Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 210 – Birthdays

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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!


Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 209 – Water

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.
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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!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 208 – Bunnies/Chicks or Eggs

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. 208 chicks3

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.

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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.208 chicks1




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!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 207 – Go Green

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Judy is hosting today’s challenge, Go Green. In honour of St. Patrick’s day this coming Saturday, we would like to see your green creations. They do not have to be monochromatic, only green, but we would like to see the major part of your creation is green. Please don’t just stick a leaf in the corner and think it qualifies! We also don’t want St. Patrick’s day themed cards/projects unless the majority of them is green, as the challenge is about the colour green.

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 Go Green theme.

My card was made as a bon voyage card for my nephew’s girlfriend who went back to Canada  and all the images came from a Debbi Moore cd.  Sometimes, when you don’t have time to do the toppers and backgrounds from scratch a cd image can be super helpful.

I used a 6 x 6 base card, and onto that put a black mat.  I layered the base image onto the mat and stuck the ribbon across it 2/3 of the way down.  I cut the topper out and matted it onto the card using foam pads so it was raised.  It hasn’t come out very well, but I coloured the clock faces with some clear wink of stella pen to give it some shimmer.

I used some bakers twine to hang my guardian angel charm, and attached it to the card using hot glue, and covered the centre of the bow with a flower gem.

Lastly, I stuck 3 gems in the top right hand corner of the card.

Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing everybody’s entries!

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.