Monday, 31 August 2009

ATC Surprise

Hey all, look at this lovely ATC I was given by my sister Carol. She made it with some of the Butterflies I gave away as a freebie on the 18th of this month. She printed them out onto photo paper so they have a lovely glossy look. The antennae are made out of curled wire, she has stuck the butterflies on with foam pads under the body and the wings are slightly bent upwards making them look like they are in flight. The flowers and leaves are stamped, with the flowers being coloured with Sakura Glaze Pens.

Thank you very much Carol, it's so nice to see my designs being put to such great use.

See you all next month, happy crafting,


Thursday, 27 August 2009

Glass Flowers Freebie

Hi again, here's something a little different from me, what you get in this PNG download are Five Flower Heads in various colours, One stem and One Leaf. They can be copied and put together like the full flower you see in the above image, or the flower heads can be used separately in whatever fashion you wish. All the images have a slightly glassy look, hence the name. I hope you enjoy using them. Just click on the image to download.

If I don't write again before the weekend, have a great time folks and happy crafting.


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Butterfly Papers and Tags Freebie

Hi all,
Just popped on with a freebie for you all. In the set there are 7 jpg papers in A4 size so you can use them for card making or scrapbooking by doing a quick resize, and 7 matching png tags. Just click on the image above to download them, they may take a slight bit longer than my usual downloads as the file is slightly larger due to the amount of freebies inside.

For those who prefer to print out and cut your tags, I have done an A4 sheet of all 7 tags for you to use if you wish. Just click on the image on the left to start the download. Then print the whole sheet out and cut the tags out, you can of course resize the sheet in a graphics program to make smaller tags.

The image is just a snapshot of the whole A4 sheet, so don't worry you will get 7 whole tags in your download.

Well thats it for now, hope you enjoy these downloads, take care and happy crafting.


Monday, 24 August 2009

Weekend Bargains

Hi all, I had some crafty fun this weekend, went out and came back with some good 'ole crafty bargains. Our local Garden Centre has been running a 50% off sale for several weeks now, so every time we go we have a look at the offers.
They have a large craft section in-store so amongst the bargains are several craft items. Last time we went we came away with four packs of 'Bind-It-All' Wires in various colours. This time we found Pee Wee Glitter sets and a couple of Christmas 'Forever Friends' 6x6 Paper packs by 'Do Crafts'.
Also by 'Do Crafts', in the main craft shop they had one of their 'Goody Bags', now I don't usually buy these as they are only a bargain if you actually want most of the items offered. Well this one I did, so we bought it, and it gave me the inspiration for the above card.
Firstly the main star of the card is the robin perched on it's branch. This is a stamp called 'Robin' by Anita's, which has been coloured in using ProMarkers. The colours I used were, Poppy, Red, Terracotta, Cocoa, Yellow and Pumpkin. I also used a white pen to highlight the eyes. The tree I drew myself, coloured in once more using ProMarkers in Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon and Cocoa, then cut it out.
The Snow background came from the 'Forever Friends' Christmas Snow paper pack, but I glittered it using 'Spray & Sparkle' Silver from 'Crafter's Companion'. The Sentiment is from 'Do Crafts' and I stuck a red gem from my craft stash in the corner just to round off the card. I hope you like it.

Actually after looking at the Robin stamp for a while I thought he might make a jolly nice penguin, so again using Promarkers I gave it a go, and was rather pleased with the result. I didn't use black, but several shades of grey, the feet and beak are pumpkin and yellow. He has not found his way onto a card yet, but give me time.

Well that's it for now, take care all,


Thursday, 20 August 2009

Bradley Bear Freebie

You know sometimes you decide you want to try something different, well today I decided to have some fun with a design I have been working on.
Everyone I would like to introduce you to Bradley Bear, a crazy little fellow who can't wait to meet you all.

To make him for yourself, all you have to do is download the file below, print him out, cut him out, and then put him together using four brads. I used an antique bronze type brad, but any brad you fancy will do (though of course not Brad Pitt).
Just make sure they are small enough not to overwhelm Bradley himself. You can then attach him to cards or scrapbooks, or do whatever you wish. If you use decoupage glue or foam pads just on the body and head to attach him to your propject, you will be able to still move his limbs, affording hours of play and enjoyment. Rememember you can alter his size to fit any project you want.

Bradley's fur is actually a picture I took of our living room carpet, you can get some lovely textures just going around and photographing things. I have some more Teddies waiting in my crafty stash box whose fur has been made out of some very strange things indeed. Something for you all to look forward to.

Click here to DOWNLOAD Bradley Bear

Have a great weekend all,


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Butterfly Kisses Freebie

After a long boring weekend of decorating, or as Stooby my husband said, 'Just think of it as a really big craft project.' - my imagination didn't stretch that far. I have decided to give you all a little treat to cheer myself up. Butterfly Kisses is a set of five Butterfly's, they are PNG files so you can do with them what you will, and I hope you enjoy them. There should be some matching papers coming soon, so don't forget to check back later.

