Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Anything Goes - I ♥ Promarkers

A quick post from me today, as I am still without internet (but just one more day to go!) :) and so am leeching at my dads, and trying to get everything scheduled for this week.

So, today over at I ♥ Promarkers our theme is 'Anything Goes' :)  Couldnt be easier eh?  Remember you have to use Promarkers, Flexmarkers or Trias to be able to enter and the prize this week is a pack of PM's.

I used 2 fab images from Make it Crafty's Steampunk collection and they have some really stunning backgrounds that are great to colour too.  The main image is Annabelle, and I just loved colouring her skirt,  the backing image is Metallic Flowers .

I used Prima papers, spellbinder dies, and the cogs were cut from my digi-die cutter. Peel-offs, pearls and metal brads from stash.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Passion for ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - As You Like It
Stamptacular Sunday - Divas with attitude
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for looking at my blog, and I hope you have a smashing day.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Anything But Square - One Stop Craft Challenge

Morning my lovelies :)  Another scheduled post from me, as I am still without t'internet until 1st September - (I am really missing blogging) :( 

So, this is my DT card for One Stop Craft Challenge where this week our theme is 'Anything But Square', and we are sponsored by Stitchy Stamps. Check out the rest of the DT's creations, they are fab!

Now next week I will be mostly making......'Steampunk' style cards.  I had a couple of days practising my colouring and blending with Flex-markers and Pro-markers, and got quite carried away, so I am on a bit of a roll with them. 

The flex markers are quite juicy and so I kind of used them for a bit of foundation and fluidity, and as they are mostly very pale shades, you wouldnt believe how many I used in this pic!..  Im still loving the PM Fine Nibs, as I naturally favour very dark, rich shades IRL, and the precision application has given me a lot more confidence to experiment.

I was also inspired by a recent trip to my blogging friend Paula.  She has been sharing her progress on a colouring course, and I was quite taken by the tips for colouring cylindrical objects, so the top hat in this pic was almost a breeze! :)  I used a Kenny K image and Prima Botanical papers.  The gears, keys and clock wings were cut from my Silhouette digi die cutter, and I dug out some old peel offs for the chains.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Kenny K - Layers
Totally Gorjuss - As You Like It.
Papertake Weekly - Dies to Die for - Spellbinders and digi-dies.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, and I really, really cant wait to get back to normal and visit everyone soon! :)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

I ♥ Promarkers - Paper Piercing

Fingers crossed this scheduled post appears, as Mr Blogger has let me down twice in the last week. Tut.

Anyway, today sees the start of a new challenge at I ♥ Promarkers, and this week the theme is paper-piercing.  The DT were given some lovely images from Digi Doodle Shop who are sponsoring this weeks challenge, and I have used this sweet Faery image. 

I used a pricking tool to pierce the edges of the paper panels, and resisted the temptation to stitch them! :D lol.  The papers are Prima, the flowers are WOC, and the  latex leaves were an ebay bargain.

Most people would notice that I dont usually colour so much of my image, as I dont really have the confidence to potentially ruin a picture once I have coloured the main image in, but the new Flex Markers are fabulous.  I managed to colour sky and grass for the first time on the first attempt, so they get a thumbs up from me! :)

On a final note - My internet has been throttled until 1st September and its absolute pants! :(  I cant visit blogs, and cannot see pictures as they dont load.  I am so upset, as my ISP are quite harsh on this, and its not a brilliant internet speed to begin with!.. bah!  So I will endeavour to catch up and visit as soon as I can, and I hope to be back to normal asap :)

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today,

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Sweet Stampin - Little Ones

I love Bugaboo images, and so was thrilled to find they are sponsoring our challenge this week at Sweet Stampin! :)  Our theme this week is 'baby cards or little ones' and I just loved colouring this cute little fella in. :)  Check out the rest of the talented DT's work!

I used Prima paper, MS Punch and HOTP button brads.  The 'Boo's were cut on my digital die-cutter and I hand-stitched the paper edges.

