Wednesday, 29 June 2011

#72 Oh, Happy Day

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - use flowers
Prize sponsor this week - Di's Digis

Here at I ♥ Promarkers the girls on the DT are all using an image from our sponsor, Di's Digis to create a card with flowers on. You can embellish with bought ones or, as I have done here, create your own. Mine are rather stylised to match in with the backing paper. It would have been even cleverer if I hadn't then all but covered up the flowers I was matching to with stitching! LOL.

My image is called 'Cute Carly' and I have coloured her with Promarkers along with the circular sentiment which is from Sentiments4You. The layered cards & papers have been inked around the edges slightly with Distress Inks and the ribbon was originally white but I used my Promarkers again to recolour it to match the centre of my flowers.

That's all for today then.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card for are:
Art Impressions - make your own flowers
Deep Ocean - flowers
Ruby's Rainbow - flowers
Digital Tuesday - flower power
Little Miss Muffet - colour scheme
Just Some Lines - spotty dotty
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Creative Inspirations - stitching, real or faux
Catered Crop - large recipe to choose from (here I have used: orange, yellow, sunshine colours, polka dots, & digital stamp)
Rainbow Lady's - digi day

Friday, 24 June 2011

Phindy's #61 Yummy In My Tummy - use circles

Theme at Phindy's Place - circles

Well, I do hope that you can see the circles here, and no, I wasn't craving chocolate at the time. LOL. I did however have one of my 'moments' when the necessary circles just HAD to be chocolates all lined up in their fancy box just shouting 'eat me!'  I am sure I have warned you all before, inside my head is a dangerous place to be. LOL.

The little girl happily helping herself to the assortment within the box is called 'Chocomonster' and just like the larger than life chocolates behind her, has been coloured with Promarkers. She appears to be in her 'best dress' to me so I hope I have given her a luxurious velvet little number and once coloured, I cut her out, including the 2 tiny empty paper cases which I then relocated. Now, followers of mine just might recall my cupcake card and see some similarity as I made the choccies the same way as the cakes, drawing a circle & then colouring it depending on the flavour.  The paper cases are just circles coloured with Promarkers too but this time with zig zag edges. The TLC sentiment on the front of the card tucked into the ribbon hopefully reminds you of the 'which choc is which' paper in the confectionery box - I do hate it when they print that kind of thing on the bottom of the box so the only way to read it without tipping the contents all over the floor is to hold it above your head!  No dp either you may have noticed, just matt mirri, if that makes sense.  Can you have a non-reflective mirror? Surely it defeats the object? Still, you know what I mean! LOL. Matt or not, it bounces the light around making it rather difficult to photograph.

I have run with the chocolate box idea inside the card too, this time treating it as if the rectangles are the closed boxes & adding the required wording to each side, along with a bit more gold ribbon (from Dovecraft). The circular enclosed Dicken's quote on the left is from Raindrop Echo Designs and the similarly mounted sentiment on the right, from Sentiments4You.

Include some circles on your card and you can join us at Phindy's this week and don't forget, if you have one of Phindy's images lurking on your hard drive to use it so that you can enter your card twice into the challenge, so doubling your chance of winning.

Tine :)

Challenges for this card:
Aly's - kids
Challenge Up Your Life - circles
A Spoonful of Sugar - ribbons & bows
Creative Belli - embellishments beginning with 'G' (gold ribbon)
Crafty Creations - let it shine (sparkly ribbon not to mention the gold mirri!)
Ladybug - use red
Kaboodle Doodles - food &/or drink
Stampin' for the Weekend - favourite things (CHOCOLATE!!!!! & using Promarkers! LOL)
Digital Tuesday - ice cream flavours/ combos (just pure chocolate here!)
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes (with Blog Hop too if you wish)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

#71 The Horse Kiss

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - Anything goes!!!!
Prize Sponsor this week - Digi Doodle Shop

Here at I ♥ Promarkers the DT are all using images from our sponsor, Digi Doodle this week and I have chosen to use 'The Horse Kiss'.  You can see why can't you. I love horses, such loving big eyes. Mind you, it is such a long, long time now that I had the chance to go riding that I wasn't entirely sure I could colour this one in to my satisfaction from memory. He'll do. I made the one here into a Palomino and popped the Promarker-ed image into the centre of a rosette made of pleated paper. The edges of my papers I tore with the aid of a tearing ruler and used several colours of Distress Inks to finish them off.  I then added the square brads to my layers and the sentiment I created on the PC, setting it within a Nestie shape. A snaking 'rope' of twine .

