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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, 1 September 2014

CCM 122 Make an Impression

It’s a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers today and we would like to see you Make an Impression, or in other words emboss something! Dry embossing only please, not stamped and embossed with powder.

122 Embossing 1

I started with an image from Fitztown from their Fae range and coloured her with Copics and Prisma pencils for highlights. I also added a little glamour dust to areas of her wings and the hem of her dress.

122 Embossing Image

My background is an embossing folder. After embossing it I highlighted the paisley’s with a sakura stardust pen, to match the gorgeous purple mirri card surrounding the background, and creating the mat and the sentiment. The diecuts are from Joycraft (the background mat) and Britannia (the sentiment), Marianne, the diecuts in the floral corner. The flowers, feathers and curling ribbon were all in my stash.

I am entering this into:-

4 Crafty Chicks – #209 Something Old, Something New (the flowers-old, the image-new)
Come and Get It Challenges – Things With Wings
Copic Markers Europe – Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts – #52 Whimsical Wings
Fitztown – #51 Fantasy
Red Rubber Inspirationals – #135 Stay Focused on Stamping: Anything Goes
Robyn’s Fetish – #227 Use a Digi
Southern Girls – It’s All About the Texture
Sweet Stampin’ – Embossing
We Do Doobadoo – #13 Add Textures


Lexi’s Creations 124 Sparkle and Shine

Hi and welcome to another Lexi’s Creations challenge. We are inviting you to Sparkle and Shine for this one. We are sponsored by Fairy Dust Crafts.

Lexi 124 Sparkle and Shine

I have used a stamp from a new company, Scrap Berry, which was ridiculously cheap! The set came with the image and a couple of sentiments too. It’s called Wonderful Day and for such a cheap stamp, it stamped beautifully. I coloured it with copics, and then cut it out.

I have followed a sketch from CAS.

My papers are from Bo Bunny’s Zip-A-Dee-Doodle’s pad. I put the sentiment paper through a swiss dots embossing folder before layering it up with the zig zag paper, then I sprayed the whole lot with Crafters Companion’s Spray and Sparkle and to make sure it was sparkling I also added glamour dust on top.

I am entering this into:-

Brown Sugar – #109 Anything Goes
CAS Colours and Sketches – #89 Sketch
Creative Corner – Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Designs – August 2 Glitter Galore
Frosted Designs – Break Out The Stamps
Hiding in my Craftroom – #163 Freestyle
Just Us Girls – #256 Wildcard
Little Miss Muffett – #93 Blues and Greens
Little Red Wagon – #252 Girl Power
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin Challenge – #44 Anything Goes


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dream Valley 89 Flowers

We have a lovely simple challenge for you over at Dream Valley for the next fortnight, flowers, and we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter.

DV 89 Flowers

I wanted something that would go flat in the post for ease and cost of postage, and so went for a one layer approach. The paper was printed from some lovely digital papers by Valentina’s Creations called Sadness, that I had on the pc after I had overlaid it over my own coloured background created from picking a colour from the paper and flooding a blank sheet, which gives the illusion of being matted and layered! The cute little bear, a freebie from Card Making and Papercraft, was stamped over the top, and coloured with copics. I glittered the centre of the flowers with glamour dust, and added some gem corners and borders that I have had in my stash for a considerable number of years, along with some equally ancient gem dragonflies.

I am entering this into:-

Bunny Zoe – August: Summer Colours
Crafty Girls – #25 Anything Goes
Love To Scrap – #36 Anything Goes
Marker Pop – #50 Purples
My Craft Creations – Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner – Summertime
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin Challenge – #43 Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge – #178 Cute Little Animals


Hobby Cutz 62 No White

Our challenge for this week at Hobby Cutz is No White, and our sponsor for this challenge is Kenny K.

HC 62 No White

I printed my Kenny K image onto gold shimmer cardstock, and coloured her in with copics. It was not a very clever choice of cardstock as it was difficult to colour over because the ink didn’t react well with the finish on the card, but as I didn’t have any kraft card that would go through the printer it was my best option.

The paper in the background is from DCWV, and despite it’s look it’s not white, but cream and orange! I layered it up with the Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy card creator die, and some orange textured card, also from DCWV, and more of the gold shimmer. The little lazer cut tools are from Hobby Cutz and were just right for this image I thought. The sentiment was printed onto safmat.

I am entering this into:-

A Girl Who Crafts – August: Anything Goes
Come and Get It – Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Crafting At The Weekend – #4 Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart – #33 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge – #71 Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft – August: Anything Goes
Stamp and Create – August: Anything Goes
Stamplorations – August: Stamps and Die Cuts


Monday, 18 August 2014

CCM 121 A World of Fantasy

Hi, we are having a Design Team call for the Crafty Cardmakers team over on the blog for the next few weeks. Please pop along and if you want to enter just add DT to your entry into our latest challenge, A World of Fantasy. For that challenge we would love to see your creations that involve either Fairies, Dragons, Unicorns, Goblins or similar fantastical creatures as the MAIN focus of your design.

I should also like to announce the impending launch of a brand new mixed media/altered art style of challenge blog on 5th September at The Mirror Crack’d. We have a really talented team assembled for the new blog and they are already delighting me, as I am sure they will you, with their creative talents.

Anyhow, back to today’s challenge. This post will be quite picture heavy as I find that the lovely Luminarte Silks don’t show up in every light as much as I would like them to!

