#192 Dream Valley Challenge – Christmas

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This huddle of penguins is so cute. They are watercoloured with distress inks.

#493 CRAFT challenge – Sketch

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This is the sketch that my card is based upon.

The image I chose wasn’t circular, so this in itself was a challenge. Firstly I cut the image in a circle but I just felt it didn’t work. So then I came up with the idea of creating a circle wreath behind the image so keep to the theme. The leafy die I used is s tattered lace one.

The two strips are both inked/stamped rather than additional paper too. I taped the two areas individually and used various coloured distress inks and background stamps and layered them up.

The image itself is coloured with coloured pencils. I really like this digital image. I hope you like my card too.

#492 CRAFT challenge – Make Your Own Embellishment

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The embellishments I’ve made for this project as the die cuts at the bottom of the image and also the three dots to the top right of this card. I made the dots from a hot glue gun and coloured them with my Chameleon pens.

This is such a cute koala, I love him! He is coloured with Chameleon pens. They are so good for getting a gradient like on the watermelon.

The background is created using a splatter stamp in various orientations with second generation prints and various complimentary different colours of distress inks.

The “thanks” text is one of the standard words that I’ve cut out from my scan n cut machine and I’ve just filled in the heart holes with the red used for the mount.

#191 Dream Valley Challenge – No Squares or Rectangle Cards

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I coloured this cute Star Stampz image with Chameleon pens using colours OR4, OR3, NU4, BG4, BG3, RD3, BV2, PK3, VO2. I’ve seen so many images with hair coloured in non standard colours that I have wanted to give this a go as I tend to stay traditional! I think that this girl carries off the colour what do you think?

As this challenge called for a shape that wasn’t a square or a rectangle I cut the card blank from a die in my stash. Then I cut the image out of a smaller nested die to match.

The card blank was then inked with Milled Lavender and stamped with various abstract stamps in Milled Lavender, Hickory Smoke, Peacock Feathers and Spun Sugar distress inks. These were then inked around the topper image too to tone in with the card base. On the topper I stamped the ‘Just for you ‘ sentiment and used some foam pads to raise the topper slightly from the card base.

#490 CRAFT challenge – Christmas Present

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This weeks challenge gave me another chance to make a Christmas card! Like last week I have used Chloe’s stamps and dies either side of this girl sitting on top of the Christmas presents.

I stamped, heat embossed and die cut the sprays either side of the ADU image and then created two separate poinsettias to layer up the centre flower on either side. The sentiment on this card is also one of Chloe’s. I kept the colours simple to make the main image stand out a little more.

I coloured this image with a variety of skin colour tone pens, just to show that you don’t have to use things as they are badged. On top of the wings and shoes I also added some quickie glue and some glimmer dust.

#190 Dream Valley Challenge – use dies and punches

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I had the cityscape and the trees sitting already cut out in my stash and created an inked background for them to be displayed against. I knew I wanted a moon so I die cut a circle out of a post it note to mask off that area before starting to ink. Using yellow behind and just above the buildings, I hope you’ll agree, gives that ambient city glow of light in a dark sky. When I took away the mask I added some ink into the moon but left a white glow around the edge to set it off. As a finishing touch I also added some stamped birds flying past the moon.

#489 CRAFT challenge – Winter

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For this winter challenge I chose to go Christmasy and chose the Christmas glass. All full of baubles to get the Christmas season started. I know I’m a little early but crafters need to start Christmas early otherwise we simply run out of time!

So for this card I chose to combine the glass with some of Chloe’s stamps and dies which I stamped, heat embossed and water-coloured. The glass I coloured with some sparkly pens and then added some glaze over the glass itself.

I mounted this all up to frame the image and set it off.

#488 CRAFT challenge – Monochrome

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For this Monochrome challenge I chose an image that I felt was classy and timeless. I added minimal colour in a pale pink just to highlight the flowers. The image itself I added a little bit of black pencil to just to tone the dress and the stockings in with the monochrome theme.

The pink I also coloured onto the back side of the velum just gently so as not to overpower the image.

I’m really pleased with the subtle finish. I hope you like it too.