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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Passion for Promarkers Summer Loving

I'm keeping up with my summer theme at the minute and today we have a new challenge over on Passion for Promarkers and I chose a theme of Summer Loving- anything you love about summer. I love this Mo image Shucks, as it reminds me of a lovely summer's day we had with our youngest daughter a few years ago, picking veg!
My papers are from an Authentique pad called Genuine, the daisies are cut with a Memory Box die set and the tag is a heart shaped one by Magnolia.  And of course I've used my Promarkers and Flexmarkers to colour her.
Our sponsors for this challenge are Whiff of Joy and the lucky winner will get a stamp of their choice!

As always, my teamies have made some brill summer-inspired cards to share with you, so take a peek at them here.xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

July Mo Blog Hop

Hey there bloggers - it's that time of the month again for a hop on through the blogs of the girlies on Mo's Dream Team!  This month's theme of Water has been chosen by the delectable Debby and she is also the start of our hop.  Nip on back over to  Debby's blog, if you want to start at the beginning!  I know Debby will have a fab make to share with you!  Otherwise, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Gretha's blog.

I've actually used two images and merged them together in Photoshop.  To see a great tutorial on how to do this, visit the blog of Debbie Pamment, a lovely and much missed ex-member of Mo's Dream Team - I always visit to remind me how to merge and it really is easy if you follow Debbie's tut!  I've merged Clam Diggers with the actual beach scene from Mo's set called Beach Elements 1. (And I'm a little bit cross as I could have used a couple of the other elements in the set too for my card if I'd thought about it!)

I've coloured the images with a mix of Promarkers and Shinhan Touch Markers, and added a touch of glitter to the beach and the white foam of the sea for a bit of texture. Can you see that I also added a Memory swirly border diecut just  behind the image and tried to line it up with the sea line so it continues out of the frame!  I also added some Copic blender to a face cloth and dabbed it on the beach to give a grainy look, I hope! My papers are a mix of Lili of the Valley NitWit papers, Beach Bliss and Graphic 45 papers, To the Beach.

I love this Lighthouse die from Cheery Lynn and I also added some teeny house dies from Memory Box and coloured them in pastel shades to look like beach huts. The little butterfly shaped shell and the cone shell were from best matey Lesley's visit to the Florida Beaches, with everything else from stash.

Right, now I'm the end of the hop this month but I hope you've enjoyed it and left some love on each of the girls' posts as there are a couple of $5 vouchers up for grabs for two lucky commentors!! The full order of the hop is below should you need it!

DebbyHeidyViliAlexandraAnneke, Kaly, Gretha,Julie.

In case anyone is wondering, my house move has stalled at the minute, as our buyer has lost his buyer, sob!!  Keep everything crossed for us that it all gets back on track soon!!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Passion for Promarkers with Mo's Strongman

Another card from me today - wow, two posts in two days - I feel faint!!
This card is for today's new challenge starting today over at a Passion for Promarkers and we have a great theme of  Oh I Do Love To Be Beside The Seaside!

Strongman from Mo's Digital Pencil is perfect for this theme don't you think!  Probably more likely to see this speciman on a Californian beach rather than Clacton-on-Sea here in the UK but he does make me smile!  I then created the sentiment with Word Art!
The  papers are from a Tilda seaside theme set, and the sentiment arrow is a Sizzix die.  The music die is from Memory Box and I cut the image out using a Go Kreate die.
We have two fab sponsors for this week's Challenge, Letraset and Crafty Sentiments.


Crafty Sentiments

You can check out full deets of the prizes here and also the fabulous makes of my teamies here over at PFP HQ!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Sketch N Stash new challenge and apologies for my absence!

Hey there blogland, so sorry for not being about.  We're in the midst of moving and it is just so stressful, especially as we haven't moved for 25 years, we're hoping to move 330 miles away and we have to find flats for our girls and work out our notices!!  It's fraught with danger, I tell you!!
Still I did manage to find a little colouring time to make this card for today's new challenge at Sketch N Stash.  It's free choice on the sketch too - you can pick any sketch from our back catalogue here over at 
I've pick sketch no 70 and used this lovely little chappie from Mo's Digital Pencil called Extra.  I thought I'd continue the paper theme by using papers from my scraps with newsprint/script print.

The corner happy birthday is a  Die-Versiions Die, and the top and bottom edging are cut with a Tim Holtz strip die. Hope you like my little newspaper too that I made up with my leftover scraps of paper.
Oooh and our challenge this time runs for a month, to allow for summer holidays and other summer activities, so you have plenty of time to join in with us.  We have two awesome sponsors for this challenge as below:

Sponsor - Stitchy Bears
Prize $10
Buttons For Brains

Well, wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed that our move all goes according to plan, we need it!
Before I go, don't forget to take a peek at the other SNS DT cards here - they are fabby!!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Passion for Promarkers - Rags to Riches

This is my card for the new challenge starting today over at Passion for Promarkers with a great theme of Rags to Riches as chosen by our lovely Shelly - so basically we want to see some recycled elements on your makes!
I've used an image from Mo Manning's set of  3 Baby Fairies, which you can find here  This little cutie is Baby Fairy Sipping.  I took my colours from a Kaiser Kraft Paper Pad called Limelight.  Not my usual colours at all but I love this pad and it was nice to use a different colour scheme for a change.
The leave swirls around the image are  from a Lea'bilities Die and the flower sprig is by Memory Box, Bella,  I think it's called.

