Thursday, 25 June 2009

I love Promarkers - Mini Challenge

I love Promarkers is a new group on Facebook, and is very friendly and welcoming. A great place to chat about promarkers, how to use them and to get inspiration from other crafters. As a mini challenge to get us all creating, Sharon challenged us to make a card using promarkers directly onto our stamps; a technique i wasn't sure about, as promarkers dry very quick and are alcohol based; but it worked a treat. You have to work quickly but can get some lovely results. Here's my challenge card....
I used a set of Frida Kahlo stamps that i bought off ebay ages ago. I created a background sheet using the smaller of the 2 stamps, and then stamped the large stamp for the centrepiece. I added a little extra colour to her face and blended with my blender pen, and also blended in a couple of other areas to give the frame a slightly distressed look. I finally edged both pieces of card with promarker, and stuck them onto a card blank.

This was a lovely quick card, but looks like it took alot longer to make than it did :)

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Life on Mars!!

Life on Mars!!
Originally uploaded by mrs_weyremaster
I've had a real blast today making this card for the 3 stamp challenge over at The Greeting Farm; the challenge was to use 3 different Greeting Farm stamps, and this is what i came up with. I recently got Spaceman Ian and hadn't had a chance to play with him, so i decided to ink him up, and i thought you cant really have a spaceman without some aliens, so i used the Wild Things set from The Greeting Farm, and stamped out 3 different wild things, i then coloured them all with my promarkers, and i cut off the ears from the wild things, so they all look a little more alien.

I was originally planning on doing a moonscape background, but i wanted to go for something bright and cheerful, so i thought Mars! the red planet would be perfect, so i used some orange vellum from my stash to create the ground, with a torn edge and stippling to give texture. I decided on a bright pink card blank for my base, giving a gorgeous pink sky, which i think really shows off the wonderful stamped images. As a finishing touch i added some pink gems to the sky to give the impression of stars, and a stamped sentiment on a die cut tag.

I love how this card turned out :)

Passion for Promarkers #5

This week's colour challenge was to use Lemon and Meadow Green. The stamp is Cheerleader Anya from The Greeting Farm, i thought it was perfect for this lovely bright and cheerful colour combination. Background papers are K&Co and a gorgeous textured shiny yellow i had in my stash. I added a fringe of the yellow paper to the bottom of the main element, and made a fringe ribbon from the same paper for behind the main image. The fringed effect reminded me of the pompoms in the image, so i thought it was a nice change. Finally added 3 small prima flowers with pearl centres, and a stamped sentiment from a MFT set.
I'm really pleased with this card, as it's not a colour scheme i use that often, and i think it looks very pretty.

Passion for Promarkers #4

I'm a little late uploading this card, but i had fun with it. The Passion for Promarkers Challenge #4 was to use Berry Red & Royal Blue, and it was quite a toughie. Both very strong colours, so i had fun trying to find some background papers for this card; i wanted to avoid too much red and blue, as i wanted to make this card quite bright and cheerful. The background papers were from a CD that came free with Issue 43 of Papercraft Essentials; i think they are perfect for this card.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Fathers Day Card 2009

I can't believe it, i've actually got Dad's father's day card finished with time to spare, something must be wrong, lol, i'm usually still working on it the day before father's day.

This is the first time i've used Cheerleader Anya, and isn't she a sweetie! I wasn't too sure as to what i wanted to do with Dad's card this year, but i decided i wanted to use my favourite colour on it. I love Pink, and tend to wear quite a lot of pink clothes(not all together, lol) and i even have a pink hallway; well my Dad loves to wind me up, and one of his latest is my liking for Pink, so i couldn't resist the temptation to use Pink on his card, i'm sure he'll see the funny side of it. As you can see i was very good, and used a nice coral pink, rather than my all time favourite cerise pink, i don't think that would have gone down to well, tehe.

The text stamp comes from a set of clear stamps i bought a while ago, and i thought it went perfectly with Cheerleader Anya, and it's the perfect sentiment for this card. The background paper comes from a DCWV Teen Mat Stack, i love this combination of pink and brown. Anya is coloured using Letraset Promarkers.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Fathers Day Card for Grandad

Well as usual i've left making Father's Day Cards till the last minute, still haven't done my Dad's one yet, but that's my mission for this evening, lol. This one needed posting down to my Grandad in Bournemouth, so i was working to a tight deadline. I love this Ian stamp from The Greeting Farm, he's so cute, and quite old fashioned, so i thought it would be perfect for my Grandad. I wanted to keep the card fairly simple and masculine, so i went for a brown colour scheme with a couple of splashed of yellow to brighten it up. The sentiment comes from the 'Sassy Saying's' set from MFT; I didn't have a Father's day sentiment stamp that went well with this image, so i decided on this one, which i think works rather well. The sunflower came from the 'Pretty Hat' set of stamps from The Greeting Farm, i added the stem by hand to tie the sentiment and flower together. I'm quite pleased with how this has turned out, and just hope my Grandad likes it.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Greeting Farm One Layer Card Challenge

I love visiting The Greeting Farm blog, they always have some wonderful examples, and great challenges. The Current challenge was to make a single layer card, just one piece of cardstock folded, which could be emblished however you wished. I gave it some thought and decided i wanted to create something with a 3D element, without breaking the rules. So i decided on a spring card, i love spring cards, they require just a few folds and a little cutting, and look so effective. I chose to use the Pretty Hat set of stamps from The Greeting Farm, as i hadnt had chance to ink them yet. I stamped the roses to give the impression of a heart frame around Anya, and lots of roses over the rest of the card, it sort of makes me think of a rose garden. I used my letraset promarkers to colour the card, added a little sakura stardust to the pearls and as eyeshadow, and as a finishing touch i added 2 paper roses to Anya's hat. I had great fun with this card, it's turned out to be very pretty :)

A Wonderful Weekend and A Couple of Cards

I had a wonderful time this weekend, as my cousin came to visit us, i hadn't seen her for 11 years and we have only been in contact since the beginning of the year. We had a brilliant time, i haven't laughted so much in ages, it was like we'd never lost contact. The only downside was she was only here for the weekend, but she is coming to visit for a whole week in October, so we can't wait.

We even managed to find a little time to do some crafting. Kyla needed a Father's Day and a birthday card for her Dad, so we got crafting, and here's what we made...

I adapted Hello Ian, from The Greeting Farm, and made him into a golfer, this is the first time i've used this stamp, and i really like the end result, such a cute guy and suitable for any age group.
Kyla made the forever young card, using the Neverland set of stamps from The Greeting Farm; it's a standing joke that her Dad's got a bit of a Peter Pan Complex, so when she saw these stamps she had to use them.
It was lovely to have someone else to craft with, and we both had alot of fun; i think i might convert Kyla into a crafter sooner rather than later, lol.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Another busy week!

Well this week certainly flew by, amazing how quickly the year is going, be xmas before we know it (arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh). Haven't had alot of time for crafting this week but i have managed to make a couple of cards.

This card was a very special one, as it is for my best crafty friend Ju's birthday; she loves they cute little chinese dolls, so i thought they were the perfect stamps for her card, lilac is her favourite colour too, so that made my colour choice a simple one. The card base is a glittered card blank that my mum gave me a pack of a while ago, i stamped the little dolls into the central space and coloured with promarkers, i wasn't very happy with the colouring (the promarkers didn't like the extra smooth shiny card) so i stamped the dolls out a couple of more times, coloured them all in, and decoupaged them up. I then decided to add some flower sequins to form a frame around the image, so out came the sewing kneedle, pricking tool, and shiny thread.
The sewing did take a while, but i'm really pleased with the finished card, and my friend is worth the time and effort.

This card was made for a challenge over at The Greeting Farm. You had to follow a sketch and make a card, and it had to be in black and white, no other colours allowed. This is the first time i've used the Nurse Anya stamp, and i'm really pleased with how she's turned out. I love her hair, and had great fun colouring her in. Papers came from a DCWV paper stack, i created a faux lace ribbon using a new paper punch i have, and added the spotty ribbon to the centre of it. I used my nesties to cut the shapes out for both the image, and the sentiment. Attached the nesty shaped with little black brads and added a black fabric flower with button centre as the finishing touch.

I had great fun with both these cards, and hope to have lots of time to craft this week.
Thanks for looking

Monday, 1 June 2009

Passion for Promarkers - Challenge 1

Passion for Promarkers is a brand new challenge blog, specifically aimed at Promarker owners, or should i say Promarker Addicts, as once you've tried them your addicted.

The first challenge is an opened theme challenge, you can make anything you wish as long as you use Promarkers on it, nice and simple.

Well i've finally decided on my entry, and here it is...

It's my favourite card that i've made for quite sometime. I'm addicted to The Greeting Farm stamps, i used Mermaid Anya and Surfer Ian (minus his legs and surfboard, and added a fishtail), i love these stamps as they are very good quality red rubber and give you lots of space for colouring, and i do love colouring.

I used Black Memento Ink to stamps the images and coloured them with the following Promarkers - Blush, Dusky Pink, Apricot, Orange, Burnt Orange, Mandarin, Red, Carmine, Lime Green, Olive, Pale Yellow, Saffron, and Gold.
I used a pale green glitter card blank i had in my stash, along with orange background paper and letters from scrapbooking kit i purchased ages ago, the dark green paper has lovely embossed gold flecks in it which reminded me of the movement of water. The die cut letters had a white background which was far too bright for this card, so i used my pale yellow Promarker to apply a layer of colour over them, toning down the white. The finishing touch for the card was some lime green gems for Anya's hair and Ian's necklace.

I had great fun with this challenge, and can't wait for the next Passion for Promarker Challenge.

Thanks for looking
Happy Crafting


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