Saturday, 14 July 2012

week 163 - Brenda's Challenge

Hello Again Everyone!

Well what a week - what has happened to our Summer!!!  Rain, rain and more rain - but it does give us all an excuse to stay in to craft.
This weeks Allsorts is being hosted by our lovely Brenda and this was a great fun challenge.  All the DT were given a kit which Brenda kindly prepared for us.  Each kit was identical and we were asked to create a design using some or all of the kit.
If you pop over to the Allsorts Blog you will see what elements that we had to play with.
This is what I came up with. (I hope you like what I have done Brenda)

I have used a grand Spellbinders Labels 1 die to make the card blank, this is one of my favourites.
It doesn't show too well on the picture but I have made a framework to go around the middle image.  I have distressed this with Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed  DI and overstamped with the Meadow flowers from a Creative Expressions stamp set.
Part of Brenda's kit was the clock face and hands die cut - I have used this as a stencil and inked through it with Walnut Stain.  The cage and bird were also die cuts and I have coloured these with Walnut Stain DI.  I I used the ribbon and the gems out of the kit to embellish the cage and frame.
The flowers have been made from punched scalloped circles, held together with a brad, sprayed and scrunched up.  I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls Copper mica spray.  A couple of Spellbinder Flourishes finished the design off.
I really enjoyed this Challenge and having checked out my fellow DT members designs we have all come up with something totally different.
Pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to see for yourself and have a go at the Challenge.
I am in South Wales this weekend demonstrating at the lovely Dandie Crafts - what a fabulous shop that they have and such super ladies Mandy and Debbie and they are wonderful hosts.
If you are in the area it would be fabulous to see you, pop in for a cup of tea and we are having cupcakes in the afternoon!  ummmm
Thankyou for popping in and checking out my blog, please leave a comment I really appreciate hearing from you all,
Bye for now,
Jo xx


  1. Fab card Jo, so different using some great techniques to create a wonderful work of art!
    Hugs Nicola xxx

  2. Gorgeous card Jo love your colours and layers XOXO Zoe

  3. Lovely card Jo I like the colours you have used so different enjoy your weekend in wales love Gillian x

  4. Hello Jo just been and looked on the allsorts blog wow there are some clever ladies out there. your card stands out very nicely among them hope your Wales trip went well.
    love and hugs
    Pauilne B

  5. A gorgeous card Jo, I love the shape and the birdcage and masking look fab.

    Donna x

  6. Very nice card jo,,great colours they work well togther xx denise (box) (lol)

  7. Gorgeous card Jo, love the colours ! Carole ZX

  8. Loving your interpretation on the kit Jo. Thankyou for a wonderful afternoon at Dandie Crafts yesterday and hope you are enjoying your two days off, sampling the delights of South Wales and I hope its dryer than Lincolnshire of late.

  9. Evening Jo

    Great card hub and loving that you used the clock as a mask v clever :)

    Em xxx

  10. I really love this card - everything about it in fact!! I hope your weekend in Wales went well xx

  11. Jo, It was lovely to meet you and your husband in person at long last and also to see some of your beautiful samples up close.
    Really great demo' and the workshop and the card you designed for us to make was fabulous.
    Hope you managed to enjoy your mini break in Wales even though the weather wasn't too kind.