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Monday, 12 March 2018

CCM #207 Go Green

As it’s St. Patrick’s Day this coming weekend we thought we would celebrate with the traditional St. Pat’s Day colour of green, so our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Go Green.

207 Go Green

My card is on an 8” scalloped card base, using just two papers/card. One is a green paper with embossed offwhite dots and the other plain white card. I managed to get all of it out of a 12” sheet of the green paper by gutting the middle of the bottom square layer….. well there isn’t much point in hiding what you can use in the front now is there!

The bottom white layer has been embossed with a Sue Wilson die, Pinpoint Cross Stitch.

207 Go Green close up embossing

The rest of it was cut using a combination of Sue Wilson’s Lavish Accented Octagon and Classic Adorned Octagon dies, which you can cut into the card/paper or cut out with the accompanying plain octagon dies in the sets. I do also have the Double Stitched Octagon dies, but I didn’t want to make an octagon shaped card so just went with the pretty pattern ones instead.  I layered these up with a layer of the white card and then a final layer of the green paper.

The flowers are Heartfelt Creations Striped Sun Kissed Fleur, which I also diecut in the plain white card and inked through with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink, the same ink I used to stamp the striped flowers with before | embossed them with clear powder.

I’ve added a couple of swirls from Crafters Companion, and from Marianne Designs, pearls to the centres of the flowers, and a sentiment from Creative Expressions’ Showered with Love stamp set.

I am entering this into:-

Cards In Envy - Green Things
Careful Heart - #12 Anything Goes, Twist Add Green
Die Cut Divas - Mar: Monochrome
Di’s Digi Challenge - Lot’s Of Green
Die Cuttin’ Divas - #359 Use Green
Dragonfly Journeys - #113 Going Green
Pearly Sparkles - #26 Flowers
Scribbles Design - #62 Go For Green
SheepSki Designs - #12 Flowers
Simply Create Too - #136 Use Green
Star Stampz - Lots of Green

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Monday, 5 March 2018

DV #174 Vintage

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is Vintage. It’s not normally one of my favourite genres, but I found some lovely vintage photos with just a hint of colour to them and was inspired by one of them.

We are sponsored by Di’s Digi Designs.

174 VintageAs I said above I found these lovely vintage images online, and this one inspired me. She is just so beautiful. I used a sheet of Sara’s Shabby Chic paper from Crafters Companion, which is also beautiful. I wish I had bought more than one pad as I hate using it, in case it will be all gone! I am sure you all know that feeling. I trimmed this down to 8”, and used some of the offcuts later to make some diecut swirls. which are behind the flowers. I know they are difficult to see, but in real life they are quite noticeable. I think the subtle differences in colour to the background the camera found hard to pick up. There is a photo below in close up so you can see them.

Swirl Diecuts

I printed the image and then trimmed it out with another Sara signature product from the Glamorous dies, the background mat is from the same set. but I embossed that with a swirly embossing folder after I had diecut it. The lovely lace and pearl string were in my stash, and again they are something I hate parting with!

Flowers, diecut leaves and stamens all from my stash. I hadn’t used flowers for a while as I am often late and have to hurry to finish, but this one really cried out for some floral accents.


I am entering this into:-

A Vintage Journey - Treasure (my treasure is the paper, lace and pearl bead string)
City Crafter Challenge - #401 Die Cuts
Cut It Up - #142 Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge - Die Cuts
Die Cuttin’ Divas - #358 Tic, Tac, Toe (Bottom Line - Flowers, Embossing, Ribbon)
Dies R Us - #92 Use Pastel Colours
Everybody Art - #420 Pearls and Lace
International Heart and Soul - #28 Emboss and Use a Die
Pearly Sparkle - #26 Flowers
Sheepski Designs - #12 Flowers
The Corrosive Challenge - #3 Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Vintage

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