Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Challenge

Hello and welcome to October.

How does this flower fairy picture inspire you?  Isn't she gorgeous? I love flower fairies.  This image comes from here


There will be a little prize of some flowers themed around this picture drawn at random from all the entries received by 11pm GMT on 30th October.  The winner will be announced on 31st October.  Please enter via the inlinkz button below. As always you can enter any craft, we aren't just about papercraft, as long as it has been completed between 1st and 30th October 2014 and we can see how you have been inspired by the challenge.

You'll have to excuse the rubbish photo. My phone lead has gone for a walk and I couldn't edit it - I made some brooches following the colour and fairy scheme.


and here is how our lovely design team were inspired:


                                                                     Astrid

I was inspired by the little fairy and used a photo of the fairytale park with.................some fairy's on it :-)


I found this fab book by Dawn Sokol (available from Amazon) which is a great way to get started art journaling or improve your doodle skills. I decided to use the page below to create this months DT piece.
The colours seemed perfect for an autumnal feeling piece.
 I used Faber Castell Big Brush Pens, Crayons and Gelaotos to create the finished piece above.



The first thing about the image that spoke to me was the fairy, so I definitely drew inspiration from her, as well as the colors and the leaves.  The message of 'love' is always a good one to spread.

Shell
I decided to use a fairy on my card, also giving it an autumnal feel using autumnal colours & papers.



I was inspired by the colours to create a layout with my friends. Butterflies, to represent the fairies.









Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Winner

Thank you for all your entries into the September challenge. They were all fab.  The random number generator picked number 5 as the winner which is coops

Well done.  If you can email me your address details to craftgardenshop@aol.com I will get your prize out to you asap.

Monday, 1 September 2014

September Challenge

Welcome to September. We hope you have had a lovely restful summer and are ready to do some crafting.

This month sees some massive fresh starts in my household with my 3 eldest children moving on a step in their lives to work/university/college so I went in search of a fresh themed moodboard for our September challenge and found this one via Pinterest  I'm loving those colours.


There will be a little prize of some flowers themed around this board drawn at random from all the entries received by 11pm GMT on 29th September.  The winner will be announced on 30th September.  Please enter via the inlinkz button below. As always you can enter any craft, we aren't just about papercraft, as long as it has been completed between 1st and 29th September 2014 and we can see how you have been inspired by the challenge.

Here is how our lovely design team were inspired:


                                                                  Astrid

Hi, I'm so glad that Kerry asked me to stay for another term, doing the happy dance :-) !!! For this mood board I was inspired by those pretty soft colors and flowers and decided to do a summer layout with it.




The vintage phone in the photo really spoke to me.  I vintagey stuff and the colors sort of felt vintage, too.  I used a lot of purple with the green, they compliment each other well.



I'm so happy to be back again, and what lovely inspiration to start off with! As I'm recently back from holidays I was inspired to use the colours and create a travel layout!






I've been using up some yarn by making blocks to eventually join into a blanket so made one reflecting the aqua and pinky purple in the picture. 



For my project I have created an Art Trading Card. I didn’t have much in my stash in the right colors so created most of what I used. I’m a collector of old things and the beautiful dancer I used as the main focal point is an old post card  which I digitally restored, and re-colored. Originally it was mostly brown. I also created the little starburst embellishment on the top left hand corner, the two brown backgrounds on the right side as well as the sentiment. The little angel is something I have been hanging onto for years, waiting for just the right project and this was it. :).

I decided to use the colours the moped image for my inspiration this month. I just love any shade of green with purple it looks fab. I'm really happy with the outcome of my card....hope you like it too x




Please add your link by clicking the inlinkz button.  Entry is open until 11pm GMT on 29th September and a winner will be drawn at random once entry closes and announced on 30th September.  Good luck











Tuesday, 1 July 2014

July

Welcome to July.  We hope the summer is treating you well.

This month your inspiration is a photo I took at Burnham On Sea in Somerset last summer. I love how unusual and striking this lighthouse is.

As the ethos of the team has always been that crafting is primarily for fun this month there is no prize or link. We would love to see your creations though so feel free to comment on this post with a link to your project. 

Here is what our lovely design team have created

                                                                      Astrid

I was immediately inspired by the ligthouse. I had this lighthouse chipboard laying around, and colored it in the colors on the photo, for more texture I added some modeling paste at the bottom of the chipboard.This is my last post for The Craft Garden. It was a pleasure working on all these challenges and a big thanks to Kerry !!!

For this months challenge I used 3 10cms square canvases, suede thong, Americana paint by DecoArt, a sheet of scrapbook paper and the seagulls are a Stampotique stamp.



Shell
as soon as I saw this gorgeous photo, I remembered an image I had won a long time ago by Digi Darla. It's another of those haven't used ones....just loved this challenge & colouring in my image! I hope you will join in with us this month x





Eleni 

When I first saw the photo what inspired me was the layout, and colours of the lighthouse  in relation to everything else in the photo ... so I translated it like a sketch and created this:




Lisa

I was so inspired by the colors in the lighthouse, that's where this card came from.  Another challenge as I went masculine, but I'm happy with the outcome.