Sunday, 2 October 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 129 - Christmas Comes Early

Over at CWWCC we have the very talented Heather Valentin from
We were very kindly given an image to work with and I chose Peace on Earth.  I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir pencils and highlighted pieces with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  Unfortunately you can't really see the sparkle on the picture but it's there.  I used blue glitter card from Create and Craft and the stars and sentiment were cut on my scan'n'cut using a sticky back sparkle vinyl from Home Bargains.  This stuff is amazing to cut, I stuck it to card and then cut out the stars and layered them on to my card.  The wide ribbon across the card is from The Range.  She reminded me of a 70's girl so I chose a 70's font for the word Peace and the oval mats are from Tonic mixed layering dies.
Hop over to CWWCC and show us your Christmas projects, I know a lot of you have already started so enter our challenge and you could be in with a chance to win the wonderful prize.


Sketch Saturday #432 - Sketch by Alex
Digital Delights #14 - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug - October Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges #100 - Anything Goes ~ optional celebration
They also have a blog hop party with this challenge.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 128 - Use your favourite medium ((pens, pencils, paint etc)

Over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have the lovely Sarah from

For my project I chose Spring Rain I wanted to use bright colours to counteract the grey skies and storms we've had this week.  My favourite medium is my Spectrum Noir pens, I also used my fiskar cutter, which I use everytime I craft and my Tonic dies and punches.  All the paper and card are from my stash and because I hate to waste papers I've gutted the card you can't see and now have loads of gold and red name dies (First Edition dies from Hobbycraft Female and Male titles Mum, Dad, Sister etc)  The flowers are various punches and the leaves were cut on the scan'n'cut.
Looks better in person.  Photo makes it look washed out and flat

Hop over to CWWCC and leave us your projects using your favourite medium.


Sketch Saturday #430 - Sketch by Debra
Addicted to Stamps#211 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #116 - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges #99 - Anything Goes with optional tune
(April Showers bring May Flowers - by Al Jolson) 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #127 - Happy Birthday

It's birthday time over at Crafting When We Can Challenges and was having probs with my blogger and totally forgot to post my card. So here it is (you have until next Saturday UK time to link you birthday creation).

This week we have the wonderful Cheri Shull of
Prize - choice of
1. choose any 2 digi's (value $5)
2. choose current color club (value $10)
Theme: Happy Birthday

To start with I created a frame of cupcakes to go around my image using the SVG function in CraftArtist and the Scan'n'Cut to cut the file. I then added an offset to mat the cupcakes using Create and Craft glitter card. The background papers are from a CWVC paper pad. The image and cupcakes were coloured using Spectrum noir pens. The image is It's my birthday. The sentiment is one from the scan'n'cut on board library.

Hop over to CWWCC and show us your 'Happy Birthday' projects.  It can be any form of project and as long as you follow the rules you will be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 126 - Dies and Punches

Firstly we have some new DT members to welcome so hop over to CWWCC and leave them some love when you link up your project.

Our wonderful Sponsor for this challenge is Nikki from

We were able to choose an image pack and I chose 5 Swinging Monkeys.  It was a pleasure working with these images and I've had another idea that I want to try. 

I used the Crafter's Companion Big Score to create my card and coloured the images in with Spectrum Noir pens.  The papers are from my stash and the die cuts and punches are from Tonic.  I had add 2 pictures so you can see them images and the die cut/punched detail.

Now it's your turn to show us your creation using dies and punches.  Hop over and leave your projects with the linky at the bottom of the post.  


Addicted to Stamps #207 - Make your Mark (Spectrum Noir pens)
Crafty Catz #334 - Anything Goes (Birthday optional)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #125 - Things with Wings

You still have until Saturday afternoon to enter our "Things with Wings" challenge over at CWWCC.

Our sponsor is the talented Sami from
Feel Free to Grab My Badge for Your Blog!

We were generously given an image to use and I chose Bubble Fairy.  The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and CC sparkle pen for the highlights.  Card stock from my stash and the crystals are from a nail art kit.  The circle was cut using a Tonic Celtic layering die and the Celtic Dream collection.  The sentiment is from the Tonic Live the Life die set.  I've tried to shadow the words and corners but I'm never really happy about how shadowing turns out when I do it.  I think it's because I end up using the lighter colour at the back but I wanted a contrast to the colour of the mat and bubble.  Hey ho I suppose we all pull our creations to bits.


Shopping Our Stash #265 - Word dies
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown 307 - Anything goes 
The Paper Shelter #259 - Punches and dies

Monday, 8 August 2016

So far behind - catch up No.1 - Oddball Art Co

Due to Family, no mojo and life in general I've got so far behind with my DT work it isn't funny.  To try and make up for this I'm trying to use all the images I've generously been given by our Sponsors on Crafting When We Can Challenges.  For this post I am using an image from 

This image is called Big Eye Beetleguise Tribute.  I used a house image from a digikit called Spooktacular and a background from Fantasy Fairies.  I built the scene onto an A4 sheet and printed it out flat.  I then coloured the image with Spectrum Noir pens and cut around the top of the image and folded the page in half.  I printed a sentiment onto card and cut it out and stuck it onto the card.  It says 'Happy Birthday Ghoulfriend'.

