Monday, 17 September 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #218 - Autumn Colours

Hello sweet visitors and welcome to my blog.  
A very warm welcome to my new followers too.  So pleased and happy you have decided to join me on my crafty journey and hope I can pass on some inspiration.

It is time for a new Challenge at Crafty CardmakersMaike is our host for this Challenge and the Theme is Autumn Colours.
As always, you may enter anything you wish.  A card, scrap layout, journal page, mixed media, home decor, anything at all in whatever style you like as long as it fits the Theme!

For my DT contribution, I created this card.
 The paper used for the background is from Maja.
I created a small Masterboard and then used a Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers die to cut the leaves.  Edged them with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and, as I don't possess a suitable stamp, I simply doodled the veins and also ran the pen along the edges.  Looks a bit messy but I don't mind that.
  The clock was fussy cut from a sheet of old Kaisercraft paper and then mounted on a piece of board.  The corrugated card was added underneath for extra interest and texture.

The greeting was computer generated, cut out and then distressed with the same Ink as the leaves.

Hope you will pop over to the CCM blog and take a peek at the creations by the rest of the Team.  Well worth the visit I assure you.  They are a very talented bunch.

For all the details of this Challenge and to link up your entry, follow the link below.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #218 - Autumn Colours

 Thank you so much for stopping by and for all the delightful comments left on my blog.  I love to read them and appreciate each and every one.

Have a wonderful day my dear friends!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 217 - All Creatures Great and Small

Hello dear visitors and welcome to my blog.
Hope you are having an enjoyable day!!

Well, the Team at Crafty Cardmakers have had a wonderful, extended break but now we are back with a brand new Challenge.
I am thrilled to be the host for this Challenge and the Theme is - All Creatures, Great and Small!!  So, as always, you can create whatever you like, a card, scrapbook layout, mixed media piece, home decor, whatever you wish as long as it fits the Theme.
Please don't just add a tiny little butterfly or similar, and think that that will do.  We would like your 'Creature' to be the focal point of your creations!

So, having said all that, here is my DT contribution!
Let me introduce you to Blossom!!

Isn't she cute??  I think she's cute!  She is an Amigurumi!!  For those of you who haven't heard of this before (I hadn't!)  Amagurumi is a Japanese term for a knitted or crocheted stuffed toy.   For some time now, I had been thinking that I would love to create some tiny teddy bears.  Have been searching the web but could not find a pattern or a tutorial which was exactly what I was looking for.
Then, I came across Amigurumi!!  You have no idea how many gorgeous free patterns and tutorials there are for these.  Or maybe you do, but I had never seen them before.  I was hooked!! .. Ha! Ha!  No pun intended!!

The pattern for this sweet little bunny is from a lady called Stephanie.  Her blog is called All About Ami and, if you wish to take a look, you can find it HERE.  She has also created some video tutorials as well and I am really grateful that there are people like her who are willing to share their talents. I plan to create more of these cute little toys and, hopefully, when I get enough experience, I may even be able to create my own patterns to share.  We shall see.
Anyways, let me tell a little more about this litte sweetie!
She stands about 4" tall and all the pieces are crocheted separately, stuffed with fibre fill and then sewn together.

 She even has this cute little tail.  If I make another one like this, I think I will make a little pom pom for her tail.  Being so small, it was a bit awkward to crochet.
Her eyes are safety eyes so they won't, or shouldn't, come loose and I used embroidery thread for her nose.
Now that I'm seeing this in close-up, I'll have to go back and fix up the left side so that the knot doesn't show through.  Hadn't noticed that before!
I cut some pieces of felt for the inside of her ears and the bottom of her feet.  Sewed them on, and then embroidered the little flowers.
As part of the pattern, you can actually crochet a little flower for her hat but I decided to simply glue on one of the fabric flowers from my stash.
All done and dusted and didn't take all that long to make either.
There you have it!!  Something very different to what you are used to seeing from me but I think you will be seeing more of these from time to time.
My blog has been very quiet for a while as I haven't done a lot of paper crafting lately.  My mojo and my enthusiasm have both run screaming out the door and some things I've tried just haven't worked out the way I would have liked.  I will keep trying though and am hoping that they will both come back soon.

I would love it if you would pop on over to the CCM blog and take a peek at the fabulous creations by my Teamies and that you will be inspired to enter the Challenge.  

To check it out and to link up your entry here is the link -
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 217 - All Creatures Great and Small.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for the lovely comments you leave on my posts.  Your feedback is very much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg