Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Passion for Promarkers - Bunnies and/or Chicks...

Good morning, crafty buddies! It's Tuesday, which means a brand new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers! The lovely Shelly is in the hostess chair this week and she's chosen us a topical theme, with Easter just around the corner, of Bunnies and/or Chicks...
We are being sponsored by the wonderful All Dressed Up, who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 2 digital images from their online store...
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/alldressedupstamps
Just don't forget, that to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you must use your Letraset/Windsor & Newton mediums and follow the challenge theme

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked the super sweet Easter Bunny...


 I decided to do some paper piecing, as I thought that the bunny was a simple enough shape to do so, so printed the digistamp on 4x6 paper, then overprinted with a grey and a peach polka dot pattern before shading with my Promarkers and cutting out. I decoupaged the bow and created a simple card design with grosgrain ribbon, paper lace border and a few handmade Spring flowers...

I hope that you can play along with our fun challenge this week and look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations,

Take care,

(Please do not think that I am ignoring what's going on in the world at the moment, but I am trying to keep my crafty posts and personal ones separate, so if you'd like to read my take on it all, I have a post HERE)

Unprecedented times...



Good morning, dear Blogger friends! Well, where do I start? Although I try to keep my blog posts as light as possible, I feel that I cannot ignore the current situation that we all find ourselves in. With news last night of a countrywide lockdown, I hope that people will start to take this virus a lot more seriously...none of us want to have to isolate ourselves or disrupt our lives in this way and the uncertainty of it all is enormous, but we have to protect ourselves, others and more importantly our NHS. We can get through this and things will return to some sense of normality, hopefully sooner rather than later, but it's going to be a long Summer!

Hubby has gone in today to finish off in work and make sure that everything is closed down and safe for their closure from this afternoon, I've been put on standby with the council, my eldest is working from home and my youngest has had his GCSEs cancelled, so things are going to be very different for the foreseeable future...


...But in the darkness of all this, there has to be some positive - I will get time to spend with my family, I will have time to finish those jobs that I have been putting off for weeks, we can still enjoy the outdoors, both in our own garden and going for a walk in the amazing countryside that we have, literally, on our doorstep. I know that I am lucky in this sense, I have my loved ones around me and won't know the isolation of being on my own, but for those of you that read this who are isolating alone, you are in my thoughts and I send you a virtual hug...



♔ Bear hug #wildanimals ♔ Bear hug
Take care, stay well and I look forward to the day when all this starts to get better...right, normal craft mode will resume in my next post!
Hugs,

Thursday, 19 March 2020

New designs...Sunflowers and Owls...

Good morning, Blogger buddies! With everything that is going on and all the uncertainty that surrounds it, I have been trying to do something positive with my time and have actually been enjoying doing a bit of design work. There has been something so therapeutic about losing myself with a piece of white paper and pencil...

If you follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lisa.macvicar.714) you will probably have seen some of these creations, but I thought it about time that I tried to give my little corner of Blogland a bit of TLC, so here's what you might have missed...

First up is a pretty Sunflower card...I never use enough yellow and orange in my crafting and don't really know why, as when I do, I tend to love the results and how happy they make me feel...

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/786438525/sunflower-digistamp-and-precoloured?ref=shop_home_active_3&crt=1

This set contains 12 files in total, including the individual Sunflower image as a black line digistamp, a paler 'no lines' digistamp, precoloured with a black outline and precoloured with a paler 'no line' technique...and also the Sunflower frame in the same formats, with and without the sentiment...and is available to buy in my Etsy store for just £3.00 HERE...


Next up is my Owl design...


https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/772545378/owl-digistamp-and-precoloured-image-6?ref=shop_home_active_7
I have to admit that I was pretty pleased with how this one turned out and he is available in my Etsy store either as just a digistamp for £1.99 HERE or with the precoloured images for £3.00 HERE...

I shall be back to share some more of my images tomorrow, but for now, I hope you like my designs and if you'd like to purchase or see more pop over to my Etsy shop - ellasdesignwales

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these troubling times,

Hugs,

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Feminine...

Good morning, crafty friends and a Happy Tuesday to you all! We have a brand new challenge starting today over at Passion for Promarkers with the lovely Nic (aka Coops) giving us a super easy theme of 'Make it Feminine'...
We are being sponsored by JMC Designs who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 1 digital collection from their online store...
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JMCDesignsArt?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=721970071
We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out the slightly quirky, Edna...


Colour List -
Head -Ivory, Champagne, Tan 
Neck, eyelids and legs - Blush, Sunkissed Pink and Spice
Beak - Pastel Yellow, Mustard and Gold
Body - Cool Grey 2, 4, 5 and Black (I've lost my Cool Grey 3, so that's why I didn't us it?!)
Wings and neck fluff - Tea Green and Watermelon

I coloured Edna up with my Pro/Flexmarkers and teamed her with some papers from Unique Stories paper pad from The Works. I knew straight away that I wanted to add some feathers and am thinking of adding the sentiment, 'Shake your tail feathers!', but I'll let you into a little secret...I printed the sentiment on my Brother labeling machine and then used my heat gun to dry the Glossy Accents on her eyes a little quicker...guess what?!...label paper is heat reactive, so I ended up with a black mess, so I left her without!! I'll probably just put it on the insert inside when it comes to sending her out...

