Monday, 3 October 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 174

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, our theme is Birthdays. It could be a card or something else, provided it follows the theme.

I chose to make a box for a friend's birthday gift.

I cut the bottom and top of the box using a trimmer, then scored it with my Woodware Fingerguard trimmer. (I don't use that one for cutting as I don't find it cuts square, but I keep a scoring blade in it, and it is pretty good when making boxes!) The card for the lid was pre-printed that I picked up at a craft show a while ago and keep forgetting about!

I decorated the box with die cuts. The flower uses the Clematis set from Sizzix's Susan's Garden range. I used Pan Pastels to shade the petals, and a mixture of liquid pearls and glitter glue on the stamen to add some interest.

The greeting uses another Sizzix die, one which cuts a border and inner in one sweep, and I tinted the border using the same Pan pastels as the flower.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 173

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, our theme is Autumn. You can interpret that pretty much any way you want to, but it would be useful if you could explain your thinking - especially if it isn't obvious!

I, on the other hand, have been pretty obvious.

Autumn leaves in Autumn colours ... I started with some white card, and I stamped it with three different leaf stamps using a Kaleidoscope ink pad in Autumn Leaves shades. Then, using the colour of the outline, I coloured the leaves with Promarkers. I added a little texture using Distress Ink, then brushed the background with more Distress Ink to take away the pure whiteness of the background. To finish the card, I've due cut a sentiment, mats, and a butterfly with some sticky gems and some ribbon.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 172

The theme this time at Crafty Cardmakers is Layer it up!. So, anything you like, so long as you use lots of layers.

I had to make a 50th birthday card for a colleague, and came up with this.

I started with some watercolour paper, and then tried out something I've been meaning to have a go at for ages. I scribbled with some Promarkers on an acrylic block, then spritzed that with blender, and let the paper soak up the result. I did that three times with shades of blue, green and pink. Then, I stamped the sheet with a couple of flower stamps, and coloured those, again with Promarkers. To complete the background, I dusted the surface with some Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose before edging with Iced Spruce.

The accent, is a bit of fake 'Spirelli' that i did ages ago. I used a Spellbinders die to get the base. The silver layer is another Spellbinder's die, as are the pink circles and the ovals. I finished with a die cut greeting and a computer generated 50, and layered everything together.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 171

This week's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is to make something on the theme of Under or Beside the Sea.

We're sponsored by

(See the challenge blog for details.)

Well, there's nothing more 'sea side' than sea shells, right? So, while I was considering what to do for this challenge, I happened to be taking out some paper recycling at work. I opened the bin and spotted a paper pricking book lying at the top of the pile. Naturally, I took it out, and found it was in perfect condition. So, I laid claim to it, and took it home. Admittedly, it's one of those books with gorgeous pricked patterns on the cover, but when you look inside, it sends you to buy one of their templates to get the result. (I always think that's really rather dishonest, but since I didn't pay for this book, I'm not really complaining.) However, while none of the bigger designs were in the book, there were a couple of sea shell motifs, so, with some tracing paper and a ruler, I put together a grid and added the motifs.

I stitched the shells and grid using some machine embroidery thread which I've always thought is perfect for this sort of embroidery on paper. It took ages to prick and stitch the pattern, but since my craft bits are in even more disarray than usual (due to my oh converting our study to a craft room), it kept me sane!

Apart from that, all I've added is some layering, and it's all mounted on a 7 by 7 in card.

I hope you can join us this time!


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