Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Chistmas to you all, I hpoe this finds you happy and well with family and friends.
The Crafts Galore Encore Challenge theme this month is "Anything Goes", and is sponsored by Beccy's Place, with the winner receiving their choice of three digis or a set of digis from HERE

I decided to try a non traditional image for a Christmas card so I picked the free Owl image available from the Beccy's Place Blog.
 I started by colouring my image with my Copics and using liquid glass to accent the eyes. I then use a spellbinders die to cut out the aperture. My favourite bit was the background. I cut a circle out of pearlised cream card using my spellbinder's die. I then sprinkled my brushos liberally and squirted with water! I then took some Stmpendous aged white embossing paper, sprinkled it on randomly and heated from beneath with my heat gun then I added some cut out stars which I also embossed with the aged embossing powder. To finish I used a Sizzix die to cut the word "Joy", out of gold card and used a pearl to dot the joy!
I hope you like it as it is not a traditional image to use on a Christmas card!
Merry Christmas and Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

DT CALL!!!! & Use a stamp or digi!

This month Crafts Galore Encore is sponsored by Art by Miran and the lucky winner gets their choice of 3 digi images from the Art by Miran store (click on the badge to visit the store).

We also have a DT CALL for a number of places on our DT to begin with the first challenge of 2016 on January 1st!
To join our DT please add DT to your entry for this challenge. If you have tried before please try again, our requirements are:-

1. You need to have a blog and also a Facebook account (we run the group from a private FB group)
2. You will be required to produce one project each month. The themes aren't difficult and usually the sponsor will provide you with a digi image to work with (usually you get a choice as to which image you choose!) The project will need to be ready by the 28th of each month.
3. You will need to comment on challenge entries.
4. Every other month you will be asked to pick your choice of a winner and write a sentence or two about why you picked it (please click on the winners tab above if you want to see what is needed !)
5. You need to enjoy colouring as we work with digi stamps (we chose to do this so that we could work with people worldwide!)
We are a friendly group and as flexible as we can be (life does tend to get in the way of craft !) We really look forward to seeing your entries and hope to be in touch soon!

I really enjoyed getting my Copics out for this Challenge, although it has been so long since I used them , my colouring is a bit rusty! Once coloured I glittered the snowflakes and used decoart liquid glass for the Bubbles and Rudolph's nose. I cut extra snowflakes on my Cameo and glittered them and use saree twine (bought from Oxfam) to hang to jingle bells from the card. The greetung was cut from the new sizzix dies.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Beautiful Brushos in September1

The challenge this month at Crafts Galore Encore is, "Anything Goes", and we are sponsored by the delicious, Di's Digis , who are offering a $12 prize to the randomly picked winner.

As there were no DT images this month I decided to use my Brushos and some new Finnabair and Carabelle Studio stamps  that I bought from That's Crafty.
I have been having lots of fun with my Brushos, since going to two different Brusho Workshops, one with Eileen Goodwin at Oyster stamps and a couple with Karen Clare (AKA The Clock Lady).
I kept it very simple, stamping on to Mixed Media Paper (which I had die cut using Memory Box Open Studio Die set Distressed windham College) and then painting in with my Brushos (and using water trails for the colour to run down). It was then simply mounted and I added a retro sentiment with a new/old toy of mine an old fashioned press labeller!

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Colourful August!

For our August Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore we have, "Anything Goes", sponsored by Sherri Baldi who is offering three digis to the winner, chosen from the five used by our fab DT!

It is so long since I had my Copics out so I decided to use the Print and Cut facility on my Cameo and then colour in the image using them. I also cut a background of wild flowers which I coloured using my Spectrum Aquas and then clear embossed them to give an enamelled effect. I chose some paers t coordinate and handstitched the edges with red cotton.

Please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore and join in our challenge!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sunshine and Flowers?

Well the rain is lashing down and the wind is almost gale force, so I guess it is summer!
For June, Crafts Galore have an, "Anything Goes Challenge", sponsored by Beccy's Place the winner can choose 3 digis or a digi set as their prize.

I wasn't lucky enough to get a digi this time so I used a fabulous stamp from Chocolate Baroque. It is from their Year of Stamping series, and is the February stamp
I got it for my birthday in March and I also received a full set of Spectrum Aqua pens. I stamped the image on watercolour paper and then used my pens to colour in the image.
I mounted it in a box frame and added some green crystal stones to give it a bit of depth.
I gave it to my lovely Mum as her birthday present!
Happy crafting,
Denyse x

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Sunny Skies or Stormy Seas?

Not sure whether we will be having sunny skies or stormy seas for May I hope the former! This month's challenge at Crafts Galore Encore is, "Anything Goes", and is sponsored by Oak Pond Creations who have some really fabulous digi designs, well worth a look. The prize will be three digis of the winner's choice (chosen at random) and badges for chosen winners.

I chose the digi, "The Lighthouse". I welded it to a frame using studion software and cut it out using my Cameo. I then cut out the tiniest of blue stickers from vinyl (it always amazes just how intricate a tiny cut can be with the Cameo!) I inked the edges with distress ink and then applied the stickers. The image was coloured with Copics and Polychromos pencils and I put liquid glass on the beacon and the tops of the waves. Finally I cut a shell shape on my Cameo, heat embossed it using Stampendous Aged embossing enamels and added a pearl.
I hope you enjoy it!
Happy Crafting!
Denyse x

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Make A Card for April!

