Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Passion for Promarkers - 7th Anniversary Challenge...

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Grab a cuppa and a biscuit (or two) and make yourself comfortable!
Good morning dear crafters. I hope you had a wonderful week last week and managed to fit some crafting into your busy schedules.
We have a very special challenge for you this week at Passion for Promarkers as it's our 7th Anniversary. Can you believe it's been 7 years since Gina and Denise started their little blog to share their love of all things Letraset?  As it's a special challenge we have a really easy theme for you of "spots and/or stripes", you can create anything you like as long as it has either spots or stripes or both. 
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 Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.  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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Letraset are offering one lucky winner an amazing prize of a 25 pce Mixed Media Set.
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Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of $10.00 worth of digi papers
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DigiStamp Boutique are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
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Bugaboo stamps are offering one lucky winner a $30.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
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LC Designs are offering one lucky winner a mini paper pack called ‘Dinkies nice and stripey’.
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Sassy Studio Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of a $20.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.
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Di’s Digi Stamps is offering one lucky winner a $12.00 gift voucher to spend in their online store .
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Clearly Besotted Stamps is offering one lucky winner a £15.00 gift voucher to spend in their online store.
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2 cute ink stamps is offering one lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice.
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Uniko stamps is offering one lucky winner one in-stock stamp set of their choice.
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Little Things from Lucy’s Cards is offering one lucky winner 8 shaker selections of their choice.
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Wow we told you there were amazing prizes didn’t we?  Definitely lots of reasons to join in the fun this week!! To give you lots of inspiration we have both Team 1 and Team 2 to share their creations, so there's plenty of cards to get your crafty juices flowing!...
For my card this week, I wanted to show a different way of using your alcohol pens to colour embossing folders.  I speak to so many people who have pens of whichever sort and don't use them because they feel that their colouring isn't good enough, so here's a nice, easy way of using them and the finished result is so pretty!...
To create the embossed panel I cut the piece to size then placed in my embossing folder to be able to position my oval die in the right place to cut the aperture (these frame style folders work brilliantly for this type of card) I attached it in position with low tack tape then REMOVED IT FROM THE FOLDER before cutting the aperture!  Place it back in the folder and emboss then round the corners, ink edges if preferred and punch a hole for the ribbon to thread through...
...The Promarker colours I used were Meadow Green, Dusky Rose and Buttercup but any pastel tones would work well.  Just follow the lines of the embossing with your pen (don't try to colour the lines particularly as the ink bleeds slightly anyway)  I finished off with lots of pearls, sentiment, organza bow and a lovley pink polka dot from the Makeup set of Another Play on Words.
You could get a real production line of these cards going with different colour tones, backing papers and ribbons and it's also a great way to make backing papers too...
I embossed this chevron design then coloured with Dolphin, Powder Blue and Cornflower, using the chisel end of the pen.  You have to get used to the angle to hold your pen at to get clean lines but that's why lighter tones are much easier as you don't have to be as accurate! Don't forget that you can then use your pens to create your coloured mats by simply colouring the edges of your white paper!  That means 100s of different coloured papers, if only I could remember to do it!?!
Hope you get chance to join in with our Anniversary celebrations this week and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!
Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
#14 Anything Goes until 1st June
#112 Anything Goes until 22nd
#80 Flowers until 30th
#176 Anything Goes until 22nd

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Sparkle and Shine...

