Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Passion For Promarkers - Back to school.

Good morning all.
I hope you are all well.
We have a new challenge for you this morning at the PASSION FOR PROMARKERS CHALLENGE.The theme this week has been set by the lovely LOU who would like to see your BACK TO SCHOOL creations.
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous WHIFF OF JOY.The lucky winner will receive a stamp of their choice.

Here is my card which i am also entering into the following challenges:
1.Creative Moments Challenge - Challenge 50 - Anything goes/back to school
2.The Paper Shelter Challenge - Challenge 171 -Back to school
3.Inky Impressions Challenge - Challenge 174 - Anything goes
4.4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Challenge 209 - Something old/something new (new image and old papers)
5.Milkcoffee Challenge - Back to school
6.Friday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 77 by Carole
7.Sentimental Sunday`s Challenge - Challenge 222 - Back to school
8.Craft Your Passion Challenge - Challenge 229 - Back to school
9.Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes

Products used are:
White and blue card
First Edition papers - old ones
Sentiment stamp
Spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies
The Paper Shelter digi image - Cool student

A close up of the image.

and a sideways view.
Thanks so much for popping by,it means a lot :D
Hugs Nic.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative Bloggers Hop

Good morning all, again.
I have been asked by 2 lovely talented bloggers (Bridget @ Curlybearcrafts & Samantha@Penrith Crafts) if i would like to take part in the CREATIVE BLOGGERS HOP which is a continuous bloghop which takes part every Monday.
A host of different bloggers take part and all you/i need to do is answer 4 simple questions.
Thank you so much to Bridget & Samantha for thinking of me :D
Here are the 4 questions and my answers:

Question 1.
What am i working on at the moment.

To be honest not a lot, as work and life is taking priority BUT i have treated myself to some new Woodware and Stampendous Christmas stamps which i hope to be able to play with tonight maybe.
I am also working on improving my colouring with different mediums, i am trying different card stocks out too.Its all just a bit of trial and error.

Question 2.
How does my work differ from other in my genre.

To be honest i don`t think it does.I suppose some people know me for my distressed edges but i only do that because my matting and layering leaves a lot to be desired.It is always wonky.lol.
I do love to mix up my styles, cas to embellished to vintage so i can`t say i am any different to others at all.

Question 3.
Why do i create what i do.

Oh my goodness, this is such a hard question to answer because i really don`t know.I suppose the products i use play a part and i do love getting new products to get the creativity flowing.I also find crafting very relaxing, it helps me shut off.iykwim.

Question 4.
How does you creative process work.

I think blog challenges help me a lot in deciding what i am going to create.I find challenges especially sketches help to kick start my thought process.I then decide on the stamp/digi i want to use.Do i want cute, sentiment only, no stamps at all.
Do i want it cas or heavily embellished.I then pick my papers, after which i can decide what colours i want to colour my image.Next come the embellies which i try and match up too.
The heat gun goes on ready and then i always play around with my layers and embellishments to get them where i think they look best and then i assemble my card.
Thats it really.

And there you have it,simples.

Now i am supposed to nominate 3 fellow bloggers to pass the baton on to for next Monday but i have chosen just 2 and that lucky ladies are:

Kelly @ LittleK Smiths Crafty Corner
Now to tell you why i have nominated the lovely Kelly.
I will let you all into a little something you may not know.
It was Kelly who actually gave me the kick to start up a blog in the first place.
I have known Kelly online since we were both members of Docrafts and Kelly left me a comment one day that said `Do you have a blog and if not, why not?`
So thank you Kelly for giving me the push and of course Kelly`s cards are just stunning, i love how she uses such cute stamps and always lots of sparkle.I do have a soft spot too for Kelly`s vintage cards and she also does cas.A very talented diverse crafter and a really nice lady too.
Thank you Kelly for saying yes :D

Donna @ My Happy Place
Now to tell you why i have nominated the lovely Donna.
I love Donna`s use of bright colours and she creates some amazing different card shapes.
A fellow promarker user as is Kelly above, which seems to be getting rarer these days.Donna also likes to use other mediums too and i love the variety of images and papers she uses.
I think Donna has a style of her own which is easily recognised.Another talented diverse crafter and a really nice lady too.
Thank you Donna for saying yes :D

Thanks so much for reading and do pop to see Bridget, Samantha, Kelly & Donna.You will not be disappointed.
Lotsa Hugs

Without Words - Its A Celebration

Good morning all.
I hope you are all well.
After my lazy week off, it is time for me to go back this morning, ah well :D
So on to why i am here, we have a new challenge for you this morning at the Without Words Challenge.
Here are the details:
There's a party goin' on right here 
A celebration to last throughout the years 
So bring your good times and your laughter too 
We're gonna celebrate your party with you 
Celebrate!  Good Times!  Come on! 
Kool & The Gang - Celebration

This month we are celebrating at WITHOUT WORDS as it is out second anniversary!  So, this is your invitation to come and join us as this month's theme is (as if you hadn't guessed already) It's A Celebration!

We're not restricting to you one particular type of celebration, it could be for any occasion that brings joy or demands a party to mark the event.  As you will see from the Word Birds inspiration cards, we have celebrated many things this month.

Of course I am going to remind you about the rules, the very essence of this challenge is to encourage you to colour and to show that off with a CAS design, so if you need to refresh your memory the Rules are in our sidebar.  Just leave those pesky embellishments alone!

We are thrilled to have a sponsor with us who made one appearance last year and has now agreed to be with us more often, so a big round of applause please for MAKE IT CRAFTY

Make it Crafty

Here is my card for the special Celebration challenge.
I am also entering my card into the following challenges:
1.Tuesday Throwdown Challenge - Challenge 210 - Anything goes
2.Fantastic Tuesday Challenge - Challenge 50 - Anything goes
4.Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes
5.Cute Card Thursday Challenge - Challenge 36 - Anything goes
6.Time Out Challenge - Challenge 13 - If music be the food of love
7.Fairytale Stampers Challenge - Challenge 99 - CAS
8.Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Clean & Simple

Products used are:
White card
Crafts Too embossing folder - Lattice
Old Silver metallic wax - viva decor
Distress tool
Polychromo pencils, blender pencil

Close up the fabulous image.

and a sideways view.
Thanks so much for popping by.it means a lot.
I will be back again shortly.
Hugs Nic.