Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Bright colours...

I'm back again to let all you crafty people know that there is a new challenge starting today over at Passion for Promarkers! The lovely Hazel is in the hostess chair and she's given us a nice, easy theme of 'Bright colours'...so ditch the pastels, banish the greys and get colourful!
We're being sponsored by Bugaboo who are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to their online store...don't forget to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you MUST use your Letraset/Winsor & Newton mediums and follow the challenge theme!
We were lucky enough to be able to choose an image to play with and I went with '29 again!'...
I part coloured up 3 images, so that I could decoupage up the 29 and balloons...
I decided to go dotty with my papers and use polka dots in a bright, lime green and fuchsia pink.  Some diamante sparkles and a bit of doodling finished off the card and I'll add an insert once I've decided who the recipient will be...
I hope you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you all create!
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Southern Girl Challenges Tic Tac Toe
I've gone with the centre line across - Doodling, Image, Sentiment

Historic Chester...

Good morning, Blogland! It's another beautifully sunny day here in North Wales and we've been making the most of the sunshine in our campervan Daisy! This last weekend, we put on our tourist glasses and visited a city which is only about an hour away from our house and which is probably overlooked by many of us (I know it was by us!)...Chester...we stayed in a little site just outside the city and spent Saturday doing a tour of the city walls - it really is a fascinating city and is steeped in history.  The architecture varies from Roman through to modern day and if you're into a bit of retail therapy, the streets are filled with a mixture of independent, boutique and high street stores.

We visited the cathedral, where there was a modern art exhibition - I have to say, we preferred the art of the cathedral itself and could've missed the Beetlejuice inspired pieces, but whatever floats your boat!
On Sunday, our eldest joined up with us and we went to Breakout Chester to see if we could beat the room...
We'd chosen one of the 3 star rooms to see how we got on and managed to break out in just over 37 minutes - almost half of the allocated time...not bad for a first go! We'll definitely be going back again, though will up to a harder level next time and it's also something that will be going on the Christmas present list as a family day out...if you're into solving puzzles, I would definitely recommend it! (Only problem was the cowboy hat wouldn't fit on my big head!)
Well, I'd best be off to make the most of this weather and get some washing on the line...have a terrific Tuesday and thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Anything Goes...

Good morning, Blogland and a Happy 4th July to all those in the United States!
Before I get down to business, I'd just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all those who came along to the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show at Bebington on Sunday, to those who bought discs and gave lovely comments on my samples...you make it all worthwhile!
Well, it's Tuesday...so you know what that means, don't you?...Yep! It's a brand new challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers today and they don't get much easier than 'Anything Goes!' We're being sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store...
We were given the option of an image to play with, so I decided to try and get ahead of the game and made an Anniversary card for hubby, for next month, using the ever so sweet Couples...
I kept the colours quite natural and added a bit of hessian, for texture.  I tried to keep some texture in the fur of the bears too, using short strokes to colour them and not blending too much...
I do like the way this one turned out and the kraft background gives it a lovely warmth.
Hope you can find the time to join in with our super easy challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you all create! Don't forget to hop over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to join in and to see what my talented teamies have created for your inspiration...
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes closes tomorrow
Anything Goes closes tomorrow
Anything Goes until end of the month

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show @ Bebington...

Good evening, Blogger buddies! My, what a crazy, busy day it's been! Things have been working against me in preparation for tomorrow's show on the Wirral, as firstly my PayPal card reader decided to give up the ghost (lots of people have been complaining about the fact that they stop working despite only being used a few times), then my printer decided it was going to play silly beggars and would not print with good quality - a couple of hours of print head alignment and nozzle cleaning didn't seem to make the slightest bit of difference, but a brainwave at around 8pm meant that by printing in High Quality, I managed to get some pages printed that didn't have lines all across them!
We also tried to get as much done outdoors as possible, whilst the weather was fair - bed stripped, three loads of washing dried on the line, hedge and grass cut, big man's handbrake cable replaced (thanks to hubby, I just act as tea girl and assistant, handing tools!) plus lasagne made, a few card samples added to the box and the car packed ready for the morning ...just hope I remember everything!
If you're coming along to The Oval Leisure Centre at Bebington, tomorrow, do stop by and say 'Hi!' - it's always lovely to put names to faces!

