Wednesday, 31 March 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge 8

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge 8 is a sketch with a twist of adding swirls/flourishes.
Our sponsor this week is Sharon from Willow Designs, and the prize is a CD with some of her designs, and a pack of Promarkers.
As from next week our challenges are changing slightly. We're going to have a sketch every other week, and a theme on the weeks inbetween.
For my card this week i've used 'Alfie Flying High', which is one of the images from the CD. He's coloured with promarkers snd I've inked the edges with Distress inks, then cut with a Labels Nestie. The green bp is a freebie from a magazine, and the small squares, punched with a square scallop punch is from the DCWV Spring Stack. Both ribbons are from a local craft shop. The butterflies have been punched out with an MS butterfly stamp and punch set, using some yelloow scrap paper, then partly coloured with a green promarker, and Stardust Stickles added. The flourish is by Prima, and the gems from stash.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Digital Tuesday Challenge 52 - Scrap It - (butterflies are punched from scrap paper)
Magical Crafts Challenge 11 - Spring or Easter
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge 17 - Spring is in the Air
Crafts and Me Challenge 1 - Fairies or Wings

Sunday, 28 March 2010

April Showers.......

April Showers bring May Flowers.
I've followed a fab sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this card. It's an 8 x 8" card for a change, embossed with dots. The image of the boy and girl is from Digital Two For Tuesday, and the flower is a stamp, both coloured with promarkers. The swirl stamps are Heidi Grace, buttons HOTP, ribbon is Anna Griffin and dp is MME.

This card was made for these challenges:

The ABC Challenge - Q is for quotation
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge 16 - It's all in the technique - (colouring with my promarkers)
S2G Twisted Thursday #49 - Spring with buttons
Paper Garden Projects Birthday Challenge 4 - Embossing - (sentiment is heat embossed plus dots are dry embossed)
Colour Create Challenge 41 - Your choice of pastels plus optional extra of Spring

Thursday, 25 March 2010

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 42 - Easter

At C.R.A.F.T. this week the challenge is to make an Easter project. The prize is your choice of 6 promarkers from Craft Obsessions, one of my favourite online stores.
For my Easter card I've used Easter Egg Briley by Digital Delights, coloured with promarkers and matted and layered onto card, die cut with plain and scalloped oval nesties. The Easter egg dp is DCWV Spring matstack, cut into squares with a punch then matted on pink Bazzill, which was cut with deckle/scallop scissors. The green bp is Hidden Hues from QVC. If you look closely, you can see that it is embossed. The pink daisy is by Martha Stewart and the other flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, another one of my favourite online stores. The button is HOTP and ribbon from stash. All on 6 x 6" pink Bazzill cardstock.

I'm entering this card into these challenges:

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge 7 Sketch

For Challenge 7 at I ♥ Promarkers we have a sketch for you to follow, as well as a twist of adding spots/dots on your project. Please remember to link back to the I ♥ Promarkers Challenge blog to be entered in the draw. You must use promarkers and follow the sketch and twist as well.
We are being sponsored this week by Simon Says Stamp, with the prize being $15 to spend in their fab online store.

For my card I've used an image by Michelle Perkett coloured with promarkers and 3D'd. I've added Stardust Stickles to her wings (unfortunately it made the ink run a little). The spotty dp is K&Co and the orange/peach dp is from stash, punched with an MS punch. I've added some orange dp as a mat cut with a hexagonal nestie  I've coloured the glass gems with a promarker to get them the right shade. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Sentiment is stamped with black Versafine. I've sprayed the whole card (except the image) with silver glitter spray by Crafters Companion, although you can't see it too well in the pic. Irl it looks very sparkly. The base card is blue 6 x 6" Bazzill.

I'm entering this card into a few challenges:
Flutter By Wednesday #102 - an open challenge with a butterfly, fairy or angel on your creation.
Artful Inkables Challenge 16 - Birthday card in celebration of AI's birthday
Prairie Fairy Week 11 - Compliments -(blue and orange)
Simon Says Challenge - Spring with some glimmer
S2G Challenges Twisted Thursday - Spring using pastels

Thursday, 18 March 2010

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 42 Nursery Rhymes

Onto my last post of the day. We have a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. This week we want to see your creations to do with the theme of nursery rhymes. Our sponsor is Gina from Your Special Delivery who is offering some digi images to the winner. Some of the DT have also worked with one of her fab images.

