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Monday, 10 December 2018

CCM #224 Christmas

Out final challenge for 2018 at Crafty Cardmakers is a nice easy seasonal one of Christmas.

We also have a lovely prize on offer this time of a pair of Becky Seddon Christmas/winter themed stamps and also a pair of toning stencils. Becky Seddon Prize

My Christmas card is a combination of Sue Wilson dies, lots of glitter and foiling.CCM 224 Christmas

I started with an 8x8 card blank and matted onto it a slightly smaller silver glitter card layer. The decorative layer is using Sue’s snowflake striplet die which I went around a square shape four times to create a frame, cut from white pearlescent card.

I used this on a base of plain card approx 7” square with double sided adhesive sheet adhered to it and then carefully placed the lovely diecut frame over the adhesive. After I trimmed it up to size, I got three colours of very fine glitter from Tonertex and dusted them through the diecut areas to the sticky sheet beneath. There was glitter everywhere! When I thought I had covered all the sticky areas I eventually buffed it off to make it look as if the diecut layer was stuck onto the glitter layer, rather than the glitter was added to the diecut areas.

The centre I diecut a slightly smaller square of the same silver glitter card as the bottom layer.

The sentiment, also from Sue Wilson was created by using more of the double sided self adhesive sheet to plain card and using multi foils over the top in patchwork pieces. It is difficult to see what you will end up with until you die cut it and the excess foil that hasn’t stuck to the sheet falls away, as you have to overlay it whilst assembling. I then used the sentiment die and die cut it………. again this was quite a delicate task as it’s a very slender sentiment and it took me ages to whinkle it out of the die!

It’s finished off with Sue Wilson’s 2017 Angel at the side.

I am entering this into:-

Archi-Scraps – Dec: Anything Christmas
Bastel-Traum – #71 Winter/Christmas
Cards In Envy – The Spirit of Christmas
Card Mania – #111 Christmas
Christmas Crafts All Year Round – Dec: Anything Christmas Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge – #12 Anything Goes
Country View Crafts – Dec: Christmas
Crafty Calendar _ Dec: It’s Christmas Time
Crafty Friends – #98 Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #415 Christmas
Dare 2B Artzy – Dec: Winter
Die Cut Divas – Dec: Winter
Dies R Us – #110 Snowflakes
Eclectic Ellapu – Dec: Anything Festive
Happy Little Stampers – Dec: Anything Goes With Dies
Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Dec: Anything Christmas
Inkspirational – #175 Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas – #5 Anything Christmas Goes
Mix It Up – #20 Anything Goes Optional Twist No Stamping
Papercraft Business Challenge – #13 Dec: Anything Goes option Christmas
Paru’s Card Making Challenge – Dec: Christmas
Sheepski Designs – #21 Celebrations
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Warm Winter Wishes
Sparkle and Sprinkle – Dec: Anything Goes with glitter
The 12 Months of Christmas – #48 Anything Goes Christmas

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Monday, 3 December 2018

DV #192 Christmas

Good morning. Welcome to Dream Valley’s final challenge of the year, Christmas. We have lots of lovely sponsors this time around so please do go look at the blog and join in the fun to see what you might be able to win.

We have Fabrika Fantasy with 3 Digital Stamps, Sheepski Designs (my image is from them, called Snowboarding) with 3 Digital Stamps, All Dressed Up with 2 Digital Stamps, Paper Nest Dolls 3 Digital Stamps and Di’s Digis with a $12 voucher.

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As I said above, I have used Snowboarding from Sheepski Designs for my card.

I coloured it with my copics and die cut it with a Crealies die. I used paper from my stash and white card to make my card, all diecut with the Crealies die. I ran the white layers and the image itself through a snow embossing folder. I have a few snow embossing folders but this one is my favourite because of the lovely larger drops of snow. Some of them only have small dots of snow.

To finish it off I have a sentiment from Craftwork Cards and some tiny snowflake peel offs.

Does anyone know of a set of SMALL and I do mean small snowflake dies? I can’t seem to find anything smaller than 2cms for the smallest die (Sizzix Tim Holtz mini Snowflakes). I would like some lovely delicate ones for this type of card.

All of us at Dream Valley wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy 2019.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #169 Christmas Non Traditional Colours
Archi-Scraps – Dec: Anything Christmas
Aud Sentiments – #217 Christmas or Winter Sentiment
Aurora Wings – #73 Holiday Spirit
Card Mania – #111 Christmas
Craft Rocket – #54 Christmas is Coming
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Dec: Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas – Dec: Winter
Dies R Us – #110 Snowflakes
Double Trouble Challenge – #16 Let The Troubles Begin (both embossing
and snow)
Paper Players – #421 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
Paru’s Card Making Challenge – Dec: Christmas
Pile it On – #149 Shaped Cards
Whoopsi Daisy – Dec: Anything Goes Option Let It Snow

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Monday, 26 November 2018

CCM #223 Anything But A Card

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers, and hosted by Angela, is Anything but a Card.

