Saturday 28 August 2010

Halloween Mo

Mo’s Digital - halloween

Digi Doodle – distressing

Crafty Catz – orange/blue/brown

Cute Card Thursday – no die cuts or punches

Christmas Stamping – anything but Christmas

CRAFT –anything goes

Stamping for the Weekend – anything goes.

Hi everyone. Today’s card features the fabulous image called ‘Trick or Treat’ from the talented Mo Manning, and as the Challenge at Mo’s Digital is for Halloween this week, she is perfect. The look on that poor dog’s face gets me every time…. LOL.

So, as for this particular card’s construction, let’s start from the top and work backwards. The image has been coloured with Promarkers, though a Versa Color ink pad, in Atlantic Blue, added the dappled background colour to the white card. The larger of the image’s two mats is a gorgeous bit of Core’dinations Card, from the appropriately named, Black Magic range, and this brown-backed black card (gosh that's a bit of a mouthful!!! LOL), is from the Spell Caster pad. It has been fully distressed to within an inch of its life, firstly by being scrunched up, then being sanded down to reveal that brown core. The added dimension that the crinkling up gave to this card, meant that silicone glue was my adhesive of choice to secure this distressed cardstock into position.

The image and its mats were then mounted onto a fabulous bit of imagery from Create and Craft, a digi paper I felt was just perfect for this card. Matt black cardstock, as well as a glossy one, added the layers. The place of embellishments has been taken instead by two ultra large cross stitches in opposing corners, created with nothing more special than ordinary sewing thread as I didn’t want them to be too thick.

Hope that you like my card after all that! LOL. Have a great day everyone!

Tine :)

Friday 27 August 2010

PSDT#1 Leaving for Uni

Today’s card is dedicated to all those youngsters venturing out into the big wide world, away from the parental home, going to University. The colours I chose to use for this card though, suggest more of a male recipient, just waiting to pack all his necessities (and fancy dress outfits for Freshers’ Week no doubt! LOL)

This is my first card for the Priscillastyles DT. Using the image of the ‘Steamer Trunk’ from the Priscillastyles Store, I coloured it in with Promarkers hoping to achieve a golden metallic edge to an old leather trunk with wooden drawers inside. I paper-pieced the ‘brocade’ yellow interior, adding shading to it, again with my Promarker pens.

The layer behind the image is hopefully reminiscent of an old painted wooden frame. This was made by colouring white card with pale yellow Promarkers before stamping using an Anna Griffin stamp -firstly with a black Memento inkpad and then over-stamping with a gold inkpad -before shadows and definition were added with Promarkers and then a gold gel pen added a touch of glitz just on the high points of the stamped design. (Not sure it shows up on the photo very well though). The background paper was a taken from an Artylicious CD, the Damask Delights and this has been sewn onto the card to secure, whilst the sentiment was simply made on the PC, inked around the edges and stuck down at several points so it looks like it is a banner waving in the wind. The mortar board cap is something I have created several times before and has a black brad in the centre, matching the one on the sentiment.

Challenges that I shall also be entering this card in for are:
CDAC Colour Challenge – yellows and browns

CDAC – Embellishment Challenge – corners

Crafty Calendar – design sketch

Simon Says – paper piecing

Polka Doodles – vintage style

Stampin' Royalty - monochromatic neutrals (golds/browns)

Stamping for the Weekend – anything goes.

That is all for today, but I hope you like today’s card for Priscillastyles . The DT are in two teams, Team A includes my good self whereas Team B starts next week. If you like Priscilla’s digi designs they are available from her store - a link is on my side-bar. Happy crafting, and if you have time, I would love it if you could leave a comment!

Tine :)

Thursday 26 August 2010

Musical Teen

Truly Scrumptious –sketch

Quixotic - glitter and gloss

Stamping Royalty - neutral monochromatics (variations of one colour)

CRAFT - anything goes

Stamp with Fun - card for a girl.

