite pleased with this card for a man.  The base card is black so I didn't need to have to think about having a lower layer of paper.  The squares of patterned paper are from the Funky Hand CD Colour Me Happy, the Jovial Man collection.  Then I topped it with one of my new digital stamps Doodlewords.  This one is of course called Happy Birthday!

Here's a closer look..

These digital stamps are perfect for matching the colours of the backing papers that you choose for your card.  That's what I did and it worked great.  I am not a wonderfully experienced colourer, I'm still practising and learning so I thought about other people like me when designing this collection of stamps.  They are really easy to colour in and they are fun and funky toppers.  There are more than just a Happy Birthday digital stamp, there is also: New Home, Hello, Mr & Mrs, You're Having A Baby & Thank You.  You can find them all on the Funky Hand website.As usual there are some fantastic samples from my Design Team members so you can get some inspiration for what you can use them for. Take a look at all the galleries. There will be somemore Doodleword digital stamps pretty soon, I'm looking at them on my desk at this moment!

I've also been working on a couple of magazine spreads.  I can't show them to you yet as the magazines are not released for sale until later in the month.  But keep your eyes out for Creative Card Making, Creative Stamping and Complete Cardmaking with your PC. Lou from my Design Team created the cards for the last magazine and there are some great freebies on the CD ROM that comes free with that magazine. Perfect for all you digital crafters.
I'll be back later in the month to show you those card images, hopefully I'll be back to talk to you before then though!OK enough from me, get back to whatever you need to be up to. I hope it's bit of crafting.

Speak again very soon.
Anice xx


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