Angela is hosting our challenge today, Explosion of Colour
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Explosion of Colour theme.
My card was a folding box card, made for a friends son who was going to be 10. These cards are very easy to do – and are so effective! And better still, they fold flat to go into an envelope.
I used plain white card for the base and the struts inside and printed off some pictures for the decoration which were cut out and mounted onto black card to make them pop. I cut out and mounted onto black card the pictures of the characters, too, and attached them to the struts so they appeared to be behind one another, as they would in life. Finally, I cut out his name and age with dies, and attached them to the struts too.
There was space on the back for a personal message, and I put the happy birthday sentiment on the back of the box.
It’s my turn to host our challenge today, Fairies or other Mythical Creatures
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Fairies or other Mythical Creatures theme.
My card was made for a friend’s daughter who was 5. She loves sparkle, pink, princesses and unicorns… so all made their appearance on this card.
I used a large scalloped circle die from (I think) Tattered Lace to cut out the base of my rocker card, and then used the next size die down to cut out the base paper. The silver frame was a Lynda Chapman die, from her doily collections and onto this I layered a square from a hunkydory stamping pad which I had trimmed to size and rounded off the corners.
I stamped the princess and unicorn onto stamping card, and coloured them in using promarkers before fussy cutting them out and layering them onto the background image using foam pads. I went over the unicorn with a clear wink of stella pen to give it that “magical” sparkle (although it doesn’t show up so well in the photo, sadly).
I used gems from my stash around the edge of the rocker card and to highlight the stars around the moon in the background. The silver base for the age plaque was a die from my stash, as was the plaque itself, and the numeral 5.
Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing everyone’s cards!
Kim is hosting today’s challenge, Lace or Ribbon
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Lace or Ribbon theme.
My project was a hexagonal box which was made to hold a present for a 21st birthday. I have had the template for this for ages – I can’t even remember whose template it was! But it always comes up trumps when I need that extra special gift box. I have contemplated scanning it into my scan n cut, but I’m not sure if that would breach copyright… so I just painstakingly draw round it and cut it out.
The box base was made out of pearlescent card, and the paper used to decorate it came from a pad I got (I think) from B&M. The lace was from my stash, and the sentiment panels and sentiments and 21 were dies from my stash. I used some chain to add the angel and hand made charms to the front.
Maike is hosting today’s challenge, Autumn Colours
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Autumn colours theme.
My card has been made using mainly white card – the challenge I set myself this time was to see what I could make using just white card and my new Hunkydory Prism Alcohol markers.
The base card was plain white 300 gsm card, cut to 6 x 6 inches. I distressed the edges using a lettuce Adirondack ink pad, and faux stitched it using a dark brown gel pen.
When I bought my Prism pens, I got some colouring pads with them and I used one of the images for this card, colouring the flowers in autumn colours. When I had done it, I cut the image out using my Brother scan n cut machine.
The next step was to create some mats and layers. Using white card, I cut out two circles, one larger than the other, and coloured them using the markers – the largest with a dark brown, and the smaller in buttercup yellow. When I cut the image out, I’d asked the machine to leave a 0.4 mm border, but when it was done I didn’t like the white around the centre, so I coloured it with the Buttercup pen too.
It was pretty straightforward to mat and layer the pieces together and stick them onto the card base. But it looked a bit bare – so I put a ribbon strip and a bow in the top right hand corner using my hot glue gun, and finally, cut out a tag using a die from my stash. I distressed the edges with the same lettuce ink pad, and stamped a sentiment from a Hunkydory stamp set. The last job was to attach the tag using some thin foam pads – and card done!
It’s a lot brighter than I normally do, but I really liked it’s cheery colours. And all from white cardstock!
Marg is hosting today’s challenge, All Creatures Great and Small. As it sounds anything in the animal or insect kingdom is acceptable. Please not just a tiny butterfly on the corner of a card though. We would like your ‘creature’ to be the focal point of your creation.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the All Creatures Great and Small theme.
My card features the humble bee… I used one of my favourite card sizes, the 5 x 7 plain white base and a woodware stamp set.
Onto the card I matted a layer of Kraft card, onto which I had stamped a couple of the bees. I stamped the beehive and a large bee onto white stamping card and trimmed to fit. I coloured the images in with promarkers, and fussy cut the bee to decoupage it onto the main image.
I layered the main image onto some patterned paper that matched the kraft card base, and attached it to the top half of the card.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto some plain white card then trimmed to size and matted it onto the same patterned paper. This was then attached to the card with foam pads underneath the main image.
Julie is hosting today’s challenge, Holidays/Vacations
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Holidays/Vacations theme.
My card was made using distress inks and some freebie stamps I got with a magazine.
The base card was my trusty 7 x 5 inch white card. Onto the base card I stamped the star fish using a distress ink, and distressed the edge using the same ink. Leaving a good size border to show off the star fish, I layered onto the base card some plain blue backing paper. Matted onto the blue card was a slightly smaller piece of white, which I had coloured with distress ink , and overstamped with the sea horse to make the background.
Then came another piece of blue backing paper, again leaving a reasonable size border so the stamped seahorses could be seen.
Finally, was the main topper. I distressed all four corners quite heavily, getting lighter towards the centre which I left white. In the white area I stamped the silhouette parent and child, using black versafine ink. In the top left hand corner I stamped the sentiment.
A very decorative card, using just 1 colour and 1 black ink pad and one set of stamps…
Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing all the entries. And do check out all the DT blogs, as we have some very talented crafters and their work is well worth looking at!
I am hosting today’s challenge, and I would like to see the use of at least two dies/punches or one of each!
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the theme.
My card was made using a 7 x 7 inch card base made from pearlescent card. Onto this I added a piece of backing paper from my stash cut using a Lynda Chapman die.
The daisy die cut was from the same set of dies, and was cut from white card and I matted it onto the base paper. This die set is a really good way of using paper where you like the colour but not the pattern, because you can’t really see it!
The daisy die leaves the centre square in place, and that can be useful, but I didn’t want it to be so flat so I cut another square to layer onto the top of it. The sentiment and the backing plate came from the same die set, and I glued them on flat – I could have used foam pads but didn’t want the depth of the card to be so high.
I cut the flowers using Hunkydory Moonstone dies in the patterned paper, the white card and a complementary colour plain card. The swirl was a die from my stash. I arranged all the flowers and stuck them down with wet glue. The final touch was to stick a pearl in the centre of each of the flowers.
I used at least 5 dies for my card – I hope you enjoy this challenge – and look forward to seeing all of the entries. Good Luck!
Peggy is hosting today’s challenge, Wet or Dry Embossing
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Wet or Dry Embossing theme.
My card was made using my favourite 6 x 6 base card. I used THAT* embossing folder to emboss some black card as the base layer. I used some gilding wax to bring out the highlights of the embossed area, concentrating on the pattern above the wavy border.
Using dies from my stash I cut out the sentiment base in mirri card, the sentiment topper in cream card onto which I stamped the sentiment. The 60 was die cut from the mirri card.
I cut out some swirls from the mirri card to put behind the decorative gold base card, and the top layer was cut out of black. Onto the black card I stamped and heat embossed in gold some Dreamees flowers, which I then fussy cut and stuck onto the black and gold decorative base. I stuck some pearls in the centre of the flowers.
Finally, I stuck some black gems in the centre of the wavy border going across the centre of the card.
* THAT embossing folder was originally given free with a magazine, and that was the only issue of that magazine I didn’t get! I eventually bought it – begrudging every penny! But it is a lovely embossing folder…
Maike is hosting today’s challenge, For a Man/Boy
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the For a Man/Boy theme.
My card was made for a fishing loving friend, using my favourite 6 x 6 card base. Onto this I put a mat of turquoise blue textured card, which I had edged with faux stitching. Layered onto this was a contrasting card in yellow.
The toppers were stamped onto white card using an old Woodware stamp set from my stash. The images were coloured in using promarkers. They are actually just one stamp – but I cut it up to make the different shapes and to decoupage the fish! I used my wink of stella pen to give the fish tail some sparkle. I mounted the images onto black card to make them “pop” before sticking them onto the yellow card base. I stamped the sentiment after I had stuck the images on and with hindsight (wonderful thing) I think I should have stamped the greeting in black.. but hey.
The ferns were a die from my stash – no clue who the manufacturer of this was – a lot of my dies are unlabelled, sadly.
Ideas for Male cards can be difficult to come up with – especially if they don’t have a hobby or interest to draw from! I hope you enjoy this challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.