Tuesday, 1 July 2014


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


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.

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


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:


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.

Sunday, 1 June 2014


Welcome to June - the month of the longest days here in the northern hemisphere. 

Your challenge is to be inspired by


This month is a just for fun month with no prize (taking crafting back to the enjoyment value we all started doing it for) so there is no linky tool.  We would love to see what you have created though.  If you would like to show us please leave a comment below with a link to your project.

Here is what our lovely design team have created

This is a 6" x 4" folder from 7 Gypsies. I covered the front and back using paper from Fancy Pants, and added a panel of fabric that I had stenciled using fabric paint. The flower and leaf were also decorated with fabric paint too. 
Inside I used card stock and a 3D paper flower supplied by Kerry.
I used the keepsake envelope Kerry supplied & I made a journal from the journal card she supplied too.


A beautiful bright colored combination ! Here's what I created :


I wanted to make a high-fashion neon greeting card.  I used a quote rather than a sentiment so it would work for any occasion.


I decided to make a bright colours 'new baby' card, just love these colours together!


I gathered a bunch of embellishments inspired by the colours and had fun creating ...


Saturday, 31 May 2014


Our April winner is Pink Hearts


our May winner is Kendra

Please can you email me your address details to craftgardenshop@gmail.com ladies.

Well done and thanks to everybody else who entered.  Your work was very inspirational.

The June challenge will be up tomorrow.

Thursday, 1 May 2014


Welcome to May.

1st May is Lei Day in Hawaii so your challenge is to take this photo as your inspiration

Entry is via the inlinkz button below this post and closes at 23:59 GMT on 30th May 2014. There will be a prize of some paradise coloured flowers for one entry drawn at random after that date. Our rules are that your entry must be created during the month of May 2014 and you can only enter 4 other challenges with the entry for our challenge. This is because we, and other challenge blogs, take time to make our challenges individual and unique. When people enter more than 5 challenges with the same project it takes away that uniqueness.  Any entry found to have entered more than five challenges this month will be disqualified.

Here is what our lovely design team have created

I was inspired by the pink colors and flowers, I never use many flowers on my pages, but I thought this photo could use some. On the photo my son at the castle of Sleeping Beauty in the fairy tale park.

This is a page from my art journal. I made the background using a Gelli Plate and DecoArt paints. I used Zentangle patterns to create the falling strands and the wording are rub-ons from Kaisercraft. I added a border of a reptile skin affect tape by 7 Gypsies and a flower to finish the page.


I was inspired by the lazy feel of the photo - the clouds, the calm beach, the lovely sea. I also picked up some of the lei colours, mostly pink and a bit of cream and green! The box is an order I got from a friend's sister. I filled the inside with some beach sand and put in some seashells and a bottle with a scroll in to write her message on. The four sides of the box are covered in pictures. The top has a doily, a Dear Lizzy frame, a wood veneer camera and hand cut vellum clouds which add a bit of softness to the look. Hope you enjoy doing this challenge! 


I couldn't stop seeing sunbathers in my mind after looking at the inspiration photo.  I wanted to embrace the Hawaiian inspiration and the seashells.  The sunbather on the far left would be me--burnt before she's tan! :)

I decided to use the beach & waves as my inspiration, along with some of the gorgeous colours!

I was inspired by the wonderful colours the seaview and the lei flowers to create this layout.