Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Say it with Flowers - NEW papercraft CD...

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It's finally here! My latest papercraft CD-Rom Say it with Flowers is now available to purchase...
Below are the 8 predesigned project cards which can either be created using the written instructions with full dimensions for cutting each layer from the printed papers or by printing out the predesigned sheets and assembling.
There are backing papers, image toppers, digistamps, decoupage, sentiments and embellishments including vintage toppers, postage style stamps, butterflies, paper bows, mini tags and fishtail flags.
All the images are hand drawn and coloured then converted to a digital format from which all the elements are created.  The discs are created from start to finish by myself, including the browser interface, CD printing and burning, case artwork and packaging and usually take around 6 months to complete...but I hope it's worth it in the end!
If you would like to purchase a disc, you can do so by clicking on the Add to Cart Button in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post...

Say it with Flowers papercraft CD-Rom £14.99 including UK postage and packaging

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Manly...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a Happy Tuesday to you all! It seems to be that this is the only day of the week that I manage to post anything these days, but there is reason to my absence - I am trying to get some samples made for possible upcoming shows and I am also busy, busy drawing and designing! These weeks are passing by in a blur and it won't be long before we're back on the slippery slope after the Summer Solstice - just where has this year gone?!...
...But I am here...and it's, you know what that means?!'s time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  Yay!...
This week it's the lovely Nic (aka Coops) in the hostess chair and she's given us a fab theme of 'Make it Manly' (which works out very well for me as it's hubby's birthday this week!) We're being sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps who are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to their online store...
As it's hubby's birthday, I went with an automotive theme - we are all a bit car mad in our house (although I HATE driving?!) so I thought it quite apt...
I coloured up the vintage car from A Year in Cards and decided to challenge myself by going red!  I was quite pleased with how it turned out and decided that it would be best to show it off in my favourite CAS style.  I used my craft knife to cut around the corner of the roof of the car and slotted the sentiment behind to add a bit of depth and added a couple of large pearls for the headlights...
The red combo I used was Sunset, Red, Crimson and Burgundy.  I am finding that quite a few of my pens are starting to run out - I probably shouldn't complain as I've had some of them for about 6 years but it just seems that they're happening all at once...and more so my Flexmarkers too! I store them flat and was wondering if I should switch to storing them upright as I mainly only use the smaller nib end for colouring...any suggestions?!
Right, I have a couple more ideas for samples, so am off to sit at my EXTREMELY messy craft table to play and will share them with you soon...
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Might Men in May closes 9th June
#44 Anything Goes until 30th
Anything Goes twist more than 2 layers
Birthday until 30th

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Passion for Promarkers - 8th Anniversary challenge...

Good morning, lovely Blogger friends! It's a very special Tuesday this week, as Passion for Promarkers sees it's 8th...yes, 8th!...Anniversary! 
As it's a special challenge we have a really fab theme for you of "BINGO", you can create anything you like as long as you follow a line on the bingo board either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.  You could even show off and go for a full house (Hazel nearly succeeded but she forgot the kraft card!!).  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 Winsor & Newton/Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme. 
Here is the BINGO board to use for your inspiration this week:
As always we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and our sponsors have been very generous as usual .  Here we go....
Bugaboo stamps are offering one lucky winner a prize of $21.00 voucher
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DigiStamp Boutique is offering one lucky winner a prize of a £10.00 voucher
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Dies to Die For are offering one lucky winner a £15.00 voucher
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Uniko Stamps are offering one lucky winner 1 stamp set (in stock) of their choice
Alicia Bel is offering one lucky winner a €10.00 voucher
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Petal Lu is offering one lucky winner a 30% discount voucher
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That's some fabulous prizes up for grabs!

For my card, I went with Bingo line Polka Dots, Square Card, Birthday
I decided to colour up the Pansy digi image from my new CD-Rom Say it with Flowers and coloured them up in colour tones which are outside of my comfort zone! I'm quite happy with pinks and pastels, but rarely colour so boldly, so this was a refreshing change...
I coloured the image using my Pro/Flexmarkers :
Darker flower and bud - Tulip Yellow, Honeycomb, Pumpkin, Sunset, Red
Lighter flower - Tulip Yellow, Honeycomb, Pumpkin
Flower centres - Burgundy, Firebrick, Umber
Leaves - Meadow Green, Pear Green, Pesto
I hope you can find the time to join in with our special challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Flowers closes today
Anything Goes closes today
Bright! closes 11th
Anything Goes optional use 5 of something closes 11th

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Watercolour backgrounds...

