Friday, 25 July 2014

Clash of colours!

YAY, this design was in the top 3 DT picks for Graph'it Marker Challenge - wk 30 hot colours

Hello again,

I'm just popping into give some inspiration for the new challenge over at Polkadoodles challenge blog.  The theme is 'clash of colours!'....what a fabulous theme!

I decided to use the theme to highlight the natural clashes of colours all around us so I looked no further than one of my fav images on the Dollie Daydream Goes East CD from Polkadoodles which is also available as a complete collection digital download.  Amongst all of the glorious images of Dollie, embellies galore and backgrounds is the wonderful digi images of Koi carp!  What you all are went past all of the fab characters and chose the fish!!! A bit fishy!!! (*bad joke alert!*)  But bear with me...because our challenge is clash of colours and the orient does just that, even in I present....Koi Clash of Colours....
I really enjoyed this one...I used satin silk card for the background as I wanted the glossy finish and used distress inks in mustard seed, shabby shutters, broken china and momento amathyst applied with a combination of ink dusters (brushes) and cut n dry foam.  The 'seaweed' and the bubbles are hand doodled designs onto the backing using a black micron pen and highlighted with my Graph'it white shaker pen.

For the Koi themselves I used my Graph'it Marker pens which give such lush vibrant colours that they were perfect for this theme.
Colours used were: 1150, 2150, 3130, 4155, 2160, 5220, 3150.
I have added a close-up picture to show the fab colours a little better :)
The Koi were added to the background with glue gel (like silicone) to add a little height to the project.

Final touches were to mat onto black card and add a corner embellie made from a piece of old scarf (see never throw anything!) and some raffia.

 I hope this gives you some inspiration...and you can hop over to and join in the fun :)

Happy Crafting

(polkadoodles challenge blog DT)

Challenges entered:
Fantastic Tuesday - anything goes (45)
The Papershelter - summer challenge Anything goes
Moving along with the times - colour challenge
Sister Act card challenge - Anything goes 67 - 23 anything goes
Graph'it Marker Challenge - wk 30 hot colours

Monday, 21 July 2014

Festive colours (it's still Christmas in July!)

Hello it's me again,

Posting more than usual because I have some time off work so I have managed to craft a little more and blog a little more than usual :)

I'd like to share another Christmas design as we are still in July (crafters know this is the start of the Christmas countdown!).

I have used Festive Hollybobs Work and Play from Polkadoodles for the backing papers (except for a book page) and the fabulous digi image of Rudolf.

This is a 5''x5'' card blank that I have covered with one of the delicious papers, then I have cut two more piece of backing paper (coordinating) and added them to the left side with torn edges to create a layered effect.

I have coloured Rudolf with my Graph'it Marker Pens and here is the list of colours:
4125, 4115, 4170, 4155, 3110, 3150, 3190 and a little touch of red for his nose of course!

The sentiment is also from Festive Hollybobs, and then I have added the final details - a wide ribbon, festive flowers and berries and a couple of pearl headed pins :)
Thank you for stopping by and I'd love it if you left me a comment if you can as I really love hearing from you :)
Happy Crafting
Sandie :)

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Let's do spots and strips!

Hello again,

Another post from me today, with a simple design - spots and strips :)

The main image is a digi from Polkadoodles Dollie Daydream Girl Talk CD collection (but Polkadoodles also have loads of digi downloads too so take a peek) and she is Dollie Glamour.  I have coloured her with Graph'it Marker Pens.
I cut her out with a circle die (Xcut) and then framed her with a lace frame from my sillouette (I tend to cut loads of stuff out at once and then keep them in a box, this was one in my box and fitted with Dollie).

For the backing I used white card, and then stamped half using a line stamp (Inky Doodles) and the other half with a spotty background stamp (Tim Holtz) and then I mounted the framed image on (raised up using Pinflair Gel).

I added a flower at the bottom (Tim Holtz Bigz Die, cut in black and white.  I stamped the white flowers with the spot background stamp and then layered them together) and black florish (die cut).  I also added butterflies (punched out of the black card).

The final touches - white and black oynx perfect pearls dotted about and on the butterflies.

Colours used:
Skin: 4120, 4115, 4155, 4170, 4145, 4135
Hair: 1210, 1250, 3130, 3170
Clothes: 7220, 7240, 7260

I really hope you like her :)

Happy Crafting

Sandie :)

Challenges entered:
A Gem of a Challenge - spots and strips
We do doobadoo - spotty and dotty
Creative Moments - 47 Anything goes with a flower
Totally Gorjuss - 245 Butterflies (focal point embellies on my design)
A Girl who Crafts - anything goes

Friday, 18 July 2014

Distress it up!

