Friday, 25 February 2011

Phindy's #44 Sticky Elbows and Biscuit Shoes

It's Friday so its a Phindy!  Yes folks, it is time for another challenge over at Phindy's Place and this week we have a great sketch to inspire you. I hope you will find the time to play along with us and if you use one of Phindy's gorgeous images in the challenge you can enter the same card twice - and if you can enter twice, you double your chances of winning of course!

The image I have chosen to colour this week is called 'Sticky Elbow', for quite obvious reasons if you look at her, LOL. I have created a hot, sunny day for this young lass whose ice cream is going anywhere but in her mouth. The 'blazing sun' made from vellum & a circular punched shape from Fiskars. The cloud paper is from Papercraft Inspirations, the yellow background from Brenda Pinnick and the horizontal mat you will probably recognise as K&Company. The sentiment is another gem from Ginger's House and the gorgeous ribbon is from Remarkable Ribbons. The melting ice cream has been given its sheen with a drop of Glossy Accents and the centre of the daisies on the horizontal mat glisten courtesy of dose of glitter glue.

Now, I know you are wondering about the title of my card....the first part is explained already in the name of the digi, but the second part?....Well, when my daughter was little she referred to her first pair of shoes as her 'biscuit shoes'. They looked remarkably like the sensible pair worn in the image, both in style & colour...but we could never work out why she thought of them as 'biscuit'. LOL. Of course, she doesn't remember herself so we will never know!

Tine :)

Challenges for today's card:
Wags 'n' Whiskers - punches (Fiskars circular 'sun')
Incy Wincy - use punches or dies (Fiskars circular 'sun')
Digital Tuesday - punches (Fiskars circular 'sun')
Cupcake - cake &/or ice cream (yey for ice cream.....make mine a Cornish! LOL)
Forgotten Scraps - Spring or flowers (warmer, sunny days & flowers on her dress & paper)
Paper Pretties - glitter (might be hard to see on the flowers, but it is there - honest!)
Pile It On - childhood dreams

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

#54 Peace Man!

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - stitching
Prize Sponsor - Digi Doodle Shops

The DT here at I ♥ Promarkers are all using images from Digi Doodle Shops for their stitching themed cards.  I have chosen to use one called 'Bell Bottoms' and I coloured her with Promarkers I hope it goes without saying! LOL.  For this peace loving hippy-chick I have given a patchwork background of papers from Cardmaking & Papercraft and used a couple of HOTP stamps for some faux stitches running along where the different panels meet. Around the very edge of my patchwork 'blanket' I got out the sewing machine to create a fancy edge border and then got the needle & thread out and hand sewed 2 large cross stitches through the image and onto the background. It was rather tough going through all the layers I have to admit but I don't like being defeated. LOL.

We hope you will join in with our challenge this week, & all you have to do is remember to use Promarkers and then some form of stitching - real or faux. Thanks for popping by my blog today.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter my card into are:
Pile It On - childhood dreams - (the 60s & 70s of my childhood - & peace was a common dream)
Stamp Something - funky
Res-Q - bright
Simply Create - bright
Totally Papercrafts - use a digi
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Digi Doodle - anything goes.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Phindy’s #43 - Monochrome Dude

Don't think this has happened before - but I have posted three days in succession! You will all be getting fed up with me at this rate. LOL.  For my DT card for Phindy's Place this week I am using 'Connected Boy', - suitably surrounded by technology with his mobile phone in hand and MP3 blasting into his ears.  All he needs now is an XBox at his side & it would be my son to a 'T'. LOL.

The theme of the Challenge this week is to create a monochrome card or project and as you can see, I went for a symphony of blues for my denim clad teenager. The background paper has been torn rather than cut, but this time rather gently for a tiny ruffled torn edge. Now I hope you all appreciate the time it took to make the holes for my faux stitching as I had to do it by hand. My sewing machine just doesn't like running without thread in it so I didn't even bother to try to persuade it otherwise on this occasion, as the last time I did, it objected & started to throw a hissy-fit. It would have been far quicker to sew the thing properly I am sure, but I wanted the hand-stitched look with the relevant gaps in between and consequently had to stab at my card with my 'pokey' tool & hope! LOL.  The fine-liner provided the necessary 'stitches' rather than go for my needle & thread. Yes, I guess I am just as stubborn as my sewing machine, before you say it! LOL.

