Saturday, October 06, 2007

Challenged By Quacks

World Cardmaking Day!!! Woohoo!!! How fun can it get?

Several weeks ago, my Quacker friends on SCS came up with the idea to have several challenges for today's occasion. We came up with 7 challenges -

#1 Create a card using s
omething received in our last QSS (Quacker Secret Sister) swap or something you bought the last time you were at your local craft/scrapping/stamp store.

#2 Create a card using a die cut.

#3 Create a card using something that you've not used in a very long time.

#4 Create a card using the Reverse Masking technique.

#5 Create a card using just black, white, and *one* other color.

#6 Create a card depicting your favorite movie or TV show.

#7 Create a Criss Cross card.

These were *great* fun, and I am thrilled that I was able to be involved in the group and the challenges.

Ok ... so down to the actual creating!!

The first card that I made used die cuts. TI used Paper Dolls to cut the cute little crown and Mini Monograms to cut the "thanks". The faux ticket-punched corners were done using a small circle punch and only putting in part of the corner. Since I don't have the ticket corner punch, this works well for the effect. The adorable brad on the crown was gotten in a pack of 20 for $1 at the Target $ Spot. You can't tell it, but the eggplant background is stamped with Versamark using the Linen background stamp. I did 20 of these cards to use as thank you notes for Jaydin's birthday gifts.

This card meets three of the challenges - challenge #1, 3 and 5. I used just black, white, and pink on this card and did it with the fight against breast cancer on my mind. I used Loving Hearts and Hope Is (haven't used that one is a loooooong time!!!) for my stamp sets on this one. The circle was cut at 3 1/2 inches on my Cricut using the George cartridge. I punched slots for the ribbon on the heart, and I stamped only the word 'hope' from the sentiment in the Hope Is set. The beautiful rhinestone brad was one of several sent to me in the last QSS swap. I rounded off the right corners just to give it a little more interest.

The Reverse Masking card was fun. I first cut a template using my Cricut ... yeah, he got used a fair amount today!!! .... and the Mini Monograms cartridge. I chose the scalloped square, just to be a little different. I put the template over my piece of whisper white and held it down with temporary adhesive. Then, I stamped the tree on the right side using Old Olive ink and the horse on the left side using basic brown. I sponged the blue and green on the top and bottom to make the mask show a little more. Using the SU distressing tool, I distressed the white and used Creamy Caramel directly on the edges. Antique-type brads were used on the corners to hold the white to the brown mat. All of that was placed on the Garden Green and embellished with black hemp twine and an acorn (cut using the Cricut and the Doodlecharms cartridge at 1 1/2 - I think).

Wow. I had so many ideas running around in my head about the challenge depicting my favorite movie or TV show. I ended up with this ... concoction. I wasn't sure if I liked the way it look, but I think that I do now. I used a layer of Sahara Sand stamped with several stamp sets - Artifacts, an SU incentive set, Print Patterns, and Doodle That. They were stamped using Sahara Sand ink and Versamark. Sometimes I stamped off the Sahara Sand to get a lighter effect. The clock from Artifacts was stamped on acetate (non-SU) in Versamark and heat embossed in SU gold. When the heat hit the acetate, the acetate turned brown. I thought it was ruined, but when I put it over the Sahara Sand, I really liked the effect. I added the brads and beat them with the hammer a little bit and added the little lock (stamped on gold using basic brown ink) with another brad (again, beat with a hammer - GREAT when you're a little frustrated ....). This card depicts the new show "Journeyman" that comes on Monday nights. The main character travels through time - thus the time theme.

The last card that I made today was the Criss Cross card. What fun!!! I used the tutorial on SCS (made by the fantastic Beate) and had a blast! I started out planning to do a Christmas card, but thought about some great paper that I picked up at Michael's a while back. The ladybug/dotted paper is Martha Stewart paper, and I love it!! It's so cute!!! I also used the Little Lady set by Papertrey Ink and some wonderful Prima flowers. The base of my card is Chocolate Chip, and the base of the insert is Creamy Caramel. I used the round tab punch, corner rounder, and the word window punch on the insert, too. This one might have just been my favorite ..... Too much fun!

I hope that all of you celebrated World Cardmaking Day by making lots of cards. If not, start tomorrow with the challenges the Quackers used! I'd love to see what you come up with!! If you take the challenge - Comment on this post with a link to your creations.

Happy WCMD!!!!


  1. Shell it looks like you had so much fun. I had a very busy day and I got nothing made. I also have my nephew for the weekend sleeping in my craft room so I think I will get nothing done until tomorrow night. Maybe on Monday I will create something along some of your thees I have been wanting to try some of the things you've done here. I love that you got to use your cricut and the acetate looks really nice all brown. I might have to try it.
    Thanks for all the inspiration

  2. danssister1:26 PM

    Great job on all of your cards!!! You were busy!!! Love the lady bug paper, too!


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