Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Shiny, Happy layout for SpiegelMom Scraps

Thanks for joining me today for my SpiegelMom Scraps post :0) Today I am sharing a layout of my sweet girl at the end of her first week at school.

I decided before I chose the rest of my embellishments that I really wanted to use this wooden veneer frame from the Amy Tangerine Stitched collection and turn it into a shaker box.  I added transparency on one side and cut to fit and filled with some SMS sequins before sticking some more transparency to the opposite side.  I stamped after I had glued it but in hindsight it would have been better to stamp before glueing.

I also used this Shimelle wooden Veneer below, again from SpiegelMom Scraps which I painted with gelato to match my gelato painted background....

Here is a close up of my title, Purely because I love the colours and how shiny and sparkly it is.  Also you can see some of the awesomely cute sequins I used....

And last but not least the full layout.  I loved making this and used the gelatos in ways I haven't tried before.  It was a steep learning curve trying lots of new things but also lots of fun.

Thanks so much for dropping by and I would love to know what you think of my more breaking my boundaries layout :)  Remember to use the code Louise10 in the SpiegelMom Scraps Shop to get a 10% discount.

Happy Scrapping, Lou

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pretty Huge News.....

So if you are a regular round here you are probably well aware of the fact I ****LOVE**** Lacy Sunshine Stamps and spend a ridiculous amount of time lurking around on the Lacy Sunshine Facebook group.  So my news is really freaking BIG for me.


Drumroll Please....

Are you sure you are ready?..... 

Like I said this is huge.....


See, told you it was huge news.  I could not believe when I got a FB message from Heather to say to be expecting a message from Audrey.   Then Audrey messaged and there it was,  "would you like to be a Sunshine Girl"  UMMMMMM Just slightly!!!!!   Like YES <insert squeals>
So yep there is it is, so loads more lacy sunshine projects coming your way!

Happy Scrapping 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Playing with Close To My Heart and Gelatos

I was looking around my craft room and realised that my poor gelatos have never been allowed to be featured on a card :(  Poor little under utilised lovelies.  SO  I am going to share a card today made using gelatos, and can I just say they were so happy to be allowed out of their basket to play LOL.

So here we have Dreamer Flair stamp set mixing it up with gelato backgrounds....

For my first card I stamped the girl image and sentiment from the set on plain white cardstock with permanent waterfast black ink and then I used a wet brush directly on the gelato tube to make a watery paint, then I just brushed it directly over the image, I then repeated with next colour and got a really nice blended edge as the gelato was nice and wet and blendy.

I then mounted to a piece of co-ordinating cardstock from the Adventure Pack.  Before I adhered my image/gelato top piece I punched a scalloped border along the bottom then added a strip of CTMH washi tape.  Once my top piece was adhered I added the ribbon to finish with a cheats bow.

 My next card was made pretty much the same way apart from colouring with the gelato directly on to the card and then blending with a wet brush.  Once it was dry I sprinkled some gold ink spray over it.

Again this one was matted onto cardstock and a ribbon and cheats bow added.   

Hope you like my more arty cards, thanks loads for dropping by and happy scrapping :)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My First Post For Spieglemom Scraps.

Yay, the day is finally here when I can share my first post with you for Jody from Spieglemom Scraps.

There are so many gorgeous goodies in the shop and you can use the code Louise10 for a special discount :)

So onto my project for today....

I made a card for one of my big brothers as it is his birthday next week.  I used 2 lots of sequins, the tiny gold stars and mermaid green sequins scatttered around the top of the card.  I added some washi and the wood veneer word .

The image is from Lacy Sunshine and is coloured with copic markers. The papers are from a stack of My Minds Eye papers.

Thanks loads for joining me today on this exciting start to my term with SpiegleMom Scraps.

Happy Scrapping.

I am adding my card to the following challenges....
Card and scrap - Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge - add some red
Cards Galore - use a stamp or Digi
Crafting Muskateers - Cute
Crafty Hazelnuts -  Patterned papers
Digi's Galore - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesday
Sweet Stamps - Happy Birthday

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Southern Girls Challenge - Things With Wings

This fortnight over at Southern Girls our challenge is things with wings.  We have two totally wicked sponsors, Retail Girl and Aurora Wings Stamps.

I have used Poppy sprite on my card and coloured her up with copic markers.

I am super happy I sorted my photos out on my blog, I was having trouble with my photos coming out super high contrast when I uploaded to blogger.  I did a wee google search and discovered that it is to with google plus.  I had to go into my google+ settings and find the photo section and inclick "autoawesome"  which in my opinion was very un awesome.  But all fixed now.

Happy scrapping

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Lacy Sunshine Anniversary Card - with a dash of cute factor......

There is nothing quite like half a days notice that I need to make a card.... luckily for her it was my mum that asked  ;)  So my instructions were an Anniversary card.  I found out this morning that it was for a 60th wedding anniversary but hey,  I am sure the recipients will think it is as cute as mum and I do lol.

