Wednesday, March 29, 2017


HELLO !!!!

This is Anita here and I 'm back with loads of information, products and projects, techniques and tips  and lot of chit -chat!!!!
You must be wondering what am I going to feature today that I;m so excited !!!! Well , Its the ZIG REAL BRUSH PENS .... I will be talking about today.
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Crafters Corner--has the entire range of Zig set and even  single colour pens and at most unbelievable price range. So Check them out here

So let's begin... and once again it is a long post to please sit back and enjoy yourself.


Zig real brush pens is a  product of the Japanese brand Kuretake and is most popular for water colouring. It comes in a single colours as well as in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48 60 and 80.


Zig real brush pens/markers can used to make beautiful illustrations, , stamped images, water coloured backgrounds, calligraphic writing. It has soft nylon brush instead of a nib and one can manuveour the pens and create beautiful designs. The marker is Xylene free and odour less. It has  vibrant hue and gives a transparent effect . IT IS NOW POPULARLY USED BY CRAFTERS FOR COLOURING STAMPED IMAGES.

It works on card stock that has a matte effect. Water colour papers give wonderful results.
These are also good for Iris paper.
The paper are available here


Proper storage and usage can give a longer shelf life. I have been using mine for more than a year.


Each have there own quality. It has real soft nylon bristle unlike others that have a felt tip pen hence the name real brush. It is xylene free and odourless.


Of course yes. Its a good crafty investment.


yes you use them to colour on heat embossed image.

Other qualities 

The brush tip is so fine that you can use it paint thin lines and also make paint thick lines by applying pressure. Hence its good for decorative writing.

Blending is beautiful with Zig Real Brush pens. It gets saturated with water and gives even blending of two  similar colours  and even contrasting colours. The shades can be darkened or lightened by use of water or by repeated colouring.

One can apply colours directly on paper and blend with another colour of lighter shade or use water.You can also rub a little colour on a block and pick it up with a brush and apply on the image. this method gives better results.

These can be used to create lovely backgrounds for your cards.

Any water proof ink will do . Versafine onyx black, Archival Jet black are good. But all water proof inks will give you the good result.


I could find only one drawback . The colour sets in the paper quickly and so becomes difficult to blend if not worked upon fast for blending. Then repeated colouring pills the paper. So it is best to mix colours with water before applying on paper or saturated the area to be coloured with water to avoid patchy painting.

I would highly recommend these markers to all those who love water colouring .... very good for beginners who are apprehensive of water colouring and can make beautiful projects with them.

Did you know I was live on Facebook with a long video on Zig Real Brush pens. 
So you missed it!!! No problem .... here are the links of the videos and do watch it for there is whole lot of information out there.

So now let me show you some cards that I have made by using Zig markers.

  The fish and sea horse are painted with markers while random wavy lines in blue gives the effects of waves.

Simple colouring

Simple doodling can give fabulous result

On water colour paper

Creating background

So I hope all your doubts regarding these fabulous markers are clear by now. 
So pick up your set today. I know you are going to love them.
Check these for your shopping.  
And yes if you book these sets by tomorrow that 30th , then there is a surprise goody bag waiting for you. All you have to do is email Crafters Corner with your Order and say that My video on FB inspired you to buy these or you can leave a note in the comment section.


So thats all for today!!! Do visit the store for all your crafting solutions. Do leave your feedback and queries. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Hello dear friends,

How is everyone doing!!!!! I hope you will have a super crafty Sunday today.
Have you ever wondered what a range of paper embellishments can be created with die cuts.

We are always short of tags, mini cards or even decorative embellishments and try to make quick simple ones . So here I have five creative paper embellishments that can be used as tags, cards and even for scrapbook layouts.
CottageCutz has a wide range of dies and you can play with them to create these super cute things. And the best part is you use all your paper scraps that you have been hoarding all this while. So have a look at these. Get inspired and start playing with your dies.

Aren't they super cute!!! And I had fantastic time playing with my die cuts.
I gathered all my paper  scraps and grouped them in shades of various colours. Then I picked one floral die and cut many flowers from one shade.
Similarly , If I chose a stitched die, I cut many die cuts of different colours from paper scrap. 
Cut several designs in many shades and layer them with foam tape. You can create hundreds of designs. 

Here are the dies I used for my embellishments.

