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Monday 17 May 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 21

The brief for the latest challange at Crafty Cardmakers is to decorate the inside of the card as well as the outside. I have to admit this is something I don't normally do as I don't have much time for crafting due to work commitments, but it does make a card seem more finished and special.

The image is a rubber stamp from Wild Rose Studio. I have coloured it in using Promarkers and used paper piecing for the dress and scarf. This card is for my Sister in law's birthday on and I have personalised the hair colouring to match hers. I think this is a great image for doing that. I have also coloured the wine rose to suit her favourite tipple.

The papers are from Docrafts Rose Garden pad which also has die cut sentiments which I have used both inside and out. The blossoms are layers of cherry blossoms and assorted mulberry flowers which I have coloured with Promarkers and added glitter.

The inside of the card has been decorated with matching paper, more rubber stamping which are images which my friend Sarn gave to me (thankyou sweetie xxx) and a couple of sentiments. my SIL loves clothes and especially shoes so it was great to make her a really pretty card incorporating all the things she likes.

I'm going on holiday on Friday 21st so will be taking a look at the cards submitted for this challenge when I get back. I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful entries and I hope you enjoy decorating the inside of your cards just as much as the outside.

Monday 3 May 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 20

For the latest challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers we are to use distressing techniques. I personally admire very talented peeps who can do this, however I always feel that my attempts look very amateur in comparison.

The distressing techniques I have used are inking the papers with a Tim Holtz distressing pad and also a Versafine chalk pad in green, love the soft finish the chalk gave to it. The stamped image I have distressed with the edge of a pair of scissors, I love the roughed up texture it gives and this absorbs ink really well. I also bought a distressing tool from Do Crafts and used it to scratch away at the edges of the chocolate background paper.

The linen textured green backing paper and Birdcage papers are from the Chatsworth collection by Papermania. I do not usually do vintage but was drawn to these papers and the matching rubber stamps, on of which has been used here with a small amount of glitter glue added to highlight the likkle tweetie birds.

The pink paper and letters are from the Rose Garden paper pad by Papermania which has 3 sheets of matching die cuts in it. Great idea to add them into the pad itself rather than having to pay for them as a separate item.

The swirls in the corners are Doodlebug doubles sided stickers which have been generously sprinkled with fine glitter. The flowers and gem are from stash and Stickles glitterglue has been liberally added to the Nestabilities scalloped mat for an added bit of bling.