Challenge Winning cards

Sunday, July 30, 2017

BMX Silhouette

Arrgh - cards for boys! I think we all dread them a little bit!

Today I needed to make a card for a friend for her BMX bike loving 12 year old...

I searched through all my digi images and decoupage stuff to no avail - I simply couldn't find anything suitable. Then I had a light bulb moment - Mr Google helped me find a free silhouette. I printed the image directly onto the patterned paper. Some parts of the pattern still showed through so I carefully coloured over the image with a black pro-marker and a fine liner.

Yay - a very simple card but exactly what was needed!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

The Corrosive Challenge #7 - anything goes July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - July challenge 
Crafty Ladybirds - July anything goes 
Paper Creator #59 - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - boys to men
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #62 - anything goes
Brown Sugar #261 - anything goes 

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Penelope in Green

Happy Friday everyone!

It's a mild, sunny day up here in the North East - certainly no sign of rain yet.
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. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Lizzy Love at the Oddball Art Company - a lovely Etsy store to pick up some seriously cute, and weirdly creepy digital stamps...

This is what I have created using a Oddball image called Penelope...:

I've used some newly acquired pretty papers from a pad of glittery papers The Range, matted on black paper. I've coloured the image using co-ordinating pro-markers and added some paper flowers from a mixed pack  as embellishments. The scroll leaves are from a Cheery Lynn die and I've added various coloured flat-backed pearls from my stash. The greeting is a digi stamp from Lili Of The Valley.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Through The Purple Haze #130 - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps #252 - make your mark
Cute Card Thursday #488 - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #361 - girlfriends
Crafty Gals Corner #133 - anything goes
Southern Girls #165 - flower power
Crafty Creations #346 - anything goes

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

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Butterfly Stripes

I'm still on a mission to use up some of the stuff I have received free with magazines over the years..

I think this butterfly topper and coordinating patterned paper and sentiment came with Complete Cardmaking when it was around - I've certainly had them for more than 5 years!

I used a white linen card base and I've tried to keep as much 'white space' as possible while still showing off the gorgeous striped paper. For a touch of bling I've added a strip of silver peel-off and some shiny gems.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Less Is More #338 - no stamps 
Through The Purple Haze - things with wings
Country View Challenges - things with wings

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Anniversary Bling

I seem to be making a lot of anniversary cards lately but I guess that 'cos there's lots of weddings during the summer months!

I've used my favourite filigree heart die again, in super shiny mirri card - very bling!

I've used some dull silver leaf patterned paper for the background and added a greeting created in Publisher using Monotype Corsiva font. I've used a thick cream linen base and some of the same to mount the heart.

Simple but it has an 'expensive' look to it in real life!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Get Creative Challenges - clean and simple
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #338 - anything goes
Try It On Tuesday - let it shine
Crafty Sentiments - clean and simple
Crafty Creations #346 - anything goes
Fab N Funky #360 - use patterned paper

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Deco Lady in Blue

Today's card is a further attempt to use up my ridiculous pile of stash - I've used a Crafts U Print freebie that came with a magazine. It's not my usual style of card but the colour and image really caught my eye.

I do love blue - unfortunately it isn't the most popular colour to use in card making. I've layered this decoupaged image using foam pads then added a little personal touch - some coloured art deco style peel-offs. I've also added a little bling on the head-dress with some tiny pearls coloured blue with a pro-marker. The image is mounted on some blue marble effect patterned paper and the greeting came with the decoupage sheet.

I'm currently making a mixture of cards for an older lady and I'm sure this is ideal.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Creations #345 - anything goes
Paperminutes #495 - women 
Watercooler Wednesdays #127 - all about birthdays
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #337 - anything goes
Always Fun Challenge #14 - anything goes

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

New Home

Today's card is for a colleague at work who is about to move into her first home...

I used one of my favourite house digis from Digistamp Boutique - they are so cute and a dream to colour. My colour scheme was inspired by the challenge this week at Sweet Stampin' TOP 3!

and also by the mood board at Double D Challenges

I used some pastel patterned papers from a pack from The Works, some pale coffee-coloured lace and some heart-shaped pearls coloured to match.

I've also entered this into the challenges at:

The Paper Shelter - going digital
Creative Fingers #134 - anything goes
Crafty Catz #378 - anything goes with lace TOP 3!

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Thomas is Two!

Today's card is for a little boy about to turn 2... 

The dotty background paper is from a really old scrapbook kit. I die-cut balloons from co-ordinating patterned paper and added die-cut bows and peel-off 'strings'.The large number was created in Publisher using the WordArt function and carefully hand cut then matted.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Fingers #134 - anything goes
Crafty Gals #130 - anything goes
Colour Crazy #27 - anything goes
Fab n Funky #358 - little boys and girls
Aud Sentiments #183 - for a child
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - July 2017

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Tutti Cuti Birthday

So... finding an unlabelled folder in a carrier bag in my craft room I was quite surprised to find a collection of decoupage images that were all assembled ready to use but forgotten about!

This cutie is from the same company who make the Gorjuss range (Santoro)...

I've used various dies - the polka dot backing paper was cut to the same shape as the card base and matted on candy pink paper. I've added a very old digi sentiment cut with a circle die and three hearts using heart shaped nesting dies. Very simple in style, but a useful addition to my emergency birthday card stash.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Dies R Us #76 - lots of layers
Dragonfly Dreams - anything goes
Crafting With Dragonflies #84 - punches or dies
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - H is for 'hearts'
Crafting From the Heart #166 - anything goes

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