Challenge 16

The Winners

A big thank you to everyone who entered the April 'One For The Men' Card Challenge. We are pleased to announce the winners as follows:


Card Challenge Winner - Joanne Bedell

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M014 - Joanne Bedell.
The card is made on creative hammer white card 144 x 144mm (SF06U-45) with a yacht in black peel off (XL506U-33) mounted with 3d foam pads with sea in grey and white card with wave edge and sky in grey ink on pearl black card at top right of card. Small white dots on pale grey paper (SR197P) on pearl black card and anchor down left side and bottom of card. Thank You in black peel off (XL572U-03) at bottom right of card.


Card Challenge Runner Up - Gail Tasker

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M023 - Gail Tasker.
Hi, here's my card that I have called "Golfer's Swing". I wanted it to be a bit dynamic so I made a rocker base for the dozing golfers. For my base card I cut an 18cm circle from bronze stardream card STD29C, folded it in half and then cut off 2cm from either side. I then embossed the card using an embossing folder and lightly sanded it with fine sandpaper to expose the black core card and give it a distressed look. I used decoupage sheet DC283 - Golfers Tee Break which I matted onto stardream card bronze STD29C and copper STD05C. I used scissors and a craft knife to curve the top and bottom edges and scallop the sides and mounted it at an angle on the base card.


Card Challenge Runner Up - Maggie Mapes

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M009 - Maggie Mapes.
I downloaded one of your FREE digi stamps printed it off three times and coloured it in with pro markers, I then decoupaged it layered it onto black card and fixed it to my square turquoise base card then finished it off with your imitation gems. All items from craft creations.


Winners Challenge Winner - Lorraine Bailey

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W009 - Lorraine Bailey.
I've made a white card back from a sheet of Creative Smooth white card (REG02). I've used Colbalt blue Vanguard Card (VA034) to create the layers. I covered this with 12x12 papers, Cloudy Blue Sky (SR019P) and Green Meadow Daisies (SR054P). I coloured the stamped image with promarkers. I finished with a die cut fence, some die cut clouds and a sentiment that I did on my computer. Good Luck to all the entries, it's great to see the under 16's joining in.


Winners Challenge Runner Up - Anita Easton

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W003 - Anita Easton.
I made this Zip jumper using a pale blue square card as the base (craft creations). I cut a square piece of white card and cut out a small semi circle to create the neck of the t shirt and I’ve drawn on some stitching. I then cut a square of dark blue creative cover card and embossed it in the Cuttlebug machine. I cut a slit to accommodate the zip (any zip will do as you can cut it the fit the card). I’ve stuck the zip to the back of the blue card using double sided tape with the zipper on display through the slit. Turn the dark blue card over and stick some blue polka dot paper (Craft creations) face up to the back of the design (you will have to cut a slit to fit around the zip). Turn the design back over so the blue card and zip are at the front the turn down the corners to you can see the polka dot paper. Stick to card and add sentiment.


Congratulations to you all, your vouchers will be on their way to you very soon.


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Challenge Now Closed

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Hi Everyone,

'One For The Men' is the subject for the April Challenge. We would like you to make a card suitable for a man, this can be for a Birthday, Father's Day or any other occasion of your choice.

Please Note: We recently changed the format of the challenge to encourage more entries.
There are 3 challenge categories.
1. Card Challenge - open to anyone who has not won a prize in the past 12 challenges.
2. Winners Challenge - open to anyone who has won a prize in the past 12 challenges.
3. Childrens Challenge - open to anyone aged 16 or under.

Rules - Simply email a photo of a card that you have designed and made. The greetings card blank used must be a Craft Creations card or made from sheet card supplied by Craft Creations and all the main Peel-Off stickers (if any are used) must be Craft Creations or Goldlabel.
Entries must arrive by midnight (BST) on Monday the 30th of April 2012.

To enter just email your photo (jpeg - full size please) along with a brief description of how you made the card and the products used to: cardchallenge@craftcreations.com - don't forget to include your name and address, only your name will be shown with the picture.

Only one entry per person. Cards entered into previous Craft Creations Challenges will not be accepted. Please ask if you have any questions about the rules. If you think an entry does not comply with the rules please email the details to cardchallenge@craftcreations.com before judging takes place. The decision of the judges is final. On the 1st of May a group of Craft Creations employees will choose the winners. The results will be posted on the same day.

