Less is More – 13 – Lucky Dip!

This week’s challenge at Less is More is quite an easy one. The theme is ‘Lucky Dip’, and you can choose to make a Congratulations card or a Thank you one – or both, as I did!

Here is my first card. I used a much-loved stamp by Stampers Anonymous. I stamped the image in black ink, and masked off the surrounding area before applying chalks in royal blue and purple to colour the background. I used a sentiment by Stampin’ Up, and added a few purple gemstones to the design, just to make it ‘ping’ a little. 

My second card is made in a similar way, but I used Versamark, instead of black ink, to stamp the design. I used the same chalks and, as you can see, the Versamark really absorbs the colours to define the image. The sentiment is part of a larger one in a Hobby Art clear stamp sentiment set. I masked off  the part of the stamp that I didn’t want before inking it, then removed the mask and stamped the sentiment onto the card.

I think that I prefer the first card more; somehow it seems more complete to me. It was fun to use the ‘Versamark with chalks’ technique again, though. My chalks have been sadly neglected, and I’d forgotten what a lovely soft effect they create on a plain white card. I will definitely be using them more often for the LIM challenges.

Thanks for all your lovely comments last week; I appreciated each and every one.

Maria xx

Less is More – 12 – Off Centre


The challenge at Less is More this week is on the theme of  ‘Off Centre’. I’ve had this Stampin’ Up stamp set for a few weeks, and I thought that I would ink it up for my entry.  I used Marvy markers directly on the stamp, and spritzed it with a little water before stamping. The sentiment is also from the same ‘Just Believe’ set. I used a freebie designer paper to frame the stamped images, and highlighted the flowers with a little crystal glitter. Here is my finished card…

Thank you very much for the lovely comments that you’ve left for me in the past few weeks; they are very much appreciated. I look forward to visiting your blogs in the near future, if I haven’t done so already.

Maria xx

Less is More, Week 9 – A Touch of Red

I’m a little late with my card for this week’s Less is More challenge, which is to use ‘A Touch of Red’ on your card.  I’m  finding these cards a bit of a challenge in themselves, but I do love the CAS look, so I shall persevere! As always, the girls at LIM have given us fab examples, and the cards entered so far are all gorgeous. I used Stampin’ Up stamps on my card, the berries and leaves are coloured with Promarkers, and the sentiment is by Hero Arts.

Thanks for visiting!

Maria xx

A Pocket Full of Posies – One for the Girls!

Welcome to our first Pocket Full of Posies challenge!  Our fabulous sponsors for this week are Wild Orchid Crafts, who are stockists of the most delightful flowers and trims, so don’t forget to pay them a visit – you won’t be disappointed! They are sponsoring our launch with a fabulous prize, and I think you’ll agree that it’s well worth entering a card.

Here is my first Design Team card. The very sweet image is by Lili of the Valley, who make some of my favourite stamp designs at the moment.  I’ve coloured the little scene with Promarkers, and used designer papers from Fancy Pants and K & Co. The cute felt flowers are from Stampin’ Up, and the sentiment stamp is by Woodware.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit; don’t forget to drop by to see what the other members of the Design Team have made. I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

Maria xx

Passion for Promarkers – Gratitude

This week’s Passion for Promarkers challenge is sponsored by Pink Gem Designs, who are giving our winner one of their very cute stamps as a prize. The theme that you should follow this week is ‘Gratitude’.

I made my card using papers by K & Co (Madeline collection), and a Tilda stamp by Magnolia. The sentiment stamp is by Stampin’ Up. I added some paper roses, which I spritzed with Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold beforehand, plus some velvet rose leaves, for a little extra embellishment. Please scroll down for the Promarker colouring recipe. 

Promarkers used:

Skin: Ivory, Blush, Pastel Pink.
Hair: Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon.
Clothes: Pastel Green, Mint Green, Sunkissed Pink, Almond, Blossom, Pink Carnation.
Shoes: Caramel, Cinammon.
Roses: Blossom, Pink Carnation, Cerise, Meadow Green, Apple, Pear Green, Tan, Cinnamon.
Butterfly: Duck Egg, Chestnut.

I also added a touch of glitter to the tips of the roses and the butterfly wings for a little bit of sparkle.

Thank you very much for taking a peek at my card this week.


Passion for Promarkers – The Young Ones

Our Passion for Promarker challenge this week is to make something for the young ones in our lives. Our sponsors for this challenge are Sugar Nellie, who are giving our winner two of their lovely stamps, ‘Come Fly With Me’ and ‘Perfect Playmates’, as a prize. These adorable stamps can be found on the Funky Kits website, where you can also purchase all the Sugar Nellie range of stamps.

I used another Sugar Nellie design on my card, this time from their ‘Home Grown’ line.  I coloured this little chap to match the  Basic Grey designer papers that I used.  The card stock is by DCWV, and the sentiment stamp is by Stampin’ Up. Please scroll down to see my Promarker colouring recipe. 

