Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Show us your favourites...

Good morning, Blogger buddies! WOW! Where did January go to? It's a new month and a new challenge starting today over at Passion for Promarkers with the lovely Nic (aka Coops) in the hostess chair this week.  She has chosen a very easy theme of 'Show us your Favourites', so a bit of an anything goes, but we'd like to know what your favourites are, so whether it's a certain style, colour, shape of card or image type, please let us know in your post.  We are being sponsored by Letraset who are offering one lucky winner a set of Brights Promarkers and also we have Di's Digis offering a $12 voucher to their store....so come on...why not join us and don't forget to use your Letraset mediums to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

...As for my favourite....well, I just had to go CAS (Clean and Simple)!  It is my all time favourite style as I just love clean lines and white space - sometimes less is definitely more, in my opinion!

It's my little sister's birthday today, (Happy Birthday Colleen!) so I decided to make a card for her using the ever so sweet Stamping Bella Coffee and Friends image...
...I had a lovely surprise last week when this lovely bouquet turned up from her for my Birthday...hot pink roses, gerberas and alstromera  (she knows me well!), so I had to add a little hot pink to her card in return!
I am still not back into craft mode - unless I have to - and hope that I will get some motivation soon...even cleaning out my craft room seems too much of a chore at the moment! Off to hang out some more washing - I hope storm Henry isn't causing too much disruption up North, but he's certainly helping me dry my laundry!
Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog and see what my talented teamies have created fro your inspiration and you never know, maybe one of these days I'll be back with some more craftiness to share. Until then, have a wonderful week...
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes  until tomorrow
Anything Goes until 8th
Anything Goes until 9th

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Flower Power...

Good morning, lovely Bloggers and a happy Tuesday to you all!   Can't quite believe that we're already over half way through the first month of 2016 - I have a lot going on with home life at the moment, so crafting for pleasure is at a premium at the moment!
It is however, the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and the lovely Marie has chosen a nice, easy theme of Flower Power! So whether it be flowery papers, a floral image or flower embellishments, as long as it has flowers on...and you've used your Letraset mediums....you'll be in with a chance of winning this week's prize, which is a set of 6 Letraset pens and a 10 euro voucher for Michele R Designs!  Fabulous, so what are you waiting for?! Hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to join in ...
I decided to go with a floral image using this pretty Anita's iris stamp and kept the layers white to give a real spring feel and focus on the image...
...I coloured the image and coloured layers with my Pro/Flexmarkers, here's the colour list for all you Letrasetters...
Flowers - Soft Mauve, Orchid, Amethyst, Purple, Sunflower, Gold
Leaves - Lime Zest, Pear Green, Moss, Olive Green
I hope you get chance to join in with our easy peasy theme this week and look forward to seeing your wonderful makes.  Don't forget to see what my talented teamies have been up to by clicking on their names on the Passion for Promarkers blog and I hope to be back with you soon!
Lisa x

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Monochrome...

Good morning, dear Blogger friends and a Happy New Year to you all!  I hope you had a fabulous Christmas, however you spent it and that 2016 proves to be a happy, healthy and crafty one!  I am having trouble (as I always do) to get back into the swing of things and have totally enjoyed spending family time together and having hubby off work for a fortnight - the problem is it just seems to go by so quickly! But with the boys back at school and hubby back in work, things will slide back into some sort of normality...which is why I'm here!  Today sees the start of our very first challenge for 2016 over at Passion for Promarkers and it's the very lovely and talented Lucy in the hostess chair, giving us a theme of 'Monochrome'.  Don't forget, this can be any colour of monochrome , not just black and white and Lucy will allow for skin and hair colour to be different (thank goodness!) although check out her fab complete monochrome creation over on the PfP blog or on her blog, HERE!...
We have a brand new sponsor this week in the form of All Dressed Up Stamps and they are generously offering one lucky winner 2 digis of their choice!
As DT members, we were lucky enough to get a digi to play with and I went with the ever so chic Paris...
...I decided that rather than make a card, this pretty little image would look lovely in one of the box frames that I got in the sale...

