Crafty Cardmakers challenge 183 – go green

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!


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!