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

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Take A break

Good morning everyone, I thought I'd sneek this card in as I have no DT card today. It's one I made for my sister-in-law's Birthday, it's got my favourite combination on it - a good book, chocolate and wine, yum!

Sara Birthday

Image - 'Deserve A Treat' - Crafter's Companion coloured with Promarkers
Card (Coredinations), paper & ribbon - J & C Creations
Gems - 'Back to Basics IV' - Dovecraft
Dies used: Memory Box 'Precious Stars'

Challenges:
'Dies & Die Cuts' - Crafter's Companion
'Let's Get Girly' - Whoopsi Daisy
'Anything Goes' - Papertake Weekly
'Cute' - Divas By Design
'Stars &/or Stripes' - Cute Card Thursday
'Seeing Stars' - Little Miss Mufffet

Thanks for looking!
Natx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

CAS Butterfly

It’s Tuesday and I’m back to share another card with you made from products from the J & C Creations shop. This rather gorgeous Penny Black stamp is so pretty that I decided piling on the embellishments (as I’m wont to do!) would be unnecessary, the focus should be be the butterfly, don’t you agree? So I’ve left my card Clean & Simple and let the image do the talking! If you pop over to the shop there is a fantastic 25% off this stamp at the moment along with lots more bargains to be had.

J & C May2

Products from J & C Creations
Penny Black Slapstick/cling stamp - ‘Soft Wings’
Tim Holtz distress ink pad - ‘Victorian Velvet’
Ribbon
Pearls
Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder - ‘True White’
Dies used: Spellbinders ‘Ovals’ & ‘Floral Ovals’

Challenges:
'Not Cute' - Sweet Stampin


Natx

Monday, 1 July 2013

Green Fingers

So, we are now half way through the year, when did that happen?! At least we are having some nice weather at last in my little corner of the UK, not sure how long it will last, I have given up watching the forecast, it’s more accurate to have a  guess! I’d just like to apologise for not getting around to everyone’s blogs recently, I know I keep saying it, but there really are not enough hours in the day and add that to an internet connection that is so slow some days I could cry! I did do a catch up last night, so hopefully I’m not in anyone’s bad books!
On to my DT card for July’s challenge at A Little Bit Crafty where this month the theme is ‘Die-ing For It’. What a fab theme, I’m sure you can all incorporate a die cut or 2 into your cards and there are some fantastic prizes as usual, Paula really does work hard to get such brilliant sponsors.

satcan
Saturated Canary are offering 3 digis of the winner's choice

smeared
Smeared Ink are offering a £15 voucher

cheery
Cheery Lynn are offering a $20 voucher

So, fantastic prizes, get yourselves over to the ALBC blog for some lovely inspiration from the DT.
The lucky DT had the choice of any Saturated Canary digi to work with this month, oh my, what a hard decision! I ended up with Maxine, she’s a bit different from a lot of Krista’s gorgeous images, but I love her ‘big’ hair and thought the gardening theme would make a perfect card to sell in our garden centre.

ALBC Die-ing For It (2)

ALBC Die-ing For It

Image - ‘Maxine The Florist’ – Saturated Canary coloured with Promarkers
Kraft card – Craftwork Cards
Papers - ‘Garden Party’ – Dovecraft
Pearls – J & C Creations
Dies used: SB ‘Labels 25’, Cheery Lynn ‘Fanciful Flourish’ & Heartfelt Creations ‘Daisy Patch Bouquet'

Challenges:
’Summer Fruits’ – Saturated Canary (no actual fruit, but the colours make me think of strawberries and kiwis - hope that counts?!)
‘Anything Goes’ – Inky Chicks
‘Pretty Pearls’ – Divas By Design
’Not Cute’ – Sweet Stampin
’Flowers’ – That Craft Place
'Let's Get Girly' - Whoopsi Daisy
'Make Your Own Flowers/Embellishments' - Dream Valley
'Flowers' - C Is For Challenge

Thanks for looking!
Natx

Sunday, 30 June 2013

I’m A Sunshine Girl!!!!

Ok, here is my second post today. I don’t know about you, but the majority of my emails are bills, advertising or spam (if I have any more emails about PPI, I think I’ll go mad!). So you can imagine my surprise and delight, when I received one entitled ‘DT invite’. The email was from the fantastically talented Heather Valentin of Lacy Sunshine Stamps asking me if I would consider joining her Design Team. Well, of course I had to think long and hard about it – NOT! I’ve been a fan of Heather’s gorgeous digi images for a while and there was no way I would give up the chance to join her DT! There was a small nagging voice inside my head warning me about over-committing myself, but I figured the only thing that might suffer would be the housework, so, hey-ho, lol!
So, it’s official, I’m a ‘Sunshine Girl’ and my first DT card is for this fortnight’s challenge at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog where the theme is ALWAYS ‘Anything Goes’ – what could be easier?  Only entries using a Lacy Sunshine image will be eligible for the random prize which is $30 worth of digis to spend in the Lacy Sunshine Store, although other entries will qualify for the Top Three prizes of their choice of 2 digis.
I was sent the cutest ever little fairy from Heather’s Sticky Wings range– meet Coco, she’s just adorable. I intended to go with traditional Christmas colours for my card, but ended up with non-contemporary purple and turquoise!

Lacy Sunshine June1

Image – Lacy Sunshine Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Card – Coredinations – J & C Creations
Papers – free with a magazine
Gems - ‘Back To Basics IV' - Dovecraft
Snow made with an ‘Ice White’ Viva pearl pen
Dies used: Memory Box - ‘Frostyville Border’ & ‘Precious Stars. Marianne Designs - ‘Christmas Tree’ & ‘Snowflake 1’
Cuttlebug embossing folder

Challenges:
’Anything Goes’ – Inky Chicks
’Anything Goes’ – Pollycraft
'Cute & Cuddly' - non traditional colours - Christmas at Sweet Stampin


Thanks for looking!
Natx