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Monday, 24 April 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 187

It's my turn to host the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, and I'd like to see your gem-studded creations! Anything goes so long as there are gems or pearls on the project somewhere.


For this challenge, I've used a new die from Hobbycraft which was branded Intricut. It's really pretty, and cut somewhat more easily than other large lacy dies I've bought in the past. (It still took multiple passes and a metal shim, but it did cut. I had hoped that this sort of problem would be no more when I bought my Big Shot Pro a few years ago, but I suspect all machines have problems with some things. At least with the BSP, you don't feel like it's going to break as you crank through a difficult sandwich.)

I've backed it with a contrasting mat, and then added pearl gems to various parts of the cut. I completed the card with some ribbon and a stamped sentiment which I embossed in white. (Sorry, don't know whose stamp that was. I keep text stamps together on a couple of sheets and don't often have a record of the manufacturer.)

I'm really looking forward to seeing all those gems and pearls this fortnight!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

International Art and Soul Challenge 6

Our theme this fortnight is 'wings'. Lots of possibilities there, and we're looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

I have a friend whose family are really into angels, and I often seem to be making cards for her. The Joanna Sheen Josephine Wall CDroms are ideal for this, and I just love the colourful artwork.

I've used one of the backing papers from the CD too here, I did some layering in Photoshop Elements and added the sentiment before printing, then adding another layer to the image. To finish, I've added some lace flowers and ribbon.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 186

This fortnight, our theme is Things with Wings.  So, not too hard - anything from fairies to angels to birds or butterflies or some other flying insect.

I decided to go for a bird in this case.


The main image uses a stamp from Crafty Individuals while the background is from Kaisercraft. I coloured both with Coloursoft pencils, keeping the tones quite soft. The flower was made using dies from Sizzix and the leafy additions from Crafter's companion. Both parts are shaded using Pan Pastels.

I hope you can join us this time!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

International Art and Soul Challenge 5

This fortnight's challenge at International Art and Soul is to distress something! Other than that, it's up to you.

Now,  distressing is not a favourite technique of mine. I'm not particularly fond of things looking aged or damaged, so it's something I find rather hard.

The background uses some Coredinations card which I've distressed with sandpaper. (My go-to technique for distressing!) The image was stamped using a stamp from, I think, Woodware using Memento ink. I then added some background colour to the cream card using Promarkers scribbled onto a perspex block and then sprayed with some clear alcohol, which I then applied to the card. In honour of the theme, I then distressed the edge of the image and later the mat using a pair of scissors. It's not at all obvious, but that's not too surprising given that I didn't want to overdo it.

To complete the effect, I've added a wooden butterfly. I shaded it roughly with Distress Ink and a little Alchemy Wax around the edges, and then stamped it with more Distress Ink using a Docrafts wood-mounted stamp I've had for ages.

And that's it! I do hope you can join us this time. I'd really love to see your distressing techinques and understand why people love these techniques!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 185

This time at Crafty Cardmakers, we want you to Spring into Spring!

For me, spring means trees just coming into bud.

For the central image, I used a Clarity stamp stamped with Versafine which I coloured using Promarkers, and edged with Distress Ink. The background was made using a repeatable background stamp from Inky Doodles. I stamped and shaded the background with Distress Ink. The dies are all from Spellbinders. The Springtime die is a wood mounted stamp I got ages ago from a reduced bin somewhere. There's no manufacturer's label on it so I don't know its origin.

I hope you can join us this time!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

International Art and Soul Challenge 4

Here we are, ready for the fourth challenge at International Art and Soul. This time, we want to see embossing. Any type of embossing is fine, as is any type of project.

I decided to do something I haven't done much lately - I stamped and heat embossed an image.

The stamp I used is a recent purchase, and it comes from Woodware, I think. I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I coloured the image using Derwent Inktense pencils, although I admit that the very fine 'berry' effect I coloured using a fine liner. I matted the image onto gold card, and rounded the edges. Then, I stamped the sentiment - sorry, no idea whose stamp that is - I keep all my sentiments together on a couple of sheets and didn't think to record who made the stamps. Again, I stamped with Versamark and embossed in gold. I cut the sentiment using a Spellbinders die, and threaded some ribbon through it. I finished the card with some gold beads around the image.

I hope you can join us this fortnight!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 184

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, our theme is For a Special Woman/Girl, or Mother's Day.

 It's my daughter's birthday this week, so choosing someone to make for was easy.

