Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spectrum Noir tutorial

I wanted to share with you all on how I made this little clean and simple card, you don't have to be experienced and you don't need to have a lot of pens to make an effective card.

First I cut a piece of watercolor card to size and brushed with water.

Next I scribbled the colors I wanted to use.

Next I loaded my brush with water and brushed over the ink to blend it out and into each other.

Next dry off the card using a heat gun or you can leave it aside to dry.  Then I stamped the image using black archival ink over the inked up card.

Next I cut the stamped image down to size.

Next I layered the image onto some colored cardstock.

I stamped some slodges and a sentiment and then layered up the image onto the card.

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog to find more tutorials using the Spectrum Noir range of products.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Stamping Bella Rachel Loves the Rain

Howdy folks a bit late in posting my DT card for My Mum's Craft Shop...well it should have been here yesterday but I wanted to use this little cutie which was on order so it's here today!!

So the stamp is from Stamping Bella and is called Rachel Loves the Rain and is available right now. I coloured her with Spectrum Noir Markers, then did a bit of shading with pencils. The sentiment comes with the perfect! I added a couple of sequins to finish off.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's a little crazy kitty...

Hi folks...sorry I haven't been blogging all the time recently but you know how it!!

Well anyway I did manage to make some time last weekend to hit the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show and met up with the lovely Susan for a coffee and a cake...oh and some buying!

This stamp set was one of my buys...I think I quite like them!

I stamped the image onto watercolour card using black archival ink, i then loaded my brush with water and lifted the colour from the tip of the watercolour pencil and just randomly washed it over the card but just around the I did start quite dark but the more water thats added then the softer the colour gets.  Once this was dry I then coloured the image again using watercolour pencils.  Once the colouring was dry Ithen stamped the splodges using black ink.  

Iloved playing with this little kitty...I think there will be more!

products used:
Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils
Tim holtz - Crazy Cats stamps
Altenew - Label Love
MFT - Distressed Patterns

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

Remember you also enter the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook!


Friday, June 03, 2016

Happy Birthday...

Morning everybody, here I am with my DT card for My My Mum's Craft Shop.

Well today it's very plain and simple, Ithink the distressed look is fab yet it's so quick and easy!

First of all I used some Lyra crayons and scribbled on the background stamp, spritzed it with water and then stamped it onto a piece of watercolour card.

Once dry I then stamped some of the splodges from the distressed patterns set using black archival ink.  I also stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in black ink too.


Thursday, June 02, 2016

Spectrum Noir June Challenge

Hi everybody...have you seen the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page??

This month's theme is to use a die...and obviously some of the spectrum Noir products.

I stamped the flowers and then colours them using SpectrumNoir Aquablend pencils...oh I so love them and then I die cut them.

I also die cut the scallop square and the inners square....makes it so neat and perfect!  I layered the flowers to the card with sticky fixer, and added a few sequins.

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


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Candy winner!!!

Hi's the end of the month so I thought I would post the lucky candy winner!!

Woo hoo....sometimes it pays to get in there first...well done!


that'syou me at with your email address to claim your gorjuss goodies and I will pop your prize in the post.

I have managed to gather some other little bits and bobs so I have picked another lucky winner...


that's you me at to claim your prize.

I'm sorry you couldn't all be winners but maybe next time!


***Fabby Candy Giveaway***

Hey everybody...this is a sticky post, so scroll down for my new posts!

I thought I would post this now as I might forget by the weekend, so here it is, I have some fabby goodies to don't want to miss it!!

So what's included...

  • Gorjuss cardmaking kit (includes blank cards, decoupage, ribbon and gems)
  • 3 rolls of Gorjuss twine
  • 1 Pack of Gorjuss Bunting
  • 1 pack Gorjuss labels
  • 2 Gorjuss badges
  • 5 Gorjuss Rubber stamps
  • I tin of Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils
  • 1 pack of white watercolor card
  • 1 waterbrush
  • 1 black archival ink pad 
  • 1 Adhesive tape
The total value of this prize is approx £ it's worth entering!!

Thank you to Karen from Funky Kits for donating the cardmaking making kit and the Gorjuss bit and bobs.

Thank you to Taylor from Crafters Companion for donating those fab Spectrum Noir pencils and card.

What you need to do...

