Next, ask someone non-crafty to either pick 3-5 of these, or to pick numbers randomly from a hat.
Finally, make a card using ONLY the items chosen. If you want to make it really challenging, list plenty of items that you haven't used in a while, or thought you may never use again...
There you go! Have fun!!"
"Oooh, this looks like fun...."
Well, it did sound fun, and maybe we thought it looked a nice easy dare. Until we pulled the components we'd lumbered ourselves with from our hats!
My list included
*Patterned Papers, inks, Alcohol inks, rubber stamps - things you could make backgrounds from
* Vellum, tags, ribbon, lace - things for the "middle ground"
* diecuts, beads, buttons, brads, eyelets, wire, flowers - the nitty-gritty things I use a lot
* Feathers, Shrink Plastic, Friendly plastic - the wobbly ones I hoped wouldn't come out because they need a bit of extra planning and would be difficult to incorporate into a dare like this.
There's no-one around to help so I put the bits in a box, close my eyes, pull out a little piece of paper, it says:
Ribbon - great, that's a good one
Next one says:
Buttons - ok, I have buttons
3rd draw pulls out:
Flowers - easy peasy, flower, ribbons and buttons work well toegether, this'll be easy!
All I need now is some sort of background making item, paper - or inks would be nice.
I close me eyes, put my hand in the box and take out another piece of paper.
FEATHERS ........oh GREAT!....... NOT! ......... all these bits are embellishments but I've drawn nothing out to embellish!
I didn't dare pick out a 5th item even though it was allowed - with this sort of luck the Friendly Plastic would come out and then I'd be stuck up a creek without a paddle and no mistake!
I've loads of feathers, I like them - they are soft and pretty and fluffy - and the reason I have a lot is because they seemed like a good idea at the time but are really NOT easy to use.
So here you go, the best of a bad job, and only a teeny weeny bit of cheating.
Pink and orange ribbons to make some sort of backdrop for this lovely fluffy orange feather, tiny bright pink button on the top corners, lots of pink and orange flowers. My cheats: Stickles glitter glue and Liquid Pearls for the flower centres. The greeting was printed on the pc and outlined with gel pens
Cheats on the 2nd card: a little piece of white card, some gel pen "stitching" - and I'll also admit to be unable to resist the urge to reach for a cat's eye chalk ink to swipe the edge of the greeting card, and to add a bit of extra shading to it, oh and a bit of shading to the white flower tto
The line of ribbon behind the flower does actually match the rest of the lilac on the card - for some reason only this bit failed to come out right on the photo.
Thanks Kel for tricking us into thinking this was an easy one - I think you caught us all out! This was a really clever dare but I think the team rose to the challenge and the cards are fantastic - check them out on the Daring Cardmakers Blog - and then visit the personal blogs for more photos of the fab cards, and all the stories behind them- there were a lot of gggrrrrr moments with this dare!
Both Kel and Jane are feeling really "under the weather" at the moment so lots of Get Well Soon wishes and hugs to you both - hope you're both feeling much better soon.