Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Spectrum Noir pencils

I have had the priviledge of being able to play around with Spectrum Noir pencils since they were released earlier this year and I can honestly say that I absolutely love them!!! The pigment within the pencils is really rich and you are able to achieve a wonderful smooth blend with these gorgeous wax based pencils.  My current favourite way of colouring is to colour with my Spectrum Noir pens first and then add more depth and dimension to the image with the pencils.

However the pencils create great results on their own too.  This is one of the cards that I created for a class that I taught at The Craft Barn last month using the pencils onto textured Core-dinations cardstock. Even though I was colouring onto green textured card you are still able to achieve a rich vibrant result with them - this was created just using the pencils on their own without blending solution.  The white accents on the flowers are from a white gel pen.



Currently there is a fantastic Four Day Deal on Create and Craft where you can buy the whole set of these pencils (all 5 sets) at a ridiculous price. Do tune is as Leann has been showing some different techniques with them and I for one am definitely going to try the technique with the gesso as I just loved that!!

Below is a photo showing the difference the pencils can make when using them over alcohol markers.  The panda's hat on the right was coloured very roughly with my pink Spectrum Noir markers and the panda's hat on the left shows not only how you can smooth out your colouring by adding pink pencils over the top but also how much depth you can achieve to your colouring.  And yes you can use these pencils over the top of any alcohol marker :).

So if any of you have been thinking about giving the Spectrum Noir pencils a go and haven't dipped your toe into the water this deal is most definitely worth checking out!!  I honestly and truly absolutely LOVE mine :).




Sunday, 12 October 2014

New classes just added

Oh goodness I cannot believe it has been so long since I last posted anything!!  The days just keep whipping by and nowadays I find it quicker just to pop something on Facebook so my poor blog has become a bit neglected!!  I'll try to do better!!

This morning I have been busy updating my Classes/Demos page both with classes at stores as well as a couple of Christmas based classes that I will be running from home until December 10th.

Here's some pics of them -

This first one is a class that I'll be doing this Saturday at The Glitter Pot where we will be combining Sparkle Medium and stencils with stamping and colouring.


Then in November I am back again at The Glitter Pot with A Traditional Copic Christmas.  Below is one of the cards we will be creating in this class.

And lastly from now until December 10th 2014 I'll be running a couple of Christmas card classes from home concentrating on how to colour combining Spectrum Noir pens and pencils.

If you click on my Classes/Demos tab you can find out more about all of them.


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Father's Day

Hi everyone. A super quick post from me today showing the couple of cards that I made for Dad for this Father's Day.

 This one is a photo that I took on our recent holiday to the Norway Fjords.


And this one is made using an image from Crafter's Companion's Halcyon Days CD Rom. Love the imagery on this!!!!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Scruffy Little Cat - Ashleigh

Been sooooooooooooooo busy with creating cards that I just haven't had the time to post anything for ages so I thought I'd make up for it now by posting a few different looking cards that I recently created for The Craft Barn's Extravaganza Weekend using just one of the new stamp releases by Crafter's Companion from the Scruffy Little Cat range called Ashleigh.  So here goes........


 Papers are from the Vintage Spring paper pad by Maja Designs.


A closer look at the colouring which was achieved using Spectrum Noir pens and pencils which I am just loving!!  As most of you know I've always been a Copic girl but I can honestly say that I am loving the new generation Spectrum Noir pens - I haven't put any of the interchangable brush tips into mine yet but am achieving a good blend just with the bullet tip.
 
 
This is my take on a clean and simple card using this image - again coloured using Spectrum Noir pens and pencils with Pumice Stone Distress ink for the background around Ashleigh.
 

Another simple card using just the Grand Labels Four die from Spellbinders to give a different feel to the card. Papers again from the Vintage Spring paper pad.
 

A closer look at the colouring again - I used the same colours as the clean and simple card - mainly warm greys and golden browns from the Spectrum Noir range.

I have a class coming up at The Craft Barn at the end of July featuring how to colour these sort of images using Spectrum Noir pens and pencils. If anyone is interested click here for more details :)






Friday, 2 May 2014

The Glitter Pot Spring Spectacular

Helloooooooooooo!!!  So this weekend it is The Glitter Pot's Spring Demo Weekend with lots of lovely demonstrators. Once again I am honoured to be part of this fabulous event and will be there on both days showing how you can take your stencilling to the next level using Imagination Crafts wonderful Sparkle Gel along with stencils, distress inkpads, copics and mica powders.
These are the cards that I will have on display showcasing this technique. 

I'm really looking forward to be able to share this brand new technique which I developed a few months ago so I really hope that you will be able to stop by my table.  