Sorry for the quick posting today, some of my saved/draft posts have been vanishing when I hit 'publish', so this is my second attempt (fingers crossed).

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
The Shabby Tea Room - Polka dots
Papertake Weekly - Bingo - Buttons, Ribbon, Free

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, have a great weekend!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Charisma Cardz - Negative Space

Morning :)   Back today with another card, and this one is quite CAS for me! :)  Oh, but these do give me headaches! :D

Right, so our challenge today at Charisma Cardz is 'negative space' chosen by Leah.  This means we want to see 2/3rds of your card left blank (yep - eek!) .  We are sponsored this week by Meljens Designs and ATS, so great prizes to play for.

I used a Penny Black stamp as their images are always delightful and quick to colour, Nellie Snellen frame dies, MS punch and Card Candi.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Stamp Something - Summer Somethings
Paper Sundaes - Just Saying Hi
Penny Black at Allsorts - Free and Easy
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Keep it Clean
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Happy Birthday

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today and for leaving comments.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

I ♥ Promarkers - Easel Cards

Another christmas card from me, I think that must be a grand total of 5 for this year! LOL. 

So, today sees the start of a new challenge at I ♥ Promarkers and this week we would like to see Easel Cards.  We are sponsored by Stampezee who are offering the winner a £10 voucher to spend at their online store.  Fab Prize! :)

If you are anything like me, the amount of christmas stamps and stash I have is disproportionate to the amount of christmas cards I make compared to normal cards!  I must have equally as much stuff for xmas cards, ( and easily more stamps!) but it always feels odd to play with them for the most part of the year. 

I have seen the upcoming new Christmas releases from LOTV for later this month, and I want them all, so, I thought I had better at least use some older stamps before buying any more :D.

I used Bunny Bo papers, Marianne and Spellbinder Dies, and the scallop frame was cut from my digital die-cutter as I didnt have the inbetween size scallop nestie.  Oh yeah, and this was my first attempt at a twisted easel too :)

I am entering this card in the following competitions:

The Ribbon Girl - Use Ribbon
Stamptacular Sunday - Fancy Folds
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas Cheer
Ooh La La Creations - Oh Christmas
Creative Card Crew - Hand made flowers
Papertake Weekly - Bingo - Free, Pearls, Blooms
Try it on Tuesday - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for looking and good luck to everyone entering these challenges.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

On the Beach - One Stop Craft Challenge

Happy Weekend! :)  Today is the start of a new challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge and our theme is 'On The Beach'.  We are sponsored this week by Robyns Fetish and the DT have created some beautiful cards if you get time to visit the blog and play along.

I used a gorgeous Digi image called DeeVonne from Crafts & Me and she was just fabby to colour and perfect for this challenge.  The DP is from a seashore Crafty Individuals paper pad which I won in a challenge, and the flowers, starfish and ribbon are from stash. 

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

The Ribbon Reel - Photo inspiration
Creative Craft Challenges - Its Summertime
Digital Tuesday - I Love the Sea
The Stamp Man - Anything goes & Summer colours
Stamp Something - Summer somethings

Thanks so much for looking and good luck to everyone in the challenges

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Sketch Week - I ♥ Promarkers

We have a fabby sketch to follow for this weeks theme over at I ♥ Promarkers.  Now, I love following sketches, and this was really easy, with lots of room for adding details, design and embellishments. We are sponsored this week by one of our regular and generous sponsors Di's Digi Downloads, and the DT were given some adorable images to play with.  I used Maisy on a stool, and she was just lovely to colour :)

Check out my Chain Stitch!! :D  I always prick out my holes first before hand-stitching, using either a parchment grid (for very neat results) or a Tim Holtz ruler with piercing holes for a more relaxed look.  I then hand stitched the two borders on the paper panel and it was surprisingly quick! 

