Friday, 30 October 2015

Ruby wedding anniversary (That's 40 years!!)

Now here's a card you won't have seen from me for a while .... a card without any colouring using promarkers! Most of my creations contain images now so this one is a break from the norm.

I made this card for the soon to be In-laws who are celebrating there 40th Wedding anniversary. The 40th is Ruby so I used lots of red to make the flowers from a die cut. I also used the die cuts to make some leaves from paper from Pink Petticoat wood grain pattern. The background paper is from Mambi and has a lovely subtle sheen to the pattern. I mounted the panel onto red bazzill card and then onto the Kraft card base. I attached a strip of the wide ribbon and some red gem swirls from Hobbycraft.

I cut the red bazzill to make a red flag and I used the number dies to cut out the 4 0. I added the green wood grain paper behind to make them pop out. The letters spelling out YEARS are from Websters pages and the "Congratulations" is a sticker from KaiserCraft.

Brown sugar - flowers. 
Fussy & fancy friday - Flowers.
Polkadoodles - Sparkle, Bling & glitter.
Use your stuff - Die cuts. 

All for now for the impromtu drop in!
See you back here on Sunday.
Li (:(|)x

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Circles and Christmas

Its a new challenge today over at I Love Promarkers and the theme is Circles - So many ways this can be interpreted, just as long as you use Promarkers or flexmarkers.

The image is a new stamp from Stamping Bella and is called Ramona shares her Hot Chocolate.
I used an embossing folder to create the circle background and mounted it on red. I used my Friskars cutter to cut a circle from red card and also around the stamped image - leaving a  space to cut around Ramona's hat.
I glued a section of Tilda ribbon to the base and to stop the cut edges from fraying - I used some Glue to seal the ends. I added a little Diamond stickles Glue on to Ramona's ear muff's, scarf and also the marshmallows. I also added some Diamond stickles to the ground to look like frost.
The Merry Christmas greeting is a sticker from Kaisercraft - I love the simplicity of it.

I used these promarkers & flexmarkers to colour the image -
Jacket & seat - Poppy, ruby & Cardinal red
Scarf & earmuffs -Blossom, Baby pink & cerise.
Trousers & hat - Gold, halloween & Bright orange.
Penguin, table & seat -Cool greys
Ground - Frozen lake

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -
Fab n funky - ATG -Christmas.
Shopping our Stash - no pattern papers.
Eureka stamps - Animal & pets.
Come & get it - Use Orange.
Fantasy Stampers  - Animal Antics.
Poolkadoodles - Add sparkle.
Simply create - Baby its cold outside.

All for now -  Sorry I missed my Sunday post by the way... I was down in London visiting friends from Uni. But usual service is now resumed!
Take Care, Liz (:(|)x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Time for tea.

Morning all - Its TIME for another challenge - in fact is Challenge #291Time at I Love Promarkers.

I used this lovely image from Tiddly inks image called Alice - time for tea.
It was nice to make a bright and summery card amidst all the black of Halloween creations and Autumnal colours of brown and orange.

To make this card I used a Spellbinders nestibilities to die cut a frame from mirri card. The background paper is from Echo Park Country Drive range. I added a small blue bow which i tied from my stash of ribbon and looped a little yellow twine around the middle. The greeting - which you can't really read very well on the picture, says "TIME FOR CAKE" and is from a pack of Dovecraft toppers called Cupcake boutique. I added a white paper flower and glued a yellow resin flower in the middle to mirror the pattern on the paper. The two smalled blue flowers are buttons which I glued a yellow homemade enamel dot into the middle of. 

I used these Promarkers and Flexmarkers -
Skin - Antique White, Blush, Soft peach, Coral & Spice.
Hair - Buttercup, pineapple crush, Canary, Sleigh bells & Raw Sienna.
Dress - Cloud blue, Colbalt blue & China Blue.
I also used Ice grey 1 & 2 along with some silver pen and glaze on the clock face.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -
Polkadoodles - Use a die cut (w)
Digi Chooseday - Birthday (W)
Doodle Panty - ATG (M) 
Craftyhazelnus Pattern Paper  - ATG (M)

All for now blog chums.
Liz (:(|)x

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Christmas Chris & his Onesie.

