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Monday, 2 May 2016

CCM #163 Pearls or Gems

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time is Pearls or Gems. You can choose either, or indeed both, as I have done on my card.

163 Pearls or Gems

I made my card with just white card, embossing folders and a die, plus small amounts of purple mirror board, and of course, the pearls and gems.

The bottom layer combines a new embossing folder that shipped with the Gemini diecutting machine from Crafters Companion, the criss cross trellis pattern, and a die that was released at the same time, 12” long, that both die cuts a scalloped edge and cuts out the scrollwork above it. I did the diecut edge first and then embossed the trellis design above it. The panel above is also a new embossing folder that came packaged with the machine, and which I trimmed down to fit. I also put it through a second time in the mirror board and then trimmed just three elements out to emphasise some of the imagery in that folder.

The pearls were in my stash and self coloured, but the gems, were clear auroa borealis which I coloured to match the purple of the card accents and matting.

Finally I added a couple of uncoloured gems to the purple accents and diecut a couple of words to finish it off.

Have to say, whilst the 12” dies are a novelty and will of course allow you to cut a full length of A4, they will not allow you to properly cut across the width of A4 because you cannot, of course, get them in the machine across the width as that is still limited to 8”. So I can see the idea of the dies, but I fear that are more style over content as they lack a certain practicality and limit the use of the dies. I really wanted to make a full card with the pattern at the bottom, but I couldn’t get it in the machine that way round, so instead had to cut a panel which I then diecut vertically as I couldn’t do so horizontally.

I am entering this into:-

A Gem of a Challenge – #168 Favourite Colour Combination (Purple and White)
Alphabet Challenge – E for Embossing Folders
Come and Get It – #116 Make Your Own Embellishment
Creative Fingers – #108 Always Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #423 No Patterned Papers
Eclectic Ellapu – May: Anything Goes
Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies – #18 Add A Sentiment
Polkadoodles – Swirls and Flourishes (I hope my diecut flourish border counts?)
Quirky Crafts – May: April Showers Bring Quirky May Flowers
Southern Girls – #133 Texture

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Monday, 25 April 2016

DV #130 All Creatures Great and Small

Good morning. Today at Dream Valley we want to see your creatures Great and Small. We are sponsored by Digi Stamp Boutique and I was lucky enough to get to play with one of their cute images, Hetty and Cupcake.

DV 130 All Creatures

I coloured Hetty with copics, adding some glitter to the cake icing and bow. I stencilled through a Stampendous stencil with some burst powders which I had made into paint first rather than adding to a wet card, or adding water later. The die cuts down the side are the new Tattered Lace tuck in dies, and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.

I am entering Hetty into:-

Crafty Friends – #30 All Things Cute
Digi Designs – Pastel Colours
HLS April CAS – Stencil Monoprint
Kleuren Met Potloden – April: Animals
Noor Design UK – #17 Anything Goes
Paper Minutes – #431 Pastel Colours
Paradise of Stamps – #40 Pastel Colours
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Animal Cards
Star Stampz – Use A Digi
The Crafty Addicts – #13 Anything Goes

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Monday, 18 April 2016

CCM #162 - 1, 2 3

I’m hosting the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time around and I would love to see your creations following our 1, 2, 3 theme.

I want to see you use 1 Image, 2 Designer/Pattern Papers and 3 SEPERATE AND DIFFERENT embellishments

We have a fabulous sponsor for this challenge, Woodware Craft Collection with a great prize of a £12 voucher to spend in your favourite Woodware stockist.

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I created my card using the lovely new Polkadoodles CD rom, Lemonade Fizz. My 1 image and 2 papers both came from this cd. I created the image myself from a frame and an ‘ingredient’ found on the cd, and using my graphics program I created a drop shadow effect around the outer and inner parts of the image.

Both papers and image were printed onto Navigator 120 gsm paper, in my opinion the BEST paper for printing such things! It’s smooth and prints beautifully, plus it’s a really crisp white to start with so you get the best representation of colour that your printer can give you.

I matted the image and papers onto black cardstock. I added some glitter highlights to the flowers in the image with Glamour Dust and a quickie glue pen.

My 3 embellishments are a doily, which I tinted with two different coloured copics to tone in with some of the colours in my papers, a metallic butterfly sticker which I stuck down onto some of the spare Navigator paper and cut out, and the third embellishment is Card Candi.

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I couldn’t quite get the light right on this picture, so I have used two slightly different light condition versions. The top one is closer to the correct colours, but the bottom one shows better definition.

I’m entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft – #18 Anything Goes
Card Mania – #79 Spring
Crafting Musketeers – #36 Spring Is In The Air
Crafting With Friends – #27 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patterned Paper – April
Fussy and Fancy – #161 Green and Pink
Imagine That Creative Playground Challenge – #3 Spring
Little Claire’s Designs – #68 Spring Colours
Polkadoodles – #14 Floral Frenzy
Simply Papercraft – #27 Anything Goes

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Monday, 11 April 2016

DV 129 Anything Goes

The challenge today at Dream Valley is a lovely easy one of Anything Goes. We are sponsored by both Robyn’s Fetish, and it’s one of their images, Bouquet Bear, that I have used on my card, and also by

129 Anything Goes

I printed the image onto card and then immediately masked it off, and using a zig zag cut out from Craftwork Cards I stencilled through with DInks in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers. Having coloured in with my copics I matted it onto a slightly larger rectangle, which I had distressed the edges of with the same DI colours, and finally matted that onto a card base I cut myself with Tonic’s Bowscale Dies.

