Tuesday 30 June 2009

Passion for Promarkers - Challenge #6 - Moss Green & Poppy

Hi there and welcome to another challenge at Passion for  Promarkers, can you believe we are on week 6 already?

This week's challenge colours (remember to use Promarkers) are Moss Green and Poppy and they were chosen by my fabulous team-mate Caryn. She added a wee twist to the challenge this week to keep everyone on their toes and that was to include "something tasty". So I immediately thought of one of my favourites... Willow with Hot Chocolate from Whiff of Joy. Remember to check out the other DT's blogs for more details on their fabby creations.

This week's fabulous prize is a £10 voucher for Joanna Sheen 

Remember to check the rules in the sidebar on Passion for Promarkers to make sure you qualify for the prize draw.

So, on with my DT card for this week...

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Images: Willow with Hot Chocolate and Willow's Armchair, both from Whiff of Joy, coloured with promarkers of course: Ivory & Blush for skin, Moss and Olive for trousers and  jumper, Poppy for socks, jumper and chair, Maroon for shading on chair, Sandstone, Cinnamon and Cocoa for chair, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa and Umber for hair,  Cool  Grey 3 for shadow under chair. Lime Green and Moss for the mug

Papers are both K&Co Classic K Bailey, moss green core'dinations card cut with MS Doily Lace punch for border and large oval scallop nestie in the cuttlebug for mat
Jute ribbon from Bunny Zoe's Crafts
greeting is Daisy & Dandelion
As per usual here's Willow's close-up...

Monday 29 June 2009

Monday 29th June 2009

Hello from FlamingoLand!!
we arrived on Saturday afternoon after a wee detour - in my defence, as navigator, can I just say that the sign which said "For Scarborough, follow..." was partially obscured by grass and bushes. So we missed the junction and ended up nearly in Leeds lol
Anyway, we got here in the end and we didn't do too badly when you consider that I had no map, satnav or any other way of navigating other than a rough memory of the geography of the North of England and toad signs.
On Sunday we spent nearly all day in the Zoo at FlamingoLand - if you're ever in the area, you really must see the Sealion Show. The sealions are absolutely amazing, I had no idea how similar they are to dogs and how intelligent they are. I have some fab photo's, which I'll post when we get home as the internet connection we are getting is shockingly bad.
Today, I've stayed "at home" in the caravan with Faith as I completely over did it yesterday and am suffering for it now. So have been throwing down co-dydramol like its going out of fashion.
Graham took Willow and Scott to see the Spongebob Squarepants 4D show as well as some more of the theme park.

Sunday 28 June 2009

Passion for Promarkers - Ruth's Drawings

Have you been over to Passion for Promarkers lately?? 

You can join their challenges every week on Tuesday's at 9am which have a prize, and there is also their Weekend Workshops every Friday with tutorials, hints and tips for using your promarkers. 

This last Friday was an extra special Weekend Workshop because one of our followers and challenge particiapants has very kindly done a drawing especially for Passion for Promarkers. Michele has done a fabulous tutorial showing you how to colour the image and some of the DT have done some examples for inspiration.

This was my take on Ruth's wonderful drawing, I decided to use the challenge colours from a few weeks ago - the pumpkin and cinnamon as I enjoyed using them so much.

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Image: Sitting Girl by Ruth, coloured with promarkers: sweater - pumkin & mandarin for shading, skirt - cinnamon and cocoa for shading, skin - ivory, hair - spice, terracotta, apricot, raw sienna

Papers: Basic Grey Offbeat, Cardstock stickers: Basic Grey Ambrosia

greeting was printed from pc, textured pumpkin cardstock from stash

Saturday 27 June 2009

For my dad

I forgot to show you this Fathers Day card that I made for my dad at the time, so I thought I'd schedule it for today.

We should be in Annan by the time you read this and later today we'll be travelling to Yorkshire. We're having a wee break with the kids at Flamingo Land. Last night we were going to be staying with the out-laws (Graham's parents) so we'll have caught up with them, Graham's niece Claire and her partner Nibs and their kiddies Hope and Lexie. This will be the first time we've met Lexie and she's just over a year old. We might even have seen Graham's brother Lindsay and his wife Linda - yes that gets very confusing lol. We were last down to visit at Easter 2008, so we'll really see a difference in wee Hope. She was born 6 weeks before Willow and despite both being Brockies they are completely different.

I'm hoping that I'll still manage to blog a wee bit every day as Graham has bought a dongle-thingy (thats the technical term lol) and we'll be taking one of the laptops with us. I have scheduled a few posts for the week though, including this week's  Weekend Workshop tomorrow  and my DT card for Passion for Promarkers on Tuesday. I just hope Mr Blogger behaves lol

So, as I was saying, this is the card for my dad for Father's Day last week, I've given you 2 views so you can see that the front is cut down a bit and the image is positioned across the gap.

