18 December 2017

Sing a Song - Through the Craftroom Door inspiration - candle surround with digital paper and die cuts

My inspiration piece for this week's Through the Craftroom Door challenge features papers by Décosse's Dynamite Doodles and die cuts from Impression Obsession.

With or without candles, the surround is magical with the Décosse's Dynamite Doodles Familiar Refrain paper.

Are you interested in digital sentiments, papers and other embellishments? How about a badge made especially for your blog? If these are items you are interested in, you are going to want to check out Décosse's Dynamite Doodles. My name is Lisa and with over 150+ posts of freebies to choose from, and new ones added often, I just might have what you are looking for. Along with the freebies I offer, I also create blog badges, digital paper packs and scrapbooking kits. Additionally, I'm so excited to now be sponsoring giveaways and challenges at other blogs. It is my honour to be able to sponsor this challenge for Through the Craftroom Door!
So, if you have the time, come and take a look. There is always inspiration to be found among my many different features. I'd love for you to pop by and visit me. I hope you have a blast!

04 December 2017

Bunny Love - Through the Craftroom Door inspiration with Sheepski Designs - stencil with crackle paste and Nuvo mousse, watercolour pencil

This week's sponsor for the Through the Craftroom Door blog challenge is Sheepski Designs.

Living in Leeds, Yorkshire in the UK, working full time as a Management Accountant, currently working on 2 design teams and an obsessive crafter and creator of cards. I have no actual style as yet but do love the unusual and quirky. I may be known for producing cards in soft pastel colours.
I love anything arty. I've always drawn stuff, for as long as I can remember. In my younger days I sold a few watercolour paintings. I recently found mixed media which is a joy and love creating canvases with flowers.
I had a battle with digital drawing for about a year and finally found some software I could gel with. January 2016 a challenge team I worked on was short of a designer's images to create with so I drew some. I opened my shop a month later so I could sponsor challenges and give something back to the crafting world, to the lovely ladies who have supported me on my journey.
I've a Facebook group SheepSki Designs where I hold challenges, some for fun to win digis as well as my monthly card challenge. I've a SheepSki Designs challenge blog as well. Things are growing slowly (thankfully) so I still manage to spend at least a little time with my hubby :D

I know Sheepski Designs well and have been on Andrea's design team for many months now.  So, I decided to use Rocket and Rosie paired with a background I made with by stenciling crackle paste, coloured with Nuvo embellishment mousse.

Lovely bunnies sharing their affections: To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.

01 December 2017

Daisy - Sheepski Designs challenge blog inspiration: Liquid Pearls watercolour, embossing, die cutting

Welcome to November and my inspiration for Sheepski Designs challenge blog! The theme this month is Sparkle & Shine! I chose Daisy this month and made a wedding card.

Daisy is painted with Liquid Pearls and paired with a calligraphy die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs as well at an embossed background layered with a die cut and festooned with rhinestone studded daisies.

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20 November 2017

Holly Boots - TTCRD inspiration, Scribble Sticks watercolour with embossing

This is my latest design team inspiration for the Through the Craft Room challenge for the week of 21-27 November. This week's sponsor is Pickled Potpourri.

Pickled Potpourri Designs offers high-quality digital stamps, downloads and printables. Featuring old favorites from The Angel Company (TAC), as well as new, original designs, you'll find a potpourri of images in a wide range of styles to enhance your papercrafting, scrapbooking and other artsy projects at Pickled Potpourri!

Come join us in the challenge! 

Joyeux Anniversaire - die cut his and hers birthday cards in French

Birthday cards, in French, using the same die cut but one feminine and the other masculine.

These card use a die cut from Memory box, glittered cardstock, and foiled paper.

18 November 2017

Frosty Fox - watercolour pencil and stenciling on patterned paper

To me, on a blustery winter day, a cup of hot cocoa or hot coffee is like a hug, warm and cuddly.

This card features a digital image and stencil from Craftin' Desert Divas, paper by Doodlebug, embossing, embossing paste, Perfect Pearls, and even some washi tape.

Cocoa Mouse - watercolour pencil

Mug o' Mouse, hot cocoa is wonderful on a frosty day, perfect for a winter birthday.

This card features a House Mouse and Friends image coloured with watercolour pencil, background paper ny Doodlebug matted with Glitter Silk, and sentiments from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

16 November 2017

Ho Ho Ho - Distress Ink watercolour and glittering with a stencil

A jolly elf in a red suit with his furry friend, Ho Ho Ho, this card features stamp sets by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Distress ink watercolouring, a stencil from Simon Says Stamp glittered with silk microfine glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs, a cabin in the North Pole, and an embossed sentiment! Tis the season to be Jolly! Fa-la-la!