Hello all,

A quick post from me today, I was playing around yesterday getting back to my inks and distressing (I love it and have somehow managed to stray away too long!) and wanted to share what I came up with :)

Its Polkadoodle meets Tim Holtz!

I have used the gorgeous Oriental Dollie digi image from Polkadoodles Dollie Goes East full collection CD and coloured her with my Graph'it Marker Pens. I cut her out and then set about distressing her with a range of inks (see below for colour list).

I mounted the image onto a tag I had already distressed, adding torn book pages, dollies and lace and a Tim Holz tag pinned on with pearl headed pins.

For the base I used Tim Holz stamps (my fav bird) to add detail to the baking and again distressed it, I then used a strip of card (torn at either end) also distressed to put across the base adding detail and depth.

I'd love to hear your feedback so please leave a comment (I love reading them!) and here is the list of inks/colours used:

Graph'it Markers:
Skin: 4120, 4115, 4155, 4170, 4145, 4135
Clothes: 7220, 7240, 7260, 5110, 4145, 4135
Hair: 3110, 3170, 3190

Distress ink: Broken China, Aged Mahogany and Scattered Straw

Distress Stickles: Scattered Straw

Happy Crafting

Sandie :)

Digichoosday - Tag it
Pan Pastel Challenge Blog - Tim inspired
Totally Gorjuss - Tag it

Friday, 11 July 2014

Add a bit of Twinkle!! The challenge over at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog....

Hello again,

As all of us crafters know, Christmas in July is here again and the design team and me are joining in at Polkadoodles Challenge blog with this times theme.....
Add a little bit of Twinkle!
Click here to take you right to the info and order page
The challenge also combines with the launch of the new Christmas CD from Polkadoodles Work and Play Festive Hollybobs CD which is a must have this year, with fabulous images, characters, embellies, backgrounds, templates and more...take a peek and you won't be sorry!  Anyways...back to the challenge at hand...
I chose to work with the wonderful crackers digi image from Work and Play Festive Hollybobs and decided to do something a little different to my projects of late!  I printed the image on craft card and coloured them with my Graph'it Marker pens - the lighter pens will not show as well on craft card so I added a darker shade at the end of each combo and I really liked the effect.  The frame around the pair is covered with gold flakes (a messy job but I love it) and then mounted on various layers of distressed papers; hand-made papers, brown packing paper and a post card plus heart embellies (also from Work and Play Festive Hollybobs, no end to the usefulness of the CD).  The hearts were glazed with sepia glossy accents and the post card was covered with clear crackle paint and allowed to dry.
Added together with torn paper fans, string, craft paper die cut swirls and inked dollies I have to say I am very happy with the result and I hope you like it :) 

Close up photo's of the added embillies....adding to the distressed old feel of the finished A5 (and a bit) card.

Graph'it Markers used:
Hair: 4170, 3125, 3170, 3190
Skin: 4125, 4155, 4170, 4145, 4135
Dress, Jumper & Trousers: 5110, 5215, 5220, 3130, 3170, 9505, 9100, 9102, 9103, 7140, 7150, 9505
Xmas Hat: 5110, 5215, 5220, 3130, 3170, 3190
Apologies for the excess of photo's but I really wanted to show this project in detail and you will join us at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog for 'Add a little bit of Twinkle'
Happy Crafting
Sandie :)
(Polkadoodles Challenge DT)


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

24 weeks until Christmas!!!!

Hello blogland,

Well, its official....24 weeks from today it will be Christmas Eve! Oh yes! How fast is this year going!?!?!

In that spirit...I wanted to share a Christmas design that I've been working on......

How fab is he :)
I used a 7''x7'' card blank (my current fav size) and the digi image was printed in the corner of the top white mat and layer (I used a mat of white underneath so the digi image remained the focus of the card).

The fabulous image is Robin from Polkadoodles Festive Hollybobs Work and Play CD and I have coloured him with my trusty Graph'it Marker Pens as follows:
Skin: 4125, 4115, 4155, 4170, 4145, 4135
Hair: 3110, 3170
Hat/trousers: 9100, 9102, 9103
Scarf: 7115, 7119, 9505
Coat: 7140, 7150
Boots: 9500, 9502, 9503
Bird: 3110, 4155, 5210
Fence: 3110, 4170, 3170

For the corner decoration I used: Tonic swirls dies; organza ribbon (half of the strips were tinted with Graph'it marker pen 9102); punched butterflies (xcut) that were covered with stickles glitter glue; pearl head pins and of course perfect pearls dotted all around.  There is also a touch of stickles glitter glue on Robin so he didn't feel left out!).