Happy April Fools Day, I hope any tricks that are played on you make you smile!
Over at Crafts Galore Encore we have a lovely new challenge for you. The theme is , "Make a Card", and the sponsor is the very popular Sherri Baldi. The winner can choose three digis from the ones that the DT have worked with.

I chose the Fay Sisters image which I coloured with my copics and then added Wink of stella clear and decoart Liquid Glass to. I cut the flower and "Hello", with my Cricut and the Mat was cut using a spellbinders die. I added a couple of buttons from my stash!
Please come over and join our challenge HERE
Happy Easter and Happy Crafting!

I would like to enter this for Die Cutting Divas CH#209
 -( I love that the girl unexpectedly rises from the tulip as Spring rises from Winter, which to me is Serendipity!)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Brusho Box and Anything Goes!

This month the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge is, "Anything Goes", and the prize is a whopping $12 to spend in the gorgeous Di'd Digis online store.

I was lucky enough to go to a workshop with Karen Clare (AKA The Clock Lady!)  in which we put together and decorated a set of drawers for our Brusho (swoon!) collections.
We began by assembling and painting the Candy Box Crafts (items can be bought from Karen) and then we decorated the card panels for the drawers and front, using our Brushos, and to our own design.
I decided to use the pearlised side of the card (Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl in a cream colour) to see what happened!
I built the panels up using a selection of stamps (mainly Dyan Reaveley) and stencils, the colours were built up layer upon layer using the Brushos, which provide a great effect and because of their translucent quality, can provide differing depths of colours.
To finish we stuck handles on using nuts and screws from Wilko's "Fill a bag", range!
My Brushos are very happy with their new home :)
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day .... or Bah Humbug! (Depending on your point of view!)

Today I thought that I would blog a Valentine's card. I started with a piece of mixed media card (from Daler Rowney) a broken trellis stencil and some grunge paste. I taped the stencil over the paper and applied the grunge paste using a spatula. Once it was dry I did the same thing with a heart stencil and then when that was dry I used the trellis stencil again, coming from the other side and on top of the heart.
I then took my brushes (sill brushes from Screwfix currently on sale three for £9.59) and using golden open acrylics lightly brushed in colour from the sides (I saw Barbara Gray's demo using canvas board, but wanted to try it out on card first!
Once dry, I scratched out areas with a pokey tool (giving the heart a lighter edge on one side) and then embossed with a small amount of Treasure Gold.
I hope you like it ... my husband did!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Use a Stamp or Digi for February!

This month at Crafts Galore Encore we have a fabulous Challenge for you as we have two wonderful sponsors with three prizes!
Our first sponsor is the ever delightful Kenny K, who are offering two prizes of their gorgeous digi images, two images can be chosen  a winner picked at random, and two by a chosen winner.

We are also delighted to say that Jelly Park are back up and running with a BRAND NEW website, featuring their delicious digi images!
Jelly Park are offering a bundle of images to a winner who will be chosen.


You will need to be happy to be part of a secret group on Facebook, happy working with digi stamps, have a blog, comment and produce 1 piece of work a month!

I used the Princess Image from Jelly Park Post Pals Group
PLEASE consider joining the group by following the link HERE you will be given a FREE image to use. You send your card to a seriously ill child and are then given another free image to create your next card. This is SO WORTHWHILE, I have received two photos of children with cards that I have made and their faces are so joyful!
I also used a Thank-You image from a previous Jelly Park Collection.
My princess card went to a lovely young lady named Bethany (not my daughter) and because digi images are so versatile I managed to create a reflection in the mirror for the Princess. I coloured with copics and cut on my Cameo!
Happy Crafting!

I would like to enter these for
Emerald Faeries Love Challenge #64 (Because the whole idea of Jelly park's Postpals is based on 
love really)
Fitztown Challenges Have a Heart  (Have a heart and join Postpals!)
Silhouette Challenges AG (everything including card blank cut on my Cameo)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!!!

I would like to start by wishing you all A Happy New Year! I can't believe that it is a year since Isobel and I took over the running of the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog.
For our first challenge of the year we are being sponsored by a favourite designer of ours, the lovely Janice from Scrapper's Delights.
The prize is three digi stamps of your choice from the Scrapper's Delights Store and there are lots of fabulous designs to choose from!
The theme is anything goes!
I worked with Honey Anime. I used a Clarity Stencil to emboss white card. I then used it as a stencil and coloured the circles using gelatos. The phrase was cut in vinyl on my Cameo and I coloured Honey in with my Copics, cutting her out by hand.
I hope you come and join in our first challenge of 2015 and wish you all the very best for 2015,
Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx

I would like to enterthis for:-

Seemacrafts Anything Goes
Silhouette Challenges Anything Goes 
(It took just over15 mins as the sentiment had been cut
 previously and was in my stash!)
Inspiration Destination Anything Goes
Retarte #29 Anything Goes
Fairytale Stamper Everything Goes