Sunday, 23 November 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 83 - Clean and Simple

We had a great response to our last challenge and hopefully we will have the same response to our next challenge no. 83.

Our wonderful sponsor is Sherry from

Theme: Clean and Simple

For my card I used the image Snowman and Company.  This was such an easy image to use and I really enjoyed colouring it in and hopefully I managed to get my shading correct.  To keep it Clean and Simple I used my CraftArtist program to place a background on the card and then used the cutout studio to go around the image so I could place it on the background.  A sentiment was added using the styles in the program.  I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir pens and added a little glitter to the snowflakes.  For the inside I will print out an insert and stick it so it covers the back of the front cover so the pen bleed does not show.  It took me about 1/2 an hour to complete from start to finish and no sticky glue to get everywhere.  My kind of crafting.

Now it's your turn to show us your Clear and Simple projects.  Hop over to the CWWCC and link up your projects and leave some love for my lovely, talented teamies.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 82 - Use your markers

Another wonderful challenge over at CWWCC.  This Challenge is sponsored by
Sassy Studio Designs
The winner gets to choose 4 images of their choice from the store.

Theme - Use your markers

We were given images to play with and I got Sock Hop Sweetie Sassy.  I enjoyed colouring this image, it was easy to colour.  I went for a block colour and didn't do any shading.  The glitter card I got from Home Bargains and the music background was printed from Season of Giving digikit.  I used blue and pink Spectrum Noir pens and made an ombre background with the colours, then sprayed with CC gold sparkle.  Cut 2 circles with a spellbinder die and used some old peeloffs for the numbers.  I can't remember where I got the ribbon, I've had it for ages.  A corner rounder was used on the (can you guess) corners.


Sketch Saturday #335 - Sketch by Debra
Stamp and Create - Ribbon or Lace
MAWTT - Sparkle and/or Shine
(you can't see it very well but the background has CC gold sparkle on it)
Cute Card Thursday - Stripes
(the colours on the background)

Hope you've enjoyed my card and it has inspired you to have a go with your markers.  Hop over to CWWCC and let us see your projects.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 81 - Black and White

House to my self, catching up on TV I missed and posting my project, oooh a lovely Sunday morning.  Over at CWWCC we have the wonderful Heather from

Theme - Black and White
Black and White for your main theme

We were generously given a free choice of image from the shop and I chose 1920's Winter Abby.  I really loved the look of Abby and I adore her clothes.

As our theme is black and white I knew the papers I wanted to use.  A Die Cut With A View paper pad stack 6 had just the right papers.  Wright colours and very elegant, perfect for Abby.  The white paper is just from my stash and I used IG1 and IG2 to colour the image and a black fine liner to edge the fur.  I used an A5 base card and followed the Sketch Saturday sketch.

old stuff approx ages:  card base over 2 years, designer papers probably 5 years, white card 3 years old, peel offs 8ish years, spectrum noir pens 1 year, DS tape 1 year, DD foam 2 years, image new

Hop over to the CWWCC page and show us your black and white projects.


Sketch Saturday 333 - Sketch by Vanessa
Papertake Weekly - black white and ...
grey/pink in flowers
Crazy Catz 252 - Thank you
Simply Create Too 73 - Shop in your craft room

Monday, 20 October 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 80 - Name It (personalise your project)

I'm very late with this post because something happened to my eye last week and it was weeping and very sore so I was not able to do my project.  Then my printer decided to play up and then the laptop had a wobble.   Thankfully everything is OK now.  Eye better, I don't know what caused the problem.  OH treated me to another printer and the laptop seems to be OK now.

Over at CWWCC 80 we have the

Theme - Name It 
we would like you to personalise your project

our fabulous Sponsor is

We were given a choice of image and I chose The Artist and as soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted to make with it.  I have a friend who's an artist and she would have very curly hair if she didn't keep it short.  I'm also sure that in her time she would have painted in a costume like this.  I made a hanger for her craft room.  