Morning - I'm making an effort to get ahead with my Christmas cards and this one uses Christmas Chris from Dr Digi.

I've gone pretty traditional with the colours of red & green. The paper reminded me of Christmas jumpers and given Chris' fabulous Reindeer onesie - I thought I'd go with the Christmas clothing theme. So come on be honest... who has a Christmas Onesie or jumper?? I will admit I have a Bunny rabbit onesie!! We have a tradition of going to the pub Christmas eve and then coming home to eat cheese & wine wearing our onesies...I can just picture Chris sat with us eating his Pudding! Or even better I could get my other half a Reindeer Onesie to wear ... (Ha think he may kill me!!)

This card was really simple to make. I coloured the image but added a little extra detail using glaze on the pudding and his nose. I also used some frosted lace stickles on his antlers to give them a bit of texture and a silver pen to colour the spoon so it shines. I die cut the frame using a Spellbinders nestibilities from the Websters pages paper collection called Cuddle Up and laid this over the image using 3d foam. 
The greeting is made up of stickers from Doodlebug and I added a 3 co-ordinating green homemade enamel dots. Finally I added the felt Holly leaves which I bought from Hobbycraft. 

I used these promarkers and flexmarkers -
Skin - Antique white, Blush, Soft peach, coral & spice. Powder blue eyes.
Nose - Poppy, Ruby & Cardinal red.
Onesie - Cinnamon, Cocoa, Burnt sienna & Henna
Belly & antlers - Light Fawn, Tan & Saffron
Touch of Cocktail pink on ears & cheeks
Hooves - Warm Grey 4, 3 & 1
Pudding - Cinnamon, Walnut, Aubergine & Burgundy.
Holly - Forest & Lush Green.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -

Hope you like Chris and don't mind me posting Christmas cards... its not far off now though you know!! 
See you in the week, 
Liz (:(|)x

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Spells for beginners.

Morning All, its Wednesday so its time for a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers.
This weeks theme is ANYTHING GOES so no excuses not to play along and even better you could win some Dr Digi images - which you all know I love!

The image I've used is called Spells for Beginners. I was inspired to use the Kraft and gold from the Tag You're it challenge and, somewhat unusually for me, I have used quite muted and pastel tones.

The Gold velum is from Allison Kreft and both the Dotty and striped papers in the pale pink and grey are from My Minds Eye Chalk Studio. I used a sizzix tag die to cut both the papers and then used a diamante brad to hold the Green chevron ribbon in place.
I have used a rub on greeting to say Happy Birthday which is from Pebbles. The other touches of gold are a thin washi tape which I bought from Hobbycraft.
To add a little bit more detail - I put some glaze on the ball at the top of his staff which I then sprinkled with Cosmic shimmer to make it glisten. I also used a little gold pen to add shine to his spell book.

I used these promarkers & Flexmarkers to colour the image -
Skin - Antique White, Blush, Soft Peach, Coral & Spice.
Beard -  Warm Greys
Eyes - Frozen Lake
Book & Ball - Aniseed, Lime Zest & Pear Green
Belt & Hat detail - Cerise, Baby pink & Antique Pink. 
Cloak & Staff - Tan, March Hare & Raw Sienna

I'd like to enter this card into these challenges - 
Tag You're it - Inspiration (2w)
A gem of a challenge - spots & stripes. (2w)
Crazy 4 Challenges - Costumes (M)
Disdigidesign - To cute to spook (2w)

Hope you like my Wizard and don't forget to get your creations entered into the challenge!
Take Care,
Liz (:(|)x


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Sofa so good...

Morning - blimey It's Sunday again already and here is my latest creation using Dr Digi image called Sofa So Good.

I love this image - so many times I've come home to find our dog in this exact position on the sofa... although he's not quite this big to take up the whole chair! I know my Dad will appreciate this card as the dog has always got the best seat in the house, to the extent that when I was a kid I got the floor if the dog had already claimed his spot on the Sofa!! Spoilt creature! It certainly is a dogs life in our houses...

To make this card I used an Anitas round card blank. I used a circle cutter to the background paper which is from KI Memories - Colour theory collection (Possibly one of the oldest sheets of paper I own - reckon I've had it at least 8 years! Hoarder!!) The ribbon is also from my stash!
I glued the ribbon on top of the patterned paper and trimmed it to fit. I put some PVA glue on the edges to stop it fraying. The coloured image I stuck on top with 3d foam. The greeting is from my peel off stash and the Scribble tile letters I got from Hobbycraft.  I added some frosted lace stickles to the stuffing coming from the sofa and also some glaze on the split tea and the dogs tongue.
Finally I added a few doodlebug sequins in shades of brown.

I used these promarkers and flexmarkers -
Dog - Light Fawn, Nutmeg, Saddle Brown, Cocoa. Warm grey 5 for his paws.
Sofa - Tea green, Pastel blue, Carpi blue & Twilight sky.
Tongue - Carmine & Dusky pink
 I edged the whole image with warm grey 1.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -
Suzy Bees bloomin challenge - Something beginning with S (W)
Chocolate, coffee & cards - Animals (2w)
Crafty cardmarkers - Circular cards. (2w)
Stamp & Create - Brown (m)

Anyway - we won't talk about rugby today... the win last night did little to redeem them! Question is who should I know support??

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I'll be back soon
Liz (:(|)x

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Running t-shirt

There is a new challenge starting over at I Love Promarkers and this week the challenge is to make something which IS NOT a card but still using Promarkers to add the colour.

Sometime ago I was signed up (i.e. by someone else ... not me...) to do a 10k obstacle endurance race. I had planned to make us "team" t-shirts and bought a couple of plain white cheap t-shirts from Tesco (2 for £7 - Bargain and they seem pretty good quality too!)  Luckily as the race got nearer... we got the news it had been cancelled. Obviously I was gutted - honestly!!

So when this challenge came up I decided it was time to make the t-shirt. The image I decided to use is called Jogger Mae from Some Odd Girl.  I picked her as she looks a little like me...
I do run, well I Jog, a few times a week so I will be able to wear the top when I go out but I swear I have never worn shorts as short as Mae.

Step 1 - I used Heat transfer paper that I bought from Amazon. It was really simple to do. I printed the image onto the special paper and then cut really close around the edge of the image.

Step 2 - is to iron the image on to the T-shirt. To do this - you have to use a really hot iron with no steam at all. So I turned the iron on and left it to dry all the water away. I put a cotton tea towel between the image and iron just to make sure I didn't burn it. It took a while for the image to transfer and I just had to keep trying a little corner to check. But if it hadn't - I simply kept ironing.

Step 3 - Once it had cooled down I peeled the paper away and then went about colouring the image with Promarkers.
I did try to colour an image prior to ironing on to the t-shirt but the ink removed the transfer material.
Once the Image was on the fabric - the transfer material creates the barrier that stops the alcohol markers from bleeding into the cotton. The ink doesn't blend as well as on paper so I didn't use as many different colours to shade the image. The ink also went a bit tacky and took a little longer to dry than on paper. 

I coloured Mae in the same colour pro/flexmarkers that I wear... yep my Trainers are Pink & Orange!
Skin - Antique white, Blush, Soft peach & Coral
Hair - Chestnut, Walnut, Cinnamon, Cocoa & Raw Sienna.
Pink bits on Top and trainers - Carmine, Magenta & Hot Pink
Orange bits - Halloween, Bright orange & Orange.

I'd like to enter this creation into the following challenges -
Not just Cards challenge

I hope you like this idea - Take a look a the other creations on at the challenge. Just makes you think of all the other ways Promarkers can be used.
See you soon,
Liz (:(|)x

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Where there's tea - there's hope.

Morning all -  aren't these popular little Digi's with the Design team this week! This is Tea Cup & Teapot.  The sentiment is from the Tea time sentiment sheet. 

Don't know about you but I cannot function without a brew first thing in the morning. I drink loads of cups of tea every day but Tea does fix most things! I love nothing more than dunking some chocolate into my cuppa so it melts a little. There is no better combination than tea and chocolate in my world anyway!

For me there are two key questions in life ..... Tea or Coffee? And Dogs or cats? Its the first option for me in both these questions... You disagree and I'm afraid you are wrong! (I do actually drink black coffee but only when I have a hangover... oops!)

This card was really simple to make - I just printed the digi's on to the patterned paper and then cut them out and decoupaged them a little to make them appear a bit more 3D. I also added a some shading using a warm grey Promarker.
The all the papers are from Panduro Tilda collection called Summer Blues and I picked them as the blue reminded my of my Nan's old china tea set.  I also added a gem swirl to look like the steam from the brew. Finally I attached some ribbon and a big pink resin flower in the corner.

Enough of my whittering... Im actually writing this waiting for the Rugby match to start... COME ON ENGLAND!! Im in work first thing Sunday so I have scheduled this post in advance. So its Tea all the way for me this evening ... But hopefully I will still be celebrating our win (Said with everything crossed)

 All for now - its about the kick off...
Take care,
Liz (:(|)x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Fairy Faye.

I was asked to make this card for a friend at work for her daughter to give to her younger sister.
She wanted a really girlie theme and I had been after an excuse to get me some "All dressed up" Images - so this one called Fairy Magic was just perfect!

I had already done another card from her Mum & Dad which was very pink so I wanted a slightly different colour scheme whilst still being fit for a princess. I'm pleased with this purple and yellow combo.
The papers I have had in my stash for ages - They are from Rayher and they are lovely and glittered but I don't know where I got them from. I mounted a different pattern from the same range on to the Yellow bazzill card and tied some co-ordinating yellow ribbon around it. I got a big reel of this stitched edge ribbon from Hobbycraft.
Once I had coloured my Fairy - I used a spellbinders die cut to make the topper. I added some diamond stickles on to the image to make her wings and the butterflies sparkle. I then added some Doodlebug stickers to spell out "Sister" and the words below the ribbon. I used 3d foam to attach the image so it stands a little above the rest of the card.

I used these flex & promarkers to colour the fairy -
Skin -  Antique white, blush, soft peach, coral & Spice with baby pink cheeks
Hair - Tan, Cinnamon & Cocoa.
Dress & Bow - Buttercup, Pineapple Crush & Mustard.
Belt, Wings & Butterflies - Blue pearl, lilac, purple velvet & maroon

I would like to enter this card into these challenges -
Moving along with the times - Fairy enough.
Little Miss Muffet - Bingo 
Crafty Gals Corner -Things with wings.  
Clear it out - Glitter & stash
Craft-Dee Bowz - ATG with a bow.
Crafty Cradmakers - Add sparkle 
Get creative - fantasy
Glitter n Sparkle - Add glitter & sparkle.
All dressed up Challenge - ATG. 

Right then Monkey Mates - until next time -
Liz (:(|)x

Love from Pig

Hello - Thought I would do a quick post for this card that I made recently for the Boyf's birthday.
His pet name for me is Pig (in an affection way like Babe the pig in the film - not in the fat greedy way??! Although I do like to trough down on cake and chocolate!)

This image was perfect for his card and is called Birthday Pig with Balloon from Gerda Steiner Designs. This image was free and there are several others that are on offer also but they are all such lovely crisp images - I know I am going to become a regular customer!

The striped background paper is from My Minds Eye - Black & Grey necessities and the blue spot is washi tape from Queen & co. I hand cut a tag from Kraft card and tied some black ribbon through the punched hole. After I had coloured the image I added some glaze to the balloon and sprinkled some cosmic shimmer glitter into it. I then used 3D foam to attach the image to the tag and used Peels off & Doodlebug letters to create the sentiment. I also added an enamel Heart from Hobbycraft and a few co-ordinating enamel dots.

I coloured Pig in with Baby pink, Cocktail pink & Salmon pink pro/flexmarkers.
I used Powder blue, Sky & Azure on the balloon and Turquoise, lime & canary on his hat.
I also used a little warm grey to add some shading.

It's a simple card but really please with how effective it has turned out and will def be using more of these fab images.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -

Just us girls - photo inspiration - black stripes
Tuesday Throwdown - CAS