#198 Dream Valley challenge – let’s get krafty

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My card this week started life as a kraft card base, but I’ve used distress oxide inks (pickled raspberry, seedless preserve, broken china, evergreen bough and black soot) to create a background along with some stamps I had in my stash. The distress oxide inks give a more opaque background and I like that the black soot isn’t a harsh black. Onto this background I added some die cuts and a sentiment stamp which I created in the same way, with kraft card and distress oxide inks, as the background.

The image from Polkadoodles that I chose to use is “balloon days” with the character “Winnie” as my focal image. I coloured her with Chameleon pens, masked around the balloon and stamped a word stamp over the balloon itself.

#505 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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I love this snow phrase, it’s quirky and fun.

I chose to colour the word/image with my Chameleon pens and added two way glue and glamour dust to create the glittery snowballs. I fussy cut it out and mount it onto a dry embossed background which I have inked with a distress ink. I mounted all of this onto a black mat as I felt that since the outlines were in a heavy black that would work well.

To added a “let it snow” die cut also in black from a sizzix die I had, but I removed the snow part since I didn’t need it for this project.

#504 CRAFT challenge – Sketch

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For this challenge I chose the poppy design and my colour scheme of reds.

I coloured the poppy with Chameleon pens (which I love) and felt the red needed to go onto a black and white background. I found the backing paper which had both of these colours on it and instantly knew that was the one. Then I went through my stash of off cuts to find other papers that would tone in with the scheme. Putting it all together I felt that the background needed to have a black boarder mat so make it stand out a little. I felt the poppy lent itself to the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment. The card base was a white 7″x7″ card blank which I’ve stamped with a circle/target stamp in the ‘fired brick’ distress ink.

#503 CRAFT challenge – Mother’s Day

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The linen effect card blank for this card was cut from the Kit and Caboodle USB, but it was stretched to give me a longer card base to work with. The image, I coloured with Chameleon pens, which I infused together by holding the tips of two pens together as I don’t own any of the colour tops (yet!). I love the seamless transition this gives between the colours.

I’ve recently bought a set of 4 dies from the Works which I used to cut out the image for the topper, this is cut out using the largest of the 4 dies. I inked around the edge of the topped with some blue distress ink to tie it in to the swirls. I also recently bought the swirly tattered lace die that I’ve cut out and used to make the background pattern on this card, which you can see a little better in the image below.

I love that this is subtle, but it gives great depth to the card too. I then finished this off with some die cut letters so say mum and made a coordinating envelope too.

#502 CRAFT challenge – Fantasy

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For this image I chose to keep the colour palette simple, blues and greens. I coloured the mermaid with my Chameleon pens. I don’t have any colour tops so I just stood one colour pen on top of the other to infuse the colours so that the transition would be pretty seamless. I love the way that the pens infuse and of course depending on how long you hold the pens together for you get a quicker or slower transition of colour.

I found some coordinating paper to cut the shells out to make a border. The shells are one of the standard cutting files on the scan n cut CM900. The shells made a border around a rectangle I had watered and splashed with distress inks to try and create a sea background. I then wanted to add some dimension and waves so I added two strips of red line tape and ruffled some ribbon along it. Finally I added a stamped sentiment.

#196 Dream Valley – Sparkle and shine

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I chose to water colour this digital image with some sparkle pens I have in my stash so that the sparkle theme was throughout.

You’ll hopefully see the sparkle from this close up!

I had the background paper in my stash from a pixie powder background making session I’d had last year. But as we know we keep these things until we have the right project that comes along. The mica in those powders is certainly sparkly and shiny too.

The ribbon I added to this project is yet another shiny element. I hope that you like the sparkle and shine here as I do.

#501 CRAFT challenge – Christmas humorous

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The cat and dog have been playing at Christmas time. I’m so glad I don’t have to cope with this shenanigans in my house!

I chose 4 distress inks to watercolour with for this image and that aren’t necessarily ones you’d associate with Christmas. I like to do this to mix things up a little.

I found some snowflake paper to coordinate with the colours I’d chosen, cut some swirls and some snowflakes and stamped a sentiment.

#500 CRAFT challenge – Colour combo

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I really love this colour combo and hope you do too. The image is called “quackers” and is so cute, I used distress inks to water colour the image and the colour that was still on the mat I used to create the background and colour the die cut image. The die cut image I then sprayed with the Crafters Companion gold spray and sparkle. This just helps it to pop a little from the background.

I used some silicone glue to give some depth to the birds as I see them as normally quite fluffy and rounded.

#195 Dream Valley challenge – Love and Kisses

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The theme for this DT challenge is Love and Kisses. I chose to use this gorjuss girl with her polar bear along with the sentiment “I love you more that all the stars in the sky” and the heart star constellation. Both of these stamps are from Hunkydory. I stamped these with a clear versamark ink and added gold embossing powder and heat embossed them.