Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge part 2

It's the 3rd week of the PfP mega Christmas challenge with the theme of 'anything goes'.
This is also my last PfP DT project for a while, as team one are back for the next 6 months, whilst us team 2 DT members have a break. I will miss it, but if the next 6 months go as fast as the last 6, it will soon be our turn again. The challenge runs until 4th January 2011, so still plenty of time to get those entries in.
The image i have used on my card is Glitz Design Hoopla- 3x3 Cake Stamp, which i have coloured with AquaMarkers.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

I've scrapped!!

Shocking i know, but i've actually done a bit of scrapbooking. Before i got into making cards, i was addicted to scrapping, but now i don't have much time to do it, so this is only the fifth layout i've done this year, before that i went about two years without doing any. I used the Sarah's Cards sketch challenge as a good excuse, and i also wanted to show the ladies at my crop that Christmas themed papers don't only have to be used for Christmas pages. The papers i have used are MME-I Believe.
Check out the new sketch challenge on the Sarah's Cards blog, for the chance to win a £10 e-voucher.

Whilst i'm here i just wanted to do a quick review on these slippers i was sent by Clifford James.

When i opened the box i was delighted when i saw each slipper was in it's own drawstring cloth bag (very posh, lol) and the smell of the leather was gorgeous. They are fabulous quality, really lovely soft leather, with a good thickness of sole and the sheep skin lining is super soft. Unfortunately the sizing was little small for my Hubby, so they have been donated to my Dad, who has slimmer feet and he is over the moon with his new comfy footwear. I would recommend choosing a size larger than your normal shoe size, especially if you have wider feet.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Snow Pals

Brrrrr, it's freezing here on the east coast of Suffolk.
This week i have another quick and easy little project to share with you, (i only seem to have time for quick projects at this time of year).
I have only made one of these little treat bags so far and intend to make a few more for my Nephew to give to his friends at nursery. The image i have used is Snow Pals, from Squiggle Stamps, which is also available as a digital stamp.

Don't forget to check out the Christmas discounts in the Squiggle Stamps store until the end of the month, and this months challenge for a chance to be a guest designer in the new year.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge

Following on from the PfP blog hop & special challenge we now have a Mega Christmas challenge for you which will last until January 4th 2011, again we have some magnificent prizes up for grabs. 
The theme for the Mega Christmas challenge is a nice easy one “anything goes”, just remember to use your Promarkers or AquaMarkers to be eligible for the prizes. 
Don’t forget you can enter as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. 
So now for the exciting bit – the prizes! 
Letraset are generously offering a set of 40 Promarkers in specific craft colours stored in two promarker wallets – fab eh!
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Simon Says Stamp are generously offering 3 x $10.00 gift certificates to their online store!
Just Tracy’s are generously offering a variety of prizes including 3 Promarkers, a memento ink pad, 10 sheets of suitable smooth white paper and a stamp from their own range
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Whiff of Joy Stamps are generously offering 1 stamp of winner’s choice
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Some Odd Girls are offering 3 digi images of the winner’s choice
if that wasn’t enough - they are also offering a 25% discount to everyone on any order placed on their site during the challenge period using code PRO25 (excluding sale items)!!
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Remember to check the PfP challenge blog later to see all the winners of the special challenge and blog hop.

Passion for Promarkers blog hop.

If you are looking for the PfP blog hop, you will find the post here.
This will remain at the top until the blog hop finishes, scroll down for my newer posts.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Hi all, a few weeks ago i was contacted by Dobbies.com who asked if i would review one of their products, i agreed and they sent me these beauties to try out.
They are solar powered so can be placed anywhere you wish outside, and they give my pathway a lovely Christmassy glow. They are also multifuncional and look fabulous when flashing too. 

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Mr Elf

Hi everyone, sorry for the quick post today, but i'm trying to keep my 4 year old Nephew entertained at the mo. Here's a simple card i made this morning using the Mr Elf image form Squiggle Stamps.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


Over on the Passion for promarkers challenge blog this week we are celebrating the change of design teams with a blog hop.  I’m sure you are as excited as we are as there are lots of lovely goodies up for grabs!!  We also have a few new faces on the design team so I hope you will leave them a nice comment to welcome them. 
Firstly if you’ve arrived at my blog from Sue's blog you are in the right place, if not return to the challenge blog and start your hop again.  Our blog hop challenge will last for 2 weeks so you have plenty of time to enter your card (or cards) and hop around the whole design team. 
Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is “old & new” i.e. a brand new stamp/digi with old papers etc.  Please can you tell us your old and new items in your post.  Don’t forget to use your Promarkers or AquaMarkers to be included in our prize draw. 

