Monday, 11 July 2016

DT Call

It's that time again when we're looking for some new people to join our team! Do not worry about having any DT experience as this is not necessary.  We are looking for someone who can commit to the requirements and enjoy being part of our team.  

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 and themes.  The majority of the time you will receive an image from the challenge sponsor, and are required to use these. 
  • You are required to upload your creation onto the DT facebook page by the Friday before the challenge goes live on the Sunday. Therefore you will need to have a facebook account.  
  • 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.  You may be required to comment on additional entries when DT members are on holiday, etc.  
  • 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 facebook page with your choices. 
  • You will gain DT experience with a fun and friendly team! We don't like hassle here, so everything is as nice and easy as it can be. 
  • 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, and the sponsor's angel policy. 
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. This is not a requirement as we can view your creations on your blog. 
You have until 31st July 2016 to apply.  
Successful applicants will be notified shortly after this date. 

Good Luck!

Hugs, Ang x

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #122 - Any occasion

It's been a long time since I played with paper, I've been sat in front of a sewing machine for weeks making 3 dress for saloon girls in HGMTG production of Calamity Jane.  Here is a badly cut out picture of the dress.  As the girls playing the chorus were under 18 I'm not allowed to show them on the internet and as usual I forgot to take any pictures.  The dress was cobbled together from a top pattern and a round skirt, all 12 feet of it, the same for an underskirt and net skirt and frills sewn to the inside so when the girls picked the front up to do their dance the frills moved.  Don't worry to preserve modesty of the girls they wore big white bloomers under the dress.  Needless to say I really needed my Pilates on Wednesday to help with a aching back and shoulders.
Anyhoo on to the reason for my post.  The challenge over at CWWCC is Any occasion, I made a birthday card with an image, Adriana's Owl kindly provided by the wonderful sponsor Karleigh Sue Digi Store.  I really enjoyed making this card as it was my first for about 2 months.  I used my Brother Scan 'n' Cut and scraps of card from my stash.  The image was coloured with Promarkers and Copic pens.  The sparkles in the flowers are Tonic Nuvo glitter drops and in the spots on the head scarf I used Crafters Companion glitter pens.


Sketch Saturday #418 - Sketch by Kathy
Ruby's Rainbow #132 - Hip to be square

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges - Add flowers

Just to let you know the new challenge has been posted over at Crafting When We Can Challenges.  Challenge 118 is sponsored by

Stamps by Julia Spiri
Esty Shop

I'm busy sewing costumes at the moment so will post my project when I've made it.  Hop over to the Challenge and leave us your "add flowers" projects and leave some love for our wonderful and talented DT.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 117 - Birthday

Over on CWWCC we have a wonderful new sponsor Nikki Burnette

Hello! My name is Nikki Burnette and I am a fantasy artist. I paint all sorts of fantastical creatures in watercolor. Fantasy art is where my heart lies. I love being able to escape the reality of our world for even just a few hours and enter a new fantasy realm where witches play tricks on Halloween Night, fairies fly around the sweet smelling rosebuds, and mermaids swim gracefully through the water with their dolphin friends. I sell my original paintings as well as a wide range of different products that I create myself in my studio.

Prize: 3 images from the store

Theme: Birthday
It could be a Birthday card, scrapbook page of a Birthday, Birthday book etc

I used the very pretty Cadence on my card. She was a pleasure to colour in. I fussy cut her with scissors as I couldn't get my scan n cut to recognise the outline and I couldn't be bothered to get out the acetate and redraw the outline. I used my Spectum Noir pencils and blending solution. I haven't used them for a while, I put them somewhere safe and couldn't find them. I found them when I was looking for something else I put in a safe place and still haven't found. I choose really safe places (or I have a really bad memory). I used my scan n cut to cut the mats and create the faux stitching and a sizzix texturz plate to emboss the mats.

You still have until Saturday 30th to enter our challenge so hop over and see the wonderful inspiration from our talented DT.


