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Friday, July 1, 2016

Crafting With Friends Challenge #24

Hi! Happy Friday!

Challenge #24 at Crafting With Friends opens today.  It's Anything Goes and is sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo!

I was lucky enough to choose my stamp for my DT entry and I chose Ava Flower Patch.

For a change I decided to do an easel card.  Bugaboo images are such fun to colour!  I loved making this card - such nice bright colours!


 
Why not pop over to Crafting With Friends and join it!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Something a little bit different

Hi!

The postman brought me something I haven't used before - 6 little pots of Infusions Coloured Stains by Paperartsy.  The best way to describe these is little pots of pure colour magic!  The background of this card is my first attempt using the stain powders with a matte gel medium.   It started off as just a play but then I thought "why waste it".  The butterfly is punched from my second attempt on a piece of scrap paper (nothing gets wasted!)

The wave die cut is by Stampin' Up!  The sentiment is Tim Holtz stamped with Dapper Denim - one of the new Stampin' Up! In Colors for 2016-2018.

 
Look how vibrant the colours are!!

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Crazy 4 Challenges (Just add a butterfly)
 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hello Saturday!

Well it's been a busy week.  And crafting has taken a back seat unfortunately. 

I think when time is limited you really need to focus (not always easy!)  I think I'm lucky to have such a variety of crafty things to choose from there really should be no excuse for not finding something to fit into the time available!

So, for today, I'm using a pre-coloured image from Polkadoodles. 

 
Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

So excited! New Toy!!

Hi! Wow, things have been busy and crafty time is at a minimum.  So I thought I would treat myself... and the postie came today!  With a Heidi Swapp MInc.. just the mini one as I really don't think I would use 12x12..  I've had one try so far and impressed is an understatement!

 
The quality of the foiling is AMAZING!!!
 
Just need some time to play now!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Smiles!

Well, I wasn't expecting this...

I won #16 at Lemon Shortbread!

 
Just what I needed after a long day at work!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends New Challenge!

Hi!

Here we are again with a new "Anything Goes" challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

This time we have the most gorgeous images from Miss Daisy Stamps!

 
And from Fabrika Fantasy!
 
 


My choice for this challenge is Lulu by Miss Daisy Stamps and she is so lovely (and easy!) to colour.

 
Please take a moment to join us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and share your talent with some amazing people!
 
There are amazing prizes to be won!
 
I'm also delighted to enter my card in these wonderful challenges!
 
Dream Valley (#134)
Petal Lu (#16)
 
 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

No crafty time...

Oh what a week!  Not a moment to chill and craft... properly (as I love to colour)... I have only had time to use pre-coloured images.. and I'm really pleased with the results!  Here is the first of the cards I've made...



Polkadoodles.. YAY!  so much fun to colour but the pre-coloured images are gorgeous!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A relaxing Sunday!

Hello!
It's a total change in weather since last Sunday, cold and wet here today.  Luckily it stayed dry yesterday and we managed to have a BBQ with lots of friends round.  It turned into a late one (oops!)

So just taking it easy today.  It's a friends mums 70th soon so I busied myself making a card.  She love flowers so bright and cheery flowers it is!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Crafting With Friends Challenge #22

Hello! and Yay! It's Friday!
And not only is it the end of the week, it's also the start of challenge #22 over at Crafting With Friends.  This means Design Team B (including me!) are sharing our creations!
 
Here's mine!   We were lucky to be choosing digi stamps from SheepSki Designs.  Pop on over to Etsy and have a wee look!
 
 
 
I just love Flump in this image! Great fun to colour (especially the ears!)  I used Copics and Polychromos.  Yes, I do seem to be getting into that habit!! But they work so well together.
 
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Petal Lu (#15)
 
 
 
Have a lovely Friday!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June already!

Hi!  Well, I know I should have written this yesterday but I didn't get a chance.. Here we are in June.. Already!! How did that happen?  I'm feeling quite pleased with myself as I've managed to post 131 times (and mostly all with cards!) which is the most I have done since 2011!

The weather here in central Scotland is gorgeous.. warm and sunny.  (Which does probably mean this is our summer and June, July and August will be miserable!) But hey, staying positive, this year could be different!

The garden looks amazing, flowers and lush green grass (those professional treatments are paying off!), and BBQ is definitely the order of the day!

The down side of the good weather is that the crafting time becomes limited. But that's life, and fun in the sun is very therapeutic!

I've tried to cut down on the crafty spend this year. "Tried" being the operative word there!   I'm also trying new things and I'm really pleased with some of my recent purchases, including;

  • Polychromos
  • Distress Crayons
  • Peerless Watercolours
  • Kuretake Watercolours
  • Various Polkadoodle CDs, including the gorgeous "Soup" sets
  • Kim Dellow stamps for PaperArtsy (LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!)
  • Katzelkraft Stamps
  • Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics (PaperArtsy)
  • oh, and loads of new Stampin' Up!

I think my next focus needs to be to practice "mixed media" and "random".. I just can't seem to let go enough.. I try random and it looks like a pattern!  I do have a Gelli Plate so I think I really need to practice!

Oh, and now I'm on two Design Teams which is amazing fun!  I love crafty challenges and seeing all the amazing talent out there!   I really need to spend time on Pinterest looking back over all the great cards and techniques I have pinned.. I pin them then forget to look back!

I do love the Taylor Swift Pinterest Parody on YouTube.  If you've not seen it then here's a link.  I can soooooo associate with this!   "It's like I'm Martha Stewart... in my mind!"  Brilliant!!

Anyway.. have a lovely evening!



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's the June Anything Goes Challenge at Crafting By Designs..

Hello!  I'm delighted to have a Guest Designer slot over at Crafting By Designs for this June Challenge.  Here's my card - great fun colouring this one!

 
It's a lovely day here today - bright sunshine and very warm!  Unfortunately I've been working so missed all of it!

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Because You're So Nice..

Hello!

I'm inspired today by the lovely weather we've had this weekend!  Most of this weekend has been spent outdoors enjoying the garden.   Let's hope the weather lasts!  Although it does feel a bit colder today.

  
 
I've been colouring another Bugaboo digi. Using Copics.  I love this little bear!  Bugaboo digis are great - the are so easy to colour!  And you can always get 50% off the new releases!
 
Here's my card..
 
 
I'm going to enter it in the following challenges..
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

What to do...

... if you don't have a patterned paper to match!

Hello!  It's Monday again! I know I seem to say that so often but I really don't know where the time disappears to.  It's been a busy weekend among crafty friends.. and lots of quality family time. The weather here has been really quite good so we've been enjoying outside time!   The garden is mostly done.. lots of flowers planted. New furniture arrived so we now have a lovely relaxing space to compliment the BBQ space! (photo's to follow when the flowers come out!)

Had a lovely lunch out today and a little bit of work but now it's time to relax.  And what better to relax with than some colouring!   Here's an All Dressed Up digi coloured with Copics and Polychromos.  I probably do have paper that would match (in the never ending stash!) but I thought this was a perfect opportunity to play with my watercolours. Nothing fancy.  I also used Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel and Aged Silver Embossing Enamel to add so texture.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Incy Wincy (Touchy Feely)
Robyns Fetish (Pastel Colours)
Brown Sugar (#199)
Crafty Catz (#325)
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday already!

Hello!  How did it get to be Wednesday already??  This week has just flown in!  And not much crafty time.. and suffering from a lack of mojo.  Been struggling with this card for a couple of days.. not sure why!  I persevered though and here is my card for today...


It's another of the lovely Polkadoodle digis, coloured with Copics and Polychromos.   I just love purple!

I'm going to enter her in the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination (#85)
Lemon Shortbread (#15)
Through The Craft Room Door
Artistic Inspirations (#156)
Crafting From The Heart (#112)
Craft Your Passion (#312)
Love to Scrap (#78)
Our Crafty Corner (#9)
2 Creative Chicks (#10)
A Bit More Time to Craft (#20)
Crafts Galore Encore
Not Just Cards (#32)


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #34

Hi! I was over the moon to be chosen to join the Design Team over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and my first challenge is C#34 which opens today!

As always, the theme of the challenge is "Anything Goes" so there is no end to creative scope!

There are two amazing sponsors for this challenge, and some amazing prizes!


http://www.bugaboostamps.com/
The amazing prize from Bugaboo is 7 digis!
 
 
http://samistampsshop.blogspot.co.uk/
Sami Stamps are offering a $12 Gift Certificate!
 
 

My card is made with a cute Bugaboo digi called Girl Sitter With Cat.


 
I've coloured the image with Copics and because she's available as a PNG and JPG file it was really easy for my to sit her on top of a wall!  PNG files don't have a background so you can resize and move them very easily!  I love how happy she looks and the cute little kitty cuddling in! 
 
I hope you like her!   Please pop over to Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and take part in our wonderful "Anything Goes" Challenge!
 
Thanks everyone!   Enjoy the challenge! 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

A pink balloon!

Hello! Wow, it's Thursday already!  Been a little light on the crafting this week. Sometimes that's just the way things work out.  Been a good week so far though! 

