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Monday, 6 July 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog - Kym's Inspiration Post - Monday 6 July 2015

It is Monday and therefore time for me to show you my Inspiration Post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "sparkle and shine".  It would be lovely if you could take part.
For my birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp called "Sapphire".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers.  I have gone for the colour scheme of pink, red and black.  In the image I highlighted areas of the dress with some glitter.  The background around the image is done with some pearlescent chalks for some extra sparkle.

The backing papers were from The Works.  When I bought them I should have bought two packs but you can never tell the quality of paper until you open the packet.  This is wonderful quality and the majority of the papers have glitter already on them for some sparkle and shine.

I have finished the card off with ribbon, lace trim, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment, bow and large pearl.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Pink and girly
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a stamp or digi anywhere on your project
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting Musketeers - Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Pretty bows
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Seeing red
Di's Digi Designs - Celebrations
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional create your own flag challenge
Robyn's Fetish - Anything goes
The Ribbon Girl - Anything goes with the option of adding the option of adding stars and/or stripes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Ooh-La-La-Creations - All that glitters
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes or a twist of summer
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Friday, 3 July 2015

The reason for not many posts on my blog in the last 3-4 months

We went on a holiday last October and I wanted to do a scrapbook.  Unfortunately we took my son's camera and good majority of the pictures came out blurred.  I was devastated.  Thankfully we met a lovely couple from Havant on our coach tour and they copied all their photos for us which was so nice of them.  We are going away in a week's time and we are hoping to visit the couple that kindly copied their photos for us so they can see what I did with them.

It took weeks to merge their photos with ours and sort them out into the different places that we saw.  

Then I took the images into Craft Artist and picked which ones to use for each pages.  I did buy some sets of plastic sheets that could hold 12 6x4 inch photos in them.  I wasn't overly pleased with these as even if you put photos in them with quite a tight squeeze somehow as you turned the pages some would move/fall out.  Think I'd just stick the photos on scrapbook paper in future.

After printing out all the photos it was a case of cutting out all the photos to be used.  I do laugh when I see Phill Martin on Create and Craft as he has to ink the edges of his layers.  I personally hate seeing white left around images and also hate white edges on paper/card when used on cards/mixed media/scrapbooks so each edge had to be gone round with a black marker.  I don't think I dare count up how many edges I did.  All I know is that I wore out two Graph'it black marker pens!!!

Then came the decisions on how the pages would be laid out.  That was the hard bit at times as I've only ever done one proper scrapbook before.  To do that I watched shows that Mel Heaton did on Create and Craft and followed her ideas.  That scrapbook was of a holiday with my mother just weeks before she suddenly died in June 2011 but I was happy with how that turned out.  I remembered Mel's advice about doodling around the edge of the page to draw your attention into the page so I did this.  I also did her tip of not typing all the journalling but handwriting instead.  Yes my writing isn't the best but hey ho I did it.

So after many, many, many months of very hard work the scrapbook is completed.  I went a bit over-board and it is 98 pages long and therefore I've had to split it into two albums.

Scrapbooking certainly isn't cheap but if anyone has short term memory problems like me it is so important to do as with time things are easily forgotten.  I struggled with some bits of the scrapbook as I hadn't remembered some things but thankfully my husband did a day-to-day account on his tablet to refer to.

I shan't bore you with all 98 pages but I thought I'd share some of my favourite pages:
  
We flew from Heathrow to JFK New York Airport and had 2 nights in New York.
   
   
        
From New York we travelled to the border into Canada for our magical trip to Niagara Falls and the Skylon Tower.
  
From Niagara Falls we travelled to Lewisburg and then Washington DC.
   
          
From Washington DC we travelled to Philadelphia.
   
   
 
   
From Philadelphia we had another night in New York before we flew back to the UK.
   
 
I am entering this scrapbook pages into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to use a pearl and/or rose
The Pink Elephant - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Delicious Doodles Challenge - July 2015 - Magic and Myth

 Today sees the start of the second challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  Thank you to all those that entered the first challenge and the Blog Hop.  
As mentioned last month, Teri's images can now be found in the Delicious Doodles Etsy Shop.

The challenge for July is "myth and magic".
For my card I have used the Delicious Doodles image called "Dragon Celtic Frame" as I thought that this image would be perfect for some of those difficult to make male cards and added a sentiment before printing.  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and coloured the background with various chalks.

The backing papers are all from my stash.  I have stamped around the edges with a Crafter's Companion Textures splodge stamp and Tim Holtz's Rusty Hinge distress ink and then put them through my Crafter's Companion Textures Hessian folder for some texture.  I have highlighted the texture with my Metallic Gold Pan pastel.

I have finished the card off quite simply with being a card for a male and added some ribbon, button and some pearl drops.
I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Sentimental
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with an optional twist to use a pearl and/or rose
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Incy Wincy - Colour inspiration
The Pink Elephant - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - We're going dotty
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - For the boys
Fab n Funky - Birthdays
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a stamp/digi anywhere on your project
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
Card Mania - Anything goes
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Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog - July 2015 Challenge - Sparkle and Shine

Today sees the start of another challenge over at the Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

This month the challenge is "sparkle and shine".

To take part you do not have to use a Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp but we all do love to see them being used.

 If you do use a Ching-Chou Kuik image from her Etsy store you can enter the challenge twice, thus giving you two chances of winning.

It also means that you could be "in the running" of winning the Artist Choice Award where Ching-Chou Kuik herself looks at all the entries using an image from her Etsy Store and the winner gets to pick 5 images free from the Etsy Store as their prize.
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp called "Sapphire".

You will have to wait until Monday 6 July 2015 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, 30 June 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 June 2015 is "All creatures great and small".
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 and Helen).
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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