Saturday, January 6, 2018

Crafter's Castle Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Welcome to
Crafter's Castle Challenge #1
Anything goes

(see tabs above)

We are so excited to start having challenges here on Crafter's Castle 
and look forward to seeing everyone's entries!!!

Our first challenge theme is ANYTHING GOES.  What does this mean?  That means your creation can be a card, scrapbook layout, mixed media, something altered, 3D, or whatever your heart desires, as long as it is newly created by you (no back linking).

Our gracious sponsor this month is
The winner will get their choice of ONE digital stamp set or digital paper pack from MHK Designs so visit the store and get your wish list started in case you are the winner!!!

Here are our talented design team's creations....
Please visist their blogs for more inspiration.

Jeanie Ellis

Priya Satish

Now it's YOUR turn....let's see YOUR creations!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Easy Shadowbox Card with MHK Designs

This is my "INSPIRATION" card for Crafter's Castle first monthly challenge!!!

Challenges start the first Saturday of each month and go through the end of the month.

This month's sponsor is MHK Designs and the digital image set I used to make this sweet card is "Friendship" 

I printed out the image and colored it with Ohuhu colored pencils.  The card is made from digital paper pack "Worn & Weathered PINK" from MHK Designs.  I added a sweet little butterfly I die cut with my Cuttlebug and added a few Bitty Sparklers gems from CTMH.  And then I added some Petaloo flowers that I inked with "Picked Raspberry" Distress ink, and pink & white gingham ribbon.

To see my video tutorial on how to make a shadowbox card like this CLICK HERE 

And don't forget to check out Crafter's Castle NEW monthly challenges HERE!!!

And here are some other challenges...
4 Crafty Chicks - #384 Dies and Punches
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - #449 Box or Bag
Cute Card Thursday - #511 Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times - #62 Flowers
Crafty Gals Corner - #156 Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania - Flowers
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - #357 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Easel Card with MHK Designs January Release

I'm loving the new MHK Designs January Release digital image set... "Framed Favorites" 

The second I saw this I knew what I wanted to do!
What I made is an easel card... but not to give as a card ....I have put this on my desk because I love the saying and think it is something I need to read often.

I flipped the image to create a frame for the saying.  I used Ohuhu colored pencils to color the flowers and added pearls to the center of each flower.  I used a rectangle stitched die to cut out the front of the card, and printed extra flowers to cut out to embellish the bottom of the card.

This set has so many beautiful possibilities and positive uplifting messages.  To see more inspiration visit MHK Designs Blog and also check out the challenge while you're there.

Now for the challenges I'm entering...
Use Your Stuff - Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room - #333 Freestyle
Colour Crazy Challenge - #51 Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - #29
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - #74
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Christmas Blog Candy

Thanks for stopping by and...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Shadowbox Card

I am hooked on this shadowbox card fold and decided to use it to make a few of these Christmas cards.  I love the stamp and die set from Paper Sweeties, it is the Holly Days bundle (stamps and dies) but they no longer sell it I'm sad to say....but I know they have other sets that are just as sweet.

I used my Cuttlebug.  The opening was cut with Sizzix Scallop Circle Dies. The snowman and snowflakes are all from that Paper Sweeties Holly Days Bundle set.  I used colored pencils and glitter gel pens and then added some pretty gems.  I used Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart to give his "carrot" nose some shine and dimension.  The snowflake patterened cardstock is from an old Recollections pack I had got from Michaels a couple years ago.

To see my tutorial on how to make the shadowbox card just CLICK HERE (oops....that isn't suppose to be public until January 6th....oh well...LOL)

I can't forget the challenges!!!
613 Avenue Create - #204 AG/OPT Christmas/Winter
A Vintage Journey - Winter Wonderland
Die Cut Diva's - Winter Time
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - December
Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - December
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Challenge
Paper Sweeties - #62 December
Cuttlebug Mania - It's Christmastime
Die Cuttin' Diva's - Challenge #348 Holiday

Thanks for stopping by and...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Masculine Montana Shaker Card

Masculine cards are something I struggle with.  It's not the making of them I have a problem with, it's coming up with an idea that I like.

I made this one for my brother-in-law, and like my husband, he is an outdoorsy country boy.  I love moose and knew he would too so this was pefect.  Since we actually have Winter where we live I decided to make it a snowy shaker card to go along with the snow that is in this pre-colored digital image from DeeDee's Digis (no longer in business sorry).  The front of the card was embossed with a woodgrain look and inked with "Gathered Twigs" Distress Ink.  I added a die cut tree to the front and some Stickles to represent snow.

I actually found some good Challenges too...
A Gem Of A Challenge - #208 Animals In The Snow
613 Avenue Create - #204 AG/OPT Christmas/Winter
A Vintage Journey - Winter Wonderland
Fussy & Fancy - #201 Blue & Brown/Beige Winter
Moving Along With The Times - #59 Christmas Animals
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges #201 Winter Weather
Crafty Gals Corner - #151 Anything Goes
Die Cut Diva's - Winter Time
Crafty Cardmakers - #201 Animal Magic

Thanks for stopping by and...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


I am so happy to introduce
Crafter's Castle Challenges
Design Team!!!

When I did the design team call for Crafter's Castle Challenges that will be staring in January, I didn't know what to expect....but I got lucky with these ladies!


