It takes time

Hello lovelies. I hope you are well ? Phew i nearly didnt make it on to blog today ! My cat Lily decided that she wanted some Mummy time and she was going to get it by laying on the desk and keyboard so i couldn’t get anything done. 
How can I work with Lily being all cute on my desk ?! #cat #lilycat #nocraftingforme #toocute #furbaby 
And who could resist her ! I know i never can. Anyway she is now off having a drink so I thought i’d jump on here quickly and blog before she comes back. 
I wanted to share a card I made that used a technique from a tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Blog which is Adding depth using a Black Pencil By the Lovely Nicky. The tutorial can be found here
I have slightly mixed it up because I have used it around the edge of my stamped images rather than how Nicky has done on the tutorial. 
 I love this stamp set (link is at the bottom of this post) and wanted to use my Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils but really mix the colours up and make them nice and bright. I also wanted it too look like they was almost falling…hope that makes sense, i know it does in my head but that means nothing haha. 
The sentiment is from a different stamp set along with the small flowers, but both worked so perfectly with this stamp for this card. 
I really wanted it too be a flat card so it was easy to mail and also that the flowers were the main thing on the card. 
   I CANNOT resist these Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, i am telling you I get Sparkle withdrawal if I don’t use them ! But here i only wanted a very small amount of sparkle so I just lightly brushed over using the clear sparkle. On this picture you can also see where I have used the Black pencils and blended it out to give some depth to the card. 
I wasn’t going to mount the card but decided it needed something, black looked too much so i settled for Kraft card. 
I really enjoyed this, it isn’t a WOW card but i find sometimes the simple ones are more fun. 
I hope you like the card, dont forget to check out Nicky’s Tutorial
Have a great day. 
Happy Crafting 

I’d like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Best Friends

Supplies used:

Spectrum Noir Challenge – Anything Goes

Hello lovelies. I hope you are well and all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. 
I am just getting back into the swing of things, so i am sorry for the lack of blog posts and visiting. 
I wanted to share with you my latest card for the January Spectrum Noir Challenge. 
The theme is Anything goes, you just have to use a Spectrum Noir Medium. 
The prize is £30/$30 of Spectrum Noir Goodies. 
To enter just click the banner below.
For my DT project I have used the new Colourblend Pencils and the no line technique. 
The pencils are a rebrand of the previous Colourblend Pencils and come in 5 sets of 24 and are amazing ! 
 This is such a fun technique, especially with pencils. The stamp is by Sheena (linked below) and I masked off the centre area and stamped around it. 
You cannot see it much in this picture but using a gold Zig pen I drew a line along the edge of the centre area, it just shows through the vellum and looks very subtle. 
The sentiment die was cut out of Centura Pearl (the card base was also made out of the same card). 
I then finished off with my trusted sequins. 
I hope you like the card, it was so much fun to do. 
the Die and the Pencils were both new and used for the first time on this card. 
Make sure you head on over to the Spectrum Noir Challenge and check out the rest of the teams brilliant projects. 
Happy Crafting 
Items Used-

New Spectrum Noir Challenge….Clean & Simple.

Morning lovelies, I hope you are all well ? 
It is new challenge time over at Spectrum Noir, This months theme is super easy Clean & Simple. 
All you need to do is use one of the Spectrru Noir Mediums on your project and then upload it to the challenge which can be found by clicking the image below.
The prize as always is £30/$30 of Spectrum Noir Products.
I used Spectrum Noir Aqua pens for my card, I get asked a lot on how I use these and do plan on doing a video in the new year. The main i use them is scribble onto my watercolour pallet and use just like watercolours, but my advice is too play around and find what works for you. I use to do watercolouring before I started crafting so the way i use them works best for me, but I know some people who get on better with using them pen direct to paper…play around and have fun 🙂 
Anyway on to my card….
I have used a stamp set from Sheena (link below) and the tree branches I drew on myself using a brush and my Aqua’s. I then stamped onto some vellum with Versamark and Heat Embossed using WOW embossing powder, i cut the bottom edge of the vellum user my Crafter’s Companion trimmer on the wave setting. I then added just a couple of sequins and gems to finish.  
I then mat and layered onto some black cardstock and added it too a 5.5×4.5 card base, it looks wonky in this pic but i promise that was just camera angle 🙂 
Make sure you head on over to check the challenge out and see what my fellow teamies have been creating. 
Thank you for stopping by
Happy crafting 
I’d like to enter this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Just a Pinch (just a pinch of gems were used) 
Items used:

New Sheena Douglass Release….

