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Monday, 19 March 2018

DV #175 Spring colours

Today at Dream Valley we are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls for our Spring Colours challenge.

I used ‘Will work for Carrots’ as my image, which I coloured with copics.

175 Spring colors 1

For the card itself I started with a sheet of Clarity paper from their Brighton Rock pad, which I chose because of the lovely Spring colours, particularly the peachy orange and yellow of the daffodil.

It looked like this:


I chopped it down to 7.5” square, and then cut it into 5 strips of 1.5” wide, and then chopped them down to 1.5” squares, so I had 25 squares, which I laid out like this:DSCN0855

I stuck them down onto a sheet of white paper and trimmed it up and then popped it through the Bigshot with an Embossalicious folder from Crafters companion so it looked like this:


Then I used several different shades of  Pentart Colored Metallic wax paste, picking out the embossed flowers, until it looked like this:


As kyou can see I caught it more heavily than I wanted in some areas but most of those were covered up with the image and sentiment.

This is a slightly darker version of the final card so you can see the dragonflies a little better.

175 Spring colors 2

The mats were cut from white card using a spellbinders die, the sentiment comes from Die’sire, the dragonflies are by John Next Door and the flowers were all from my stash.  Unfortunately you cannot see properly in the pic but the dragonflies have all been dusted with glamour dust so they are sparkly!.

I am entering this into:-

A Gem of a Challenge - #215 Easter Time
Animal Friends Challenge - #60 Easter
Bastel Traum - #63 Easter/Spring
Brown Sugar Challenge - #276 Spring or Easter
Crafting With Dragonflies - #100 Easter Cards
Creative Knockouts - #237 Spring Is On The Way
Eclectic Ellapu - March: Spring Is Coming
Fabrika Fantasy - #18 Spring
Hanna & Friends - #292 Easter/Spring
Let’s Craft and Create - #135 Anything Goes Option Easter
Mari Ko Creations - Bunny Hop/Easter
Moving Along With the Times - #67 Easter
My Time to Craft - #366 Easter/spring
Noor Designs - March: Spring
Papercraft Business Challenge #4 March: Anything Goes Option Easter
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Easter Inspired
Sparkles Monthly - #102 Spring Is In The Air
Stempel Magic - #149 Easter
Sweet Stampers - #18 Spring or Easter

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Monday, 12 March 2018

CCM #207 Go Green

As it’s St. Patrick’s Day this coming weekend we thought we would celebrate with the traditional St. Pat’s Day colour of green, so our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Go Green.

207 Go Green

My card is on an 8” scalloped card base, using just two papers/card. One is a green paper with embossed offwhite dots and the other plain white card. I managed to get all of it out of a 12” sheet of the green paper by gutting the middle of the bottom square layer….. well there isn’t much point in hiding what you can use in the front now is there!

The bottom white layer has been embossed with a Sue Wilson die, Pinpoint Cross Stitch.

207 Go Green close up embossing

The rest of it was cut using a combination of Sue Wilson’s Lavish Accented Octagon and Classic Adorned Octagon dies, which you can cut into the card/paper or cut out with the accompanying plain octagon dies in the sets. I do also have the Double Stitched Octagon dies, but I didn’t want to make an octagon shaped card so just went with the pretty pattern ones instead.  I layered these up with a layer of the white card and then a final layer of the green paper.

The flowers are Heartfelt Creations Striped Sun Kissed Fleur, which I also diecut in the plain white card and inked through with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink, the same ink I used to stamp the striped flowers with before | embossed them with clear powder.

I’ve added a couple of swirls from Crafters Companion, and from Marianne Designs, pearls to the centres of the flowers, and a sentiment from Creative Expressions’ Showered with Love stamp set.

I am entering this into:-

Cards In Envy - Green Things
Careful Heart - #12 Anything Goes, Twist Add Green
Die Cut Divas - Mar: Monochrome
Di’s Digi Challenge - Lot’s Of Green
Die Cuttin’ Divas - #359 Use Green
Dragonfly Journeys - #113 Going Green
Pearly Sparkles - #26 Flowers
Scribbles Design - #62 Go For Green
SheepSki Designs - #12 Flowers
Simply Create Too - #136 Use Green
Star Stampz - Lots of Green

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Monday, 5 March 2018

DV #174 Vintage

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is Vintage. It’s not normally one of my favourite genres, but I found some lovely vintage photos with just a hint of colour to them and was inspired by one of them.

We are sponsored by Di’s Digi Designs.

174 VintageAs I said above I found these lovely vintage images online, and this one inspired me. She is just so beautiful. I used a sheet of Sara’s Shabby Chic paper from Crafters Companion, which is also beautiful. I wish I had bought more than one pad as I hate using it, in case it will be all gone! I am sure you all know that feeling. I trimmed this down to 8”, and used some of the offcuts later to make some diecut swirls. which are behind the flowers. I know they are difficult to see, but in real life they are quite noticeable. I think the subtle differences in colour to the background the camera found hard to pick up. There is a photo below in close up so you can see them.

