Monday, 28 December 2015

Splish Splashin Around Layout

With finishing up on lots of the Design Teams I was on for 2015 I have time to scrapbook again which is really exciting for me, especially considering it was my first paper crafting love and what got me started down this crazy road.

I took some photos of 2 of my kids splashing around in the pool they got for Christmas with my Instax and while the photos are a bit crap and overexposed they definitely capture the fun my children were having so I decided to scrap them.

With it being a while since I actually have done any scrapbooking I really needed a start point so I googled some scrapbooking challenge and found this sketch...

at Stuck Sketches, I liked that I could use some summery papers I had on my desk with it.

And here is my finished page....

I really like how playful and sunshiney this layout turned out.
Hope you enjoy it too :)

Thanks for visiting and remember you can follow me on instagram too at or just search loulouforsyth on the app.

Have a fabulous day

Monday, 21 December 2015

Bring On The Sparkle Blog Hop With SpiegelMom Scraps

Welcome to 

We have an awesome line up with you for our Holiday Blog Hop
The Sparklers and a couple of special guests.
While I am thinking of it, if you love sequins and pretties you should apply for Jody's DT call at SMS, it is a great team and lots of fun.

Here is my hop card for you...

I have used All is Bright papers from MME and the image is precoloured from The Paper Shelter.
I have made a shaker using a die from American Crafts, I think it is Amy Tan, but it is pretty old.
I filled the shaker with Cinnamon & Sugar Sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.

Here is the blog line up, Make sure and comment on each project to be in to win an awesome prize.


Charity Feit

Amy Lee

Kat Benjamin

Sarah McClellan

Louise Forsyth (You Are Here)

So there you have, join in and play along at our Facebook event too.

Thanks for popping by Lou :)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

A Deer Card To Share

Another card to share today, and yes it is another Christmas card.  BUT against my better judgement I have done a Winter themed card.  I usually steer away from Winter Christmas Cards as it is kind of ridiculous giving a snowy card for Christmas when it is boiling hot outside.
However I purchased this sweet image from the paper shelter and it is a wintery scene and I have some snowflake dies so here you go, a Winter Xmas card.

The papers are old ones Hero Arts "Aspen Snow" which is still a fav with me.
I have added Frantage on the layers, what a mission!  Looks lovely but is it really worth the huge effort? The cardstock is Bazzill and the ribbon and thread are both American Crafts.

Thanks loads for popping by and I would love you to leave a comment so I can visit you in return,

I would like to enter my cards in the following challenges...
Morgans Art World - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Cas-ual Chic - Snowflakes
My Sheri Chrafts - Christmas Spirit (Vintage)
Crafty Hazelnuts - Christmas
My Time To Craft - Christmas Animals

Thursday, 10 December 2015

A Little Christmas Angel

Hi, I hope everyone is as excited as I am about Christmas being only 15 days away WHOOP WHOOP.

I have been loving making up some cards with pre coloured images from The Paper Shelter.
Sometimes when you have lots of cards to make and colouring the images takes SOOOOOOO long it is ok to cut corners a little, particularly when they are as cute as this image :)

I have used papers from the Holly Jolly collection by Kaisercraft, available from Artful Crafts.
The die was given to me by my friend Tracy, it is a Marianne Designs one.
The ribbon and embossing powder are both from American Crafts and I have used liquid pearls for the berries.
The image is printed on Gina K luxury cardstock.

Thanks loads for dropping by,

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges....
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas Card
Holly Jolly Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafting From the Heart  - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge - Diecuts and punches
Little Red Wagon - Snow Much Fun

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

SpiegelMom Scraps Christmas Bloghop

Christmas is only 24 days away here in New Zealand which TOTALLY excites me!
AND we are having the SpiegelMom Scraps bloghop starting today too.  So very auspicious day all round really :)

Here is my hop card....

