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Enjoy with Zen Beauty Serenity

Over the weekend I took a break from work and my epic “To Do” list and had a little crafty playtime “just because”. I knew I wanted to play with one of the new Zen Beauties fairies from SCACD Stamps, so I picked “Serenity” and made the rest up as I went along. ;)

I stamped the image using a pale ink on Make it Colour Blending card so I could colour it using the “No Lines” technique (see end of post for more info and links to other examples). Because I intended to airbrush the background, I also stamped the image in black on scrap paper to cut out and use as a mask.

SCACD Stamps - Zen Beauties - Serenity -

I took the Dies by SCACD Breezy Branch corner die and die cut a few from scrap paper to use as masks for airbrushing to create a scene around my stamped image. You can see an example of this using another Dies by SCACD die in my 2012 blog post HERE which includes step by step photos of the process.

I trimmed my scene to mat and layer on a DL size card. I created the mat using a plain piece of white cardstock which I inked with Versamark ink (just on the edges to create a border) and embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder in Byzantine Bronze. I used the same embossing powder on the “Enjoy” word die cut (the die is from a TGF set which is now unavailable).

US Readers: Zen Beauties – Serenity and other SCACD Stamps designs can be found at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design along with Dies by SCACD and a host of other products!


In 2012 I created a step by step tutorial and video on No Lines colouring for Splitcoast Stampers. You can see my 2012 blog post HERE and you can visit the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial page HERE. I like to think my own colouring has changed/improved somewhat since then, but the tutorial covers the technique pretty well. I used ShinHan Touch Twin markers in the video, but the technique is the same for Copics and other alcohol based markers, along with other mediums.

You can see other examples of No Line colouring in the following posts:

Saturated Canary Colouring Fun
It Ain’t Over
Tilda with Big Tulips
A New Love: Lollyrot
A Belated Christmas Post
A Slightly Different Look for Oliver

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed my post and perhaps found a little inspiration.

Happy with SCACD Digital

Today’s card is one of my favourites so far this year. Love how bright and HAPPY it is!

The focal image is a digital stamp from the Carmen Medlin for SCACD Digital range. “Alien Butterfly” is perfect for going over the top with fun and bright colour combinations.

SCACD Digi - Alien Butterfly -

Alien Butterfly was coloured with Copic Markers on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card then cut out ready to pop on my card front using foam pads.

This card is A5 (14.8 x 21 cm or approx 6 x 8 inches), so you can see that I printed the butterfly out at a nice size for optimum colouring therapy time. ;)

The background was created using Ranger Texture Paste coloured with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals through a Prima Marketing Inc stencil over the top of a bright Distress Ink background.

The sentiment was die cut using a Clearly Besotted word die, which I cut four times and glued together to make a nice thick word element for my card.

Good news for digi fans who would like to grab this image and some of the others in the SCACD Digital range: Susana has a special offer on at the moment. Order six or more digis between now and the end of 31st August 2014 and you can choose an additional digi for free (just note your selection in the comments section of your order)!

For US readers: Susana also has a sale on other products available in her store Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design (shipping within US only), so make sure you take a peek!

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you might leave (I love to hear from you). Have a great weekend!

Happy Day Mermaid!

As promised, I’m getting back to my colouring and card-making now that all the new furniture has been delivered and organised. I’ll give you a little tour of my new office/craft space soon, just need a couple of little extras to get it fully organised *cough* Ikea trolley I’ve been admiring for months *cough*.

For now, here’s one I DIDN’T create earlier! The second card to be completed in the new house. Whoo! Several others were completed over the weekend, and I’ll be sharing them in due course.

I’ve been on a bit of a The Greeting Farm (TGF) stamping/colouring binge. They were one of my first character stamp loves, and I have been making some time to play with them because they just make me happy.

I wanted to create a little scene with the adorable mermaid from the TGF Magical Beans kit. My first thought was to use some of the Make it Crafty scene stamps, but my lovely friend Delphine did that so beautifully that I wanted to go for a completely different look. So, I created a blue Distress Ink background over which I stamped the new SCACD Stamps Kelp Forest Background stamp in Archival Ink and painted with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals in a few different colours.

The Greeting Farm - Magical kit Mermaid -

I stamped one of the sentiments from the kit on the background in Archival Ink, and used a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over the black banner area. I also used the Wink of Stella pen on my black mat layer for additional interest.

The Greeting Farm - Magical kit Mermaid -

Look at how gorgeous and sparkly the seaweed background is! Love those LSG Magicals!


If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my latest status update. I have decided to try a little personal experiment and am taking a complete break from Facebook during the month of September. I will be blogging here more regularly and will be responding to comments here, so if you would like to stay in touch and keep up to date with what I’m up to, please do stop by! You can also subscribe to the blog feed in your RSS readers, and all the necessary links/info can be found over in the sidebar.

