Monday, 14 April 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 114

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers and More, the challenge has been set by Fiona, and she wants to see 'a floral profusion'! So, flowers, and the more the merrier.

Our sponsor this week is:

I do have a bad habit of taking things literally, and when I saw the challenge, I decided to do a card with loads of flowers. I used an image from our sponsor called Butterfly and Ladybird.


Because I wanted to add lots of flowers, I made an 8 by 8 card, but sized the image similarly to what I normally would for a 6 by 6. The image is coloured with Promarkers, although I've shaded the sky with Pan Pastel. The background paper is from Papermania, and I've matted the image onto a Spellbinders die cut. The lace and ribbon are from my stash. The flowers are mainly made using Susan's Garden dies, although I did use one Floral Delights die from Tonic Studios. The greenery comes from a variety of sources - there's a Spellbinder's die, a Marianne die and a couple of Leone M punches as well as some of the leaves that 'came' with the flower dies. I've tinted flowers with Promarkers and Pan Pastels and finished them off with glitter glue or liquid pearls as appropriate.

I must admit, I really do enjoy making flowers. I spent most of a lazy Sunday making that lot while I caught up on some things I had downloaded on my iPlayer. Like colouring, I find it very relaxing - at least, once I've got it all die cut/punched and I can start colouring, shaping and assembling.

So, what are you waiting for? Let's see some flowers!

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

Creative Card Crew where the theme is 'spring',
Oldie but a Goodie where the theme is 'April showers may bring flowers ...' (my punches are several years old).
Papertake Weekly where 'spring has sprung',
Baffie's Kreativladen where they want something 'for a woman',
Crafting for All Seasons where they want dies/punches,
Creative Moments where they want something 'girly',
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge where the theme is 'flower power',
Crafty Girls where anything goes,
Hobby Cutz where they're playing bingo (I've used flowers, stamp, die cut or ribbon, stamp, punch,
Lacy Sunshine where they want something feminine.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 208

This week at One Stitch at a Time, all we want you to do is to use a digi. Even better, use a digi from the Stitchy Bear shop and you could win first prize, and you can enter as many times as you like!

Our sponsor is

This week, I chose an image from IkesArt called Dragon which is available from the shop - there's a link in my sidebar.

There's a sentiment available with the image, but I preferred to use my own - one of the wonderful things about digis! I added my sentiment in Photoshop Elements before printing. I coloured mainly with Promarkers, although the heart uses pencil and the background is Pan Pastel. The papers have been my stash for a very long time - they're some offcuts I bought online. I've used Spellbinders dies and some braid I picked up at a craft show. (Going there again today, so I won't be around to do my link ups until later.)

I hope you can join us this week.

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

Fan-Tastic Tuesday where anything goes,
Crafting from the Heart where anything goes,
Digi Makeover where the theme is 'Easter/Anything Goes,
Digistamps 4 Joy where they want wings,
Crafty Girls where anything goes,
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper where anything goes (with patterned paper),
Oddball Stamps where they want us to 'use a digi',
Crafty Hands where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes (so long as it's a card),

Monday, 7 April 2014

Easter Cards

I don't make a lot of Easter cards - just for close family who we don't see regularly. I like to retain a religious aspect to the design, but also to keep a 'spring' theme. Unfortunately, most of the available digis and stamps tend to either be very religious or veer off to chicks, eggs and, oddly enough, rabbits. (I don't really 'get' the whole Easter Bunny thing - it seems to be a recent innovation and I do my best to avoid it!) So, I decided to design my own cards from scratch, using some pretty floral papers from the Flower Power CD Rom I've had for a few years.

I played round in Photosho elements until I got the toppers the way I wanted them, and, after printing, layered as you can see. To finish, I made some punched flowers.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 207

This week at One Stitch at a Time, we want to see flowers! They can be in the image or as an embellishment - the choice is yours.

Our sponsor this week is:
This week, I chose an image from Ike'sArt called Poinsettia Cluster. Yes, I've started my Christmas cards. I normally try to get started during the Easter holidays, and they started this weekend, so I'm just about on schedule.

I arranged two of the image in Photoshop Elements before printing. I coloured using Promarkers and Flexmarkers and finished each flowers with some spots of Letraset Metallic marker in gold. I die cut the greeting using a Britannia die (not one of my favourites - it's not easy to get a clean cut.) I added some sticky ribbon (from Tiger), some glitter paper and a couple of paper flowers I've had forever, finishing the flowers with some Liquid Pearl. So, nothing too complicated, and what's more, I'll even be able to post the result!

I hope you can join us this week.

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

Papertake Weekly where anything goes,
Crafting By Designs where anything goes,
Christmas Cards All Year Round where they want poinsettias,
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge where anything goes,
Doodle Pantry where anything goes (with a digi),
Oddball Art Stamp where they want us to use a digi,
4 Crafty Chicks where they want us to colour a stamped image,
4 Crafty Girlz where anything goes,
Crafty Ribbons where anything goes (with ribbon),


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