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Monday 26 November 2012

Challenge 80 Christmas Photo Inspiration

Our Challenge this fortnight, hosted by Fiona, is a photo inspiration challenge.
Make a card or project inspired by the following photo. You can take inspiration from any part of it really, from the actual image or from the colours.

Please remember to check the rules and make sure you follow the criteria.
Please also remember to mention Crafty Cardmakers in your 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


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!


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Here is what the team have come up with:-
I took inspiration from the colours in the picture and also the adorable doggy and gifts :) My stamp is from LOTV and my papers are from Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas.

The inspiration I took from the picture include the colours, the wintery/Christmassy theme and lots of sparkle, so I used a Snowman stamp and matched it with lots of Shimmer Paper.

I used a technique I call "double embossing" to create the shine on this CAS holiday card.  Stamps by Hot Off The Press.  More information on my personal blog post!
I decorated a polystyrene cone with white and turquoise ribbon. I added a lacy scalloped border at the bottom which is cut with a Magnolia die. I added some hat pins and gathered ribbon at the top of the cone fastened by two hat pins.

I've used Sizzix;Marinne;Cottage Cutz dies to create the house, x'mas tree and sofa in addition the cute dog image by Inkadinkado.

I used for my card the lovely SU set "Lovely as a tree" and the amazing dasher.

I used a Spellbinders die cut Tree for  this card, with a few gems to add a bit of sparkle.

A card made with an image from the Paper Shelter called Cookies for Santa and designer papers from NitWit called Holiday Charm. My inspiration is both from the big wonderful tree in the image and the soft pastel colours.
I took my inspiration for my card from the colour and the tree. I used Indigo Blu's "Baroque Christmas Tree" and "Snowflakes". I randomly stamped the snowflakes in turquoise and white and heat embossed the tree with Moon Glow embossing powder.

I also took my inspiration from the gorgeous colours in the photo but instead of making a card I got out my beads and made a necklace for a friend.

I took my inspiration from the colour combo and also the Christmas tree. I made an origami Christmas tree which I blinged up with glitter and gems and mounted onto a die cut tag.

I used a DL sized card blank and die cut the fab Memory Box christmas tree to leave an aperture in the front of the card. Behind the aperture, I fixed a piece of aqua card and then added the die cut tree back into the aperture on top of the aqua card. A pretty bow, sparkly gems and a sentiment stamped in teal Stazon completes the card.

I used a Memento Bahama Blue ink pad to stamp this Papermania Christmas tree which I then cut out and mounted onto the base card. The sentiment is from the same set and stamped with the same ink. To finish I add glitter, using a Quickie glue pen.  

I used a hot off the press stamp, Memory Box and Spellbinders dies and card and paper from my scrap box to make my card this time.  The size is 6" x 6", and has a folded back front.

I took my inspiration from the colours and the Christmas Tree .

I took inspiration from the colours in the picture  and I stamped a christmas saying in black.

I loved the gold on the chairs with the beautiful turquoise - so took that as my inspiration. My focal point is a beautiful Christmas tree ornament I found whilst looking for new decorations for my tree.

  This is my first outing with my one and only pan pastel, more details on my blog, but let's just say they are right at the top of my birthday present list!
Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Challenge 79, More Than One Punch And/Or Die Cut, Winners and Top 5

Wow a lovely lot of entries for this last challenge. Thank you to all who entered. We did have a couple of entrants who entered well in excess of our 15 total challenges entered rule, so please be aware of this if you are entering our challenges. A full list of rules can be found over there >>>>> in the right hand side bar.

Anyhow our hostess BettyC has valiantly trawled through every one of your entries to come up with her Winners and Top 5.

Firstly the winner of two fabulous stamp sheets from Hobby Art
CSS005 - Floral Bird House
CSS006 Nesting
CSS006_Nesting_small WM


And next the Winner of 5 Digital Stamps from


And The Top 5 are as follow






Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winner’s badge or Top 5 badge on your blogs. Would the two winners please contact me at the address in the sidebar stating the number of the challenge, the title and which prize they have won in the subject line.

Don’t forget to call back at 12 noon for our newest challenge.

 Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Monday 12 November 2012

Challenge 79 More Than One Punch And/Or Die Cut

Our challenge this time is hosted by BettyC and she would like you to use more than 1 punch or die cut. You can have a combination such as 1 punch and 1 diecut as that equals two, or two punches, two diecuts. You can use more if you wish as long as there is at least two in combination or two of either on your creation.