If you are looking to stay up to date with all the latest news from my store Quixotic Paperie, I will be adding news updates to my blog posts from time to time and will be updating the store blog Quixotic Inspirations more regularly with new arrivals and inspiration. You can also subscribe to the store newsletter by visiting this link —> Quixotic Paperie store newsletter sign up form.

A Couple For The Boys with Tiddly Inks Stamps

As I type this post I’m a little excited. Most of our new furniture is being delivered tomorrow morning! My books will once again have a home, and we will actually have a coffee table and bedside tables (we disposed of the old ones during the move). It’s the little things… ;)

I have been doing a lot of colouring, but not much card-making as yet (although I plan on doing some very soon). Today’s cards were created for Papercraft Essentials magazine earlier this year, and were part of the same set as the one in last week’s post.

Tiddly Inks clear stamps - My Boys - Marker GeekTo create these two cards I used a couple of different Tiddly Inks clear stamp sets (available in my online store Quixotic Paperie): Tiddly Inks My Boys and Tiddly Inks Wild Thang. The images were stamped on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with Copic markers.

Tiddly Inks clear stamps - Wild Thang - Marker Geek

As in my previous post, the backgrounds were created using Distress Inks and water. Nice and simple, especially if you create a large sheet and cut it up, or create lots of smaller sheets at once. The sentiments were stamped directly on to the background and embossed.

That’s it! Fingers crossed I’ll have something new to share very soon. :)

Happy Birthday Friend with Tiddly Inks

We still have things to sort out here in the new house, and we’re waiting for new furniture to be delivered so we can get fully unpacked and organised. As you can imagine my bank account is now looking very clean and tidy, even if nothing else is! Hah!

If you’re following me on Facebook, you will be aware that I am back in full swing as far as colouring goes. I’ve been colouring lots of Stamping Bella images for their new website and packaging, and an imminent release. So keep your eyes peeled for all that excitement!

I’m also working on something fun and hopefully informative for you featuring the Make it Crafty Fiery Baby Dragon rubber stamp, exclusively available at my store Quixotic Paperie. Again, watch this space.

Today I’d like to share a card I made a while ago, which was featured in Papercraft Essentials Magazine Issue 107 earlier this year.

Tiddly Inks - Chloe & Peeps - Marker GeekI used the adorable Tiddly Inks clear stamp set – Chloe & Peeps which is available along with a fantastic range of other Tiddly Inks clear stamps at my online store Quixotic Paperie. I stamped Chloe on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with Copic markers.

The sentiments were stamped and embossed on the background with white embossing powder. I combined a sentiment from a different Tiddly Inks stamp set with an alphabet stamp set from Mama Elephant.

I had a lot of fun creating this card and the others featured in the same issue, as I got messy and created my own background papers using Distress Inks. I love to create my own backgrounds using inks and other mediums, as I prefer to colour my images without thinking about the papers I’ll be using. Creating my own backgrounds makes it easier to create something that coordinates.

Thank you for stopping by! I’ll be back again soon with some more crafty fun to share. :)

A Little Birthday Magic with The Greeting Farm!

We are now settling in to the new house quite nicely. There are still bits and pieces left to sort out, but the essentials are all set up, so I’m getting back to “normal” ;)

Our niece has the honour of being the recipient of the very first card made in the new house! It was a perfect excuse to play with one of the stamps from the new Magical Beans Kit from The Greeting Farm, which I have been itching to play with since it arrived just before the move.

You can find the Magical Beans kit and other stamps from The Greeting Farm over at my store Quixotic Paperie. I am based in the UK, but ship worldwide! Plus, if you pop over there between now and midnight on Monday 4th August you could enjoy a fantastic 20% off everything!

Here it is! I decided to make a pop up box card because I love making them and my niece was so impressed with the one I made for her Nanny earlier this year (you can also see another one I made HERE). The Magical Beans images lend themselves pretty well to this as they are a little smaller than the standard TGF size.

The Greeting Farm - Magical Beans kit - Marker Geek

Cute, isn’t she?! An absolute breeze to colour too. I always have fun colouring TGF characters. She was coloured with Copic Markers and a little pencil on my favourite Make it Colour Blending Card.

The Greeting Farm - Magical Beans kit - Marker Geek

Copics Used:
Skin: E51, E53, E21, V95 Hair: Y32, Y35, E55, E57 Outfit: BG45, BG49, RV63, RV66

I created the papers myself, using a Prima stencil and my favourite Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals (Tibetan Poppy Teal, Magnolia Magenta Gold, Glory of the Seas Gold) I also used Luminarte Silks in Ice as a resist to create the star paper. Here’s a close up of some of the gorgeous sparkle:

Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - Marker Geek

Love it!

The dies used for the flourish and leaf elements are Magnolia DooHickey dies. The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn stamp set.

