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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

Monday, 3 February 2020

DV #218 Love

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is Love, and we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter.

I have used their gorgeous image, Sweetheart for my card. I printed her onto Navigator paper and coloured her with copics. The dies are a combination of Spellbinders for the image layer and the green layer, and Crafters Companion for the card base itself. For the base I used double sided adhesive film to stick the pretty heart card, which was not strong enough on it’s own to form a base card, especially with all that filigree die cutting on it, onto a plain white 300 gsm card, and then put the whole thing through the Gemini…….. boy it didn’t like it!!! Had to put it through at least a dozen times in all different directions and then I still had to winkle out the die cut pieces with a pokey tool. But it has made a nice sturdy base. The sentiment came from the same paper pad as the heart paper, as did the green layer.
I am entering this into:-
Angie’s Digital Stamps – #39 Anything goes Optional Twist Love
CD Sunday Plus – #28 Anything Goes
Crafty Friends – #128 Love/Romance
Cute Card Thursday – #619 Valentines
Dare 2B Artzy – Feb: Love Is In The Air
Dies R Us – #138 xoxo, Hearts, Love., Valentine’s
Digi Doodle Studio – #24 It’s A Love Thing
Dragonfly Dreams – Feb: It’s A Love Thing
Let’s Craft and Create – #155 AG, Opt Love Is In The Air
Papercraft Business Challenge – #26 Valentine’s Day, Love
Sheepski Designs – #35 Hearts and/or Flowers
Stamping Sensations – Feb: Feminine
The Paper Shelter - 413 For The One You Love
Time Out Challenges – #154 Affectionate

Monday, 27 January 2020

CCM #249 Black and white

Our new challenge for you today over at Crafty Cardmakers is Black and White.

I have used some lovely black and white papers from a company called Bearly Mine which sadly stopped producting when the stupid VAT rules changed a few years back for digital only companies! Anyhow I picked 4 of the designs and I was going to print them and then the cut them down and make them into a set of four papers cut into quarters, but in order to save both ink and paper I did the work on the pc instead. So I cut each paper down to a quarter of it’s size and then overlaid them onto a black background and then just printed it as one sheet. I matted this layer onto a white square card.

The image is from D’arcy’ Diaries, again another company that stopped producing these lovely digis a few years back. This image was perfect for a black and white challenge I thought. I die cut it with my new Crafters Companion vintage lace dies, as I also did for the black matting diecut layer.

The top sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the Sister word I created on my pc.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft – #108 Anything Goes
Bastel-Traum – #85 Monochrome / Glitter
Creative Craft Cottage – #125 Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas – Jan: New Things (Dies)
Dies R Us – #137 Birthdays
Love to Craft – #42 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Jan: Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges – #54 Use 2 Designer Papers minimum
Sheepski Designs – #34 Square Cards
Worldwide Open DT Challenge – #01 Anything Goes

Monday, 20 January 2020

DV #217 Spots and/or Dots

Today’s challenge at Dream Valley, sponsored by Crafty Sentiments is Spots and/or dots.

I have used our Sponsor’s cute image, With Love, which I coloured with copics. I cut it out with a lovely die from Little Darlings. The card itself was made by using the larges of Sue Wilson’s Lavish Accented Octagon dies. I cut two pieces of white card with the largest die and stuck them together down the left hand side to create a card base. Onto that I matted the lovely heart layer from the same die set. The White layer, and the patterned layer of my lovely new Tracey Hay papers was cut with Sue’s Double Stitched Octagon dies.

I cut a strip of white card, and the heart base layer navy card, and then printed the Happy Anniversary sentiment to look a bit like a ribbon which went across the middle of the card and under the image.

I added some enamel dots over some of the dots on the paper to give it some more dimension.

I am entering this into:-

613 Avenue Create – #229 Anything Goes option make it shiny
Allsorts – #555 More Than A Single Word Sentiment
CD Sunday Plus – #27 Anything Goes (image is digital)
Crafts Galore Encore – #71 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #34 Anything Goes with an Animal
Elliebelle’s Crafty Wednesday – Jan: New Goodies (paper) Old Favs (dies)
Happy Craft Challenge – Jan: Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers – Jan: Anything Goes with Dies
QKR Stampede – #381 Anything Goes
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Valentines or Love card 4 kids
Tales From The Craft Room – #1 Something New (patt paper)
Your Next Stamp – #130 Shades of Blue

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

CCM #248 Anything Goes

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year. I hope you have had a nice restful Christmas and a good start to 2020.

Our first challenge for this year over at Crafty Cardmakers is a really easy one, Anything Goes

I started with the elephants, which are a trio of stamps from Shirly Cohen, under the brand Studiolight.

I had previously used the distressed ink backgrounds that I stamped the elephants on for something else, but kept the offcuts and they were perfect for the size of these little fellas. I made an effort to pick different coloured areas of the offcuts so each of the elephants would be different. I also then restamped them again around their ear level so that I could use the Polkadoodles backing paper I was using on the rest of the design to co-ordinate, for their ears.

I added the elephants with foam tape to give them a bit of dimension.

I printed the sentiment on my pc and cut it out with a Little Darlings’ Tag Die, and the larger sized die for the matching matting layers. Just a layer of black card behind the two mats and in between the layers of tag die finished it off.

I am entering this into:-

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