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Virtual Crafting Challenge

Billie,  over on her blog , sets a monthly virtual crafting challenge. June’s challenge was to use paper and card and yes, I know, we are now in July and Billie has set another challenge! I actually had most of these items made before the deadline but hadn’t photographed them and it has taken me a while to get them uploaded – where does the time go?

Our daughter has a small but growing craft business aimed at crafting for children and she had a stall at her daughter’s school fete. I had been hoarding these jumbo sized paperclips and thought they would make ideal bookmarks to sell on our daughter’s stall for a few pence.

paperclip bookmarks

I punched out small circles of cardstock (using up cs out of my scrap box), stamped fun images onto the circles and coloured in with Twnkling H2Os – does this count for July’s challenge too Billie????
I sponged ink around the edges and then glued two circles back to back on either side of the paperclip with Glossy Accents – love that stuff!
The little ones liked them and so did many of the Grandmas who bought them to give to their grandkiddies.

The stamps I used on these were some cheap children’s foam stamps that have been kicking around for years; think they belonged to our girls when they were preschoolers, they will be 25 next week 🙂

This next paper & card project is a birthday card for our little granddaughter. For the first time I actually used an image from a CD-Rom; the CD is  called “What A Hoot” by Crafty Catz , a UK-based lady who has created some lovely images on and all her CDs can be seen by clicking on the link to her website.

Kim's birthday card

 The image (front and back) was printed out onto good quality printer paper, the images cut out and the adhered onto folded cardstock and cut away the excess cs. As the Twinkling H2Os were still out I used these to paint the hearts, add a touch of ‘eye shadow’ and nail polish,a small rhinestone for the ‘ring’ on the owl’s toe and a couple of small flowers with rhinestones.

As I mentioned earlier it is our daughters birthday (or should that be birthdays?) next week. Normally I make two very different cards for them but when I found this card that is also a box I just had to make two of them! I came across this card at a great blog site and if you click on this link you can find the instructions on how to make this box card.

Peacock feathers

 The stamp is from a set by Graphicus. I spritzed some white semi glossy cardstock with home-made ‘shimmer’ mists and stamped the peacock feather five times with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
When I had a mad spritzing session recently I not only coloured several pieces of cardstock to have for future backgrounds but also mopped up with kitchen towel which were dried and kept for backgrounds too. The centre of the middle feather is a piece of kitchen towel! The feather image was stamped onto the towel with Stazon black ink, cut out and adhered to the image on the cs.
The white panel was adhered to black cs and then the whole adhered to the front of the box card. he outside cover of the box card is a shimmery, pearlescent cs punched at the outside edge with a Fiskars border punch.

inside of box card

 The top edge of the folds was punched with the same Fiskars border punch and the butterflies were a free stamp by Chocolate Baroque in Royal Blue Whispers ink.

showing the folds

This photo shows the folds, I made these from felted paper purchased from Jayne Nestorenko, it is a good heavy weight paper (approximately 230gsm) and is almost like watercolour paper and is excellent for painting on! I have a good stock of this paper in A4 size and it was excellent for this project.

Peacock Box Card 2

 Box card number two using another stamp from the Graphicus set and stamped on pearlescent cardstock with Stazon ink and coloured metallic pencils but the peacock’s tail is another piece of kitchen towel!

The border is punched with another Fiskars border punch.

The inside has the same butterflies as the first box card.

Hope you have enjoyed these projects and I’d love to see everyone’s take on the box card.

Many thanks for stopping by x


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4 thoughts on “Virtual Crafting Challenge

  1. OMG!!!! Your birthday projects are totally AWESOME!!!! I love, love,love the box cards you have made for your daughters. The paper towels (kitchen towels) you’ve wiped up excess shimmer spray then stamped images on and cut them out – girl….those are beyond stunning.

    Your over sized paper clips with those cute images are absolutely delightful. I’m so excited the fete participants thought your offerings were must haves for them!!! That is way cool!!!!

    Now my most very favorite of all…..the owl for your granddaughter. Wicked cool that is. She will be over the moon when she sees what you have created just special for her!!!!!

    I’m glad to hear that your daughter’s craft business is picking up speed and generating enthusiasm. She is one lucky lady to have a Mom like you to help her out and contribute your stunning works. Awesome!! Totally Awesome!!!

    Love you Girlfriend – Leslie

    • I love helping out with the Craft Club and seeing what the children come up with. It makes me laugh to see such utter concentration on their faces and the way their lttle tongues stick out of the corner of their mouths 🙂 Ruth deserves a lot of credit for the work she puts into the business to make it a success.

      I’m sure you can think of several people you could make the box card for and slip a small gift inside. They are quite sturdy too, so could be posted if packed into a padded envelope.

      Thank you for your lovely comments Leslie especially about the owl card. Kim’s birthday isn’t until August but wanted to make this card and not do my usual thing of leaving it until the last minute 🙂

      Love and hugs
      Lynn xx

  2. billiescraftroom on said:

    Hi Lynn

    Ohh great projects, what a clever idea to make paperclip book marks, as you say ideal for the school fetes. Sure does count for the June challenge as does those birthday cards really.

    Glad you are enjoynig the challenges and playing along, the peacock and its cover area especially beautiful. Well done, keep playing, have extended the painting challenge to include July and August to give people more of a chance to play along.

    • Many thanks for your lovely comments Billie.
      I have been doing some painting!!!!! And I have finally cracked the pva crackle:) I am working on a junque journal and painted the covers – the front cover I put the pva on too thick and boy did it crackle, so much so it is difficult to tell which is the top coat. I learnt from this mistake when doing the back cover and achieved much more delicate crackles. That seems about the limit of my painting 🙂
      Lynn xx

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