Saturday 29 October 2011

More from new artist at Crafts & Me - Janna Prosvirina

Wowzers I LOVE this new artist!  The girls on the Crafts & Me team have been showing off some of the new stamps over at Crafts & Me challenges this week, do go have a look as they are jaw droppingly awesome! 

I'm clearly in a green mood this week as I have been playing with the new Letraset ultra fine nibs again, got loads more to show I haven't finished yet too so keep a look out over the next few days!  There is a chance to win a pack of the new ultra fine nibs which come in themed sets on the post below this!

Now those of you who know me will know I'm very critical of my own work, always striving to do better than the one before, spend time on the little details and there's not many I can say you know I'm really proud of that but this is one I can!  I think the new nibs have certainly helped appeased my critical eye as I've put shadows in I normally wouldn't dare such as on the berries and around the end bit on the berry to make them really pop.  I keep looking at this card everytime I walk past, I'm pretty chuffed how its turned out :D

Its a new stamp by Janna Prosvirina and will be released for sale in Crafts and Me this Sunday (10% discount for registered newsletter readers) and this beauty is called Belladona.  I used promarkers, flexmarkers and the ultra fine promarker nibs for this using burgundy and maroon for the flowers and adding the shadow with a fine nib using cool grey 5.  The dress is grass, emerald and pine with the Honeydew flexmarker to blend and coloured the white around the image.  Thge leaves are coloured in the ultra fine nibs using marsh, olive and leaf greens.

Have kept it quite simples as its a large image and didnt need too much by way of embellishment :)
Hope you like her and check out the new range!

Would like to enter into....

Crafts for Eternity - Magical Mystical
Polkadoodles - Magical and Mystical
Charisma - Anything goes
Corrosive - Flying things
Stamps r us - Natures gifts

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Letraset Fineliners Giveaway!

Good Morning all!  I've got a little treat for you today courtesy of LETRASET woo hoo!!  Letraset have brought out a new range of promarkers which is ideal if you're just starting out or still building your set and these are the ULTRA FINE EDITION PROMARKERS.  They come in packs of 5 and contain 5 of your regular promarkers with 5 of the ultra fine nibs.  These click on and off easily so you can switch between the regular nib and the ultra fine with ease.  The ink runs through immediately so you dont have to sit and scribble to get the ink flow going.  If you already have your full set of promarkers you can also buy the nibs separately.

So what is the treat?  Well how would you like to get your mitts on your own pack of Ultra Fine Promarkers?  Yes?  Simply pop on over to Letraset's Blog HERE and come back here leaving a comment with which set I used! (Moderation is on!)

Wanna see them in action?  Here I have 2 projects to show you using the set.  The first one is a new stamp called Clematis by Janna Prosvirina and I've used the set on the leaves, wings and dress addng depth to the veins of the leaves and shadows.  I added more detail I wouldn't normally tackle with a wider nib to give a lot of detail to the image.  They are so easy to use and take just a little touch or flick here and there to create details.  I did the fairy wings in green as I was imagining her tucking in and wrapping them around herself to disguise as her bodice is made of leaves :)

Details on the leaves, wings, flowers, hair and dress.


And another project using Leaf Angel Bea by Teddy Bo Stamps where I started by colouring over the leaves in one solid colour from the set then added details with the fine nib, just a quick line or two and dots of an orange to make it more autumny leaves.  The bear was coloured in regular promarkers adding details with the fine nibs on the hat, shadows around the flowers and on the coat and bears face.  I think they make such a huge difference, I wouldn't normally have attempted to add a shadow round those flowers but the new nibs make it easy!

Used the nibs on the leaves, stripes on the hat, shadows round the flowers and under the hat.

Hope you like them!  Have more to share with you in the week using them, I'm hooked now lol!
Don't forget to pop over to Letraset to see what set I used and leave me a comment here with your answer - Good Luck x

Monday 24 October 2011

Like a bus!

I'm going to be like a bus the next few day or so I think!  Got so many things I want to colour and make between the study, kids, housework de dah de dah....  Been doing so much studying and applying for jobs I havent done a formal job application since 2000 so I stared at it for quite some time before overcoming the fear and putting down on paper.  Anyway I'm back this week with lots and lots to show you over the next few days!

Make sure you pop back on Wednesday as I've got another giveaway in conjunction with LETRASET to win a fabulous prize from one of their new ranges which I've had so much fun playing with these past few days!

Also before I move on just a huge thank you for entering my Fistful of Flexmarkers giveaway. The winner picked by is 11 so that is you CINDY!  Please email me your address and I'll pop these in the post for you :)

So what have I got for you tonight?  Lots!  Lots and lots but as Jimmy Cricket would say Come here theres more so dont forget to check back Wednesday for some more!

First up is one for THE STAMPMAN.  I was demong for them at Port Sunny a couple of weeks back using this absolutely gorgeous stamp by Stampendous called Crowscape.  I used a variety of colours of distress inks and had to remake the orange one 4 times as peeps kept asking for them lol!

This one uses a red and green distress ink which I swiped the pads down on a craft mat, sprayed with water then lifted the colour onto a card and stamped and embossed the image.

The theme this fortnight is NIGHT TIME so this fits really well.  Time to get all the spooky stamps out!  The Stampman also have a brand new website which is a lot smoother to use and plenty more products added with more being added daily so please do pop over and if you cant find something just ask :)

Would like to enter into

One stitch at a time - Emboss it
Stampin for the weekend - spooky

Next up is a Magnolia and I went a bit mad with the embellishments.  Seems I'm in an all or nothing mood!  I used a heart shaped doily thats dyed with distress ink (victorian velvet)  Theres some ribbon lace (the lace is hiding across the blue DP at the bottom)

I'd like to enter into....

Bunny Zoes - Lace
Just Magnolia - Pink
Magnolia down under - Punches & Dies

And my first crimbly card of the year!  This one uses same method I used with the crowscape card above and I used the Stampendous Key Note stamp.
I'd like to enter into..

Crafting when we can - Christmas
Little Claires - Christmas

And last but not least this is the gorgeous stamp by Lemon Shortbread called Daisy Chain Melody which reminds me of Miss Mookins so much!  Mina has set the challenge over at Crafts and Me this fortnight and she'd like to see Blue, green and pink on your creations.

Thats all from me tonight, see you wednesday!

Sunday 23 October 2011

A Fistful of Flexmarkers Blog Candy

Evening all! Wanted to share this with you tonight and thats a new Blog Candy on offer from me to win a

Fistful of Flexmarkers!

I ordered my new Flexmarkers from Letraset and I think whoever picked my order must have eaten a packet of randoms that day as I received some of what I ordered and what appeared to be a fistful of randoms!  The lovely Paul at Letraset is of course sorting my missing ones out and the fistful of randoms are spare which Letraset have kindly said I can keep so I thought I'd offer them to you instead to share these awesome pens! 

There are 7 colours here which are:

Lemon Chiffon
Light Fawn
Pale Blossom
Blue Grey 1
Celestaial Blue

If you want some further info on Flexmarkers, including a colour chart, check out their website HERE

So what do you have to do?  Simply pop a link to your blog in the linky below (use any pic you like) and become a follower if you're not already.  Linky will close on 23rd Oct and winner drawn soon after.  Good Luck x

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Relaunch at Crafty Cardmakers

Morning all!  Taking a quick break from revision and job applications to put me post up for the relaunch of Crafty Cardmakers!  We have lots of new team members and a sad farewell to some favourite oldies who are going on to pastures new!

Our newest teamies are:

Please go check them out and give them a warm welcome!

For this challenge we are having an ANYTHING GOES which we all love to do!  I was in an inky autumn mood having found my non stick sheet to play on so first I started with distress stains in wild honey and forest moss adding them to the sheet and spraying with a little bot of iridescent pink cosmic shimmer to mix them up a bit more then plonked a piece of card down, gave it a swoosh and lifted up and dried.  I then stamped the harlequin stamp (hero arts) down the side and embossed with moonglow fiddlehead fern blue green and added black ink around the edges.
I stamped the ain image twice, once on a background made with distress inks in spiced marmalade, mustard seed and vintage photo then again on one made with the iridescent pink cosmic shimmer, cut the pink one out and placed it over the distress one.  The image is by lost coast designs.  Added a couple of flowers from wild orchid and punched leaves out of starburst stains gumbo gator olive and stamped Spirit sentiment (from ebay)  All inks and powders are from The Stampman (who are currently building a new shop site)

Would like to enter into...

The Artistic Stamper - Autumn colours
Card & Scrap - Embossing/distressing
Bling it on - No patterned papers
Creatalicious - ANything goes
Crafty Catz - Things with wings
Totally papercrafts - Autumn