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All work exhibited here is my own design, unless otherwise stated, in which case I shall have credited the original author of that work. I am thrilled to be able to share my designs with you but would appreciate that you respect that these are my designs and do not copy and place them anywhere else online or use them for your own personal gain in any way.

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Monday 24 August 2015

CCM 146 No Patterned Papers

It’s my turn to host the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this fortnight and I would love to see your creations that have no patterned paper. By that I mean not printed, nor ready made designer type papers. You can of course, make your own design, as long as it doesn’t involve printing I guess!

Anyhow mine came about as a result of a mistake with something else I was trying to create. I have these brushos, but quite frankly I am not good at getting the results other people seem to get. I seem to be either too heavy handed with them, or not enough of them on the background. Also because you have to spritz the card to get them to move and then you risk your card being all buckled perhaps I don’t start off with enough dampness to the card. So I did this sheet, trimmed up in the photo below, but realised that yet again it was to dern busy and that any image or focal point would be lost against it because of their being so much diverse spread of colour.


I was about to bin it when I had a brainwave (yes I know it’s rare my brain is even firing on half a cylinder let alone having a ‘wave’.

I have a few of those gorgeous Memory Box Open Studio dies that are designed to cut a slightly distressed looking pattern into your cardstock and I just placed it up to the messy background and liked the look of what peeked through. The white from the cardstock really broke up the mess, and made it fairly attractive.

146 No Patterned Papers

I repeated the pattern in the opposite diagonal corner, and then stuck it down, before matting both sheets onto some blue cardstock, which I also diecut a greeting from.

My image is from Morgan Fitzsimmons and I coloured her with copics and also some prismacolours. I glittered her wings and the butterflys.

I have to be honest here, when I was sticking down the diecut card some of the pigment on the background had not been dampened and as a consequence there were flecks of pigment dust left on the card and some of these transferred to my white cardstock, leaving a couple of mucky marks so I had to put my image at more jaunty an angle than I really wanted to and also add a few mauve gems to one side to cover it!

So if you fancy copying with any brusho disasters of your own, give them a good dusting first to make sure you have dislodged all the dry pigment that hasn’t melded itself into the card.

I am entering this into:-

Alphabet Challenge – N for No Design Papers
Chocolate Coffee and Cards – #98 Use a Sentiment
Colouring In Scrapland – #02 Things With Wings
Get Creative – #22 No Printed Paper
Glitter N Sparkle – #151 Happy Birthday
Incy Wincy – Birthday Wishes
Lisa Somerville Bloggers Challenge – Backgrounds
Robyn’s Fetish – #278 Use A Digi
Ruby’s Rainbow – #111 Diecuts or Punches
Stamping Sensations – Aug: Anything Goes With a Stamp and Die


Monday 17 August 2015

DV 113 Use A Charm

Our challenge at Dream Valley this time around is to ‘add a charm’. We are sponsored by Di’s Digistamps.

 DV 113 Charm

My image is from Darcy’s Diaries, but sadly they are a digital stamp company that appears to be no more!

Anyhow I coloured her with copics and prismacolours, in lush citrus lime and purple. My papers are from First Edition’s Spring Drop, and the diecut sentiment is from Penny Black, which is my newest die. I love the font on this. Star charm and glass pearls from deep in my stash and top diecut is a Memory Box one. It’s meant to be a ribbon slider, but I covered the centre with a huge dazzler.

I am entering this into:-

Aurora Wings – #17 Anything With Wings
Colouring In Scrapland – #2 Winged Things
Crafty Boots – Fair And Square
Dragonfly Dreams – We’re Flying High with Wings
Great Impressions – Aug: Add a Sentiment
Paper Creator’s Crafts – #41 Dies or Punches
Penny Black’s Saturday Challenge – Aug: Hot Summer Colours
Pile It On – #82 Bright Colours
Polkadoodles – #33 Use Something New (Dream die)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Citrus With a Twist


Saturday 15 August 2015

ABC P for Pretty In Pink

Our challenge today at ABC is being sponsored by Marianne Designs and Stamp and Create and it’s P for Pretty In Pink.

P Pretty in Pink2

My image is from Sassy Cheryl and I coloured her with copics and prismacolour pencils. My papers were printed but I forget where from as they have been printed a while! The white peel offs have been in my stash since Adam was a lad! The mat behind the image is a Marianne diecut. I added glitter to her hairband and areas of her dress.