I used a piece of thick grey board and covered it with Tim Holtz distressed inks.  I used all the orangy range of colours and built up the colours.  I also used my Craftrobo to cut out the letters and stuck on with glue.  The image was coloured with my spectrum noir pens and DIs used to create a frame around it.  I then mounted it on a pale orange glitter mount.  A gold pen was used to go around the letters after I stuck them on.  I made a purple spider because it's nearly Halloween and I liked the purple to break up all the orange.  A couple of eyelets using my Crop-o-dile, some orange ribbon for a hanger and the project was complete.

You still have a week to join us over at CWWCC with your personalised project.


Crafts for Eternity #198 - Creepy Crawlies.
Simply Create Too #72 - Halloween or Orange 
Sketch Saturday #332 - Sketch by Debra
Crafty Boots Challenge - Autumn or Halloween
I went for Autumn colour orange with a spider for Halloween

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Challenge 78 - Christmas Come Early

I really didn't want to think about this in September but it really is time to start thinking about it if I need to be ready and after last year when Christmas crept up on me (who knew it was at the end of December - Duh).

For this Challenge we have the fabulous Nicole from

The Winner will received a $10 Gift Certificate

We were given an image and sentiment to use and I got to use the fabulous 
Christopher Holding Logs.  I really enjoyed colouring this image in and for a change I used my Copic markers to colour my image.  I had an idea in mind when I saw the image and decided to make a stepper card and use my Tim Holtz Bigz dies of pine trees for the side steppers.  I've used glitter card throughout but the trees are a self adhesive glitter foam.  The snowflake is a die and the glitter card came from Home Bargains.  I didn't like the way the card mat edge looked so I used ribbon to mask the joins and edges.  For the edge of the white border at the bottom I drew round a Spellbinder die and then cut out with a knife.  The base card came from Craft Den Studio.  I'm really please with how this turned out and someone may get this as a Christmas card this year.

Hop over to the CWWCC and show us your Christmas projects.


Sketch Saturday #327 - Sketch by Debra
Clear it out - Fancy Folds & use your dies
4 Crafty Chicks #211 - Fancy Folds
Moving along with the Times - Texture Time (glitter card)
Papertake Weekly - Repeat Repeat (2 trees and repeat pattern on the border?)

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 77 - Borrow a Sketch (give credit to the place you borrowed from)

A week late but having trouble with blogger.  Sometime it lets me in sometimes it tells me I don't exist.  I do I have a stinking cold to prove it.

Anyhoo over at CWWCC we have the wonderful sponsor

We were given 2 images to play with and I received Queen's Coronation Sassy.  I think she looks very regal.  I chose the papers first before I coloured her in.  I've had these papers for a while and didn't know what to do with them but as soon as I saw this image I knew I could use them, they are from Hot off the Press (Lemonade Stand).  Image and pearls are coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens.  I used a corner rounder to clip the square edges.  The flower are Petit petal pairs from Tonic.  I borrowed the sketch from Sketches by Carly.  Carly no longer runs the sketch challenges but she is designing images now at Imagine that Carly's Cuties.

Hop over to CWWCC and join in with your borrowed sketches (please credit the place you borrowed the sketch from).


Crafts for Eternity - Digital
Clear It Out Challenges - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Stitching real or faux
Crafty Girls Challenges - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 76 - Oodles or Doodles (doodles or writing on you projects)

Welcome back or Hello and welcome if you're new.  We have a new Challenge over at CWWCC and our wonderful Sponsor is Sherry from

Sherry kindly gave us some images to use on our projects but I missed the e-mail about this so didn't get a new image.  Boo some might say but not I as the image I used I really like.  It is Pirate Adventure and for my project I actually made a paper scrapbook page.  WHAT! I hear you say no CraftArtist, well not quite I did use the software to size and printout my image but other than that I only used it to edit my image for the blog.  I know, I was having palpatations at not using some sort of technology to do my crafting so out came the Craftrobo.  I used this to cut my mats and title but I fussy cut the image and tore the blue paper for my water.  I also got my fingers inky by using a white ink pad to make the waves.  (My friend (only have 1 crafty friend) will be laughing when she reads this as she knows I hate to get messy.)  I used a white pen to edge the mats and doodles a little ship and its path the find the treasure on the skull shaped island.  The image was coloured using my Spectrum Noirs.

