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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Passion for Promarkers #289...Chocolate


Good morning,

I'm here to tell you about this weeks Passion for Promarkers challenge which has been chosen by my lovely teamie Andie and it's a really scrummy theme...it's all about CHOCOLATE

Yep, you've got it...totally delish and you just need to include chocolate(s) or chocolate coloured papers on your creation.

Don't forget, to be in with a chance of winning our sponsored prize , you have to follow the challenge theme and ensure you use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

This weeks sponsor is the fantastic Letraset and the prize they are offering is a pack of 12 Promarker pens (Manga)

Digital Image: Meljens Designs (Triple Chocolate Treat)
Digital Design Papers: Sweet Shoppe Designs (Cheeky Girl)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Card Stock: SU! (Crumb Cake)
Embellishments: Ribbon and Pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Circular Nestabilities, X-Cut Corner Rounder
Sentiment: Created on the computer using Sweet Sassy Serif

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

50th Birthday Invites


Good morning,

Woohoo...get me posting 2 weeks in a row and today I'm sharing some invites I was asked to make for a work colleague who celebrated her 50th Birthday recently.

The brief was very simple...a black and white colour theme with a formal/elegant design. I opted for an A6 gatefold design and printed the design papers directly onto hammered cardstock.

This is the inside of the invites...again a fairly simple design with a black mat and silver border to frame the text. They were a great hit with my colleague which thankfully was a job well done!


Digital Design Papers: Carol Clarke
Card Stock: White Hammered Card, Black Card and Silver Mirri Card from Hobbycraft
Embellishments: Black Organza Ribbon and White Eyelets
Tools: Cricut Machine to cut numbers, Crop-a-dile to set eyelets
Font: Calamity Jane

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Passion for Promarkers #287...For A Special Lady


Hellooo, remember me?

To be honest I've almost forgotten what my blog looks like, its so long since I've been here!

So, it's time for a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this weeks theme has been chosen by my lovely teamie Sue...she wants us to make a card FOR A SPECIAL LADY! The theme was chosen with Mother's Day in mind, however as long as your card is for a special lady, it doesn't have to be for Mother's Day.

My card is for a very special lady called Kelly, she's my son's girlfriend and it was her 20th birthday yesterday. I also made this cute little matching note pad (and pen) which I personalised with the letter 'K'


We really look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge but please remember, to be in with a chance of winning you need to follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

This weeks sponsor is Polkadoodles
http://polkadoodles.co.uk/
and the prize is 2 digital images to the winner!

Digital Image: All Dressed Up Stamps (Cute Got Cuter)
Digital Design Papers: Bella Gypsy (So Beachy)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Card Stock: SU! (Crumb Cake for mat)
Embellishments: Gingham Ribbon and Pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Cheery Lynn Designs (Step Card #1 Die)
Sentiment: Created on the computer using Janda Quirkygirl font

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Passion for Promarkers #285...Letters of the Alphabet (Anything Goes)


Good morning,

I'm here to tell you about this weeks Passion for Promarkers challenge which has been chosen by my lovely teamie Natalie.

The theme is LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET which in effect is an Anything Goes challenge however you will need to tell us which letter of the alphabet you have used.

For my card I have used the letter F for Farm

We really look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge but please remember, to be in with a chance of winning you need to follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

This weeks sponsor is Bugaboo
http://www.bugaboostamps.com/
and they are giving a $21 gift voucher to one lucky winner to spend in their online store

Digital Image/Sentiment: All Dressed Up (On My Farm), Delicious Scraps (Doodled Borders Vol 2)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Card Stock: SU! (Real Red)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

50th Birthday Card


Hello...I thought its about time I popped in to post my most recent make with you all. Crafting has been very eratic recently as I continue to unexpectedly work full-time hours. By the time I get home in the evening and sort dinner out, I'm far too tired to craft and then the weekends seem to be taken up with house keeping duties.

I did manage to pull this card together last weekend, for a colleague who is celebrating her 50th birthday this week. I'm far from happy with it though, it just doesn't look right to me but as I had no additional time to make another it's already been given to the recipient in its current state! Fingers crossed she likes it!

Note to oneself...must do better next time!