Today's card uses an image from Paper Makeup Stamps, available at Quixotic Paperie and is perfect for a musical teen. I coloured her in with Promarkers in a range of blues, though from the look on her face, she ain't singing them! LOL. The image's mat has been cut using a Nestability die, Labels Eight and has been inked using Tim Holtz' Faded Jeans Distress Ink. Now I have finally succumbed and bought a die cutter, I have to make the most of it! LOL.
I hoped my choice of backing paper would be as youthful and free as the image itself, all backed onto bright blue holographic, which no doubt would appeal to a youngster. The sewing secures all the layers together, but also gives one 'extra layer' to the stack of mats in the middle, following the same layout of a twisted rectangle. Glittered ribbon lies behind a die-cut flower created from one of Marianne Designs dies, with a Promarker touching some of the embossed areas before a huge gemstone was attached to the middle.
Tine :)

Wednesday 25 August 2010

#29 Getting Ready

Now, I know what you are thinking – this is a change of direction from her usual work…but I do believe that our creativity grows with challenging ourselves, after all these are all called ‘Challenges’– to make us stretch ourselves.

At I ♥ Promarkers this week the Challenge is to use a charm on your creation, and we have been lucky enough to work with images from ‘Digi Doodle Shops Best’. With my selection of image called ‘Gone with the Wind #1’, I created this card of a young woman getting ready for her big day.

The backing paper is actually some scrapbooking 12” x 12” that I first cut to the right size for my A4 printer before adding 2 digi images to it to set the scene. Both dress forms are free images from the Graphics Fairy. Having printed them onto my backing paper, I then cut it down to size and then it was sewn using the sewing machine incorporating this totally gorgeous piece of lace I once acquired just because I liked it….you know how you do….? LOL.

The mirror’s frame is actually rather complicated in construction, and I don’t feel that the photo shows this entirely, but this is how I made it anyway. Firstly, the outline is another digi, this time from Tiffany Doodles. It comes with a black outline of course, but I imported the image into my graphics program to re-colour it an antiqued gold colour. I then took my black Memento inkpad and a clear stamp from Anna Griffin with suitable old-style swirls on it and stamped over the frame. I then used Promarkers to colour it in before re-stamping using the same stamp, but this time with a gold coloured inkpad. I then used a gold gel pen to add extra highlights to where the raised details would be. I cut around the edge and the inside oval shape before adding an oval of mirri card behind it as the mirror itself. It was then added to the card using foam pads. – Said it was quite complicated!!!!! LOL.

The focal point is of course, the image itself, and this has, it must surely go without saying now, been coloured in with my Promarkers. Digi Doodle sells some lovely digi designs, I do think it is worth you popping over and seeing if anything catches your eye. I then cut out my now blonde bride-to-be and she is adhered flat to the mirror at the top & with foam pads at the bottom of her skirt.

The element we are asking you to feature, the charm is attached to part of an old broken earring I knew would come in one day – hand sewn to the lace edge at the top before a tiny bow was popped on top using silicone glue.

Hope you all like my card and feel inspired by all on the DT to play along with us this week. Don’t forget to use Promarkers and a charm on your creation for this particular challenge and we look forward to visiting your blogs.

Tine :)

Bunny Zoe’s – vintage

The Shabby Tea Room – use metal

Polka Doodles – vintage

Stampatacularsunday- use more than 1 image (I used 4)

Stampchallenges – use a digital image
Ooh-La-La-Creations - elegant ladies
Stampin' Royalty - neutral monochromatic
Stampin'fortheweekend - anything goes.

Monday 23 August 2010

Thank you Lorraine!

One of my fellow teamies at I ♥ Promarkers has given me an award! Never had one of those before. :) How cool is that? There are rules for receiving this award, and basically, it is spreading a little more ‘love’ around…which in itself can't be bad. The rules are:
1. Thank the person that gave it to you.

2. Post it with pride on your blog.

3. List 3 things you love about yourself.

4. Post a picture you love.

5. Tag 5 other people for the award.

1. Thanks, yet again Lorraine :)
2. …..On my side bar.
3. (erm, heck this is difficult…..) I am …loyal, loving & artistic? ….
4. Here is a nice piccy to share with you … daughter and son at her graduation from
Lancaster University last year.

5. Think I will award as follows:-

5.1. Karen – I was soooo chuffed when she asked if I would be on her DT

5.2. Weirdcat aka Ruth – fellow teamy at I ♥ Promarkers whose cards are always so cheery.

5.3. Dorcas – a new friend, who can colour so beautifully

5.4. Dena….for several reason…it was finding the just Magnolia blog that got me participating in craft challenges and making a blog of my own, so to some extent she is partly responsible that I am here, LOL…. (and yet she is a Follower of mine – so it's quite surreal in a way….) plus the fact she does the most impressive cards which are always so inspiring and fresh. You are doing a good job Dena!

5.5. and certainly not least….Mina…for also being a member of the JM team (as above!!) LOL…and what is more, this lucky lady also gets to create over at Mo’s as part of the Dream Team - just how brilliantly cool can you get….! Hugz to you Mina. I know you are such a busy lady but I hope you will accept the award . X
Tine :)

Friday 20 August 2010

Shanna in Pink


Sketch Saturday – design sketch

Mo’s Digital – little girls

Paperplay – pink

Pollycraft - stitches

Everybody Art – in the garden

Digi Doodle – anything goes.

The image of this well co-ordinated Miss surely needs no introduction. She is of course ‘Sorry Shanna’, the penman-ship of Mo Manning. I have used wonderfully bright papers from K & Company to create her background and also to give her an extra special dress as it was paper-pieced as you can probably see. LOL. I used my Promarkers to add to the shadows and shading on this pretty frock, as well as to colour in the rest of this gorgeous image. Stitching secures the background paper and there is another running stitch around the actual image, complete with a tiny bow to echo those in her hair.

Bye for now everyone,

Tine :)

Wednesday 18 August 2010

#28 Kai in the sand

At I ♥ Promarkers this week the theme is ‘At the seaside’ and I thought that little Kai here would be just perfect as my image choice. He is of course, a creation of the talented Mo Manning (and is even available in a female permutation with a different sunhat!) Anyone who has browsed to my blog before will know how I love to colour my Mo Manning images with my Promarkers. I paper-pieced the bucket at the side of him though, - thought it was a good idea until I realised I was having to cut around his toes….! Still, I managed it better than I thought I would.

The mat immediately behind Kai is a digi paper from Crafter’s Companion and behind that is a gorgeous piece of card from the Core’dinations Whitewash pad in a suitably sandy colour, torn to reveal the colour beneath. All this was mounted on a water and shell design paper from Cardmaking & Papercraft, although most of the detail is hidden behind the mats. I think there is just enough remaining in sight to help put the theme across.

The subtly striped ribbon at the sides is from Anita’s and the shell and sea horse are from my stash. I created the sunshine at the top of the card on the PC, though I used the ‘Joy’ graphic from the generous Paulette at TLC, which I think sums up the sheer bliss of an innocent finding great happiness just running sand through his fingers. The sentiment was then mounted with foam pads.

That’s all for today, but if you have time, why not visit all the DTs blogs and see how each of us has created our cards for this week’s theme. Don’t forget to leave us all a comment too, so that we all know you have visited us. Then get those thinking caps on and create a beach themed card of your own to enter into our challenge this week….and don’t forget that you must use your Promarkers too…. and I for one, would love to see your creations.

Tine :)

Other Challenges for this card:

Papertake – sketch

– paper-piecing.

Sunday 15 August 2010

Makin’ it big in America!

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge – sketch

Passion for Promarkers – music

Crafty cardmakers - birthday

My Partner in Crafting Crime – teenagers.

Hi all, and today’s card uses a background paper from Crafter’s Companion of fab blue and white stars, just brilliant for the theme I have chosen for this all conquering hero of the rock world. Doesn’t the image remind you of a character from Scooby Doo? LOL. I think it is those flared trousers! He was actually a kids’ colouring book freebie I once found on the internet, but I thought he was great for all those star-struck wannabes, those teenagers who dream the dream. I coloured him in with my Promarkers,having incorporated a white triangle to this image, the shape being used this week over at Midnight Madness. Whilst being unusual a shape for a sketch I think, it really adds dynamism, helping to inject some energy to the card. Maybe, that is just me! LOL. The red and white striped paper echoes the star spangled banner as do hopefully the extra blue and red triangle card mats behind the white one. The music notes were punched out of both matt and shiny black cardstock and I also popped on transparent stars for further dimension. The sentiment was created on the PC and then matted onto holographic silver foiled card before being mounted on foam pads.

Hope you like today’s offering to blogland!