Now, I know you Promarker gals might just have only got as far as reading 'Anything goes', before clicking off my blog to enter a card of your own into the Challenge this week, LOL, but hopefully at least a few of you have survived to the end here to possibly leave a comment as you pass through, and I thank you for it in anticipation.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card into are:
Moving Along With The Times - song inspiration (A Horse With No Name by America)
CRAFT - include stitching
Catered Crop - large recipe selection (I have digital image, blue, brown, distressing, sewing, sewing machine, die cuts & nature)
Crazy 4 - twine, string or floss etc.,
Creative Inspirations - stitching, real or faux
Crafts & Me - stitching
Pile It On - metal (brads)
Crafts4Eternity - embellishments beginning with 'R' (Rosette & rope)
Crafty Purple Frog - favourite things (horse is my favourite animal and Promarkers my preferred colouring medium)
Pixie Cottage - outdoor fun (horse riding) or sketch
Aly's - kids.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Phindy's #60 Shake 'n' Vac Vacuum Viv

Theme at Phindy's Place - black & white (with colours on the image)

Admit it, go on. All you Brits of a 'certain age' saw 'Vacuum Viv' here and started singing the Shake 'n' Vac advert to yourselves without me having to mention it really didn't you or was it Queen's 'I Want To Break Free'! LOL. Having chosen my Phindy image & then my background papers from the Angel Co, I followed the sketch over at CLP this month for this particularly organised looking 'housewife'. Nope, I don't look half as glamorous as I clean our carpets before you ask! LOL.

She has been coloured with Promarkers but I did paper piece her flowered skirt, headscarf & the vacuum cleaner bag - this time with papers from Cardmaking & Papercraft to tie in with the vibrant pink feather duster I made her from a remnant feather from a feather boa & a cocktail stick. The punched work detail was done using a Martha Stewart punch and the sentiment this time around is from Raindrop Echo Designs.

The inside of the card I created with matching papers to the front but the sentiment here is from Scrapalicious.

We gals on the DT would just love it if you could join in with us this week, it isn't as difficult as you might think to use just blacks & whites and I think it really makes the image 'pop'. What do you reckon?

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this particular card for are:
CLP - design layout
Crafty Emma - inspired by a film ( The Perfect Woman - she is far to neat & tidy to be doing such a good job of the housework, don't you think? LOL)
Moving Along With The Times - inspired by a song ( just has to be 'I Want To Break Free' by Queen - can't you just see moustachioed Freddie sweeping up in his tiny pencil skirt & big earrings in your mind's eye now!!!! LOL)
Paper Sundaes - girly girl (well, she is a woman rather than a girl, but she seems to fit the bill I would say - I don't try to do housework in stiletto heels & a pencil skirt, LOL)
CRAFT- include stitching
Catered Crop - large selection to choose from (I have - digital image, sewing machine & sewing  but my lace is punched)
Stamp Something - pretty papers ( I reckon these really work well together)
Scrap-Creations - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes
Barely Mine - anything goes.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

#70 New Teacher

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - black & white plus one other colour
Prize Sponsor this week - Die Cut Dreams

I have made my card today for my daughter who is one of the lucky few to get a job straight from finishing her year of teacher training following a Degree at Uni. Whilst the young man featured on the card is in a younger age bracket than she will be actually teaching herself, hopefully the message is clear enough. This particular digi is from Phindy's Place and is called, 'Ready to go!', a more than willing student by the look of it  & I only hope my daughter finds her pupils as diligent as he would appear to be!!!!

I have coloured him with Promarkers in nearly all the various shades of grey going, other than the skin & hair of course, which gives my card its shot of colour along with his regulation apple and the wood grain blackboard surround, a paper from Papercraft Inspirations.  The message on the blackboard is a recoloured digi from Meljen Designs and I added the smiley face to it myself on the computer. The blackboard surround is a layer above the 'board' itself so it was 'gutted' to reveal the sentiment behind. (I hope I am explaining this well enough). LOL. The good luck sentiment was just done on the PC too. The hand-print dp is a recoloured Crafter's Companion paper (to look like messy prints all over the wall, hopefully!) and the stripey paper is from The Angel Company. The super-snazzy paperclip came from an 'office set' I got once and was just waiting for its moment in the limelight. LOL.

