We all had a great time.............the parks were the emptiest I’ve ever seen them!
I don’t know if that was because of the time of year, (I’ve never been this early before) or if it was due to the weather but the locals were saying it was unusually cold for February.
What ever the reason, it was great for us and much warmer than the UK when we left.
Well, I’ve been back almost a week now and I’m still having trouble getting my act in gear.
The jet lag has really affected me this time for some reason and I can hardly keep my eyes open. I’ve not felt much like crafting either so my craft stash wasn’t touched until I really had to make my card for this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge.
This week it was Kathy’s turn to challenge us all with
Ready, Steady, Cook
Here in the UK there's a TV programme that's been going for years. A couple of viewers are invited to bring a bag of cookery ingredients to the studio and two top chefs have to make a meal using the contents of those bags - they don't know what will be in the bags beforehand.So this dare is my take on that theme - I'll tell you the ingredients you have to use, then all you have to do is make the card.
Here are your ingredients:
3 different papers
At least one piece of chipboard
At least 1 button
At least 1 piece of ribbon
optional: 1 extra item/element of your choice
That's about it, all you need to do now is sort out your bits of stash and make up your card - you're allowed to use whatever paints, pens and inks you like, but otherwise you must stick to the ingredients in the list.
Just to make things a little more difficult for the design team Kathy sent us all a little envelope with the things she wanted us to use on our cards, so we didn’t have the luxury of using our own stash as the rest of you had. At least we could still add one element of our own choice.
Here’s what I came up with
The papers, buttons, ribbon and chipboard with all in the envelope from Kathy and as we were also allowed to use inks and pens I stamped and embossed a swirly pattern onto the background using a free stamp from a magazine.
I highlighted this with me extra element………..little tiny gems for Anita’s
The flowers were cut using a Martha Stewart ‘Cosmos Flower’ punch and mounted on 3D foam before topping off with the buttons.