You can check all the amazing collection of dies at the CottageCutz Store.
Do share your views on these pretty paper creations. Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monkey in a Hammock

Hello to all.
I am sure you all must be having super fun using the Monkey Collection from Heartfelt Creations. I adore all the images here and I love stamping and colouring them.

So here is my card where my monkey is relaxing in a hammock having a beautiful time.

Heartfelt Creations Products used

Monkeying Around Paper Collection HCDP1-276
Monkeying Around Die HCD1-7133
Monkeying Around Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3778
Wildwood Florals Die HCD1-
Wildwood Florals Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3769
Classic Border Basics Die HCD1-7119
Fleur Border Basics Die HCD1-7120
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit HCST1-401
8.5 x 11 Cardstock Pack of 25 - White HCPP2-451
Darice Adhesive Foam Strips D120601
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Other products

Zig markers-dark brown, light pink, light green, pale yellow, archival ink -plum and leaf green, pollens. distress ink-aged mahogany and peeled paint


Prepare a card base that measures 7.5 " x 6" from white card stock. Cut border diecuts in white card stock using border dies. Follow the combination a shown on the card.
Cut pattern paper and using border dies, cut out the front panel. Distress the edges with distress inks. Allign the border as shown and adhere with clear glue. Add two tags as inserts under the mat layer. Add twine to the tags.
Stamp wildwood flowers with plum ink and cut with coordinating die. Colour with plum and leaf green inks and mold on flower shaping tool kit.
Arrange all the leaves and flowers on the centre of the card front and put the monkey on swing image in the centre.
The stamped image of the monkey is painted with Zig markers and cut with coordinating die. Adhere the monkey in the centre of the flower arrangement.  Add the sentiment from the paper stack.
Do visit the blog for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tulips In A Vase-Susan's Garden Notes 2

 Welcome to Susan's Garden. 

 This is Anita here and I am so happy to present before you such beautiful dies designed by Susan Tierney Cockburn. Flower making gets a new definition with Susan's Garden dies. 
 Today I have beautiful tulips in a vase. I loved the way this card has turned out. I tried a new technique of colouring for making these tulips and I think this way , it gives a very realistic look to the flowers. But before that do have a look at the card.


  1. Colour pieces of water colour paper with any water colour medium. I have used Gansai Tambi water colour paints. Mediums like Zig markers, re-inkers, water colour pencils also give good results. Wet paper with water and add colour on the paper and continue till you have a smooth colour effect on the paper. Dry with heat gun. It is very important to dry thoroughly to get crisp die cuts. I have used various shades of red, orange and yellow to get my coloured paper.
  2. Similarly colour the leaves green with water colour.  Add some shading using the pan pastels.
  3. Shape and mold the flowers on the molding pad using the Susan's Garden tool kit.
  4. Cut the vase die cut from White soft finish card stock. Distress the edges with distress inks-Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone.
  5. Mold the vase a little to give a curve shape.
  6. Distress a 6" x 6" white card stock with Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw and Bundled sage. Make score lines at 1/8 " interval.
  7. Cut a stitched square frame from white card stock and adhere to this panel.
  8. Add strips of stitched die cuts as shown.
  9. Adhere the vase with Double sided foam tape.
  10.  Add the tulip flowers and leaves using Kids Choice glue. Add some foliage from leafy branch die.
  11. Cut two die cuts in green card stock and white card stock from Suzanne Cannon Celebrate die and adhere the two together offsetting a little. Adhere to the card front.
  12. Add this card panel to a mat layer that 1/4 inch bigger on all sides.
  13. Adhere the card panel on the card base that measures 6.5" x 6.5".
Elizabeth Craft Designs products used
  Susan's Garden Notes-Tulips 2
  Garden Notes Pottery Pitcher
  Kids Choice Glue
  Susan's Garden Metal tools
  Leaf Pad pack
  Stitched Squares
  Leafy Branch 4
  A way with words-Celebrate
  Soft Finish Card stock -white
  Water colour paper  

 Other products
 Gansai Tambi  Water colour, Distress inks-Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters, Pumice stone.
 I hope you liked my vase of flowers. Do try this way of colouring and shaping flowers.
Visit the ECD store for a large number of flower making dies and stamps under the Susan's Garden section.
Do share your reviews.
Thanks for being with me.    

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Hello to all,

Welcome to my blog. I have a beautiful coloured card on my blog today. This is the flower power stamp from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have used water colour technique to colour the flowers. I have used a combination of dry and wet colouring on the flowers. this type of colouring gives a beautiful look to the flowers.

