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Monday, 15 January 2018

CCM #203 Bling’s The Thing

Our first challenge for 2018 over at Crafty Cardmakers is ‘Bling’s The Thing’. We would love to see any project you fancy provided it has lots of lovely bling, so that could be glitter, as I have done, gems, pearls, or any manner of sparkly thing you can think of.

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I must apologise for the slight blur on my photo. It’s a nightmare trying to get a photograph of glitter/mirri card, and I, of course, combined them both!!!

My die cut is brand new and from Tonic and is called Live the Life You Imagined, which is what I want to do this year with my crafting! In reality of course I’d like Michael Buble to come and whisk me off my feet, but that ain’t gonna happen so I will stick with making sure I craft regularly instead!!! Anyhow enough waffling, I die cut it from turquoise mirri card and stuck it down over silver glitter card. I inlaid/paper pieced seome embossed hot pink mirri card into the flowers, the butterfly’s wing and also picked out the word ‘you’ in the sentiment to make it pop out more.

The whole thing is matted onto more turquoise mirri and a 7” scalloped card.

I need to get the vacuum out now as my carpet is a combination of slivers of pink and turquoise mirri. Very pretty, but don’t want to tread it all around my bungalow.

I am entering this into:-

Alphabet Challenge - U for Use 3 of Something (3 colours)
Allsorts Challenge - #450 No Patterned Papers
Cut It Up - #139 New Year’s Resolutions (As per my sentiment)
Cute Card Thursday - #512 Something Nee (the die)
Daisy Chain Challenges - #15 Something New (the die)
Happy Little Stampers - Jan: Anything Goes With Dies
My Time to Craft - #362 Something New (the die)
Shopping Our Stash - #336 Out With the Old and In With the New (new die, old hot pink mirri card were scraps in a scrap file, about 10 years old!)
The Crafter’s Cafe - #188 Lots of Bling
Stampavie and More - #297 Something New (the die)

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Monday, 8 January 2018

DV #170 Anything Goes

Well that’s 4 months I wouldn’t want to repeat in a hurry. Around about August last year I had a fit and decided I needed to remodel my bedroom/craftroom as the mess in there was driving me nuts. Here I am 4 months later with a lovely new craft space and my bed moved into the lounge.

I will hopefully make a post later with before and after pics, but for now to the matter in hand. My first post in ages and of 2018 is on behalf of Dream Valley and our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge.

We were all given a few lovely Fabrika images to choose from and I picked Winter Fairy. I did actually remove a bird that she had on her shoulder as I preferred it without, and that, of course, is the beauty of digital images, you can manipulate them to remove bits, flip them, enlarge them etc.

DV 170 Anything Goes

I coloured her in with copics and promarkers. I made an ombre combination of the colours in the fairy to the scrolls and swirls surrounding her. Some of them I added glamour dust to, and some I left alone. I also added some white dots in her hair with a sharpie marker.

I matted her onto some blue glitter card, and then onto the white linen card I had printed her onto, and again onto more blue glitter and more white linen. The lovely detailed pink glitter frame surrounding the image was cut with an Intricut die I got from Hobbycraft, their own make. I had to cut one of the patterns out of each side along the length to make it fit the image without gaps, but one half of that I have hidden under the sentiment, and the other half, I hope your eye is not drawn to. The birthday sentiment was from Crafters Companion’s birthday exclusive bundle and is a transfer, which I foiled onto with foil that matched the glitter card.

It feels really good to be back crafting, instead of living in a war zone of boxes, more of that later, and I am looking forward to 2018 being a much more creatively productive year than 2017 was.

In the time I have been away from blogging I have lost over 2 and 1/2 stone with a combination of my own start and Weight Watchers and my hip has gotten progressively worse. I sincerely hope when I see the Physio this week that she will tell me I am well on course with my weight loss for hip replacement surgery. Cancel that, due to the crisis in the NHS that’s exactly what they did,, cancelled my appointment.

I should like to enter this into:-

Brown Sugar - #274 Birthday
Color Inspiration Monthly Link Up - #30 Anything You have Coloured Yourself
Crafty Friends - #74 For a Girl or Lady
Creative Knockouts - #227 Celebrations
Die Cut Divas - Jan: Do or Use Something New (the image and the dies are new)
Double D Challenge - Anything Birthday/Anniversary Goes
Everybody Art - #416 Latest Purchase
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - #1 Die Cuts
Stamping Sensations - Jan: Cold And Frosty Colours
Stamps & Fun - #315 Use Stamps (Hope a digistamp is okay)
The Paper Girls - #143 Glitter

Happy New Year everyone x

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Monday, 28 August 2017

DV #162 Use a Stamp or Digi

Good afternoon from a gorgeously sunny Hampshire!