Catch the Bug Challenge - April colour challenge
Sketch Saturday #409 - Sketch by Debra
Simply Create Too #107 - Stitching real or faux
One Stitch at a Time 260 - Anything goes with wings
Little Miss Muffet #136 - Anything goes

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 116 - Based on a song

I'm so late with this post but at least it's here now.  You still have a few days to enter our "Based on a Song" challenge over at the CWWCC blog.   We have a new Sponsor for this challenge.

Prize: choice of
1. choose any 2 digi's (value $5)
2. choose current color club (value $10)

I have used some old papermania card from my stash and my new Scan n Cut to cut the shapes.  I was really please with how this card went but then I've had another look and decided that it needs more texture/interest so hopefully I will have another go and use some of the numerous embossing folders I have.  We were generously given an image to use and I chose Miss Cherry.  The song that was going around in my head is "She wears short shorts"

I think I'm going to put my image as if she is leaning on a wall to ground her.  The colours are all in the image but as usual rubbish photo doesn't really show this.  I think I might also put short shorts on the big banner.  Why didn't these ideas come when I was constructing this card?


Tuesday Morning Sketches #347 - Sketch by Debbie Foster
Dream Valley Challenges 129 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges 135 - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenges - April Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 115 - sketch by Sandra - mid way reminder

I will catch up I promise but once again I am posting mid way through the challenge.

Our challenge over on CWWCC is number 115 and our wonderful sponsor is Heather from

The theme is a wonderful sketch by Sandra

Prize: 3 images from Lacy sunshine

 I chose Marguerite Daisy Flower Pot Pretties.  Last year we went to Northumbria for our holiday and we stayed in a little village called Belford.  Our Cottage Butterfly House had a small back garden but it was full of beautiful flora and fauna.  This was our view every morning while having breakfast.  It's just a pity you can't hear the birds singing and see them flitting through the bushes.

I used various spring coloured card from the stash and a backing paper I made on CraftArtist using a daisy from one of the digikits I have (can't remember the name).  Woodware punches were used to cut the daisies and I used a gold Viva pearl pen for the centres.  I coloured in the image with Spectrum Noir pens and cut our the red circle with my Tonic Celtic layering die.  I will be adding a header and journalling when I get a new blade for my Craftrobo.  The old ones just won't give me a good cut.

Hop over to the CWWCC and show us your projects using Sandra's fab sketch.


Catch the Bug Challenge - March photo inspiration
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Photo inspiration
Digital Delights by Louby Loo - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge - Flowers

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #114 - Use washi tape - mid way reminder

Just a quick mid challenge reminder for Challenge 114, use washi tape, over at CWWCC.

We have a new sponsor for this challenge, Sarah from

Stampz by Star

We were generously given an image to use for this challenge and I chose Spring Rain. It was a pleasure to colour this image and I tried a few new things too. I've never used washi tape before so I sent out my OH and he came back with 12 rolls of the stuff so I will probably be using it more often now, £2 for 3 rolls from The Works, I didn't think that was a bad price. I revisited a stepper card because I haven't made one for quite a while. It was an easy make using my Hougie board and don't know why I don't make them more. The oval mounts are from my new Tonic mixed ovals, you get straight cut and scalloped, I used my VIP voucher from Create and Craft to get £10 off, another bargain. Stickles have been used in the corners and a sentiment by Vladimir Nabokov, finished off my project. I've used something very new, the washi tape and something very old, stickles on this project and I'm really please with how it's turned out. Just have to wait until the stickles have dried before putting away, I'm so impatient, my fingers are covered in glitter because I keep catching them.

Now hop over to CWWCC and show us how you use washi tape, a couple of our DT have made flowers for their projects.

I completely forgot the challenges that inspired me.


