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Monday, 16 May 2016

Craft Cardmakers Challenge 164

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, our challenge is to have some stitching (real or faux) on your creation.

I first got in to cardmaking via cross stitching, so I decided to go back (at least partly) to my roots, and do a completely stitched card.

First, I pricked out the outer and inner squares in the large sheet of blue card. Then, I placed the peach card on top, and pricked that from behind, through the blue. I stitched both borders, and then, on a separate piece of blue card, pricked the flower pattern from a book of paper embroidery I've had for several years, before stitching that. I do like this pattern - the flower itself is more than just an outline, and I think it looks really pretty.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 163

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, we want you to use gems or pearls on your creation - that's it!

I decided to make a card for my sister whose birthday is later this month. I decided to use a gorgeous image from the Crafter's Companion Kimono collection, and a matching paper.

I added the sentiment in Photoshop Elements, aand finished the card with a matching insert and a couple of gem flourishes I bought ages ago but had never opened. I must admit, I worried they'd be impossible to apply, and, while they were a little tricky, they weren't as hard as I'd expected. One disadvantage of the paper I use to print digital images is that it's got a top layer which is a little tender - it produces gorgeous, vibrant colours without looking like photo paper, but get a bit of adhesive on it and it'll strip off. Fortunately, I didn't have that problem here!

I hope you can join us this time!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 162

IThis time, the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is 1, 2, 3! By that we mean, one image, two papers and three different embellishments. Other than that, you can make anything you like!

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I've made a card for my husband for our wedding anniversary.

I've used two papers and an image from the Crafter's Companion Moonbeam Meadow collection, and added a sentiment and border to the image before printing. My embellishments are ribbon, a hand-crocheted heart and a wooden button. I decided to teach myself to crochet so that I could make lace for my cards, but since I started, I'm more likely to be crocheting something on a slightly larger scale - like a throw - so it's nice to be using it as I originally intended. I used to do some Hardanger embroidery, and as a result I've got a stash of Perle Cotton which works for this type of embellishment. The only problem is that I'm doing much less cardmaking these days. There just isn't enough time!

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 161

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, we're asking you to make a card that's not a square or rectangle. Other than that, it's up to you!

For this, I decided to make a circular easel card for a friend whose birthday is coming up.

My friend loves rabbits, so the Bebunni Floral CDRom seemed like the ideal place to start. The image and paper are both from that, and the sentiment is also from Crafter's Companion, stamped in gold ink. I've used a variety of dies for the card itself, the image, sentiment and matting, and to create the flowers. It's not a particularly complicated card - I've found that the people who get my cards seem to prefer the simpler designs. In fact, those who specifically ask for cards often want something very personal (including names, dates and often photos) but which are, from a crafting point of view, very simple - so much so, I don't tend to blog them. (Well, that's also because they've got photos and personal information, but I tend to think that makes them uninteresting unless you know the person in question.)

I hope you can join us this time.

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