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Another ribbon challenge…

Leslie just doesn’t give up with encouraging me to use ribbon on cards. She has set this further challenge on her blog and there are some lovely cards there from Leslie, Shelly and Linda.

So this is my ‘take’ on Leslie’s challenge:

dangly birds

The background has been stamped in various coloured inks and using a feather stamp. The birds were stamped onto shrink plastic and then heated to shrink. There is also a ‘button’ made from shrink plastic on the title/sentiment. It has been a while since I last used shrink plastic and I’d forgotten what fun it is; while hunting for something else I came across a part used sheet and gave it another try out. When those bits of plastic start to curl and twist there is always a moment of panic wondering if that is all that is going to be – a curled and twisted bit of unrecognizable plastic! If you have never tried this then give it a go.

Over on UK Stampers there are various swaps and challenges going on and two that I entered this month were the monthly postcard swap and an ATC swap. There is also an altered tin swap in progress.

For the ATCs Stitcheramagirl set the theme as Alice in Wonderland; I have to say that this isn’t my favourite imagery and there are no Alice stamps in my collection as I intensely dislike the illustrations however I signed up for the swap as, foolish me, I like to push my boundaries and see if I can come up with different variations on the theme. These are the three ATCs I created:

Alice in Wonderland ATCs

For the first ATC (going from left to right) I downloaded a digi image of the white rabbit except that I coloured him various shades of brown and grey pencils! The background of the card has been inked with VersaMagic Aloe Vera  and then the pocket watch stamped over the top in the same colour; after colouring the rabbit I cut around his head/ears and adhered it to the background and then added Aloe Vera to blend the image n with the background, stamped the pocket watch in Versafine Onyx Black ink and added the charms.

The middle ATC consists of the Queen of Hearts playing card mounted on greyboard to give extra strength, the top edges were sanded to tone the card down a little. A scrap of paper was adhered across the bottom portion of the playing card and inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen. The jam tarts image came from the internet! Some white ribbon roses were coloured with a red felt pen and glued into place with Glossy Accents, the cat and toadstool images were stamped on with Versafine Smokey Grey and charms added.

For the last ATC I was running out of ideas! Then recalled the caterpillar on the toadstool/mushroom so raided the children’s stamp collection for the images here but there is no hubble bubble pipe! What I have since come to realise though is that I could have made all three the same so I made this swap more challenging for myself!

Sam set the post card theme for this month as ‘Numbers’ and there are some brilliant interpretations of this one over on the forum. Again I used a digi image for the main part and this ‘Counting Sheeple’s’ image really tickled me:

Numbers theme post card

I wonder what the postman will make of it when he/she has to deliver it:)

Well that’s the lot for now folks!

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Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that 2012 is kind to you.

I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions, what is the point when they all revert to normal behaviour in very short order? However I have made a promise to myself to take part in more crafty swaps and challenges with the hope that I will be lifted out of the crafting rut I sometimes get into.

The first challenge of the year has been set by Leslie ; Leslie professes to have a fear of flowers in her crafting but if you look through her blog you would never guess this. Leslie has set the challenge to make something incorporating flowers and, my especial challenge, ribbon. I love the colours and textures of ribbon but it is one of those materials that I have difficulty using particularly on a card. On odd occasions a piece of ribbon might find its way onto a card but it isn’t something I immediately turn to if I feel extra adornment is required. When I add ribbon it looks like a badly thought out after thought, never the elegant touch some crafters manage to achieve so I rarely use it except if I am making a wallet or small book then it has its uses as a closure.

So rising to the challenge with the aid of a bit of a cheat I came up with this:

with ribbon!

The cheat bit that comes into play is that this card was made almost 12 months ago (see here). I was never totally happy with it as it never looked complete but didn’t quite know what it needed so it has languished in a box since. Today I added a ribbon bow and some simple stick pins and now it looks…erm…totally unsatisfactory. I wouldn’t dream of sending this to anyone! A very bad after thought! I fiddled about with that scrap of ribbon for ages and what a waste of time. The ribbon roses are fine and the card certainly needed something but not ribbon.

Conclusion? I am quite happy not to use my stash of ribbon on cards in the same way that I have accepted that flowers, bling, glitter, designer paper, embellishments, etc are just not my thing even though I love them all. Other people use these things with flair and style and I admire what can be achieved but why fight with something you are not totally comfortable with? So this could be a New Year’s resolution (I’m female therefore it is my prerogative to change my mind!) – just say NO. Do whatever you feel comfortable with and enjoy the crafting journey and as Steve Jobs said listen to your own inner voice.

So now for something else. I had the need to make a couple of New Year gifts and send some Thank You cards out so whilst making the thank you cards, which, by the way are just stamped and framed post card type thingies. I then printed out a template (courtesy of Sara Sandberg at Cardmaking Paradise) onto cardstock to make some wallets to hold a selection of cards to give as gifts and it gave me the chance to play with some new stamps purchased with vouchers I had received at Christmas.

Front of double walletPlease note the ribbon!! In this case I used it as a closure for the wallet so on occasions I concede ribbon is very useful 🙂

inside flaps

Also please note the use of designer paper! Again I can use these things just not so much on cards.

back of double wallet

So that is the double wallet and now to the single one!

Single card wallet

Oh I love those little birdies on branches! They are by a company called cART-US and the use of a small ‘c’ is deliberate. The birdcage is also by the same company. The ‘just a note’ stamp is by Docrafts. Love that pen image.

post cards

There are 10 post cards and envelopes for each wallet and 5 single layer cards and envelopes added to the double wallet.

single layer cards for double wallet

I am just waiting for some magnetic closures for the single wallet and both these are ready to be posted.

Thanks for reading for my drivel x

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