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Birthday Brights

C.R.A.F.T. Birthday Bloghop!

 
 
 
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!
 
Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 8 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can’t Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.
 
We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with several Guest Designers who join us for a month or a week at a time.
 
We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.
 
So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?
 
Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?
 
We all feature sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.
 
The sponsor on my blog is Lacy Sunshine Stamps.
And you can win 3 digital stamps of choice from Lacy Sunshine Stamps  by adding your name to the Inlinkz at the end of this post.
 
 
How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?
 
That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop, Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 17th of May 2017.
 
And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:
 
The rules this year are very simple:
1.      Make a project for this challenge and your entry will be put in the random draw for the prize by Sweet n Sassy.
2.      Visit the blogs of our DT and enter into their Inlinkz to be put in the random draw for the prize on their blog.
3.      The Top3 will again be chosen as every week as well.
4.      No sentences hunting this year I’m afraid.
 
 
You should have come here fromSheryl’s blog and as you can see your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. The start and finish of this blog hop are atCRAFT Challenge Blog.
 
And here is my project for this week, hope you like it.
 
 
Birthday Brights
 
 
 
And now for our Blog Hop route:
 
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
Susan (you are here now)
 
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)
 
 

Your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. We hope you have enjoyed our hop, you are very nearly at the end of it! Don’t forget to add your name to Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of winning the prize on my blog  

 

 

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Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid FantasyI simply love mermaids, and Ching Chou Kuiks are some of my all time favorites!! So, with the challenge theme over at the Ching Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog being Under the Sea, I just HAD to do another card up :)  For this card, I used Embrace the Ocean.  I was inspired by the cool tones of the color picture of this image in the store, so gave it a go to see what I could come up with.  I used my Prismacolor pencils for this, in tones of blue, purples and greys and enhanced the pearls with tiny bits of Stickles.  I’m not happy with how the colors show up on my picture, but it was taken in natural light, and I kept snapping away until my battery died :)  Anyways….I found a pretty DP for the background, and tore some fiber-y paper up to serve as a back drop for the image.  I cut the anchor and the waves with my Cricut, and topped the waves with Stickles as well.  I had the adhesive lace border kicking around in my stash for ages.  I tried a bunch of different colored ribbon, but figured that navy would be the best….and of course I didn’t have one speck of navy ribbon!!  I rummaged through my closet, and scored!! You know those ribbons on the inside of women’s tops??? Some very cool colors in there….and navy was the coolest color for today!!  Silver roses, some mauve and white flowers with blue pearl centres, glitzy mesh….stuff….from my flower arranging days (oh my, I have soooo much stuff that isn’t even related to cardmaking!!), and a silver seashell charm finished my card off just the way I wanted :)

I’m entering this into the following:

Ching Chou Kuiks Inspiration Challenge -April – Under the Sea

Easter Crocus

Happy Easter

Easter Crocus

Here is the one and only “real” Easter card that I made this year.  It was a DT make over at Come and Get It Challenges, but my blog was acting up, and not letting me on….and my brain was functioning about as well!!  For that challenge, we were kindly sponsored by Polkadoodles, which is where I got this adorable image from, Crocus, from the Darling Bud collection.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then added more shading and definition with my Prismacolor pencils.  I lightly stenciled a background in with Distress Inks.  I had a brain lapse with the edge….was thinking I could  just cut an edge border with the die I was using…nope, lol.  I pieced the edge in, and quite like the result of my boo boo!! Tied a big fluffy bow, and added the sentiment and a bunch of pearl accents to finish this card off.  Another pastel project…..what is coming over me??

I’d like to enter this in:

Deep Ocean Challenge - #152 Easter

Lovely Lilacs

Lovely Lilacs

Lovely LilacsGood morning :)  Here is a card I made with a beautiful lilac image from Aurora Wings.  Aurora Wings Challenge is currently having a sketch challenge, based on this sketch:

AW challenge 46 sketch

 I colored the image up with Prismacolors, then layered it up with a doily.  For the background, I stamped some script with white ink, and a swirly corner stamp was used with silver ink in the corner. Pieces of DP, matted with Silver mirror card were used for the other background elements.  I added ribbon, eyelet lace and some silver blings to finish the card according to the sketch guidelines.

I would like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Mod Squad Challenge Blog – Plant Kindness

Fab N’ Funky - #343 Flowers

Aurora Wings Challenge – #46 Sketch

Deep Ocean Challenge - #151 Flowers Everywhere

Daisy Chain Challenge – #6 Make It Feminine

Just.A.Note

Coloring!

Just.A.Note
Hi there!!  My card today has been travelling the world for a while, en route to Australia.  I made this for Alyce at Kit and Clowder, as a thank you for all the support and encouragement that she gives to us Clowdies!!! The image is from KennyK Stamps, and can be found HERE.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then matted the image on some paper that matched her jacket.  I die cut some teal flourishes with a Couture Creations die, and added some flowers to coordinate with the rest of the card.  Everything was put on an backing paper that we embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  A bit of sparkly ribbon, some blingy centres for the flowers, white gel pen accents, and a stamped sentiment finish this card off :)

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

The Ribbon Girl – March ATG Challenge

Simon Wednesday Challenge – For a Special Lady/Girl  (Alyce)

Morgan’s Artworld – #5 Include a Sentiment

Crafty Sentiments Challenge – ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of March 7-13

Flower Dancer

Flower Dancer

Flower Dancer

Hello there!! Today I have a card made with another gorgeous Aurora Wings image, Flower Ballerina .  I colored her with my Prismacolors, and when everything kept going well, my stress at screwing it up increased!! The detail in this beauty was almost too much for my old eyes! I managed to get it done, though, and set to assembling a card.  I thought the coloring was bad…..I can’t remember ever having so many issues putting a card together!! The papers I was intending on using just clashed terribly with the image colors, the dies I was going to use are lost in the mail somewhere, I didn’t have the flowers I wanted to use anymore…..blah blah.  I buckled down and got to work.  I die cut some sheer fabric out of a basic flower shaped die then heated the edges with my gun until they started to twist and curl….a bit of pink was added to the centers before I layered the flower shapes up with some pearl stamens.  I decided to go with some solid card stock instead of messing with the print that didn’t match, and added a few strips of cheesecloth, some pearls and pearl sprays.  Instead of matting the image, I punched one edge to bring some of the darker pink into the scheme of things.  I didn’t have a stamp for the sentiment I wanted, so I used 2.  I had to mask off some of the words, to leave the word “with”…..done that lots of times, what could be the problem???  Well, dummy me didn’t mask off the edge above and below the word, so right when I had everything all figured out, I had these 2 purple lines that weren’t supposed to be there!!! AAAARRRGGGHH!!  Love = heart :)  and some correction tape on the other boo boo.  I was glad to be finished, and extremely pleased with how it turned out, especially with all the issues I had.  I really think the finished product does justice to the beautiful image, and I hope the special lady who receives it loves it :)

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Aurora Wings Challenge - #44 ATG

In the Pink – #114 For a Special Lady

Brown Sugar Challenges – #240 ATG

Creative Corner – Girly Fun

Crafting With Friends – #38 ATG

Retirement Tulips

Spring Retirement

Hello!! It’s hard to believe that it’s March already!! It came in like a lamb here in Saskatchewan, so I hope this month doesn’t like up to the whole “in like a lion, out like a lamb” and vice versa thing!  We have a new challenge over at the C.R.A.F.T. challenge blog today, and this time it’s a sketch challenge, using a sketch by our fabulous DT member Sheryl :)

It’s a very versatile sketch that can be interpreted quite a few ways, as you can see, if you check out the amazing creations that the DT has made this week!!  We have 2 sponsors for our challenge:

    and   

And, seeing as how we are at the beginning of the month, it’s that time that we will be announcing our “Star of the Month”, which is sponsored by

Retirement TulipsI used a beautiful spring image from Sweet n’ Sassy for my card.  Nothing says spring quite like tulips do!!  I colored the image up with my SN markers.  The diagonal strip is a die cut, cut with a Memory Box die.  I added a little bee and some enamel dots, then stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Done!!  I hope you can stop by and have some fun with us, and try this sketch out!

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Polkadoodles - Week 8/9 ATG

Double D Challenge – Think Spring!

Crafty Sentiments – ATG

Artistic Inspirations – #173 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenge – #1709 ATG

 

Mushroom Imp

Mushroom Imp

Mushroom Imp

Hello!  Today I have this card that I made with this absolutely adorable image from Julia Spiri.  I colored her up using my Prismacolor pencils, then distressed the edges a bit. I’ve been trying to use some of the awesome stuff that I’ve been hoarding in my stash, and came across this leather look paper – so decided to give it a whirl on this card.  I added a few strips of lace, then found some leather cord to use as well. I dove into a flower jar and layered up some blossoms, which I added a gold pearl to each of the centres.  I found a little wooden ladybug and some adhesive metal squares to embellish the corners. Hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it :)

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations – Petals and Pearls

Deep Ocean = #149 Add Lace

Allsorts Challenge – Week 404 – Metal and/or Charms

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – Leather and/or Lace

Flowers for You

Flowers In Vase

Flowers for You

Hey there :) Today, I have a card made with the gorgeous freebie that Conie Fong gave to celebrate her first anniversary at her Etsy Store :) It’s been a while since I’ve done a project in my favorite color combo, and I thought the red, black and white using this image would be very striking…I believe I’m right :) I colored the image with my SN markers, then rummaged through my scraps, because I knew I had to have something in the colors I was looking for. I was right!! And the big bonus was that the polka dot papers were scraps from the same pad :) To bring in a bit more red into the mix, I cut a border with my new die from Joy Crafts.  I added a bit of ribbon and a sentiment to finish this off.

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge – #188, Your Favorite Color Combo

Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – Die Cuts &/or Punches

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #52 ATG

Pixie’s Playground – ATG with Snippets, weeks 269 & 270

Dies R Us – #68, Something New (the die)

Hydrangea Sprite

Hydrangea Heaven

Hydrangea SpriteWhen I saw the color combo for the them at the Aurora Wings Challenge, I knew that I had to participate! I love the purple green and gold colors of Mardi Gras!!  I was originally intending on doing  one of the pansy images I have up into a card, but I went shopping and found this beauty, and had to have her!! Big Eyed Hydrangea Sprite can be found here or here. I love shopping at the new Aurora Wings store, it’s so easy to get around!  I

I colored her up with my SN markers, and was so tickled with the finished result!! Let me tell you, I was holding my breath towards the end, hoping that I didn’t screw up!!  I found some shimmery gold card stock for the back, layered the image with a green scrap and a doily; then cut some light purple flourishes out with a die.  The bow and ribbon are actually 2 different ribbons, a sage green and a gold mesh.  Then I punched and punched and punched little flowers, that I added gold glitter centers to, and arranged around the image with some punched leaves.  A few gold dots and this card was finished!! :)

I’d like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #466 Florals

Southern Girls – #154 Nature Inspired

Kitty B’s Aloha Friday – #89 Flowers

Jo’s Scrap Shack – #177 ATG