I have used this new digital image, these old digital papers and coloured my image with AquaMarkers.

As you’ve read on the challenge blog the design team are also offering some candy of their own, so please leave me a comment on this post and I will randomly draw a winner for a Promarker prize courtesy of Letraset
You also have a “mystery word” to find and my contribution is the letter “N”.  Make a note of my letter and then proceed to Vix for the next part of the hop.  If you get lost on the hop at all just return to the challenge blog for full directions. 
I just want to let you know the wonderful prizes up for grabs for our blog hop challenge:
Letraset are offering a full set of Aqua Markers to one lucky winner *woohoo*.
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Wendy at The Secret Crafter is offering a Basic Grey ‘Oliver’ paper pad
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Emma at Crafty Emma’s Store is offering a 12 pack of Aqua Markers
Sally-Ann from DigiStamp Boutique is offering 6 digi images from her shop
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I hope you will be able to join in with our challenge and also have fun taking part in our blog hop.  Don’t forget you need to “hop” on over to Vix now and leave her a comment and collect your next “mystery” letter.  Have fun and good luck!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sarah's Cards November kit

This months Sarah's Cards kit  has started to arrive with the subscribers, and it's another stunner. The kit features papers from the We R Memory Keepers- Maple Grove range, and the embelishments are gorgeous.
Here's just a snippet of what i made with it.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Snow Puppy

I could have sworn i wrote and published this post earlier today, but maybe i dreamt it, lol.
Anyway, this is my Squiggle Stamps project for this week.The image i have used is called 'Snow Puppy', and will be available soon from the Squiggle Stamps store.

Don't forget to enter the November prize challenge, you could win a £30 Squiggle Stamps voucher.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Christmas all wrapped up.

The other week the lovely people at dotcomgiftshop sent me a package of goodies to review. Part of what they sent was this set of 6 brown paper covered boxes , ready to be decorated with patterned paper, stamped on or you could just use the lovely vintage images and tags that come with them. You could even just tie them up with pretty ribbons. These are such a bargain price at only £2.95 for the set of six.
They also sent me these gorgeous vintage ribbons, (one of which i have used  of on my box) and these  gorgeous 3D stickers. The ribbons are like a soft cotton twill and the stickers are  fabulous quality and i will definitely be using them on a festive creation soon.

I have been wanting to do something with these since they arrived, so yesterday i finally sat  and decorated one of the kraft tags that came with the set of boxes and attached it to the second largest box.


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Passion for Promarkers challenge #78

My how times flies, it only seems like yesterday i was posting about last weeks PfP challenge.
This week  the theme chosen by the very talented Sue, is 'stitching (real or faux) and distressing'.
For my DT sample this week i have used Santa Reading List by Whiff of Joy Stamps.

I have done a very simple tutorial featuring this image showing how i colour with reds, so keep an eye on the PfP weekend workshops every Friday

Our sponsor this week is Stampeezee, who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to spend in their online store.

I would also like to enter this card into A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge, which is distressing.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Sarah's Cards sketch challenge.

As i mentioned on my previous post, i actually did a bit of scrapbooking whilst away on the Sarah's Cards DT weekend. One of the layouts i did was using this months challenge sketch  over on the Sarah's Cards blog. The papers are Echo Park, A Walk in the Park.

I also made this card using the same sketch, to show you how versatile sketches can be.

Details on how to enter and be in with the chance of winning a £10 Sarah's Cards e-voucher, check out the blog here.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Sarah's Cards DT 2010 get together

On Monday afternoon i returned home from a fun filled weekend with the Sarah's Cards DT. They are such a talented, friendly bunch and we had such a laugh. We went back to the same converted barn in the Peak District as last year. Unfortunately Jen couldn't make it this year as she's only just had her baby Son, but she was really missed. Claire, the newest member of the team already had other plans so she was also sadly unable to attend. I can't wait until we're all back together again in March in Warrington for the Sarah's Cards retreat.

