Friday, February 02, 2007

So Speshal

It's Fabulous Friday again and time for something a bit different for the Daring Cardmakers....but before that here's a commercial break.....

Over on the friendly forum that is
Scrapstars this weekend sees a Cyber Crop with loads of classes to join in with. Lythan is doing a card class, I'm doing a bit of Shrink Plastic and there are scrapbook LOs, a canvas class and something called a LOVE JAR oooooer missus!

I thought I'd give a sneaky peek here of some of the cards I've made with the shrink plastic I did for my little class - hopefully to tempt you to have a go!

And now back to our fab DCM challenge for this week.

"This week we're joining forces with the wonderful team of Scrapbookers over on the Everyone is Speshal blog. We're daring each other and you to make a Really Romantic Scrapbook Layout - but on a card!
Scrapbookers are challenged to downsize your usual a 12x12 LO onto a teenyweeny one - maximum of 6x6, which can be sent safely through the mail. Cardmakers - you're used to working on a small space, and you know all about the ribbons, brads and other bits and bobs - but can you take on board all the other little touches that are used on a scrapbook page - the titles, the journalling, the photographs etc?"
The DCM cards are on our blog, so please go and check them all out. The Speshal team will go live with their cards in a few hours time - we've seen a couple and they are fab - can't wait to see the rest! Hopefully we'll inspire you to have a go at this dare - it's a tricky one but such great fun to do = a real challenge!
My card uses photos from our very first trip away together, which was during the February half term (I was teaching then) so it was just coincidence that it was also Valentines Day while we were there. But it was a wonderful few days and full of lovely memories, and I tried to choose photos with extra memories attached. The day we went to the Arc de Triomphe was freezing cold, but sunny and bright with a beautiful light for taking photos - I had a cold and had lost my voice, not easy to go to a chemist and try to explain what the problem was! The Venus de Milo photo reminds me of the Louvre which was just sooo big and sooo exhausting that we learned how important it is to work out what you want to see and not just wander aimlessly because museum floors do something weird to your feet and they really really hurt after a fews hours traipsing! And also because Venus is from Greece and of all the places in the world, that's the one I love the most. Later that year we were to spend our honeymoon on the Greek island of Andros...The tulips in a cut off water bottle was so surreal it had to be photographed and it's probably my favourite of all because it was just so bizarre to find it just sitting on a wall outside the Pompidou Centre. So many memories of just a few special days - I could have gone with "Lenin's Place", the "French Loo" story, the "Is Robin Hood a Reeeealll Person" story, the "You don't take credit cards.......?" restaurant story, oh many more! I fell in love in Paris - I didn't mean to - I didn't even want too. But I did and I'm so glad I let him into my heart, I've never regretted it for a minute it's been a wonderful 13 1/2 years so far.....
All say aaaaaaahhhhhhh
or, if you've no romance in your soul go
aaaaggggggggghhhh

17 comments:

Lythan said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
What a fantastic LO/card/tribute to falling in love

Gillian Hamilton said...

aaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!
what a beautiful card Kathy... and even more beautiful to read your post about your beautiful trip...
oh your cards for your class are amazing...

NickyNoo said...

How romantic! And your card really reflects that, it's lovely.

Lisa said...

Oooooooooh love the card and the reasons behind it!!! Fab challenge this week ;o)

Janine said...

i love how you have incoporated your memories into thiis stunning card. It has so much meaning kathy. So Stunning.

Paula said...

Totally gorgeous, I love every element.How utterly romantic.
I also like your shrink plastic cards, I just don't do it very well!!!!!!
My card was made quite quick but I have had so much practise recently with all the scrap layouts I make for team points. The last one i did for pencil lines with all the little pictures of me only took 2 hours & half the time was spent faffing with photo size!!!
Its cards Im struggling with my mojo seems to be running away. I think my brain has frozen.
But, the boiler should be fixed tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keryn Campbell said...

Aaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!! what a lovely story. That card says it all.

Leni said...

pretty!

Sarah said...

Wow, that is stunning Kathy!!

Sarah xx

Anntaurus said...

Great Dare Kathy and I love your card - it is gorgeous.

Scrapbook WithVanilla said...

OMG!!!!! Your LO is sooooooo beautiful!! Love it!
And your set of cards.... Well, perfection - AGAIN!! LOL You are so talented!! Love your combo of papers. TFS
Hugs - Michelle

Lynne.x said...

Wow Kathy your Valentine cards ae all gorgeous

Beckie said...

Ooo they are all scrummy! Yummy! xx

Leisa said...

Oh wow - you are so talented. Your card in the latest challenge really caught my eye on the DCM site and now to read the story behind it - wow again! Gee what an inspirational blog! Thanks!

Karen said...

Love teh card. Really like the shrink plastic ones too - I bought some once and just shoved it away somewhere because I hadn't a clue what to do with it. I need to go look for it now. :)

Tracey said...

Awww what a gorgeous card Kathy and a lovely story, so romantic
Tracey xx

Esther said...

Hi just wanted to say thanks do much for your support, and the lovely comments you have left on my blog, I am sure you won't mind if I add you to my blog list? thanks again, lovely cards by the way!