Our challenge today, from Dream Valley, is to add a stamp or digi image to your project. We are sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and I have used one of their fabulous images, Springtime, for my card.

162 Use a Stamp or Digi

I coloured the image with copics, adding some small touches of glamour dust to the flowers, and also to the wings of the bees, which I stamped and diecut.

The background, and the patterned diecut, Sue Wilson’s Double Pierced Circles and Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circles 1, surrounding the image I created myself with Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet Oxides. In order for the image to stand out from the background, as I used the same sheet and it was blending in to the background I added it on foam pads.

The final mat and corners are a turquoise mirri.

I am entering this into:-

Crafty Creations - #348 Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - #65 Birthdays
Crafty Gals Corner - #137 Punches and/or Dies
Creative Moments - #125 Anything Goes
Crop Stop - August Challenge Link Party #31 - Use Anything from the Crop Stop Store
Make My Monday - #53 Lazy Days of Summer
Making Memories Craft Challenge - #8 Anything Goes
Moving Along With the Times - #52 Things Beginning with the Letter B (Bees and Bunny)
My Creative Scoop - Monthly Link Up #25 Anything Hand Coloured Goes
Scrapy Land - #72 Anything Goes with a Brand of Die that Scrapy Land sell
Stamping Sensations - Aug: Anything Goes

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Monday, 21 August 2017

CCM #194 Under The Sea or At The Beach

We have been having a Summer break at Crafty Cardmakers, but we are back to day with a still summery themed challenge of either Under the Sea, or At The Beach.

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I started with the background which I created on my A4 Gelli Plate, by brayering on some Fresco paint from Paper Artsy in three different ‘sea’ shades of blue. I used a Tim Holtz Texture tool to scrape through to give the impression of movement in the water, and also dabbed some cling film over it in a few places to add to the movement.

I stamped a few fish and bubbles, a seahorse and a rock for one of my mermaids to sit on, along with some seaweed.

My mermaids are from Hunkydory and I stamped them onto white card and coloured in their skin and hair, and then re-stamped their bra tops and tails onto shimmer paper, and paper pieced those over the top. One mermaid has a small gem for her necklace and the other has three in her hair.

I diecut lots of Sheena Douglas Floristry and Magnolia Seaweed dies in the same shimmer paper as the tails, but in twi different shades of blue/green. I also diecut several strips of a Marianne die that has lots of little fish on it, in three different shades of the shimmer paper, plus in a lovely frosty linen look paper and scattered them around.

Prills Close Up

The bottom of my sea is a combination of some glass round gems and prills. My Mermaids were added on foam pads to give dimension.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time To Craft - #50 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - Aug: Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #16 Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - #64 Anything Goes
Create and Inspire - #65 Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Aug: Anything Goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - #64 Anything Goes
My Creative Scoop - Monthly Link Up #25 Anything Hand Coloured Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies - #1734 Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Aug: Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - #8 Aug: Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create - #16 Anything Mixed Media Goes

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Monday, 14 August 2017

DV #161 Christmas Animals

It’s really chilly today, considering it’s Summer, so it’s appropriate that our challenge at Dream Valley is Christmas Animals.

We are sponsored by both Crafty Ribbons and also Di’s Digi Stamps.

DV 161 Christmas Animals

My image came free with a magazine and is by Adam Pescott, at least I think it is. I coloured it with copics. The turquoise mirri was in my stash as was the snowy background papers which I have been trying to use up for years! The tree diecuts are Doohickey dies from Magnolia.

No idea where the sentiment die comes from, nor the snowflakes. as I put them down after cutting and they upped and disappeared!.

I am entering this into:-

Christmas Card Challenges - CCC #19 Optional Blue and White Snowflakes
Craft Rocket Challenges - #40 Animal Kingdom
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge - #346 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut’s Christmas Challenge Extra - Aug: Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - #398 Monochromatic
Dragonfly Dreams - Animals
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Aug: Anything Goes
Jingle Bells - Peace on Earth
Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge - #79 A Festive Sentiment
Sweet Stampin’ Chrismtas - Aug: Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - #12 Anything Christmas Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #29 Anything Christmas Goes

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Monday, 17 July 2017

CCM #193 Lots of Layers

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week is Lots of Layers. Please bob by the blog to check out the fabulous designs by the team.

