Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Come Fly with Me...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a Happy Tuesday to you all!  For those of you in the UK, I hope you enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend?  Unfortunately, it's back to normality with a bump again today!
So, it's the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this week it's the lovely Marie in the hostess chair.  She has chosen a theme of 'Come Fly with me', so we'd like to see things that can fly on your projects...birds, butterflies, bees, fairies, aeroplanes, balloons and whatever else you can think of! Nice and easy!
This week we are sponsored by A Day for Daisies who are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher for their online store...
Don't forget, to be eligible to win the prize, you MUST use your Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.
...I decided to go with a little bird which is actually part of the digistamp Birdie Friend from Whimsy Stamps.  I wanted to colour the flower as a poppy, though I don't often use red in my crafting - don't know why as I love the vibrancy it gives...

Card Recipe - 
Image - Birdie Friend coloured with Pro/Flexmarkers
Bird : Cappuccino, Caramel, Cocoa, Mustard, Gold
Flower : Red, Crimson, Burgundy, Gold
Stem and Leaves : Pear, Moss, Olive Green
Papers - First Edition Wild Flowers and Boho Chic
Cream matt - 14cm square
Orange pattern - 13.5cm square
Brown matt - 12cm square
Pink pattern - 11.5cm square
Tulip paper - 4.5 x 12cm
Spellbinders Circle dies
Sue Wilson Pierced Flags
Embellishments - Satin ribbon, Stickles, Stardust, Liquid Pearls, diamantes
The inside was finished with my usual printed insert, using the Cat Polka dot paper from Animal Antics.
That's it from me today, I hope you can find time to join in with our challenge this week and I look forward to visitng your blogs and seeing all your wonderful creations! Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my talented teamies have made for your inspiration and to enter into the challenge.
Have a fabulous week!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Fab n Funky
Flora or Fauna closes today
Fairytale Challenge
Feathers and Wings until 5th June
Sweet Stampin' Challenge
Birds and'or Bees closes 29th
Little Miss Muffet
Anything Goes closes 2nd June
Creative Corner Challenge
Anything Goes closes Thurs 28th

Friday, 22 May 2015

Sincerely Yours Papercraft@Wrexham Show...

Good morning, lovely people of Blogland!  My, these days sure are flying by - I can't quite believe that it's Sincerely Yours Papercraft@Wrexham Show...TOMORROW! Arghhhh!
I've had a bit of a hectic week, preparing for hubby's 40th on the weekend as we're having a 'bit of a do' and with DT cards and commission cards to squeeze inbetween things, crafting for pleasure has gone out of the window! I am going to have to try and tackle the explosion that is my craft room today, either that or fit a lock on the door so nobody can see! Plus there's a birthday cake to make and pressies to wrap, then I'll be sorting and packing the car ready for the morning...oh and before that, picking up my little man who'll be back from his school holiday in Cardiff - the house has been so quiet without him and I feel a little lost! As you can tell, I don't really know whether I'm coming or going and haven't a clue where to start....
...On that note, I'd better go and start something!  I hope you can come along to the show at Wrexham tomorrow and if you do, don't forget to pop over and say 'Hi!'...
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x
Papercrafts @ Wrexham

Saturday 23rd May

Show Open 10am - 3.30pm
Tickets only £3 purchased in advance
£3.50 on the door

The Sports Centre
Glyndwr University
Mold Road
LL11 2AW

Please Note - Advanced Tickets are now only available via the ticket hotline on 07795 975 898.  Pay on the door tickets available on the day as usual.

Order your tickets for FREE tea/coffee.

Pre booked Tickets £3.00 (£3.50 on the door).

Accompanied children under 14 years Free

For parties of 10 or more, ask about our special rates.

Exhibitor List
(as of 14/4/15)

Limetree Crafts
Robert Addams
A Touch of Craft
The Stamp Hut
Sweet Poppy Stencils
House of Zandra
All Day Crafting
Little Claire
R&M Crafts
Art & Craft Glitter Greetings
Ella's Design
Inkwell Stamps
Honey Doo Crafts
Nottingham Laser Crafts
Petticoat Parlor UK
Anna Marie Designs
BJ Crafts
Aly's Inky Fingers
The Craft Bug
JJD Cards
Oyster Stamps

The pre-booked ticket facility for this show will cease on this website
at 9pm Thurs May 21st.

