Anything But A Card Challenge

A scrapbook page or Project Life page? A picture?  A covered notebook? Or in this case, some gift tags…..
This week’s Crafty Boots Challenge is to make a project, any project as long as it is not a card.  I feel that I piked out a bit on this one, since my gift tags are pretty close to a card, so I will have to come up with something very different for next week.

My tags use the lovely stamp set called Moon Lake.  Before stamping the image, I did a very light wash of watercolouring just using ink and an aqua brush, then stamped over it using Memento Black Ink.  The images have then been coloured using Copics Alcohol markers.
I have made a card to match the gift cards, which I will share with you tomorrow.
For more project ideas for this challenge, you can see what the rest of the Design Team have made this week by clicking here.
Happy stamping! And crafting…..
Chris

Creative Ladybirds Creations Challenge 1

Exciting news today! Today is the very first challenge from a new challenge site called Creative Ladybirds Creations, and I am lucky enough to be on the Design Team with a bunch of lovely and talented ladies.

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Our challenges are monthly, and will feature different Digital artist each month, and you can win some fabulous prizes from our sponsors, just by entering your own projects into the challenge.
Our first sponsor for this month is Bugaboo Stamps, and I have chosen an image called For You From Me Flower.

Our next sponsor is Lemon Shortbread, and this gorgeous girl is called Winter Gift.

And our third sponsor is Ike’s Art, with this beautiful image called Spanish Dancer.

Lots of purple in this post, I guess I was having a “purple” week or two here :)  So often you see the spanish dancers wearing red, so I thought it would be fun to do her wearing a different colour!!  In any case, it is a beautiful image and I loved colouring it.  Perhaps I will try it again, this time in red :)
Please come on over and play along with our brand new challenge, which goes until the end of the month – we would love for you to share your projects with us at Creative Ladybirds Creations.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Feature a Sentiment

Continuing on with the current Crafty Boots challenge to use a Sentiment on your project, I have made some more cards featuring different sentiments.
My first card uses a cute image and sentiment from a long ago retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set called “Hand Knit” which hasn’t been used (shocking!!) until now, along with some of the papers from the Adventure Bound Paper Stack.

Love that cute little sheep! In case you can’t read the writing, it says, “Knitting keeps us from Unravelling”, which I definitely have to agree with, along with colouring, cardmaking, crafting in general……….  :)
And I have made two masculine cards, the first features a sentiment from the Adventure Awaits stamp set combined with some papers from Maritime Designer Series Papers, and the ship is from the stamp set called Traveler.

And lastly, I have used some papers from my stash and stamped directly on to it using one of the sentiments from the Big On You stamp set.  I have then coloured in parts of the lettering so that it stood out a little more, using a Basic Black Marker.

The card is finished off with some “Faux stitching” around the edge of the paper, and some black candy dots in the corners.  A pretty simple card really.
I do hope you will join us this week and share your projects with us.   Check out more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team at Crafty Boots Challenges.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Use a Sentiment

The challenge for the next fortnight with Crafty Boots Challenges, is to use a Sentiment.
That leaves it right open to interpretation, doesn’t it?  Also makes it really easy for you to show us some of your projects :)
My project for this week’s challenge is a masculine card:

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I have used the Adventure Awaits stamp set, and combined that with some papers from the Adventure Bound DSP stack, both of which are perfect for making masculine cards.
We love to see all your gorgeous projects, so please share them with us at Crafty Boots Challenge Blog.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Yellow Roses

A very quick post today with a reminder to join us for the current Crafty Boots Challenge, Hearts and Valentines.

My card uses lots of retired Stampin’ Up! goodies today, including the ribbon, lace, patterned paper and I think even the die that I used to cut the heart is retired :(  Oh well, it’s good to use up some old stuff, it makes room for new stuff, right? :)

Stay tuned for more projects coming soon!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Hearts and Valentines

This week’s Crafty Boots Challenge is “Hearts and Valentine’s“.  Let’s see some of that romantic in you and share with us a Valentine’s card, wedding page or card, perhaps an Anniversary card.
I have made two cards for this challenge, a cutesy coloured girl, and a more vintage style card.
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This first card uses the very cute Toni Heart Balloon Digital Image from Make It Crafty.
I have coloured the image using a combination of Blendabilities and Copic Markers.  I have then fussy cut around the balloon and the shoes, and then leaving these areas outside the Oval Framelits Die when it was put through the Big Shot.  The gorgeous patterned paper is from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! – gorgeous patterns in this stack, not just hearts but some really cool graphic patterns.  The ribbon is from my stash of goodies and the cute metal heart was long retired and waiting to be used :)
My second card uses the beautiful Butterfly Basics stamp set.

Again, coloured with a mixture of Copic Markers and Blendabilities, with lots of layers, some retired ribbon, and heaps of paper piercing!

I hope you will join our challenge this week at Crafty Boots Challenges.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Quick Butterfly Cards

A couple of quick and easy cards made with the beautiful Butterflies Thinlits Dies today, as a reminder about the current Crafty Boots Challenge.


I have kept them  nice and simple today, just some pretty papers and some Baker’s Twine.  The card on the right is a little different, the butterfly has been cut out of the entire front panel of the card, so that there is a hole in the front when the card is open, and the butterfly is adhered to the inside of the card and can be seen through.
Make any project you like, as long it has butterflies on it, and we would love to see it!

Happy Australia Day to all the Aussies, I hope you had a great day!

Happy stamping!
Chris