I used HOTP papers, Marianne doily die, MS punch, spellbinder leaves and I die cut the buttons and glazed them with glossy accents.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Stamp Something - Digi Day
2 Sisters Challenge - Colour Challenge
Dream Valley - Distressing - I distressed the paper edges before I stitched them

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, and good luck to everyone in these challenges,

Monday, 8 August 2011

Maisie On A Shroom

Hope everyone has had a fabby weekend? :)  We spent a lovely day strolling along the Crinan Canal and visiting the Marina yesterday (known as Britains most beautiful shortcut) .

Anyway, back to my card.  I think this has to be my favourite LOTV image ever - isnt she just as cute as a dumpling? :)  I hand-stitched Prima papers, used spellbinder dies and the roses were from WOC.  The shroom was cut from my digital die-cutter, and the latex leaves were from ebay.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Spots and Dots
Allsorts Challenge - Red Card
Creative Card Crew - Best foot forward

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today and I really do appreciate and read all my comments :)

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Sweet Stampin DT Card - Rainbows

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' where this week our theme is Rainbows and we are sponsored by Tiffany Doodles.  Check out the challenge blog to see the rest of  DT's lovely and colourful creations.

Now, I remembered that somewhere in the darker corners of my stash I had a few sheets of rainbow paper I never thought I would use, so I spent a good hour at least trying to find them! tut. :D  Then I had to tidy everything away again! lol.  I kept this simple by just using Marianne doily dies, spellbinder corners and white card.  I coloured Tilda with PM's and added some faery glitter to her wings.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Just Magnolia - Anything Goes + Glitter
Sir Stampalot - Whatever you Fancy

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today and good luck to everyone entering the challenges.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Woo Hoo - My first DT card for........ CHARISMA CARDZ!! :)

I have been so excited and bursting to announce that I have been asked to join the wonderful DT at Charisma Cardz! :)  I have always loved playing along with their challenges, as they have some really fun and inspirational themes, so I am very honoured and proud to be asked. :)

So, onto this weeks challenge - BINGO - this means we want to see your creations using any line from the following list:

Flowers -  Gems  - Circles
Pearls - Masking - Ribbon
Glitter - Squares - Charms

We have 2 wonderful sponsors this week - Simon Says Stamp and Pink Cat Studio.

I used Flowers, Pearls and Glitter.  I hand-stitched the papers, hand-beaded with pearls and went punch crazy with snowflakes.  I used Marianne mini poinsetta dies and McGill branch punch.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

CES Challenges - Feeling the blues
PaperPlay Challenges - Christmas in August
Crafty Catz Weekly - Christmas in July
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Faeries or Angels
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas in August
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas in July
Bling it On - ABC - Angel, Blue, Christmas
Crafters Companion - Glitter and Glitz - I use CC rocka-blocks & Stick & Spray

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, and I hope you find time to checkout the challenge and all other other wonderful creations by the new DT :)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Things with Wings - I ♥ Promarkers

Now this is going to be a brief post from me, as the original scheduled posting (which took me an hour) just completely vanished when I pressed publish, and threw me in a right panic.  It might re-appear and I will have a double post, or it might not :(  Naughty blogger!

So today over at I ♥ Promarkers we have  a new challenge theme and this week it is 'Things With Wings' - One of my favourites! :)  We are sponsored again by one of our regular and generous sponsors Joanna Sheen, so its a really fabulous prize up for grabs.

I used a Sugar Nellie image and followed the great sketch over at The Sugar Bowl.

The lacy border, doily, butterflies and vines were cut using my Silhouette digital die cutter - I told you I would be putting it through its paces! :) lol.  It does take longer than using my bug, but its lovely to have such a variety and have the ability to resize them too.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

The Sugar Bowl - Fabby sketch by KiKi
Colour Create - Pink, Green & White
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Fairy Tales
PaperPlay Challenges - In The Garden
Totally Papercrafts - Bling it up
Allsorts Challenge - Free & Easy
Crafters Companion - Glitter and Glitz
Crafty Cardmakers - Flutterbies
The Ribbon Reel - Chantilly Lace
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, and if you have the time please check back tomorrow when I have some exciting news. :)


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