Good morning, lovely Blogger friends and a happy Tuesday to you all!  I have been having a fight recently between crafting indoors or enjoying the lovely weather we've been having outdoors and as you can see by my blog, outdoors won!  We had our first barbecue of the year on Saturday (my little man has been mithering for weeks now!) and I've been tinkering about in the garden, transplanting plants ready for my brick paving and tidying up the pots and borders. A visit to the garden centre was necessary (of course!) for a few new additions, plus we've been hedge and grass cutting and bought and assembled a new trampoline for the boys after my eldest jumped straight through the old one on the weekend!
Yesterday was a crafty day however, in preparation for today's new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers...it's our talented Nic (aka Coops) in the hostess chair this week and she's chosen us a theme of 'Sparkle and Shine', so whether it be shiny cardstock, glitter, diamantes, Glossy Accents or anything else that sparkles or shines, we want to see it on your creations!...We're being sponsored by All Dressed Up who are offering one lucky winner 2 digis from their online store...
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/alldressedupstamps?ref=l2-shopheader-name
The lovely Wendy from ADU Stamps allowed us to choose a digi to work with, so I went with Love my iPad...
...I disguised the writing that is on the image by adding a silver mirri piece on the iPad and positioned the chevron paper to cover the 'Love my' as I wanted it as a Birthday card...
...I really liked this quirky image and thought it would be great for a young teen card.  I coloured my image with Pro/Flemarkers (which wasn't easy as I don't have any fine nibs!) and added some Glossy Accents to her glasses and hairband...
...I used my Clearly Besotted Notebook Edge die for the layer behind the image and added lots of sprinkles including diamantes, buttons and pearls.  I glittered every other line of the chevron paper for a bit more bling (although it did make my eyes go a bit funny!) and used a pretty star organza and cornflower blue satin ribbon with bow...
...I hope you can join in with our fun challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations! Have a terrific Tuesday and here's hoping the sunshine returns soon!
Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Lace and/or Ribbon until 16th
Pearls or Gems until 14th
May Challenge Anything Goes
Feminine until 13th
All Dressed Up Challenge Blog
Anything Goes using an ADU image
until 14th

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Digital...

Ooops!  Seems I dropped off the planet for a little while again!  Days are being spent trying to bulk up stock for the start of the Farmer's market season - I'm hoping that it'll be a success and so am throwing myself into making allsorts of 'stuff' to adorn my stall...maybe one of these days I might even photograph some of it and share! (Bad Blogger!)
Anyway, it's that time of the week again - the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and they don't get much easier than this...it's the lovely Marie in the hostess chair and she's given us a theme of 'Make it Digital', so we want to see your digital images, papers and sentiments (don't forget to mention what it is that you've used so that we can determine which bits are digital!)  We have a new sponsor this week with 2 Cute Ink offering one lucky winner 3 digis from their online store...
Don't forget to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you MUST use your Letraset mediums and follow the theme...so what are you waiting for?!
I decided to use another of my cute Dan images from Digistamp Boutique and kept the card nice and CAS - definitely my favourite style of card!  I coloured Dan with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colour list for all you Letrasetters (seeing as I haven't done one in a while!)...
Skin - Blush, Dusky Pink, Coral, Cinnamon
Hair - Vanilla, Champagne, Sandstone, Caramel
Shading on top - Celestial Blue, Dolphin Blue
Trousers - Red, Berry Red, Crimson, Burgundy
Dog - Vanilla, Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa, Umber, Black
Shadow - Blender, Tea Green, Sea Mist, Pebble Blue
I paper pieced Dan's top with a digital Plaid paper from the November set of A Year in Cards and then added some fishtail flags in coordinating papers before adding a printed insert with a simple verse....et finit!
I hope you can find the time to join in with our easy peasy theme this week and look forward to seeing what you all come up with! Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my uber talented teamies have created for your inspiration and I'll be back with some more craftiness once I've found the camera under all the mess! Right, off to do some card commissions and maybe make some cupcakes...I'll see how long the cards take first!?! Have a terrific Tuesday and could somebody please give Mother Nature a bit of a nudge and reminder her that it's supposed to be Spring, because it's flipping freezing here today - might just have to put the heating on!
Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into this month's challenge (April 16) over on the Digistamp Boutique Blog

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Bingo...

Good morning, dear Blogger buddies and a happy Tuesday to you all!  Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and...it's my turn to host!!  I've chosen a nice, easy Bingo board to get your crafty juices flowing, so why not get out your Letraset pens and join us for this weeks challenge?...
We're being sponsored by the super sweet Digistamp Boutique who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to their online store, even more reason to join in the fun!
http://www.digistampboutique.co.uk/catalog/
For my card, I went with two bingo lines - middle across (buttons, image and kraft) and centre down (ribbon, image and sentiment)...
...I used the super cute Pirate Dan image and coloured him with my Pro/Flexmarker.  I paper pieced his bandad and the boat and decoupaged the parrot and portholes for a touch more dimension...
...You may recognise the layout from my last post - really like this one and could be adapted for any occasion...
...The papers are from the November set of A Year in Cards and the BBQ set of A Play in Words and all the edges were inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I stamped the sentiment using my individual alphabet stamps and added a couple of turwuoise star buttons to reflect the turquoise colours of the sea.
So, there you have it...I hope you can find time to play along with us this week and don't forget to see what my talented teamies have been creating for your inspiration, over on the Passion for Promarkers blog!  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations but not the challenge that will be picking a Top 3!
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
E is for Everything closes tomorrow
Anything Goes closes today
April - Anything Goes until 28th

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Yesterday's workshop makes...

