Friday, 1 May 2015

May Challenge

Welcome to May.

This month sees the Tour de Yorkshire bike race inspired by the Yorkshire start to the Tour de France last year.  Your inspiration this month is to be inspired by our lovely Yorkshire countryside to create a project.


 Our challenge rules are:
  • your project must be created during the period 1st April and 30th May 2015
  • your project can only be entered into this challenge and 2 others
  • we must be able to see clearly how you have been inspired by the picture/theme
  • you must enter using the inlinkz button during the period 1st - 30th May 2015
  • you can submit a project using any crafts you like. We are not just about paper crafting
  • you must HAVE FUN and ENJOY your crafting
The prize this month has a Yorkshire theme and the winner will be selected using random.org on 31st May and announced that day.
I made a brooch with a green bike theme


and here is what my lovely design team created

When someone says 'Yorkshire' to me I think of two things; Emmerdale and green. I am a huge fan of Le Tour but as I live near Cambridge that is my association with Le Tour (so I guess it depends on where you live! It was an amazing sight to watch all those bikes come whizzing through a quiet little Cambridgeshire village) Anyway Emmerdale and green and the wellie brigade so it was inevitable that my project was going to be green! I had been given a paperweight that required you to add something decorative to it, the display one showed a photograph but I thought Borrrinnggg (as Judge Rinder would say) so I set about making something green with a nature theme. The words are a stamp from Darcy at PaperArtsy and the leaves are from Jofy. I made the background using Gelatos, a mask (also from PaperArtsy) and baby wipes. A tutorial is on my blog HERE

Inspired by the lovely landscape I used some photo's from our vacation in France.



As soon as I saw that the photo had to do with a cycling event I knew I wanted to use a bicycle stamp.  I made the background in colors inspired by that in the photos.  The gold sequins are the extra pop I felt it needed.



There was so much to choose from with this months theme but I chose to focus on the Tour de Yorkshire bike race and created a simple card from a woman riding a bicycle which is from an old Victorian advertisement and used some of the natural colors from Kerry's inspirational photos. The main focal point was colored with Prismacolor pencils and the textured background was created by running a piece of linen card-stock which has a white center and sanding it lightly with an emery board to give it a distressed look.

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If  you feel inspired to join us this month please submit your project (complying with the above rules) via the inlinkz button below.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Winner

We had two entries last month and as I'm feeling generous and can't bring myself to choose between the two I've decided we will have two winners. So KT Fit Kitty and sherry please can you email your address details to craftgardenshop@googlemail.com and I'll get your prizes out asap.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Challenge

Welcome to April and our first month back after our little U turn on the challenges.  I found this gorgeous image and it was love at first sight. 
There are so many breathtaking items available in their shop.  Please take a look you will not be disappointed.
So how does this inspire you?  Is it the colours, the theme, the eggs, the wreath, the circle or something else?  Show us your best imaginative projects by clicking on the link and submitting your entry. 
There are new rules from this month:
  • your project must be created during the period 1st April and 29th April 2015
  • your project can only be entered into this challenge and 2 others
  • we must be able to see clearly how you have been inspired by the picture
  • you must enter using the inlinkz button during the period 1st - 29th April 2015
  • you can submit a project using any crafts you like. We are not just about paper crafting
  • you must HAVE FUN and ENJOY your crafting
The prize this month is a selection of blue flowers and the winner will be selected using random.org on 30th April and announced that day.
Here is what the design team created using the picture as inspiration

Astrid:
As soon as I saw the picture for this months challenge I knew exactly what card stock I was going to use. During a recent visit to Stamparama in Stevenage I spied the Graphic 45 pad 'Artisan Style'. The designs and colours are so me it simply had to pop into my basket. So you can imagine how delighted I was to see I had to use the papers and not just sit stroking them (you so know you do that too!) Anyway on the back cover of the pad are templates for tags and for this pocket envelope. So using the template I made the pocket and decorated it with images from the other papers. Using a edge punch I made a platform for the peacocks to stand on. I then used 3 punches to make a flower with matching paper, a leaf punch and finished it off by adding a self adhesive pearl. I am going to fill this with mini eggs for my mam for Easter.


Hi Shell here... 
I decided to take my inspiration from the theme of Easter & the eggs used in the wreath & cam up with this fun creation.

Lisa

As soon as I saw the inspiration photo I knew I wanted a springy frame on my card with a bunny inside.  I incorporated the blue in the background rather than the frame to avoid being too matchy-matchy.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

U Turn


Thanks so much for all the lovely messages and suggestions following my decision to pull the plug on the monthly challenges. It seems there is a lot of agreement out there about multiple entries/not following criteria. 

Having given it a lot of thought I've made a u turn and challenges will be back starting with april but with new rules. 

See you on 1st April