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Monday, 11 November 2019

CCM #245 Thankful

As today’s is Armistice Day in the UK, our challenge for the next couple of weeks is thankful.

I made my card for my Daughter. She has a lot to put up with my health issues and she always listens patiently to when I need to moan. I would be lost without her.

The butterfly on my card is from Tim Holtz Geo Dies. I die cut the whole thing out of a clarity mask sheet so I would have it for use again, and then using the apeture left behind as a stencil I inked through the butterfly shape with Distress Oxides. I cut the butterfly again in silver sparkly self adhesive film and adhered this to the inked butterfly, and then fussy cut the whole thing out.

The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp. The shaped die matting layers are from a Go Kreate die set, and the glittery enamel dots came from Ali Express! Ebay on crack!!!!

A closer look at the butterfly.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time To Craft – #103 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar – #295 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #57 Anything Goes
Creative Moments – #180 Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy – Nov: Thankful
Die Cut Divas – Nov: Thanksgiving or Thank You
DL Art Thankful Thursday – #249 Thankful
Gem of a Challenge – #22 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers – Nov Anything Goes With Dies
Let’s Craft And Create – #153 Anything Goes Option Thank You
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #117 Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge – #11 Anything Goes

Monday, 4 November 2019

DV #213 All That Glitters

Today at Dream Valley we are sponsored by Dies to Die with a £15 voucher for our ‘All That Glitters’ challenge.

I have used a lovely set of pre-printed pages from Polkadoodles, Posydoodles, which are perfect for that card in a hurry. I diecut them out with dies also from Polkadoodles and added glitter accents to several of the images.

I also fussy cut out some extra elements from other sheets in the set to create 3D elements for my card. Using a scalloped die I created a base and top for an easel card, and used one of the 3D elements as a stopper.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Nov: Anything Goes
Crafter’s Castle – #23 Nov: Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #32 Anything Goes
Crafty Friends – #122 Anything Goes
Gem of a Challenge – #21 Anything Goes
My Time To Craft – #409 No Rectangle or Square Cards
Not Just Cards – Oct: Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #1944 Anything Goes
The Crafter’s Cafe – #230 Travel or Insects/Butterflies
The Crafting Challenge Blog – #21 Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters – #21 Anything Goes

Monday, 21 October 2019

DV #212 Add A Sentiment

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is to Add a Sentiment, and we are sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy.

I’ve made a really nice and easy card and something you can do in a hurry! Using our Sponsors fabulous pre-coloured (I can only dream to colour this well) image called Mighty Wizard. I printed the image onto decent quality printer paper and fussy cut round it…… it has been stuck onto a 7” card blank.

I drew a frame round it with a microfine pen in purple, and then stamped the greeting using Clarity Word Chain small stamps….. the Wishes stamp I had to make up myself as they didn’t have one….. so I chopped up (sacrilege) the Kisses and Wishing stamps and cobbled the beginning of one with the end of the other to create the missing word!

Apologies again for the quality of the image….. it’s way too dark, but no matter what I did with it I couldn’t get it to properly reflect the brightness level!

I am entering this into:-

Challenge Up Your Life – #116 Frame
Crafty Creations – #400 Anything Goes
Dream Factory – #73 The Little Witch
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #116 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #368 Anything Goes
Simply Create Too – #154 Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge – #10 Anything Goes
The Fairy and The Unicorn – Oct: Anything Fantasy Goes
Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes wk beginning 15.10
Try It On Tuesday – Witches, Wizards, Halloween


Monday, 14 October 2019

CCM #243 Sparkle

I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by, here we are in the throws of Autumn in the UK, cold and drizzly and quite depressing. Hopefully our challenge today will cheer you up…….. Sparkle.

I started with a page from my Studio Light square journal. It has lovely paper/card in it, one side smooth and the other has a texture. I chose the smooth side, and using three colours of Distress Oxides, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Broken China I made a watercolour background.

As close to the middle as I could get I stamped the gorgeous Thalia from Pink Ink.

I coloured her in with my Jane Davenport Magic Wands. I got these in a bargain collection of her stuff on ebay….. some of which I already had which I shall flog on and some of which I didn’t yet have, these pencils being amongst them. Now I love my polychromos, the closest idea to these, but these went on like a dream on the watercolour card and blended beautifully. With a little Gamsol and a blending tip from the parchment craft range at Crafters Companion., I did go over the whites of her eyes with a Sakura gelly roll in white as they were very blue looking from the background colouring!

The butterfly is from the Thalia stamp set and I stamped it onto acetate and glittered it from behind. It actually doesn’t look as messy to the nake eye as the camera has made it look, or at least to my named eye it doesn’t and as it’s for my journal that’s all I am worried about, lol

The sentiment, also from Crafters Companion, is one of their rub on sticky transfers that they make for foil, but I used mine with glitter. I also glittered her upper lid under the brow line crease.

I added a frame around the image with three very fine line pens, and to finish it off popped a couple of large faceted self adhesive gems from Craft Buddy.

