Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Bright colours...

I'm back again to let all you crafty people know that there is a new challenge starting today over at Passion for Promarkers! The lovely Hazel is in the hostess chair and she's given us a nice, easy theme of 'Bright colours'...so ditch the pastels, banish the greys and get colourful!
We're being sponsored by Bugaboo who are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to their online store...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 be able to choose an image to play with and I went with '29 again!'...
I part coloured up 3 images, so that I could decoupage up the 29 and balloons...
I decided to go dotty with my papers and use polka dots in a bright, lime green and fuchsia pink.  Some diamante sparkles and a bit of doodling finished off the card and I'll add an insert once I've decided who the recipient will be...
I hope you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you all create!
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Southern Girl Challenges Tic Tac Toe
I've gone with the centre line across - Doodling, Image, Sentiment

Historic Chester...

Good morning, Blogland! It's another beautifully sunny day here in North Wales and we've been making the most of the sunshine in our campervan Daisy! This last weekend, we put on our tourist glasses and visited a city which is only about an hour away from our house and which is probably overlooked by many of us (I know it was by us!)...Chester...we stayed in a little site just outside the city and spent Saturday doing a tour of the city walls - it really is a fascinating city and is steeped in history.  The architecture varies from Roman through to modern day and if you're into a bit of retail therapy, the streets are filled with a mixture of independent, boutique and high street stores.

We visited the cathedral, where there was a modern art exhibition - I have to say, we preferred the art of the cathedral itself and could've missed the Beetlejuice inspired pieces, but whatever floats your boat!
On Sunday, our eldest joined up with us and we went to Breakout Chester to see if we could beat the room...
We'd chosen one of the 3 star rooms to see how we got on and managed to break out in just over 37 minutes - almost half of the allocated time...not bad for a first go! We'll definitely be going back again, though will up to a harder level next time and it's also something that will be going on the Christmas present list as a family day out...if you're into solving puzzles, I would definitely recommend it! (Only problem was the cowboy hat wouldn't fit on my big head!)
Well, I'd best be off to make the most of this weather and get some washing on the line...have a terrific Tuesday and thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Anything Goes...

Good morning, Blogland and a Happy 4th July to all those in the United States!
Before I get down to business, I'd just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all those who came along to the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show at Bebington on Sunday, to those who bought discs and gave lovely comments on my samples...you make it all worthwhile!
Well, it's Tuesday...so you know what that means, don't you?...Yep! It's a brand new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers today and they don't get much easier than 'Anything Goes!' We're being sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store...
We were given the option of an image to play with, so I decided to try and get ahead of the game and made an Anniversary card for hubby, for next month, using the ever so sweet Couples...
I kept the colours quite natural and added a bit of hessian, for texture.  I tried to keep some texture in the fur of the bears too, using short strokes to colour them and not blending too much...
I do like the way this one turned out and the kraft background gives it a lovely warmth.
Hope you can find the time to join in with our super easy challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you all create! Don't forget to hop over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to join in and to see what my talented teamies have created for your inspiration...
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes closes tomorrow
Anything Goes closes tomorrow
Anything Goes until end of the month

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show @ Bebington...

Good evening, Blogger buddies! My, what a crazy, busy day it's been! Things have been working against me in preparation for tomorrow's show on the Wirral, as firstly my PayPal card reader decided to give up the ghost (lots of people have been complaining about the fact that they stop working despite only being used a few times), then my printer decided it was going to play silly beggars and would not print with good quality - a couple of hours of print head alignment and nozzle cleaning didn't seem to make the slightest bit of difference, but a brainwave at around 8pm meant that by printing in High Quality, I managed to get some pages printed that didn't have lines all across them!
We also tried to get as much done outdoors as possible, whilst the weather was fair - bed stripped, three loads of washing dried on the line, hedge and grass cut, big man's handbrake cable replaced (thanks to hubby, I just act as tea girl and assistant, handing tools!) plus lasagne made, a few card samples added to the box and the car packed ready for the morning ...just hope I remember everything!
If you're coming along to The Oval Leisure Centre at Bebington, tomorrow, do stop by and say 'Hi!' - it's always lovely to put names to faces!

The Wirral
Paper Craft Show 

Sunday  2nd July

Show Open 10am - 3pm
Tickets only £2.00 purchased in advance
£3.00 on the door

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will be entered into a draw. We will have 3 winners, each
receiving £50 of vouchers that can be spent at the show.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Pink tulips...