Take care all, happy crafting.


Friday, 14 August 2009

ProMarkers and Brads

Here's a picture of two brads that seem very different upon first glance. They are not, they are the same type of brad. The one on the left is the original silver flower brad and the one on the right has been coloured using a ProMarker pen and then triple embossed with clear embossing powder.

The method is simple, first choose the brad you want to colour, I used silver as I thought it would show the colour better. You could always experiment with other colours. I then chose my ProMarker, the colour is Pumpkin, as this was the colour I needed for my finished topper, for the card I am working on.

I first picked up my brad with a pair of tweezers (do not try this using just your fingers, heat guns get VERY hot), I then coloured in the head of the brad. Immediately you have finished colouring place the head into the clear embossing powder and then using a heat gun melt the powder. I powdered and embossed a further two times, the finished result is what you see above. As the embossing cooled it took on the shape of the brad itself, looking like a little pumpkin coloured gem.

This is the project I wanted them for, a rather nice Bee digi-stamp by Dustin Pike. See how the colour of the brads matches the colouring on the bee's body. Using the same pens for both image and brad you can get perfect colour match, giving you a lovely professional finish.

Now all I have to do is finish off the card.

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, 13 August 2009

Short and Tweet

As I promised here is the JPEG of one of my birds for those who enjoy colouring in, just click on the image to download. Enjoy your crafting folks.

Take care,


Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Birds of a Feather Freebie

Finally I managed something that wasn't a butterfly. My second freebie to you are four sweet little birds, put together in a little kit called 'Birds of a Feather'. They are in PNG file format, so you can use them in your graphics programs for card making or scrapbooking. I have also an outline JPEG version for those who like colouring in, but have just noted it has green eyes, so will have to remove the colour before posting it. Something for you to look forward to I guess.

I have been busy card making, this time using the ProMarker coloured image of my butterfly and I thought you might like to see my finished card.
I used a 15.5x15.5 cm base card and covered it with a colourful butterfly paper (this could be a sneak peak of a future freebie). I then matted a printed paper design from Glenda Waterworth's soon to be released 'Decadent Brocade' cd with some silver mirri board, sticking the matt straight onto the base card. On top of that I placed my butterfly, the wings are slightly raised up to add more depth.
I am still pondering if I need to add any embellishments, but I think not. It works as it is, I hope you like it.

'Decadent Brocade' should be on general release in a couple of weeks time, I managed to get my copy on Pre-Order through being in the 'Graphicus Guild'. Hopefully I will be showing off some more cards made from the papers on this cd. If you want more information you can go to the 'Graphicus' website, but as I said it not released just yet.

Well that's about all for today, happy crafting all.


Monday, 10 August 2009

Been a Busy Wee Girl

Hi again, been happily trying to create stunning things on my computer for the last couple of days. I was very pleased with the number of people who downloaded my freebie butterfly, hopefully some of you will find it useful for something.

As you can see I have decided to colour in one of my butterfly designs. This is the same critter as I used in my title graphic, but this time it was a line drawing printed out and then coloured using my ProMarkers.

The colours I used were Amethyst, Lavender, Lilac, Blossom, Coral and Terracotta. The nice thing about these pens is they blend so nicely and do not leave streaks unless you want them to. The highlighting on the body was actually done with the lilac on top of the terracotta. The lilac took away the colour and looked rather nice.

Oh and one more thing before I sign off for today, I was reading Glenda Waterworth's blog, Artylicious, when I noticed she had a ONE WEEK FREEBIE which started week commencing Saturday, August 8. If you are anything like me you just love Glenda's design's and this 12x12 paper is no exception, well worth a download, but you have to be quick before it's gone.

Take care all,
Happy Crafting.


Saturday, 8 August 2009

Time For A Freebie

This rather cute Butterfly is my very first creation. If you would like to download it just click on the image. It is very similar to the one I used in my blog title, but this one I didn't colour in. As I said I am still learning, but having fun.

I enjoy colouring with ProMarker Pens, so I want to do a few line drawings for that purpose. At the moment is is very much trial and error with my creations. But I will enjoy colouring this one in, and putting it on a card, such excitement.

Letraset ProMarkers contain alcohol based inks and come in a range of 92 colours. They are wonderful to use, and give you a lovely proffesional finish. They are available from many stockists, though one of the cheapest I have found is from Joanna Sheen, who stocks a wide range and has FREE P&P!!

Anyways, have a great day,

Greebs xxx

There Has To Be A First

Well hello, I guess you can tell I am kinda new to this sort of thing. So I hope you don't mind if I ramble a bit, I guess I am a bit nervous.

I enjoy crafting, and look forward to sharing some of my crafty exploits with you. I am more into card making, but do like to do some digi-scrapbooking from time to time. I have just started designing my own papers and art work, and hopefully when I become brave enough I will share them with you. That is of course if I manage to work out how to do things like posting links and such.

Anyway, I'll keep this post short and sweet so as not to bore you - (to late) - old joke!!!

Take care all,