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Sunday, 27 December 2015

CRAFTY ADDICTS FACEBOOK GROUP #2



The theme for this challenge is ANYTHING GOES - with the option LET IT SNOW

Our sponsor for this challenge is
LACY SUNSHINE 


For this challenge it had to be one last Christmas card. I love Christmas and all the wintry scenes that go with it. All white and the lovely red of the Poinsettias and the green of the Holly.

So this is what I decided to do for my DT inspiration post.
A typical Christmas card with all the above named elemnents.


This is a cutting file for my Silhouette Cameo that I purchased some time ago from  
CRAFTS U PRINT
 It is a design by a lady called LYNN SIMMS. She makes some beautiful card files at very reasonable prices. I love her files.

So I started off and cut out the base card in red cardstock. I folded this along the score line making a DL card and turned it on its side.
Then I cut a layer in a red marble effect cardstock and finally the top white fancy layer.
I matted and layered the white card to the marble effect red card then adhered the mat to the red base card.
I have some very pretty papers from MAJA DESIGN which I purchased from LIVE AND LOVE CRAFTS another place I love to shop for my stash.
I wrapped some gold ribbon around a long thin piece of card across the top of the white mat then I arranged holly leaves, fern and little rolled acorns all cut out on my Cameo. These came as part of the card file. I placed a piece of the gold ribbon in the centre of the leaves and fern and added a deep red burlap and paper Poinsettia on top of the gold ribbon.
I cut out a SEASONS GREETINGS sentiment in the marble red card, some Holly in the bottom right corner and a snowy scene small picture tilted at an angle to the bottom left corner.

I think this card has a very pretty effect.
I hope you like what I did and will gain some inspiration from it.
Please consider joining in with our challenge. Wew ould love to see you!

Thank you for visiting me today and come back very soon.

Have a lovely day!
Mary
xx


 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

2 CRAFTY GIRLS #9


The theme for this challenge is
WINTER BLUES
And our lovely sponsors are

Christmas is fast approaching and there is still lots to do!
I chose to create a very simple card for this challenge.
(The boxes in the front are just for the photograph)
 
  
I coloured the image 'WINTER WALK' using Spectrum Noir markers.
I cut roughly around the outside leaving a background...I dotted some light grey spots around, added some glue and sprinkle some glitter over it.
I used a basic card in white and covered the front with a nordic style paper.
I added the image to the bottom half of the card and put a couple of heart embellishments to each side.
At the top I added a sentiment which I added at an angle. On the other side I put a tag embellishment.
You can decorate your cards very effectively with embellishments of all shapes and sizes.

I hope you like what I did and will gain a little inspiration from it.
Id like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and my very best wishes for 2016.

I hope you will take a moment or two to visit our other DT blogs. They have some amazing projects to share.
Thank you for stopping by today and we hope you will join us in the challenge.
We look forward to seeing your lovely creations!

Happy crafting!

Mary
DT member

Monday, 21 December 2015

CREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE #54


The Theme for this Challenge is....
ADD SOME SPARKLE

And our sponsor is LACY SUNSHINE 
Huge thanks to Lacy Sunshine!


Prize for this challenge is..
3 DIGI IMAGES of the winners choice!

So my DT inspiration this time around.
I decided on something simple.

I used the image EMILY SPRING LADYBUGS from LACY SUNSHINE.
So I made a birthday card...Christmas cards are always pretty but there comes a time when we have to move away from the Season.

So for my card I used a dark blue base card.
I matted and layered 2 pieces of card from a pretty paper pad in my stash. I tied a piece of contrast blue ribbon around the mats before adhering it to the main card.
The image turned out quite good I thought (I am a colouring novice Im afraid so not perfect).
I put this on to the card with foam pads to give it some depth.
In the top left corner I put a tini pennant banner across the corner and in the top right I added a blue sparkly gem.
I made a small bow (getting quite good at this even if I do say so myself) in the same blue ribbon as the piece I put round the mats.
Above that I placed a Birthday sentiment tag and below it I placed another blue sparkly gem.

