Sunday, 10 May 2015

Crafting When We Can Challenges 94 - One for the kids

This challenge over at Crafting When We Can Challenges is sponsored by the wonderful Kenny K Stamps

Prize: 3 images of choice from store

Theme:  One for the kids

I used some background images from the XOXO digikit and used my CraftArtist software to print out both sides of an A4 sheet to make my card base.  I cut off the corners of the page and used my Hougie board to score 4 lines to make a turned back gatefold card (I don't know what else to call it) and coloured my image, Girl Gamer, with Spectrum Noir pens and glued her into the middle of my card.  I then cut the card down to make an A6 size card in length.  I printed off a sentiment and used an offcut of the printed card to back the words and stuck it diagonally across the front of my card.  This reminds me of my daughter, she would be this image if I let her.  I'm thinking of making her a big poster for her bedroom door.

Hop over to the challenge and leave your "Kid" projects for us to have a look at and if you've followed the theme and rules you may be in with a chance of winning 3 of Kenny's fabulous images.


Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Clear it Out - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - More than 1 fold
Crafty Catz - Clean and simple
Sister Act card challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Crafting When We Can Challenges - project based on a song

The challenge over at CWWCC is to create a project on a song.  I knew I wanted a song about friendship but didn't know which one.  The theme tune from Friends was the first to come to mind but then having a look through a list I found the perfect tune for me and my bestie.  I've started to work longer hours and don't get to visit much at all now but I know even if we didn't see each other for months we would still be there for one another.  

Our Sponsor is Amanda from 

Prize: 3 images from the store

We were given a choice of image and I chose Autumn Rose & Arielle Besties.  The image was coloured using my Spectrum Noir Pencils.  I'm still practising with them but I like the way they blend, I just need to work on the colour combos.  The song I chose was Friendship by Cole and Porter.  All the papers were from my stash.  I used a swiss dot embossing folder on the green mat to echo the embossing on the purple paper.

Dedicated to my Bestie Gina.
A-lottle-dottle-dottle-woof-woof-woof, hep-hep-hep
A-chuck-chuck-chuck, a-dig-dig-dig


If you're ever in a jam, here I am
If you're ever in a mess, S.O.S
If you ever feel so happy you land in jail
I'm your bail

It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blend ship
When other friendships have been forgot
Ours will still be hot

And if you're ever down a well, ring my bell
And if you're ever up a tree just phone to me
If you ever loose your teeth and you're out to dine, borrow mine

It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blend ship
When other friendships have been forgate
Ours will still be great

If they ever black your eyes, put me wise
If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose
And if they ever put a bullet through your brain
I'll complain

It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blend ship
When other friendships have been forgit
Ours will still be it

If you ever loose your mind, I'll be kind
And if you ever loose your shirt, I'll be hurt
If you're ever in a mill and get sawed in half
I won't laugh 

It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blend ship
When other friendships are up the crick
Ours will still be slick

A-lottle-dottle-dottle-woof-woof-woof, hep-hep-hep
A-chuck-chuck-chuck, a-dig-dig-dig

Good evening friends



Sketch Saturday #356 - Sketch by Niki
Little Miss Muffet 109 - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes

Monday, 30 March 2015

Crafting When We Can Challenges 91 - What's the weather (sun, rain, snow, cloudy)

Once again the entries to Challenge 90 were wonderful.  I love to see all the different styles.  The Winner and Top 3 will be announced later so hop over to CWWCC and become a follower and you won't miss any of the posts.

For Challenge 91 we have the wonderful Lizzy Love from 

The winner will get 3 images of their choice from the store.

Theme: Weather What's the weather (sun, rain, snow, cloudy)

For my card I used the image Kendall collector of hearts.  I used my Spectum Noir pencils and blending solution to colour the image and the deco oval trellis die by Tonic,  I had patch the larger die together to make it bigger and used silver mirri card for the trellis and matt silver paper for the backing.  I then used more of the trellis dies to make an easel card.  I cut out some raindrops to use as embellishments.  The sentiment is by Charlie Chaplin "I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying" and I thought it was perfect for this image.  You can see the reflections off the silver mirri card, I think it looks fab.

Hop over to the Challenge and leave us your weather inspired project and while you're there leave the DT some love click on their names to go to their blogs.


Simply Create Too #82 - Anything Goes
Sketch Saturday #354 - Sketch by Alex
A Gem of a Challenge #141 - Anything but Square
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Challenge 90 - Favourite hobby or activity

Over at CWWCC we are half way through our current challenge favourite hobby or activity.  It can be anything from walking the dog to football or fishing.

We were given images to use by our fabulous new sponsor 

I chose Owl because I knew I could use it as my favourite activity or hobby.  One of the things we like to do as a family is visit wildlife parks.  We don't get to do it as much now the children are getting older.  Here is a picture I have of my daughter at about the age of 8.  We were visiting a place called Ponderosa Rural Theraputic Centre.  At Ponderosa people are allowed to interact with certain creatures, under supervision of course.  My daughter loved stoking the owl so I thought is was a great photo to use with the image I had.  I coloured the image using my Spectum Noir pencils.  I don't have a lot of room for crafting at the moment as my son is still making his Judge Dredd costume and we have pieces all over the house.  I scanned the coloured image in and used my Craft Artist program to make a scrapbook page.

Hop over and show us your project using the theme Favourite activity or hobby.


Trimmies Craft Challenge - Mother's Day/Female
(female ~ for my daughter)
Crafts 4 Eternity #218 - Pastel colours
Crafty Catz #217 - No designer papers

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Crafting When We Can Challenges 89 - Colour Combo - Grey, Pink, Kraft

I'm helping my son create a Judge Dredd costume for a Convention he wants to attend in April.  I'm playing the part of labourer.  Mom can you sand this, Mom can you cut these, Mom can you sew this.  That's why my post is late.

Over on CWWCC  we have a new sponsor 

The Prize is 4 (none coloured) images from the shop

Theme: Grey, Pink, Kraft

I already had a Meljen's Design image (I have several) I wanted to use for this colour combo challenge.  I used Cupcake Treat Trio for the fabulous image on my card.  

The pink and grey card I used was from a Multi-Coloured Pad I bought from Lidl.  It has 25 sheets of 270gsm card, only 1 of each colour but at £1.99 each I bought a few pads.  I also bought a couple of pads of 50 papers at 170gsm for the same cost.  The kraft paper was some I had laying around, just enough for what I wanted.  I used ribbon from my stash and a sentiment from the front of a magazine (can't remember which).  Coloured with Spectrum noir pens, placed on a die cut from my new Tonic Deco trellis die.  The images at the back have glitter and pearl pen on the icing.  The cupcake cases have brads as the decoration.  The front cupcake has been raised on foam pads and a butterfly brad placed on top.  The sentiment is placed on a spellbinder label.
I hope you like my project.  I really enjoyed making it.

Hop over to the CWWCC and show us your projects.  Push yourself to use this combo, I really like all the cards the DT have I hope you'll find some great inspiration from them.


Sketch Saturday 350 - Sketch by Vanessa
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz 268 - Use your dies/punches
Catch the Bug - Photo inspiration

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Crafting When We Can Challenges 88 - Stitching real or faux

This fortnight over at CWWCC we have a new sponsor.  The wonderful 
Lizzy Love from
Oddball Art Co
The prize is 3 images from the store

Theme:  Stitching real or faux

The image I was given to colour is Big Eyes Kendall Collector of Hearts.  As soon as I saw her I knew I wanted to go red.  I orginally designed and cut a filligee heart to use as my background but I couldn't make it fit with the bats at the side so I decided to go for a sketch (sketch Saturday see below) and I really like how it worked out.  I coloured Kendall and the gems with my Spectrum Noir pens in corals and dark reds.  I think I made the skin a little dark but I like how it looks with the reds.  The faux stitching was made with a fine liner and ruler.  I don't usually use a ruler but I will from now on I like the straight lines, mine usually go wonky.   I really like how this card turned out and my even send it to someone.