...It was really hard to try and get a good photograph as the days have just been so dark recently and trying to get a good pic of a black and white project on a grey day, is not the easiest! I coloured the image with my Pro/Flexmarkers and added some bling to the tower and a few sprinkles of 'stuff' to the image...
...I added some bunting and finished with some black diamantes.
I am planning to do some more markets this year, despite the Christmas one being a bit of a washout, as we want to try and build them up rather than give up at the first hurdle! This little frame is the first project of my 2016 stock, so only a few more things to go to fill my table!?!
I hope you can find the time to join in with our fresh challenge this week and look forward to seeing all the wonderful things that you make - there is always such a fabulous variety in our entries! Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promakers blog to see what my talented teamies have been up to and remember to tell us where you've used your Letraset products to be elligible to win the prize!
Have a happy Tuesday and an even happier 2016!
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my frame into the following challenges :
Y is for Your Choice until 13th
Anything Goes until tomorrow
Anything Goes until 13th
Something New until 28th
I've used a new digi and frame

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge 2015...

Grab a cuppa and a biscuit (or two) and make yourself comfortable!
Good morning dear crafters, I hope you all had a fantastic week last week. This week Passion for Promarkers are launching our very special “Mega Christmas challenge” which runs for a whole month and ends on 5th January 2016!  As both design teams have worked extremely hard once again this year, we all think they deserve a little break to catch up on last minute gifts and cards.  However to make up for the lack of challenges we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs!
Our theme for the Mega Christmas challenge is “let’s celebrate”.  You are welcome to make Christmas cards but as the challenge will still be running after the ‘BIG’ day you can of course make any type of creation as long as you follow the theme.  As time is precious for our DT at this time of year we are limiting the number of entries you can make to just 3 for this month long challenge.  Please remember to be eligible for our prizes you must use your promarkers, flex markers, tria markers, metallic or aqua markers.  Please can you help us by stating which Letraset products you have used on your creation i.e. ‘coloured with promarkers’ etc.  Thanks x x
So now for the exciting bit – the prizes!
Letraset are generously offering one lucky winner a super bundle of goodies which includes:
2 x packs of Winsor & Newton Promarkers, 1 A4 bleedproof marker pad, 1 A4 pack of Safmat and 1 pack of transfers.
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DigiStamp Boutique are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a £10.00 voucher to spend in her store.
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Bugaboo stamps are generously offering one lucky winner a $30.00 voucher to spend in their store.
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Polkadoodles is offering one lucky winner 2 gorgeous digis called ‘Serenity Blossom’ and ‘Octavia Thinking’.
Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a €10.00 voucher to spend in her store.
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Little Claire Designs are offering one lucky winner 3 digis of their choice from their online store.
Little Claire
Crafty Sentiments Designs is offering one lucky winner 3 digis of their choice from their online store.
Sassy Studio Designs are offering one lucky winner a $20.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.
Sassy Studio Designs
The Ribbon Girl is offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
The Ribbon Girl - £10 gift voucher
Wow we are sure you’ll agree our sponsors have been super generous once again this year!
We have asked both design teams to share some inspiration with you but as it such a long challenge we will be posting the inspiration from Team 1 today and then in two week’s time we will be posting inspiration from Team 2.
So here's my inspiration for the challenge -

I decided to colour up the fab freebie image that All Dressed Up offered as a 24 hour giveaway - she's called  All Dressed Up for Xmas.  I coloured her with my Pro/Flexmarkers and decided to keep the card quite simple because of all the detail in the image...
I'm not doing very well with all the Christmas preparations, to be honest and need to find some festive sparkle to give me a boost! I think it's because my youngest is no longer of the age to believe that it seems to have lost it's magic a little...it's not the same when they know!
I also promised myself that I would be organised this year and make presents earlier in the year...well, you can probably guess how that went?! Everyone I speak to agrees that Christmas needs to get away from the spending of money and more about the spending of time, but with the pressure - especially on parents who are bombarded by advertising for the latest and greatest games and gadgets - it's hard to just stop! We're made to feel that we have somehow failed if we do not get the gifts that have been asked for, or if there isn't a room full of presents to be opened...I'm feeling a little disillusioned by it all just now and need to find my inner Christmas!
Well that's enough...rant over...there's still enough time to save Christmas...pass me a mince pie! :)
I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas, however you spend it and that 2016 brings good health, prosperity and a little more crafty time to all of you!
I don't know how much I'll be posting over the festive period, as I still have so much to do, but will hopefully pop in and share what I'm up to...
Hugs and best wishes,
Lisa x

I'd like to enter my card into this month's All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Craft fair update...

