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Monday 18 February 2013

Challenge 85 Blooming Images

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Marie (MI), who has chosen the theme 'Blooming Images'.

Marie said 'I do love my flowers and this time I would like flower images to be the main focus of the card. No people, no landscapes. Just flower images. A single rose, a poinsettia, a daisy... you get it. Can be flowers in a vase or just the flowers. Of course you can still decorate with flowers, butterflies or what you feel like, but the image is a flower of some kind, NOT a tree and NOT a person holding a flower' 

Please ensure your card has only a flower/flowers as the main focus in order to qualify for the winner or Top 5 slot. 


We are sponsored by


with the choice of 3 digital stamps from their extensive range

and we also have on offer this fabulous die set, which has been very generously provided by a mystery donor! 
 Use these 26 clip and phrase dies to create tags & cards, party & wedding details, scrapbook pages, school projects, journals, home decor and more!

Here is how the team interpreted the challenge

 Marie (MI)

This card is all made up with one of the new Tilda pads from Panduro, called "Country Escape". As there is always three pages of every design in their pads, I decided to go for some layering of my die cut image. That puts some height to it and it looks a little more "worked". :)

I've used a floral image from Stampin' Up! and sentiment by Tim Holtz to create a one layer card. 

I've used a Floppy Latte (via Stitchy Bear) image and coloured with Promarkers (and Flexmarkers). (I love colouring that image!) I've matted using some Spellbinders die cuts and the paper is from Paper Cellar. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Hobbycraft.

Betty CH
I've used a floral image from Hero Art and Spellbinders die cuts to create this card

I used for my card "Elements of Style" by Stampin’ Up


I have used a flower shaped card blank , random stamped with leaves and flowers then topped with a selection of flowers to make a large bloom.

I have used a digi stamp from Karen's Doodles which I have coloured with my Promarkers. My papers are from the Lucy Cromwell Designstax.

For my card I have gone ultra CAS to allow the flowers to really stand out. I have stamped some sweet, little flower stems from a Wplus9 set and added some tiny pink flower gems. The sentiment is from the same set too.

I have used a digi stamp of some Lilies (my favourite flower) by Oak Pond Creations and coloured with Promarkers.


I have used a background paper from our of our regular Sponsors (the Paper Shelter) and the image, which I have coloured with copics and some DI's is from Sweet N Sassy.


I have used the lovely Hydrangea clear stamp from Inkylicious and Brilliance ink pads to stamp the image. The background paper is from the new Papermania Vintage Notes set.

I have used Flower clear stamp from Papermania .Coloured with copic marker.
And different Die Cuts ... Memory Box, Joy Craft, Nellie Snellen & Magnolia.
Background paper is from K&Company.

Sometimes you have to make a card quickly and don't have time to colour your topper or make an ornate card and on these occasions it is very useful to have craft cds to fall back on! I used an image from a Joanna Sheen cd for my CAS sympathy card.

I have used a lovely floral stamp set from Woodware, a little bit of masking, some Distress inks and background papers for my card.

I used a Hero Arts poppy stamp which I inked up with 2 blue and 2 green inks. I then mounted it behind a diecut frame and added a sentiment.

I have used one of my favourite Paint Fusion sets to stamp the daisies onto mountboard. I then painted them with Eco Green acrylic paints.

I have used some paper and a tag from HOTP, as well as some nice lace and pastel coloured ribbon. I kept the flower theme going by using a border punch from EK Success called 'Pointed Flower'

Challenge 84 Vintage Love, Winners and Top 5

Thanks to everyone who played along with our ‘Vintage Love’ theme. It was nice to be able to see some love that was not all the traditional red and cute images. No offence to red and cute, but when you have visited a few dozen blogs, well these entries were refreshing changes! 

Kylie was our hostess for this challenge and she has chosen her Winners/Top 5 as follows:-

For the prize from
 DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS of a $10 gift voucher

#57 Tracey Sabella

and for the prize from
of these two gorgeous stamps
and Kylie's Top 5 are

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 of the challenge and which prize they have won in the subject line. The winner of prize from Hobby Art will also need to provide me with a snail mail address so their prize can be mailed out to them.

The winners have until 3rd March to claim their prize, after which time I am afraid the prize(s) will be forfeit. As we choose our winners, rather than having a random number thingy to pick them it's too difficult and time consuming to go back again and go through the entries to pick out new winners. Neither, sadly do we have time to chase the winners up.

Don’t forget to call back at 12 noon for our next challenge
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Monday 4 February 2013

Challenge 84 Vintage Love

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Kylie, who has chosen the theme of 'Vintage Love'.

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching Kylie would like to see your creations incorporating a Vintage Love theme. Your project MUST be VINTAGE and SHOW at least one object that portrays love. Perhaps a picnic basket, gold locket, love letter, hearts etc.
Please ensure your project meets the challenge theme and has the required element mentioned above in order to qualify for a winner or Top 5 slot. 

Here are some inspiration photos for you:-


We are sponsored by
with a $10 GIFT VOUCHER

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!

and also by
with these two gorgeous stamps:-

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 

Here is how the team interpreted the challenge:- 

I have used some lovely Vintage looking DP that reminded me of love letters that would have been written by the couple during their courtship. The gorgeous charm was to signify the key to their hearts.

I've used an image and paper from my Crafty Image Emporium CD and teamed them with some die cuts.

I've used stamps by Rubber Stamp Tapestry and a sentiment by Inkadinkado to create this vintage love inspired card.

As my inspiration for this challenge , I took my grandparents wedding photo from 1941, and used Serif Craft Artist to create this A5 tent fold card.

I used a vintage Cabinet Card, die cut frame and papers from the Melissa Frances 5th Avenue pad.

I used an old image, a die cut frame and stamps to make this card.

  Betty Chan
I've used vintage paper and a die cut image to create this card

I used a vintage photo (so cute) and Maja Design Paper (Vintage) for my card.

For my card this week I have used an image from Joanna Sheen with a wedding couple in a vintage style. They have been paired up with designer papers from Tim Holtz and Magnolia. Lots of different embellishments in the form of flowers, charm, metal corner that has been painted, pearl string and lots more. It was such a joy to make, now I only have to find a couple that is getting married...

For my card I have used one of the stamps that Hobby Art have kindly donated as their prize, plus one of their butterflies and a sentiment. The flowers have been made using the stamped hearts from the panel. Just goes to show how versatile a stamp can be.

I have used a vintage image from Memories of a Lifetime - Birds & Butterflies. My image is popped up with foam tape as are my rose buds. I cut strips of paper to resemble ribbon and chose colours that would make this card well suited to a man or woman.

For my Tiny Scrapbook Album ( 4cm tall by 6cm wide ) I have used a printed image from the Internet.  Embellishments ....Stamped mini  sentiment "Love", Key Charm, Pearl Heart.

For my card I used a vintage image from Kanban. I created the background paper with a mix of Distress Inks and Indigo Blu stamps

For my card I used some vintage themed papers from K&Co.  The "love" was stamped and then cut out and mounted on to mini foam squares.

I've used a colour scheme of kraft, white and gold for my card. The vintage wedding couple stamp and script stamp are from Stampin' Up and the sentiment is Kaisercraft. Some seam binding and pearls to finish.

I used some vintage teddy bears decoupage.  Flowers are always used for love and I made them with flower soft.  The sentiment has been coloured with distress inks.


My challenge to myself this time was to use stash up - so the backing paper was what was left after other projects, the image was part of a kanban or hunkydory kit and the ribbon was also from my "left over" bag and coloured to match with promarkers.  And I rarely use peeloffs any more so dug those out too...