Friday, August 26, 2016

Wonderful Woodgrain

Welcome to our last dare of August!

Goodness me, the month has flown by - thank you to everyone who played along with Svenja's Raspberry and Lime dare last week!

It's Nat here, and this week I'm challenging the design team and you to feature Wonderful Woodgrain patterns on your cards as a focal element.

You can experiment with textures using dry embossing, heat embossing, embossing paste and stencils, or use woodgrain patterns and stamped backgrounds. Whatever you fancy!

To get you started, here are some ideas from the design team:

 Dawn

Svenja

Miri

Kathy



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Raspberry and Lime

Goooood morning crafters!

First of all: a great "thank you" to everyone who let themselves be inspired by Dawn's "room with a view"-challenge. We got to see some very interesting views: wintry, summery, submarine... it was fun!

It's Svenja here and this week I want to try and preserve that summer feeling just a little longer with some mouth-watering fresh & bright colours: use a combo of

raspberry pink and lime green

on your card! Sounds like a bit of an odd couple to you? Not at all - just look at the Design Team's fab creations: 



 Svenja 

Dawn 
Lythan    

Purvi  

Kathy   

Nat


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Friday, August 12, 2016

A Room With A View

Hello everyone
Its Dawn here with this weeks dare but first of all I would like to thank everyone that took part in Nat's elemental inspiration challenge last week.  Such a pretty picture and so many elements to choose from.

For my challenge this week and as I live in the beautiful countryside of Brittany in France I would like to see a window or aperture on your card with a picturesque view. So I have called my challenge:
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
 This is the view from my front door.

Here's what the DT made to help inspire you this week

Nat
Miri



Svenja

Dawn



Kathy



Lythan   


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Monday, August 08, 2016

August Elemental Inspiration

Hi everyone!

It's the first Friday of a new month, so of course it's time for a brand new elemental inspiration challenge!  But first we've some news for you - we are thrilled to announce that Purvi Gadewar has agreed to join us as a permanent member of our Design Team - well with her clever and inspirational style, we couldn't really let her go, could we?

It's Nat here this time and I've picked this lovely photo as a jumping off point - so many different elements you can incorporate in your cards!
You need to focus on 3 separate elements and the colour scheme counts as one element, so here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Tiled backgrounds
  • Use lots of different scraps of patterned paper with punches and dies for a background or as bunting and other design elements
  • Organza/ribbon flowers (a la that cream cushion in the photo)
  • Layered stamping featuring florals
  • Embrace a little steampunk or industrial style a la the lamp
  • Plaid and tartans
  • Mandala/geometric circle designs like the leather pouf
  • A little birdie - did you spot him on the light blue rug?
  • Shabby chic and vintage techniques
  • Ephemera accents
  • Beads



Here are some gorgeous card projects from the design team - it's amazing how the same photo can inspire such different looks isn't it? :-D

As always we look forward to seeing your interpretation! Remember to link up your project so we know where to find it. 
Happy crafting!


Miri 
 
 Dawn     

Kathy

Svenja

Purvi
Nat
Lythan


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Crochet away!

Thanks for all the doodles that you shared with us - what a creative bunch!
This week I (Lythan) am bringing together two of my crafty loves - card making and crochet in a dare called
 Crochet Away
I have been involved in (also very far behind) in what is called a CAL - crochet a-long, attempting to make this blanket
I suspect mine won't look quite as good as this but I have enjoyed learning lots of new crochet techniques with all the different patterned squares. So I would like you to be inspired by crochet - maybe by the square patterns, or using some wool on your card or even a bit of crochet.

Thisweek we are saying goodbye to the lovely Shabneez - it has been so good having you as a Guest Designer and we look forward to seeing more of your creations in due course.
And here is some inspiration from the design team who all have a very different take on the dare this week...

Lythan
Dawn   

Shabneez  

Kathy   
Leo      

Svenja


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Doodle, Doodle, Do!


 If you've been following our blog for the last few weeks, you'll have 'met' Purvi, one of our Guest Designers - but did you know that a lot of the lovely cards she's been sharing feature Purvi's own, hand-drawn elements?  Well, we've been so impressed we thought we'd all have a go, and would like you all to join in too! 

Doodle, Doodle, Do!

As Purvi says: "Make your pen your friend...scribble, doodle, draw shapes/patterns, make marks...just go with the flow"

So this week, please follow Purvi's lead and add a drawing or a doodled element to your card this week 

Here's what the team came up with


Purvi   




Dawn    
 
 Nat    
Sharon  


Shabneez

Kathy    




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