For my card, I've used Humpty Dumpty, a digi image from Digital Delights, coloured with promarkers and yellow Stickles, and sat on his wall. I've followed the fab sketch at Passion For Promarkers. Papers are BasicGrey Origins, matted onto brown Bazzill, with all the corners rounded with a punch. I've inked the edges with distress inks, and pierced holes with a Tim Holtz ruler and a pokey tool, which I've joined up with a pen to look like stitching (at least I hope it does). The sentiment is from HOTP, ribbon is recycled from another card, and the gems are by Martha Stewart, coloured with Henna promarkers. All on brown 6 x 6" Bazzill cardstock.

I'm entering this card into a few challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenge 11 - Something for the Kids
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge 14 - The power of 3 - (there are 3 square gems)
Gingersnap Creations Challenge 44 - Birthday Greeting
Artful Inkables Challenge 16 - Birthday card in celebration of AI's birthday
Digital Tuesday Challenge 50 - Green
Passion For Promarkers Week 43 - Sketch
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 6 - Green
Our Creative Corner - Colour Challenge of yellow, pink, green and brown (the other colours can be seen clearly, apart from the pink - it's in his cheeks, and mouth)
Raise The Bar Challenge 8 - Go green - (lots of green on the card plus the ribbon is recycled)
Simple Doodles Challenge 13 - Show a little green
Simon Says Challenge - A splash of green
Creative Craft World - Promarkers

Delightful Sketches and Challenges new Sketch #17 and new Digital delights release

Hi everyone, it's time for a new release at Digital Delights. The Design Team have all made cards with the new release images for this fortnight's challenge at Delightful Sketches.
For my card I've used one of the international sets - the boy set from Holland. This set is available here from today.I've coloured the boy and house with promarkers. The flag is different colours of Bazzill. The white strips have been punched with an MS punch, all on red 6 x 6" Bazzill cardstock. Lastly, I added 3 white buttons in the top corner, and the Dutch sentiment 'Hoi'.

Our fab sponsor for this challenge is Stamp Happens.

The prize is:

Class Kit Includes:
• Love Bandit Collection Papers
• Double Dot Papers
• Exclusive Transparency
• Assorted Ribbon and Buttons
• Full Page Color Instruction Sheet
• 6x6" Page Inserts

I'm entering this card into these challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges #28 - Masculine cards
Crafty Catz Challenge #23 - Something for the Boys

Guest Designer for AiFactory Challenge 28

As I was the winner of Challenge 26 at AiFactory, Angie asked me if I'd like to be a Guest Designer for her challenge this week. Of course I agreed. She sent me this lovely little digi of a pirate and his treasure chest to use.

The challenge is to make a scene, plus to not use any ribbon. It is not a requirement to use AiF stamps in your projects, but if you have them it would be nice to see them. There is a freebie section here, with lots of fab images. If you're uploading to any online galleries, then please use keyword AIF028. Please have your entries uploaded by midnight EST next Wednesday.

For my card I've coloured the pirate and his treasure chest with promarkers, and added them to some sandy coloured card to represent the beach. I've added some pics of starfish and shells, and some gems for treasure. I found a picture of a pirate ship from a kids' colouring page online, which I've coloured and added to the background. The backing papers are HOTP, with the top blue bp being put through the Cuttlebug with a retro circles folder. I've added a black border along the centre, punched with an MS punch. The 'Ahoy Captain' was a freebie from a mag, and 'Arrr.....Matey'  a free digi (not sure where from). I've finished the card with 3 black buttons in the corner.

I'm entering this card into these challenges:

Cards for Men Challenge 6 - Happy Birthday
Saturday Spotlight HP22 - So slick - there is Glossy Accents on the sea although you can't see it in the pic.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge 6

This week's challenge at I ♥ Promarkers is a sketch with a twist - we'd like you to make your own backing paper. You can emboss, stamp, heat emboss, just make sure there's no dps.

