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Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom
This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Vintage Gift Bag

I made this little gift bag a while ago, and it has been reasonably popular over on FB! 

This gift bag started life as a plain Papermania brown bag, which has been jazzed up with Bazzill patterned paper from last year as well as a couple die cuts, including a Wild Rose Studio snowflake.

I stamped and embossed a Papermania sentiment before cutting it out with a circle Spellbinders die and adding a whole string of Liquid Pearls around the outer edge.

I will definitely be decorating more of these little bags, they're perfect for Christmas gifts! :) xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Add Some Sparkle

Gooood morning boys and girls! :) It's Tuesday, it's almost Halloween.. and I've made ZERO cards for the occasion. I'm a nightmare. Hold onto your pants though, I do have a few Halloween images printed out - whether or not I get the chance to colour them is another thing altogether.

Halloween aside, it's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers


I wanted to give a different spin on the whole 'sparkle' thing, so I decided to make a boy card. I added a whole bunch of glitter and sequins and BOOM, it still worked. I hope you likey.

I used some yummy Echo Park papers, some C.C Designs dies, my Cameo, a Martha Stewart border punch, some wax twine, Lawn Fawn stamps and a whole bunch of other goodness like buttons and brads. I hope you likey, as I hope the birthday boy does.

Be sure to stop by the Passion for ProMarkers blog and share your sparkly creations with us! xo

Monday, 27 October 2014

Donna-Marie's ProMarkers e-Book Review

Good morning guys! I'm back with a review of the e-Book as promised.

Here is a little look of the front page and contents page. 174 pages, crammed!!

174 pages of crammed in tips, tricks and info. 

All proceeds will be donated to Coffee4Craig, a homeless charity.

Donna has put a lot of time, work and effort into this e-Book, and it definitely shows.

For me, colouring images is all about using my time wisely, because of this I always stick to my old faithful colour combos and never really want to waste my time trying new combos that may or may not work. This e-Book, for me, is a blessing. 

Donna has laid out a whole bunch of combos for each colour family, skin tones and hair colour. Absolutely priceless for someone who just wants to sit and colour images and not faff about. That alone makes this e-Book totally worth it. Without giving too much away, Donna also lays out a fair few pages of beginner combos, as well as Copic comparisons - super useless for both beginners and seasoned crafters.

Aside from the combos Donna also provides a bunch of tutorials for colouring pleats, as well as a couple free digis to practice on! With photos walking you through each step and a written explanation at each step, the tutorials are very easy to follow.

Donna focuses a lot on the fine nib attachments, which I also think are an invaluable tool when colouring with ProMarkers. She makes sure to distinguish between the use of the bullet nib and the fine nib in each of her tutorials and walk throughs which makes them very usable. 

Like I mentioned before, I don't want to give too much away - but I definitely recommend this e-Book whether you be a beginner or a seasoned colourer! Head over to Donna's FB page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/157608874367734/ - or drop her a message to purchase yours today! ;)

I'll be sharing projects using colour combos from Donnas e-Book throughout various posts. xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Christmas Greetings

Morning guys! :) I have a lot to catch up on over here on my little ol' blog. I've had a few comments over on FB about my lack of posts lately! So I'm gonna try and get the ball rolling again.

Let's kick off with another Christmas make. Here's another card using that cutie Chester from Pollycraft. This time I think he's off to post his letter to Santa! ;)

I've kept this card pretty simple and only used two pieces of paper from an older Basic Grey paper pack. I added a doily and some ribbon before stamping and embossing a greeting from Amy R before adding it to the bottom of the card and placing some vellum snowflakes here and there.

That was that.

While I'm here I wanted to share a little shoutout for Donna-Maries ProMarker e-Book!

This lady has gone to the effort of writing 174 pages of hint, tips, tricks, combos and more for every ProMarker user out there, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned crafter using alcohol pens.

You can grab yours for £12 and all proceeds go to Coffee4Craig, a homeless charity. 

I am always pretty lazy when it comes to colour combos, and I always go back to my old faithfuls. Mainly because I don't want to waste time trying out new combos - this book totally illuminates the need for that. I'll be back tomorrow with a full review of this awesome book!! 

Thanks for stopping by today. xo

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Congrats, It's a Girl!

Sorry it's been so quiet over here, again. I've been getting my Christmas on LARGE and have made over 30 cards this past week. I'm getting a little bit bored of the green and red (luckily I can throw some blue and purple into the mix) so I took a break on Saturday night to create this card for the new challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers today! 

Oh Baby!!

I used the adorable Pushchair stamp from Lili of the Valley for my card. I bought this cutie a while back, but this is the first chance I've had to get her coloured up. I need my wrists slapped! I stamped the image in Angel Pink ink from Memento. I really think this LOTV images lend themselves well to the no line colouring technique.

I wanted to keep the colouring pretty neutral with only a pop of colour (for girl or boy) on her little hat and baby grow. I wasn't 100% sure of the papers I wanted to use either (which is very unusual for me, I rarely colour an image without matching it to papers first) - although it just turned out that the pink I had chosen matched perfectly with First Edition - Bird Song papers.

That's all from me tonight! Better bury my head back into Christmas before I hit the hay! Thanks for stopping by. xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Mr & Mrs Bennett

I'm popping in today to share my latest wedding card with you all.

I made this for a friend of a friend. I used a cut file from the Cameo store. LOVE the intricacy of this cut! It's only tiny, at about 3.5"x3.5" as it's cut from one strip of 12" paper. 

I cut the design from cream Bazzill cardstock and layered some black textured cardstock onto some gold mirri before tucking it under the intricate design. I then created a black wrap to keep the card shut, and embellished it with some gold ribbon and some gorgeous Petal Lu flowers.

I created a small box to give it in and used more of the gold ribbon from the wrap around to create a little bow to keep the box base and lid together. Job done.

Monday, 6 October 2014



Today I'm sharing my latest notebook design with you all. I created this notebook for one of my wonderful customers. The lady wanted a place to leave her thoughts and musings! 

I used an adorable digi stamp from Some Odd Girl! 

The lady wanted a muted colour scheme, with pinks and creams. So I kept the focus on the pretty patterned papers from My Minds Eye and the image which I coloured with ProMarkers. 

I created the sentiment using Milo's ABCs from Lawn Fawn and added it on top of a die cut heart. I addeda couple more die cut hearts to the design, stitched some buttons and added breads, pearls and sequins to finish everything off.

I know I always say I'm not a fan of pink, but every project I create using pink.. I lean towards it more and more. Still not my favourite though! xx

Sunday, 5 October 2014

60th Birthday

Morning guys! I've kinda fell off the blogging wagon of late, oops! I really have no excuse, so.. let's get cracking. This morning I'm gonna share my biggest card yet. This was my first 8"x8" card that I made for a lovely lady at work. 

I created the large 60 using my trusty Cameo then added embellishments around it to suit the recipient. 

This lady always brings the most yummy cakes into work, so this little Me To You Bear with her little pinny and pile of cupcakes was perfect for the card. I added a large doily and some pretty organza ribbon.

I then raided my flower box for a couple small flowers to cluster in a couple areas. I then added some Liquid Pearls and boom, done.

I thought I'd have trouble filling such a large space. All I could think about was.. wow, people make scrapbook pages this size! Hah! Stoopid.

I hope you like what you see. Thanks for stopping by. xo

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