Tickets may still be booked on the mobile phone number after this time and collected from the entrance on show day.

Tickets ordered after May 19th will not be posted out but will be available for collection from the entrance on show day.

Free Tea & Coffee at all Sincerely Yours Shows
with pre-booked Tickets

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Anniversary Challenge...

Good morning, everyone!  Gosh, where did last week go to?!  Heck, where is the year going to...it's the middle of May already!  It's a special time for us over at Passion for Promarkers as it's our 6th Anniversary...I know.... can you believe it's been 6 years since Gina and Denise started their little blog to share our love of all things Letraset.
As it's a special challenge we have a really easy theme for you of "no sentiment", although please note we are only accepting a maximum of 3 entries per person for this one challenge only.  To be eligible for our prize draw you must use your Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.  As always we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and our sponsors have been very generous as usual .  Here we go....
Letraset are offering one lucky winner an exclusive (not available in stores) wallet and 3 sets of promarkers!
Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of $10.00 worth of digi papers
DigiStamp Boutique are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher
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Polkadoodles are offering one lucky winner 2 digis from their Eden Collection:
      Eden Birdcage                  Eden Cherry blossom
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Bugaboo stamps are offering one lucky winner a $30.00 voucher to spend in their online store!
Little Claire
Little Claire designs are offering one lucky winner a beautiful stamp called ‘April Showers'
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Sassy Studio Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of 4 digis of their choice.
Some pretty awesome prizes, I'm sure you'll agree?!...
 ...So for my card, I printed off one of my favourite DSB characters, Rosie - she is such a doll and a breeze to colour.  I paper pieced the presents with papers from the Bird set of Animal Antics ( one of my favourite combos!) and coloured Rosie with Pro/Flexmarkers. I haven't done a colour list for a while, so here it is in case you're interested...
Skin - Blush, Dusky Pink, Coral
Hair - Linen, Champagne, Vanilla, Sandstone
Hairband - Soft Aqua, Duck Egg, Surf Blue
Top - Linen, Vanilla, Mustard, Gold
Bow - Cerise, Shocking Pink, Vermillion, Burgundy
Balloons - Fuschia Pink, Sorbet, Blossom, Pale Blossom, Lemon, Canary, Mustard, Gold
I added some Sakura Stardust glitter pen to the star balloon and in Rosie's hair for a touch of sparkle...
 Card Recipe - 
Aqua matt - 14cm square
Aqua Polka dot from Sewing set of A Play on Words - 13.5cm square
White matt - 12.5 x 8.5cm
Yellow flower paper from Scarecrow set of A Year in Cards - 8 x 12cm
Pink matt - 5 x 14cm
Pink stripe from Bird set of Animal Antics - 4.5 x 14cm
Yellow matt - 9.5 x 12cm
Image - DSB Rosie and presents 9 x 11.5cm
I finished the inside with a printed insert and decoupaged the front present using foam pads, then added a bit of bling and a few Liquid Pearl dots...done!
So there you have it, a really easy challenge to win some fantastic prizes...so what are you waiting for...get your Letraset pens out and join in!
I look forward to visiting all your blgs and seeing your wonderful creations and don't forget to hop on over to the Passion fro Promarkers blog to see what both teams have produced for your inspiration!
Big crafty hugs,
 I'd like to enter my card into the folllowing challenges :
Craft your Passion
Always Anything Goes until 24th
Sister Act
Anything Goes until 21st
Cutie Pie Challenge
Layer it Up until end of the month
C.R.A.F.T Challenge
Happy Birthday until tomorrow

Monday, 18 May 2015

Wokshop makes and a mug...

Good morning, dear Blogger friends on a soggy Monday morning here in North Wales! I thought I would pop in and share the projects we made at Saturday's workshop...
...Our first project was a tissue box cover made from kraft coloured card, scrapbook papers and silk flowers...
...The girls were all chuffed with their finished boxes and we thought that it was nice to make something for themselves for a change!...
...Our second project was a card using the Fish image and papers from Animal Antics...
...I'd just like to say a big 'Hi!' to all the girls, Margaret, Margaret, Joyce, Dorothy, Vera, Linda, Karen, Carol, Carole, Ruth, Clare and give a special mention to Melanie and Louise who are recent members to our group - it is lovely to have you with us!  I hope that Carol and Anna enjoyed their jollies too, as they couldn't be with us! :)
Hubby and I have also been having a play with a mug press that I've borrowed off my sister to see if we can get to grips with it and we managed to print our first mug for hubby's cousin before he went back up to Scotland...
...Not bad for a first attempt and with no instructions!  It could have done with being heated for another half a minute to get the image crisper, but it's a start!  Need to come up with some designs to have a go at next.
Hope you're having a wonderful start to the week and I'll be back in the morning with a special post for Passion for Promarkers.
Crafty hugs,

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Blues and Purples...

Good morning, my lovelies! It's that time of the week again which sees another fab challenge begin over at Passion for Promarkers!  This week it's the talented Lou Mac in the hostess chair and she has chosen a colour theme of 'Blues and Purples', so these need to be the dominant colours in your project...
...you can enter using any type of creation, it doesn’t have to be a card, but as always, to be eligible for our prize draw you must use your Letraset products (promarkers, flex markers, tria markers, aqua markers or metallic markers) and of course follow the theme.
Our generous sponsor this week is Bugaboo and they are offering one lucky winner a prize of a $21.00 voucher to spend in their online store. 
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For my card I used the Scarecrow Digistamp from A Year in Cards  and went really CAS...

...The polka dot paper is also from the Scarecrow design set of A Year in Cards and I added a touch of lace along the joining edges...
...I stamped a sentiment using my small alpahbet stamps and matted everything onto lilac cardstock.  I then finished off wth a small string bow, a touch of crystal glitter and some pearls.
A short and sweet post from me today - we have family down from Scotland this week, so we're off to the Ironworks Centre in Oswestry for a nosy and maybe some lunch out! Have a terrific Tuesday and I hope you can find the time to join in with our challenge this week!
Big crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Lace closes today
Anything Goes closes today
#278 CAS closes 15th

Monday, 11 May 2015

What a weekend!...

...Hello there, lovely Blogger pals and a Happy Monday to you all!  Well we're back from our little jaunt over the border and it was quite a whirlwind of a weekend - with doing 2 shows in two different places, the weekend seemed to pass in a blur!  I met some really lovely crafters and got such wonderful feedback for my designs and samples, it really does make the time spent in the making so worthwhile! 
I'd like to give a special mention to Maureen McLaughlin - thank you so much for the wonderful comments, Maureen, it really does mean a lot!  And if anyone is reading this and knows Heather Lennon who came along to the Edinburgh show, can you please let her know that I received her lovely email and did try to reply, but my message just kept getting returned to sender!

It's Sincerely Yours Papercrafts@Wrexham Show in a fortnight (Saturday 23rd May) but that's just a half an hour or so down the road for us, so a bit of a difference from the 5 hour drive over the weekend! If any of you can get to it, please come over and say hello!
For today, it's back to normality with a bump with a pile of washing, cleaning and ironing, plus it's kid's club today, so I'll have to prep for that too...right, off to get my second load of washing out on the line - it's perfect laundry drying weather today! Have a wonderful week and I'll be back tomorrow with the my DT card for another fab challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!
Lisa x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Another one...

...Good morning, lovely peeps of Blogland!  So, if all has gone to plan, I will now be in Glasgow at the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show! (I'm not very good at using my phone for stuff, but if I get chance, will try and take some pics for you and upload to Facebook when I get across to Edinburgh.)  It'll be a busy day with setting up first thing, the show from 10am until 4pm, then pack everything up, a hop, skip and a jump over to Edinburgh and set it all back up again ready for tomorrow..followed by a well deserved glass of rose in the hotel bar, I think!
Here's another sample made using the golf image and backing papers from Boys2Men...

Card Recipe -
Dark Brown card - 14cm square
DIY checkerplate paper - 13.5cm square
Light Brown matt - 12cm square
Golf text, argyle and plaid papers - 2.5 x 9cm
Golf decoupage topper
Golf sentiment
Impression Obsession Cloud dies
Embellishments - Crystal glitter, Glossy Accents, Chocolate Brown Satin Ribbon, pearls
Hope you're all having a fabulous Saturday!  Edinburgh tomorrow, but it's close down and set back up before then!
Crafty hugs,

Friday, 8 May 2015

Off to Scotland!...

