Xmas 2015


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Monday 29 June 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and more Challenge 142 - Sentiment

It's my turn to host the challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers and more, and I have decided that I want to see your creations where there is an added sentiment. 

It would be lovely if the sentiment were the focal point of your design, as I have done in my sample, but as long as there is one on there, although not so small we can't see it, then it will count.

My card is a 7 x 5 inch textured white card blank.   I utilised some matching papers from my scrap box in a peach shade, and used some swirl stamps and distress inks to enhance them.    The base layer was coloured more intensely, and then the swirl was stamped in versamark and heat embossed onto it.

The next layer had some swirls stamped onto it using a complementary ink, and also some text was randomly stamped over the top.  The edges were distressed so they would pop when layered.

Finally, the sentiment was from a woodware set, and was stamped onto the same cardstock as the base card.  I liked the texture on the sentiment plate, but if you didn't like that, it could be stamped onto a smooth card.  I layered the sentiment topper onto some scrap gold card, and lay some ribbon scraps across the two sides - when you have a sentiment topper like this, you only need small pieces of ribbon to stick out of the sides!

The flower was punched with the same paper, but you could punch it from the layers that are going to be covered up if you didn't have enough.

Finally, I used some of the new Tonic Nuvo crystal drops in gold to add accents at top and bottom.

Monday 15 June 2015

Challenge 141 - For a man or a boy

This week at Crafty Cardmakers and more,  Vania is hosting and she wants to see your creations for the men/boys in your life. So anything that is suitable for a man or boy will be fine.

For my card, I used a plain cream base card (A4 folded to A5).  I chose a piece of A5 brown card as my base layer and then rescued some of my scrap paper – this sun ray pattern is easily achieved with smallish rectangles of paper, cut in half diagonally and then stuck down on the top half of a backing sheet to form the “rays”.  When you have created the rays, it is a simple matter to trim it to size at the top and sides. 

For the bottom of the card, I used a strip of cream card cut with a border punch that was also layered onto the brown card, and which had the sentiment stamped into the right hand corner.

My topper was a borrowed stamp, so I am now not sure who made it (but it may well have been Woodware) that was stamped onto cream card with brown ink and then distressed with brown around the edge before being layered onto the same brown card as my base layer.

So there you have it – a really nice man’s card with very little outlay.

Monday 1 June 2015

Challenge #140 Stitching, Faux or Real

This week over at Crafty Cardmakers & more Sue is hosting  the challenge and she would like to see your projects that include stitching. The stitching can be faux or real, but it would be lovely to see real stitching or even embroidery on your creations

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take part in this challenge, but why not pop over and have a look?  You can join in here: http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/140-stitching-faux-or-real.html