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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.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 160

This time, the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is to make something inspired by Easter.

For this, I've made the first of this year's Easter cards.

I started by making a border using a set of Sue Wilson Gemini dies, although I used both edges rather than just one! Then, I tried out a new (to me) die. It's another Susan Tierney die, but this time, produced by Elizabeth Craft. it's designed to be flatter than the Sizzix range, and that's definitely something I'd welcome. For the image and greeting, I've combined a cropped image from Joanna Sheen's Pamela West CDRom with a greeting. the embossed background was done using an Embossalicious folder.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 159

This time, on Crafty Cardmakers, we want you to go green. So, anything you like, so long as it's green.

I chose to make a birthday card for my younger son who's a bit of a linguist.


I started in Photoshop Elements, and, having translated Happy Birthday into a number of European languages, I then arranged the text. I added a little background texture, again in Photoshop Elements, and printed the result. Then, I used  a map stamp I've had for ages, and using Distress Ink in Old Paper, I stamped over the image. I cut some card using dies from Presscut and Tonic to frame the result, and finished with an English Language greeting.

I hope you can join us this time.

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