Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 206 – Floral Delight

Mary is hosting today’s challenge, Floral Delight. Lots of flowers please!!

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 Floral Delight theme.
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My card  was made as a 7 x 5 using plain white card.
Onto the the base I layered an oval tattered lace mat  (velvet ruffles edge) which I distressed with Victorian velvet distress ink.    I stamped and embossed with sparkly glitter embossing powder the flower image from a honey doo stamp set from my stash.  I coloured it with watercolours and cut it out, so it could be layered onto the base mat.  Into the centre of the lily, I stuck some tiny AB gems.
I used two more tattered lace dies to make my sentiment mat and layer and distressed the bottom layer heavily with Victorian Velvet ink – the sentiment was (I think) a Crafters Companion stamp.    I attached the sentiment to the card using foam pads.
Finally, I stamped the Happy Birthday along the bottom of the card, and applied some more gems to either corner of the base card.
Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing everyone’s entries!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 205 – Love and Romance

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Marlene is hosting today’s Valentine themed challenge, Love & Romance

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 Love & Romance theme.   We are also having a DT call, as one of our members has sadly left, for personal reasons.  If you would like to join us, please put DT in the linky…

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Every year my friend asks me to make a card for her husband for Valentines Day, and every year I struggle because it is a card to a man.  It’s so much easier to make a card for the ladies (as in everything else, really!)

This year I was doing my usual trawl through pinterest for inspiration, with no real luck.  Then by chance, I dropped a folder with some of my dies in it and while sorting them out to put them back I found this large heart.    It’s amazing what triggers inspiration!

For my card, I used a white 6 x 6 base card.   I made a black topper slightly smaller than 6 x 6 with the die cut heart aperture in the centre.  I used some backing paper from a Debbi Moore CD to be the backing behind the aperture.  I stamped the words I and YOU on the topper (I in white on the black and YOU in black on the backing).  I thought it looked a bit plain, so I used a white gel pen to put some perforation dots around the edge, and put a black gem in each corner.  I stuck the topper onto the base card using foam pads, and then using craft artist professional, I made the sentiment.  This was cut out and stuck onto cardstock and then cut out again, keeping the distance around 1 -2 mm.  The last job was to stick the sentiment onto the card using  foam pads.

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 204 – Get Inky/Messy

Chanya is hosting today’s challenge, Get Inky/Messy. This can also include messy paint items, or sprays etc.

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 Get Inky/Messy theme.
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I have made a card this time round, using the new Ranger Distress Oxide inks.  I debated whether to buy the pads or just the inks, and in the end decided on the inks…

They will go a long way – you only need a couple of drops to get a decent blend going.  I used a glass mat and a blending tool..

My card is a 7 x 5 white base card, and I layered that with a black mat underneath the topper.  My background was done on a piece of pearlescent card – it really adds to the bling of the inks.  The inks used were peacock feathers, salty ocean, wild honey, fired brick and walnut stain.  I went round the outside edge to create a vignette effect using ordinary black soot distress ink.

When the inks had dried, I spritzed the surface with water, and used a scrunched up piece of kitchen roll to dry the droplets.  I was really pleased with the way it came out!

I had some fairy stamps in my collection – unfortunately, I have lost the packaging so have no idea what make they are!  I stamped them in place using my Eureka 101 stamp press, because I wanted the silhouette to be solid, and it is easy to miss bits.  It’s so handy being able to stamp twice with confidence!

The last touches were a die cut sentiment (from Lynda Chapman’s last set!) and some gems which I added to the swirl in the bottom left hand corner.  Finally, I went over the fairy’s wings with wink of stella clear to add some sparkle.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 203 – Bling’s the Thing!

Happy New Year everyone!  Isn’t it mad that it is 2018 already??? It seems no time since we were all worrying about the year 2000…

Lin is hosting our first challenge of 2018, Bling’s The Thing. We would like to see lots of bling, ie, glitter, gems, or anything else that’s sparkly.

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 Bling’s The Thing theme.

