Design Team, Spectrum noir pencils

DT: CHNC: plaid/gingham/check

Hello! How did it get to be Saturday already?

So this week at CHNC Hazel suggested we use plaid/gingham/checked paper as part of our design… so here is mine!

I used some patterned paper and then wrapped some ribbon round the panels. I then die cut the trees and added some glitter glue to each of them. I also added the Tim Holtz sticker to finish off.

Looking forward to seeing what the others did to incorporate the gingham into their designs.

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Paperartsy - stamps, Sheena Douglass stamps, Spectrum noir pencils

Calendar – March 2019

For Christmas I gave my parents and my auntie a calendar I had made with a postcard sized piece of art on each month… so today I am sharing their March artwork.

I wanted to use the March hare for this which is a Sheena stamp and after stamping in archival I added light brown brusho and lots of water… I love the way the colour separates and moves across the page.

Once it was dry I used some spectrum noir pencils to add definition to the image and stamped the month (Paperartsy stamp).

Happy crafting!


Inchies and Twinchies, Penny Black, Spectrum noir pencils

12 days of Christmas twinchies

In December I organised a swap with the Artist Trading coin UK swap group with the theme of 12 days of Christmas. As per usual I made little thank you twinchies to add in with the swaps… and I kept to the same theme!

I used a piece of mixed media cardstock and roughly drew 2″ squares so I knew my images would work on twinchies and meant I could stamp multiple images at once using my stamp platform.

This meant I could easily stamp the 20 images…

Once they were dry (I actually left them overnight and coloured them the next day!) I used my Spectrum Noir pencils to colour the images.

It took me about 40 mins to colour them all which I didn’t think was too bad for 20 images.

I then cut them up into squares of 1.75″ … although some I trimmed down more dependent on the shape of the image.

Then I chose some Christmas patterned papers and cut them into 2″ squares and then added the little images.

I just love these cute Penny Black images especially when colouring them with pencils… so so cute!

So simple but effective twinchies for the swappers to receive.

Happy crafting!


Digital stamps, Spectrum noir pencils, Winter Frost, YouTube video

Advent cardmaking: Nativity

Today is the final day in my advent cardmaking series… was touch and go whether I would get all 24 videos done… but got there! And saved the nativity as my final theme… after all that’s what Christmas is all about!

The card I made is a simple one… a digi stamp image I had already coloured and a panel with papers I had already sorted beforehand.

So I pretty much added the frame and the sentiment and added some shimmer using my wink of Stella and that’s pretty much it!

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of cards… it’s been fun having a different theme each day. Here is the last video.

And now it is time for me to enjoy the festivities… wishing you all a fabulous Christmas!

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Design Team, Digital stamps, Handcarved, Spectrum noir pencils

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: Resist technique

Hello… in amongst all the Christmas madness I have a bright and cheery birthday card to share… which happens to be my design team contribution to the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog… and the challenge is … RESIST TECHNIQUE.

one of my favourite uses of this technique is to create a water colour background so that’s exactly what I did!

I used the Handcarved background stamp which I partially inked with versamark, stamped and then heat embossed. Then using diluted brushos in purple colours and a brush I added the colour. I also splashed colour to add to the messy vibrant patch of colour.

I chose a focal image (digital stamp from all Dressed up) and coloured it with spectrum noir pencils. Then I Found a happy birthday sentiment in my stamps and added that on a die cut circle. I edged the circle to make sure it popped with a stampin write marker.

Finished it off with some sequins.

Happy crafting!


Spectrum noir pencils, Stampin Up - stamps, Watercolour paint, YouTube video

Advent cardmaking: Presents

So today I have a few cards today where I used the same stamps and some masking to create a present giving polar bear to work for day 6 theme of presents!

Love how cute these are… even if the stamping on one is a little out of kilter.

I enjoyed the different looks I could give to this polar bear with the different colour schemes and patterned papers.

So cute!

Enjoy the video here

Happy crafting!


Penny Black, Spectrum noir pencils

Drawing and Colouring Christmas cards

Not blogged for a couple of days as been busy and not had much chance to craft but up early today so thought I would get my post up early for you.

I have another set of christmas cards to share… this time I actually did some drawing… Scary! But actually turned out to be fun.

I stamped some Penny Black images onto cardstock using versafine and then drew a strip behind the image and stamped the sentiments too.

I love these funky 12 days of Christmas images… so cute.

Then I used my micron black pen (#31productchallenge) to add some details to the image and the backgrounds.

Then I got out my Spectrum Noir pencils (yes another #31productchallenge) and coloured in the image and the strip.

Absolutely loved adding colour to these little images.

I then outlined the panels and this finished off the toppers.

I then added wink of Stella to a few parts of the images to add sparkle and shine. I mounted them on Tranquil Tide cardstock and mounted them onto the card blanks. I then edged the mount with glitter glue to add more sparkle.

I adore how these came out, and because the panels were only small it didn’t take too long to colour them in. Might have to assess what other stamps I’ve got that I can apply this technique with.

Entering this into the Anything goes challenge at PennyBFriends Saturday challenge blog

Happy crafting!


AJSS, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Spectrum noir pencils

AJSS lesson 2 with Marieke

Today I have more #ajss2018 to share. I’m already a little behind on lessons with having had a busy weekend away without supplies as I knew I wouldn’t have done anything … so this is from last week.

Marieke’s lesson was about journaling on the road and had lots of doodles and odd faces. So I wasn’t on the road to do this but still it was fun just seeing where the doodles took me and the oddities I came up with!

Whilst I hadn’t been on a road trip I still included some symbols from my weekend … it included bike buying, England winning a football match and the child camping… wonder if you can spot how I symbolised these?

My page is very different from Marieke’s and I used a lot of black paint and perhaps a larger brush to apply it. But still I had fun adding marks and doodling.

I used papers I had put into my bag for the AJSS but Marieke included some lovely papers as a download so need to get these printed for using at another time.

This was outside of my comfort zone in terms of journaling but really enjoyed the playtime and may try this again at some point.

Happy crafting!