Monday, 4 May 2015

Southern Girls & SpiegelMom Scraps Combined Bloghop

Welcome to The SGC and SpiegelMom Scraps combined blog hop especially for National Scrapbooking Day :)    We have been having a blast with all the challenges over on Facebook and it is not too late to play along if you haven't already.

As some of you may know I am co-owner of Southern Girls Challenge with one of my best friends Tracy BUT I am also lucky enough to be a member of the design team at SpiegelMom Scraps.  So we have joined forces to bring you a fantastic combined bloghop with spectacular prizes.

So here is a rundown of my projects for our challenges....

So hopefully you arrived here from Lauren's blog  if not here is the hop list....

Louise Forsyth - You are here!!!!!

If you do hop along you win some awesome prizes including this one from American Crafts...

So get hopping :)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Lacy Sunshine Topsy Turvy MisMatch

This fortnight the challenge at Lacy Sunshine is to use an image that isn't designed to be used on the project you make.  For example I have used a Halloween image on a birthday card, another example would be a Christmas image on a Valentines card.   Fpor more inspiration be sure to check out the DT cards on the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog.

Here is my card using Elanor and Pickles Magic Potion.....

I have coloured my image with Copics and used 12x12 papers from kits I used to get.

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

I am entering my card in the following challenges...

ABC Challenges - H for Happy Birthday
Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Animal Friends Challenge - Happy Birthday
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Scribble & Scrap - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut - Patterned Paper

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Exciting NSD Event Afoot.....

Come and join in the fun - Sign up at

And you can use this special discount code in the spiegelmom scraps store to select some goodies to play with.....


Friday, 17 April 2015

Flying By With A Birthday Surprise for PCA

Hi I am here with you today to share a birthday card made for my big brother with the uber cute "Lifting Spirits" stamp set from Close To My Heart for Heather at Paper Crafter Anonymous 

I have just stamped straight onto white cardstock cut into an A5 card for this one....

I stamped the images with permanent ink and then watercoloured the images with sparkling H2Os which gives the card a lovely shimmer.

I drew in the line between the banner and the plane and also drew the grass in with a black uni pen.

I am loving this stamp set and will be sharing another card made with it next week.

Thanks loads for joining me today


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Springing Into Autumn

Well Autumn is officially here for sure, daylight savings has ended, the nights are colder and I am having to wear socks in the morning.  However when I was digging through my Spiegel Mom Scraps stash that Spring feeling certainly hit when I spotted these gorgeous sunny day sequins and spring veneer.

I sprayed the normandy doily with yellow and green spray inks and put aside to dry.  In the mean time I sprayed sparingly my card base with the same sprays plus I added a little of my favourite gold spray, I also added some strips of washi. I then gave the doily a blast with the heat gun to make sure it was dry and then attached it to the card, added my veneer and I stuck down my sequins.
I decided to add the cork chevrons at the top so  I glued them in place and I am calling it done.

I think this turned out really cute and I love the sparkle the sequins add.

Remember when you are ordering from SpiegelMom Scraps to use the discount code Louise10 to receive a 10% discount on your products :)

Thanks loads for visiting me today :)


Monday, 13 April 2015

Lacy Sunshine Shabby Chic Birthday

This fortnight the challenge at LACY SUNSHINE CHALLENGE is steam punk or shabby chic.  I decided to go with Shabby Chic as it is closer to my normal style than steam punk which just scares the daylights out of me ;)

I have used Elanor's Heart Balloons image which I printed on Gina K luxury cardstock and coloured my image with copic markers,

I added some Stampedous Shabby Pink embossing powder around the edges of the image and also to the background papers.  I used some heidi swapp sprays liberally but not spraying them just flicking the end of the sprayer to make droplets.
I have also used a doily and Fairytale Sequin Mix from SpiegelMom Scrap Shop (Remeber to use the code Louise10 for a discount) 
I sprayed the doily with the sprays, this time actually spraying, to make it gorgeous and shabby looking then I cut it in half so I could use it in two places on the card.
I then added some flowers from Wild Orchid and used the gold spray to paint the edges.

Thanks so much for joining me today :)
I am entering my card in the following challenges....

Avenue 613 - Anything Goes 
Come and get it Challenge - Card for a child
SuzyBee Challenge - Spring Flowers
Crafty Catz - 2 or more patterned papers

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Be Amazing with SpiegelMom Scraps

I had a whole lot of fun creating today's card, using fun products from SpiegelMom and Close To My Heart Stamps ( For more information on CLOSE TO MY HEART contact HEATHER)  .

I am totally loving sequins right now, so versatile and soooooo cute!

I cut the circles on my card using a circle cutter and mounted the white circle with foam tape after adding the transparent circle and filling with sequins.

