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

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 185 – Spring into Spring

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Peggy is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Spring into Spring. With the Spring Equinox having just occurred in the UK earlier this month we are hopefully springing back into life with new births, and buds and flowers appearing on the trees and shrubs and so we would love to see your Spring themed cards. These can include New Birth as well as flora and fauna.

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 lovely Spring theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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For my card, I chose to use a hunkydory little book image as my main topper.  I used a 5 x 7 plain white base card, and cut the centre of the little book image out using the inner cutting edge from a tonic cherish the moment rectangle frame die set to make a topper layer.  As it has an inner and an outer cutting edge it is perfect for cutting a mat and a layer.  I cut the mat out of rainbow mirri card using the outer cutting edge, and layered it onto the remains of the little book image (as I’d cut the centre out using the inner edge die, it covered the “hole” perfectly!)  This was then layered onto another sheet of the rainbow mirri card and stuck onto my base card

I used glue to stick the image onto the mat, and added a simple chiffon bow to the top left corner, and a sentiment to the bottom of the topper to finish my card.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 184 – a special woman or a girl

 

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Sally is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is For a Special Woman/Girl or Mother’s Day. As it’s Mothering Sunday on 26th March if you are in the UK, we would like to see your cards for that Special Female in your life. and it would be nice if you shared with us who your creation is for.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s for a Special Female.
Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

My card was a quick one this time – I made it using a hunkydory little book image, which I mat and layered onto some mirri card.  I chose a ribbon to complement the colour of the watering can and stuck this onto  a ready cut card base, well two bases actually – the first one seemed to be a bit flimsy when I went to put the additional toppers on, so I cut the back off and layered it onto another shaped card base.   The sentiments were made using peel offs – I rarely use them, but when you are in a hurry they are just the job.

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 183 – go green

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Judy is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Go Green. We want to see lots of lovely lush green on your creations in honour of St. Patrick’s Day which is on Friday 17th March, or you could make a St. Patrick’s Day card.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s either mostly green or has a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
I don’t really “do” St Patrick’s Day, so my card was just green.. but not only  in colour, as I was also green in recycling bits and pieces from my stash!  This is a clean and simple (CAS) card – I’m really bad at doing the ones with multiple layers on them.  I like them very much when other people do them but they never quite look right when I do it myself!
The card base was my favourite 6 x 6 inch size, onto which I layered first some dark green paper from my stash, and then a piece of green/gold  marbled paper I had left over from another project.  It’s a shame the photo doesn’t show it very well, but the darker bits are the green, and the bits that look white are actually an oyster mica colour… it’s a second or third generation print, so is very muted .  I’m dead chuffed to have finally used it because it is really lovely.
The remaining elements were all from a free members gift I got from Create and Craft some time ago and were the bits left on the sheet after a previous use.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 183 – Asdd some texture

Maike is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Add Some Texture. You can interpret this how you like, either embossing, heat or dry, texture paste, fabric, etc. let your imagination go wild.  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 lovely texture.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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My card was made using an A5 tent fold card (from a pack I bought from Anna Marie Designs).  I really like this unusual fold card -although the area is the same as a standard A5 card, it gives it that special twist.

I started by making my topper.  The base square card was part of a free kit that I got as a member of the Create and Craft Club – it came with 2 stencils – this butterfly one, and a heart.  I distressed the edge of it with some dusty concord distress ink and then went through the stencil using some Phill Martin cosmic shimmer sparkle texture paste (Decadent Bamboo).  Leaving it aside to dry, I then found some complementary green paper that I embossed using a butterfly embossing folder, and cut to fit.   Before I stuck it onto my card base, I wrapped some lace and ribbon from my stash around it at the bottom.  It was a bit loose, but that got resolved when I stuck the sentiment on there!

When the texture paste on my topper was dry, I used some stick on pearls to put in each corner and to make the butterfly antenna.  The topper was stuck onto the card base using 1mm foam pads.  I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut oval and distressed the edge in the dusty concord ink.  This was mounted onto a piece of the green embossed paper I had cut out using a couture die, and then both were put onto an oval die cut from rainbow card.  The final touch was to stick the sentiment on over the ribbon and lace using foam pads and a dab of hot glue.

I haven’t played with my sparkle paste for a long time – I should use it more often!

 

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 181 – Love, Love, Love

Lin is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Love, Love, Love. As Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away now is the time to make something special for the one you love, or just for someone in love!
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 love theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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My card this time is a CAS one – I’m not a girl for multi layers, really!
This was a very quick card to make, and simple.  My brief was a valentine card for my friend to give to her husband – and she didn’t want cutesy or sloppy.  I think this fits the bill just fine!
It’s a plain white 6 x 6 card base, onto which I embossed some hearts using a scoreboard (the Eazi Score, to be exact).  I then used a “lips” stamp (maker of which is unknown) with a deep pink ink pad to make the rest of the background have kisses.
My final touch was a peel off sentiment, placed on white card and layered onto gold card and stuck on with foam pads.  I used some of the gold peel off hearts from the sheet to pick out the embossed hearts, and it was done!