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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Challenge 132 - Something Clear

Thank you for all the brilliant entries we had last week for our embossing challenge. :) :)

Our winner this week is #22 Stargroves Ann




 Gorgeous card and beautifully coloured too. :)

Please take your Winners badge and click on Contact Us and email Debbie and she will sort your prize out for you.

Now for our Top 3.....
#21 Peggy Sue - We all loved this card! It is so humorous and your technique is brilliant. :)
#40 Diane Ahlers  - Your coloring is amazing and your card is just adorable and so earthy. :)
#32 Linda (Crafty Distraction)  - Stunning card, Beautiful simple card but very effective. :)
Well done ladies. Please take your Top 3 badge from the sidebar.

Our challenge this week is...
SOMETHING CLEAR - 
please use something clear on your card...
i.e. acetate, safmat etc.

Our Sponsors are
giving away a 5pk of Spring Coloured Promarkers
and
THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS
offering 3 single digi images of the winners choice.

We have all been very lucky to have received some SAFMAT and LETRATAC to play with from LETRASET and see what we thought of it.
We all had great fun using it and many thanks to Letraset for supplying it. :)


Here are all our examples of how we used the safmat and letratac - we do hope you enjoy our examples this week.....

Debbie
Altered Baby Milk Powder Can
Images & Sentiments printed directly onto Safmat





and notebook


Dawn





Ali

Left side

Right side

close-up of butterflies

Brads to decorate


charm

Maggie





Leesa aka The Navy Wife
Memories in a bottle and shaker tag.





We have all used different images this week - they are all available

The challenge will close as always, next Saturday at 8.00pm GMT.

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar so please go and have a look to find out exactly how they have created their projects and leave them some love. :o)

Email entries are welcome. Email using the Contact Button and they'll be popped into the post for you and can I ask you again to PLEASE, please turn off your word verification if you don't mind. It's very time consuming making comments and it really does make like easier for us without it. Thanks.

We look forward to seeing all your creations using something CLEAR:)
Don't forget out weekly specials over at The Crafty Pad Designs.





xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Freebie Image for our Mid Week post

For our current Challenge please click HERE

 Hi Everyone

As our mid-week post we have a lovely Lily digi stamp for you all and yes it is Free.
It would look great coloured, layered or used as an element on your project. :)

Hope you like it and if you use it - it would be fantabulous if you linked back here with your creation, then we could pop over and see it. :)

Click on the pic to bring up the larger image then right click and save to your pc. :)

Enjoy..:) :) :) :) :)


xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Challenge 131 Embossing Heat or Dry

Happy Sunday to everyone - we had a great time visiting all your lovely festive cards. :) :)

Our winner this week is #37 Lena Katrine

 We all loved your T.Bag box. It is such a brilliant idea and beautifully decorated. :)


Please take your Winners badge and click on Contact Us and email Debbie and she will sort your prize out for you.

Now for our Top 3.....
#12 Collette S - Beautifully decorated Teepee card and gorgeous colours. :)
#45 Tine  - Totally gorgeous festive card with a lovely traditional touch. :)
#95 Ingrid  - Stunning card, beautifully decorated with gorgeous elements. :)
Well done ladies. Please take your Top 3 badge from the sidebar.

Our challenge this week is...
EMBOSSING (HEAT OR DRY)

Our Sponsor is 

The prize is 3 digi winners from their shop of your choice. :)

We hope you enjoy the DT inspiration we have for you this week. :)

Leesa aka The Navy Wife




Maggie




Ali



(The embossing detail)


(Close-up of the merged images)

Dawn


Dry Embossing

Heat Embossing


The image used this week on our examples is Beach Hut and Sentiment

The challenge will close as always, next Saturday at 8.00pm GMT.

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar so please go and have a look and leave them some love. :o)

Email entries are welcome. Email using the Contact Button and they'll be popped into the post for you and can I ask you again to PLEASE, please turn off your word verification if you don't mind. It's very time consuming making comments and it really does make like easier for us without it. Thanks.

We look forward to seeing all your Embossed Creations:)
Don't forget out weekly specials over at The Crafty Pad Designs.




xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Freebie Image and Flower Tutorial from circle shapes

 For our current Challenge please click HERE

For our mid-week post this week we have a Freebie 'Heart Petal Flower' image for you..:)
And not only that but our lovely Leesa aka The Navy Wife has made a fabby tutorial on how to make you own flowers. :)
She shows you step by step and also a finished card using the Freebie image. :) :)

Here is the free image (click on it to bring up the bigger picture, then right click and Save to your pc)
Heart Petals Flower

Flower Tutorial – from circle shapes

Materials
Scrap paper
1 x Brad
Ink pad(s)
Paper pricker
Mist bottle of water (optional)
Circles in a minimum of 3 different sizes
-          To make your circles you can use punches, circle cutters, die cuts or trace and cut with scissors.
-          Traced objects cut with fancy scissors give a really nice different finish for the petals.
Optional – Bead(s), glitter, embossing powder.

For this tutorial I have used 4 circle sizes as I want my flower to have a lot of depth and texture and I have used a circle cutter.  I am using a recipe mix that I personally like myself of 2, 3, 3 & 3.

1. Start by cutting your circles – I have 2 smallest, 3 small, 3 medium and 3 larger (2, 3, 3 & 3).
2.Ink the edges.
3. Scrunch them up in your hands really tight.  If the paper is thick to work with add a spray of water from a mist bottle to help work the paper.
4.Once you have them all scrunched up, un-scrunch them but do not press them flat.  Allow them to have the scrunch characteristics you have just scrunch them up for.
5.I like to re-ink them at this point over the edges again and to high-light the some of the ‘scrunch’ textures to help add depth to your petals when your flower is finished.

6.Take your smallest circles and with your paper pricker, prick the middle.  Add your next layer of circles underneath and again prick the middle, building your flower up on the pricker.  Continue till you have added all your layers. 

7.Remove the pricker and replace it with a brad to hold your flower together. - If you like this look you can leave your flower like this at this stage.



 8.With your flower now together again take each layer individually and again scrunch up the layers around the brad.  Do not be afraid to turn the edges of some of the layers down.  This adds character and makes the flower more realistic.
 
9.Once you have your flower layers all scrunch up around the brad again; take the flower in your left hand and with your right thumb gently flick the layers back, turning the flower in your hand at the same time.  If you find the centre petals hard to spread apart, take your paper pricker and gently pull them back.
10.At this stage it is your own discretion as to how open you would like your flower to be.  If you would like it to be about to bloom, leave the centre petals tight and almost closed.  Or if you would like your petal blooming, open them up.

For my finished flower I have opened the centre petals right open as I intend to add a gorgeous bead to the middle and I have given it a spritz with glimmer mist. 
You can add some glitter flecks to your finished flower, some heat embossing to the edges or as I have done, a bead to the center.  Embellishment options are endless!

This is a great flower to ‘play’ with and find the ‘look’ you like.  Personally for me I like to use a recipe of  2, 3, 3 & 3/4.  If I was going to use more circles for a larger flower I would then make my next layer 2 and then the next or possible next 2 layers from 2 circles as well.  Remember you must be able to fit all the layers onto your brad to hold it together.

Here is my finished card with my flower. 
Doesn't it make a nice embellishment!  
And it is CHEAP but yet looks so classy and store brought!
And just works so well with the
Hearts Petal Flower freebie from The Crafty Pad Designs  

Hope you enjoy the freebie and also my tutorial. :)