Prizes - Card Challenge:
Winner - £25 Craft Creations Voucher.
Runners Up - £10 Craft Creations Voucher. There will be 1 runner up prize for every 10 entries we receive. i.e. if there are 63 entries there will be 6 runner up prizes.

Prizes - Winners Challenge:
Winner - £25 Craft Creations Voucher.
Runners Up - £10 Craft Creations Voucher. There will be 1 runner up prize for every 10 entries we receive. i.e. if there are 37 entries there will be 3 runner up prizes.

Prizes - Childrens Challenge:
A small gift of Craft Creations products will go to every entry received from anyone up to the age of 16. You will need to include your age with your entry and your card will NOT be included in the judging for the other challenge categories.

The vouchers can be used in our online shop, on phone orders, on orders sent in by post and also in our shop at Cheshunt.

Entries will be posted below when they start to come in, so be sure to check often.

We look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!

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Card Challenge Entries:
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M023 - Gail Tasker.
Hi, here's my card that I have called "Golfer's Swing". I wanted it to be a bit dynamic so I made a rocker base for the dozing golfers. For my base card I cut an 18cm circle from bronze stardream card STD29C, folded it in half and then cut off 2cm from either side. I then embossed the card using an embossing folder and lightly sanded it with fine sandpaper to expose the black core card and give it a distressed look. I used decoupage sheet DC283 - Golfers Tee Break which I matted onto stardream card bronze STD29C and copper STD05C. I used scissors and a craft knife to curve the top and bottom edges and scallop the sides and mounted it at an angle on the base card.

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M022 - Anne McIntyre.
This is made with sheet of stardream gold card STD04CA4 and a sheet of opal STD03CA4 for the legs. Red ribbon. I used red mulberry paper for the basque and the notice and peel off is gold xlo37u. I found a little bit of black lace which I glued to the legs I had cut out and arranged on the card trimmed top with thin red satin ribbon I then made a basque added ribbon for suspenders and straps a little bow at the front.

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M021 - Barbara Groombridge.
I used a deckle edge single fold card (PK246-43). The stamp was a Funstamps (Gents waistcoat) and I used a layering technique. I used black sparkle & silver embosing powder. The background was cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities cutter. The Happy Birthday was from a Goldlabel 625 sheet. This sheet also had little dots which I used as buttons.

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M020 - June Brown.
I used blue hammer card for the main base of the card with gold mirri card & white hammer card for matt & layering. Printed the birthday sentiment & used a motorbike decoupage.

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M019 - Zosia Benson.
I used a single fold deckle edged card. Printed backing sheet directly onto card. Cut out several layers of image and built it up with 3d foam pads. Generated two bubbles on computer and typed in messages. Embellished top hat and corners with gold stick ons and used gold corners and a red gem in flower.

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M018 - Andrea Walker.
I used spring green recycled card col163ca4, peel-offs 693, 793, 795. Made own shaped card using plate as template then covered in green patterned paper then put card candi onto one side and added peel-offs.

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M017 - Margaret Cooper.
D├ęcoupage of a dolphin made using free digital download CraftCreationDigi0040-C png image. Five images of the dolphin were printed on heavyweight, white A4 paper. Layers were built up using double-sided self-adhesive foam pads. The circular image produced was mounted on a larger circle of silver Mirri card (MIR02C). This was then attached to a single fold, straight edged card of regal blue Centura Pearl (SF03C-115) using double-sided self-adhesive tape. Peel-off sticker sheet XL775U-02 was used for the silver wording at the top and bottom of the card. The corners of the card were decorated with dolphins from peel-off sticker sheet ZL473U-57. The larger of the paired dolphins were stuck straight on the card. The smaller dolphin was mounted on acetate sheet, cut round to remove excess acetate and fixed to the larger dolphin using double-sided self-adhesive tape. A simple message (Happy Birthday) was placed on the inside of the card using silver wording from peel-off sticker XL775U-02.