I started by layering my papers and then sewing the top layer and mat on my sewing machine with gold thread.  Originally Santa was a square layer too but you couldn't see all the stars I cut on my silhouette from transparency and sewed to the card and filled with delish sequins and stars.
I have used Rockin Red Stardust and Cinnamon & Sugar Sequin Mix from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store.  I then added the ribbon and bow to the card and stamped and glued my sentiment.
Then I fussy cut my image which is called "December 26th" and is from The Paper Shelter.  I have used the precoloured version.

And here is a close up of my stars....

Thanks loads for dropping by and remember to join in the hop! 

Here is the hop line up.....
Louise Gannon Forsyth -  You Are Here :)

Be sure to comment on all the blogs and you could be in to win.
Also use the code Louise15 in the SMS store for a special discount.


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges....
Cutiepie Challenge - Simply Cute & Christmasy
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Lots of Layers
Dream Valley - Stitching
Crazy Challenge - Everything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Twist of Christmas
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Winter/Christmas

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown - Holly Jolly

Hi, I am here with you today with another card share for the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown.

I have used another KaiserCraft Collection for this card, Holly Jolly, full of red & green and black and kraft, this collection is a little more contemporary.

I have used a digital image from The East Wind and is called Dear Santa.  I coloured the image with Copic Markers.
The papers have been inked on the edges with distress inks in Cracked Pistachio and Fired Brick with an ink blending tool.

I diecut was cut on my silhouette cameo and it was my first time cutting with a shadow, it has taken me ages to work out how, thank goodness for youtube!

That's all from me today, thanks for dropping by,

I would like to include my card in the following challenges...
Digitally Sweet - All About the title
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - Tis the season
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Friday, 20 November 2015

Home For Christmas With Artfull Crafts

The Christmas Countdown has begun at Artfull Crafts, each week has a different theme and the Design Team will be bringing you loads of inspiration for your Christmas crafts pretty much every day so be sure to check it out.

It is my turn today with a card made with KaiserCrafts Home for Christmas collection.  I have used papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and a tag from the same collection

I added a gorgeous sheer red polka dot ribbon  and tied the tag around the bow, I then added dots around the layers showing with liquid pearls in White Opal and Ruby Red.  I cut some leaf flourish corners with a die on my cuttlebug.

The image, Rory's Reindeer, is coloured with Copic Alcohol Markers.

Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you enjoy all the inspiration on the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown.


I would like to enter the following challenges.....
Melonheadz Friends - TIC TAC TOE (Ribbon, Diecut, Pearls)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Art Impressions - Rudolph Red & Evergreen
Crafting With Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Light It Up
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Patterned Paper Mix Up with Southern Girls Challenge

A new challenge as begun over at Southern Girls Challenge it is a lovely easy one this fortnight, all you need to do is use some patterned paper on your project,
we are having a


Make sure and check it out.

I have used obe of the very cute Christmas girls from the All Dressed Up 3 Christmas Girls set. Such a cute set and so versatile!  You can split them up, like I have or use them altogether. 
I have used papers from the KaiserCraft Silver Bells collection and coloured the image using Copic Markers.

Thanks loads for dropping by and be sure to check out that DT call :)

I am entering my card in the following challenges...
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes
Kraftin Kimmie - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Snowflakes Promise - Christmas/Winter
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Christmas Cuteness With SpiegelMom Scraps

Only 40 days until Christmas my lovelies  :)  All a bit scary really, however as always I have the kids Christmas pressies well in hand and only have hubby, my brother and my Ma & Pa to shop for and since I already know that I am getting hubs a drill that take SOOOOOO much pressure off.

Which leaves me time to indulge in making cute Christmas crafts like this super sweet tag made using goodies from SpiegelMom Scraps Etsy store.

