Thursday, March 05, 2015


Hi sugar fans...hope you are all well and enjoying our daily inspiration!

For today's Sugar Nellie DT card, I have used this little cutie called "Worried" which is available here.

I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir pens, the papers are from LOTV...perfect for a boy card!  The stars have been cut from one of my die-namics dies.

pens used:
FS2, FS6, FS8
IG1, IG2, IG3
CG1, CG2, CG3
TB4, TB8, TB9
GB8, GB9, GB10

Cute Card Thursday - die cuts and punches
Papertake Weekly - anything goes


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Spectrum Noir March Challenge

Hi folks....thought I had scheduled this to go but it appears I did't!!

So for this months March challenge, it's use a sentiment....and obviously those Spectrum Noir products.

The image is from Saturated Canary which I coloured with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils, I cut the image out and layered it on top of the sentiment.  The papers are digi papers from The Sweet Shoppe...aren't they pretty??

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Facebook page to check out the challenge.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gift Wrapping

Good morning sugar fans....well it's almost the end of the week again...yay!!

We have had a mixture of weather this week in Scotland..sleet, hail, snow, wind, rain and with the rubbishy weather why not share some sugar love with us.

For todays card, my first Christmas card of the year I have used this topper called Gift Wrapping from Sugar Nellie which also comes in digi format which you can buy here.

The papers are from Lawn Fawn, called Snow Day.  I layered them onto card and followed my favourite sketch.  I added some ribbon and snowflakes too.

Remember we also have a new challenge over on the Sugar Bowl.

Pop back for more sugar inspiration tomorrow.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Colouring on kraft tutorial

Good morning everyone, I here with you today sharing my little tutorial for Spectrum Noir on how to colour on kraft using the blendable pencils.

First of all I stamped the image using white ink and then I embossed it using white detail embossing powder...I find this makes the colouring really easy.

Next start colouring the image using your favourite spectrum noir blendable pencils, for mine I have used yellows, oranges and reds...

Gradulally add more colour and build up the layering...

You don't have to be precise at this stage, just keep building up your colours...

The next is to blend the colours together using the blending solution, dip the end of the paper stump into the solution (don't over saturate it) and gradually blend each section, you can wipe away any excess colour sitting on the white detail with a dry cloth, leave the image to completely dry before adding it to your card.

Hey presto...the finished card, hope you likey!

pencils used:

flowers: 105, 026, 023, 025, 028, 019, 018, 088 and 014
leaves: 059, 046 and 044


Thursday, February 19, 2015


Good morning sugar fans....well it's almost the end of the week again...yay!!

For my Sugar Nellie DT card I have used this pretty little digi stamp called Annabel from Sugar Nellie at Funky Kits.

I really wanted to practice my hair colouring and thought these adorable images were just perfect....Pop over to Funky Kits and check them out.

The papers are from the Sweet Shoppe which I layered onto kraft card, I also embossed a panel and layered that on top of kraft card give a bit texture.  The image has been coloured with my spectrum noir them!!  The flowers have been made using various die-namics dies.

pens used:
skin - FS1, FS2, FS4, FS6, FS8
freckles -TN1, TN2, TN3
eyes/ribbons - IB1, IB2, IB3
hair -EB5, EB6, EB7, EB8, GB8, GB10

Simon Says Stamp - texture
Bunny Zoe - for the girls
Stamping Sensations - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - anything goes


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Autum leaves

Good morning sugar fans....I just don't know where the days are going!!  One good thing though, it's light when I come home from work...yay!

So for todays card I have used this pretty little stamp called Autumn Leaves which is from the All Dressed Up range of stamps at Funky Kits.

I have used backing paper from LOTV, the used the spectrum noir aqua markers to colour up the circle, when it was almost dry I sprinkled some drops of water to lift the colour and give a bit of something.  I also coloured the image with the markers too....I am so loving these markers!!

pens used:
peach, kingfisher, gold, terracota, chocolate, blossom, bud green, lime and marigold.


Sunday, February 08, 2015

Something different

Howdy folks, I am sharing my card for Spectrum Noir using the new aqua markers....oh I do love them!

