Monday, 21 January 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 83 Belated Birthday

Hi everyone,

It's challenge time again over at Crafty Cardmakers and our challenge to you today is to create a card for a belated birthday, and is hosted by our lovely Kim. She had this to say about her challenge:-

As I am always notoriously late with sending my cards it seems appropriate for me to choose a Belated Birthday challenge. Any image, Stamped or Digi, will do but your card MUST include a sentiment indicating that the card is for a belated Birthday, for example - Sorry I missed it, Have a very Happy Unbirthday, Better late than never, Your birthday came, your birthday went, here's the card I should have sent!!

So see what you can come up with to amuse us, or just a straightforward belated birthday wishes will do, but remember it does need a sentiment as outlined above to qualify. 

I am sorry to nag again but a reminder is necessary I fear to also follow our general rules for our challenges which are over there >>>>>>>>> at the top of out right hand sidebar. 

Because sadly we are still getting people who do not follow the rules and it is unfair on those of our entrants who do I shall be deleting those that do not follow the general or particular challenge rules. 

ALSO from now on if any prize is not claimed by the Sunday before the next challenge goes live it will be forfeit. Because we are not a prize draw blog and because our Hostess works hard choosing the winner/winners we don't have the time to go back and do it all again, so any prize unclaimed by the end of the challenge after which it was announced will be lost. So you will have just under two weeks from when I make the winners post on the Monday to claim it. 

We are sponsored for this challenge by Milk, Coffee Digital Stamps
with 5 images for our winner

Milk Coffee Stamps is a digital image shop specialising in cute and girly images. We provide high quality digital images with high resolution so you could resize at a big enough size for your project. We have many different image styles; sophisticated lady, cute girl, whimsical image, cute stuff, fairytale creature, and many other varied themes so they can fit many different crafting styles.
and also by Sir Stampalot

So, onto my take on the challenge.

I have made a card for my best mate's son's 12th birthday....I normally have trouble with boy cards but this idea came to me quite easily for a change

I have made a pocket card to hold a gift card.

I have used an embossing folder for the background, inked over with Weathered Wood and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. The pocket was cut by hand, inked over with the distress inks and faux stitching added with a white gel pen. The pocket was attached to the main card with brads to look like rivets and the 'Belated Birthday Wishes' sentiment was attached behind the pocket.

That's all for now, why not take a look over at the challenge blog and see the creations of my fab team mates.

Thanks for looking, back again soon xx

Monday, 7 January 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 82 Fairytale Make a Scene

Happy New Year everyone!!

It's challenge time again over at Crafty Cardmakers and our challenge this fortnight is to create a fairytale scene:

 We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are ofering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, in the shop or if you're lucky enough to see them at a show!  They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty tastebud. 

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.

I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself. This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

I have to confess to having a secret fascination with mermaids (hence the name of my blog) and so a card made for my good friend's daughter's 9th birthday fitted the challenge:

I have used a very cute Lili of the Valley image coloured with ProMarkers. The background is inked with distress inks to look like the sea. I have highlighted with stickles and embellished with shells cut using a Marianne die. The frame was die cut using a spellbinders die and embossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder. A pretty bow, sentiment and pearls complete this girlie card.

Hope you like it!

Please take a look at the challenge and maybe have a go yourself

That's all for now, back again soon  xx