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Monday, 17 October 2011

CCM #54 Cute With a Dark Twist

OMW what a response we have had over at Crafty Cardmakers to our relaunch challenge. 543 entries! As I was picking the winner/Top 5 I opened up every single one of them! Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to comment on all of them but was impressed at the quality and variety of entries. Thank you

Please check the CCM blog to see if you were a Winner/Top 5.

So to this fortnight’s challenge. Unsurprisingly and like a lot of other challenge blogs out there we have a challenge aimed at the time of the year, Cute with a Dark Twist and it’s being hosted by our Sarah, so it’s her turn to choose the Winner/Top 5 spots.

We're sponsored again by the lovely image who is offering a £10 voucher for her online shop which is crammed full of goodies with new stock arriving all the time! Thanks once again Joanna!

So onto my card.

CCM 54

My image is the gorgeous Priscilla from Crafts and Me, which I was lucky enough to win in a FB draw. I have coloured her with Flexmarkers and DI in the background. The paper is a digital one I printed but could I find it on my pc to give credit, could I heck! Sorry. The pumpkin, hat and spider are all peel offs and the gorgeous bat corner, and bats were cut on my Robo from a Silhouette 99c image!

I have distressed the edge of the paper and embossed it with Sheena Wow powders.

I am entering this into the following:-

Craft Your Days Away - #31 Halloween Colours

Creatalicious - #27 Distress Your Edges

Delicious Doodles - #4 Halloween but NO ORANGE (my besom by the way is brown!)

Designed 2 Delight – Halloween

Everybody Art - #163 Halloween

Gingerloft – GL27 Halloween or Fall

One Stop Craft Challenge - #153 Halloween

Paper Sundaes - #91 Halloween or Fall

Scrappin’ Chics – October Halloween Using Purple and Green

Simon Says Stamp – Halloween or Goth

Please remember to drop by CCM and enter your own creation and also don’t forget to drop by my fabulous DT’s various blogs and leave them some love, cos they deserve it!


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Lexi’s Creations #51 Just A Sentiment

Over at Lexi’s Creations this time our challenge to you is ‘Just a Sentiment’. We are again sponsored by image who are offering a pack of 5 promarkers as the prize.

For my card I used Lexi’s own sentiment Husband & Wife, which I altered in my graphics program so that the sentiment was mauve instead of black.

Lexi 51

I kept the card very simple with just some mats and layers in mauve sparkly card and white, and a couple of Doohickey swirls. The flower is a Prima cloisonne flower, which are fabric overlayed with some sort of glaze giving the effect and pliability of soft metal. Gorgeous!

I’m entering my card into the following:-

Anything Goes - #51 Die Cuts/Punches or both

Bling It On – October No Patterned Papers

By The Cute and Girly – 2nd Anniversary Anything Goes

Die Cut Dreams - #100 Use a Poem on your Card

Stamptacular Sunday - #134 You Choose

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Dream Valley - #18 Halloween

Over at Dream Valley we are also following a halloween theme, and we are sponsored by image

with a prize of 5 of their lovely digital images up for grabs.

The team were lucky enough to be provided with some images and I have used two of them combined on my card, Franky Frankenstein and WillowdaWitch.

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I coloured my images with a combination of promarkers and prisma pencils. The background paper is a Bearly Mine freebie which I have overstamped with images from Elusive Images. The sentiment is my own printed onto safmat and overlayed onto the BP.

I’m entering this into the following:

Card Makin’ Mamas - #31 Halloween

CES – #58 Forever Autumn (I always think of Halloween when Autumn arrives as it is closely associated with the Pagan Samhain festival)

Craft Your Days Away - #31 Halloween Colours

Creatalicious - #27 Distress Your Edges

Fresh Brewed Designs - #67 Pumpkins

Hanna and Friends - #115 Halloween

Liastampz - #5 Use Two Images

My Sheri Crafts - #71 Pumpkins

The Outlawz – Paper Al La Mode Halloween

Through The Craftroom Door - #12 Halloween and Colour Orange

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ABC B for Boo!

Wow what a lot of entrants to our relaunch Anything Goes Challenge, 462! What with that and CCM I have gone boggled eyed this last fortnight checking so many out.

So to this time’s challenge, well it’s that time of year B for Boo!

We are sponsored by image with this lovely prize

image So this is what I came up with

ABC B The papers are all freebies from Bearly Mine. The image is Bentley Bear. It wasn’t until I just checked I realised I meant the cat to be black. Duh! The spiders were a gift from a Friend but I believe they are courtesy of Asda!

I’m guessing it’s the time of the year and the position of the sun in the sky but I just don’t seem to be able to get a decent photo at the moment, the above is after I enhanced it, but I am still not sure if that one or the one below is better.

ABC B Pre No WM 

The actual card looks half way between the two pics really. As you can see it has a REALLY scary spider because he appears to have escaped from his foam pad and is off to terrorise me in the night!

Anyhow I am entering this into the following:-

Challenge Up Your Life - #54 Halloween

Drunken Stampers - #76 Halloween

Fussy or Fancy – Fall or Halloween

One Stop Craft Challenge - #153 Halloween

Pattie’s Creations - #31 Halloween

Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog – #51 Halloween Horrors

The Artistic Stamper – Autumn Colours

The Poodle’s Parlour – Spooky Halloween

Through The Craftroom Door - #12 Happy Halloween

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Monday, 3 October 2011

Crafty Cardmakers #53 Anything Goes

Well finally I got myself a brand spanking new team into place, along with 9 lovely original ladies who stayed to lend me their support and their gorgeous creations, and we are back!

Our Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time is a nice simple one to ease you all back in ‘Anything Goes’, so that’s any project, any stamp, any creation. So you can let your imagination run wild.

Before I show you mine I would like to introduce you all to the lovely new members of the team. Please visit their blogs and show them some love.











So onto my creation for our relaunch.

CCM 53

I was very fortunate a couple of weeks back to win 3 gorgeous digis from Crafts and Me. This little beauty is called Felicia and I coloured her with a combination of flexmakers and promarkers and her tail is glittered with glamour dust. Her beads are also glittered with MS Glitters. The BP is from my stash, a lovely paisley pattern, and the blue embossed background I made with a paisley pattern embossing folder. Some flowers from my stash, a doily, which I have edged in toning inks to match the colour scheme, and some bling finish it off.

Right about now I am feeling frazzled having had a frantic morning with last minute admin for Crafty Cardmakers, a Mr. Linky that didn’t, a post that wouldn’t and a dog who is for some strange reason is in ClingOn mode, so I could do with relaxing back like Felicia and watching life swim past me!

Anyhow I am entering this into the following challenges before I go off and get myself a very stiff cup of tea….

Card and Scrap - #17 Embossing/Distressing

CES Challenges – #56 Totally Gorjuss/Pretty Girls

Crafts 4 Eternity - #39 Anything Goes

Desert Island Crafters - #17 3 Items from their list I chose Dry Embossing, Fish and Circles (the shape of the doily)

DYSU – #39 Swirls

Sew Many Challenges – Anything Goes

Some Odd Girl – Picture Inspiration I went with the Aquas and Blues and the fact that the wreath reminded me of pearls and therefore oysters, there are some oysters in my image


Southern Girls - #28 Anything Goes

Sparkles Forum - #21 Something That Sparkles

Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Lilac and Lace (If this has too much blue just yell)

The Emerald Faeries Garden - #10 Punches/Dies

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Lexi’s Creations #50 Pink For Boobies

For this week's challenge at Lexi’s Creations we would love to see all your projects with the theme


We are so excited to see your creations for this challenge. It is basically for the breast cancer appeal but what we are wanting to see is pink - pink and more pink on your creations.

Our Sponsor for this week is the wonderful image  and the winner will receive 5 digi images of their choice.

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I used FDC’s image called Melissa as I thought she represented that this terrible disease can strike anyone. I coloured her with promarkers, and edged the mat, which I trimmed out with a nestie, with a lovely scrolly stamp which I also used around the edges of the WRMK Tiffany’s paper. I then embossed with Sheena’s Glittery Wow powders. I distressed and glittered all around the edge of the Tiffany paper to give it a bit of definition. The glittery circles, and little corners, were from papermania and were originally Silver Glitter but I risked colouring them with my pros and it worked, had to wipe the end of my pro off though cos it got a little rough with glittery bits. The ribbon is a freebie digital I got last year.

I’m entering this into the following challenges:-

Crafts 4 Eternity - #39 Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks - #57 Crazy Egg Anything Goes

Digistamps4Joy - #28 Anything Goes

Hiding In My Craft Room - #14 Pink

I Love Promakers - #85 Get Distressing

Paper Crafting Journey - #20 Die Cuts and/or Punches

Prarie Fairy Fridays – #62 Pink and Distressed

The Emerald Faerie Garden - #10 Punches/Dies

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Dream Valley #17 Monochrome

At Dream Valley this fortnight we would like to see your creations following a monochromatic theme. Don’t forget, it doesn’t need to be a card, a scrapbook LO, altered page or object or indeed anything your imagination can create is just fine.

We are sponsored again by image with a lovely £10 voucher as the prize.

DV #17

I made my card by starting with a 5x7 scalloped card blank which I inked around the edges with. My BPs are mostly My Mind’s Eye, apart from a smidgeon of DCWV. My image is LOTV and I coloured her with Lyra Aquamarkers. The scrolls are Magnolia and Marianne, and the ribbon and flowers, and paper ribbon down the sides are all from my stash. My two little dogs look a little like biggles, as I did something strange to their eyes!

I’m entering this into the following:-

Card and Scrap - #17 Embossing/Distressing

Creatalicious - #26 Anything Goes

Gingerloft Challenge – #26 The Colour Orange

Just Some Lines – Fall Colour Challenge

Marianne’s Design Divas - #2 Bloom and Grow

Paper Crafting Journey – #20 Die Cuts and/or Punches

Stampin’ For The Weekend - #17 What a Cutie

The Artistic Stamper – October Challenge Autumn Colours

The Emerald Fairie Garden - #10 Punches/Dies

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday – Anything Goes


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Saturday, 1 October 2011

ABC Challenge – Anything Goes We’re Back!

I am thrilled to announce that the ABC Challenge is back. We have some new team members and are raring to go.

Please meet our (mainly) new team:-
Lin (Me)
I hope you will find time to pop around their blogs and say hello.

Our first challenge is Anything Goes, and this is what I came up with
The image is Sarah Kay, the papers are My Mind’s Eye and various embellishments from my stash. That gorgeous square lace cotton doily is to die for. I coloured my little couple with promarkers.
I hope you will pop along and join in the fun because we have two fantastic sponsors this time.
imageWho have a £20 voucher to spend in their store, and I wouldn’t mind winning that one myself!
with a fabulous prize of £10.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:-
Charisma Cardz - #39 Love
Crafts4Eternity - #39 Anything Goes
Cuddly Buddly Crafts – #14 Babies/Kids
Pals Paper Arts – PPA113 Heat Embossing (my image is embossed)
Paper Crafting Journey - #20 Die Cuts/Punches
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge Blog - #172 Autumn/Fall Flowers
Stamping With The Dragon – Fall Colours
The Outlawz Promarker Challenge – Anything Goes
The Stamp Man – Pears or Pairs (Two children, two swirl die cuts, two green flowers)
Totally Papercrafts Challenge – Autumn

Just a quick reminder CRAFTY CARDMAKERS will be back on Monday!

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