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!


Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 181 – Love, Love, Love

Lin is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Love, Love, Love. As Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away now is the time to make something special for the one you love, or just for someone in love!
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 love theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

My card this time is a CAS one – I’m not a girl for multi layers, really!
This was a very quick card to make, and simple.  My brief was a valentine card for my friend to give to her husband – and she didn’t want cutesy or sloppy.  I think this fits the bill just fine!
It’s a plain white 6 x 6 card base, onto which I embossed some hearts using a scoreboard (the Eazi Score, to be exact).  I then used a “lips” stamp (maker of which is unknown) with a deep pink ink pad to make the rest of the background have kisses.
My final touch was a peel off sentiment, placed on white card and layered onto gold card and stuck on with foam pads.  I used some of the gold peel off hearts from the sheet to pick out the embossed hearts, and it was done!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 180 – New Beginnings

januaryJac is hosting our first challenge of 2017, and the theme is New Beginnings. We want to see your creations related to new beginnings, that might be the arrival of a baby, a new relationship, marriage, engagement, a new year’s resolution even!

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 New Beginnings theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

My card is one I produce regularly for new babies…. it’s very simple to do and very effective.  I started with a small box, in the front of which I cut a window aperture.  Behind  the aperture I stuck some acetate, and inside the box I placed a pair of first size baby socks.  You can get plain socks or ones with pink or blue lace around the tops and they look really cute.

You can decorate this box as much or as little as you like.  I tend to keep it reasonably plain.

Wrapped around the box is a plain card, cut and scored so that it is slightly bigger than the box.  I stick some ribbon around it for the ties before I decorate the front with the decoration.  On the inside left side of this card I usually put a pocket, with a pull out tag which contains the details of the baby’s birth, name etc but on this occasion I have just matted and layered the information.

I always put the whole thing in another box – it is more of a keepsake than a card then as the proud parents can always put things like the hospital tag etc in the box with the socks!

On this occasion I used a die to decorate the front of the card and in the colours chosen by the person I made the card for.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 179 – Christmas with a twist

Kim is hosting our final challenge of 2016. We would love to see your Christmas creations, but there is a twist which we would love you to play; we want to see your non traditional Christmas projects. Anything quirky and unusual and not typically thought of as Christmas would be fabulous please. You can play along with a normal Christmas creation if you prefer, but we hope that many of you will play the twist and inspire us with different ideas!
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!

We are sponsored for our final challenge of the year by Kimx who has donated all this lovely stash!  Why not join in, because you never know, you may be the lucky winner!

So here is my card – my brain doesn’t really do quirky, so this is the best I could do!
I stamped out my sheep, then masked it and did the background with distress inks.  I coloured in the holly and the coloured elements on the sheep with promarkers, keeping the colour down to a minimum of one red and one green.
It hasn’t photographed particularly well, but I coloured the baubles in the sentiment in with a clear stardust gelly roll pen.She has donated all this lovely stash!e
Unfortunately, the stamps were old ones from my stash and as I used to just file them on sheets without the paperwork, I have no idea who made them.  I suspect they won’t be available any more anyway!
It’s the end of our challenges for 2016 for Crafty Cardmakers, and we will be back in the new year. I hope to see everyone again then for a new round of projects to share with you.


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…

Source: All Counties Craft Challenge

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!


Crafty Cardmakers challenge 176 – an explosion of colour

Josephine is hosting our Explosion of Colour challenge this week. Please share your vibrant, bright and colourful creations with us. Lots of colour please, the more the better.
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!
Nothing creates an explosion of colour like brusho powder paints.  A few tiny specks landing on wet paper simply burst with enthusiasm with results that are different each time
I like to make a few backgrounds at a time, and then look and see if they suggest anything to me.  The background I chose for this card reminded me very much of autumn leaves in a woodland, so I thought it would be perfect for some frolicking fairies…
The card base is 7 x 5 inches, tent folded and the watercolour card base was about 6 x 5.  To make the background, I first covered the watercolour card with water, and then sprinkled the brusho paints on the top.  I have put a couple of pin holes in the tops of each drum, and shake it over the top (like salt) so you can imagine how little paint is actually used.  When it was all wet and gorgeously bursting, I used a brush to tap some mica powder over the top to give it some bling, and let it dry naturally.  You can heat dry brushos, but it takes the vibrancy away…
I stamped some  silhouette grasses (a woodware stamp) along the bottom and some small fairies (from Lavinia Stamps, I believe) in versafine black ink onto the base card.  I stamped the sentiments to balance the fairies in the same ink.
When it was all dry, I layered my completed topper onto some black card, and applied that to my base card with foam pads.
Finally, I put a bright red narrow ribbon along the bottom, and attached a small bow to finish.  I love this card – don’t want to give it away, now!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 174 – Birthdays

Pam is hosting our challenge today, a nice simple one with the theme of birthdays.
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!
My card was made for one of those special birthdays, and my brief was butterflies, purple, flowers and champagne… I think I got them all in!
The base card was made using a 6 x 6 inch stepper card die.  I love this!  It is so quick and easy, and fits into a normal envelope if you use flattish embellishments. And, the mats dies are supplied too.  I used plain white card for the base (as you don’t really see it) and some purple texture card for the main base layer.
Onto this, I layered some Phill Martin paper I’d cut out with the mat dies. I cut the butterflies out with the plain white card, and glittered the one that was to be a standalone.  For the other two, I stuck the butterfly diecut onto some of the backing paper, and cut round it.  Gems from my stash were used along the centre of each butterfly.  All the butterflies were then stuck onto the card, leaving room for the die cut sentiment.
Next  I die cut some flowers and leaves from matching coloured card, and stuck them onto the card using my hot glue gun.  More gems were used in the centres of the flowers.
Finally, I cut round the champagne glasses in the photo and curved them using the edge of the table.  To ensure they stayed curved, I attached them to the card using pinflair glue gel.

CC Challenge 172 – Layer it up

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Layer it up…

Marlene is hosting our Layer It Up challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers, and she has asked for lots of layers please!!!

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!
My cards don’t normally have many layers on them – I tend to go more for the clean and simple style, so I thought I’d share this card, made at a class run by a stampin’ up teacher.
It has my usual favourite 6 x 6 base card., On a teal square of card,  I layered a kraft card square and finally  a square of patterned paper.  Onto the right hand side of the last layer I added another rectangle of a different paper, and then did the same again with a third paper. I’m not sure what dies I used for the next parts as they were provided – but one was an oval with lacy loops and the other was circular.  I attached the oval diecut over hanging the kraft square, and cut it off straight in line with the edge.
I attached the lace first and then added the ribbon  across the centre of the card and wrapped them both round, then stuck the topper square onto the base card.
The image was stamped onto a circle of white card and coloured with promarkers and then stuck onto the circular die cut, and then the whole thing was stuck onto the card with sticky pads.
The poinsettia was cut out of red and green card and put together in the corner with some pearls in the centre.  Lastly, I cut out three little message tabs, stamped a sentiment onto them and then attached it to the loop using string.
I like the card very much – but the layering is not something that comes easily to me even though it’s not hard to do.