Monday, April 30, 2012

Queen of Hearts

My latest fascinations have been digi's done by the talented Krista of Saturated Canary, and making beaded hat pins. So in this birthday card I have combined the two. Note to self: try never again to colour large areas with Black Soot Distress Ink. Kel nightmare!

Recipe Card:  
Paper: Bazzill black cardstock; 'noir et blanc' by Merci; Arches 300gsm watercolour paper.
Stamps: 'Queen of Hearts' by Krista Smith (aka Saturated Canary); Birthday greetings by KaiserCraft
Punches: Corner rounder by Fiskars; Heart corner punch by EK Success
Embellishments: 'Platinum Pearl' Liquid Pearls by Ranger; faceted crystal corsage pin; 4mm cream pearl beads; 4mm bicone crystal beads; Mill Hill glass seed beads #00081 and antique glass beads #03058; Glossy Accents; VersaMagic 'cloud white'.Distress Inks.


Friday, April 27, 2012


Happy Friday all!

The project I am currently working on at the museum requires me to research a lot of different things, including different materials that objects are constructed from.There has been some on-going humour regarding bamboo from Papua New Guinea which has developed between my curator and myself, and since her birthday is coming up next month, I couldn't resist this cute little panda digi from Sliekje. I'm sure she will be 'bamboozled' by it lol!

Paper: Bazzill white cardstock; 'noir et blanc' from merci; Arches 300gsm watercolour paper
Digital Image: Panda by sliekje
Punches/ Die: 'Victorian Oval' nesting die from mpress; scallop border punch by EK Success
Embellishment: 'White Opal' liquid pearls from Ranger; green organza ribbon from Victoria Spencer Ribbon Collection; white Signo pen; pearls, seed pearl and Mill Hill small bugle beads #72008

Please be sure to check out these wonderful blogs for details regarding the challenges, other entries, and ofcourse, inspiration!

Have a great weekend
xxx Lou

Monday, April 23, 2012


Happy Monday all!

On this day 396 years ago, the world mourned the loss of the prominent British playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. In celebration of this anniversary, and also his 448th birthday on April 26th, please enjoy this free digital sentiment to use on your projects!

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Please note: The Boring Stuff

  •  This digi is copyrighted to Louise Gray creations. Please feel free to use in your projects, and on any projects that you wish to sell. But please do not attempt to sell the image itself in other form.

  •  The font 'Precious' belongs to bolt cutter designs. It is freeware and commercial use is permitted.
  • If mentioning this digi on your blog, please do not post the original file but place a link back to this blog post ( so people may acquire it themselves.   
 And above all...have fun! Please be sure to comment. I look forward to seeing all of your project

  <3 Lou.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vintage BiPlane

And here I thought I had all of my May cards done,when I realised I had forgotten two - both of which are for men. I find, along with many others I am sure, that I struggle with masculine cards and layouts. However with this particular one, it seemed to take on a life of its own!

Recipe Card:

Digital Image: 'Vintage BiPlane' from Create with TLC, coloured with distress inks.
Acrylic Stamps: Tim Holtz 'French Market' by Stampers Anonymous; CS913 Birthday mini clear stamps by KaiserCraft
Paper: White Bazzill cardstock and Blueberry weave from American Crafts; 'Peek-A-Boo' New Arrival Range from Pebbles; Arches 300gsm watercolour cardstock.


Please be sure to check out these blogs, especially for inspiration. And please take a moment to leave a comment below :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Challenge Fever!

Well it seems I have 'challenge fever'. It's hopeless, I'm addicted now!

A friend at work's birthday is at the end of May. She loves to walk her dog 'Pip' in the park every morning, so I created this newest card just for her.

Recipe Card:

Image:   Girl walking dog (#144) from Sliekje Stamps, coloured with distress inks
Paper: 'Hummingbird' by KaiserCraft
Flowers: cut from 'Mother's Day Bouquet' Cricut cartridge 
Sentiment: 'Birthday' Mini Clear Stamps by KaiserCraft
Embellishments: quilted loveheart button from Beautron; glitter flower brads from Craft Affair Papercraft.

Challenge Entries:

 Please be sure to head on over to these wonderful blogs to see the details of the challenge, the other entries and previous challenges (especially if in need of inspiration).

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

My First Ever Challenge Entry!!!

Hi all,

I am super excited! I have decided to try my hand at some card challenges.

I am entering:

The Whimsie Doodles April 2012 Monthly Challenge. The theme is Choose Your Own Adventure and I have chosen C:  Use an office supply AND lined paper on your project. As you can see below I have chosen a round/bulldog clip as my office supply, and added my sentiment on lined paper.

The Sketch and Stash Challenge 85. I am happy to be using my newest stash item which is the papers from Authentique (I brought them today as I loved the colours!) and my most neglected stash item is the round/bulldog clip. I brought these for $2 from my local variety store and haven't really found a project to use them on. So thanks Whimsie Doodles for the challenge!

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 213 Metallica! which features cards/creations that have a metal item on them, mine being the little heart brads and the round/bulldog clip.


My Craft Spot - Monday Challenge #52 - Make It Pop! (I used dimensionals to raise both the butterfly circle and my little pencil pixie.)

Recipe Card:

Image: Pencil Pixie from Whimsie Doodles coloured with Distress Inks
Sentiment: 'Thinking of You' mini clear stamps from KaiserCraft.
Paper: Celebrate Collection from Authentique 
Embellishments: Red satin ribbon; red chiffon ribbon; silver round/bulldog clip; small silver heart brads
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Butterflies Circles

Please be sure to head over to these wonderful blogs to check out past challenges, other entries, and of course, the amazing stamps and layouts on offer!

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Puppy Love

Happy Monday all!

Just wanted to share with you my newest creation, made for my best friend's birthday in May. She has two energetic little Jack Russells who love to bite your toes and bounce into your arms. So I thought Sliekje's puppy with a rose would suit her perfectly. This is a free digital stamp and can be found at Sliejke's blog here:

The paper is noir et blanc from Merci and the sentiment is from Stamp It. The image is printed on Arches watercolour paper and coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Broken China, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Tattered Rose, and Forest Moss.) The black card is embossed using Sizzix polka dot folder.

Stay tuned for more cards, and crafty tips for storage.

~ Lou

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I Heart Easter

As I've gotten older, Easter has become less of an event for my family. I asked my family not to buy any chocolate eggs this year as they either all get eaten and go straight to my hips or end up in the pantry until next Easter, and I in turn, did not buy them anything.

My dad, sneaky thing that he is, asked me to order my mum's Easter present from Amazon this year. As such, I ordered it, paid for it, picked it up, and wrapped it. Suffice it to day, I couldn't do all this and NOT make a card!

So here it is, using the free digital stamp from the wonderful world of Whimsie Doodles, which can be found here:

I was a bit disappointed with the way her hair came out, as I was using a different application, but alas practice makes perfect. She is coloured using distress inks in pretty yellows and blues which is a refreshing change for me, as I tend to stick to purples and pinks.I decided to make an easel card which I really don't do enough of but always turn out amazing. The sentiment is from Desert Diva found here:

Hope you all had a lovely Easter. Now to work off that chocolate....