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Monday 31 January 2011


Wow you love your pencils don't you!!  I'm going to have to get me some more of them too!  We're blown away with the beautiful creations for the previous spotlight and I know a few of you welcomed the chance to go back to colouring mediums we previously used or try them for the first time. 
I've got a scrummy tin of Inktense pencils to give away and the winner will be announced on 15th Feb in our winners catch up. (I sooooo need some of these!)

We've also been discussing a few things as a team and from March we will be moving the Spotlight challenges to their very own blog.  This is to streamline and cause less confusion as we always have 2 challenges open.  It will still be the same, only the main challenge here followed by the spotlight the following monday over on the new blog and they'll both still run for 2 weeks each.  Spotlights are an indepth look at a style, technique or product so they can be a bit tricky but we do like to give you proper challenges here dont we :-)

Other news is that our Jenni has started her own challenge blog which opens on 4th Feb and will run fortnightly.  Go check her out here at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge, she has candy!

Our Spotlight today has been chosen by one of our newbies Donna and that is WATER.  To qualify you must use "Water or Something you add water to or water has been added" so for example spritzers, glimmer mists, H2o's, watercolours that kinda thing.  You can use any images or stamps etc you like but you ust use a water product or technique, if in doubt - shout!

We're very kindly sponsored by The Handy Hippo who are offering a £10 voucher for their online store!

Handy Hippo is a friendly online craft supplies shop with a great range of rubber stamps and other card making goodies. They specialise in card making, but also stock plenty of great quality supplies for scrapbooking, jewellery making and children's crafts. Their website has lots of information on crafting techniques, plus a great selection of free card project ideas to suit crafters of all abilities.

Thank You Handy Hippo!

Well we've all been messing about with water so here's our creations!

For the 'Use Water' challenge I decided to get out my very neglected Faber Castell water colour pencils and waterbrush. I used to colour with them a lot until I found Promarkers. I must use them more as I thoroughly enjoy colouring with them. I watercoloured the owl and his little house which are stamps from Dimension Fourth. I then made a shaped card with Go Kreate dies. Cut out some leaves and flowers from pattern papers and then used a LOTV sentiment to finish it off.

I have chosen to use bleach and water as my spotlight, not as easy as you would think, but several "tries" later, I got there.  I have added some backing of sticky ribbon on and some heart buttons.  The Sentiment is bleached as well.  I added some foil to her hair band and dress, to give it a bit of sparkle

I used water to spritz the white card to make the green background used a die cut as a stencil in the corner. then used water again with my new inktense pencils first time out of the box, so not that adventurous. sentiment embossed on bigshot swirl also die cut in chipboard made on BS too

I used a water spritz method to make the background. I started with Kalaidascope ink in blossom on a non-stick mat, then added a little glamour mist and spritzed with water. I stirred it a bit with the handle of a paintbrush, then smooshed on the card for the background. I repeated the process with a little less colour added to get a paler version which I then stamped on using Versacolor ink in toning shades. I finished the card with some gauzy fabric and a few lace flowers.

For my water project I have used Starburst Stains for the background which is all sparkly, stamped a hero arts stamp using acryllic paint in the corners and a circles and spots stamp across the centre.  Image is by Jasmine Becket-Griffith called Pink Lightning and she's coloured with promarkers and mostly pencils (as I'm still playing with them and thought I'd try a more edgy look!  I've added sakura stardust on the wings and dress for extra sparkle.

I chose water as my subject as well as part of the colouring method, I coloured the Hannah Lynn digi image with a mix of Promarkers, Sakura gel pens and Twinkling H2Os,  I used Pearl outliner for her pearl necklace to give it a bit of dimension and spritzed the whole finished image with a mix of water and Blonde Moments Pearl Pigments which adds a shimmer difficult to see properly in the photographed card. The lobsters on the left are from Stampin Up.

My project this week is both about water and made with water.  The deep-sea background was made by inking up my worksheet with inks then spritzing it. I also spritzed my paper and 'schmoozed' it over the worksheet until all the ink was picked up. I then added different inks to suit and finished with mica powders, keeping the sheet damp all the time so the powders stuck well.
Once this sheet was dry, I then stamped it up with various 'weed' type stamps and Memento grey (for shadows) and black inkpads. I then added my decoupaged 'Mermaid Tilda' with a little silicon glue and then some decoupaged 'weeds' from the same set, only adhering the base so they would look 'free' and dimensional. The darker 'weed' is a Martha Stewart 'Branch' punch and then I added the finishing touches by popping on some dew-drops to look like bubbles and some suitably 'beach-y' beads!

 For my water challenge I opted for a water themed card, the image of which was stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with Lyra Acquacolours. This is also the very first card I have made using my brand spanking new Craft Robo, which arrived the day Poppy did and it's been a nightmare trying to find some time to play on it. The template around the edge is cut with my Robo, and highlights added with silver sakura pen. Apologies for the poor quality of the pic, but it was dark when I took this.


  1. Lovely cards. I have made mine using watercolours and with a 'by the seaside' theme.

  2. Thanks for the fun challenge....me lovie de Glimmer Mist!!! Super cute samples too, girls! Blessings, Angie

  3. Great challenge! Beautiful projects.


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