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My card was made for my Niece who is currently in the middle of chemo for breast cancer. She had an enforced spell in hospital because of cellulitis and neutropeania brought on by the chemo. Before that she was very positive and I wanted to remind her of her positivity, and also to give her some lovely bright colours.

My layers are two different mats, one dark purple matt card and the other purple mirri, and of course the flowers which I layered over the ones I stamped flat on the background. The background was made with distress oxide inks. I discovered that if you put your inks on a craft mat and spritz them with water first and then pick them up onto your card and let it dry it is next to impossible to remove the colour later, which is possible if you apply the ink direct to your card/paper! The white spots are because I dripped water onto the background before it dried, but when I tried later to ‘bleach out’ the colour from the flowers so that I could colour them in it wouldn’t shift! I stamped them all again and watercoloured them in with Koh-i-Noor watercolours. The flowers and sentiments are from JOFY’s most recent design as are the birds, but from a much earlier set. The insects come from an impression obsession set with matching dies. I added some glitter highlights too.

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The sentiment was perfect for what I wanted the card to say.

I am entering this into:-

Alphabet Challenge - I for Insects
Artistic Inspirations - #183 Use Summer Colours
Cardz 4 Galz - #51 Butterflies
Craftaholics R Us - #27 Summer
Craftliners - #40 Many flowers
Crafty Friends Challenge - #62 Floral
Daisy Chain Challenges - #10 Floral
Dare 2B Artzy - July: Bright Colours
Eclectic Ellapu - July: Summer Colours
My Creative Scoop Colour Inspiration Monday - #24 Anything Hand coloured
Sheep Ski Designs - #4 Square Cardz
Scrap & Craft Inspiration Challenge - #5 Summertime with Butterflies
Stamping Sensations - July: Anything With Flowers
Stempgarten - #63 Anything That Can Fly
Stinkin’ Inkers - summer Heat

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Monday, 3 July 2017

CCM #192, Tic, Tac, Toe

You wouldn’t believe the week I have had. On Tuesday my Daughter put herself in hospital as an ambulance emergency because she took an out of date antibiotic for a chest infection she was suffering with rather than visit the GP! Within minutes of swallowing it she was convulsing in pain, her whole body was swelling, she was having difficulty breathing and her head was spinning. Fortunately she realised it was a mistake and immediately dialled 999, and luckily the emergency services were there within 5 minutes, administering steroids and morphine. Several hours later, very red faced she was allowed home. She assures me she will never try that again! Scared the pants off  of me and her husband though. Who knew old out of date medication could be so dangerous!

Fast forward to yesterday. I can no longer walk any distance so my poor dog only get as much exercise as she can get on the park fetching a launched ball or down the ford swimming. I take her everywhere on my mobility scooter. We were bombing down the road to my Sister’s when suddenly she just shot off the scooter. I immediately stopped, terrified of what I would find, but luckily she was unhurt. I had forgotten to clip her to a safety harness. Thank goodness there was nothing behind me because she would have been run over for sure.

So that’s the two most important people (things ) in my life both put in danger through stupidity! Here’s hoping this week will not be fraught with danger.

Anyhow enough of my waffling, and on with today’s Crafty Cardmakers challenge which is a Tic, Tac, Toe one, following this grid

I have chosen top left to bottom right, Gems or Pearls, Stamp or Digi and Die Cuts. Apologies for the poor quality of the image. I had posted it before I realised just how poor it was and it was too late to re-photograph it.
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My image is a Sarah Kay one, they are no longer made, sadly, because the quality was excellent. I coloured it with polychromos pencils, and added glitter highlights to the hat and dress. The Die cuts are from Magnolia’s Doo Hickey Range and also the Polynesian Sails Oval from Cheery Lynn Designs.  My papers are from Die Cuts with a View and that includes the scalloped background. The Happy Birthday die is from Britannia.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time to Craft - #47 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - July: Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - July: Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - July: Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Friends Forever
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - #61 Anything Goes
Love to Craft - # 12 Anything Goes
Paru’s Card Making Challenges - July: Birthday
Sheep Ski Designs - #4 Square Cardz
Stempelsonne - #191 Anything Goes

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