Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Guest Designer at Crafting by Designs...

Hello there,

I am so lucky to be invited back to Crafting by Designs to guest design for them again.  The challenge theme launching today is 'Angels' and that got me thinking about our Christmas tree.

We have a real family weekend when we put up our decorations and the Angel on top of the tree is a special moment, all together and it doesn't get better than that.

The image I have chosen is Fairy Godmother A6 Stamp Set from Crafter's Companion, but she best reminded me of our tree Fairy....and the feelings that gives to our family...

She is coloured with Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin - TN2, FS2, 4, 6, 8
Hair - GB10
Clothes - GT1, 2, 3, PP1, 2, 3
I covered her in Glossy Accents, let her dry overnight before fussy cutting her out.

She is then adhered raised using Collal 3D glue gel and teamed with the Poinsettia die from the Die'sire Christmas Classiques range at Crafter's Companion

Oh, and to my friends and family...yes this is a real present ready for Christmas and no...I'm not going to tell you who's! lol

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to hop over to Crafting by Designs to join in the challenge and over to Crafter's Companion to check out the materials used.


Sandie xxx

Challenges: 163 holidays 32 96 147 ag October 106 ribbon or twine October October ribbon & bows

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Downton Abbey Paper Crafting just got better!

Oh wow!

Just when you thought you were finished with your crafty wish comes another stunning Downton Abbey collection from Crafter's Companion and oh boy it's just gorgeous!

Launching at 9pm tonight on Ideal World as the Pick of the Day is a delicious Luxury Paper Crafting Kit that will have you ooohing and arhh'ing all over the place...but...there's more!

Also launching tonight is a whole suite of Downton Abbey crafting elements that are such luxury.  My favourite is the 12 x 12 double sided luxury paper pad...I adore paper pads and this pad is real luxury!  Here's a box of choc's I put together with the papers and other new elements for the launch show!  (hope the boss managed to grab a choc before they all go lol)

isn't it just luxury!  I have added the Abbey itself to the lid with the gorgeous die, which you can get HERE....want to see inside....

I have to add a hug and kisses for my amazingly talented husband for working on the engineering of the luxury box, love you old man! mwah xxx

Thank you for stopping by to see my make and I hope you manage to catch the inspirational Sara Davis at the launch and then the show's tomorrow :D

Crafty hugs

Sandie xxx

Challenges I'd love to enter: score board 16 169 October 147 ag October October

Monday, 26 October 2015

Spectrum Noir just got Sparkly!

Hello there,

Super quick post as the latest launch from Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir is going super quick as the 4 day deal on Create and Craft!

The gorgeous Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens are a total must have and will work with all of your crafty stash!

I am not a massive fan of glitter, or sparkly things as some of you may have gathered but oh boy are these pens versatile.  Because they are water-based you can tone them down by brushing out with water (I have a landscape tutorial on Spectrum Noir YouTube soon, I will let you know when it's live) and you can use then over Spectrum Noir markers too!

Here's just one of my samples, using the gorgeous new release stamp set's by Crafter's Companion:

Coloured onto Neenah Solar White....

Coloured onto Neenah Desert Storm!
How fabulous are they!
Here's what I used:
Style: A5 landscape fold
A6 Stamp set – Tulip (New)
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens – Autumn/Winter Set
Holly Leaf, Smoky Quarts, Red Berry, Olive Jade
Crafter’s Companion Neenah Solar White (first one) & Neenah Desert Storm (2nd one)
Sheena Stamping Card

Collal all purpose & 3D glues

Thank you so much for stopping by and grab your pens while there still in  stock!


Sandie xxx

Challenges I'd like to enter:

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Spectrum Noir Inspiration

Hello there,

It's a fabulous thing that as a part of the Spectrum Noir Design Team we get to go back over our colleagues tutorials on the Spectrum Noir Website and take inspiration from just one of them to influence our own design once a month.

I am amazed at the ideas and inspiration stored in there by some amazing designers so if you haven't spent some time strolling through the tutorials, hop over, you won't believe how much is there......BUT....finish reading here first lol

Today's inspiration came from an older tutorial (told you I'd spent some time on there lol), first published in 2012....

The tutorial talked about dress and hat shading and it is from there I took inspiration for this design....

No hat I know, but the tutorial really made me think about simple shading of clothing instead of trying to hard to add details (like folds) that aren't there!

Here's the link to my inspiration Colouring the dress and the hat

And here's what I used  to make mine:
Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin: TN3, FS9 , 6 ,4, 2
Hair: GB10, 6, 4, TN8
Clothes: LG1, 2, 3, DR3
Bunny: PL1, 2

Image: Dollshouse stamp by Little Darlings Rubber Stamps
Papers: First Edition
Flowers: Petal Lu from That Craft Place
Matt Black card (the only black card I use, and is my top tip) from Crafter's Companion

More pics:

Thank you for stopping by and I would love to hear your don't forget to leave a comment before you go xxx

Crafty Hugs

Sandie xxx

Challenges I'd like to enter into:

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Halloween at That Craft Place


Well, it had to be done, Halloween has come to That Craft Place Blog for the card-making challenge!

And a little secret....keep your eyes peeled for some new digital stamps coming very soon for those late Christmas makes! shhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Here's my Halloween make using a brand new digital stamp (that I adore even though I'm not a Halloween lover, Witches are definately on my like list)

I had so much fun with the colours!

