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Monday, 12 January 2015

#130 Something Old, Something New

Welcome to our first post of 2015. Before we get down to the theme, I would like to announce the new team members from our recent DT call. Thank you to all who applied, sorry if I didn't have space for all of you.

I started crafting approx 10 years ago when I was on long term sick leave from work, once I was retired early craft became my life line,  I started off with decoupage but quickly moved onto rubber stamping and now digital images, I have an abundance of both.  I love to colour and create cards for both friends and family.  I have made so many crafting friends through my blog and entering craft challenges of different kinds.  I have been honoured and blessed to have worked on many DT over the years which has added to my confidence and creativity. 

I am happily married to David and Grandma to three boys.  I started card making in January, 2010 when my husband was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. This was an awful time for us.  He has fully recovered and is back to work full time.
Card making has helped me to keep sane and helped me to relax.  Since then I have become addicted to making cards.  I enjoy using stamped images and digi stamps, which I love to colour.  My interests are card making, reading, walking and cycling.


I am a former mathematics teacher who has always been interested in craftwork of one form or another. Since retiring four years ago I started making cards for family, friends (mainly those of my 19 year old daughter!) and neighbours. Eighteen months ago I started my own blog.


Hi my name is Rebecca and I live in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia.   I am a busy mum of 5 and also work part time but in my spare time I love to play with paper!  I have been crafting for about 8 years and have also previously worked and taught in a scrapbooking store.  As you can imagine my stash is rather huge because of that!  My main love is cardmaking but I also like to do Project Life.  I look forward to sharing my creations with you and seeing all your amazing works.


Hi, I'm Sue and I have been making cards for about 7 years or so now.  I really got into it when I discovered copics about four years ago, and got totally hooked!  I am now the owner of a huge paper collection, and more images and dies than is probably healthy!  I tend to make quite busy cards with lots of detail, but love more simple designs too.  I'm the mum of two boys (12 and 7) and work as a planner for a manufacturing company, and my creative time is my way of relaxing after a busy day.  I'm very excited to join the Crafty Cardmakers DT and am looking forward to lots of new challenges along the way.

I'm sure the girls would be thrilled if you stopped by their blogs and said hello!

So down to business, as we have just said goodbye to 2014,and 2015 is in it's infancy, our hostess, Leslie, would like to see your creations incorporating something old and something new. This could be old stash and new stash combined, or perhaps an old technique and a new one.

This is how the team interpreted the theme:

I created a wintery snowy forest for my Winter Wishes Note Card. In addition to my old stash of cardstock, winter tree stamp and inks, I used old techniques of inking, masking and 1st/2nd generation stamping. I used a relatively new sentiment stamp along with a new technique of embossing the entire front panel with glittery embossing powder to create the look of shimmering snow in the moonlight.


I covered one notebook with design paper and added some decorations. For those little white shining circles in the corners I used one of my favourite technique - mask, paste and glitter. The new here are brads on flowers. Hope you like it :)

I decided to start my stash of Christmas cards for next year a little bit early! For my OLD, I used an old Artistic Outpost stamp set and an old Cheery Lynn die to make my pine branch. For my NEW, I used a new gold button from a mixed bag I got for Christmas, a new Darice embossing folder and a new adhesive sealer to protect the painted background. Hope you enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!


I made an A5 card with my NEW items - HOTP feather stamps and die (free with magazines), Darice Seafoam White Embossing Powder and my Bow Maker. My OLD items are the Versamark Dazzle Ink Pad I stamped the feathers with, and the Heat It Up Clear Embossing Powder.


My something old is my pearls, which I have had for a couple of years now and my something new is the lovely Stamping Bella Abigail the Artist stamp. Please see my blog for details.


I used an old stamp which I coloured using new water colour pencils. The circular dies I used were also old but the floral pieces on the edge were die cut using new Tattered Lace dies.

I inked up this stamp finally I've had for a while but never used so that is my new. Everything else is an assortment from my stash to make up the old.
I've got some old, new and in between techniques here! The old is rubber stamping - one of the first things I tried when I got into papercrafting. The 'in between' is colouring with pencils, and the new is the crochet border. I'm still limited to very simple crochet, but I'm going to keep practising!
Papers and image I have had a while and the flowers are new
For my new elements I have used a new digi stamp and set of papers. For my old elements I have used some old, almost dried up paper clay to make the flowers and some lace and gems from my stash.
My old element was the style/design of the card, and the items I used from my serif digi kit that I have had for some time.  The new element was the luscious gold ribbon I just bought in a sale.

For my card I have used one of my new Ching-Chou Kuik Digi Images, also the red doily and sentiment, the rest of my elements have been in my stash for quite some time.