Remember when you are ordering from SpiegelMom Scraps to use the discount code Louise10 to receive a 10% discount on your products :)

Thanks loads for joining me for my post.

Exclusive Die Cut Cork Chevrons  Skinny Chevrons Washi in Black & White 3/4" Plum Chevron Ribbon 3 yds
6mm Fab Fuchsia Metallic Slightly Cupped Sequins Starlight Sequin Mix 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Butterfly Wishes Challenge at Lacy Sunshine

 The new challenge is up at Lacy Sunshine Challenge and I have my first card as a DT member on :)  This is so far from my usual bright colours but I still love how Marigold Flower Pot Pretty turned out.

I used Copics to colour and if you want to know the exact colours you can check out my recipe card below.  These recipe cards are available as a download on the Lacy Sunshine Facebook group if you would like to use them for your own Lacy Sunshine creations.

There is also a discount code available at present in the group for 50% off your digi stamp orders but you need to be quick.

I am adding my card to the following challenges....

Fairytale Stampers - Things with Wings
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Avenue 613 - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Green
Thanks so much for popping by my blog :)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The East Wind New Release Sneaky....

Coming soon (March 31st to be exact) to The East Wind digital stamps will be an image which I will be sharing some sneaks of over the next few days.  Here is my first sneak.....

Coloured with Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils. 

Remember there is also  The East Wind Facebook Group and Challenge Blog too 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Forever & Always with Spiegel Mom Scraps

I have had a lot going on over the last few weeks so it was nice to get a card made again :)  I started with a white cardstock base which I watercoloured using Metallic Melon Gelato and a water brush.  One the gelato was dry I sprayed with some dye inks in pink, white and gold.  

I then coloured my veneer using the melon gelato and gold dye ink plus a brush.  I stamped the arrows along the bottom using Flight of the arrows from Close to my Heart in pink dye ink. 

The always and forever was originally one piece but I cut it to fit on the A5 card.  
I sprinkled the Raspberry Dream Sequins on the card then adhered them where they had fallen.

I matted the card front onto raspberry cardstock then to the plain cardstock base to finish.

Thanks loads for joining me today and if you click on the photos below you will be taken directly to Jody's etsy shop.

Products used...

Studio Calico Embossed Wood Phrases   Raspberry Dream Sequin Mix

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Shiny, Happy layout for SpiegelMom Scraps

Thanks for joining me today for my SpiegelMom Scraps post :0) Today I am sharing a layout of my sweet girl at the end of her first week at school.

I decided before I chose the rest of my embellishments that I really wanted to use this wooden veneer frame from the Amy Tangerine Stitched collection and turn it into a shaker box.  I added transparency on one side and cut to fit and filled with some SMS sequins before sticking some more transparency to the opposite side.  I stamped after I had glued it but in hindsight it would have been better to stamp before glueing.

I also used this Shimelle wooden Veneer below, again from SpiegelMom Scraps which I painted with gelato to match my gelato painted background....

Here is a close up of my title, Purely because I love the colours and how shiny and sparkly it is.  Also you can see some of the awesomely cute sequins I used....

And last but not least the full layout.  I loved making this and used the gelatos in ways I haven't tried before.  It was a steep learning curve trying lots of new things but also lots of fun.

Thanks so much for dropping by and I would love to know what you think of my more breaking my boundaries layout :)  Remember to use the code Louise10 in the SpiegelMom Scraps Shop to get a 10% discount.

Happy Scrapping, Lou

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pretty Huge News.....

So if you are a regular round here you are probably well aware of the fact I ****LOVE**** Lacy Sunshine Stamps and spend a ridiculous amount of time lurking around on the Lacy Sunshine Facebook group.  So my news is really freaking BIG for me.


Drumroll Please....

Are you sure you are ready?..... 

Like I said this is huge.....


See, told you it was huge news.  I could not believe when I got a FB message from Heather to say to be expecting a message from Audrey.   Then Audrey messaged and there it was,  "would you like to be a Sunshine Girl"  UMMMMMM Just slightly!!!!!   Like YES <insert squeals>
So yep there is it is, so loads more lacy sunshine projects coming your way!

Happy Scrapping 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Playing with Close To My Heart and Gelatos

I was looking around my craft room and realised that my poor gelatos have never been allowed to be featured on a card :(  Poor little under utilised lovelies.  SO  I am going to share a card today made using gelatos, and can I just say they were so happy to be allowed out of their basket to play LOL.

So here we have Dreamer Flair stamp set mixing it up with gelato backgrounds....

For my first card I stamped the girl image and sentiment from the set on plain white cardstock with permanent waterfast black ink and then I used a wet brush directly on the gelato tube to make a watery paint, then I just brushed it directly over the image, I then repeated with next colour and got a really nice blended edge as the gelato was nice and wet and blendy.

