Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Passion for Promarkers - Bloomin' Marvellous!...

Good morning, my lovelies, on this cold and frosty Tuesday here in North Wales!  It's been a bit of a shock to the system (and my central heating) having this cold snap, but it's better than the wet stuff we've been having!
Anyway, today sees the start of another challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this week it's my turn to sit in the hostess chair!  I have chosen a nice, easy theme of Bloomin' Marvellous, so I would like to see those flowers on your creations...this could be a floral image, die cuts flowers, shop bought flowers or even a flower border!  Just remember to be in with a chance to win this week's prize, you MUST use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers).
Speaking of prizes, this week we are being sponsored by the fabulous Polka doodles and Nikki is offering one lucky winner the chance to get their mits on the gorgeous digi called ‘Fredericka debutante’.
 ...Last week, I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous Wee Stamps Sarah digi from the uber talented Mariska of Sending you a Little Smile (thanks Mariska!)...if you haven't seen this lady's work, then hop over to her blog and take a peek.  Her colouring and 3D paper piecing is AMAZING and her finished projects are always just beautiful!..
...Of course, I coloured Sarah with my Pro/Flexmarkers and thoroughly enjoyed doing so too!  I decided to go with a traditional Christmas colour combo and found some papers in my stash to match...
...To go with the challenge theme, I made a pointsettia style flower using my daisy and round petal flower punch and added a couple of mini larch cones, some sweetheart blossoms and mini roses from WOC.  I used a MS clay corner and frame which I made in brown clay and dry brushed with white emulsion (I am loving this technique and it's great on embossing too!) The pretty glitter ribbon is the last of a piece that I had on my scraps tin, so I may just have to buy some more!
Well there you have it, my second Christmas card of the year! (apart from workshop ones!)  I am really pleased with how this little card came out, though it's another to add to the 'awaiting boxes' pile!
I hope you can find the time to join in with our challenge this week and look forward to visiting all of your blogs to see your wonderful creations!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my talented teamies have been up to!
Big crafty hugs,

 I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Lots of Embellishments until 3rd Dec
Use a Digi until 28th
Winter Theme until 27th
Anything Goes finishes today
Baby it's Cold Outside until 30th

Friday, 14 November 2014

Stop the Press...

...I've made a card!  I know?!  I seem to have misplaced my Mojo lately - well, for cardmaking anyway!  I have been busy crocheting hats, creating Christmas decorations and glueing larch cones onto everything in sight, to make items to sell at our Christmas fair in December but I have had no inclination to sit and make a card!  So, to remedy this, I printed off some papers and image from the sewing design set of A Play on Words (not that I have a favourite, of course!) and set about making...
..I pasted the sewing machine .png in my graphics program and layered the sewing machine emboss image over the top, to get this coloured emboss effect, which I really like.  I made some handmade flowers using my punches, including the small star flower shape which I got in my order from The Works - allsorts of items ended up in my basket as there was 25% off including the sweet little bobbin and the pretty buttons, plus a few paper pads (about 6 in all), a mixed ribbon pack and some Christmas gift fillers.  There's 30% off if you spend over £30 this weekend, so I'd better not visit their website!...
...I inked all the edges of the layers with Walnut Stain DI and added some salmon pink, wide, satin ribbon and look!...I even managed to finish the inside with coordinating papers and a panel for writing on!...
...Now all that's left to do is make a box for it to go in...darn bobbin!
Well, that's it from me - a flying visit today - Mum's coming any time for us to plan cards for our workshop next weekend and I need to clear a 6 inch square to work on my crafty table! Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully, the sun may make an appearance!
Big crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Challenge #237 - It's Our Birthday until 18th
#45 Special Occasion until tomorrow
#1 Anything Goes / optional stitching until 16th
Anything goes / optional twist Celebration until 17th
Anything Goes / twist Ribbon until 17th
#90 Handmade flowers until 16th

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Passon for Promarkers - Lace...

Good morning, my lovelies!  Well, Tuesday's here again which means it's challenge time over at Passion for Promarkers!  It's Team 1 and the fabulous Julie in the hostess chair this week and she's chosen the theme 'Lace', so as long as you've used your Letraset pens and have some lace on your project, you're good to go!  We're being sponsored by the amazing Letraset this week who are offering one lucky winner the chance to get their mitts on a fantastic set of 6 Flexmarkers!...
Don't forget to be eligible to win the prize, you MUST use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.
...I went all pink and girly with my card, using a pretty pink polka dot card from my scraps drawer and sweet Abi Ballerina digistamp which is a freebie from All Dressed Up!...
...I kept the colours for Abi quite soft, with only a few colours in my list :
Skin : Blush, Dusky Pink, Coral
Hair : Buttercup, Campagne, Sandstone
Dress, ribbon and ballet slippers : Muted Pink, Tea Rose, Watermelon
Outline : Soft Aqua
I added lots of sparkle to her dress, hairband and slippers with crystal glitter and attached her using foam pads to 'pop' her off the page...
...I used a Marianne doily die behind Abi to create some focus and added some pretty lace and fine pink satin ribbon, and a lace bow tied with a small paper rose.  I made some bunting from scraps and used the small hearts from Memory Box Precious Hearts die between the pennants.  Some pearls and a simple sentiment finished the front...
...I added a printed insert using the black and white line image of Abi and 'Especially for you'.
I hope you like my girly creation and can find the time to join in with our pretty challenge this week!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my lovely teamies have made for your inspiration and I look forward to visiting and seeing what you create!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Money boxes and a mess!...

Good evening everyone and a Happy November to you all! Hope you had a good Halloween weekend and that the new month has started as you hope for it to go on!  I'm having a bit of a dilemma at the moment - now I know that women are supposed to be renowned for their multitasking skills and I will be the first to agree, but why is it then, that I can do nothing else when I am designing?!  I become surgically attached to my computer and find that hours fly by in a daze!  I am thoroughly enjoying it but find that I don't have very much that I am able to share with you...yet, anyway!
Because of this, I thought that I would share the projects that we made at our workshop on Saturday.  We decided to make a couple of items that the girls could enjoy themselves, so the first was a little advent calendar box...

...The numbers are individual cards that can be removed and either placed in the box or at the back of the pile...
...Our second project was a wine glass lampshade complete with plastic crystal effect glass and led candle. I actually managed to bring one home and it looks so effective when lit on my mantelpiece!  The girls all said that they had to go and lie down in a darkened room after making them, but that's nothing compared to the state my table gets into when planning these things!...
...The signal to tidy up a bit is when things start dropping off the other side!
I have also made a start on some of the items for our village church Christmas fair, for which I try to do a craft stall every year.  The lovely Carole from our workshop has been collecting some powdered milk type tins for me (thanks again chicken!) and I've been altering them into money boxes...
...I've added a bag of Maltesers inside and even managed to stop myself from eating any! (Don't know how long that will last as it's one of the few chocolates that I love!)  I need to make a couple more and then it's onto wreaths made from larch cones and conkers and a rudolph made from logs and twigs...not sure yet how that one will go!?!
So, I hope you like my Christmassy makes and hope to be back soon with some more crafty inspiration!
I'd like to enter my altered money boxes into the following challenges :
Christmas until tomorrow
It's all about Christmas until 28th
Brads, buttons or Bows until 10th
(I've used buttons on the santa suit and top snowman eyes)
Anything Goes until tomorrow