Challenge Winning cards

Monday, April 30, 2018

Scruffy Little Cat

I'm in the process of sorting a huge pile of craft magazines going back for years and I came across an issue of Creative Cardmaking (now defunct) from 2014 with some lovely Scruffy Little Cat toppers...

I matted the topper on black card and mounted it using foam pads on DCWV patterned papers. I've added a handmade flower embellishment which I made using circles of dress-lining silk burnt around the edges with a flame - a wonderful idea I got from Jen at Wear Crafts - a local craft company. The leaves are punched and the flower centre (from the wedding section at Home Bargains) coordinates with the strips of gems.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Friday #204 - for a woman
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Crafty Friends #82 - flowers
Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #210 - birthdays
Crafting From The Heart #204 - anything goes
Always Fun Challenge #56 - flowers

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Birthday Mix-Tape

Do you remember trying to tape the Top 40 on a Sunday evening as a teenager (in the 80s!) - having to make sure everyone was quiet and trying to stop taping before the DJ started to talk?! Recording all your favourite tunes on one cassette tape to listen to over and over again.

Well when I got asked to make a card for someone who loved 80s music, instead of using an image of a singer or group from that era, this is what inspired me...

I used some fabulous patterned paper that came in a mixed pad from The Range and I created the tape myself with various basic die shapes and a hole punch.

The greeting and the name on the tape were created in Publisher and I used a sheet of grey linen effect A4 card to make an A5 sized base.

I've put a further greeting inside - 'if it was still the 80s I'd make you a mix-tape'!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #210 - birthdays - TOP 5!
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #377 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #336 - die-cuts
Die Cuttin Divas #366 - birthdays - SHOWCASE PICK!
The Paper Players #390 - sketch below:

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Sunday, April 22, 2018


Last week at the Ross Papercraft Show I came across these fabulous toppers by BuzzCraft - the pastel colours are lovely!

So this morning, I was up with the larks and I made some more cards for my box at work - here's one of them...

I used some mottled patterned paper in the same shade as the shoes to mat the image and the greeting and layered this on a very girly pink striped patterned paper. Finally, I added some matching pearls and a die-cut bow.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge Blog #464 - use pearls
Crafting With Friends #65 - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy #210 - add a die-cut
Craftaholics R Us #16 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #335 - a birthday card
Back To Basics #1 - matting and layering

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bright Flowers With Stripes

I have the whole weekend to myself to craft - the other half has gone off on a Grand National weekend with his mates! And tomorrow I'm off to a Ross Papercraft Show at Nissan where I'll no doubt pick up some more goodies to play with - life is good! 

Here's one of the cards I've made today...

I used a really old Marianne die for the flowers, cutting the shapes in vibrant shades of pink orange and yellow. The leaf is an unbranded die and the greeting die came free with a magazine. The black and white diagonal striped paper is from a Project Life pack from Becky Higgins.

Looking at this with a critical eye, I'm pleased with the way the black background really makes the bright flowers 'pop' but I should really have placed the flowers about a centimetre lower - it would look more balanced!

I was inspired by the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge #201 - use a birthday sentiment
Seize The Birthday - vibrant colours
Craft Rocket Challenges #47 - flowers
The Paper Shelter #334 - flowers
Just Us Girls:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cute Bear With Polka Dots

Today I have been making some cards for the large number of birthdays coming up - this is one of the cuter cards made with an image and papers given away free with Making Cards magazine many moons ago.

The papers are exactly the same but in different coordinating colourways and I've matted each layer on red paper.

I've added two die cut daisies to echo the daisy in the image and added a greeting created in Publisher using Candy Round font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creates and Makes Challenge Blog #20 - AG
Always Fun Challenge #53 - AG
Allsorts Challenge #462 - be there or be square
Creative Knockouts #240 - AG
Cute Card Thursday #524 - AG
Craftaholics R Us #14 - birthday card

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Shades of Grey

Today's card is for a friend who has recently lost a close relative...

I've used a vase of flowers digi image from Digistamp Boutique coloured using pro-markers in various shades of grey. The image has been matted on black paper with some grey floral papers from my stash as backing papers.

Very simple and suitably sombre.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
I ♥ ProMarkers #356 - monochrome - TOP 3
Addicted to Stamps #286 - anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #14 - colour it
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #79 - anything goes - TOP 3
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - April challenge - say it with flowers
Crafty Creations #363 - anything goes

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