Friday, 11 February 2011


How spooky...I popped on the TV while I sat down to post my latest efforts which involved something I hadn't done for absolutely ages ... when on QVC they had just finished showing a set of Martha Stewart Pencil Crayons....which I had just been experimenting with...NOT Martha Stewart's but an ancient school set belonging to my daughter (good quality but many broken leads), a tin of little pencils from a pound shop and some novelty multi pencils left over from some kids party bags!!

To be honest I actually got on with the cheapest one the best, the old school set were lovely and soft and blendable but they didn't sharpen well and it was difficult to use them on small details.
To soften edges and blend....I tried various implements and techniques (polystyrene, different erasers, foam...etc!) but actually blending with my finger worked best.

The reason I was experimenting was I realised not using my stamps on my budget cards was limiting the use of images to clip art and digi stamps from the PC and as my printer is inkjet this doesn't take kindly to watercolour techniques. One of the reasons why I created my DIGI TO SKETCH method, and of course Promarkers are out of the question as I class these with my proper Cardmaking stuff....
BUT..... what fun I had ......I had forgotten how much I love old fashioned colouring in. It was so therapeutic.
I found a lovely free image on BEE CRAFTY's Blog. this is the first time I had visited their site and despite not going in for cute images (don't really get much call to use them), I found their images charming ...quite quirky, I was even tempted to buy the cute little pair of bunnies...think they will make great Easter Cards ...."from us" style. Cant wait to have a play.
The whole exercise was a practice one, but I decided to turn my efforts into bookmarks to giveaway free to celebrate World Book Day 3rd March....instead of RAK ATC'c...these are RAK bookmarks!!!

To finish them off I raided some of salvaged ribbon stock!!!!

So now they are finished articles I will enter them into some challenges.
So many challenges had HEARTS this month (we do all like a bit of romance)
This is the most challenges I have entered and some I have never visited before so I hope I am not stepping on any toes and have followed guidelines properly...but I couldn't resist entering after visiting and getting inspired on these many great blogs.
wow!!!!!haven't I run on ......sorry!


Denise and Louise said...

Absolutely gorgeous bookmarks and wonderful colouring technique. Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

Caroline said...

How sweet bookmars.. love the way you have colored them :)

andrea said...

gorgeous bookmarks,as an avid bookworm i need 100's of them:)thankyou for joining us at fab'n'funky

princesskitten said...

they look really affective

kitten DYSU team

WencheP said...

I absolutely love these cool.... thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Miranda said...

great tags Diana, they look lovely
thanks for joining us at the DYSU challenge this week


Janna said...

Hi Diane! Such a great ribbon project! Absolutely adorable :) Thanks so much for joining us at DYSU this week! Janna

Bee said...

Great use of the 'Love' image and thank you for your kind comments, glad you have found Bee Crafty.

Thanks for playing along :)

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous set of bookmarks Diane, how lovely to see them coloured with crayons.
Thank you for sharing them with us at The Stamp Man this week.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Deirdre said...

Diane, saw under the comments that this is your first time joining us on Paperplay - welcome!

We hope you will visit and play along again and love what you created for this weeks challenge. Adorable bookmarks. I love colouring too... so fun! Hope you have a great weekend.

Cheryl Gaffney said...

Beautiful bookmarks!! I have two boys that would just love these!!

Tfs, Cheryl @

Feel free to come by and give me a visit... leave me a comment so I know you were there!

Lorraine A said...

oohh ,, I love these bookmarks and how nice to find fab pencils to use !! :-) I need to raid my daughters drawers I think !! :-)

thanks for joining us on the PTW Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Sharon said...

Gorgeous bookmarks.
Thanks for joining us at Fab 'n' Funky this time, hope to see you again for the next challenge.
Sharon x

Alicia said...

Your bookmarks are beautiful! Thanks for joining in at Paper Play this week. Hope to see you again soon.
Alicia xx

Mandy said...

Diane these are gorgeous, fab colouring.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our "hearts & flowers but not Valentine" challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Keely Yowler said...

Love your fabulous bookmarks! Thanks for playing with us at DYSU :)

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