If you haven’t tried making one yet, you can find instructions on creating a Pop Up Box Card over at Splitcoast Stampers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed dropping by today. I’ll be back again soon with some more crafty fun!

“Mum” Pop Up Box Card

A very quick post today, just to share the pop-up box card I created for Paul’s Mum last week. I do love making these, they are so effective and surprisingly easy to do (but a pain to photograph)! To see a previous pop-up box card, take a look at my Wild, Free, Happy post from January.

Mum Pop Up Box Card | Marker Geek

Mum Pop Up Box Card | Marker Geek

300gsm white cardstock
Memory Box Dies: 98876 Asti Butterfly Wings and 98901 Willoughby Butterfly Wings
Penny Black 51-024 Love Buds die
MFT Die-Namics Fresh Cut Grass die and High Rise Alphabet Lower Case die set
Prima Marketing Inc paper
Distress Inks and blending tool
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Ranger Glossy Accents

Congrats with Uptown Girl Brigitte

I’ve got a very quick card to share today, featuring another of those gorgeous Uptown Girls from Stamping Bella.  This time, I’ve used Brigitte.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Brigitte | Marker Geek

I went fairly clean and modern with this one, using a speech bubble die to create the top half of the card front, and a piece of red cardstock with a stencil and some gold ink to create the lower part.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Brigitte (also available in the UK at Quixotic Paperie)
Make it Colour Blending Card (for colouring with alcohol based markers)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic Markers
Mama Elephant Speech Trio Dies set
MFT Die-Namics High-Rise Alphabet Lower Case
Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink
Prima Marketing Inc stencil

I will be back after the Easter weekend, hopefully with some more creative fun to share with you!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to. :)

WOYWW #254 – A Different Workspace

Wednesday…we meet again! Time for another WOYWW over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.

These photos were taken yesterday, but my “workspace” for today will look very similar.  I’ve taken to the sofa, to catch up on some colouring and de-stress.

I have a pile of Stamping Bella images to colour, and some Make it Crafty images to give me a break from colouring character images.


While colouring I’m listening to an audiobook via Audible, which is something I have been doing a lot this year. I’m revisiting old favourites while colouring and crafting, so that I can enjoy them again without impacting on my time to discover new stories. I’m enjoying it a great deal!

Here are some of the results from my colouring session yesterday.  I’ll be working on more Uptown Girls and hopefully finishing off the Boot House today.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Claudia | Marker Geek

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Madison | Marker Geek

Make it Crafty Boot House | Marker Geek

If you like checking out colouring progress pics, I tend to share more of them over on Facebook on my Marker Geek page.

For those that are interested, you can find both Stamping Bella and Make it Crafty rubber stamps in my store Quixotic Paperie.

Happy Wednesday!  I’ll catch you later with some more creative fun. :)


I Have Loved The Stars…

So far, I have shown you two of the SCACD Stamps “Elements Collection” stamps.  If you missed them, you can find the “Fire” post HERE and the Water post HERE.

Today I am sharing some makes featuring “Wind”.

First, here is a journal page I created. You can find a list of supplies at the end of my post, along with the supplies info for the two cards. This page was created in the same 8.5″ x 11″ journal as the previous two Elements pages.

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Here’s a closer look at “Wind”, who I coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils on a layer of Gesso:

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Just love her…

I of course, also coloured Wind with markers and popped her on a simple card! With an image this beautiful and detailed you can get away with doing very little to the card (or if you’re so inclined, you can go over the top with it too).

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

Finally, I created a quick card using the feather accessory stamp that accompanies Wind, along with a quote stamp from my stash (I believe this one is from a Flourishes LLC set).

SCACD Stamps - Elements Collection - Wind |Marker Geek

When stamping, the quote stamp came out a little blurred, but I found that I actually quite liked the effect, so I went with it. It seemed to suit the background.


US Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design International Readers: find the Elements Collection over at Quixotic Paperie (my online store)

Supplies for art journal page: Elements Collection Wind stamp from SCACD Stamps, Canson Mixed Media XL pad, 8.5″ x 11″ journal. Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black and Cobalt. Computer printed words, Grunge Paper. Gesso. Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Matt Gel Medium.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. Impression Obsession Cover a Card – Script stamp. Luminarte Silks – Moonbeams. Prima Marketing Inc Stencil. Luminarte Silks Wine & Roses. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Screaming Banshee Black. Embossing paste & T.H. Distress Paint.  Memory Box Starry Nights stencil.

Supplies for Water Card: Elements Collection Wind stamp from SCACD Stamps, Copic markers, Make it Colour Blending Card, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder – Silver Moon Turquoise.

Supplies for Feather Accessory Card: Elements Collection Wind feather accessory stamp from SCACD Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour cardstock. Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers. Ranger Blending Tool.