Hop over to CWWCC and leave us your stitching projects.  Remember the stitching can be real or faux.


Sketch Saturday 348 - sketch by Alex
Simply Create Too 79 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet 104 - Anything Goes
Clear it Out - Colour RED ~ stash RED EMBELLISHMENTS

Monday, 9 February 2015

Challenge 87 - Favourite Saying or Quote

This post is very late but you still have 6 days to join in Challenge 87.  All you have to do is use your favourite quote or saying on your project and follow the rules to be in with a chance of winning the great prize on offer by our wonderful sponsor.

Prize - 3 images from the store

You know how you have an idea in your head but your brain just won't play ball and put it down on paper.  Well this is just such an occasion.  When I planned out this card I quite liked the simplicity of it but in reality it came out Pants with a capital P.  I loved colouring the image, Heartfelt and I really like the quote.  I found a bat image for free and I thought this is going well.  Then I started to put it together.  I'll use wet glue thought I.  What a numpty idea.  Everything looked alright at first then the glue soaked in and everything buckled.  I put too much glue on and the base card got too wet.  I wasn't go to show it but these things happen.  I think I'll go back to the drawing board with this card and use double sided tape instead.  

Hop over and leave your projects with the linky at the bottom of the page.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Challenge 86 - sketch by Ang

This week over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have a new sponsor it is the wonderful

We were given a choice of images to use and I had Wedding Couple.  As we had a sketch to follow I used my image as the main focus and the sketch as my backgound.  I used Create and Craft glitter card that a friend gave me years ago for the background and Spectrum Noir pens to colour my image.  The yellow paper is nearer to the colour of the veil than it shows in the picture.  I have cut a bow from the paper and used a sentiment from Craftwork Cardz which I coloured the same colour as the dress.

I hope you have got some inspiration from my project.  In the spaces at the side I will put the peoples names.  When I find someone who is getting married.

Hop over to CWWCC and leave us your project based on Ang's fab sketch.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Challenge 85 - Anything but a card

I wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2015 

Over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have the wonderful 

The winner will receive 3 images of their choice from the store.

We were kindly supplied with an image to use for this challenge and as soon as I saw this beautiful creature I knew just what I wanted to do with her.  I coloured her using Sprectrum noir pens and then scanned her into the computer so I could add her to my scrap page. I have also used my CraftArtist software and the digi kits Fantasy Medieval for the background, Fairy Garden for the ivy, Fantasy Fairies for the frame.

I have had this photograph for about 11 years and I always wanted to do a scrapbook page but could never think of anything to use with it.  This doorway is in the walled garden in Hillsborough Park in Sheffield.  When my children were young we spent a lot of happy hours in this garden along with about 15 other children and their mums.  There is a fountain with lots of snails and other creatures crawling in it.  All the seats were around the fountain and from there we could watch the children playing together like a big family.  There were never any arguments between friends (siblings yes but friends never).  It has such happy memories for me and I still love visiting whenever I can.  Hopefully our children's children can enjoy the same happy days there.  Just in case you wondered the door leads to nowhere because the other side is unsafe it is bricked up and you can't tell from the other side that the door is there.  It was always an enchanted door to another world and that is why it was overgrown to stop us getting through.

 Some of the many original photos of the walled garden.  A paradise for small children to play in.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my project and it has given you some inspiration.  Hop over to the CWWCC and leave us your anything but a card project.

Catch the bug - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Challenges - Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

DT Call - CWWCC will commence again in the New Year on 4th January.

  Unfortunately some of our DT have had to step down for personal reasons.  As a result we are excited to announce that we are looking for around 3 new DT members!  So 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, themes.  The majority of the time you will receive an image from the challenge sponsor, and are required to use this. 
  • You are required to upload your creation onto the DT blog by the Friday before the challenge goes live on the Sunday. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 blog with your choices. 
  • You will gain DT experience with a fun and friendly team! We don't like hassle here, so everything is nice and easy. 
  • 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. 
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. 
You have until 18th January 2015 to apply.  
Successful applicants will hopefully be starting on 1st February challenge.

Good Luck!

Hugs, Ang x