Challenges, Using scraps

TGIF challenge 414

Such perfect timing – I created this card today for a challenge over on the Share Handmade Kindness Facebook group, and tonight I see the TGIF challenge this week is to ‘use your scraps’ – couldn’t be more perfect timing if I tried! It’s been a slow road recovering from Covid, but I’m finally starting to get back to doing more cardmarking again this last week – I think creating this card has helped get me back on the right path again too. It really reminds me of a stained glass window.

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!
Altenew, Challenges, Stencils

Mmmm, magenta…

I was supposed to be doing this rose using the Pantone colour of the year, Magenta, but it turned out more pink than magenta, but that’s OK it’s still pretty spectacular in real life! Originally created for an Instagram challenge, it’s also being entered for the Pink challenge over at the Colorful Options blog and the Use your latest stamps or dies’ at The Flower Challenge blog (the sentiment die is a new one).

Supplies used:

  • Golden Days stencil and hot foil plate by Altenew
  • Inks by Altenew (that I stupidly didn’t write down!)
  • Big Thanks shadow wafer die by Simon Says Stamp
  • Gold smooth disc sequins by Spellbinders
Challenges, Gina K Designs

CASE a Gina K card

This challenge over at the Time Out Challenges blog is right up my alley as it’s a style I do all the time thanks to Gina K – but instead of using stencils this time I white heat embossed two floral stamps by Gina K instead. They’re so bright and cheerful – I do so love me a rainbow or two 🌈 I’ll add sentiments and a bit of bling later on when I decide what they’ll be used for.

Supplies used:

  • All inks by Gina K Designs (whatever was leftover on my ink blending brushes!)
  • Happy Flowers stamp set (on the left) by Gina K Designs
  • Delightful Daisies stamp set (on the right) by Gina K Designs

FFFCardmaking – Paint chips

A fun new challenge started over on Instagram last week using the hashtag #fffcardmaking. It seems this is a challenge running throughout February for a small group of friends who have invited anyone who wants to to join in too.

The first challenge this last week was to make a card using paint chips. After a trip to my local Bunnings hardware store I came home with a pile of samples, and a few ideas – they didn’t all pan out, but a couple of them worked out OK … I’m also going to enter them in a couple more challenges too:

The first card is the one I entered for the challenge. In hindsight I think I’ll add a fun ‘like Netflix’ or other non-traditional sentiment underneath.

The second card I completed is one for a craft group friend who recently lost her Mum, and I added the names inside of everyone that contributed to a floral tribute we gave her on Saturday at our group. It was my first time using the pansy dies, and I definitely see more of these in my future!

Supplies used:

Love you card:

  • Heart Grid cover die by Mama Elephant
  • Refracted embossing folder by Simon Says Stamp
  • Love You die by Simon Says Stamp / CZ Design

Pansy sympathy card:

  • Refracted embossing folder by Simon Says Stamp
  • Pansy dies by Stampin’ Up!
  • Hugs die by Paper Rose (I think … I’ve just mislaid the packet after using it oops)
  • Clear quartz sold sequins by Gina K Designs

Zombie Valentine

One of my favourite love sentiments of all time … suitable for any occasion really – but teamed up with the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp/CZ Designs I just couldn’t help myself! And this card is going to be my entry to the following challenges:

Supplies used:

  • Love your guts die by Simon Says Stamp/CZ Designs
  • Sassy pants birthday greetings 3 by My Favorite Things (the zombie sentiment)
  • Zombies attack by Fun Stampers Journey (the larger two zombie stamps)
  • Graveyard Heroscape Halloween by Hero Arts (the small zombie stamp)
  • White heart embellishments by Gina K Designs
  • Soft Stone and black cardstocks by Gina K Designs
  • Ink pads by Gina K Designs – Soft Stone, Red Velvet, Cherry Red