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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Owl time!

Sewing today!

These little guys are made from a Debbie Shore kit!

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends


I hope you are having a lovely weekend!   I'm pleased to say it's Challenge time over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

We have some lovely inspiration and two fabulous sponsors for our Anything Goes Challenge so why not pop on over and join us?!

Here's my DT card.. Smelling the Cherry Blossom by Fred She Said!

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's Challenge Time at Crafting With Friends

Hello Friday!

It's that time again.. our Anything Goes challenge at Crafting with Friends!

We have an amazing sponsor.. Moonflower Digi Stamps!  Why not pop over and take part in our challenge. 

Here's my DT card using Gigi Little Mermaid.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Having a play with Paperartsy Infusions


Welcome to the weekend!  It's been a good week this week.  Lots achieved (not crafty stuff).  Time for some crafty stuff tomorrow hopefully. 
Although I did manage a quick make today playing with Paperartsy Infusions, some gel medium and one of my new Kim Dellow stamps.

I just love the effects you can get with the infusions.. so much fun to play with!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I could not resist!

Hi!  I hope the week is going well!  Very limited crafty time at the moment but I have managed to squeeze in some shopping over the last 10 days or so..  Here are the latest additions to my stash!

Some infusions...


Gorgeous stamps!



Monday, March 6, 2017

Get out the acrylics and have a play!

Hello! Well, it's definitely all been about having a play today! Re-discovered the acrylic paints (Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics by Paperartsy) and got a few extra tools out.. a hot glue gun, heat gun, baby wipes and an old credit card!

And here are the results!

The baby wipe flower..

Then a card using my new Kim Dellow stamps!

Used the faux printing technique with an old credit card.

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

What a lovely surprise!

Hi!  I had a lovely surprise waiting in my email today!

I've been chosen as one of the spotlight winners at Crafting By Designs for this:

So I get this badge! and the chance to be a guest designer for a future challenge!

Happy Bunny Am I!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

And another one!

Wet and Windy Day!

Hi!  Well this has been the week that saw storm Doris cause havoc in the UK.  Thankfully she didn't hang around too long.  The weather is pretty miserable here today. I don't think it's stopped raining!
A bit of me time today has been spent tidying the craft room.  When I say tidying, I mean "trying to find the floor"! Oops!

I've a few crafty orders coming so I need to make some space!

One thing that doesn't take up physical space is digi stamps (thank goodness!) and there are some lovely new releases at Bugaboo so I just had to treat myself!

Here is my first play.  This was all about the colouring so the card is very simple!

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

Crafty Awesomeness
Bit More Time to Craft
Simply Papercrafts
QKR Stampede
Colour Crazy Craft
Brown Sugar
Scrappers Delight
Imagine That!             

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:

tracy brown-scott / blue daisy crafts