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Monday, 19 October 2020

DV #235 Autumn Colours

Welcome to our challenge this time. We are sponsored by Bugaboo and our theme is Autumn Colours.

I have used one of their lovely digis called Puppygirlz for my project.

I started with the background. Well to be truthful I started with a cheat!!! This is a pebeo fantasy prisme and fantasy moon pour that my Daugther did and gifted to me. Can you see the hand of god that just appeared on it as it dried? Anyhow, I thought the colours were perfect for the challenge so I scanned it in and printed off a copy for the background of my Journal page!

I coloured my image with Polychromos pencils, and matted it onto some lovely orange cardstock. I cut the background with a very small white border to tone in with the white background of the image and sentiment and matted that onto the same orange.

The above shows the vibrancy of colour a bit better than the first picture, but that one shows the depth of the flowers that I stamped and die cut from burlap paper. I used toning brads for centres.

The sentiment I created on my pc and is a reflection of how I feel about my lovely little pooch who has kept me sane through this whole covid affair!.

I mounted the whole thing into my Dina Wakely journal with all it’s lovely textured pages as I thought it looked great on the burlap background and went with the burlap flowers.

I am entering this into:-

A Perfect Time to Craft – #10 Anything Goes
Bastel-Traum – #94 Background
CD Sunday - #46 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #80 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #43 Anything Goes With An Animal
Dare 2B Artzy – Oct: Fall
Die Cut Divas – Oct: Autumn
LeAnn’s World 101 – #31 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Oct: Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenge – #63 Autumn Colours
Pattie’s Creations – #175 Autumn/Fall
QKR Stampede – #406 Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs – #93 Feature a Creature
Sheepski Designs – #43 Autumn
Stamping Sensations – Oct: Autumn Glory
Sweet Stampers – #49 Autumn or Halloween
We Love Chocolate Baroque – Oct: Anything Goes

Monday, 12 October 2020

CCM #265 Create A Tag

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is to create a Tag.

I have used a combination of my new Polkadoodles Stay chirpy stamps and my new Julie Hickey Mini Sunflower stamps.

I have to say those Julie Hickey sentiments are very, very tiny fonts, but my do they ever stamp and emboss beautifully!!

I started with Graphic 45’s Staples range of tags and dies. The black background is one of the staples tags and the paper matted onto it and cut with the matching dies is from one of Art by Marlene’s collage papers.

Before sticking it down I embossed Julie Hickey’s Mini Sunflower in gold embossing three times. The sentiments and hearts between the two birds also came from that stamp set.

The birds and house are from Polkadoodles Stay Chirpy stamps. I stamped them onto Daler Rowney Mixed Media card and coloured them with my progresso woodless aqua pencils. The fancy tail feather on the left hand side bird and the large striped heart tucked under the right hand side bird’s wing are accessory stamps from the same set, as are the borders which I turned into long legs. I stamped both birds’ wings twice and decoupaged them onto the finished birds.

I finished off with some gold shimmer pen over certain areas, some white highlighter and fancy threads.

I am entering this into::-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #43 Anything Goes With a Critter
613 Avenue Create – Oct: Anything Goes, Twist Wings
All Fun Challenges – #17 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge – #40 Anything Colouring Goes
Crafters’ Castle – #34 Anything Goes
Creative Artiste – #65 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Fingers – #194 Anything Goes
Creative Moments – #200 Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times – #123 Animals or Birds
Polkadoodles – #41 Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge – #10 Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create – #10 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Monday, 28 September 2020

CCM #264 Shabby Chic

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Shabby Chic.

I have made a page for my Journal.

I made the background with cosmic shimmer pixie powders. I felt it looked like a water scene would belong on it so I stamped a gorgeous Studio Light Collage stamp directly onto it!

This turned out to be a disaster. I don’t know if the background was too busy for the stamp, or the stamp was too busy for the background, but the seahorse, amonite and flower were lost against it. So I coloured them in……. no better. It was all too dark. However, much as we all say ‘it’s only a bit of paper you can start again’ I seriously loved the colours in the background and didn’t want to just throw it away so I found a stamp that would more or less cover the disastrous bits! This was one of Emma Blake of Cleverprints beautiful mindful girls and one set of the wings.

I stamped them onto white linen card on the other side, the non textured side, and coloured them in with my new Koh-i-Noor woodless aqua pencils. Gosh they melt like butter when you apply water and leave NO trace of the original pencil line! I added some sentiments to her wings and a small filler stamp from one of the Mindful girl sets to create a pattern on her dress.

The lovely diecut elements are, I think, from La Blanche, and I coloured them with Pentart metallic wax pastes. A little bit of bleedproof white to add some highlights, some distressing around the edge of the background and stuck down in one of my black paper journals and I hope I rescued it.

