Monday, 8 September 2014

Tea for Me and Tea for Two

A few weeks back Alyce at Kit and Clowder had a colour along and used a stamp by Lia Designs at Whimsy stamps.  I saw the card on the kit and clowder facebook page and thought the image was kind of cute so I went and had a look at what other images the artist had and found this really cute one called Tea Girl.  So I coloured her up with my copics and made a card.....

I used Fancy Pants paper, wild orchid flowers, marrianne designs die,  white stazon and the sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Thanks loads for dropping by, Happy Scrappin.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

I have actually been creating....

I have been completely remiss at sharing my creations with you lately but I have been creating, honestly ;)  I am struggling to find time between swimming, kindy and day to day chores but it is happening.  Unfortunately the blog isn't but, and I know I have said this before, I will get better.

My last post was the blog hop post and I shared a Lili of the valley image I had been colouring.  I fixed her hair and made a card with papers from Fancy Pants Be Loved and lots of dies and punches and a bit of pearl trim.....

This actually quite a small card at only 5 x 5 inches but I really love how it has turned out.

I am of to a craft and garden day next month so I need to start getting some cards together for that and also buy envelopes and packets.  If you want to check it out you can find info at https://www.facebook.com/pages/20th-Dannevirke-Garden-and-CRAFT-EXPO/779032122149061?fref=ts
It is held at the school where my boys go and is pretty big.  Also our major fundraiser so if you are close come along.

Happy Scrapping :)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Creative Bloggers Bloghop

I was asked by my friend Wendy  to take part in this wonderful bloghop.   I was supposed to post this yesterday on Monday but I am a little late but since I know it is still Monday somewhere I am going to give my self a pat on the back for being on time ;)

What I am working on?

I am currently working on colouring this cute image from Lilli of the Valley for the Spectrum Noir challenge, although by the time I actually get it done I suspect the challenge will be over.


I am yet to master hair with the SN markers obviously.

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN IT"S GENRE?

I wouldn't really say it does much.  

WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?


Because I enjoy it :)  The scrapbooking and Pocket Scrapping will be something ,y family (hopefully) will look back on but the colouring  of images which eventually end up as cards is purely for stress relief and down time.

How does your creative process work?

I just go with the flow, but I am a ridiculously untidy crafter.  I couldn't craft tidily if my life depended on it.  I grab and go and leave it all until I have no room to make a card then I have a massive tidy up and think about posting a scrapspace video to youtube because my last one was ages ago and is now out of date

And now my nominations are the following lovely ladies who are all members of the Southern Girls DT - because I love my DT lovelies and self promotion is never wrong xx



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Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed my post all about my crafty obsession. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Texture It Up Baby!!!! SGC Challenge.

This time at Southern Girls we want to see some texture on your projects.  We have 3 wicked sponsors and I got to use a fabulous image from All Dressed Up called Pretty Flower Girl. She is adorbs!

Through my trusty CB I used swiss dots embossing folder, a fancy circle die and a spellbinders sentiment die.  I added some ribbon and a peg which came in last months Noel Mignon kit  and added some sequins and liquid pearls.  The paper is from Fancy Pants.   I coloured her up with my copics which I need to practice with again as I haven't been using them much and it shows!  It is amazing how fast you lose the knack for nice blending.  The inkpad is a cats eye from the Swell collection.

Thanks loads for visiting and be sure to leave a comment so I can return the favour xox

Happy scrapping :)

Monday, 21 July 2014

HEADS UP - We R Memory Keepers On sale!!!!!

OMG!!!!  I really want to share that Blitsy are having a huge sale on WE R Memory Keepers product- including PL card pack and these awesome albums....

We R Instagram Albums Made Easy

Classic Leather Album 12x12 Ring- Aqua

We R Journaling Cards and Cardstock


To have a look CLICK THIS LINK ;0)  Happy Shopping xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

And the Blog Candy Winner is.....

True Random Number Generator  5Powered by RANDOM.ORG


So that would mean that Congratulations go to Lainie :)   And since you are from NZ that of course means you have won the Artfull Crafts Voucher.
Thanks to EVERYONE that entered - Lou 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sketchy Sweet & Simple Noel Mignon Happiness

I am struggling to find post titles lately - can you tell?

I have another layout for you today and it uses another sketch :)  This time from Page Maps by Becky Fleck ....
and I used the gorgeous kit, Sweet and Simple, from Noel Mignon.  I have just started my sub again after a break and I am so happy because I seriously missed these kits.


Sooooo, here's my layout......


I love this photo of Jodie in her Nana's garden with the watering can :)

Thanks for popping by :) And Happy Scrapping.