Tine :)

Saturday 14 August 2010

Peneope's Party Wagon

Challenges: Mo's Digital – inspirational photo

Creative card – girly

Sweet Stamping – favourite stamp or image. ( I love all Mo’s, she makes it so hard to choose!!!!)

Secret Crafter – what are little girls made of…(pretty frocks , esp., pink ones! LOL.)

Crafty Cardmakers - birthday.

The main pink background is a gorgeous digi paper from Cardmaking and Papercraft and I have used a zig-zag cutting blade around the edge of the white card base. I also ran some white card through my cutter using the same blade to get the almost ric-rack like zig-zag strips. These lie on top of the 3 plain, but suitably vibrant, coloured card mats beneath the image. For her party hat, I have paper-pieced the green spotted sections and the ribbon using a freebie digi from DoCrafts. As it was a digi, I rescaled it to make it more compatible with the size of the drawing and I then added shading to it with my Promarkers.

Now for this totally brilliant image called Peneope’s Party Wagon, (as drawn by Mo of course!) of a young girl all dressed up with somewhere to go. As I see it, Penelope has got all dressed up in her favourite outfit – all pink and flouncy, and as pretty a dress as every little girl should have in their wardrobe. She sets off for her party having been so excited all week. She had festooned her little cart days ago especially for the occasion, as she knew she would need it to transport her remarkably large present. She had chosen the wrapping paper & ribbon for the present herself on last week’s shopping trip, having found a perfect one in her favourite colours. Mum had quite sensibly taken over at that point and neatly wrapped it herself so it was done properly. - I do hope she remembered to take a card too…. LOL. The whole image has been coloured with Promarkers.

There you go, a story to go with my creation today!!! Hope you all like my card.

Tine :)

Thursday 12 August 2010

Anniversary Cards

(Sorry ladies, I don’t normally do this, but time is limited so I have had to pop all of my creations on one post….hope you don’t mind too much, but as I am sure you have seen from the photos, all these cards do relate to one another too).

August, in my household means Anniversaries. Yes, not only my own wedding anniversary is coming up but it was my parent’s, my sister’s, brother- in- law’s…..........etc. Handy in one way, as I am less likely to forget anyone’s special day, but it means a lot of card making with Wedding/Anniversary themes at the same time every year. LOL.

So, as ABC’s challenge this week asks us to create a card depicting what August means to us, it has to be an Anniversary card for my entry.

The first card uses the layout suggested at Sketch Saturday and is steeped in extra meanings. Did you ever do Art History at school? Do you remember anything about the Marriage of Arnolfini, where everything in the painting represents something else….? Well, my card is obviously not up to Van Eyck’s standards, but you get the drift…LOL. The peach colour was the colour of the bridesmaids, the horizontal punch work is an infinity loop, and there are two lines of ‘sewing’ representing the two wedding rings. Then there is the power of three. Not only do the 3 roses echo the 3 on the bride’s head dress but the number 3 has been regarded as special for centuries. The Chinese see 3 as a perfect number, but it is also seen by many as the spirit, mind and body/ past, present & future/faith, hope & charity…. Not to mention all the religious significance to Christians, Hindus, Buddists etc. All very apt for a marriage. So, I have embellishments to the power of 3 - 3 flowers, 3 fronds & 3 jewels on her veil - and with the 2 peach circles, the third circle is cut out in the centre. The circles & dots are also significant as a circle is seen as perfect, a whole, a completion and without end, and is one reason why people exchange wedding rings during the ceremony.

Now, while all this symbolism might well, be lost on the recipient, at least I hope the card looks good enough to stand on its own merit! The infinity loop punch is from Martha Stewart, the peach paper is re-coloured from Crafter’s Companion Love CD, the dotty embossing folder is from Cuttlebug , the image is Precious Moments and the flowers and gems as they say, from my stash.

The second card is the more simplistic in layout of the 3 cards. It features an image from Digi Doodle Shops called ‘Junior Bride and Groom’. I apologise for the white looking so blue, it could be a bad photographer, but I am blaming the lack of sunlight whenever I want to take photos!!!! LOL. Yes, this couple too had peach bridesmaids… obviously a trend at the time… LOL.

