#185 Dream Valley challenge – Autumn Colours

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I’ve had the paper I’ve used in the background for some years but never quite had a use until now. It’s funny how when a project comes along you know just the things that will go together! As our sponsor for this challenge is dies to die for, I’ve chosen various dies that I had. A Tim Holtz alterations die, a feather die and two nested dies to set off the sentiment.

The feathers were cut from a background I’d made from brusho, spritzed with water and when dry it brushed out some pixie powers to give some depth and shimmer to the project. On top of this I sprayed some gold crafters companion spray and sparkle.

The background paper I cut the Tim Holtz diamonds alterations die out of the top corner and the pieces that came out I used for depth and texture by sticking them at various places on the paper I’d cut to 6×6.

The sentiment plates were cut from a coordinating piece of card that I’d made with inks on a background making day. These were die cut and on the front piece I added the sentiment in stone grey stazon and the back piece I sprayed again with the crafted companion gold spray and sparkle.

#480 CRAFT challenge – Back to School

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The summer holidays are always over too soon and it’s back to routine and that means back to school for the kids.

I coloured this card with my Chameleon pens and stamped and inked around the edge of the image mat with some distress inks. Mounted this on some blue paper from my stash and added this to the front of a card covered with green card that has been stencilled with a number and alphabet stencil and a sentiment added.

#184 Dream Valley challenge – Animals

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This is such a cute image. To be slightly different I printed onto blue card and used this as a base colour. The image was coloured with my Chameleon pens and mounted onto some deeper blue card and a yellow paper from my stash. I cut some corner pieces which were one of the standard cutting files in my scan n cut machine. I added a sentiment and some of the yellow backing paper behind the apertures of the corners. These were glittered with iridescent sticklers as well as the egg shell.

#479 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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I thought this guy was so cute carrying his Christmas tree on his back. I really enjoyed coloring him in with my Chameleon pens too. The die cut surround is from a tattered lace USB, I just felt it framed the image nicely. I created a tag with a Christmas sentiment for the top corner and I finished off the card with a new technique which I’d been wanting to try for a while. The berries on the holly are made from hot glue gun glue, I squeezed three blobs of glue out onto a heat resistant craft mat, let them dry and then coloured them with the chameleon pens. I think they look great. So much so that I’ve just bought some glittered glue sticks!

#478 CRAFT challenge – Use Numbers

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For this challenge I used my own stash, I’d been asked to make a card for a friend at work as it was to be her neighbours 60th wedding anniversary.

I started off with a sheet of pearl card, cut it out in a shapes card on my scan n cut machine. Then I used some of the crafters companion gold and pearl sprays on the background. I used the same pearlised card to cut out all of the die cut elements and inked around some of them with a gold ink. To finish I added a gem.

#183 Dream Valley challenge – Christmas in July

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These little girls are really cute!

I coloured using pencil crayons this time, matted and layered some Christmas papers and used a flourish I’d already got cut in my stash. I just inked up the flourish to tone in with the colours in the image and the ‘present’ paper added a sentiment and they look so cute!

#477 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

Come and join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge, our sponsor for this challenge is Crafty Sentiments. Christmas is the last thing on my mind in this heat apart from cooling down with an icy hug….

I coloured this happy snowman with three of my chameleon pens I used one pen that you may not see too easily as it’s the beautifully subtle baby blue, just to accent around the tummy and snowballs. Then I used some of the puffy stuff which I saw at the Create it show in Lutterworth and have always wanted to try. So being a crafter I decided to buy it and add it to my stash! It really works well and adds dimension. I love those strips of snowflakes too and decided to make a border/frame with them on this project. I’m not one for lots of fancy bows, but I felt that the card needed something else so I found some coordinating purple and white ribbon and created a bow to sit in the top corner with the snowflake at the top left.

In this heat the snowman wouldn’t last long in real life, but at least we can enjoy him for longer this way!

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#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.