Sunday, November 12, 2023

A day to relax!

Happy Sunday! 

It's been a crazy busy week this week!  I'm so glad to be able to relax and have a bit of a play with the alcohol markers today.  I just love this little guy and he is so much fun to colour! 

I'm going to enter him in the Anything Goes challenge at Love to Craft!


Sunday, October 29, 2023

Oh dear... it's been a while!


It's been 6 months since I last posted.  That's no good.  It's been quite a busy six months, nothing major, but just enough to kind of lose the crafty bug.  I'm sure most crafters go through that at some time or other and sometimes it's really difficult to get motivated again. 

I decided to have a bit of a craftroom clear out so I could see more things that I had that would inspire me and it's worked... a bit.  I still have way too much stuff but I have been fairly good at not buying too many new things!  The clear out isn't finished yet either!! 

But I thought I would stop filling black bags and have a bit of a play!  I used colour to inspire this one, starting off with a small scrap of paper from Stampin' Up! in Soft Succulent.  Then I coloured one of the Woolly Jumpers from Carabelle Studio in Soft Succulent and Smoky Slate.  Other scraps added and some Tim Holtz collage paper.

I hope you like it! I'm going to enter it in an Anything Goes challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Hope you have a lovely day! 

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Look at you!

 Hey! Happy Sunday! 

Where does the time go? Not long back from a week away in a lovely dog friendly cottage and then a busy week catching up at work.  I decided to have some me time today. The main aim was to clear some space in the craft room as I'm expecting quite a few parcels in the next few days. Needless to say, I failed.. I have made no new space as I just can't bear to part with stuff! 

I did stop tidying to make a quick card though.  I recently got a gorgeous set of stamps and dies from Mama Elephant called Stackable Cuties so I thought I would do some quick colouring. I could easily have kept on just colouring but I stopped to make this quick little rocker card.  It's plain and simple but I had fun making it! 

Have a lovely Sunday! 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Mothers Day Flowers!


Happy Sunday everyone! I'm having a lazy day today and enjoying being spoiled on Mothers Day!

It's been a really busy week at work, and yesterday was spent visiting family then some crafty time with some like minded ladies.  Very relaxing!  We were doing some decopatch on eggs for Easter.

Today I thought I'd have a look through some dies that I've not used for a while and came across one set I hadn't used at all!  Great fun making this really easy 3d flower pot!   And it folds flat which would make it a great card! 

I hope you like it, and that you're having a lovely Sunday! 

Monday, March 13, 2023

A Sweet Treat

 Hi! Welcome to a miserable Monday here in central Scotland.  It's not stopped raining and there's the threat of snow later.

I've not been spending much time crafting today but I have made this little card! 

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Birthday Fishes


Sunday, day of rest! (day to avoid housework and look forward to a lovely lamb roast for dinner!)

And time to play! 

I think this may be one of my new favourite stamp sets. It's Stampin' Up! "A Fish and a Wish".  I love the way they have done the textured look on the fish and the fact you get a great splatter dots stamp to use in the background. 

I've gone with Orchid Oasis and Pretty Peacock as the colour scheme for this one.  Orchid Oasis is one of my favourite colours ever!  

Hope you're having a lovely crafty weekend!

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Just monkeying around


Happy Saturday!   It's a cold one here today and we're supposed to get snow... but no sign of it so far!

I've been having a crafty play today... I've not used my alcohol markers for ages so I thought I would try and get back in the habit!  I've used this little guy from Whippersnapper (which I've had for years!) and coloured him using Stampin' blends.

Nothing fancy on this card but I think I'm starting to prefer a CAS look generally. 

Friday, March 10, 2023

I missed this one

 Hi! I really thought I had posted this pic before. Back in Oct last year I started playing with Jesmonite.  I'm still hooked and these are just some of the little trinket trays I have made.  These are so easy and quick to make! I've been using Stampin' Up! re-inkers to colour the mix and they've set really well.

They are really handy to have on your craft desk if you are making small die cuts or beading as I typically lose things! 