  • Add the photo to your side bar.
  • This giveaway is for my followers, so I don't want anybody applying unless they are already a follower
  • Add your name to the linky thing below.
This giveaway will stay open until the end of May when I will pick a lucky winner to win all the goodies.

Good Luck


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Crazy little bird...

Hi folks, hope everyone is well. 

I haven't been on here as much as I would like to as work is still very, very busy but managed to squeeze this one in today!

First I cut a square of watercolour card, I stamped the sentiment using versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.
Next I brushed the card with water and I added in a wash of Spectrum Noir Marine, it was quite light to start with. Once that was dry I stamped the bird and the splodges with versamark and embossed in white, then I added some Navy and Moss. I then added some black splodges too.

I used Lori's tutorial over on the spectrum Noir Blog as my inspiration for this one...same principle but I just used different stamps.

Remember I still have my candy on offer, so get your name in to win!

Fshionable Stamping Challenge - blots and splashes 
Stamping Sensations - anything goes 
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes


Friday, May 20, 2016

Hello, helloe, hello...

Good morning everybody, another wee make from me today for My Mum's Craft Shop.

This was a quickie card and so easy to make.

I cut a piece of coloured paper to size and stuck onto the card.  I then stamped the Hello in a line above the paper, then I stamped some splodges over the paper and on the white card.  The flower is from the MFT pretty posies set which I coloured with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and then cut out and layered onto the card.  I finished by adding some teeny pearls to the centre of the flower.

products used:
MFT pretty posies
MFT distressed Patterns
Altenew Label Love

Scroll up to the top of my blog if you want to check out my giveaway!


Monday, May 09, 2016

Spectrum Noir May Challenge

Hi everybody...have you seen the challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page??

This month's theme is to use flowers, now how easy peasy is that.

I have used this gorgeous stamp from Stampendous called  Ranunculus Field.  I stamped the image using a versamark pad and stamped the image onto watercolour card and embossed with white detail embossing powder.  I then coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Aqua pens and then gave it a wash with water to blend the colours.  I added some ribbon to finish.

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

Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers - Bud Green, Fawn


Friday, May 06, 2016


Good morning everybody, another wee make from me today for My Mum's Craft Shop.

I am loving these MFT stamps right now...they can be so easy to use with great effects!

So first I inked up a piece of acetate with my watercolor pens and spritzed with water, I then stamped one of the MFT distressed pattern stamps into the ink and stamped it on to the watercolour card, I repeated the process using another colour.  Unfortunatley the stamps are not available but will be back in stock shortly!

I then stamped the flowers from the MFT Buildable Bouquet stamp set using black ink, the sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love set.

Scroll up to the top of my blog if you want to check out my giveaway!


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Spectrum Noir tutorial

I wanted to share with you how I coloured this little cutie using my Spectrum Noir Markers and my e-brush.

The image I have used is from Stampendous and is called Nosey Cat.  I stamped the image using black ink onto white Neenah cardstock.

Next I stamped the image again onto masking paper, I cut out the eyes and nose and stuck them on top of the image. I also added the masking paper around the image as I don't want the ink to go onto the white space.

Next, using my e-brush I gently sprayed the edges of the cat with IG2.

Next I sprayed on IG4 to the top of the head and top of the nose.

Next I sprayed with IG6, gently around the edges that I had already coloured.

Now next I stuck down another mask to cover up the image which I have just coloured, you will notice the eyes and nose are peeking through.  I coloured the nose using TN2 and the eyes with DG2.

Once I was happy with the shading I removed all the masks to reveal the image below.

The final addition is some white gel to highlight the eyes, I also went around the eye area with my black fineliner as some of the green had seeped under the mask.

And the final card!

I also have a candy giveaway.....some fabby Spectrum Noir goodies to giveaway, so check it out here!!


Sunday, April 17, 2016

A little krafty...

Hi's a wee quickie from me this evening!  

I have been busy playing with my new toy today, just trying to work out how everything works...

This has to be the most on the spur of the moment purchase I have ever made...just hope I have made the right decision!!

So onto the card, I actually made this the other night....and now I quite like it!!

This has to be one of the easiest cards to make, so first I die cut a piece of kraft card, I then stamped a few different stamps from the set called Water Blooms from Mama Elephant using a versamark stamp and then embossed with with embossing powder. Unfortunately this stamp set is out of stock but will be available soon. I then stamped some black spots. I aslo added black to the centres of a few of the flowers just for a little more detail.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I added a die- cut scalloped strip and added some little pearls to this.

