Saturday, 23 January 2016

Cute & Colourful With All Dressed Up

It is nearly the end of the school holidays, only one week to go :(
I have really enjoyed these holidays with the kids and we have been having a few little outings which has been fun.

The only trouble with the holidays though is finding time to craft.
And I feel funny if I don't do something a little crafty arty every couple of days.

This morning I have had a chance, since hubby is home, to sit down and make a card from start to finish which is a miracle in this house I tell you.

So here it is my cute and colourful card made with an All Dressed Up image...

The image is called Happy Birthday and best of all you can find her in the FREEBIES section of the All Dressed Up blog.
I KNOW - free, can you believe it.
But also make sure and visit the shop because there are loads of cuties there too, I can speak from experience as I spend most of my digi allowance there lately.

I coloured her with copic markers.
The papers are from my scrap bin and are leftovers from scrapbook layouts.
I used a couple of dies through my cuttlebug on this card too, from spellbinders, memory box and couture creations.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I would like to enter this card in the All Dressed Up challenge.

Thanks loads fr dropping by...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A Bit Of Random Fun With Southern Girls

Over at Southern Girls for the next fortnight we have a nice, easy Anything Goes challenge for you to join in with.
We have been sponsored by the East Wind and A Random Fan.
I drew A Random Fan to work with and chose this super cute Sweet Honey Bee image to use.
I had Connor's little friend in mind when I made it as he is off to her surprise party today which he is pretty excited about.
We are off gift shopping later so it will be interesting see what he thinks a 10 year old girl would like.

I coloured the image using copic markers.  The papers are MME from my most favourite collection ever to make cards with, it will be a sad day when I finish my last 6x6 paper pad of this one.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts where I buy all my flowers as they have an awesome selection and the shipping to NZ is super reasonable.
I printed the sentiment in word and punched using SU punches from my demo days.

Thanks loads for visiting :)

Monday, 11 January 2016

Oh Jane - You are SOOOOOOOO Wild

Today I have a card made with a new image from Bloobel Stamps.
Bloobel stamps is pretty new, only starting in October last year.
The images are a bit crazy funny, I love them.

This image is called Jane and as soon as I saw her on the Bloobel FB page I knew what I wanted to make.  I went crazy with my Silhouette portrait for this card as you can see....

Jane is coloured with Copic markers.

I wish I could find some adhesive refills for my Xyron 510, it would have been loads better to stick the cuts down than using fabritac.

So there you have Jane, I hope you enjoyed her.


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges...
Crafty Calendar - Something New
Scrappers Delights - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can - Something New
Dragonfly Journeys - You Crack Me Up

Saturday, 9 January 2016

All Dressed Up Floral Bomb

Have I ever told you just how much I love All Dressed Up Images ???
Well I do!  They are marvellous, so wonderful to colour and just a little bit different from the other girly images, almost like calista flockheart lollipop girls ;) 
And I was a huge fan of Ally McBeal, I miss those shows.  You know the ones like Ally and Boston Legal etc.  Much better than lame cooking and house reno programmes.  Thank cripes for Netflix really.

So onto my card.....

The image is called Top Knot and I have coloured her with copic markers.
The papers are "We Are Family" by Echo Park.
The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I added glossy accents to my wood veneers after inking the outside with Poppy Parade stamp pad from SU.  I added liquid pearls as an accent around the image and on the scallop edges of the die cuts.
The sentiment is also Stampin Up.

Thanks loads for visiting :)

I would like to add my card in the following challenges...
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything New ( new Image)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Punches or Dies
Lil Red Wagon - Thank You
Cute Card Thursday - Hey What's New? (new image)

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Whoopin It Up With Some Yellow

3 in a row - I am on a roll ;)
After yesterday's dark and sombre layout I am back to my colourful self with this layout

Here is the challenge image...

