Sunday, 16 September 2018

Guest Designer- Karen Sessions

Today we introduce our guest Designer for the September challenge.
Please say hello to Karen Sessions from Art and Soul who won the challenge back in July 


Karen Sessions is from Southern California but lived in England, United Kingdom with her husband for fourteen years before recently returning to California.  Her loves for the past 12 years have been scrapbooking and card making but she also explores mixed media because she adores rubber stamping.  Karen describes her creative style as very intricate, full of textures, and embellished with a feminine flare.  She explains that she loves to focus on the tiny details that add richness and impact to the project by choosing embellishments and colors that bring a sense of cohesion. Karen added, "The process of creating brings me great joy and the result is magical and irreplaceable."  Creating is her passion and when you see her projects, it will be obvious in every little detail, that Karen creates beauty by combining products in a 
unique and wonderful way.  

I began creating this dreamy autumn themed card by stamping the main elements: the woodgrain background and bare tree.  To add a bit more color and texture, I used dimensional paint to add a variety of metallic leaves to the branches. Then I used two patterned papers and multiple mattings to build the required colour scheme. 

 Next, I added a fabulous cluster of flowers to add more shades of dusty rose.  Finally, I added some small burlap flowers and gold leaves to add richness and warmth.  In following my frugal tendencies, I should mention that the sentiment appeared on the B side of the mustard paper used for the background.  Therefore, I rescued this small scrap from underneath before I adhered the woodgrain element.



Please do check out Karen's lovely Autumnal card, we'd love for you to come back and share your project for the September challenge.

The challenge can be found HERE and is open until 11:55pm GMT on October 12th.

We are so lucky to have two amazing Guest Designers this Month, please visit Aira Hashimoto's beautiful journal page   

Please also check out our Design Team spotlight, where one of our Dreamies have their inspiration for you. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Guest Designer - Aira Hashimoto

Today we introduce our Guest Designer for the September challenge.
Please say hello to Aira Hashimoto from in my little corner.

Hello there, I am Aira from Japan, I am a housewife and mother of two boys and two turtles lol! I love mixed media and making ATC's, but I also love making cards, tags, layouts and 3D paper crafts.
I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer for this Months Crafts Dreamy challenge. Please check out my blog for additional photos and I hope you'll be inspired to join in with the challenge!

I tore around the digital image and inked it with distress ink, next I adhered scraps of design paper and covered it with white Gesso. Once dry, I applied distress inks to make a vintage background. After drying I stamped swirls and script stamps with Archival ink.
Dry again, then applied modelling paste through a stencil, also dry the modelling paste to bubble it up (just be careful not to burn your fingers) Next, dry brush Gesso onto the page and apply
 Acrylic black paint all over the page. 

Embellish the page with tags, raffia string, journals and faux leather flowers. Finally I added some doodling on the tags, white enamel accents and splatters of white acrylic paint. I also rubbed on Inka gold on the raised parts made by the modelling paste. There is a bonus tutorial of how I made the faux leather 
flowers on my blog.


Please do check out Aira's beautiful journal page. We'd love for you to come back and share your project for the September challenge.

The challenge can be found HERE and is open until 11:55pm BST on October 12th.

Please also hop on over to our Design Team spotlight, where one of our Dreamies have their inspiration for you.

Crafts Dreamy September challenge 2018

Hello everyone, Zowie here to introduce the current Crafts Dreamy challenge, here is the Mood board for September.

The theme is anything goes; you can make a card, tag, ATC, scrapbook layout, pocket letter mixed media, collage piece etc the possibilities are endless! 

 The winner of the challenge will have the chance to
be featured as a Guest Designer at Crafts Dreamy and everyone who enters the challenge will go into the draw to win a Fifteen pound gift voucher (provided by myself) to spend at Crafteezee The Design Team will also choose their favourite Top 3 designers. Please click on the link below for more details on how to enter; the Design Team and I look forward to you sharing your creations with us! 

Rules are simple, create a project, the theme is anything goes, enter by clicking on the link HERE include a link back to this challenge in your blog post. You can combine our challenge with up to 5 challenges (including this one) If you are entering through Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, you'll need to include #craftsdreamychallenge

I would like to thank the super talented Design Team for their stunning creations, please click on the persons name to see how they created them and to leave these wonderful ladies some comment love!

So now it's your turn to join in with the fun! we look forward to seeing your creations! you can enter them HERE The challenge closes on the 12th October at 11pm BST


Follow us on Facebook to join our group and to share your creations with us 

Do you use Instagram? please use the craftsdreamychallenge 
so that we can see your creations there too. 

Thanks for stopping by,

hugs from the Crafts Dreamy team xx