Category Archives: 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!


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!


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!


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!


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!