Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Christmas in July...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a Happy Tuesday to you all! Well, it seems that if my motivation to craft was rather low, it is now virtually non existant now that the Summer holidays have started! My time is spent clearing up after, feeding and trying to entertain a bored 12 year old! Plus it looks like Mother Nature is against us aswell and the weather has turned to it's usual British Summer default of grey skies and drizzle...the holidays are rather long when you're cooped up in a 3 bed semi!
But anyway, just to cheer you up, I'm here to share my DT card for this week's Passion for Promarkers challenge...yay! This time we have the lovely Hazel in the hostess chair and she has chosen a theme of 'Christmas in July'...Now I struggle to do Christmas cards at the best of times - I think because we start doing them in September for our workshops - plus I don't do Christmas until the 1st December! We are being sponsored by the fabulous A Day for Daisies and they're offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to their store...
We were lucky enough to choose an image to play with, so I went with Little Cats Christmas...
...I pfaffed around with this card so much, trying to add different embellishments and promptly decided to take them all off again, as anything else detracted from the sweet little kitties! So my card ended up very CAS with just a bit of Glossy Accents on the fairy lights and dare I say it...a peel off sentiment!...
...I would've liked to do some doodling on my card (inspired by Shelly's amazing doodles!) but I'm not brave enough to just go for it yet and I can never remember to do it before sticking everything together!
I need to get my finger out and get some stock ready as I'm having a stall at the Meirioneth Show at Rhug on Wednesday 24th August!  I'm creating some pebble art pictures and bag/key charms using sea glass from the Cardigan Bay coast plus I need to bulk up my cards and try and think of some other crafty items to sell!  Wish me luck and if you have a bit of crafty motivation, can you please send some my way?!
Thanks for dropping by! Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Christmas in July closes today
Christmas in July closes today
Christmas closes tomorrow
Christmas in July closes 28th

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Summer Days...

...Now that's wishful thinking!?!  Summer seems to have deserted us just now in place of dreary, grey skies and drizzle!  Our May spell of nice weather seems such a long time away now...let's hope the Summer holidays is a better affair!
Well, another Tuesday has come around again...though I'm sure somebody has put us on x2 fast forward as they seem to be coming around much quicker...we have a new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers and the lovely Julie has given us a theme of 'Summer Days'...think maybe sunshine and beaches, and ice cream, or all three...
...This week we are being sponsored by the wonderful Digistamp Boutique, who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to their store...which I'm sure you'll have no problem in spending!  The lovely Sally Ann gave us a choice of image to work with, so I went with Rosie and Ice Cream...isn't she a cutie?!...
...I decided to go with ice cream, pastel tones and paper pieced Rosie's dress too.  She was coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers - want the colour list?  Then here it is :
Skin - Blush, Dusky Pink, Coral (my favourite skin combo)
Hair - Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa
Hairband and trousers - Blue Pearl, Cornflower, China Blue
Dress - Gold, Mustard, Blender
Bucket - Cerise, Shocking Pink, Vermilllion (love this bright pink combo)
Shoes and spade - Meadow Green, Apple
Sand - Linen, Champagne, Tan
Of course, I HAD to add a few clouds and a pretty twine bow and button to finish off. So, that's it!  What are you waiting for?  Why not get out your Letraset pens and join in?  If we can't have Summer outside, we can surely have it in our crafting!! Don't forget to check out what my talented teamies have been cmaking for your inspiration over at the Passion for Promarkers blog and I look forward to being cheered up by all your sunny creations!
Have a terrific Tuesday, hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
As You Like It closes tomorrow
Fave markers, Inks or Pencils and why - for me it has to be my Promarkers.  They were my first colouring medium of choice and I have stuck with them for years now! I also love the variance of colours you can achieve from delicate pastels to bright, vibrant tones. I wouldn't be without them!
Eclecic Ellapu closes end of the month
Purple Team - Life's a Beach
Try it on Tuesday closes 18th
Happy Holidays 
The Paper Shelter closes today
Sunny Days
Creative Inspirations until 23rd August
#255 Summer challenge
Fab n Funky closes today
Two or more DPs

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Oh, nuts!...

Good afternoon, my dear blogging friends and  totally terrific Thursday to you all too! Just thought I'd pop in and show you the latest card kit to hit the shelves in my new Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ellasdesignwales)...
...I'm really pleased with how this little squirrel turned out...
 ...The card kit has a few different sentiments with corresponding printed inserts.  'Oh, NUTS!' and the insert reads 'I forgot your Birthday'.  'Go NUTS!' - 'It's your Birthday' and then there's 'Have a NUTTY Birthday' and a blank insert in case you want to change the sentiment for one of your own or personalise it.
Lisa x

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

I've opened an Etsy store!...

