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Monday, 16 January 2017

#180 New Beginnings

Jac is hosting our first challenge of 2017, and the theme is New Beginnings. We want to see your creations related to new beginnings, that might be the arrival of a baby, a new relationship, marriage, engagement, a new year's resolution even!

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the New Beginnings theme.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

Some inspiration from our fabulous DT


What better way to start the New Year than being a New DT member! I chose to make a New Baby centre step card using lots of Cricut cuts and some liquid pearls.


I think the best of all new beginnings is the arrival of a baby. I used a Mo Manning digi called 'Spit Happens', some patterned paper, a few die cuts and embellishments and here is the card. Easy peasy.


I chose to do a new baby card as on of my nieces is expecting a new arrival. I used several sheets from Hunkydory's Little Book of Smudge and Motten and decoupaged the design. I then added peel off sentiments which I had coloured using a permanent pen.


I chose for this challenge to do a new baby card using an old Stampin Up rubber stamps. The stamp was originally a roller stamp that I took the rubber off of the roller and mounted it on a wooden block. I coloured my card with Caran D'Ache water colour crayons. To complete the card I added a sentiment and a button and ribbon.


Another new baby card! For this one I used a variety of dies from various manufacturers. I've embossed each of the patchwork squares, and finished the card with a sticky pearl.


I have to agree with Jac, being a new DT member is a lovely way to start the New Year!

Another lovely beginning is moving into a new home. My card was made with layers of designer paper, some chipboard pieces, diecut leaves and homemade flair with a lovely bloom and twine bow for the finishing touches.


Hi all. I also chose to make a New Home card in readiness, I hope, for a member of our family who will soon be moving house. The background is one of my many Masterboards and the houses are by Paper Artsy stamped onto old book papers and more Masterboards. I finished this off with the punched birds, Stickles and 3D gems.


I, too, am happy to be starting 2017 as a new member of this lovely Design Team. I chose to make a wedding card for a couple getting married later this year. I used pearlized paper and several Anna Griffin dies to complete this project.


I decided to make a New Home card for a crafty friend for this first challenge of 2017.

I have used a Magnolia stamp coloured using Distress inks and layered onto a piece of embossed background.


Hello, I'm so happy that I can be a part of DT. For my first inspiration I prepared a card for a little boy. I used blue and white combo. I added some pearls and flowers. A sentence is: welcome on the world little boy.


Happy New Year! My theme for this challenge is "When a New Day Begins"

This pup stamp is Penny Black "I'm So Cute". The sentiment was computer generated and that awesome smile stamp is from Honey Bee Stamps. The card is embossed with a folder by Taylored Expressions.


It looks like Chanya 13 and I have the same die! My card is a staple that I get asked for every time someone needs a baby card - it's a simple box with an acetate window in which I put a first size pair of baby socks. Around it, tied by a ribbon is a wrap around card On the inside cover, I put details of the baby's birth.


Wondering why I am sharing a New Year's project? We couldn't celebrate New Years Eve with our friends as planned, because they both were ill, so we decided to celebrate at January 28th which is the Chinese New Year. It will be the year of the Fire Rooster, so I decided to make these take-away boxes as gifts for my friends.


For my card I decided to make a Congratulations card for the arrival of a New Baby. I used three sets of stamps from Hobby Art and Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.

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I too have gone for a baby card! Chances are I will have need of one some time in the year! My patterned paper is from a very OLD DCWV pad, Nanna's Nursery, and the dies, apart from the stars are from Sue Wilson. More details on my blog

We look forward to seeing what you can come up with!


