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Monday, February 20, 2017

Oh So Succulent


Another weekend over and a new week ahead!  Busy day today running about ticking lots off the to-do list!  Always a good day when that happens.. feels like I have achieved something!

A little crafty time was spent making this card:

It's a simple one layer card using some gorgeous stamp sets from Stampin' Up!  I've not had much time to really play with all my new Stampin' Up! haul so it was great fun just to make this quick card.
Three stamp sets used:  Oh So Succulent, Designer Tee and Delicate Details. 
I started with just masking off the strip across the middle then just stamped kind of random.  I thought the masked off area needed something to finish it off so I used the Delicate Details set - a gorgeous lace effect!  And I LOVE the font for Happy Birthday!

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Not enough?

Hi!  You know that sometimes without knowing it you develop a style or a safe zone when you craft?  And when you make something that doesn't quite fit the mould the you wonder if it's ok?  This is my problem.. most of the cards I make follow the same "formula", probably because I love to colour.  But then when I leave the image to stand on it's own.. adding very little extra to the card, I wonder "is it enough?"

I was having a play colouring a little Gorjuss Girl image and, rather than making her part of a larger, more complex card, I decided to just go for one simple layer with a simple sentiment.  I really did enjoy colouring her.. the vibrant blues were so lovely to blend.

And now I wonder, should I "mass produce"?  I only really make one of each card. I very rarely duplicate or make sets.  I like to think of each project as something new.  I have so many Grojuss stamps I thinking I could maybe make a card with each - mass produce (LOL!) with some individuality!

Have a lovely weekend!

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #52

Hi!  And another month passes by which means it's Design Team B time to play over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

We have some lovely sponsors this month (as always!) and I was lucky enough to have a cute little tiger image from Kitty Bee Designs to play with.  He's called "Ty the Tiger" and I've chosen to colour him with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers.  I've kept the card layout quite simple and just embossed hearts on a plain white background. 

Here he is!

Why not join our challenge over at LPOCF?  There's some terrific prizes to be won!

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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hello Friday! and Hello Challenge!

fHi!  Another week!  This was a good one.. it started with a lovely holiday over in St. Monans in Fife in the most gorgeous little waterfront cottage. Perfect tranquillity, a bit of luxury and a log fire.. topped off with an unspoilt sea view and some pretty amazing (windy!) weather - always great if you are watching the waves!   So, it was a lovely relaxing start.   And now, it's challenge time again over at Crafting With Friends!

My choice of image for this "Anything Goes" challenge is Love Note Fairy - Love is in the Air by Lacy Sunshine.  Well, it was Valentines day this week!

Here she is.  Coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers and colours inspired by Tim Holtz papers.

I chose to make this an easel card so that the image could be the real focus.  She's great fun to colour!

Why not pop over to Crafting With Friends and join our challenge!

I'm going to enter this card in these amazing challenges:

Crafty Creations
Creative Moments
Inspiration Destination
The Crafty Addicts
Craft Rocket Challenge
Crafting with an Attitude
A Bit More Time to Craft
A Perfect Time to Craft
Doing Life
Classic Design Team Open Challenge
Crafts and Me
Crafts Galore Encore
Crafting Circle - Crafty Awesomeness
Happy Little Stampers
Let's Craft and Create
Pearly Sparkles
Petal Lu

Thursday, February 9, 2017



No time! This week has been soooo busy! I did manage a wee tiny bit colouring with my Polychromos...  Then I think I ruined it with the black... you live and learn!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Little Lily of The Valley


Here we are at the start of a new week!  And my mojo has returned! I got some of the new Stampingbella stamps last week and this has been my first chance to play.  One of the sets is Tiny Townie Garden Girl - Lily of the Valley.  She is so lovely to colour!

My colour choice was inspired by papers from Stampin' Up! Cupcakes and Carousels DSP.  Matched with Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Lucky Limeade.   Dies and punches are Stampin' Up!, Sizzix and Tim Holtz. 

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

Sunday, February 5, 2017

What to do..

..when your mojo has deserted you?!

I've had a productive weekend so far but it's not been crafting.  Some family stuff to do and also a craft fair which went really well.  So I find myself with time today.. and just typical.. the mojo has gone AWOL!

