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Monday 17 September 2012

Challenge 75 – Stitching and Lace

Our Challenge this fortnight, hosted by me, is Stitching and Lace.
I would like to see some stitching, either hand, machine or faux on your project as WELL as some lace, real not faux.

Please remember to check the rules and make sure you follow the criteria.
I had a few people email me last week with links to their cards because they couldn't post them on the blog, when I checked it was because they had neglected to mention Crafty Cardmakers in their blog post. Mr. Linky is set to block anyone that doesn't link back to Crafty Cardmakers in their post, so if you have problems please check first that you have linked correctly. 

We are sponsored again 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

with this fabulous prize

I pricked out a pattern from an Ornare template and hand embroidered it. The image was coloured with copics.
Using my Mat Pack and Paper-piercing tool on the white and blue panels gave me a template to hand-stitch with kitchen string and then finished off with the blue lace.

I've framed a Promarker-coloured Sarah Kay image with paper embroidery, and finished with some white lace.
I've used Pink Paislee supplies to create a fun and bright card with a paper lace doily, black lace trim, and faux stitching using a glitter gel pen.

I used some pretty card, together with some material layers and a little hand stitching for this card.
I've used a Sizzix dress die along with some Papermania patterned papers to create this clean thank you card. I've used faux stitching, real lace and buttons to add to the sewing theme.  

For my card I have used a digi stamp from Digi Doodle Shop. I have done some faux stitching around the image and used some real lace across the middle of my card.

I used Magnolia Stamp & Cheery Lynn Die cuts, I have done stitching on the pattern paper

I have used a Magnolia stamp, and Bo Bunny Rejoice design papers. I did some faux stitching and used some white lace.

I have used Chocolate Baroque stamps and Prima papers to create a door hangar. I punched holes and used a variety of different stitches to create a patchwork look and used lace as a finishing touch.

I've made a needle case using batik fabric, a Tim Holtz die, silver lace and a thimble button.

I've paper pieced this lovely sewing stamp added a little lace, some faux embossed stitches and made the scissors with my Cameo, triple embossing them with UTEE.

This birthday card was made using backing paper from a cd, lace from my stash and two Joanna Sheen stamps.  I used Dried Marigold and Frayed Burlap distress inks. The sentiment was made using a fancy tag nestability

I've handstitched a grungeboard cover for my diary, coloured with Peacock Feathers distress ink and embellished with a Tim Holtz bookplate and cotton lace. A hitch fastener keeps it closed and I made a couple of page-markers using Tim Holtz Philosophy Tags

for my card I used the Tiddly ink image "sweet dreams Wryn" and the paper is from MME - Indie Chic.

I have used Sizzix Quilting dies to cut the small fabric square and triangles, and stitched them to a larger square on my machine. This served as a background for the flower.

I have used for my Topper a image from a coloring book and paint it with Spectrum Noir Marker.
Design Paper is from Basic Grey ,Cut Out from Quickutz ....Embellishments ...Lace, Flower and Buttons.

My Christmas card has real hand sewing, all around the outside of the card. I also attached the lace to the paper that my sentiment is on. The side edges were punched with an old Fiskars Edge punch.

Challenge 74 Winged Things, winners and Top 5

Marie would just like to thank everyone for their wonderful entries it was so very difficult to choose but here are her winners and top five
Winner of the digital image by Di's Digi Downloads
Winner of The Stamp Man Voucher
Top 5
Congratulations to you all.
Could the two winners kindly contact me via the email address in the sidebar. I am not publishing it in the post again because last time I did that spambots harvested it and for the first time I have been receiving spam on the admin email address. Ruddy spammers! Could you please put as your title, the challenge you have won (number and name) and the prize you have won.
Don’t forget to join us back here at 12 noon for our new challenge.
Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Sunday 16 September 2012

New Design Team

I am delighted to announce the following talented ladies have joined our Design Team.

Betty C




Marie (MI)





Thank you to all who applied and made the job of choosing so difficult.

A few of them have also been very industrious and created something for tomorrow’s challenge so don’t forget to check back at 12 noon to see what they have come up with to inspire you; and if you feel like stopping by their blogs to welcome them, I am sure they would be delighted.

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Monday 3 September 2012

Challenge 74 Winged Things

Thanks to everyone who applied to join our Design Team. The call is still running until the middle of the week, please check this post out. I will announce the new team later in the week.

Before I get down to this week’s challenge, I must ask that you please read the criteria for the challenge carefully. Well over half of last time’s entries were neither a postcard nor 6x4 and sadly we had to discount some beautiful creations from the chance of winning or being awarded a top 5 spot because they failed to read what was required before entering.

This week our challenge is hosted by Marie and she would like to see Winged Things.
Let your imagination run wild, it could be a bird, an angel, an insect and you can use stamps, die cuts, digital images in fact anything as long as it has wings.


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

With a $10 prize for her store

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 like-minded 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!

Here is what the team have come up with.


I used my Cameo to cut the angel shape  and used the negative as the base, the little image was gold embossed with SU powder and then replaced over the top. On the edge die for the side panel embossed and matted onto black card, sentiment computer generated.


My card is a textured ivory base, stamped with butterflies and utilising a printed image from a Debbi Moore shabby chic cd.  It features a decoupaged butterfly, flitterglu and gilding flakes, and I used scattered straw distress ink pad.


Oh, I do love fairy images! It's from Crafter's Companion, and I've coloured it with Derwent Coloursoft pencils, and added some Kate Knight paper, some Spellbinder die cuts, punched flowers, and beads.


I decided to go with some Stampin' Up stamps and  matching paper for this challenge.  The stamp set is called Nature's Walk and the paper is Botanical Gazette.  Lots of wings here.


I have made a tag  using my home made stamped base card and a  Bird Cage die cut..


I collage stamped some images and then stamped a second set of butterflies, fussy cut them out, and popped them up with foam squares to create dimension.


For my card I have used a Pergamano stamp coloured with ProMarkers and all of my papers are from Papermania "The Little Cake Shoppe" pack.


The inspiration for my card came from this gorgeous butterfly paper from DCWV's Safari Chic pad. The butterfly and flower were cut using Spellbinders!! 


I used my new image Tilda dancing with stars - she is so cute. The paper is from PION Design and I used for my christmas card a lot of doohickeys die cuts (Magnolia)


I used an Artemio stamp set and some Frantage Embossing Enamel. Plenty of Dragonflies here.


I used Papertrey Ink's "Wise Owl" stamp set to create a CAS card using "New Leaf" papers from First Edition.


I used butterfly die cut from Kreaxions And made a Mini Key Chain Accordion Album. 6 x 6 cm inside 5 x 40 cm ...Paper I bought in the netherlands.

Now over to you, and don’t forget it must have wings!

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin