Crafty Cardmakers #95 – Monochrome

I am hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Monochrome. We would like to see your monochromatic creations, these do not have to be black and white. Anything with hues of just one colour is fine. We will, of course, be okay with hair and skin colours as well, but your major colour scheme should only have one colour in it.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s Monochromatic.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule! 

My card this time was one of those we all have to do at one time or another – and like doing the least.  My condolence card was made for a colleague whose husband had lost a long and painful battle with cancer.

I used a stepper card die to make this card – I like these shaped cards as they give you additional dimension.  I wanted to make a white on white card, but to be successful, it looks better with different textures.  I ran the base card through my cut n boss with a butterfly embossing folder and cut the panels for the sides and base out of white linen textured card.  My arch for the centre panel is (I believe) a tonic die, and the sentiment was cut out of  the white linen textured card and dusted with a lavender distress ink to give a small amount of colour.  The sentiment was stamped using a charcoal stamp pad.  I like to use this for sentiments where you don’t want a deep stark black message – it’s dark but not intense.

Finally, I added the pearl embellishments from my stash to the base of the card front.

 

 

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Crafty Cardmakers #194 Under The Sea or At The Beach

Judy is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is either Under The Sea, or At The Beach.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s matches either of the two above themes.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

My card was made for  friend’s little girl who was going to be 4 and who was a big fan of the Little Mermaid, Ariel.

I wanted the card to be one she could keep – but it needed to fold flat!  In the end I made a shadow box type card.  I cut a scalloped edge aperture in the front, and stuck acetate into the opening, which I embossed with a snowfall embossing folder to simulate bubbles.  I used an under the sea background picture I got from a google search as the background, and some stickers backed onto card for the characters.  Inside the “box” I put some sparkly string that I “liberated” from a plant in work last Christmas when we packed the decs away, because I thought it looked like seaweed… I imported the sticker image of Ariel into Serif to create the big 4 with the sentiment.

Lexie loved it – I hope you like it too…

 

Life changes….

So after next week I will have a lot more time on my hands!   Earlier on this year I decided to address my work/life balance issues and take early retirement, with the aim of doing more of what I want to do instead of what I have to do.  It took a while, but now the time is almost here.

It’s a big step – and less money – so a bit of a scary proposition, but I’m giving it a go.  I’m reassuring myself with the thought I can always do some temping if I run out of cardstock and glue and the pension won’t cover it!

I do have some boring household issues to address first, (although, if I’m going to be in the house more I suspect replacing the boiler will be a good thing) but then my plan is to sort out my craft room and create!

I thought it might be fun to record my progress here… let’s see how I get on…

 

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 193 – lots of layers

Chanya 13 is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is 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 has lots of layers to match the theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule! 

I don’t normally make cards with lots and lots of layers – my style tends to veer towards the clean and simple with minimal layers on the whole.  But layers don’t have to be frothy or lacy – so I decided to utilise one of my birthday gifts of a hunkydory stacker pad and just do lots of mats and layers.

I used 2 pages from the stacker – one background paper and one sheet of die cut decoupage/topper images.  My base card was my favourite 6 x 6 white card and originally I was going to put the backing paper directly onto it.  Then I thought, no! layers!!!!  and added some gold mirri behind it.  I didn’t have a full sheet of gold, so used the small A6 mirri sheets I use with the little book pages, and covered the join by sticking a further layered ribbon strip on the top to cover it. The layers on the strip was gold mirri, strip of background paper (reverse side) strip of gold mirri and finally a strip off of the embellishments sheet.

I used the edge of the embellishments sheet that had a gold trim as a further ribbon strip to go across the page horizontally (for the bees to stand on at the top!) and then stuck one of the flowers where the strips intersected,  with a small embellishment in the centre.  Finally I used some of the bee diecuts on foam pads to decorate the rest of the card.  I stuck one embellishment slightly too high up at the bottom, which irritated me because it looks wrong to my eye.  You probably wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t pointed it out though,.. which is what I console myself with!

The last touch was a bit of quickie glue and clear glitter around the centre of the sunflower, and 4 AB gems in each corner.

I liked the final effect very much – I think these stackers are really good value and ideal for those times when you don’t have time to pull a design together from scratch.    This one was a gift, but I may just treat myself to some of the others!

 

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 192 ~ Tic Tac Toe

Marlene is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Tic, Tac, Toe. We were asked to choose a line from the grid below, either top to bottom, left to right, or diagonally.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as your all the items in one straight line from the grid.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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I used my favourite 6 x 6 card base for this one, and used some nautical backing paper from one of the cds I have in my stash.  I think this one may have been a serif digi kit…

This card was going to be made at a craft club I go to and as I had to make 25 kits for ladies to use, I wanted to see if I could make a card with the minimum of raw materials, and pretty much all of this was printed out on one sheet of A4 paper.  Of course, I could have made it simpler by layering the anchor patterned paper onto the blue pattern paper digitally before cutting it out, but in this case I set the squares on the paper so they could be cut and layered individually.

I used a plainish piece of the blue patterned paper to stamp out my sentiment, which I heat embossed with silver detail embossing paper.  I really like this sentiment and use it a lot – it’s perfect for men’s cards, as it isn’t overly sentimental.

For this card I used a porthole stamp from Creative Stamping magazine that I overlaid on the shape I cut from the scan n cut in silver card.  I didn’t get it quite square on, so I need to rethink how I do this if I do it again!  Maybe the cut image needs to be a smidge bigger…

I love that turquoise/teal blue, and I managed to find some Butchers Twine on the interwebs that was JUST the right colour (I think it’s Eton Blue) and I used it to wrap around the porthole.  This gives an extra embellishment, but again, isn’t as feminine as ribbon and went well with the anchor – with hindsight, I should have had it going through the ring of the anchor, but hey ho!