I used scraps from my scrap draw, I am using up some of them before I cut up some new sheets as they were getting out of control.
I misted the background with Mister Hueys over a Studio Calico stencil then once it was dry added my layered photo.  On the layers I inked the edges of each piece of paper with Squeezed Lemon distress ink.
The chippy and brad are both Echo Park from a summer collection called Summer Bliss by Lori Whitlock released last year or the year before maybe?
The flair is from my stash and the ribbon and sequins are from SpiegelMom Scrap shop.
The Alphas are Thickers.

Hope you enjoy my layout, let me know what you think.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year = More Scrapping!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!
The start of a New Year brings resolutions and this year mine is to scrap more.
Last year I think I did 2 layouts - holy moly batman - not great.
SOOOO  this year is about crafting productively.
I may even get back into PL, but that may not happen as I always forget to take photos everyday and then things just get a little boring.  Also we have no life LOL - well we do but we live in the country and don't "go" places.
It could be a PL full of photos of mine and the kidlets crafting, now that would be exciting.

I have made a great start to the year and completed 3 layouts in the last week, so I know technically 2 were before New Years but I am patting myself on the back anyway.

My latest layout, which I did this morning, is for the csi color stories inspiration major challenge for January.

The colours were a NIGHTMARE for me but I got there eventually.

Here is my "ROCK CHICK" layout

The hardest colour was the burgundy, I have NOTHING burgundy in my stash so ended up gessoing the frame and painting it with brown and red H2Os and inking up the hessian hearts and star and veneer with some SU ink.
Also chocolate brown isn't a fave either.  I will probably end up rescrapping the photo for Jodie's own album in more girly colours down the track.

I may have a rather gruesome layout in a few days as my oldest son is staying at his Nana & Pop's and has been shooting rabbits with a bow and arrow.
He is saving them for me to take a photo of so tomorrow when I pick him him up so you can all look forward to that LOL.

Catch you up soon

Friday, 1 January 2016



I have been instagraming for about 2 years now, but have recently started following a lot more scrappers, cardmakers, mixed media artists and artists.   It really is a huge outlet for lots of really talented crafters and individuals.  You can spend hours on there finding like minded individuals and inspiration.

Plus it is awesome for editing and sharing your photos.  My instagram name is loulouforsyth and if you visit my profile you will see LOTS of random photos of both my creative stuff and my family.  For those of you not on instagram I am going to share some of my recent family faves with you....

So there you have it, if you haven't already discovered how completely awesome instagram is, give it a go :0)

Monday, 28 December 2015

Splish Splashin Around Layout

With finishing up on lots of the Design Teams I was on for 2015 I have time to scrapbook again which is really exciting for me, especially considering it was my first paper crafting love and what got me started down this crazy road.

I took some photos of 2 of my kids splashing around in the pool they got for Christmas with my Instax and while the photos are a bit crap and overexposed they definitely capture the fun my children were having so I decided to scrap them.

With it being a while since I actually have done any scrapbooking I really needed a start point so I googled some scrapbooking challenge and found this sketch...

at Stuck Sketches, I liked that I could use some summery papers I had on my desk with it.

And here is my finished page....

I really like how playful and sunshiney this layout turned out.
Hope you enjoy it too :)

Thanks for visiting and remember you can follow me on instagram too at or just search loulouforsyth on the app.

Have a fabulous day

Monday, 21 December 2015

Bring On The Sparkle Blog Hop With SpiegelMom Scraps

Welcome to 

We have an awesome line up with you for our Holiday Blog Hop
The Sparklers and a couple of special guests.
While I am thinking of it, if you love sequins and pretties you should apply for Jody's DT call at SMS, it is a great team and lots of fun.

Here is my hop card for you...

I have used All is Bright papers from MME and the image is precoloured from The Paper Shelter.
I have made a shaker using a die from American Crafts, I think it is Amy Tan, but it is pretty old.
I filled the shaker with Cinnamon & Sugar Sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.

Here is the blog line up, Make sure and comment on each project to be in to win an awesome prize.


Charity Feit

Amy Lee

Kat Benjamin

Sarah McClellan

Louise Forsyth (You Are Here)

So there you have, join in and play along at our Facebook event too.