I'm still (supposed) to be in the process of spring cleaning, and that includes the craft room.  So I had a wee rummage around and I found a card kit I bought years ago.  I don't really do too well with kits.  Whilst they look great, I find that I have no inspiration when I actually open them.  This one contained lots of elements including pre-cut present shapes.  Rather than waste them or the time I gave myself a shake and made a card type I haven't made for ages.  I pop up box.   Trust me, if you have never tried one of these then you should give it a go.  They are the absolute easiest 3D cards to make.  They are so straight forward.  Once you get the hang of your first one you will be knocking them up in no time!  A lot less work than all the colouring and elements that go into a 2D card.

Here's the basics.. and this can be re-sized to ANY size you want - you don't even need to use squares - you can make the sides any size.  I went with squares for my card.

Start with a piece of A4 cardstock and trim it so it measures just under 30cm (the length it is anyway) by 14cm.  Score it on the long side at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28 cm.  Then score on the short side at 7cm.  This will give you 4 squares of 7cm x 7cm  in length (with just under 2cm left to make the tab to connect it all), and 2 squares of 7cm in height.

This give your the card base.  You can then mat and layer your favourite papers and cardstock on the different sections.  You can do this first before you assemble. The easiest way to assemble the base is to use some glue or DST on the little flap (on the bottom right above).  Fold the card on the 14 cm score line and fold in the little flap at 28cm.  Then fold it in half to adhere.  When it's stuck you can then open it out to have your basic box shape.

There are then two or three little z fold tabs stuck in the middle of the box to stuck your embellishments to. These need to be the same width as the sides of the box.. in this case 7cm.

I used acetate to mount up the embellishments so they look to be exploding from the box.

Have fun!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What techniques or styles do you struggle with?


Sorry for the lack of posts this week unfortunately other activities had to take priority.  I'm sat here at my craft desk surrounded by colours and I have no idea what do to!

I've been watching lots of YouTube videos and updates from CHA and I see such amazing products and techniques with wonderful creations at the end. I look round my craft space and see most of the things I need to have a go.  But there is one "style" I just can't seem to get...  mixed media/craft journaling.  I can't seem to create random nice-ness!

So, when you don't know what to do then what better.. try and make a random nice-ness!

Before I post the pic of the "outcome" I would say that it nearly went in the bin several times!

Here's what I did..

  • Base coat of Dina Wakley Media - Gel Medium (matte)
  • Random rubbings of various Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
  • A sprinkle of Paperartsy Infusions
  • Spritz of water
  • A bit if tissue to remove some of the excess water
  • A blitz with the heat gun
  • A background stamp with black stazon
  • A sprinkle of Stampendous embossing enamals - Chunky White and Aged Silver

And this is the outcome..

Friday, January 20, 2017

Crafting With Friends Challenge #35


Well here we are again at the end of a week! The speed time is flying in is making me dizzy!  It's been a great week.  Recovered (work wise) from everything that piled up over the Christmas break.  House is starting to look tidy (ish) again!  And I'm been involved in some parent/teacher stuff which looks like it could be very worthwhile.  So, enthusiasm running high!  AND, even more importantly, crafty spend has been at a minimum and some really quality time has been spent doing a bit of a clear out!  Still a fair way to go though!

I did manage to "ring fence" some quality crafty time to do my DT entry for the AMAZING fortnightly challenges over at Crafting With Friends!  Working with an image from the very talented Nikki Burnette

I chose Cadence

She immediately said "nature" to me.. so I went with a simple palette of colours (and a little bit of fairy sparkle glitter!) to produce this...

I love her face!  She is such a pleasure to colour in! I used a mix of alcohol pens to get the variety of greens and blending..

I hope you like her. Please take some time to pop on over to our challenge #35, it's ANYTHING GOES, and you need to join in!

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

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mish Mash Monday!

Hi! Welcome to the start of a new week!

It's been a bit of a mish mash of things today.  Totally without any mojo at all to start with - so housework took priority.  Then after lunch, with no sign of the elusive mojo, and a tiredness associated with the start of a cold I looked around the craft room to see what was lying about.