This challenge is sponsored by LETRASET and the prize is a pack of ProMarkers. Please remember, to be entered into the prize draw, you must follow the sketch and theme, and also provide a link back to us, from your blog.

For my card this week I've used a new stamp from Penny Black. The backing paper is made with a Cuttlebug folder, on white Core'dinations card, and sanded to show the purple core. The lilac card is Core'dinations Gemstone card, as is the strip at the base which is punched with an MS deep edged flower punch. I've distressed and inked all the edges of the paper and cardstock with a Heidi Grace distressing tool,
and added some gorgeous new flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and leaves punched with an MS branch punch. There's also an MS butterfly punched and stamped, and 4 lilac gemstones by K & Co. All on 6 x 6" white Bazzill cardstock.

Challenges I'm entering this card into:

Fab 'n' Funky Challenge 15 - use something new - (new PB stamp, flowers, MS punch, Core'dinations card)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Lilac and Lemon - (mainly lilac, but the bird is lemon)
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 16 - A Feminine celebration
Die Cut Dreams Challenge 39 - Pack a punch - use at least 2 punches - (I've used 3 MS punches)
Ooh La La Creations Challenge 49 - Anything Goes
Pollycraft Challenge 36 - Sparkly Things - (There's CC silver glitter spray and Stickles on the flowers, 4 gems, and sparkly lilac card)
Pile It On Challenge 10 - Pastel Colours
Rosie D's Challenge 66 - Think Spring
Penny Black Challenge Week 92 - Spring Colours
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 74 - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge 58 - Spring
Totally Gorjuss Challenge 21 - Sweet
Paper Cutz Challenge 32 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 103 - Celebrations
Your Next Stamp Challenge 12 - Distressing
Crafty Calendar Challenge 6 - Flower Power - (optional extra of pastel colours)
By The Cute and Girly March Challenge - Spring is in the Air
Paper Jewels Challenge 2 - Inspiration Challenge - choose a piece of jewellery from Gotta Have Bling and design a card or project based on that. I've picked Pretty in Pink and Purple which is here.

You've got till March 24th to apply to be on the I ♥ Promarkers design team for anyone who is interested. Go here for the details.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Inside my Craft Shed

I meant to post these pics ages ago, but never got round to it. I posted the shed being built, so it's time I showed the inside. I have to say that it's not as tidy as it was in these pics now, especially as I've added a Cricut, more cutters and score boards, and lots of other bits and pieces since.
Most of the furniture is recycled. The 2 main desks were bought on ebay , one was 99p and the other £4, and they are both so solid. The desks with the plastic trays in were given to me by my son's school, so I just had to buy the trays. The large bookcase was from a closing down sale at £17. The daylight lamp was also a bargain from ebay at £10, as was the grey metal cabinet on the desk. Some of the storage is from Ikea. The jars storing the flowers were £1 each from Tescos. The cooler/heater and de-humidifier were both in sales. The only thing that was full price was the chair.
I love my little shed, and best of all knowing where everything is without having to go through piles of stuff to find what you want. I still need to find a good way of organising all my clear stamps and nesties though. I don't think the walls are going to stay clear for too much longer either, I think I need a few more shelves!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Digital Delights in Wonderland and Freebie Friday!

Today sees the release of Digital Delights in Wonderland. If you like Alice in Wonderland, then you are going to love these images by Wendy at Digital Delights. As a little taster, you can grab the Cheshire Cat as our Freebie Friday for this month on our pages at SNR Card Universe or Papercraft Planet.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

C.R.A.F.T Challenge 40 - Mothers Day/Flowers

The challenge this week at C.R.A.F.T. is to make a Mothers Day card or flowery card or both!

The prize is some handmade flower embellishments and a gorgeous Stamping Bella stamp.

I've used an A5 card for a change. The image is Embrace by Penny Black, coloured with Promarkers, and some Stickles added to the flowers and butterfly. It's then been cut with an oval nestie, and matted on a scalloped oval nestie shape in blue pearl card. I've added a sheet of matching pearl blue card behind the chevrons, and some blue gems. I've cut 2 pieces of pearl white card, which I've run through the Cuttlebug with a circles folder, and added it either side of the chevrons. The letters 'MUM' have been coloured with Versacolour blue lagoon ink. The blue ribbon is by Fancy Pants, which I've wrapped round the pearl card and tied in a bow.
Hope you can join us at C.R.A.F.T. this week. Entries to be in by 8pm Wednesday. new work only please.

