#192 Dream Valley Challenge – Christmas

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This huddle of penguins is so cute. They are watercoloured with distress inks.


#493 CRAFT challenge – Sketch

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This is the sketch that my card is based upon.

The image I chose wasn’t circular, so this in itself was a challenge. Firstly I cut the image in a circle but I just felt it didn’t work. So then I came up with the idea of creating a circle wreath behind the image so keep to the theme. The leafy die I used is s tattered lace one.

The two strips are both inked/stamped rather than additional paper too. I taped the two areas individually and used various coloured distress inks and background stamps and layered them up.

The image itself is coloured with coloured pencils. I really like this digital image. I hope you like my card too.

#492 CRAFT challenge – Make Your Own Embellishment

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The embellishments I’ve made for this project as the die cuts at the bottom of the image and also the three dots to the top right of this card. I made the dots from a hot glue gun and coloured them with my Chameleon pens.

This is such a cute koala, I love him! He is coloured with Chameleon pens. They are so good for getting a gradient like on the watermelon.

The background is created using a splatter stamp in various orientations with second generation prints and various complimentary different colours of distress inks.

The “thanks” text is one of the standard words that I’ve cut out from my scan n cut machine and I’ve just filled in the heart holes with the red used for the mount.

#191 Dream Valley Challenge – No Squares or Rectangle Cards

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I coloured this cute Star Stampz image with Chameleon pens using colours OR4, OR3, NU4, BG4, BG3, RD3, BV2, PK3, VO2. I’ve seen so many images with hair coloured in non standard colours that I have wanted to give this a go as I tend to stay traditional! I think that this girl carries off the colour what do you think?

As this challenge called for a shape that wasn’t a square or a rectangle I cut the card blank from a die in my stash. Then I cut the image out of a smaller nested die to match.

The card blank was then inked with Milled Lavender and stamped with various abstract stamps in Milled Lavender, Hickory Smoke, Peacock Feathers and Spun Sugar distress inks. These were then inked around the topper image too to tone in with the card base. On the topper I stamped the ‘Just for you ‘ sentiment and used some foam pads to raise the topper slightly from the card base.

#190 Dream Valley Challenge – use dies and punches

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I had the cityscape and the trees sitting already cut out in my stash and created an inked background for them to be displayed against. I knew I wanted a moon so I die cut a circle out of a post it note to mask off that area before starting to ink. Using yellow behind and just above the buildings, I hope you’ll agree, gives that ambient city glow of light in a dark sky. When I took away the mask I added some ink into the moon but left a white glow around the edge to set it off. As a finishing touch I also added some stamped birds flying past the moon.

#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.

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#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.

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#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.

#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.