Good morning and Happy New Year everyone.
We are thrilled to be back and raring to go, as indeed we hope you are.
Before we get onto this time's challenge I should like to announce our Top 5 and winner from our final challenge of 2011, to 'Use it Three Times'
Tracy, who hosted that challenge has chosen the following worthy recipients
First our Top 5
And our Winner
Congratulations ladies, please feel free to display our Top5/Winner badge,whichever is appropriate and if the winner could contact me via the address in the righthand side bar I will sort out her prize.
It's all change at Crafty Cardmakers and we have some fabulous new sponsors for this year, you can read all about them on our new Sponsor page and you should be able to find links to them also in our right hand sidebar.
Now onto this time's Challenge, which is hosted by Fiona - No Floral Embellishments
Please read the requirements below carefully, as sadly we had to discount a few of you in our last challenge for NOT following the theme correctly.
You can use flower Backing Paper, flowers in your image or even a flower as an image, but NO floral embellishments, so no flowers, flower shaped buttons, or anything else resembling a flower that you have added to the finished card.
We are sponsored today by ONE STOP CARD CRAFTS
who are offering a £10 voucher for their store as a prize.
At One Stop Card Crafts we have a big range of ever changing discount making and card making craft supplies.
We are always adding to our range of craft supplies which are ideal for making handmade greeting cards, do-it-yourself invitations scrapbook pages, altered items and much more.
Our card making craft supplies include free UK postage, our popular discount scheme and quick service means our customers keep coming back for more.
Our prices are very competitive and this makes us an ideal place to buy your card making supplies online. Some of our new products include Petaloo flower layers, Ranger Glitter Glue and Martha Stewart Punches. We also host a regular challenge at http://onestopcraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
$10 gift Certificate for the store
Digi Doodle Shop is the results of a mother and daughter’s love for the arts and crafts. It was started a little over 3 years ago with a little more than 100 stamps, and has since then grown to almost 500 stamps. Joy (the mother of this team) designs realistic images, while Judy (aka/daughter) loves the “fun side of life”, and create images with a cartoon flair. Having these two complimenting styles have enabled
Digi Doodle Shop to offer a wide variety of stamps.
It is a real honor and pleasure to sponsor this challenge, and we look forward to seeing all the amazing creations. We thank the design team for their incredible creations, and wish all the participants the very best of luck in this challenge.
Thank you so much for having us, and again the very best of luck to all of you.
Judy and Joy
Here is what the team came up with:-
For my card I have used Skateboard Tilda which I stamped and then masked off and overstamped with the Butterfly Background stamp.I have coloured the image with ProMarkers.All of the papers that I have used are from Papermania.I have made the little butterflys by sticking peel offs onto vellum and cutting them out,and coloured them with Sakura pens. My sentiment is a digi from Crafty Sentiment Designs.The mini buttons are from Papermania and then finally added some stickles to the buttons and image.
I was lucky enough to win some images from Digi Doodles recently, and I fell in love with some of their landscape images. This one is probably my favourite, and it seemed ideal as a card I could use for anyone - particularly for those pesky men. The image is mainly watercoloured with Aquamarkers, but I also used Twinkling H2Os for the water to give it a nice shimmer. To finish, I've used some paper from Paper Cellar which I edged with Distress Ink, and some die cut swirls.
This little bear is from Lilli of the Valley, I stamped him on watercolour card and used my watercolour pencils to colour him, I was surprised at the difference the card made in the result you get with the pencils. I inked the card as it was white and too stark, the corners are from my collection of dies. I mounted the little bear onto some more holographic card just to tie it all together.
For this challenge I started off by choosing a Docrafts "Tulip" die cut topper. I matched up some pretty gingham & dotty papers from my stash & then matted them onto a pink card base. I wanted to add a bit of lace but not white & came across some in pink, that I'd recently bought, which was perfect. A couple of heart shaped buttons tied with raffia were added for minimal embellishments.
I thought it would be nice to make a plain card for this challenge, and in fact, have very little embellishment on it at all. The card was made using a plain white base card, and my main topper was a digi stamp called "Running Away" from one of our sponsors today - the Digi Doodle Shop.
I coloured the image using promarkers and stamped a suitable sentiment at the bottom in versamark ink and embossed with silver detail powder.
