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Monday, 19 November 2018

DV #191 No Square or Rectangle Cards

We are sponsored today by StarStampz for our No Square or Rectangle Cards challenge.

I have used their lovely image Winter Kiss, for my Snowglobe shaped card.DV 192 No Square or Rectangle

This lovely shaped card has the added advantage of being one of the smallest Christmas cards ever.. without the snowflakes around the edge it would be a perfect fit for C7 envelope.

The snowglobe die is from Craftwork Cards, exclusively available these days through Craft Stash. The overlay on the bottom also makes a stand if added to the back and it stands very well!

I printed the image up quite large to make it easier to colour and then when it was finished I scanned it in and shrunk it to fit the snowglobe centre. That’s one of the advantages of digital images you can do so much more with them. After I had printed and die cut it to fit the snowglobe I ran it through a ‘snow’ embossing folder, and then I went over the embossed snowdrops with a white sharpie and finally glittered them.

The main part of the card and the base are cut from various metallic card in my stash and the sentiment is cut from glitter card, as are the snowflakes.

I am entering this into:-

613 Avenue Create – #215 Anything Goes Optional Twist Christmas
Angie’s Digital Stamps – #26 Anything Goes, Optional Twist Christmas
CCC Digi Creations – #98 Winter Time
Christmas Card Throwdown – Nov: Snow Globes
Creative Craft Cottage – #213 Christmas Is Coming
Daisy Chain Challenges – #25 Christmas/Winter
Digi Doodle Studios – #11 Christmas/Winter
Fabrika Fantasy – #26 Christmas/Winter
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Nov: Anything Goes
My Time to Craft – #384 Let It Snow
Sheepski Designs – #20 anything Christmas
Sweet Stampers – #26 Christmas
Stamping Sensations – Nov: Get Ready for Christmas

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Monday, 12 November 2018

CCM 222 Lots of Layers

Judy is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and she has chosen Lots of Layers as her theme.

222 Lots of Layers

My card was made on behalf of my Daughter for her Husband for his birthday.

My base layer and the blue diecuts are from some turquoise mirri card. The cogs and ornate scroll cog die are from Sue Wilson. The clock, which was cut from the same turquoise card and then had several different embossing powders added to it to give it an aged patina look, is a Marianne die. The hands and other of the cogs were cut from purple mirri card. The background paper is from a Prima pad, Epiphany. the brick cut out is from a Tim Holtz media die, and I backed it iwth more purple mirri. The sentiments are mainly Crafters Companion.

The image is from Kanban, and I coloured it with Kurecolor brush pens and then fussy cut it out and added it on foam tape.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time To Craft – #79 Anything Goes
Archi-Scraps – Nov: Use Stone or Brick Textures
Challenge Up Your Life – #100 Celebrate/Anniversary (Birthday?)
Crafting By Designs – Nov: anything goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #45 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – Nov: #57 Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas – Nov: Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers – Nov: Anything Goes With Dies
Pattie’s Creations – #152 Birthdays
Sandee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge – Steampunk Winter Special Challenge 2019
The Artistic Stamper – Nov: Square It
The Crafter’s Cafe – #207 Male (Young or Old)

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Monday, 5 November 2018

DV #190 Use Dies and Punches

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is to use your dies and punches. We are sponsored by

190 Use Dies and Punches Main

I started with a blank Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag in Ivory for the back layer, which I edged with a few different alchemy waxes. However, in the end when I went to put it together there wasn’t enough contrast between the main layer and the base so I gessoed over it! Hey these Graphic 45 tags aren’t cheap, I wasn’t going to throw it away!

The butterfly is a die from Sheena Douglass and I cut and embossed it and then covered it in water before adding three shades of Aqua Flow pens from Tonic in the blue/green range and one in the yellow range. I then added a layer of midas gold aqua flow which gives a lovely gold sparkle.

The top layer of the tag I cut out with the Graphic 45 Large Tag die, sized to fit perfectly over their staples tags. I die cut this in turquoise, but again in the event I decided it was too dark as turquoise and went over the whole thing with a wash of Inka Gold wax in Mint Green. BUT before all that. I embossed the cut out tag with a script embossing folder from Crafters Companion. I added patches of various different colour Pentart Wazes in a bright pink, purple, orange, yellow and lime!. As I said though, the fact the background had been turquoise was still showing through too darkly so I did the Mint Green wash over the top of it all. The photograph isn’t that good, but you can still see all the lovely colours underneath, but now it goes with the butterfly much better than before.

