Friday 1 March 2024

Happy Easter for Love to Craft Challenge #79 for March/April 2024

 

It has been another packed few months, but for challenge #79 for March/April 2024 of the Love to Craft Challenge Blog I wanted to use an Easter egg die that I bought a few years ago from La-La Land Crafts.

Here is my card for this month:



This card uses the Easter Eggs die from La-La Land Crafts and I followed Irina's YouTube video which can be found on the page or here. As Irina instructed, I die cut the Easter Egg from Kraft and matte gold card stock, punched out all the inlays and glued them together before glueing to a square Kraft card from Envelope Solutions.
I then die cut the Easter Egg again from a piece of the Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack, also from La-La Land Crafts, then used glue on the inlayed parts of the card and adhered the inlays from the paper on to the card. It was a pretty easy technique!
I then die cut the Happy Easter die from Kokorosa Studio from Kraft and gold matte card stock, adhered them together and then on to the card. I used this die a few years ago for an Easter card but it seems to have been discontinued :(


There is inspiration from the rest of the Love to Craft Challenge Blog DT over on the Love to Craft Challenge Blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card or gift stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous "always anything goes" creations. Please ensure that you are a follower of the Love to Craft Challenge Blog!

Have fun! This challenge will end on the 15th of April, 2024. Please check the Love to Craft Challenge Blog to find out the winners of Challenge #78.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for looking!
                   

Bear in a Chair for Merry Little Christmas Challenge #55 for March/April 2024

 


It has been quite a hectic few months, so for challenge #55 for March/April 2024 of the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog I chose to use some bits and pieces that have been in my "to finish" pile!

So I created a card using a decoupage bear in a chair that I had from a magazine, plus a scalloped circle from my more recent gift tags:


I was trying to organise a sentiment, but unfortunately I have not had a lot of time!
So I have used a die cut gold scalloped circle which was die cut from gold card stock using Pierced Scalloped Circles die from La-La Land Crafts. 
The bear in the chair is a decoupage freebie from a magazine that I used in my Merry Little Christmas project from March 2021.

I have then adhered the gold scalloped circle to a square Kraft card from Envelope Solutions.

There is inspiration from the rest of the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog DT over on the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card or gift stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous "always anything Christmas goes" creations. Please ensure that you are a follower of the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog!

Have fun! This challenge will end on the 15th of April, 2024. Please check the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog to find out the winners of Challenge #54.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Classic Design Challenge #02-2024 Feb/Mar - Anything Goes with Optional: I Love....
Mix It Up Challenge MIUCB #70 - Anything Goes + Optional Mixed Media
ABC Christmas Challenge Y & Z - Y is for Your Choice (Anything Goes)

Thanks for looking!
 

Monday 5 February 2024

Polka Dots and/or Stripes for Let's Craft and Create Challenge #204 for 5th of February 2024

 

For this month's challenge at Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog, we have the optional theme of

Polka Dots and/or Stripes

I decided to do something quick and easy using La-La Land Crafts products.

So, here is my card:

It was very simple to make - I found some polka dot paper within the Colour Me Happy Paper Pack and cut it to the size of my white square card from Envelope Solutions.
Then I die cut the background of the Layered Enjoy Die in green cardstock and the word in another of the papers from Colour Me Happy Paper Pack. I adhered the word to the background with glue, then adhered it with foam tape to make it pop.

I was going to leave it like that! It was so simple and effective!

But, then I wanted to use a new die from Irina, Martha and Tamara's latest Colour & Create Workshop - the new Pop Fold die. I originally used some green cardstock and white squares, but then realised that it wasn't going to fit in my smaller square card. So I then diec cut the second largest of the Scalloped Rectangles Dies in blue cardstock and the second or third largest of the Double Stitched Rectangles Dies (whichever one fit within the scalloped rectangle!) in white cardstock. I scored both in half and then stamped sentiments from the new Happy Birthday Clear Stamp Set in Nautical Blue, Bahama Blue and Elderberry Memento ink using my MISTI. 

So here are some photos of the inside of the card:



Here is another photo of the front of the card:

I would like to enter this card into a few challenges:
Classic Design Challenge #01-2024 Jan/Feb - Anything Goes with the Optional Twist : Blue and White
Let's Craft and Create Challenges are monthly and go live on the 5th of every month and you have until the end of the month to add your creations which can be anything goes plus an optional theme.

There is inspiration from the rest of the Let's Craft and Create DT over on the Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card stash.

Thanks for looking!
 

Bear Hug by The Paper Shelter for Little Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #223 on the 4th of February 2024

 

Hi All!
Welcome to my post about my card for challenge #223, the 4th of February 2024 challenge for the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog.