Ages and ages ago I bought an MDF kit to make a stand for my excess Stampin' Up! Ink Pads.. the pieces have been lying around for ages.  So.. I decided to get the acrylic paints out and see what damage I could do.  I used Inka-Gold Old Silver for the sort of accent aged colour over various shades of yellow, orange and red pastel acrylics.  And I used a couple of shades of quite bright lime and apple greens for the top of the unit.

And now that I have put some of my pens in their storage I can see colours at a glance (no idea what do to with the 200 or so ProMarkers though!)  (A problem for another day!)
I did a wee bit of colouring and then made a little desk notepad.

Then some watercolouring. I got a new pigment liner (1.2 width) so I checked it was waterproof then had a wee doodle.  I used Gansi Tambi watercolours to finish it.  No idea what I'll do with it!

And, last but not least, I'm trying to learn how to draw (YouTube videos!) and I recently received some Wolff Carbon Pencils so I though I would have a go!  I found a tutorial for drawing an eye and here's my first attempt.  Great fun.  As long as there are people who only want me to draw them with one eye then things will be fine (as I'm not sure I could draw the other one to match!!)

I have to say, charcoal pencils are great fun, messy, but great fun!

Enough for today I think!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #50

Hello!  Well here we are with my first DT entry for our "Anything Goes" Challenge at Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends in 2017!

I had great fun with this one!  We have two amazing sponsors for this challenge and I was lucky enough to get this gorgeous "Ducklings In the Rain" image from Sasayaki Glitter.  I coloured it using a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers.

LPOCF Challenges are always great fun so why not pop over and check out all the DT ideas then join in!  There are some fabby prizes to be won too!

Our sponsors for this challenge are:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Flower power!


Brr! It's cold today but the threat of snow hasn't happened yet! High winds though - as demonstrated at around 2am this morning with a huge articulated lorry being blown over to the opposite carriageway on the Forth Road Bridge.  So it's traffic chaos for those who need to find other routes.

Half way through the week already though. I wonder if 2017 is going to be as fast as 2016?  I think it's partly due to always having to think about school holidays/terms etc, it breaks the year down into smaller chunks and they just seem to disappear!   Glad we've got our summer holidays booked though; it's nice to have something to look forward to!  Also planning some trips and can't wait to visit St. Petersburg again - one of the most fascinating cities I've visited.

Anyway, enough of holidays, time to focus on craft!  As the weather is so miserable I thought it would be nice to use these Polkadoodle flower stamps to make this card.  I've not put a sentiment on yet as the card could be for a number of different occasions.

Coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers (love love love them!)

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Big Blue Balloon


It's Monday already! The weather's been wet here but still not too cold - the forecast for the week is for snow though so it's catching up with us. 

I've been doing some more colouring with Spectrum Noir Illustrators and one of my fav Bugaboo digis.  Kept the embellishments to a minimum on this one and used the Neat & Tangled "Celebrate" die for the sentiment.  The papers are Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine".

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cool Treats!


I hope you are enjoying the weekend! It's a dull and grey day here in central Scotland.  It's probably cold too but as I'm not going out it really doesn't matter!

Some time today to play with some new Stampin' Up! goodies - "Cool Treats".  Great fun dies and stamps and gorgeous washi tapes!

I felt quite summery when I was making this card!  And now in the mood for some mum and daughter baking time - we're making cake pops this afternoon!

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pink Elephant!

Hello Saturday! 

This has been such a quick week!  There's been lots of spring cleaning going on - hard work.. but worth it! Where does all the "stuff" come from?  I've been really ruthless so far but the task is far from complete!

Took a little break from the tidying and (in the spirit of clean and tidy) I went down the CAS route with this little card using Stampin' Up! "Love You Lots".  Using Soft Sky ink for the background then Spectrum Noir Illustrators in Old Lavender and Wisteria for the elephant.  Matted up on Sweet Sugarplum and Pink Pirouette.  Simple!

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

Have a lovely day!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Another little desk calendar


I think I must be New Year obsessed!!  (either that or I bought way-too-many 2017 calendar tabs from ebay last year!!)  I was having a wee look around on Pinterest and found a little desk calendar with a pocket for little scraps of paper.  I followed the link to the very talented Stampin' Sarah and found all the instructions needed to make this little fella!

