Sunday, 31 May 2015

Another Sneaky peek :)

Hi all :)
Well I am back with another sneak peek from the new Crafter's Companion Scruffy Little Kitten range that is launching tomorrow on Create and Craft .
I love this little lady;

I have coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers and blendable pencils.
The papers are from the new CD.
This is a list of the pens/pencils used;
Skin - TN2, TN3, FS4, CR3, 088, 085, 004, 009
Hair - EB1, EB5, EB8, GB10, 088, 098, 100
Bath - IG2, IG3, HB1, 079, 081, 114, 116, 118

Friday, 29 May 2015

Scruffy Little Kitten launch

Hi all - well today is the first sneaky peek of the new Scruffy Little Kitten designs by Crafter's Companion that will launch on Create and Craft on Monday :)
This is my first sample as a part of the Spectrum Noir TV sample team.
This card uses the stamp - All Things Grow with Love
I have coloured him in with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I have used sepia tones (pen colours listed below) and so used kraft and brown card to layer up a card and added some hessian and string too to make a card suitable for a boy.
The papers I used are from the Scruffy Little Kitten CD.
I hope you like my card :)
Spectrum Noir pens used for image;
Skin - TN1, TN2, TN3, FS2
Hair - EB1, EB4, EB5, TN3, TN5, TN7
Dungarees - BG5, BG7, EB3, EB5, EB7, EB8
T Shirt - TN6, TN7, TN8, TN9
Watering Can - BG5, BG7, EB2, EB5, EB7, EB8
Boots - TN6, TN7, TN8, TN9, Blender
Leaves - GB8, GB9, GB10
Butterflies - TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4
Shadow - GB8, EB1, EB2, EB3, Blender

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Blogging and a crisis of confidence (and finally some good news :) )

Hi all :)
Well here I am, after yet again failing to blog for weeks on end.
I would really like to blog most days and yet I don't and up until very recently I don't think I could have told you why I don't manage to do something that I am really keen on doing!
However, I have given the matter a lot of thought and I have finally come up with the answer which is a crisis of confidence :(
I used to be quite an outgoing person, always out and about, lots of friends, a good job and a fair amount of self-confidence.  Sadly though, since my health deterioration that has all changed.  My husband and I don't get out too much, I have been unable to work for several years, my only friends are those in the computer and I have very little self-confidence and herein lies the problem.
A lot of people might say that you don't really need self-confidence to write a blog but I am going to say in my case that that isn't true.
Every time I think about sitting down to write about my latest crafty projects I get a little voice in my mind that says (rather loudly I might add),
 'Why on earth would anyone want to read anything you have to say? Why would anyone want to see anything you've made?  Nobody is going to read what you write, or look at photos of your makes so why bother?'
Add to that how, when travelling around other blogs on the internet and seeing that there are thousands of readers commenting and it can, at times,  make one feel almost unpopular which, if you're feeling vulnerable anyway can be a real kick in the teeth.
So, up to this point, most times I've quietly got upset and then I haven't bothered to write, which in turn has made me more upset at which point I can hear the spiteful voice in my head sniggering in a smug manner about having gotten her own way!  This voice has been with me throughout my life, but lately she is louder than she has ever been and if I'm honest she has become a menace who is very difficult to live with and I have had enough of her.
So, what to do?
Well, I am going to try to blog more in the hope that this will start to quieten her down a bit because there is something else I have realised.  The reason I want to blog is not so that thousands of people will read what I write (although it is a bonus knowing that there are people there who might enjoy some of the things I have to say or some of the crafty things I make) or comment on my makes, but rather as a sort of catharsis.  I want to blog for me in the hope that it will help me to feel better about myself and about my journey. I also hope that maybe my blog might make someone smile occasionally in the way that others' blogs have made me smile, even when I haven't felt much like smiling.
Even writing this has been a start and I have deleted and rewritten things so many times that I'm not sure if it makes any sense at all but I'm going to post anyway just to shut you know who up!!
So although I am not going to promise to blog every day - although that is the eventual aim - I am going to try for much more often than before.
Before I go, I did mention some good news in my title and so here it is :)
I have been chosen to be a member on the new Spectrum Noir TV Sample design team.  I love my Spectrum Noir pens and pencils and also the amazing Spectrum Aquas too so I was super amazed when they asked me to be a part of it (I'm still in shock lol).  I can't wait to get started.
So I'll leave you with a picture from the cute BeBunni Floral range coloured with my favourites, the Spectrum Noir professional colouring pencils

I hope you like him :)
Back soon

Friday, 1 May 2015

Hi everyone :) 
well May is here and the year is really flying by (I'll have to start on Christmas stuff soon!!).
I am here with news about the new challenge over at Ladybug Crafts challenge blog :)
This month the theme is Your favourite Colour.
I have so many favourites and it can change from day to day and depending on what mood I am in :)
But on the day I made this card I was in love with blue and kraft brown!
I have used one of the Create-a-card A6 dies from Crafter's Companion.  This omne is Shining Star and I love it - so easy to put together a quick card and you could change this for the boys or for the girls.  This was just using Kraft card and some blue Core'dinations card.  The large star pops out, so I trimmed the edge off and put the smaller star onto some invisible thread to dangle in the aperture.  I added some of the little stars that popped out of the die just around the card.  I added a little twine bow and that was that - it usually takes me ages to make a card as I do tend to faff lol, but this didn't take long at all which is great if you need a card in a hurry.
There are some new A6 Create a card dies out in the range which you can see HERE .
I had a play with 3 of them and this is what I came up with-



You can do so much with these dies, just really simple like the Thinking of You card, or add lots of frippery like the With Love card :)
Back soon with some fabulous makes using new templates by Crafter's Companion which are launching on the Create and Craft TV channel over the weekend.
Don't forget the challenge over on the Ladybug Challenge blog :)