Friday, 13 June 2014

Blondie but no Denis, Denis!

OMG it's been SO long but as usual I have lots of great excuses I won't bore you with lol!

I'm here today to share my Graph'It make for the Graph'It challenge here this week - our theme is Blondie
and it's one I set because SO so many of you ask me how to colour blonde hair all the time. In the past I used to struggle with this too, but Graph'It make it easy - truly!

And before I forget - if you love colouring we have a Design Team call at Graph'It and are looking for some new talent - so get over here and get applying now!

I'll be quite honest with you here - when I first saw the colour chart for Graph'It way back when they first asked me to get involved, I was like, WOAHHH!! BRIGHT!! So not me! 
But you know what?
Very quickly I realised there is bright as in CLASH

and then there is bright as in vibrant.
And there are brights that are right - and brights that are not right - 
and in Graph'It they are all right!
One day I was sitting at my desk colouring with Pro/Flexmarkers (about 2 years ago) and I looked around me and realised that there was actually only about a third of the colours that I ever used because the others just were not right for me. Not that there's anything wrong with them but for me they just looked awful when I used them. I reckon that 60% of those markers had only ever been used once or twice.
Honestly, with my Graph'Its I use ALL the colours - even the REALLY bright ones, all of the time. And to me that is testament to how great the colour selection is, it's really usable. And this is why I switched. Obviously we need more colours - we still only have 165 in the range, but clearly they are working on new ones all the time and again I kinda like that it takes a while to get them out in the me that confirms that they take their time to make sure it's right, rather than just chucking colours out to make a fast buck, that would be soooo easy. And of course, I'm very honoured to be involved with the brand and that li'l ol' me has such a massive input in development, it's all very exciting indeed! 

Anyway enough waffle! Oops before I forget, I will choose my candy winner later this week!

It's been so long since I've been able to join in with a challenge but I love colouring Blonde hair so I had to try my best to join in this week! This image is from the new Polkadoodles Rose Budd collection and I wanted to use really soft tones to fit the theme so blonde works really well here...
Now for some reason the photo is making the skintones look really orange here but they're really not like this at all! I obviously need to fiddle with the exposure on my camera lol! she is definitely NOT sunburned!
I don't really use yellows for blonde - I use light shades of browns and then maybe throw in one yellow to brighten it a little depending on the mood I'm in.
Graph'Its I used:
skin: 4110, 4120, 4155, 3110, 4145, 4135 (this photo makes the skin look very orange but in fact it's not really) 12010, 1230, 3110, 3125, 3250, 3290...clothes: 6110, 6130, 9100, 6150, 6160

In addition to the blonde theme this image was also a great test for Graph'It - their colour range is so vibrant I was wondering how I would fare with a more subtle range of softer tones with this card (more pastel and soft tones will be coming soon as the range expands)...but I didn't need to worry. I wanted a nice soft cornflower blue for her outfit and I used 6110 and 6120 here but underneath I used Cool Grey 1 which helped to just mute the tones a little. This is a really really good tip for you if you need more muted tones - always add a base of the lightest grey tone under your colour and that will mute it - so if you are going for blues or greens use 9100 etc, look at the family and choose accordingly. It's also a really good opportunity to use the Mix'It Palette to mix your own colours up too.

On this project everything is from the new 
which is just superb even if I do say so myself!! Rose is printed onto 160gsm Ultimate Graphic paper and then she was cut out using one of my favourite Dutch Doobadoo templates. Now I have to tell you why I use these - I adore my dies like the rest of you crafters - I have a ton, most of which I don't use of course LOL!

However, one thing that peeves me right off and I bet it does you too....when you have a stamp or have printed an image off and then you can't make it the right size to fit any of your dies!!

It's like the end of the world for me - massive TRAUMA!
Those bloody dies never ever fit - they're either too huge (and this is the whole reason I bought the Grand Calibur so I could use my Grande dies, but theyre a bit TOO big....
My spellbinders are always TOO small or just not the right shape to fit the bloody image!

You with me, yes?
Ok, I know, so a lot of you have the Cameo and are probs smart enough to use that - but what a faff! 

Well, Dutch Doobadoo templates are awesome!
There are loads in the range and they're very similar to your basic die shapes but as they are sized to A5 it means you have the larger shapes which you need for images! 
I just print the digi or stamp it out, then lay the template over and lightly trace the right size then cut it by hand - once I've distressed the edges a bit you don't even notice any rough cutting if I'm honest, and in the time I trawl through the dies, pickup my Big Shot and put it on the desk and cut it I've already got the image glued down when I use the Doobadoo templates! Seriously! I thought craft had really moved on from templates, but you know what, sometimes easy and simple is best and we do not need a machine for everything!

So make sure you head over to the Graph'It challenge once you've read this - the team really make some stunning creations and YOU can WIN GRaph'Its yourself! YES, You CAN!!

I have lots more makes of Rose Budd to share with you so I'll be back very soon and will actually be back tomorrow!



  1. This card is stunning Nikky - fabulous colours and layers and love those templates! Hope you have a great rest of the weekend :-)

  2. Gorgeous card Nikky and your colouring is amazing!
    Claire xx

  3. Stunning as always! Totally agree re the templates! x

  4. Gorgeous image and love the beautiful card design.
    Linda xxx

  5. Hallelujah I am not such an odd ball - I love the simplicity of drawing around a template and cutting out - I do have a second hand cuttlebug and a small collection of dies but the faff ruins my creative flow sometimes and I love the process of creating as much as I can myself for a card so I am glad to hear there are others who love templates and cutting out too lol!
    Anyway just stumbled on to your blog and your so talented - I think I shall be back again soon !
    I have one of your disc a Freind bought me and love it and now I have found your blog and web site I best hide the bank cards (well at least till pay day lol!)


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