Friday, 25 October 2013

Week 18...Alternative Xmas colours using Graph'It alcohol markers

Friday already! Hope you're all looking forward to a fabulous weekend filled with lots of colouring - this week we challenge you to use some

Alternative Christmas Colours!

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


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 14 Julye....Congratulations Julye!

You win a great prize of £30 of 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 20 Susan, No 17 Debora and No 16 Sarah
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 6 Graph'It markers and a Mix'It Blending palette! 


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!....

Simonne ... I chose pink, turquoise and lilac for my alternative Christmas colours. The adorable image is from the Angelberry Gift clear stamp set and the backing papers are from the Angelberry Christmas CD-rom....
Graph'it Markers used:
Skin: 4155 4115 4125 4120 4135 4145
Hair: 3290 3250 3245 3210
Boots & Hat: 5140 5120 5115 0000
Coat: 7290 7260 7240 7220 7210
Tights & Mittens: 6140 6110 0000
Greens: 8270 8260 8240
Snow & fur: 9500 9100 00

Cara
I chose shades of bright and dark blue for my card ... i adore working with alternate colours for Christmas especially for my girls cards.  I too used the gorgeous Angelberry Gift clear stamp set
and the lovely Angelberry Christmas CD-rom....

Graph'it Markers used:
Skin: 4170,4150,4115,4135
Hair: 3290,3280,3270
Coat and Boots: 7150,7140,7125
Tree: 8160,8150,8130
Ground: cool greys

Kevin

I have gone for shades of Pink I have used one of the beautiful Angels from the  Angelberry Christmas CD-rom
Graph'It Markers used
Skin 4145..4150..4155..5120
Hair 1270..1280..3125
Headdress & dress 5115..5125..8130..8240
Wings 9501 & blender


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

You have until  Sunday 3rd 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, 18 October 2013

Week 17 Cold Xmas Blue and Purple Polka Dots

Whoop Whoop It's Friday and time for the Graph'It challenge! We also have some really fabulous news today with the announcement of our fabulous new Design Team!

As you know, we've had a DT call out for the past 3 weeks which is now closed. We were really overwhelmed at how many applications we had for the call - as we are a pretty new blog it was brilliant to see that we are obviously becoming pretty well known around challenge land because we were blown away firstly by the number of applications, but more importantly, the calibre of the applicants - WOW is all we can say!! We had to turn down some uber talented and very high profile people this time around and it was SUCH a difficult decision to make. (At this point I also want to give you a tip: please don't get fed up about applying for challenges if you don't get accepted. We could so easily have accepted 30 people for this call because the standard was so high, and that is no exaggeration! DT calls are not always about accepting the very best cardmakers/colourers etc...) 
We think it's really important to have a wide mix of talents, styles and abilities in our team and hopefully that's what we bring. Ultimately it's about inspiring you to have a go and obviously we have some amazing talent here, but we also know that some of you get a bit overwhelmed and have a tendency to think 'I can't do that, I'm not good enough'...so we try to show you that EVERYONE can colour... with the right products of course! And we genuinely all feel that Graph'It are superb for anyone who considers themselves to need a little help in the colour department! So go on, give them a try - maybe next time you will be on our team! ; )

So without further ado we are mega excited and delighted to announce 3 new team members who will be joining in our challenges from the end of October...please say a HUGE hello and welcome to:

We are so delighted to have these very talented crafters with us on the team and can't wait to see what they share with us - make sure you sign up to the blog so you don't miss it and go follow all the other team blogs too!

So, onto the challenge! This week we challenge you to show us your....

Cold Christmas - blues and purples!

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


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. 20....Kym

Well done Kym! You win a great prize of Graph'It markers and a Mix'It Blending palette and Mix'It Fluid! 

We're also delighted to announce that our favourite Top 3 entries are:
 No 8 Cristina, 12 Caroline, 21 Lucy
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!


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!....

Claire C: I've used an adorable snowman digi stamp from the PolkaDoodles Home for Christmas cd for my card, I love these cool icy shades!!


