Monday, November 03, 2014

Time to Use Your Dies for the Card Mania Challenge

I can't believe more than (another!) week has gone by since I posted on my blog... I've been spending a lot of time over at Bonesmart... sharing recovery stories with my fellow Hip replacees, time to think about bigger issues, like Craft, lol.  There's a new challenge starting today at the Card Mania Challenge, my third already as Guest DT, the theme this time is "Use Your Dies"... I love dies, not a problem; here's my contribution, a boxed set of note cards.
Now this project was a lot of work, very fiddly, so I'm going to bore you with a lot of photos... even if it's "more of the same" :-)  The main thing to note (as this challenge is about using dies) is that the dies I used are from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Curved Borders 2 set. 
I love these things as they nest really well, but getting the "lining" behind the scrollwork lined up with the fancy edges perfectly was harder than I thought it would be... and of course I was committed to doing it seven times once I started!   I used very heavy weight textured brown card.  The orange paper is textured too, but light weight; it was a peachy shade originally... I coloured it with a YR Copic. Clear It Out has Theme: Orange  Stash: Use orange things so I'll be entering there. The patterned paper is from my "go to" shop for gorgeous paper; Starfish Lane.  Hiding in my Craft Room and Sparkles Monthly Challenge have Autumn colour challenges, so I'm entering there too.
Front of Box
Box Open
Back of Box
Here's the box, the front matches the note cards, the back uses the plain edge die used along the edge of the orange paper on the front of the box to cut the brown card as a flap,  I used some Velcro as a closer.  I'll pop back and post a template for the box... I just can't find where I hid, err I mean 'put' it at the moment!
The "pearls" are gold flatbacks from my stash coloured to suit using the same YR Copic I used for the paper.  The little brown bows were part of the fabulous basket of goodies my son Chris bought as my birthday gift, again from Starfish Lane
The note cards themselves are... well more of the same.  The only hiccup I encountered when making them was that I cut the top layer of first one with the "grain" of the textured card going in the opposite direction to the base of the card... so I had to cut the others the same, it meant I used more card in the end, ah well.
Crafty Cardmakers want to see something Cut Out for their challenge so I'm in, and the cut outs I have are Swirly and Curly so they'll fit in the Delightful Challenges Swirls and Curls Challenge.
I added patterned vellum to the inside of the cards, I had just a panel of it initially but it just didn't look right. I added another "loose" layer with a strip of the orange paper to hold it on and I think it works well.
Catch The BugThrough the Craftroom DoorDivas by DesignSimon Says Challenge and Anything But A Card challenges all have Anything Goes themes this time around so I'm entering them all.
Well that's it for today's project, I hope you liked it... and aren't sick of all the photos, lol.  Pop over to the Card Mania blog and check out the rest of the DT's inspiration, and I know we all like our Dies so why not get cutting and enter the challenge too.... there are great prizes from Marianne Design and Hobbisimo!
I'll be back in a day or so with a card from my drafts... I really thought this hip replacement would have me crafting and blogging every day - but for one reason or another I just haven't made it yet... and I can drive in less than two weeks so I'll defo be out partying then, lol
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


brenda said...

These collection of cards looks stunning Donna and I am going to 'need' those dies.

B x

sue k said...

Beautiful notecard set, great fall colors and your die is fabulous. Great placement of your pearls. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.


Jac said...

Wow! Stunning make, love the patterns and colours and beautiful dies, what a wonderful gift, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous colours design and creation Ginny x

Lynn's Place said...

The project is adorable...Thanks for joining us @ CIO challenge blog stop again to play <((><

Virgo5 said...

Wow, gorgeous set, love the border die you used! Thanks for joining in our Anything Goes Challenge at Catch The Bug!

Sandy Palmer said...

Wow, these would make wonderful gifts! Love the dies, and paper you used! It all is quite lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us at Delightful Challenges, "Swirls and Curls"! :)

Jingle said...

These are super pretty! I love the fall color tones! Thanks so much for joining Anything Goes week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Pat K said...

What beautiful cards and gift box you've made with these dies. You do have a flair for picking the right papers...gorgeous. Behave and get well, hugs, Pat K xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Stunning collection of notecards hun, love the autumnal feel to them
Hugs Shell xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a fantastic set and a wonderful gift idea! Might have to borrow that one!

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More for our 'Cut It Out' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)


What an elegant set of cards! Thanks so much for entering our Anything Goes challenge at Bugaboo Stamps. We hope you'll join us again soon, and wish you luck in tomorrow's draw.
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
Bugaboo DT

Lena's Creations said...

Beautiful project and so useful too. I'm sure the recipient is going to love it and will treasure this gift from you.
Thanks for joining in the fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
Lena – DT
Lena’s Creations

Vickie Y said...

Beautiful collection of cards! Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

Julie Short said...

Your set of cards are so elegant! Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card this challenge.

Leslie said...

Awesome project- I love every single detail! :) Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the Crafty Cardmakers and more "Cut It Out" challenge this time!
Leslie, DT
Love To Scrap!
Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog
Lost Coast Designs
Crafty Cardmakers and more

Anonymous said...

Fantastic cards Donna, they're really beautiful and were well worth the effort it took to line them all up. Thanks for playing along with us at Sparkles this time round, pop back in a few days for the winner and also for a new challenge.

Sparkles DT

Laurie HIMCR said...

This is breathtaking and elegant. What a beautiful card!

Thanks for joining us this week at HIMCR!

Hiding in My Craft Room