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.  

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