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Friday, September 23, 2016

Love & Thanks

Hi folks, today I am sharing my tutorial for Spectrum Noir.

First I coloured a piece of watercoloured card using Marine, Bud Green and Kingfisher Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.


I laid background aside to let it dry and stamped and white embossed the trees.


Next I coloured some sections of the trees randomly using Moss Green and Cobalt Spectrum Aqua Marker.  I then loaded my brush with water and brushed over each of images.


I gradually added more colour until I got the required shade and so it would stand out against the background.


Next I cut out each of the images, being extra careful not to cut off any of the white embossing.


I laid the trees aside and moved back to the background, now that the background has dried I added some splashes of water, the water reactivates the color.


Next I added some splodges.


And then I thought the background would look extra cool with some additional splodges so I white embossed a few more splodges.


I then added sticky fixers and layered the trees onto the card, added some pearls, gems and sequins and of course the sentiment.


Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog to find more tutorials using the Spectrum Noir range of products.

Fi
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Feel Better Soon...


Here I am with my DT card for My Mum's Craft Shop....and I actually remembered to post it!!

Todays card has been made using the Altenew Bamboo Rose stamp set.


I white embossed the flowers and sentiment and coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Aquablnd pencils...I just used a few colours and built up the layers.

I added some ribbon and sequins to finish.

Pop back for some more inspiration from the team.

Fi
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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Celebrate


Oops I did it again....a bit later than planned!

Here's my DT card for My Mum's Craft Shop.

Today's card has been made with a coupleof stamps from different companies.  The background is made using MFT Whimsical Background and the sentiment is from Avery Elle Big Greetings.

First I white embossed the background and then added some colour using my Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers...I just randomly added colour to some of the sections then I brushed over the whole background with water...it's a cool efffect and the colours blend. I then stamped the wording and die cut it and then layered it onto the background.


Pop back for some more inspiration from the team.

Fi
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Saturday, September 03, 2016

More flowers...




Hi folks...sorry I haven't been blogging all the time recently but you know how it is.....work!!

So back on track with my DT card for Spectrum Noir.

Noow you might think you've seen this one before but you haven't I am just loving the Tim Holtz stamps, they make the colouring so easy!

I white embossed the flowers on to watercolour card, I then coloured the flowers using my Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers, I started with the lightest colours and gradually added the darker colours blending them altogether.  Once I finished the colouring I went over the flowers with a clear Spectrum Noir glitter pen...I then added some splodges and sequins to finish.

products used:
Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers -peach, fawn, yellow, red violet, scarlet, sunflower, crimson, sunset, orchid, lime, moss, slate
Tim Holtz - Flower Garden


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.

Remember you also enter the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page...here!

challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Friday, August 26, 2016

Make a wish...


Here Iam with my DT card for My Mum's Craft Shop....I forgot to schedule this morning!

Today's card has been made using MFT - make a wish stamps but unfortunately are out of stock but will be back in soon.


First I white embossed one of the sentiments from the set and then I brushed some colour over the background and then spritzed with water to give it a bit of texture. I stamped the candles into watercolour ink and then stamped onto watercolour card and then once dry I cut them out.

I added some sticky fixers and the layered the candles onto the card.

I distressed the edges of the card and layered it onto some black card.

Pop back for some more inspiration from the team.

Fi
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Some pretty flowers...




Hi everybody, hope you are all well!
*sigh!

So today I decided to do a bit of watercolouring...I think I love these stamps and I think I love watercolouring!! This is so easy to do and you don't have to be great at colouring...Ijust love the effect, it's fab!

First, here's a wee close up...



So first I cut a piece of watercolour card and then white embossed the flowers, I actually had to mask them so I could overlap...that actually took me longer to cut and mask than it did to colour!

Edited: forgot to say the stgamps are from Tim holtz Flower Garden set.

Then I started colouring with my watercolour pens, starting with the lightest to darkest and just gradually adding colour until I got the shade I wanted.

I added a sentiment and some sequins to finish.

challenges:
Stamping Sensations - anything goes
Allsorts - fabulous florals
Colour Crazy Challenge - anything goes
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky -anything goes
Dream Valley - In the Pink
Penny Black and more - anything goes



Fi
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Snuggle Bunnies





Hi all....hope you are enjoying the Olympics...it's been really fab!

So here's my DT card for MMCS...better late than never!


When I spotted these cute little stamps over in the My Mum's Craft Shop store I just had to buy them...aren't they so cute??

The stamp set is from MFT and is called Snuggle Bunnies but unfortunately are out of stock but will be back in soon.


I stamped this image with black archival ink and then watercoloured using my Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils, I didn't actually use that many colours, just kept it simple.

I die cut the panel using the MFT Stitched Cover up die and layered it on top of the image, I made the bottom section into a shaker card just for something a bit different.

Pop back for some more inspiration from the team.

Fi
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Spectrum Noir August Challenge - Anything Goes




Hi everybody...have you seen the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page??

