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Friday, 30 April 2010

Weekend workshop #44 - Digi Friday

It’s nearly the weekend so that means one thing………yes it is digi Friday and today we have a fantastic storage solution to show you as well as a tutorial from Gina, before we get to that though we have the very important job of telling you who last weeks winner was, the prize is from DigiStamp Boutique who I know you will agree have some fabulous images. So here we go the winner is ……….
If you could please email Debbi who will get your prize sorted out for you :)
Now onto this weeks sponsor is Lily-Boo's Boutique and the prize is your choice of a collection from the boutique, they have some lovely images so you will be spoilt for choice.
I picked the gorgeous image “fairy with a wand” from the bunches digi set for next weeks challenge, isn’t she just a cutie and would be ideal for lots of challenges. Now I am apologising for the photos straight away, the weather was horrid and so dark
Firstly I decided on which papers I would be using and then got all of my colours together, I used Vanilla and Saffron for the skin, I like go over the area a few times with Vanilla and then use saffron around the hairline for shadow, her cute cheeks were coloured with pastel pink
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Next I did her tights, I wanted to do a solid colour instead of strips so I used amber on the edges and left a white gap in the middle I then used manderin on the edge again to make the edges darker. Next was onto the dress, now with the light coming up above her I wanted the bottom of the dress to be shaded so I used pastel pink for the main dress and then the shadow was cocktail pink, on the picture below it does look very stark so always blend over with the lighter colour over the darker colour to blend the two together.
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As you can see once it is blended it is nice and fluid, onto the hair now and I used Tan as the base colour
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Then I pick out where I think the darker areas will be and colour with cocoa, again it looks very harsh so go over the area again with tan so the colours blend, you may need to do this a few times to get it how you want, but I can do it half a dozen times just so it looks how I want it too, never be scared of adding more colour. Finally I used carmine to do her frills and used some stickles for the wings and pazzazz of the wand :)
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I hope I have not bored you too much, if you want to see the finished card check out the new challenge which starts on Tuesday. Don’t forget too, that if you want to win some fabby images just leave a comment on this post and you will be entered into the prize draw
Hugs Gina xxx


Now we know how difficult it is to find good storage for our ProMarkers, well Nicky sent us a link to her blog and with Nicky’s permission we are going to show you her fabulous storage solution she has done,

Nicky’s Wording ………
My promarkers have been driving me made as they were in a number of different containers and I never seem to pick up the right container, so I decided I needed to sort it.This is a CD storage box from Tescos (£16.97) it comes with 100 sleeves to put CD in.
Being sad I had some Pro markers in my handbag so was able to try them in the shop for size! Each sleeve holds seven promakers and each section comfortable hold 10 sleeves or eleven with a little bit of a squeeze. As I said I like things very organised or as my DH says OCD!
I used some adhesive labels in my Craft Robo and cut out the little circles this way they were still attached to the backing sheet I could colour them and then peel them off with my poky tool and stick to the ends of the pens, I also have put a coloured circle on the bar of each sleeve (which slides out making this very easy)
In the back of each sleeve I have a little card with the name of the promarker and a square coloured if I have that one. The sheets in the top of the lid come from the Letraset site
The one on the left is a download of the complete range coloured the one on the right is blank with just the names so you can colour in the pens you own and see at a glance which ones you have or haven't got. This fits neatly in the draw of my craft desk is easy to carry around and at last all my promarkers are in one place and easy to see and grab. I can take just one out or if doing shading I can take the sleeves out - the sleeve are already numbered so easy to put back in place!
Like lots of people I craft in the corner of our living room I might put some photos on to give you all ideas on how to craft in small place that have to look tidy when we finished! lol
Hope you like the idea
I think you will all agree it is a fab idea for taking your pens out to crops or just moving from room to room with them, Thank you Nicky for letting us show :)
Wow that was a long post, we hope you enjoyed it and if you have any comments or would just like to say hi we would love to hear from you.
Hugs Gina, Denise and the Design Team xxx


  1. Wonderful tutorial this week as well. Really colourful image, can't wait to see how that card will look!

  2. What a fantastic storage idea. Thanks for sharing. Jaqui x

  3. Mmmm! Lovin' that storage PM's are all over the place. Great tutorial per!

  4. That is a fab storage idea for the pens!!
    I love the cute image too!!

  5. love the stripey tights in this tutorial gina and as for the storage well what can i say, other than I want one!!!! ClareX

  6. Fab tutorial. Love the promarker storage idea. Might have to pay a visit to Mr T later. Thank you. x

  7. gorgeous image coloured beautifully!

    The storage idea is great too x

  8. Wow great tutorial. I have just started using pro markers and have just found this site. I cant wait to get more markers now. Thought I had enough (got 15) but I can now see the difference the shading makes. Thanks so much for the storage idea too. I have a bit of ocd too when it comes to my craft. This is great!!!

  9. Thanks for the tutorial, I really love coming here and have a look, you never bore me!! I'm always using Ivory for the skin and dusky pink for the shades...must try the vanilla too. Thanks

  10. great tutorial and i lurve the storage idea :-)

    Debs x

  11. Love the tutorial and thanks for all the lovely comments on my storage - happy to share xx

  12. Loving the tutorials every week! Thank you!

  13. Great colouring! Especially love the legs. Thanks for showing us.

  14. Great colouring and a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for the storage idea.

  15. Great tutorial can't wait to see the fininshed card..

    As for storage I have got an upright CD rack at the side of my desk which I saw on somebodies blog (so sorry can't give anyone credit cus I can't remember) Its great for at home, but if I go out for a crafty day even to my nextdoor neighbour its to heavy to carry, so I have to get them all out....

    hugs shell xx

  16. I have just found this blog and have enjoyed looking round it. The tutorial was fabulous with great images and very understandable instructions. Thank you so much for that.
    Re the storage- what a great idea. I have so far accumulated about 50 promarkers and just have them all together in a box. It's a real nuisance to find the colours I need at the time. This has me now thinking about how to store them properly.
    Now that I've found this site, I intend to make use of it.
    Many hugs,

  17. A fabulous tutorial this week & excellent Promarker storage. I'm very organised myself I think everything should have a label to make finding things easily, I know where every little item is in my craft hobbit lol. What makes this great maybe compared to mine is it will be more portable where as mine I only carry from the summer house(my craft room/hobbit) to the house.
    Cant wait to see your card on Tuesday Gina. Take care all.

    Hugs Vicky x

  18. Another fab tutorial, and what a great storage idea. All my Promarkers are in a drawer and I have to pour them out onto the desk to see all the colours. Debs xx

  19. The tutorial was brilliant! Thank you x What a fab idea for the promarker storage ! xx

  20. I love these colouring tutorials - who'd have thought that we could ALL do this with the amazing Promarkers. Now I'm off to cut some of those sticky spots - what a simple but brilliant idea :o)

  21. Thanks for another fabulous tutorial - the image is gorgeous!
    The storage idea is so great!
    Love, Andrea xx

  22. Another great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. The image is fabulous and great colours. Thought I had posted already but can't see it. Great storage idea.

  23. Brilliant tutorial, thank you! As a beginner it is great to get blending tips especially for faces and hair! Great storage idea too, I shall have to go and have a look for those cases. Thanks x

  24. Fab Image and thank you for the tutorial. I love the storage idea and I'm off to Tesco's to find a cd box ;o)

  25. Gorgeous tutorial, and genius storage!

  26. loving that fairy, great tutorial, and what a fabulous storage solution! Off to Tesco I think!!!

    pjay xx

  27. brill tutorial i must say and how brilliant is that storage i must pick one up myself now my collection is growing xx

  28. What a lovely tutorial thank you! Another big thank you to Nicky for sharing her storage solution with us. Just luv your weekend workshops I really have learnt a lot. Lotsa luv xxxx

  29. Brill tutorial, Gina and such a cute image! I do love her sparkly wings!! Love this storage solution too! Juliex

  30. What a fantastic idea I wish we had a Tesco's in Perth Western Australia. The fairy you coloured is absolutly beautiful. many thanks again ladies just love your tutorials

  31. Storage is brilliant - just perfect for me as I have the same kind of mindset. Have only a few ProMarkers as yet but already I've been wondering about storing the whole set as that ia definitely what I am aiming for & I've not seen anything as "ME" as this. Thanks so much.
    Paula (PEP)

  32. Thank you so much for this tutorial, I am new to card making after being a scrapbooker for many years. I have just purchased a starter set of pro markers and this is such a help to me to see how to use them.