I am entering this into:-

A Gem of a Challenge – #151 One For the Girls
Cutie Pie – #90 Cute and Girly
Dare to Be Sassy Challenge – #294 Keep It The Same (Monochromatic)
Digi Choosday – #32 Punches/Die Cuts
Doodle Pantry – AIMPDC8 Anything Goes
Get Creative – #21 Monochromatic Pink
In The Pink – #75 Anything Goes
Lisa Somerville Bloggers Challenge – They Say It’s Your Birthday
Ruby’s Rainbow – #110 Something For a Little Girl
Stamp and Create – Aug: One For the Girls
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge – #93 AG with a Twist, Make it Monochrome
Whoopsi Daisy – Make It Girly


Wednesday 5 August 2015

TMC 12 Masks

We have a fabulous new challenge for August over at The Mirror Crack’d of masks. I have made a venetian/fancy dress style mask, but you can enter with any mask project, so if you have used traditional masking of stamps on your project that will qualify as will using masks/stencils.

12 Masks C

I started with a papier mache mask and gessoed it in white. Then I did randomly sized diagonal stripes of colour with Maya Gold paints. The lemony colour on the end is actually from Luminarte Silks, but it is nowhere near as powerful as the Maya Golds, which look like burnished metal once they are dry, even before you buff them up, but more so after you have a quick rub with a soft cloth!

To make a break between each colour I have adhered some faux gem strings in a rainbow colourway which matched the colours in my mask. These are like little faceted cups of metal colour and sparkle like a real gem would.

12 Masks midway

I did toy with the idea of leaving it like the pic above, but decided it wasn’t quite what I was after, so I further decorated it with Prima Say it In Crystal and pearl swirls. The Say it In Crystals are self adhesive, but as I am rapidly discovering they don’t like sticking on the Maya Gold paint, so I might have to get out the glue gun to stick them down harder!

Here it is from two different angles.

12 Masks L      12 Masks R

Do PLEASE pop on over to The Mirror Crack’d and check out the rest of the team’s creations as they are amazing and very varied.

I am entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – Showcase #1
Altered Eclectics – August: Anything Goes
Anything But Cute – #4 Making Magic (Inspired by the face half hidden behind a mask on the mood board. Hiding behind a mask you can be anything you want to)
Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge – June/July: Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons – #107 Bright and Beautiful
Decorate to Celebrate – #106 Anything You Please
Fab ‘n’ Funky – #269 No Patterned Papers
Inspiration Destination – #45 Anything Goes
Mixed Media Mojo – August: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – #23 Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner – Mexico Moods (I went for the vibrant colours on the mood board)
Our Daily Bread Designs
– #249 Colour Challenge (Most of the colours are in the painting of the mask and the orange shade in the faux gems)
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – August: Anything MM Goes
Stamps and Stencils – Happy Holidays (My mask reminds me of a gorgeous Venetian Holiday I had in my youth)


Monday 3 August 2015

DV 112 Stripes or Checks

Our challenge at Dream Valley today is Stripes or Checks, or if you like you could use both. We are sponsored by Doctor Digi, and I have used one of their images, Angling Andy for my card.

112 Stripes or Checks
I coloured Andy with a combination of copics (skin mainly) and prismacolour pencils. I also used a shimmery pen on the fish’s scales, but sadly the shimmer wasn’t picked up by the camera.

The diecut is meant to look like fishing net, and is from Crealies’ Decorette range of dies. I made the fishing hooks myself by cutting apart a gold paperclip and bending back parts of it to form the eye of the hook. The feathers are meant to represent the feathers on a fishing fly! Papers are from Basic Grey.

I am entering Andy into:-

Animal Friends – #29 Zoo – Must have an animal
City Crafter Challenge – #272 A Male Birthday Card
Doodle Pantry – AIMPDC8 Anything Goes
Fairytale Challenge – #123 Boys and Men
Great Impressions – August: Add A Sentiment
Inky Chicks – #54 Use A Metal Embellishment
Morgan’s ArtWorld – #4 Use Three of Something (My home made hooks)
Quirky Crafts – #16 Gone Fishing
The Male Room – #15 Spots and Stripes (I Hope it’s okay that my Spots are inside my Stripes!)
Wags N Whiskers – #159 Recycle (My paperclips into fishing hooks)


Saturday 1 August 2015

ABC O for Open (Anything Goes)

Our challenge at ABC this fortnight is Open, or Anything Goes. We are sponsored by both Di’s Digi Designs and also by Stamp and Create.

I have used an image from Di’s Digis called Sweet Moment in my card.

O Open

I coloured them with my copics and used papers from Basic Grey. The wooden buttons and flowery lace were in my stash and the butterflies are Joy diecuts.

I am entering this into:-

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards – #96 A Flower in Your Image
Crafting With Friends – #3 Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity – #237 Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner – #30 Anything Goes
Fussy And Fancy – #144 Things With Wings
Simply Create Too – #91 Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft – #10 Anything Goes
Southern Girls – Anything Goes
Stempelsonne – #146 Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe – #127 Use Some Buttons



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