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Thursday 17 March 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight – Make your own Papers

Spotlight #01 DPs WM 

Oooh its all exciting over at Crafty Cardmakers spotlight challenges this fortnight!  Firstly we've moved!  Crafty Cardmakers challenges will run as usual but the spotlight challenges now have their very own blog to develop a bit more!  They do lean towards the more challenging of challenges, less of the ‘use two buttons, a ribbon and the colour blue’ and more of a ‘show us what you can do with two old loo roll inners and some sticky back plastic (Tracy Island springs to mind). Seriously though the Spotlight blog is all about challenging yourself to do something a bit different, and just to kick things off this fortnight the challenge is to make your own papers. Now they can be digital if you like, or you can get inking, embossing, stamping, or as I have done, make your papers from something other than paper!

The new blog is here - Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenges
We also have some new teamies added to the existing team just to throw in some more diversity and skills and these are...

Paula - A New Beginning

Tracy - Scrapcat's Scribbles

Cazro - Cazro's Crafty Corner

Benita - Smudged! by Benita

Jacki - Cards by Jacki

Uma - A Sense of Uma

I'm sure you'll agree a talented bunch from newbies up to more veteran, but we are not revealing which are the newbies and which have creaking parts (craftwise that is), that’s for you to discover yourselves.

The new challenge which was set by Josephine is to Make your own designer papers. As there is a fab prize from The Stamping Boutique up for grabs I would give it a whirl, in fact if I hadn’t had to enter my own team design I would have been going for this one myself, cos their designs are to die for.

So enough of the waffling and down to business

My card has been created with angelina fibres. I won’t bore you with the before pics, but these are the two layers of fibres I created with an iron and a craft sheet. I am sure even the newbies amongst you can find tutorials on Youtube if necessary.

Challenges 018I put the blue layer down first onto a 6” square card blank and then layered the pink/lemon layer over the top. Having secured them both with pva, I then stamped into opposite corners with an Inkadinkado stamp with memento grape jelly ink. I didn’t want to use black as I thought it might be too stark. But the grape jelly was a little bit paler than I was aiming for.

My image Swan Song, from The Stamping Boutique was printed onto watercolour paper and then coloured with Inktense pencils, with a little angel dust on her wings and some diamond glaze on the water. I layered her over a doily which I had inked to match the background using Tattered Rose and Scattered Straw DIs.

Spotlight #01 DPs Image

A dolphin charm and some seam binding which I dyed myself to tone in, and a decorative pin finishes it off.

This pic shows the card at an angle as you can’t really see the lovely shimmery backing that Angelina Fibres make in the pic taken from above.

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I’m entering this into the following

A1 Factory – Things with Wings

Bling It On – Anything Goes with Optional Charm

Digi Doodle Shop – Anything Goes

Do You Stack Up – Add A Bow

Finally before I close, my apologies for this being so late this week. Two weeks ago my printer died, just as I was about to print out the Swan Song image for my card. My new printer arrived yesterday but it took me 4 hours to install it. For some reason it took exception to my old usb printer cable. Finally in desperation I called my neighbour and he very kindly lent me a cable, and bingo it worked.

I shall hopefully be posting some pics of Poppy in the next day or so. So if you want to see how she is progressing please pop (no pun intended) back.

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  1. Beautiful card, love the image. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  2. Wow! Gorgeous card and your handmade paper is fantastic. Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week - I am now poppong over to Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight to have a nosey!! Hugs Denise xx

  3. Awwww - this is so pretty! gorgeous colours! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  4. This is stunning Lin. The Angelina fibres make brilliant backing paper. I have loads stashed away and never think of using it, it'll be pulled out of the cupboard again now thanks to your inspiration.
    She's a very pretty image too.
    Hope all is good with you, apart from printer troubles!!!!
    Hugs Lisax

  5. Hi

    Wow, fabulous card, the papers look amazing.
    Great image too and your colouring is just wonderful.

    Thank you for linking up to Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :-)

  6. Beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at AiFactory this week :)

  7. Gorgeous, love the image too, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

  8. Stunning background and superb colouring.Thanks for joining us at AiFactory and Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
    Lisa x

  9. Beautiful card Lin. Brilliant idea to use the fibers on the paper, its perfect for this image.
    I’m glad you joined us for the DYSU Add a Bow challenge & hope to see you again!

  10. Tis very beautiful hun, love this so much

    Judie xx

  11. This is gorgeous! Love the background. I've had some of those fibres for years but have never used them. You've inspired me to drag them out and have a go!

  12. wow this is just gorgesous love your colours so delicate
    gill x

  13. Stunning piece of art love the image and what you have done with the background

  14. What a pretty image! Thanks so much for sharing your creations with DYSU this week! It’s been great fun checking out your work on your blog!

  15. Wow this is totally gorjuss i adore the image you have used,thanks for joining us at bling it on.
    Shell xx

  16. Stunning Designs Looby, the background is in delicious colours!

  17. Absolutely beautiful Lin - I love everything about this but especially the colouring - that pallette is just so ethereal.
    Lovely work Hunni!

  18. Wow, this is really beautiful! Love the image and your coloring is amazing! Hugs, Karen

  19. A gorgeous card. Those angelina fibres are fab.
    Thanks for joining us at the Bling It On challenge.
    Sharon xx


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