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Sunday, 28 December 2014

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 227

This time at One Stitch at a Time, our challenge is 'anything goes with stitching'.

Our sponsor is:
See the challenge blog for details.

This time, I chose to work with a fabulous set of digis from Stitchy Bear called 'Vineyard'. I've been on the OSAAT team for a while, and that means I've collected quite a lot of images, and I really love Stitchy's silhouettes. So, I combined several of them including from the Rainbow Magic set and the Grazin' in the Grass sets.

I used PSE to combine the various elements, and 'drew' the background seascape you see, framing it in black. I stitched a border for the image using various Krenik threads, and that's it. The grass and vineyard silhouettes are absolutely perfect for use in combinations like this, and I'm pretty sure I'll keep coming back to them.

I hope you can join us this time

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

That's Crafty where anything goes,
Creative Knockouts where anything goes,
Divas by Design where anything goes,
Inspiration Destination where anything goes,
Paper Shelter where anything goes,
Penny's where anything goes,
Scrapper's Delights where anything goes,
Whimsy where anything goes,
Crafty Sentiments where anything goes.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 226

This time, our 'anything goes with a ... is Glitter! So, this close to Christmas, that's easy, isn't it?

Our sponsor for the challenge:

See the challenge blog for details.

I chose a digi from Sentimental Susan's range at the outlet called Christmas Tree Scene.

I added the sentiment in Photoshop Elements before printing, then coloured with Promarkers. To fulfil the 'glitter' requirement, I got out my Sakura Stardust pens and coloured the baubles and tinsel on the tree, the stars, and highlighted areas of the snow. That doesn't seem to be very clear on the photo. I dotted the sky with highlighter pen, but that wasn't quite bold enough for what I wanted, so I went back over with a Sakura Souffle pen in white.

I added some paper from my stash - something bold and bright like the image, and apart from a little matting, that's it.

I hope you can join us this time.

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

Creative Romance where anything goes,
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards where the theme is Christmas,
Crafty Catz where the theme is 'Last Minute Christmas',
Sister Act where anything goes,
Crafty Sentiments where the theme is 'Christmas',

Monday, 8 December 2014

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 129

This time at Crafty Cardmakers and More. our challenge is simple! Make a Christmas project!

Our sponsors for this challenge are:


and my team-mate Kim is providing 'a large box of crafting yumminess'! See the challenge blog, link in my sidebar, for details.

Now, I make a lot of Christmas cards. I generally start at around Easter, so by this time of year, I've finally got a chance to move on to other things, so, this is actually a card I made a little while ago but which I've only just got around to photographing.

When it comes to styles of cards, I have two main favourites. I do like very pretty cards with lots of flowers or similar embellishment, and I also like very simple designs. I'm not very good at very simple designs, but this sort of thing, with die cuts and clean lines is definitely something I enjoy doing. I've used a beautiful gold pearlescent card from Lime Tree Crafts and some gold mirror board and let them have centre-stage. The embossing was done using a Crafter's Companion folder and the die cuts used Spellbinders dies. The sentiment is from pre-inked stamp I've had for many years.

I hope you can join us for this, our last challenge of 2014, and I hope to see you back with us in the new year!

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

A Creative Romance where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Inkspriational where anything goes with gold,
Robyn's Fetish where they want Christmas cards,
That Craft Place where the theme is Christmas,
Crafts Galore Encore where anything goes,
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra where anything goes,
Die Cut Divas where the theme is snow/Christmas,
Sisters of Craft where anything goes,
Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is 'snowflakes'.

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