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Friday, May 6, 2016

Crafting With Friends Challenge #20

Hello!   What a lovely day! 

I'm delighted to have been offered a position on the Design Team for Crafting With Friends!
The new challenge (#20) launches today and it's Anything Goes.  The DT were lucky to choose from gorgeous Moonflower Digi Stamps.

Here's mine..



She's called Spring Fairy and I've coloured her with Copics and Polychromos.

I hope you like it!  Why not pop over to our challenge blog and join in!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Watercolouring

Hello! Hey, it's Thursday! Who is stealing the weeks?  Ok, I guess I can forgive this week for flying in as I was on holiday at the start.  But since being back at work it just feels like a blur!

I'm not complaining though, I've had enough time to do a wee bit of colouring and prep for some DT work.  And I won a challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs (check the link on the left handside) for my Especially For You card.  And.. I got some time to play with my new watercolours!! What better to try them out on than the fabulous Kim Dellow stamps from PaperArtsy!

So here is my first attempt..  a simple "one layer" card.  I just love the little birds!! 

 
I have to say that these Kuretake watercolours are so easy to work with!!
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges..
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours

Hi!  I have a few different sets of watercolours but when I saw these I just had to give them a try.  No time to play so far today but hopefully later!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Question...

Do I want to download the Copic Ciao colour chart??


Yes,   yes,  I do!

lol!

Delighted!

Delighted to be chosen in the top 3 at Dragonfly Dreams for the card! 



It's beach party time!

Well, actually, no.. not beach party time here in Scotland. Sorry, lol!! But the weather has been ok.. well, in Shorpshire it has! Spent a lovely weekend doing real family stuff with relations from all over coming together for a lovely weekend!   We hired a lovely cottage and just chilled out. Went to visit family and were joined by cousins from all over .. amazing to meet the newest member of the clan at just 5 weeks old! 

So now just enjoying the rest of the bank holiday weekend with a quick make to share.  A Stamping Bella coloured with Copics..

 
I'm going to link to a few challenges as I'm catching up!
 
 
 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hello Birthday Girl

Hello! I hope your weekend is going well!   Can't believe it's May already!
 
A wee change for me today. No colouring (no time!)
 
 
 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Another parcel!

Oh I just love it when parcels arrive!  Although I am supposed to be having a bit of a de-stash and using what I already have!! Supposed to be...   Clearly that's not going to plan.  Although maybe things could be worse!



 
Now it would just be nice to get some time to play!   Busy weekend though!

Friday, April 29, 2016

More Copics!

Whoop! The postman's been.  I'm building up my collection of copics and these arrived today!

 
This takes my collection up to around 70 I think.. I need to update my colour chart.  Time to play!!
 
 


Especially for you!

Hello! Oh I am so glad it's Friday! And it's a long weekend! 

I'm in love with Polkadoodles at the moment. The Winnie digi stamps are gorgeous!  And I'm waiting on an order of all four of the very lovely and creative "Stamp Soup" sets.  I just could not resist!

My card for today is a Winnie coloured with Copics. I'm using up papers I've had for a while.  I taken the inspiration for colouring her from the papers. To be honest, that's what I usually do.  One reason is I just love (to the point of obsession) paper of all descriptions, and the other reason is it's much easier to get a match when you colour (and you let the paper designer do all the hard work finding good colour combos!)

The greeting is from Fabulous Fushias by Clearly Besotted.

Here she is.. a simple card. Not too OTT on embellishments!

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
 
Hope you enjoy your weekend!
 


What a lovely surprise!

Not the fact we woke up to a white snow covered garden (we are nearly in May!!)... no, it was a lovely surprise to wake up to find my card was chosen as a DT favourite over at Inspiration Destination!  Chuffed to bits!!



I'm in a crafty mood now!  What to do??

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

For You

Hello Tuesday!  Well, talk about four seasons in one day!  We have had sun, wind, snow, rain, sleet and hail!  Scotland.. just another day :-)

Been a busy day at work but I've spent the last 20 minutes assembling a card I prepped yesterday. I had great fun colouring the Polkadoodles digi.  Purple hair.. different for me!  It's not as light as I would like it to be so more practice required. 

