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Monday, 13 December 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 36

Good Afternoon!! We're having very special challenge at Crafty Cardmakers for the next 4 weeks and its something a little bit different and a lot of fun! We've also managed to pursuade the sponsors or their representative to join in the fun :)

We'd like to see your LATEST OR GREATEST creation so anything you like or a particular favourite AND here's the important bit, we'd also like to see your FIRST or the OLDEST one you have a photo of! I can see you cringing and thinking oooooh nooooo mine's really baaaad! Don't worry, we ALL started somewhere and I hope you can see from the samples that everybody was new once and with a bit of practice you can get better and you'll also see how much you've already got better by digging out your first efforts!

We are very proud to be sponsored by a number of very kind stores for this challenge with lots of winners for this one and the prizes on offer are...

£10 voucher from Joanna Sheen

£10 voucher from The Stampman

$10 voucher for Stitchy Bear Stamps

Pack of 5 promarkers from Letraset

£10 voucher for Crafts & Me

£10 worth of stamps of your choice from Stamping all day

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It's our last challenge for the year over at Crafty Cardmakers and we have something a little different for you.

As we are a blog with the aim of inspiring newbie and less experienced cardmakers Vix has challenged us to show you our very 1st creations so you can see that we all had humble beginnings.


I started Cross stitching in 1986 after taking a newly bought copy of Cross Stitch magazine on a coach which had a little duck on it and have been making cards ever since. I moved towards papercrafts in 2002 after visiting the Stitching show at the NEC, seeing a demonstration on cardmaking and thus began the obsession! This is the first card I made using peel offs of course! The materials were so basic that were available then it is amazing how much has changed really.

My latest creation has been made using a digi stamp Merry Christmas Santa Snowglobe by Lexi Creations which came from our sponsor Stitchy Bear Stamps. I love making different cards and wanted to make a shaped snowglobe. I had the idea to make it a shaker card but wasn't sure it would work. I am really pleased how it turned out. It's bright, colourful and got lots of twinkle, definitely one of my cards :) I'm definitely getting better with shading on my Promarkers as well. It takes longer but the images look so much better. I've only had them for a year LOL but I'm now really starting to learn to use them properly :)

Since cardmaking I have had a few cards on the reader pages of some magazines, won a £100 worth of Paper Cellar goodies from Crafts Beautiful, and won some prizes on blog challenges. I have been on the Guest DT for Di Hickman, Card Sketch a Day and Sketches by Tamara and of course the lovely Vix said yes when I asked about being on the DT for Crafty Cardmakers.

I have been blogging since May 2007 and love being a part of this amazing crafty community.

It would be great to see loads of entries and I know we as the DT love to take a look at your projects.

I love entering challenges too and would like to enter this card into the following:-

87 comments:

Vixykins said...

Bwhaha! Dear lord I remember that stuff angel fibre? Perfect first card and great latest :D

Wishcraft said...

Your snow globe card is so cute - love all that sparkle. And it's great to see your first one - I've definitely got some of that mesh stuff in a drawer somewhere! Lisa x

Nickys-kleine-Bastelecke said...

Wundervoll sieht deine Karte aus wau.

Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Kreative Stempelfreunde-Creative stamp Friends.
LG Nicole

Debs said...

Fab snowglobe card - love it!
Thanks for playing along with my Last Minute Christmas challenge at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Benzi said...

What an interesting and fun challenge. That was really a very good 'first' card and I really love your latest. Thanks for playing with the Stampin B's this week in the 'star' challenge.

Lynda said...

Fab snow globe! Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

Lynda xxx

Sue C said...

I think your first creation is great, alot better than when I started ! Love the globe, it's great to see different shaped cards. Thanks for joining us at PfP. Sue C x

katesacraftybugger said...

love the snow globe - great work Mandy-thanks for joining us at I ♥ promarkers this week - Kate x

Courtney said...

Oh, Mandy!! I love the snow globe!! Too cute! Thank you for playing along with us at Penny's. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!!

Courtney~

Berenice R. said...

Super cute card! Thanks for playing The Karber Weekly Challenge :)

Jessie said...

Beautiful snowglobe card! Thanks for playing along with us at PaperCupcakes :)

Kathy said...

Thanks for having Snow Much Fun with The Daring Cardmakers this week

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Hi, gorgeous card, lovely image & nice colouring!
Thank you for your participation at Creative stamp Friends.

A nice greeting Andrea from germany

Karen said...

Lovely cards, thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.
xx

Suzi said...

Fabulous snowglobe, Thank you so much for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week with your lovely creation.
Hugs
Suzi x

Shelley said...

This looks fanatstic, you have come a long way during your craft time. Thanks for joining in this weeks Fairy Knoll Challenge. Hugs Shelley xx

sue said...

a great card well done on 4 colours thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Mandy, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is fab. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas challenge over at PFP. Hugs, Denise x

Rae Anne said...