Tools: Embossalicious Embossing Folder (B'Day Text), Nestabilities (Lacey Circles), Die-Namics Die (By the Numbers), X-Cut Flower Punch, Martha Stewart Frond Punch, Stamen Punch
Digital Design Papers: Shabby Princess (Miami Beach)
Stamen Punch, Pearls

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Passion for Promarkers #283...To Someone I Love


Good morning,

Huge apologies for my blogging absence over the last few weeks...due to various issues at work I have been working full time hours, plus additional overtime which has left little time for anything else.

This last weekend I felt physically and mentally exhausted and spent most of the weekend sleeping. I'm hoping to revert to my usual hours sometime in the next of couple weeks and I can't get wait to get back to some kind of normality!

Anyhoo...I'm here to tell you about this weeks Passion for Promarkers challenge which has been chosen by my lovely teamie Lotta and as it's Valentine's this week she has chosen a theme of...TO SOMEONE I LOVE

All you need to do is make sure you follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

This weeks sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs
http://www.buysassystudiodesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
and they are offering 4 free digital images to the winner (winners choice).

Digital Images: DigiStamp Boutique (Valentine Truffle), Delicious Scraps (Doodled Borders Vol.2)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Card Stock: SU! (Real Red)
Sentiment: TLC

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Passion for Promarkers #282...Garden Life


Good morning,

I'm here to tell you about this weeks Passion for Promarkers challenge which has been chosen by the lovely Lorraine B and her theme is...GARDEN LIFE. 

All you need to do is make sure your card reflects anything found in garden and please remember that to be in with a chance of winning the above prize, you have to follow the challenge theme and ensure you use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

This weeks sponsor is Michele R Designs
and they are offering is a €10 voucher to spend in their online store.

Digital Image & Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique (Alf Gardening & Essential Sentiments Set)
Digital Design Papers: Bella Gypsy (I Love You a Latte)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White
Tools: Corner rounder

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Birthday Cake!


Morning all,

Hope you're having a good week so far. It's been pretty chilly here but sadly we've not had any snow yet, so no chance for handbrake doughnuts in the snow. I'm hopeful we'll get some next time round if we're lucky!

I spotted this scrummy cake digi over at the DigiStamp Boutique and just had to have it for a birthday card I needed to make for this week. I've used Promarkers to colour and thought I'd make a step card, with the die I bought last year, but haven't used nearly as often I should.

Now if only I had a cake like this to eat now...I'd be a very happy bunny!

Digital Image & Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique (Love Cake Set)
Digital Design Papers: Bearly Mine Designs (Gingham), Stripe Paper from my scrap drawer
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Card Stock: White Hammered card from Hobbycraft
Embellishments: Ribbon, Peral Ribbon Slider and Ribbon from my craft stash
Tools: Cheery Lynn Designs (Step Card #1 Die)

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Passion for Promarkers #279...Teddy Bears


Good morning,

I'm here to tell you about this weeks Passion for Promarkers challenge which has been chosen by the lovely Kelly and her theme is...TEDDY BEARS...simples!

We are sponsored by Polka Doodles and the prize they are offering is this rather cute little Drummer Girl digital image...


Don't forget...to be in with a chance of winning the above prize, you have to follow the challenge theme and ensure you use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

I'm entering my card into the following challenge...
Sweet Stampin'...Girly But no Pink ends 16/1/15)...Yay, picked as challenge winner

Digital Image: DigiStamp Boutique (Bobbi Sitting & Bobbi Present)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Embellishments: Ribbon from my craft stash
Tools: Embossalicious Folder (Birthday Text)
Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique (Simply Teddy Birthdays Set 1)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Hello Daisy!


Good morning,

It's back to earth with a bump this week and the boring routine of a full week of work after the Christmas holidays...boohoo, not a happy bunny!

I was sorting through my digi images over the Christmas holidays, moving them into files to make them easier to find, when I came across my Little Miss Muffet Stamps digis and was completely inspired to make a card with this adorable Polka Dot Pals 'Daisy' image.

It feels like such a long time since I coloured anything in and it's not often I say this...but I really enjoyed colouring this little cutie...I think she's adorable!

I cut the frame around the image by using the big square die from my Die-namics Blueprints set 3, after intially thinking I would cut it by hand using a metal ruler and scalpel...thank goodness for metal dies!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges...
A Gem of A Challenge #135..Something New (Enamel Dots) ends 16/1/15
Sweet Stampin'...New (Enamel Dots) ends 10/1/15
I ♥ Promarkers #250...Anything Goes ends 6/1/15

Digital Image: Little Miss Muffet Stamps (Polka Dot Pals Daisy)
Digital Design Papers: Sweet Shoppe Designs (True Story)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Embellishments: Enamel Dots
Tools: Die-Namics Die (Blueprints 3)
Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique (Simply Teddy Birthdays Set 1)

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Favourite Five Creations of 2014

Good morning everyone,

I'm joining in with Debby over at A Scrapjourney to show you my favourite 5 cards of 2014.