I paper pieced the piggies and their trough and the rest of the image was coloured in using Promarkers. The corner of the card was stamped with a La Blanche foam stamp and embossed in bright gold embossing powder and I popped a few lime green gems to give a little extra highlight. The sentiment was attached with a plaited length of plain old garden twine which I made into a tassel. The inside of the card reads "It's your birthday, so you're allowed to pig out!" It was made with a dieting friend in mind, I sure hope she's not offended!
I've used an image from Stampin' Up!'s Tagtastic Hostess set as my main sentiment and image. I stamped it in black and white, then punched it out with a large oval punch. I highlighted it with two more ovals on top and bottom. I used some green ribbon to highlight the green accents of the sentiment. I dry embossed a purple strip and glued it to a white strip then added it to my patterned card front. I'm very pleased with how the colors worked out--I think I'll probably use them again!
I went for colours I don't use very much for this card. I used orange, brown and green card and the lovely image is Faith in Nature from Stampin Up, coloured in with pencils.
I have used an old favourite stamp for this card by Art Journey, I just love this little lad who seems to be growing in the plantpot. It was hard not to add a flower embellishment so I finished off with a plain knot tie.
I have used a paper bag and decorated with design paper from Papermania "Honey & Hugs " I chose a Digi stamp image from Digi Doodle Shop
" Sleeping Infant " colored with Distress Ink Pads and Watercolor Pencil. Embellishments Buttons , Charm , mini Rhinestone and Ribbon .
For this challenge I have teamed my favourite Pink Petticoat papers with a Kenny K Digital stamp coloured with Copics. I've added a little lace and a few gems and a fabulous heart charm.
I have embossed and paper pieced the pears with the co- ordinating paper from the Pyrus paper pad, added some red and green stickles , distressed and inked the edges of the papers and mounted it onto some cream linen card.
The "No Floral Embellishment" challenge seemed to me a perfect opportunity to make a male card. I've kept it quite simple using a "The Greeting Farm" stamp and colouring it with promarkers and coloured pencils. I thought the image looked quite sporty and followed that theme with the border and used brads for an all-star look.
I wanted to make a male card with a flowery content. The paper started life as a wall paper sample. This was then embossed, distressed and inked. The Glitter ribbon was toned down by using Butchers Twine. The edge of the card is soft but it did follow the flower theme. Small brads were re-coloured with a pen to fit it all in one colour scheme.
For my *No floral embellishments* inspiration I have used Abigail Apple by Kraftin Kimmie stamps coloured using copics, teamed with Memory Box papers and a lovely deep rich red satin ribbon tied in a double bow.
For my card I used the absolutely cute and lovely digi stamp from Digi Doodle Shop
" Sleeping Infant ".
The little baby looks like my son *lol* I colored the image with my Copics.
The paper I've used is from Maja Design and SU. I stamped the baby tees (wheel from SU), embossed them and cut one out. I embellished my card with a wire hanger and a ribbon and hopefully my girlfriend will have a boy *lol*
I made a very flowery card for the "no floral embellishments" challenge:). The image is from a gorgeous new set called Engraved Flowers by Stamp Addicts and is coloured with Copics and Glossy Accents. The paper is Basic Grey and I've added a ribbon, a dotty embossed border and lots of little pink pearls.
I have used the lovely 'Lady Bug' digi stamp from our new sponsor, Digi Doodle Shop. I know I've said it before that I don't do cute, but this one just leapt off the screen to me, as it's such a cheeky image!! I have used my faithful old Windsor and Newton watercolours, with a few things added to make the image sparkle and shine!! Cxx
For my card I have used a Hero Arts leaf stamped and embossed with white embossing powder and the truly stunning Starburst Stains from The Stamp Man to create my own background paper.
I tore the panel in half and then 'stitched' it back together using metallic thread.
Not a flower in sight.
I was stumped at first with the Challenge!
Looking through all my projects a "theme" of using flowers seems to be occurring! So I decided why not go with a Male card! A challenge in its self for me!! So after finding my fun wee LOTV image and bright cheery Basic Grey Papers this we card just happened! And not even needing to add any flowers though there are some gems lol!
As a team we were fortunate enough to be able to choose some images from Digi Doodle Shop and as soon as I saw this one my mind saw something amusing. I have imagined that Hobos, or tramps as we Brits call them, would be just as fed up with turkey as the rest of us are after Christmas. I have coloured him with promarkers and prismas and the paper is from K & Co.