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All work exhibited here is my own design, unless otherwise stated, in which case I shall have credited the original author of that work. I am thrilled to be able to share my designs with you but would appreciate that you respect that these are my designs and do not copy and place them anywhere else online or use them for your own personal gain in any way.

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Monday, 3 August 2015

DV 112 Stripes or Checks

Our challenge at Dream Valley today is Stripes or Checks, or if you like you could use both. We are sponsored by Doctor Digi, and I have used one of their images, Angling Andy for my card.

112 Stripes or Checks
I coloured Andy with a combination of copics (skin mainly) and prismacolour pencils. I also used a shimmery pen on the fish’s scales, but sadly the shimmer wasn’t picked up by the camera.

The diecut is meant to look like fishing net, and is from Crealies’ Decorette range of dies. I made the fishing hooks myself by cutting apart a gold paperclip and bending back parts of it to form the eye of the hook. The feathers are meant to represent the feathers on a fishing fly! Papers are from Basic Grey.

I am entering Andy into:-

Animal Friends – #29 Zoo – Must have an animal
City Crafter Challenge – #272 A Male Birthday Card
Doodle Pantry – AIMPDC8 Anything Goes
Fairytale Challenge – #123 Boys and Men
Great Impressions – August: Add A Sentiment
Inky Chicks – #54 Use A Metal Embellishment
Morgan’s ArtWorld – #4 Use Three of Something (My home made hooks)
Quirky Crafts – #16 Gone Fishing
The Male Room – #15 Spots and Stripes (I Hope it’s okay that my Spots are inside my Stripes!)
Wags N Whiskers – #159 Recycle (My paperclips into fishing hooks)


Saturday, 1 August 2015

ABC O for Open (Anything Goes)

Our challenge at ABC this fortnight is Open, or Anything Goes. We are sponsored by both Di’s Digi Designs and also by Stamp and Create.

I have used an image from Di’s Digis called Sweet Moment in my card.

O Open

I coloured them with my copics and used papers from Basic Grey. The wooden buttons and flowery lace were in my stash and the butterflies are Joy diecuts.

I am entering this into:-

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards – #96 A Flower in Your Image
Crafting With Friends – #3 Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity – #237 Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner – #30 Anything Goes
Fussy And Fancy – #144 Things With Wings
Simply Create Too – #91 Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft – #10 Anything Goes
Southern Girls – Anything Goes
Stempelsonne – #146 Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe – #127 Use Some Buttons


Monday, 27 July 2015

#144 Anything But A Card

We have an Anything But A Card challenge for you today over at Crafty Cardmakers. Do please pop on over and check out the team’s inspiration.

144 Anything But a Card

I have used my Tim Holtz Layered Bee die to make a tag. I started with one of Tim’s Manilla Tags and coloured it with Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold and Wild Honey inks. Then I created a stencil to look like honeycomb by diecutting some card with one of the Memory Box Open Studio Distressed Collage Baptisia Dies. I stencilled through my home made stencil with Ripe Persimmon Ink. Then I stencilled again with Colourcraft’s Soft Form Relief Paste in white. This paste dries glossy, unlike some of them that dry matt. As it was too white when I had done that I went back over it, when it was dry, with an ink duster and some Spiced Marmalade ink. My mistake, I thought I had picked up the transparent one!!!! Oooops, lol

I added a couple of flourish stamps by stamping with Rusty Hinge in opposite corners, and the words Bzzz and Queen Bee. The flowers have been in my craft stash for over ten years. I remember seeing them and thinking how pretty they were, as they were embossed. However they have sat around for ten years and I haven’t used one of them!

The bee was diecut from orange bazzill card and I coloured the thorax and stripes in black with a copic pen. I also cut a spare set of wings from acetate which I had recycled from some packaging. After I had embossed both the bee and the spare wings with the matching embossing folder I added some Stickles in Spiced Marmalade to the Wings.

I edged the tag with black soot and added some double sided ribbon.

I am entering this into:-

Fussy and Fancy – #144 Things With Wings
Glitter ‘n Sparkle – #147 Something That Starts with B
Lisa Somerville Bloggers Challenge – The Letter B
Mixed Media World – #5 Stencils (Hope my home made stencil counts!)
Mod Squad – The Wing’s The Thing
Moo Mania – In The Garden
Recycle, Re-purpose and Re-Invent – July Anything Goes
Southern Girls – Get Messy With Ink or Paint
That’s Crafty – Stencils and Masks (Hope my home made stencil counts!)
Wags ‘n Whiskers – #159 Recycle (packaging for the acetate wings)
We Love to Create – #15 Anything Mixed Media Goes


Monday, 20 July 2015

DV 111 Embossing, Wet or Dry

Our challenge at Dream Valley this time around is embossing, and this can be wet or dry, or even a combination of both. We are sponsored by Crafts and Me and I have used one of their gorgeous stamps for my card, called Birthday Girl. This also comes as a digi but I have the rubber stamp. We are also sponsored by The Hobby House.

111 Embossing

I coloured her with my copics, adding some glitter highlights to her balloons, and the lacey areas of her outfit, plus a little on the flower and lollipop on her gifts.

