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

layer it up
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.

CC Challenge 171 – by or under the sea

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Bec is hosting our By or Under the Sea challenge this week. We want to see what you can come up with that is either an underwater scene or a coastal/beach scene.

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 this challenge by WOODWARE CRAFT COLLECTION. with a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the

The Woodware design team are playing along with the challenge so check out their blog, which is there for inspiration at

My card is using my favourite 6 x 6 base, which I layered with pink and cream coloured card that had been cut with a swirly border punch.  (I’m not sure what punch it was as it was borrowed from a crafty friend and I’ve given it back now).

For the background of my topper , I scribbled onto a stamp block with my aqua pens in 2 shades of blue,2 shades of pink and yellow in lines and spritzed it with a fine spray of water.  I then stamped that onto my white stamping card.  Onto that, I overstamped with the beach hut scene and coloured the huts in with my pens.

I layered this onto my card base flat, although I could have used foam pads for added impact, and the final touch was a stamped, coloured and cut out sea shell.


Crafty Cardmakers challenge 169 -Summer

summerBec is hosting our Summer Challenge.You can interpret this how you like, a coastal scene, summer activities, vacations etc. as long as it relates to Summer.
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.

I chose to make my card using a stencil and distress inks – it’s amazing the effect you can get on a plain piece of white card.

The card base is a 6 x 6 white cardstock.  My topper was a piece of white card slightly smaller, onto which I attached a sunray stencil.  It was in my stash, and I’m not sure whose it is – but it’s very effective!

I started with an orange distress ink in the bottom left hand corner (the sun) and then gradually moved into lighter colours, blending as I went and then replacing the sunburst stencil with the flowers and butterfly stencil. (I think they may have been the same manufacturer as I had them together in the packet…)  I used the darker orange for the flowers and green ink for the stems and flower centres, and finally purple for the butterflies.

All stencils removed, I stamped my sentiment in the top right hand corner.  The final touch was to go around the edge of the card with an orange promarker, and then I stuck it onto the base card.  Very simple, but effective.

Actually, the promarker tip is a good one for any time you don’t have matching backing paper!