Friday, July 08, 2011


Our lovely Rein has set the Daring Cardmakers'  challenge this week and her instructions are very simple - just to use a Suitcase on our cards
I'd like you to use a suitcase in any way you like on your card
It could be what you put in your suitcase when you're off travelling, or you could incorporate any sort of suitcase; old, new, shiny or battered into your design.
......"hmmm now then, where is my trolley case......''
We had problems getting our Linky thing to work properly last week and lots of people were unable to leave their links, so as we were offering a prize it seemed only fair to do a "roll over" and give everyone another chance to win , the prize donated by online store Crimson Cloud, will run for this week's challenge too.  
They sell a lovely range of crafting goodies, so if you're looking for a little temptations, maybe you'll find it there. hehehe

I wanted to do something with a pile of suitcases (why is it that a pile of different sized suitcases is such a pleasing image?), so my first port of call was a good old Google Image search, where up popped a fab "colouring page, just perfect for converting to a Craft Robo template. The best thing is that although the original image has 3 suitcases, I only needed to actually make a template from one of them then tweak the size on my Robo page to make the others.
I couldn't decide whether to make a big, shaped card or a card using the suitcases small-size as the focus piece - so I made both.
I used 
For both cards; Craft Robo template (email me if you would like a copy)
MME Stella and Rose 6x6 pad "Mabel", brown Bazzill card
For shaped card;
pc generated sentiment, twine
For Little Cases card;
Spellbinders Big Scallops die and photo corner die, 
Inner circle is Robo cut,
EK Success border punch, pc generated sentiment,
Brown Seam binding (Creative Treasures)

I really enjoyed making these cards, and they show how versatile Craft Robo templates are.  As well as making the 3 sizes of suitcases I could have altered the shapes to make, say, the top one deeper as well as smaller - a bit like a hat box or vanity case. I did make two different handle styles in case I wanted to mix them up in the stacks but in the end I just used the curved ones on the shaped card and the angular ones on the little cases.
As always our DT have come up with some wonderful ideas and a great variety of styles, please go and see what they've all made {HERE}, they are sooooo lovely.  We're hoping lots of people will join in this week and we;re hoping we've got the code right this time (ooops!).
Rightie-hoo, time I wasn't here, but hopefully I'll get time to have a blog-hopping and catch-up session later.
Thanks for visiting
Suitcases template for Craft Robo is HERE


Keilly said...

Wow Kathy, two wonderful cards, my fav has to be the first stacked suitcase card, such a great idea. x

Zuzana Obert said...

Kathy, your cards are stunning. Gorgeous colours and fantastic shape :0) Are your fly tickets ready? :0)

Zuz. x x

Julia Dunnit said...

Fab cards Kathy - love the arrangement of paper choices. And so true, about travelling and being home!

Rein said...

Love your suitcases interpretaion Kathy!

Angelnorth said...

These look fab, love the shaped one and the sentiment on the other is perfect!

Lythan said...

these cards are just inspired kathy. As I keep saying, I must dust off (literally now) my Craft Robo

Heide said...

FABULOUS! The suit cases look fantastic. Very creative.

Hazel said...

Love the stacked suitcases - both cards are great. Haven't come across that saying before - good one. x

Lynda said...

I absolutely adore both of these cards Kathy - those suitcases are amazing!

Love Lynda xxx

Janice said...

I love that big pile of suitcases, fab card.

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

You're so clever, those suitcases are gorgeous, and the papers and colours you've chosen are perfect, I absolutely love both cards x

Jo said...

Amazing cards Kathy - love both of them - the pile of suitcases is a genius idea and you are so super clever with your robo :)

jo x

Natty said...

Fantastic cards Kathy - I can't pick a favourite, but those papers are just perfect - so summery and happy! :D

Dolly Mixtures said...

Can't decide which of your two cards I like most Kathy. The papers are gorgeous and the sentiment on the second one is so well chosen.

Jules said...

Wow Kathy .. .. this is fantastic!!!

I love what you have done here very much.

Gorgeous colour combo and love the sentiment and the stack of suitcases. I wish mine were that trendy!!! LOL!!!

Have a good week.

Love Jules xx

Miri said...

I like both of your cards a lot =) ... and the senitment is great. I might even "use" it on one of my cards.
Thanks for the inspiration!