CC Challenge 249 – Black and White

Glenda is hosting today’s challenge, Black and White.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece or home decor, as long as it meets the theme.

My challenge to myself this year was to use some of that stash – paper/card AND equipment that I already have. My card was made using my fave 5 x 7 base, and onto that I layered some black card.

The next layer was plain white card that I ran through my cut n boss in a dotty embossing folder – I forgot how much I love this effect! Onto this I put some strips of black and white paper from my scrap pile, and cut out a bow from the same paper for each strip using some bow dies from my collection. I forgot how much I like them, too… I think they were by Creative Expressions (but I don’t have the packaging any more, so maybe someone else?)

Finally, I cut the sentiment out in black and mat and layered a couple of black and white scraps together to put it on. The sentiment was attached using a foam pad.

Good luck with the challenge everyone!


CC challenge 248 – anything goes

Welcome back for another year of challenges with the Crafty Cardmakers. It’s not only another new year but the start of the “twenties”. The nineteen twenties are history – will the twenty twenties be as interesting?

As it’s the start of the year we are offering a one off prize for our winner, which Lin will be choosing as she came out of the hat to pick the winner and Top 5 for this first challenge of 2020, offered up by the lovely Kim.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, but just for this first challenge the theme is Anything Goes.

I belong to a monthly book club, and we swap cards with members for their birthdays. I have a list, and usually make my cards as I go along. However, I recently bought a Papercrafts Essentials magazine (issue 183) which had some brilliant gifts with it – a bookshelf embossing folder, some dies for books and matching stamps. There was a cat, a globe, some little pots of flowers… perfect for book lovers! I have now decided to make a batch of these cards for the book club, and will personalise them to suit.

This card was made for one of the lady members, M, and for this I used a 5 x 7 blank card base, onto which I layered some white card coloured at the edge with a Promarker, to match the colour of the die cut books. I used some picked raspberry distress ink to colour the embossed books on the plain white card I had put through the machine in the embossing folder.

I stamped and coloured the cat using promarkers, and then cut it out using the die. I used a foam pad to attach it to the card.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment in the picked raspberry onto white card, which I layered onto some more white card coloured with the promarker, and this too was attached using a foam pad.

It’s been a while…

Sometimes life gets in the way. And time speeds up until you can’t keep up with it all. So, I have been away dealing with all that.

Now I am trying to get on track with my posts here as well as getting used to putting a 2 in the date where a 1 used to be. It’s going to be be weird living in the 20’s…. It seems but a year or so ago that we were all stressing about Y2K, the Millennium, the year 2000. And now, we are at 2020. Surreal.

So yeah, I have started the sort out of the craft room, agonising over what to keep and what to pass on, and trying to clear a space bigger than 12 inches square on my table to actually work on. I have started an inventory of equipment and stash (laughs hysterically at how much I have spent on it all) and have scratched my head as to just how I am going to get this quart of “stuff” into my pint pot of a room!

Happy days!