I used Tim Holtz Menagerie papers to decorate. Another quick make as I'm trying to kick my mojo into gear!!

Now, time to get on and get a couple of DT entries ready for next week!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Getting Ready..

..to go back to work! 

It's been great being off for so long over Christmas and New Year but now it's time to get ready to go back to work.  With crafting in mind I thought I would make a new desk calendar.  Nothing too fancy, just a quick 30 min make.

I used this Tiddly Inks digi stamp and coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers (they really are great!!). I used Stampin' Up! coaster board to make the base of the calender and covered it with papers from the new Succulent Garden DSP (from the new Spring/Summer catalogue).  The cardstock is Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum.

Now I need to mark on the important birthdays and this years holidays!

I hope you like it!

I'm going to enter this in the following Challenges..

Crafty Gals Corner (Use Something New!)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year Bubbles!

Hello!  This is my first post of 2017 and it comes to you wishing you a very Happy New Year!  Now that things are "getting back to normal" after the festive period I'm hoping that I get a little more time to craft!

Looking back over 2016 I did manage 174 posts although I admit that performance tailed off in the latter months!  2016 was a busy old year. Family things and work seemed to take up all the free time.  I need to take control of my time and ensure none of it gets wasted away on tasks that have no benefit!

It's a chilly day here in Central Scotland, although considering the weather we sometimes have in January it's really not bad at all! Frosty nights and mornings and a lunch time high of 4 degrees.  Warm and cosy here in the craft room though!

I think I started last year saying I was going to use craft stash rather than buy new things.  That started off fairly well.. but didn't last! I'm not in the habit of making New Year resolutions but I will be trying (trying!) to watch the crafty spending, make good use of my time, and blog regularly (not much point of having a blog if I don't update it!)

So here is my first card of 2017 made with a Sizzix die that Santa brought me..  I paper pieced all the bubbles - it took a wee bit of time but was strangely therapeutic!

I'm going to enter this card in the following "Anything Goes" Challenges:

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #48

Hello!   I hope you are all well and enjoying the lead up to Christmas!  It's a really busy time of the year but I'm lucky that I have some holidays to look forward to (and hopefully some crafty time!)

I've been very limited in free time at the moment so I needed to prioritise.. I need to make the family Christmas cards and also do my DT entry.. so I thought, "why not make them one and the same!?"  So here we have my DT entry for challenge #48 at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.  As always, it's anything goes and we have some amazing sponsors.  I was lucky enough to get this lovely "Holly Owl" image from Sami Stamps.  I've kept the colouring and layout simple.

I hope you like it.  Why not pop over and check out our challenge.  There are some amazing prizes to be won!

Monday, December 12, 2016



Wow, where does the time go to?  First of all, I can't believe we are nearly half way through December already.  It's been a very busy time over the last few weeks and crafting has been limited. Although the cards are made and some tags (need to make more - too many pressies!)

Also, my daylight lamp needs a new bulb so colouring is a bit of a challenge with the low energy lighting.  I decided to do some easy colouring in bulk using Snowy (from Penny Black) and my new brush markers. 

I was basically just playing with the colours!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Hi!  Brr, it's a cold day here today.  I went out at lunch time and it was still around -3.  The frost was not lifting.  A perfect day to get some Christmas shopping done and then have some play time.  The postman came earlier with a much awaiting delivery of 36 Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.   These are amazing, even after just an initial play I think they could well become my favourites for watercolouring.  The colours are so bright.. and they blend so easily!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #46

Hello!  It's challenge time over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

As always, it's Anything Goes and we have amazing sponsors!  Conie Fong Art and Design, and Michele R Designs.

This image is called Holly Poinsettia and she was such fun to colour!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Crafting With Friends Challenge #32

Hi!  Well doesn't the time fly!  Hardly seems any time since my last DT entry for our challenges over at Crafting with Friends!

As always, the challenge is Anything Goes and I was lucky enough to choose this image from Star Stampz.   She's called Kimono Portrait and was an absolute joy to colour.  I though it might be difficult to get the kimono detail but actually the fluidity of the detail means you can kind of be a bit random and dotty with the alcohol markers and get a nice blend of colours.  I took inspiration from the papers for the colours.