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M016 - Lynda Fretwell.
I used one of your cream stepper cards. I covered the whole card in a ridged mixed colour paper. The main feature of this card is placing a packet of seeds on the left hand side. I used an orange flower and brad to fasten the flower and seed packet to the card. On the right hand side, I did a pyramid decoupage with picture of gardening tools. The step below I used netting from some fruit I had bought and placed a die cut bird on top. At the bottom of card, I placed five flowerpots (toppers), I used flower soft, coloured it brown, and placed on top of pots then I cut out leaf dies and placed them in pots I placed a runner of silver to look like a patio.

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M015 - Dawn Heald
I made an 8x8 card base using two sheets, MIR03CA4 Silver Mirri Card. I die cut 9 swatch pieces from Vanguard Black Card VA031A4 end embossed them with a star design embossing folder. I then arranged these on a square of CEM03A4 Linen Embossed White Card and adhered this to a square of black vanguard VA031A4 card. I then stuck this onto the silver base card. To make the topper I used Craft Creations Layers 690 Peel-offs, put the layers onto acetate, cut out and layered up into the shirt using foam pads. I put this on two squares of smooth white card edged with Gold Label Classic Borders/Scrolls then layered onto another black card die-cut swatch shape then onto Silver mirri card. I used little accents from Layers 690 Peel-off sheet including the waste to decorate the card and finished off with faux stitching around the edge and on the main topper.

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M014 - Joanne Bedell.
The card is made on creative hammer white card 144 x 144mm (SF06U-45) with a yacht in black peel off (XL506U-33) mounted with 3d foam pads with sea in grey and white card with wave edge and sky in grey ink on pearl black card at top right of card. Small white dots on pale grey paper (SR197P) on pearl black card and anchor down left side and bottom of card. Thank You in black peel off (XL572U-03) at bottom right of card.

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M013 - Kate Earle.
I have used Craft creation card SF06V. Craft Creation peel-offs 758 and 563 Gold Label 513. Spellbinders die Fleur De Lis. Papermania textured card. Papercellar Men 2 backing paper.

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M012 - Amanda Spriggs.
I used a C5 Craft Creations Value Hemp Card and cut it down to approx 144mm x 144mm Square, the backing paper used is the paper company white elegant leaf, I then took 3 papers with a small print, Craft Creations SR136P - Gingham - Pale Blue, Craft Creations SR152P - Hearts - Red on White and hot off the press bright tints blue gingham and with a mans boxer shorts rubber stamp (which I got free many years ago with a card magazine) I stamped and cut out the boxer shorts, I then cut a piece of white gardening string (from a local DIY shop) and tied a knot in each end and attached to the card with a hot melt glue gun, I then took 3 miniature pegs and glued the boxer shorts to the pegs and the back of the pegs to the card so nothing will fall off, I also used 3mm sq foam pads behind the shorts to give height. The wording was typed on my computer, using the same backing paper as on the card it was then printed out on my little printer and cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite ovals Large as was the black oval behind the wording, then again using 3mm foam pads to give height stuck the wording onto the card.

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M011 - Olivia Rennie.
My card is made from a 144x144 creative value smooth white card blank (SF06V-70). The mats are made using dark blue creative smooth card (CRE02) and contrasting backing papers.

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M010 - Jeanette Porter.
For this card I used a pre-scored white hammer card as the base, and a piece of the brown card from craft creations to give the picture a layered effect. The picture I used is from a stamp that I enlarged and printed out onto the normal white card. The reason for this card is that I have two male friends who are butchers and one of them is retiring at the end of the month.

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M009 - Maggie Mapes.
I downloaded one of your FREE digi stamps printed it off three times and coloured it in with pro markers, I then decoupaged it layered it onto black card and fixed it to my square turquoise base card then finished it off with your imitation gems. All items from craft creations.

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M008 - Su Howard.
I used a sheet of white creative hammer and did a simple mountain fold. Using one of your decoupage sheets, made up the main picture, which I then mounted onto black glossy card before mounting on the main card. I printed the sentiments and added some punched balloons made from coloured scraps of thin card. I then added glossy accents to the balloons and 'glass' on the car to give a shiny finish.

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M007 - Pauline Copeland.
This is a card which I made for an ex-miner’s 80th Birthday. It is made from bronze Stardream card which was folded and cut to fit in an A4 box. I obtained the silhouette of the miners from clip art I found online. I stuck it with sticky squares on top of a photo which I had taken of an evening sky when the sun was going down. This I stuck onto the bronze card. Using the computer I made the 80 and two greetings shapes to also add using sticky squares. I finished of by using a music peel-off and silver glitter to show the lights in the miner’s helmits and add interest to the ground. Finally I added some gold glitter to the 80 and greetings shapes.

