Month: July 2016

Spectrum Noir July tutorial with Neat and Tangled- Fun Background with Spectrum Noir Aquablend Pencils

Hey all,I hope you are all well and having a lovely weekend ? 
I wanted to share a couple of cards I made for my July tutorial over at Spectrum Noir Blog which can be found here It is a really fun and different technique to use with your Aquablend, or other watercolor pencils. 
I have also used a couple of stamps by Neat and Tangled. 
 Ok don’t laugh but I have had these stamps for months now, but they have been a look at and stroke stamps, I know I am strange !!
 But one of my things for this year is to start using ALL my craft supplies, mainly because like these stamps I have some pretty awesome stuff that just doesn’t get used.
But I am SO pleased I used them, the So Very Blessed stamp I masked off the sides, the stamp has a really pretty leaf arrangement around each side, but for this card I wanted it as simple as possible. 
 The fun thing about this technique is it can be used in so many ways and is SO simple.
I will be using it to creating sprinkles on cupcake stamps I have, if  you add less water they really do look like sprinkles, you can see in the So Very Blessed Card in some areas what I mean.
 On the one above I used my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to create some sparkly splatters.
I really like doing this to add just a little bit of sparkle and interest. 

I didn’t want to, or think I needed to add much to these cards, so I die cut them using Stitched rectangle dies, added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins and mounted them onto black cardbase. 
I hope you checked out the video tutorial, I really do encourage you to try this technique and if you do make sure you share your creations with me. 
Thank you for stopping by. 
Have an amazing day, and happy crafting 
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A little Snail Mail

Hey all, I hope you are all well ? 
I’m sharing a card today featuring stamps from Sunny Studio Stamps, If you have never heard of them then make sure you head on over to their website and check them out. They are cutesy stamps, but slightly different and I LOVE their style they produce some awesome stamp sets, they also do some fab dies too so make sure you check the out.

I have used their Backyard Bugs set which I will confess I purchased as soon as I saw the snail in the set. 
 Sometimes something just needs googly eyes and this guy for me was crying out for them.
I created the main background by stamping onto some Simon Says Stamp card stock (all links are below) in Simon Says Stamp Fern ink with some of the smaller stamps in this set, I then coloured them and went over them my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen and die cut along the edges using  Lawn Fawns Stitched border die.
I coloured the images using the following Spectrum Noir Markers- 
IB1,IB2,DR7,DR6,DR5,DR3,CR11,CR10GB3,CT4,CT3,CT2,LY3,BG7,BG6,BG5,BG4,BG3,BG2,BG1,EB1,EB2,TN1,TN2,TN3. 
And fussy cut them out. 
I applied some glossy accents to the toadstools spots and windows, and whilst I waited for that to dry I created the background. 
I took some Neenah and using Twisted Citron & Tumbled Glass Distress inks and blended them to create a simple Grass-sky background. 

The cloud is from the Mama Elephant Landscape trio set and I die cut some Neenah and stamped the “A little snail mail” sentiment along with two of the heart stamps using Simon Says Stamp Cobblestone ink….I did originally try this with vellum and embossing powder, but for this card it just didn’t look right to me.  
I adhered the cloud to the background and then decided to using some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle over it…confession time, I squeezed the pen when I really shouldn’t have and ended up with a big drop on my distress ink background, I REALLY didn’t want to do the background again so I just flicked the pen across the background to give a sparkle splatter look…I am really not sure I like it, but I just went with it. 
I then die cut the Stitched Square frame from Neenah and using some foam tape I adhered it to the inked square. 
I then adhered the rest of the elements to the card, I decided to put the snail on the edge of the square and used some foam tape on him. I then adhered those googly eyes along with enamel dots and the card was done. 

This card was a total non planned go with the flow type card, and I smile every time I look at it because that snail is just so much fun ! 
The toadstool house was brilliant to colour and you can see in the picture above the dimension from the Glossy Accents. 
I have sent this card to a friend in the states and I hope it makes her smile. 

Thank you all for stopping by my blog today. 
I hope you all have an amazing day
Happy Crafting 





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From My Hut to yours….

Hey lovelies…phew it is a HOT one here today !!! The furbabies are all laid out in front of the fans, and I am tempted to join them….I really do not do well with the heat and it is a running joke that I should live in the North Pole because I love the cold weather, I know I am weird.
Anyway onto today’s card.
I have used a stamp set today that the second I saw it I just had to buy it. It is by My Favorite Things and is called Tiki Party and I thought it looked like such a fun stamp set. 
 
