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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, 25 January 2016

CCM #156 Punches and/or Dies

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers today is punches and/or dies. I have gone for just dies on my project.

156 Punches and-or Dies

I used the new Marianne edge dies to create a curved panel, and keeping the die in place one side, and using the edge of the other die in the set I masked off the white loopy edge and coloured the panel with Distress Inks. I used Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple.

156 Punches and-or Dies angle

I matted this layer onto an embossed layer, and then I die cut lots of Crafters Companion flowers, and having embossed them I inked through the dies with the same colours I used in the panel. I did add Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover to colour the leaves. I also added some sparkle with the Crafters Companion clear sparkle pen to the larger flowers and all around the edge of the lowest layer, which I previously created by just gently inking with a couple of the colours used in the main panel just to the very edge of the card.

156 Punches and-or Dies sparkle

The pic above shows the sparkle I hope!

I am entering this into the following:-

CCC Digi Creations – #41 Use Die Cuts
Craft Your Passion – #296 Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart – #96 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – Jan: Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar – Jan: Something New
Creative Loops – New (dies)
Die Cut Divas – New Technique, Die, Stamp, Colours (All my dies are new)
Ecclectic Ellapu – Dec: Purple Team Cards to Die For
MHK Designs – Jan/Feb: Inspiration Board (I chose the flowers as my inspiration)
Open Minded Crafting – Something New (All the dies)
Scrappy Hands – Plant
Where The Heart Is – #5 Anything Goes

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Monday, 14 December 2015

CCM 154 Snow

Our final challenge of the year over at Crafty Cardmakers is Snow. If like me, you haven’t yet finished your Christmas card making here is an opportunity to get one more under your belt, or maybe you fancy getting a head start on 2016’s cards!


I have made my card for a neighbour who wouldn’t appreciate the humour that has gone into my card I created for most everyone else!

The background and stamp are both a free gift with Quick Cards made easy. I embossed the background onto plain white card and stamped the sentiment onto the same type of card with versamark and then embossed it with Wow sparkling powder. I wanted to have a similarly sparkly edge to the mat of both background and stamp so I cut shapes slightly smaller than the stamped panel and the background and using those shapes as a template (so I didn’t waste too much embossing powder) I went around the shape with the versamark pad onto a larger piece of card and then embossed again with the Wow powder. I trimmed it all up neatly and bingo, the mat matches the sentiment.

I am entering this into:-
Addicted to Stamps – #115 Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More – #174 CAS (please yell out if this is too ‘blingy’ for your CAS challenge
Christmas Cards All Year Round – Dec: Keep It Simple
C.R.A.F.T. – #341 Christmas
Crafting Musketeers – #32 Use a Sentiment
Crafty Calendar – Let It Snow
Crafty Catz – #305 Sparkle and Shine
Creative Knockouts – #119 Winter Wonderland
Fab N Funky – #285 Snowflakes
Fantasy Stampers – #51 CAS Christmas (please yell out if this is too ‘blingy’ for your CAS challenge
Fashionable Stamping – #106 Make Your Own Background
Little Red Wagon – #319 Snow Much Fun
One Crazy Stamper – Dec: Christmas/Winter

Monday, 16 November 2015

CCM 152 Winter Birthday

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is to create something for a Winter birthday.

152 Winter Birthday

My background was made with a Spellbinder Embossing folder

I have used a freebie image from a magazine gift, and coloured her with copics. The tree is a Marianne die and the snowflake a Magnolia Doohickey. The peel off has been in my stash for a very long time and I coloured it with the darker of the colours I used on her coat.

152 Winter Birthday inside

I created a sentiment on the computer and printed it onto safmat and then just stuck it down inside.

I am entering this into:-

A Snowflake’s Promise – #9 Christmas or Winter Themed
Country View Challenges – #33 Nov: The Colour Blue
Cute As A Button – #16 Winter
Fantasy Stampers – #49 Winter Wonderland
Lacy Sunshine – #71 Tic, Tac, Toe Centre Top to Bottom, Die Cuts, Sparkle, Sentiment
One Crazy Stamper – Nov: Christmas/Winter (my image is stamped, not digital)
The Corrosive Challenge – #237 Add A Sentiment
Through The Purple Haze – Nov: Baby It’s Cold Outside but Hot Inside
Where The Heart Is – #3 Anything Goes/Winter Blues
Without Words – Nov: Winter Birthday


Sunday, 15 November 2015

ABC V for Violet

Our challenge this time at ABC is V for Violet and we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter. I have used a Paper Shelter image for my card called Time For Tea.

V for Violet

I used an XCut embossing folder to create a clock background to tie in with the Time theme in the image, and also a Marianne Clock die, both of which I inked up with the same DIs. I coloured my image with copic markers, and glazed the large pocket watch face and small pocket watches in her hair, plus her glasses/goggles around her hat band.

I am entering this into:-

Brown Sugar – #172 No Patterned Paper
Crafting Musketeers – #31 Anything But Square
Crafts Galore Encore – Use a Stamp or Digi somewhere on your project
Digi Designs Challenge – Tic, Tac, Toe Three in a Line Centre top to bottom
Stempelgarten – #43 Anything But Square
The Crafty Addicts – #4 Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts


Monday, 9 November 2015

DV 119 Shaped Cards

Our challenge today is Shaped Cards, so basically anything that is neither a square, nor a rectangle.

