Friday, 29 April 2016

Putting Sparkle on Invitations...

Hello there,

I so love playing with the new Spectrum Sparkle Pens, especially as they are water based so can be manipulated with water creating so many possibilities.

You'll have a chance to see them demo'd again soon so keep an eye on the Crafter's Companion website and facebook page.

Here's one of the samples I have made for some of the shows...

Here's the list of things I used to make these super sparkly party invites!

Style – Party Invites x 4
Spectrum Sparkle Pens – Solar Red, Cosmos, Aquamarine. Moonlight
Crafter’s Companion Stamp Set (US) - Halloween
Technique – Direct to paper
Sheena’s Stamping card; Collal All Purpose glue
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black card

Insert – Craft Artist 2

More pics you say! (hehe)

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appriciate all the visits and comments xxx


Sandie xxx

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Sparkling on the Waves

Hello there,

I'm swinging past your screens to share another make for the amazing Spectrum Noir Education Design Team

Seriously, the Spectrum Noir Blog has so many tutorials, step by steps, downloadable charts for you to take a peek at to help get the most out of your Spectrum Noir products

Nuff said!  Well almost! lol I start out saying I'm not gonna ramble on, but I always do!

So pic time

Card Designed by Sandie Gough
But the real heros are the artists and suppliers:

Image: Creative Expressions, Designer Lisa Horton 
Blue Topaz, Moonlight,  Sea Breeze, Sand Dune, Teacup
(Technique – colored small area’s of the waves, then change color, and repeat. 
Effect – random color for a natural look)
Crafter’s Companion – Matt Black Card, Water Color Card, White Hammered Card
Diamond Press – Starter set, Sentiment die,  stamps on tag
Coordinations card – shattered pad

Collal 3D, All Purpose and Tacky Glue

I adore this collection of stamps and matching MDF, although I haven't used the MDF pieces, just the stamps alone make an awesome mascaline card.

The sea/waves stamp has been repeat stamped a fair few times to get the size of background I needed but it was so simple to line up.

The starter set of dies with The Diamond Press are just awesome.
I love it when I can die cut a sentiment from the backing papers

Simple layering
Thank you so much for stopping by and please do leave me a comment before you go.  It would be ace if you could click to follow my blog so you can take a peek at my next project!

Crafty Hugs

Sandie xxx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Spectrum Noir's with BeBunny Step by Step

Hello again,

It's still very exciting when I pop by to let you know a tutorial of mine is now on the Spectrum Noir Blog!

Here's the final card featuring BeBunny...

You can find the step by step tutorial for colouring BeBunny CLICK HERE

Hop (hehe!) on over and you will also find the full list of the materials I used to make both this and the alternative technique card!  Yes, I made two versions of BeBunny!  Using different texture techniques for comparison...

Thank you for stopping by and I really do hope you can pop over and comment on my tutorial...

You can find my tutorial HERE


Sandie xxx

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Pretty in Pastels...with a twist

Hello there,

It's time to share my inspirational post for the Spectrum Noir challenge over on their facebook page.

The latest challenge can always be found on the page header buttons and if its hiding, it will be in the 'more' drop down.

Here's the FaceBook page link SPECTRUM NOIR

The theme is 'Pastels' and I thought I'd stick with my CAS style BUT (lol) I seem to be in a grungy mood with my crafting so its another grumpy grunchy make lol hope you enjoy it as much as I do, everytime I see her she makes me chuckle lol

hehe this one does make me have a little chuckle to myself every time I see it!  But apologies if it offends anyone, but hopefully you'll all be laughing along with me :D

Here's what I used to make it:
By Sandie Gough
Style: Tent Fold

I used the brand new SpectrumAquaBlend Pencils that are so highly pigmented I adore them even more: 
Black, Opal Blue, Indigo, Grapefruit, Ginger
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour card, Centura Teal Green card & White Hammered card
Collal All Purpose & Tacky Glue
Image – Taylored Expressions, Costume Grumplings

Worn Lipstick – Distress Ink; Cobalt Blue – Archival Ink

I just adore these stamps, they just make me smile 

Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to grab your Spectrum Noir products and join the challenge.  We're over on the FaceBook page


Sandie xxx


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Spring is Blooming

Hello there,

Just thought I'd pop on my blog to share some Spring blooms with you all.

The die's used for the flowers are of course from the Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques collection, Delicate Flowers

The size is a landscape fold 5" x 7" and I had a relaxing session watercolouring this epic stamp

And here's the list of what I used
Die’sire Essential Delicate Flower die set
Die’sire Fancy Edge’able; Fancy Lattice
Spectrum Sparkle Pens:  Sage, Fig, Sand Dune, Biscuit, Teacup
Spectrum Aqua Markers: Sunflower, Sunset, Moss
Crafter’s Companion Thelwell Stamp
Downton Abbey Paper pad
Crafter's Companion Cream Stamping Card and Matt Black Card
Collal all Purpose glue, Collal Tacky Glie

Pearls from stash

As an added extra I have multi layered the inside of the card with matching papers.  I always think this really does smarten up the appearance of the card, but that could be just me lol

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to hop over to the Spectrum Noir webpage to see lots of how too's and step by step posts to inspire you xxx



Challenges: 106 31 182 use a die 272 watercolour 110 die cut 123 die cuts April

Monday, 4 April 2016

April Inspiration...

Hello there,

I found a fabulous tutorial for my inspired by post this month as a part of the Spectrum Noir Education Design Team...its using yellows!

Not a simple thing for me, it's not a colour I am drawn too and seem to dodge if I can.  I'm not sure why but its always seemed a strange colour to me lol

So, in the spirit of pushing out of my comfort zone I have used a fabulous tutorial and you can find it HERE by Mari Kocjancic

Here's what I used to make him:
Inspired by previous tutorial:
By Sandie Gough
To be published on my blog - Monday 4th April 2016
Materials used:
Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils: Crocus, Primrose, Papaya, Pineapple
Distress Ink – Squeezed Lemonade
Crafter’s Companion Watercolor card, Centura Chocolate
and Crafter’s Companion Hammered White Card
Archival Ink – Coffee

Collal All Purpose & Tacky Glue

He's another one of my new stash that makes me smile...a lot!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'd love for you to follow my little blog 


Sandie xxx