Saturday, 31 May 2014

May Challenge - Creatures

Welcome to another challenge at 
The Crafting Cafe
Our theme for this month is
Our Sponsor this month is
Oak Pond Creations

who are offering a prize of
3 images of the winners choice

Please remember to check our rules before you enter the challenge

The design team have been given some wonderful images to work with this month, so please make sure you pop on back over the month to see their inspiration posts....... I love seeing their work as they are all very talented and creative.
We also love seeing your work - what an inspirational lot you are!
Thank you for stopping by, leaving comments on the dt posts and of course for joining in with us.

Here is the card I created to get the inspiration started......

Now it's over to you.

Happy crafting
Nikki x

Friday, 30 May 2014

Creatures Big and Small

Good Morning Bloggers! 
It's time for this month's challenge: Creatures 

I chose the fish image by Oak Pond. It's such a sweet image with lots of potential to embellish! I'm keeping mine simple because I'll be sending this card over to Operation Write Home, so no glitter allowed.

 Here's my card creation...

I used non-traditional colors and a sketch from Mojo Monday. I layered and popped up the fish body to add some demension. 

I added some glossy accentes to the bubble just for interest and these are the Copic markers I used to color with:

We would love to have you take on the challenge and show us your crafty creation! 
The challenge runs until to the end of March so hurry, hurry! That's tomorrow!
To enter your card click here   

You can see more of what I'm crafting over at my blog all things beautiful

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Just Keep Swimming...

'Just Keep Swimming' by Neil Burley

This gorgeous creature, 'Fancy Fish' from our sponsors this month, Oak Pond Creations, brings the perfect encouragement for those going through it. Mind you, looking through some potential sentiments, 'Ooops' caught my eye too! But I didn't feel that was terribly ladylike.

I've opened up my bottles of Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Spray Inks from Creative Expressions to watercolour three layers of the image, using Marigold and Sunflower for the goldfish, Sea View for the water and Blue Lace for the bubbles. Once everything was dry, I decoupaged the layers up with foam pads, matted onto Cobalt and Kraft card stock before adding the sentiment. The bubbles have a little extra treatment that isn't obvious in the photo - I ran the coloured image through my Xyron Quick-Sticker and then stuck them onto acetate (this hides the double sided against the acetate as it is uniformly applied), before cutting out the individual bubbles and mounting them on foam pads or gluing in place. Just another way of glazing, although the fussy cutting was a long project!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

May Creatures Challenge - Angelie

Hi there

Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend! For my DT card this month I used this cute fish from Oakpond, coloured with promarkers and finished with glossy accents. I didn't quite have a background paper that I thought worked  so decided to make my own print with inks.

Please stop by my blog for more information.

If you haven't already entered this month, we'd love to see your designs


Saturday, 24 May 2014


Hello all, Sammy here!

Don't you just love the current Creatures theme? There's already a lot of lovely entries, but there's still a week to get yours in too!

I've used an adorable image from our sponsor Oak Pond Creations, to make this card.

How cute is that frog!?

More info over on my blog, of course.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Creatures - Dawn

Hi folks,
My turn to share a DT Inspiration card with you for our current challenge

I;ve used the image Love Pets which was one of the
images supplied by our sponsor
for the DT to work with!
For more information about my card, visit my blog here

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Creatures Challenge - Emma (The Sparkly Fairy)

Hello! Its my turn to share my creation  for our current challenge of 'Creatures'.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Oak Pond Creations and I chose the Laundry Day image. 

I started to colour the image with Promarkers, but couldn't get the texture I wanted so turned to watercolour pencils instead. I think he is a dog that is definetly up to no good!

Look out for more inspiration from the design team throughout the month and hope you will join in the challenge!

Emma (The Sparkly Fairy)

Monday, 19 May 2014

Creatures - Mags

Hi Folks
Mags here and I am here to share a little inspiration for our current challenge of 'Creatures'.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Oak Pond Creations and I used a super little image called Olivia Owl.

