Challenge Winning cards

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Home Is Where The Heart Is..

Today's card is for a friend who has just moved to a new house. I've dug around in my craft room and found some very old Kanban images and papers to produce this...

I've used a scalloped 7 inch base card and matted the patterned paper that came with the die cut images onto some black card. I've mounted the house die cut onto some cream then black card and added some flowers as 'bushes'. The greeting is some word art I've had for years and I've added a cute heart button to compliment the sentiment.

I'm entering this card into the current challenges at...

Simply Create Too #101 - something new
Craft Your Passion #296 - anything goes
613 Create Avenue #161 -  AG/ something from your stash
Crafting From The Heart #96 - anything goes
As You Like It - one or multi-layered. Multi-layered for me - I love the depth and texture that layers add to a card and the challenge of mixing and matching papers and embellishments.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Magical Day

Happy Friday everyone!

Another fortnight has passed which means it's time for the next challenge at:

Simply Papercraft

As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in! This week the challenge is being sponsored by an exciting new company - Scrap N Dipity:

I've used this ever so cute fairy image provided by the sponsor and coloured her using a mixture of Spectrum Noir pencils and pro-markers. I then fussy cut the image and mounted her on a heart doily. Finally, I've added some gems and peel-off corner decoration.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Through The Purple Haze - things with wings
Crafting With An Attitude #11 - anything goes
Get Creative Challenge - fantasy or mythological
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dance.. like nobody's watching.

Today's card was inspired by the challenges at:

Less Is More - silhouette
Addicted To CAS - red
Try It On Tuesdays - silhouette

I used a free silhouette of a dancing lady found here, I printed the image onto a linen card base and used tiny red gems to give her a very posh ruby neacklace. I added some subtley patterned red paper down the side of the card and more red gems were added randomly.

The sentiment is very apt and was created by the wonderful Hannelie at Desert Diva.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Krafty Glittery Deer

As any thrifty crafter does, before recycling my Christmas cards, I pulled off any 'bits' that could be re-used. Things like gems, tassles, diecut snowflakes atc have all been carefully removed ready to be added to new cards.

I was most taken with this white glittery deer - he looks so proud! As it's never too early to start on making Christmas cards I used him to make a start on this year's cards!

To show off his glitteryness, I used a kraft base, matted on more white glittery card and added a few glitter snowflakes. The greeting is done in Copperplate Gothic font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge- use a sentiment
Crimbo Crackers - anything goes

Thanks for looking!


Friday, January 22, 2016

January Blues

I've had a day off work today so I started to play with some of the amazing bargains I got at the Ross Papercraft show at Nissan last week - there was a stall where everything (yes everything) was 50p and one of the baskets had patterned paper pads by a company I've never heard of (Avec) and as it would have been silly not to get any at that price I got one in every colour they had! Some of the patterns were too big for cards and some just weren't my cup of tea but the majority are very usable!

So, as it's a chilly, frosty day here in the North east, I was inspired to start with the 'blues' pad...

I used this gorgeous digi stamp called Emily Framed by Dilly Beans that I've had for some time and a patterned paper that made me think of the mosaics in a swimming pool. I've coloured Emily with pro-markers and highlighted her hair with glitter which of course is so difficult to photograph! I created the greeting in Word using Formal436 BT font. I think I'll send this to a friend who has been poorly since the new year - a handmade card will hopefully perk her up a bit.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Simply Create Too #101 - use something new
Craft For The Craic - January Blues
I ♥ ProMarkers #300 - use something new 
The Sisterhood of Crafters - something old (digi) something new (paper)
Addicted To Stamps - make your mark
Tuesday Throwdown #277 - under the weather
Inkspirational Challenges - challenge #59 - blue with white

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Saturday, January 16, 2016


A suitable title for this post considering the layer of crispy snow in my garden at the moment!

Today's card is a birthday card for a little girl who is about to turn 5. She loves the Disney film 'Frozen' so I decided to make her a card using the lead character Elsa...

