I hope you enjoy your visit and like what you see.
When you've finished browsing here, why not pop over to MAKE SOMETHING NICE and take a peek at some of my tutorials.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


So, we've come to the last challenge of the year over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and we are going to leave you with a theme of ANYTHING GOES. This challenge will run until the evening of 4th January and we'll be back with a new challenge on Wednesday 5th. Our sponsor this week again, is the lovely DIGI DOODLE SHOP. There's a 50% off everything sale on over there too, so why not go take a look.

Now, to be quite honest with you, I don't care if I never see another Christmas card as long as I live, lol so as our theme is Anything Goes, I obviously chose not to make a Christmas card. :o) All the design team used a Digi Doodle Shop image and I chose to use another hobo image. This is not an image that would immediately jump out at most people to use, but I think it's fabulous and if I say it myself, I think this is one of my most favourite cards of the year. I am so pleased with how this turned out. Coloured of course, with my Promarkers.

I'm not sure whether he is praying for more or saying thank you for what he has, but I prefer to think it's the latter. I think we should all be grateful for what we have and think of those that have very little or nothing at all, especially at this time of year.

My papers are Basic Grey 'Capella' with a little strip of a Papermania 'Hamstead'. I distressed all the edges and inked them with a Walnut Stain distress ink pad. The stitching is a rub-on. The tree was embossed with a Crafts Too folder and lightly inked. A Tim Holtz on the edge die cut the right hand side. The hobo was cut out and mounted on foam pads and the greeting is a Personal Impressions clear stamp.

Also entering it into the following challenges:
CRAFTY SENTIMENTS - Anything goes.
AI FACTORY - Anything goes.
CRAFTY EMMA'S - Anything goes.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Anything goes (surprise us).
DIGI DOODLE SHOP - New Beginnings. (You never know, his prayers may be answered). Won.
GINGERLOFT - Distressing.
PAPER SUNDAES - Cut it out.
I DID IT CREATIONS - Anything goes.
SUNDAY SKETCH - Anything goes.
ALLSORTS - Free and easy.

OPUS GLUEI - Anything.
CRAFTY CATZ - Your choice.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This week sees the last challenge of the year over at THE CRAFTY PAD. This one will run until Tuesday 28th. We will return with a brand new challenge on 9th January. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful, happy, healthy new year.

Our theme is ANYTHING GOES and our sponsor this week is the lovely CREATIVE CRAFT WORLD and the prize on offer is this gorgeous Gorjuss gift pack - Decoupage packs and topper pack.

For my card I used Snowglobe from THE CRAFTY PAD STAMP DESIGNS. I embossed a portion of the background leaving the bottom plain. Martha Stewart's deep lattice punch was used for the top and a nestie for my greeting. The snowflakes were, yet again, cut on my Robo, coloured, layered and glittered. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and glittered the roof and snow. I then attached a bit of ribbon around the base and dobbed on (less than perfectly, lol) some liquid pearls.

Entering into the following challenges:
SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Christmas Card.
CRAFTY SENTIMENTS - Anything goes.
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Anything goes.
AI FACTORY - Anything goes.

2 SISTERS - Christmas.
CRAFTY EMMA'S - Anything goes.
TOP TIP TUESDAY - Christmas inspired.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Santa has to show his face for challenge #45 at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week. He'll soon be here for real, so we want to see Santa on your cards or projects. We are sponsored this week by SIMON SAYS STAMP and there is a $15 spend in the online store up for grabs and even your postage will be paid.

I used an image from a set of stamps that I got a couple of years ago and never used as I didn't really like them, lol. No idea who made them. I embossed the grid on the red cardstock with my Scor Pal after stamping a greeting with versamark. All his fur is glittered but I didn't pick it up very well with my camera. Self adhesive lace and a couple of bows finished it off.

Entering into the following challenges:
SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Christmas Card.
CRAFTY ANN'S - Christmas.
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Anything goes.

FAB 'N FUNKY - Christmas is for the Children.
FRESH BREWED - Merry Christmas
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Anything goes.


Sunday, December 12, 2010


Thanks to everybody that took part in our celebration challenge last week and congrats to all the prize winners.

This weeks challenge theme (#101) at THE CRAFTY PAD is EMBOSSING. Wet or dry, it's your choice. We are sponsored by ROBYN'S FETISH who is offering the winner 5 digital stamps or digital paper sets of their choice and also, as it's nearly Christmas LETRASET are also donating a set of Promarkers. It is a Hobby & Craft Set which has 10 Promarkers and 1 Black Fine Liner and the lucky winner will receive them in time for Christmas.

For my card, I used Robyn's bell. I was a bit stumped at first, but as I'd just got Labels 7 nesties, I thought I'd make a little book type card. My embossing folder is from Papermania. The snowflakes are my trusty robo cut, coloured with Promarkers and glittered again and I attached the little bell charms with some chain and jump rings.

I shall enter into the following challenges:
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY #10 - Punches and/or Die Cuts.
ELLEPHANTASTIC #21 - Christmas.
FRESH BREWED - Sparkle and Shine (my snowflakes).
PEAR TREE DESIGNS - Christmas Card.

ROBYN'S FETISH - Creative Folds (book pages?).

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Thank you all so much for entering our challenges and all your gorgeous cards.

For the mini comp on my blog....'Guess how many Gems', only one of you got the correct answer, so thank you all for your guesses.

The winner is SANDRA of SANDRA'S CRAFTY CORNER with the correct amount of 31 flower gems. Well done, Sandra and congratulations, hun.

Please email Debbie at craftypad-deb@hotmail.co.uk with CP winner in your subject line. Please also tell Debbie which image you would like from THE CRAFTY PAD STAMP DESIGNS as the body of your email.

Once again, thanks to all of you.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


Time for challenge #44 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and this weeks theme is to take inspiration for your card or project from a Christmas song or carol. It might be an idea if you told us what your song is too, as some can be a bit 'obscure' for want of a better word, lol. Not least my DT example. :o)

Our sponsor this week is LETRASET and there is a pack of Promarkers on offer to our winner.

So, here's my offering this week. Aren't these hippo's just the mutts nuts? You can find them at PHINDY'S PLACE along with some other fab digi images.

I have known this song for many a year so I wanted to use it for my DT card, but it took me hours to track down a hippo image so I was well chuffed when I found this. They are coloured with my Promarkers of course and I used my Robo to cut the snowflakes, then coloured them with my Promarkers, added a bit of glitter and bead spacers for the centres which I found buried in my old stash again. The border is cut with an EK success punch 'Swirl' and the ribbon, which happily matches the pattern on her dress was in my stash. The background is embossed in my bug using a Papermania folder and that's about it really as I wanted it left fairly simple.

Now, the song. How many of you know it?
It's called 'I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS' an oldie, but a goodie, lol. You can read the words and have a listen HERE. I thought this image suited as either he or she got what they wanted, hence dancing for joy. Ha, ha. I hope you like it.

I shall enter it into the following challenges:
THE CRAZY CHALLENGE - All I want for Christmas....
OOH LA LA - Christmas Song.

A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Christmas Card
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Old Stash, New Stash.
CUPCAKE INSPIRATIONS - His nickname for her is Cupcake, lol.
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - Clean and Simple.

Sunday, December 05, 2010


Well, it all kicks off at THE CRAFTY PAD this week so we hope you'll all join in and have fun. There are lots of prizes on offer and a sale on in the shop too. The sale will run for ONE WEEK to coincide with the challenge so you have until Sat 11th Dec 8pm GMT. Click on the banner in my side bar to take you there.

It is our 100th challenge so we are having a bit of a 'do' to celebrate, so grab yourself a coffee, sit down and read on. :o) You'll have to get to the end to find out what prizes are on offer and of course, the rules you must follow. *teehee*

There is also a Promarker colouring tutorial on the main blog this week. So if you feel you need a little help with your colouring, pop over and have a read.

The challenge this week is ANYTHING GOES!!!! How brilliant is that? So, if you're all Christmas carded out, you can just do what you please. Yay! I say, lol. Before I show you what I made, there's lots more to tell you.

What's next? Oh, yeah. EVERY member of our Design Team has a mini competition on their blogs. They are all 'guess the amount' so please do visit the DT members blogs and have a go at all of them. Here's your first one:


You can give me your answer in a comment and the winner will be announced next Saturday. If nobody guesses the correct amount then the nearest guess will win the prize and if more than one of you get the same answer then we will use random.org to choose the winner.

Next up...what you MUST do to join in.

1. Follow CP blog and enter the current challenge.
2. Guess how many gems are in my pic.
3. Display the celebration badge on your blog.
4. Only one entry per person

Closes Sat 11th Dec 8pm GMT

OK so far? Right. The winners of the mini comps on the DT's blogs will each win a digital image of their choice from The Crafty Pad and as you will also be entering the main challenge, you will be eligible to win the main prize. To win that, you must:


Post your answer to this one in the comment box of the Crafty Pad Challenge Blog.


There will be one winner who will get:
1 pk5 Promarkers sponsored by LETRASET and 6 polymer stamps from The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs - (Holly Mouse with Bauble, Milo Mouse - Congratulations, Platform Shoe, Molly Cat with Birdhouse, Anna over the Rainbow and Snoozin' Albert).
There will also be a £10.00 voucher from JOANNA SHEEN.
Not bad, eh?

There will be one runner up (for nearest guess) who will receive:

3 Crafty Pad Stamp Designs polymer stamps (Christmas Ted Baubles with Text stamp, Ladies Fancy Boots and Ladies Bonnet.

A 30% discount on all polymer stamp orders and 10% on all digi images for the week the challenge is running.

All orders for that week ARE TO BE EMAILED to Debbie through the shop (details on shop front) and she will confirm your balance to you to pay through paypal.

Right, I think that's it, so please join in, visit the other blogs and have fun.

For my challenge this week, I made a little box from one sheet of 12 x 12 card and used the image Ted pulling Snowman from the Crafty Pad. I coloured him using my Distress Ink Pads. I inked the top of the letters and the snowflakes using Broken China distress ink and then glittered them. The paper I found in my stash and I used my Craft Robo again to cut the text and the snowflakes. The border along the front edge was made using an EK Success punch 'Swirl'.

I shall enter my box into the following challenges:
BUGABOO - Anything Goes.
BEE CRAFTY - Winter but not Christmas specific. (not sure if this qualifies or not?)

MAMI DOODLES - Gift Item (does a gift box count?).
SEW MANY CARDS - Snowflakes.
THE STAMPMAN - Christmas and 3 colours. (blue, orange, brown..assuming b/w don't count, lol).
WAGS 'N WHISKERS - Snowflakes.
STAMPAVIE - Snow/Snowflakes.
STAMP SOMETHING - Christmas Combo stuff.
2 SISTERS - Sparkly Christmas

BUNNY ZOE'S - Christmas but not a card.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010


Well, it's nearly here isn't it? So that means that it's nearly over, which brings a big grin to my face. :o) Yeah, I know..Bah Humbug, lol.

Anyway, on to this weeks challenge #43 at I ♥ PROMARKERS and our theme is Christmas Trees. We are sponsored again by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN with a £10 spend in her online store for our winner.

I wanted to do something a little different this week so went for quite an eclectic look, although to be honest, I'm not sure it's worked. It's maybe a little too much for a Christmas card. Some years ago, I bought a load of Christmas stuff including a box of stamps. Well, they were rubbish and I've never used them but I needed a tree and this was all I had. It did actually stamp quite well but I have no idea who made it. My papers and vellum are from some old Christmas stash too.

The bauble was from a free stamp set with a recent cardmaking mag.

I shall enter into the following challenges:
A CRAFTY LITTLE PLACE - Anything goes.
OTHER LOVELIES - The letter M (mine is mice).

