Monday, 16 November 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 152

This time the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More is to make something for a winter birthday. It's my turn to host, and as long as your creation meets that requirement, you can do whatever you want, although as I'm hosting, I'll be especially looking for creations that seem wintery in some way.

For this challenge, I decided to make a card for a friend who's got a December birthday. She loves Josephine Wall images, so I headed straight for my CDRom and found this one. It always seems very wintery to me - cool blue shades and those bare trees in the background - but it's not Christmassy, so I think it's ideal.

I love my Josephine Wall CDs as the images are gorgeous, but I rarely find I like the backing papers. They often seem very pale and insipid when used with the images. Maybe that's intentional so that the images really stand out, but I feel it makes the project seem unbalanced somehow. But, through the wonders of Photoshop Elements, I can always take a small section of the image and tile it to make a paper that works perfectly, and that's what I did here. I added some framing and the sentiment, as well as mirroring part of the image, again in PSE. To finish, I added some crocheted lace and a little glitter.

I'm looking forward to visiting all the entries to this one, so I hope you can join us.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 151

This time at Crafty Cardmakers and More, we're challenging you to be thankful about something. You might want to make a remembrance card as Armistice day's coming up, or just an old-fashioned thank you card.

For this card, I've stuck to a fairly simple design.

I've used a stamp set I got with a recent magazine. I coloured the image with Promarkers - the first time I've used them for a while! To complete the card, I made a branch of small flowers using a Sizzix Susan's Garden die set, shading the flowers and leaves with Pan Pastels and finishing the flowers with a dab of glitter glue.

I hope you can join us this time!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 150

This time at Crafty Cardmakers and More, the challenge is to use Autumn colours!

Being somewhat awkward, I decided to make a Christmas card, and this is what I came up with.

I was recently given some cards by someone who was doing a clear out - long, narrow gold cards which seemed perfect for Christmas when you sometimes want something smaller than I usually make. I matted with red card - it's really quite a warm red but for some reason seems to be shading to blue in the photo - no idea why! I added a raised snowflake panel and the word 'Noel'  in brown. I triple embossed heavy duty card snowflakes using Cosmic Shimmer UTE in a red/gold shade and used these to finish.

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 149

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers and More, we're challenging you to go round and make a circular card!

Knowing this challenge was coming up and having wanted to get some large circle dies for a while, I splashed out on the Presscut set at Ally Pally recently. They were on my 'shopping list'. Not on my 'shopping list' was the set of Celtic circles from Tonic, but once I'd seen them, they magically fell into my basket. I love that the patterns can be cut out of solid card, or cut into rings - it just gives so many more options. For this challenge, I decided to use all but the largest parts of the set. I started with a 7 by 7in card and cut it using one of the Presscut dies. Then I added layers in various shades of turquoise, and finished with some flowers which I made using dies from Sizzix and Crealies. Very simple, but quite effective, I think.

I hope you can join us this time.


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