Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 229 – Make it Green

Julie is hosting today’s challenge, 
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. 

I discovered when I was looking through my cards (and photos of cards) that Green isn’t a colour I use predominantly. I’m not sure if that is my choice – or if it isn’t a colour liked by the people I make cards for!

However, in my stash (I have LOTS of stash) I found a small book of die cut images, complete with a background. This one called to me – so I used my favourite 6 x 6 card blank, onto which I matted some dark green paper. It picked out the dark leaves beautifully…

I layered the base image onto the green paper, after sticking some green and white bakers twine across the front. I glued the labels onto the twine where the pegs were so it looked like they were hanging from the twine, and put the remaining embellishments in the bottom left corner. Finally, I cut out a sentiment from a sentiment pad and put that in the bottom right corner. I chose Warmest Wishes as this meant I could use the card for a birthday, a get well, a thinking of you… versatile.

Good luck with the challenge – have fun!

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Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 228 – Flowers

Kim is hosting today’s challenge, Flowers

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 in my favourite CAS style – and was just two stamps, masked so the flowers sat inside the jar!

I used a 7 x 5 base card in white, and layered onto that a dark blue mat, followed by a yellow mat (to pick out the colours of the flowers). I used plain white stamping card, onto which I first stamped the jar. I stamped a second image of the jar onto masking paper and cut out the bits that I wanted to show through (in this case the stems of the flowers). I then stamped the flowers over the top, making sure that the stems were in the right place in the jar.

Removing the mask, I coloured the image with alcohol pens – not sure which ones, could have been chameleon, promarkers or hunkydory prisms! I then added a layer of wink of stella clear pen over the water, to make it shimmer. And lastly, I stamped the sentiment. I’m a bit peeved with myself for this as now I have uploaded the picture, it looks uneven at the bottom… I may yet stamp another one onto plain card, and put it in place with a foam pad!

Good luck with the challenge everyone!

Expanding my horizons…

I have been papercrafting for decades, but just recently I have decided to use my sewing machine a bit more, and have taken up quilting.

The first thing I did was to sign up with a monthly class, along with my friend S. We were started off on a simple block, using English Paper Piecing (where quite a bit of it is done by hand). We had homework, to finish off our handsewing before the next class. It was fun…

And then the second class got cancelled, due to a family emergency. So I felt a bit deflated – I was KEEN! And I found a group/challenge on facebook which provided patterns and I thought “What the heck!” and launched into it.

This was machine paper piecing though – and I won’t lie, the first block was frustrating. I finished my test pieces (with fabric I didn’t plan to use) after a couple of false starts and was quite pleased with it.

I’ve now completed the first 3 – blocks 4 and 5 came out on Friday, but I have been doing a super secret (to be revealed later) project, so haven’t started on them yet. The orange one was the first test piece…

It is all coming along. The next official class is next Saturday, so I am looking forward to that, and hope to get the next 2 of the facebook challenge done before the next blocks are released on Friday! It’s all go….

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 227 – Love Love Love

Maike is hosting today’s challenge, Love, Love, Love

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 my favourite 6 x 6 size black card base. Next I cut a piece of white card with a linen effect, slightly smaller and rounded the corners. Out of that, I cut a number of heart shapes using dies, and cut the next size down for each in red cardstock. I used a red fineliner pen to add some faux stitching around the white card and a black fineliner to add faux stitching around the hearts.

I mounted the white card on the top of the cardbase, so that the black showed through the heart shapes, and then layered the red heart shapes into the appropriate hole, after having stamped my sentiments using black versafine ink onto the red hearts.

Finally, I printed out my “Happy Valentines Day” onto white card and cut it into a flag shape, cutting a red mat to go underneath, and attached it to my card using red and white butchers twine.

Crafting Live – Sandown

I have been very remiss in not posting about my visit to this craft show. I regularly attend a couple of shows every year – Ally Pally in April and September, and Crafting Live at Sandown and last year, at Peterborough.

There seems to be a definite theme to both shows – logically I guess, as one lot is publicised by Hochanda, and the other is sponsored by Create and Craft. Some craft companies go to both, but there are a significant number who only go to one OR the other.

So when I go to Ally Pally, I top up my card stock and anything I want by creative expressions, and when I go to Crafting Live it’s pinflair, scan n cut accessories and tattered lace etc.

This year at Sandown, the C&C goody bag was mad good value – for only £20 I got this bumper bag of stash…

Sandown C&C goody bag

Of course, I spent a lot more on other stuff (quite why, when I am trying to sort out my craft room I have no clue!) and had a really good day.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 226 – Add some Texture

I am hosting today’s challenge, Add some Texture. 

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. 