I then mounted to a piece of co-ordinating cardstock from the Adventure Pack.  Before I adhered my image/gelato top piece I punched a scalloped border along the bottom then added a strip of CTMH washi tape.  Once my top piece was adhered I added the ribbon to finish with a cheats bow.

 My next card was made pretty much the same way apart from colouring with the gelato directly on to the card and then blending with a wet brush.  Once it was dry I sprinkled some gold ink spray over it.

Again this one was matted onto cardstock and a ribbon and cheats bow added.   

Hope you like my more arty cards, thanks loads for dropping by and happy scrapping :)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My First Post For Spieglemom Scraps.

Yay, the day is finally here when I can share my first post with you for Jody from Spieglemom Scraps.

There are so many gorgeous goodies in the shop and you can use the code Louise10 for a special discount :)

So onto my project for today....

I made a card for one of my big brothers as it is his birthday next week.  I used 2 lots of sequins, the tiny gold stars and mermaid green sequins scatttered around the top of the card.  I added some washi and the wood veneer word .

The image is from Lacy Sunshine and is coloured with copic markers. The papers are from a stack of My Minds Eye papers.

Thanks loads for joining me today on this exciting start to my term with SpiegleMom Scraps.

Happy Scrapping.

I am adding my card to the following challenges....
Card and scrap - Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge - add some red
Cards Galore - use a stamp or Digi
Crafting Muskateers - Cute
Crafty Hazelnuts -  Patterned papers
Digi's Galore - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesday
Sweet Stamps - Happy Birthday

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Southern Girls Challenge - Things With Wings

This fortnight over at Southern Girls our challenge is things with wings.  We have two totally wicked sponsors, Retail Girl and Aurora Wings Stamps.

I have used Poppy sprite on my card and coloured her up with copic markers.

I am super happy I sorted my photos out on my blog, I was having trouble with my photos coming out super high contrast when I uploaded to blogger.  I did a wee google search and discovered that it is to with google plus.  I had to go into my google+ settings and find the photo section and inclick "autoawesome"  which in my opinion was very un awesome.  But all fixed now.

Happy scrapping

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Lacy Sunshine Anniversary Card - with a dash of cute factor......

There is nothing quite like half a days notice that I need to make a card.... luckily for her it was my mum that asked  ;)  So my instructions were an Anniversary card.  I found out this morning that it was for a 60th wedding anniversary but hey,  I am sure the recipients will think it is as cute as mum and I do lol.

Due to the serious time restraints I decided to print the image directly on the card front and not to go too frou frou.  I have been doing some colouring classes through Heather Valentine who owns Lacy Sunshine Stamps ( you can find information on her Facebook group) so I decided that I would get in an extra bit of practice with Emmi Lou Boo - Bubble Valentine.  I am so pleased with how this turned out.

I used copic markers with Gina K luxury cardstock, which is my preferred paper for alcohol markers, and added some highlights with gel pen.  The sentiment is is a really old SU one that comes with the words separated and it took me yonks to get it straight and placed properly. I outlined the front panel with a sharpie poster paint pen.  The ribbon and teal cardstock are both american crafts.

Thanks so much for visiting, I would love to know what you think of her so please leave me a comment :)
Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 9 February 2015

The EastWind New Release Card - Diva Lisa

If you follow me on Instagram (@loulouforsyth)  you will have seen a sneak peek of this image early last week.  She is Diva Lisa from The EastWind

Digital stamp- Diva Lisa ' She ' -300dpi JPG/PNG files - MAC0154.

I love her as she has a big chest area just like me :)  Although I am really not sure I could pull off that dress after 4 kids LOL.

I coloured her up with copics and taking a leaf from my good friend Trace's  book of colouring tips and used prisma pencils to highlight, but I only did her hair with them.  I obviously haven't quite got the technique down because it made my blending look a bit crap.  BUT I do like the conctrast so hey ho, I'll let it go, let it goooooo  ;)  

I actually coloured her before I had picked out papers too, which is quite unusual for me and definitely not part of my normal crafting process.  I chose these papers from The Garden Tea Party stack from DCWV which is so old you probably can't get it anymore, even in an antique shop.

Thanks loads for dropping by, have an awesome week and Happy Scrapping :)

Thursday, 5 February 2015

A DillyBeans Card From The Heart

Late last last week hubby asked me for a sympathy card for one of his staff.  I went to work first colouring up Dillybeans unicorn girls heart.  She is so sweet and I loved colouring her hair :)

I went with a CAS look for this card and let the image do the talking.  I coloured her with a mix of Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers.
The sentiment is an old one from Stampin'Up stamped in black ink.

Thanks heaps for dropping by my blog :)  Happy Scrapping.