#179 Christmas with a Twist, Winners and Top 5

Before we get to the winner’s post I just wanted to take this opportunity of thanking all at Woodware for their support  and sponsorship over many years. I sincerely hope that Judith and David have a long and very happy retirement. Thank you!
Kim hosted our Christmas With a Twist challenge and her winner and Top 5 are:-

57 - Toothless Knitter

This was such a hard job, but eventually I chose this card as the winner of my prize. I love the idea for this. I think I may have to steal it to use with my Granddaughter Emma next Christmas lol xx
and Kim's
prize winner

64 - Jane's Journal

I love this very non traditional take on a Christmas card, as well as the beautiful sentiment.

and her Top 5 are

6 - Sarascloset

24 - Kylie

32 - Gloria Lee

34 - SewPaperPaint
61 - Andrea Norris

Congratulations to you all. Could the two winners please email me at the address in the side bar to collect your prizes from Kim and/or Woodware. Please state in the subject line which prize you are claiming. Don't forget to collect your badges from the sidebar, and we look forward to seeing you back here at 12 Noon for our new challenge.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

New Team Members Introductions

Hi everyone. I hope you had a better Christmas and New Year that I had here at Twisted Towers. A bad back for Christmas and a chest infection for New Year!

I thought I would introduce our lovely new team members to you today instead of tomorrow, when our new challenge goes live.

Chanya 13
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Hi!  My name is Agnieszka, my nickname is chanya13 and I live in Poland.  My husband and I have 4 cats and a dog.

I have been scrapbooking for 3 years now and I’m totally crazy about this hobby! My favorite things to make are cards, ATC’S and notebooks but most of all, I love to make multilayer cards.  I also like making exploding boxes and scrap book layouts.

I have my own style and I love to use flowers.  I sometimes make my own, either from paper or I crochet them.  I add butterflies, different media and lace of all kinds to my projects.  I have a weakness for purple and pink and use them quite a lot.  Promarkers are my favorite way to color images.  Vintage and romantic styles are my favorites and I make a card almost every day.

In my free time, I like gardening, rock climbing, hiking and traveling.  I also love photography.

If you want to see my work, look here: http://cardmakinghobby.blogspot.com/

or FB: https://www.facebook.com/cardmakinghobby/

Hugs, Agnieszka chanya13


Hi I'm Jac and I live in Dorset about 20 minutes from time the coast.  I work as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours.  When I'm not at work I can be found relaxing in my craft room.  I have been crafting for a number of years now and I love it, it's my relaxation at the end of a busy day (and more often if I get the chance!). 

I started with scrap booking and digi scrap booking and soon found myself in the wonderful world of card making and I like to try and get out of my comfort zone every now again with a different type of project.  I wouldn't say that I have a particular style apart from the fact that I'm a messy crafter and often only have a small space on my desk to actually work in!


Hi… I’m June, and married to Steve, a wonderful man who encourages and supports me and never complains about the many hours I spend in my craft room!

I live in the North East, between Durham and Newcastle and have been retired from the NHS for several years.

I have been crafting from an early age, my mother taught me to knit and then I discovered sewing, and, as an adult, I enrolled for evening classes at the local college for a two year course on cake decorating.

About ten years ago, on a visit to the Metro Centre, I was intrigued as to why a group of ladies, were intently looking at another two ladies making something in The Paper Mill Store. I stopped to watch and at the end of their demonstration I heard myself asking “do you do classes?” They did and that was that, my love and passion for card making. The two ladies in question were no other than Sheena Douglas and Mandy Lawson!


My name is Margaret Mifsud and I live Down under in Adelaide, South Australia.  I am married and have two grown-up sons and three almost grown-up Grandchildren.

I have been crafting in some form or another for most of my life and took up paper crafting about 10 years ago.  I absolutely love it!!  Mostly, I make cards but also make Mini Albums and do a little Art Journaling now and again.  Have also done some off the page projects as well.  I do love most styles of crafting but mainly do my own version of shabby chic and I do love a touch of grunge on my masculine projects.


I am a widow and live with my little Maltese, Max, in NW Georgia, USA.  I have been involved with some form of crafting most of my life.  I started with sewing, continued with cross-stitch, knitting, crocheting & painting.  Card making is my new passion since my daughter introduced me to it several years ago.  I look forward to getting to know all the team and working with everyone. 

I hope you will agree, we have some fabulous new teamies to inspire both us and you! Looking forward to seeing you all in our first challenge of 2017 from tomorrow.

