Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Passion for Markers - Celebrations...

 Good morning, crafty friends from a sunny North Wales and a Happy Summer Solstice! It's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers...


 This week it's the lovely Julie in the hostess chair and she's picked out a simple theme of 'Celebrations'...so whatever you may be celebrating, we'd like to see your creations!

We're being sponsored by The Paper Shelter who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store...

As Julie is hostess, she got to pick out this week's image to play with and chose the super sweet Queen Bee...

I thoroughly enjoyed colouring this one up and was rather pleased with how she turned out! Here's the colour list of the Pro/Flexmarkers I used :

Skin - Dusky Pink Sunkissed Pink, Tan
Hair - Pastel Yellow, Champagne, Sandstone, Cappuccino
Crown and stripes - Buttercup, Mustard, Gold
Dark stripes - Umber, Black
Flower - Pale Pink, Pastel Pink, Cocktail Pink
Stem - (Spectrum Noir) Willow, Bamboo

For the background, I used a honeycomb aperture die that I have had in my stash for a while and just used the image to cover up the area that has a bee on it. I used a honeycomb paper and a strip of scrap floral paper from The Works Sweet Garden Roses 12 x 12 paper pad and fussy cut Queen Bee, leaving a white border. I layered her over the aperture using foam pads and added a computer generated sentiment, before finishing with some glitter and gems...

I hope you can find the time to play along with our easy challenge this week and look forward to seeing your fabulous creations! 

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Passion for Markers - Birthdays...

 Good morning, Blogger buddies! Hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend, here in the UK and maybe got to join in with the Jubilee celebrations? Things have been pretty hectic here for me and I'm finding that crafty time is feeling like a bit of a chore at the minute...I have moved my craft room upstairs thinking that a change of scenery might inspire me, but alas, no! Mr Mojo has once again left the building!


 I did manage to make a card for our new challenge that starts today over at Passion for Markers, however...the lovely Sue is in the hostess chair with an easy, peasy challenge theme of 'Birthdays' - it doesn't get mush easier, so why not get out your markers and play along?


 We're being sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps who are offering one lucky winner a $6.00 voucher to spend in their online store...


 For my card I used a sentiment stamp that I picked up in the New Year and coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers. I used a Sizzix Textures plate for the embossed background and added a strip of dotty paper and die cut stars. I really struggled making this as I just cannot seem to find inspiration...not the best of situations to be in when I have card orders and workshop ideas to come up with?! Oh well, here's hoping that I can muster up some enthusiasm to sit at my new crafty desk!

I do hope that you can find the time to play along with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations...

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Passion for Markers - Spots and/or stripes 13th Anniversary challenge

Good morning, crafty friends...these Tuesdays sure are coming around at speed!

It's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers and this week it's a special one as it's our 13th Anniversary challenge! Denise has picked the challenge this week with a super simple theme of 'Spots and/or Stripes'...for me this is one of the easiest themes as it is rare for me not to use one or the other on my cards!


 We have multiple sponsors this week with some fabulous prizes up for grabs!

Dies to Die For are offering a £20.00 voucher

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Crafty Sentiments Designs are offering 3 digi images

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Leann’s World 101 are offering one lucky winner 2 digi images

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All Dressed Up stamps are offering 2 digi images

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Uniko Stamps are offering 1 stamp set (which must be in stock)

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Di’s Digi Stamps are offering a $6.00 voucher

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Polkadoodles are offering 3 digi images

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Colour of Love digis are offering 3 digi images

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Sheepski Designs are offering 3 digi images

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For my card I picked out an old Digistamp Boutique image called Harry with Beer and thought I would use it to make hubby's birthday card (which is TODAY...Happy Birthday to my best friend and my rock!)...

As hubby is not a very big beer drinker, I changed up the beer bottle that was in his hand for a more appropriate mug of tea! (We must be getting old?!) I used some paper strips from my scrap drawers and kept my card clean and simple, although I was going to add a bit of an inked background but stuck the paper on first without thinking! (Definitely getting old?!)

I coloured Harry with my Pro/Flexmarkers :

Skin - Blush, Sunkissed Pink, Coral
Hair - Storm Cloud, Cool Grey 5, Black
T Shirt - Denim, Blue, Cadet Blue, Cool Grey 1
Mug - Pebble Blue, Tea Green, Nutmeg, Sandstone

I used my favourite WOW! Happy Sentiments set and the cheers stamp was from a freebie with SC&P, then finished with some coloured gem sprinkles...

Crafty time is rather scarce at the moment...although so is time to do anything other than the essentials, to be honest! My craft room is like a bomb site and I keep getting tempted to have a major purge and get rid of a LOT of stuff, but then chicken out in case I may NEED it sometime?! The only thing when you're a maker is that you can see potential in everything and find it so hard to just let things go...but maybe one of these days...maybe?! Organised life, organised mind and all that?!...

I hope that YOU can find the time to play along with our celebratory challenge this week and look forward to seeing all of the wonderful creations that you share...and don't forget that BOTH Teams are sharing creations this week to give you plenty of inspiration too!

Crafty hugs,




Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Passion for Markers - Gems and/or Pearls...

Good morning, crafty friends! Another Tuesday arrives and with it a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers!...

This week it's the lovely Marlene in the hostess chair with a super simple theme of 'Gems and/or Pearls'...you can use either or both on your creations and we all love a bit of bling, surely?!...

We're being sponsored by Stamper's Delights who are kindly offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store...