Morning lovelies, I hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend…I cannot believe it is Thursday already !!! Who stole the week ?? 
Thank you for everyone stopping by, it always makes me smile reading all your comments. 
Now I know I have a lot of Sheena Douglass fans on my blog list who will be excited about this….Sheena is launching some fab new stamps this weekend on Create & Craft !! 
There is 6 in total and they are gorgeous ! Sheena Will also be launching some new paints by Pebeo and I have to say you need them ! I am totally in love with them, they are call Pebeo Dyna and are the most fantastic colours with amazing shimmer to them. 
Anyway being a lucky inkoid I got to play with the paints and stamps and wanted to share some of my makes with them. 
 This one I decorated a notebook with the paints (told you they was lush) and then I used one of the new stamps and sponged over and stamped onto Crafter’s Companion Black card. 
I love this stamp, I coloured some Sheena Stamping card with Broken China Distress ink and then stamped the image, Using the new paints I just added some colour…The sand is a lovely golden colour I just couldn’t get a good enough picture of it 😦 I then finished off with some Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges. 
The Embossing Folder is by Sheena from her Taste Of India range.

I had fun doing this one 🙂 I painted some Crafter’s Companion Black Card using the Green Blue paint and then using one of Sheena Stencils (link is below) I sponged through using the Gold and Orange paint. I coloured the stamp using my Spectrum Noir Pens and then cut out to fit the die cut circle which I also painted with the Green Blue paint. I then Embossed the sentiment and 3D mounted onto the background. 
I hope you like what I created, These stamps and paints are a total must (I know i will be buying the ones I don’t have !!) 
You can catch Sheena on Create and Craft on 
Saturday 11th April at 9am, 12pm and 6pm all GMT 
Sunday 12th April at 11am, 2pm and 7pm 
The rest of the inkoids have created some AMAZING samples so make sure you check it out. 
Items used: 
Laguna Stamps 
Pebeo Dyna Paints 
Sand CR1,CR2 & CR3 
Bottle IB1, IB2, EB1 & EB2 
Happy Crafting 

Spectrum Noir March Challenge…

Hello lovelies, I am back in the land of internet !! For those who don’t have me added on Facebook I have been without internet for a couple of weeks now due to our old supplier being a total arse, but anyway I am finally back and will be round to you all to say hello and see what you have all been creating. 
Wanted to share with you today my dt card for the March challenge over at Spectrum Noir. The theme is super simple….Use a sentiment ! 
To enter all you need to do is use one of Spectrum Noirs colouring mediums. 
All the details can be found by clicking on the banner below
And here is my card…..
I have used Sheena’s Beautiful A little bit sketchy Butterfly Effect Stamp Set stamped onto Crafter’s Companion Kraft Card  and coloured with my Spectrum Noir Pens (list below) The glitter I have used is by Stampendous. I have then stiched around the edge of everything and added some seam binding. The one thing i love about this stamp set is you don’t need lots of embellishments etc to make a lovely card. 
Make sure you join in with the challenge to win fab prize. 
Items used- 
Spectrum Noir pens used
CR10,DR5,DR7,OR1,OR2,GB5,GB3,CT4,CT1,EB1,EB3,EB8,BG5,BG3,BG1 & Blender
Stampendous Gold Halo Glitter 
Crafty Ribbons Seam Binding 
Sewing Machine 
Happy Crafting 🙂 

Sheena’s new stamps and dies

Morning lovelies, I hope you are all well ? I know a lot of people are poorly at the moment, so sending lots of healing hugs to them. 
The lovely Sheena Douglass is back on your screens on Monday at 9am & 4pm GMT on Create & Craft with her gorgeous stamps and matching dies. 
I really cannot recommend these enough, they are fantastic quality and so versatile. 
Anyway I wanted to share a couple more of my creations  (my original post showing some of my samples can be found here) that I made using them 
This one I used my Aquatints to create the background and also colour the apples, I then added some white paint to the letters to make them pop slightly. 
I LOVE this branch die and can see it being a firm favorite, I diecut the branch and leaves from Core’dinations cardstock and then sanded back slightly and added some Pebeo Gilding wax. The background is Aquatints and how perfect is this sentiment stamp ? 
How cute is this fella ? this shows how detailed Sheena goes with her stamps, I love that you don’t have to colour them to create a really beautiful card. 