Good morning, Blogger buddies! As promised, I am back to share the card that I made for this week's sketch challenge over at Passion for Promarkers, before realising that we had a sponsor image to use...
I used the Tulip digistamp from my latest disc, Say it with Flowers and coloured them up in soft, pink tones. The papers are from the Hibiscus and Daffodil sets and I added one of the small tag embellishments and a couple of coordinating butterflies...
I added a touch of glitter to the flowers and inked the edges of the papers for a softer feel.  My string bow made another appearance as I thought it coordinated nicely with the string lace across the centre of the card.
If you would like to join in with our sketch challenge this week, hop over to Passion for Promarkers for more details and the chance to win 3 digital images from Ppinky Dolls online store.
The sun is shining again today, so it's time to empty the laundry baskets and make the most of it! Have a wonderful Wednesday, whatever you're up to!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Sketch...

Good afternoon, crafty friends! I'm a little late posting as I've had to do the dreaded food shop today...but I'm here now to share our latest challenge over at Passion for Promarkers! This week it should have been the lovely Ali in the hostess chair, however, unfortunately she had to step down from the DT recently, so Denise has temporarily stepped into the hostess chair!  Ali had given us a fab sketch to work with, so this is still our theme for this week...
We are being sponsored by Ppinky Dolls, who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store...
We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I went with the ever so sweet Abi's Love. These dolls have a real quirkiness to them and I often see them coloured up quite grungy and dark colours...but not me...I had to go with my favourite pastel colour tones!  I used a mix of papers from my latest disc Say it with Flowers and kept the colours quite muted...
Abi was coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colour list I used :
Skin - Coral, Dusky Pink, Blush
Hair - Umber, Cinnamon, Cappuccino
Dress - Dove Grey, Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Ruby
Bow - Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Ruby
Socks - Cool Grey 1, Pale Pink
I flipped the sketch and added a narrow satin ribbon and bow, plus a fishtail with button. There seemed to be quite a lot of empty space, so I added in a couple of the butterflies from my flower disc.  A touch of glitter and my signature three pearls and it was done...
I had made a bit of a boo boo before making this card, as I had a card all ready done to post, then realised that we had a sponsor image to use?!  But every cloud has a silver lining, as I now have another new sample card for my box which I will share with you tomorrow!
I hope you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenge :
June Challenge - Any Image
closes at the end of the month

Monday, 19 June 2017

More sample cards...

Good evening, Blogger friends!  Sorry to be MIA...again...but life is taking over at the moment!  The sun is till shining and we are making the most of it by grabbing every opportunity to go out in Daisy the campervan - we spent this last weekend in Porthmadog, at a really lovely site called Tyddyn Llwyn.  We popped along the coast to Criccieth and visited the castle, before heading to Black Rock sands for an hour or two...begrudgingly, as both hubby and I don't like the sand as it gets everywhere, especially so when you're in a camper! Sunday was spent being energetic at Greenwood Forest Park, where we walked, climbed and slid until our legs ached!
Mum had to do the workshop on her own last week as we were off again, in Scotland, visiting family - so Daisy has been well travelled this last couple of weeks! I do, however, have the cards that were made, based on a couple of sample cards that I'd done for the upcoming Sincerely Yours show at Bebington on the Wirral...only 2 weeks to go!!...

The first was this pretty Hibiscus card, which looks so different when inked with Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I added in some extra die cut foliage and punched flowers between the decoupage layers...
...The second was a really quick card using some of the postage stamp embellishments, cut using a stitched square die.  The pretty pink polka dot from the Hibiscus set and one of the paper bows and this card was almost done!
I really liked the way these turned out and they are very much my style with the soft, pastel colour tones...I hope you like them too?!
I'm going to be busy this week producing discs and finding everything for the show...table cloths, shelving, stands, business cards, posters, etc, plus sorting out my sample cards, but I will be back in the morning with details of a fab new challenge which will be starting over at Passion for Promarkers, so until then...Take care.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Birds, Bugs and/or Butterflies...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies! It's Tuesday already, which means a brand new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers.  This week it's the lovely Shelly in the hostess chair and she's chosen a fun theme of 'Birds, Bugs and/or Butterflies'...
We have 2 prizes up for grabs this week, firstly Petal Lu are offering one lucky winner a 30% discount to their store and secondly we have a set of 6 vibrant tone Promarkers to give away...
I decided to use the sweet Wee Stamps Sympathy Bugs (love these cute little critters) and went for  a fresh pink and aqua colour scheme, using the polka dot and gingham papers from the Hibiscus set in Say it with Flowers...
Here's the colour list I used for the adorable bugs :
Butterfly - Antique white, Linen, Champagne, Sandstone, Pale Blossom, Blossom, Shocking Pink, Cardinal Red
Ladybird - Blue Grey 1, Dove Grey, Dolphin Blue, Champagne, Shocking Pink, Cardinal Red
Bobbles and pom pom flowers - Tea Rose, Cocktail Pink
Branch - Sandstone, Saddle Brown, Walnut
Leaves - Meadow Green, Pear Green, Pesto
Right, I'm off to tidy my crafty table a little before Mam gets here to sort out for Saturday's workshop...I have about a 4 inch square to work in at the moment!
Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday, despite the damp weather...
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes closes today
Anything Goes closes 12th
Bugs and Butterflies closes tomorrow

