Friday, 29 November 2013

Wk 23... Vintage Polka dots Graph'It marker challenge

Hi everyone, welcome to another Graph'It marker challenge! 
Firstly, we'd like to wish all our friends in the USA a very 
Happy Thanksgiving
we give thanks here to you all for reading and joining in with this fab blog each week, thankyou all so much! And also of course, thanks to all the rest of our readers around the world, wherever you may be! We appreciate your support!

Did you get to watch our Create and Craft TV show with Nikky yesterday? Sellouts across the board, fantastic! The word is certainly spreading about our lovely Graph'Its and we know that everyone who tries them usually falls in love just like we all have! Don't forget, they also mix with your other markers too so they are a great addition to your marker collections and we have LOADS of colours that are not found in other brands too. If you didn't see the show you might be able to see repeats here  - well worth checking out the fabulous hints and tips from Nikky! If you missed the fantastic new marker sets which were absolute bargains You can get them from Premium Craft Brands here or from here. If you struggle with where to start choosing colours then you must check out the new Nikky's Choice set which is a really special deal - it sold out on the show yesterday but there is a different version of this set here available now and exclusively, in very limited quantities!

If you bought the 36 wallet pack on the show and want the colour chart for the front of your wallet you can download it here.

We will be adding samples from the team over the next few days to tempt you with so make sure you keep checking our posts each day : )

Here is the great demo that Nikky made on the show - don't you just LOVE the Ombre hair effect? She's promised to do a YouTube of this really soon so we'll let you know once it's posted up!


 Did you see the new Graph'It Glitter Shake pens? Oh my, they are AWESOMELY good! Nikky has been nagging for a few things she thinks we need and we love that the Graph'It people really listen to what we need as crafters, it shows what a great brand they are! You can get them from Premium Craft Brands here or from here.

Nikky has been nagging for some time about needing WHITE PENS...and finally last week she got her wish! The new Graph'It Shake White - woohoo!! She has been road testing these for a couple of weeks now and is happy to report they are fantastic with really dense coverage and they don't clog up - sooo important!
These are so hot off the press that even the DT don't have them yet, they're so jealous! You can get them from Premium Craft Brands here or from here.

So, let's get on with the show and today's challenge and winners!...
As you know, we choose a random winner each week to win our Graph'It goodies - 
today's Random winner for Week 21 as chosen by Random.org this week is No 3 KBrandy4 - well done Hazel!! 
Email us here to claim your prize!
Our Top 3 favourites from Week 21 are: 
No 20 Leona, No 54, Coops and No 42 Jessie L - well done ladies, your work was fabulous, feel free to take your blinkies from the sidebar! 

So onto the challenge...today we are asking the team and YOU to show us your 
Vintage makes using some Polka Dots...
so pretty easy really to join in! 
You have until Sunday 8th December at noon to enter and the winner will receive a Graph'It goodie bag! The winner of this challenge will be announced on Fridya 13th December - lucky for some!

Ok, let's get to the inspirational stuff...

Claire C I've coloured up one of the adorable angels from the PolkaDoodles CD Angelberry Christmas and created some polkadots with the blender pen...
Colours used: Dress: 1270, 1180, 1230,1210, 9402, blender
Skin: 4180, 4155, 4145, 4115, 5125, 5110
Hair: 3125, 3110, 1270, 1140

Iris - I just couldn't resist when I saw this little cute snowman on the Polkadoodles 'A Home For Christmas' CD. Polka dots on Snowy's hat as well as in my background papers.
 Markers used:
Red: 5280, 3180, 5240, 5220
Green: 8290, 8280, 8260, 8220
Snow: 9103, 9101, 9100
Beige: 3210, 4110
Orange: 2130, 2110, 2105
Cheeks: 4145
Brown: 3140, 3125, 3110, 4170
Blender Pen

