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!
Hugs,

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!
Hugs,
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.
Hugs,

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...
Hugs,
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

Poinsettia...

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...

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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

Tulips...

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!
Hugs,

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

Pansy...

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!
Hugs,

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Calla Lily...

Good morning, lovely peeps! I'm back to share another new sample card from my latest disc, Say it with Flowers and today it's the turn of the Calla Lily...
I went with a really clean and simple layout for this one.  The image is from the Calla Lily topper sheet and the papers are from the Calla Lily and Tulip design sets - the large dotty paper is actually a lot more cream than showing up in the picture, but then that's down to my photography skills...or lack of them?!...
I cut down the 5x7 portrait insert from the Calla Lily set and added it inside.  I was going to add some glitter to the flowers but quite liked the simplicity of it without...as you can see, my string bow made an appearance again!
Have a great weekend!
Crafty hugs,

Friday, 26 May 2017

Daffodil card...

Good morning, dear Blogger friends, on a beautifully sunny day here in North Wales! I have been busy at my crafty table creating sample cards for a couple of upcoming shows and can now confirm that I will be at the Sincerely Yours shows at Bebington on the Wirral, Sunday 2nd July and at Leigh in Lancashire on the 19th August...If you're able to come along, please pop over and say 'Hi!' - it's always lovely to meet fellow crafters and share ideas!
I'll be sharing my latest samples over the coming days and today it's the turn of the Daffodil...
I've used a mix of papers for this one - the large dot is from the Tulip set, the green tile from the Iris set and the small polka dot is from the Daffodil set.  I used the daffodil topper sheet and cut out a couple of extra flowers to make the blooms fuller, then added in a few die cut leaves and tiny flowers plus one of the postage stamp embellishments...
I added some glitter on the image (but as usual, it fails to show up in photograph!), lots of pearls and my favourite embellishment of the moment - string bows...you may be seeing a lot more of these?! ;)
Hope you all have a fabulous Friday and enjoy the long weekend, here in the UK - we have plans for a chillout weekend with maybe a barbecue and picnic out...but I know how best laid plans can change at short notice, so I'm not banking on it?!
I'm also hoping to get a bit more design work in...the brain is still in gear, so I'm making the most of it!!
Crafty hugs and glittery wishes,


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Manly...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a Happy Tuesday to you all! It seems to be that this is the only day of the week that I manage to post anything these days, but there is reason to my absence - I am trying to get some samples made for possible upcoming shows and I am also busy, busy drawing and designing! These weeks are passing by in a blur and it won't be long before we're back on the slippery slope after the Summer Solstice - just where has this year gone?!...
...But I am here...and it's Tuesday...so, you know what that means?!....it's time for a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  Yay!...
This week it's the lovely Nic (aka Coops) in the hostess chair and she's given us a fab theme of 'Make it Manly' (which works out very well for me as it's hubby's birthday this week!) We're being sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps who are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to their online store...
As it's hubby's birthday, I went with an automotive theme - we are all a bit car mad in our house (although I HATE driving?!) so I thought it quite apt...
I coloured up the vintage car from A Year in Cards and decided to challenge myself by going red!  I was quite pleased with how it turned out and decided that it would be best to show it off in my favourite CAS style.  I used my craft knife to cut around the corner of the roof of the car and slotted the sentiment behind to add a bit of depth and added a couple of large pearls for the headlights...
The red combo I used was Sunset, Red, Crimson and Burgundy.  I am finding that quite a few of my pens are starting to run out - I probably shouldn't complain as I've had some of them for about 6 years but it just seems that they're happening all at once...and more so my Flexmarkers too! I store them flat and was wondering if I should switch to storing them upright as I mainly only use the smaller nib end for colouring...any suggestions?!
Right, I have a couple more ideas for samples, so am off to sit at my EXTREMELY messy craft table to play and will share them with you soon...
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Might Men in May closes 9th June
#44 Anything Goes until 30th
Anything Goes twist more than 2 layers
Birthday until 30th

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Passion for Promarkers - 8th Anniversary challenge...

Good morning, lovely Blogger friends! It's a very special Tuesday this week, as Passion for Promarkers sees it's 8th...yes, 8th!...Anniversary! 
As it's a special challenge we have a really fab theme for you of "BINGO", you can create anything you like as long as you follow a line on the bingo board either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.  You could even show off and go for a full house (Hazel nearly succeeded but she forgot the kraft card!!).  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 Winsor & Newton/Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme. 
Here is the BINGO board to use for your inspiration this week:
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As always we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and our sponsors have been very generous as usual .  Here we go....
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Bugaboo stamps are offering one lucky winner a prize of $21.00 voucher
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DigiStamp Boutique is offering one lucky winner a prize of a £10.00 voucher
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Dies to Die For are offering one lucky winner a £15.00 voucher
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Uniko Stamps are offering one lucky winner 1 stamp set (in stock) of their choice
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Alicia Bel is offering one lucky winner a €10.00 voucher
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Petal Lu is offering one lucky winner a 30% discount voucher
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That's some fabulous prizes up for grabs!

For my card, I went with Bingo line Polka Dots, Square Card, Birthday
I decided to colour up the Pansy digi image from my new CD-Rom Say it with Flowers and coloured them up in colour tones which are outside of my comfort zone! I'm quite happy with pinks and pastels, but rarely colour so boldly, so this was a refreshing change...
I coloured the image using my Pro/Flexmarkers :
Darker flower and bud - Tulip Yellow, Honeycomb, Pumpkin, Sunset, Red
Lighter flower - Tulip Yellow, Honeycomb, Pumpkin
Flower centres - Burgundy, Firebrick, Umber
Leaves - Meadow Green, Pear Green, Pesto
I hope you can find the time to join in with our special challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Flowers closes today
Anything Goes closes today
Bright! closes 11th
Anything Goes optional use 5 of something closes 11th