Monday, 5 June 2017


Good afternoon, crafty friends! A quick post from me today to share another sample from my new CD 'Say it with Flowers'...and surprisingly, it's a Christmas card!...I know!...I don't normally do Christmas until around the 1st December, but sometimes it's nice to shake it up a little!...
...So this is one of my all time favourite card layouts - it uses the Poinsettia topper and papers, plus I added in some more foliage with a few leaf and sprig die cuts...
I added lots of glitter, pearls and finished the inside with a coordinating printed insert.
Well that's another sample to add to my stash for the Sincerely yours papercraft show at Bebington, on the Wirral, in a few weeks time.  I'll be back in the morning with a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers, so until then...have a marvellous Monday!
Crafty hugs,

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Say it with Flowers - NEW papercraft CD...

*This post will stay on top until 31st May 2017*
It's finally here! My latest papercraft CD-Rom Say it with Flowers is now available to purchase...
Below are the 8 predesigned project cards which can either be created using the written instructions with full dimensions for cutting each layer from the printed papers or by printing out the predesigned sheets and assembling.
There are backing papers, image toppers, digistamps, decoupage, sentiments and embellishments including vintage toppers, postage style stamps, butterflies, paper bows, mini tags and fishtail flags.
All the images are hand drawn and coloured then converted to a digital format from which all the elements are created.  The discs are created from start to finish by myself, including the browser interface, CD printing and burning, case artwork and packaging and usually take around 6 months to complete...but I hope it's worth it in the end!
If you would like to purchase a disc, you can do so by clicking on the Add to Cart Button in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post...

Say it with Flowers papercraft CD-Rom £14.99 including UK postage and packaging

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Good morning again, crafty friends! It's back to normality today, with hubby and the big man back off to work - my little man is on half term holidays so abandons us most nights to go and sleep at his Nain's house...but he'll be back later to traipse all his friends in to go on the XBox! Think it'll have to be a morning of ironing for me today as they're starting to complain that there's nothing to wear?! Before that though, I have another sample card to share with you and today it's the turn of the Tulips...
I used the Tulip topper image and a mix of papers including the Cactus Heart, Tulip plaid and Hibiscus polka dot papers...
I used a second topper image to decoupage the flower heads and main leaf and added a touch of crystal glitter (though I can never get it to show up on photos!)
Right, best be off - this ironing ain't gonna do itself...worst luck! And those miserable fairies seem to do things for everyone else but me?! Have a terrific Tuesday and just a heads up that there's a new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers today with a theme of 'Kinetic cards', so we'd love to see you join in!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Iris pop up box...

Good morning, lovely Blogger buddies! Hope you're enjoying the Bank Holiday Monday - it's a bit of a damp squib today with showers and grey skies, but at least it's not cold!
I'm back to share a pretty pop up box that I made using the Iris topper sheet and papers...
I really liked the way this one turned out and if you'd like to have a go at something similar, there is a tutorial on how I create the box base under the Tutorials tab at the top of my blog page...
I used the two main topper images and a little bit extra from one of the bordered images, then added in a couple of butterflies on acetate strips, so they are fluttering among the flowers.  I felt that the back panel needed a little something, so added in one of my favourite embellishments...a cloud, of course...and used one of the iris stamps and sentiments cut into a fishtail shape.
Well that's it from me, don't forget that you only have to today to play along with our current challenge over at Passion for Promarkers, which is 'Make it Manly' and I'll be back soon with some more inspiration.
Crafty hugs,

Sunday, 28 May 2017


Good morning once again, dear crafty friends! Hope you're enjoying the long weekend here in the UK!
I'm back again...I know, it's amazing isn't it?!...to share another sample card and this time it's the ever so pretty Pansy that's in the spotlight...
I used the Pansy decoupage image, fussy cutting out but leaving a white border and all 4 of the Pansy papers...
...Yet again a little string bow managed to creep in there (told you you'd be seeing a lot of them!) and a pretty spotty button.
It's short and sweet from me today as I scheduled these posts on Friday evening to make the most of family time over the weekend...
I'll be back in the morning with another scheduled post and a pop up box...so watch this space!