I made two sleighs, a large one and a smaller one.

Large Sleigh 2

Both started off as plain mdf, the rails of which I painted with silver acrylic paint. On both of them I covered the main body of the sleigh with some lovely foiled paper I have had in a stash since forever!

Small Sleigh

I glittered the edges of both sleighs with red glitter glue to hide anywhere my cutting out might not have been up to scratch, and also to give them a more Christmassy feel.

I used various Christmas berry picks and clusters to decorate them, along with poinsettia fabric flowers and metal snowflakes. The smaller sleigh was filled with cinnamon sticks and pine cones, dipped in gesso and glitter to simulate snow.

Both sleighs were glued down onto some old scraps of a cardboard box which I gessoed and the covered with artificial snow, mixed in with transparent mica flakes and glitter. The Reindeer were just painted brown and darker brown for their antlers.

The most difficult thing I found was attaching the reins, which just kept slipping off as they were just a soft silk thread.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of them both together to show the different size scale of them, and one has been sent to my Daughter for a decoration for her house.

A Inky Mess – #26 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Alphabet Challenge – R is for Reindeer
Bastel-Traum – #71 Winter/Christmas
Challenge Up Your Life – #101 Winter Animals
Craft Rocket Challenge – #54 Christmas Is Coming
Crafteezee – Nov: Anything But a Card
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Nov: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage – #113 Christmas is Coming
Creative Knockouts – #273 Snow Much Fun
Daisy Chain Challenges – #25 Christmas/Winter
Fabrika Fantasy – #26 Christmas/Winter
Hiding In My Craft Room – #'380 Any Holiday
Rhedd’s Creative Challenge – Nov: Anything Mixed Media
We Love2Create – #14 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

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Monday, 19 November 2018

DV #191 No Square or Rectangle Cards

We are sponsored today by StarStampz for our No Square or Rectangle Cards challenge.

I have used their lovely image Winter Kiss, for my Snowglobe shaped card.DV 192 No Square or Rectangle

This lovely shaped card has the added advantage of being one of the smallest Christmas cards ever.. without the snowflakes around the edge it would be a perfect fit for C7 envelope.

The snowglobe die is from Craftwork Cards, exclusively available these days through Craft Stash. The overlay on the bottom also makes a stand if added to the back and it stands very well!

I printed the image up quite large to make it easier to colour and then when it was finished I scanned it in and shrunk it to fit the snowglobe centre. That’s one of the advantages of digital images you can do so much more with them. After I had printed and die cut it to fit the snowglobe I ran it through a ‘snow’ embossing folder, and then I went over the embossed snowdrops with a white sharpie and finally glittered them.

The main part of the card and the base are cut from various metallic card in my stash and the sentiment is cut from glitter card, as are the snowflakes.

I am entering this into:-

613 Avenue Create – #215 Anything Goes Optional Twist Christmas
Angie’s Digital Stamps – #26 Anything Goes, Optional Twist Christmas
CCC Digi Creations – #98 Winter Time
Christmas Card Throwdown – Nov: Snow Globes
Creative Craft Cottage – #213 Christmas Is Coming
Daisy Chain Challenges – #25 Christmas/Winter
Digi Doodle Studios – #11 Christmas/Winter
Fabrika Fantasy – #26 Christmas/Winter
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Nov: Anything Goes
My Time to Craft – #384 Let It Snow
Sheepski Designs – #20 anything Christmas
Sweet Stampers – #26 Christmas
Stamping Sensations – Nov: Get Ready for Christmas

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Monday, 12 November 2018

CCM 222 Lots of Layers

Judy is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and she has chosen Lots of Layers as her theme.

222 Lots of Layers

My card was made on behalf of my Daughter for her Husband for his birthday.

My base layer and the blue diecuts are from some turquoise mirri card. The cogs and ornate scroll cog die are from Sue Wilson. The clock, which was cut from the same turquoise card and then had several different embossing powders added to it to give it an aged patina look, is a Marianne die. The hands and other of the cogs were cut from purple mirri card. The background paper is from a Prima pad, Epiphany. the brick cut out is from a Tim Holtz media die, and I backed it iwth more purple mirri. The sentiments are mainly Crafters Companion.

The image is from Kanban, and I coloured it with Kurecolor brush pens and then fussy cut it out and added it on foam tape.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time To Craft – #79 Anything Goes
Archi-Scraps – Nov: Use Stone or Brick Textures
Challenge Up Your Life – #100 Celebrate/Anniversary (Birthday?)
Crafting By Designs – Nov: anything goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #45 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – Nov: #57 Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas – Nov: Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers – Nov: Anything Goes With Dies
Pattie’s Creations – #152 Birthdays
Sandee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge – Steampunk Winter Special Challenge 2019
The Artistic Stamper – Nov: Square It
The Crafter’s Cafe – #207 Male (Young or Old)

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Monday, 5 November 2018

DV #190 Use Dies and Punches

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is to use your dies and punches. We are sponsored by

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I started with a blank Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag in Ivory for the back layer, which I edged with a few different alchemy waxes. However, in the end when I went to put it together there wasn’t enough contrast between the main layer and the base so I gessoed over it! Hey these Graphic 45 tags aren’t cheap, I wasn’t going to throw it away!

