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,
Hugs,

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!
Hugs,

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 Tuesday...so 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...
Hugs,









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'...so 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 store...how 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!
Hugs,









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,

Friday, 10 March 2017

Breaking all the rules...

Good afternoon, crafty buddies! I decided to have an hour's play at my crafty table this afternoon and wanted to find out if it is possible to watercolour a digi image...well, the answer is yes, sort of!?! Though I did break most of the rules of watercolour in the process!  Firstly, printer ink is water based - not a good mix when it comes to watercolouring, but if you heatset the ink once printed and you're careful to use only the slightest amount of water on your brush, it's doable! Secondly, I don't have any watercolour card - now I'm sure this would have made my life a lot easier, but I printed my image onto the back of 250gsm linen cardstock (I'm pretty sure it had a bit of a coating on it, but what the heck!)...I know it's far from perfect...partly due to the fact that I haven't watercoloured in years, but I think it turned out okay?! Yes, the lines got a little fuzzy in places and my blending could've been better, but I just like the soft, hand painted effect that you don't get from alcohol pens...
When I'd finished my image and mounted it all onto my card, I stood it on my table and thought...'mmm, something's missing?'...now if I had half a brain, I would've thought to do a nice doodly border before I started, but no...everything was stuck down and finished - there was nothing else for it...out came the black border peel offs! Aaarghh!...
...5 minutes later, I was quite pleased with the stitchy look that the peel off borders had given and proceeded to get out my camera and take a pic to share...
Sometimes it's nice to just 'have a go' and see what happens - worst case scenario I'd have been chucking a piece of card in the recycling, best case scenario, I've ended up with a card I would be happy to send to someone...bonus!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend - we're hoping to get final preparations done to Daisy, ready for the camping season...all we need now is a bit of nice weather and we're sorted!
Hugs,
Lisa x

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Passion for Promarkers - It's a Boy...

Good morning, crafty friends and a Happy Tuesday to you all! Today is the start of a new challenge for Passion for Promarkers, although it is tinged with a little sadness as it would have been the lovely and talented Eileen's turn to host. Eileen thought you might need a break from all things girly after last week's challenge, so she decided she would simply like you to make a creation for the boys! Easy peasy, right?!
This week our generous sponsor is Sasayaki Glitter, who are offering one lucky winner a digi image of their choice from their online store.  Don't forget, to be eligible to win the prize, you must use your Letraset/Winsor & Newton products and follow the challenge theme...

We were lucky enough to choose an image to play with, so I went with Shy in the Sky...
I coloured him up with my Pro/Flexmarkers and 3D paper pieced him for a bit more dimension...
...My Lawn Fawn Fluffy Clouds border die came out again - I just LOVE these dies - and I added a couple of extra clouds (because you can never have too many!?!) on foam pads.  The paper is from the Travel set of Another Play on Words and I finished off with string and a bow...No glitter and no pearls...am I ill or something?!
I hope you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week, in tribute to the lovely Eileen and look forward to seeing your fabulous creations!
Hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
#168 CAS closes 13th
#53 Anything Goes closes 17th
#467 Anything Goes closes tomorrow

Sunday, 5 March 2017

XBox card...

Good evening, lovely Blogger buddies!  I thought I would pop on and share a card commission I made at the end of the week for a neighbour's son.  I was given the theme XBox - something I am all too familiar with, with my little man!...
...I printed off an image of an XBox controller and used it as a template to create a topper made from coloured cardstock and enamel dots, coloured with my Promarkers.  I was really pleased with how it turned out and hope that Ben likes it too!
It's short and sweet from me tonight - we've had a bit of an eventful weekend, plus I'm off to make homemade pizza for tea!
Hugs,
Lisa x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A new disc...maybe?!...

Good evening, dear crafty friends! For those of you who do not follow me on Facebook, I thought I would let you all in on the news that I am currently working on a new papercraft disc!  It has a floral theme and I have thoroughly enjoyed drawing the designs for this disc...
Although there is no definite release date, I am hoping that it won't take too long to complete and should be available sometime this Spring...I know, rather vague, but to be honest setting a deadline just adds pressure and then I lose the enjoyment of creating! I am quite pleased with how the images have turned out  -I don't think I will ever be completely satisfied, as I am totally my own worst critic - but here's a sneak peek of a few of the designs...