I pulled inspiration for this layout from one I did a while back (November 2017) but tweaked it about a bit...

https://ellas-design.blogspot.com/2017/11/passion-for-promarkers-use-your-die-cuts.html

I have to say that I rather like the way this card turned out - it's very 'me'...I love the black, pink and cream colour combination and I think it turned out very feminine without being too girly... if that makes any sense?!

Right, off to do something...not quite sure what yet...but I hope you can find the time to play along with our fun challenge this week and look forward to seeing what you all create!

Hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes until 19th
For Girls Only until 14th
Female closes tomorrow
(as I say in my post, I think my card turned out very feminine without being overly girly)

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Passion for Promarkers - Dies/Punches...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies! Gosh, these weeks are whizzing by so fast...we are nearly at the end of another month and as it's Tuesday, it's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!

The lovely Marie is in the hostess chair this week and she has given us a super easy theme of 'Dies/Punches'...We are being sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who are offering one lucky winner a chance to choose 3 digital images from their online store...
http://www.craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/
We were lucky enough to choose an image to play with for our DT card and I picked the ever so sweet 'Just Relax'...


I coloured her up using my Pro/Flexmarkers, paper piecing her trousers and decoupaging her head and hands for added interest. I decided to make a shaker card, in the shape of a polaroid style frame - I absolutely love the bee paper that is behind the window (I have a bit of a thing for bees...and clouds...and pink, in my crafting!) I made some miniature pencils from kebab sticks, adding one in her hand and teaming the others with a note paper die from Sizzix. Some gold stars and one of my favourite banner dies finished everything off, with a small stamped sentiment in a typewriter font...

...I was rather pleased with how this one turned out and even surprised myself with my flat lay photography...not the best, but a definite improvement!

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

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Passion for Promarkers - Photo Inspiration...

Good morning, crafty friends! Another Tuesday rolls around, which can only mean one thing...that it's time for a brand new challenge at Passion for Promarkers!
It's my turn to host this week and with Valentine's Day in a few days, I've given you all a topical photo inspiration with a much looser theme, so it could be a card for someone you love, or just take inspiration from the layout, colour scheme, flowers, coffee cups or hearts...however you interpret the picture...
 We are being kindly sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps who are offering one lucky winner a $6 voucher to their online store...just don't forget to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you MUST use your Letraset/Winsor & Newton mediums and follow the challenge theme...


Those that know me well, will know that I love pink in my crafting and so pink had to feature in both my photo inspiration and my DT card! I decided to take inspiration from the colour scheme, flowers and heart motifs in the photo and stamped up my Altenew Beautiful Day stamp, coloured with Promarkers. I fussy cut the flowers and layered them up with some gold leaves from Sweet Dixies Delicate Blossoms die set and green ones from the Christmas Rose die set. The pretty lace heart is one I picked up in The Works and I added a couple of extra pearl heart embellishments which I found in Home Bargains when out shopping. All the papers are ones that I had in my stash and I am on a bit of a mission to use!

This may turn out to be hubby's Valentine's card...unless I get chance to do another one before then, but if not, the insert will be stuck in with the tiniest bit of double sided tape so that I can recycle it at a later date?!! Who says romance is dead?!! Ha, ha!...

I hope you can play along with my pretty challenge this week and as it's my turn to host, I look forward to seeing how you interpret my photo inspiration too...
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
#250 Love is All you Need closes 23rd
Anything Goes until 19th
543 Love/Valentines until tomorrow

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Passion for Promarkers - For a child/child images...

Good morning, dear crafty friends! It's Tuesday, which means the start of a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers...
The lovely Julie is in the hostess chair and she's given us a simple theme of 'For a child or children images'...so get creating for those little people or just use an image that includes a child...
We're kindly being sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps, who are offering one lucky winner the choice of 2 digital images from their online store...
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/alldressedupstamps?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=664697686
Just don't forget, to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you MUST use your Letraset/Winsor & Newton mediums and follow the challenge theme...

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked the ever so sweet Stars and Back...


I decided that I wanted to use the image without the writing, so covered the world that the little girl is standing on and coloured her shoes black. I paper pieced her hoodie with the red zig zag paper and coordinated everything else to match...
I'm trying to use different colour schemes, instead of my usual pastel colour tones, so for me this is quite bright! I think I need to get some new paper pads for inspiration and seeing as it's my birthday too...well, any excuse suits me!

I hope you can find the time to play along with our fun challenge and look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations!
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes with an ADU image