The image is from Stampin' Up, I stamped using black archival ink on watercolour card.  I then gradually added colour, blending with water to add shading.

I then layered the image and left it plain and simple.

pens used:
topaz, yellow, fawn, chocolate, lime, bud green and moss

Crafty Calendar - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - anything goes


Friday, February 06, 2015

Spectrum Noir February Challenge

Good morning folks, and here's my first post for Spectrum Noir!

I did a wee guest spot in December and couldn't believe my luck when I received an email asking if I would like to join the team how could I resist that!

So for our challenge this month at Spectrum Noir it is to use the colour doesn't have to be a valentines card.

I have used this beautiful image from Ching Chou Kuik called Wild Princess.  I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens, the papers were in my stash although I think they are from Prima Marketing, I layered the papers onto kraft card and did my usual doodling around the edges.  The flower has been from one of the die-namics blueprints sets.

pens used:
FS2, FS6, FS8
GB1, GB3, GB4, GB6, GB8, GB10, 
CR9, CR11
DR5, DR6
DG2, DG3, CG2


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Picket Post

Hi folks...well not sure what happened with this post this morning...well it didn't post!!

So for todays card on the Sugar Nellie blog I have used this little cutie called Picket Post from the Sugar Nellie digital  range.  I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens...and added some shading with spectrum noir blendable pencils.

I have used papers from LOTV and added some ribbon to finish...

Remember you can enter our challenge over on the Sugar Bowl.

Pop back for more sugar inspiration tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bumble Bee

Good morning folks and welcome to my scheduled post for Sugar Nellie!

So for today's card, I did have a little mishap with my little kitty image and it's being put back together again so until then I am sharing this little cutie although it's an old stamp, she's called Bumble Bee.  I coloured her with inktense pencils and left it CAS....pop over to Funky Kits and check out those fab new stamps...

Remember you can enter our challenge over on the Sugar Bowl.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Good morning freezy is it today!!  Well here I am with my scheduled post over on the Sugar Nellie blog.

So for todays card I have used one of the fab new stamps available from Funky Kits called Strawberry. 

 I have coloured the image with my inktense pencils...I have used papers from LOTV, inked up the edges with distress inks and then layered them onto bazzill card.  I added a ribbon bow and some flowers and finished off with some wee pearls.

Remember you can enter our challenge over on the Sugar Bowl.

Stamping Sensations - punches and dies
Allsorts - new and cute


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Some sunshine...

Howdy folks, well I am a day late with my Sweet Stampin post...better late than never I suppose!  This weeks challenge is girly but no pink!

Our sponsor is the fabby All Dressed Up... lucky winner picked at random will receive 2 digis of the winners choice!

I spied these digis on Etsy and thought I needed to make a card using one of them.  So this image is called Sunshine from Ching Chou Kuik, I coloured her with m,y spectrum noir pens, the papers are random ones I found in my stash which I layered onto brown cardstock and then doodled the edges.  The Flowers are sunflowers from die-namics which I coloured to match the image.  I added lots of glitter to the flowers and image, I also added a piece of lace and a pleated ribbon and then finished with some little pearls.

CCK Digital Challenge - ribbon and flowers
Stamping Sensations - dies and punches
Simon Says Stamp - something new(brand new digi)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Basik and Fishes

Good morning folks and I'm here with my scheduled post.

Today I am sharing over on the Sugar Nellie blog...It's another CAS one....keeping a wee theme going!  I have used one of the new Scrapberry's stamps called Basik and Fishes which I coloured with spectrum noirs.

The sun die is a die-namics and the centre has been stamped with a message I found in my stash!

Pop over to the Funky Kits store where you can buy all the new stamps in the Scrapberry's range.

Pop back for more sugar inspiration tomorrow.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Girls Just Wanna have Fun!

Good morning folks....well almost back to normal after the festivites!

So last night while watching rubbish on the telly, I made this wee favourite colours!

