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Monday 28 May 2012

Challenge 69 Distress It

Our Hostess for this week is Feebsy
She would like you to distress something.  You can use inks, chalks, distressing tools - anything that creates a distressed/shabby chic look to your project
We are sponsored this time by
$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 enabledDigi 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

We are also sponsored by
As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X
We have two gorgeous stamps sets to give away from Hobby Art
CS045D Decorative Backgrounds
and Poppies
I went all out with my distressing using several techniques and used both inks and a distress tool. If you would like more information please vistit my blog.

I used scissors to distress all the edges of my papers and added brown ink for an even more distressed look.  Images by Crafty Stamps and papers by Pink Paislee with Prima crystals for embellishment.

Distressing isn't my technique of choice, but it works well with this lovely Digi Doodle Shop image. I coloured the image with Promarkers, distressed the edges with ink and sanded some embossed Coredinations card.
I have a lot of trouble with distressing.  Lately I seem to be heading more and more to neat and tidy (at least in my card makig, lol).  But for this challenge I got out the inks and foam to mess up my edges and even took the scissors to the edges of the card - twice just to make sure it showed up.
I love distressing ,using inks and the blunt edges of an old pair of scissors. I love the way this technique ages the card giving a vintage look.
  I love distressing too. Used Nevaeh from Saturated Canary for my card and the paper is from Prima Marketing - nature garden.

I have used the "Vegetable Cart" digi stamp  from our sponsors Digi Doodle Shop, and have coloured it using only Distress Inks!! Some hessian and old buttons finish the distressed look.


I decided to use the same stamps as Hobby Art are giving as a prize for this challenge.
Of course I used my Distress inks to colour and my Distressing tool for the edges.

I really enjoyed this challenge and got really inky and messy. Stamp by inkylicious and  metal frame by Tim Holtz. Lots of Distress ink , Pan Pastels and embossing on this card, please visit my blog for details on how I made this.

I used Distress Inks, inked the distressed edges of my image and added stitching and buttons.  Stamps by Stamp Addicts.

I made a Box for a girl friend ....I used a stamp from Kaisercraft stamped in brown and  distressed edges with
Ranger  Tim Holtz  "Tea Dye " & " Walnut Stain "


I made a wee card with Basic Grey papers, all roughed up and distressed with Walnut Distress Ink, added a Paper Makeup Sentiment, some ribbon, button, gems and pearls and a tatty rose to finish the card
Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Challenge 68 Birthday Balloon Bonanza, Winners and Top 5

Good morning, it’s Winners' time again.

Mynette would like to thank everyone who played along with her 'Balloon' challenge and has now chosen her Winners and Top 5. 
For the prize from:-

and for the prize from
and Mynette'sTop 5 in numerical order are
5 NancyY
8 Judith
35 Crafting Becky
37 Jacqueline
41 Scrappy Sandie
Congratulations to you all. Please feel free to display our logos on your blogs and if the winners could contact me at CCMChallenges@gmail.com with the prize they have won in the subject line, I can sort out your prizes.

I am afraid I don't get time to chase up winners, but if you have mailed and have heard nothing after a week please drop me a reminder as occasionally things end up in my spam filer.
Don’t forget to come back at 12 noon for our next challenge.

Monday 14 May 2012

Challenge 68 Birthday Balloon Bonanza

Our Hostess this week is Mynnette
She says 'My birthday is May 13th, so I'd like to see some projects with balloon images!!! :) Any type of balloon will do - hot air balloon, helium balloon, balloon animal.  And anything birthday will do, but I want a balloon on it :)'
Please check the rules in the right-hand sidebar before entering. Thank You!


We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are offering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, in the shop or if you're lucky enough to see them at a show!  They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty taste bud.
We are also sponsored by

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

So without further ado onto the challenge and what the team have come up with this time

I've used a digital balloon image from Bird House Stamps and water colored it in.  After coloring it, I dry embossed it and added some gold glimmer mist.  Patterned paper, butterflies, and bling, three of my favorites, finished off this card.
I chose a cute decoupaged bear for my card this time - utilising a cd backing paper, die cut bear, a hand drawn numeral and distress ink to make it the right colour.  I finished off with a peel off greeting.
  I made the background in Photoshop Elements, and printed it on Ryman Matte photo paper. The balloon comes from a set of transport toppers I've had forever, and the sentiment is from the local 99p shop.
I used free stamp from Imagine That that came with Craft Stamper and made the balloon using a technique from Technique Junkies.
This card was made using a Crafters Companion CD
I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the backing paper and the 3d effect balloons . The sentiment is from Heard from the Heart by Stampin Up
For my card I used a Stampendous Jumbo stamp for the focal image; the greeting has been taken from a Tim Holtz stamp. I created the background with Distress Inks.
For my card I have used a Gorjuss girl stamp from Sugar Nellie which I coloured with ProMarkers.To create the background, I hand drew some cloud shapes to make a stencil, I masked off the Gorjuss girl and then used my distress ink around the cloud stencil. My papers are from the Spring and New Arrival Forever Friends stacks.
For my card I've used a silhouette stamp & free papers. The balloons were made with a punch.
Happy B-Day....Mini Pocket Album made out of four Toilet Paper Rolls.
Used various of design paper... The balloons were made with a punch.
I used a lovely Lili of the Valley stamp for my card, along with some Grand Nesties, a star DooHickey border and some Cherry Lynn leaves.
 I used for my card the adorable Wee Stamp - Amy and colored the image with my copics. The paper is from MME - howdy doody. I embellished with ribbon, pearls and butterflies.

If you would like to stop by their blogs I am sure they would be pleased to see your comments and if you want to know how something was done I am sure there will be more details on their own blogs.

A quick reminder. If you entered last fortnight's challenge, please check the Winners post below. For the last couple of challenges we have had a prize not claimed. We choose our winners here, they are not picked by a random thingy, so if they remain unclaimed I can't just click a button and pick another winner, nor do I have time to chase up winners, so please be sure and check for yourselves. I aim to publish the winners' post at 10am on the morning of the new challenge, so that will be a fortnight from now for today's challenge.

Challenge 67 For The Boys, Winners and Top 5

Good morning, it’s Winners' time again.

Sally would like to thank everyone who played along with her 'For The Boys' challenge and has now chosen her Winners and Top 5. 
For the prize from:-

and for the prize from
and Sally's Top 5 in no particular order are
32 Nixe-Moni
81 Izzwizz
84 Sazzle

174 Judith

Congratulations to you all. Please feel free to display our logos on your blogs and if the winners could contact me at CCMChallenges@gmail.com I’ll get their prizes sorted out for them.

I am afraid I don't get time to chase up winners who don't contact me and the last couple of challenges a prize has gone unclaimed which is a real shame, so please drop me a line if you are one of our winners.
Don’t forget to come back at 12 noon for our next challenge.