Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A little bit of Christmas Humphrey

Hi Everyone

Well it was my turn to post a tutorial on the spectrum noir blog today and i thought i would share with you how i like to colour Humphrey and this lovely stamp.  Its one of my favourites for Christmas, although i must say that Mulberry wood is now taking over.  The reason i chose this one is because i found it very daunting colouring in reds and used to avoid them at all costs but now i love them as i find they work really well together.

Here's my finished image and on the Spectrum Noir Blog is a step by step tutorial, with all the colours i used and even how to fix a couple of mistakes i made so i didn't have to start all over again.  Its not made into a card as yet but it will be soon.

Hope you like it and don't forget to check out all of the fab tutorials from the rest of the Spectrum Noir DT on the blog.  They are amazing and i am still in awe of their colouring abilities.

Louise xx

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Craft Punked Blog Challenge - Transport

Hi Everyone

I am very very late in posting as i should have had this ready on Friday am for the Craft Punked blog challenge.  However bet late then never as they say.  I'm at the studios with Leann for the Morehead POW and i have been trying since late Thursday night to edit my photo and get it to a point where it is of a good quality to see but i have been having technical issues. And arent you all loving them, me too i need to make some more cards with the stamps they are soooo cute.

So here it is.................

This weeks theme is transport so any card you have that link to this and you would like to enter.  My card is a sarah kay stamp that i have only used once before so she deserved to be dusted off and used again and i have coloured her with my Spectrum Noir Pens.  This time i went with blue and green and i think it looks very peaceful, i need to paint my house these colours as i'm sure it would have a calming effect on me, (or maybe not).  Its K&CO paper and i have stamped with stomry sky and distress the edge of the picture with weathered wood distress ink.

I love blue and green together but it was always a saying that blue and green should never be seen, although i really don't know why, maybe someone could enlighten me?

Ok, off to see if i can sort out my spectrum noir blog post which should be ready for tuesday and i have lots of other thing to do.

Hope you like it.

Louise xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Moreheads Sneak peek No 2

Hi Everyone

I have a very quick and easy card to share today that i made yesterday as i have loads to do and not enough time to fit it in.  Its using the Everyday Decoupage Kits that will launch on Friday with Leann on Create and Craft at 12pm.  I have teamed it up with the swalk Hunkydory kits that were launched back in May as i thought the colours matched perfectly.  The card base is from the Daisy meadow Kit and i have coloured a foiled sentiment and butterfly using my Spectrum Noir CT1 pen.  Then all i have added is a paper doily from my stash.  It took me about 15 mins to make which is good going for me.

Don't forget the competition, details are on yesterdays post as you could win the decoupage kits and Moreheads Twin CD.

Hope you like it.

Louise xx

Monday, 23 July 2012

Morehead Sneak Peek & Competition

Hi Everyone

I have been sooooo excited to share with you our new range of stamps and CD from CC this one is just so gorgeous and cute.  I have used backing papers from the CD rom 1 (as its a double CD) and stamp called raindrops.  Of course i have coloured with what else?  Spectrum Noirs in my favourite turquoises.  I have also sewn around the papers and can you tell i was going for the rustic look with my sewing, i really must practice some straight lines..............

The new CD to be launched on Friday 27th is packed full of cute images as you would expect and thee are 8 stamps to choose from.  There is also an everyday and Christmas range of decoupage and it is all so cute i don't know how you are going to choose.  The CD has some really fab card companions just ready for you to make up and there is a fab new section of shaped cards, wait til you see some of the DT's sneak peeks they are fab.

And, there is a fab competition ...................  you need to be logged in as a member on the  Crafters companion website  to view and the prize is a Morehead Twin CD Rom and an Everyday and Christmas decoupage kit to a total value of over £50. The competition will end at 10am on the 27th July so don't forget to enter.  

Hope you like it.

Louise xx.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Madonna 2012

Hi Everyone

No cards to share with you today but there is a fab new launch from CC being shown by the DT from tomorrow.  I can't wait to share mine they are such fab images. And there is a competition to join in...........  with a fab prize...............

So i promised a few photos from the Madonna concerts i went to last week and i have just about recovered.  I am really getting old and need a nap on an afternoon, Friday saturday and Sunday i have had a mid day nap to recharge my batteries.

Te first concerts was at London's; Hyde park and then to Birmingham on Thursday and i have to say the show was amazing.  I really cannot understand why the critics are so harsh on Madonna as she is doing what she wants to do.  I have read news articles and seen on the tv that the show was criticised for concentrating on her new album and not on her old hits.  However it is a tour linked to the launch of her new album as most artists do so what else would you expect.  Its not a greatest hits tour but she did sing a lot of her old favourites too.  Grace loved it and she can't wait to go again.

Anyway, here are a few of my photos and i am really disappointed at the quality and am considering purchasing a new camera for my next trip away.  All i get is fuzzy images when it used to work brilliantly.  How cool does Gracie look?

 And the view from our hotel window, the new Shard building. .
Had a fab trip away and a great week off work, looking forward to my next one which is back to London on the 3rd August for the Olympics................  I better get a few naps in now...........

Loujise xx

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Spectrum Noir Christmas in July Blog Hop

A few members of the Spectrum Noir team have gotten together to celebrate Christmas in July!  We have an inspiration-filled blog hop today, along with a few great prizes!  If you have arrived here from Cyndi's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog so you don't miss a thing!

I have used an image from the Mulberry wood range of stamps and coloured in Grey tones.  I actually coloured this at the Doncaster show at the weekend and couldn't wait to get home and make it up into a card.  The colours used are IG5, IG3, IG2, DR5, DR3, CR7, FS6, LG1, CT1 and EB1.  I've used some white linen card to emboss onto and used a sentiment that came with another of the Mulberry Wood stamp sets and then glittered the card to make it more christmassy.

We hope you've been checking out the Spectrum Noir blog - it is full of great tutorials, techniques, and other projects from our design team.  If you haven't been over there, go take a look!  Before we get to the rest of the hop today, let's have a little fun.  How about a prize?  Spectrum Noir is going to award one lucky winner two sets of six markers, a pack of Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White card stock (perfect for coloring!), and an adorable stamped called All Wrapped Up, from the new Mulberry Wood line.

Entering to win is easy.  Leave a comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post telling us your favorite Spectrum Noir color combination you saw while hopping with us this week (please comment no later then Friday, July 27 at 6:00 PM GMT).  A random winner will be drawn using and posted on our blog at 9:00 AM GMT, Saturday, July 28, 2012, so be sure to check back with us to see if you have won!  The lucky winner will have one week to claim their prize or a second winner will be chosen. 

Now, hop on over to the next amazing blog and check out what Danielle has to share!  In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire hop order:

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Christmas in July!  Have fun hopping around to see all of the inspiration from our team, and good luck winning the prize pack!

Hope you like my card.

Louise xx

Friday, 20 July 2012

Craft Punked Blog challenge - Olympics

Hi Everyone

How quickly do Fridays come round and where is this year going, its nearly August??????

This weeks Craft Punked Blog Challenge is the Olympics and i have gone all patriotic by making a red, white and blue card and this card is how i hope the British Team will get on at the Olympics, ie Gold Medals all the way............  I am lucky enough to have tickets for the athletics and can't wait, its such a big occasion.

My image is from the Swalk range and he is coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  I've used backing papers from the Swalk CD ROM 2 and then just added a sentiment and a few brads.  Quite bright for me but i really do think i am starting to like all of these bright colours and colour mixes.

I'm scheduling this post on Tues am as i am getting ready for my trip to London with Gracie and her mam Emma.  Its tonight and she is so excited she is such a fan and i really don't know where her influence has come from ;0).  I just found out last night that LMFAO are supporting too and she has been singing I'm sexy and i know it all morning.  We've got our wellies packed and i hope it stays dry.  I should have some piccies to share with you later on in the week and when I'm back from London i'm off to Birmingham for, guess what.  Another Madonna concert.  this one is inside so it'll be less hectic i think.

Hope you like my card.

Louise xx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Spectrum Noir Blog Post

Hi Everyone

Its seems ages since my last post, my aim of one a day has gone out of the window but i have just been so busy and tired lately.  I was at the Doncaster Summer Crafting show over the weekend and met lots of lovely crafters so if you were there i hope you had fun.  I had such a great time and i love going to craft shows and the next one is Donnington on the 18th and 19th August and i will be there both days.

Here is my latest card for the Spectrum Noir Blog and i have coloured a Flower soft image with my Speccies this time.  Its quite a dark stamp with lots of shading already in place and i wanted to show how you can brighten a dark stamp up with bright colours.  The flowers and foiliage are just a series of dots and are really easy to do.

The frame is cut from my ecraft on coordination's and i found the svg file from Birds Cards blog and the backing paer is from the adorables summer CD ROM.  To finish i just added a few flowers and leaves and a small die cut butterfly.

Pop over to the blog for colours used.

Ok, I'm off to get my paperwork ready and bags packed for my trip to see Madonna in Hyde park tonight.  I canneeee wait, i can tell you I'm just a little bit hyper and i have just found out that LMFAO are on with her too...............  its going to be AWESOME!!!!!

Hope you like it.

Louise xx

Friday, 13 July 2012


Hi Everyone

its a new Craft Punked Blog Challenge today and the them is Summertime.  Well where is it?  i think we had it back in March when we had a few really scorchio days.  My goodness i am fed up of all this rain and i am on holiday next week and really hoped it would dry and sunny for Hyde park on Tuesday at the Madonna concert as i'm taking Gracie and her Mam, Emma.  Anyway hopefully it will not be cancelled as that's what happened to Kylie and Jason.  Any way we will see and we will take waterproofs and maybe i need to go and buy some wellies.