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Monday, 12 December 2016

#179 Christmas with a Twist

Before we launch into the final challenge of the year I am sad to say that we will be losing two team members from January. Ina, who is playing with us today, and Bec who has already left. Thank you ladies for such inspirational pieces and for being such fabulous members of the team. Myself and the rest of the team would like to wish you the very best for the future.

I will be introducing 5 lovely new team members in the New Year. I may post between this final post and the start of next year's posts which will be on 16th January, if I remember! Head like a sieve, brain turned to mush. If not, I shall introduce them in the first post for 2017.

Kim is hosting our final challenge of 2016. We would love to see your Christmas creations, but there is a twist which we would love you to play; we want to see your non traditional Christmas projects. Anything quirky and unusual and not typically thought of as Christmas would be fabulous please. You can play along with a normal Christmas creation if you prefer, but we hope that many of you will play the twist and inspire us with different ideas! It would be nice if you could tell us your twist.

As usual You can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn't exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!

We are sponsored for our final challenge of the year by


As it is the last challenge of the year I decided that I would provide a prize, so an extra Christmas prezzie for one lucky person
and an extra winner with a prize from


With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the websitewww.woodware.co.uk.
Our design team are playing along with the challenge so check out our blog, which is there for inspiration at www.woodware.co.uk/blog.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Woodware Craft Collection for being such amazing supporters of the Crafty Cardmakers Blog over the last several years, and in particular Dorothy who has kept things running so smoothly. Thank you.

Some inspiration from our fabulous team


I have gone for a very non traditional colour combo for my 'twist'.


Father Christmas in blue? Seems like a twist to me! The image is from Stitchy Bear Stamps, and it's called Bah Humbug. I added the sentiment, coloured the image with Promarkers, shaded the background with Distress Ink.


I have used a Heartfelt Creations Stamp, lots of Glitter and A Spellbinders Die


I didn't have anything quirky so went for non traditional Christmas colours with colourful trees and touches of glitter.


This little Baby Fairy Bee image by Mo Manning is all decked out for Christmas. Now, I don't know about you, but I have never seen a Christmas bee! This was a fun and interesting challenge. I can't wait to see your designs. Merry Christmas!


"There is snow place like home for the holidays" is the sentiment on my card this week. The digital image is by Heart Digital stamps and the trees are part of a set of rubber stamps by Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz collection. I had fun layering the stamps and images and creating the snow scene.

My card is made with a Stampotique stamp called Tangled Enthusiasm by Daniel Torrente, and a sentiment from a Dylusions set of stamps. The twist is the colour scheme and also I went for a play on words as he is all 'twisted' up in the lights.


I decided to use the non traditional colour combination of blue and grey-brown using papers printed from the CD ROM once upon a Christmas.


I used an image I thought was a bit unusual for Christmas , yet festive and fun. My brown colour scheme, again a bit unusual. Merry Christmas to all!


You may think this looks familiar to another card I made earlier but I just couldn't resist making one using the Crazy Dog stamps by Tim Holtz especially as we have two mini Schnauzers so this is just perfect. Merry Christmas to you all, Angela x


I thought that a Yeti with Christmas lights would be the perfect image for a non traditional Christmas card. Merry Christmas to you, Maike ;o)


I chose a cheeky sheep for my twist on christmas card. The background was coloured with distress inks and the colouring was done with promarkers. The stamps were old ones from my stash - and due to my poor organisation I don't know the makers unfortunately.
This challenge will close on Christmas Day, but we won't be back with the Winners post or a new challenge until January 16th. So the team and I would like to take the opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

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#178 Anything But a Card, Winner and Top 5

Angela hosted our Anything But a Card challenge and her winner and Top 5 are:-
Hi everyone.

Before I start can I just say this was so hard to choose the winner and Top 5 and I would like to give a big thank you to all of you for entering this challenge with such gorgeous projects.

25 Louise
and her Top 5 are
Congratulations to you all. Don't forget to collect your badges from the sidebar, and we look forward to seeing you back here at 12 Noon for our new challenge.