I started by coating a large tag with modge podge and sticking down my patterned paper, once it was dry, aided with a heat gun, I added stars with a stencil and the very lush Dazzlers paint in Foiled again. Once the stars were dry I inked the edges with some distress ink and then added my half doily ( I use these all the time, in fact I could almost say that doilys are my fave embellie) which I glued down with modge podge again to make it look kind of decoupagey.  I then added the image which is from All Dressed up Stamps and part of a set called 3 Christmas girls. 
The stamp was stamped with stazon and then I added the gold sequins.
I think it turned out pretty darn cute :)
Thanks loads for visiting and I hope I have inspired you to make a start on your Christmas crafts if you haven't already.
Remeber you can yuse the code Louise15 in the SpiegelMom Scraps Store for a discount.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Total Summer Fun With SpiegelMom Scraps

It almost feels like Summer here today so what better way to celebrate my favourite season of the year than with a cute card :)

I have coloured the image, which is by Whimsy and Stars who I think only does colouring books now???  
I coloured my image using Spectrum Noir markers.

I have used a doily, Green Chevron Washi tape and Gold and Varsity Sequins from SpiegelMom Scrap Etsy Shop.

The papers are from a 6x6 pad by Carta Bella called It's a Celebration.

Thanks loads for joining me today and I hope it is enjoyable weather where you are today :)

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Wanna Join The Team At SGC

Have you ever thought it would be awesome to be part of the Design Team at SGC?
Are you from Australia or New Zealand?
Do you love creating with paper?

If you have answered yes to the 3 questions above we want to hear from you!

We are looking for some fresh faces on our DT due to some of our ladies stepping down at the end of this year.

The term would start in January, we would like the applicants to commit to Southern Girls for a year, which may sound like a long time but isn't considering all our current DT have been with us for a year or more, some since we started :)

The team is split into 2 groups which means 1 project per month.

We correspond on facebook so you would need to have a facebook account and a blog which you can post the challenges and your projects to.

If you would like to apply to be an SGC lovely please email us a couple of samples of your work, tell us a bit about yourself and please include your blog link to

Welook forward to hearing from you and the call will finish when we have found our new members,
Trace & Lou and the SGC Lovelies 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

A Little bit of Fairy Dust.

Hi - happy Saturday everyone :) It is a lovely day here in Dannevirke so I am going to make this quick so I can get out in my garden.

One of the new releases for October is KaiserCraft's  Fairy Dust Collection, this is a really pretty collection with lots of purple and turquoise.  Very girly.

I have used a couple of the papers from the 6x6 paper pad for my card and added a punched border and lace doily for some texture under my image.
I have added some Bo Bunny Pearlescents around the edge of the card and on the outside of the image.
I have added some flowers and a butterfly from the Fairy Dust collectables pack.
The image is called Darla Dogwood and she is from Lacy Sunshine stamps .
I have coloured her with copic markers.

Thanks loads for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my card.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Goodies on their way from Blitsy

So first off I love to support local stores and will do every time if
A - They are competitive
B- They have what I want without having to
wait until they are placing an order with a supplier 

I do love Blitsy though.  Most of the time if you are after a few things the shipping is pretty competitive, they often have stuff I can't find in NZ and usually the prices rock.  You can also use their competitors codes for 40% off, and that has to be good.

Here is the link....

I placed an order for some art journalling stamps and bits on Friday and it is on it's way now, pretty excited to be getting all these bits....

Crafty Individuals - stamp "a garden of flowers"

Crafty Individuals - stamp "Inky Background"

 Crafty Individuals - stamp "French Script"

Tim Holtz - Flower Garden Stamp

And a couple of stencils etc.   Cool hey :)
Make sure and check Blitsy out for a bargain - BUT check the shipping and conversion rate before you press enter.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

SpiegelMom Scraps World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop

Happy World Card Making Day :)  And welcome to the SpiegelMom Scraps Bloghop.

The Sparklers are sharing some fantastic cards with you today and I hope you will finds loads of inspiration along the way.

You should have arrived here from Jody's Blog if not pop back and be sure to leave a comment on her Blog Hop post.  Be sure to leave a comment on ALL the hop posts as one lucky commenter will win a fantastic prize from SpiegelMom Scraps.

