Crafty Cardmakers challenge 178 – anything but a card

And so we reach the last but one challenge of 2016!  Where has the time gone?

Angela is hosting today and our challenge is Anything But a Card. With Christmas rapidly approaching we feel sure that you will have created something as a decoration or a gift and would love you to share it with us.


I still haven’t made any Christmas projects, so thought I would share this project I did earlier instead – it is a canvas, which hangs in my craftroom.

The canvas was pre prepared when I got it and all I had to do was decorate!  I started on the background by using a stencil and some distress inks. On top of the stencilled image (when it was dry)  I stamped some butterflies and flowers with versamark and heat embossed them with embossing powder.  I used a woodware bubble butterfly stamp on some scrap paper from my stash to make some butterflies, which I cut out. To make the antenna for each butterfly I used jewellery wire, and attached it to the back of the butterfly with hot glue before I stuck the butterfly down in a cloud coming up from the bottom of the canvas.  I put a dot of glossy accent in each “bubble” to add some texture to the wings.

I stamped my sentiment onto a die cut base, and distressed the edges with distress ink.  I stuck the sentiment into the space on my canvas onto a die cut frame.  Lastly, I punched two holes in the top of my canvas using my crop a dile, and threaded some cord through it to hang the canvas by.

Our next challenge will be in the new year, so I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and see you in 2017.


All Counties Craft Challenge

I’ve been to two of John’s workshops and had a great time.  It’s a really worthwhile thing he’s doing so if you see one advertised near you, I wholeheartedly recommend  you give it a go.

If you don’t want to go, you can still make a donation to help John hit his target – see the details below, shamefully stolen from John’s Blog!

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Many questions have been asked about the All Counties Craft Challenge so I thought that I would set up this page in way of explanation and to give you an idea of how to get involved. First let̵…

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Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 177 – heat or dry embossing

I am hosting today and our challenge is Embossing which can be either dry or heat. If it’s not obvious please tell us where your embossing is!
As usual, you can enter anything you fancy, it doesn’t have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn’t exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!


While I admire cards that have lots of embellishment, I’m not actually very good at producing my own, so my card this time is a CAS one, with minimal layering and embellies using dies, stamps and embossing folder I got free in a magazine.  It’s mainly white on white, which makes it a bit hard to photograph, so I would recommend clicking on the pic to get a larger version!

On the base of the card (which is an A5 folded portrait) I stamped the words Let it Snow in versamark ink, and then covered with with  white sparkle WOW embossing powder and heat embossed it.  Into the corners of the card I placed a single AB gem.

I used a hunky dory mirri mat as the base for my topper, and on top of that I used some blue speckled paper.  Finally, I ran a piece of white card through an embossing folder after having covered one side of the inside of the folder with versamark ink.  When I got the card out of the folder, the versamark ink was transferred to the debossed part of the image, so I covered that in the same white sparkle WOW embossing powder and heat embossed it.  This gives a really cool letterpress finish…

Earlier, using the free die, I had cut out 2 snowflakes, one from white card and one from the centre of the hunkydory mirri mat (what can I say, I’m tight…!) and I stuck them onto the edges of the layered topper.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto some white card, which I layered onto another part of the mirri mat base that I had die cut using a label shape.  The last touch was to put 2 more AB gems in the holes at each side of the label.

I hope you like this card – and give the letterpressing a go as it is really effective!