The greeting is "Scripty For You" by Lawn Fawn.  The papers are DCWV.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Sweet Stamps (Anything Goes)
 


Monday, April 25, 2016

Girl with a Bob

Hello Monday! It's a cold and wet day here.  And I'm trying to multi-task between some work, chores to do around the house, and craft.  Never a good combination.  Where does time go? 

I've been playing with some new digis from Polkadoodles.  This cute little girl is from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles - Springtime.  I've coloured her with Copics and teamed up with some Basic Grey papers (Urban Prairie) which I've had for ages!  The sentiment is Stampin' Up! from the Sale-A-Bration "Hello" set.


 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Petal Lu (#12)
 
Now I'm off to watch for the postman.. a new order which includes new Copics! Hope they come today!
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Hello!  A very busy weekend for me, unfortunately most of it working.  But I have managed some spare crafty time today and I've been playing with the acrylic paints and the old credit card again!   This time I've opted for some JOFY stamps from PaperArtsy.  A little bit of paper piecing and some Tim Holtz Distress Markers to add the final touches.    I'm really loving the green chalk acrylic called "Granny Smith".

So something a wee  bit different from my last few makes..

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Brown Sugar (#195)
 
Now it's time to enjoy the rest of the weekend!  Relaxing!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Shoes!


Hello! It's the weekend again!
It's been a lovely week here. Cold clear mornings and warm sunny afternoons!
So a bright and cheery card is the order of the day!

Another lovely image from Polkadoodles.  I've coloured her with Copics and used some co-ordinating papers from Penny Black Painted Blooms.
Used a Stampin' Up! greeting and punches to finish this off.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Brown Sugar (#195)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

You can never have too many...

....different colours of acrylics!    The postie's been!

I have lots of acrylic paints but none like these!   These are chalk acrylics, and I can't wait to play!  (will have to wait for now though!)



You're the best!

Hello!  A bright and sunny day today.  And quiet.. as one member of the family is off to school camp!

I've been playing with another image from Polkadoodles.  Again, such fun to colour! I've gone for a change in hair colour and chosen shades to give an overall auburn look.  Kept the embellishments simple.


 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Crafty Gals Corner (#68 Cute as a button)
Brown Sugar (#193)
Polkadoodles (Floral Frenzy)
 
 
Check out all these challenges - so much inspiration!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thinking of You

Hello!
 
A cold start here.. changing to almost tropical (for Scotland in April!) when I left work to drive home.
 
I was inspired by this sudden change in temperature to think that maybe spring was officially here! So I've gone for bright spring-like colours and a handmade flower.
 
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Dream Valley (#129)
 
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
 

Monday, April 18, 2016

So much fun with an old bank card!

Hello Monday again!

What a busy weekend it's been but I did get a little time to play yesterday and I've finished off this morning by making two cards. Both using the same technique which I found on the amazing Kim Dellow's blog here.  The faux printed look.  It's just such amazing fun!  All you need are some acrylic paints and an old piece of plastic (like an old bank card or something similar).

My first attempt is really just a copy of Kims but with the addition of some white in the dots using a uni-ball Signo white pigment ink pen.
Here it is..

 
It's an addictive technique and so quick.. so needless to say the paint kept flowing and this is my second attempt.  I used the Paperartsy Eclectica (EKD02) by Kim for this second card. 
 
 
I think I may try some more.. the colour combos are endless!
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
AAA (#62)
 
 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A simple make!


Hello!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!   Mine has been very busy, lots of crafty chat but not much crafty doing!!

Yesterday was our craft club outing.  We had a lovely day over in Fife, lunch out then some shopping.   I managed to restrict my buying to some new acrylic paints which I'm hoping to play with later.  Lots of lovely bright colours!

My card for now is using a Bugaboo digi which I've coloured with Copics and Polychromos.  I just love the shading you can get with the Polychromos.. so much fun to use.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Suzy Bee (#126)
Brown Sugar (#194)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Foxy!

Hi!  New toys to play with today!   

I found this cute little foxy digi at Studio Magda Polakow.  Great fun to colour! I used Promarkers. Kept the colours simple and used the Basic Grey Archaic paper suite to get my inspiration. This is an old set of papers - I've had them for ages!  Just found them again after an almost-ruthless clear out!
Needless to say I was not going to get rid of them! Just sad I can't get more!

Teamed up the image and papers with a Stampin' Up" sentiment from "Perfect Pennants" and used a QK alpha for the "FOXY!" It's an old alphabet called Moxie.  I would NEVER part with it as I love the font and size. It's timeless.

I needed something to lift the sentiment so I used one of the scribble dies from Tim Holtz "scribbles and splats" (another MUST have!!)

I really think the quality and variety of products in the papercrafters marketplace is just amazing at the moment!  I hope (but not for my bank account!!) that it keeps going!

So here it is...




 
I'm going to enter this in the following challenges:
 
Petal Lu (#12)
Sweet Stamps (April)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

You Are The Apple Of My Eye

Hi!  I hope you are having a lovely week! Mine has been a little short on crafty time so I'm really looking forward to a crafty girls road trip this weekend!  I'll just have to try and resist the temptation of buying too much! (yeah, that will work!)

Making the most of my limited time I have been playing with one of the new sets I got from Clearly Besotted, which comes with a matching die (seems to be the way now! Not that I'm complaining as I HATE to cut things!!)

This is one of the sets I got recently (so more new toys to play with when I get some time!!).  It's called "An Apple a Day" and it has a partner apple die (which fits perfectly!)

Here it is.. click on the pic to go to the Clearly Besotted store..

http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/products/an-apple-a-day
 
And here is my card.. I started by stamping a background using "Off the Grid" by Stampin' Up! using Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Tea Dye".  The apples are stamped using Adirondack "Red Pepper" and "Lettuce".  I hope you like it!
 
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Aud Sentiments (Anything Goes)
C.R.A.F.T Challenge (Clean and Simple)
Cre8tive Hands Friends (Anything Goes)
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Little Birdie Told Me

Hello! Here we are, half way through another week! It's miserable weather here.. rain, rain and more rain.
But I'm not about to lose sight of spring having nearly sprung!  (or the new technique of inlaid die cuts!)  Here's a second attempt using this Sizzix Thinlits "Sweetie Bird" (for Craft Asylum) and some very old QK dies for the flowers and grass.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz (if you don't have "Crazy Talk" it really is a must have!!)


 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Crafty Sentiments Designs (Anything Goes)
Creative Card Crew (#11  Die Cut) 
Retarte (Anything Goes)
Lemon Shortbread (#13 Anything Goes)
Through the Craft Room Door (Anything Goes)
Tuesday Throwdown (#289 Use Your Die Cuts)
 
 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New dies!

Hi!  Just a very quick post from me.. no time to have any crafty play today but the postman did deliver a new die set for me! Can't wait to play!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Practising with the Polychromos

 
 

Spring in the air

Hello! Well, it looks like spring is here so I took my inspiration and decided to go with some fresh pinks and greens. Then I went outside... brrr!!

I've really enjoyed colouring this little image from Bugaboo.  She's so cute!


The papers are My Private Happiness by Karola Witczak for The ScrapCake.  I've embellished with Petal Lu flowers (they are so delicate!) and come Swarovski Crystals, Lace and Sequins.  I used the Stampin' Up! Bigz Top Note to cut the layered background paper.

 
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Addicted to Stamps (Pastel Colours)
Dragonfly Dreams (Spring is in the air)
Crafty Calendar (Anything Goes)
Aliciabel (#17 Anything Goes or Spring)
ArtbyMiran (#55)
Brown Sugar (#193)
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards (#106 Spring is in the air)
Fussy and Fancy (Green and Pink)
Polkadoodles (Floral Frenzy)
Petal Lu (#11)
 
 


More die cutting..

Taylored Expressions - Sack It - Kitty

 
Love this!
 
 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Inlaid Diecuts

Why is it that sometimes a technique is so obvious that you just don't see it!? 

I saw this technique used in the current challenge at Addicted to CAS and thought I would give it a try!

I've used a Memory Box die (Fresh Foliage) and a greeting from WPlus9 (Doodle Buds) and just some patterned paper I had in my scrap box.  I'm pleased with the simplicity of the result.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Addicted to CAS (Inlaid Dies)
Crafty Calendar (Anything Goes)
Scrappers Delights (#54 Anything Goes)
A Beautiful Mess (#1 Anything Goes)
Brown Sugar (#193 Anything Goes)
Crafting With Friends (#27 Anything Goes)
Creative Fingers (#106 Anything Goes)
Dragons Lair Designs (April - Anything Goes)
PDE Linky Party (#118 Anything Goes)
Simply Papercraft (#27 Anything Goes)
Jades Sparkling Butterflies (#16 Anything Goes)
Crafting With An Attitude (#14 Anything Goes)
Cre8tive Hands Friends (Anything Goes)
Southern Girls (Anything Goes)

Feeling Foxy?

Hello! Hope you're having a lovely weekend! 
It's a lazy day here... the cats are sleeping, the house smells of baking (carrot cake so far!), and a Sunday roast is planned for later.  I just love Sunday's like this!

So, some time for me to play with a new die set which arrived during the week. It's a Sizzix Thinlits Fold-a-long by Jen Long.  A combination of 6 dies to make a lovely little Fox card.  My first attempt was a bit fiddly but the second was much easier (and quicker!) as I did things in a logical order!

Here's a link to the Sizzix video tutorial for the card.

And here's the (professional) finished result...


Here are my two attempts!

 
Good fun! I just need to work out what to do to embellish these further!
 
 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Monsterific!

Hello!  I hope you are having a lovely week!  I'm back at work now so less crafty time but I'm going to try and be as productive as I can be (in and out of work!).

I have a few cards to make for family so I need to write myself a wee list I think!   But before I started with what I have to do I've made this little monster card. The real fun was colouring this image!


I didn't even attempt to co-ordinate colours.. monsters just wouldn't care!

The die cut Happy Birthday is a Paper Smooches die.. fiddly!

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:


Cre8tive Hands Friends (#4)
Sassy Studio Designs (Anything Goes)
Inspiration Destination (#80)
Stampin Royalty (SR#324)
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesdays
Lemon Shortbread

Make some time to pop on over and check out all the lovely entries on these challenges!   And if you take part.. have fun and good luck!

Tracyx




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Eclectica

Hello!

It's a lovely day here, a bit cold but that's what you expect!

I've been playing with a combination of the two Paperartsy Eclectica sets by Kim Dellow.  Just keeping it really simple.  These are lovely sets to work with. I've just coloured these with Copics.  I stamped on Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock which is perfect for alcohol markers and just the right GSM to cut really easily (as I'm someone who doesn't like cutting!!)

I just love these little hedgehogs!

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Crafts Galore Encore (Anything Goes for April)
One Crazy Stamper (April - Anything Goes)
Petal Lu (#11)
 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Like a Princess..

Hi! Welcome to another week!

It's wet, windy and cold here in central Scotland today and I've been busy continuing with the crafty de-clutter!  It's very rewarding to see all the things you forget you have, and to see how tastes/trends have changed over the last 11 years or so.

Taking a break from the clear out to make a quick card with a lovely Stamping Bella stamp, coloured with Copics and Polychromos.

 
I've kept the layout quite simple.
 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Glitter N Sparkle (Use a punch/die)
Crafty Calendar (Anything Goes - April)
 
Now, I suppose I better get back to de-cluttering!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Goth Girl

Hello Friday!

Brr.. It's cold, wet and windy here.  I've been having a play with another Bugaboo digi called Goth Girl.  Coloured her using Copics and Polychromos then matted up on some 7 Gypsies papers that I found (I'm trying to use up stuff I've had for ages!! - easier said than done!)

I'm going to enter her in the following "Anything Goes" challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends (#30)
Simply Papercrafts (#26)
Art By Miran (#55)
Scrap N Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper


Do you think the spiders are too much?

I'm glad it's nearly the weekend.. time to relax.  Although I can't really complain as I've been on holiday this week!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Another busy day!

Hi! I can't believe it's Thursday already. This week is disappearing fast!  Not a lot of crafty time today as we've had another trip to the cinema. This time to see Kung Fu Panda 3.  It was ok.. not as good as Zootropolis earlier this week. 