Hello, lovely Blogger friends!  We're off up to Glasgow later in preparation for tomorrow's Show...I always get the jitters, hoping that I've remembered everything and that all goes to plan...that's the  control freak in me, I suppose! Fingers crossed the traffic isn't too bad - thankfully I don't have to drive (I HATE driving and would never contemplate going on the motorway - I'm a coiled up spring just being a passenger!)
So here's my third new sample inspired by Carolyn's fabulous diarama card HERE (thanks again, Carolyn!)  This is my first ever diarama card using the football decoupage topper and papers from Boys2Men CD-Rom...
Card Recipe -
Card base - 2 sheets A4 cut lengthways to 14cm and scored at 2cm and 3.5cm at each end, then corners rounded
Red matt - 13.5cm square
Football paper - 13cm square
Cut aperture in football paper then adhere to red matt and cut smaller aperture in red paper.
Adhere to card base front then cut aperture again.
TIP : place a piece of copy paper on your bottom plate when cutting, to save marking your card
Football text paper - 13.5cm square
Adhere to card base back then attach front and back together
Black - 2 pieces 1.5 x 13.5cm, two corners rounded
Football decoupage image topper, matted onto black card.
Football sentiment
Black strips - 0.5 x 14cm
I added a writing panel on the back with the silver trophy image and the whole thing folds flat to fit in an A5 envelope.
Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you on the other side!
Lisa x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Another Boys2Men sample....

Good afternoon, lovely peeps! I'm back to share another new sample from my Boys2Men CD-Rom.  This time it was a rugby card using the rubgy decoupage topper and papers...
Card Recipe -
Card blank - 12.5 x 17.5cm (approx 5 x 7 inches)
Light Brown matt - 12 x 17cm, bottom corners rounded
Dark Brown - 11.5 x 16.5cm, bottom corners rounded and top half embossed with Cuttlebug Distress Stripes embossing folder
Light Brown matt - 10.5 x 7cm
Rugby text paper - 10 x 6.5cm
Green matt - 2.5 x 12.5cm
Rugby stripe - 2 x 12cm
Circular Rugby decoupage topper
Sue Wilson Pierced Flag Dies
Embellishments - Pearl stars, Crystal glitter and pearls
All patterned paper edges were inked with Vintage Photo Dstress Ink
The layout for this card was inspired by another fantastic sketch over at The Deconstructed Sketch #139 - I find Jen's layouts a great starting point and they make crafting so much easier and less time consuming too!
Have a terrific Thursday!
Lisa x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Only 3 days to go!...

Good afternoon, dear Blogger buddies and a happy, if somewhat wet Wednesday to you all!  I can't quite believe that it's only 3 days until the Sincerely Yours Papercraft @ Glasgow and Edinburgh Shows are upon us!...
...Tickets are available at a discounted price if you buy online before Thursday 8pm and include free tea and coffee, they are available through the Sincerely Yours website HERE...
...I have been prepping for the show, sorting out discs and samples and felt that I needed to make some new Boys2Men samples as they were looking a bit worn and dated - it is surprising how much my card style has changed over the years!  I'll have a few cards to share with you over the next couple of days, then it'll be the long haul up to Scotland for what I hope will be a fun filled weekend!  I love meeting new fellow crafters and would be really pleased if you come along and say 'Hi!' at my stand!
So here's a card made using the Car image and papers from Boys2Men...
Card Recipe -
Card base - 12.5 x 17.5cm (approx. 5 x 7 inches)
Red matt - 12 x 17cm
Tyre track paper - 11.5 x 16.5cm
Black matt - 10.5 x 11cm
Silver paper - 10 x 10.5cm
Navy Blue matt - 8.5 x 13.5cm
Car text paper - 8 x 13cm
Car .png printed in Windows Photo Viewer, 9 to a page
Car sentiment
Sue Wilson Pierced Flag Dies
Embellishments - Star button, Large Pearls for headlights, Silver glitter, pearls and Glossy Accents
...I have left the inside blank as it will be in a cello bag on my display board, but if I were making it for sending, I would replicate the paper layers of the front, replacing the text paper with plain for writing on.
Right off to make some tuna and sweetcorn pasta for my little man for when he gets in - he's got after school sports until 4.30pm, then it's footie training at 6, so he'll sleep tonight! Hope this rain isn't in for the long haul! Have a fabulous evening!