Friday, February 23, 2007

20 20 or 20 plus 20

well we have been doing these card dares for 5 months now. every time we get the new challenge we all think "oh noooooo!" How am I going to do that? But we generally all, eventually, work our way through the panic and fear and come up with some amazing stuff between us. (ooh it is ahrd not to put a self deprecating comment in here but as a team we are working hard at both not comparing and not putting ourselves down. So I won't)
And then get blown away by all the amazing things that other people make and link to the blog. Artists (can you tell I've been reading an Ali Edwards book?) who have LESS time than we do to think about the dare and produce such wonderful things.

So thanks everyone who is a part of Daring Cardmakers - the dare team and those who dare!

Kathy set the dare this week. And when we decided to start talking to her again after such a fiendish challenge we agreed it was a good stretch of the creative juices! Here is how she put it...
I'm going to dare you to use 20/20 Vision for your cards.
I'd like you to use 20 of one particular thing on a card - be it blooms, papers, brads, ribbons the choice is yours - you can use other things too, but there must be 20 of one item/component - not 20 things altogether, that would be too easy.


This was done using coloured card stock! oooh I have loads of this and never use it so am trying to force myself too. Actually this blue goes with the Self Addressed kit for this month which uses Cross My Heart paper. As I am now into scrapbooking I was overjoyed to see all the stripy paper - perfect for journalling! Anyway this is (as you can tell) a super simple card. 20 punched squares using 5 different papers and some alphabet rubons.

The second one was a little more complexI went for 20 flower shapes made into 4 flowers. (those little dots are paper not brads honest) Most of them are made using punches but I also have some punch out flower shapes over from the LO of Carys and Katya so I traced round some of them. The papers are from my 6x6 BG Perhaps pad. So I've managed to use two of my new pads so far rather than just sigh over them! Also some inking (natch), green ricrac and a safmat sentiment

I made two layouts in double quick time last night. Partly because they were one photo 8x8 jobs, but also because my new Ali Edwards book is so inspiring. I love my Elsie Flannigan book, but this one speaks to me far more. Maybe I'm not a freestyle scrapper. Oh who cares! My Scrapbook consultant and I were talking about this last night. He loves the pages from our Scotland scrapbook best because they are both good to look at (he says) and remind him of particular memories. And that I suppose is at the heart of scrapbooking - not what style or paper or embellishments than you use but the memories that your layouts evoke.

Anyway I'm not showing you the LO's today as that would make this post far too long so I'll leave you in suspense until tomorrow!

10 comments:

Gillian Hamilton said...

Lythan I just love both of your cards.. both are completely wonderful... love the squares one... it's such a clever design.. and the flower one is so fun & funky.... Well done on getting 2 made!!!

Kathy said...

I love both these cards. The squares has such a simple design but those papers and all the inking make it look really special and very stylish (note to self - get that kit out and look at it more carefully...)- but I think I like the flowers best because you've used so many shpaes and papers to do them, I just adore the circles ones they look so funky and fab. And now I'm off to do some crafty shopping ooops, probably shouldn't have said that
:-]

Card Bored Kitty! said...

I LOVE the squares card. The colours are gorgeous! A great way to use up scraps too, so I will have to file this in my memory bank of 'inspirational cards'! Thanks for sharing it - well done!

Card Bored Kitty! said...

Hi again and thanks for your lovely post on my blog!

The card is a 'twister' card blank from Craftwork Cards. I have had them knocking about for ages without any thought as to what I could do with them! I cut some paper ('summer plaid' - Tracy Porter for Colorbok) to size and edged with a small Versa Ink pad in baby blue. Added some pale green and pale blue buttons, 1 piece of 'happy birthday' printed ribbon and 2 pieces of green raffia. When the card is flat and unopened, you have the 2 sides and the back of the panel all lying together, so I used plaid paper to back the twister panel so it would all match. The sentiment is printed on acetate, and just matted onto a piece of white card and a piece of navy textured paper. I hope this helps, it was - contrary to what it might look like here - very quick and easy to put together! If I can be of any more help, please don't hesitate to ask! Kathryn x

Frog said...

Great cards Lythan, the diecuts start on my card start from 1" up to 5 and a half " you decide with a dial to ajust the size.

Andrea xx

Rhi said...

Both gorgeous and so different. I love the way youve spaced the greeting on the squares, super clever work there, and the layered flowers are just beautiful.

I cant wait to see your LO's, theyre always so inspiring :)

Anntaurus said...

Oh wonderful cards Lythan - the square design is very stylish and the flower one is ingenious. I have been enjoying your lay outs too!!

Paula said...

Two fab cards with great designs & fabulous colours.

Lynne.x said...

Great cards Lythan - those flowers are gorgeous.

Jo said...

My fav is the flowers one but they are both gorgeous - only a little bit envious of your new BG papers...

jo xx