Friday, January 25, 2013


It's Daring Day again and this week not only do we have we've got a brand new to the market  product to give away as a prize - but we were sent some to play with and use for our cardmaking this week!
"It's Sharon here to set this weeks challenge and this week we have a fabulous prize on offer thanks to Docrafts!
Firstly, the challenge - the theme is:
Setting the Scene
We'd like you to make your card your canvas for creating your own miniature world!  The theme is totally your choice and you can use whatever you like to create your scene - die cuts, stamps, embellishments - but please use various elements for the 'scene', don't just use one stamp!
Our challenge this week is sponsored by Xcut – the exciting die-cutting and tool range from Docrafts. The winner of the challenge can choose one of the 4 exciting new sets of Build-A-Scene Dies each worth £19.95. Each set features a collection of dies that work together to let you build up layered designs to create a beautiful or fun scene! Choose from Vintage Hot Air Balloon, Nautical, Garden Party or London."
I've been playing with the Vintage Hot Air Balloon set and came up with another "box front" card
 The 2 not air balloons, fancy trims, hills (or cloud shapes) and the birds (you'll need to look carefully to fond them!) are all from the dies set, but there are several more pieces that I didn't use.

What is really nice about these sets is that you can lay the pieces out to make quite a long continuous background - if you've got some extra long cutting plates it'seven easier to do that.  

For the hills I just cut the elements separately so that I could build up some dimension with layers of different papers.  The cloud shapes make great landscape pieces, especially as the dies are just the upper section of the cloud so you can make them as tall or as short as you like just by the way you place them on the paper and then trimming with scissors.
     Materials and Tools
Papers are all from MME 6x6 pads: Lime Twist (sky and hills) and Howdy Doody (Balloons, birds and trims)
Black card
Thin wire
Dies: Vintage Hot Air Balloon Build a Scene die set
Craft Robo for little girl and her balloon

The large balloon is fixed to the front ection of the "box" and wobbles about on wire, the small balloon is fixed to the back of the card with a box hinge so that it stands off the card too.
The little girl silhouette has popped up again because I needed something for the foreground and couldn't think what to use - I thought the idea of her holding her own small balloon and watching the huge ones floating past was quite a sweet idea. Her balloon is also on wire, but it wouldn't behave nicely and kept falling forward, so I had to add a spot of glue to keep it in place.  I should have used stronger wire really
The following photo give more of an idea as to how the card works.  Pushing the "box" section upwards means it fits flat enough to fit in a large envelope
 Right, I finally got to the end, sorry it ended up so long - why is it that some blog posts take forever to write?  Despite all the interruptions I got there in the end though
Thanks for visiting - please go and see the fabulous "Scenic" cards the Daring Cardmakers team have made this week - they are absolutely fantastic!

Please leave a comment, it would be lovely to hear from you.....


Loopylou. said...

oh my my my!! Kathy hun this is just so awesome and I adore it! I love those stepped layers and those papers are yummy!!
huge husg Lou xxx

Karen said...

WOW it must have taken you ages to piece all this together Kathy! Its a lovely scene! x

Shawnie Bartron said...

This is so amazing! What adhesive did you use to adhere all the tiny pieces?! I have never heard of Docrafts. I so much want to see their product line!

Amazing card! Thank you for sharing.

Angelnorth said...

That works so well as a box front card Kathy, love it!

Kaz said...

gorgeous Kathy!! I can't believe how much you get in that set. You've done a brilliant job with the card xxx

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Your card is absolutely amazing Kathy - using a box card is just perfect for building a scene and the way your big balloon is floating off the card is just so clever!

Lythan said...

So lovely Kathy - I particularly like them thar hills :)

Eleanor Bell said...

Oh, I love it, the die looks like so much fun, you could use it over and over and it would always be different xx

Miri said...

oh, the muted colours are so pretty on your elegant card! What a nice scene.

Ann said...

I've just sent for these dies and was just googling for ideas when I saw your blog. Wow stunning thank you so much for sharing.
Ann xxx