Please remember to check the rules and make sure you follow the criteria.
Mr. Linky is set to block anyone that doesn't link back to Crafty Cardmakers and to the actual post being entered, so if you have problems please check first that you have linked correctly. 

We are sponsored by Hobby Art with this fabulous prize of two stamp sheets
CSS005 - Floral Bird House
CSS006 Nesting
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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 are also sponsored by Milk Coffee Digital Stamps
with a prize of 5 Digital Stamps
Milk Coffee Stamps is a digital image shop specialising in cute and girly images. We provide high quality digital images with high resolution so you could resize at a big enough size for your project. We have many different image styles; sophisticated lady, cute girl, whimsical image, cute stuff, fairytale creature, and many other varied themes so they can fit many different crafting styles.

Betty C

I have used the digi image from our sponsor" Milk Coffee Stamp ", Tree, Leaves, Mushroom were die cuts from Sizzix ; CC Design.  And I also used Martha Stewart to punched out the fence.

Guest Designer from Our Sponsor, Milk Coffee Stamps' DT

Mary J
used Martha Stewart snowflake and snowflake border punch and also the My Favorite Things fishtail banner die. The papers are from the Echo Park Wintertime collection.
I have used DP from Bo Bunny (Apple Cider), a Magnolia stamp which I coloured in with Pro Markers. I have used lots of Magnolia dies and Stampin Up punches. Added some glitter, stick on pearls and hatpins for some added sparkle.

I have used two spellbinders die lite dies, and an A2 matting basics die.  I also used a mica mask for the background paper.  Other items came from my stash...

On this card have I used an image from The Paper Shelter called Candy Skiing. It's coloured with my Letraset family. Punches use are from Martha Stewart for the different snowflakes, some spellbinder dies and a border punch of unknown brand is also used. Designer papers are from Bearly Mine Design.

For this card I used the lovely image from LOTV. Papers are from Majadesign and all the die cuts are from Magnolia.
For my CAS card I used I Marianne die cut "birthday" word and a Martha Stewart 3 in1 butterfly punch.

I used a LOTV stamp with die cuts by Marianne and Memory Box.

I've used a gorgeous image from our sponsor Milk Coffee, and coloured with Promarkers. I cut the image with a Spellbinders label die, and matted with a layer cut with the equivalent decorative label. I punched snowflakes out of the white backing card, and softened the corners with a corner rounder punch.

For my card I have used a House Mouse stamp coloured with my ProMarkers. I have used my MS Doily Lace punch and 2 different Die-namics snowflakes dies.

I cut out the three hearts from an old book using spellbinders dies,  sewed them down the middle and attached to the base card. The hearts and card have been gessoed and inked.

I have used 3 die cuts to mat and layer my lovely LOTV image and then 3 punches for the sentiment.

I have used Marianne Design dies (English Rose) in both sizes and also the leaves to cut funky foam and embellish a wooden photo frame which I painted to match my bedroom decor.

I have used an image from Make It Crafty, and my punches are the border in green, the flowers, and the dies are the image and the mat behind the image, both from Spellbinders.

I've made a "Santa's Magic Key" hanging.  I used a Tim Holtz label die as well as oval and round punches. Stamps are Kanban and American Crafts.

I've created my card using a beautiful Milk Coffee image. I've used dies from Marianne, Sizzix (Tim Holtz) and Spellbinders, plus a Martha Stewart punch.
I have used "Tiffany Fairy" from our wonderful sponsors at Milk Coffee Stamps. I thought she would be perfect for my Niece's birthday card. I have used my Framelits Label Dies and my Eyelet border bunch. Coloured with Stampin' Write markers and finished off with a little Diamond Stickles.
I have used My Mind's Eye Lost and Found (Portobello Rd) papers, and die cut both the mats with Spellbinders. The flowers and fancy border are also Spellbinders! And the letters are die cut with my X-Cut alphabet die.

I have made a Candle-Book Card...I used a stamp from Inkadinkado ,BossKut Leaf Flourish die cut ,
Snowflake punchie from Woodware and Reindeer from Personal Impressions...
I chose to make a Christmas Card using "Charlotte at the Cloud" from our sponsor, Milk Coffee. I used a Spellbinders die to cut out my image and a Creative Memories Border Maker for my punch.