Friday, 2 October 2015

FTH Meet the DT hop

Welcome to my stop on  From the Heart Stamps blog hop for October.
We have a Meet the Design Team theme this month. Our designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects and telling us a bit about themselves, too.
As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog.
One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image from the FTHS store.
And additionally, we will have a game with some prizes on the FTHS blog! :)

If you have arrived here from the lovely Imke, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

Here is my card using an image from my fave FTHS category...


This fantastic image is one of my fave Birdbrains, Birthday Candle Birdbrain.
I've coloured him using Promarkers, but added detail with a black fineliner to draw in the tux.
The sentiment is one of SIXTEEN that you get for free when you buy this image. How fab is that?!
The paper is from Doodlebug's Hip Hip Hooray pad.
The balloons were embossed and then die cut using Cuttlebug's Disney combo set 'Celebrations'.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Creative Card Crew - masculine
Sweet Stampin - use a non-white base
I Love Promarkers - masculine
Simon Says Stamp (weds) - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - masculine

Ok, so do you want to know a little more about me?

How long have you been on the From the Heart Stamps design team?
I was given the chance to be guest designer for April & May 2014, after which I was delighted to be asked to stay! I officially became a full time design team member in June 2014.

What is something about you that none of the other team members know?
I have an official IQ of 139, which is in the top 2% of the UK (apparently).
I took the test out of curiosity, after completing an initial test which I sent off via a national newspaper about 20 years ago. When those results came back, Mensa offered me the chance to take another test under proper, examination conditions.

What is your favorite coloring technique?
I mostly use Promarkers, then add detail sometimes with fine liner pens or SU markers.
I like to colour my images to personalise them for the recipient whenever possible. I gave my Birdbrain a tuxedo to wear today.

Here are some more examples...




What is your favorite category of images in the FTHS store?
Do you really need to know the answer to that one?... Birdbrains! :)

What emoji do you use most often?
:)

Describe your crafting space...
I converted my smallest bedroom into my craft room. I took apart the spare wooden bed and single wardrobe and used the wood to make my desk which goes around 2 walls. It's simple and basic, but it works for me :)

Why do you like to make handmade cards? 
It's a relaxing hobby, and I like to make a card that is more personal for the recipient.

What is a good tip for printing digital images? 
Use good quality cardstock for printing, I like to use extra smooth, high white cardstock of at least 250gsm.
Also, I don't colour an image as soon as it's printed, I like to print them a few days in advance if possible, but if i'm in a hurry, I heat set the image with my heat gun first.


Now, please head over to one of our new designers, Karen, for your next stop on the hop, and read more about this talented lady, and to see what she has created :)

Thanks for hopping with us today.
The hop will end on Monday October 5th at 6 am EST, (11am UK time).
Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday October 7th.

Good luck, and happy hopping! xx

52 comments:

  1. Super cute card, love the tuxedo and your colouring xx

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  2. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog Jo :-) I LOVE your card!! The tux is just fab as is your colouring - as usual! Fantastic and insightful post too :-)

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  3. Such a cute card. Love that you gave him a tuxedo. Great coloring.

    Hugs,
    Kitty

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  4. Hey Jo! Great birdbrain card! The tux is perfect for that masculine touch. Thanks for being such a great team member at FTHS and I look forward to working with you and gleaming some of that design mojo!

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  5. I love this Jo. He is so dapper in his tuxedo, beautifully done. I always like how you personalize cards with names and special touches. It's always a joy to work with you!

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  6. This is one of my favorite Birdbrain images. Cut tux.

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  7. Fab card.Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

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  8. Love this image and how you changed it up with the tuxedo - completely priceless:) LOL

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  9. I love that tuxedo! What a clever idea!

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  10. You are the team genius...a creative genius, too! It was fun to read about you, and I'm so happy you are part of the team. Your fine liner pen work always amazes me! This tux is AWESOME, and it's fun to see all of your other creations with it. Your creativity has no bounds. :)

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  11. So Cute! I love the way you put Birdbrain in a tux....you know, I'm totally going to have to steal that idea. :)

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  12. This is so much fun - and it was great to learn more about you (like that you are brilliant :) ) Love your coloring and I have to say that I have never realized you were adding to the images (except Dr Who which I have loved from the second I saw it) - it was so natural and awesome I just didn't see it - I love that tux and looking back at the other birdbrains that you've enhanced made me appreciate them a second time! Jo - you are incredible with a multiliner!
    Lyn

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  13. Ok, that tuxedo is just ADORABLE! Love it! Great coloring and design. :o)

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  14. I really love this little guy's outfit...that is so very creative! Love this fun card!