This month's theme is "anything goes" now easy is that??  All you have to do is use some of the Spectrum Noir products.

The stamps I have used for this card are from Tim Holtz...they are quite cool!!

I stamped the image with a versamark pad and then white embossed it and then using my Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils coloured the image.  I started off using light colours and gradually added deeper colours to give it more depth.

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.


challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - fabulous florals


Fi
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Spring Daisy




Hi folks, happy Friday, I'm sharing my  DT card I have made for My Mum's Craft Shop.

I have been doing a bit of watercolouring again with my new pens but may have got a little carried away but I really wanted to show you something different and also just to see how bright I could make the image.

The flowers in this set are from  the Altenew Spring Daisy set, it was available whn I made the card but due to popular demand is out of stock again but on order and will be back shortly. The sentiment is also from the Altenew Label Love set which unfortunately is also out of stock and on order.


I stamped this image with black archival ink and then watercoloured using my new zig pens, I started with the light colours and grdaully added more darker shading until it was bright! Oh and I almost forgot...the splodges too, I made them from a teeny stamp in the MFT distressed patterns set.


Fi
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Spectrum Noir Tutorial

Just noticed this hasn't posted...grrrrr!!

I thought I would share with you how to make a card using Spectrum Noir Aquatints and some shaving foam!

First up, I sprayed some shaving foam onto my craft sheet and smoothed it out to make the surface even.



Next I added 2 drops of purple Spectrum Noir Aquatint.



Next, using my pokey tool, I dragged it through each of the drops of Aquatint to make heart shapes in the shaving foam....it doesn't have to be perfect as I think that adds to the look.




Next I gently pressed a piece of white card onto the shaving foam.



Then once I felt that the card had an even coverage of shaving foam, I gently peeled the card away from the foam.


I left it for a couple of minutes and then I gently rubbed off the shaving foam using kitchen roll....and the print below was left on the card...isn't it quite cool?



I layered the card onto coloured cardstock and added a few black splodges of ink.





Here's the finished card...this was really easy to do and has an amazing result!



Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog to find more tutorials using the Spectrum Noir range of products.

Fi
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A bit of watercolouring...


Good morning folks!

The sun is out and I am off work so before I get on with the housework I thought I would share my latest creation.

I actually spotted these flowers on youtube and they were also watercoloured, I just loved it when I saw it so I already had the stamps so I followed the tutorial by Kristina over there for colouring and making this card. 

This didn't actually take me that long but I first of all stamped and white embossed the flowers and the stems, I also had to mask off the flowers so I could overlap them....oh and it was really difficult to see the white embossing so one of my stems is a bit off centre.....I guess that's what makes it handmade...lol!

Next I started colouring the flowers using my zig pens, now I started with light colours and then gradually added darker colours to give the flowers a bit of depth...you don't have to be great at colouring which is what I love about watercolouring...it's so forgiving if you make a mistook!

Once I was happy with the colours I then added some shading around the flowers and then I added some slpodges...these are so cool and funky and I also added my checked effect backing...I think this looks quite funky against the vibrant colours.

products used:
Tim Holtz Stampendous stamps - flower garden
Altenew Label Love 
Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens
sequins

Hope you likey!

challenges:
Bunny Zoe - summer florals
Stamping Sensations - anything goes
In the Pink - get out your rubber
Noor Design - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes



Fi
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Poppy Gems...


Happy Sunday everybody!!

Well I am up to my eyes in work but I ordered some new crafty goodies and this stamp was one of my new purchases.  I am off down south in the morning to the Bulmers cider mill to meet some important people....and of course work!!  I'm there for three days so back late on Wednesday.

I couldn't wait to stamp and colour up this stamp as I have been eyeing it up for ages, it's from Penny Black and is called Poppy Gems.

I white embossed the image but left a section off the card...so that isn't the full image you can see.  I then coloured the image using my watercolour pens.  I gradually added colour building up the layers and I think it looks ok...I am still practising.  I also added some shading around the flowers as I think it helped them to pop out. I added a sentiment and some sequins, pearls and gems.

Iam actually loving white embossing at the moment...it is very therapeutic watercolouring over embossing, it helps not to go over the lines too....so there may be more to come lol!


challenges:
Cute Card Thursday -embossing
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Bunny Zoe - summer florals
The Ribbon Girl - any image(not sure if I need to use ribbon, if so just delete this)
Penny Black & More - anything goes


Fi
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The perfect pear...




Hi everybody...

Did you know my boy got engaged, so I decided to make him a card but something a bit different to the norm!

For this card I used my spectrum Noir Aqua blend pencils....I only actually needed two colours to do this. I then added some splodges and doodles.


Hope you like!

Fi
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Friday, July 15, 2016

A Little Thank You





Hi folks, happy Friday!

I'm here today with my card for My Mum's Craft Shop!





I have been doing a bit of watercolouring and this set of stamps from MFT called Build-able Bouquet is the perfect set to start with as the images aren't too big. 


