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All work exhibited here is my own design, unless otherwise stated, in which case I shall have credited the original author of that work. I am thrilled to be able to share my designs with you but would appreciate that you respect that these are my designs and do not copy and place them anywhere else online or use them for your own personal gain in any way.

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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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