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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Buckwell's Crafty Challenge - April 2015 - Colour Palette

Today is 1 April 2015 and therefore time for another challenge over at the "Buckwells Crafty Challenge".  The challenge topic is "Colour Palette" so you have to match the colour palette below using all or some of the colours:
Sadly since our last challenge Lozzy has had to make the hard decision to shut down Buckwell Craft Supplies.  The Challenge Blog WILL still continue.
For the month of April we are lucky to have our sponsor as Lacy Sunshine Stamps.
For my card I thought this colour scheme spoke "Springtime" as this is the time of year flowers start to appear and give us some colour.  I have used the Lacy Sunshine image called "Rory's Tender Loving Care".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and then made the background with a pink, yellow, green and blender Pan Pastels.

The backing papers I used were from Buckwell Craft Supplies.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut sentiment, 25mm Veletta textured pink ribbon, flowers cut from a backing paper and some Papermania glitterations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Lacy Sunshine - Butterfly kisses and Springtime wishes
Scribble and Scrap - Always anything goes
613 Avenue Create - A true anything goes
Come and Get It - One for the girls
As you like it - Favourite technique - lines or no lines and why - I prefer the lines technique as it shows more definition to the image and it also helps me to see more clearly where to colour with my dodgy eyes!!
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes birthday
QKR Stampede - Add a sentiment
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Graph'it - Springtime
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Fairy Tale Challenge - Many colours
Simply Create Too - Anything goes
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything goes with a twist to add a sentiment
Di's Digi Designs - Spring is here
Crazy 4 Challenge - Let's think Spring
The Corrosive Challenge - Hop into Spring
Pile it On - Easter/Spring
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes with a twist of nature
Natalie and Amy Challenge - Flowers
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Ooh La La Creations - Easter/Spring
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Spring colours
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with a twist of flowers
Eureka Stamps - More Spring
The Pink Elephant - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes - no foolin'
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes or option of a sketch
Crafts Galore Encore - Make card
Paper Creator - Flowers
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper April Challenge - Anything goes
Emerald Fairies - Spring flowers/Easter
Card and Scrap - Use Spring/Easter colours
Simon Says Challenge - Happy birthday
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/anything but a card
Fab n Funky - Lots of layers
ABC Challenge - Go digital (digital image and papers)
Ladybug Crafts - Anything goes

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Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog - April 2015 Challenge - Under the Sea

Today sees the start of another challenge over at the Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.  This month the challenge is "under the sea".
For my piece of altered art I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp called "Magic Wish".

You will have to wait until Monday 6 April to find out all the details about it as that is my inspiration day on the blog.

It would be lovely if you could play along with the challenge this month.
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps

Here is a weekly reminder to tell you that Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps are available from her Etsy Store.  You will see a wonderful array of beautiful images for all occasions and there will be more added on a weekly basis so remember to go and have a look.

Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store can be found at:

There is an Inspiration and Monthly Challenge Blog.  Here you will find a challenge topic for each month.  
There will be a Monthly Blog Challenge Winner who will get to pick two digital images as their prize from the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store.  This winner will be picked by Random.org.
There is also a Monthly "Artist's Choice Award" and this means that anyone that has entered the Monthly Blog Challenge using an image from Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Etsy Store will be in with a chance of winning 5 digital images of their choice award.  This winner will be picked by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

The Monthly Blog Challenge Topic for March 2015 was "Fancy and frills" but has ended.  The new challenge starts tomorrow.
As from March 2015 we have a new idea for those that enter the Monthly Blog Challenge in that we will be asking for a Guest Designer to join the Design Team for a month.  For those that enter the March Challenge they will be get to be a Guest Designer for May to give the crafter chance to make a card/creation, those that enter the April Challenge will be a Guest Designer for June etc.  If you would like to be a Guest Designer please put “GDT” after your name.  You will be contacted ASAP if you are successful.  If you don’t get in the first time make sure you keep trying!!

Daily you will also find inspiration for Weeks 1, 2 and 3 from the Design Team members Alica, Anthony, Dianne, Karina, Linda, Vannessa and myself.
For Weeks 4 (and 5 if there is one) each day there will be a card/creation showcased that a crafter has entered into the monthly blog challenge or shared on the Facebook Group or entered into the monthly Facebook Challenge.
If you would like to have a look at these images made into cards why don't you join the Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Facebook Group.  This Group can be found at:

Here you will also find details of the monthly challenge they have. Anyone can also post cards/creations on here that they have made from Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps and you will see creations made by the Monthly Challenge Blog Design Team (Alica, Anthony, Dianne, Karina, Linda, Vannessa and myself) and the Facebook Design team (Collette, Fernanda, Helen and Sylvia).
Over at Kit and Clowder you will find details of various on-line classes that you can buy and participate in.  Ching-Chou Kuik is one of the sponsors.  At the moment the various classes are as follows:

Alcohol Markers - Skin and Hair Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - Clothing Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - Lightsource Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - All About Animals Class
Alcohol Markers - Creative Confidence Class
Alcohol Markers - Whimsical Class
Watercolours - Distress Ink Class
Pencils - Perfecting Pencils Class 

If you want to find out a bit more about colouring techniques pop on over to Kit and Clowder and have a look.

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Friday, 27 March 2015

Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group - Progressive Challenge Part 2 - 23 March to 5 April 2015

It is time for Part 2 of the Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group Progressive Challenge.  Part 1 is whereby you get to make an "anything goes" card/creation as long as it uses a Sweet Pea Stamps image.  If you take part in Part 1 you will be sent an image free to use for Part 2.  The image given free for Part 2 is by Sweet Pea Stamps owner Lynette's daughter, Courtney McAnsh.  The image is called "Zentangle Elephant" and is available as a digital stamp and a rubber stamp.  If you didn't take part in Part 1 but want to take part in Part 2 you need to go to the Sweet Pea Stamps Store and purchase the image.
I decided to decorate a page of a large journal my son bought me last year.  I love the big pages to create on.  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and highlighted Stickles to add some sparkle on the elephants and also added Glossy Accents to the eyes.  I have inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Stormy Sky distress ink and used a Sheena Douglass dot stamp with two different shades of blue chalk ink around the images.
The backing papers I have used from my stash and I had printed out a while ago so I am sorry but I have forgotten where they are from.  I kept the colour scheme very bright and cheery.

I have finished the journal page off with some Tim Holtz die-cut flowers, gems, Joanna Sheen banner die-cut, Craftwork Cards sentiment, wide lade, stitched ribbon and I have edged it all with faux stitching and the work "friends" in four corners (yes I don't like my writing but I think sometimes it is nice to hand write things on our creations).

I am entering this journal page into the following challenges:

Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group - Progressive Challenge Part 2 - Use the image "Zentangle Elephant" for a card/creation
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Bright Spring colours with ribbon or twine
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes with nature
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Digi Choosday - Lots of layers
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Feathered friends/animals
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Bold and bright
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - In the wild
QKR Stampede - Add a sentiment
Crafty Catz - Whimsical fantasy
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Use a die
Fairy Tale Challenge - Many colours
Simply Create Too - Anything goes
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Newsflash - New release in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store

There has been a new release in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store this week:
This image is called "Love Garden".
The Monthly Blog Challenge for March 2015 still has a few days to go.  The topic for this month is "fancy and frills".  From this month onwards if you fancy being a Guest Designer for a month please put "GDT" after your name or add a comment in the comment box at the bottom of the challenge post.  The Guest Designer will get to pick an image from the store to make their creation with and the first Guest Designer will show their creation in June 2015 and it will be a monthly event thereafter.

Don't forget that if you use a Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp from her Etsy Store you get two entries into the Blog Challenge.  For the first link-up use your blog post and for the second link-up just do your main blog.
Make sure you pop on over to the blog regularly as you get daily inspiration posts for weeks 1, 2 and 3 from members of the Design Team.  For weeks 4 (and 5 if there is one) there are Showcased cards to be shown and these will be people that have entered the monthly blog challenge, shown creations on the Facebook Group or entered creations into the monthly Facebook challenge.
The Facebook Group Monthly Challenge for March 2015 is "Spring Fling" and you still have a few days to enter this as well.  To enter you need use a Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp from the Etsy Store and fit your card/creation into the monthly challenge topic.
Fernanda is looking for 2 new Design Team Members for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

To be a part of the Design Team you DO NOT have to have a blog but just be able to post on Facebook.

The requirements of the Design Team are:
  • 3 projects per month (the images for those projects will be given free to you by Ching-Chou Kuik) with designated dates
  • you need to comment on the group on projects that have been made and to make everyone feel welcome on the group
  • you will get a discount to use in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store if you are accepted while in the team
  • the Design Team term will run from 15th April to 15th June.
The Design Team call will run from 22 March 2015 to 4 April 2015.

If you fancy applying for the Design Team pop on over to have a look at what you need to do.

You can add up to 2 projects in the DT Call Album and then you need to message Fernanda with details as to why you want to apply for the DT.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Happy Birthday

 Here is a card and matching envelope I have made using the Debbi Moore "My Fair Lady" CD.  It can be difficult sometimes making cards if you don't know the recipient so well that you know their hobbies and likes/dislikes.  I think this CD is perfect for such people as the images would suit anyone.
For the envelope I always print something on the inside so I have chosen a black and gold paper that was on the CD.

I have finished the card and matching envelope off with some washi tape, flowers made from the scraps left over from the envelope pieces, brads, die-cut sentiment, pearl drops (using my new Tonic Studios Nuvo white crystal drops - due to the problems with the movement of my hands I struggle with Cosmic Shimmer bottles as I can hold and then squeeze them.  These ones are brilliant as you barely have to squeeze to get them out), organza ribbon and a decorative button.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Aud Sentiments - Two word sentiment
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything goes
CD Sunday - Sentiment
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of purple
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - A cut above (Marianne Designs flowers dies used to make the different layers of the flowers)
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Buckwells Crafty Challenge - Mid Month Inspiration Post

Over at the "Buckwells Crafty Challenge" we have started to give you inspiration posts now throughout the month.

The challenge topic for the Buckwells Crafty Challenge for March 2015 is "Flowers".

We have two sponsors this month - A Lil Digi Heaven and Buckwell Craft Supplies.
For my card I have used the A Lil Digi Heaven image called "Estelle".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and stamped around the edge with a Crafter's Companion texture stamp and Tim Holtz's Mustard Seed distress ink.
  
The backing papers I have used were from Buckwell Craft Supplies "It's Stripes" and "Swirly Dots".

I have finished the card off with some some gold ribbon, green ribbon, die-cut flowers, brads, Cheery Lynn die-cut corner, pearls and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

Sadly Lozzy has had to close Buckwell Craft Supplies.  The good news is that the Buckwell's Crafty Challenge WILL CONTINUE.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Bright Spring colours with ribbon or trim theme
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Girly
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with an optional twist of purple
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Get Creative Challenge - Must use a die-cut
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Lots of layers
Papertake Weekly - A cut above (Cheery Lynn die-cut corner and Marianne Designs flowers dies used to make the different layers of the flowers)


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Monday, 23 March 2015

Happy Birthday

Here is a birthday card I have made using a Creative Crafting World CD using the amazing Pollyanna Pickering images.  This CD has wild animals on it and is called "Pollyanna Pickering World Wildlife".  There is also a "Best of Breeds" dog CD and a "British Wildlife" and they are both on my wish list.

For my card I have used a sheet of pyromage, two different backing papers and a customised insert.

I have finished the card off with a customised sentiment (this facility could be done direct onto the pyromage sheet) and some organza ribbon.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Happy everything
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
CD Sunday - Sentiment
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of purple
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes

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Happy 70th Birthday

Here is a card I have made for a friend's 70th birthday.  I am not keen on putting numbers on cards but thought sneakily putting the "70" on the number plate was fine.  The recipient didn't notice that bit until I told him!!

For the card I have used an image and papers from the bi-monthly Debbi Moore magazine.  This magazine costs £4.99 every two months and you get toppers/decoupage/pyromage/embellishments/backing papers in the magazine along with lots and lots of ideas for cards and you also get a CD as well on a totally different topic so for £4.99 it is brilliant value.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment from the magazine, stitched ribbon and some card candi.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Happy everything
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Masculine projects
Aud Sentiments - Two word sentiment
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes

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