Tuesday 22 November 2011

Letraset Metallic Markers Giveaway!

Morning all!  I have a lovely giveaway for you courtesy of Letraset and that is a pack of their brand new Metallic Markers!
The new Metallic Marker 6 sets from Letraset combine Silver and Gold with 4 brand new metallic colours; Violet, Blue, Green and Red-Gold.
Metallic Markers are water based and twin-tipped and are ideal for producing decorative artwork and lettering in a range of metallic colours.
They’re great for scrap booking, card making, illustration and design and can be used alongside ProMarker and AquaMarker for a wide variety of effects.
Featuring both a medium and fine nib, Metallic Markers enable you to easily create a variety of line widths. They can be blended with water, even when dried and their pigment based inks are acid free and lightfast for long-lasting results.

I had a good play around with these pens, they're great for adding accents over your regular promarkers, flexmarkers and aquamarkers, colouring in areas that you want metallic so at this time of year great for christmas designs and I also wanted to play a bit more so I made this card using another technique which is so easy peasy!  Pop over to Letraset's Blog to see the tutorial :)

So what do you have to do to be in with a chance to win these?  Pop over to Letraset's Blog and have a look at my project there and then leave me a comment here answering the following question...

I used 4 colours on this card, what were they?

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous CMS 064 Mini Ornates
Pens: Letraset Metallic Markers

Few more Xmas makes

Morning all!  Just popping on with some of the candle box cards I've been making for sale at Lymm Dickensian Day for Statham Little Foxes stall.  Theres a tutorial here how to do them! 
First one I used a gorgeous image by Stitchy Stamps called Lil Angel coloured with promarkers and the fine nibs.

 And here's the inside of the box with christmassy scented candles!  Papers are papermania and box coloured with starburst stains from The Stampman

This cute little guy is by Teddy Bo and is also a digi and called 'Scratchy Bo Baby Santa Hat (TEDDYBO_122)

And this little lady is Nora by The Greetings Farm and is lovely to colour.  I've added little gems for her buttons and earrings.

I shall be back in a few mins with a great new Letraset  giveaway so please do pop by!

I'd like to enter these into...

Lil Angel Box
One stitch at a time - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes
Bah humbug - Gift bag or box
Fussy & Fancy - Anything but a card
Crafty Ribbons - Anything but a card
Emerald Faeries - Christmas green

Teddy Bo Box
Daisy Doodles creative challenge - Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Festive Cheer
Simply Create - Bears
Stempelsonnen challenge - Red/Green/Gold

The Greetings Farm Box

Kaboodle Doodles - Baby its cold outside
Pan Pastel UK - Frosty & Bright
Winter Wonderland - Cute
Crimbo Crackers - Make it Sparkle
Cupcake Craftroom- Sweet Christmas

Friday 18 November 2011

Simples at Crafts & Me

This week it was my turn to choose a theme at Crafts and Me and I've chosen Simples - That is with little or no embellishment.  I dont go for Clean and Simple much, I like my papers and colours too much but you can do a CAS if you like so long as your card is pretty simple with few embellishments.  For this I used one of the new digis called Autumn by Sara Burrier.  She's coloured in with a variety of Letraset items - promarkers, flexmarkers, metallic markers and ultra fine nibs, I was just enjoying experimenting lol!  I used distress ink around the edge and on the papers to distress it and simply added some metallic gems to finish.  The sentiment I used the green metallic marker and coloured in the stamp.  (I have some of these to give away shortly too!)

Hope you enjoy my simples challenge and join in!

I'd like to enter into...

By the Cute & Girly - Christmas Girls
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Angels
Flutterby Wednesday - Open
Creative craft - minimalistic
Crafty Boots - Fantasy

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Treat box/Tealight candle card tutorial

Evening!  I have a little tutorial for you today for a really easy make especially if you're looking to make a lot in a short time.  With Christmas fast approaching these are a lovely little gift you can make plenty of in a short time.  There are further ideas at the bottom to customise it for your taste but as I'm making a lot of these for charity I simplified it :)

You will need:

1 piece of card 9" by 4"  (approx 228mm by 101mm)
1 piece of card 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" (Approx 140mm by 140mm)
1 piece decorated card just under 3" by 3" (approx 73mm by 73mm)
4 glue dots
Glue Stick
Papers to decorate

STEP 1 - Take your piece of 9"x4" card and score it at 4" and 5"  on the inside then score your 5 1/2" x 5 1/2 card and score it on the back around each edge at 1/2" and 1 1/4"

STEP 2 - After you've scored your square card you will see little squares formed, trim these as shown (NB see pic for red cut line)

STEP 3 - Fold in your box as shown below and secure the flaps with a glue dot - I have tried numerous glues and they dont work very well so a simple glue dot will hold it nicely.
Trim the opening of the box by snipping the corners.

STEP 4 - Decorate as desired then on the bottom of the box use a glue stick along the flaps and glue this onto your card base.  Take the small piece of decorated card (Slightly smaller than 3"x3") and glue the back, slide this into the bottom of the box and secure.

