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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Season's Greetings

Here is a Christmas card that I have made using a Sweet Pea Stamps image by Conie Fong called "Sally and Little Squirrel" and it is available as a digital stamp and a rubber stamp.  I have coloured the image in with Graph'it pens, chalked the background and added Stickles glitter glue to the fur on her clothes/boots and for some added sparkle to the tree/background.  I finally inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Aged Mahogany distress ink.

The backing papers are from my stash and I have had for a quite a few years now.

I have finished the card off with punched flowers. die-cut holly, ribbon, Nuvo pearl drops (green) and a sentiment from my Creative Crafting World Perfect Companions Christmas CD.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Graph'it Challenge - Anything goes/backgrounds
Di's Digi Designs - Include a sentiment
Robyn's Fetish - Square cards only
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of school
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Sparkles Christmas - Oh Christmas tree
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes with an optional twist to recycle/upcycle (the ribbon came from a box of chocolates eaten a long time ago!!)
Creative Moments - Anything goes/use a sentiment
Crafting for all Seasons - Tic-tac-toe (I have used the middle horizontal row of ribbon, digi image and sparkle/bling (Stickles glitter glue)
ABC Christmas - Things beginning with "R" - red and ribbon
Simon Says - Make it colourful
Penny's Paper Challenge - Use a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
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Wednesday, 2 September 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 September 2015 "The colours of Fall" eg oranges, greens, yellows and browns.
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, Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, 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 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 (Alica, Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself) and the Facebook Design team (Bonnie, Collette, Felisha, Laura, Samantha and Sande).
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 - 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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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Monthly Challenge - September 2015 - Clean and Simple (CAS)

Today sees the start of another challenge over at the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group and time for you to see creations from the Facebook Design Team.
The challenge for September 2015 is "clean and simple (CAS)".  Yikes most of you say.  I did too but I have played along as well.
For my Halloween cards I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp called "Exotic Night".  I have used the normal Halloween colours but decided to go for more muted tones.  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers, used Tim Hotlz's Stormy Sky and Black Soot distress inks around the edge and added some pearl dots.

Now for the "clean and simple" bit.  For "clean and simple" this generally means leaving a lot of white background and keeping embellishments to a minimum or not at all.

I scored around the edge of my card and then made a frame for my image using some Spellbinders dies.  I then used a Clearly Besotted Stamps Halloween sentiment and then did a doodle border around the edge.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes with the option of a sketch
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of create your own challenge
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of school
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Include a sentiment
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
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Delicious Doodles Challenge - September 2015 - On the dark side

 Today sees the start of another challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  Teri's images can now be found in the Delicious Doodles Etsy Shop.

The challenge for September is "on the dark side".  This means you can use a darker style of images or just darker colours.
For my card I have used the Delicious Doodles image called "Skully Bishop Chess Piece" and I have coloured it in with my Promakers and used chalks and a gold Pan Pastel for the background.

The backing papers are from my stash.  I used a Crafter's Companion Textures stamp on some kraft card, put through an Embossalicious embossing folder and highlighted the embossing with my gold Pan pastel.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut sentiment, gold filigree ribbon, kraft buttons and brads.
I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes with the option of a sketch
Glitter n Sparkle - Add buttons
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of create your own challenge (I have created my own challenge with square - birthday - gold/metallic (gold/metallic ribbon and around sentiment)
Robyn's Fetish - Square cards only
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of school
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Include a sentiment
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

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Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog - September 2015 Challenge - The Colours of Fall

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

This month the challenge is "The Colours of Fall" eg greens, orange, brown and yellow.  You don't need to make a Fall/Halloween card but just need to use the colours of the challenge.

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.
Here is a sneak peak of my card that you will see on Wednesday 9 September.  For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Walk Unafraid".

It would be lovely if you could play along with the challenge this month.
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Tuesday, 25 August 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.
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, Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, 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 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 (Alica, Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself) and the Facebook Design team (Bonnie, Collette, Felisha, Laura, Samantha and Sande).
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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Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Blog - Guest Designer

I recently won a challenge over at the challenge blog "Through the Craft Room Door".  I was lucky to win some digital stamps but was also offered to be a Guest Designer for a week.  It didn't take me long to say "yes".

The challenge this week on "Through the Craft Room Door" is as usual "anything goes" and you can enter this challenge twice.
This week the sponsor is Sami Stamps.  There is a wonderful array of images on Sami Stamps to choose from.
Here in the UK we don't really go into Halloween but I don't need any excuse to have a "play" with Halloween images so I decided upon this image by Sami Stamps called "Halloween Kittie".  Isn't it wonderful?

I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers.  I then did the background with shades of grey, blue and black chalks and finally inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Stormy Sky and Black Soot distress inks.

The backing papers are from Summertime Designs which I have printed onto canvas paper for some texture.

A friend last year sent me some die-cut pumpkin shapes so I have used a piece of a blending mat I cut into an arc and my Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge distress inks to make the lines of the pumpkin and finished off with Crushed Olive for the stalks.

I have finished the card off with some spider ribbon, Martha Stewart punched out bats and a Halloween sentiment.

Thank you so much to Deonna and the Design Team at "Through the Craft Room Door" for having me as their Guest Designer for this week.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Die-cuts or punches (punched bats and die-cut pumpkins)
Creative Moments - Anything goes/fancy folds
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Use a die-cut
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of a girl's night out
Robyn's Fetish - Use a digi (I have used a digital image and digital papers)
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Papers August Challenge - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Facebook Challenge - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
Pile it On - Animals dressed up
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes with 4 legged friends (cat)
Crafty Boots - Fair and square
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Animals
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - Two New Releases and 20% Saving Code

There has been two new releases to the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
The images are called "Key of Love" and "It's all about love" and are from the new series called "Tattoo Girls".

To celebrate their arrival in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store BOTH of these images were be available as a set for £4.32 (original price $8.00) until the end of 31 August 2015.
There is also the chance of getting 20% off in the Etsy Store until 31 August 2015.  You have a minimum spend of $10 and if you use the code "AUGUST20" you will get 20% off.  What an amazing bargain.

Hurry on over and grab a bargain and whilst there have a looking at the other amazing images in the Etsy Store.
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Tuesday, 18 August 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 August 2015 is "A Floral Display" eg flowers on your image, flowers on your backing paper, flowers as embellishments or all of these.
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, 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, 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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