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Sunday, 28 October 2007

Gotta Love Card Challenges!

I do love a challenge (or three) and they are just the thing to get the creative mojo moving! I couldn't wait to get into my scrap space today & make a start on some Christmas cards. I've used the fabby American Crafts double sided cardstock - great for decorating cards or for making patterned card blanks. Look out for a fabby offer over on the webshop later in the week!
The first card uses Di Hickman's latest sketch (October #4). This is such an easy design to do & will work for any occasion - just change the papers & sentiment for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, get wells - anything! Anyway, I machine sewed the panels together, catching the three knotted fibres under the stitching. Don't worry if you can't sew straight (I can't!!) - wobbly stitching is fine but if it really bothers you, either leave it out or draw faux stitches with a black pen. The plain cardstock is the reverse of the patterned ones - I used it to mat the panels & to punch the sentiment square, using this punch. The sentiment is an A Muse stamp & the panel is mounted on foam tape, with a faux bow added to the left. Done!
The second card is based on the Pencil Lines #55a sketch by Gillian Hamilton. I'm loving the midweek sketches as I do most of my challenges over the weekend - which means I almost always miss Pencil Lines! More American Crafts papers but this time I've made the card blank from the cardstock rather than adding panels to a pre-made blank. As you can see, this is a fairly dotty card - so qualifies for the challenge over at Arty Girlz this week too! The arrow is handcut, edged with red fluid chalk ink & then outlined with a black fineliner. The bauble is die cut (Ellison Thick Cuts) & the trim across the middle is a strip of die cut friendly felt. 'Use die cuts' is the challenge over at Caardvarks this week - so this is my second entry for that challenge! Before adding the trim, I used a glue pad & the A Muse Tin Plate background stamp all over the bauble & sprinkled on red ultra fine glitter. The embossed words are by Hot Off The Press & the 'merry christmas' is another A Muse stamp.


Leigh Russell said...

It is fantastic to love what you do, and children aged three to adult - that's a lot of love too. What a full life you must lead. My children have grown up and left home (sigh) but I'm lucky to still see them quite often as they don't live too far away.

Andrea said...

Fab cards

crissi said...

stunning cards love the modern feel to them . Thanks for joining in with the Arty Girlz challenge

Sandy said...

Wow wonderful Card. Love this paper.

Julie said...

Lovely cards!!!

Thanks for joining in with Arty Girlz once again :)

lauren said...

ooh i love BOTH of these! ...those a/c xmas papers are very cool, as well... :)

Gillian :O) said...

Hi Beverley, LOVELY cards!
Love what you've done with my sketch! looks soooooo Cool!!!!

Di Hickman said...

love the cards! Great colors they really pop! TFS!

Still Loving Cosmo Cricket!