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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, 30 March 2020

DV #222 Spring Colours

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is Spring colours and we are sponsored by All Dressed Up.

I have used one of the Sponsor’s images called Love Spring Time. I printed her onto Talens Printer Paper and coloured her with copics. The papers are from Crafters Companion’s Summer Breeze paper pad, as were the butterfly and the banner sentiment diecuts.

The circle layers were created with Julie Hickey’s Layers Frames and Banners Circles Dies.

I am entering this into:-

All Dressed Up – #103 Anything Goes with an ADU image
Aud Sentiment – #247 Spring/Easter Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. – #550 Easter/Spring
Crafty Friends – #132 Spring
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patt Paper – Mar: Anything with patt paper goes
Creative Craft Cottage – #127 For The Girls
Creative Fingers – #182 Anything Goes
Cut It Up – #196 Spring Fever with Butterflies
Dragonfly Dreams – Mar: Make It Feminine
Incy Wincy – Spring Fling
QKR Stampede – #391 Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters – Spring
Through The Craftroom Door – Anything Goes

Monday, 23 March 2020

CCM #252 Spring

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Spring.

I have created a tag. I started with some mixed media paper from Daler Rowney and cut it out with Graphic 45’s Staples Large Tag, ATC and Flowers die. The back layer, which I coloured to match the colours in the image is a tag from a set of tags from Graphic 45 designed to match their dies.

I stamped Studio Light’s flower stamp from their Grunge range and then inked the background with Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade. I stamped the image again and embossed it with clear powder and then coloured it with DIs in Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet. I fussy cut it out to add over the top of the original image.

I purposefully chose this particular stamp because of the sentiment. I feel that at the moment we all need to stand tall, or rather try to be strong in these vary difficult times! I picked out the letters of the sentiment with Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof Ink in white. It’s one of the few whites that I find actually remain white over most paints, inks etc.

The little dragonfly dies are from John Next Door and the ribbon is from my stash. I then splattered some of the bleed proof ink to finish if off.

I am entering this into:-

All Fun Challenge – #5 Anything Goes
Bastel-Traum – #82 Spring
Blank Page Muse – Mar: Anything Goes
Ching-Chou Kuik – Mar: Easter or Floral
Daisy Chain Challenges – #39 Use Dies
Dare 2B Artzy – Mar: Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #128 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Mar: Anything Goes
Penny Black and More – Mar: Spring Flowers
Scribbles Design Challenge – #87 In Bloom
Sheepski Designs – #36 Die Cuts and/or Punches
Sognando Scrap – #77 Waiting For Spring
Stamping Sensations – Mar: Spring Florals
Sweet Stampers – #42 Easter or Spring
The Corrosive Challenge – #3 Anything Goes
The Crafting Challenge Blog – Mar: Springtime

Monday, 16 March 2020

DV #221 One For the Boys

Our challenge at Dream Valley this time is One For The Boys, and we are sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo.

Using one of their lovely digis, Deacon Wings, I created a Mother’s Day card.

I’ve coloured Deacon with my copics. The papers are from Polkadoodles and the sentiment was made using my Pink Main Curvy Girl Alphabet stamps. Die from Sentimentally Yours.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft – #112 Anything Goes
Catch The Bug – Things With Wings
Crafters Castle – #27 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #73 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patterned Paper – Mar: Anything Patt Paper Goes
Die Cut Divas – Mar: Anything Goes
DiesRUs – #141 Things With Wings
Happy Little Stampers – Mar: Anything Goes With Dies
Lost Coast Designs – #95 Winged Things
Pattie’s Creations – #168 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #389 Anything Goes

Monday, 2 March 2020

DV #220 Only Girls Allowed

The challenge for the next two weeks at Dream Valley is Only Girls Allowed and we are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons with a lovely £10 voucher for the winner.

I have a lighter pic below, but that doesn’t show the stencil work in the background as well, although the one above is too ‘dark’.

I have used several Polkadoodles stamps for my project, which is a piece of home decor, together with one from Paper Artsy, the birdhouse, and the odd separate bird from Janet Klein’s collection at AAll & Create.

I started with a kraft box lid from Craftwork Cards, which I have had hanging around forever. The only other time I used one was for a similar project, lol. I measured the inside of the lid and after a couple of errors managed to cut a sheet of white linen cardstock so that it would fit inside the lid and form the inside walls as well. I coloured it with Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Twisted Citron. I then used one of the new stencils from Polkadoodles and went over with a damp cloth to remove some of the colour from the background.

The rest of the stamps are all either from the new Polkadoodles range, Positive Journey, or the Weirdre Creating Rainbows collection. I stamped one of the new texture stamps twice down one edge of the inside area of the card, and also went around the edge to form a frame with another. I coloured this frame with Kuretake Clean Color brush pens. The little girl was stamped onto mixed media card and I coloured her with Kuretake as well, along with her glasses, which are separate and the stepladder.

The camera I found online as a digi image. The sentiments were stamped with Versafine Clair and I used a pergamano blending pen to use the opposite coloured ink to frame each sentiment. There are also two tiny diecut birds as I didn’t have enough different birds I could stamp.

This piece will hopefully mean something to my Daughter, who I created it for, as she has always been that little bit geeky and different and is a keen amateur photographer, particularly of Wildlife. If you were interested you could find her photography page on Facebook. Since I lost my Mum, my Daughter has become my best friend and the most important woman in my life and I would be lost without her.


Here is one of her latest bird pics.

