Friday, September 21, 2007

Charity Begins at Home

I'll be back later with birthday card and pressie pics - I've done the photos but need to do some cropping and resizing, so for now I'll stick to the really important Friday morning stuff!
The fabby Gillian Hamilton, *star* covergirl of "Australian
Paper Crafts"
magazine has set our Daring Cardmakers Dare this week and she sent us out to do something we all love........ shopping!

But there was a sting in the tail of this shopping expedition - here's Gill's message:

Hi all, Gillian here this week it's my turn to dare you all, but first I'd like to welcome our latest Guest Designer - we're so pleased to have another of our regular Darers join us for the next couple of weeks as GD - this time it's the fabby and very talented Rachel Booth who's coming to play with us!
OK, here's my dare:
Let's go Charity shopping
or Op shopping (as we call it in Australia)
I DARE you to visit your local Charity Shop & make someone else's TRASH your STASH! and make a GORGEOUS card from it
You'll be amazed at the special little treasures you'll find if you only take the time to look with CREATIVE EYES
I've not been in a charity shop since I left college - and even then I never managed to find the bargains my friends came in with - that sort of put me off, despite the fact that other people seem to find wonderful little crafting gems in charity shops. Still, a dare's a dare and they're not meant to be tooooo easy. My plan was to get myself some moral support and drag Sue on a Charity Shope tour on Tuesday but she was having non of it - she's such a posh bird ;-) the look of horror on her face when I told her my plan was priceless and I just didn't have the heart to do it!
So I was a Big Brave Girl and went alone - though I must admit I only managed one shop, they had some bits of bead jewellery, buttons and a big flowery hair-tie thing so I decided I'd have a bash with them - I could always go back and try a different shop if those failed to work, eh?
I pulled the hair thing apart and got two big feathery flowers, I've used one here, cut in half and layered to show the glittery bits on the petals.
The button I chose to use was the right size but just a boring silver colour so I tarted it up with Glossy Accents and tiny beads.
Papers are Crate, the Avenue Collection, and the spotty one is from an old SA kit, not sure which papers they are though
Big chipboard photo corners are Plain Janes from a past SA kit
The black section of the "tag" is embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile folder
Gorgeous Ribbon is from Ribbon Oasis, I discoloured the white pattern slightly with some distress ink to get a better colour match to the paper

I really hope you'll play along with this dare - it's got that extra little challenge, hasn't it? If you do charity shopping, then you'll find it easy, if you don't well - this is a real challenge isn't it?

So, do YOU dare?

We'd love to see your cards, so please join in and leave us a message when you've got something to show us.
Don't forget to check the rest of the DT cards on the DCM blog, and all the other info on the various personal blogs


Gillian :O) said...

I hope this is Sue's Birthday card Kathy...ROFL!!!!!
It's TOTALLY SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Awesome Op Shopping and Amazing Cardmaking!!!!

ps..OH you naughty girl!
I'm running away Blushing now!

Rhi said...

Gorgeous Kathy, such a posh card from Charity shop bits. I think you can say you're one of the crafters that has found the bargains now!

Angelnorth said...

Oooh, that hair-tie thingy was an excellent find - works a treat! Really stylish card there Kathy- excellent job. And congrats of overcoming your fear of charity shops :o)

Andrea said...

Fab card, it looks so elegant

Saffa said...

OOh love this elegant!

Hazel said...

Good on you, Kathy, for braving the charity shop! Great card as a result.

Susan (Sue H) said...

That's amazing Kathy, I love your 'style' so much.

Sarah said...

Tis' fabulous Kathy! And those are my very favourite papers too!

Flossie's Follies said...

WOW, what a beautiful card, love how you used the bits and baubles and that hair thingy is fantastic, the black and white color combo is so great.

Leigh said...

this is beautiful Kathy, lol I must admit, I was dreading going to the charity shop too.

Paula said...

Very pretty card & yes you certainly hit the jackpot with your finds. Our shops had plenty of teapots old cups & chipped saucers but I saw no inspiration there!!!

Juliet said...

Your card is stunning - everything about it says 'posh' to me!

Montysmum said...

This is the most beautiful card!

Deb said...

Wow, you have made a stunning card here, love what you did with the hair bobble, fantastic!

Lythan said...

You obviously live in a posh place if that is what you get from charity shops! Lovely card - why not show it off on the Self Addressed forum as the crate paper was in a kit too?

stamp and scrape said...

This is so sophisticated - the hair bobble is amazing! A hard act to follow!

Samm said...

Gorgeous again Kathy!!! wow! love the nice and shiny in the middle!


Barb's Corner said...

Kathy I love your card, it's my absolute favourite for this dare!
Barb C

Anonymous said...

What a fab find. Your card is gorgeous.:)

Kim said...

This card is stunning.....