Challenge Winning cards

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Easter Bunny

Today's creation is a fun card for a child for Easter...

What  I used:

The brightest pink card ever!

Patterned card - Kanban

Bunny - Spongy image sticker - The Range

Circular Nesties dies - Spellbinder

Border die - Sissix 

Greeting - computer generated using Beautiful Maples font 

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Easter/Spring

Cute Card Thursday #679 - Easter

C. R. A. F. T. Challenge #592 - Spring/Easter

Creative Fingers #204 - anything goes

The Cutie Pie Challenge #157 - Easter/Spring

Make My Monday #145 - Easter/Spring

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Birthday Love

Today's card was inspire by this sweet sketch at The Paper Players...

And this is what I created...

What I used:

Topper and papers - Making Cards Magazine (many moons ago)

Kraft card base

Greeting - computer generated using Pumpkin Cheesecake font

Another cute card to add to my lockdown card box. I''ll have loads to take into work when we eventually go back!

I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

Little Red Wagon #594 - add a heart

Aud Sentiments #271 - animals and a sentiment

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Baby Giraffe

It's Monday which means there is a new challenge at Dream Valley Challenges ...

There's no sponsor today so the theme is 'anything goes but our generous blog owner, Marlene, is offering a prize for one lucky entrant. It could be you!

As always the design team have come up with some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing - here's my card:

What I used:

Digi - Bugaboo

Coloured with Spectrum Noir markers

Papers - from a Pebbles Inc. baby kit

Greeting - computer generated using Schoolbell font

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Kraftin' Kimmie #753 - cuteness

Gem of a Challenge #6 - anything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge #11 - anything goes

Simon Says Stamp - use 2 or more papers.

Addicted to Stamps #401 - make your mark

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #154 - anything goes

So have a pop over at the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see some more lovely inspiration from my teamies on the design team and have a chance at winning Marlene's prize.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Black Butterfly

 Another day, another butterfly card. They really are my 'thing' at the moment...

This was a very quick card put together out of my scraps box.

I used:

Grey linen card base

Black plant die cut - Memory Box Die

3D Butterfly - The Range

Flat backed pearls - The Range

Wood effect paper - it's actually a Papermania envelope turned back to front!

Computer generated greeting - Candara white font on a black background.

I'm playing along with the 'anything goes' challenges at:

Creative Fingers #204 

Crafter's Castle #39

Through The Craft Room Door (16/3)

The Creative Crafters #38

Love To Craft #56

A Perfect Time To Craft #3

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Spring Tulips

Nothing says Spring has arrived more than seeing tulips everywhere! Now that the weather has improved I've been out walking and there's some lovely bursts of colour in local gardens - I wish I had green fingers!

Today's card uses some lovely tulip themed toppers and papers that came with Making Cards Magazine a couple of years ago...

I do like the net effect of these toppers - so pretty.

What I've used:

Toppers and papers - Making Cards Magazine

Circle Nesties dies - Spellbinders

Teal coloured linen card - Core-dinations

Flat-backed pearls - The Range

Computer generated greeting - Paper flowers font

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Sentiments #16 - anything goes 

Daisy Chain Challenge #50 - flowers

Daring Cardmakers - plant a flower

Always Fun Challenge #205 - Spring

Through The Craft Room Door (16/3) - anything goes

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Lilac Butterflies

 I've been busy doing exams this last week so it was nice to relax today and get crafty...


What I used:

Sweet Dixie butterfly die

Unbranded label dies

Spellbinder Nesties circle die

Glitter striped ombre card


Glittery gems

Computer generated greeting - Paper Flowers font

I cut two butterflies in coordinating lilac and pale turquoise card and layered them on a vellum circle. I also added tiny glittery gems on the wings. The greeting was created in Publisher and I layered it on a vellum backing.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

My Time To Craft #452 - make it feminine

Creative Fingers #203 - anything goes

Mod Squad Challenge - beautiful butterfies

Creative Moments #210 - anything goes

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #590 - feminine

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Monday, March 08, 2021

A Magical Day

I was recently asked to join the design team of the Dream Valley Challenges blog - an exciting opportunity to meet other cardmakers and get to use some fabulous images from the various sponsors.

Today's card is for my first challenge which is sponsored by the fabulous Paper Shelter - home to lots of cute images for all occasions.

So the first challenge I am participating in has a very appropriate spring theme of:

Pretty In Pastels

Here's my card:

What I've used:

Image - The Paper Shelter Ellie
Coloured with Spectrum Noir markers
Papers -  Papermania - Spring Burst
Die cuts - ovals - Spellbinders Nesties
Die cuts - butterflies - free die from a magazine
Sentiment - computer generated

Isn't she sweet - she totally rocks lilac hair - she was a delight to colour! The tiny butterflies were created with two die-cut layers - a lilac bottom layer and a vellum top layer to create the effect of movement. I've also added some tiny ivory flat-backed pearls.

So have a pop over at the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see some more lovely inspiration from my teamies on the design team and have a chance at winning 3 digital stamps from The Paper Shelter.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Seize The Birthday #209 - 3 shades of green
Fairy and Unicorn Challenge - anything goes fantasy
The Paper Players - Spring in the air
Angie's Digital Stamps #50 - use green TOP 3

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Friday, March 05, 2021

Hoppy Birthday

Today's card uses a very old much loved digi - the hopping penguin! He's one of my go to images for birthday cards...

I've coloured him using pro-markers and used a very bright and cheerful colour scheme.

What I've used:

Hopping Penguin digi image - 2 Cute Ink

Sparkly Papers - Deco Time (from The Range)

Flat-backed pearls

Circle dies

Greeting - Follow You Into The World font

I'm entering the challenges on the following challenge blogs:

Cute Card Thursday #676 - anything goes

Passion For Markers #581 - use a circle WINNER

QKR Stampede #415 - anything goes

Polkadoodles wk 10 - anything goes

Crafty Catz #541 - anything goes + dies

Crafty Friends #150 - happy birthday

Thanks for looking - stay safe



Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Bee Happy #2

Today's card was inspired by this week's fab sketch at The Paper Players

I'm still on a mission to use up old stash and I came across some lovely bee themed papers and toppers that came with the now defunct Complete Cardmaking magazine some years ago. I also made use of some rarely used dies in my collection...

What I've used:

Ivory A5 card base

Greeting, papers and topper from magazine

Unbranded honeycomb die

Bee die from the range

Flat-backed pearls

I just love that bee die -it's so cute! The patterned paper is very subtle which makes the honeycomb and the bee really pop.

I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Creations #419 - anything goes

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft #135 - anything goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - anything goes

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Monday, March 01, 2021

Fabulous 40th

 One of my lovely work colleagues is celebrating her 40th Birthday this week - we share the same birthday - so I've made her something a bit more adventurous than my usual cards...

It's my take on a stepper card - the first one I've made from scratch. A lot of lessons were learned here but once you get the measurements right the rest is a doddle. In hindsight I should have made the side 'steps' a bit taller - there's another step the same size as the front step behind the balloon step.

Still - I'm very happy with the result. I used:

Black and white polka dot patterned paper mounted on black card

3 shades of pink glitter card

Unbranded balloon dies

Spellbinders Lacy Circle dies

Gemini 'Celebrate' greeting die

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Alphabet Challenge - X is for extra folds

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #152 - anything goes

Inspired By... - take a number

Time Out Challenge - birthday card

As You Like It Challenge - favourite reason to send a card. I always enjoy making and sending 'big birthday' cards - there's something about having a number on a card that takes people back to their childhood. Even for random birthdays like 27th! Also, I seem to collect number dies and it's a great opportunity to use them!

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