It’s time for a new Anything Goes challenge at Crafting From The Heart.  As usual, we’ve been lucky to have some great sponsors – Lacy Sunshine, Chi Chi Memories and The Stamping Chef!

I’ve don’t think I’ve ever used a Chi Chi Memories image before; difficult to believe as they are sooo cute!  I have used Summer Fun Girl for my DT make, pairing it with a branch from Tiddly Inks For The Birds.  With a little playing around, I was able to merge the two images in the Silhouette software, then cut the shape out as a whole.  I used ProMarkers to colour the image, with a Sakura Jelly Roll for the polka dots.

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For the background, I just added some clouds that I had left over from my hot air balloon box card, to a piece of sky blue AC cardstock (which has a lovely texture to it).  I added a little shape to the clouds by popping some shadow to the edges and blending out; they are cut from a lovely piece of hammer embossed cardstock, so they have some good cloud texture too.  I attached the sky behind another piece of the hammer embossed card using 3D pads to give some depth and then added my image to the front of the circle aperture.  A little pink and white twine, with a pink and white polka button and pink seed beads finished it off!

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It looks like it’s a week of firsts for me….my first Chi Chi Memories image and now, my first entry into the Muse Challenge.  Marion Vagg’s adorable owl makes good use of his branch (see below), as does the little girl in my image!  My white layer creates a frame around the image, and I have also echoed the blue frame in Marion’s card by bringing my background through to to edges of my card.

Head over to Crafting From The Heart to see what the rest of the DT have made to inspire you this week!

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

 Silhouette Challenges – Print and Cut

2 Cute Ink – Anything Goes

Love To Create – Bright and Sunny

Muse Card Club – see pic above


Up, Up and Away!

I’m back with another box card for you today!  I have had a minor hot air balloon obsession recently, but I struggle to colour them well.  So, when it dawned on me that I could “make” my hot air balloon instead, I had to give it a go!

hot air balloon box card

This box card is based on my original template from the Silhouette store, but as always, I have snipped bits here and there, and added on some extras!  I am delighted with the hot air balloons – they were a file from the Silhouette store; the way the balloon shape is built up in layers really allows curve of the balloon to show!

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Clean And Simple

Join the new Clean and Simple challenge at Sentimental Sundays!  Our new challenge starts today and is sponsored by 2CuteInk stamps – possible the cutest stamps I have ever seen 🙂

The DT were offered a choice of three stamps for this challenge (I’m glad I didn’t actually have to make a decision from the whole collection, I never would have been ready on time for this post!!).  I chose to use Balloon Birdie, and could see the card before I even put ink to paper 🙂

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I love clean and simple designs, they really are my happy place!  I knew that I wanted to pop this cute little birdie on a cloudy sky background, but wanted to keep the number of layers down.  So I traced and detached the image in the Silhouette software, which allowed me to pop him into a centre panel background with blue sky and fluffy white clouds.  when I printed the image, I just had to colour the birdie and balloon using Pro-Markers.  I wanted to create a little depth, so I printed another copy of the bird’s body and the balloon, then coloured them and added it to the card with 3D pads, along with another layer of clouds cut from a hammered card for texture.

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For the base mat, I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Darice clouds folder and popped this layer behind the main centre panel.  The sentiment was simply printed onto white card and mounted on a layer coloured in with a Crimson Pro-Marker to match the balloon.

Is Clean and Simple a style you love or hate? Style does tend to divide opinions!  Either way, whether in or out of your comfort zone, make sure you head over to Sentimental Sundays for a peek at the other DT creations and share your CAS makes with us – don’t forget the sentiment!

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Tok Bobok – CAS

 Addicted To Stamps – Things With Wings

Suzy Bees – Wings

Crafty Calendar – Things With Wings

The Sisterhood Of Crafters – Things With Wings

A Little Bit Crafty – Birds And The Bees

Who’s The Em-Boss?!

Embossing is the new theme over at Sentimental Sundays this week!  Whether it’s dry embossing or heat embossing, we’d love to see how you incorporate it into your projects for this week’s link-up.

The challenge is sponsored by The Cutting Cafe; they kindly offered the DT two files to use in their projects this week – I chose to use the Rain, Rain, Go Away set, which comes with so many different elements!

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For my card, I chose the gorgeous Wellie boots and the cute sentiment.  I made the rainbow in the Silhouette software by adding several offset layers to build up the colours, and then overlaid the sentiment before printing and cutting the image.  The boots and puddle were cut by the Silhouette and coloured with Pro-Markers.  I added touches of Crystal Stickles and Glossy Accents to the boot and puddles to add a little detail.

Now, I hadn’t forgotten that the theme was embossing!  I chose a square of dove grey cardstock and dry embossed it by running the Darice Clouds folder through my Cuttlebug – it doesn’t show so well in the main picture, but it is easier to pick out on the photo below.  Perfect grey cloudy sky backdrop for my lovely bright rainbow!!

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What will you emboss on your card?  I could do with some ideas of how to get the most out of heat embossing – I have the tools, but just don’t seem to get it right.  But dry embossing….now you’re talking!!  Can’t wait to see your projects in the link-up!

I’d like to enter this card into the following  challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown – Weather Report

Natalie and Amy – Embossing

Southern Girls – Earn Your Stripes

Coffee, Chocolate and Cards – Yipes, Stripes!