Friday, August 03, 2007

It that TIME again.....

Last month the DCM had their very first mention in a UK magazine when Papercrafts Inspirations put a little piece about the blog in their "What's New" pages. We thought that was exciting enough, but then we were contacted by Helen to say they wanted to do a bigger article about the blog in the following issue. Well, that issue is out today, so as soon as I'm done here I'll be off to WH Smiths to buy my copy! We've already seen it because subscribers already have their copies and Ellen, a forum friend who subs to it kindly sent a scan.
Excited? Us?
Well if you see someone ripping open one of those irritating plastic bags they insist on putting magazines in over here and madly thumbing through the pages, till they find the one that makes them grin like the Cheshire Cat - then it's probably a Daring Cardmaker, or maybe even someone who knows one! Copies of the magazine will soon be winging their way over to NZ and Australia for Jane, Keryn and Gillian too

But, getting back to what it's all about, and it was my turn to come up with the Dare this week.

It's a funny thing but we all agree - the dares we set ourselves are the hardest to actually come up with an idea for! Now that sounds mad, surely we've all got something in mind when we announce our dare? Seems not. It looks as though we all come up with a Dare Idea first and then struggle to think of something we can do for it - so if you ever think that the person setting the dare each week has an aadvantage - well think again!

Here's mine
OK, Absolutely anything goes this week as long as it's on the theme of TIME. "It's About Time" So you can use clocks, calendars, quotes, sayings, pictures, nursery rhymes, or altered art-type stuff, whatever takes your fancy - just take some time out to play and have some fun; remember, time flies when you're having fun!
I don'toften do kids cards - I'm useless at them, they tend to look as though a 4 year old made them. But although I played with loads of time themed quoates trying to work one into an idea for a card nothing really worked so I went with the nursery rhyme;
Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck 1
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory Dock
Tick Tock Tick Tock
I actually (TaDahhhh) made the template for the clock myself - I used some basic shapes in Paint Shop Pro, then loaded it into the Robo, took a deep breath, crossed my fingers and pressed "cut"...and it actually worked! I used plenty of different shades of brown chalk inks to colour it in.
I knew I was going to struggle to make a decent clock face, but then thought of doing a google image search which came up with the perfect thing - I printed it off and did a bit of doodling in gold ink to make it look a bit more ornate on the white bits.
*Papers are from the scrummy Cosmo Cricket Storybook pack
*The mouse is a tiny, slightly altered version of the Circles Bear in my last message, with bits of string for his whiskers and tail
*For the pointers and the pendulum; scraps of gold card, gold brads and a flat backed gem coloured with gold Krylon pen
*The wording was done in the "Greeting Card Factory" software so that I could get a good jumble of letters, sizes and colours, and be able to jiggle them around a bit. I thought about Glossy Accent-ing them a bit, but was too scared I'd muck it all up so didn't!

For once I'm fairly happy with a kids card - an acheivement, I can tell you!

Please check the DCM blog to see all the other cards we've made this week, and then you can find more info about them all over on our personal blogs.
Now it's over to you - we'd love to see your take on the theme, so please leave a link when you're ready to share so we can come and look. What with the wonderful and ever-growing response to the dares it's not so easy for us all to leave a comment on every single blog any more, but we do all pop along to see all of your cards and we'll make sure some of us leave a message on each one.
What with Brides to Be, Expectant Mums, Families being nurtured, Summer Holidays, other crafting commitments and just Life in general all getting in the way it's all gone crazy-mad-hectic so we just hope you'll understand!
Anyway, all our Darers are members of Team DCM and everyone who joins in will find themselves part of such a supportive group, that you'll always get loads of visitors and messages whenever you play along with the DCM.

Right, TIME to GO......

26 comments:

Sam Morris said...

That's fantastic news about Papercraft Inspirations and the recognition is thoroughly deserved ;o)

And what a fabulous card, love all the details ~ the more you look the more you see!

Sue said...

well I HATE making kids cards and I can honestly say THAT is one of the nicest kids cards i have seen

I love it....

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Congrats to you and the DCM team Kathy!

Stop the clock!!!!!! That is one cool kiddy card my lovely!

Penny said...

That's a very cool card - I am dead impressed that you've made the clock yourself too.

mum on the run said...

Aww, great card Kathy!!

Love the clock, well done you!!

Lynne.x said...

I really love this card it is sooooo cute. Thanks for a great dare..x

Anna said...

WOW! Kathy, your attention to detail is second to none. This is absolutely fantastic.

Paula said...

Was good to see in the mag.
I love this card. Was one of my fav nursery rhymes as a kid as my grandparents had a grandfather clock & I was allowed to wind it up on Sundays after lunch!

Gillian said...

cool clock template, funky card:)

malieta said...

This card is adorable....I saw it on the Daring blog but I had no idea that you made it...very cute!

Keryn Campbell said...

Love the clock and I'm very impressed that you made the template for the robo yourself.

Sylvie :) said...

This is a great card !!

Jo said...

That is a brilliant children's card - they are always so difficult! Thank you for such a fun dare :)

jo xx

Leo said...

Love this Kathy it's fab! Congratz on the article too, I will defo go and get a copy! :-D

Kate said...

Love the stripes and spots together. Thanks for giving me the push to try the dares, I'm trying to play along now!

stamp and scrape said...

This is just amazing, Kathy. What a lot of work you've put into this. Can you bear to give it away?
Ros

Susan said...

Your card made me smile and look and smile again! It's great - truly. Love the little mouse peaking out. And congratulations on DCM's publicity!! You'll probably get heaps more traffic now - brace yourself!!

Katy said...

What a fantastic card! It blew me away. Any chance you would make me one like this its great! Katy x

Louly said...

That card is so so clever and such fun!! I luuurve it.

Tigger's rambling said...

That is mega cool :-)

Flossie's Follies said...

This card is fantastic, love the theme, it is great

Susan (Sue H) said...

Yet another amazing card from Mrs. B.
Simple fantastic!

esther said...

Wow your hard work certainly paid off! my son loves that rhyme. What a gorgeous card and a great idea! And how cute is that mouse!

joanne wardle said...

definitely one of the best kids cards ever. it would make a gorgeous picture for a nursery. love it!

Patsy Jackson said...

Fab news about PI - well deserved too!

Loving your clock card - very fun!!!

Patsy x

Tammy James said...

This card is so awesome!!
Great take on the theme, very creative!