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Monday 15 July 2013

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 96 - Birthday

Welcome to the latest challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, hosted by Lin, who has chosen the theme of 'Birthday'.

As it's our birthday, 4 years since our very first article was published and Crafty Cardmakers was born, Lin would like to see your birthday creations to celebrate our birthday. 

I chose for this challenge a card I made recently for one of my friends.  The design of the card is another that was inspired by a demonstration of crafters companion products by Nandia at In2Crafting, at Wickford.

I used my favourite 6" square card base, and a piece of blue card from my stash for the base layer.  This was run through my bug in an embossing folder (sorry - forget which one!) and I took the top off using my sanding block.  

For the main image, I used some stamps from Crafters Companion.  First, I stamped the image onto a piece of super smooth card and coloured it using my promarkers.   Then, I drew a square, but leaving the image protruding over the edge of where the line would be.  The other three sides were cut straight, but I cut round the stamped image, so it looked like it was decoupaged onto the white square.  In the bottom right hand corner, I stamped my sentiment.

Using a sissiz butterfly die and stamp set, I cut out two butterflies, and layered one on top of the other.   I applied glitter to the bottom layer and stuck the butterfly in the top right hand corner of my white card.

Finally, using a blue promarker with a finetip, I drew by hand a wiggly line to make a square within the white square.

I then matted the white square onto a piece of contrasting card, chosen to match the green of the leaves, and then layered the whole thing onto my base card.

We are sponsored by 

with a $10 GIFT VOUCHER

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like minded people. I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself. This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

and also by

with this fabulous prize:-
CS028D Spring Clear Stamp Set


 As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain. Look at the gallery on my blog -jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range.  We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries. 
Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X 


  1. A beautiful card Jackie, I love hydrangeas. xx

    1. It is a new set from Crafters Companion - they had a beautiful lavender on there too (I did a card with that one a while back).

  2. WOW Jackie, this is just fantastic. Your colouring is amazing, I honestly thought that it had been printed out!!
    hugs Kimx

    1. Oh, thank you! I have been practicing a lot since my mum died - she was the colouring queen and I was conscious I had all these pens and wasn't using them!...

  3. Beautiful Card. The image is nice and I love the sentiment. Your colouring is wonderful and the papers are pretty.