Wednesday, 22 April 2009

7 challenges - well knock me down with a feather!

Every month a group of crafty friends and I get together for a little "bits & pieces" challenge where one member sends out a kit .... and all 16 of us then have to make a card using some part of each item from the contents. This month I received a kit from my crafty friend Kaz, which contained:

1 piece or green cardstock embossed with leaves
1 piece of pale yellow handmade paper
1 piece of white Japanese silk paper
1 large green jewel brad
1 length of white/silver ribbon
1 white feather

OMG!! I thought .. this is all very pretty and nice, but what am I supposed to do with a feather ??? And just to add a bit more brain ache, the other element of the challenge was to make our own flowers ....eek!

Time was passing by and inspiration wasn't coming to me, but as the deadline had passed and I also needed to make a "get well" card for my other friend Squirrel who has just had a big knee op, I thought I'd better get to it!! As usual I also cast around for other challenges to inspire me, and here is the result ....

I bought my new WOJ Melinda on Monday and she struck me as very apt for a get well card; and then it occurred to me I could tie her in with the theme of a white feather ... thank the angels for that! I was still struggling with the handmade flower theme, but I had seen another fab card by my friend Samantha featuring a gorgeous flower for which she has put a great tutorial on her blog, and decided to give it a go! So finally I was up and running.

I would like to enter the card for the following challenges:

Stamp With Fun - I have laid out the card in line with this week's sketch
Stamp Something - yellow, green and blue - which I have reflected in the cardstock and papers
Cute Card Thursday #56 - Floral Fantasy
One-Stop Craft Challenge - Decorative Cuts (my greeting is Cuttlebug diecut, and I have punched the edges inside and out)
Creative Card Crew #7 - Round and around - I have made a circular flower, used a circular brad, and punched a border of circles using my new MS "Scallop Dot" punch
Dutch Dare #44 - Favourite Things - well I have so many ... but at the moment my Melinda stamp is right up there, as is my new MS punch.

...and of course I have made the card for my friends' challenge, making a total of 7 :-)

Image: WOJ "Melinda with bouquet", coloured with watercolour pencils and Sakura glitter pen (flowers), and wings deorated with Glamour Dust;
Papers: BasicGrey "Oh! Baby Boy" collection;
Supplies: papers used for flower, green cardstock, brad , ribbon and feather from my friend's kit; raffia lace from Hobbyraft; flowers inside by Prima and Floradoodles; edging created using MS "Scallop Dot" punch (from ebay); large gold beadcaps (flower centres) from the Hobby House; pearl gems from my stash.

In the end I'm actually pretty pleased with how the card turned out, and think I may well use the idea of a white feather with Melinda again in future :-)


  1. This is gorgeous Pauline - you've done a great job with Kaz's bits! Love your flower...and your new stamp & punch! lol
    Helen x

  2. Wow, Pauline, this is a beautiful creation with the kit, love the positioning of the feather and pretty image wonderfully coloured. Love it!

  3. Well done on getting to 7! This is a lovely card and I think your flower is beautiful.

  4. Wow...what a beautiful card...and managing 7 challenges with one card must be a record!!!

  5. Beautiful card!
    Many thanks for joining in the CCT challenge!

  6. What a stunning card Pauline love all the detail and what a fab layout. Thankyou for taking part in the Creative Card Crew Challenge.
    Paula xxxx

  7. Absolutely lovely card hun, so girly and sweet. Love the fantastic coloring and gorgeous papers x

  8. Wow that's incredible, well done! I and your card is absolute fabulous! thinks Nilla

  9. This is a beautiful card.

  10. really wonderful your card.
    Thanks for take part at stamp with fun.
    Hugs Mona (SWF-Team)

  11. Wonderful card Pauline. I love the colours and that flower is great.
    Cathy xx

  12. OMG - 7 challenges, well done hun.. and you've created a stunning card too... love the gorgeous BG papers and beautiful details. Your hand made flower is so beautiful and love the feather.
    Thanks also for joining my blog candy hun ~ Good Luck
    Have a great day
    Tracie :)x

  13. Hi Pauline....gorgeous card,love the image you have used,such a pretty colour scheme,and a great take on Marlene's sketch,thanks for joining us this week at SWF,
    well done on covering so many challenges with one card!,
    Take care
    San x

  14. Ohhh wowww what a beautiful card Pauline,l love the stamp anf colour.

    Hugs riet.x

  15. stunning card hun - ticks all the boxes, so very pretty.

  16. A really pretty card Pauline. Super papers and image. Well done on combining so many challenges into the one card. Thanks for joining the Creative Card Crew Challenge.
    Sharon xx

  17. Absolutely gorgeous!!! And amazing job do 7 challenges! love the feather:) Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something:)

  18. Wowza what a stunning card Pauline, ooh I don´t have enough adjectives to describe how beautiful this is. I really am in awe. -x-

  19. Gorgeous card Paulaine and well done on completing so many challenges

  20. Great card love that image and the feather !!!! and the paper is just perfect
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs Jacqui x

  21. Pauline,
    7 challenges, 1 breathtaking card. Couldn't have come together any better!! I'd say those tidbits worked out perfectly.

  22. Wow, Pauline this is stunning, I love your decorative cuts and that flower is just beautiful. Thanks for joining in the one stop craft challenge. Donna x

  23. Fantastic card Pauline! I just loved the bits Kaz sent! I also enjoyed doing the flower tutorial and was so pleased to see that it helped you out! Thanks for linking the tutorial to your post! :0)

  24. OMW! This has to be a record hun, 7 challenges!! Only in my dreams could I managed this lol. IT;s such a fab card too, stunning image, layout and colours - love it! x

  25. Wow, what a stunning card! i love the detail you have used. Thank you for joining in with the Creative Crew challenge this week,g ood luck Linda x

  26. Gosh Pauline this is stunning! Its absolutely beautiful love the papers and image - your colouring is fab. The flower and sentiment really set it off
    love tasha xx

  27. what for beautiful card !! love the images and colours !!! thanks for joining in our challenge.
    hugs tina46

  28. This card is so pretty and absolutely love your embellie.

    Brenda x

  29. So beautiful, perfect colouring and accents. The inside is wonderful.
    Carole x

  30. Sorry, I also meant to say thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.

    Brenda x

  31. A really stunning card. Love the flower and all the beautiful detail.
    xx Vee


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