Sunday, 10 February 2013

Neutral tones.....

Today's giveaway is a pack of six neutral flexmarkers. With alcohol markers, it's amazing how versatile these neutrals can be - they can be used for hair, to add depth to coloured clothing, to add shadows around an image. The winner will get:
Cool Grey 1
Cool Grey 2
Cool Grey 3
Cool Grey 4
Cool Grey 5
Black

Want to colour black clothes or hair? This set will fit the bill. All you have to do is leave your name under this post, and a winner will be drawn and announced on Wednesday. If you haven't already done so, scroll down and leave your name on all the posts this week and then you will be entered in all the draws  




Here's my last Valentine, a quickie that I will send to one of the littlest boys. 



I am always glad to finish an 'event' and move on to the next thing. In the UK, it will be Mothering Sunday, which falls in March, totally different to the US Mothers Day....I wonder why that is, Fathers Day is the same in both countries. 

Thanks for all your good wishes, Mike is getting better, much more slowly than he would like, but at least there is a light at the end of this particular tunnel now

I told you that I had a marathon unpacking frenzy on Tuesday, getting rid of most of the boxes. I was left with three - they have taken me four days, and I am still wandering about helplessly looking for somewhere to put yet another pile of stuff - yes, the difficult boxes are the ones that I hurled all the last minute crafting stuff into - too good/useful to throw away, not important enough to warrant a prime position in the crafty cupboard (think of grungepaper and you will understand instantly what I mean). My problem is that I see something online that someone very clever has done amazing things with, and it instantly becomes something I cannot live without. I scour Ebay and Amazon for the best price, wait excitedly for the parcel to arrive, then mess with it for an hour or so. The result is never as good as the inspirational project I saw, so into a drawer it goes, never to be seen again (until I move from one continent to another!) Things that fall into this category are those glimmer mist spray things, perfect pearls powders, embossing paste (boy, did I regret buying that - it took a week to get it off my hands....), and my personal nemesis, the aforementioned grungepaper. Please don't tell me how wonderful the stuff it - I know the theory, I could probably get a PhD on the subject, I have watched the saintly Tim Holtz ad infinitum - nothing helps, in my hands it still looks like an old cardboard box that a puppy chewed......

Come back tomorrow to see which Flexmarker set I am giving away (I suppose I could include a pack of grunge, that would solve one problem.......)

89 comments:

  1. Super cute card...thanks for the chance to win!! Lee-Ann :)
    leekubinec@gmail.com

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  2. Love the valentine, such a cute puppy!
    I suppose on this side of the pond we celebrate Mother's Day in March, nine months after Father's Day, in June :)

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  3. You've done very well only having three boxes left! And still you have time to blog - you must be Wonder Woman :)

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  4. Your yound Grandson is going to LOVE his Valentine card!
    Tim Holtz does have a way of making everything he does look SO easy...even for a puppy!

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  5. Such a sweet card Enfys. Love the Neutral Tones. Thanks for the chance.
    Hugs, Rosalee

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  6. Adorable card, Enfys! Thanks for the chance to win the neutral tone markers! I am laughing because the exact things you mentioned (grunge paper, Glimmer Mists, Perfect Pearls) are all gathering dust in my craft room, too! I moved them across country last year and they are still stashed away!

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  7. Sounds like a very useful set to have - thanks for the chance

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  8. awwwe what a cute lil pup. love it:)
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  9. I to love all the inspiration I see online....and alas, my projects never turn out the same as theirs either! Love this sweet card you've created! Makes me smile!
    Oh, and I'd love a chance to play with those markers!

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  10. Oh my gosh your puppy is adorable. Love your card. TFS.
    dmcardmaker (at AOL)
    (email follower)

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  11. I love your cute dog with hearts :)
    In Argentina Mother's day is in October but Father's day in June :) Who know why is so different in every country???
    Thanks for the chance with the markers...

