Friday 1 December 2023

A Christmas gnome / gonk

I made a Christmas card for my sister and her family
in our "anything goes challenge" this week at Pattie's Creations.
I used her image: "Reindeer the gnome"

 My sister is really into gonks at the minute and this is so gonk-like,
I think she will like it. 
I coloured him with my alcohol pens and fussy-cut around him carefully.
I added some glamour dust to the bob on his hat and the snowflake he's holding. 
The paper is from an old DCWV stack and the sentiment was in a clear set, 
gifted to me by a friend recently. 
The holly, berries and snowflake under the sentiment are all diecuts. with 
liquid pearls added to each of the snowflakes.

I would like to enter this into the following challneges - 
Crafty Catz - atg - 8 Dec
Christmas with the cuties - use a diecut (The holly and berries) - 20 Dec

Friday 3 November 2023

A warm Christmas

I chose the lovely image: Holiday Mittens
from Patties Creations this month, for her "anything goes" challenge....

 I used some papers I found in The Works
and distressed the edges with distress inks. 
I coloured the image with my alcohol pens and also
I used glamour dust to "colour" the bow.
It is really sparkly in real life!
I fussy cut the image and popped it onto 3D foam to give some depth.
The sentiment was stamped, from a new set my friend bought me. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - atg - 10 Nov
Creative fingers - atg - 17 Nov
C.R.A.F.T - atg - 9 Nov
Passion for promarkers - embellish it - 8 Nov

Monday 16 October 2023

First Christmas card

I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest designer for the fabulous...

I have been working with the set called Sugar n Spice. 
The great thing about this set, is that you get a really good bundle! 
Images to colour, ready-coloured images, sentiments...everything you need! 
This first card, I made with the uncoloured image -
I really enjoyed colouring this one myself! 

I coloured the image with my promarkers and other alcohol pens,
and used the sentiment I think my mum would love. 
(This card will be my Mum and Dad's Christmas card - my Mum loves to bake,
especially at Christmas)
All this image really needed, was a paper behind, to set it off. 
I inked the edges and drew on some faux-stitching. 
I also dry embossed a simple line around the edge of the white card.
A simple die-cut snowflake, underneath the sentiment, finished this card.

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

I made a second card with this bundle, as I wanted to use a pre-coloured image too. 
One of my friends, who lives in Canada, loves baking too.
This will be on it's way to her soon!
I coloured the image with my promarkers and other alcohol pens
and used a different sentiment from the bundle. 

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


Friday 6 October 2023

Caramel apples / toffee apples

At Patties Creations this challenge, I used her image,
"Caramel Apple Trio."

 It's a great image to work with. 
I wanted each of the apples to look like to look
like the toffee apples here, as we call them. 
The centre red one is well covered with glossy accents 
just like our most traditional toffee apples, here in England, 
which are super crunchy and glossy with their red toffee coating.

I used promarkers and my other alcohol pens to colour the apples. 
My niece's name is made of little stickers which
I recently found as I have been tidying through my craft room. 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges...
Fab n funky challenges - show us colouring - 18 Oct
I love promarkers - atg - 15 Oct
Paper funday - atg - 1 Nov
Jans digi stamps - atg - 1 Nov
Sheepski designs - autumn / halloween colours - 1 Nov

Friday 1 September 2023

Candy corn jar

This month, at Patties Creations, I used her image 
"Candy Corn Jar"
to make my Dad a birthday card -
Mum and Dad are going on holiday to Canada in a couple of months 
and I thought this would help get him in the mood. 
He loves candy corn!

I love Pattie's jar images...
she has a few different ones.  
I coloured the image with my promarkers and other alcohol pens 
and added some coordinating backing papers. 
I inked the edges of all papers and diecut a fancy edge.
I finished this card with a little faux hand-stitching detail.

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


Saturday 12 August 2023

Anniversary cat

Hubby and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary
and I made him this card...

 I used a new die that I got recently (Cat in a circle) 
I had to cut a slightly bigger circle myself out of the kraft card, which 
was a bit tricky, but inking the edge a bit helped it look neater (Top tip!) 
The die actually has a butterfly on the circle too, but 
I didn't want that on this card for Hubby.
I stamped the little hearts 
on a cute backing paper, and... notice there are 18!
Some, I coloured white, some black and some, I used my gold stickles on. 
The 18 is die-cut from some small numbers I have.
I bought the sentiment stamps on a car boot sale and have used them on this card.
The two paw prints symbolize our 2 cats. 

Hubby loved it.  😊

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crazy for cats - anything cat - 1 Sept
Critter crazy challenge - atg with a critter - 27 Aug
Happy little stampers - use a die - 1 Sept
Little red wagon - use kraft - 16 Aug
The male room challenge - dots or stripes - 1 Sept
Jan's digi stamps - atg - 1 Sept

Friday 4 August 2023

Have a Llama-zing birthday!

This month, I used Pattie's imge 
"Linda the diva llama"
to create a friend for a friend of mine, who loves animals 
and visiting the zoo with his children. 

 I wanted to keep this quite clean and simple for my friend. 
I coloured the image with my promarkers and other alcohol pens ,using
a white jellipen to make the white fur textured lines. 
I have printed out and coloured the glasses again and popped them on 3d foam
with a little glossy accents on the black, to make the glasses shine. 
The sentiment was computer generated, as I printed off the llama. 
I dry-embossed the edges of the white card and inked along them.

