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