Sunday 30 November 2014

November Challenge - Not a card

Hi everyone, it's time for a brand new challenge here at 
The Crafting Cafe
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in last month's Think Pink challenge
 & to those of you who visited the design team blogs. 
We really enjoyed visiting your blogs too.

This month we have a different kind of challenge for you. 
The theme is
'Not A Card'
 Always a challenge for those card makers among us!

To make it even more fun, we have two amazing sponsors this month

Delicious Doodles
Who are offering one lucky winner their choice of 4 images from their shop
Here' my inspiration project

I added Teri's awesome Bark At The Moon image to a candle

Here it is packaged with a little matching gift tag!

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Who are offering one lucky winner their choice of 3 images from their shop

Here's a bit about the company:-
Hello I am Mi Ran artist and owner of Artbymiran, I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I grew up with Korean and Japanese Manga. In my childhood, I loved drawing and making my own little stories. I moved to Canada in my late 20s, where I reside with my husband.

I have worked on a variety of publications, ranging from children's to contemporary adult genres. I have contributed as an artist and colorist. I also worked as a graphic artist and layout designer for non-comic publications. For several years I was able to share my passion through teaching art to elementary school aged children. These experiences have influenced my recent artwork.

I am excited to have been kindly received into the community of digi stampers and crafters.
I love to share my art. I love thinking of new images, and it’s so fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art.

My designer’s creations can be seen on my blog 

 Now, on to my inspiration project!

I've made a wine bottle tag with a little pocket on the front


the image, supplied by Artbymiran is 
Christmas Elf isn't it scrummy!
More about this on my blog

Remember, the DT will be posting their projects over the next month 
so there will be lots of different ideas to inspire you!

Happy crafting
xXx  Dawn, Nikki & the Crafting Cafe Team  xXx

Saturday 29 November 2014

Not a card, by Amanda

Hi everyone, Amanda here with my inspiration post for November's "Not a card" challenge.  I've used a lovely elf image from Artbymiran to turn a plain notebook into a Christmas gift planner/diary. You can find the image here.  For more info on the project and what I used, please see my blog here.

I hope you like it!  The result is a bit too much like a card really!

Happy crafting


Tuesday 25 November 2014

Not A Card - Janna

Hi, Janna here with my DT post for November.
I am using a fabulous Artbymiran image on a canvas.  You can find her here
This woud be ideal for a little girls room decor.

You can find the store here

Sunday 23 November 2014

Not a Card - Sammy

Good morning all, Sammy here with another project for you.

I was so excited about the Not a Card theme, as I love to alter things and make decorations and such as well as cards. So, seeing as it's almost St Andrew's day, I chose a lovely Celtic frame design from our sponsor Delicious Doodles and made this:

Details can be found on my blog. Hope to see all your lovely entries too!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Saturday 22 November 2014

Wreath Tag

Welcome to my inspiration for this months challenge which is
Not a Card.
My image is from one of our sponsors Delicious Doodles.

This image is Rose hip and Holly wreath,
I've cut it up and decorated a tag with it. 

Join in our challenge this month and you could possibly win 4 images from our sponsor.

See you all again soon

Janet x

Friday 21 November 2014

Not a card challenge

Hi Everyone.
This month's challenge is Not A Card
So, the idea is to make anything but a card. 
I chose an image by one of our sponsors, Delicious Doodles. 
The holly wreath is brilliant because I'm not very good at colouring in and shading,
but the shading on this image is all done for you! 
I simply used my Artiste marker pens and, hey ho, a perfectly coloured image.

I added some ribbon and a fabric sentiment to the middle to make a lovely little tree decoration. 
I hope you like it, now it's over to you.

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Milk Carton Gift Box - Mags

Hi Everyone
Mags here with a little inspiration for our current 'Not a Card' Challenge.  I have used a fab image from Delicious Doodles and created a little milk carton gift box.

I kept it quite simple.  The image was coloured in promarkers and some distress ink added around the edge before matting onto red cardstock.  The backing paper with writing on is from Papermania.  I added a little bow to the corner of the image and some stickles for the berries on the image.  I used a couple of little pegs as fasteners.

You still have until the end of the month to enter the challenge.  Look our for more inspiration from the design team during the rest of November.
Bye for now

Monday 17 November 2014

Not a card - delicious doodles DT post

Hi all, this month at The Crafting Cafe,we have 2 sponsors! 
I have blogged my projects separately for you.
The theme for this month is Not A Card and my first project is
made using an image from Delicious Doodles
The image I have used is Rosita

As the image is deliciously dark, I went a bit gothic
to make this little wall hanger!

Such a gorgeous image

A side view to show the dimension

Here's what I used for my base!

Saturday 15 November 2014

Canvas, wreath and post box - anything but a card!

It's another double sponsor month, and I've enjoyed making anything but a card with each of my design team images.

First up is the fabulous 'Snow Kissed Snowman' from artbymiran. Laser printed in reverse onto copy paper, and then image transferred onto 2½x3½" canvas using a lot of matte multi-medium so that the dips in the canvas are filled. Coloured with ProMarkers, embellished with Star Dust Stickles and sealed with Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze:

Next up is another gorgeous image from Delicious Doodles, 'Holly+Rosehip Wreath'. This works so well as the shading is already done, and by colouring with ProMarkers which are translucent, there's no need for complicated techniques. I've layered up several copies, decoupage style, and added accents with a white ink gel pen before using Glossy Accents to cover the berries and hips. Ideal for hanging decorations on a bit of ribbon - try reversing the image before printing to make a double sided wreath.

And this is the delightfully rural 'Jolly Holly Postbox'. Though I consider tags just a card without a hinge bit, with a bit of matting and embellishment I've created a fancy gift tag to frame my final image for this month:

Until next month, happy crafting!


Sunday 9 November 2014

Winner & Top 3 - Think Pink Challenge

Good morning all, it's time to announce the
Winner & Top 3
from last month's  Think Pink challenge!
A big thank you to everyone who played, the entries were all gorgeous!
Sadly, as much as we'd like to give everyone a prize,
we can only have one winner!
I asked Mr Random.Org to help out & he gave me the number......

#63 Rahmat

Congratulations fantastic card!
Send an email to
with Winner in the subject line to claim your prize.
Don't forget to collect your winners badge & wear it with pride!

Winner's badge

Now on to our Top 3 in no particular order.
We had such a hard time choosing but here they are

                                        #63 Rahmat (must be your lucky day!)

#14 Calypso

       #53 Mary Marsh

Fantastic creations ladies, we all loved them!
Collect your badge from below & wear it with pride!

Top 3 Badge

Thanks to our wonderful sponsor!
Thanks again, to everyone who entered, without you, there would be no challenge!

Don't forget to enter this month's challenge
NOT A Card

Hope to see you there!
Keep on crafting!
xx Dawn xx

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Not A Card - Marlene

I have used a Delicious Doodles Image called 
Holly Fairy, coloured her with Promakers
and made a Tag.