It's coming up carrots


Wow, I can't believe my last post here was October!  I have still been crafting in that time, maybe not as much as I would have liked. I've just not felt like blogging even though lots of positive stuff has happened.  I'll try and catch up! 

All is good though and I'm hoping this will be the start of a seriously fun crafty year!  I suppose the main crafty resolution will be to use what I have!  Although I know that won't happen! Not with so many lovely new crafty items out there.   

Today I've been playing with the new "Thanks a Bunch"  from Stampin Up! which was available as a Sale-a-bration reward.  To be honest, I wasn't really sure if I would use this set but it was really quite fun, and I love the finished effect on the carrots!  I've layered white on white which I think gives a nice effect. The tartan paper is from Memory Box (Madras Plaid Coral and Green).

I hope you like it! 

Hope you're having a lovely day!

Friday, October 21, 2022

Little bits and pieces


Well, it's Friday already!  Another quick week.   I was doing a bit of tidying out today - so a black bag full of craft stuff is heading the way of the recycling!   I did find some die cuts I had done last year (or maybe even the year before!) so I thought I would throw together a Christmas card.  And here it is. It really couldn't be simpler.   I used the dotty embossing folder to make the background look like snow but unfortunately didn't have the embossing start right at the top of the card.  So I had to improvise - the result is it's now a book fold card and the lack of embossing is covered by the gold ribbon. I also used some washi tape and a scrap of tartan paper as the background. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Playing with scraps


Well, it's a miserable day here today. I don't think the rain has stopped even for a moment!  But who cares? Certainly not me! After a lovely family day with the doggo at the beach yesterday the weather can do whatever it likes!   My attention did turn to the pile of scrap paper that's just been getting bigger and bigger these last view weeks so I decided to have a play and see what I could use. Two cards for today!

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Birthday Martian

 Hi! Here's my card for today.  Lots of fun watercolouring this little guy. Then simply cut him out.  Stamped him again on the base card and the glued the coloured image. Simple, but I like it!

I'm going to enter him in the Layered challenge at Addicted to CAS

Have a lovely day!

Mid Oct


Wow! We're half way through October already! And it's starting to get colder.  Personally, I love this time of the year. The darker nights coming in! Also perfect time to get crafting! 

I've not had a chance to do much in the last couple of weeks with the exception of yesterday and today.  Time spent yesterday afternoon with good friends crafting was just a lovely way to spend the afternoon and we were doing something a bit different - we were needle felting little pictures.  A very therapeutic way to spend the time stabbing away with a felting needle - very de-stressing! 

I think I like the first one with the sheep on a hillside better than the second one - but you have to start somewhere!

When I came back from the crafty afternoon I spent some time playing with Jesmonite.  Great fun! I only bought a small amount to try it and I've finished it so I'll need to try and get some more.  Made 2 leaf coasters (broken the stem on one taking it out of the mold - my fault), then made a double tea light holder.  I'm really impressed with this product - so very easy to use!

Monday, September 26, 2022

It's time for tea!

 Hello!  and yes, it is time for tea! I've just noticed it's just after noon so a perfect time in the day for a break and a cup of tea before getting ready for a crafty afternoon with friends!  

I took my inspiration for my card today from another sketch challenge.  This one is at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  Lot's of layers on this card.  A change for me as I've been tending towards CAS for my more recent cards.  Which means my paper stash is just constantly growing because not using it does not mean I don't buy it!! 

I hope you like it. It's Stampin' Up! "Cup of Tea", matching papers, dies and the new In Colors.

Have a lovely day! 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Be Original!

 Second one for today!  This one is 100% inspired by the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps!   I love a sketch challenge, especially if I'm feeling stuck for ideas.  

I had some new stamps to play with so decided to try this Martian from Kate Crane at Carabelle Studio.  These really are lovely stamps to colour.   And the overall effect of imperfect watercolouring is so effective.

I used a mix of Stampin' Up! write markers and reinkers for my inks (so many colours to choose from and you need so little to get a good effect!)

Here is my little guy - hope you like it!

Woo Hoo!

 Hi! Happy Sunday! 

