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Monday, 20 June 2016

DV #134 Summer Colours

Hi and welcome to another Dream Valley challenge. We are challenging you to use Summer Colours, and are sponsored by Di’s Digi Designs.

DV 134 Summer Colours

This is my version of the Rio Olympics, which are due later this Summer. Clearly this was the award ceremony for the balancing bones event! As you can see old Grumpy Cat is not pleased he only placed third, whilst the bird is trying to gain some tips by sneaking a peek at the Gold Medallist with his winning balance. Naturally as I don’t know anyone personally competing in the Rio Olympics I turned it into a birthday card!

I made the background by first cutting a shaped diecut out of some card which I overlaid onto the background card, over the top of a Clarity stencil. I then inked through with Tim Holtz’s DIs in Picked Rapsberry, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw and Citron.

My images are all from Katzelkraft. From the Les chiens, Les Chats Russes and Les Piafs stamps sheets, along with the accesories and the winner’s podium from Les drĂ´les d'accessoires.

I coloured them with DIs and copics.

The sentiment diecut is Spellbinders and the Number 1 sentiment comes from Crafty Individuals’ Winning Hare.

DV 134 Summer Colours 2

This second pic shows the colours a bit more brightly, but makes the images appear flat to the card, and they are dimensional as I added them with foam tape, which you can see in the top pic.

The whole thing was matted only purple shimmer paper and onto a scalloped card base.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #129 Anything Summer (the Rio Olympics)
Alphabet Challenge – H For Handcoloured Image
Cardz For Gals – #24 Summer Fun (Rio Olympics)
Crafty Gals Corner – #76 Summer Fun (Rio Olympics)
Creative Artiste – #15 Anything Goes
Digi Designs Challenge – Summer (Rio Olympics)
Ecclectic Ellapu – June: Pink Team-Midsummer (Rio Olympics)
Inky Impressions – June: Summertime (Rio Olympics)
Little Claire’s Designs – #70 Create A Scene
OSAAT – #264 Anything Goes With Layer It Up
The Sisterhood of Crafters – Summer Fun (Rio Olympics)
Polkadoodles – #24 Use A Diecut
Stamping Sensations – June: Feature a Creature
That’s Crafty – In The Pink (I presumed it wasn’t just pink as it didn’t say that!)
The Corrosive Challenge – June: #6 Lots of Layers

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Monday, 13 June 2016

CCM #166 For a Special Man

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is themed around Father’s Day, next Sunday in the UK, and is for a Special Man. Because we don’t all still have our Father’s we are happy for anything created for a special man in your life.

Jim B'day Front

My card was created for my Brother In Law’s Birthday. I used papers from Basic Grey on a black card which I made using the Spellbinders Card Creator Happy Day die. By the way those levels of pink, lemon etc on the steps aren’t actually there. It’s the chiffon background showing through the gaps!

My stamps and matching dies are all from Heartfelt Creations’ Winking Frog range.

CCM 166 Slant

The main and largest image is Fiddle’n Frog, the others were from the Leaping Frogs stamp and die set, which consists of two borders one of the toadstools and the other of the frogs, which I stamped, coloured and cut and then trimmed into seperate sections. The little bees are from Froggy Frame stamp/die combo which was a Create and Craft exclusive set.

CCM 166 Side

Because the main card and the layers were diecut, and I didn’t fancy cutting out seperate mats, I did some faux stitching with a white pen to give a bit more definition to the layers.

I love Heartfelt products. This card cleverly folds flat for postage, but as my BIL only lives three streets away that wasn’t a problem. The sentiment is also from Fiddle’n Frog stamp set.

I am entering this into:-

Aloha Friday Challenge – #73 Masculine Cards/For Dad
Alphabet Challenge – H For Handcoloured Image
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards – #111 Use a Die Cut
Craft for the Craic – June: Something Masculine
Crafty Calendar – June: Fathers Day/For a Male
Happy Little Stampers – June: Anything Goes with Dies
In The Dragon’s Lair – June: One for the Guy
Polkadoodles – Week 22 For the Boys
QKR Stampede – #195 One For the Guys
Stamping Sensations – June: Feature a Creature

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Monday, 16 May 2016

CCM #164 Stitching, Faux or Real

Today at Crafty Cardmakers we would love to see all your projects that contain stitching. This can be real as in any form of thread work, machine stitching, embroidery etc., or faux, drawn or stamped stitched lines, or as I have done, I created my faux stitching with a die.