Due to the serious time restraints I decided to print the image directly on the card front and not to go too frou frou.  I have been doing some colouring classes through Heather Valentine who owns Lacy Sunshine Stamps ( you can find information on her Facebook group) so I decided that I would get in an extra bit of practice with Emmi Lou Boo - Bubble Valentine.  I am so pleased with how this turned out.

I used copic markers with Gina K luxury cardstock, which is my preferred paper for alcohol markers, and added some highlights with gel pen.  The sentiment is is a really old SU one that comes with the words separated and it took me yonks to get it straight and placed properly. I outlined the front panel with a sharpie poster paint pen.  The ribbon and teal cardstock are both american crafts.

Thanks so much for visiting, I would love to know what you think of her so please leave me a comment :)
Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 9 February 2015

The EastWind New Release Card - Diva Lisa

If you follow me on Instagram (@loulouforsyth)  you will have seen a sneak peek of this image early last week.  She is Diva Lisa from The EastWind

Digital stamp- Diva Lisa ' She ' -300dpi JPG/PNG files - MAC0154.

I love her as she has a big chest area just like me :)  Although I am really not sure I could pull off that dress after 4 kids LOL.

I coloured her up with copics and taking a leaf from my good friend Trace's  book of colouring tips and used prisma pencils to highlight, but I only did her hair with them.  I obviously haven't quite got the technique down because it made my blending look a bit crap.  BUT I do like the conctrast so hey ho, I'll let it go, let it goooooo  ;)  

I actually coloured her before I had picked out papers too, which is quite unusual for me and definitely not part of my normal crafting process.  I chose these papers from The Garden Tea Party stack from DCWV which is so old you probably can't get it anymore, even in an antique shop.

Thanks loads for dropping by, have an awesome week and Happy Scrapping :)

Thursday, 5 February 2015

A DillyBeans Card From The Heart

Late last last week hubby asked me for a sympathy card for one of his staff.  I went to work first colouring up Dillybeans unicorn girls heart.  She is so sweet and I loved colouring her hair :)

I went with a CAS look for this card and let the image do the talking.  I coloured her with a mix of Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers.
The sentiment is an old one from Stampin'Up stamped in black ink.

Thanks heaps for dropping by my blog :)  Happy Scrapping.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cheering myself up with some Lacy Sunshine....

I have had a pretty ho hum week so I have found myself doing a lot more colouring than usual as a sort of tension release.

I have been doing heaps of alcohol marker colouring but today I decided to break out my prismacolor pencils.  I usually only colour with my pencils on textured type papers but I already had Marguerite Daisies printed on Gina K luxury paper so I decided to just colour her up.  All things considered she turned out pretty well,  I haven't used my pencils in ages plus the flat paper.

I am going to have to do something about those flower middles in retrospect, maybe put some buttons in them or enamel dots.  I will think about that.

The papers are a mix of MME and Fancy pants. The large flowers are prima from AGES ago and the cherry blossoms are wild orchid.  The sentiment is an SU one from quite some time ago.

Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting my blog :)  Happy Scrapping!

Monday, 19 January 2015

The East Wind Intsa DT News

I am stoked to announce that I have been chosen by Unky to be on THE EAST WIND Insta DT :)  As may or may not be aware I have a large obsession with Instagram so taking pics of Unky's gorgeous illustrations and posting them on IG and blogging about them will be no major hardship at all ;)

Here is my first The East Wind image which I am in the process of colouring, a very different hair colour scheme for me but that is what art is all about...

So this is an instagram photo which is why it isn't that great, usually I will be doing my post photos with my camera so they will be better quality but I really wanted to share this even though it isn't finished.  You can't buy this image yet either but SOON, I promise ;)

If you would like to follow me on instagram my ig name is loulouforsyth I really hope to see you on instagram soon.

Sunday, 18 January 2015


I have been holding on to some exciting news for a week or so now and today is the day I can spill the beans.  I am on the brand spanking new Design Team for Spiegelmom :)  You have to check out Jody's etsy shop it is fabulous!!! 

Jody sells  sequins, wood veneers, washi tape and other fun scrappy embellishments.

AND you can get a 10% discount just because you are a bloggy friend of mine :)  Just add Louise10 to your order in the discount area when you are ready to place it.

And that isn't all.... by commenting on mine and my fellow lovely sparklers blogs you are into win a $15 prize pack, how totally awesome is that???  So get hopping and commenting and good luck.

Here is the hop order...

Lou - You are here :)

And now here are some of my projects I used for the Call Application....

Thanks loads for joining the hop and happy scrapping :)

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings with Southern Girls Challenge

SGC are back today after our Summer/Christmas break.  And boy have the DT outdone themselves.  Make sure and go and check out all the projects on the Challenge Blog.