Now for the third card…(I know, I should have done them all the same as a batch lot!!!! LOL) The last of this trio is the more complex of the 3, using the design over at Sketch and Stash this week, but it has also made into an easel card. Echoing some of the elements of the first card, this uses a different Crafter’s Companion design from the Love CD, but again it was re-coloured. I have also created a couple of steps from card which retain the easel element and I used the punched out surplus from the MS infinity loop as confetti petals. Gosh, I do hope this explains it all!


Sketch Saturday – layout sketch

Sketch and Stash
– layout sketch

ABC – A is for August

Charisma – easel

Digi Doodle Shop – flowers

Cooking it up with Katie – flowery pink square

Papertake - something old, borrowed and blue

Prairie Fairy - frame it in a circle.

Will have to go, so bye for now. I would love it if you could leave me a comment if you have time so that I will know that you have passed by. I do appreciate your visits to my Blog and I apologise again for the inconsistent photos today.

Tine :)

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Merilee Santa’s Helper

At I ♥ Promarkers this week we are asking you to use acetate on your card and the DT have all been using images from Digital Delights. This one, as you can see by the title, is called Merilee Santa’s Helper. There is such a lot going on with this card that I will deal with its construction section by section, if you are interested. I will try to keep it concise so you don’t get bored! LOL.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers, other than the present Merilee is sitting on. That is a Cuddly Buddly paper used for paper piecing though I added shadows to it with my Promarkers (you can just about see them on the photo I think).

The back of the card follows the layout as suggested by the lovely sketch on CLP using a red paper from HOTP & a spotted one from Cuddly Buddly. Green card with a woven texture forms Merilee’s mat. A gorgeous red satin ribbon creates the horizontal lines on the sketch and hopefully matches her red hair ribbons. A bow with sewn on bead tops that section off.

Next layer is a half a tree with presents to Merilee’s left hand side. Both the tree and presents images were on ‘Arthur’s Free Clip Art’ and I layered them in my graphics program and cropped the tree so I only had half of it remaining. This was printed onto card and attached behind the background layer.

The acetate layer comes next. I did a trial run with a bit of scrap paper first so I knew roughly how much of a bow shape I would create by adding on a few centimetres. Once I had decided the size of acetate I would need to create my effect I had to set about printing on it. The tree was a duplicate of the one behind it so that I would get a 3-d effect. The garland on the opposite side was an image from a CD that I re-coloured green. Once printed off, the acetate was attached either side of the card base and embellished - with gems on the tree to form Xmas lights and in sets of 3 for berries onto the garland. The holly leaves also on the front of the acetate garland, started life as snowflake believe it or not - punched out of white paper which had been coloured to get the right shade of green with my Promarkers, and then the green snowflakes were cut into sections. I think they make plausible holly leaves…..LOL.

Right, hope that was concise enough for you inquisitive types without boring you! LOL. Why not pay the other DT girls a visit too, and see how they created their acetate-featured cards this week. I hope we have inspired you to play along with us this week and have got your ‘little grey cells’ working. We are being Sponsored by Digital Delights so you have a chance to win some digis for your stash just by joining in! So what are you waiting for?...get those Promarkers at the ready…..

Hope too that you all like my card enough to leave a comment as you browse along, as I do like to know when someone visited - and you will be all pleased to know that my Comments box has now returned from going AWOL, to allow you to do so!!!!!

Tine :)


CLP – design sketch

Sir Stampalot – bling

Creative Card - girly

Cute Card Thursday – open challenge.

Friday 6 August 2010

Fairy Wonderful Finna

Hi everyone. I will try to keep this relatively brief as I have a chilli con carne to make! LOL.

Mo’s Challenge this week is to make a card featuring wings, whilst Digi Doodle suggest using your favourite stamp. Now, whilst I love to obsession Mo’s images, I think it has to be beautiful Finna that just edges it for me…I know, I can be fickle, but she is the most gorgeous image! It just had to be Finna for my choice to fulfil the criteria at both these challenges. As you can see, Fussy ‘n’ Fancy dictated the colourway along with Stamp Challenges who’s photo is rather Barbie -fuchsia pink overall. Having gained my sketch from Dare You… (though I moved the position of the mats to the opposite side of the card)…. all I had to do is get my Promarkers out and start colouring, matching it all to the chosen background which was a digi from Create and Craft and tonal papers.

There are just not enough hours in the day to devote to colouring. LOL. I very nearly added glitter, but resisted, letting the Promarkers do all the work instead. The sentiment is from TLC and the gem is from my stash.

