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Friday, 12 February 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog - Kym's Inspiration Post - Friday 12 February 2016

For this week the whole Design Team were challenged to "use at least 2 ribbons".

I decided to make a 3D project this week.  I had used a pattern from a Debbi Moore Bookfolding Magazine and made a gnome/pixie/fairy house.  It took a while to do the bookfolding and then I inked the pages with Tim Holtz's Gathered Twigs distress ink.  I then used some wood effect card that I got for Christmas from a friend to make the front door.

For my project I have used the Chou Kuik image called "Toadstool Head" and coloured her in with Promarkers and used Stickles glitter glue for her fairy wings as fairies have to sparkle don't they?

I have used various shades of brown papers by Summertime Designs and printed them onto lightweight card.  I have printed the backs of the paper as well as I hate to see 3D handmade flowers with plain white behind.  I have used my Sue Wilson Camellia Complete Petals die for the flowers.  I have shaped all the flowers with my new Tonic flower shaping tool.  I've normally "made do" with a Glitter Girls embossing tool but the new Tonic one which I got with some Christmas vouchers for Colemans is so much better even for the smaller flowers.  I have used some Marianne Designs greenery dies as a backdrop to the flowers.  I add some liquid pearls to the centre of some of the flowers and some white sparkly Nuvo crystals to the other.

I have finished this project off with the flowers, die-cut butterflies, 3 different spotty ribbons and then made a large bow with some brown seam binding and some gold bead effect ribbon.

I am entering this 3D bookfolding project into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of create a single layer card
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything goes mixed media
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Pile it On - Homemade embellishments (flowers)
Eureka Stamps - Recycle it (book has been recycled)
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Dies and/or punches
Sisters of Craft - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Your favourite colour or favourite embellishments (favourite embellishments - ribbon and flowers)
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - BINGO (I have gone for the middle horizontal line of die-cuts (lots of die-cut flowers, free and pearls (hope liquid pearls was OK)
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
CRAFT - Make your own embellishments (flowers)
Time Out Challenge - Love is the flower you've got to let grow (I have decided to go with flowers and lots of them!!)
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
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Tuesday, 9 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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Friday, 5 February 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 5 February 2016

It is 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 "LOVE".
For this project I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Red Hearts" (this image comes in a set of 4 images for the amazing price of £8.46).  I coloured the image in with my Promarker pens.

I decided to do a mixed media project.  I cut some corrugated card into a heart shape, painted with gesso and went around the whole heart with Tim Holtz's Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany and Black Soot distress inks.

I then pierced two holes in it, one at the top and one at the bottom.  At the top I threaded through some ribbon to hang the project.  At the bottoms I used jewellery thread and some beads I bought from my sister many years ago and threaded this through the hole in the heart and secured.
I have used strips of backing paper from Carta Bella.

I have finished this project of with the beads, ribbon, button, stamped sentiment (which was a freebie from a magazine last year), cheesecloth and a Creative Expressions zip embellishment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

My Time to Craft - Love is all around
Di's Digi Designs - Use lots of red
The Ribbon Girl - Love
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist to use something from your stash
Love to Scrap - Have a heart
Crafty Boots - Love is in the air
Ooh La La Creations - Love and romance
The Crazy Challenge - Love
Incy Wincy - Love is in the air
Paper Creator - Must be love
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a digi or stamp for February
Whoopsi Daisy - Hand coloured image and love
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Noor Design UK - Love
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Show us your favourites (using Promarkers (I love the colour combo of red, lipstick red and berry red for dramatic red dresses etc), lots of different embellishments and up until last year I steered well away from anything mixed media but I love doing them now)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Not a card
Unicorn Challenge - Lots of love
Crafts and Me - Use reds of Valentines
Simon Says - Have a heart
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Fancy
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of romance/love
Crafting for all Seasons - Love is in the air
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/cute and cuddly
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Hearts
Craft Rocket - Valentine/love
Time Out Challenge - Love is the flower you've got to let grow (I have used the word "love" for inspiration)
4 Crafty Chicks - Love
Altered Eclectics - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Use a love sentiment
Moving Along with the Times - Things with wings
Julia Spiri - Anything goes/love is in the air
Brown Sugar - Valentine/love
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - Y for "you choose" (I have gone with love)
Simply Create Too - Love/Valentine's
Starstampz - All about love
That's Crafty - First love
Spellbinding Stamps - Love/romance and/or lots of red
More Mixed Media - Red
Kartishok Challenge - Colourful hearts in the month of love

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge - Thursday 4 February 2016 - Fantasy

It is time for another challenge over at Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog.

The challenge for this fortnight is "fantasy".
Our sponsor for this fortnight's challenge is "A Day for Daisies".  The lucky winner will get to pick 3 digital stamps of their choice.
For my card I have used the A Day for Daisies imaged called "holding a flower".  I thought this image would be perfect for a birthday or even for Mother's Day.  I have coloured my image with my Promarkers and chalked the background.  I have used my Wink of Stella clear pen to add sparkle to the fairy's wings and for a bit of shine on the leaves.