I used self adhesive pearls to frame the corners of the base card and the main topper, and to make the centre point of the anchor.

The final touch was some faux stitching around the edge of the card and the main topper – Twilight sky promarker around the white card, and white gel pen on the teal coloured topper.

This card can be turned into a feminine one really easily – just swap the anchors and porthole for floral paper and a fancy frame.  And have ribbon, not twine, with a bow!

 

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 191 – Here comes Summer

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June is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Here Comes Summer, appropriately themed given our hostess’ name!

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s Summer themed.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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I made my card this time for a friend who was having a bit of a rough time.  I loved this image from the Hunkydory USB key,  and the sentiment – things often are better after a tough beginning!

My base card was my favourite 6 x 6 inch portrait.  Onto this I layered some orange paper from  my stash, and then added the images I printed from the cd.  In order to make them “pop” I used some Lynda Chapman black card to edge them – I always thought black might overpower a card, but used this way it definitely doesn’t!

The embellishments were printed from the USB too, and the pearls were from my stash.

I know some people think using computer images is cheating in crafting – and yes, stamping the image and colouring it yourself would be more in keeping with the term craft and I do love to do that.  But when you need to make a card quickly, this type of cardmaking is a gift.  I’m pretty disorganised, so I tend to use computer generated images a lot, but it still takes thought and time to actually make the card, which can be made as plain or elaborate as you like!  I use photographs to personalise cards sometimes too… and on those occasions, you really have to have the whole topper a printed image or it doesn’t really work.

 

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 189 – Floral Profusion

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It’s my turn to host our challenge today, and the theme is Floral Profusion. We would love to see your creations covered in flowers, lots of flowers. Please do not enter with just one flower as that is hardly a profusion of flowers!

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it has lots of flowers on it.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

I have chosen to make a card in a box – it looks very substantial, but in fact, folds flat and goes into an envelope!

I used a 12 x 12 piece of plain white card for the base and  the standard format for these type of cards – cut to the height you want the card to be (in this case 7 inches) and then score down at 2 3/4 inch intervals, leaving a 1 inch strip at one end.

Then, you score across three of the panels at 4 inchs from the bottom (3 from the top), leaving the 4th panel intact.  Trim away the top half of the extra strip – this will be sticking the box together.

I took some backing paper into serif and created my mats and layers for the box sides, which I stuck in place after distressing the edges.

I used scrap strips of card to make “struts” to go across the box and be the support for the flowers, which were a mix of bought and made from my stash.  The sentiment plaque and the butterflies were diecut and I wrapped ribbon around the base of the box.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 188 – Add a Sentiment

188 sentiments 2aPam is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Add A Sentiment. It would be nice if your sentiment is not a tiny peel off tucked in one corner, but more the focal point of your creation, but we won’t insist on that.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it has a sentiment, the more prominent the better.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

For my example, I have used a decorated mdf heart that I made for a work friend who left.  I used some backing paper from my stash to cover the base of the heart – you can do it by using white gesso as a base and then stamping and inking etc on the top, but for speed I used the paper.

For the flower decorations, I used a set of Dreamees stamps on another part of the backing paper, embossed them with a glittery embossing powder and cut them out.  I cut some leaves and sprigs out of green card (the dies might have been tattered lace… but I had taken them out of the pack and put them on my magnetic storage sheets so I can’t be certain) and stuck them in and around the flowers.

I stamped the sentiment onto plain white card and then die cut it with a stitched edge die and stuck onto my heart using a foam pad and some silicone glue.  A white ribbon bow finished it off at the bottom, and the final touches were the two butterflies, cut out of the centres of some hunkydory rainbow mirri matts.  (waste not, want not, lol!)

The very last task was to thread some white ribbon through the two holes in the top of the heart to hang it by.

I used a tattered lace box die to cut my box, which I embossed with a butterfly folder before sticking together.

 

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 187 – Pearls and Gems

Josephine is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Pearls and/or Gems. We would like to see lots and lots of pearly pearls or blingy gems, or both.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it has some luscious pearls or sparkling gems.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!pearls and gems

My card was made using a tattered lace die to create the base stepper card, and as a bonus there was also dies to cut the layers to go on top.  I chose some art deco paper from my stash for the top layer, and used some rainbow mirri card for the the base in the “fan” shaped areas.

For my topper, I chose an image from a Hunkydory little book (my latest “go to” for a quick image!) and fussy cut round it so it could sit neatly in the centre.  It doesn’t show up particularly well, but I also used a quickie glue pen and some glitter on the strands on her dress to “bling it up a bit”.

The final touch was the sentiment, and the pearls.  I used varying sized flat back pearls to fit into the circles going up the fan elements, and three each of the same size to go on either side.

Crafty Cardmakers challenge #186 Things With Wings

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Mary is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Things With Wings. Anything with wings will count, birds, butterflies and other insects, fairies, aeroplanes, even hearts as long as they have wings!

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it has wings.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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My card was made for a friend who was having a hard time.  It is a centre stepper card made with plain white card and some papers from my stash.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t really do the paper justice – it’s a Pearlescent Mink colour with black swirls…

The topper and sentiment mats were made using the reverse of the backing paper, which toned in beautifully.  I distressed the topper and then stamped it with a sentiment.  This may be a crafters companion stamp (but it is in the drawer loose, so I can’t be certain.

Finally, I used die cut butterflies and border images cut from the same card to decorate my card