A Weekend of Challenges!

Published August 26, 2008 by isisimaginings
It’s interesting how, sometimes, you can make ten cards a day & then be unable to make one! This past weekend was a bank holiday & I thought I’d get lots of cards made; the end result was two! I kept waiting for the muse to strike, but she was obviously occupied elsewhere. Someone, (I can’t remember who), once said creativity is like a muscle – you have to keep it exercised. So the trick is to carry on & see what happens!

I made this card in response to a challenge on the doCrafts website; it’s an alphabet challenge & this week the letter is ‘D’. We also had to incorporate diamonds. I immediately remembered the diamond-patterned paper from DCWV that was in my stash & went from there. I’m sure there are lots of other things beginning with D, but all I could think of was Daisies, Dragonfly & Diamante gems! I tried to use only the colours that are in the backing paper for the diamond cut-outs & Tilda – I used 3D pens & gel pens to colour her. The dragonfly was sent to me by Sarita & I think it’s from K & Co. The dark rectangle on the bottom right-hand corner is actually a lovely piece of lilac Mirri card, unfortunately it didn’t scan well. That’s where the greeting will go when I decide what it will be!

Challenge cards are great for when you haven’t got a clue where to start & this is another one from doCrafts. Every week Loretta posts a new layout sketch, sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not. This was not! 🙂 I love paisley paper so I decided that would be the starting point. I can’t remember the site I downloaded this from, but I have it in lots of different colours. The orange backing paper is adhesive vellum – very useful when you don’t want to use brads! Sarita sent me the length of orange ribbon & I like the contrast of it against the blue ribbon, I twisted it slightly to give some depth to the image. I coloured the Penny Black hedgehogs with watercolour pencils & they looked a little flat, so I used Anita’s 3D glaze on their prickles!
This card will be going to Geraldine, (http://gerslittlesnippets.blogspot.com/); last week she sent me a HUGE parcel of embossed vellum, crocheted flowers, baby booties & rattles, and a wonderful selection of oriental papers, peel-offs & die-cut frames. She also sent me a beautiful bracelet of blue stones & a terrific card; I’ll post a picture of them later.

At the end of my first post I said I’d been asked to make a card for a baby boy. This is the result. Geraldine’s parcel arrived with perfect timing & as soon as I saw it I thought the beautiful rattle would be an ideal centrepiece. I found the insects via a search on Google images & everything else I had in my stash. The layout is another of Loretta’s sketch challenges. I used clear adhesive gems on the rattle & purple ones on the grasshopper. Thankfully, the person who requested the card likes it – what a relief!
I recently bought a rubber stamp of a hummingbird on eBay, I want to use it on my next card, so watch this space!
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