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Monday, 23 March 2015

CCM 135 Spring

Our challenge for the next couple of weeks at Crafty Cardmakers is Spring has Sprung. We would love to see your Spring related creations.

135 Spring

I have made my card from Craftwork Cards’ supplies, the topper element was a freebie from Create and Craft and the paper is from their Truly Scrumptious pad. I used the matching candy to the pad to decorate the tree on the topper, and glazed them with diamond glaze. I also glittered the leaves and the other flowers and all around the edges of both the backing paper and the topper. The little bunnies, who have been doing what bunnies do in the Spring are a combination of Joanna Sheen and Memory Box dies.

I am entering this into the following:-

A Gem of a Challenge – #130 Pretty In Pink
Card Mania – #66 Spring
Crafting For All Seasons – #98 Pastel Hues
Cute Card Thursday – #365 Spring Fever
Double Click – Use A Bunny, Basket, or Easter
Dream It Up – Marching Into Spring Week 3
Fab N Funky – #251 Spring Into Colour
Kleuren Met Potloden – #16 Spring
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #6 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #131 Think Spring
Simply Create Too – #81 Easter or Bunnies
The Crafters Cafe – What Season Are You In? (Spring)


Sunday, 15 March 2015

ABC F for Festive

Our challenge at ABC for the next couple of weeks is F for Festive. We will accept, Birthday, Easter or Christmas as a festive card. I have chosen birthday for mine. We are sponsored by Magnolia-licious.

F Festive

I cut the card base and the patterned paper mats with a Go Kreate die. Luckily the embossed mats which were pre-cut, pretty much matched the shape of my Go Kreate dies. I inked my embossed mats to tone in with the multicolour patterned paper. My image is from Lili of The Valley and I have coloured her with the same distress inks that I used to ink the two embossed mats on the card. The patterned papers are from Craftwork Cards and the embossed mats are also from Craftwork Cards. I thought the emboss pattern looked similar to the multicolour pattern on one of my papers, which both came from the Refresher pad.

My flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, apart from the tiny purple ones which were from Anna Marie Designer. The butterflies are all Doo Hickey dies. The die peeking out from beneath the flowers is Joy Crafts’ 8 Pointed Start die.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted To Stamps – #100 Celebration
Brown Sugar – #137 Shaped Cards
Catch The Bug Challenge – Spring Into Spring
Craft for the Craic – #14 Bingo Top Line, Flowers, Sentiment, Image
Dragonfly Dreams – #15 Add Some Embellishments
Fantasy Stampers – #32 Spring is in the Air
Graph’it – #11 Spring Colours
Lisa Somerville Bloggers Challenge – Birthday
Little Claire – #55 Springtime
Polka Doodles – #11 Birthdays


Thursday, 5 March 2015

TMC 07 Wings

I can’t believe how fast this year is going, we are in March already and The Mirror Crack’d is now just over half a year old! This month our challenge is Wings. A lovely easy one.

07 Wings

Initially I was going to make a canvas with Tim Holtz’s layered bee, but I suddenly changed my mind and decided to go for something less obvious.

First I coloured my 7x5 canvas with Gelatos. Then I added the Crafter’s Workshop Art Is stencil with gold texture paste, which I darkened with some Maya Gold paint as it was too light in it’s natural state.

I needed to put something on the bottom half of the canvas so I picked the centre line of one of Tim Holtz’s tag stencils.

Next I started work on the focal point of the canvas. I have this pad of diecut mannequins, and I stuck 5 of them together and then coloured it with Maya Gold paints in turquoise and silver. When that was dry I used texture paste, which I dyed with some mica powders and gave the body some texture. I decided to add a lace skirt, three layers of gathered lace ribbons to form the skirt. Then it struck me that the tape measure and the mannequin half dressed with a skirt reminded me of a dress form so I decided to turn my canvas into something from the sewing room.

I added seed beads to two tiny glass bottles, a piece of lace with a tiny cotton reel, which I wound some variegated thread onto. Various buttons, one half of a popper, or as some of you might know it, a press stud, and a hook and eye.

The wings themselves were a bit of a disaster. Initially they were lazer cut and had a feather pattern on them, but of course when I coloured them that disappeared, and I chose the wrong colour, which was too dark to go over and I had to sand it off, this ended up roughening up the wings so by the time I had painted them in Maya Gold they looked all rough, a bit like a real feather might I guess, but I only had one pair of the right size so I had to stick with them!

I’m entering this into:-

All Crafts Challenge – Feb/Mar: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion – #251 Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart – #49 Anything Goes
Crafty Boots – Anything But a Card
Eureka Stamps – #130 Anything But a Card
Imagination Crafts – Mar: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination – #23 Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – #10 Birds of a Feather
Mix It Monthly (no end date) – Angels/Saints
Mod Squad – Make A Background
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Mar: Anything Goes
Ruby’s Rainbow – #99 Anything But a Card


Monday, 2 March 2015

DV 101 Mother’s Day

Our challenge at Dream Valley this time is Mother’s Day. As my Mother has been gone for 14 years now I have made my Mother’s Day card as a reverse card for my Daughter and the sentiment is perfect for how I feel about her.

