Monday, 31 August 2015

A Taste of Paradise

Clearly I have wayyyyyyyy too much time on my hands....3 cards in 3 days ... it's a miracle.
Today's card features some beautiful stamps from My Favorite Things (MFT), 'Birds of Paradise' & 'Blissful Blooms' and my Zig markers...AGAIN!

I got so carried away making this one that I forgot to photograph the pens I used for each area so I've taken a snap of all those I used.

Loads of masking, Wink of Stella and googly eyes.

And....for the final touch...3 essential sequins.

Ok, that's it from me today. I'm off to show our Sof' what a duster & vacuum cleaner are for before she goes to uni'.
Have a great week!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Ooooh....Get Me! my New Years Resolution, albeit a late one, is to post my 'efforts' as soon as they're finished. 
Having fallen in love with Altenew's 'Garden Grow' stamp set that I used on yesterday's CAS card, I thought I'd go for a NonCAS version today.

This is the stamp set and the stencil for the brickwork that I used called 'Mini Bricks' from The Crafters Workshop.

I used super sticky post-its to make masks so that I could layer the images.

As before, I've photographed as I've gone along so you can see which pens I've used and ...

... again on this card I've dug out the ol' Zigs.

Not sure about my dodgy brick colouring, but you get the idea.

A splash of glossy accents, a swish with the ol' Wink of Stella et job done.
Now, off to order a job-lot of Kleenex. The countdown to fav' daught' leaving home for uni' has begun and I need to prapare myself for a monster blubbing session...from me, not our Sof'... she can't wait to go.
Catch you later x

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Miss You

As much as I love this card, it was made with a heavy heart.
One of my clients passed away suddenly last week, I'd worked for her for 5 years and she'd also become a good friend.  

For my card I've used one of Altenew's latest releases 'Garden Grow'. I fell in love with this stamp set instantly and I think I'd go as far to say this is my 'favouritist' stamp set out of any I've ever bought.

I've used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to colour in my images and because I was using them as markers rather than with water as watercolours I didn't need to emboss my images as the ink didn't bleed over the lines. 

I've photographed the pens so that you can see what colours I've used.

I confess I've spent so much time stroking these pens, I love them so much. They are easy to use, are great for blending and mixing colours of your own, either tip-to-tip or on a craft sheet, and they are a dream for creating even more colours.

I used a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches...

... and added some glossy accents.

If you love gardening you will love this stamp set. 
Rest in peace my dear friend x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Thank Yee Kindly

An uber quick post from me today.....'thank heavens' I hear you say.
I made this card for one of our neighbours as a 'thank you' for some punnets of strawberries that he shared with us.
Everybody needs good neighbours.

Stamps - Flourishes 'Strawberries', Winnie & Walter sentiment
Coloured with Zig Clean Color Brush markers

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Zig Clean Color Brush Markers

After alot of procrastinating, umming n' arrrring, pondering, going back & forth , heaps of indecisiveness and general faffing about, I have completed my collection of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.
Following my recent post on these markers, I've added a handful more, mainly browns, greens & the fabulous fluorescent colours and I'm sure I've now got all the colours I love and need.
I do find that embossing your stamped images before using these pens helps to stop the ink bleeding over the lines.
I'm in the UK & got mine from Cult Pens, bought individually so that I could choose the colours I wanted.
100% recommend!!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sequin Storage

I know I'm a little late to the latest must-have crafting accessory ...Sequins. So I  thought I'd share my wee storage solution because, let's face it, I'm a bit OCD when it comes to everything being neat n' tidy. (Think 'Sleeping with the Enemy'

I got my mitts on this cute (gotta be cute) little Anita's storage box from The Range for £2.99 and a selection of sequins from Lucy's Cards, Hobbycraft & Dovecraft. 

Once I'd emptied the contents into their own individual slot (and picked up those that decided to fall on the floor, stick to my static arms, get the picture) I cut up the packaging labels and added them to the lid to remind me where I bought them from.

Job done! 
It's the simple things in life.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

From Her Mother...Not!