I've been playing with a Bugaboo digi (again!).  I do love these!  And copics (as usual!) and this time I've chosen a pink and green/aqua colour scheme.  Kept the embellishments simple and here she is...

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Crafting By Designs (Pink and Girly)
 
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hello Monday, Hello Friend!

Hi! I hope the start of your week has gone well!    It's been a bright, warm day here!  (considering it was sleet and snow about a week ago)
I've had a busy day but it did include catching up with crafty friends!  And I did get a little time to play so it was more Stamp Soup (from Polkadoodles) and Kuretake watercolours.  I'm still finding my feet with the stamps and watercolours so this another simple card.  It's not perfect, but actually, it's not meant to be.  I love the kind of random colour effects you get with watercolour which you don't really see until they dry!

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Soup!

Hi!
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  Mine seems to be disappearing! I've been suffering from a lack of focus this weekend. Not sure why!  Maybe because I have too much stuff to play with and I don't know where to start!

I did get some time for a first dabble with Stamp Soup.  There is so much to create from these stamps.  I think I need to do a wee bit of crafty brain re-alignment to let go of my usual boundaries and techniques.  I did play it very safe with my first card.  But I had great fun colouring with Copics and building the images.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
 
 


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Saturday!

Hello! Well, its a nice day here, not that warm but nice and bright!

I'm delighted to find out I was a winner over at Crafty Calendar Challenge in April for this card:


 
Now, the postman has been and I have a feeling that the pages contains all four of the stamp soup sets from Polkadoodles.. so I'm off to play!!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Crafting With Friends Challenge #20

Hello!   What a lovely day! 

I'm delighted to have been offered a position on the Design Team for Crafting With Friends!
The new challenge (#20) launches today and it's Anything Goes.  The DT were lucky to choose from gorgeous Moonflower Digi Stamps.

Here's mine..



She's called Spring Fairy and I've coloured her with Copics and Polychromos.

I hope you like it!  Why not pop over to our challenge blog and join in!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Watercolouring

Hello! Hey, it's Thursday! Who is stealing the weeks?  Ok, I guess I can forgive this week for flying in as I was on holiday at the start.  But since being back at work it just feels like a blur!

I'm not complaining though, I've had enough time to do a wee bit of colouring and prep for some DT work.  And I won a challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs (check the link on the left handside) for my Especially For You card.  And.. I got some time to play with my new watercolours!! What better to try them out on than the fabulous Kim Dellow stamps from PaperArtsy!

So here is my first attempt..  a simple "one layer" card.  I just love the little birds!! 

 
I have to say that these Kuretake watercolours are so easy to work with!!
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges..
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours

Hi!  I have a few different sets of watercolours but when I saw these I just had to give them a try.  No time to play so far today but hopefully later!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Question...

Do I want to download the Copic Ciao colour chart??


Yes,   yes,  I do!

lol!

Delighted!

Delighted to be chosen in the top 3 at Dragonfly Dreams for the card! 



It's beach party time!

Well, actually, no.. not beach party time here in Scotland. Sorry, lol!! But the weather has been ok.. well, in Shorpshire it has! Spent a lovely weekend doing real family stuff with relations from all over coming together for a lovely weekend!   We hired a lovely cottage and just chilled out. Went to visit family and were joined by cousins from all over .. amazing to meet the newest member of the clan at just 5 weeks old! 

So now just enjoying the rest of the bank holiday weekend with a quick make to share.  A Stamping Bella coloured with Copics..

 
I'm going to link to a few challenges as I'm catching up!
 
 
 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hello Birthday Girl

Hello! I hope your weekend is going well!   Can't believe it's May already!
 
A wee change for me today. No colouring (no time!)
 
 
 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Another parcel!

Oh I just love it when parcels arrive!  Although I am supposed to be having a bit of a de-stash and using what I already have!! Supposed to be...   Clearly that's not going to plan.  Although maybe things could be worse!



 
Now it would just be nice to get some time to play!   Busy weekend though!

Friday, April 29, 2016

More Copics!

Whoop! The postman's been.  I'm building up my collection of copics and these arrived today!

 
This takes my collection up to around 70 I think.. I need to update my colour chart.  Time to play!!
 
 


Especially for you!

Hello! Oh I am so glad it's Friday! And it's a long weekend! 

I'm in love with Polkadoodles at the moment. The Winnie digi stamps are gorgeous!  And I'm waiting on an order of all four of the very lovely and creative "Stamp Soup" sets.  I just could not resist!

