Monday, July 06, 2015

Painted Poppies

Howdy folks, it's me, Fi with my card today!

I couldn't wait to get started using these fabby stamps from Altenew, they are just beautiful...I am still practising but I really do like them and you don't have to be precise with your can give it the arty look!

The stamp is from Altenew called Painted Poppies and is available from the Handmade Bliss store here.

I stamped the image onto watercolour card using Distress Inks, I also added some water to a brush to move the ink around a bit.  I dried it off using a heat gun and then I stamped and embossed the poppy outline with gold. The sentiment is also included in this set.

You can check out my blog for more details on how I made my card.

Remember our challenge, you gotta be in it to win it.


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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July Challenge - Handmade Bliss

Good morning everybody...well it is nice and sunny here today for a change!

Today is the first day of the new challenge over at Handmade Bliss.

#this month we have a wee sketch for you...really clean and simple.

There's a £15 voucher up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend at the Handmade Bliss store.

For my card I have used Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Brittany...isn't she super skinny and super fab!  I coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens, layered her onto a kraft circle.  Oh yes I added some doodled lines and a piece of hessian.



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Something different...

Howdy folks, it's me, Fi with my card today!

Now when Joanne sent me this little stamp set to use I have to say I was a bit scared as it was completely out of my comfort zone however I have been around with it and actually it is a beautiful set.

The stamp is from Mama Elephant called Filigree and she is available from the Handmade Bliss store along with other great Mama Elephant sets.

I stamped the image onto watercolour card with archival ink and then built up each of the scalloped rows.  I then used different colours of Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and blended them together.  I added a white a gel pen...not sure about that part!

You can check out my blog for more details on how I made my card.

Remember our challenge, there's still one day left to enter.  Our new challenge will be posted on 1st July and we would love you all to take part.

Spectrum Noir Aqua pens used:
Kingfisher, Aquamarine, Sea Green, Meadow, Magenta, Scarlet, Marigold, Amber, Orange


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You make me happy...

Today I am sharing my tutorial for Spectrum Noir.  I bought this stamp a few weeks ago and thought it would be perfect to emboss and then watercolour, blending and shading those lovely bight colours.  The stamp is called "You Make Me Happy" from Woodware.

For this technique I scribbled the color onto acetate and then spritz with water so that it didn't get too wet and then I lifted the color with a paintbrush .

First of all I stamped my image with a Versamark pad onto Watercolour card from Crafters Companion and then sprinkled with white detail embossing powder.

Next heat set the image, you can just about see my embossed image below.

Next I started colouring small sections of the image with Lime and Moss Green Spectrum Aqua Markers, let the sections dry before moving to an adjacent section, this way the colours won't bleed however the embossing does help with holding the colour in the right place.

Just keep adding some more colour, I have added in Aquamarine.

Next I have added some Amber.

You can now start to add more depth the the colour you have ready used, this adds different shades.  I have now added in Crimson and Marigold and went over the areas that I have already coloured.

Keep building up the layers, you can see they are becoming brighter, I have now added Scarlet, Sunflower and Orange.

The image below is my final piece except for the white spacing in between the 3 panels, I added some Marine and then went over all areas again just to make it more vibrant.

Next I used Jasmine, to fill in the white space...I really wanted the image to pop so I don't want any white left.

Again I have made the Jasmine a bit darker.

Once the image has been fully coloured then cut to size and layer onto black you can see the image does really pop!

And here's my final card, I layered the panel onto and embossed card, added a black ribbon fastened with a button to finish.

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog to check it out and other fab projects.

Hope you likey!

Spectrum Aqua Markers used:
Jasmine, Moss Green, Lime, Marigold, Sunflower, Marine, Aquamarine, Crimson, Scarlet, Orange, Amber

Papertake Weekly - oh so pretty


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June Challenge - Spectrum Noir

Hi everyone.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook Page, this months challenge is "sparkle and bling" can check out the details here.

You can slo pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog to find out loads of tips and techniques on using all your Spectrum Noir products.

For my card I have used my very first Purple Onion stamp called Wishing.  I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Aqua pens...I am still practising with different cardstock but I have to say I find the Crafters Companion one excellent, this is what I have used for this card.

