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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Autumn gold

Hi!   Taking some inspiration from the colours of autumn for this next card and trying out some different techniques with some old and new stash!

Starting off with some Infusions coloured stains - a mix of 5 colours which I thought were kind of autumnal.  I used a make up sponge to spread a glazing medium over some mixed media cardstock (250gsm). Then dried it with a heat gun. 

I then spritzed with water and sprinkled the stains randomly.  Spritzed again and then used the heat gun to dry and move the colours.
This is before the heat gun..

I then used Tim Holtz Thinlits "Garden Greens" to cut some leaves from the random colours.
Then I found this lurking at the back of a drawer.. Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes.  So out with the 2-way glue and some dabbing of the flakes with a hard paintbrush around the edge to give a gold frame.

Here's the end result. 

And a close up of the leaves.  I love the randomness you can get with the stains and the walnut in each is so earthy.

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

Diagonal Gatefold


Thought I would share a really different card fold that I found on YouTube by the wonderful Dawn Griffith (Dawn's Stamping Thoughts).  It's a really easy make and the end result is just that little bit different and quirky!

Not claiming this design as my own. Check out Dawn's instructional video here.  There's loads of great ideas on her blog!

The only problem I can see with this card is.. how to photograph it (as you will see from my very poor attempt!)

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Celebrate.. with Bella and Friends

Hi,  been playing with a new die from Neat and Tangled - Celebrate - the die set comes with the word and the shadow which is great fun to play with!  This was just a quick card so I kept it simple with an image from Stampin' Up! Bella and Friends.  Stamped in Stazon the coloured with Stampin' Up! inks and a blender pen.

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

What to call this post?

Hi! I really don't know what to call this post.  I was thinking about AWOL, or Can't See The Wood for the Trees.. and the reason?  Well, I've been a little bit light on the posting front, and on the creative front for that matter!   I have kept up with my DT cards but that's about all.  The reason is simple.. two things.. work and holidays!  It's been a very busy month and the October holiday was much needed.   It was all about relaxing in a wee bit of luxury.  Defining luxury for this holiday was all about space, peace and quiet, a view to die for and some family time. Nothing better.  And where?  Well, somewhere not too far away (6hrs) but it felt like half way round the world.  The Hebridean island of Skye.

Here's a wee snapshot...

Quite happy to pose for the photo!!

The Old Man of Storr (taken from Portree)

Sunset view across Loch Snizort, from the cottage.  Set off perfectly with a lovely glass of Talisker Skye and the fresh pine smell from the log fire. 

The holiday didn't end there though, we went to see Nickelback (again!!) at the Glasgow SSE Hydro last night.  Amazing!

And now that we are back to reality I thought it was time to clear away all the recent makes..

Now, time to play with the new stuff!

Have a lovely week!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Crafting With Friends New Challenge!

Hi! It's challenge time again at Crafting With Friends.

I've been lucky enough to have this gorgeous digi from Moonflower to play with!  She's called Sakura Maiden.  I've coloured her using Copics and kept the embellishment on the card quite simple as there is so much lovely detail on the image!

Why not pop on over and join in the challenge!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

It's Challenge Time At Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!


Well here we are in mid October already and time for a new "Anything Goes" challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

It's Design Team B's turn for an outing and I was lucky enough to have a lovely digi from Fabrika Fantasy to play with. It's called Winter Games.  I used the .png file this time so I could lay the image over some patterned paper - not something I usually do.  Then coloured with Copics and added some sparkle.

Why not pop over to the challenge blog and get involved!  We have fantastic sponsors and great prizes!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Some watercolouring

Hello! Another Monday already!  The weather's getting colder.. I've given in and put the heating on.
There's not been much crafty time for the last few weeks. But I have managed to tidy up the craft room (a bit!)

I thought I would have a bit of a play with the watercolours today.. and the most amazing stamps from Kim Dellow. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Please stop me shopping!!

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... or more appropriately (if my OH asks!!) how dear, how dear,.... you get the idea!   I find the biggest problem I have when I have no me/crafty time is that I ...........SHOP!!! and OMG am I good at it!!

This is just a selection... not counting all the digis I've downloaded over the last week!!

Now I just need to "merge" it into my "stash" and claim "innocence... had it for ages... "  LOL   #confessionsofacrafter

Friday, September 23, 2016

Crafting With Friends Challenge 28

Hi!  It's Friday and another week bites the dust! Been a mega busy one for me and the family as it started with nearly a 1000 mile round trip to visit family down south for 2 days!  Great fun though!

It's challenge time over at Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes - I had to make sure I was well prepared in advance for this one!

Here's my DT entry - made with "Looking for You" by PpinkyDolls.

Why not pop over and join in the challenge!?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's LPOCF Challenge Time!


Well it's that time again!   It's Challenge #42 - Anything Goes - at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!
We've got two amazing sponsors and some fabby prizes so why not pop over and have a play!

Our sponsors are:

7 Free Images!

Gift Certificate
I was lucky enough to choose a digi from Bugaboo for my DT card.  Here it is, I hope you like it!
Coloured with Copics - nice and bright!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hello Monday!

Hi!  I hope you had a lovely weekend! Here we are at Monday again.. not much crafty time here unfortunately but I did manage to do come colouring with one of my new stamps.  It's always good to get even just a little time to play!

Here she is:

I'm going to enter this one in these challenges:

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Keeping it Simple!

Hi!  Well, the days are flying in!

We've been out and about today - lunch in the countryside - lovely!  Now I'm home I thought I would use this spare time to craft and here's another card made with Stampin' Up! Blooms and Wishes.. I think this is probably going to be one of my favourite stamp sets. It's so easy to get creative with it and get some simple, but lovely, end results!

