Sunday, February 07, 2016

Wedding Wishes...

Hi folks...something a wee bit different from me tonight!

I have made this card for my friend's daughter who gets married next week...I can't wait!

Now Amy likes florals so I thought I would use some papers that I think she will like along with some flowers.  I watercoloured the hearts to match in and added some sequins and tiny hearts.  The banner was cut from the die-namics tag builder set.  I added the names using safmat...first time I have tried that!

Hope you like but I hope Amy likes!

Crafty Calendar - Love is in the Air
Brown Sugar - Valentine or Love
Cute Card Thursday - In the Pink
In the Pink - love
Simon Says Stamp - have a heart
Inky Chicks - love or hearts


Saturday, February 06, 2016


Hi everybody, hope you are well!

I have been manically busy with work, learning new stuff and having to do homework too but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.

I made this card a couple of weeks ago, the inspiration came from the lovely Lori's tutorial on watercolor backdrops. If you're looking to make a quick card then this is the way to easy and yet very effective.

First I cut a piece of watercolour card to size, the brush over with water making it quite wet, next I coloured up one of the background stamps with Spectrum Noir Aqua pens, I actually used 3 different shades of blue but I guess you could go with the one, and stamped onto the wet card.  The card absorbs the ink but because its wet the colour moves around so there's no two stamped images the's fab!  I then used a versamark pad and inked up some sentiments and embossed with white embossing powder.

I layered onto coloured card and added some sequins to finish.

Allsorts - clean and simple


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oooh....a little crazybird...

Today I am sharing how to colour a background and image using Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens with my new fabby stamps!

First I stamped my image onto Watercolour card using Archival Ink and then I left it aside for a couple of minutes just to dry off a bit.

I always like to colour the pens onto acetate and then lift the colour with a waterbrush so next I coloured some Bud Green onto acetate and lifted a small amount and coloured around the edge of the image.

I then repeated that step using Kingfisher to the top side of the image.

I then loaded the brush with water and blended the colour out so that both colours were meeting but not bleeding too much together.

I then coloured the tail using Orange and the beak using Fawn....I actually just used the fine tip of the Orange pen on the tail as I wanted it to be a bit bolder.

I then added more colour using the brush and still blending until I reach the required depth of colour.

For the background I used Magenta, Kingfisher and Fawn and again coloured onto acetate but this time I spritzed each block of colour and I stamped a background stamp into the ink and then onto the leaves quite a splodge...I repeated this for all three colours.

I then added some background lines using the same technique.

Finally I added some tiny dots using a small background stamp....I think this just gives the background that little bit extra texture.

I cut out the bird and layered it onto the card, added some sequins and a birthday message.

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog for more inspiation from the team.

Simon Says Stamp - Create with critters
Deep Ocean Challenge - something new (stamps)
Sweet Stampin - things with wings
One Crazy Stamper - anyting goes


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Birthdsy wishes...

Hey all...just a wee quick share with you

My hubby forgot he was to get me to make a card for one of the girls at his work...well he needed it for tomorrow....and he specific requirements....a few I could not manage at short notice!  I managed to add the required sun, flowers, name and age so I suppose that should be ok....

So I bought these fabby stamps last week and I have to say they are fab, they are MFT Sketched flowers, I used my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers to colour.  I also coloured a piece of watercolour card and die cut the name and numbers....finished with some sparkly bits.

Deep Ocean Challenge - something new(new stamps)


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy Birthday...

Howdy folks...well I have been busy this week getting my wee craft cupboard/room finished and I have to say it's looking all clean and fresh but still got a couple of bits and bobs to finish off! Once it's completely finished I will share...

I am loving all the new MFT releases....they are fab!  So I thought I would make a wee quickie card to fit the challenge on the MFT blog and I need to make my friend a card for her birthday too...

I followed the sketch and got inspirationn from the DT cards so here's my version...First I cut my card  using the stitched square die from the Blueprints 14 set and spritzed it with water, I used my new MFT watercolor backdrops which I just received from the lovely Kitty, coloured in the stamp with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and stamped onto the card.  The sentiment is from the Pretty Poppies set.  