Image: Jim Fishing from Digistamp Boutique, coloured with promarkers; blush for skin, warm grey 2  and 3 for hair, blue pearl and china blue for cap and jeans, moss green and olive for t-shirt, forest green and holly for boots, grass for the grass, cinnamon and cocoa for the rod, pastel blue and cool aqua for the water (the water  was then covered with glossy accents)
green card for  mat is core'dinations, paper on left is Basic grey Two Scoops and the one on the right is K&Co Classic k Bailey, flower is flora doodles, brads are papermania and greeting is Daisy & Dandelion.
Here's Jim's spotlight... have angled him so you can see the glossy accents

Friday 26 June 2009

Happy Birthday Gary

This is a card I made for the bidey-in (partner for those of you not from the north east of Scotland) of one of my friends, in fact Kerri was my bridesmaid many moons ago, and still gives me a hard time for the horrendous bridesmaid dress I made her wear. lol

Anyway, this is the quick card I made for Gary..


Image: Hamish in Kilt by Sugar Nellie, coloured with promarkers: ivory and blush for skin, satin for socks, cinnamon and cocoa for shoes, satin and cocoa for sporran, marine, emerald and french navy for kilt, spice and terracotta for jumper, terracotta for hair

matted onto card from stash and blue paper from papermania, jute ribbon from Bunny Zoes Crafts, orange card was embossed with the happy birthday folder in the cuttlebug, polka dot paper is papermania rich blues, greeting was daisy & dandelion

And here's Hamish's close-up

Thursday 25 June 2009

Happy Birthday Joshua

Willow was away to the birthday party of one of her wee friends from Nursery at the weekend, and the theme was bugs and butterflies - even Joshua's mum was dressed as a ladybird lol

Willow wanted to go in a butterfly dress from the butterfly dress shop!! unfortunately we couldn't locate a butterfly dress shop, so she went in jeans with butterfly embroidery, butterfly socks, a butterfly top and even a butterfly bauble in her hair.

Image: Hamish in Woolly Jumper from Sugar Nellie, coloured with promarkers; blush and dusky pink for the skin, blue pearl and china blue for jumper and wellies, royal blue for his trousers
Blue papermania paper for matting, and the patterned papers are both Basic Grey Cupcake, greeting is Daisy & Dandelion
Here's Hamish's close-up...
Willow had a great time at the party and came home with a huge party bag full of butterfly things: notebooks, tattoos, toys, stickers etc. And she'd also had her face painted...

Wednesday 24 June 2009

Little Elves

I've been playing around again with the current challenge colours on the passion for Promarkers blog and thought I'd show you another card with the Lemon and Meadow Green combo - obviously this isn't my DT card, this was just me playing around. Co-incidently it fits with the Old Magnolia Challenge - thanks for the heads-up Sarah :)

Images:  Magnolia's Sitting Alf & Alva (which I got in a swap from Tina) coloured with promarkers: Lemon, Meadow Green, Yellow, Apple, Warm Grey 3, Ivory & Blush, Sandstone, Cocoa. Highlighted with Sakura white Gelly Roll Med and Sakura metallic silver

Die Cut mats from Tracey at Dies to Die For

Silver mirri card for matting from stash

Papers are all Daisy & Dandelion A5 Pad

Papermania paper flowers from the embellishment trio packs, coloured with lemon and meadow Green promarkers, Papermania fabric flowers coloured with lemon and meadow green promarkers

greeting is Daisy & Dandelion

green daisy ribbon from Dovecraft

And as usual, here's their close-up...

Tuesday 23 June 2009

Passion for Promarker - challenge 5 - Lemon & Meadow Green

My goodness, its challenge #5 over at Passion for Promarkers already - doesn't time fly when you're having fun?! This week's challenge is to use the colours Lemon and Meadow Green

and the prize is a £10 voucher for the fabulous


I thought I would do a birthday card for a wee boy this time for my DT card.

Image: Draco the Dragon from Whiff of Joy, coloured with promarkers:

Lemon, Yellow and Warm Grey 3 for his underbelly and the membrane parts of his wings, Meadow Green, Apple and Warm Grey 3 for the rest of his body, Cool Aqua for his horns and spines, Lime green for the scales on his body

Papers are all Basic Grey - Two Scoops, matted onto gold mirri card, and the greeting is Daisy & Dandelion

And here's Draco's close-up....


Remember to pop over to the PfP Blog to see the other fab projects from the DT

Monday 22 June 2009

50th Birthday commission

I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for one of Angela's friends - Hi Angela if you're reading this, I hope you like what I've done!

I decided to go big and bold with this one...

Image: Shine Miss Anya from the Greetings Farm, coloured with promarkers; saffron for the skin to give her a bit of a tan, blossom and rose pink for the top, magenta for her bow and sun specs, cinnamon and cocoa for her skirt, sandstone, cinnamon, umber, raw sienna, cocoa for her hair.

Paper is Pebbles Inc, pink satin ribbon I won in Fran's blog candy recently, flowers are punched with the EK Success retro flower punches from Pebbles Inc paper and from a free polka dot paper from Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine and embossed. Papermania brads and the numbers were cut from gold mirri card and embossed with the happy Birthday folder in the cuttlebug.