Thanks for popping by Lou :)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

A Deer Card To Share

Another card to share today, and yes it is another Christmas card.  BUT against my better judgement I have done a Winter themed card.  I usually steer away from Winter Christmas Cards as it is kind of ridiculous giving a snowy card for Christmas when it is boiling hot outside.
However I purchased this sweet image from the paper shelter and it is a wintery scene and I have some snowflake dies so here you go, a Winter Xmas card.

The papers are old ones Hero Arts "Aspen Snow" which is still a fav with me.
I have added Frantage on the layers, what a mission!  Looks lovely but is it really worth the huge effort? The cardstock is Bazzill and the ribbon and thread are both American Crafts.

Thanks loads for popping by and I would love you to leave a comment so I can visit you in return,

I would like to enter my cards in the following challenges...
Morgans Art World - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Cas-ual Chic - Snowflakes
My Sheri Chrafts - Christmas Spirit (Vintage)
Crafty Hazelnuts - Christmas
My Time To Craft - Christmas Animals

Thursday, 10 December 2015

A Little Christmas Angel

Hi, I hope everyone is as excited as I am about Christmas being only 15 days away WHOOP WHOOP.

I have been loving making up some cards with pre coloured images from The Paper Shelter.
Sometimes when you have lots of cards to make and colouring the images takes SOOOOOOO long it is ok to cut corners a little, particularly when they are as cute as this image :)

I have used papers from the Holly Jolly collection by Kaisercraft, available from Artful Crafts.
The die was given to me by my friend Tracy, it is a Marianne Designs one.
The ribbon and embossing powder are both from American Crafts and I have used liquid pearls for the berries.
The image is printed on Gina K luxury cardstock.

Thanks loads for dropping by,

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges....
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas Card
Holly Jolly Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafting From the Heart  - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge - Diecuts and punches
Little Red Wagon - Snow Much Fun

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

SpiegelMom Scraps Christmas Bloghop

Christmas is only 24 days away here in New Zealand which TOTALLY excites me!
AND we are having the SpiegelMom Scraps bloghop starting today too.  So very auspicious day all round really :)

Here is my hop card....

I started by layering my papers and then sewing the top layer and mat on my sewing machine with gold thread.  Originally Santa was a square layer too but you couldn't see all the stars I cut on my silhouette from transparency and sewed to the card and filled with delish sequins and stars.
I have used Rockin Red Stardust and Cinnamon & Sugar Sequin Mix from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store.  I then added the ribbon and bow to the card and stamped and glued my sentiment.
Then I fussy cut my image which is called "December 26th" and is from The Paper Shelter.  I have used the precoloured version.

And here is a close up of my stars....

Thanks loads for dropping by and remember to join in the hop! 

Here is the hop line up.....
Louise Gannon Forsyth -  You Are Here :)

Be sure to comment on all the blogs and you could be in to win.
Also use the code Louise15 in the SMS store for a special discount.


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges....
Cutiepie Challenge - Simply Cute & Christmasy
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Lots of Layers
Dream Valley - Stitching
Crazy Challenge - Everything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Twist of Christmas
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Winter/Christmas

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown - Holly Jolly

Hi, I am here with you today with another card share for the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown.

I have used another KaiserCraft Collection for this card, Holly Jolly, full of red & green and black and kraft, this collection is a little more contemporary.

I have used a digital image from The East Wind and is called Dear Santa.  I coloured the image with Copic Markers.
The papers have been inked on the edges with distress inks in Cracked Pistachio and Fired Brick with an ink blending tool.

I diecut was cut on my silhouette cameo and it was my first time cutting with a shadow, it has taken me ages to work out how, thank goodness for youtube!

That's all from me today, thanks for dropping by,

I would like to include my card in the following challenges...
Digitally Sweet - All About the title
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - Tis the season
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Friday, 20 November 2015

Home For Christmas With Artfull Crafts

The Christmas Countdown has begun at Artfull Crafts, each week has a different theme and the Design Team will be bringing you loads of inspiration for your Christmas crafts pretty much every day so be sure to check it out.

It is my turn today with a card made with KaiserCrafts Home for Christmas collection.  I have used papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and a tag from the same collection

I added a gorgeous sheer red polka dot ribbon  and tied the tag around the bow, I then added dots around the layers showing with liquid pearls in White Opal and Ruby Red.  I cut some leaf flourish corners with a die on my cuttlebug.

The image, Rory's Reindeer, is coloured with Copic Alcohol Markers.

Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you enjoy all the inspiration on the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown.


I would like to enter the following challenges.....
Melonheadz Friends - TIC TAC TOE (Ribbon, Diecut, Pearls)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Art Impressions - Rudolph Red & Evergreen
Crafting With Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Light It Up
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Patterned Paper Mix Up with Southern Girls Challenge

A new challenge as begun over at Southern Girls Challenge it is a lovely easy one this fortnight, all you need to do is use some patterned paper on your project,
we are having a


Make sure and check it out.

I have used obe of the very cute Christmas girls from the All Dressed Up 3 Christmas Girls set. Such a cute set and so versatile!  You can split them up, like I have or use them altogether. 
I have used papers from the KaiserCraft Silver Bells collection and coloured the image using Copic Markers.

Thanks loads for dropping by and be sure to check out that DT call :)

I am entering my card in the following challenges...
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes
Kraftin Kimmie - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Snowflakes Promise - Christmas/Winter
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Christmas Cuteness With SpiegelMom Scraps

Only 40 days until Christmas my lovelies  :)  All a bit scary really, however as always I have the kids Christmas pressies well in hand and only have hubby, my brother and my Ma & Pa to shop for and since I already know that I am getting hubs a drill that take SOOOOOO much pressure off.

Which leaves me time to indulge in making cute Christmas crafts like this super sweet tag made using goodies from SpiegelMom Scraps Etsy store.

I started by coating a large tag with modge podge and sticking down my patterned paper, once it was dry, aided with a heat gun, I added stars with a stencil and the very lush Dazzlers paint in Foiled again. Once the stars were dry I inked the edges with some distress ink and then added my half doily ( I use these all the time, in fact I could almost say that doilys are my fave embellie) which I glued down with modge podge again to make it look kind of decoupagey.  I then added the image which is from All Dressed up Stamps and part of a set called 3 Christmas girls. 
The stamp was stamped with stazon and then I added the gold sequins.
I think it turned out pretty darn cute :)
Thanks loads for visiting and I hope I have inspired you to make a start on your Christmas crafts if you haven't already.
Remeber you can yuse the code Louise15 in the SpiegelMom Scraps Store for a discount.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Total Summer Fun With SpiegelMom Scraps

It almost feels like Summer here today so what better way to celebrate my favourite season of the year than with a cute card :)

I have coloured the image, which is by Whimsy and Stars who I think only does colouring books now???  
I coloured my image using Spectrum Noir markers.

I have used a doily, Green Chevron Washi tape and Gold and Varsity Sequins from SpiegelMom Scrap Etsy Shop.

The papers are from a 6x6 pad by Carta Bella called It's a Celebration.

Thanks loads for joining me today and I hope it is enjoyable weather where you are today :)

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Wanna Join The Team At SGC

Have you ever thought it would be awesome to be part of the Design Team at SGC?
Are you from Australia or New Zealand?
Do you love creating with paper?

If you have answered yes to the 3 questions above we want to hear from you!

We are looking for some fresh faces on our DT due to some of our ladies stepping down at the end of this year.

The term would start in January, we would like the applicants to commit to Southern Girls for a year, which may sound like a long time but isn't considering all our current DT have been with us for a year or more, some since we started :)

The team is split into 2 groups which means 1 project per month.

We correspond on facebook so you would need to have a facebook account and a blog which you can post the challenges and your projects to.

If you would like to apply to be an SGC lovely please email us a couple of samples of your work, tell us a bit about yourself and please include your blog link to

Welook forward to hearing from you and the call will finish when we have found our new members,
Trace & Lou and the SGC Lovelies