I made my card using an experimental background I made when I was playing with my texture pastes in various colours (I think I got them at Ally Pally last April) and some stencils.

The base card is one of my favourite sizes, 5 inches x 7 inches, and onto this I matted some gold pearl paper. I chose the part of the background I liked and cut it to size. I wrapped some lace around the centre and then attached it to the base mat.

I have lots of Hunkydory kits, little books and craft stacks and I chose this topper from the Vintage craft stack because I felt the colours went well. I got the sentiment from the same pack. The butterfly embellishment was from my stash (I do test cuts when I get new dies, and they go into a pot!) and I coloured it to match using distress inks.

I didn’t put a specific sentiment on it because if I am making cards without a purpose I like them to be generic. This means I can personalise them when I use them. I was pleased with this one…

Good luck to everyone entering the challenge – I am looking forward to see all your cards very much!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 225 – Winter

Lin is hosting today’s challenge, Winter, a simple one to ease us into 2019. I feel sure that many of you have left over cards from the Christmas season that you have not yet blogged. All we would ask please, is that they do not refer specifically to Christmas on them, so no Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, that sort of thing, and obviously need to depict Winter.
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.
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My card was made using an A5 plain white base card, onto which I layered a mat of dark blue, from the middle of which I had cut some snowflakes.
Using large letters I cut the word snow from a piece of patterned cardstock, onto which I had overstamped with some snowflakes, heat embossed in silver.
Putting the letters to one side, I layered the patterned cardstock onto the dark blue mat. Returning to the letters, I applied foam pads cut down to size onto the back (I used the black ones you can get from Create and Craft, but you could use ordinary white ones and colour the sides with alcohol markers) and stuck them onto the aperture created when they were cut out.
Onto the top of each letter I stuck the snowflakes I cut out from the dark blue card.  I left the sentiment off of this one, so I could personalise it when I needed a card!

Working in a mess is no fun…

I’ve never been a tidy crafter – the bigger the mess, the better the project outcome has been my experience before. But I suddenly seem to have tipped over into the room being a mess all the time, even before I start, and now I’m losing the joy of actually crafting at all. I have too much stuff – and no idea where any of it is.

So I have decided I need to sort myself out and get this room organised. One problem is that I actually think my hobby is collecting craft equipment, rather than crafting. I LOVE new stash. And I am a gadget geek. I saw a wood burning tool on sale in Lidl’s and despite never doing it, nor having an urgent desire to try it, it landed up in my trolley (because OMG only £5.99) and joined the masses of unused stuff in my craft room. I have to stop doing this! Same for various pencils, pens, watercolour brushes, paper….

So. The plan is to tackle the room in stages. I have some large cardboard boxes labelled with the categories – Stamping, Diecutting, Colouring, Embellishments, etc and they are currently living on my upstairs landing. As I come across things, I am putting them in the relevant box, so I can a) keep everything for one thing together, b) see what I have, and c) decide if I want to keep it.

When I have the room largely emptied, I then plan on moving the table etc out and look in the cupboards that are behind it (as I have NO clue what is even in them) and then think of removing the counter top and cupboards that frankly just encourage me to dump and run, and replacing it with kallax units and storage boxes. Or whatever IKEA is calling them now…

That’s the plan – let’s see how I get on!

A new year begins…

I have been a bad blogger recently.  I used to post more frequently and share more than just the challenges I am lucky enough to be part of as a member of the Design Team for Crafty Cardmakers.  And then I somehow seemed to not do that so much…

So my resolution for 2019 is to be a more sharing crafter.  To post the failures as well as the wins.  To share hints and tips and actually do more crafting, rather than buying crafting stash!

Fingers crossed I manage to stick to that, eh?

Happy New Year folks!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 224 – Christmas

Mary is hosting today’s challenge, Christmas.
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 Christmas theme.
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I don’t know about you, but I get a bit “carded out” when making Christmas cards – I seem to need more every year, and sometimes a card that is quick, simple and easy to batch make just fits the bill.
I like clean and simple (CAS)  – my cards rarely have an abundance of layers – and especially white on white cards and this one was so easy to make.
The base was my favourite white card, scored and cut to be 6 x 6 inches.  Onto this I layered another piece of the same white card, cut slightly smaller that I had run through an embossing folder and put a small dot of Tonic Nuvo Glitter drops in the centre of the “stars” running across the centre banner.
Onto this I put a hunkydory topper deck card, which I had matted and layered with rainbow mirri card.
One insert with standard christmas greeting later… it was ready to add to the pile!  The beauty of this design is that I could use any number of topper deck cards and they all fitted in with the scheme perfectly.
This is the last challenge for 2018 – I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy 2019!