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A weekends work

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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).

This weekend I’ve been working on some props for a friends impromptu hen night being run by her Senior Section unit this coming week. Shhh…….. she’s unaware so I’m hoping that these props will help the celebrations along.

These are some props I found on scan n cut canvas. Some are as they should be others I’ve adapted to suit the occasion. They were so fun and quirky to make! I chose to ink mine too to add depth, with picked raspberry distress Ink.

#468 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

Come over and join us at the CRAFT challenge our sponsor this week is Little Miss Muffet Stamps. This is the card I’ve come up with. I decided to colour the bunny with Chameleon pens, and used the detail pens to add some zentangle to the hat. I’ve not used zentangle for a while and rather than using red and green I wanted to keep the colours simple. I actually used some zentangle with the grey pen as well in a basket weave type pattern and found that this gave a kind of fur like texture to the rabbit, but because the lines were so close you can’t tell!

I chose a paper with snowflakes for my backing paper, and I die cut some snowflakes to complement the winter/Christmas theme. I’d also got an embossed Christmas tree which I’d had embossed in my stash for a while which I’ve finally got to use. The snowflakes and the tree I went over with some sparkly iridescent paste. Finally I die cut the sentiment twice, once in white and once in silver and overlaid these.

I hope you like the card!

#469 CRAFT challenge – Father’s Day / Male

Come over and join us at CRAFT challenge our sponsor for this challenge is sweet n sassy stamps.

The image and the sentiment are from sweet n sassy. I used a white piece of card which I embossed and inked for the background.

I’ve used this embossing folder several times for men’s cards as it give an instantly manly feel to a card. The tools fitted with this theme too. Quite a simple design but I think it looks good.

#179 Dream Valley Challenge – Summer Colours

Come and join us in the Dream Valley challenge our Sponsor this time is Star Stampz.

I loved the images so much I chose to do two cards as I wanted to use two of the images!

The first image I used is ‘My sweet rose’

I used my chameleon pens to colour this image and some distress ink to tint the background paper, the flowers and the edge of the image mat so that they all toned in. The leaves I cut in green and then used various green distress inks to mottle them.

The second is ‘balloons and ice cream’

Once again I used my chameleon pens to colour the image and some distress ink to tone everything to come together.

CRAFT challenge birthday blog

Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!
Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 9 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can’t Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.
We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with several Guest Designers who join us for a month or a week at a time.
We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.
So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?
Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?
We all feature sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.
The sponsor on my blog isAll Dressed Up!.
And you can win 2 digital stamps from All Dressed Up! by adding your name to the Inlinkz at the end of this post.
How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?
That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop, Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 16th of May 2018.
And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:
proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4The rules this year are very simple:
1.Make a project for this challenge and your entry will be put in the random draw for the prize byDi’s Digistamps.
2.Visit the blogs of our DT and enter into their Inlinkz to be put in the random draw for the prize on their blog.
3.The Top3 will again be chosen as every week as well.
4.No sentences hunting this year I’m afraid.
You should have come here from Brenda’s Blog and as you can see your next stop isHester‘s blog. The start and finish of this blog hop are atCRAFT Challenge Blog.
And here is my project for this week, hope you like it.
(using Festival Lily by All Dressed Up!)
And now for our Blog Hop route:
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
Debbie(you are here now)
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)
Your next stop is Hester‘s blog. Enjoy the rest of your hop! Don’t forget to add your name to Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of winning the prize on my blog.

Add your link here

#466 CRAFT challenge – Colour combo

Come over and join us at Trimmies CRAFT challenge one of our sponsors for this challenge is Pickled Potpourri . The colour combo for this challenge was to use these colours (pink, purple, white, aqua (greenish-blue), royal blue/dark blue).

Here’s my interpretation using these colours using Water lily.

Once again I used my chameleon pens to colour the image. The image already had shading which gave a clear indication as to where to layer the colour, I know that crafters can find this difficult. I curved the image and raised it up on some silicone glue.

I hope you play along with the challenge and liked my card!

#178 Dream Valley Challenge – Add ribbon and/or lace

Come join us at the Dream Valley Challenge. Our sponsor this time is SheepSki Designs.

For this challenge I created two cards as I liked two of the images the Dream Valley DT were given.

The background for the first card using “perfect pointe” card was created on one of those experimental afternoons where I covered a large area on the dining room table with newspaper, got a box and some spritzing inks and a bunch of card and just played at creating different backgrounds. I saw the image and wanted to go for a ballerina that wasn’t pink! After colouring it I knew that I had to try it against the background I’d got sitting waiting for an appropriate project. It couldn’t be more perfect. I found some coordinating ribbon and hey presto the card came together quite quickly. I wanted to go for something other than a rectangle too, so ended cutting the lozenge shapes for the mats and the decided to cut the card base in the same shape too. I’m really pleased with the result 🙂

I would like to enter this into the Sheepskin design challenge #14 – favourite colours.

The second image was “flower bouquet”. This image I felt leant itself to a thank you, thinking of you or get well kind of card. I really enjoyed colouring the bouquet and it could be adapted to any colour scheme you choose. The challenge is ribbon lace so I trawled through my bag of ribbons to see what toned in with the coloured image. There were quite a few pieces, but they were all thin and none of them seemed enough on their own which is why I ended up choosing several and lining them up behind the image. I also used a die to go around the mat and give a paper lace finish there too.

Stamp Addicts with Be Creative

I headed over to Stamp Addicts today as the guys from Be Creative were there demonstrating and doing make and takes.

The guys are awesome and I got to make this which I’ve mounted up and made a card from since I got back home. Their range of lustres are luxurious and so are their stamps. I had a great time and hope to come back over again sometime soon.

Thanks guys