Thursday, 30 December 2010

PDCC 62 and some news!

** Edited to add a card **
** If you are looking for Create: Challenge & Card Patterns please scroll down.. **

Well hello!  A happy belated Christmas to you all!  Sorry I'm late with my posting, I thought I had set it as scheduled but had saved it as a draft.  I really am a bit ditzy at the moment, not sure why!!  It could be age, the fact that I'm slowing down because it's Christmas and there's no work to do, or just that it's me!!  Who knows! I am going to have to seriously use my diary more though.

I had every intention of blogging regularly over the Christmas period, but I ended up doing nothing!  I have been really lazy the past few days, it's been fabulous!!  I've watched a few films, done puzzles with my family and read a couple of books, a perfect Christmas! I got lots of wonderful pressies, cardmaking things, a beautiful hand made teddy, some jewellery and an iPod deck for my studio.  I'm sure you will be seeing lots of my cardmaking goodies over time.  Did Santa bring you any nice pressies?

I spent some time in my studio the other day making the card for today's Play Date Cafe challenge, I wanted to try my hand at a bit of shabby chic, a style I always admire but never quite master.  One of my pressies from my man were some of the new PTI stamps and dies, woohoo!  I used the dressform die (or tailor's dummy as we call it here over in the UK)

The colours this week are I was going to tell you the colours this week, but it would be better for you to see them!  We all had a very interesting conversation about whether the colours were ruby red, poppy, fuschia, orangey red, etc. etc.   When I looked at the swatch on my pc it looked really pink, on my blackberry really orange, so this is my interpretation of what I see in my colour swatch lol. I did add a bit of brown though!

I'm sure we will all come up with very different interpretations!  Let me know if you think I achieved Shabby Chic, it's one of my New Year resolutions to try and crack it!

I actually made the card below before I made the PDCC one.  I loved the peachy orange in the swatch that Julie had sent us and found a paper to match it.  I then decided to make it again in the PDCC colours.

There is a little story about this .. My Marmie needed a birthday card so this is what I came up with.  I was showing her bits of it as I went along, like the papers, the die cut etc, and then finally I showed her the ribbon before I attached it.  All the way through she had been saying, 'yes, that's lovely' or 'I love the paper' but when I showed her the ribbon, she said, 'do you want crumpled ribbon on it'!!  CRUMPLED??  I said (in a jokey voice), 'I'll have you know that is no ordinary crumpled ribbon darling, that ribbon has been hand died, and hand crumpled by your very own daughter, and it happens to be extremely popular on cards right now'.  LOL.  She is so funny!  So, I do hope that you all like my 'crumpled' ribbon!  I was so proud of it the first time I made it!!

Last week we had our big reveal of all the new girls on our design team, and I'm really pleased to be working alongside them all, we've already been having such a giggle with our email conversations.  Some of us in our current team have moved up, me included, to Senior DT.  Can you believe that?!!  That's a seriously big WOOHOO!!  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about it!!  Sav is also now on the Senior DT too and Andrea is our new Private Blend Designer.

Andrea Ewen (Private Blend Designer)

plus our new girls will also be joining us so check the submissions and you will see some of their loveliness there too!  Here are their links..

Michele Gross
Tracey Kuzniak
Jinny Newlin
Libby Hickson
Fiona Shultz
Colleen Dietrich {New Private Blend Designer}
Pop on over to the Cafe and link your post. If you use an online gallery, please use the keyword PDCC62, and remember to use our inspirational colours to be eligible to win!

Here are the details of how I made them
  1. Mat card base with patterned paper that has been distressed prior to adhering
  2. Die cut and stamp dress form
  3. Die cut nestie label and doily, distress edges
  4. Tie ribbon around card
  5. Attach doily and then the label using pop dots
  6. Attach the dress form directly onto the label to finish
  7. For card 1, tie the ribbon on twice; do one bow and then knot another bow over the top of that one to make it fuller 
  8. For card 2 stand back and admire your ribbon and smile to yourself that your Marmie thinks it just looks crumpled!
Stamps: PTI Signature Series: Dress Form, MFT Die-Namics: Decorative Doily
Dies: PTI Signature Series: Dress Form, Labels 14 Nestie
Papers: Card 1: Prima Marketing Shabby Chic Collection, My Lovely, Card 2: Basic Grey Curio 6 x 6 pad
Accessories: Ribbon from stash, Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Walnut Stain, white adhesive pearls from stash for card 2 that I coloured using a Copic to match the card

Now enough of my laziness!  I am officially back in the swing of things in my studio, so you should see more of me.  I look forward to seeing what you create too! I'm off to work out what my goals are for 2011.  I have them in my mind, but I need to commit them to paper otherwise they will never happen.  I may even share some of them with you, there are no excuses then, are there?!

Create: Challenge & Card Patterns Challenge

Post number 2 of the day!  I have been making a card in my studio, definitely not a ten minute card.  The idea was created in a flash, but the making of the card wasn't!

I had started this card, and others, yesterday but it just wasn't happening.  In fact if I had posted what I'd made I'm sure you would have laughed.  I had these papers out and I just had to walk away and shut the door on my studio!  Finally I got there!

I am in lurve with this paper pad by Cosmo Cricket, aren't those colours and patterns SO me!!  This card makes me happy!  I have been playing around in my studio today trying to perfect bows, I'm quite pleased with how this one came out.  I find satin ribbon a bit tricky where it slips and slides all over the place, and basically just misbehaves!

I made this card for the Create: challenge - to make a Happy New Year card, and for the Card Patterns sketch here, such a fun sketch but as you have probably worked out I do like my circles!

I can see myself returning to this sketch again and again, it conjures up loads of different ideas.  I absolutely love it when that happens.  I am trying to find a good way for storing my sketches, because I really do love them.  How do you store yours?  Have you come across any good links for how others do it?

I'm off now, but hope to be back again tomorrow with some info about a blog award I received, and a new card. 

Have fun!


  1. 2 beautiful cards Ruby, love the crumpled ribbon lol! I also love the doily die cut, is it from My Favourite Things? I have been coveting this since your last PDCC card, it's such a pretty embellishment. Would be fab to meet for a coffee one day, and of course a bit of cake! xx

  2. Hi ruby, love your cards!they're so pretty and 'shabby'. I did laugh when your mum said the ribbon was crumpled! reminded me of when I showed my mum a card that i had distressed and vintage'd, she said it was a shame it was all riped and dirty!!! she didn't get that it was meant to look old and that it took alot of effort to get it that way!! haha!

  3. Hello Ruby, i love it yours cards, beautiful.
    Thank you for your comment about my work.
    I hope for you a very happy new year.
    a hug from Spain

  4. Hi Ruby, I loved reading through your blog post this morning! What a blast! So funny what your Mom had to say about that gorgeous ribbon!!! Love both your cards, and yes, definitely shabby ! Thank you for the inspiration! I can't really figure out the exact colours for this challenge either but I'll give it my best shot! All the best for 2011, get those goals down in the front of your diary which is what I think I need to do and then tie the diary around my neck!!!

  5. Crumpled ribbon?? Love it! That is classic!!
    2 gorgeous cards :)

  6. How funny!!! Love the ribbon story ;) Love that we both used a dressform on our projects this week! Love the shabby chic look Ruby :)

  7. These are just lovely cards. The dress form is terrific! Thanks for sharing and the sweet comment.

  8. Such beautiful cards, Ruby! I'm in LOVE with crumpled ribbon right now ;)! Your New Year's card is simply fab, too! I just love how playful it is!

  9. Hi Ruby! As far as storing sketches goes, I put mine in a 3 ring binder. Pretty standard, but it helps me keep them handy.

    Love both your PDCC cards, especially the top one. The pink flourishes really grabbed my heart. Happy New Year!

  10. Hi Ruby! Hehehe at the crumpled ribbon comment...too cute! Your cards are beautiful! Love that dress form image. I believe you are well on your way to shabby chic(my opinion), of course, I'm no expert...hehehe. But, love your cards and your blog...Happy New Year!

  11. I am so LOVIN' your shabby chic cards Ruby!!! I NEED me some of that "crumpled" ribbon! LOL!
    I store my sketches in a binder like Colleen :)
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your loved ones!!!

  12. I LOOOOOOVE that your mom thinks this ribbon is crumpled! LOVE IT! Too funny:) I love these cards--I want to get some PTI! You make me so jealous when you use yours! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Love that bright pink (or poppy or fuschia or whatever!) ribbon! You rocked this challenge! LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting here!

    Great card for the CardPatterns challenge too! Must try that challenge again:) Great job!

  13. LOVE your shabby chic pink PDCC card! You did it! It is the most BEAUTIFUL shabby chic card I have EVER seen! But stay true to your unique style, too, cause that's what I LOVE about you!

  14. Gorgeous cards, Ruby! Love that soft, delicate ribbon/bow and the wonderful vintage accents! Super pretty cards, my dear!

  15. beautiful cards Ruby - your ribbon is smashing!


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