Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Animals at Passion for Promarkers

It can't really be Tuesday again, can it? Well, if that's the case we have a new challenge for you at PFP and it couldn't be easier - the theme is 'Animals', so, pop over to the challenge blog to see what yummy prize is up for grabs and see what the Team 2 girlies have been up to....

The problem I had with this challenge, was which image to use, I have many adorable animal stamps, in the end I opted for this cuie from Helz Cuppleditch's 'Riverbank Revels' range. The papers are so bright and cheery, I need to hang on to summer for a little while longer!




The stamp and paper pad were freebies in Papercraft Essentials

The bows are also from the 'Riverbank Revels' range

Dies used - Spellbinders 'Stately Circles', 'Classic Circles'

& the smallest die from 'Floral Ovals'

Challenges:

- 'Birthday Wishes'- Incy Wincy 

'Anything Goes' - Sister Act

'Anything Goes' - I ♥ Promarkers

'Birthdays - Fussy & Fancy




Thanks for visiting!
Natxx







Tuesday, 11 August 2015

FUN IN THE SUN

Horray, If I've scheduled this post correctly, I may actually be on time for once!  At Passion for Promarkers this week,  we would like to see projects inspired by our theme of 'Fun In The Sun' I don't know about the rest of the country, but down here in the South East it has been glorious for some time now and so it was nice and easy to get in the mood to make a card for this theme.I have chosen a fabby image from Tiddly Winks as it was my nephew's birthday and the little boy in the image looks just like him, along with his dog too!






Image - 'My Beach Boy' - Tiddly Inks coloured with promarkers, I added some glossy accents to his sunglasses and 'frosted lace' stickles to highlight the water. 

The papers are actually cardstock from a local craft shop

The wonderful mdf shapes came from an Ebay shop

Twine  and button brads from stash

Challenges:

'Sea Sun Sand' -Incy Wincy

'Paws for Thought' - Tiddly Inks

'Anything Goes' - Sister Act

'Inspired by Summer' - Allsorts

'Lazy Summer Days' - Fussy and Fancy Friday






Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Sweet Trio

Despite spending a week in Kings College hospital recently and recovering at home from the brain surgery - yes, there is still some left to be operated on, lol! I have actually had a lovely time lately,



My  recent letter sent to  Papercraft Essentials magazine was awarded the star letter prize - an amazing  parcel of crafty stash  from Craft Creations arrived just as I was discharged from the hospital - what a fabulous welcome home!



I also recently won the challenge at Dream Valley and the prize was a choice from the wonderful range of digi images at All Dressed Up - I chose 'Three Little Christmas Girls'

aren't they just gorgeous!  I made them into a card for a recent challenge at Passion for Promarkers , but didn't get it posted in time for the challenge as I was attached to my hospital bed at the time!Don't let that stop you though, there is a new challenge from the Team 1 girls this week, so head over here. But I decided they were just too cute not to post them at all, so here are my Three Little Christmas Girls carolling their hearts out!






The papers are  from one of the Nitwit pads available at LOTV
The embossing was done using a Fiskars plate - so old now!

The lace is from Trimcraft

Kraft card,button, gems and lamp post are from my stash

I've also used the 'Musical Notes' die from Tattered Lace and 'A2 Scalloped Borders One' die from Spellbinders Borderabilities and a Hobbycraft snowflake punch




I also got  a Top 3 place at Tiddly Inks, I hope you don't think I'm showing off! I'm just so happy that other people still think my crafty efforts are worthy as there was a time when I wondered if I'd be able to get back to card-making at all.

Challenges:

'Make It Girly' - Whoopsi Daisy

'Frame It' - Incy Wincy


'Sparkle' - Creative Card Crew


'Anything Goes' - Papertake Weekly


'Gems & Pearls' - Allsorts

'Stripes or Checks' - Dream Valley

'Christmas in July' - Whimsy Inspires

'Anything Goes ( as long as it's Christmas)' - Crazy Hazlenut's Christmas Challenge 2




Thanks for looking!
Natx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Candy Crush at Passion For Promarkers!

I'm really late with this post - again! I don't know how the PFP DT put up with my dis-organised style! But I'm so glad they do, bless them!


So, another Tuesday, another challenge at Passion For Promarkers - We have something completely different this week - We would like to see projects inspired by the on line game 'Candy Crush' If you head over to the challenge blog here you can get all the details and see an inspiration photo  as well as the gorgeous cards made by the talented Team 2 DT girls.


I thought I might struggle with this theme, but I found some super bright backing papers on Etsy and this sweet ( sweet - get it, lol!)image from Tiddly Inks and it all came together fairly easily
 I have had the sweet embellishments for ages ( I haven't a clue where they came from!) and never had the 'right' project to use them on - until now!




