Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sparkle Creations May Preview: Mama Charlotte

Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps has previewed their final May release yesterday with Mama Charlotte stamp!All new stamps are now available to buy from the SCRS store! Sparkle is giving away Mama Charlotte to one lucky winner, to find out how follow this link!

As you can see I started off with a sitting image but for the final design Sparkle requested for a standing Charlotte :) Check out some of the lovely creations by the talented design team!

Another exciting news! I just came back from grocery shopping just before and I was so happy to find this in my post box!

I designed this Tshirt for SCRS when they took part in the CHA 2012 Winter Conference & Trade Show. Printed is Lucy integrated with the Sparkle Creations Logo.

Check out this post I wrote previously, it shows the work process for this image!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Billie B Brown 15: Pocket Money Blues

A rather belated update on some of Billie B Brown series' new releases. First up is the 15th book in the series "Pocket Money Blues!"

As usual I have a soft spot for Billie. I just love illustrating her. Reaching the 15th book is such a privilege, every new book I try to bring in some sort of continuity from the previous ones (repeated wardrobe, Noah slowly growing etc) it really does make the Billie world become alive!

Above is the primilary sketch and the initial colouring of the cover image. As you can see some changes were made to reach the final design.

Above: a rough that was never used..
In stead adjustments were made as below.

Billie works really hard in this book, with a lot of support from Jack, to earn enough pocket money to buy something she really wants. I suppose this concept is something most people go through in their childhood, but since I lived on a farm (no shops and nowhere to buy anything) I was very scared of the idea of spending money. Everytime we went into town to buy something it was a family occasion and I remember mum getting frustrated as both my sister and I could never decide on what we want, whether it be buying new clothes or buying new schoolbag.
The very first time that I used a eftpos card was when I turned 18 and left home for university. I must say I was very very nervous. Everyone expects you to know how to make a transaction, for me it was like when a child moves on from playing houses with plastic cups and imaginary meals to suddenly preparing a real dinner for four in a real kitchen. And money is a serious deal and I was very careful not to press the "wrong" button, as if I will blow something up or lose everything in my bank if I have pressed something wrong. sheesh

Anyway I was very happy when I received this new Billie package in the post! Billie Money Box! There's 8 Billie books inside it too! I haven't seen it here in New Zealand so I'm assuming this is only sold in Australia. I will write about the other Billie release next time!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps May Preview

Gosh how time fly by. Sorry for being absent from my blog space, been rather swamped with work!

Anyway, its time for Sparke Creations Rubber Stamps' monthly preview. For those who don't know I illustrate the rubber stamps for the SCRS store and each month Sparkle (the lovely owner) releases two new stamps. And her talented design team showcase their craft skills using the new stamps!

Today SCRS is previewing Expecting Emily stamp! Sparkle is giving away a stamp to one lucky winner so follow this link to find out how! All new stamps will be available to buy on Saturday 12th May 2012.
In the mean time check out some of the beautiful cards the design team has come up with!

Now I am feeling guilty as I have missed last months' preview! I hope it's not too late to showcase Ballerina Ruby and Baseball Oliver stamps! Both available from the SCRS store!

And check out some of these cards created by the talented craft makers! It so inspiring seeing how my black and white line drawings are transformed into colourful cards!
You can check out more at SCRS Facebook page!