And here is my card for the hop.....

Here are the links for the products from SMS I have used on my card...
Star Sequins
Remember to use the code Louise15 in the coupon area for a sweet discount.

here is a list of the links for the hop.....

Louise Gannon Forsyth -  You Are Here :)

Thanks so much for joining in with us today

Friday, 18 September 2015

Colouring with Spectrum Noir Markers

Hi - Since I my official title on the Design team for Artfull Crafts is Colouring Specialist I thought I should share something about how I colour.

I have chosen to colour up an image from Wild Rose called Bluebell with Hedgehog which is no longer in the online store but there are lots of other adorable stamps from the range available.  I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I will list the colours as I go through the instructions.

I started by colouring Bluebell over most of her body with GB8, leaving the areas which will be coloured in lighter shades.

I then added texture with a flicking motion from the outside of the head to the inside leaving it untouched in the middle of the face and ears.  The marker was EB5.

I then went back with GB8 and blended the flicks out using first a flicking motion again over the EB5, then I went over lightly in a circular motion with the GB8

Once I was happy with how the blend of the two markers looked I added in my darker shadowed areas with EB8. I then blended over again using GB5

I then coloured my lighter areas with TN2 and using the same techniques as above added GB7 & GB10 respectively.

To add further definition I went over some of the areas of the image that had disappeared during colouring such as the eye, leg and the ear definition,

And here is the finished image (before adding a dot of red liquid pearls for the nose)
Here is a list of the markers....

Deer - GB8, EB5, EB8 and TN2 GB7 &GB10

Hedgehog - TN1, TN7, TN8

Present - DG2, JG2, JG6
CR8, CR9, DR7

Grass - LG2, CG2, CG3

Bachground - BT2, BT4

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope I have helped a little with blending your alcohol markers.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Thank You Tag for SMS

I have been having a great time playing with new goodies from SpiegelMom Scraps this week teamed with my new Silhouette Portrait.

I love how bright and bold this tag is and it will look awesome tied to a thank you gift.

I started with a large packaging tag which I painted with Shimmerz Creameez paint in My Clementine.  I then used a Theresa Collins mask to apply Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Lemon drop.
It leaves a gorgeous shimmer and isn't too thick.
I then took a doily and spattered with the My Clementine Creameez paint on a wet paintbrush.  I then cut my thank you sentiment on the silhouette.
I ran both the sentiment and the doily through my zyron so they were easy to adhere.
I then added the gorgeous sequins.

I am sure you will find playing with these paints as much fun as me so drop by the SpiegelMom Scraps etsy store and pick some up.  Remember to use the discount code Louise15 :)
Thanks loads for joining me today, have a wonderful weekend.

SpiegelMom Scraps Links.....

Friday, 11 September 2015

Home For Christmas KaiserCraft Collection - Artfull Crafts

Hi, sorry this post is a little late in the afternoon, I have been distracted by calves and lambs today and hadn't typed up my post to schedule, but I am here now :)

I have been playing with my distress markers on this card and boy do I need some practice!  As I am sure you will agree, but cardmaking is all about keeping it real so I am using it on a card anyway.

As you can see the image is pretty rough.  I used a magnolia image from some time ago,  guess she is called present tilda or something similar.   

The papers are from a new release KaiserCraft Christmas collection called Home for Christmas as are the embellishments which are some of the collectables from this collection.

I machine stitched around a few of the layers with gold thread to add some texture and also distressed the edge of the tag with ink and added some gold fibre.

Thanks so much for joining me today :)

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Uber Cute With SpiegelMom Scraps

Hi and thanks for dropping in for my SpiegelMom Scraps post.  I have been making lots of these cute and quick cards lately as they are time saving but great for giving to friends and family at short notice when occasions pop up.

I am so loving the sweet pastel colours on this card. It is very Valentinesy. The pink, mint and white colour combo is always a winner with me.

It is a card for my daughter, one of those "just because I love you" kind of cards.

