Wednesday 28 July 2010

#25 Xmas in July – Star of Wonder

Well, as you can see it is the 25th Challenge at I ♥ Promarkers, and as you all know, Christmas falls on the 25th so that has set the theme for this week! The DT have all chosen digis from Digital Doodle Shop to use and I went for Angel #2.

Now, whilst she is indeed to be found in the Christmas section of the shop, this angel does hold a rose in her hand. Not particularly Christmassy to my mind. So I dry embossed a small star for her to hold instead as I thought it more appropriate for Xmas and for what I wanted her to do – be the force in the sky guiding the Star to Bethlehem.

Yes, I know, you must think I am totally mad not using any papers but actually colouring it all in with my Promarkers , LOL, but I could just see what I wanted to do in my mind so had to do it, or at least attempt to. Having chosen the image, I next chose the card for the base and this one has a texture to it which reminded me of clouds, so it kind of chose itself.

The layout for the top of the easel card follows the design sketch over at CLP. Now you might have to look carefully to check this out as it is in the layers of clouds, but believe me, the sketch is there! LOL. First of all I coloured the clouds at the bottom, going for a ‘sunsetty’, storm cloudy, above the clouds idea - before cutting it out to give me the first layer. I repeated the clouds for the next layer up, setting that at the angle as on the sketch. Above that is the silver ‘bench’ across the whole sky which is simply a strip of matt mirri board, but that in turn, lies on the top layer of the card which has lighter clouds at the base and striations of clouds and sky going out to pure blue sky in the top corners. Hope you are still following this…..LOL…..

…..The image itself was printed onto another piece of card and coloured in with Promarkers before being cut out and attached to my ‘sky’. The lower part of the easel card was constructed in much the same way as the top really. The base layer of the sky topped off with two torn layers of sandy desert for the distant hills. All coloured with Promarkers of course. I coloured a layer of desert then ran it through the printer as the Magi are clip art image and the wording, ‘Star of Wonder’ was printed on the PC.

Hope I explained that well enough to you all. Do try to find time to visit all the DT’s blogs if you can. We appreciate the lovely comments you leave for us - and then why not create a Christmas card of your own and enter the Challenge! Use any image you want as long as it is Christmassy and coloured with Promarkers. I will even let you use pretty papers! LOL. I look forward to seeing your cards and visiting your blogs. :)

I am entering this card for several other challenges:

CLP #27 - design sketch

Stamptacular Sunday – Christmas in July

Polka Doodles – Christmas in July

Cupcake – pastel Christmas

Digi Doodle Shops Best – anything goes

Charisma – not square
Gingersnaps - marker pens.

Have a great day everyone!

Tine :)

Sunday 25 July 2010


Challenges: ABC – zig-zag

Friday Sketchers – design sketch #112

Mo’s – paper piecing

Scrappy Frogs – girly (well, it’s a pink card!!!)

Pollycraft – birthday card.

Hello everyone, and the card I have created today is especially for my friend, Helen. We have been friends since we met at school aged 11, and although now live in different parts of the country, and communicate mainly by email, our friendship still remains firm. It is for her birthday but I am making it nice and early as I don't want to leave it to the last minute.

I had been wanting to make a card with Mo’s wonderful drawing, ‘Checking FB’ for a while. When I saw that Mo’s challenge this week was for paper piecing I knew that was the image for me –and it has the added bonus of reminding me of Helen, though not entirely sure why! Think it’s the hair….. Anyway, I took two papers for the paper piecing elements, a plain pink one and a digi design from Tiddly Inks featuring circles, which I wanted for the dressing gown. Having coloured in my image on card with my Promarkers, I added the cut out paper clothes and added shading/texturing to them.

I used the layout from Friday Sketchers to dictate the front of the zig-zag card which was the requirement of ABC this week. The stripey background paper was also from Tiddly Inks, so worked well with the second background paper which was the same one as I used for the dressing gown on the image. I then mounted the layers with silver mirri, adding a flower, ribbon and gems all from my stash.

The sentiment on the front of the card was created especially for me by the ever-talented Paulette at TLC Creations knowing I was making a card for my friend using this particular Mo image. How cool is that!!!! If you are reading this Paulette, a thousand thanks again :). I then printed it onto a separate piece of card, adding the ‘On your birthday’ using my PC. I am going to hand-write the ‘To’and ‘From’ on the reverse, and this card now slots into a little pocket I made for it on one of the six sides of the zig-zag.

The reverse of the card has the 3 panels all similarly mounted, though each panel was treated slightly differently as you can see. The sentiment on the 3rd panel is yet another from TLC Creations which happens to feature the same fonts as the extra special one Paulette made for me, but is such a nice sentiment too I thought it might make a nice addition.