BLOG CANDY!!!!!!!!!! Saturated Canary or Artfull Crafts Giveaway CLOSED



Since my blog meltdown a couple of months back I have noticed that lots of my orginal readers haven't found me again :(  So in a shameless act of self promotion I am giving away the following prizes.....

if you are in NZ your could win this.......
Thanks to the generosity if Liz at ARTFULL CRAFTS  I have a $20 voucher for the store to give away.
Be sure to check them out they have a fantastic selection of papercrafting loveliness and awesome prices too.

Yep a $20 Artfull Crafts voucher just for linking or commenting.

  and for overseas entries a $20 Saturated Canary voucher....

$20 Gift Certificate


You could purchase super cute images like this one.....

Angels Among Us




So what do you need to do to enter is.....
1: I would love if you would follow my blog in some way, there are social media links  in my side bar and also google followers or friend follow.  Not completely compulsory but I would be stoked if you did.
 2: add your name to the link widget below, if you can't add it because you don't have a blog just leave me a comment in the post comments.
3: Please also share my blog candy on your blog, facebook or some other form of social media.
Thanks and good luck :)

Monday, 7 July 2014

You Spin Me Baby SGC challenge using OUAS

I have been having giagantor printer problems for the last 2 weeks so I couldn't use my fabby dillybeans image for my challenge project for Southern Girls.  So I bit the bullet and admitted failure this morning and decided to do a layout as I had some photos of Angus printed that I wanted to use.

I need some inspiration for a design - I already had my boysy scraptastic kit on my desk so I popped over to Once Upon a Sketch to see what they had going on this month and found an awesome sketch, I knew I would.

So I got to work and here is what I ended up with....



 I started with white bazzil cardstock which I sprayed with Mister Hueys Honour Society using a hexagon stencil then sprayed again with Mister Hueys Silver.  I then cut strips from a couple of patterned papers to do my layers.  I then started choosing my embellishments.  The chipboard stickers are Simple Stories daily grind and the veneers are exclusive to the kit I think.  The flair is out of my stash but I am pretty sure I got it from The Paper Doll Company.  I wrote 6 on it with a DVD marker.  The letters for my title are Vera Thickers in Sunflower.

So I guess that is wrap :)  Thanks loads for popping by and Happy Scrapping.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

DESIGN TEAM CALL AT SOUTHERN GIRLS

DT Call - SGC are on the hunt.......... For our Current Challenge click HERE

 Hard to believe that 6 months has nearly passed since our last call. We are on the hunt for some  DT Members for our happy little group.
If you think you may be interested, check out the following info.......... 

 We are an open blog so any type of paper crafters can apply. We are a 3 weekly challenge and the team is split into 2 groups so you are only required to do 1 project per month most months. We have lots of fabulous sponsors and sometimes they give us images to work with (YAY). So check our sponsor list and if these companies are your thing. If you are a scrapbooker, PLer or OTP artist you will not need to work with the images unless you want to.

We are pretty chatty, about loads of stuff not just crafting, so be prepared to work those fingers in our group message centre on Facebook. 

You will need a blog.

You will need to be able to use digital images if you are a card maker.

You will need to be a member of facebook as this is where we do our communicating.

We are a very supportive, tight knit group so being a part of our DT is like being in a secret club.

The term is 8 months with an option to reapply

 If this sounds like a DT that may appeal to you please contact Lou at THIS EMAIL ADDRESS LINK!!!!!! (southerngirlschallenges{at}gmail{dot}com) with an email telling us a little about yourself, any current (if any) DTs you are on, fav techniques/ syles that sort of thing and attach your fave 3 projects for us to see and also add a link to your blog please. We are looking forward to perusing the hundreds of applicants emails and eagerly await all your lovely blog links :) Closes 31st July 2014

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Card with Little Fawn from Saturated Canary


Wow, I am doing much better at keeping up with my posts (and crafting) since I made a promise to myself to make a bit of me time during the day again when I can.

Yesterday I made this card using Little Fawn from Saturated Canary Stamps....


I coloured my image with prismapencils apart from her face which is copics, I have a major issue colouring skin with pencils.  The papers are from a DCWV stake and I have used flowers and seam binding from Wild Orchid Crafts, Mister Hueys Honeydew mist, doodlebug sequins and a button and doily from my stash.

Thanks loads for dropping by, happy scrapping :)

I am entering my card in the following challenges....