Good morning again, dear Blogger buddies! I've been playing around with watercolour backgrounds this morning, along with my new CD - Say it with Flowers...
I have a real love for 'clean and simple' these days and thought that the flowers would look nice with a watercolour style background...
I really like the way they've turned out and thought I would share them with my crafty friends! For my cards, I used the Pansy and Tulip decoupage from Say it with Flowers and these watercolour backgrounds...
To Save click on the image, then right click and Save Image As...
I also created these, thinking that they'll go with the other flowers on the disc...
Hope you like them! All I ask is that if you use them, you could give a link to my blog for people to come and get them for themselves.
Crafty hugs,

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Bloom...

Good morning, lovely Blogger friends!  Sorry to have been so quiet lately - I feel I have been playing catch up since the Easter holidays and we managed to get away in Daisy again this weekend, so here we are at the beginning of MAY...MAY! It's Tuesday, so that means we have a brand new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers...
The lovely Marie is in the hostess chair this week and she's chosen a nice, easy theme of 'Make it Bloom' whether it's flowery paper, flower embellishments or even flowers on your image, let's see those 'blooming' creations! We're being sponsored by The Paper Shelter who are offering one lucky winner a $10 voucher to their online store...
We were lucky enough to get an image to play with...The Sweet Gardener...
I went with another small C6 easel card for this one as I didn't want too much 'stuff' to detract from the pretty image...
The papers are from my new CD-Rom Say it with Flowers, which will be available from today!
I really do find that less is more these days and my love of clean and simple is stronger than ever! It still takes as long as a fussy card, however, as I spend that much time putting things on and taking them off again...but maybe I have found my signature style?!
I hope you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week and look forward to seeing all of your fabulous creations!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
A Birthday Card closes today
#120 Anything Goes closes today
Anything Goes closes 9th

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Inked background flower card...

Good afternoon, dear Blogger buddies! Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!
I'm here to share one of the cards that we made at workshop yesterday...

I thoroughly enjoyed making these, even though I wouldn't class myself as a stamper or particularly inky when it comes to cardmaking.  There was just something nice about starting with a white piece of card and building up all the layers to create a background with lots of depth and colour.
I started by randomly inking the two colours on an A6 piece of white cardstock, then spritzing with water and a toothbrush to create a fine mist, to soften the blend. I laid some lace over the top half of the card and inked through using the darker of the two inks, I also did the same with the negative of the sprig die cut to add some interest at the bottom.  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo and randomly stamped a small text stamp using Walnut Stain, then assembled the card.
I really liked the way they turned out and may have to try and get a little more inky in the future.
Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Going Dotty...

Good morning, Blogger friends! I'm a little late posting for my challenge over at Passion for Promarkers, as I had to go away for a couple of days at short notice.  But I'm here now and hope you can join in with my fun challenge this week!
I've picked a nice, easy theme of 'Going Dotty', so whether it's big dots or polka dots, papers or ribbons, I want to be seeing spots! This week we're being sponsored by the wonderful Digistamp Boutique, who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to their store...
Don't forget to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you must use your Winsor & Newton (formerly Letraset) products and follow the challenge theme...
...The lovely Sally Ann gave us the opportunity to choose an image to play with and I went with the Pretty Garden Flower Set.  These flowers were so easy to colour!...
I decided to make a C6 easel card and add jaunty layers, so it would still fit in a 6" square envelope.  The papers are all from my upcoming CD (which is almost done) and I added a pretty sprig die for a bit of floatiness...if that's even a word?! The sentiment came with the image set and is a nice change from the usual Happy Birthday, etc.
I hope you can find the time to play along with my challenge this week and look forward to seeing what you all create!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Add some Metal...

This card came in the Top 3 at As You Like it Challenge - thank you so much ladies!