I hope you like this card and enjoy the inspiration from my DT colleagues.  Please pop on over to Crafting With Friends and join us with the fun!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Viva Inka Gold

How did I not know about this amazing product from Viva called Inka Gold??  This product is amazing! You get the most amazing metallic finishes using a wax based, non toxic, water based "paint".  I used Cut'n'Dry to apply it to the flower and leaves.

This is my first quick play with it.. I took inspiration for this card from one I made earlier which was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest.

Busy Busy!

Hi! It's been a busy time over the last week but I'm pleased to say the ratio of craft time to work time has been in favour of craftiness!!  Had the most amazing girly road trip down to Cheshire to spend Friday to Sunday in the company of the very lovely and brilliantly talented Rosemary Merry!  What a treat of a weekend! Pampered in a hotel for two nights with every spare minute (and I mean EVERY!) spent crafting on a variety of different projects including mini albums and home d├ęcor.

So all in all, a fabby way to spend time with crafty friends and be inspired by one of the best crafters in the business!

Now back that I'm back home I'm having to resist shopping for new crafty products that we used over the weekend and try to focus on what I've got.  I had a distant memory of a Christmas stamp that is probably one of my all time favs.  Yes, it's Snowy from Penny Black.  This is a Margaret Sherry image from 2002 but I think it's probably one of the best (and certainly very easy to colour!)
I've used my new Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens on this one.  The greeting is a Lil'inker Designs die.  Snowy is given a bit of sparkle using Stickles "Icicle".

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
Penny Black (Anything Christmas)
Stamping Sensations (Christmas Greeting)

Monday, October 31, 2016

First play with Illustrator by Spectrum Noir

Limited play time today but I have managed to give my new pens a first try out!
I used a Christmas image from Stampingbella called "Rudolph with a present on top".. lots of fine detail plus a lot of browns .. and I have to say I'm loving my new pens!   Need more practice but really pleased with this as a start!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Illustrator by Spectrum Noir

Oh I am sooooo excited!  Courier delivery today was all 96 of the brand new launch from Spectrum Noir - their new artist quality alcohol markers - "Illustrator".  A wee bit expensive to get the full range in one go but I deserved a treat!

Not had a chance to play yet but have had a little scribble and have sorted them into their colour families and initial impressions are very good!  They blend very well and they are easy to hold.

A brilliant range of colours - probably edging slightly more towards the lighter shades.. but that's not a problem as these will compliment my Copics and ProMarkers.  I think I might be tipping 500 now (ooops!), and that's not counting water based pens etc. 

Time to play this weekend - and a whole extra hour on Sunday!!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Autumn gold

Hi!   Taking some inspiration from the colours of autumn for this next card and trying out some different techniques with some old and new stash!

Starting off with some Infusions coloured stains - a mix of 5 colours which I thought were kind of autumnal.  I used a make up sponge to spread a glazing medium over some mixed media cardstock (250gsm). Then dried it with a heat gun. 

I then spritzed with water and sprinkled the stains randomly.  Spritzed again and then used the heat gun to dry and move the colours.
This is before the heat gun..

I then used Tim Holtz Thinlits "Garden Greens" to cut some leaves from the random colours.
Then I found this lurking at the back of a drawer.. Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes.  So out with the 2-way glue and some dabbing of the flakes with a hard paintbrush around the edge to give a gold frame.

Here's the end result. 

And a close up of the leaves.  I love the randomness you can get with the stains and the walnut in each is so earthy.

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

Diagonal Gatefold


Thought I would share a really different card fold that I found on YouTube by the wonderful Dawn Griffith (Dawn's Stamping Thoughts).  It's a really easy make and the end result is just that little bit different and quirky!

Not claiming this design as my own. Check out Dawn's instructional video here.  There's loads of great ideas on her blog!

The only problem I can see with this card is.. how to photograph it (as you will see from my very poor attempt!)

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Celebrate.. with Bella and Friends

Hi,  been playing with a new die from Neat and Tangled - Celebrate - the die set comes with the word and the shadow which is great fun to play with!  This was just a quick card so I kept it simple with an image from Stampin' Up! Bella and Friends.  Stamped in Stazon the coloured with Stampin' Up! inks and a blender pen.

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

tracy brown-scott / blue daisy crafts