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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

CCM 115 - It’s A Bug’s Life (Insect as your Main focal point)

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers for the next couple of weeks is It’s A Bug’s Life. So we would like to see your main focal point as an insect, so butterfly, dragonfly, ladybird, bee etc.

We are sponsored both by Hobby Art Stamps with a gorgeous butterfly stamp sheet and also by Di’s Digistamps with £12 to spend in their lovely digi store.

CCM 115 Bug's Life

I started with a blank sheet of white card and with a clarity stencil and dylusions inks I created the background. I then stamped a huge (6”) butterfly from Elusive Images, now Chocolate Baroque, onto white card with versamark and embossed in white detail powder. I sprayed over it with more dylusions, and gave a swift wipe to remove the excess ink from the embossing as that, of course, repels the ink. When it was dry I added Glamour Dust to make the butterfly sparkle.

The Happy Birthday sentiment I diecut from the waste card and overspill of the orange spray at the bottom of the stencil.

I can see from the amount of bleed that has gone under the stencil that I need something to really stick the stencil to the card, so I have ordered some Stencil Tack and I will report back if it works without tearing the card, because quite frankly I used the guaranteed not to tear Imagination Crafts stencil tape and it ripped the card to shreds!  It also only held the stencil firmly in place around the outside, so would really only have been useful, had it worked, in protecting the edges!

I am entering this into the following:-

Addicted to Stamps – #81 Things With Wings
Cheerful Stamp Pad – #85 Use Embossing Powder
Craft Your Passion – #211 Up In the Air/Things That Fly
Crafting At The Weekend – #1 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge – Things With Wings
Fashionable Stamping – #71 Flying Things
Quirky Crafts – #9 Something Beginning with the letter S (stencil for my background, stamp for my butterfly!)
Savvy Handmade Cards – Butterfly Photo Inspiration
Sisterhood of Crafters – Things with Wings
Susy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge – 26 Wings


Lexi’s Creations 115 – For the Man in your Life

Our challenge at Lexi’s Creations this time is ‘for the man in your life’ and we are sponsored by Fairy Dust Crafts.

I don’t have a man in my life, boohoo, or actually HOORAY! Anyhow I made this comic card for my Sister to give to her husband who is a bit older than her! I hope he has a sense of humour still.

115 Lexi Man in Your Life

The papers were freebies from a magazine, and I thought the pink one looked a little like love letters. The image is from Inky Doodles and the sentiment, well I created that myself on my pc.

I was going to make a sentiment about the oldest ‘swinger’ in town, but since my youth that expression has taken on a whole other meaning! Do the Brits remember the song Oldest Swinger in Town by Fred Wedlock….. well that was going through my mind as I coloured this image!

When you score with a chick in a disco bar
take her home in your hairy little car
then you find you went to school with her ma and pa
You’re the oldest swinger in town,
and you wont look in a mirror in the light of day
swear you died it when your hair turns grey
when you zip up your wranglers and your belly's in the way
Your the oldest swinger in town.

Here you come and there you go
wide wheels, spots and a stereo
but the engine's clapped and the driver also
is the oldest swinger in town.

When your barber takes a little less time each week
the kids don't understand a word you speak
when you walk into a disco and they offer you a seat
You're the oldest swinger in town.
You prefer a pint of mild to bacardi and coke
the sounds are too loud and there's too much smoke
You'd like another dance but you're scared you'll have a stroke
You're the oldest swinger in town.

Here you come with your chest all bare
a little gold ingot and a lot of gold hair
like the Disco King meets Yogi Bear
You're the oldest swinger in town.

When your feelin as stiff as a skin heads boot
rub on Vick where you used to splash Brut
and the latest punk fashion is your weddin' suit
You're the oldest swinger in town.

When you have to go shopping for your sex appeal
Travolta shades and nine inch heels
they say a man is just as old as the woman he feels
You're the Oldest Swinger in Town.

Here you come with your lips closed tight
you never smile you know it wouldn't look right
'cos your dentures glow in ultra violet light
You're the oldest swinger in town
And you look so mean cos your pants are too tight
You're the Oldest swinger in Town
And it takes you all night to do what you used to do all night
You're the oldest swinger in town

And for those of you who never heard it before

here you go

Anyhow, enough of my flit back to my youth, I am entering this into:-

Art Impressions – #134 Anything Goes/Masculine
Crafting At The Weekend – #1 Anything Goes
Craftitude – #63 Anything Goes
CraftyCatz – #228 Anything Goes
In The Pink – #42 Digital Delight
Jelly Park Challenge – One For the Boys
LaurelCraft, Dragonfly Dreams – #4 Make it For the Boys
OSAAT – #210 Anything Goes
Sister Act – #54 Anything Goes
Scrapping 4 Fun – #15 Use A Stamp/Digi
That Craft Place – Anything Goes


Monday, 21 April 2014

Hobbycutz 44 CAS

Hi everyone, hope you have all had a good Easter and haven’t eaten too many choccie treats. Personally I have been on a healthy eating regime and haven’t had one chocolate egg! On the plus side, I lost 5lbs this week. Hooray!

Anyhow enough of me and my double chins. Our challenge at Hobbycutz this time is Clean and Simple, and we are sponsored by the Hobbycutz store itself. They have such fabulous lazer cuts, and I have used one on my card.

HC 44 CAS Angle

I painted it in white, and then went over in gold paint. I still wasn’t satisfied that it looked gold enough though so I finally went over it in Pebeo gold gilding wax. The bird was coloured with promarkers over the top of the gold paint. So he has a sort of golden glow to him.

The paper is from Craftwork Cards’ Botanica kit, and 8x8 pad which I trimmed down to fit the smaller 6” square card. The top of it has gone through my Happy Cut with an Embossabilities embossing folder, and then I dusted distress ink over the top to pick up the embossed detail, in this case a script folder. The sentiment is from the same Botanica kit.

I am entering this into the following:-

4 Crafty Chicks – #190 Sentiments Only {No Pictures}
Craftitude – #63Anything Goes
Crafty Catz – #227 B is for Birdcage
Crafty Girls Challenges – #16 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers – #32 Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room – #146 Flowers
Robyn’s Fetish – Square Cards
Simply Create Too – #59 No Stamped Image or Digi Stamp
Sister Act Card Challenge – #53 Anything Goes
That Craft Place – Anything Goes/Easter


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

ABC Just as you Like {Anything Goes}

At ABC for the next couple of weeks you can enter anything you like as our challenge is Just as you Like, or anything goes.

We are sponsored by Marianne Design with a prize of two lots of dies (see blog for more details) and also by The Ribbon Girl with a £10 voucher for their store.


J Just As You Like

I created my card with an Imagination Crafts stencil, Bay Leaf, and their sparkle mediums in four different colourways, onto plain black card. This has been matted onto some paper I had printed, but no idea where it was from, but possibly Bearly Mine, and then onto white and more black card! The butterflies are from one of our Sponsors, Marianne Design and the purple dots are card candi from Craftwork Cards. This is a nice flat one to foil the Post Office’s higher rate, although I prompty put it all on an 8” card which defeated the object, lol!

I am entering this into the following:-

Bearly Mine Challenges – April: Spring
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party – #29 Colour Inspiration
Crafts Galore Encore – Creating with Colour (my favourite is purple!)
Crafty Boots – Sparkle
Crafty Calendar – Things With Wings
Fairytale Challenge – #89 Butterflies
Imagination Crafts – April: Anything Goes
Shelley’s Images – April Showers Bring May Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Winged Things
Sparkles Monthly Challenge – #55 Favourite Colour Combo (purple and teal)


CCM 114 A Floral Profusion–Handmade Flowers

Our challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers this time around is handmade flowers. One would do, but a profusion of them would be even better!

We are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments with three images from their online digi store.

If you pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog you can see the Design Team’s work, some of which feature the Crafty Sentiments images.

For myself I just decided to go down the floral wreath path, and made a nice summer wreath to brighten things up in my dull looking craft room. My bungalow is positioned very badly and I only get sun in here for about 1-2 hours a day early in the morning. The rest of the time it’s actually rather gloomy in here. My kitchen, on the other hand, where you don’t want to spend most of your time is sunny and bright for most of the day! Strangely laid out bungalow methinks. I bet it was designed by a man!

114 Floral Profusion Main

I used a flower kit from Craftwork Cards, but added my own diecut and rolled flowers to the centre of the flowers I made from the kit. I also added some of my own ribbons to the wreath background and diamante gems to the centre of each flower. Before attaching the flowers and adding the gems I sprayed them with Crafters Companion spray and sparkle, but it’s not really showing here!

You can see it a little in the close up of the flower below.


I am entering this into the following:-

A Gem of a Challenge – #117 Spring Is In The Air
All Crafts Challenge – Apr/May: Anything Goes but no cards
Anything But A Card Challenge – Spring Has Sprung
Challenges 4 Everybody – #40 Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew – #59 Spring
Digi Sketch – Floral (Theme only – Flowers)
Glitter N Sparkle – #80 Anything But a Square
Ladybug Crafts – April: Here Comes Spring
The Corrosive Challenge – #197 Pretty Pastels
The Crazy Challenge – Spring Is Here


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Hobby Cutz 42 Flora and Fauna

The challenge at Hobby Cutz this week is Flora and Fauna, and we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments. I have used a Crafty Sentiments image from the Benson Bear range on my card.