Good morning, lovely peeps! Okay...who's going to own up?...Was it you?...Did you steal the last fortnight?! These days are just whizzing by at a phenomenal pace - I seem to turn around and another week has passed by, yet if you asked me, I couldn't tell you what I've done!?! I'm looking forward to the Easter holidays, which don't start for us until Friday and we're hoping to take Daisy out again at the weekend - if only to switch off for a couple of days.  But for now, it's you know what that means?...
Yep! It's the start of a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers! This week we have the lovely Julie in the hostess chair and she's give us a theme of 'Add some Metal' - so think charms, brads, pins, or even metallic papers or metallic embossing. We're being sponsored by Crafty Sentiment Designs who are offering one lucky winner 3 digi images from their online store...
We were lucky enough to be able to choose an image to work with, so I decided to ditch the pink and girly and go with something for the boys...
This is Henry - Why Not and I loved his boyish attitude! I coloured him up with my Pro/Flexmarkers and went with a black hair colour (something I don't do very often but which turned out rather well!) I paper pieced Henry's T shirt and the papers and sentiment are from A Year in Cards and Another Play on Words.  I found a fab metal star charm to add my 'something metal' and a strip of silver metallic linen too. No glitter, NO SIGNATURE 3 PEARLS - just a simple boy's card, which I think is perfect for any little man...but then I'm biased!...until tomorrow, because that's how fickle I am when it comes to my crafting - love it today, not so much tomorrow and completely disenamoured by the end of the week!?!
Right, what's on the agenda today? Looks like it may have to be ironing - one downfall to this nice, Spring weather. Have a terrific Tuesday, whatever you're up to and I'll be back soon to share the cards we made in class at the weekend...

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Fave colouring medium and Why? closes 6th
This is a no brainer - has to be my Promarkers! I love the vibrancy of colour that they give and find that no other medium gives the same finish. I do like to have a go at watercolouring but wouldn't want to be without my trusty pens!
Anything Goes closes tomorrow
Anything Goes - optional twist 'Add Metal' closes 6th
#41 Anything Goes closes 14th

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Girl Power...

Good morning, crafty friends and a Happy, if a little chilly, Tuesday to you all! Can't believe how fast these weeks are going by, but I'm loving the lighter mornings, longer days and the hint of what's to come, with all the buds on the trees and plants!
We have a new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers and this week it's the lovely Hazel in the hostess chair with an easy peasy theme of 'Girl Power' we'd like to see all those makes for the ladies and girls in our lives!
We're being sponsored by the wonderful A Day for Daisies, who are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to their online cool is that?!
We were lucky enough to choose an image to play with, so I went with the ever so sweet Strawberry Cake Birthday Fairy...
I coloured the image with my Pro/Flexmarkers and paper pieced her dress and wings for a bit of added dimension - don't those strawberries look good enough to eat?!
I raided my scrap drawers for some coordinating paper (yes I know, I still never remember to find my papers first and colour my image accordingly?!) These First Edition Love Letter papers were just perfect and I added some rich red and brown polka dot ribbon to coordinate with the cake and of course, a cake that big would need a spoon....I'm a lady don't you know?! Ha, ha!

That's it from me for now - I hope you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week - I'm off to do a bit of housework before Mam comes over to shuffle some paper around, in preparation for next workshop! Have a totally terrific Tuesday and I hope you can dodge the wintery showers - stay warm, my lovelies!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes with Optional Hint of Pink closes 23rd
Pretty in Pink closes 29th
#69 For the Girls closes 28th
March Challenge - Use any Image closes 1st April
Anything Goes closes 24th

Friday, 17 March 2017

18th birthday card...

Good evening, dear crafty peeps! Just thought I'd pop in and share a card commission I had last week...
...I was asked to make an 18th Birthday card for a girl who liked reading, writing and football.  I decided to use the sentiment as the main focal point of the card and created some miniature books from card scraps.  I wondered how to incorporate the football theme and in the end went quite subtle with just an embossed football on the flag button...Photo corners and lots of pretty sprinkles finished the card nicely!
A quick post from me tonight as I need to get my stuff together for workshop in the morning...
Goodnight all! Hugs,