190 Use Dies and Punches Top

You can see the sparkle better in this picture, and also the underlying colours.

I added various cogs/gears from several different dies – Tim Holtz and sue Wilson I think, two metal keys and three diecut sentiments from Spellbinders, which look a bit like those old Dymo Labelmakers in that they emboss the word, which I then went over with a purple inkpad from Wendy Vecchi. The ribbons and yarns are from my stash, as are the gems on the butterfly..

190 Use Dies and Punches Bottom

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #20 Anything Goes with A Critter
A Perfect Time to Craft – #11 anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge – #11 Anything Goes
CraftaholicsRUs – Oct: Tag Challenge
Crafteezee – Nov: Anything But a Card
Crafts Galore Encore – Nov: #57 Anything Goes
Creatalicious – #150 Anything Goes with Optional Embossing
Createful Heart – #2 Add A Sentiment
Just Keep On Creating – Nov: Anything Goes
LeAnn’s World 101 – #8 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #93 Anything Goes
Love To Craft – Nov: #28 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Oct: Anything Goes
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Nov: Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create – #14 Anything Mixed Media

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Monday, 29 October 2018

CCM #221 Explosion of Colour

Today at Crafty Cardmakers the lovely Angela is hosting our Explosion of Colour challenge.

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My ‘explosion’ is in my Art Journal. I started with a page that I had mopped up some blue colour with from a gel print. And then I just added random colours to the page. In the middle it looked a little muddy as I had gone a step too far and not wanting to just abandon it I decided to stencil the face into the middle. I then gessoed out the face area and all her features until it was back to a reasonably blank area and re-stencilled in the features. The Stencil is from Jane Davenport from her Jane Girls series from Artist Cellar. I coloured her face with three portrait colours from IndigoBlu’s acrylic paint range, Porcelain, Fair and Mid Beige. Her cheeks, lips and eyes were all coloured with Jane’s Lip and Pastel Palettes Tins.

The purple diecuts are also from Jane’s range, Artomology, You Are Unique, dies, and I coloured the insides of these with Sakura Koi pens.

Her hair is a selection of Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Blossoms stamps and dies, which I stamped onto some Distress Oxide blended cards. Their centres are from a range called Nail Art which I got in Poundland for a quid! Bargain, when you think what micro beads and prills cost!

All the coloured bits around the edge are also from Jane’s range of stamps, Flower Girls. I used just the hairstyles of two of the girls to add the interest at the edges and coloured them with Sakura Koi pens.

As you can see in the closer pic below, drawing is not my strong suit. The eyes don’t look right and I can’t quite put my finger on why, but as I couldn’t correct it even if I did know I guess that’s what makes her unique!!

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Finally I added some Midas Touch to the eye shadows and lips, and some white highlights to the eyes and lips. I did splatter midas touch across the piece, before I did the stencilling in the middle, but sadly the camera doesn’t seem to pick this up without extreme difficulty!

I am entering her into:-

A Inky Mess – #25 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Altered Eclectics – Oct: Anything Mixed Media Goes
Back to Basics – #14 Stencils or Masks
Catch The Bug – Anything But A Card
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge – #43 Anything Goes with colouring
Create A Smile – Create your Own Background
Creativ Fusion Arts & Crafts – #5 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #92 Anything Goes
Love to Create – #13 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Not Just Cards – Oct: Anything Goes
Polkadoodles – #43 Anything Goes
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Oct: Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge – #10 Oct: Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe – #206 Feminine
Worldwide Open Design Team Chall – #10 Oct: Anything Goes

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Monday, 24 September 2018

DV #187 Pearls or Gems

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is to use your pearls or gems. We are sponsored by the boss, Marlene with a cute animal sheet of stamps.

I would like to apologise to Marlene and the rest of the hard working team for being so absent the last few months. I have been struggling with health issues and have lacked the energy to create. Hopefully I have turned a bit of a corner and am feeling a bit more like my old self.DV 187 Pearls or Gems

My card was made with Pixie Powders for the background. There is a lovely shimmer to it, but sadly it never gets picked up on camera. The diecut is from Our Daily Bread and is called Quatrefoil. When I chose it I intended to pop pearls where the patterns meet each other but in the event it looked too crowded!

