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The wonderful world of Zoe is what I hope to share with you all here on my blog. Life isn't always easy, but then that's the case whoever you are. But no matter what each day brings I always try to start and end it with a smile - to look back and know I controlled my day, the day didn't control me!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


I made a card!

Ha nothing new there then, Zoe, you may say, but to be honest I've struggled over the last few days to actually finish a project. Oh I've done lots of colouring, mainly hair and skin, but haven't produced a single thing. Until yesterday.  I realised my problem - I've always coloured with no plan, no colour scheme so I've ended up with a miss-mash of random images without anything suitable. So I stopped, I mean my colouring was getting better but I wasn't creating projects!

Okay, so I chose my papers first - a simple idea really - then I coloured my image to match, and hey presto, an image to use that worked!

I must admit I'm thrilled with this - I wanted to use this Smashy Curls image from Saturated Canary but wanted to choose more muted tones. So I raided my new Bo Bunny Gabrielle paper pad and chose these papers. I created a card that was just a little bit bigger than 6x6 so that the paper could be layered straight on, after some inking of edge. Then I covered a tag with matching paper, and inked again with Frayed Burlap and Peacock Feathers Distress inks. A while ago I created some backgrounds using H2O's on Centura pearl card, I found I had a small piece that was perfect size and colour to mount my image onto. I also added tissue tape to the corners and inked. The image was coloured using a mix of Copics, Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I used the same colours of Distress inks to catch the edge of the image so that she blended with it all. All of my embellishments - tickets and flowers were inked the same too.

I've been playing with different colour combos for hair and skin, many ended up in the bin - far too orange or yellow for my liking - but this look I like. I used Antique white & light fawn Flexmarkers, with sun kissed pink Promarker, I took my time to really work with these to blend them. I added a touch of Tea Rose Flexmarker to the cheeks and lips too. I'm particularly proud of the hair - my best effort yet I think - I wanted a blonde-brown colouring with different tones through it. So I worked with Ivory & Cocoa Promarkers & Brick Beige and Champagne Copics. Again taking my time to work them softly blending each area at a time.

So there - my first make in a few days - and do you know I'm pretty darned pleased with it!

Take care Zo xx


May said...

You should be very pleased with this Zoe... It's fantastic.. the face & hair is simply brillant... thanks for sharing your colour choices... Well the whole card design is Gorgeous love those papers an AmAzing creation... Hugs May x x x

emma mitchell said...

Love you colouring Zoe and the colours you have used on this GORGEOUS card.
Another fab image too .
Hugs Emma xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous card Zoe, I like what you have done with the papers and the sweet image.
Kevin xx

Denise Fiore said...

You should be proud. It is gorgeous. The coloring is phenomenal..and I love the papers you have used. Really gorgeous... I am well impressed as I know how difficult it can be to craft sometimes as a fellow sufferer of physical woes. xx Denise

June Nelson said...

So you should be darlin its just so beautiful!! I made a card with her on sunday but I think I prefer yours!! just so pretty love it huggies june xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Vicky said...

Beautiful Zo..:o)

big hugs Vicky xx

coops said...

fabulous card zoe.i really love the gorgeous image and stunning design and colouring ;D

xx coops xx

Dee's Craft Room said...

Really fabulous colouring Zoe, the hair is amazing. Your colour matches are brill and the whole card works incredibly well. I can only image how pleased you must be with this card.

Dionne xx

Pop's Cards said...

Beautiful creation sweetie, looks fabulous ♥ Pops x

nwilliams6 said...

Love this image and your coloring is absolutely perfect. Wow!!!

Stephanie-Emma said...

This is brilliant Zoe! gorgeous! xx