I really hope you like todays crafty offering - Happy crafting

Sandie :)

I am entering Robin in the following challenges:
We do doobadoo blogspot - pins and pearls
Digichoosdy - punches and dies
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes
The Stamping Chef - anything goes
Sisters of craft July challenge - anything goes
4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot - anything goes
Crafting at the weekends - anything goes
Graph'it Marker blogspot - anything goes

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Practice makes perfect!

Good morning,

Just a quickie this morning as I have commissioned cards to make and as always I'm faffing about :)

Thought I'd share a way I practice on a variety of larger images with my beautiful Graph'it Marker Pens!

Free children's colouring pages!!! I know right!  But it gives you a huge variety of images to play with, all free to print out and colour and usually have large areas to colour meaning I can practice skin and hair 'flicking' with larger areas than I can get on some of the digi stamps!  It also means that the finished pieces usually end up (if I like them!) on my children's notice boards so nothing is wasted!! Fabulous....
(Please make sure that you use the images according to the copywrite policies of the owners as always)

Here is one of the ones I've been practicing on..from the hugely annoying...oops sorry meant popular! Monster High...

As you will see, it also gave me the opportunity to play with different colour combos for skin and hair!

So, get searching out of the box for practice images as variety is the spice of life :)

Happy crafting

Sandie :)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Polka Doodles Challenge - red, white and blue....

Hello again,

Red, white and blue is the challenge this week over on Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and so here is my design to add some inspiration....

Red, white and blue immediately made me think of American TV shows and the amount of shopping they do...especially shoes!!!

So I used chose the Dollie Girl Talk CDrom from Polkadoodles (which is also available as full collection digital download!) and put together the fully coloured image of Dollie Shop with the un-coloured image of the shop (as below).  You can easily mix the pre-coloured images with the un-coloured ones, meaning that you don't have to colour everything and they print out so beautifully its almost a shame to colour your own!

Finished card is 5''x5'' square

I used my Graph'it Marker Pen's to colour the shop image (see how it easily blends with the pre-coloured printed image of Dollie herself!):
Bricks & roof: 3110, 4155, 4115, 4155, 4170 & 3110
Flowers: 5110, 5210, 5215, 8220 & 8250
Glass: 9500 & 9502

I also printed out 3 shoe icon embellishments from the Dollie Girl Talk CDrom and after colouring them punched them out with a 1'' circle punch...I then covered the shoe's with glossy accents so they shine!

Add a rushed ribbon, some flowers and the border is complete!
I also added a sentiment from the CD and punched red hearts :)

I hope you can join in the fun over at The Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and I hope this gives you some inspiration for red, white and blue!


Happy crafting

(Polkadoodles Challenge DT)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Celebrate the sunshine and equality :)

Hello all,

Firstly apologies for the late posting but I have been a busy crafter getting samples ready for an exciting launch with Polkadoodles - lets just say, Christmas in July is getting better and better for us crafters :) the sun is so glorious and last weekend was the wonderful and amazing London Pride, in which my eldest son and his partner were both marching again for charities they work so hard got me thinking about that fabulous rainbow of colours that means so much about freedom, respect and equality for all and this was my inspiration for todays make.

I used an A5 card base as a start, landscape and then cut a card mat that was approx 1cm smaller all round.
This was my LGBT Rainbow flag base - which I coloured in my Graph'it Marker pens (colours of the rainbow are 5220, 2160, 1150, 8260, 7150, 7119, 6170).

I then set to work with my sillouette portrait to cut out the aperture front for my celebration card.  I chose a sunbeam shape and the wording 'Sunshine always follow the rain' as you can see and set it to cut in the middle of the page so I would have enough room to cut round for the front of my A5 card.

I used my sillouette again for cut basic flower shaps on white card in various sizes and then coloured them again with the same rainbow colour combo with my Graph'it Markers.
The centre of the flowers I added spots of white using the Graph'it White Shaker Pen

A simple design but then again its a simple message - Equality :)

Thanks for looking and I hope the sun continues to shine :)

(Polkadoodles Challenge DT)

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
A Girl Who Crafts - Anything goes July
Crafting from the heart - Anything goes
Creative moments - Anything goes/celebrations
Digichoosday Challenge Blog - Appertures
Graph'it Markers Blog Spot - Anything goes

Happy Crafting