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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog - 28 April 2016 - Add a sentiment

It is time for another challenge over at the Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog.  This fortnight the topic is "add a sentiment".
This fortnight we have Oddball Art Company sponsoring our challenge.
For my card I have used the Oddball Art Co image called "Starlina #65".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, chalked the background and added Nuvo crystal drops to her wings and on the stars for some dimension.

For the card underneath the image I have made my own backing papers.  I used by Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed distress ink and coloured areas on a piece of white card.  I then used various textures stamps from Crafter's Companion and a skull stamp from Visible image and stamped with a brown, orange and grey Versafine ink pad.  I then put a tiny bit of Imagination Crafts Pearl Starlights Paint into a paint palette and added a little bit of water to thin it out a bit and painted over the whole backing card I had made so it gave it a nice pearly effect.  

The brown paper I used for the backing, stamping the skull (i did back the paper onto some card so I could use an embossing tool to shape the skulls) and making the flower was cheap-as-chips parcel paper.  I was really pleased with the flower as I used 8 layers and it is so light.  I added a gorgeous brad from a friend to the centre and inked the flower with a brown chalk ink pad.

I have finished the card off with some satin ribbon, gold ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Female birthdays
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthdays
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of orange and blue and two neutral colours
Robyn's Fetish - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Birthday
Digi Choosday - Things with wings
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Make it digital (digital image used)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of showers and/or rainbows
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/use ribbon
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
OddBall Art Challenge - Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - No patterned papers
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New Releases and Special Introductory Offer

Today sees the arrival in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store of two new images:
Here are the two new images called "Seeing Through" and "Come Softly" and they are available in the Etsy Store at the special introductory rate of $4.50 (usual price of $7) in the Etsy Store.  

Hurry on over and grab a bargain as the special introductory rate ends on 3 May 2016.
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 22 April 2016

Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.  The week the Design Team have been given the topic of "anything goes".

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "USE KRAFT CARD".
 Here is another Pocket Letter I have made with theme of flowers.  

If you haven't seen these before pop on over to Janette Lane's Blog for more information.

For my Pocket Letter I have used four images:  Flowery, Heart of Spring, Petals of Rainbow and Autumn's Here.  I have coloured the images in with my Promarkers , inked around the edge with a chalk ink pad and added white dots with a white extra fine Posca pen.

The backing papers is from my stash and I have cut up to make the background for the ATC sized pieces of artwork.

I have finished the outside of the pocket letters off with various stamps which I have coloured in with my Promarkers.
Behind the Pocket Letter is lots of little goodies for the recipient!!

I am entering this Pocket Letter into the following challenges: 

613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Come and Get It Challenge - Things with wings
Robyn's Fetish - Anything but a card (I have made a Pocket Letter)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Paper Creator - Polka dots or gingham (I have used polka dots)
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes with wings
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Love to Scrap! - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Things with wings
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Winged things
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Simon Says - Make it girlie
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New Releases and Special Introductory Offer

Today sees the arrival in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store of a new image:
Here is a new image called "Dandelion Fairy Kingdom" and it is available in the Etsy Store at a special introductory price of $2.60 (usual price of $4) in the Etsy Store.  

Hurry on over and grab a bargain as the special introductory rate ends on 24 April 2016.
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Tuesday, 19 April 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 March 2016 is "Easter/Spring colours".
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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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Gruffies and Guest Challenge Blog - April 2016 - Anything goes or the option of "a tag or a project with a tag on it"

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


As mentioned before there will be no sponsors for the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog in 2016.  Instead members of the Design Team will be offering prizes.

This month it is the turn of Vicky to sponsor the challenge.  She is offering the winner a handmade mini book.  Now who wouldn't want to win that?
I have decided to "splash out" - well I couldn't resist saying that - and use some of my Joanna Sheen Happy Hoppers decoupage sheets and picked this gorgeous rabbit sheltering under his umbrella with a frog.  Isn't it so cute?

The backing papers I have used are from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a tag, twine, card candi, stamped sentiment, ribbon and some handmade flowers.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Paper Creator - Polka dots or gingham
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper April Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of to create a masculine card
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of flag colours
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Use your die-cuts
Cuttlebug Mania - April showers
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Favourite colour (purple, purple and more purple!!)
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of "make it funny"
Crafting for all Seasons - Tic-tac-toe (end vertical column of flowers, ribbon and backing paper)
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the optional theme of girly
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Your favourite things (my favourite things I have used are ribbon, card candi and flowers (especially when you make them yourself like these ones)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Simon Says - Let's do the polka
House Mouse and Friends - In the garden/anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Die-cuts or punches
4 Crafty Chicks - Get well
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Handmade embellishments (handmade flowers)
Crafty Catz - Monochrome
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - D is for dots
Polkadoodles - Floral frenzy
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
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Friday, 15 April 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 15 April 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 "use kraft card".
For this female inspired birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Sunshine".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers.  I have then used two different stamps (dotty and leafy branch) and stamped with a white and pink chalk ink pad to add some texture to the background.  I have added gold Stickles glitter glue to the centres of the sunflowers.

The backing papers I have used are from a paper pad called "Love Letters" by First Edition.

I have finished the card off with a Joanna Sheen die-cut banner, tags, die-cut sentiment, pearls, die-cut clouds, lace and ribbon.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper April Challenge - Anything goes
Come and Get It - Bright colours
Robyn's Fetish - Add a sentiment
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of flag colours
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - BINGO board (I have gone for the middle vertical column of ribbon, image and sentiment)
Tuesday Throwdown - Use your die-cuts
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Girly and pretty
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of "make it funny"
Crafting for all Seasons - Tic-tac-toe (first vertical column of sparkle (Stickles glitter glue), lace and girly)
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the optional theme of girly
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Your favourite things (my favourite things I have used are ribbon, lace, using die-cuts and pearls)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Die-cuts or punches
Star Stampz - Use a digi
Julia Spiri - Anything goes/craft bags (make a bag with a digi)
In the Pink Challenge - Pearls
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Green and pink
Graph'it - Spring florals
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog - 14 April 2016 - Buttons and bows

It is time for another challenge over at the Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog.  This fortnight the topic is "buttons and bows".

This fortnight we are lucky to have two sponsors:
and 
For my card I have used the Lacy Sunshine Stamp called "Izzybella's Boo Spring Button Daisy" and I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and stamped around the background with a dotty stamp and a white chalk ink pad.

The backing papers were from a friend.  I use a piece of kraft card and first off I used a button mask and embossed through my Grand Caliber and then offset a bit and inked through the a button stencil with my Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry distress ink.

I have finished off the card with a doily, grosgrain ribbon, buttons, satin ribbon, die-cut sentiment and some pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Di's Digi Designs - Embossing
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper April Challenge - Anything goes
Come and Get It - Bright colours
Robyn's Fetish - Add a sentiment
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of flag colours
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - BINGO board (I have gone for the middle horizontal row of buttons, image and kraft)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Emboss it (I have embossed using a button mask)
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Tic-tac-toe (bottom horizontal row of girly, buttons and backing paper)
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Your favourite things (my favourite things I have used are ribbon, buttons and pearls)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Star Stampz - Use a digi
In the Pink Challenge - Pearls
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New Releases and Special Introductory Offer

Today sees the arrival in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store of some new images:
Here is a new set of 2 images which are available at a special introductory rate of £4.93, depending on currency rates, in the Etsy Store.  

They are called "Forget me Not" and "It's my birthday".  

Hurry on over and grab a bargain as the special introductory rate ends of 18 April 2016.
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Friday, 8 April 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 8 April 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 "use kraft card".
I love to use kraft card as it makes the cards/creations very rustic in nature.  For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Toadstool Fairy".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and used chalks for the background for a subtle effect.

For my back paper I have used various Tim Holtz distress inks (Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Squeezed Lemonade and Tea Dye) and dabbed onto a craft sheet, spritzed with water and swirled by watercolour card into it.  I then used various texture stamps and the same ink pads to add texture.  Finally I inked through with a harlequin mask and Rusty Hinge distress ink mixed with a little bit of my pearl Imagination Crafts Starlight Paint to give some shimmer to the project.

I have finished the card off with die-cut butterflies, stamped sentiment, ribbon and some Dutch Doobadoo kraft embellishments.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Glitter n Sparkle - Use a punch/die
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - The big bow theory
Incy Wincy - Colour me wonderful (use your favourite colouring medium) - alcohol pens for me)
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
More Mixed Media - Yellow
A Snowflake's Promise - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Die-cut
Simon Says - Happy birthday
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting with Attitude - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
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