Image - 'Sweet Tooth -  Friends Make Life Sweeter ' - Tiddly Inks coloured with Promarkers

Paper - - Etsy

Ribbon & bow - 'Little Meow' - DoCrafts

Dies used:  Spellbinders corner dies from  the ' Floral Doily Accents' set




here's a close up so you can see the cute little dragons!




Challenges:

'Anything Goes(with a Tiddly Inks image') - Tiddly Inks

'Ladies Only' - Cute Card Thursday

'Anything Goes' - Sister Act

'Anything Goes' - Simon Says Stamp





Thanks for looking!
Natx


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CAS at PFP


Yay, it's Tuesday again!  and a new challenge at Passion For Promarkers I have been very naughty and not posted my last couple of DT cards, but I thought I'd managed it today, only to find that after scheduling, my post did not get posted, aaarrrggghh!. It seems the better I get, the more dis-organised I am (if that's possible!)   :-o

This fortnight at PFP, Sue would like to see your CAS (Clean And Simple) cards/projects. 
Now, I have never quite got the hang of CAS, when I started blogging it was fashionable to throw as much bling onto your card as there was room for! so I wasn't looking forward to this challenge. However it turned out ok  I think :-)

Please hop over to the PFP blog to get all the details and see what inspiration the fab DT have come up with.

I used one of my oldest, but most favourite stamps and couldn't resist a little bit of bling with some flower gems!


Image 'Daisy' - Sugar Nellie coloured with Promarkers
Paper-LOTV/Nitwits 'Country Meadow' - LOTV
Kraft card, flower gems & fabric flower  from my stash

I have used an embossing folder that came free with a magazine. - It's the first time I've used it, but it has come out so well that I will be using it a lot more often in the future!

Challenges:


'Trio-Tastic' - Papertake Weekly ( image, paper, flowers)

'Anything Goes' - Little Miss Muffet

'Girly' - Dream Valley

'Anything Goes' - Sister Act



Thanks for looking!

Natxx



Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Time to Chill!


I hope you have all been enjoying the long weekend. I can't believe it's Tuesday again!

But it is and that means a new challenge at Passion For Promarkers and this time we want to see projects that are all about relaxing/chilling out for our ''Keep Calm &Chill Out'challenge 

Please pop over to PFP to get all the details and give the fantastic DT some love!



I have chosen to colour in 'Bathtime Emma' from Pink Gem Designs - isn't she lovely!

The bubbles background paper is from CraftsUPrint


Bow - 'Little Meow' - DoCrafts

Sparkly ribbon  & sliders - The Ribbon Girl

finished off with lots of glitter, which doesn't show all that well in the photo


Challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - 'Use A Sentiment'

Little Miss Muffet - 'Round In Circles'

Catch The Bug - 'Anything Goes'

Whimsy Inspires - 'Colour An Image'

I Love Promarkers - 'Release The Glitter'


Thanks For Looking!

Natxx





Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Spring Has Sprung! (It has, hasn't it?!??)




Well, the weather certainly had me fooled into thinking spring was here! My two teenage sons took me to the zoo on Wednesday, it was such a beautiful day, we had a fantastic time and I caught the sun, but yesterday was overcast and rather nippy, roll on summer!

So, you may think we at Passion For Promarkers may have jumped the gun a bit for this fortnight's challenge - 'Spring Blooms' but that's no reason not to join in, you still have a week to enter your project
Our lovely sponsor this time is DigiStamp Boutique




 and their prize is a fabby 10 Euro voucher, so pop along to PFP, see the fantastic inspiration from the DT and get making!




I was quite pleased with my DT card, except for my oval die cut turning into a circle one curtesy of Picasa, or maybe it's my editing non-skills, lol!


Digi Image - 'Chloe With Daffodils' - Pink Gem Designs coloured with Promarkers

Kraft card & gems  - from stash

Ribbon - 'Little Meow' - DoCrafts

Dies used: Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals



Challenges:


'Many Happy Returns' - I Love Promarkers
Anything Goes' - Little Miss Muffet
'Let's Get Krafty - Dream Valley
'Colour An Image - Whimsy Inspires











Thanks for looking!
Natxx





Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Special Lady

Hello crafters!

I cannot believe that I have not posted on here since October 2013, I'm such a naughty blogger :(
I must admit, when I came home from the hospital, although I was desperate to get back to cardmaking and blogging, it was all a bit daunting. The lovely Denise at  Passion For Promarkershad kept me on the DT, bless her and I have been making DT cards for a while now, but the blogging side still worried me a bit

However, things have started looking up for me, I am now driving and am getting fitter all the time and so I decided I needed to be as positive about blogging as well, and so here I am!

I do have a confession - I have a serious addiction
 (one that many of you may also be experiencing ) - to the wonderful paper pads by LOTV and Nitwits, I just can't get enough of them!




This week's challenge at PFP is 'For A Special Lady'- it doesn't have to be for Mother's Day, my card is for my sister-in-law's 50th birthday, the prize is for 2 fantastic digis from Polkadoodles



PD_LOGO_MASTER





This cute image is 'Thomas The Cat  '-LOTV coloured with promarkers
the papers are also from LOTV - ''Solids' - ' Snow Princess' by Nitwits
Ribbon -  'Little Meow'Papermania collection from Docrafts
all finished off with some pearls and a little'Angel Whispers' Diamond Sparkles

Challenges;


'Add A Sentiment' - Whoopsi Daisy
'Happy Birthday' - The Crazy Challenge

'Birthdays' - Di's Digi Designs
'Anything Goes' - Catch The Bug 
'Anything Goes' - That Craft Place
'Use A Sentiment' - Whimsy Inspirations


Thanks For Looking!
N atx

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Don't take anything for granted

Well, that was certainly a summer to forget! You may have noticed my absence from Blogland for quite a few weeks, I've hated being away, however it was not by choice.I'm not one to air her sob stories in public, but I feel an explanation is due.I actually spent the best part of the summer in hospital after suffering a stroke in July - stroke is something I associate with the elderly and although I don't feel  exactly like a spring chicken, at 46 I never dreamt that this was a medical condition that would effect me, how wrong was I!!
I also underwent brain surgery(I'm not one to do things by half!)I'm going to get on my soap box now - I feel that our NHS service is very unfairly treated by the media, after spending time in Kings College in London and then in my local hospital in Maidstone I'd like to say that although I can't pretend that it was enjoyable I  would like to say that it opened my eyes.  I was so well looked after that I was sad to be discharged in August. The nursing staff were fantastic , certainly over-worked, they didn;t stop all day and received a lot of abuse by some patients I'm sorry to say.
My occupational and physio therapists were outstanding and I would like to have had them all come and live with me!when I went home, lol!
Anyway, after much hard work by them and myself, I am on the road to recovery and can now walk with a stick. Unfortunately, although I have movement back in my left arm, my fingers are proving to be more reluctant to improve and so I am unable to make cards at the moment - I have had a go, but wouldn't dream of posting them on my Blog until I can 'tweak' them.
I have learned many things on this unexpected journey, the main one being not to take anything for granted, especially our health, don't get me wrong - I would not like to know what is around the corner that would not be a good thing, but I do think we need to take time out occasionally to appreciate what we have -  I never realised how much I rely on my hands, not just for leisure, but in the simplest of day to day tasks
Ok that's enough doom and gloom, I just wanted to post a quick explanation of my whereabouts recently (hopefully some of you will have missed me!)
As I said , I won't be posting any cards for a while and will not be able to fulfill any DT duties :(  I will, however, be keeping an eye on all the challenges and visiting your Blogs to see your creations!
Just one more thing, then I promise to zip it!
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the dt members that sent me cards and get well wishes - they were a real boost and were all exquisite - thank youxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 7 July 2013

It’s still Christmas at Lacy Sunshine!

This is my second DT card for the challenge at Lacy Sunshine where the theme is ‘Anything Goes’ (using a hand coloured image). If you use a Lacy Sunshine image you will be eligible for the draw and the random winner will receive a fab $30 voucher to spend at Lacy Sunshine Stamps. The Top 3 (using any image) will also get to choose 2 of Heather’s lovely digis. There is also always a freebie available for each challenge if you’d like to use one in the challenge, just pop over to the challenge blog.
The DT have been given some more fantastic Christmas images to play with, seeing as my last card was non-contemporary colours, I’ve gone for the more traditional look with this one.

Lacy #12b

Lacy #12a

Image - ‘Bubbles Jolly Elf’ – Lacy Sunshine Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Glitter card & patterned paper - ‘Fizzy Moon Traditional Christmas Decoupage & Paper Pad’ - Trimcraft
Embellishments from stash
Hunkydory’s Diamond Sparkles ‘Angel Whispers’ glitter
Dies used: Memory Box ‘Frostyville Border’ & Marianne Designs ‘Snowflake1’

Challenges:
’Let’s Get Girly’ – Whoopsi Daisy
’Anything Goes’ – Papertake Weekly
’It’s All About Santa’ – Christmas Cards All Year Round


Thanks for looking!
Natx