I coloured my image with Promarkers and then added another row of 'stitches' to the edge. The 'Dude' ticket is one from a selection at and was inked, like various other layers of my card, with Denim Distress Ink. I used the same ink to colour my twine too- guess what colour my hands were when I had finished.....LOL.  I cut a couple of blue tabs & inked them up too before adding an eyelet to each one & knotting the twine through, for what I hoped would pass as a rather 'male' embellishment. I then cut a couple of triangular shapes for the image's corners, making one into more of a photo corner by cutting slits into it.

I have used the lovely sketch over at Sketch Saturday, though have shifted things just a tad as my image size & shape dictated - eg, moving the image over a little and popping the 'sentiment' at the other side, so I hope I will be forgiven. :)

Think that is all for today, other than to say that I hope you like my card and that the other girls on the DT & myself have inspired you all to play along with us this week for our monochrome challenge. Don't forget, if you use one of Phindy's images for our challenge you can enter your card/project twice to double your chance of winning. We look forward to seeing your entries.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card for are:
Sketch Saturday - design layout
Tip Top - stitched up (real or faux)
Creative Craft - for a teen
Incy Wincy - 2 different mediums (in this instance, Promarkers & Distress Ink)
Stamping Royalty - mark it up!
Creative Inspirations - distress
Simon Says Stamp - make your own embellishments
Paper Sundaes - choose your own topping (#46 -adorn those corners & #42 -for the boys)
Challenge Up Your Life - monochrome
Stamping for the Weekend - monochrome.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Phindy's Wee Babbies - Budding Beauty

Hi there everyone.  Today I am going to introduce you to the latest 'Wee Babby' to be 'born' over at Phindy's Place. Her name is 'Budding Beauty', and is one of a new range from Phindy all entering this world as different times over a number of days as if they were real babies! LOL. As each Wee Babby is born, an accompanying card will be going up too, as inspiration as to how the images can be used.

I coloured my Wee Babby with Promarkers, matching up to the papers taken off the Triple Treasures CD from Create & Craft. I paper-pieced her dress & shoes, though also worked over them with the Promarkers to show the shadows and highlights particularly on her puff-ball party frock. I then drew on my own pattern of 'tights' for her & having matted her up added a fine peel-off border to the outer most mat.

I drew myself the heart and inked around the edges popping on a bow I made from the same wide ribbon that runs across the card, sewing it into shape. I then added a tiny ribbon flower from my stash which I thought matched the rose-bud design on the hem of her dress perfectly. The chain (a bit of recycling from a garment label that I glued my charm to !! LOL), was put onto the centre, along with the flowered bow using Pinflair Glue Gel and the embellished heart then attached to the card using foam pads. The white lacy border peeking out at the edges is the outer-most edge of white card cut using a Martha Stewart Punch and sewn into position.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
Catch the Bug - use a different fold
Craft Your Passion - pink (pink & lilac used)
Paper Sundaes - choose your topping ('#48 anything but a square' & '#50 something new', in this case a brand new image!)
Ooh-La-La - for someone special (new baby)
Kaboodle Doodles - hearts & flowers
Crafty Pad - hearts (bet you're surprised it isn't another Valentine card, LOL)
Crazy 4 Challenges - hearts
One Stitch At A Time - pretty
Gingersnaps GC90 - charms
Rubber Cafe - paper piecing
Your Next Stamp - paper piecing
Incy Wincy - use at least 2 different colouring mediums (Promarkers for image and inked heart)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

#53 Diva Pig

I ♥ Promarkers theme: Paper Piecing  
Prize Sponsor this week: Die Cut Dreams
Winner of my I ♥ Promarkers birthday week blog candy named at the end of the post too!.

Hi all, and my offering to Blogland today is this sassy pig as drawn by Phindy who I thought was just too perfect for this week's challenge at I ♥ Promarkers this week, 'paper piecing'. She is called 'Digi Piggy Diva' and is available here. Don't you think that her dress is just begging to be paper pieced!!! LOL. Well, this is me we are talking about so I did her fur stole and shoe too for good measure. LOL.

