Monday, 29 January 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #204 - Get Inky/Messy!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  So pleased that you dropped by!

It's time for another Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and the Theme this time around is to get Inky or Messy!!  Chanya is our host and, as always, you may create whatever you like as long as it meets the current Theme.
You may be pleased to know that we no longer have a Challenge limit, so you can enter as many other Challenges as you like.

Well, as usual, I have created a card.  Actually, I created a number of cards or, I really should say, I created a number of backgrounds using Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals, but most of them were a total failure!   Just couldn't seem to get the process right.  I simply ended up with  these big blobs in the middle of my paper but, I am happy to  say, that I did manage to get a couple I liked, one of which I am sharing here.

This was, actually, the first background I did .. and didn't really like at first.  Wasn't sure what kind of card I wanted to make either so, I put it aside, and tried again, and again, and again .. four times again, as a matter of fact, LOL!!  Finally I made another one that I quite liked and did start making a card with that one but, even that, wasn't working out for me.  So, I went back to the first one and, all of a sudden, it just came together!  
When I had a closer look at it, I really did start to like the different shades in the background and, once I started to build up the card, I was liking it more and more.
At first, I wasn't sure what to use for the cluster but then I remembered a card made recently by Lisa of A Mermaid's Craft.  She used a Chloe Stem Die by Memory Box on her card and it looked gorgeous and I remember thinking that I have that die but have never used it.  So, I got it out and voila! .. I love it!!
The die below is the Garland Threads Die by Altenew which I purchased just recently from
Megs Garden.  I really love that too!!
I didn't even use any prills this time!  Didn't think they were needed.
Tried to capture the shimmer on this photo, but it is really difficult to pick up with a camera.

In the end, I am really happy with my summery, shimmery card and I also know just the person to give it to!  All good!

Would love for you to pop on over to take a peek at the lovely creations by my Teamies.  I am sure you will be inspired to join in with Challenge!  Would love to see what you create!!
To check it all out, and to link up your entry simply follow the link below.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #204 - Get Messy/Inky!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg


  1. Hi Marg

    You have created a beautiful inky design that is so elegant and what I've become to expect from you, talented lady

    Happy crafting

    June x

  2. Me again, I love the Chloe Stem Die and hope it's still available to buy! LOL

  3. Gorgeous card Margaret. left Lin a message as the challenge hasn't gone live yet. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  4. Wow, this is absolutely stunning!! I'm so glad you pulled out your Chloe Stem die because it looks amazing (and thank you for the sweet shout-out)!! I love the garland die, too!! And the background colors are gorgeous!! Love this!! It's so beautiful!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. The colours work so well together and the Chloe Stem die cuts are the perfect accompaniment and the touch of gauze/cheesecloth gives the whole card a lovely wistful look, I love it!! Apologies for being missing, I have been away. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Hi Marg! Well I think the back ground colors look amazing and with the flowers and dies and gauze it all comes together to look really good!! I hope your week is going well.. We had some lovely rain on the weekend but today was hot again... perhaps more rain is just around the corner now that it has has a little practice at raining!! hehe!!

  7. Super gorgeous Margaret, love the fabric underneath.
    Hugs Veerle x

  8. Hey Marg.. I haven't been around for a while finding it hard to keep my head above water but I needed some inspiration and I always get it here. This card is just gorgeous. I love that background and the colours are lovely really kind of clean and simple but awesome <3

  9. WOW!! That garlands threads die is the coolest - love love! It is great with your amazing flower bundle over that stunning inky splat! Simply gorgeous. Hugs, Autumn

  10. So Pretty! That green and yellow background is splendidly elegant.

  11. We have all probably done this Marg. This one is gorgeous. Love the background colours and the white elements on top. Beautiful! x

  12. Gorgeous Margaret! I am in love with your background, such pretty colours and blended so well together! The layer of cheesecloth is such a lovely shabby touch and your flower arrangement is brilliant with the die cuts tucked under the roses! So stunning!

    It's been a long two weeks fighting off this darned flu bug, but I'm on the mend now. Being sick is so freaking boring, so I'm really looking forward to my next outdoor adventure. I hope you have been avoiding the ickies this year and having good weather to enjoy. sending hugs :)

  13. Such a beautiful card Margaret, loveng the touch of Mixed Media in the background too! xx

  14. Another beautiful card Margaret. It has a lovely romantic shabby look but also a modern look over it. Fantastic! hugs, Marlies

  15. This is a beautiful card. Love what you have done.

  16. Oh, this is gorgeous! I do like your background - it works perfectly!


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