For 2018 we have relaxed our rules a little and no longer have a limit of 15 entries into our challenge, but we still require a permanent link to our challenge post in your post – please don’t forget to do this, as if you don’t your entry won’t be considered.
I used a My Craft Studio cd to create these lovelies having a good old gossip – originally they were both facing the same way, but I flipped the one in blue using Craft Artist Professional.
The base card is a 7 x 5 card, and onto that base I layered a mat of shiny art deco paper I had in my stash.  I printed out two copies of the topper sized to fit, and layered one copy onto the card.  I cut the second copy down to show the smaller topper only, and layered that onto some irridescent mirri card.  I attached that topper onto the base topper using foam pads to raise it slightly.
In the corners I used some self adhesive gems to add a bit of bling, and then for sparkle, I used a quicky glue pen to put some dots all over both dresses, and the jewellery.  I then sprinkled glamour dust over it all.  Sadly, the glitter hasn’t shown up that well in the photograph… #sad.
I haven’t put a specific sentiment on this one – but there is room to add a happy birthday or best wishes at the bottom or top.  I’ll decide what it should be when I want to use it, as that gives me some versatility.
Good luck with the challenge this time…!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 202 – Christmas

June is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Christmas. This is our last challenge for 2017.

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

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

Kim has provided a prize for this challenge, so one lucky person will receive this box of goodies.

My card was made using a happy accident… I was cutting out a number of large snowflakes from white card when I noticed that the waste made a really nice aperture!  So I leveled one up and used it on this card, distressing the edges of the aperture with tumbled glass ink.
The base card is a 6 x 4 landscape card, which is quite an unusual fold.  On a plain piece of card the same size as the aperture I used distress inks to create the sky (tumbled glass and a pink) and a mauve inkpad to make the hills in the background.  Onto this, I stamped the trees and couple on the bench (card-io stamps) and added some snow using white glitter and a quickie glue pen.
I wrapped some decorative ribbon from my stash around the aperture card, and then stuck it onto the background card using very thin sticky pads.  I then mounted this topper onto some silver card, and applied the whole thing to the card.
Finally, I stamped my greeting onto the bottom of the card.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 200 – anything but a card

Angela is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Anything But a Card.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, but NOT a card.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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My project for this challenge is a hexagonal gift box that I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

I bought the plain box from the Works for only a couple of pounds, and set about decorating it.

First, I painted on a basecoat of white gesso, and when that was dry, I went over it with cream paint.  The next step was to stencil with a light brown ink through a butterfly stencil.  I also added some text using a darker brown ink on the lid.

The next step was to add some crackle glaze, and when the effect had completed, I went over the whole think with some brown ink to bring out the cracks.  I went over the edges with some gilding wax (pebeo) and finally added some beads on a string all around the edge, applying it with glossy accents.

I decorated the lid with some flowers made using dreamees stamps, and a big bow made with ribbon from my stash, with charms attached.

I didn’t take pictures, but inside I lined the box with self adhesive velvet paper so it looked nicer.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 199 – Thankful

Maike is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Thankful. This could be a thank you card, or your might want to show us a scrap layout with your child/grandchild. Just anything you are grateful for really.

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

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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Now, like lots of people this side of the “Pond” I didn’t realise that Canada had a Thanksgiving Day too… but they do!  It is earlier than the American version, in October rather than November.

I found this out because my eldest nephew’s girlfriend is Canadian – and this year she was going to miss Thanksgiving with her family because of work commitments, so we had a Thanksgiving Dinner here for her!  It’s Turkey, but with other vegetable sides to what we are used to – and lots of maple syrup in things.

I thought it would be nice to make a card for her and I used my trusty 6 x 6 stepper card die, which I decorated using for a base layer some gold mirri, topped with a really nice orange card I got in a Linda Chapman’s World of Paper set which came with a Pollyanna Pickering DVD.

I had some random leaves from a Hunkydory kit that I utilised, along with a die cut banner.

For my topper, I downloaded a picture of bountiful fruitfulness from the internet that I cut into a fancy shape using a die from my collection.  Beneath this topper, I used a larger version of the die to cut a shape from card which I embossed with a Sheena Douglass embossing folder, coloured with distress inks and finished with gilding cream.

I really liked the way this one came out…

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.