OK enough of that now to my card.  I have used Isabella from Bugaboo digis and you could win vouchers too if you enter.  I chose this stamp as i loved the beach when i was little and went on lots of beach holidays with my family as a child.  However i hate the sand now i just really can't be bother with it and would much rather stay beside a nice clean pool.  How things change.

I've coloured her with my spectrum noirs and used coredinations behind the backing paper.  The backing paper is one that i have used for the first time and its from Jayne Nestorenko Summer Adorable cd Rom.  I have had this for a while now and not even looked at it but i love this paper.  So to keep it very summery i chose orange and the ribbon and pearls were white but i have coloured them with my spectrums.  How fab is that, they now match perfectly to my colour scheme.  The sentiment stamp is a whimsy one i think and the die i have used is a Marianne die.

 Hope you like it and don't forget to enter.

Louise xx

Friday, 6 July 2012


Hi Everyone

Another Craft Punked Blog Challenge for you today and the theme is Monochrome.  So i really looked forward to making this card as i do love monochrome papers etc and i had a few ideas from my crafty stash at home that would be perfect.  Or i could have coloured an image all in one colour.  But Claire Hamer had other ideas and invited me for tea so how could i refuse this kind offer.

She is a huge fan of Papertrey ink stamps and i have to say i am loving them too, although i am resisting the urge to buy.  So my invitation for tea also comes with an invitation to get crafty and share all of her goodies so i thought i would kill two birds with one stone as they say.

So after i sat and watched Andy Murray win his quarter-final match against Ferrer i was cheeky and asked if the card i could make could be monochrome so it would fit with my challenge card.  Here's what i came up with.  This paper and black card was out of Claire s scrap box and this is one of the new stamps she just had delivered with matching dies. Its very different for me i know but i love it.  Its one of those cards i keep looking at.

And i asked Claire if i could bring hers home too so i could share it with you and she chose pink for hers.  Just a slightly different stamp but the same dies. Isn't it fab?  What a fab night, Andy Murray then tea then crafting, cant think of anything better.........

Hope you like them as much as i do.

Louise xx

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

A time of Giving

Hi Everyone

A quick card to share with you today from the Christmas in Mulberry Wood Set pf 6 stamps.  These sold out in four live shows last week and Sara is back on the TV today with the Snowman which looks as though it will sell out too, so don't miss out!

So if you managed to purchase the mulberry wood stamps and cd i hope you are loving them as much as i have.  This card is coloured with my spectrum noir pens and the backing paper is from the CD Rom.  All of the colours i have used are listed on the spectrum noir blog if you would like to use the same colours.  There are also some more fab cards and tutorials from the rest of the DT and a new post goes up everyday so keep checking back for inspiration. and ideas.
Hope you like it.

Louise xx

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Snowman Pick of the Day

Hi Everyone

Ok a very quick update from me today as i still have tea to make and then need to get my self sorted ready to watch Sara from 9pm.   I even forgot Andy Murray was playing today so i never even checked the score, but I'm so pleased he is through.   Its the 30th Anniversary of the Snowman and the Pick of the Day are some fab kits from Hunkydory and here are 3 more of the cards i made on Sunday.  The only items i have added is a card base from Centura pearl card, some coredinations cardstock and a few gems.  Very quick and easy cards for when you are in a hurry.

Hope you like them.

Louise xx

Monday, 2 July 2012

Snowman 30th Anniversary

Morning Everyone

Today i have two cards to share with you that i made at Sara's yesterday, with Pam, Margaret, Sara, her Mam and Nana.  Sara shared a few photos on the CC Blog yesterday of us all crafting together.  She asked if we could help with some last minute crafting as she has a Pick of the Day tomorrow night and we only got the kits on Saturday. I had a brilliant day crafting along, lots of cups of tea and then afternoon tea as a treat, how fab.

The POD is some more fabulous hunkydory kits and there will be a special deal on the two snowman CD's if you don't already have them

Hope you like them and dont forget its 9pm tomorrow night for the shows.

Louise xx

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Ho Ho Ho - Crafters Companion Monthly Blog Challenge

Hi Everyone

Today i have a beautiful image from the Mulberry wood Hunky dory Kit that Sara launched on Create and Craft on Friday.  They have all sold out but don't worry if you missed out on the pick of the day I'm sure Crafters Companion will still have some on their website.

So its time for another monthly crafters companion blog challenge, i cannot believe 6 months of this year has already gone and flown by.  This time the theme is Christmas yes its only 5 months and 3 weeks away so watch out those months will fly too.  As the theme is titled  'Ho,Ho,Ho'  i decided to chose a lovely Santa image.  The image on the papers are from the luxury card kit and the sentiment is from the aperture card kit.

Ok I'm off now to do some crafting and then out for tea.

Don't forget to enter the challenge in July as you may be the lucky winner.

Hope you like it.

Louise xx