Anyhow, now I have had a quick Mum bragging rights moment, I am entering my creation into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #36 Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft – #111 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft – #3 Anything Goes
All Fun Challenges – #3 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar #298 Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge – #3 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge – #8 Anything Colouring Goes
Crafty Friends – #130 Animals and/or Birds
Createful Heart – #17 Anything Goes
Creative Sketchy Girls – #45 Girls Only
Dare 2B Artzy – March: Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – March: Make It Feminine
Not Just Cards – Feb: Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles – #49 For the Ladies/Girls
Polkadoodles – #9 Anything Goes
The Crafting Challenge – Springtime
World Wide Open DT Challenge – #2 Anything Goes

Monday, 24 February 2020

CCM #251 Embossing

Our challenge today and for the next two weeks at Crafty Cardmakers is Embossing. We want to see all your projects that feature embossing, wet, dry, folders, any embossing will do.

I have used a folder I have had for a very long time. It’s one of the Spellbinders double feature folders from their M-bossabilities range. On the one side is these birds and the other was like a background of branches.

Anyhow I started with diecutting a black square of card using a die from Julie Hickey. And then I embossed it with the folder. I used wax pastes from Pentart in turqoise and magenta, and around the scallop edge I used just a little Purple. I was, sadly a little heavy handed, and the paste has spread into the debossed areas as well.

I created the sentiment with a die from the same Julie Hickey set, which I have trimmed slightly to make it a little shorter. I used a small bird from a Clarity stamp and the sentiment is a premade small one from Martha Stewart. I gave it a bit of a curl with my scissors before sticking it down. The two white frames are also from the same Julie Hickey die set.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Feb: Anything with a critter goes
A Gem of A Challenge – Wk 4 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge – W Anything You Wish
Arty Divas – #15 Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz – Feb: Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar – Feb: Die Cuts/Punches
Crafty Creations – Feb: #406 Anything Goes
Creative Moments – #185 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #622 Square
Happy Little Stampers – Feb: Anything Goes with Dies
My Time To Craft – #426 No Digis Allowed
Simon Says Stamp – Add a Sentiment
Stinkin’ Inkers – Make An Impression
The Corrosive Challenge – #2 Anything Goes

Monday, 17 February 2020

DV #219 Hand Coloured Image

Today at Dream Valley we are challenging you to hand colour an image. We are sponsored by Di’s Digi Stamps.

My creation is a page for my Studiolight Journal. I started with the page itself and inked up a Kate Crane texture stamp from Carabelle with versamark and then stamped it onto the page and embossed in white. I then inked each house a different colour with Distress Oxides. I changed the colours of the windows, doors and parts of the roofs with copic pens.

The three images I used are also Kate’s and are Lolly Dolly one of the ones from the Quirky set. I coloured these with copics too, onto Pink Frog smooth cardstock and then cut them out to stick down onto the page. Before that, and because I would have lost some detail on at least two of their heads I stamped the images directly over the coloured in houses. The extras around the edge and the circles with numbers/letters in are also from Kate and are from her Journal Doodles set. I coloured those with copics and cut them out and then having stuck them down I emphasised the edges with a black micron pen.

The sentiment, a quote from Michael Schenker. I printed it on my pc and having stuck the words down again went around the outside edge with a black micron pen. Finally I went around the edges with black soot distress oxide as it was a little too pastel.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft – #110 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft – Feb: Anything Goes
Blank Page Muse – Feb: Use at Least 3 Different Stamps
Brown Sugar – #298 Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge – Feb: Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge – Week 6 Anything Goes
Crafters Castle – Feb: Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #72 Anything Goes
Creatalicious – #181 Anything Goes, Optional Embossing
Createful Heart – #17 Anything Goes
Mix It Up – #34 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Feb: Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper – Feb: Words
The Creative Crafters – #25 Anything Goes
World Wide Open DT Challenge – Feb: Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp – #32 Create Your Own Background

Monday, 10 February 2020

CCM #250 Love Is All You Need

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Love Is All You Need. Anything ‘love’ related will be fine.

I stamped the heart from the Polkadoodles Me & You stamp set from their Timeless Rose collection onto Pink Frog smooth card with versafine clair and embossed with clear powder. I coloured the hears with Zig Clean Colour watercolour markers. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I edged the sentiment and the top layer of the card with Archival Ink in Garden Patina and Majestic Violet. I popped this layer up on foam tape to give a bit of dimension to the card.

I am entering this into:-

Allsorts – #558 Add A Heart
CAS on Friday – #172 Love
Colouring In Scrapland – Feb: Love Is All Around
C.R.A.F.T. – #543 Love/Valentines
Creatalicious – #180 Anything Goes, Option Hearts
Creative Craft Cottage – #126 Add A Heart
Dare 2B Artzy – Feb: Love Is In The Air
Digi Doodle Studios – #24 It’s A Love Thing
Di’s Digi Challenge – All About Love
Double D Challenges – Hearts
Dragonfly Dreams – It#s A Love Thing
Get Creative – #88 Use Hearts
Incy Wincy Designs – Love, Love, Love
Make My Monday – #115 I Heart You
Mod Squad Challenge – You’re All Heart
My Time To Craft – #425 Love Me Do
Papercraft Business Challenge – #26 Love
Paperminutes – #626 Valentine’s Day
Polkadoodles – #6 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Weds Challenge – With Love
Sweet Stampin’ - All You Need Is Love
Tales From The Craft Room – #2 Love Is In The Air
The Funkie Junkie Boutique – Love Is All Around Us


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