Well, off to the pan I go….. but if you have time I would love you to leave a comment in the box for me so that I know you have visited. (Yes, it’s working again now, I have been so-ooo alone :( !!! )

Tine :)

Dare You To Digi Stamp – sketch

Mo’s – something with wings

Fussy ‘n’ Fancy – black and pink

Simon Says Stamp – song title (Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler)

Stamp Challenges – photo inspiration

Gingersnaps - markers

Digi Doodle – favourite stamp.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

#26 Dixie Daisy

Hi, and here at I ♥ Promarkers this week we are being sponsored by Joanna Sheen and we are asking you to create a card using a sketch drawn up by our very own Wynneth - and of course, you must use Promarkers to colour in your image!

For my card I have used two backing papers from Crafter’s Companion, one featuring large stars and one with smaller ones but with long rays. The large star design is the background paper of the card and has been stamped using black ink and a swirly stamp at opposite corners. The paper with small stars I have sprayed with Crafter’s Companion’s Multicolour Spray and Sparkle for a good dose of pizzazz for this rising starlet of an image, and this is the paper I have chosen to run vertically down the centre of the card. Having mounted these papers onto silver mirri, I then got out the sewing machine to secure it all with black thread.

I then went back to the digi background paper and re-coloured it to a really girly pink which also happens to match the rays from the other stars perfectly. Now whilst this pink, starry, rectangular mat might be not actually on Wynneth’s sketch there is a purpose to it. I have used this extra mat to form the shapes at the opposing corners on the design sketch – see, - “method in the madness”, as my mum used to say. This mat too, was then mounted onto silver mirri and sewn.

Now I am sure you cannot help but have noticed the wonderful image available at Kenny K called Dixie Daisy. Isn’t she just fab? …and what is more, she was free during July! Isn’t she wonderful? So vibrant and full of energy. I coloured her in with my trusty Promarkers to match the papers and a popped on a gem from my stash for an earring. I then added further to the ‘bling’ element with gems to the relevant opposing corners.

Hope you like this week’s DT card and if so, I would love you to leave a comment for me – hopefully a nice one. LOL. Why not pop over to all the DT’s blogs to see how they created their cards this week and I hope you will join in with our Challenge yourselves. We look forward to seeing your entries and good luck!

I am going to enter this card in for Challenges myself:

Paperplay – anything goes

Creative Card Crew – girlie

Gingersnaps – markers.

Tine :)

Sunday 1 August 2010

Priscilla’s Sunflower

This has been an arduous few days. When I found that my Comments button link wasn’t working (and it looks like it must have been out of action for the last couple of weeks, it took ages to sort out……consequently, my craft time has been seriously eroded into by emergency blog repairs. So, if you had tried to leave me comments on my last few cards and couldn’t, I do apologise. I did wonder where everyone had gone! LOL. Still, fingers crossed, everything should be hunky dory again now.

This card features an image using a sunflower head from Priscilla Styles but over at CDAC’s colour challenge, Priscilla was asking participants to confine themselves to cream, yellow and green. I was very good and managed not to add in a good dose of brown, LOL. I coloured the image in with Promarkers , (now then, you wouldn’t really expect me to use anything else would you, LOL) hoping for a golden glow to the flower head.

The background is constructed from yellow paper embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and the stripey paper was a digi paper I re-coloured to fit into the colour scheme required. Once these papers were cut to the shape of the circular base card I used 3 different ink pads to ink around the circumference, 2 shades of green and one of yellow.

The actual shape of the card and the sketch used came from this week’s challenge at Mojo Monday as the circular version they offered as inspiration seemed just perfect for this floral image. I found the yellow grosgrain, golden satin and dark green ribbons in my stash, but had to be a bit creative with the lighter green ribbons either side of the centre as I didn’t have the right colour I wanted, so I got out my Promarkers again and coloured my beautiful white satin ribbon light green instead!

Today’s card is bit of a change for me so I do hope you like it, and as my blog is now fixed, if you do like this card, you are now able to leave a comment!

CDAC – cream, yellow and green with sunflower image

Mojo Monday – sketch

Creative Cottage – touchy feely

Polka Doodles – generic.

Have a good day everyone!
Tine :