Category Archives: Simply Sketched

More notes of thanks

Some more thank you notes were created as we were well and truly spoilt … Plus in a slightly selfish thing, this was my first play with one of my Christmas presents… Spectrum Noir Aquatints!



Both panels were created using the Aquatints and adding salt to the panels as they were drying. Love the way the colour and texture is created using this method. Have already fallen in love with the Aquatints, and only tried one method with them so far!

I then added the stamped images on the top… To the first I added the Simply Sketched leaf image and I added some additional colours using the SU markers. To the second I used the same image as on the other thank you cards created a couple of days ago (because it was out and to hand). Both panels I added an edge using a SU marker to make it standout when affixed to the white card blank.

Both cards then had the same stamped image added to the envelope in matching colours to the cards… Again just finishes the project off in my opinion!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Mossy Meadow

Good day peeps! Hope you are ready to play with colour again… Here is my fun for a dreary Monday!

I am back playing with In Colors again for this weeks colour…


A nice rich and earthy green! And in a break from the Christmassy crafting I went for a birthday card instead!

I used the fabulous Simply Sketched set to stamp the leaves and the sentiment in the fab Mossy Meadow and then blended the line art out using some water and the ink. Then I added a watercolour splash using the Pistachio Pudding and one of the Work of Art stamps.

I mounted it onto some Blackberry Bliss which I had used for the. Berries and job done!


Happy crafting!


Tidying up the scrap box

I have recently had a bit of a tidy up! Mainly of the scrap box and got rid of things I really would never use by making the pieces big enough into envelopes for the lunch money for the princess! Ingenious use of paper that I otherwise would throw into the recycling! Or at least I think it is!

I have also been making up some quick and simple cards with the bits that were a bit to small to save but too pretty to throw away… Those really small bits and pieces you just can’t quite part with … So here is a selection of the cards I made using such cute bits and pieces!

A bright combination of Afternoon Daydreams, Summer Silhouettes & Papillion Pot Pourri with a splash of additional colour with the chevron ribbon!

Watercoloured Simply Sketched flower with my Inktense pencils (lush!) and used some random scraps of paper. Lovely little Itty bitty Banners sentiment too!

The fabulous Henry Says sits happily on the I am Me DSP scraps for this bright celebratory card!

Love how a delve in the scraps box can give me these three very different cards! I did some more but you will have to wait to see them!

Happy crafting!


Watercolouring the simply sketched!

So I thought I would give my watercolour a little practice with the gorgeous Simply Sketched stamps!



I also added some little grunge elements like Off the Grid and Work of Art stamping to blend the topper into the card, and on the purple one the backing paper was a gelli print! Also loving adding the pearls in such a random manner. I am usually a straight even spaced line kind of person so this random effect is fun to do to be different!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Sahara Sand


Happy Monday everyone!

Time to be all NEUTRAL and dream of beaches!


As this is such a pale colour I decided to focus on the background for this colour rather than the feature stamp. So it was time to dig out the amazing Sanded background stamp which retired a couple of years ago!


I also spent time inking the pieces, but otherwise I used a combination of Crumb Cake & Chocolate Chip to create the simple but hopefully elegant sympathy card.

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Crushed Curry!


Hello there! Happy Monday! Every week I think of Shaun Ryder when I type this … This is becoming quite disturbing! So to get his image out of my head lets get on with some colour shall we?


Oh yes … A lovely REGAL colour!

I actually ended up using a bit of a class kit for a class of Helen’s I never made it to, but still wanted the kit for … Only thing was this was in the midst of the craft room being created and so never got round to making the cards I should have … And when I found the Crushed Curry cardstock I thought immediately of what to do with it!


I kept the layer of cardstock simple, and added the layer of Watercolour wonder dsp which Helen had provided, taking a moment to ink the edge with Pear Pizazz before I adhered it. Then a piece of Whisper White which I also inked the edge of and stamped the beautiful flower from Simply Sketched stamp set in the Crushed Curry before adding the watercolour effect with the ink and the aqua painter. I then stamped the sentiment in the green to give it some balance.

The finishing touch was to add the candy dots … Although I think they were Always Artichoke one I went for in the end… But still I like them all together.

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Crumb Cake


Happy bank holiday Monday everyone! How’s the week begun for you?

This week… Like all weeks this year … Mine has begun with some colour play! And this week I decided to play with a NEUTRAL colour…


It is, after all, my favourite of the NEUTRAL colours to use as a focal colour! Well I say that but I actually struggled with this and ended up teaming it with Chocolate Chip to provide some more definition. I think my issue this time was choosing to use First Edition dsp to stamp onto rather than plain cardstock. But hey I love the final piece!


I used a piece of the Parkers Patterns dsp with gold hammer cardstock from the scraps and the afore mentioned First Edition dsp, matted with some Chocolate Chip cardstock. I then stamped the images from Simply Sketched hostess stamp set, and then water coloured them with the aqua painter. I had to add some chocolate Chip ink too to the bird just to make him pop a bit more. I then did some distressing and adding the crumb cake ink with a sponge to finish off all the pieces before layering up.

Hope you like this as much as I do!

Happy crafting!


Busy weekend but a little crafting thrown in

This weekend is a busy one, filled with fun such as seeing friends … With little bit of crafting thrown in if I am lucky. So I prepped ahead and made this card during the week with some bits and pieces I had to hand … Just because I wanted to!


I used the fabulous Simply Sketched stamps and added the colour using the aqua painter and the inks. This has become my favourite technique of late. The aqua painter seems to be rarely out of my hands!

I also added a scrap of I am me dsp that coordinated with the colours of Calypso Coral and the Pear Pizazz I used for the leaves. I did plenty of inking to each panel too.

Apologies about the rubbish picture… For some reason my camera decided to blur every picture I took! No idea why and too late to try and work it out now!

Happy crafting!