The butterfly is a die from Sheena Douglass and I cut and embossed it and then covered it in water before adding three shades of Aqua Flow pens from Tonic in the blue/green range and one in the yellow range. I then added a layer of midas gold aqua flow which gives a lovely gold sparkle.

The top layer of the tag I cut out with the Graphic 45 Large Tag die, sized to fit perfectly over their staples tags. I die cut this in turquoise, but again in the event I decided it was too dark as turquoise and went over the whole thing with a wash of Inka Gold wax in Mint Green. BUT before all that. I embossed the cut out tag with a script embossing folder from Crafters Companion. I added patches of various different colour Pentart Wazes in a bright pink, purple, orange, yellow and lime!. As I said though, the fact the background had been turquoise was still showing through too darkly so I did the Mint Green wash over the top of it all. The photograph isn’t that good, but you can still see all the lovely colours underneath, but now it goes with the butterfly much better than before.

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You can see the sparkle better in this picture, and also the underlying colours.

I added various cogs/gears from several different dies – Tim Holtz and sue Wilson I think, two metal keys and three diecut sentiments from Spellbinders, which look a bit like those old Dymo Labelmakers in that they emboss the word, which I then went over with a purple inkpad from Wendy Vecchi. The ribbons and yarns are from my stash, as are the gems on the butterfly..

190 Use Dies and Punches Bottom

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #20 Anything Goes with A Critter
A Perfect Time to Craft – #11 anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge – #11 Anything Goes
CraftaholicsRUs – Oct: Tag Challenge
Crafteezee – Nov: Anything But a Card
Crafts Galore Encore – Nov: #57 Anything Goes
Creatalicious – #150 Anything Goes with Optional Embossing
Createful Heart – #2 Add A Sentiment
Just Keep On Creating – Nov: Anything Goes
LeAnn’s World 101 – #8 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #93 Anything Goes
Love To Craft – Nov: #28 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Oct: Anything Goes
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Nov: Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create – #14 Anything Mixed Media

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Monday, 29 October 2018

CCM #221 Explosion of Colour

Today at Crafty Cardmakers the lovely Angela is hosting our Explosion of Colour challenge.

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My ‘explosion’ is in my Art Journal. I started with a page that I had mopped up some blue colour with from a gel print. And then I just added random colours to the page. In the middle it looked a little muddy as I had gone a step too far and not wanting to just abandon it I decided to stencil the face into the middle. I then gessoed out the face area and all her features until it was back to a reasonably blank area and re-stencilled in the features. The Stencil is from Jane Davenport from her Jane Girls series from Artist Cellar. I coloured her face with three portrait colours from IndigoBlu’s acrylic paint range, Porcelain, Fair and Mid Beige. Her cheeks, lips and eyes were all coloured with Jane’s Lip and Pastel Palettes Tins.

The purple diecuts are also from Jane’s range, Artomology, You Are Unique, dies, and I coloured the insides of these with Sakura Koi pens.

Her hair is a selection of Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Blossoms stamps and dies, which I stamped onto some Distress Oxide blended cards. Their centres are from a range called Nail Art which I got in Poundland for a quid! Bargain, when you think what micro beads and prills cost!

All the coloured bits around the edge are also from Jane’s range of stamps, Flower Girls. I used just the hairstyles of two of the girls to add the interest at the edges and coloured them with Sakura Koi pens.

As you can see in the closer pic below, drawing is not my strong suit. The eyes don’t look right and I can’t quite put my finger on why, but as I couldn’t correct it even if I did know I guess that’s what makes her unique!!


Finally I added some Midas Touch to the eye shadows and lips, and some white highlights to the eyes and lips. I did splatter midas touch across the piece, before I did the stencilling in the middle, but sadly the camera doesn’t seem to pick this up without extreme difficulty!

I am entering her into:-

A Inky Mess – #25 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Altered Eclectics – Oct: Anything Mixed Media Goes
Back to Basics – #14 Stencils or Masks
Catch The Bug – Anything But A Card
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge – #43 Anything Goes with colouring
Create A Smile – Create your Own Background
Creativ Fusion Arts & Crafts – #5 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #92 Anything Goes
Love to Create – #13 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Not Just Cards – Oct: Anything Goes
Polkadoodles – #43 Anything Goes
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Oct: Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge – #10 Oct: Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe – #206 Feminine
Worldwide Open Design Team Chall – #10 Oct: Anything Goes

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