Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Scary Night

As Halloween fast approaches I have relished in creating some spooky artwork.

First I created the background on watercolour card using ink misters and Distress Ink.  I used a Clarity Stencil to create the tree branches and then stamped the witch, toadstools and vine (Lavinia Stamps). The moon was done by applying distress ink through a punched circle.

Happy Haunting!

The Challenges I am entering are:
That's Crafty - Spooky
Sarah Hurley - Halloween
Order of the Opus Gluei - Spooky Goings On

Friday, 3 October 2014

Craft Scapes from Craft Artist

Yesterday on Create and Craft saw the launch of the fabulous CraftScapes digikits from Serif  Country Garden,Autumn Country, English Town,  Twilight Forest, Summer Seaside,and Winter Village.  A new addition is the tunnel cards kits too which are fantastic and fun to make.

Each kit has the most amazing array of elements which you can use to build up scenes. 

Here is a selection of the samples that I made as part of the Design Team.

Product information can be found here on the Create and Craft Website

Monday, 29 September 2014


Its very unseasonal weather here in the South of England. yesterday we reached 25c! Although Autumn mist was definetly evident this morning on the Downs as well as lots of pheasants!

I love this season and used the InkyDoodles Stamp set Woodland Walk to create this card.

I used Promarkers to colour them in and my new Spectrum Noir pencils I treated myself to! They really give great definition to a alcohol marker coloured image. The sky was created using chalk and torn paper to make the clouds.

I hope to be back later in the week with more Autumn makes.

Challenges I am entering with this card:

Daring Cardmakers - Autumnal Forest
The Artistic Stamper - Autumn Colours
Crafting For All Seasons  - Autumn Colours

Friday, 19 September 2014

Pretty Posies

As part of the Serif CraftArtist Design Team I have the privilege of working with some of the beautiful kits. This collection from Victoria nelson is no exception and appeared on Create and Craft TV yesterday morning.

They are Bird Garden, Butterfly meadow and Pretty Posies. 

The CD Collection can be purchased at Create and Craft or the individual collections at Daisytrail

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Making Christmas Cards

It's been an emotional week with my little one starting a new school and a tiring one being woken up by the alarm for the school run!

So what better way to cheer myself up then to get down to making some Christmas cards.

One of my most favourite tools is my Cricut Explore which I used to cut the shapes for this card. The text was created using the Lyrical Letters Font and then I added the ribbon as a final touch. I'm hoping these will go down well at the Christmas Craft Fairs!

Challenges I am entering :
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Creative Cutting Challenge - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore - Make A Card
Crafty Hazlenuts Christmas Extra - Anything Christmas

Friday, 29 August 2014

ATC - Tim Holtz Style

A bit of a blast from the past as I haven't made an ATC for ages. That's what really started me off crafting seriously some years ago.

Over at A Vintage Journey Challenge the theme is to make an ATC with "a little touch of Tim" (Holtz)

I created the background by embossing the background with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and then embossing with gold powder. The washi tape, images and tickets are all from my "Tim Holtz stash"

Enjoy Your Crafting!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fun at the Fair

I hope you are enjoying the bank holiday, although here in the South it has been a very wet one. The weather has been a great excuse to stay in and catch the Serif CraftArtist shows on Create and Craft. Today Michelle has been showcasing the Sahlin Studio Kits which have a distinctively vintage feel.

Vintage Carnival Kit

As a member of the Design Team I had great fun using these kits to create cards and scrapbook pages.

Grandma's Dresser Kit

Retro Mod Kit

The Retro Mod kit has the most amazing embroidered flowers, but if you look closely at my card, can you spot the real embroidery?!

Keep Crafting!!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Autumn Foliage

One of my favourite seasons is Autumn and its certainly in the air in the early morning. I was inspired to make this card for the Less Is More Challenge.

I used a fabulous set of stamps  - Woodland Walk from InkyDoodles and Promarkers to make the card.

I love to hear your comments on my work so don't be shy!

Other Challenges I am entering:

I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Colour Inspired
Penny Black and More -Anything Goes

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Hello Sparkly Followers! I am just back from a little break in the Isle of Wight and enjoying crafting again. This week Create and Craft have had the new Roald Dahl Digikits from Serif as their Pick of the Week. As part of the CraftArtist design team I can now share my samples with you.

They were such fun to make and brought back many childhood memories!

To see more of the fabulous Design Team's work pop over to the Daisytrail Gallery.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Playing with the camera

With the summer holidays in full swing its been difficult to fit in any crafting - plus it has been so hot here in the South of England all we've done is sat in the garden!

A little different posting today to share with you. On my to do list is to take a camera course, so I have been in the garden playing with my camera and different settings. They are by no means professional, but I am quite pleased with the results.

What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!