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Friday, 27 March 2015

Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group - Progressive Challenge Part 2 - 23 March to 5 April 2015

It is time for Part 2 of the Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group Progressive Challenge.  Part 1 is whereby you get to make an "anything goes" card/creation as long as it uses a Sweet Pea Stamps image.  If you take part in Part 1 you will be sent an image free to use for Part 2.  The image given free for Part 2 is by Sweet Pea Stamps owner Lynette's daughter, Courtney McAnsh.  The image is called "Zentangle Elephant" and is available as a digital stamp and a rubber stamp.  If you didn't take part in Part 1 but want to take part in Part 2 you need to go to the Sweet Pea Stamps Store and purchase the image.
I decided to decorate a page of a large journal my son bought me last year.  I love the big pages to create on.  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and highlighted Stickles to add some sparkle on the elephants and also added Glossy Accents to the eyes.  I have inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Stormy Sky distress ink and used a Sheena Douglass dot stamp with two different shades of blue chalk ink around the images.
The backing papers I have used from my stash and I had printed out a while ago so I am sorry but I have forgotten where they are from.  I kept the colour scheme very bright and cheery.

I have finished the journal page off with some Tim Holtz die-cut flowers, gems, Joanna Sheen banner die-cut, Craftwork Cards sentiment, wide lade, stitched ribbon and I have edged it all with faux stitching and the work "friends" in four corners (yes I don't like my writing but I think sometimes it is nice to hand write things on our creations).

I am entering this journal page into the following challenges:

Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group - Progressive Challenge Part 2 - Use the image "Zentangle Elephant" for a card/creation
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Bright Spring colours with ribbon or twine
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes with nature
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Digi Choosday - Lots of layers
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Feathered friends/animals
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Bold and bright
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - In the wild
QKR Stampede - Add a sentiment
Crafty Catz - Whimsical fantasy
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Use a die
Fairy Tale Challenge - Many colours
Simply Create Too - Anything goes
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Newsflash - New release in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store

There has been a new release in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store this week:
This image is called "Love Garden".
The Monthly Blog Challenge for March 2015 still has a few days to go.  The topic for this month is "fancy and frills".  From this month onwards if you fancy being a Guest Designer for a month please put "GDT" after your name or add a comment in the comment box at the bottom of the challenge post.  The Guest Designer will get to pick an image from the store to make their creation with and the first Guest Designer will show their creation in June 2015 and it will be a monthly event thereafter.

Don't forget that if you use a Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp from her Etsy Store you get two entries into the Blog Challenge.  For the first link-up use your blog post and for the second link-up just do your main blog.
Make sure you pop on over to the blog regularly as you get daily inspiration posts for weeks 1, 2 and 3 from members of the Design Team.  For weeks 4 (and 5 if there is one) there are Showcased cards to be shown and these will be people that have entered the monthly blog challenge, shown creations on the Facebook Group or entered creations into the monthly Facebook challenge.
The Facebook Group Monthly Challenge for March 2015 is "Spring Fling" and you still have a few days to enter this as well.  To enter you need use a Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp from the Etsy Store and fit your card/creation into the monthly challenge topic.
Fernanda is looking for 2 new Design Team Members for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

To be a part of the Design Team you DO NOT have to have a blog but just be able to post on Facebook.

The requirements of the Design Team are:
  • 3 projects per month (the images for those projects will be given free to you by Ching-Chou Kuik) with designated dates
  • you need to comment on the group on projects that have been made and to make everyone feel welcome on the group
  • you will get a discount to use in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store if you are accepted while in the team
  • the Design Team term will run from 15th April to 15th June.
The Design Team call will run from 22 March 2015 to 4 April 2015.

If you fancy applying for the Design Team pop on over to have a look at what you need to do.

You can add up to 2 projects in the DT Call Album and then you need to message Fernanda with details as to why you want to apply for the DT.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Happy Birthday

 Here is a card and matching envelope I have made using the Debbi Moore "My Fair Lady" CD.  It can be difficult sometimes making cards if you don't know the recipient so well that you know their hobbies and likes/dislikes.  I think this CD is perfect for such people as the images would suit anyone.
For the envelope I always print something on the inside so I have chosen a black and gold paper that was on the CD.

I have finished the card and matching envelope off with some washi tape, flowers made from the scraps left over from the envelope pieces, brads, die-cut sentiment, pearl drops (using my new Tonic Studios Nuvo white crystal drops - due to the problems with the movement of my hands I struggle with Cosmic Shimmer bottles as I can hold and then squeeze them.  These ones are brilliant as you barely have to squeeze to get them out), organza ribbon and a decorative button.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Aud Sentiments - Two word sentiment
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything goes
CD Sunday - Sentiment
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of purple
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - A cut above (Marianne Designs flowers dies used to make the different layers of the flowers)
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Buckwells Crafty Challenge - Mid Month Inspiration Post

Over at the "Buckwells Crafty Challenge" we have started to give you inspiration posts now throughout the month.

The challenge topic for the Buckwells Crafty Challenge for March 2015 is "Flowers".

We have two sponsors this month - A Lil Digi Heaven and Buckwell Craft Supplies.
For my card I have used the A Lil Digi Heaven image called "Estelle".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and stamped around the edge with a Crafter's Companion texture stamp and Tim Holtz's Mustard Seed distress ink.
  