It has so many fun little elements. It also has a co-ordinating die set, which I don’t have yet but I do plan to get. 
I knew I wanted to create a totem pole kinda theme with the two wooden mask/men and I used a tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir blog for colouring wood, The tutorial can be found here.   
I wanted some dimension and to create a little scene type card so I die cut some green cardstock using large stitched rectangle die (all supplies are listed and linked below) and then die cut a large oval aperture in the centre. 
I then took some Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow ink and stamped the large leaf all over the green card to give a tone on tone look. I used the Hang Loose Sentiment on the front of the card and heat embossed it using some fine detail white embossing powder.
For the background of the card I took some sky blue cardstock and adhered that to a A2 cardbase. 
I added some cloud diecuts which I cut from Vellum and Neenah Solar White. 
The Grass was also diecut and I lifted the “blades” slightly for more dimension. 
I then adhered the green panel using some foam adhesive. 
For the Totem I cut the body area off the the top “totem” and then  coloured him using my Spectrum Noir Markers. I left the lower “totem” whole and coloured him in the same way. I then adhered them both using some foam tape. 
For the inside of the card I used a circle Mask and stamped the same leaf pattern but this time I second, sometimes third generation stamped them to give them a slightly lighter look.I then took the hut and one of the palm trees and stamped them in the lower corner with Simon Says Stamp Cobblestone Inkpad and coloured them using my Spectrum Noir Markers. 
I was going to leave the center area blank for a hand written message, but to be honest I just couldn’t resist this sentiment so to finish the card off I stamped that using Simon Says Stamp Fern Green Ink pad. 
I had SO much fun with this stamp set, so it is definitely one I’d recommend if you don’t already have it. 
I hope you are all having a great weekend. 
Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting 
I am going to be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Make a Scene

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Spectrum Noir July Challenge Summer

Hiya lovelies, I do hope everyone is well ? 
Before I dive into my card I wanted to say sorry, my blogging/visiting the last few months has been awful. We have been doing some stuff to the house and also I have had a few health scares….Everything is finally sorted out now and I am doing good 🙂 
We are 100% back on track now, we have even finished my craft room ! So once all my crafty bits are unpacked I can go back to crafting everyday and blogging/visiting/creating more videos a lot more regularly. Thank you to everyone for sticking with me, and also the emails I have got from a few of you asking if everything is ok, it really does mean a lot and I am very blessed to have such great friends. 
The challenge for Spectrum Noir for July is up and running and the theme is Summer …anything summer themed can be used so lots of fun can be had with this theme. 
I have used a few bits from Simon Says Stamp….Everything is linked below, Including a really fun Ice Cream themed stamp set.
 I randomly stamped the ice cream cone image using Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing ink onto some Strathmore Watercolour Card and then sprinkled over some white embossing powder and heat set. I used my Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils to colour them, these are watercolour pencils but instead of using water to blend them I used my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen. 
You can see in this picture how fab the sparkle is, and it blends the pencils really well. 
I used Simons Scalloped Stitches wavy border die to cut off the bottom section and then used some Doodle Bug paper that I thought looked a bit like ice cream sprinkles….here in the UK we call them hundreds and thousands, not sure if you guys get them where you are. 
I stamped the You’re so cool sentiment, but the curly ends didn’t go fully across the card, so I took a gel pen and extended them myself.
I mounted the whole card front onto some Fun Foam and adhered it to an A2 top folding card. 
I then went in and added some Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins to finish the card off. 
If you want to enter the challenge then click the banner below. You have to use at least one Spectrum Noir product, but you could win some fab Spectrum Noir Goodies. Plus all the Design Team love seeing what everyone creates for the challenges. 
https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumNoir/app/1090692314278873/
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have an amazing day. 
Happy Crafting 
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30 Day Coloring Challenge- Simon Says Stamp & Spectrum Noir

Hiya lovelies, it feels like I have not blogged in ages !
We are having some work done on the house so crafting has taken a back seat for a little while. We still have some stuff to do….including setting up my new craft desk, but we are getting back to some sort of normal…well as normal as we get here !
 I do hope you are all well 🙂 thanks for sticking with me ! 
It is time for the brilliant 30 Day Coloring Challenge again. 
For those that don’t know, the challenge is something the wonderful Kathy over at The Daily Marker
created.
The aim is to color something everyday, no matter how small…it can be for 5 mins, but just take a little bit of relaxing timeout with whatever colouring medium you choose. 
There is giveways throughout the challenge, plus it is a great way to interact with other crafters and in general it is really fun. 
For a full run down on it then click the image below and it will take you to the challenge question page.
http://www.thedailymarker.com/2016/06/the-next-30-day-coloring-challenge/

I wanted to create a card using some Simon Says Stamp goodies (full list and links are below)
I decided to create a summery card, I also wanted  the image to be the main focal point. 
I created a simple background using some distress inks and added some water splashes.
I then took some Island Blue cardstock along with the co-ordinating ink and stamped some of the accent stamps across it, picking out some details with a white gel pen.

I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir markers, but i will be honest i really didn’t like how i coloured the rubber ring, so i decided to add some white banding to it, and i am really glad i did.

I didn’t want a black sentiment so decided to stamp it in Simon Says Stamp Cobblestone ink, which is a warm greyish colour and is a great alternative to black, I also used the white gel pen to make this pop a bit. 
I mounted both the image and background with some foam to give some dimension and then adhered it all together to create the card. 
I hope you like the card and have an amazing day and will join in with the challenge. 

Happy Crafting 
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