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Monday, 27 January 2020

CCM #249 Black and white

Our new challenge for you today over at Crafty Cardmakers is Black and White.

I have used some lovely black and white papers from a company called Bearly Mine which sadly stopped producting when the stupid VAT rules changed a few years back for digital only companies! Anyhow I picked 4 of the designs and I was going to print them and then the cut them down and make them into a set of four papers cut into quarters, but in order to save both ink and paper I did the work on the pc instead. So I cut each paper down to a quarter of it’s size and then overlaid them onto a black background and then just printed it as one sheet. I matted this layer onto a white square card.

The image is from D’arcy’ Diaries, again another company that stopped producing these lovely digis a few years back. This image was perfect for a black and white challenge I thought. I die cut it with my new Crafters Companion vintage lace dies, as I also did for the black matting diecut layer.

The top sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the Sister word I created on my pc.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft – #108 Anything Goes
Bastel-Traum – #85 Monochrome / Glitter
Creative Craft Cottage – #125 Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas – Jan: New Things (Dies)
Dies R Us – #137 Birthdays
Love to Craft – #42 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Jan: Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges – #54 Use 2 Designer Papers minimum
Sheepski Designs – #34 Square Cards
Worldwide Open DT Challenge – #01 Anything Goes

Monday, 20 January 2020

DV #217 Spots and/or Dots

Today’s challenge at Dream Valley, sponsored by Crafty Sentiments is Spots and/or dots.

I have used our Sponsor’s cute image, With Love, which I coloured with copics. I cut it out with a lovely die from Little Darlings. The card itself was made by using the larges of Sue Wilson’s Lavish Accented Octagon dies. I cut two pieces of white card with the largest die and stuck them together down the left hand side to create a card base. Onto that I matted the lovely heart layer from the same die set. The White layer, and the patterned layer of my lovely new Tracey Hay papers was cut with Sue’s Double Stitched Octagon dies.

I cut a strip of white card, and the heart base layer navy card, and then printed the Happy Anniversary sentiment to look a bit like a ribbon which went across the middle of the card and under the image.

I added some enamel dots over some of the dots on the paper to give it some more dimension.

I am entering this into:-

613 Avenue Create – #229 Anything Goes option make it shiny
Allsorts – #555 More Than A Single Word Sentiment
CD Sunday Plus – #27 Anything Goes (image is digital)
Crafts Galore Encore – #71 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #34 Anything Goes with an Animal
Elliebelle’s Crafty Wednesday – Jan: New Goodies (paper) Old Favs (dies)
Happy Craft Challenge – Jan: Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers – Jan: Anything Goes with Dies
QKR Stampede – #381 Anything Goes
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Valentines or Love card 4 kids
Tales From The Craft Room – #1 Something New (patt paper)
Your Next Stamp – #130 Shades of Blue

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

CCM #248 Anything Goes

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year. I hope you have had a nice restful Christmas and a good start to 2020.

Our first challenge for this year over at Crafty Cardmakers is a really easy one, Anything Goes

I started with the elephants, which are a trio of stamps from Shirly Cohen, under the brand Studiolight.

I had previously used the distressed ink backgrounds that I stamped the elephants on for something else, but kept the offcuts and they were perfect for the size of these little fellas. I made an effort to pick different coloured areas of the offcuts so each of the elephants would be different. I also then restamped them again around their ear level so that I could use the Polkadoodles backing paper I was using on the rest of the design to co-ordinate, for their ears.

I added the elephants with foam tape to give them a bit of dimension.

I printed the sentiment on my pc and cut it out with a Little Darlings’ Tag Die, and the larger sized die for the matching matting layers. Just a layer of black card behind the two mats and in between the layers of tag die finished it off.

I am entering this into:-

Monday, 9 December 2019

CCM #247 Christmas

It’s our final challenge for 2019 over on the Crafty Cardmakers blog and unsurprisingly we have chosen a seasonal theme of Christmas.

I made my cards with the lovely reindeer stamp from Studiolight. I created a background with distress oxides onto a glass mad, added water and smooshed it onto the card.

I then stamped the reindeer in black archival ink, and added a sentiment from Claritystamp. I created the snow by scattering loosely some shabby white embossing powder from Stampendous.

The second picture is the same idea but obviously the colours are slightly different on this one as you cannot predict where the ink will go!

These were a part of my theme this year, and once I created the backgrounds I just lined up the stamp in my stamp press so that it would appear in the same place on each background and stamped away, likewise with the sentiment.

