Friday, September 07, 2007

Tearing Purple Holes for Christmas

It's Friday Dareday again, but before I show my cards for this week's little teaser I just want to take a minute to wish Tracie and Wayne all the best for their wedding tomorrow. I hope the sun shines on them for their special day and their lives together are filled with love and joy.

It's looking like it can't be put off any longer so time for the DCM to jump on the Christmas Card Bandwagon. It's all very hectic on the Design Team - Rhi and Tracie's weddings, Kel's new baby due very soon, and Saffa expecting twins. Gillian and Jane are both poorly girlies at the moment and Lynne lost her internet this week - yep, it's all going on round the DCM! Good job we had a "Team Dare" pencilled in for this week then. Lots of ideas were thrown into the mix and eventually this rather devious little challenge emerged:
Make a Christmas card which incorporates the following:

Some Paper Tearing
The colour Purple
AND
It has to have at least one hole somewhere in the design!

......BUT by "hole" we don't just mean the sort of hole you poke a brad through, or the holes you make for/with stitching - or even the hole you make to put an eyelet in - although you can use all those techniques too if you want.
We want you to be a bit/lot more inventive and creative than that, and we think you'll be able to come up with some wonderful ideas for making cards to fit this recipe. We'll leave it to you to guess which team member said "if I put Baby Jesus on my card, will that be "Holey" enough?"

We're very happy to welcome Paula aka Mini-book Pixie as our Guest Designer for the next couple of weeks. Paula has joined in pretty much every dare since the DCM started, and it's especially fab that she's agreed to come and be our GD as we're now in the run up to our first anniversary.

I had a really tricky time photograohing these - the little camera I use forcrafty photos really struggles with anything purple - in the end I had to call in reinforcements ie Hubby, to do some photo editing and get the colours of the pictures to match the vellum I'd used - the downside is there are pink tones on the rest of the card which aren't actually there!

I had various ideas for this dare, but most of them only got a couple of the criteria in - it was generally the torn paper that I forgot. In the end I came up with this one:


I cut the star shaped holes directky into the card with my Robo - I wasn't sure Robo would cut through the 280gsm card I like to use, but with a couple of runs it managed pretty well and I just needed to use a knife on a few tiny bits. It wasn't a "scientific" cut - I just "drew" a square in a Robo doc where I was pretty sure the face of the card would be, plonked in some stars of various sizes then removed the square and did the cuts. I used a piece of purple vellum wider than the card and tore the edge so that the torn edge would show on the fron of the card and the rest would cover the inside of the card and show through the holes.
Other details: silver thread and eyelets. stars punched from silver glitter card, stamped & embossed greeting

This is the other card I made using the rest of the purple vellum, I like the basic idea, and I might use it for some of my Christmas cards this year but I think it would be better without the torn edge.

The "holes" are the snowflakes at the bottom, cut with the Robo from a strip of card, an offcut of the vellum stukc behind then the strip was mounted onto the card with foam pads.
I tore the main piece of vellum before putting it through the Cuttlebug as trying to tear it after embossing means your tear tends to follow the pattern - a bit like having perforations, and not such a nice neat edge - if you can have a neat torn edge!
Other details: Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, tiny silver brads, inking, silver pen stitching, silver Krylon ink, white organza ribbon

Looking forward to seeing what all our wonderful darers come up with for this one - it's not as easy as it sounds and there was a bit of foot-stamping among the design team :-), but there are some fab ideas on the DCM blog to get you thinking, so please check them all out.

22 comments:

Lythan said...

Those cards are great - and purple is very difficult to photograph - there must be a scientific reason! I love the look of those robo'd stars - must try that one.

Hazel said...

That looks like a tough dare, but, as ever, you've come up trumps, Kathy, with your cards!

mum on the run said...

Great cards Kathy, love you robo stars and the embossed vellum on the second looks fab!!

Fancy one of the DT forgetting one of the elements, LOL!!

Gillian :O) said...

Two amazing cards Kathy!
well done they are both SCRUMMY! love the embossed one esp, those snowflakes are gorgeous!

All Pink said...

Stunning cards ,love the star one best ,Dawnxx

Deb said...

Fabby cards as always, well done for keeping the blog going with so many 'events' going on!

EllePiggo said...

Gorgeous cards. :)
Vanessa.

Samm said...

These are gorgeous again Kathy, how do you manage it every time!

Samm
x

Patsy Jackson said...

They are both beautiful cards Kathy! I was blown away by your first one with the stars - just scrummy!

Petal said...

Love this card all the "holes" really effective.

Anna said...

Kathy, these are fantastic cards. Your ideas are always great. The embossed card is so eyecatching with the gorgeous ribbon.

Paula said...

I swore Id been here & left a comment, must be losing my marbles now Im 40!!
I love both of these. The first one has those gorgeous stars & the addtion of the silver ones down the side.The second one is fabby, I adore vellum & snowflakes.

Louly said...

I love both of these Kathy. I like how you've used the vellum on the first and I love the embossing on the second. I think the torn vellum looks great, I wouldn't change it.

Tracey said...

Just fab Kathy as per usual - great!

Helen & Co. said...

Hi Kathy,
Love these cards - especially the Cuttlebuggy one!
Thanks too for pointing out the advantages to being rubbish at challenges!
Helen x

Anne said...

Lovely cards, both of them. The one with the stars is very clever, and I particularly like the way the vellum wraps round the edge! The embossed snowflakes are very pretty, and I do like the torn edges on that card!

Tigger's rambling said...

Lovely cards....really must start my Christmas cards :-)

sari said...

thanks for the welcomming in my blog! Love your card! Both og them!

Clare said...

Great cards Kathy, I love seeing what you've been up to with your Craft Robo.

Flossie's Follies said...

Wow, both are great cards, this was such a fun challenge.

alice k. said...

Fab cards, I love them! Specially the snowflakes cards, it's really wintry (brr)...

Caroline said...

I am loving that Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder Kathy - I feel a purchase coming on!