Challenge Winning cards

Monday, May 29, 2017

Decoupaged Cake

Today's card was made with one of the Anita's Foiled Decoupage kits...

I like these kits - they are very easy to put together and are great for quick cards. My only gripe is that they don't come with sentiments and I hate to see a card without a sentiment! Luckily I had some blue card the same colour as the background, and printed a greeting with a yellow rim to echo the line around the image.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Glitter n Sparkle #241 - anything goes
Ooh La La Creations #229 - food or drink
Crafting From The Heart #161 - anything goes
Creative Fingers #131 - anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #58 - anything goes

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fabulous Fifty

Happy Friday - and it's another Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK which means an extra day off work for most folk!

There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...

As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. No sponsor today - the challenge is just for fun.

Lots of different dies have been used here and the lovely patterned paper is from Dovecrafts Perfectly Pink Back to Basics pack. I've added some co-ordinating flat-backed pearls and the greeting was made in Publisher using The Urban Way font. 

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Time Out - Flowers & friends make life a garden
The Crazy Challenge - birthday
Crafting With an Attitude - anything goes
The Crafter's Café - birthday
Through The Purple Haze - anything goes

So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Live Long And Prosper

Every now and you get asked to make a crazy or weird card - today is that day.

This one is for a Star Trek fan...

It was very quick to make as it's such a simple design. I used a blue card base (the same colour as Spock's jumper) and printed the outline of the 'badge' on yellow card. This was fussy cut and attached using foam pads. I made the circles symbol using two ring dies and the greeting was done in Publisher.

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

Inspiration Destination #128
Crafty Creations #342
Creative Inspirations #275
Creative Moments #118
Always Fun #7

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Live Long and Prosper...


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Starting Early

Each year I'm always full of good intentions when it comes to Christmas cards - this year I mean it!!
This afternoon I got the Christmas supplies out and made a start...

I've used a large 8x8 rad base card and added a 7x7 square of tartan patterned paper. I can't remember 100% what make the decoupage is - possibly Craft Creations. Finally I added die cut letters (SON) and a punched snowflake. Very simple design but it really stand out because of the size.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Hiding In My Craft Room #301 - masculine
Creative Friday #179 - card for a man
C R A F T Challenge - Christmas - WINNER!
Merry Christmas Challenge - gingerbread Top Pick!
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #334 - anything Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas

Only 7 months to go...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

3rd Anniversary Penguin

Today's card is for my friends' 3rd wedding anniversary. They are mad on penguins so I usually go with this theme for their cards...

I've used a very old freebie digi image from Blackberry Jelly, coloured with pro-markers and mounted on a fancy die-cut heart. I've used plain grey card for the backing with some coordinating polka dot patterned paper. To add a bit of interest on the background I've added some decorative dies in the same colour - this gives a faux embossing effect.

The balloon and bow are also dies and I've added a bit of bling with the mirri number sticker. I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Creations - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge # 329 - anything goes
Aud Sentiments # 180 - anything goes with a sentiment
Creative Fingers #130 - anything goes

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Highest Kite

Today's card is my second inspired by the wonderful mood board at Double D Challenges: - WINNER!

I really do love using a red white and blue colour scheme on cards but today I've used a made a much cleaner card as I was also inspired by the one layer challenge at Less Is More:

My first challenge was to find an image with both spots and stripes! I've used a very old digi from TLC - a great site for freebies, especially vintage images and word art. I've coloured it with pro-markers and used 300gsm linen card so there is no bleeding through. The sentiment is a quote I found by simply googling 'kite quotes' - as for most things the internet is your friend.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Beautiful Day

I've got a lot of friends' birthdays coming up towards the end of May and in June so I'd best get cracking with some girly cards...

Today's make is using the gorgeous 'So Pretty' digital stamp form The Paper Shelter - isn't she a stunner! She goes perfectly with this lipstick patterned paper from Dovecraft's 'Kiss & Make Up' pack.

I've used a black card base and folded back the front of the card for a change. The image is coloured using pro-markers and I've mounted it on a scalloped circle die-cut. I've also added a greeting and a short verse inside.

To add a bit of girly bling I've used a red pearl for her earring, some red gems under the greeting and some red glitter heart stickers from Papermania.

I'm entering this card in the challenges at:

4 Crafty Chicks #350- celebrate women Chick pick!
Pattie's Creations Challenge #134 - for the girls
Simply Create Too #127 - use a digital image
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #415 - birthday
Crafty Gals Corner # 122 - bling
Die Cuttin' Divas #316 - feminine
Always Fun #5 - feminine
Passion For Pro-markers #394 - bingo (birthday, bling, punches or dies)

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Yellow Flowers

Today's card was inspired by the following challenges:

Less Is More:

Crafting When We Can - clean and simple
Crafty Gals Corner - clean and simple
Passion For Promarkers - make it bloom
Aud Sentiments - flowers and a sentiment

I made a card base from linen embossed card and die cut the flowers and butterfly using the same card to continue the texture. I coloured the die-cuts using pro-markers - two shades of yellow (mustard and saffron) and a cool grey for the stems. 

The stem die is from Memory Box (I cut off the original flowers), the flowers dies are I think Marianne (they are purple?) and the tiny butterfly die came with a magazine.

The middle of the flowers are brads and I've added 2 tiny yellow pearls on the butterfly - both embellishments are from The Range.

The sentiment was created in Publisher using Follow You Into The World font.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Red White and Blue 18th

Another special order - an 18th birthday card for 'Ross'...

My colour scheme was inspired by the mood board at Double D Challenges:

You gotta love red white and blue - it lends itself very well to masculine cards and I think stars are a great theme for men.

The papers are from a mixed pad from The Range and I used Tattered Lace 'table' numbers dies cut in two colours to create a shadow effect. The greeting was made in Publisher using Copperplate Gothic font and I've gone old school by using a hand punch for the stars.

Hopefully this card will really stand out as I've used a 7x7 inch base card.

I've also entered this card into the challenges at:

Southern Girls #159 - use an actual punch
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Unicorn Challenges #21 - special occasions

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Super Shiny Silver Wedding

Today's card was an order from a friend at work - a personalised Silver Wedding Anniversary card for 'Ruth and Gary'...

I used a free heart die that came with a die-cutting magazine and silver mirri card. It's so shiny it was very difficult to photograph. The subtley patterned paper is from a Dovecraft pack and I created the greeting in Publisher using  Monotype Corsiva font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafting By Designs - May anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #43 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon #392 - time to celebrate 
A Perfect Time To Craft #5- open challenge- DT Favourite
Crafty Addicts #36 - anything goes use die cuts

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