I think it made a pretty Birthday card!
But then Im biased :)

Please consider paying a visit to our other DT members blogs for more inspiration.

We hope very much you will join us for this challenge and we look forward to once seeing some lovely creations.

Have a lovely day and my very best wishes to you for Christmas and the New year!
Happy crafting!

Mary x
 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

2 CRAFTY GIRLS #8


Well here I am again with another DT inspirational post!
This time for the reopening challenge at 2 CRAFTY GIRLS
A lovely lady Jade Morrison has reopened this blog and restarted the challenges. So a huge thank you to Jade for this and all her hard work getting this off the ground.

The theme is ANYTHING GOES and our lovely sponsor this time around is

So my first DT inspirational post for this lovely team.


I started off with a dark blue blank base.
I chose the image HEARTS WITH RIBBON from PATTIES CREATIONS.
I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir markers, cut around it and coloured the background a blue/grey colour. White was too much.
I added a square piece of patterened background paper to the centre of the card as a mat, leaving a piece of the base card showing at either side.
I added a sentiment topper to the left side of my card and the coloured image to the right side.
At the top left of the coloured image I added 2 stars and at the bottom right corner I added a sparly gem. Above the sentiment topper I added a triple loop bow in black & white gingham.
Everything to make this card came from my stash.

I hope you like my little bit of inspiration to you and it will give the encouragement to come and join in the fun with us. We would love to see your creations!
Please also take a look at our other DT members and see what they have created too.

Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!

Mary xx


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS #116

CHALLENGE #116

THEME IS 'XMAS...ANYTHING BUT A CARD'

Our sponsors for this challenge are

ALL DRESSED UP





 
 
 The prizes for this challenge are.....
(ALL DRESSED UP STAMPS)
2 DIGI IMAGES
(PPINKYDOLLS)
3 DIGI IMAGES
(AURORA WINGS)
$10 WORTH OF IMAGES

Prizes well worth winning!!

 So this challenge is CHRISTMAS with ANYTHING BUT A CARD.
Wow so much you can make!
So I chose to make this.....



 A cute Christmas Decoration.
I purchased the cutting file from the Silhouette Design Store.
Its 3 small 'petal' shaped gift boxes on a tray with tiny Christmas decorations attached with twine.
I made the boxes in red, green and white and alternated the same colours for the decoration tags and the small letter toppers on the front.
I used red, green and white jute to tie the decorations.
The small tray I made with some Christmas paper stock from my stash. 
I cut out the base tray twice and stuck them together using double-sided tape.

I coloured the HOLLY SPRITE image from AURORA WINGS using Spectrum Noir markers.
I fixed her to the tray behind the centre box using small 3D sticky pads so she would 'stand up'.
I think she turned out kinda cute! 

I hope you like what I did and will gain some inspiration from it.
It is up to you now. So come and join us and maybe win yourself some prizes.

And you can also visit the rest of the team and see what inspiration they have done for you.
We have a very talented team of crafters!

Have a lovely day and thank you for visiting my blog today.

Mary xx
   

Monday, 7 December 2015

CREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE #53

Good morning!
Here we are with another challenge at CREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE.
We have two lovely sponsors yet again and I would like to thank to them for allowing the DT to use their images for this challenge. I hope we did them justice.

Our theme this challenge is ANYTHING GOES
and
Our sponsors for this challenge are
KARLEIGH SUE


The prize for this challenge is...
4 DIGI IMAGES.

I decided to make a box for my DT inspiration for this challenge.
I used ITS MY BIRTHDAY and coloured it using Spectrum Noir Markers.


I made the base box in white and covered the top in a pretty paper.
I placed the coloured image on the right side with foam pads for a 3D effect.
In the top left corner I added a pretty flower from SCRAP & CRAFT one of my favourite places for purchasing my craft stash.
Underneath the flower I added a sentiment again placed with foam pads.
In the centre of the box I placed a self-adhesive sparkly flourish from my stash.

I hope you like what I did and get some inspiration from it.
Happy crafting! and hope you will join us for this challenge.


Mary
xx

Please visit some of our other DT members for more inspiration. 
They are a fantastic team of crafters!
 Now, it's your turn. Why not make something for the Christmas holiday.
There are fabulous prizes to win!
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

LETS CREATE & CRAFT #108

The theme is CHRISTMAS!

For my DT inspiration this challenge I chose to make a card that was a little whimsical maybe....
I used some cute images I printed out from a CRAFTERS COMPANION INSPIRATION cd I have..
it has some lovely Nordic style images and papers on it.


I made a 5x7 blank from white cardstock.
I covered the front with  green patterned paper I printed from the cd also.
Inside I covered with a piece of blue card from my stash.
I printed a sheet of toppers from the cd and cut out a Santa & reindeer one.
I added this to the front of the card with sticky pads.
In the bottom right corner I added a bow I made using 'Merry Christmas' ribbon from my stash.
I didnt think it needed anything else adding.

I hope you will get some inspiration and ideas from my card.
Happy crafting! and we hope you will join us for this challenge.
Please visit our other DT members for more inspiration.

Mary DT member x
 

Friday, 27 November 2015

CRAFTY ADDICTS FACEBOOK GROUP #1

CHALLENGE #1

THEME FOR THIS CHALLENGE IS 'SAY IT WITH FLOWERS'
AND OUR SPONSOR IS 'A DAY FOR DAISIES'

I am really happy to be a part of this new Design Team and would like to thank Abbie and Helen for inviting me. I hope it is a great success. So come along and join in the challenges. There will be some lovely prizes to be won.

For this challenge our lovely sponsors are A DAY FOR DAISES and they are offering a $12 gift card for their shop. 
Our other sponsor STARSTAMPZ are offering 2 digi images.

It is the turn of Abbie's Allstars Team to post our inspiration projects for this challenge.

So on to my card.
The image I chose to use for this challenge is....

So here is my inspiration card...


I used a nice Xmas red card from my stash to make the base card blank.
I put a die cut topper from a paper pad from STUDIO LIGHT in my stash.
In the border on the left of the topper I placed the coloured Christmas Bells image.
I put it on with sticky pads to give it a 3D effect.
In the top right corner I placed a small sentiment, a bow tied from some gold coloured cord and placed a paper Poinsettia on top.
In the bottom right corner I placed a die cut snowflake from the same paper pad as the topper.
In the centre I put a pice of handmade holly.


On the inside of the card I put a strip of music sheet paper across the centre.
In the top left corner I placed a gold bow and underneath the music sheet I placed a heart sentimnet from the Studio Light paper pad.

I hope you like what I did and find some inspiration from it.

Happy crafting and we look forward to seeing you in our challenge!

Mary
xx

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS #115


THEME IS 'BRR...ITS COLD OUTSIDE'

Good morning and welcome to our challenge at Crafting For All Seasons
Our sponsor for this challenge is THAT CRAFT PLACE.
The prize is 3 images from THAT CRAFT PLACE
The image I used for my inspiration card is 'LET IT SNOW'
And here is what I did with it....


I made a 5x7 card blank then printed out a background paper from a Crafters Companion CD which had part of 'Romany Christmas' on it. The paper was 7x7 so I turned the card blank on its side and adhered the background paper to it that way. A small piece was above the fold in the card.
I took  some tags from a Nordic Christmas paper pad in my stash and adhered one to to the top left corner at an angle. The other I placed in the bottom left corner. I placed a self adhesive clear gem to the top of the bottom tag and another to the top of a tree in the background paper. I made a small bow from some blue & white striped ribbon in my stash and put tht at the left side of the card.
I placed the coloured image to the right side of the card.
She originally had some snowballs as part of the image but unfortunately I cut them off when I was cutting out the image so I improvised and used tiny pieces of a cotton wool ball and stuck them on the card for snowballs.
I tied a small just bow to the top of the tag placed at the top of the card.

