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

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