 Colours used:
Blues:7130, 7125, 7110
Purples: 6140, 6130
Snow: 9102, 9500 plus 2160 for the carrot nose and 3125 for the arms

Blue and Purple are not my 'Go To' Colours for Christmas, but maybe they should be, I had a lot of fun with them!
Graph'Its Used...
Background; 7105, 0000, Skin; 4120, 4115, 4155, 4170, 4180, 5140, 4145, 4135, Hair; 9504, 9506, 9508, 9909, Penguin; 9100, 9102, 9106, 9108, 1250, 2120, 3170, Fur; 9500, 9502, 0000, Purple; 6140, 6180, Blue; 9102, 9104, 9106 


My image and papers are all from the Angelberry Christmas CD from Polkadoodles, helping me create a beautiful wall hanging calender.
Graph'Its Used...
Background - 7105, 7125, 7210, 0000
Skin - 4125, 4145, 4155, 4170, 5510
Hair - 3210, 3250, 3290
Fur - 6120, 6140, 6175, 9503
Coat and Hat - 9501, 9503, 0000


I love paler blue and lilac tones for Christmas colours,I also used the Angelberry Christmas CD from Polkadoodles!
Graph'It Markers used:
Purple 6110 6120 6140
Blue/Grey 9100 9101 9102
Skin 4120 4155 4170 8110
Hair 1210 1230
Boots 9401 9403




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


You have until  Sunday 27th October 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 2nd November here on this blog. 
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Snowy acetate background using Graph'It markers!

Good morning, Claire here with a tutorial showing you a quick and easy technique to make a fun background for snowy cards using acetate, Graph'It markers and Mix'It spray. 

Firstly you'll need your image coloured with your markers, the same image 'flipped' to create a mirror image printed on copier paper,  a blue pen, some acetate, Mix'It spray


As you can see from the pic below, I've coloured an range of blue Graph'It markers on acetate so I can see which colour I want with the image. Take your acetate sheet and place it over the mirror image


Begin colouring using the chisel tip of the marker I've used 7180, don't worry too much what it looks like at this stage


Once you've coloured your sky spray lightly with Mix'It Spray and watch the snow appear!


If you want to create a real blizzard, unscrew the top of the Mix'It and flick some larger drops of solution over the acetate. If you're not happy with the result, just spray with a bit more Mix' It and wipe the ink off with some tissue. You can also tidy up any areas with a cotton bud dipped in your Mix'It spray


Layer your acetate over the image (you can use brads/eyelets or red line tape) and trim to size and your topper is ready to use


I've added some snowy glitter to the bottom of my image and its ready to use on a card

Thanks for taking the time to read my tutorial, hope you've enjoyed it
Claire


Friday, 11 October 2013

Fri 11th Oct...Week 16 Team B: Shades of Grey

We love Friday's - because it's Graph'It Challenge Day!! Woohoo! 
Before we get to this week's challenge don't forget we have our current

Design Team Call!

...we are looking for someone who ADORES colouring with alcohol markers to join our fantastic Design Team! So if you are a colouring geek like the rest of us here then please email us to apply. You MUST have an active blog and be able to commit to one project a week plus a tutorial each month. We don't care what brand of marker you currently use as we know that you will LOVE using Graph'It once you try them, we just need someone who loves colouring and is able to meet the commitment which will be a minimum of 4 months term. Closing date is 12th October so don't miss this - we have a great team and you will love to be part of it! Send us your blog link and a short bio about yourself and why you'd like to be on the team and why we should pick you.

We also have some FANTASTIC NEWS on Graph'It this week - there are now 7 BRAND NEW and AMAZING NEW COLOURS to collect - YAYY!! 
We are so excited about this as we are all craving new colours all the time!! The new shades just slot into the existing range perfectly and are bang on trend to take us into 2014, make sure you get yours now, they are fantastic. 
Also, don't forget that there are now INTERCHANGEABLE BRUSH NIBS - simply pull out the chisel tip and swap for a Brush nib to give you an additional option with your marker! If you want to save your chisel nibs just place it into a sealable container to be reused again later! In addition there are also replacement Fine and Chisel nibs too, so you don't need to replace your entire pen if you're heavy handed with your colouring and wear out your nibs quickly! 

So, onto the challenge! This week we challenge you to show us your

Greys!

Restricting the number of colours you use is a really great way of practising your techniques - it takes away the drama of colour choice and helps to concentrate on how you use the pens themselves to blend and shade so if you have never limited yourself this way it's a really liberating way to colour, so we hope you join in this week! Graph'It markers have the widest selection of greys available in most markers AND have 2 unique grey collections - PINK GREYS and GREEN GREYS which are just fabulous! Check them out! 

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


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. 21....Lisa S

Well done Lisa! You win a great prize of 6 Graph'It markers and a Mix'It Blending palette and Mix'It Fluid! 


We're also delighted to announce that our favourite Top 3 entries are:

 No 2, Nathalie , No 28, Zoe and No 13, Janiel

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 £30 of Graph'It goodies!


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 ... I had the most fun colouring this image ... sometimes its a great way to practice when you limit the colour choice you have. I only have the full collection of the Cool Greys which have a lovely blue tint to them so I decided to give my image an "Avatar" look!....
Graph'its Used:
Cool Grey's from 9100 to 9108
Pinks 5180, 5130, 5120, 5115, 5110

Simonne ... I don't have all the lovely different shades of grey of Graph'it markers (...yet, lol!), so I used my Neutral Greys (9500s) for the grey of my image:
Graph'it Markers used:
Skin: 4180 4155 4115 4125 4120 4150 
Blush: 4145 4135  Lips: 5230 5130 5125  Eyes: 7175 7170 7130 7125
Hair: 9505 9503 9501 9500
Top: 5280 5230 5130 5125 5110
Trousers: 9507 9505 9503 9501 5230 (pink stripe)
Rose: 5230 5125 5110 8290 8280

Kevin... I had alot of fun colouring up this image and using all the grey's the image I have used is Oscar from the Pretty Tuff cd rom from Polkadoodles.

Graph'It Markers used 
Skin 4115..4150..4155..4180..5120.
Clothing & Wall 9101..9107..9201..9403
9501..9905..6290..& blender.

Nikky
I love using Greys and the Pink and Green Greys are just fantastic, they give a whole new look to your work. Here I used ALL the Green Greys to create this little snowy scene....
...and then spritzed over the whole thing with Mix'It Fluid. I love how you get completely random patterns for the snowflakes. I actually didnt spray properly when I did it so I got these massive big dots of Mix'It which kind of halo'd on the card, but I just took my Blender and then moved it around in circles to define the snowflakes even more. I kind of like the Halo, I think it adds more definition in a way, and the fact they are transparent with some of the image showing through makes them look even more realistic I think.



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


You have until  Sunday 20th October 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 25th October 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, 4 October 2013

Week 15 - Halloween's a Scream With Graph'It Marker Challenge

Crikey how fast has this week passed, where does the time go?!!


Before we get to this week's challenge we have an important announcement to make....

Design Team Call!

...we are looking for someone who ADORES colouring with alcohol markers to join our fantastic Design Team! So if you are a colouring geek like the rest of us here then please email us to apply. You MUST have an active blog and be able to commit to one project a week plus a tutorial each month. We don't care what brand of marker you currently use as we know that you will LOVE using Graph'It once you try them, we just need someone who loves colouring and is able to meet the commitment which will be a minimum of 4 months term. Closing date is 12th October so don't miss this - we have a great team and you will love to be part of it! Send us your blog link and a short bio about yourself and why you'd like to be on the team and why we should pick you.

Last week we challenged you to use Autumn Colours - but this week 

Boo!...Halloween's a Scream!

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


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. 12....Sue BearhouseWell done Sue! You win a great prize of a set of Graph'It Markers!

We're also delighted to announce that our favourite Top 3 entries are:
 No 10, Croms; No 6, Janina and No 14, Jane
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 6 Graph'It markers and a Mix'It Blending palette and Mix'It Fluid! 


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!....

I didn't used to be into Halloween much. But, with all the cute images and fab papers around these days, it has grown on me. Who knows, this year, I might even go out and get me some treats. Hmmm. Does new stash count as a Halloween Treat?!...
Markers Used...
Ground: 4120, 3210
Skin: 4120, 4115, 4170
Black: 9406, 9408, 9909
White: 9400, 0000
Orange: 2180, 3125



Eeek its that scary time of year again, mind you I jump at my own shadow so easily spooked!  I had fun using my Graph'It markers for this one!...

Colours used:
Purple - 6110 6120 6140
Orange - 2105 2110 2120
Green - 8240 8260 8280 
Skin 4155 4170

Simonne ... Although my family don't celebrate Halloween as a holiday, I absolutely LOVE to make Halloween themed projects!!  So even though it's not my week to post here on the GI blog (I'm part of Team B!), I couldn't resist sneaking in a spooky creation, hehe!  To create an undead feel to her skin, I coloured her entire face with a layer of 9500 before going over it with 4110.  Then I added shading and detail with the other colours listed below:
Graph'it Markers used:
Hair: 9509 9507 9505 9503 9501 9500 0000
Skin: 9500 9501 4110 3210 9503 Blush: 4150
Bandages: 9503 3210 4110 9501 9500 0000
Black dress: 9509 9507 9505 9503


Claire I adore the colours of Halloween and had loads of fun colouring this gorgeous Witch from  the Polkadoodles Witchy Witchy download bundle....

Colours used: 
skin: 4180, 4155, 4115, 4125.
 Hair and cat 9909, 9507, 9502, 6110
Greens: 8280, 8260, 8250, 8220
Purples: 6170, 6140, 6120
Orange: 2180, 2150, 1250

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


You have until  Sunday 13th October 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 18th October 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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