Just a quickie from moi today with a card made for my genius daughter who passed her A-Levels today....Yay!
Sadly for me, this means she'll now leave home & go to uni'....sniff!
Of course, she gets her brains, figure & famously, fabulous eyebrows from me....Not!
(Forgive the quality of the photo...can't get the brightness to work....Grrrr)
Well done our Sof' xx

MFT - I Knead You, Things With Wings & Paper Smooches sentiments

Saturday, 8 August 2015


Twaz Mr C's birthday last week. 
It was a bigun' but we don't like to talk numbers anymore.
The offspring & I arranged a whole day of entertainment and as many gifts to match his age....loads (Ahem!)
This is the card I made for him, minus his age, & it features images from the MFT stamp set 'Things with Wings', coloured with Zig Brush markers & a sentiment from Winnie & Walter. I noticed the night before his big day that I'd forgotten to add 'Happy' to the message so added that on after this photo was taken.
We had a fabulous day and there was no mention of his age....

Enjoy your weekend.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Greens n' Blues

We've just returned from a weeks holiday in Looe, Cornwall where the sea was the most beautiful shades of greens and blues. I'm now taking this week off to catch up on family life, enjoy some crafting time and to potter in our own garden.

Today I've used a stamp set called 'Doodle Buds' from WPlus9.

 I've embossed in WOW Pearl Gold Sparkle which leaves a fabulous glittery outline. 

I embossed as I wanted to watercolour with my Zig brush markers and, as I'm using water, the embossing holds the colour within the image rather than bleeding across over the lines.

I used 4 colours, Light Blue, Cobalt Blue, Turqouise Green and Persian Green and let the water dropped from my tiny paintbrush move & blend the colours.

Have a great week everyone x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Girlie Magnolias

After blinding you with zingy 'Zig-a-zig-ahhh' Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in my last post here, I thought I'd calm it down today with some soft, girlie pink.

This is Altenew's stamp set 'Magnolias For Her' again. Last time here, I coloured in using lemony Zig Clean Color markers. 
On this card I've used my Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils.

As before, I've embossed on watercolour card with clear embossing powder.

Instead of colouring the image and then adding water, this time I wet the pencil nib to grab colour, created puddles of colour on my craft sheet, then applied to my stamped images and added just clean water to fade out the colour.

I found using a teeny paint brush easier than a water-pen brush. I think I tend to squeeeeeeeze too much water out.

I then got all arty-farty and flicked some of the pink across my card blank, fussy cut the coloured images and added to my card.

 A few randomly scattered pink pearl gems, this is the hardest et voila!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Rainbow Elements

Today was a rainy ol' day here in Blighty so I thought I'd make a card of rainbow flowers.
I've used Altenew's 'Hennah Elements' stamp set and coloured with Zig Brush Markers, using them simply as markers rather than as watercolours. If you're a lover of bright, zingy colours then you'll love these pens/brushes/markers (whatever you want to call them).
I simply embossed the images on watercolor card, coloured and fussy cut them before adding them to my card base. I also added some coordinating mini pearls.
I have more rainbow ideas floating about in my me, there's enough space for a LOT of

Friday, 10 July 2015

A Tinkle of Twinkle


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Greetings all, I hope you’ve had a good week.
Today I have a couple of cards I made a few weeks ago using Brushos, Liquitex Super Heavy Gel & a stencil from Crafters Workshop called Mini Daisy Cluster.


I love this Liquitex stuff and the Brusho powders create such a lovely effect on top.

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I added gem stones to the flower centres on this one….


….and a tinkle of twinkle before the gel dried.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


Here's my first card using my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.
I've used an Altenew stamp set 'Magnolias For Her'. A neighbour of one my gardening clients has the most beautiful yellow magnolia tree in their front garden. We've got 2 different pink magnolias in our garden, but the yellow varieties are a tad special.

Anyway, I digress.... having embossed the images on watercolour card, I used the yellow & lemon yellow 'Zigs' to colour the flowers and....

.... blue, pale green & light green for the leaves.

A spot of fussy cutting...

... some definition using a Faber Castell Albrecht Durer pencil, shimmery Perfect Pearl highlights...

.... a few wee pearls... voila!
Prepare to be bored senseless with more 'Zig-A-Zig-Ahring'.

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