My flowers were cut from the spare background I created earlier using Heartfelt Creations Striped Sun Kissed Fleur stamps which I stamped and embossed with Pure White Embossing Powder from Cosmic Shimmer and then die cut with their matching die. I then popped them through the 3d Floral Basics Shaping Mold, having first spritzed them a little with water. This was the first time I used the mold. It has given the flowers some lovely dimension and having spritzed them first they now seem to be more sturdy/robust! The leaves are from Spellbinders. The gems are a combination of gems from my stash, and I trimmed down a 6” square scalloped card to make a more rectangular shape to go with the main diecut area.

I am entering this into:-

Back to Basics - #12 Inky Backgrounds
CCC Digi Creations - #96 Use Pearls or Gems
Crafting with Dragonflies - #113 Anything Goes (Cards only)
Digistamps4Joy #152 - Anything Goes with option Flower Frenzy
Get Creative - #73 Lots of Bling and Sparkle
Happy Little Stampers - Sept: Anything Goes with Dies
Scrapbook Stamp Society - #150 Embossing Wet or Dry
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bling It On
Sparkles Monthly - #108 Dies or Punches
Sweet Stampin’ - Dies/Punches

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Monday, 17 September 2018

CCM #218 Autumn Colours

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Autumn Colours. As usual you can enter anything you like, cards, mixed media, home decor, fabric crafts, you name it, we are happy to see it.

Autumn is my favourite time of year for colour. I love the rich hues of reds and oranges. Not so keen on the Autumn bugs though. I am just on the end of the cold virus from hell. I thought it was never going to leave me, for the best part of two weeks I have felt like death warmed over. Today is the first day I have felt half human again.

218 Autumn Colours

I created my birthday card from just a couple of items. For the decorative centre panel I laid down several different reels of washi tape, and then die cut the word birthday into the panel, in effect this would be the waste. The word I die cut out can be saved for another project. I backed and matted the panel with black card and to make the word pop I die cut the word again in white and used the waste from inside the word to add back into the die cut area in the panel. I stamped a Dylusions edge stamp a couple of times either side of the panel, and the word wishes onto a small scrap of white to finish it all off.

I am entering this into:-

Always Fun Challenges - #76 Fall Colours
Aud Sentiments - #212 Fall and a Sentiment
Cards in Envy - Feels Like Fall
Createful Heart Design - #1 Autumn/Fall
Cut It Up - #156 Birthday
Cute Card Thursday - #547 Dies and Punches
Di’s Digi Challenge - Happy Fall Y’all
Dragonfly Journeys - #127 Fall Festival of Colours
Fabrika Fantasy - #24 Autumn
Happy Little Stampers - Sept: Anything Goes With Dies
House of Cards - Group 2 Sept: Birthday
Make My Monday - #80 Autumn/Fall Colours
Scrap From Your Heart - #25 Autumn Colours
Sieze The Birthday - Die Cuts or Punches
The Crafter’s Cafe - #204 Autumn and/or Spring

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Monday, 3 September 2018

CCM #217 All Creatures Great and Small

Hi. Hope you can join us over on Crafty Cardmakers today for our latest challenge, All Creatures Great and Small.

217 All Creatures Great and Small

I made my card with one of my favourite ever stamps, Cecil The Cow. I just love his quirky look from his long neck to his dotty boots! I stamped Cecil onto tissue paper and coloured him with various Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers.

My card itself was made with a Tonic die, Bowscale, and the various mats and layers with created with Sue Wilson’s Double Pierced Rectangle dies.

The lovely morroccan style background was stamped onto watercolour card with a Hero Arts Studio Calico Stamp, Lattice Background with a versamark pad and embossed with white detail powder from Stampendous. I randomly coloured each of the little patterns with different colours of the Zig Pens and then spritzed heavily with water. Some of it was left to dry reasonably naturally and some of it I went over with a kitchen roll to mop up the excess moisture which had the effect of leaving different gradients of the colours, and of course, some colours intermingled even across the embossed lines.

Cecil was then trimmed out of the tissue paper and stuck down to the background with modpodge. The happy birthday sentiment is a die in my stash, but sadly I cannot remember which one it is!

I am entering Cecil into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #18 Anything with a Critter
Always Happy Birthday - Sept: Anything Birthday
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - #206 Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge - #91 Animals/Birds
Creative Craft Cottage - #110 No Patterned Paper
Heartful Stamping - Anything Goes and A Stamp
House of Cards - Sept: Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It On
Sparkles Monthly - #107 Stamp Your Own Background
Stamping Sensations - Sept: Something Beginning with B (Background stamp and Birthday Card)
Sunny Day Crafting - Aug-Sept: Animal

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