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!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 223 – anything but a card

Angela is hosting today’s challenge, Anything But a Card

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, except a card!!! So a scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, will be fine as long as it is not a card.

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My project was a clock, with working parts, that I created using an SVG file from the Dreaming Tree, and my scan n cut machine.

I followed the colours they suggested on the website, but I am not sure I really like them – of course, the beauty of using the scan n cut is I could change the colours to suit myself as it only depends on what card I have!

In this case, the brown card was actually kraft card, overstamped with a bark texture stamp using a dark brown ink pad as I didn’t have any wood patterned cardstock to use.  I coloured the flowers using distress inks…

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 222 – Lots of Layers

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Judy is hosting today’s challenge, Lots of Layers.

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 Lots of Layers theme.

As Christmas is inexorably approaching (and I need to get a wiggle on finishing my cards!) my card this time has got lots of layers – but is a Christmas card!

I used my favourite 6 x 6 card base, and onto that layered some plainish Christmas paper from my stash.   (I should say here that I was inspired to do this card by a demo I saw on Create and Craft by Hobby House – not the same papers or images, but she did use the stamens in this way…)

I had decided to use a Hunkydory Topper Deck card as my image, so cut the other christmas papers in colours to match it that I had to size so I could layer and rotate them as shown.  I mounted the topper deck card onto gold mirri, and positioned it in the centre on foam pads with some pinflair glue gel on them (so I could lift them up to position the stamens in the right place).

To finish the card, I used a white gel pen to put a double row of faux stitching around the edges, stamped a sentiment and made a bow with items from my stash, and put some gems in the corners of the layers.  I’m really happy with it – and it is mostly old stash I’ve had for ages!



Crafty Cardmakers challenge 221 – Explosion of Colour

222 explosion of colourAngela 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.

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 220 – Fairies or mythical creatures

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!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 219 – Lace or ribbon

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.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 218 – Autumn colours

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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!