Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Blue Skies...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a happy Tuesday to you all!  The last day of March is upon us and I hope you've all recovered from the clock change here in the UK?  I love this time of year with longer days and the hope of warmer weather, it gives me so much more energy after hibernating for the last few months!
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this week it's the lovely Julie in the hostess chair and she's chosen the theme 'Blue Skies', so we'd like to see blue as the predominant colour on your projects.  This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Little Claire Designs who are offering one lucky winner this sweet stamp set called 'Changing Birdhouse'...


Don't forget, to be in with a chance to win the prize, you MUST use your Letraset products, i.e. Pro/Flexmarkers, Tria, Aqua, Neon/Metallic markers and follow the theme. 
...I had a wedding card ordered so thought I would...stab too pickles with one fork (I don't really like the saying kill two birds with one stone!) and create a card using this week's theme. I have to say, I am really pleased with how it turned out!...
...I used the ever so sweet Wee Bird Swing, coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers and highlighted with crystal glitter. I also used my latest toy, the pierced fishtail dies (thanks for getting them for me Carol, I love them!)...
Card Recipe -
Image - Wee Bird Swing by Sylvia Zet
Paper - Blue damask from May Wedding Bells set of A Year in Cards
Leafy Sizzix Texturz embossing plate
Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Spellbinders Sue Wilson Pierced Fishtails
XCut Labels die
Memory Box Precious Hearts
White and Silver organza ribbon coloured with Cloud Blue Flexmarker
I added a printed insert to the inside, using the same blue damask paper and a simple verse.
I hope you can get the chance to join in with our challenge this week and I look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.  Hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what wonderful inspiration my talented teamies have to share and to enter...
Hope to be back soon, thanks for dropping by!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes 2nd entry closes today
Feathered Friends or Animals closes today
Fave techniques Lines or No Lines and why...closes 8th
It has to be lines for me!  I admire anyone who regularly uses the no lines technique - I have tried a couple of times and it just makes my head hurt!  I wouldn't rule it out as I enjoy a challenge now and again, but it's lines for me please!

Friday, 27 March 2015

What a week...

Good morning, crafty friends! I have at last managed to sit at my crafty table and create!  Last weekend, I (somehow) pulled a muscle in my neck/shoulder and was in absolute agony whenever I sat for more than 5 minutes - I was fine painting the lean to wall outside and I was fine digging and re planting my hardy geraniums, but ask me to sit still and my neck muscles would seize and I couldn't move!  Thankfully, it has started to ease off now, but I still get a twinge now and again.  The ridiculous thing is I wasn't really doing anything when it happened, it just came on and then that was it, I was like the tin man from Oz! I do keep saying about taking my cod liver oil...I don't suppose they do much good still in the tub!?!
Anyway, I have had a few card orders to fulfill, so have had to get crafty (if only you could see my craft room now...well, maybe not!?! I desperately need to organise my craft room properly and sort out the storage - or lack of, but just don't know how to do for the best)...
I was asked to make a 60th birthday card for someone who likes baking, so it had to be the mixer and cupcake from A Play on Words...
Card Recipe -
Image - Mixer and Cupcake .png from Mixer set of A Play on Words
Papers - Flower and Polka dot from the Sewing set of A Play on Words
Spellbinders Circle dies
Marianne Craftables Lace edge Circle die CR1248
Spellbinders Petite Ovals die
Salmon Pink 25mm satin ribbon
Embellishments - Paper clay frame, sweetheart blossoms, mini roses, rosebuds, pearls, crystal glitter & Glossy Accents
I am still on a roll with my design work and have a number of images and papers created for my next disc - I am thoroughly enjoying the process at the minute and am really pleased with the way it's looking! I just have to keep going whilst I have the inspiration!
That's it from me today, have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for popping by to see me!
Huge crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
#11 Must Use a Die Cut closes 5th April
Anything Goes #26 closes 31st
Anything Goes closes 31st
Anything Goes with Ribbon closes 1st April
Use a Die Cut closes 14th April

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Check it out...

 This card made Top 3 at Creative Craft Cottage - thanks so much, ladies!
Good morning, my lovelies!  Gosh, these weeks are really shifting - to think we are already in the middle of March and the clocks change in a fortnight!  Summer is on it's way!  I am currently working on a new disc...I know!?!...but I have so many ideas that I want to strike whilst the iron's hot, so to speak and am thoroughly enjoying creating new designs! Unfortunately, being sat at my computer for most of the day inevitably means that I am not sat at my crafty table and don't have very much craftiness to share with you all....But it's Tuesday!  Which means it's time to start another fab challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and I have my DT card to share!  It's the lovely Eileen in the hostess chair this week and she's chosen a nice easy theme of 'Check it out!', so we'd like to see checks, plaids or ginghams somewhere on your creations.  We are being sponsored by the wonderful Digistamp Boutique who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to their online store...
Don't forget, to be in with a chance to win the prize, you need to use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers).
 ...I decided to use the pretty hummingbird digistamp from Animal Antics and make a new home card...

