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Monday, 27 January 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 249

The challenge for this fortnight is to use Black and White only. Now, that's something I would have found a lot harder when I first started cardmaking. It's still not something I find easy as I love colour.

The first thing I thought of for this challenge is a stamping cube from Stampers Anonymous that I bought many years ago from Blade Rubber Stamps in Bloomsbury. When I first started stamping, there were only two shops available: Hobbycraft, the closest of which (then) wasn't at all easy to get to, and Blade Rubber Stamps which, being in central London was at least just a train journey away. I still visit it from time to time - more often recently since I volunteer two days a week just around the corner. But enough of my rambling.

Having thought of the stamp, I then thought that one of my Sizzix Susan's Garden grid dies would work well with the images. And that was true, but of course, the one that gave the right sized grid is a grid of 6, not 4. Still, a bit of re-positioning mid-cut, and I've got a four hole grid. I stamped each image on the cube in Versafine Clair ink in black, then cut the images using the same grid die. I layered up some black and white, and added the black grid outline, then finished with the four images on sticky foam so that they are proud of the grid. And, tempting as it was to add some colour to the images, I didn't.



I hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

International Art and Soul Challenge 75

The theme for this fortnight's challenge is Recycling. Other than having a recycled element to it, your project can be anything you like.

I decided to make a card using some recycled crafty packaging in the mix.

The main image is from Woodware, which was stamped and heat embossed in gold. I coloured the image with my very elderly Twinkling H2Os. (I had to throw another one away today as it had gone mouldy inside. But then, I have had them for many years.)

The paper is from a magazine freebie pad. The clear layer under the half-front was cut from the packaging of some Crafter's Companion mirror card. It's quite thin, but kept in place between the image panel and a plain white panel on the inside.

You can't really see the clear layer, but you can see the backs of the two sticky gems!

I do hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 248

Welcome to the first Crafty Cardmakers challenge of 2020, and to get it off to a really easy start, the theme this fortnight is Anything Goes!

I decided to make a new home card for a friend, but instead of a flat card, I went with a pop up box.

The base die is from Spellbinders, and I covered the panels with paper from a Joanna Sheen box magazine.

I added a tag using a Tonic die. The flowers were made using dies from Crafter's Companion and The Works, I added shading using Pan Pastel and flower centres and the berries using Liquid Enamel.

I do like this style as it's possible to fold them fairly flat for postage, although I used a piece of scrap card inside the envelope to give it a bit of extra rigidity, and am keeping my fingers crossed it arrives safely.

I hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

International Art and Soul Challenge 74

Our first challenge of 2020 is to create something that is monochromatic. The project can be anything you like, and any theme.

I've got a Christmas card I made using a Woodware stamp.

The image was stamped using Versafine ink, and the background shaded using Distress Oxide ink. The background paper is a magazine freebie from several years ago.

I hope you can join us this time.

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