Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Teddy Bo’s come out to play... :)

Hey Bloggers!! :)


I have a quick share for you today and it's my first card featuring the lovely Teddy Bo :) I've been having probs with using digis for a while as my printer ink suddenly started smearing when I tried to colour- think they must've changed the ink formulation as I was still using the same card and PMs as had always worked in the past... grr!! Anyway, after some very lovely people answered my plea for advice, I tried some different cardstock- something I've been meaning to do to see if it helped with my colouring anyway- and it's all good again... so I've been buying up digis I've had my eye on for ages but not bothered with 'cause of the printer... and one of them was this cutie, which I printed off, coloured and got made up into a card in less than an hour last night... you know now it’s gonna be CAS, right!?!lol :)




The theme over at the Teddy Bo & Co. Challenge this time is, of course, CAS, which is right up my street and I always think these images suit the style so well... so I thought I'd have a go :) I designed the whole panel in my graphics program, adding the frame and greeting to the image- I erased the white edges of the image around Bo where he was overlapping the frame.




I coloured in PMs and was very brave in trying to colour him brown... blending browns is something I've always been terrible at from my first attempts with PMs over 18 months ago, every time I think I've got better with blending generally and I'll try again, it still looks awful... which is why I usually take the easy way out and make my bears grey!!lol Now, I think there's still huge room for improvement but, given all the above and that it's my first try with a Teddy Bo, I think he's come out quite well... well enough that I'm prepared to share and actually make my image into a card at least!!lol


{{ Now I’ve actually remembered that to post a card I need to have taken and edited pics of it- seriously nearly had this ready to hit publish before I thought of that earlier... will teach me to get carried away writing the post on my phone before lunchtime, which is the absolute earliest my M.E.-addled brain will function!! :S – I must add that the tidemarks from the Sandstone PM- always my biggest issue with blending browns but I love the tone it gives!!- don’t look nearly so obvious irl as on these pics!! ;S }}




The List:

  • 6"x6 Sq. white base card
  • White blending card
  • Teddy Bo digi image - No. 049, Just For You
  • ProMarkers and FlexMarkers: Bo's fur- Pastel Beige, Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa; jumper and hat band- Khaki, Pear Green, Moss, Caramel; hat- Khaki, Caramel; flower- Antique White (FM), Pale Blossom (FM), Blossom, Soft Mauve (FM), between lines in frame- Blossom 
  • Crystal Stickles and Clear Stardust pen
  • Pale Purple flat-backed pearls
  • Fonts for sentiment: Andalus, Blackjack



I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: Teddy Bo & Co. - CAS :) ; OSCC - No Designer Papers :) ; Paper Sundaes - Sundae Bar ('sparkle' on my 'flower' which is part of the image if that's okay?!) :)


So, thanks for stopping by today... I hope you like my little creation!! :) I have pile of digis printed off to play with now that I can finally use them again and I'm having so much fun working on my colouring with them- and now I know I can colour these gorgeous bears passably I'm certain my collection of TBs will be growing soon!!lol :) :) I also have another card inspired by several challenges that I hope I'll be able to get posted in time... I'm feeling really inspired at the mo', which is so lovely... just need more energy and a little less pain so my body has half a chance of keeping up with my mind for creating and posting it all!!lol Anyway, hope you're all well and having a good week so far... and not getting to wet or blown about as we are here, though the sun's actually shining right now (as I wrote this earlier- it's now blowing a gale again!!lol) even if it is still so cold!! :)



23 comments:

Katina said...

Hi Rachel, this is a stunning card!! Your colouring looks absolutely fab!! I know what you mean about colouring in browns as I have the same problem, but you've done a brilliant job here. Strangely, I put a new black ink cartridge in today and it was smearing - I've not had that problem before either.
xx

Sandra said...

This is a lovely image and your card is beautiful too!:) Sandra H

Aunty Sue said...

oh wow how stunning is this

Maritha said...

Stunning card dear!! I had to read 2 times...PMs(thought it was something else you meant)...I'm Swedish, it is my only excuse! *LOL*

Anyway..Thanks for playing along at the TeddyBo challange!!
Hugs Maritha

Vicky said...

He is so cute Rachel....and I so love your colouring too hun....

big hugs Vicky xx

gina g said...

Oh now this is gorgeous i love it. Thanks for joining us at One Stop Crafts this week and good luck. luv gina xx

Rosietoes said...

Stylish, beautifully CAS. Gorgeous card.

Thank you for joining us at Teddybo Rachel.

Edna x :)

Padster said...

great card - bo looks fab to me - thanks for sharing with us at Teddy Bo
Hugs,
Debbie xx

Rachael T said...

Such a beautiful card Rach! I cant see any problems with your colouring its awesome! Love the simplicity makes us focus on the gorgeous image.
Rach :) xxx

Jules said...

Hi Rachel

Your card and colouring is just perfect. I love it!!

I am really loving the Teddy Bo images at the moment too.

I bet you can't wait to colour in all of those digi images you have piling up.

Have you got the freebie one this month from Digistamp Boutique? That is a real fun one too.

Love Jules xx

Carole of Brum said...

Rachel, this is brilliant! lovely colouring job and I do love your design. The way you have a couple of parts of Bo overlapping the frame looks so professional. Glad that you can use your digis no problem now, I also have found that the paper makes a big difference to smudging. I gotta get me one of these phones that I can do a blog post on....these things exist??? I like the idea of lying in bed and blogging, sitting up in bed causes my legs pain so not ideal anymore. So nice to read that you are feeling inspired right now! CoB

Nela said...

Hi, gorgeous card, lovely colouring!
Thanks for playing with us at the Teddy Bo challenge
Nela xx

Kathy said...

Rachel this is the perfect CAS card!!! Oh I love it!!! The raised image is so lovely and the border looks amazing!!! So cute!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Teddy Bo!
:)Kathy

HandmadebyTLC said...

Ah! Super clean and gorgeous green, the encasing color is truly a beautiful addition to the finished touch! Thanks for joining us at Teddy Bo and good luck!
Hugs
Tammy Louise

coops said...

fantastic card rachel.i love the cas design and the image is stunning ;D

xx coops xx

julieprice3 said...

Very Sweet image, lovely colouring, very pretty card. Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week
Hugs Julie P

Amanda R said...

I think your blending is wonderful! I have the worst time with fur in general myself. Love the card too, great CAS design. Thanks for playing along this week at Paper Sundaes!

Nicolchen said...

Simply fantastic...love it :0)))

Thanks for playing with us at the Teddy Bo Challenge ;0)

Hugs Nicole

Jill said...

Your colouring is wonderful Rachel and in my eyes this card is perfect CAS!
I think it is fantastic :)
Thanks for joining us at Teddy Bo
Hugs, Jill

Wendy said...

Adorable card Rachel, love the image and coloured so beauifully.
Wendy xx

Helle said...

Lovely card,Rachel!!
Thanks for playing with us at Teddy Bo Challenge this week!
-Helle-

Clairebears said...

I think you have coloured him beautifully. I had the same thing with my printer too with the ink, I'm glad you've got it sorted and have joined us at Teddy Bo's challenge.
Love Clairebears x

Hazel said...

Rachel I'm so glad you chose to share your card with us as I LOVE IT. I'm glad you can now print Teddy Bo's to your heats content and I hope get to see you for our new challenge. Thanks for joining in our clean and simple challenge over at Teddy Bo. Don't forget to check out the brand new challenge on Tuesday,
Hugs
H xx

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