Oh Mandy (OMG - Barry Manilow just popped into my head!), your snow globe card is so unbelievably cute!!! Thanks so much for working the corner with The Crafty Hos! :D MWAH!

Jane said...

OMG...this challenge is way too embarassing!!! but congrats to YOU for winning the title of "Most Challenges Entered"...well done xx

tampatha said...

wow! what a way you've come! fantastic! thanks for sharing this at AIF this week! hope to see you again
-Tammy

downrightcrafty said...

wow fabulous baubles and gorgeous creation thank you for sharing it with us at Winter Wonderland this week
Hugs Kate xx

sharon said...

Such a cute card, thanks for playing along at CRAFT challenge this week. Sharon x

Kathryn said...

Great card, I love the first and last card theme you have had this week. Well done on the 4 colours for Anything Goes this week K x

Harriet Skelly said...

What a fun challenge - love your snowglobe card! Thanks for playing with us at WoodwareUSA!

Lynne said...

Fab snow globe :o) love Santa trimming the tree - thanks for sharing it with us at DCD Christmas Club xx Lynne xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous snowglobe card, Thank you for joining in with us this week at C.R.A.F.T Challenge
Kevin xx

Josephine said...

Two lovely cards! The first one is quietly elegant and the recent one is just so cheerful and bright. Beautifully coloured and glittered too.

Zoechaos said...

Great globe card worked very well. Oh our first cards from oh so long ago and yes how things have changed LOL. Always blown away by how many challenges people find to join! Thank you for finding ours and sharing with us at Lots to do xx Zoe

Marjo said...

Hi Mandy,

Awesome creations! Lovin your Snow Globe design. Wonderful details.

Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT. Hugs, Marjo

racinggrandma61 said...

What a stunning card. Wow, wow, wow.

TYSVM for joining us at AiFactory challenges, and be sure to come back and join us again.

Laralee DT

CraftinGranny said...

Love your snow globe and your coloring is perfect. Wonderful project for the challenge this week. Thanks so much for sharing at Paper Cupcakes. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! "Hugs" Carol

Shawne said...

Oh, yeah things have changed, it's easy to find great stuff almost anywhere you go! Your first wasn't bad but your latest is fantastic, I love the snowglobe, really adorable!!!! Thanks for coming back!

Debs said...

wow, so beautifully colored it just pops off the page and such a lovely image, thanks so much for joining us at OSAAT and we wish you Happy Holidays
Deborah
xxx

Anne said...

You showed star quality from the beginning!! Awesome crafting and stamping!! Thanks for the Shout Out for Woodware Stamps this week! Hope you'll be back again!!

marsha said...

Your snow globe is absolutely fabulous and so creative! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Critter Sketch Challenge and we hope you will come back and join us again next week for another exciting challenge!
Hugs,
Marsha
CSCB-DT

Rosemary said...

Your first card is a lot better than my first one! That said, I have to admit I really think the snowglobe is fantastic - love the color and the sparkle. I think the recent spate of UK snow has influenced you - lol! But I won't wish more on you, despite the great inspiration!

Thanks for participating with us at Opus Gluei!

Michele said...

Love the snowglobe card! Awesome job on all the challenges. thanks for playing the Critter Sketch challenge.

andrea said...

gorgeous card,love the image what a fab challenge idea won't see me showing my first attempt lol thankyou for joining us at fab'n'funky
andrea

Jack said...

Love your first card - I've still got loads of peel-offs lurking somewhere, lol. And that snow globe is inspired! Absolutely gorgeous. xx

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What pretty cards!! Love the vibrant and bright colors on the snowglobe. Thanks for joining ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!

Sharon said...

This is so cute.
Thanks for joining us at Fab 'n' Funky this week, hope to see you again next time.
Sharon x

chrissy xx said...

What a Fabulous card. LOve it.
Thank you soooo much for joining us at Die cut Dreams Christmas Club.
Chrissyxx

Sandie said...

Love the snowglobe, what a wonderful idea. Great image and colouring too. Thanks for joining with us at Inky Impressions challenges

uksharon said...

Great cards
Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week.
Best wishes, Sharon

Inspired By Friends said...

very cute card. I love how you made it into a snow globe. Thanks for joining us at Stamping With The Dragon.

Hugs,
Beth

paperfun said...

I love your snow globe card.

You really have progressed in your cardmaking. It is fun to the change.
Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.

Mari

Nancy said...

Wow, that's a lot of challenges!! Thanks for joining us this week at Woodware USA!

Lorraine said...

Now that's a challenge and a half that is, lol. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

Minxy said...

Loving your snow globe, thanks for playing along with the Artistic Stampers team blog christmas challenge x

Gro said...

Beautiful card. Love the shape.
Thanks for joining PFP's mega Christmas challenge :o)

joey said...