Loved colouring this stamp, of course I have used my Spectrum Noirs to colour this and i then used the matching die set to create the border…the embossing detail on this dies are perfect. 
So there you go, I hope you liked my samples, make sure you check out the shows, or why not head on over to the Crafter’s Companion Facebook Page or Sheena’s Facebook page to check out more gorgeous samples and for more info. 
Happy Crafting 

CHA World Launch Sheena Douglass

Hello Lovelies, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas ? Happy New Year !!! 
Sorry for my lack of being around, for once I decided to not do anything crafty and to spend as little time online as possible over the festive period, it was lovely spent some nice quality time with my better half and the furbabies 🙂 

Anyway onto some exciting news !!!! 
The lovely Sheena Douglass is going to be launching some amazing new products at CHA this weekend, and I was extremely lucky to be asked to make some samples. 
We all know Sheena always creates amazing stamps…and these are no different, but this time Sheena also has matching dies !!!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I was when I found out and they cut amazing !! These are a MUST in my opinion and what I love is they don’t have to be used with the stamps, which makes them that bit more useful…and value for money ! 
Here is some of the samples I created for CHA. 

This little cutie is one of the stamps that you can also get a matching die for…imagine trying to fussy cut him out !! I have coloured him using my Spectrum Noir Pencils. 
The card is created using Distress inks and then stamping the Oak Leafs (also a new stamp) in Versamark and swirling some Mica powder over the top

The tree is another stamp that has a matching die, I have colouring it using Spectrum Noir Pencils. 
The Daisy Border is one of the new dies from the launch…how cute is it ? and I love the sentiment (also from the launch) 

 I think this set my favorite…I know I know I always say that lol… But how pretty is that little bird house 
I have coloured this using my Spectrum Noir Pencils, Colours used are- 87,84,97,98,109,111,64.

Something a big different…I had this mirror where the frame broke, so I removed what was left, mounted the Mirror onto Kraft card and then using the Leaf and Acorn Stamps and Dies I created the border, they are coloured using Distress Inks…Sheena nearly never got this as I was tempted to keep it for myself lol 

This Frame die is just so beautiful !! and how pretty are the flowers ? Yep they also have a matching die, Love how this turned out and can see me using the flower stamp and die LOTS. 

Make sure you tune into the shows on Create and Craft Monday 12th at 3pm GMT to check out all the new products and the amazing samples from the Inkoids. 
I will be back and sharing some more samples from the show with you soon. 

Happy Crafting


Morning lovelies, I hope you are all well ?? 
I have seen lots of posts popping up about people’s projects that they have created in 2014, and in general what kinda year 2014 has been, I have been thinking about it for a few days and coming back and adding things to this post, taking things away and then this morning i finally hit publish. 
2014 for me has been a very hard year, but also a very good year, I feel that I have learnt a lot this year, both personally and in crafting. 
Crafting wise I think it finally dawned on me how much the crafting world has changed over the years, and I have come very close a few times to shutting my craft room door and saying goodbye. 
I have been on some amazing design teams this year, I have also said goodbye to some design teams…and sadly some friends. But I have gained some truly amazing friends, and feel extremely lucky to be/have been on some of the Design Teams. 
I think creativity wise I have drifted a lot this year between mixed media and colouring, I have also started to upcycle a lot more and finally got myself a sewing machine…it is only a very small one but after my mother scaring me off sewing years ago it is a start. 
Personal life wise this has probably been the worst year for me health wise, i think after lots of denial I have finally realised that my health problems do, and will continue to affect my everyday life…honestly it was a very hard thing to come to terms with..BUT it could always be a lot worse and at least I wake up everyday, that is something that not everyone is blessed with and my moto for 2015 is certainly take it one day at a time 🙂 
This year we was also hit with the news that my partners Grandad had leukemia…I cannot even begin to explain to you what this did to my partner, especially when both Grandad and Nan were put into care homes, and then in October he sadly passed away….I cannot put into words what an amazing Man he was and how close him and my partner were and honestly i think part of my partner died with Grandad. I class myself so very very lucky to have known him and i don’t think i realised what an impact he had on not only my partner but also me, he really did have an amazing heart.
Those who know me closely will know my beliefs and one of them is that we never truly die, our physical body does, but our energys still remain…i know some people think that is crazy, but for me is it what I feel, so i know Grandad is still around, but I think we will be going into 2015 still feeling the hole he has left. 
Gosh this has turned into a bit of a dark post hasn’t it ?? Sorry about that !! 
The HUGE plus of 2014 has been my amazing friends, I can honestly say without them and my amazing partner I wouldn’t have got through 2014….so THANK YOU, I am extremely blessed to know you all, and cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for all of us 🙂 
I am also working on some great stuff for early 2015 that I know you will love…so keep your eyes peeled 🙂