I have made a card for my darling girl who starts school this year (sob) using Lacy Sunshine Rory time to colour.  I watercoloured the background with spray inks and a water brush then stamped random images in black memento ink....
My image is coloured with Spectrum Noir markers and foam mounted on the card.
I added some bits and pieces to break things up a little, the misted arrow is from studio calico and the heart button and stickers are from my stash.

Thanks so much for dropping by today and be sure to come and join in over at Southern Girls to be to win some awesome prizes from Paper doll and Lacy Sunshine.

Happy Scrapping :)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tiddly Inks Are The Bee's Knees

Sooooooo...... after a year and a half break from serious DT work I have decided that with only my youngest at home full time it might be time to throw my hat in the ring for a few DT calls.  Although in saying that I am only going to try out for companies I love and that totally inspire me.  One of those companies is Tiddly Inks, I have always loved Christy's illustrations and I thought I might as well have a go since the Tiddly Inks team are looking for a few new designers.

I have made a card using Happy Bee Day, she is so sweet and when you purchase her you get some very cool extras :)

I coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers on Watercolour paper.  If you follow my blog you will know that I am just switching to these markers, due to cost and availability, from copics.  I noticed today that with the SN markers on watercolour paper you can't oversaturate like you can with copics.  I was having trouble with the blending on the face so I went over a few times to get a better blend BUT the paper started to pill, just a warning for those of you out there starting out with these like me :)  I managed to fix it without too much drama but the paper is definitely rough in that area.  I used my FAVOURITE MME paper, Sweetest Thing Tangerine.  I actually finished the 6x6 pad, BUT luckily I still have another 3 phew ;)

Here is a close up of the image....

I printed my sentiment in word and punched out with some oval punches.  I finished off the card with some twine, liquid pearls and heart confetti punch outs.

I am so in love with this card and know exactly who i am going to send it off to.

Thanks loads for visiting and happy scrapping ( or cardmaking lol )

Friday, 9 January 2015

Sneaky Peaky for next Thursday :)

Things have been pretty quite around here so I thought I would share a snippet of my project for next Thursday.... Southern Girls are back from summer break, very exciting!!!! Can you guess who our digi sponsor is?

So excited to be getting back into the challenges.  Be sure to tune in next thursday :)

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Stormy days shaker Card with CTMH

Hi, I am here with a totally adorable technique to share.  I am sure most of you out there have heard of shaker cards.... I had but the whole idea seemed completely daunting. But due to having some time on my hands and a requirement for a shaker card, I decided now was as good of time as any to give this technique a crack.
You will need.....
A stampset, I used Everyday Life Rainy Day by CTMH ( For more information on CLOSE TO MY HEART contact HEATHER)

White cardstock and patterned paper, I used The Adventure Assortment from CTMH

A few basic supplies including sequins foam tape, transparency and a die ...

Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the making process as I was trying to work my through and it was my first attempt.  But I do have a photo of the finished product...

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock which I cut to fit the back of the diecut.  I then sponged on some different coloured blue inks.  I tipped a few sequins in the window and sealed shut with the foam tape.
I stamped 2 of the images from the rainy day set using black ink and coloured them using markers then I adhered to the outside of the shaker box.  I added some CTMH washi tape along the bottom of the card and stuck on a few extra sequins.

Remember for Close To My Heart enquiries contact Heather
Thanks so much for joining me today and HAPPY NEW YEAR :)
Happy Scrapping 

Friday, 26 December 2014

Blog Candy Winner

Merry Christmas to all :)  Hope everyone had a fabby xmas.  The winner of the Christmas Blog Candy is........


Congratulations.  Please contact me using the email link on my sidebar.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Lou's Christmas Blog Candy

Christmas is drawing closer and to celebrate I am giving away a Saturated Canary Voucher to one lucky linker :)
All you need to do to enter is add you blog link to the link tool or comment indicating you would like to enter and don't have a blog in the comments.

For 2 entries into the draw you can like and share my PUNKNSCRAP facebook page and giveaway on your FB profile and add the fb link on the punknscrap fb page as a comment letting me know :)

The winner will be drawn and announced on Deccember 24th so be sure to check back and see if you have won

Good luck.....

Thursday, 18 December 2014

CAS Card with Close To My Heart

Time is flying towards Christmas, only one week away for those of you that need reminding ;) With lots of running around and things to do at this time of the year a CAS card is definitely the call of the day.

The persfect set for CAS cards is My Acrylix Rainy Day Everyday Life.  The cute images and adorable sentiments are perfect.

I layered my cardstocks and added the pieces of everyday adventures patterned paper in the corner.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and outlined with a fine black marker.  I then stamped my images in the corner and coloured with markers and outlined the white piece of card with a fine black pen.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the followers of Paper Crafter Anonymous a very merry Christmas as I will not be posting next Wednesday as it is Christmas day :) 

Happy Scrapping