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!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 240 – Pearls and/or Gems

Dr. Monika is hosting today’s challenge, Pearls and/orGems
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the theme. 

Somebody very unkind mentioned to me last week that it is apparently about 16 weeks until Christmas. I know, right?????? So this card was my first of the year. It had to be done…

I used a scalloped edge 7 x 5 cardbase from my stash. I’ve recently been trying to organise my craft room and found a whole drawer of things I had completely forgotten I had!

I put a base layer of green card onto the base card, and layered onto that a piece of lavender cardstock. For my topper, I die cut a piece of gold card using (I think) a spellbinder die from my stash, and cut a piece slightly smaller in white stamping card using the next die down in size.

In the centre of the white stamping card, I put an oval mask and then using my blending brushes, I coloured the background using distress inks. Removing the mask, I stamped the Christmas tree onto the centre of the card. This is an old stamp – unfortunately I have no idea whose it is…

To indicate Baubles on the tree, I used some self adhesive pearls and some gold gems. I stamped the star on top of the tree using gold metallic ink and also stamped the sentiment in the same green ink I used for the tree, on the bottom of the shape.

Lastly, I used some small gold peel offs I found in my reorganisation – and put them in the corners of the card.

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 237 – Dies or Punches

Jo is hosting today’s challenge, Dies or Punches

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

My card was made using all Tattered Lace dies.

The base card was made using the largest velvet die, cut out of a pale green card and folded in half to make the rocker. Onto this base card I stuck a doily diecut, and in the centre of the rocker card I used a plain white small velvet edge die.

The topper itself was a die that (I think) came with the TL magaxine subscription, and I cut this twice – once in silver for the frame, and once in plain white. The white one and was coloured using my alcohol markers and the silver version had the flowers snipped out and was stuck over the top.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 236 – Anything but a card

Angela is hosting today’s challenge, Anything But a Card

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it is NOT a card.

My item was a small gift/storage box in the shape of a gem. It was made using my scan n cut and the SVG file was provided by Dreaming Tree. I used a black card base, and the patterned paper was from a paper pad I got in the Works.

The scan n cut doesn’t like regular glitter card (and I didn’t have any of the Toni Darroch encapsulated sort) so I used plain black card, covered in double sided adhesive and glittered after the cut was made for the sparkly bits.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 235 – Masculine

Marg is hosting today’s challenge, Masculine or for a man/boy

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

My card was made using a hunkydory USB (can’t remember which one, sorry!) for the backing paper and the toppers, which I cut out and decoupaged onto my favourite size 6 x 6 base card.

I really like the USBs for those times when inspiration is nowhere to be found, because they often have sets of things that can be used together.

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 234 – Birthdays

Birthdays

Josephine is hosting today’s challenge,  Birthdays
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the theme. 

My card was made using scrap card and paper from my stash. Cards don’t have to be big – this one was made just using an 8 inch square piece of olive green cardstock and another 5 inch square piece of the same colour.

To make my card, I folded the piece in half (so it ended up 8 inchs x 4 inches). Onto the front of the card, I matted a piece of plain pink card from my scrap box, and onto that I layered some of a sheet of floral paper from an 8 x 8 pad.

From the centre of the 5 inch scrap of card, I die cut a circle, and from the centre of that circle, the sentiment and the 2 leaves.

I cut two mats in the plain pink for the circle, and stuck one on the front and one on the back of the green to hide where the other cuts had been made, and stuck that onto the right hand side of my landscape card so it stood up above the fold edge.

I cut another slightly smaller circle of the patterned paper from the remains of the 8 x 8 sheet and matted this onto the green/pink circle, and stuck the sentiment in the centre of it.

From the remaining patterned paper, I cut three spiral rose shapes, and rolled and stuck them together to make my flowers. I put the leaves in the bottom left hand corner of the circle, and stuck the flowers over the top. I put some glue in the cente of the flowers, and covered with glitter to make a sparkly centre.

I had a small wooden butterfly in my stash too – and this was the perfect opportunity to use it, after gluing and glittering it.

Finally, I took a small piece of pink string and stuck it on the right hand side of the circle.

Happy with this one…. Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing eveyone’s cards!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 233 3 -2 -1

3 – 2- 1

Glenda is hosting today’s challenge, 3-2-1.

We would like to see your creations using 3 of one thing, 2 of another and 1 of a third. For example, 3 patterned papers, 2 die-cuts, 1 image. It would be helpful if you could mention in your post what your 3,2,1s are!

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

My card was made using 3 colours of distress oxide ink, 2 punched leaves and 1 die cut leaf.

I don’t play with my inks enough… and considering what they cost, I really should! This card is very simple to make. I used a 7 x 5 white card base, landscape, onto which I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right corner.

I matted some black card across the centre of the card, and layered onto that a piece of white card which I had coloured with distress inks (I think I used tumbled glass, blue lagoon, and a greeny coloured one whose name I have forgotten!). Onto this piece of card, using the same inks I had stamped some leaves, randomly. (Stamp set from my stash)

From some green inked card in my stash, I die cut and stamped the large leaf and punched the small green leaf. The blue/green leaf was punched from the end of the strip I had used for matting. I put the large leaf on the matted inked layer, and the two small leaves were put on the top right side of the card – all with foam pads.

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 232 – Dragons or other mythical creatures

Lin is hosting today’s challenge, Dragons or other Mythical Creatures

As tomorrow is St. George’s Day in England, we would like to see your dragons aplenty, or if you don’t fancy dragons any other mythical creatures will do nicely.

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

My card was made using a 7 x 5 card blank, onto which I matted some plain black card.

My background sheet was a Hunkydory Little Books page (Twilight Kingdom). I really like these, as they enable you to use any image you like on top – and I particularly liked the colour scheme of this one. I used a Hunkydory rainbow mirri card to back the sheet and layered them onto the black card.

For my Dragon, I chose a stamp from a set in my stash – possibly from Creative Stamping as it was an A4 set. The sentiment also came from the same set.

I fussy cut around my dragon (and his flaming breath!) and coloured them with alcohol pens. I used foam pads to attach him to the background sheet.

I stamped the sentiment onto plain white card and backed that onto the same rainbow mirri I had used for the background sheet. I then attached it to the card with a foam pad.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 230 – that special someone

That special someone

Marlene is hosting today’s challenge, That Special Someone.
As Mother’s Day is next Sunday in the UK we would love to see your Special Someone creations. We appreciate not everyone still has their Mum, so just make your creation for a very special person in your life.

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

My card was made using a Tattered Lace die set and Charisma papers, for an ex colleague and friend who was 70. I used a 7 x 5 card base onto which I matted some blue card to match the image. Onto this I layered some backing paper from the files that came with the dies. I cut a second (plain) version of the die in white card, so that I could stamp the sentiment into the centre oval, which pops out.

The die comes with the decoupage layers and I applied them to the base layer using pinflair gel glue.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of scrap card, and trimmed to size.