Hope you like them...
Hugs,
Lisa x

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Something New...

Good morning, crafty friends! Gosh, it's Tuesday again...so you know what that means, don't you?...yep, that's right - it's the start of a  brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  This week we have the lovely Ali in the hostess chair choosing us a nice, easy theme of 'Something New' - so whether it be a New Home, Job or Baby or even just some new stash, we'd like to see it on your creations (if you are using new stash, it would help us to state what your new stash is!)
We're being sponsored by the fabulous Digistamp Boutique who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to their online store and don't forget, to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you MUST use your Winsor & Newton (formerly Letraset) mediums and follow the challenge theme...
We were lucky enough to choose a digi to play...I mean, work...with and I chose the ever so sweet Bently and Bunny to create a new baby card.  The papers are all from the Baby set of Another Play on Words and the bunting die is a Marianne one...
I punched the edge of the card with a hole punch to give it a more lacy look and of course, coloured my bunny with my Pro/Flexmarkers...though I forgot to write the colours down...duh! I kept the card in my usual clean and simple style and just added my signature pearls to finish off.
I hope you can find the time to join in with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations! Don't forget to check out what my talented teamies have been creating for your inspiration and good luck!
Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes until 24th
Anything Goes closes today
Anything Goes until 28th
Anything Goes until 26th

Thursday, 16 February 2017

I've made something!...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies! I have actually remembered to photograph a card before sending it out! This is a card commission that I had to make this week, with the only stipulation being that it was for a Sister on her 65th Birthday...now sometimes I curse the subject matter that some people give me to put on a card, but it can also be as difficult when you aren't given any guidance at all and are just told something pretty..I mean, something I think is pretty, somebody else might not! But this is what they've ended up with...
...I decided to go quite girly and plumped for flowers and butterflies...surely I can't go wrong with that and I hope the recipient likes it?!
Right, off to do the dreaded food shop - I've managed to eke it out to a fortnight, but the boys are complaining that there's nothing to eat in the house...they still manage to get tea every night, so I don't think they're starving just yet, but I think the combos that are left in the freezer would make some strange menu choices!!
Have a terrific Thursday, whatever you're up to!
Hugs,
Lisa x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Passion for Promarkers - I {heart} you...

This card came in the Top 3 at Come and Get It Challenges
This card was also the chosen winner and DT Favourite at Craft Rocket Challenges
THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!

Good morning again, dear Blogger friends and I hope you're having a totally terrific Tuesday! You know what this means?!...Yep! It's the start of a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!
This week it's the lovely Shelly in the hostess chair and she's chosen a topical theme of 'I {heart} you!' So rather than a specific love or Valentine's themed creation, we would like to see anything with a heart on it...this could be heart die cuts, an image holding a heart or even heart backing paper...
Don't forget to be in with a chance of wining the prize, which is a fantastic Promarkers set courtesy of Cowling & Wilcox (my favourite place to buy Promarkers) you MUST use your Winsor & Newton (formerly Letraset) products and of course, follow the challenge theme! It would also help massively if you could state which products you've used and where, for example, 'coloured with Promarkers'.
I decided to get ahead and create hubby's Valentine's card using the super cute Look at Me Lolly from Angie's Digi Store. I went into heart overload and had lolly peeking out from behind a pretty lacy heart that is from a lovely die set that my sister got for my birthday...
I used my GoKreate Frilly Frames #2 for the card base - one of my all time favourites for shaped cards and the papers were all from in my scrap drawers.
Lolly was coloured using my Pro/Flexmarkers - Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Umber, Linen, Vanilla, Champagne
I was rather brave (or stupid!) and decided to add some doodles once my card was finished, but I feel it just finished it off.
I hope you can find the time to join in with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing all of your fabulous creations! Don't forget to hop over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my talented teamies have created for your inspiration and to enter...
Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
It's a Love Thing! until 14th
Be My Valentine! until tomorrow
Anything Goes until 9th
Hearts on Fire! until 18th
Valentine's Day until 11th
Love is in the Air! until 28th

