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Thursday 14 February 2013

15 minutes of fame (well nearly lol)

Good morning folks, ooooooooh I'm beside myself with excitement this morning as some of my projects are going to be on TV this evening! The lovely Berni from Your Creativity Store asked us girlies on the PanPastel Design Team  if we would have a play with the fabulous new Graph'It markers and guess what?? They are going to be on Create and Craft this evening at 7pm, to add to the excitement our very own Tracie from the DT will be demonstrating them!! 

Graphi'It markers are a range of alcohol markers, 'whats new there' I hear you say, we've all got promarkers, copics or spectrum noirs in our craft rooms. Well Graph'It markers bled beautifully, they are quite thick so very comfy on the old paws if you're having a long colouring session and they come is a gorgeous selection of colours. Now as far as I'm concerned the biggest advantage of Graph'It markers is their fab 'blendability' and the fact that they have a really unique accessory - the Mix'It blending palette and this may look like a little square of plastic but it is a WONDERFUL creation lol. It means that you can mix your marker colours to create different shades but also to create new colours and then you use your blender pen to apply the colour! You can graduate colour on your Mix'It and then colour and shade in one 'swooosh' of the blender pen. 
Absolute genius idea!

This little project really shows the 'blendability' of colour you can get with the Graph'Its and the Mix'It I've used one of the Colour Me  Domino images from the Gecko Galz for this little hanging ornament. I coloured the butterfly with the markers and as you can see th e purple is nice strong shade. I wanted to create a 'wash' of colour for the background so I blended the purple with a little pink on the Mix'It and applied with the chisel end of the blender pen - so much quicker than just layering colour by colour as we usually do with alcohol markers. This means that you don't need as many colour pens too!

Once the image was colours I stamped two Ranger frosted Microscope slides with a little swirl using black stazon at the top and bottom although you can't really see that in the pic.
I've used glossy accents to stick the images to some frosted Microscope slides and to stick it all together, and used silver EP around the edges to seal them.  I've added At the bottom I've used a metal filigree corner, again attached with glossy accents and bent around the slide with a little more glossy accents at the black. The metal tassle was made with an old broken silver chain that I cut up into short lengths and popped on a jump ring  At the top I've added a glue on bale and some beads from my stash, a little butterfly charm and a gorgeous little rose button. Once it was all dry, I've finished off with some lilac seam binding ribbon.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Anything goes: Vintage/Shabby Chic
Paper Minutes: butterflies in spring
Tuesday Alchemy: Hearts all a flutter (hearts/wings)

We've had an awful lot of weather here in the last day or so lol, snow, wind, then a bit of rain and now its freezing. I haven't ventured out yet but it looks a bit like an ice rink outside eeeeeeeeeek! Take care if you're out and about it in and thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


  1. How exciting for have your creations on TV this evening. I must try to remember to watch. The sound like fabulous pens.
    Your creations is so beautiful. I love the colours and the butterfly is gorgeous.
    Hugs Sue

  2. fabulous project Claire, love the colours. Please don't tempt me with any more!
    Kim x

  3. Gorgeous creation Claire & congrats on your new found fame :) Well-deserved! Happy Valentines Day, Shirleyxx

  4. Claire,
    Beautiful tag I bet the markers will be a hit .

  5. Claire, this is just stunnig. I am so marker poor (over 100 in different brands) there is no way I could add more, but they sound yummy to work with.

  6. Gorgeous project Claire, love the colours. Congrats on the TV airing. Judith xx

  7. Hi Claire. I'll be watching, beautiful project. Debbie

  8. Stunning work...Fabulous colours & wonderful detail.. Simply Beautiful... Hugs May x x x

  9. What a super project!! Love the sound of these markers too will investigate!! You have added a lot of detail and techniques here. The microscope slides are fantastic for this little hanging. Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes this time and good luck
    Carol xx DT

  10. A stunning tag!
    Thank you for joining in with Craft Den’s Anything Goes Challenge. Hugs Jude x


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