All Dressed Up New Release

It is launch time at All Dressed Up, and we have four fantastic images for you for this months launch.
Just Married
Mirror Mirror
My Little Flowergirl
To Have & To Hold 
How great are they ? to purchase any of the images please head on over to the Shop.
For my design team card for the launch I have used To Have & To Hold

I have coloured the image using my Spectrum Noirs (list is below), my friend got married in pink and blue and is was so beautiful so i decided to go with them colours here…of course i had to sneak in some frantage and cheesecloth 🙂 The ribbon was plain white seam binding that i coloured with my Spectrum Noirs so they matched the pink used in the card. I really do love this image.

I also frantaged the main rose, I added some Distress ink and then straight away sprinkled some frantage on and heated from a distance.

And here is a slight side view, I wanted to go a vintagey feel to this card….well it wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t something vintage there would it 🙂 

Don’t forget our current  challenge theme is It’s a guy thing. A couple of images would be perfect for the challenge theme, plus you are in with a chance of winning 3 images of your choice !
Also don’t forget to stop by our Facebook Group to share your All Dressed Up creations & chat to fellow crafters.
Also keep an eye out for more inspiration from the rest of The Dressy Girls throughout the month.

Items used:
To have and to hold Image
Crafter’s Companion Neenah Card in White & Desert Storm
Spectrum Noirs-
GB9,GB8,EB1, FS4,FS3,TN1,TN2,TN3,CR3,IG4,IG5,IG6,IG8,IG9, TB4,TB2,TB1, PP4,PP3,PP1
Prima Fairy Belle paper pad
Cheesecloth, Flowers, Frantage, Seam Binding all from my stash

Happy Crafting 🙂 x

All Dressed Up New Release time

Hello Lovelies, it is a new month which means…
It is launch time at All Dressed Up, and we have four fantastic images for you for this months launch.
Easter Bunny
Just So Cool
Little Flower Girl 
On My Farm
How great are they ? to purchase any of the images please head on over to the Shop.
For my design team card for the launch I have used
Easter Bunny 
I’m not normally an easter card person, but have to say i love this bunny, it was a joy to colour too. I have coloured her with my Spectrum Noirs (list is below), my original plan was a nice CAS card, but i somehow ended up with this ! funny how that happens with crafting sometimes. 
Don’t forget our current challenge theme is Monochrome, these images would be perfect for the challenge theme, plus you are in with a chance of winning 3 images of your choice !
Also don’t forget to stop by our Facebook Group to share your All Dressed Up creations & chat to fellow crafters.
Also keep an eye out for more inspiration from the rest of The Dressy Girls throughout the month. 
Items used:
Easter Bunny Digital Stamp
Spectrum Noir pens-LG1,2,3,4
PP1,3,5
IG1,4,5
BG1 & 3
CR2,3,4
LV1 & 2
Spectrum Noir Pencils used – 1,4,7,56,58,112,117,119
Papers are a Free Download from Crafters Companion
Distress inks 
Doily, Ribbon, trims, buttons, pearls all from my stash. 

All Dressed Up Challenge #11 Use a button

Hello lovelies It is new challenge time at All Dressed Up.
Our theme for this challenge is Use a Button
here is my design team card for this challenge….


I have used All Wrapped Up image and also the fantastic 

I have coloured her using my Spectrum Noir pens and added some Cheesecloth and flowers, the sparkly flowers are actually buttons, i finished it off with some frantage. 



This challenge will run until Midnight 1st April

Head on over to All Dressed up blog to check out the rest of the teams creations, and why not enter the challenge whilst you are there.
 **Please note** 
To enter our challenges you MUST use an All Dressed Up Image or paper.

Don’t forget to stop by our Facebook Group to keep up to date with all the latest All Dressed Up news, and chat to fellow crafters. 

