Marg is hosting today’s challenge, All Creatures Great and Small. As it sounds anything in the animal or insect kingdom is acceptable. Please not just a tiny butterfly on the corner of a card though. We would like your ‘creature’ to be the focal point of your creation.
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 All Creatures Great and Small theme.
My card features the humble bee… I used one of my favourite card sizes, the 5 x 7 plain white base and a woodware stamp set.
Onto the card I matted a layer of Kraft card, onto which I had stamped a couple of the bees. I stamped the beehive and a large bee onto white stamping card and trimmed to fit. I coloured the images in with promarkers, and fussy cut the bee to decoupage it onto the main image.
I layered the main image onto some patterned paper that matched the kraft card base, and attached it to the top half of the card.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto some plain white card then trimmed to size and matted it onto the same patterned paper. This was then attached to the card with foam pads underneath the main image.
Julie is hosting today’s challenge, Holidays/Vacations
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 Holidays/Vacations theme.
My card was made using distress inks and some freebie stamps I got with a magazine.
The base card was my trusty 7 x 5 inch white card. Onto the base card I stamped the star fish using a distress ink, and distressed the edge using the same ink. Leaving a good size border to show off the star fish, I layered onto the base card some plain blue backing paper. Matted onto the blue card was a slightly smaller piece of white, which I had coloured with distress ink , and overstamped with the sea horse to make the background.
Then came another piece of blue backing paper, again leaving a reasonable size border so the stamped seahorses could be seen.
Finally, was the main topper. I distressed all four corners quite heavily, getting lighter towards the centre which I left white. In the white area I stamped the silhouette parent and child, using black versafine ink. In the top left hand corner I stamped the sentiment.
A very decorative card, using just 1 colour and 1 black ink pad and one set of stamps…
Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing all the entries. And do check out all the DT blogs, as we have some very talented crafters and their work is well worth looking at!
I am hosting today’s challenge, and I would like to see the use of at least two dies/punches or one of each!
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 7 inch card base made from pearlescent card. Onto this I added a piece of backing paper from my stash cut using a Lynda Chapman die.
The daisy die cut was from the same set of dies, and was cut from white card and I matted it onto the base paper. This die set is a really good way of using paper where you like the colour but not the pattern, because you can’t really see it!
The daisy die leaves the centre square in place, and that can be useful, but I didn’t want it to be so flat so I cut another square to layer onto the top of it. The sentiment and the backing plate came from the same die set, and I glued them on flat – I could have used foam pads but didn’t want the depth of the card to be so high.
I cut the flowers using Hunkydory Moonstone dies in the patterned paper, the white card and a complementary colour plain card. The swirl was a die from my stash. I arranged all the flowers and stuck them down with wet glue. The final touch was to stick a pearl in the centre of each of the flowers.
I used at least 5 dies for my card – I hope you enjoy this challenge – and look forward to seeing all of the entries. Good Luck!
Peggy is hosting today’s challenge, Wet or Dry Embossing
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 Wet or Dry Embossing theme.
My card was made using my favourite 6 x 6 base card. I used THAT* embossing folder to emboss some black card as the base layer. I used some gilding wax to bring out the highlights of the embossed area, concentrating on the pattern above the wavy border.
Using dies from my stash I cut out the sentiment base in mirri card, the sentiment topper in cream card onto which I stamped the sentiment. The 60 was die cut from the mirri card.
I cut out some swirls from the mirri card to put behind the decorative gold base card, and the top layer was cut out of black. Onto the black card I stamped and heat embossed in gold some Dreamees flowers, which I then fussy cut and stuck onto the black and gold decorative base. I stuck some pearls in the centre of the flowers.
Finally, I stuck some black gems in the centre of the wavy border going across the centre of the card.
* THAT embossing folder was originally given free with a magazine, and that was the only issue of that magazine I didn’t get! I eventually bought it – begrudging every penny! But it is a lovely embossing folder…
Maike is hosting today’s challenge, 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 For a Man/Boy theme.
My card was made for a fishing loving friend, using my favourite 6 x 6 card base. Onto this I put a mat of turquoise blue textured card, which I had edged with faux stitching. Layered onto this was a contrasting card in yellow.