CCM 121 World of Fantasy-Steve B'day Main

I made this card for my Son-in-Law’s birthday as he is a huge dragon fan. The dragons are from Chocolate Baroque and I coloured them in with Luminarte Silks, gorgeous transparent, luminescent paints! I also stamped two onto transparent shrink plastic, which I also coloured with Silks and then shrunk them. The fabulous sentiment was part of the same stamp sheet from Chocolate Baroque. The background paper comes from a Dragon CD by Jem’s Designs.

An Inside View

CCM 121 World of Fantasy-Steve B'day Inside

Slightly different angle on the front, to pick up the fabulous shimmer of the Silks.

CCM 121 World of Fantasy-Steve B'day Dragons 2

Just the Dragons

CCM 121 World of Fantasy-Steve B'day Dragons

From the Side

CCM 121 World of Fantasy-Steve B'day Full

The sentiment close up with the shrink plastic dragons

CCM 121 World of Fantasy-Steve B'day Sentiment

I am entering this into:-

A Creative Romance – Fantasy
Art By Miran – #12 Anything Goes
Chocolate Baroque – Colour Inspiration (not sure if this counts because my blue and green are on the outside, and my red and yellow are on the inside?)
Crafting Musketeers – #16 1,2,3 (1Stamped Sentiment, 2 Shrink Plastic Dragons, 3 Different Stamped Dragons, 2 outside, 1 inside)
Crafts 4 Eternity – #189 Something Old (Have had these stamps for years)
Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar – August: Anything Goes
Penny’s Challenge – #190 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge – #70 Anything Goes
That’s Crafty Challenge – Stamping Ground


Sunday, 17 August 2014

ABC R for Ribbon, Roses, Red

We have a fab challenge for you at ABC this fortnight, R for Ribbon, Roses and Red. We are sponsored by the gorgeous Aurora Wings, and we were lucky enough to be given some of her lovely digis to work with, and also by Marianne Design.

I have gone with Little Elf Kia and coloured her in with copics.

R Ribbon Roses Red

My papers are all from Nitwit, Always and Forever I think it was called. The diecuts are from the back, Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy card creator and the one immediately beneath the image is one of the Tonic Keepsake Indulgence dies, Swirly Frame. The ribbon and roses are from my stash.

I am entering this into:-

7 Kids College Fund – #106 Anything Goes
Bearly Mine – August: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar – #107 Anything Goes
Crafting At The Weekend – #4 Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers – #16 1,2,3 (1 Image, 2 Diecuts, 3 Flowers)
Crafty Girls – #24 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patterned Paper – August: Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry – #49 Any Digi Goes
Savvy Handmade Cards – Strawberry Photo Inspiration (I have gone with the red colour of strawberries as my inspiration)
Simply Create Too – #68 Monochromatic Madness


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

DV 88 Wedding

We have a wedding challenge for you over at Dream Valley and it was perfectly timed for me to create a wedding card for friends of my Daughter who will be getting married later next month, but we would love to see your cards, gifts, altered items, scrap LOs and whatever else wedding you can come up with.

We are sponsored by Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

DV 88 Wedding Front

As you can see, having gotten the Go Kreate dies out for my Hobby Cutz card I was inspired to keep them out to create this one. I used them for the whole card, including the base, which was cut from purple stardream card. The circle dies are the Grand Circles from Spellies, and the mat around Tilda is Tiny Hearts from Marianne.

Tilda is from the 2013 Special Moments collection, and she has been coloured with copics, with touches of glitter and gold pigment pen added later. The flowers and gems were from my stash mostly from Wild Orchid for the flowers and the gems were garlands I think from the Magnolia range, but they have been sitting in a pot for a long time!

The peel offs were from Dawn Bibby’s range which I have had for ever!!! I was so disappointed to discover that the only time Wedding was mentioned on them it has a lower case W so was useless for creating the phrase ‘Wedding Day’ as that really should be capitalised. I do wish people would think before they go into production. However, Special Day was capitalised and so I went with that. I painstakingly applied the sentiment four times and it was only when I picked the card up to move it that I realised I had stuck them on with the card upside down, so they all had to come back off, and start again. Lucily I hadn’t stuck the image down at this point.

The inside was inspired by a piece of art my Daughter has on her wall and which apparently the bridge and groom to be laugh at when they see it, so my Daughter wanted the saying inside their card!

88 Wedding Inside Left

The stamp is from an older Magnolia collection, which I added the Bride and Groom’s names to. I also printed the sentiment around the outside of it. I had several attempts before it all ended up in the right place!

88 Wedding Inside Right

Edwin and the Church were from the Special Moments collection and I coloured them both with copics, with touches of white pen for the highlights on Edwin’s buttonhole and the bouquet he is holding, and gold pigment pen for the cross on the church. I added my own step under Edwin so he looked like he was sitting on something instead of perched in mid air!

I am entering this into:-

Cut It Up – #51 Inspired by a Song (Chapel of Love-The Dixie Cups)
Glitter N Sparkle – #97 Weddings or Love
Inkspirational – #62 Use Markers or Pencils
Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia – #100 Celebrate
Love to Create  – #128 Inspired by a Song (Chapel of Love-The Dixie Cups), Book or Movie
Love to Scrap – #35 Running In Circles
Melonheadz – Flowers
My Sheri Crafts – #139 Shaped Cards
Natalie and Amy’s - #23 Die cuts and Flowers
Sentimental Sundays – #219 Decorate Your Card, Inside and Out
The Crazy Challenge – #177 Love and Marriage



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