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.

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!