I hope you like what I did and find a little inspiration from it.
I look forward to seeing your entries into our challenge.

Happy crafting!
Mary x

Saturday, 21 November 2015

CREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE #52

Theme is CHRISTMAS and our sponsor is PPINKYDOLLS


The prize for this challenge is
3 DIGI IMAGES OF YOUR CHOICE
so come along and join in the fun!
This is my DT inspiration for this challenge.


I cut a 6x6 card blank from red card I had in my stash.
I cut a piece slightly smaller in a red spotted card to make a mat for the front of the card and also for the inside.
I coloured the 'ELF AND SNOWMAN' image, which can be purchased from Ppinkydolls shop HERE, using my Spectrum Noir markers. I cut around the image leaving a narrow border which I coloured in a soft grey. I am only just starting with colouring so its not perfect lol.
I had a short piece of Xmas ribbon which I stuck to the top left corner but made it so it was away from the card in the middle.
I stuck the image to the card using sticky pads to raise it off the card slightly...I tied some green, red and white jute twine to make a bow and stuck that to my card with glue. On top I added a poinsettia paper flower. In the top right and bottom left corners I put 3 pieces of Holly in each corner.

I hope you find some inspiration from my card.
 Look forward to seeing your creations in the challenge!

Happy crafting!!
Mary x


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS #114

Theme is EMBOSSING
and our sponsor is

he prize for this challenge is 3 images from our sponsors store so come along and join in the fun!
I decided to make a tag for my DT project and use a Scrappers Delight image I already had.


I love Christmas and Poinsettias so this image was perfect.
Ive not done a lot of colouringbut I was really pleased with how this turned out.

First I cut out a tag shape, on my Silhouette Cameo, using Kraft card. I cut it out twice and stuck them together using double-sided sticky tape. I prefer it to glue for some projects.
I covered the back of the tag in some Xmas looking stripey paper from my stash.
I always have lots of little bits of left over card I can use for small bits for a card.
Next I covered the front in a green Xmas themed paper and stuck it again with double-sided tape.
I then cut half a tag out on my Cameo in a red embossed card and stuck that to my tag in the same way as before.
I then added a small laser cut Xmas bauble with red and green twine threaded through the top. I placed this at an angle in the bottom right corner, the twine I fastened under the petals of the Poinsettia.

I coloured the Poinsettia using Spectrum Noir pens with these colours...
FLOWER PETALS: 
DR7, DR6, DR4, CR11, CR6
LEAVES:
JG6, DG3, DG4, CG4, LG5
CENTRE:
OR1, LY3
In the bottom left corner I placed a small printed Xmas sentiment.
In the top right corner I put a red heart on a peg and through the hole in the top of the tag I threaded a piece of red ribbon and tied a knot.
Everything I used came from my own stash.
I hope you like what I did and will come along and join in our challenge.
I hope too my project will give you lots of inspiration.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your creations.

Happy crafting!  
Mary xx



Saturday, 7 November 2015

CREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE #51

THEME IS - ANYTHING GOES

SPONSORED BY ALL DRESSED UP


Hello - Im here today to share my CCC DT contribution with you.
I hope it gives you a little inspiration and encouragement to join in with our challenge.
With Christmas coming up there are so many different creations to make!
I chose a card for this pretty image 3 LITTLE CHRISTMAS GIRLS from All Dressed Up.

  
I coloured her outfit in blue, on her hat and dress fur I put some glitter...
After I coloured her I used my Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight to die-cut around the image.
I used an A4 piece of dark blue card to make a 6 x 61/2 base card. 
I cut a mat from some gorgeous papers I have in my stash, Glistening Season from Pion.
I added this to my base card at a slight angle to the left...on top of that I placed the mat with the coloured image at a slight angle to the right. 
In the bottom right corner I added some pale blue sticky pearls and a piece of handmade holly.
In the bottom left corner I added some dried flower stems and a white poinsettia to make a small bouquet embellishment. I love flowers!
I cut out a Xmas greeting in blue mirror card and placed it in the top left corner and added another piece of holly right below it.

On the inside of my card I cut another piece of Glistening Season paper, this time a piece with writing on. In the top right corner I added a small vintage style Xmas tag at an angle and in the opposite corner a winter scene stamp.  

I hope you like what I did and that you will visit our other DT members blogs also.

Happy crafting and look forward to seeing you join us!
Mary x

The list below are some of the places I purchased the items to make this card and lots more of the other crafty goodies in my craft stash.
 
 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

LETS CREATE & CRAFT #107

CHALLENGE #107

Theme is...
 LOTS OF BLING

Good morning!
I am here today to share my DT card for Lets Craft and Create Challenge #107.
The theme for this challenge is LOTS OF BLING.
I hope you like what I did.


I scored and folded in half an A4 piece of kraft card to make my card base.
I cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller and stuck this to the front of my card.
I put a ribbon slider on some wide brown ribbon and placed it near to top..I stuck the top and bottom ends of the ribbon to the inside of my card using double-sided tape.
I added self-adhesive bling flourish to the right side of my card.
In the centre I placed a large coloured daisy with some gold twists and glued them in place with some 3D glue gel. I added a gold bow just underneath the flower.
In the top right corner I put a few self-adhesive clear bling around the corner then added a small sentiment just below it.

 Inside of my card.
I cut out another contrasting base, scored and cut it in half to cover the inside of my card.
It also covered the ends of the ribbon I had stuck to the inside.
I did not add much to the inside, just a small stamp image that I cut out from the paper pad I used.
To make this card I used the following....
Self adhesive bling flourish from WANT 2 SCRAP
Brown ribbon, daisy, gold ribbon (for bow), clear self-adhesive bling, sentiment...all from my stash.
Paper pad was Couture Creations Vintage Rose Garden...beautiful papers.
These can be purchased in the UK.
So I hope you like my bit of inspiration for this challenge and that you will stop by all the other designers blogs and see their creations too!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope we will see you joining in with us.

Happy crafting!

Mary xx

Would also like to enter this in the following challenges....

Crafting Musketeers - Anything But Square
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - Birthday
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes

Please visit our other DT members


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS #113



CHALLENGE #113 

Good morning to you all!
I have been really honoured to be asked to join the Design Team at
CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS
Today is my first inspiration post and I am really happy to be a part of this team.

The theme for today is ALL DRESSED UP/GIRLY and the sponsor is


ALL DRESSED UP STAMPS
So here is the card I made for this inspiration post.

I made a 6 x 6 card blank from blue card in my stash.
I cut two pieces of patterned card to cover the front and inside the card.
Inside I added a small gift tag with a contrasting pretty pattern and added a piece of blue ribbon with a knot tied in it and adhered it to the inside.

On the front I added the image from ALL DRESSED UP.
I coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Pens and adhered it to a piece of plain blue card the same as the card blank. I put some silver border peel offs around the edges to take away the plainess of the card.
I added distress ink to the edges of a sentiment and adhered it to the front of the card with sticky pads to lift it up slightly.
I adhered a blue bow to the bottom right corner and a cream lacy flower to the top right corner.

I look forward to seeing all your entries and wish everyone the very best of luck.
I hope you find my inspiration useful.
As always take care and happy crafting!

Mary x

Our other DT members are


Erin
Barb
Carla
Helen
Pauline
Sue
Veronique

Please visit their blogs too.

Would also like to enter this in the following challenge/s

ALL DRESSED UP CHALLENGE #43 Anything Goes
PETAL LU Anything Goes
LITTLE PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS Anything Goes
7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND CHALLENGE #137 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

CREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE #50

CHALLENGE #50

 - Anything Goes
Sponsor for this challenge is THE CUTTING CAFE







I made 2 step cards for this challenge...I couldnt decide which I preferred lol.
This is the first time I have made a step card.
So here are my cards....

 The first card I cut out the base using a pretty paper from a pad 'The Cricket on the Hearth'
Its a gorgeous paper design from Galeria Papieru which I purchased from SCRAP & CRAFT
The toppers were another pretty paper in my stash but this time from LIVE & LOVE CRAFTS
These are two of my favourite places for purchasing additions to my stash.
The poinsettias, holly and gold twine were from my stash also.

This base for the second card was also cut out from the same paper pad as the first.
I used a fabric poinsettia and chipboard bell from LIVE & LOVE CRAFTS
The 'Merry Xmas' sentiment, tag and First Day of Christmas border are from Graphics45 Xmas Carol & 12 Days of Xmas paper pads. I love G45 papers.
The red twine is from my stash.

I hope you like what I did and I hope you will come and join in the fun with us.

Why dont you stop by the other designers blogs and see what they did too.

Anet
Anneke
Annie
Cindy C
Cindy V
Eileen
Fikreta
Helen
Jen
Judy
Lyn
Maryvonne 
Monika
Sonia
Ursula
Wendy

Hugs
Mary DT
(Ameera Crafts)

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

CRREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE #49


Sponsor for this challenge is LACY SUNSHINE.
 The theme for this challenge is Favourite Combo.

For my DT sample this challenge I used BUBBLES JOLLY ELF which can be purchased HERE


I coloured the image using Spectrum Noir Alchohol markers (sorry forgot to note colour numbers)
I used a red shimmer card from my stash for the base of the card and lined it with white card.
I cut out some white poinsettias on my Silhouette Cameo and added a pearl flat back to the centre.
I cut out some holly leaves in a green patterned paper from my stash.
I added a 'Merry Christmas' peel off to the top corner.
All the embellishments I used came from my stash.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to enter our challenge and I look forward to seeing all your creations.
Be sure to visit our other DT members to see their inspiration creations too.

Jen 
Judy 
Lyn 
Wendy 









 

DRAGONS LAIR FAN GROUP CHALLENGE

Today Im sharing my card for DRAGONS LAIR FANS GROUP challenge.
The challenge was to make anything using a verse stamp.....
This is what I came up with....

I layered 4 different card designs from my stash...
I put the verse onto a piece of white card and layered it onto plain red card. I added some silver peel off borders around the edge of the verse card and put some holly in the bottom corner.
Then I added a vinatge Santa picture from my stash, cut out a half Xmas tree from the Couture Stylish Xmas Collection from Create & Craft.
Lastly I added a fabric poinsettia from Petaloo.

Mary x

Monday, 5 October 2015

LETS CREAT & CRAFT #106

CHALLENGE #106

Sponsor for this challenge is THE CUTTING CAFE

http://www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/
 The theme for this challenge is Ribbon or Twine.

For my DT sample this challenge I used
HOT AIR BALLOON CARD
which can be purchased from THE CUTTING CAFE website.


I cut the file on my Silhouette Cameo.
I used plain white card from my stash for the base of the card.
I cut the pieces from various patterns in ITS A GIRL 8 x 8 paper pad by Cavania (Karen Sanders).
I added a string of pearls to the base of the balloon and some pink bows to the basket and balloon.
I cut out one of the 'ITS A GIRL' tags from the pad and tied some twine through it.
I added a small sentiment tag, made a bow from twine and added a paper rose on top.
On the inside of the card I added a banner sentiment, WITH LOVE TO YOU.
All the embellishments I used came from my stash.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to enter our challenge and I look forward to seeing all your creations.
Be sure to visit our other DT members to see their inspiration creations too.

Gail