Good evening, dear Blogger friends!  A quick post from me just before I go and feed the family to update you as to my recent fair - unfortunately it was a little on the quiet side, so all in all we did quite well considering Mum counted 22 people in total! It was better than a poke in the eye and everyone gave such lovely feedback.  The best sellers were the magnetic pegs (gonna have to make more of these) and Welsh Christmas cards, which always sell well as they are so hard to get nice ones. I have decided to have another go and will be stocking up my supplies for a stall at our local organic farm shop on the 6th December - that's once I've confirmed all the details, that is! It should be well attended because of where it is and you can get both local people and passers by stopping, so fingers crossed...
You may have also noticed that my Pinterest feed is full of beading projects at the moment - it must be that time of year again when I want to try a new hobby....like I need another one?!But have you seen some of these designs...oh my word, they're just divine!
Well, off to put the sausages on for tea - think I may just have to make myself some onion gravy to go with them! Have a lovely evening!
Lisa x

PS I must apologise again for crazy Blogger insisiting that some of my text needs to be set on the smallest setting, I really don't know what to do about it as I must have tried to change it realistically, 30 times! Let's just hope it's a temporary glitch and sorts itself out soon!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Christmas is coming....

..It sure is! Good morning, lovely Bloggers and a Happy Tuesday to you all! Can you believe that we are hurtling towards the end of November and I haven't even put a dent in my Christmas shopping list! I am trying to give more personal presents this year, either by making them myself or by making up gift baskets with a theme that the recipient will like (or that's what I'm hoping!) Plus I'm throwing in a few white elelphant gifts, just to try and put some fun back into the proceedings! I am feeling quite deflated about it all this year as my youngest is now of the age where he's not really a Santa believer (though won't come out and admit it in case there's repercussions!) and with only me liking the mince pies and Christmas cake, there seems to be no preparation or build up either! But despite this, I'm still looking forward to having hubby home for a fortnight and hopefully spending a bit of family time together!
Well, enough of that!  Christmas IS coming and that's my theme this week over at Passion for Promarkers - so I'd like to see all your festive creations, whether it be robins or reindeer, Santa or snowmen, get out your Letraset mediums and get colouring...Don't forget, you can mix your Letraset pens with other mediums and still enter into the challenge, just tell us where you've used your Promarkers, etc and you're still elligible to win the prize!...

For my card, I used a fab sketch from Sweet Sunday Challenge #294 and an image that I drew myself...
...The papers are scraps that were on my table at the time, though the plaid is from the birdhouse design set of 12 Cards of Christmas and the embossing folder is an Embossalicious one...
...The snowflakes are from a set of XCut ones that I recently bought which seemed excellent value as there were loads of dies on the sheet! The sentiment is Welsh for Merry Christmas and I finished with some Glossy Accents on the baubles, crystal glitter, buttons and sprinkles.
So, there you go, there's my contribution for your festive inspiration and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations and am sure will be kept busy visiting your blogs...Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog and see what my wonderfully talented teamies have been making and good luck in the draw!
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Merry Christmas until 14th Dec
Christmas closes today
Festive Fun closes today
Anything Goes - Holidays until 13th Dec 
*Okay, so does anyone know why Blogger keeps changing this text to smallest?!  I have changed it to normal size 100 times now and every time I view the post it reverts back to this tiny little writing!  Aarghh!*

Thursday, 12 November 2015

More craft fair stuff...

Good morning, everyone! Hope you're having a wonderful week so far - not long until the weekend, although Carol didn't get our hopes up this morning when she said that the forecast for North Wales over the weekend is one of 'exceptional' rainfall!! Better get the oars out! More like better make sure the cupboards are stocked as our little village tends to get flooded in from both sides if the rain is particularly bad! Here's hoping it's BBC weather being pessimistic!?!
Anyway, I thought I would pop in and share what I've been up to for the last week or more - creating for my craft fair next week...

...I currently have 16 sticky note pad holders, 10 money/gift card wallets, 27 corner bookmarks, 10 tall slim notepads with pens, 10 packs of magnetic pegs, 8 Merry Kiss-mas and a Chappy New Year lip balm holders, 18 simple Christmas cards (inspired by one of my all time favourite cards that the lovely Donna made for PfP over the Summer), 2 altered wooden hearts...and a partridge in a pear tree! Only kidding, though I wish I'd picked more of those wooden hearts up as I love how they've turned out! I'm hoping to get a few printed mugs done but am having a bit of an issue with the colour settings after changing ink cartridges, so will have to play a bit first!
I'll probably take my box of birthday cards and Mum's doing some pretty bird feeders and tissue boxes, so we'll hopefully have a nice selection of things - then all we need is for the people to turn up...and the weather to play fair!
Hope storm Abigail doesn't cause too much disruption this afternoon and overnight...batten down the hatches and stay indoors if you can! Have a terrific Thursday and I'll see you soon...
Crafty hugs,
Lisa x