Sunday, October 7, 2012

Majestic Mountains - October Theme

Our theme for the month of October is "Majestic Mountains".  We want to see all kinds of finished creations with a focus on mountains.  The design team has made some incredible creations and I will share those with in you just a short read.

First I would like to introduce you to our new design team members!  Please welcome Sally, Manderly and Maggie!

Sally - Crafty Salutations

I live in Nottingham, with my husband Steve of 23 years and my fifteen year old daughter, Megan. I am a full time primary school teacher, so I don’t get to craft quite as much as I’d like! I have crafted in some form or another since childhood.  I first discovered rubber stamping when I visited Edwinstowe Craft Centre sixteen years ago. A lovely lady called Sally Ann showed me heat embossing and I was hooked! About twelve years ago I was working in a school when the head teacher introduced me to my friend Lynne and said she made cards too. It wasn't long before we were chatting about different techniques and arranging joint crafting sessions and trips to any craft shop within driving distance!

I have been blogging for 3½ years and have made so many wonderful friends here in blog land. I post mainly about my cards, but I still love baking and you will sometimes find photos of my cakes on my blog too, along with photos of scenery and wildlife. I love to create countryside scenes with my stamps and have a large range of trees, butterflies, grasses and flowers. I also have a large collection of distress inks and Adirondack inks, and use a brayer and ink dusters to create backgrounds. 

Hello!  I'm Manderly, a housewife to Larry, my sweetheart and rock for many years. Oh! I can't forget our dog U-lee, who is our little shadow!  Growing up, there was always some kind of crafting project going on in our family.  As I grew older, Dad started wood crafts.  He did the cutting, Mom and I the painting, and we sold our wares at the old style swap meets.  We did pretty good!  I tend to go full-steam into whatever I am doing...seems I live, eat and breath making cards, according to hubby!  True.  I started out making cards for family, then a few years later discovered on the internet that there was a whole world of card makers that love the craft as much as I.  Such talent and wonderful people!  My favorite part of card making is the coloring.  Reminds me of being a little girl again, making sure to stay in the lines.  After coloring, I love to put the image in a scene and  build a scenario to tell a story.  So much fun!  I am very delighted that Craft A Scene has asked me to join their super talented Design Team!  Such a wonderful Challenge blog.  And you, Craft A Scene entrants, are in a class of your own!  So much unique talent to see.  I am hoping to be an inspiration to you, but I have a feeling that you will inspire me!    

My name is Margaret, and I have been (and still am) happily married to Geoff for over 40 years. Both our children are now married and have given us lovely grandchildren to play with. After years of having nutty Burmese cats, we now have two even nuttier working cocker spaniels to keep us busy and amused. 

I have been crafting in some way most of my life, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch and anything else around.  I do have a real butterfly mind, and like to vary what I do.

I only got started on card making 4 years ago when we were asked to do the wedding invitations for our son's wedding. The design was very plain and simple, with gold peel off stickers - just what they asked for, and carried through to the place cards and thank you cards.  Of course, I bought far too many cards and far too many peel offs, so what do you do in that case..... you've got it - you buy more stuff to help you use it all up. Then you need more equipment and more stuff because you do not quite have the right colour to do the next project. And so it goes on until the craft box becomes a craft room to give you space to work, then you find you are restricted to a small area to sit because the stuff has taken over.   Then you move into a craft room and still end up in a small space to work in.  It is so addictive.

I tend to mix techniques and styles, decoupage, stamping and digi stamping.  My stamps all tend to be from British designers, especially Clarity Stamps which are such good quality, Stampsaway and Sheena Douglas.  I do have a couple of Stampscapes, and have mixed them with other stamps to make a card.  It is such good fun to take a number of stamps and create a landscape from them.

Have a stop by the blogs of the design team members and leave them a little love welcoming them to the team.

Mountains, mountains everywhere - let's see what the DT came up with.......

Dora - Dora's Craft Corner

Dora has a free mountain image on her blog that you can use to make your Majestic Mountains entry (if needed).

Brenda - Floral Fantasies

Nadia - Scrap Affair

Anna-Karin - Layers of Ink

Nancy - Crafting Passions

Okay folks, now it is your turn to create a scene with mountains.  We are looking for stamped or digi scenes that are finished projects (no ATC's or unmounted work).  If you are not sure what constitutes a scenic project, check out the information here.

You may enter up to 3 times and as many challenges as you wish.  If you do not have a blog or account on Split Coast Stampers, then just email me a picture of the piece and I will add it to one of our posts.  

Don't forget to add GDT to your link if you wish to be considered for a guest spot.

Have fun creating!


NancyD said...

You have all done such a nice job on those mountains!!

Debi said...

gorgeous DT work :-) Debi x

Manderly said...

Wow, such incredible talent! All are so wonderfully made and look beautiful. Such inspiration.

Janny's Cards Creations said...

De eerste die een kaart erop zet. Ik wist niet dat ik zo snel was. Ik hoop dat groene bergen ook goed zijn.
Groetjes Janny

Patricia St Martin said...

These are are just stunning. I love doing scenery cards. Someone told me their was a challenge for doing scenery cards and I could not fine it but I just found it and I'm so glad I did.

Scrap Affair said...

Welcome new DT ladies! Can't wait to see your inspiring work!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Beautiful cards, all of you. i am sure they will inspire lots of people out there to join in with the challenge. xx Maggie

Deanna said...

Such beautiful inspiration cards. Sending you all warm wishes and a special warm welcome to the new Design Team.

Colleen said...

Welcome to the new DT members. This weeks inspiration is amazing as always. Now that I'm up and running again I hope to be able to join in.

Cheryl First said...

Wow....amazing DT work! While I didn't stamp my mountians for this one (they're paper-crimped and layered, instead), I definitely am inspired to try that on another card! Wow, wow! Super impressive, ladies!

Theresa's Studio said...

Majestic works of art by the DT. Cannot believe the month is almost over but I did get one entry in.

Gail said...

I have to get me some mountains!
Great work everyone!