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M006 - Christine Moses.
I used the inside of an envelope for the folded shirt, the buttons are peel off waste from a Craft Creations numbers sheet. The playing cards came from last years Christmas crackers. The guitar (holographic - not scanned very well) was in my box of craft bits & bobs. All mounted onto a cream hammered Craft Creations square card. The shirt, guitar & happy birthday banner are on sticky-fixers and the cards are stuck into place with double sided sticky tape.


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M005 - Barbara Aspinall.
The petal envelope and base card is kaskad cardstock and the card measures 12cmx12cm. I have attached creative foiled topper on the envelope and front of card. The inside was lined with embossed magnolia silver lizard paper and card from stock and then cut at the fold edge to produce pop up stands which I then placed more creative foiled toppers on to creatre a 3D pop up card. The card was decorated with peel-off edges and a Happy Birthday topper.

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M004 - Mia Banfield.
I made this card for the Reverend of our local church to say thank-you for a beautiful christening service for my twin sons. I used creative hammer cream double folded A6 card, which I cut an aperture in the front and middle panels to create the window. I then stuck a peel off church window sticker onto acetate and then painted it in using maribu glass paints. Once dry I sandwiched the acetate between the front and middle panels and stuck together using double sided tape. I used a corner punch to make the corners a bit more interesting.

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M003 - Sylvia Butler.
I have used the whole of the Fishing Life Smiles sheet and just the sentiment from the Football Life Smile sheet. Also used is the Metalic Rub On.

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M002 - Jill Walters.
I used a used a white creative hemp embossed card blank size 150x203. I printed the blue and the brown paper from last year's free downloads. I used a silver border No 633. A gold vertical 'Happy Birthday' No 715. And lastly, Life Smiles DCD508 Men's Football.


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M001 - Christine Herbert.
I made this card using a deep green Side Stepper card (ST01U-23), the toppers were from Creative Die-Cuts King George V (CDT503G) which I mounted on black shiny card for extra dimension. The greeting was from Creative Banner Die-Cuts Happy Birthday silver/white (CDS115G) and black swirl peel-offs with stars (XL807U) were used to finish off.

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Winners Challenge Entries:
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W012 - Sue Price.
I used a square Value Smooth White card SF06V-70, peel-offs gears/cogs XL764U-03 and Happy Birthday XL408U-03. The roman numeral panel is from my 'stash' of papers and matted onto black card (not sure if CC): The car is stamped on a 'scrap' rectangle, lightly inked and similarly matted.

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W011 - Marilyn Trickey.
I took a square hemp embossed card and made it into a centre step card. I covered the side panels with grey and white striped paper (CC) and added music peel-offs (CC). The main panel is an embossed instrument, matted onto red textured card. I stamped the words and matted them onto the same red card. The piano keyboard is another stamp. The treble clefs have been die cut. Some card candi has been added for interest.

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W010 - Lillian Reid.
I made this card using a craft creations quartz card blank SFO1M with a side panel from gold mirri card and ivory angel hair. Red embossed card and red and green cord from my own supply then added some craft creations die-cuts 'The Race' and gold peel-offs to finish.

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W009 - Lorraine Bailey.
I've made a white card back from a sheet of Creative Smooth white card (REG02). I've used Colbalt blue Vanguard Card (VA034) to create the layers. I covered this with 12x12 papers, Cloudy Blue Sky (SR019P) and Green Meadow Daisies (SR054P). I coloured the stamped image with promarkers. I finished with a die cut fence, some die cut clouds and a sentiment that I did on my computer. Good Luck to all the entries, it's great to see the under 16's joining in.

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W008 - Lorraine Sherry.
My base card is an easel style one made from a square kaskad lavender card with the front panel of a similar card added to make the 'stand up' section. I cut & layered the decoupage design (DC281) using different depths of foam pads and mounted it onto light green colorset recycled paper. I added strips of kaskad red and yellow paper to echo the pattern of the rug in the picture, and then added the picture using more foam pads. The rug fringes are hand cut with punched circles, and the greeting is a silver peel off (XL427U). Kaskad lavender cards are currently reduced in the bargain corner of the CC website.