I didn’t like the colour of the boquet when I had finished so I printed the image again and recoloured just the bouquet which I paper pieced over the top of the original.

The sentiment die and scrolly dies were cut from rainbow card in similar colours to the DInks I used, with an extra black layer behind the sentiment to make it stand out a bit better. On reflection I think I should have done the same with the scrolly dies, but sadly I had already stuck them down before I realised.

I’m entering this into:-

A Beautiful Mess – #1 Anything Goes
A Gem of A Challenge – #166 Don’t Be a Square
Aliciabel – #17 Anything Goes or Spring
Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes with Our April Challenge
Dragon’s Lair – April: Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #31 Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet – #135 Anything Goes
Robyn’s Fetish – #311 Add A Sentiment
Scrapper’s Delight – #54 Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft – #27 Anything Goes

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Monday, 28 March 2016

DV #128 Girlie

Happy Easter everyone. Today I am sharing a card I made for our challenge over at Dream Valley. Today’s challenge is entitled ‘Girlie’ so all your lovely feminine projects will be welcome. We are sponsored by the fabulous All Dressed Up, and it is their gorgeous image, Flyaway Butterfly, that I have used for my card.

DV 128 Girlie

I coloured my image with copics, and then added some glitter pen to the butterly and her hairband of flowers.

The background is a Sheena Douglass embossing folder which, after embossing, I picked out the flowers and coloured with watered down Color Burst to match the colours in the image. I also went over them with the same glitter pen I used for the image.

The butterflies are a Joycrafts Die, which I die cut from some card I had painted over with some of the colours I used to paint the background flowers.

Pink shimmer ribbon and pink mirri heart paper which I used for matting from my stash.

I am entering this into:-

All Dressed Up – #51 Anything Goes
Allsorts – #356 Wings
Come and Get It – In The Garden
Crafts and Me – March: Spring
Digi Designs Challenge – For the Girls
My Time To Craft – #318 Girlie
Ribbon Girl – March: Any Image Challenge
Stamping Sensations – March: Flower Power
Stamps & Fun – #275 Butterflies
The Paper Girls – #100 Paper Girls

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Monday, 14 March 2016

DV #127 All About Birthdays

It seems ages since I blogged for Dream Valley, but I am delighted to be back! Our challenge this time is All About Birthdays, which should give you lots of scope. We are sponsored by Dies to Die For with a fabulous £15 voucher to their store.

127 All About Birthdays

My card was a birthday card for an old friend who has a penchant for cats, so I thought this might amuse her. The images are all from Katzelkraft, from the Les Chats Russes and Les Drole Accesories sets, apart from the balloons which are from Tim Holtz’s Crazy Things stamps. I coloured them all with distress inks. My background was created by inking through two stencils, firstly the patchwork triangular shapes stencil with pink and blue inks and then through the Ginkgo, Designs By Ryn stencil with a green DI. I added some glitter fabric covered wire to the balloons and gave them all some dimension with 3d glue gel.

I am entering this into:-

Bastel-Traum – #38 Birthday
Catch The Bug – Mar: Bright and Cheery
Challenge Up Your Life – #36 Die Cutting
Craft Rocket Challenges – #10 Feathers and/or Fur
Crafting With Dragonflies – #52 Girly Cards
Creative Knockouts – #32 Die Cuts/Punches
Creative Playground – #2 Birthday
Dragon’s Lair – Mar: Bingo Grid (Bottom Line – Bow, Blue and Birthday)
Dragonfly Dreams – Mar: Use A Die cut
DRS Designs – #217 Cut It Out
Ellibelles Creative Moments – Let’s Colour Linky Party #5
Kreativeinkauf – #36 Balloon
Morgan’s Art World – #5 Include A Sentiment
Penny Black and More – Mar: Feature a Creature
That’s Crafty – Stencils and Masks

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

CCM 159 Go Green

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers for the next couple of weeks is Go Green, in honour of St. Patricks Day!

I’m a day late with mine because time ran away from me.

159 Go Green

I started with a sheet of plain green scrapbook paper and then using a Crafters Workshop stencil, Mod Spirals, I added Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. Leaving the Mod Spirals stencil in place I placed a Prima stencil, Bubbles, over the top and then inked through with Lucky Clover DI. The flowers and grass border were started in a similar fashion, although instead of pre-coloured paper I created my own colour with Spectrum Noir Aquatints, which I stencilled over. I stamped and cut out the three flowers, the middle one I stamped and cut three times so I could layer it up. I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen in clear to make the flowers shimmer. The centres of the flowers are dazzlers in mauve just to give a bit of contrast in the mainly green design. The stalks were made with glass flatbacked beads (thank goodness for Hougie fine liner glue!), and the grass is a Sheena Douglass die. Sentiment from Spellbinders. It is matted onto black and then a white embossed background.

This is a slightly different pic because of the light, not sure which I prefer! I guess the real life look is somewhere between the two. Oh how I wish I had a proper photographer’s light box!

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I am entering this into:-

Challenge Up Your Life – #36 Die Cutting
Craft for The Craic – Mar: Luck of the Irish
Cut It Up – #91 St. Patty’s Day
Ecclectic Ellapu – Mar: Purple Team, Flora and Fauna
Kitty Bee Aloha Friday Challenge – #66 In The Garden
Pattie’s Creations – #120 Green is the Colour
Pile It On – #103 Green and Two Other Colours (centre dazzlers, mauve, and black mat, and diecut)
Simply Create Too – #104 Use Green Only
Stamping Sensations – Mar: Flower Power
That’s Crafty – Stencils and Masks

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