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  15. Love this Birdbrain. Awesome to make him wear a tux - great idea! Love the color combo too! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  16. a brillant card for a male which i always find so difficult

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  17. Thanks for the tip about heat setting the image first before coloring. I have never heard of that before, and makes perfect sense. I LOVE how you gave him a tux - brilliant!

    Great getting to know more about you as well :)

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  18. That tux on your birdbrain is fantastic. I like to change the images up as well...it's lots of fun to "personalize" an image to its recipient I think.

    Beautiful work!

    Nice getting to know you a little better.

    Kim

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  19. So fabulous Jo! I love that image and your fantastic colouring!
    Many thanks for joining in our Masculine Challenge at Cute Card Thursday this week! Debx

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  20. Love how you added the tux to your birdbrain - very creative. Your card is awesome. Thanks for sharing about your self.

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  21. He looks so fabulous in that tux! What a great card.

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  22. Okay, the tux is just awesome on your birdbrain, Jo and the additional samples you showed -- WOW! Awesome sauce! So glad to be on the team with you at FTHS!

    Cammy

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  23. So cute and love the tuxedo, Sarah W

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  24. Love the card and your blog. The tuxedo is great. TFS

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  25. Jo, I LOVE THIS BIRDBRAIN! The tuxedo is the perfect elegant touch! You are literally a creative genius! So looking forward to working with you as teamies!

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  26. Hi Jo, I love that you have altered Bird brain and given him a tux, also love the little sample images you included one looks exactly like my yellow and green budgie 'Ben' (Budgies are naturally yellow and green) I have never though of doing that to any of the Bird brain images I have. Thank you for the inspiration have a marvellous weekend...Megan

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  27. Hey, little genius ! Your card is as always unique. I like the way you are giving the image your own face. Like here with this great outfit for the little guy.

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  28. An adorable card Jo, a lovely design and super colour combo.........your image is just adorable and beautifully coloured!!

    hugs
    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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  29. Oh my goodness this is fab- I love the tux!

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  30. I love the creativeness of coloring a tux instead of feathers. Why didn't I think of that? Apparently I don't have an IQ of 139! Great job!

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  31. Oh my gosh, your tuxedo dressed birdbrain looks amazing and so creative. What fantastic work, Jo!

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  32. So adorable! He looks like he is ready to celebrate! Your coloring is fabulous!

    Brenda G.

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  33. I like your birdbrain with the tuxedo (and all the others that were pictured). You are very talented to free hand that and the others. Great card thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew. Vicki DT

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  34. Your card is so cute and fun - I love the Birdbrains too! They make me smile! I enjoyed reading about you - you are a very intelligent person! And thank you for sharing your tips!

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  35. This is a great card! I love your creative coloring and the balloons. Very inspiring card, thanks for sharing.

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  36. Really cute!! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

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  37. Your deep blue background makes your Birdbrain really Pop! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Hugs,
    Tina in San Diego

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  38. Wow, great hand drawn tuxedo on this cute birdbrain! Thanks for the inspiration, Jo.

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  39. You`re such a great colorer! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Superb masculine card! I love the vibrant blue, and birdbrain could not be more dapper than he is in this tuxedo :) I loved reading about your craftspace, taht's where my 'new' scrapbook room is now that we converted my craftroom back into a 5th bedroom! :) TFS!

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  41. Gorgeous masculine card! Love how you colored Birdbrain and drew his tuxedo! :-D Brilliant!!! :-D

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  42. JoJo, I really enjoyed reading about you and I'm loving your fabby blue number. Hugs to all xx

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  43. Love the blues in your card Jo! And getting to know you better as well!


    Hugs,
    Kelly

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  44. Wow, wonderful card and tux details, love it!

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  45. wow your coloring is amazing!! Also like the doodled black line around the card. Great paper choice...love doodlebug paper!!
    Kathy D.

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  46. This is fantastic!! Love all the blue!! Just love it!!

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  47. This card is awesome - it glows with coolness and I love the image you have used!! Marvelous card styling around the image - you are amazing!!!

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  48. Great card. Cute image and lovely colour combo. Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers!
    Lyn - DT

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  49. Thank you for joining us at I love Pro Markers Challenge blog . Your cards cute. All the best Sharon xxxx

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