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W007 - Annette Hartley.
I cut three pieces of Dark Blue Creative Cover Card (CRE02) all 10cm high and 7, 14 and 21 cm long, scored a line 1cm from one end on each and stuck the three pieces together using this 1 cm as a spine. The pages were then covered with creative papers (SR070 and SR073) leaving a small border. On the "a" page I added a panel of dark blue card with the message "With Love on Fathers Day" using peel-off (XL307)and on the "d" page I added a panel of blue card topped with blue creative paper for a written message. The letters were cut from dark blue Creative Cover card using a Craftwork Cards alphabet template and decorated with stars from peel-offs (XL409, 458 and 474). The letters and "Happy Fathers Day" were attached with 3D foam.

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W006 - Marilyn Hogarth.
My son is in a group, the group members asked me to make a card for his birthday that they could all sign. I cut it from a full sheet of cc linen white card, cut to approx 8x8. I covered the whole thing in black glitter board. I overlaid some sheet music paper, I realise the notes dont play happy birthday, but, under the notes in black cc peel offs 468 I put happy birthday to you over the card. I cut out three images and backed them with cc black glitter board and arranged them on the front. I used a couple of cc gem dots in the corners. I was very lucky to have a friend who had a black treble clef, she swapped it for some gem dots. I didnt take a picture of the inside but I made it look loke a message board, with a black glitter board frame secured with screw brads they were very pleased with it and my son has it on his studio wall next to his drum kit. hope you like it.

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W005 - Denise Watts.
First of all I printed 2 copies of DIGI0040-C on to a sheet of A4 paper, I cut round one image and then cut the dolphin and water splashes from the other. I then used clear holographic embossing powder on the cut outs and applied them to the main image as decoupage. I folded an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl card in Regal Blue to make an A5 card blank and then cut into a 6.75 diameter circle leaving the top and bottom edges straight, I matted a 5.75 circle of Centura Pearl card in Platinum onto it and then added the topper. I used a sentiment from XL278U peeloff to finish off. I hope you like it.

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W004 - Karen Tomlin.
I have used a craft creations cracked parchment card blank DSF10P-171 to make this card. I cut the bottles from brown card using a template and used cc gold stars around the neck of the bottle. Some scraps of gold and turquoise card and large cc black letters to make the word "cheers". Suitable for quite a lot of men!

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W003 - Anita Easton.
I made this Zip jumper using a pale blue square card as the base (craft creations). I cut a square piece of white card and cut out a small semi circle to create the neck of the t shirt and I’ve drawn on some stitching. I then cut a square of dark blue creative cover card and embossed it in the Cuttlebug machine. I cut a slit to accommodate the zip (any zip will do as you can cut it the fit the card). I’ve stuck the zip to the back of the blue card using double sided tape with the zipper on display through the slit. Turn the dark blue card over and stick some blue polka dot paper (Craft creations) face up to the back of the design (you will have to cut a slit to fit around the zip). Turn the design back over so the blue card and zip are at the front the turn down the corners to you can see the polka dot paper. Stick to card and add sentiment.

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W002 - Kate Farrell.
I have used a sheet of A4 white linen card to make this one, I have printed directly onto it as I love the canvas effect that it gives, I have also matted another piece and cut my tag from another sheet. The name was cut from the same card and then triple heat embossed with gold powder. I have also used distress inks to tone down the look of the card. I hope you like it.

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W001 - Jean Smith.
I used 1 sheet TAF03 cut into a stepper card and DC153. I rubbed shades of green ink over the 'steps' to roughly match the green on the pic and used the leftover 'trees' to cover the top half of the back step. The finished pic was glued onto holographic paper and fixed to large panel. I cut out the scoreboard from white card and put on a black panel. The greeting panel is a made using holographic paper, an offcut of 'grass' from the main pic and the black panel which was put on with foam pads. Then the bat and ball were attached. All the lettering are Peeloffs But the numbers are from Sizzix dies.

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Childrens Challenge Entries:
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C007 - Claire Gill - Age 10.
First I got a Hi 5 pale blue card and stuck a triangle of green texture paper along the bottom and a piece of Colorset dark grey paper on top for the road. I got some sticky see through glittery lines and stuck them down the middle of the road. I then pushed out and stuck on a red decoupage race car. Next I put a speedy sticker on just above the car. I got a piece of white paper and cut it into a cloud shape and stuck white mulberry paper around the edge for a fluffy effect. I painted a small bit of mulberry paper and stuck it on for a booster. Lastly, I stuck a Happy Father's Day sticker on the cloud.

