Monday, 23 December 2013

Design Team Call

First of all the challenges will be back up and running at 8am GMT on 1st February 2014.  The break was much needed and I am delighted we will be back.

Some of the design team are returning which is fantastic and I will be looking for some new  members to join us hence the following call.

A little about what we are about - we are a monthly challenge so there would only be one project required per month. I don't rely on sponsors, although they are welcome, so you would be producing work with your own products. There is no payment for work. It is intended to be fun.  You are expected to produce a project (can be anything) every month for the design team term which runs from February to July 2014 inclusive with the option of staying on for the next term should you wish.  I will provide you with the schedule of challenges at the beginning so you can be fully prepared for your months with the team.  I am also expanding my range of handmade craft flowers so I will provide you with some of those for at least one month of the DT term fitting in with the theme that particular month.


Please send me an email titled DT Call to with the following

Your name

A link to your blog or online gallery

Please attach to your email at least a couple of examples of your work

A little bit about yourself and your craft interests etc.

Anything else you want to tell me about you.

The design team call will be open until midnight(GMT) on Friday 10th January 2014.

International and previous applicants are welcome as are previous design team members.

If you are interested then I would love to hear from you. 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Sparkly Fairy Brooch Giveaway

The next giveaway is this brooch. It is a layered crocheted brooch in grey sparkly yarn and a plain purple with a fairy centre.

All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post by 23:59 GMT Saturday 14th December and I will announce the winner on Sunday 15th December so watch this space.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Fairy and Pin Up Girl Brooches

I've just uploaded a new batch of brooches to the eBay shop -

Fairy ones are £4 each and the pin up girls are £3 each

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Giveaways Mess Ups

I guess either nobody wanted the last giveaway since there were zero entries or I messed up somewhere and nobody could enter. I apologise if the latter was the case.

I'm at a craft fair this weekend and again the following weekend but at some point inbetween those times I will do another giveaway.  This time I will give rafflecopter a miss and make it a comments entry instead. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Owl Brooch Giveaway

How would you like to win this owl brooch?

I'm giving it away via the following rafflecopter draw.  Entry is open until sunday evening (24th November 2013). 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the winter flowers giveaway is Alison Ross.  Alison please can you email me at with your details and I'll get the flowers in the post straightaway.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Winter Flowers Giveaway

How would you like to win these flowers?

Follow the rafflecopter link below for full details.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck.

We will be back in the new year with some new challenges but in the meantime I've been working on the business and hope to bring you a new giveaway every couple of week or so.  More flowers can be found in my eBay shop

Thursday, 1 August 2013

August Challenge And A Bit Of News

Welcome to August.  After this month we are having a break for a little while.  I'm not sure how long for at the moment but watch this space for announcements.  For this reason the August challenge is just for fun and there isn't a link tool.  If you do decide to take part then leave us a comment so we can see what you have created.

As some of you may have noticed I haven't got around to picking a winner for some of the previous months so I will put together a little package of flowers from the shop for those winners as obviously they can't be guest designers if we don't have any challenges for a while. I'll get around to that over the next few days.

I've gone back over to design seeds this month for your inspiration because I couldn't resist this mouthwatering photo.

Totally inspired by the photo I decided to create a layout with a photo from my holidays last summer.  I created my background paper using watercolour paints ...

For my creation this month I was insired by the delicious looking strawberries and the bright fun colours

Katie Tate

For my card I decided to go with a fruity theme and this super cute watermelon image just screamed "Summer" to me and the color combination was perfect.

For our August challenge, I created an Art Tag which uses one of my original Asian Digital Stamp Designs as the main focal point. The little Asian Jar Toy has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine using paper stumps. The pink background was created using my "How do I love the digital stamp background design and for extra embellishments I used various colors of Embroidery floss, Gold Thread, Green Satin Ribbon, Tiny Rhinestones and 3 Red Wooden Beads.