The porcine diva comes with the speech bubble, though without text, so I added the 'diva' sentiment from Ginger's House to the appropriate place before printing her off in the first instance onto card. I then printed the image twice more, this time onto mottled light grey paper. To the first of these print offs I coloured shading with my Promarkers onto her dress & shoe before giving it a spray with my Iridescent Spray & Sparkle from Crafter's Companion and whilst that was drying added the shading and highlights to the boa on the second print. The main image on the card was also coloured with Promarkers and once the paper dress, shoe and boa were cut out, they were stuck onto the card image.

I added the black & white scroll paper for the 'classy & sophisticated' feel, that this pig seems to believe she deserves, as well as the many blingy gems scattered about - and yet a few more still for good measure as her 'diamond' bracelet. The card base is a slightly pearlescent cardstock for even more 'glamour'.

Who wouldn't want a blingy dress like that eh? LOL

Right then, if you have Promarkers why not join in with us this week and we would love to see your creations featuring paper piecing....

....and now a drum roll for the winner of my I ♥ Promarkers birthday week candy.....
...and that is....   Kerry of Kerryscraftyspace.
If you would like to contact me with your details, the Crafter's Companion Stamp can be making its way to you. You can use the button on my sidebar to email me.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter with this card:
Our Creative Corner - cut it out (paper piecing)
Alys - bling bling
Papertake - putting on the glitz
Paper Sundaes - choose your sundae topping (#46 'adorn those corners'/#49 'cut it out', & I reckon paper piecing is cutting it out! LOL)
One Stitch At A Time - pretty (pretty !?!?.... this pig thinks she's a stunner...LOL)
Rubber Cafe - paper piecing
Your Next Stamp - paper piecing
Wee Memories - live, laugh, love (I think my pig has a certain 'exhuberance'! LOL)
Stamping Royalty - mark it up!
Simply Create - bright & bold (bright white & pretty bold I'd say).

Inside - sentiment from Ginger's House & blank for 'from' etc.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Phindy’s #42 - Spring Blossom

Our theme this week at Phindy's Place is Spring and we would like you all to join us in looking forward to warmer, sunnier days with your cards or projects.  You don't need to use one of Phindy's images to play along, but if you do, you can enter the card twice to double your chances of winning.

The image I have chosen to illustrate Spring is 'Spring Dress Kulla' and I have put Kulla dancing in the falling blossom without a care in the world. Isn't it a such a shame that the blossom doesn't remain on the trees that bit longer - here and gone in a week or so yet ever so pretty whilst it lasts.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, even on top of her paper-pieced dress hoping to get a light & airy feel to the material. The bouquet consists of a hand-made flower which was cut from pale pink cardstock and coloured over in a few places with a toning Promarker. The other flowers were in my stash but echo the simplistic shapes of my breeze-borne blossom (actually remnants of a Fiskar's circular punch pattern but are perfect tiny flowers!). The punched leaves are the Martha Stewart frond leaf and the sentiment is from Rainbow Echo.

I thought this card would be just perfect for a very good friend of 20 years now, whose birthday is coming up next week.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
Sweet Stamping - spring flowers
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - flowers
Digi Doodle - nature
Creative Card - for a loved one (a friend)
Ooh-La-La - for someone special (a friend)
One Stitch at a Time - digi
Karber Weekly - movies and digi, (my movie title:  Spring Fever)
Pile It On - bright & breezy
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Craft Us Crazy -anything goes.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

#52 Happy Birthday! - It's a Blog Hop!

B l o g     H o p ! ! !

Yes, you read this correctly. Here at I ♥ Promarkers this week we are having our very first Blog Hop to celebrate the one year Karen has been running the blog.  We hope that you will join in with our celebration by not only completing the Hop but by making a birthday themed card - as the Hop will also be our weekly challenge.

We have got some great prizes from Letraset and Whiff of Joy for the lucky winner and all the members of the DT have a little prize for a winner selected from those leaving a comment on their individual blogs. The Blog Hop will end at 6pm on Tuesday, 15th February, and the winners will be listed on Wednesday, 16th February along with the theme of our next challenge.

Prizes from Letraset.....
...and from Whiff of Joy.

The Blog Hopping order is as follows:

Tine  (that’s me !!!)
Then go back to I ♥ ProMarkers and leave a picture of your project with Mr Linky.