The picture is of my son and daughter dressed as pirate and princess pirate for a Halloween party at a garden centre.  My son is dressed in my favourite long coat and my belt, his Dad's shirt and his own trousers and my daughter is dressed in a favourite witch's dress that she thought looked princess piraty.  On the lead is her favourite cuddly toy Sarah.  She's had Sarah since she was 2 1/2 and she still takes her on holiday, my daughter is 15 1/2 now.

Anyhoo, it's time to hop over to the Challenge blog and show us your Oodles of doodles project.  As long as you follow the theme and rules you will be in with a chance of winning the Sponsors awesome prize.


Crafts 4 Eternity #189 - Something Old 
all the paper is over 5 years old
Crafty Girls Challenges 24 - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create (August) - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet (JFF) - Anything Goes

Monday, 4 August 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 75 - Bright Colours

Over at  CWWCC we have a wonderful Sponsor in Heather of 

The theme for this challenge is 
Bright Colours

I chose the image Bubble Country Gal.  I made a door plate using a background from CraftArtist (love this software) and coloured the image with Spectum Noir pens.  I edge the project with a gold calligraphy pen just to give it a lift.

Now you've seen my project hop over to the Challenge blog and see the wonderful creations by our fabulous DT and show us your projects using Bright Colours.


4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenges - Favourite Things
CraftArtist software, Spectrum Noir Pens, Digital Images
Carfty Calendar Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 74 - Make your own background

Late again, naughty girl I am.  I've was getting ready for my holiday and realised that it was the weekend for posting the next Challenge.  

Our wonderful Sponsor is

I quickly made up the Challenge post but didn't get time to make my project.  I'm always last minute with my projects, anyhow I have just returned from my week in Norfolk and have put together the following page using a photo I took of my kids in the sea at Cromer.  I used the image Sirena.  I coloured her using CraftArtist 2  with materials from various digikits.  I then created a background by replicating the image and placing it over a faded paper from the kit.

I love how you can use digital images with your software.  I do alot of digital scrapbooking and love to use my images.  Sometimes I colour them and scan them in and other times I use the material as I have with this project.  The mermaid tail is a sequin material to give the impression of shiny scales, her hair is a cork looking material and the skin and lute are crumpled paper, eyebrow details are green crystals.
Now all you have to do is hop over to the Challenge blog and show us your backgrounds and why don't you have a look at the DT call we are having at present, it's a sticky post at the top. See you over there. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges - DT Call

Hi everyone!

We are looking for some new DT Members, to join our fabulous Challenge Blog.

You don't have to have any DT experience to enter! Also don't worry if you are on lots of DTs. As long as you can commit to the requirements for this DT and your others that's fine with us!


Have your own active craft or personal blog, and enjoy blogging about your makes.

Can take good, clear photos of your work.

Enjoy using digital stamps.

Make a creation every fortnight. The majority of the time you will be required to use a specific image from our sponsors, where possible you will be able to choose these.

Comment on participant's entries for every challenge. You will be assigned two numbers and will have to comment on all entries ending in your two numbers. 

You are required to upload your creation onto the DT blog by the Friday before the challenge runs. 

Most of all, enjoy having fun and sharing your creations with others!


The majority of our sponsors offer free images, these are yours to keep. Where possible you will get to choose which sponsor image you would like. 

DT experience with a lovely, friendly design team. 

New crafty blogger friends. 

How to enter!

E-mail craftingwhenwecan[at]hotmail[dot]com with the following information:

A link to your blog, which shows your crafting style. 
Some brief information about yourself. 

Hurry DT Call ends 10th August 2014!

Successful applicants will be notified soon after this date. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified after this.