Crafty Calendar - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
The PaperShelter - flowers everywhere
Simon Says Stamp - polka dots


Friday, April 15, 2016

Stamping Bella Marching Chick

Good morning folks, and my first card as a DT member over at My Mums Craft Shop....I was actually gobsmacked that I was picked to join the team...yay!

The focus this month is Stamping Bella, Mama Elephant and Altenew products so I have gone for this little cutie from Stamping Bella called Marching Chick which I coloured with my spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils...ho I love them so much!

The papers are from My Minds Eye - My Story collection and are just gorgeous, I layered them onto pink card, added some lace and flowers, the leaves have been cut using my die-namics leaf die.

Hope you likey!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spectrum Noir tutorial - wax resist using aquatints

Hi I am with my tutorial for Spectrum Noir, today I thought I would share how to make a background using aquatints with the wax resist technique...

First I cut a piece of wax paper and ran it through an embossing folder.

Next I sandwiched the wax paper between 2 pieces of watercolor card and gave it an iron...not too much but just enough to lift the embossed was onto the card.

Next I added a layer of undiluted green aquatint.

I then added some added in some blue aquatint.

Next I loaded my paintbrush with water and brushed all over the card to blend the colors together.

Next using a soft sponge, I rubbed the card to lift the excess ink off.

I die cut my frame and attached a piece of acetate and then I applied 3D foam all the way around the edges.

I added some pearls and sequins to the inside and attached the watercolored card to the back.

The finished card...

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog for more inspirational tutorials.


Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Spectrum Noir April Challenge

There's a new challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook Page, this months challenge is "pastel colours"...

I was a bit stumped at first on what to make as I don't really do much pastel however I forgot I had this cute little stamp from Sugar I stamp part of the image and coloured it with Spectrum Noir Markers, I then used a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to colour the pretty!

I cut and layered papers onto pink cardstock,i also die cut a daisy and leaves to stick to the corner, I also added a piece of ribbon and a few sequins to finish.

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

pens used:
FS2, FS6, FS8, PP!, PP2, IG1, IG2, GB8,GB10


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hey Bud...

Good evening folks....thought I would share my wee card that I made today!

The stamp is from Satamping Bella and is called Hey Bud...isn't it cute?  I coloured the stamp with Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils, and they are just the best, love them so much! 

You can pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog to check out more cards made using all products from the Spectrum Noir range.

 I built up the layers of colour using a waterbrush, blending and's actually much bolder IRL! the papers are from The Sweet Shoppe, which I layered onto brown cardstock.  I added a wee piece of lace to one of the layers, and some flowers and a swirly leaf...oh yes nearly forgot...those teeny weeny pearls too!

The Ribbon Girl - anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - swirls and pearls
Stamping Sensations - flower power
Fab 'n' Funky - flowers
Allsorts - wings


Sunday, March 20, 2016

A little honeybear...

Hi everybody...hope you are all well!

I thought I would share my card I made today...the stamp is called honeybear from Stamping Bella which I coloured with Spectrum Noir Aquablend them!

I am still practising with these pencils but I have to say they are fab.

I stamped the image using archival ink, then gently coloured the image, I then took my paintbrush loaded with water to blend the colours. I added some doodling to the edges and layered onto black card. The background paper is from The Sweet Shoppe which I also layered onto black card. I added a piece of lace for something extra.

Aquablend pencils used: nutmeg, charcoal brown, hickory, sky blue, oregano, straw, pesto green. 

The Ribbon Girl - any image
Simon Says Stamp - cute and cuddly
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
  Card and Scrap - lace


Sunday, March 13, 2016

I'm so sorry...

Hi everyone, hope you are well!

I thought I would share my wee card I made using the fabulous new Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils, I have to say they are amazing!!  You can buy them from the Crafter's companion!

The stamp I have used is called Gigi the Giraffe from Stamping Bella....isn't he just so cute?  I coloured the stamp using the pencils...they are soo easy to use.  Once I stamped the image I took the pencil to the card and just gradually added a bit of colour and then blended it with a wet brush...gradually built up the layers until I was happy with the colour.

Here's a close up of the coloured image....I don't normally add an extra close up but I am so impressed with these pencils that I needed to share the close up...I hope you likey!

Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog for more inspiration!

The Ribbon Girl - spring/easter or anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Lace or ribbon