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Monday 21 March 2011


Good Afternoon and welcome back to another challenge from Crafty Cardmakers!  Firstly thank you so much for your fabulous entries to our Fabric challenge, winners coming up in 2 weeks.  The Winners post is updated with all the latest winners and a couple of redraws so click the tab at the top to check!
We'd also like to point out that as we're shuffling things around and have moved the Spotlight Challenges over to their new home HERE we're also tinkering with the roolz so please take time to read them in the tab at the top or click here.  The main change is that we are now restricting how many challenges you can combine your entry with to 10 including us.  We've felt it necessary as people enter more and more challenges which is fair enough but we are about trying new things, challenging yourself and showing newer crafters different ways of doing things and some of the entries that have entered 40+ challenges barely scrape through the criteria which is not really challenging yourself (although entering 40+ challenges is a challenge in itself!) So I hope you understand that this team WANT you to roll your sleeves up and sink your teeth into something different!

We have some FABULOUS challenges and spotlights coming up, some many of the DT ran screaming from and quivered in the corner before pulling on our big girl pants and declaring we can DO this!  Speakng of which don't forget the Spotlight challenge is still running for another week on its new home and that is to make your own designer papers, YES you CAN do it!


I'll stop rambling now and introduce you to our new challenge set by teamie MELLY who wants to see SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS! Don't forget to read the new roolz in the page at the top!

We're sponsored once again by the fabulous Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 prize for her superb online store!  Thank You once again Joanna!

So over to the team, have fun with this one and special gold star if I see a 100th Birthday card!

As my big Brother turns 30 this month I knew a "Special Birthday" was just the ticket!

With him being in the Navy I didn't want to make anything that would be too big or get ruined! Also I know he has no where to keep wee bits so simple card was perfect! I used some of my new K&Co Hopscotch papers I picked up at the SECC, my wee TGF My Guy Ian stamp coloured with promarkers! Added some nestie layers, a "30", gems and lots of glitter plus my wee stickie letters to finish the card.

My niece will be celebrating her 18th Birthday this month and she is a big fan of Manga/Anime so these Sugar Nellie images were just perfect. I wanted a cartoon like background so I inked up the Tim Holtz Rays folder with Brilliance inks and added 'grass' with pleated ribbon

this 50th birthday card was made for a male friend of hubby so thought i would go with some tim holtz designs. bp paper tim holtz. made clock with sizzix die chipboard covered in tim's papers and some crackle accent to age it a bit also sanded edges. the coggs again sizzix dies from tim's collection again sanded them and used card candy in centre. the ribbon is binding from wild orchid buckle is from my stash. lable for sentiment and the letters and numbers used cuttlebug cut and emboss

For my "Special Birthday" card I have made a 30th Birthday card for my best friend. For the image I have used a Sweet Pea stamp (not sure what it's called) coloured with ProMarkers and then I have inked the background with a sponge and some ink from a "Big n Juicy" ink pad.I have also added stickles to the water. The papers are from the Henbury Lane collection, flowers are from Wild Rose Studio and little butterfly is from my stash.The border is made with an X-Cut punch. Finally the sentiment is just printed from my pc.

I've made this special birthday card for a friends daughter. Oh! to be sixteen again LOL!

I used: Sugar Nellie Hippie Chick and coloured her with Promarkers, Derwent pencils & Sansador. Spellbinders ovals & Scalloped ovals. Trimcraft Dessert Blooms papers, Martha Stewart & Nellie Snellen punches. Sizzix, flowers, branches & leaves set. The letters for the sentiment are from a Cosmo Cricket scrapbook kit. And I just couldn't resist adding some gems.

For this card I've used Cosmo Cricket 'Upcycle' papers from a 6x6 pad, the numbers are chipboard by Thickers,the letters are stickers by October Afternoon and finally I added 3 flat backed pearls and a little glittered flower by K&Co.

For my card I've used a DL sized card and pinched a bit of my William Morris wallpaper for the background paper.  I used a Glitter Girls panel to emboss the pearlescent green card and the blue/grey card and 'fudged' the gold mirri beneath.
I then positioned the Prima blooms onto a measure of Pinflair glue gel along with the rose leaves.
Before I give it to her I will make a matching box for it as an envelope won't do for this 'special' lady!

Papers are Basic Grey Lime Rickey, I used chipboard numbers and covered them with one of the papers, sanding the edges to define them, I also added glossy accents and a touch of extra fine glitter to the spots to make them stand out a bit - the punched bird got the same treatment. The Happy Birthday banner was stamped then  coloured with Promarkers and cut out, I made the little holes with a sharp pointy tool (don't know what it's called!) and added some linen thread to string it all together.

it's all done in MCS the image is from their Anniversay cd I just copied the image twice cropped one around the larger image and stuck it on the main card with foam tape added the text edged with gold and big 40 peel off BYU

For Challenge 42 - Special Birthday - I made a concertina card. A friend and her husband are shortly going to Paris for a few days, during which time he will have a birthday, now that's what I call special. The card is all based on black folded card, measures 4"sq when folded up and 24" wide when open. I decided on giving it an old distressed look. The backgrounds are scrunched paper with ink over the creases. The image sheets are torn and creased, some with rolled edges. The stamps are all relevant to travelling and Paris, mainly from a Debbie Moore set of clear stamps. I have tried to keep it as masculine as possible but couldn't resist the bling for the Happy Birthday. I have left the back, plain black and told his wife, who has seen it, they could later add some small pics of their trip on the back.

The special birthday I have done this for is my stepson Sean who will be turning 18 very soon.  If there is any one thing any self-respecting teenage lad who comes of age will be thinking about that is drinking beer (legally!) so I have used Victoria Case's 'Heidi' digi stamp as I felt it was just perfect for the occasion.  I have coloured with promarkers and mastered the art of colouring dark to light which was a bit of a mindshock but I think I managed it.  The card itself is coloured using the same colours as the beer glasses on the image and is shaped like a beer glass too (as suggested by Sean's Daddy lol)


  1. Hi DT girls,

    What a lovely examples you have made
    There Fabulous ^_^

    Sonja x

  2. Thanks for the inspiration..fun challenge. Glad to get a masculine birthday card for my stash.

  3. Super inspiration...thanks so much!

  4. Wow Ladies gorgeous cards, fabulous designs and layouts, they are all very inspiring,

    thank you so much for the fun challenge,
    take care, Hugs Bridget :0) x

  5. Sixteen is special isn't it. Thanks for the challenge.


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