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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

* {Pin}spirational Challenges: Pretty Petals


Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is the start of a new challenge at 

{PIN}spirational Challenges.

Here is the inspiration photo for Challenge #198 which will run for 2 weeks 
(August 29th to Sept 11th).


Our sponsor this time is Miss Daisy Stamps and they are offering 4 digi stamps to the winner!



I was lucky to receive a Miss Daisy digital stamp to work with called Pretty Petals 2. Here is my card:



hope you'll pop over to 
to check out the gorgeous designs by the rest of the DT. 

We would love for you to take part in the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today. 
xoxo

I'd like to take part in these challenges:

Pammies Inky Pinkies #1735 AG 03/09
Digi Choosday #35 AG 05/09
TTCRD AG 05/09
Dream Valley #162 Use stamp or digi 09/09
Cards and More #192 AG 11/09


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Monday, 28 August 2017

* Vera Lane Studio: Tree Gal and Firefly Fairy

Hello Friends!


I'm here today to share my last August DT post for Vera Lane Studio. It's hard to believe it's September this week; this year is simply flying by!

Our monthly theme for August is 'Add Some Sparkle', and so I did just that!



Here is my first card - and yes ... it's a Christmas card! I used the wonderful Tree Gal and Countdown set for this one. I just love the sentiment, as I'm not into Christmas and all it's over-hyped commercialism, so this suits my mood just fine!



I coloured the image with marker pens, added glitter and fussy cut it. I made a background with Distress Oxides. I matted the background onto turquoise pearlescent card and added a wide strip of glitter tape, cut into a banner. The image was popped up on foam pads with some gold thread secured under her tree hat. The sentiment was cut into strips, inked and glued at jaunty angles! Some gold sequins and iridescent dot stickers finished off the card.



My second card was made with one of the Firefly Fairies
These little fairies are so small and delicate and beautiful.

 

Again I coloured the image with markers and made a Distressed Oxide background. The fairy has glittered wings. The sentiment is a wonderful inspirational statement and so this card can be used for any occasion. The background was mounted onto a black, pearly turquoise and glimmering gold mat before being taped to the card base.

  Tree Gal and Countdown                      Firefly Fairies 
   

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. It's such a friendly, fun place to be!
You'll find us on Facebook in a closed, supportive group, which I invite you all to join! 
You can find us HERE. There's always tons of fabulous inspiration!
I guarantee, you'll get a very warm welcome!




Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Kraftin Kimmie #23 Wonderful Wed 30/08
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG 01/09
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #348 01/09
CAGI  2 or More Embellies 01/09
That's Crafty Only Cards 01/09
Hiding In My Craftroom #315 Any holiday 02/09
Glitter 'n Sparkle #254 AG 03/09
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1735 AG 03/09
Dream Valley #162 Use stamp or digi 09/09

I'd really love some feedback :)      
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* Scrapbook Stamp Society: Bestie in a Barrel


Hello friends!


Today I'm sharing my DT project for Scrapbook Stamp Society

The challenge is Anything Goes.

The Winners and Runner-Ups will receive My Bestie digital stamps from a selection on offer.  For more details, please pop over to the challenge blog.


I have a very bright and cheery card for you today!



The image was coloured with Copics and cut with a stitched rectangle die. I made a mixed media background for her using Dylusion spray ink, modelling paste through a stencil and stamping.This mat was also cut with a stitched rectangle die and placed on top of some orange embossed card. I added a lovely ribbon banner and inked a Papermania glittered sentiment. Finally I added a ribbon bow.



I hope you'll pop over to the Challenge Blog and see the DT's fabulous projects.
We would love it if you'd share your work with us!


Thanks for stopping by today! 

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Moving Along With The Times #52 Letter B (Bestie in a Barrel) 30/08
Kraftin Kimmie #23 Wonderful Wed 30/08
Delicious Doodles Colours of Autumn 31/08
Jo's Scrapshack. #203 AG 01/09
Thats Crafty Only Cards 01/09
Little Miss Muffet #170 AG 07/09
Di's Digi Designs Bright Colours  08/09
Aloha Friday Challenges #102 Birthday 08/09



I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

* Gecko Galz: By the Shore 2


Hello Crafty Friends!


Today is my feature day on the Gecko Galz blog.
Please pop over to see the fabulous projects by the talented Design Team - there is also a free digital stamp to collect every few days.


I've kept with the 'By The Shorecustomer challenge theme for my projects. I hope you like them and are inspired to join in with the challenge - we would love to see your projects!

First up is a wall hanging which has a vintage look and reminds me so much of holidays by the seaside when I was a child: 



I made this from beer mats which had a natural wood-look background - perfect for my project! I cut paper from the By The Shore paper pack - distressed and inked the edges, and attached it to the centre of each mat, leaving the 'wooden' border.  Holes were punched into the mats, so they could be held together with hemp twine which was roughly knotted. Some hessian trim was added to each of the three 'canvases'. A selection of resized images from  Beachy Jewels  and the Seaside Splendour digital kit were fussy cut, inked and glued onto the mats, some with foam pads for added dimension.
Here's a closer look at all 3 panels:







This shows the dimension of the collages:


Next I made a decorated box and matching card:



Here is the box:



The box is papier mache - I gave it a coat of gesso and when dry, painted it with gold water based acrylic. The lid of the box was decorated with an ornate die cut circle and topped with an enlarged image from the  Beachy Jewels  Collage Sheet. I love how versatile these Jewel collage sheets are, now that I've learned how to resize them in Gimp. (I watched and learned from You Tube tutorials by the lovely Heather Hudson). I printed out two of the resized turtle images, so that I could add a second turtle and seashell on foam pads. I treated the turtle's shell and the seashell with Glossy Accents to make them shine. I randomly added some small ivory pearls and a border of shiny crystal gems. I love all the sparkle!



My final project is a card:



My card is very simple, using one of the images (SSI05) from the Seaside Splendour digital kit. The image was printed, cut and the edges distressed with scissors and inked with Vintage Photo DI. It was matted onto ivory card which was distressed and inked. This was popped on foam tape onto the background, made from layers of By The Shore paper and more ivory card.  Ivory organza ribbon was secured to the patterned paper and a row of crystal gems attached. Four crystals were placed on the image, one in each corner. I like the simplicity of this card.

My other 'By the Shore' card can be viewed here.



By The Shore                     Beachy Jewels              Seaside Splendour        



I hope you'll join our 'By The Shore' challenge. The winner gets a whopping $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.



The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product (this can be one of the freebies, so check back through the blog and also look at the freebies on the Pinterest page, or of course you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month.


Please hop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. Come and join us!

I'll be back on the 1st September with more Gecko Galz projects.
Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

Wall Hanging  
TTCRD AG 29/08
Corrosive Challenges #8 AG 31/08
Jo's Scrapshack #203 AG 01/09 TOP 3

Hiding in my Craftroom #315 Any Holiday 01/09
Crafty Cardmakers Under the Sea/At the Beach 03/09 TOP 5

The Crafty Addicts #39 AG 05/09
DL Art  TT#211 Vacation 14/09
Creative Fingers #135 AG 08/09

Decorated Box & Matching Card  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG 29/09 
Dragonfly Dreams Animals 31/08
Craft Rocket #40 Animal Kingdom 31/08
613 Avenue Create #200 AG/Shabby Chic 02/09 TOP 3
Making Memories #8 AG 08/09
A Snowflake's Promise #43 AG 09/09


I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

* If You Give A Crafter Cookie: Shopping Bestie


Hello friends!

Today is the start of a brand new challenge at 
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie.

I do hope you'll join us.

You can enter your projects until the 6th September.

As always, there is a photo inspiration, and here it is:



The wonderful sponsors this time are Sherri Baldy and Oddball Art, both are offering images to the lucky winner.

  

I used the beautiful Love to Shop Fluffy Bestie (Img 112) by Sherri Baldy on my card:



I chose a background of black and white striped glitter card and layered this onto a white mat and a pink mat. I attached some white lace to the left hand side of the card and attached the coloured and fussy cut image on foam pads. I made three flowers from white card, using a die. The flowers were coloured with Memento ink and water and given a spritz of gold Glimmer Mist. A chunky pearl was added to the centre of each flower. Some white card foliage was added. 





That's all from me for today. 
Now it's over to you...

Please pop over to the 
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie
challenge blog to check out the lovely designs by the rest of the DT. 


We would love for you to share your projects in the challenge! 

You could win digi stamps or become one of our 'Top Cookies'!

Thanks for stopping by today! 
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

*Pammies Inky Pinkies #1734 AG 27/08
Crafting by Designs Aug AG 29/08
Crafty Creations #348 AG 29/08
Day Dreamer Challenges #1 AG 29/08
The Paper Nest Dolls #7 AG 29/08
Penny's Challenges #343 AG 30/08
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG 01/09
Creative Moments #125 AG 03/09
The Crafty Addicts #39 AG 05/09
A Snowflake's Promise #43 AG 09/09


I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

To leave a comment, please click on the G+1 button below.
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