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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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Monday, 2 July 2018

CCM #215 At Least Two Dies or Punches

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers today is to use at least two dies or punches, or one of each.

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My image is from a lush paper pad by Katy Sue from their Mermaids range, which I die cut with Sue Wilson’s new Festive Frames, Eve, die, that in turn was matted onto the outside die from the same set which I cut from plain white card.

The background was created with my favourite My Favourite Things stamp background, Whimsical Waves. I stamped it with versamark onto the same white card I die cut the outer frame from and embossed in clear powder. I then used a combination of Spectrum Sparkle and Tonic Aquaflow pens and a spritzer to create a underwater background. I fussy cut out the mermaid, sentiment and the three patterned fishes from the same pad as the original image. The two shimmery fish just peeking out from beneath the diecut frame, and the tiger shark are all tiny die cuts by Marianne Designs. I edged the background with a green copic marker to give the illusion of a thin mat, and decoupaged up the extra elements of the image. A sprinkling of glamour dust around the water elements of the image and the mermaids tail completed the design.215 At Least Two Dies or Punches Shimmer

I have a second picture to show the shimmer, as it doesn’t show up well on the camera in the normal light!

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #16 Anything Goes with a Critter
Animals Friends - #64 July In or On The Water
Blank Page Muse - June: Let’s Go To The Beach
Card Mania - #106 Anything Goes
City Crafter - #418 Seaside
Classic Design Team - #27 Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - #87 Fairy And/Or Fantasy
Cupcake Inspirations - #449 Under The Sea
Kitty Bee Designs - #121 Under The Sea
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - #26 Mermaids
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Monday, 25 June 2018

DV #182 All Things Bright and Beautiful

Welcome to Dream Valley’s challenge for the next two weeks, All Things Bright and Beautiful. Today’s challenge is just for fun, as there is no actual prize.

182 All Things Bright and Beautiful

I started with a blank sheet of Clarity 7” Stencil card, and a blank sheet of Crafters Companion A4 black card, a sheet of scrap card., some Tim Holtz dies and some Spellbinders Border dies.

With the scrap card and border dies I cut two fancy edges, which I then taped down over the stencil card to create my own stencilled shape between 1/3 and half way up.

Using Distress Oxides I inked in between my two edges making my own stencilled shape.

Then I stamped some random stamps from Marianne’s texture range.

The little pot with the wildflower is from Tim Holtz, and was lurking in my spare diecuts box. I liked the plain black against the brightly coloured shape. I originally stamped the clarity Congratulations stamp directly onto the card but it fell off the block and made a mess, so I stamped a second time and faux matted it up by going around the trimmed out sentiment with black ink.

I’m entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps - #297 Make Your Mark
Aud Sentimenys - #206 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
CAS-ual Fridays - #202 Inspiration Photo (the bright colours)
Crafting With An Attitude - #40 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #422 Anything Goes option Beautiful Blooms
Create a Smile - Moodboard (I chose the colour palette)
Create and Inspire - #75 Anything Goes
Dare2BArtzy - June: Bright Colours
Inkspirational - #163 Use Small Stamps
Less Is More - #374 Bits Box Items
Sheepski Designs - #15 Embellish It or CAS
Simon Says Wednesday - Bright and Cheerful
Simply Papercraft - #58 Anything Goes

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Monday, 18 June 2018

CCM #214 Wet or Dry Embossing

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Wet or Dry Embossing. You can enter any project you like, it doesn’t have to just be a card, as long as you have some wet or dry embossing on it somewhere.

I decided to go for both on my card.

214 Wet-Dry Embossing

My dry embossing is the white panel behind the die cut elements, it’s a Sue Wilson Pinpoint Embossing Folder called Cross Stitch.

My wet embossing is the flower design die cut. I stamped it in three different shades of Tonic Nuvo Inks, but because these dry fast and aren’t really suitable for embossing I decided to try to let those inks dry and them emboss over the top with versamark. Before the various stamping platforms were released (I have the Tim Holtz one), this would not really have been possible. But because I could leave my image exactly where it was and let it dry and then apply versamark to my stamp and restamp over the already coloured image it worked a treat. I was originally going to colour the flowers in but changed my mind as I liked the outline look instead.

The stamp has a matching die  and I used that to cut two green mirri shapes and then used the decorative element to that die to give a lovely lacey effect.

The centres of the dies are from Spellbinders, the two white centres, and the green mirri ones are from a Marianne die set.

The sentiment is, I think, Penny Black, but I couldn’t swear to it, lol.

I am entering this into:-

Allsorts - #472 Use At Least 2 Dies
Back To Basics and Beyond - #5 Heat Embossing
CCEE Stampers - #1824 Blooming Flowers
Color Throwdown - #497 (Couldn’t see that I had to use all four colours! If that’s not correct just delete me)
Crafty Calendar - June: Use 3 of Something
Creatalicious - #141 Anything Goes With Optional Flowers
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - June: Anything Goes With Dies
Heartful Stamping - Anything Goes + a Stamp
Just Add Ink - #413 Colour
Penny Black and More - June: In The Garden
The Crafty Addicts - #49 Say It With Flowers


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Monday, 11 June 2018

DV #181 Add Some Bling

Today at Dream Valley we are sponsored by Dies to Die For with a lovely £15 voucher for the winner, and our challenge is to add some bling.181 Add Some Bling

I started with a lovely new stamp from Craft Buddy’s Gem It range. I did think I didn’t like the idea of specific stamps designed to add gems to but this feather is just so ethereal I fell in love with it. As you can see I didn’t add gems to every little circle. I inked it up with Tonic’s Nuvo Hybrid ink in four different shades as I had intended originally to add some pixie powders to the background, but I loved it on just a plain background so I could have used different inks!

The image is matted onto purple mirri paper and then onto a green satin mirri card. The gems are coloured with copics to tone in with the Inkpad shades and the sentiment is cut from the same paper/card I used for the mats and layers. I used the fabulous Sticky Roll from Wild Spider to back the paper and make the sentiments sticky. I was concerned it might make these small sentiments more difficult to cut but they still cut like a dream and it was so easy to stick them down. No more messy glued fingers and blobs of glue appearing where I don’t want them!

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A close up pic so you can see how ‘blingy’ it is.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft - #69 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - #06 Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge - #26 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - June: Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy - June: Bright Colours
Eclectic Ellapu - June: Anything Goes
Heartful Stamping - June: Anything Goes and A Stamp
Love To Craft - #23 Anything Goes
SheepSki Designs - #15 Embellish It or CAS
Stamping Sensations - June: Anything Goes
The Color Sisters - #56 Colour Palette
The Corrosive Challenge - June: Anything Goes

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Monday, 14 May 2018

DV #179 Summer Colours

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is Summer Colours. We are sponsored by Star Stampz.

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At the time I was preparing this post it feels like Winter still here in Hampshire and I still have my heating on in early May!!!! Anyhow, hopefully by the time this is published it will be feeling at least like Spring.

EDIT; Spring has finally sprung!!! Thank goodness.

As soon as I saw this image I imagined her floating away over a rainbow, and I had just the perfect die to match my thoughts. I diecut the colours of the rainbow with Sue Wilson’s You are my Sunshine rainbow die and the Sun is also from Sue’s Rain or Shine, part of the same Necessities collection. The clouds are from Memory Box. The sentiment I printed myself and the background paper is from Wild Rose Studio from their Blackberry Lane pad.


The image was coloured with a combination of Copics for the hair and skin and Zig Clean Colour Brush pens. Unfortunately I went over the balloons with some varnish in a pen and it bled the colour of the orange balloon onto the tip of the green one! I guess because the colours are water based it shifted. And after all that there isn’t even any ‘wet look/shine’ from the varnish which is what I was trying to achieve!

I am entering this into:-

A Perfect Time to Craft - #5 Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - #67 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - May: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper - May. Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage - #107 Dies and/or Punches
Fab ‘n Funky - #393 Garden Or Outdoors
Happy Little Stamper - May: Anything Goes With Dies
Jo’s Scrap Shack - #233 Anything Goes
Love to Craft - #22 May: Anything Goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - #19 Anything Goes
Tic, Tac, Toe - #46 Centre Line - Scene, Red, Something Digital

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