Here is my card:


Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter:

Deanne chose Bear Hug, which I have digitally printed the main image on to X-Press It Blending card and then coloured with the following Copics markers:
  • bear on left - E41, E42, E44, E47, RV00, RV02, clear Wink of Stella
  • top and pants - B93, B95, B97, B99
  • bear on right - E33, E35, E37, RV00, RV02, clear Wink of Stella
  • dress and bow - RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, clear Wink of Stella
  • arrows - R24, R27
  • cupid bear - C0, C1, C3, B000 (wing), clear Wink of Stella
  • hearts - R24, R27, clear Wink of Stella
  • bench - E11, E13, E15, E18
  • grounding - BV000, BV00, BV01
  • sky - BG0000, BG000, BG10
  • outline - BV02
I cut the coloured image with my paper cutter and then adhered it to a white card from Envelope Solutions.

Here is a photo of the coloured image close up, showing a bit of the sparkle:

There was room for a sentiment, but I wasn't really sure what to use out of my stash, but then I remembered that there were plenty of bears in Club La-La Land Crafts - so I found "Bear Hugs enclosed" in the November 2020 Club La-La Land Crafts kit. I have stamped it in the top corner with my MISTI and Nautical Blue Memento ink.

So, here is a final photo with the sentiment stamped:


As usual, I have taken inspiration from the wonderful Alyce at Kit and Clowder and her fantastic monthly classes and bonus classes.

There is inspiration from the rest of the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT over on the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card or gift stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous "always anything goes" creations. Please ensure that you are a follower of the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog to be eligible for a prize!
Have fun! This challenge will end on Saturday the 17th of February, 2024. Please check the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog on Sunday 4th of February, 2024 to find out the winners of Challenge #222.

I would like to enter this card into a few challenges:
Classic Design Challenge #01-2024 Jan/Feb - Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Blue and White
Crafty Calendar Challenge - February "Add a Heart"
Mix It Up Challenge MIUCB #69 - Anything Goes + Optional Mixed Media

Thanks for looking!

Friday 2 February 2024

Crazy Birds for Card Chain Challenge for January 2024

 

I am a little late today - work has been crazy and we are just getting back into routine after the kids, well teenagers have gone back to school this week. My eldest is in year 12 this year and my youngest in year 9.

Anyway, I signed up again for the Card Chain Challenge! Essentially you sign up and make a card that you send to the person before you in the sign up and the person that signed up after you, sends you a card!

For January 2024, I made a card to send to one of our awesome Card Chain Challenge organisers, Gail in Norway - this is wh
at I sent her:

Here are the options that we had to make the card:

Colour Palette Option:

Sketch Option:

Theme Options: Mythical Creatures / Birds / Friendship

Product / Technique Options: Paint or Ink / Splatters

I have used the theme options of Birds and Friendship and sort of the sketch. I have also used ink - both Copics Alcohol markers and Distress inks. Unless indicated all the products are from La-La Land Crafts.

I already had stamped the bird images from Birds of a Feather Clear Stamp Set on to X-Press It Blending card with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, I coloured two of the four images and fussy cut them!
Apparently this is one of Irina's favourite stamp sets and she decided to showcase them in a card for the her most recent Birthday Colour & Create Workshop. I started colouring the toucan beaks using some colours from the wonderful La-La Land Crafts DT, but then used the colours that Irina used in the workshop!

So, I have coloured the images with the following Copics markers:
  • cockatoo - C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, BG15, YR23, YR18, white gel pen
  • toucan beak - Y11, Y15, Y23, YR23, YR24, YR18, C7, C9, white gel pen
I fussy cut the birds, then die cut the Tropical Sunset Circle from the July 2023 Kit of The Month and coloured it with the following Copics markers:
  • trees - YG00, YG03, YG23, G28, E23, E25, E27
  • sand - E50, E53, E55
  • sun - Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18
  • sunlight in the middle of the water - Y11, Y13, Y15
  • sunlight on the side - Y11, BG32
  • water - BG45, BG57
  • sky - BG000, BG11, BG15
I die cut a circle the same size from either Double Stitched Circles Die or Stitched Nested Circles Die, (I can't remember which!) then adhered all the coloured parts of the Tropical Sunset Circle.

I die cut the Tropical Leaves Die with green checked paper from Colour Me Happy Paper Pack. I also die cut the second smallest rectangle from the Double Stitched Rectangles Die in white card stock twice. 
I then used Pine Needle and Crushed Olives Distress Ink and stamped the two leaves from Birds of a Feather Clear Stamp Set on to the two rectangles. 

I stamped the two sentiments from Birds of a Feather Clear Stamp Set using my MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink on to the die cut and stamped rectangles.

To put my card together:
I cut the rainbow paper from Colour Me Happy Paper Pack and adhered it to the front of a white card from Envelope Solutions. I then adhered the coloured Tropical Sunset Circle with silicon puffy tape. I adhered the leaves with glue, stamped rectangle with foam tape and the cockatoo with glue to the front of the card. For the inside, I glued the leaves, stamped rectangle and toucan to the inside.

