Sunday, 16 November 2008

Challenge Weekend

I have had a great weekend catching up with some of the crafting challenges for a change. Alex has been in a better mood, which has enabled me to have some time to myself after doing all the housework, shopping, washing etc. We decided that this weekend would be an unofficial birthday weekend for Tim to make up for how ill we all were last week, and so we have had a lot of fun watching silly movies and eating yummy food. Sadly Tim isn't well enough for a day trip out, so Alex and I have made the most of the sunny weather by spending time out in the garden playing with leaves, and out in the park. We have been outside so much that he has learnt a new word (coat) to add to shoes and hat...a great winter outdoors repertoire.
Now onto the challenges! This first card fits the cupcake craft challenge for this week of using spots and dots as well as the My time to craft challenge of incorporating a snowman into the design. I have highlighted the embossed circles and spots with my sakura stardust pen, and added white sakura glaze to the snow man to highlight him a little. I even added spots to the ribbon on this card!
Funnily enough both Cuttlebug challenge sites (Cuttlebug challenge and the cuttlebug spot) had the same challenge for this week, to emboss a die cut image and include it on a card. Well I only have one die cut and three embossing folders so this was a major challenge for me, but a very kind friend, Gill had given me some butterflies which were die cut and embossed using her Cuttlebug. These two cards both use one of these butterflies and will count towards this challenge. This first card is a classic black and white...I have never made a black and white card before, but am quite pleased with how this has worked out.
For the second one I tried brayering onto the embossing folder before adding the paper and was quite pleased with the effect. I then highlighted the embossed parts of the butterfly with a pink sparkly gel pen and popped it onto the flower.
For my final card I decided to see if I could meet the cuttlebug challenges with my own limited supplies, so I used the die cut that came with my machine (a stamp shape) and embossed it with the birds and swirls embossing folder, then coloured the image with chalks. I used this image as a stamp and then added postage marks to the underlying robin card to make an unusual Christmas card which also meets the Daring cardmakers brief to include a bird on your card. I would love to know what you think of these cards...have a great week everyone.
Love,
Caro
x

14 comments:

Nilda said...

Great job on all the cards.. the brayering is awesome.. I love those butterflies.. Thank you for participating. at the cuttlebug spot.

Stempelchaotin said...

Oh wow wow these are all so lovely.
Gorgeous cards.

Momiji said...

first of all fabulous photo of Alex..great cards too..I really like this embossing effect..

Rebecca said...

I like how you were very creative with your stamp die and using the folder that had the bird on it! It worked out great!

Lauren said...

All your cards are beautiful! Thanks for joining in with CCC this week. xxx

Kathy said...

Lovely cards. Thank you so much for sharing your robin with the DCM, he's just gorgeous

Sally Bentham said...

Great cards Caro. I think they are all stunning. I've also added myself to follow you. If you want you can add yourself to mine.

Sallyxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,Caroline73 here from cmpc forum just love your blog if this works will do this again.Your work really is fab and I always look forward to checking out what you have done,keep it up.

LazyKay said...

Pleased you're recovering from the lurgy at last.

Great cards - lots of variety but all beautiful.

xxxxxxxxx

Card Crafty Julie said...

Caro they are all fab. Really like the pink butterfly card. Love the piccies of Alex too of course you know how much I enjoy finding out what hes up too. Have added myself as a follower as you know I am always checking up on you...

Susan (Sue H) said...

Oh wow, it looks like you had a busy ‘crafting’ weekend Caro.

I love your Robin card and especially the embossed postage stamp detail in the corner, what a great idea.

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Perky Nihilist said...

Love those butterflies!

I was in the same boat as far as dies go. You did a beautiful job with such a limited set of things to work with.

P.S. The snowman card is so cheerful - love it!

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