Monday, 1 September 2014

September Challenge

Welcome to September. We hope you have had a lovely restful summer and are ready to do some crafting.

This month sees some massive fresh starts in my household with my 3 eldest children moving on a step in their lives to work/university/college so I went in search of a fresh themed moodboard for our September challenge and found this one via Pinterest  I'm loving those colours.

There will be a little prize of some flowers themed around this board drawn at random from all the entries received by 11pm GMT on 29th September.  The winner will be announced on 30th September.  Please enter via the inlinkz button below. As always you can enter any craft, we aren't just about papercraft, as long as it has been completed between 1st and 29th September 2014 and we can see how you have been inspired by the challenge.

Here is how our lovely design team were inspired:


Hi, I'm so glad that Kerry asked me to stay for another term, doing the happy dance :-) !!! For this mood board I was inspired by those pretty soft colors and flowers and decided to do a summer layout with it.

The vintage phone in the photo really spoke to me.  I vintagey stuff and the colors sort of felt vintage, too.  I used a lot of purple with the green, they compliment each other well.

I'm so happy to be back again, and what lovely inspiration to start off with! As I'm recently back from holidays I was inspired to use the colours and create a travel layout!

I've been using up some yarn by making blocks to eventually join into a blanket so made one reflecting the aqua and pinky purple in the picture. 

For my project I have created an Art Trading Card. I didn’t have much in my stash in the right colors so created most of what I used. I’m a collector of old things and the beautiful dancer I used as the main focal point is an old post card  which I digitally restored, and re-colored. Originally it was mostly brown. I also created the little starburst embellishment on the top left hand corner, the two brown backgrounds on the right side as well as the sentiment. The little angel is something I have been hanging onto for years, waiting for just the right project and this was it. :).

I decided to use the colours the moped image for my inspiration this month. I just love any shade of green with purple it looks fab. I'm really happy with the outcome of my card....hope you like it too x

Please add your link by clicking the inlinkz button.  Entry is open until 11pm GMT on 29th September and a winner will be drawn at random once entry closes and announced on 30th September.  Good luck

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


Welcome to July.  We hope the summer is treating you well.

This month your inspiration is a photo I took at Burnham On Sea in Somerset last summer. I love how unusual and striking this lighthouse is.

As the ethos of the team has always been that crafting is primarily for fun this month there is no prize or link. We would love to see your creations though so feel free to comment on this post with a link to your project. 

Here is what our lovely design team have created


I was immediately inspired by the ligthouse. I had this lighthouse chipboard laying around, and colored it in the colors on the photo, for more texture I added some modeling paste at the bottom of the chipboard.This is my last post for The Craft Garden. It was a pleasure working on all these challenges and a big thanks to Kerry !!!

For this months challenge I used 3 10cms square canvases, suede thong, Americana paint by DecoArt, a sheet of scrapbook paper and the seagulls are a Stampotique stamp.

as soon as I saw this gorgeous photo, I remembered an image I had won a long time ago by Digi Darla. It's another of those haven't used ones....just loved this challenge & colouring in my image! I hope you will join in with us this month x


When I first saw the photo what inspired me was the layout, and colours of the lighthouse  in relation to everything else in the photo ... so I translated it like a sketch and created this:


I was so inspired by the colors in the lighthouse, that's where this card came from.  Another challenge as I went masculine, but I'm happy with the outcome.

Sunday, 1 June 2014


Welcome to June - the month of the longest days here in the northern hemisphere. 

Your challenge is to be inspired by


This month is a just for fun month with no prize (taking crafting back to the enjoyment value we all started doing it for) so there is no linky tool.  We would love to see what you have created though.  If you would like to show us please leave a comment below with a link to your project.

Here is what our lovely design team have created

This is a 6" x 4" folder from 7 Gypsies. I covered the front and back using paper from Fancy Pants, and added a panel of fabric that I had stenciled using fabric paint. The flower and leaf were also decorated with fabric paint too. 
Inside I used card stock and a 3D paper flower supplied by Kerry.
I used the keepsake envelope Kerry supplied & I made a journal from the journal card she supplied too.


A beautiful bright colored combination ! Here's what I created :


I wanted to make a high-fashion neon greeting card.  I used a quote rather than a sentiment so it would work for any occasion.


I decided to make a bright colours 'new baby' card, just love these colours together!


I gathered a bunch of embellishments inspired by the colours and had fun creating ...


Saturday, 31 May 2014


Our April winner is Pink Hearts


our May winner is Kendra

Please can you email me your address details to ladies.

Well done and thanks to everybody else who entered.  Your work was very inspirational.

The June challenge will be up tomorrow.