Thinking of you: Girl on swing

girl on a swing

I love challenges that push me to do something that I don’t normally do and the latest challenge from The East Wind has done just that. I’m sure I’ve thought about using paper piecing before, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never actually done it. The scariest part of this was printing the digi — I had visions of massive paper jams as the patterned paper either wrinkled up or came adrift from the carrier sheet in the printer — but I taped it down really well and it all printed with no problem.

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Deep blue sea (with lights)

Deep blue sea LED card

Another month, another Create A Smile challenge. This time the codeword is “blue” and, rather than just make the focus of my card blue, I decided to limit my palette to just blues and blue-greens and make the whole card blue. There is a bit of grey in there, but even that is a cool blue-grey. I combined two watery stamp sets to build a cross-section image, from the depths to the sky. I also decided to finally make use of the Chibitronics starter kit I’ve had sitting around for ages.

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Thank you: Geometry with lacy flower

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For August, Seven Hills Crafts challenged us to create a card with “geometry”. After discarding the idea of stamped lines or grids as too easy — I like to try to challenge myself and not run with the first idea I come up with when I see a challenge theme — I remembered the mini scenery stamp that I picked up but hadn’t got around to using yet.

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Birthday: Magician’s bunny

magician's bunny

Quite often I’ll be inspired by a card I’ve seen; I’ll get a flash of an idea triggered by a layout or a technique or just the way someone has used a particular stamp. But I always try to put my own interpretation on it, to use it as a springboard to something completely different. So the idea of CASEing someone else’s style is a tricky concept for me, but I wanted to give it a go, and who better to be inspired by than Kelly Latevola.

Strong colours, shadows, blue outline, emphasising black lines, outlining text in white, and much shininess… I like the result and I think I achieved what I set out to do. It’s not completely “me” (obviously), but there are definitely elements that I will adapt to my own style. All in all, an interesting experiment.

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Make a wish: Among the stars

among the stars

I’m always on the lookout for interesting new digi stamps. I think I’d come across The East Wind some time ago, but that was before I started colouring people as well as critters and flowers, and I passed by thinking “pretty, but not my style”. Since then I have not only expanded the type of images I use, but also started taking part in more challenges, so when I saw a Facebook post saying that their new freebie was out with the August newsletter I signed up straight away. Then I discovered that they also run regular challenges and I just had to join in.

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Round-up: The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge

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The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge is over and now I get a chance to tidy up my craft supplies and find my desk again. I had a very productive thirty days: I coloured every day and made twenty-seven cards. I’ve only managed to blog the cards that were made for challenges and had a deadline; the others are all in various stages of being written up and will appear here as I get them finished. I did make sure I got them all photographed as I went along though so I thought I’d pop up a quick gallery to show them off.

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