I also made another version of this card for a female friend:

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative fingers - atg - 12 Aug 
Fab n funky - atg - 9th Aug 
Crazy critter challenge - use an animal - 1 Sept
Digi Choosday - atg - 15 Aug
Gem of a challenge - atg - 20 Aug
Crafty Calendar - atg - 1 Sept

Friday 7 July 2023

Father's Day card

This month, at Pattie's Creations, I used one of her newer images:
Rope frame with seagulls and shells. 

I fussy cut the middle of the image and took that away. 
I carefully coloured the image with my promarkers and other alcohol pens,
before embossing the outer edge of the image and 
inking along each side with a seaside-blue ink. 
I cut the bunting on my diecutter and popped it onto of the papers I picked to
represent the sea and sand.
(I had ripped the edge of the blue paper, to reveal the white core (waves).A simple stamped message finished this card.

For my Dad, for Father's Day.


Friday 2 June 2023

My bestie's birthday!

Pattie's Creations has another "Anything goes" challenge, starting today.
I have used her cute image: Griffin the Gnome. 

 I made this card with a particular friend in mind.
He had a garden gnome he loved, until an unfortunate incident happened...
and it went to gnome heaven. 
His gnome had a rainbow hat so I thought this one should have, too.
I coloured him with my promarkers and other alcohol markers.
The bunting was cut from a small die I got in The Works.
I can't remember where I got the backing paper from 
but I scored a few lines on a scrap piece of white card to help 
highlight the gnome from the backing paper.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Friday 5 May 2023

A present for you

This month at Pattie's Creations, 
I have used the "Mice with presents" image and created this...

 I wanted to keep this card quite simple, so coloured with my promarkers
and other alcohol pens, then fussy-cut the image.
I drew a simple frame to look like a sheet of paper.
stamped a sentiment, added a diecut star and put this onto a piece of patterned paper.
Little details like inking the edges and dry embossing the card behind,
helped to finish this card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Creative inspirations - atg - 26 May
Crafts galore encore - atg - 1 June
Crafty animals - use an animal - 1 June

Friday 7 April 2023

Down by the sea

 This month, Pattie has some new images in her store and I have used one...
Nautical Circle Shell Frame....

As soon as Pattie shared this with us, I knew what I wanted
to do with this wonderful image. 

I coloured her image with my promarkers and other alcohol pens,
and made an extra copy of the starfish and front shell. 
I used 3d foam on these and placed the large shell on top of itself
and the starfish along the other side of the frame.
There are 2 papers inside the frame...the sand and the sea, 
which I carefully tipped to make a wave-like edge.
I dry embossed the outside edge of the card and inked the edge of the image card. 
The little splashes are teeny stickers I found in my stash. 
I stamped the sentiment and added a die-cut bird.

I am happy with the way this one came out. 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - atg with blue - 13 April
Creative Inspirations - atg - 1 May
Digi Choosday - atg - 18 April
Crafters cafe - atg - 13 April
I love promarkers - atg - 14 April
AAA birthday - layer it up - 1 May
Jan's Digi stamps - atg - 1 May

Friday 3 March 2023

Pretty little birds

I have used "Sparrows in bird bath"
from Pattie's Creations, for this challenge...

 It tried to give a 3d look to the stone bird bath and a softness to the birds,
colouring with my promarkers and other alcohol pens.
The image is so pretty, so I paired it with a very pretty background paper. 
I added some punched butterflies ,
a die-cut bird and a stamped sentiment.
I like the way a dry embossed line finishes around an image so used that technique, too.

I would like to add this into the following challenges:

Cards Galore Encore - ATG - 1st April 
Passion for markers - things with wings - 8 March

Wednesday 1 March 2023

Artistic edge

I was offered a guest designer spot at Mirtillamente,
using one of her wonderful images...
and chose to base this card on the inner peace theme...

 The image was lovely to colour with my promarkers and other alcohol pens.
Some parts of the sentiment was stamped, and some parts are hand written.
I have put some parts on 3d foam... the orange paintbrush,
the paintbrush popping through the hand hole
and the tubes of paint. 
A few white highlights gave a little more depth to this image. 
I felt It only needed something really simple behind, 
as I wanted the image to be the main focus.
I thought the backing paper looked a bit like 
it had been water-coloured, and ripped edges gave it a creative edge.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges: 

Creative Knockouts - lots of layers - 9 March

Friday 3 February 2023

Hearts and scrolls

I have used Patties gorgeous "hearts and scrolls~" image 
for this months challenge at Patties Creations.

 For this card, I decided to colour the background with my promarkers
and other alcohol pens.
I printed the image on card and cut out the centre heart,
mounting the whole thing on 3D foam pads. 
I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the heart
and added dots on the inside of the heart with my sakura pen 
and black dots on the edge of the white card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creatalicious - atg with love / hearts  - 1 March
Incy Wincy designs - valentines - 1 March
Cards galore encore - atg - 1 March

Friday 6 January 2023

Mardi Gras birthday

Happy new year!
Hope you had a lovely time over the Christmas break.

I used the image "Mardi Gras mask" from Patties Creations
to make this card.
This was a lovely image to colour and layer.
I used my promarkers and other alcohol pens to colour this. 
I put 3d foam on the mask part and layered it, after putting some 
white (Sakura pen) hand-drawn little doodles on. 
I managed to find a paper in my stash, which had a fun-fetti
vibe to it.
The butterflies were punched with my Martha Stewart punch, inked 
around the edges and white dots added. 
I inked and embossed the edges of the card.

I would like to add this into the following challenges: