Addicted To Stamps ” Make your Mark Challenge 1 “

Its a new day its a new dawn and I’m feeling gooood !!! and why you may ask,  well……..drum roll ……….the lovely and talented and with undoubtedly good taste lol Kylie of Addicted to Stamps has invited me to join her along with five super talented ladies to be part of her new venture  a weekly challenge for one and all  ! I feel privileged and honoured to be part of this wonderful group of talented crafters and especially as this is a new venture. There will be weekly challenges and also for the scrapbookers amongst you a monthly one so something for everyone. I do hope you will  find the time in your busy schedules to come along and play with us

Our first challenge is ” Make your Mark ” anything goes as long as your use markers. Well , when I saw the theme for this first challenge I was ready for handing in my resignation ! I have only used markers once and that was one colour on a Fimo heart ! My knees buckled my legs turned to Jelly and I went in search of my very limited colouring implements which had been purloined long ago by my younger son to deface , he says to enhance his school books. What did I find to my dismay …..about 10 markers, five without lids and these of course were the colours  I wanted and the rest well you can all be the judge by looking at my card ! Being a Saturday afternoon the shops were closed and I needed to make my card in a jiffy so here I present for you my very first creation with dried up Promarkers  !. I practiced all day Sunday (what did we do before you tube !!!) and I was fearful that I wouldn’t have anything to show you but here it is…..

Thought I would give you a close up of my rubbish sorry amazing colouring !!! This is known as the black magic technique,  you stamp the image onto black card in white ink  , I tried both Stazon and SU, SU is in my humble opinion a better base. Once the ink is dry you then colour over it with pencils ,  as the challenges was markers that’s what I used ,then you add willy nilly ( Vicky aka Crafting Claire please  help me here with the spelling )  white marker pen to highlight the image ) and Bobs  your uncle ( you Brits remember that saying  !! ) it worked well sort of .

I stuck another of my superbly coloured ( tongue in cheek ) butterflies on the inside , it seemed a shame to leave it off as I had made so many of them,  in other words I made it so you are seeing it !!!

I used Hero Arts butterfly and die cut for the image , Spellbinders for the frame cut with foam and one of my new Sizzix embossing folders for the base. Now if I can do it then so can you !!!! So please come over to Addicted to Stamps to see what the experts,  in other words the rest of the DT have created to inspire us , I am definitely inspired and will be seeking  out some one to one lessons !

We would love for you to like us on Facebook as we will be announcing our winners there too ….so come on why not pop over to Addicted to Stamps  for all of the details and maybe even join us cos I know you are all addicted to stamps !!

I would also like to enter this into the Bearly-Mine challenge who are asking us to use flowers on our cards.

Take care


32 thoughts on “Addicted To Stamps ” Make your Mark Challenge 1 “

  1. As ever you are far too modest. I think you’ve done an amazing job and it doesn’t surprise me that you’re in such high demand, congratulations and I look forward to seeing more of your stunning work x

  2. Congratulations ! Love your card. I really love your ATC’s on ther previous post.
    Hope life is treating you well.
    Chris xo

  3. Stunning, Marie! You´re an exceptional artist – even if you are forced to work under bad conditions, you are able to create something as stunning as this card… great! The white embossed card base contrasts perfectly with your darker embellishments on top!

  4. Always making me giggle!! You wouldn’t think you hadn’t used your markers, the card is just beautiful Marie! I think you must be my long lost twin sister as far as the humour stakes go…. Great job for the first challenge!!

  5. oh Hun,you do make me laugh can just imagine you,trying to find,your pens,then realising,they were all drie up with no tops on,oh have been there Hun,but tell you what,rubbish don’t you dare they are brilliant Hun honest they have turned out into,such amazing butterflies,the detail is just amazing,and adore the colours too,they look brilliant stamped onto black card. Congratualtions on your DT post too Hun could not have happened to a more nicer,kinder or talneted lady,have a great day Hun hugs Cherylxxxxxx

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post Marie. Had me smiling and laughing all the way. I think you underestimate yourself – your colouring looks perfectly fine. Can only imagine how good you’ll be with markers that are juicy and have their lids! Love what you made. Just perfect.

  7. Marie – this is an absolutely beautiful card and the colouring is great. I love this black magic technique. You did make me giggle today which was great as I thought someone had hacked my email as both that and my blog disappeared….. NIGHTMARE!! Luckily able to get it back but someone had been trying to hack – just so not the right time at the moment!

    Karen x

  8. You really made me chuckle here Marie and your card is very striking. The butterflies look amazing against the black and very jewel like.
    Congratulations on your DT position too and it’s lovely to see so many of my friends on the team.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  9. Your blog is always such a treat to visit Marie – your work is just amazing and this gorgeous card is no exception with its vibrant colours and fabulous embossed background. Those flowers and butterflies look velvety soft and if this is what you create using some dried up old pens, what on earth couldn’t you do with a set of juicy markers?!! You have spelt willy nilly in the perfect way of course since I imagine it’s as much a staple of your conversation as it is mine! (And I mean that in a caring way as Dame Edna would say.) Vicky x

  10. Congratulations on your new DT post, I loved the description of how you coloured this gorgeous card. The words sound perfectly all right to me.Love those beautiful butterflies.
    Yvonne x

  11. With markers? You are certainly a “girl” of many talents, It’s a beautiful card, far away or close up.

    Keep your chin up, or you’ll end up with a double one like me LOL

  12. Congrats on your new DT position Marie, I’ll do my best to join in (and you’ll have to write me a nice comment, rofl!) Even though you’ve used some scabby old dried markers your card is gorjuss – the butterflies are fab, haven’t tried this techniwque of stamping in white. TTFN.Suze xx

  13. Hi
    I will forgive you for adding song lyrics as this is one of my all time favourite songs …. the downside …. not the most relaxing song to be in my head at 9.20 p.m.!!!!
    Congratulations on your new DT role how fabulous as is your card. Gorgeous butterflies.

  14. I ADORE this, dear friend! GORGEOUS use of markers–I may have to CASE you!!! I have this embossing folder and need to use it more! 🙂

  15. Big congratulations Marie, glad that you are feeling good, have been wondering about you with all the carryings on in Greece lately.
    Another lovely creation, and why is it all problems begin on a Sunday, not feeling well, toothache, Promarkers drying up, it is tough, but still you have managed to get through it with a fabulous card. Love the embossing folder, fabulous colouring.

    Kath x

  16. You wouldn’t imagine that you’d had such trouble to make this card by looking at it. It is a real stunner. The colours are gorgeous, blending terrific and layout perfect! You write a cracker of a blog post!

  17. Congratulations!! on your DT position, Marie…so well deserved!!
    Your colouring looks brilliant. I love your butterflies, those colours against the black card look fabulous! Such a gorgeous embossed background and the way you have framed your flowers is the perfect focal point!! xx

  18. Congrats on joining the DT Marie …you really pulled this card out of the bag, what an amazing technique!!! The white base really shows those colours so well :0)
    Jenny x

  19. what a lovely card you have made here. It fits perfectly for the Bearly Mine Challenge Blog. Thank you for taking part in this challenge and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team Member) xxx

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