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Monday, 26 January 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 131

This time, our challenge is hosted by Julie, and she wants us to use two or more images. These can be conventional or digital, but you have to combine them in some way to make a new image.

I used a couple of Clarity stamps that have been very under-used.

I first stamped the vase, then masked it before adding the flowers. I coloured the result with Spectrum Noir pencils. I cut the image and matt with a Spellbinders die. The paper is from Papermania. I had intended to embellish with flowers, but liked the clean lines, so instead I just added a stamped sentiment, again cut and matted using Spellbinders dies.

I hope you can join us this time!

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

Inky Chicks where anything goes,
Paper Minutes where they want us to 'keep it simple',
Party Time Tuesday where anything goes,
Dream Valley where anything goes,
Whoopsie Daisy where anything goes,
Aud Sentiments where anything goes,
Red Rubber Inspirationals where anything goes,
KreativGefluster where anything goes,

Sunday, 25 January 2015

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 229

This time at One Stitch at a Time, our theme is: Anything Goes with Purple! So, any subject matter, occasion, so long as there's some purple somewhere.

Our sponsor is:

See the challenge blog for details.

For this challenge I used an image from Crafty Girl called Pansies.

I coloured the image with a mix of Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pencils, and added some accents with Sakura Stardust pens in green and clear. The paper is from Papermania, and the image and mat were cut using Spellbinders dies. I made the flowers using mainly Susan's Garden dies, but added the leafy border (Crafts Too) and the stamen (Crafter's Companion). I finished them with some glitter glue.

I hope you can join us this time.

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

Inky Chicks where anything goes,
Party Time Tuesday where anything goes,
Crafting from the Heart where anything goes,
Craft Your Passion where anything goes,
Dream Valley where anything goes,
Whoopsie Daisy where anything goes,
KreativGefluster where anything goes,
Penny's where anything goes,
Sister Act where anything goes,
Stempelsonne where anything goes.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 130

The challenge this time at Crafty Cardmakers is to use something old and something new in your creation. That could be old and new stash, or old and new techinques - it's up to you. Do be sure to tell us what your old and new elements are!

I've used a variety of techniques here, including one of the 'oldest' in terms of my papercrafting, and something I've never used before in cardmaking. The old is rubber stamping. The stamp is from Papermania, and it somehow fell into my basket when I was buying some new dies in an end of year sale. I've coloured it with Spectrum Noir pencils. That's an 'in between' technique for me - I'm still more comfortable with Promarkers, but it's nice to have a couple of techniques for colouring because of the very different effects you can get. The paper is from Paper Pizazz. The new element is the crochet border. I've been trying to teach myself to crochet for years. My mother was very accomplished at crochet, but somehow, whenever she tried to show me how to do it, I just couldn't work it out. I turned to knitting instead, and she could never understand how I could do that but not crochet. I'm still pretty limited in my repertoire of crochet, but I found a simple border pattern online and used some of my stash of Perle cotton to make a border. (Before I got into papercrafts, I made cards using cross stitch and Hardanger embroidery, so I've got a lot of threads!) I finished the card with some little flowers in tones to match the ladies' dresses using dies from Cheery Lynn.

I hope you can join us this time.

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

A Gem of a Challenge where they want 'something new',
Crafts Galore Encore where anything goes,
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge where anything goes,
Creative Craft Cottage where anything goes,
Dies are Us where anything goes with a twist of 'something new' (the stamp is new),
The Alphabet Challenge where it's x for xperiment - a new technique - crochet,

Sunday, 11 January 2015

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 228

This week at One Stitch at a Time the challenge is ... Anything Goes with something New! So, it can be a new bit of crafty goodness, or follow the theme of something new.

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

See the challenge blog for details.

For this challenge, I chose an image from the selection by Ken Benner Designs called Cartoon Bear Holding a Sign. I added some wording on the sign in Photoshop Elements and coloured the result with Promarkers.

I made it for my younger son should, by the time this is posted, have been in his new job for a whole week! He finished a degree in French and German at the summer, and followed that with a course in teaching English as a foreign language. Then, he and his girlfriend started job hunting. Late last year his girlfriend landed a job in Berlin, so they moved there, and after some more searching, he found a job there too, learning about marketing while using his three languages which is what he wanted to do. Since it was for my son, I've kept the design plain. The men in my family are universally of the opinion that embellishment is unnecessary frippery! So, we have a plain card with paper and a die cut from the Papermania Persimmon collection.

I hope you can join us this time.

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

Aud Sentiments where they want the word 'new',
Sister Act where anything goes,
Stempelsonne where anything goes,
Crafty Calendar where they want to know, 'What's New?',
Quirky Crafts where they want 'clean and simple.

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