Challenge Winning cards

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Red Red Wine

I was asked to make a card for a friend's Dad for his 50th birthday...

The digi stamp is an old one from my favourite store - The Digistamp Boutique. I re sized the images to quite a large size, coloured them using Pro-markers and carefully fussy-cut. The embossed background is a metal grating design that I 'found' in a drawer over Christmas - am I the only crafter who finds tidying up just as good as shopping!

The greeting and number were created using various dies and I used a burgundy textured A5 card base.

I'm entering this card into the challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
CAS on Sundays #125 - use markers or pencils
Die Cuttin Divas #354 - anything goes
I Love Pro Markers #351 - embossing

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Spring Blooms

We've had a few nice days here in the North-east and I've noticed the crocuses in my garden are in full bloom - Spring is on it's way.

This inspired me to dig out one of my favourite digi images from The Digistamp Boutique and do some colouring. 

I decided to use this lovely simple sketch at Sketch-Tanten #40 -

This is what I created

I've printed the image onto linen textured card and coloured it with a mixture of Copics and Spectrum Noir pens. The papers are from a pad called 'Vintage Garden' from The Range.

I've added some tiny lilac pearls for some of the flower centres and 3 larger ivory pearl in the top right corner. The greeting was printed using Zolano Serif font.

I'm also entering this into the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge #452 - use an old favourite
Creative Moments #135 - anything goes
Color Inspiration Monthly #30 - anything goes hand coloured

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Party Like A Penguin

We're three quarters of the way through January very quickly - thank goodness - it's not my favourite month! I always think of the line from a song I remember from my childhood: 'January - sick and tired you've been hanging on me' (Pilot - 1974)... 

Well - enough on the reminiscing! Today's card is a late entry for the current challenge at Less Is More. I haven't caught this challenge for w while but the theme was too good to miss!

I used one of my favourite images from 2 Cute Ink and printed it straight onto a white linen base...

The image is coloured with a mixture of Pro-markers and Spectrum Noir pens and I've added a trio of co-ordinating flat-backed pearls.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spotlight Stamping

Today's card is a totally new technique for me - spotlight stamping. My card making has got into a rut and i need to try new scary things!

I don't do the inky kind of stamping very often - I much prefer the control you have using digital images. The flower border image I have used is from Digistamp Boutique.

I printed the image twice on an A4 sheet of card, then trimmed folded one of the images to make a one-layer base card. This was left uncoloured.

I cut a circle out of the other image which was coloured using pro-markers and mounted with foam pads over the same part of the uncoloured image. The greeting is a peel-off, coloured with a black pro-marker.

This is a technique I need to play with a bit more - the card looks much better in real life but overall it's just a touch boring. With the right image this technique looks amazing but I guess this isn't the right kind of image?

C'est la vie!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

The Flower Challenge #16 - spotlight stamping
Allsorts Challenge #450 - no patterned papers
AAA Cards #106 - quote inspiration (below)

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Vintage Flowers

I struggled a bit with today's card as I'm not a lover of the vintage look...

I was asked to make a card for an older lady that with the brief  'old-fashioned with flowers'. Some time ago I was given a pack of patterned papers that can only be described as 'faded floral and dull' which I never thought I would use but were ideal to create a vintage feel.

I used a sticker of some lilies (I think!) mounted on a fancy Marianne oval die-cut and some pearls and a strip of lace as embellishments. The greeting was printed directly onto patterned paper.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Catz #399 - anything goes/for the ladies
4 Crafty Chicks #385 - no winter blues
Crafter's Castle #1 - anything goes
Moving Along With The Times - flowers
Cuttlebug Mania - flowers

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Penguin With Present

I've tidied away most of my Christmas stash till at least April but I made time to make a quick penguin card before the patterned papers were boxed up...

A lot of my friends are penguin fanatics so this design will go down very well. 

The cute image from Digistamp Boutique was very quick to colour with pro-markers and mount on a scalloped die cut frame. The patterned paper was from a pad from The Range and I crimped the bottom panel to add some texture.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

The Holly and Ivy Challenge #22 - Christmas anything goes 
Craftaholics R Us #2 - patterned paper
Die Cuttin Divas #351 - penguins - SHOWCASE PICK
Crimbo Crackers #149 - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - use patterned paper

Only another 50 weeks to go...

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Football Themed 21st

Today's card was a request from a friend for a card for her nephew's 21st Birthday - with a football theme...

As the recipient is a Newcastle fan I decided on a black and white colour scheme. I used some football patterned paper mounted on black card using silver mirri-card to highlight.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Just Us Girls #422 - Anything goes
Brown Sugar #274 - Birthday
Craftaholics R Us #1 - Celebration cards
Creative Friday #196 - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - January Challenge

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

A Floral Wreath For My Mam

Happy New Year folks!

Today is my Mam's birthday so I'm able to share the card I made using some new dies I got for Christmas...

I die cut the flowers, leaves (Intricut)  and letters (Die-namics) using the same linen textured card as the base card, then I coloured them using pastel shades of pro-markers. I also added some flat-backed pearls for the centre of the flowers.

The happy birthday wording (X Cut) was cut using gold mirri-card which I also used to 'shadow' the 'Mam' letters. Finally I added some gold peel-off dots so the gold theme pulled the design together.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge#1- die-cuts - TOP PICK!
A Bit More Time To Craft #59 - anything goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #74 - for a lady
Dies R Us #88 - anything goes
Watercooler Wednesdays #51 - feminine

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