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Monday, 2 August 2010

Crafty Cardmakers 26 - Spotlight punches.

Last week on the Crafty Cardmakers challenge we had a recipe from Joy :-

1 Use stickers or punches.
2 Use the colour orange or yellow.
3 Include an animal or fish.
This week our "spotlight" is on punches.
Following the recipe I've used punches, the colour orange and included an animal - a cute Penny Black teddy.
And this is the result!

I didn't mean to use orange as I don't like orange in any form lol! Not even orange sweeties and I have a really sweet tooth. If there are any orange sweeties in a packet I eat the orange ones first to get rid of them. How daft is that? I meant to use yellow and looked out a really nice sheet of DP from Basic Grey but I couldn't find a second one I was happy with so it was back to my old favourite MME bloom and grow. Using an animal was not a problem, I've got lots of animal stamps! And of course using punches is easy and gives lovely effects.

I punched the corners of the DPs with a Martha Stewart corner punch and then used the corresponding edge punch to punch a strip of DP to make a nice lacy effect. The flowers were made using 2 sizes of EK Success retro flower punches to puch out 6 of the larger size and 3 of the smaller size. I edged them with Dried Marigold Distress Ink, layered them up and finished with a self adhesive pearl on each. The DP and the sentiment are also edged with DI. I added lots of self adhesive pearls to emphasise the lacy pattern on the corners and lacy strip. The sweet Penny Black image was coloured with Promarkers, cut out with a round nestie and edged with DI. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and again edged with DI and finished with pearls. The little flowers on the image are coloured with Spica glitter gel pens.

I hope this gives you some inspiration about how you can enter the challenge. You don't have to use the recipe, you could just use a punch or punches, but if you do follow the recipe you could enter your card in both challenges as the recipe challenge runs for another week.

I'm also hoping to enter this card in some challenges :-

The Pink Elephant :- Sketch.
Penny Black :- 1 circle, 2 papers and 3 flowers.

Edited to add :- how stupid am I? Of course I couldn't enter the pink elephant challenge as the deadline was before I posted this!!

Thanks to everyone who entered our last challenge using the photo inspiration and/or an easel card. We had lots of lovely entries and I enjoyed visiting your blogs. I hope you can find time to pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers to see how my talented teamies have used their punches. It's also worthwhile checking out last weeks challenge to see how they've used the recipe.

By the time I see what you've been making I will have another day ticked off before my colleague comes back from her holidays and back to work. Roll on Saturday - it will be the end of a very long fortnight. On the bright side I have the day off next Monday as it is our WRI (like the WI in England) outing to Crathes Castle on Royal Deeside.


  1. so sweet! Love the gorgeous colours and the fancy edges! Hugs Juls

  2. Cute, cute, cute. Love the DP and the flowers too. xx

  3. This is beautiful, Kat! Your image is lovely, the DP is great and I love all the punches you have used :-)! Hugs Delphine xx

  4. I love your card! And your flowers are so pretty. I must get me some more punches!

  5. Great use of punches. Love that bear stamp! And orange, hey, it worked out just fine!!

  6. Hi Kat,

    This is gorgeous! I love the cute bear - he's so sweet!

    I've had these papers for ages but I still hate having to cut into them as they are so pretty.

    Hugs, Clare x

  7. Hi Kat! you have such pretty colours and papers on this beautiful card.
    hugs, annie x

  8. super cute card kat and thanks for joining in the cookathon this week over at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

  9. The orange is lovely, and the card is too!

    (I eat the orange ones first too, and for the same reason.)

  10. Fab card Hunni! Lovely colours and sweet image!

  11. Gorgeous work, thanks for joining us at PBSC! xxx

  12. Fabulous, sweet card.


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