Love to Craft Midway Reminder

It’s like Clapham Junction  today with the meeting of three challenges!
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We are already half way through the current challenge at Love To Craft and as always the theme is Anything Goes. My project is the engagement card I made for a colleague at school for all the staff to sign. Debbie and her fiancé Paul are both keen cyclists so I could not resist this image from Polka Doodles.

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Materials used: 
Polka Doodles – Tandem Ride – Winnie (also available as a precoloured image)
X-Press It! card
red card
silver mirri card
black card
white printer card
Copic pens
metal heart accents
A5 card blank

Print the image on X-Press It! card at the required size and colour with Copics. Trim to size and mat and layer onto silver and black card.

Print the sentiment on white printer card leaving a gap for the prepared topper and the accents. (I could have done with making the middle space a little bigger really.)

Trim the printed white card slightly around the edges. Cover the front of the card blank with red card then attached the trimmed white card.

Attached the topper to the middle of the card and the metal hearts at the bottom.

I am happy to say that Debbie and Paul liked their card, big sigh of relief!

The Love To Craft challenge runs until the end of the month so there is still time for you to get an entry in, so come along and join the fun. We are an all-crafts, just for fun challenge blog and welcome any and all kinds of handmade creations – from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts – to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects – and even knitting, crocheting, quilting and jewelry-making! Whatever you’re working on, we want to see it!

Our challenges are monthly – they go live at 6:00 AM EST on the first day of every month and run until 6:00 PM on the last day of the month – and are always Anything Goes!
Winners and Top Picks are chosen by our Design Team and announced on the 5th of the month following the close of each challenge. We do not solicit sponsorship so there are no prizes. We play for *FUN* and for ‘Winner’ and ‘Top Pick’ badges. There may occasionally be a goody bag of craft supplies thrown in by the blog owner or some blog candy scattered for a lucky winner!
You may enter up to five (different) projects in our challenges and you may combine our challenges with as many others as you wish.
Link just your project – not your entire blog – to our challenge via the Linky Tool at the end of the challenge post. List our challenge in your blog post and link back to us.

We allow back-linking of projects that are no more than six months old. Absolutely no digitally-created projects – we want to see tangible handmade creations.

Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa
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Out of this world!

The image for this month’s progressive challenge on the Limited Runs Digital Stamps Facebook page is a fun grinning monster/alien. I decided to give him his own planet to enjoy!

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Materials used: 
Limited Runs Digital Stamps – Smiling Monster
X-Press It card
Copic pens
white gel pen
A5 card blank

The smiling monster is printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics then fussy cut.

I printed out the greeting text on an A5 piece of X-Press It card then drew in the background and coloured with Copics. (I have to admit this was a leap out my comfort zone because I am not an artist).  The white stars are added with a white gel pen.

Having coloured the sky I discovered that the printed greeting was not so easy to read so traced over it with the white gel pen, having already tried fading the sky behind it with the blender Copic pen.

Finally the background is trimmed and attached to the front of the card blank and the monster added using foam pads.

I hope he enjoys his planet and is not too lonely there! I see from his eyes that he has been staring at the rising planet for too long. (OK enough, it’s getting late and I need my sleep!)

If you are really quick there is just about time to join in the challenge at the Limited Runs Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Limited Runs Progressive Challenge (Facebook)
Penny’s Challenge #336 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #345 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts #38 – Anything Goes/Something Humorous
Crafting With An Attitude #29 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #47 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #134 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrapshack FFC #196 – Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #48 – Anything Goes
That’s Crafty – Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge #423 – Magical and Mythical
Come And Get It Challenges – Make Your Own Background

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Outdoor Fun With Bugaboo

A new challenge starts today at Catch the Bug and the theme is  Outdoor Fun. Here in the UK we have been enjoying some lovely hot weather, not your typical British Summertime and the evening air has been fragrant with the smell of barbeques!

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Digi Stamp – Guy BBQ
designer paper from stash
15cm square card blank
X-Press It card
acrylic sentiment stamp
black archival ink pad
Copic pens

The image is printed on X-Press It card, coloured with Copics trimmed to size and edged with a Copic pen.

The sentiment is stamped on an off cut of white card, trimmed and edged with the same colour used to edge the image.

The front of the card blank is covered with the designer paper and the two elements attached to it. The coloured image has been attached using foam pads to give some dimension.   

I hope you will come and join in the fun at Catch the Bug. All details of how to enter and the prizes on offer are on the blog.

Don’t forget next week sees the start of Bugaboo’s annual Christmas in July set of fun challenges, a different challenge for each day and wonderful prizes on offer. Make a date to join in the fun!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
PiP Challenge #1727 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #166 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #182 – Anything Goes/Make It Funny (Optional)
Lemon Shortbread #45 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs #July – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #345 – Anything Goes

 

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Sailing Away With Scribbles Designs

We are midway through the current challenge at Scribbles Designs with the theme Holiday Hoopla. I have again chosen to focus on the summer holidays.

