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Monday, 24 August 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 146

This time at Crafty Cardmakers and More, we're challenging you to put away your patterned papers and create! So, nothing too hard, unless you're addicted to patterned papers!

I decided to try to increase my stash of Christmas cards, as I'm woefully behind in making for this year. I stuck to die cutting as my major technique as it's fairly quick and very reproducible, so I should be able to make several to the same design without too much difficulty.

As I said - fairly simple. I've used dies from Tonic and Crafter's Comapnion and some glitter card. The sentiment was stamped using a very old stamp which has the ink included with it. I'm just impressed it hasn't dried up yet!

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 145

The challenge for this fortnight at Crafty Cardmakers and More is to make something using warm, summer colours. So, not too difficult, eh?

I started with a stamped image - I've had that stamp for many years - and coloured with Promarkers. In the background, I decided to try out a new die set I've recently bought - one of the Tonic Verso range. I've got to say, I'm very impressed. Because it comes as a set of dies rather than a single, not only do you get more flexibility as to what you cut, but it cuts much more reliably than other doily-type dies I've got. Here, I just used a single die to cut a patterned ring in a square of red card. I matted that with some orange, rounded the corners, and that's about it. I love the die cut so much I didn't want to lose it in added clutter so I didn't add anything.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cards Galore Encore where anything goes,

Monday, 27 July 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 144

This time at Crafty Cardmakers and More, we're pushing the Cardmaking aside and promoting the More! We want your project to be anything but a card.

Now, I don't often make things that aren't cards, but I'd often thought of doing something to put on my parents' grave. I live several hundred miles from where they're buried and don't visit very often. I put flowers there when I go, but they only last a few days and then they're not replaced, so I wanted something that would last a little longer but be very personal. This is what I came up with.

I started with a blank plaque that I stained and then sealed with Spray and Shine from Crafter's Companion. I scanned and edited one of their wedding photos before printing and sealing. the flowers were made using a range of Sizzix Susan's Garden dies with added colour supplied using Pan pastel and a little liquid pear. I sealed each flower separately before assembling the plaque and sealing again. I honestly don't expect it to last very long once it's out in the elements, especially as the cemetery is on a windy hillside in an area known for its rainfall, but it should (hopefully) last a little longer than flowers.

And by a complete coincidence, it's especially appropriate that I'm blogging this today, as it would have been my dad's 88th birthday.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Monday, 13 July 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 143

The theme for this fortnight's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More is water. That's a pretty big topic, as you can use anything from waves and oceans to rivers or rain. So long as there's water depicted somewhere on your project, you're eligible to enter.

I remembered a mounted stamp I've had for some years showing a rocky beach and a lighthouse (with water around it), and so I dug out a box that doesn't often see the light of day. While searching for that, I came across this stamp which I decided was even more suitable for this challenge. I stamped the image with Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers. I created the background and sentiment in Photoshop elements then matted onto some purple card before finishing with some ribbon. I rather like the result - but then I love bright colours and like the simplistic lines in the image.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges;

Simply Papercrafts where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Crafty Friends where anything goes,
Scrappers Delights where anything goes,
Card Mania where anything goes,
Crafting from the Heart where anything goes,
Craft your Passion where anything goes.

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