Hop over to our current challenge which is 'Things with Wings'


Crafty Boots Challenges - Use a stamp (rubber/polymer or digital)
Sisters of Craft - August anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Digital Delights - Anything goes

Monday, 11 July 2016

DT Call

It's that time again when we're looking for some new people to join our team! Do not worry about having any DT experience as this is not necessary.  We are looking for someone who can commit to the requirements and enjoy being part of our team.  

If you are interested in being part of our DT please read this post through to check what is required, what benefits you receive and how to apply!
  • Make a creation every fortnight in line with our challenge calendar and themes.  The majority of the time you will receive an image from the challenge sponsor, and are required to use these. 
  • You are required to upload your creation onto the DT facebook page by the Friday before the challenge goes live on the Sunday. Therefore you will need to have a facebook account.  
  • On your blog or website you are required to do a post about each CWWC Challenge.  A minimum in the post will include a good, clear photograph of your DT creation, details of the challenge for that fortnight, and name and website link of our challenge sponsor. The post must go live on the challenge Sunday, it can be set for whatever time is best for your time zone. 
  • Comment on participant's entries for every challenge.  You will be assigned two numbers, and will have to comment on all entries ending in those two numbers.  You may be required to comment on additional entries when DT members are on holiday, etc.  
  • The Winner and Top 3 for each challenge is chosen by the CWWC Design Team, this is on a rota basis.  When it is your turn to choose a Winner and Top 3, you need to choose only those who abide by our challenge rules.  Then do a post on the DT facebook page with your choices. 
  • You will gain DT experience with a fun and friendly team! We don't like hassle here, so everything is as nice and easy as it can be. 
  • The majority of our sponsors are generous and offer free images for the Design Team to work with.  Any image you receive as part of you term on the Design Team is yours to keep, as long as you abide by the CWWC terms and conditions, and the sponsor's angel policy. 
How to apply? 
E-mail Ang at craftingwhenwecan(at)hotmail(dot)com with the following:
  • A little bit about yourself.  Please include a bit about your crafting style.  
  • A link to your blog (or wherever you post your creations).  
  • You are welcome to send photos of your creations, please no more than 3. This is not a requirement as we can view your creations on your blog. 
You have until 31st July 2016 to apply.  
Successful applicants will be notified shortly after this date. 

Good Luck!

Hugs, Ang x

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #122 - Any occasion

It's been a long time since I played with paper, I've been sat in front of a sewing machine for weeks making 3 dress for saloon girls in HGMTG production of Calamity Jane.  Here is a badly cut out picture of the dress.  As the girls playing the chorus were under 18 I'm not allowed to show them on the internet and as usual I forgot to take any pictures.  The dress was cobbled together from a top pattern and a round skirt, all 12 feet of it, the same for an underskirt and net skirt and frills sewn to the inside so when the girls picked the front up to do their dance the frills moved.  Don't worry to preserve modesty of the girls they wore big white bloomers under the dress.  Needless to say I really needed my Pilates on Wednesday to help with a aching back and shoulders.
Anyhoo on to the reason for my post.  The challenge over at CWWCC is Any occasion, I made a birthday card with an image, Adriana's Owl kindly provided by the wonderful sponsor Karleigh Sue Digi Store.  I really enjoyed making this card as it was my first for about 2 months.  I used my Brother Scan 'n' Cut and scraps of card from my stash.  The image was coloured with Promarkers and Copic pens.  The sparkles in the flowers are Tonic Nuvo glitter drops and in the spots on the head scarf I used Crafters Companion glitter pens.


Sketch Saturday #418 - Sketch by Kathy
Ruby's Rainbow #132 - Hip to be square

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges - Add flowers

Just to let you know the new challenge has been posted over at Crafting When We Can Challenges.  Challenge 118 is sponsored by

Stamps by Julia Spiri
Esty Shop

I'm busy sewing costumes at the moment so will post my project when I've made it.  Hop over to the Challenge and leave us your "add flowers" projects and leave some love for our wonderful and talented DT.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 117 - Birthday

Over on CWWCC we have a wonderful new sponsor Nikki Burnette

Hello! My name is Nikki Burnette and I am a fantasy artist. I paint all sorts of fantastical creatures in watercolor. Fantasy art is where my heart lies. I love being able to escape the reality of our world for even just a few hours and enter a new fantasy realm where witches play tricks on Halloween Night, fairies fly around the sweet smelling rosebuds, and mermaids swim gracefully through the water with their dolphin friends. I sell my original paintings as well as a wide range of different products that I create myself in my studio.

Prize: 3 images from the store

Theme: Birthday
It could be a Birthday card, scrapbook page of a Birthday, Birthday book etc

I used the very pretty Cadence on my card. She was a pleasure to colour in. I fussy cut her with scissors as I couldn't get my scan n cut to recognise the outline and I couldn't be bothered to get out the acetate and redraw the outline. I used my Spectum Noir pencils and blending solution. I haven't used them for a while, I put them somewhere safe and couldn't find them. I found them when I was looking for something else I put in a safe place and still haven't found. I choose really safe places (or I have a really bad memory). I used my scan n cut to cut the mats and create the faux stitching and a sizzix texturz plate to emboss the mats.

You still have until Saturday 30th to enter our challenge so hop over and see the wonderful inspiration from our talented DT.


Catch the Bug Challenge - April colour challenge
Sketch Saturday #409 - Sketch by Debra
Simply Create Too #107 - Stitching real or faux
One Stitch at a Time 260 - Anything goes with wings
Little Miss Muffet #136 - Anything goes