OOH LA LA - Christmas Song. (Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree)

Sunday, November 28, 2010


It's time for challenge #99 over at THE CRAFTY PAD and this week the theme is snowflakes. Our sponsor is CRAFTY SENTIMENTS

and the prize on offer is this set of digital papers.

Now, before I go any further and show you my card, I want to remind you about next week. It's our 100th challenge and as such, we're having a bit of a celebration. There will be prizes galore on offer. There will be the main prize but also, every Design Team member will have a mini comp on their blogs, so don't forget to check back and see what's on offer.

For our cards this week, the DT used 'Snowmen' which is available to buy at CRAFTY PAD STAMP DESIGNS. Debbie sells polymer stamps as well as digi, so pop over and take a look.

It's been a while since I used my Craft Robo so I thought I'd get it out again for this challenge. I cut my snowflakes and sentiment on it, then glittered them. The paper is one I printed myself and a Martha Stewart punch was used on the edge.

I'll enter this into the following challenges:
OUR DAILY BREAD - Snowflakes.
ONE STOP CRAFT - Christmas Cuties. (well, I think these snowmen are cute)
BAH HUMBUG - Feeling the Blues.
THE CHARACTER CAFE - Neutral and Bling (can't get much more neutral than white, lol).
CRAFTY CATZ - Christmas.
A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Anything Goes.
INCY WINCY - Blue and White.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Time for another challenge over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and this week the theme is Anything goes with a bit of sparkle as an optional choice. Our sponsor again is the lovely DIGI DOODLE SHOP with a $10 spend in her store for the winner. She really does have some fabulous images, so if you like digi you must go and have a look.

Anyway, as our theme is Anything Goes - I grabbed the chance NOT to do yet another blurdy Christmas card and I chose this image from Digi Doodle Shop called 'Feeding the Pigeons' as it grabbed my eye the moment I saw it.

My papers are Basic Grey 'Periphery' and I coloured the image to suit the papers, using a slightly darker colour for his skin as I wanted him to look a bit weathered. Not sure if it works though, I think he looks more like he's got a suntan, ha,ha.

The brown card was white coloured with a Cocoa Promarker and the punch is Fiskars 'Threading Water'. The metal sentiment was in my stash and I chose it because I don't think there's anything in life more simple than sitting on a park bench feeding the birds. The brads are Tim Holtz bronze looking things and I offset the mat behind the image to use the....oh! I've forgotten what they're called, but I'm not sure if I like that either now. Oh well, I still like the image. :o)

Ah!!! Photo turns. That's what they're called, pmsl.

I shall enter it into the following challenges:
A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Anything goes.
ARTFUL INKABLES - Punches & Diecuts.
ANYTHING GOES - Animals. (hoping birds count)
FAB 'N FUNKY - Going with the Flow.
DIGI DOODLE SHOP Anything goes.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Roast dinner day's here again, but that doesn't stop the challenges. Over at THE CRAFTY PAD the challenge this week is to use the colours Red and Green. It doesn't have to be a Christmas card, but of course, we expect to see lots of them.

Our lovely sponsor this week is JOANNA SHEEN and the prize is a £10 voucher to spend in her store.

The design team all used the image Rodney and Robin and it's available to buy at the CRAFTY PAD SHOP.

The first thing I did when making my card was to change the colour of 'Merry Christmas' to green in Photoshop and then printed it out and coloured it in with my Promarkers. I cut a strip of red card and put it through my bug to layer over the background paper. The holly panel was stamped with a little clear stamp that came with a magazine recently and I dotted the berries red. The ink was from a large Fiskars dye ink pad in Hunter Green and I inked the edge of Rodney and Robin using the same. A little glitter was added to the berries and to Robin's hat.

Finally, I added a strip of red ribbon with canes on, 3 metallic nail heads and the gorgeous Poinsettia which is from Prima Marketing.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


A card I made just because I wanted to. It's been a while since I did any cards that weren't for a DT, lol. I've had this digi image from Digi Doodle Shop for quite a while and I was actually going to use it for an Autumn themed card and call it 'The End of Summer' as she looks so thoughtful. Anyway, I never got round to it, so I came up with this in the end.
The papers are yet again, from my all time fave pad, Fancy Pants 'All Fall'. The quote is in the pad too but it's a border and I just cut and trimmed it. Another fave out again is my Martha Stewart deep lattice punch and the image was coloured with my Promarkers. I just love these apricot shades and they go so well with the papers.

