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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Gruffies and Guest Challenge Blog - August 2015 - Anything goes or the option of SUMMER FUN

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

 The topic for August 2015 is "anything goes with the option of summer fun".

Don't forget you do have the option of anything goes plus if you do use the optional theme (this month it is "summer fun") you will get 2 chances in the prize draw.

Don't forget to enter the challenge you MUST use a House Mouse, Happy Hoppers or Gruffies image.

This month our sponsor is:
Crafty Individuals.
This is the wonderful prize that Crafty Individuals will be giving to the challenge winner.
To me the idea of summer fun is visits to the seaside with the occasional ice-cream as a treat so I have used this image from my Joanna Sheen Gruffies and Happy Hoppers CD for my cards.  That bunny is certainly enjoying his ice-cream.  Not sure what the mouse is up to?  Maybe he's just exhausted himself by eating the ice-cream and having a snooze in his ice-cream cone.

For my card I have used a topper sheet, sentiments and backing papers from the CD.

I have kept the colour scheme to brown, pink and cream as this reminds me of of Neapolitan ice-cream.

I have finished the card of with some lace, various ribbons, button and a flower made from Tim Holtz's kraft glassine paper and a new flower die with glitter glue and pink seed beads added to the centre of the flower.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

House Mouse and Friends Challenge - House Mouse and Friend or anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Incy Wincy - Summer lovin
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Summer breeze
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Summer fun
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe - Use some buttons
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Four (four different ribbons for me - vanilla grosgrain, strawberry grosgrain, chocolate grosgrain and organza spotty ribbon)
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Animals
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes - wishing Lozzy and all the Design Team all the very best with the start of this new challenge blog
Cards and Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes

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Delicious Doodles Challenge - August 2015 - White-on-White

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

The challenge for August is "white-on-white".
For my card I have used the Delicious Doodles image called "Dragon Dreams". I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Stormy Sky distress ink.

For the base card, embossing and die-cuts I have used the same coloured white card so it is all the same.  I have used a Crafter's Companion Texture embossing folder and a Marianne Designs embossing folder/matching die for the backdrop of the image.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, a Marianne Designs fancy border, die-cut buttons and Joanna Sheen flower die.  All the embellishments, backing paper and card blank have all been edge with a white Stickles glitter glue.  Obviously when taking a photo the Stickles are showing very blue but in reality you can barely see the blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Animals
Glitter n Sparkle - Use something beginning with B (bow)
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of shabby chic
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Use ribbon or twine
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - 3 or more layers
Crafty Creations - Four (four die-cut flowers)
Top Tip Tuesday - BINGO board (diagonal line of ribbon/twine, sentiment, sparkle (Stickles glitter glue)
Brown Sugar Challenge - Animals
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Animals or birds
Crazy 4 Challenge - Card with the word "happy" on it
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Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog - August 2015 Challenge - A Floral Display

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

This month the challenge is "A Floral Display".  This could mean that you are using a floral image/an image with flowers in it, flowery backing papers or flowers as embellishments or all of these.

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 Monday 3 August 2015 to find out all the details about it as that is my inspiration day on the blog.  For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Swing in Spring".

It would be lovely if you could play along with the challenge this month.
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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Baby Grand-daughter

I have made this new baby grand-daughter card use my Kraftyhands "Bouncing Babies" CD.  I decided to use this cute little bear which was a decoupage sheet and came with backing papers and sentiments to match.

I have finished this new baby card with two different ribbons, buttons and a pearl.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Baby
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Use ribbon or twine
The Crafter's Cafe - Use some buttons
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes
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Monday, 27 July 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.
On Sunday I showed details on my blog of the Design Team Call that we are having on the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog.  We are looking for 2 new Design Team Members.  To enter this Design Team Call you MUST have an active blog.

Full details can be found on the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog HERE.

The Monthly Blog Challenge Topic for July 2015 is "Sparkle and shine".
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.
Bonnie over at the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group is also having a Design Team Call at the moment.  They too are looking for 2 new Design Team Members.  Full details of the Design Team call can be found HERE.

Please note for this Design Team Call you do not have to have an active blog as all creations will be posted on Facebook (whereas the Design Team call above for the Inspiration and Challenge Blog you MUST have an active blog).
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Happy Birthday Brother

Here is a commissioned card that I have made using the Crafter's Companion Camden Town Male CD.  I decided to us this image of a bike so I took it into Craft Artist so I could print off the topper in various sizes and the bike tag in various sizes so the card could be decorated inside and out along with the envelope.  I have also used two different backing papers from the CD.

The card has been finished off with a Debbi Moore sentiment, a die-cut sentiments, ribbon, memory box die-cut cogs from kraft card and some garden twine to keep the whole card very masculine.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Build it up
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of shabby chic
Glitter n Sparkle - Use something that starts with B (blue ribbon, the colour blue and bike)
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Design Team Call - July 2015

If you LOVE Ching-Chou Kuik's amazing images like I do there is a Design Team Call on at the moment.

We are looking for 2 new Design Team Members.

Full details of the Design Team Call can be found HERE.

The Design Team Call runs from today and closes on Friday 7 August 2015.
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An Elephant Never Forgets ..............

I make my cards to sell to raise funds for different charities.  I am truly blessed that over the years of me doing this very kind crafters on blogs and on Facebook have sent me things to use.  I also put anything I win in challenges to good use for my cards for charity.  There are also blogs/people on Facebook that offer freebies and these mean so much to me as I can use these as well.  Recently Debbi Moore had this gorgeous little elephant as a freebie on her Facebook page and I thought I'd show you what I made with it.

The freebie design sheet came with a gorgeous backing papers which I used as well.  On Debbi Moore's design sheets what I like is that she doesn't waste any leftover space once you have the main images.  Instead you may find things like borders, sentiments and embellishments eg flowers, shapes, buttons etc.  This sheet came with the main image of the elephant along with the cut little head shot of the elephant, border, sentiments and heart shape.

Looking at the image I simply added a cream card blank and matting and layering was done with kraft card.

Apart from the elements off the design sheet the card has been finished off with a large organza ribbon bow and button.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Build it up
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of shabby chic
Glitter n Sparkle - Use something that starts with B (button)
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Tuesday, 21 July 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 July 2015 is "Sparkle and shine".
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.

The challenge for July 2015 is "shabby chic".

 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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Monday, 20 July 2015

Sweet Pea Stamps Progressive Challenge Part 2

It is time for the Sweet Pea Stamps Progressive Challenge Part 2.  If you entered Part 1 of the challenge you will have got this Sweet Pea Stamps image by Sandra Caldwell called "Queen of Wonder".  If you didn't take part in Part 1 of the challenge you can always go to Sweet Pea Stamps and purchase this image to take part.
 I have to admit I struggled with what to make for this image but in the end I came up with a journal page.  I have coloured the image in with my Graph'it pens.
The backing papers and card embellishments I saved from somewhere over the years on my computer and it was before I used to do separate folders for each company so I apologise for not mentioning where these papers are from.

Bravely I wrote the sentiment out and edged with wiggly black lines and edged with a red Graph'it pen and then cut out.

I simply finished off this journal page with the cut out playing cards and some peel-off hearts as I need to keep the page quite flat in my journal book.

I am entering this journal page into the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Let's colour
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Di's Digi Designs - Hand coloured image
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to use a moon and/or stars
A Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Love to Scrap! - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
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Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog - Kym's Inspiration Post - Monday 20 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.
This week the Design Team were given the choice of using an image from the section "mermaid/ocean" in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store.  I decided to use this stunning image called "Far Away Messages".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and kept the colour scheme to pastel colours.

I have used two different patterned Crafty Individuals seaside backing papers that I have had for some time but like them so much I didn't want to use them.  I need therapy now that I've used two papers for the front and two for the inside!!!  The sentiments I have used are from my Joy! Crafts "Under the Sea" stamp set along with the shells which I have stamped, coloured with my Promarkers and cut round to add to my card.

The card has been kept quite simple and just finished off a pearl and an organza and satin ribbon bow.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Let's colour
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes
Crafting Musketeers - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Water
Polkadoodles - 2 or more patterned papers
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Girly
Di's Digi Designs - Hand coloured image
A Gem of a Challenge - Birthday wishes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to use a moon and/or stars
Robyn's Fetish - Under the sea
A Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Love to Scrap! - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
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