42 Flora and Fauna

I coloured Benson with my copics, and added some glitter to his flower and also to the edge of the diecut mat that he is printed on.

The papers are from KaiserCraft’s Chanteuse Paper pad, and the ribbon and flower (Prima) are from my stash. The gorgeous swirls are lazer cuts from Hobby Cutz. I know I am on the team, but they truly are excellent value for money as I had these in my stash from before I was picked for the DT. Beautiful intricate designs and very reasonably priced.

I realise I have obscured quite a bit of the lovely lazer cut so here is a pic from Hobby Cutz’ website of the scroll in all it’s glory….. 4 in the pack for £1.35!!!

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Note to self, next time use smaller flower!!

I am entering this into the following:-

2 Sisters – #175 Teddy Bears
Come and Get It Challenges – Bears In Mind
Crafty Ribbons – #83 Anything Goes With Ribbon
Delightful Challenges – Hip to be Square
Open Minded Crafting – #7 Animal Antics
OSAAT – #207 Flowers
Outlawz PAM – Animals
Polka Doodles – #14 Animal Magic
Shelley’s Images TTT Chall – April Showers Bring May Flowers
The Craft Garden – April : Choose 3 of Ribbon, Floral Patt Paper and Green (in the paper hope that’s okay?)


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

ABC I In a Line

We have a Tic, Tac, Toe type challenge at ABC this time.

We are sponsored by Sherri Baldy.

ABC In A Line

I is for In A Line

I used the left hand vertical line for my card, shaped card, distressing and pearls.

My card is cut from a Dutch Doobaboo template, along with the patterned papers, which came free with a magazine. The image is from our Sponsor and I coloured her with copics. I distressed my card and also my papers and inked around the edge of them with a pigment inkpad. I used the same inkpad on my diecut mat from Spellbinders. The pearls were white and I coloured with the one of the pens I used in the image to make them pink.

I am entering this into:-

Craft Your Passion – #207 Shaped Cards
Dare to Be Sassy – #222 Pretty Pastels
Graph’It Colour Challenge – #13 Springtime Pastels
My Besties Norweigan – #115 Easter or Spring
Polkadoodles – #13 Spring Is In The Air
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Pastel Colours
Scrapbook Stamp Society – #38 Anything Goes
Stampin’ For the Weekend – Spring Colours
OSAAT – #206 Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter – #151 Spring Delights


CCM 113 You’ve Been Framed

Jackie is hosting our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time around, and she has chosen the theme 'You've Been Framed'. She would like to see a prominently displayed frame on your project, this can be stamped, die cut, or made up of other materials, or you could decorate an actual frame.

We are sponsored by Sir Stampalot with three fabulous prizes which are frame related. Pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers  blog to check them out. We are also sponsored by Di’s Digistamps with a generous $12 gift voucher for her store.

Time ran away from me in the last couple of weeks because I fully intended to make a frame and decorate it, but instead I have ended up with a card.

113 You've Been Framed

I have used an All Dressed Up digi and coloured her with copics. The background paper is from Bearly Mine from their new Mixed Media pack! Very pretty. The frame is a Tonic Frame die called Emily. The butterfly and dragonflies are Doo Hickey diecuts. I added a little glitter to her wings with my favourite glitter, glamour dust, and the diecuts butterfly and dragonflies and also to her hair ribbon

113 You've Been Framed Image

I am entering this into:-

Allsorts Challenge – #252 Use Those Dies
Alphabet Challenge – D Diecuts
Aurora Wings – #1 Anything Goes
Creative Moments – #39 Anything Goes with Wings
Digi Haven – Things With Wings
Eclectic Ellapu – Wings
House That Stamps Built – #326 Things with Wings
Outlawz PAM – Must Use Glitter
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge – Add A butterfly
Sparkle and Sprinkle – April: Anything Goes with Glitter


Lexi’s Creations 112 Easter

We would like to see your Easter creations over at Lexi’s Creations for the next two weeks.

We are sponsored by Fairy Dust Crafts.

113 Easter

I’ve used one of Lexi’s own digis. from Fairy Dust Crafts called Easter Lamb. I coloured her with copics. The background is an embossalicious folder. The mat is a Spellie diecut.

I am entering this into:-

Artistic Inspiration – #85 Easter Colours/Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments – #103 Easter or Spring Sentiments
Brown Sugar – #87 Easter
Delightful Challenge – Out Like a Lamb (add a critter)
Fun With Shapes – #157 Easter
OSAAT – #206 Anything Goes
Paper Makeup Stamps Digi Makeover Challenge – #134 Pastel Colours
Paper Nest Dolls – #7 Easter or Spring Colours
Simply Create Too – #58 Easter
Whimsy Stamps – #69 Easter Bunnies, Chicks, Etc.



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