I'm entering into the following challenges:
DIGI DOODLE SHOP Anything goes.
FRESHLY BREWED - Show off your style.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME- Fave colours.
A I FACTORY - Die cuts/punches.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Another challenge at I LOVE PROMARKERS. Time is going way too fast for me. This is challenge #41 and the theme is Snowmen. We are sponsored this week by SIMON SAYS STAMP and the prize for the winner is a $15 spend in their online store. Well worth an entry, I would say. :o)

For my card I used a digi stamp from DIGI DOODLE SHOP and you can find it in her Christmas Collection. I embossed the diagonal grid on the card using my Scor Pal and the bit of snowman vellum (which again, I found in some old stash) was run through the cuttlebug with swiss dots. Some velvet ribbon and some red gems on his buttons and the bottom panel finished it off.

I'll be back with my challenge entries as I have to go out now. :o)

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Time for another challenge over at THE CRAFTY PAD and this week we want to see some Christmas Sparkle on your entries. Don't forget, it doesn't have to be a card and anybody that uses a Crafty Pad image will be entered into a separate draw to win a digi image of their choice.

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous CREATIVE CRAFT WORLD

and the prize is this fantastic MME 'I Believe' gift pack including 12x12 paper pack, bazzill match pack, ribbons and brads.

For my card I coloured Holly and Harvey with my Promarkers and glittered the trims on their hats. I've been rooting through old stash lately and the papers are some I found in there, lol. Soooooooo much stuff that never gets used!!! A nestie Beaded Oval was used for the mat and my fave Martha Stewart punch came into play again. The paper says 'Peace' (I think) in different languages. Under the image is a small strip of lilac vellum which I stamped with my Stazon white and a free snowflake stamp that was in a set off the front of Crafts Beautiful magazine (one I never normally buy, lol). A bit of glitter on the background and 3 ribbons finished it off.

Friday, November 12, 2010


The lovely Ali over at AQUILEIGA'S ESCAPE has awarded me this blog with attitude award. Thanks, hun.

There are a few rules that go along with it though. Oh, and a $5 gift certificate if you follow them.

1. Share 3 things about me.

a) I won a gold medal for Archery.
b) I used to love housework...now I hate it and I loathe ironing with a passion.
c) I had my voice trained when I was younger and love opera.

2. Pass this on to 5 people and these are some blogs I love.


3. Display the blog award in your sidebar and link it back to the DIGI'S WITH ATTITUDE challenge blog (then click on the link on the blog to claim your gift).

Thanks again, Ali. :o)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


For The Fallen.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Sunday, November 07, 2010


Today sees my first contribution as a member of the Design Team over at THE CRAFTY PAD. I am so pleased to be joining them. We are sponsored this week by both the super CRAFTY RIBBONS and LETRASET. The prizes on offer are a gorgeous box of ribbons (just yummy) and a set of 5 Promarkers in Winter themed colours. But...you'll have to pop over to the challenge blog for a peek at these great prizes and enter the challenge for a chance to win them.

The Design Team all worked with the lovely Crafty Pad image Holly and Bauble which you can purchase HERE. The challenge is to use at least one circle and 2 ribbons.

For my card, as there aren't rules to say I have to use my Promarkers or anything, I chose to colour it digitally in Photoshop. I made my own backing paper by isolating the bauble and reducing it in size to make a regular pattern and then used a Martha Stewart punch around the edges. The plain red paper is some I've had in my stash for years. Edges were inked with distress ink, Fired Brick and then I added some lace, ribbons and a charm.

I will enter into the following challenges:
CATCH THE BUG - Anything goes
PILE IT ON - Animals
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - Anything goes

Thursday, November 04, 2010


and it's snowflake time. That's the theme over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week for challenge #39. We are sponsored again by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN and she is offering a £10 gift voucher as a prize to our winner.