Suzi - I adore Vintage cards, but tend to struggle with them, so my project for this week is a little bit Vintage and a little bit Retro!  It's got Polka dots and features a beautiful image by Emma Canning available in the Polkadoodles Store.
Markers used;
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4170, 4145
Hair: 9100, 9102, 7119, 6290
Wings: 9100. 9102 & Silver Glitter Shake Pen
Dress and Shoes: 5240, 5255, 5280
Background: 9100, 9102

Jane: I love making vintage cards, I have used some lovely shabby chic papers for my card and an Emma Canning image from Polkadoodles. I added vintage style lace and a lovely crochet flower topper with a vintage button. I added my polka dots to the books using the blender pen.
Markers used:
Skin: 4175, 4115, 4155
Hair: 3160, 3110, 3140, 3125
Blue: 7240, 7220, 7210
Yellow: 1250, 1150
Pink: 5125, 5210
Polka dots: Blender

So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Graph'It team this week, brilliant as ever!...

You have until  Sunday 8th December at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! 
The winner of this challenge will be announced on Friday 13th December here on this blog. 
Please check our rules for all entries: 
1. All entries MUST follow the challenge theme. 2. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the linky tool - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry.  3. No back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting.
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Friday, 22 November 2013

Wk 22 Dark skintones

Hey Graph'It fans! Hope you're all looking forward to a fabulous weekend filled with lots of colouring - this week we have a great challenge for you, but first we have some exciting news!

We have a new Graph'It show on
Create and Craft TV on Thurs 28th Nov 
at noon (time subject to change) 

with Nikky, showing us all some great hints and tips and lots of lovely NEW products too! Exciting! Make sure you tune into the show which is on Sky 671 or Freeview 36 or you can also watch online at www.createandcraft.tv

Before we get to this week's inspiration and prizes, it's time to announce the winner of last week's challenge. We use a RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR so that everyone has an equal chance of winning. IN ADDITION we also pick a Top 3 and may ask one of those people each month to join us as a Guest Designer. So here is today's winner chosen by our random number generator this week:
No 10 Donna....Congratulations Donna!

You win a great prize of £30 of Graph'It goodies, woohoo!


We also like to choose a Top 3 faves of the week so this week the Design Team have picked (in no particular order)....
No 3 Dee, No 6 Julie and No 9 Denyse
Well done to all of you!
Please email Nikky here to claim your prize and please grab your blinkies from the sidebar.

The winner of this week's challenge will win a fantastic prize of Graph'It goodies!


Remember - you can use ANY brand of alcohol marker to enter our challenges!


This week we decided to stretch the team's imagination and skills a little and gave them a toughie…we regularly receive emails from people asking how to colour different skin tones so this week 
we asked the team to colour 
Dark Skintones

Now we'd love you to have a go at this challenge too - go on, PLEASE try and have a go
It's not as hard as you think! 
We know this one is a little scary so as usual, you can enter an Anything Goes make in the challenge but there will be extra brownie points if you join in and brownie points for anyone who 
shows us how to colour Black Hair!

So let's get to the great team creations this week

Remember to join our Facebook group too, Graph'It Markers UK, where we have daily inspiration and share some of our favourite makes & hints and tips every day, it's a great place to be and we have some exciting news to share very soon!....

Cara...When I saw the theme for this challenge my first thoughts were EEEEEK! but i'm actually pleased I tried colouring darker skin tones now, and while it's far from perfect I now have a starting point to work on.  Go on give it a try!!
Graph'its used:
Skin: 3230,3210,4150,4120,4135
Dress and accessories: 5120,5140,5220
Shoes and hair: 3290,3280,3270,3245

Debbie
Well I am going to admit this challenge really scared me! I have never ever attempted Dark skintones but I have to say I am really pleased at how my card turned out ….
Graph'its used:
Skin: 3120, 3140, 3250 Hair: 9505, 9507, 9509
Coat & Hat: 5280, 5250,5245. Gloves & Scarf: 8270, 8280,8150.
Boots: 3120, 3140, 3290, 4150.

