Friday, May 25, 2012

All Locked Up

It's Rein's turn to set the challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week:
t's Rein here this week with a very easy dare
I would love to see
Lock(s) and Key(s) 
on your card.
Any sort of card you'd like to make, just have fun and don't forget to 
come back and share your creations with us!
Now, somewhere in my stash I have some lovely metal lock and key embellishments that arrived as a freebie in a crafty parcel - they would have been perfect - if I had a clue where they were!  They are white, and I thought I might ink them, or maybe emboss them to distress them a bit - but I couldn't find them anyway so had to come up with a Plan B
Plan B was to find a suitable quotation and make a lock and key using good old Craft Robo.  The very best quote I found was way too long to use on a card, so I've just used part of it to make my card
Cream, ribbed card blank
Brown and cream papers all Simple Stories "Documented"
 (I used a mix of 12x12 and 6x6)
Red heart is an embossed paper from Kaisercraft "These Days" 6x6
(It was a bit on the "orange side of red" for my liking so I inked it up a bit with some some Barn Door and Worn Lipstick Distress inks)
Gold card, gold ink to distress the paper edges a little,
several shades of brown ink pads,
Gold thread, red ribbon, red Card Candy
Craft Robo, Spellbinders Moroccan Accents Dies

I cheated a bit by cutting the spellbinders shapes then using the shapes to make the templates I needed for the lock and key with the help of Paint Shop Pro.  I added the keyhole to the centre of the 2 ended shape, and drew in the leg bit of the key and a few "blobs" to attach it to the corner shaped die cut.

Now I have 2 possible anniversary cards made ahead of our anniversary in July!  If I hadn't found such a good quote I'd have made a "New Home" card as this challenge is perfect for that too.
There are some lovely cards on the Daring Cardmakers Blog, so do pay a visit!  We'd love it if you'd join in with us this week.

It's been a while since I mentioned our refurbishment project on here, but I will today of yesterday we're finally finished - the new carpet in the hall, inner hall, stairs and landing were laid yesterday and what a difference it makes, pulling the whole area together.  We had a decorator in for a whole week painting the new coats cupboard, the inside of the big upstairs walk-in cupboard and then all the skirting boards and other areas of woodwork that "touch" the carpet.  It's made the rest of the wood look a bit creamy and tatty, but hubby wants to do it himself really and it was only because of time constraints that he let the decorator do as much as he did hehe
Now we need to put the shelving back on the wall in the big cupboard so we can put all the stuff back in there.  Give us a couple weeks and we might even have our guest room back!
There will be celebratory champagne here this weekend - it's already in the fridge getting itself ready!
Thanks for visiting


Rein said...

Beautiful card Kathy,
love the heart.

Jo said...

Fantastic card Kathy :) I had to hunt high and low too for a lock and key for my card - I love the die cut lock and key that you used - you are so clever with your Robo!

Anonymous said...

Kathy, this is fantastic!! I absolutely love the style of this card. The quote is perfect!

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Gorgeous card Kathy - and you're so clever to make that lovely lock with your robo x