Monday 30 June 2014

June Challenge - Love and Marriage

Hi Everyone, welcome to a brand new challenge at
The Crafting Cafe!
Thanks so much to all who played in our Creatures Challenge.
Fantastic entries once again everyone!
The Winner & Top 3 will be posted soon so be sure to check back!

Now, on to the new challenge!
As June is a popular month for weddings, our theme this time is

This month, our  sponsor  is
Bugaboo Digital Stamps

who have kindly supplied the DT with images to work with!
The DT will be creating cards throughout the month to inspire you!
So please do stop by from time to time to check them out!

Bugaboo are also are offering one lucky winner a prize of 
7 images of their choice from the store!

Now, to get the ball rolling so to speak, here's what I created!

I opted for two non-traditional wedding cards. 
This first card was made using a sponsor image called
Such a fun image, I have to say it made me giggle when I saw it!

This card was again made using a sponsor image called
I thought this was quite cute & funky at the same time
so I teamed it with some funky Paisley Patterned papers!
You can find out more about these cards on my blog here

We really hope that you can play along this time!
Just remember to check out the rules in our side bar & please note,
to keep it fair, we only allow one entry per person!

Happy crafting
x Dawn x

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Saturday 28 June 2014

Love is... tarmacing!

'Love is...' by Neil Burley

It's easy to be inspired when working with great images, and the digistamp from Bugaboo Digital Stamps that I chose this month is no exception. I decided to make a 12x12" background using canvas covered board, and after a little consideration, used a base coat of titanium white buff acrylic to create some texture to work on. I added a generous layer and brushed a basketweave-like pattern into the wet paint. After this dried I sponged metallic gold and red paints around the outer edges to create a vignette effect.

Once all that had dried, I used the so-called tarmac technique to highlight the textures and blend the colours together as well as enhancing the vignette effect - essentially the process is to use a bitumen coating that is brushed on, dried and then rubbed back.

Using the heart shape from the image, I cut a bespoke stencil for the hearts, sandwiching two sheets of 160gsm card together to get the depth I wanted. Using the stencil, I applied Apple Red Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste through and allowed it to dry overnight.

Finally, the image itself is coloured with ProMarkers and enhanced with Glossy Accents before mounting on the canvas with foam pads. A true mixed media piece!

Friday 27 June 2014

June Love and Marriage Challenge - Angelie

Hi there

My turn to post some inspiration today. This image from bugaboo just made me laugh :)
I got a little tired of white backgrounds so decided to flood the background with a deep coloured promarker and it ended up making the image really stand out

Hope you are enjoying the challenge this month and we're loving the projects we've seen so far. There's still a few days left to get your entries in.


Tuesday 24 June 2014

Love and Marriage - Sammy

Hello everyone, Sammy here!

Now, is there anyone else out there who immediately had the Sinatra song stuck in their heads when they read the current theme, Love and Marriage?

There were some brilliant images for the theme by our sponsor Bugaboo. I chose this one of Gus and Stella, mostly because I just love the sentiment! :-D

And I added the second part of the sentiment to the inside:

I do love those two, and the humour that comes with them! More details about the card on my blog, as always.

Have a most excellent day!


Friday 20 June 2014

Love and Marriage - The Sparkly Fairy

Its that time of the month, when it is my turn to share my take on the theme for our June Challenge. Our sponsors this month are Bugaboo  and I used the image Love Owls.

I decided to create something a bit different this month using gilding flakes to back the image which has been printed onto acetate.

You can see more on my blog.

I do hope this inspires you to join our challenge!

Thursday 19 June 2014

Love by Mags

Hi Folks
Mags here with a little inspiration for our current challenge of
Love and Marriage

I used a cute image from our sponsor Bugaboo Stamps.  I coloured the image with my promarkers and added stickles to the letters for sparkle.  I kept the embellishments fairly simple and thought this would make a perfect anniversary card for a young couple.

If you would like more details on how I created my card please pop by my blog here.

You still have until the end of the month to enter the challenge and pop back for more inspiration throughout the month.

Bye for now

Tuesday 17 June 2014


Hey Everyone :) I hope you are all doing well.

Its that time of the month, where I can hopefully offer a little bit of inspiration for our June Challenge. Our wonderful sponsors this month are Bugaboo  and I used the image AKV - Our Wedding Toast

It's a relatively CAS card from me, as I think CAS generally looks more elegant for a wedding card.

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

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

Happy Crafting,
Samantha K

Sunday 15 June 2014


Hello Everyone!
 Here is my June card, with the theme of Love and Marriage in mind, I am using this fun image from Bugaboo Digital Stamps!
I used a silver Gelly Pen on the letters with silver mirri card for the frame and Vellum butterflies background! The silver flowers I have had for years and finally found something they fitted nicely with! 
I hope it inspires you to have a go at something similar!
Happy Crafting!

Friday 13 June 2014

Love and Marriage, by Amanda

Happy Friday everyone, Amanda here with a project for June's Love and Marriage theme, and I hope you're enjoying the same perfect wedding weather as I have here!  Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo, and I've made this wedding card using their cheerful "Our Wedding Toast" image:

For details of what I used, please take a look at my blog, here.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Love and Marriage Challenge


Hi Everyone, welcome to a this months new challenge at
The Crafting Cafe!

This is Ava and Deacon Loveword from 

Bugaboo who are our sponsors for this months challenge.

They are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of 
7 images of their choice from the store Stamps.

We really hope that you can play along this time!
Just remember to check out the rules in our side bar & please note,
to keep it fair, we only allow one entry per person!

Have fun designing your entry and pop back soon for more inspiration from my other DT buddies

Love Jan x x

Saturday 7 June 2014

Winner's Post for the Creatures Challenge

Good morning lovelies,
Here is the long awaited Winner & Top 3 announcement for our April Challenge

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!
Only 1 Card Allowed
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!

and the Winner is..............


Julie Reed

Well done Julie 
You have won  3 Images from OAK POND DESIGNS

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

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!

No 9. Coops

No.36. Lorraine B

No. 62. Juls

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

That's it for now folks!
If you haven't joined in with our Love and Marriage 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!

Friday 6 June 2014

Love and Marriage

Hi everyone.

Just wanted to share with you my project for this month's challenge. It was really hard to chose an image to work with this month, as the designs from Bugaboo are brilliant.
In the end I chose Ava and Deacon Love word.

Why don't you join in our challenge and show us what you can do. Pop over to my blog to see what I used.

Thursday 5 June 2014

This is Ava and Deacon Loveword from 
Bugaboo Stamps.
I have paper Pieced the Love Word.

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Love & Marriage..

Hi everyone, Today I get to showcase my card for the Love & Marriage Theme.  I choose to work with Wedding Glasses.  I hope you like my card.  Be sure to pop over to my Team Mates through the month we have lots of inspiration for you..

For details of my card please pop over to my blog