I then layered the image onto kraft card and added a sentiment but left it quite plain

Hope you likey!

Spectrum Noir Aqua pens used:
Purple Onion stamp - Wishing
Aqua Pens used:
Bud Green


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Twit twoo...

Howdy folks....what a lovely sunny day it is today...pity it couldn't have been like this yesterday.

Anyway, I ordered some of these Purple Onion stamps from the US and I just love them, they are so cute!

I have used papers that were in my stash and layered it onto green cardstock and then did a bit doodling around the edges. I cut out the floral paper to a square and then die cut a circle to layer on top of the background stamp and then added a little die cut border to frame it.

I used 3 separate Purple Onion stamps...the background with the trees, Shadow the owl and the branch...I did have to do some fussy cutting, I think the cutting took me longer than the colouring!

I coloured the stamps with my Spectrum Noirs as always...hope you likey!

pens used:
TN1, TN2, TN3, TN6, TN7, TN8
EB8, GB8
PP!, PP2, CR6
CG1, CG2, DG2

Sweet Stampin - something old, something new(old papers and new stamps)
Cute Card Thursday - summer colours
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - dies and punches


Saturday, June 06, 2015

Candy winner

woo hoo!! Thanks to everyone who entered my candy giveaway.

The winner of my candy is ........



well me or PM me to claim your £10 voucher to spend online at the Handmade Bliss quick as Joanne also has an offer on orders placed this weekend!


Friday, June 05, 2015

A wee candy giveaway...

Hey blogging fans!

Now it's been a while since I have had a candy giveaway so thought now was as good a time as any!

As you know it was my birthday this week and as you knowI have joined the Handmade Bliss DT so I thought I would offer up a £10 voucher to spend in their store, just to celebrate both!

All you need to do is the following...

The winner will be picked on 6th June.

Good Luck


Monday, June 01, 2015

June Challenge - Handmade Bliss

Good morning everybody...well it is nice and sunny here today for a change!

Today is the first day of the new challenge over at Handmade Bliss.

This month it's a colour challenge and all you need to do is use at least 2 colours from the photo below...

There's a £15 voucher up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend at the Handmade Bliss store.

For my card I have used My Favourite Things Tweet on You stamp set  and the die-namics Tweet on You to match.  

I coloured the little birdies with Spectrum Noir pens...very little colouring but I still built up the layers...
pens used:
TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN6
OR1, OR2


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Abi Ballerina

Today I am sharing a card I made for my niece...I just love this little cutie...she is called Abi Ballerina from All Dressed Up at Sugar Nellie.

She is available along with other stamps from All Dressed Up, so pop over to the Funky Kits store and check them out.

Remember to check out our challenge over on the Sugar Bowl we have an anything goes using a Siugar Nellie image so lets see your creations.

I also have candy on offer....


Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Good evening folks, I'm here a bit later than I had planned...forgot to schedule my cards..oops!

The stamp is from Stamping Bella called Especially For You Petunia and she is available from the Handmade Bliss store along with other little piggies!!

I coloured the image with Spectrum Noirs and layered the LOTV papers onto pink card.  The flower has been cut using one of my blueprints dies.

pens used:
CT2, CT3, CT4
PP2, PP4, PP5
CG2, DG2, DG3
CR10, TN5, IG2


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fiona Loves Flowers

Howdy folks.....

Well tonight I am sharing a wee card made using one of my new stamps from Stamping Bella...she is called Fiona loves flowers....isn't she fab??

I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noirs, the papers are from MME and in my stash, I added some pearls and flowers to finish.  Check out my card on the Spectrum Noir FB page

pens used:

FS2, FS8, FS8
TN1, TN3, TN4
CR10, CR6
OR3, OR2
CT3, CT4
GB8, GB10
BT1, BT4, BT5, BT8


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ocean's Gift

Good morning sugar fans! 

This weekend Alyce at Kit and Clowder is hosting her 6000 members party.... with a theme of 'Under the Sea' - and at Sugar Nellie we wanted to be part of the fun!  The party starts over at the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group... you can find it here!

So this weekend Sugar Nellie have 4 fabby mermaid stamps in digi format at special promotional price of £2 grab them while you can.  These cuties were originally only available in rubber.

There's lots of prizes available so pop over and check it out.

