Summertime- The Creative Loops August challenge

Summertime- The Creative Loops August challenge

The challenge for August is Summertime so you can produce any type of creative project with that theme. The challenge topic just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project linked to Summer, holidays, beaches, rain 🙂 (I am in the U.K.)…….you can do anything you think is linked to Summer. Please link up your project at the end of the post.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, paper-craft, cross-stitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments. I always appreciate knowing someone is reading.

Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below. Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Creative loops challenge Summer

By members of Creative Loops

  1. Art on a bag by Elaine Nicholls, AcheloisHandmade on Etsy.
  2. Chrysanthenum card by Kristina of Haith’s Handmade.
  3. Embroidered shells by artist Jocelyn Leigh.
  4. Dancing Dolphins by artist Melanie Ridgeway at Fox-puzzles.
  5. Water bottle cover by textile artist and teacher Alison Ripley.
  6. Art in a Heart by artist Annette Rose.
  7. Summer dress by professional seamstress and teacher Carrie J Trigg.
  8. Sunglasses by artist Lee Robinson.

 

Inspiration from others

  1. Cornish Driftwood ornament by CornishCreationsUK on Etsy.
  2. Art on shells by Alisa Burke.
  3. WanderLust series of embroidery by Teresa Lim. This one is beach huts in Melbourne, Australia.
  4. Crochet Summer jacket pattern at knitsi.com.
  5. Love The Beach mixed media piece by Katy Leitch with step by step photos.
  6. Easy Beach Cake at CakeWhiz.
  7. Sunbathing bag at The Golden Adventures of a Dark Horse.
  8. Mini beach bag in paper by Bianca at Stempeleinmaleins.
  9. Art sails on Driftwood Boats by Alisa Burke.
  10. Travel art journal by Gabi Campanario at Urban Sketchers.
  11. How to make Sun Prints at Garden Therapy.
  12. Shooting and Processing Seascape Photography by Raiatea Arcuri on You Tube.
  13. Sewing Bee Shift Dress pattern at Sewmag.
  14. Blueberry cheesecake ice-cream recipe at Jamie Cooks It Up.
  15. Summerfun scrapbook page with free download of the background by Kim Jackson at Creating Keepsakes.
  16. How To Paint A Beach Tutorial by Pamela at Flowerpatch Farmhouse.
  17. Making a top from 2 scarves and a ribbon by Rebekah at Potholes and Pantyhose.
  18. Reversible Summer Hat tutorial (adult or child) at Martha Stewart.
  19. All Seasons Notepad set by Annette at Nettys Cards.
  20. Journal prompts for a travel journal by Kenzie at Hello Neverland.
  21. Boat Trip to Samos by Ingrid at Ingrid’s Place.
  22. Pallet Beach Wall Art at The White Birch Studio on Etsy.

 

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.
  6. I’d be grateful if you spread the word on this challenge by pinning the inspiration board or letting other creatives know about the challenge.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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My 100 day challenge- Pattern A Day 2

My 100 day challenge- Pattern A Day 2

The second day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. There are lots of interesting projects over there. Find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

Today I drew some patterns that I will be using in my colouring calendar I sell. I start by drawing the outlines- leaves today. Then I study the subject- in this case it was easy as I have lots of different types of leaf in my garden.

Pattern a day leaves

I design patterns based on the patterns I can see in the subject.

I used my Sakura Micron pensfor the drawing (there are various nib sizes allowing a range of fine lines and they are archival quality).

It takes me a couple of hours to complete three leaves due to the detail. The artwork for the calendar is completely hand drawn so each month takes a few days. For the sake of this challenge I’ve taken a photo of the leaves I completed today and then manipulated them digitally using CraftArtist 2 Professional to produce a complete project. I also added my usual copyright information etc.

Pattern a day2 100 day challenge

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there (any pointers are welcome as I have no idea what I am doing on Instagram at the moment!!).

I’d like to enter the following challenges which are all anything goes (and I think O.K. with a drawing project). Do go and check out the amazing blogs…

Crafting With An Attitude

Crafty Girls Creations

DL.Art

Little Miss Muffet challenges

Southern Girls Challenge

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100 day challenge- a Pattern A Day

100 day challenge- a Pattern A Day

I am starting a 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. Do head over there to have a look at the various projects.

My challenge is PAD- a pattern a day. This will be quite a flexible project due to my wide range of creative interests! My aim is to spend time every day on a creative project involving creating or using a pattern- drawing/ painting patterns, photographing patterns, creating patterns digitally, sewing with patterns or crafting using pattern. I am going to tie this in with getting started on instagram elaine_achelois. Lots for me to learn with this.

For my first PAD I wanted to create a title page for my project. I created the text on the computer using open letters for PAD and then printed it onto graphics paper. I then drew the patterns to decorate the title page and fill in PAD. The patterns are based on henna patterns. I used my Sakura Micron pensfor the drawing (there are various nib sizes allowing a range of fine lines and they are archival quality).

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there (any pointers are welcome).

Pattern a day

 

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Craft Your Passion- always anything goes

Crafty Boots Challenge- anything but a card

 

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Summertime Scrapbook page

I made this Summertime scrapbook layout digitally using CraftArtist 2 Professionaland the Fairytales Summer digikit. I find this a good way to make pages quickly and it is easy enough to get them printed as 12×12 online or at my local printers. I’ve swapped out my personal photos for stock photos for privacy reasons (I can never decide whether it looks too weird blurring faces to maintain privacy….what do you think? Blurred faces or use stock photos?). One of the things I love about Summer is walking and playing in the woods- as a child I loved exploring and climbing trees. The shade and coolness on a hot day is wonderful.

Summer scrapbook page Craftartist 2 professional

I used the layout from the Stick It Down challenge. 

A lot of the time when I start a project I feel overwhelmed by choices and my brain flits round lots of creative possibilities and quite often it seems to freeze at that point. Using challenges such as a layout challenge helps me to focus but still have lots of creative options.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops Challenge for August- Summertime

Stick It Down Challenge- Single page scrapbook layout

Simon Says Stamp- Summerfun

Unstampabelles Challenges- Anything But a Card

Animal Friends Challenge- Summer

Country View Challenges- Hot Summer Days

Sisterhood of Crafters- Close to Nature

 

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Using Santoro Mirabelle papers for some bunny love!

Using Santoro Mirabelle papers for some bunny love!

I absolutely love all the Santoro papers- I think it is because they are good quality, have great patterns and subtle sparkle. The front covers are also works of art by themselves…simply stunning.

They are the kind of papers that tend to sit unused because you can’t bear to cut them up and then worse give them away! My SANTORO Mirabelle Pad had the perfect papers for our challenge theme of stars and stripes this month with the unusual star background paper so I decided to use them for a very special anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law.

Santoro Mirabelle for Bunny anniversary

I keep forgetting to mention that I tend to work on scalloped 8×8″ square card blanks. The papers are all from the Mirabelle pad and I matted onto pink card and then used Tattered Rose distress stickles glitter glue around the edges. I made the topper using CraftArtist 2 Professional using an image from the digikit WH Stamps 1. I added pearl gems.

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops Challenge- Stars and Stripes

Hanna and Friends– Animals

As You Like It– Favourite papers and why

4 Crafty Chicks– Your favourite designer/paper/company

Simply Create Too– Lots of Sparkle

Aloha Friday Challenge– All About Animals

Dragon’s Lair– It’s a Zoo Out there.

 

Thanks for reading and for any comments…they really brighten up my day.

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Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Our Creative Loops Challenge here this month is stars and/or stripes. This is my first card for the challenge using the beautiful digi called Pearls In My Hair from Day For Daisies. It is a birthday card for my lovely sister in law.

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The stripe and floral papers were from the Victorian Roses by Make & Create. All the layers were matted onto pink card and the card was distressed using my Tim Holtz distress tool. I used a lovely translucent shimmery ribbon. All of these were from my extensive stash :-). I added three star gems and also some flowers from wild orchid crafts to embellish the card.

I used Craft Artist to create the top layer with the digi stamp and coloured the image using Promarkers.

BirdsinherhairCU

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Creative Loops- Stars and/or stripes

Use Your Stuff- Floral prints

Tuesday Throwdown- Happy Birthday

Freshly Brewed Designs- Birthdays

Craft Rockets Challenges- Spots and/or stripes

That’s Crafty Challenge- Bird’s of a Feather Challenge

 

 

 

 

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Stars and Stripes Creative Loops Challenge for July

Stars and Stripes Creative Loops Challenge for July

The challenge for July is Stars And/ Or Stripes so you can produce any type of creative project with that theme. The challenge topic just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project using stars, stripes, stars and stripes, America …….you can do anything you think is linked to Stars And/ Or Stripes. Please link up your project at the end of the post.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, paper-craft, cross-stitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments. I always appreciate knowing someone is reading.

Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below.

Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Creative loops challenge Stars and Stripes

By members of Creative Loops

  1. Commissioned memory frame for a birthday with a stars and stripes theme by Elaine Nicholls.
  2. Striped deck chair picture by artist Lee Robinson.
  3. Exploding star birthday cake by Elaine Nicholls
  4. Independence Day card by Kristina of Haith’s Handmade.
  5. Metz cross stitch cushion by Kristina of Haith’s Handmade.
  6. Star themed wizard card by Elaine Nicholls.
  7. Striped owl doorstop by Kristina of Haith’s Handmade.

Inspiration from others

  1. Newborn stars and stripes cocoon hat set crochet pattern on Etsy by Warm Fuzzy Boutique.
  2. Embroidery on paper ‘While I Speak I Hope’ by Yunita Hadinata.
  3. Book folding pattern for double star on Etsy by Book Folding Forever.
  4. Stars and stripes cupcakes by Food Network Kitchen.
  5. 3D papercut star by Tahiti Pehrson.
  6. Star and stripe cushions. Free pattern by Craft Passion.
  7. Embroidered star top by Anna Tykhonova.
  8. Star wire earrings by Kythryne Aisling.
  9. Star card tutorial on Wenches Kort & Papir.
  10. Refashion using t-shirts to make striped bolero on a Constant Project.
  11. Photo inspiration star and stripe shells on tumblr.
  12. Stars in mandala drawing on Instagram.
  13. Tips on night photography by Currently Wandering.
  14. Striped shirt to skirt refashion at Create-enjoy.
  15. Shining Star fleece baby wrap on wonderfuldiy.com.
  16. Mixed media circles on stripes using Gelli plate on Create Mixed Media.
  17. Galaxy painted All Star Converse on Sparkle Collective.
  18. Spinning stripe quilt on Wendy’s Quilts and More.

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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Lutterloh 203 Red Tunic

This is my first attempt at sewing a Lutterloh pattern. I’ll update this post with more detail when I have more time.

For now here are some photos!

Lutterloh 203 tunic 1

Lutterloh 203 tunic 3 Lutterloh 203 tunic 4

When working in monochrome I like to add texture so I used a red stretch velvet with stretch lace trim. This was made for the Creative Loops monochrome challenge.

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VW Father’s Day card in monochrome

A VW Father’s Day card mainly made using my Brother Scan’n’cut. I designed the card myself and I’ll add further details to this post as soon as I have the chance!……..In the meantime here is my photo!

VW fathers day card1

 

This card was created for the Creative Loops monochrome challenge– using shades of blue with highlights of white.

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Minions birthday card

Minions birthday card

I made this Minions birthday card for a lovely boy called Joe 🙂 I designed and created it using the Scan’n’cut and got to use up lots of small scraps of card.
Minions birthday card 1

I added some detailing using gel pens. I recycled a small plastic washer from an electric toothbrush and painted it silver using a my silver Promarker. I used glossy accents inside it to give a glass effect.

Minions birthday card2

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Crafty Girls Corner- use yellow

Moo-mania and more- Masculine cards

Challange up your life- Repurpose household items

Di’s Digi Designs- For the boys

Send A Smile for Kids- Bright cards for kids

 

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