Fabulous creations Mandy the snowglobe is fantastic, thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions. Joey.x

Cor* said...

Your first creation is great! Humble beginnings....yes, for me, that's for sure!! Latests is greatest too! Was great to be part of the Crafty team with you girl! Thanks so much for including a star on your project and joining in with the fairies this week at FFF!! Don't forget to include the NEW Challenge link http://prairiefairyfridays.blogspot.com/ & get in on the Fairy Queens candy at this link http://prairiefairy.blogspot.com/ ending Dec 24th! Happy Holidays! PS- she has freebie tags for her e-mail subscribers!

Dana said...

A beautiful shaker card Mandy!! Thanks for joining us at One Crazy Stamper!!
Hugs~
Dana

Crissy Armstrong said...

Cute card! Thanks so much for playing at my challenge, Sundays With Crissy!

*Vicki* said...

So very sweet!Love how you've made it a snow globe shape!! Thanks for playing at Stamp Something!!HUGS

coops said...

gorgeous card mandy.the snowglobe shape is brilliant and i love the image.
thanks for playing in our mega christmas challenge at PFP.

xx coops xx

Sammi said...

Love how it looks like a snowglobe! Very cute!
Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions!
Sammi
xx

Trisha said...

Awesome creation! Thanks for using a star with this challenge and thanks for playing at Fairy Fun Fridays! P.S. Became a follower-I know there's more great creations to follow!xox Trish

Lori said...

Great snow globe, thanks for joining us at Fairy Fun Fridays this week, we're happy to have you and also thank you for joining our Carol challenge at DCD Christmas club!

mueppi said...

Your card is so wonderful! I love it!
Thanks for visiting my blog!
Hugs from germany Gisela

Tammylee said...

This snow globe is so cute! Thanks for playing along with us at Digi's With Attitude! Hope to see you again!

Also, just to let you know that I have Candy on my blog!
http://tammyleestampcorner.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-candy-now.html

Tammylee

Viv said...

What great snow globe you've made! Love it!
Thanks for playing at Digi's With Attitude!
Viv :)

Lynsey said...

Fantastic card! Just right for our challenge this week. Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
Hugs Lynsey x

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

way to go on the challenges accomplished with this card! That's amazing! Thanks for joining us at Penny's! :-) Amy

Emma H said...

Great card, thanks for playing along with Fab N funky!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

HI Mandy, your snow globe card is fabulous! It's fun to see how far we've come in the creative process isn't it? Thanks for playing in our challenge at Catch The Bug!

Amy said...

love the lil' santa card..adorable

Michele said...

Such wonderful cards. Love the images you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas Challenge over at PFP. Hugs Michele x

Tammy said...

Terrific cards. Thanks for playing along with Stampin with the Dragon.

Jess said...

Lovely and glittery!

Thanks for playing along with us at sentimental sundays this week!

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Great snow globe card love the sweet image...

Thanks for playing at Allsorts this week

Emma xxx

Ashley said...

What a cute shaker! love the image u used! thank you so much for joining us at stamptacular this week! Also I'm giving away a nice blog candy on my blog! have a peek!

Julie said...

Fabulous cards!! Thanks for joining in our Mega challenge at PFP, Juliexx

Tammy Miller said...

A pretty card. Lovely colors and cute image. Thank you for joining us at Catch the Bug Challenge blog for our Winter wonderland Challenge!

joey said...

Hiya Mandy

I am back again ;O) this time to thankyou for joining us at pollycraft

Joey xxx

Padster said...

Gorgeous card - thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT for our final 2010 challenge.

Merry Xmas
Debbie x

Juls said...

this challenge is such a good idea!!!! Fab to see the progess we have all made! Hugs Juls

Creative Inspirations said...

Great card! Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Inspirations Paint.

Jana said...

It's always fun to go back and see what our first creations looked like. Makes us appreciate the lessons we've learned along the way. Your first card is lovely. But your most recent card is FABULOUS. Thanks for playihg with us at OPUS GLUEI.

laney said...

Beautiful cards!!
Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week,hope to see you again in the new year
hugs
laney

Love crafts forever said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for playing at Stampin With the Dragon.
Hugs Nataliya.

Colleen said...

Thanks for sharing and what a neat snowglobe card! I love the glitter:) Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch Challenges!

Rachel Hope said...

Fun Creations!!! Thanks for playing along with the Woodware USA Winter Challenge!

Kelly Schelske said...

How fun is this, love it Mandy!

Thanks for joining in the fun with us at The Studio 313 Hotspot!

Happy Holidays,
Kelly

SmilynStef said...

Love the glittery snow globe ... thanks for joining the White Glitter Challenge at Gingersnap Creations.

Milliesmarvels said...

Fab shaped card, thanks so much for joining us for the Pollycraft Challenge!
Jane
x