Friday 28 June 2013

28 Jun Week 1 Challenge...New beginnings

Welcome to the first of our brand new challenges here at Graph'It Challenge!

As we are a brand new team and a brand new blog we thought 
New Beginnings 
would be a great place to start for all of us! 

And as Graph'It are also quite new we thought we would all learn together by challenging the team to use just 7 colours in our palette of markers this week...(of course you can use as many as you wish!)....

So how does this challenge work we hear you ask? Well, we challenge you to use a theme of New Beginnings...this can be a new baby, new home, new job or even a birthday because that is the start of a new year...the choice is yours!

The winner of this challenge will win a fantastic prize worth over £50 which will include Graph'It markers and lots of other stash from Premium Art Brands and Polkadoodles

You have until  Sunday 7th July 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 12th July here on this blog. Please check our rules below for all entries.

Here is the fantastic inspiration our team have for you this week....

As I had to set the first challenge I wanted it to be a good one and something that would inspire everyone to try Graph'It. If you don't know much about this fantastic new alcohol marker brand then where have you been?!!  Graph'It are the hot new buzzword in the marker world at the moment and are giving all the other brands a run for their money with their stunning colour range of 158 (ever increasing) beautiful tones, vibrance and richness of the inks and overall great value! And if you are a Copic user then we also challenge you to try Graph'It! - go on, you will LOVE them!  There is lots of information at the top of this blog for you to read and catch up with  ; )

We realise some people might not have tried Graph'it yet so to really show you how great they are and that you do not need to rob a bank to get started with a collection, this week I asked the team to only use 7 colours plus skintones...I think they found it difficult at first but soon realised that Graph'It colours are so great that you often find you use less markers than with other brands and get such vibrant tones that the results are still astonishing!.....


Claire C.....
I loved this image - here's this cute little bunny starting off on his brand new adventure! The stamp is available from Polkadoodles here and the 7 Graph'It colours I used were: 9303, 9305,7105,7130,7140,7140 and 5120...

If you're a pink fan (like me) than you are gonna love the pink shades you can get from these markers!
Hair: 3150 3125 3120 
Pink: 5110 5120 
Bag: 9401 9303 

( 3170, 5245, 9500, 9502, 9504, 9506, 9508)
I've used one of my favourite techniques, colouring an image in monotone, with a blast of colour on just a few areas. Perfect if you're only allowed to use seven pens. See, it's not scary at all...

(1140, 1230, 1280, 3140, 3160, 4135, 5210)
For my new beginnings I used a new image, along with a new paper pad.  Not forgetting my awesome new Graph'It Markers....

I used this image from the Polkadoodles Bonbon Belles Collection with papers from the Marshmallow Fluff collection.
Graph'It colours used:
Dress: Pink 5110, 5130
Wings: 8110 green, 7140 Caribbean
Hair: 2130, 3120, 3270
Flowers: 2130, 5110, 5130

....So that's our inspiration for you - now it's your turn to get creating! You have until  Sunday 7th July at noon GMT to enter below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! The winner of this challenge will be announced on Friday 12th July. See you next week!

Sunday 16 June 2013

We have liftoff!

Hello everyone!

A HUGE thankyou to everyone who applied for our new exciting Graph'It Design Team! There were so many entries and the standard was outstanding - unfortunately this means we know there are many people who will be disappointed but we can't offer a place to everyone, more's the pity :C  However, we hope it won't put you off applying in the future when the time comes!

Before we announce who did make it onto our wonderfully talented team, PLEASE make sure you sign up to follow this blog as we will have our first challenge launch on 28th June! Woohoo!! There will be a fantastic prize selection up for grabs so we hope you will all be joining us! Feel free to grab out blinkie for your blog and spread the colour word!

So, onto the fantastic team! We are uber excited to announce that we have 8 super-talented people to show you some wonderful inspiration every week. I'm sure you will know many of us but there might be a few you don't and let me tell you that each and every one of these superb colourists has a blog you need to follow too!

So without further ado, here's the team roll-call...

Hi everyone! My name is Nikky Hall and I am super-thrilled to be team leader on the brand new Graph'It Design Team! Graph'It are taking the crafty world by storm and I am so excited that I am part of this brand new venture right from the beginning so that we can share our knowledge and hints and tips about these phenomenal new alcohol markers with you all. I teach Colouring workshops all over the UK and am most known for being the owner/designer of Polkadoodles, a UK papercrafting company. You can see me demonstrating in stores up and down the UK for Premium Art Brands and several other top craft names, so make sure you watch out for a Graph'It workshop near you soon!
This is one of my favourite images I've coloured and was one of the first ones I used my Graph'Its on, my love for this great marker is fuelled by the rich vibrant tones you can achieve - your colouring just pops off the page!


Hi! I'm addicted to all things crafty and if I'm not at work you can find me either in my craft room or out walking my two gorgeous dogs. I work full time for a mental health charity and live with my son, dogs and very noisy parrot.I just love to colour and I was lucky enough to 'test drive' Graph'It Markers last summer, believe me they are fab-u-lous! I still can't believe I've been lucky enough to be selected for this amazing team, in fact I'm still pinching myself lol. 
Here's a pic of a project created using Graph'It markers...

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I’m Simonne and I love, love, LOVE to colour!! You'll see that 99.9% of the creations on my blog have a stamped and coloured image as their focus. Colouring has, is, and always will be, my first crafty love. In my opinion, there is nothing better than bringing a black and white stamped image to life with colour! I'm on a couple of rubber stamp company design teams and also have the very privileged job of being the colorist for the Whimsy Stamps Elisabeth Bell toppers. Also, I am extremely lucky to have been designing for one of the UK's leading cardmaking magazines for almost 2 years now!
It has always been one of my crafty dreams to be on a marker DT … and I can't quite believe that now I can say I am!! Eek! Huge thanks to Nikky and everyone at Graph’it and PAB for making my dream come true!! I can’t wait to start this exciting journey with my fabulous teamies and all of YOU!

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HELLO! Karen here and I just love spending as much time as possible crafting in my little cupboard! I really love to colour its one of my fav things EVER ( more than choco-lit now that's a lot)!!!! I have been crafting for about three years and can't imagine ever not doing it now!!   I just love seeing an image all coloured up and made 'real' love it!! I am so MEGA EXCITED  to be able to represent Graph'It Makers thank you so much Nikky and PAB for this fantastic opportunity and I cant wait to get started with this AMAZING team!!!

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Hello :) I'm Faye, but I also answer to Fluff, and all derivatives of said Fluff! I'm Wife, Mum, Obsessive Cumpulsive, Self-confessed Stashoholic and E-mail/ Blog Stalker. How do I fit all that into a day? Simples. I run on Fairy Dust! I inhabit a strange, quirky and fluffy place called FayeWorld, but I can be momentarily lured back to Earth with choklit and jellybeans.When I'm not Wife, Mum, Obsessive Compulsive, Self-confessed Stashoholic and E-mail/ Blog Stalker, you'll find me, head down, scrunched over an image, frantically scribbling. I luuuuuuuuurve to colour. I get cranky if I don't colour.  I'm really excited about these 'new' Markers, aren't you? And I'm really excited to be here, amongst these truly talented Crafters... Thank you to Graph'It, and Premium Art Brands, for giving me the opportunity to share my experiences as I learn to use these fab pens with you. It's gonna be fun, Peeps!

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Hey everyone and WOW I cant believe I've actually been chosen to work among all of these fabulous colourists, I feel truly humbled to say the least!!! So a bit about me ..... I'm 35 and work full time as a team leader in Barnsley.  I'm married and have 3 beautiful little girls, two cats and a dog. I started card making as a way to occupy my time while pregnant 3 years ago and my obsession grew from there.
I'm currently a very lucky DT member for a couple of  great Digi stamp companies and never imagined I would ever make the grade and get on this amazing marker DT too! I spend any spare moment I have colouring with every medium to hand.....I can honestly say my children are sooooo delighted that I took up card making as now it means they can re-claim their colouring books and pens from my grubby mits. I'm looking forward to working with such a great team and seeing all of your fabulous creations too.
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Hi I'm Suzi, I'm 38 and live in Aberdeen, Scotland with my handsome hubby Stewart and our two adorable fur babies (Alice & Dotty).  I no longer work due to health problems (Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, etc) so Crafting is my therapy. I love to colour and have done since childhood. I'm lucky enough to be on the DT's for some awesome artists, and can't believe I've been lucky enough to join this awesome team of colourists. It's a true honour, and I'm looking forward to sharing my love of colouring with you all.

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Kevin   mccraftys-cards 
Hi! I am Kevin I live in Essex with my Wife and our 3 cats, I no longer work due to health issues. I started card making and crafting about 6 years ago, to keep me occupied, I started blogging 3 years ago and I love it, I am blind in one eye so my colouring takes me a bit longer  and I spend most of my spare time colouring images both stamped and digital. I am on some other design teams as well. I am very excited to be on the Graph'It team as these pens are simply the best, Thank you Graph'It and Premium Art Brands for giving me this wonderful opportunity to work with these fabulous pens on a team with such talented artists, it's going to be fun.

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Hi peeps I'm Deb's...I just turned the big 40 and I'm mum to 2 gorgeous kids and 3 putty cats..I'm also a horror junkie with a passion for carrot cake and when I grow up I'm going to Marry Eric from True Blood *swoon :-) ...I've always been crafty and started blogging around 3 years ago when I discovered alcohol markers which I just Luurrvvee...I'm thrilled to be joining this talented team and can't wait to start my new journey with you guys.. thanks Nikky, Graph'It and PAB for this exciting opportunity :-)

So there we have it our colour crazy friends - the amazingly talented Graph'It Design Team! Woohoo!! As you can see we are all UBER excited to be here and hope you will all join us every Friday starting on 28th June at 9.30am with our very first challenge. We will be offering up some fabulous goodies each week so make sure you subscribe to our blog and follow us weekly for great colouring inspiration and lots of hints and tips plus of course, all the latest news about Graph'It - the new alcohol marker which is taking the crafting world literally by storm!