For this card I stamped the images and white embossed, this helps the colour not to run over the lines, it kind of holds it in place....it's a fab technique!  I then used watercolour pens to colour the images.  I added some little sequins and some white splodges to finish!


challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - embossing
Cute as a button- anything goes
Bunny Zoe -summer florals
Fab 'n' Funky - add a sentiment
Noor Design - anything goes
Penny Black & More - anything goes



Fi
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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Spectrum Noir July Challenge - Summer




Hi everybody...have you seen the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page??

This month's theme is "Summer" now easy is that??  All you have to do is use some of the Spectrum Noir products.

The stamps I have used for this card are from Hero Arts...they are quite cool!!

I coloured the Spectrum Aqua markers directly onto the stamp this time, just really to see the difference, so I think it has made the colours a bit more bolder than if I lifted the colour from a stamping mat.

I stamped the cones first using topaz then I left it to dry a bit and stamped the texture over the cone using marigold.  I then stamped the ice cream using lime, peach and blossom and then stamped the swirls in olive, blossom and scarlet.  Next I added some sprinkles stamped in chocolate....oh almost forgot the cherry on top....that was stamped using olive and blossom.

Next I also stamped the background...it's supposed to resemble different coloured sprinkles, then I layered the ice creams onto the card.

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.


challenges:
Sweet Stampin' - summer
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Deep Ocean- Colors of summer
Bunny Zoe - summer



Fi
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Friday, July 01, 2016

Hello...





Morning everybody, it's time for my DT card for MMCS...




When I spotted this stamp set on the MMCS website, I really did love it and there is soooo much you can do with it...it is so pretty!

The stamp set is from My Favourite Things and is called "Spring Wreath".  I used my Spectrum Noir Aqua pens to colour the wreath and the flowers, I used moss, wildflower and red violet.  I also stamped up some splodges first using the same green colour, I also added a few extra leaves.  I cut out the flowers and the wreath and layered them up finishing with teeny pearls to the centres.  I also added some white slodges but it's hard to see them.

products used:
MFT Distressed Patterns

challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania - flowers and wreaths



Fi
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spectrum Noir tutorial


I wanted to share with you all on how I made this little clean and simple card, you don't have to be experienced and you don't need to have a lot of pens to make an effective card.

First I cut a piece of watercolor card to size and brushed with water.


Next I scribbled the colors I wanted to use.


Next I loaded my brush with water and brushed over the ink to blend it out and into each other.




Next dry off the card using a heat gun or you can leave it aside to dry.  Then I stamped the image using black archival ink over the inked up card.


Next I cut the stamped image down to size.


Next I layered the image onto some colored cardstock.


I stamped some slodges and a sentiment and then layered up the image onto the card.


Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog to find more tutorials using the Spectrum Noir range of products.

Fi
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Stamping Bella Rachel Loves the Rain


Howdy folks a bit late in posting my DT card for My Mum's Craft Shop...well it should have been here yesterday but I wanted to use this little cutie which was on order so it's here today!!



So the stamp is from Stamping Bella and is called Rachel Loves the Rain and is available right now. I coloured her with Spectrum Noir Markers, then did a bit of shading with pencils. The sentiment comes with the stamp...so perfect! I added a couple of sequins to finish off.


Fi
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's a little crazy kitty...



Hi folks...sorry I haven't been blogging all the time recently but you know how it is.....work!!

Well anyway I did manage to make some time last weekend to hit the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show and met up with the lovely Susan for a coffee and a cake...oh and some buying!

This stamp set was one of my buys...I think I quite like them!

I stamped the image onto watercolour card using black archival ink, i then loaded my brush with water and lifted the colour from the tip of the watercolour pencil and just randomly washed it over the card but just around the cat....now I did start quite dark but the more water thats added then the softer the colour gets.  Once this was dry I then coloured the image again using watercolour pencils.  Once the colouring was dry Ithen stamped the splodges using black ink.  

Iloved playing with this little kitty...I think there will be more coming...lol!

products used:
Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils
Tim holtz - Crazy Cats stamps
Altenew - Label Love
MFT - Distressed Patterns
sequins

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.

Remember you also enter the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page...here!



Fi
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Friday, June 03, 2016

Happy Birthday...


Morning everybody, here I am with my DT card for My My Mum's Craft Shop.



Well today it's very plain and simple, Ithink the distressed look is fab yet it's so quick and easy!

First of all I used some Lyra crayons and scribbled on the background stamp, spritzed it with water and then stamped it onto a piece of watercolour card.

Once dry I then stamped some of the splodges from the distressed patterns set using black archival ink.  I also stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in black ink too.



Fi
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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Spectrum Noir June Challenge




Hi everybody...have you seen the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page??

This month's theme is to use a die...and obviously some of the spectrum Noir products.


I stamped the flowers and then colours them using SpectrumNoir Aquablend pencils...oh I so love them and then I die cut them.

I also die cut the scallop square and the inners square....makes it so neat and perfect!  I layered the flowers to the card with sticky fixer, and added a few sequins.



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.


Fi
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