Spectrum Aqua Markers used:
Orange, Kingfisher, Magenta, Fawn and Lime

Stamping Sensations - anything goes with a die
As You Like It -anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Hey what's new 
Simon Says Stamp - something new 
Deep Ocean Challenge - anything goes


Friday, January 08, 2016

Spectrum Noir January Challenge - Anything Goes

There's a new challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook Page, this months challenge is "eanything goes"...

You can also pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog to find out loads of tips and techniques on using all your Spectrum Noir products.

For my card I have used Spectrum Noir Aqua pens, Ihave used them together with my new MFT Distressed patterns stamps...I love these so much!!  I coloured the pens onto acetate and then spritzed the colour with water and then stamped into the ink and then stamped onto the watercolour leaves big splodges.  I then added some smaller splodges again using the same ink and technique.  I added a sentiment and some sparkly bits...hope you like!

Spectrum Aqua Pens - orange, sunset, wildflower, fawn

Fab 'n' Funky - something new
Simon Says Stamp -something new
Deep Ocean - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - something new
WordArt Wednesday - anything goes


Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 132

Well today sees the last challenge of the year over on the Sugar Bowl.

I can't believe how fast this year has flown in from being snowed under at work then made redundant, a wee bit time off then a wee job to tide me over and now I have bagged myself a new role at Heineken startting on 5th January....although it's still a fixed Term job, it's a longer one and is a fab opportunity....and who knows if I do a good job they might ask me to stay forever...woo hoo!

So anyway here's my card for today's challenge over on The Sugar Bowl. I thought the image and sentiment work well together for this time of the year.

The papers were in my stash, so no idea what they are, the image is called "Fizz" from Leanne Ellis at Funky Kits which I coloured with Spectrum Noir Marker pens.

Spectrum Noir Markers used - FS2, FS6, FS8, IG2, OR3, IB1, IB2, GB3, GB4, CR6, CR7, GT2, GT3, EB8, GB8, GB10

Pop over and check out what my teamies have made.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Party
Allsorts - anything but Christmas
Sweet Stampin - food and drink


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Spectrum Noir Tutorial - mixing Aqua markers and sparkle pens

Edited: so super organised I haven't posted this yet!!

Now I am super organised with this card as it's Holly's birthday soon and she's not really a girly girl but absolutley loves Olaf but I couldn't put a snowman on her birthday card so I thought I would try and go with the Frozen my tutorial for Spectrum Noir too...

First of all I cut a piece of watercolour card to the required size, I have gone for 6 x 6 inch and I also cut out the numbers to use on my card again in waterfcolour card.

Next I coloured Kingfisher, Orchid, Lime and Topaz Spectrum Noir Aqua markers onto a piece of acetate, I heavily loaded my brush with water ro really dilute the colour and then just randomly added a dash of each colour onto the card.

Once the first layer of colour is dry I then repeated the step above just to make the colour a bit more vibrant.

Next I gave the card a wash of water to blend the Aqua colours together, I let it dry and then added some splashes.

Next I moved onto the numbers, using Amethyst and Aquamarine Sparkle pens, I coloured the acetate again and the using a brush loaded with some water lifted the colour from the acetate and coloured the numbers.

Again, leaving to dry before added more of the same coloured Sparkle Pens and then I gave a final coat of the Crystal Clear sparkle Pen.

Here is my finished card, it's hardto see the sparkle from the pens but  it's there...added a message and a few sequins, pearls and gems.

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog for lots more inspiration.

Deep Ocean Challenge - anything goes
Bunny Zoe - sparkle and shine


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Gorjuss all in a row...

Good morning sugar it seems ages since I have posted on my blog!!  I have been mega busy with work since I cam back my holidays however I think that's me back on track now!

So I have been working on this card over the past week but it took me a bit of practice to get the masking right.

I have used 5 different mini Gorjuss stamps, I made a mask and layered, masked and stamped them up.  I then coloured them with Spectrum Noir Aqua pens.  The papers are from the Capsule birthday collection available from Funky Kits aswell as the stamps.

Hoipe you likey!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tiddly Ins Challenge

It's time for another challenge over on the Tiddly Inks blog, this fortnight the theme is "Baby Makes".

I used the image called Sleep Tight which I coloured with Spectrum Noir markers.  The papers are from LOTV which I cut to size and then layered onto green card, I distressed the edges of each of the layers and added some doodling!


