Crafting with a purpose

Life sometimes gets in the way, but I like to make time for my “therapy” – my crating. Someone once told me that if I didn’t craft – think about how much I would be paying to relax in other ways, and that made sense that what makes me happy is to craft (among other things).



#476 CRAFT challenge – Shabby Chic

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As it’s the end of the school year this is a thank you card for one of the teachers who is also leaving the school. She’s been there for the children so it’s sad that she’s leaving.

The colouring on this card is simply with colouring pencils. I don’t know why but that was what I wanted to use. The background rectangle was coloured with distress oxide inks, a diamond stencil from John next door and some pearl crafters companion spray. The oval mat was from a background making try out session and was from boho shimmer sprays I picked up while on holiday last year in Canada and some stencils. Finally the corner accent embossed pieces were again made on the background session, then later embossed and I used some guiding wax to tint them and some distress inks to tone the look together. The embossed background I then fussy cut to give me two corner pieces. I love this look and hope that it is well received! All of this was mounted up onto an A5 card blank I made along with a matching envelope.

#475 CRAFT challenge – Inspiration Picture

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I took inspiration from the colours in the inspiration picture for this challenge for my DT creation this week.

The image was coloured with Chameleon pens and mounted up. As Edward elephant was the main focus I didn’t want to do too much to take away from him. I felt it needed to be framed though so I used a bubble stamp around the edge of the square mat to add some fun, as if he had been blowing bubbles at a party! CAS.

#474 CRAFT challenge – Thank you

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When I’d coloured in this image I realised that the last image I did as a DT challenge for Sheepski Designs was in a purple pallet too! Not sure if that is a significant coincidence!

For this challenge I coloured the image with Chameleon pens and I was able to use the blending chambers to make them blooms lighter or darker, as well as the stems too. The background was done with distress inks and scrunched inked, inked again and the colour built up. It gave me a colourful base to add the flower vase to as well as a thank you sentiment. The card was quite stark white so I chose to use some grey distress ink around the edge of the card, the topper and the sentiment. I felt this blended them all in together.

#182 Dream Valley Challenge – All things bright and beautiful

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My card this time is of birds as they are often bright and I kind of remembered the childhood song about all creatures great and small. I stamped these birds with black Stazon ink, masking the outside birds so the the centre bird looks as if he is behind them.

I used the stazon ink so that I could watercolour with some of my pens for this card. I have a white ceramic tile I use to scribble colour onto and then watercolour from there. The birds look so quirky and I’ve recently got this set so this challenge gave me a good excuse to use them!

The background I’d already got from an inking and spritzing session I had a while ago, but the colours matched so beautifully that I made a card blank to fit the topper. I love it when things all come together.

#473 CRAFT challenge – Summer

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It actually feels a bit like summer at the moment! It’s nice to not have a carry a coat everywhere and think about having an ice cream like in the picture.

I coloured the image with my Chameleon pens and cut it out with my scan n cut, using the scan to direct cut feature. It allows you to make the choice of a border around the image or a cut to the outside border line.

I cut out two circles in white and a pink star patterned paper. But felt that they were too plain and needed something to lift them and a bit of sparkle. So I die cut a lacy border a few times and bent this around the two circles.

I’d gone to a scan n cut meeting the week before cut out a swirly cloud and decided I liked this behind the circles and in front of my chosen backing paper, so I cut out another and tested the look. It just gave an open layer which made a big difference to how it looked. Then I felt the backing paper needed some kind of edging so I dug out my stamps and used one of those as a border and joined them up at the corners.

The positioning was dead easy with the Tonic/Tim Holtz stamping plate. You attach the stamp to the plate once and rotate the paper by 90 degrees and re inking each time.

Once layered up, the corners rounded and flower detail added all that was needed was a sentiment. Voilà!

BBQ Fathers Day

My best friend asked if I could make a card for her dad for Fathers Day. She wanted a BBQ apron with the tools so here’s what I came up with.

I cut the card base into the apron shape in cream card, and I then inked the apron and pocket with some distress ink. Then I cut out some BBQ tools and a cloth and inserted these into the apron pocket. The wording was then cut out and adhered to the pocket and I chose to add some stitching to the edges of the apron and the pocket. I also made a matching envelope and added some ribbon for the bit the goes around the neck.

I’m hoping that the card was gratefully received by her dad.

#472 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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Such a cute image! I chose to colour this image with my Chameleon pens and chose to colour it in colours that aren’t necessarily Christmas related. I stamped some snowflakes onto some white card and inked that with distress ink as well a sinking just around the edge of the image mat. The hat I coloured just slightly around the edges and the fluffy bits and then I glittered this as well with some iridescent stickles. I though that this gave a little bit of depth to the furry rim and ball on the hat.

I then die cut a string and some individual snowflakes and added these along with a sentiment to the card. I quite like it and hope you do too.