Monday, 19 January 2015

The East Wind Intsa DT News

I am stoked to announce that I have been chosen by Unky to be on THE EAST WIND Insta DT :)  As may or may not be aware I have a large obsession with Instagram so taking pics of Unky's gorgeous illustrations and posting them on IG and blogging about them will be no major hardship at all ;)

Here is my first The East Wind image which I am in the process of colouring, a very different hair colour scheme for me but that is what art is all about...

So this is an instagram photo which is why it isn't that great, usually I will be doing my post photos with my camera so they will be better quality but I really wanted to share this even though it isn't finished.  You can't buy this image yet either but SOON, I promise ;)

If you would like to follow me on instagram my ig name is loulouforsyth I really hope to see you on instagram soon.

Sunday, 18 January 2015


I have been holding on to some exciting news for a week or so now and today is the day I can spill the beans.  I am on the brand spanking new Design Team for Spiegelmom :)  You have to check out Jody's etsy shop it is fabulous!!! 

Jody sells  sequins, wood veneers, washi tape and other fun scrappy embellishments.

AND you can get a 10% discount just because you are a bloggy friend of mine :)  Just add Louise10 to your order in the discount area when you are ready to place it.

And that isn't all.... by commenting on mine and my fellow lovely sparklers blogs you are into win a $15 prize pack, how totally awesome is that???  So get hopping and commenting and good luck.

Here is the hop order...

Lou - You are here :)

And now here are some of my projects I used for the Call Application....

Thanks loads for joining the hop and happy scrapping :)

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings with Southern Girls Challenge

SGC are back today after our Summer/Christmas break.  And boy have the DT outdone themselves.  Make sure and go and check out all the projects on the Challenge Blog.

I have made a card for my darling girl who starts school this year (sob) using Lacy Sunshine Rory time to colour.  I watercoloured the background with spray inks and a water brush then stamped random images in black memento ink....
My image is coloured with Spectrum Noir markers and foam mounted on the card.
I added some bits and pieces to break things up a little, the misted arrow is from studio calico and the heart button and stickers are from my stash.

Thanks so much for dropping by today and be sure to come and join in over at Southern Girls to be to win some awesome prizes from Paper doll and Lacy Sunshine.

Happy Scrapping :)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tiddly Inks Are The Bee's Knees

Sooooooo...... after a year and a half break from serious DT work I have decided that with only my youngest at home full time it might be time to throw my hat in the ring for a few DT calls.  Although in saying that I am only going to try out for companies I love and that totally inspire me.  One of those companies is Tiddly Inks, I have always loved Christy's illustrations and I thought I might as well have a go since the Tiddly Inks team are looking for a few new designers.

I have made a card using Happy Bee Day, she is so sweet and when you purchase her you get some very cool extras :)

I coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers on Watercolour paper.  If you follow my blog you will know that I am just switching to these markers, due to cost and availability, from copics.  I noticed today that with the SN markers on watercolour paper you can't oversaturate like you can with copics.  I was having trouble with the blending on the face so I went over a few times to get a better blend BUT the paper started to pill, just a warning for those of you out there starting out with these like me :)  I managed to fix it without too much drama but the paper is definitely rough in that area.  I used my FAVOURITE MME paper, Sweetest Thing Tangerine.  I actually finished the 6x6 pad, BUT luckily I still have another 3 phew ;)

Here is a close up of the image....

I printed my sentiment in word and punched out with some oval punches.  I finished off the card with some twine, liquid pearls and heart confetti punch outs.

I am so in love with this card and know exactly who i am going to send it off to.

Thanks loads for visiting and happy scrapping ( or cardmaking lol )

Friday, 9 January 2015

Sneaky Peaky for next Thursday :)

Things have been pretty quite around here so I thought I would share a snippet of my project for next Thursday.... Southern Girls are back from summer break, very exciting!!!! Can you guess who our digi sponsor is?

So excited to be getting back into the challenges.  Be sure to tune in next thursday :)

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Stormy days shaker Card with CTMH

Hi, I am here with a totally adorable technique to share.  I am sure most of you out there have heard of shaker cards.... I had but the whole idea seemed completely daunting. But due to having some time on my hands and a requirement for a shaker card, I decided now was as good of time as any to give this technique a crack.
You will need.....
A stampset, I used Everyday Life Rainy Day by CTMH ( For more information on CLOSE TO MY HEART contact HEATHER)

White cardstock and patterned paper, I used The Adventure Assortment from CTMH

A few basic supplies including sequins foam tape, transparency and a die ...

Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the making process as I was trying to work my through and it was my first attempt.  But I do have a photo of the finished product...

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock which I cut to fit the back of the diecut.  I then sponged on some different coloured blue inks.  I tipped a few sequins in the window and sealed shut with the foam tape.
I stamped 2 of the images from the rainy day set using black ink and coloured them using markers then I adhered to the outside of the shaker box.  I added some CTMH washi tape along the bottom of the card and stuck on a few extra sequins.

Remember for Close To My Heart enquiries contact Heather
Thanks so much for joining me today and HAPPY NEW YEAR :)
Happy Scrapping 

Friday, 26 December 2014

Blog Candy Winner

Merry Christmas to all :)  Hope everyone had a fabby xmas.  The winner of the Christmas Blog Candy is........


Congratulations.  Please contact me using the email link on my sidebar.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Lou's Christmas Blog Candy

Christmas is drawing closer and to celebrate I am giving away a Saturated Canary Voucher to one lucky linker :)
All you need to do to enter is add you blog link to the link tool or comment indicating you would like to enter and don't have a blog in the comments.

For 2 entries into the draw you can like and share my PUNKNSCRAP facebook page and giveaway on your FB profile and add the fb link on the punknscrap fb page as a comment letting me know :)

The winner will be drawn and announced on Deccember 24th so be sure to check back and see if you have won

Good luck.....

Thursday, 18 December 2014

CAS Card with Close To My Heart

Time is flying towards Christmas, only one week away for those of you that need reminding ;) With lots of running around and things to do at this time of the year a CAS card is definitely the call of the day.

The persfect set for CAS cards is My Acrylix Rainy Day Everyday Life.  The cute images and adorable sentiments are perfect.

I layered my cardstocks and added the pieces of everyday adventures patterned paper in the corner.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and outlined with a fine black marker.  I then stamped my images in the corner and coloured with markers and outlined the white piece of card with a fine black pen.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the followers of Paper Crafter Anonymous a very merry Christmas as I will not be posting next Wednesday as it is Christmas day :) 

Happy Scrapping

Friday, 12 December 2014

Cute Pressie Tags with Close To My Heart

I love this time of year :)  Lots of happy smiling faces, delicious food and merriment.  Another thing I am loving this year is the My Acrylix Home for the holidays stamp set.   SOOOOOOO CUTE!   I bought a pressie for a good friend and decided to make the wrapping a bit more personal.  

I stamped the "DO NO OPEN" stamp on red cardstock with gold ink and the sweet little lolly in red on white card.  I also sponged the edges of the white card for depth.  

I tied the whole lot together with gold thread and there you have have it, I am calling it done.  

Thanks loads for dropping by and happy scrapping.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Scrapbooking With Close To My Heart - The Tree 2014

I was sent the most awesome products to use from Heather for this month and I loved making this layout of our Christmas tree for this year.  This year has been really special as it is the first year that all the children have been big enough to help trim the tree :)

I used white cardstock for my background teamed with a couple of papers from the Adventure collection and My Reflections "Snow Haven" paper. 

I stamped a repeating pattern from "flight of the arrows" my acrylix set onto vellum with gold ink and dryed with my heatgun to make sure it didn't smear.  I also stamped the bauble from the stamp of the month set "Home for the holidays" on a a piece of the snow haven paper and embossed it in white. 

I also added some gold sequins just for a little interest and to break of the flatness of the layout.

Thanks loads for joining me today, happy scrapping.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Southern Girls 100th Challenge

Gosh, it is hard to believe that the time has flown so quickly since Tracy and I started this journey that is Southern Girls Challenges.  Over the last few years we have had lots of awesome DT lovelies and loads of fabby sponsors too.  It has been a learning curve but also lots of fun :)  This challenge we would love for all our lovely followers to join us for our special celebration challenge.  Just make a project that is about celebrating and link up in the link tool.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our our design team members, past &  present for all your hard work and constant inspiration. 
Also a HUGE thanks to all our sponsors over the years because, lets be honest, without lovely prizes we wouldn't have a challenge would we? ;)  

And FINALLY a HUGE, Extra LArge THANK YOU to all our entrants!!!! We love that you play along with us and we also enjoy seeing your gorgeous creations each challenge.

So here is to the next 100 challenges being as fantastic as the last x
Here is my card for the challenge using IVY from LACY Sunshine...

