Friday, June 05, 2009

Whether the Weather....

Daring Cardmakers Day today and its Jo's turn to set our dare. So we can blame her for our waking up to a rainy one instead of the sunshine we've had lately hehehe
Actually it has its compensations as with luck I won't need to go out to water the veg plot and the various pots today - and even better, it might mean a calmer hayfever day too - although if the pile of tissues I've already got through this morning is anything to go by.....

So, just in case you hadn't surmised from that, Jo's challenged us to make cards on a theme of "Weather".

I asked if it was ok if I used my rainy one from the "Wet Wet Wet" dare of a couple of weeks ago and got a short, sharp "No" - huh, you can go off people, you know! lol lol lol
Not really - Jo's a sweetie and a great friend so I know I can pull her leg a bit.

Still, it did stump me as to what I could do that was different. I couldn't decide what sort of weather to put on my card and I couldn't figure out what sort of purpose it would be for. In the end I decided to go with one of my favourite little rhymes and put various types of weather on the card!
Everything fell into place then. Using the same pop-up card I've made a couple of times lately seemed the perfect way to add the verse and all the springy weather icons - and most of those were pretty quick to do as I already had the die cuts or Robo templates ready.
The umbrella is from my "Wet Wet Wet" card, but I paired it with wellies from one of Leo's old Crafty templates sets, The sun is a new template but was really quick to make and the snowman is a QK die cut.
The "hello" letters are a new template but very basic so not much tweaking was needed.

The card itself is my UK sized version of THIS fantastic You Tube video tutorial. It looks complicated but it really isn't and once you've got the hang of how it works I think this is one that offers great scope for all sorts of cards. If you'd like to see the other cards I've made using it, and see my instructions for making a version equal to a 14cm square card, click HERE please come and let me know if you have a go, I'd love to see your cards.

When it's flat it looks like this - all ready to go into a regular envelope

I took this photo with the card half-opened so you get a better idea of how it works. The maind part of the card with all the folds in it sort of squishes down to make a box shape and the flat piece with the words on is revealed.

I think the spotty paper is by Piggy Tales, The snowman is cut from glitter card and the other bits are all scraps of Bazzill. The faux zigzag stitching is a pretty good copy of how my machine zigzag looks - I can't sew a straight line for toffee. lol. No flowers and no Glossy Accents - there's a shock, eh?

The DT have made some fantastic cards to share on the DCM Blog this week, so please check them out - and you can meet our fabby new Guest Designer too. We are very lucky to have the lovely Pascale joining us for the whole of June, she's been a regular DCM darer for quite a while so it's especially fab to welcome her onto the DT. We're always on the lookout for guest designers and joining in with the dares is a great way to get noticed!

Right, I've got loads to get one with today, so I'd better stop waffling and make a start. Thanks for popping by, please leave a comment before you leave.
Happy Crafting


Kaz said...

I really like this card Kathy. Thanks for showing the sideways half opened view, it helps my brain cell to work it out!

Rosie (Freycob) said...

This is FANTASTICO!!!! Love the pop up cards Kathy.

Lythan said...

Just amazing Kathy. Still doesn't look easy to me!

Karen said...

This is magnificent Kathy!!! I have bookmarked that site too as its always good to try something new isn't it? X

hahahahaha the WV is CHILL !!!

Angelnorth said...

You're right - no flowers and no glossy accents, can it possibly be a Damselfish Design?! Looks fab, the pop up works really well for this and all the spring-mounted weather icons are great fun, love it!

CLARE said...

Great idea Kathy, love the little wire springs you've used. Off to DCM to have a look at the challenge. x

Karen said...

Fab card Kathy. Love the bright colours.

Love Karen xxx

Jo said...

Kathy this card is just stunning - you are sooooo clever, the pop up is fab! (and it is still sunny here lol......)

Pascale said...

Hello, Thanks for having me to stay at the DCM blog for June. I love this card the pop up effect is perfect for the weather theme. I love the cheery sun on his wire and I love the poem too. Hugs Pascale

Saskia said...

Wow!!! Great card on a great blog!!! Lovely work!

Saskia :)

Carol said...

wow fab Kathy - I really love cards with dimension and this one is great...xx

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Lea said...

Wow Kathy this is fantastic, I love the whole design and all works so well.


Hazel said...

Lovely to see another pop up card, Kathy - it's super x

SueH said...

This is one amazing card Kathy.
You always rise to the occasion with something special and I just knew that you wouldn’t need to use last weeks card again as you tried to do!

The colours are so bright…’s fab!!


Jan said...

Love your weather card, the sunshine with the shades is TOO cute!
All your cards are original and gorgeous!
Jan from PCP...had to check out your blog :)

Rosanne said...

How cute is that card!?

Ruth said...

I love pop up cards and this weather one is such fun!!

Well done you xxx