Friday, December 12, 2008

Gotta be Quick, 'cos Christmas is coming....

Daring Cardmakers Day today and the first of a few "Team" dares. This is when we all get together and come up with some ideas for the challenges rather than just one of us setting the dare.

Just in case you hadn't noticed, Christmas is just around the corner - less than two weeks to go now!
So as we hurtle headlong towards the big day we thought we'd help you out just a little bit with those last minute cards.
Every year we find ourselves needing a few extra cards, even when we thought we'd got plenty, so this dare is all about super-quick Christmas crafting.
We want to see cards that take only a few minutes, but of course don't look it!
Make just one, or see how many you can make in an hour it's up to you.
On your marks.... get set......Go Go Go

It's always simpler to stick to one set of papers that you're absolutely sure will go together whichever one you pick up so it was back to BG's Wassail for me. To get around my "white space" problem I ran my card blank through the Cuttlebug using the baubles embossing folder. Cut a strip of paper to cover the "join" between plain and embossed card, and cut a bauble using a BossKutz die. The sentiment is from a sheet I printed out when I first started making my Christmas cards - so much quicker than doing one at a time!
That was it, and as I was on a roll I made these too:

I even managed to resist the urge to add a bit of ribbon to the baubles or the sentiment - and I tell you - that's not an easy thing for me to do!

While I was looking for the BossKuts die I found the QK Stocking one and as i've not used that one yet this year either I gave it an outing too and made these. This time I succombed to a bit of gold thread though - there's a limit to how long a girl can go without some extra twiddly bits.
Dtill, even these didn't take long. Trouble is, now the one without any gold thready stuff looks a bit sad and bare. Might have to give it some ribbon!
For this third set I cut some little parcels from the 12x12 papers - I've got a few more little parcels ready cut to make some more cards later.
I did this lot in not much over an hour so I was quite pleased with myself. I'm really looking forward to seeing how all the Darers get on this week. There are lots more Quickie Cards over on the DCM blog, so do go and check them out.

I had a really exciting email a couple of weeks ago and now I can share what it was all about - but that can wait till the weekend, I think. Sneaky, eh?


Pridders gets crafty said...

Thank u, thank u, thank u, thank u:- you are the first (and only) person to visit my blog and i was very excited when i read your post - thank u (did i mention that before????) I love your cards for this weeks dare, cant believe how quickly you managed them, it takes me half an hour to decide the shape of the card!! I look forward to making a "quick" card for this weeks challenge, I'm hooked now and you never know, I might get another visit!

Janice said...

Kathy, what a lovely use of the cuttlebug folder. looks great in white.

Nickynoo said...

That's a good number of cards, Kathy, well done you! Takes me an hour to make one normally..........and I'm loving the minimal look, less is definitely more in my book! x

Kristen Hermanny said...

I always have a problem with white, these are GREAT ideas, and just plain gorgeous. The impact on the white is very intense, but you are right it can be more challenging. Nothing seems to be floating around in space either.

Angelnorth said...

These look fab Kathy and you probably won't be surprised if I pick one of the 'plainest' as my fave - the long low one with the three stockings! I'd never manage this many in an hour, well done!

Karen said...

WOW...that was going some Kathy, well done on so many in an hour!!! Great cards always X

Anesha said...

Wonderful card, very elegant!

Pascale said...

Wow let the rest of us be put to shame. These are high quality quick cards. They are so lovely. Pascale :)

seedlings mum said...

well done - really fab cards!

Gez said...

Awesome Kathy. I just love how you conquered that white space. :)

I just love the stocking card as well but they are all so lovely.

Wondering if you managed to resist the urge to add that ribbon!!

Hoping you have a lovely weekend.

Gez. xx

maddy hill said...

my you have been busy ! fab cards kathy , i love the simplicty of them and yet they are so effective - love the colours on the white embossed background.

Di said...

Ha ha, not bad going there Kathy, I'm lucky to finish one card in an hour....fab stuff xx

esther said...

The embossing looks soo effective on the white! And great contrasting withthe BG papers, love the shape of those stockings tooo cute!