I am entering this into:-

A Vintage Journey – Inky Wings
Addicted To Stamps – #362 Make Your Mark
Arty Divas – #6 Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life – #116 Frame
Colour Crazy – #40 Anything Goes
Creative Artiste – #54 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Elliebelle’s Crafty Wednesday – Oct: Stamp It
Gem of a Challenge – #20 Anything Goes
Imagine That Creative Playground – #10 Anything Goes
Just Us Girls – #509 Trend Week, Frame It
Lavinia World – #11 Anything Goes using Stamps
Little Red Wagon – #518 Cut It Out
Polkadoodles – #41 Anything Goes
Scrapper’s Delight – Oct: Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge – #10 Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes

Monday, 7 October 2019

DV #211 CAS (Clean and Simple)

Today’s challenge over at Dream Valley is Clean and Simple and we are sponsored by LeAnn's World 101.

I made my background by stamping  with versamark and embossing in white so I would get a resist look, using Studio Calico Lattice Background.

I spritzed heavily with water and then dripped various colours from Dr. PH Martin’s Bombay Inks on, and rolled over it with a roll of kitchen roll to soak up the excess paint and take away the heaviness of the colour. I let it dry naturally as I had heat embossed earlier and didn’t want to alter that.

When it was dry I diecut it with MFT’s Snowdrift Coverup MFT775. I placed the frame down on my card and held it slightly in place long enough to re-position the diecut wavy strips so they would be neat and tidy. I didn’t notice until I photographed it that I had the last one to the right slightly off.

I diecut the Sheena Birthday sentiment die from a copper coloured mirror card and popped on using thin foam tape strips.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #361 Anything Goes
Angie’s Digital Stamps – #36 Anything Goes, Optional Twist Autumn Colours
Brown Sugar – #294 Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #10 Anything Goes
Crafting By Design – Oct: Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #56 Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner – #199 Fall Colours
Crazy 4 Challenges – #505 Focus On The Sentiment
Creative Fingers – #172 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #602 Anything Goes
Fab ‘n’ Funky – #451 Autumn Colours
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #115 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles – #40 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #366 Anything Goes

Monday, 30 September 2019

CCM #242 Add A Critter

Today at Crafty Cardmakers we would love to see your creations with an added Critter……. as our hostess, Judy said, 2 legged, 4 legged, 6 legged, or even multi legged, we want to see them.

I used a couple of my brand new Art by Marlene stamps, the animals, and the bin is from Katzelkraft, to make my journal page. As soon as I saw the rabbit with the octopus/squid on it’s head that ‘should have gone to specsavers audio advert’ sprung to mind. He looks pretty miffer to have a squid on his head, and the other rabbit just looks a bit smug! I created the sentiment on my pc and edged it with black pen.

Anyhow I inky my background with Distress Oxides, and then stamped the bubbles from a That’s Crafty floral stamp set, which I either bleached out, bleached and coloured, or just stuck some diecuts from one of Marlene’s Diecut blocks over. The border is also a Katzelkraft stamp, and I coloured in the little circles in it to match one of the colours in the diecuts.

This is NOTHING like the true colour. To get the colour reasonably accurate in the rabbits I have ended up with the background looking more washed out than it is. I really need a new camera! Any recommendations anyone?

I am entering this into:-

A Place To Start – Sept: Anything Goes
Arty Divas – #5 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments – #236 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. – #529 Animals
Crafting By Design – Sept: Anything Goes
Creative Fingers – #171 Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts – #317 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #601 Sentimental
Imagine That – Anything Goes + A Sentiment
QKR Stampede – #365 Anything Goes
Scrapper’s Delight – Sept: Anything Goes
Stampotique Designers Challenge – #333 Pets
Through The Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze – #159  Fur-tastic
Tuesday Throwdown – #441 Anything Goes
We Love2Create – #10 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Monday, 23 September 2019

DV #210 Things With Wings

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is Things With Wings.

I have created a journal page for my Winged thing.

I started with a sheet of rice paper that I had coloured with various watercolour brush pens, adding lots of water so the colours mixed and mingled. I glued that to my journal page and then stamped with Indigo Blu’s Open Your Heart stamp randomly across the background, with Watering Can Archival Ink.

I picked out some of the circles from within the stamped image with Zig Clean Colour pens. I also stamped a larger stamp into three places on the background, but decided I hated it so gessoed those areas out! I edged the page with Broken Glass Distress Oxide.

My Angel is from Carabelle Studios called An Angel to Love. I stamped her onto stamping card and coloured her with the Zig pens, giving her a sparkly layer for her dress with Crafter’s Companion clear sparkle pen. Her wings, which come separately, I stamped and heat infused into Angelina Film, Aurora colour. I did originally stamp them into Angelina Fibres, but I didn’t like the end result. I have lifted the wings and popped the tips of them down with a silicone glue dot so that they look like they are fluttering, and raised my angel up with foam tape.

The sentiment was created on my pc and printed.

I am entering this into:-

2 Sisters On The Blog – #31 Anything With S (Sentiment, Sparkle, Stamps)
A Bit More Time to Craft – #100 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft – #9 Anything Goes
Angie’s Digital Stamps – #35 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar – #293 Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge – #9 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #67 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers – #171 Anything Goes
International Art & Soul – #67 Things With Wings
LeAnn’s World 101 = #18 Anything Goes
Love To Craft – #38 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Sept: Anything Goes
Pattie’s Creations – #162 Things That Fly
Polkadoodles – #38 Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers – #36 Use A Sentiment
The Fairy and The Unicorn – Sept: Anything Fantasy
We Love2Create – #9 Anything Mixed Media Goes

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