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Materials used:
Scribbles Designs – Sailboat 1
Scribbles Designs – Sizzling Summer Paper Set
circle die set
circle cutting compass
acrylic greeting stamp
black archival ink pad
white card
printer card and paper
X-Press It card
Copic pens

I used a piece of A4 white card to create the base for my rocker card and covered it with a piece of blue DP printed from the Sizzling Summer set. I ran a blue copic pen around the edges to finish off.

I printed out the boat image on X-Press It card, coloured it with Copics and fussy cut it out.

For the image mat I die cut a circle from white card and covered half with the wave paper printed from the Sizzling Summer set and the top half with some more of the blue paper. I ran a length of blue satin ribbon across the middle to hide the join.

I attached the circle to the card base and added the boat image using gel glue to add a little dimension.

I cut two strips of the wave paper, glued them together and concertina folded the strip before sticking to the card front.

Finally I stamped the greeting using black ink.

This is my first rocker card, it took a bit of working out to get the sizes correct but I am pleased with the outcome for a first attempt. Hopefully I will get around to trying some more in the future.

There is still time for you to join in the fun at Scribbles Designs. All the information you need along with more inspiration from the Design Team can be found on the Scribbles Designs Blog.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #44 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #248 – Holiday
Crafty Gals Corner #129 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #344 – Anything Goes
Fun-Day Friday #195 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #46 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #133 – Anything Goes

 

 

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Friday Freebie Time at Bugaboo

Another great freebie is available from Bugaboo Digi Stamps today.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Tulip Can (available from Catch the Bug Blog)
A4 leafy swirls embossing folder
X-Press It card
white card
blue card
acrylic greeting stamp
Copic pens
rounded corner rectangle die set
Adirondak Meadow ink pad
inking brush

The image is printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics before being cut with a die and matted onto blue card.

The greeting is stamped onto white card and cut with a die. The blue edge is added with a Copic pen as close to the blue of the image mat as I could make it.

A piece of A4 white card is embossed with the leafy swirls embossing folder and then inked over with Meadow using a soft brush and used to make the card base.

The image and greeting are attached to the card as shown.

If you pop over to the Catch the Bug blog you can pick up Tupic Can for free.

Did anyone notice my ‘deliberate’ mistake? I made my tulips look like bluebells!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

 

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Summer Treats

Another Saturday and another challenge at Catch the Bug. This week there is a photo for your inspiration.

I have used two wonderful Bugaboo images for my sample.

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Digi Stamps –  Ice Cream Dog
Bugaboo Digi Stamps –  Kidz – Ice Cream
Imagine That Digistamp – Ice Cream Sentiments
Imagine That Digistamp – Ice Cream Parlour Digi Papers
X-Press It card
printer paper
white printer card
Copic pens

The two images are arranged on a Word document then printed onto X-Press It card and coloured with Copics.

Two Ice Cream Parlour papers are printed on white paper and the sentiment on white card. The papers are used to mat the trimmed image and to line the front of the card blank.

The sentiment is trimmed to size and attached to the card under the image.

I am writing this on a really hot afternoon so could really do with an ice cream myself or failing that a lemon sorbet. Gosh! I had better stop this line of thought as I am making myself hungry! The post actually goes live on the 24th which would be my Dad’s birth – day. He too loved ice cream, I am very much a daddy’s girl and miss him more as I get older. It’s funny that I find the passage of time brings more memories to mind than less but the ache of loss has lessened as the years have gone by.

The challenge at Catch the Bug runs for the week so why not come and join in. You will find more inspiration from the DT, full instructions and a link to the store on the Catch the Bug Blog.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations #277 – Our Furry Friends
My Time To Craft #348 – Summertime
Crafting From The Heart #164 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Add A Sentiment
Lemon Shortbread #44 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #181 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1725 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #247 – Make Your Mark
Crafty Creations #344 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #288/289 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner #128 – Any Holiday

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Apples just for you

This is my card for the Art By Barb progressive challenge on the Facebook page.

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Materials used:
Art By Barb – Apple (available free from the Facebook page if entering the challenge for the first time)
Imagine That Digistamp – Maggie’s Apples
X-Press It card
printer card
white flat-backed adhesive gems
circle die
oval die
scalloped oval die
acrylic greeting stamp
red ink pad
A5 white card blank
Copic pens

Apple has been printed on X-Press It card, coloured with Copics and cut out with an oval die.

Three papers from the Maggie’s Apples set have been printed onto printer card. The red check is used to cover the front of the card blank, the yellow one is cut with a scalloped oval die to make a mat for the image and the patterned one is used to cut decorative ribbons.

The greeting is stamped onto white card and cut with a circle die.

