#509 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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I love this fun and quirky image of an elf riding along on a bauble!

I bought this tattered lace snow globe a little while ago, but haven’t really used it before, though I cut the snow globe out and it’s been sitting on my craft table awaiting a project. Does that sound familiar to others out there?

I love the effect of die cut snowflakes on a plain background too, though this time the white on white didn’t look right so I found a piece of card that I’d mopped up some blue ink with to create a subtle mottled blue background and used this to die cut the snowflakes. I’m pleased with the subtle effect the snowflakes give to the background without overpowering the main focus of the card.

The snow globe image is coloured with Chameleon pens, and the snowflake at the base of the bauble and the top of the bauble are done with a two way glue pens and some mixed gold and silver leaf. To emphasize the snow layers on the ground I’ve used some stickles. I then die cut the bottom of the bauble in white and fussy cut the tag part so the I could stamp a sentiment, and attach this with brads.

I hope you like the card!

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#199 Dream Valley challenge – shaped cards

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For this shaped card challenge I chose to make a an octagonal easel card. This shape gave me an opportunity to use my stamping plate and twist the card for each impression of the swirls, but I only line the stamp up once. This is something I’ve been meaning to try for ages but not had chance. Perfect alignment – I was very happy with my first attempt!

I created the shaped card on my scan n cut machine by welding two octagons together. I also cut a further single octagon for the base layer of the front of the card along with two smaller octagons for the topper and the mat below it. The image was coloured with Chameleon pens and the ink around the edges of the card was a distress oxide ink.

#507 CRAFT challenge – Add a charm

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I chose to colour Eve for this challenge, I think she’s a wannabe rock star! She is coloured with my Chameleon pens on this occasion. I die cut the image to make it into a topper and put some distress inks around the edge of it. A rock star always has a bit of bling so I drew around the edge of the topper with a nuvo glue pen and rubbed some gold and silver leaf onto the edge. I cut a slightly bigger oval mat from a coordinating card stock.

The sentiment was stamped onto the topper. I then adhered the topper to the mat and attached the charm with a brad through the two layers.

On the card based I used a gold ink pad through a music stencil and then overlaid some distress inks to create a coordinated background and then laid 3 ribbons on top of each other to bring the colours together.

The topper was then added on some silicone glue to raise it slightly.

#506 CRAFT challenge – spring/Easter

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The flowers are coming out and it’s getting closer to Easter, so this weeks theme seems fitting!

I’ve chosen to make my card in the theme of Spring with a fitting image of a girl sitting out on the grass among the flowers and creatures.

I wanted to use a slightly different shaped card this week as it’s sometimes good to do something a little different. She is coloured with Chameleon pens. The colours seemed to fit a background I’d created with inks and spritzers and a stencil a while back (it’s amazing how as a crafter you just know sometimes that you have a perfect background in your stash).

The background with the honeycomb then led me to using a hexagon for the stopper piece inside the card to hold the card front in place when it’s standing. Upon this I included a sentiment (also from Oddball Art). To sit either side of the hexagon sentiment I used two flowers which I’d got already stamped, cut and coloured in my stash.

I hope you like it.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#194 Dream Valley challenge – use a doily and a brad

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Brads come in all shapes and sizes these days and on this card I’ve used two. One of them is the dragonfly and the other I’ve used in the centre of the flower. The doily on the other hand was one I cut from the built in patterns on my scan n cut machine along with the two swirls at the top left on the card and the mats.

The image was coloured with Chameleon pens and the card blank is one I cut from Kit and Caboodle.

#193 Dream Valley challenge – Anything goes

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For this challenge I used the digi stamp from our sponsor and also some clear Creative expressions stamps from this set as I felt they went well with the image.

I used my Chameleon pens to colour the image and then the stamps too so that the project was coordinated.

I added this text stamp from the set on the inside of the card.

I haven’t used my Chameleon pens in a while so quite enjoyed blending them here.