Monday, 6 February 2017

Workshop cards - February 4th...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies! I have actually remembered to take photographs of the cards we made in workshop on Saturday and so am here to share them with you!...
The first card was inspired by Ewa's card HERE and uses a pretty Marianne butterfly die cut in black and backed with an inked layer, using Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.  The papers are from Animal Antics CD-Rom - the Cat polka dot and Horse corrugated papers.
The girls really loved this card and despite everyone's butterfly being different shades, they all turned out beautifully!...
Second up was a card using the Hot Air Balloon from Another Play on Words CD-Rom.  It uses a variety of papers from the CD and the JPEG balloons, printed at 9 to a page for the larger and 35 to a page contact sheet for the smaller one...
I really liked this layout and am currently using it to make an upcoming DT card, though I'm sure it will look very different to this one!
I have been so busy drawing and creating for workshops, plus trying to fit in working on the campervan, that crafty time is at a premium at the minute!  I also need to learn to photograph cards before I send them out, as they either get delivered or sent in the post and then I think of taking pictures!
Hope you can find time for some crafting and have a magnificent Monday - I have kid's club later...oh, joy!
Hugs,
Lisa x

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Feminine Fancy...

Good morning, Blogger buddies! A really quick post from me this morning as I'm off to have my hair done...but, it's Tuesday - so you know what that means?! A brand new challenge starts today over at Passion for Promarkers and it's the lovely Nic (aka Coops) in the hostess chair, giving us a nice easy theme of 'Feminine Fancy' - so all those creations for the ladies, something feminine and girly with lots of prettiness. Easy, peasy, right?!
We're ebing sponsored by the fabulous Dies to Die For who are offering one very lucky winner a £15.00 voucher to their store...can I enter...pretty please?!  You can make any creation you like (not just a card), as long as you use your Winsor & Newton (formerly Letraset) mediums and follow the challenge theme...
So what are you waiting for?! Get out those pens and get playing along!...
I went with soft, feminine colours for my DT card and a pretty Hibiscus flower. Of course, it had to be CAS with just a bit of embellishing - no card of mine would be complete without my signature three pearls!
The image is a sneak peek at something that I'm playing with at the moment...for now, I am enjoying drawing and colouring and we'll see what comes of it?!
Right, gotta go or I'll miss my appointment! I hope you can find the time to play along with us this week and don't forget to see what my talented teamies have created for your inspiration over at the Passion for Promarkers blog!
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

A freebie!...

Good evening, dear Blogger buddies! A quick pop in to share a freebie with you all! This little guy was heading for the recycle bin, but I thought I would post him and see if any of you lovely crafters would like to give him a new home?...
Hugs,
Lisa x

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Add Some Bling...

Good morning, Bloggers! Like a lot of people, I had promised myself that I would try to blog more this year...not a great start is it?! But I'm here now...and it's Tuesday, which means another fab challenge from Passion for Promarkers for the beginning of 2017!
This week we have the lovely Marie in the hostess chair and she's chosen us a nice, easy theme of 'Add some bling'...We are being kindly sponsored by Bugaboo, who are offering one lucky winner 4 digis from their store...how cool is that?!
Don't forget, to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you MUST use Letraset mediums and follow the challenge them. (It would also help if you let us know where you've used your Letraset products, i.e. coloured with Promarkers)
...We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I chose the ever so cute Ladybug Line!...
I really enjoyed this challenge theme, although it is an absolute nightmare to photograph! My pretty card is really quite blinged up in real life with black gems on the ladybirds antennae, crystal glitter on the wings, sparkly gold twine, red glitter card mat and a sprinkling of crystal gems, plus a bit of Glossy Accents on their noses...
...I chose this image because I thought it would lend itself to my favourite CAS style and just love the black and red combo of ladybirds...
Colours :
Ladybirds - Red, Berry, Crimson, Burgundy, Cool Grey 1, 3, 4 & 5
Leaves and grass - Meadow, Leaf, Grass
Wings - Sea Mist, Tea Green
Shadow - Blue Grey 1, Dolphin Blue, Blue Pearl, Blender
This card has been sent to a friend, who's birthday was yesterday, so I hope she liked it as much as I do! Right, off to sort out the breakfast mess and then hopefully a chance to sit at my crafty table later!
Don't forget to hop over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my talented teamies have been creating for your inspiration and I hope you can find the time to play along with us!
Hugs,
Lisa x