And as ever, here's Anya's close-up...


Sunday 21 June 2009

Wildlife and the latest stash

Before I show you what I got at Simply Create yesterday, I wanted to show you the latest additions to our garden - or maybe I should just call it a zoo lol

These cheeky wee meerkats appeared in the garden this week and they seem to be enjoying the sunshine today...

So the family of meerkats join the 2 cats, 10 koi carp, hedgehog and her 3 babies, and the frog in the pond - its a bloody menagerie here lol

Moving swiftly on, I had a super morning at Simply Create in Alford watching Judy colouring Sugar Nellie images. Judy is an absolute whizz with the Prismacolor Pencils, and she's inspired me to dig mine out and try them again. It was really nice to meet Judy, she's a lovely quine and coped far better than I think I would with demonstrating. She answered all the questions that she was being bombarded with while colouring beautifully.

And she completely won me over with her colouring of the new Diane Duda stamps from Sugar Nellie. I was keeping an open mind about the release of these stamps as although obviously a very talented lady, Diane Duda's style isn't really my cup of tea. BUT... after seeing the Upside Down image that Judy coloured on Saturday and seeing her card from the blog hop on Friday I definitely had my mind changed and had to buy her. 

It was lovely to see Jacqui again, who owns the shop and I finally got to meet Karen - Mrs Sugar Nellie herself - who was on bag-packing duty, and very kindly threw a couple of oh-so-cute Gorjuss Girls badges in my bag. 

So here are the awfully naughty things that jumped into my pretty pink basket...

Happy Father's Day

Yup, its Father's Day - like its not Father's  Day every day eh girls? lol

So these are the cards I made for the girls to give to Graham

Images: Jim Collections from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with promarkers; blush, cinnamon & cocoa, blue pearl & china blue, meadow green & apple, pastel blue, cool grey 1, 2, 3, 4,  grass, spice, terracotta, moss & olive.

Papers are all Basic grey Two Scoops, core'dinations card mats, papermania brads, greeting is Daisy & Dandelion, jute ribbon from Bunny Zoe Crafts

And here are Jim's close-ups....

Saturday 20 June 2009

Off on another crafty jaunt

Hopefully I'm off on another crafty jaunt today. Remember the fab new shop at Alford that I went to a few weeks ago? Simply Create! well today they have a very special Sugar Nellie event. The fabulous Judy is going to be demonstrating and a little birdie tells me the newly released Diane Duda stamps from Sugar Nellie will be there. So I'm looking forward to meeting Jacqui (the owner of Simply Create) and maybe Fiona again as well as meeting Judy and possibly  Karen (Mrs Sugar Nellie) herself for the first time.

You just know I'm not coming home empty handed!! :)

Friday 19 June 2009

Willow's Nursery staff thank you cards

Well this is a first for me, I'm not usually a fan of Magnolia stamps - and yeh I know I'm in the minority here. But I've been looking for a school/teacher related stamp for ages and couldn't really find anything that appealed to me - except of course Lindsay's freebie card kit which I used for Scott's teacher's cards.

So when I was down at the Artstamps show in Edinburgh at the beginning of the month I spotted the Study Tilda stamp and thought she'd be ideal for Willow's cards.

Images: Study Tilda by Magnolia, coloured with promarkers: Ivory & Blush for the skin, Blossom, Rose Pink & Maroon for her top and pullover, Blue Pearl, Cornflower and China Blue for her jeans, Cinnamon & Cocoa for her boots, Sandstone & Cinnamon for her book, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa & Umber for her hair.

Papers are all from Lindsay's super freebie card kit 

the card blank was inked with whispers chestnut inkpad

the apple was diecut from core'dinations card with a cuttlekids die in the cuttlebug and the mat underneath the image was cut using a large oval scallop nestie

the greeting is from the CCSR Sentiments stamp set and the leaves are from my stash

And here's Tilda's close-up....

Thursday 18 June 2009

Faith's 2's Group Staff Thank You Cards

Following on from Sunday's post, here are the 6 cards I made over the weekend for the 6 members of staff at Faith's 2's group.

Images: Bear Hug Gorjuss Girl from Set #2 from Sugar Nellie, coloured with promarkers; cool grey 1-4 for each of the girls dresses, boots and tights; Blues: Pastel Blue, Sky Blue & Cyan; Purples: Lavender, Lilac & Amethyst; Pinks: Blossom, Rose Pink & Cerise; Oranges: Apricot, Spice & Terracotta; Yellows: Vanilla, Saffron, Yellow & Sandstone; Greens: Meadow Green, Apple & Grass

Coloured card stock strip and scallop oval nestie mats cut in cuttlebug are all core'dinations card

All papers except on the purple card were freebies from Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Purple papers are Papermania. Paper mats are inked with papermania inkpads

Paper lace ribbons are from Kars

And the customary close-ups...

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