Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Passion for Promarkers - Recipe

Good morning, dear Bloggers!  I hope all of you here in the UK had a good Bank holiday weekend?...ours was wonderful!  We had a well earned weekend away with family friends in South Wales, the sun shone brightly, we ate out most days, visited fabulous places, saw beautiful scenery and finished off with a bit of off road Segway-ing! So much fun! I didn't think I'd get the hang of it as my balance isn't the best, but soon got to grips with controlling it and thoroughly enjoyed our trek!
It's very nearly the end of August (and the children's Summer holidays), so it'll be back to a more normal routine next week!  These holidays seem to have flown by, though it's always a challenge to keep the children occupied!  Speaking of Challenges, today is Tuesday which means we see the start of a new Challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  Our lovely Nic (aka Coops) is in the hostess chair this week and she has a fabulous recipe for us to follow - 3 papers, 1 image, 1 sentiment and 3 embellishments.  This week we are sponsored by the wonderful Bugaboo Digi Stamps, who are offering 7 digi images to the lucky winner picked at random!  Wow!
Don’t forget you must use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.
...I decided to go Christmassy this week, using one of the fab Paper Shelter images called Snow Angel - isn't she adorable?!  I went for quite traditional colours, which is unusual for me as I normally like the lighter, frosty colours for Christmas...
...The papers I used have been in my stash for literally years - I think they are from a Dovecraft pack and all the coloured layers are white cardstock with the edges coloured with markers.  (I began doing this method because of my crafty stash being packed away in the shed, but it has become second nature now and means I can have any colour card I like to match my image!)  I coloured my image using Pro/Flexmarkers and here's a list of the colours I used :
Skin : Blush, Dusky Pink, Sunkissed Pink
Hair : Linen, Champagne, Sandstone
Hat and Skirt : Red, Crimson, Burgundy
Jacket : Meadow, Leaf, Bright Greens
Scarf : Muted Pink, Tea Rose, Watermelon
Tights : Ivory, Vanilla, Tulip Yellow
Boots and Gloves : Sandstone, Caramel, Cinnamon, Umber
...My 3 embellishments were 3 Marianne Snowflake die cuts, highkighted with Glamourdust and pearls.  I created a sentiment in PS using a couple of different Serif fonts - one of which is a favourite of mine - Holiday Springs...
...I then finished the inside with my usual insert with the black and white line image and the sentiment, 'May your days be Merry and bright...'
I hope you can join in with our fun challenge this week and don't forget to check out the fabulous cards that my wonderful teamies have created, by hopping over to the Passion for Promarkers blog.  Crafty hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Anything Goes
(sentiment, image, pearls)
Christmas in August
Christmas Week 2 
No flowers

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

In limbo...

*If you're looking for my Passion for Promarkers DT card, please scroll down a post!*

Good morning, dear Bloggers!  Well, firstly, I must apologise for my absence - I was hoping that it would be because of the fact that the house would now be nearing completion, when the harsh reality is that they haven't even started yet!!  It is the school summer holidays and I, as the title suggests, am in a total state of limbo!  Half of our belongings are packed away in various places and my crafty stash is still partly in the shed, and with not knowing when the work is likely to start, I am reluctant to unpack it all!  I had been so good, getting ahead with my DT cards and making sure that all my card orders were up to date and now, I am back to square one, trying to get ahead again in case work suddenly does start!  We are waiting for the gas board to come and connect us to the mains - our wonderful council only put the order in about 5/6 weeks ago, despite knowing since last August that we wanted to switch (as you can imagine, not very happy with our local council at the moment!).  So, I'm afraid that it means I will likely be sporadic in my posting for the near future!