If you're reading this I hope you are having a lovely weekend!  It's a grey sky day here today but why should that be a bad thing?  I'm a real believer that you choose your mood and that helps you deal with what the day will bring!   

It's been a busy week here with my daughter now started at uni. She had her pick of 5 offers and chose the one she wanted right from the start!  "Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today" - Bruce Lee.  She worked so very hard for this and I am delighted and so very proud of her!

Back to today's card! I was especially happy to colour in this little guy from Elena Zinski at PaperArtsy.  Set ZA21.  This little sheep is so gorgeous! What's not to love! 

The only thing I'm not sure about on this card is the size of the greeting.  I may make another one and just go with something a little smaller.

Here it is though!   And whatever kind of a day you are having, count your blessings and celebrate the small stuff!

I'm entering this card in the We Love Stamping challenge!

Monday, September 19, 2022

La Fee Coquelicot

 A strange day today.  Very emotional watching the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Also amazing to see what a significant part of the tributes and music involved Scotland.  

It was difficult to stop watching.

So not too much crafting done today.. just one little card with a gorgeous stamp from Carabelle Studio called La Fee Coquelicot, french for the colour associated with the wild corn poppy. I started colouring with the intention of using shades of red but the decided to change it up a little and go for yellows.  It's a lovely image to colour.

I hope you like it.. 

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Hello September

 Hi!  Well, it's fair to say that the months are just flying in this year! 

I've not posted in ages.  I have been doing some crafting but in very limited time which has meant the blogging has had to stop.  I'm really going to try and get back to normal though as I do love sharing! 

As much as I love cardmaking I do alway struggle with Christmas - I start off well and then lose momentum!  And this year is no exception! I've started later than normal but you have to start somewhere!  So I thought I would share this card I made today.  It's a watercoloured poinsettia.  Nothing too fancy but I do like it. I might add some glitter (not sure yet!).

Here it is!

Have a lovely day! 

I'm off to play with my new Tim Holtz watercolour pencils now!  

Monday, May 30, 2022

Butterfly Hello


The weeks are just flying in at the moment! Lot's going on! So trying to carve out a little crafty me time and inspired by the challenge at Sunday Stamps - Split in Two.  Here's my make - I was using scraps that were destined for the bin, and that include little extra parts of a larger stamp which I put together to make the backing paper - waste not, want not! 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Flower Moments


Sorry I've not been posting as often.  Busy busy!  I managed to carve out some crafty time today though and time to play with a stamp set from AALL & Create called Flower Moments (#233).  I just love this set as it's really simple and so effective!  Just some light colouring and I roughed the edges of the image just to make it stand out from the card base.  Coloured using Stampin' Up! Inks and Markers.

Really simple but I hope you like it! 

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Some recent makes!

Hope you like them! I'm so excited about the new Stampin' Up! catalogue!  

Monday, April 25, 2022

Celebrate Beautiful Things


It's a chilly Monday here in central Scotland.  The sky is blue and it's bright outside but it's still deceptively cold!  I thought I would try and get a bit of a spring vibe with this card.   Nothing to complex, but a bit of stencilling for a change.  It's not something I usually do (or rather, I tend to forget about it as an option).. but I like this for a quick effect. 

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges (all "anything goes"):

Happy Monday everyone! 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Mothers Day

Here's the card I made for Mothers Day earlier this year!


Been ages!


It's been ages since I blogged.  Where does the time go?  Life is busy, but that's just an excuse.  I don't seem to have found my mojo recently.  I suppose that does happen.  I haven't not been crafting.  I've made cards when I've needed to, and I've made candles, tea lights, wax melt, room scents and diffusers.  I've just not taken any pics.

I have been trying to tidy the craft space too.. as I think one of the main problems is that I can't find anything!  So if I do want to craft it takes me ages if there is something specific I want to use and I just have no idea where to find it! 

I also need to tidy my craft space to make room for a whole load of new stash expected this week from Stampin' Up!  The demo pre-order for the new catalogue!  Now this is exciting and I think with that delivery may well come my revitalised mojo! 

I did have a little play today - something very simple!

tracy brown-scott / blue daisy crafts