There is Fabulous Flowers Challenge going on at the ECD blogECD are offering an amazing give away for the challenge this week … a product from each of our designers .

First have a look at my card.

To make these flowers, stamp the image from Flower Power stamp and colour with Distress re inkers seedless preserve. Add fine strokes and shading with Water colour pencil.
Add some water colour on a card panel. 
Add stitched fishtail dies and adhere with foam tape. Add the leaves and all the elements shown.
Add sentiments from Dream Sentiments stamp set.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a "Fabulous Flowers" prize pack to three winners. This give away will include:  Joset Designs Pinwheel; Els van de Burgt Flower Cluster 1; Susan's Garden Tulip 2; A Way with Stencils -Butterfly Kaleidoscope Stencil; Krista Schneider Spring Blooms Stamp & Die set and ModaScrap Happy Flowers.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What is your favorite springtime flower?”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, March 24 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products used

Do visit us again for more flower inspiration. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Hello everyone!! Welcome to the ECD blog. This is Anita here !! Masculine cards always make me think hard and most of the times , I am struggling with my elements to create a proper masculine card. Elizabeth Craft Designs has some most beautiful dies that can be transformed with simple colouring to make lovely male themed cards. I have a very elegant masculine card today . I have used several layers to build my card and have used the new Distress Oxide inks to colour the feathers. So here is my card.  
To make this card, make all the layers for the card as shown below.
For the main card front, cut a rectangle die cut from striped pattern paper. Layer it on a grey card stock leaving a little border on all sides. Then adhere this layer on another black card stock leaving 1/4 inch border all around.
The circle layer is cut from Rose Pocket die in black card stock and then cut with stitched circle die. Cut a frame using two stitched circle dies and adhere on the layer creating a framed circle layer.
For the Fishtail die cut layer, use a stitched fishtail banner in black. Create a second mat layer with pattern paper using another stitched fish tail banner.
Cut three feathers in white card stock and colour with Vintage photo and Walnut stain distress oxide inks. Colour the edges with black ink. Add white dots using white gesso.
Cut a small rectangle from Dotted scalloped rectangle and stamp a sentiment from Dream sentiment set.
Adhere all the layers together. Cut a card base that measures 5.25 " by 6 ". Adhere this finished layer on the card front. Add a jute twine and some enamel dots to finish the card.
Elizabeth Craft Designs products used
Other products
White card stock, grey card stock, black card stock, Distress oxide inks-vintage photo and walnut stain, twine, enamel dots.
I hope you liked this card. Do stop by the ECD store for many more dies and stamps. I hope my card will inspire you to create many male oriented cards. Hoping to see you soon.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Hello dear friends!!!

A happy Wednesday to all!! I hope you all are having a wonderful time creating cute and fun projects using the Monkeying Around collection from Heartfelt Creations.
Monkeys are always full of fun and antics and make life so happy. One never feels sad if these jumping creatures are around.
This collection was released last week and has already become a favourite all over the world.
I have a very sweet card today and you will love the expression on each monkeys face.

Just have look at their cheeky face. I just adore them !!!

Heartfelt Creations Products used

Fleur Border Basics Die HCD1-7120
Flowering Dogwood Die HCD1-7129
Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3773

Other Products

Archival inks-Library green, fern green, tea rose, Distress re inkers-peeled paint and squeezed lemonade, score board, silicon glue, wire pollens, 
Zig markers-dark brown, light green, dark green, white card stock


Make a card base 7.5 " x 5.5 " in white cardstock. Cut a mat layer 5" x 4" and using the Fleur border dies cut a border on the wider end. Cut another border with a narrow strip of paper and adhere the two borders together.
Make score lines on the score board at 1/4" interval on the card front. Add a drop of reinkers on the craft mat and add some water. Use it paint loosely on the card front. Dry with heat gun. Add some pattern paper at the base. Adhere the mat layer as shown on the card front using double sided foam tape. Stamp the image of leaves, flowers and monkeys from the stamp sets and cut with coordinating dies. Colour the image using Zig markers. Add the image on the mat layer. Build up the image using leaves and flowers. Add another monkey on the top and add flowers and leaves popping them up with silicon glue.
Add the sentiment. 

So do you like my jungle friends!!! Say hello to them by leaving some comments. See you next Wednesday with some more Monkey Fun.