As I still have a lot of Christmas stash to hand, I used a pale grey snowflake patterned paper for the background, bordered by very shiny peel-off strips. I found this image of Elsa on the internet and fussy cut her, adding some pearlescent glitter to her dress. The snowflakes are a mixture of punched and die-cut shapes and I die-cut a number 5 from some turquoise glittery paper. The base card I've used is 8x8 so this card is really going to stand out!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge - girly and sparkly
That's Crafty Challenge - winter but not Christmas
Polkadoodles Challenge - winter birthday
Brown Sugar Challenge - movie madness
Send A Smile 4 Kids - birthday fun 4 kids

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Goth Girl Journal

Happy Friday everyone!

Another fortnight has passed which means it's time for the next challenge at:

Simply Papercraft

As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in! This week the challenge is being sponsored by the wonderfully quirky Lizzy Love at Oddball Art - take a look at her ETSY shop with images from 69 pence ($1) - they are especially ideal for teenagers.

For today's card I have used one of the images provided by Lizzy to decorate a 2016 diary for a teenage girl who is a bit 'Goth' in her style of dress. This creepy/cute image was a delight to colour using a mixture of pro-markers and Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils. The black spotty paper was from my stash and I've added some decorative pearls and red gems in the corners. Finally, I've tied some strips of black and red ribbons to the top rung of the binding.

The greeting is done in 'Follow You Into The World' font and I've hand-drawn both the borders and the heart embellishments. The words are actually lyrics from We Can't Stop by Miley Cyrus - not someone you would associate with anything goth but I liked the sentiment behind the words.

I'm entering this journal into the challenges at:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge  - not a card
Moving Along With The Times - spots or dots
Southern Girls Challenge - one for the girls
Glitter n Sparkle - tic tac toe (gems/pearls+digi+ribbon)

Thanks for popping in...


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Floral Flourish

Today's card is almost too simple!

Inspired by the challenges at:

Less Is More - flourish (one layer week)
Sweet Stampin' - flowers
CASology - simple

I came up with the following...

The gorgeous rose is a freebie digi stamp from Shery K Designs. I've printed it onto some linen base card and coloured it using pro-markers. The font is Monotype Corsiva and I've added a couple of co-ordinating gems.

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Peter Rabbit

To cheer myself up before the dreaded return to work tomorrow I have been playing with some of my new Christmas 'toys'. My wonderful brother and sister-in-law bought me some Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils ( the Floral, Marine and Nature sets) which I used to add some intense colour to an insipid picture of Peter Rabbit I found on Pinterest - perfect for a little boy who is about to celebrate his very first birthday.

They are gorgeous to use and really easy to blend and the colour is so vivid. The result looks lovely on the linen textured card I used for the base card. I've kept things very simple with the image as the star, just adding a thin blue ribbon, a circular number tag and a pro-marker coloured punched heart.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

The Paper Players - all about numbers
That Craft Place - anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #169 - anything goes - TOP 3 !
Scrapper's Delights - anything goes 
Wide World Open DT Challenge - anything goes

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Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year - Time To Celebrate

Happy New Year everyone!

Another fortnight has passed which means it's time for the last challenge of 2015 at:

Simply Papercraft

As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in! This week the challenge is just for fun for those of you who can't keep out of your crafting room, even during the festive period!

For today's card I have used one of my favourite rubber stamps - Stampin' Bella's Victoria and Juliette's Night Out. Aren't the Uptown Girls images fab - perfect for girly birthday cards! the papers came many moons ago from an issue of Making Cards magazine and I can't remember where I found the digi sentiment - I think it was a freebie.

I've coloured the girls with pro-markers and added some sparkly pink gems for a touch of bling.

I'm entering this card into the 'Anything goes' challenges at:

4 Crafty Chicks
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges
Seize The Birthday
As You Like It

Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to a fabulous crafting year in 2016!

Lots of love to my crafty friends