Wednesday, 16 May 2018

One Sheet Wonder




Thank you to everyone who has joined in the first two challenges , and welcome to the third Challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond this fortnight  "One Sheet Wonder" we would like to see at least 2 cards made from a sheet of patterned 12 inch x 12 inch paper, there are lots of ideas on Pinterest which you can find here. You can use a double sided sheet or as I have done one side only. As I prefer mid to larger cards I made my own template, and managed to use every last piece of the sheet, the smallest areas being used to make the candles and hearts.




We would love you to join in, two cards are all you need to make, look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Hint of Summer to Come






Today's Challenge at Make My Monday was chosen by Janet and the theme she would like to see is a " Hint of Summer to Come". I have used an image from Paper Boutique, Butterfly Garden, When I start to see butterflies in the garden I know summer is just round the corner.


 Pop over to the Challenge Blog for some inspiration and see the fabulous makes there.


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Well Earned Rest




A second Christmas card today, this time a Simply Print image from Lili of the Valley , layered onto a mat and the card, lovely and simple.

Challenges

http://christmasatsweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-anything-christmas.html
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-challenge.html
http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-41-optional-thememake-it.html
http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-28-anything-christmas-goes.html
https://themerrychristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-19.html
http://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/j-and-k-are-for.html keep it simple
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/chnc-challenge-385.html

Let it Snow




I printed off a few House Mouse images when I had the CD Rom out last week and this is another card for the Christmas Box.Tags from Lili of the Valley, papers from Tonic and stash.


Challenges

http://christmasatsweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-anything-christmas.html
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-challenge.html
https://christmaswiththecuties.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-no-15-let-it-snow.html
http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-41-optional-thememake-it.html
http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-28-anything-christmas-goes.html
https://themerrychristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-19.html
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/chnc-challenge-385.html

Glamorous Art Deco


It's Margaret's choice this week at CD Sunday and she has chosen the theme "Art Deco". This image is from Craft's U Print and the backing paper from Ooh-la-la Shawn Jenkins CD.

Head on over to the challenge and see the other DT cards then please join us, as long as you use an element from a CD and name the CD you used you will be eligible for a top 3 pick and a prize from Margaret I look forward to seeing your creations.

Remember the challenges are also posted  on Facebook as well

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Magical Woodland





This month at Crafty Calendar we are sponsored by All Dressed Up, and Wild Orchid Crafts and our theme is "Things with Wings" I have used the cute fairy Magical Woodland from All Dressed Up, colouring her with Promarkers.







Do drop in to be inspired the DT cards for this month, hope to see you there.


Challenges

http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-358-anything-goes-with-option.html

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Using a Craft CD






Welcome to our second Challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond, our challenge today is to use a Craft CD, I have several CD's which I turn to regularly, they offer a huge choice of images and papers. I have used Joanna Sheen's House Mouse CD 's in this post. The sentiments are from TLC

You can use the images in different ways, simply print off the page as it appears on the CD example below,or select a single image from the sheet, import it into your photo editing or graphics programme and use it from there, I often resize the images and add sentiments to them before I print them. I have shown a couple of examples of cards, some with backing papers and smaller images, others where the image is much larger.



 as page appears on Cd 




another example demonstrating the different looks you can achieve  










I hope you will join in with us , and look forward to seeing your cards.



Challenges


http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/week-465-all-about-pets.html
http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/hmfmc-265-anything-goes-or-lets-be.html
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-57.html
http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/include-animal-challenge.html
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/qkr-stampede-challenge-293-anything-goes.html

Monday, 30 April 2018

Embossing




It's my choice for the challenge at Make My Monday today and I would love to see your embossed creations wet or dry. I have used a Tattered Lace corner folder  and a sentiment that was free with a magazine. 

 Pop over to the Challenge Blog for some inspiration and see the fabulous makes there.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunshiney Day





It's Wynn's choice of Challenge at CD Sunday this morning, and she has chosen Any thing Goes, no excuses not to enter this challenge you can pick any topic at all.

Head on over to the challenge and see the other DT cards then please join us, as long as you use an element from a CD and name the CD you used you will be eligible for a top 3 pick and a prize from Wynn, I look forward to seeing your creations.

You can now enter on our face book page if you don't have a blog.



Challenges

http://asnowflakespromise.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-50.html
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/tuesday-throwdown-389-anything-goes.html
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-49/
http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-145.html
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-57.html

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The First Challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond, Matting and Layering



Many thanks to Caz who asked me to join her new challenge blog, Back to Basics and Beyond, please pop over and join our first challenge.

The aim of this blog is to provide inspiration for techniques which may not be being used, they are either not known, especially to beginners, or have been forgotten by seasoned crafters. It is intended for those who play along, to use the same technique as that described in the challenge.

Our first challenge is matting and layering. The technique is quite simple, build up your chosen image onto other papers or coloured card, that forms the mat, you can cut your mat to any size you wish, leaving a narrow or wide border around your image. 

This time around I have made a one layer card. I prefer a narrow mat, which you can see on my completed card. I have deliberately left my card without embellishment, so that the matting and layering can be easily seen.






image with 2 sizes of mat

image on large mat
image on narrow mat




 image on 2 sizes of mat


The basic shaped mats can be cut with a paper trimmer, guillotine or dies, When using a paper trimmer or guillotine make sure that you cut from a square edge to ensure you cut your mat perfectly, purchased paper and cards should have perfect 90 degree angles.

