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Friday, 18 October 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 18 October 2019

 Here is my weekly 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 "HALLOWEEN/PUMPKINS/HALLOWEEN COLOURS eg BLACK, ORANGE, PURPLE AND GREEN".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my Halloween card I have used the image "Misty Reflections" and coloured in with Promarkers.

My backing papers I have made myself using Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Old Paper distress inks and then stamped with various Halloween stamps

I have finished the card off with some die-cut bats and a LOTV digital stamp.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair/hat/gloves - Orchid, Amethyst and Purple
Dress - Pumpkin, Orange and Burnt Orange
Cat - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3
Moon/trees/greenery - Cocoa, Burnt Sienna, Lemon, Yellow, Sunflower and Lush Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Digi Doodle - Black and/or pink (black for me)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Add a sentiment
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Simon Says - Halloween
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Feature a creature
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Happy Birthday

Every so often I have a go at using coloured pencils to colour in an image.  Due to my dodgy hands this image took days to colour on-an-off.  I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Harmony".

The backing papers are all from my stash and to tie-in with the theme of the yellow/green and purple colour scheme I used a Sara Davies Crafter's Companion stitching corner die and stamped with my Imperial Purple Versafine ink pad.  I also used some of the papers and used a stitched flower from the same set, cut out, inked and shaped into flowers with some sparkly brad centres.

I have finished the card off with a border die, Sheena Douglass feather stamp (cut from purple card and fussy cut out), an MDF feather I got for my birthday which I coloured with Promarkers and hung from the card with some ribbon, stamped sentiment and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Creatalcious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of Halloween/Autumn
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Birthday
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Happy Halloween

Here is a Halloween card that I have made using the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Big Pumpkin".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and fussy cut around the edge.

The backing papers are from my stash.  I inked around the edges with Tim Holtz's Dusty Concord distress ink and then stamped with Black Soot distress inks spider's webs and spiders.

I have finished the card off with some embroidery twine, die-cut splats and witch and a LOTV digital sentiment.

The Promarkers that I have used are:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair/pumpkin - Gold, Orange and Bright Orange
Dress/hat/wings/tights - Amethyst, Orchid, Purple
Cat/skull - Ice Grey 1 and Ice Grey 2.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar - Autumn colours/Halloween
Daisy Chain - Pink or Halloween
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Halloween colours
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Halloween
Di's Digi - Include a pumpkin
Krafty Chicks - Be-witched!!
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Thank You

 I am nearing the end of 18 months' treatment at a hospital in London.  It has been physically and mentally hard but we are on the "home run" now with just 3 more appointments to go.

For the person that has worked on me for the last 18 months I wanted to make him a thank you card.  His passion is ballroom dancing so I went to Crafts U Print and found this image by Janet Briggs that comes in a set called "Silver Strictly Come Dancing".  In this set you will get toppers, sentiments, decoupage and insert.

To make the card more male-like I teamed the silver decoupage topper up with some copper card which I put through a Crafter's Companion embossing folder.  I just hope it looks OK for a male recipient.

I inked around the edge of all the decoupage with a black Versa Magic ink pad.

I have finished the card off with a large bow, button, tag and stamped sentiment.
 As it is a special card I have used a Craftezee 8x8 box and then copied the embossing of copper card and also used the topper again.  It has been simply finished with a tag and stamped sentiment.
Here is a picture of the card and box together.  I've got a few months' wait to see if the male recipient likes it or not - fingers crossed x

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Masculine or Halloween/Autumn
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes with a CD or digital (digital download from CraftsUPrint)

Friday, 11 October 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 11 October 2019

 Here is my weekly 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 "HALLOWEEN/PUMPKINS/HALLOWEEN COLOURS eg BLACK, ORANGE, PURPLE AND GREEN".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my Halloween card I have used the image "Pick a Pumpkin - Greyscale" (this image comes in a set along with the image "Not Just a Pumpkin") and coloured it in with my Promarkers.

The backing papers I have used are from The Works.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, die-cut cobweb and spiders (yuk!!), card candi, organza ribbon and raffia ribbon.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Cocoa and Caramel
Dress/gloves/hat - Orchid, Amethyst and Purple
Cat - Caramel, Sandstone, Coral and Sunkissed Pink
Pumpkins/greenery - Orange, Burnt Spice and Bright Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Digi Doodle - Black and/or pink (black for me)
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper October Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Halloween/Fall and sentiment
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Autumn colours/Halloween
Daisy Chain - Pink or Halloween
Di's Digi - Include a pumpkin
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of to use the spotlight technique
Dragonfly Dreams - Use black - a little or a lot
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of the colours of Fall
Get Creative - Anything goes with the option of shaped cards
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of spooky
Tales from the Craft Room - Halloween
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Always Fun - Dies or punches
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Halloween colours
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Halloween
Alphabet Challenge - One word sentiment
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of the witching hour ie anything Halloween
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Saturday, 5 October 2019

All things grow with love 💗💗💗

Here is an Autumn card that I have made using the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Autumn Harvest" (which comes in a set along with "Autumn Falls" and "Autumn Breeze Fairy").

I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and edged around with Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint distress ink.

For my backing paper and for the leaves I have used a paper pad I got a few years ago from The Range.  The leaves have been die-cut of the scraps from this Autumn paper pad and edged with Tim Holtz's Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs distress ink.

I have finished the card off with some burlap and a stamped sentiment.

The Promarkers that I have used are:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair - Buttercup, Pastel Beige and Blush
Dress/grapes/flowers - Orchid, Amethyst and Purple
Pumpkins/leaves - Amber, Pumpkin, Spice, Bright Green and Moss
Background - Powder Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Masculine or Halloween/Autumn
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of Autumn/Halloween
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Halloween/Fall and sentiment
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Autumn colours/Halloween
Di's Digi - Include a pumpkin
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
Make my Monday - Autumn
Passion for Promarkers - Mythical creatures (fairy)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Autumn colours

Friday, 4 October 2019

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 4 October 2019

  It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".
This week we are lucky to be sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.
For my Christmas card I have used the Bugaboo image called "Christmas Moose Ornaments".  I have loaded the image into Craft Artist and flipped horizontally the image so I have two moose facing outwards so I could put the sentiment in the middle.  I have coloured the images in with Promarkers.

The backing papers I have used are from my Polkadoodles Here Comes Christmas CD.

For a bit of interest under the image I die-cut little tags from all of the green backing paper scraps I had and laid them out and added red Nuvo pearl drops to the centre.  I have finished off with a LOTV digital sentiment.

I have kept the card simple and thin so it can be posted!!

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Left-hand side moose - Sandstone, Cinnamon, Caramel, Sunflower and Gold
Right-hand side moose - Soft Peach, Tan, Henna, Sunflower and Gold
Baubles - Leaf Green, Bright Green, Red, Berry Red, Sunflower and Gold.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Cute as a Button - Anything goes
a2z Scrapbooking - Holidays (Christmas)
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Sparkles Christmas - Make us laugh
2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Spooky and/or cute
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper October Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Celebration (Christmas)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Winter Wonderland - Merry and bright
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes with the optional theme for someone special
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of ribbon/bow or flower
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  There is the arrival of a set of new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "From the Moon". 

In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.
 This set is available at a special introductory price of $2.80 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 6 October 2019.

Happy 5th Anniversary to the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog and the Facebook Challenge

October is a special month for the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog and the Facebook Challenge.

This year we are celebrating our 
5th 
anniversary which is such an achievement as lots of challenge blogs have closed and there have also been a lot of designer of images that have stopping selling their images as well.

There are definitely some special celebrations going on.  
If you enter the Blog Monthly Challenge or the Facebook Monthly Challenge, at the end of the challenge you will be sent free the image "Dark Moon" as a thank you for entering our anniversary celebrations and for your continued support of our Challenge Blog and Facebook Challenge.
Here is my Halloween card that I have made using the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Dark Moon".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, used Pan Pastels for the background and added Stickles Clear Rock Candy in cicles in the background, Nuvo pearl drops and sequins.

The backing papers are from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a LOTV digital sentiment, starry ribbon, netting bow and a button.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Lime Zest and Lime Green
Dress - Orchid, Amethyst, Purple and Orange
Cats - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3 and Sunkissed Pink
Moon - Buttercup, Soft Lime and Lemon.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Cute as a Button - Anything goes 
a2z Scrapbooking - Holidays (Halloween)
Love to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Spooky and/or cute
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper October Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Masculine or Halloween/Autumn
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of Autumn/Halloween
The Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes with the optional twist of Halloween
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Halloween/Fall and sentiment

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps October 2019 Facebook Challenge - HALLOWEEN/PUMPKINS/HALLOWEEN COLOURS eg BLACK, ORANGE, PURPLE AND GREEN

  Today is the start of the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Monthly Challenge.

The topic for the Facebook October 2019 challenge is 
"HALLOWEEN/PUMPKINS/HALLOWEEN COLOURS eg BLACK, ORANGE, PURPLE AND GREEN".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my Halloween card I have used the image "October Night" and coloured my image in with Promarkers and inked around the edges with Tim Holtz's Black Soot distress ink.

