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Monday, 16 November 2015

CCM 152 Winter Birthday

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is to create something for a Winter birthday.

152 Winter Birthday

My background was made with a Spellbinder Embossing folder

I have used a freebie image from a magazine gift, and coloured her with copics. The tree is a Marianne die and the snowflake a Magnolia Doohickey. The peel off has been in my stash for a very long time and I coloured it with the darker of the colours I used on her coat.

152 Winter Birthday inside

I created a sentiment on the computer and printed it onto safmat and then just stuck it down inside.

I am entering this into:-

A Snowflake’s Promise – #9 Christmas or Winter Themed
Country View Challenges – #33 Nov: The Colour Blue
Cute As A Button – #16 Winter
Fantasy Stampers – #49 Winter Wonderland
Lacy Sunshine – #71 Tic, Tac, Toe Centre Top to Bottom, Die Cuts, Sparkle, Sentiment
One Crazy Stamper – Nov: Christmas/Winter (my image is stamped, not digital)
The Corrosive Challenge – #237 Add A Sentiment
Through The Purple Haze – Nov: Baby It’s Cold Outside but Hot Inside
Where The Heart Is – #3 Anything Goes/Winter Blues
Without Words – Nov: Winter Birthday


Sunday, 15 November 2015

ABC V for Violet

Our challenge this time at ABC is V for Violet and we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter. I have used a Paper Shelter image for my card called Time For Tea.

V for Violet

I used an XCut embossing folder to create a clock background to tie in with the Time theme in the image, and also a Marianne Clock die, both of which I inked up with the same DIs. I coloured my image with copic markers, and glazed the large pocket watch face and small pocket watches in her hair, plus her glasses/goggles around her hat band.

I am entering this into:-

Brown Sugar – #172 No Patterned Paper
Crafting Musketeers – #31 Anything But Square
Crafts Galore Encore – Use a Stamp or Digi somewhere on your project
Digi Designs Challenge – Tic, Tac, Toe Three in a Line Centre top to bottom
Stempelgarten – #43 Anything But Square
The Crafty Addicts – #4 Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts


Monday, 9 November 2015

DV 119 Shaped Cards

Our challenge today is Shaped Cards, so basically anything that is neither a square, nor a rectangle.

We are sponsored by Di’s Digistamps.

119 Shaped Card2

I used Spellbinders Grand Stately Circles, in the second and third sizes down to create my card. The larger one obviously made the base and front of my easel card and the smaller of the two the lovely engraved vellum mat.

I have a couple of friends who have December birthdays so this design would be perfect for either of them. The sentiment is a combination of Simon Says stamps dies and a Britannia die for the word Birthday. I cut this from a gorgeous K&Co pad that has been in my stash for absolutely ever, and then I used the same paper to cut some of the poinsettias, the others were from another sheet from that pad.

The boots are a Marianne die and were cut from what looked like an A4 sheet of actual metal card! The centres of the flowers were cut from the same metal sheet. Finally the stopper for the Easel was created by binding together, the leaves from a pick I bought from Hobbycraft last year, with the same glittery thread I used in the Ice Skates as it is sooooooo glittery there is no way it was gluing together, luckily this also gave an area that I could glue to adhere it to the card, with a larger poinsettia atop it. It’s designed to go in those very tall vases as a Christmas decoration, but as soon as I saw it I could see all sorts of other possibilities for it.

Poinsettia Pick

I am entering this into:-

Aud Sentiments – #144 Bingo, Bottom Line, Fav Colour, Glitter or Bling, Die Cut
CCEE Stampers – Nov 1545 Circles
Come and Get It – #94 Lots of Sparkle
Craft For the Craic – Nov: Something Glittery
Crafty Calendar – Nov: Sparkle, Bling and Embellish
Crafty Catz – #300 Winter
Fab ‘n’ Funky – #280 Die Cuts and/or Punches
Julia Spiri – #05 Use Something Old
Lisa Somerville Bloggers Challenge – Birthday
Pile It On – #94 Leaves
Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes
Suzy Bees Blooming Challenge – #105 Anything Goes with a Twist, Blue and White
The Corrosive Challenge – #237 Add a Sentiment
The Crafty Addicts – #4 Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts
Wags N Whiskers – #165 Not a Square


Sunday, 1 November 2015

ABC U Unlimited

Our challenge for ABC today is U for Unlimited, or Anything Goes. We are sponsored by Magnolia-licious and my lovely butterfly die is one of the ones that they stock in the Magnolia Doohickey range. I just love the shape of it and it’s also quite a nice large die.