The backing papers are a free download from the Hunkydory Club.

I have used some scraps of the backing paper and some of the card to punch out tiny little flowers and added them to the corner of the card and added Nuvo crystal drops to the centre.

I have been really lucky recently and won two challenges where the prize was a £10 spend at Crafty Ribbons.  Needless to say it took me a long time to pick what I was going to have as I lovvvvvvvve ribbon and lace.  I have to stay all the quality of everything I have received is wonderful.  For my card I have used some of their lupin lace, wide white organza ribbon and some really stunning vintage print organza.

The card has been finished off with some butterflies cut from the backing paper, gems and a button.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Monochrome (I have all shades of purples/lilacs)
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist to use something from your stash
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of Valentine
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds Creations - Always anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Show us your favourites (using Promarkers, colour purple, girly cards and anything magical likes fairies)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of romance/love
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/cute and cuddly
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Time Out Challenge - Love is the flower you've got to let grow (I have used the word "flower" for inspiration)
Moving Along with the Times - Things with wings
Cardz 4 Galz - Fantastic florals

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

'Tis the Season

I need to keep on with making Christmas cards every month ready for Christmas 2016. 

Here is a card I have made using my Crafter's Companion Makey Bakey Mice Christmas CD.  I have used a topper sheet and also these gorgeous green and red muted colour papers.

Sadly due to postage costs being so high this is a Christmas card that will need to be posted so I need to keep as flat as possible.  I have finished the card off with some organza ribbon, sentiment from a Creative Crafting World CD, card candi and for realism I have added some white Nuvo drops to the brandy sauce on top of the Christmas pudding.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Crafter's Companion Facebook Group - Anything goes using Makey Bakey Mice artwork
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to use something from your stash
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of romance/love
Fab n Funky - All creatures great and small
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/cute and cuddly
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
ABC Christmas - C for cute critters
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
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Tuesday, 2 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, 1 February 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Challenge - February 2016 - Romance

It is time for another challenge over at the Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

The challenge for February is "ROMANCE".

I know I am not on Facebook Design Team but I have made a card for the challenge.
I have seen this Teepee card made a few times in Blogland and thought I would have a go.  Things didn't go to plan and it nearly went in the bin 3 times but persistence paid off in the end!!

For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Key of Love" and have coloured my image in with Promarkers. 

I have finished the card off with some new ribbon, doily, stamped sentiment (I've had for years but can't remember the make), a gorgeous flower from my crafty friend Nataliya and some silver squidgy hearts which I've had for maybe 4-5 years.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Love and romance
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
CRAFT - Love/Valentine/Anniversary
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
My Time to Craft - Love is all around
The Pencil Case - Love/romance
Sweet Stampin - Valentine
Di's Digi Designs - Use lots of red
The Ribbon Girl - Love
Love to Scrap - Have a heart
Crafty Boots - Love is in the air
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Ooh La La Creations - Love and romance
The Crazy Challenge - Love
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of Valentine
Incy Wincy - Love is in the air
Card Mania - Add some red
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist to use something from your stash
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything goes
Paper Creator - Must be love
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds Creations - Always anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a digi or stamp for February
Whoopsi Daisy - Hand coloured image and love
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes

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Delicious Doodles Challenge - February 2016 - Love

It's time for another challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  

The topic for February 2016 is LOVE".
For my card I have used the Delicious Doodles image called "Beautiful Swimming Seahorses" and have coloured the image in with my Promarkers, chalked the background, tore around the image, used a chalk inkpad around the torn edge to highlight it and added some Nuvo crystal drops for some sparkle onto the bubbles.

The backing papers are from my Crafty Individuals Seaside collection.

I have finished the card off to a more manly feel and have added some netting, shells we got of various beaches when away last year and a sentiment given with a freebie by Tracy Wray along with some papers.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Love and romance
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
CRAFT - Love/Valentine/Anniversary
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything goes with a twist to add an animal
My Time to Craft - Love is all around
The Pencil Case - Love/romance
Sweet Stampin - Valentine
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist to use something from your stash
Crafty Boots - Love is in the air
The Crazy Challenge - Love
Incy Wincy - Love is in the air
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of Valentine
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Ooh La La Creations - Love and romance
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything goes
Paper Creator - Must be love
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds Creations - Always anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a digi or stamp for February
Whoopsi Daisy - Hand coloured image and love
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes

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Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog - February 2016 Challenge - Love

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

This month the challenge is "LOVE".

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 project that you will see on my blog on Friday 5 February 2016 as that is my new day to post my work on the blog.

It would be lovely if you could play along with the challenge this month
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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Happy February Sale

There is a celebration going on over at Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store - a Happy February Sale.
If you use the code "FEB20" you will get an amazing 20% off all your digital stamp purchases.

This offer ends on 7 February 2016.

Please note:  this offer is for digital stamps ONLY and not original artwork.

Hurry on over to the Etsy Store and grab some bargains.
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