Thursday, 10 March 2011


Hi there

It's time for our new challenge over at the Play Date Cafe!  This week it's some fun, almost summery colours, from Sarah.  This is not a combination I would normally have put together, but I love it and will definitely use it again!

and this is the inspiration pic..

I have been wanting to make one of these layered cards for ages, but never quite pull it off.  I'm hoping I have now lol.  Sometimes I think there is just so much inspiration out there that it can stifle your creativity a little, if that makes any sense, so I'm trying not to overload myself with too many designs otherwise I think it can take away a little bit of your own cardmaking style, you end up using too many of other people's ideas, albeit consciously or subconsciously!

Today I want to share a little story from my Tink (11 yr old daughter).  We went to her parent evening last week and we were looking through her books.  Apparently when time is running out in a lesson they are asked to finish writing the sentence they are on before packing up, I remember that so well from school, do you?!  Well in her book she had written a story and at the bottom we came across this, which we thought was so funny!...

('I didn't get time to finish my sentence, sorry') !!!  By the time she'd written that she could have finished it!!

So onto the details of my card...
  1. Cut a white cardstock panel, dry emboss with polka dot embossing folder, attach to base card
  2. Die cut a tag in hot pink cardstock, run through embossing folder
  3. Wrap pink ribbon around the top in a bow and attach to polka dot base with pop dots for dimension
  4. Hand cut a navy polka dot banner,  attach to tag
  5. Attach a pre-cut die circle
  6. Stamp cup and colour with Copics, attach as shown
  7. Stamp label, colour edges with Copics, offset at an angle as above
  8. To finish add a couple of white flowers that you have coloured with Copics to match the rest of the card
  9. Remember to put the tick (check) mark in the box on the label before photographing it and giving it away!
  10. Tip... if you don't have the right colour Copics, in this case I didn't have a dark enough blue, use what you have and the just add grey, I used C-7 to darken it down to get the colour I needed
  11. Add the card to your portfolio of colours ready to use again, thanks Sarah, SO much better than peach ;o) lol
  12. Retake the photo so that it doesn't look like you stamped the label incorrectly, it's just the photo, honest!!!
Pop on by to the rest of our DT to see what they've made, it's a gorgeous and colourful collection this week...

in Alphabetical Order..

Andrea Ewen
Jinny Newlin
Julie Ranae 
Libby Hickson
Michele Gross Ruby McGuire (that's me!) 
Sarah Anderson
Savannah O'Gwynn
Tracey Kuzniak

This week our Guest Designer is Julie Day, so do pop by to her too to say hi and leave her some fab comments.  She created a great card for our challenge this week!

Our sponsor this week is Wilsons Designs who are offering up this fab set as a prize! 

For your chance to win pop on over to the Cafe and link your post.  If you use an online gallery, please use the keyword PDCC72, and remember to use our inspirational colours to be eligible to win this week's prizes!   I'm hoping to play along in some challenges myself soon, I miss that!

I look forward to seeing your work in our gallery!


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE that your main color is pink! These colors match perfectly! And that hint of orange and blue--LOVE! You rocked this challenge...and I don't see anything wrong with your photo or label! It's perfect:)

  2. Loving your bold layered look Ruby! Love the focus on pink as well :)

  3. wow! ruby what a fab card~ love those colours together, and what a great theme..yes always make time for coffee!!
    must go and look at my papers to find those colours, and join in this week!!
    vanessa xx

  4. Love this Ruby - so cute! You definitely pulled it off!! You should upload this to the Hero Arts Flickr group, ever been there? :-) And tooooo funny about Tink! :-)

  5. Such a great card, Ruby! LOVE that layered cluster of elements right in the center of your fabulously textural base! Yum-O!

  6. I think you pulled the layering technique off quite well...I love it. Lots of texture with the cheery colors makes for a very stunning card :)

  7. Love this colour combo, I would never have put the orange in but it really works :-) and I am loving the spotty navy too at the moment,
    Hope you are well, Hugs xx

  8. Love the layers, Ruby! You did the card up very well...LOVE IT!!! I have the same stamp set. And love that pink silk ribbon! Take care!

  9. Cute! I love all the different layers, and the colours are fab, of course!

  10. That is soooooooooooooo lush! The way you have used the colours is so good. Your colouring is so amazing that I am speechless!I love the stamp you have used.

  11. I agree with you about there being so many things out there, that it can stifle your own card-making style. I have thought the same thing before. I like your go at a layered card, and that coffee mug really stands out for me. I like the way you've colored it. Have a happy day, Ruby!

  12. I *love* your card!! It was definitely an interesting colour combo this week - (yikes, I forgot to link mine! better go do that...) - but yours just looks so fresh! What stamps did you use?

  13. RUBY!!!!! This LAYERED card is soooo PERFECT in everyway!!! I adore it!!!!

  14. Love this Ruby! What a wonderful collage of images and designs to make one well put together card! The colors are just dreamy together and I love all the great care and detail you put into it! Fab!


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