The backing papers I have used were from Buckwell Craft Supplies "It's Stripes" and "Swirly Dots".

I have finished the card off with some some gold ribbon, green ribbon, die-cut flowers, brads, Cheery Lynn die-cut corner, pearls and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

Sadly Lozzy has had to close Buckwell Craft Supplies.  The good news is that the Buckwell's Crafty Challenge WILL CONTINUE.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Bright Spring colours with ribbon or trim theme
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Girly
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with an optional twist of purple
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Get Creative Challenge - Must use a die-cut
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Lots of layers
Papertake Weekly - A cut above (Cheery Lynn die-cut corner and Marianne Designs flowers dies used to make the different layers of the flowers)


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Monday, 23 March 2015

Happy Birthday

Here is a birthday card I have made using a Creative Crafting World CD using the amazing Pollyanna Pickering images.  This CD has wild animals on it and is called "Pollyanna Pickering World Wildlife".  There is also a "Best of Breeds" dog CD and a "British Wildlife" and they are both on my wish list.

For my card I have used a sheet of pyromage, two different backing papers and a customised insert.

I have finished the card off with a customised sentiment (this facility could be done direct onto the pyromage sheet) and some organza ribbon.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Happy everything
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
CD Sunday - Sentiment
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of purple
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes

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Happy 70th Birthday

Here is a card I have made for a friend's 70th birthday.  I am not keen on putting numbers on cards but thought sneakily putting the "70" on the number plate was fine.  The recipient didn't notice that bit until I told him!!

For the card I have used an image and papers from the bi-monthly Debbi Moore magazine.  This magazine costs £4.99 every two months and you get toppers/decoupage/pyromage/embellishments/backing papers in the magazine along with lots and lots of ideas for cards and you also get a CD as well on a totally different topic so for £4.99 it is brilliant value.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment from the magazine, stitched ribbon and some card candi.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Happy everything
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Masculine projects
Aud Sentiments - Two word sentiment
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes

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Sunday, 22 March 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 March 2015 is "Fancy and frills".
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, Helen and Sylvia).
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, 21 March 2015

Gruffies and Guest Challenge Blog - March 2015 - Anything goes or the option of RIBBON AND FLOWERS

Today it is time for me to show you another card for the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog.  The topic for March 2015 is "anything goes with the option of flowers and ribbon".  The challenge this month has been chosen by me.

Don't forget you do have the option of anything goes + if you do use the theme (this month it is "flowers and ribbon") you will get 2 chances in the prize draw.

We also take email entries, facebook entries and if you fancy joining us on the team for a month please put GDT after your name in the linky.

Our sponsor for this challenge is from the super Bugaboo Stamps.
The winner will get 7 digital stamps of their choice from Bugaboo Stamps.
For my card I have used the Joanna Sheen Original Project Book and CD to get this gorgeous image and backing paper.  I have then used the House Mouse Inserts CD for the insert.

The design sheet for this image had various sized toppers so I have used the largest as the main topper and used another to decoupage the mouse in his make-shift boat.  I have used two of the circular toppers on the front of the card and the four remaining ones on the inside of the card and on the back.

The embossing on the card is using my Crafter's Companion Distressed Textures embossing folder inked over with Tim Holtz's Stormy Sky distress ink.  I never thought any blue would replace my favourite Chipped Sapphire but Stormy Sky has gone to the top of the list for my favourite blue distress inks.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut sentiment, organza ribbon bow and some gorgeous handmade flowers a friend has made in Canada and sent to me.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

The Corrosive Challenge - Our animal friends
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
House Mouse and Friends - Anything goes or case the card by America
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes or option to make a gift/tag/card for a special lady/mum
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Aud Sentiments - 2 word sentiment
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Thursday, 19 March 2015

REMINDER - Ching-Chou Kuik and Kit and Clowder Colouring Challenge - Wing Designer

Just a little reminder about the Ching-Chou Kuik and Kit and Clowder Colouring Challenge.

To take part in the Colouring Challenge you have to use one of the images "with wings" from Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store.

If you don't have any of Ching-Chou Kuik's winged images from her Etsy Store why not pop on over and have a look.  If you use the code SPRING20 you will get 20% off ALL stamps in the Etsy Store - so why not add some others that you have put on your wish list whilst the offer is on.

So what are the prizes you ask?

A Random Winner will win 4 digital stamps of their choice from Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store and there will also be a Top 3 selected.  The Top 3 will get the honour of being a Guest Designer for the next challenge if they so wish.

What do you do when you have created your "winged project"?

You need to post it on the special album on the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group HERE.

This Colouring Challenge ends on 22 March 2015 11.59pm EST so you need to hurry if you want to take part.
Don't forget your "winged project" might also fit the Blog Monthly Challenge of "Fancy and Frills" so if it does make sure you enter it HERE.
Also your "winged project" might also fit the Monthly Facebook Challenge of "Spring Fling" so if it does make sure you enter it HERE.
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Newsflash - New release in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store

There has been some new releases in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store this week:
This image is called "Magic Wish".
This image is called "Spring Dreaming".
Why not pop on over to the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store as there is now an amazing 118 images in the store to choose from.

If you use the code "SPRING20" before 22 March 2015 you will get an amazing 20% off your order of digital stamps from the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store.

Hurry on over and brag some bargains.
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