Just remember that to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you must have a marker coloured element on your creation and it really helps if you could let us know where you've used them, for example, coloured with alcohol pens...and follow the challenge theme, which this week couldn't be simpler!

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out the modern 'Art Tools 5'...


With my love of CAS cards not waning, I thought this image would be perfect for a simple creation and resized the digistamp in Photoshop to fill most of the card base. I printed a couple of layers so that I could decoupage some elements and positioned the wording so that the sentiment worked. I inked the card base with Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Distress Oxides and paper pieced the pocket with a denim colour polka dot.

To follow the theme, I added some gem sprinkles in various colours and some grey pearls to underline the word Art. This is definitely my favourite style of card making and I love the way this one turned out, plus the image was easy to colour too!

Colour List :

Bristles - Gold, Honeycomb, Spice
Metal shafts - Champagne, Sandstone, Cappuccino 
Handles - Red, Poppy, Burgundy, Cool Aqua, Duck Egg, Surf Blue, Pastel Green, Soft Green, 
Peacock Green
Heart - Cocktail Pink, Watermelon, Lemon, Canary

I hope you can play along with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Passion for Markers - Flowers...

 Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a happy Tuesday to you all! I'm popping in to let you know about our new challenge that starts today over at Passion for Markers...

The lovely Marie is in the hostess chair with an easy, peasy theme of 'Flowers'...this could be floral papers, floral images or floral embellishments...

We're being sponsored by Colour of Love who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store...

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out the ever so pretty Maiara Indian Maiden...

I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed colouring up this image and love the way she turned out...for all you Promarkerists, here's the colour list I used :

Skin - Putty, Tan , Cinnamon
Hair - Caramel, Auburn, Henna, Umber
Lips - Dusky Rose, Antique Pink
Feathers - Honeycomb, Halloween, Spice, Powder Blue, Denim Blue, Cornflower, Cadet Blue
Shawl - Powder Blue, Denim Blue, Cornflower, Cadet Blue, Pastel Green, Soft Green, Peacock Green
Accents - Sunset, Firebrick

I picked out some coordinating papers, including the mandala style floral one to compliment the colours in the image and mat Maiara onto a dark brown with two photo style corners.

I used the hydrangea type die from Tim Holtz Sizzix Funky Floral #2 to cut some small flowers in coordinating colours and added some in her hair and around the image, with a leaf die as a background. I added a pale blue fishtail flag (one of my go to embellishments when you just need something) and a stamped sentiment from the Wild and Free set that came free with SC&P some time ago...

I hope you can find the time to play along with our simple challenge this week and look forward to visiting your blogs.

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Passion for Markers - In or On the Sea...

 Good morning again, crafty friends! It's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers with the lovely Lorraine picking out a fun theme of 'In or On the Sea'...so whether it's boats, buoys, fish, or seahorses, if you can find it in or on the sea, we want to see it on your creations...

We're being sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps who are offering one lucky winner 2 digital images from their online store...

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out Little Fishes...

I coloured this sweet little sailor with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colour list I used :

Skin - Blush, Dusky Pink, Tan
Hat - Sapphire, Midnight Blue, Blender, Pebble Blue
Reds - Sunset, Firebrick
Dog - Champagne, Caramel, Cocoa
Boat - Sandstone, Cappuccino (Prismacolor pencils for texture)
Tug - Buttercup, Mustard, Gold
Fish - Pumpkin, Bright Orange
Sea - Duck Egg, Pastel Blue (Prismacolor pencils for texture)

I kept my card quite clean and simple, using the image as the top two thirds of the card and adding a blue gingham to the lower third. I paper pieced the flags of the boat with patterned paper and hand drew a couple of birds in the sky. I then added a die cut sun, inked with Wild Honey Distress Oxide and of course, a couple of die cut clouds (because it would be rude not to?!) A strip of soft orange and a stamped sentiment finished the card...

I hope you can find the time to play along with our fun challenge this week and look forward to visiting your blogs to see what you come up with!

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Passion for Markers - Animal Magic...

 Good morning, crafty buddies! It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers...

It's my turn to host this week and I've picked a fun theme of 'Amial Magic', so I'd like to see all of your creations with animals on...these can be the main design image or an accompanying animal as in my DT card...

We're being sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps who are offering one lucky winner a $6 voucher to their online store...

For my card, I pulled out an image from one of my all time favourite designers who sadly no longer trade, Digi Stamp Boutique - I just love the Rosie and Dan characters and picked out this one of Dan Fishing with his frog friend...

I coloured Dan with my Pro/Flexmarkers but sadly forgot to write a colour list, but if I would have to hazard a guess, I would say:

Skin : Blush, Disky Pink, Sunkissed Pink, Coral
Hair - Pastel Yellow, Champagne, Sandstone, Caramel 
Top shadows - Cool Grey 2
Jeans - Patel Blue, Arctic Blue, Celestial Blue, Cobalt Blue, China Blue
Frog - Apple, Chartreuse, Lime Green
Quay - Sandstone, Caramel, Cinnamon, Umber,
Fish - Mustard, Gold, Honeycomb
...(I think!) 

I picked out some papers from my scrap drawers (which I need to make a concerted effort to try and use up before I have to have a major cull) that contained the majority of colours in the image...now I know most people would say that it would be easier to pick out the papers and then colour the image accordingly, but my brain doesn't work like that?! Hence the scrap drawers full to bursting point!

I added a pop of orange in the two fishtail flags and finished off with some buttons and stars and an Avery Elle sentiment...

I hope you can find the time to play along with my fun challenge this week and look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations...

Crafty hugs,