Good afternoon, dear crafting buddies! So, what's new?!  Well....it looks like I've gone and opened myself an Etsy store to sell my digital card and paper kits!! (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ellasdesignwales)...It has been on my list of things to do for AGES, but I always lose confidence and make any excuse to never get round to it...but it's done and I'm now hoping that it is a success...uh oh, is that the voice of doubt creeping back in?!
I have wrangled over which way to go with my design work, as CDs just take so long to produce - by which time I have lost all faith in my designs and want to change them all! (I know, we are always our own worst critic!)...
...So here's a quick peek at some of the new predesigned card kits...

...They're priced at just £1.80 each (something else I wrangled with!) and contain 2 A4 elements sheets that make up one layered and decoupaged card and one flat printed card - although the decoupage can be spread over them both if you like and because the kit is in layers, you can change up the layout or add in extra embellishments such as ribbon, etc  There's also a printed insert and different variations where needed.

There's a couple of paper collections that contain 12 papers in each, corresponding with the papers that are on the predesigned cards...
This set is the papers from the Birdhouse, Beach and Sundae cards.
This set is the papers from the Better Things, Grapevine and Rose cards.
These are £2.40 for a set of 12 papers, so I'm hoping good value for money?!
I am so hoping that this little venture turns out ot be a good one, as many of my crafty buddies know it is so hard to make any sort of money from crafting, but needs must...either that or I'm off to find a job!?! I would be so grateful if you could spread the word about my little shop and cross my fingers that people like my designs...
Lisa x

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Passion for Promarkers - In or Beside the Sea...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies!  I'm not doing very well at this crafting lark at the moment!  I've had a few commissions to make and workshop cards to design and that's all I've had the motivation to do! These days are just flying by and it won't be long before it's Summer holidays and then we're on the slippery slope towards the dreaded....'C' word!
But before then, it's Tuesday!!....which means the start of another fab challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and the lovely Eileen has chosen a theme of 'In or Beside the Sea'...quite easy really!  We're being sponsored by Sassy Studio who are offering one lucky winner a $20 voucher to their store!  So why not get out your Letraset pens and join in!...
We were offered an image to play with and I went with Polka Dot Bikini Sassy...
...I was inspired yet again by the uber talented Christine and the card she made here - it's similar to the umbrella card that she inspired a few months ago and I love this Fluffy Cloud border die...
...Sassy was coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers and the white dots on her bikini were added back in with a gel pen.  The sun is the centre die from a Marianne doily die set and I think it goes great with the cloud border.  I layered up my image onto different coloured mats and added a few pearls...these are like my crafty signature!
Well, that's it from me...Mum's coming over today for us to shuffle a few bits of paper around and try and come up with something for next workshop, but before then, it's off to the ironing board for me!  After a 10 minute  headless chicken routine this morning looking for little man's PE top, I think I need to go and get it done! Have a totally terrific Tuesday and I hope you can come and play along with us at Passion for Promarkers...

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Girls of Summer until 7th July
J for Just as you Like it closes today
Anything Goes
Any Image until 1st July
Anything Goes until 5th

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Furry Friends...

I won at Creative Craft Cottage!

This card came in the Top 3 at Ooh La La Creations!

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a Happy Tuesday to you all! Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers.  This week it's the lovely Shelly in the hostess chair and she's chosen a theme of 'Furry Friends', so if it's cute and furry, or even not so cute and furry, we want to see it on your creations - from teddy bears to panda bears, cats to kittens, puppies to dogs...you get the drift?!