Here is a photo of the front before the leaves, rectangle and cockatoo were added, showing the beautiful rainbow paper:

Here is a photo of the inside of the card:

Here are some photos of the images before fussy cutting:



Here are also some photos of the card flat:


As usual, I found inspiration for the colouring from the wonderful Alyce at Kit and Clowder and her fantastic monthly classes, as well as the awesome Irina and the La-La Land Crafts DT.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:
Classic Design Challenge #01-2024 Jan/Feb - Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Blue and White
Mix It Up Challenge MIUCB #69 - Anything Goes + optional Mixed Media
Dream Valley Challenge #308 - 2 or More Papers - I used one on the front and then another for the leaves!
Critter Crazy Challenge #83 - Anything Goes with a Featured Critter - I have two birds!

I hope that Gail likes her card, I was wanting to do an interactive pop up on the inside, but the die did not arrive in time, however I have sent Gail some extras! :)

Thanks for looking!

Monday 8 January 2024

Seas The Day by Streamside Studios for Little Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #221 on the 7th of January, 2024

 

Hi All!
Apologies for the delay in posting, it was a crazy day yesterday as my daughter has a friend visiting from Melbourne and we were out all day!
Anyway, Welcome to my post about my card for challenge #221, the 7th of January 2024 challenge for the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog.

Here is my completed card:

Our sponsor for this challenge is Streamside Studios:

Streamside Studios Shop

Instagram 

 Prize is 3 digi sets up to $15 value

I chose to use Sea Critters, which I have digitally printed a bunch of the images and sentiments on to X-Press It Blending card and then coloured with the following Copics markers:
  • fishes - YR12, YR14, YR16, YR18
  • puffer fish - YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
  • octopus - BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15
  • shrimp - BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04
  • shells - V01, V04, V06, C1, C3
  • starfish - RV11, RV14, RV17
  • seaweed - YG03, YG06, YG09
  • sentiment - BG11
  • outline of sentiment - BG01

Here is a close-up of the images that I coloured:

I have fussy cut most of the coloured images, then followed the Under the Sea tutorial from the wonderful Irina at La-La Land Crafts.
I used the Under the Sea die set and 4 different coloured card stocks that I have in my stash - I used the darkest colour for the base of the card and adhered the shell/starfish/seaweed image to the front of the card (I combined the image in Pages before printing). I adhered the shadow box to the front, the coloured images to the different layers of the shadow box and then offcuts of the card stock to the inside of the card. 
I attached the sentiment to the front using foam tape.
Here is an image of the inside of the card (love this colour combination):

Here are some photos of the card from different angles:




Here is a final photo:


As usual, I have taken inspiration from the wonderful Alyce at Kit and Clowder and her fantastic monthly classes and bonus classes. As well, Irina's original shadow box tutorial!

There is inspiration from the rest of the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT over on the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card or gift stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous "always anything goes" creations. Please ensure that you are a follower of the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog to be eligible for a prize!
Have fun! This challenge will end on Saturday the 20th of January, 2024. Please check the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge blog on Sunday 7th of January, 2024 to find out the winners of Challenge #220.

I would like to enter this card into a few challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenge - January "Anything Goes"
Mix It Up Challenge MIUCB #69 - Anything Goes + Optional Mixed Media

Thanks for looking!

Friday 5 January 2024

Christmas Gift Boxes for Penny For Your Thoughts (Use a Sentiment) at Let's Craft & Create Challenge on the 5th of January 2024

 

For this month's challenge at Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog, we have the optional theme of

Penny for your Thoughts (Use a Sentiment)

I decided to showcase the little boxes I made for Christmas using a Mini Gift Box tutorial from Irina and La-La Land Crafts products.

So, here are the two boxes I made - I unfortunately did not take a photo in my photo box of the two of them together:


I have used the "leftover" coloured images from my gift tags which used the Warm Holidays Bundle, coloured with Copics - all the details can be found here
I followed Irina's tutorial and used the Gift Card Envelope Die with white card stock and the tree and star die cut from the same set with gold and silver card stock. The paper is Very Merry Paper Pack and I used red card stock for the matting and inside of the boxes - I also used scraps of the Very Merry Paper Pack for the insides and adhered some red card stock to the other side of the box.

The sentiments were stamped with Onyx Black Versafine ink and my MISTI on to white card stock die cut with Stitched Ribbon Die. I then cut the little flag ends!

The sentiment flags and critters were adhered to the top of the box with foam tape.

Here are some photos of the individual boxes, from the top, side and angled:
Deer box:



Dog box:




The inside of the box is big enough for a gift card, but I used one of the Large Stitched Tags Dies to die cut a tag in white card stock - I adhered one of the little gold or silver trees, wrote my message and attached some twine.

I would like to enter this card into a few challenges:
Mix It Up Challenge MIUCB #69 - Anything Goes + Optional Mixed Media
Christmas Kickstart Challenge #82 - The Midas Touch - I have some gold on my little boxes!


Let's Craft and Create Challenges are monthly and go live on the 5th of every month and you have until the end of the month to add your creations which can be anything goes plus an optional theme.

There is inspiration from the rest of the Let's Craft and Create DT over on the Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card stash.

Thanks for looking!