Saturday, 15 July 2017

Petal Lu July challenge - Peach

Hello all,

Its a wet and miserable day here in Yorkshire and its also he Day of Summer Crafting Live at Doncaster Race Course, unfortunately I can't make it again this year but I hope you all have fun if you go!!

Today is team B's turn to post the latest challenge on the Petal Lu Blog, now we have changed the rules a little ... the theme is ANYTHING GOES but if you use the flower choice of the month you stand the chance of winner more!

So this month the colour is Peach:

So here is what I made:

I used one of the adorable Cutie Pie images which comes in a set of 4 from Tiddly Inks here.

I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir Colour Blend pencils. The papers are from Anna Marie's Peach stack.

And of course it is finished of with beautiful Petal Lu flowers in Peach, Dark Peach and White, don't they match the papers perfectly!

I hope you like it

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Siren of the Sea with Spectrum Noir Colour Blend pencils

Hello again,

Just popping back to share another make using my Spectrum Noir Colour Blend pencils from the new 12 set configurations, I used both the Soft Tints and the Bold Brights to colour this image:

The image is by Aurora Wings and is called Siren of the Sea and you can find her here

I printed the image on to Strathmore Toned Grey paper and the pencils worked perfectly on here, I used only layering to achieve my blend.

The image is so lovely I decided to leave the rest of the card pretty simple with inly a couple of corner dies and some pretty flowers to finish off.  The sentiment is by Lawn Fawn.

I really hope you like it and don't forget to tune into Hochanda for the one day special on 16th July to catch more samples with these wonderful pencils!

Hugs xx Cara xx

I'm entering this card into the Aurora wings anything goes Challenge here


Spectrum Noir Colour Blend Pencils - 12 sets

Hi everyone,

Today i'm sharing some fab news .... Crafter's Companion are launching some amazing new 12 sets of colour blend and aqua blend pencils!  They will have a one day special on Hochana on 16th July and I have been lucky enough to work with them!

They have also been launched on HSN and today I am sharing a few of the samples I made for those shows and I will be back  with more including the Samples I have made for Hochanda too!

I used the Colour blend pencils and there are two selections to chose from, Bold Brights and Soft Tints

You can find the pencils on the Crafters companion website here

So here are my samples:

This is a little Wedding Hanger I made using an image by "A Day for Daisies" I stamped and coloured onto Kraft card and added a painted MDF frame.

Here I used a Whimsy image which I printed onto the new Spectrum Noir Pencil Paper from the brand new pads that have been launched to, if you would like to look at these you can find them here

I used the image to create a sweet gift bag, adding designer papers and paper flowers.

This is a little gift box I made using the Ultimate Pro, I cut the card to size, embossed it and then coloured with the pencils on the de-bossed side, I added paper flowers and ribbon to finish.

I hope you like my samples, I will be back tomorrow to share some more.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Paper Nest Dolls Challenge and Christmas in July release

Happy Monday you lovely lot!

It's the first Monday of July and that means it's time for a new challenge over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge Blog.

This month I chose to use the super cute Reindeer Ellie with Christmas Ornament from the brand new Christmas in July release ... you can find her here

I coloured her up with my Spectrum Noir Colour Blend pencils, I just love colouring my dolls with these pencils they are so creamy and blend without effort.

I used some freebie papers, I think these are Forever Friends ones from years ago, I'm still working my way through all my old papers and really trying hard not to buy new ones.

The sentiment is by LOTV and I matted and layered with some Kraft Co-ordinations card stock.

I made a bow with ribbon and a charm all from the Hobby House.

Hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Paper nest dolls inspiration post

Hi everyone,

Phew what a busy week it's been .... and scorchio too its really taken it out of me I can tell you!

I'm back today to share a little Paper nest dolls inspiration for the blog here.

This week I have created another Summer themed card (i'm trying to hold off with the Christmas creations just yet even though I know the crafting world is in full on Christmas mode)

This is the super adorable Avery with Seashell and you can find her here

I coloured her up with my Spectrum Noir Pencils as always!

I managed to fined some lovely summer dies on Ebay, they are unbranded but I love them!
The sentiment die is by MFT.

I hope you like it, enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Petal Lu Challenge - June - Use Red

Hello lovelies,

Today I'm sharing my DT post for the fabulous Petal Lu Challenge and this month we would like to see you use RED FLOWERs on your project..... remember you can also use other colours too but there must be at least one red flower on your project!

This month I tried something a little different ......

I used this wonderful image by Hannah Lynn Queen of Hearts digi stamp from Crafts & Me and I coloured her up with my Spectrum Noir Markers (this is my first time using SN's so be gentle lol).

I decided to add it to a small 7x5 canvas instead of a card. I painted the canvas black and created some turquoise texture past which I used to stencil hearts all over before adding my torn up backing papers.

Finally I embellished with die cut hearts, faux stitching and of course the star of the show my stunning Petal Lu flowers!

I do hope you like it and would love to see you come join in our challenge!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Here are some links you might need:

A new facebook page  (to show off those designs using Petal Lu Blooms, receive discounts and other promotional goodies, exclusive to the page)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Crafter's Companio Cherry Green Release - 15th July

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to share my very first assignment for Crafter's Companion/Spectrum Noir!

This week (Thursday to be precise) these wonderful stamps will be available on Hochanda, they are by Cherry Green and are a delight to work with.

They have all been coloured with my Spectrum Aqua markers ... this is the first time I have used them and the colours are amazing!

On this card I have added my Spectrum Sparkle pens to create a glittery background to offset the pretty image.

I went all sheena with this one and created the background using Glycerine and my spectrum aqua's. it was soooooooo much fun, i'm so grateful to sheen douglas for sharing this amazing technique.

I used the "Sheena" technique again on this one but first I stamped the images with white embossing powder to create a resist back ground.

And finally this is such a cute little card, for a change! I made 2 rosettes and layered them up for a very top heavy card lol!

Hope you like my inspiration and I do hope you will be tuning in to watch Hochanda this Thursday.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Monday, 5 June 2017

Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - June

Hi Guys,

I'm back again today with my DT post for the new challenge for June over at The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge, and remember we are all about the "Anything goes" so get colouring and pop on over to enter!!

This week I chose to use the super sweet Ellie with Cactus, this image is so on trend at the mo and as soon as my eldest daughter spotted this card she nabbed it for her room lol

I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir Pencils and then re-outlined my image with a fine tipped pen

 The papers were free with Making Cards magazine and go just perfectly with the image.

The sentiment is also from a free set from Making Cards!!

I hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Hi everyone,

I'm back today with my DT post for The Colour Crazy Challenge

This week we are sponsored by Bugaboo and I  chose this super cute Unicorn themed image  to work with,  it comes as a complete set including fluffy clouds and a rainbow!! You can find it here.

I coloured the image with my Spectrum  Noirs and chose to make a shaker card for something a little different.

I hope you like it and I hope you will pop on over to the challenge and join in the fun! There are always fab sponsor prizes up for grabs.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Paper Nest Dolls Inspiration - Sun N Fun Emma

Hi everyone,  today I am sharing a little Paper nest Dolls Inspiration using the super sweet Sun N Fun Emma from the latest release ... you can find her with her flaming and beach ball as one image here

I coloured her up on Strathmore coloured pencil paper and used my Spectrum Noir Pencils ... they have been sitting in my craft room for so long unused and I thought I would give them a try.

I kept the whole card pretty simple, I found this perfect paper in the Trimcraft Caribbean Crush papers from last year, I think they work perfectly together.

The sentiment is by MFT and I also added some faux stitching (I can't seem to do a CAS card without it) and some Wink of Stella to the Flamingo.

I hope you like it!

We would love you to come and join the fun in our anything goes challenge here.

Have a great week!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Some news to share.....

Hi everyone, it's not usual that I decide to do an impromptu post mid week and mid day but I have some amazing news to share!!!

I was going to post this tonight when I got home from work but I got called home early due to little Lacey being a little sick at school and we are currently watching movies until she recovers .... any way my great news...

I am delighted to announce that I have recently joined the Soectrum Noir TV DT!!!

I received my first DT package yesterday and am now ready to get started .... so watch this space!!