We are being sponsored by one of our newer sponsors this week, 2 Cute Ink, who are offering one lucky winner the choice of 3 digis from their store...
Don't forget, to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you MUST use your Letraset mediums and follow the challenge theme!
...I decided to make a card using the ever so cute Little Kitty from Sylvia Zet, which she kindly offered as a freebie on her blog HERE.  I have used this image quite a few times, but left off the little mouse this time...
...I used Dovecraft Garden Party and First Edition Kiss and Tell papers and a Marianne doily edge circle die.  Little Kitty was coloured using my Pro/Flexmarkers and a white Prismacolor pencil - want the colour list? Here it is :
Fur - Light Fawn, Champagne, Nutmeg, Spice
Hat - Blender, Tea Green, Pastel Green
Roses - Primrose, Canary, Tulip Yellow
Leaves - Apple, Grass, Forest Green
Shading on hat band and ribbon - Blender, Antique Pink, Ruby
 I paper pieced the hat band and ribbon with the Pink Polka Dot from the Makeup set of Another Play on Words and decoupaged the hat and flowers for a bit of dimension....I added a couple of clouds (because I can and because I love them!), buttons, pearls and a hand stamped sentiment, plus a touch of glitter to lift the image. The card was finished off inside with a printed insert and I was done!
Hope you like my Furry Friend inspiration and you can find even more from my talented teamies over on the Passion for Promarkers blog!
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
#80 Animal Magic until 14th June
#64 Include an Animal until 4th June
4 Legs not 2 until 5th June
Anything Goes until tomorrow
Furry Friends until 9th June

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Passion for Promarkers - 7th Anniversary Challenge...

Grab a cuppa and a biscuit (or two) and make yourself comfortable!
Good morning dear crafters. I hope you had a wonderful week last week and managed to fit some crafting into your busy schedules.
We have a very special challenge for you this week at Passion for Promarkers as it's our 7th Anniversary. Can you believe it's been 7 years since Gina and Denise started their little blog to share their love of all things Letraset?  As it's a special challenge we have a really easy theme for you of "spots and/or stripes", you can create anything you like as long as it has either spots or stripes or both. 
Please note we are only accepting a maximum of 3 entries per person for this one challenge only.  To be eligible for our prize draw you must use your Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.  As always we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and our sponsors have been very generous as usual .  Here we go....

Letraset are offering one lucky winner an amazing prize of a 25 pce Mixed Media Set.
Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of $10.00 worth of digi papers
DigiStamp Boutique are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
DigiStamp Boutique logo
Bugaboo stamps are offering one lucky winner a $30.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
bugaboo badge
LC Designs are offering one lucky winner a mini paper pack called ‘Dinkies nice and stripey’.
Sassy Studio Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of a $20.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.
sassy studio designs logo
Di’s Digi Stamps is offering one lucky winner a $12.00 gift voucher to spend in their online store .
Di's Digital Stamps
Clearly Besotted Stamps is offering one lucky winner a £15.00 gift voucher to spend in their online store.
clearly besotted stamps
2 cute ink stamps is offering one lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice.
2 cute ink logo
Uniko stamps is offering one lucky winner one in-stock stamp set of their choice.
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards is offering one lucky winner 8 shaker selections of their choice.
Lucy's shop
Wow we told you there were amazing prizes didn’t we?  Definitely lots of reasons to join in the fun this week!! To give you lots of inspiration we have both Team 1 and Team 2 to share their creations, so there's plenty of cards to get your crafty juices flowing!...
For my card this week, I wanted to show a different way of using your alcohol pens to colour embossing folders.  I speak to so many people who have pens of whichever sort and don't use them because they feel that their colouring isn't good enough, so here's a nice, easy way of using them and the finished result is so pretty!...
To create the embossed panel I cut the piece to size then placed in my embossing folder to be able to position my oval die in the right place to cut the aperture (these frame style folders work brilliantly for this type of card) I attached it in position with low tack tape then REMOVED IT FROM THE FOLDER before cutting the aperture!  Place it back in the folder and emboss then round the corners, ink edges if preferred and punch a hole for the ribbon to thread through...
...The Promarker colours I used were Meadow Green, Dusky Rose and Buttercup but any pastel tones would work well.  Just follow the lines of the embossing with your pen (don't try to colour the lines particularly as the ink bleeds slightly anyway)  I finished off with lots of pearls, sentiment, organza bow and a lovley pink polka dot from the Makeup set of Another Play on Words.
You could get a real production line of these cards going with different colour tones, backing papers and ribbons and it's also a great way to make backing papers too...
I embossed this chevron design then coloured with Dolphin, Powder Blue and Cornflower, using the chisel end of the pen.  You have to get used to the angle to hold your pen at to get clean lines but that's why lighter tones are much easier as you don't have to be as accurate! Don't forget that you can then use your pens to create your coloured mats by simply colouring the edges of your white paper!  That means 100s of different coloured papers, if only I could remember to do it!?!
Hope you get chance to join in with our Anniversary celebrations this week and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
#14 Anything Goes until 1st June
#112 Anything Goes until 22nd
#80 Flowers until 30th
#176 Anything Goes until 22nd