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Monday, 14 January 2019

CCM #225 Winter

We have a very easy challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers. To ease us all back in this is the perfect spot to put all your unblogged cards you created for Christmas. The only criteria is that although they can look Christmassy (Wintry) they must not actually say that they are Christmas, so no Merry, Happy or other Christmas greeting, and NO SANTAS either please!


My card was created with a Find It die for the frame, and some Card-io stamps for the deer.

I used Clarity’s masks to create my sky which I made with various blue inks. I used several different brands as none of them had the correct colour I wanted. The snowy stars were made with a sticky stencil I made myself from Tim Holtz’s Snowy Stars Die and a Clarity blank mask sheet, and Brilliance white ink.

To accentuate the snowy hills I edged them with glitter.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #22 Add A Critter
Card Mania – #112 Baby It’s Cold Outside
Christmas Crafts All Year Round – Jan: Let It snow
CHNC – #420 Anything Goes with option feature a creature
Creative Craft Cottage – #114 Winter
Cut It Up – #165 How’s the Weather
Daisy Chain Challenges – #26 Add Some Sparkle
Di’s Digi Challenge – Snow Much Fun
Dies R Us – #112 Anything Goes with Dies carried by DiesRUs
Digistamps4Joy – #146 Anything Goes with Option 4 Seasons (Winter)
Dream Factory – #63 Eight Below
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - Jan: Optional Twist Reindeers
Just For Fun – Jan: Use Blue/Silver Colour Combination
Pattie’s Creations – Snowy Days/Nights
Sweet Stampers – #28 Winter/Snow
Winter Wonderland – It’s Snow Time

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Monday, 7 January 2019

DV #193 Anything Goes

To start the New Year at Dream Valley we have a nice easy theme of Anything Goes, and we are sponsored by LeAnn’s World 101. I used her ‘Rainy Day Suzie’ for my card.

193 Anything Goes

I coloured the image with Faber Castell polychromos pencils. I hadn’t used them in a very long time and enjoyed dusting them off!

My background patterned paper is from the Cut, Mat, Create paper pad from Heartfelt creations, one of the 6” panels in the pad, and the purple matting card is from the Topsy Turvy range from Create and Craft.

The splashes were cut with a freebie die I received in a magazine. Years ago, and I do mean, a lonnnnnnggg time ago I bought some sort of thick mylar film. It’s got a weird look to it, like layers of transparent film have been stuck together and it creates movement in the film. I diecut two of the die splashes and then coloured them with a blue copic pen. You can’t see the movement in the photograph so well as you can when the light catches it in real life. The sentiment came from the same magazine freebie.

The patterned circular die is from Sue Wilson, Calabria.

I am entering this into:-

A Perfect Time to Craft – #1 Anything Goes
Angie’s Digital Stamps – #27 Anything Goes
Crafter’s Castle – #13 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #59 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Jan: Anything Goes with Patt Paper
Hiding In My Craft Room – #386 Water
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #97 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #329 Anything Goes
Simply Create Too – #145 Anything Goes

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Monday, 10 December 2018

CCM #224 Christmas

Out final challenge for 2018 at Crafty Cardmakers is a nice easy seasonal one of Christmas.

We also have a lovely prize on offer this time of a pair of Becky Seddon Christmas/winter themed stamps and also a pair of toning stencils. Becky Seddon Prize

My Christmas card is a combination of Sue Wilson dies, lots of glitter and foiling.CCM 224 Christmas

I started with an 8x8 card blank and matted onto it a slightly smaller silver glitter card layer. The decorative layer is using Sue’s snowflake striplet die which I went around a square shape four times to create a frame, cut from white pearlescent card.

I used this on a base of plain card approx 7” square with double sided adhesive sheet adhered to it and then carefully placed the lovely diecut frame over the adhesive. After I trimmed it up to size, I got three colours of very fine glitter from Tonertex and dusted them through the diecut areas to the sticky sheet beneath. There was glitter everywhere! When I thought I had covered all the sticky areas I eventually buffed it off to make it look as if the diecut layer was stuck onto the glitter layer, rather than the glitter was added to the diecut areas.

The centre I diecut a slightly smaller square of the same silver glitter card as the bottom layer.

The sentiment, also from Sue Wilson was created by using more of the double sided self adhesive sheet to plain card and using multi foils over the top in patchwork pieces. It is difficult to see what you will end up with until you die cut it and the excess foil that hasn’t stuck to the sheet falls away, as you have to overlay it whilst assembling. I then used the sentiment die and die cut it………. again this was quite a delicate task as it’s a very slender sentiment and it took me ages to whinkle it out of the die!

It’s finished off with Sue Wilson’s 2017 Angel at the side.

I am entering this into:-

Archi-Scraps – Dec: Anything Christmas
Bastel-Traum – #71 Winter/Christmas
Cards In Envy – The Spirit of Christmas
Card Mania – #111 Christmas
Christmas Crafts All Year Round – Dec: Anything Christmas Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge – #12 Anything Goes
Country View Crafts – Dec: Christmas
Crafty Calendar _ Dec: It’s Christmas Time
Crafty Friends – #98 Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #415 Christmas
Dare 2B Artzy – Dec: Winter
Die Cut Divas – Dec: Winter
Dies R Us – #110 Snowflakes
Eclectic Ellapu – Dec: Anything Festive
Happy Little Stampers – Dec: Anything Goes With Dies
Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Dec: Anything Christmas
Inkspirational – #175 Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas – #5 Anything Christmas Goes
Mix It Up – #20 Anything Goes Optional Twist No Stamping
Papercraft Business Challenge – #13 Dec: Anything Goes option Christmas
Paru’s Card Making Challenge – Dec: Christmas
Sheepski Designs – #21 Celebrations
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Warm Winter Wishes
Sparkle and Sprinkle – Dec: Anything Goes with glitter
The 12 Months of Christmas – #48 Anything Goes Christmas

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Monday, 3 December 2018

DV #192 Christmas

Good morning. Welcome to Dream Valley’s final challenge of the year, Christmas. We have lots of lovely sponsors this time around so please do go look at the blog and join in the fun to see what you might be able to win.

We have Fabrika Fantasy with 3 Digital Stamps, Sheepski Designs (my image is from them, called Snowboarding) with 3 Digital Stamps, All Dressed Up with 2 Digital Stamps, Paper Nest Dolls 3 Digital Stamps and Di’s Digis with a $12 voucher.

192 Christmas

As I said above, I have used Snowboarding from Sheepski Designs for my card.

I coloured it with my copics and die cut it with a Crealies die. I used paper from my stash and white card to make my card, all diecut with the Crealies die. I ran the white layers and the image itself through a snow embossing folder. I have a few snow embossing folders but this one is my favourite because of the lovely larger drops of snow. Some of them only have small dots of snow.

To finish it off I have a sentiment from Craftwork Cards and some tiny snowflake peel offs.

Does anyone know of a set of SMALL and I do mean small snowflake dies? I can’t seem to find anything smaller than 2cms for the smallest die (Sizzix Tim Holtz mini Snowflakes). I would like some lovely delicate ones for this type of card.

All of us at Dream Valley wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy 2019.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #169 Christmas Non Traditional Colours
Archi-Scraps – Dec: Anything Christmas
Aud Sentiments – #217 Christmas or Winter Sentiment
Aurora Wings – #73 Holiday Spirit
Card Mania – #111 Christmas
Craft Rocket – #54 Christmas is Coming
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Dec: Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas – Dec: Winter
Dies R Us – #110 Snowflakes
Double Trouble Challenge – #16 Let The Troubles Begin (both embossing
and snow)
Paper Players – #421 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
Paru’s Card Making Challenge – Dec: Christmas
Pile it On – #149 Shaped Cards
Whoopsi Daisy – Dec: Anything Goes Option Let It Snow

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Monday, 26 November 2018

CCM #223 Anything But A Card

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers, and hosted by Angela, is Anything but a Card.

I made two sleighs, a large one and a smaller one.

Large Sleigh 2

Both started off as plain mdf, the rails of which I painted with silver acrylic paint. On both of them I covered the main body of the sleigh with some lovely foiled paper I have had in a stash since forever!

Small Sleigh

I glittered the edges of both sleighs with red glitter glue to hide anywhere my cutting out might not have been up to scratch, and also to give them a more Christmassy feel.

I used various Christmas berry picks and clusters to decorate them, along with poinsettia fabric flowers and metal snowflakes. The smaller sleigh was filled with cinnamon sticks and pine cones, dipped in gesso and glitter to simulate snow.

Both sleighs were glued down onto some old scraps of a cardboard box which I gessoed and the covered with artificial snow, mixed in with transparent mica flakes and glitter. The Reindeer were just painted brown and darker brown for their antlers.

The most difficult thing I found was attaching the reins, which just kept slipping off as they were just a soft silk thread.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of them both together to show the different size scale of them, and one has been sent to my Daughter for a decoration for her house.

A Inky Mess – #26 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Alphabet Challenge – R is for Reindeer
Bastel-Traum – #71 Winter/Christmas
Challenge Up Your Life – #101 Winter Animals
Craft Rocket Challenge – #54 Christmas Is Coming
Crafteezee – Nov: Anything But a Card
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Nov: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage – #113 Christmas is Coming
Creative Knockouts – #273 Snow Much Fun
Daisy Chain Challenges – #25 Christmas/Winter
Fabrika Fantasy – #26 Christmas/Winter
Hiding In My Craft Room – #'380 Any Holiday
Rhedd’s Creative Challenge – Nov: Anything Mixed Media
We Love2Create – #14 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

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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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