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch - I used # 78
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Favourite Stamp
Hobbybook Challenge - Summer
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspires Challenge - Tic Tac Toe - Left hand column - Summer/Pink and Green/ ribbon

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Wacky Hairday with a Sketch


It has been a long while since I played along with any scrapping challenges so to ease myself back into it I decided to use the current sketch over at SKETCHABILITIES.

I used a photo of the boys with their hair done for the "Wacky Hairday" at school a couple of weeks ago.  I am glad I got this pic as Connor really hates having his hair anyway other than completely flat so this was a major break through. 


I used the last kit I purchased from Scraptastic which was quite a few months back but this is the first chance I have had to scrap for sometime.  I am not sure of the kit name but I chose the boy themed kit that month. I added Mister Hueys mist, Hero Arts ink and Kaisercraft stamps from stash and also a project life card from the Slate core kit for my journaling. 

Thanks loads for dropping by 
Happy Scrapping :)

Friday, 20 June 2014

My Spectrum Noir Thoughts,Observations and Copic Comparison


Last month I joined the Spectrum Noir club at Better Scrapbooking.  I decided that it was a good way to try out the Spectrum Noir Markers with minimum input from me besides paying ;)  My kit arrived promptly and I decided to carry on with the club. Each month you receive a 6 pack of the pre-packaged markers, supplies for 2 cards,  3 each of 2 stamped images and instructions.  Megan puts together a really great kit that is perfect for beginners to experts.  The instructions are really clear and concise.  The shipping time is excellent too, VERY quick.

This is this months kit which has the yellow pack of markers.....

When I opened my markers last month I was surprised by the hexagonal shape and wondered if this would make my blending technique different than what I am used to with copics.  I had also heard that spectrum noir were not as good at blending together as copics.  I was prepared to be disappointed if I am completely honest being a bit of a copic snob.   SURPRISE - I think these markers are freaking awesome!!!!!  I am not sure if it is how I blend when I am colouring but I actually find these just as good as copics and it really doesn't bother me that there are less colours available. You can find a full colour chart HERE . Also a point against the SN markers is that unless you get yourself really well schooled up on the colours and colour families it can be a bit confusing, I am unsure if this is just because of the fact I am really familiar with the copic colours after 6 years or the colour family names are actually damn confusing.  Another downside it that the colours on some of SN caps actually don't match the marker colour, so be sure to print out the chart from the link I provided. The price is also a huge factor the sets of 6 retail at around $27.00 here in NZ which works out at $4.50 per marker, the copic ciao retail at around $8.90nz per marker so there is a definite bonus to be had wallet wise. Also it is incredibly costly to buy the refills for copics here so have to take that into account as well.  I am not completely sold on the bullet nib however and do prefer a brush nib as the copics have but you can buy the brush nibs as an accessory and change them with the chisel end.
The barrel shape was not an issue and they don't roll away :)

So here is my image all coloured up....

I can see in the close up that my blending under the basket and on his ears aren't the best but that is ok as that is my fault not the markers. 

And the finished card.....
I cheated a bit and used papers and embellies from stash along with the kit contents but what can I say.... I am a rebel ;)

So there it is, my thoughts about Spectrum Noir Markers, I think I am definitely a fan girl now.

Happy Scrapping 
Lou

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Bright & Funky Be Happy

Another cute and simple card for you today...


I used Unity Stamps "you + me = bliss" for the flowers and a basic grey set for the sentiment.  The flower and sentiment are stamped with SU Tangerine Tango.  the background I stamped with versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder then sponged with SU summer sun dye ink.  I added a flower brad from SU and a string of bakers twine.

I am putting this forward for the Curtain Call challenge - Something Simple

Thanks loads for visiting,
Happy scrapping :)

Friday, 30 May 2014

A couple of Pocket Scrapping Cards

A weekend or so back Natalia hosted some challenges on the NZPL facebook page for the ladies that weren't at the scrappy getaway down South.  I played along with 2 of then.  The first was a recipe challenge - Doodling, Washi and Stars so this is my interpretation....

I used a white cardstock BHPL card for my base, drew a squiggly line around with a sliver spica pen and added the strips of silver star washi (my fav washi EVER).  I stamped the rocket stamp from a Hero Arts set onto some scrap white cardstock and coloured with copic markers then I cut out and popped it up using foam mount.  I stamped the stars from the same stamp set and outlined them with my stardust gelly roll pen.

The next challenge was a mixed media card, and again my interpretation...

I coloured the white cardstock BHPL card with gelatos and blended with my finger then sprayed with water gently with minimister and dried with my heatgun .  I then stamped the bicycle and words from Hero arts with versamark and embossed in black.  I added the bits of lace at the top and bottom adhered with fabric glue and added the pearls at the top.

Thanks loads for dropping by,
Happy Scrapping :)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Cute & Quick Heart Card

I was feeling in the mood to create yesterday afternoon but had only a small window of time before it was off to swim lessons.  I had some white card and my cuttlebug on my desk and my mists in a basket beside me so I was inspired by those 3 things for this card.....


I ran the card through my cuttlebug with a sizzix embossing folder with the debossed side out.  I then sprayed with Mister Hueys in "First Kiss", I added a couple of strips of washitape and I then strung WRMK pink bakers twine down the side.  I found some scraps of cardstock and card and punched out hearts with an old Stampin Up heart punch and stuck them on the twine.  Finishing with a Chic Tags tag fastened with mini staples.  The whole thing took about 20 minutes which is super fast considering my cards usually have a copic coloured digistamp.

Thanks loads for dropping by :)
Happy scrapping. 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Shine on with SGC

It is so cold here at the moment, well for me anyway but I am a bit of a sooky lala about the cold - LOVE the Summer hate the winter.

So our challenge is pretty much Shiny Stuff, anything shiny on a papercraft project puts you in to win.  and with 2 excellent sponsors for this challenge you really will want to give it a go.

I have used and image from Lacy Sunshine called Emily Showers of Love.....

I used papers and embellishments from my February Noel Mignon scrapbooking kit and coloured my image with copics.

The background with the hearts was made with a stencil and mister hueys spray, it worked out well as I was able to match the colours to my image to tie everything in.  I added stickles to both the image and the flowers.

I am linking this card up to.....

Lacy Sunshine Challenge - Anything goes

And.....

http://www.mypapercraze.com/?p=1970

Thanks loads for dropping by :)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Where have I been???

Well the answer to the above not here posting obviously ;) I have actually completed lots of PL spreads and a couple of pages BUT I have had the most disgusting chest infection again, I have been coughing like a 2 pack a day smoker and feeling like all I want to do is sleep.  I am VERY glad I gave up smoking 9 years ago, I think I would have been dead already if I hadn't.  I was such a disgustingly heavy smoker, seriously it is a wonder my non smoker hubby ever kissed me at all when we first got together GAH!

Anyway, onto the crafty business which is what you are actually here for.....

I will start with the project life spreads which are all for March......







A bit of a mish mash of embellishments from my stash but the cards are pretty much all from PL core kits Kiwi & Blush I think.  As you can see I love alpha stickers and there is a lot of different styles, companies, and collections on these pages.


And here are the layouts, the first was done with a photo taken back in 2011, 2 of of my brothers that live in Australia came home for a visit along with my cousin and second cousin (my cousins son) who also live in Aussie.  As you can imagine with 4 children travelling overseas is kind of off the agenda so that was the last time I saw my oldest and the youngest of my brothers.  I say the youngest of my brothers but still older that me by 11 years HA!  I am well and truly the baby as he is the next sibling up from me PLUS I am the only girl - special aye ;)  And YES I am pregnant in this photo, I do not have an enormous food baby in my tummy.


Next is a layout of hubster and I, I never do layouts about us and now I know why... he got so precious about this one having a photo he hated of himself - seriously if he didn't pull stupid faces everytime the camera points in his direction there would be a better selection to choose from.  I used a kit from Noel Mignon, which I have just resubbed to, the kits are excellent value, really packed product and the products are awesome.


And there you have, a collection of all the crafting I have been doing lately, well paper crafting anyway, I may share the tog bag, lamp resurrection and shirt for JoJo at some stage soon.  Thanks for dropping by :)

I am linking this to....
Creative Spark Link Party with Weekend Craft, My Paper Craze and Please Excuse My Craftermath...

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Southern Girls Challenge - Time To Earn Your Stripes

It seems a huge amount of time between challenges at Southern Girls now we have stretched the time out to 3 weekly - BUT it is time again for my team now.  This challenge we are sponsored by Marianne Designs, Artfull Crafts Inklings and Emerald Fairies.  I have created cards with both Emerald Fairies and Artfull CRafts Inklings...

First up is the Artfull Inklings card....
 The papers are Happy Go Lucky by Fancy Pants, The image is coloured with copics.  I have used a SU sentiment stamp and punches.  The sequins and mist are both Studio Calico.  The Washi is from my stash.

Next up is the Emerald Fairies Card....
The image is called Jewel and I coloured her with copics.  The papers are Kaisercraft Hello Sunshine and I have used a few diecuts on my card, the clouds are cut with a die from Memory Box and the frame on the image is a spellbinders die. I coloured up the hearts on the image with liquid pearls.

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today. Happy Scrapping.