164 Stitching Faux or Real

My card is sympathy card. I started with a Rubbernecker stamp which I stamped in two parts, the coloured part was brushos painted on and then spritzed to activate more. I did go a little heavy handed and this is actually a second generation stamp because the first was too concentrted with colour.

164 Close Up

When the coloured area is in place there is a second stamp to put the detail in. I die cut the result out with a Gina K Oval Cross Stich die, and matted it onto a Spellbinders diecut mat. The background is from Crafters Companion a lovely embossing folder that embosses one side and debosses the other. The sentiment is from Anna Griffin.

I am entering this into:-

Artistic Inspirations – #156 AG with a Twist Use a Diecut
Aud Sentiments – #155 AG + a Sentiment
Card and Scrap – #118 Flowers
Card Mania – #80 Flowers
Craft Rocket – #15 Flower Power
Crafting For All Seasons – #126 Add some Embossing
Creatalicious – #91 AG with optional extra no Designer Paper
Eureka Stamps – #193 Stitching Real Or Faux
Get Creative – #39 Purple and one other colour
Incy Wincy Designs – Touchy Feely-Add Texture
Inky Impressions – May: Die cuts and Flowers
Noor Design – #18 Spring Flowers
Quirky Crafts – #5 April Showers bring Quirky May Flowers
Sunsational Stamps – May: AG with a twist of flowers

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Monday, 9 May 2016

DV #131 Ribbon, Lace and Pearls

We would love to see your Ribbon, Lace and Pearl creations over at Dream Valley this fortnight. We are sponsored by both Dies to Die for and also by Crafty Ribbons.

131 Ribbon Lace and Pearls

My card is made from a base I created myself with the Tonic bowscale die, and the paper is from Prima’s Fairy Flora pad. I have added some little pink star clusters to the pad using a Craftwork Cards stamp, just to tie in the pink of the butterflies, ribbon etc. a little better.

My ribbon and lace are combined by threading a pink satin ribbon through a white lace, with holographic sparkle accents.

Butterflies are a combination of Tim Holtz Butterflies and Joycraft and Marianne dies, and the pearls and pink satin mirror card are from my stash.

I am entering this into:-

A Beautiful Mess – #2 Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life – #40 Critters
Craft Your Passion – #311 Always Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar – May: Things With Wings
Crafty Friends – #31 In The Garden
Get Creative – #38 Pink and 1 Other Colour
Just Us Girls – #342 Word Week-Butterfly
Lawnscaping – #129 Calling All Critters (please yell out if you don’t fee butterflies are critters!)
Pile It On – #107 Garden Critters
Polkadoodles – Week 18 Things With Wings
The Corrosive Challenge – #5 May: Spring

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Monday, 2 May 2016

CCM #163 Pearls or Gems

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time is Pearls or Gems. You can choose either, or indeed both, as I have done on my card.

163 Pearls or Gems

I made my card with just white card, embossing folders and a die, plus small amounts of purple mirror board, and of course, the pearls and gems.

The bottom layer combines a new embossing folder that shipped with the Gemini diecutting machine from Crafters Companion, the criss cross trellis pattern, and a die that was released at the same time, 12” long, that both die cuts a scalloped edge and cuts out the scrollwork above it. I did the diecut edge first and then embossed the trellis design above it. The panel above is also a new embossing folder that came packaged with the machine, and which I trimmed down to fit. I also put it through a second time in the mirror board and then trimmed just three elements out to emphasise some of the imagery in that folder.

The pearls were in my stash and self coloured, but the gems, were clear auroa borealis which I coloured to match the purple of the card accents and matting.