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C006 - Mairead Sherry - Age 11.
Here is my entry for this month. I was really pleased you had a men's challenge just in time for my Daddy's birthday! I liked the easel cards I saw in the last few challenges so I thought I'd try one myself. The card is SF03U in white creative hammer. After folding it I added some check ribbon along the edges. I matted the 2 pictures with red and green colorset paper from the sample set you sent for another challenge. I stuck these and the happy birthday banner (CDS035G) on with sticky pads and finished it off with silver peel off words from XL307U.

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C005 - Gemma Moses - Age 10.
I made this card for Grandad's birthday. He loves gardening and hedgehogs. I painted the image & then layered it onto green card & paper. Added peel-off happy birthday and a peel-off pressie.

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C004 - Katie Hanson - Age Almost 2.
Katie used DL pale cream card blank SFO8U-12. Holographic peel-offs ZL493, ZL487. Craft Creations peel-offs XL527. Gold Label wavy peel offs, multi coloured edge. Katie chose what she wanted to use, and pulled the peel off borders into pieces and stuck them all down. The topper Katie adhered music peel off to green paper mummy cut around it. Katie glued it onto a black square and put it on card with foam pads. She really enjoyed making this and sticking the peel offs to her top too.

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C003 - Samuel Heald - Age 6.
Samuel made a card base using creative smooth REG02A4 card. He then used red and green inks to sponge through swirls mask. He die cut a shape from creative smooth card and stamped wild rose studio image and coloured using pro markers, he put this on a larger die cut shape from gold mirri card MIR01CA4 using 3d foam slightly offsetting the two. Samuel then chose his favourite buttons and glued them around his card to finish.

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C002 - Michael Heald - Age 8.
Michael used Vanguard navy cardstock to make a base card. On creative smooth card REG02A4 he sponged inks from sunset big n juicy inkpad through a star shapes mask. He then punched out large and small scallop circles and glued to base card. Michael then stamped onto creative smooth card REG02A4 and coloured in using pro markers. Die cut this and layered onto a larger shape using gold pearl paper. He finished it off with some stars punched out of gold mirri card and stuck them on with foam pads.

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C001 - Alan Heald - Age 8.
Colorset lemon card to make base card COL154CA4, Gold mirri card MIR01CA4, Creative smooth white card REG02A4. Alan used a star shapes mask and sponged orange and yellow ink onto smooth card which he then cut into strips and glued them to the yellow card base. Alan coloured stamped images using memento ink and coloured using pro markers on smooth card. He cut out gold mirri card using nestabilities labels one and layered his main stamped image onto this. Alan adhered this at an angle to his card using foam pads and punched stars from gold mirri card and stuck them on with foam pads.

24 comments:

  1. Not many cards here for this challenge. Perhaps everyone else is waiting until nearer the closing date. I had to laugh out loud a few challenges back - someone wrote about SAVING THE BEST UNTIL LAST. On that challenge my card was one of the first! Oh, I thought - they don't think much of mine then! I really thought it was funny. It was true too; on that occasion the best card was submitted last in my opinion. It's all good fun, I find the challenges good for getting the Creative Juices flowing. Win some, lose some......it's the taking part that counts. Happy crafting!

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    1. marilyn hogarth23 April 2012 at 13:50

      i would have found that funny, as i too normally get my entry in early,i love the challenges.it makes you really think, i havnt missed one since i started last june. i am late this month ,lap top playing up. fixed now. so i will upload my entry. love the miners card,a very haunting look to it.good luck everybody.

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  2. All the cards are great! I must say M012 made me laugh so well done. I am always looking for mens cards as I find them the hardest. Good luck to all of you.

    Christine

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  3. marilyn hogarth28 April 2012 at 12:07

    i dont understand why the gallery is shrinking!!! there are prizes up for grabs and the chance to see other peoples cards and your own.i go on the docrafts gallery and the cards are uploaded by the hundreds, and there are NO PRIZES. its a shame the numbers are declining.anyone know why?????????????????