101 Mother's Day 2

We are sponsored by Crafts and Me and I have one of there lovely images for my card, which I coloured with copics.

My papers are from Kaisercraft’s Chanteuse collection. My flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts with a Petaloo one in the corner and a Petaloo butterfly. The sentiment is part of the paper pad.

My frame behind my image is a joycraft die cut from the same paper that I have used as a mat behind the main pink layer of paper.

I am entering this into:-

Crafts Galore Encore – March: Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage – #34 Include a Sentiment
Dragonfly Dreams – #15 Add Some Embellishments
Dragons Lair – Hearts and Flowers
Fantasy Stampers – #31 Mum’s The Word
Inky Chicks – #47 Flowers
Jellypark Challenge – Final Challenge: One For the Mums
Natalie and Amy – #30 Flowers
Quirky Crafts – #5 Pretty In Pink
Robyn’s Fetish – #253 Use A Digi
That Craft Place – Mother’s Day/Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps – #80 Use A Sentiment


Sunday, 1 March 2015

ABC E Exceptionally Cute

Our challenge at ABC is Exceptionally Cute, and we are sponsored by both The Ribbon Girl and Sherri Baldy.

I have used a Sherri Baldy image for my card, which I coloured with Copics.

ABC E Exceptionally Cute

The little bee and rabbit die cuts, plus the overhanging branch are all from Memory Box, but the bench she is sitting on is Marianne. The papers are from Basic Grey’s Porcelain collection. The flowers I made by stamping Elusive Images (Chocolate Baroque now) stamps onto patterned paper, embossing and then cutting out. The pollen centres and the small flowers the rabbits are about to munch are from Anna Marie Designer.

I am entering this into:-

Clear It Out – Animals And Striped Papers
Crafting For All Seasons – #96 Dies And/Or Punches
Crafty Catz – #268 Use Your Dies/Punches
Deep Ocean – #98 Our Furry Friends
Double Click – Use An Animal
Going Grey With Scrap Creations – Bingo Top Middle to Bottom
PDE Linky – Animals
Send A Smile 4 Kids – Punches and/or Die Cuts
Southern Girls – Get Your Girly On
The Paper Shelter – # 192 Make It Digital


Monday, 23 February 2015

CCM 133 Stripes

Welcome to another Crafty Cardmakers challenge. For the next couple of weeks we would love to see your projects with stripes. 133 Stripes

My stripes are from Basic Grey’s Capella papers.

My image is Thomas from Sugar Nellie’s Adorables range. I coloured him with copics. My sentiment was a freebie with a magazine and the little train I made myself with a downloaded colouring page, which I coloured on the pc, and then printed onto inkjet printable shrink plastic and shrunk.

Apologies for the slight blurring, particularly on the image, but for some reason this particular image just didn’t like being photographed. I wonder if it’s because it had so much line art detail in it, masses of tiny dots to indicate shade? Whatever the reason I couldn’t get it any clearer, but with the naked eye and in real life it looks fine.

I am entering this into:-

613 Avenue Create – #112 Anything Goes with a Twist of Birthdays
A Gem of a Challenge – #238 Children’s Playtime
Craft for the Craic – Feb: Birthday
Creative Card Crew – #81 Birthday With a Sentiment
DRS Designs – #162 Inspired By Colour
OSAAT – #231 Anything Goes With Birthdays
Scrap & Craft – #3 Birthday
Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes Birthday
Showcase Your Style – #9 Birthday
We Do Doobadoo – #4 Spring/Greens


Monday, 16 February 2015

DV 100 Favourite Colour Combination

Our challenge at Dream Valley for the next two weeks is your favourite colour combination. I have to be honest and say that mine changes from time to time. I am very fond of purples, and currently I seem to be drawn to blues/greens. We are sponsored by Di’s Digi Designs.

DV 100 Favourite Colours 2

I created my card by first spritzing the greens/blues/aquas from the Prima Color Bloom range, onto watercolour card. I then stamped and embossed the two different horses and the smaller of the Fleur-De-Lys from the Visible Image Revolution stamp set in white. I also stamped and embossed the flourish in white and in turquoise, and finally the sentiment is again from Visible Image, but from a separate set to the Revolution.

I edged the underneath of all the white with a grey sharpie marker, and also added glamour dust on top of glossy accents on the horses manes and tails.

DV 100 Favourite Colours Horses

The corners I frantaged in aged Aqua, Aged Teal and Turquoise powders. There is no frippery on this because it’s for my SIL and I thought it was already girly enough with the colours without adding flowers and such to it.


I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #98 Embossing
Creative Moments – #61 Anything Goes
Give a Crafter A Cookie – #12 For A Love One Inspired by the animals
Graph’It Colouring Challenge – #7 Spring/Greens
Just Inspirational Challenges – Any Animal
Kitty Bee – #41 Favourite Colour Combo
Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #214 Embossing
Simon Says Stamp – All Creatures Great and Small
Sweet Stampin’ - Inspired By a Song (Wild Horses -originally by the Stones but this version Charlotte Martin)
Top Tip Tuesday – Favourite Colour Combo
Wags N Whiskers – #146 For Someone You Love (my SIL)



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