I decided this week to participate in a blog challenge, and having been exposed to Papertrey Ink by Dawn McVey I thought that this would be a good place to start! My day began with finishing up a special order for a production of Sweeney Todd in Denmark- this was a huge task in finding elements that were British but without the 1960's feel!! I managed it by stamping the houses of Parliament with an acrylic stamp from Kaycee crafts, who offer a wide selection of unusual designs. I stamped with Versa Magic multi-surface chalk ink (my favourite type of ink) in black GD-91. This was stamped on red card stock, and finished with black satin ribbon, and designer paper, with diamante's stuck on the paper to highlight the swirl. I like that this gives the effect of clouds behind the London skyline. Printed straight onto the card from the printer was the phrase 'held og lykke' meaning Good Luck in Danish. A tricky little order that worked well in the end.
Once that was completed, I began the task of designing for the Papertrey Ink challenge. The challenge was to creatively use buttons ..... So i made a Valentines card for my husband using buttons as cherries....
The card uses a bright red card blank measuring 5x5 inches, and mounted on the front is a plain white card, detailed with 'Cherry Hill (Egg basket)' paper from October Afternoon, and red organza ribbon. The cherries are made from recycled buttons, and use the sizzix sizzlit die. I LOVE this card so much, considering that it was using up left over papers, and uses pinks and reds for a mans card, I couldn't happier. I saw the cherries used in this way on Dawn Mcvey's blog and thought it was great, so i reused the idea here.
This year for Valentines I wanted to write a letter instead of a card, but I couldn't resist making a card! So inside the card I put a smaller envelope measuring 4x4inches. Decorated with a scalloped seal and heart, and more red organza ribbon.
This could contain the letter and still be displayed on the mantelpiece.
I hope that you liked my creations, and thanks for reading. Sometime soon I will be starting blog challenges, so watch this space. I will be backBut before then, I will be back on Monday for my regular blog.
Have a nice weekend one and all