Friday, June 15, 2012

The Hole Truth

Well, after missing last week's Daring Cardmakers challenge I'm back to join in with Samm's "Hole in One" dare.  It's all about using the bit that's left (the hole) rather than the punchie itself, iykwim.  So maybe you'd use a punch or die to make an aperture in your card front and then embellish both the inside that shows through the hole,and the outside, which is now a sort of  "frame", or you could use regular punches to make a cute border like Rein did on her DT card. 
As you'll see on the DCM BLOG, some people used punches and others used dies - I guess there's nothing to stop you handcutting your "hole" either if you are a whizz with craft knife or scissors!  Pushing the boundaries a bit, I decided to use my Craft Robo instead of the other options.  It's ages since I used this 2 for 1 technique, and it's a fun way to get the bits for two cards from one template.

I made the template so that the lighter colour would show through the letters cut from the darker shade of card - then used the letters that were left over to make my second card - does that make sense? :o
Before cutting, I "drew" a rounded rectangle around the letters using the Robo's shape options, then mounted the resulting shape with it's letter apertures on to the lighter card
For "happy" I drew an oval around the letters - I used the cut out letters on card 1 and the oval piece on card 2
Here's a close up of card 1 which better shows how the letter apertures work
This is my second card - I cut down the "waste" from the dark card to make a frame using the rounded rectangle shape and adhered it onto more of the light card.  .
I tried to make the 2nd card a more feminine version by using different ribbon and adding a punched flower and some grey pearls instead of the check ribbon and red brads

I'm not sure how we managed it, but we did see quite a bit of sun during our week down in Cornwall - and somehow we managed to avoid most of the rain too.  I thought I'd add a couple of photos of where we stayed, and if I remember (hmmmm) I'll add some over the next few days of places we visited while we were away.
So this is the English Heritage cottage in the grounds of Pendennis Castle, Falmouth where we stayed.  The castle sits on a headland, so on one side you get views over to St Mawes and on the other the views are of Falmouth itself.  You can just see the parasol in the little courtyard (it was a casualty of the stormy night - we woke on Thursday to find all the courtyard furniture had over blown - tucked inside the thick walls of the cottage we didn't hear a thing! The views from all the windows on the other side were fabulous - looking over the water to Falmouth.
 This next photo was taken from my most favourite viewpoint, one of the gun bastions that looks over the river mouth towards St Mawes (look closely and you can see St Mawes Castle).  This bastion is now "Kathy's Bastion" as I spent so long sitting there watching the yachts and other boats on the water, and the birds and bunnies on the land and trees going down to the moat (no waster now!).  Pretty, isn't it?
And this one is one of hubby's photos - he's a devil for posing the car in interesting places, and having the run of a castle to use as a backdrop when everyone else had gone home was too much temptation to miss!
Lastly, here's the castle all lit up at night
Thanks for visiting today, hope you liked what you saw!
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Lythan said...

Clean and simple cards from Kathy! Well I never. And they are utterly brilliant - so stylish

Hazel said...

Very effective use of the robo cut outs. Great holiday photos - will you be sharing more, please? x

Dawn said...

Ooh, love the cards Kathy, incredibly stylish and effective, particularly like the colour combo.
Hugs x

Kath said...

Lovely cards, Kathy. Very elegant. love your photos too.

Caroline said...

Lovely photos Kathy.
Love the card and am so impressed how much your use your Craft Robo...mine is gathering dust!

Angelnorth said...

Really stylish cards Kathy, they look fab! Glad you had a good time
(and some sun!) in Cornwall!

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Yes very clean and simple for you! They're both great though, and your holiday looks like great fun x

Beckie said...

Lovely card and pictures! Have left a wee award on my blog for you x

Miri said...

That's so clever to use the words twice. Both cards are great!