Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette catch-ups

I’ve been very slack about posting on my blog each week as my cardmaking mojo has been a bit more absent than normal. I have, however, been creating for a couple of challenges regularly, with the primary one being Craft Roulette. Here are the cards from the weeks I’ve missed posting here.

Sat 3 Jun – Episode 166

  • Project: Small bag (a rainbow shopping bag in the bike basket)
  • Colours: in Rainbow (ink blended cloud background plus the shopping bag)
  • Element: Wheel (on the bike)
  • Random: Shimmer (silver glitter heat embossing on the wheel rims, Wink of Stella on the blue bike frame, and silver gems)

Sat 27 May – Episode 165

I managed to take a ‘go bag’ with me with options for most elements on the wheel, and put this card together while on a driving holiday. I left space at the bottom to add a Merry Christmas sentiment, which I didn’t have with me while travelling.

  • Project: Card with flaps (triple flaps)
  • Colours: Winter (cool blues and greens)
  • Element: Children’s story (the Princess and the Pea, using the pea!)
  • Random: Tile(s) (I used tile papers from Stamperia)

Sat 20 May – Episode 164

  • Project: Slimline (not normally a fan of full-sized slimline cards, but as I was putting away some newly arrived supplies I saw this sheet of paper and the whole card came together quickly in my mind – I knew that I needed to do the larger card format to do the paper justice)
  • Colours: Tea party (I thought of softer colours of vintage tea sets)
  • Element: Word (birthday cut out of the paper/background layer and raised up as a shadow layer)
  • Random: Hand drawn line(s) (on the edges of the raised letters)

Sat 13 May – Episode 163

  • Project: Three tags
  • Colours: Rose garden
  • Element: May (my Mum’s birthday is in May, and her nickname is/was the Dragon – which is funny, because she’s the most selfless and beautiful person you can ever meet)
  • Random: Masking (I masked off the card edges for the background ink blending)

Sat 6 May – Episode 162

  • Project: Matchbook card (I’m not a fan of matchbook cards (or any cards that don’t stand up unaided, so I went with a different option, and made a miniature matchbook that serves as a needlebook when you add a square of wool felt to it – these are handy to have in portable/travel projects)
  • Colours: Flowering field (I thought of all blue flowers, which is my ideal version of flowering fields)
  • Element: Bird(s)
  • Random: Wood grain (on the background paper)

Sat 29 April – Episode 161

  • Project: Dutch door
  • Colours: Campfire (I chose night sky and fire colours, plus green and neutrals for the forest)
  • Element: Hat(s) or cap(s)
  • Random: Book page (used as the background layer and ink blended)
Challenges, Craft Roulette, Paper piecing

Plaid dressing gown

My Craft Roulette card this week all started with the search for a ‘chair’ image that I thought I’d paper piece with gingham or plaid paper. Then when I came across this Art Impressions stamp my plans totally changed. I love these characters, they make me laugh so much! The parameters this week were:

  • Project: Your choice (I chose US A2 card size)
  • Colours: Strawberry fields
  • Element: Chair
  • Random: Gingham or plaid

I also just saw the latest ‘fashionable’ challenge over at the Time Out Challenges blog, and figure this would be perfect – she looks pretty fashionable with her matching dressing gown and slippers, right?! haha.

Challenges, Craft Roulette

My first reveal card

Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for her reveal card tutorial a while back – it was my first time attempting one and I love it!

It’s been a long time since I’ve had an idea on the go-live day for Craft Roulette along with the energy to follow through. I knew straightaway what I wanted to do. The card also works perfectly for the Double Trouble roy-g-biv challenge and the Double D April showers challenge.

A work colleague asked to see some of the cards from recent classes so I showed her my Instagram feed – she saw a recent one using this stamp set and rainbow and said it spoke to her because she’s going through a tough time right now … so this is going to her next week.

The Craft Roulette parameters this week are:
✅ Peek a boo card
✅ First grader colours
✅ Rain
✅ Edge distress (I tore the edge of each of the washi strips in the rainbow)

Challenges, Craft Roulette

Catch up of Craft Roulette cards

I managed to create the following cards over the last month for Craft Roulette:

Episode 152 with Gina K – challenge criteria:

  • Project: Hinged (the cardbase is folded, therefore automatically hinged)
  • Colours: Kraft background
  • Element: Outside your window (I wish this was outside my window 24/7 – this view is my idea of my happy place)
  • Random: Faux leather (die-cut purse using faux leather vinyl fabric – and pretty much what I do with my handbag every day, just sling the handles over the chair arm so I don’t trip over it)

Episode 153 with Bitty Penny:

  • Project: Rounded edge (card base and background layer corners)
  • Colours: 2 blues + 2 (bue, aqua, green, yellow)
  • Element: Flowers
  • Random: Fussy cut (aka fussy cussed because I detest fussy cutting – but all the flowers and leaves were fussy cut after being stamped, heat embossed with white then ink blended)

Episode 154 with Alicia / Crafty Al:

  • Project: Shaped card (circle easel)
  • Colours: Yellow, green, blue
  • Element: Super hero(es) (in the sentiment)
  • Random: Fancy circle(s) (both on the stenciled images and the scalloped edges of the easel card base)
Challenges, Craft Roulette, Spellbinders, Stampin' Up!

