Friday, 28 January 2011

6" Card Box Template

Sometimes it's not always possible to send out cards in an envelope especially if there are layers of flowers, ribbon and bling attached to them.  I usually make my own card boxes sometimes I leave them blank or like the one below it's as much fun decorating them as it is making the card to fit it. 

                                      Here is my template which I'm happy to share with you.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x 

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Lavender and Lace

This week at I ♥ Promarkers the challenge theme is Lavender and Lace and our sponsor is Digi  Doodle Shops.  My card was made using one of their images, which I've coloured with Promarkers, I've sewn silk ribbon around the oval and found a fab piece of lace which I've used to cover the background paper, to be honest I thought it might be too deep but it seems to work so I'm happy with it.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by.

I will enter this card into the following challenges.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

No Strawberries But Lots of Cream

It's one of those days where I've played with paints and paper, not I might add with anything definite to make, I wanted to try out some Aqua Markers from Letraset and I managed to paint this Hanglar girl on  lightweight watercolour paper, as I was in play mode I decided to use nothing but watercolour paper to construct this card, I was interested in creating texture using only one type of paper. I used the sketch by Donalda  from Just Magnolia and Hanglar Stanglar Challenge with a slight variation to the band. The watercolour paper is white, but it has a creamy look to it which reminded me of Strawberries and Cream, no idea why lol.

I've not made my mind up yet about the Aqua Markers, the only advice I will offer is do not use the pens direct to paper or use the blender as I've found the pigment takes off a layer of paper which leaves nasty dark spots on the colouring.  I used a cheap watercolour brush and water. scribbling the pigment onto an acrylic block and picking the paint up with a damp brush applying washes of colour until I was happy (which is nearly always never).  Anyways I've enjoyed my day despite it being cold, dark and flippin miserable outside
Hope you like and thank you for taking the time to stop by
Kathleen x

 I think this card suits the following challenges

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Keep It Sweet Keep It Simple

What a beautiful morning the sun's got it's hat on and Mr Posty has delivered  a long awaited crafty parcel, so it's play time for me today.
This week at I ♥ Promarkers the challenge theme is Keep it Sweet and Simple, don't forget you must use Promarkers on your project to eligible to win the fabby prize from  our sponsor this week, Sentiments 4 you.

For my card I used a Molly Bloom stamp which I've coloured with Promarkers, the ovals are cut from a Nestabilities die, I've used a MS punch to cut the border and finally I've used a sentiment from Sentiments 4 You to complete the card with ribbon. 

I've entered this card into the following challenge

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Use those punches

Hi this week's challenge at I ♥ Promarkers is to use Punches we need to see punches being used on your projects to be eligable for the prize draw.  This  week our sponsor is Crafty Individuals and there is an awwwsome prize for the lucky winner,   Don't forget to use Promarkers on your project too.
For this card I used a Mo Manning digital which I've coloured with Promarkers, the papers used are from the Jack n Jill paper stack by Prima Marketing.  The flowers and leaves are paper punched and the heart I made from a Nesti die and further decorated with a heart charm and silk ribbon.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by

I will enter this card into the following challenge

Monday, 10 January 2011

Oh What Joy!

I bought a couple of Sugar Nelli digital stamps the other day and the image on this card is called Joy and she is just adorable, I did however have some doubts about colouring her as shading is already applied to the images and I always prefer to add my own shading and light source.  Once I started to colour I realised there was plenty of scope to enhance the shading etc especially on this image.  I've used Promarkers to colour the image, the papers are from the collection Gossamer, I've embossed the oval background and also added new  laser cuts from the Papermania Bird Song pack, hearts and ribbon complete the card.  I've used the sketch from this weeks challenge over at the Sugar Bowl and will enter this card into their challenge

Hope you like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x
I will also enter this card into the following challenges

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Recycle Challenge

Hi this week I ♥ Promarkers challenge is Recycle and for my card I salvaged a couple of buttons from an old cardy which was destined for the rubbish bin.  Our sponsor this week is Joanna Sheen who is giving a £10 voucher to the lucky winner.
I made this card using papers from the jack n Jill stack by Prima Marketing, the dragon stamp is called Dragon's Luck and is a  Sweet Pea stamp and I've used Promarkers to colour the image.  Hope you like and thank you for stopping by.
Kathleen x
I will enter this card into the following challenges

Monday, 3 January 2011

Oh Dear... Who's Sulky Now

Hi all... It's an age since I last posted anything and to be honest I was fed up of logging on and seeing the same flippin Cracker on my previous post, so this evening I blew the dust of my colour pencils and coloured this image by Mo Manning, isn't she adorable despite the sulky face.  I've decided to mount and frame it rather than completing as a greetings card, hence no sentiments and minimal bling.   It's been a couple of years since I did anything with colour pencils so I'm a bit rusty, plus I usually paint larger projects so I've had to adjust how I applied the colour to a small image and was not sure if it would turn out OK. 

I've used Faber Castell PolyChromo pencils on  pastel paper building layer upon layer of different colours  until I was happy with the end result and for once I obeyed the golden rule know when to stop lol.  I do have a pointer in regards to colour pencils Prisma/karisma pencils are wax based and any completed work will, after time develop a white bloom, it can be easily removed with a soft cloth so it's best to seal work first before this happens.  Faber Castell Polychromo pencils are Oiled Based slightly harder to blend but they won't develop the white bloom to mar any work.  Hope you like and thank you for stopping by.

Wishing you all a very happy, productive and creative 2011

Kathleen x

I will enter this project into the following challenge

Mo's Challenge - #63 Bless the beast and the children
Craft your Passion - #39 Anything Goes