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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

ABC Just as you Like {Anything Goes}

At ABC for the next couple of weeks you can enter anything you like as our challenge is Just as you Like, or anything goes.

We are sponsored by Marianne Design with a prize of two lots of dies (see blog for more details) and also by The Ribbon Girl with a £10 voucher for their store.


J Just As You Like

I created my card with an Imagination Crafts stencil, Bay Leaf, and their sparkle mediums in four different colourways, onto plain black card. This has been matted onto some paper I had printed, but no idea where it was from, but possibly Bearly Mine, and then onto white and more black card! The butterflies are from one of our Sponsors, Marianne Design and the purple dots are card candi from Craftwork Cards. This is a nice flat one to foil the Post Office’s higher rate, although I prompty put it all on an 8” card which defeated the object, lol!

I am entering this into the following:-

Bearly Mine Challenges – April: Spring
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party – #29 Colour Inspiration
Crafts Galore Encore – Creating with Colour (my favourite is purple!)
Crafty Boots – Sparkle
Crafty Calendar – Things With Wings
Fairytale Challenge – #89 Butterflies
Imagination Crafts – April: Anything Goes
Shelley’s Images – April Showers Bring May Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Winged Things
Sparkles Monthly Challenge – #55 Favourite Colour Combo (purple and teal)


CCM 114 A Floral Profusion–Handmade Flowers

Our challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers this time around is handmade flowers. One would do, but a profusion of them would be even better!

We are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments with three images from their online digi store.

If you pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog you can see the Design Team’s work, some of which feature the Crafty Sentiments images.

For myself I just decided to go down the floral wreath path, and made a nice summer wreath to brighten things up in my dull looking craft room. My bungalow is positioned very badly and I only get sun in here for about 1-2 hours a day early in the morning. The rest of the time it’s actually rather gloomy in here. My kitchen, on the other hand, where you don’t want to spend most of your time is sunny and bright for most of the day! Strangely laid out bungalow methinks. I bet it was designed by a man!

114 Floral Profusion Main

I used a flower kit from Craftwork Cards, but added my own diecut and rolled flowers to the centre of the flowers I made from the kit. I also added some of my own ribbons to the wreath background and diamante gems to the centre of each flower. Before attaching the flowers and adding the gems I sprayed them with Crafters Companion spray and sparkle, but it’s not really showing here!

You can see it a little in the close up of the flower below.


I am entering this into the following:-

A Gem of a Challenge – #117 Spring Is In The Air
All Crafts Challenge – Apr/May: Anything Goes but no cards
Anything But A Card Challenge – Spring Has Sprung
Challenges 4 Everybody – #40 Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew – #59 Spring
Digi Sketch – Floral (Theme only – Flowers)
Glitter N Sparkle – #80 Anything But a Square
Ladybug Crafts – April: Here Comes Spring
The Corrosive Challenge – #197 Pretty Pastels
The Crazy Challenge – Spring Is Here


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Hobby Cutz 42 Flora and Fauna

The challenge at Hobby Cutz this week is Flora and Fauna, and we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments. I have used a Crafty Sentiments image from the Benson Bear range on my card.

42 Flora and Fauna

I coloured Benson with my copics, and added some glitter to his flower and also to the edge of the diecut mat that he is printed on.

The papers are from KaiserCraft’s Chanteuse Paper pad, and the ribbon and flower (Prima) are from my stash. The gorgeous swirls are lazer cuts from Hobby Cutz. I know I am on the team, but they truly are excellent value for money as I had these in my stash from before I was picked for the DT. Beautiful intricate designs and very reasonably priced.

I realise I have obscured quite a bit of the lovely lazer cut so here is a pic from Hobby Cutz’ website of the scroll in all it’s glory….. 4 in the pack for £1.35!!!

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Note to self, next time use smaller flower!!

I am entering this into the following:-

2 Sisters – #175 Teddy Bears
Come and Get It Challenges – Bears In Mind
Crafty Ribbons – #83 Anything Goes With Ribbon
Delightful Challenges – Hip to be Square
Open Minded Crafting – #7 Animal Antics
OSAAT – #207 Flowers
Outlawz PAM – Animals
Polka Doodles – #14 Animal Magic
Shelley’s Images TTT Chall – April Showers Bring May Flowers
The Craft Garden – April : Choose 3 of Ribbon, Floral Patt Paper and Green (in the paper hope that’s okay?)


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

ABC I In a Line

We have a Tic, Tac, Toe type challenge at ABC this time.

We are sponsored by Sherri Baldy.

ABC In A Line

I is for In A Line

I used the left hand vertical line for my card, shaped card, distressing and pearls.

My card is cut from a Dutch Doobaboo template, along with the patterned papers, which came free with a magazine. The image is from our Sponsor and I coloured her with copics. I distressed my card and also my papers and inked around the edge of them with a pigment inkpad. I used the same inkpad on my diecut mat from Spellbinders. The pearls were white and I coloured with the one of the pens I used in the image to make them pink.

I am entering this into:-

Craft Your Passion – #207 Shaped Cards
Dare to Be Sassy – #222 Pretty Pastels
Graph’It Colour Challenge – #13 Springtime Pastels
My Besties Norweigan – #115 Easter or Spring
Polkadoodles – #13 Spring Is In The Air
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Pastel Colours
Scrapbook Stamp Society – #38 Anything Goes
Stampin’ For the Weekend – Spring Colours
OSAAT – #206 Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter – #151 Spring Delights


CCM 113 You’ve Been Framed

Jackie is hosting our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time around, and she has chosen the theme 'You've Been Framed'. She would like to see a prominently displayed frame on your project, this can be stamped, die cut, or made up of other materials, or you could decorate an actual frame.

We are sponsored by Sir Stampalot with three fabulous prizes which are frame related. Pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers  blog to check them out. We are also sponsored by Di’s Digistamps with a generous $12 gift voucher for her store.

Time ran away from me in the last couple of weeks because I fully intended to make a frame and decorate it, but instead I have ended up with a card.

113 You've Been Framed

I have used an All Dressed Up digi and coloured her with copics. The background paper is from Bearly Mine from their new Mixed Media pack! Very pretty. The frame is a Tonic Frame die called Emily. The butterfly and dragonflies are Doo Hickey diecuts. I added a little glitter to her wings with my favourite glitter, glamour dust, and the diecuts butterfly and dragonflies and also to her hair ribbon

113 You've Been Framed Image

I am entering this into:-

Allsorts Challenge – #252 Use Those Dies
Alphabet Challenge – D Diecuts
Aurora Wings – #1 Anything Goes
Creative Moments – #39 Anything Goes with Wings
Digi Haven – Things With Wings
Eclectic Ellapu – Wings
House That Stamps Built – #326 Things with Wings
Outlawz PAM – Must Use Glitter
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge – Add A butterfly
Sparkle and Sprinkle – April: Anything Goes with Glitter


Lexi’s Creations 112 Easter

We would like to see your Easter creations over at Lexi’s Creations for the next two weeks.

We are sponsored by Fairy Dust Crafts.

113 Easter

I’ve used one of Lexi’s own digis. from Fairy Dust Crafts called Easter Lamb. I coloured her with copics. The background is an embossalicious folder. The mat is a Spellie diecut.

I am entering this into:-

Artistic Inspiration – #85 Easter Colours/Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments – #103 Easter or Spring Sentiments
Brown Sugar – #87 Easter
Delightful Challenge – Out Like a Lamb (add a critter)
Fun With Shapes – #157 Easter
OSAAT – #206 Anything Goes
Paper Makeup Stamps Digi Makeover Challenge – #134 Pastel Colours
Paper Nest Dolls – #7 Easter or Spring Colours
Simply Create Too – #58 Easter
Whimsy Stamps – #69 Easter Bunnies, Chicks, Etc.


Monday, 24 March 2014

Hobbycutz #40 Girly, but no Pink

I was thrilled to find out a month or so back that I had been accepted onto the Hobbycutz Design Team! My first creation for them is Girly, but no Pink! Well mine definitely doesn’t have any pink.

We are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps.

I created my tag for a friend who is having a really hard time at the moment, and I hoped the bright colours would bring some sunshine into her life.

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I stamped a prima doll stamp onto one of the Prima Tag pad tags, and coloured her flesh and hair with copics. Then I stamped her again onto paper and made a mask. Have to say that a paper mask isn’t much use when you are spraying inks so I have got myself some masking film for next time.

I masked her off and sprayed dylusions randomly around her. The splodges are my attempt at sponging some silk paints through various stencils, but I was a little heavy handed.  There is also a pic below showing those stencilled bits up a bit better because the light has caught the mica in the silks a bit better in that photo, and you can actually see some definite shape to them in real life!

HC 40 Girly, No Pink Angle

I paper pieced her clothes with Bo Bunny papers, and the ribbon on her dress and her hair band are real ribbon. I also stitched some tiny blue beads onto her headband and waistband. I outlined her with white pigment ink and added some metal flowers and brads, and some ribbon for the top of the tag to finish things off. Finally I used a rub on for the sentiment, and edged that with a fine black micro pen as it was a little lost on the bright background.

I love these prima dolls, and I think they could easily become an obsession. Perhaps people wouldn’t mind getting doll tags instead of birthday cards!

I am entering her into the following:-

Altered Eclectics – Mar: Anything Goes
Amusing Challenge – Sponging
Anything but a Card – Mini Challenge Use Two or More Stencils
Brown Sugar – #86 Anything Goes
CMC Copic Challenge – #89 Show some Skin
Crafts Galore Encore – Mar: Use A Stamp or Digi Anywhere on your project
Desert Island Crafters – #73 I used 2,3, and 4
Quick Quotes – #37 Tag You’re It
Robyn’s Fetish – #204 Anything But a Card
That’s Crafty Challenges – #2 Inky Antics (dylusions)



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