I looked back across my blog for 2014 and picked some of my favorite projects…I hope you like them 
This card i just love how it came out, and also this blog post  was when i could FINALLY announce I was part of the Spectrum Noir team…I honestly cannot tell you what an amazing team this is, the talent is beyond incredible, and they are all such kind and lovely people. 
This card was a quick card but i just love how it turned out ! It was made for Globecraft Piccolo and all the details can be found here 
Who doesn’t love Tiddly inks ?? This has got to be one of my favorite images of all time, it always makes me smile, I used this card to enter the Tiddly ink’s DT call, I sadly did not make it, but was picked as one of their top 25 artists which was fantastic. 
This card had a lot of love put into it, the Stamp is a Sheena Douglass stamp that as soon as I saw it I wanted to buy it to create a card for Nan and Grandad…I never got round to getting the stamp and then this year i KNEW I had to get it, so i did and It has been sent to nan. 
This card was created for Treasured Times Rubber Stamps and the image is designed by Mi Ran and i think is so beautiful, this was one of my full on cards and i was pleased with how it turned out. 
So there you go…sorry for the long blog post !!! 
I know many of you won’t be around over the Christmas period so I wanted to say Merry Christmas and thank you for always stopping by and leaving that little bit of love on my blog 🙂 
Here to an amazing 2015 for everyone, and for least my craft room door will be staying open. 
Happy Crafting 

Sheena One Day Wonder

Morning lovelies, hope you are all well. Thank you all for your lovely comments, I am very lucky to have such lovely blogger friends 🙂 
I wanted to share with you some more samples I made for Sheena’s One Day Wonder tomorrow on Create and Craft. 
This was a total unplanned flick some Aquatints around kinda card and i love it ! I then inked through one of the new stencils (I think this one is my favorite) and added one of the new stamps. 

I used the pastel Aquatints for this one and created a wash background, I then stamped one of the new stamps onto some acetate and fixed over the top with some brads, I then mounted it onto some kraft card and added some ribbon to create a hanger. 
 How great is this guy ? He is one of the new stamps and comes with some great sentiments, I coloured him using Spectrum Noir Pencils and then used some Pebeo drawing gum to mask him and i then created the background using Aquatints…the stencil is the same stencil that i used on my projects that can be found here, the corners are great and i can see them being used lots. I also added some frantage to this just to added some texture.  
 I am so in love with this stamp ! I used to have a highland cow so it is just perfect and again comes with some great sentiments, I coloured it using Spectrum Noir Pencils and then I run one of the new stencils through my ebosser with some Core’dinations card and then lightly sanded it back. 
I know so many people who will love this stamp, it is huge and so much fun to colour !! I coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Pencils and then fussy cut it. The background was created using Aquatints and one of the new stencils. I then 3d mounted the house along with the sentiment, which comes with the house set. 
Make sure you check out the shows, also head on over to Sheena’s Facebook page  for info and some of Sheena’s beautiful samples. 
Happy Crafting x

Sheena Douglass One Day Wonder

Morning lovelies, I hope you all had a nice weekend ? 
The lovely Sheena Douglass will be launching some new fab stencils and stamps this Thursday as a One Day Wonder on Create Craft Tv, I was very lucky and was asked to make some samples for the launch. 
What do you think…..
I love this image, and she comes with some fantastic other stamps, I have used mainly Aquatints to create this, the wood was created using one of the new stamp sets and is actually a full tree but I used just the branches to create the wood…can you see the eyes ? how great are they !! 

I used sea salt technique with my Aquatints to create the back ground for this, this is one of the new stencils launching, i love the corners and they can be used on so many projects. 

This wolf is awesome ! Sheena is also launching a great script stamp set which includes two different font styles, i have used one on the background of this card.

Aquatints again on this card, this time i used Faux bleaching technique along with one of new stencils and stamps. 

I loved making this card, I have used my Aquatints again and using gesso and distress ink with one of the new stencils, i then used one of the new stamps and stamped onto acetate, i then created a bow front with the acetate.
I hope you like all the samples, Sheena will also be showing Aquatints, gilding waxes and mixed media kits.
The shows are on Create and Craft on Thursday 11th December at the following times:
8am GMT
11am GMT
2pm GMT 
4pm GMT
7pm GMT 
Make sure you check the shows out, I will be back with some more samples later this week. 
Happy Crafting