Sketch Satuday #403 - Sketch by Kathy (turned sidways hope this is OK)
Little Miss Muffet #133 - Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Use dies/punches
Addicted to Stamps #122 - Shaped cards

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #113 - Use a digital stamp

Over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have a new sponsor in Nikki from
Melonheadz Illustrating

The prize is 1 Bundle from the store

Theme is Use a digital stamp
The DT were given a choice of a bundle of images from the store.  I chose Bugs.  I thought this could be used for many different projects.  I chose to make a banner by using all 14 images, boy is it long.  I can't find a place big enough in the house to hang it up.  I will make it into 2 banners and take another photo when the light gets better or it stops raining and I can hang it on the washing line.  I used a watercolour back ground from CraftArtist and then I had to 'paint' the inside of the images white as they were line drawings you could see the background through the images.  Once I did this I printed them out onto card and cut a V shape into the bottom to add a bit of interest.  I really enjoyed making this and the images were so easy to colour.  The other project I was thinking of was upcycling a baby cardboard book and sticking the images on to the pages.  Or printing the images onto printable cotton and making a baby quilt from them.  The ideas just keep coming from these images.  Anyhoo here is the really bad pictures of the project.  Will update as soon as I can.

This is a montage of the images I used on the banner.

Hop over to CWWCC and leave us your "digital stamp" projects.  As you can see it doesn't have to be a card.


Addicted to Stamps #181 - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge 91 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations Feburary - Anything Goes
SweetStamps February - Anything but a Card
Simply Papercraft Challenges 23 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 112 - Add hearts - half way post

We have a new sponsor over at Crafting When We Can Challenges.  The wonderful Sami from 
Sami Stamps

Theme: add hearts

I chose Little Cloud Angel and as soon as I saw her I knew what I wanted to do.  My friend Gina, who is a wonderful mixed media artist is always trying to get me to get my fingers messy.  I don't like messy fingers but on this occasion I could find no other way to make my project.

Firstly I bought a canvas and paints from Home Bargains and then proceeded to use baby wipes to make a background on the canvas (very messy fingers Gina).  I then printed the image onto A3 paper and painted it.  I'm not really good a painting so no shading but I tried to make the wings look colourful.  The image had 3 hearts dangling from it at various lengths but I cut them off and replaced them with 4 pegged, padded hearts bought from the Range.  As you can see from the picture below I made this for my daughter to use to keep her gig and train tickets safe and where she can find them.

You still have until Saturday 20th to join in the challenge.  Hop over to the blog to get loads of inspiration from our wonderful DT.  CWWCC 112.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Challenge 111 - Celebrating any occasion

It's been a long time since I posted on here.  I was busy with costumes for a Panto and then I've not been very well but hopefully I'm over the worst now and will be getting back into crafting.  

We still have a week left on the DT call so hop over and have a look

Over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have a wonderful sponsor with

and the theme is 
Celebrating any occasion

Prize: 3 images from the store

I used an image I already had as it fitted the theme perfectly it is called Princess, a colouring page.  I have used this image to make a Wedding card.  I know what you'll say about the colour of her dress but I like a little colour and would choose a dress with colour for myself.  I used my Spectrum Noir pens and some double sided card from Create and Craft.  In the sale they were selling a £150 box of goodies for £20, who could miss this.  I was really pleased with the package and can see myself using everything that was in the parcel.  Once again I used my Tonic Deco oval dies, love these dies. My sentiment is a Die'sire sentiment. The gold ribbon was from Craft Den Studio and the red was from my stash, probably off a box as I had 2 pieces just long enough to go over the front of an A5 card.  The bling is from a pack of bling for the body, they were on offer and about a quarter of the price of craft bling, sometime you just fall lucky.   Enough of the waffle here is my card.

Now you've seen my card why don't you hop over to the Challenge and show us your Celebratory project.  As long as you follow the rules you will be in with a chance to win the wonderful prize.


Tuesday Morning Sketches 335 - Sketch by Debbie Foster
Crazy 4 Challenges 320 - Add some POP (popped up on 3d foam)
Crafty Boots Challenges - Ribbon or Lace
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Make your Mark (Spectrum Noir Pens)
Simply Create Too 101- Use something new (new double sided card)