I am entering it into:-

All Fun Challenges – #16 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge – #38 Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness – #68 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar – Sept: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations – #413 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers – #193 Anything Goes
Elliebelle’s Craft Wednesday – Sept: Things With Wings
Kraftin’ Kimmie – #550 Things With Wings
Shopping Our Stash – #429 Make A Mess
The Corrosive Challenge – #09 Anything Goes
The Fairy and The Unicorn – Sept: Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters – Anything But A Card
Through The Craftroom Door – Sept 22nd Anything Goes
We Love Chocolate Baroque – Sept: Wings
We Love To Create – #10 Anything Goes

Monday, 7 September 2020

DV #232 Embossing, Wet or Dry

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is embossing. This can be either wet, as in stamped and embossed or dry, as in with a tool or embossing folder. We are sponsored by All Dressed Up.

I have used their cute digi Little Patch Puppy, which I printed onto media paper and watercoloured, and then fussy cut out.

My embossing is the layer beneath the puppy which is a Creative Expressions 3d Embossing Folder. My green and mauve papers are from my stash and the lovely patterned paper is from a pad designed by Elena Guzinska, aka Zinski Art, of New Moon Craft. The sentiment came from the same pad.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #42 Anything With a Critter
All Dressed Up – #108 Anything Goes with an ADU image
Allsorts Challenge – #588 Use A Hand Coloured Image
Country View Crafts – Sept: Complimentary Colours
Crafters Castle – #33 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #79 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #42 Anything With an Animal Goes
Creative Craft Cottage – #133 Include an Animal
International Art and Soul – #91 Include an Animal
LeAnn’s World 101 – #30 Anything Goes
Love To Craft – #50 Anything Goes
My Time To Craft – #440 Embossing Wet or Dry
Not Just Cards – Aug: Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenge – #61 Animals
Sheepski Designs – #42 Use Layers
The Crafters’ Cafe – #250 Anything Goes

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

CCM #262 Things With Wings

Our challenge today from Crafty Cardmakers is Things with Wings. We will be happy to see ANYTHING you care to enter, as long as there are wings in it, and preferably not a tiny insect in the corner of your project!

I have made a page in my tiny Art By Marlene Journal, using a cute new die I recently got. I made the background with distress oxides, first a watercolour wash of twisted citron, and then some stencilling with squeezed lemonade and more twisted citron. The borders are using two staedler fine point pens.

The wings on my dog are courtesy of Janet Klein’s Aall and Create range. The sentiment I made on my pc.

I cut the die a few times so that the dog, the cat and the lord knows what the other little creature is, could all be different colours. I did start off with the dog just being black as in the photo below, but sadly I managed to get glue all over it and it actually looked dreadful in real life, so I cut it again in pink glitter card. However, I do think I prefer the black version. What do you think?

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #42 Anything with a Critter
A Bit More Time to Craft – #123 Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge – #9 Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz – September Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #42 Anything With An Animal
Heart 2 Heart Challenges – Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenge – #61 Animals
The Crafting Challenge – September Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create – #9 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Monday, 24 August 2020

DV #231 Shaped Cards, no Squares or Rectangles

Our challenge today at Dream Valley, and Sponsored by The Paper Shelter, is shaped cards. Any shape you like as long as it’s not a square or a rectangle.

I have used an image from The Paper Shelter called Coffee Break, which I coloured with polychromos pencils. My shape is made with Sue Wilson’s noble octagon dies, as are all the mats and layers. The papers are from Craft Consortium from their Watercolour and Light Tones Grunge papers. Gems also from my stash.

I made up my own sentiment as the card is for my Daughter who, when not working, is either taking photos of birds and wildlife or editing them!

I am entering this into:-

All Fun Challenges – #14 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge – J is For Jewels/Jewellery
CD Sunday – #42 Anything Goes (image is digi)
Craft-Dee Bowz – August: Anything Goes
Crafters Castle – #32 Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts – #364 Something to Say
Cut It Up – #207 Old School (the dies, years old!)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #140 Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge – #131 Use At Least 3 Patt Papers
The Happy Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter – #437 Punches And Dies

Monday, 17 August 2020

CCM #261 Lots of Layers

I hope you have all had a fabulous Summer. We are back today at Crafty Cardmakers after our long Summer break, and we are kicking off the challenges with Lots Of Layers.

I have used a cute new set of papers from Craft Consortium from the Gift of Giving range. What better way to get lots of layers than decoupage! So also from the same range they have a decoupage kit. I have used two papers from the 6” pad, plus the kitten decoupage. The ornate frame diecut was cut from the lemon paper from the centre as it was going to be covered by the balloon paper, so why waste the middle!

The sentiment comes from a huge year of sentiments pad from Craftwork Cards, but it was the wrong shape so I had to trim it into a square. The gems are coloured with copics to match the design.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #41 Anything With a Critter Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft – #122 Anything Goes
All Fun Challenges – #13 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – #78 Anything Goes
Crafty Animals – #41 Anything with an Animal goes
Crafty Friends – #142 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patterned Paper Chall – August
Creative Fingers – #191 Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy – August Anything Goes
Let’s Craft And Create – #162 Anything Goes with Lots of Layers
Lil’ Patch Of Crafty Friends – #140 Anything Goes
Love to Craft – #48 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – August Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenge – #61 Animals
QKR Stampede – #402 Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters – #31 Anything Goes

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