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.  

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges #73 - Friendship

I'm late with my DT post so you only have 6 days to enter over at Crafting When We Can Challenges.  

Our sponsor is the wonderful Christine from 

The prize on offer is a $20 gift certificate for the shop

Theme:  Friendship

I chose to use the freebie image Vigilante for my card.  I coloured her with Sprectum Noir pens and used my Craftrobo to cut out the card and mats.  The papers were from the digi kits by Vintaj.  I thought the sentiment fitted well with the image and theme as every friend should have your back.  The faux stitching was done using the sketch pens in the craftrobo.

Hop over to CWWCC and show us your take on Friendship.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 71 - Leftovers (use your scraps, nothing new)

Sorry to miss the last Challenge but I had an amateur production on and I help with the wardrobe and I've not been feeling well so I just didn't get around to keeping up with my DT work.  So sorry to my DT colleagues and Sponsor for letting the side down but sometime life just won't play nice. 

Anyhoo, the Challenge this fortnight is sponsored by 
4 images of your choice

use your scraps, nothing new

We were given a choice of image to use for this challenge and I chose Latte Momma Sassy

 All my papers and embellishments are things I took out of my scrap box.  The papers are years old, the spellbinder die used is one of my oldest, the ribbon is out of my scrap ribbon box.  I did use my Spectrum Noir pens but I feel like I've had these for ages too.  The teacup and teapot are about 2 years old and coloured to match my image.   The newest item I used is my petite petal pair punches, these are about 2 months old but I think I'm allowed these. :-)   The sentiment is "There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea" by Bernard-Paul Heroux (and American politician).  I feel this is so true, I love a good cup of tea at any time happy or sad.

Hop over to the Challenge and leave us your projects using things from your scrap box.

Catch the Bug Challenge - June Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamping for the Weekend - Anything Goes

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 69 - die cut/silhouette/craft robo shapes

For Challenge 69 over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have a new sponsor, Nicole from

The Winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store

Hop over to the Challenge and see the wonderful inspiration from our marvellous DT.

For my card I used one of my favourite craft items, my Craft Robo.  I don't use this equipment enough but I love designing things on the computer to use when I can have it set up again.  It's such a pain to have to keep packing it away.  My OH claimed the space I had for his stuff.  I'm thinking it's time I claimed it back.

I cut out a frame design I designed a while ago.  I had trouble with it because my blade is old and didn't quite go through the card but it was easy enough to just cut the bits that didn't release.  I used card from my stash for the base card and papers from DCWV stack 6 for my designer papers, I embossed the stripey paper and used a ribbon from a chocolate box to cover the join the papers.  I then printed out my image Work Out Cat onto coated card and coloured with my spectrum noir pens and cut an oval with my robo.  I used stickles to add the glittery dots and my cropodile to add the eyelets to the top corner.  The background for the image was made with spectrum noir pens and distressed inks.
close up of embossing

Now you've seen my interpretation of the theme hop over to the Challenge and show us yours.


Clear it Out - Your Style & Favourite Product
Craft Robo & Spectrum Noir Pens
2 images, stripey paper, 3 eyelets
Crafty Girls Challenges 17 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Crafting When I Can Challenges 68 - Sketch

For the challenge over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have a sketch by Ang and our wonderful sponsor is 
The theme is a Sketch by Ang.

We were allowed to choose our image for this challenge and I chose Jolene.  I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir pens and used some ribbon I've had for about a year.  The papers were from a Trimcraft 6" pad, I embossed stars into the background paper.  All the edges of the paper and image mat were distressed with Vintage Photo DI.  I'm really pleased with her hair this time, I love the colours but forgot to write them down and now can't remember what they were.  I know there were 3 colours from the TN range.  The ribbon was from Craft Den Studios and the sentiment was from a K & Co pad.

Hop over to the Challenge and join in.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 66 - For A Child

As usual we had some truly inspirational entries for out last Challenge. The Winner and Top 3 will be announced soon so become a follower of the 
Challenge blog and never miss a post.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Sherry from 

For A Child
Sherry offered us a Pirate Adventure image to use and below is my project.  Once again I used some papers from a DCWV stack 6 and plain card I bought from Lidl.  This card is serious thick but wonderful to use as a base card.  I coloured my image with Spectrum Noir pens and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Creative Stamping magazine.

Now it's your turn to show us what you can do.  Hop over to the Challenge blog and leave your For a Child project.

Moving Along With The Times - 'CASE' the 'Sketch'
Crafty Girls Challenges 14 - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #39 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz 224 - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow #75 - Happy Birthday (forgot to link up)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenges 65 - Hearts and Flowers

Over at CWWCC the we have the delightful ArtbyMiran as our Sponsor

We were kindly given a choice of image and I chose Princess Color Page.  I really enjoyed working with this image, it gave me chance to practice hair colouring.  I used my Spectum Noir pens and a DCWV paper pad for the heart backing paper.  Gold card was used to compliment her hair and provide the hearts.  I didn't have the right colour card to use as a border so I coloured some white card with the same colour pen I used to highlight the details at the bottom of the dress.  A Martha Steward punch was used for the border edge.

Hop over to the Challenge and leave us your Hearts and Flowers creations.


Sketch Saturday #301 - Sketch by Jen
Allsorts Challenge 205 - Pretty in Pink
Paper Crafting Journey  Photo Inspiration 
(the colours in the backing paper)
Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes