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Monday, 17 June 2019

CCM #236 Anything But A Card

Good evening everyone. Finally some sunshine, but I suspect it won’t last!

Anyhow to today’s challenge at Crafty Cardmakers where we would love to see your creations that are Anything but a Card. We don’t mind what it is, just as long as it’s not a card. Do please enjoy the Team’s creations and pop by and give them some love. They work hard for us.

My creation was for a friend’s birthday. Her husband is a beef farmer and I know how she loves to look out of their cows from her kitchen window so hoped she would enjoy this embroidered and painted piece.

The fabric design is from Pink Ink Designs, and I coloured it with posca pens. I did some stitching on it, around the image itself, and also on the 3d elements attached, the daisies. The ears are 3d as well, but it’s not so obvious from my poor quality pic! The butterflies I had gone over with sparkle paint, but again, not showing up so well here!

I did make a discovery which might help anyone else in future. In order to cut the elements out without fraying, after painting (and in the case of the daisies) and embroidering you go over the back with a pva wash of approx 50% PVA to water ratio. Anyhow, I managed to make a mess of a couple of the daisies and decided I would use nail polish remover to remove the splodged paint! BIG, BIG MISTAKE. It took out the pva wash that I had used and immediately the cut out daisies started fraying. So if you screw up, either find a way to cover it up, or live with it, because removing your mistake makes a more costly mistake.

The embroidery hoop has been painted with two colours of sparkle paint, a gold and a green to match the colours in the image itself.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #27 Anything With A Critter Goes
A2Z Scrapbooking – June: Anything But A Card
A Inky Mess – #31 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Alphabet Challenge – F for Flowers
Colour Crazy – #23 Anything Goes
Crafters Castle – #18 Anything Goes Option Mixed Media
Crafting From The Heart – #245 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #52 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #27 Anything Goes
Creative Artiste – #50 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Moments – #170 Anything Goes
Digi Choosday – #24 Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenge – #39 No Cards
The Sisterhood of Crafters – Three Bs (Butterflies and Bees and I know it wasn’t in the list but Bovine!)
We Love2Create – #6 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Monday, 10 June 2019

DV #204 Summer Colours

Good evening from a cold and rainy Hampshire! Flaming June is NOT living up to it’s name.

Anyhow onto something warmer, our challenge at Dream Valley. Today we would love to see your Summer Colours. We are sponsored by Di’s Digi Designs with a $12 voucher for their wonderful online store.

My project is a Journal page, the first one in my lovely square Studio Light Journal. When I was making this I had my Daughter in mind. She is struggling a little with self esteem issues and so I created this with her in mind.

The image is from PipArt and is called Layla, and comes with the two little birds which I stamped and then fussy cut and stuck on her shoulder and along the edge of her top. I coloured her with Polychromos pencils, but with a couple of small touches of foiling, to her 1920s style headpiece and also the leaves dangling just in front of the smaller bird, which has been foiled in purple, but is a little difficult to see on this image. In fact in order to catch all the other foiling I have had to take a brighter picture which has bleached out the colour a little. I did try to get a better picture but really struggled with light today. The real colour is somewhere between the pic above and the one below!

The background was created by stencilling with versamark and then embossing in white, and then I smooshed a few distress oxides in spun sugar and squeezed lemonade, with just a touch of wilted violet.

I also drew along the embossed white edges in spots with a gilding pen and then foiled it in rose pink, the edges were foiled with rose pink and just plain gold after applying some gilding glue with a sponge.

The sentiment was from a combination of different sentiment stamps and also alphabet stamps to create the word Just as I couldn’t find a suitable one ready made.

I am entering this into:-

A2Z Scrapbooking – June Anything But a Card
A Bit More Time to Craft – #93 anything Goes
A Inky Mess – #31 Anything Goes
Art Journal Journey – Words to Live By
Colour Crazy Challenge – #22 Anything Goes
Crafters Cafe – #220 Feminine and/or Embossed
Crafters Castle – #18 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #64 Anything Goes
Creative Artiste – #50 Anything Goes
Just Add Ink – #460 Emboss Resist
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #107 Anything Goes
Love to Craft – #35 June: Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters – #16 Anything Goes
We Love2Create – #6 Anything Mixed Media

Monday, 3 June 2019

CCM #235 Masculine

As it’s Father’s Day on 16th June we are celebrating with a ‘Masculine’ challenge.

Sadly I no longer have a Dad so my card was made for my lovely Son-in-law’s recent birthday.
I used a CD from Peerless Designs. It’s from their Tangletastic range. I am lucky enough to have the 4 CD Set of these CDs.
All of the elements, apart from the plain blue matting layers and the feathers come from this CD.
The Feathers are from Spellbinders, a stamp and die set, which I stamped onto shrink plastic and then shrunk to create the corner piece.
The plain blue layers were created on my pc so that I could pick out the tones from the original artwork in the patterned layers to match,.
I am entering this into:-
Addicted to Stamps – #175 For a Boy/Man
CD Sunday – #11 Anything Goes with a CD
Crafts Galore Encore – June: Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar – June: Masculine
Cute Card Thursday – #584 Masculine
Die Cut Divas – June: Birthdays
Dragonfly Dreams – For a Man/Boy

Monday, 20 May 2019

CCM #234 Birthdays

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is a lovely easy one, birthdays. We are happy to see any of your proects to do with birthdays, it doesn’t just have to be a card.

I did, however, go with a card as it coincided nicely with a friend’s birthday.

She is married to a beef farmer and just loves their cows, so I couldn’t resist the fabulous Katzelkraft image of the smiling cow, who looks like she is celebrating something with that cheeky grin.

This was a lovely simple design all on one layer, apart from the pink mirri mat that tones in with her udders and lips, which along with the rest of her were coloured with copics.

The sentiments are a mixture of ones from my stash….. the Smile sentiment I believe was from Crafter’s companion, the ‘it’s’ and the ‘Your Birthday’ are from Clarity.

I am entering Esmerelda (yes I named her!) into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #26 Anything Goes with an Animal
A Bit More Time to Craft – #92 Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge – #9 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft – #5 Anything Goes
Allsorts – #520 Birthdays
Angie’s Digital Stamps – #31 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge – #19 Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends – #3 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #63 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #26 Anything Goes with An Animal
Createful Heart – Critter Crazy Challenge #9
Creative Fingers – #164 Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
Pattie’s Creations – #158 Birthdays
Simply Create Too – #149 Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers – #32 Animals
The Corrosive Challenge – #5 May Anything Goes

Monday, 6 May 2019

CCM #233 3-2-1

Our challenge this time is a 3-2-1 challenge. We would like to see your creations using 3 of one thing, 2 of another and 1 of a third. For example, 3 patterned papers, 2 diecuts, 1 image. It would be helpful if you could mention in your post what your 3,2,1s are!

My card was created with a premade paper from Clarity, that’s the one right at the back and one I made myself. But as I had several disasters trying to stamp onto a watercolour card I made myself I did it the opposite way around. I stamped the Katzelkraft Cat and Dogs onto the card first and then made the watercolour background around them with two of Jane Davenport’s Mermaid Markers in blue and yellow and lots of water.

The pattern in the background was made with contrasting oxide inks using a stamp from Chocolate Baroque, I think from their Harlequin Fragments stamp sheet.

The sentiment I created on my pc and added a black box around each of the words. I tore the card to look like the cat had ripped the wallpaper as it slid down the wall!

My 3 are the animals, 2 papers, and 1 sentiment.

I am entering this into:-

Alphabet Challenge – C for CAS
2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #26 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #51 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #26 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz – #460 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers – #164 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #580 Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
Fabrika Fantasy – #30 Animals
Imagine That Creative Playground – #5 Anything Goes
Just Us Girls – #486 Movement (the cat down the wall)
My Time to Craft – #396 CAS
Simply Create Too – #149 Anything Goes
Southern Girls – Team Lou Anything Goes
Time Out Challenges – #134 Playful

Monday, 29 April 2019

DV 201 Pink Birthday

Our challenge over at Dream Valley for the next two weeks is Pink Birthday. We are sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy and we were lucky enough to have some of their gorgeous digis to work with. I chose Elf Fairy for my card.

The ones we had were png files which were on a white background and perfect for this project. I first loaded a background paper from Bearly Mine Designs into my graphics program, and then the png image file was placed over the top of the background paper to form a focal point and the whole thing was printed onto Talens Watercolour paper. It has been sized to fit the 8” square scalloped card which forms the base.

I coloured her with copic markes, and used a posca pen to add the dots to her dress. Just a couple of diecuts for the sentiment and the small floral sprig along with some glossy accents over the water in the watering can and forming splashes on the plant below. This is matted first onto black card and then onto pink metallic card.

This is a close up of the plant with it’s water splashes.

I am entering this into:-

Alphabet Challenge – C for CAS
Aud Sentiments – #225 Birthday Sentiment
Crafty Catz – #459 Anything Goes
Crafty Creations – #389 Anything Goes
Creations in Pink – #9 Anything Goes in mainly Pink
Di’s Digi Challenge – Spring Flowers
International Art and Soul – #57 Birthday
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #104 Anything Goes
Pattie’s Creations – #157 Flowers
QKR Stampede – #435 Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers – #31 Birthday
The Corrosive Challenge – #4 Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts – #59 Anything Goes Option Pink


Monday, 22 April 2019

CCM #232 Dragons or Other Mythical Creatures

As tomorrow, 23rd April, is St. George’s Day here in England, our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Dragons or Other Mythical Creatures.

I stamped my Dragon from Katzelkraft onto Talens Watercolor Paper, and coloured him in with Inktense pencils. The sentiment is a combination of sentiments from Craftwork Cards. The balloons, also coloured with Inktense are also from Katzelkraft.

I added some sparkle pen to the balloons.

The matting layers are from the Indian Summer paper pad from Clarity as I loved the colours.

My Sister’s birthday tomorrow, and she is always complaining that they don’t do St. George and the Dragon cards for birthdays, so here is the dragon……. St. George thought he was too cute to kill so gave him some balloons to hold instead!

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #337 Make Your Mark
Aud Sentiments – #225 Birthday Sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge - #15 Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart – #241 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #50 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #458 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patterned Paper – April: Anything Goes
Creative Crafters - #15 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers – #162 Anything Goes
Creative With Stamps – #37 Birthday
Stamplorations – April: Watercolouring
Sweet Stampers – #31 Birthday
The Fairy and The Unicorn – April: Anything Goes

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