And of course, my recycled items are the Mother of Pearl buttons which once were part of really pretty necklace!  I used to be so upset if a nice piece of jewellery broke, but now I find myself thinking, ooh good I can add that to my craft stash!!
Don't forget to check out the wonderful makes from the rest of the DT at PFP here.

Monday, 23 June 2014

New challenge at Sketch N Stash

It's new challenge day for Sketch N Stash, and it's a great little sketch from our back catalogue.  Of course I've had to rotate it to suit the shape of my image but I think I've pretty much stuck to the sketch!
I've used this gorgeous little stamp from Lili of the Valley, so sweet!  
My papers are a mix of First Edition and Santuro papers, (the heart one). Love the little dress and shoe dies from Marianne, with the little rocking horse being cut with a Cottage Cutz die.  I always forget to use the littlest dies in a set but here I remembered for the sentiment matting, (sentiment is PTI). 
I finally added some Memory Box hanging hearts to match the little hear hanging from the pushchair.

We have two fab sponsors as below:

Sponsor - Crafty Individuals

sponsor - Delicious Doodles
Prize 4 images

Good eh!
My teamies over at SNS have made some fab cards to share with you this week, so check them out here.
Now, it's just left for me to wish you a happy Monday!!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Monthly Blog Hop with Mo's Dream Team - Summer Colours

Yay, it's time to hop with us over on Mo's Dream Team and this month your host is l'il ol me so I am also the start of the hop!!  
I chose the theme of  Summer Colours and when I picked that theme, I was thinking of blues and yellows for my card.  As you will see, I've gone with something entirely different - Strawberries and Cream, a great colour combo for this time of year!!
For my card, I chose Blueberry Girl, again not going with the obvious and her blueberries have become redcurrents, but you get the idea!! I'm normally ok with red colouring but it really wasn't coming out too well on her top, so I decided to do a bit of paper piecing using the Webster's Pages that I was also using for my matting and layering and have to say I'm rather pleased with her little gingham outfit.
I then used some teeny tiny pearls for the berries spilling out of her bucket.
The main sentiment is Paper Trey Ink on a Stampin Up punched mat.  The butterflies are from a new Joy Craft set, with the Watering Can and Mini Picket fence cut with a Memory Box die.  The cartwheel is a Joanna Sheen Signature die.
Well, I hope you like how my card turned out, your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Debby Y. (Full order is below)

 JulieDebby YHeidyAliceViliAlexandra,
Anneke, DanielleKalyGretha,

As always, don't forget to leave a comment as you hop on through the blogs as there are two  $5 dollar vouchers hidden somewhere along the way!
Happy Hopping!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

One of Mo's new images -Baby Fairy Bobbin

Can't believe I haven't posted for over a week, so much going on, and have actually lost my mojo a bit!  Colouring ability has gone awol and generally feeling not very crafty at the minute.  Did enjoy colouring this new digi image from Mo Manning though - Baby Fairy Bobbin - love these crafting inspired Fairies! 
I've coloured her with my Promarkers, matched with some My Mind's Eye papers. Note my ricrac border at the top has started to come unstuck - a bit like me really!! The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink - so perfect don't you think.

Hope you're feeling more motivated than me at the minute.  I promise to try and visit you soon!!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Passion for Promarkers One for the Boys

Oops - forgot to schedule this one this morning!!  It's for our new challenge over at A Passion For Promarkers with our theme of One for the Boys chosen by our wonderful Nic.  I've used Mo Manning's Big Guy's Bike and then used some Wanderlust Papers from Basic Grey.
I'm not a fan of having of make boy cards as I don't like not being able to embellish them within in an inch of their lives!  However, this one I've managed to restrain myself and simply added on the sentiment using a Sizzix stamp and die combo.

Our  sponsor this week is Letraset and they are offering one lucky winner a prize of a 6 pack of Flex markers. 


Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's wonderful male focussed cards here!!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Sketch N Stash and my 30th Wedding Anniversary today!

Hello bloggy friends - it's a Monday and so time for our new challenge at Sketch N Stash.  It also just so happens to be my 30th Wedding Anniversary today, so I used our new sketch below to make a card for my hubby Nick. We've actually been together for 35 years as we met in the 6th form when we were at school - and they said it wouldn't last!!!
As you can see, I've rotated the sketch to use the circle element as my focus, with this romantic pre-coloured topper that I picked up at a Craft Fair a while ago.  

My papers are from a  DCWV 12x12 pad that I think I bought back from the US last year - perfect for the occasion.  We're not doing an awful lot of celebrating, we tend to be a bit low key about these events, just focussing all our energy on willing our move to become a reality - now that would be a great way to celebrate!!  Anyway, I'm off to work today, so no time to reminisce about where those 30 years went!!

Our sponsors for this fortnight's challenge are Inky Impressions and you can check out what the rest of the SNS design team have made here.

Happy Monday everyone!!