Well, hope you all like today’s card enough to leave a comment as you browse through the various blogs and I thank you in advance for them.

Tine :)

Wednesday 21 July 2010

#24 Buttons the Bear

Hi everyone. For this week’s Challenge at I ♥ Promarkers we are asking you all to use buttons on your card - as well as using your Promarker pens to colour your image in of course! So go and raid your stash or seek out your local haberdashery or wool shop for inspiration. Failing that, how about making your own buttons to adorn your project. It could be that like me, all your local wool shops and haberdashers have closed their doors for good. :(

As for my card, the white cardstock is a gorgeous textured one with a ‘weave’ but I have added embossed circles randomly to it. This echoes the red and white dotty one chosen to run horizontally which was a freebie from ‘Cardmakers and Papercraft’. The trouble with beautifully white card is that it doesn’t show the embossing off very well in photos, but I hope that you can still manage to see it.

As for the image, the drying teddy is also a freebie, this time from Sassy Cheryl over at PCP, but I have added an extra tiny button nose to him to continue the theme. The ‘washing lines’ down the side were made from the plastic ‘wires’ that girls had a craze plaiting a while back – at least I think that is what they did with them (LOL) and added a couple of tiny red pegs for good measure from my stash. The plastic washing lines were secured (somewhat reluctantly I must add!!!) into place using silicone glue, as were the pegs. Could I find a big red button anywhere! Still, where there is a will, there’s a way so they say, so I drew around my big black button (not used as in my view it just seemed too dark and heavy on the card - and besides, I wanted a red one, LOL), so I coloured my drawn circle in with my Promarkers and sewed black thread into the two holes created with my Crop-a -Dile.

Hope you all like it - and do join us with your own creation, as the prize is from Simon Says Stamp this week, and I look forward to visiting your blogs.….........P.S. Don’t forget to use your Promarkers! :)

I am entering this card for a couple of challenges myself:

Stamp Challenges – digi image

Papertake – cute

Gingersnaps – marker pens – (I use Promarkers)

Allsorts – summer – (the weather has to be good to put your washing out! LOL. It isn’t here unfortunately.)

Bunny Zoe's– summer (… above LOL )

Sir Stampalot – how you spend your time in the summer (as above…..I don’t know about you, when the sun shines I wash everything that isn’t screwed down! LOL)

Tine :)

Sunday 18 July 2010

The Young Prince

Friday Sketchers – sketch

Mo’s – masculine

Gingersnaps GC62 – markers

CRAFT – babies/children

Stamp Challenges– digi image

Pollycraft – bold & bright.

Hi all, and today’s card features what might not now pass as a particularly masculine image, but in the Tudor period, he would have been ‘the bee’s knees!’ LOL. The young man in question with the shoe dilemma is a digi of Mo Manning’s of course. He might well look a bit embarrassed to have that assortment of shoes around him, but he has chosen a golden pair to match his crown. If he lived near me, I would advise Wellingtons instead. LOL.

I have used Promarkers to colour him in, aiming to get a bit of weight to his velvet robes. The colours are regally bold and bright with a good amount of gold mirri, punched with a border punch from Fiskars to create a royal frame. I went with 3 ‘amethysts’ rather than ‘rubies’ which would have matched the one on his pendant, and voila – a card fit for any young prince about town.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Tine :)

Wednesday 14 July 2010

Princess Penelope Puppy

Over at I Love Promarkers, the DT have been given a couple of doggie images to play with from Robyn’s Fetish at ‘I Did It Creations’ who are sponsoring this week’s Challenge. This particular digi is called ‘Penelope Puppy’ and I have made her into quite a Princess, sat there resplendent on her own cushion. Needless to say, Penelope here has been coloured in with Promarkers.

I have translated Lorraine’s sketch into an easel card and the main background paper with lots of small black paw prints is a freebie from The pink paw prints paper is also a freebie (providing you link back to the site) at, (here) but it co-ordinates well with the smaller prints I think. It also comes in a variety of colours so you can make your own doggie princess match up to a fave colour! The text is from TLC Creations and placed nicely in a circular format so goes with this dog and sketch fairly well I feel. I have used glitter card for the circle immediately behind the image for emphasis and the matching pink ribbon is from my stash.

If you have time, do check out the DT’s blogs as we all appreciate the kind comments you leave us. I hope you can join in with our Challenge this week and I can’t wait to see what you all have created. Don’t forget to use your Promarkers folks and I look forward to visiting your blogs!

I will also enter my card for Challenges at:
Pollycraft – bold and bright

Paper Sundaes – lots of layers

Scrappy Frogs – girly girl (this doggy obviously thinks herself a proper princess!!) LOL

Craftalicious – cute.