This is the outside of the barn we stayed in.
and a shot of the whole team,(minus Jen and Claire obviously).

I didn't do a lot of crafting, i was far too busy chatting, laughing and eating, but i did make two layouts, a card and this ....

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Passion for Promarkers challenge #77

This weeks PfP challenge theme set by the lovely Julie is to use colours of old photos (i.e sepia or black & white).
The image i have used on my DT sample this week is Melinda blowing kisses by Whiff of Joy. I have coloured her using just one AquaMarker, Lamp Black.

Our sponsor this week is Secret Crafter who have kindly donated a £10 voucher to spend in their store.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Miss Evie Patches

Hi all, just a quick post today, as i'm busy trying to pack for a girlie weekend away  in the Peak District. But i wanted show you my Squiggles project for this week, using the Miss Evie Patches rubber stamp.
Don't forget to check out this months prize challenge over on the Squiggles blog, for the chance to win a £30 Squiggle Stamps voucher.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Passion for Promarkers challenge #76

Tuesday again and this weeks PfP challenge  theme of  ' pearls, lavender and lace ' was chosen by the lovely Emma.
For my DT sample i have used  Daisy on Trike by Sugar Nellie, and coloured her with AquaMarkers.

Our sponsor this week is Simon says Stamp who are offering the prize of a $10 voucher for their online store.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Simple but effective

Hi all, for this weeks Squiggle Stamps project i'm going to show you another way to use digital images, (you could do this with rubber too if you use Stazon ink). I printed the gorgeous Tree of Joy digital stamp onto OHP (overhead projector film) using my regular printer, and then coloured the image on the back with Stickles glitter glue. When the Stickles was dry, i then simply cut an aperture in a card blank and stuck the image behind the aperture. It wasn't the easiest card to photograph, but the effect in real life is fabulous.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Passion for Promarkers challenge #75

It's Tuesday again and time for another PfP challenge. This week the theme chosen by the lovely Debs, is 'Best Friends'.
 For my DT sample the image i have used is Bella Hearts Bronte by Mo Manning.

Our sponsor this week is Just Tracy's Crafts and the fabulous prize they are awarding  is 5 Promarkers or AquaMarkers of the winners choice.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Sarah's Cards October kit.

I almost forgot the Sarah's Cards October kit was sent out to subscribers last week. This kit is another stunner and contains some of the gorgeous Crate- Restoration collection. Here' s just a few of the cards i made with the kit.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Passion for Promarkers challenge #74

Shock, horror! yet another week has passed me by and it's Tuesday again. That means a new PfP challenge, and this week the theme chosen by the lovely Anja is 'pink & white or purple & white Christmas card' .
I went with the pink option and the image i have used is Willow with Santa's stocking by Whiff of Joy Stamps, which i coloured  with AquaMarkers.

This week we are being sponsored by Whiff of Joy Stamps and the prize is the winners choice of one of their fabulous stamps.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Quick make

Hi, today i want you show you a really quick Squiggle Stamps project using the Birdie Tag digital stamp, which took around an hour to make from start to finish. One of the great things about digital stamps is not only that you can print them any size you choose, you can also colour or paper piece them digitally too. I use Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10 as my editing software but i'm pretty sure you can do this with most photo editing programmes. I opened the image along with some free digital papers from Shabby Princess in my editing programme, then i selected each area using the 'magic wand' and used the 'fill with texture or colour' effect to fill each part with the digital patterned papers which gives a paper pieced look without the fiddly cutting out. Then it was just a case of adding the sentiment, printing them out and sticking them onto mini the cards, which fit into the mini pizza box i also made. I hope this has given you some ideas of more things you can do with your digital stamps, other than just printing them out and colouring them in with your favorite colouring medium.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Passion for Promarkers challenge #73

I really enjoyed looking at all the entries for my PfP recycling challenge last week, i now have the tough job of choosing my top five, which is not going to be easy.
This weeks PfP challenge theme chosen by the lovely Andie is Halloween colours, i.e, black, orange, green and purple, with the option of making a Halloween card/project.
For my DT sample, i decided to make a milk carton Halloween treat box and used Miss Evie Witchy digital stamp form Squiggle Stamps to decorate it.

Our sponsor this week is The Craft Garden , who are kindly offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to spend in their fabulous store.