Finally I added a couple of uncoloured gems to the purple accents and diecut a couple of words to finish it off.

Have to say, whilst the 12” dies are a novelty and will of course allow you to cut a full length of A4, they will not allow you to properly cut across the width of A4 because you cannot, of course, get them in the machine across the width as that is still limited to 8”. So I can see the idea of the dies, but I fear that are more style over content as they lack a certain practicality and limit the use of the dies. I really wanted to make a full card with the pattern at the bottom, but I couldn’t get it in the machine that way round, so instead had to cut a panel which I then diecut vertically as I couldn’t do so horizontally.

I am entering this into:-

A Gem of a Challenge – #168 Favourite Colour Combination (Purple and White)
Alphabet Challenge – E for Embossing Folders
Come and Get It – #116 Make Your Own Embellishment
Creative Fingers – #108 Always Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #423 No Patterned Papers
Eclectic Ellapu – May: Anything Goes
Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies – #18 Add A Sentiment
Polkadoodles – Swirls and Flourishes (I hope my diecut flourish border counts?)
Quirky Crafts – May: April Showers Bring Quirky May Flowers
Southern Girls – #133 Texture

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Monday, 25 April 2016

DV #130 All Creatures Great and Small

Good morning. Today at Dream Valley we want to see your creatures Great and Small. We are sponsored by Digi Stamp Boutique and I was lucky enough to get to play with one of their cute images, Hetty and Cupcake.

DV 130 All Creatures

I coloured Hetty with copics, adding some glitter to the cake icing and bow. I stencilled through a Stampendous stencil with some burst powders which I had made into paint first rather than adding to a wet card, or adding water later. The die cuts down the side are the new Tattered Lace tuck in dies, and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.

I am entering Hetty into:-

Crafty Friends – #30 All Things Cute
Digi Designs – Pastel Colours
HLS April CAS – Stencil Monoprint
Kleuren Met Potloden – April: Animals
Noor Design UK – #17 Anything Goes
Paper Minutes – #431 Pastel Colours
Paradise of Stamps – #40 Pastel Colours
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Animal Cards
Star Stampz – Use A Digi
The Crafty Addicts – #13 Anything Goes

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Monday, 18 April 2016

CCM #162 - 1, 2 3

I’m hosting the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time around and I would love to see your creations following our 1, 2, 3 theme.

I want to see you use 1 Image, 2 Designer/Pattern Papers and 3 SEPERATE AND DIFFERENT embellishments

We have a fabulous sponsor for this challenge, Woodware Craft Collection with a great prize of a £12 voucher to spend in your favourite Woodware stockist.

161 - 123 A

I created my card using the lovely new Polkadoodles CD rom, Lemonade Fizz. My 1 image and 2 papers both came from this cd. I created the image myself from a frame and an ‘ingredient’ found on the cd, and using my graphics program I created a drop shadow effect around the outer and inner parts of the image.

Both papers and image were printed onto Navigator 120 gsm paper, in my opinion the BEST paper for printing such things! It’s smooth and prints beautifully, plus it’s a really crisp white to start with so you get the best representation of colour that your printer can give you.

I matted the image and papers onto black cardstock. I added some glitter highlights to the flowers in the image with Glamour Dust and a quickie glue pen.

My 3 embellishments are a doily, which I tinted with two different coloured copics to tone in with some of the colours in my papers, a metallic butterfly sticker which I stuck down onto some of the spare Navigator paper and cut out, and the third embellishment is Card Candi.

161 - 123

I couldn’t quite get the light right on this picture, so I have used two slightly different light condition versions. The top one is closer to the correct colours, but the bottom one shows better definition.

I’m entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft – #18 Anything Goes
Card Mania – #79 Spring
Crafting Musketeers – #36 Spring Is In The Air
Crafting With Friends – #27 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patterned Paper – April
Fussy and Fancy – #161 Green and Pink
Imagine That Creative Playground Challenge – #3 Spring
Little Claire’s Designs – #68 Spring Colours
Polkadoodles – #14 Floral Frenzy
Simply Papercraft – #27 Anything Goes

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