The toppers were stamped onto white card using an old Woodware stamp set from my stash. The images were coloured in using promarkers. They are actually just one stamp – but I cut it up to make the different shapes and to decoupage the fish! I used my wink of stella pen to give the fish tail some sparkle. I mounted the images onto black card to make them “pop” before sticking them onto the yellow card base. I stamped the sentiment after I had stuck the images on and with hindsight (wonderful thing) I think I should have stamped the greeting in black.. but hey.
The ferns were a die from my stash – no clue who the manufacturer of this was – a lot of my dies are unlabelled, sadly.
Ideas for Male cards can be difficult to come up with – especially if they don’t have a hobby or interest to draw from! I hope you enjoy this challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.
A new challenge! Valérie is hosting today’s challenge, No Patterned Paper
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 No Patterned Paper theme.
My card was made using my favourite 6 x 6 card base. The base layer was a plain purple card cut to size and stamped with versamark, using the stamps I planned to use on the topper. This gives a watermark effect that I really like.
Around the base layer I wrapped some cream coloured ribbon, and then I stuck it to the card.
I stamped the daisy images (using a stamp in my stash – make sadly unknown) onto a square piece of card twice, and roughly coloured them using watercolour paints. I then cut the square into 9 individual pieces, and distressed around the edges of each one with milled lavender distress ink.
I stuck the small squares in the right order onto a piece of white topper card, leaving an even distance between them all to make a window frame look, and then finally used a promarker pen to edge the card.
The topper was stuck onto the base card using foam pads, and the final touch was a die cut butterfly, in the bottom right hand corner and the addition of some gems in the top right and bottom left corners.
Good luck – and enjoy the challenge!
Lin 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 Birthdays theme.
I made yet another resolution to use up my stash because frankly I have Far Too Much. For this challenge, I made my card using some hunkydory cardstock and a hunkydory whopper topper pad.
I cut the stepper card out using a die – I think it might be a tattered lace one (but I am notoriously bad at recording brands) but I might be wrong! I took the whopper topper and stuck it in the centre of the card using double sided tape and glue, taking care not to go too high or too far to the left with it. I used one of the ribbon strips from the sheet to go across the bottom of the oval, level with the first step, and attached a sentiment to the blank area to the right of the topper.
The steps looked empty… so I die cut some flowers and leaves from some patterned paper in my stash, and stuck them onto the steps, and onto the side of the topper underneath the sentiment.
Unfortunately, the rocker tended to tilt to the right, so I added the satin ribbon bow to counterbalance it! The final touch was the three small gems in the bottom left part of the rocker card and the Age button on the top of the topper. This was cut out of the scrap from the base card, and using some gold mirri for the base and the numbers, all die cut.
Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing the entries!
Josephine is hosting today’s challenge, Water.
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 Water theme.
My card is made using my favourite 6 x 6 card shape base, onto which I layered some black and then some blue card. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner of the blue card.
Using white card I die cut the splash of water and raindrops, and put that onto the blue base. I used a wink of stella clear pen to make the glittery effect in the “puddle” ripples and in the raindrops. I stamped a frog from a heartfelt creations stamp set, and coloured him with promarkers and attached him to the top of the card using 1mm foam pads.
Lastly I used some black gems on either side of the blue base card to accent the black base, and the froggie’s eyes…
Good luck with the challenge!
Kim is hosting today’s challenge, Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs
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 Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs theme.
My project was an exploding box for Easter. I really like these little boxes – complete with a surprise in the centre! They are very easy to make and need no special dies or equipment to achieve this effect.
My box was made using plain white card and was mat and layered with shades of yellow paper printed from a serif craft artist digikit. In the centre of the box was a small basket – I have filled it with chicks that I bought in The Works, but you could easily fill it with the small Cadbury mini eggs. Warning – the mini eggs are not a good idea for small children – some have died after getting them stuck in their throats.
The basket was made using an SVG file that I found and cut out with my scan n cut, but you could use straight card and get the same effect. I put some shredded paper in the base of the basket for the chicks to sit on…
There were Eggs in the printed paper on the outside of the box, on the inner flaps were pictures of bunnies, and also on the small basket.
Good luck with the challenge everyone!