I also decorated both sides of the inside of the card with matching woodgrain & black & white stripes so that I had a whiteboard on one side, featuring a TLC sentiment, and the base card itself on the other side acting literally as a blackboard so that I could handwrite (in pencil pretending it is chalk) my 'to' along with another happy, smiley face & I will add the 'from' there too later.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this particular card for are:
Crafty Emma - inspired by a movie (High School Musical I hope, rather than Kindergarten Cop!)
Cupcake - boy, oh boy
Bows and Berries - masculine (aw....adorable little lad)
Incy Wincy - Father's Day or masculine (well, the image is, if not the recipient! LOL)
Papertake - lads & dads
My Partner In Crafting Crime - tutti frutti (use fruit - an apple for the teacher)
Barely Mine - anything goes.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Phindy's #59 Duckie needs some water

Theme at Phindy's Place - water

Isn't she just too adorable? This fabulous image is of course one of Phindy's, and goes by the title of 'Splashy Sienna'. I just had to use her for our water-themed challenge, colouring the whole image with Promarkers, (bar the flower heads on her dress which are white gel pen) & I paper-pieced her cute little dress to match her little rubber duck so I hope you can see some of the geometric shapes behind the floral print.

The sentiment on the inside of the card is from TLC which I thought worked rather well with this image, after all, if she were your daughter, you certainly would be smiling at her!...Unless you had carefully manicured your lawn that is maybe!!! LOL.

We would love it if you could join in with our challenge this week, and don't forget if you use one of Phindy's own images you can enter your card twice (doubles your chance of winning!!!!).

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card into:
Prairie Fairy - summer fun
Sweet Stamping - playing in the summer sun
Bee Crafty - summer's here
Corrosive - summer colours
Pile It On - summer heaven
Crafter's Companion - here comes summer
A Spoonful of Sugar - here comes summer
Digital Tuesday - in the garden or outdoors
Paper Sundaes - get sentimental (on the insert)
Sentimental Sundays - inspired by a song (Sweet Little Girl by Stevie Wonder)
Barely Mine - anything goes.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

#69 All At Sea

This week's challenge at I ♥ Promarkers - use the sketch
Prize sponsor - Secret Crafter

This week my card uses the fun male image of 'Mr. Brown on Vacation', another well observed gem from Phindy. I hope you are all picking up on the fact that it is wonderfully hot where he is holidaying! Don't we all just 'know' this guy! LOL. The image is coloured with Promarkers of course & I have edged all of the vertical papers with Tim Holtz distress ink to hopefully add to the intense heat.....So I added a 'sun' to the sketch, but I needed it for his sunburn! LOL.

I know, I know, I could have had him taking 40 winks whilst on a mill pond & I have been terribly cruel and set him off drifting out to sea. LOL. See, even the added 'sun' is being lazy and is only half way up (or down), LOL. Well, any higher in the sky his and sunburn would be even worse, right? So I'm not as cruel as you thought now, eh?  LOL.  Gosh, that sea took a long time to colour in, but you know me, I just had to try to get my waves right!

I also made an insert for this card using a lightened version of the image where the 'to' & 'from' will be written on a layout which is a pared down version of the card front. The main sentiment (at the very top of the circle element), is one from TLC but the birthday wishes I added myself on the PC.

So then folks, this is the sketch we are working to. Nice & simple and hopefully perfect for you to play along with us this week. Do hope you can join us.

Tine :)

Challenges for this card:
Fussy & Fancy - for a man or boy
Bee Crafty - Summer's here
Prairie Fairy - summer fun
Sweet Stamping - playing in the summer sun
Pile It On - summer heaven
Crafter's Companion - here comes summer
A Spoonful of Sugar - here comes summer
Digital Tuesday - either in the garden or outdoors
Paperplay - summer, citrus, splash (summer-check, citrus -orange, check, splash - he will when he wakes up!)
Do You Stack Up - orange
Craft Your Days Away - either Father's Day or special man
Creative Inspirations - either Father's Day or for dad
Creative Inspirations Wednesday - card for a dad/man in your life
Lexi's - Father's Day or man's card
Designed 2 Delight - masculine card/no flowers
Ladybug - it's all about the males
Stamp Something - digi day
Paper Sundaes - let's get sentimental (on the insert)
Sentimental Sundaes - inspired by a song (All At Sea by Jamie Cullum) + sentiment
Catered Crop - recipe (large fab choice to pick from but here I have used -square card, sail boats, summer, water, happy birthday & distress inks)
Barely Mine - anything goes.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Phindy's #58 Snow Angel

This week over at Phindy's Place we have a lovely sketch (shown at the bottom of the page), by our own Anne-Marije to work with. No restrictions as to birthday, anniversary or Christmas - just interpret to suit! Just as long as we can see the sketch on your card (project or even scrapbook page if you feel like it).  What is more, there is no need to use one of Phindy's images to play along (though it would be nice, and you get to enter your card twice for an extra chance of winning!)

