Friday, 8 April 2016

Four legged friend - entry for Passion for Promarkers week 340 Blog Challenge

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you are all having a brilliant week - it's nearly the weekend again! I'm not very well at the moment as I'm fighting a severe infection. It's mainly in my neck/throat but it's extremely uncomfortable to have anything touching my neck (even pillows!) so I'm not getting much sleep at the moment. As I can't sleep much anyway, I decided to spend a bit of time in my crudy and have a go at this week's blog challenge over at Passion For Promarkers blog please click the link for details .

Basik & Sparrows card with floating sparrow

 I bought a couple of ScrapBerry stamps last year but haven't got around to using them until today. I really like the whimsical style of the images and this Cat Detective image really caught my eye. I've kept the design really simple because in all honesty I don't feel up to a lot of faffing around, I've also kept the colouring relatively simple too for that same reason and because the smell of the Flexmarkers was making me cough more than usual. I've not added a sentiment to the card yet as I'm not sure who it's for at this point.

A lot of my Promarkers and Flexmarkers are not as juicy as they used to be (I've had to throw BG1 and 2 away as they were completely dried up) which makes blending challenging and is also why my characters are floating mid air as I'm out of a pale grey to ground them. I know sparrows are usually brown but the birds on the stamp set are all different colours which makes them really quirky so I decided to colour mine brightly too. I stamped the main character onto a panel of Sheena's Stamping Card, it isn't my favourite card for using alcohol ink pens on as it tends to bleed but I had a couple of panels pre-cut just sitting on my desk so I decided to use one. I added some bird stamps but actually stamped one of the birds upside down in the air so quickly trimmed the card panel down to 7.5 cm x 10.5 cm. I coloured the images in using Flexmarkers and added highlights to the birds and the deerstalker hat and scarf using clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle brush pen. I matted and layered this image onto black card stock and some yellow polka dot paper from docrafts Papermania Spots & Stripes > Brights 6" x 6" paper pack. The beige coloured large spotted paper came from the same pack and I stamped sparrows and flowers from the Basik & K "Basik & Sparrows" stamp set that I used for the main image. I coloured them in using bright coloured Flexmarkers as shown then went over the sparrows with the clear Sparkle pen. I matted and layered this piece on yellow and black cardstock and added it to a top folding 8" square card blank. I coloured one of the spare sparrows in using Bright Green Flexmarker and fussy cut it out leaving the legs off the image. I added the green bird to a thin strip of acetate and secured it to the back of the main image panel so it floats/flies over the scene. I then added d/s sticky tape to the back panel and added it to my pre-decorated card front as shown. Here are a few more photos with close ups of the topper etc.

I spy with my little eye something beginning with - DINNER!!

Close up of Floating/Flying buffet item erm I mean cute lil birdie!

*Thinks* I may have to crash land on Harry (yellow bird)
I hope you like my latest card, hopefully I'll think of someone to send it to so it doesn't end up in a box somewhere which tends to be the fate of a lot of unplanned cards. I'll be making a few more cards as soon as I feel better - I'm a bit worried about passing the lurgy on via the cards so don't want to make too many potential snail mail time bombs aka cards! As always I'd love to hear from my lovely blog followers so please don't be shy, leave a comment below and help cheer me up *cough, cough*.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx


  1. A great card. I love those little birdies. Thanks for joining Passion for Promarkers. Elaine

  2. Too cute Sarah, love how you've created the background and the main image is fab too! Thanks for entering this weeks challenge at Passion for Promarkers :) Donna ♥ x

  3. Really cute card Sarah. I love the adorable image and your colouring is perfect (it's annoying when your pens run out at the wrong time isn't it!). Thanks for joining us at PFP this week for Elaine's 'four legged friends' challenge. Good luck, Denise x


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