Saturday, 5 April 2014

March Winner & February Challenge Entries

Drum roll please..........

Our winner was entry number 15 which is this lovely card by Shell at

Shell please can you email me at and I'll get your prize out ASAP. 

Our February challenge only had two entries and because I only think it's fair I've decided to award both entries with a prize. Please can you both email me at the above address and I'll sort it out for you. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Welcome to April.

Your challenge this month is a recipe.  Choose three of the following ingredients and include them in your project:

  • Ribbon
  • 4 Buttons
  • Ink or mist
  • Floral Patterned Paper
  • Stencil
  • Paperclip
  • Green

There will be a small prize this month of a mystery packet of paper flowers for a winner drawn at random after the closing date of 29th April 2014. Entry is via the inlinkz button below this post and closes at 23:55 GMT on 29th April 2014.

Here is what our lovely design team have created:

I made an A5 card using various ingredients from the recipe (buttons, patterned paper, green, paperclip, ribbon). I used a combination of real stitching (for the flowers) and faux stitching (for the paper) My flowers were made from a white t shirt my son discarded, I coloured it with SoSoft fabric paint from DecoArt, then added the button and sewed the edges and leaf veins. 

Hi you all ! For my page I used; 4 buttons, mist and a stencil, the color green and lace(instead of ribbon). Let's see which receipe you will use ;-) ofcourse I used one of the lovely selfmade flowers from the Craft Garden !


For this months creation I have used one of my new Bebunni stamps. From the recipe list I have used, ribbon, floral design papers, 2 paperclips & the colour green. I hope you will join in with our recipe fun!


I instantly chose to use a stencil and mist from the recipe list, and then picked my third choice, ribbon, as I created the card.  I love how the Perfect Pearls Mist has a sort of ombre effect on the background.  I inked the paper with Distress Ink first to get some color down so there wouldn't be white space.

Chris / CS Designs

For my project this month, I created an Asian Button Box. The drawer part of the box is made from part of a recycled cereal box wile the outside and the part that wraps around the drawer is made from a recycled Dove soap box. The items I used from the recipe list are the color Green, the see through ribbon on the top left corner of my box, my buttons are inside the drawer, a gold decorative paper clip, floral patterned paper on the square directly under the Asian Postage design, and orange pigment ink as direct to paper around the edges in various places. The only thing on the list I didn’t use was a stencil because there seemed to be enough going on with my box without it.

I've decided to create an art journal page this month.
I've used the stencil, inks and mists for my background ... then on the image, I've added a dress from floral pattern paper and added 4 little green buttons to her dress! :) 

Saturday, 1 March 2014


Welcome to March.

Your challenge this month is to use

P A S T E L   colours

Entry is via the inlinkz button below this post and closes at 23:59 GMT on 30th March 2014.

Your prize this month is this selection of pastel coloured goodies

I made a bookmark for my project this month and I'm adding that into the prize aswell.

Here is what our lovely design team have created

Last summer my friends daughter got married in Skiathos. We were lucky enough to go to the wedding which was truly amazing. The ceremony was on the beach literally feet away from the sea. My husband took the photograph of the rings on the heart shape stone which he just happened to find. To create the string of hearts I used a Dylusions stamp and Gelatos, the two hearts have been made using fusible film and angelina hair and the stamp is by PaperArtsy.

Eleni Gratsia
With 3 nieces it was easy peasy to select a photo to create a layout with Pastel colours:

     My niece Katerina ... I would like to thank Kerry, as she sent 
me most of the things that I used on my page!  


These colors were perfect for a vacation photo of my stepdaughter. I added one of the selfmade flowers that Kerry sent me and the bling arrows as well, thanks !

I really wanted my Craft Garden flowers from Kerry to be the basis for my card creation.  I started layering up goodies with a vintage look and knew the card needed a larger element, so I made the dressform diecut.  I used crepe paper for the skirt, to tie in with the background papers.  A few beads from a broken bracelet and some bling in the corner added a bit of flash.  I always associate Pastel colors with babies, so this card was a good out-of-box project for me.

I decided to use a stamp I have had for ages. I love the out come as I usually use at least one bold colour in my creations. So this was a great challenge for me.

This is my march project and I used vellum to soften 

the colours of the flowers that I stamped.

Chris / CS Designs ...

Kerry sent me such a wonderful package with so many pretty things, I  was totally inspired and wanted to make something extra special for this months challenge. What I came up with in the end is an Art Tag Book which includes a total of six paper art tags and one beaded and wire bookmark. Thank you Kerry for the fabulous goodies, I had a blast creating with them. :)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

We're Back

Feeling refreshed after our little break I am delighted to welcome you back to our monthly challenges.

For those of you who haven't visited before we are a monthly challenge which runs from 1st of each month to the end of that month.  Some months it is just for fun with no prize and other months there will be a prize.  Entry will be via a link at the bottom of each challenge. Any crafts are welcome.  The only rules are that it must be a project completed during that month and we must be able to see some resemblance to the original inspiration.

So without further delay here is your challenge for February.  I chose a rather appropriate picture from design seeds.  How you use it as inspiration is completely up to you.

This month I am offering a small prize of some book print flowers for one lucky participant (chosen at random on 1st March) who has linked up via inlinkz.

Returning to the design team are Eleni, Helen and Chris.  I am delighted to have our new members Astrid, Lisa, Shell and Nuzhat on board and this is what they all created:

From a delivery box to
a magazine holder!
I used the 'Garage Days' collection from Kaiser Crafts to complete my project.

For my first project as a member of this design team, this month I created a folder. I've used mostly supplies that I either made myself or were lying around the house eg. wrapping paper and such. 

I made the tag myself by doodling swirls on plain card stock with a neon pink pen and then making the effect a little subtle by covering it with a piece of vellum. 
The hot air balloon is also hand drawn and painted as are the clouds. The dots in the top left corner are hand drawn in neon pink. Hope you are inspired by this project, don't forget to leave a link to your own!

Hi, this is my first project for The Craft Garden and I had so much fun creating ! I was so happy to be asked and looking forward to inspire all of you ! I was inspired by the wood and the hanging board, what will be your inspiration???

Hi everyone!  This is my first project here, and I was really inspired by the pallet wood in the photo.  I got some cards that look like pallets in my post-Christmas shopping binges and here's what I created.  I used several of the colors in the inspiration photo as well.


Firstly I want to say thank you for asking me to join your fab team. This card was inspired by pretty much everything in the photo. I thought the wood looked like a stable door so I dug out one of my favourite LOTV images. I also used most of the colours & the sign!


It's great to be back, and I'm happy to be joining the Craft Garden again ... I was inspired by the colours and the tag to make an art journal page in my new journal.

Chris / CS Designs

It’s such a pleasure to be part of The Craft Garden Design Team again and also looking forward to working with such talented ladies. For my project today, I am sharing a couple of pages from a new Coffee Table Display Mixed Media Book, I just started. Kerry picked such fab colors for this challenge, and it was such an inspiration to work with them.  My book pages included a couple of Twinchies as well as an ATC, which can be seen peeking out of the mini pocket. The whole ATC can be found on my original post.

Please click the inlinkz button to link up your project. Entry is open until 23:59 GMT on 28th February 2013 and a winner will be drawn at random on 1st March. Good luck