For my card I wanted to keep it simple and chose to use an image by JUST INKLINED as I thought it was such a pretty scene. It was, of course, coloured with Promarkers and the snow was added with dimensional paint. This was actually the third time I coloured the image and it just wouldn't go right, the green kept seeping through on the trees, so it's far from perfect, but hey ho! you get the idea. I even added a bit of glitter which is NOT my favourite thing - dreadful stuff, lol. I made my own backing paper in photoshop and made up the sentiment too.

Nestability beaded oval was used for the image (funny how it looks debossed intead of embossed, but it isn't, honest) and the sentiment tag is also a nestie.

I shall enter this into challenges:

FRESHLY BREWED - Anything Goes
INCY WINCY - Anything Goes

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Good news today. Cheered me up no end as I have really been under the weather.

I have been asked to join the Design Team for The Crafty Pad. Yay!!!!! I'm really chuffed and start with the next challenge at the end of this week. Pop over and have a look, both at the challenge blog AND the stamp shop.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I'm feeling rather poorly so this is only a quick post. Sorry it's late.

Challenge #38 at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is a sketch and theme. We are sponsored by DIGI DOODLE SHOP and the prize is $10 to spend in her online store. The DT all used one of her images and mine is Pumpkin Carriage. I designed my own background paper.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! It's cold. Over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week, the challenge is Autumn. Well, had to be, didn't it? lol. We are sponsored this week by SIMON SAYS STAMP and there is a $15 spend up for grabs.

I'm somewhat limited on Autumnal stuff, but I did have this gorgeous scarecrow. It's a freebie from BECCY'S PLACE. Thanks, Beccy. I didn't have a clue what else I could do with the card other than wanting to do some panels. I've got my first Big and Juicy inkpad 'Spice' and really wanted to use it, so I got out some shiny card and brayered away and then cut the 4 panels. The background paper is from the 'All Fall' pad from Fancy Pants, inked with walnut stain distress ink.
After I'd coloured the scarecrow, I inked around his edges with spiced marmalade and walnut stain.

Once again, I dug deep into the dark recesses of my craft room for stuff I hadn't used (or even looked at) for years and found the skeleton leaves, dried ferns and corn. Old hat, I know...I mean, when was the last time you saw skeleton leaves used on a card, lol. Still, somehow, I think they work and I actually quite like the finished result - for a change.

I'm entering Mr Scarecrow into the following challenges this week:

TUESDAY THROWDOWN #22 - Anything goes.
OUR CREATIVE CORNER - At least 3 embellishments.
THE STAMPMAN #7 - Autumn.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME #35 - Embellish it.
CRAFTY CARDMAKERS #32 - Use a freebie.
PEAR TREE DESIGNS #22 Free for all.
THE CRAFTY PAD - Distressing. Don't know if this fits, but he looks pretty distressed to me with all that ink round him, lol.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


A bit of a yummy theme for challenge #36 at I ♥ Promarkers this week. We want to see your cupcakes or anything related to cupcakes. Our sponsor this week is DIE CUT DREAMS and Susie is offering some gorgeous plate and book card cuts. Pop over to the Promarker challenge blog to see examples of Susie's work and get a better look at the prize. They are gorgeous.

I won the challenge at Other Lovelies a couple of weeks ago and one of the images I chose from the sponsor LIMITED RUNS, was a Cupcake as I didn't have one.

My paper is K & Co 'Sickly Sweet'...oops! sorry. That should be 'Sparkly Sweet'

I wanted some cream on my cake and I remembered that somewhere in the deep dark recesses of my craft room I had some Anita's white 3D paint. It's been there for years, lol but I dug it out and used it and then sprinkled it with clear hole-less beads.

I didn't want to use my beaded nestie for this so I used the scalloped one with the holes. I cut the white, but then put some lilac pearlescent card through my bug with the die and just the embossing mat. I cut it out by hand and placed the bumps under the holes on the white one. I embossed more lilac card and then added some flowers and lace. Job done.

I'm entering it at:
FAB N FUNKY - Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
LITTLE RED WAGON Something old, Something new..new image and very old 3D paint.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank you, Michelle.

The lovely Michelle, (Thistleblue) has awarded the I ♥ Promarkers team this blog award. Thank you, Michelle it was a lovely thing to do and I'm glad you enjoy our inspiration and challenges.

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Ooooh, two posts in one day. A rarity for me, lol.

I was in the mood for some inking and rubber stamping so I got out my distress ink pads and some of my gorgeous stamps from Onyx Impressions and sat down to see what I came up with. Onyx Impression stamps are just so beautiful. They have some super designs, cut in black rubber and really well made.

I stamped my tiger onto some orange paper from my Fancy Pants 'All Fall' pad but the black background didn't come out as dark as I'd like, so I stamped the tiger again, cut him out and used it as a mask. Then I used my Memento Black and some foam and really deepened the background. Some Marmalade was used to give some patches to the Tiger. That's Spiced Marmalade ink, not the stuff in a jar, lol and I used my black Promarker to draw my own stripes.

The frame is one of the newer Nestabilities...beaded oval.

Then I made a tunnel card. I'm quite fond of these at the moment, but this one didn't come out as well as I'd hoped. I'd actually binned 3 before deciding I'd had enough and going with this one. The black inking around the edges is a bit untidy, but I used a chalk ink pad, which I'd not done before, so I'll not be using one again.

I inked a piece of plain card with my distress inks and then stamped the scene on to it, making sure I had a yellow patch where the sun was. I then inked another the same and stamped the image again. This was cut along the tree and horizon line to make the middle 3D layer. The concertina folds were stamped with an orange swirl on the outside and inked black on the inside. More marmalade ink was added to the panels and then they were stamped with some Basic Grey swirl stamps.

They're really easy to make but just takes a little care (a bit more than I gave this one, lol).


This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so our theme of challenge #35 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS is 'Think Pink'. We are sponsored this week by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN again and the winner will get £10 to spend in her online store.

I chose an image by Mo Manning for my card and made it very girly. My papers are from the Forever Friends 'Pink Parfait' pad. I used Martha Stewart punches and other bits from my stash.

I am also entering this card at:
FAB 'N FUNKY - Use a Digi Image
OTHER LOVELIES - The Letter E and I figured an Easel card would qualify.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Thank you, Dawn...

for my beautiful blogger award.
It's lovely of you to think of me again.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Our challenge #34 at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is Pearls and Swirls. We are being sponsored by POLLYCRAFT and she is offering 5 digi images to the winner. All the design team used one of her images so go and take a look at their blogs to see what's available. Or better still, go to Pollycraft.

For my card, I chose 'Secrets'. I thought the little girl sitting under the flower was lovely. I cut the image into two so the flower is stuck to the background and the girl is on foam pads. My background paper is Bo Bunny. All my pearls are actually 'Liquid Pearls'. I've had bottles of this stuff for a couple of years and never used it but I've finally got the hang of it, so thought I'd give it a try. Much cheaper than using all your others too, lol.

I used a rub on for my greeting and made the yellow bow using my 'Bow Easy' from BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS.

I'm entering this into:
ANYTHING GOES -Going Round in Circles
AI Factory - Anything Goes.
INCY WINCY - Anything Goes
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Anything Goes.
CHARISMA CARDS - Anything Goes.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I ♥ PROMARKERS challenge week #33. Where do the weeks go?

This weeks challenge is white on white. The only colour allowed is on your image and the rest has to be white. I wasn't sure about this but have to say, I love it and I'll be doing more of it in the future. The design team have come up with some stunning examples so please go take a look.

We are sponsored this week by DIGI DOODLE SHOP, one of my fave places for digi images and the prize is $10 to spend in store.

So not a lot to tell you about this. White card, cuttlebug folders and promarkers to colour, lol. I still haven't decided whether or not to put a greeting on it.

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