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Monday 18 March 2013

Challenge 87 Friendship

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Yvonne who has chosen the theme 'Friendship'

Yvonne would like to see either the word 'Friend' 'Friends' or 'Friendship' included somewhere on your card/project.

Please ensure your card has one of the three words stated above to qualify for a winner or Top 5 slot. 


We are sponsored by
2 of their gorgeous digis

Hello!  My name is Krista Smith.  I draw characters and do a lot of crafting:).  I gather a lot of inspiration from my two kiddos...they are sweet and goofy.  I love to see how other people color my images...It is always exciting to watch the colors bring them to life!  You can check out my artwork and family tidbits on my blog, Saturated Canary
Thanks for having me this challenge! Good luck everyone! 

with these two fabulous prizes:-

Hero Arts Fancy Friendship Stamp Sheet

and 'Our Friendship' single stamp
Sir Stampalot is a retail shop and online website that specialises in stamps, die cutting and paper-crafting goodies.  We try to offer exceptional delivery times on your orders as well as keeping our stock fresh, new and exciting!  Our dedicated team of card makers means we have a wonderful, inspirational online card gallery with many more cards still to upload!  Sir Stampalot ships internationally as well as domestic so why not check us out if you haven’t already – www.sirstampalot.co.uk.

Happy Crafting!

Here is how the team interpreted the challenge:-

My friendship card has the quote, 'true friendship needs no words'.

I made my own card blank from textured card and stamped the stem and leaves from a PTI set (flower fusion #5). I die cut and stamped the flower and popped it on a foam pad before adding some pink gems and the sentiments.

I used the tag as a starting point for my card, and added the grey in with the pink to create my colour scheme. My flowers were cut with X-Cut dies.

I used a lovely image 'Queenie and Princess' from our sponsor, Saturated Canary, and added a sentiment in Photoshop Elements before colouring with my Promarkers. Other than that, all I've used are various die cut layers using dies from Spellbinders and Marianne  in my Big Shot Pro.

I used a shaped card base for this one, and stamped the image (coloured with promarkers) onto plain card which was cut with a spellbinder die.  The swirly stamps are (I believe) Personal Impressions and the sentiment came from a SWALK stampset.

For my card I have used this adorable digi stamp called "Queenie and Princess" by Saturated Canary. As this image is so sweet I have kept the card quite plain and simply added a few WOC flowers and gems.

For my card I used this super cute digi stamp called "Pint Sized Love" from Saturated Canary. I've kept the design simple and coloured the image with Promarkers and coloured pencils.

For my card I used the Beautiful Harley & Haley from Saturated Canary, The sentiment is from LOTV.  I have coloured with my Promarkers and added some lace and flowers from WOC.

I used our sponsor's image 'Pint Sized Love'. She's coloured with my Letraset Markers and some Prisma pencils. Designer papers from Paper Mania. Sentiment in Swedish that says something like this "Good friends make good times better and hard time easier. Thanks for being you."
I punched out squares from some scrap DP then lightly glued them to a piece of copier paper.  I then  zig-zag stitched the seams and diecut with a large Sizzix heart. The sentiment is PC generated and I added some stitching to that too.

I have used 'Pint Sized Love' from Saturated Canary and coloured her with pro markers.  Die cut border is Cheery Lynn,  image die cut is Nellie Snellen the sentiment is from craftworks cards. Paper is from my stash.

I have used 'Poppy Tilda' for my card and papers and dies from SirStampalot one of our sponsors.

I kept my card very simple to showcase the fab Harley & Hayley image from our sponsor Saturated Canary which I coloured with ProMarkers and added the Friendship sentiment.

"Friendship" is sharing the perfect moment with each other
I made a Mouse Trap Memo Holder... Using a LeLo Design Stamp" Snail " paint with copic.
I used "Turtle Lurv" from Saturated Canary as well as papers from Jelly Bean Soup, and ink, ribbon, cardstock and flowers from Close To My Heart
I used the image 'Springtime' from our Sponsor Saturated Canary, together with some free paper that arrived in a magazine on Saturday. Safmat for the sentiment and a new die from Marianne.