The image below shows the glitter on the image, which was called Sprinkled Sugar a Stickles one, but when it was wet it just looked like dimensional glue, not until it dried can you see it actually looks like grains of sugar. Sorry for the quality of the pic, but it was difficult to get the right angle to show the glitter properly.

111 Glitter Close Up

My embossing is a Marianne Designables Embossing and Diecutting folder, no DS0908, and I embossed it onto a light teal from a DCWV mat stack of their Jewelled Colours. I have the matching 12” stack to this, but irritatingly there are a lot of colours in the mat stack that are NOT in the 12” stack! Bad form, as it’s difficult to utilise both when they are so mismatched in colour!

I matted the embossed paper onto another sheet from the same mat stack in bright pink, and also diecut the word smile with a Penny Black die.

I glittered around the edge of the pink layer with Ice Stickles.

I am entering this into:-

A Gem of a Challenge – #149 Birthday Wishes
Catch The Bug – July Bingo Middle Line Top to Bottom (Texture, No Square, Bling)
Corrosive Challenges
– #229 To Die For
Digi Designs Challenge – Hand Coloured Image
Digi Galore – Summery/Bright
Penny Black and More – Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Scribbles Designs – #31 Birthday
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Bright Colours 4 Kids
Sweet Stampin’ – No Designer Paper
Wags ‘n Whiskers – #158 Birthday


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

ABC N Number

Our challenge at ABC today is N for Number. We want to see a number anywhere on your project please. We are sponsored by Art By Miran and I have used their lovely image Blossom Breeze to create my card.

N Number

As soon as I saw her she reminded me of the Flower Power days of the 60s, and looks like she is off to a music festival. So I found some lovely funky floral paper from a Basic Grey pad and coloured her in bright colours to match with my copics.

The flower pearls I also coloured with my copics. I created the sentiment on my pc. She might be a little too bright! I glittered her flowers, and sadly it has made them appear duller than they are.

I am entering this into:-

Craft and Smash – Sentiments
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patterned Paper – July: Anything Goes
Creative Blooms – July: Colour Challenge July 2015 Color Challenge
Digi Galore – July: Summery/Bright
Going Grey With Scrap Creations – Summer
Natalie and Amy – #34 Summertime
Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #236 Anything Goes
Southern Ridge Trading Company – July: Summer
Top Tip Tuesday – Summer Fun

Monday, 13 July 2015

CCM 143 Water

Our challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers this time is Water. We want to see your creations that involve water. They don’t have to be cards, any crafty project will qualify, just as long as there is some water on the project somewhere.

Water 1

Oh how I wish I could draw. I fell in love with the gorgeous Art Doll I used in my journal page as soon as I saw her. She is from a kit called Validation and is by Courtney Designs. I did trim off her wings as they got in the way of her falling tears. I also printed her twice, the first time was actually an accident cos I chopped one side of her head off, so I had a spare hair piece I could cut out to give her matching bows in her hair, instead of the single one on the original image. I also drew on her tears.

The page was created with Distress Stains which I dotted on my craft sheet and squirted with a water mist. Then I smooshed the paper through it. The bottom piece I did separately in Neocolor II crayons which I laid down and then blended with a paintbrush and water, and then tore off to add to the bottom of the page. You can’t really see in the photo, but when it was finished, I sprayed the river with a fine mist of water that I had added a tiny drop of pearlescent medium too so in fact the water sparkles a little like the sun shining on it.

The bulk of the stencils are from Crafters Workshop, apart from the text which was a Viva Decor one from Pinflair, the little shoals of fish are Sheena Douglass.

I created the title sentiment on my pc, and then stuck it on later. The white highlighter pen is a Molotow paint pen.

I am entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – #28 Anything Goes
ARTastic – July: Water
Decorate to Celebrate – #104 Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie – Something To Say
Make My Monday – Anything But A Card
Mixed Media World – #5 Stencils
Not Just Cards – #22 Anything Goes
Pile It On – #77 Water/By The Water
Scrapbook Blessings Club – July: Anything Goes twist Watercolours
Patties Creations – #112 Make A Splash


Monday, 6 July 2015

DV 110 Distressing

We have a brand new challenge at Dream Valley sponsored by Robyn’s Fetish. We would like to see your ‘distressed’ projects. 110 Distressing

I decided to try something a little different for my image and paper pieced it almost entirely. The only bits I didn’t paper piece were the very small green areas of stems and leaves because I couldn’t get my chunky fingers to cut round something so small, so I coloured those with prismacolor pencils.

My papers, and indeed my paper piecing papers are all from the Flights of Fantasy CDRom from Crafters Companion, and were in fact left over from a project I did with them last week.

My die cuts are Memory Box Beloved Butterfly, and Crealies Decorette No. 2. The birds are some I already had cut but I think they were Joanna Sheen’s Britannia dies.

I am entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – #28 Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge – #70 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – July: Use A Stamp or Digi Anywhere on your project
Crafty Time – July: Punches or Dies
Creative Craft Cottage – #42 Spots or Stripes
Digitally Sweet – #140 Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday – #95 Anything Goes
My Time to Craft – #299 Paper Piecing
Paradise of Stamps – #21 and 22 Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft – July: Anything Goes



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