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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 26 August 2019

DV #208 Buttons and/0r a Bow

Today at Dream Valley we are sponsored by the fabulous Oddball Art, and our challenge is Buttons and/or a Bow.

I have used one of the Oddball Art images which I printed onto Daler Rowney media paper and then painted with various watercolours. I have added some definition to the image with super fineliner pens.

The background was created with Simon Hurley Dye Inkpads in Slippery When Wet, Clear Skies and Overzealous. I blended them onto a Studiolight giant tag, but was not happy with the blend. I guess the tag was too chalky and grabbed the ink too much so I spritzed and then flipped it over onto my glass mat and smooshed it about a bit and that gave me a much better blend.

The various stamps in the background are from HobbyArt, stamped with the same inkpads and the stencilling was with a set of Ranger stencils that came free with a Magazine.

I fussy cut the image and also painted in some of my stamps. My buttons are from the Heartfelt Creations Buttons and Blooms collection of stamps and matching die. Stamped in white and embossed in white and then I just painted some waterdown ink from the same inkpads to give them some colour. I also coloured her little satin bow with the same ink. A few splodges of Liquitex Acrylic Ink in white to break up the citrus background a bit.

I am entering this into:-

Brown Sugar – Aug: #292 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy – #33 Anything Goes
Colourific Challenge – #3 Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Chall – #62 Anything Goes
Crafting By Design – Aug: Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar – Aug: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations – #396 Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts – #312 Tic, Tac, Toe, Diagonal TopL to Bott R
Creative Moments – #175 Anything Goes
Creative Playground – #8 Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy – Aug: Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge – Ribbon and/or Bows
Oddball Art – Aug: Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #360 Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp Fun Friday – #121 Anything But A Card

I just wanted to share this with you before I go, yesterday in 30+ degrees C my Daughter completed a 35 km walk, for the care home she works for, who have been caring for the elderly for 35 years. They are raising money for a special chair that costs about £1500 and Emily raised well over £350.

Monday 19 August 2019

CCM #239 It’s A Bugs Life

We’ve had a nice break at Crafty Cardmakers for the Summer, which looks as if it’s disappeared into the sunset in the UK! We are back today with a new challenge ‘It’s A Bug’s Life’.

My bug is a mechanical grasshopper. I have had this stamp for ages and not gotten around to stamping it yet! Mind you that’s not unusual!! The stamp is by Carmen Medlin.

I made my art journal background with Decoart fluid acrylics. and then stamped a few stamps from Art by Marlene over the background. A few of them I whited out the centres with Jane Davenport’s paint over pen in white. The sentiment, stamped and embossed in gold is also from the stamp set. I coloured my bug with Faber Castell Watercolours.

I fussy cut him out and stuck him down. He does stand out better than my photograph shows, but I think he might have looked better raised up from the background a little.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #29 Anything Goes
A Inky Mess – #33 Anything Goes
Art Journal Journey – Anything With Eyes
Cardz for Galz – #103 Wings
Creative Artiste – #52 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – No Patterned Paper
Pearly Sparkles – Something Beginning with ‘B’ (Bug)
Scribbles Designs – #80 Include a Sentiment
Stampin’ Sensations – Aug: Things With Wings


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