I started with an A5 plain white cardstock base (I use Gina K luxury cardstock because it is great for alcohol markers, great for spraying and inking and it has reasonable shipping rates to New Zealand) and sprayed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays.

I then stamped the arrow background stamp on the top corner in pink dye ink.

I added my doily to the corner and trimmed it around the base then added part of a cut up project Life card which I rounded the corners on.
I then used some glossy accents to stick down my twin in a heart shape and trimmed it once it was dry.
The sequins were adhered using glue dots.

Thanks so much for joining me today and I really hope my card has inspired you.

SpiegelMom scraps products...

Friday, 28 August 2015

KaiserCraft Holy Night Collection Card

Hi :)  I am here today to share a card made with the new Holy Night collection from KaiserCraft.
The colours in this collection are really quite traditional but that doesn't mean your card has to be traditional.  As you can see this card looks pretty modern because of the embellishments and image.

I have coloured the Lacy Sunshine image with Spectrum Noir markers and added some accents with Stickles.
I coloured the stars on the PJs with a gold pen.
I also punched a scalloped circle to mount the sentiment, which is part of the Holy Night collection, on.

Thanks loads for visiting today and be sure to check out all the goodies available in the Artfull Crafts shop.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges...
Creative Knockouts -Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Art Journal Flower Power at Southern Girls Challenge

So another challenge is up and at em over at SGC, and this fortnights challenge is to use flowers on your project.

I have been a bit naughty this week as this art journal is actually a page in a journal for a swap.  I am not supposed to share it yet but since I organised the swap I guess I can break the rules ;)

I have used Bonnie Bookworm image by Oddball Art Co who are our sponsors for this challenge.

I coloured the background with mists then stamped with a kaisercraft flower stamp and a letter background stamp from Hero Arts in Stazon.  I coloured the flower stamps with prismacolor pencils to pop them a bit.  The image was painted with reeves water soluble pastels then touched up with prismacolor pencils.  I added a border, which has been slightly cut off in the photo, with a set from dylusions called write between the lines.

Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

I would like to enter my page in the following challenges.....
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps - Anything Goes (background stamp is HA)
Kraftin Kimmie - Anything Goes
Paper Minutes - Eye Catching Backgrounds
Shopping Our Stash - Splish Splash (wet mediums)
Sweet Stamps - Anything But A Card

Friday, 21 August 2015

Holy Night Collection Card for Artfull Crafts

I am sharing a card made with the new KaiserCraft Holy Night collection today.  This collection is loaded full of rich, traditional Christmas colours.

I decided to go with an antique gold look on this card.....

The image is coloured with copic markers and prismacolor pencils.
I have outlined my paper layers with gold glitter stickles.  The collectable was also outlined with stickles and a small gold bow added.

There really isn't too much to say about this card, it is pretty simple with the image and papers doing all the work :)  The image is a digital stamp from Lacy Sunshine Stamps called Rejoice Angel.

Thanks loads for visiting today :)

I would like to add my card in the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps - Holiday
Crafting By Design - Get Ready For Christmas
Fab n Funky - Things With Wings
Inky Impressions - Christmas in August
Aurora Wings Challenge - Anything With Wings

Have a great day

Sunday, 16 August 2015

A Bit Of Whimsy With SMS

Hi :)  Happy Sunday!!!!  The sun has come out, the rain is drying up and the birds are singing, it is going to be a great day.

I have a SpiegelMom Scraps card to share today, and I am loving the clean, crispness with a bit of whimsy on this card.

I started with a watercolour look paper which I layered onto my card base.  I then added doilies along the card fold.  I cut up a project life card for the sentiment and glued it to a label then added the twine around the outside of the sentiment.

Then for an extra touch of cuteness I added the veneer bicycle and cork hearts.

I am loving how cute this card turned out :)

Here are the shop links....  Remember to use Louise15 in the Spiegelmom scraps etsy store to get your special discount.