Friday, November 06, 2015

Tiddly Inks Fab Friday

Good morning folks and here's my DT post for Tiddly Inks...
Since it's Remembrance Sunday this weekend I thought I would make something that would fit in with that...

I have used Poppylicious and coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers, I then cut the image out and layered it onto an embossed panel...I sprayed the image with glitter spray slthough I don't think you can really see that!

Hope you likey!

Pop over to the Tiddly Inks blog to check out the rest of the teams cards.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

A wee Christmas fairy...

Howdy folks, it's been a few weeks and my scheduled post...

Today I am sharing a wee Christmas card and one of my favourite fairies from Sugar Nellie which is available from Funky Kits...this little cutie is called Hey Little Birdie which I coloured with Spectrum Noir markers, I then did some shading with blendable pencils.

The papers are from American Crafts - Shimelle Christmas Magic which I layered onto Bazzill card.  I distressed the edges of the layers and added my usual doodling.

Hoipe you likey!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tiddly Inks Challenge - Spooky Dooky

Howdy folks!

It's time for another challenge over on the Tiddly Inks blog, this fortnight the theme is "Spooky Dooky".

For my card I have used Spooky Birthday which I coloured with Spectrum Noir markers, the papers are from Crate Paper...which are just gorgeous. I layered the papers onto bazzill card, doodled the edges as normal.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

A wee Thank You

Hey folks...I'm back from my holiday and getting caught up with everything!

I meant to blog this before I went but forgot, so better later than never.  The background was made using my e-brush with Spectrum Noir markers.  The stamp is from Crafters Companion and was stamped in black on top of the blended ink....I love my e-brush!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tiddly Inks Challenge - Autumn colours

Howdy folks!

It's time for another challenge over on the Tiddly Inks blog, this fortnight the theme is autumn colours.

The image is called Wryn's leaves which I coloured with Spectrum Noir markers, the papers are from Echo Park - The Story of Fall...which are just gorgeous. I layered the papers onto bazzill card, doodled the edges as normal.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Tiddly Inks Fab Friday

Howdy folks, it's time for Fab Friday over at Tiddly Inks.  Here's my DT card today, I have used Aida Gonna Miss you...isn't she just adorable??  I coloured her with Spectrum Noir Markers, the backing papers were in my stash so not really sure where they are from but I thought they matched in well.  I added a piece of turquoise lace to lift the colour a bit....and of course the dooodling!

Pop ove to the Tiddly Inks blog and check out my teamies creations cos they are fabby!


Friday, September 25, 2015

Tiddly Inks Fab Friday -

Hey folks!

Well been having major wifi issues and this card should have posted today but didn't and now I have just noticed!!

So here is my little card for today's Fab Friday over on the Tiddly Inks Blog.

So I have used this little cutie called Fluttering By to say Hi and coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers.  Once I finished colouring I did some fussy cutting.  The papers are from LOTV which I layered onto bazzill card, did my usual doodling around the edges. I added a piece of lace to one of the layers. The leaves have been cut using my die-namics layered leaves die and added some little paper flowers.  I then added those teeny die cut butterflies and glittered then up.

Pop over to the Tiddly Inks blog to check out the rest of the teams cards.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Spectrum Noir September Tutorial -18th

Hi everybody, today I am sharing my tutorial on how to colour with blendable pencils on kraft and using blending solution.

I really need to practise a bit more but there was a few people on the Facebook group looking for some tips, so ladies hopefully this will help you.

First of all I cut a piece of kraft card to size and stamped the image using memento ink.

Next I added skin tone to the arms, legs, face and neck.

Next I added colour to the dress, making it a bit darker at the edges.

I then used blending solution with a paper stump to the coloured areas, I feel using the blending solution gives the image a softer touch and takes away the pencil lines.  The image will look darker to start with on the areas you have used the solution.

Once the dress dried I then added colour to the book and then started to colour the socks

I then went over the coloured area again with pencil and then started colouring the hair.

I then used the blending solution all over....

I then went over all coloured areas again just to highlight the image.

I then trimmed the image to size and here's my final card, I added some little pearls and gems and some twine. 

blendable pencil colors used: 001, 002, 009, 024, 042, 065, 066, 088, 112, 117, 119, 120

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog for more tutorials from the team.