14 November 2017

Follow the Path - stamp layering

Autumn is a time of wonderful colours. Some of my favourites are from the maples along with the whirly seeds. Even as an adult, when I see those seeds on the ground and after quickly looking around to see no one is watching, I pick them up and toss them into the air to see them whirl around as they fall.

13 November 2017

Winter Bags - die cut small gift bags

Two small gift bags with a wintery theme, snowflakes, winter wishes, and hot cocoa. The small bags are idea for a couple packets of hot chocolate and/or a few special treats.

The bags are made using a Craftin' Desert Divas die, Stampin' Up glassine paper, glitter paper snowflakes, and sentiments and bear from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

Love One Another Calendar Tag - Distress Oxide and embossing resist.

My project today is a calendar added to a tag to hang in a small space with a friendly sentiment and 1960s feel. This project features a Unity stamp, emboss resist, and Distress Oxides.

12 November 2017

Thank you - embossing and Perfect Pearls stamping

Can't ever have too many thank you cards on hand. I really love the Thank You background and this big scrolly Thank You. They work so well together. Enhanced by embossing and Perfect Pearls for a lovely Autumn coloured thank you.

10 November 2017

Magic of Christmas - die cuts, embossing, watercolour

The warmth of family, peace, love, and joy are all the magic of Christmas.

This card features stamps by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, die cuts, embossing, and a touch of watercolour painting with Finetec micas.

08 November 2017

Celebrate! Through the Craft Room Door 3rd Annual Celebration Blog hop! - single layer card with a digi

Through the Craft Room Door 3rd Annual Celebration Blog hop!

This month is our Celebration Month and today we are starting our 3rd Annual Celebration Blog Hop filled with awesome inspiration and sponsor prizes.

The image I am using is “Celebrate” (mp152-DS4J) which is one of the prizes from our Sponsor DigiStamps4Joy.


Each stop on the blog hop showcases the sponsors and the great prizes. Make sure you leave comments on all the blogs for a chance at the prizes! Winners will be announced December 1st, 2017

Next stop on this hop is Cicci

Scroll down for the rest of the hop, if you want to start at the top or if you missed anyone.

07 November 2017

Ten Gallon Ted - Through the Craftroom Door, Lacy Sunshine, watercolour pencil

Hey there, Buckaroo!

The adorable Ten Gallon Ted Cactus, by Lacy Sunshine, is the focus of my inspiration card for this week's Through the Craftroom Door's "Anything Goes" challenge. Lacy Sunshine is our wonderful sponsor this week.

Heather valentin is a lady who breathed art her entire life. She was drawing as soon as she could hold a crayons . Guided by her farther. She found her truest joy in drawing and painting, in a BA in arts. Heather made her way in th world by creating original drawings and installations for various global companies / corporations for advertisement and display purposes .
Heather's true love has always been creating her original copyrighted characters and sharing them with her appreciative public. Her beloved characters are recognizable worldwide her signature eyes, and drawing style mostly featuring mismatched clothing and characters from days gone by. Making people smile with her art is heather's greatest joy.

The Through the Craftroom Door challenge is from 7 Nov to 13 Nov and the prize is 3 digital images from Lacy Sunshine.

03 November 2017

Naughty or Nice - waterclour pencil on a plane, Distress Crayon blending

Do witches have to worry about Bird strike?

This card features a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps image, watercolour pencil coloring while in transit on an airplane, and Distress Crayon ink blending.

01 November 2017

Seraphina - Sheepski Designs inspiration, watercolour on vellum and Distress Oxide on canvas

Sheepski Designs' Seraphina's Heart is featured as a magical wyvern carrying a wand through the sky trailing magic dust. You can't tame the spirit of someone who has magic in their veins.

My creation is my November inspiration for the Sheepski Design challenge blog. The theme this month is "Show us your Wings". Come play along with us!

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SheepSki Designs Etsy shop

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My project features watercolour on vellum on canvas coloured with Distress Oxide, Perfect Pearls, and Glimmer Mist.

31 October 2017

My Workday Lair, a witch's work is never done - cubical decoration at the day job

Welcome to my witch’s lair. Don’t mind Boris, my spider, he doesn’t bite… much.

The cloak on my chair is festooned with the feathers of a thousand roosters that tried to wake me far far too early in the day.

My glorious table with my cauldron and spell book, which I fashioned myself, is ready for incantations. Only 50 cents a spell, what a bargain!

So, I love Halloween. I love decorating for Halloween. I love dressing for Halloween. I just love the whimsy of it all. At my day job, I can decorate for the season, so I do. That there is a contest (started last year) isn't the reason I decorate, but it might be why I decorate a bit more.