I decided to go for a monochromatic black and white theme.  I didn't add any colour to the image apart from a little grey for definition.  I also added some stickles around the edge of the image for sparkle.  I hope you like her and for more details please pop by my blog.  

Look out for more inspiration from the design team throughout the month and hope you will join in the challenge.
Bye for now

Saturday, 17 May 2014


Hey Everyone :) I hope you are all doing well and that you are getting some of this glorious sunshine :)

Its that time of the month, where I can hopefully offer a little bit of inspiration for our May Challenge. Our wonderful sponsors this month are Oak Pond Creations  and I used the image Fancy Fish

If you would like more details on my card, please pop over to my blog.

I hope you will be inspired to enter our Creatures Challenge and don't forget to check back later in the month for more DT inspiration.

Happy Crafting,
Samantha K

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Owl card for May

Hello! I have made this owl card for May's Creature feature! I used the docrafts Creativity Club paper downloads of brick and decking for the background, a Spellbinders twig, and the digi image from our sponsers, Oak Pond Creations. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Creatures, by Amanda

Hi everyone, Our theme this month is Creatures, and our sponsor is the lovely Oak Pond Creations.  I've made an easel card using their cute Fancy Fish image, and a few extras in the background!  For more info, please see my blog.  I hope you like it!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Creatures by Janet

Hi welcome to this months Challenge here at the Crafting Cafe, and I would like to show you my inspiration using a Oak Pond Image called The Potting Shed, this months theme is creatures, and I think he is a fun little creature. But I would be surprised to find a frog like this in my shed.

I hope you like him, come back again so see further inspiration from my fellow DT members and please join in the challenge you may win a great prize.

Janet x

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

May challenge

Hi everyone.

My turn to post my project for this month's challenge. Our sponsor this month is Oak Pond Creations and i absolutely adore the images we were given to work with. This time, I chose The Potting shed.

Hope you like it and you can pop over to my blog for more details. don't forget to join in the challenge and look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Happy crafting

One For The Boys Challenge Winners & Top 3

Good morning lovelies,
Here is the long awaited Winner & Top 3 announcement for our April Challenge
One For The Boys!
As usual there was a very high standard of entries!
You really are a talented bunch.
There were also a few entries which didn't follow our rules!
Please read our rules (which can be found in our side bar)
before entering our challenge.
While it is not our policy to remove entries which don't comply,
they won't be considered for the Sponsor prizes or our Top 3!
So, that said, let's move on to our winners as chosen by
Mr Random.Org!

For our first winner he chose
Well done Wendy,!
You've won your choice of 3 images from

 for our second winner he chose 
Great card Jan!
You have won your choice of 4 images from 

Delicious Doodles

Don't forget to email us at
to claim your prizes & collect your winners badge from below!

Winner's badge

Now on to out Top 3
I have to say all  the hands were up in the air & everyone was talking at once
but here's what the DT have finally come up with as their top picks!

Great little tag Dian!

We loved your card Kate & the fact you used a sponsor image!

Great nautical themed card Julie- Ann!

Well done everyone!
Collect your badge from below & wear it with pride on your blogs

Top 3 Badge

We also have to give a special shout out to Nicki Olsen who at just 13 yrs old
created this lovely card!
Well done Nicki
I can see you will go far in the crafting world!

That's it for now folks!
If you haven't joined in with our Creatures challenge this month,
I hope you can, there's still lot's of time!

Don't forget to keep checking back to see what the DT have been up to!
You need to scroll down past the sticky challenge post to see their creations!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Creatures - Marlene

This is Kona with Laundry from our sponsor
he seems to be having a good time, playing in the Laundry Basket.
I hope you can play in our "Creatures" challenge this month!

Saturday, 3 May 2014


 Hi everyone Erin here, May already can hardly belive it, where does the time go to.  Well here is my DT make for the challenge.  I got to use Fancy Fish from Oak pond Creations which is just gorgeous.  For more details please visit my blog Erin's Crafty Side 

Hugs Erin x