Sunday, 1 December 2019

613 Avenue Create Challenge

Happy Sunday

This time over at 613 Avenue Create the theme is as always Anything goes, the optional twist is Doodling and/or Zentangle

Now I know about Zentangle, as it was a technique I used when teaching art & design to City & Guild students, but I have to confess it was not something I have actually tried myself, so as you can imagine I found this one a bit of a challenge!


I found the outline image in my clip-art files, looked up a few tutorials on-line and this is the result. I must admit I did find it enjoyable.

I used Distress Oxide ink to create the background and distress sprays for the stars. The brick is made with original Distress inks and a stencil. The sentiment is form a MFT stamp set I Knead You


I look forward to seeing your creations on our street

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Crafters Cafe Challenge 232

Happy Sunday

This time the theme over at The Crafters Cafe is One Layer or Window

I have gone for the window option on both my cards, and our wonderful sponsors are





My first card uses the Decosse products - Santa Claus is coming to town, Holiday Hoopla & Happy Holidays sentiment


I enlarged the Santa from the paper Santa Claus is coming to town, and the on my computer layered the tartan frame from Holiday Hoopla

I used Spellbinders Flourish Fleur to frame the image and added the sentiment, after cutting out twice with Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles. 

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With both the spellbinders dies, neither being a frame die, after cutting and embossing, and before releasing from the die.  I used my craft knife to cut out the centre, on the sentiment I cut it out with the die, and the cut out the red and proceeded as above, this was to give stability to the frame.


My next card uses the beautiful image Winter 10  bu Morgan's Art World


I used Lawn Fawn's Snowfall backdrop and framed the image with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Scalloped Rectangle. The sentiment is from MFT's Chill Wishes, and cut out using Simon Says Stamps Nested Banners


I look forward to seeing your creations in our challenge

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Friday, 22 November 2019

Creative Moments Challenge 181

Happy Friday

Today by the time you read this, I will be heading to The New Forest for the day to visit my parents, my wonderful son will be chauffeuring me.

Now on to the crafty stuff

This time over at Creative Moments the theme is as usual Anything Goes and the optional twist is Buttons and/or bows

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My first card uses the image Bethlehem Verse


I used Spellbinders Winter Wonders embossing Folder, and then cut the image/verse using Memory Box's Holly Holiday Frame.

The embellishments are Creative Expressions Star Spray and Filigree Holly. The poinsettia is Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia.

My second card uses the image Big Snowy Tree


This time I went with the optional twist and used Sunny Studios Sweater Vest to create the card base. I know it is supposed to be a snowy tree, but I just fancied playing with some glitter pens for some added colour, adding to the ugly Christmas sweater theme. I used Knit one pearl one embossing folder, by Desire to create the cable knit and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Don We Now Our Ugly Sweater stamp set, cut out with MFT's Skinny strips


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Friday, 15 November 2019

Crafters Cafe Challenge

Happy Friday

This time over at Crafters Cafe the theme is
Flora and/or Fauna   OR   Pocket (add to a page, card etc.)  

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My first card uses the All Dressed Up image Birthday Monkey


I coloured the image with Copic's and used SB - Hemstitch Square to cut and frame it. The DP is from A 12x12 pad from Hobby Craft called Tropical Jungle, the flowers are also from HC.  The vines are Creepy Vines by Lala Land


My second card uses the Creative Bug Image Cowbeee


I also used Copic's to colour the image, and cut and framed it using MFT's Linked Octogon. The DP is from a 6x6 pad by Dove Craft called Bee Happy. The honeycomb inlay and sentiment are by First Edition Bee Themed set. The flowers are Tilda

I look forward to seeing your creations in our challenge

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Creative Moments Challenge 180

Happy Thursday

This time over at Creative Moments the theme is as always Anything Goes, and the optional twist is "Baby it's Cold Outside"

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My first card uses the Scribbles image #8127 Holiday Cafe


I coloured the image with Copic's and then fussy cut it. The DP is from my stash, and the path is from the MFT die set City Block. I also used an MFT sentiment from Sweater Weather in the Woods, and MFT's Starburst Sentiment Strip to cut it out. The sting of lights are Lawn Fawn's Mini Lights.


My next card uses the  Sheepski image Catch


I used Distress Oxide in Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sketch, I also used Picket Fence Distress Spray, I got the idea while browsing Pinterest and came across this Tutorial

I coloured the image with Copic's and cut it out with Mama Elephant Framed Tags Hexastar. The sentiment is from MFT's Chill Wishes. I added icicles by Savvy Dies, and the snowflakes are from an X-Cut mini set, Weather Elements.

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Sunday, 3 November 2019

613 Avenue Create Challenge Challenge 227

Happy Sunday

This time over at 613 Avenue Create  the optional twist is "Craft Your Stash"

Ok so do you have a tin like this?
Full to the brim of die cuts and bits you intended to use on a project and changed your mind after stamping and/or cutting out

And do you have a pile of backgrounds? Mine is a collection of techniques I wanted to try, but had no project in mind when making them.

So when the twist was "Craft Your Stash" I was a little afraid of this challenge, don't get me wrong I have from time to time dipped into the tin of the pile and used something on a project, but to do this challenge justice I wanted everything to be from my stash.

When MFT first released the stamp sets Knight in Shining Armour and Once Upon a Time, way back in January 2017, I just had to purchase them, and as I wanted to make a Birthday card for my very own Knight in Shining Armour, my wonderful hubby Paul, I felt I just had to order them pronto :-)

When the sets arrived I promptly stamped and coloured many of the images, and then picked out the ones I wanted to use on hubbies card. So the rest of the images ended up in "The Tin"

So here is what was left, along with some Lawn Fawn Clouds, and one of those background techniques I tried but had not used.


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Friday, 1 November 2019

Crafters Cafe Challenge

Happy Friday

This time over at The Crafters Cafe, the theme is Travel and/or Insect/butterflies.
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My card uses the image Gladys Winterbottom


I used my Copic's to colour the image and some DP from my scrap box to create the background
The sentiment is also by Dr Digi and is cit out with SB - Deckled Rectangles (an oldie, but a goodie) The image is cit using LF's Stitched Scalloped Square Frame

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Creative Moments Challenge 179

Happy Tuesday

This time over at Creative Moments the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of "For the Girls"

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My first 2 cards are using images from All Dressed Up

After colouring this sweet image with Copic's I used MFT's Stitched Circle Scallop Frame, the DP is from my scrap box (more about this in my post on November 3rd)
The sentiment is also a die by MFT.


Again coloured with Copic's, including the die cut, this die is by Hero Arts and is called Crafting Boarder

Last, but by no means least is a card using Doctor Digi's


I used my Copic's yet again, one day I will go out of my comfort zone and use pencils or paint :-)
The frame is by Hero Arts - Wood Frame and the comb's are a die by Dovecraft from the Kiss & Makeup set. The sentiment is typed by me