Also on Saturday 21st June I have an all day class at The Glitter Pot where I'll be teaching how to make one of these cards and showing you all the techniques involved.



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Heart Barkley

As promised I'm back with another Barkley card that I made for Crafter's Companion :)

This time I used the Barkley acrylic stamp set along with a Tonic heart die to make this super cute heart easel card.

 As you can see I embossed the layered heart with the Barkley Flowers For You embossing folder and then tinted it with my brand spanking new Spectrum Noirs!!!  Now I know that I am normally a Copic girl and this was my first venture into Spectrum Noirs and I can honestly say that I found them really easy to use :) 
I coloured the stamped image with my new Spectrums too. You'll be seeing a lot more Spectrum colouring from me from now on ;)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Barkley Has Arrived!!

Well the 4 Day Deal featuring Barkley has now finished on Create and Crafts website but the good news is that all the products featured can be bought direct from Crafters Companion.

Below are a couple of cards that I used the Flowers For You embossing folder along with papers and imagery from the Papercrafting Kit and the wonderful Epoxy Stickers which I just couldn't stop using!! I absolutely loved working with this kit as the pastel colours really appealed to me.

 On this card I embossed acetate with the embossing folder.
And this card features the Dottie embossing folder and shows how you can make a really simple but stylish and classy looking card just by layering up the fabulous Centura cardstock.
I'll be back soon with more Barkley :)

So did any of you spot these cards on the telly - I was glued!!!!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

How Long Ago????

Oh goodness I can't believe that it was September when I last posted anything here!!!  Is there anybody there after all this time????

Well it's all been happening here and I am so proud to announce that I am now part of Crafter's Companion fabulous DT!!  I've admired their products for some time now and am thrilled and honoured to be able to work more closely with them.

Talking of which I have a sneak peek for you of Crafter's Companion 4DD starting this Monday at 8am on Create and Craft.

This is Barkley!!  And they are extending their range of this super cute dog with a set of acrylic stamps, paper pads, embossing folders and papercrafting kits to complement the pre-existing CD Rom. My Sky+ is already set at the ready to catch all of the shows.  I have seen some of the card samples that the rest of the DT have made and they are all amazing!!

Tomorrow I am off to The Craft Barn to teach a Lavinia (stamps) based class.  I hadn't realised at the time when planning this class that it would fall on Mother's Day - still I'm taking my Mum with me so we will still spend the day together!!

I have been loving playing around with the Lavinia stamps.  Again I have admired these for soooooooo long so I was absolutely thrilled when The Craft Barn started stocking them.  I won't spoil the surprise as to what the cards look like that we'll be making tomorrow but here's a taster of the sort of thing we will be doing.
Just love the whimsicality of these gorgeous stamps.  Check out The Craft Barn for these stamps and more besides - for this weekend The Craft Barn are offering free postage too!!


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Christmas Spectacular

Well it seems that we are fast approaching the last weekend of September which means that it is nearly time for The Glitter Pot's Christmas Spectacular Weekend (28th and 29th September) where there will be 9 demonstrators showing you all sorts of different card making techniques.

I for one will be there along with Jenny Mayes, Julie Hickey, Gilly Haigh, Alison Moore, Alexandra Kamann, Jane Gill, Jackie Huckstepp and Paula Pascual so there will be lots going on!!

 Above are the cards that I will have on display.  I have taken a break from Colouring With Copics and will be demonstrating with IndigoBlu's FlitterGlu and Flakes - just LOVE this product. The glue makes gilding so easy.

So if any of you are planning on visiting The Glitter Pot next weekend I hope you'll stop by my table and say 'Hello'.


Monday, 9 September 2013

Purple Haze

Hi everyone. Here's the other card that we made on the same class as my last posting using Imagination Crafts Bay Leaf stencil.

These cards showcased a new technique that I devised using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Gel along with Copics and Mica powders. The background was achieved with Distress inks.
Then the card was edged with silver metallic ink and heat embossed with embossing powder which really catches the light.
All products used are available from The Craft Barn as well as Imagination Crafts.

Before I go I must just tell you that Imagination Crafts are back on QVC this week - this Wednesday (11th September) at 5pm. I for one will definitely be tuning in!!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Butterflies and Daisies

Oh dear!!!  I seem to be getting worse at this blogging malarkey instead of better!!  I know I keep saying this but the days just seem to keep flying past!!  I can hardly believe that in a few days time I shall be another year older - SCARY!!!

I must just say thank you to all the lovely ladies who were on my class yesterday at The Craft Barn - you were all fantastic and your creations looked wonderful :) I must say an extra special thank you to Sharon who had set up for me and whizzed everything away for me at the end of the class too.