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Challenge 86 Masculine Birthday Featuring Technology or a Gadget, Winners and Top 5

Thanks to everyone who played along with our ‘Masculine Birthday Featuring Technology or a Gadget’ theme.

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

For the prize from
with a $10 GIFT VOUCHER

No 30 -CG
  and for the £10 voucher from

and Rebecca'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 winners have until 31st 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
Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

Monday 4 March 2013

Challenge 86 Masculine Birthday Featuring Technology or a Gadget

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Rebecca, who has chosen the theme 'Masculine Birthday with a technology or gadget feature' 

Rebecca would like to see a masculine birthday card that features some technology or a gadget. Some examples of this would be a computer or games console - technology; rocket or car - gadget. I am sure you can think of others too.

Please ensure that you do add the technology or gadget feature to qualify for a Winner or Top 5 slot.


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 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! 

 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.

Here is how the team interpreted the challenge:-

For my card I have used a Kirsty Wiseman alien and rocket stamp and a Papermania sentiment. Whilst the card is quite CAS there is a lot of layering and detail in the image and sentiment- perfect for a man, young or old.

For my card I have used a Mo Manning digi stamp called "Computer Guy" which I coloured with my ProMarkers. As the image is quite detailed I left the rest of the card quite plain except for a bit of embossing and some silver nail heads.

  I used a Just Inklined stamp of a steam engine called 'Old Chuffa'.

I've used a Kenny K image for this one. I made the background and sentiment in Photoshop Elements, and printed the character separately. It's coloured with Promarkers and layered on top with some shaping.


I've used an alien image from the video game "Space Invaders" to accent my CAS one layer masculine birthday card.

I have used a black and white Kanban image of a vintage truck for my project - and kept with the monochrome theme through the rest of my card.

Another clean & simple card from me. I think kraft card works well for masculine cards. The penny farthing and sentiment stamps are both Stampin' Up and I also used a scrap of antique map DP.

Still using up my stash - this card was made using items from either a Kanban or Hunkydory kit and simply layered up onto a 6 x 6 inch base card.  The bike and the helmet are the "technology/gadget" element that fits the challenge.

  I have used a Digi Stamp called Resting Dude from Sans Design.It is coloured with Promarkers and I Paper Pieced the tree with some velum printed with a bark design.The Backing Papers are From First Edition - Animal Antics

A simple card made with masking technics to get  two Magnolia stamps together and colour them with my Letraset markers. Brads from Papermania Chronology range is used for decoration and the sentiment says "Happy Birthday" in Swedish. Designer papers are from my favourite pad for boys cards called Wander from Basic Grey.

A card for my camera mad husband. The house mouse rubber stamp has been coloured with spectrum noir pens and mounted onto some Avec deco designs backing papers.  The sentiment I printed and cut out with a crafts too die. 

Made with Kanban papers, die cuts and a wooden embellishment.

I used CTMH "Later Sk8r" papers and their stamps "In Gear" and "Fast & Furious". The flags in the top left were made with Creative Memories Border Making System using the "Banner Chain" cartridge.

I have used a Lili of the Valley rubber stamp coloured with ProMarkers on watercolour paper. The background paper is from Papermania's new Chronology set. I've debossed the black card base using an embossing folder to add texture.

I have used different of stamps ( Tim Holtz , Studio G and no Name ).
And X-Cut  - Chronology - Cogs Die cuts .This Card is for my Dad's Birthday.

Like Sharon I have used a Lili of the Valley image, only mine is a pre-coloured die cut. I have added faux stitching, Card Candi and some brads shaped like spanners.

I spotted this knitted motorbike online ages ago and have been waiting for the perfect occasion to use it. I figure an old angel's birthday was spot on! Papers are from Bo Bunny's Enchanted pad, charms from my stash.

I have used a Mo Manning digi stamp for my card called "Video Boy" for my card. The papers are from DCWV's "Generation Tech" stack and I finished the card with some dew drops which I think look like controller buttons.