#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.


#188 Dream Valley challenge – flowers

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I have coloured both of the images with Chameleon pens and both backgrounds were made with distress inks but using different techniques. The first card is made using the cling film method and the second was spritzed with water and the dry embossed.

#187 Dream Valley Challenge – pearls or Gems

Come over to the Dream Valley challenge and join us for our latest challenge! The challenge this time was to use either gems or pearls (or both if you’re really into your bling). I chose to use a Woodware stamp I’d had stamped for a while but this gave me a chance to colour it and make it into a card.

#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.

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

#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.

#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.

#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!

#182 Dream Valley Challenge – All things bright and beautiful

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My card this time is of birds as they are often bright and I kind of remembered the childhood song about all creatures great and small. I stamped these birds with black Stazon ink, masking the outside birds so the the centre bird looks as if he is behind them.

I used the stazon ink so that I could watercolour with some of my pens for this card. I have a white ceramic tile I use to scribble colour onto and then watercolour from there. The birds look so quirky and I’ve recently got this set so this challenge gave me a good excuse to use them!

The background I’d already got from an inking and spritzing session I had a while ago, but the colours matched so beautifully that I made a card blank to fit the topper. I love it when things all come together.

#181 – Dream Valley Challenge – Add some bling

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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!

#180 Dream Valley challenge – For a man or boy

Come join us in the latest Dream Valley challenge, our sponsor is Cute as a button.

I recently bought a coffee stain stencil and felt that this worked with the image. I think in this case it might be whiskey rings after a hard night gambling! I should hasten to add I’ve never done that, but I can imagine lol. I added the cards to the card as I felt it might look like one of the hands the gamblers in my imagination might have had.

I hope you are able to buy into my imagery!