Kevin
I have enjoyed this challenge, because it isn't very often I use dark skin tones, so it was nice to try out different skin colour combos.The image I have used it from the Polkadoodles Fredericka Cd rom.
Graph'It Markers used.
Skin 4120,4170,4180,3125,5120
Hair 9909, 9905,9501,9107
Clothing,5220,5240.5270,9905,9508,9501.

Simonne ...Slightly scary challenge, lol, but hopefully I've managed to achieve it! I decided to go for a very deep skin tone for my card.


Graph'it Markers used:
Skin: 3190 3160 3140 3120 4110
Hair: 9409 3290 3270 3250 3210
Outfit:1280 1150 1140 (yellow) 2130 2180 2160 (orange)
Tree trunk: 3250 3245
Leaves: 3230 3280 8220


So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Graph'It team this week!…


You have until  Sunday 29th November at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! 
The winner of this challenge will be announced on Friday 6th December here on this blog. 

Please check our rules for all entries: 
1. All entries MUST follow the challenge theme. 2. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the linky tool - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry.  3. No back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting.4. Please ensure you follow the challenge theme!

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Wk 21 Lucky 7/Anything Goes!

Hello and it's time for another Graph'It challenge!

As there are 7 new colours in Graph'It this month we thought it would be great to show you what you can do with them...so this week our challenge for the team was to Use all the new 7 colours....
But, we realise that everyone at home doesn't have all these maybe so our main challenge theme for you guys at home is 
'Anything Goes'

Our Random Winner of week 19's challenge Tic Tac Toe is...
No 16, Nicole - well done Nicole! Please email us here to claim your prize!
Our Top 3 favourites this week are: No 9, Sue, No 20: Lucy and No 23: Netty
Well done girls - make sure you all grab your blinkies from the sidebar!

So, let's get to the great team creations this week...

Remember to join our Facebook group too, Graph'It Markers UK, where we have daily inspiration and share some of our favourite makes & hints and tips every day, it's a great place to see some fantastic makes from the team and pick their brains on colours and techniques!....

Suzi - I had a wonderful time with this challenge, colouring a very beautiful detailed image. I love the end result, hope you do too!
I used the following colours;
Fairy; 6110, 6130, 6290, 7105, 7110, 7115, 7119
Mermaid; 7119, 8220, 8240, 8280, 8290
Unicorn; 6120, 6130, 6140, 6175, 6185, 6290
Unicorn Hair; 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140, 6150, 6290
Dragon; 5210, 5215, 5245, 6290
Face; 6290, 7210, 7220, 7250, 8140, 8160, 8190
Hair; 6290, 8110, 8140, 8160, 8180, 8190

Claire C - the new colours are all gorgeous, a great addition to the Graph'It Range so this challenge was a lot of fun
Colours used:
Skin: 4180, 4155,4115, 4120 (blush: 5125, 5110)
Hair: 6290, 3140,3110, 1250, 1210
Eyes: 6175, 6120
Hood: 8290, 8280, 8250, 8220
Rabbit: 9305, 9303,9400
Deer: 3130, 3110, 1250

Iris - For me it's Lucky 3 because at the moment I only have 3 of the new colors. But the rest is on its way...YAY! So this is what I came up with for this challenge:

Here are the all the Graph' It markers I 've used:
Brown: 3190, 3170, 3130, 3110,4155
Pink: 5115,4135,9303
White: 7109(new), 7105
Lilac: 6120, 6140, 6175(new)
Red: 5220, 5210, 5250, 9303
Blue: 7105, 7125, 7170
Green: 8190(new), 8270, 8120
Lime: 8280, 3230, 1130

Jane: I had great fun colouring my image using the new colours, they work so well with my existing collection of pens and were perfect for colouring this boy's Christmas card
Colours used:
Holly leaves: 8190, 8260, 8270
Skin: 4175, 4115, 4120, 4155
Trousers: 7119, 7109, 7125,
Jacket: 5245, 5215, 5220
Jumper: 6290, 8290
Book: 3245, 3255, 4120, 6290, 6175

So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Graph'It team this week!...