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  4. Marilyn I agree with you, it's a shame there aren't a few more entries although, sometimes - less is more. If we had hundreds to look at here I for one would be put off. Perhaps there are only a few cards because they have to be made with Craft Creations Products. I fully understand why, it makes this challenge special and different from all the others. Just like the Craft Creations magazine, that is SO SPECIAL beause it isn't page after page of boring adverts; just full of inspirational ideas.

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    1. marilyn hogarth29 April 2012 at 11:51

      i quite agree with you there, re craftcreations,its the only mag i subscribe to. what i meant was... there used to be around 40 to 50 entries, just wondered where everyone was!.entries so far are great.especially the childrens.

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    2. Hi,

      Thanks for the kind comments about the Craft Creations Magazine.

      We only ask that the base card and any peel-offs come from us and as they can be bought direct from us or from any of the many excellent Craft Shops that stock our products throughout the country, we feel that shouldn't be too difficult for entrants to achieve.

      Paul.

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  5. I too have been wondering why the number of entries are shrinking. I have been sending regularly for the past six months or so, and had a good idea for this one but have just not had time to make it and the month has flown by. Although I have been delighted to receive several vouchers and loved spending them as I have been a Craft Creations customer for years, I think Marilyn and anonymous may have hit on something with their comments. Most of the stuff I buy from Craft Creations are the envelopes and clear bags and the lovely coloured card and papers. I make up to 1,500 cards a year and the basic card I usually get from Paper Mill Direct and cut it up, which means I only send in entries made with samples I receive from you occasionally. Also you seem to have dropped the "Peoples Favourite" voting. It was funny because that often differed from the winning cards.

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    1. Hi,

      We stopped the "Peoples Choice" because in most cases there just weren't enough votes to give a fair result and both of the voting methods we tried were open to misuse.

      We do wonder if the lack of entries is because the regularity of the challenges has become 'boring', perhaps we should have a break between each one, any thoughts?

      Paul.

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    2. marilyn hogarth30 April 2012 at 09:32

      if a card maker cant make one card a month, then something is wrong, all the people i know ,cant go a day without producing something. a month seems a reasonable time.i certainly think it hasnt become boring.please keep it up.

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  6. marilyn hogarth30 April 2012 at 09:25

    would just like to clarify a point. 75% of my craft stash is craft creations stuff. i have entered now roe 11 months, and a few of my cards have been 100% craft creations stuff. and the least being 65%, at least they allow you to use other stuff, so that hasnt held me back.The peoples chouce was good, i miss that, but just wanted to clear that point up.

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  7. I must say it does cheer me up in the morning when I check the challenge entries and see cards that have been made entirely or mostly with Craft Creations products!

    Paul.

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  8. Hi, when you split the competition into winners and non-winners challenges my first reaction was negative as someone who had already won would win again. It also means that someone who hadn't would also win but that you would have to choose between the two challenges, irrespective of where the best cards are. I felt the first challenge you did this on the strongest cards were in the card challenge category, yet you still had to give prizes in the winners category. I realise we don't always agree on the winning entries but in the last few challenges I think the winners have been very deserving.
    I too miss the peoples choice, although if as you say there were few votes and abuse I understand why you have stopped this. I would like to see just one category again so we are all competing on the same playing field.
    Incidentally, those winners out there. You have already had a prize and have an excellent chance of winning again so it's disappointing that there is so little support for this category. I am still hoping to win a prize and I enter a card every month using as many CC product as I can. I feel that you should be asking us to use 100% CC products. It's a challenge for CC and I look at the entries to see new ways of using your products. The range is huge and good value for money so there is no excuse for people to not use your products for the whole card. Especially if they have been winners and have money to spend on CC products! I can go to hundreds of websites to see cards people have made, I come to the CC website to see ways to use CC products.
    I like the childrens category and would like to thank you for your generosity in encouraging the card makers of the future. If I lived closer to my nieces and nephews I would be encouraging them to participate, as they have enjoyed making cards with me in the past. Unfortunately there is a sea between us, but maybe next time I visit I will go prepared with CC products to encourage them to enter.

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    1. The main reason for the split into winners and non-winners was because some people were getting disheartened as often the same people kept winning and they felt they didn't stand a chance of winning. We have just changed our quarterly magazine contests to the same format as it seems to work quite well, so we probably won't be changing back to the old format in the foreseeable future, sorry.