The Wirral
Paper Craft Show 

Sunday  2nd July

Show Open 10am - 3pm
Tickets only £2.00 purchased in advance
£3.00 on the door

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will be entered into a draw. We will have 3 winners, each
receiving £50 of vouchers that can be spent at the show.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Pink tulips...

Good morning, Blogger buddies! As promised, I am back to share the card that I made for this week's sketch challenge over at Passion for Promarkers, before realising that we had a sponsor image to use...
I used the Tulip digistamp from my latest disc, Say it with Flowers and coloured them up in soft, pink tones. The papers are from the Hibiscus and Daffodil sets and I added one of the small tag embellishments and a couple of coordinating butterflies...
I added a touch of glitter to the flowers and inked the edges of the papers for a softer feel.  My string bow made another appearance as I thought it coordinated nicely with the string lace across the centre of the card.
If you would like to join in with our sketch challenge this week, hop over to Passion for Promarkers for more details and the chance to win 3 digital images from Ppinky Dolls online store.
The sun is shining again today, so it's time to empty the laundry baskets and make the most of it! Have a wonderful Wednesday, whatever you're up to!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Sketch...

Good afternoon, crafty friends! I'm a little late posting as I've had to do the dreaded food shop today...but I'm here now to share our latest challenge over at Passion for Promarkers! This week it should have been the lovely Ali in the hostess chair, however, unfortunately she had to step down from the DT recently, so Denise has temporarily stepped into the hostess chair!  Ali had given us a fab sketch to work with, so this is still our theme for this week...
We are being sponsored by Ppinky Dolls, who are offering one lucky winner a choice of 3 digital images from their online store...
We were lucky enough to get an image to play with and I went with the ever so sweet Abi's Love. These dolls have a real quirkiness to them and I often see them coloured up quite grungy and dark colours...but not me...I had to go with my favourite pastel colour tones!  I used a mix of papers from my latest disc Say it with Flowers and kept the colours quite muted...
Abi was coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colour list I used :
Skin - Coral, Dusky Pink, Blush
Hair - Umber, Cinnamon, Cappuccino
Dress - Dove Grey, Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Ruby
Bow - Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Ruby
Socks - Cool Grey 1, Pale Pink
I flipped the sketch and added a narrow satin ribbon and bow, plus a fishtail with button. There seemed to be quite a lot of empty space, so I added in a couple of the butterflies from my flower disc.  A touch of glitter and my signature three pearls and it was done...
I had made a bit of a boo boo before making this card, as I had a card all ready done to post, then realised that we had a sponsor image to use?!  But every cloud has a silver lining, as I now have another new sample card for my box which I will share with you tomorrow!
I hope you can find the time to join in with our fun challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenge :
June Challenge - Any Image
closes at the end of the month

Monday, 19 June 2017

More sample cards...

Good evening, Blogger friends!  Sorry to be MIA...again...but life is taking over at the moment!  The sun is till shining and we are making the most of it by grabbing every opportunity to go out in Daisy the campervan - we spent this last weekend in Porthmadog, at a really lovely site called Tyddyn Llwyn.  We popped along the coast to Criccieth and visited the castle, before heading to Black Rock sands for an hour or two...begrudgingly, as both hubby and I don't like the sand as it gets everywhere, especially so when you're in a camper! Sunday was spent being energetic at Greenwood Forest Park, where we walked, climbed and slid until our legs ached!
Mum had to do the workshop on her own last week as we were off again, in Scotland, visiting family - so Daisy has been well travelled this last couple of weeks! I do, however, have the cards that were made, based on a couple of sample cards that I'd done for the upcoming Sincerely Yours show at Bebington on the Wirral...only 2 weeks to go!!...

The first was this pretty Hibiscus card, which looks so different when inked with Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I added in some extra die cut foliage and punched flowers between the decoupage layers...
...The second was a really quick card using some of the postage stamp embellishments, cut using a stitched square die.  The pretty pink polka dot from the Hibiscus set and one of the paper bows and this card was almost done!
I really liked the way these turned out and they are very much my style with the soft, pastel colour tones...I hope you like them too?!
I'm going to be busy this week producing discs and finding everything for the show...table cloths, shelving, stands, business cards, posters, etc, plus sorting out my sample cards, but I will be back in the morning with details of a fab new challenge which will be starting over at Passion for Promarkers, so until then...Take care.