On the plus side, I have managed to sit and colour in a few of the CAS cards that I printed out when work was first supposed to start, so I do have a little craftiness to share with you all today!...
Card number one is using the ever so cute Wee One from Wee Stamps...
...I coloured her as a little girl this time, using brighter pinks than I normally would, but I quite like the results.  Here's the colours I used :
Skin : Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed Pink
Hair : Linen, Buttercup, Champagne, Sandstone
Pram : Tea Rose, Cocktail Pink, Watermelon, Antique Pink, Primrose, Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Sandstone, Caramel
Bird : Glacier Blue, Cloud Blue, Sunflower
Horse : Tea Green, Soft Green, Blossom, Sorbet, Ivory, Vanilla
I used Stickles Frosted Lace on the trim around the hood and added some pearls to the wheel centres and top corner...
...Card number 2 was using the fabulous free image from MayZArt.  We are big Doctor Who fans and the tenth Doctor (aka David Tennant) was probably one of my favourites, so I just love this image!  I forgot to write the colours down for this one, but I think that they were :
Tardis : Midnight Blue, Navy Blue, Blender for highlights, Tulip Yellow, Gold, Ivory, Champagne, Cool Grey 4, 5 & Black
Skin : Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed
Hair and Jacket : Cinnamon, Cocoa, Umber
Trousers : Pastel Beige, Soft Khaki, Khaki
Tie : Crimson, Burgundy,
Shoes : Cool Grey 1 & 3
...Card number 3 uses the sweet Alyssa Relaxing from Digi Stamp Boutique.  I decided to colour the bath this time, rather than paper piece and am not totally convinced on the result - I used my blender to add some polka dots and added Frosted Lace Stickles to the bubbles.  Here's the colours again for all you Promarker fans :
Skin : Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed Pink (my usual combo at the moment)
Hair : Nutmeg, Saddle Brown, Auburn, Rosewood
Pillow : Tea Rose, Watermelon
Bath : Tea, Pastel, Soft Green, Ivory, Champagne
Bottle : Aniseed, Lime Zest, Pear Green
So there we are, like buses, you wait ages for one and then 3 come along at once! (Unless you live where we do and then you're lucky to get one every 2 hours!! lol!)  I do hope that work starts soon - most people will be glad when it's finished, I'll just be glad when it starts!  I will try to post when I can and I do keep dropping by you all to see what you're up to.  Enjoy the rest of the Summer and hope to see you soon, big crafty hugs,
Lisa x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Passion for Promarkers - Lou's Sketch

Hello again, lovely Bloggers!  As you are reading this, it will be almost 2 months since I scheduled this post!  I'm hoping that by now, all of the messy work that is due to take place on our house will be completed and we will be back to some sort of normality...or organised chaos, in our case!  If all has gone to plan, we should have a new bathroom, kitchen, central heating and complete rewire and I will hopefully be picking out paint colours and wallpaper by now!  I'll let you know if it's any different!

Anyway, today sees the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this week, the lovely Lou has set us a nice and easy Sketch...
...and this week, we are spospored by the fabulous Saturated Canary who is offering one lucky winner the choice of two digis from her store...

Don’t forget you must use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.
...I decided to use a new image that I bought today (well, I bought it 2 months ago now, but hey ho!)...

...This is sweet Oklahoma and the lovely Krista offered her for just a dollar in her shop, for one day, with the proceeds going to a family who were affected by the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma (how cool is that?!)  The card was made using First Edition Boho Chic paper pad and this tulip paper is one of my faves...man, I say that a lot, but it is!!
...I coloured Oklahoma with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colours I used :
Skin : Blush, Dusky Pink, Sunkisssed Pink
Hair : Rosewood, Firebrick, Saddle Brown, Spice
Dress : Light Fawn, Soft Peach, Rose Peach, Spice, Ivory, Vanilla, Mustard, Red
Wellies : Meadow, Leaf, Birght, Forest Greens
Bow and puddle : Soft Aqua, Cool Aqua, Duck Egg, Surf Blue
Umbrella : Ivory, Vanilla, Mustard, Light Fawn, Soft Peach, Rose Peach, Spice, Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed Pink, Meadow, Leaf, Bright Green, Pumpkin, Mandarin
Shadow : Sea Mist
I cut some cloud shapes from white card and glittered then used the waste from the bows on my Precious Stars die to make the raindrops.  I chose the sentiment as I thought it fit the image perfectly and cut out using standard and eyelet SB circle dies...
...As always, I finished with an insert with the black and white line image and the sentiment ' May your day be filled with sunshine'  I'm giving this to my BF for her Birthday which is (was) in June!
It's a bit weird writing my post for the middle of August in June, but I had to get ahead in order to keep up with my DT duties and to have some inspiration to share with you!  Hope you're all having  a wonderful Summer and that the fickle British weather is being kind!  Crafty hugs, Lisa x