This is one of the cards that we made on the class using Imagination Crafts Butterflies and Daisies stencil along with their Sparkle Gel some Distress inkpads, Copics and Mica powders.  I have really got into using stencils just recently - not only combining them with rubber stamps but also finding ways to make lovely scenes with them as well.  It's amazing what can be achieved with them.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to really show just how pretty this card is when it catches the light so you'll just have to take my word for it!!
Here's a closer look at part of the card.

Imagination Crafts do so many beautiful stencils that can be mixed and matched to create some wonderful cards - I used their Apple Blossom stencil to create some interest at the base of the daisies and The Crafter's Workshop Mini Cherry Blossom stencil to put in some dainty tendrils around the butterflies.

I'm afraid that I wasn't able to come away from The Craft Barn empty handed as they have just begun stocking the wonderful Lavinia stamps!!!  I can't tell you how delighted I am about this as I just love these stamps and I now have the 'perfect excuse' to play with them!!  So watch this space as I plan on doing a class with them at The Craft Barn next year sometime :)

Friday, 9 August 2013

Classes at The Craft Barn

A couple of weeks ago I took my first class at The Craft Barn in over two years!!  As most of you know I had to take a break from teaching due to my 'naughty back'!!  However I am now back and I am teaching again but only in a limited capacity.

My thanks to everyone who came on the class a couple of weeks ago - I hope you enjoyed it!!  You were certainly a lovely and lively bunch!!  This is the card that we made which had a lot of techniques to it but I think that they all mastered 'the challenge' admirably!!

I have just updated my 'classes/demos' page as I have two more classes coming up at The Craft Barn - one in a couple of weeks time and another in October and that will be all for the rest of this year.  So if anyone fancies joining me please visit my 'classes/demo' page where you will find out more about them :)

Sunday, 4 August 2013

In The Garden

Hi everyone :)  I am such a bad blogger as it's been a little while again hasn't it!!

Today I have a Penny Black card to share with you as I am a guest designer this month for Penny Black and More!!

Very appropriately the Penny Black girl is actually called Garden Assistant so this seemed to be the perfect choice for Penny Black and More's August Challenge which is called 'In The Garden'!!

I created my own background setting for the girl by applying distress inks to a white panel, then stamped trees (Hobby Art/Open Tree) using a light inkpad and coloured them with Copics to give them a 'springtime' feel.

The die-cut trees (Memory Box/Grand Oak Tree) were coloured using the same Copic colours as for the background trees.
And of course Copics were used again to colour the girl, dog and flowers.

Don't forget to hop on over to Penny Black and More to see all the other wonderful creations that the DT have made and to find out how to enter the challenge.

I'll be back again soon!!!..................


Sunday, 21 July 2013

Lilac Freesias

Hello. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

Today I'm sharing a card I made with my first go at using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium.



I started by applying Milled Lavender Distress ink onto white card and then applied Silver Sparkle Medium using a flourish stencil.
The Freesia Decoupage stamp was stamped using black Memento and coloured with Copics.
For the right side of the card I stamped and embossed the leafy flourish (from the Freesia stamp set) onto lilac Bazzill card using Versamark and Crystal embossing powder.

All in all a fairly simple card with a simple layout.

Imagination Crafts Products - Silver Sparkle Medium; Flourishes stencil; Freesia Decoupage stamp set.


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Pretty In Pink

Helloooooooooooo!!!!  See, told you I'd be back ;)

Today I thought I'd share one of the cards I made for The Glitter Pot's Spring Spectacular - I think that this one was my favourite out of all the cards that I made for the weekend!!


All products used came from The Glitter Pot.
Paper by Basic Grey (from the Knees High collection)
Stamp by Penny Black - Fashion Leader
Dies by Memory Box - Grand Oak Tree; Cityscape Nightline and Spellbinders - Grand Labels One
Punches by Martha Stewart - PATP Cherry Blossom; Monarch Butterfly
Wording by Craftwork Cards

Panel coloured using my trusty Copics. Plus if you look closely on the card and panel you will see some subtle sparkly flowers which was achieved using Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium and their Apple Blossom stencil.

And talking of Imagination Crafts, Sue is back on QVC this Thursday 11th July at 10pm - I for one can't wait to see what lovely new products they have!!!

I'd like to enter this card into a couple of challenges - Penny Black and More July Challenge - Dies and Punches and Allsorts Challenge Week 214 - Favourite Things, with my favourite things being pretty papers, dies, punches, copics and my new favourites of Sparkle Medium and stencils!!!

Hope you like the card and I'll see if I can return again soon as I have loads to share with you :)