As a centrepiece, I've used a die from Crafter's Companion, and matted the cut with an old favourite from Spellbinder's threaded with ribbon. The ribbon was originally white, but it's amazing what a little Promarker can do! The background uses a Crafter's Companion embossing folder, and I've used some Coredinations Whitewash card which I sanded, then I picked out flower centres with some sticky dots from Craft Creations. The sentiment is also Crafter's Companion, and the butterfly is cut using I die I've had for a long time and I'm no longer sure whose it is, although it's blue, so I suspect it's Marianne. For that, I've added a layer in Shimmer paper and a top layer with glitter card.

I hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

International Art and Soul Challenge 3

Our challenge at International Art and Soul for this fortnight is Fancy Borders. Other that that, you can make anything you want!

I needed to make a card for my son's birthday, so I needed something that isn't too girly.

My fancy border was cut using a Sue Wilson Gemini die. The main image was cut using a Sizzix die, and the sentiment die is one I can't remember. The wording was stamped in Versafine ink using a rubber stamp which I've had for a long time.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 183

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, we want you to go green! Other than that, you can make anything you want.

Unusually, I chose to make something that isn't a card!

The pattern is one I've had for a very long time, from a set by Barbara Thompson Designs. There is a series of Rennie Mackintosh style designs, but as this one is mainly green, it fits the bill for this challenge!

I used to do a lot of cross stitching, and I'm trying to get back into it. The blocks of a single colour here make for a fairly simple start, especially as my eyesight isn't as good as it used to be. That's not so much a problem for doing the stitching, but more for following the pattern.

I hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

International Art and Soul Challenge 2

Our theme this fortnight is Recycle. Other than that, no restrictions, although it'd be better if it's obvious what you've recycled!

I do a lot of recycling, but normally just take a container and use it, not bothering to decorate or anything. I've got an IPad box that was being thrown out at work that holds my blending sponges, for example. Very useful, but not really attractive. So, for this challenge, I had to put in some effort.



So, I took a coffee tin like that one, and wondered how on earth I could cover it. I don't do a lot of that sort of thing, so I had to try something a little different. In the end, I decided to try using embossing paste. I've had some jars of that for, probably 15 years, and have never really had much success with it. In fact, when I checked out the jar of metallic gold paste, it was rather too thick for this purpose. The copper was ok, and so I used it to cover the tin. When that was dry, I applied a Sheena Douglas masking stencil to the tin. I applied more paste through the stencil, and added glitter to this layer. The stencil wasn't big enough to cover the whole circumference, so there was still a smooth panel. This, I decorated with some die cut flowers, cut using dies from Crafter's Companion and Sue Wilson and completed the effect with some braiding. And that's about it! I'm not sure I'd do another one of these, because I'm not completely happy with the result, but it's definitely better than the original coffee tin, so I'll use it!

I hope you'll play along this fortnight!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 182

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers our challenge is to make something with lots of texture! Other than that, it's up to you.

I chose to make a card using the leftovers from another recent make.


The patchwork background is made using a Sizzix die, and I've embossed or debossed each of the squares using s Cuttlebug folder. The flowers were made using Tattered Lace Ditsy flowers dies, and I love all the texture in those layers. The background leafy bits are made using a Sue Wilson die set.

I hope you can join us.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

International Art and Soul First Ever Challenge!

That's right, it's a brand new challenge blog, and this is our first challenge. Our theme is Love is in the Air, so very appropriate for this time of year!

And for this, I made a card for my husband for our anniversary which is next month.

A little bit of a cheat. I made the background for this card ages ago using stamps from Inky Doodles and Distress Ink. I do like the way their background stamps can be combined like this to give a (fairly) regular background pattern.

The hearts and sentiment are all cut using Sizzix dies, and the sentiment is computer generated. To complete the card, I've added some embellishments from my stash.

I do hope you can join us for our first challenge!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 181

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, our theme is Love!

For this, I made a traditional valentine's card - which will of course be sent anonymously.

A few months ago, I fell in love with one of the then new die sets from Sue Wilson and treated myself. I haven't actually used them beyond a single label, so I got them out for this. I completed the card with a computer-generated sentiment and some punched hearts.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 180

For our first challenge of the year, our theme is New Beginnings. This can be any new beginning you want, although most of the design team seem to have gone for new babies! And, not to buck that trend, so have I.

I've used a range of die cuts. The main image is and word are from, I think, Marianne, while the patchwork in the background is from Sizzix. Each of the squares has been dry embossed to give a more varied patchwork effect without introducing any more colour.

I hope you can join us!

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