Hello friend

This was my Craft Roulette challenge card this week, for my 80th submission woohoo!! It’s also worked out perfectly for the As you like it challenge of your favourite between Love and Friendship. Obviously I chose friendship in this case – to me a close friendship has a healthy dose of love anyway.

  • Project: Card for friend(s)
  • Colours: Blue jeans + 2 (I went with three shades of denim blue cardstock plus green and yellow)
  • Element: Starts with “F” (I chose flowers)
  • Random: Stack(s) (some of my flowers are stacked)

Supplies used:

  • Be Bold Blooms and Club Blooms dies by Spellbinders
  • Most cardstock by Stampin’ Up! (Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive) – and random yellow scraps from my scrap bags
  • Hello Friend sentiment from Painted Blossoms by Gina K Designs
  • Rhinestone basic jewels by Stampin’ Up!
Challenges, Craft Roulette

A bunny reading

This random card was conceived because of Craft Roulette, with the following parameters:

  • Project: Bookmark
  • Colours: Grey background + 3
  • Element: Bunny or bunnies
  • Random: Swag

I decided not to create a bookmark, but rather turn it into a card and sneaking a bookmark into the image somehow. As soon as I got the idea of including a book about rabbits, the rest of the card was born. Probably one of the more ‘random’ cards I’ve created but I’ve realised it probably also works for the Use Your Stuff challenge this week of ‘Inspired by a book’! I think it’s the first time I’ve used the bunny stamp since the class where we used it, and I think it’s maybe the second time using the banner die … and first time using my new Olo markers – I need a lot more colouring practice, for sure!

Challenges, Craft Roulette, Spellbinders, Tic Tac Toe

Spellbinders ornament

This was my challenge entry for Craft Roulette this week – and only that, it’s also my Tic Tac Toe entry too. I chose the third column of Tree, Metallic and Ornament.

I also christened two Spellbinders dies, so my personal challenge is ticked off the list today too! And because it took me so long to stitch and finish the card, I think it fits the criteria (for me anyway) for the X is for Xtra Special challenge over at the ABC Christmas Challenge blog.

Challenges, Craft Roulette, Tic Tac Toe

Vintage spanner card

This is my first ever attempt at the spanner-style fun-fold card. For something easy it melted my brain a tiny bit, but more around finding cardstock etc that didn’t look too drab but that worked with the vintage Santa image. This was my Craft Roulette entry this week – my 70th challenge to date. The parameters this week were:

  • Project: Spanner (I had to Google this one before I started!)
  • Colours: Vintage (I remembered I had a couple of paper sheets from Stamperia that had vintage Christmas images, so I chose one that would work OK cropped down for the centre panel, and based my colours on the image)
  • Element: Outside (Santa is outside on his sleigh)
  • Random: Textile (the two panels down the sides are papers with textile images that tone in with the other colours

Along with Craft Roulette, I’ve also decided to enter this card into a couple of other challenges too:

  • The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up – anything goes plus optional patterned paper (it’s very rare for me to enter two cards into one challenge, but I couldn’t decide which one to enter so I went with both!)
  • Tic Tac Toe – I went with the top row of ‘December Holiday, Use a die, and Embellishment)

Supplies used:

  • Pink Christmas paper by Stamperia
  • Pink textile paper from Elegance Elements paper pad by Lemon Craft
  • Season’s Greetings sentiment from Snow Globe Geetings by My Favorite Things (retired)
  • Poinsettia dies by Stampin’ Up!
  • Wonderful Gems by Stampin’ Up! (retired)
Challenges, Craft Roulette, Stencils

A little hello stencil window card

I’m pretty sure this was the very first set of layering stencils that I ever owned when I started cardmaking 18 months ago, and it began a love affair with stencils (even though I often forget to use them!). I actually created this card for the Craft Roulette challenge this week, but it’s also something that was inspired by the photo inspiration challenge over at Inspiration Station, and the aperture card challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters so it was a three-fer this week!

The Craft Roulette challenge this week was for:

  • Project: Window card (the second one I’ve ever attempted I think)
  • Colours: Red, yellow +1 (I chose green)
  • Element: November (it’s the end of Spring in Australia, so I went with flowers for my card)
  • Random: Use three circles (although there are a few circles on the card, I chose the three red flower centres which were black/grey enamel dots)

Supplies used:

  • A Little Hello stencil bundle by Gina K Designs
  • Ink pads by Gina K Designs: Sweet corn, Wild dandelion, Prickly pear, Chocolate truffle, Red velvet, Jelly bean green, and Fresh asparagus
  • Enamel dots are old Stampin’ Up! retired halloween ones
  • Happy birthday pre-printed sentiment from my stash (I can’t remember the brand)
Challenges, Craft Roulette

Lounging pups make me smile

I just love this sweet stamp set – Lounging Pups by Hero Arts. This card was originally created for the Craft Roulette challenge this week, but the card unexpectedly worked out perfectly for some other challenges too. This week the parameters were:

  • Project: Z-fold card
  • Colours: Green background + 2 (and neutrals)
  • Element: Rock(s)
  • Random: Floating

I’m entering this card for the following challenges as well as Craft Roulette this week: