Xmas 2015


I hope you enjoy reading this blog and find inspiration and ideas from what you have seen here but I would ask you to please respect my copyright and not use my pictures for publishing as your own work, or for entry into challenges.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 97 - 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments

Welcome to the latest challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, hosted by Elaine who has chosen the theme '1,2,3'

This means projects along the theme of 1,2,3 
1 image, 
2 patterned papers and 
3 embellishments

For my card, I have used a gorgeous backing paper and image from our sponsors, Paper Shelter, coloured with Promarkers and a coordinating background paper from my stash (I think it was from a Making Cards magazine)

My 3 embellishments are: pearls, flowers and a ribbon edging.  

I decided to make a twisted easel card (one of my favourite card folds) and used a single A4 sheet cut down to 6 inches when folded, with a pearlescent peach coloured card for the image topper.

On the base of the card, I used my complementary backing paper, overstamped with a sentiment and some flowers and distressed around the edges with Marigold distress ink.  I edged this backing sheet with a flexible gold peel off.  In the top right hand corner I glued three white flowers, with a pearl in the centre of each.

To make the stop, I used a part of the backing paper cut out with a circle punch and mounted it onto peach pearlescent card.  I used the flexible peel off on this too, and finally edged it with a faux stitch all around the edge.  This embellishment was used as the "stop" for the card.

On the front flap, I used the backing paper from Paper Shelter, and put a ribbon trim down the right hand side.  I did some faux stitching all round the edge of the card using the fine tip of a promarker in brown.

The image itself was coloured using promarkers and was then mounted onto a peach pearlescent coloured card from my stash.  This was stuck onto the card front in the bottom right hand corner only, so that it would swivel and stand up.

Finally, I stamped a greeting onto the peach pearlescent card and stuck that onto the bottom of the image.

We are sponsored by 
with a $20 gift certificate for their fabulous store
 If you are looking for fun, cute and lovely digi stamps for your paper-crafting or web design projects, The Paper Shelter is your one-stop boutique! This growing catalog of high-quality digi stamps with many different kind of options offers a multitude of themes such as everyday items, holidays, special occasions, children, adorable characters and creatures. Stamps are available in standard black and white line art, as well as in pre-colored format. Images are wonderful for coloring and make perfect additions to greeting cards and scrapbook albums. In "The Paper Shelter" you'll also find great other resources for all crafts (or digital) projects, like Paper Packs, Printables, Accessory sheet, etc. 


With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.
Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the website www.woodware.co.uk.

Our design team are playing along with the challenge so check out our blog, which is there for inspiration at www.woodware.co.uk/blog.

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