I find it so hard to make cards for men, so I thought I would challenge myself to use my alcohol inks that have been laying in a drawer for ages virtually unused. I used 3 colours and the blending solution on acetate and was quite pleased with how it turned out. I also made a bookmark for my Dad with the left over acetate. The sentiment stamp is by Autumn leaves, stamped and embossed in green. I used a couple of nesties, then added it to the card with foam pads. The gorgeous butterfly is by K&Co. and the pearls are Prima. The lace and ric rac are from stash. I very rarely make a card without a cutesy image, so it was fun, but challenging to try a different style.
I'm going to enter this card into Pile It On Challenge 14 - Say it with words. I was one of the people who suggested this challenge, so I really wanted to enter it.
We've also got a new challenge for you at Delightful Sketches. We are being sponsored this fortnight by Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts who have a fabulous prize for our winner. They're offering a set of Oregon Raindrops in every colour. The value of this prize is $25!! The DT have used Oregon Raindrops, brads and ribbon on their cards supplied by our sponsor. The Oregon Raindrops are gorgeous and such great quality.
For my card, I've made an oval shaped easel and followed the fab sketch. I've used the octopus, seahorse, starfish, sentiment and background images - they all just go so well together! I've coloured with promarkers and cut out the images. I've added the octopus and seahorse to the background, as well as some Oregon Raindrops. The dp is K&Co., blue ribbon from Pink Hedgehog, black ric rac from stash. I've also used a button, Stickles, Glossy Accents, and wiggly eyes on the starfish.
I'm sad to say that this will be my last creation for Digital Delights on their Design Team. I have decided to step down for family reasons. Hopefully I'll be able to enter some of their fabulous challenges when I have time. I have really enjoyed being a part of such a great team and would like to thank Wendy for giving me the opportunity to work with her wondeful images and for believing in me.
This week at C.R.A.F.T. we have a sketch for you. The prize is a fab Cosmo Cricket Mini Deck Garden Variety.
I've made a little clutch bag for this challenge. I've used a template from WS Designs. The bag is made with chocolate colour pearl card. I've added a 3D sentiment sticker by Dovecraft, and the gem swirl is by Prima. The dp on the flap is Tim Holtz,which I've punched with a fan MS corner punch. The butterfly is also Tim Holtz, punched with a Martha Stewart punch, to which I've added a couple of gems and my clear Copic Spica pen. The flap is kept shut by a BasicGrey magnetic clasp.
I'm going to enter this into the challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps Make Up for the Weekend #23 - to use a template of some kind.
We have a fab sketch for you to follow this week at I ♥ Promarkers. Our sponsor is Whimsy Stamps, and the winner will get a gift certificate for $15 to spend in their online store. The Design Team were all lucky enough to be given some of the new images. I've used the Love Bunnies by Katie Sowa, and a sentiment from the Love You Sayings by Raindrop Echo Designs
The image is coloured with a selection of grey, pink and blue promarkers, and I've added a little bit of white flower soft to the female bunny's tail. I've used my X Cut circle shape cutter to cut out the image, as it was too big for Nesties, then inked the edges with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I've added the pricked holes by using my Tim Holtz ruler and a pricking tool, then joined them up with a black fine tip promarker pen to look like stitching. I've used this effect on all the papers. I've also rounded all the corners for a softer look. The dp is from a Tim Holtz stack (my favourite papers at the mo), and the backing paper is a grey/silverish sheet of Bazzill. The pearls with roses are by Prima, which I've trimmed and added to the corners. The silver ribbon, button and pearl string threaded through the button are from my stash.. I've used a white 8 x 8" card blank.
I'm planning to give this card to a special couple on their wedding day.
Please remember that to be included in the prize draw, your work must be new, you must follow the sketch, and provide a link from your entry post back to the I ♥ Promarkers blog.
Challenge 45 at C.R.A.F.T. is buttons. I'm sure everyone has lots of buttons, so add them onto your creation wherever you like. We're being sponsored this week by Claire at Hope Jacare Doodles, and the prize is........BUTTONS - lots of gorgeous buttons! Most of the DT have used Claire's images this week. Mine is Clara Cupcake, isn't she fab?
I've used a DL card this week, for the first time in ages. I felt Clara suited this shape for some reason lol. She's coloured with promarkers. The hearts round her dress and her hairband have red Stickles on them, and I've added Glossy Accents to the icing on the cupcake. I've put 6 yellow Papermania buttons in her hair, I wanted to do something different with the buttons! The edges are inked with Adirondack. She's been matted onto pink card which has been punched at the side with a Martha Stewart fan punch. The dp is The Candy Floss Paper Stack by Wild Rose Studio, which has been punched again with anMS fan punch and matted onto pink card. I've added Glossy Accents to the cupcakes on the dp. Ribbon and sentiment stamp are from stash. Sentiment has been embossed with hot pink embossing powder.
The prize is a £10 gift voucher to spend at the fantastic Joanna Sheen store.
For my card I've used my new frog stamp by Bildmalarna. It's coloured with various green, brown, orange and yellow promarkers. I've used Glossy Accents on the icing on the cake and the frogs' eyes. The image has been matted onto brown Core'dinations card cut with a scalloped circle nestie. The sentiment has been stamped with Sepia Versafine, then gone over with a Sakura pen to give it some sparkle. The dp is from a Capsule stack by Papermania. The 3 gems have been coloured with a dark brown promarker. The corner stamp and ribbons are from stash. The cardstock is 6 x 6" brown Core'dinations.
The challenge this week at C.R.A.F.T. is a colour theme of purple and turquoise.
Our sponsor this week is Donnas Den, who are offering a fabulous set of rubber stamps.
I've kept my card fairly simple this week. I've used Audrey, a digital download from The Greeting Farm, and coloured her with promarkers, then cut her out. The turquoise dp is MME, and I've used a Martha Stewart punch around the page, then added it to purple paper. Audrey has been added with foam pads for dimension. The sentiment stamp is by Penny Black and has been stamped in purple. The cardstock is Bazzill 6 x 6".
We're being sponsored by the fab Simon Says Stamp, with the prize being $20 to spend in their store.
For my card, I've used Queen of Hearts Bonnie, which is available at the Digital Delights store. I've cut a heart aperture in a red A5 card, then added some self adhesive red glitter paper to the background. I've then added a couple of yellow swirls cut on the Cricut, and some buttons. The Queen has been coloured with promarkers, with some red Stickles added to the hearts on her dress, and gold to her crown. I've added some jump rings to dangle her from the top of the card. The heart at the top is a button covered with the red glitter paper. The yellow heart is cut with a Nestie, with yellow Stickles round the edge, then I've attached 3 mini playing cards to it that have been inked round the edges in red, with foam pads for dimension. In the other corner are 3 red heart gems, which I've added onto the top of 3 larger hearts punched out from card that has been inked and stamped with text. Lastly, I've stamped swirls over the card with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. It's very different to my usual square cards, and I had fun experimenting.
I'm a 44 year old mum of 2, a daughter of 19 and a son of 8. I haven't worked since having my daughter as I became ill and was diagnosed with lupus 14 years ago. I wanted a hobby that would take my mind off everything, so crafting was suggested to me. I started in March/April 2008 and have been having fun learning lots of techniques ever since.