Thank you so much to Crafters Companion for inviting me to this amazing opportunity and I hope I can do you proud!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Cutie Pie - Special Friend

Hi lovelies,

Bit of a busy week this week for me, I started my new job which so far has been great!  The best thing so far is that it takes me about 6minutes from leaving to getting home ... now that to me saves me about 2 hours a day ... so in theory I should have loads more time to craft now yaaaaaaay!

So on to my card...

I couldn't resist the adorable new Cutie Pie set from Tiddly Inks:

I coloured her up with my Spectrum Noir Pencils, I added some white gel pen details and re-outlined my image as always.

The papers are by LOTV and the sentiment is from a Polkadoodles CD.

Another clean and simple card for me, just finished of with some faux stitching.

Hope you like it, have a great Sunday every one.

Hugs xx Cara xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Tiddly Inks - Blooming Beautiful
Challenge up your life - Blossoms
Crafty Calendar - May - Flowers
Crafty Catz - More than two layers

Monday, 15 May 2017

Petal Lu May Challenge - Green

Hello lovelies,

I'm back today with my mid challenge inspiration for the Petal Lu May challenge and this month we would love to see you use green flowers .... remember you can submit anything as long as there is a green flower on there somewhere!

This week I chose this adorable image from Wee Stamps called Dreamy Dragon.  I coloured the little cutie with my Spectrum Noir Pencils.

I'm still trawling through that paper mountain of mine and found some to match perfectly with my image and flowers.

All but the pink flowers are hand made by the lovely Lucinda of Petal Lu ... aren't they beautiful!

I did finish off with some Wink of Stella but as always its a little camera shy :)

Hope you like it ... here are the links you need for all that is Petal Lu:

Petal Lu Facebook

A new facebook page  (to show off those designs using Petal Lu Blooms, receive discounts and other promotional goodies, exclusive to the page)

Can't wait to see what you all enter.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ula - Be a Mermaid

Hi everyone!

What a week it has been!  The beginning of the week there was a hug fire at a recycling plant at the end of my street! luckily no one was hurt but we were evacuated from our homes for 2 days and now the huge clean up is in operation.  Everything stinks of burning plastic .... including all of my crafting goodies :(   The papers I had in my huge metal cabinet aren't bad but the ones I had left out aren't too good.

I also had my last day at my old job Friday, I am moving to a job much closer to home, I am so excited but really sad to say goodbye to many wonderful friends.

So now we are all caught up I have had a little time to craft this weekend .. in between cleaning and here is what I did:

This is the fabulous Ula Be a mermaid and her wonderful matching sentiment from Polkadoodles!

I used my Spectrum Noir pencils to colour her up and added some sparkle with my Copic Spica pens.

I did plan a totally over the top tropic flower power type of card but then ended up a little bit more bold and striking instead!

I used papers from my fabulous Trimcraft Paradise Crush pad.. I love these papers!  I added a double bow and of course some faux stitching to finish.

Hope you like it.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Let Love Grow - Colour Crazy Challenge

It's Team B's turn to set the challenge his week at the Colour Crazy Challenge blog and we are sponsored again by the lovely Lizzy of Oddball Art

My image this week is called Sylar and Friends signs of spring and can be found here,  the image comes with 3 great sentiments too! 

I used my prisma pencils to colour the image and teamed it with bright spring inspired papers.

I kept the whole card clean and fresh with just some doodling to finish off.

I hope you like it.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Papernest Dolls Challenge - May Challenge

Hello everyone!!!

I have some super amazing news ..... The lovely Christine has invited me to be DT member on her wonderful challenge Design Team for her super sweet Paper Nest Dolls!!! I am so honoured, you will all know how much I adore these images ... they are all I seem to use lately...

So why don't I just get straight to it ... today see's the start of the May challenge and as always its Anything Goes!

Today I have used Strawberry Jam Ellie and she is from the brand new digital release and is in the store today!

I coloured her up using my prisma pencils, I also tried some new Strathmore paper especially for colour pencils.

I managed to find some old papers with strawberries on that matched perfectly.

I finished off with some pearls and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I do hope you will pop over and join in the challenge.

Hugs Cara xx