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  12. too cute!!! soooo that is whats in those last three boxes!!...I have a great idea...DON'T unpack them...I'll send you my address and you can shipped those in the way boxes to me!!!...LOL (now did that give you a giggle)...I'm back for those promarkers again....

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  13. romfl! oh En you do make me giggle!! I have never done the whole grungeboard thing, I see bracelets and allsorts made with it on pintrest!!
    your card is so cute!!
    glad mike is on the mend and go you on the boxes!!
    huge hugs Lou xxx

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  14. That little puppy is so cute! What a great card! Thanks for holding the giveaway. Funny your story about all the things you "Had to have". I do the same thing and have many of those items also. I keep telling myself I have to go use some of this or that :)

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  15. Deine Valentin Karte ist so niedlich. Wunderschön.
    Danke für die Chance auf diesen schönen Gewinn. Ich wußte garnicht das es so viele schöne Farben gibt.

    Einen schönen Sonntag wünscht Dir Carmen

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  16. Love your puppy Valentine and very happy to hear Mike is on the mend ... thanks for another chance to win.

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  17. A lovely little card. Such a cute image.
    You did make me smile when relating about impulsive crafty purchases. I am just the same and end up with a drawer full of stuff I never look at. What are we like lol.
    Thanks for the chance to win the markers.
    Mags
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  18. I know just what you mean about the grunge paper - I see so many gorgeous "deliberately messy" items made by other crafters but when I try anything like that it just looks as if I've messed up. (I have the same trouble with my hair). Another lovelyt give away!

    Jane

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  19. Hi Enfys, this set would be perfect to practice getting those grey shades right..lovely boy card..lovely post to read...things we buy in anticipation to make that perfect style...what can I say except I've done it too! Have a great Sunday. Ruby x

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  20. I soooooo understand what you're saying! I have also bought quite some stuff this way - I saw some amazing projects with them and of course then they got to my "must get list" and when I got them I noticed I "can't" use them. *sigh*
    Thank you for telling us about this set of markers. Here they are only selling markers one by one so I never know what to get and yes, I would LOVE to be able to colour with blacks and greys. Looks like I will have to look fir this set.
    I think your card turned out beautifully. I like that adorable puppy.
    Have a great day!
    Hugs! xx

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  21. I would love to take some your "mistakes" off your hands and see what I could do with them!😃 I always look forward to your posts and beautiful creations.
    Carol Carratt
    carolcarratt@msn.com

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  22. Love those Flexmarkers. I haven't tried one yet although I have quite a bit of ProMarkers. Your card is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win your give-away. God bless!

    JO ANN
    http://jatterburycreations.blogspot.com

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  23. Wow another fantastic giveaway, your so generous Envys, thank you!, glad to hear Mike is on the mend, and well done for getting your unpacking done so quickly....
    Hugz Kath...xx...

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  24. Love your work; thrilled to have a chance at winning some markers. Oh! And LOVE your sense of humor, I enjoy getting your posts...
    TK Watson

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  25. Sounds just like me - must have and then struggle to do!! Love the cards x

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  26. Love the Valentines card, the puppy is so sweet and the hearts are fabulous. Thanks so much for another chance to win xx

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  27. Sounds like me - must have stuff and then struggle to make it look like it should, still learning though! Love the cards x

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  28. Soooo cute! Thanks for another fantastic candy xx

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  29. Love the card. That's an adorable image. I get inspired the way you do. See a product, can't wait to get it...then never use it.
    Thanks for the giveaways. So far my marker coloring looks like a kindergartener with magic markers.

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  30. really cute card, thanks for the chance to win, never tried grunge board have seen it demonstrated the nicest thing I saw was when sheena made bracelets with it. well done with the unpacking. angxxxx

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  31. thanks for this giveaway :-)
    Ophélie

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  32. Glad to hear Mike is feeling better. Whichever grandson gets this lovely card is sure to adore it.

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  33. I would love to colour with blacks and greys properly but have terrible trouble getting black hair right. These would help with the practice, thanks for the chance. Hugs Christine x

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  34. Such a cute Valentines card. I know what you mean about all the stuff you buy because of what someone else has done with it but I can't agree about the Glimmer Mists x

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  35. thanks for the chance and I do enjoy your posts, they always make me smile
    debbie018@hotmail.com

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  36. I love that little puppy! Is that the one that chewed the box? lol You could send all those misty things to me you know...just kidding. I too have two packs of grunge that someone sent me. I tested all sorts on them and someday will use them in mini's. But I have to get past the smell of them! Did I say that!!! There should be a swap done with just products like these. There is someone out there who will use it.
    Glad Mike is getting better. Hugs, Jess

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  37. Cute card!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Kathy:)

    kathy.unger113@gmail.com

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  38. Aww......Enfys this is so cute and thank you for a chance to win these lovely grey tone flexmarkers xx

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  39. Super cute card, the image is adorable especially for one of your younger grandchildren.
    Kim xXx
    p.s please don't enter me into the draw as I have all the pens so let them go to someone that needs them.

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  40. Very cute card! Would love to win this markers :) have a great day

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  41. Love those adorable little people and animals you add to cards. So adorable and diff. from what I usually see on web sites. Everyone is crossing their fingers for you hubby to get better.

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  42. En, I must sound like a broken record but you always make me smile! Or laugh at myself! I have such a pile of all sorts of crafty thing that were must haves that have never even been opened! And don't get me started on must haves I have bought TWICE because I don't have my stuff organized. One of these days it will all be sorted and organized.
    So glad Mike is doing a bit better. Please send him our love.
    Great card! You grandson will love it.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    Sue Brailey

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  43. Your card is so cute with that adorable puppy! I think we crafters all have an adventuresome spirit and just have to experiment! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  44. Ah yes - I have much of those "must have" items stashed everywhere as well. Of course as soon as you do get up the courage to get rid of them, you must have them again!
    Cute puppy card!
    Avra

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  45. That dog is adorable! I think we have all done that when craft shopping, seen something that looks fab, used it once then it sits in the back of the cupboard taking up valuable space....a very familiar story! x

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  46. I think every crafter has such items in their stash - I know I have LOL!!!
    I'm on a mission this year to try and use some of the stuff that I wouldn't normally use.

    Adorable card and thank you for another chance to win x

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  47. The card is so cute! I love puppies and kittens. Neutral tones would be wonderful to have.

    Marjorie from TX

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  48. Well now I have to search the internet and find out what that paper is all about, lol. Thanks
    Judy C WI

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  49. OMG, I am so like you - I see new tools and techniques and I just have to have the products - then I never use them!! LOL! Love the card for the littlest DG! Good Luck finishing up the unpacking!

    Jackie

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  50. I am glad Mike is on the mend even if it is slowly. This card is so cute, I love it! I have stuff stashed that I shouldn't have bought either - but it always looks so good when other people use it!!??!! Thank you for another chance to win xx

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  51. awwww ... that little Valentine with the adorable dalmation pup is such a cutie, I know that any one of your sweet little grandsons will love it.

    So glad to hear that Mike is recovering ... back injuries are no fun at all. And I am equally as glad that you did not have an injury of your own during your unpacking "frenzy"!

    Now, I have a question about the markers ... I have never tried them before (I failed miserably with the gamsal and colored pencils, so I have been hesitant to try the markers) ... anyway, would one of these 6 pack of markers be enough to play with to tell if you would really like them or not? Even if there is no "blendy" pen to help blend the colours together? Is there anough color variation in a six pack to honestly give you a nice example of how the pens can give an image a pop of color and enhance the overall look?

    As you can see, I do want to try them, but don't want to invest a huge amount if it ends up being something that doesn't appeal to me. I admit being a bit skeptical and wonder if a 6-pack of neutrals (like these grays) would leave me feeling a bit flat. Is this a good investment for a first time user that wants to "try" them?

    Hugz,
    Carol

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  52. OMG..so funny what you said about the random things that end up in a drawer! I do the same thing, see it, have to buy some, maybe use it once! What's equally funny is that a lot of the particular items you mentioned are the same one I have thrown in a drawer! I too have some grunge...never used it! Not to be mean, but I've never liked any products that Tim Holtz has come up with!

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  53. Cute card, cute puppy. I can relate to your situation. To good to throw away, but where to store it!!! Add me to the pen drawing please.

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  54. Too stinkin' cute!I just learned about using greys for black elements and could really use this set. Thanks for always sharing.
    Carmen
    babithighs@aol.com

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  55. This is such a cute card - and not at all 'girly'. I'm sure your grandsons will love it. Thanks for the chance to win some markers.

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  56. Way cute cart. Grunge is good. :)

    Hugs, CyndiU
    cureta2at yahoodot com

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  57. I love your valentine - perfect for a little guy! Thank goodness someone else buys stuff that they end up not using because it just never works they way they said it would. I have a laundry list of such items. I'm trying to chalk it up to my "learning curve,"which must be an arc that nearly encircles the globe!

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  58. Love the card! Glad that hubby is feeling better and there is an end to your boxes.

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  59. Very funny card Enfys.
    Thanks for the chance to win the
    Neutral Tones.
    Gr Elly

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  60. Sj cute card, thanks for the chance to win! Helena xx

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  61. Its a sweet card. You did well with yor unpacking.

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  62. Love the card and would love the pens.

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  63. Im glad Im not the only one that doesnt get on wth grungepaper! I have a pack of the stuff gathering dust in the back of a cupboard somewhere..along with glimmer mists and chalks lol.
    Well done with the unpacking though! xx

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  64. Enfys, you are too funny talking about the "saintly Tim Holtz" and grunge paper. I will bite my tongue hard so I don't tell you how great Grunge Paper is. Oops, sorry, I just did! ; )

    Love that the giveaways keep coming...pick me!

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  65. Such a cute little puppy! Glad Mike is doing better. I know exactly what you are talking about. I have seen so many things made that I just had to have what they made it with then it just sits there. Thanks for another chance to win. Hugs, Robin

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  66. So very cute! Love the puppy. Glad Mike is feeling better! Thanks for the chance to win the markers!

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  67. What a cute card for a little one. I know what you mean about the stash of stuff we accumulate and never really accomplish anything that was invisioned... I'm right there with ya LOL

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  68. Nice card. thank you so much for a chance to win! =)

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  69. Thanks for the chance to win Enfys!
    The Valentine's card is soo sweet!
    Hugs from Spain

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  70. Adorable card!
    I have the same problem with some products. I watch Tim do things and so totally know that they will never look like that when I do them, so I just don't! Some times it does work out, but more often not.

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  71. Adorable valentine card. That puppy looks so happy. TFS!

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  72. Your card is so lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Hugs, Uta

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  73. I love this card. Puppy is so cute.

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  74. It's very fanny and bright work! So cute!
    And the GREY color is one of my favourite! It would be great to win these set of markers - thank you for that opportunity!

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  75. Lovely card Hun thanks for the chance to win :)

    Hugs Mandy xxx

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  76. I would love to give a set of FlexMarkers a new home!

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  77. Aw, such a cute puppy image! I feel you on the grunge paper. I have two packs that I got at a very good price and the only thing I've made so far is a bracelet for my daughter's history fair. Sigh! At least we're inspired to try, right?

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  78. Love your card and unfortunatly understand all to well what you are saying about all the unique items out there ! :)
    Anna N.

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  79. Cute card and thanks for the chance to win.

    Hugs
    Lisa

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  80. That's such a cute card Enfys. Thanks for yet more candy. Pat x

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  81. Another wonderful set please add my name to the draw thanks

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  82. What a cute card. I have a grandson that would love this card. Glad that the unpacking is coming along. Thanks again for the fabulous giveaways.

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  83. What a cute little card and gorgeous backdrop for him. I have grunge paper too but never quite sure what to do with it.

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Enfys x