#186 Dream Valley Challenge – Girlie

Come over to the Dream Valley challenge and join us for our latest challenge! Our sponsor is Paper Nest Dolls and the theme this time is Girlie.

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.

So come on over and join in the fun with this challenge!

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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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

BBQ Fathers Day

My best friend asked if I could make a card for her dad for Fathers Day. She wanted a BBQ apron with the tools so here’s what I came up with.

I cut the card base into the apron shape in cream card, and I then inked the apron and pocket with some distress ink. Then I cut out some BBQ tools and a cloth and inserted these into the apron pocket. The wording was then cut out and adhered to the pocket and I chose to add some stitching to the edges of the apron and the pocket. I also made a matching envelope and added some ribbon for the bit the goes around the neck.

I’m hoping that the card was gratefully received by her dad.

#181 – Dream Valley Challenge – Add some bling

Come over and join us at the Dream Valley Challenge our sponsor this week is Dies to die for.

For this challenge we are using things from our own stash, so I’ve chosen to use a couple of dies. One is an edgeable die and the other is a peacock. It’s not often that I leave a die cut white, but I felt that the inking behind the die with distress inks and distress oxide inks embodies the peacock colours. These colours also tone in with the gems I’ve added onto the peacock which are my “bling”. To make the side edge die pop I’ve added some of the inked card to the inside right edge of the card as well and of course a few more gems.

I also added a sentiment which says ‘just for you’ to finish off the card. I hope you like it!