So then, if you have arrived here from Ruth's blog you are on the right track but if you have just browsed to my blog from elsewhere & have a few Promarkers you could use on a project, then why not start at the beginning of the Hop now - and I will see you back here in a few minutes! LOL.

Here is the prize from my blog.

I had better let you see more of the card you are commenting on then! LOL.

The card shape itself is constructed from  A4 cardstock though I added reinforcement panels at each side (viewable from the angled photos), to restrain the card from collapsing down as V-fold cards tend to want to do.

This card is a special one, not just because it is for our challenge blog's birthday at I ♥ Promarkers but because it if for my daughter.  I chose to use the image, ‘Penelope’s Party Wagon’, by Mo Manning & coloured it of course, with Promarkers.  The little girl is not the only image though and the square present beneath the balloons (and the large one at the back, which coincidently is paper-pieced), are from Digi Doodle and the balloons, opened present and those angled prezzies peeking out behind are from Arthur’s Clipart. There are a couple of presents that I drew myself too on that back panel behind the image.  They can really only be seen when not looking directly from the front however.  I was going to post a photo of the pile of presents too, but thought my post was getting long enough without it. LOL.

The birthday banner is 'strung' up using coloured wire attached to the brads as well as being secured to the back of the layered mats.  A brad also secures the front sentiment (from, masquerading as a picture on the wall, for which I made a picture frame - and although it doesn't show up on the photo, there is acetate in front of it for the 'glass'.  One of the balloons is decoupaged for yet more dimension and there is more of that coloured wire, this time taking place of the balloons strings.

I have also covered the back of the card in a similar fashion to the front and added a further sentiment this time from TLC.

Hope you like it!!!!!

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
Paper Sundaes - use 2 or more images ( I actually have 9! LOL)
One Stitch At A Time - use a digi (7 digi images, 2 digi sentiments - the other 2 presents were hand drawn with a fineliner)
Paperplay - stamp it out (digi or stamp)
Stamp Challenges - digi day
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes.

All you have to do now then is leave me a comment and then complete the Blog Hop by popping over to the very talented Kathleen.

Tine :)

Saturday, 5 February 2011

For My Valentine

Hi all. Now, I am aiming to keep this one short and sweet as I have sooo much to do and no time to do it in!

The adorable image is from Phindy's Place, called 'My Love Grows' and has been coloured with Promarkers, even over her paper-pieced apron, to add the shadows and definition. Now, I thought it rather funny when my son came in just as I was finishing it off and asked who it was for.....LOL....I wasn't aware of a line up of admirers as possible recipients, so I will just have to give it to my husband! LOL.

Hey, really did manage to keep this one short!  First time for everything. LOL.

Tine :)

Challenges for my card today:
CLP - layout
Paper Sundaes - Valentines
Cards for Men - Valentine/love
Stamping for the Weekend - St. Valentine's Day
Tuesday Taggers - feel the lurve
Crafts & Me - red
Craft Your Passion - bling on your love
Penny's - hearts a flutter
Karber Monthly - love & friendship
Bunny Zoe - love is in the air
Allsorts - love
Stamp Challenges - use a digi.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Phindy’s #41 - Can I Help Grandad?


Hi all! I am soooo excited!  This is my first card as a member of Phindy’s DT, so I hope Phindy likes it!  Our theme this week is ‘embossing’, and that can be heat embossing or dry embossing with either embossing folders or embossing tools.  I went for the latter option of hand embossing.

The image I chose to use today is ‘Big Boots Girl with Glasses’ isn’t she just gorgeous.  She is available without glasses too and also as an African American – not to mention her male counterparts!  I could just hear this little ‘helper’ asking to lend a hand, (hence the title of my card), but helping in her own way of course and prettifying everything as she goes along, by adding bows and glittery bits and basically making everything more 'girly'.  I coloured her with Promarkers with the exception of her pink t-shirt which was paper-pieced before being shaded with my pens too. I then set about constructing the layers underneath which hold all the embossing. 