Bev Code
I was new to online scrapping since Apr 2009. There were so many amazing sites that were my learning curve to this amazing world of scrapbooking. My name is Bev Code and I have been scrapping 8 years. I am a wife, mother and gramma that loves being retired and now have time to scrap to my heart's content. I love scrapbooking along with fun things it entails with online friends, forums and FB. The learning process has been interesting and creative also. Other crafts I love also are needlepoint, sewing, knitting, crochet and taking lots of photos.
Family and friends are the subjects of my scrapping along with nature, ancestry and vacation sites. I live in Kitchener, Ontario with my mom while we are building our new home in Listowel, Ontario for May occupancy. We are now in Canada for Christmas but fly back to Florida Jan 5th where I take my scrapping with me for the extended time. I am super excited to be here and am looking forward to sharing all aspects of scrapbooking and learning from everyone too. I love layouts for preserving memories for my whole family who all get the pages I create. Cards, mini albums, tags and any other projects are for fun to experiment with and learn new techniques as I go along. Crafting is fun and allows me to relax and enjoy some time just for me.

Carolyn Akkerman Smith

My crafting started with. learning how to knit in night school classes when I was 19, and from there it was crocheting and sewing. About 2005 I went to my first stamping class and from than on I was hooked or addicted! I have learned so much about stamping and the tools that can be used for stamping projects. Scrapbooking, mini-albums, stamping, coloring for adults is what I go to to relieve stress.

Pinterest:  Carolyn Smith
Twitter page: cmsmith60

Jana Melton

Hello crafty friends! So to tell you a bit about me, I am a born and raised Long Islander (Long Island, New York). I am married to a loving, wonderful and supportive husband of 15 years and we have three beautiful children: our two daughters ages 13 and 9 and our son who is 4. We also have 3 fur babies: Izzy our Pomeranian and Thor and Loki who are our two Shih-tzus. I became a stay at home mom after my son was born. My children definitely keep me busy and on my toes with school and all of their extra-curricular activities. When I am not busy running around after the kids, you can almost always find me in my Happy Place, My Craft Room!! I have enjoyed crafting since childhood. I love all crafts including cardmaking, scrapbooking, paper piecing, stamping, coloring, wreath making and planning, just to name a few. I will dive into and try any craft or craft tool at least once (and most of the time I become addicted, LOL). I have been on several different Design Teams since 2015 and love to share projects and ideas to inspire others!

Jeanie Ellis

A little bit about me....Well, first and foremost, I am a Christian. I love the Lord, who gave me a wonderful husband of soon-to-be 46 years, 2 children: Amy and Keith, and 3 grandchildren: Caleb-20, Isaac-almost 13, and Moriah-almost 12. When the doctors said I couldn't have children, I had 2! I have 1 furbaby, Mittens, and 2 grandfurbabies, Peaches a big loveable dog and Pumpkin, a kitty. My love of scrapbooking came about in 1997, when my daughter had her first child. I was a consultant for a few years, but then just about 3 or 4 years ago, I was introduced to papercrafting and became addicted! My craft room is my place to “get my craft on” and get lost in the world of crafting! I love doing mixed media, making tags and cards, stencils, texture paste, coloring, etc. I have been on a few design teams, plus on a few now, but a couple will end about the time this one starts.

Priya Satish

Helen Keller said, "The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." To me that is art!

A graduate in Chemistry, a passionate Bharathanatyam dancer, allured toward the alchemy of art for the past 15 years. I run my Dance School under the name Auromira Arts and have been training students for over a decade. Dance has taught me that any sense of direction to my future should come out of my own hands. This reflection contributed to engaging my wishes in sketching. I wanted my strokes to speak in this pursuit with a firm belief that Art breathes life into space. The blending of colours in creating works of art has always fascinated me. This curiosity and fascination led me to learn the art of painting. My exposure and training in the field of art and painting has instilled confidence in me to try out many things in life. I aim to spread positivity, happiness and encourage my viewers to believe in themselves. I am responsible, passionate about learning, work well in groups/teams and maintain a healthy environment, love to share my work and quintessentially experiment with new products and projects. I believe that Life isn't about finding yourself; Life is about creating yourself. Whatever work I do, I put my heart and soul into it. In most of my works, you can see a positive quote that encourages one to believe in oneself. Every element that I use in my works, I intend for them to stand out, to retain their beauty. I prefer to leave my works immaculate, possibly because of my traditional background. I leave my roots unearthed... that is, I try to retain the background as much as I can, in my works too (pun intended).

And lastly...ME

Janie Rinta - Craft Princess, Blog Admin, & Team Coordinator

Hi everyone!  The most important thing about me is that I am a Christian.....and I am blessed with a wonderful loving family that consists of my amazing, loving, supportive husband, 5 fantastic children, and 3 fur babies.  So I guess all of that makes me the luckiest girl in the world. 

My craft interests are quite diverse.  Cardmaking, papercrafting, mixed media, altering things, upcycling.....the list could go on and on.  If you visit my YouTube channel, jjgz4ever, you will get an idea of what I do.

My creativity has given me the opportunity to be on some wonderful design teams....My Besties, Sunsational Stamps, Scrapbook Blessings Club (co-admin and sponsor coordinator), and Creating With Details, as well as being a Guest Designer on a few others such as MHK Designs.  And now I finally have my own desigin team for my Crafter's Castle Challenges!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

*NEW* Distress Ink Technique!!!

NEW Distress Ink Techniques!!! A few people said it wouldn't work....but I already did it...and now I made a video just to show YOU how! 

A great way to add texture or even create a scene!

Want to see how to get even MORE CREATIVE with your Distress Inks?  
CLICK HERE to watch my video!

Thanks for stopping by and...