Sunday, 16 June 2013

Happy Father's Day - a two for one

Good morning all and Happy Father's Day to all those hard working and badly misunderstood dads out there!

Two things to show you today, first up the finished Father's Day card I was working on in my last post...

A close up...

The colouring is done with a combination of Copics and Promarkers. As a newbie to this kind of colouring I always struggle to work out which colours to use where. So I thought I'd list the colours I've used FYI. Colours listed by number are Copics (I use a combination of Ciao and Sketch - if I can't buy a shade as a Ciao I'll get it as a Sketch), colours listed by name are Promarkers.

Skin: E0000, E00, E01  Cheeks: RV10, R20
Hair: E33, E35
Hat, Jacket and Trainers: W-0, Ice Grey 2
Trousers: YG91,YG93, YG95, YG97
Honeycomb frame and Branch: E31, E33, E35
Honey: Y06, Oatmeal, Honeycomb, Gold
Bee: Honeycomb, Gold  (plus black gel pen for stripes and Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star for wings)
Leaves: YG91, YG93
Beehive: E40, E41, E43 plus Cocoa and Shale for entrance
Heart: Ruby, Cardinal Red
Sky: BG000

Stamps used:

Molly Blooms: MB-0246F (beehive on branch), MB-0248I (George), MB-0245F (wooden beehive), MB-0115C (sentiment).

NB. the bees on the wooden hive actually come from the George stamp - I coloured them with a dark brown Whispers Strokes pen and then stamped over the hive image.

The left hand patterned paper panel was a necessary "fix" as the alcohol ink in the Copics tends to bleed through ordinary cardstock - but I think it adds a certain something (if not just to make sense of George holding a honeycomb frame which he wouldn't have found in the hive on the front!)

My second Father's Day project is my first ever attempt at properly icing a cake - I mean regal icing not melted chocolate and Smarties or gum slashing Christmas cake snowy peaks. Mr M ordered a homemade, iced cake for Father's Day (he actually wanted one for his birthday in May but I failed to deliver). So a quick trip down the home baking aisle, a dash round the cake decorating stands at TKMaxx and Hobbycraft and about 4 hours of baking and icing anguish later...

Ta dah....

OK so it's a bit girly (I wont tell you what Mr M said - but he's lucky NOT to be wearing it!) but I couldn't see the point of spending money on blokey cutters etc that would never get used again! And anyway Mr M is a big fan of oxeye daisy filled meadows. Both the junior Moonshines helped so it's a real family effort - and I've got to say - that for a first attempt - I'm pretty darned pleased with it!

Well that's all from me - we're having Reverse Father's Day here today and Mr M is cooking us all a Full English Breakfast. (The reverse part wont last until the washing up - but hey ho a Full English is a Full English!)


  1. Wow Maisie
    you have delivered on both counts the card is delightful and your colouring is first class. The cake looks way too good to eat how could you cut in to something so beautiful. Well done you, love it

  2. So not only have you created a beautiful card you are now a cake decorator extraordinaire! Love what you've made Maisie. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. You talented girl, you.
    Beautiful card and beautiful cake
    Rosie x

  4. Great card and the cake looks way too pretty to eat! The English breakfast certainly sounds good...

  5. Lovely card, Maisie. I bet your Dad loved it.

    Now about Mr. M .....severe words are due I can feel it. How can he not just love your hard work? Next time get him a 'Hungry Caterpillar' Cake or better still 'The GRUFFallo', (tee hee)

    XX Flo.


Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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