Challenges I'm entering this card into:
Magical Crafts Challenge 9 - Something for Mum
Ai Factory Challenge 26 - 'B' - blue, bow, bling
Tellens Place Challenge 8 - Bling it on (I've used lots of gems and stickles)
Simon Says - Mothers Day/Girly
Crafty Catz Challenge 21 - fancy edge and ribbon (chevrons are fancy)
Cupcake Challenge 80 - Round and round - circles (lots of circles in the embossing)
Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge 35 - (I've turned the sketch upside down)
Crazy 4 Challenges Challenge 26 - 3 different textures (embossing, ribbon, gems, chevrons - I've listed 4 incase one doesn't count)
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 5 - Movies (the elephant made me think of Dumbo!)
Totally Gorjuss Challenge 19 - It's for you Mum!

Delightful Sketches and Challenges - Kids !

We have a challenge today at Delightful Sketches and Challenges with the theme of 'kids'. Interpret this how you like. Our sponsor this week is the Simon Says Stamp Company who are generously offering a $20 spend in their store.

I've made a 3D card using the lovely Lara Ladybug and sentiment from Digital Delights, coloured with Promarkers. The card is made with 2 sheets of 5 x 7" card. The background card is stamped with some flowers in Pine Needles Distress ink, and coloured in part with a red promarker, on top of green masked fields and blue masked sky using a Big and Juicy ink pad. I've added a little pop out of a flower with a ladybird. The ladybird stickers are by Martha Stewart. The front panel has been cut out with an oval nestie and inked with a few shades of Distress inks. I've added a couple of stamped images from Personal Impressions in Pine needles Distress ink, and some more ladybirds, and then the lovely Lara Ladybug and sentiment. The base flower is cut with my Cricut, and the top flower is Bazzill, fastened with a black gem brad from Dovecraft.. The 2 cards are scored at half inch and 1 inch, and glued together with the pop out between the 2. The ladybirds are glittered and I've also added some Stickles to the hearts on Lara Ladybug. I had so much fun making this card, especially as I love ladybirds, and Lara is so cute. You can get her from here.

I'm entering this card into a few challenges:

Creative Card Crew Challenge - It's a celebration
Digital Tuesday Challenge 48 - Scallops - (oval scallop nestie and cricut scallop flower)
Pollycraft Challenge 35 - Distressing (used lots of distress inks)
Paper Jewels Challenge 1 - Cute and Girly
Pile It On Challenge 8 - Lucky Me (I've used lots of green)
Practical Scrappers - use chalks or inks

I'll be back soon with my DT card for the new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge which this week is Mothers Day/Flowers.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge 4

I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who have sent messages and supported me over the last few days while I've been ill, it really helped to cheer me up. I might need you all again next week after my 2 visits to hospital.

This week's challenge at I ♥ Promarkers is to make a different shaped card. We are being sponsored by The Cutting Cafe, who very kindly sent us some downloadable templates to use. The design team have each used a different shape.
I've used the frame card shape on some extra thick patterned card from stash, with a mat cut with my Cricut. The image is a freebie from Phindy's Place, which I've coloured with my promarkers, then added glossy accents on the icing, cut out and used foam pads for more dimension to add to the mat. The sentiment is stamped with cranberry Adirondack. I added promarkers straight to stamp for the strawberry.

We're looking for 2 new design team members at I ♥ Promarkers, so if you love colouring with your pms, and want to be on a DT pop over to our challenge blog for the details on how to apply.

Challenges I'm entering with this card:

1. Fab 'n' Funky Challenge 13 - a different shaped card
2. Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 23 - green and yellow somewhere, a 3 dimensional element, a stamped image.
3. Hope Stamps Eternal Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 48 - an inspiration pic.
4. Polkadoodles Week 8 Challenge - Shaped card
5. Kaboodle Doodles Challenge 25 - Fancy folds