For my card I have used Phindy's 'Snow Angel' and have her scattering extra large snowflakes alongside the tiny ones drawn on the image itself.  I chose this simply beautiful paper from Barely Mine as a base to work from, printing it off twice for two layers, one for the main background and another for the smaller square. Coloured with Promarkers to tone in with this paper & to hopefully give the angel in question a velvety gown with silver (gel pen) sash, I gave her wings a touch of Icicle Stickles. The large snowflakes positioned according to the layout, were made with a selection of Marianne dies & also a cut down Martha Stewart border & corner punch,  from both card & vellum. These were then layered to make all the snowflakes different from one another and each frosted with more Stickles, this time tonal to the paper in Waterfall & Patina. The sentiment I typed out on the PC before cutting it into a ribbon banner shape to glue down at intervals so it looked like it was rippling in the wind.

I would just love it if you could join in with us this week and a fab sketch can really get those creative juices flowing. Hopefully I will see you there!

Tine :)

Challenges I am entering this card for are:
Christmas Card Challenges - snowflakes
Corrosive - Christmas
Allsorts - things with wings
Flutterby Wednesday - open (butterfly/fairy/angel)
Charisma - something that flies
Everybody Art - flags/banners (...for sentiment)
Stamp Challenges - digi day
Ladybug - make your own embellishments (layered snowflakes)
Pile It On - 'You're the Sprinkle in my life' - sprinkling snow.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Some exciting news!

Hi all, no card today, just a very short post ……..but AN EXCITING ONE!!!  I have been chosen as one of Kenny K’s Krafty Girls!!!!  Isn’t that fabulous?  My term doesn’t start just yet so you will have to wait for the first official creation in July – watch this space! I am sure I am going to love it and can't wait to be working alongside all the new teamies.

Tine :)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

#68 Scent of a Vintage Rose

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - sparkly blingy
Prize - £10 to spend at Joanna Sheen!

Hi all, and I have gone a bit retro with my DT card this week and I have chosen not to go OTT with the bling but rather a softer, more subtle sparkle. This stunningly elegant image is from A Day for Daisies and I went for  a colour palette which I thought suited the era perfectly (well, I remember a dress my mother had of my grandmothers and just had to try to interpret that with my Promarkers). LOL.  I also chose to give this particularly stylish image a Marcel wave in her auburn hair peeking from under her fashion-conscious cloche hat as it seemed just perfect for her.

The sparkle of her hat & the image's mat.

To some extent, this card is kind of the best of both worlds - a square card and a shaped card - helped perhaps by the Art Deco theme and it's strong geometry.  For the square elements I used the sketch over at A Day for Daisies itself which seemed to lend itself perfectly to the image I had chosen. As for the obligatory 'bling' today,  the most obvious are the gems - the ones at the corners of the image and the 3 at the very top were all clear but recoloured with Promarkers but I kept the larger ones in their clear state.  The larger mat behind the image was dosed with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle and I cut holes in a spare bit of card & sprayed  on the centre of the flowers in the long horizontal paper (not showing up well in the photo unfortunately). I also paper pieced the rose bloom and the entirety of her cloche hat (also both coated with the spray) which luckily does glisten in the photo to some extent.

There is a more subtle sheen to the base card itself as I used a gently pearlescent card stock to create the shaped card and I used the Sophisticated border bar from the Glitter Girls to emboss the Deco shapes either side of the image.

Well, we hope you Promarker fans will play along with us this week to create your own sparkly blingy project and (Blogger permitting!!!), hope to be able to leave you a comment.

Tine :)

Challenges I am entering this card for:
A Day For Daisies - sketch & use ADFD image
Paper Sundaes - vintage or shabby chic
Stamp Something - use a sentiment
Wags 'n' Whiskers - stitches
Prairie Fairy - more than one fold
Claudia & Co - fancy folds
Totally Papercraft - pink & girly
Purple Crafty Frog - things of beauty
A Spoonful of Sugar - flower power
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes/your fav something (fav things here - Promarkers as a colouring medium and this style of shaped card)