I have enjoyed being part of the Craft Garden DT these past months and taking part in the challenges and want to say thank you Kerry for not only the opportunity to design for you but also for the fun, motivation and the inspiration you have given me and I look forward to new challenges in the future.

Monday, 1 July 2013

July Challenge

Welcome to July

On 3 July 1938, A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record. That record still stands. 

This July marks the 75 year anniversary of that record so your challenge is to either incorporate a train into your project or to make it a little easier add a bird for the Mallard.

and here is a piccie of the Mallard from when I visited the National Railway Museum in York a few years ago.

The prize this month is a guest design team slot for our September challenge. Entry is by the inlinkz button at the bottom of the post. Entry closes at 23:59GMT on 31st July 2013

I decided to take a different approach to this months piece, I have used a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson to make a card. The background is made using Fresco paints by PaperArtsy, I tried to give the effect of a train flying past scenery. This is made on an 8" x 8" card.

For my project this month I decided to do a train themed card.

I was inspired by the challenge to scrap a page of my friends in I in a train station ...
Can you spot the train???


At the recent scrapbook expo in Arlington Texas I found the most wonderful stamp set that was perfect for this card, even the railway card was the correct company that built this record breaking steam train.
Now I'm definitely not used to this style of card making but I did my best with my limited knowledge and skills.
I stamped all the images in the Distress ink, including stamping on the ribbon on the inside message mat.
I inked the edges and also added a little torn border at the bottom

 Since I did'nt have any Train or Mallard designs in my collection I did a little improvising and created a Steampunk ATC with a Railroad and Journey theme. All the main designs used are my own creations and the background has been painted, splattered and dripped with watercolor. For added interest, and to give my piece more of a Steampunk look, I added a couple of metal cogs.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Saturday, 1 June 2013

June Challenge

Welcome to June

I've chosen a design seeds picture as your inspiration this month. 

The prize is a guest design team slot for August.

Here is what our lovely design team created

 For my project this month I was inspired by the gorgeous blue colours

I've taken the colours and made an art journal entry 
in my altered dictionary ...

Hello and here is my first project as a new member of The Craft Garden.
I took the soft blue tones and added brown to make a cute boy card and I hope you enjoy it.
Well what a nightmare of a month I have had! Creating has not been the problem, the problem has been my laptop picked up several very nasty viruses and had to go to the laptop hospital! 
The layout below I have made for an album of my friends daughter, who turns 21 in July. I was given a big box of family photographs and told to pick the most suitable ones for the album, which was lovely to be able to do. 

I wanted to create something quite different this time around and decided on wearable art in the form of an Art Doll Brooch. I designed all the paper elements myself and used reinforced card stock, a squashed bottle cap, wire, beads and a heart charm.


Introducing Katie

I am pleased to introduce to you one of our new design team members chosen from our April challenge.

Please welcome Katie

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

May Challenge

This month is a recipe challenge. Your project should include at least 4 of the ingredients from

Patterned paper
The colour pink
White background

This month is a just for fun challenge. 

For this months challenge I decided to make flowers using buttons, ribbon, patterned paper, mists, pink and a white background! The only item from the recipe I didnt use was yarn, this is one item that is not in my craft room.

For my project I used flowers, ribbon, patterned paper, mist and the colour pink:


Hello everyone ... this was a lot of fun ... 
I used white background, pattern paper, flowers [chipboard ones], buttons, and mists ... I also have quite a few pink items in the layout!

Chris / CS Designs

This is my very first project as a member of The Craft Garden Design Team and I am so excited and looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team and everyone that shares their wonderful projects here. Thank you Kerry for the opportunity to play on your team.

For my project, I created a book out of mat board. I have used one of my own original designs as the main focal point and from the challenge list I used: Patterned papers with flowers on it, There is pink in my main image as well as the pattered paper. The inside pages are white, and I have added a vintage metal button as an accent on the front cover.


The April winner of the dt place will be announced shortly.
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