I use the term 'favourite' very loosely, as I can't help but be a bit indifferent and self critical towards anything I make and this in itself, made my choices very difficult. In the end I picked cards using images and design papers that inspired me to create the cards in the first place. Flaky decision making I know...but these are the choices I ended up with...

23rd January 2014

4th March 2014

21st April 2014

1st May 2014

9th August 2014

Thanks for visiting my favourite five...if you want to join in you have until Tuesday 6th January to enter.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Last Post of 2014!

Hello,

I wanted to use my last post of 2014 to say thank you to those of you who visit my blog regularly and who take the time to leave comments on my cards.

I haven't blogged as often as I would like to this year and I am so grateful for your continued support and for leaving such wonderful, encouraging comments on my creations.
I wish you and your families all the best for the new year and I hope it will continue to be very crafty for all of you!


I also want to use this post to share some pictures that were taken when my son's girlfriend Kelly came over from the USA to visit us for 10 days in July. James and Kelly met for the first time in March 2014 when my hubby accompanied James to the USA for 10 days and then Kelly came over on her own, to stay with us for 10 days.

We bought some balloons to welcome her to our home and we had them personalised at our local balloon shop

I also decorated a plain brown gift bag which we filled with hand picked gifts

Hand picked gifts that we chose for Kelly

After Kelly returned to the USA, I decided to make an exploding box containing pictures of her trip to the UK, for her to keep as a memory of her first trip to England

Exploding box - Top Layer
Kelly's Arrival at Heathrow
Hell Fire Caves
Paradise Park Wildlife Park

Exploding Box - Middle Layer
Thorpe Park
Bodiam Castle
Hastings

Exploding Box - Bottom Layer
Trip to London including a ride on the London Eye

Hand made card sent to Kelly with the Exploding Box

Monday, 29 December 2014

Alice in Wonderland


Morning...how ya doing?
Have you managed to survive the Christmas festivities?

I have...just about!  However, I need to stop dipping into the choccies and start eating some nice healthly veggies...the minds willing, but the body's not!!!!

Anyhoo...as I haven't made anything recently, I thought I'd share a card I was asked to make, back in November. The theme had to be Alice in Wonderland and I was to incorporate the AIW clock, the original date and time of birth, Lily and 'Great Niece'.

After lots of searching on the internet I managed to find a freebie download of an AIW clock (link below) and I placed the hands on 12 mintes past 7 as per the brief I was given.  The Alice image was a download from Pink Cat Studio (link below).

My work colleague was absolutely delighted with the end result even though I was a bit sceptical that the card would be too busy...it is 'curious' the requests we crafters often receive, but then I guess that's the excitement of a handmade card being personalised for the individual!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges...
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge...#208 Anything Goes (ends 6/1/15)
Papertake Weekly...Pick A Fav Oh How Cute - 23/9/14 (ends 6/1/15)

Digital Images: Pink Cat Studio (Lily as Alice) and Dana Hinders (Alice in Wonderland Clock Face)
Design Papers: From my scrap drawer
Card Stock: SU! (Brocade Blue)
Embellishments: Ribbon, button & pearls
Sentiments: Created on the Computer using 'Happy Birthday Ryan' font

Thursday, 25 December 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Woohoo...it's Christmas Day and I'd like to say to all of my lovely followers and visitors...

Merry Hohoho image

I hope Christmas brings everything you hoped for and more and my thoughts are with anyone who may be alone over the festive period. We're at home today, just the four of us and we'll be eating, drinking and by 3pm, probably sleeping!

I also thought I'd share a piccy of a batch of quick Christmas cards I threw together last weekend (just in time for last posting day...phew) and apart from the envelopes not being very adhesive I was quite pleased with how they turned out. The cards are A6 in size and I purposely made them not too deep with embellishments, so they could be posted without having to go large on the stamps!


Digital Image: TLC
Digital Design Papers: Sweet Shoppe Designs (Once upon a Christmas:Crafting)
Embellishments: Ribbon Bows (Ebay), Red Pearls and Stickles
Tools: Tiny Snowflake Punch