Thursday, 10 February 2011


Hi there

How are you all?  I haven't had much time to post this week as between working I have been putting together valentine card orders so it's been a bit busy.  My working week ends on a Wednesday night (in theory anyway, as I always end up working most days on bits and bobs) so I'm usually wheel spinning in at the last minute to prepare my blog post and this one was no exception! 

Today is Play Date Cafe challenge time.  This week the colours were set by Julie.  They are really pretty and feminine, but definitely outside of my comfort zone where they are pastels.  I was going to do a bit more shabby and chic, but I had the opportunity to play with this fab Hero Arts stamp set that someone let me borrow and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

As you know I'm trying to practice with my Copics so this was really my first proper attempt.  Still a long way to go but I think I'm making a bit of progress now.  I need to get a bit braver with adding more shading and colour but posting it on here was a start!  I've even left a bit of white, which my friend would be VERY proud of.  She always teases me for wanting to colour in every single bit of my image, but I can't help it!!  It looks unfinished to me if I don't, but you can see a few white bits here if you look close enough!  Ok, so there's not much but look closely at the top of the clock, the tops of the birds, some of the hearts and even all along the scalloped border at the top of the clock.  See, how good was that?!!   

Here are the details of how it was made...
  1. Dry emboss wood background
  2. Punch borders in pink, adhere wood background and attach to card.
  3. Stamp and colour cuckoo clock, mount onto chocolate cardstock with pop dots for some dimension
  4. Colour white ribbon with copics to match card (it does actually match IRL!)
  5. Stamp sentiment with versamark on chocolate cardstock, heat emboss with white
  6. Stamp sentiment, try using a tumble drier sheet to stop embossing powder sticking, just how you've seen it done on videos and detailed on people's blogs, then spend the next five minutes trying to work out where the actual letters are because the powder has just completely covered the writing and stuck to everything!
  7. Stamp the sentiment again, this time having thrown the sheets away and going back to the old technique of using a little paintbrush to get rid of the excess powder!
  8. Tie on ribbon to finish
This week we have the wonderful Kazan Clark joining us.   I'm sure you will already know that Kazan ran the '2 Sketches 4 U' challenge with Laura Davis.  It was one of my very first challenges to enter so I was really disappointed to see it go.  Kazan's work is beautiful, you can see more of it over on her blog.  I just love the simplicity and elegance of this recent Moxie Fab card, just gorgeous!

Don't forget to see what our lovely DT members have made, so much inspiration in one place!  There are some beauties in there this week, you wait and see!

Savannah O'Gwynn (Senior DT)
Ruby McGuire (that's me!)
Andrea Ewen (Private Blend Designer)
Michele Gross
Tracey Kuzniak
Jinny Newlin
Libby Hickson
Fiona Shultz

So pop on over to the Cafe and link your post.   If you use an online gallery, please use the keyword PDCC68, and remember to use our inspirational colours to be eligible to win this week's prize!


  1. Hi Ruby - great card - it's always hard working on colours outside your comfort zone... great colouring too! I think you did a fabbo job :)

  2. So stinkin sweet!!!! Great job - absolutely adorable!

  3. I love this Ruby!! And love that you used a Hero Arts stamp too! :-) Oh and your instructions made me giggle. (been there, done that!)

  4. hi ruby ~such a sweet card , love the big girly bow!!
    vanessa xx

  5. So cute! I love your playful style and that cuckoo clock is just darling :)

  6. Oh how I LOVE this Ruby!!!!!

  7. OH MY! I looooooove this card--those birds and the clock are super fun! So sorry you were having problems with the embossing--do you have an embossing buddy? They are a little pouch with static stuff to help the powder not stick everywhere. Let me know, I can send one over:) Or keep trying that dryer sheet--I've heard a new one works better? Or try a new sheet and one that has already been through the dryer.

    Either way--your card is SUPER gorgeous:) I love love love how it turned out:)

  8. Love that clock image with birds...too CUTE!!! Sweet colors with border and it!!!

  9. Such a sweet card, Ruby...I have this stamp set and really need to open the package and give this birdhouse a go! Thanks for inspiring me : )

  10. So many lovely elements on one card, Ruby~ I adore that border punch, the fabby stamp set and that delish satin ribbon! Awesome card, my dear!

  11. Oh my, this reminds me of a cuckoo clock my grandmother had. It told if the weather would by sunny or rainy according to whether or not the little boy or little girl came out. Now, that's a memory.
    I'm practicing with Copics, also. Got some for Christmas. I want to get the hang of it. I'm still loving my brush and watercoloring.
    BTW, I use a baby wipe to swipe my card before embossing. It helps.
    Gosh, will I ever comment on your card?! Duh!It is just darling and you've colored it really well. That embossing folder was just perfect with your clock. Love it all!!

  12. I *like* that you chose something non-shabby for your card this week. The cuckoo image is adorable, and Yes, I see the white pieces you artfully left behind! YOur Copic coloring is very good, indeed. They are fun to color with, aren't they?

  13. Super sweet card! I love that Hero Arts image & the way you colored the woodgrain!

  14. So fun! That sentiment is perfect! And your micking of the woodgrain just pulls everything togethe so flawlessly!


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