Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 198 – Spooky

Glenda is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Halloween.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it follows the Halloween theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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Now here, I have a confession.  I’m not really a fan of halloween… and I don’t like Spiders and the like!  So every time I have to make a card for this holiday I am a bit stumped.
For this card, I have used my favourite 6 x 6 base, and onto that I have layered dark blue and a gold mat.  For my topper, I decided to use some stamps I got from hunkydory – this is the little monster set, and came complete with a mask.  The other stamp (the owl) and branch is also from hunkydory.
For the background, I used distress inks and did the top half of the card first.  I then remembered the moon… which I had forgotten to mask.  But not to worry – one of the joys of distress inks is that you can bleach colour away afterwards using water!  I did this and quite liked the misty effect I got.  I covered the moon with a clear wink of stella pen afterwards to give it a bit of sparkle….
The green jagged grass at the bottom of the page was made using the edge of the monster mask – hunkydory think of everything!
I did remember to mask my monsters as I stamped them though, so there is some perspective (although note to self – when you use fresh masking paper, take the edge off! – because my yellow monster is a bit rough as some of the surface came away when I removed it).
The monsters were coloured in using promarker alcohol pens.  I need to practice more with these again, as I was a bit sloppy round the eyes…
I hand wrote my trick and treat! sentiment with a black marker pen, and overall, I was quite pleased with my halloween “lite” card!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 197 – Fancy Folds

Margaret is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Fancy Folds.

This particular challenge is for cards only.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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This card is one of my favourite bases – it allows for much decoration, yet at the same time seems quite clean and simple!  And the insert allows room to write your own message, which is not being seen by casual viewers as it is on display.

I made a 6x 6 inch gatefold card base out of cream card, and in the centre inserted a “flap” made of the same card, which came down inside the gatefolds.

On the front of the card, I die cut a topper (tonic, I believe) and layered onto that with the inner die in cream.  Onto the topper, I stuck a heart, die cut in gold.  A few pearls finished off the front.

On the inside of the gatefold flaps, I stuck some art deco paper from my stash (possibly from a Debbie Moore cd) as a layer, and overlaid that layer with a die cut bride and groom (from Joanna Sheen).

Lastly, I decorated the flap with the same art deco paper, and in the centre added a die cut heart in cream, with the hearts paper pieced in gold, and small toppers with the bride and groom’s initials.  The final touch was to add the sentiment.


Crafty Cardmakers # 96 – Autumn



Kim is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Autumn.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s Autumnal themed.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!


For my card, I used a 6 x6 inch card base, and layered onto that some black card.  I then embossed some white card using a leaf embossing folder – I think it might have been a Sheena Douglas one – and coloured it in autumnal colours using distress inks.  I used some orange card from my stash to cut the swirls and finally added some toppers from a hunkydory kit.


Crafty Cardmakers #95 – Monochrome

I am hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Monochrome. We would like to see your monochromatic creations, these do not have to be black and white. Anything with hues of just one colour is fine. We will, of course, be okay with hair and skin colours as well, but your major colour scheme should only have one colour in it.

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

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule! 

My card this time was one of those we all have to do at one time or another – and like doing the least.  My condolence card was made for a colleague whose husband had lost a long and painful battle with cancer.

I used a stepper card die to make this card – I like these shaped cards as they give you additional dimension.  I wanted to make a white on white card, but to be successful, it looks better with different textures.  I ran the base card through my cut n boss with a butterfly embossing folder and cut the panels for the sides and base out of white linen textured card.  My arch for the centre panel is (I believe) a tonic die, and the sentiment was cut out of  the white linen textured card and dusted with a lavender distress ink to give a small amount of colour.  The sentiment was stamped using a charcoal stamp pad.  I like to use this for sentiments where you don’t want a deep stark black message – it’s dark but not intense.

Finally, I added the pearl embellishments from my stash to the base of the card front.



Crafty Cardmakers #194 Under The Sea or At The Beach

Judy is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is either Under The Sea, or At The Beach.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s matches either of the two above themes.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

My card was made for  friend’s little girl who was going to be 4 and who was a big fan of the Little Mermaid, Ariel.

I wanted the card to be one she could keep – but it needed to fold flat!  In the end I made a shadow box type card.  I cut a scalloped edge aperture in the front, and stuck acetate into the opening, which I embossed with a snowfall embossing folder to simulate bubbles.  I used an under the sea background picture I got from a google search as the background, and some stickers backed onto card for the characters.  Inside the “box” I put some sparkly string that I “liberated” from a plant in work last Christmas when we packed the decs away, because I thought it looked like seaweed… I imported the sticker image of Ariel into Serif to create the big 4 with the sentiment.

