Saturday, 31 January 2015

Watercolour and Barbara Gray

Hello and i seem to be late with today's blog post,
I have challenged my self to use things i have not used a lot off and today i have chosen some clarity stamps as these were bought a few years ago used them once or twice then they have been put away and every time i see them i say i am going to sell them or give them away but just keep the, any way i have used them in this card,
Ingredients are clarity stamps, spectrum aqua pens, memento ink pad pear tart.
watercolour card and black card.
I have stamped the wording with the memento and i stamped the leaves in the corner by colouring on to the stamp with the spectrum aqua pen i then coloured the vase and flower's with the pens and used a brush and water.
finally i mated on to black card then on to 6x6 card blank.

I hope you like and will post again i hope tomorrow,
until next time,
keep crafting.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Spectrum aqua and emmbossing powder

Hello and todays card is done with the spectrum aqua pens a Sheena Douglass stamp called Magnolia blossom and embossing powder and i also used a spellbinders die witch is called majestic labels 25.

This is one of the vids on the Leann chives dvd explaining about the aqua pens.
first you stamp clear ink on to watercolour card and emboss with clear embossing powder,
next is called wet on wet were you wet the card first then with a brush put on the colours, i coloured the pens on to glass mat first then picked up the color from there,

 once i have coloured the image i cut out with the spellbinders die and ink the edges with black soot

   I stamped and cut out the sentiment and matted on to black card stock 

for the finish i mated on to yellow card stock and added some pearls coloured with ct4 from the spectrum noir pens.

Yet again this card took no time at all but really enjoyed doing it,
I hope you have liked this post,
Until next time,
keep on crafting,

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Spectrum aqua pens and indigoblu stamp

Hello and today is a quick card with spectrum aqua pens indigoblu stamp Rose blush code indo104
watercolor card and black card stock,
Also i post this on my birthday.

All i did was stamp the image and sentiment with stazon and coloured using the pens water and a brush, cut the water colour card to mat on to black then on to a 6x6 card blank.
And that was it a simple card took me 1/2 an hour and it was done.
I hope you like this post.
until next time,
keep on crafting,

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Indigoblu stamped candle

Hello and today is a first for me i have made a decorated candle,
now this is a Harry Potter inspired candle as i am a big fan and when i meet kay from indigoblu we found we had a shared passion for harry potter.
so i used a candle tissue paper stazon ink and the stamp set Hocus Poocus code HP 1 from indigoblu and a heat tool,

I stamped the images on to tissue paper and melted them on to the candle with the heat tool, please be carful as you can burn your self.
I then made a box with centaur pearl acetate and the big score from crafters companion.

I hopr you all like and want to have a go,
Until next time,
keep on crafting,

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tattered Lace die card die name Georgina

Hello and today i will be showing you a card made with a tattered lace die that came with the tattered lace magazine issue 13 the die is called Georgina,

The things you will need is 6x6 card blank, red and black card, feathers pearls. a sentiment stamp and you will need some Neena card and pens to color.

So first cut some black and red card to mat and layer onto card blank, then another mat and layer of red and black but this has to be able to fit on the front in a diamond shape,

 Next you need to cut out the die, mat in black and the lady in Neena card stock then you can colour her in with any pens you like, I used spectrum noir's,

Next step is to stick some feathers behind her hat and affix her to the diamond mat and layer, this mat and layer will be stuck on with foam pads to give it some lift,

And for the finishing touches stamp a sentiment onto a even smaller mat and layer of black and red card and affix to the bottom of the card and add some black pearls in to tow opposite corners,
This is the finished card

 I do hope you enjoyed having a look at my card make and how i did it,
Until next time keep on crafting.
AJ x x x

Monday, 26 January 2015

Sheena stamp a taste of india and spectrum pencils

Hello to day is a quick post, I have made this card with Sheena douglass a taste of India - henna stamp and i have colored it in with spectrum noir pencils, this card took me a hour to color as i did the building up of color with the pencils i did not use and oil of mineral spirit i slowly built up the layers and blending the pencils together,

until next time keep crafting,

Sunday, 25 January 2015

sun flower stamp, die and paper pad by heartfelt creations

Hello and todays post is the show off the heartfelt creations stamps and die i have used,
Products; paper pad called classic sunflower
stamps and die classic sunflower 

    This is craft card stamped with a big stamp then i colored a few of the leaves with pencils, then stamped again and colored the sunflowers with spectrum noir pencils then using the coordinating die cut them out then stuck on top, i did a simple sentiment mattered and layered.

this is done with cut out sunflowers colored with pencils the paper is a paper pad buy heartfelt creations, i used some black gems to use under the butterfly, i stamped sentiment strait on to paper and added a little balck bow and crystals,

hope you enjoy this post,
until next tiem keepcrafting,

Saturday, 24 January 2015

DT inspiration post ching-chou kuik sat 24th jan 2015

Hello to you all and I hope your week was grate and you are all finding time to craft,
so today is my inspiration day and in a moment you may see my card, but for a bit of information,
so hear are the Link's.
BLOG this is were you can see lots
 more inspiration posts from all the design team

This week i am using digi lil book worm

I have coloured the image with spectrum pens and pencils, used cordinations card stock and tim holtz paper a tattered lace die and creative expressions die some lace ribbon pearls and flowers.

I hope you can pop over to the blog and have a look and maby have a go at the challenge and dont forget to visit the etsy shop  and have a look at as it stands 100 digies.


Friday, 23 January 2015

A look at my craft room

Hello and today i am showing you all around my craft space so there is a few pics to see,

so this is my desk and all my pens and coloring paraphernalia.