I hope you will join in our challenges, pop over to the blog to see cards from Jane and Caz.


Challenges

http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-80.html
http://crazychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/chh-272-spring.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/april-challenge-springtime.html
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/69-springtime.html
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-56.html
http://cardmaniachallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/cmc103-spring.html

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Birthday Celebrations at CD Sunday




It's our  8th birthday, and we have a special Birthday Challenge at CD Sunday this morning, and we would love to see a birthday card using our the sketch below.

                   
                               


 There are 2 special prizes for this challenge, a set of Chameleon Pens from Carol and a Tonic Die from Pamela.





Head on over to the challenge and see the other DT cards then please join us, as long as you use an element from a CD and name the CD you used you will be eligible for a top 3 pick and one of the Birthday prizes  I look forward to seeing your creations.

You can now enter on our face book page if you don't have a blog.


My card may not appear to be a Birthday card, but is for someone with a great sense of humour, here is the inside.





Challenges

http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/week-463-spring-flowers-or-showers.html
http://thecraftyaddicts.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-47.html
https://alphabetchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/b-for-bears.html
https://dragonflyjourneys.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-no-116-april-showers-bring.html
http://fairytale-challengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/191-aprilwetter-raining-cats-and-dogs.html
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/209-water.html

Monday, 2 April 2018

Blue Tits




Today's Challenge at Make My Monday was chosen by Amy and she would like to see "Things with Wings". I have used  an image from Pollyanna Pickering's Wild Birds Cd chosen as we have blue tits nesting in the garden again this year, last year we had 2 bird boxes where they  reared their young successfully, I hope we are as lucky this year, it was lovely to watch them emerge from the bird box for the first time, hesitating before eventually flying a short distance.

 Pop over to the Challenge Blog for some inspiration and see the fabulous makes there.

Challenges

https://creative-crafting-world.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-winner-blog-challenge.html?m=0
http://cardmaniachallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/cmc103-spring.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-102-spring-is-in-air.html
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/276-spring-or-easter.html
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-56.html

Sunday, 1 April 2018

No Patterned Papers






It's my choice for the challenge at CD Sunday today, and I would like you to create a card, bag, tag or any item without using patterned papers.

 Remember you must use something from a Cd and to let us know which Cd you used in order to win a prize or be in the top 3. Please visit the Challenge Blog and take a peek at the team's cards, look forward to seeing your creations there.

You can now enter on our face book page if you don't have a blog.

We have  Lilac tree just outside the conservatory which blooms in early Spring filling the room with the most beautiful scent it is a purple lilac and purple lilacs symbolise the first emotions of love.


Challenges


http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/favourite-flower-why.html the beautiful scent
http://cardmaniachallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/cmc103-spring.html
http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-79.html
http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/spring-flowers.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/march-challenge.html
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-48/
http://thecraftyaddicts.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-46.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-523-add-quote.html
http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-208-spring-flowers.html
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-56.html
http://craftyfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-80-and-winner-of-challenge-79.html

Monday, 19 March 2018

Easter Fun




Today's Challenge at Make My Monday was chosen by Sue and she would like to see some Easter fun. I have used oval and circular  dies with an embossing folder and free sentiment stamp, I'll make some more in other colour combinations for the children on the school bus.


 Pop over to the Challenge Blog for some inspiration and see the fabulous makes there.

Challenges

http://crafting-with-dragonflies.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/100-easter-cards.html
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-215-easter-time.html
http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-366-easterspring.html
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-459-15th-of-march-animals.html
http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/favourite-easter-character-and-why.html rabbits just because they are cute
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-521-celebrate.html
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/qkr-stampede-287-anything-goes.html
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/276-spring-or-easter.html
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/67-easter.html
http://do-allkreatives.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/15-fruhling-ostern-0103-bis-3103.html
https://dragonflyjourneys.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-no-114-bunnies-chicks-ducks.html
http://stampsfun-creativity.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/ch320-fruhling-spring.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-102-spring-is-in-air.html

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Rabbit, Rabbit





Today our challenge at CD Sunday was chosen by Pamela, Easter is approaching fast now and rabbits often appear on Easter cards. I have used and image from Joanna Sheen's The Gruffies & Happy Hoppers but you could feature a pet or wild rabbit .

Head on over to the challenge and see the other DT cards then please join us, as long as you use an element from a CD and name the CD you used you will be eligible for a top 3 pick and a prize from Pamela, I look forward to seeing your creations.



Challenges


http://crafting-with-dragonflies.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/100-easter-cards.html
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-215-easter-time.html
http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-366-easterspring.html
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-459-15th-of-march-animals.html
http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/favourite-easter-character-and-why.html rabbits just because they are cute
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-521-celebrate.html
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/qkr-stampede-287-anything-goes.html
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/276-spring-or-easter.html
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/67-easter.html
http://do-allkreatives.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/15-fruhling-ostern-0103-bis-3103.html
https://dragonflyjourneys.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-no-114-bunnies-chicks-ducks.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-102-spring-is-in-air.html