Friday 31 July 2009

PfP totally rocks!!

OMG - I'm busy dancing round my kitchen this is so cool. Letraset were so impressed with the work of the Passion for Promarkers DT that they are now featuring some tutorials on their own website - click here for a lookie.

Thursday 30 July 2009


One of my fellow teamies, Sarah, over at Passion for Promarkers had a birthday last week and I was so late in sending her birthday card - but I'm hoping she has it by now.

Image: Purrfect Playmates from Sugar Nellie, coloured with promarkers: Ivory & Blush for skin, Lilac, Lavender, Amethyst & Prussian for dress, Saffron, Vanilla, Sandstone for hair, cinnamon, cocoa, cool grey 1-4 for the cats. 

pink card from stash, paper is doodlebug boutique shaped with MS Doily lace punch, pink ribbon and trim is doodlebug boutique. Silver glitter card mat (DCWV) and image cut using oval and scallop oval nesties in the cuttlebug, flowers cut using EK Success retro flower punches, Craftwork Cards card candy centres.

And finally here's her close-up...

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Passion for Promarkers - another card

This was the first card I made for this weeks challenge at Passion for Promarkers, but I decided I wanted to do something a bit different for my actual DT card - see yesterday's post.

So this was what I did with Maria's fantastic sketch....

Image: Willow with Baby from Whiff of Joy, coloured with PM's: Cool Aqua and Turquoise for shading on her dress; Pastel Pink and Coral for shading on the baby's shawl; Ivory and Blush for skin; Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa and Umber for Willow's hair; Pastel Yellow, Vanilla and Saffron for the baby's hair

Core'dinations card as a base and as a mat for the image - cut using the Peony nesties in the cuttlebug, I also used a pale peachy pink core'dinations card and embossed it with the congratulations folder in the cuttlebug and sanded.

The papers are Basic Grey - Two scoops shaped with the MS Doily Lace border punch.

I also added Kars paper lace ribbon, coloured with Cool Aqua Promarker, Kanban clear adhesive gems coloured with Pastel Pink PM and the greeting is Daisy & Dandelion

The prize this week is sponsored by Cute Daisy May Digi Stamps who has kindly donated 5 sheets of downloads.

Finally here's Willow's close-up

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Passion for Promarkers #10 - Cool Aqua & Pastel Pink + sketch

Can you believe we are on week 10 at Passion for Promarkers already? where on earth does the time go? am I getting old? lol

Ok, down to business, Maria chose this weeks challenge colours of Cool Aqua & Pastel Pink and has done the fabbiest sketch. So making this card was not hard work at all.

Here's the sketch that Maria designed

Promarker Challenge

And here's what I did...

As you can see, I've turned Maria's sketch upside down just to be different.

Images: Hero Arts - Four Dolls, coloured with promarkers.... I have only used 3 PM's for this: Saffron for the skin, Pastel Pink for 2 of the dresses and their cheeks, Cool Aqua for 1 of the dresses and accents on the other 2. I have done the shading by layering up the colour.

The pale pink paper was from my stash, the black cardstock is SU, the blue card is core'dinations, the ribbon is doodlebug boutique trims, the greeting is from my stash and the black card was shaped with the MS Doily Lace punch. The circles were cut using nesties in the cuttlebug and the dolls were cut out and mounted with sd foam tape.

Here's a close-up of the dolls to show how I've layered up the colour to create shading....

The prize this week is sponsored by Cute Daisy May Digi Stamps who has kindly donated 5 sheets of downloads. 

You absolutely must check out all the other DT cards this week, they are truly scrumptious - you'll find the links to their blogs on my sidebar.

Monday 27 July 2009

Xmas in July

well that's a few xmas cards under my belt so far - with a bit of luck I won't have too many to buy this year.

I had coloured yet another image in Moss Green and Poppy, so I thought I'd be as well turn it into an xmas card for the pile before it gets lost under the ever-growing pile of stuff on my desk.

Image: Christmas Honey from Sugar Nellie, coloured with PM's: Moss & Olive, Poppy & Maroon, Holly, Silver, Ivory & Blush, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa & Umber. Matted onto core'dinations card

Paper is the new Home for Christmas by Jesse Edwards @ Papermania

silver glitter card from DCWV, embossed with the snowflakes folder in the cuttlebug

ribbon is papermania, and papermania adhesive gems

Honey's close-up...

