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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


Thursday, 1 October 2015

ABC S for Sprinkles

Our challenge at ABC today is S for Sprinkles. That can be embossing powder, glitter, frantage, etc. We are sponsored by Art by Miran.

S for Sprinkles FF

I have used Petal Blossoms from our sponsor and coloured her with my copics. The papers are from a very old pad from WRMK called Tiffany, and I chose it because it was full of sparkle with glittered flowers. The sentiment is a couple of sentiments from Simon Says Stamp, and the sparkly gem I have had in my stash for a while. I coloured the edges of all the background mats by hand to match the colours in the image and then glittered them with glamour dust.

I am entering this into:-

Come and Get It – Clear It Out Use a Stash Item (WRMK Paper, older than dirt!)
Crafting By Designs – Oct: Anything Goes
Glitter N Sparkle – #156 Add Lots of Glitter and Sparkle/Sparkly Charm
Julia Spiri – #03 Anything Goes With a Twist of Add some Bling
Love To Scrap – #62 Anything Goes
Robyn’s Fetish – #283 Square or Rectangle Cards
Star Stampz – Add A Sentiment
That’s Crafty – Girls Will Be Girls
Use Your Stuff – #193 Markers/Inks
Where the Heart Is – #1 Add Some Text


Monday, 28 September 2015

DV 116 Bingo

Our challenge today over at Dream Valley is a Bingo one.


We are sponsored by The Hobby House and by Crafts and Me.

116 Bingo

I have gone across the centre, patterned paper, pink and stitching faux or real. My image is a pre printed panel from Wild Rose Studio from the Annabel’s Meadow range, as is the paper beneath it. The pink mat, and die cut corners are some lovely pink mirri card. The corners themselves are Sue Wilson dies.

I have glittered the flowers on the imge and added tiny beads to some of the other flowers.

I am entering this into:-

4 Crafty Chicks – #265 Sparkle and Shine – Glittered Accents and Pink Mirri card
Come and Get It – Clear It Out (Use a stash item) – My image and paper are old
Crafting With An Attitude – #7 Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner – #38 Sparkle and Glitter
Crafty Girls Creations – #5 Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts – #108 Glitter It Up
Ecclectic Ellapu – Sept: Purple Team Something from Stash older than 6 months, image and paper
House of Cards – Sept: Stitch It Up
Inspiration Destination – #52 Anything Goes
Mod Squad – Sprinkle Your Sparkle


Monday, 21 September 2015

CCM 148 Make It Sparkle

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Make it Sparkle.

Make It Sparkle FF

I thought it was the perfect challenge for my first Christmas Card of 2015. My image is called Silver Fairy by Wee Stamps, and I coloured her with copics, and then glittered her wings with glamour dust. I have glamour dusted my mats and the sentiment diecut as well.

The papers are Trimcraft’s First Edition Silent Night paper pad which I am pretty sure I have had for over two years now! I am determined not to buy any more papers for Christmas until I have used up the ones I already have…… that should take me a good few years!

My diecuts are ‘Tis The Season’ Penny Black… the Snowflake with the tree type points is from Marianne and the 7 pointed one is from Joy Crafts.

I am entering this into:-

Allsorts Challenge – #329 Sparkle
Aud Sentiments – #140 Anything Goes Plus a Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. – #329 Add Some Bling
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards – #100 Celebration
Crafty Catz – #293 Special Occasion
Digitally Sweet – #142 Anything With Wings
Fussy and Fancy – #148 Fantasy
Just Add Ink – #128 Glimmer
Wags ‘n Whiskers – #162 Glitter/Sparkle
Winter Wonderland – A Christmas Fairy


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

ABC R Recipe

Our challenge today at ABC is Tic, Tac, Toe challenge, and we are sponsored by All Dressed Up.

Tic Tac Toe-001

I went down the centre line of the board for my card.

R Recipe

My image, from All Dressed Up is called ‘A Cuddle Makes It All Better’ and does come with a sentiment as part of the image saying exactly that, but before I printed the image I deleted the sentiment.

I have coloured her in with copics. My papers are from a magazine freebie from Wild Rose Studios called Bluebell, although I only had a limited set of papers in my freebie along with some decoupage. My diecuts are all Sue Wilson dies. The corner die is from the Dainty Lace Edger set, and the one surrounding the image is the Petite Arched Adornments die. The flower comes from my stash and I removed the centre, added a large blob of glue and then sprinkled with nail art micro beads which I got from Poundland!

I am entering this into:-

Aliciabel – #10 Anything Goes
Chocolate Coffee and Cards – #99 Fancy & Feminine
Crafting From the Heart – #77 Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – Let’s Get Girly
DRS Designs – #191 A Real Cutie
Ecclectic Ellapu – Purple Team Stash 6 months or older (backing paper) and flower
Inky Impressions – #274 Fancy Corners
Moving Along With the Times – #3 Cute Animal
Paper Minutes – #400 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly – Animal Magic


Monday, 14 September 2015

DV 115 Autumnal Colours

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is the colours of Autumn. We are sponsored by Robyn’s Fetish and I have used their cute scarecrow image in my project.

115 Autumn Colours

I went for the often fiery red and orange hues of autumn that you see in the hedgerows and trees as the leaves start to turn, and in some of the harvest fruits, and made a background with those hues from brushos on watercolour card.

My scarecrow was coloured with copics, and his white stitching added with a Sharpie paint marker.  The quote I found online, and the die, which I sort of hoped looked a little like a corn field at harvest time although I went a bit ott with the colour, is from Sheena Douglass’ perfect partners range.

I am entering this into:-

AAA – #48 Autumn Colours
Crafting For All Seasons – Tic, Tac, Toe (Centre line top to bottom, die cuts, digi image, sentiment)
Crafty Catz – #292 Autumn Colours
Crafty Friends – #14 B is for Brushos, Bright/Bold colours
Daring Cardmakers – Wonderful Watercolours
Digi Designs – Fabulous Fall Colours
My Sheri Crafts – #165 Thinking of Fall
Sisterhood of Crafters – Photo Inspiration – I was inspired by the gorgeous autumnal hues
The House That Stamps Built – DCC99 Falling For Fall
The Pencil Case – B is For Bright



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