Friday, October 30, 2009

Roll with the Punches

On the Daring Cardmakers this week it's Kiwi Keryn's turn to set the dare.
I love punches and use them on almost every card I make. This week I want you to join with me and make a card, any type, any theme but it needs to use your latest craft punch purchase. If you haven't bought any punches for a while or don't own any at all your latest craft purchase will be quite acceptable.
I think Keryn has an ulterior motive with this one - I think she's not only wanting to have a look around to see what we've all been buying lately but also thinking ahead a bit and figuring out what to add to her Christmas Wish List. Actually that's such a good idea - I might just do the same!

The last punch I bought was the MS snowflake one - which is lovely, I also bought the snowflake embossing border punch just before that, but I'm not really getting on with it so I'm going to put it up for sale on ebay and let someone else enjoy it, it seems silly to keep it when I'm not going to use it.

Anyway, to get back to the DCM....

My card has several layers and a bit of dimension, though that doesn't really show up in the photo.
There's a square of silver card on the card-blank, then a smaller square of very heavily glittered paper on top of that.
I then punched snowflake "holes" around a square of textured card and used foam tape to adhere this piece over the glittery square so that the punched snowflakes are like little windows.

Sometimes I have a plan for a card and sometimes I don't. My plan for this one stopped there and I faffed about for a bit trying to decide what to put in the middle.
In the end I used a Spellbinders Small Pinking Circles die to cut a circle of black glitter paper , and used some of the white and silver snowflakes (Spellbinders) that were lying about on my desk, plus a couple of new ones with the MS punch.
The lovely Kath was kind enough to send me some punched ovals this week - some plain and some scalloped , which she'd cut with her SU punches - although they are my most recent acquisitions, it wasn't my punch so I didn't think they could count for this dare!
I used one of the scalloped ovals, painted with the Silver Acrylic Paint Dabber as a backing for the cute little sentiment oval, the gorgeous little snowflake charm swings free on shiny red thread - I really love these, they are so pretty and have lots of detail.

Dark Red ribbon and metallic brad from my stash
Silver, Red and Black Glitter handmade papers a Craftime pad (they are gorgeous)
Sentiment Oval and Snowflake charm from Creative Treasures

Punches are such useful, but often underrated little tools and I definitely need to up my collection - I never seem to have the shape I need to make something I've seen in a magazine, book or on a tutorial. I think I'll be having a very good look around the blogs of the Darers this week and maybe some punches will be on my Christmas Wish List too.
You can see what the DT have been buying recently on the DCM BLOG and we'd love it if you'd join in and show off your newest punches this week.

Now on to my little "what's in the box" puzzle from yesterday. Well let's face it, it wasn't much of a puzzle with all that branding on the box, was it? lol
Still, finding a courier clutching a big box with that pink doggie standing on the doorstep was quite exciting - when I opened the box I found Radley spotty tissue paper too (now, what crafty purpose can I save that for?), and then nestling inside it all was my lovely new no1 handbag for this winter
No black for me this year, I toyed with the idea of the purple one, but in the end I went for lovely bright red

There you go then - were you right? hehehe

Today's task is to make my cousin's birthday card. I have an idea which is based around a Doc martin boot. If it works I'll be back to share it. If it doesn't, then I don't actually have a Plan B so I'll be panicking!

Thanks for popping by, catch you all again soon


Wipso said...

Really gorgeous bag. Hehehe how the mind of a crafter soon as I saw it I wanted to make one :-) A x

Traceyr said...

Gorgegous bag Kathy you lucky girl.

Those buttons look great and you could do something like that on a card - mmm gives me an idea. :)

Angelnorth said...

Fab card, love the way you used the negative rather than the punchie for most of your flakiness! Gosh - it was a bag! I thought it was probably some new tea towels or something, fancy that!

tracy said...

oh thats lovely kathy :) like the card too LOL

Lynda said...

Fantastic card Kathy and I love the MS Snowflake punches too. I'm not getting on with the border one either! As for the bag well WOW! I want it!

Love Lynda xxx

Kaz said...

Fab card for the DCM Kathy, I had a look on the blog and decided I needed to increase my punch supply too!!

Yummy bag too xx

Janice said...

ooh lovely Radely and nice and bright to cheer up the winter days. Your card is pretty special too.

lisa said...

Love all your snowflakes Kathy and your bags lovely too. Very bright and cheerful for winter.


Maria Matter said...

Beautiful Kathy!!!
Blessings, Maria