Thursday, 21 October 2021

Noel Christmas cards and a Penguin...

 Hello there, from a sunny North Wales!

I'm popping in to share the cards we made at our last workshop on Sunday...
 


The NOEL cards were inspired by a creation by Yana Smakula - Handmade Cards which I saw on Pinterest (if you're not familiar with her work, please go check her creations out - so inspirational!)...
 

...and the second uses my penguin image with a fab layout by Inge Groot...

I really enjoyed making these, especially the inked Noel cards...hence why there are four of them - just had to try them in different colour combinations!

Thanks for dropping by,
 
Crafty hugs,


Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Passion for Markers - Dies and/or Punches...

 Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Another week whizzes by and it's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers!...


This week it's the lovely Marie in the hostess chair and she's given us a SUPER EASY theme of 'Use Dies and/or Punches'... I have to admit that it is very rare for me to create a card without using one or the other of these, so this was an easy one...

We're being sponsored by Dies to Die For who are offering one lucky winner a £15.00 voucher to their store (can I play along?!)...


 For a crafter who doesn't do Christmas early, I have been making quite a few festive makes and this one uses the free dies that came with Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine Issue 222...

 


 I decided to show that using your markers doesn't have to mean colouring an image and created an ombre effect on the lettering and vellum background on this simple Christmas card. I used a Blender pen, Pastel Blue and Arctic Blue to create the shading on the letters and attached them to the white background die which was edged with Broken China Distress Oxide and glittered...

I attached an embossed snowflake panel to some paper from my stash and then adhered the marker coloured vellum panel, just using adhesive in the centre where it would be covered by the decorative panel. I added some white, sparkly, organza ribbon, wrapping it around the snowflake paper and then attached to my card front, before adhering the lettering panel using foam tape.

I finished off with some die cut snowflakes and a few diamantes for holly berries. A really simple make...

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

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Passion for Markers - Use Red...

Good morning, crafty buddies! So it's happened!...I have the back to school lurgy! "Little man" was full of it last week and I spent yesterday feeling sorry for myself with a throat like sandpaper and a foggy head. Managed to get SOME sleep and am feeling a little better in myself, just now I have a head full of snot and my nose is like a running tap...oh, the joys of Winter!

 

But on a positive note, it's Tuesday and you know what that means?...yep, it's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers! The lovely Lorraine is in the hostess chair and she has given us an easy theme of 'Use Red'...

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


 I don't normally do Christmas until next month (despite doing festive makes with workshop from September!), but thought that this was the perfect theme for a festive make...


I used my own image and coloured the sweet robin with my Pro/Flexmarkers before embossing the whole panel with a random snow embossing folder. I used a white pencil to colour the flakes over the image and then added some die cut snowflakes.

I used Simply Creative Happy Christmas stamp set for the sentiment and cut out the large Christmas word, popping up on foam pads. I mat the image onto dark brown and then onto a pretty red plaid, continuing the theme. I finished with my favourite holly leaf die and some red pearl berries...

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 'red' creations!

I'm off to blow my nose (again!) and disinfect all the surfaces I've touched!...

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Hugs,



Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Passion for Markers - Wings and/or Leaves...

 Good morning, crafty buddies! Another Tuesday arrives and it's my turn to host over at Passion for Markers


 Today is International Day of Peace, so I have taken inspiration for this week's theme from their logo and would like to see anything with Wings and/OR Leaves on your creations...


We're being sponsored by Sheepski Designs who are offering one lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice from the online store...

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out the pretty Butterfly Curl image...I wanted to keep the card quite muted and coloured the majority of the butterflies in grey tones with just a hue of colour and then created the focal point in the large butterfly, colouring in soft, pastel tones -

Blender, Cool Grey 2, Cool Grey 4, Pale Pink, Cocktail Pink, Blush, Soft Peach, Tan

I decided I wanted to create a shaped card front, so flipped the image and sized it to fit a 5x7 inch card front in a dusky rose colour. I cut around the image, leaving a white border and then cut around the card front by hand, aswell. I decoupaged the large butterfly for a touch of dimension and added hints of crystal glitter, finishing with Dew Drops and grey adhesive pearls.

I think my Mojo is waning at the moment, as I really struggled to concentrate on crafting and the first effort got put in the bin?! Life is pretty hectic just now and we're busy trying to sort out moving my eldest son into his first home, then I'm hoping to get my own into some sort of organisation as I feel that the walls are closing in on me with excess 'stuff'...think it's time to be ruthless and have a good purge!

I do hope that 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,




Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Passion for Markers - Autumn Colours...

Good afternoon, crafty friends and a Happy Tuesday to you all! We're having a touch of late Summer here in North Wales with cloudless blue skies, 26/27 degrees and a gentle breeze...perfect to sit in the shade with a cup of tea and a Digestive! Though that's in a little while...at first, I have to let you know about this week's brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers!

The lovely Julie is in the hostess chair with a topical theme of Autumn Colours - the greens of nature are definitely losing their vibrancy and making way for more subdued, richer tones of russet and gold...

We're being sponsored by JMC Designs who are offering one lucky winner a choice of digital collection from their online store...

 We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out this fun Tartan Rex...

 

I coloured Rex up with my Pro/Flexmarkers and gave him a brighter green colour tone to make him pop from the more subdued tones of the papers, using Lime Green, Chartreuse and Forest Green...

I used one of my go to sketches for the layout and picked papers from my scrap drawers in an orange, brown and green colour palette. I added the sentiment from WOW! Stampset66, cutting the happy word with a white border and popping up on foam pads, and then finished with some enamel dots (which I NEED to get some more of!)

Well, I'm off for that cuppa and biscuit - I hope that you're enjoying the good weather, if you have it and that you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week...I look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations!

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Passion for Markers - Fantasy/Magical...

 Good afternoon, Blogger buddies...gosh these weeks sure are flying by! It's Tuesday, which means the start of a brand new challenge over at Passion for Markers! The lovely Sue is in the hostess chair giving us a fun theme of 'Fantasy/Magical'...so think, unicorns, gnomes, fairies, mermaids and dragons - anything magical and mystical!...


We're being sponsored by the wonderful SheepSki Designs who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store (thanks, Andrea!)...

We were lucky enough to get to choose an image to play with and I picked out this pretty Unicorn image...

I coloured the unicorn with my Pro/Flexmarkers and 3D decoupaged the head and horn for a bit of added dimension. I kept the card clean and simple, just adding a band of rainbow polka dot paper and some glittery stars and glittered the mane and tail of the unicorn...because when it comes to magical you can never have too much glitter!...

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...

Crafty hugs,



Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Passion for Markers - Christmas in August...

Good evening, crafty friends! I'm a little late checking in today as we have had family staying from Scotland, but better late than never, I suppose!


 

We have a brand new challenge starting today over at Passion for Markers with the lovely Marlene choosing the theme 'Christmas in August'...so we'd like to see all of your festive makes, whether it be cards, gift bags, boxes or gifts! Our only rule is that you use your markers somewhere on your creation and follow the challenge theme to be in with a chance of winning our weekly prize...


 This week we're being sponsored by Colour of Love Digis who are offering one lucky winner the choice of 3 digital images from their online store...

We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I picked out Christmas Star...

I decided to keep my card relatively clean and simple with such a detailed image and opted for a shaker card to frame the sweet snowman which was coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers. I added a couple of die cut snowflakes and the sentiment was made up of an ancient Christmas word stamp that I found lurking in my stamping box and my new WOW! Happy Sentiments stamp set 66...

I always struggle with Christmas cards before November, but have to start thinking of them soon as we'll be making them in workshop from next month!...I hope you can find the time to play along with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations!

Hugs,