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

Friday, 18 March 2016

Workshop makes...

Good afternoon again, lovely peeps! I forgot to share our last workshop makes so thought I would come on and show you what we made...

...I really liked these two cards (and enjoyed creating them) and the girls did too!  They all went home with 2 lovely creations, though I don't know how many of them get sent to anyone, I think they just get put in a box for safe keeping...and inspiration, hopefully!?
I need to get my brain into gear and come up with some more designs for upcoming workshops, though I have a couple of weeks to play with because of Easter holidays...it's the timing that's the hardest to gauge - something that might take me an hour at home could take longer in the workshop because of sharing equipment, etc, so trying to time two cards to fit into 3 hours (with tea and cake of course!) can be a little challenging!
The girls often ask how I come up with the ideas and to be honest, I sometimes wonder myself?!  The number of times Mum and I will start designing a card, then I sit looking at it overnight and decide I don't like it anymore!  Or we shuffle paper around determined that we are going to use certain products, only to scrap it and start again!  Then other times it all just comes together easily...that's the joy of crafting!
I hope you've all had a wonderful week and thankfully, the weekend is here again! Not much planned, so I'm hoping it may last a bit longer than the ususal, blink and you miss it!
Huge crafty hugs,
Lisa x

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Batch card making...

Good morning again, dear Blogger buddies - how about this?  Three days in a row! I thought I would pop on today and share the cards that I have been batch making to try and bulk up my stocks...
...I went through some of my old card images and picked out some easy to replicate designs plus created a couple of new ones too...
...Firstly is one of my favourite cards using the flowers and plant labels from Another Play on Words...
...Next was a sweet card made using Digistamp Boutique's Rosie with Presents image and then I created a kite card with my Fluffy cloud border, Marianne square dies and of course, my Memory Box cloud dies.  I paper pieced the kite and coloured the ribbons with Pro/Flexmarkers...
...Lastly, is another of my favourites using the embellishments sheet from Another Play on Words to create the bunting card and a simple Happy Birthday card which I thought would be good as a male card.
So that's 20 cards to add to my box...all I need now is for them to sell...oh, and some good weather on the day!  I need some more inspiration now for items other than cards...Pinterest here I come!
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x