Friday, January 18, 2008

Let's Play Hide & Seek

Just when I thought I was getting back on track after a rather manic couple of months I go and catch a horrible cold - the whole works; sneezing fits, cough, sore throat, aches and pains, runny eyes and nose and even a rather unpleasant earache. Wonderful, eh? I'll stop moaning now though as I guess pretty much everyone is in the same boat with all the Wintry bugs that are doing the rounds atm.
Over at the Daring Cardmakers it's been my turn to set the dare for this week.
A
couple of months ago I was asked to make a card for a customer to give to her husband to celebrate the birth of their baby son. It was quite an unusual request and I was a bit flummoxed as to how to go about it - then the customer sent a photo of hubby & babe and I had the idea of hiding the photo in a little folder so that I could keep the actual visible part of the card really crisp and simple.
That's when I had the idea for what my next DCM challenge would be, I've called this dare

Hide & Seek
I'd like you to make a card which has a hidden component of some sort - the hidden part could be a tag, a concealed photo, message or something along those lines, maybe a pull-out or pop-up. Anything goes as long as there's something extra for the recipient to find on your card that's not immediately visible when they open the envelope. The Design Team have made some fab cards to help get you thinking - but you'll have to visit their personal blogs to see the hidden extra!
I did a couple of cards this week, the first was a commission and I used the same idea of a folder as I did on that baby card.All the papers are from the DCWV Far East set which are lovely and thick with a bit of texture to them too. This card is for someone who's last birthday was a really sad day and this one, although a special birthday, will be difficult for her. I thought these gorgeous, soft colours and designs would be perfect for this card, bright and jolly would not be the way to go.
I made the monogram on the CR using a couple of layers of card and paper, edged with ink and silver Krylon. The ribbons, flowers and brads all from my stash
The second card is a sleeve card (there's probably a "proper" name for it but I don't know it, and something I've never made before - I've received a couple in this style and they are lovely, so I felt this was a good opportunity to have a bash at making one myself.
I used Bazzill card to make the sleeve rather than my regular heavyweight stuff - I don't think the folds would have stuck together properly if the card had been heavier. Papers are the lovely 3 Bugs in a Rug ones from Bubbly Funk that I seem to go back to time and time again. Some were chopped up and used to make "lace" edging. The gorgeous spotty ribbon is from Ribbon Oasis and the flowers from my stash.
The pull out slider wotsit has more of the 3 Bugs paper, and a computer generated message, then I decorated it with lots of flowers cut from scraps of the various 3 Bugs paper, some raised a bit higher on scraps of card to get a bit of definition.

Joining in with the DCM is easy, just leave a message on our blog with a link to your own blog or wherever else we can see your card and we'll pop over to see your Hide & Seek cards.
Alternatively you can email a photo to our gallery at daringcardmakers@hotmail.co.uk

I'm getting on quite well now with the various Circle Journals - I even remembered to do photos of this one! Here are a couple of sneak peeks of my pages for Angie's cj.












We only have one more LO to do after this one before our books come home - we sent them of on their journey right back at the start of July '07, and they've been hopping over between England, Scotland and Ireland ever since so it's actually getting quite exciting to think they are nearly home after all that time.
And finally, having coughed, sneezed and spluttered my way through this posting, I made this quick and easy card yesterday from papers that came from Scrummy Stash Cafe a while back and have stayed unused and unloved until now - I think they are Junkitz but I haven't the energy to go and check!
I quite like it, it's very bright and cheerful for a rather grey January day

24 comments:

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow they gorgeous. So lovely cards. Stunning.

Kaz said...

All are gorgeous cards Kathy. I love those DCWV papers. You're one very clever bunny.

Di said...

Beautiful cards Kathy, they are gorgeous.

esther said...

Do you know that you have posted this twice on your blog?.. Just to warn you. Also wow! What an achievement through the sniffles and the coughs! You have produced some Gorgeous cards, particularly warmed to the one with J as I have those papers, but it is great to see how people use them and gain some inspiration. Loving the bright coloured ones too!

Jackie said...

Lovely cards Kathy.
I hope you are starting to feel a bit better.

Angelnorth said...

wow, lots of lovely stuff! I love the hide and seek ones - I have so much crafty stuff on my to-do that I don't know if I'll manage the DCM this week but I'll try.

Susan (Sue H) said...

Wonderful card again Kathy and I love the paper you've used....just great.

Thanks for you lovely comments on my blog....you're so kind.

EllePiggo said...

Absolutely wonderful stuff Kathy! :)
Vanessa.

Keryn Campbell said...

Gorgeous cards and a great dare. I hope you feel better soon.

bubblegum said...

Fabulous work - beautiful colours. Love the hide and seek card. :) :)

Debbie x

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Kathy, the cards are fab!!!!

Would like to see the whole of the CJ as it looks gorgeous! Love the colours.

Hope you're feeling better xx

asia wu said...

Beautiful "Hide and seek" card, so soft and delicate. I like all of your recent projects, the way you layer flowers is really inspiring.

Deb said...

The birthday card is just stunning, amazing tones, the paper is beautiful! the slip card is fab too.
the pop up card wasn't difficult at all, it is just measuring and then cutting, I was so suprised! I had forgotten about it until this dare came up but I think I will be trying it again soon!

Clare said...

What lovely cards and projects, I really enjoyed your dare this week. Hope your cold goes soon, I'm sure the miserable weather doesn't help either!

Rein said...

These are all fantastic!

Caroline said...

Lovely cards Kathy.....

Lavender Rose said...

Beautiful cards Kathy, the colours on the hide and seek one are just perfect, very pretty and delicate!

Claire said...

Wow, fab cards. Just come across your blog - will be sure to visit again!

Carol said...

Great Cards Mrs B

Sorry to hear you're feeling crook though :(

If it's any consolation, i've had earache for 4 weeks now yeuch!, hope you're feeling better soon.

xx

ink'n'rubba said...

Beautiful projects! I particularly like the baby one. Hope you are on the mend by now. annie x

funky doodles said...

wow stunning cards these are really lovely and such great ideas :)

Maisymary's Findings said...

Beautiful colourful creations Kathy ! As always ! sorry to hear about the winter blues ! Here in Spore we about to get ready for the Chinese New Year ! Fancy that ! Just as we recover from CHristmas & the New Year ! lol

Marlou said...

fabulous cards Kathy!!!! :) love the 3 bugs in a rug one!! :) x

PaperBabe - Kim said...

All beautiful cards I love the way you incorporate your flowers they always looks stunning! Great colours too.

I popped here the other day but your pictures weren't showing, I like the hidden idea very clever!