This is an old card I made but I would share it with you just to see how cute these stamps are....remember this is available from Funky Kits here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Good Luck

Hello folks and my scheduled post.

Today I am sharing my card for LOTV Design Collective. 

 I made this card for a friend at work who left for ventures new.  The stamp is from the set - Just to Say which are perfect for making a quickie card.  The papers are from the Birdie Lane set which are really pretty. I layered the papers onto kraft card and doodled the edges. I added a piece of lace to one of the layers too and I added a mixture of flowers...I think I am getting better at my flower arranging but still practising.

Deep Ocean Challenge - flowers
Bunny Zoe - buttons & bows
Stamping Sensations - flower power


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Something Sassy

Howdy folks and my scheduled post.

Today I am sharing an oldie with you....I just love this stamp...she is called Pillow Talk but is no longer available I'm afraid but there's still loads of other Sassy's available in the store.

I coloured the image with Spectrum Noirs, the papers are from Fancy Pants Park Bench, I added some flowers and ribbon to finish.


Monday, May 04, 2015

A little bit of Dreams and Wishes...

Howdy I am her with my DT card for Spectrum Noir's May Challenge.  The them this month is to use flowers...that can be coloured flowers, flowers printed the backing paper or little flower embellishments.

This little image is called Dreams and Wishes from Sugar Nellie which I coloured with Spectrum Noir pens.  The papers are from Lili of the Valley which are soooo fab.  I layered them onto kraft card and then did my usual doodling around the edges.  I then added a mixture of pre made flowers and flowers cut using a couple of different die-namics dies.

Spectrum Noir pens used:
FS2, FS6, FS8
OR2, OR3
IB1, IB2
DG2, CG2
TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4


Saturday, May 02, 2015

New Challenge

Have you seen there's a new challenge called Handmade Bliss, and lucky old me is on the team.  There's a fab prize up for grabs from the Handmade Bliss website...lots of fab products available will more stock arriving at the end of the month.  Please pop over and check it out and add your name to the followers list please.


Friday, May 01, 2015

Some news

Good morning people!

Well today sees the end of an era at work as it's the last day for lots of my workmates and should have been mine too however I am staying on for an extra 3 months to help with the transition into the new restructure....but drinks and nibbles tonight!!

I am also sharing my first card for a new challenge starting today over on the Handmade Bliss blog...and there's fab products available from the online store too.

One lucky winner will be picked at random to win a £15 voucher to spend fab is that??

So for my card I have used stamps from the Alley Way Monster Mash collection,  I coloured those little mites with Spectrum Noirs and made the eyes 3D.  The papers are from the Doodlebug Hello Sunshine set which I layered and doodled.  I cut the circle using a die-namics die and popped the monster on the edge...I added a few sparkly sequins for a bit bling...Monsters can be blingy too!!

Products used:


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Some sunshine

Good morning bloggers....and my scheduled post.

today I am sharing my card for the LOTV Design Collective.

Now when I saw first saw this little cutie called Water Liliy from LOTV, she really did make me smile so I eventually got around to buying her.

I coloured the image with Spectrum Noirs, the papersd are from LOTV which I layered onto bazzill card and doodled the edges.  I added some flowers to finish.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Doodled flowers

 Hi folks, you know how I love my doodles, well I thought I would show you how I do those doodled flowers using my spectrum noir pens and a fine liner for my DT card for Spectrum Noir.

First of all I die my shapes in white card.

Next I colour the shapes in my chosen colours, it's really easy as you can match the image and papers.

Next the flowers...

I just keep adding colour to build up the colour and shading.

I have used deeper colours next.

Once you think you have the colour you want, you are going to add your doodles with your fine liner, now this doesn't have to be neat...actually doodles look better with some wobbles.

Finally you can add some pearls to the centres.

Here's the final result, I have added the flowers and heart shapes to the card. The image is called I gave you my Heart from the Gorjuss collection at Sugar Nellie.

For the flowers I used:
TN9, OR3, CR8, CR10

For the image I used:
FS2, FS6, FS8, 
IG2, IG3, IG5, IG6, IG7, IG8, IG9
TN1, TN2, TN3, TN9
EB1, EB2
CR6, CR8, CR10

Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes