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Monday 7 February 2011

Challenge #39 - Hearts

Good Afternoon and thank you soooo much for your entries to our last challenge of Floral and our Spotlight on Water which still has a week to run! Some absolutely amazing creations out there! The winners of all closed challenges will be announced on 15th Feb.


Lisa has set the theme for this challenge and she wants to see HEARTS! Given Valentines is just next week then I hope we see lots and lots of creations!

Just a quick reminder of the rules - You can create anything, we're called crafty CARDmakers but thats because I couldnt think of anything more inspired lol! So long as you hand craft it and it follows the theme go for it!

We do have a maximum of 3 entries per challenge, this is because some crafters are slower than others so it just makes it a bit fairer.

Please only enter NEW work. We post at 12pm on Mondays so any blog entry timed before this will be deleted sorry.

You need to backlink to our blog so that we know you're wishing to enter. We have seen a huge increase of people entering multiple challenges but then not bothering to link to us. We dont mind how many other challenges you enter but its only fair to others who have taken the time to link back. If you're new and dont know how to do this, there is a tutorial on this here.

Righto!  Onto the challenge! 

We're sponsored by The Stampman for this challenge who are offering a £10 voucher to use in their online store, shop or show!  They have a huge variety of products to suit all tastes including Hero Arts, Aspects of Design, Tim Holtz and Ranger and have also recently added some scrummy Prima papers to their range! 

Lets see the girls designs!

I've used a large 8" square card blank.  The papers are digi ones from Sweet Shoppe Designs printed onto linen card, with pink linen cardstock from my stash.  The image is a Sugar Nellie 'simply sassy' stamp, coloured with promarkers and koh-i-noor pencils.  Hearts cut on the Cricut (plantin schoolbook cart), numbers cut using the Sizzix 'night & day' alphabet and flat back pearls to finish.
I wanted to do something different for this wee challenge and after having a look through my crafty mags I had an idea to use my fimo! I cut loads of hearts form pinks, reds and white fimo then stamped on to them using a script stamp and some gold embossing ink! Baked the fimo and glossed! The card is made using some free hand-drawn hearts layered up, lots of glitter, some alphabet stickers and the hearts to finish!

For my card this week I decided to make a Male Valentines Day card. It's for my husband, a second attempt as the first one I made him turned out too girly lol. I have used a stamp by CC Designs called Valentino and coloured him with ProMarkers.I have also used some Anita's clear gloss finish on his nose and a little glitter on the heart. The greeting is a stamp from Kanban and I have used my Cricut to cut the little red and black heart.The paper is a freebie from a set over at Summertime Designs.

I made this using a download of vintage bits, but I downloaded its years ago, so im sorry I dont know where I got it from. I made the backing papers with sticky fingers sprays and scrunched it up and swipped with barn door. The Sentiment is a Tim Holtz Salvage Stickers, I punched out lots of hearts and added a bit of glitz with glitter glues.

this card made with k and co papers smitten the hearts all die cut on big shot express flowers and velvet scrollwork from stash.
I've tried something completely different for the heart challenge. I've always wanted to make one of those little altered tins but never found one small enough until last week. This used to be a little tin of mints and measures only 5 x 6.5cm. I have altered it using a small digi image, gems, Love Heart sweeties, ribbons, MS Punch, Die cuts, chipboard, felt and lace.

I don't usually care for hearts as a motif but as it's Valentine's soon.......!
I just cut a heart shape out of a folded 21cm square card then I cut some iridescent wrapping paper the same size (I just drew round the card) then scalloped it with edging scissors.  Then I edged the card with a narrow blue lace, adhered with narrow ds tape. Some bubble-wrap made the 'cushion and I stuck the iridescent paper over the cushion with silicion glue gel, covering the raw edge of the lace, and held it in place with bulldog clips. I hand-cut the scroll and coloured it with Copics and added embellishments like the MS Heart punch, the eyelet lace and some flowers.

I just couldn't resist using this adorable Mabelle RO couple for this weeks Hearts challenge. I've coloured them with Promarkers and added punched hearts and also a little pearl heart. I used DCWV papers, Martha Stewart & Hobbycraft punches and Spellbinders, labels 1 & classic hearts nesties. The little flower has a touch of Cosmic Twinkles in the centre.

For this challenge I've used an image by Digistamp Boutique which I won recently and coloured it with Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  I didnt like it at first as I'm a newbie with pencils and I dont colour animals often but I left it and came back to it and it looked better lol!  Background papers are Bearly Mine Designs and I've added a little love charm which I'm surprised I found seeing as my 2 year old got hold of my box of (organised) charms and they're now rather random!

The colours I have chosen this time are fairly masculine but with a bit of shimmer.  I have used cosmic shimmer mists in aqua lagoon and twilight black to create both the paper which I have embossed and cut the 2 paper hearts and also used it to spray paint the stamped plastiroc panel in the the centre of the card.  I then used a long card in a co-ordinating turquoise colour with a panel of silvery shimmery webby background topped onto that.  A piece of sheer black ribbon down the centre to centre the 3 hearts off and the addition of 3 ice blue heart gems to add a bit of bling.  The hearts are embosseed sizzix embosslits and I ran one heart thru with the paper upside down so that the embossing is reversed on them both and also altered the orientation of the heart.


  1. loving the DT cards should get time to do this one as well yipee!

  2. Thank you for this challenge, I didn't know what to make for my hubby's Valentine card and the theme and the DT's gorgeous cards gave me just the inspiration I needed!

    luv, Mags x

  3. Wonderful work by the DT. Thanks for the inspiration and fun challenge.

  4. Awesome samples!!! Thanks for the fun challenge! Blessings, Angie

  5. Gorgeous dt samples. Thanks for the challenge. Jo x

  6. Found your challenge blog via my BFF's blog. I <3
    this one! Thanks!

  7. Thank you girls, lovely challenge and dt work. Debbiexx

  8. I just discovered your blog and am so happy I did! There is some amazing inspiration here and what a fun challenge. So happy I was able to play along for the first time this week! Thanks! :)

  9. what a fun challenge...love all the cards that have been made..:)

  10. Thanks to DT for inspiring creations! And for challenge!

  11. Great projects by the DT, wonderful inspiration. :-) xx

  12. Fun Challenge, DT has some great projects.

  13. Love your DT cards, Fabulous!

  14. Thanks Jack, for your comment on my blog! I missed one of my own entries and erroneously linked up 4! So sorry! I've removed the 4th entry.! Thanks so much for the 'heads up' and for your well wishes for my daughter! :)



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