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Friday, 26 February 2016

Happy Anniversary

Here is an anniversary card that I have made using my Debbi Moore Shabby Chic Love CD.

 I have printed off two of the quick A5 and used them to decoupage along with items from an embellishment sheet.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, wooden key (coloured with a burgundy Promarker) and some gorgeous ruched ribbon from a friend.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
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Technique Week - Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group

Over at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Group this week Bonnie (Design Team Leader) is holding a "Technique Week" whereby Design Team members show different techniques throughout the week.

I decided to show various techniques with one embossing folder.  It's easy just to emboss a piece of card and used it in our cards/creations but you can do so much more with embossing folders.
In this first set of images you can see:
  • in the first photo I have used distress markers used to colour the folder before embossing
  • in the second photo I embossed a piece of card, scribbled different shades of yellow/green Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers onto a glass, spritzed, swished the card around in it, left to dry and then I sanded back a bit.
  • In the third photo I rubbed over Tim Holtz's Squeezed Lemonade distress ink before I embossed the piece of card.

In this second set of images you can see:
  • I have embossed the card but on the debossed side I have coloured the image in with alcohol pens
  • I have embossed the card, inked over with Tim Holtz's Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Shabby Shutters distress inks, spritzed and then sprinkled over mica powder for sparkle and shine.
  • I have embossed the card and then I have coloured the image in with Pan Pastels.

Isn't it amazing how differently the embossing looks using different techniques?
  
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

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 HERE.
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 February 2016 is "Love".
We now have a Guest Designer each month.  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 Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself.
For Weeks 4 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 HERE.

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 (Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself) and the Facebook Design team (Bonnie, Ann-Marie, Laura and, Samantha).
Ching-Chou Kuik is now a proud sponsor over at the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group.

Why not pop on over and take a look.
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

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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Monday, 22 February 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New Releases

Today sees the arrival in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store of some new images:
Here is a new set of 2 images with the theme of "Klimt Style Mermaid" images.  In the set you will get "Enchanting Gold" and "Solitary Dream".  They are available in the Etsy Store for c£4.34 depending on currency rate.
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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Special Christmas Wishes

I am trying to keep ahead with supplies of Christmas cards.  It is sad when we have to keep them as flat as possible due to the cost of posting but there isn't much choice.

For my card I have used an Art by Miran image called "Desi".  I have gone with a colour scheme of traditional Christmas red and green.  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and chalked the background.  I have added some Stickles glitter glue to her fur collar.

I have used a piece of Hunkydory card  which I have had for some years which I was too nice to use so decided the time had come to use it on a card.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut ribbon trim, sentiment from the computer and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Art by Miran Challenge - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Use your favourite colour combo (I love to see lots of different colours for Christmas cards but my favourite has to be traditional red and green)
Passion for Promarkers - Luscious locks
Crafty Sentiments - Let's get sentimental
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
The East Wind - All dressed up
Whimsy Stamps - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Craft - Christmas
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Lucky green
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas -  Cute or anything goes
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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Gruffies and Guest Challenge Blog - February 2016 - Anything goes or the option of "a splash of orange for Henry"

Today it is time for me to show you another card for the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog.

 The topic for February 2016 is "a splash of orange for Henry" ie make something with orange in it.

As mentioned last month there are going to be no sponsors for the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog.  Instead member of the Design Team will be offering prizes.

Genny is sponsoring February's challenge and her prize will be a £10 voucher to be spent on Joanna Sheen's website.  Now who wouldn't want to win that?
I have used an image and that gorgeous orange zig-zag backing paper from the Gruffies and Happy Hoppers CD.  Doesn't that bunny look chilled out?

I have used the design sheet and used the large topper and two circular toppers on the front of the card and used the rest on the inside and the back of the card.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut sentiment, some gorgeous lace sent to me by a crafty friend in America and a "Say Hello to Summer" sentiment from a paper pad a crafty friend sent me from Holland.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to create a shaker project
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
House Mouse and Friends - Rain or shine (shine for me)
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - No stamps allowed
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of St David's day
Tuesday Throwdown - Layer it up
Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything goes with the twist of cute
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes with the option of a sketch
Crafty Creations - Something to eat/drink
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of wet and/or dry embossing
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/spots or stripes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Cute and sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Warm colours
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Anything goes
Allsorts - Birthday wishes

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog - Kym's Inspiration Post - Friday 19 February 2016

Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.  The week the Design Team have been given the topic of "anything goes".

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "LOVE".
Here is another Pocket Letter I have made with the colour scheme purple - my favourite colour.  If you haven't seen these before pop on over to Janette Lane's Blog for more information - looking there is at your own risk as the making of Pocket Letters is rather addictive!!!!

For my Pocket Letter I have used three images:  Shih Tzu, Dreamy Lily and Papillon. I have coloured the images in with my Promarkers and inked around the edge with a chalk ink pad.

The backing papers is from my stash and I have cut up to make the background for the ATC sized pieces of artwork.

I have finished the pocket letters off with various stamps, Nuvo crystal drops, Craftwork cards die-cut sentiments and a peace of Stampboard which I have coloured, stamped on, coloured and scratched to add some texture.

Behind the Pocket Letter is lots of little goodies for the recipient!!

I am entering this Pocket Letter project into the following challenges:

Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
Sisters of Craft - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to create a shaker project
Robyn's Fetish - Anything but a card
Crafting Musketeers - Monochrome
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Favourite colour combo (purple, purple and more purple!!)
Eureka Stamps - Feathers or fur (fur on the cat and dogs)
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of St David's day
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Luscious locks
Crafty Sentiments - Let's get sentimental
Digi Choosday - Animals and insects
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes with the option of a sketch
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Make it digital
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of wet and/or dry embossing
Crafting for all Seasons - Three of a kind (3 different digital images)
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/spots or stripes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Friendship
Aud Sentiments - Cute and sentiment
Julia Spiri - Anything goes with the optional twist of Venice
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Anything goes
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog - 18 February 2016 - Buttons and pearls

It is time for another challenge over at the Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog.  This fortnight the topic is "buttons and pearls".
Our sponsor this fortnight is Bugaboo Stamps.  The very lucky winner gets to pick 7 digital images of their choice from the Bugaboo Store.
For my birthday card I have used the Bugaboo Stamps image called "Make it Snappy - Dottie Happy Birthday" and I have coloured my image in with my Promarkers pens and added Glossy Accents to her earrings and dots on her hat and cupcake.

I have used some backing papers given to me by a friend.

I have finished the card off with some ribbon, buttons and pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sisters of Craft - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Yummy, yummy
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
Seize the Birthday - Cupakes or candy (I have chosen cupcakes)
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to create a shaker project
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of St David's day
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Luscious locks
Crafty Sentiments - Let's get sentimental
Tuesday Throwdown - Layer it up
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes with the option of a sketch
Crafty Creations - Something to eat/drink
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of wet and/or dry embossing
Crafting for all Seasons - Three of a kind (3 buttons)
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/spots or stripes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Cardz 4 Galz - Get ahead - get a hat
Cute Card Thursday - Warm colours
Julia Spiri - Anything goes with the optional twist of Venice
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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 HERE.
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 February 2016 is "Love".
We now have a Guest Designer each month.  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 Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself.
For Weeks 4 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 HERE.

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 (Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself) and the Facebook Design team (Bonnie, Ann-Marie, Laura and, Samantha).
Ching-Chou Kuik is now a proud sponsor over at the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group.

Why not pop on over and take a look.
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

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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