50 Medium Shipping Tags Navy Burlap String 20 yards50 Normandy Lace Paper Doilies 4 Inch

Forvever Love Cork Die Cuts Chic Tags Traveling Wood Veneer

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges....

Crafting with friends - Anything Goes
Simply Create - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - CAS
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Thanks loads for dropping by

Friday, 14 August 2015

Artfull Crafts - KaiserCraft Touch Of Gold Collection

Hi, I am here today to share a card made with the newly released Touch of Gold Collection by Kaisercraft.   I really love the fresh white, grey and gold in this collection and found it really easy to create with.

I have used a couple of pages from the 6x6 Touch of Gold pad, yellow and white cardstock and a tag from the ephemera pack.  The sticker is a clear sentiment sticker from Kaisercraft.  The flowers are from my large stash but you can find LOADS of lush flowers at Artfull Crafts HERE

I have coloured the image with copic markers and used a white pen for detailing.

Please excuse the eyes, I added glossy accent to them but it has turned hazy????  I think that bottle will be relegated to glue from now on.

Thanks for joining me today :)

Sunday, 9 August 2015

SpiegelMomScraps Gets Splashy

I have been a pretty un-awesome DT member of SMS lately but things are going to improve from here on out as I have changed my day to Sunday (for me) which is a lot easier for me to organise myself for - so yay!

So today I am presenting my first Sunday/Saturday post for SpiegelMom Scraps  and I have this card for you which celebrates my joy that Summer is on the way - whoop whoop - although only just about to break into Spring here but the daffodils springing up means that it is coming.

I coloured my image with copic markers and used Fancy Pants papers from an age ago and the sentiment is cut on my underutilised cricut, which I have vowed to use more as it is a very sentimental beastie for me, it was my wedding present from my husband :) See very sentimental.

I am adding links below for all the fabulous goodies you can get from SMS that I have used on my card and when you are visiting don't forget to add the code Louise15 for your special discount.

Thanks loads for dropping by xx

I would like to add this card to the following Challenges....
Creative Moments - Summer
Copic Marker EU Challenge - Water

Get Glowing Creameez by Shimmerz Deep Aqua Loose Sequins 
50 Normandy Lace Paper Doilies 4 InchSequins ~ 6mm Gold Rush Metallic

Friday, 31 July 2015

Southern Girls Anything Goes

This week at Southern Girls Challenge  our theme is Anything goes.  Our sponsor is Ppinkydolls for this challenge, the DT ladies have made gorgeous samples with Ppinky doll images so be sure to go and check them all out on the challenge page.

I have used Circus Bebe on my Art Journal page.

I painted the background with acrylic paint, on the curtains I mixed the paint with texture medium to create a rippled material look.  I also added liquid pearls to add some definition of the different areas.  I printed the image out on slightly thicker printer paper and coloured with copics. I printed the quote out on my printer and grunged up the paper with sprays and distress ink before gluing down and  outlining the pieces and the outside of the page with a sharpie.

Thanks loads for joining me today be sure to check out the challenge.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Lacy Sunshine Christmas in July Release Weekend

Hi lovely followers :)  I am here today to share a card I have made with one of the super cute new Christmas releases from Lacy Sunshine.  Heather has drawn really fantastic images for this releases and it is hard to pick a favourite but I did manage to pick just one and Lil Peanut's Christmas Tree was it.

You can find this image and loads more gorgeous Christmas images in the Lacy Sunshine Christmas Shoppe

Here is the card I made with her.....

I used copics to colour my image and highlighted with the kids colouring pencils as they were on my desk, SO LAZY lol.  The papers are from an old basic grey 6x6 pad, I think they are called Aspen??? The bauble stamp, diecut, sentiment and ribbon are all retired Stampin'Up product and the sequins are from SpiegelMom Scraps

Here is my colour card so you can see the copics I have used.....

Thanks loads for dropping by and remember to check out all the fantastic new releases at Lacy Sunshine :)