The stamp is from Stamping Bella - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun which I coloured with my inktense pencils, I was more happy with this colouring but did get a wee bit heavy handed on a few areas...hopefully you can't!  I glittered up the glasses and dresses too. The papers are one of my favourite digi papers from The Sweet Shoppe called Let the Sunshine.  I layered them onto blue card and doodled the edges.  I added a ribbon bow and pearly string...had that for ages but hadn't used it...not sure if this is what you use it  The big daisy has been secured to the bow and then I added a button with some twine and teeny pearls to finish.

Crafty Catz - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - favourite challenge ( so girlie challenge)
Bunny Zoe - buttons
Totally Gorjuss - anything goes
The Ribbon Girl - DT Call


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My favourite cards from 2014

Well it's that time again and Debby is doing her favourite cards spot again so I had to join in again, so here's mine below.

My last Sugar Nellie card of 2014!

Good morning folks and here is my last scheduled post of 2014!

So for todays card on the Sugar Nellie blog I have gone all CAS. I have used one of the stamps from the All Dressed Up range called "Little Raindrops" and coloured her with spectrum noirs.

The sun die is a die-namics and the cloud is a memory box die.

Remember there's still a couple fo days to enter our DT Call over on The Sugar if yoy fancy a 4 month slot check out the details

Pop back for more sugar inspiration tomorrow.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Spectrum Noir guest card

Good morning folks and I am sharing my last card as guest designer for Spectrum Noir.

I used this little cutie from the ADU range from Sugar Nellie which you can buy here from Funky Kits.  I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens  I layered a die cut on top of blue paper, and embossed the bottom panel and then added a piece of blue lace to hide the join.  I added tiny gems to the centres of the flowers to finish.

colours used to colour:
FS2, FS6
TB1, TB2, TB3
IG1, IG2
GB2, GB4, GB5, GB8, GB10
CT3, CT4


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 120

Good morning sugar fans!  

It's time for a new challenge although a couple of days early here at The Sugar Bowl......

As always one lucky winner of this challenge gets to choose 4 sweet Sugar Nellie digis...


a second prize winner will receive 2 Sugar Nellie digis.....woo hoo!!

Please remember to use a Sugar Nellie stamp...rubber or digi to be eligible. 

So for my card I have gone all CAS...the stamp is one of the newbies from the All Dressed Up range at Sugar Nellie called Abi Ballerina which I coloured with spectrum noir pens.  I added loads of glitter to the dress and headband. I die cut a circle and then embossed it and layered the image on top. I added a couple of sequins and then added my usual doodles.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Spectrum Noir Guest card

Good morning folks and I am sharing my next card as guest designer for Spectrum Noir.

This week I am doing a tutorial on clouds and grass, never done one before so no video just photos...hope you can follow!!

Step 1. I stamped this cute little image from LOTV onto white card.

 Step 2. I drew with a pencil the shape of the clouds.

 Step 3. I then went over the pencil lines with IG2.

Step 4. I then used IG1 and pulled the colour from IG2 away from the edges using feather strokes. 

Step 5. I then used HB2 and went over the grey lines on the bottom edge of the clouds.

 Step 6. I then used the blender and coloured the cloud in to blend the grey and the lilac together.

Step 7. I then went over the outside edge of the clouds with IG1 again...and added a bit of shading to the tops of the clouds too.

Step 8. I then coloured the sky with feather like strokes using IB1 and BT1 and then gently used IG1 to gently random shade.

Step 9. I then coloured in the little fairy using FS2, FS6, PP1, PP2, DR5, CR10, CG1, CG2.

Step 10. I added grass in various shades of green..CG1, CG2, DG2, DG3, GB10, GB8 using fine feather V type strokes, I found it easier to turn the image upside down and pull the pen towrads me, I felt I could do finer lines and was more in control of the pen this way.

Step 11. I then trimmed the image to size and then layered it on to blue cardstock.  The background papers is also from LOTV which I thought matched perfectly, I had to add some doodled lines around the edges and finished with a bow and some tiny pearls...oh and yes her wings have been glittered up.

Step 12.  The final card....hope you likey!!

The Ribbon Girl - lovely lili challenge
Cute Card Thursday - sparkles