Friday, July 27, 2012

This is the House that Jack Built

It's my turn this week to set a challenge for The Daring Cardmakers this week:

I've taken the title of my challenge this week from an traditional British Nursery Rhyme that starts with the line:
 "This is the House that Jack Built"

You can read the whole rhyme HERE if you want to - it's far too long to copy here, but really it's just a nice title for a challenge that's all about Houses - or the walls, roof, doors, windows etc that you need to build a house.  Your card could show a whole house or just some of those - maybe just a door, or a's up to you.  Just have fun and get creative
We're looking forward to seeing what you make, so please come and let us know where we can see your creations
I have a really bad habit of thinking "ohhh, that would make a good title for a dare" and bunging it into our calendar without givng any thought to what I might be able to make for it - and of course I did it again with this one!  Hey ho....
So all week I've been trying to come up with a plan and yesterday was playing Last Minute Minnie again to come up with a little cottage by the sea - well who wouldn't want to have  one of their very own?  I know I's good to have a dream, eh?

I tweaked some clipart to use as the basis for the little cottage, and made a template for cutting it with Craft Robo.  I used an assortment of papers and just hand cut them to make the simplistic background.    The  picket fence is also a Robo template - believe it or not it started out as a row of birthday candles - a bit of Paint Shop Pro tweaking and now I have a fab picket fence template - I've been meaning to make one for ages!  The yachts are just hand cut from scraps and the tiny flowers are another Robo template
Materials and Tools:
Card blank: 14cm square ribbed Kraft card
Papers: various, including MME, Bo Bunny, My Little Shoebox
Various colours Bazzill card
Stickles:; various,  Liquid Pearls; various
sentiment is pc generated
Craft Robo, Spellbinders die, circle punch, MS flower punch (for trees)
Then sometime around teatime yesterday I had another idea and couldn't resist seeing if I could make it work.  I thought that a Housey quotation with the words taking the (vague) shape of a house, then with a simple cut out roof, door etc added might look cute,
Making the words fit the shape was the hardest part - I didn't really have time to mess around in PSP so just did this one in Word, altering the fonts, sizes etc to fit and leaving enough space to add a door and window.  I just printed out the quotation then, and cut it down to size.
 The windows and door are Robo templates I already had from a previous project so I just needed to get the size and shapes right to fit this "house" instead - easy in Robo thank goodness!
Materials and Tools
White 14sm sq card blank. 
Quotation made in Word and printed on the same sort of card as the base card
Bazzill: red, blue, brown
Hand cut roof and flower pots
Coiled flowers and green pot made from paper scraps
Roof tiles scribbled in by hand
Craft Robo to cut windows and door

I'm really pleased at the way this has turned out but I just wish I had had the idea a bit sooner!
I hope you'll join in with us this week - please visit the DCM BLOG to see what my wonderful teamies have come up with this week
Thanks for visiting


Angelnorth said...

Fab cards, love your hand cut background and picket fence on the first and the quote looks great on the second!

Anonymous said...

Kathy, these are both FANTASTIC!!! What a brilliant and original theme for a challenge too!

BlueCat said...

Cute card!

Hazel said...

Fab challenge, Kathy and super cards - love the Irish blessing x

Victoria said...

Fantastic cards. I think you should frame the first and put it up in our kitchen! The second card looks smashing too - what wonderful words and the whole feel of the card is so cheerful.

Annie Anya said...

Hi Kathy, I thought your theme was great. Yeah, I love my psp and do most stuff on it when I can. I test digital tutorials for writers too on psp so get to use it often...joining your blog as a new follower/member...cheers annie