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

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Altenew Watercolor Wonders

Hello! Welcome to the weekend!
I've been busy today at a craft de-stash fair which was great fun.  And fab to catch up with so many crafty friends.  And great to clear out some stash!  A little bit ironic to come home to find that the postie had been with some new stash!! Including the very lovely Watercolor Wonders set from Altenew.  So, what was I supposed to do?  Obviously, get the Stampin' Up! inks out and have play!

Here's my first attempt and I've had great fun playing!
The sentiment is from Bunch of Blossoms from Stampin' Up!   The sequins are from Neat & Tangled.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Not my idea!

Hello!   Before going any further, this card is not my idea.  All my inspiration came from the very talented Dena Rekow at the Creativity Cave.  I saw a card that was posted on Pinterest and found it on Dena's blog.  I just absolutely love it!  Then I had to make a card for a very good friend leaving work and this one just seemed perfect!  And as Colton once famously said "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"..  so here is my card. 


Monday, August 29, 2016

Time to play

Hello! It's a Monday holiday here - but the schools aren't off so I have some time to play!

It's been a busy weekend and I really should be spending time doing some housework.. should be.. hmmm!

I have a bundle of new stash to play with and it's all just been sitting in a big pile waiting for me. So, I've made a start at having a look through.  Although my crafty mojo is playing hide and seek at the moment!

Here goes, Stampin' Up! Totally Trees with a sentiment from Blooms and Wishes.  Stamped with Flirty Flamingo, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso.

Fun and simple.
I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #40

Hello!  It's time for a new challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!   It's challenge #40 and it's Anything Goes!

We have two amazing Sponsors for this challenge and I'm lucky to have a gorgeous digi from the amazing A Day For Daisies to play with!  Please check out the challenge to see all the DT inspirations - you will also see DT cards made with fabby digi's from Bugaboo!

And there are some very generous prizes on offer!
Click on the logos if you would like to visit their websites.

Prize ~ $12 Gift Certificate

Prize ~ 7 Images
Here's my DT Card, made with Cat and Three Fish!
I made the background paper with some watercolour paper and Kuretake watercolours - just kind of random!
I used Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Pens to colour the image.
I hope you like it.  Please pop over and have some fun in our challenge!
I would also like to enter my card in the following challenges!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Busy Day!

Hey! it's been an incredibly busy day today!   World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow!  A very early start and a brilliant day for the junior and senior family members!   And a little celeb TV time too! How very exciting!

And some crafty time!

I would like to enter this card in the following:

Friday, August 12, 2016

A cold Friday!

Hello! and welcome to nearly-the-weekend!   It's freezing here in Scotland - considering it's supposed to be the tail end of summer (what summer??)

It's been a busy day today and now I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend with some crafty time too!

I've finally had a chance the play with  the 3rd set by Kim Dellow for PaperArtsy.  I just love these stamps and all three sets work so well together!

All the elements on this card are coloured using PaperArtsy Infusions and Dina Wakley Gel Medium (matte) (for Ranger).

Great fun with the paint brush and using the stains kind of randomly!

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

You Make Me Happy!

Hi! Happy Thursday! Yay, it's nearly the weekend!   What a good week it's been so far, although, some unexpected expense! Looking forward to a busy week too. It's non stop!

I'm still in desperate search for my crafty mojo but I did try to stay focussed to make a card.  No colouring involved... just some die cutting!

What I really need to focus on is tidying up my craft room.. apparently it has a floor but it's covered with new stuff that I've not got round to playing with yet... maybe a tidy up will be my inspiration!

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
SUYP (#9)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Happy Monday!

Hello!  Well, here we are at the start of a new week!  Been school uniform shopping today. Nearly done!  And some lovely girly lunch too!   Then a last minute unforeseen purchase of a fridge/freezer as ours decided after about 8 years that it was no longer cool to be cool! 

And after all that, some crafty time.. I'm in desperate need to find my mojo after nearly a month of very busy work and holidays so I took my inspiration from a card I saw a while ago - not mine, so not claiming the credit!

Now I really need to tidy the craft room and find things again!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A busy weekend!

Hello!  What a windy day it is here!  I've been catching up on bits and pieces - typical after being on holiday for a fortnight!  Missing the gorgeous holiday weather too!  Also missing life on the very lovely Independence of the Seas!

This picture was taken in the south of France, the weather was so beautiful.
Now I really need to get down to some crafting as I have some new bits and pieces to play with (including the new set from Kim Dellow!)
More soon!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Busy just doesn't quite cover life at the moment but normal service (lol!) will return soon!  And I'll also be getting to grips with this new member of the family.. nice to have something good after so many bad and worrying things!  :-)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Crafting With Friends Challenge #26

Hi! It's Anything Goes and a new challenge at Crafting With Friends.  This time we've be lucky enough to play with some gorgeous images from Robyns Fetish.  I chose An Elephant Never Forgets!

Coloured with Copics and Polychromos.  I also made the greeting using my MInc so the writing is shiny silver (not that you can tell from the photo!)

I hope you like it!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends New Challenge!


Isn't the time just flying in!?  Here we are again with Design Team B for our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends (Challenge #38).

We have two amazing sponsors to play with and it was great fun to combine them on one card!
Click on the images below to view their sites.  And check out our challenge for details of the prizes!


Here's my card using the Vintage Peach papers and the very lovely Sakura image.
Hope you like it!

tracy brown-scott / blue daisy crafts