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Author: Louise Welsh
Louise Welsh

Hi, my name is Louise. I am affectionately known as 'My Louise' by everyone at Crafter's Companion as there are a few of us. I have been married for 30 years this year and have two grown up kids that act like not grown up kids but i love them. Then there is Gracie my Grand-daughter who is a little star and loves crafting too. She even has her own blog and she is amazing at coloring with my Spectrum Noirs. I just love crafting and my weakness is stamps and coloring. I like nothing better than spending a whole day coloring and finding that all of the day to day worries that trouble me just seem to disappear and don't matter any more. I am so honored to be part of the Crafter's Companion Design Team and also an approved demonstrator of Crafter's Companion products including the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pen Coloring System. I love going to demo's at craft shops around the country meeting lots of lovely crafter's who are keen to learn how to develop their skills in coloring. Everyone has been amazing who i have met and so keen to learn the tips and hints i am able to share. Then to be asked to take part in the Spectrum Noir blog and be an accredited user has been amazing too. I know and have met all of the English girls and they are a fab bunch of ladies. I love looking at their blogs for inspiration and Jacqui is one talented lady, i have learned so much from her in the past 12 months or so. I am sooo excited to be part of the set up and to be taking part in this blog, its going to be amazing so watch out and follow us for plenty of inspiration, ideas, hints, tips and tutorials. There will be something for everyone I'm sure. Louise xxx My Blog

9th Sep

Quick and Easy Grays

I posted a card a while ago all colored  in grays, but I used about six or seven different shades.  I liked it so much and had loads of positive feedback I thought I would re-create the effect using one a Sheena Duuglass stamp. I’ve only used 3 shades from the Cool Grays (or Ice - Read full post [...]

19th May

Coloring on Kraft Cardstock

You can achieve beautiful results coloring on kraft card stock! I wanted to share with you a fun project I made recently using Neenah Desert Storm (kraft) card stock. As the color is obviously darker than  normal white card stock, I created a color swatch before coloring. I decided to color on both white and - Read full post [...]

11th Apr

Shades of Gray

I came across a beautiful rose stamp from Indigo Blu and my first temptation was to color this in shades of red. Then I thought, “Why not try shades of gray?” 1.  In the image below I have colored the top rose in to see how I liked it and following are step by step - Read full post [...]

7th Feb

I Love Fairies

I’m just popping in to share a bit of inspiration today! I’m not sure what it is about fairies but I just love coloring them. This beautiful fairy is Alva Color and I’ve listed the markers I have used below. Skin, FS1, FS3, FS4, TN2, TN3, Lips CR3 Hair, EB3, TN2, TN3, TN4, EB5, EB8, - Read full post [...]

15th Jan

Creating Clouds With Your Blender

I’ve shown a number of cards using distress inks and a masking technique to create clouds but for this tutorial I have chosen to use the blender pen to create clouds, as I only wanted a few in the background. For the background I have used IB1, IB2, IG2. 1.  Firstly stamp your image using - Read full post [...]

18th Nov

Happy Birthday Bebunni

A perfect image to color and add to a 10th Birthday card for my grand daughter, Gracie.  I’ve chosen Hip Hip Hooray and have listed the colors used below. I normally color animals in with grays and I’ve done the same today, however I knew I wanted my finished card to be purple so I - Read full post [...]

30th Sep

Adding Color to Vellum Embellishments

I found some beautiful papers to match to my Spectrum Noir colors and for this card I have used mainly yellows and greys.  I also wanted to use my Spectrum Noir pens to color my embellishment.  I have lots of vellum in my stash and sometimes I forget about it and don’t know what to - Read full post [...]

30th Aug

A Little Bit Summery

We have had such lovely weather her in England lately and I’ve been making so many Christmas cards,  I decided to use Sheena’s Dahlia stamp and color it with really vibrant colors for a change. I’ve used an image I found on the internet of a real dahlia to use as inspiration: The colors used - Read full post [...]

24th Jun

Creating Folds In Dresses

I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial for creating folds in dresses.  I really do think it creates a fantastic effect, instead of having a flat colored image.   I have used the ‘Belle of the Ball’ stamp from Crafter’s Companion.  The folds on her dress are created with JG1, GT3 , GT2, and GT1.  I - Read full post [...]

29th Apr

Adding Highlights and Working With the Blender Pen

How glamorous is this image?  I just love this cocktail dress as the shape just calls out for highlights to be added to add curves to the overall effect.  Therefore I have used the same  technique as Jennie when she colored the plant pot on the strawberry kisses stamp. To create the impression of a curve the outsides need to be darker - Read full post [...]