Good evening, Blogland!  Just thought I'd pop in and share the cards that we made at yestreday's workshop.  All the girls really enjoyed making them and went away with two lovely cards...




...The Easter holidays are almost over and I'm hoping things will start to get back to some sort of normality from Tuesday.  It's been lovely having the boys home but it totally throws my routine and I find it hard to get chance to sit at my crafty table, so much so, that it is practically empty at the moment...I know!?!  I need to try and organise my time a little better and wonder if making a list of things to do each day might mean that I'm more productive?...or it may just mean that I spend more time making lists?!
Hope you've all had a wonderful Spring break, despite the soggy weather here in the West and I'll be back bright and early on Tuesday with a new challenge for Passion for Promarkers - it's my week to host and I have a nice easy theme to join in with, so hop over and see what it is on Tuesday!
Until then, hugs from me...
Lisa x

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Weather...

Good morning, everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend, whatever you were doing!  We made the most of the Spring sunshine on Friday by visiting Erddig house near Wrexham, before having tea at the Alyn pub in Gresford and finishing the evening watching Superman Vs Batman.  A bit of shopping and ten pin bowling with the little man on Saturday, then a chilled out Sunday and Monday, mainly controlled by the fact that the weather was a bit of a washout!
Speaking of weather, today sees the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and the lovely Julie has chosen the theme of 'Weather'...very apt for this time of year!  We're being sponsored by Little Claire Designs who are offering one lucky winner 4 digis from their online store...
http://www.mylcdesigns.co.uk/

...So why not get out your Letraset pens and join in with our topical challenge this week?...
...I was TOTALLY inspired by this card made by the ever so talented Christine - one of my latest blog loves! Her cards are totally my style, I love her use of bright colours and her colouring is AMAZING!...
...I used the umbrella digistamp and sentiment from Another Play on Words, coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers - I don't know if anyone else is finding the same, but a lot of my Flexmarkers are starting to dry up, despite being a lot newer than some of my old faithful bullet nib pens - hence the rather dodgy shading on the green panel.  I had to add a couple of extra clouds in the mix...just because I love a cloud...and some little diamantes as raindrops.  I added the white dots to the umbrella with a white gel pen, before promptly wiping them all off as I stuck the layers to the card and had to redo them!!  I have to admit I'm not sure about the navy blue layer and wonder whether I should've gone for a paler blue, but hey ho...it is what it is!
Thanks for the inspiration Christine and I'm sure I shall be using this pretty Lawn Fawn Fluffy Cloud border die a lot more in the future...I mean, check out this other card that Christine did in the same style...adorable!  Do I feel a batch make coming on?! :)
Well, that's it from me today - 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.  Don't forget to check out what my talented teamies have been creating for your inspiration, by clicking on their names above their corresponding card photos over on the Passion for Promarkers blog.
Have a terrific Tuesday and enjoy the rest of the week!
Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Come Rain or Shine closes today
Add some Bling closes tomorrow

Monday, 28 March 2016

Family frame...

Good afternoon, dear Blogger buddies!  The sun is shining and we seem to have weathered storm Katie pretty unscathed...hope it's the same where you are! I'm popping in today to share another box frame that I've made this afternoon whilst sat at my crafty table...
...I have to say, I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out and maybe this one might not make it to the selling box!?!  I cut the branch by hand and used Cheery Lynn Leaf border die cuts and punched flowers to decorate it.  I dotted in a couple of tiny butterflies (again, another punch) and my Memory Box Precious Hearts hanging from a couple of places.
Hope you like my home decor project and I'll be back in the morning with a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers.  Until then, enjoy the rest of your day!
Hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my frame into the following challenges :
Flowers closes tomorrow
Anything Goes until 1st April
Anything Goes until 3rd April
Anything Goes until 4th April