I don't have a photo of me, yet, but might add one later in the day if I can get one. The only things of note are that I am wearing an glorious lace blouse with long sleeves that I bought several years ago, my velvet cape with rooster feathers lining the front and around the hood (can't wear it all day or I would roast!) which I also bought years ago, and the cute fascinator witch's hat I bought recently, oh yeah, and my not as green/teal as I would have liked hair. 

How do you celebrate Halloween? Do you decorate home or work? Do you wear any type of costume?

Snowman and Penguins - Kit & Clowder Class and Confidence, progress 1

A few months ago, I started subscribing to the Kit & Clowder classes. I finally started to actually "do" one of the classes last month and plan to continue doing so. The classes are already adding to my skills. These are works in progress. 

The snowman with penguin pals is from the Pencils Class and I am using Prismacolour pencils. However, the 72 pencil set I have is rather old and doesn't have the same pencils in the current 72 set. So, I don't have the same pencils that Alyce uses in the class. However, that's not a problem, I just have to decide on different blends than the one she uses.

I decided to make my snowman in blues since I currently have zero greys. I also decided to do the hat in purples since to have it in blues wouldn't have given as good a contrast from the snow. I didn't do the glove or his branch arms yet. This is two episodes.. err chapters of the pencils class.

I listed the pencils I used on the side of the image. I usually write out what I use so I can refer to it later as well as include it in blogging. For this project, I am using lightweight watercolour paper (90lb Artist Loft) because my printer utterly refused, last night, to print on the heavier bristol I wanted to use. The watercolour paper isn't quite as white as the bristol, but otherwise I have discovered I can get good results with it.

During the day, while I was at work, I started on the Markers Class, with a twist. Instead of alcohol markers, I decided to use my watercolour pencils and waterbrush with the techniques in the class. Not only do I find them a lot more portable, I also have extremely limited pens and am vastly missing greys, especially. I popped on the class during my lunch and coloured at my desk.

While I also do have a limited number of colours with the watercolour pencils, I can do colour mixing (i.e. black and grey) to make a shade between and I can lighten colours significantly using a water wash and lift (pick up the brush and wipe the pigment off).

I used five colours for these cuties: black, grey, light yellow-brown, darker yellow-brown, and white. I used the heavier Canson XL watercolour paper (140lb). My printer was cooperating in the morning when I printed the penguins.

Me at work in my cubical which is partly decorated for Halloween. I'm wearing the glasses I need when I do colouring or reading. By my left shoulder, in the background, you can see one of the devices I do testing on, the MP70 from Sierra Wireless.


30 October 2017

Peace - House Mouse and Friends, Distress ink watercolouring, single layer card

Decorating for the season is tiring! Wishing you the Joy and the Peace of the season.

This single layer card features a House Mouse and Friends image with Distress ink and Finetec watercolouring.

28 October 2017

Shoe - Prismacolour pencil

A lovely strappy shoe as a vision in pink, this card features a Sheepski Designs digital stamp, Prismacolour pencil, and die cutting with other embellishments.

Noel Elf - watercolour pencil

It's a time of wonder, a time of bright blessings, it's the magic of winter and Christmas.

This card features a digital stamp by Scrapper's Delight with watercolour pencil.

23 October 2017

Spells 50c - mixed media with Prismacolour pencils, embossing, and wood cut

Halloween is my favourite time of year!

This project is my design team inspiration for Through the CraftRoom Door's challenge for 24 Oct to 30 Oct. The sponsor is Crafty Sentiments (isn't that witch just so adorable) and the prize for the challenge is 3 digital images. Come play with us!

Crafty Sentiments Designs started back in 2009 by myself Suzette the owner, Me and my artist brings you cute whimsical and fun characters, to create unique and exciting handmade gifts and projects. We also carry our own brand of exclusive Rubber stamps, Digital stamps, Sentiments and cutting dies, CD Roms that is perfect for all your scrapbooking and card making needs, there is always something new each month as we release new images each month. Crafty Sentiments Designs is now having live shows on Hochanda.TV a UK base craft channel. Visit the website at www.craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk for lots of products.

Santa - Prismacolour Pencil

Santa with a puppy, what could be more merry and bright? Ho, Ho, Ho!

This Christmasy card features stamp sets by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and Prismacolour pencil on a candy background. Santa has an emergency candy cane in his pocket, too. So sweet.

22 October 2017

Party Puppy - glittered die cut

A glittery puppy to with you a happy birthday! This card features an Elizabeth Craft Designs die cut, Silk microfine glitter and birthday paper.

20 October 2017

Cocoa - watercolour pencil

Winter is my favourite season. I love the cuddliness of it as well as the magical look of snow and ice making everything sparkle.

My card today was made with a long retired Kraftin' Kimmie stamp coloured with watercolour pencil and paired with a sentiment from a Kraftin' Kimmie set that's not retired. The die cuts are CC Designs and the background paper is Doodlebug.