Rather than wasting black card to mat and layer, after trimming out the stamped background, I simply went round with a black copic pen to create a border.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Dec: Anything Goes with a Critter
A Vintage Journey – Holly Jolly Christmas
Addicted to Stamps – #180 Cold and Frosty (sadly their last challenge)
Alphabet Challenge – S is for Snow
Corrosive Challenge – #12 Anything Goes
Creatalicious – #176 Anything Goes with Optional Winter
Just Add Ink – #485 Just Add One Layer
Lost Cost Portal – #89 In The Deep Midwinter
Merry Little Christmas – #17 Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge – #107 Winter Wonderland
Sparkles Monthly – #122 It’s Begining to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Sweet Stampin’ – Christmas
The Artistic Stamper – Dec: Christmas is Coming
The Crafting Challenge – Dec: Christmas
Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes
Your Next Stamp – #128 Winter Warmup

Monday, 2 December 2019

DV #215 Christmas

Our challenge today at Dream Valley and through to January 6th is Christmas. We have three fabulous sponsors this time around, All Dressed Up 2 Digi Stamps, Di’s Digi Stamps with a $12 gift certificate, Dies to Die For £15 voucher, Fabrika Fantasy 3 Digi Stamps and Polkadoodles 3 Digi Stamps.

My Christmas card uses a Sue Wilson Christmas Angel Die from 2017. This is a 2 die set that cuts a star background and a separate die for the angel herself. I die cut her from pearlescent paper. the background was made with white card which I added Pixie Dust powders to and spritzed with water and then I die cut the background die from it and overlayed the whole thing over some holographic silver card. The sentiment is a stamp from my stash and embossed in silver embossing powder.

I made several of the same design, but of course the backgrounds are all slightly different as you cannot make the pixie powders go where you want them! The picture above is just 4 of them in a line.

I am entering this into:-

Bastel-Traum – #83 Winter/Christmas
Cardz 4 Gals – #110 Get Ready for Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #466 Christmas
Fab ‘N’ Funky – #459 Christmas
Kleuren Met Potloden – Nov: Christmas
Merry Little Christmas – #17 Dec: Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkles Monthly – #122 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
The 12 Months of Christmas – #60 Anything Christmas
The Holly and The Ivy – #61 Anything Christmas Goes
Try It On Tuesday – Inspired By A Song Or Christmas Carol (Hark The Herald Angels)

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

CCM #246 No Patterned Paper

One of my favourite challenges today at Crafty Cardmakers, No Patterned Paper.

I have made a page in my gorgeous Marlene Mini Journal starting with Distress Oxides in Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade. Which I smooshed onto the page. The background stamps are from Indigo Blu and from AAll & Create’s Janet Klein ‘Lil Magic stamp set. The main image is also Janet Klein, Bird Lover, and the cat comes from her range of stamps, Cat Lover. I coloured the image with copics for the skin and I used my polychromos pencils to colour the rest of her.

I coloured the centre of the stars with Squeezed Lemonade DI and the sentiment I printed on my pc. I used a couple of strips of washi for her to stand on. I have so much washi and forget to use it normally.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft – #104 Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps – #179 Anything Goes
Arty Divas – #9 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge – #46 Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs – Nov: Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #69 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #32 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Nov: Cute and Girly
Createful Heart – #14 Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge – #141 Add An Animal
Do-Al(l) Kreatives – #35 Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks – #482 Anything But a Card
Lavinia World – #14 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Nov: Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #1947 Anything Goes
Pattie’s Creations – #164 Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door – Wk Nov 19 Anything Goes

Monday, 18 November 2019

DV #214 Favourite Colour Combination

Out challenge today at Dream Valley is to show us your favourite colour combination. We are sponsored by the wonderful Polkadoodles with 3 of their gorgeous digis for the winner. I have used Winnie with Big Balloon for my card.

I chose blue and green for my colour combination. I don’’t know that I have an actual favourite combination but blue and green definitely appeals to me, although as a Child I can remember a saying ‘Blue and Green should never be seen’. But I love it!

I coloured Winnie with copics. The lovely diecut frame is from Spellbinders, S6-004 Card Creator Detailed Scallops, and I also used two of their Borderabilities Curved Borders Set one to create the wavy mat underneath the main focal point.

The little butterflies are from Sara’s Signature Butterfly Collection from Crafters Companion. You can use this die to cut into your card and leave little butterfly apertures but I wanted all the various sized ones instead to use on my card. I used the same paper from the background, also from Polkadoodles from their Posy Collection, to make the butterflies, and I inked through the die before removing it to give a contrast colour. The flowers are from my stash.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #179 Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More – #367 Make Your Mark
Arty Divas – #8 Anything Goes
CD Sunday Plus – #23 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #57 Anything Goes
Imagine That Creative Playground – #11 Anything Goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends – #118 Anything Goes
Love To Craft – #40 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Nov: Anything Goes
Polkadoodles – #46 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #372 Anything Goes
Southern Girls – Anything Goes With Team Lou
The Crafting Challenge Blog – Nov: Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters – #22 Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #11 Anything Goes


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