Check out the Etsy Store for this and more new Halloween designs....HERE

Here's what I used:
Image and Tile Sentiments - That Craft Place Etsy Store
Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin - TN3, FS9, 6, 4, 2
Left side - CG4, LG5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Right side (as you look) - True Black, BGR5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Book - TN1, OR1, 2
Neenah Solar White card
Papermania solids paper pad
Matt Black Card
(dictionary wording inside - old dictionary)

More pics!

So, thank you for stopping by, each and every visit is so appriciated :D

Hop on over to see the rest of the uber talented design team's inspiration and join the fun:
That Craft Place Blog

Spooky Crafty Hugs

Sandie xxx

Challenges I'd love to enter: 31 49 green and orange 16 95 79 Haloween  October, Halloween October, Holloween October, Halloween

Saturday, 10 October 2015

New Release Special Offer...

Hello there,

Woohoo its time for a new release special offer from That Craft Place Etsy Store to celebrate the launch of some gorgeous new digital stamps!  (shhhh secret, there are more coming very soon so stay tuned...)

SCROLL DOWN for a discount code just for this launch weekend.....

Here is one I got to play with....she's Watering Can Betty and you'll find her in the Etsy Store

I adore her!  she's so easy to colour that if you are just starting out with your pencils or markers you will be able to get some really ace results :D

Here's what I used:
Image: Watering Can Betty
Papers: Prima - Pixie Glen digital papers (SnapClickSupply)
Colouring is with Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin: TN3, FS9, 6, 4, 2, CR3
Hair: GB10, 6, 4, EB8
Clothes: LG1, 2, 4, BT1, 2, 3, BG4, 6, 7
Flowers: Petal Lou via That Craft Place FB group
plus: Matt Black Card, Collal All Purpose glue, hot glue gun and twine :D

and a massive hug for Lisa Horton as here's a discount code for this weekend only!

Hop over to the That Craft Place Blog to see more of the fab new releases....

Thank you for stopping by, you are all just awesome xxx


Sandie xxx

Challenges: Oct Sept/Oct 2 patterned papers 31

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Halloween Colours with Spectrum Noir

Hello there,

I'm not really into Halloween but I adore the colours!  There's something very yummy about Green, Orange and Black together don't you think :D

Here's a gorgeous new digi stamp from That Craft Place coloured with the gorgeous vibrant colours of Spectrum Noir markers by Crafter's Companion

It's it yummy!

Here's what I used:
Spectrum Noir Markers
Skin: TN3, FS9,6,4,2
Hair: CG4, LG4,2,1
Clothes: CG4,3,2,1, GB1, OR1,2, IG2,3,4,5,6,8
Crafter's Companion Neenah and Matt Black card
Collal All Purpose glue
Sentiment - Daisy Trail
Die - Joanna Sheen

More pics!

Couldn't resit adding a hidden sentiment up on the underside so that it wouldn't be seen until after it was fully opened!

Check out the Spectrum Noir Blog for more colour combo's, great tutorials and inspiration from the Spectrum Noir teams x

Spooky hugs

Sandie xxx

Challenges I'd like to enter: 19 157 80 165 144 79

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Spectrum Aqua Wallet Tutorial - finishing touches

Hello there,

Today I have my latest Video Tutorial for Spectrum Noir to share with you.  Some of you may remember part 1 of this tutorial which was to create an easy snowy scene with Spectrum Aqua pens (if not you can catch up HERE and on the Spectrum Noir YouTube channel) well this is the final part that will take you through making up an easy and quick gift/store card wallet.

You can find the full tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Blog but here are a couple of pics I can share here :D

Thank you for stopping by and please go check out my tutorial and let me know what you think or share your projects with us on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page

My tutorial can be found HERE

Crafty Hugs

Sandie xxx

Challenges: 8 - Oct Oct Oct

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Spectrum Noir's October Challenge has started...

Hello there,

A quick post from me to let you all know that its October (anyone else feel this year has run away!) and so that means a new Challenge with Spectrum Noir

Entering couldn't be easier, just head over to the Facebook page HERE
Under the header, click on 'contest' and fill in the form, attach your pic and add a little description of what you've used to make it.
Just remember, you have to use at least one Spectrum Noir product to enter.

Here's my design team inspiration for you with this months theme that is...
Create with Grey and or Orange



As my twins headed to college (post 16) a lot of books were in their future so I made them book marks with a difference!
This is a full A6 tent fold card with a pocket on the back so they can add the page marker sticky notes, so they are nice and handy.

Of course I added a couple of inspiration journalling cards because I just can't help myself when using Graphic 45! lol

Inside is a magnet that holds the bookmark tight shut when on the page, see the pics below xxx

Here's what I used:
Style: Tent fold magnetic bookmark (with back pocket)
Image: Saturated Canary – Bookworm
Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin: TN3, FS9, 4, 2, CR3
Hair: OR2, 3, EB3, 7
Clothes: IG1, 2, 4, 6, 9, True Black
Others: TB1, 2, 3, CR2, 3, 4,
Plus orange and brown fine liners
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black card
Neenah Solar White
Collal All Purpose glue, Crafter’s Companion red liner tape

Graphic 45 paper pad – Typography; magnetic strips
Sentiment - Ginger's House

More pics...

Reading is SO important and I love how I've managed to instill in my children that the computer and e-stuff cannot replace the feeling of curling up and loosing yourself in a book, turning the 'physical' pages and that excitment of needing to know what happens next.

Don't forget to enter the challenge...

Happy hugs

Sandie xxx