U Unlimited main2

I embossed a stencil (sorry for the life of me cannot remember which one) onto white cardstock and then using twisted citron and spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade I used distress inks through the stencil. I then diecut from this piece twice to make a base for my butterfly and a top layer so he could fly. I glittered around the edge of the top layer of the butterfly.


The embossed background is from Crafters Companion’s Downton Abbey range. The ribbon and citrus coloured gems are from my stash as is the lime patterned glitter card I used as a matt for my embossed area and sentiment, which I made on my pc. The ribbon also comes from my stash.

I am entering this into:-

Craft Your Passion – #285 Always Anything Goes
Crafty Gals – #43 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday – #297 Sparkles
Hiding in my Craft Room – #222 Freestyle
Inspiration Destination – #56 Anything Goes
Julia Spiri – #05 Use Something Old (Everything apart from the embossing folder is old!)
Kraftin’ Kimmie
– #304 Nature
Polkadoodles – #44 Add Sparkle, Bling or Glitter
Scrapy Land – #28 Embossing plus any brand of die they sell (Doohickey)
Shopping Our Stash – #225 Go Paperless (no patt papers)


Thursday, 15 October 2015

ABC T for Two

Our challenge today at ABC is T for Two. We would like to see two of something on your creations. We are sponsored by Aurora Wings and I have used their lovely image Desert Rose for my card, and my two are two different colours.

T for Two no shimmer
I coloured her with copics and when I was finished I went over her clothes with some plain mica powder dissolved in water to give a shimmer, which I know you can’t see here so there will be another pic below with the shimmer. But this is a more accurate depiction of the actual colour. I also coloured her sword with a silver gel pen.

The background is Ripe Persimmon, and Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord DI’s through a Rebecca Baer Stencil called Moroccan Vine because I wanted to give the impression of an Arab Palace. The archway was actually a Tando greyboard arch, but when I had spent ages colouring my girl I realised that the arch was too big for the design. So I scanned it into my PC for the shape and then printed it smaller and cut it out. I coloured it, and the mat behind the stencilled area with Maya Gold paint in Violet. I coloured some corner and border gems to match and used the borders to adorn my archway and the corners just to finish the card. I added one small gem to her belly button!

T for Two shimmer
I am entering this into:-

Aurora Wings – #18 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion – #283 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #8 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations – #6 Anything Goes
Double Click Skittles – Orange/Purple Colours
Inspiration Destination – #55 Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts – #21 Use Only Two Colours
Sweet Stamps – Oct: Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Where The HeART Is – #2 Use Some Stencils


Monday, 12 October 2015

DV #117 Halloween

We have a nice seasonal challenge at Dream Valley this time around, Halloween.

We are sponsored by Imagine That

117 Halloween 1

I have finally gotten around to using my Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Birds! They are such fun to stamp and colour and their expressions are fabulous, so I think I went a bit OTT and used too many on my card, but hey ho I was having fun. I coloured them mainly with DIs and a little touch of copics for the extra wings, etc. I do also have the Crazy Things Accessories, but as there are only three halloween ones I printed some halloween clip arts I have on my pc to supplement them. The tree is from Sheena Douglass. My paper is from Bearly Mine.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #165 Photo Inspiration
Aud Sentiments – #142 Halloween Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. – #332 Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Bonfire Night
Crafting When We Can – #105 Whimsical With Wings
Crafty Calendar – Oct: Halloween
Creative Corner – Halloween
Dragon’s Lair – Oct: Halloween
DRS Designs – #195 Spooky or Cutesy
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie – #29 Inspiration Pic
Pattie’s Creations – #115 Halloween
That Craft Place – Halloween
Whimsy Stamps – #86 Halloween