For the background I have used Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Old Paper and blended onto a piece of card.  I have then used a Halloween tree stamp but just used the branches and stamped around the image.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, raffia style ribbon and die-cut blobs and a witch.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Caramel, Cocoa and Cinnamon
Dress/hat - Orchid, Amethyst and Purple
Moon - Canary and Gold
Cats -  Sandstone, Khaki, Tan, Sunkissed Pink and Orange
Greenery - Marsh Green and Olive Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of to use a punch
Cute as a Button - Anything goes
a2z Scrapbooking - Holidays (Halloween)
Digi Doodle - Black and/or pink (black for me)
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Spooky and/or cute
Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Mythical creatures (cats with wings!!)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes

Friday, 27 September 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a set of new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This set is called "Autumn Pumpkins".  

In this set you will get TWO greyscale images, "Pumpkin Pixie" and "The Perfect Pumpkin".
 This set is available at a special introductory price of $4.00 (original price of $5.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 3 October 2019.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Happy Birthday Son

Today is a special day as it is our youngest son's 23rd birthday.

When children become adults it can become hard to make cards for them.  I saw this digital kit from CraftsUPrint by Gillian Hutchinson called "You Old Dog" and thought this would be perfect.

In this set wonderful set you will get 7"x7" dog themed toppers, decoupage, a blank insert, text insert and lots of sentiments.

I have used a stone backing paper from my stash and some papers from Summertime Designs.  On the striped backing paper I stamped with a paw print clear stamp.

As the card did not need to be posted I printed off the main sheet three times so I managed to get 7 layers in all for the grumpy looking bulldog.

The card has been finished off with Glossy Accents put on the screw heads, stamped sentiment, "go fetch" sentiment stamp and then I die-cut the number "2" and "3" six times and glued it on top of each other to get some dimension.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of circles
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes (digital download from CraftsUPrint)
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes plus sentiment
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of thank you
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes

Friday, 20 September 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 20 September 2019

  Here is my weekly 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 "FALL/FALL COLOURS EG BROWN, ORANGE, RED AND GREEN".

The Design Team this week were challenged to "THINK PINK FOR BREAST CANCER".  

Here is my inspiration post with that theme.
 For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Flora and Fauna - Rose" (which comes in a set along with seven other images) and coloured the image in with Promarkers and used chalks for the background.

The backing papers are from The Works.

I have finished the card off with a doily, stamped sentiments and card candi.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Sandstone, Caramel and Khaki
Flowers/greenery - Dusky Pink, Sunkissed Pink, Coral, Leaf Green and Bright Green
Dress - Coral, Arctic Blue, Sky Blue and True Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
a2z Scrapbooking Monthly Challenge - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of circles
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Make my Monday - Colour Challenge
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Digital image
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes plus sentiment
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of thank you

Monday, 16 September 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of a set of new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This set of images is called the "Hello Autumn Set".  

In this set you will get three black-and-white images called "Autumn Harvest", "Autumn Falls" and "Autumn Breeze Fairy".
  It is at a special introductory price of $5.00 (original price of $7.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 22 September 2019.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 13 September 2019

 Here is my weekly 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 "FALL/FALL COLOURS EG BROWN, ORANGE, RED AND GREEN".

This week the Design Team were challenged to "BUTTERFLIES/INSECTS".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme.
I decided to go with the theme Autumn (which is our actual monthly blog challenge topic) as it sees the wildlife/greenery changing ready for the winter coming.  For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Ladybug" (this image comes in a set along with "Seahorse" and "Dragonflies").  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and I have inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Rusty Hinge distress ink.

The backing papers I have used from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut butterfly doily, butterfly border die-cut, ribbon, sentiment and die-cut ladybugs and butterflies which were die-cut and a chalk ink pad run over the embossing.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Ladybug - Red, Berry Red, Crimson, Buttercup, Lemon and Yellow
Flowers/greenery - Pumpkin, Spice, Burnt Orange, Berry Red, Leaf Green, Bright Green and Forest Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Dragonfly Dreams - Happy birthday
Pearly Sparkles - Add a ribbon and/or bow
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Daisy Chain - Autumn is coming
Classic DT Open Challenge - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Autumn
The Paper Funday - Photo inspiration
Aud Sentiments - Fall/Autumn + sentiment
Crafty Calendar - Add lots of layers
Crafty Friends - Photo inspiration - Autumn colours
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of Autumn colours
Di's Digi Designs - Hand coloured image
a2z Scrapbooking Monthly Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Sketchy Girls - Butterflies
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Autumn
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Dies and/or punches (dies used on this card)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Fall colours
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Embossing of any kind (embossing on all die-cuts)
Cardz 4 Galz - Autumn/Fall
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of sympathy