We are sponsored by Di’s Digistamps.

119 Shaped Card2

I used Spellbinders Grand Stately Circles, in the second and third sizes down to create my card. The larger one obviously made the base and front of my easel card and the smaller of the two the lovely engraved vellum mat.

I have a couple of friends who have December birthdays so this design would be perfect for either of them. The sentiment is a combination of Simon Says stamps dies and a Britannia die for the word Birthday. I cut this from a gorgeous K&Co pad that has been in my stash for absolutely ever, and then I used the same paper to cut some of the poinsettias, the others were from another sheet from that pad.

The boots are a Marianne die and were cut from what looked like an A4 sheet of actual metal card! The centres of the flowers were cut from the same metal sheet. Finally the stopper for the Easel was created by binding together, the leaves from a pick I bought from Hobbycraft last year, with the same glittery thread I used in the Ice Skates as it is sooooooo glittery there is no way it was gluing together, luckily this also gave an area that I could glue to adhere it to the card, with a larger poinsettia atop it. It’s designed to go in those very tall vases as a Christmas decoration, but as soon as I saw it I could see all sorts of other possibilities for it.

Poinsettia Pick

I am entering this into:-

Aud Sentiments – #144 Bingo, Bottom Line, Fav Colour, Glitter or Bling, Die Cut
CCEE Stampers – Nov 1545 Circles
Come and Get It – #94 Lots of Sparkle
Craft For the Craic – Nov: Something Glittery
Crafty Calendar – Nov: Sparkle, Bling and Embellish
Crafty Catz – #300 Winter
Fab ‘n’ Funky – #280 Die Cuts and/or Punches
Julia Spiri – #05 Use Something Old
Lisa Somerville Bloggers Challenge – Birthday
Pile It On – #94 Leaves
Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes
Suzy Bees Blooming Challenge – #105 Anything Goes with a Twist, Blue and White
The Corrosive Challenge – #237 Add a Sentiment
The Crafty Addicts – #4 Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts
Wags N Whiskers – #165 Not a Square


Sunday, 1 November 2015

ABC U Unlimited

Our challenge for ABC today is U for Unlimited, or Anything Goes. We are sponsored by Magnolia-licious and my lovely butterfly die is one of the ones that they stock in the Magnolia Doohickey range. I just love the shape of it and it’s also quite a nice large die.

U Unlimited main2

I embossed a stencil (sorry for the life of me cannot remember which one) onto white cardstock and then using twisted citron and spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade I used distress inks through the stencil. I then diecut from this piece twice to make a base for my butterfly and a top layer so he could fly. I glittered around the edge of the top layer of the butterfly.


The embossed background is from Crafters Companion’s Downton Abbey range. The ribbon and citrus coloured gems are from my stash as is the lime patterned glitter card I used as a matt for my embossed area and sentiment, which I made on my pc. The ribbon also comes from my stash.

I am entering this into:-

Craft Your Passion – #285 Always Anything Goes
Crafty Gals – #43 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #297 Sparkles
Hiding in my Craft Room – #222 Freestyle
Inspiration Destination – #56 Anything Goes
Julia Spiri – #05 Use Something Old (Everything apart from the embossing folder is old!)
Kraftin’ Kimmie
– #304 Nature
Polkadoodles – #44 Add Sparkle, Bling or Glitter
Scrapy Land – #28 Embossing plus any brand of die they sell (Doohickey)
Shopping Our Stash – #225 Go Paperless (no patt papers)


Thursday, 15 October 2015

ABC T for Two

Our challenge today at ABC is T for Two. We would like to see two of something on your creations. We are sponsored by Aurora Wings and I have used their lovely image Desert Rose for my card, and my two are two different colours.

T for Two no shimmer
I coloured her with copics and when I was finished I went over her clothes with some plain mica powder dissolved in water to give a shimmer, which I know you can’t see here so there will be another pic below with the shimmer. But this is a more accurate depiction of the actual colour. I also coloured her sword with a silver gel pen.

The background is Ripe Persimmon, and Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord DI’s through a Rebecca Baer Stencil called Moroccan Vine because I wanted to give the impression of an Arab Palace. The archway was actually a Tando greyboard arch, but when I had spent ages colouring my girl I realised that the arch was too big for the design. So I scanned it into my PC for the shape and then printed it smaller and cut it out. I coloured it, and the mat behind the stencilled area with Maya Gold paint in Violet. I coloured some corner and border gems to match and used the borders to adorn my archway and the corners just to finish the card. I added one small gem to her belly button!

T for Two shimmer
I am entering this into:-

Aurora Wings – #18 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion – #283 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #8 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations – #6 Anything Goes
Double Click Skittles – Orange/Purple Colours
Inspiration Destination – #55 Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts – #21 Use Only Two Colours
Sweet Stamps – Oct: Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Where The HeART Is – #2 Use Some Stencils



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