...The papers are from A Play on Words - the Lamp plaid, Sewing pink gingham and Mixer Aqua gingham...
...I coloured the image with my Pro/Flexmarkers and mounted onto one of my favourite dies - Spellbinders Floral Ovals.  I added some pink gingham ribbon and a couple of polka dot buttons for embellishment and highlighted the image with gold and crystal glitter.  The inside was finished with a printed insert.
I hope you get chance to join in with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my wonderful teamies have made for your inspiration and have a fabulous week!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Celebrate - New Home closes tomorrow
Flowers (on the image)
Things that Fly closes tomorrow
Spring closes 29th
Not quite Straight closes 20th

Monday, 9 March 2015

Ooops, dropped off the radar again!...

Good afternoon, lovely Blogger friends!   Hope you enjoyed the glimpse of Spring we had on Saturday here in the UK - I even managed to go to the local garden centre and buy my first touch of colour...
...There were a few pretty primroses left, so these got potted up...
...and last year, I bought an old pillar drill from a reclamation yard, when we were up visiting family in Scotland and it has been waiting to be adorned with some greenery until now!...
...And to finish off, a touch of colour by the front door.  The rosemary plant was grown from a cutting, when I pulled up the original plant last autumn and is doing really well.  All I need now is a bit more sunshine and I'll be a happy bunny!
I also have a card to share with you today, which TBH is about as CAS as it gets!...
...I just adore this dog's expression!  I printed off the pre coloured image topper from Animal Antics and added some grass with a few different shades of green Promarker.  I then cut around the bottom of the dog's ears and head and attached the orange circle paper (from the fish design set) and a strip of the same dark brown that I matted the image onto.  I printed one of the sentiments from the dog set and created a pennant shape and embellished with a few light green buttons...
...As easy as that!  This card had to be simple as I've had a busy weekend doing the jobs that I had planned on doing last weekend, changing around the boys' bedrooms - as usual, best laid plans and all that...my eldest had his girlfriend to stay and my youngest had 4 friends to stay over...well, if you're having one, why not four?! But it's all done now - beds have been chopped to cabin height, so no need for ladders and everywhere is neat and tidy...well, in their rooms anyway - the rest of the upstairs looks as if a bomb has gone off and will have to wait for now!
I'm off to try and get some ironing in before kid's club this afternoon...handprint trees and collage people...should be interesting! Take card and have a magnificent Monday!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenge s:
Craft your Passion
Always Anything Goes until 15th
Scribble and Scrap 
Always Anything Goes until 14th
Crafty Catz
Song Title to match your image until 11th
'Hound Dog' - Elvis Presley

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Lovely Lilac and Lemon...

Good morning, Blogger friends!  Gosh, it's Tuesday again! This means that we see the start of a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  This week it's the lovely Shelly who is in the hostess chair and she has chosen a colour scheme of 'Lovely lilac and lemon'...It's great to see Shelly's CAS style and awesome doodling back this week, after having her beautiful baby Darcie last year, though I'm sure crafty time is still at a premium with a little one!...
...This week we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who are offering one lucky winner 3 digis from their store...
...I decided to make a simple Get Well card using the kitten digistamp from Animal Antics.  I cut away the front of the card and cut off the kitten's tail (cruel, I know!) so that it looks like he's peeking over the front of the card...
...I coloured the image with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colour list I used :
Main body - Light Fawn, Champagne,Nutmeg
Muzzle and paws - Antique White, Linen, Champagne
Stripes - Umber, Shale, Nutmeg
Ears - Blush, Dusky Pink
Eyes - Lime Zest. Pear, Olive
...The papers are from A Year in Cards.  The yellow flower paper is from the February Scarecrow design set and the plaid from the August Fairy design set...
...The purple polka dot is also from the August Fairy design set of A Year in Cards.  I added a writing panel to the inside and embellished with the mouse, heart and sentiment from Animal Antics.
I have to say, this isn't a colour combo that I would normally go for - I don't tend to use yellow very often and should remedy it really as I love to see it in other people's creations! The lovely Sue Bearhouse always ROCKS yellow and it makes a card look so bright and sunny (remember what that is?!) Well, there we have it, another fab challenge for you to play along with!  I hope you can find the time to join in with this week's theme and look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see the amazing DT inspiration and I'll be back soon with some more craftiness!
Furry Friends until 8th
Animals closes today
Anything Goes closes today
Make it Digital closes today
I've used a digital image, papers and embellishments