Promarkers used:

Skin and Hair: Ivory, Blush, Vanilla, Caramel.
Clothes and Shoes: Cool Aqua, Arctic Blue, Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Lipstick Red, Denim Blue, Powder Blue, Tan, Caramel.
Puppy and Ice-cream: Vanilla, Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Walnut.

Thank you for looking at my card this week, and don’t forget to check out the blogs of the other DT girls for some gorgeous eye candy! M xx

Passion for Promarkers – Anything But A Card!

You are in for such a treat this month over at Passion for Promarkers!  

The new challenge runs from 9am today (1st December) until 9am on the 5th January 2010. You can use ANY COLOURS of ProMarkers and you can make ANYTHING BUT A CARD.

We have loads and loads of prizes to give away, so there will be loads of winners – want to see the prize list?

Grand Prize: 148 ProMarkers from the fabulously generous Letraset – that’s the entire collection including all the old and new colours.

Plus they have donated another 2 x 5 Promarker Theme Packs.

Sugar Nellie/Funky Kits have donated 8 prizes of Sugar Nellie stamps:
4 x Maggie & Hamish stamps PLUS 4 x Home Grown stamps.

Joanna Sheen has donated a £10 voucher to spend in her online shop.

Stampeezee have also donated a £10 voucher to spend with them.

Whiff of Joy have donated a Fred, Celebrating Elephant stamp designed by Alison Acton.

Julie is an Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator, and she is giving away a stamp set and ribbon.

Here is my project for this week. I made a small (4″x4″) Christmas giftbox, which should be perfect to hold some choccies or handmade notelets for a friend, or for your child’s teacher.

I’ve used one of the lovely Christmas Magna stamps from Sugar Nellie, and the sentiment stamp is by Stampin’ Up. The papers are by DCWV, and the base of the box is made with red Bazzill cardstock.

Promarker Colouring recipe:

Skin: Ivory, Pale Peach, Blush.

Hair: Vanilla, Raw Sienna, Sandstone.

Clothes and Baubles: Red, Poppy, Ivory, Sandstone, Cool Aqua, Sky, Pear Green, Marsh Green.

Thanks for calling around and taking a peek at my little giftbox. Don’t forget to come back in a fortnight to see the second part of our very exciting challenge and prize giveaway!

Passion for Promarkers – Marsh Green and Burnt Umber

The theme at Passion for Promarkers this week has been chosen by Barbara, one of our lovely guest DT members for this month, and it is to use the colours Marsh Green and Burnt Umber in the colouring of your image.

Our sponsors once again are the very generous Letraset, who are giving our winner a set of five Promarkers to add to their collection.

Here is my card, and this time I’ve had a brief respite from Christmas, and made a card for a friend, using a stamp designed by the very talented Elisabeth Bell. The sentiment is by Stampin’ Up, and papers and flowers are from my stash.  Scroll down under the card for the Promarker colouring recipe.  Thanks, as always, for visiting and taking a peep at my work.

PFP Marsh Green and Burnt Umber 400

Promarker colouring recipe:

Skin:  Ivory, Blush, Pastel Pink.

Hair:  Vanilla, Raw Sienna.

Outfit:  Marsh Green, Pear Green, Cocoa, Burnt Umber, Carmine.

Flowers:  Marsh Green, Meadow Green, Carmine, Pastel Yellow, Pearl Blue, Prussian.

Silver Gel Pen:  used for the buttons, bracelet and locket.

Passion for Promarkers – Canary and Grass

Our theme at Passion for Promarkers this week has been chosen by Manda, who is one of our lovely Guest DT members for this month. Manda chose the colours ‘Canary and Grass’, and you’ll find my colouring recipe below my card as usual.

Our sponsor for this week is Joanna Sheen, who is very generously giving our very lucky winner a voucher worth £10 to spend in her online shop. Joanna has some gorgeous goodies in at the moment, including some fab Promarker sets, which you may want to spend your winnings on!

I’ve used one of the lovely Anyas, by The Greetings Farm, on my card, and the papers and sentiment stamp are from Stampin’ Up. Thanks for popping by to take a peek at my card; I always look forward to your comments!

PFP Canary and Grass 400

Promarker colouring recipe:

Skin:  Ivory, Blush, Pastel Pink.

Hair:  Pastel Yellow, Vanilla, Sandstone.

Clothes and Accessories:  Pastel Yellow, Canary, Mustard, Meadow Green, Grass.

Passion for Promarkers – Animals

This week’s sponsors of the Passion for Promarker challenge are Letraset, who have donated a set of six Promarker pens for our winning entry.

The theme, chosen by Helen, is ‘Animals’, and I couldn’t wait to use little ‘Bambino’, by Little Claire, once again.  He really is the most adorable little deer! The Promarker recipe is below my card as usual.  I bought the really lush glittered DP from our local craft shop, but I haven’t a clue who the maker is.  If anyone can enlighten me, please feel free! The sentiment is by Stampin’ Up. Thank you for stopping by.

PFP Animals 400

Promarkers used:

Deer:  Sandstone, Raw Sienna, Cocoa, Vanilla, Dusky Pink, Red, Poppy, Umber.

Trees:  Marsh Green, Moss.

Shadows:  Pastel Blue.

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