Thursday, 1 July 2010

Red, pink & white

Hi everyone

Julie is hosting the Play Date Cafe challenge this week, and gave us this fabulous colour combination. I'd been thinking this week I'd like to do another red themed card, so I was really pleased when these colours were chosen!

Gorgeous colours, huh!  Anyway, all of the design team were chatting and I'd said I need to get out my caged bird by Tim Holtz, Julie said the same so as a few of us had the die cutter we thought we'd see what we could come up with using it.  The bird cage is not a challenge requirement, it was just us having a bit of fun with an idea.  All you need to do is make something; any creation, be it mixed media, scrapbooking, card etc. etc in the challenge colours and you could win a great prize from our sponsor this week, Lawn Fawn Stamps!

This is a fingers crossed, hope my Blogger will work, post!  I took the photo on Sunday night and unfortunately it looks really cream, but it is in fact pink, white and red, as it's supposed to be!  I played around with it for ages, but it needed to have the photo taken in natural light, and I ran out of time with getting ready to go away.  I hope you can forgive me for it looking the wrong colour.  It's so much brighter, and whiter, in real life!!

Lindsay Amrhein very kindly sent me a link to a ribbon tutorial.  I'd seen how she'd done a ribbon on one of her cards on her blog and loved it.  I had a play and this was what happened, it's ever so easy to do and I'm really pleased how it turned out!  Very OTT!

Here are the details of how to make it...
  1. Cut out pink cardstock to cover card base, distress edges
  2. Cut out scalloped paper, distress edges
  3. Cut out patterned paper with 'My Sweet' set off centre to allow room for the cage, distress edges
  4. Using grungepaper cut out bird cage, paint white, bend to make it curve, add pearls
  5. Cut out the bird in red paper, using 'bitty grunge' stamp texture using white ink pad, cut out pink polka dot wing.  Assemble into cage (still not sure I like him inside the cage so I brought bits of him outside to make him a bit happier!)  Add pearl eye!  I had actually forgotten this bit, so my Marmie (Mum) said that as it was a love themed card I could just say 'love is blind' inside lol
  6. Make fancy bow, stitch double button to centre of bow and add pearl to finish
  7. Spend ages faffing around trying to make your white card look white and then give up trying!
Dies: Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Caged Bird
Papers:Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Collection - My Lovely
Accessories:  Pearls, buttons and ribbons from stash, Tim Holtz distress ink - 'worn lipstick' and 'tattered rose', white paint for bird cage

Anyways, are you ready to play along?  Pop on over to the Cafe and link your post. If you use an online gallery, please use the keyword PDCC36. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's inspirational pieces! 

and our Celebrity Guest Designer this week, Kelly Marie Alvarez.

We'd love to see your creations!


  1. Been thinking about you a lot this week : )
    This card is stunning, Ruby..I love how you made this all come ARE the queen of the 'insider challenges' ; ) x

  2. hi ruby! saw your card on PDCC. it's absolutely beautiful! love the DPs, so pretty. thanks for sharing :)! *hugs* steph :)

  3. so that is what you wanted the Caged Bird for..........nice........very nice x

  4. That bow is fantastic! Beautiful card and love the paper you paired with the birdcage. Great suggestion to bring out the bird cages!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Ruby! You captured the colors to perfection and that bow is delicious! Great card!

  6. Just beautiful! Wonderful matching papers for this weeks colors, and the bow/button treatment is just FAB!

  7. Just gorgeous, Ruby! Love the patterned papers you used and your ribbon treatment is FABULOUS!!

  8. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it, RUBY! Love that you challenge us in a challenge;) Super fun! I lose for not having a die cut...but now I've got it on the list of WANTS! Actually, this die cut is a NEED:) I love reading your posts--so funny! This time I could actually see you doing each step--esp. that last one!!

    I hope you are doing well! Thinking and praying for you:) Miss you! LOVE YOU! LOVE the PDCC:)

    Hello to Tinks/Ian!!

  9. That ribbon is 'splendiferous' lol Love it! And the paper works so, so well with the bird cage. Gorgeous card, just gorgeous! :)

  10. Love this colour combo and that bow is gorgeous, Hope you are well,
    Hugs S.J.xx

  11. Wow!! you rocked this challenge. Fabulous card.

  12. Beautiful card Ruby! That bow is to die for & I love all the pearls!

  13. Beautiful elegant card. Stunning. I love all the papers you have used too. Have a lovely evening, Tracy Evans x x

  14. Ruby, what a stunning card! I just love it, love the bird cage, the paper and the ribbon is great! Superb! ;-) xx

  15. Fantastic card! Love the "my sweet" sentiment in the background - so expertly placed.

  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card! It is so romantic! LOVE the background paper and the different colored pearls! LOVE the bow! PERFECT!


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