My card for today is a Winnie coloured with Copics. I'm using up papers I've had for a while.  I taken the inspiration for colouring her from the papers. To be honest, that's what I usually do.  One reason is I just love (to the point of obsession) paper of all descriptions, and the other reason is it's much easier to get a match when you colour (and you let the paper designer do all the hard work finding good colour combos!)

The greeting is from Fabulous Fushias by Clearly Besotted.

Here she is.. a simple card. Not too OTT on embellishments!

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
 
Hope you enjoy your weekend!
 


What a lovely surprise!

Not the fact we woke up to a white snow covered garden (we are nearly in May!!)... no, it was a lovely surprise to wake up to find my card was chosen as a DT favourite over at Inspiration Destination!  Chuffed to bits!!



I'm in a crafty mood now!  What to do??

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

For You

Hello Tuesday!  Well, talk about four seasons in one day!  We have had sun, wind, snow, rain, sleet and hail!  Scotland.. just another day :-)

Been a busy day at work but I've spent the last 20 minutes assembling a card I prepped yesterday. I had great fun colouring the Polkadoodles digi.  Purple hair.. different for me!  It's not as light as I would like it to be so more practice required. 

The greeting is "Scripty For You" by Lawn Fawn.  The papers are DCWV.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Sweet Stamps (Anything Goes)
 


Monday, April 25, 2016

Girl with a Bob

Hello Monday! It's a cold and wet day here.  And I'm trying to multi-task between some work, chores to do around the house, and craft.  Never a good combination.  Where does time go? 

I've been playing with some new digis from Polkadoodles.  This cute little girl is from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles - Springtime.  I've coloured her with Copics and teamed up with some Basic Grey papers (Urban Prairie) which I've had for ages!  The sentiment is Stampin' Up! from the Sale-A-Bration "Hello" set.


 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Petal Lu (#12)
 
Now I'm off to watch for the postman.. a new order which includes new Copics! Hope they come today!
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Hello!  A very busy weekend for me, unfortunately most of it working.  But I have managed some spare crafty time today and I've been playing with the acrylic paints and the old credit card again!   This time I've opted for some JOFY stamps from PaperArtsy.  A little bit of paper piecing and some Tim Holtz Distress Markers to add the final touches.    I'm really loving the green chalk acrylic called "Granny Smith".

So something a wee  bit different from my last few makes..

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Brown Sugar (#195)
 
Now it's time to enjoy the rest of the weekend!  Relaxing!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Shoes!


Hello! It's the weekend again!
It's been a lovely week here. Cold clear mornings and warm sunny afternoons!
So a bright and cheery card is the order of the day!

Another lovely image from Polkadoodles.  I've coloured her with Copics and used some co-ordinating papers from Penny Black Painted Blooms.
Used a Stampin' Up! greeting and punches to finish this off.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Brown Sugar (#195)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

You can never have too many...

....different colours of acrylics!    The postie's been!

I have lots of acrylic paints but none like these!   These are chalk acrylics, and I can't wait to play!  (will have to wait for now though!)



You're the best!

Hello!  A bright and sunny day today.  And quiet.. as one member of the family is off to school camp!

I've been playing with another image from Polkadoodles.  Again, such fun to colour! I've gone for a change in hair colour and chosen shades to give an overall auburn look.  Kept the embellishments simple.


 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Crafty Gals Corner (#68 Cute as a button)
Brown Sugar (#193)
Polkadoodles (Floral Frenzy)
 
 
Check out all these challenges - so much inspiration!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thinking of You

Hello!
 
A cold start here.. changing to almost tropical (for Scotland in April!) when I left work to drive home.
 
I was inspired by this sudden change in temperature to think that maybe spring was officially here! So I've gone for bright spring-like colours and a handmade flower.
 
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Dream Valley (#129)
 
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
 

Monday, April 18, 2016

So much fun with an old bank card!

Hello Monday again!

What a busy weekend it's been but I did get a little time to play yesterday and I've finished off this morning by making two cards. Both using the same technique which I found on the amazing Kim Dellow's blog here.  The faux printed look.  It's just such amazing fun!  All you need are some acrylic paints and an old piece of plastic (like an old bank card or something similar).

My first attempt is really just a copy of Kims but with the addition of some white in the dots using a uni-ball Signo white pigment ink pen.
Here it is..

 
It's an addictive technique and so quick.. so needless to say the paint kept flowing and this is my second attempt.  I used the Paperartsy Eclectica (EKD02) by Kim for this second card. 
 
 
I think I may try some more.. the colour combos are endless!
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
AAA (#62)
 
 
tracy brown-scott / blue daisy crafts
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