You have until  Sunday 24th November at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! 
The winner of this challenge will be announced on Friday 29th November here on this blog. 

Please check our rules for all entries: 
1. All entries MUST follow the challenge theme. 2. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the linky tool - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry.  3. No back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting.4. Please ensure you follow the challenge theme!
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Friday, 8 November 2013

Wk 20 Furry Friends

Friday again! Where do these weeks fly off to?


We have to give you a little heads up this week - Nikky will be on Create and Craft TV at 2pm this Sunday 10th November - she's not demonstrating Graph'It markers but will have the glorious brand new Graph'It GLITTER Shake markers to show you! These are GORGEOUS! Make sure you tune in to see them and see their lushness! 


So onto this week's business....our theme this week is....

FURRY FRIENDS!

The team were all asked to make sure they had a Furry Friend in their make this week -  You guys at home can either follow the theme for some fun OR 
we will let YOU enter 'Anything Goesthis week (but we'd love you to try the challenge of course!)...


The winner of this week's challenge will receive a 6 pack of Graph'It markers to play with so you need to be in it to win it!.....

Our Random winner from Week 18 is No.21 Fiona - 

congratulations Fi! 


You won a pack of 6 Graph'It markers and a Mix'It blending palette -  please email us here to claim your prize!


Our Top 3 entries for this challenge were 8 KBrandy4, 17 Tracey 


and 9 Suzie so well done ladies, don't forget to grab your blinkies!



So let's get on over to the Design Team's Inspiration this week, we have some gorgeous makes to show you, as usual!...

Debbie ... Today is my first challenge here on the blog and I'm over the moon to be joining the Amazing Graph'It Marker DT, For my card today I have coloured the cute little lamb with curly fur.
Graph'it Markers used:
Skin 4115, 4120, 4125, 4155, 4145   Hair 3110, 4120, 4150
Dress 7105, 7109, 7125   Holly 8270, 8280, 5250
Lamb 9501, 9503, 9505, 4145   Donkey 3110,3120, 3140, 4150
Blanket 7130, 7119,7180
Crib 3110, 3120, 3140, 3250   Straw 1150, 1250

Cara ... When I colour fur I use my markers to create little dots to give texture and to blend the colours. I used my pink grey's to colour this cute little fuzzy owl. I also used the gorgeous new Graph'It Shake Glitter pens to colour my die-cuts and add a little sparkle!
Graph'it Markers used:
Skin: 4175, 4155, 4150, 4135, 4125, 4115
Hair: 9307, 5250, 5230, 5215, 5210
Owl: 9307, 9305, 9304, 9303

Simonne ... I am trying to make a dent in the huge pile of Christmas cards I need to make this year, so I inked up this cute Christmas Mouse for my furry friends challenge card this week.  I used the Neutral greys to colour him and used my white opaque pen to add some highlights to the fur.
Graph'it Markers used:
Mouse Fur: 9507 9505 9503 9501 9500 (plus white opaque pen)
Cheeks: 4145 4135   Ear & Tail: 4135 4150 4125 4120
Red: 3180 5250 5220 5210 4145
Gold: 2130 1280 1230 1210

Kevin
When colouring fur I like to use dots and dashes to give a textured look to the fur, this little bear is coloured with a mix of little browns & cream.
Graph'It Markers Used
Fur 1210..1270..1280..2105
Cheeks 5110.
Hat and Scarf 7105..7115..7125
Blender

So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Graph'It team this week!...

You have until  Sunday 17th November at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! 
The winner of this challenge will be announced on Friday 8th November here on this blog. 

Please check our rules for all entries: 
1. All entries MUST follow the challenge theme. 2. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the linky tool - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry.  3. No back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting.4. Please ensure you follow the challenge theme!
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Friday, 1 November 2013

Fri 1st Nov....Team A: Wk 19 Tic Tac Toe - choose 3!