Sunday 26 July 2009

New Challenge Blog + Candy

There's a brand new challenge blog on the block... Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges, and it all kicks off on15th August 2009 and a new Challenge put up once a month thereafter - so plenty of time to enter.

To celebrate their launch they are offering some fab candy - I soooooooooooooo would love to have the nesties they're offering as part of it.

They are also holding a DT call if any of you are interested - and at the time of me posting this, there are only 2 entrants, so it could be your chance to join a DT.

For all the details of the challenge blog, the candy and the DT call, just click on the banner at the top of this post or the one in my sidebar.

Here's the birthday girl!

Well here's my baby now she's 3 years old! And my birthday girl had a fabulous time...

Opening pressies...

Trying out the rocking seal (??????)

Oooohing and aaaahing over the little people school bus

and concentrating on her very own pink leapster 2

"they're all MINE!!"

"here Willow, this is how it works..."

"mmmmmmmmmmmmmm cherry bakewells mmmmmmmmmm"

"look mum, I can jam it in my face like you do lol"

I really like this candid shot of Scott, its nice to see him without the silly forced smile he uses when he knows a camera is pointed at him

THE Spongebob Squarepants cake

My BFF Pamela's baby Emma giving us a toothy grin

"it wasn't me!"

its not a real party if you don't dance with balloons apparently

"that's enough pictures mum, I'm nekkid"

Saturday 25 July 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Fayfee

Its my baby's 3rd birthday today - I have no idea what happened to the last 3 years, it just seems like 5 minutes since she was born. I can remember it so well. So I'm going to bore you with the gory details... 

My waters broke at 3.30am, luckily I had been getting out of bed to go to the toilet anyway and I'd dumped the towel I'd used after my shower at the side of the bed. I then phoned Graham's rig because he was offshore and asked the guy in the control room to pass on a message for me when Graham got up later. And when I told him that the message was that I was in labour I thought he was away to have a canary, he spluttered that he's get someone to wake Graham straight away lol. So after that I phoned my mum and dad, so that my mum could come in and get Willow, who was only 21 months old. I then phoned the maternity hospital to let them know I was in labour and my contractions were about 5 minutes apart, and they told me to stay put, take a couple paracetamol and if i felt like taking a bath then that was fine too - they were in no hurry to see me, even though I'd explained this was my 3rd child. They told me I couldn't phone an ambulance to take me as it wasn't an emergency, and suggested I drive myself up if my partner was offshore (it would appear that this midwife had never been in labour herself!!)

Graham then phoned in a complete panic, and I explained what was going on, don't think he took any of it in though lol. So in between contractions, I got Willow up, dressed and packed a bag for her to go and stay at Nana's house. Made myself some breakfast and a cup of tea. My mum arrived at half past four and Graham phoned again while I made more tea. My contractions were just over 2 minutes apart by this time and he convinced me to call the maternity hospital back. They allowed me to phone an ambulance at this point - which I thought was mighty white of them!  

The rapid response arrived first to make sure I was ok, and soon after the ambulance arrived - they were amazed at how calm I was, and the cheeky bugger of a paramedic asked if I was having twins - mind you I was pretty big (see pic below, which was taken 2 weeks before she was born, and she was 3 weeks early!!) So I left the house at 5.20am, arrived at the maternity at 5.40am. I had to wait around in the corridor of the labour ward with the paramedics until one of the midwives decided to come and see to me.  So I got up on the bed, and she had a quick look and told me that baby would be arriving in either 20 minutes or 2 hours - I jokingly told her that 20 minutes suited me fine. So she hooked up the gas and air for me and disappeared off to see to another mum in labour. Within minutes I was past the point of no return and had to ring the buzzer thingy a few times. The midwife came in, took one look at me from the doorway and said "if you want to push, go for it" while she skidded over to the sink to wash her hands.

Faith Lauren Brockie was born at 6.03am exactly 23 minutes after arriving at hospital. And OMG I'm actually bubbling while typing this lol. And this is how she looked then...

We're having close family and friends round this afternoon, so hopefully I'll get some pics up once the dust has settled.

Friday 24 July 2009


I meant to make a card with this image last month for the DigiStamp Boutique's monthly competition, but time got away from me in the lead up to our holiday. So better late than never eh? Talking of late, I also used the challenge #60 sketch from  A Spoonful of Sugar, but again, I'm too late to enter that too :)

I also broke into some new stash that I bought a wee while back. If you remember, back to June, I took a wee trip out to Simply Create at Alford for their Sugar Nellie event and to see Judy doing her fab colouring demo's. Well, this fabulous 12x12 paper pad jumped into my basket and followed me home. Its from Panduro Hobby and its the Classic Tilda Papercraft Paper Stack, it has 25 sheets of double-sided paper and the quality is outstanding. Its not cheap, but its well worth the money.


I chose one of the sheets that had cameos on one side and white polka dots on pink on the other side, and chopped it in half to make a 6x6 card blank.

Image: Olive with Flowers by Sally-Ann Hancock @ DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with promarkers: warm grey 1-4; blossom, rose pink, cerise, apple, grass, terracotta, spice, apricot.

papers are all Tilda Papercraft Classic Paper Stack, plus grey core'dinations card. edges were distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Tool and the image card was inked with papermania ink. flowers were punched from same paper and card with EK Success retro flower punches them embossed and distressed. Buttons are papermania, pearls are Hero Arts, and the greeting as usual is daisy & Dandelion.


Thursday 23 July 2009


This is what I've called one of the new Gorjuss Girls until they have their proper names from Sugar Nellie - Poppies.

I was busy following Gayle sketch over at the Sugar Bowl and finished this card - then realised I was supposed to use ribbons or bows, but I thought it would take away from the simplicity of this card, so I'm not entering it. I made another card for the challenge - the one I showed you yesterday.

Image: Gorjuss Girls set #3 by Sugar Nellie, coloured with Promarkers: warm grey 1 - 4, ruby and maroon.

Paper: CCSR - the big one

red card from stash, black core'dinations card embossed in cuttlebug and sanded, greeting is Daisy & Dandelion

Here's a close-up of Poppies...

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Sugar Bowl #15 - Gayle's Sketch

Am revisiting a few of the past colour challenges  from Passion for Promarkers, and these are the colours that Caryn chose a few weeks ago. I thought they were ideal xmassy colours, so here's an addition to my xmas card collection for this year. I  have used  Gayle's sketch over at the Sugar Bowl, and have included the added extra which was ribbons or bows.

Image: Snowflake by Sugar Nellie, coloured with promarkers: Ivory & Blush for her skin, Moss & Olive for her hat, trousers,coat and muff; Poppy & Maroon for all the polka dot trim and her shoes; Sandstone, Cinnamon & Cocoa for her hair.
I distressed the edges of the card she was stamped on with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and inked the edges with papermania ink pads.
The paper was a freebie from a magazine last year sometime, the wide red ribbon is from my stash and the narrow red xmas ribbon is Anita's. The poinsettia is an Anita's Dimension sticker layered up.
I didn't think the card needed a greeting as it says Merry Xmas on the paper and on the ribbon.
Here's Miss Snowflake's close-up.. NB this was an image I had lying around that had been stamped with Stazon, hence why the black lines are a little blurry.

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Passion For Promarkers #9 - Lime & Rose Pink

Its that time again folks, challenge number 9 at Passion for Promarkers, and this weeks fabby colours were chosen by the very talented, and lovely Ida. 

This challenge is sponsored by Papirloftet in Norway (click this link here to see the site in English) who very generously sent a wee pack to each of the DT to use for their DT cards this week.

And this is the fabby prize pack you can win...

Please remember to use PROMARKERS in the challenge colours in order to qualify for the prize draw.

Image: Queen Charlotte from Whiff of Joy, coloured with promarkers: Ivory & Blush for skin; Apricot for crown, Warm Grey 2, 4 and Black for hair, Rose pink for dress with shading done with Maroon and blended, Lime shaded with Marsh Green and blended. Sakura clear stardust pen was used on the crown and to highlight various details on the dress.

I used the following items that were supplied by Papirloftet: Pink and Lime whitewash core'dinations card which I embossed and debossed with the paisley folder in the cuttlebug and sanded. 3 pink mulberry roses, 3 pink gem brads, heart shaped "made with love" charm.

I also used the following from my own stash; deep pink core'dinations card, MS Doily Lace Punch, Floral punchcraft Ash Branch punch

And here's her majesty's close-up... the second pic is to show off the Sakura clear stardust pen highlights

Please check out the other DT's inspirational cards this week - they really are gorgeous. And why not give the challenge a try

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