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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Week 213 This makes me happy!

What a bumper number of entries for our last challenge and what a super reaction we had to our poser about one layer cards.
It was wonderful to have so many responses and so many differing views.
We appreciate the time you took to put forward your points of view.
One thing is apparent and that is that we all agree to differ!
The common theme however is that we as challenge hosts should set the parameters for our challenges and make it clear what is and is not acceptable.
We have had Guidelines from the outset, to help make clear was is expected, but on the subject of one layer cards, I will be adding some more guidance for the next challenge onwards.
Now on to this week!
We would like to see something that makes you say...

This makes me happy!
 It could be a colour, a technique, a design, a subject that pleases you... whatever! 
However, we would like you to TELL US what the thing is that pleases you!

Many things make me happy, home and family being big on the agenda. I just had a new chair delivered and this lady looks as though she is sitting comfortably too!
This is a card with one of the fabulous stamps from Art Impressions. They are such fun.  This lady also has something else which makes me happy... wine, but I tend to drink more white and rose rather than red.
The backdrop is from an embossing folder of corks from Darice, the sofa is paper pieced and she is coloured with Mirage pens.
The sentiment is computer generated in VNI Thufap2 font.

I could have gone on forever with things that make me happy BUT
I've limited my examples to three: coffee, cake and my pet dog 'Cookie'!!!
The other two are on my personal blog!
Card Recipe:
MFT Die-Namics - Coffee Cup dies
Paper Smooches - Dots & Dashes Dies
Clearly Besotted: Good Times sentiments
Design Paper: Doodlebug and co-coordinating sprinkles

Many things make me happy, my family, my friends...   My four legged friends are also part of my family and I couldn't imagine life without them.  My happy card uses a Lawn Fawn dog, Mama Elephant sentiment and a Simon Says die.  My background was painted with Aquatints, I'm still trying to get the hang of them.

We hope that this challenge will give you plenty of scope, but please remember to keep your submission Clean and Simple with plenty of white space!
Don't forget to tell us why it makes you happy too!

Friday, 27 February 2015

ShowCASe Week 211

We had some wonderful LOVE cards for our one layer week and the discussion this week concerning one layer properties  is wreally interesting and thought provoking. Thank you all who have contributed to the discussion... but more of that later and now to our 

Birgit submits wonderful cards each week, all worthy of showcasing, but the warmth exuding from this fabulous card is nothing short of breathtaking!

So wonderfully CAS and perfectly stamped!

Fabulous shading in Carole's unmistakable style!

Thanks so much everyone!
Ladies please take your showcase badges from the page at the top!
How lucky we are to have such amazing participants!
See you all tomorrow for outr new challenge!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Week 212 Wings

We were having the discussion last week about whether a card with inlaid dies is one layer or not.
Sarah made one for the challenge, but I couldn't decide if it was one layer or not as there has to be a layer behind it to support the joins between the dies. SO... is it or isn't it?
What do you think? It would be good to know!
Please leave a comment with your point of view, it will be really interesting to read what the general opinion is.
Now on to this week, and for our 
we have chosen

SU Wetlands stamps one a one layer card with area masked off and Pan Pastels applied.

Many of you will know how much I love chicken images. This one was bought at the Portsmouth Craft Fair recently, I think it's from Woodware. It's coloured with Copics and Mirage pens and the backdrop is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
A bit of a soppy looking chicken isn't she!

Using distress inks (picked raspberry, seedless preserves & barn door)
I inked an off-cut of watercolour cardstock, spritzed with water
to allow the colours to blend then left to dry. 

From this panel I die-cut the dragonfly
which is a standalone die set from Clearly Besotted, layered 3 times with the 
intricate elegant cut-out dragonfly on top. The same watercoloured panel 
is used to create the 'corner' pieces surrounding the front card panel.

More Clearly Besotted stamps used: With a Flourish,
Building Blocks & Sentiment from Spring Flowers
To finish mini silver pearls from Hobby House.

Do visit our personal blogs as there are additional examples to be found on each of them...we try to be vigilant in visiting and commenting on all of your submissions... and we love receiving comments too!
There are lots of things with wings so let's hope we see a variety of them
Do join us, we're waiting to see what you can come up with!
Don't forget to keep your submission CAS with lots of that lovely White Space!