Hi everyone, welcome back to another Graph'It challenge, thanks so much for joining us : )

It's a bitter-sweet week this week...unfortunately we've had to sadly say goodbye to our teamies Faye Wynn Jones and Karen O'Brien who are both extremely busy bees and can't extend their DT term with us....from the whole team and on behalf of Premium Craft Brands and Graph'It I want to say a massive thanks to them both for all the fabulous work they've shared with us over the past few months, they will be hugely missed (but we're kinda hoping we can convince 'em both to Guest for us soon ; )....

So, that meant we had a couple of spaces on the team which needed to be filled and so this week we are delighted that we have Iris Weichmann and Jane Millard with us for their very first team post - woohooo!! (and not forgetting the gorgeous Deborah Eastman who will be joining us next week with her first post too!)...please make sure you check out their blogs and give them a follow because they really are very inspiring!

So onto this week's business....our theme this week is....
TIC, TAC, TOE!
The team were all asked to follow the sketch - I think this one scared them a little at first but I tried to be kind and make it easy LOL! You guys at home can either follow the theme for some fun 
OR 
we will let YOU enter 'Anything Goes
this week (but we'd love you to try the challenge of course!)...
The winner of this challenge will receive £30 of Graph'It goodies to play with so you need to be in it to win it! 

Our Random winner from Week 17 is No.1 Caroline Woodhall - congratulations Caroline! You won Graph'It goodies, please email us here to claim your prize : )
Our Top 3 entries for this challenge were 2 Kym, 4 Vikki , and 1 Caroline so well done ladies, don't forget to grab your blinkies!

So, let's get to the great team creations this week...

Remember to join our Facebook group too, Graph'It Markers UK, where we have daily inspiration and share some of our favourite makes & hints and tips every day, it's a great place to see some fantastic makes from the team and pick their brains on colours and techniques!....

Claire C I've chosen the line pink hair, texture and polkadots for my card this week. It was a bit scary as its the first time I've coloured pink hair so I hope you like it...
Colours used: Hair: 9503, 9505, 5280, 5130, 5125, 5115 and the gorgeous silver Glitter Shake 
Skin: 4180, 4155, 4150, 4115, 5120
Dress and wings: 5130, 5125, 5115 and blender to create the polka dots
Background: Warm greys, also used to add texture to the flocking on the trees for the texture

I chose blonde hair, fur and dots for my card. It's my first card since joining the DT so the theme was great fun for experimenting with my new pens!....
Colours used: Hair 1250, 1180 and 1150
Skin: 4145, 4120, 4150, 4155
Dress: 7210, 7220, 7240, 5215, 8260
Cat: 3140, 3110, 2150, 2110, 4115
Grass: 8270, 8260, 8220
Sky: 7220, 7210, Blender

I also chose Blonde Hair, Fur and Dots for my card.  I decided to go for a vintage feel with my card, combining an elegant lady with some beautiful papers....
Colours used; Hair - 1210, 1230, 170, 1280, 9501
Skin - 4120, 4125, 4150, 5110, 5115, 9501
Eyes - 7145, 9505
Flowers - 1210, 5525, 9501, 0000
Leaves - 8150, 8160, 8190
Fur - 5255, 5260, 5280, 9505
Background - 1210, 1230, 0000.

It's my first challenge here on the blog and I'm super excited to be joining the fabulous Graph'It Marker DT! :-) For my card today I chose blonde hair, fluffy stuff and checks. Ok blonde hair that's obvious ;-), fluffy stuff is the snow made with flower soft and checks are in my background papers.....
 Here are the markers I've used:
Hair: 3245, 1280, 1210
Skin: 4120, 4125, 4150, 4135
Dress: 7109, 7105, 9100
Wings: 3210, 4110
Holly & berries: 8190, 8280, 5220
Snow: 9101
Yellow: 1110, 1150
Brown: 3120, 3160, 4150
and of course the blender pen

So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Graph'It team this week!...


You have until  Sunday 10th November at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! 
The winner of this challenge will be announced on Friday 15th November here on this blog. 
Please check our rules for all entries: 
1. All entries MUST follow the challenge theme. 2. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the linky tool - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry.  3. No back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting.
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