STEP 5 - Fill your box with goodies!  I have used scented ikea candles which fit nicely.

And this is the front using part of the new ANGEL RAYS digi.  Papers are from Bearly Mine and I used Moonshadow Ethereal Emerald for the box.


You can make your card base larger if you wish, simply readjust the measurements.  I make them 4 x 4" as you can get 2 card bases out of 1 sheet of A4 at that size

Add a layer of acetate on the inside of the box if you wish to fill with items that might fall out

Don't cut a hole in the top and decorate the top of the box so that it has a nice surprise inside

I also use ready decorated card, here I've used one I made with moonshadow ink as the boxes are quite fiddly to decorate with patterned paper and if you use patterned paper on the top before die cutting make sure your glue is completely dry or it may tear or slip!
You can use plain card for the box and simply spray with GLIMMER MIST for some sparkles.

I use 3" x 3" images on the fronts, this is very easy to do with digi stamps and you dont have to use the entire stamp (also saves time if you've lots to do!)

If you have lots to make do them together in stages so cut all your bases then score them all as it saves looking back repeatedly for measurements if youve the memory of a goldfish like I have!

Hope you like this and if you have lots to make for an event for example then I highly recommend them.  I think the Elizabeth Shaw mints fit as well (8)


I'd like to enter into...

Thursday 3 November 2011

Let the music move you

Rose has set a challenge this fortnight at Crafts & Me and she has chosen "Let the music move you" and would like to see song words, musical instruments, notes or simply be inspred by music.  For this one I used one of the brand new digis by Hannah Lynn called Moonglow, now you KNOW I just had to have that one given my addiction to moonglow products!

This was inspired by a track you might remember called Blue Monday but not the Depeche Mode version, the version I like is a by a band with a rude name and is a synth rock version - Link to video here if you're interested lol!

I've coloured with promarkers and used distress ink and stains around the edge in stormy skies and dusty concord.  The flourish is by sizzix

Would like to enter into....

Papercraft Star - Flourish
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Pretty little ribbon shop - anything goes

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Ultra Fine Promarkers and Flexmarkers Winners!

Evening all!  I have a couple of winners tonight :-)  Unfortunately the flexmarker prize wasn't claimed so I've redrawn it and the new winner picked by random.org is Number 20 which is Grenouille Greetings!  Well Done Lesley, please email me your address and I'll pop them in post x

Onto the winner of the Ultra Fine nib promarkers which have been kindly provided by the lovely peeps at Letraset and yes indeed I did use the Nature set!  I think I'm addicted to these lol!
The winner of a set of the nature ultra fine nibs picked by random.org is Number 1 - Clare Little Bear  Pop us an email with your details on and I'll pass it onto Letraset x

Well Done Ladies and thank you all for entering!

Tuesday 1 November 2011

A colour challenge at Crafty Cardmakers

Afternoon all!  We're having a colour challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers this fortnight and we'd like to see you use the combo PINK/BROWN/CREAM on your designs - Yummmmy!  Theres a great prize from One Stop Card Crafts up for grabs so pop over and have a looksie at the team designs, a couple of gorgeous christmas ones there too!

For this I went with one of the ultra cute Teddy Bo digis, I'm loving these bears!  This one is called Daisy Chain.  I coloured it in one of the new promarker ultra fine sets, this one uses the Hair set which is Buttercup, Pastel Yellow, Ginger, Chestnut and Walnut.  I also used it on the card below and wanted to see how the colours would look on a bear too so yes they work very well so are a good buy.
The dress and flowers I coloured with flexmarkers and promarkers.

Would like to enter into...

The Pink Elephant - Distressing
Corrosive Challenge - Flourish
Pan Pastel UK - Distress it
The Squirrel & The Fox - Hats or Flowers
Simon says Stamp - Anything goes

This one I played with the hair set again and I know you all lke the close ups so have put one on for you lol!  Must admit the colours aren't one I would have put together but they work really really well and of course you can just use the buttercup and pastel yellow for a blonde, add in the ginger and a touch of chestnut for a more reddy tone or go for the brunette, lots of scope.  I used all of the colours on the hair here to give her nice shiny toned locks.  I again used flexmarkers and promarkers for the dress.  Again wanted to keep it simples with lots of white though not quite CAS its nearly there (just cant resist adding things!)  I simply scored the white card with my scoring blade and used a textured purple card (coredinatons) adding some silver bling and white flowers.

Image is Lady of Opal by Crafts and Me that I put into a square frame with rounded corners and cut out letting the hair flow outside the lines.

Would like to enter into...

Craft your passion - BINGO (Flowers, bling CYP Free)
Pollycraft - ANything goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes (Present)
Dream Valley - Anything goes
Kenny K - Glitter & Bling
Crafts 4 Eternity - Mystical Magical (2nd entry)
Hannah & Friends - Glitter

Thanks for stopping by!