Xmas 2015


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Monday, 18 April 2016

Challenge 162 Crafty Cardmakers - 3,2,1

Jenn is hosting our 1, 2, 3 challenge today. We would like to see 1 Image, 2 papers, 3 DIFFERENT embellishments please.

You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

We are sponsored for this challenge by


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.

Woodware design team are playing along with the challenge so check out their blog, which is there for inspiration at Woodware Blog.

To make my card I used

  • a woodware stamp (dogwood wreath),
  • a paper pad from Phill Martin,
  • a paper pad from Create and Craft,
  • some ribbon from my stash,
  • some self adhesive pearls bought from Crafty Devils and
  • a stamped butterfly that I glittered and cut out before attaching as an embellishment.
I also used shabby shutters distress ink and some pink and green promarkers.

My card is my favourite 6 x 6 inch square base (although this one is a lovely pearlescent
green card bought from Anna Marie Designs).

Onto this I layered some paper from a Create and Craft member gift pad. I punched the corners with an inverted rounder so that the green base could be seen. I then cut a ribbon strip and a square from the Phill Martin double sided paper. I attached the patterned side of the strip across the centre of the first layer, and then, using the plain side of the paper square, stamped my image onto it with perfect medium and embossed it with olive green embossing powder.

When I had coloured in the stamp with the promarkers, I distressed the edge and mounted it onto some old gold pearlescent paper, and then stuck onto my card base using foam pads.

I tied some ribbon from my stash around one side of the card, finishing with a bow. Finally, I stuck the stamped and cut out butterfly onto the top of the wreath and the pearls onto the corners.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Challenge 161 - Crafty Cardmakers (a shaped card)

It's me hosting our Shaped Cards challenge today and I would like to see a shaped card. 

This means no rectangles or squares please, and this time it does have to be a card! 

Please remember the 15 challenges total rule too - if you enter more than 15 we won't be commenting and you won't be considered for winner or top 5.

My card is a pop up box card - for this one I used a hunkydory base that had fancy edging on it.  I'm working with my scan n cut to make my own template up using shapes but I haven't mastered the whole welding etc process yet...

My brief was a 90th birthday card for a friends Nan and I was told she loved flowers and butterflies and particularly daisies.

I used my serif programme to make my backing papers for the box base, and I used some tonic dies that I had for the flap tops.  All the toppers were edged with distress inks.   I used another die to make a bunting banner bearing the word "NAN", that I attached to tooth picks and then inserted into the box by attaching them to the "bridges" inside.

The flowers wre all dies, that I coloured with distress inks and a finger dauber to colour the centres.  I coloured the butterflies in the die cut toppers with the same colour distress ink (lemonade?).  I stamped the greeting into the topper on the front flap (which I had cut plain) and finally, attached a triple bow cut from organza ribbon to the front, and a 90 pennant to the back.