Monday, 5 October 2015

TMC 14 Wall Hanging/Tic, Tac, Toe

Our challenge for October at The Mirror Crack’d is either a Wall Hanging, or you could follow our Tic, Tac, Toe board if you don’t fancy doing a Wall Hanging. Of course, if you are feeling really clever you could combine the two! If you opt for the Wall Hanging, Centre Square, you need not do any of the rest of the board, unless you want to. In which case it would work the same as any other TTT board, across top, middle or bottom, up and down left to right or diagonally.


I opted for a wall hanging.

Wall Hanging Complete

I used three MDF hearts from a pack of six and made a triple wall hanging. I made this as a tribute to my lovely Mum who sadly passed away in 2001.

After I gessoed them all, I painted all three with a combination of Picked Raspberry and Picket Fence Distress Paints. The light at this time of year isn’t good so you cannot see too well in the photographs the subtle differences between each heart, but each heart is a slightly different shade of pink.

Excuse the poor background in the following photographs, but again due to the light the detail of the hearts is not showing up so well on the white background picture above, but overall it looked better as a whole. I have broken them down though from a seperate set of pics taken in a different location.


The top heart I stuck a band of lace across the middle, which I topped with a lovely porcelain plaque that I have had in my stash since forever. The two birds I painted with Maya Gold paint in Rose, and added some white frantage, and a pink flower. That frantage was a nightmare to heat because of the thickness of the MDF I couldn’t get it to melt from underneath and I cannot count the grains that shot off from above because everytime I got the heatgun close enough to melt it was close enough to blow the grains away. Eventually I dotted some versamark pen on this and the middle heart in order to try and hold some of the frantage to stay where I wanted it!


The middle heart has more frantage, plus two areas of texture paste which I spread through stencils I made myself from Memory Box distressed collage dies. I dusted each texture paste area with a different shade of mica powder. A light lemon at the bottom and a soft mauve at the top.

More flowers from my stash, plus two prima butterflies and a clip. The sentiment ‘Always in My Heart’ has a double meaning for me. When I was a little girl my Mum had a music box with a ballerina that danced round when you opened it to the tune of Always In My Heart. I now have that Musical Box tucked away safely.

You are always in my heart
Even though you're far away
I can hear the music of
The song of love
I sang with you
You are always in my heart
And when skies above are grey
I remember that you care
And then and there
The sun breaks through
Just before I go to sleep
There's a rendezvous I keep
And a dream I always meet
Helps me forget we're far apart
I don't know exactly when, dear,
But I'm sure we'll meet again, dear,
And my darling, till we do
You are always in my heart!

The sentiment is from Splodge Away and I painted it with the same rose coloured Maya Gold Paint as the birds in the top heart.


The final heart I textured pasted through a stencil I created from Tim Holtz’s Mixed Media die set, and then dusted over it with a bright pink mica powder. I printed the pics of Mum from old photos after I scanned them. The one on the left she is about 18, and the one on the right she is mid fifties, and was taken on a holiday in Torquay wearing my Daughter’s straw hat! I surrounded the heart with Wild Orchid’s roses. I also added Mum, painted with rose MG Paint again. Finally there is a love heart charm dangling off the bottom.

The most difficult bit was threading the hanging thread and joining them all together!

I am entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – Showcase #3
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes or Use Pink
Altered Eclectics – Oct: Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate – #110 Anything Goes
Love To Create – #20 Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes
Not Just Cards – #25 Oct: Anything Goes
OSAAT – #247 Anything Goes with Awareness, or Use Pink
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Oct: Anything Goes
Stamps & Stencils – Oct: Make It 3d
Sweet Lilac Paper Flowers – Sept-Oct: Say It with Flowers
That Craft Place – Mixed Media Anything Goes
That’s Crafty – Girls Will Be Girls
The Color Sisters – #25 Colour Palette
The East Wind – #40 Add Texture
Three Muses Challenge – Music



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