Thursday, October 23, 2008

Monthly challenge

I mentioned a while ago that I was going to start posting about my other hobby (yes, I do occasionally do something other than read, blog and mod forums!) which is card making. Eventually I intend to move all my posts here from the very neglected card making blog that I started a while ago, but for tonight I have something new to post about!

Every month I attend a card making class that a friend of mine runs . Each time there is either a new skill, technique or theme that we learn or use. One of the new things we have been doing recently is having a monthly card challenge, where we are given a very broad outline of what to make, and then have to make 8 cards the same for the 8 other people who participate in the challenge. I do have the last two months challenge cards here to take photos and post at some point. Every time I have been determined that I would not leave the making of the challenge cards to the last minute, but the class is tomorrow night, and yes, I have only just finished my batch of cards tonight, and even then it was only achieved with the assistance of my son in putting them all together!

So the theme for this month was Background - the idea was that you had to make your own background, and not used patterned papers etc. I took as my inspiration spring, and the fact that I bought a stamp a few months ago that I really liked and just have never used before now! And the reason I bought this particular stamp is because I love tulips!

So here's my card:

(I might try to take another photo in the daylight on Saturday and see if I can get a better photo.) Darn! I just noticed that the card I have taken a photo of is the wonky card! I somehow ended up with more pink flowers than orange and yellow, and so this card has two pinks instead of one pink, one yellow and one orange flower.

Now I just have to hope that the other 7 people in the challenge group don't hate it! And then when we get the details of the next challenge tomorrow night, try not to leave it to the last minute next month.

I really should start thinking about what I am going to do for Christmas cards too, and I really must clean up all my craft stuff so that I can find things when I am looking for them. The reorganisation of it all seems to be a constant requirement, especially seeing as I keep on buying more!


  1. Cool, I think that card is lovely (even if it is the wonkey one!) A college friend and I are pen pals, and she always sends the most beautiful cards in the mail. I'm looking forward to seeing yours so maybe I will have some more ideas :)

    Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

  2. I love tulips. They are one of my favorite flowers. Hand made cards are the best in my opinion. I would much rather receive one than a store bought card.

    Great hobby!

  3. Marg, I love that card and, being Dutch, I love tulips as well! What stamps are you using in it? Great card!

  4. I think the stamp was an Australian company called Stamp-it. I am a sucker for stamps - could buy them all the time, and still never have all the ones I want.

  5. Oh I love Tulips - my favorite flower! And I think you did a wonderful job on the card. I love it! Can't wait to see other ideas you come up with :)

    I have made few cards for friends over the holidays but run out of ideas...but I also love getting card hand making too :)

  6. I am new to blogging and I stumbled across your blog. Scrapbooking and stamping are my crafty hobbies and I also like to read historical fiction. Fun blog you have.