Sunday, 20 January 2013


Bought this gorgeous image from A day for Daisies either just before Christmas or just after, started to colour and then discarded as I thought my colouring was rubbish.

Then I saw the challenge at A day for Daisies was to add RED to your projects which reminded me I had already started colouring this image.

Having finished colouring the image I had a look through some papers, I remembered I had some which were a Oriental themed.  Unfortunately none of them worked!

Decided the leave this project and look at another one I had on the go.  Well I found all these papers I really liked and thought would work together but didn't work with the image I was using but did work with this one!

With the papers sorted I played around with various designs and combinations.  I thought I would make into a book/journal - mainly for the longevity of it.

Was going to add a black flat back pearl to the bottom corner but in my eagerness I forgot!  May add later!


USED: Stamps - A day for Daisies - GREEN LADY

Medium:  Copics,  (Reds:  R35, 37 & 45, Blue/Green BG 72, 75 and 78), Sakura Star Dust glitter pen, Mica flakes - mixed tones

Papers:  Old papers (I think from Memory they were Bo Bunny and they were probably from a couple of collections), We are Memory Keepers Hardboard

Dies used: Marianne Creatables frame, Spellbinders Rectangle and Scallop Rectange - to make frame around image

Embellishments:   Black gem swirl (Creative Expressions), Charm (Ladybug Crafts) - added to broken key ring, 2 ring binders, Pendant (from a Wedding Collection - Create and Craft), Paper flowers, brad, Unique embellishment - present from a friend - thank you Liz), Ribbon

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Addicted to stamps challenges - texture
A day for Daisies - add some RED
Anything but a card - Tie it up
Challenge 4 Everyone - Anything goes
Cut, Create, have fun - Die
Dream Valley Challenge - girls girls girls
Scrappy Frogs - try something new (mica flakes - gilding)
Crafty Catz - anything but a card

Saturday, 19 January 2013


Today I am sharing a card front made using Karen Middleton's Rag Dolls collection called  LITTLE DAISY. (This stamp is also available as a plate of four stamps, Sheet 2, Plate 114.  I have to admit that the card I had planned to make was one using the gorgeous new Mermaid stamps from Elisabeth Bell but I just couldn't find any papers I liked to make the card having coloured the image first.  May be that will be next week's post!

Back to this project I coloured the image with Watercolouring pencils and used stickles glitter glue to highlight the wings and daisy.  I have just made the card front as I am thinking of making into a Trinket box and hadn't got any heavy duty cardboard to make the box.  So will show the finished box and a future posting.

The papers were from Bo Bunny probably an old collection as I found them buried in the back of a cupboard.


Medium:  Watercolour Pencils, Stickles glitter glue, Distressing ink
Papers:   Bo Bunny
Dies used:    Spellbinders rectangle for Sentiment and frame
Embellishments:   Pearl swirl embellishment, Various flowers, Brads, Clear gems, Butterfly transfers

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
ATC's and Cards with attitude - add a sentiment (Anything goes)
Card Crafter's Circle - Layers
Cards by Lady Anne - add a sentiment (Anything goes)
Fairy tale Challenge - newest stamp
Simply Create too - anything goes
Stamping for the weekend - something girly
4 Crafty chicks - pearls, pearls, pearls
Cute Card Thursday - diamonds are forever
Crafts and Me - something new (stamp)
Diva's by Design - something girly
Freshly Brewed - anything goes
Whimsical Designs - anything goes

Thursday, 17 January 2013


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Saturday, 12 January 2013


This is another first for me I thought I'd try colouring with pencils (Polychromo and Prisma) on Brown card.  Nothing special about this card just used some recycled card  - a little course but I quite liked the natural bits in the card.

The image I used was another Karen Middleton stamp called simply FACE 3.  There are three stamps in this series, Face 1, Face 2 and Face 3 although there are many other stamps by Karen Middleton featuring female head and shoulders - all quite difference and beautiful is their own rights.


Medium:  Pencils and Solvent for blending, Vintage Photo distressing ink
Papers:   Brown cardstock, Craftwork cards paper

Dies used:   Marianne dies used for framing image, Spellbinders corners, Memory box Butterfly, Spellbinders large flower
Embellishments:   Bow, Pearl flourishes, flat back pearls small and large

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
CMC Copic Challenge - Pastels
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Something new (Pearl flourishes)
Di's Digis Designs - Try something new (colouring on brown card)
My Time to Craft - Spotlight Technique
Our Creative Corner - Shabby Chic
So Artful Challenge - Neutrals and pink
Totally Gorjuss - Spotty

Thursday, 10 January 2013


Just loving my Watercolour pencils (Supra color soft) - so had to colour another stamp using them.

The stamp I've used for this project is one by Elaine Cox called BESS which is available as a single stamp or part of a plate of four Here.
I had planned to make a box to accommodate telephone box and message pad but before I had finished I was already looking to use for some makeup bits and pieces.

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Medium:  Watercolouring pencils, Sakura Star dust and Silver glitter pens, Distressing Ink pads Vintage Photo and Antique Linen
Papers:   Craftwork cards, Index sheet off stamps, Cream cardstock, Watercolouring card

Dies used:  Spellbinders square frames, Creatables Rectangles - Lacey and serrated (used half a fancy rectangle too but hard to see on photo)
Embellishments:  Various flowers, Pendant Oval, Seam binding ribbon, Pearls, gems

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Lady Anne's Challenge - Anything goes
Christmas at Sweetstampin' - Cold and Frosty
Crafting for all Seasons - Something new (Memory Keepers boards)
Crafts and Me - Winter Wonderland
Crafty Creations - Something new (Memory Keepers boards)
Diva's by Design - Anything goes
Fab 'n Funky - Winter
Flutter by Wednesday - Fairy
Freshly Brewed - Anything goes
Frilly and Funkie - Vintage - anything goes
Nutcrafters - lots of flowers
Paper Shelter - lots of flowers
Sisterhood of Crafters - Winter
Whimsy Stamps - Festive

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Just had to share this ......

...... fabulous new sketches/stamps from Image and Do - link  Finnish on-line store.

Found just prior to Christmas and couldn't wait for the English sentiments to be available which I believe is this month.  They are already printed on heavy Water colouring paper so no worries about not stamping a clear image or thinking how can I get heavy weight card through my photocopy!

Couldn't wait to share so this my image water coloured which I will definitely be making into something - watch out for posting!

Best wishes,
Blogger turning transparent backgrounds black at the moment - here's hoping it corrects itself very soon!

Friday, 4 January 2013


The other day I made a Note Book and having two small pieces of board left I decided to make another book with the remaining pieces.

I made the background paper using my Serif programme and added a sentiment from Create with TLC  I added Sakura stardust glitter pen to the outer frame and used a Silver Sakura glitter pen to enhance the pearl embellishments on the backing paper.  I also added glitter to the outer frame in a random way.


Medium: Copics, Sakura Stardust glitter pen, Clear glaze pen, Sakura Silver glitter pen
Papers:  Digital

Embellishments: 3D sticker Butterfly, Butterfly, Clear gems, bow
Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Paper Pretties - Bling
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp .... - New Something - Bow and board
Stampotique Design - Front cover - journal
Crafters Companion - anything but a card
Adayfordaisies - Shiney

SWEETPEA DT Inspiration

Today I wasn't sure what to make and not wanted to make a card I wondered what would suit this gorgeous stamp from Anna Marines Art Collection called SPIDERS WEB I have to add she is still one of my all time favourites from Anna.

Anna Marines Sheet 3, Plate170 or as a single stamp here.

Well I have to say I love note books and writing things down so I thought I'd have a go at a book mark.  I have in the past had a go at making a corner bookmark but then found I didn't have an images that work that well for me so it never got completed.

I have to admit my inspiration has come from one of my team member's Milo, I liked her bookmarks made using a Key lock.  Hence my inspiration point!

I also had another go at Watercolour last week and having gained a bit more experience I thought I'd have another go.  This time I kepted the open spaces white and regularly dipped my brush so that I could kept the light and dark ratio.

Hope you like this simply bookmark which has been weighted down with fairly heavy charms.


Medium: Water colouring pencils, Glitter, Sakura silver glitter pen, Ink pad for distressing
Papers:   Water colour paper, Cardstock
Dies used:    Spellbinders
Embellishments:    Faux material brads, Ribbons and bows, Flat back pearls, Ladybug Charms

The charms were from Ladybug Crafts and are weighty charms so they add they weight to make this bookmark work.  Here is a link for anyone interested here.  And of course there are plenty of other great things to look at.  I've just purchased a glue gun which I hope to be using shortly as one of my purchases.

Ladybug Crafts Challenge blog

Bookmark is taken against my Diary.

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Lady Anne's Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything goes
Divas by Design - Anything goes
For Fun Challenge - Something new - new dies and glitter
Freshly Brewed - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Anything goes

Sweetpea Dt Inspiration

I hope everyone had a good holiday and Happy New Year.

I haven't got a card to share with you but I do have some inspiration to share.  I have for a long time had the wooden box set of  Carand'ache of Switzerland water colouring pencils unused apart from the playing with them when they first arrived.  Having had difficulty mastering how to use them I had packed them away in preference of my Alcohol pens.

I love the effect Watercolouring creates but find it very difficult to be less precise and have the freedom you need when watercolouring.  I find it very difficult to leave white patches and not blend colours - that's why my watercolouring is always a disappointment as they look flat block colours and not loose and translucent!

I stamped a couple of Elizabeth Bell's Li'l Miss Polly and started trying difference techniques.  I found that on the first one I tried adding more colour whilst the image was still wet (on the girl's Hair).  I didn't like this so on the next one I added colour washes and building up slowly as each layer dried.  Again I wasn't impressed with the over all effect and decided both were too flat, the first one had no definition at all and the second one wasn't at all translucent!

Next I stamped up Karen Middleton's Face 1 and tried again adding the pencil just in the darkest areas and spreading the colour with a full headed brush adding lots of water.  To maintain the shading I dipped the brush in the water to remove any colour and adding only water to water-down the colour more as I moved to the lightest areas.  I found that this looked more like the effect I was trying to create.

I hope I have encourage any one with Water colours to get them out and have a go.  Please feel free to leave me you Water colouring tips as I would really like to improve and find a style my own style!

Large image still wet when photo was taken.

Best wishes,  

Challenges I'm entering this into challenges