#487 CRAFT challenge – use something wooden

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I chose the digi stamp “monster under the bed” as it appealed to me. It made me remember when the children were younger watching Monsters Inc. my eldest still wants the cupboard door in the corner of the room closed at night! When I chose the stamp I wasn’t sure what wooden item I’d choose to add, but I found a little wooden tag which I’ve coloured a little to tone it in and stamped on it.

I look forward to seeing your cards!

#486 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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I can’t believe that this year is flying by so quickly, but being a part of design teams has at least meant that I’ve been able to start my Christmas cards! This is such a cute image, coloured with my Chameleon pens. I decided to stick to some greens around the border and added some holly for a Christmasy border. I wanted to make the snow, berries and holly glisten too so out came the glamour dust and the quickly glue pen.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you liked my card.

#188 Dream Valley challenge – flowers

Come over to the Dream Valley challenge and join us for our latest challenge! This challenge is using flower digi stamps from Sheepski Designs. I have made two cards using two of their designs.

I have coloured both of the images with Chameleon pens and both backgrounds were made with distress inks but using different techniques. The first card is made using the cling film method and the second was spritzed with water and the dry embossed.

#485 CRAFT challenge – sketch

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Our sponsor for this challenge is Digital Papercraft, and the image is called “Hattie girl”.

This DT challenge was based upon the sketch below.

My image was more rectangular than a square, but hopefully I’ve shown that this doesn’t matter and that s sketch can be interpreted as you wish. I coloured the image mainly in green tones, using my Chameleon pens, as I wanted these to be different to the backing papers so that she would stand out. The zentangle was drawn with the chameleon detail pen.

This image shows more detail of the zentangle and the glittering.

The glittering was using the gorgeous shimmer dust and a quickie glue pen. So simple but so effective!

#484 CRAFT challenge – Autumn/Weather

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Our sponsor for this challenge is eureka stamps. I chose this autumn themed digi stamp, but as I was putting the card together there was in death in the near family and I felt that this would be appropriate to send. So I chose to add the words to the floating leaves to let them know I was thinking of them.

I’d watched some videos using drawing gum and felt this was a card I could try out this technique with. So I masked off the tree and the leaves which allowed me to ink the background with distress inks. Once I was happy with the background inking I was able to remove the gum and water colour the tree, again with autumnal distress inks. It’s an alternate masking technique to post it notes which I’d use again, and is more appropriate for the leaves which are being scattered.

To make this into a sympathy card I added the stamped phrase in amongst the floating leaves. I then cut out the image and decided to keep it simple an mount this onto a car base that had similar colouring around the outside to extend the image. Inside the card I added “sending you a paper hug”. I hope you like it.

#187 Dream Valley Challenge – pearls or Gems

Come over to the Dream Valley challenge and join us for our latest challenge! The challenge this time was to use either gems or pearls (or both if you’re really into your bling). I chose to use a Woodware stamp I’d had stamped for a while but this gave me a chance to colour it and make it into a card.

#483 CRAFT challenge – Sport

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Our sponsor this week is Dr digi house of stamps. I’m an ice hockey fan so when the theme was sport I was so pleased to find find this ice hockey guy. The image was coloured with my Chameleon pens. I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do for the background and I found ,yield thinking about the words associated with ice hockey and then it struck me that I should put these down and make that my background. Hence the words here.

To create the word background I used scan n cut canvas and I chose different fonts for the words the sized them to give some variation. I then used the draw function to add this to a backing paper. I think it is a fab men’s card.

#482 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter and the theme is Christmas! The year is certainly going much quicker than expected. So many things I would still like to accomplish!

This cute image is ‘Snow Angel’. I chose to put her in amongst the snowflakes and give the card a feminine feel. I die cut a whole lot of snowflakes and arranged them on the top layer which I raised just slightly on foam pads. I coloured the second layer snowflakes a subtle pink and let these peep out from below. Around each of the layers these is also a slight glittered pink border and to finish off I added a few gems to the centre of the snowflakes and a simple sentiment.

I wonder if we will get any snow this year?

#186 Dream Valley Challenge – Girlie

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The first of the two cards I have made for this challenge is ‘Cupcake Amara’. I coloured this one in pinks, but because of her blonde hair I went for the background being mainly pink and yellow, with some green thrown in from the foliage. I cut out the lacework type shape and inked it up with distress inks and found the green hexagons in my stash and cut the additional ones to add in. I made the flower too (this is my first attempt) I was pretty pleased. I think it’s quite fresh and vibrant and girlie and I hope you do too.

My next card this week was ‘Daisy Emma’. I am well aware from my daughters that not all girls like pink so I decided to do another card in blues and yellows to show that you don’t have to use pink to be girlie.

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#481 CRAFT challenge – Shaker card

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The challenge this time was to make a shaker card. Our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe. I made two cards for this challenge.

Card 1 – circle shaker

I had the background I’d made a while back with some distress inks and while I was away in Cornwall recently I picked up the fairy die. As soon as I saw her I imagined a black silhouette on an inked background so here she is bought to life! I cut her twice and overlapped where she was on the card to give a fairy inside and out.

I was also able to use the Creative Expressions stamp set (CEC872 spread your wings journaling) for the two sentiments on the front and inside this card. I knew they were a useful set when I picked them up! These sentiments were stamped in jet black Stâzon.

I faintly inked the inside of this card using the same distress inks is used on the front to tone the card completely. Then used my Chameleon pens to colour in the word ‘wings’ and ‘soar’.

The final stamps I used were a set I’d picked up from Sheena Douglass (A little bit of scenic silhouette stamps set) a while back in 2015. These form the silhouette flowers around the card.

Card 2 – jar shaker

As the first card had been very feminine I wanted to make a contrasting masculine card.

I hope you like my shaker cards.