Swirl Diecuts

I printed the image and then trimmed it out with another Sara signature product from the Glamorous dies, the background mat is from the same set. but I embossed that with a swirly embossing folder after I had diecut it. The lovely lace and pearl string were in my stash, and again they are something I hate parting with!

Flowers, diecut leaves and stamens all from my stash. I hadn’t used flowers for a while as I am often late and have to hurry to finish, but this one really cried out for some floral accents.


I am entering this into:-

A Vintage Journey - Treasure (my treasure is the paper, lace and pearl bead string)
City Crafter Challenge - #401 Die Cuts
Cut It Up - #142 Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge - Die Cuts
Die Cuttin’ Divas - #358 Tic, Tac, Toe (Bottom Line - Flowers, Embossing, Ribbon)
Dies R Us - #92 Use Pastel Colours
Everybody Art - #420 Pearls and Lace
International Heart and Soul - #28 Emboss and Use a Die
Pearly Sparkle - #26 Flowers
Sheepski Designs - #12 Flowers
The Corrosive Challenge - #3 Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Vintage

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Monday, 19 February 2018

DV #173 Things With Wings

Our challenge at Dream Valley this time is Things With Wings. We are sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy and I have used their ‘Earth Fairy’ for my card.

173 Things With Wings sI swear my photography is getting worse, so apologies for the quality of the image in the photo above. I promise she doesn’t look that blurred in reality!

Anyhow I printed her onto Daler Rowney media paper and coloured her with my relatively new Zig Clean Color Brush Pens. I then cut round her with another new acquisition (thank goodness for second hand sites on Facebook!) Devine Eloquence. She is matted onto deep purple mirri. The papers are all from Nitwits’ Promised collection and I trimmed them up with a combination of Crafters Companion edge dies (by the way the Gemini hates these and cuts them where it’s only meant to emboss them. In the end I went back to Old Faithful Big Shot to cut them! The other dies are from Spellbinders and Sue Wilson for the flowers and leaves.

You can’t see in the pic, but the flowers and leaves I went over the top with Spectrum Sparkle clear overlay pen and also her wings are glittered with glamour dust!

The sentiment is from a set by Stamp-It.

I am entering this into:-

A Gem of A Challenge - #213 Spring Flowers
Challenge Up Your Life - #85 Spring Flowers
Crafty Calendar - Feb: 2 or More Layers
Cuttlebug Mania - Colour Challenge (I chose the mauves)
Dragonfly Dreams - Flowers
Fashionable Stamping - #132 One For the Girls
Southern Girls - Three or More Patterned Papers
Sweet Stampers - #17 Things With Wings
The House That Stamps Built - Tic, Tac, Toe (Diagonal Bottom Left-Top Right, Die Cut, Patterned Papers, Pastel Colours)

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Monday, 12 February 2018

CCM #205 Love

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers today is Love and Romance.

CCM #205 Love

My ‘card’ is for my Daughter to give to her Hubby. I had a different idea in my head when I started but if it could go wrong and not work out it did!

So I started with a sheet of construction acetate as I wanted to make a card with a completely transparent centre and just the roses design around the outside. After much faffing about and finding a different die to cut the acetate (the roses design caused too much pressure and kept splitting the acetate putting great cracks across the middle of it) I settled on a Crafters Companion new easel die to cut the acetate. Sadly this has a scalloped edge and I wanted it to be plain and not be able to be seen. The largest and outside die is the one from the Today is the Day from Tonic’s Floral Affections range. The next level in is from the Hello Posey in the same range and the middle is back to the Thank You range. As you can see all the dies mix and match which is fabulous.

I cut them all from red satin cardstock which I had first adhered to Dawn Bibby’s huge roll of double side film as I figured it would be much easier, and cleaner to stick onto acetate with card this way rather than fiddly little areas of glue.

I only put the middle two layers in (and you can see from the photo that they were actually cut from the waste that I would have had from the middle of the largest die), because when I stood them up against the Ornate Easel stand (also from Tonic) it looked awful behind. Even though it’s beautifully decorated it didn’t look right seeing it so obviously through the acetate layer. The easel stand has an outside layer of acetate and an inside layer of the red satin card.

Before I turned it into this single layered card I did try to make an easel card from it using the easel set from Crafters, mentioned above, but nothing was strong enough to support the acetate layer and still make an easel. Either I folded a piece of acetate in half as you would normally to make an easel, but then it looked like there was a dirty big crack across the centre of the heart, or I tried to cut a sort of strap, but that didn’t have the strength in it and in any event, even had I been happy with the half fold the acetate disliked all that folding and simply cracked clean in half!

The valentine sentiment was cut from silver mirri with a Simon Says Stamp die that if used in full says ‘Be My Valentine’ but because the word Valentine is so long I couldn’t fit it all in the centre of the heart and still be able to read it due to the intricacies of the decorated red satin card area!

I am sure there must be a way to create what I wanted to create, but at this moment in time my brain hurts and I am content with what I ended up with. Just hope that Son-in-Law likes it too!

I am entering this into:-

Bastel-Traum - #61 Valentine/Love
Card Mania Challenge - #101 Red and Hearts
Cards In Envy - Love You So Much
Country View Challenges - Feb: Anything But Cute
Creative Craft Cottage - #104 Love Is All Around
Daisy Chain Challenges - #16 Add a Heart
Dare2BArtzy - Feb: Love
Delicious Doodles - Feb: Valentine/Love
Die Cut Divas - Feb: Love Is In The Air
Dies R Us - #90 For The One I Love
Dragonfly Journeys - #111 Love
Naughty Or Nice - #48 All Loved Up
Noor UK- Feb: Celebrations
Paru’s Card Making Challenge - Feb: Love
Pearly Sparkles - #25 Love, Love, Love
Sheep Ski Designs - #11 Red/Hearts/Romance/Love
Use Your Stuff - #299 Love Is All Around

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Monday, 5 February 2018

DV #172 3 Patterned Papers

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is to use 3 patterned papers. We are sponsored by All Dressed Up and I have used one of their fabulous digital images ‘I Love My Puppy’ to create my card.

172 3 Patt Papers

I printed the image onto Daler Rowney Mixed Media paper which I also used on the bottom layer of the card as it’s an offwhite colour so the image looked odd against a white card. I coloured her with my brand spanking new Zig Clean Color watercolour pens which I have been lusting after for ages and Amazon had a good price and they kinda fell off the warehouse shelf into my basket!!! Anyhow, I haven’t quite got to grips with them yet as this was their first outing, especially skin tones, first it was too brown then too pink, then too dark and then too pale, lol, but I am sure with practice and maybe a bit of Youtube surfing I can find a good colour combo for skin.

I added a few Papermania shimmer dots to her hair ribbon and her dress.

My three patterned papers are all from Nitwits from their Bonnets and Bowties collection. I edged all of them with stickles star dust and actually sprinkled over the top before it dried with some of those pee wee glitters in a soft of soft lilac colour. Two of the papers were just straight rectangles and the third was a corner die that came with my Gemini.

Sentiment comes from John Lockwood’s everyday sentiments set and cut out with his mini tags set.

The mat behind the image is a spellbinders die, I think it’s the fancy labels 8 version which matches the labels 8 that I diecut the image out with.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps - #277 Make Your Mark
C.R.A.F.T. - #453 3 of a Kind (patt papers)
Crafty Calendar - Feb: 2 Or More Layers
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper - Feb
Cuttlebug Mania - Birthday
Everybody Art - #418 Circle or Square
My Creative Scoop - Color Inspiration Monthly Feb: #31
Noor Design - Feb: Celebrations
Oddball Art - Feb: Cute or Die
Papercraft Challenges - #4 Pastel Colours
Scribbles Designs - 5th Birthday Party Blowout, Birthdays
The Paper Shelter - #324 Birthday Card

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Monday, 29 January 2018

CCM #204 Get Inky/Messy

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is to get inky and/or messy.

CCM 204 Inky 1

I started with a sheet of plain white card which I inked up with Tim’s Distress Oxides, and then spritzed with water to give that watercolour effect. I love these, and with any luck set 3 should be winging it’s way to me this week! Wish he would hurry up and release them all. I would not have bought the original DI’s if these had been available at the same time, or at least not the full set. Storage is a nightmare for so many inkpads and the originals aren’t much use for actually stamping, although these are, and these just seem to blend so much easier than the originals. These also give that lovely ‘chalky look’. Can you tell I love them?

CCM 204 Inky B'ground no WM

I diecut out the centre of a 6” scalloped card with Spellbinders Adorning Squares. I have had this die for years and never used it!!!! I am sure that’s like 99% of us and not at all unusual. Anyhow this is one of those dies that you can cut in lots of different ways, and according to the packaging you can mix and match to create 20+ designs. I nearly gave this away last week, lol, so glad I didn’t because Now I have actually bothered to use it, I can see it popping up again soon.

I then created a square thin frame from my inked background and put another slice of it behind the apeture I had die cut into my card. Popping the diecut back in, having die cut the centre from that too. I’m really annoyed with myself, I swear it was dead centre when I popped it back in, but because there are so many ‘little areas’ that could stick back up I placed it under a heavy weight and left it to set…. and at that stage I think it might have shifted slightly so that it’s now slightly too far over to the right. Because the intricacy of the design is part of the overall design I didn’t feel I could cover up my mistake with something. I did try a few combinations of things but it detracted from the inky centre which was to have the butterfly on it.

I added the frame I had previously cut on foam pads, and having lift the butterflies wings stuck it down and added a row of gems for it’s body.

I like the way you can just catch hints of all the different colours through the diecut areas and the larger square area revealed in the centre.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #10 Anything Goes with a Critter
4 Crafty Chicks - #387 Watercolour Backgrounds
Allsorts - #452 Old Favourites (Distress Oxides)
Country View Challenge - Jan: Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Jan: Anything Goes
Everybody Art - #417 Butterfly or Heart
The Paper Girls Challenge - #144 Watercolours
Happy Little Stampers - Jan: Watercolour Challenge
House of Cards - Jan: Mixed Media
Paperminutes - #522 Multicolour
The Corrosive Challenge - #1 Jan: Anything Goes

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