For my card I have used a very old technique, spritzing and painting with tea and coffee, some old Artemio stamps and a brand new stamp from Woodware designed by my good friend Jane Gill. Details and more samples on my blog.

For my card I used a good mix of old and new stash, the papers are new, as is the bunch of keys charm, the lace and the cream pin.  The  ticket behind the image is technically old, but it seemed remarkably clean, so have a suspicion it has never been used before!  The rest of the items are from my stash!
We hope we have inspired you and look forward to visiting your blogs.

#129 Christmas Winners and Top 10!

Gosh that was a lot of entries into our final challenge of 2014. Who knew Christmas could be so popular in December, lol. Anyhow it was extremely difficult to narrow it down, I had about 35 in the short list to start with but finally I have shrunk the list to just 12, two winners and a Top 10

I have chosen my Winner and Top 5 as follows:-

For the prize from


115 Claire's Crafty Creations
Claire's colouring with Pan Pastels is simply amazing!

and for the prize from
our lovely teamie Kim of a lovely large box of goodies
102 Diane W

I'm actually a dog person, but these fabulous cats had me smiling for ages!

and my top 5 10 are:

15 Kim T

21 Karen

72 Carol Dunham

93 Lisa

132 Marlies Scrapcards

155 Karen

189 Lucy

231 Cards By America

240 Jacki 

260 Goldie

Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winner's or Top 5 badge on your blogs. 
Would the winners please contact me at the address in the sidebar stating the number of the challenge, the title of the challenge and which prize they have won in the subject line. As they are both physical prizes, please provide your full names and addresses. You have until 24th January to claim your prizes.

Monday, 8 December 2014

#129 Christmas and a Design Team Call

It's that time of year again!

Welcome to our last challenge of 2014. We have picked a nice easy one this time around, Christmas. I am sure you all still have those last minute cards to get done so we look forward to being amazed at your fabulous creations. 

I am hosting this one. Well you can't dump all the work on your team at Christmas even if you want to!

Before we get on with the sponsors and the DT inspiration, sadly we are losing a couple of members of our team after this challenge, so this challenge will serve as a DT call as well. If you think you might be interested in joining us please add DT after your name in the linky list. We're a very laid back team, and I am sure you will have fun if you join us! If you want to join us, but don’t want to enter the challenge just drop me an email at the address in the sidebar with a link to your blog.

I would like to thank Suze and Viv for all their hard work. I'm hoping Viv might still be able to join in with the team with the odd challenge when she can find time, but she has an exciting year ahead, so I wish her every success with her plans, and Suze has a busy year planned as well, and I wish her well too.

So onto the challenge itself

We have two sponsors for this our last challenge of the year. It will run for three weeks closing on 28th December, but we will not be back until January 12th with our first challenge of 2015. I may or may not announce the winners before the New Year, depending on how busy I end up being and how much last minute Christmas stuff I still have to do!

Our first sponsor is

With this fabulous prize
is giving this fabulous bag of crafting yumminess

Some inspiration from our DT

CCM 129 Christmas
My image is from Rubber Stampede and embossing folder from Spellbinders. A nice traditional looking Santa and a simple embossed background.

For this card, I kept the design simple and just let the gorgeous card and die cuts take centre-stage. The die cuts used dies from Spellbinders, and the embossing folder is from Crafter's Companion. The sentiment is from an inkless stamp I've had for many years.

My card is made using some hobbycraft cardstock  as a background and highlighting a lovely House of Zandra stamp, coloured with promarkers in a simple mat and layer combination.

It's been snowing up here in Canada for a few days now, so I really had a craving to do something extra wintery. I used lots of fake snow, white glitter, glitter paste and frosty blues to make my winter wonderland Christmas card.


I have used what has turned out to be my favourite Christmas stamp of 2014, this fabulous Woodware Poinsettia designed by my friend Jane Gill. This time I have painted it with Watercolour Pearlex, but there are several other examples over on my blog.

I made a selection of Christmas gift card holders. A very simple design which makes two holders from one A4 sheet. (instructions on my blog)



Christmas is that time of year when most of us will batch make our cards. I'm no exception - although I do like to make each one slightly different. So for these Vintage style cards, the layout is the same - just different papers and embellishments.

I have stamped onto some wood effect paper and created a frame with embossed paper and dies. Foliage, flowers, a bow and lots of pearls finish my card.
I created a white on white Christmas card using Crafters Companion embossing folder, dies and stamps. I used gray ink on the die cut characters and sentiments, and matted the background on matching gray shimmer cardstock. There is just a pop of color from the beads on the wire Christmas tree. 

Any entry that does not meet the challenge requirement or that does not follow our simple rules will  be deleted. If you are having issues with any other linking matter please mail me at the address in the side bar.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Crafty Cardmakers!