Tine :)

Tuesday 13 July 2010

Bella's Summer Holiday

I am entering this card for the following Challenges:
Sketch Saturday – sketch

Mo’s – summer/beach

Gingersnaps – heat

Cute Card Thurday – summer

Everybody Art - holidays
Creative Craft - summer

ABC – you and me

Paper Sundaes– layers.

Hi everyone, for today’s card I have used Brenda Pinnick papers, layering them not only to fit into the design sketch but I hope that they manage to convey the feeling of heat, hot sand and cooler waters.

All of course, for the benefit of this little gem of an image from Mo’s Digital Pencil - that of Bella & Bronte. I have her and her faithful friend on the beach, (well, I have put sand between their toes and paws!!!) LOL, and coloured her with my Promarkers to fit in with the chosen papers.

The mat behind the image itself is torn with a ‘wave design’ tearing ruler and that gorgeously heavy, red textured card hopefully brings out the glimpses of red in the main backing paper to emphasise the heat. This main/base backing paper is particularly fabulous, reminiscent of a weathered wooden changing hut. The rather appropriate sentiment is another wonderful creation from the very talented Paulette at createwithtlc and the shell & starfish are from my stash. I think that is about it for this card.
As always, I appreciate you stopping by & taking the effort to leave such lovely comments. I hope you all have a great crafting day ahead.

Tine :)

Wednesday 7 July 2010

Leah in Lilac

Sunday Sketch n Stamp – sketch

Paperplay – child/teenager

CRAFT – purple, green and gems

Creative Inspirations – on the move

Prairie Fairy – anything goes.

Hi all, and today’s card is a card with a difference -I drew the image myself. So when you get to the comment box please, please let me know what you think of it. I coloured it in with Promarkers to the colours chosen at C R A F T, adding extra patterns to her skirt and bag.

I chose to use a Daisy and Dandelion lilac paper with faux stitched swirls on it as the main backing paper. Once that was secured to the white card ground, I drew myself swirls into two corners and pricked through the design and then erased the pencil lines. Pricking it first made it easier to hand sew the light green thread with a plain running stitch to echo the lilac paper. A light green card mat is behind the image, at an angle as the sketch dictates and two lilac gems finish it off.

As I said, I would appreciate any comments and I thank you in advance for your feedback.

Tine :)

Bubble blower

Over at I Love Promarkers, the theme this week is ‘Distress’ so to the black base of my card today I have added a somewhat ‘abused’ papers. LOL. The first paper printed from the Artylicious ‘Damask Delights’ CD by Glenda Waterworth was chosen for its blend of tones. The edges were then stamped in black about 1cm deep using a floral stamp from Anna Griffin before the very edge was distressed. Two rectangles of Core’dinations Black Magic Potion No.9 were scrunched up and then sanded for an antiqued effect next, before being sewn with pink thread onto the main card.

The girl blowing her bubble gum is a digi image from Sassy Cheryl and I did of course, colour her with my Promarkers. She has a mat of black card to match the base and a peachy patterned one also taken from ‘Damask Delights’. A few weeks ago I made a card with a circle frame covered with ribbon and thought I would do it again for this card too. I chose a gorgeous pink satin ribbon on this occasion. Not too distressed I know, but I think it emphasises the distressing elsewhere with its shine – well, I hope it does anyway! LOL. That is my theory, and I’m sticking to it. LOL.

Do join in our Challenge this week, we would love to see your creations -and don’t forget to use your Promarkers folks! I was sooooo delighted when Karen asked me to join them as a permanent member of the DT!!!! I just know that I am going to love it.

I shall also enter this card for a couple of Challenges elsewhere:
Colour Create – baby pink, peach and black (optional lace/tulle)

Digi-Doodle – circles & dots

Prairie Fairy – anything goes

Paperplay – child/teenager.

Tine :)

Saturday 3 July 2010

The Picnic

Quixotic - sketch

Mo’s – image + fabric or lace

Shabby Tea Room – hot pink/turquoise/bright green

Papertake – stitching

Simon Says Stamp – checks

Pocket full of Posies – one for the girls.

Today’s card uses ‘Friday’s Child’, a beautiful image drawn by Mo Manning - and I have sent her on a picnic! She already had her lunch box/apple next to her etc., so gave her gingham picnic rugs to sit on whilst she shares her sandwiches with the small bird. Black stitching secures her ‘rugs’ into position and I made a gingham rose that has leaves courtesy of a Martha Stewart punch.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers though the fake stitches around the circumference of the circle have been drawn with a fine liner pen. I have also added extra subtle checks onto one of the frills of her skirt for good measure.

Have a great day everyone!

Tine :)