Sunday, 28 August 2016

Summer is nearly over!

Happy Sunday everyone, gosh can you believe Summer is nearly over, tomorrow is a bank holiday and the children will soon be back to school or college!

I feel so lucky this year that I don't have to brave the school wear shop, or find shoes for growing feet, that will cost a fortune and be scuffed to bits in a couple of weeks as my youngest son has finished at school now and is moving onto college to study motor mechanics, and although I feel great about not having to do the rubbish stuff, like sew name tapes in (yawn!) it is making me feel quite sad too, as its the end of that portion of my life, but things have to move on and grow, and now its time for a new chapter!
And that new chapter includes being a part of the amazing Colorista design team and today I thought I would share a make I made for the launch of the Colorista colouring range of books pencils and pens  on HSN, the lovely Sara is on her way to the USA as we speak, and she is going to be launching all the gorgeous colouring goodies on Tuesday 30th August.

The colouring books are amazing and you are going to love them, the pages have been specially developed for alcohol markers and blendable pencils, unlike most books that are beautiful but impossible to use with markers these make blending a doddle! and even have colourable glitter too!!

No I must say I LOVE this A5Butterfly Garden pencil pads as they have stunning foiled elements, like this one I have used to make my card, unfortunately I couldn't get the foil to photograph very well!

 I used my Colourblend pencils from Spectrum Noir, have I told you how much I love these?!?!
my colours were: Pink Violet, Mulberry, Sea Urchin, Verdigris, Lake Blue, Avocado, Fern Green, Daisy, Saffron, Pumpkin and Citrus.

The Thanks for Everything sentiment is from the Diamond Press stamp and die sets, I tried to keep the card fairly simple as there was a lot going on in that picture!
I hope you like it and although the shows are in America, you can usually view them online, here are the show times:

Happy Colouring!
Nicky x

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Colourblend Pencils are back!

After a little while the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils are now back in stock at Crafters Companion.
I'm so pleased as they are my favourite of the colouring mediums and it means that I can start showing you samples using these wonderful blendable pencils again.

The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil
And the pencils I have used are:

SN Colourblend Pencils
Skin - Rose Peach, Peach, Ginger.
Hair - Eggshell, Ginger, Maroon...
Dress - Sea Urchin, Boysenberry
Blanket - Maroon
Hat/shoes - Saffron, Pumpkin
Balloon - Denim Blue, Sage, Earth
Cake - Harbour Blue, Ginger

I love the softness of the pencils, and the way you can lay them down on the paper, and just keep adding layers to build the colour, rather than most pencils that have too much wax and fills the tooth of the paper too quickly.

I should also mention the papers

 they are from a wonderfully talented designer called the Sticker Kitten, and luckily for me she is a local!and at the moment The mulberry Bush ( where I work!!) is the first UK lucky is that!
I have to go now as my hubby is waiting impatiently to pack the car as we off on our holibobs for a week, while i'm away don't forget the Colorista colouring course starts Monday the 15th, so don't forget to sign up and enjoy the content is fab and free!

Happy Colouring

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Exciting news from Spectrum Noir!

Good morning everyone !
I can't tell you just how excited I have been over the last couple of weeks about all the new goodies coming from Spectrum Noir, for quite a long time I have had to keep mum about it and it is so nice to finally be able to share.
A few months ago I was asked by head office if I could do some top secret colouring for promotional work of new products, what were they I hear you cry...? New colouring books!!

Now I know what you're thinking why do I need another colouring book? Well these are quite special as they have been developed especially to work with alcohol markers and blendable pencils, which means that instead of keeping the pages in the books, you can use them to make some gorgeous different projects!

The paper in the Colorista books is a superb quality suitable for blending of your markers and not only that the pages also feature colourable glitter or cool is that?

(This is one of the promo images, check out that awesome foiling)

But that's not all that's coming your way there is going to be new marker and pencil packs specially designed to compliment the books.

And if all that wasn't enough there is something extra special coming in the form of a FREE,
yes FREE colouring course HERE is the link to sign up, you don't have to go anywhere, be there at a certain time or talk to anyone you don't know, you can even sit and do the course in your knickers!! But please be assured you will learn so much.

Now its all going to launch on HSN in the US on the 30 August, and a couple of weeks later here in the UK.
Keep checking back here as I will be sharing some of the samples that I have made for the shows, but if you want to get a sneaky peak of some of the projects made using the colouring pages and new markers then you can check out the dedicated Pinterest page HERE.

In the mean time, keep doing what your doing and ...

Happy Colouring!