#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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#508 CRAFT challenge – inspired by a song

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My card this week is inspired by the song “monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna as this stamp is “monster under the bed” and those are the words in this song. It’s a digistamp I’ve used before which I love.

I’ve water-coloured this digital image with some distress oxide inks. The image has a cute friendly playful monster that I feel makes you want to play and smile so I used the stamped sentiment “you make me smile” to echo this.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#499 CRAFT challenge – Anything Goes

I’ve spent most of my weekend watching my children play football and rugby so it was lovely to be able to come in out of the cold and take a moment to craft. Wind, sleet, hail, it was awful!

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I used the image “love my iPad”. Most kids these days have an devices so when I saw this image from All Dressed Up I wanted to use it!

I used images of iPhones to put the girl with her iPad and the lettering HB2U (happy birthday to you). Behind the HB2U I cut out the centre panel of the iPhone and replaced it with a brush background I created which was in my stash. The girl I coloured with pencil crayons and the rest of the card is toned with distress inks.