I love the image and the colouring but I am so angry at myself for deciding to add mist and ruining the card grrrrr!  I may have to do a remake on the background :)

Thanks for dropping by and happy scrapping 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Mixed Media Gift Tins

I have decided to give handmade pressies to the females in my family this year.  I had lots of pencil tins lying around that i used to keep my prisma pencils in so I thought they would make an ideal starter point.  Here is what they looked like before their makeovers....

And here are a few of the finished tins ready to be filled with gift cards, personalised noteooks etc... 

 They are all quite different as I have made each one with a certain person in mind. They are all gessoed and then a layer of texture paste has been added using a stencil.  Once dry I have coloured them up with Tattered Angels glimmermist and glimmerglam.  Once I was happy with the base I started to add my papers and flowers and also some prima mistables.  I have then spritzed the flowers with Heidi Swap gold spray as it is by far the "goldiest" spray I have found to date.  I would love to know what you think so please leave me a comment.

Happy scrapping,

Friday, 7 November 2014

Lets Hear It for the Boys at Southern Girls Challenge

The current challenge at Southern Girls is all about the boys.  We have 3 awesome sponsors for this challenge, Make It Crafty, Iva Nova Chest and A& T designs Digis.  The design team has some awesome samples over on the blog.  I have used an image from A & T Designs for my card which I coloured with spectrum Noir markers......

I am totally loving these markers, cheap and so good!  I just wish I had more colours to fill in my colour gaps.

So that is about it, hope you all have a great weekend and that the weather starts to actually feel like November.

Happy Scrapping.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Perfect Shady Spot Layout


Hope all you NZers had a fabulous Labour Weekend and today those of you that are back at work can appreciate the reason we have a day off which is the recognition of the builder from Wellington who fought for the 8 hour working day.
Meanwhile I will stay home and do my housework and care for my kids, which I do willingly whatever hours :)

So yesterday while hubby was home and the kidlets were occupied outside playing I decided to make a layout with one of the older Noel Mignon kits mixed with one of the newer ones.  I found these photos on my stick from 2012.  They were taken in the summer at my mum and dads.

I also added a few bits from my stash including the very cute puffy animal stickers.

Okay so now I am off to do some of that housework I mentioned earlier and then see how the day day progresses :)

Happy scrapping....

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Meeting Astar the Goodmorning Craft Guru

On Thursday night my friend Vicki and I went to the Farmlands ladies night in Palmerston North where Astar and Nici Wickes were the entertainers.  Nici is a chef and has a tv show, and she was pretty good considering cooking isn't really my thing at all.  That is probably because she didn't talk about cooking though;)  However Astar was the reason I wanted to go.  Other than hanging out with Vicki of course!  Astar does a craft segment on a morning tv show here and I LOVE HER!!!!!!  Here is my photo of her and I......

I started a bit of a trend asking her if I could have a photo because after I had mine done, thanks in huge part to Vickii who pushed through these woman who wouldn't stop talking to her and would have kept going if Vicki hadn't intervened, lots of other ladies got a chance to chat with her and have a photo too :)

We all made a ring as designed by Astar....

The one I made failed due to the glue not curing properly so the wonderful Astar gave me hers.  She is so awesome it is just ridiculous.  I liked her from watching her on tv but now after seeing her in person and meeting her I am now a crazy fangirl.

So there you go a quick run down of me ad Vicksters big night out :)

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Just Like Riding a Bike With Close To My Heart

Hi - I have another card for you today using a pocket scrapbooking card, this time a little more blinged up.

Using a CTMH cardstock base I cut my My Reflections "wanderful" paper to size and matted to the base.  I then added the super cute bicycle card to the left side and sprayed with gold mist on either side.  Once the mist had dryed I added sprayed binding ribbon and a pearl strip to the bottom then layed down a flower cluster.  Very appropriate as Spring is blooming here in New Zealand at the moment and daylight saving has just begun.

Thanks for joining me today, happy scrapping.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Congratulations on your Baby News.....

My blogging friend Chris  is expecting a new grandchild next year which is very exciting for her :)  I made up a card for her and her family to say congratulations.....

Obviously coloured in baby neutral colours as they don't know the sex yet.  Also flat as I sent by standard post :)

The papers are my all time fave MME Sweetest Thing collection and the image is by Mo Manning.  I coloured the image with my copic markers.

The weather has suddenly turned gorgeous of course since school goes back on Monday after 2 weeks break.  So I am off to get some Vitamin D while I can.

Happy scrapping :)