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Monday, 1 September 2014

#122 ‘Make an Impression’ (DRY embossing)

Our new challenge is  'Make an Impression'. We want to see your DRY embossing projects. You can use an embossing folder, or the old fashioned stencil and light box method, or even holding something up against the window! How times have changed, lol

Some inspiration from the DT

Josephine

I've coupled a Debbi Moore stamp with embossing in the background. I used embossing folders from Craft Concepts and Sizzix, highlighting the butterflies from the CC folder using Versamark ink and Pan Pastel. The image is coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils.

Jackie
I've used one of the creative expressions embossing folders for my background layer on my topper for this card, along with a Sue Wilson bow stamp and some micro beads.  I've also dry embossed by hand the birdcage on parchment paper.

Suze
I have made a clean and simple card, suitable for a wedding or anniversary. I used Sizzix Primitive Hearts Die, Swiss Dots and Victorian Fleur embossing folders and Stampin' Up  Raspberry Ripple card and ribbon.  The bows and sentiment dies are Memory Box.

Vania



Julie
I have used an image from Saturated Canary 'Fancy' and an embossing folder that was free with a card making magazine.

Kimx
I have used an old floral embossing folder for the main panel on my card. Sponged with Distress Inks it highlights the embossing perfectly.

Carole
I have used several Crafter's Companion embossing folders with Centura Pearl and Kraft card for my 8x8 creation. The die cut flowers are also embossed.

Lin
I have used a Fitztown image called Dark Fairy and coloured her with Copics and Prismas. The embossing is an A4 embossing folder.

Finally I would like to introduce a brand new team member

Pamellia
 
Hello Everyone! I'm Pamellia Johnson and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and our two little girls, Scully (a teacup Maltese) and Pebbles (a teacup black Pomeranian).

I have been crafting in some form or another ever since I was a little kid, thanks to my very creative and talented Mom. I've dabbled in all sorts of crafts, but I think what I enjoy making the most is handmade cards, and I really love doing shabby chic projects with tons of lace, pearls and flowers!

Whenever possible, I try and make every aspect of my projects by hand. I prefer to make my own backgrounds and flowers, I dye my own ribbons, I even make some of my embellishments out of clay. I find such a sense of accomplishment in knowing that I made it myself.

I would like to thank the Crafty Cardmakers team for inviting me to be a part of their family. I am thrilled and honoured to be here with such a talented group of artists. I look forward to this next step in my crafting adventure and I hope to see you here every second Monday for a wonderful new challenge!

 and Pamellia's first project for us
I have used a sandpaper technique with the Large Damask Darice embossing folder to create the background for my Christmas card. Embellishments include Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die and Memory Box Frostyville Wreath die.

 
Any entry that does not meet the challenge requirement or that does not follow our simple rules will not be published. If you are having issues with any other linking matter please mail me at the address in the side bar  
 
 


 

#125 A World of Fantasy, Winners and Top 5

Thanks to everyone who entered our World of Fantasy Challenge. There were some fabulous creations and I have chosen the winners and Top 5 as follows:-

  
For the Prize from
HOBBY ART STAMPS

and my Top 5 are
 
 


 



Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winners' badge or Top 5 badge on your blogs.

Would the winners please contact me at the address in the sidebar stating the number of the challenge, the title of the challenge and which prize they have won in the subject line

The winners have until 14th September to claim their prizes, after which time I am afraid the prizes will be forfeit.





Monday, 18 August 2014

#121 A World of Fantasy, New Blog Announcement and Design Team Call

Before I get to today's challenge, I would like to announce that we will shortly be opening a brand new mixed media/altered art style of challenge blog. We will be launching on September 5th and hope to see you there at The Mirror Crack'd.

Also we are running a Design Team call for this blog, not the new one, and if you think you might be interested in joining us, can you add DT at the end of your name in your entry in the linky below.  

I'm hosting our challenge today, and I have chosen 'A world of Fantasy' as my theme. I would like to see a fairy, dragon, unicorn, goblin etc, as the MAIN focus of your creation
 
We are sponsored by
 
With this fabulous prize of a sheet of clear stamps

Fairy Folk
 
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 
 
and also by
 
With a $12 gift certificate

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 likeminded 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!
 
 
Some inspiration from our DT
 
Lin
My dragons are from Chocolate Baroque, coloured with Luminarte Silks. I also made a pair from Shrink Plastic coloured also with Silks!

Viv 
 
 
Josephine
I've used a Sweet Pea rubber stamp with a Ching Chou Kuik image which I've coloured with a mix of Promarker and Spectrum Noir pencils. The background is one I made using a variety of stamps, inks, and heat embossing, and I finished with flowers made using dies from a range of manufacturers.

Julie
Fairy Alyce by The Stamping Chef, coloured with Copics 

Jackie
My card uses a combination of serif background and digi images and Sheena Douglass stamps, coloured with pro markers.

Kimx


Any entry that does not meet the challenge requirement or that does not follow our simple rules will be deleted. If you are having issues with any other linking matter please mail me at the address in the side bar  
 
LIN W
 

#120 Fancy Folds, Winner and Top 5

I have chosen the winner from the Fancy Folds Challenge as follows:-

  
For the Prize from


 
 
and my Top 5 are
 

Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winners' badge or Top 5 badge on your blogs.

Would the winner please contact me at the address in the sidebar stating the number of the challenge, the title of the challenge and which prize they have won in the subject line

The winner has until 31st August to claim their prize, after which time I am afraid the prize will be forfeit.





Monday, 4 August 2014

#120 Fancy Folds

Our challenge for the next couple of weeks is 'Fancy Folds', which basically means anything with fancy folds on it!

We are a little thin on the ground today for Design Team creations! Sadly some of our team have left and we are somewhat depleted. Look out for a new DT call for this blog shortly!

We would like to thank our teamies, Fiona and Feebs, who have left for all their hard work and wish them lots of luck in the future.
 
We are sponsored by

With 3 Images of the Winner's Choice. If, however, the winner has used a Stamping Boutique Image they will received 4 images of their choice 

Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor at CRAFTY CARDMAKERS. We at TSB are very proud to offer original digital images and artwork to you. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable time to look over the store at http://thestampingboutique.com/ Good luck in the challenge and we hope to see you over at our TSB Community network. http://thestampingboutique.ning.com/
 
Some inspiration from our DT

Josephine
 
I used an image from our sponsor, Stamping Boutique, called Audrey at the Well. I used it to make a Joy Fold card - my first attempt at one of those! I coloured the image with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pencils, and added a sentiment made in Photoshop Elements.
My card is a cross between a gatefold and a tri-fold - with a few extra folds at the front. The image from our sponsors is called Cupcake - coloured with Spectrum Noirs.

Suze
I made a fancy folded fabric ornament. (instructions on my blog)
 
Any entry that does not meet the challenge requirement or that does not follow our simple rules will not be published. If you are having issues with any other linking matter please mail me at the address in the side bar  
 
LIN W