Spectrum Noir Hair & Skin chart and tutorial

Afternoon everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely day ? 
I recently received a lovely email asking me if I would mind going through a basic Skin & Hair tutorial for Spectrum Noir pens, so here it is 🙂 
Before i get started I just wanted to give anyone starting out with Alcohol markers some tips 
  • Use a decent card/paper…i cannot emphasis this enough, if you try to use copy paper or an uncoated paper you will end up with lots of bleeding…and well… a general mess! I use Crafters Companion Neenah card and it works perfectly for me. 
  • Always keep a scrap piece of your marker card next to you, I use this to test out colour combos, it saves wasting an image. 
  • Work in good lighting, I use a Daylight lamp and it really does make a difference. Not only will it show your colours “true” but I have also found that I no longer get headaches ! 
  • Practice really does make perfect, don’t be scared to play around with colours and techniques…but learn the basics first. 
I think one of the most common questions with regards to alcohol markers is what colours do I use for Skin Tones & Hair? The possibilities really are endless, but start simple and then once you have more confidence move onto your harder and more dramatic colours. 
Here is my basic skin combo which works well with most hair colours. 
With regards to everything but hair I ALWAYS lay a rough layer of the lightest colour, this does not have to be even, at the moment it acts just as a base. I have laid down a base of FS5.
Then whilst your base layer is still wet go in and add your darkest colour..in this case FS9, think about where the darkest area will be, because of the sweep of the hair there would be a shadow, so I have added mine there. 
Now take your medium colour FS4, what you need to do is blend the area between the light and dark, so work in tiny circles (or some people find it easier to use a gentle flicking motion) work along the edge where the dark meets the light colour. Now i bet you are thinking “this doesn’t look right”…DON’T PANIC. 
Take your lightest colour again and repeat the previous blending, but this time blend the medium colour into the lightest colour. 
I now go back in whilst he layers are still damp and add my cheek colour (FS8 in this case), and I also add a shadow line. 

Now if you are feeling confident and own the fab new Spectrum Noir pencils you can add even more depth by taking 119 and taking it along where you want your shadow area, I then go in and blend with 117 & 112. 
And there is your basic skin tone. 
Now onto a nice easy hair combo. Now with hair I work in a different way, because hair has texture and i like it look like it has different strands and colours. Also with hair I tend to only do one area at a time….if there is a lot of hair with different layers I tend to break it down into 4-6 areas, but with this image two is fine. 
So i always start with my darkest colour first (TN2)….with hair I tend to hold the tip near the darkest area and flick out towards the lightest area. 
Then take your medium colour (EB1) and flick over the top of the dark colours, but this time you want to do longer flicks so they go more into the lighter area. 
Now take your lightest colour and colour all your white area going lightly over the already coloured areas. 
I then go back in with my darkest colours and repeat the first 2 steps. 
Repeat the process on the rest of the hair, and there you have a nice simple hair combo. 

I hope you have enjoyed me sharing this with you, I will be back tomorrow with a more advanced hair technique where I will show you how to achieve a nice hair combo using Tip to Tip technique. 
I have also done a colour reference chart below showing some of my most used Skin and Hair colours, please feel free to pin it, but please note it is for reference only and not to be used for anything else. 
Thank you to Wendy at All Dressed up for allowing me to use one of her images from her Digital Image Three Little Party Girls

Happy Crafting 

New image launch at All Dressed Up.


It is launch time at All Dressed Up, and we have four fantastic images for you for this months launch.


Happiness



Love to Dance



Purrrfect Together



Rock my world


How great are they ? to purchase any of the images please head on over to the Shop.

For my design team card I have used Happiness. 
I went for a vintage/grunge feel for this card, I printed onto Kraft card and then coloured the heart with my Spectrum Noirs, I then sprinkled over some Ruby red Slippers.
I used my Dylusions to flick some colour across and stamped using a Script Stamp.
I added some cheesecloth & Stitched around the edges and mounted it onto a card blank.




This shows the Ruby red Slippers., and shows where I randomly sprinkled some around the card. 


Don’t forget our current challenge theme is love is in the air ..these images would be perfect for the challenge theme, plus you are in with a chance of winning 3 images of your choice !

Also don’t forget to stop by our Facebook Group to share your All Dressed Up creations & chat to fellow crafters.

Also keep an eye out for more inspiration from the rest of The Dressy Girls throughout the month.