Both the main DP and & that of the t-shirt are from the Papermania’s Raspberry Champagne pad and the striped background was matted onto a very scrummy embossed card base which just looks like that steel flooring, I am sure you know the kind I mean - so just had to be perfect for my card.  The grey rectangular mat off-set behind the image was hand embossed with a weave design which I thought echoed the card ground nicely.  It was then inked with ‘Tattered Rose’ & then black to bring out the edges and the embossing.  The circle layer is just cut from white card but to create the small screw heads I created my own embossing shape.  First, out of some scrap card I punched a circle then popped my card circle on top where I wanted the ‘screw’ to be. I then hand embossed the punched out area, rotating the circle until I got to the next screw placement and repeated the process.  This gave me a circle with small embossed circles around the edge.  I then turned the circle over and scored each raised ‘screw’ down the middle with a very fine headed embossing tool to give me the slot headed screw effect.  The embossed circle was then coloured with Promarkers. 

The larger screws were created by using a small circular punch (X-cut), and then scoring the top down the middle with the embossing tool before being Promarker-ed.  These were attached with foam pads to give some height but as they were also holding down the silver cord, the pads were also given a touch of Pinflair glue to make sure they were permanently fixed into position and could move nowhere.  The sentiment hanging from the cord is from Sentiments4You and this was also inked with Tattered Rose.  Sucker for punishment that I am, I then also embossed the centre of the flower.  This time using crafting foil by LP Creative.  I kept it fairly simple, tooling where the veins might go through the petals but didn’t ink over it as I reckoned a little girl would prefer it nice and shiny. LOL.

Do try to join in with our challenge this week at Phindy’s and I am sure you could find some element/s of your card which would look great embossed in some way. You don’t have to use one of Phindy’s images but if you do, your entry counts twice – so double the chance of winning!!!!  If you have never checked out her shop before just click here and see what you have been missing.  Hope to see you at Phindy’s Place!

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter my card into:
My Partner In Crafting Crime - scoring (along the top of the screw-heads)
Karber Weekly - use something old (papers)
Crazy - happy birthday
Tip Top - girly
Digital Tuesday - shades of grey +one (greys & pinks)
Bearly Mine - for men or boys
Papertake -anything goes (optional flowers)
Stamp Challenges - use a digi.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

#51 Teenage Grunge

Anything goes at I ♥ Promarkers                                                                                - this week's prize sponsor - Joanna Sheen!

Yep, open those flood gates once is the favourite of Blogland....'Anything Goes', BUT..(& I do know I say this all the time!), don't forget to use PROMARKERS on your project.  LOL.

I made my latest DT card with a certain nephew in mind with a birthday coming up in March. This is a terribly busy couple of months for me birthday-wise and I literally have people with birthdays one day after another. Of course right in the middle of it is my own, but fortunately I don't make a card for myself.  I have been known to buy myself a present - but making a card for myself - no.... LOL. So I am trying to get to grip with the situation & get a few 'necessary' cards done.

This one I have made suitably grungy for a teenage lad I think. You know how they are - don't quite finish what they start and everything is at the last minute.  I have tried to reflect this with my card.  The mat with the numerals on has been distressed with sand paper around the edges & the one immediately behind that was pricked with a pricking tool after checks were drawn on it with a gel pen.  It would have been even cleverer if I hadn't then covered up my checks with the smaller mat. LOL.  The largest mat has just the very edges distressed and then painted with acrylic paint for texture.  Both the last 2 mentioned mats are in fact my recycled elements. Both from the same very large roll of card that was inside the middle of wrapping paper. It was darker on one side than the other - so a double-sided freebie!!!  I made the sentiment on the PC before securing with regular staples. The image is recognisably one from Kenny K. 'Cool Kid', if my memory serves me rightly and was of course, coloured with Promarkers. LOL.

All of us at I ♥ Promarkers would love you to play along with us this week and it is nice and easy, providing you remember which pens to colour with. LOL.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter my card for are:
Paperplay - layer it up
Allsorts - recycling
Aly's - for the guys
Crafty Pad - for the boys
Alphabet - men (well, I am sure a 15 year old lad considers himself a man!)
Bearly Mine - men & boys
Stamptacular Sunday - whateva! (sounds like attitude to me, & I reckon this lad has some! LOL)
Crazy - happy birthday
Papertake - anything goes (optional flowers)
Kenny K - my favourite things (my fav thing here? -  'Family' -even truculent teenagers!!!! - well, sometimes....LOL).