The matted image, paper ribbons and greeting are arranged on the card front. The gems are coloured with a Copic pen and stuck on as shown.

The progressive challenge at Art by Barb is open until the 29th of this month so if you hurry you still have time to pick up the image and enter. All the details are on the Facebook Page.

Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Art By Barb Facebook Progressive Challenge – June
Sweet Stampin’ – Creations for Children
Crafty Friends #60 – Friendship 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #60 – Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore #42 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #198 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1725 – Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart #164 – Anything Goes

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Growing Old Disgracefully!

Time for a new release at Bugaboo Digi Stamps. This fun image called ‘Stella belly button’ is in the store today.

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Stella Belly Button (new release today)
X-Press It card
white card
purple card
black card
Copic pens
white DL card blank

Stella is printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics before being trimmed back to the frame. The sentiment is printed on white card and trimmed to size.

A length of purple card matted on black is attached across the middle of a DL card blank then the image and sentiment added.

There is always something happening on the Catch the Bug Blog so why not go and take a look. You will find links to the new releases and more inspiration from the DT as well as links to the current challenges and the store.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa


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Faith, Hope and Love

This month the optional theme at Path of Positivity is Faith, Hope and Love. As it is June and the start of the most popular time for weddings we are looking especially for wedding/engagement/anniversary makes reflecting the Faith, Hope and Love theme.

I love finding songs that have thought provoking or inspiring lyrics. I have used quite a few ‘unusual’ ones in my All Age Worship Services over the years. Jim Croce’s ‘Time in a bottle’ has always been a favourite, the melody is lovely and the words are wonderful. In fact they work so well with the theme for the challenge that I decided to  make them the focal of my make.

Just in case you cannot make out the words from my photo here they are, including the part that did not fit on the front.

“Time In A Bottle”

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with youIf I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with youBut there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time withIf I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty, except for the memory of how
They were answered by youBut there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with
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Materials used:
– As Time Goes By Clockwork papers
Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles – A Matter of Time Watch Patterned Paper
Dragons Lair Designs – Summer Sunset Couple Digi Stamp
Serif Craft Artist 2 programme or similar graphics software. (Link to free compact version)

This is a different project for me because I have made the whole thing digitally, not a piece of paper or pen in sight. The papers are layered up, the text and digi stamp added and the shadows put in using Craft Artist software.

If I wanted to make a physical card I have two choices. I could print out all the different element and then assemble them or I could print out the whole project as a card leaving the shadows to give some depth to it. It would also work really well as a scrapbook page, again either printing out the different elements and assembling them or printing off as one page.

While it was fun playing around with the software if I am being totally honest nothing quite beats the more hands on approach with paper, pens and glue!

The optional theme at Path of Positivity is Faith, Hope and Love. As this is the start of the wedding season we would particularly like to see Wedding, Engagement and Anniversary makes.

In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, we want to see you create a wedding card, an engagement card or even a wedding anniversary card that reflects the concepts of faith, hope and/or love.  It is time to put on those rose coloured glasses and get a little mushy.

If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational. We also ask that you please leave a comment letting us know how your wedding or engagement card relates to the concept of faith, hope and/or love if it isn’t readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post. While you may easily see how your creation ties into the theme, it may not be as apparent to me or the DT members. That is why we ask that you clarify it somewhere, whether here or in your blogpost. You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, if it would be easier. We just need to know how your project ties into the theme. Letting us know, clears up any ambiguity that may exist.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month’s prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don’t need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of three images from Pattie’s Creations, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month’s sponsored prize of a scrapbooking kit from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month.

So what are you waiting for, come along and join us, please.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Path_of_Positivity_Pippa

 

I would like to enter the following challenge:
Digitally Made Challenges #2 – Quote
A Bit More Time To Craft #46 – Anything Goes

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Eyes Down at Bugaboo

It’s time for a Bingo challenge at Catch the Bug.

 

 

 

 

I have used the right hand side column for my sample.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Beautiful Blocks Thoughts and Prayers
X-Press It card
silver mirri card
black card
white organza ribbon
purple button
Copic pens
white 15cm square card

The image is printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. It is trimmed back to the black frame then matted and layered onto silver and black card before attaching to the front of the card blank.

The white ribbon is coloured with one of the purple pens used to colour the lilies. When dry it is threaded through the button and tied in a bow at the back before being glued to the card front.

I hope you will come and join us this week. You can find more inspiration from the DT and full instructions on the Catch the Bug Blog.  There are also links to the other Bugaboo challenges and the shop.

Thank you for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter #298 – Tie A Bow
Crafty Creations #343 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #130 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place #June – Anything Goes
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #6 – Anything Goes (must use a Bugaboo stamp)
Crafting With An Attitude #28 – Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #37 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrapshack FFC#194 – Anything Goes (optional sketch twist)

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