Home with enough time to do a bit of colouring with some new Bugaboo digis that I won!

This is the first card made.  Love this image.. so easy to colour!

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
 
 
Enjoy the rest of your week!
 
 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Toadally Awesome!

Hi!

Hope you've had a good Tuesday!  It's been quality time here today.. a lovely trip out for lunch and the cinema.  Just the girls.. and we went to see Disney's Zootropolis. Which I admit I didn't think would be that great but actually it was a brilliant film!  And a stunning cast.. some really funny bits, although I'm not sure there was much point in making it 3D. 

So not much crafty time today.. so no colouring.  Just a bit of time to play with a die that I forgot I had bought ages ago!

 
I did use some Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye) and a Stampers Anonymous "Slight Alterations" stamp for a bit of texture.
 
I'm going to enter this in the following challenges:
 
 
Enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday, March 28, 2016

it's all about you

Hi! Yay, some crafty time!  I wasn't sure what to make so I looked to the challenge blogs.. always my favourite are Anything Goes challenges.. so many amazing and talented people out there! Then I saw a sketch challenge that inspired me.. at Mojo Monday.

I would also like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations (#153)
Crafting From The Heart (#105)
Craft Your Passion (#305)
Dream Valley (#128)
Not Just Cards (#30)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends (#30)

 
So, I hope you have all enjoyed a lovely long weekend, despite the fact we lost an hours sleep!
 
 


Dusted off the sewing machines

Hello! Hope you are enjoying Easter Monday!
 
We've been out and about today so not much crafty time.  Sarah was keen to do some sewing when we got back so we dusted off the sewing machines (as it's been ages) and we found a pattern for a 6x6 block called Friends Around the Square by Julie Karasek at the Splendid Sampler.
 
So we both decided to try it.. we are very much beginners and need to follow patterns very carefully. 
 
 
Here's my first attempt, it's far from perfect but it was fun!
 
 
Not sure what to do with it now.  Maybe a mug rug.. although it was really only for practice (of which, more is needed!)
 
Might do some crafting later as I had a couple of new batches of goodies arrive..  some Clearly Besotted Stamps and the other Kim Dellow set.. (which I just HAD to have!!) 
 
And, I do have some birthday cards to make.. April is a busy month!
 
 
 


Saturday, March 26, 2016

All confused!

Hi!   I'm all confused.. having a day on holiday yesterday made me think it was Saturday!  Not that I'm complaining!  Yesterday afternoon gave way to a major de-stash (I say "major" but the 7 full shopping bags has barely made a dent in the amount of stuff in this room!)  I'm pleased I've done it though.. not quite finished.. being really ruthless as I have acquired so much stuff over the last 11 or so years that there really is a lot that I would never use now. 

So not much time to craft but I have made a simple card using Dandelion Dreams by Clearly Besotted. 
I think this is going to be a really versatile stamp set..  I can even see a sympathy card if the colours were right and the layout was not too fussy.

 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
 
Hope you have a lovely weekend!  I think the clocks go forward tonight (if you are in the UK) so  one hour less sleep!
 
 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Lovely start to the day..

Hello! It's a beautiful bright morning here in central Scotland, and the start of the Easter long weekend.   I got a lovely surprise this morning to find I've won a prize over at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog!


So, big smiles all round here!

Hopefully some crafty time later!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Prima Watercolor Colouring Book

How much fun!?

Got the Peerless watercolours out.. and just kind of went for it.. I know I can do better but this was fun!!

Cute Kitty

Hi!  I hope you are all having a lovely week! My apologies for not posting the last couple of days.. it's been busy!  Time now though, and here is my card for today.  Another Saturated Canary image coloured with Copics and Polychromos.  I've taken the colour inspiration from the DCWV papers and used Stampin' Up! cardstock, punches and sentiment to finish off.


 
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
 
Crafting By Designs (3 or more layers)
 
 
 
And now we have a long Easter weekend to look forward to! 
 
.. and I have some crafty parcels to open!
 
tracy brown-scott / blue daisy crafts
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