 This pic is of all my spectrum noir pens and my new spectrum aqua pens,

this is my colour wall charts and on the hook is samples of the aqua tints and packaging from spectrum aqua

and hear is my aqua tints and spectrum pencils,

This is another corner

a wall with selfs lol could use this better

my space i just love

And this  is the other half 's space and his is neater and less cluttered that mine
and to be fair if he did not use this side i would do lol 

I hope you all enjoy looking around my craft space i wish t was bigger and cleaner and if i won the lotto i would pay some one to design me a grate space but until then i can dream.
Until next time keep on crafting,

Thursday, 22 January 2015


Hello and today i have been to my local craft class in louth and we did this grate fold out star card,
we discussed that this can be done bigger and be turned in to a album of even Xmas decorations,
i even thought as a baby's first year book were you can put a pic per month as the baby grows and a few lines of writing,

I really enjoyed doing this and will be making one or two more and if wanted i could do a blog follow along with measurements and pics if any in is interested ,
Until next time keepcrafting,

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Spectrum aqua markers - first go

Hello to you all today and i am sharing my first go with the spectrum aqua markers,
I have had only one do so far so some more playing is in need but I am impressed with my first card and i hope i do get better, 
I have used a Sheena stamp Lilly.

I have used card base, black card and water colour card stock from crafters companion,

I will be playing again soon and can not wait to show off more results with these fantastic pens. 
I hope in the next month or so i will write a review and film a vid for youtube time being on my side that is.

Until next time 
keep on crafting,
AJ xxx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

DT Inspiration sat 17 jan ching-chou kuik digi stamps

Hello to you all and I hope your week was grate and you are all finding time to craft,
so today is my inspiration day and in a moment you may see my card, but for a bit of information,
so hear are the Link's.
BLOG this is were you can see lots
 more inspiration posts from all the design team

This week i am using digi FIRST DAWN 

I used pencils to color the image then sprayed with spray and shine,
the back is a crafters companion embossing folder, the corners are a tattered lace die then sprayed with stick and spray covered in glitter then spray gloss on top.

I hope you like and please check out the monthly challenge on the blog.
Until next time,
keep on crafting 
x x x

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Phoenix rising

Hello people and today is just a nice card post from me,
now the story behind this card is the layout and colours have been stuck in my head for a few weeks now and i have finally found the time to actually do out the card and i have to say i really did enjoy it as i got to finally have a good go with the aqua tints,

I have used a shenna stamp set and shenna stamping card 
I coloured the phoenix with spectrum noir pencils the distressed the edges 
then took a orange and  yellow aqua tint and washed over the card with water first the from top painted orange halfway down then from bottom to middle i did yellow and mixed the 2 in the middle,
i stamped flames on all corners then pained with a small brush the flames with the aqua tints,
i stamped the sentiment strait on to the background then mattered with black card and there you have it all done, 

I am hopping to do this card some time in the year at one or both of my craft classes i run and i really think the ladies will love it as much as i do,
Until next time,
Keep crafting 
AJ x x x

I would like to enter this in to craft stamper compotition

Saturday, 10 January 2015

DT inspiration Ching-Chou Kuik challenge blog and FREE DIGI

Hello to you all and I hope your week was grate and you are all finding time to craft,
so today is my inspiration day and in a moment you may see my card, but for a bit of information,
so hear are the Link's.
BLOG this is were you can see lots
 more inspiration posts from all the design team

The challenge this week is add some ribbon and flowers,

OK so on to my card and this week I and for the first time all the design team have used the digi 
wild princess,

I have coloured the image in just spectrum noir pencils and used spray and shine, 
and used tattered lace dies and papers, the bow is a die from creative expressions by sue Wilson,

hear is my new blog badge as we now have 2 teams one is the blog team and one is the facebook team,

so untill next time keep crafting
AJ x xx

Thursday, 8 January 2015


My personal review of spectrum noir pen’s.

Hello and this is my personal review, I first started using these pens in 2012 and first of all I really hated my coloring I first started using promarkets and could not get on with them at all but I will talk further more in another review,
The SP pen system really called to me for a couple of reasons,
1.   COST- the cost of the system really appealed to me I cannot for the life of me remember what I paid for my first set but in the sets of six they work out at £1.31 for the sets of 24 a pen works out £1.05 now lets look at this there is 168 pens in the system buying all in one go would work out at £1.17a pen now compared to the copics that are priced from £2.50 upwards don’t think that is bad at all, also refills are £5.99 and can fill pen about 5-6 times. But for a bit more info I teach with my pens and it was a good 10 months before I had to fill my first pen.
2.   THE NUMBER SYSTEM- I found the numbers and letters on the pens so good for a beginner as e.g.- CR meaning coral red CT means citrus and the numbers so the lower the number the lighter the pen the higher the number the darker the pen which is ace as I can then pick up  a CR 9 6 3 and know I should have a nice blended color when I have finished.
3.   HELP- I call this help as if you ring crafters companion they are always helpful plus the facebook page and not for getting the spectrum noir blog is full of help and projects, and the dvds produced by crafters companion featuring Leann chives the lady how developed the pen system.
So know I would like to talk about using them, one thing is they are easy to refill I find colouring with them was smooth and when blended no lines can be seen, the ink seems to be a good quality and so do the nibs which by the way are all replaceable.

Final thoughts on the pens are grate value good quality ace for beginners and pros.


DISCLAIMER- this review is my own opionion, I have not been paid endoursed or asked to do this by any company I am not affiliated with any company.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Dt card for crafting musketeers

Hello to all and a new challenge started yesterday at Crafting Musketeers cahlleng blog,
the challenge for this month is hats or valentines and the the sponsor is lacy sunshine,
and now hear is my card.
any way i hope you can go over and have a look and maybe  have a little go.
until next time,
keep crafting.