      Personally I would really like to make the challenges Craft Creations products only, but I am worried that there would be even fewer entries! If anyone thinks otherwise let me know.

      Paul.

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    2. Hi Paul, I saw you had changed the magazine competition format and thought that anyone who has won in the last 4 challenges is an idiot if they don't send in at least one entry because they will only be competing against perhaps 40 other people with 5 prizes to share amongst them. Maybe you should give smaller prizes to those who have already won, or more prizes to the non-winner category. I bet that idea causes a few comments!!
      Maybe if you gave a small explanation as to why you have chosen a particular card to win it will help people to see what you are looking for. I really enjoy the challenge every month and look forward to seeing what you have selected for May. I think you are very generous with prizes and as Grandma said we are eager for the inspiration and challenge. I haven't won yet but I enter each month and hopefully I am getting better and maybe giving other people ideas. I do know that since I have been trying to use more of your products I have found more ways of using them. They are so versatile and good value. I would support a 100% requirement for CC product in the final card. After all we are trying to win vouchers to spend on your products, why not make a small investment first. With all your great sample packs you can amass a small stash of various bits for not too many pennies. As to having a chance of winning, as they say you got to be in it to win it.

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  9. First and foremost Craft Creations PLEASE KEEP THE CHALLENGES GOING. You can't please all the people all the time. Like others I like to view the entries several times a week, just to see what's there & what's different. It is a great source of inspiration. Yes, as said, I am sure most card makers would not find it difficult to make a card or two each month, the added element of using CC PRODUCTS makes it an even greater challenge and gets those creative juiices going. After all isn't that why we make cards TO BE CREATIVE! Happy crafting x Grandma - I can't remember how to enter GRANDMA into the 'comment as Box' so I am under anonymous again!

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  10. Thanks for the explanation regarding dropping the "Peoples' Choice". I must say it would never have occurred to me that it was open to abuse, but suppose somebody with a lot of friends and family could get them all to vote for their card. Even though I have not had time this month (Marilyn may not have picked up the fact that I make around 1,500 a year), I have looked at and admired the entries every day and opened up first thing this morning to see who were the lucky winners. Well done. I personally quite like the prestige of entering the winners Challenge and of course the number of winners is going to grow as the twelve months pass when presumably we go back to the start.

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  11. I've just read through all the comments regarding the card competition with great interest. Regarding whether the competion should only use CC products to me seems limiting. I like to recycle all sorts of things which are essentially free and can lead to some interesting designs, which hopefully inspire others. Even if I'm not entering the competion i will look at the other entries to see if somebody has used something in an innnovative way that will inspire me. There's a lot of craft out there now so it gets harder to come up with new ideas but I think CC should keep the competition monthly and as a runner up on two occasions i would encourage people to take heart and keep entering.

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    1. Dear CC, how many 1000's of products do you sell on your website? I really don't see how it could be at all limiting, maybe just a bit challenging.

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  12. Wow!! I'm absolutly chuffed to bits to win this months winners challenge. Thank you to Paul and the rest of the Craft Creations team for choosing my card.Congratulations too to all the other winners.
    I enjoy entering your monthly challenge and I do hope you continue to do them. Your prizes are extremely generous and well worth winning! You have some fantastic products in your online store and I particularly love all your creative papers. Now I must go and put my thinking cap on. . . red, white and blue mmm!
    Thanks again
    Lorraine x

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  13. I agree with a lot of the comments that a monthly challenger is not boring. I enjoy very much entering the online and magazine competitions. Although as yet I have not won a prize but that does not deter me from trying again!! The prizes are very generous and worth taking the time to make a card and enter it in the competition. Thank you very much for all the hard work you all put into this and please do not change the new format.

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  14. What a lot of inspired man-makes here!
    Well done everyone-
    and congratulations to the worthy winners!

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  15. Hi, thanks for choosing my card as a runner up in the card challenge category. You made my day. Shall have to check out the website for a bit more red, white and blue for my stash and get thinking of a card for this month. I really enjoy the monthly challenges so thanks for that and the generous prizes. Have a great day.

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  16. Thank you so much for my runners up prize, could not beleive it when I received your email.
    Really enjoy the free digi downloads.
    Thank you Maggie

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