Lexie loved it – I hope you like it too…


Life changes….

So after next week I will have a lot more time on my hands!   Earlier on this year I decided to address my work/life balance issues and take early retirement, with the aim of doing more of what I want to do instead of what I have to do.  It took a while, but now the time is almost here.

It’s a big step – and less money – so a bit of a scary proposition, but I’m giving it a go.  I’m reassuring myself with the thought I can always do some temping if I run out of cardstock and glue and the pension won’t cover it!

I do have some boring household issues to address first, (although, if I’m going to be in the house more I suspect replacing the boiler will be a good thing) but then my plan is to sort out my craft room and create!

I thought it might be fun to record my progress here… let’s see how I get on…


Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 193 – lots of layers

Chanya 13 is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Lots of Layers
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 layers to match the theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule! 

I don’t normally make cards with lots and lots of layers – my style tends to veer towards the clean and simple with minimal layers on the whole.  But layers don’t have to be frothy or lacy – so I decided to utilise one of my birthday gifts of a hunkydory stacker pad and just do lots of mats and layers.

I used 2 pages from the stacker – one background paper and one sheet of die cut decoupage/topper images.  My base card was my favourite 6 x 6 white card and originally I was going to put the backing paper directly onto it.  Then I thought, no! layers!!!!  and added some gold mirri behind it.  I didn’t have a full sheet of gold, so used the small A6 mirri sheets I use with the little book pages, and covered the join by sticking a further layered ribbon strip on the top to cover it. The layers on the strip was gold mirri, strip of background paper (reverse side) strip of gold mirri and finally a strip off of the embellishments sheet.

I used the edge of the embellishments sheet that had a gold trim as a further ribbon strip to go across the page horizontally (for the bees to stand on at the top!) and then stuck one of the flowers where the strips intersected,  with a small embellishment in the centre.  Finally I used some of the bee diecuts on foam pads to decorate the rest of the card.  I stuck one embellishment slightly too high up at the bottom, which irritated me because it looks wrong to my eye.  You probably wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t pointed it out though,.. which is what I console myself with!

The last touch was a bit of quickie glue and clear glitter around the centre of the sunflower, and 4 AB gems in each corner.

I liked the final effect very much – I think these stackers are really good value and ideal for those times when you don’t have time to pull a design together from scratch.    This one was a gift, but I may just treat myself to some of the others!


Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 192 ~ Tic Tac Toe

Marlene is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Tic, Tac, Toe. We were asked to choose a line from the grid below, either top to bottom, left to right, or diagonally.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as your all the items in one straight line from the grid.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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I used my favourite 6 x 6 card base for this one, and used some nautical backing paper from one of the cds I have in my stash.  I think this one may have been a serif digi kit…

This card was going to be made at a craft club I go to and as I had to make 25 kits for ladies to use, I wanted to see if I could make a card with the minimum of raw materials, and pretty much all of this was printed out on one sheet of A4 paper.  Of course, I could have made it simpler by layering the anchor patterned paper onto the blue pattern paper digitally before cutting it out, but in this case I set the squares on the paper so they could be cut and layered individually.

I used a plainish piece of the blue patterned paper to stamp out my sentiment, which I heat embossed with silver detail embossing paper.  I really like this sentiment and use it a lot – it’s perfect for men’s cards, as it isn’t overly sentimental.

For this card I used a porthole stamp from Creative Stamping magazine that I overlaid on the shape I cut from the scan n cut in silver card.  I didn’t get it quite square on, so I need to rethink how I do this if I do it again!  Maybe the cut image needs to be a smidge bigger…

I love that turquoise/teal blue, and I managed to find some Butchers Twine on the interwebs that was JUST the right colour (I think it’s Eton Blue) and I used it to wrap around the porthole.  This gives an extra embellishment, but again, isn’t as feminine as ribbon and went well with the anchor – with hindsight, I should have had it going through the ring of the anchor, but hey ho!

I used self adhesive pearls to frame the corners of the base card and the main topper, and to make the centre point of the anchor.

The final touch was some faux stitching around the edge of the card and the main topper – Twilight sky promarker around the white card, and white gel pen on the teal coloured topper.

This card can be turned into a feminine one really easily – just swap the anchors and porthole for floral paper and a fancy frame.  And have ribbon, not twine, with a bow!


Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 189 – Floral Profusion

Floral profusion

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.