Tuesday, 26 November 2013

LEJ Designs Challenge #81

Welcome Visitors, Fellow Bloggers, Crafters and Friends.....
Hope you are keeping nice and warm in this horribly cold and wintery weather this morning.
Today sees the start of LEJs weekly challenge #82 - Buttons, Bows or Beads.
LEJ Designs Challenge Blog offer weekly challenges, starting on the Tuesday of each week.
There are always wonderful LEJ Designs Images up for grabs for the winner, along with a small crafting 2nd prize from one of our totally wonderful sponsors. (Please see the blog for further details of our sponsors).
We have some exciting news coming in the new year, so keep your eyes peeled.....
LEJ Designs also has a facebook page, which you can find here:
Currently, for every 10 new likers to the facebook page, someone has a chance of winning on of the LEJ Designs Digi Images. Get 'Liking' and 'Sharing'.
If you use one of the LEJ Designs Digi Images on your challenge entry, and you win, you could be in with a chance to win an extra bonus amount of Images. Currently the rollover stands at 4!!!

What I have Made

I decided to use the wonderful 'Snowman' images from LEJ Designs.
I coloured him with Water Colour pencils. I love my water colour pencils as you can give images as much or as little colour as you want. I used hardly any colour on the body, but made the other features stand out with heavier colouring.

I decided to use Buttons AND bows on my card. I took the orange from the Satsuma nose on the wonderful snowman. I think the blues and oranges go together well.

The border around the image is made up from lots and lots of punched out snowflakes. For these I used a Tonic Boot punch. I think this just gives the card a textured look, and with them spread out, it covers some of the white of the image topper. The backing paper is a Kanban sheet.
I finished the card off with a gift that I printed off from SERIF CraftArtist. I coloured this with the same water colour pencils as in the image. I used a few orange gems for the corners that aren't covered, and the middle of the bow on the parcel, and small black gems on he features of the snowman.
As always, I really hope this make has inspired you to pop along to the LEJ Designs Challenge blog to join along with the current Challenge.
Thank you so much for your wonderful visits.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

SeemaCrafts Challenge Blog

Welcome fellow Bloggers, Crafters and most importantly, Friends...
First of all, I would like to apologise for not posting this at the start of the Challenge (1st November). I was stuck with no broadband for a day and a half, and my 3G was not good enough to get me onto the blogging page. The downside to living in the country, you have rubbish broadband!!!
On the 1st of each month, SeemaCrafts starts a new Challenge over on their Challenge Blog
SeemaCrafts isn't just a Challenge Blog. Seema, the owner, makes gorgeous hand made embellishments (which you will see in some of the previous Challenges, such as the Butterflies challenge). There are also other crafty items up for sale. The shop is always worth a look, lots of bargains to be had.
Prizes are offered by either SeemaCrafts, or one of our amazingly wonderful sponsors. Please see main blog post for more details on prizes.
This months Challenge is something nice and easy and would cheer anyone up....

Bright and Colourful

I don't know about you, but at this time of year I get a bit tired of Christmas cards, so this Challenge gave me chance to make something different....
Unfortunately, quite a few of our Design Team are down with illness, so were unable to take part in the Challenge. Due to this, I stepped up and made three Design Team pieces to hopefully give people lots of inspiration.

Here is what I made....


I had amazing fun making these, and used colours that I wouldn't usually use.
I got messy with inks, pens, distressing tools...and used many embossing folders that I haven't gotten around to using.
I hope these cards give you a little bit of inspiration and inspire you to pop along to SeemaCrafts Challenge Blog and join in with the fun.....Its time to let your hair down and get out those colours you always want to use, but are too scared too lol